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Today In History - Tuesday - May 31, 2011
1854 - The Kansas-Nebraska Act passed by the U.S. Congress.
1859 - In London, Big Ben went into operation. The name Big Ben initially referred to the bell inside the tower but later came to the refer to the tower.
1870 - E.J. DeSemdt patented asphalt.
1879 - New York's Madison Square Garden opened.
1884 - Dr. John Harvey Kellogg patented "flaked cereal."
1889 - In Johnstown, PA, more than 2,200 people died after the South Fork Dam collapsed.
1900 - U.S. troops arrived in Peking to help put down the Boxer Rebellion.
1902 - The Boer War ended between the Boers of South Africa and Great Britain with the Treaty of Vereeniging.
1907 - The first taxis arrived in New York City. They were the first in the United States.
1909 - The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) held its first conference.
1913 - The 17th Amendment went into effect. It provided for popular election of U.S. senators.
1915 - A German zeppelin made an air raid on London.
1927 - Ford Motor Company produced the last "Tin Lizzie" in order to begin production of the Model A.
1929 - In Beverly, MA, the first U.S. born reindeer were born.
1941 - The first issue of the still popular "Parade: The Weekly Picture Newspaper" went on sale.
1943 - "Archie" was aired on the Mutual Broadcasting System for the first time.
1947 - Communists seized control of Hungary.
1962 - Adolf Eichmann was hanged in Israel. Eichmann was a Gestapo official and was executed for his actions in the Nazi Holocaust.
1970 - An earthquake in Peru killed tens of thousands of people.
1974 - Israel and Syria signed an agreement on the Golan Heights.
1977 - The trans-Alaska oil pipeline was finished after 3 years of construction.
1979 - Zimbabwe proclaimed its independence.
1994 - The U.S. announced it was no longer aiming long-range nuclear missiles at targets in the former Soviet Union.
2003 - In North Carolina, Eric Robert Rudolph was captured. He had been on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted list for five years for several bombings including the 1996 Olympic bombing.

Hospitals' high-tech tools track who's washing their hands
More hospitals are exploring new technological alternatives to the traditional "secret shopper" method of monitoring whether physicians, nurses and other health professionals clean their hands when they are supposed to.

6 DIY Spice Mixes from Around the World
Often times the ingredients you see in recipes are actually prepared spice combinations that are a necessity to getting ethnic cuisine right. It’s like making paella without saffron, it’s just not the same. Instead of buying spice combinations, consider making them at home from spices that you may already have. These spice combinations keep for about 3 to 4 months and then they start to lose flavor, so use them liberally and enjoy.

America's Best Affordable Places, 2011
In an exclusive ranking for, Bloomberg Rankings analyzed government-gathered data on more than 3,000 counties across the U.S. to select the best affordable place in each state. We then scored each county by state. Next we tallied the top-ranked county in each state to arrive at a national ranking. Factors that were most heavily weighted include housing cost, crime, unemployment, and educational attainment in the county, in addition to such other metrics as family income, poverty, commute time, air quality, diversity, and share of families with children.

VA Patients To Share Prosthetics After Kasich Denies Funds Featured
All amputees being treated in Ohio Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals will be forced to share prosthetics after Governor John Kasich (R) formally denied a $5,000,000 grant from the federal government late last week.

Hospitals' high-tech tools track who's washing their hands
More hospitals are exploring new technological alternatives to the traditional "secret shopper" method of monitoring whether physicians, nurses and other health professionals clean their hands when they are supposed to.

US 'to view major cyber attacks as acts of war'
The Pentagon has adopted a new strategy that will classify major cyber attacks as acts of war, paving the way for possible military retaliation, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday. The newspaper said the Pentagon plans to unveil its first-ever strategy regarding cyber warfare next month, in part as a warning to foes that may try to sabotage the country's electricity grid, subways or pipelines.

Returning veterans encounter VA mental health meltdown
Tales of 3 Marines underscore court decision blasting 'unchecked incompetence' at agency.

Jimmy On The Spot: What Would Fractional Silver Mean?
"In Mid-May of this year, something curious happened, which I'd not seen before.
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Extreme Couponing: Desperate Economic Times Call For Desperate Measures
Not only that, but "extreme couponing" is a great way to build up your stockpile of emergency food. Everyone should have enough food in their homes to feed their families for at least a year. Unfortunately, many people don't have that kind of money. That is where "extreme couponing" comes in. If you are willing to put a little hard work in, you can build a stockpile of emergency food for pennies on the dollar.

Inflation diet: same price, less product
While prices for many goods are rising, in cases where prices are steady, the packaging frequently is smaller. It’s an unmistakable trend for grocery shoppers these days: every other package seemingly has a “great new look” for the “same great price.”

Inflation 2011: Honey - They Shrunk Our Paychecks
The reality is that inflation in 2011 is about as bad as we saw back in the 1970s, it is just that the government is much less honest about it now.

Dr. Mark Sircus: Magnesium and Radiation Protection
Iodine is obviously not the only substance that we should run to in the face of increasing radiation threats. Magnesium is a vital mineral whose lack leaves us open to not only radioactive damages but also those from heavy metals and thousands of chemicals, which we are commonly exposed to.

Military Times Hall of Valor
This site list information on each military person who fought and died in the war from 2001 to 2011. The Hall of Valor includes 900 citations related to actions during the Global War on Terror.

Outrage as 'heartless' mayor refuses to let residents left homeless by tornadoes stay in FEMA trailers
A mayor in a small town devastated by a tornado has sparked outrage over his refusal to let homeless residents stay in trailers provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. He said he fears the temporary accommodation could become permanent and says he doesn't want run-down mobile homes parked all over town.

Russia’s Central bank unexpectedly lifts deposit interest rate
Russia on Monday unexpectedly raised its deposit interest rate by 0.25 percentage points to 3.5 percent in a bid to curb inflation.

Homeland-Security Business Still Booming Ten Years Later
A decade after the 9/11 terror attacks, homeland security is still a growth business. The niche—that includes James Bond-like tools such as infrared cameras, explosive detectors and body scanners—is expected to grow 12 percent annually through 2013, according to Morgan Keegan.

Housing index expected to show new price low
Even as the economy began to fitfully recover in the last year, the percentage of homeowners dropped sharply, to 66.4 percent, from a peak of 69.2 percent in 2004. The ownership rate is now back to the level of 1998, and some housing experts say it could decline to the level of the 1980s or even earlier.

More than 7,000 slotted for Iraq this summer 25 May 2011 More than 7,170 soldiers will deploy to Iraq beginning in mid-summer -- despite a security agreement that requires U.S. forces to depart the country by Dec. 31. The deployments are part of the regular rotation of forces and will include a division headquarters of 775 soldiers and two brigade combat teams totaling 6,400 soldiers, according to a Defense Department announcement Tuesday.

Killing by SWAT team in Tucson raises questions
New information: On Thursday, new information emerged when the Sheriff's Department released about 500 pages of search-warrant records, statements, videos and dispatch tapes.

Dramatic footage shows moment Iraq war vet was shot 70 times in home... as report reveals he did NOT open fire on SWAT team
A U.S. Marine who was killed when he was gunned down in his home near Tucson, Arizona, never fired on the SWAT team that stormed his house firing 70 times in a hail of bullets, a report has revealed. The revelation came as dramatic footage of the shooting was released, showing the armed team pounding down the door of Jose Guerena's home and opening fire.

Death toll from Joplin tornado is at least 139, with about 100 more still unaccounted for
JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) -- The numbers look increasingly bleak for families hoping for the best after a monster tornado that devastated the town of Joplin, with city officials saying death toll is at least 139. State officials say 100 people are still missing.

How You Can Continue to Help Joplin, Missouri After the Tornado

Back from Europe, Obama turns to the rubble and heartache of tornado-ravaged Missouri
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is pivoting from diplomacy on the world stage to the intimate and delicate domestic task of acting as healer-in-chief to a devastated community.

President Obama In Joplin, Missouri
Video: President Obama gives memorial speech to town of Joplin.

Letter to Senators Asks Questions About True Nature of HAARP

HAARP rings appear @ WA, OR, ID, MO, TN, LA, TX, AL, KY, NY = severe in 24-48

Methane still seeps in ongoing Gulf of Mexico oil horror story
In a technical comment document presented Thursday, marine scientist Dr. Samantha Joye and other experts argued that the odorless yet potent greenhouse gas, methane is still seeping into the Gulf of Mexico, contrary to study reports that a bacteria ate the methane in four months.

US Nuclear Industry’s Response To Fukushima Shaped By BP Oil Spill
WASHINGTON -(Dow Jones)- The U.S. nuclear power industry, when responding to concerns raised by the nuclear disaster in Japan, leaned on lessons learned from the oil industry's response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, a top official with the Nuclear Energy Institute said Thursday.

Downgraded Typhoon Poised to Spread Fukushima Radiation
Synthetic resins poured on damaged reactors will not stop radiation from entering the sea and air.

Cell towers hidden in church steeples
(NaturalNews) The long term effects of cell phone towers on health are not certain, but cell phone companies are doing whatever they can to get as many towers out there as possible. Most towers are fairly obvious, but recently they are being disguised as trees, hidden in flag poles, and even placed neatly inside church steeples.

Shale Boom in Texas Could Increase U.S. Oil Output
There is only one catch: the oil from the Eagle Ford and similar fields of tightly packed rock can be extracted only by using hydraulic fracturing, a method that uses a high-pressure mix of water, sand and hazardous chemicals to blast through the rocks to release the oil inside.

Democrats Plan 62% Top Tax Rate?
If the Democrats' millionaire surtax were to happen—and were added to other tax increases already enacted last year and other leading tax hike ideas on the table this year—this could leave the U.S. with a combined federal and state top tax rate on earnings of 62%. That's more than double the highest federal marginal rate of 28% when President Reagan left office in 1989. Welcome back to the 1970s.

Comin' this summer... $5 gas
Goldman Sachs' crystal ball is proclaiming that oil will soon soar to $135 a barrel, and likely have service stations jacking up fuel prices to $5 a gallon in New York just like the summer of 2008 that preceded the recession.

Albemarle Road church fined $100 per branch for excessive tree pruning
The church was fined $100 per branch cut for excessive pruning, bringing the violation to $4,000.

Roll-your-own tobacco machines' legal status is hazy
Tobacco purveyors have a love-hate relationship with the high-speed, high-tech "roll-your-own" machines that let customers make cigarettes on the cheap. Those who operate and profit from them love the machines. Those who don't say the machines
might be illegal and are killing their tobacco businesses.

Smoking Gun Aimed at Vaccines: CDC Study Shows 1 in 6 Children Developmentally Disabled
What causes autism? The CDC would have us believe that we just don't know. But, their own study seems to hold a smoking gun aimed directly at vaccines.

Cases of Autism Dwarf Risk from Measles
When the number of children who get measles is compared with the number who get autism, and then you consider the relative degree of harm from each, it becomes obvious that there's an agenda behind the measles fear mongering.

Big Pharma attempting to corner the market on medical marijuana
(NaturalNews) As DEA raids and IRS harassment continue on state-approved medical marijuana, Big Pharma eyes the profitability of cannabis and prepares to muscle in, using its lobbyists and government connections to ensure a monopoly on legal sales of
the drug.

E.coli outbreak spreads beyond Germany
MORE than 270 people in Germany have fallen seriously ill due to potentially deadly bacteria detected in imported Spanish cucumbers, but Madrid said overnight there was "no proof" it is to blame.
Related Article: 'Killer Cucumber' Bug From Spain Hits Britain - A person in Britain has been diagnosed with a lethal strain of E.coli, believed to originate in organic cucumbers. Read More...

Swedes arrested for creating human shield at BASF warehouse to thwart GM potato plantings
A group of brave Swedes recently decided to hold a sit-in at a BASF warehouse in the northern part of the Scandinavian country to protest the planting of illegal, genetically-modified (GM) potato crops.

Hospitals hunt substitutes as drug shortages rise
No one is tracking patient harm. But last fall, the nonprofit Institute for Safe Medication Practices said it had two reports of people who died from the wrong dose of a substitute painkiller during a morphine shortage.

The Amazing Benefits of Pink Grapefruit Essential Oil
(NaturalNews) Pink Grapefruit Essential Oil is cold pressed from the rind of the grapefruit. This beneficial essential oil is not only a cleansing and revitalizing oil, but its bright aroma energizes and uplifts the spirit. Pink Grapefruit is also known to stop cravings for sweets. If one is struggling with weight loss, this essential oil can be a very helpful addition to an aromatherapy routine.

Lower blood pressure and improve health naturally with celery
(NaturalNews) Celery contains a high level of calcium, magnesium, potassium and active compounds called phthalides, which have been found to lower blood pressure and promote a healthy circulatory system.

Remove Radiation from Your Produce with Calcium Bentonite Clay
(NaturalNews) There has been a lot of press lately about radiation from the Fukushima disaster being found in our food supply. Many people around the world are being told to avoid drinking milk and eating vegetables due to the contamination. Even though our government is downplaying how widespread this contamination is and the health risks this could create, we should all be taking precautions to protect ourselves. No one wants to be exposed to any avoidable radiation. Calcium Bentonite Clay has been proven to adsorb and remove radiation. Washing your produce in a solution of Calcium Bentonite Clay and water will remove radiation, as well as pesticides and other toxins.

Heavy snows spoil weekend holiday plans in West
Ski resorts are bustling with activity. A key highway into Yellowstone is closed because parts of the road have seen more than 25 feet of snow. And campgrounds are feverishly removing snow from campsites to clear the way for visitors. Welcome to
Memorial Day weekend in much of the West.

Today In History - Monday - May 30, 2011 - Memorial Day
1868 - Memorial Day was observed widely for the first time in the U.S.

Memorial Day: Remembering Those Who Didn’t Have To Die in Afghanistan
Memorial Day is a national holiday dedicated to remembering Americans killed in wartime. This year, unfortunately, we remember war dead who didn’t have to die, and unless Congress and the president act, we’ll remember more needless deaths next year. As of today, 1,516 Americans have died in the Afghanistan War,  a conflict that the American people oppose and the continuation of which makes no sense.

Memorial Day BBQ
One sausage or two? You may be lucky to get half at this weekend’s Memorial Day cookout, which is set to cost 29 per cent more than last year, thanks to inflation.

Rolling Thunder Texas Chapter 2 members interviewed in Washington, D.C.
Two of our local members here in Houston were interviewed by the press as thousands gathered for Memorial Day events in Washington, D.C. 

Today In History - Friday - May 27, 2011
1813 - Americans captured Fort George, Canada.
1901 - The Edison Storage Battery Company was organized.
1907 - The Bubonic Plague broke out in San Francisco.
1919 - A U.S. Navy seaplane completed the first transatlantic flight.
1926 - Bronze figures of Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer were erected in Hannibal, MO.
1931 - Piccard and Knipfer made the first flight into the stratosphere, by balloon.
1933 - Walt Disney's "Three Little Pigs" was first released.
1933 - In the U.S., the Federal Securities Act was signed. The act required the registration of securities with the Federal Trade Commission.
1935 - The U.S. Supreme Court declared that President Franklin Roosevelt's National Industrial Recovery Act was unconstitutional.
1937 - In California, the Golden Gate Bridge was opened to pedestrian traffic. The bridge connected San Francisco and Marin County.
1941 - U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt proclaimed an "unlimited national emergency" amid rising world tensions.
1941 - The German battleship Bismarck was sunk by British naval and air forces. 2,300 people were killed.
1944 - U.S. General MacArthur landed on Biak Island in New Guinea.
1960 - A military coup overthrew the democratic government of Turkey.
1964 - Indian Prime Minister Jawaharla Nehru died.
1968 - After 48 years as coach of the Chicago Bears, George Halas retired.
1969 - Construction of Walt Disney World began in Florida.
1988 - The U.S. Senate ratified the INF treaty. The INF pact was the first arms-control agreement since the 1972 Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty (SALT I) to receive Senate approval.
1994 - Nobel Prize-winning author Alexander Solzhenitsyn returned to Russia. He had been in exile for two decades.
1995 - In Charlottesville, VA, Christopher Reeve was paralyzed after being thrown from his horse during a jumping event.
1997 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the sexual harassment suit filed by Paula Jones could continue while President Clinton was in office.
1998 - Michael Fortier was sentenced to 12 years in prison for not warning anyone about the plot to bomb an Oklahoma City federal building.
1999 - In The Hague, Netherlands, a war crimes tribunal indicted Slobodan Milosevic and four others for atrocities in Kosovo. It was the first time that a sitting head of state had been charged with such a crime.

Three Chinese Government Buildings Bombed
Three Chinese government buildings have been bombed in the southern city of Fuzhou, in Jiangxi province, killing two and injuring six.

Fed’s Secret Loans to Big Banks
Credit Suisse Group AG (CS), Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS) and Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc (RBS) each borrowed at least $30 billion in 2008 from a Federal Reserve emergency lending program whose details weren’t revealed to shareholders, members of Congress or the public.

Seismologists Tried for Manslaughter for Not Predicting Earthquake
The group of seven, including six seismologists and a government official, reportedly didn't alert the public ahead of time of the risk of the L'Aquila earthquake, which occurred on April 6 of that year, killing around 300 people, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Geoengineering is defined as “planetary-scale environmental engineering of our atmosphere, our weather, the oceans, and the Earth itself” [1]. The methods, or schemes, that may be used now without public oversight or debate, prior public notification, U.S. Congress or State oversight, are staggering in number and scope.

Banks Face $17 Billion in Suits Over Foreclosures
State attorneys general told five of the nation's largest banks on Tuesday they face a
potential liability of at least $17 billion in civil lawsuits if a settlement isn't reached
to address improper foreclosure practices, according to people familiar with the matter.

Romney, Palin Lead Reduced GOP Field for 2012
PRINCETON, NJ -- Mitt Romney (17%) and Sarah Palin (15%) now lead a smaller field of potential Republican presidential candidates in rank-and-file Republicans' preferences for the party's 2012 nominee. Ron Paul, Newt Gingrich, and Herman Cain essentially tie for third, with Cain registering 8% support in his initial inclusion in Gallup "trial heat" polling. Notably, 22% of Republicans do not have a preference at this point.

Nuclear Super Typhoon? Massive storm may approach Fukushima this weekend — Current gusts of 195 mph
Super Typhoon Songda ripped across the western Pacific on Thursday, dropping heavy rain on the Philippines and threatening Okinawa and the Japanese main islands with rain and damaging winds into the weekend.

Jose Guerena Killed: Arizona Cops Shoot Former Marine In Botched Pot Raid
As the SWAT team forced its way into his home, Guerena, a former Marine who served two tours of duty in Iraq, armed himself with his AR-15 rifle and told his wife and son to hide in a closet. As the officers entered, Guerena confronted them from the far end of a long, dark hallway. The police opened fire, releasing more than 70 rounds in about 7 seconds, at least 60 of which struck Guerena. He was pronounced dead a little over an hour later.

Today In History - Thursday - May 26, 2011
1736 - The British and Chickasaw Indians defeated the French at the Battle of Ackia.
1791 - The French Assembly forced King Louis XVI to hand over the crown and state assets.
1835 - A resolution was passed in the U.S. Congress stating that Congress has no authority over state slavery laws.
1836 - The U.S. House of Representatives adopted what has been called the Gag Rule.
1864 - The Territory of Montana was organized.
1865 - Arrangements were made in New Orleans for the surrender of Confederate forces west of the Mississippi.
1868 - U.S. President Andrew Johnson was acquitted, by one vote, of all charges in his impeachment trial.
1896 - The Dow Jones Industrial Average appeared for the first time in the "Wall Street Journal."
1946 - A patent was filed in the United States for an H-bomb.
1946 - British Prime Minister Winston Churchill signed a military pact with Russian leader Joseph Stalin. Stalin promised a "close collaboration after the war."
1948 - The U.S. Congress passed Public Law 557 which permanently established the Civil Air Patrol as the Auxiliary of the new U.S. Air Force.
1958 - Union Square, San Francisco became a state historical landmark.
1961 - A U.S. Air Force bomber flew across the Atlantic in a record time of just over three hours.
1969 - The Apollo 10 astronauts returned to Earth after a successful eight-day dress rehearsal for the first manned moon landing.
1972 - The Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty (SALT I) was signed by the U.S. and USSR. The short-term agreement put a freeze on the testing and deployment of intercontinental and submarine-launched ballistic missiles for a 5-year period.
amil rebellion in Jaffra.
1994 - U.S. President Clinton renewed trade privileges for China, and announced that his administration would no longer link China's trade status with its human rights record.
1998 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Ellis Island was mainly in New Jersey, not New York.
1998 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that police officers in high-speed chases are liable for bystander injuries only if their "actions shock the conscience."
1998 - The Grand Princess cruise ship made its inaugural cruise. The ship measured 109,000 tons and cost approximately $450 million, making it the largest and most expensive cruise ship ever built.

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A Sign of Desperation at the Fed
Thanks to Ben Bernanke's new monetary "tools", the Federal Reserve continues to operate in panic mode. Specifically, because the Fed now pays interest on reserves held by banks at the Federal Reserve, excess reserves are piling up at the Fed at a
remarkable rate. Read Nore...

Scientists cure cancer, but no one takes notice
Researchers at the University of Alberta, in Edmonton, Canada have cured cancer last week, yet there is a little ripple in the news or in TV. It is a simple technique using very basic drug. The method employs dichloroacetate, which is currently used to treat metabolic disorders. So, there is no concern of side effects or about their long term effects.

Britain reaffirms its ban on Michael Savage
An attorney for the British government has reaffirmed the United Kingdom's decision to ban leading talk-radio host Michael Savage from entry. Read More...

Expect $5,000 as US Has to Back Currency With Gold
With gold trading higher along with silver, the Godfather of newsletter writers Richard Russell had this to say in his latest commentary, “Russell Looks ahead -- With inflation heating up as far as American consumers are concerned, the pressure is on
the Bernanke Fed to "cool it" on its quantitative easing. I think the stock market (now slumping) and the dollar (now rising) are reflecting this. Thus the Fed might be setting off a temporary slump in the summer economy.

Stop Smart Meters!
Stop Smart Meters! has now evolved into an advocacy, media outreach, and direct action organization providing activism consultation and advice to dozens of local groups sprouting up who are fighting the wireless ‘smart’ meter assault.

EMF Safety Network
The EMF Safety Network is devoted to providing quality education about the health impacts associated with electromagnetic fields (EMFs) and radio frequency radiation (RF) and offering resources for community activists working to facilitate public policy change.

Smart Meter Health Impacts-comments
The following comments about how the new wireless utility Smart Meters have affected people’s health were sent to the EMF Safety Network, or publicly posted. Most are posted anonymously. Read More...

Tornadoes death toll rises, more storms forecast
JOPLIN, Mo (Reuters) - The death toll from a monster tornado that savaged Joplin, Missouri, rose to 125 on Wednesday and tornadoes overnight in nearby states caused at least 14 more deaths.

Aerial Photographs of Joplin Before and After the Tornado
Interactive Map - Aerial photographs from M.J. Harden/GeoEye show devastation across Joplin, Mo.

Risk From Spent Nuclear Reactor Fuel Is Greater in U.S. Than in Japan, Study Says
The threat of a catastrophic release of radioactive materials from a spent fuel pool at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi plant is dwarfed by the risk posed by such pools in the United States, which are typically filled with far more radioactive material, according to a study released on Tuesday by a nonprofit institute.

9 Ways That The World Has Gotten Even Crazier In May
In case you haven't noticed, the world has gotten even crazier in May. Just when you think that things can't get any more bizarre, events go to a whole new level. Sadly, millions of Americans seem almost completely oblivious to all of the world-
altering things that are going on all around us.

Silver...Still Precious
We buy gold and silver as a way to protect ourselves from the TEOMSAWKI (The End Of The Monetary System As We Know It) to come. We live in a literal financial house of cards. It is all paper. That house of cards has been in the process of collapsing since 2008. Astute market participants realize this and are buying bullion, one of the only financial assets with no counterparty risk, as a way to protect themselves from the coming storm.

Swiss to decommission all nuclear power plants
BERN, Switzerland — The Swiss Cabinet on Wednesday called for the decommissioning

Today In History - Wednesday - May 25, 2011
1787 - The Constitutional convention opened in Philadelphia with George Washington presiding.
1810 - Argentina declared independence from Napoleonic Spain.
1844 - The gasoline engine was patented by Stuart Perry.
1895 - James P. Lee first published "Gold in America -- A Practical Manual."
1925 - John Scopes was indicted for teaching the Darwinian theory in school.
1927 - Ford Motor Company announced that the Model A would replace the Model T.
1946 - Jordan gained independence from Britain.
1953 - In Nevada, the first atomic cannon was fired.
1961 - America was asked by U.S. President Kennedy to work toward putting a man on the moon before the end of the decade.
1968 - The Gateway Arch, part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in St. Louis, MO, was dedicated.
1970 - Boeing Computer Services was founded.
1977 - An opinion piece by Vietnam veteran Jan Scruggs appeared in "The Washington Post." The article called for a national memorial to "remind an ungrateful nation of what it has done to its sons" that had served in the Vietnam War.
1979 - An American Airlines DC-10 crashed during takeoff at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. 275 people were killed.
1981 - Daredevil Daniel Goodwin scaled Chicago's Sears Tower, while wearing a "Spiderman" costume, in 7 1/2 hours.
1985 - Bangladesh was hit with a hurricane and tidal wave that killed more than 11,000 people.
1986 - Approximately 7 million Americans participated in "Hands Across America."
1992 - Jay Leno debuted as the new permanent host of NBC's "Tonight Show."
1997 - U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond became the longest-serving senator in U.S. history (41 years and 10 months).
1997 - Poland adopted a constitution that removed all traces of communism.
1999 - A report by the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on U.S. National Security and Military/Commercial Concerns with the People's Republic of China concluded that China had "stolen design information on the U.S. most-advanced thermonuclear weapons" and that China's penetration of U.S. weapons laboratories "spans at least the past several decades and almost certainly continues today."
2008 - NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander landed in the arctic plains of Mars.
2009 - North Korea announced that it had conducted a second successful nuclear test in the province of North Hamgyong. The UN Security Council condemned the reported test.

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Bin Laden cache reveals no evidence of imminent threats
No evidence of specific or imminent threats has emerged yet from material confiscated from Osama bin Laden's Pakistani hideout, Western counter-terrorism officials said, raising questions about how directly he was in control of al Qaeda.

YouTube: Joplin Tornado Storm Created? Radar Rings Feeding Joplin Tornado?

Pakistan turns to China for naval base
Pakistan has asked China to build a naval base at its south-western port of Gwadar and expects the Chinese navy to maintain a regular presence there, a plan likely to alarm both India and the US.

Tornado devastates Joplin, Missouri, 116 dead
A monster tornado killed at least 116 people in Joplin, Missouri, when it tore through the heart of the small city, ripping the roof off a hospital and destroying thousands of homes and businesses.

Twister Season Proves Deadliest Since 1953
This spring's outbreak surpasses any since 1953, when 519 people were killed at a time when forecasters lacked the technology and ability to warn people well before storms hit.

Today In History - Tuesday - May 24, 2011
1689 - The English Parliament passed Act of Toleration, protecting Protestants. Roman Catholics were specifically excluded from exemption.
1738 - The Methodist Church was established.
1830 - The first passenger railroad service in the U.S. began service.
1844 - Samuel F.B. Morse formally opened America's first telegraph line. The first message was sent from Washington, DC, to Baltimore, MD. The message was "What hath God wrought?"
1883 - After 14 years of construction the Brooklyn Bridge was opened to traffic.
1931 - B&O Railroad began service with the first passenger train to have air conditioning throughout.
1954 - The first moving sidewalk in a railroad station was opened in Jersey City, NJ.
1958 - United Press International was formed through a merger of the United Press and the International News Service.
1961 - The Freedom Riders were arrested in Jackson, Mississippi.
1967 - California Governor Ronald Reagan greeted Charles M. Schulz at the state capitol in observance of the legislature-proclaimed "Charles Schulz Day."
1976 - Britain and France opened trans-Atlantic Concorde service to Washington.
1980 - The International Court of Justice issued a final decision calling for the release of the hostages taken at the U.S. embassy in Tehran on November 4, 1979.
1983 - The Brooklyn Bridge's 100th birthday was celebrated.
1983 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the federal government had the right to deny tax breaks to schools that racially discriminate.
1993 - The Ethiopian province of Eritrea declared itself an independent nation.
1994 - The four men convicted of bombing the New York's World Trade Center were each sentenced to 240 years in prison.
1999 - 39 miners were killed in an underground gas explosion in the Ukraine.
2000 - The U.S. House of Representatives approved permanent normal trade relations with China. China was not happy about some of the human rights conditions that had been attached by the U.S. lawmakers.
2000 - A Democratic Party event for Al Gore in Washington brought in $26.5 million. The amount set a new record, which had just been set the previous month by Republicans for Texas Gov. George W. Bush.
2001 - Temba Tsheri, 15, became the youngest person to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

Secret Louisiana flood chemical contamination delayed, Mandatory evacs
Louisiana residents are warned to prepare for intensive chemical contamination from 1000's of oil wells soon to be under water, despite the flooding in the battered Cajun country moving down river slower than predicted, the crest now expected at Butte LaRose, the midpoint of the river basin, on May 27 at 24.5 feet, and at Morgan City near the Gulf of Mexico on May 29 at 11 feet. Mandatory evacuations are in effect for some communities.

CDC Autism Researcher Indicted for Fraud
Poul Thorsen has been charged with 13 counts of wire fraud and nine counts of money laundering; a federal grand jury alleges that Thorsen stole over $1 million from autism research funding between February 2004 and June 2008. Thorsen is said to have used the proceeds to buy a home in Atlanta, two cars and a Harley Davidson. He is said to have stolen the money while serving as the 'principal investigator' for a program that studied the relationship between autism and exposure to vaccines...

U.S. gives UIC $14M for bio warfare counteragents
Scientists in Chicago have received a $14 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to develop drugs to fight anthrax and other bioterrorism agents. The scientists are at the University of Illinois at Chicago's Center for Pharmaceutical Biotechnology. Their research will focus on creating antibiotics to fight anthrax, plague and tularemia. Authorities are concerned terrorists could wage biological warfare with these naturally occurring bacteria.

Senate passes bill restricting HOA powers
The Texas Senate has passed a bill to curtail the powers of homeowners’ associations. The bill would make it harder for an association to foreclose on a homeowner for not paying dues and fees. Sellers of property within a homeowners’ association would also have to disclose to new buyers any obligations due to the association.

73,846 US Soldiers Dead from both Gulf Wars, How they manipulated the numbers to fool you
Department of Veterans Affairs Reports 73 Thousand U.S. Gulf War Deaths. More Gulf War Veterans have died than Vietnam Veterans. This probably is news to you. But the truth has been hidden by a technicality.

Today In History - Monday - May 23, 2011
1618 - The Thirty Years War began when three opponents of the Reformation were thrown through a window.
1701 - In London, Captain William Kidd was hanged after being convicted of murder and piracy.
1785 - Benjamin Franklin wrote in a letter that he had invented bifocals.
1788 - South Carolina became the eighth state to ratify U.S. Constitution.
1827 - The first nursery school in the U.S. was established in New York City.
1846 - Arabella Mansfield (Belle Aurelia Babb) was born. She was the first woman in the U.S. to pass the bar exam, though she never used her law degree.
1873 - Canada's North West Mounted Police force was established. The organization's name was changed to Royal Canadian Mounted Police in 1920.
1900 - Civil War hero Sgt. William H. Carney became the first African American to receive the Medal of Honor, 37 years after the Battle of Fort Wagner.
1901 - American forces captured Filipino rebel leader Emilio Aguinaldo.
1915 - During World War I, Italy joined the Allies as they declared war on Austria-Hungary.
1922 - "Daylight Saving Time" was debated in the first debate ever to be heard on radio in Washington, DC.
1934 - In Bienville Parish, LA, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were ambushed and killed by Texas Rangers. The bank robbers were riding in a stolen Ford.
1937 - Industrialist John D. Rockefeller died.
1949 - The Republic of West Germany was established.
1960 - Israel announced the capture of Nazi Adolf Eichmann in Argentina.
1985 - Thomas Patrick Cavanagh was sentenced to life in prison for trying to sell Stealth bomber secrets to the Soviet Union.
1995 - The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City was demolished.
1998 - British Protestants and Irish Catholics of Northern Ireland approved a peace accord.
1999 - Gerry Bloch, at age 81, became the oldest climber to scale El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. He broke his own record that he set in 1986 when he was 68 years old.

Get Prepared Expo Video Clip now up on YouTube
Start making your plans to attend the next Expo in October!

USDA fines family four million dollars for selling bunny rabbits
When the Dollarhite family of Nixa, Mo., first started raising and selling bunnies as part of a lesson to teach their teenage son about responsibility and hard work, they had no idea they would eventually meet the heavy hand of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). According to a recent article covered in Breitbart's Big Government, the USDA recently ordered the Dollarhite family to pay more than $90,000 in fines because they sold more than $500 worth of rabbits in a year -- and if they fail to pay the fine by Monday, May 23, the fine will multiply to nearly $4 million.

Responders Train for a Midwest Earthquake
Emergency responders and volunteers are training to handle huge numbers of people who would likely flee to the Kansas City area if a big earthquake hit southeast Missouri along the New Madrid fault. The weeklong exercise in Independence. Mo., is part of a national effort in response to concerns that a major earthquake could happen at any time. Drills are also being conducted in Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Tennessee, Arkansas and Oklahoma.

IMF Clarifies Amount of Strauss-Kahn's Pension
IMF press officer Alistair Thomson now says that the IMF has reviewed Dominique Strass-Kahn's pension situation in more detail and discovered he is eligible for a one-time payout of more than $250,000 and will get the standard pension that everyone else at the IMF receives.

Under the War Powers Act, Obama's Authority to Act in Libya Expires Today (Friday, May20)
U.S. operations in Libya hit the 60-day mark Friday, but Congress has grown largely silent on the administration’s unilateral intervention into the war-torn North African nation.

15 Food Companies That Serve You 'Wood'
The recent class-action lawsuit brought against Taco Bell raised questions about the quality of food many Americans eat each day.
Chief among those concerns is the use of cellulose (read: wood pulp), an extender whose use in a roster of food products, from crackers and ice creams to puddings and baked goods, is now being exposed. What you're actually paying for -- and consuming -- may be surprising.

Today In History - Friday - May 20, 2011
1775 - North Carolina became the first colony to declare its independence.
1784 - The Peace of Versailles ended a war between France, England, and Holland.
1830 - The fountain pen was patented by H.D. Hyde.
1861 - North Carolina became the eleventh state to secede from the Union.
1861 - During the American Civil War, the capital of the Confederacy was moved from Montgomery, AL, to Richmond, VA.
1874 - Levi Strauss began marketing blue jeans with copper rivets.
1875 - The International Bureau of Weights and Measures was established.
1899 - Jacob German of New York City became the first driver to be arrested for speeding. The posted speed limit was 12 miles per hour.
1902 - The U.S. military occupation of Cuba ended.
1902 - Cuba gained its independence from Spain.
1916 - Norman Rockwell’s first cover on "The Saturday Evening Post" appeared.
1927 - Charle Lindbergh took off from New York to cross the Atlantic for Paris aboard his airplane the "Spirit of St. Louis." The trip took 33 1/2 hours.
1932 - Amelia Earhart took off to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She became the first woman to achieve the feat.
1933 - "Charlie Chan" was heard for the final time on the NBC Blue radio network, after only six months on the air.
1939 - The first regular air-passenger service across the Atlantic Ocean began with the take-off of the "Yankee Clipper" from Port Washington, New York.
1941 - Germany invaded Crete by air.
1942 - Japan completed the conquest of Burma. 
1969 - U.S. and South Vietnamese forces captured Apbia Mountain, which was referred to as Hamburger Hill.
1970 - 100,000 people marched in New York supporting U.S. policies in Vietnam.
1978 - Mavis Hutchinson, at age 53, became the first woman to run across America. It took Hutchinson 69 days to run the 3,000 miles.
1985 - The FBI arrested U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer John Walker. Walker had begun spying for the Soviet Union in 1968.
1990 - The Hubble Space Telescope sent back its first photographs.
1996 - The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Colorado measure banning laws that would protect homosexuals from discrimination.
2010 - Scientists announced that they had created a functional synthetic genome.
2010 - Five paintings worth 100 million Euro were stolen from the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris.

VIDEO: Obama Speech in full - Moment of Opportunity: President Obama on the Middle East & North Africa
Why is there no gold fringe on the American Flag?

Oops. Bomb at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport was only a drill
With their guns drawn, police surrounded a man who reportedly was trying to get through security at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport with a bomb in a carry-on bag. It was a drill, but the trouble was no one had told the cops, who thought it was real.

Wonder drugs (statins, blood pressure) revealed as a complete scam: Here's why they don't work
Surprise! Statin, commonly referred to as the wonder drug, has come under scrutiny again for not living up to its claims. Statins have been tied to a wide range of dangerous side effects including heart failure, reduction in sex hormones, depression, and interference with normal liver functioning, to name a few.
*** Related Article: Cooked tomatoes 'as good as statins' for battling cholesterol

Chilling college emails on 'Tuscon shooter' released
Newly-released emails paint a chilling picture of a student who left others terrified.
The college of Tuscon shooting suspect Jared Lee Loughner has been forced by a judge to release more than 250 emails written about him before he was suspended.

Congressional leaders agree on four-year extension of PATRIOT Act
Congressional leaders agreed on Thursday to extend three expiring provisions of the controversial PATRIOT Act for four years.

YouTube: Libya earthquake cover up

Sugar, not Fat, Affirmed as Top Heart-Attacker
NY Times essay clarifies the case against sugar and white flour; Videos and articles summarize flaws in the never-credible “animal fats” theory of cardiovascular disease.

US: FEMA seeking money back from Enterprise tornado victims
According to the Associated Press, more than 5,000 Americans have been sent letters by the Federal Emergency Management Agency requiring repayment of financial assistance offered them during disasters dating back as far as 2005.

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Report: President of Japan's troubled TEPCO resigning
Tokyo Electric Power Co.(TEDCO) President Masataka Shimizu reportedly is resigning more than two months after an earthquake and tusnami crippled the company's Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power plant.

Cajun country, and culture, hit by storms, spill and now flood
Flooding from the Atchafalaya River partially submerges garden flowers and a shed on Wednesday in Simmesport, La. The river has backed up after Mississippi River water was diverted into it via the Morganza Spillway.

Giffords communicates after skull surgery
She is awake, communicating and doing bedside therapy. Plastic implant replaces area removed to reduce swelling in her brain. The operation was another milestone in Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' recovery, doctors say.

Radioactive Substances Found in Breast Milk of 5 Japanese Women
Small amounts of radioactive substances have been detected in the breast milk of five women in Japan, online newspaper Japan Today reported Thursday, citing a study by a citizen's group. Taking samples from 41 women across five prefectures, the tests found cesium in the breast milk of four women in Tokyo, Fukushima and Ibaraki, and radioactive iodine in the breast milk of a woman in Fukushima.

Judge awards $300M in each of 2 suicide bombings
A federal judge has awarded $300 million in punitive damages in each of two suicide bombings blamed on Iran and Iranian-backed Islamic groups. One of Thursday's rulings came on behalf of the family of Alan Beer, a U.S. citizen who was killed in Jerusalem in 2003 in the bombing of a bus by the Iran-backed organization Hamas. The other award was made to American citizen Seth Haim, his father and his brother. They were injured in the 1995 bombing of a bus in the Gaza Strip by the Iranian-supported Shaqaqi Faction of the Palestine Islamic Jihad.

Cancer drug spending to jump through 2013 says report
Spending on cancer drugs could rise at least 10 percent a year through 2013, fueled by use of effective -- and expensive -- new therapies used over longer periods, according to a report released on Wednesday.

Ex-IMF chief gets $1M bail in NYC sex assault case
A judge granted Strauss-Kahn $1 million bail and ordered him to be detained in a New York apartment. He will be subject to electronic monitoring and under the watch of an armed guard, costing him $200,000 a month, a prosecutor said.

Today In History - Thursday - May 19, 2011

1796 - The first U.S. game law was approved. The measure called for penalties for hunting or destroying game within Indian territory.
1847 - The first English-style railroad coach was placed in service on the Fall River Line in Massachusetts.
1856 - U.S. Senator Charles Sumner spoke out against slavery.
1857 - The electric fire alarm system was patented by William F. Channing and Moses G. Farmer.
1864 - The Union and Confederate armies launched their last attacks against each other at Spotsylvania in Virginia.
1906 - The Federated Boys' Clubs, forerunner of the Boys' Clubs of America, were organized.
1911 - The first American criminal conviction that was based on fingerprint evidence occurred in New York City.
1926 - Thomas Edison spoke on the radio for the first time.
1926 - Benito Mussolini announced that democracy was deceased. Rome became a fascist state.
1943 - Winston Churchill told the U.S. Congress that his country was pledging their full support in the war against Japan.
1958 - Canada and the U.S. formally established the North American Air Defense Command.
1962 - Marilyn Monroe performed a sultry rendition of "Happy Birthday" for U.S. President John F. Kennedy. The event was a fund-raiser at New York's Madison Square Garden.
1964 - The U.S. State Department reported that diplomats had found about 40 microphones planted in the U.S. Embassy in Moscow.
1967 - U.S. planes bombed Hanoi for the first time.
1989 - The Dow Jones Industrial Average passed 2,500 for the first time. The close for the day was 2,501.1.
1992 - U.S. Vice President Dan Quayle criticized the CBS sitcom "Murphy Brown" for having its title character decide to bear a child out of wedlock.
1992 - In Massapequa, NY, Mary Jo Buttafuoco was shot and seriously wounded by Amy Fisher. Fisher was her husband Joey's teen-age lover.
1992 - The 27th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution went into effect. The amendment prohibits Congress from giving itself midterm pay raises.
1993 - The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed about 3,500 (3,500.03) for the first time.
1998 - Bandits stole three of Rome's most important paintings from the National Gallery of Modern Art.
2000 - The bones of the most complete and best-preserved Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton went on display in Chicago.
2000 - Disney released the movie "Dinosaur."
2003 - It was announced that Worldcom Inc. would pay investors $500 million to settle civil fraud charges over its $11 billion accounting scandal.
2003 - Hundreds of Albert Einstein's scientific papers, personal letters and humanist essays were make available on the Internet. Einstein had given the papers to the Hebrew Universtiy of Jerusalem in his will.
2005 - "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith" brought in 50.0 million in its opening day.

You don't have to be sick! Food documentary reveals real causes of sickness vs. health
We are bringing you news today about a must-see documentary that has a powerful, life-changing impact on the way we think about food, pharmaceuticals, disease and health. This is a high-end, professionally done feature documentary that hits hard at the core causes behind today's disease epidemics (which are almost all preventable, by the way). Food Matters is now available at

Esquire Magazine pulled a spoof - Corsi Book Pulled was a SPOOF!
Esquire Magazine reported that Corsi's book had been pulled by it's publisher with no indication in the story that it was a SPOOF !  Corsi appeared live on Coast to Coast with George Noory Wednesday night and verified it was a Spoof and he was most likely Suing.
*** Related Article: Joseph Farah says he may sue Esquire for ‘parody’ story on Jerome Corsi book

Fukushima Update: A Very Bad Situation
Well, it now turns out that many of my worst fears about Fukushima have been confirmed with the news that TEPCO has finally admitted that Reactor #1 has experienced a meltdown event that may have breached the primary containment vessel. Further, truly alarming levels of radiation are now being reported in and around Tokyo.

Obama cashes in on birther controversy by selling 'Made in the USA' T-shirts to raise funds for election campaign
The world survived the Obama 'birther' scandal – and all they got was this lousy T-shirt.
That may soon be the sentiment across the U.S. as President Obama looks to cash in from the ruckus over his birthplace, according to ABC News.

USPS warns of default on retiree benefits
The U.S. Postal Service will begin to default on its financial obligations just over four months from now unless Congress takes action to relieve it of its obligation to pre-fund retiree health care accounts, its leader told lawmakers Tuesday.

IMF director Dominique Strauss-Kahn resigns amid sex charges
Dominique Strauss-Kahn resigned as head of the International Monetary Fund, the global finance body said in a statement issued late Wednesday, as he faces charges of sexual assault and attempted rape in New York.

Ron Paul: U.S. may try to occupy Pakistan
GOP 2012 hopeful Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) thinks U.S. troops will soon be on the ground for an occupation of Pakistan — and he said so on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" Wednesday morning.

Medicare bankrupt by 2024, says government
An annual report issued last week by the trustees of Medicare said the program won't have enough funds to pay full benefits by 2024, a full five years sooner than last year's estimate and one that may yet be even rosier than reality.

Secret Weather Weapons can kill millions, warns top Russian politician
A top Duma political leader caused shock waves in a recent television interview when he warned that Russia could deploy an arsenal of new technology to “destroy any part of the planet” and kill over a hundred million people using secret weather weapons if the United States, the UN or Georgia tried to stop Russia’s entry into the WTO.

Europe, Developing Nations Clash Over Who Will Replace IMF Chief DSK
With imprisoned IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn facing calls to resign in the wake of an attempted rape charge, a free-for-all is breaking out between Europe and developing countries over who should get his job.

Why America is Getting Owned by Foreigners
A new World Bank report projects that by 2025, foreigners' net ownership of US assets will represent 69 percent of the US GDP.
The foreign owners in question are led by China, other Asia-Pacific countries, and Middle Eastern nations.

CHART: Who Funds The IMF?
This chart explains in simple terms why you often hear that U.S. taxpayers are bailing out foreign nations - because we provide approximately 17% of IMF funds.

Al-Qaida releases posthumous bin Laden audio
In the audio, the former al-Qaida leader, who was killed in a U.S. raid on May 2 in Pakistan, praised revolutions sweeping the Arab world, and expressed joy at the victory of uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia, Reuters reported.

Dozens of sharks washing up dead in California
According to reports, dozens of leopard sharks have either washed ashore dead since April, or have been found so badly injured and in pain that the creatures were literally pounding their heads into the sand in what some locals said appeared to be suicide attempts.

Today In History - Wednesday - May 18, 2011
1798 - The first Secretary of the U.S. Navy was appointed. He was Benjamin Stoddert.
1802 - Great Britain declared war on Napoleon's France.
1828 - Battle of Las Piedras ended the conflict between Uruguay and Brazil.
1904 - Brigand Raizuli kidnapped American Ion H. Perdicaris in Morocco.
1917 - The U.S. Congress passed the Selective Service act, which called up soldiers to fight in World War I.
1933 - The Tennessee Valley Authority was created.
1934 - The U.S. Congress approved an act, known as the "Lindberg Act," that called for the death penalty in interstate kidnapping cases.
1942 - New York ended night baseball games for the duration of World War II.
1944 - Monte Cassino, Europe's oldest Monastic house, was finally captured by the Allies in Italy.
1951 - The United Nations moved its headquarters to New York City.
1953 - The first woman to fly faster than the speed of sound, Jacqueline Cochran, piloted an F-86 Sabrejet over California at an average speed of 652.337 miles-per-hour.
1974 - India became the sixth nation to explode an atomic bomb.
1980 - Mt. Saint Helens erupted in Washington state. 57 people were killed and 3 billion in damage was done.
1983 - The U.S. Senate revised immigration laws and gave millions of illegal aliens legal status under an amnesty program.
1994 - Israel's three decades of occupation in the Gaza Strip ended as Israeli troops completed their withdrawal and Palestinian authorities took over.
1998 - The U.S. federal government and 20 states filed a sweeping antitrust case against Microsoft Corp., saying the computer software company had a "choke hold" on competitors
which denied consumer choices by controlling 90% of the software market.
1998 - U.S. federal officials arrested more than 130 people and seized $35 million. This was the end to an investigation of money laundering being done by a dozen Mexican banks
and two drug-smuggling cartels.

Jailed veterans look for COVER behind bars
Over the next two weeks, KALW News (San Francisco area) is bringing you stories from veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Thousands are returning home every month, re-entering civilian life - and facing challenges and obstacles all along the way. This first story takes us to a jail in San Bruno. Read More...

Wayne State University Study Finds “Super Bacteria” In Local Meat
The researchers found the type of MRSA bacteria that would have entered the meat through human handlers, not animals. And, according to WSU research, this is the first time that human MRSA has been discovered in poultry for sale to consumers in the United States.

FDA rejects petition on egg irradiation
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration has formerly rejected a petition to re-open the rulemaking that provided for the safe use of ionizing radiation to reduce salmonella in fresh shell eggs. The FDA published a final rule in the Federal Register on July 21, 2000, permitting the irradiation of fresh shell eggs for the reduction of salmonella at doses not to exceed 3.0 kiloGray, referred to as the "egg irradiation rule." Under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic (FD&C) Act, any person adversely affected by the rulemaking can, within 30 days, file objections and request a public hearing on the objections.
*** Related Article: The FDA concluded "that this use of irradiation is safe for its intended use for the reduction of salmonella in fresh shell eggs."
The FDA report in the Federal Register can be found at: .

IMF Chief Under Suicide Watch at NYC Jail
IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was placed under a suicide watch in jail, while pressure mounted on him to resign Tuesday and the hotel maid who accused him of attempted rape said through her lawyer that she had no idea who he was when she reported him to the police.

Cresting Mississippi River Floods Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana
The Mississippi River drew to within a finger's length of the highest level ever recorded at Greenville, Mississippi, Tuesday as a flood of historic proportions continued to slink its way to the Gulf of Mexico.

Flood Evacuees Move Into Enclave Built For Katrina
A farming community built for evacuees of Hurricane Katrina has become a haven for families driven from their homes by river flooding that has hit states from Arkansas to Louisiana.

Secret Service questions 13-year-old at school
A Facebook post earned a seventh grader an interrogation by the Secret Service. The student was saying how Osama is dead and for Obama to be careful because there might be suicide bombers. Secret Service told him it was because the post he made and it indicated a threat towards the president.

Government vaccine compensation payouts prove autism link
The federal government has been publicly denying any link between autism and vaccines for over two decades, while it has quietly been paying out damages for vaccine injury to children with autism, a study released May 10th shows.

Drought Conditions Worst Since '20s
When Suzanne French sees rain clouds rolling in, she and her husband get excited.

Drought Leaves Nearly 1,400 Reservoirs Dead In Central China Province
A lingering drought in central China's Hubei Province has rendered 1392 reservoirs virtually useless as only dead water remains in them, Xinhua news agency reported quoting the local water authority as saying Monday.

Aftershocks Continue Daily After Christchurch Earthquake 2011
Aftershocks continue to rattle Christchurch on a daily basis with 7 occurring between 4pm on the 14th May and 3pm on the 15th May.

Thousands Flee 'Town On Fire' In Canada
A wildfire blazing through a northern Canadian town forced the evacuation of nearly 7,000 people, with many fleeing with just a few belongings before buildings were consumed — including the town hall and the main shopping mall.

Soggy Michigan Spring Puts Clamps On Crops
Michigan farmers are watching the calendar and kicking the fields as a spate of unpredictable weather continues to cut into their crucial spring planting time.

Soaked Fields Threaten Ind. Corn Crop
With the must-plant deadline fast approaching, many Indiana farmers are worried more rain could jeopardize their corn crops.

50 Things Every American Should Know About The Collapse Of The Economy
Unfortunately, the American people will never agree to fundamental changes to our economic and financial systems unless they are fully educated about what is causing our problems. We have turned our backs on the principles of our forefathers and the principles of those that founded this nation. We have rejected the ancient wisdom that was handed down to us. It has been said that those that sow the wind, shall reap the whirlwind.

Spring Rain Causing Problems For Ohio
More rain is on the way, and all the water is causing problems for many farmers around the region. Agriculture is big business in Ohio. In fact, one out of seven Ohioans are employed directly or indirectly by agriculture.

Drought In Britain: Dry Spell Drags On And Crop Failures Lead To Higher Food Prices
The near-drought that has created dustbowl conditions in parts of Britain is expected to stretch into June and crop failures look set to drive up the price of food.

Coast Guard Closes Miss. River At Natchez
Record flooding has caused authorities to close the Mississippi River at the port in Natchez because barge traffic could put more pressure on the levees.

Indiana Trounces Fourth Amendment
Indiana’s Supreme Court just ruled that police can basically enter Hoosier homes without a warrant, without justifiable cause, without – apparently – any regard whatsoever for the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

Queen Lays Wreath On First State Visit
Queen Elizabeth II laid a wreath at the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin on Tuesday during her landmark visit to Ireland, the first by a UK monarch since the country gained independence in 1921.

Mitt Romeny Money Machine Cranks Up
Mitt Romney, usually cautious and measured in describing his nascent campaign, allowed himself a minor indulgence in describing to reporters the fundraising call-a-thon that netted his presidential bid $10.25 million here Monday.

GM Sponsors And Celebrates Soon To Be Released Chi-com Propaganda Film
In late 2010, General Motors agreed to sponsor a propaganda film celebrating the 90th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

'Die Welt': Iran Rocket Bases In Venezuela
The Iranian government is moving forward with the construction of rocket launch bases in Venezuela, the German daily Die Welt wrote in its Thursday edition.

LED Bulbs Hit 100 Watts As Federal Ban Looms
Two leading makers of lighting products are showcasing LED bulbs that are bright enough to replace energy-guzzling 100-watt light bulbs set to disappear from stores in January.

Doctors Refusing To Treat Overweight Patients
Fifteen obstetrics-gynecology practices out of 105 polled by the Sun Sentinel said they have set weight limits for new patients.

Nearly 20 Percent Of New Obamacare Waivers Are Gourmet Restaurants, Nightclubs, Fancy Hotels In Nance Pelosi's District
Of the 204 new Obamacare waivers President Barack Obama’s administration approved in April, 38 are for fancy eateries, hip nightclubs and decadent hotels in House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s Northern California district.

US Official: Growing Threat From Solar Storms
A senior official at the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says solar storms pose a growing threat to criticial infrastructure such as satellite communications, navigation systems and electrical transmission equipment.

Pakistan's Gilani Visits Ally Beijing Amid US Rift
Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani began a visit to China on Tuesday with his country's old ally looking more attractive after the U.S. killing of Osama bin Laden further strained Islamabad's ties with Washington.

US Outlines Global Plans For Cyberspace
The Obama administration laid out plans Monday to work aggressively with other nations to make the Internet more secure, enable law enforcement to work closely on cybercrime and ensure that citizens everywhere have the freedom to express themselves online.

Iran President Takes Over Oil Ministry Temporarily
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said he has temporarily assumed the duties of the oil ministry, as the oil cartel OPEC prepares for a biannual meeting in Vienna.

Alleged Cannibal Arrested After Human Stew Found
Russian authorities arrested a man Tuesday in connection with dismembered body parts that were scattered around Moscow, police said according to reports.

TSA BAckscatter Radiation Safety Tests Were Rigged
It can now be revealed by NaturalNews that the TSA faked its safety data on its X-ray airport scanners in order to deceive the public about the safety of such devices.

Rep. Ron Paul Introduces HR 1830 To Allow Shipment, Distribution Of Raw Milk Across State Lines
No matter what one's personal position is on the issue of consuming dairy products, the freedom to buy and sell raw milk is a fundamental right afforded to every American under the US Constitution.

83 Percent Of Brain Injury Vaccine Compensation Payouts Were For Autism Caused By Vaccines
The federal government has been publicly denying any link between autism and vaccines for over two decades, while it has quietly been paying out damages for vaccine injury to children with autism, a study released May 10th shows.

EU Agriculture Chief Slams GMO's, Expresses Strong Support For Natural Agriculture
In a bold move that goes against the mainstream flow, European Union (EU) Agriculture Commissioner Dacian Ciolos recently denounced genetically-modified (GM) food crops, citing the fact that they fail to meet various "quality and diversity criteria" that consumers have come to expect, and their inherent lack of benefit for both farmers and consumers.

Indian Farmers Commit Suicide Due To Devastation Caused By GM Crops
Foundational changes that have taken place in the agriculture sector of India have led to a epidemic of farmer suicides over the past 16 years, according to a new report.

California Farmer Proves You Can Grow Organic Strawberries Without Using Chemicals
When is the last time you ate a truly delicious sweet strawberry that had been grown using only natural methods of agriculture?

Should You Use Sunscreen?
The debate about sunscreens rages on. Dermatologists advise slathering up every day. Nutritionists and holistic doctors advise sun exposure to get vitamin D.

Today In History - Tuesday - May 17, 2011
1756 - Britain declared war on France, beginning the French and Indian War.
1792 - The New York Stock Exchange was founded at 70 Wall Street by 24 brokers.
1814 - Denmark ceded Norway to Sweden. Norway's constitution, which provided a limited monarchy, was signed.
1875 - The first Kentucky Derby was run at Louisville, KY.
1932 - The U.S. Congress changed the name "Porto Rico" to "Puerto Rico."
1940 - Germany occupied Brussels, Belgium and began the invasion of France.
1946 - U.S. President Truman seized control of the nation's railroads, delaying a threatened strike by engineers and trainmen.
1954 - The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled for school integration in Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka. The ruling declared that racially segregated schools were inherently unequal.
1973 - The U.S. Senate Watergate Committee began its hearings.
1987 - An Iraqi warplane attacked the U.S. Navy frigate Stark in the Persian Gulf, killing 37 American sailors. Iraq and the United States called the attack a mistake.
1996 - U.S. President Clinton signed a measure requiring neighborhood notification when sex offenders move in. Megan's Law was named for 7-year-old Megan Kanka, who was raped and killed in 1994. 
2000 - Thomas E. Blanton Jr. and David Luker surrendered to police in Birmingham, AL. The two former Ku Klux Klan members were arrested on charges from the bombing of a church in 1963 that killed four young black girls.
2000 - Austria, the U.S. and six other countries agreed on the broad outline of a plan that would compensate Nazi-Era forced labor.
2001 - The U.S. Postal Service issued a stamp based on Charles M. Schulz's "Peanuts" comic strip.
2006 - The U.S. aircraft carrier Oriskany was sunk about 24 miles off Pensacola Beach. It was the first vessel sunk under a Navy program to dispose of old warships by turning them into diving attractions. It was the largest man-made reef at the time of the sinking.
2007 - Trains crossed the border dividing North and South Korea for the first time since 1953.

The United States Congress is set to vote on legislation that authorizes the official start of World War 3
The legislation authorizes the President of the United States to take unilateral military action against all nations, organizations, and persons, both domestically and abroad, who are alleged to be currently or who have in the past supported or engaged in hostilities or who have provided aid in support of hostilities against the United States or any of its coalition allies. The legislation removes the requirement of congressional approval for the use of military force and instead gives the President totalitarian dictatorial authority to engage in any and all military actions for an indefinite period of time. It even gives the President the authority to launch attacks against American Citizens inside the United States with no congressional oversight whatsoever.
*** Related Article: It's Official: Congress To Vote On Declaration Of World War 3

Schwarzenegger reveals he had child with staffer
Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has acknowledged that he fathered a child with a member of his household staff, a revelation that apparently prompted wife Maria Shriver to leave the couple's home before they announced their separation last week.

Holly Deyo's US Disaster Maps
Notice how many disasters have occurred in food-producing areas. They are striking the heart of our food growing regions. Many food crops have been wiped out by drought, flood, hail and freezes. These food destroyers are occurring in greater frequency and having larger impact. America's food belts are taking mighty hits. Some growing areas will not recover this entire year.

Massive Asian Buying of Physical Gold & Silver
This physical buying is part of an increase in hard asset reserves for China and other Asian countries who are underweight precious metals and it is expected to continue for quite some time, most likely for many years. Right now, each time we see gold under $1,500 the demand out of Asia is massive, they are huge physical buyers.

Silver Market Defined By Lack of Supply
Look at what the U.S. Mint alone has done: they haven't made the Platinum Eagle since 2008. They make maybe one-tenth as many gold Buffalos as they do Gold Eagles. They've made hardly any fractional-ounce Gold Eagles. Heck, they can't even keep up with the demand for the products they do offer. Does that sound like a bottleneck to you? Or is it because there is far more demand than there is available supply? It's pretty clear to me it's the latter.

Found in the trash... NYPD left red-faced after top secret counter-terrorism plan discovered
New York Police Department have red-faces after a member of the public discovered anti-terrorism a dustbin. Bucky Turco found the eight-page document, from NYPD's Chemical Ordinance, Biological and Radiological Awareness (COBRA) task force, and decided to publish the contents online.

YouTube: The Fluoride Deception
Adams agues that many dentists are unaware of the true origins of fluoride, and even that the name ‘fluoride’ is, itself, scientifically inaccurate. The mass fluoridation of water supplies, it is argued, has turned the populations of towns and cities, worldwide, into a convenient means of disposal for chemical waste.

New York City to scare speeders into slowing down... by flashing images of skeletons
New York City is set to scare its speeders in to slowing down by flashing images of skeletons by the side of the road. The LED warning signs, which will be positioned by crosswalks, will be accompanied by the words 'Slow Down'. They will be set up as speed boards, with Doppler radar to detect the speed of oncoming traffic, the Department of Transportation has announced.

Double Digit Inflation Has Arrived
New inflation figures were released by the government last week, and the news was not good.

25,000 Flee As Floodgate Opens To Save New Orleans
Thousands of people were evacuating their homes in Louisiana last night as a massive operation got under way to save the cities of New Orleans and Baton Rouge from a flooding catastrophe.

Comet Elenin: White House Letter Addresses 'US Must Prepare For Comet Elenin'

NLE 2011
All 50 states and all U.S. territories are vulnerable to earthquakes. Anywhere earthquakes have occurred in the past, they can happen again.

Border Community Organizing Petition To Protest Obama;s Immigration Speech
The residents of the Chiricahua-Peloncillo drug and human smuggling corridor that runs from the Mexican border north through eastern Arizona and western New Mexico are circulating a petition to send to the White House in response to President Obama's recent immigration speech.

Secret Map Shows Massive Cloud Of Radiation Heading Toward US And Canada
New forecasts show a very predominate cloud of radiation that seems to blanket most of the United states in the next few days. Looking at the map you can see that the brunt of this cloud will hit the Western United States as well as Canada very hard.

Floodwater Creeps Closer To La. Towns
Deputies warned people Sunday to get out as water gushing from a floodgate for the first time in four decades crept ever closer to communities in the Louisiana Cajun country, slowly filling a river basin like a giant bathtub.

Drought Fears After Warmest April On Record
The Government plans to hold a "water summit" next week to make sure the country is properly prepared for prolonged dry conditions.

Farmer's Hopes Drown
A secondary levee protecting 10,000 acres of prime farmland in East Carroll Parish was overtopped by the rising Mississippi River on Thursday morning, 5th Louisiana Levee District President Reynold Minsky said.

Plan To Flood Fukushima Reactor Could Cause New Blast, Experts Warn
Experts have warned of a potentially dangerous radiation leak if Japan proceeds with plans to flood a damaged reactor containment vessel at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

Trump Won't Run; Decision Follows NBC's Contingency Plan To Recast Donald On 'Apprentice'
NBC made a big headline at its upfront presentation today regarding Donald Trump who took the stage to deliver the news: "After getting so many calls from NBC executives, I've decided that I will continue onward with The Apprentice.
***Related Article: Trump and Huck out, now a new name looking to jump in

Apparent Immunity Gene 'Cures Bay Area Man Of AIDS
A 45-year-old man now living in the Bay Area may be the first person ever cured of the deadly disease AIDS, the result of the discovery of an apparent HIV immunity gene.

Hate Crime Charges In Maryland McDonald's Beating Caught On Video
A Baltimore County grand jury has indicted two teens in a beating of a transgender woman at a McDonald's restaurant that was caught on video.

Treasury To Tap Pensions To Help Fund Government
The Obama administration will begin to tap federal retiree programs to help fund operations after the government lost its ability Monday to borrow more money from the public, adding urgency to efforts in Washington to fashion a compromise over the debt.

US Government Will Soon Seize Your Retirement Account
When it comes to your retirement account, you probably keep an eye on Wall Street and the financial markets because when they lose value, your account loses value.

As Debt Ceiling Limit Reached, Agreement Still Far Off
The U.S. government is expected to hit the $14.294 trillion debt ceiling Monday, setting in motion an uncertain, 11-week political scramble to avoid a default.

China Cuts Holdings Of US Treasurys For 5th Month
China, the biggest buyer of U.S. securities, trimmed its holdings for a fifth straight month.

Pat Buchanan: IMF Sex Scandal 'A Bad Day For The New World Order'
Pat Buchanan on the sex scandal surrounding IMF director Dominique Strauss-Kahn: "I will tell you. Look, you have the Charlie Sheen of global finance running the IMF.

TEPCO Admits Nuclear Meltdown Occurred At Fukushima Reactor 16 Hours After Quake
Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) admitted for the first time on May 15 that most of the fuel in one of its nuclear reactors at the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant had melted only about 16 hours after the March 11 earthquake struck a wide swath of northeastern Japan and triggered a devastating tsunami.

Heaven Is A 'Fairy Story', Says Stephen Hawking
British scientist Stephen Hawking has branded heaven a "fairy story" for people afraid of the dark, in his latest dismissal of the concepts underpinning the world's religions.

Cell Phone Towers May Be Ultimate Cause Of Honeybee Population Collapse
It's one of the signs of the approaching food collapse our world will soon be facing: Honeybees are disappearing at a truly alarming rate all around the world.

Study: Tylenol, Acetaminophen Linked To Causing Blood Cancer
A new study out of the University of Washington (UW) provides even more evidence that taking over-the-counter painkillers can kill you. Published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, the study explains that taking acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol, for extended periods of time can increase a person's risk of developing blood cancer.

Liposuction Exposed: The Fat Comes Back, But In Different Places
Are you looking for a quick way to reduce body fat and your waistline? Don't try liposuction; you may very well wind up regretting that decision.

State Officials In Maine Target Local Food Sovereignty Bills In Effort To Thwart Food Freedom
A battle is erupting in Maine as state bureaucrats challenge the validity of the various food sovereignty bills recently passed by a handful of towns in the Pine Tree State.

Breast Cancer Breakthrough - Parsley And Other Plant Products Halt Tumor Growth
Did you ever use parsley simply to decorate some food -- and then toss the herb aside? You might want to reconsider that and make sure you actually eat the parsley.

Discovery Of BT Insecticide In Human Blood Proves GMO Toxin A Threat To Human Health, Study Finds
The biotechnology industry's house of cards appears to be crumbling, as a new study out of the University of Sherbrooke, Canada, recently found Bt toxin, a component of certain genetically-modified (GM) crops, in human blood samples for the first time.

Today In History - Monday - May 16, 2011
1866 - The U.S. Congress authorized the first 5-cent piece to be minted.
1868 - U.S. President Andrew Johnson was acquitted during the Senate impeachment, by one vote.
1888 - The first demonstration of recording on a flat disc was demonstrated by Emile Berliner.
1888 - The capitol of Texas was dedicated in Austin.
1910 - The U.S. Bureau of Mines was authorized by the U.S. Congress.
1920 - Joan of Arc was canonized in Rome.
1929 - The first Academy Awards were held in Hollywood.
1946 - "Annie Get Your Gun" opened on Broadway.
1946 - Jack Mullin showed the world the first magnetic tape recorder.
1963 - After 22 Earth orbits Gordon Cooper returned to Earth, ending Project Mercury.
1965 - Spaghetti-O's went on sale.
1969 - Venus 5, a Russian spacecraft, landed on the planet Venus.
1971 - U.S. postage for a one-ounce first class stamp was increased from 6 to 8 cents.
1988 - A report released by Surgeon General C. Everett Koop declared that nicotine was addictive in similar was as heroin and cocaine.
1988 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that police do not have to have a search warrant to search discarded garbage.
1991 - Queen Elizabeth II became the first British monarch to address the U.S. Congress.
2000 - U.S. First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton was nominated to run for U.S. Senator in New York. She was the first U.S. first lady to run for public office.
2005 - Sony Corp. unveiled three styles of its new PlayStation 3 video game machine.

IMF Chief Arrested for Sexual Assault
International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was arrested on sexual-assault charges, the Wall Street Journal reports.
*** Related Article: Lawyer: IMF Chief Denies NYC Sex-Assault Charges
The leader of the International Monetary Fund, a possible candidate for president of France, was yanked from an airplane moments before it was to depart for Paris and arrested in the alleged sexual assault of a hotel maid, police said.

Terry Lakin freed to focus on family and career
Dr. Terry Lakin was released today from Ft. Leavenworth, where he served almost six months of prison time for refusing orders over his doubts about Barack Obama's eligibility to be president, and told WND that he is going to focus on his family first, then his church and medical career.

ALERT: Emergency Levels Of Japan Nuclear Radiation Found In Forecasts Censored From Public
Contrary to previous reports that NILO has stopped making Japan nuclear radiation forecasts, the forecasts are still being produced, they are just not being released to the public.

Nuclear Meltdown At Fukushima Plant
One of the reactors at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi power plant did suffer a nuclear meltdown, Japanese officials admitted for the first time today, describing a pool of molten fuel at the bottom of the reactor's containment vessel.

The People vs Goldman Sachs
They weren't murderers or anything; they had merely stolen more money than most people can rationally conceive of, from their own customers, in a few blinks of an eye. But then they went one step further.

Problems In Greece And Ireland/Gold And Silver Rise
Gold had a great day climbing $13.70 to $1516.60. Silver now seems to be on the rebound rising by $1.37 to $38.48. The banking cartel provided some resistance but the physical demand was too great and caused a retreat for them to higher ground.

Take The Bull By The Horns: Farmers Across America Trade In Tractors For Oxen To Beat Soaring Fuel Prices
When farmers Danielle and Matt Boerson realised they could no longer afford to run their tractors, they took the bull by the horns - and ditched them for oxen.

SEAL Helmet Cams Recorded Entire bin Laden Raid
A new picture emerged Thursday of what really happened the night the Navy SEALs swooped in on Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan.

Pressure Mounts On Gadhafi Within Libya's Capital
Pressure is mounting on Moammar Gadhafi from within his stronghold in the Libyan capital, with increasing NATO airstrikes and worsening shortages of fuel and goods.

Toxin From GM Crops Found In Human Blood Supply
Fresh doubts have arisen about the safety of genetically modified crops, with a new study reporting presence of Bt toxin, used widely in GM crops, in human blood for the first time.

Google Wants To Control Your Home
First Google dominated the Web with search. Then it ruled mobile devices with Android. Now Google wants to control everything inside your home.

Eight Killed As Israeli Troops Open Fire On Nakba Day Border Protests
Israeli troops opened fire on pro-Palestinian demonstrators attempting to breach its borders on three fronts, killing at least eight people. Scores more were wounded at Israel's borders with Syria, Lebanon and Gaza.

Israel-Palestinian Violence Erupts On The Three Borders
Violence erupted on Israel's borders with Syria, Lebanon and Gaza on Sunday, leaving at least eight dead and dozens wounded, as Palestinians marked what they term "the catastrophe" of Israel's founding in 1948.

Floodgate opening continues in Louisiana
The rising Mississippi river is now flooding small towns across Louisiana. The army corps of engineers has opened two floodgates of the Morganza spillway that should limit flooding in New Orleans and Baton Rouge.

Miss. River Spillway Opens, Towns Await Floodwater
Over the next few days, water spewing through a Mississippi River floodgate will crawl through the swamps of Louisiana's Cajun country, chasing people and animals to higher ground while leaving much of the land under 10 to 20 feet of water.

Geithner Predicts Double-Dip If Congress Fails To Lift Debt Ceiling
Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner said if Congress fails to lift the debt ceiling and the U.S. defaults on its obligations “this abrupt contraction would likely push us into a double dip recession,” painting the most explicitly dire prediction to date of the consequences of inaction.

HHS Approves 200 More New Healthcare Waivers
The Obama administration approved 204 new waivers to Democrats' healthcare reform law over the past month, bringing the total to 1,372.

Court: No Right to Resist Illegal Cop Entry Into Home
Overturning a common law dating back to the English Magna Carta of 1215, the Indiana Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Hoosiers have no right to resist unlawful police entry into their homes.

'Plankiing' Claims First Victim As Action Beale Falls From Balcony To His Death
An Australian man has plunged to his death after taking part in a new internet craze known as 'planking'.

Obama to Open Offshore Areas to Oil Drilling For First Time
The Obama administration is proposing to open vast expanses of water along the Atlantic coastline, the eastern Gulf of Mexico and the north coast of Alaska to oil and natural gas drilling, much of it for the first time, officials said Tuesday.

Snow Forecast Leads Some To Hope It's A Joke
Don't put your snow shovels away just yet.

WikiLeaks Founder Assange Blasts Facebook As 'Most Appalling Spying Machine'
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange blasted Facebook, calling it the "most appalling spying machine that has ever been invented," Russia Today reported Tuesday.

TEPCO To Cover Damaged Fukushima Reactors With Useless Polyester Tents
In a demonstration of the company's shocking ignorance concerning the nature of radioactive particles, the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) has announced that it is going to place large polyester domes -- yes, you read that right -- around the damaged reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in an alleged attempt to help contain radioactive particles.

Historic Mississippi River Flood Prompts Army Corps To Release Louisiana's Morganza Levee: 3 Million More Acres Of Land To Be Inundated With Water
Within days, the US Army Corps of Engineers is expected to open the Morganza Spillway in Louisiana to protect major cities like Baton Rouge and New Orleans, both of which will allegedly experience massive flooding if the spillway is not opened.

Florida To Prohibit Doctors From Questioning Whether Patients Own Firearms
A new bill that recently passed the Florida state legislature will make it illegal for doctors to interrogate patients about whether or not they own firearms. If signed into law by Governor Rick Scott, House Bill 155 will make Florida the first US state to protect the privacy of its patients who exercise their Second Amendment right to bear arms, and who wish to not disclose that information to their doctors.

Government Regulations Set To Destroy Fishing Industry In New England
Federal caps that limit the volume and frequency of fish catches are quickly bankrupting and destroying the fishing industry throughout New England, according to recent reports.

How The Skin Reduces Indoor Air Pollution
The 500 million skin cells you shed naturally from your body every single day may actually be helping to purify the air in your home and workplace, says a new study published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology.

Scientists Discover New Method By Which Bacteria Become Resistant To Antibiotics
Overuse of antibiotics both in conventional livestock feed and in human medical applications has led to increasing bacterial resistance to antibiotic drugs.

Today In History - Friday - May 13, 2011
1821 - The first practical printing press was patented in the U.S. by Samuel Rust.
1846 - The U.S. declared that war already existed with Mexico.
1861 - Britain declared its neutrality in the American Civil War.
1864 - The Battle of Resaca commenced as Union General Sherman fought towards Atlanta during the American Civil War.
1865 - The last land engagement of the American Civil War was fought at the Battle of Palmito Ranch in far south Texas, more than a month after Gen. Lee's surrender at Appomattox, VA.
1867 - Confederate President Jefferson Davis became a free man after spending two years in prison for his role in the American Civil War.
1873 - Ludwig M. Wolf patented the sewing machine lamp holder.
1880 - Thomas Edison tested his experimental electric railway in Menlo Park.
1888 - Slavery was abolished in Brazil.
1917 - Three peasant children near Fatima, Portugal, reported seeing a vision of the Virgin Mary.
1918 - The first airmail postage stamps were issued with airplanes on them. The denominations were 6, 16, and 24 cents.
1926 - In Warsaw, Joseph Pilsudski had President Wojciechowski arrested.
1927 - "Black Friday" occurred in Germany.
1940 - Winston Churchill made his first speech as the prime minister of Britain.
1949 - The first gas turbine to pump natural gas was installed in Wilmar, AR.
1954 - U.S. President Eisenhower signed into law the St. Lawrence Seaway Development Act.
1958 - U.S. Vice President Nixon's limousine was battered by rocks thrown by anti-U.S. demonstrators in Caracas, Venezuela.
1968 - Peace talks between the U.S. and North Vietnam began in Paris.
1981 - Pope John Paul II was shot and seriously wounded in St. Peter's Square by Turkish assailant Mehmet Ali Agca.
1985 - Tony Perez became the oldest major league baseball player to hit a grand slam home run at the age of 42 and 11 months.
1996 - In Bangladesh 600 people were killed by a tornado.
1998 - India did a second round of nuclear tests. The first round had been done 2 days earlier. Within hours the U.S. and Japan imposed tough economic sanctions. India claimed that the tests were necessary to maintain India's national security.
1999 - In Moscow, the impeachment of Russian President Boris Yeltsin began.

Understanding Earthquakes and Their Impacts: Part I
This is the first of a two-part blog focusing on the science and aftermath of earthquakes. Part I focuses on the science of a high-magnitude earthquake and whether one could happen in the United States.
*** Part II - Understanding Earthquakes and Their Impacts: Part II

This is what it looked like for the Japan quake:
And this is what it looks like NOW:
Since reports are in that FOREIGN Canadian troops are in Ohio, Michigan, Illinois and Missouri, maybe they are triggering the New Madrid NOW??? It is important people understand this will NOT be a 'natural' event. It took 40 hours to trigger Haiti and 55 to trigger Japan. (Submitted by Larry who joins TPH during the last part of the 1st hour).

Kentucky Emergency Management Website
They have the agenda posted here for the National Level Exercise that will take place on the 16th for the New Madrid.

Navy researcher links toxins in war-zone dust to ailments
U.S. troops in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait have inhaled microscopic dust particles laden with toxic metals, bacteria and fungi — a toxic stew that may explain everything from the undiagnosed Gulf War Syndrome symptoms lingering from the 1991 war against Iraq to high rates of respiratory, neurological and heart ailments encountered in the current wars, scientists say.

Cajun country prepares for 15 feet of water
To try to protect heavily populated Baton Rouge and New Orleans from the bulging Mississippi River, federal engineers are close to opening a massive spillway that would flood hundreds of thousands of acres in Louisiana Cajun country. With that threat looming, some 25,000 people in an area known for small farms, fish camps, crawfish and a drawling French dialect are hurriedly packing their things and worrying that their homes and way of life might soon be drowned. The corps could open the Morganza floodway north of Baton Rouge as early as this weekend, a move that would relieve pressure on the city's levee system.
*** Related Article: Rising Mississippi takes aim at Cajun country

Treasury Auctions To Take US Over Debt Ceiling On Monday
The Treasury Department auctioned $56 billion in new debt Tuesday and Wednesday, enough to take the U.S. over its federal debt ceiling when the three- and 10-year notes settle on Monday.

Death By A Thousand Cuts
The Chinese are going to launch their own version of the COMEX in Hong Kong May 18th.

Congress Holds Absolute Power Over Consumers
The acting solicitor general for the United States today claimed in a federal appeals court hearing that Congress has the absolute power to order citizens to purchase consumer goods if lawmakers believe there is a national problem the purchases would address.

Senate Investigates Napolitano's Border Security Measures
Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano announced at a Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing Wednesday that, as the result of a previous Committee hearing, President Barack Obama ordered the Department to devise a new system to assess border security more accurately.

Watchdog Criticizes Feds For Pulling Back On Radiation Monitoring
An environmental watchdog group is criticizing the federal government for scaling back its radiation monitoring, while simultaneously planning to raise allowable levels of radiation releases in food, water and soil after a nuclear incident.

Dollar In Graver Danger Than The Euro
Imagine a country that spends and prints trillions to patch up any problem.

The Growing Gap Between The Eurasia And North American Tectonic Plates
Swimming through an area of extreme natural beauty, this diver surveys the underwater canyons on his either side.

SWAT team fired 71 shots in raid
The Pima County Regional SWAT team fired 71 shots in seven seconds at a Tucson man they say pointed a gun at officers serving a search warrant at his home. Jose Guerena, 26, a former Marine who served in Iraq twice, was holding an AR-15 rifle when he was killed, but he never fired a shot, the Sheriff's Department said Monday after initially saying he had fired on officers during last week's raid.

Eight Dead After Earthquake Hits Spain
Thousands of residents of the southeastern Spanish city of Lorca slept outside Wednesday night, hours after the city of about 80,000 was struck by an earthquake that killed eight people, state radio reported, citing authorities.

Assad Kills 19 Protesters, Including Boy, 8, Infant, As Syrian Regime Arrests 10,000
Nineteen people were killed in the southern Syrian town of Harra on Wednesday in tank shelling and gunfire, activist Ammar Qurabi said, according to Reuters.

Osama's Dead, But Congress Wants A Wider War
Osama bin Laden is dead. 9/11 was ten years ago. So it’s not the most obvious time for a key congressional panel to expand the war on terrorism.

Worst Nightmare? Bedbugs With 'Superbug' Germs Found
Itchy bites and wholesale baseball hats tossed-out mattresses may not be the only things to worry about during a bedbug infestation. Researchers have found that the tiny bloodsuckers can also harbor antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Rising Waters From Mississippi River Brings Misery To South
Water from the swollen Mississippi River poured over a century-old levee Thursday, flooding 12,000 acres of corn and soybeans despite farmers' frantic efforts to shore up the structure. Downstream, officials with the Port of New Orleans said the Coast Guard could close the river to ships as early as Monday, halting traffic on one of the world's busiest commercial waterways.

1937 Flood Record Now Broken
As the Mississippi River continues to rise to unprecedented levels, Concordia Parish officials are coordinating efforts to ensure that the area’s most vulnerable residents aren’t forgotten in the event of an evacuation.

Mt Etna In Sicily Errupts, International Airport Closed
Mt Etna in Sicily has erupted sending plumes of ash in the sky, closing the local international airport at Catania-Fontanarosa, Bulgarian media reported on May 12 2011.

Texas Agrilife: Crop Production 'Shut Down'
Amid wildfires and continued lack of substantial rain, Texas AgriLife Extension Service crop experts say that crop production in Texas has “pretty much shut down.”

Officials: Bin Laden Eyes Small Cities As Targets
Though hunted and in hiding, Osama bin Laden remained the driving force behind every recent al-Qaida terror plot, U.S. officials say, citing his private journal and other documents recovered in last week's raid.

Two Men Arrested Over Alleged Synagogue Plot In New York
Two Americans have been arrested by New York City police for allegedly plotting to attack a synagogue in the New York area, Fox News has learned.

Hamas Admits 'Peace Accord' Is A Prelude To War
Hamas co-founder Mahmoud Zahar on Wednesday told the Maan news agency Hamas would never recognize Israel.

Wanted: International Arrest Warrant For Colonel Gaddafi Is Issued After First Public Appearance In Weeks Proved He IS Alive
The International Criminal Court is set to issue an arrest warrant for Colonel Gaddafi, it has been announced.

Desperate Americans Buy Kidneys From Peru Poor In Fatal Trade
Luis Picado’s mother remembers the day her son thought he had won the lottery.

Why Don't We Hear About Soros' Ties To Over 30 Major News Organizations?
When liberal investor George Soros gave $1.8 million to National Public Radio , it became part of the firestorm of controversy that jeopardized NPR’s federal funding.

White House Raises Stakes In Cybersecurity Debate
The White House reignited the debate over cybersecurity Thursday by unveiling a list of legislative recommendations that notably omits any mention of a "kill switch" for portions of the Web or any explanation of the extent of the president's powers during a cyber-emergency.

Two Years In, Obama Says Full Recovery Will 'Take Us Several Years'
PRESIDENT OBAMA: That's exactly right. So -- so part of what's happened also is some structural changes in the economy.

Wholesale Prices Rise Due To Costlier Gas And Food
Companies paid more for raw materials and factory goods in April, mostly because energy prices jumped for the seventh straight month.

TSA Defends Frisking Of Baby At KC Airport
Federal officials insisted Wednesday that screeners at Kansas City International Airport were just doing their jobs when they frisked a baby, an incident that gained worldwide attention after a pastor posted a cellphone picture of the pat-down on Twitter.

House Panel Ok's Defense Bill, Delays Gay Service
A House panel approved a defense bill early Thursday that would delay President Barack Obama's new policy allowing gays to serve openly in the military and limit the commander in chief's authority on slashing the nation's nuclear arsenal.

US States Braced For Cicadas Invasion As They Hatch After 13 Years Underground
For thirteen years this cicada hoard has lain dormant in its underground lair, awaiting the right time to strike. And it appears that that time has come.

More-Than-Expected Damage Found At Japan Reactor
One of the reactors at Japan's crippled nuclear power plant has been damaged more severely than originally thought, officials said Thursday - a serious setback for efforts to stabilize the radiation-leaking complex.

TEPCO Now Confirms Nuclear Meltdown In Fukushima Reactor No. 1
TEPCO has now publicly admitted it wasn't telling the truth about the severity of the damage to Fukushima reactor No. 1. We're now being told what we've suspected all along -- that nuclear fuel rods in that reactor are totally exposed and have suffered a nuclear meltdown, releasing vast amounts of radiation comparable to Chernobyl.

Is Cabbage The Ultimate Anti-Cancer Food?
Men with early signs of developing prostate cancer were able to prevent tumor growth by eating broccoli four times a week, according to a British study covered on MSN (

Readers Stunned To Learn That Conventional Scientists Don't Believe In Mind, Spirit, Free Will Or Consciousness
The response to the release of our new mini-documentary,

Studies Show Drinking Coffee May Reduce Risk Of Breast Cancer
Breast cancer is a serious concern for women. According to the National Cancer Institute, the disease took about 50,000 lives last year in the U.S. alone. But the mainstream media, as well as mainstream medicine, often treat breast cancer as something that strikes out of the blue -- giving women no choice but to hope they are not one of the "unlucky" ones to get breast cancer.

GM Soy Destroying Children
Soy, once touted as a medical miracle, has been outed. Ninety-one percent of the soy we consume is tainted by the filth of the GMO machine, literally the most quietly kept epidemic of our lifetime.

South Carolina Challenges Upcoming Federal Ban On Incandescent Light Bulbs
Federal plans to outlaw common incandescent light bulbs in favor of mercury-laden compact fluorescents over the course of the next three years may not end up applying to South Carolinians.

Today In History - Thursday - May 12, 2011
1780 - Charleston, South Carolina fell to British forces.
1831 - Edward Smith became the first indicted bank robber in the U.S.
1847 - William Clayton invented the odometer.
1870 - Manitoba entered the Confederation as a Canadian province.
1881 - Tunisia, in North Africa became a French protectorate.
1926 - The airship Norge became the first vessel to fly over the North Pole.
1926 - In Britain, a general strike by trade unions ended. The strike began on May 3, 1926.
1932 - The infant body of Charles and Anna Lindbergh's son was found just a few miles from the Lindbergh home near Hopewell, NJ.
1940 - The Nazi conquest of France began with the German army crossing Muese River.
1942 - The Soviet Army launched its first major offensive of World War II and took Kharkov in the eastern Ukraine from the German army.
1943 - The Axis forces in North Africa surrendered during World War II.
1949 - The Soviet Union announced an end to the Berlin Blockade.
1957 - A.J. Foyt won his first auto racing victory in Kansas City, MO.
1965 - West Germany and Israel exchanged letters establishing diplomatic relations.
1975 - U.S. merchant ship Mayaguez was seized by Cambodian forces in international waters.
1978 - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that they would no longer exclusively name hurricanes after women.
1982 - In Fatima, Portugal, security guards overpowered a Spanish priest armed with a bayonet who was trying to reach Pope John Paul II.
1982 - South Africa unveiled a plan that would give voting rights to citizens of Asian and mixed-race descent, but not to blacks.
1984 - South African prisoner Nelson Mandela saw his wife for the first time in 22 years.
1992 - Four suspects were arrested in the beating of trucker Reginald Denny at the start of the Los Angeles riots.
1999 - Russian President Boris Yeltsin dismissed Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov and named Interior Minister Sergei Stepashin as his successor.
2002 - Former U.S. President Carter arrived in Cuba for a visit with Fidel Castro. It was the first time a U.S. head of state, in or out of office, had gone to the island since Castro's 1959 revolution.
2003 - In Texas, fifty-nine Democratic lawmakers went into hiding over a dispute with Republican's over a congressional redistricting plan.
2008 - In the U.S., the price for a one-ounce First-Class stamp increased from 41 to 42 cents.

This is what it looked like for the Japan quake:
And this is what it looks like NOW:
Since reports are in that FOREIGN Canadian troops are in Ohio, Michigan, Illinois and Missouri, maybe they are triggering the New Madrid NOW??? It is important people understand this will NOT be a 'natural' event. It took 40 hours to trigger Haiti and 55 to trigger Japan. (Submitted by Larry who joins TPH during the last part of the 1st hour).

Energy facilities near swollen Mississippi River
Valero Energy Corp's (VLO.N) and Motiva Enterprises (RDSa.L) refineries in St. Charles Parish, Louisiana, west of New Orleans, will be flooded if the Morganza Spillway, which would send floodwaters from the Mississippi down the Atchafalaya River, is not opened, the St. Charles Parish emergency preparedness director said on Wednesday.

Earthquake hits southern Spain
At least eight people were reported dead and dozens injured after an earthquake shook southeastern Spain on Wednesday, toppling historic buildings in the medieval town of Lorca.
*** Related Article: Spain earthquake: up to 15,000 left homeless

Ala. nuclear plant cited for serious safety issue
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued a rare red finding against the Browns Ferry nuclear power plant near Athens, Alabama, after investigating how a valve on a residual heat removal system became stuck shut.

Osama Bin Laden's Son Omar Slams Al Qaeda Leader's Death As Criminal And May Sue US
Osama Bin Laden's son has denounced the Al Qaeda leader's killing as 'criminal' and said he reserves the right to take legal action against America.

NJ Cops 'Outraged' Over White House Rapper Invite
The invitation of rapper Common to the White House this week is drawing the ire of the union representing New Jersey state police.

Vaccine makers move to block Times Square ad warning of dangers
It is a short 15 second public service message on the CBS Jumbotron on Times Square in New York City that encourages everyone to make informed vaccine choices. The message is sponsored by the nonprofit charity, the National Vaccine Information Center, and made possible by a donation from It has been shown hourly since March 22, 2011 alongside much bigger ads for a variety of products marketed by large corporations.

Court orders major overhaul of VA's mental health system
9th Circuit says treatment delays for PTSD and other disorders are so 'egregious' that they violate veterans' rights. Judges say they waited 'long enough' for the VA to act and were compelled to intervene.

Gingrich officially announces bid, makes laundry list of promises
"I believe we can return America to hope and opportunity, to full employment, to real security, to an American energy program, to a balanced budget," Gingrich said, ticking off -- in an online video posted this afternoon -- just a few of the reasons why he says he's running for president.

AP-GFK Poll: Obama Approval Hits 60%
President Barack Obama's approval rating has hit its highest point in two years — 60 percent — and more than half of Americans now say he deserves to be re-elected, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll taken after U.S. forces killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.

Oil Down To Near $103 After Mixed US Supply Report
Oil prices slipped to near $103 a barrel Wednesday as traders weighed mixed signals about the strength of energy demand in the U.S., the world's largest economy.

Oil Prices: Oil, Gasoline Futures Extend Losses After Brief Trading Halt
Oil prices tumbled 4 percent on Wednesday as U.S. gasoline futures plunged limit down, triggering a brief halt in trade on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

Violence Mars Greek General Strike
A largely peaceful protest Wednesday by tens of thousands of Greeks against new government austerity measures was marred by violence in central Athens late in the day, when hundreds of youths wearing ski masks hurled water bottles, firecrackers and other objects at police who responded with tear gas and pepper spray.

Forbes Predicts US Gold Standard Within 5 Years
A return to the gold standard by the United States within the next five years now seems likely, because that move would help the nation solve a variety of economic, fiscal, and monetary ills, Steve Forbes predicted during an exclusive interview this week with HUMAN EVENTS.

Al-Qaeda Warns US Of New Jihad After Bin Laden Death
Al-Qaeda's supremo in Yemen -- Osama bin Laden's ancestral homeland -- has warned Americans of a bloodier jihadist struggle to come following the terror mastermind's killing by US commandos.

In Texas Schools, A Picture's Worth 1,000 Calories
That's the idea behind a $2 million project being unveiled Wednesday in the lunchroom of a San Antonio elementary school, where high-tech cameras installed in the cafeteria will begin photographing what foods children pile onto their trays — and later capture what they don't finish eating.

Controversy Over Suspension Of 2 Easton High Lacrosse Players
Outrage is growing after two high school students are suspended– one taken away in handcuffs– over items found in their lacrosse equipment bags. Those items are banned from school property.

Irish Bombshell: Government Raids PRIVATE Pensions To Pay For Spending
The Irish government plans to institute a tax on private pensions to drive jobs growth, according to its jobs program strategy, delivered today.

Navy Halts Move To Allow Gay Unions By Chaplains
Under pressure from more than five dozen House lawmakers, the Navy late Tuesday abruptly reversed its decision that would have allowed chaplains to perform same-sex unions if the Pentagon decides to recognize openly gay military service later this year.

Come Die With Me
The would-be victim from Switzerland answered an internet advert from the 43-year-old man seeking someone who would agree to be killed, cooked and eaten.

A Few Brave Women Dare Take Wheel In Defiance Of Saudi Law Against Driving
Manal, a 32-year-old woman, is planning something she’s never done openly in her native Saudi Arabia: Get in her car and take to the streets, defying a ban on female drivers in the kingdom.

Grenades Thrown At Saudi Consulate
Pakistani and Saudi officials say men on a motorbike have thrown two grenades at the Saudi Arabian consulate in Karachi, Pakistan's largest city. The grenades exploded but no one was hurt.

Mississippi Flooding: Worse To Come
William Jefferson paddles slowly down his street in a small boat, past his house and around his church, both flooded from the bulging Mississippi River that has rolled into the Delta.

Pending Patent Bill Puts 'Global Harmonization' Above American Innovation
Congress is about to give multinational corporations such as IBM an even more outsized advantage over small businesses, independent inventors, and American innovators.

Obama Touts Border Successes, Mocks GOP Immigration Policy
President Barack Obama traveled to the U.S.-Mexico border on Tuesday to court Hispanic voters and renew his call for Congress to overhaul immigration policy.

Hedge Fund Manager Convicted In Inside-Trade Case
A former Wall Street titan was convicted Wednesday of making a fortune by coaxing a crew of corporate tipsters to give him an illegal edge on blockbuster trades in technology and other stocks — what prosecutors called the largest insider trading case ever involving hedge funds.

Islam Is Misunderstood
Everybody just relax. Islam is badly misunderstood. The negative stereotype of Islam is the usual evil-doings of Zionists in America and their foolish fellow travelers, fundamentalist Christians.

Banking In Darkness - FDIC System Insures Over $7 Trillion In Deposits With A Dwindling Insurance Fund
The American banking system is based on pure faith.

Fukushima Nuclear Reactor 4 Leaning, Danger Of Complete Collapse
Nuclear expert on Russia Today reports on the danger of a complete collapse of Fukushima nuclear reactor 4 as Japan announces the building is leaning and is taking measures to reinforce to the structure to prevent a collapse that would nuclear rods from the spent fuel pool scattered on the ground around the plant.

The Truth About Fracking And How It Is Harming Our Environment
Oil and gas companies are engaged in fracking, a gas drilling process hailed as an economy booster, job creator and greener energy source. However, fracking has propelled hundreds of millions of gallons of hazardous, carcinogenic and radioactive chemicals into gas wells in 13 states, according to the new House and Energy Commerce Committee report covered in the New York Times ( ).

FEMA To Confiscate Food From Local Farms In Emergencies
Since our nation's founding the federal government has, in times of emergency, claimed extra-constitutional powers and authority. Under the guise of acting in the public's best interests,

California To Mandate Labeling For GMO Salmon
The miserable failure of both the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to stand up for the interests of the people and require proper labeling of AquaBounty's genetically-modified (GM) salmon, which is set to be approved soon, has led California legislators to take matters into their own hands.

US Debt Rating Downgraded To C Status By Weiss Ratings
Despite being awash in red ink - to the tune of more than $14 trillion - the United States has managed to retain its AAA credit rating, which is the highest rating available.

Soil Microbes Are The Immune System That Protects Plants, Crops From Disease
New research conducted by the US Department of Energy (USDE) provides even more proof that synthetic pesticides and herbicides are completely unnecessary when the right balance of natural microbes are present and flourishing in soil.

Today In History - Wednesday - May 11, 2011
1792 - The Columbia River was discovered by Captain Robert Gray.
1812 - British prime Minster Spencer Perceval was shot by a bankrupt banker in the lobby of the House of Commons.
1816 - The American Bible Society was formed in New York City.
1858 - Minnesota was admitted as the 32nd U.S. state.
1889 - Major Joseph Washington Wham takes charge of $28,000 in gold and silver to pay troops at various points in the Arizona Territory. The money was stolen in a train robbery.
1894 - Workers at the Pullman Palace Car Company in Illinois went on strike.
1910 - Glacier National Park in Montana was established.
1927 - The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was founded.
1934 - A severe two-day dust storm stripped the topsoil from the great plains of the U.S. and created a "Dust Bowl." The storm was one of many.
1944 - A major offensive was launched by the allied forces in central Italy.
1947 - The creation of the tubeless tire was announced by the B.F. Goodrich Company.
1949 - Siam changed its name to Thailand.
1960 - Israeli soldiers captured Adolf Eichmann in Buenos Aires.
1967 - The siege of Khe Sanh ended.
1985 - More than 50 people died when a flash fire swept a soccer stadium in Bradford, England.
1995 - The Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty was extended indefinitely. The treaty limited the spread of nuclear material for military purposes.
1998 - India conducted its first underground nuclear tests, three of them, in 24 years. The tests were in violation of a global ban on nuclear testing.
1998 - A French mint produced the first coins of Europe's single currency. The coin is known as the euro.
2001 - U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft announced his decision to approve a 30-day delay of the execution of convicted Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh. McVeigh had been scheduled to be executed on May 16, 2001. The delay was because the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had failed to disclose thousands of documents to McVeigh's defense team.

The Financial Bubble That Is Still Popping
Some people are stunned that home prices continue to sink as if a lead weight was placed on the value of housing.

Foreclosing On Ohio - Big Bank Foreclosures In Cincinnati, Cleveland, And Columbus
Ohio is one of the hardest hit states in the nation by the foreclosure crisis.

Shadow Government Bunkers: Security Heightened At Underground Storage Facility
As we’ve noted before on a number of occasions, the US government is preparing for Unlikely Events Like War, Catastrophic Collapse of Society, and Even Asteroids and the Pentagon and Military are Actively War Gaming ‘Large Scale Economic Breakdown’ and ‘Civil Unrest’.

10 Early Morning Fires Near Downtown Indianapolis Under Investigations; One Dead
A rash of fires near downtown Indianapolis has left one person dead and another in critical condition.

Baby Bomb threat: Outrage As Toddler Is Given Full Frisking By TSA Agents
A disturbing photograph which shows a baby being subjected to a full body search by airport security has caused outrage after it was posted online.

THAILAND: Muslims Behead A 9-Year Old Boy
More than than 4000 people from police and teachers to monks and children have been killed in the past 7 years by Muslims in southern Thailand, but hardly a word in the mainstream media.

US Japan Joint Survey Reveals High Radiation Beyond Evacuation Zone
The first map of ground surface contamination within 80 kilometers of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant shows radiation levels higher in some municipalities than those in the mandatory relocation zone around the Chernobyl plant.

Missiles, You've Been Warned: New Sat Has Its Orbiting, Infrared Eye On You
Over the weekend, a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carried the next generation of a satellite designed to detect missile launches into orbit.

Japan Earthquake Shifted Towns That Now Flood During Tides
When water begins to trickle down the streets of her coastal neighborhood, Yoshiko Takahashi knows it is time to hurry home.

Magnitude 7.1 Earthquake Hits South Pacific
Geological monitoring services say a magnitude 7.1 earthquake has hit in the South Pacific off the French territory of New Caledonia.

'Fairly Violent' 5.3 Earthquake Rocks Christchurch
A 5.3 magnitude earthquake has rocked Christchurch early this morning, GNS Science reports.

Wheat Gains For Third Day As Adverse Weather Threatens Harvests Worldwide
Wheat futures advanced for a third day as dry weather threatened to damage winter crops in Europe and the U.S., and excess rainfall delayed planting of the spring variety in Canada, adding to concerns that global supplies may tighten.

13 Killed In Clash On Mexico-US Border Lake
Twelve suspected members of the Zetas drug gang and a member of Mexico's Navy were killed in a shootout on an island in a lake that straddles the U.S.-Mexico border, authorities said Monday.

Smuggling Tunnels Used By Drug Cartels Found Beneath Mexican-US Border In Arizona
A tunnel running 250 feet beneath the U.S.-Mexican border has been discovered fully kitted out with electricity, water pumps and ventilation.

Bank Of America To Start Charging 30% On Credit Cards
Starting June 25 of this year, Bank of America will start charging more and more of their credit card customers an APR of almost 30%.

Autism May Be More Common Than Thought
A "startling" one in 38 children has autism, South Korean and U.S. researcher find.

New Yorkers Soon To Get Emergency Cell Phone Alerts In What Bloomberg Calls 'Quantum Leap Forward
Emergency officials will soon be able to blast critical alerts to anyone with a cell phone in a certain section of the city.

Disgruntled Texas Republicans Await Obama's Visit
President Barack Obama will visit Texas on Tuesday, with stops in El Paso and a fundraiser in Austin, but he won't feel the love -- at least not from unhappy Republican lawmakers who see the administration's refusal to designate the wildfire-battered state a disaster area as the latest slap in the face to the very Republican Lone Star State.

PIMCO Raises Bet Against US Government Debt
PIMCO's Bill Gross, the manager of the world's largest bond fund, raised his bet against U.S. government-related debt in April to 4 percent from 3 percent, according to the company's website on Monday.

Drug Users Recruited To Help Police With Hands-On Training
Police can easily pull over and pick up drunk drivers. But pinpointing drivers on drugs is another story.

Navy Authorizes Chaplains To Perform Same Sex 'Marriages' In Naval Chapels
Anticipating the elimination of the military ban on homosexuality, the Office of the Chief of Navy Chaplains has decided that same-sex couples in the Navy will be able to get married in Navy chapels, and that Navy chaplains will be allowed to perform the ceremonies -- if homosexual marriage is legal in the state where the unions are to be performed.

Japan Plant Shutdown 'May Cause Power Shortage'
The suspension of Japan's Hamaoka nuclear plant, located near a tectonic faultline southwest of Tokyo, may cause electricity supply problems this summer, Japan's economy minister said Tuesday.

Expensive Screening For Blood Clots Causing Dangerous Treatments
Over the past 13 years, huge numbers of people have likely been treated for a blood clot in the lungs (known as a pulmonary embolism, or PE) that didn't need treatment at all.

Americans Preparing Like Never Before - Are You Ready For The Unexpected?
Hurricane Katrina. Hurricane Gustav. The recent tornadoes throughout the south. Flooding in Missouri.

Radioactive Mountain Tops
Several Japanese are crying out about what is going on in Japan.

Psychopharmaceutical Industry Seeks World Of Dispassionate Sheeple
People who obediently follow the herd, never markedly sad, angry or excited; children who play quietly and never annoy or talk out of turn - this is the object of the psychiatric/pharmaceutical industries.

GRAIN Report Exposes The Fraud Of 'Food Safety' Legislation
The typical response to food contamination outbreaks in the industrialized world, and particularly in the US, is to impose stricter regulations and more so-called "food safety" requirements.

Today In History - Tuesday - May 10, 2011
1773 - The English Parliament passed the Tea Act, which taxed all tea in the U.S. colonies.
1774 - Louis XVI ascended the throne of France.
1775 - Ethan Allen and Colonel Benedict Arnold led an attack on the British Fort Ticonderoga and captured it from the British.
1794 - Elizabeth, the sister of King Louis XVI, was beheaded.
1840 - Mormon leader Joseph Smith moved his band of followers to Illinois to escape the hostilities they had experienced in Missouri.
1865 - Confederate President Jefferson Davis was captured by Union troops near Irvinville, GA.
1869 - Central Pacific and Union Pacific Rail Roads meet in Promontory, UT. A golden spike was driven in at the celebration of the first transcontinental railroad in the U.S.
1872 - Victoria Woodhull became the first woman nominated for the U.S. presidency.
1876 - Richard Wagner’s "Centennial Inaugural March" was heard for the first time at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, PA.
1908 - The first Mother's Day observance took place during a church service in Grafton, West Virginia.
1924 - J. Edgar Hoover was appointed head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
1927 - The Hotel Statler in Boston, MA. became the first hotel to install radio headsets in each of its 1,300 rooms.
1933 - The Nazis staged massive public book burnings in Germany.
1940 - Germany invaded Belgium, France, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg.
1941 - England's House of Commons was destroyed by a German air raid.
1941 - Rudolf Hess, Adolf Hitler's deputy, parachuted into Scotland on what he claimed was a peace mission.
1942 - U.S. forces in the Philippines began to surrender to the Japanese.
1943 - U.S. troops invaded Attu in the Aleutian Islands to expel the Japanese.
1960 - The U.S.S. Triton completed the first circumnavigation of the globe under water. The trip started on February 16.
1968 - Preliminary Vietnam peace talks began in Paris.
1986 - Navy Lt. Commander Donnie Cochran became the first black pilot to fly with the Blue Angels team.
1994 - The state of Illinois executed convicted serial killer John Wayne Gacy for the murders of 33 young men and boys.
1994 - Nelson Mandela was sworn in as South Africa’s first black president.
1997 - An earthquake in northeastern Iran killed at least 2,400 people.
1999 - China broke off talks on human rights with the U.S. in response to NATO's accidental bombing of the Chinese Embassy in Yugoslavia.
2001 - Boeing Co. announced that it would be moving its headquarters to Chicago, IL.
2002 - Taiwan test fired a locally made Sky Bow II surface-to-air missile for the first time. They also fired three U.S.-made Hawk missiles.
2002 - Dr. Pepper announced that it would be introducing a new flavor, Red Fusion, for the first time in 117 years.

Exclusive: Osama bin Laden's Nose and Left Ear
Study the photos - you decide?

Sick fish in Gulf are alarming scientists
Scientists are alarmed by the discovery of unusual numbers of fish in the Gulf of Mexico and inland waterways with skin lesions, fin rot, spots, liver blood clots and other health problems. Read More...

Stupid Story of the Day: Oh Please!!! Can you believe this one? Herbal 'Viagra' found in medicine cabinet of terror chief's Pakistani compound
Osama Bin Laden was taking herbal Viagra when he was living in his Pakistani compound. The health of the tall, thin terror leader was the subject of much speculation in the last few years. Some in intelligence circles even believed he was having kidney dialysis treatment. Read more:

Osama And The Ghost Of September 11: 'Proof That Obama Is Lying'
I have personally interrogated underage criminal suspects who could lie better than White House Press Secretary Jay Carney. It has been four days since the P.T. Barnum proclamation of the death of Osama bin Laden (OBL).

Hawaii Detective Charges: 'Birth Certificate' A Fraud
A private investigator claims employees of the state Department of Health forged three Hawaiian birth certificates for Barack Obama to "screw with birthers."

Volcker Warns Of Danger From US Deficits
Former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker warned on Friday that trillion-dollar deficits posed a threat to the stability of the U.S. economy and the dollar, and said he is frustrated by the gridlock in Washington.

Home Values See Biggest Drop Since 2008
U.S. home values fell in the first quarter at the fastest rate since late 2008, real estate data firm Zillow said on Monday, suggesting that a bottom will not be seen until 2012 at the earliest.

Spying On US Citizens
Spying on U.S. Citizens — Uncle Sam turns his multi-billion dollar espionage network on U.S. Citizens. Massive spike in domestic spy operations, Over 12,000 “special ops” personnel deployed daily, 100′s of Thousands of secret surveillance requests rubber stamped by crooked judges, secret illegal spy operations conducted in over 75 countries and over $11 billion spent annually to cover it all up.

Record Number Of Americans Targeted By National Security Letters
What’s really shocking, however, is the number of people affected.

Americans Gone Wild
As the U.S. economy continues to collapse, Americans are going to becoming increasingly frustrated, and this frustration will inevitably boil over into rioting and violence.

Despite Sunny Skies, Memphis Braces For Worst From Surging Mississippi
Bright skies over Memphis, Tennessee, belied a potential disaster Sunday as a surge of fast-moving water threatened the city and many other communities along the Mississippi River.

Egypt Religious Strife Kills 12, Challenges Government
Egypt’s military-led government faced a major challenge after two days of clashes between Muslims and Christians in which state media reported 12 people died and 238 were injured.

Mississippi River Flooding Affecting Gulf Fisherman
The record flooding throughout the Mississippi River watershed is not just causing countless problems for residents in communities along the banks.

Farmers Face Major Losses
Rising waters of the Mississippi River are threatening homes, businesses and communities along the state's river counties, but potential flooding also could prove devastating for farmers and consumers.

Record Heat Surging Across Southern Plains
Summerlike heat will continue to surge north across the Plains to begin the workweek, smashing numerous record highs that have stood for more than a century in some areas.

Food Supply At Risk Of Attack By Terrorists Groups
Industry chiefs have been told that their sector is vulnerable to attacks by ideologically and politically motivated groups, intended to cause widespread casualties and disruption.

Feds Abandon Extra Radiation Monitoring Of Milk, Water
The U.S. government has abandoned efforts to monitor elevated levels of radiation that infiltrated the nation’s water and milk in the wake of a nuclear catastrophe in Japan

'No Ride' Lists May Be In Future For US Trains
Questions concerning the vulnerability of the nations' rail system are arising after word that Osama bin Laden was planning to attack train systems on the anniversary of Sept. 11.

Pagans Rejoice! Air Force Academy Opens Outdoor Chapel For Wiccans, Druids, And 'Earth Centred' Worship Groups
What used to be seen as a bastion for evangelical Christianity is now expanding its lists of faiths to include Wiccans and Druids.

Human Rights Group: Over 800 Dead In Syria Uprising
A human rights watch group reports that over 800 people have died in the Syria uprising as Syrian tanks rolled into a Mediterranean coastal town on Saturday in an escalating crackdown by President Bashar Assad.

New Species Of Lizard Created In Lab That Reproduces By Cloning Itself
Scientists have known for years that some species exist due to interspecies mating, the whiptail lizards have provided proof of that; they’ve been creating new species themselves for at least several hundred thousand years.

Suspicious Package Forces Evacuation Of Mockingbird DART Station In Dallas
The Mockingbird DART station and the surrounding area, including the Angelika Theater, were evacuated Saturday after a police dog alerted authorities to a passenger onboard with two suspicious packages, a spokesman said.

Two Separate Weekend Rail Terror Scares Have City Officials On Edge
Two terrifying rail security breaches occurred within hours of each other in the city yesterday -- including one at the World Trade Center, where a man slipped into the PATH tunnel and walked all the way to Jersey before saying he had left a bomb in the tunnel.

Midair Security Scares on 3 US Flights
Crew members and passengers wrestled a 28-year-old man to the cabin floor after he began pounding on the cockpit as an American Airlines flight approached San Francisco, the third security incident in a day on U.S. planes, authorities said Monday.

Suspect In Fight Disturbance Had Calif. ID
Federal agents are investigating the background of a California man with a Yemeni passport who pounded on the cockpit door of an American Airlines flight as it approached San Francisco before a flight attendant tackled him, authorities said Monday.

Passengers, Flight Crew Subdue Unruly Man On SFO-Bound Plane
A passenger aboard a Chicago-to-San Francisco flight was wrestled to the floor by flight attendants and fellow passengers late Sunday night after the man began yelling and banging on the cockpit door as the flight approached SFO, according to authorities.

Suspicious Package Found In Mailbox
A suspicious package, discovered May 5 in a mailbox behind U.S. Bank, on Mose Drive, was found to be a box, containing a defective cell phone and charger, which was intended to be returned to the phone company.

Photo:  TSA Searching For 'Poop Bombs'

NATO Leader: 'Gadhafi's Time Is Over'
NATO's leader confidently proclaimed on Sunday that Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's days are numbered, but he couldn't foresee how long the alliance's grinding mission to protect besieged civilians will last.

US Issues Warning, Violence Grows Across Afghanistan
U.S. officials in Kabul said on Monday the movements of staff in parts of Afghanistan's volatile south were being restricted, warning of more attacks after a two-day siege came to a bloody end and insurgents killed at least 11 people in other attacks.

S&P Cuts Greece Rating Two Notches
Standard & Poor’s has again cut Greece’s credit rating, downgrading it by two notches to B as investor expectations of a debt restructuring continue to rise.

Army Corp Battles Rising Mississippi From Memphis To New Orleans
Waging war against flooding of historic proportions that has already affected thousands of people in eight Midwestern and Southern states, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opened a spillway Monday north of New Orleans in an effort to calm the rising Mississippi River.

US Gives Pakistan Police $162 Million In Fiscal Year 2009
They couldn’t find Osama bin Laden or practically any other major al Qaeda figure on the State Department terrorist list, but don’t blame a lack of money for the inadequacies of the Pakistani police.

Gasoline Leads $7 Oil Rebound, Second-Biggest Ever
Brent crude oil surged more than $6 a barrel on Monday, the second-largest gain on record, snapping back from last week's record sell-off on a wave of bargain-hunting and a jump in gasoline prices.

Army Corps Battles Rising Mississippi From Memphis To New Orleans
Waging war against flooding of historic proportions that has already affected thousands of people in eight Midwestern and Southern states, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opened a spillway Monday north of New Orleans in an effort to calm the rising Mississippi River.

1st Man In US To Get Full Face Transplant Revealed
He was the first man in the U.S. to receive a full face transplant.

NC School District To Give Away iPod, Laptop To Children Who Participate In Vaccination Contest
The Chapel Hill - Carrboro City School (CHCCS) district in North Carolina has launched a shocking new vaccination contest that offers prize incentives to students who get vaccinated.

Children's Brains Needlessly Exposed To Cancer-Linked Radiation
Are you a parent? Here's a simple question to ask yourself: if your youngster receives a bump on the head, would you rather keep an eye on your child for 4 to 6 hours to make sure he or she suffered no serious trauma -- or would you prefer that doctors zap your child's brain with ionizing radiation from costly computed tomography (CT) scans just to make you feel better immediately?

Swiss Researcher Proves That Natural Selective Breeding Works Better Than GMO's
Twenty years of careful research and development on a new apple variety has produced an amazing fruit that New Zealand's Scoop news states is "sweet, tangy and delicious."

How To I.D. Genetically Modified Food at the Supermarket
Not many consumers realize that the FDA does not require genetically modified food to be labeled. That’s because the FDA has decided that you, dear consumer, don’t care if the tomato you’re eating has been cross bred with frog genes to render the tomato more resistant to cold weather. Some consumers may not be concerned with eating Frankenfood, but for those who are, here’s how to determine if the fruits and vegetables you’re buying are (GM) genetically modified.

Today In History - Monday - May 9, 2011
1754 - The first newspaper cartoon in America showed a divided snake "Join or die" in "The Pennsylvania Gazette."
1825 - The Chatham Theatre opened in New York City. It was the first gas-lit theater in America.
1901 - In Australia, the Duke of Cornwall and York declared the First Commonwealth Parliament open.
1915 - German and French forces fought the Battle of Artois.
1926 - Americans Richard Byrd and Floyd Bennett became the first men to fly an airplane over the North Pole.
1936 - The first sheet of postage stamps of more than one variety went on sale in New York City.
1941 - The German submarine U-110 was captured at sea by Britain's Royal navy.
1945 - U.S. officials announced that the midnight entertainment curfew was being lifted immediately.
1955 - West Germany joined NATO.
1958 - Richard Burton made his network television debut in the presentation of "Wuthering Heights" on CBS-TV.
1960 - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved for sale an oral birth-control pill for the first time.
1962 - A laser beam was successfully bounced off Moon for the first time.
1974 - The House Judiciary Committee began formal hearings on the Nixon impeachment.
1980 - A Liberian freighter hit the Sunshine Skyway Bridge over Tampa Bay in Florida. 35 motorists were killed and a 1,400-foot section of the bridge collapsed.
1994 - Nelson Mandela was chosen to be South Africa's first black president.
1996 - In video testimony to a courtroom in Little Rock, AR, U.S. President Clinton insisted that he had nothing to do with a $300,000 loan in the criminal case against his former Whitewater partners.
2002 - In Bethlehem, West Bank, a deal was reached that would end the 38-day standoff at the Church of the Nativity. Thirteen suspected militants were to be deported to several different countries. The standoff had begun on April 2, 2002.
2002 - In Kaspiisk, Russia, 39 people were killed and at least 130 were injured when a remote-controlled bomb exploded during a holiday parade.
2002 - In Bahrain, people were allowed to vote for representatives for the first time in nearly 30 years. Women were allowed to vote for the first time in the country's history.

Memphis Residents Brace For Near Record Flooding
Flood waters continue to rise along the Mississippi River. Already in and around Memphis, Tenn., hundreds of homes are underwater and thousands of people have evacuated to higher ground. More may need to leave their homes in the next couple of days.

Arkansas Flooding keeps Interstate 40 at White River closed
The Arkansas highway department says the Interstate 40 bridge over the White River will likely remain closed for days.

FDIC Failed Bank List

VIDEO: Warning Alert!!! "Extreme High Level False Flag Pretext Is Building Up"

Severe Drought In Texas Worst In Map's History
The amount of land in exceptional drought in Texas is the most in the 11 years forecasters have tracked the data, a weather official said Thursday.

Severe Weather Will Rebound Next Week
After a relatively quiet period this week, surging heat over the middle of the nation next week will spark multiple rounds of severe thunderstorms and areas of heavy rain.

Levee Blast Means Lost Year For Farmers
Blasting open a levee and submerging more than 200 square miles of Missouri farmland has likely gouged away fertile topsoil, deposited mountains of debris to clear and may even hamper farming in some places for years, experts say.

Europe Wheat Harvest To Fall On Drought, May Be Catastrophic
The European Union wheat harvest, which accounts for a fifth of world production, will fall this year as drought cuts yields in France and Poland, said Michel Portier, general director of Paris-based farm adviser Agritel.

FDA Claims Power To Seize Food Without Evidence Of Contamination
A few hours ago, the Food and Drug Administration declared it no longer needs credible evidence to seize food that may be contaminated.

How Goldman Sachs Created The Food Crisis
Don't blame American appetites, rising oil prices, or genetically modified crops for rising food prices. Wall Street's at fault for the spiraling cost of food.

WTF At WTC? Obama Has American Flag Removed From Ground Zero Site Moments Before Photo Shoot!
This administration and, by extension, the Democrat Party are now so thoroughly divorced from the history, traditions and morals of America that we might as well admit the Marxist left has executed a successful coup d'état on this Republic.

April Jobs Report: Hiring Picks Up Steam
The jobs recovery picked up speed in April, as business payrolls swelled and the unemployment rate rose as more people returned to the workforce.

Signs Are Pointing To A Big Commodities Selloff
Just as we finally began wondering when the commodity bubble would burst, some troubling signs in the precious metals market – namely silver and gold – are pointing to potentially big selloffs in other industrial metal and non-metal commodities.

Ahmadinejad Allies Charged With Sorcery
Close allies of Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, have been accused of using supernatural powers to further his policies amid an increasingly bitter power struggle between him and the country's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Al-Qaida Mulled 9/11/11 Train Attack
Information uncovered at Osama bin Laden's compound after his death shows al-Qaida considered attacking trains on the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, officials said.

Is A Mining Company Giving The Shaft To Farmers And Ranchers?
Mining companies are buying up ranches left and right, just to get the water rights.

Two More Merc Firms Get Big Iraq Contracts
Two more security firms have won contracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars to build the State Department a private army in Iraq.

Bin Laden Remained Active In Targeting US: Official
The compound in Pakistan where U.S. forces killed Osama bin Laden was an active command center from which he directed al Qaeda, a senior intelligence official said on Saturday as he released videos showing bin Laden watching himself on tape and rehearsing speeches.

Bin Laden Vows No US Security In Final Tape
Osama bin Laden warned in the final tape he recorded before being killed by American commandos there will be no US security without Palestine security, an Islamist website reported Sunday.

US Payrolls Grew 244,000 In April; Unemployment At 9%
American employers in April added more jobs than forecast and the labor market in the prior two months was stronger than initially estimated, indicating the world’s largest economy is weathering the impact of higher fuel prices.

Oil Falls Again, Gutted In Record Weekly Drop
Oil fell on Friday to cap a frenzied trading week that sliced prices by a record of more than $16 a barrel on demand worries and a move by investors to slash commodities exposures.

Muslim Religious Leaders Told To Leave US Domestic Flight After Pilot Refuses To Take Off With Them Aboard
Two Muslim religious leaders were asked to leave a commercial airliner in Memphis - and were told it was because the pilot refused to fly with them aboard.

US Drone Strike Kills 15 Militants, Says Pakistan
Pakistani intelligence officials say a U.S. missile attack close to the Afghan border has killed at least 15 people.

Fannie May Seeks $8.5 Billion More In Federal Aid
Fannie Mae asked the government Friday for an additional $8.5 billion in aid after declining home prices caused more defaults on loans guaranteed by the mortgage giant.

Oil Prices Will Top Highs After Correction
Goldman Sachs, which in April predicted this week's major correction in oil prices, said on Friday oil could surpass recent highs by 2012 due to supply tightness.

Furious Bin Laden Supporters Vow To take Revenge
HUNDREDS of Osama bin Laden supporters clashed with English Defence League extremists today as a “funeral service” for the assassinated terror leader sparked fury outside London’s US Embassy.

More Deaths On Syria's 'Day Of Defiance'
Activists claim that up to 30 people have been killed in Syria where thousands have taken to the streets for another day of anti-government rallies, dubbed a "day of defiance".

Indiana Residents: Gasoline Prices Are Forcing Us To Park Our Cars
Indiana residents say record-high gasoline prices are forcing them to park their cars, stay home more often and ride their bicycles.

Japan Wants Utility To Halt 3 Nuclear Reactors
Officials at a Japanese power company were finalizing a decision Saturday following a government request that it suspend all three reactors at a coastal nuclear plant while steps are taken to prevent a major earthquake or tsunami from causing another radiation crisis.

Water Fluoridation Is A Civil Rights Violation Say Atlanta Civil Rights Leaders
On April 18, Atlanta civil rights leaders called for an end to Georgia's mandatory water fluoridation practices April on the grounds that it negatively and disproportionately impacts the health of black families and the poor.

One in Seven Americans Now On Food Stamps
A new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture reveals that about one in seven Americans receives food stamps.

Bin Laden Kill Conveniently Paves Way For Security Checkpoints Everywhere - Shopping Malls, Sports Stadiums, Grocery Stores, Churches
Now that Osama Bin Laden is allegedly dead (for something like the ninth time), prepare to eventually be groped, molested, and herded through naked body scanners and other X-ray scanning machines everywhere you go. According to a recent CBS New York report, "counter terrorism" experts and other "security" officials are gearing up to require all Americans to essentially show their papers everywhere they go -- at the shopping mall, sports stadium, museum, grocery store, and even at church.

New study: Nations Requiring The Most Vaccines Tend To Have The Worst Infant Mortality Rates
A new study, published in Human and Experimental Toxicology (, a peer-reviewed journal indexed by the National Library of Medicine, found that nations with higher (worse) infant mortality rates tend to give their infants more vaccine doses.

Many Types Of Organic Compost Are Really Packaged Human Waste
Do you want everything that goes down your drain winding up on your backyard produce? Well that's what happens to those who use organic compost made with municipal sewage.

Plastics Chemical In Packaged Foods Linked To Asthma In Babies
BPA, also known as bisphenol-A, is a chemical compound often used in the production of a large variety of plastics.

Nuclear Plant Workers Release Unknown Amount Of Radioactive Tritium Into Mississippi River
Workers at the Grand Gulf Nuclear Plant in Port Gibson, Miss., last Thursday released a large amount of radioactive tritium directly into the Mississippi River, according to the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), and experts are currently trying to sort out the situation.

Does Eating Lots Of Salt Really Affect Blood Pressure?
A new European study recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association defies conventional wisdom concerning salt intake and heart health, suggesting that high salt consumption does not always lead to high blood pressure and heart disease.

Dozens Of Earthquakes Hit Unlikely State Of Maine In Unusual Seismic Swarm
Last weekend, a mysterious swarm of earthquake events struck the US state of Maine in what seismic experts have dubbed a "microquake" event.

Today In History - Friday - May 6, 2011
1840 - The first adhesive postage stamps went on sale in Great Britain.
1851 - The mechanical refrigerator was patented by Dr. John Gorrie.
1861 - Arkansas became the ninth state to secede from the Union.
1877 - Chief Crazy Horse surrendered to U.S. troops in Nebraska.
1882 - The U.S. Congress passed the Chinese Exclusion Act. The act barred Chinese immigrants from the U.S. for 10 years.
1910 - Kind Edward VII of England died. He was succeeded by his second son, George V.
1915 - Babe Ruth hit his first major league home run while playing for the Boston Red Sox.
1937 - The German airship Hindenburg crashed and burned in Lakehurst, NJ. Thirty-six people (of the 97 on board) were killed.
1941 - Joseph Stalin assumed the Soviet premiership.
1941 - Bob Hope gave his first USO show at California's March Field.
1942 - During World War II, the Japanese seized control of the Philippines. About 15,000 Americans and Filipinos on Corregidor surrendered to the Japanese.
1957 - U.S. Senator John Fitzgerald Kennedy was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his book "Profiles in Courage".
1959 - The Pablo Picasso painting of a Dutch girl was sold for $154,000 in London. It was the highest price paid (at the time) for a painting by a living artist.
1960 - U.S. President Eisenhower signed the Civil Rights Act of 1960.
1962 - The first nuclear warhead was fired from the Polaris submarine.
1981 - A jury of international architects and sculptors unanimously selected Maya Ying Lin's entry for the design of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
1994 - The Chunnel officially opened. The tunnel under the English Channel links England and France.
1994 - Former Arkansas state worker Paula Jones filed suit against U.S. President Clinton. The case alleged that he had sexually harassed her in 1991.
1997 - Army Staff Sgt. Delmar G. Simpson was sentenced to 25 years in prison for raping six trainees at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland.
1997 - Four health-care companies agreed to a settlement of $600 million to hemophiliacs who had contracted AIDS from tainted blood between 1978-1985.
1999 - A parole board in New York voted to release Amy Fisher. She had been in jail for 7 years for shooting her lover's wife, Mary Jo Buttafuoco, in the face.
2001 - Chandra Levy's parents reported her missing to police in Washington, DC. Levy's body was found on May 22, 2002 in Rock Creek Park.
2002 - "Spider-Man" became the first movie to make more than $100 million in its first weekend.

Osama Bin Laden Dead - Now What?
Osama Bin Laden Dead! Now what? The death of Osama Bin Laden is probably the biggest story of the year, and maybe the biggest since 9/11.

A DOG aided the commandos during raid of Osama bin Laden
The identities of all 80 members of the American commando team who thundered into Abbottabad, Pakistan, and killed Osama bin Laden are the subject of intense speculation, but perhaps none more so than the only member with four legs.

Why The Death Of The Guy Who Was Not Behind 9/11 Was Announced On May 1st
May 1st, or May Day, was considered by several cultures to be an important holiday, especially in occult circles due to celestial alignments.

Ron Paul throws a presidential 'money bomb'
As Ron Paul sparred with other GOP presidential hopefuls in South Carolina, the Texas congressman's online fundraising operation was at work bringing in campaign dollars.

Many types of organic compost are really packaged human sewage
Do you want everything that goes down your drain winding up on your backyard produce? Well that's what happens to those who use organic compost made with municipal sewage. The U.S. Department of Agriculture doesn't regulate which fertilizers can be labeled as "organic" which means anyone can use the term, including those companies that are packaging what we flush.

Banks Adding Treasuries Signal Lower Confidence In Recovery
U.S. banks are buying U.S. government securities at the fastest pace in nine months as lenders retreat to the safety of Treasuries with the economy expanding slower than forecast and loan demand dormant.

Asia Seeks To Diversify Record Foreign Reserves As Dollar Fails
Asian nations are pooling funds to strengthen regional investment, in a step toward diversifying record foreign-exchange holdings as the U.S. dollar declines.

Japanese Seabed Radiation Levels Soar
Seabed samples collected some 15km from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant contained 1400 becquerels of radioactive caesium-137 per kilogram, Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) said.

Levee To Be Blasted Again As Mississippi Rises
Government engineers will blow up a third section of a Mississippi River levee on Thursday to manage flooding, as a wall of water roared down the nation's largest river system, threatening towns and cities all the way to the Gulf of Mexico.

As Disasters Roll On, Relief Agencies Need Help
Financial aid for the victims of last week’s tornadoes continues to roll into disaster relief agencies, much to the comfort of their bottom line.

Lousy Weather Creates Trouble In The Fields
One of the worst springs in memory has stalled planting across southern Ontario and key U.S. growing areas in a year when good harvests are badly needed to replenish empty North American grain bins.

Feds Allow Illegal Aliens To Cross Border 14 Times Before Being Charged With A Felony
Sheriff Larry Dever of Cochise County, Ariz., told a House subcommittee today that in one U.S. attorney's district in Texas illegal aliens are allowed to be caught crossing the border 7 times before they are charged with a misdeamanor and 14 times before they are charged with a felony.

Obama Adminstration Floats Draft Plan To Tax Cars By The Mile
The Obama administration has floated a transportation authorization bill that would require the study and implementation of a plan to tax automobile drivers based on how many miles they drive.

'France, Britain May Recognize Palestinian State'
Hours after Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met with his British counterpart David Cameron and on the eve of his planned meeting with French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Thursday, foreign sources said that both heads of state have threatened to support the Palestinians' statehood bid in the UN if there is no progress in peace talks.

Jim Rogers: Oil Prices Will Keep Rising, Silver To Fall
Oil prices are likely to continue rising because the world's oil reserves are dwindling, but silver is likely to come down because it rose too fast, famous investor and commodities bull Jim Rogers told CNBC Thursday.

Bigger Than Bin Laden - America's New Public Enemy No 1
From the fans at Citi Field in Flushing to the mobs at the White House gates, “USA, USA,” was the chant heard across the nation. Jubilant Americans celebrated the breaking news that Public Enemy No.1, terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden was dead.

Bad News From NASA: Proof That Comet Elenin Is Affecting Earth
This is going to be the most extraordinary communication so fasten your seatbelts; we are in for a rough ride.

Data Hints At Slowdown In Job Creation
The number of Americans filing for jobless aid rose to an eight-month high last week and productivity growth slowed in the first quarter, clouding the outlook for an economy that is struggling to gain speed.

US To Let Libyan Rebels Access Qaddafi's Frozen $33 Million
Libya’s rebels will be given access to part of the $33 billion of Libyan state assets that have been frozen at U.S. banks, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said.

Osama Bin Laden Dead: Radical Muslims Name Burial Location 'Martyr's Sea'
Radical Muslims are already calling the site of Osama bin Laden’s ocean burial the ‘Martyr’s Sea’, according to one of Britain’s leading Islamic scholars.

2 Pennsylvania School Districts Weigh 4-Day Weeks
Two Pennsylvania school districts are considering switching to a four-day week to save money.

California Considers Shorter School Year
California's budget crisis has come to this: kids may not be able to go to school for the full school year.

World Food Prices Rise to Near Record High As Inflation Speeds Up, UN Says
World food prices rose to near a record in April as grain costs advanced, adding pressure to inflation that is accelerating from Beijing to Brasilia and spurring central banks to raise interest rates.

Expensive, Risky Surgery For Periphery Artery Disease Pushed By Doctors Who Ignore Better Alternatives
Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a slow and progressive circulation disorder most often affecting arteries in the legs.

EPA Ends Special Monitoring For Fukushima Radiation Despite Continued Rise In Nuclear Fallout, Increased Threats To US
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced yesterday that it is ceasing its special monitoring protocols in the US for radiation from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in Japan, despite the fact that no real progress at the plant has been made, and threats to the US are persistent.

NY Times Dishes Out Economic Fallacies In Its Defense Of The Federal Reserve
In a recent piece singing the praises of the Federal Reserve and what its creation has meant for U.S. monetary policy for nearly a century, columnist Roger Lowenstein of The New York Times looks into the origins of this institution and the true impact it has had on our Republic.

Scientists Say Forget Osteoporosis Drugs - Natural Approach Builds Strong Bones Safely
For countless years, natural health advocates, who suggested caution at the near hysterical and highly advertised push to put women on anti-osteoporosis prescription drugs, were looked at as unscientific health "nuts"

Today In History - Thursday - May 5, 2011
1494 - Christopher Columbus sighted Jamaica on his second trip to the Western Hemisphere. He named the island Santa Gloria.
1809 - Mary Kies was awarded the first patent to go to a woman. It was for technique for weaving straw with silk and thread.
1814 - The British attacked the American forces at Ft. Ontario, Oswego, NY.
1821 - Napoleon Bonaparte died on the island of St. Helena, where he had been in exile.
1862 - The Battle of Puebla took place. It is celebrated as Cinco de Mayo Day.
1865 - The Thirteenth Amendment was ratified, abolishing slavery in the U.S.
1886 - A bomb exploded on the fourth day of a workers' strike in Chicago, IL.
1891 - Music Hall was dedicated in New York City. It was later renamed Carnegie Hall.
1892 - The U.S. Congress extended the Geary Chinese Exclusion Act for 10 more years. The act required Chinese in the U.S. to be registered or face deportation.
1901 - The first Catholic mass for night workers was held at the Church of St. Andrew in New York City.
1917 - Eugene Jacques Bullard becomes the first African-American aviator when he earned his flying certificate with the French Air Service.
1936 - Edward Ravenscroft received a patent for the screw-on bottle cap with a pour lip.
1942 - General Joseph Stilwell learned that the Japanese had cut his railway out of China and was forced to lead his troops into India.
1945 - The Netherlands and Denmark were liberated from Nazi control.
1945 - A Japanese balloon bomb exploded on Gearhart Mountain in Oregon. A pregnant woman and five children were killed.
1955 - The Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany) became a sovereign state.
1961 - Alan Shepard became the first American in space when he made a 15 minute suborbital flight.
1987 - The U.S. congressional Iran-Contra hearings opened.
1991 - In New York, Carnegie Hall marked its 100th anniversary.
1997 - Dolores Hope received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Article of Interest: "Are they related?" The Real Obama Deception?
If we put aside the why's and how's and look at it purely as a physical photographic analysis of the two individuals, there is evidence that raises very sound questions that need to be answered.

Geithner Extends Debt-Ceiling Deadline To August 2 With Extraordinary Measures Steps
Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner said the U.S. will have three weeks more than previously seen before hitting its borrowing limit, giving the White House and Congress more time for a deal to raise the debt ceiling.

As Food Stamp Recipients Hit New Record, 40 Americans Account For 10% Of Capital Gains
Today SNAP released the most recent food stamp numbers.

US Blows Up Flood Levee On Mississippi River
Flames shot up and a loud boom was heard on Monday as the U.S. government blew a hole in a Mississippi River flood levee in a bid to save several towns in Illinois and Kentucky from being inundated.

Despite This Week's Sell-Off, We See Higher Prices Ahead
Silver prices have plunged 20% since Friday - including an 8% drop yesterday (Wednesday) - thanks to tougher margin requirements and reports that high-profile players have been selling silver. Peter Krauth, Money Morning's resident natural-resources expert, warned that this could happen. But now Krauth explains why this sell-off makes sense - and tells us why he remains a long-term silver bull.

Silver could fall as far as $22 - but the bull market isn't over
In a mere three trading days it has gone from just shy of $50 an ounce to $41. This isn't the first time something like this has happened. And it won't be the last. So what next? Read More...

Corn Planting Lags By 53 Percent From 2010
Thirteen percent of the corn in the top 18 producing states has been planted according to the USDA’s Crop Progress report released May 2.

Jerry Springer-ification Of America: Dumb As Normal
For the past twenty years, I have avoided the Jerry Springer Show. It’s the butt of many jokes. He’s the charlatan of showmanship.

Obama: I Won't Release bin Laden Death Photos
In an interview with Steve Kroft for this Sunday's "60 Minutes" conduced today, President Obama said he won't release post-mortem images of Osama bin Laden taken to prove his death.

Osama Bin Laden Dead Picture: White House Will NOT Release Gruesome Photo
The White House has decided not to release pictures of Bin Laden's corpse, it was announced tonight.

Private Sector Adds 179,000 Jobs In April
U.S. private employers added 179,000 jobs in April, coming in shy of economists' expectations, a report by a payrolls processor showed on Wednesday.

Osama Bin Laden Dead: Obama Took 16 Hours To Make Up His Mind
Barack Obama kept military commanders hanging by declaring he would 'sleep on it' before taking 16 hours to give the go-ahead to raid Bin Laden's compound.

US On Alert For Hastened Terror Plots
U.S. intelligence agencies believe Osama bin Laden's second-in-command and other al Qaeda leaders may try to accelerate plots in the works to prove the terror network is still potent following its leader's death, officials said.

No More Help To Texas: FEMA
The Federal Emergency Management Agency defended its decision to refuse more assistance for Texas in the wake of devastating wildfires, saying Wednesday that the state has already received sufficient U.S. government help.

Security Checkpoints Near Soft Targets May Soon Become The Norm
Counter terrorism experts say a retaliation attack for Osama bin Laden’s death is inevitable. Terrorists are expected to aim for more vulnerable soft targets like shopping malls or museums.

Outsider Hired For Obama Speeches
On top of the more than half a million dollars it spends on speechwriters, the White House is using tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars on a public relations firm headed by Democratic image maker Michael Sheehan — once dubbed by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton as an “extraordinary media coach” who helped her master the teleprompter.

FDA Approved Big Pharma Drugs Without Effectiveness Data
Consumers constantly are told how complicated it is to get a new drug on the market. After all, researchers have to jump through all sorts of hoops to assure safety before new therapies are approved for the public, right?

EPA, Army Corps Draft New Clean Water Act Guidelines That Threaten To Seize Control Of All Water Supplies
On Wednesday, April 27, the Obama administration's US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and US Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) jointly released a new draft guidance for the federal Clean Water Act that aims to dramatically expand both the scope of what constitutes a "water source," as well as the legal power federal agencies can exert over those water sources.

Highly Contagious Mystery Virus With AIDS-like Symptoms Quickly Spreading Throughout China
A new mystery virus with symptoms similar to those of AIDS and HIV is turning up all over China, according to a recent report in The Epoch Times.

Tai Chi Is Good For Your Heart
The benefits of exercise are usually thought of as coming from hard workouts -- no pain, no gain.

Today In History - Wednesday - May 4, 2011
1715 - A French manufacturer debuted the first folding umbrella.
1776 - Rhode Island declared its freedom from England two months before the Declaration of Independence was adopted.
1795 - Thousands of rioters entered jails in Lyons, France, and massacre 99 Jacobin prisoners.
1814 - Napoleon Bonaparte disembarked at Portoferraio on the island of Elba in the Mediterranean.
1863 - The Battle of Chancellorsville ended when the Union Army retreated.
1886 - Chichester Bell and Charles S. Tainter patented the gramophone. It was the first practical phonograph.
1905 - Belmont Park opened in suburban Long Island. It opened as the largest race track in the world.
1916 - Germany agreed to limit its submarine warfare after a demand from U.S. President Wilson.
1932 - Al Capone entered the Atlanta Penitentiary federal prison for income-tax evasion.
1942 - The Battle of the Coral Sea commenced as American and Japanese carriers launched their attacks at each other.
1942 - The United States began food rationing.
1946 - A two-day riot at Alcatraz prison in San Francisco Bay ended. Five people were killed.
1961 - Thirteen civil rights activists, dubbed "Freedom Riders," began a bus trip through the South.
1970 - The Ohio National Guardsmen opened fire on students during an anti-Vietnam war protest at Kent State University. Four students were killed and nine others were wounded.
1979 - Margaret Thatcher became Britain's first woman prime minister.
1981 - The Federal Reserve Board raised its discount rate to 14%.
1987 - Live models were used for the first time in Playtex bra ads.
1989 - Oliver North, a former White House aide was convicted of shredding documents and two other crimes. He was acquitted of nine other charges stemming from the Iran-Contra
affair. The three convictions were later overturned on appeal.
1994 - Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO leader Yasser Arafat signed a historic accord on Palestinian autonomy that granted self-rule in the Gaza Strip and Jericho.
1998 - Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski was given four life sentences plus 30 years by a federal judge in Sacramento, CA. The sentence was under a plea agreement that spared Kaczynski the death penalty.
1999 - Several severe tornadoes hit the Midwest U.S. overnight. At least 45 people were killed.
1999 - Manuel Babbitt was executed for killing Leah Schendel in 1980. Babbitt had received a purple heart for his injuries in Vietnam while on death row.
2000 - Londoners elected their mayor for the first time.
2003 - Idaho Gem was born. He was the first member of the horse family to be cloned.
2010 - Pablo Picasso's "Nude, Green Leaves and Bust" sold for $106.5 million.

"Fuel Rods Completely Melted - May Already Escaped Pressure Vessel
A Todai as-hole though he may be, I started to like this guy as I watched. He didn’t mince his words, and said what they are doing at Fukushima I Nuke Plant is not working.

'Mini-Tsunami': Levee Blown To Save Town
A few momentary blasts, flashes of orange light, and the Mississippi River began pouring through a wide hole in a Missouri levee, intentionally blown open by the Army Corps of Engineers in the hope of saving a small Illinois town.

Mississippi River To Exceed 1927 Flood Levels
Mississippi River levels will reach an all-time high this month, exceeding even the great flood of 1927, according to a new forecast by the National Weather Service, but U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials said Louisiana’s levees should contain the rising waters.

US Record 312 Twisters In Single Day
It looks like last week's tornado outbreak was the biggest on record for a single 24-hour period, federal experts said Monday.

Auckland Tornado Kills Three, Injures 20
A tornado that hit the Auckland's northern suburbs on Tuesday killed two people and seriously injured 10, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key says.

Smaller Earthquakes Could Mean A Large One Is Coming
In the past week, the El Paso region has had four earthquakes at least 4.2 in scale. Seismologist Aaron Velasco tells KFOX14 the earthquakes could foreshadow a large scale earthquake in El Paso.

On Jihad Websites, Disbelief And Vows Of Revenge Over bin Laden's Death
Osama bin Laden's supporters around the world posted comments to jihadi websites and social media Monday that ran the gamut from disbelief and dismay to rage and vows of revenge – to hailing Al Qaeda's fallen leader as a martyr with quick assurances the fight would go on.

Disease Wipes Out Bat Colony
Durham's bats became infected with White Nose Syndrome, a mysterious disease that's killing off bat colonies at an alarming rate across Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia.

US, Israel, Baghdad Deny Report Of IAF Jets In Iraq
Iranian report says Israeli jets massing at US air base in Iraq for strike on Iranian nuclear program; Pentagon calls the report "ridiculous."

White House Modifies Osama bin Laden Account
The White House backed away Monday evening from key details in its narrative about the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, including claims by senior U.S. officials that the Al Qaeda leader had a weapon and may have fired it during a gun battle with U.S. forces.

Rasmussen Report
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 26% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Thirty-six percent (36%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -10 (see trends).

Hurray! Gargamel Is Finally Dead!
It’s getting so difficult on trying to filter the news being told to us about what really happened in the Osama bin Laden assassination, that it takes a truth filter to run the story through as to separate the fact from the fiction. So, here’s the “unconfirmed” real story of what “might have happened” as could be determined by how the mainstream press reported it.

Osama Bin Laden Sea Burial Video May Be Released
Video of Osama bin Laden's dead body being dropped into the North Arabian Sea from the USS Carl Vinson early this morning could be made public, according to officials.

Stocks down As Traders Focus On Interest Rates
Global stocks eased Tuesday as investors fretted about potential terrorist attacks following the death of Osama bin Laden and higher interest rates after India's central bank lifted borrowing costs again to fight inflation.

Get Your 'Osama Is Dead' T-Shirt Here
You had to know that was going to happen. Within hours of the U.S. announcing they’d captured, and killed, one of the most-hated men in the world, T-shirt companies capitalized on the announcement.

As Food Stamp Recipients Hits New Record, 400 Americans Accounts For 10% Of Capital Gains
Today SNAP released the most recent food stamp numbers.

Osama bin Laden's Useful Death
In a propaganda piece reeking of US Triumphalism, two alleged journalists, Adam Goldman and Chris Brummitt, of the Associated Press or, rather, of the White House Ministry of Truth, write, or copy off a White House or CIA press release that "Osama bin Laden, the terror mastermind killed by Navy SEALs in an intense firefight, was hunted down based on information first gleaned years ago (emphasis added) from detainees at secret CIA prison sites in Eastern Europe, officials disclosed Monday."

Wannabe Experts Claim Healthy Eating Is A Mental Disorder
Do you avoid foods that contain artificial colors and sweeteners, and stick to whole, unprocessed foods instead? If so, you just might have orthorexia, an imaginary "disease" created in 1997 by Dr. Steven Bratman that appears to be gaining more attention in recent days.

Today In History - Tuesday - May 3, 2011
1802 - Washington, DC, was incorporated as a city.
1855 - Macon B. Allen became the first African American to be admitted to the Bar in Massachusetts.
1859 - France declared war on Austria.
1888 - Thomas Edison organized the Edison Phonograph Works.
1916 - Irish nationalist Padraic Pearse and two others were executed by the British for their roles in the Easter Rising.
1921 - West Virginia imposed the first state sales tax.
1926 - U.S. Marines landed in Nicaragua and stayed until 1933.
1933 - The U.S. Mint was under the direction of a woman for the first time when Nellie Ross took the position.
1937 - Margaret Mitchell won a Pulitzer Prize for "Gone With The Wind."
1944 - Wartime rationing of most grades of meats ended in the U.S.
1944 - Dr. Robert Woodward and Dr. William Doering produced the first synthetic quinine at Harvard University.
1952 - The first airplane landed at the geographic North Pole.
1968 - After three days of battle, the U.S. Marines retook Dai Do complex in Vietnam. They found that the North Vietnamese had evacuated the area.
1971 - Anti-war protesters began four days of demonstrations in Washington, DC.
1971 - National Public Radio broadcast for the first time.
1971 - James Earl Ray, Martin Luther King's assassin, was caught in a jailbreak attempt.
1986 - In NASA's first post-Challenger launch, an unmanned Delta rocket lost power in its main engine shortly after liftoff. Safety officers destroyed it by remote control.
1988 - The White House acknowledged that first lady Nancy Reagan had used astrological advice to help schedule her husband's activities.
1992 - Five days of rioting and looting ended in Los Angeles, CA. The riots, that killed 53 people, began after the acquittal of police officers in the beating of Rodney King.
1997 - The "Republic of Texas" surrendered to authorities ending an armed standoff where two people were held hostage. The group asserts the independence of Texas from the U.S.
1999 - Mark Manes, at age 22, was arrested for supplying a gun to Eric Harris and Dylan Kleibold, who later killed 13 people at Columbine High School in Colorado.
1999 - The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above 11,000 for the first time.
2000 - The trial of two Libyans accused of killing 270 people in the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 (over Lockerbie) opened.
2006 - In Alexandria, VA, Al-Quaida conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui was given a sentence of life in prison for his role in the terrorist attack on the U.S. on September 11, 2001.

Corps General Orders Barges In Position For Possible Birds Point Levee Breach
With the rains returning and the flood gauge at Cairo, Ill., expected to match all-time highs by Monday, Maj. Gen. Michael Walsh gave the order Saturday to move barges carrying 250 tons of explosives to Wickliffe, Ky., putting them in position to blow the Birds Point levee in Mississippi County.
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US spent $307 billion on prescription drugs in 2010
Americans spent $307.4 billion on prescription drugs in 2010, according to a recent report from consulting firm IMS Health. Although this figure is a 2.3 percent reduction from last year, it's still a huge portion of the U.S. economy to be spending on prescription medications, many of which are ineffective at best and extremely dangerous at worst.

New FBI Documents Provide Details On Government's Surveillance Spyware
EFF recently received documents from the FBI that reveal details about the depth of the agency's electronic surveillance capabilities and call into question the FBI's controversial effort to push Congress to expand the Communications Assistance to Law Enforcement Act (CALEA) for greater access to communications data.

After The Wind, The Water: Fears Of Floods Worse Than Mississippi Disaster Of 1927 To Strike Tornado
A devastating flood is heading to tornado-ravaged Mississippi, which could cause levels of destruction not seen since the Great Flood of 1927, forecasters have warned.

Texas Bill Would Make Invasive Pat-Downs A Felony
A former Miss USA's claims of being groped during a pat-down at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport could be a felony under a bill gaining momentum in the Texas Legislature.

Iranian Commander Warns Saudi Of Domestic Unrest
One of Iran's top military commanders warned Saudi Arabia on Sunday that its decision to send forces to Bahrain to quell protests by Shiite Muslims would spark unrest at home, a semiofficial Iranian news agency reported.

2001 Report: Bin Laden Already Dead
Reported on Dec. 26, 2001: Usama bin Laden has died a peaceful death due to an untreated lung complication, the Pakistan Observer reported, citing a Taliban leader who allegedly attended the funeral of the Al Qaeda leader.

Bin Laden Raid Years In The Making, Minutes In Execution
WASHINGTON — It took years for the U.S. military to track Osama bin Laden down, finding him not in a cave in the inaccessible tribal regions of Pakistan, but in a sumptuous luxury compound built just six years ago in the same city that is home to Pakistan's most prestigious military academy.

Obama: 'At My Direction' US Carried Out Operation Against Bin Laden
"Today, at my direction, the United States launched a targeted operation against that compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. A small team of Americans carried out the operation with extraordinary courage and capability.

Official: Bin Laden Buried At Sea
A U.S. official says Osama bin Laden has been buried at sea.

Bin Laden Given Religious Funeral Prior to Sea Burial
Usama bin Laden was given a religious funeral prior to his burial at sea, senior military officials told Fox News. Religious rites were conducted on the deck of the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier at about 1:10 a.m. Monday in the Persian Gulf. In accordance with Islamic practice, bin Laden was washed and wrapped in a white sheet before buried at sea at 2 a.m. local time, senior U.S. military and intelligence officials said.

DNA, Other Tests Confirms Osama bin Laden
After using multiple forms of identification, U.S. officials say they are confident that the man killed Sunday in Pakistan is Osama bin Laden. POLITICO has confirmed that DNA testing was among the methods used.

Capturing bin Laden 'Would Unleash Hell'
The terror group also planned to make a 9/11 style attack on London's Heathrow airport by crashing a hijacked airliner into one of the terminals, the files showed.

Joy, Then Wariness, In Post bin-Laden America
The heady U.S. street celebrations that erupted after the death of Osama bin Laden gave way on Monday to stepped up security amid fears of revenge from the worldwide militant
networks he inspired.

Osama Bin Laden, Adolf Hitler Both Died On May 1
Osama Bin Laden and Adolf Hitler share a towering reputation for evil - and also an anniversary.

Organizing Now, Democrats Expect Tough Bid In 2012
Republicans, with justification, shouted “hypocrisy” last week after former White House aides opened a campaign organization using the sort of anonymous donors condemned by President Obama.

WikiLeaks: Osama bin Laden 'Protected' By Pakistani Security
Pakistani security forces allegedly helped Osama bin Laden evade American troops for almost 10 years, according to secret US government files.

Osama bin Laden Death Prompts Worldwide Security Alert
Embassies and defence facilities around the world have been placed on high alert amid fears of terrorist retaliation after US forces killed Osama bin Laden.

14 Signs That The Collapse Of Our Modern World Has Already Begun
A lot of people believe the world as we know it is going to end on December 23, 2012. Nonsense, I say.

USDA to Allow Monsanto To Perform Its Own GMO Studies
Last August, a federal judge admonished the USDA for approving genetically modified seeds without first doing the required environmental impact study. Now, the USDA has a solution--allow the biotech industry to conduct the studies itself.

Junk Food Cravings Trigger Same Brain Activity As Drug Addiction, Suggests Study
The brain's response to the tempting appeal of a sugary, fatty milkshake or to a bag of salty, greasy snack chips appears to be the same response a drug addict's brain exhibits when anticipating the next "hit," suggests a new study published in the journal Archives of General Psychiatry.

Vitamin D Deficiency Linked To Childhood Obesity
The role of vitamin D is increasingly recognized as important for maintaining health, not only for metabolism of calcium in bone health, but also for other conditions as well.

China To Dump Two-Thirds Of US Debt Reserves?
Amid near-daily reports that the U.S. dollar continues to slide in value comes a report that China, the largest holder of U.S. debt, is considering dumping two-thirds of its dollar reserves, which currently stand at about $3.04 trillion.

Cancer Breath Test Coming Soon: Your Halitosis May Actually Be Cancer Tumor Offgassing
It is important to diagnose cancer as early as possible. Some kinds of cancer, however, are especially hard to spot, including cancer of the head and neck.

Eating Fish Helps Prevent Preterm Births, Suggests New Study
A new study published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology seems to confirm the notion that fish-based omega-3 fatty acids play a crucial role in proper fetal development. Dr. Mark A. Klebanoff from the Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, and his team found that pregnant women who eat two-to-three servings of fatty fish a week are about 40 percent less likely to deliver early than women who eat less than one serving of fatty fish a month.

Conventional Medicine Finally Admits MS Caused By Vitamin D
Is it true that those who suffer from Multiple sclerosis (MS) just need a little sun? Researchers at the University of Oxford seem to think so. In 2006, a study by the Journal of the American Medical Association suggested higher levels of vitamin D might decrease overall risk of developing MS.

Today In History - Monday - May 2, 2011
1776 - France and Spain agreed to donate arms to American rebels fighting the British.
1808 - The citizens of Madrid rose up against Napoleon.
1813 - Napoleon defeated a Russian and Prussian army at Grossgorschen.
1863 - Confederate Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson was wounded by his own men in the battle of Chancellorsville, VA. He died 8 days later.
1865 - U.S. President Andrew Johnson offered $100,000 reward for the capture of Confederate President Jefferson Davis.
1885 - The magazine "Good Housekeeping" was first published.
1887 - Hannibal W. Goodwin applied for a patent on celluloid photographic film. This is the film from which movies are shown.
1890 - The Oklahoma Territory was organized.
1919 - The first U.S. air passenger service started.
1922 - WBAP-AM bean broadcasting in north Texas.
1926 - In India, Hindu women gained the right to seek elected office.
1926 - U.S. Marines landed in Nicaragua to put down a revolt and to protect U.S. interests. They did not depart until 1933.
1933 - Hitler banned trade unions in Germany.
1939 - Lou Gehrig set a new major league baseball record when he played in his 2,130th game. The streak began on June 1, 1925.
1941 - Hostilities broke out between British forces in Iraq and that country’s pro-German faction.
1941 - The FCC agreed to let regular scheduling of TV broadcasts by commercial TV stations begin on July 1, 1941. This was the start of network television.
1945 - Russians took Berlin after 12 days of fierce house-to-house fighting. The Allies announced the surrender of Nazi troops in Italy and parts of Austria.
1946 - Prisoners revolted at California's Alcatraz prison.
1965 - The "Early Bird" satellite was used to transmit television pictures across the Atlantic.
1970 - Student anti-war protesters at Ohio's Kent State University burn down the campus ROTC building. The National Guard took control of the campus.
1974 - Former U.S. Vice President Spiro T. Agnew was disbarred by the Maryland Court of Appeals.
1993 - Authorities said that they had recovered the remains of David Koresh from the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, TX.
1994 - Nelson Mandela claimed victory after South Africa's first democratic elections.
1999 - In Panama, Mireya Moscoso de Grubar, of the Armulfista Party, was elected president.

BREAKING NEWS: Obama: Al-Qaida head bin Laden dead
Osama bin Laden, the glowering mastermind behind the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks that killed thousands of Americans, was slain in his luxury hideout in Pakistan early Monday in a firefight with U.S. forces, ending a manhunt that spanned a frustrating decade.
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YouTube: Benazir Bhutto: Bin Laden was Murdered - Of course her acclamation got her killed.

Herbal Medicines Banned As EU Directive Comes Into Force
Patients have lost access to hundreds of herbal medicines today, after European regulations came into force.

Amish farm banned from selling unpasteurised milk after sting operation by Feds
An Amish farm in Pennsylvania has been stopped from selling contraband milk after a year-long federal government sting operation. The Rainbow Acres Farm was found to have been smuggling banned unpasteurised milk to customers in Maryland.

Conventional medicine finally admits MS caused by vitamin D deficiency
Is it true that those who suffer from Multiple sclerosis (MS) just need a little sun? Researchers at the University of Oxford seem to think so.

If You Are Against Raising The Debt Ceiling You Are Part Of Al-Qaeda?
Are you against raising the debt ceiling? If so, according to former Bush Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill you are actually part of al-Qaeda.

Wal-Mart Shoppers Running Out Of Money
Wal-Mart's core shoppers are running out of money much faster than a year ago due to rising gasoline prices, and the retail giant is worried, CEO Mike Duke said Wednesday.

GoldCore Questions On Comex Silver Default Due To Secret Buying By Russian Billionaire, Chinese Traders And People's Bank Of China
Gold rose to new record nominal highs at $1,540.85/oz in early Asian trading last night.

Perry Blasts Slow Federal Response As Texas Wildfires Flare Up Again
"There is a point in time where you say, hey, what's going on here," Perry said. "You have to ask why are you taking care of Alabama and other states? I know our letter didn't get lost in the mail."

US Government Takes Down HAARP Website To Conceal Evidence Of US Weather Modification And Earthquake Inducing Warfare
The HAARP (High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program) website has been down for the past 3 weeks.

Mo. Asks Court To Block Levee Blast, Farm Flooding
Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Sunday to block federal officials from destroying a Mississippi River levee as they try to prevent flooding in a small Illinois city.

More Rain For Already Flooded Arkansas, Ohio Valley
While the corridor from Arkansas to the Ohio Valley is in desperate need of a prolonged dry spell with rivers severely flooded and the ground extremely saturated, the region is receiving more unwelcome rain.

Coffee Prices May Rise 40% If Frost Damage Crops
That's how much coffee prices could rise this year if a frost in Brazil damages crops.

Qaddafi Escapes NATO Missile Strike That Kills His Son, Grandchildren
Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi escaped a NATO missile strike in Tripoli that killed one of his sons and three young grandchildren, a government spokesman said early Sunday.

Record Wildlife Die-Offs Reported In Northern Rockies
A record number of big-game animals perished this winter in parts of Montana, Idaho and Wyoming from a harsh season of unusually heavy snows and sustained cold in the Northern Rockies, state wildlife managers say.

April Deadliest Month For US In Iraq Since 2009
The killing on Friday of an American soldier made April the deadliest month for US forces in Iraq since 2009, according to figures compiled by AFP.

Obama Mocks Trump's Presidential Ambitions
President Barack Obama exacted his revenge Saturday after weeks of attacks from his would-be Republican challenger Donald Trump, joking that the billionaire businessman could bring change to the White House, transforming it from a stately mansion into a tacky casino with a whirlpool in the garden.

Mo. Asks Court To Block Levee Blast, Farm Flooding
Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Sunday to block federal officials from destroying a Mississippi River levee as they try to prevent flooding in a small Illinois city.

Syrian Forces Kill 62, US Toughens Sanctions
Security forces killed more than 60 people across Syria on Friday during demonstrations demanding the ouster of President Bashar al-Assad, and the United States imposed new sanctions on key figures.

Gas Prices Jump To $3.91 A Gallon, Heading To $4
The average price for a gallon of gas in the U.S. is now within a dime of $4.

Hypocritical Pediatricians Push For Stricter Chemical Laws At The Same Time They Inject Babies With Toxic Vaccines
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently issued a policy paper condemning the current Toxic Substances Control Act (TSC Act) for failing to properly regulate the tens of thousands of toxic chemicals used in various consumer products, many of which are especially dangerous to pregnant women and young children.

Botox Injections Can Cause You To Lose Touch With Emotions Of Other People
Botox might leave people looking good but, just when you thought it couldn't get more superficial, it will also leave them feeling less sensitive to others emotions', a new study in USA Today shows (

Animal Populations Rapidly Decline All Over The World, Many Amphibians On The Verge Of Extinction
A new study published in the journal Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences probes the issue of why animal populations around the world are quickly diminishing, and suggests that a variety of factors is to blame for the particularly high death rates among amphibians.

Excessive Computer Use Linked To Illicit Behavior In Children, Say Researchers
Parents that allow their children to spend lots of time on the computer and in front of the television may be inadvertently contributing to an epidemic rise in "multiple-risk behaviors" (MRBs) among adolescents, suggests a new study published in the Journal of Preventative Medicine. High computer use, say researchers, can lead to a 50 percent increased risk of developing MRBs like drug use, drunkenness, and unprotected sex.

The BP Oil Spill In The Gulf: One Year Later
It's been called the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history, and rightfully so, if for no other reason than because, one year later, the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is like the nightmare gift that keeps on giving, some experts are saying.

Natural Progesterone Helps Reduce Premature Births By Half, Study Finds
A new study published in the journal Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology has found that natural progesterone cream given to certain groups of pregnant women effectively reduced premature birth rates by 50 percent.

TSA Passenger Screener Caught Distributing Child Porn Images
A Transportation Security Administration screener at Philadelphia International Airport was arrested last week on charges of distributing child pornography, adding another black eye to an agency already despised for the way its agents conduct passenger searches.

Help Reduce Your Risk Of Breast Cancer With Vitamin D
New research out of the Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) in Washington, DC, has found yet another link between high vitamin D intake and a reduced risk of breast

Six Planets Now Aligned In The Dawn Sky
If you get up any morning for the next few weeks, you’ll be treated to the sight of all the planets except Saturn arrayed along the ecliptic, the path of the sun through the sky.



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