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Today In History Friday October 29, 2010

1682 - William Penn landed at what is now Chester, PA. He was the founder of Pennsylvania.
1863 - The International Committee of the Red Cross was founded.
1901 - Leon Czolgosz, the assassin of U.S. President McKinley, was electrocuted.
1911 - American newspaperman Joseph Pulitzer died.
1923 - Turkey formally became a republic after the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire. The first president was Mustafa Kemal, later known as Kemal Ataturk.
1929 - America's Great Depression began with the crash of the Wall Street stock market.
1940 - The first peacetime military draft began in the U.S.
1945 - The first ballpoint pens to be made commercially went on sale at Gimbels Department Store in New York at the price of $12.50 each.
1956 - Israel invaded Egypt's Sinai Peninsula during the Suez Canal Crisis.
1956 - "The Huntley-Brinkley Report" premiered on NBC.
1959 - General Mills became the first corporation to use close-circuit television.
1964 - Three men stole the star of India and other gems from the American Museum of Natural History in New York. They were later convicted of the crime.
1966 - The National Organization for Women was founded.
1969 - The U.S. Supreme Court ordered an immediate end to all school segregation.
1974 - U.S. President Gerald Ford signed a new law forbidding discrimination in credit applications on the basis of sex or marital status
1990 - The U.N. Security Council voted to hold Saddam Hussein's regime liable for human rights abuses and war damages during its occupation of Kuwait.
1991 - The U.S. Galileo spacecraft became the first to visit an asteroid (Gaspra).
1991 - Trade sanctions were imposed on Haiti by the U.S. to pressure the new leaders to restore the ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to power.
1994 - Francisco Martin Duran fired more than two dozen shots at the White House while standing on Pennsylvania Ave. Duran was later convicted of trying to kill U.S. President Clinton.
1995 - Palestinians swore revenge for the assassination of Dr. Fathi Shakaki.
1996 - An auction was held to sell the artwork that had been stolen by the Nazis during the German occupation of Austria during World War II.
1998 - South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission condemned both apartheid and violence committed by the African National Congress.
1998 - The space shuttle Discovery blasted off with John Glenn on board. Glenn was 77 years old. In 1962 he became the first American to orbit the Earth.
1998 - A Turkish Airlines flight was hijacked and ordered to fly to the Bulgarian capital of Sofia. The plane had 39 people on board.
1998 - The oldest known copy of Archimedes' work sold for $2 million at a New York auction.

Latinos Hard Hit By Whooping Cough Epidemic
The Latino community in California has been hard-hit by a recent epidemic of whooping cough that has killed 10 infants, nine of them Hispanic.

Retired and broke: Why retirees are declaring bankruptcy
What’s the culprit for so much debt? Credit cards. Two-thirds of Americans who filed for bankruptcy said credit cards were the key reason for their financial problems, according to Pottow’s research. Besides having more credit card debt compared with younger bankruptcy filers, 44.8 percent of those aged 65 and older also had more plastic in their wallets. “They’re using credit cards as a maladaptive coping mechanism,” Pottow says.

More than Half of Americans Worried About Making Mortgage Payments
More than half of Americans are concerned about their ability to make monthly housing payments, according to a poll conducted by the Washington Post.
The survey, which tallied responses from 1,006 randomly selected adults, found that 53 percent of respondents were either “somewhat concerned” or “very concerned” about not having enough money to make rent or mortgage payments. That’s up from a combined total of 46 percent in February 2009 and 37 percent in December 2008.

US Elections Exacerbate Tough China Relations
The most popular villain in U.S. midterm campaign ads might not be banks, bailouts or Bush, but rather Beijing.

Wells Fargo to Amend 55,000 Foreclosures
The announcement was the first admission of possible problems in the way the San Francisco-based bank repossesses homes.

The Fed's 'Tax on the Consumer'
Investors have been cheering about the prospect of the Federal Reserve pumping more money into the economy, but some experts warn that move may wind up hurting consumers' wallets.

California Firm Recalls Ready-To-Eat Pork Products Due to Possible Adulteration
Autentico Foods, a Hawaiian Gardens, Calif., establishment, is recalling approximately 54,000 pounds of ready-to-eat pork products that it did not produce in accordance with its food safety plan, failing to take the steps it had determined were necessary to produce safe products, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced.

Why is the EU Sending Armed Guards to Greece?
As the world watches Greece wrestle with its crushing debt and crippled economy, the country is quietly struggling to manage another burgeoning crisis: the dramatic influx of illegal immigrants crossing from Greece into the European Union.

Lawyer Forms Foreclosure Resistance Movement
O. Max Gardner III, 65, pioneered techniques in preventing big banks from foreclosing on loans and has taught his methods to 559 other lawyers in the last four years.

Towards Martial Law in America: Authority to Deploy Troops Domestically During 'National Emergencies'
Earlier this month, the United States Coast Guard upheld its self-declared status as a 'special' branch of the military with the ability to prosecute civilians in military tribunals.

Watch a TARP Watchdog Make a Chilling Comment About the Ramification of Foreclosure-Gate
What's the endgame in foreclosure-gate? According to Damon Silvers, a member of the Congressional Oversight Panel, it comes down to this: Resolve the foreclosure situation in a fair way, or preserve the existing bank capital structure.

JPM, HSBC, Sued for Silver Market Manipulation, Reaping Billions In Illegal Profits
Yesterday's announcement by CFTC commissioner Bart Chilton that he was fully aware of fraudulent efforts to persuade and deviously control silver prices may have been the straw that broke the gold and silver price manipulating camel's back on precious metal manipulation.

'Obama Unlikely to Last His First Term'
"It is very doubtful at this time that he will last his first term," Edward Spannaus of Executive Intelligence Review said in an interview with Press TV on Wednesday.

Gulf Oil Spill: Mission Accomplished or Ongoing Crisis?
The corporate media has almost entirely stopped covering the Gulf oil spill.
Many have tried to say that the effects of the spill are not nearly as bad as feared, and that everything is pretty much cleaned up and back to normal.

Volcanic Eruptions in Kamchatka Bury Town in Ash
Two volcanic eruptions in Russia's Far East region of Kamchatka have covered the whole town of Ust-Kamchatsk in ash.

The Chances of a War With China are Rising
The United States conducts monetary policy the same way it conducts foreign policy; unilaterally.

Coast Guard Implementing Martial Law
Earlier this month, the United States Coast Guard upheld its self-declared status as a 'special' branch of the military with the ability to prosecute civilians in military tribunals.

JPMorgan, HSBC Sued for Alleged Silver Conspiracy
JPMorgan Chase & Co (JPM.N) and HSBC Holdings Plc (HSBA.L) were hit with two lawsuits on Wednesday by investors who accused them of conspiring to drive down silver prices, and reaping an estimated hundreds of millions of dollars of illegal profits.

Imminent Big Bank Death Spiral
The horizon features a big US bank on death watch. The ripple effects will be shocking even to those who expect it. Other big banks will be dragged down in a chain reaction, while illicit control in certain key markets will be stripped away.

Placebo Fraud Rocks the Very Foundation of Modern Medical Science; Thousands of Clinical Trials Invalidated
You know all those thousands of clinical trials conducted over the last few decades comparing pharmaceuticals to placebo pills?

Medical Science Discovers Remarkable Yet Simple Way to Instantly Increase Your Willpower
Here's good news that's just in time to help you avoid the temptation of sugary goodies served up at holiday parties.

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Race Pivotal for National Food and Farm Freedom
If you don't live in Iowa, the name Francis Thicke may not mean much to you. But the candidate for Iowa's Secretary of Agriculture has a lot in store for reforming industrial agriculture in the "Food Capital of the World" if he's elected.

Experimental Drugs Cause More Harm Than Good, Study Finds
Conventional cancer treatment protocols are largely ineffective, which is why many doctors end up prescribing experimental drugs to their most severely diseased patients to see if they provide any benefits.

Gulf of Mexico 'Dead Zone' Caused by Ethanol Productions
Ethanol, billed by Congress as a "green fuel," may be responsible for the second-largest dead zone in the world.

Today In History Thursday October 28, 2010
1776 - The Battle of White Plains took place during the American Revolutionary War.
1793 - Eli Whitney applied for a patent for his cotton gin.
1886 - The Statue of Liberty was dedicated in New York Harbor by U.S. President Cleveland. The statue weighs 225 tons and is 152 feet tall. It was originally known as "Liberty Enlightening the World."
1904 - The St. Louis Police Department became the first to use fingerprinting.
1919 - The U.S. Congress enacted the Volstead Act, also known as the National Prohibition Act. Prohibition was repealed in 1933 with the passing of the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
1922 - Benito Mussolini took control of the Italian government and introduced fascism to Italy.
1936 - The Statue of Liberty was rededicated by U.S. President Roosevelt on its 50th anniversary.
1940 - During World War II, Italy invaded Greece.
1949 - U.S. President Harry Truman swore in Eugenie Moore Anderson as the U.S. ambassador to Denmark. Anderson was the first woman to hold the post of ambassador.
1958 - Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli was elected Pope. He took the name John XXIII.
1962 - Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev informed the U.S. that he had ordered the dismantling of Soviet missile bases in Cuba.
1965 - The Gateway Arch along the waterfront in St. Louis, MO, was completed.
1976 - John D. Erlichman, a former aide to U.S. President Richard Nixon, entered a federal prison camp in Safford, AZ, to begin serving his sentence for Watergate-related convictions.
1986 - The centennial of the Statue of Liberty was celebrated in New York.
1993 - Ousted Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, called for a complete blockade of Haiti to force out the military leaders.
1994 - U.S. President Clinton visited Kuwait and implied that all the troops there would be home by Christmas.
1998 - An Air China jet was hijacked and flown to Taiwan by pilot Yuan Bin. He was upset with his pay and working conditions. The plane arrived safely and Yuan Bin was taken into custody.

‘Mike Tawse Original’ Thought For The day
I Shall Not Be Defeated… My Mind Is Free…When my activity is constrained by draconian laws, or the awesome power of nature, I shall not be defeated, for my mind is free…

Larger Withdrawals From IRAs in 2010 May Help Savers With Taxes
For U.S. taxpayers making mandatory withdrawals from an individual retirement account, 2010 may be a good year to take out more than necessary because tax rates may rise. Required minimum distributions from the accounts, which are taxed as ordinary income, generally apply to people with a tax- deferred traditional IRA who are age 70 1/2 and older or inherited one from a parent or spouse.

Teens Should Get Meningitis Booster Shot says the CDC Panel
Teenagers should get a booster shot of the vaccine that protects against bacterial meningitis, a U.S. health advisory panel recommended Wednesday.
The panel made the recommendation because the vaccine appears not to last as long as previously thought.

Placebo Fraud Rocks The Very Foundation of Modern Medical Science; Thousands of Clinical Trials Invalidated:
You know all those thousands of clinical trials conducted over the last few decades comparing pharmaceuticals to placebo pills? Well, it turns out all those studies must now be completely thrown out as utterly non-scientific. And why? Because the placebos used in the studies weren't really placebos at all, rendering the studies scientifically invalid.

Mad Fed Should Beware Unquantifiable Outcomes says Mark Gilbert
Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke said in an Oct. 15 speech that it’s difficult to work out the “appropriate quantity and pace of purchases and to communicate this policy response to the public.” He also said that “nonconventional policies have costs and limitations that must be taken into account in judging whether and how aggressively they should be used.” Imagine a surgeon telling her patient she wasn’t sure what size scalpel she’d be using or what the likely outcome of the procedure might be. Or an architect admitting to a planning committee that he wasn’t confident about his stress calculations or the durability of the newfangled materials he was using.

U.S. elections exacerbate tough China relations
It would also embolden the next Congress to be more adversarial. It’s a telling sign that runaway favorite Ohio Senate candidate Rob Portman, America’s trade representative under President George W. Bush, already has slammed the Treasury Department for failing to tag China a currency manipulator. His future colleagues surely will take notice. Comment: Since the Reagan years, both Democrats AND Republicans have given China "most favored nation" status, when they forgot the US should've had it! That's like cheering for the opposing team.

Chris Whalen Welcomes Our New Tyrannical Overlords, Prepares for the Taxpayer Funded Mortgage Insurer Bailout
Chris Whalen's latest Institutional Risk Analytics is a must read letter as it highlights yet another aspect of foreclosure fraud, one which finds various analogues in the way the MBS originating banks took advantage of AIG, knowing full well it was stuffed to the gills with worthless pieces of paper and taking out enough insurance on it to require a federal bailout when mark to fraud failed and mark to market finally worked for a very short period of time.

Homeowners Protest HAMP: 'It's Just A Scam And The Banks Are Getting Everything'
"This was a lie -- 100 percent lie," Stratton said. "We ran off the guidelines. We met every single qualification to get a HAMP mod."

US Military Campaign to Topple Resilient Taliban Hasn't Succeeded
An intense military campaign aimed at crippling the Taliban has so far failed to inflict more than fleeting setbacks on the insurgency or put meaningful pressure on its leaders to seek peace, according to U.S. military and intelligence officials citing the latest assessments of the war in Afghanistan.

US Investigates Nuclear Missile Incident
The U.S. military is looking into an incident on Saturday in which it lost communications with 50 long-range nuclear-armed missiles based in the northern United States.

Fed Easing to Signify End of Bull Market, Gross Says
“Check writing in the trillions is not a bondholder’s friend,” Gross wrote in his monthly investment outlook posted on Newport Beach, California-based Pimco’s website today. “It is in fact inflationary, and, if truth be told, somewhat of a Ponzi scheme. It raises bond prices to create the illusion of high annual returns, but ultimately it reaches a dead end where those prices can no longer go up.” Jimm's Comment: I'm more and more amazed that this is being stated out in the open, meaning things are really going to get bad (financially).

Court Overturns Arizona's Proof of Citizenship Requirement for Voter Registration
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has overturned Arizona’s requirement that people show proof of citizenship to register to vote.

China Retailers Again, Accuses US of 'Out of Control' Dollar Printing
After taking heat from the White House for nearly a year for its currency peg, a fact that in itself will never get China to loosen its regime as it would be perceived as yielding to pressure from D.C., China has once again gone on the offensive, this time via its commerce minister who earlier today said that dollar issuance in the U.S. is "out of control" which in turn is leading to an inflation assault on China.

JPMorgan, BofA, Citi, and More Plead With Supreme Court to Keep THEIR Bailout Details Secret, Too
A group of pretty much every bank you can name just asked the Supreme Court to withhold documents that detail emergency cash injections they received from the government at the end of '08, Bloomberg reports.

Research Proves 'Gender-Bending' Chemicals Affect Reproduction
The findings from the four year study, led by the universities of Exeter and Brunel, has important implications for understanding the impacts of these chemicals on ecosystem health and possibly on humans.

Clinton Departs for Two-Week Asia Trip
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton departed Washington on Wednesday for a two-week Asia trip meant to shore up US ties with its Pacific neighbors.

Employer's in US Start Bracing for Higher Tax Withholding
Employers in the U.S. are starting to warn their workers to prepare for slimmer paychecks if Congress fails to vote on an extension of Bush-era tax cuts.

Nevada Voting Machines Automatically Checking Harry Reid's Name; Voting Machine Technicians are SEIU Members
Clark County is where three quarters of Nevada's residents and live and where Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's son Rory is a county commissioner. Rory is also a Democratic candidate for governor.

Baltimore Hands Out First Trans Fat Citation
The Baltimore City Health Department issued its first environmental citation for repeat violations of the city's trans fat ban. The Health Department said more than 100 Baltimore restaurants have received warnings since the ban went into effect.

Turn Off the Lights When You Go To Bed - Even Dim Light at Night May Trigger Obesity
You are getting the same amount of exercise as always, you aren't taking in any more calories than usual and yet you keep on gaining weight.

Fatty Acid Help to Prevent Gum Disease
Rather than concentrate on treating the bacteria itself, which is the approach most conventional dentists take, scientists have found that targeting the inflammatory response with polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) like fish oil is also effective.

Common Chemicals Causing Sex Changes in Animals
Endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) are everywhere these days. EDCs from industrial plastics, pharmaceutical drugs, household and industrial cleaners, and other sources regularly contaminate water supplies, rivers, lakes, and other natural ecosystems.

Having a Big Head May Protect You From Alzheimer's
People with bigger heads may suffer less from Alzheimer's than people with smaller heads, according to a study conducted by researchers from Munich University and published in the journal Neurology.

Think Hand Sanitizers Protect You Against Germs? Think Again
Worried about catching a cold or the flu?

Cocoa Mojo Superfood Hot Chocolate and My Adventure Through the Andes
In June of 2009, I embarked on an adventure into the Podocarpus National Forest near Vilcabamba, Ecuador.

Bee's Brains More Powerful Than Computers
A new study set to be published in the journal The American Naturalist has discovered that bees' tiny brains are capable of performing mathematical functions far more quickly and efficiently than even today's most powerful computers.

Some Cancer Industry Groups Finally Admit That Advice to Avoid the Sun May Be Causing Vitamin D Deficiencies
A major British cancer organization is preparing a new position statement on sun exposure that may acknowledge vitamin D deficiency as an effect of sun avoidance.

Midwest Storm Breaks US Pressure Record
The pressure within the powerful storm that left a trail of destruction across the Midwest on Tuesday not only broke records in individual states and cities, but also one for the United States.

One EMP Burst and the World Goes Dark
The sky erupts. Cities darken, food spoils and homes fall silent. Civilization collapses.

HUGE Media Blackout Regarding Earth and Moon Orbital Changes?
Huge earth changes are taking place at this time. L.A. had a record cool summer and a few days after summer is over, they shoot up to a record high 113 degrees.

50 Nuclear Missiles Drop Offline
The Atlantic (and now Wired) is reporting that an entire squadron of nuclear missiles unexpectedly dropped into a "launch facility down" status on Saturday morning, taking a sizable portion of America's nuclear deterrent offline:

Police Officers Fired for Being Tea Party Members
Today I received a plea for help from the Tawakoni Area TEA Party. They have a Mayor that is out of control and hates the TEA Party too. He has fired 2 long time officers for no other apparent reason than the simple fact that they belong to the local TEA Party chapter.

Today In History Wednesday October 27, 2010
1795 - The United States and Spain signed the Treaty of San Lorenzo. The treaty is also known as "Pinckney's Treaty."
1858 - Roland Macy opened Macy's Department Store in New York City. It was Macy's eighth business adventure, the other seven failed.
1904 - The New York subway system officially opened. It was the first rapid-transit subway system in America.
1925 - Fred Waller received a patent for water skis.
1927 - The first newsreel featuring sound was released in New York.
1938 - Du Pont announced "nylon" as the new name for its new synthetic yarn.
1954 - The first Walt Disney television show "Disneyland" premiered on ABC.
1962 - The Soviet Union adds to the Cuban Missile Crisis by calling for the dismantling of U.S. missile basis in Turkey. U.S. President Kennedy agreed to the new aspect of the agreement.
1978 - Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin were named winners of the Nobel Peace Prize for their progress toward achieving a Middle East accord.
1994 - The U.S. Justice Department announced that the U.S. prison population had exceeded one million for the first time in American history.
1997 - The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 554.26 points. The stock market was shut down for the first time since the 1981 assassination attempt on U.S. President Reagan.
1999 - Armenia's Prime Minister and seven other government officials were killed during a parliamentary session. It was the believed that the gunmen were staging a coup.
2002 - Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was elected president of Brazil in a runoff. He was the country's first elected leftist leader.
2003 - Bank of America Corp. announced it had agreed to buy FleetBoston Financial Corp. The deal created the second largest banking company in the U.S.

Three ‘Mike Tawse Original’ Thoughts for The Day
 * Each Of Us Has The Opportunity To Learn
 * Today Is The Only One You Can Change
 * The Greatest Lessons Of Life

Nevada Voters Complain of Problems at Polls
Some voters in Boulder City complained on Monday that their ballot had been cast before they went to the polls, raising questions about Clark County's electronic voting machines.

Fed looks set for new round of monetary easing
The Bernanke Fed has shown a propensity for erring on the side of going big. This is based on the notion that policy acts with a lag, and that fighting inflation is easier than battling deflation. The Fed could choose to go beyond market expectations in order to build in an extra "announcement effect," in the same way that intermeeting rate cuts are believed to offer more bang for the buck. This would lead to a sharp rally in riskier assets like stocks and emerging market bonds. Commodities would also rise sharply as investors worry about the possibility of an unruly dollar decline.

Doug Casey on the Violence of the Storm, the Destruction of the Middle Class and the Coming Gold Standard
Gold itself is not cheap anymore, the way it was 10 years ago. But on the other hand, the gold bull market is intact and I think it is going significantly higher for a lot of reasons. You've got to own gold. It's the only financial asset that's not simultaneously someone else's liability. What's really hard to understand are "dollar bugs".

How Did the Banks Get Away With Pledging Mortgages to Multiple Buyers
I've repeatedly documented that mortgages were pledged multiple times to different buyers. See this, this and this.

US Says Did Not Under-Report Iraq Civilian Deaths
The whistle-blower website WikiLeaks on Friday released nearly 400,000 classified U.S. files on the Iraq war, the biggest leak of its kind in U.S. military history.

Chavez Orders Takeover of Owens-Illinois Branch
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez ordered the expropriation of U.S.-based glass container manufacturer Owens-Illinois Inc.'s subsidiary in the South American country.

Iran Fuels Up Nuclear Plant as Sanctions Bite
Officials said it showed Iran's nuclear plans were on track despite sanctions aimed at forcing it to curb uranium enrichment which many countries fear is aimed at developing atomic bombs.

Tony Blair Summoned Back to Chilcot Inquiry Into Iraq War
Tony Blair is to be summoned back to the official inquiry into the Iraq invasion in light of damaging and conflicting evidence revealed since he appeared as a witness in January.

Roundup Suffocates Human Cells
When Roundup was introduced back in the sixties, a pretty good fairy tale was told to all about how the chemical merely disappeared in days. It was an effective confidence booster and it certainly was trusted and believed.

Our New Dictator May Be In Deep Trouble
According to sources who watch the inner workings of the federal government, a smackdown of Barack Obama by the U.S. Supreme Court may be inevitable.

FDIC Head Sounds Alarm on Foreclosure Litigation
Litigation arising from foreclosure paperwork problems could be "very damaging" to the housing market, a top U.S. banking regulator said Monday.

US Must Prepare for Asteroid
If an asteroid were on a collision course with Earth, would we be ready to defend against its destructive impact or would we be helpless and defenseless?

Treasury Shields Citigroup as Deletions Undercut Disclosure
The late Bloomberg News reporter Mark Pittman asked the U.S. Treasury in January 2009 to identify $301 billion of securities owned by Citigroup Inc. that the government had agreed to guarantee.

President Obama Heads into Midterms at Lowest Approval Rating of Presidency
President Obama is spending the next week crisscrossing the country in support of Democratic candidates before this year's midterm elections.

Activist Stomped on Outside Paul and Conway Senate Debate in Kentucky
The fifth and final campaign debate between U.S. Senate candidates Rand Paul and Jack Conway was marred Monday by a confrontation outside the venue in Lexington, K.Y. in which an activist was pushed to the curb and stepped on, FOX 41 reported.

Court Overturns Arizona's Proof of Citizen Requirement for Voter Registration
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has overturned Arizona’s requirement that people show proof of citizenship to register to vote.

Martial Law, Economic Meltdown, and Executive Orders
We have all watched in predicted horror as the financial infrastructure of America has been disassembled in a predetermined fashion by the likes of Goldman Sachs,

Obama Continues Pushing UN Gun Control Treaty
In late September, several dozen UN representatives met at the University of Massachusetts in Boston to further discuss their plans for global gun control.

LA Times Pinkwashing Reaches New Low by Pushing 'Preventive' Chemotherapy Drugs for Women
Check this out: The LA Times is pinkwashing their entire website masthead with a pink ribbon set behind the word "Angeles," which of course means "angels."

Research Shows That Walking Can Protect Your Memory Down the Road
One of the greatest fears associated with growing older is the thought of memory problems -- including the mind-robbing nightmare of Alzheimer's Disease.

Taking Prescription Drugs Could Cost You Your Job
Drug abuse in the U.S. is hardly limited to illegal street narcotics; millions of Americans take prescription medications that can severely impair their judgment and ability to work, and some employers are beginning to take notice.

Tea Consumption Slows Cognitive Decline in Older Adults
Older adults who drink tea regularly experience significantly less cognitive decline than adults of the same age who do not drink tea, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of California-Los Angeles and the University of Washington and presented at the Alzheimer's Association's International Conference on Alzheimer's Disease 2010.

California Marijuana Crop Larger Than Grapes
The battle rages on over the legalization of marijuana in California, but a new report from NBC in California's Bay Area brings up a very interesting point about its cultivation in the state.

Is the Elite Destabilizing the World on Purpose?
From our point of view, the idea that a modern clique of corporatists have come together serendipitously to try to run the world is not necessarily accurate. The intergenerational, familial enterprise that we postulate makes more sense to us. In simplest terms, if one looks through the past 300 years of history (or even through millennia), and certainly the past 100 years, it is easy to find a fairly powerful pattern leading to the world's current problems. There are so many books and so many clues left by this elite that to dismiss it is difficult. History is simply littered with Illuminati codes and absurd coincidences that do more to reveal money power than to conceal it.

Today In History Tuesday October 26, 2010
1774 - The First Continental Congress of the U.S. adjourned in Philadelphia.
1825 - The Erie Canal opened in upstate New York. The 363-mile canal connected Lake Erie and the Hudson River at a cost of $7,602,000.
1858 - H.E. Smith patented the rotary-motion washing machine.
1881 - The "Gunfight at the OK Corral" took place in Tombstone, AZ. The fight was between Wyatt Earp, his two brothers and Doc Holiday and the Ike Clanton Gang.
1905 - Norway gained independence from Sweden.
1942 - The U.S. ship Hornet was sunk in the Battle of Santa Cruz during World War II.
1944 - During World War II, the Battle of Leyte Gulf ended. The battle won by American forces and brought the end of the Pacific phase of World War II into sight.
1949 - U.S. President Harry Truman raised the minimum wage from 40 to 75 cents an hour.
1951 - Winston Churchill became the prime minister of Great Britain.
1958 - Pan American Airways flew its first Boeing 707 jetliner from New York City to Paris.
1972 - U.S. National security adviser Henry Kissinger declared, "Peace is at hand" in Vietnam.
1975 - Anwar Sadat became the first Egyptian president to officially visit to the United States.
1977 - The experimental space shuttle Enterprise successfully landed at Edwards Air Force Base in California.
1979 - South Korean President Park Chung-hee was shot to death by Kim Jae-kyu, the head of the Korean Central Intelligence Agency.
1984 - "Baby Fae" was given the heart of baboon after being born with a severe heart defect. She lived for 21 days with the animal heart.
1985 - Approximately 110,000 people marched past the U.S. and Soviet embassies in London to pressure the two countries to end their arms race.
1990 - The U.S. State Department issued a warning that terrorists could be planning an attack on a passenger ship or aircraft.
1991 - Former Washington Mayor Marion Barry arrived at a federal correctional institution in Petersburg, VA, to begin serving a six-month sentence for cocaine possession.
1992 - General Motors Corp. Chairman Robert Stempel resigned after the company recorded its highest losses in history.
1994 - Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin of Israel and Prime Minister Abdel Salam Majali of Jordan signed a peace treaty.
1996 - Federal prosecutors cleared Richard Jewell as a suspect in the Olympic park bombing.
1998 - A French lab found a nerve agent on an Iraqi missile warhead.
2001 - It was announced that Fort Worth's Lockheed Martin won a defense contract for $200 billion over 40 years. The contract, for the "joint strike fighter," was the largest defense contract in history.
2002 - Russian authorities pumped a gas into a theater where separatist rebels held over 800 hostages. The gas killed 116 hostages and all 50 hostage-takers were killed by the gas or gunshot wounds.

International face of Saddam regime to hang
Saddam Hussein's foreign minister Tariq Aziz was sentenced to death by hanging Tuesday for persecuting members of Shiite religious parties under the former regime. Iraq's high criminal court spokesman Mohammed Abdul Sahib did not say when Aziz, 74, would be put to death. The death sentence was for a conviction on charges of taking part in a Saddam-led campaign that hunted and executed members of the Shiite Dawa Party, of which current Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is a member.

Gold backing of currency doesn't make it Islamic
Backing currency with gold does not make it Islamic, former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today. He said it became Islamic only if the transaction in the currency did not involve interest or riba. "It is not the name that is important. It is the gold backing for the currency, whatever may be its name," he said in a keynote address at the Global Islamic Finance Forum 2010 here.

India gold buying continues; premiums edge up
India, the world's biggest consumer of the yellow metal, is in the middle of the festival season, with Dhanteras in November, when jewellers register highest sales in the year. Weddings also take place in the festival season. State-run Indian trader MMTC Ltd expects to import more than 200 tonnes of gold in the current fiscal year to March 2011 on good demand seen in the current festival season despite high prices, its chairman said.

Bank of America Takes Out Lows As Sheila Bair Says Servicers' Issues Could Be "Very Damaging", "More Problems" To Arise In Mortgage Servicing

What's the Treasury (and the Justice Department) Hiding?
Something really smells here. This is a shocking report out of Bloomberg, on the Treasury response to a Freedom of Information Act request :

Owners Seek to Sell at Loss as Banks Push Foreclosure
Bank of America and GMAC are firing up their formidable foreclosure machines again today, after a brief pause.

Dollar at Risk of Becoming 'Toxic Waste'
The dollar's slump could get far worse if the dollar index takes out last year's low, Robin Griffiths, technical strategist at Cazenove Capital, told CNBC Monday.

Foreclosure Mess Under Review, Report Looms: Bernake
Federal banking regulators are examining whether mortgage companies cut corners on their own procedures when they moved to foreclose on people's homes, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Monday.

Employers Looking at Health Insurance Options
The new health care law wasn't supposed to undercut employer plans that have provided most people in the U.S. with coverage for generations.

A Bill Has Been Introduced in Congress to Register Firearms and Owners
A forwarded email that says that Congress introduced HR-45, the Blair Holt Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009.

The Truth on Unemployment: It's A Depression
Employment is WORSE than The Depression - now.

Caprio's Reaction to Snub? President Can 'Shove It'
Rhode Island gubernatorial candidate Frank Caprio, in a radio interview Monday morning, reacted angrily to President Obama's decision not to endorse him during a visit to the Ocean State Monday.

One-Child Policy Takes Toll on Another Family
The Al-Jazeera Network has released an exclusive interview with a couple in China that was forced to abort their unborn son at eight months, but one pro-life group is appalled by the lack of response.

Seasonal Flu Death Estimates Grossly Overestimated
Every year as flu season approaches, health authorities begin their chorus of warnings about the dangers of getting the flu.

Inexpensive Dietary Supplement Helps to Prevent Birth Defects
Many medical professionals recommend that pregnant women take folic acid--also known as vitamin B9--as part of a prenatal supplement regimen designed to help ensure a healthy pregnancy.

Diabetes Drug Researcher Admits Drug Trials are Unethical and Dangerous
A drug researcher who presided over the trial that first raised concerns over the diabetes blockbuster Avandia has warned that further tests of the drug's safety would be unethical.

British Prawns Getting High on Prozac in the Water
Contamination of British coastal waters with antidepressants is likely changing the behavior of prawns and other marine life, according to a study conducted by researchers from Portsmouth University.

Today In History Monday October 25, 2010
1760 - George III took the British throne after the death of King George II, his grandfather.
1812 - During the War of 1812, the U.S. frigate United States captured the British vessel Macedonian.
1870 - The first U.S. trademark was given. The recipient was the Averill Chemical Paint Company of New York City.
1888 - Richard Byrd, the first person to see the North Pole, was born.
1917 - The Bolsheviks (Communists) under Vladimir Ilyich Lenin seized power in Russia.
1920 - King Alexander of Greece died from blood poisoning that resulted from a bite from his pet monkey.
1929 - Alber B. Fall, of U.S. President Harding's cabinet, was found guilty of taking a bribe. He was sentenced to a year in prison and fined $100,000.
1931 - The George Washington Bridge opened to traffic.
1955 - The microwave oven, for home use, was introduced by The Tappan Company.
1958 - U.S. Marines withdrew from Beirut, Lebanon. They had been sent in on July 25, 1958, to protect the nation's pro-Western government.
1971 - The U.N. General Assembly voted to expel Taiwan and admit mainland China.
1983 - U.S. troops and soldiers from six Caribbean nations invaded Grenada to restore order and provide protection to U.S. citizens after a recent coup within Grenada's Communist (pro-Cuban) government.
1990 - It was announced by U.S. Defense Secretary Dick Cheney that the Pentagon was planning to send 100,000 more troops to Saudi Arabia.
2000 - AT&T Corp. announced that it would restructure into a family of four separately traded companies (consumer, business, broadband and wireless).
2001 - It was announced that scientists had unearthed the remains of an ancient crocodile which lived 110 million years ago. The animal, found in Gadoufaoua, Niger, grew as long as 40 feet and weighed as much as eight metric tons.

Bank of America to go ahead with 102,000 foreclosures
Bank of America Corp. issued a statement Oct. 18 saying it has completed its review of foreclosure affidavits for the 23 original states where it halted foreclosure sales, and has restarted the process of completing 102,000 foreclosure actions that had pending judgments.
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New high-dose flu shot aims to protect seniors
There's a new flu shot in town — one that's four times as strong and targeted at senior citizens. The reason? Scientists believe that a high-dose flu vaccine will jump-start senior citizens' immune response and provide them better protection from the virus.

One way or another, the seizure of privately owned agricultural property is going to take place; the USDA will seize control of the US food supply for its corporate contractors. In addition to NAIS, was Premises ID. USDA has continued contracting with countering state agencies in every state to force this system of forfeiture of title to property, putting previously privately held land under the control of federal agencies; the question still arises as to, why?

Mutiny on the pumpkin patch
Tax collector tries to squash Idaho pumpkin stand.

60 Minutes shines light on local homeless Marine vet
Read the story about former enlisted Marine Charles of a handful of young veterans living on the streets of San Diego.

Vets stand guard over Christian flag in NC town
The city council decided last month to remove the flag from above the monument in Central Park after a resident complained, and after city leaders got letters from the American Civil Liberties Union and Americans United for the Separation of Church and State urging them to remove it. That decision incensed veterans groups, churches and others in King, a city of about 6,000 people 15 miles north of Winston-Salem. Read More...

Veteran Suicides Outnumber US Military Deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan
More than 1,000 veterans in California under 35 died after returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan between 2005 and 2008 - three times as many California service members who were killed in conflict overseas, according to a recently published Bay Citizen report.

Tap-Tap-Tap Dance Around the Issue
The issues here aren't just "cost", as everyone wants to claim, or "shortcuts." They go directly to the fundamental question of the rule of law and 5th Amendment rights to Due Process.

The Fed Needs to Print $4 Trillion
With just over a week left to the QE2 announcement, discussion over the amount, implications and effectiveness of QE2 are almost as prevalent (and moot) as those over the imminent collapse of the MBS system.

Republican Congressional Candidate Says Violent Overthrown of Government is 'On the Table'
Republican congressional candidate Stephen Broden stunned his party Thursday, saying he would not rule out violent overthrow of the government if elections did not produce a change in leadership.

DHS Conduct Nationwide ID Authentic Test for Emergency Preparedness
Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently coordinated a nationwide demonstration showing the ability to deploy a common, interoperable credentialing system that enables electronic identity authentication for government and industry personnel.

Why is Due Process a Big Problem for Banks?
“That’s why most people, myself included, have no sympathy for Bank of America’s legal predicament — and no patience for its “we’re not the bad guys here” arguments.

Body Scanners Unveiled at JFK Airport; Homeland Security Sec. Janet Napolitano Doesn't Volunteer
Airline passengers might want to consider a trip to the gym before heading to the airport now that high-tech body scanners have been unveiled at Kennedy Airport.

Backlash Grows Against Full-Body Airport Scanners
Worldwide, a backlash is growing against the push to install full-body scanners at airports.

In Praise of Micheal Roberts, Body Scan Rebel
Roberts is a pilot with ExpressJet Airlines, which does business as Continental Express.

US Financial Markets: The Well Has Been Poisoned
When financial markets have become riddled with fraud, embezzlement and corruption that goes unpunished, then institutional players will avoid that market as crooked: the well has been poisoned.

Barack and Michelle's Mumbai Darshan Plans
US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle will be extremely busy in Mumbai, upon landing on November 6 for a two day India visit.

The Real Reason Behind QE2
The volume of US debt that will roll over in the next two years is simply staggering (Never mind the new debt).

Roundup Implicated in Frog Die Off
While we are on the topic of Roundup it needs to be noted that work reported in 2005 has shown that it is clearly implicated in the global die off of amphibian populations. Roundup is used everywhere and is used as a first option to push back encroaching weeds.

Rare Earth Fears
There has been a recent spat of press reports buying into the story about an eminent shortage of rare earths because China is presently the main supplier.

US to Pay Farmers for Non-Food Crops for Biofuels
The U.S. will pay farmers to produce non-food crops that can be converted to fuels for planes, cars and power plants to reduce reliance on imported oil and boost rural economies, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said today.

Digital Cloning: Rise of the Cylons?
Somewhere between epically cool and downright creepy, you can create a digital clone that looks like you, talks like you, sounds like you and takes on your personality, so that future generations can find out all about you after your death.

Synthetic DNA Markers Warned of Bioterrorism Threats
TO MAKE it harder for bioterrorists to build dangerous viruses from scratch, guidelines for firms who supply "custom DNA" are being introduced in the US.

$700,000 from Gates to Help Protect CA Climate Law
The campaign against Proposition 23 - the ballot initiative that would push back California's landmark global warming law - is getting another big financial boost from a high-tech billionaire.

Why Monsanto is Paying Farmers to Spray It's Rivals' Herbicides
Monsanto's ongoing humiliation proceeds apace. No, I'm not referring to the company's triumph in our recent "Villains of Food" poll. Instead, I'm talking about a Tuesday item from the Des Moines Register's Philip Brasher, reporting that Monsanto has been forced into the unenviable position of having to pay farmers to spray the herbicides of rival companies.

Lawsuit Alleges That MERS Owes California a Potential $60-120 Billion in Unpaid Land-Recording Fees
In creating MERS, these institutions actually changed the land-title system that this country - for much of its history - has relied upon to determine legal ownership status of land titleholders.

Patient Anger Over Swine Flu Jab 'by Stealth'
Patients' groups have expressed anger over this year's seasonal flu jab programme because people are unable to opt out of having the swine flu vaccine.

G20 Finance Ministers Agree to Global Economic Regulations
G20 finance ministers Saturday agreed tougher rules for big financial firms blamed for the global economic crisis as they tackled the problem of companies deemed "too big to fail"

Food Stamp Usage Soars Among Working Families
Lillie Gonzales does whatever it takes to provide for three ravenous sons who live under her roof.

G20 Struggles to Find Common Ground on Currency War, Triggers US Push for Trade Caps
With China resolutely refusing to allow the yuan to rise more quickly, the US shifted the debate on the first day of the G20 summit to address trade imbalances, the root issue behind exchange rate clashes.

Invisible DNA body Spray Technology May Soon be Installed at a Business Near You
A U.K. company has developed a technology that it says will help deter thieves from robbing local businesses.

States of Emergency
Thirty-two states are on the path to UN-inspired carbon reduction, Cap-and-Trade schemes and unconstitutional alliances; the supporting Governors must be held accountable.

Fed-Up Americans: Fire the Judges Too!
Judicial elections across the United States, largely ho-hum affairs that only stand out when members of the black robes commit a crime, have turned white-hot in Iowa, where residents are organizing and campaigning to fire three of the state Supreme Court members who created same-sex marriage for the state.

Currency War - Germany Accuses US Of Indirectly Manipulating Dollar
German Economy Minister Rainer Bruederle on Saturday took issue with what he called a U.S. policy of increasing liquidity, saying it indirectly manipulated exchange rates.

IMF Power Shift Opens Way for More Breakthroughs
The surprise deal reached at weekend meetings of finance ministers from the Group of 20 in South Korea shifts IMF voting power to under-represented emerging countries like China, India, Brazil and Turkey.

France Braces Itself for Another Week of Protests as Sarkozy Believes He Has Turned Corner
All are furious at the Senate's decision to approve new pension legislation which will see the retirement age rise from 60 to 62.

Teleprompter To Make Its Debut in Parliament When Obama Speaks - India
A teleprompter will be in use for the first time in the Central Hall of Parliament when US President Barack Obama addresses MPs on November eight.

Extremely Graphic Abortion Ad Airs in DC Metro
ABC News’ Devin Dwyer reports: An anti-abortion candidate running for D.C. delegate to the U.S. House is airing what is arguably one of this election cycle’s most provocative TV campaign ads, featuring extremely graphic images of aborted fetuses.

States Weigh Letting Non-citizens Vote
Like his neighbors, Claude Rwaganje pays taxes on his income and taxes on his cars. His children have gone to Portland's public schools.

Quadruple-Dose Seasonal Flu 'Super' Vaccine Now Being Aggressively Pushed Onto Senior Citizens
The vaccine industry has now decided that injecting senior citizens with the "standard" vaccine dose just isn't working.

Powerful Compound in Broccoli, Cruciferos Vegetables Proven to Prevent Cancer
New research out of the University of Illinois (U of I) has proven that sulforaphane, an organosulfur compound found in broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables, is transferred directly from the digestive system into the body through the "good" bacteria that live in the gut.

Drug Industry in Bed With Harry Reid (and Paying for His Campaign Ads)
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has received more donations from the drug industry than nearly any other political candidate this year.

Doctors Needlessly Order Blood Transfusions for Cancer Patients in Order to Qualify Them for Drug Studies
A new report published in the New England Journal of Medicine reveals a shocking trend in the medical industry that is putting countless patients at needless risk.

Regulators Prey on Food Processing Plant in Effort to Pass Federal Food Legislation
The Texas Department of State Health Services recently ordered Sangar Produce, a San Antonio-based produce processor, to cease operations and recall all of its bagged salads and cut up fruit and vegetable products.

Big Pharma Trying to Convince Women They Need to Feel Sexual Desire All the Time So They'll Buy 'Female Viagra'
The pharmaceutical industry is in the midst of a major push to secure FDA approval for drugs to treat "female sexual dysfunction," including a public relations campaign to convince women that the condition is real in the first place.

How I Cured Diabetes in Five Steps, and Why One-Third of US Adults Will Have Diabetes by 2050
First it was Fast Food Nation. Now it's Diabetic Nation.

Today In History Friday October 22, 2010
1746 - The College of New Jersey was officially chartered. It later became known as Princeton University.
1797 - Andre-Jacques Garnerin made the first recorded parachute jump. He made the jump from about 3,000 feet.
1836 - Sam Houston was inaugurated as the first constitutionally elected president of the Republic of Texas.
1879 - Thomas Edison conducted his first successful experiment with a high-resistance carbon filament.
1907 - The Panic of 1907 began when depositors began withdrawing money from many New York banks.
1934 - Charles "Pretty Boy" Floyd, the notorious bank robber, was shot and killed by Federal agents in East Liverpool, OH.
1939 - The first televised pro football game was telecast from New York. Brooklyn defeated Philadelphia 23-14.
1950 - The Los Angeles Rams set an NFL record by defeating the Baltimore Colts 70-27. It was a record score for a regular season game.
1954 - The Federal Republic of Germany was invited to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
1962 - U.S. President Kennedy went on radio and television to inform the United States about his order to send U.S. forces to blockade Cuba. The blockade was in response to the discovery of Soviet missile bases on the island.
1968 - Apollo 7 splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean. The spacecraft had orbited the Earth 163 times.
1975 - Air Force Technical Sergeant Leonard Matlovich was discharged after publicly declaring his homosexuality. His tombstone reads " "A gay Vietnam Veteran. When I was in the military they gave me a medal for killing two men and a discharge for loving one."
1979 - The ousted Shah of Iran, Mohammad Riza Pahlavi was allowed into the U.S. for medical treatment.
1981 - The Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization was decertified by the federal government for its strike the previous August.
1986 - U.S. President Reagan signed the Tax Reform Act of 1986 into law.
1991 - The European Community and the European Free Trade Association agreed to create a free trade zone of 19 nations by the year 1993.
1995 - The 50th anniversary of the United Nations was marked by a record number of world leaders gathering.
1998 - The United Nations announced that over 2 million children had been killed in war as innocent victims since 1987.
1998 - Pakistan's carpet weaving industry announced that they would begin to phase out child labor.
1999 - China ended its first-ever human rights conference in which it defied Western definitions of civil liberties.
1999 - The U.N. Security Council voted to send 6,000 troops to Sierra Leone to oversee a peace plan that had been signed in July.

U.S. cuts aid to Pakistan's alleged death squads
The Obama administration is withholding assistance to some Pakistani military units over concerns they may have been involved in human rights abuses, including extra-judicial killings and torture, a senior U.S. official said Thursday.

Four killed by celery: Texas food processing plant shut down after poisoning deaths
A food processing plant in Texas has been shut down after contaminated celery was linked to the deaths of four people. The victims all died from listeriosis food poisoning after eating chopped celery from the factory in San Antonio.

Kellogg Cuts Its 2010 Earns Guidance, Shares Fall
Kellogg recalled 28 million boxes of Apple Jacks, Corn Pops, Froot Loops and Honey Smacks cereal in June after about 20 people complained that the boxes had an unusual smell and flavor, which the company blamed on a chemical in the boxes' liners. The company later identified elevated levels of chemicals in the liner as the cause and said in July that it was a supplier issue. Kellogg also said at that time that it expected the recall would continue to take its toll at an estimated 12 cents per share of profit for the full-year.

Big Legal Clash on Foreclosure is Taking Shape
About a month after Washington Mutual Bank made a multimillion-dollar mortgage loan on a mountain home near Santa Barbara, Calif., a crucial piece of paperwork disappeared.

Geithner Suggests Major Currencies in Alignment
In an interview with the newspaper, Geithner also emphasized that the United States was not pursuing a deliberate policy of devaluing the dollar.

'Exterminator' armored Truck Will Watch Illinois Neighborhoods
Creative law enforcement isn't new to St. Clair County Sheriff Mearl Justus.

Three Hots and A Cot for D.C. Tots
Washington D.C. schools, you know the ones that are not good enough for POTUS and FLOTUS offspring, have a new plan for the most economically challenged residents.

Why the Paperwork Appears 'Sloppy'
After centuries of lending money and preparing loan documents it seems that the least likely suspect for screwing up the paperwork on tens of millions of “loans” would be the Banks themselves. Yet that is what occurred.

Fatal Cosco Shooting: The Family's View
My son, Erik Scott, was shot seven times by three Metro Police officers on July 10. He died on the concrete in front of the Summerlin Costco store.

Fannie, Freddie Bailout Could Double, Regulator Says
The federal bailout for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac could double in size during the next three years, according to projections from the companies' federal regulator.

US Says Military Can Respond to Domestic Cyber Threats
The Obama administration has adopted new procedures for using the Defense Department’s vast array of cyberwarfare capabilities in case of an attack on vital computer networks inside the United States, delicately navigating historic rules that restrict military action on American soil.

Cleric on US Kill List Attended Pentagon Lunch After 9/11
A US citizen linked to Al Qaeda who is being targeted for extra-judicial killing by the CIA lunched at the Pentagon several months after the 9/11 attacks, news sources confirmed Wednesday.

Senate Candidate Used Active Duty Troops in Security Detail
Republican Senate candidate Joe Miller caught national attention Monday when his security detail handcuffed an editor they said was a problem.

Google 2.4% Rate Shows How $60 Billion Lost to Tax Loopholes
Google Inc. cut its taxes by $3.1 billion in the last three years using a technique that moves most of its foreign profits through Ireland and the Netherlands to Bermuda.

Why is Obama Putting a Fannie Mae/Goldman Sachs Lobbyist/Consultant as NSA?
Obama last week tapped Tom Donilon as National Security Advisor. What’s Donilon’s resume? I summarized it when folks floated his name as potential White House chief of staff:

Clashes, Protests in French Tensions Over Pensions
Protesters blockaded Marseille's airport, Lady Gaga canceled concerts in Paris and rioting youths attacked police in Lyon on Thursday ahead of a tense Senate vote on raising the retirement age.

Smelly Bugs Could Be Coming to a Home Near You
"It seems like the bugs are coming out of the woodwork," said a spokesperson for Martin Viette Nurseries of East Norwich, who detailed how customers have been bringing the ugly bugs in for identification.

Grain Yields Takes a Sudden Turn for the Worse
We are now seeing a trend in food production. All over the world, crop yields have suddenly declined.

Gunbattles Erupt in Mexico Cities Across Texas Border
Mexican soldiers battled gunmen in two cities across the border from Texas on Wednesday, prompting panicked parents to pull children from school and factories to warn workers to stay inside.

Iran Doubles Enriched Uranium Stockpile to 30kg
Iran announced Wednesday it has almost doubled its stockpile of uranium that the country began enriching to higher levels earlier this year in defiance of UN demands to halt the program.

These Are Not Negotiable
In the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson wrote, "Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.

Thyroid Cancer Patients Turned Into Walking Dirty Bombs After Drinking Radioactive Poison as Cancer Therapy
My, you look glowing today! Cancer patients who receive radiation of their thyroid glands by being given radioactive iodine are highly radioactive for up to a week following their release from the hospital -- and they end up irradiating not just hospital rooms but also other patients, friends and family members.

ADA Study Confirms Dangers of Fluoridated Water, Especially for Babies
Advocates of fluoridated water insist that the chemical additive is good for teeth, but actual science routinely shows otherwise, including a new study published in the Journal of the American Dental Association confirming fluoride as a toxic substance that actually destroys teeth, particularly those of developing young children and babies.

Take Garlic Oil to Maintain a Healthy Heart
Heart disease is the number one killer in the U.S., including among those with diabetes who often eventually die from some form of cardiovascular illness.

97 Percent of Men Survive Prostate Cancer Even Without Treatment
If none of the men diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer were ever treated, 97 percent of them would still survive the disease, according to a study conducted by Swedish researchers and published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

Missing the Wrong Kidney? Surgery mix-Ups Remain Common in US Hospitals
Three patients walk into a bar after recovering from foot amputation surgery due to diabetes.

Vitamins 'Linked' To Illness, But Never Drugs
The mainstream media has an interesting way of skewing facts and manipulating language to make one thing sound like another.

Today In History Thursday October 21, 2010
1797 - "Old Ironsides," the U.S. Navy frigate Constitution, was launched in Boston's harbor.
1805 - The Battle of Trafalgar occurred off the coast of Spain. The British defeated the French and Spanish fleet.
1879 - Thomas Edison invented the electric incandescent lamp. It would last 13 1/2 hours before it would burn out.
1917 - The first U.S. soldiers entered combat during World War I near Nancy, France.
1925 - The U.S. Treasury Department announced that it had fined 29,620 people for prohibition (of alcohol) violations.
1927 - Construction began on the George Washington Bridge.
1944 - During World War II, the German city of Aachen was captured by U.S. troops.
1945 - Women in France were allowed to vote for the first time.
1950 - Chinese forces invaded Tibet.
1967 - Thousands of demonstrators marched in Washington, DC, in opposition to the Vietnam War.
1983 - The Pentagon reported that 2,000 Marines were headed to Grenada to protect and evacuate Americans living there.
1986 - The U.S. ordered 55 Soviet diplomats to leave. The action was in reaction to the Soviet Union expelling five American diplomats.
1988 - Former Philippine President Ferdinand E. Marcos and his wife, Imelda, were indicted in New York on fraud and racketeering charges. Marcos died before his trial and Imelda was acquitted in 1990.
1991 - Jesse Turner, an American hostage in Lebanon, was released after nearly five years of being imprisoned.
1994 - North Korea and the U.S. signed an agreement requiring North Korea to halt its nuclear program and agree to inspections.
1998 - Cancer specialist Dr. Jane Henney became the FDA's first female commissioner.
2003 - The U.S. Senate voted to ban what was known as partial birth abortions.
2003 - North Korea rejected U.S. President George W. Bush's offer of a written pledge not to attack in exchange for the communist nation agreeing to end its nuclear weapons program.

Joan Veon passed away, October 18, 2010. America has lost one of its most ardent freedom fighters and a true lady.

Health alert: Respiratory problems, neurological conditions and heart disease on rise since 2001
Rising suicide rates, musculoskeletal injuries, traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder are the signature medical maladies of this war, and military officials have worked hard to tame them.

Monarch butterflies use medicinal plants to treat diseases in their offspring
"We have shown that some species of milkweed, the larva's food plants, can reduce parasite infection in the monarchs.

Thyroid cancer patients turned into walking dirty bombs after drinking radioactive poison as cancer therapy
Cancer patients who receive radiation of their thyroid glands by being given radioactive iodine are highly radioactive for up to a week following their release from the hospital -- and they end up irradiating not just hospital rooms but also other patients, friends and family members. Radiation levels are so high in these people that they have set off radiation alarms designed to detect terrorist threats, says a congressional report.

10 infants dead in California whooping cough outbreak
Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, has claimed the 10th victim in California, in what health officials are calling the worst outbreak in 60 years.
All of the deaths occurred in infants under the age of 3 months.

U.S. Treasury Says Currencies to Be at Center of G-20 Talks
“The weapon of choice today is a competitive devaluation,” Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz said today in an interview on Bloomberg Radio’s “The Hays Advantage” with Kathleen Hays. “Of course, not everybody can weaken their currency relative to others.” “I think of it as a negative beauty contest,” Stiglitz said of exchange rates.

U.S. Seeks G-20 Cooperation on Currencies, Pushes on Yuan
Group of 20 policy makers will try to resolve differences over exchange-rate policies this weekend as U.S. officials continue to press China to let the yuan appreciate faster. Comment: Wait until this hits the pocketbooks of all the Wal-Mart shoppers! That will be fun to watch.

College Girl Becomes Police Chief in Drug-Ravaged Town Because Nobody Else Will Do It
20-year-old criminology student Marisol Valles became the bravest college girl in North America when she stepped up to be police chief of Guadalupe, Mexico's second-most violent city after Juarez. Nobody else would accept the position.

Silver will go much higher - but take some profits for now
Silver's 'unrivalled' potential lies in the fact that it is both a monetary and an industrial metal. Like gold, it seems destined to shine for as long as central bankers continue to debase their currencies. But it is also an industrial metal which is finding more and more uses each year.

Silver Exports From China Down 60% From Last Year
Less exports means higher returns for people who own silver.

The West's Pending Paper Money Implosion
The coming failure of the Chinese economy could wipe away the current leadership and usher in a new form of government. Perhaps it will be a democratic one or perhaps it will entail radical democratic socialism. The Chinese protests at Tiananmen Square were actually socialist protests. The demonstrators may have wanted more freedom, but it was freedom that was to be used to demand a more extensive welfare state. So China remains a damaged and conflicted society with a historically authoritarian culture and little experience with sociopolitical freedom. It is not the United States (or at least what the United States was).

New York Fed Wants Banks to Buy Back Bad Mortgages
To the long list of those picking fights with banks over bad mortgages, add the Federal Reserve.

State Lawmakers Preparing Citizenship Legislation
The state senator in Arizona who wrote the nation's toughest law against illegal immigrants said Tuesday he's collecting support across the country from legislators to challenge automatic U.S. citizenship to the children of illegal immigrants.

15 Cities With Huge Populations Living on Food Stamps
The number of Americans receiving food stamps rose to a record high of 41.8 million in July after a 20-month climb, according to data released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture earlier this month.

Gates vs. Ballmer on Washington State Income Tax
The two heads of Microsoft are finding themselves on opposite sides of a battle in Washington State over the imposition of a state income tax that would apply to only upper-income earners.

Advisers Spooked By Fund's Sudden Nosedive
A glitch yesterday at NYSE Euronext's Arca stock market that caused State Street Global Advisors Inc.'s SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) to drop 9.6% has some advisers spooked.

Pilot's Refusal to Undergo Full Body Scan Ignites Debate
A pilot for ExpressJet Airlines is in danger of losing his job for refusing to go through a body scan at Memphis International Airport on his way to work.

Task Force Probing Whether Banks Broke Federal Laws During Home Seizures
Federal investigators are exploring whether banks and other financial firms broke U.S. law when using fraudulent court documents to foreclose on people's homes, according to sources familiar with the effort.

Can the Government Require You to Eat Asparagus?
While hearing oral arguments about the constitutionality of the new health care law yesterday, a Virginia judge suggested that the legal logic underlying the law’s individual mandate, which requires everyone to purchase health insurance, could give the federal government “boundless” power over U.S. citizens. From The Wall Street Journal’s report on yesterday’s hearing:

Criminalizing Nature's Most Perfect Food: FDA's War on Private Food Contracts
In his latest book, The Raw Milk Revolution: Behind America’s Emerging Battle over Food Rights, David Gumpert details several cases of malicious prosecution against the natural dairy industry, reporting the myths, exaggerations and deceptions by authorities charged with protecting the food supply.

Spending Review 2010: George Osborne Wields the Ax
The pension age will rise sooner than expected, some incapacity benefits will be time limited and other money clawed back through changes to tax credits and housing benefit.

Military Recruiters Told to Accept Gay Applicants
The Defense Department said Tuesday that it is accepting openly gay recruits, but is warning applicants they might not be allowed to stick around for long.

Violent Protests Have 'Weakened Unions' in Retirement Battle
French unions have been forced onto the back foot after clashes between a small hard core of violent protesters and police, according to a leading French labour expert.

Will the Federal Reserve's Ben Bernake Cause a Civil War?
Try the Federal Reserve. November 3rd is when the Federal Reserve's next policy committee meeting ends, and if you thought this was just another boring money meeting you would be wrong.

Worthy Proposes Jail for Parents Who Skip Kid's School Conferences
Detroit — Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy is pushing for a law that calls for jail time for parents who skip parent-teacher conferences, a plan some call inspired and others consider the nanny state run amok.

Officials Hint Fed on the Verge of More Easing
A string of Federal Reserve officials on Tuesday indicated the central bank will soon offer further monetary stimulus to the economy, with one saying $100 billion a month in bond buys may be appropriate.

Coconut Nectar, Coconut Liquid Aminos, Coconut Vinegar and Coconut Flour All Come From Coconut Trees
I really find a lot of joy in bringing you some of the most unique and amazing natural food products from around the world, and this week I've got something so unusual and delightful that you'll be amazed it even exists.

Blueberries Halt Hardening of the Arteries
Atherosclerosis is a disease marked by plaque in the arteries. Made up of fat, cholesterol, calcium, and other substances found in the blood, plaque hardens overtime not unlike concrete -- and that narrows arteries and limits the flow of oxygen-rich blood throughout the body.

Animal Microchips Linked to Causing Cancer
Many veterinarians recommend them, and most animal shelters require them. Identification microchips injected into the necks of cats and dogs are touted as useful in recovering lost pets because the devices store owner and medical information.

Drinking Tea Cuts Risk of Heart Disease by One-Third
Drinking several cups of tea or coffee daily appears to cut your risk of heart disease by more than one-third, Dutch researchers have found.

Today In History Wednesday October 20, 2010
1774 - The new Continental Congress, the governing body of America’s colonies, passed an order proclaiming that all citizens of the colonies "discountenance and discourage all horse racing and all kinds of gaming, cock fighting, exhibitions of shows, plays and other expensive diversions and entertainment."
1803 - The U.S. Senate approved the Louisiana Purchase.
1818 - The U.S. and Great Britain established the boundary between the U.S. and Canada to be the 49th parallel.
1903 - A joint commission ruled in favor of the U.S. concerning a dispute over the boundary between Canada and the District of Alaska.
1910 - A baseball with a cork center was used in a World Series game for the first time.
1935 - Mao Zedong arrived in Hanoi after his Long March that took just over a year. He then set up the Chinese Communist Headquarters.
1942 - Pierre Laval told the French labor that they must serve in Germany.
1944 - Allied forces invaded the Philippines.
1944 - During World War II, the Yugoslav cities of Belgrade and Dubrovnik were liberated.
1952 - The Mau Mau uprising against white settlers began in Kenya. 
1968 - Jackie Lee Bouvier Kennedy married Aristotle Onassis.
1976 - More than 70 people were killed when the Norwegian tanker Frosta collided with the ferryboat George Prince on the Mississippi River.
1979 - The John F. Kennedy Library in Boston was dedicated.
1984 - The U.S. State Department reduced the number of Americans assigned to the U.S. embassy in Beirut, Lebanon.
1986 - American mercenary Eugene Hasenfus was formally charged by the Nicaraguan government on several charges including terrorism.
1993 - Attorney General Janet Reno warned the TV industry to limit the violence in their programs.
1995 - Britain, France and the U.S. announced a treaty that banned atomic blasts in the South Pacific.
2003 - A 40-year-old man went over Niagara Falls without safety devices and survived. He was charged with illegally performing a stunt.
2009 - European astronomers discover 32 'exoplanets'

On October 18, 2010, with her husband Rod holding her hand, Joan answered her Master’s call and slipped quietly away to be with her Lord and Savior after a courageous three year battle with breast cancer. She was 61 years old. Joan founded The Women's International Media Group, a non-profit organization, in 1998 to share her vast knowledge and understanding of world government. In addition Joan also wrote a monthly newsletter, produced many DVDs on global topics, appeared as a regular guest speaker on hundreds of radio talk shows and was invited to be a keynote speaker for various meetings around the world. Most recently Joan wrote articles for Joan was a giant warrior and devout patriot.

Gunman sought in Pentagon shooting
Authorities searched Tuesday for a gunman who fired shots at the Pentagon in the early morning, possibly using a high-powered rifle. No one was injured.
Federal and local authorities spent the morning searching for evidence, closing adjacent Interstate 395 briefly and combing through grassy areas. The FBI also was examining bullet fragments lodged in the windows.

Shooting at Tennessee post office leaves 2 employees dead
There is a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever fatally shot two female postal workers Monday morning in a western Tennessee post office, federal postal authorities said.

Military to accept openly gay recruits
Openly gay recruits can now join the military as a result of a federal court ruling striking down the "don't ask, don't tell" law, but they are being warned that they can still be discharged if the ruling is overturned.

Chicago sheriff says no to enforcing foreclosures
The sheriff for Cook County, Illinois, which includes the city of Chicago, said on Tuesday he will not enforce foreclosure evictions for Bank of America Corp, JPMorgan Chase and Co. and GMAC Mortgage/Ally Financial until they prove those foreclosures were handled "properly and legally."

Jumbo jet's low fly-by over San Francisco during air show slammed for being too much like 9/11 attack on New York
An air show stunt in San Francisco - which saw a jumbo jet fly low over the city - has drawn criticism from people who said it was too reminiscent of the September 11 attack on New York. The low fly-by at the weekend was part of the Fleet Week 2010 airshow, which features aerial displays by military aircraft.

UN Biodiversity Conference Begins With Call to Action
Delegates from the United Nations (UN) met to discuss ways to protect plant and animal life as a 12-day international conference on biodiversity kicked off Monday in Nagoya, Japan.

Top Australian union official says 9/11 an inside job - published in today's Daily Telegraph
Kevin Bracken, who is also the secretary of the Maritime Union of Australia, sparked a flood of angry calls after calling into ABC talk-back host Jon Faine's program this morning. "I believe the official story is a conspiracy theory that doesn't stand up to scientific scrutiny," Mr Bracken said.

Wall Street Is the New Tax Collector? Governments Relinquish Taxation Powers to Big Banks
Wall Street titans have found a new way to screw over the poor and middle class -- as surrogate tax collectors.

Report Shows Drone Strikes Based On Scant Evidence
New information on the Central Intelligence Agency’s campaign of drone strikes in northwest Pakistan directly contradicts the image the Barack Obama administration and the CIA have sought to establish in the news media of a program based on highly accurate targeting that is effective in disrupting al-Qaeda’s terrorist plots against the United States.

Fed Extends a Helping Hand to Hilton Hotels and Takes Over Malls Across the Country
If you think residential real estate is having problems, you should shift your gaze to the mammoth issues confronting commercial real estate.

'Foreclosure Mill' Gave Employees Jewelry, Cars, Houses to Forge Documents
According to sworn statements released by the Florida Attorney General's office, one of the state's "foreclosure mills" bribed employees with jewelry, cars and houses to forge and alter documents required by courts conducting foreclosure proceedings.

Officials Push to Bolster Law on Wiretapping
Law enforcement and counterterrorism officials, citing lapses in compliance with surveillance orders, are pushing to overhaul a federal law that requires phone and broadband carriers to ensure that their networks can be wiretapped, federal officials say.

Lie of the Month: Geithner Says He Will Not Engage in Devaluing the Dollar
Given all the problems with foreclosures, it might seem hard to pick a winner for the lie of the month contest. However, fraud and lies are not the same thing, but even if they were, Geithner is up to the task.

And So It Begins...(Countrywide Breach of PSA)
Today, the holders of over 25% of the Voting Rights in more than $47 billion of Countrywide-issued RMBS sent a Notice of Non-Performance (Notice) to Countrywide Home Loan Servicing, as Master Servicer ("Countrywide Servicing"), and to Bank of New York, as Trustee, identifying specific covenants in 115 Pooling and Servicing Agreements (PSAs) that the Holders allege Countrywide Servicing has failed to perform.

Bank of America Resumes Foreclosures in 23 States
Bank of America reviewed 102,000 foreclosures in the 23 states where a court must sign off on the proceedings, and it is now restarting the process on those cases, the company said Monday.

Wall Street Is The New Tax Collector?
Nearly a dozen major banks and hedge funds, anticipating quick profits from homeowners who fall behind on property taxes, are quietly plowing hundreds of millions of dollars into businesses that collect the debts, tack on escalating fees and threaten to foreclose on the homes of those who fail to pay

Firms Fined Over Hazardous Waste
A pharmaceutical company and one of its contractors have been fined €40,000 each at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court on charges relating to their waste management practices.

Chilean Miners: World Exclusive First Interview with Mario Sepulveda
He is the undisputed star of the Chilean mine rescue.

Big Tax Ruckus for Small Business
In the big tax fights of this year, the coming changes to who must get 1099 forms would hardly seem to rate.

Hunger and Starvation to Visit Humanity
Do you believe that you will always be able to buy inexpensive food at the supermarket?

How to Opt Out of the TSA's Naked Body Scanners At the Airport
I encountered my first airport naked body scanner while flying out of California today, and of course I decided to "opt out" of the scan.

Chocolate Compounds Fight High Cholesterol
Chocolate has received a lot of attention for being a treasure trove of nutritional goodness.

Is Asthma Just a Symptom of Vitamin D Deficiency?
Low vitamin D levels may make asthmatic children significantly more likely to suffer from severe attacks, according to a study conducted by researchers from Harvard Medical School and published in the Journal of Allergy & Clinical Immunology.

Flame Retardants Alter Thyroid Hormone in Pregnant Women
Ubiquitous flame retardant chemicals appear to alter levels of thyroid hormones in the bodies of pregnant women, with potentially severe consequences for their infants, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of California-Berkeley and published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.

Many Plastic Products Contain Other Harmful Toxins Besides BPA
Much of the concern surrounding plastic products these days is centered around bisphenol-A (BPA), a plastics chemical that numerous studies have found disrupts proper hormonal function and interferes with proper sexual development, among other things.

Today In History Tuesday October 19, 2010
1765 - In the U.S., The Stamp Act Congress met and drew up a declaration of rights and liberties.
1781 - British General Charles Lord Cornwallis surrendered to U.S. General George Washington at Yorktown, Virginia. It was to be the last major battle of the American Revolutionary War.
1812 - Napoleon Bonaparte's French forces began their retreat out of Russia after a month of chasing the retreating Russian army.
1915 - The U.S. recognized General Venustiano Carranza as the president of Mexico. The U.S. imposed embargo to all parts of Mexico except where Carranza was in control.
1933 - Basketball was introduced to the 1936 Olympic Games by the Berlin Organization Committee.
1937 - "Woman's Day" was published for the first time.
1943 - The Moscow Conference of Foreign Ministers began in Russia during World War II. Delegates from the U.S.S.R., Great Britain, the U.S., and China met to discuss war aims and cooperation between the nations.
1950 - The United Nations forces entered the North Korean capital of Pyongyang.
1951 - U.S. President Truman singed an act officially ending the state of war with Germany.
1960 - The United States imposed an embargo on exports to Cuba covering all commodities except medical supplies and certain food products.
1969 - U.S. Vice President Spiro Agnew referred to anti-Vietnam War protesters "an effete corps of impudent snobs."
1977 - The Concorde made its first landing in New York City.
1983 - The U.S. Senate approved a bill establishing a national holiday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.
1984 - Four U.S. employees of the CIA were killed in El Salvador when their plane crashed.
1987 - The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 508 points. It was the worst one-day percentage decline, 22.6%, in history.
1989 - The U.S. Senate rejected a proposed constitutional amendment that barred the desecration of the American flag.
1998 - In Washington, DC, Microsoft went on trial to defend against an antitrust case.
1998 - Fires in Nigeria swept through villages killing 500 people.
2001 - Two U.S. Army Rangers were killed in a helicopter crash in Pakistan. The deaths were the first American deaths of the military campaign in Afghanistan.
2001 - It was reported that a New Jersey postal worker and a New York Post employee had tested positive for skin anthrax.
2006 - The Dow Jones industrial average ended the day at 12,011.73. It was the first close above 12,000.

Pharmacist denies inhaler to woman having asthma attack for being a dollar and change short
A New Jersey woman suffering a severe asthma attack was recently denied an inhaler at her local CVS pharmacy because she was a little short on cash. According to a recent report at Fox 5 in New York, the pharmacist at the CVS in Garwood, N.J., left Katherine O'Connor to suffer on the ground because her boyfriend Jack only had a $20 bill, which was a dollar and some change short of covering the total cost of the inhaler.

France to Run Out of Fuel in Days as Strikes Escalates
Petrol pumps could run dry in France by Wednesday, experts warned yesterday, as the stand-off over pension reforms reached crisis point.
Related Article: Paris airport fuel is running out amid pension protests
The battle between Nicolas Sarkozy and leftwing protesters over pension reform intensified today as the government admitted that the country's biggest airport might only have enough fuel to last until Monday night.

New documents uncovered by Judicial Watch show Pelosi took 85 trips on military aircraft
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and members of her family and staff took 85 tax-paid trips on military aircraft between March 2, 2009, and June 7, 2010, according to new documents uncovered by Judicial Watch.

Soldier Says He Was Told to Delete Ft. Hood Video
A soldier who recorded last year's shooting rampage at Fort Hood using his cellphone was ordered by an officer to delete both videos, a military court heard Friday.

Crystal Cathedral megachurch files for bankruptcy
GARDEN GROVE, Calif. – Crystal Cathedral, the megachurch birthplace of the televangelist show "Hour of Power," filed for bankruptcy Monday in Southern California after struggling to emerge from debt that exceeds $43 million.

The Financial Tsnuami Second Wave is on the Way
Raed some of the warning signs that motivate BigMoney.

Another ‘Mike Tawse Original’ Thought For The Day
Knowledge Is An Empty Vessel - All the knowledge in the world is nothing but an empty vessel, until it is filled with understanding and set upon the course of experience.

NATO official: Bin Laden living comfortably in Pakistan
Osama bin Laden is living comfortably in northwest Pakistan, protected by local tribespeople and some members of the country's intelligence service, a NATO official has told CNN. The news undercuts the U.S. government's depiction of the al-Qaida leader as on the run, one terror expert tells The Upshot.

Study Proves Aspartame Lung And Liver Cancer
While the new study is breaking, the history of aspartame being a carcinogen has always been known. Aspartame was known to cause cancer from the beginning.

How an ExpressJet Pilot Refused A Full Body Scan And Now May Lose His Job
A pilot for ExpressJet Airlines refused to submit to a full-body scan in Memphis on Saturday, saying the technology amounts to "virtual strip searching." Detained by airport security, he now may lose his job. Read More...

Doc Who 'Inspired' Torture Program Gets $31 Million Army Contract
A psychologist whose research was used in constructing the US's program to torture terrorism suspects has been granted a $31-million no-bid Army contract to provide "resilience training" to US soldiers.

Obama Backs Boosting Revenue for Social Security
Obama told a televised youth town hall event that he thought the best approach was to increase the amount of income subject to Social Security taxes above the current cap set around $106,000, but he did not rule anything out.

French Minister: Saudis Warn of New Terror Threat
Saudi intelligence services have warned of a new terror threat from al-Qaida against Europe, particularly in France, Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux said Sunday.

Foreclosure Counterattack - Propaganda, Pseudo-Legality, and Thuggery
As Foreclosuregate, the legal crisis, looms ever larger and becomes a major political issue, the banks and government have scrambled to mount a counteroffensive against the consequences of their crimes.

Clinton: US Working to Ending Mexico Drug Violence
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton reiterated her support Friday for ending Mexico's drug violence, saying it was in the United States' interest to crack down on drug cartels that have begun behaving more like terrorists and insurgent groups.

M2 Update: 14th Consecutive Weekly Increase Even As Main Street Accelerates Cash Withdrawal From Banks
The only thing mirroring the relentless outflow from stocks these days (now in their 23rd week) is the increase in the M2 money supply: the week ending October 4th was the 14th consecutive weekly increase in the broadest money aggregate compiled by the Fed which hit $8,752.4 billion, an increase of $20 billion from the $8,732.8 billion the week before.

Feds Confirm Mumbai Plotter Trained With Terrorists While Working for DEA
Federal officials acknowledged Saturday that David Coleman Headley, the U.S. businessman who confessed to being a terrorist scout in the 2008 Mumbai attacks, was working as a DEA informant while he was training with terrorists in Pakistan.

Federal Agents Urged to 'Friend' People on Social Networks, Memo Reveals
A privacy watchdog has uncovered a government memo that encourages federal agents to befriend people on a variety of social networks, to take advantage of their readiness to share -- and to spy on them.

The Fed's New Bubble (Masquerading as a Jobs Program)
The latest jobs bill coming out of Washington isn't really a bill at all. It's the Fed's attempt to keep long-term interest rates low by pumping even more money into the economy ("quantitative easing" in Fed-speak).

The Mortgage Morass
American officials used to lecture other countries about their economic failings and tell them that they needed to emulate the U.S. model.

Poverty In Suburbs Increasing Rapidly During Economic Downturn
The American suburb is no longer a refuge from poverty in cities.

IMF Sets Central Bank Meeting in Shanghai Monday
The International Monetary Fund on Friday said it will hold a high-level conference of central bank governors in Shanghai next week to discuss ways to address the global financial crisis.

Obama On GOP: 'The Empire is Striking Back'
President Obama, with a coarse voice, warned a crowd in Ohio: "They're fighting back. The empire is striking back.

Facebook in Online Privacy Breach; Applications Transmitting Identifying Information
Many of the most popular applications, or "apps," on the social-networking site Facebook Inc. have been transmitting identifying information—in effect, providing access to people's names and, in some cases, their friends' names—to dozens of advertising and Internet tracking companies, a Wall Street Journal investigation has found.

Outrages to Remember Before Voting November 2
Before voting for any Democrat on November 2, voters who really care about the future of America need to reflect on the old adage which holds that, “Power Corrupts and Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely.”

Chinese Firms Helping Iran Develop Nuclear Weapons
The United States has asked Beijing to do more to stop Chinese companies from providing assistance and expertise to Iran's efforts to develop nuclear weapons and more powerful missiles, The Washington Post reported Sunday.

N Korea Threatens '1,000-Fold' Increase in Weapons
-- North Korea's media on Saturday threatened "1,000-fold" military buildup as the United States ruled out lifting sanctions to try to coax Pyongyang into resuming talks aimed at its nuclear weapons programs.

Vote NO for Congress - Why Congress Has Failed the People on Health Care, Debt and Freedom
Ah, election season is upon us again, and the nation -- ever in dire need of some new disorder to treat with drugs -- is suffering from electile dysfunction. Nobody seems to know which political party or congressional candidates might lead us out of the national mess we're in today, with debt spiraling out of control and health care reform only leading (so far) to huge rate increases in health insurance premiums.

Plant, Herb Compound Prevents Brain Inflammation
Age-related brain illnesses like Alzheimer's disease are devastating, but there are many ways in which individuals can help thwart their onset.

Amino Acids in Watermelon Lower Blood Pressure
Watermelon is a classic summertime favorite packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and many other nutrients. And a new study out of Florida State University (FSU) has pinpointed a few specific amino acids present in watermelon that help improve arterial function and lower blood pressure.

Pfizer Ends Trial After Widespread Overdosing of Children With Psych Drug
Drug giant Pfizer has canceled a scheduled clinical trial of its antipsychotic drug Geodon after the FDA accused it of subjecting child participants in a prior study to "widespread overdosing."

It's True: Airport Scanners Could Give You Cancer
The new, full-body security scanners being introduced at airports pose a greater skin cancer risk than governments have previously acknowledged and are especially dangerous to children and pregnant women, a new study has found.

Raising Soda Prices Reduces Consumption Better Than Educating the Public
Raising soda prices appears to reduce consumption significantly, but nutrition education campaigns have little impact, according to a study conducted by researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston and published in the American Journal of Public Health.

Today In History Monday October 18, 2010
1767 - The Mason-Dixon line was agreed upon. It was the boundary between Maryland and Pennsylvania.
1842 - Samuel Finley Breese Morse laid his first telegraph cable.
1867 - The U.S. took formal possession of Alaska from Russia. The land was purchased of a total of $7 million dollars (2 cents per acre).
1873 - The first rules for intercollegiate football were drawn up by representatives from Rutgers, Yale, Columbia and Princeton Universities.
1892 - The first long-distance telephone line between Chicago, IL, and New York City, NY, was opened.
1898 - The American flag was raised in Puerto Rico only one year after the Caribbean nation won its independence from Spain.
1929 - The Judicial Committee of England’s Privy Council ruled that women were to be considered as persons in Canada.
1931 - Inventor Thomas Alva Edison died at the age of 84.
1944 - Czechoslovakia was invaded by the Soviets during World War II.
1969 - The U.S. government banned artificial sweeteners due to evidence that they caused cancer.
1970 - Quebec's minister of labor was found strangled to death after eight days of being held captive by the Quebec Liberation Front (FLQ).
1971 - After 34 years, the final issue of "Look" magazine was published.
1977 - A German special forces team stormed a hijacked Lufthansa airliner and killed all four hijackers and freed 86 hostages. The Palestinian hijackers had demanded the release of members of the Red Army Faction.
1983 - General Motors agreed to hire more women and minorities for five years as part of a settlement with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
1989 - The space shuttle Atlantis was launched on a mission that included the deployment of the Galileo space probe.
1990 - Iraq made an offer to the world that it would sell oil for $21 a barrel. The price level was the same as it had been before the invasion of Kuwait.
1997 - A monument honoring U.S. servicewomen, past and present, was dedicated at Arlington National Cemetery.
2001 - In New York, four defendants were convicted for the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa.
2001 - It was announced that a New Jersey letter carrier and an employee in the office of CBS news anchorman Dan Rather's office had tested positive for skin anthrax.

Foreclosure Fraud: 'Systemic, Industrywide, Pervasive
A strong article in the Washington Post makes it so clear that even a CNN anchor can understand it: A huge portion of the Fraudclosure mess was by design.

CNBC Predicts Congress Will Retroactively Legalize Foreclosure Fraud
Congress will pass a bill to "forgive" banks the potentially criminal errors made in foreclosure proceedings, a senior CNBC editor predicts.

Enormous Ring is Developing on the Sun
Sunspot 1112, located in the southeast quadrant, has been the source of a giant filament that is currently stretching 400,000 km across the surface of the Sun.

Do Your Pets Have Spiritual Experiences?
Most people recognize that human beings are capable of having spiritual experiences, but do animals share the same ability?

Why McDonald's Happy Meal hamburgers won't decompose - the real story behind the story
The truth is many processed foods don't decompose and won't be eaten by molds, insects or even rodents. Try leaving a tub of margarine outside in your yard and see if anything bothers to eat it.
Related Video: View the Bionic Burger video from 2007

World's Most Considerate Computer Thief Backs Up Victim's Data, Mails It to Him
When a professor at Sweden's Umea University had his computer stolen, he was devastated by the loss of his data more than anything. But a week after the theft, he got a package in the mail: A USB drive. The thief had backed up his data and mailed it to him.

Scientific Consensus: MSG, GMO's, and Aspartame are Good for Your Health
As human beings, we’re the only species stupid enough to actually poison ourselves. As part of modern living, we create a wide variety of chemical toxins that go into the ecosystem through rivers and streams, the air, the soil and so on.

German Chancellor Proclaims If You Don't Speak German, Get Out!
"Anyone who does not immediately speak German is not welcome…" ~ Chancellor Angela Merkel, Germany.

North Korea Bangs War Drum, Prepares for Attack on South Korea
A possible showdown is coming between the million man army of North Korea and the joint US-South Korean forces.

Report Finds Increased Solar Activity May Cool Earth
Recent work is calling into question the obvious assumption that increased visible activity on the sun is associated with an increase in heat.

DHS Memo: Assassins Headed to Arizona With Orders to Kill
A recently leaked memo from the Department of Homeland Security alerts law enforcement agencies that assassins are being hired by drug cartels in an effort to improve drug trafficking through Arizona.

1-Two Fed Officials Favor Aggressive Easing Options
Two top Federal Reserve officials argued for further aggressive action by the central bank, with one saying the economy needs "much more" help and the other pointing to Japan's painful lessons.

What the Numbers Say About Progress in Afghanistan
American support for the war in Afghanistan has never been lower, according to the latest CNN polling. The low numbers just the latest figure in the complex math being calculated to determine how the US should proceed in the ten year war.

Here's That Devastating Report on Bank of America That Everyone Is Talking About
Earlier, we wrote about Felix Salmon's contention that there's a new mortgage fraud scandal that has the potential to dwarf Goldman's ABACUS dealings. In this fraud scenario, banks took advantage of their information advantage and sold CDOs with mortgages they knew to be bad without clear representation to investors.

CYBERCOM to go Operational This Month
The new US Cyber Command (CYBERCOM) is reportedly ready to go fully operational this month, in coordination with NATO, to create a global cyber warfare system that will involve all major branches of the US armed forces, according to ISAIntel.

Malaysia To Use Lab Mosquitoes to Fight Dengue
Malaysia could be the first country in Asia to use genetically modified mosquitoes to battle a rise in dengue fever, government authorities said Monday.

Dollar Declines for Fifth Week on Prospects of More Monetary Easing by Fed
The dollar fell for a fifth week against the euro, matching a losing streak that ended in December 2008, as traders speculated the Federal Reserve will further ease monetary policy, debasing the greenback.

US Backs Off In Currency Dispute With China
The Treasury Department delayed a much-anticipated decision on whether to label China as a currency manipulator until after the U.S. congressional elections on November 2 and a Group of 20 leaders summit in South Korea on November 11.

Bernake Sets Up For Easing Amid Currency Worries
Brazil will unveil measures next week to try to rein in its rising currency which is close to a two-year high against the dollar, and Colombia took new steps to contain the rise of its peso.

Warning: Do Not Eat Plant Fertilizer
It provides hallucinogenic feelings of euphoria similar to cocaine, methamphetamines and ecstasy, and has become a popular new recreational drug on the party scene because it is not technically illegal.

FDA Attacking Chelation Therapy for Autism
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently sent warning letters to a handful of companies selling chelation therapy products that help to treat serious conditions like autism, Parkinson's, and Alzheimer's disease.

Ben & Jerry's Dropping 'All Natural' Label
Specialty ice cream maker Ben & Jerry's has decided to drop the "All Natural" label from its entire line of ice cream products after pressure from consumer groups and the public about the company's use of unnatural ingredients.

Fascinating Research Says the Objects You Touch and Feel Directly Impact Your Perceptions of Others
Our impressions of people and our reactions to situations are affected in surprising ways by our sense of touch, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard and Yale have found.

CVS Pleads Guilty to Selling Methamphetamine Ingredient to Criminals
Popular over-the-counter cough and cold medicines like Sudafed and Suphedrin are a key ingredient used in the production of illegal methamphetamines.

Mammograms Produce More False Positives Than Legitimate Tumor Detections In Young Women
Mammograms deliver overwhelmingly more false positive results than true positives in women under the age of 40, according to a new study conducted by researchers from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

Too Much TV, Computer Can Ruin Your Child's Mental Health
Parents who allow their kids to watch their favorite shows and play their favorite video games every day may be damaging their mental health.

Today In History Friday October 15, 2010
1860 - Grace Bedell, 11 years old, wrote a letter to presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln. The letter stated that Lincoln would look better if he would grow a beard.
1883 - The U.S. Supreme Court struck down part of the Civil Rights Act of 1875. It allowed for individuals and corporations to discriminate based on race.
1892 - The U.S. government announced that the land in the western Montana was open to settlers. The 1.8 million acres were bought from the Crow Indians for 50 cents per acre.
1914 - The Clayton Antitrust Act was passed by the U.S. Congress.
1917 - Mata Hari was executed by a French firing squad. Hari was a Dutch dancer that had spied for Germany.
1931 - "Cat and the Fiddle" opened in New York for the first of 395 performances.
1937 - "To Have and Have Not" by Ernest Hemingway was published for the first time.
1939 - New York Municipal Airport was dedicated. The name was later changed to La Guardia Airport.
1945 - Pierre Laval, the former premier of Vichy France, was executed for treason.
1946 - Hermann Goering, a Nazi war criminal and founder of the Gestapo, poisoned himself just hours before his scheduled execution.
1951 - "I Love Lucy" premiered on CBS-TV.
1953 - "Teahouse of the August Moon" opened on Broadway. It ran for 1,027 performances.
1962 - The Cuban Missile Crisis began. It was on this day that U.S. intelligence personnel analyzing data discovered Soviet medium-range missle sites in Cuba. On October 22 U.S.
President John F. Kennedy announced that he had ordred the naval "quarantine" of Cuba.
1964 - It was announced that Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev had been removed from power. He was replaced with Alexei N. Kosygin.
1966 - U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed a bill creating the Department of Transportation.
1973 - "Tomorrow" debuted on NBC-TV.
1983 - U.S. Marines killed five snipers who had pinned them down in Beirut International Airport.
1989 - South African officials released eight prominent political prisoners.
1989 - Wayne Gretzky, while playing for the Los Angeles Kings, surpassed Gordie Howe's NHL scoring record of 1,850 career points.
1993 - U.S. President Clinton sent warships to enforce trade sanctions that had been imposed on Haitian military rulers.
1993 - South Africa's President F.W. de Klerk and African National Congress President Nelson Mandela were named winners of the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to end the
apartheid system in South Africa.
1997 - British Royal Air Force pilot Andy Green broke the land-speed record by driving a jet-powered car faster than the speed of sound.
1997 - The Cassini-Huygens mission was launched from Cape Canaveral, FL. On January 14, 2005, a probe sent back pictures of Saturn's moon Titan during and after landing.
1998 - Typhoon Zeb killed 24 people and drove 100,000 more from their homes when it hit the Philippines.
1998 - The U.N. condemned the U.S. economic embargo on Cuba for the seventh year in a row.
1998 - James Woods received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
2001 - NASA's Galileo spacecraft passed within 112 miles of Jupiter's moon Io.

The latest companies hit by FDA

Woman stabs classmate during anger management class
Maradiaga stabbed the woman twice in the right shoulder and once in her left arm and threatened to “kill you and your family” before the teacher took her out of the classroom, according to court documents.

Judge lets states' healthcare suit go forward
U.S. states can proceed with a lawsuit seeking to overturn President Barack Obama's landmark healthcare reform law, a Florida judge ruled Thursday. U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson had said at a hearing last month that he would block efforts by the Justice Department to dismiss the lawsuit, led by Florida and 19 other states. "In this order, I have not attempted to determine whether the line between constitutional and extraconstitutional government has been crossed," Vinson, of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida, wrote in his ruling. "I am only saying that ... the plaintiffs have at least stated a plausible claim that the line has been crossed," Vinson said..

Mystery Shiny Objects Floating Over Manhattan
A mysterious shiny object floating high over Manhattan's West Side set off a flurry of reports and wild speculation Wednesday that a UFO was flying over the city.

Wall of Worry Redux: 24 Statistics Confirming America's Decline
Three months ago we presented the Coto Report's 50 ugliest facts about the US economy.

Health Care Hikes Continue As The Economy Apparently Improves
As we discussed in August and later in September, the enormity of the Health Care debacle is finally being realized by the Insurance Companies.

Record Repossessions Reported in September
Foreclosure filings were reported on 347,420 U.S. properties in September, an increase of nearly 3 percent from the previous month and an increase of 1 percent from September 2009.

Real Economic Numbers Show Great Depression
Because the US economy is visibly underperforming it is natural to question just what we know or think we know.

US Presses Mortgage Lenders to Fix Documents, But Foreclosures Can Continue
Federal regulators sought Wednesday to prevent the growing furor over improper foreclosures from escalating, pressing mortgage lenders to replace flawed and fraudulent court documents while insisting that foreclosures continue apace.

Brigade Linked to Afghan Civilian Deaths Had Aggressive, Divergent War Strategy
When the 5th Stryker Combat Brigade arrived in Afghanistan, its leader, Col. Harry D. Tunnell IV, openly sneered at the U.S. military's counterinsurgency strategy.

They're All Out: 33 Miners Raised Safely in Chile
The longest underground nightmare in history ended safely -- and faster than anyone expected.

Mind Control & 'Full Spectrum Dominance'
Most of us have heard the military’s term “full spectrum dominance.”

Destruction of Largest Wyoming Wild Horse Herd Underway Despite Public Outcry
Rock Springs, WY (October 12, 2010)—Amid nationwide protests, today 122 more healthy wild horses were rounded up by helicopter in the Adobe Town/Salt Wells Wild Horse Herd  Management Area Complex.

Walmart Rolls Back Rollbacks: Food Prices At Two-Year High
Walmart has rolled back its rollbacks. Earlier this year, the retailer tried to spark sluggish U.S. sales by lowering its prices — already bargains — even further.

Fed Mulls Raising Inflation Expectations to Boost Economy
Federal Reserve policy makers may want Americans to expect inflation to accelerate in the future so they spend more of their money now.

Will 50 State AG's Create a 'Total War' in the Housing Market?
Earlier we mentioned that 49 state AGs had signed on to do a joint investigation into foreclosure-gate.

Dollar Tanks, Stocks Drop as Bernake Speech Looms
European and U.S. stock markets mostly fell Thursday as investors awaited a speech from the Federal Reserve chairman that is expected to give more clarity on what the central bank is planning to do to prop up the ailing U.S. economy.

Middle Classes Hit Again With Tax Raid on Pensions
The amount that people can pay into their pension pot every year and still receive tax breaks is to be capped at less than a fifth of its current level.

Machines of War: Blackwater, Monsanto, and Bill Gates
A report by Jeremy Scahill in The Nation (Blackwater's Black Ops, 9/15/2010) revealed that the largest mercenary army in the world, Blackwater (now called Xe Services) clandestine intelligence services was sold to the multinational Monsanto.

Family Branches Tie Obama, Palin, Limbaugh
The family tree for U.S. President Obama shows he's related -- distantly -- to two of his harshest critics, Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh, said.

Applications for Jobless Benefits Rise to 462K
More people applied for unemployment benefits last week, the first rise in three weeks and evidence that companies are reluctant to hire in a slow economy.

Earthworm Salad Served at Kremlin Dinner for President Wulff
The incident came to light after a Russian regional governor, evidently finding the matter hilarious, wrote a Twitter entry about the worm and linked to a photo. The governor, Dmitri Zelenin, has been branded an “imbecile” and could now lose his job, The Moscow Times reported.

Dollar Hits Fresh 15-Year Low Against Yen
The dollar fell to a fresh 15-year-low against the yen in Tokyo on Thursday amid growing speculation that the U.S. Federal Reserve will ease monetary policy next month.

New Documents Uncovered by Judicial Watch Show Pelosi Took 85 Trips on Military Aircraft
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and members of her family and staff took 85 tax-paid trips on military aircraft between March 2, 2009, and June 7, 2010, according to new documents uncovered by Judicial Watch.

Regence Blue Shield Customers Notified of Skyrocketing Rates
Ralph Nilssen's five beautiful kids are about to get more expensive. Regence Blue Shield sent him a letter saying rates are going up - way up.

Food Crisis Fears Grow as Corn Prices Surge
Corn prices hit a two-year high on Monday, jumping more than 8 per cent, as traders scrambled to buy after the US Department of Agriculture warned last week of “dramatically” lower supplies because of bad weather.

High Military Alerts as Ahmadinejad, Nasrallah Call for Isreals Destruction
Towards the end of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad first day in Lebanon Wednesday Oct. 13, a high alert was declared in the Israeli, Syrian, Lebanese armies, the Hizballah militia and the UN peacekeeping force.

Investigator's Decapitation 'Message to White House'
The decapitation of the lead Mexican investigator in the alleged murder of a jet-skier on a border lake is a sharp retort to President Obama's administration, a Texas congressman said.

GM Corn is Destroying US Rivers
New research reveals that genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) are destroying both human health and the environment.

Treat Tinnitus With Pine Bark
A new study out of Chieti-Pescara University in Italy has found that extract from the bark of French maritime pine trees is effective at treating tinnitus, a hearing condition that can cause severe ringing, hissing, and rushing noises.

Blaming Bad Genes for Breast Cancer is a Medical Myth
It is common to hear both medical professionals and the population at large talk about certain diseases as if they are inherited from the family genes.

Cholesterol Levels controlled by the Brain, Not Merely Diet, Researchers Discover
Cholesterol levels are not just affected by what you eat, but also by a hunger-regulating hormone released by the brain, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Cincinnati and published in the journal Nature Neruoscience.

Sugared-Up Chocolate Milk Now Sold as 'Infant Formula' by Mead Johnson
A new sugared toddler formula is drawing fire from parents and nutritionists who warn that it may prevent children from developing healthy eating habits.

Today In History Thursday October 14, 2010
1879 - Thomas Edison signed an agreement with Jose D. Husbands for the sale of Edison telephones in Chile.
1887 - Thomas Edison and George E. Gouraud reached an agreement for the international marketing rights for the phonograph.
1912 - Theodore Roosevelt was shot while campaigning in Milwaukee, WI. Roosevelt's wound in the chest was not serious and he continued with his planned speech. William Schrenk was captured at the scene of the shooting.
1922 - Lieutenant Lester James Maitland set a new airplane speed record when he reached a speed of 216.1 miles-per-hour.
1926 - The book "Winnie-the-Pooh," by A.A. Milne, made its debut.
1933 - Nazi Germany announced that it was withdrawing from the League of Nations.
1936 - The first SSB (Social Security Board) office opened in Austin, TX. From this point, the Board's local office took over the assigning of Social Security Numbers.
1944 - German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel committed suicide rather than face execution after being accused of conspiring against Adolf Hitler and the execution that would follow.
1944 - During World War II, the Second British Parachute Brigade liberated the city of Athens.
1947 - Over Rogers Dry Lake in Southern California, pilot Chuck Yeager flew the Bell X-1 rocket plane and became the first person to break the sound barrier.
1960 - U.S. presidential candidate John F. Kennedy first suggested the idea of a Peace Corps.
1962 - The Cuban Missile Crisis began when U.S. reconnaissance aircrafts photographed Soviet construction of intermediate-range missile sites in Cuba.
1964 - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his non-violent resistance to racial prejudice in America. He was the youngest person to receive the award.
1968 - The first live telecast to come from a manned U.S. spacecraft was transmitted from Apollo 7.
1970 - Anwar el-Sadat became president of Egypt following the death of President Nasser.
1979 - The first national homosexual rights march took place in Washington, DC, involving over 100,000 people.
1987 - Jessica McClure, 18 months old, fell down an abandoned well in Midland, TX. The rescue took 58 hours.
1998 - The FBI charged Eric Robert Rudolph with 6 bombings including the 1996 Olympic bombing in Atlanta. Rudolph was not in custody at the time the charges were filed. 
2002 - Britain stripped power from the Catholic and Protestant politicians of Northern Ireland. Britain resumed sole responsibility for running Northern Ireland.

Darpa Wants to Track Troops’ Food 24/7
Troops overindulging at the chow hall’s ice cream bar might not be able to conceal dietary lapses from their higher ups for much longer. The Pentagon’s looking to keep tabs on troop nutrition 24/7 , using “non-invasive or minimally invasive techniques” to track a series of nutritional indicators on an ongoing basis.

Finance industry hired hair stylists, Walmart workers to approve foreclosures
In an effort to rush through thousands of home foreclosures since 2007, financial institutions and their mortgage servicing departments hired hair stylists, Walmart floor workers and people who had worked on assembly lines and installed them in "foreclosure expert" jobs with no formal training, a Florida lawyer says.

Missouri Family Farm Ordered to Destroy 50,000 Pounds of Cheese
Morningland Dairy is the latest attempt by the FDA to fulfill the Healthy People 2020 objective to kill raw dairy. In the thirty years of Morningland Dairy operations NO ONE has become ill from consuming their products. Yet they have been ordered by the Missouri Milk Board to destroy ALL of their cheese without actual tests being performed on the cheese stock. This is nearly 50,000 pounds of cheese, or approximately $250,000.
NOTE: Friends of Morningland have put up a website, The Uncheese Party. They are asking supporters to sponsor a cheese to help the family out financially. For as little as $5 you can tell the FDA and their minions that you are smart enough to decide what you want to eat and don’t need their permission or “help” to figure out what is “good for us”. This battle must be won.

The American Housing Market Is Headed for Total Destruction
The issue with the recent robo-signing scandal is that clear title could disappear in the American mortgage market.

Does Terrorism Law Apply to Wife Attack?
The Supreme Court will decide whether an anti-terrorism law should have been used to prosecute a jealous woman who tried to harm her husband's mistress with deadly chemicals.

Attorneys General in 50 States Join Foreclosure Probe
Top legal officers of all 50 states opened a joint investigation into home foreclosures, saying they will seek an immediate halt to any improper practices at banks and mortgage companies.

Gold Surges to Fresh Record Spot of $1,36765 on Report China to Put More Reserves Into Gold
And so gold takes off, as the CRB index passes 300, with America blissfully unaware $100 oil and 20% U-6 unemployment is next, leading to a total collapse in the economy.

Here Is Your Chance to Check If You Are The Victim of Mortgage Fraud
Wondering if you are one of those suckers paying a mortgage in limbo, with all the payments due to some non-existent mortgage note holder getting retained at the servicer banks? Well, if you can spare 3 minutes then "Where's the Note" is for you.

Gold Surges After Japan Says It Is Considering New QE and Geithner Guarantees Currency Wars
A quick look at gold price action demonstrates that someone somewhere is actively debasing currencies.

Obama Administration Lifts Deep-Water Drilling Moratorium
The Obama administration is lifting the moratorium on deep-water oil drilling -- put in place after the Gulf oil spill disaster -- for operators who comply with tough new rules and regulations, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced Tuesday.

Justices Weigh Lawsuits Over Vaccine Side Effects
The Supreme Court is trying to sort out whether drug companies can be sued for claims of serious side effects from childhood vaccines without driving vaccine makers from the market and risking a public health crisis.

Zardari Believed 'US Was Behind Taliban Attacks in Pak' to Gain Access to Its Nukes
Zalmay Khalilzad, the former US envoy to Afghanistan, once brushed off Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari's claim, that the US was "arranging" the (suicide) attacks by Pakistani Taliban inside his country, as 'madness', and was of the view that both Zardari and Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who believed in this US conspiracy theory, were "dysfunctional" leaders.

What is MERS and What Role Does It Have in the Foreclosure Mess?
You've heard the name Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems or "MERS" mentioned in relation to the foreclosure problems in the residential real estate market.

Dignity Denied
Tim Langowski was working for Lane Construction at Arlington National Cemetery clearing away brush and debris with a bulldozer when he found something odd. Read More...

Debt Market Strips US of Triple-A Rating
U.S. sovereign debt was the third-worst performer in a closely watched derivatives market during the third quarter, CMA said Tuesday in its quarterly review of global sovereign credit risk.

Wall Street Begins to Fear Nightmare Foreclosure-Gate Scenario Where All Of Housing Finance is Wrecked
A great report from Diana Olick at CNBC titled: Foreclosure Fraud: It's Worse Than You Think.

Terminal Cancer Patients Routinely Exploited By High-Profit Screening Scams Even as Death Approaches
Want to know the disturbing truth about the greed-driven cancer industry?

CDC Analysis Shows Americans are Loaded With Toxic Chemicals
For more than a decade, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been conducting bio-monitoring studies to see what types of chemicals people are harboring in their bodies.

Breast Cancer Breakthrough: Watercress Turns Off Signal That Causes Tumors to Develop
As a cancerous tumor develops, it quickly outgrows its existing blood supply. So a protein called Hypoxia Inducible Factor (HIF) is released that sends out signals causing surrounding normal tissues to grow new blood vessels into the tumor -- and that provides the cancer with oxygen and nutrients.

Landmark Case Could Allow Injured Persons to Once Again Sue Vaccine Manufacturers
Vaccines are implicated in causing all sorts of health damage, from neurological disorders like autism and Alzheimer's disease to intestinal problems like ulcerative colitis and Chron's disease -- and everything in between.

Honeybee Researcher Who Blames Virus on CDC Has Financial Ties to Pesticide Manufacturer
The New York Times recently published a story on a new report that claims to have discovered one of the primary causes of colony collapse disorder (CCD), a condition in which entire colonies of bees mysteriously die.

Today In History Wednesday October 13, 2010
1775 - The U.S. Continental Congress ordered the construction of a naval fleet.
1792 - The cornerstone of the Executive Mansion was laid in Washington, DC. The building became known as the White House in 1818.
1812 - American forces were defeated at the Battle of Queenstown Heights. The British victory effectively ended an further U.S. invasion of Canada.
1843 - B'nai B'rith, the Jewish organization, was founded by Henry Jones and eleven others in New York City, NY.
1854 - The state of Texas ratified a state constitution.
1924 - The play "The Guardsman" opened in New York City, NY.
1943 - During World War II, Italy signed an armistice with the Allies and declared war on Germany.
1944 - American troops entered Aachen, Germany, during World War II.
1944 - During World War II, British and Greek advance units landed at Piraeus.
1951 - In Atlanta, GA, a football with a rubber covering was used for the first time. Georgia Tech beat Louisiana State 25-7.
1953 - An ultrasonic burglar alarm was patented by Samuel Bagno.
1957 - Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra introduced the Ford Edsel on an hour long special.
1960 - The World Series ended on a home run for the first time. Bill Mazeroski's homerun allowed the Pirates to beat the Yankees.
1962 - "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" opened on Broadway.
1967 - The first game of the new American Basketball Association was played.
1977 - Four Palestinians hijacked an Lufthansa airliner to Somalia. They demanded the release of members of the Red Army Faction.
1981 - Egyptian voters elected Vice President Hosni Mubarak as the new president one week after Anwar Sadat was assassinated.
1984 - Jesse Jackson appeared on "Saturday Night Live."
1989 - U.S. President George H.W. Bush called for an overthrow of the Panamanian ruler Manuel Antonio Noriega.
1990 - Le Duc Tho died at the age of 79. He was a co-founder of the Vietnamese Communist Party.
1992 - A commercial flight record was set by an Air France supersonic jetliner for circling the Earth in 33 hours and one minute.
1995 - Walt Disney World Resort admitted its 500-millionth guest.
Disney movies, music and books
1998 - The National Basketball Association (NBA) canceled regular season games, due to work stoppage, for first time in its 51-year history.
1999 - The U.S. Senate rejected the ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT).

Nine Chile miners gain freedom - More on the way up!
To hugs, cheers and tears, rescuers using a missile-like escape capsule began pulling 33 men one by one to fresh air and freedom at last early Wednesday, 69 days after they were trapped in a collapsed mine almost a half-mile underground.

Protect Your Gold from Government Seizure
It Happened Before — Could It Happen Again?

Is Your Bank One of the 437 in Immediate Danger of Failure?
By September 20, 2010, 41 of the banks on the list, including eight on the original Top 10 Banks in Danger of Failure list, were seized by the FDIC. Check to see if your Bank is One of the 437 in Immediate Danger of Failure!!!

U.S. banks prepare for deflation risk
U.S. banks are bracing for possible deflation and, if it comes, it will not be pretty for lenders, analysts said.

DARPA Starts Sleuthing Out Disloyal Troops
The military is scrambling to identify disgruntled or radicalized troops who pose a threat to themselves or their buddies.

10,000 wait in line at Cal Expo in bid to save their homes
An estimated 10,000 people were in line Friday morning when the Cal Expo Pavilion's doors opened on a five-day event aimed at helping distressed homeowners avoid foreclosure. The line for the Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America's "Save the Dream" event stretched from the Pavilion, through Cal Expo's east parking lot, onto Exposition Boulevard and nearly to Ethan Way - a distance of half a mile.

Are We Giving Our Soldiers Drugs That May Make Them Kill Themselves?
More soldiers than ever are on drugs that have been linked to suicide and violent behavior.

'At the Root of the Crisis We Find the Largest Financial Swindle in History' , Where 'Counterfeit' Mortgages Were 'Laundered' By the Banks
The tidal wave of evidence showing that the giant banks have engaged in fraudulent foreclosure practices is so large that the attorneys general of up to 40 states are launching investigations.

Is MERS Commericial About To Break the CMBS Market?
The irresponsible actions by MERS are rapidly becoming the stuff of folklore: from their direct and indirect involvement in every fraudclosure, to the president himself falling for what appears to be a MERS agent with a split signature personality, to MERS just-released refutation of it ever having done something wrong, the hammer on MERS seems to be preparing to fall with a resounding thud.

China Overtakes US as Biggest Energy Consumer
"China is now the largest energy consumer by our definition," the executive director of the Paris-based IEA, Nobuo Tanaka, told an industry conference.

Al-Qaeda Magazine Published 'Tips on How Kill Americans'
"A random hit at a crowded restaurant in Washington, DC at lunch ... might end up knocking out a few government employees," one article reads, according to the private SITE Intelligence Group, which studies, tracks and analyses the global jihadist network and terrorism financing.

Oregon County Decriminalizes Heroine, Meth, Cocaine and Shoplifting, Among Others
It's crunch-time for many municipalities across the United States, but for one county in Oregon, that means a little more than in most.

72 Hill Staffers Traded Stocks in Companies Their Bosses Oversee
The perception among many Americans is that there's no shortage of corruption in Washington or on Wall Street, and a new report finds possibly unseemly activities between dozens of Capitol Hill staffers and the businesses their offices tasked with keeping honest.

World Stocks Down Ahead of Fed Minutes
World markets slipped Tuesday as investors reined in expectations about the scale of any monetary easing next month from the Federal Reserve ahead of the publication of the minutes to the last rate-setting meeting of the U.S. central bank.

Debt - US Cities Face Half a Trillion Dollars of Public Pension Deficit
Big US cities could be squeezed by unfunded public pensions as they and counties face a $574 billion funding gap, a study to be released on Tuesday shows.

The President's Nun: Obamacare Scranton Scandal Explodes
A mushrooming political battle over ObamaCare involving the White House, two incumbent Pennsylvania congressmen, three Catholic hospitals and a nun has just exploded in, of all places, Scranton, Pennsylvania. Charges from the Scranton medical community of intimidation by the Obama White House and its allies are filling the air.

Wall Street Pay Heads Toward New High
Pay on Wall Street is on pace to break a record high for a second consecutive year, according to a study conducted by The Wall Street Journal.

Judge Orders Military to Stop Enforcing 'Don't Ask, Don;t Tell'
A federal judge ordered that the U.S. military stop enforcing the don't ask, don't tell policy on Tuesday.

China Stakes Claim to S. Texas Oil, Gas
State-owned Chinese energy giant CNOOC is buying a multibillion-dollar stake in 600,000 acres of South Texas oil and gas fields, potentially testing the political waters for further expansion into U.S. energy reserves.

Mexican Investigator in Falcon Lake Case Beheaded, Texas, Lawmaker Says
The severed head of the lead Mexican investigator in the Falcon Lake case, Rolando Armando Flores Villegas, was delivered Tuesday in a suitcase to the Mexican military, Texas Rep. Aaron Pena told CNN.

Biden: GOP Could Challenge Social Security in Court
Vice President Biden suggested Monday evening that Republicans might try to challenge Social Security in court in the same manner they've challenged healthcare reform.

Terror Threat to Restaurants as Al-Qaeda Calls for Attacks on Government Workers in DC
The terror group tied to the Ft. Hood killings and the Christmas Day undies airbomber urge wannabe American jihadis to open fire on crowded restaurants in the nation's capital to massacre U.S. government workers.

Muslim Brotherhood 'Declares War' On US
Five years before the 9/11 attacks, al-Qaida declared war on America, the West, Christians and Jews – and virtually no one noticed.

Toxic Sludge Spill Could Happen Elsewhere, Campaigners Warn
Shocking safety lapses exposed by the deadly Hungary toxic sludge spill could be repeated at thousands of industrial sites around the world unless regulations are tightened dramatically, campaigners have warned.

Bat Die-Off Could Devastate US Agriculture
Most people don't love bats, but like good health, you'll realize that you miss them after they're gone. Experts believe many species of bats may vanish pretty soon, and their disappearance could bring profound and long-term changes not only to the environment but also to agriculture, landscaping and gardening across North America.

Corn Prices Surge Amid Growing Fears of Another Food Crisis
Corn futures continued their spectacular rally. In the past four days, December corn futures have risen from $4.88 to $5.44 per bushel (each penny equals $50).

The Biggest Tax Hike Ever? It Depends on Who You Ask
Is America headed for its biggest tax hike since World War II?  The answer, nonpartisan fiscal watchdogs say, is yes -- but with a big "if" and a few caveats.

US Physics Professor: 'Global Warming is the Greatest and Most Successful Psuedoscientific Fraud I Have Seen in My Long Life'
It is of course, the global warming scam, with the (literally) trillions of dollars driving it, that has corrupted so many scientists, and has carried APS before it like a rogue wave. It is the greatest and most successful pseudoscientific fraud I have seen in my long life as a physicist.

VIDEO: Police Threaten to KILL Pastor Over License Plate Light Being Burned Out

Why Isn't It Called Breast Cancer Prevention Month?
Now that we're in the midst of "Breast Cancer Awareness Month" -- with all its pinkwashing nonsense at full tilt -- it brings up the question of why the month is named an "awareness" month.

Group Warns Shoppers to Avoid 'Pinkwashed' Products
Breast cancer awareness "pink" campaigns are nothing new, with billboards, bracelets, bumper stickers, clothing, and even consumer products plastered in the bright color as a reminder about the deadly disease.

Even Animals and Insects Recognize the Healing Power of Medicinal Plants
While mainstream medicine largely continues to deny the inherent healing capacity of natural plants and herbs, the insect world is abuzz with activities that confirm the plant world to be nature's medicine cabinet.

Monsanto, DuPont Compete for Dominance of New Genetically Modified Soybeans
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has now approved the first crop genetically modified for increased consumer appeal, promising to spark a new battle between biotech rivals DuPont and Monsanto over control of the genetically modified (GM) soybean market.

Costa Rica Now Following FDA Orders and Shutting Down Stem Cell Treatment Facilities
The government of Costa Rica has ordered a clinic to stop offering experimental stem-cell treatments, claiming that the treatments have never been tested for safety or effectiveness.

Today In History Tuesday October 12, 2010
1792 - The first monument honoring Christopher Columbus was dedicated in Baltimore, MD.
1892 - In celebration of the 400th anniversary of the Columbus landing the original version of the Pledge of Allegiance was first recited in public schools.
1895 - In Newport, RI, the first amateur golf tournament was held.
1915 - Former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt criticized U.S. citizens who identified themselves by dual nationalities.
1915 - British nurse Edith Cavell was executed by a German firing squad for helping Allied soldiers escape from Belgium during World War I.
1920 - Construction of the Holland Tunnel began. It opened on November 13, 1927. The tunnel links Jersey City, NJ and New York City, NY.
1933 - John Dillinger, bank robber, escaped from a jail in Allen County, OH. The sheriff was killed by his gang as they helped Dillinger escape.
1933 - The U.S. Department of Justice acquired Alcatraz Island from the U.S. Army.
1942 - During World War II, Attorney General Francis Biddle announced that Italian nationals in the U.S. would no longer be considered enemy aliens.
1945 - Private First Class Desmond T. Doss was presented with the Congressional Medal of Honor for outstanding bravery as a medical corpsman. He was the first conscientious objector in American history to win the award.
1961 - The first video memoirs by a U.S. president were made. Walter Cronkite interviewed Dwight D. Eisenhower.
1964 - The Soviet Union launched Voskhod 1 into orbit around the Earth. It was the first space flight to have a multi-person crew and the first flight to be performed without space suits.
1972 - During the Vietnam War, a racial brawl broke out aboard the U.S. aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk. Nearly 50 sailors were injured.
1988 - Federal prosecutors announced that the Sundstrand Corp. would pay $115 million dollars to settle with the Pentagon for overbilling airplane parts over a five-year period.
1989 - The U.S. House of Representatives approved a statutory federal ban on the destruction of the American flag.
1998 - The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Online Copyright Bill.
2000 - In Aden, Yemen, the USS Cole, a U.S. Navy destroyer, experienced a large explosion while refueling. The explosion was the result of a terrorist attack using a small boat. 17 crewmembers were killed and at least 39 were injured.
2000 - In Denver, CO, the U.S. District Court denied Timothy McVeigh's request for a new trial.
2001 - A special episode of America's Most Wanted was aired that focused on 22 wanted terrorists. The show was specifically requested by U.S. President George W. Bush.
2001 - A car bomb exploded in Madrid, Spain, that injured 17 people. Basque separatists claimed responsibility.
2002 - In Bali, Indonesia, over 180 people were killed and over 300 were injured when a bomb was detonated in a nightclub district.
2006 - The Dow Jones industrial average advanced over 11,900 for the first time.

Blunt US Warnings to Pakistan Prompted by Terrorism Fear
Washington's push on Pakistan to get tough on militants on its territory is prompted by worries about an attack on U.S. soil, a concern the United States will press in talks with Islamabad later this month.

Obama Has Book Thrown at Him in Philadelphia; Naked Man Arrested
The Secret Service says it questioned and released an overexuberant fan of President Barack Obama who had tossed a paperback book near the president at a Philadelphia rally on Sunday.

Iranian, Chinese Computers Also Discovered to Have Been Hacking DC Internet Voting System
A University of Michigan computer scientist and his team were not the only ones attempting to hack the Internet Vote scheme that Washington D.C. had planned to roll out for actual use with military and overseas voters in this November's mid-term election.

Ears Provide New Way of Identifying People In Airports
Forget fingerprints or the colour of your eyes, airport security could soon be looking at the shape of your ears when deciding whether to allow you into the country

Senate Office to Host Health Fair for Well-Covered Staffers
As millions of hardworking Americans struggle to make ends meet, Senate staffers will participate next week in a two-day orgy of back massages, organic food tastings and milk mustache photos.

Tempe Man Files Massive Scamera LawSuit
CameraFRAUD has been sent a copy of a RICO suit that names a large contingency in the scamera criminal enterprise in Arizona as defendants.

Foreclosure-Gate Is an Absolutely Massive Problem - No One Knows Who Owns Any of These Houses
We got an interesting note from Florida resident Jim Bennett about our foreclosure-gate post this morning.

Confirmed: Court Did Rely on Oath Keeper Association to Take Baby
There has been some confusion about this case, leading some commentators to believe that the reference to John Irish’s “association” with Oath Keepers was in some other document, rather than in the affidavit relied on by the Court’s Order.

Bank Disinformation III: Obama Throws Weight Behind Banks, Housing 'Market' Over Borrowers
I should have expected this, Team Obama is so predictably bank friendly that it was inconceivable that the Administration would ever decide against them on anything other than the occasional sop to maintain plausible deniability.

Is Foreclosure About To Become The Banking Industry's Stalingrad?
Will the High Frequency Signing scandal be the proverbial straw on the camel's back.

India 'To Be Given Place at UN Top Table'
According to Indian diplomatic sources, New Delhi will use its place at the high table of the world's leading powers to push for UN reform to reflect the rise of growing powers like itself, Brazil and South Africa.

Obama's NSA Pick Has Fannie May, Goldman Sachs Past
President Obama's new National Security Advisor spent the decade prior to joining the White House as a legal advisor to powerful interests including Goldman Sachs and Citigroup, and as a lobbyist for Fannie Mae, where he oversaw the mortgage giant's aggressive campaign to undermine the credibility of a probe into its accounting irregularities, according to government reports and public disclosure forms.

Dollar Falls as 'Currency War' Concerns Linger
The dollar fell against the euro and yen on Monday after the world's top finance officials failed to reach a consensus on measures to head off what some see as a looming "currency war", analysts said.

China Currency Reserves May Hit $2.5 Trillion, Stoking Tensions
China’s foreign-exchange reserves, the world’s largest, may have climbed to a record $2.5 trillion, adding fuel to complaints that the nation’s currency intervention is undermining the global economic recovery.

420 Banks Demand 1-World Currency
The Institute of International Finance, a group that represents 420 of the world's largest banks and finance houses, has issued yet another call for a one-world global currency, Jerome Corsi's Red Alert reports.

Fed Certain to Act in November In a Big Way
Following Friday’s disappointing jobs report, market participants are now virtually certain that the Federal Reserve will announce that it will resume buying assets at the conclusion of its November meeting and do so in a sizeable way, according to an exclusive CNBC Fed Survey.

Fed Undaunted by Uncertain Prospects for Money Printing
The U.S. Federal Reserve runs the risk of diminishing returns from its next round of money printing to amplify the subdued economic recovery, but that won't stop it from trying.

Gold Settles at Fresh Record High, Tops $1,350
Gold on Monday rose above $1,350 an ounce, overcoming a wobbly start to post its 15th record in a little over a month.

Police Find C4 Explosives in Lower Manhattan Cemetery
Several blocks of deadly C-4 explosive were found Monday morning in an East Village cemetery, police sources said.

Casting Call for Audience of Obama's MTV Town Hall?
When President Obama sits down for his MTV town hall this Thursday, the audience of young people who will ask him questions will have been gathered by a casting call.

GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Carl Paladino Says That Children Shouldn't Be 'Brainwashed' Into Thinking Homosexuality is OK at Brooklyn Hasidic Congregation
GOP gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino yesterday went well beyond his opposition to same-sex marriage, telling a Brooklyn Hasidic congregation that children should not be "brainwashed into thinking that homosexuality is an equally valid and successful option. It isn't."

Up to 40 States Plan Inquiry Into Foreclosure Data
The attorneys general of up to 40 states plan to announce soon a joint investigation into banks' use of flawed foreclosure paperwork.

Increase Energy and Lengthen Lifespan With Amino Acids
Amino acids are important and vital components in maintaining health and vitality because they are the building blocks of proteins.

Chinese Mushrooms Found to Have Powerful Anti-Aging Benefits
The cordyceps mushroom is back in the spotlight again, except this time for its anti-aging properties.

Food Firms Spend Millions to Block Food Health Warning Labels
The food industry spent more than a billion dollars in its successful campaign to defeat a European labeling plan designed to make it easy for consumers to identify healthy and less healthy food options.

Eating Animal Protein Raises Risk of IBD
A diet high in protein increases women's risk of the cluster of conditions known collectively as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), according to a study conducted by researchers from the Center Hospitalier Universitaire de Bicetre in Paris an published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology.

Today In History Monday October 11, 2010
1776 - During the American Revolution the first naval battle of Lake Champlain was fought. The forces under Gen. Benedict Arnold suffered heavy losses.
1779 - Casimir Pulaski, a Polish nobleman, was killed while fighting during the Revolutionary War Battle of Savannah, GA. He was fighting for American independence.
1811 - The Juliana, the first steam-powered ferryboat, was put into operation by the inventor John Stevens. The ferry went between New York City, NY, and Hoboken, NJ.
1869 - Thomas Edison filed for a patent on his first invention. The electric machine was used for counting votes for the U.S. Congress, however the Congress did not buy it.
1881 - David Henderson Houston patented the first roll film for cameras.
1890 - The Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in Washington, DC.
1899 - The Boer War began in South Africa between the British and the Boers of the Transvaal and Orange Free State.
1929 - JCPenney opened a store in Milford, DE, making it a nationwide company with stores in all 48 states.
1939 - U.S. President Roosevelt was presented with a letter from Albert Einstein that urged him to develop the U.S. atomic program rapidly.
1942 - The Battle of Cape Esperance, during World War II, began in the Solomons.
1958 - Pioneer 1, a lunar probe, was launched by the U.S. The probe did not reach its destination and fell back to Earth and burned up in the atmosphere.
1968 - Apollo 7 was launched by the U.S. The first manned Apollo mission was the first in which live television broadcasts were received from orbit.
1975 - "Saturday Night Live" was broadcast for the first time. George Carlin was the guest host.
1983 - The last hand-cranked telephones in the U.S. went out of service. The 440 telephone customers of Bryant Pond, ME, were switched to direct-dial service.
1984 - American Kathryn D. Sullivan became the first female astronaut to space walk. She was aboard the space shuttle Challenger.
1984 - Mario Lemieux (Pittsburgh Penguins) made his debut in the National Hockey League (NHL) against the Boston Bruins. He scored a goal on his first shot on his first NHL shift.
1994 - U.S. troops in Haiti took control of the National Palace.
1994 - Iraqi troops began moving away from the Kuwaiti border.
1994 - The Colorado Supreme Court declared that the anti-gay rights measure in the state was unconstitutional.
2002 - In Cedar Grove, WI, ten people were killed when more than two dozen vehicles crashed on a foggy highway.

Animals are dying from microchip implants!
This site is dedicated to the brave animals who have passed away from microchip implants. The corporations that market these products know the risks, but have hidden them from the public. We plan to set the record straight.

Glenn Beck Faces More Health Problems
On Friday, Glenn Beck announced on his radio show that he will be taking a brief leave of absence for medical reasons. “There is something wrong with my voice, and we’re not sure what it is,” Beck said, according to a transcript on his website. “They’re going to be doing CAT scans and MREs or MRIs and PET scans and they’re going to be doing blood work like crazy.”

VIDEO: Eleven Nations Filed Suit Against Arizona Immigration Law

GOP Threatens Once Safe Democratic Seats
Republican challengers are suddenly threatening once-safe Democrats in New England and the Northwest, expanding the terrain for potential GOP gains and raising the party's hopes for a significant victory in next month's elections.

US Won't Recover Lost Jobs Until March 2020 at Current Pace
The U.S. economy lost 95,000 jobs in September, far worse than expectations for no change in employment.

Iran Acknowledges Espionage at Nuclear Facilities
Iran acknowledged Saturday that some personnel at the country's nuclear facilities were lured by promises of money to pass secrets to the West but insisted increased security and worker privileges have put a stop to the spying.

Trapped Chile Miners Emerge to Fame, Movie Contracts - and Angry Wives
Some will emerge to fame and fortune. Others just want to fade rapidly back to obscurity. And a few have some serious explaining to do.

Vilified or Not, Pelosi Insists She's Winning
While polls were showing her to be among the country’s most disliked politicians, Democrats were ducking her on the campaign trail and the Republican Party chairman was riding around in a “Fire Pelosi!” bus, the speaker of the House was checking out mattresses.

VIDEO: Biden: 'If We Lose, We are Going to Play Hell'
"This is not your father's Republican party. This is a different brand," Vice President Joe Biden said in Washington state.

Pakistan Opens Afghan Border Crossing
Pakistan--Pakistan's foreign ministry said Saturday it was reopening a border crossing to Afghanistan, which it closed to protest a shooting incident late last month in which two Pakistani border guards died.

Pakistan Accuses the White House of Exaggerating Al Qeada Terror Threat
The U.S. has been accused by a top Pakistani diplomat of exaggerating the terror threat from Al Qaeda for political ends.

Aviation Deal Clears Way for Emissions Scheme
The EU agreed in 2008 that airlines should be included in its emissions trading scheme (ETS), which forces industry to pay for permits for each tonne of carbon dioxide they emit into the atmosphere.

Stock Market Keeps On Rolling No Matter How Bad the News
The Dow's rebound to 11,000 on Friday seemed almost inevitable as investors shook off all the bad news and instead focused on slivers of hope in jobs, government intervention and politics.

George Soros Warns China of Global 'Currency War'
Mr Soros, the hedge fund manager best known as the man who broke the Bank of England” after he made a billion betting against the value of Sterling on Black Wednesday in 1992, said the China had created a “lopsided currency” system.

Three Horrifying Facts About the US Debt 'Situation'
Since too often financial articles consist of some stooge blathering on and on with opinions instead of facts, I thought today we’d simply focus on some FACTS about our current financial system which few if any want to acknowledge.

Finance Leaders Fail to Resolve Currency Dispute
Global finance leaders failed Saturday to resolve deep differences that threaten the outbreak of a full-blown currency war.

Bank Foreclosure Cover Seen in Bill at Obama's Desk
A bill that homeowners advocates warn will make it more difficult to challenge improper foreclosure attempts by big mortgage processors is awaiting President Barack Obama's signature after it quietly zoomed through the Senate last week.

James Jones Resigns as National Security Council Chief: Tom Donilan Replaces
To read Bob Woodward’s book Obama’s Wars was to realize that National Security Adviser James Jones’ days on Pennsylvania Avenue were numbered.

Cash-Strapped States Resurrect 'Debtors Prisons'
Two reports published by NYU's Brennan Center for Justice and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) reveal a rising trend of patently unconstitutional practices in cash-strapped states, where a growing number of impoverished people are jailed for being unable to pay their legal fees - including charges for use of public defenders, a guaranteed right in the United States.

Montana Woman Takes Crowbar to Dispute Artwork in Loveland
A woman armed with a crowbar entered the Loveland Museum/Gallery on Wednesday afternoon and destroyed a controversial exhibit that some said shows Jesus Christ engaged in a sex act.

MARTIAL LAW ALERT: Banking Collapse Scenarios Fall/Winter 2010
As with our first MARTIAL LAW ALERT, we have held back our assessment of the financial collapse currently underway until we could gather enough information.

Government Seizes Newborn Baby Over Political Beliefs of Parents
A newborn baby was ripped from its mother’s arms by officials from the New Hampshire Division of Family Child Services accompanied by police last night after authorities cited the parents’ association with the Oath Keepers organization as one of the primary reasons for the snatch, heralding a shocking new level of persecution where Americans’ political beliefs are now being used by the state to kidnap children.

Oath Keepers Statement about video titled 'Government Agents Seize Oath Keeper's Newborn From Hospital'
Stewart has just now as of 7:45PM PST, spoken to the father and he is faxing documents to Stewart.

Three-Fourths of Americans Obese or Overweight by 2020, Says Alarming Report
America is already on the verge of drowning in sick-care bankruptcy, but the situation is about to get even worse.

Obesity Costs Society $73 Billion Just In Lost Productivity
The societal costs of obesity are typically thought of in terms of the health care costs associated with treating obesity related disease.

Food Prices to Rise Globally as Energy Prices Edge Higher
Rising energy prices and a shift to Western consumption patterns will continue to push global food prices higher in the coming decade, according to the annual agricultural outlook issued by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development and the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization.

Chemotherapy Destroys Brain Tissue, Cognitive Function
New research out of Indiana University adds to the growing list of harmful side effects caused by chemotherapy. According to scientists, the chemical cancer treatment destroys gray matter in the brain associated with cognitive function and memory.

One-Third of Earth's Plants and Animals Now at Risk of Extinction
A third of all plants and animals on Earth are now at risk of going extinct, according to the most recent edition of the United Nations' Global Biodiversity Outlook.

Honeybee Colony Collapse Disorder Caused by a Virus? Get Ready for Honeybee Vaccines
A group of biologists claims they've found the cause of Colony Collapse Disorder -- the devastating but mysterious phenomenon of rapidly disappearing honeybees.

Today In History Friday October 8, 2010
1871 - The Great Fire of Chicago broke out destroying about 17,450 buildings. About 250 people were killed and 90,000 were left homeless.
1871 - Peshtigo, WI, was destroyed by a forest fire. Over 1,100 people were killed by the fire that eventually burned across 6 counties.
1895 - The Berliner Gramophone Company was founded in Philadelphia, PA.
1915 - During World War I, the Battle of Loos concluded.
1918 - U.S. Corporal Alvin C. York almost single-handedly killed 25 German soldiers and captured 132 in the Argonne Forest in France. York had originally tried to avoid being drafted as a conscientious objector. After this event his was promoted to sergeant and was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.
1919 - The first transcontinental air race in the U.S. began.
1934 - Bruno Hauptmann was indicted for the murder of the infant son of Charles A. Lindbergh.
1938 - The cover of "The Saturday Evening Post" portrayed Norman Rockwell.
1944 - "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" debuted on CBS radio.
1945 - U.S. President Truman announced that only Britain and Canada would be given the secret to the atomic bomb.
1950 - U.N. forces crossed into North Korea from South Korea.
1952 - "The Complete Book of Etiquette" was published for the first time.
1956 - Donald James Larsen (New York Yankees) pitched the first perfect game in the history of the World Series.
1957 - Jack Soble, a confessed Soviet spy, was sentenced to seven years in prison for espionage.
1957 - The Brooklyn Baseball Club announced that it had accepted a deal to move the Dodgers to Los Angeles.
1966 - The U.S. Government declared that LSD was dangerous and an illegal substance.
1981 - U.S. President Reagan greeted former Presidents Carter, Ford and Nixon to the White House. The group was preparing to leave for Egypt to attend the funeral of Anwar Sadat.
1982 - In Poland, all labor organizations, including Solidarity, were banned.
1993 - The U.S. government issued a report absolving the FBI of any wrongdoing in its final assault in Waco, TX, on the Branch Davidian compound. The fire that ended the siege killed as many as 85 people.
1998 - Taliban forces attacked Iranian border posts. Iran said that three border posts were destroyed before the Taliban forces were forced to retreat. The Taliban of Afghanistan denied the event occurred.
1998 - Canada and Netherlands were voted into the U.N. Security Council.
2001 - Tom Ridge, former Governor of Pennsylvania, was sworn in as director of the new U.S. department of Homeland Security.
2001 - Rush Limbaugh announced to his listeners that he was totally deaf in his left ear and had only partial hearing in his right ear. The condition had happened in a three month period.
2001 - Two Russian cosmonauts made the first spacewalk to be conducted outside of the international space station without a shuttle present.
2002 - A federal judge approved U.S. President George W. Bush's request to reopen West Coast ports, to end a caustic 10-day labor lockout. The lockout was costing the U.S. economy an estimated $1 billion to $2 billion a day.
2003 - China announced that it would have a human crew orbit the Earth briefly on October 15.
2003 - Vietnam and the United States reached a tentative agreement that would allow the first commercial flights between the two countries since the end of the Vietnam War.
2003 - It was announced that Vivendi Universal and General Electric Co. had reached an agreement to merge. The name for the combined company was NBC Universal.
2003 - Siegfried Fischbacher and his manager announced that the "Siegfried and Roy" show at the Mirage was canceled permanently. It was also said that if Roy Horn survived, after a tiger attack on October 3, the duo would continue to work together.
2004 - The first-ever direct presidential elections were held in Afghanistan.
2004 - At Alderson Federal Prison Camp, WV, Martha Stewart began her five-month prison sentence. The sentence was imposed for Stewart lying about a stock sale.

Mike Tawse Original 'Thought For The Day'
Accept Help When You Need It, But Think For Yourself - Every one of us will need help at some time in life, so it is reasonable to ask for, and accept it; the crucial thing is to do so with our thinking clear. Be ware of any system: government, commercial or voluntary, which claims to offer support. The first priority of any system is to sustain itself, so the primary focus of the system is to support people who are maintained and controlled within it.

Military About to Drug Soldiers With Male Bonding Hormone?
A new study in the journal Science suggests that the same hormone that underlies love also helps create the sense of solidarity that soldiers experience when they feel united with each other against the enemy.

Security forces hired to guard U.S. bases had ties to Taliban, Iranian intelligence
Afghan private security forces with ties to the Taliban, criminal networks and Iranian intelligence have been hired to guard American military bases in Afghanistan, exposing U.S. troops to surprise attack and confounding the fight against insurgents, according to a Senate investigation.

Pressures Mount on Bank of England (BOE) to Devalue Pound
As shown below (see chart on linked article), the U.S. Dollar (UUP) and British Pound (FXB) tend to be negatively correlated. Should the Bank of England decide to stimulate further in the coming weeks and months, in the form of more quantitative easing, it could impact investors in the S&P 500, Dow, and NASDAQ, as well as those using commodities as a hedge against a weak dollar.

Three Horrifying Facts About the US Debt 'Situation'
Since too often financial articles consist of some stooge blathering on and on with opinions instead of facts, I thought today we’d simply focus on some FACTS about our current financial system which few if any want to acknowledge.

Interstate Recognition of Notarizations Act 0f 2010
Earlier we mentioned the bill recently passed by the Senate that will may allow the banks to get out of the foreclosure-gate crisis by lowering the standard for what is a legal document.

Explosive Growth in Food Usage
I came across a piece of research today that referenced the growing number of households (currently a whopping 19.4 million) participating in the nation’s food stamps program (the official name changed two years ago from food stamps to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)), and was a bit taken aback by what I read, so I went to check out the numbers for myself.

Working Replica of Noah's Ark Opens In Schagen, Netherlands
Older story but incredible photos. Of course, it's only a replica of the biblical Ark, built by Dutch Creationist Johan Huibers as a testament to his faith in the literal truth of the Bible. The ark is 150 cubits long, 30 cubits high and 20 cubits wide. That's two-thirds the length of a football field and as high as a three-story house. Life-size models of giraffes, elephants, lions, crocodiles, zebras, bison and other animals greet visitors as they arrive in the main hold.

Senate Shockingly Passes Bill That Could Bail the Banks Out of Foreclosure-Gate - pt 1
The hottest story right now in the banking industry is foreclosure-gate, as various firms like Bank of America, JPMorgan, and GMAC have halted foreclosures upon realizing that the paperwork behind them has been shoddy at best.

Is HR 3808 the Equivalent of TARP 2 and Obama's 'Get Out of Bail' Gift Card for the high Frequency Signing Scandal?
Now that the High Frequency Signing (HFS, not to be confused with HFT) scandal is mainstream, and virtually every single foreclosure in the US in the past several years is under question, with the impact on mortgage servicers (who just happen to be the TBTF banks) could be just as dire as the fallout from the credit crunch, it appears that the get out of jail card for the banking syndicate has once again materialized, this time in the form of bill HR3808: Interstate Recognition of Notarizations Act of 2009, sponsored by Republican representative Robert Aderholt. The bill, it turns out, has passed both congress and senate, and is now quietly awaiting for Obama's signature to be enacted into law.

Hungary Toxic Sludge Spill Reaches Danube
Hungary's toxic sludge spill, which has killed four people, reached the Danube river Thursday, threatening to contaminate the waterway's ecosystem, a water authority official told AFP.

Fed Officials Mull Inflation as a Fix
The Federal Reserve spent the past three decades getting inflation low and keeping it there. But as the U.S. economy struggles and flirts with the prospect of deflation, some central bank officials are publicly broaching a controversial idea: lifting inflation above the Fed's informal target.

Debtors; Prisons Rise Again in the South
Of the 15 states with the highest prison populations examined in a recent report on "user fees" imposed on people with criminal convictions, number in the South: 7*

High Unemployment Rate 'New Normal' for US, Says Stiglitz
Even if U.S. economy manages to grow, it will be too slow to provide enough jobs needed and high unemployment rate will be a new normal for Americans, said Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz on Wednesday.

Dubuque, IBM Team Up for Sustainable Water Study
The City of Dubuque, Iowa, has teamed with IBM on a project to better understand water consumption and conservation in the municipality.

Three Dozen Fall Ill at Obama Rally in Md
About three dozen people have been treated for illness during a rally featuring President Obama at Bowie State University.

Stimulus Checks Sent to the Dead
The Social Security Administration sent about 89,000 stimulus payments of $250 each to dead and incarcerated people — but almost half of them were returned, a new inspector-general’s report has found.

Dollar Tumbles to Fresh 15-Year Low
The dollar tumbled to a fresh 15-year low at 82.22 against the yen in Tokyo trading hours on Thursday on persistent fears over the US economic outlook.

McDonald's, 29 Other Firms Get Health Care Coverage Waivers
Nearly a million workers won't get a consumer protection in the U.S. health reform law meant to cap insurance costs because the government exempted their employers.

Food Prices' to Rocket Due to Large-Scale Crop Failures Caused by Global Warming
Large-scale crop failures are likely to become more common in the face of climate change, scientists warned today.

Monsanto's Super GMO Corn Fails
The tides may be turning for agri-giant Monsanto, the multi-national company most recognized for the propagation of genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) around the world.

Sunscreen Made With Nanoparticles May Actually Cause Skin Cancer
Sunscreens made with nanoparticles may cause serious bodily harm, a report from Friends of the Earth has warned.

Garlic Oil Shows Protective Effect Against Heart Damage in Diabetics
Diabetes isn't a disease that only impacts the pancreas and plays havoc with blood sugar levels -- it ups the risk for a host of other health problems, from damaged vision to nerve pain.

Fish Oil Helps Prevent Breast Cancer
The best way to fight breast cancer is to prevent it from ever occurring in the first place, and you can help do that by supplementing with a high quality fish oil, suggests a new study published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.

Showerheads May Harbor Dangerous Bacteria
Shower heads serve as a breeding ground for a bacterium that may cause dangerous respiratory illness, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Colorado-Boulder and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Today In History Thursday October 7, 2010
1765 - Nine American colonies sent a total of 28 delegates to New York City for the Stamp Act Congress. The delegates adopted the "Declaration of Rights and Grievances."
1777 - During the American Revolution the second Battle of Saratoga began.
1913 - For the first time, Henry Ford's entire Highland Park automobile factory was run on a continuously moving assembly line when the chassis was added to the process.
1949 - The German Democratic Republic (East Germany) was formed.
1950 - The U.S.-led U.N. forces crossed the 38th parallel and entered North Korea. China in November proved their threat to enter the war by sending several hundred thousand troops over the border into North Korea.
1956 - A U.S. House subcommittee began investigations of allegedly rigged TV quiz shows.
1963 - U.S. President Kennedy signed a nuclear test ban treaty with Britain and the Soviet Union.
1968 - The Motion Picture Association of America adopted the film-rating system that ranged for "G" to "X."
1981 - The Egyptian parliament, after the assassination of Anwar Sadat, named Vice President Hosni Mubarak the next president of Egypt.
1985 - Four Palestinian terrorists hijacked the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro off the coast of Egypt. There were 440 people onboard. They surrendered after two days and killing American passenger Leon Klinghoffer.
1985 - 91 people were killed in Ponce, Puerto Rico, by a mudslide.
1989 - In Budapest, Hungary's Communist Party renounced Marxism in favor of democratic socialism.
1993 - U.S. President Clinton sent more troops, heavy armor, and naval firepower to Somalia.
1994 - U.S. President Clinton dispatched an aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf when Iraqi troops were spotted moving toward Kuwait. The U.S. Army was also put on alert.
1995 - More than 80 people were killed in Indonesia when an earthquake with a magnitude of 7 on the Richter Scale hit.
1998 - The U.S. government filed an antitrust suit that alleged Visa and MasterCard inhibit competition by preventing banks from offering other cards.
1999 - American Home Products Corp. agreed to pay up to $4.83 billion to settle claims that the fen-phen diet drug caused dangerous problems with heart valves.
2000 - Vojislav Kostunica took the oath of office as Yugoslavia's first popularly elected president.
2001 - The U.S. and Great Britain began air strikes in Afghanistan in response to that state's support of terrorism and Osama bin Laden. The act was the first military action taken in response to the terrorist attacks on the U.S. on September 11, 2001.
2003 - In California, Arnold Schwarzenegger was elected governor in the recall election of Governor Gray Davis.

Food Stamp Recipients at Record 41.8 Million Americans in July, U.S. Says
The number of Americans receiving food stamps rose to a record 41.8 million in July as the jobless rate hovered near a 27-year high, the government said. An average of 43.3 million people, more than an eighth of the population, will get food stamps each month in the year that began Oct. 1, according to White House estimates.

The 13 Most Evil U.S. Government Experiments on Humans
The U.S. Government has been caught conducting an insane amount of vile, inhumane and grisly experiments on humans without their consent and often without their knowledge. So in light of recent news of the U.S. infecting Guatemalans with STDs, here are the 13 most evil, for lack of a better word, cases of human-testing as conducted by the United States of America. Get ready to become one of those conspiracy theory nuts, because after this list, you will never fully trust your government again.

5 Things You Need to Know About Roadblocks
The US Supreme Court has found roadblocks to be legal for a variety of purposes, the most prominent being so-called “sobriety check points.” There is a longer history of roadblock approvals related to checking vehicles near or at national border crossings.

9/11 Firefighters Reveal Huge Explosions Before Towers Collapsed
Newly obtained video that was reluctantly released by NIST after a lawsuit by the International Center for 9/11 Studies shows two firefighters on 9/11 discussing how secondary explosions occurred immediately before the collapse of the twin towers, providing damning new evidence that explosive devices were used to bring down the buildings. - part one  - part two - part three

Neocons in Panic Over 'Tea Party'
The tiny but well-placed – and very well-financed – political sect known as the neoconservatives is in panic mode.

The banks and institutions that now run this country are running absolutely wild and out of control.

Frightening Charts Show Record Low Revenue, Worst-Ever Austerity Measures for US Cities
Municipal pain is at its worst level on record, according to annual report from the National League of Cities.

US Consumers' September Spending Matches 2010 Low
Americans' self-reported spending in stores, restaurants, gas stations, and online averaged $59 per day during the first four weeks of September.

Quantitative Easing: Putting the Shuck in the Rube
Gary North has a very important article explaining what 'quantitative easing' is and the powder keg that a trillion dollars in excess reserves. It is must reading.

ADP Plunges to -39K, Well Below Expectations of +20K
ADP printed at a massive miss of -39K compared to a median consensus of +20K (range of -44K to 75K) .

Amid Backlash and Budget Deficits, Government Workers' Pensions are Targets
Faced with deep budget deficits and overextended pension plans, state and local leaders are increasingly looking to trim the lucrative retirement benefits that have long been associated with government employment.

iPhone Game Slaughters Humans to Defend 'Mother Earth'
Latest shocking example of eco-fascism emphasizes global warming cult’s obsession with mass genocide and blood splattering death.

Google Gets Close to 'the Creepy Line'
Schmidt was talking to The Atlantic about the possibility of a Google implant – a chip under your skin that would track you and provide easy web access. That, Schmidt said, was probably over ‘the creepy line’.

Hilary Clinton 'Could be Running Mate for 2012'
The move would see Mrs Clinton become Barack Obama's running mate, setting her up for a potential run at the presidency in 2016, while Mr Biden would get the post he has craved since before he was chosen as the president's deputy.

NYC Landmarks Becoming Suicide Haven
New Jersey prosecutors say no decision has been made on whether to add additional charges in the Rutgers suicide case.

23 Million Americans Hit by a Tax Hike, They May Not Know It Yet
Almost 23 million American households are about to have their federal taxes raised by an average of $3,900 this year, but they may not know it yet.

Taliban in High-Level Talks with Karzai Government, Sources Say
Taliban representatives and the government of Afghan President Hamid Karzai have begun secret, high-level talks over a negotiated end to the war, according to Afghan and Arab sources.

France Charges Man for Burning, Urinating on the Koran
A blogger who filmed himself burning the Koran and urinating on it to put out the flames is to appear in court in eastern France, charged with incitement to religious hatred, legal sources said on Tuesday.

25 NATO Fuel Tankers Attacked in Pakistan
Gunmen torched more than two dozen tankers carrying fuel to NATO troops and killed a driver Wednesday, the sixth attack on convoys taking supplies to Afghanistan since Pakistan closed a key border crossing almost a week ago.

$162 Million in Stimulus Funds Not Disclosed promised transparency on how the government spends every dollar of stimulus money, but there's $162 million the website doesn't disclose.

Gov't Thwarted Worst-Case Scenario on Spill
The White House blocked efforts by federal scientists to tell the public just how bad the Gulf oil spill could have been.

VIDEO: America Needs to be Outraged by What Is Going On In the Gulf of Mexico

VIDEO: AP Nothing Alive Above 35 Feet - Gets Worse Closer to Shore

'Tax Crisis' Coming Jan1
A "tax crisis" will slam taxpayers on Jan. 1 if Americans fail to stand up and confront Congress. So says Ginni Thomas, founder of and wife of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

Hungarian Officials Fear Toxic Spill Could Reach Danube
Hungary declared a state of emergency on Tuesday after a toxic sludge spill swamped seven villages in what officials called the worst chemical accident in the country's history.

North Korea Nuclear Threat Reaches 'Extremely Dangerous Level',South Says
The threat posed by North Korea'snuclear program has reached an "extremely dangerous level," an adviser to South Korea's president said in comments published Wednesday.

UFO Sightings on the Rise in China, With More Predicted
UFO sightings have increased in China, according to media reports. In a recent sighting, photography student Gu Peiwen closely examined a photo in his camera and shouted in disbelief: “I just caught aliens on camera!”

High Noon in America
Time is running out in the little western town of Hadleyville. Frank Miller, the leader of a violent gang that terrorized the hapless settlement years ago, was sent to the gallows by Will Kane, the local marshal, but the justice system failed, and now after so long, Frank Miller is free, heading back to Hadleyville on the noon train to meet his men, and take revenge…

Limbaugh Calls President Obama a 'Jackass'
Derision of the president on his program is nothing new, but Rush Limbaugh’s tone today may have struck the ears of regular listeners as particularly disdainful, taking his contempt of the president to a new level.

US Loan Delinquencies Rise for First Time in a Year
U.S. consumer-loan delinquencies increased for the first time in a year during the second quarter amid a slowdown in recovery from the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, the American Bankers Association said.

Shameless Flu Shot Pushers Use Strip Clubs to Entice People into Medically Useless Vaccinations
As predicted, the great flu shot charade is now well upon us in North America, with vaccine pushers urging everyone to hurry up and go get vaccinated.

X-Rays Can Cause Childhood Leukemia
New findings by researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health reveal that X-rays can significantly increase children's risk of developing leukemia.

Mobile Phones Responsible for Collapse of Honeybee Populations?
In spite of industry claims to the contrary, cell phone towers may indeed be contributing to the collapse of honeybee populations, according to the findings of a study conducted by researchers from Punjab University in India and published in the journal Current Science.

You Don't Have to Hurt as You Age! Eat Broccoli and Avoid Arthritis
Over 21 million people in the U.S. alone suffer from the most common form of arthritis -- osteoarthritis. Primarily associated with growing older, the condition is marked by the wearing away of cartilage, the cushioning between the bones in the joints.

Help Manage Stress, Blood Pressure With Walnuts
Nuts in general are a great whole food packed with protein, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, fats and other important nutrients that the body needs to maintain good health. And a new study out of Pennsylvania State University (PSU) further confirms this, having found that walnuts -- and walnut oil in particular -- help to reduce blood pressure, decrease stress and improve cardiovascular health.

Cancer Groups Ignore Chemicals, Food Additives as Culprits in Disease
October is breast cancer awareness month, which means pink ribbons and literature about getting mammograms litter the landscape even more than they normally do during the rest of the year.

Nambian Women Subjected to Forced Sterilization by Doctors After HIV Diagnosis
Three Namibian women have filed a lawsuit against the country's government, claiming they were sterilized at state-run hospitals without their informed consent after being diagnosed with HIV.

Today In History Wednesday October 6, 2010
1847 - "Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Bronte was first published in London.
1848 - The steamboat SS California left New York Harbor for San Francisco via Cape Horn. The steamboat service arrived on February 28, 1849. The trip took 4 months and 21 days.
1857 - The American Chess Congress held their first national chess tournament in New York City.
1866 - The Reno Brothers pulled the first train robbery in America near Seymour, IN. The got away with $10,000.
1880 - The National League kicked the Cincinnati Reds out for selling beer.
1884 - The Naval War College was established in Newport, RI.
1889 - In Paris, the Moulin Rouge opened its doors to the public for the first time.
1889 - The Kinescope was exhibited by Thomas Edison. He had patented the moving picture machine in 1887.
1890 - Polygamy was outlawed by the Mormon Church.
1939 - Adolf Hitler denied any intention to wage war against Britain and France in an address to Reichstag.
1949 - Iva Toguri D'Aquino was sentenced to 10 years in prison and fined $10,000 for war crimes. The conviction was for being Japanese wartime broadcaster "Tokyo Rose."
1949 - U.S. president Harry Truman signed the Mutual Defense Assistance Act. The act provided $1.3 billion in the form of military aid to NATO countries.
1954 - E.L. Lyon became the first male nurse for the U.S. Army.
1961 - U.S. president John F. Kennedy advised American families to build or buy bomb shelters to protect them in the event of a nuclear exchange with the Soviet Union.
1973 - Egypt and Syria attacked Israel in an attempt to win back territory that had been lost in the third Arab-Israel war. Support for Israel led to a devastating oil embargo against many nations including the U.S. and Great Britain on October 17, 1973. The war lasted 2 weeks.
1979 - Pope John Paul II became the first pontiff to visit the White House.
1981 - Egyptian president Anwar-el Sadat was assassinated at a military rally in Cairo. Muslim extremists were responsible the other eight deaths that occurred during the attack. Hosni Mubarak became president.
1986 - A Soviet nuclear submarine sank in the Atlantic Ocean about 1,200 miles from New York.
1989 - Two workers for the Swiss Red Cross were kidnapped by terrorists in Lebanon.
1991 - Elizabeth Taylor married Larry Fortensky. The ceremony was held at Michael Jackson's estate near Los Angeles, CA. It was Taylor's 8th marriage and Fortensky's 3rd.
1991 - Cable News Network aired a videotape of American hostage Terry Anderson that had been made in Beirut, Lebanon.
1992 - Ross Perot appeared in his first paid broadcast on CBS-TV after entering the U.S. presidential race.
1998 - Imelda Marcos was acquitted by the Philippine Supreme Court on the charge of graft. The ruling overturned the guilty verdict from 1993

Want To Know If The FBI Is Tracking You? Look For One Of These
If you find one of these tucked underneath your car, you can start freaking out.

Government collusion in human medical experiments no longer just a conspiracy theory
It is now an admitted fact that the U.S. government conspired with the pharmaceutical industry to conduct medical experiments on innocent victims.

Genetically engineered salmon, if approved by FDA, could destroy the salmon industry
Approval of GE salmon could destroy the existing salmon industry. Why? Read More...

Help manage stress, blood pressure with walnuts
A new study out of Pennsylvania State University (PSU) further confirms that walnuts -- and walnut oil in particular -- help to reduce blood pressure, decrease stress and improve cardiovascular health.

Eat broccoli and avoid arthritis
Despite the view of many that osteoarthritis is an inevitable part of aging, researchers at the University of East Anglia (UEA) believe they are hot on the trail of a way to prevent this form of arthritis from developing in the first place. The potential solution? A natural, bioactive compound called sulforaphane that is found in cruciferous vegetables, especially broccoli.

Obama Says Fiscal Situation Untenable
The U.S. budget deficit is forecast at a record $1.47 trillion in the fiscal year that ended on September 30, 2010.

The Pentagon's New Cyber Warriors
Today, U.S. national security planners are proposing that the 21st century's critical infrastructure -- power grids, communications, water utilities, financial networks -- be similarly shielded from cyber marauders and other foes.

Bernake Tells the Truth: The United States is on the Brink of Financial Disaster
Yesterday, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke delivered a speech before the the Annual Meeting of the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council in Providence, Rhode Island. In the speech, he warned about the current state of the government finances. His conclusion, the situation is dire and "unsustainable".

Consumer Bankruptcy Filings Increase in September
The American Bankruptcy Institute reported that there were 130,329 consumer bankruptcies filings in September, up 3.3% from August. Filings were up 11% over the first 9 months of the year compared to the first 9 months of 2009.

Gold Goes Berserk, As Japan Unveils the Mother of All Quantitative Easing Schemes

Witnesses in Defense Dept Report Suggest Cover-Up of 9/11 Findings
A document obtained and witnesses interviewed by Fox News raise new questions over whether there was an effort by the Defense Department to cover up a pre-9/11 military intelligence program known as "Able Danger."

Coldest Winter in 1,000 Years On Its Way
After the record heat wave this summer, Russia's weather seems to have acquired a taste for the extreme.

Banks $4 Trillion Debts are 'Achilles' Heel of the Economic Recovery, IMF Says
Lenders across Europe and the US are facing a $4 trillion refinancing hurdle in the coming 24 months and many still need to recapitalise, the Washington-based organisation said in its Global Financial Stability Report. Governments will have to inject fresh equity into banks – particularly in Spain, Germany and the US – as well as prop up their funding structures by extending emergency support.

Stuxnet Super Virus Also Attacked China
The latest super virus, Stuxnet, which attacked Iran’s Nuclear Facility, is reported to have attacked China too.

Gold Hits Record Above $1,340 as Dollar Slides
An announcement by the Bank of Japan that it would create a pool of funds to buy assets to tackle strength in the yen also helped gold. Moves by major economies to curb strength in their currencies are giving a major lift to the metal.

Call for New Global Currencies Deal
The world’s leading countries should agree a new currency pact to help rebalance the global economy, a leading association of financial institutions has urged.

This Is Starting to Get Very Real: Agricultural Commodity Prices Have Exploded and Now the Price of Food is Beginning to Rise Substantially in the United States and All Over the World
Do you believe that you will always be able to run out to Wal-Mart or to the local supermarket and buy massive amounts of inexpensive food?

GI's Brains Fried by Military Dispensed Nose Candy
'Now it is official. Researchers have shown that uranium oxide, or DU, “travels the nerves from the nose to the brain,” in the words of a University of Chicago doc and researcher.

$69 Million in California Welfare Money Drawn Out of State
More than $69 million in California welfare money, meant to help the needy pay their rent and clothe their children, has been spent or withdrawn outside the state in recent years, including millions in Las Vegas, hundreds of thousands in Hawaii and thousands on cruise ships sailing from Miami.

The Art of the Bug-Out-Bag
The bug-out-bag is probably the most clichéd emergency preparation in the history of survivaldom. Some people focus so much on compiling their BOB that they lose track of much more important survival matters, while others are so biased against the ‘bug out’ concept that they refuse to even consider putting one together.

Firefighters Watch as Home Burns: Gene Cranick's House Destroyed in Tennessee Over $75 Fee
A smoldering rage may be all that remains after Gene Cranick's home burned to the ground last week in Obion County, Tennessee.

DOJ Urges Citizens to Report 'Extremists' Handing Out Literature
If you posted an Obama Joker poster or Tea Party literature on a public bulletin board, the Justice Department is warning you are a possible terrorist.

Government Collusion in Human Medical Experiments No Longer Just a Conspiracy Theory
It used to be that when you talked about Big Government conspiring with Big Pharma to use human beings as guinea pigs in bizarre medical experiments, people would look at you as if you were some kind of loon.

Big Pharma Hired Ghostwriters to Distort Truth About Hormone Replacement Therapy Drugs
When medical journals and journal supplements publish scientific information about drug research, you know the information has been carefully reviewed and is accurate and factual, right?

Genetic Testing Company Mixes Up Results, Customers Confused About Their Origins
Personal genetic testing company 23andMe has admitted that it mixed up the results of nearly 100 customers' tests, delivering incorrect information to them about ancestry and supposed disease risk.

Company Cash Incentives Lead Employees to Live Healthier Lives
Money talks, even when getting it requires significant lifestyle changes, says a new study out of the University of Michigan (UM).

Congress Looks at Laws That Criminalize Non-Criminal Behavior
Abner Schoenwetter, a Miami seafood importer, spent six years in prison, paid tens of thousands of dollars in fines and legal fees and is at risk of losing his home.

Today In History Tuesday October 5, 2010
1813 - Chief Tecumseh of the Shawnee Indians was killed at the Battle of Thames when American forced defeated the British and the allied Indian warriors.
1877 - Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce Indians surrendered to the U.S. Army after a 1,000-mile retreat towards the Canadian border.
1892 - The Dalton gang was nearly wiped out while attempting to rob two banks simultaneously in Coffeyville, KS. Four members of the gang and four citizens were killed. The only survivor of the gang, Emmett Dawson, was sentenced to life after surviving his wounds.
1921 - The World Series was broadcast on the radio for the first time. The game was between the New York Giants and the New York Yankees.
1930 - Laura Ingalls became the first woman to make a transcontinental airplane flight.
1931 - Clyde Pangborn and Hugh Herndon landed in Washington after flying non-stop across the Pacific Ocean. The flight originated in Japan and took about 41 hours.
1969 - Dianne Linkletter jumps to her death from her apartment in West Hollywood. Art Linkletter, her father, claimed that she was under the influence of LSD at the time of her death.
1969 - A Cuban defector landed a Soviet-made MiG-17 at Homestead Air Force Base in Florida. The plane entered U.S. air space and landed without being detected.
1970 - Anwar Sadat took office as President of Egypt replacing Gamal Abdel Nassar. Sadat was assassinated in 1981.
1974 - American David Kunst completed the first journey around the world on foot. It took four years and 21 pairs of shoes. He crossed four continents and walked 14,450 miles.
1988 - In a debate between candidates for vice president of the U.S., Democratic Lloyd Bentsen told Republican Dan Quayle, "You're no Jack Kennedy."
1989 - Jim Bakker was convicted of using his television show to defraud his viewers.
1990 - The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall opened.
1991 - Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev announced that his country would cut its nuclear arsenal in response to the arms reduction that was initiated by U.S. President George Bush.
1993 - China set off an underground nuclear explosion.
1995 - A 60-day cease-fire was agreed upon by Bonsian combatants. The civil war had lasted 3 1/2.
1998 - The U.S. paid $60 million for Russia's research time on the international space station to keep the cash-strapped Russian space agency afloat.
1999 - MCI Worldcom Inc. and Sprint Corp. announced plans to merge.
2006 - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. rolled out its $4 generic drug program to the entire state of Florida after a successful test in the Tampa area.

Missouri tracking black bears for study
A state study is under way to determine how many black bears live in Missouri. The Missouri Department of Conservation, says early research has found that Missouri could have a larger population of black bears than previously thought.

Gold and Silver – It Could Well Be A Whole New Ballgame!

The Gathering Storm Over Foreclosures
Home foreclosures may come to a sudden halt in some states because of problems in the documents filed in court as part of the process to take title to the properties. GMAC Mortgage, JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America have asked judges to stop legal proceedings while they determine whether proper procedures were followed, and it would not be a surprise if other mortgage lenders did the same while reviewing their actions.

Man Killed by Mexican Pirates on Texas Lake
Search teams are combing a Texas lake for the body of a man who was allegedly shot and killed by Mexican pirates when he and his wife were ambushed after crossing into Mexican waters on their personal watercraft.

Super-Rich Investors Stocking Up on Physical Gold
UBS is recommending top-tier clients hold 7-10 percent of their assets in precious metals like gold, which is on course for its tenth consecutive yearly gain and traded at around $1,314.50 an ounce on Monday, near the record level reached last week.

Local News Training Psychological Ops Soldiers
Two CBS affiliates have been helping train US Army psychological operations soldiers, says an investigative report at Yahoo! News.

Are or Aren't France and China Plotting An Alternative to the Dollar?
A pair of very conflicting news articles over the weekend about secret currency talks caps yet another week full of central bank interventions in the FX arena (and, as Bruce Krasting points out, many more to come).

Australia Faces Locusts Plague
In North America, we have had the luxury of forgetting these critters exist. Not so in Australia. They actually got eradicated in the nineteenth century through human activity by accident.

Homes in Florida Seized Without Notice
More revelations from one of the epicenters of the housing implosion. 4ClosureFraud has published an eyepoppingly long list of affidavits of lost summons in foreclosure cases.

MERS/MBS/Foreclosure Goes RICO
This is worth a read, even though it's VERY long. The bottom line is that all the Tickers I've written on this subject, from bad conveyances into REMICs, to the tax issues, to the fraudulent documents, to the fact that the MBS are "empty boxes", up and down the line - it's all in here.

America on the Brink of a Second Revolution?
Admit it, something historic is brewing. And yes, it’s good for America, even the anarchy. Revolution is renewal. Tea-baggers want to take on both parties, “restore honor” and “take back the country.” Bring it on, the feeling’s mutual.

'Serious Insider' Tells CNBC's Kudlow NY Mayor Micheal Bloomberg Next Treasury Secretary
With what appears to be a devastating election looming for his party, is President Obama attempting to follow in the footsteps of one of his predecessors and moderate toward the center?

US, EU Must Join to Stop Homegrown Terror
The U.S. and its European allies must work together to stop radicalized Westerners who travel to terrorist training camps and return home to wage attacks, counterterrorism experts said in a new study.

Medicaid Enrollment Spikes to 48M in Weak Economy
Job losses sends families flocking to low-income health insurance program.

US, UK Raise Terrorism Threat Level in Europe
The United States and Britain warned their citizens on Sunday of an increased risk of terrorist attacks in Europe, with Washington saying al Qaeda might target transport infrastructure.

Wall Street Sees World Economy Decoupling From US
Wall Street economists are reviving a bet that the global economy will withstand the U.S. slowdown.

IMF Admits That the West is Stuck in Near Depression
If you strip away the political correctness, Chapter Three of the IMF's World Economic Outlook more or less condemns Southern Europe to death by slow suffocation and leaves little doubt that fiscal tightening will trap North Europe, Britain and America in slump for a long time.

Cryptowars! Obama Wants New Law to Wiretap the Internet
In a reprise of the crypto wars of the 1990s, the U.S. secret state is mounting an offensive that would force telecommunication companies to redesign their systems and information networks to more easily facilitate internet spying.

Iran 'Detains Western Spies' After Cyber Attack on Nuclear Plant
Iranian government accuses the west of launching an 'electronic war' following sophisticated Stuxnet worm attack.

Students Tagged with RFID Chips in 'Smart Badge Program'
High school and Junior High students in Santa Fe are being forced to be tracked like prisoners with RFID badges and have their every movement monitored by the all seeing eye of the state. It's all in the name of 'safety,' says the mentally deficient school's administrator, but students are saying they feel like prisoners.

VIDEO: Declassified: Massive Israeli Manipulation of US Media Exposed

Foreclosures Bungle Could Hit US Banks
Already fragile US financial firms are facing a raft of law suits and potential fines after three major mortgage lenders admitted to mishandling thousands of home foreclosures.

Airport Lobbies Possible Terror Targets in European Plot
Among the possible targets in the suspected European terror plot are pre-security areas in at least five major European airports, a law enforcement official told ABC News. Authorities believe terror teams are preparing to mount a commando like attack featuring small units and small firearms modeled after the Mumbai attack two years ago

Taliban Attacks NATO Supply Trucks in Pakistan
The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility Monday for a pre-dawn attack on tankers carrying fuel to Afghanistan for U.S. and other NATO forces, left vulnerable on the side of the road after Pakistan shut down a key border crossing.

'Toasted Skin Syndrome' Warning for Laptop Users
Have you ever worked on your laptop computer with it sitting on your lap, heating up your legs? If so, you might want to rethink that habit.

Japan Warns About Terror in Europe
Japan issued a travel alert for Europe on Monday, joining the United States and Britain in warning of a possible terrorist attack by al-Qaida or other groups, but tourists appeared to be taking the mounting warnings in stride.

Ground Zero Mosque: First Look at Plan for New York Islamic Center
Now these artist's sketches show the first glimpse both inside and out the proposed Ground Zero mosque - and you may be surprised at what is planned.

Voters in 3 States to Consider Opting Out of 'Obamacare'
After taking a beating at the hands of Missouri voters in August, "Obamacare" could be roughed up once again at the ballot box in November.

Calcium and Vitamin Supplements Reduce Risk of Breast Cancer
Taking vitamin and calcium supplements may reduce women's risk of breast cancer by as much as 40 percent, according to a study conducted by researchers from the Ponce School of Medicine in Puerto Rico, and presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research.

Dark Chocolate Prevents Damage from Strokes
Researchers from Johns Hopkins University believe they have discovered a biochemical pathway by which a chemical naturally found in dark chocolate can help protect the body from strokes.

Doctor Admits That Most MDs Know Nothing About Nutrition, Health
Most people probably assume that their doctors know everything there is to know about health because, after all, they went through many years of medical school.

BPA Found in Canned Foods, Health Risks for Pregnant Women
The hormone-disrupting chemical bisphenol A (BPA) is found in high levels in canned food, a coalition of environmental groups has warned, sparking warnings from some doctors that pregnant women should avoid such products.

Today In History Monday October 4, 2010
1881 - Edward Leveaux received a patent for the player piano.
1887 - The Paris Herald Tribune was published for the first time. It was later known as the International Herald Tribune.
1893 - The first professional football contract was signed by Grant Dibert for the Pittsburgh AC.
1895 - The first U.S. Open golf tournament took place in Newport, RI. Horace Rawlins, 19 years old, won the tournament.
1915 - The Dinosaur National Monument was established. The area covered part of Utah and Colorado.
1927 - The first actual work of carving began on Mount Rushmore.
1931 - The comic strip "Dick Tracy" made its debut in the Detroit Daily Mirror. The strip was created by Chester Gould.
1933 - "Esquire" magazine was published for the first time.
1940 - Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini met in the Alps at Brenner Pass. Hitler was seeking help from Italy to fight the British.
1957 - "Leave it to Beaver" debuted on CBS-TV.
1957 - The Soviet Union launched Sputnik I into orbit around the Earth. Sputnik was the first manmade satellite to enter space. Sputnik I fell out of orbit on January 4, 1958.
1958 - British Overseas Airways Corporation became the first jetliner to offer trans-Atlantic service to passengers with flights between London, England and New York.
1959 - The first World Series to be played west of St. Louis began in Los Angeles, CA.
1965 - Pope Paul VI addressed the U.N. General Assembly and became the first reigning pontiff to visit the Western Hemisphere.
1989 - Fawaz Younis, a Lebanese hijacker, was sentenced in Washington for commandeering a Jordanian jetliner with two Americans aboard in 1985.
1990 - The German parliament had its first meeting since reunification.
1993 - Russian Vice-President Alexander Rutskoi and Chairman Ruslan Khasbulatov surrendered to Boris Yeltsin after a ten-hour tank assault on the Russian White House. The two
men had barricaded themselves in after Yeltsin called for general elections and dissolved the legislative body.
1993 - Dozens of Somalis dragged an American soldier through the streets of Mogadishu. A videotape showed Michael Durant being taken prisoner by Somali militants.
1994 - South African President Nelson Mandela was welcomed to the White House by U.S. President Clinton.
2001 - NATO granted the United States open access to their airfields and seaports and agreed to deploy ships and early-warning radar planes in the war on terrorism.
2001 - A Russian airliner blew up as it flew over the Black Sea. There were no survivors of the 76 people on the plane. U.S. intelligence sources stated that they likely cause of the accident was a missile strike from a Ukrainian military exercise.
2001 - Barry Bonds (San Francisco Giants) hit his 70th home run of the season to tie Mark McGwire's major league record. Bonds also moved past Reggie Jackson on the all-time list with his 564th career home run.
2001 - In Washington, DC, Reagan National Airport re-opened. The airport had been closed since the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001.

U.S. apologizes for Guatemala STD experiments
U.S. government medical researchers intentionally infected hundreds of people in Guatemala, including institutionalized mental patients, with gonorrhea and syphilis without their knowledge or permission more than 60 years ago. Many of those infected were encouraged to pass the infection onto others as part of the study. About one third of those who were infected never got adequate treatment. On Friday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius offered extensive apologies for actions taken by the U.S. Public Health Service.

Rick Sanchez Fired for Saying 'Jews Run CNN, All Media'
Rich Sanchez of CNN has been FIRED! CNN confirmed the news in a statement. "Rick Sanchez is no longer with the company.

Prudential Profits from Slain Soldiers With Help from Taxpayers
When Prudential Financial Inc. invests the death benefits owed to survivors of soldiers killed in battle, the money comes from a source with deep pockets: the U.S. government.

Mega Retailers Like Target, Kohl's Could Disappear Because of Faulty Strategic Plans of CEO's
Our entire consumer society has been built upon a foundation of lies.

Some Health Insurance Premiums Could Climb As Much As 67%
A Manhattan health benefits consultant says insurance companies are telling employers they will pay have to pay much more in 2011 -- and for reduced coverage.

Foreclosure Fraud - Lender Processing Services' DOCX Document Fabrication Price Sheet
DOCX’s GetNet™ Document Recovery solution is a national network of runners that is engaged to provide document recovery, expedited recordation services, title searches, and insurance submissions.

Rampant Inflation in 2011?
Are you ready for rampant inflation? Well, unfortunately it looks like it might be headed our way. The U.S. monetary base has absolutely exploded over the last couple of years, and all that money is starting to filter through into the hands of consumers.

Blackwater Wins Piece of $10 Billion Mercenary Deal
"Wired" -- Never mind the dead civilians. Forget about the stolen guns. Get over the murder arrests, the fraud allegations, and the accusations of guards pumping themselves up with steroids and cocaine. Through a “joint venture,” the notorious private-security firm Blackwater has won a piece of a five-year State Department contract worth up to $10 billion, Danger Room has learned.

New Internet Censorship Bill Introduced
Like most others in Congress, Senator Patrick Leahy is no progressive. He voted to fund imperial wars, regressive Obamacare, Wall Street-friendly financial reform, and other pro-business measures, including agribusiness-empowering bills, harming small farmers and consumers.

Army Reveals Afghan Biometric ID Plan; Millions Scanned, Carded by May
Scanning prisoners’ irises is just Step 1. In Afghanistan, local and NATO forces are amassing biometric dossiers on hundreds of thousands of cops, crooks, soldiers, insurgents and ordinary citizens.

DARPA Develops Helmet of Obedience
It looks like our ever-diligent friends at DARPA have been busy creating a contingency plan for the OathKeeper movement.

VIDEO: How to Cut Carbon Emissions

VIDEO: Truth About Sarah Palin

The New World Order: A Map
For centuries we have used maps to delineate borders that have been defined by politics. But it may be time to chuck many of our notions about how humanity organizes itself. Across the world a resurgence of tribal ties is creating more complex global alliances.

Iceland's Politicians Forced to Flee From Angry Protesters
Protesters took to the streets of Reykjavik today, forcing MPs to run away from the people they represent as renewed anger about the impact of the financial crisis erupted in

NYPD Prepares for Guerilla-Style Terror Attack
Counterterrorism officials think Osama bin Laden was involved in the latest terror plot that caused a lot of anxiety this week in Europe.

Researchers Found 40 Fold Increase in Carcinogenic Compounds In Gulf
Researchers testing the waters off Louisiana in June found hugely elevated levels of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, or PAHs, some of which are known carcinogens.

Fort Hood Soldiers Told to List Private Weapons
The U.S. Army command at Fort Hood, where Muslim psychiatrist Nidal Malik Hasan allegedly shot and killed 13 people and an unborn child, now is demanding that its soldiers confess whether they have any guns in their off-base homes, what kind of guns they are and what are their serial numbers.

US Terror Warning Could Hurt Europe's Economy
A rare advisory for U.S. travelers to beware of potential terrorist threats in Europe drew American shrugs Sunday from Paris to Rome, but tourism officials worried that it could deter would-be visitors from moving ahead with plans to cross the Atlantic.

US Judge Asks Vatican to Serve Court Papers to Pope
A federal U.S. judge is asking the Vatican to cooperate in serving the pope and two other top officials with court papers that stem from decades-old allegations of sexual abuse by a priest in Wisconsin.

No End in Sight to Pakistan-NATO Supply Standoff
Pakistan kept a vital border crossing closed to U.S. and NATO supply trucks for a third day Saturday, a sign that Islamabad's desire to avoid a domestic backlash over a NATO incursion that killed three Pakistani troops is — for now — outweighing its desire to stay on good terms with America.

The Last American Light Bulb
On September 24, that classic American light bulb was switched off. Changing American preferences and looming government regulation resulted in the shuttering of the only remaining U.S. factory to make 100-watt A-line incandescent bulbs, in Winchester, Virginia.

An Inflationary Cocktail In the Making
Yep, looking at key raw material prices compared to last year, the recession is over. These prices are getting loaded into the system now and will flow through to the consumer in higher prices to come at the supermarket and elsewhere.

Ahmadinejad Calls for US Leaders to be 'Buried'
Iran's president Sunday called for U.S. leaders to be "buried" in response to what he says are American threats of military attack against Tehran's nuclear program.

Global Employment Crisis Will Stir Social Unrest
The United Nations work agency said it was putting back by two years from 2013 its previous assessment of the time needed to create the 22 million jobs still needed to regain the pre-crisis level - 14 million in rich countries and 8 million in developing states.

Is the Establishment Preparing to Unveil Aliens?
UFOs and extraterrestrials have long been treated as the ultimate conspiracy theory by the establishment.

Iran is Bent on Avenging Cyber Attack, Raising Military Tensions
Tehran is bent on military action to settle scores with Israel and the United States whom it suspects of planting the malignant Stuxnet cyber worm in the computer systems of its nuclear, military and strategic infrastructure, debkafile's military and US sources report.

Guatemalan STD Medical Experiments Were Just One Crime In a Long History of Medical-Government Collusion to Use Humans as Guinea Pigs
It has now been widely revealed that the United States conducted medical experiments on prisoners and mental health patients in Guatemala in the 1940's.

Brain Plaques Do Not Cause Alzheimer's (We've Been Lied to for 20 Years)
Turning 30 years of established Alzheimer's dogma on its head, researchers are now increasingly rejecting the theory that sticky plaques in the brain are responsible for the mental degeneration caused by the disease.

Most of World's Rivers Threatened by Pesticides, Pollution
The vast majority of the world's rivers are threatened by pollution, pesticide runoff and destructive species, say researchers from The City College (CCNY) of The City University of New York (CUNY), the University of Wisconsin and seven other institutions. And not only is the integrity of the world's water at heightened risk, but so are countless aquatic species that rely on the threatened habitats for survival.

Most Canadians, Americans Skipped H1N1 Vaccine Last Year
Despite all the scare tactics, fear mongering, and pseudoscience about the alleged importance of being vaccinated, a new report from Statistics Canada has revealed that 60 percent of Canadians decided against getting an H1N1 influenza vaccine last year.

Drastic Lifestyle Changes Are Best Treatment for Diabetes, Obesity
A new study published in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine has found that making considerable lifestyle and dietary changes are highly effective at improving the health of diabetes patients, as well as preventing of cardiovascular illness.

All Conventional Prostate Cancer Treatments Harm Quality of Life
All major prostate cancer therapies reduce men's quality of life through increased urinary incontinence and hampered sexual function, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Pittsburgh and published in the Journal of Urology.

Behavior Rewards Make ADHD Drugs Obsolete
Rewarding hyperactive children for good behavior and discouraging unwanted behavior works on the same areas of the brain as drugs like Ritalin, according to a study conducted by researchers from Nottingham University and published in the journal Biological Psychiatry.

Bill Gates Says Vaccines Can Help Reduce World Population
n a recent TED conference presentation, Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates, who has donated hundreds of millions of dollars to new vaccine efforts, speaks on the issue of CO2 emissions and its effects on climate change.

Today In History Friday October 1, 2010
1781 - James Lawrence was born. He was the American naval officer whose dying words were "Don't give up the ship."
1800 - Spain ceded the territory of Louisiana back to France. Later the property would be purchased by the U.S. effectively doubling its size.
1880 - Thomas Edison began the commercial production of electric lamps at Edison Lamp Works in Menlo Park.
1885 - Special delivery mail service began in the United States. The first routes were in West Virginia.
1890 - The U.S. Congress passed the McKinley Tariff Act. The act raised tariffs to a record level.
1896 - Rural Free Delivery was established by the U.S. Post Office.
1908 - The Model T automobile was introduced by Henry Ford. The purchase price of the car was $850.
1918 - Damascus was captured from the Turks during World War I by a force made up of British and Arab forces.
1940 - The Pennsylvania Turnpike opened as the first toll superhighway in the United States.
1943 - Naples was captured by the Allied forces during World War II.
1946 - The International War Crimes Tribunal in Nuremberg sentenced 12 Nazi officials to death. Seven others were sentenced to prison terms and 3 were acquitted.
1949 - Mao Tse-tung raised the first flag of the People's Republic of China when the communist forces had defeated the Nationalists. The Nationalist forces fled to Taiwan.
1952 - "This is Your Life" began airing on NBC-TV.
1962 - Johnny Carson began hosting the "Tonight" show on NBC-TV. He stayed with the show for 29 years. Jack Paar was the previous host.
1971 - Walt Disney World opened in Orlando, FL.
1972 - The Chinese government approved friendly relations with the United States.
1979 - The United States handed control of the Canal Zone over to Panama.
1981 - EPCOT (Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow) Center opened in Florida. The concept was planned by Walt Disney.
1984 - U.S. Labor Secretary Raymond Donovan announced that he was taking a leave of absence following his indictment on charges of larceny and fraud. He was later acquitted.
1987 - Eight people were killed in Los Angeles when an earthquake measuring 5.9 on the Richter Scale hit the area.
1988 - Mikhail Gorbachev assumed the Soviet presidency.
1990 - U.S. President H.W. Bush addressed the U.N. General Assembly and once again condemned Iraq's takeover of Kuwait.
1990 - In Croatia, minority Serbs proclaimed autonomy.
1991 - U.S. President Bush condemned the military coup in Haiti that removed President Jean-Bertrand Aristide from power. U.S. economic and military aid was suspended.
1992 - The USS Saratoga accidentally fired missiles at a Turkish destroyer in the Aegean Sea. Five people were killed in the incident.
1992 - The Strategic Arm Reduction Treaty was approved by the U.S. Senate.
1998 - The U.S. government posted a $2.2 million reward for the capture of Augustin Vasquez Mendoza. He is accused of killing an undercover U.S. agent during a drug purchase in 1994.
1999 - The 50th anniversary of the founding of the Peoples Republic of China was celebrated in Beijing.

Yemen: U.S. has carried out airstrikes in Yemen
The United States has carried out airstrikes in Yemen, Yemen's foreign minister told a pan-Arab newspaper in an interview published Thursday, marking that government's first official confirmation of a U.S. military role in its fight against terrorism.

US CONGRESSMAN talks about fraud, forgeries, and ILLEGAL FORECLOSURES! US Congressman Alan Grayson VIDEO NAILS IT!!

In summary, better than going to the VA, if at all possible, go to a private psychiatrist – or better yet, a pastor or some other person skilled at counseling – and keep yourself off the government books. If ObamaCare is not repealed, ALL doctors will be forced to make their records available to government drones pawing through our private records. Then you will have to find a non-medical counselor if you want to keep your guns.

Dozens of NATO oil tankers attacked in Pakistan
SHIKARPUR, Pakistan – Suspected militants in southern Pakistan set ablaze more than two dozen tankers carrying fuel for foreign troops in Afghanistan on Friday, highlighting the vulnerability of the U.S.-led mission a day after Pakistan closed a major border crossing. The Pakistani government shut the Torkham border in the northwest in apparent protest at a NATO helicopter incursion that killed three of its soldiers on the border. The events raised tensions between Pakistan and the United States, which have a close but often troubled alliance in the fight against militants.

Fort Hood soldiers told to list private weapons
Base requires make, model, serial number and who owns them!

New High Fructose Corn Syrup Scam
The Corn Refiners Association (CRA) has petitioned the U.S. FDA to allow manufacturers the option of using the term “corn sugar” instead of “high fructose corn syrup”.

Pentagon Burns 'Operation Dark Heart': Censorship Gaffe?
On Sept. 20, the U.S. Department of Defense oversaw the systematic destruction of 9,500 copies of Lieut. Colonel Anthony Shaffer's Operation Dark Heart: Spycraft and Special Ops on the Frontlines of Afghanistan — and the Path to Victory, his account of a six-month stint as a "black ops" officer for the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) in Afghanistan. The Pentagon said it was the first time it has ever destroyed a printed book because it contained classified information — but it may not have been in time to keep the secrets from circulating. The U.S. government purchased the entire print run of the book from St. Martin's Press for $47,000 a few weeks before its scheduled release.

Outsourcing safety: Airplane repairs move to unregulated foreign shops
FAA not following many safety guidelines. Thousands of mechanics from all over the world work on U.S. commercial airplanes. Foreign repair stations are located in Canada, Mexico, Central America and Asia. Domestically, airplanes are repaired at large facilities in Mobile, Ala., Greensboro, N.C., and Everett, Wash., among many others.

UFO Press Conference: Aliens Interested in Our Nukes
This was not your run-of-the-mill Washington press conference. UFO researcher Robert Hastings organized a briefing yesterday (Sept. 27) to issue a warning about aliens having visited our nuclear facilities.

Odds of Life on Newfound Earth-size Planet 100%, Astronomer Says
An Earth-size planet has been spotted orbiting a nearby star at a distance that would makes it not too hot and not too cold — comfortable enough for life to exist, researchers announced today (Sept. 29).

Pakistan Cuts Off Nato Supply Route
Pakistan has blocked a vital supply route for international forces in Afghanistan in apparent retaliation for an alleged cross-border helicopter raid by Nato troops that killed three Pakistani frontier soldiers.

Pentagon Loses Control of Bombs to China Metal Monopoly
A senior manager at a company that churns out metals routinely used in U.S. smart bombs pauses in mid-sentence when his phone rings: a Wall Street stockbroker looking for information.

AIG Announces Plan to Repay US Rescue With Stock
American International Group Inc. agreed to wind down its $182.3 billion bailout by converting the Treasury Department stake into common shares for sale, a step toward independence for the insurer whose near collapse two years ago threatened the global economy.

Pregnant Women to be Vaccinated Against Flu for First Time
The H1N1 swine flu strain is expected to be the predominant strain of flu circulating this year as has happened in past pandemics and is contained in the seasonal jab for this winter.

Authorities Plan to Trawl Phone Calls and Emails for Signs of 'Resentment Toward Government'
Do you resent the government for enforcing Obamacare or raising your taxes?

Despite Clinton Pledge, State Dept to Pay Out Billions More to Mercs
A new multibillion-dollar private security contract to protect U.S. diplomats is “about to drop” as early as this week, say two State Department sources, who requested anonymity because the contract is not yet finalized and they are not authorized to speak with the press.

Congress Punts Tough Choice Until After Election
A deeply unpopular Congress is bolting for the campaign trail without finishing its most basic job - approving a budget for the government year that begins on Friday.

Senator Franken Sends Letter to Bernake, Bair and Holder Demanding Criminal Charges for All Responsible for Biggest Alleged Mortgage Fraud In History
The biggest financial story which continues to get absolutely no mention on CNBC just got its latest multi-step escalation: Senator Al Franken has just blasted a letter to Tim Geithner, Shaun Donovan, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Eric Holder, John Walsh, Controller of the Currency, Sheila Bair, and, drumroll, Ben Bernanke, telling the recipients that "each of your agencies has an important role to play in addressing this egregious situation and holding all appropriate actors fully accountable.

Meredith Whitney Predicts 80,000 Layoffs for Wall St (Bonuses Will Disappoint)
Whitney really does her homework (one of the few on the Street that does) before throwing out numbers like this, so you have to think she is probably right in the ball park as to what is going to happen.

Nearly One in Four Second-Quarter Home Sales a Foreclosure
Nearly one in every four U.S. homes sold in the second quarter was a deeply discounted foreclosed house, putting the market on pace to work through distressed properties in about three years, RealtyTrac said.

Locked and Loaded: The Secret World of Extreme Militias
Camouflaged and silent, the assault team inched toward a walled stone compound for more than five hours, belly-crawling the last 200 yards.

Iraq Will Announce a Massive Increase In Oil Reserves on Monday
Iraq's oil minister Hussain al-Shahristani said he would hold a press conference on Monday to announce a "big increase" in projected oil reserves, according to Reuters.

Strategic Defaults Are Real, Growing and Scary
In my last article, we examined the shadow inventory to determine how many distressed properties (not on MLS) were almost certain to be forced onto the market in the not-to-distant future.

Here It Comes: Title Insurance Problems
I suspect this is going to spread fast, given that this "wee problem" is NOT specific to GMAC and Ally. In fact, JP Morgan/Chase has reported "similar discrepancies", and then today we had my report on a ruling from a court in which a counterfeit summons was issued not by the court, but by a law firm.

Capital Controls Eyed as Global Currency Wars Escalate
Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Colombia, Korea, Taiwan, South Africa, Russia and even Poland are either intervening directly in the exchange markets to prevent their currencies rising too far, or examining what options they have to stem disruptive inflows.

McDonald's Says It May Drop Health Plan
McDonald's Corp. has warned federal regulators that it could drop its health insurance plan for nearly 30,000 hourly restaurant workers unless regulators waive a new requirement of the U.S. health overhaul.

Wal-Mart's Prices Rise to Highest in Almost Two Years
Wal-Mart Stores Inc.’s prices rose in September to the highest level in at least 21 months, according to JPMorgan Chase & Co., as the world’s largest retailer scaled back discounts from earlier this year.

NATO Says Aircraft Entered Pakistan, Killed 'Armed Individuals'
NATO aircraft crossed the border into Pakistan on Thursday morning and killed "several armed individuals", the alliance said in a statement, after Pakistan said a cross-border airstrike killed three border guards.

More Families, Friends Move in Together
The Grundy family seemed to be headed down the conventional path followed by American families: Daughter goes to college, graduates, gets a job and her own apartment.

Stuxnet's 'Cyber Superweapon' Moves to China
A computer virus dubbed the world's "first cyber superweapon" by experts and which may have been designed to attack Iran's nuclear facilities has found a new target -- China.

In a Computer Worm, a Possible Biblical Clue
Deep inside the computer worm that some specialists suspect is aimed at slowing Iran’s race for a nuclear weapon lies what could be a fleeting reference to the Book of Esther, the Old Testament tale in which the Jews pre-empt a Persian plot to destroy them.

Massive Fisher Price Recall; More Than 10 Million Toys
More than 10 million children's toys have been recalled by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the toys' manufacturer Fisher Price, the CPSC announced today.

1099 Supply Shock for Gold Buyers
The 1099 reform in the health care bill passed by Congress and signed by the President has turned the physical gold market upside down.

Competing Currency War in View
Some prefatory stories are highly revealing. Bank of America is badly on the ropes. On the same weekend at the end of July, when the Bank For Intl Settlements executed a 340 ton gold swap contract, two other events happened.

China Currency: House Votes to Slap Tarrifs on China
Lawmakers vote 348 to 79 to open the way for the U.S. to slap tariffs on Chinese goods. But the bill faces an uncertain fate in the Senate and White House. The move risks retaliation, and some say it may not help the economy.

Obama: Fox News is 'Destructive' to America
President Obama is pulling no punches when it comes to Fox News, declaring the cable news outlet to be "destructive to [America's] long-term growth."

POM Wonderful Under Attack by FTC Over Truthful Health Claims
The FTC has never met a natural product it didn't want to destroy, it seems.

Age Related Hearing Loss Halted With Folate Nutrient
Hearing loss is the most common sensory disorder in the United States, and more than 36 million Americans have lost some of their hearing.

Breastfeeding Better Than Vaccines at Preventing Infection
Researchers in Greece are urging mothers to exclusively breastfeed their babies for at least the first six months of their lives, based on new research findings.

Think Your Exposure to BPA is Minimal and Harmless? Think Again
Some recent reports about the dangers of the plastic chemical bisphenol A (BPA) insist that people not worry because overall exposure is limited, they say.

Eating Nuts Lowers Cholesterol
Making nuts a regular part of your diet may help lower your cholesterol, according to a study conducted by researchers from Loma Linda University and published in the hives of Internal Medicine

Skin Cancer Risk from Tanning Beds is Miniscule
The media have widely exaggerated the skin cancer risks of tanning beds says Ivan Oransky, editor of Reuters Health and treasurer of the Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ), writing on the AHCJ blog Covering Health.



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