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Today in History - Wednesday - October 31, 2012
1864 - Nevada became the 36th state to join the U.S.
1868 - Postmaster General Alexander Williams Randall approved a standard uniform for postal carriers.
1914 - The Ottoman Empire (Turkey) joined the Central Powers (Germany, Austria-Hungary, and Bulgaria).
1922 - Benito Mussolini became prime minister of Italy.
1940 - The British air victory in the Battle of Britain prevented Germany from invading Britain.
1941 - Mount Rushmore was declared complete after 14 years of work. At the time the 60-foot busts of U.S. Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln were finished.
1941 - The U.S. Navy destroyer Reuben James was torpedoed by a German submarine near Iceland. The U.S. had not yet entered World War II. More than 100 men were killed.
1952 - The U.S. detonated its first hydrogen bomb.
1959 - Lee Harvey Oswald, a former U.S. Marine from Fort Worth, TX, announced that he would never return to the U.S. At the time he was in Moscow, Russia.
1968 - U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson ordered a halt to all U.S. bombing of North Vietnam.
1983 - The U.S. Defense Department acknowledged that during the U.S. led invasion of Grenada, that a U.S. Navy plane had mistakenly bombed a civilian hospital.
1984 - Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated near her residence by two Sikh security guards. Her son, Rajiv, was sworn in as prime minister.
1992 - In Liberia, it was announced that five American nuns had been killed near Monrovia. Rebels loyal to Charles Taylor were blamed for the murders.
1994 - 68 people were killed when an American Eagle ATR-72, plunged into a northern Indiana farm.
1997 - Louise Woodward, British au pair, was sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of second-degree murder in the death of 8-month-old Matthew Eappen. She was released after her sentence was reduced to manslaughter.
1998 - Iraq announced that it was halting all dealings with U.N. arms inspectors. The inspectors were investigating the country's weapons of mass destruction stemming from Iraq's invasion of Kuwait in 1990.
1999 - Egypt Air Flight 990 crashed off the coast of Nantucket, MA, killing all 217 people aboard.
1999 - Leaders from the Roman Catholic Church and the Lutheran Church signed the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification. The event ended a centuries-old doctrinal dispute over the nature of faith and salvation.
2001 - Microsoft and the U.S. Justice Department reached a tentative agreement to settle the antitrust case against the software company.

World News

US, Japan to hold joint military drill
Press TV - Japan and the United States will hold a biennial joint military exercise in Japan in November in a move likely to further anger China amid heightened tensions between the two Asian giants over disputed islets in the East China Sea. About 37,400 military personnel from Japan will join some 10,000 U.S. troops in the November 5-16 drill, an official at Japan's Self-Defense Forces said.

Protesters storm Libyan parliament
RT - Protesters have stormed Libya's parliament forcing it to postpone a vote on a new Cabinet. The incident highlights the ongoing struggle new leaders face to bring the country under full control. About 100 civilians and self-proclaimed rebels broke in the building of the National General Congress on Tuesday facing little resistance, AP reports.

Show-stopper: Greek journalists go on strike, alleging state censorship
RT - The embattled Greek government faces another strike – this time from journalists. Greek state television staff have begun work stoppages to protest what they say is increasing government censorship. The country has been shaken by two separate scandals in quick succession, in which authorities were seen as being heavy-handed and using selective justice to punish political dissenters.

Man Lives Everyone's Fantasy And Successfully Sues Telemarketers For Wasting His Time
Business Insider - A British man lived out every phone-owner's dream and successfully sued telemarketers for wasting his time. In fact, Richard Herman made the companies pay an invoice of £10 for every minute wasted. (Plus court fees). Even though Herman was listed with the Telephone Preference Services, which is like the Do Not Call list in the U.S., he was getting call after call from telemarketers [video].... This isn't the first time someone successfully sued telemarketers. In 2007, André-Tascha Lammé was awarded $6,000 from mortgage brokers who avoided his request to be on a do not call list.

Iran dispatches warships to Sudan after Israeli airstrike on missile base
Telegraph - Iran risked Israeli military retaliation Monday with the dispatch of a naval task force to Sudan just days after a widely reported airstrike by the Jewish state against a missile base run by Tehran in Khartoum.

Iran bans export of 50 goods as sanctions bite: report
DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran banned the export of around 50 basic goods, its media said on Tuesday, as the country takes steps to preserve supplies of essential items in the face of tightening Western sanctions.... Iranian traders will no longer be able to export goods including wheat, flour, sugar, and red meat, as well as aluminium and steel ingots, according to a letter from Deputy Industry Minister Seyyed Javad Taghavi published in Iranian media on Tuesday.

On Eve of Austerity Vote, Greek Newspapers Expose Billions in Overseas Banks
Common Dreams - Greek journalist goes to court for publishing names of country's elite hiding billions in overseas accounts. Greek news outlets expose over 2,000 wealthy citizens who have more than 2 billion euros ($2.58bn) in Swiss bank accounts. The so-called "Laguarde list" was published on the eve of a new Parliament vote over a new 13.5 billion euro austerity package.

Traces of explosives found on wreckage of jet that crashed in Russia two years ago, killing Polish president
Daily Mail - Polish investigators have found traces of explosives on the wreckage of a government jet that crashed in Russia two years ago, killing Poland's president and 95 others, Polish media claimed today. Poland's Rzeczpospolita newspaper said prosecutors and explosive experts who examined the remains of the plane in Russia found signs of TNT and nitroglycerin on the wings and in the cabin, including on 30 seats.

There's A Huge Plan In The Works To Give The UN Control Of The Internet
Business Insider - When delegates gather in Dubai in December for an obscure UN agency meeting, fighting is expected to be intense over proposals to rewrite global telecom rules to effectively give the United Nations control over the Internet. Russia, China and other countries back a move to place the Internet under the authority of the International Telecommunications Union, a UN agency that sets technical standards for global phone calls.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

VIDEO: Facebook Censors Navy SEALs to Protect Obama on Benghazi-Gate
Breitbart - Over the weekend, Facebook took down a message by the Special Operations Speaks PAC (SOS) which highlighted the fact that Obama denied backup to the forces being overrun in Benghazi. The message was contained in a meme which demonstrated how Obama had relied on the SEALS when he was ready to let them get Osama bin Laden, and how he had turned around and denied them when they called for backup on Sept 11.

Drones set to share sky with domestic air traffic
BBC - Tests have been carried out to see whether military drones can mix safely in the air with passenger planes. The tests involved a Predator B drone fitted with radio location systems found on domestic aircraft that help them spot and avoid other planes. The tests will help to pave the way for greater use of drones in America's domestic airspace. The flight tests took place off the coast of Florida in early August, but details have only just been released. The Predator B used in the tests is a modified version of the Guardian drone typically used by the US navy. While such robot planes have been widely used in war zones and on military operations, their use over native soil has been restricted.

NYT on Hurricane Sandy: We’re Doomed Without FEMA and Big Government
Kurt Nimmo - Hurricane Sandy’s blustery entrance and exit gave the New York Times the opportunity to climb up on its soapbox and celebrate FEMA and large government. It also provided the establishment’s Newspaper of Record the chance to slam Romney for his insincere campaign rhetoric on states’ rights.

Missing Ben Swann YouTube Videos
Ben Swann: A lot of people are asking about the Reality Check videos on Youtube. Reality Check will no longer be posted to Youtube, you can find the entire archive of Reality Check shows here.... UPDATE: Hey everyone... just want to give you an update on what is going on here. I just talked with my bosses and they understand that the viewing experience on Youtube may be a bit easier for some than it is on our website. Over the next few weeks, Fox19 WILL BEGIN populating a Fox19 youtube page with Reality Check videos! I will keep you updated on that process.

VIDEO: BREAKING INTEL: Military Officer says Obama gave “Stand Down” order during Benghazi Attack. CIA Corroborates. 2 Navy Admirals Plot Coup!!
Investment Watch - MUST SEE, WITH TRANSCRIPT: MILITARY OFFICER WITH INSIDE INFO PUTS BLAME ON OBAMA FOR DENYING BENGHAZI RESCUE, ‘STAND DOWN’ ORDER. This is from a call into the Rush Limbaugh show today…Barack Obama: Guilty of Negligent Homicide.

Obama Issues Executive Order Merging Federal and Corporate Effort in War on Terror
Kurt Nimmo - Obama has again violated the Constitution by signing yet another executive order – he has passed down 141 to date – this time expanding the “pools of ineptitude, waste and civil liberties intrusions” perpetuated by the Department of Homeland Security. Obama’s October 26 EO establishing a White House Security Partnership Council is classic fascism, or what Mussolini called corporatism — the “merger of state and corporate power.” It creates local partnerships between federal and private institutions “to address homeland security challenges.”

Report: Fast and Furious Product of DOJ ‘deliberate strategy’ Laid Out by Holder, Other Obama Officials
Daily Caller - The latest congressional report on Operation Fast and Furious found that the gunwalking-program-turned-scandal was the result of a “deliberate strategy created at the highest levels of the Justice Department aimed at identifying the leaders of a major gun trafficking ring.” The report is the second installment in a three-part series from Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Sen. Chuck Grassley and House oversight committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa.

Welcome to America: Texas Police Sniper Guns Down Immigrants From Helicopter - Remember a few months ago how a DEA helicopter was used to gun down two pregnant women and two 14-yr-old boys in Honduras because they were "suspected" of being drug dealers? Well, those same tactics are now being used in America. After being pulled over for having a suspect "covered truck bed," a vehicle which fled from Texas game wardens was shot at by Texas "Department of Public Safety" agents with a sniper rifle from a helicopter. While the police claim they were intending to disable the car, they instead killed two passengers, and sent another to the hospital. No drugs were found, and the DPS says their shooting was "within policy."

Cop Tasers 10-Year-Old Boy For Refusing to Clean Patrol Car
Steve Watson - The boy’s legal guardian, Rachel Higgins, claims that Officer Chris Webb shot the boy, referred to as “R.D.”, with a 50,000 volt stun gun while visiting on a “career day” at Tularosa New Mexico Intermediate School on May 4. The complaint notes that the officer approached a group of boys and asked which of them wanted to clean his car. When R.D. said he had no desire to clean the patrol vehicle, Officer Webb is claimed to have stated “‘Let me show you what happens to people who do not listen to the police.’”

The Prison System Expands at Frightening Pace Following Declaration of War on Drugs
Activist Post - Like all big businesses, private prisons invest heavily in government lobbying to ensure an ever increasing supply of new customers, in this case prisoners. Currently, private prison companies are negotiating with states to buy and manage public prisons, if in exchange the state can promise occupancy rates remain above 90 percent for at least 20 years. This of course only adds to incentivize the states to prosecute more citizens for more crimes. The Corrections Corporation of America’s annual filing even admits this is their goal.

2012 Election News

Reality Check: Could One Ohio County Decide The Entire Presidential Election?
FOX19 - There has been a lot of talk over the past 24 hours about the possibility that next week's Presidential election could be moved because of super-storm Sandy. Tonight, Ben is investigating whether that is easier said than done? And who could ultimately make that decision?

VIDEO: Gov. Gary Johnson at Colorado University, October 29, 2012
Liberty Crier - Libertarian Party presidential candidate and former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson visited the University of Colorado at Boulder on Monday evening.

Romney embraces executive authority
Washington Times - Facing off in last week’s foreign policy debate, Mitt Romney nodded in agreement with much of what President Obama has done with his powers as chief executive — including a full-on embrace of the president’s claim to sole authority to expand drone strikes to kill terrorist suspects. The Republican presidential nominee has reserved the right to deploy U.S. military power to world hot spots, as Mr. Obama did in Libya, and to greenlight unilateral action against Iran. To the dismay of civil liberties activists, he has shifted his position on indefinite detention, agreeing with the president that U.S. citizens deemed “enemy combatants” are not entitled to habeas corpus.

Bloomberg News: Romney ‘rented’ Mormon church’s exemption to defer taxes for 15 years
Current TV - Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney used a loophole to “rent” the Mormon church’s tax exemption status and defer paying taxes for 15 years, according to a new report. ax returns obtained by Bloomberg News through a Freedom of Information Act request indicated that Romney set up a charitable remainder unitrust (CRUT) in June 1996 just before Congress cracked down on the loophole in 1997.


Keynesian Economics Professor Tells Hurricane Victims “It’s Good For The Economy”
In the midst of a storm that has the whole east coast torn apart, a mainstream economics professor and Columnist took the opportunity to provide the world with a perfect example of “the broken window fallacy”. In his new article “The Economic Impact of Hurricane Sandy … Not All Bad News“, Professor Peter Morici puts forward the idea that the clean up following Hurricane Sandy will stimulate economic growth, and thus be good for the economy.... This is one of the arguments that we typically hear to defend war. People say that war is good for the economy because it creates jobs.

Occupy Wall Street Protest

'Occupy Sandy': People unite in wake of superstorm devastation
RT - OWS has called on anyone with "experience in or tools for medical and psychological services, electrician work, plumbing, construction, financial or legal services, debris and tree removal, childcare, transportation, senior services or language skills" to sign up at one of three current sites in the Lower East Side in Manhattan, Red Hook in Brooklyn, and Astoria in Queens – all of which are along the waterfront and experienced flooding.

Energy & Environment

AUDIO: Special Edition: Exactly what happened at Fukushima is going on at NJ nuclear plant, except now reactor is in refueling - Gundersen
ENENews - Nuclear Expert Arnie Gundersen, Fairewinds Energy Education: That would be worse case scenario. If Oyster Creek wasn’t in a refueling and this tidal surge hit, it’s exactly what happened at Fukushima Daiichi at that point. You’ve lost off-site power and you can’t cool the nuclear reactor because these pumps were flooded. We can all be thankful that the plant was in a refueling outage.

Sandy Cuts Wide Swath of Damage
WSJ - Megastorm Sandy's march of destruction claimed at least 43 lives and left more than eight million people without electricity by late Tuesday, in one of the largest storms ever to strike the East Coast. Diminished but still dangerous, the storm churned across Pennsylvania on Tuesday in an arc toward Canada, and the northeastern U.S. began its slow process of recovery. In New York, financial markets were expected to resume trading Wednesday, though big chunks of the city are without electricity and its vast network of subways remains idled by historic flooding.

Who believes Hurricane Sandy was/was not caused by global warming? - This list of who’s who is instructive to review. It says a lot about credibility of the “Sandy was caused by global warming” argument being pushed by activists and media. Compare who’s pushing the agenda versus who isn’t buying into the hype.... From this comparison it seems clear that activists are pushing the idea that Hurricane Sandy is cased by AGW/Global Warming. But what about the hundreds of other storms?

HAMP: Homeland Security’s Research Project on Hurricane Modification
Melissa Melton - While the debate rages regarding whether or not the U.S. government uses weather manipulation technology to steer storms like Hurricane Sandy, further evidence shows the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has been engaged in research to do just that for years. In 2008, an article in New Scientist discussed a new DHS project that funded research into guiding and directing the intensity of hurricanes.

UPDATE 4-Sandy curtails US nuclear plants, oldest under alert
Reuters - Hurricane Sandy slowed or shut a half-dozen U.S. nuclear power plants, while the nation's oldest facility declared a rare "alert" after the record storm surge pushed flood waters high enough to endanger a key cooling system. Exelon Corp's 43-year-old Oyster Creek plant in New Jersey remains on "alert" status, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) said early Tuesday. It is only the third time this year that the second-lowest of four emergency action levels was triggered. "Oyster Creek is still in an alert but may be getting out of it as long as water levels continue to drop," NRC spokesman Neil Sheehan told Reuters.


Whooping Cough Epidemic Caused by Virulent New Pertussis Strain—And It’s the Result of Vaccine
Gaia Health - The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) would prefer that you remain unaware of a couple of highly significant facts about the whooping cough resurgence. It is most likely caused by the pertussis vaccine andit’s ten times more deadly than the original variety.

Texas cancer researchers resign in disgust over cancer profiteering, commercialization
(NaturalNews) A major rift has formed at the Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT), one of the largest publicly-funded efforts by a state government to promote conventional cancer research and drug development, after 33 scientists, including the group's chief scientific officer, suddenly resigned from their posts. According to the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), the group's research arm has been clashing with its oversight arm over how funds are to be disbursed, with many raising qualms about increasing commercialization and profiteering taking place within the organization.

Emergency first aid checklist: Herbs, medicines and tools for holistic medical safety in any crisis
(NaturalNews) In the aftermath of superstorm Sandy, which has devastated many parts of the East coast, we've been receiving a flood of calls and emails asking about emergency preparedness items for first aid and natural medicine. Here, I've put together a quick checklist of things you'll want to acquire (or grow) to add to your emergency medicine collection.

Aspartame is linked to leukemia and lymphoma in new landmark study on humans
(NaturalNews) As few as one diet soda daily may increase the risk for leukemia in men and women, and for multiple myeloma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma in men, according to new results from the longest-ever running study on aspartame as a carcinogen in humans.

Eating for Energy: 10 High Energy Foods to Boost Energy and Your Workout
Natural Society - For those of you continuing your workouts despite the growing chill: firstly, congratulations. Secondly, be sure that you’re getting the most out of your exercise, not only through activity level or type but through diet. The following 10 high energy foods are sure to amp your day, whether boosting up a workout or staying alert and awake. Eating for energy IS possible.

Home remedies from herbal teas and grocery foods dissolve kidney stones and reverse renal failure
(NaturalNews) Kidney stones develop from waste matter hardening and becoming attached to the inside wall of the kidney. Most kidney stones remain unnoticed until becoming dislodged, getting caught in a ureter or other passageway, while moving through the body during urination. Most diseases of the kidneys remain unnoticed until the problem is severe. You can make a variety of home remedies using herbs and common foods to alleviate a wide range of kidney disorders, including dissolving stones and restoring renal activity.

Lobelia gets scientists' attention as an antimicrobial and anti-convulsive for epilepsy
(NaturalNews) Traditional herbalists consider lobelia to be one of the most powerful and useful herbs on the planet, and use it in a variety of herbal formulas. Lobelia is an adaptogen, or "thinking" herb, meaning it will take the beneficial phytochemicals in other herbs with it to the places in the body which need healing. Lobelia is one of the best herbs for removing congestion, whether in the respiratory tract or in the central nervous system. It is also an effective detoxifying herb.

New study reveals that every single junk food meal damages your arteries
UdeM News - A single junk food meal – composed mainly of saturated fat – is detrimental to the health of the arteries, while no damage occurs after consuming a Mediterranean meal rich in good fats such as mono-and polyunsaturated fatty acids, according to researchers at the University of Montreal-affiliated ÉPIC Center of the Montreal Heart Institute.... Dr. Nigam and his team found that after eating the junk food meal, the arteries of the study participants dilated 24% less than they did when in the fasting state. In contrast, the arteries were found to dilate normally and maintain good blood flow after the Mediterranean-type meal.

PHOTOS: The little boy who lost 65% of his skin and spent three days on life-support - all because he took ibuprofen
Daily Mail - An 11-year-old boy suffered 65 per cent burns to his body after suffering a horrific allergic reaction to the painkiller ibuprofen. Calvin Lock reacted so severely to the over-the-counter medicine that he was put on a life support machine for three days and rushed to a specialist burns hospital. The youngster, from Littleport, Cambridgeshire, is now making a good recovery after his terrifying brush with death.

Science & Technology

Big Sis looks to draft ‘digital militia’
A cyber skills task force commissioned by DHS has recommended the government form a reserve army of cyber specialists from across government, industry and academia to address cyber emergencies. DHS, seeing a need to involve other elements of the country into cyber warfare preparations, originally commissioned the task force to study different methods of obtaining expert help quickly in case of an attack. Commissioning this study may be in response to recent congressional study on the possibility of a digital Pearl Harbor attack being launched on the United States.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

How to Preserve Your Food Without Electricity
Natural Society - Whether you're facing Hurricane Sandy or not, it is essential to know at least a few ways in which you can preserve your food without any electricity. The good news is that you don't have to let all the items in your refrigerator or freezer rot.

Today in History - Tuesday - October 30, 2012
1735 - John Adams, the second President of the United States, was born in Braintree, MA. His son became the sixth President of the U.S.
1831 - Escaped slave Nat Turner was apprehended in Southampton County, VA, several weeks after leading the bloodiest slave uprising in American history.
1875 - The constitution of Missouri was ratified by popular vote.
1893 - The U.S. Senate gave final approval to repeal the Sherman Silver Purchase Act of 1890.
1894 - The time clock was patented by Daniel M. Cooper of Rochester, NY.
1943 - In Moscow, a declaration was signed by the Governments of the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, the United States and China called for an early establishment of an international organization to maintain peace and security. The goal was supported on December 1, 1943, at a meeting in Teheran.
1944 - Martha Graham's ballet "Appalachian Spring" premiered at the Library of Congress.
1945 - The U.S. government announced the end of shoe rationing.
1953 - General George C. Marshall was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
1961 - The Soviet Union tested a hydrogen bomb with a force of approximately 58 megatons.
1961 - The Soviet Party Congress unanimously approved an order to remove Joseph Stalin's body from Lenin's tomb.
1972 - U.S. President Richard Nixon approved legislation to increase Social Security spending by $5.3 billion.
1972 - In Illinois, 45 people were killed when two trains collided on Chicago's south side.
1975 - The New York Daily News ran the headline "Ford to City: Drop Dead." The headline came a day after U.S. President Gerald R. Ford said he would veto any proposed federal bailout of New York City.
1982 - Portugal's constitution was revised for the first time since it was ratified on April 25, 1976.
1984 - In Poland, police found the body of kidnapped pro-Solidarity priest Father Jerry Popieluszko. His death was blamed on four security officers.
1989 - Mitsubishi Estate Company announced it would buy 51 percent of Rockefeller Group Inc. of New York.
1993 - Martin Fettman, America's first veterinarian in space, performed the world's first animal dissections in space, while aboard the space shuttle Columbia.
1993 - The United Nations deadline concerning ousted Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide passed with country's military still in control.
1995 - Federalist prevailed over separatists in Quebec in a referendum concerning secession from the federation of Canada.
1998 - The terrorist who hijacked a Turkish Airlines plane and the 39 people on board was killed when anti-terrorist squads raided the plane.

World News

Syrian regime attacks strategic northern city
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian warplanes pounded a strategic northern city with three airstrikes Tuesday as ground troops pushed forward to recapture the area recently taken by rebels, activists said. The fighting over Maaret al-Numan, which sits along the main highway that connects Aleppo and Damascus, comes as the regime intensifies efforts to retake the area that was seized by rebels earlier this month.

Sudan raid bears hallmarks of Israel
Press TV - The recent air attack on the Yarmouk munitions plant outside Khartoum bears all the hallmarks of an Israeli military operation against a sovereign nation.... At least one Israeli electronic-countermeasure aircraft, reportedly a specially-outfitted Gulfstream, flew with the bombers to jam radar systems in Egypt and in Sudan, particularly those systems that engage defensive surface-to-air missiles in and around Khartoum. Israeli search and rescue aircraft were deployed over the Red Sea to assist any downed Israeli crews. Israel has neither confirmed nor denied it attacked Sudan.

VIDEO: "Israel plays barbaric games in Gaza': Activist
Press TV - A prominent Gaza-based pro-Palestinian activist says that Gazans are under heavy psychological pressure from Israel just because they pursue their member state bid at the UN. The comments come as the Israeli warplanes have again carried out new airstrikes on the Gaza Strip in an unabated wave of aggression against the besieged territory.

Regional countries must shut their airspace to Israeli regime: Iran
Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast has urged regional countries not to allow their airspace to be used by the Israeli regime for carrying out crimes against other nations. At his weekly press conference on Tuesday, Mehmanparast slammed International organizations and Western powers for their silence on Israel’s “aggressions against regional countries.”

Crowd control: Bahrain bans all public gatherings
RT - Bahraini authorities have prohibited protest gatherings and rallies until further notice, a day after police cracked down heavily on demonstrators, once again during the 20-month fatality-riddled unrest. The statement made by the country’s Interior Ministry did not define precise measures that could be taken should new protests occur.

VIDEO: Turkish police teargas thousands-strong secularist demo
RT - Tear gas and water cannons met thousands of protesters in Ankara who had staged a pro-secular rally on Republic Day. The clashes mark a growing gap between the Islam-leaning government and the country's secular layers.... The capital’s governor last week banned a planned pro-secular rally citing fears that “some groups may seek to incite anarchy in the country.” But Monday, over 30 civil society groups, led by the Youth Union of Turkey, still took to the streets.

Ship Carrying Gold Ore Goes Missing in Far East
The Moscow Times - A freight ship carrying 700 tons of gold ore and a crew of eight has gone missing in the Sea of Okhotsk in the Far East, emergency officials said Monday. The freighter, the Amurskaya, triggered an emergency beacon around 2:50 p.m. Sunday and then disappeared from radars, Interfax reported. The ship was bound for the port of Okhotsk, in the Khabarovsk region, and traveling near the Shantar Islands when it vanished.

Spain economy shrinks in third quarter
Press TV - Official data show Spain’s economy shrunk by 0.3% in the third quarter of the year, 2012, as the country continues to grapple with economic woes.

Swiss bank UBS to cut as many as 10,000 jobs
GENEVA (AP) -- Swiss banking giant UBS AG is to cut as many as 10,000 employees, or some 15 percent of its staff, to drastically shrink its ailing investment bank. The news of the layoffs came as Switzerland's biggest bank posted another big loss for the third quarter. It said Tuesday that the job cuts are part of a strategy to shore up profits.

US military chief oversees joint drill in Israel
Press TV - U.S. Army General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is holding meetings in Israel during the largest joint military exercise between the two countries. “The security ties between Israel and the U.S. are deeper and stronger than they have been for many years,” Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said in an e-mailed statement from his office after meeting Dempsey yesterday.

Canadian police urge Parliament to pass domestic spying bill
RT - Police across Canada are urging Ottawa to resurrect a controversial Internet surveillance bill that would allow them to monitor Canadians' digital activities in real-time without a warrant. The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police has made a plea to on the federal government to pass Bill C-30, also known as the Protecting Children from Internet Predators Act ahead of a gathering by the provincial and federal justice ministers next week.... Critics claimed that the authorities would likely use the powers to harass peaceful protestors and activists.

Fukushima ‘running out of space’ to store dirty water
Morning Star - Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant is struggling to find space to store tens of thousands of tons of highly contaminated water, it emerged today. About 200,000 tons of radioactive water used to cool the broken reactors are being stored in hundreds of gigantic tanks built around the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant. Operator Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) has already chopped down trees to make room for more tanks and predicts the volume will more than triple within three years.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

McCain: Obama Might Be Conducting ‘Massive Cover-Up’ With Libya Attack
CBS News - Sen. John McCain claims the Obama administration might be conducting a “massive cover-up” with the deadly terror attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.... “I don’t know if it’s either a cover-up or the worst kind of incompetence, which doesn’t qualify the president as commander in chief,” McCain said. The Republican senator was primarily talking about statements the administration made early after the attack where U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice said the Consulate attack was a “spontaneous” event caused by the anti-Mohammed film that caused massive protests across the Middle East.

Micro-Drones Combined With DNA Hacking Could Create A Very Scary Future
Business Insider - Sightings of insect-sized micro drones have been occurring for years, but combined with the direction of genome sequencing outlined in this Atlantic piece — the pair make for a futuristic and potentially deadly mix.... While we can go on listing roachbots, swarming nano drones, and synchronized MIT robots — private trader and former software engineer Alan Lovejoy points out that the future of nano drones could become even more unsettling.... Lovejoy says "Such a device could be controlled from a great distance and is equipped with a camera, microphone. It could land on you and then use its needle to take a DNA sample."

VIDEO: While the MSM keep us distracted with Hurricane Sandy, "Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer: My sources tell me Obama was in the room watching Benghazi attack - Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer said tonight that his sources tell him that Obama was one of the people in the room watching the Benghazi attack go down and both he and Col. David Hunt agree it would have taken an order by the president to intervene. Further, Col. Hunt said that we were only 20 min away by jet and a couple of hours away by AC-130 gunships and special forces, and the decision not to intervene had to be political.

Half of military drones may broadcast unencrypted footage
RT - Only “30 to 50 percent” of the United States’ Predator and Reaper drones are using fully encrypted transmissions, a source familiar with the retrofitting effort tells Danger Room, adding that the United States’ missile-firing fleet of secret spy ships aren’t likely to be fully fixed until 2014, at which point US President Barack Obama says we will already be ending the war in Afghanistan.

1990s East Coast Hurricane Drill Named “Sandy” - The fictitious storm was modeled after the Hurricane of 1938. The “Long Island Express” was a Category 3 hurricane that hit Long Island and killed nearly 800 people cause nearly $5 billion in damages. The hurricane now projected to hit the New Jersey coast is being compared to the Long Island Express.... A web page has surfaced from 1996 (the date is time stamped on the page’s source code) with “texts of the simulated bulletins, forecasts, discussions and strike probabilities along with the hurricane’s track were sent home with the seminar attendees.

Gangs Plan Hurricane Looting Spree Via Twitter
Paul Joseph Watson - Scores of Twitter users have flooded the social networking site announcing their plans to go on looting sprees once Hurricane Sandy makes landfall, as the New York National Guard announced it would put troops on duty in Long Island to prevent such activity. 1,175 New York National Guard troops have been mobilized to “provide command and control and logistical support” in New York City, Long Island, the Hudson Valley and the Southern Tier.

2012 Election News

VIDEO: Gary Johnson: Be The 5 Percent
Liberty Crier - From the YouTube description: Two-term Governor, Gary Johnson needs 5 percent of the vote to break the two-party stranglehold. He will be on the ballot with Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. Cast a protest vote that counts. Be the 5 percent that changes America. LIVE FREE.

Obama accepts ‘Osama bin Laden’ donations
WND - Using a Pakistani Internet Protocol and proxy server, a disposable credit card and a fake address, “Osama bin Laden” has successfully donated twice to Barack Obama’s presidential re-election campaign. The “Bin Laden” donations, actually made by WND staff, included a listed occupation of “deceased terror chief” and a stated employer of “al-Qaida.”

Twitter Users Who Threatened to Kill Romney Still Active
Steve Watson - Twitter accounts belonging to Obama supporters who publicly threatened to assassinate the GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney are still active, indicating that the threats could have been overlooked. Scores of accounts remain active despite their owners having committed the felony, under Public Law 18 USC § 879, of knowingly and willfully threatening to kill a major candidate for the office of President.


VIDEO: Hurricane Sandy Threatens $20 Billion in Economic Damage
Bloomberg - Hurricane Sandy may cause as much as $20 billion in economic damage and losses as the biggest Atlantic storm floods homes, disrupts millions of fliers, and forces retailers to close stores. Insured losses may reach $5 billion to $10 billion, or about half of the total, according to the estimates today by Eqecat Inc., an Oakland, California-based provider of catastrophic risk models.

FDIC closes small bank in Pennsylvania - Regulators say they have closed a small bank in Pennsylvania, bringing to 47 the number of U.S. bank failures this year. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. on Friday seized NOVA Bank, based in Berwyn, Pa.... The failure of NOVA Bank is expected to cost the deposit insurance fund $91.2 million. The lender is the second FDIC-insured institution in Pennsylvania to fail this year.

Energy & Environment

NJ nuclear plant declares alert after storm surge
Press TV - America's oldest nuclear plant has declared an alert amid rising water levels from superstorm Sandy, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission says. The alert, the second-lowest of the four NRC action levels, was issued after water levels at New Jersey's Oyster Creek nuclear power plant rose more than six feet above sea level, high enough to affect the plant's water pumps, Reuters reports.

Hurricane Sandy lands in New Jersey, 13 people killed recently
Press TV - The US National Hurricane Center said on Monday that the megastorm made its landfall near Atlantic City about 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time and had maximum sustained winds of about 80mph.

AP - Hundreds of people are being evacuated after a levee broke in a northern New Jersey town early Tuesday. Bergen County executive chief of staff Jeanne Baratta tells The Record newspaper ( ) the entire town of Moonachie is under water and as many as 1,000 people could need to be evacuated.

VIDEO: Hurricane hammers NY: 6 dead, houses destroyed by fire, freak floods in subway
RT - Explosions, fires, and floods have devastated New York, killing at least six people state wide. As Hurricane Sandy hit the city it left over 50 houses ablaze, at least seven subway tunnels flooded, and overwhelmed the emergency services. Parts of Brooklyn, Manhattan and Staten Island are underwater as hurricane Sandy passes over New York. Much of the city is now without power, and mass transit has been shut down until further notice.

W.Va. blizzard warning as Appalachia storm blows
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- A blizzard warning covers a large part of West Virginia as snow and high winds blow over Appalachia on the edges of superstorm Sandy. The National Weather Service said Tuesday a foot and more of snow was reported in lower elevations of West Virginia, where most towns and roads are. High elevations in the mountains were getting more than two feet. More than 128,000 customers in West Virginia were without power.

'Frankenstorm' Sandy hits US: LIVE UPDATES
RT - Live updates and photos.


Plant-based diet helps prevent more than 60 percent of chronic disease deaths
(NaturalNews) Chronic illnesses including cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, and obesity account for nearly 65 percent of all deaths annually, according to the World Health Organization. Over the course of modern human history, forward thinking scientists have known that a diet largely consisting of plants, fruits, nuts and seeds promote optimal health, and when coupled with a healthy lifestyle, can prevent, and in many cases treat a wide variety of chronic diseases that kill millions every year.

The deceptive history of caramel coloring in our food supply
(NaturalHealth365) Have you heard the news about the dangers of caramel coloring? Contrary to popular belief, this cancer causing food additive is NOT from caramel candy. In fact, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has petitioned the United States Food and Drug Administration to ban this toxic poison from our food supply. This potentially carcinogenic compound, known as 4-methylimidazole, 4-MI or 4-MEI is in high amounts in Coke, Pepsi plus many other foods.

HPV Vaccines: Scientists Use Manufacturers’ Data to Prove Lack of Efficacy
Gaia Health - Using the manufacturers’ own studies designed to gain government approval, three real scientists shred it to demonstrate that neither Gardasil nor Cervarix can come close to demonstrating effectiveness in preventing cervical cancer.

How to Prevent a Stroke – What to Do and What Not to Do
Natural Society - A stroke occurs when blood supply to the brain is cut off. Keeping the vascular system healthy through exercise, and reducing inflammation and plaque deposits with a natural and holistic diet can do wonders in the prevention of stroke and heart disease. Also, eliminate things from your life that are known to be related to increased risk of stroke....

Eating beans and lentils daily balances blood sugar and prevents complications in diabetics
(NaturalNews) More evidence has emerged debunking the appropriateness of a whole grain-based diet for diabetics, which mainstream health authorities often recommend as beneficial for managing the disease. A new study out of Canada reveals that regularly eating beans, lentils, and other legumes instead of grains can help effectively promote and sustain healthy blood sugar and cholesterol levels, suggesting that diet alone may be all that is needed for many diabetics to properly manage and even cure their condition.

YouTube: Sleep Better Insomnia Acupressure Points
Michael Reed Gach, PhD. - This video clip gives you a couple of Acupressure points on the ankles to sedate your energy for counteracting insomnia, plus tips to help you get to sleep, or get back to sleep.

Sherwin-Williams, PPG Agree To Stop Lying To Consumers About ‘Zero VOC’ Paints
Consumerist - Many interior paints contain Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) in the form of solvents, some of which can be harmful to your health. So when a container of Dutch Boy Refresh paint proudly declares “Zero VOC,” one might reasonably think “Yay, no volatile organic compounds for me.” Well… maybe so, maybe not.

Science & Technology

For DHS, Cybersecurity Education Begins in Kindergarten
CNS News - In a blog titled, “Inspiring the Next Generation of Cyber Professionals,” [Janet] Napolitano said, “In addition, we are extending the scope of cyber education beyond the federal workplace through the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education, involving students from kindergarten through post-graduate school.”

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Best Heirloom Pumpkins & Squashes
Organic Gardening - Pumpkins aren't just for jack-o'-lanterns. Add pumpkins and their squash siblings to your diet for a boost of beta-carotene and ample antioxidants. But before you hit the grocery store, farmers' market, or pumpkin patch, here's a primer on some little-known but lovely heirloom varieties.

Today in History - Monday - October 29, 2012
1863 - The International Committee of the Red Cross was founded.
1901 - Leon Czolgosz, the assassin of U.S. President McKinley, was electrocuted.
1923 - Turkey formally became a republic after the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire. 
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. The show replaced "The Camel News Caravan."
1960 - Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay) won his first professional fight.
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
1985 - It was announced that Maj. Gen. Samuel K. Doe had won the first multiparty election in Liberia.
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.
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 - The oldest known copy of Archimedes' work sold for $2 million at a New York auction.
2001 - KTLA broadcasted the first coast to coast HDTV network telecast.

World News

Iran bans to worsen world market: US
Press TV - The US Energy Department has warned that imposing oil embargoes on Iran would aggravate the dire conditions of the global oil market by widening the gap between supply and demand. The warning was made in a Saturday report by the US department’s Energy Information Administration (EIA).

Car bomb in Damascus suburb kills 10
BEIRUT (AP) -- A Syrian government official says a car bomb in a Damascus suburb has killed 10 people. The official said the blast on Monday in Jaramana also wounded 41 people and caused heavy damage. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media. The U.N. tried to broker a cease-fire over the four-day Eid al-Adha Muslim holiday, which ends on Monday. But the truce collapsed almost immediately after it was supposed to take effect.

Report: Iran has drone pictures of Israeli bases
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- A prominent Iranian lawmaker says Tehran has pictures of sensitive Israeli military bases taken by an unmanned aircraft launched by Lebanon's Hezbollah and downed by Israel earlier this month. Ismaeil Kowsari also says Iranian-backed Hezbollah possesses more sophisticated Iranian-made drones than the one downed, drones that can carry weapons.

Burma’s Leader Admits Deadly Attacks on Muslims
Guardian - Satellite images show huge swath of coastal town destroyed in a wave of violence which has left dozens dead. The pictures, acquired by Human Rights Watchshow destruction to the coastal town of Kyaukpyu in the country's west. They reveal an area of destruction 35 acres in size in which some 811 buildings and boats have been destroyed.

Canadian officials deny science, declare BPA chemical 'safe' after first claiming it to be 'toxic'
(NaturalNews) Keeping up with the latest science regarding chemical safety is apparently of little or no concern to the Canadian government, which recently declared the highly-toxic plastics chemical bisphenol-A (BPA) to be safe just two years after declaring it to be a toxin. In a report issued by Health Canada's Food Directorate, the agency has iterated its unfounded position that exposure to BPA in food packaging "is not expected to pose a health risk to the general population, including newborns and young children."

US has about 70 nuclear bombs in Turkey says report
Press TV - The United States deployed around seventy B61 nuclear bombs in Turkey, according to a Turkish news agency citing well informed sources. All of the bombs are deployed in the Turkish Incirlik air base in Adana, south of the country. The greater part of these bombs is the property of the U.S. army, and Washington reserves the right to use them in case of need, Haberturk news agency disclosed.

Turkey has US ‘teams,’ not troops - Suggestions by top U.S. commanders that Washington has sent military personnel to Turkey to assist on a variety of issues, ranging from Syria to outlawed militants, should not be understood as a deployment of U.S. troops in Turkey, a senior Turkish diplomat has said. The U.S. has at times sent teams to Turkey to assist on the issues of humanitarian zones, ballistic missile systems and Turkey’s anti-terror fight, Martin Dempsey, U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Oct. 26.

US drone attack kills four in Yemen
Press TV - Another U.S. assassination drone strike left at least four people dead in northern Yemen on Sunday. A local official said that a drone attacked two houses in the Abu Jabara area in Saada Province, killing four people. The Yemeni Defense Ministry's website confirmed that several people had been killed in an airstrike, but did not elaborate. The Chicago Tribune

Warrant out for Greek journalist over leak of politicians' alleged tax evasion
RT - Greek prosecutors have issued a warrant for the arrest of one of the country’s top journalists, after his publication Hot Doc released the so-called 'Lagarde list' containing the names of some 2,000 Greeks with funds hidden in Swiss bank accounts. Greek police aim to detain Kostas Vaxevanis, the owner and editor of Hot Doc, for alleged privacy violations from publishing the list of names dated to 2007. “Instead of arresting the tax evaders and the ministers who had the list in their hands, they are trying to arrest the truth and free journalism,” Vaxevanis said in an interview published online.

Netherlands’ Citizens Group Demands Central Bank Reveal Location of Country’s Gold Reserves - First Venezuela, then Germany, and now the Netherlands want their gold back. In the wake of this week’s ruling by the German Federal Accountability Office that Germany must repatriate and audit 150 tons of its gold reserves from the NY Fed over the next 3 years, a Netherlands citizens committee has filed a petition demanding the Central Bank release information ”on the quantity and storage location of the Netherlands’ physical gold, and on the extent and nature of the gold claims.”

VIDEO: India Is About to Start Building Its Thorium-Fueled Nuclear Power Plant - The Deccan Times reports: “Over the next five years, India plans to start building a safe nuclear reactor that can be installed in the heart of Delhi or Mumbai without posing danger to people and environment. The 300-MWe advanced heavy water reactor (AHWR), whose construction will start in the 12th plan period, would be so safe that it can be erected in the heart of any city, said S A Bhardwaj, director, Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd.”

VIDEO: This is why socialized medicine does NOT work - Healthcare Despair: UK losing faith in NHS amid system crisis
RT - In the UK trade unions have warned of 'massive industrial unrest' if a 2-year pay freeze in the health care system is extended. The authorities claim any rise in these difficult economic times is simply unaffordable. But a walkout would add to the woes of the National Health Services, which as Polly Boyko reports, is already loosing the trust of the people.

Could GM alfalfa take down the entire Canadian organic farming industry?
(NaturalNews) Organic farmers throughout the Canadian province of Ontario are counting the days until they officially lose their organic certifications as a result of potential commercial plantings of genetically-modified (GM) alfalfa. Like in the U.S., government officials in Canada recently approved plantings of GM alfalfa, even though the crop is wholly unnecessary, and will forever taint the integrity of non-GM and organic varieties of alfalfa, as well as other crops.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

VIDEO: U.S. Navy tests their version of drones as remote-controlled boat fires missiles for the first time
Daily Mail - The U.S. Navy has fired missiles from a remote-controlled boat for the very first time in tests which took place on Wednesday just off the Maryland coast. If successful, the system could be introduced as the navy's equivalent of the unmanned drone planes already used by the Air Force. Over three days of testing, six anti-armor Spike missiles were fired from the moving inflatable hulled watercraft at a floating target two miles away.

Declassified: Predator Drone Turns Itself On At Military Base
Intel Hub - Recently, The Washington Post has been running an investigative report on the U.S. military’s shadow wars throughout the Horn of Africa. This report includes an article series on drones, and the most recent installment of this series reveals various declassified incident reports in which drones have went haywire, crashing, misfiring, and in one case a drone even turned itself on.

VIDEO: Pakistan’s anti-drone campaigner Imran Khan removed from US airline for interrogation
RT - US immigration authorities have taken Pakistan’s former cricket superstar-turned-politician Imran Khan off a flight to New York and interrogated [for over 2 hours]. Khan is known for his anti-drone campaigning. Khan, who is now a popular political figure in Pakistan and ahead of the Pakistan Movement for Justice party (PTI), was removed from an American Airlines flight heading from Canada to New York and interrogated. Immigration officials asked him whether he was planning to protest in the US, as well as demanding to know his views on drone strikes and jihad.

GRAPHIC: Obama’s 284 Drone Strikes in Pakistan - A map of every reported drone strike in Pakistan.... Critics argue the drone strikes are an overextension of executive power, kill too many civilians, and breed more terrorism. Proponents, including Obama and Romney, say the drone strikes are necessary to prevent terrorism. The CIA recently proposed to expand the strike program into other regions.

'They brought in an army to take out a 16-year-old boy': Anguish of parents whose suicidal son was shot by SWAT sniper at his home
Daily Mail - Young Andrew Messina cracked after receiving a bad grade and upon returning home he grabbed his parents .357 Magnum and told his mother he wanted to end his life. Panicked, she called the police to come and talk him down, but instead, an army of deputies, an armoured tank and a sniper arrived at their Towne Lake home who eventually shot the boy dead after he smashed a door window with the handgun.

2012 Election News

Outrage: Obama Admin. Says Texans Can’t Arrest UN Observers Even if They Violate Texas Law - In a development that should outrage every red-blooded, patriotic American, the Obama Administration announced that international observers in the United States cannot be arrested by state law enforcement even if the United Nations representatives violate state law.

Free and Equal Elections Foundation Changes Presidential Debate to November 5 Due to Hurricane
Free and Equal Elections Foundation today announced the date of the second open-party Presidential debate has changed to November 5. The debate will feature Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein, a line-up decided by voters last week after the first debate between Johnson, Stein, Constitution Party candidate Virgil Goode, and Justice Party candidate Rocky Anderson. The November 5 debate will be held from 9:00pm to 10:30pm Eastern Time at RT America’s state of the art studio and facility. RT America will open its studio and offer a live, neutral feed via satellite to interested media.
* Related Article: Ralph Nader to Host ...

Libertarian Johnson's first national ad slams warmongering over Iran
Washington Times - Former New Mexico Gov. Gary E. Johnson, the Libertarian Party's candidate for president, has purchased air time on cable in the Washington, D.C., area and markets across the country to launch his first national television ad Friday night. The ad, titled "Cast a Vote for Peace," features voices of children in the background as the words "Right now in Iran a lot of little kids are about to die" flash onscreen in the 30-second spot. See Gary Johnson's ad here.

Absentee ballots may have been destroyed in crash
AP - Federal officials say that absentee ballots being sent to U.S. military serving in Afghanistan may have been burned in a plane crash. A top official in the Federal Voting Assistance Program this week notified election officials across the nation that a transport plane crashed at Shindad Air Base on Oct. 19. The crash resulted in the destruction of 4,700 pounds of mail inbound to troops serving in the area. --Federal officials in their email to state election offices said they did not know if any ballots were destroyed. They also said the lost mail was limited to one zip code.

YouTube: CNN mocks third-party candidates
RT - The two-party system has dominated the airwaves for decades. The last time a third-party candidate shared the stage with a Democrat and Republican was when Ross Perot was campaigning for the White House.


All U.S. Stock Markets Closed Monday Due to Sandy
MarketWatch - All U.S. stock and option trading will be closed on Monday because of Hurricane Sandy, with the move adding to earlier plans to close floor trading only. Markets may also remain closed Tuesday, reports said. The decision to keep the markets shut on Monday came after an agreement between the bourses, regulators and trading firms late Sunday. Earlier Sunday, exchanges said they would largely be open for electronic trading, while closing their trading floors.

Family of 'killer' nanny who 'stabbed children to death before attempting suicide' reveals she suffered from financial and emotional hardships before she 'snapped'
Yoselyn Ortega, the nanny accused of viciously stabbing to death the two young children under her care, had been suffering emotionally and financially, her friends and family said. Her sister, Celia Ortega, told the New York Post that the nanny, who worked for a family on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, just ‘snapped.’... The 50-year-old Ortega remains hospitalized from self-inflicted stab wounds, including a deep gash to her throat. Sources say that she is still in a ‘catatonic’ state, refusing to talk to police or physicians, and has still has not been charged for the deaths of Leo, two, and Lucia, six.

CNBC Exec’s Children Murdered, 1 Day After CNBC Reports $43 Trillion Bankster Lawsuit
Intel Hub - This week financial news organization CNBC gave some mainstream attention to the largest money laundering and racketeering lawsuit in United States History, in which “Banksters” and their U.S. racketeering partners are being accused of laundering of 43 trillion dollars worth of ill gotten gains. The lawsuit is said to involve officials located in the highest offices of government and the financial sector. Since this information was surprisingly revealed by the mainstream news organization there has been a very suspicious and deadly fallout at the CNBC headquarters. Within hours the original page for the article was taken down, and CNBC senior vice president Kevin Krim received news that his children were killed under very suspicious circumstances.

Will The Bottom Fall Out? 15 Signs That Layoffs And Job Losses Are Skyrocketing
The Economic Collapse - If you still have a good job, you might want to hold on to it very tightly because there are a whole bunch of signs that unemployment in the United States is about to start getting worse again. Over the past several weeks, a substantial number of large corporations have announced disappointing earnings for the third quarter. Many of those large corporations are also loaded up with huge amounts of debt. So what is the solution? Well, the favorite solution on Wall Street these days seems to be to lay off workers.

YouTube: Joe the Plumber Dead - 2012
The story of a multi-million dollar plumbing company that could not survive the Obama RECOVERY. Many thanks to Wells Fargo for not being there when we needed them. They were unwilling to pick up the phone and tell us that until it was too late. But then again they only ignored all follow-up attempts for 13 months in all. Too big to do it right or even care.

Iconic NY Steakhouse "Gallagher's", Which Survived The Great Depression, Is Closing
Zero Hedge - The Department of Labor's WARN (Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification) website may have been exempt from layoff notices related to the fiscal cliff, but it still provides a sufficiently (bleak) complete picture about the real nature of layoffs and business cycle in general in America's busiest city.

Hacker steals over 75% of South Carolina Social Security numbers
RT - A foreign hacker has stolen 3.6 million Social Security numbers and 387,000 credit and debit card numbers from South Carolina’s Department of Revenue, putting most of the state’s 4.7 million residents at risk of identity theft. Anyone who filed a South Carolina tax return in the past 14 years may have had their Social Security number stolen and has been urged by the state government to immediately enroll in consumer protection services, according to Greenville Online.

Veteran News

VIDEO: Iraq, Afghanistan War Wounded Pass 50,000
Huffington post - More than 50,000 Americans have been combat-wounded in Iraq or Afghanistan since 2001, a grim measure of the cost of more than a decade of war. According to Defense Department accounting, the number of wounded reached 50,010 on Thursday. The names of the wounded are not released. Unlike those killed in combat, whose names are released and whose remains are brought home in sober, white-glove ceremony, those who are wounded are flown home on medical evacuation aircraft and carried off on stretchers in anonymity.

Housing Market

VIDEO: Exclusive Interview- You don't have to have missed a payment now for the banks to STEAL your property! They are doing it through "Appraisals"!
sherrie Questioning All Blog - The criminal banks are now stealing people's properties who have never been late on a payment! How? Through "appraisals"! They are requiring homeowners and commercial property owners have new appraisals. When those appraisals (in cohorts with the appraisers in getting them low) come back lower than the loan amount, at the property owners expense. They give the property owner 30 days to pay the difference of loan to value of the property otherwise they take over the property and kick the owners out! They are doing it to homeowners and commercial property owners!

Energy & Environment

East Coast grinds to a halt as superstorm nears
NEW YORK (AP) -- Hurricane Sandy bore down on the Eastern Seaboard's largest cities Monday, forcing the shutdown of mass transit, schools and financial markets, sending coastal residents fleeing, and threatening a dangerous mix of high winds, soaking rain and a surging wall of water up to 11 feet tall. Sandy strengthened before dawn and stayed on a predicted path toward Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York - putting it on a collision course with two other weather systems that would create a superstorm with the potential for havoc over 800 miles from the East Coast to the Great Lakes. About 2 to 3 feet of snow were even forecast for mountainous parts of West Virginia.

1175 National Guard Soldiers Deployed into NYC as Mayor Orders Evacuation of 375,000 People
Intel Hub - 76 evacuation centers have been prepared throughout the city as military and law enforcement units mask for the storm that has 375,000 NYC residents mandated to evacuate.... The New York City subway and other transportation hubs are shutdown and are now on full-scale lock down as the city is now in full button up status. Libraries and other government facilities will remain closed.

Pearl Harbor Hawaii Base Commander Endangering Service Members and their Families
Intel Hub - The Commander of Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam (JBPHH) has allowed our service members along with their families to be used as lab rats for a smart meter electric grid test.... The program uses harmful smart meters installed in military housing smart grid to monitor electricity usage of residents. The residents are then charged or awarded for their energy usage as compared to their neighbors if you can believe that.

Oil Executive and Renewable Fuel Researcher Assassinated
Intel Hub - Nicholas Mockford, a 60 year old British executive for the oil company ExxonMobil has been shot dead in front of his wife in an assassination-style killing in Brussels. He was shot three times after leaving the Da Marcello restaurant in Rue de Beyseghem at around 10pm on Oct 14. The reason why news of this murder is just breaking now is because Belgian police imposed a news blackout and the areas government kept the story tightly under wraps.

Megastorm Prompts State Emergencies and Mandatory Evacuations
Activist Post - eff Masters, director of Weather Underground, explains that being the end of hurricane season and the beginning of arctic storm season is such a dangerous combination as "Part hurricane, part nor'easter" equals "all trouble." With a storm this large predicted to hit New Jersey head on, some 40-60 million people may be impacted by it with anticipated flooding and power outages.

VIDEO: Engineered Storm? HAARP Monitoring Project Records Strongest Readings Ever Directed In Path of Hurricane Sandy
Intel Hub - An independent website that has a real-time sensor network from over 28 sensors placed in rural areas across the United States has recorded the strongest HAARP readings in the projects history. The readings, in and around the New England area, are literally off the charts and lend credence to other claims that Hurricane Sandy is possibly being engineered to cause massive destruction.

More than a Dozen Nuclear Plants Near Hurricane Sandy’s Path Brace for Impact
Washington's Blog - Bloomberg reports: “Because of the size of [Hurricane Sandy], we could see an impact to coastal and inland plants,” Neil Sheehan, a spokesman based in Philadelphia for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, said by phone today. “We will station inspectors at the sites if we know they could be directly impacted.” The NRC met earlier today to discuss the necessary precautions to take for the storm, Sheehan said. Plants must begin to shut if wind speeds exceed certain limits, he said.

Hurricane Sandy cancels thousands of flights
Press TV - U.S. airlines canceled more than 3,000 flights as a major storm bears down on the East Coast. Airlines have grounded 953 flights scheduled for Sunday and nearly 2,200 flights for Monday so far because of Hurricane Sandy, according to FlightStats Inc., a flight-tracking firm. Some of the airports most affected by cancelations were New Jersey's Newark Liberty International, Washington Dulles International and LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy airports in New York.


Turmeric Repairs Damaged Liver Tissues, Promotes Overall Liver Health
Natural Society - According to a new study in the Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand, scientists there have found that the livers of diabetic rats were repaired and even regenerated with the help of this yellow power-root. Severe diabetics often suffer liver damage and disease as they progress. But, research indicates turmeric may be able to help. “Fascinatingly, liver microvasculature in curcumin treated group developed into regenerate and repair into healthy and normal characteristics.” They concluded: “These results optimistically demonstrated the potential use of curcumin as a novel therapeutic agent in liver pathology of diabetic rats.”

VIDEO: Astaxanthin Found to Improve Cognitive Function in Healthy, Aged Individuals
Dr. Mercola - Scientists now believe astaxanthin could help prevent dementia, including Alzheimer's, help prevent neurodegeneration associated with oxidative stress, as well as make a potent natural "brain food”.

High on food - New studies show that diet alters brain functions
(NaturalNews) It may come as no surprise that what we eat affects the brain, and this is most obvious when looking at dietary disorders like obesity, compulsive overeating, and diabetes. The annual conference of the Society for Neuroscience took place between October 13 and October 17, and featured several new studies that investigate the relationship between brain function and food.

Research find flaxseed can help prevent, treat hormone-associated cancers
(NaturalNews) There may be more benefits to eating flaxseed than simply its tendency to promote regularity and prevent the onset of Type-2 diabetes. An index of research compiled by Sayer Ji over at reveals that flaxseed is also rich in hormone-modulating factors such as phytoestrogens, which can actually help reduce harmful estrogen activity in the body, particularly as such activity is related to spurring the growth and spread of cancer cells.

Sugar consumption a 'public health crisis' aggravated by GM sugar beets
(NaturalNews) Sugar is exceptionally toxic and leads to heart disease, metabolic syndrome and cancer -- it can even be equated with addictive drugs like cocaine, according to prominent medical experts. Add to this the fact that genetically modified (GM) sugar beets now dominate the U.S. market, a healthy future certainly looks bleak. Not only are Americans dealing with the negative effects of consuming elephantine amounts of sugar, but now the health dangers of genetically modified organisms through Roundup Ready sugar beets are in the mix.... Almost 95 percent of U.S. sugar beets come from GM seeds -- an amazing feat considering they were only approved for planting in 2005. Sugar beets comprise over 50 percent of U.S. sugar production while the rest comes from sugar cane.

US facility linked to meningitis outbreak overgrown with mold and bacteria
RT - The compounding pharmacy responsible for mixing the drugs that caused the deadly meningitis outbreak was found to have ignored Food and Drug Administration regulations, containing mold and bacteria on its equipment. A federal inspection of the New England Compounding Center found that the tainted steroid medication had been mixed with sterilization equipment containing greenish-yellow residue. Additionally, the surfaces where the drugs were created contained mold and bacteria, and the air-conditioning had been turned off nightly – even though cold temperatures and low humidity is necessary to maintain cleanliness. The sanitation problem has been present for months.

YouTube: Is the genetically engineered corn you're eating, "eating" you?
Published on Oct 26, 2012 by Genetic Roulette - Do you have gastrointestinal problems or know someone that does?... We're talking about genetically engineered corn that creates it's own insecticide. The toxin (Bt-toxin) breaks holes in cell walls. It's found in our food, in our blood, and in the blood of unborn fetuses. Could it be contributing to the rise of GI tract disorders since its introduction in 1996?

Halt infectious disease, cancer and much more with $3 remedy
(NaturalNews) Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) is an extraordinary natural remedy. This economical and common powder has a wide range of healing possibilities: acne, cancer, colds, influenza, acid reflux -- the list goes on and on.

Science & Technology

Man Buys 1 Million Facebook Users' Personal Information for Only $5
Natural Society - One blogger recently purchased the personal information complete with their full legal name, personal E-mail address, and URL to their Facebook account for only $5.

New UN White Paper Defines Internet Users as Potential Terrorists
Intel Hub - The UNODC [The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime,] white paper claims that: “Technology is one of the strategic factors driving the increasing use of the Internet by terrorist organizations and their supporters for a wide range of purposes, including recruitment, financing, propaganda, training, incitement to commit acts of terrorism, and the gathering and dissemination of information for terrorist purposes.” broadly including or lumping in what some would say would be the equivalent to internet bloggers, avid readers, researchers or even smartphone users.

Pet News

If I Didn’t Have a Dog or Cat…
Trupanion - If I Didn’t Have a Dog … or Cat … I could walk around the yard barefoot in safety. My house could be carpeted instead of tiled and laminated. All flat surfaces, clothing, furniture, and cars would be free of hair....

Today in History - Friday - October 26, 2012
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. 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 was 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.
1957 - The Soviet Union announced that defense minister Marchal Georgi Zhukov had been relieved of his duties.
1958 - Pan American Airways flew its first Boeing 707 jetliner from New York City to Paris.
1962 - The Soviet Union made an offer to end the Cuban Missile Crisis by taking their missile bases out of Cuba if the U.S. agreed to not invade Cuba and would remove Jupiter missiles in Turkey.
1967 - The Shah of Iran crowned himself and his Queen after 26 years on the Peacock Throne.
1970 - "Doonesbury," the comic strip by Gary Trudeau, premiered in 28 newspapers across the U.S.
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.
1980 - Israeli President Yitzhak Navon became the first Israeli head of state to visit Egypt.
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.
1988 - Roussel Uclaf, a French pharmaceutical company, announced it was halting the worldwide distribution of RU-486. The pill is used to induce abortions. The French government made the company reverse itself two days later.
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. 
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.

World News

VIDEO: Bani Walid reportedly being wiped out as media remain silent
RT - The Libyan city of Bani Walid is reported to be under heavy attack from pro-government forces and militias. Witnesses say that more civilians are being killed by shelling, while houses are engulfed in flames. Earlier reports suggested that the city had fallen, but continuing reports of wide-scale killing and armed gangs and militias patrolling the streets and looting people’s homes indicate that those reports are not true. An individual in Italy who claims to have relatives in Bani Walid told RT earlier that at over 600 people have so far been killed while the number of people in hospitals is over 1,000.

Green-on-blue attacks not infiltrator job: Afghan Interior Ministry
Press TV - The Afghan Interior Ministry has rejected Western claims that killings of US-led foreign forces were carried out by militants who have infiltrated the Afghan police force. An interior ministry spokesman said on Friday that the string of recent attacks on foreign forces in the war-ravaged country was not an infiltrator’s job. He stressed that the shootings took place because of the US-led troopers’ disrespect for the Afghans and Islamic traditions and values.

At least 41 dead in Afghan suicide attack during Eid
RT - At least 41 people were killed and 50 more injured after a suicide bomber attacked a mosque in Afghanistan’s northern city of Maymana, local officials reported. Worshipers had gathered at the mosque to celebrate the Eid al-Adha Islamic holiday. "Our latest death toll shows 41 deaths, and that might rise," Deputy provincial governor Abdul Satar Barez told AFP, adding that five children were among the dead.

Damascus agrees to 4-day Eid ceasefire across Syria, starting Friday
RT - Damascus announced it has agreed to a four-day ceasefire across Syria for the Muslim holiday Eid al-Adha, the ‘Feast of Sacrifice.’ The truce will begin on Friday.... The ceasefire came after UN-Arab League peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi visited Syria earlier this week, and is one of the first real breakthroughs in halting violence in the war-torn country so far. Brahimi proposed that both sides lay down their arms for the Islamic holiday celebrated by most of the world’s Muslims, which begins on Friday.

VIDEO: One year after IMF bailout, Greece still big on military spending
RT - Exactly one year ago, the EU agreed to several extreme measures to combat the ongoing economic crisis, to mixed results. But despite its unique economic distress, Greece shows no sign of cutting back its considerable military budget.... Greece continues to be one of the world’s biggest arms importers, despite having little chance of meeting the deficit reduction targets pegged to its International Monetary Fund (IMF) bailout loan, according to a preliminary report by the organization’s debt inspectors.

EU hypocrisy? Anti-Tehran channel launches in London amid ban on Iranian state TV
RT - A new Iranian TV station has started broadcasting from London, aiming to be a platform for opposition to Iran's current leadership. The launch comes just over a week after 19 state-run Iranian TV and radio stations were banned in the EU.

The U.K. thinks a strike on Iran would be illegal, denies U.S. access to its bases
Washington Post - The British attorney general has circulated legal advice to the prime minister’s office, Foreign Office and Defense Ministry warning that a preemptive military strike on Iran could violate international law, the Guardian’s Nick Hopkins reports. The existence of this secret document suggests that the U.K. government believes that Iran does not currently meet the legal threshold for a “clear and present danger” that would merit such an attack.

Why Did The Bundesbank Secretly Withdraw Two-Thirds Of Its London Gold?
Zero Hedge 10/24/2012 - Two days ago we reported that the German Court of Auditors demanded that the German Central Bank, the Bundesbank, verify and audit its official gold holdings consisting of 3,396 tons, held mostly offshore, namely New York, London and Paris, at least according to official documents. It also called for repatriation of 150 tons in the next three years to perform a quality inspection of the tungsten gold. Today, in a surprising development, via the Telegraph we learn that none other than the same Bundesbank... decided to voluntarily pull two thirds of its gold holdings held by the Bank of England.

South African consumers win GM labelling victory - Consumers in South Africa have won a hard earned victory with regard to the labelling of genetically modified foods.... According to the draft amendments, all locally produced and imported food containing 5% or more GM ingredients or components must be labelled as ”contains genetically modified ingredients or components”.... Mariam Mayet, Director of the African Centre for Biosafety, congratulated the DTI and praised the huge role played by consumers in demanding their right to know.... However, Mayet expressed disappointment that labelling will only be triggered when there is 5% or more GM content.

Switzerland, Italy Ban Novartis Flu Vaccines
Wall Street Journal - Switzerland’s health regulator imposed an immediate ban on Novartis AG’s flu vaccines Thursday after possibly contaminated flu shots were found in batches in Italy, in a further embarrassment for the Swiss drug maker, which has struggled with a raft of manufacturing problems recently. Medical watchdog Swissmedic halted deliveries of up to 160,000 doses to doctors and pharmacies as a precaution following a similar move by Italian authorities.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

VIDEO: Boeing Now Has A Missile That Destroys Only Electronics And Leaves All Else Intact
Business Insider - The Counter-Electronics High Power Microwave Advanced Missile Project (CHAMP), led by Boeing's Phantom works, promised to change the face of contemporary warfare, and its test was a complete success. CHAMP flew over the Utah Test and Training Range last Tuesday, discharging a burst of High Power Microwaves onto the test site and brought down the compound's entire spectrum of electronic systems, apparently without producing any other damage at all. Even the camera recording the test was shut down.

Senate Intelligence Committee to hold hearings on Libya attack after election
Washington Post - The Senate Intelligence Committee announced plans Thursday to hold a series of hearings on the attack on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Libya. But the panel scheduled its first session on the politically charged issue for Nov. 15, a week after the presidential election. The committee said its inquiry, starting with a session closed to the public, will focus on “the intelligence and security situation surrounding” the Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans.

VIDEO: National Guard Whistleblower: “Doomsday Preppers Will Be Treated As Terrorists”
Melissa Melton - Referred to only as “Soldier X” under promise of anonymity, an Army National Guardsman spoke via phone with Infowars Nightly News Producer Rob Dew regarding a recent briefing his unit underwent on actions the military would take in the event that an Obama election loss sparked rioting in America’s streets. Citing not only recent widespread threats to riot if Mitt Romney were to become the next U.S. president, but threats to actually assassinate him should he win, Soldier X’s superiors dispensed plans of how the National Guard would be responsible for “taking over” and quelling such unrest. The soldiers were reportedly told “Doomsday preppers will be treated as terrorists.” In addition, guns will be confiscated.

VIDEO: Seattle Police To Roll Out Surveillance Drones with Infrared Cameras
Steve Watson - The Seattle Police Department plans to deploy unmanned surveillance drones over the city as it has become one of the first law enforcement agencies in the US to be granted permission by the federal government to do so. The unmanned craft will be fitted with surveillance cameras and an infrared “eye” that can see in the dark. Officers planning to parade the drones tonight during a public presentation will display a Draganflyer X-6 drone weighing 4.5 pounds. The drone can travel up to 30 mph and can fly as high as 8,000 feet.

2012 Election News

VIDEO: RT to host final US presidential third-party debateLibertarian Party
Following the success of this week’s Third Party Presidential Debate broadcast on RT live from Chicago, the top candidates as selected by voters on the Free and Equal Elections Foundation website will move on to a second debate from the nation’s capital, this time answering questions dedicated solely to foreign policy.... The second and final third-party presidential debate will be held on October 30 from 9:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Eastern Time, (October 31, 1:00 a.m. – 2:30 a.m. GMT) and will be aired on RT America as well as and on RT’s YouTube channel.

VIDEO: Reality Check: Can Ohio Voting Machines Be Hacked? The Facts Behind The Rumors
Liberty Crier - Ben Swann of Reality Check explains why some are saying Mitt Romney has a conflict of interest when it comes to voting machines in Ohio and whether those machines can be used to manipulate the vote.

Are biotech GMO corporations plotting to steal the election on Proposition 37?
(NaturalNews) Stealing elections is only really possible in close elections, but that's exactly where Proposition 37 is right now. It's just barely ahead in the polls: 44% to 42%, with the remainder undecided or neutral. This means Prop 37 is well within the "stealing" range. How do you steal an election? Use electronic voting machines, of course. And then hack the crap out of them until the numbers come out the way you want. That's how most clinical trials are conducted, of course, so fudging the numbers is nothing new to the kind of evil corporations that dominate the GMO hellscape.

2012 election costs could reach record $5.8 billion
USA Today - The non-partisan Center for Responsive Politics estimates the total cost of the 2012 elections will jump 7% from $5.4 billion four years ago and could "come close" this year to reaching $6 billion. One factor that could change the bottom line: Spending by super PACs and other outside groups that don't have to reveal their donors, which have multiplied in the wake of a Supreme Court ruling.

Texas attorney general warns UN poll watchers to keep their distance
Daily Caller - Texas Attorney General Greg Abbot sent a letter Tuesdsay warning United Nations-affiliated poll watchers that they do not have jurisdiction in the state and will, therefore, be criminally prosecuted if they attempt to interfere at Texas polling locations on Nov. 6. The letter, addressed to Ambassador Daan Everts, came in response to the announcement that the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe will deploy scores of election monitors to the U.S. in an effort to monitor conservative groups for voter suppression or intimidation.

Absurd! Nevada Voting Machine Auto-Selecting Obama has just received confirmation that a voter in Las Vegas tried voting for Governor Mitt Romney but the machine automatically checked “Obama” multiple times instead. Our source said: “Yesterday I went to an early voting site at Centennial Center in Las Vegas, NV. I went with my 19 year old son who was a first-time voter. I went to an open machine and inserted my card. When the selections came up, all of the candidate pairings were listed and I touched the box for Romney/Ryan. The checkmark appeared next to President Obama’s name. I touched the check mark removing it and touched the box next to Romney’s name again. Again, the checkmark appeared next to Obama.... Please folks, check and re-check your ballots before turning them in. A similar case was reported earlier today in North Carolina.

Who Bought Your Politician? Check With Our Embeddable Widget
Wired - “Corporate influence in politics has gone off the charts, and it’s more important than ever for voters to understand who is financing candidates,” said Evan Hansen, editor in chief of “Maplight has done the hard work of compiling the data. At Wired, we’re happy to help get that information out to the wider public, and share it as broadly as possible with this web-based embeddable widget.”

Where Do Your Candidates Stand? - Campaign for Liberty sent surveys to candidates running for Congress and State Legislator. Find your state below to find out where your candidates stand.


List of great bartering websites - The benefits of bartering are many and the internet has made it quite simple to find just about anything that you might want, as well as find someone else who is willing to take what you have. I’m not just talking about books and DVDs. People are willing to barter just about anything. Clothes, vacation homes, laptops and more.... You don’t have to just barter items. In fact, bartering with your skills can be even more valuable. With the real unemployment numbers hovering above 20%, there are a lot of people who have a lot more time on their hands, than they do money.

Top CEOs call for tax increases and spending cuts to tackle US debt
Guardian - Eighty chief executives, from companies including Microsoft, JP Morgan and GE, have waded into the presidential election campaign with a call on Washington to use tax increases and spending cuts to address the US's $16tn debt. The intervention, less than two weeks before election day, comes as Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have faced criticism for the scant details of their financial plans to tackle America's massive debt. According to the CEOs, no solution can be found without tax hikes, which Romney opposes, and cuts to public spending.

CHART: Payments on Interest to Exceed Defense Spending by $125 Billion
Weekly Standard - In a decade, federal spending to pay for the interest on America's debt will exceed total spending on the defense budget by $125 billion, or 20 percent, according to projections from the Congressional Budget Office and the Office of Budget Management. The projections are based on President Barack Obama's current budget plan.

Veteran News

Army Suicides This Year Exceed 2012 Combat Deaths in Afghanistan
CNS News - Even without Army data for October, the number of deaths believed to be suicides among U.S. Army personnel from January through September still surpass the combined military combat deaths in Afghanistan from January up to October 22. In 2012, there have been a total of 247 suspected suicides among Army active and reserve duty personnel. Of those, 158 have been confirmed as suicides and 89 remain under investigation. According to the Afghanistan Index database maintained by the Brookings Institution, there have been 222 combined military deaths in 2012 among active and reserve components from “hostile causes,” as of Sept. 28.

VIDEO: Ted Turner: I Think it’s “Good” US Troops Are Killing Themselves
Paul Joseph Watson - During an appearance on CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight, Ted Turner said he thinks it’s “good” that U.S. soldiers are killing themselves because it shows humanity has evolved a distaste for war. Asked what he thought about the fact that more American soldiers commit suicide than are killed in combat, host Morgan said it was “shocking,” but Turner responded, “No, I think it’s good.” Turner went on to argue that it was time for people to start acting “enlightened” and that this was why it was “good” U.S. soldiers are committing suicide in such large numbers because it shows an aversion to war.

Veterans Among Those Arrested Thursday Protesting Drones at Hancock Air Field 10/25/2012 - Once again nonviolent protesters of U.S. drone wars have been arrested at the gates of Hancock Air Field in New York State. Thursday morning, 19 people blocked the three gates to the base for a period of hours beginning at 8 a.m.

Energy & Environment

US may soon become world's top oil producer
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. oil output is surging so fast that the United States could soon overtake Saudi Arabia as the world's biggest producer. Driven by high prices and new drilling methods, U.S. production of crude and other liquid hydrocarbons is on track to rise 7 percent this year to an average of 10.9 million barrels per day. This will be the fourth straight year of crude increases and the biggest single-year gain since 1951. The boom has surprised even the experts. The Energy Department forecasts that U.S. production of crude and other liquid hydrocarbons, which includes biofuels, will average 11.4 million barrels per day next year. That would be a record for the U.S. and just below Saudi Arabia's output of 11.6 million barrels.

Hurricane Sandy: Potential Serious U.S. Impacts - Sandy has the potential to bring major impacts to the U.S. East Coast through the weekend and into early next week. Below, we have a breakdown of the impacts and timeline for Sandy beginning with the serious threat the system poses to the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast.

Housing Market

VIDEO: Foreclosed family watches helplessly as craigslist crowds strip house bare - A family in Woodstock, who just lost their home of 20 years to foreclosure, lost even more on Wednesday. It was because of what they triggered when they posted a craigslist ad Tuesday night. The wording of their well-intentioned ad sounded like they wanted to give away everything, and they could not stop the crowds from taking it all.


Thyme out for cold, flu, and other organisms
(NaturalNews) Thyme has remarkable antiviral, bactericidal, fungicidal, antibiotic, diuretic, antispasmodic, expectorant, and antiseptic properties that make it wonderful to have around during cold and flu season. In addition to killing microbes, thyme helps the body to eliminate toxins and boosts the immune system by supporting the formation of white blood cells, increasing resistance to invading organisms. Its familiar, warm, herbaceous aroma is powerful and penetrating, and the origin of its name, which comes from the Greek word 'thymos' meaning 'to perfume.'

Seven reasons to eat less meat and more plant-based foods
(NaturalNews) Not all of us can or should be totally vegan, abstaining completely from meat, eggs, or dairy. But most agree that nutrients from greens are extremely vital, and the food you eat should be real and wholesome, which brings us to the first area of selectivity - commercial meat.

Confirmed: Belly Fat is Far More Dangerous than Having a Total BMI in Obese Range
Dr. Mercola - According to Medical News Today: "Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, M.D., senior author and a cardiologist at Mayo Clinic in Rochestor, explained: 'We knew from previous research that central obesity is bad, but what is new in this research is that the distribution of the fat is very important even in people with a normal weight. This group has the highest death rate, even higher than those who are considered obese based on body mass index. From a public health perspective, this is a significant finding.'

Tiger Milk mushrooms hold powerful cancer treatment secret
(NaturalNews) According to researchers, a natural element found in the mushrooms "could hold the key to a new class of cancer drugs," Science Daily reported. Dr. Wong Ka-hing, the associate director of the Food Safety and Technology Research Center, and his research team have found a polysaccharide-protein complex (PSP) in the Tiger Milk mushrooms that can turn selenium - a common nutrient - into a new cancer therapy that could potentially benefit millions of breast cancer patients the world over.

5 Reasons to End Our War on Germs Before it Kills Us All - Antibacterial or antimicrobial products do have a place in our society: in hospitals, on the surgeon’s table, in your nurse’s hands. But stationed in our handbags, waiting to be daily lathered up at the first touch of a subway pole? Not so much. Studies show that some antimicrobial products not only contain potential hormonal disruptors, but they are enabling superbugs to breed beyond our ability to smite them. Here are five reasons you should trade in some of your antibacterial sprays, gels and liquid soaps for just plain old soap and water.

Research shows that spending time with nature has extensive mental health benefits
(NaturalNews) Intuitively, many people understand nature's role in human health. Whether it is walking on the beach, swimming in the ocean, or hiking in the mountains, interaction with nature seems to have a positive effect on humans. The sounds, smells, and sights of the great outdoors appear to have an amazing stress-reducing capacity. Research backs up this folk wisdom, showing that spending time with nature can decrease feelings of depression, increase self-esteem, decrease tense feelings, help us to be more caring, less aggressive and violent, be less likely to procrastinate, and better able to work through problems.

Seven changes for a happier, healthier you
(NaturalNews) These days everyone is looking for a quick fix to improve their overall quality of life. You can take control and make seven simple changes to your lifestyle to increase health and exuberance.

Do highly-caffeinated drinks like Monster Energy pose a death risk to people who drink them?
(NaturalNews) They continue to be all the rage today, particularly among the masses of chronically-fatigued individuals and young people seeking a rapid energy boost. But highly-caffeinated beverages like Monster Energy and Red Bull are increasingly finding themselves implicated in wrongful death accusations, as the drinks typically contain caffeine levels up to 14 times higher than a normal cup of coffee, which some allege can lead to potentially-fatal health problems.

Gardasil Fingerprints Found in Post-Mortem Samples
Activist Post - For the first time in history, a biologically plausible mechanism of action has been discovered linking a vaccine to a serious adverse event. Gardasil has left behind its genetic fingerprint in post-mortem central nervous system samples of two girls who took this vaccine. Two teenage girls from opposite ends of the world – both dead before their time have two additional things in common. They both took Gardasil to try and prevent cervical cancer and fragments of the HPV-16-L1 antigen used in Gardasil have been found in blood vessels within their brains.

Artificial Sweeteners Found More Weight-Promoting Than Sugar
Activist Post -A new study published this month in the journal Appetite revealed that when rats were given the synthetic sweeteners saccharin and aspartame, compared to table sugar, they gained more weight even at similar total caloric intake levels.

Science & Technology

4 Simple Changes to Stop Online Tracking
EFF - In less than 10 minutes, you can drastically improve your privacy online and protect yourself against unwanted and invisible tracking. Note that these privacy safeguards will also be blocking some ads. EFF is working with online advertisers to try to convince them to provide real privacy protections for users, but until they agree to meaningful standards about online tracking, these steps will be necessary for users to safeguard their browsing privacy. Aside from removing ads, these changes won't affect your browsing experience on the vast majority of websites.

Obama to “Compromise” On Unconstitutional Cyber Security Executive Order
Kurt Nimmo - The Obama administration will modify its cyber security executive order to make it more politically palatable.... More than a month after rumors about Obama’s executive order, “there are reports that a final draft is circulating that includes a major compromise to settle differences between those who want government to have free access to networks under attack, and those concerned about violations of privacy,” Armerding reports.


Top Survival Items At The Supermarket Besides Food
Activist Post - Previously we have written about the best survival foods found at your local grocery store. But food is not the only thing in supermarkets that can be useful for surviving potential crises. In fact, since large supermarkets have a huge selection besides food, they can provide most survival essentials outside of tools and weapons. Here are just some of the important survival items to buy in bulk while grocery shopping.

Today in History - Thursday - October 25, 2012
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.
1854 - The Charge of the Light Brigade took place during the Crimean War. The British were winning the Battle of Balaclava when Lord James Cardigan received an order to attack the Russians. He took his troops into a valley and suffered 40 percent casualties. Later it was revealed that the order was the result of confusion and was not given intentionally.
1870 - The first U.S. trademark was given. The recipient was the Averill Chemical Paint Company of New York City.
1917 - The Bolsheviks (Communists) under Vladimir Ilyich Lenin seized power in Russia.
1918 - The Canadian steamship Princess Sophia hit the reef off the coast of Alaska. Nearly 400 people died.
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.
1951 - In Panmunjom, peace talks concerning the Korean War resumed after 63 days.
1954 - A U.S. cabinet meeting was televised for the first time.
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.
1962 - U.S. Ambassador Adlai Stevenson presented photographic evidence to the United Nations Security Council. The photos were of Soviet missile bases in Cuba.
1962 - American author John Steinbeck was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature.
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.
1994 - Susan Smith of Union, SC, claimed that a black carjacker had driven off with her two sons. Smith was later convicted of drowning her children in a nearby lake.
1999 - Golfer Payne Stewart and five others were killed when their Learjet crashed in South Dakota. The plane flew uncontrolled for four hours before the crash.
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.

World News

20 dead in fresh Myanmar violence
Press TV - At least 20 people have been killed in a new wave of communal unrest in Myanmar’s western state of Rakhine, a state official says.

Nordic protest after Ship to Gaza seizure
Radio Sweden - Swedish Radio News reports that the Nordic nations are planning a joint formal protest to Israel for its treatment of peace activists on the Ship to Gaza vessel Estelle. The Estelle was trying to bring supplies to the Gaza Strip by sea, when it was seized by Israeli forces in international waters Saturday.... Sweden has still not received an explanation from the Israeli authorities why one of the Swedes on the Estelle has been separated from the others. The Ship to Gaza organisation says that activist Dror Feiler is to be charged, as an Israeli citizen, with aiding the enemy.

VIDEO: Why Iceland is Solvent: “We don’t Force Our People to Bail Out Banks – Unlike the US and EU, we Forced Bank Bondholders to Take Losses.”
Before It's News - Start watching at the 3-minute mark. Recorded yesterday. Iceland’s Foreign Minister Ossur Skarphedinsson tells RT’s Marina Portnaya how his country managed to pull itself away from the financial abyss – and offers up a few pointers as to how the Eurozone can do the same.

Large Cash Transactions Banned In Mexico
Forbes - The ban will take effect in about 90 days and it is part of a broader effort to control monetary flows within the country. Under the law, a Specialized Unit in Financial Analysis operating within the Attorney General’s Office will be created to investigate financial operations “that are related to resources of unknown origin.” For real estate transactions, cash payments of more than a half million pesos ($38,750) will be forbidden and, for automobiles or items like jewelry, art, and lottery tickets, cash payments of more than 200,000 pesos ($15,500) will be forbidden. The law carries a minimum penalty of five years in prison.

Iran has the highest number of natural gas powered vehicles on the road in the world
Refreshing News Blog - According to the latest figures from the Natural Gas Vehicle Knowledge Base, Iran, with the world’s second-largest natural gas reserves after Russia, in 2011 became the world leader in natural gas vehicles with some 2.9 million on the road, narrowly edging Pakistan, which is trailed by Argentina, Brazil and India, respectively. (The United States, which does not subsidize and promote the fuel like other countries do, ranks 16th.)

VIDEO: Pentagon Denies Russian Claim U.S. Providing Stinger Missiles to Syrian Rebels
Kurt Nimmo - Gen. Nikolai Makarov, a senior Russian general, told Interfax the rebels in Syria are using U.S. provided anti-aircraft missiles against the Syrian government. “We have reliable information that Syrian militants have foreign portable anti-aircraft missile systems, including those made in the USA… it should be cleared up who delivered them,” Makarov said. He said the weapons include “US-made Stingers,” RIA Novosti reports.

Lebanon risks being torn apart by Syrian conflict
BBC - Lebanon, like so many small nations buffeted by greater powers, has always sought and failed to carve out space for its own politics, free from the overweening influence of its self-appointed friends and protectors. In this tradition, Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati has over the past 18 months articulated a policy of "disassociation". As he puts it, "we decided to stay away from the Syrian crisis". But things aren't so simple. As Leon Trotsky once noted: "You may not be interested in war, but war is interested in you." Lebanon unavoidably sits in Syria's shadow. It is a rear area for the conflict.

US says it wants Lebanese to elect new government
Press TV - US State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland said in Washington on Tuesday that the Lebanese need to elect leaders who will be able to deal with what she calls the threat of a spillover from the Syrian crisis. "We support the efforts of President (Michel) Sleiman and other responsible leaders in Lebanon to build an effective government and to take the necessary next steps in the wake of the October 19th terrorist attack," she said.

Sudan accuses Israel of role in arms factory blast - Four military planes attacked an arms factory in Khartoum where there was a huge fire overnight, a Sudanese minister said on Wednesday, blaming Israel for the air strike. Sudan, which analysts say is used as an arms smuggling route to the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip via neighboring Egypt, has blamed Israel for such strikes in the past but Israel has always either refused to comment or said it neither admitted nor denied involvement. On Wednesday, senior officials in Jerusalem also refused to comment on Israel's possible involvement in the incident.

Ship to Gaza Activists Brutalized
Activist Post - On October 22, headlined "Release: Estelle crew beaten during (Israel's) attack. (Participants) were beaten during the attack and by interrogators." Former Canadian legislator "Jim Manly still in detention."... Israeli policy includes repeated crimes of war and against humanity. Occupied Palestinians suffer most. Humanitarian activists are brutalized for trying to help.

YouTube: The Irish Sue the Banks
The Irish People have initiated a process of suing the banks en-masse. We believe the bankers have broken the law by their practices, resulting in widespread ruin in Ireland as businesses close, mortgagors default, families are evicted from their homes, our young people are forced to emigrate and, tragically, many people turn to suicide. This situation has been caused by the banks, and we will take them to task through the courts to put right their wrongs. On October 15th over 100 cases were filed in the High Court in Dublin suing various mortgage providers.
Debt is not the end, you have options.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

White House told of terrorist attack on Libya consulate within hours
Press TV - Two hours after the U.S. Consulate came under attack in Benghazi, Libya, the White House was told that a militant group was claiming responsibility for the violence that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans. A State Department email sent to intelligence officials and the White House situation room said the group Ansar al-Sharia claimed responsibility on Facebook and Twitter, and also called for an attack on the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli.

Pentagon prisons revealed: WikiLeaks publishes terror detainee manuals
RT - Whistleblowing website WikiLeaks is releasing over 100 classified documents detailing US Department of Defense procedures for running Guantanamo Bay, Abu Ghraib, Camp Bucca and other infamous prisons where terror suspects are detained. The directives and manuals, which for more than a decade directed the US military’s policy for treatment of its detainees, will be released chronologically over the next month, WikiLeaks said in a statement.

VIDEO: Judge Napolitano: ‘Safety In The Air Should Be Maintained By Airlines, Not TSA’
Liberty Crier - Judge Napolitano talks with Neil Cavuto about TSA replacing the controversial body scanners with new machines and how these screenings affect your freedoms.

Investigative Reporter Set to Attend Biological Weapons Convention in Geneva, Switzerland
Activist Post - Last December, activist and journalist Janet Phelan traveled to Geneva and made an unprecedented presentation at the Biological Weapons Convention, which met for three weeks at the United Nations. Phelan blew the whistle on the illegal biological weapons program launched by the United States, which is a party to the international treaty prohibiting the development and stockpiling of these weapons of mass destruction.... Janet intends to travel back to Geneva this December to present again at this Convention and needs your help to fund this trip.

Dr. Oz endorses GMO labeling, interviews Jeffrey Smith about health dangers
(NaturalNews) During a recent segment he hosted on genetically-modified organisms (GMOs), Dr. Mehmet Oz, whose duplicitous positions on vaccine safety have called into question his legitimacy, actually expressed support for mandatory GMO labeling. In the opening of the segment, which features a powerful interview with GMO expert Jeffrey Smith, Dr. Oz can be heard saying, "you have the right to know what's in your food," a position that more than 90 percent of polled Americans also happen to share.

Natural News announces lifetime boycott of chemical pesticide companies opposing GMO labeling (Prop 37)
(NaturalNews) What do Monsanto, BASF, Bayer, Dow, DuPont and Syngenta all have in common? They are all manufacturers of poison who are funneling millions of dollars into the campaign to try to defeat Proposition 37 in California (the GMO labeling bill). In doing this, these six pesticide companies have cemented their positions in history as being among the most evil corporations in human history.... Empower yourself: Read labels, make decisions, deny evil corporations your business.

Kill-list 2.0: Obama’s ‘disposition matrix’ maps out extrajudicial murders for years to come
RT - According to a chilling report published Tuesday evening in the Washington Post, in fact, the most advanced tactics to decimate alleged enemies without ever bringing them to trial are not being eliminated, but updated.... The Post reports that for the last two years, the Obama administration has tried feverishly to develop “a next-generation targeting list” that will serve as an updated version of the already-in-place death panel of persons authorized by the commander-in-chief himself to be blown to oblivion from miles above.

Law officers' job protections go too far
Herald Tribune - To protect officers from the possibility of unfair “third-degree questioning” at the hands of hostile superiors, Florida has what is called the Law Enforcement Officers' Bill of Rights. Ironic name, I think. The idea of the original Bill of Rights, the one that is part of the United States Constitution, is that we are all equals under the law. But officers have lobbied for and won additional rights that protect their jobs from their own administrators and colleagues.

2012 Election News

Debate Summary: Israel, Israel, Israel, Israel - One striking impression of this debate was that out of some 17,000 words uttered by both candidates and the moderator, about half of them were about domestic policy. Neither candidate wanted to talk about foreign policy — because the differences between them are negligible. Out of this half, about 1500 words were devoted to the subject of Israel — around 20 percent. And it’s not as if the candidates disagreed: indeed, they competed for the role of Israel’s Best Friend. Obama was first to pledge allegiance to Tel Aviv, less than ten minutes after the starting bell.

VIDEO: Will ‘Anonymous’ Bomb Threat Throw Election for Obama?
Intel Hub - A You Tube threat to bomb a government building along with a plan by other members of ‘Anonymous’ to storm the White House and Congress in an attempt to arrest government officials the day before the presidential election could provide the right crisis for Barack Obama to secure a second term. A video uploaded to You Tube features a masked individual claiming to represent the hacking collective ‘Anonymous’ stating that, “200 kilograms of composite Nitroglycerin and commercial explosives have effectively been concealed in a government building, situated in the United States of America.”

Voter Fraud: North Carolina Residents Select Romney But Vote Comes Up for Obama
Intel Hub - Multiple residents from the third largest county in North Carolina have reported that their votes, cast on electronic voting machines, were repeatedly changed from Romney to Obama. Residents in Guilford County began to report the problem to WGHP-TV which in turn ran a report on the irregularities that voting officials were quick to claim have been fixed. Voter Sher Coromailis told that every time she attempted to vote for Romney the machine changed her vote to Obama.

VIDEO: What Was Donald Trump’s Major Announcement About President Obama?
Fox News - Donald Trump’s been teasing a major announcement about the president, and he released it moments ago.... Trump offers to give $5 million to a charity of President Obama’s choosing if he releases his school and passport records.


US firings highest since 2010
Press TV - Ford Motor Co. and Dow Chemical Co. joined a growing number of companies firing thousands of workers as sluggish U.S. growth and Europe’s deepening recession lead to a persisting slump in sales. U.S. companies have announced plans to eliminate 62,600 positions at home and abroad since Sept. 1, the biggest two-month drop since the start of 2010, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Firings total 158,100 so far this year, more than the 129,000 job cuts in the same period in 2011.

What If We Adopted A System Where The Banks Did Not Create Our Money?
Economic Collapse - A surprising new IMF research paper entitled "The Chicago Plan Revisited" by Jaromir Benes and Michael Kumhof is making waves in economic circles all over the globe. The paper suggests that the world would be much better off if we adopted a system where the banks did not create our money. So instead of a system where more money is only created when more debt is created, we would have a system of debt-free money that is created directly by national governments.

VIDEO: Rick Santelli Reacts To News That Bernanke Will NOT Seek A Third Term As Fed Chairman
Daily Bail - Funny stuff from Santelli yesterday on news that Bernanke will not seek a 3rd term. Here's the NYT story, including discussion of possible replacements. If Romney wins, it's either going to be Glenn Hubbard or William Dudley.

CHARTS: Fed Bond Purchases Have Not Translated Into Jobs, But Higher Food and Gasoline Prices
Confounded Interest - The Federal Reserve and the Obama Administration were hoping that continued manipulation of Treasury and mortgage rates by the Fed (in terms of massive purchases of Treasuries and agency mortgage-backed securities) would translate into large growth in employment. But this is not the case.

VIDEO: Dimon: Absolute Guarantee Bond Vigilantes Will Attack U.S.
Daily Bail - Short clip from Jamie Dimon's headline CFR speech yesterday. 'It's only a matter of time. Could be 2 years, could be 5 years. But our day of reckoning on the debt is coming. That much is assured.'

Housing Market

Bank of America Sued by U.S. for $1 Billion Over Alleged Mortgage Fraud
Bloomberg - Bank of America Corp. (BAC) was sued by the U.S. attorney in Manhattan for allegedly engaging in a scheme to defraud Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The complaint alleges that Countrywide Financial Corp., which was later bought by Bank of America, implemented a loan- origination process that generated thousands of fraudulent or defective loans that were sold to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, according to a statement today from the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Federal Prosecutors Sue Bank of America Over Mortgage Program
NY Times - Federal prosecutors in New York sued Bank of America on Wednesday, accusing it of carrying out a mortgage scheme that defrauded the government during the depths of the financial crisis. In a civil complaint that seeks to collect $1 billion from the bank, the Justice Department took aim at a home loan program known as the “hustle,” a venture that has become emblematic of the risk-fueled mortgage bubble.

Energy & Environment

Overwhelming evidence shows pesticides are destroying bees
(NaturalNews) As reported recently by the U.K.'s Guardian, a new study published in the journal Nature is the latest in a long line of recent studies to show that common crop chemicals are destroying bee populations worldwide, which will also eventually destroy much of the world's food supply if left unaddressed. And even though at least two-thirds of the world's bumblebee population is now likely dying off as a result of combined pesticide exposures, regulatory bodies in the U.K., the U.S., and elsewhere continue to deny that these harmful chemicals need to be banned.

VIDEO: Sinkhole Geologist: The outer edge of the salt dome, best we can tell it’s gone…
ENENews Oct. 23, 2012 - Official: [The man in the audience is] asking if the integrity of the outer edge of the salt dome has been breached. Gary Hecox, Geologist: Yeah, the outer edge of the salt dome, best we can tell it’s gone… at the location of the cavern.

AUDIO: Fukushima Radiation Concerns in Alaska: No clams found in area — Salmon season canceled, population too low — Large mammals with huge sores
ENENews Oct. 23, 2012 - Interview with Don Heckert, U.S. Air Force (Ret.). Full broadcast here.


Dr. Oz endorses GMO labeling, interviews Jeffrey Smith about health dangers
(NaturalNews) During a recent segment he hosted on genetically-modified organisms (GMOs), Dr. Mehmet Oz, whose duplicitous positions on vaccine safety have called into question his legitimacy, actually expressed support for mandatory GMO labeling. In the opening of the segment, which features a powerful interview with GMO expert Jeffrey Smith, Dr. Oz can be heard saying, "you have the right to know what's in your food," a position that more than 90 percent of polled Americans also happen to share.

Top 10 ways to dramatically reduce your daily exposure to cancer causing agents
(NaturalNews) While it's impossible to avoid all of the toxins and cancer causing agents that surround you, there are some simple, yet effective steps you can take that will greatly decrease your exposure to toxic substances. Making these painless adjustments can lower your risk for just about every type of cancer along with a whole slew of other diseases.

Compounds found in black tea can neutralize bioterrorism microorganisms
(NaturalNews) Could the natural compounds found in black tea be powerful enough to successfully counter the deadly effects of a biological terrorist attack? New research out of the U.K. seems to suggest so, having found that a specific compound abundant in tea effectively deactivates and neutralizes ricin, a highly-toxic chemical byproduct of castor beans that is often used in attempted acts of biological terrorism.

What Happens to Your Body If You Don’t Let It Sleep
Dr. Mercola - Sleeping well is one of the cornerstones of optimal health, and if you ignore your poor sleeping habits, you will, in time, pay a price. Your circadian rhythm (or sleep-wake cycle) "drives" the rhythms of biological activity at the cellular level. Hence disruptions tend to cascade outward throughout your entire body. For example, besides impairing your immune function, interrupted or impaired sleep can also...

Sitting for extended periods doubles risks from diabetes, heart disease and early death
(NaturalNews) Health-conscious individuals are well aware that moderate levels of physical activity are essential to promote health, especially when combined with proper diet, supplementation when necessary and lifestyle changes such as smoking cessation and avoiding chemical and household carcinogens. Recent research suggests 30 to 45 minutes of moderate intensity exercise at least five days per week to help prevent chronic illnesses.

Fish oil saves life of boy with brain injury
(NaturalNews) In March 2010, high school student Bobby Ghassemi was taken out of his crashed vehicle and airlifted to a nearby Virginia hospital more dead than alive with severe brain trauma. He was so much more dead than alive that the physician who eventually advised the Ghassemi family on using fish oil, Dr. Michael Lewis said, "For all intents and purposes, he was dead on the scene. I'm looking at the reports, and they report a Glasgow Coma Score of three. A brick or piece of wood has a Glascow Coma Score of three. It's dead."

Laughter really is the best medicine -- Lower blood sugar, ease pain and boost health with a daily dose of mirth
(NaturalNews) A young child can laugh over 300 times a day whereas an adult will chuckle a fraction of this amount -- often much less, if at all. It's no joke. When life is taken too seriously, we are missing out on one of the greatest health boosting habits around. Feel good endorphins, pain management, lower blood pressure, protection from illness, a sharper mind -- just a few perks a little mirth can supply.

Try these 10 natural Halloween treat ideas
(NaturalNews) Halloween is traditionally a day centered on eating commercial candy. A fun way to reduce this barrage of junk is to host or attend a "healthier" Halloween party. Keep the focus on the activities, not the food, by engaging guests with costume contests, games and crafts. Then, use the 10 tasty ideas included here to distract from the absence of sugary treats at the snack table.

WHO Urges People to Reveal Depression, Goal is to Pump Up Big Pharma Medication Sales
Natural Society October 24th, 2012 - On World Mental Health Day (October 10), the World Health Organization let it be known that more than 350 million people worldwide suffer from depression. But, they say, a stigma is still attached to the condition, leading people to keep their struggles quiet rather than reaching out for help. The WHO says the stigma must be dropped so that depressed individuals can have access to treatment, including therapy and Big Pharma medications.

What's really in vaccines? Proof of MSG, formaldehyde, aluminum and mercury
(NaturalNews) Have you ever wondered what's really in vaccines? According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control's vaccine additives page, all the following ingredients are routinely used as vaccine additives...

Top 10 Healthy Yet Cheap Organic Foods
Activist Post - ...there is a surprisingly large amount of high quality organic foods that are quite cheap — even when considering low income families. Even families on foodstamps have been able to live entirely on an organic diet on the foodstamp income alone. There’s even a documentary about it called Foodstamped, which is hosted free online. The couple in the film eats a 100% organic diet on as little as $40 a week.... Here are the top 10 healthy yet organic real food items that won’t break your budget.

Today in History - Wednesday - October 24, 2012
1795 - The country of Poland was divided up between Austria, Prussia, and Russia.
1861 - The first transcontinental telegraph message was sent when Justice Stephen J. Field of California transmitted a telegram to U.S. President Lincoln.
1901 - Daredevil Anna Edson Taylor became the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a wooden barrel. She was 63 years old.
1929 - In the U.S., investors dumped more than 13 million shares on the stock market. The day is known as "Black Thursday."
1931 - The upper level of the George Washington Bridge opened for traffic between New York and New Jersey.
1939 - Nylon stockings were sold to the public for the first time in Wilmington, DE.
1940 - In the U.S., the 40-hour workweek went into effect under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938.
1945 - The United Nations (UN) was formally established less than a month after the end of World War II. The Charter was ratified by China, France, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, the United States and by a majority of other signatories.
1948 - The term "cold war" was used for the first time. It was in a speech by Bernard Baruch before the Senate War Investigating Committee.
1949 - The cornerstone for the U.N. Headquarters was laid in New York City.
1960 - All remaining American-owned property in Cuba was nationalized. The process of nationalizing all U.S. and foreign-owned property in Cuban had begun on August 6, 1960.
1962 - During the Cuban Missile Crisis, U.S. military forces went on the highest alert in the postwar era in preparation for a possible full-scale war with the Soviet Union. The U.S. blockade of Cuba officially began on this day. 
1986 - Britain broke off relations with Syria after a Jordanian was convicted in an attempted bombing. The evidence in the trial led to the belief that Syria was involved in the attack on the Israeli jetliner.
1989 - Reverend Jim Bakker was sentenced to 45 years in prison and fined $500,000 for his conviction on 24 counts of fraud. In 1991, his sentence was reduced to eighteen years and he was released on parole after a total five years in prison. 
2001 - The U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation that gave police the power to secretly search homes, tap all of a person's telephone conversation and track people's use of the Internet.
2001 - The U.S. stamp "United We Stand" was dedicated.
2001 - NASA's 2001 Mars Odyssey spacecraft successfully entered orbit around Mars.
2003 - In London, the last commercial supersonic Concorde flight landed.

World News

‘Syria government agrees to call truce’
Press TV - The UN-Arab League special envoy for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi says the country’s government has agreed to call a truce on the Eid al-Adha holiday.

Israeli airstrikes kill 4th Palestinian
Press TV - Another Palestinian has died, succumbing to his injuries sustained in recent airstrikes carried out by the Israeli regime on the Gaza Strip.... The other Palestinians injured in the airstrikes are suffering from lack of medicine due to the Israeli siege on the enclave, a Press TV correspondent said. The Tel Aviv regime’s violent assaults started after an Israeli Army officer was wounded by a bomb in the Kissufim region on Gaza’s northern border. The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine organization claimed responsibility for the bombing.

German Parliament Denied Access to Inspect German Gold Reserves Due to ‘Lack of Visiting Rooms’ - German Federal auditors handed in a report slamming the Bundesbank for not inspecting their foreign held gold reserves to verify their book value. The report says the gold bars “have never been physically checked by the Bundesbank itself or other independent auditors regarding their authenticity or weight.” Instead, it relies on “written confirmations by the storage sites.” ... Philipp Missfelder, a politician from Merkel’s own party, has asked the Bundesbank for the right to view the gold bars in Paris and London, but the central bank has denied the request, citing the lack of visitor rooms in those facilities, German’s daily Bild reported.

US forces kill 4 children in Afghanistan
Press TV - Afghan President Hamid Karzai confirmed on Tuesday that a weekend raid by U.S. troops killed four innocent children in Logar Province. Karzai also condemned the killings in a statement, saying that “repeated pledges by NATO to avoid civilian casualties” were not being met, while expressing anger at continued strikes against residential areas.

UK to Double Number of Drones in Afghanistan
Guardian - The UK is to double the number of armed RAF “drones” flying combat and surveillance operations in Afghanistan and, for the first time, the aircraft will be controlled from terminals and screens in Britain. In the new squadron of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), five Reaper drones will be sent to Afghanistan, the Guardian can reveal. It is expected they will begin operations within six weeks. Pilots based at RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire will fly the recently bought American-made UAVs at a hi-tech hub built on the site in the past 18 months.

Iran threatens to stop oil exports, considers anti-Europe sanctions
RT - Iran warns that it could stop exporting oil, driving global crude prices up, should the US and allied Europe tighten sanctions further. For such a case, Tehran says, it has a contingency strategy to carry on without oil revenues. “If you continue to add to the sanctions, we will stop our oil exports to the world,” Iranian Oil Minister Rostam Qasemi told reporters Tuesday. “The lack of Iranian oil in the market would drastically add to the price.”

US blocks Russia's draft statement in UN on peaceful resolution of Bani Walid violence
RT - The United States has blocked a draft statement, proposed by Russia, on the resolution of violence in the Libyan town of Bani Walid, which has been under siege for weeks. The statement called for a peaceful solution to the conflict. Russia’s envoy to the UN, Vitaly Churkin said the move “can't be serious,” reminding the American delegation of the deadly attack in Benghazi that claimed the lives of four US diplomats in September.

Russia condemns United States for human rights record
Reuters - Russia accused the United States on Monday of double standards on human rights, criticizing its failure to close Guantanamo Bay prison and its use of the death penalty while the U.S. Congress considers a law which could punish Moscow for alleged abuses.

Russian Foreign Minister: U.S. Playing “Geopolitical Game in the Middle East”
Kurt Nimmo - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has told the daily newspaper Rossiiskaya that the United States is playing a geopolitical game in the Middle East. Lavrov said accusations against al-Assad “are only a camouflage to cover a big geopolitical game. Another round is playing now, aimed at re-making the Middle East geopolitically. And players are taking pains to secure their geopolitical positions.”

VIDEO: Nigel Farage On The Total Subjugation Of Europe
Zero Hedge - In one his plainest-speaking rants, Farage provides clarity to his ‘peers’ on just exactly what the bailouts of Greece, Portugal, Ireland, and soon to be Spain and Italy are actually about – the “total subjugation of the states to a completely undemocratic structure in Brussels.” Is it any wonder Samaras and crew – while happy to accept cash and make promises – are pulling away from yet another (this time is the last time) Troika-driven austerity push? “The euro-zone is in a very dark place; economically, socially, and politically.”

United Nations Calls for Internet Big Brother System to Combat Terrorism
Kurt Nimmo - Under the rubric of combating international terrorism, the United Nations is calling for pervasive and widespread internet surveillance, Declan McCullagh reported on Monday. Terrorists are exploiting Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Dropbox, to spread “propaganda” and open Wi-Fi networks in airports and libraries pose a threat to national security and enable “perpetrators,” according to “The Use of the Internet for Terrorist Purposes,” a PDF released at a conference in Vienna held by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

'We won’t advise the state again': Scientists outraged at Italian seismologists' jailing
RT - The head of Italy’s disaster evaluation body has quit in protest against the conviction of seven of his colleagues for failing to warn people of a deadly earthquake in 2009. Scientists all over the world have expressed outrage at the verdict. Luciano Maiani, the former director of CERN, and the head of the Serious Risks Commission, tendered his resignation alongside his deputy and other senior officials.

Fake gold bars discovered at Australia’s Perth Mint, Chinese forgery factory uncovered
Black Listed News - The tungsten filled gold scandal has just gotten exponentially larger, as an Australian Seven News investigation discovered 300 fake Perth Mint gold bars and uncovered a Chinese gold ‘forgery factory’. The investigators were able to purchase 300 Chinese sourced 1oz gold bars for a total of $300- and to no one’s surprise, when the investigators melted down the bars, all 300 were discovered to contain roughly the same gold content as Fort Knox.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Informant: NYPD paid me to 'bait' Muslims
A paid informant for the New York Police Department's intelligence unit was under orders to "bait" Muslims into saying inflammatory things as he lived a double life, snapping pictures inside mosques and collecting the names of innocent people attending study groups on Islam, he told The Associated Press.

VIDEO: Proposition 37, GMO Labeling Mandate, Wins Support Of 100 Celebrity Chefs
Huffington Post - Over 125 chefs, including some of the most famous cooks in America, have co-signed a strongly worded open letter penned by Alice Waters, the famously pro-organic founder of Chez Panisse in Berkeley, Calif. In the letter, Waters argues that "the future of food is at stake," so "this is the moment when we need to stand together as chefs, restaurateurs, and people who care about food to support Proposition 37." Underneath Waters' own statement is a pledge in support of the bill...

Whistleblower who revealed CIA torture sentenced to prison
RT - Former CIA agent John Kiriakou pleaded guilty Tuesday morning to crimes related to blowing the whistle on the US government’s torture of suspected terrorists and was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison. The Wall Street Journal reports that Kiriakou, 48, agreed to admit to one count of disclosing information identifying a covert agent early Tuesday, just hours after his attorney entered a change of plea in an Alexandria, Virginia courtroom outside of Washington, DC.

'Just trust us' - NSA to privacy advocates in court
The US National Security Agency isn’t outright rejecting claims that they’ve been conducting surveillance on everyone in the country, but they want Americans to at least give them the benefit of the doubt when it comes to their intensions.

Rutherford Institute Calls on State Legislatures to Protect Americans from Weaponized Police Spy Drones
Rutherford Institute - In alerting the state legislatures to the dangers posed by drones to citizens’ privacy and civil liberties, The Rutherford Institute has made model legislation available, titled “Freedom from Drone Surveillance Act,” that would not only prohibit state governments from using data recorded via police spy drones in criminal prosecutions but would also prevent police agencies from utilizing drones outfitted with anti-personnel devices such as tasers and tear gas. The Rutherford Institute’s letter to the state legislatures, model drone legislation and companion fact sheet are available at

VIDEO: Teenager Admits Spying on Muslims for NYPD Program Created by CIA
Kurt Nimmo - A 19-year-old American of Bengali descent told the Associated Press he was paid by the New York Police Department to bait fellow Muslims. He said he spied on “everything and anyone.” Shamiur Rahman was paid $1,000 per month to spy on student groups and mosques and collect the names of innocent people. He showed the AP week after week of text messages and photographs with his NYPD contacts. “In addition to the monthly payments, Rahman also earned goodwill from the police after a string of minor marijuana arrests,” the Daily Mail reports.

The top 20 airports for TSA theft
Press TV - Your suitcase has been tagged and whisked away for a TSA security check before being loaded onto a plane en route to your final destination. How safe are the belongings inside? The TSA has fired nearly 400 employees for allegedly stealing from travelers, and for the first time, the agency is revealing the airports where those fired employees worked.

Can It All Be a Coincidence?
Alan Caruba - In the four years I have been gathering information about—and evidence against—Barack Hussein Obama, I have encountered hundreds of coincidences that strike me as amazing. None of those coincidences, by themselves, may mean much. But taken as a whole it is almost impossible to believe they were all the result of chance. Consider the Obama-related coincidences...

AUDIO: The Prairie Fire of Freedom - Ron Paul talks to Lew Rockwell about its speed and spread.

2012 Election News

VIDEO: 'Obama, Romney - same police state': Third party debate up-close
RT - On Tuesday night, RT was one of only a handful of media outlets to broadcast the debate, moderated by award-winning broadcast journalist Larry King. Organized by the Free and Equal Elections Foundation, candidates from the Constitution, Green, Justice and Libertarian parties sounded off on the issues facing American voters, without having to worry about towing party lines for the Democrats or Republicans.

Second 2012 Presidential Debate October 30 in Washington, DC - Free and Equal Elections Foundation today announced that its second 2012 Presidential debate is scheduled for October 30 in Washington, DC, from 9:00pm to 10:30pm Eastern Time. The venue will be announced shortly.

GOP candidate's abortion gaffe: Pregnancy from rape 'intended by God'
RT - An incendiary gaffe on abortion raised eyebrows after a recent debate between US Senate candidates in Indiana. Republican Richard Mourdock suggested that a woman being impregnated by rape is “something that God intended to happen.” Mourdock, a Tea Party-backed candidate, was pitted against Democratic and Libertarian rivals at the Tuesday event. He expressed his belief that life began at conception, and that abortion should be illegal even in cases of pregnancies resulting from rape or incest.... Democratic challenger Joe Donnelly, an anti-abortion politician himself, immediately pounced on the comment, questioning the notion that God would “intend for rape to happen.”

Ron Paul Still Beating Mitt Romney In Military Donations - Ron Paul. He's either running the Campaign for Liberty or hatching a plan to kidnap Ben Bernanke's dog, but he's certainly no longer running for president. Yet according to the latest FEC reports, Paul is still outpacing Mitt Romney when it comes to donations from members of the military, even though he hasn't received new contributions since the Summer. Including September's fundraising numbers, Paul has raised $399,274 from members of the armed forces, while Romney has taken in $398,450.

Donald Trump to reveal ‘Michelle and Barack Obama’s divorce papers’, claims respected financial pundit
Daily Mail - Donald Trump is to claim that he has unearthed divorce papers of Michelle Obama and the President, according to a respected financial pundit with links to the tycoon. It is alleged that the eccentric real estate mogul will claim that the documents show the First Lady and the President were at one point in their two decades of marriage seriously considering splitting up.
Trump set the hare running on Monday by claiming that he was set to make an announcement on Wednesday that would be ‘bordering on gigantic' and that it would ‘possibly’ change the Presidential race.

Ron Paul Endorses 5 Candidates in Maine
Yahoo News - In his endorsement letter to Rep. Aaron Libby, the Texas Congressman writes, "Because you have demonstrated that you are willing to fight for individual liberties and stand up for the Constitution, I have decided to endorse your campaign." The three incumbent legislators---Aaron Libby (House - Waterboro, Lyman), Beth O'Connor (House - Berwick), and Heather Sirocki (House - Scarborough)---all endorsed Ron Paul during Maine's 2012 Presidential Caucuses.

Finally, a post-debate poll that restores a little bit of my faith in people
Daily Paul - CNN poll of debate watchers: Who did the debate make you more likely to vote for? Results: Obama 24%, Romney 25%, Neither 50%.

VIDEO: Mitt Romney Agreed With Barack Obama So Much Last Night It Was Shocking
Business Insider - Mitt Romney clearly came into Monday night’s debate with a strategy to hold the lead and appear presidential. He may have managed to do both of those things, but in the process he seemed to be agreeing with President Obama much more than anyone would have expected. The style was such a contrast from the aggressive and effective style he employed in the first debate, it left many pundits scratching their heads.

VIDEO: Tweets Reveal Obama Supporters Fueled by ‘Racial Hatred’
Paul Joseph Watson - Chris Matthews gets it wrong again. Not content with making violent death threats and promising riots if Obama loses, Obama voters have flooded Twitter with racist slurs targeting Mitt Romney and his supporters, an irony given the fact that those who have drawn attention to the death threats being made against Romney have been accused of “race-baiting”.


VIDEO: Ben Bernanke To Close Friends: I Won’t Stay At The Fed For A Third Term
Huffington Post - U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has told close friends he probably will not stand for a third term at the central bank even if President Barack Obama wins the Nov. 6 election, the New York Times reported. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has already said he would not re-nominate Bernanke if he wins the presidency. Bernanke’s term as chairman ends in January 2014.

Veteran News

Reservists more likely to have VA claims denied
Army News - National Guard and reserve members who deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan are having a harder time than other veterans getting disability compensation claims approved by the Veterans Affairs Department. New data obtained by Veterans for Common Sense under the Freedom of Information Act shows the denial rate for claims filed by reserve component combat veterans is four times higher than for post-9/11 combat veterans who were active-duty members.


Diabetes control requires the proper nutrients
(NaturalNews) Disturbingly, diabetes kills more people in America than breast cancer and AIDS combined. The World Health Organization anticipates that by 2030, over 360 million people will have diabetes. If you wish to avoid diabetes or you currently have diabetes and wish to slow or stop its progression, then proper nutrient support is imperative. The nutrients and what foods to find them in are emphasized below.

Research: Curcumin Is A Triple Negative Breast Cancer Killer
Green Med Info - A new study from Zheijian Provincial People's Hospital in Zheijiang, China indicates that a compound in turmeric known as curcumin, which gives the spice its characteristic saffron-like color, is capable of inducing programmed cell death (apoptosis) within triple negative breast cancer cells.

Chemotherapy drugs are linked to severe vitamin D deficiency
(NaturalNews) Vitamin D is critically important for cancer patients in surviving their disease longer. Now, researchers have discovered that several chemotherapy drugs used to treat cancer may also cause severe vitamin D deficiency in patients. More disturbing is that attempts to give such patients supplemental vitamin D have met with mixed results, unless very high doses are applied. If these surprise findings are more widely applicable, they could provide new explanations for the extremely negative side effects of chemotherapy drugs.

7 Awesome Natural Sources of Vitamin D
Natural Society - In the approaching winter months, however, sunlight plentiful in vitamin D will become scarce. We’ll have to expand our diets by eating lots of foods high in vitamin D (but taking care to avoid mercury-laden fish) and potentially high quality vitamin D3 supplements. According to Harvard, how much vitamin D our bodies need varies with our age and skin color. Natural health experts agree that between 5,000 and 8,000 international units (IUs) daily is most beneficial. Here are 7 great natural sources of vitamin D...

Halloween and specialty stores nationwide may be selling lead and cadmium poisoning to your child
(NaturalNews) Sneaky importers and foreign manufacturers really do not care if they poison your child. Federal inspectors in September diverted a load of Halloween costumes from China for testing and found 11 times the acceptable level of lead, according to Mike Milne, a spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Seattle. This shipment was singled out because of a past company violation. How many times does an unscrupulous company get away with poisoning a child before being caught?

Asking doctor questions may bring patients fines
RT - Asking too many questions at a US doctor’s office can land patients a fine. One Minneapolis resident found herself paying an extra $50 for asking about her painful hip. Susan Krantz told CBS News that she was confused when she saw additional charges on her latest medical bill. It included an itemized charge of $50.06 for a service she couldn’t figure out. Upon calling the Minneapolis-based Park Nicollet Health Services, the woman was told that she was charged for asking her doctor too many questions – even though the doctor had welcomed them.

Mainstream Media Launches Another Phony War Against Organic
Natural Society - The mainstream media is invoking déjà vu with their latest laughable attempt to frame yet another study that actually highlighted the benefits of organic into a hysterical anti-organic news frenzy. This time, however, some publications are actually publishing the truth on the matter. Why? Because last time that the mainstream media conglomerate decided to smear the last organic foods study’s findings and proclaim how great pesticides and GMOs are for you and your family, it ended in a major apology by the New York Times.

Science & Technology

Popular GMO watchdog site targeted with cyber attacks
(NaturalNews) An unidentified entity is waging an all-out war against a popular watchdog website that covers issues related to genetically-modified organisms (GMOs). The website, which describes itself as "an independent organization that seeks to counter the enormous corporate political power and propaganda of the biotech industry and its supporters," says its servers have been repeatedly attacked in recent days by a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS), which has caused the site to become inaccessible to many of its regular readers.

Scientist that discovered GMO health hazards immediately fired, team dismantled
(NaturalNews) Though it barely received any media attention at the time, a renowned British biochemist who back in 1998 exposed the shocking truth about how genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) cause organ damage, reproductive failure, digestive dysfunction, impaired immunity, and cancer, among many other conditions, was immediately fired from his job, and the team of researchers who assisted him dismissed from their post within 24 hours from the time when the findings went public.

'ACTA and SOPA for the blind': US, EU block treaty benefiting the visually impaired
RT - The US and the EU are adamantly defending media copyright laws in their latest attempt to tackle counterfeit goods online. But while publishers reap the benefits, disabled persons suffer - and some even say they are being discriminated against. The two governments are standing in the way of a treaty which would allow blind and visually impaired people access to published works in special formats which would cater to their disabilities. wipes user's account, instantly deletes every ebook she ever purchased
(NaturalNews) A Norwegian woman recently learned the hard way that all the electronic books, or ebooks, she has ever purchased for her Kindle portable reading device were not actually hers to keep. In a telling display of rogue corporate control over personal property, the U.K.-based arm of erased all the woman's digital rights management (DRM) protected ebooks and shut her account down without notice, for no specified reason other than its alleged association with another account previously shut down for supposed policy violations.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Action Alert: Will We Let Industrial Farming Interests Set Us Up for Long-Run Mass Starvation?
ANH - Allowing only one color of pig (or cow, corn, wheat, tomato, etc.) is a very bad idea. You can help. As we reported in April, Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) issued an Invasive Species Order, or ISO, that was supposed to “help stop the spread of feral swine and the disease risk they pose,” not to mention their “potential for extensive agricultural and ecosystem damage.”... If we stop this outrageous order in Michigan, we won’t just have stopped it there. We will have prevented its spread to other states.

Today in History - Tuesday - October 23, 2012
1864 - During the U.S. Civil War, Union forces led by Gen. Samuel R. Curtis defeated the Confederate forces in Missouri that were under Gen. Stirling Price.
1910 - Blanche S. Scott became the first woman to make a public solo airplane flight in the United States.
1915 - Approximately 25,000 women demanded the right to vote with a march in New York City, NY.
1929 - In the U.S., the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged starting the stock-market crash that began the Great Depression.
1942 - During World War II, the British began a major offensive against Axis forces at El Alamein, Egypt.
1944 - During World War II, the Battle of Leyte Gulf began.
1946 - The United Nations General Assembly convened in New York for the first time.
1962 - During the Cuban Missile Crisis, the U.S. naval "quarantine" of Cuba was approved by the Council of the Organization of American States (OAS).
1962 - The U.S. Navy reconnaissance squadron VFP-62 began overflights of Cuba under the code name "Blue Moon."
1971 - The U.N. General Assembly voted to expel Taiwan and seat Communist China.
1973 - U.S. President Richard M. Nixon agreed to turn over the subpoenaed tapes concerning the Watergate affair.
1978 - China and Japan formally ended four decades of hostility when they exchanged treaty ratifications.
1983 - At Beirut International Airport, a suicide bomber destroyed a U.S. Marine compound and killed 241 U.S. Marines and sailors. 58 French paratroopers were killed in a near-simultaneous attack.
1985 - U.S. President Reagan arrived in New York to address the U.N. General Assembly.
1989 - Hungary became an independent republic, after 33 years of Soviet rule.
1992 - A former French health official was sentenced to four years in prison for allowing 1,200 hemophiliacs to receive AIDS-tainted blood.
1995 - Russian President Boris Yeltsin and U.S. President Bill Clinton agree to a joint peacekeeping effort in the war-torn Bosnia.
1996 - The civil trial of O.J. Simpson opened in Santa Monica, CA. Simpson was later found liable in the deaths of his ex-wife, Nicole and her friend, Ronald Goldman.
1998 - Japan nationalized its first bank since World War II.
1998 - Dr. Barnett Slepian, a doctor who performed legal abortions, was killed at his home in suburban Buffalo, NY, by sniper fire through his kitchen window. James Kopp was charged with second-degree murder.
2002 - Gunmen seized a crowded Moscow theater, taking hundreds hostage and threatening to kill them unless the Russian army pulled out of Chechnya.
2003 - Madame Chiang Kai-shek, widow of the Chinese nationalist leader, died in New York at age 105.
2006 - Former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling was sentenced to more than 24 years in prison for his role in the company's collapse.

World News

Blast hits US-led military convoy in Afghanistan
Press TV - The incident took place in Mihtarlam district of eastern province of Laghman on Tuesday. A tank belonging to foreign forces was destroyed in the attack. There have been no official reports of casualties, but witnesses told Press TV that foreign choppers evacuated the wounded from the scene of the attack. Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid claimed the militant group conducted the attack and that the raid caused some casualties.

US dollars boost insurgency in Syria amid truce proposal
Press TV - While an international proposal has been made for a truce in Sryia, the insurgents in the Arab country are receiving US dollars and heavy weaponry from their foreign supporters. The insurgents receive USD 150 a month for fighting against the Syrian government and the money is coming from some foreign states, including Qatar and Turkey, the commanders of the armed groups in the flashpoint city of Aleppo said earlier.

Stop the presses: Turkey tops list of jailed journalists
RT - As the situation in Syria intensifies, its neighbor Turkey, which is at the frontline of the offensive against President Assad’s government, is being dubbed as the world's leading jailer of journalists by a New York–based media watchdog. The latest investigation says that 76 journalists were detained in Turkey as of August 1, 80 per cent of which were imprisoned as a direct result of their work. The remaining 20 per cent of the cases are still being investigated by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) workers. The report also claims that three-quarters of jailed journalists have not yet been convicted of any crime but are held while they await "resolution of their cases."

France, US talk over sending drones to Mali
Press TV - France will move surveillance drones to West Africa and is holding secretive talks with U.S. officials in Paris this week as it seeks to steer international military action to help Mali's feeble government win back the northern part of the country from rebels, the Associated Press has learned. France and the United Nations insist any invasion of Mali's north must be led by African troops. But France, which has six hostages in Mali and has citizens who have joined al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, is playing an increasing role behind the scenes.

Is There Gold In Fort Knox? Germany Wants To Know
Zero Hedge - The German court of auditors (Bundesrechnungshof) has demanded that the Bundesbank undertake an audit of its gold reserves. In an 'audit-the-fed' style effort, the court wants to ensure that the nearly 3400 tons of gold is in fact in existence - 'because stocks have never been checked for authenticity and weight'. Furthermore, the Bundesbank's gold is stored in three other vaults around the world: The Bank of England, The Bank of France, and the US Federal Reserve.

Angry Libyan protesters storm TV channel for Bani Walid coverage (PHOTOS)
RT - Protesters attacked the HQ of the private TV station Al-Hurra in Benghazi, claiming the channel’s coverage of the Bani Walid events was used to justify assaults against the city. ­They also allegedly lashed out against the channel reporting the capture of Khamis Gaddafi, the ousted leader’s youngest son.

CIA chiefs face arrest over horrific evidence of bloody 'video-game' sorties by drone pilots
Daily Mail - The Mail on Sunday today reveals shocking new evidence of the full horrific impact of US drone attacks in Pakistan. A damning dossier assembled from exhaustive research into the strikes’ targets sets out in heartbreaking detail the deaths of teachers, students and Pakistani policemen.... The dossier has been assembled by human rights lawyer Shahzad Akbar, who works for Pakistan’s Foundation for Fundamental Rights and the British human rights charity Reprieve. Filed in two separate court cases, it is set to trigger a formal murder investigation by police into the roles of two US officials said to have ordered the strikes.

Japan, US call off joint drill to ‘retake’ disputed islands fearing backlash from China
New Orleans Sun - Tokyo and Washington were considering holding the drill on the uninhabited island of Irisuna as part of joint military exercise slated for November. Sources said that the drill could lead to a backlash from Beijing, which has reacted harshly to Japan's nationalization of the Senkaku Islands, which are also claimed by China and Taiwan.

India May Ban GMO Crop Field Trials for 10 Years
Natural Society - The nation’s new expert committee appointed by the Supreme Court of India is now calling upon the Indian government to enact a 10 year ban on all GMO crop field trials for the next 10 years. The new law would forbid any biotech agencies from testing their latest GMO crops on India’s soil, therefore preventing the serious issue of contamination and environmental damage. Contamination that is much more than an unlikely but problematic scenario. Monsanto has been caught in the past contaminating even organic seed varieties, and has gone as far as to plant their experimental crops before the USDA allowed them to.

Fukushima Update: Unit 4 Is Sinking … Unevenly
Washington’s Blog - The spent fuel pool at Fukushima Unit 4 is the top short-term threat to humanity, and is a national security issue for America. As such, it is disturbing news that the ground beneath unit 4 is sinking. Specifically, Unit 4 sunk 36 inches right after the earthquake, and has sunk another 30 inches since then. Moreover, Unit 4 is sinking unevenly, and the building may begin tilting. An international coalition of nuclear scientists and non-profit groups are calling on the U.N. to coordinate a multi-national effort to stabilize the fuel pools.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

YouTube: Judge Napolitano on Fox News: Libyan Embassy Attack Is Blowback 10/22/12
Judge Napolitano is interviewed on Fox News by Sheppard Smith, and makes the case that the Libyan embassy attack is blowback from Obama's foreign policy.

'Star Wars' at sea: US Navy gears to deploy laser weapon in two years
RT - The US Navy’s research office expects that ship-based laser weapons will be ready for deployment in two years, which is two years ahead of previous estimates. But this futuristic weaponry may face setbacks in the form of looming budget cuts.

VIDEO: Native American Patriot Russell Means Passes at 72
Infowars - American icon and patriot Russell Means passed away on October 22, several weeks after a delegation of Lakota leaders told the State Department they were unilaterally withdrawing from treaties they signed with the federal government of the United States. Lakota country includes parts of the states of Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana and Wyoming. Means, 72, died earlier today at his ranch in Porcupine, South Dakota, Oglala Sioux Tribe spokeswoman Donna Solomon said.

NDAA OPPOSITION Second Michigan county says “NO!” to federal kidnapping - The Florida Tenth Amendment Center has been working hard to crack the ice in at least one Florida County. There are 17 counties in the nation now that have passed this resolution telling the Federal government NO, WE DO NOT SUPPORT OR CONDONE the Military Arrest, Indefinite Detention of US CITIZENS in the United States or anywhere.

NDAA critic allowed home after being stranded on island
RT - A Mississippi man has been allowed back to the United States mainland after being stranded in Hawaii last week when his name popped-up on a no-fly list mid-flight. Even still, Wade E. Hicks, Jr. says he wants some answers.... Hicks was eventually able to make contact with lawmakers from his home state of Mississippi and urgently reached out to the press in an effort to go public with the obstacles he was experiencing with absolutely no response from the federal government. He was eventually informed after six days of being stuck in Oahu that he could return to the continental US last week, but now he says the state is staying mum as to why he ever ended up on a no-fly list to begin with.

Virginia Teacher Charged With Assault: Girl’s Hand Cut in Forced ‘Islamic Hand Sign’ Drill
The Blaze - An elementary school teacher in Chesapeake, Va. has been charged with simple assault after a parent claimed her daughter’s hand was cut open as a result of the teacher yanking her arm aggressively while trying to teach students an “Islamic hand sign.” Officer Leo Kosinski, a spokesman for the Chesapeake Police Department, told TheBlaze that Tara Harris was criminally charged with a misdemeanor on Oct. 11 and released on a summons. The case is currently under investigation.

AUDIO: Ron Paul on Radio West, KUER 90.1 10-18-12
Liberty Crier - Paul’s dogged adherence to his basic tenet – that government impedes liberty – has garnered him a passionate and diverse following. Ron Paul is currently serving the last of his 24 years in the House and on this interview in Utah, he spoke about his philosophy for an ideal society. For Paul, that means as little government as possible. Click here to listen to the full interview. Below you will find the Utah Valley University student Q&A with Ron Paul.

Six Largest Pesticide Corporations Funding Effort to Try to Defeat GMO Labeling Proposition 37
Natural News - In what should probably surprise no one who has been following the Proposition 37 issue, a California proposal that would require the ingredients in all GM foods to be labeled, the so-called “Big 6″ pesticide corporations have become the movement’s main opponents.... The Big 6 – Monsanto, BASF, Bayer, Dow, DuPont and Syngenta – far and away dominate the global seed and pesticide markets; they are actively opposing Prop 37. In filings released recently, each of the corporations “made contributions of at least $2 million, with Monsanto’s contribution alone totaling more than $7 million,” said PAN [Pesticide Action Network], in a press release.

2012 Election News

C-SPAN to Cover Free & Equal Third Party Debate Today
Daily Paul - C-SPAN just announced that they will cover the third party presidential debate, hosted by Larry King. 9 pm, Tuesday October 23rd.
* Link to schedule.

VIDEO: Third 2012 Presidential Debate With Third Party Responses
Liberty Crier - We are joining Democracy Now on the “Expanding the Debate” series with a special live broadcast of the final 2012 presidential debate. The video will be paused after the 2 major party candidates answer each question to include real-time responses from the Green Party’s Jill Stein and the Justice Party’s Rocky Anderson. Libertarian Gary Johnson declined to participate.

Jill Stein Campaign Sues Commission on Presidential Debates - The follow message was sent out by Campaign Manager Ben Manski on behalf of the Jill Stein Campaign: “We have just filed suit against the CPD, Democratic National Committee, and Republican National Committee, together with the Federal Election Commission and Lynn University, claiming that they have deprived Jill Stein of her constitutional rights to due process, equal protection, and free speech, as well as her statutorily protected civil rights.”

Obama campaign borrowed $15 million from Bank of America
The Blaze - The Obama campaign’s monthly FEC report for October has revealed that Obama for America took out a $15 million loan from Bank of America back in September. Due to be paid back on November 14– just eight days after the election– the report says the campaign will be paying a 2.5% interest rate plus the current Libor rate. Many are asking why the first campaign that pledged to raise a billion dollars needs a last-minute $15 million loan, but Twitter users appear content to draw similarities between the campaign, and the presidency.

Free & Equal Preview: Larry King moderates 3rd Party Debate
Daily Paul - Christina Tobin of Free & Equal joins Daily Paul Radio with Kurt Wallace for ‘Free & Equal Preview: Larry King moderates 3rd Party Debate’ to discuss the upcoming 3rd party debate with moderator Larry King. Christina breaks down the debate on October 23rd between four candidates. She says viewers will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite top two candidates to debate each other on October 30th in Washington DC. Listen to the Interview Here!

Clear Channel takes down voter fraud billboards
CNN News - Clear Channel Outdoor said Monday that it was taking down billboards that advocacy groups claim were an effort to suppress voter turnout in minority neighborhoods. The billboards in question, located in the swing states of Ohio and Wisconsin, warned that voter fraud is a felony punishable by jail time. Activists say the messages, funded anonymously, were concentrated in minority neighborhoods and were placed in order to intimidate potential voters into staying home. Online petitions calling for the billboards' removal garnered more than 100,000 signatures.


U.S. Government's Foreign Debt Now $47,495 Per Household
CNS News - The debt that the U.S. government owes to foreign interests now equals approximately $47,495 for each household in the United States, according to the latest data released by the U.S. Treasury and the Census Bureau. The portion of the U.S. government’s foreign debt now owed to interests in Mainland China is about $10,090 per household.

The Student Loan Bubble: Unintended Consequences of Federal Student Loans - College tuition costs have been skyrocketing and the more they go up, the more the government tries to help make college more affordable. Americans owe $1 trillion in student loans, even more than they owe in credit card debt. The federal government has been involved in student loans since 1958, either by guaranteeing loans made by private banks or by giving out loans themselves. Tuition rates have been increasing at about twice the rate of inflation... Their intentions are good, but the government’s involvement is precisely what has resulted in the rise of tuition costs.

Veteran News

Disabled veteran kicked out of store, told to go occupy Wall Street
RT - A disabled war veteran faced verbal abuse when he entered a mattress store in San Antonio.... The 70 percent disabled veteran, Adan Gallegos, is now suing Billy Bob’s Beds in the San Antonio Federal Court. He claims civil rights violations and violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Texas Human Resources Code, Courthouse News reports.... Store employees continued the harassment and ridicule after Mr. Gallegos left the building,” the complaint states. The store president called the police on the veteran, while employees followed him outside and told him to remove his Wounded Warrior clothing and “go occupy Wall Street.”

Energy & Environment

Calif. storm brings two feet of snow
AP - Fall looked a lot like winter across Northern California on Monday as the first major storm of the season brought out snow plows on Interstate 80, prompted travel advisories at higher elevations and showered the rest of the parched region with much-needed rain.

U.S. military dumped millions of pounds of mustard gas, explosives into the Gulf of Mexico
(NaturalNews) "Lurking (and leaking) beneath the world's oceans are an estimated 200 million pounds of unexploded and potentially dangerous explosives - from bombs to missiles to mustard gas," Fox News reported recently. That is the conclusion of William Bryant and Niall Slowey, oceanographers from Texas A&M University, who have documented a pair of these dump sites in the Gulf of Mexico. The two researchers put out a conservative estimate that at least 31 million pounds of ordnance can be found in the Gulf of Mexico, as well as off the coastlines of at least 16 states, from New Jersey to Hawaii.


Why Whole Foods Are More Than The Sum of Their Parts
Green Med Info - Dr. Colbin, founder and CEO of the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts, has crafted her own nutrition theory based on more than 30 years of nutrition practice and teaching. She prefers to liken nutrition to systems theory, and believes that a whole food, like the human being consuming it, is complex and much greater than the sum of its parts.... Dr. Colbin's theory is that our bodies know the difference between a whole food and an aggregation of isolated nutrients.

Ashwagandha root for effective anxiety and stress relief, improved immunity
(NaturalNews) Ashwagandha is a widely used herb in Ayurvedic medicine. It is perhaps most well known for its relaxing effects on the nervous system. However, this herb has numerous other important health benefits that can be a great addition to any natural health supplementation regime.

The Serious Side Effects of Aspirin: Beyond Itching, Irritation, and Nausea
Natural Society - Aspirin has been linked to numerous health risks. It seems that there are new studies being released on a monthly basis on the dangers of aspirin. Still the American Heart Association and doctors everywhere recommend it for heart disease prevention and more, all while serious side effects of aspirin permeate the body.

Meningitis outbreak nears 300 confirmed infections
Press TV - The number of patients known to have contracted a deadly form of meningitis linked to contaminated steroid shots prepared by a Massachusetts pharmacy edged closer to the 300 mark Monday. Health officials said some 294 cases had now been recorded across 16 states, up 12 on the previous day's figures. To date some 23 deaths have been attributed to the rare fungal meningitis, thought caused by the contamination of vials at the New England Compounding Center.

Banana Boat Recall: Sunscreen Pulled Due to Fire Risk
Global Post - Giving new meaning to the word sunburn, Banana Boat recalled 23 of its spray sunscreen products Friday amid reports that a handful of people have caught on fire after applying it, The Associated Press reported. Energizer Holdings Inc. said it is pulling the UltraMist products from store shelves due to the risk that it can ignite when exposed to open flames. Read the ingredient list here.

Are Expired Drugs Still Safe to Use?
Dr. Mercola - Prescription drugs typically have an expiration date of one to five years, and if you're like most people, you would probably think twice before taking a medication past its expiration date. Medication turnover based on stated expiration dates also costs the medical industry, such as hospitals, pharmacies, and the US military, billions of dollars. According to a new study, prescription drugs can actually remain sufficiently potent well past their expiration date, as long as it's unopened. (It's important to remember that drugs need to be stored properly, as humidity, temperature and exposure to light can affect the drug's shelf life.)

Genetically Modified Foods To Avoid
Natural Health Guide - Genetically modified food products include soy, canola, corn, cotton (for cottonseed oil), Hawaiian papaya, sugar beets, alfalfa, zucchini, and yellow squash. In addition, dairy products from cows that were injected with rbGH, food additives, enzymes, flavorings, and the artificial sweetener aspartame may also contain GMOs. Any food containing these ingredients or foods derived from them should ideally be avoided, though this can be difficult, as a large percentage of foods contain ingredients derived from corn. These include: Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C), Aspartame, Caramel Color, Cellulose and methylcellulose, Citric Acid...

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

So what's vertical gardening all about? 13 Reasons to grow your vegetables in a vertical garden
(NaturalNews) Just like with most new ideas, at first the idea is novel and a small group of people embrace it while others look on thinking they're crazy; however, there comes a tipping point when enough people recognize that the crazy idea is actually the leading edge of genius and all of a sudden, everyone's doing it. That's what's happening with the idea of growing food vertically, taking advantage of the uncharted sky and reducing your garden's footprint.

Today in History - Monday - October 22, 2012
1746 - The College of New Jersey was officially chartered. It later became known as Princeton University.
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.
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."
1981 - The Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization was decertified by the federal government for its strike the previous August.
1983 - At the Augusta National Golf Course in Georgia, an armed man crashed a truck through front gates and demanded to speak with U.S. President Ronald Reagan.
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.
2010 - The Internation Space Station set the record (3641 days) for the longest continuous human occupation of space. It had been continously inhabited since November 2, 2000.

World News

VIDEO: At least 13 killed, dozens injured in Damascus car bombing amid UN peace envoy visit
RT - At least 13 people have been killed and 29 injured as a powerful blast hit outside a police station in Bab Touma neighborhood in the old part of Damascus, reports the state news agency. It comes as Lakhdar Brahimi visits the Syrian capital for talks.

US-led airstrikes kill 8 in Afghanistan
Press TV - At least eight people have been killed in new US-led airstrikes in the Wardak and Kandahar provinces respectively situated in central and southern Afghanistan. Six people were killed in a pre-dawn strike in the Wardak province on Monday. The provincial police said the assault had targeted a house. Some local sources said that militants had been killed in the raid, but there has not been an official statement from any militant group confirming the accounts.

Scientists confirm water extraction helped trigger deadly 2011 quake in Spain
Massive extraction of groundwater helped unleash an earthquake in southeastern Spain last year that killed nine people, injured at least 100 and left thousands homeless, geologists said on Sunday.... Seismologists were surprised by the May 11, 2011 earthquake which happened two kilometres (1.2 miles) northeast of the city of Lorca.... The quake also happened on a complex but dormant fault that ripped open after water had been extensively pumped out of a neighbouring aquifer, causing a domino effect of subterranean stresses, they said.

VIDEO: Clashes in Beirut as security chief mourners attempt to storm govt HQ
RT - Several people were injured in Beirut as hundreds tried to storm the government HQ demanding the ministers quit. Police used teargas and fired rounds in the air to disperse the angry march, which followed the funeral of the slain security chief.

Youngest son of Colonel Gaddafi dead after Bani Walid siege – Libya deputy PM
Khamis Gaddafi has been killed in the Bani Walid siege, Libya’s National Congress has confirmed. The body of Colonel Gaddafi’s youngest son has reportedly now been transferred to a hospital in Misrata. A spokesperson from the Congress said that the 28-year-old was killed “in battle,” while Deputy PM Mustafa Abushagur wrote on Twitter that his body had been found in a Misrata hospital. Earlier, conflicting reports on Twitter said that Khamis Gaddafi was apprehended in Bani Walid by government forces and later died in their custody.

VIDEO: No Cuts! Tens of thousands turnout for British anti-austerity protests
RT - Nurses, teachers and off duty policemen marched with anti-war activists, politicians and the unemployed in a massive protest against the Conservative led Government’s austerity measures, which they say are killing Britain. Tens of thousands of people took to the streets in the demonstrations, which was led by a group of jobless young people. More than 250 coaches brought people to London to take part. There were similar protests in Belfast and Glasgow.

Spanish Government Considers Ban on Filming Police
Intel Hub - According to the Associated Press Spain is considering a ban on photographing, filming or reproducing images of police and state security forces who are on duty.... Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria said after months of television and Internet scenes of sometimes violent clashes between police and demonstrators, a balance had to be struck “between citizens’ right to protest” and the need “to uphold the integrity of state security forces.”

Chemtrails, “The Spraying of Poison over Sweden”: Politician Ignites Controversial Debate
Global Research - Pernilla Hagberg [the leader of the Environmental Party faction in the Swedish parliament] saw a picture in the newspaper that was titled airplane exhaust fumes or condensation trails. But in her opinion these trails are so-called chemtrails, poisons that are emitted from airplanes to control the weather. “It is one of the most serious phenomena in Sweden today. These trails contain a multitude of chemicals, viruses and heavy metals, such as Aluminium that influence the weather” Pernilla Hagberg says she believes that the CIA and the American NSA (National Security Agency) are behind the release.

Cancer cells: Italian court rules ‘mobile phones can cause brain tumors’
RT - The Italian Supreme Court has ruled there is a causal link between mobile phone use and brain tumors in a landmark case. The ruling has set a legal precedent that could potentially trigger a deluge of lawsuits. Innocente Marcolini, a 60-year-old retired businessman argued that the excessive use of his mobile phone for around six hours every day for 12 years caused a benign brain tumor that left his face partially paralyzed. The Italian court ruled in the businessman’s favor, conceding that there is a “causal link” between phone use and the development of the tumor.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Latest Ammunition Purchase Reeks of Collusion and Chicago Style Politics
Intel Hub - Failing to abide by established laws, rules, regulations, policies and procedures, the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (DHS/ICE) has not only ordered, but awarded the contract purchase of over 6 million 9 mm JHP rounds. The amount is tiny, and is unjustified, and raises more questions... Since 2009, a grand total of 2,206,308,445 (Over 2.2 BILLION) rounds have been purchased by the Department of Homeland Security. Why?

Congressman claims abortion never necessary to save lives
RT - Illinois Rep. Joe Walsh said during a fierce congressional debate that abortions are never necessary to save a pregnant woman’s life.... “Walsh’s comments have no grounding in science and are completely inaccurate,” Dr. Cassing Hammond, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern University, told the Chicago Tribune. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in response stated that 600 women die annually in the US from complications relating to pregnancy and childbirth. The group told politicians to “get out of our exam rooms.”

Gun industry thrives under Obama administration
NY Daily News - President Barack Obama has presided over a heyday for the gun industry despite predictions by the National Rifle Association four years ago that he would be the “most anti-gun president in American history.” Gun buyers fear that Obama wants to restrict their purchases, especially if he were re-elected. An analysis by The Associated Press of data tracking the health of the gun industry shows that sales are on the rise, so much that some gun manufacturers can’t make enough guns fast enough.

TSA Removes X-Ray Body Scanners From Major Airports
Activist Post - The TSA says it made the decision not because of safety concerns but to speed up checkpoints at busier airports.... The replacement machines, known as millimeter-wave scanners, rely on low-energy radio waves similar to those used in cell phones.... But tests in Europe and Australia suggest the millimeter-wave machines have some drawbacks. They were found to have a high false-alarm rate, ranging from 23 percent to 54 percent when figures have been released.

VIDEO: Freedom Fighter Russell Means Hospitalized in Arizona
Daily Paul - The American Indian Movement co-founder and actor was hospitalized last week, when he announced that his esophageal cancer was no longer in remission. The 72-year-old said he learned he has "new cancer spots" on Aug. 20. Initially diagnosed with esophageal cancer during the summer of 2011, he opted to forgo the conventional Western medicine methods of chemotherapy and radiation to treat his cancer, and instead chose to fight it using methods more attuned to his Lakota spirituality, including prayer. Sources close to Means and his wife, Pearl, who is originally from the Scottsdale area, say his lungs are failing and he is in "terminal condition."

New hearings give voice to 100 inmates allegedly tortured by Chicago police
RT - One hundred alleged victims of abuse at the hands of Chicago police officers, have been granted hearings to describe the torture they faced. For decades, minority inmates were beaten, shocked and suffocated into confessing their crimes. The Chicago police officers were said to be racially motivated in their actions, abusing African American men arrested on the south and west sides of Chicago for four decades, the Courthouse News reports.

VIDEO: 12-year-old girl is being hailed a hero for shooting a home intruder
Daily Mail - Kendra St Clair, from Oklahoma, was home alone when she heard someone break in. She called her mother and asked what she should do, and her terrified mom told her to get the gun and hide in the closet and stay there until she thought the coast was clear.... Kendra explained: 'When I saw the door handle turn, I shot him. I guess it went through the door, went through him, and went through the wall'.... The suspect, Stacey Jones, 32, was released from a Plano hospital today and is being held in a Collin County Jail.

2012 Election News

YouTube: Gary Johnson On Fox News’ Geraldo At Large
Libertarian Party presidential nominee Gary Johnson on Fox News' Geraldo At Large October 21, 2012.

VIDEO: CBS News Affiliate Calls 2012 Presidential Race For Barack Obama Weeks Ahead Of Election
Liberty Crier - The 2012 presidential election is still more than two weeks away, but on Friday a CBS News affiliate in Arizona called the race for President Barack Obama. For 17 seconds, Phoenix, Arizona CBS News affiliate KPHO ran a lower third graphic that showed that Obama had won the Nov. 6 election over Gov. Mitt Romney with 99% of the precincts reporting. The lower third graphic appeared around 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 19, during an episode of “The People’s Court.”

10 urgent preparations for possible riots after the Presidential election
(NaturalNews) Regardless of who you support in the coming election, the possibility of post-election riots is a reality. Here are 12 things you need to realize right now if you hope to stay safe should such an outcome unfold.

International monitors at US polling spots draw criticism from voter fraud groups
The Hill - United Nations-affiliated election monitors from Europe and central Asia will be at polling places around the U.S. looking for voter suppression activities by conservative groups, a concern raised by civil rights groups during a meeting this week. The intervention has drawn criticism from a prominent conservative-leaning group combating election fraud. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), a United Nations partner on democratization and human rights projects, will deploy 44 observers from its human rights office around the country.... It's part of a broader observation mission that will send out an additional 80 to 90 members of parliament from nearly 30 countries.

YouTube: Christina Tobin Talks With Ben Swann About Alternative Debate in Chicago
Published on Oct 19, 2012 by Ben Swann Reality Check.

YouTube: The Biggest Lie Ever: A Wasted Vote: Who Should I Vote For? Gary Johnson...
Did you watch the debate last night? Are you dissatisfied with either candidate but feel like you'll "waste your vote" if you go Libertarian...

Does The Romney Family Now Own Your E-Vote? - Through a closely held equity fund called Solamere, Mitt Romney and his wife, son and brother are major investors in an investment firm called H.I.G. Capital. H.I.G. in turn holds a majority share and three out of five board members in Hart Intercivic, a company that owns the notoriously faulty electronic voting machines that will count the ballots in swing state Ohio November 7. Hart machines will also be used elsewhere in the United States.

Obama and Romney: War No Matter Who Wins Election
Kurt Nimmo - Once again emphasizing there is no fundamental difference between Obama and Romney when it comes to attacking Iran, the American Jewish Committee has published the answers to a questionnaire sent to the candidates. From the Jewish Telegraphic Agency website: “I am prepared to use all elements of American power” to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, Obama said in the questionnaires released Oct. 18 by the AJC, “including a political effort to further isolate Iran, a diplomatic effort to sustain our coalition, an economic effort that has imposed crippling sanctions, and a military effort to be prepared for any contingency.” Romney’s response was nearly identical...

Amazing, Romney still battles Ron Paul in New Jersey
Doug Wead - The battle for the soul of the Republican Party is still ongoing. If you doubt that, take a look at the Romney henchman in New Jersey, who is even now, doing everything within his power to resist the involvement of grass roots Ron Paul people. What you saw in Tampa, where Ron Paul delegates, mostly young and war veterans and Hispanics were unseated, continues in other ways, unabated in state after state, county after county.

How Mitt Romney cheated his way to the GOP nomination
Doug Wead - New evidence is coming out about just how tough and dirty the Mitt Romney campaign fought to block the Ron Paul takeover of the Republican Party at the State Conventions last summer. It may offer a little sneak preview of what a Romney presidency will be like. And make no mistake, barring war with Syria or some other dramatic October surprise, Romney will now win this election in a landslide. At least, that is my humble opinion, as one who loves and reads history. The economy will decide that.


IMF's epic plan to conjure away debt and dethrone bankers
Telegraph - So there is a magic wand after all. A revolutionary paper by the International Monetary Fund claims that one could eliminate the net public debt of the US at a stroke, and by implication do the same for Britain, Germany, Italy, or Japan.The IMF reports says the conjuring trick is to replace our system of private bank-created money.

VIDEO: John Stossel: Can Greed Work In A Free-Market Economy
Liberty Crier - Is capitalism moral? Are free markets and big governments incompatible? Paycheks or foodstamps? Forbes Media Chairman Steve Forbes and AEI’s Arthur Brooks discuss the benefits of a free-market economy.

YouTube: Lew Rockwell explains how the Federal Reserve Enables War, Empire, and Destroys the Middle Class
RT Capital Account - The accused Federal Reserve bomb plotter's home country wants details on his case. While this may make headlines, we ask Lew Rockwell of the Ludwig Von Mises Institute about one aspect of the Federal Reserve that has not made front page news: how the Fed, with its printing press, may be making war easier.

YouTube: Ron Paul: Stocks Can't be Detached From Monetary Policy
Fox News 10/19/2012.

Survey: 40 Percent Of Americans Have $500 Or Less In Savings
CBS News - A survey of about 1,100 Americans finds that more than 4-in-10 respondents admit they don’t have more than $500 in readily accessible savings. The survey is a kind of departure for, a website that compares credit card deals. Not respondents all were poor. Some had big houses, big mortgages or 401(k)s, but still no more than five Benjamins to rub together right now.

Veteran News

PHOTOS: Marines' Faces Before, During, and After Serving in Afghanistan - How do life-changing experiences concretely impact the way we look? Does tragedy truly show up in our eyes and brow? These are questions that fascinate Claire Felicie, who photographed the faces of 20 Dutch Marines before, during, and after their tour of duty in Afghanistan. From first photo to last photo, only 12 months passed, but a great deal happened in these young men's lives.

Energy & Environment

Permit given for fracking near nuclear plant - Chesapeake Energy has a permit to frack just one mile from the Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Station in Shippingport. Whether that is cause for alarm, experts can’t say.... As the fracking continues, does anyone, driller or geologist, know what really lies beneath the surface? Does the improbability of seismic activity as a result of fracking become more likely as more wells are drilled?

VIDEO: Airtran Airways – Owned by Southwest Airlines – Caught Spraying Chemtrails Over North Florida
Intel Hub - Do low cost airlines boost profits with secret chemtrail spraying? On Oct 18, I recorded and tracked the progress of Airtran Flt TRS9100 as it sprayed aerosols on a heading of 180 deg (south) before making a U-turn over Gainesville to head north to Atlanta. It was an easy task to identify Airtran TRS9100 since it was the only aircraft on FlightAware radar that matched the unusual flight path.... Relative humidity at Flight Level (37,000 ft/11,200 meters) less than 20% at 3 reporting stations. This measured data is hard evidence that formation of persistent contrails of water vapor – as defined by NASA – was not possible.


Eugenics in education: Healthy boy banned from public school due to genetic makeup
(NaturalNews) An 11-year-old California schoolboy named Colman Chadam has been banished from his school and forced to transfer to another school because he carries the genetic mutation for cystic fibrosis. The boy shows no symptoms of the disease and appears to be in perfect health. He is being banished from his own school solely due to the genetic code he carries.

Strokes on the rise among younger people as healthcare system fails to prevent disease
(NaturalNews) An increasing number of younger people are experiencing strokes these days, according to a new study published in the journal of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN). And while the overall stroke incidence rate has somewhat declined among all age groups based on the figures, the average age of stroke sufferers is also decreasing, which means the very elderly are no longer the only individuals at primary risk for the disease.

Sugar and carbs quadruple risk of cognitive impairment in aging adults
(NaturalNews) Researchers from the Mayo Clinic, publishing the result of a study in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease explain how people 70 and older who eat food high in carbohydrates have nearly four times the risk of developing mild cognitive impairment, and the danger is also present with a diet heavy in sugar. Those who consume a lot of protein and fat relative to carbohydrates are less likely to become cognitively impaired, the study found.

Five mental habits that steal years from your life
(NaturalNews) One of the best ways to manage stress is to stop causing it. Here are five common mental habits that contribute to chronic stress, including what you can do about each one.

Four natural remedies for a quick and easy gut detox
(NaturalNews) Pathogenic bacteria already exist in even a healthy gut. But the healthy gut maintains a balance between beneficial and pathogenic bacteria of usually 80 to 85 percent beneficial to 20 or 15 percent pathogenic.

Discover the powerful antioxidant alpha-lipoic acid (ALA)
(NaturalNews) Alpha-lipoic acid is a powerful antioxidant that is made by the body, in small amounts and is found in every cell. It is also known as a metabolic antioxidant because in its absence, the cells of the body wouldn't be able to turn glucose into energy.

Major challenges with thyroid function and testing
(NaturalNews) One of the fastest growing disorders in the U.S. is thyroid malfunction. According to the American Academy of Clinical Endocrinologists, there are 27 million people in the U.S. with thyroid problems. This group claims that only 13 million of those are diagnosed and treated. This statistic makes thyroid conditions the most under-diagnosed health problem in the United States.

Stop Osteoporosis by using vitamin C
(NaturalHealth365) When a women is diagnosed with either “osteopenia” or “osteoporosis” – taking either a calcium supplement or a bisphoshonate drug is not only the wrong treatment, but dangerous. Researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine have shown that Vitamin C actively protects against osteoporosis, the findings are published in the October online edition of PloS ONE. One study was with mice whose ovaries had been removed, a procedure that reduces bone density. And, the results were very interesting.

Six reasons to never leave home without ginger
(NaturalNews) The amazing abilities of the ginger plant to promote vibrant health and prevent disease cannot be overstated, especially because of how easy it is to consume both ginger root and leaves on a daily basis in the form of capsules, tea, extract, soft chews, and even slices or pieces added to various foods. Here are six specific reasons why you should make ginger a part of your everyday health regimen.

How to boost your enzyme reserves
(NaturalNews) Enzymes are extremely vital to human well-being. They play a critical role in digestion and nutrient assimilation, in immune response, cognitive acceleration, and cellular detoxification among other things. These systems battle for enzymes to utilize within our body.

Cure eczema the natural way
(NaturalNews) The first line of attack in overcoming eczema is healing the gut. Since a majority of those suffering from eczema experience leaky gut syndrome, it is important to take care of the digestive tract. When the intestinal wall becomes overly permeable with this syndrome, toxins pass into the blood stream which triggers an inflammatory response. Allergies and food reactions follow -- along with eczema. Unfortunately, this whole cycle taxes the immune system.

7 Awesome Natural Sources of Vitamin D
Natural Society - The skin cancer scare has rendered many Americans vitamin D deficient, with many avoiding highly beneficial natural sources of vitamin D. Although caution should be used when exposed to the sun for extended periods of time, unobstructed access to the sunshine vitamin can improve dental health, slash the risk of getting the flu by half, and aid people suffering with everything from asthma to cancer.

Drinking milk from genetically-modified cows will make dairy allergies much more prevalent
(NaturalNews) Scientists from New Zealand have successfully developed a new breed of genetically-modified (GM) cow they say produces 96 percent less of a supposedly allergenic protein known as beta-lactoglobulin (BLG), which aids in the absorption of vitamin A. But the so-called "hypoallergenic" GM cow also produces twice the normal amount of casein, another more common dairy allergen that afflicts roughly three percent of the overall population, according to estimates.

Science & Technology

YouTube: Ron Paul’s Texas Straight Talk 10/22/12: Internet Freedom is Vital for Human Freedom

Computer viruses 'rampant' on hospital medical devices, say government officials
(NaturalNews) All the technological advancements taking place within the medical system today are supposed to make it easier and more efficient for doctors, nurses, and hospital staff to monitor and assist patients. But according to a number of medical device experts that spoke at a recent meeting of the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Security & Privacy Advisory Board, hospital medical devices are often so infected with viruses and malware that their reliability and effectiveness is questionable at best.

New "Surveillance-Proof" App To Secure Communications Has Governments Nervous
Activist Post - Telecom firms in the United States, for instance, have been handing over huge troves of data to authorities under a blanket of secrecy and with very little oversight. Silent Circle is attempting to counter this culture by limiting the data it retains in the first place.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Family orchard ransacked by hungry mobs after owners generously offer undersized peach crop free to public
(NaturalNews) Because their first season's crop of peaches was too small to sell on the market, the Schanamans decided, out of the goodness of their hearts, to open up the orchard to the public, and allow free peach pickings in order to prevent the undersized crop from going to waste.... "At first people were pretty respectful, but then there was a huge mass and it began spiraling downhill," said Marilyn to The Sentinel, adding that some people actually turned violent upon learning that all the peaches had already been picked. One person reportedly threw rocks at the Schanamans' house, while others actually drove their vehicles into the orchard, damaging trees and breaking pipes.

How to grow your own superfoods this winter
(NaturalNews) No need to bypass all the health perks of fresh superfoods this winter -- simply grow them inside on a sunny window ledge. As the weather turns colder, now more than ever it is important to fortify the body with nutrient dense foods.

Pet News

VIDEO: Your Dog's Itchy Skin Might Mean Mites
Dr. Becker - If your dog is scratching himself to distraction, the problem could be mange-causing mites. Mange in dogs is a skin condition that can be caused by several different types of mites. Mites live naturally on dogs, but any mite in sufficient quantity can cause skin problems.... Beneficial herbal remedies to fight bacterial infections and strengthen the immune system include echinacea, arabinogalactans, olive leaf, neem, colostrum, thymus extract, and pau d’arco.

Today in History - Friday - October 19, 2012
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.
1914 - In the U.S., government owned vehicles were first used to pick up mail in Washington, DC.
1933 - Basketball was introduced to the 1936 Olympic Games by the Berlin Organization Committee.
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.
1944 - The U.S. Navy announced that black women would be allowed into Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES).
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."
1974 - The news program "Weekend" debuted on NBC.
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.
2003 - In London, magician David Blaine emerged from a clear plastic box that had been suspended by a crane over the banks of the Thames River. He survived only on water for 44 days. Blaine had entered the box on September 5.
2006 - The Dow Jones industrial average ended the day at 12,011.73. It was the first close above 12,000.

World News

Iran stresses immediate Syria ceasefire
Press TV - The Iranian deputy foreign minister for Arab and African affairs has underlined the need for an immediate ceasefire in Syria as a major step toward the restoration of peace in the country.

Bombing kills 15 in north Afghanistan
Press TV - The bombing targeted a minibus transporting people in the Dawlatabad district of Balkh province on Friday, said Shir Jan Durrani, a provincial police spokesman. Durrani added that most of the victims were women and children. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but such incidents in the past have been blamed on the Taliban. Violence in Afghanistan has been on the rise in recent months despite the presence of thousands of US-led foreign forces in there.

China ‘sharpens response’, starts military exercises near disputed islands
RT - The Chinese navy is set to begin joint military exercises on Friday in the East China Sea. The exercises will take place on the doorstep of the islands at the heart of the recent tensions between Japan and the mainland. The exercises were announced on Thursday, and will include vessels from the Chinese fishing agency and maritime surveillance.

US drones kill 7 people in Yemen
Press TV - Security officials in Yemen have said U.S. drone strikes killed at least seven people in the south of the country on Thursday. The officials said the number of those killed by at least three U.S. strikes could rise as body parts were found but not counted, according to AP. The use of U.S. drone strikes in Yemen and Pakistan has been described as “absolutely essential to our ability to defend Americans” by U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.

Assad bans GMOs in food ‘to preserve the health of human beings’ - Assad, whose forces are locked in a bloody confrontation with armed rebels opposed to his rule, “has approved a law on the health security of genetically modified organisms… to regulate their use and production,” SANA reported. The law is meant “to preserve the health of human beings, animals, vegetables and the environment,” the agency added.

Moody’s downgrades world’s oldest bank to ‘junk’ - Moody’s credit rating agency on Thursday downgraded the world’s oldest bank, Italy’s Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena, to “junk” status on worries government recapitalization plans will prove insufficient.

A massive and illegal geoengineering project has been detected off Canada’s west coast
Readability - A private company backed by a controversial U.S. businessman has unilaterally conducted the world’s most significant geoengineering project to date. Russ George, in conjunction with a First Nations village on Haida Gwaii, has dumped around 100 tonnes of iron sulphate into the Pacific Ocean in a technique known as ocean fertilization. The experiment, which is in violation of two United Nations moratoria, has outraged environmental, legal, and civic groups.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

CIA is seeking significant expansion of drone fleet
Press TV - The CIA is urging the White House to approve a significant expansion of the agency’s fleet of armed drones, a move that would extend the spy service’s decade-long transformation into a paramilitary force, U.S. officials said. The proposal by CIA Director David H. Petraeus would bolster the agency’s ability to sustain its campaigns of lethal strikes in Pakistan and Yemen.

Did Reuters file misleading Benghazi report?
WND - In the immediate aftermath of the jihadist attack against the U.S. mission in Benghazi, did Reuters file a false or misleading report quoting a purported protester by his first name who described a supposedly popular demonstration against an anti-Muhammad film outside the U.S. building? According to new, vivid accounts provided by the State Department and intelligence officials, no such popular demonstration took place. Instead, video footage from Benghazi reportedly shows an organized group of armed men attacking the compound, the officials said.

YouTube: Dr. Ron Paul In Utah 4,200 in Attendance!
Clip of Ron Paul at the Utah Valley University on 10/18/2012. He rocked it!

VIDEO: Boston Police Keep Secret Files on Protesters for Homeland Security
WHDH News - All these tapes--and this huge stack of reports--stayed secret until this recent lawsuit filed by the ACLU and the Mass Lawyers guild. They now say it proves police are not only targeting real terrorists, they're tracking peaceful activists, and what's more, the police are keeping the information on file!

Boy Scouts publish evidence detailing decades of child abuse
RT - Previously confidential documents pertaining to 20 years of accusations and evidence of pedophilia and other sex crimes within the ranks of the Boy Scouts of America have been published online, opening up nearly 20,000 pages of reports to the public. Portland attorney Kelly Clark released the documents on his personal website Thursday afternoon after a two-year-long court battle that had eventually ended up before the Oregon State Supreme Court wrapped up.

San Francisco Suburb Bans Smoking In All Multi-Family Homes, Whether Rented Or Owned
Consumerist - The community of about 57,000 voted for the ordinance this week, which would not only ban smoking in condos, duplexes or apartments or any other multi-unit housing, but would also make it illegal to smoke on downtown streets. The City Council hopes it will encourage other cities around the nation to do the same, reports Reuters.... “This proposed smoking ban actually intends to punish people for what they do in their own homes,” said one San Rafael resident who voiced his opposition to the council. “I really feel this is tyranny.”

One Week Until U.S. Has 3 Aircraft Carriers Facing Iran
Paul Joseph Watson - The latest Stratfor naval update map shows that the USS John C. Stennis has now arrived in the waters just outside Iran, joining the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower. Although there were already two aircraft carriers in the region prior to Stennis’ arrival, the USS Enterprise left for a scheduled port visit in Naples, Italy. “In a week or so, shore leave will be over and CVN will be back to join everyone else, at which point the US will finally have three aircraft carriers just off the Iranian coastline ready to rumble,” reports Zero Hedge.

Pediatricians Call for Rolling Back Second Amendment to Protect Kids
Kurt Nimmo - The American Academy of Pediatrics is calling for “the strictest possible regulation of gun sales, as well as more education for parents on the dangers of having a gun at home” to prevent the death of children, according to Reuters. The organization released its recommendation to coincide with the AAP National Conference that will be held on October 20-23 in New Orleans. The conference works on the “psychosocial needs of child disaster victims” and liaisons with the Department of Homeland Security and other federal agencies.

Homeland Security graduates first Corps of Obama’s Brown Shirts – Homeland Youth
From the Trenches - The federal government calls them FEMA Corps. But they conjure up memories of the Hitler Youth of 1930’s Germany. Regardless of their name, the Dept of Homeland Security has just graduated its first class of 231 Homeland Youth. Kids, aged 18-24 and recruited from the President’s AmeriCorp volunteers, they represent the first wave of DHS’s youth corps, designed specifically to create a full time, paid, standing army of FEMA Youth across the country.

Bullet tax proposal in hunt for solution to Chicago gun crime
MSNBC News - As Chicago struggles to quell gang violence that has contributed to a jump in homicides, a top elected official wants to tax the sale of every bullet and firearm — an effort even she acknowledges could spark a legal challenge. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle will submit a budget proposal Thursday that calls for a tax of a nickel for each bullet and $25 for each firearm sold in the nation's second-largest county, which encompasses Chicago.

2012 Election News

VIDEO: RT presents third-party presidential debate
RT is honored to be presenting a platform for the major third-party candidates also vying for the White House this election year to debate.... RT America and will offer the event live in cooperation with the debate’s organizers, the Free and Equal Elections Foundation.... RT America will begin its pre-debate coverage at 8:00 P.M. Eastern on October 23 with a panel of journalists and commentators including our own Thom Hartmann weighing in on this year’s election. Arguments from the candidates themselves will be underway an hour alter when Mr. King takes overs.

Al Jazeera to air opposition Presidential debate amidst US black-out
Examiner - In what some are calling an obvious sign that America’s election system is broken, Qatar-based broadcasting company Al Jazeera announced it will be airing the US opposition Presidential debate. In contrast, the alliance of US media outlets continues to enlist a strict media black-out of independent and opposition party candidates and will not air the otherwise widely-viewed event.... Watch the Presidential Debate Promo

VIDEO: Breaking: Romney’s “Bain Capital” Drug Front For Bush Cartel
Veterans Today - The Bush family went to great lengths to hide their long time shady dealings, but Romney’s sliding by on his with all of this stuff just laying out there for anyone to find who wanted to. It’s proof that investigative journalism has been co-opted. Only ‘permitted’ kind is allowed, and against ‘approved targets’ only.

55 Facts About The Debt And U.S. Government Finances That Every American Voter Should Know
Economic Collapse - The future of the United States of America is being systematically destroyed by our politicians, but unfortunately most Americans don't really grasp exactly what is happening. 30 years ago, our national debt had just crossed the one trillion dollar mark. Just recently, it crossed the 16 trillion dollar mark. Prior to every election, politicians from both parties swear up and down that they will do something about our exploding debt, but it never happens.

U.S. elections: a TV reality show - As America's presidential election approaches, RT's Anastasia Churkina takes a look at the way candidates have been putting on a show - and the media eating it right up instead of demanding answers to questions that should matter ahead of Americans heading to the polls to cast their votes.


VIDEO: Judge Napolitano on Social Security 'If It's Not a Ponzi Scheme, I Don't Know What Is'
Fox News Insider October 17, 2012.

VIDEO: Ben Stein: More Taxes Needed to Pay Down Bankster Debt
Kurt Nimmo -The “economist” Ben Stein wants to pull a François Hollande and drive the producers out of America the same way the socialists are driving them out of France. Stein says the government has to raise taxes in order to pay off the national debt we are told we owe or we will suffer the fate of Greece or Argentina in the late 1990s. Ben says the government should start with “very, very rich people,” who he describes as people earning a couple million bucks a year, and work their way down.

Welfare spending jumps 32% in four years
Washington times - Welfare spending has grown substantially over the past four years, reaching $746 billion in 2011 — or more than Social Security, basic defense spending or any other single chunk of the federal government — according to a new memo by the Congressional Research Service.

Housing Market

Bankruptcy is the Ultimate Protection from Florida’s Corrupt Foreclosure System - For Floridians, Federal Bankruptcy Court is proving to be a far superior avenue for actually saving homes than our state court judicial system. The homeowner, with the help of a qualified bankruptcy attorney, can encapsulate and protect as much of his assets as possible while eliminating the uncertainty created by a failed foreclosure system. Homeowners are often emerging from Bankruptcy Court with the meaningful mortgage modifications that elude them in Florida’s state courts.

Energy & Environment

Complete List of President Obama’s Taxpayer-Backed Green Energy Failures - So far, 36 companies that have received federal support from taxpayers have either gone bankrupt or are laying off workers and are heading for bankruptcy. This list includes only those companies that received federal money from the Obama Administration’s Department of Energy. The amount of money indicated does not reflect how much was actually received or spent but how much was offered. The amount also does not include other state, local, and federal tax credits and subsidies, which push the amount of money these companies have received from taxpayers even higher.


Turmeric Compound Reduces Post-Bypass Heart Attack Risk 56%
Green Med Info - According to the study, "it is well established that myocardial infarction (MI) associated with coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) predicts a poor outcome. Nevertheless, cardioprotective therapies to limit myocardial injury after CABG are lacking." The researchers hypothesized that since preclinical research shows curcuminoids decrease proinflammatory cytokines during cardiopulmonary bypass surgery and decrease the occurrence of cardiac cell death, they may provide a much-needed therapy.

Three compelling reasons not to wear synthetic perfumes
(NaturalNews) Our cultural fascination with fragrance has spanned back thousands of years. Our ancestors did not spray a multitude of new-era chemicals on their body to achieve an appealing scent though. Instead, they often used plant materials to achieve desirable scents. Modern times have spawned literally thousands of chemicals for use in fragrance.

Chinese Plant Compound Wipes out Cancer in 40 Days, Says New Research
Natural Society - Known as the ‘thunder god vine’ or lei gong teng, the Chinese plant is actually integrated into Chinese medicine and has been used for ages in remedying a number of conditions including rheumatoid arthritis. According to the new research out of the University of Minnesota’s Masonic Cancer Center, the thunder god plant compound led to no signs of tumors after a 40 day period — even after discontinuing the treatment. ...even the scientists working on the project were stunned by the anti-cancer properties of the compound.

Cherries help prevent gout, study shows
(NaturalNews) For those who suffer from gout - a form of arthritis that is marked by sudden, attacks of painful joint inflammation - there may be a sweet note of relief on your horizon: New research suggests that eating cherries can lower risk of an attack.

October is National Apple Month
Here are 39 great apple recipes to enjoy!

Science & Technology

What's Next for GMOs? How About Genetically Modified Trees!
Natural Society - As reported on the Science and Development Network, the industries pushing this research are those that can serve to make money off of the GMO trees. They are testing their genetic alterations in the lab with poplars, pines, acacias, and eucalyptus trees just to name a few. So far, the U.S. has the most patents with 53% and Brazil follows close behind. In all, 21 countries are working on the GMO trees.... They are working on developing wood with less lignin, for instance, which will make it easier to process. They are also working to develop trees that are more pest-resistant, obviously ignoring the issues of GMO crops and their damage to the delicate natural balance.

Scientists: Creativity Part of ‘Mental Illness’
Activist Post - If you like to express yourself through painting, writing, or any other form of artistic action, scientists now say that you must be suffering from a mental illness of some kind. In a new display of how truly insane the mainstream medical health paradigm has become, mainstream media outlets are now regurgitating the words of ‘experts’ who say that those who are creative are actually, more often than not, mentally ill.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

VIDEO: Seeds of Freedom
Activist Post - Seeds of Freedom charts the story of seed from its roots at the heart of traditional, diversity rich farming systems across the world, to being transformed into a powerful commodity, used to monopolise the global food system.The film highlights the extent to which the industrial agricultural system, and genetically modified (GM) seeds in particular, has impacted on the enormous agro -biodiversity evolved by farmers and communities around the world, since the beginning of agriculture.

Today in History - Thursday - October 18, 2012
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.
1860 - British troops burned the Yuanmingyuan at the end of the Second Opium War.
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).
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.
1944 - Czechoslovakia was invaded by the Soviets during World War II.
1958 - The first computer-arranged marriage took place on Art Linkletter's show.
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.
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 - Egon Krenz became the leader of East Germany after Erich Honecker was ousted. Honeker had been in power for 18 years.
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.
2006 - Microsoft released Internet Explorer 7.0.

World News

Rebels blow up oil and gas pipelines in Syria
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syria's state news agency says rebels have blown up two oil and gas pipelines in the northeast near the Iraqi border. The agency, SANA, says the attack hit one oil and one gas pipeline Thursday near the city of Deir al-Zour. The pipelines ran between Deir al-Zour and the city of Palmyra in central Syria.

Israeli drone crashes in West Bank
Press TV - The unmanned aircraft had to make an emergency landing on Wednesday following a technical malfunction, but it eventually crash landed. The Israeli military has ordered an investigation into the accident. Officials said the drone was completing a military operation.

Violence breaks out at Greek anti-austerity demo
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Hundreds of youths pelted riot police with petrol bombs, bottles and chunks of marble Thursday as yet another Greek anti-austerity demonstration descended into violence. Tens of thousands of people took to the street during the country's second general strike in a month as workers across the country walked off the job to protest new austerity measures the government is negotiating with Greece's international creditors.

Typhoid vaccine failure warning
BBC - More than 700,000 people recently immunised against typhoid may not have full protection because of a dud vaccine that has now been recalled, say experts. Manufacturer Sanofi Pasteur MSD has recalled 88% of its stock - 16 batches - of Typhim Vi vaccine because tests found some samples were too weak. Anyone immunised with the vaccine since January 2011 could be affected.... Typhoid fever is uncommon in the UK, but people visiting South Asia and South East Asia, where the life-threatening bacterial disease is most common, are at greater risk.

Israel Threatens Syria Intervention Over Chemical Weapons
Kurt Nimmo - It is reminiscent of the excuse given to invade Iraq in 2003 – Israel will consider the “military option” in Syria to make sure its chemical weapons do not “reach the hands of extremists,” according to the Times of Israel. “Israel will do everything it takes to ensure Syria’s chemical weapons do not fall into the hands of terrorist organizations – and if such a situation arises, then Israel will weigh a military option,” Netanyahu told a group of European ambassadors in Jerusalem. He said Hezbollah has aided Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad.

Ten killed as Libyan militia shell Gaddafi stronghold
RT - Tensions between the new Libyan authorities and Gaddafi loyalists keep rising as at least 10 people have been killed and dozens wounded after militias shelled the former Gaddafi stronghold of Bani Walid. People from both sides were killed in the violence as militias operating alongside the defense ministry faced counter attacks on Wednesday, Reuters reports citing a resident and medical source.

'War crime': Gaddafi, his son and over 60 loyalists executed by rebel fighters – HRW
RT - Libyan rebels abused and mass murdered Colonel Gaddafi, his son Mutassim, and 66 loyalists, after their capture a year ago, Human Rights Watch says. It calls for an investigation and prosecution of those responsible for what they slam as a war crime. The 50-page report "Death of a Dictator: Bloody Vengeance in Sirte" details the last hours of Muammar Gaddafi’s life on October 20, 2011, when he was caught trying to leave the city with his remaining supporters.

Mansour Arbabsiar pleads guilty in plot to kill Saudi envoy to US
Press TV - According to US media reports, Arbabsiar, 57, entered a surprise guilty plea in US District Court in Manhattan on Wednesday. The defendant’s lawyer rejected the charges stating that his client is mentally ill. Arbabsiar, who was reportedly not even able to remember his exact age during the trial, will be sentenced on January 23, 2013.

Most Arabs view Israel as main regional threat: Poll
Press TV - The poll was conducted by the Qatari institute, Arab Center for Research and Political Studies, from July 15 to September 10, and its results were published on October 8. A total of 16,173 adults living in 12 Arab countries, including Jordan, Algeria, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Iraq, Morocco, Yemen, Palestine, Lebanon, Egypt, and Mauritania were asked which country posed the greatest threat to their nation. According to the poll, 35 percent said Israel was the greatest threat to their country and the region. Some 14 percent viewed the United States as the main threat against their nation, while 12 percent said neighboring Arab countries were more dangerous.

VIDEO: EU denies ordering satellite companies to take Iran channels off air
Press TV - A European Council official told Press TV on Wednesday that there is no regulation within EU laws that prohibits the broadcast of satellite channels, and the companies have acted on their own accord.

US drones in Pakistan kill 80% innocent civilians
Press TV - Pakistan's Interior Minister Rehman Malik said Wednesday that the majority of those killed in drone attacks were innocent people. According to Malik, only 20 percent of those killed in drone attacks were militants while the rest were innocent people. Speaking to the media outside Parliament, Malik said there were 336 drone attacks conducted in Pakistan in which 2,300 people have been killed.

Deadline dismissed: US wants troops to remain in Afghanistan after 2014
RT - Despite repeated pleas from US President Barack Obama to conclude the war in Afghanistan by the end of 2014, a leading official with the State Department tells reporters this week that the United States is readying plans that will leave boots on the ground for the unforeseeable future, perhaps long after the Obama-insisted deadline comes and goes.

Swedish Police Re-open U.S. Embassy, Seize Suspect Letter - The US embassy in Stockholm was evacuated on Wednesday with Swedish emergency services and police on the scene, investigating what media has referred to as a mystery letter containing “an unidentified white powder”.... It will be analyzed today or tomorrow, but for now, no one knows what it is,” explained Albin Näverberg of the Stockholm police to The Local.

UK Police Taser Blind Man Using Cane
Adan Salazar - You thought you’d heard it all when we reported on Houston PD’s assassination of a wheelchair-bound, schizophrenic, double-amputee armed with a pen; however, details on this latest police state fiasco are equally as shocking. According to several news reports, UK police Tasered a 61-year-old blind man from Lancashire, England after misidentifying him as a suspect reportedly walking down the street with a samurai sword.... Of course, the kicker is the “samurai sword” was actually Farmer’s cane.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

The Power Hour: Shepard Ambellas on Micro Drones
Intel Hub - Shepard Ambellas appeared on Joyce Riley’s “The Power Hour” nationally syndicated radio show this morning to discuss micro drones, the coming police state, and more. Please check out this important broadcast and share it with everyone. Listen to the broadcast here.

Residents take community protection into their own hands after police dept cuts
Activist Post - Residents in Josephine County Oregon have taken matters into their own hands, in light of recent police department budget cuts and started their own community protection services to pick up the slack.... To fill the void that was left behind from the county’s incompetent police department a retired marina manager named Sam Nichols has organized a volunteer protection service called CAC Patrol, or Citizens Against Crime.

YouTube: If a Police Dog "Alerts," Should You Lose Your Cash, Car and Other Property?
The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution requires police, in most situations, to have what is known as a "probable cause" (a reasonable belief based on sufficient facts) before they can search or seize property. Increasingly, however, police have been using drug-sniffing dogs to establish probable cause to seize, and ultimately keep through civil forfeiture, cash, cars and other property on the grounds that the property may be linked to a drug crime.

US more of a killer than hijackers - accused 9/11 plotter
RT - The alleged mastermind of 9/11 has said the US is responsible for the deaths of far more people than the hijackers who killed nearly 3000 in the 2001 attacks. He also accused the US of abusing the term national security to justify its actions. Khalid Sheik Mohammed was allowed to address the military tribunal at the US base in Guantanamo Bay, during a pretrial hearing focused on the secrecy rules that will govern legal proceedings against him. "When the [US] government feels sad for the killing of 3,000 on September 11, we also should feel sorry that the US government … has killed thousands of people, millions," Mohammed said in Arabic through his translator, as quoted by AP.

YouTube: Reality Check: Hillary Clinton Accepting "Responsibility" for Benghazi
Oct 16, 2012 - Ben Swann Reality Check takes a look at statements from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that the buck stops with her when it comes to Benghazi.

VIDEO: FBI Entraps Witless Patsy in Federal Reserve Bombing Plot
Kurt Nimmo - Federal authorities in New York have arrested a Bangladeshi man with “overseas connections to al-Qaida” who planned to blow up the Federal Reserve. Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis was provided with “inert explosives” by federal agents and closely monitored by the FBI as he tried to act out his plot, according to the Associated Press. Federal prosecutors said Nafis had proposed several spots for his attack, including the New York Stock Exchange.

Gov’t defends official suspected of child-rape
WND - Embassy says statements by victims, investigators 'unproven'. The U.S. State Department, which has come under fire for its mishandling of security measures in Libya, now has launched a vocal defense of a high government official in the Netherlands accused of raping young boys.

NDAA critic stranded in Hawaii after turning up on no-fly list
RT - Wade Hicks was en route to a US Navy base in Japan to see his wife when armed military guards informed him that they had other plans. Hicks, an American citizen with no criminal record, had just been put added to a federal no-fly list. After being escorted off his plane during a routine re-fueling stop on the Pacific Island of Oahu, Hicks, 34, was left stranded in Hawaii this week. In an interview, he suggests that his opposition to a newly-created law that allows for the indefinite detention of US citizens at military prisons without charge or trial could be to blame for his mistreatment.

2012 Election News

Breaking: (Video) Romney Exposed
Romney’s “Bain Capital” Drug Front For Bush Cartel - Romney Candidacy Takes Major Blow as Bain Exposed as Cartel Cash Laundry

Corporations and the wealthy funded party conventions
Press TV - Companies including Duke Energy, AT&T and Bank of America spent millions of dollars to help stage both the Republican and Democratic conventions, despite restrictions by the Democrats on corporate funding for their event, financial disclosures showed on Wednesday.

I Can’t Believe I Watched the Whole Debate
Lew Rockwell - One of its most disturbing features was Romney’s belligerence towards China. Of course, the US–which believes believes God has appointed it to rule the globe–hates any large country that is economically improving itself. How wonderfully ironic to see an ex-communist regime adopting capitalism as the ex-capitalist US adopts fascism.

Don’t Miss This Historic Presidential Debate October 23, 2012
Daily Paul - This debate is the only 2012 Presidential debate where the top six Presidential candidates have been invited to participate. Confirmed candidates include: Gary Johnson, Libertarian Party | Jill Stein, Green Party | Virgil Goode, Constitution Party | Rocky Anderson, Justice Party...This historic Presidential debate will take place on October 23rd at 8pm Central Time in Chicago.... Please click here to RSVP and Free and Equal will send you a reminder before the event happens and keep you updated with all the latest developments.
* Related Article: Talk show icon Larry King to moderate 3rd party debate


The Last Days Of America? 25 Signs Of Extreme Social Decay
Economic Collapse - Are we on the verge of societal collapse? Many of the greatest empires throughout world history were not conquered by outside forces. Rather, they crumbled inwardly as extreme social decay set in. There have been many that have compared the last days of the Roman Empire to what America is going through right now.

Exploitative banks break rules by painting victims of card fraud as criminals
This is Money - Last week Money Mail revealed how bank customers are being treated like criminals when they complain about fraudulent transactions on their accounts. Since then we have heard from victims who have had to do their own police work to prove their innocence or were 3,000 miles away when the payments were made. In each case the banks seem to be breaking strict rules that demand they give back a customer’s money unless they can prove they were at fault.

Sales stumbles raise fresh worry for corporate America
Reuters - A slowing world economy took a toll on sales of products ranging from soft drinks to corporate jets in the third quarter, leading top U.S. companies, including PepsiCo Inc, IBM and Textron Inc, to miss Wall Street’s sales targets. Those misses sparked concerns among investors that corporate America’s year-long streak of profit growth could be nearing an end as CEOs run out of costs to cut and customers are increasingly wary about spending.


Home remedies lower blood glucose levels preventing diabetes
(NaturalNews) Diabetes has become more prevalent than ever due to the All-American diet consisting of fast junk food, sodas, and the variety of other garbage people consume -- counter to common rational health advice. Even for many participating in healthier lifestyles and eating whole foods, blood sugar levels may still be troublesome. Whether you're diabetic or prediabetic, there are a variety of home remedies available to help manage your numbers and eliminate the need for insulin.

Manage your blood sugar and diabetes with these four herbs
(NaturalNews) "Check your sugar, and take your drugs as prescribed," seems the tired message of most industry doctors to a steadily increasing number of diabetics. But where modern medicine falls short in its rigid symptoms-only approach, alternative healing can help to bridge the gap. Instead of measuring success by glucose levels in the blood while simultaneously blaming the poor pancreas for what is more likely a whole-body deficiency, holistic applications can help restore the body's ability to heal itself - to maintain homeostasis.

Scientists 'confident' they have effective vegetable-based treatment for breast cancer
(NaturalNews)(NaturalNews) Triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) is one of the most aggressive and deadly forms of breast cancer. It is harder to detect, grows the fastest, spreads earlier to other parts of the body and recurs more often.... But at the 2012 American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) Annual Meeting and Exposition underway in Chicago, scientists have just announced what they say is an "effective treatment" for TNBC. The key to this discovery? Compounds derived from diindolylmethane (DIM), a natural-occurring chemical commonly found in various types of cruciferous vegetables, especially Brussels sprouts and broccoli.

Vitamin D insufficiency promotes chronic disease and increases risk of early death by 50 percent
(NaturalNews) Medical researchers have been sounding the alarm about the importance of maintaining optimal vitamin D levels from childhood through to the adult years, but millions of aging adults remain grossly deficient in this critical hormone-based nutrient. Vitamin D has demonstrated efficacy in preventing diseases from cancer to cardiovascular disease and dementia.

Americans eat more than their body weight in GMOs every year, study shows
(NaturalNews) The consumer advocacy organization Environmental Working Group (EWG) has put out a new paper that estimates the average person's yearly consumption of genetically-modified organisms (GMOs).... The average adult in America, it turns out, weighs 179 pounds, and consumes an average of 193 pounds of GM corn-based products and salad oils every year. And when various other GMOs are added into the mix that were not included as part of the original study... the contrast between body weight and GMO consumption widens even more significantly.
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Falling for the soy ploy
(NaturalNews) Soy is relatively new to our diets in the U.S. The soybean was first introduced into the U.S. at the turn of the 1900s to be used in the manufacturing of industrial products like oil, plastic and ink. Soy was not even considered a food product and was actually deemed unfit for consumption. After WWII, cultivation of soybeans in the U.S. rose to 140 billion pounds per year. Fast forward another 65 years and soy products in our food and animal feed are found everywhere. According to the USDA, over 90 percent of soy produced in the US is genetically modified.

Gardasil Destroys Girl’s Ovaries: Research on Ovaries Never Considered
Gaia Health - One girl’s ovaries were destroyed, with Gardasil the only potential cause. Worse, though, is that Merck either didn’t bother to examine potential effects on ovaries or hid them—but did examine effects on testes. The BMJ has published the case report of a healthy 16-year-old Australian girl whose womanhood appears to have been stolen by Gardasil vaccinations. She has been thrust into full-fledged menopause, her ovaries irrevocably shut down, before becoming a woman.

Stop making cancer in 20 simple steps
(NaturalHealth365) How do we stop making cancer? It easily understood but it is a little more difficult to actually do because stop-making cancer involves changing our lifestyles radically. For some, this is easily done while for others it is the most difficult thing they have ever done.

Science & Technology

Google Opens Virtual Window Into Secretive Data Center
CBS News - Google is opening a virtual window into the secretive data centers where an intricate maze of computers process Internet search requests, show YouTube video clips and distribute email for millions of people. The unprecedented peek is being provided through a new website unveiled Wednesday at . The site features photos from inside some of the eight data centers that Google Inc. already has running in the U.S., Finland and Belgium. Google is also building data centers in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and Chile.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Monsanto tries to criminalize saving seeds, drags farmer into court
(NaturalNews) As if its costly genetic tampering with the whole natural world weren't brazen enough, Monsanto continues to bully and intimidate farmers across the United States, hoping this time to push its agenda through the highest court in the justice system.

Soil Health: Cover Up for Cold
Mother Earth News - Organic matter is a garden's cold-weather cover of choice, and the easiest and most effective way to provide it is to sow a cover crop. Cover crops are plants grown not to be eaten or admired, but to be cut down and dug back into the soil to enrich it. There are different crops for different climates, but all pay off big: Beds over-wintered with cover crops start spring leaps and bounds ahead of uncovered beds.

Pet News

Kasel Pig Ears and Variety Pack Dog Treats Recall
Susan Thixton - Kasel Associated Industries of Denver, CO is voluntarily recalling its BOOTS & BARKLEY ROASTED AMERICAN PIG EARS AND BOOTS & BARKLEY AMERICAN VARIETY PACK DOG TREATS product because it may be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella can sicken animals that eat these products and humans are at risk for salmonella poisoning from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the pet products or any surfaces exposed to these products.

Today in History - Wednesday - October 17, 2012
1777 - American troops defeated British forces in Saratoga, NY. It was the turning point in the American Revolutionary War.
1888 - The first issue of "National Geographic Magazine" was released at newsstands.
1917 - The Radio Corporation of America (RCA) was formed.
1931 - Al Capone was convicted on income tax evasion and was sentenced to 11 years in prison. He was released in 1939.
1933 - "News-Week" appeared for the first time at newsstands. The name was later changed to "Newsweek."
1933 - Dr. Albert Einstein moved to Princeton, NJ, after leaving Germany.
1945 - Colonel Juan Peron became the dictator of Argentina after staging a coup in Buenos Aires.
1973 - The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) began an oil-embargo against several countries including the U.S. and Great Britain. The incident stemmed from Western support of Israel when Egypt and Syria attacked the nation on October 6, 1973. The embargo lasted until March of 1974.
1978 - U.S. President Carter signed a bill that restored full U.S. citizenship rights to Confederate President Jefferson Davis.
1979 - Mother Teresa of India was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
1987 - U.S. First Lady Nancy Reagan underwent a modified radical mastectomy at Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland.
1989 - An earthquake measuring 7.1 on the Richter Scale hit the San Francisco Bay area in California. The quake caused about 67 deaths, 3,000 injuries, and damages up to $7 billion.
1994 - Israel and Jordan initialed a draft peace treaty.
1994 - The Angolan government and rebels agreed to a peace treaty that ended their 19 years of civil war.
2001 - Israel's tourism minister was killed. A radical Palestinian faction claimed that it had carried out the assassination to avenge the killing of its leader by Israel 2 months earlier.
2001 - Pakistan placed its armed forces on high alert because of troop movements by India in the disputed territory of Kashmir. India said that the movements were part of a normal troop rotation.
2001 - Italian priest Giuseppe "Beppe" Pierantoni was kidnapped by the terrorist group the "Pentagon." He was released on April 8, 2002.
2003 - In the U.S., the Food and Drug Administration approved a drug, known as memantine, to help people with Alzheimer's symptoms.
2003 - In Taipei, Taiwan, construction crews finished 1,676-foot-tall-building called Taipei 101. The building was planned to open for business in 2004.
2003 - In northwest England, the Carnforth railway station reopened as a heritage center.

World News

Six killed in Turkey-PKK clashes
Press TV - At least three Turkish soldiers and three members of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) have been killed in clashes in southeastern Turkey.
* Related Article: PKK vows violent reprisal if Turkey attacks Syrian Kurds

Propaganda Alert: Iran Plotting to Spill Oil in Strait of Hormuz, Magazine Claims
From the Trenches - Iran is secretly planning to spill oil into the Strait of Hormuz as revenge for Western sanctions, according to Der Spiegel. The German news weekly claims to have spoken to Western intelligence sources who say they have obtained Iran’s classified report on the operation, which has the potential to create an environmental disaster.

Global Food Reserves Have Reached Their Lowest Level In Almost 40 Years
Activist Post - Experts are warning that if next summer is similar to this summer that it could be enough to trigger a major global food crisis... In the Western world, the first place where we are going to notice the impact of this crisis is in the price of food. It is being projected that overall food prices will rise between 5 and 20 percent by the end of this year.
* Related Article: The Next Food Crisis Will Be Caused By Globalist Land-Grabs...

Israeli terror drones pound besieged Gaza Strip
Press TV - Early on Wednesday, five remote-controlled Israeli assassination drones fired missiles at targets in the northern part of Gaza, injuring two people. On Sunday, two people were killed and three others injured when Israeli fighter jets struck targets in Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip. The Israeli military frequently bombs the Gaza Strip, saying the actions are being conducted for defensive purposes. However, disproportionate force is always used, in violation of international law, and civilians are often killed or injured.

New York Times: Weapons Going to al-Qaeda in Syria
Kurt Nimmo - “Most of the arms shipped at the behest of Saudi Arabia and Qatar to supply Syrian rebel groups fighting the government of Bashar al-Assad are going to hard-line Islamic jihadists, and not the more secular opposition groups that the West wants to bolster, according to American officials and Middle Eastern diplomats,” the New York Times reported on Monday. In other words, the CIA and the fanatical Wahhabists in Saudi Arabia and Qatar are supporting and arming al-Qaeda in much the same way they did in Libya.

Iraq sacks central bank governor in corruption probe
Press TV - The Iraqi cabinet has removed the longtime governor of the country's central bank after he and other senior bank officials were targeted in a probe into an alleged financial impropriety.... A special parliamentary committee is investigating to determine whether the officials at the Central Bank of Iraq (CBI) had intentionally weakened the value of the Iraqi dinar against the US dollar.

Greece Is Not Poor – It Actually Has Massive Uptapped Reserves Of Gold, Oil And Natural Gas
Economic Collapse - It turns out that the poster child for the European debt crisis is not actually poor at all. In fact, the truth is that the nation of Greece is sitting on absolutely massive untapped reserves of gold, oil and natural gas. If the Greeks were to fully exploit the natural resources that are literally right under their feet, they would no longer have any debt problems. Fortunately, this recent economic crisis has spurred them to action and it is now being projected that Greece will be the number one gold producer in Europe by 2016.

Pentagon Hacker McKinnon Wins 10-Year Extradition Battle - U.K. Home Secretary Theresa May announced on Tuesday that her office would block the U.S. extradition request on human rights grounds, since McKinnon, 46, was at high risk of suicide were he to be sent to the U.S. to face trial.... McKinnon, who was dubbed the “biggest military computer hack of all time” by U.S. authorities, has admitted to accessing U.S. government computers more than a decade ago, but claims he did so only to find proof of a military coverup regarding the existence of UFO’s. McKinnon has been accused of hacking into more than 90 unclassified Pentagon and NASA systems in 2001 and 2002, causing some of them to crash. Authorities say his actions led to $900,000 in damages.

Ideology trumps reason as Germans pay the price for abandoning nuclear power
RT - After a simultaneous earthquake and tsunami off the Japanese coast caused a nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima power plant in March last year, in the worst accident since Chernobyl, Chancellor Angela Merkel did not hesitate. With broad public support, she immediately ordered the closure of eight existing nuclear power plants, with the rest scheduled to be phased out by 2022, nearly fifteen years earlier than planned. Instead, she promised to bolster the role of renewable energy... pledging that 35 percent of all power consumed in the country would be from green sources by 2020, a figure later upped to 40 percent.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Arizona National Guard Recruiters Hunted Homeless With Paintball Guns, Other Misconduct: Report
Huffington Post - The Republic conducted a five-month investigation into the Arizona National Guard's conduct and culture, determining that criminal and ethical misconduct not only exists, but festers due to leadership failures and lax discipline. The newspaper conducted interviews with military officers and obtained records that suggest a decade-long patchwork of "sexual abuse, enlistment improprieties, forgery, firearms violations, embezzlement, and assaults." One of the most shocking allegations claims National Guard recruiters frequently hunted homeless people with paintball guns.

VIDEO: Propaganda 101: Pentagon To Debut Most Expensive Weapons Program Ever In New Superman Film
Steve Watson - The pentagon has reportedly “chosen” the Hollywood re-boot of Superman to introduce the world to the most expensive weapons program in human history, the new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet plane. The new stealth jet will appear in Man of Steel... “It was a target of opportunity,” Phil Strub, the Pentagon’s Hollywood liaison, tells Danger Room. “They liked the idea of having the most modern, the newest fighter aircraft in the background,” While Strub denies that the fighters have anything to do with the plot, IMDB lists two actors as “F-35 pilots” in the film.

Justice Department seeks dismissal of Fast and Furious lawsuit
Fox News - The Justice Department on Monday night sought dismissal of a lawsuit by a Republican-led House of Representatives committee demanding that Attorney General Eric Holder produce records about the botched law enforcement probe of gun-trafficking called Operation Fast and Furious.... In its court papers, the Justice Department says the Constitution does not permit the courts to resolve the political dispute between the executive branch and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that is seeking the records. The political branches have a long history of resolving disputes over congressional requests without judicial intervention, the court filing said.

Unbelievable! An orange beard on Khalid Sheik Mohammed? Like the Aurora shooting suspect
RT - Torture talk banned from 9/11 trial. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the accused mastermind behind 9/11, was subjected to the torturous interrogation method known as waterboarding nearly 200 times during years of detention. The US won’t let that be brought up in court right just yet, though.... This courtroom sketch by artist Janet Hamlin shows alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed as he holds up a piece of paper during a court recess at his Military Commissions hearing.(AFP Photo / Janet Hamlin)

YouTube: Ben Swann: Why Media Won't Talk About Executive Orders
Cincinnati Ohio October 9, 2012 - Ben Swann, Host and Producer of Reality Check speaking at a Libertas Meeting in Cincinnati, OH. Ben talks about Executive Orders, The Drug War, NDAA and Internet Piracy bills. Link to the full speech here.

2012 Election News

Another debate, another debacle for America’s media
Washington Times - In the runup to the second presidential debate, CNN’s Candy Crowley declared that she would not just be a “fly on the wall” as she played the tiny role of moderator, that she would step in whenever she chose to say, “Hey, wait a second, what about X, Y, Z?” And boy did she, cutting off Republican Mitt Romney repeatedly and often throwing the floor to President Obama with an open “let me give the president a chance here.”

VIDEO: Second 2012 Presidential Debate From Hofstra University
Liberty Crier - Recorded Live from Hofstra University, the site of the second presidential debate.

Threats of Election Violence Ignored by Government, Mainstream Media
Examiner - Threats of rioting, chaos and death over the upcoming presidential election are racing across Facebook and Twitter. Thousands of posts on the social media websites call for harming presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his supporters if President Barack Obama loses the November election.

Director of soup kitchen furious after Paul Ryan 'shows up uninvited, washes clean pans for a photo op and then leaves'
Daily mail - The a 15-minute feel-good photo op at an Ohio soup kitchen for Paul Ryan has turned into trouble and ill will, the charity's director claims. Brian J Antal, the president of the Mahoning County St Vincent De Paul Society, says the Republican vice presidential candidate showed up uninvited, scrubbed pots and pans that were already clean and posed for pictures with his family on Saturday. Mr Antal says he was never informed that Ryan was coming -- and wouldn't have granted him permission to make a campaign stop there if he had.

YouTube: Ron Paul on CNBC's Pre-Debate Show 10/16/2012

Leaked Debate Agreement Shows Both Obama and Romney are Sniveling Cowards
Gawker - Time's Mark Halperin has made himself useful for once by obtaining, and publishing, a copy of the 21-page memorandum of understanding that the Obama and Romney campaigns negotiated with the Commission on Presidential Debates establishing the rules governing this month's presidential and vice presidential face-offs. The upshot: Both campaigns are terrified at anything even remotely spontaneous happening. They aren't permitted to ask each other questions, propose pledges to each other, or walk outside a "predesignated area." And for the town-hall-style debate tomorrow night, the audience members posing questions aren't allowed to ask follow-ups (their mics will be cut off as soon as they get their questions out). Nor will moderator Candy Crowley.

VIDEO: Police arrest US presidential candidate Jill Stein at debate site
RT - Police arrested Green Party Presidential candidate Jill Stein and her running mate, Cheri Honkala, after they tried to enter the site of tonight’s presidential debate at the Hofstra University. The two were protesting against the exclusion of all but the two major political parties from taking part in the debate.

VIDEO: Obama or Romney: War and Economic Collapse Regardless Who Wins the Election
Kurt Nimmo - CNN is making a big deal out of Romney’s “right leaning” supporters. The corporate media branch of the Pentagon’s psyops program thinks there’s a good chance these “severely conservative” voters may push Romney over the top and get him installed in the White House as preeminent teleprompter reader for the global elite. In August, Peter Schiff, economic adviser to Ron Paul’s 2008 presidential campaign, said he thinks the economic implosion will occur during the next administration.

Prominent Ron Paul National Delegate Endorses Mitt Romney - In a stunning turn of events recently, established Maine businesswoman and Ron Paul-supporting National Delegate to the Republican National Convention Linda Bean endorsed Mitt Romney for President. Her endorsement is significant because of her position in the liberty movement and the Republican Party.


26 things to get done before the global debt collapse
(NaturalNews) The time between today and the day the global debt collapse reaches our shores is finite. The U.S. national debt clock shows a nation spiraling into financial oblivion. When Ron Paul says "Americans should be panicking" over the Fed's new QE unlimited policy of infinite money creation, he was actually holding back. In reality, Americans should have been protesting in the streets... everywhere!

Government Spending: $27 Million for Moroccan Pottery Classes? Over $500 Billion for Defense?
Intel Hub - Tom Coburn, a medical doctor and a member of Congress has published “Waste Book 2012,” which outlines some of the wildest government expenditures. He reveals that $19 billion is spent on outlandish projects and programs. The following is a list of points extracted from the book...

U.S. Postal Service hits borrowing limit for first time
Reuters - The financially struggling United States Postal Service has hit its $15 billion borrowing limit for the first time ever, meaning it will have to rely on revenues from stamps and other products to fund operations.... Congress left Washington without acting on legislation that might help the agency attain some financial stability. Nearly all legislation is on hold until after the U.S. presidential elections on November 6.

How the Obama-Biden Plan Raises Taxes on One Million Small Businesses - The Obama-Biden tax plan calls for a hike in the small business tax rate from 35 percent today to over 40 percent next year. President Obama and his supporters will often argue that “only” three percent of small business owners will be affected by his tax rate hike. While this is true, it masks the fact that this is a tax increase on one million successful small businesses (i.e. three percent of the 30 million small business tax returns filed annually). The Obama-Biden plan will raise taxes on a majority of small business profits and hit those companies which employ a majority of Americans who work for small businesses. Here’s how...


VIDEO: Proof that GMO’s threaten human life
(NaturalHealth365)Simply put, genetically modified foods represent one of the greatest threats to human existence – ever! So, the question is, how do we take back control of our food supply and ensure that future generations can live healthy, productive (disease free) lives? The answer is educate yourself and teach others what you’ve learned about the value of fresh, organic foods. Thanks to Jeffrey Smith, there is a free movie (until Oct. 17), every person concerned about their health should watch this film – NOW!

GMO madness: Frankenscientists develop genetically-modified chickens they claim will halt avian flu transmission
Like all other GM foods and animals, the GM chickens developed for the study have yet to undergo any long-term safety studies, which means there is no indication that they are in any way safe for human consumption.... The answers to flu prevention are right in front of us, and every single one of them exists in nature. Vitamin D, medicinal mushrooms, aloe vera, garlic, olive leaf extract, oil of oregano -- these are just a few of the many natural compounds that possess powerful immune-boosting, flu-fighting capabilities. Why are researchers not spending more time investigating these natural solutions to disease rather than tampering with the blueprints of life at every chance they get?

Common backyard weed may curb cancer risk
(NaturalNews) Peppergrass (Lepidium virginicum), also known as Virginia pepperweed and poor man's pepper, can reach three feet high and has flowering stalks with jagged leaves. The plant also produces seed pods. The leaf, flower, pod and root are all edible, lending an intense spiced flavor that some compare with arugula. The leaves and flowers add an interesting accent to sauces, soups, salads and smoothies. Dried seed pods can be ground and used like black pepper whereas the root can be pulverized and mixed with vinegar as a substitute for horseradish. Recognizing such versatile value, ancient Incas cultivated peppergrass and Pliny wrote about it in 300 BCE.

B vitamins bolster immune response to fight infection and chronic disease
(NaturalNews) A vibrant immune response is important to fight viral infections and the common cold, but is also essential to protect against the development and progression of chronic illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes and dementia. Many of the most advanced natural therapies to fight and treat the most prevalent illnesses that plaque the young and old alike are centered on heightening our own immune response to accurately detect and eradicate foreign invaders in our body.

Eating tomatoes is shown to slash stroke risk in half
(NaturalNews) A research team from the University of Eastern Finland, reporting in the journal, Neurology has determined that eating tomatoes and tomato-based foods is associated with a lower risk of stroke, due in large part to high concentrations of the potent antioxidant, lycopene. Lycopene is a well studied compound that gives tomatoes and other fruits and vegetables their deep red color. In prior studies, lycopene has been associated with a significant risk reduction in the development and progression of prostate cancer.

7 Amazing Medicinal Properties of the Banana Plant
Green Med Info - Not only does the banana contain the drug naproxen, the neuroactive hormones dopamine, norepinephrine and serotonin, but it has been studied for the following 7 health benefits.

Research: Pomegranate May Reverse Blocked Arteries
Green Med Info - While technically a berry, pomegranate "fruit" may be nature's answer to turning the tides against the #1 cause of death in the industrialized world: heart disease.

9 Supermarket Secrets: What Your Grocer Won’t Tell You
Natural Society - At this point, you are likely a label reader, you check produce stickers to see how far your vegetables have traveled, and you are on the lookout for food items you know, or at least suspect, may have genetically-modified ingredients. But, are you aware of all the many supermarket secrets that could be working against your physical and financial health – aside from you feeling things like nasty effects of pesticides smothered on your produce?

3 Vintage ‘Scientific’ Big Pharma Drugs that Contained Ingredients Like Heroin
Natural Society - Would you like some Bayer Heroin for that cough? How about some cocaine for that back pain? It sounds truly insane now, but for decades major drug companies like Bayer were peddling off diacetylmorphine (known as heroin) as a powerful pharmaceutical method of treating coughs, curing morphine addiction (seriously), and just about everything else. Better yet, virtually all of these products were proudly advertised in the prestigious American Journal of Surgery.

Science & Technology

Dead Ends: United States v. Jones and the Katz Conundrum - The Supreme Court greatly surprised everyone by ruling unanimously that the GPS tracking at issue was subject to Fourth Amendment protections. More substantively, however, the decision resulted in three separate opinions applying vastly different rationales. This Article explains the Jones decision; situates it within the broader framework of constitutional search and seizure law; analyzes and critiques the various opinions; and explores the many varied, significant implications that Jones either will or may have for the future of Fourth Amendment jurisprudence.

Pet News

Black Friday for Pets
Susan Thixton - It's time. We've asked nicely, pleaded, and have signed countless petitions. Still nothing; not one national retailer has removed the jerky treats imported from China from store shelves. We've been patient enough. Let's REALLY get their attention...Let's ask some serious questions of store managers on the busiest shopping day of the year!... On Black Friday, 2012 (November 23, 2012) determined pet food consumers all across the U.S. and Canada will gather together in front of Walmarts.

Today in History - Tuesday - October 16, 2012
1701 - The Collegiate School was founded in Killingworth, CT. The school moved to New Haven in 1745 and changed its name to Yale College.
1829 - In Boston, MA, the first modern hotel in America opened. The Tremont Hotel had 170 rooms that rented for $2 a day and included four meals.
1859 - Abolitionist John Brown led a raid on Harper's Ferry, VA (now located in West Virginia).
1869 - A hotel in Boston became the first in the U.S. to install indoor plumbing.
1916 - Margaret Sanger opened the first birth control clinic in New York City, NY.
1928 - Marvin Pipkin received a patent for the frosted electric light bulb.
1941 - The Nazis advanced to within 60 miles of Moscow. Romanians entered Odessa, USSR, and began exterminating 150,000 Jews.
1943 - Chicago's new subway system was officially opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony.
1962 - U.S. President Kennedy was informed that there were missile bases in Cuba, beginning the Cuban missile crisis.
1964 - China detonated its first atomic bomb becoming the world's fifth nuclear power.
1967 - NATO headquarters opened in Brussels.
1970 - Anwar Sadat was elected president of Egypt to succeed Gamal Abdel Nassar.
1973 - Henry Kissinger and Le Duc Tho were named winners of the Nobel Peace Prize. The Vietnamese official declined the award.
1982 - China announced that it had successfully fired a ballistic missile from a submarine.
1987 - Rescuers freed Jessica McClure from the abandoned well that she had fallen into in Midland, TX. The was trapped for 58 hours.
1989 - U.S. President George H.W. Bush signed the Gramm-Rudman budget reduction law that ordered federal programs be cut by $16.1 billion.
1993 - The U.N. Security Council approved the deployment of U.S. warships to enforce a blockade on Haiti to increase pressure on the controlling military leaders.
1994 - German Chancellor Helmut Kohl was re-elected to a fourth term.
1995 - The "Million Man March" took place in Washington, DC.
1997 - Charles M. Schulz and his wife Jeannie announced that they would give $1 million toward the construction of a D-Day memorial to be placed in Virginia.
2000 - It was announced that Chevron Corp. would be buying Texaco Inc. for $35 billion. The combined company was called Chevron Texaco Corp. and became the 4th largest oil company in the world.
2002 - It was reported that North Korea had told the U.S. that it had a secret nuclear weapons program in violation of an 1994 agreement with the U.S.
2002 - The Arthur Andersen accounting firm was sentenced to five years probation and fined $500,000 for obstructing a federal investigation of the energy company Enron.

World News

UN peace envoy to Syria denies plans to deploy 3,000 peacekeeping troops
RT - Reports on an alleged plan to deploy 3,000 peacekeeping troops to war-torn Syria are “false,” said Lakhdar Brahimi, the new UN-Arab League peace envoy to Syria, denying mass media speculations. "You've read that I have asked for peacekeeping," Brahimi told reporters at a joint news conference with Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari. "I haven't." "I don't know where this news came [from]. It certainly did not come from me," Brahimi said.

The IMF and World Bank Use Arab Uprisings to Expand Control Over Nations
Activist Post - Many oil-producing nations such as Saudi Arabia, the US, the UK, Japan and Kuwait have pledged $165 million to fund an initiative of the World Bank that will allegedly prop up countries that have been affected by manufactured Arab Spring uprisings. Along with the approval of the UN, International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank, the Islamic Development bank and the OPEC fund for International Development are supporting the partnership.

Clinton: I'm responsible for consulate security
LIMA, Peru (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is answering Republican criticism of the Obama administration's handling of last month's attack at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, saying she - not the White House - is responsible for security at all of America's diplomatic missions

Nigerian city rocked by 15 explosions
RT - At least 15 explosions and sustained gunfire have rocked the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri Monday as government forces battled Islamist militants there, witnesses say. Soldiers have locked down most of the city center, but it remained unclear what exactly happened in Maiduguri as authorities have not commented on the situation, AP reports.

S&P downgrades 11 Spanish lenders
RT - The US-based Standard & Poor’s rating agency has cut the credit ratings of 11 Spanish banks including the country’s largest Banco Santander SA and Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA), following the national rating cut last week. “The sovereign downgrade has direct negative rating implications on those banks that we rated higher than the 'BBB-' long-term rating on Spain, and on all banks where we factored extraordinary government support into the ratings,” the S&P said in a statement.

Global cyber war: New Flame-linked malware detected
RT - A new cyber espionage program linked to the notorious Flame and Gauss malware has been detected by Russia's Kaspersky Lab. The anti-virus giant’s chief warns that global cyber warfare is in “full swing” and will probably escalate in 2013. The virus, dubbed miniFlame, and also known as SPE, has already infected computers in Iran, Lebanon, France, the United States and Lithuania.

Ground under Fukushima Unit 4 sinking, structure on verge of complete collapse
(NaturalNews) During a recent interview, Mitsuhei Murata, the former Japanese Ambassador to both Switzerland and Senegal, explained that the ground beneath the plant's Unit 4 is gradually sinking, and that the entire structure is very likely on the verge of complete collapse. This is highly concerning, as Unit 4 currently holds more than 1,500 spent nuclear fuel rods, and a collective 37 million curies of deadly radiation that, if released, could make much of the world completely uninhabitable.

Approved Seafood Imported To Canada and U.S Raised on Pig Feces - At Ngoc Sinh Seafoods Trading & Processing Export Enterprise, a seafood exporter on Vietnam’s southern coast that ships to Canada and US geographic markets--fish and seafood are obtained from farmers who use feces from hundreds of pigs and geese. At the plant itself there’s trash on the floor, and flies crawl over baskets of processed shrimp stacked in an unchilled room. Shrimp headed for western markets are packed in dirty plastic tubs. They're covered in ice made with tap water that the Vietnamese Health Ministry says should be boiled before drinking because of the risk of contamination with bacteria.

EU bans import of Iranian gas to European countries – German FM
RT - EU governments have agreed to one of the toughest sets of sanctions against Iran's nuclear program. German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle has announced the EU is banning the import of Iranian natural gas into European Union countries. The set of sanctions also includes a ban on financial transactions between European and Iranian banks, with some exceptions for those involving humanitarian aid, food, and medicine purchases.... Further export restrictions were imposed on graphite, metals, and software for industrial processes. Restrictive measures were also made relating to Iran's ship building industry.
* Related Article:
EU bans broadcast of Iranian channels

US drops Gaza scholarships after Israel travel ban
Desert News - Under Israeli pressure, U.S. officials have quietly canceled a two-year-old scholarship program for students in the Gaza Strip, undercutting one of the few American outreach programs to people in the Hamas-ruled territory.... The program offers about 30 scholarships to promising but financially challenged Palestinian high school seniors from Gaza and the West Bank to study in local Palestinian universities.

To Fight Hyperstagflation, Greece Will Allow Sale Of Expired Food Products
Zero Hedge - Against a deflationary environment of austerity-driven wage and pension cuts combined with rising unemployment; food, commodity, and fuel prices continue to surge in Greece. The government has taken an unusual step - allowing the sale of expired food at lower prices. As Voz Populi reports, this act means the government has 'virtually admitted their inability to control prices" as the worst aspects of stagflation crush the Hellenic Republic.

The Global Water Crisis Will Shake Humanity To Its Core
Business Insider - 1.6 billion people live in regions with absolute water scarcity and by 2025 two-thirds of the world's population could be living under water stressed conditions. And it's just getting worse. Late energy analyst Matthew Simmons warned this was scarier than peak oil: "As global population grows, water usage has to rise for sanitation, food production and modern energy creation. It is unclear whether this can happen." The following slides contain alarming charts and maps.

Fukushima utility: We could have prevented nuclear meltdowns - The utility that owns the Fukushima nuclear plant has admitted that it failed to take proper safety measures that could have prevented the meltdowns triggered by the tragic earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in March 2011. The tsunami knocked out emergency generators that powered the cooling system at the Fukushima-Daiichi reactors, causing three of them to melt down. In a damning internal report available on its website, Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) bluntly confesses that “the problem was that preparations were not made in advance.”

VIDEO: Fukushima beef being shipped to US restaurants
NHK World - Cattle farmers in Fukushima Prefecture have resumed beef exports to the United States for the first time in 2 and a half years. Farmers celebrated the shipment of 3 cattle with a ceremony on Sunday. The leader of a local agricultural cooperative said the resumption is a tailwind for Fukushima farmers who have been suffering from the effects of the nuclear accident. The 3 cattle will be processed in Japan and the meat will be sold to upscale restaurants in the United States.

Seasonal-flu shots halted in Canada - A "perplexing" Canadian study linking the H1N1 virus to seasonal-flu shots is throwing the nation's influenza plans into disarray and straining public faith in the government agencies responsible for protecting Canada's health. Distributed for peer review last week, the study confounded infectious-disease experts in suggesting that people vaccinated against seasonal flu are twice as likely to catch swine flu.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

YouTube: Generators For New Orleans
This video was taken on 10/06/2012 at the Panama City, FL Home Depot. This Home Depot was a temporary drop off location of many generators that are destined for New Orleans. It was uncertain if they are stocking up for an upcoming emergency, such as the BAYOU CORNE SINKHOLE.

Strange Domes to Line the Texas Coast in Preparation for Something to Come
Intel Hub - Disaster-proof domes that can sustain winds in excess of 250 mph will cost taxpayers more than $50 a foot. FEMA has now offered to pick up the tab of at least $50 million dollars, to install disaster shelters in and around Houston that, according to the manufacturer, (ABC Domes based out of Sealy – Division of Golden Sands General Contracting out of Miami) are “almost impenetrable”.... What is interesting is how recent reports vary in nature. Some say that the domes are to protect citizens from hurricanes while others say that FEMA equipment will be held in the domes.

Police State Joke: Seattle Bombsquad Blows up Abandoned Flashlight Near FBI Office
Intel Hub - After blowing up the mysterious device FBI Spokeswoman Ayn Dietrich said that it was not explosive or hazardous and no threat had been made to the agency, but it was in fact just a flashlight, that may or may not have had a blinking red light on it somewhere, which gave the security guard and the entire police force the indication that it must be a bomb. The police all have the same story and they are sticking to it.

ACLU and media challenge transparency of 9/11 trial
RT - As legal proceedings move forward for five Guantanamo Bay prisoners charged with roles in the September 11 terrorist attacks, the US government wants the court to censor their testimonies in a move civil liberties lawyers condemn as “chilling."

Second Ad Featuring PM Netanyahu Airs in Florida - The ad, which will air in Miami, West Palm Beach and Ft. Myers, is the work of a tax-exempt non-profit organization called Secure America Now, which due to its c4 tax status, is not required to disclose its donors. In September the group aired the first ad of its kind featuring the Israeli prime minister, in an attempt to urge voters in these key Jewish population centers of the dire need to elect a president who will be able to forcefully and effectively contend with the perilous Iranian regime. Related Videos here and here.

Earthquake Disaster Drill Masks FEMA’s Martial Law Agenda
Kurt Nimmo - According to a FEMA press release, more than a million people will take part in “Drop, Cover, and Hold On,” an earthquake drill to be held after the first anniversary of the M5.9 Mineral, Virginia earthquake.... Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia “are encouraging their schools, businesses, organizations, government agencies, communities, and households to participate in this historic event,” the press release states. FEMA claims nearly 11 million people around the world will participate in the Great ShakeOut.

Florida Passes Plan For Racially-Based Academic Goals
CBS Tampa - The Florida State Board of Education passed a plan that sets goals for students in math and reading based upon their race. On Tuesday, the board passed a revised strategic plan that says that by 2018, it wants 90 percent of Asian students, 88 percent of white students, 81 percent of Hispanics and 74 percent of black students to be reading at or above grade level. For math, the goals are 92 percent of Asian kids to be proficient, whites at 86 percent, Hispanics at 80 percent and blacks at 74 percent. It also measures by other groupings, such as poverty and disabilities, reported the Palm Beach Post.

VIDEO: Seriously? Paramedic Punished For Covering Old Crippled House-Fire Victim With Donated Blanket
Activist Post - Don't know what the weather is like in your region, but in Detroit, Michigan it is currently cold! So when paramedic Jeff Gaglio noticed a shivering, elderly crippled man in nothing but his underwear brought outside during a house fire two weeks ago; he very naturally covered that man in a blanket. And for that, he was punished - but the story gets more ridiculous....

2012 Election News

GOP unleashes attacks on Libertarian presidential candidate
RT - Recent polls suggest Republican nominee Mitt Romney is narrowing in on US President Barack Obama, but the incumbent isn’t the only one posing a challenge to the GOP. Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson is also giving Republicans a run for their money.... With [Ron] Paul being pushed out of the GOP races, Johnson is quickly moving in on the ground that the congressman has relinquished along with his run, and with it gaining yet more momentum. For the Republican establishment, this is worrisome to say the least.

Comparing Obama's and Romney's stances on the issues
Daily Paul - Hmmm...seems I'm having difficulty here coming up with differences...they appear to be the same candidate.

VIDEO: Another CEO Threatens To Fire Employees If Obama Wins - Last week, billionaire CEO David Siegel, who runs a timeshare empire, threatened to fire employees if President Obama is reelected in November, saying in an email, “the economy doesn’t currently pose a threat to your job. What does threaten your job however, is another 4 years of the same Presidential administration.” And Siegel is not alone in pushing his employees to cast their vote a certain way. MSNBC’s Chris Hayes reported today on another CEO — Arthur Allen of ASG Software Solutions — who said in an email to his employees that they’d only have themselves to blame if they lose their jobs if Obama wins.


21 Signs That The Global Economic Crisis Is About To Go To A Whole New Level
Economic Collapse - The global debt crisis has reached a dangerous new phase. Unfortunately, most Americans are not taking notice of it yet because most of the action is taking place overseas, and because U.S. financial markets are riding high. But just because the global economic crisis is unfolding at the pace of a “slow-motion train wreck” right now does not mean that it isn’t incredibly dangerous.

Veteran News

VIDEO: Ron Paul’s Latest Speech in Victoria, Texas 10-13-2012
Liberty Crier - Congressman Ron Paul, along with his wife Carol rode in the Victoria GOP parade entry in Saturday’s “Parade That Never Was” honoring all Vietnam War veterans as well as families who lost loved ones in the war.

‘You should’ve served US better and died!’ Debt collector berates disabled veteran
RT - A debt collector, angered that a disabled US Army veteran was living off of disability payments, told him he “should have died” in war instead of "taking advantage of" other Americans. Minnesota-based debt collection agency Gurstel Chargo is now facing a lawsuit for verbally abusing the Army vet over a $6,000 defaulted student loan, Courthouse News reports.... Michael Collier was declared 100 per cent disabled after suffering permanent spine and head injuries while in the Army. As a result, both Collier and his wife receive disability payments from the federal Social Security Administration, which are exempt from seizure by debt collectors.

Housing Market

Reverse Mortgages for the Elderly Is Costing Some Their Homes
NY Times -The very loans that are supposed to help seniors stay in their homes are in many cases pushing them out.... Joan Serioux-Forde, 72, thought that she couldn’t feel more devastated after her husband, Christopher, died last year. Then, roughly a month after the funeral, she received a letter from Generation Mortgage, a reverse mortgage lender, informing her that unless she paid $293,000, she would lose her home in San Bernardino, Calif. Ms. Forde said she was never informed that if she wasn’t on the reverse mortgage deed, she would have virtually no right to stay in her home unless she bought it outright.

Energy & Environment

Pennsylvania colleges to allow fracking on campus
RT - Governor Corbett signed his name to Pennsylvania Senate Bill 367 this week, and with it gave his seal of approval for schools to cut contracts with energy companies to open the door for oil drilling and coal mining corporations to set up shop on campuses across the state. By authorizing that act, though, companies that conduct hydraulic fracturing drills, or “fracking," will be allowed to conduct tests on school grounds.

Macondo not dead, BP hiding crude oil source
Examiner - Government scientists definitively linked a new Gulf of Mexico oil slick, that has moved to some 90 miles from the sinkhole, to BP’s 2010 oil catastrophe, saying it is probably from a BP Deepwater Horizon rig pipe, but one expert is not buying it and people are demanding evidence about the source of the crude oil, both in the gulf and the sinkhole.
* Related Article: Rep. Ed Markey Calls for Full Undersea Survey...


Turmeric Prevents One of The Most Malignant Cancers In The World - Powdered turmeric has been used for centuries to treat a host of illnesses. Its active ingredient, curcumin, inhibits inflammatory reactions, has anti-diabetic effects, reduces cholesterol among other powerful health effects. A new study led by a research team at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat (LMU) in Munich now shows that it can also inhibit formation of metastases.

When you peel an orange, don't throw away the white part under the skin: Bioflavonoids help fight cancer and obesity
(NaturalNews) Citrus fruits have long had a reputation for high concentrations of healthful nutrients such as vitamin C, and recent research continues to uncover new health benefits from many citrus flavonoids. Although the flavonoids are abundant within the fruit itself, they are found in highest concentration in the peel -- which means that unless you're cooking with citrus peel or zest, the best way to get the full antioxidant punch is to eat a bit of the tart, white flesh on the inside of the fruit's peel.

New Evidence Demolishes Claims of Safety and Effectiveness of HPV Vaccine
Dr Mercola - A systematic review of pre- and post-licensure trials of the HPV vaccine shows that its effectiveness is not only overstated (through the use of selective reporting or “cherry picking” data) but also completely unproven. As of mid-August 2012, VAERS has received 119 reports of death following HPV vaccination. Reported adverse events also include: 894 reports of disability and 517 life-threatening adverse events

Generic Accutane poses serious health risks - here's a better solution for acne
(NaturalNews) Released in the early 1980s, Accutane has been touted as a miracle cure for acne over the past three decades. However, in 2009, due to rising public health concerns and emerging lawsuits the drug's manufacturer, Hoffmann-laRoche Pharmaceuticals, pulled the drug off the market in 12 countries including the U.S. While Accutane remains off the market, various generic forms of the drug still exist. These pharmaceuticals go under the names Amnesteem, Claravis and Sotret.

Two new drugs tied to colossal meningitis outbreak
RT - The New England Compounding Center (NECC) in Massachusetts has already recalled all of its products from store shelves after tainted vaccines produced in their labs were linked to a recent meningitis outbreak... Now authorities fear that two other drugs manufactured by NECC could be tarnished, opening up even more Americans to possible infection.... Previously a steroid injection used for back pain produced by NECC, methylprednisolone acetate, was believed to be the only culprit behind the outbreak. Now, however, the FDA believes doses of triamcinolone acetonide and cardioplegic solution could be causing causes as well. Those drugs are often administered to patients undergoing organ transplants or eye surgery, Fox News reports.

VIDEO: Dental Amalgam (Silver) Fillings and Cancer: Is there a Connection?
Natural Society - According to the European commission: "Mercury and most of its compounds are highly toxic to humans, animals and ecosystems. High doses can be fatal to humans, but even relatively low doses can seriously affect the nervous system and have been linked with possible harmful effects on the cardiovascular, immune and reproductive systems." Mercury fillings have hormone disrupting effects. Scientists suggest methyl mercury somehow disrupts estrogen production.

Why Does the Government Care so Much About Vaccinating You?
Natural Society - Like any other drug dealer, there’s only ever one real motivation, and it isn’t your health. The Alliance for Natural Health reports that the federal government has recently invested $400 million towards developing vaccines and similar drugs. This money is going to the Big Pharma companies of Novartis, Lonza, and GlaxoSmithKline, among others. They recently gave Sanofi Pasteur $77.4 million to retrofit their vaccine plant, far less than the company is putting towards the changes themselves.

VIDEO: Confirmed Again: Statin Drugs Accelerate Cardiovascular Disease
Dr Mercola - A new study in the journal Atherosclerosis shows that statin use is associated with a 52 percent increased prevalence and extent of calcified coronary plaque compared to non-users.... These disturbing findings come right on the heels of another study published in the journal Diabetes Care, which discovered that type 2 diabetics with advanced atherosclerosis who are frequent statin users have significantly higher amounts of coronary artery calcification compared to less frequent users of the drug.

Science & Technology

Smartphone Apps Now Use Microphone to Record Your Conversations
Paul Joseph Watson - Did you know that many of the apps you download to your smartphone now use your microphone to listen to you and your camera to take pictures of you without your confirmation? New terms of agreement contracts now being attached to app downloads require users to accept that their cellphones become literal monitoring devices that record conversations and surreptitiously take pictures without the user ever giving permission.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

U.S. Supreme Court to hear case challenging legitimacy of GM seed-saving prohibitions
(NaturalNews) In a landmark case that could either make or break the biotechnology industry as we currently know it, the U.S. Supreme Court will soon decide whether or not corporate seed giants like Monsanto can legitimately sue farmers who reuse second generation, genetically-modified (GM) seeds to grow future crops without paying royalties on them.

Today in History - Monday - October 15, 2012
1815 - Napoleon Bonaparte began his exile on the remote island of St. Helena in the Atlantic Ocean.
1860 - Grace Bedell, 11 years old, wrote a letter to presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln. It 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.
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.
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.
1983 - U.S. Marines killed five snipers who had pinned them down in Beirut International Airport.
1984 - The Freedom of Information Act was passed.
1989 - South African officials released eight prominent political prisoners.
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 - The U.N. condemned the U.S. economic embargo on Cuba for the seventh year in a row.

World News

US-led airstrike kills 3 children in southern Afghanistan
Press Tv - At least three Afghan children have been killed in a new US-led airstrike in Helmand Province in southern Afghanistan, Afghan officials say... However, US-led NATO claims that three militants were killed in the offensive, and that it was investigating reports that children were killed.

EU backs new UN Syria envoy’s plan to deploy 3,000 intl peacekeepers
RT - The EU has approved a new plan to deploy 3,000 peacekeeping troops in Syria, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said. The plan was first introduced by Lakhdar Brahimi, the new UN-Arab League peace envoy to Syria. The soldiers sent to Syria will possibly include European nationals. Ashton also said that she expected Russian participation in any successful peace plan, RIA Novosti news agency reports.

No proof of Russian cluster bombs in Syria - Lavrov
RT - The Foreign Ministry has not confirmed allegations by human rights organizations that Russian cluster bombs are being widely used in Syria. "There are a lot of illegally supplied weapons in the Middle East and it is often very difficult to indentify their origin," Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told journalists on Monday.... "There is no confirmation of that,” Lavrov stressed. “The region is loaded with weapons, which are being brought into Syria and other countries in huge amounts and illegally."

Greece Will Probably Leave Euro Within Six Months, Borg Says
Bloomberg - As European Union leaders prepare for a summit next week devoted to saving the euro, Swedish Finance Minister Anders Borg said Greece may quit the common currency within the next six months. “It’s most probable that they will leave,” Borg said today on a conference call from Tokyo, where global finance officials have gathered for the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund. “We shouldn’t rule out this happening in the next half-year.”

UK PM Cameron to sign deal greenlighting Scottish independence referendum
RT - UK Prime Minister David Cameron is set to sign a historic deal with Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond to hold a separation referendum in 2014. The signing followed give-and-take negotiations over the vote on whether Scotland will leave the UK. Cameron and Salmond will finalize the agreement in Edinburgh on Monday, launching a 100-week battle over the future of the United Kingdom.

Canada-EU Trade Agreement Replicates ACTA’s Notorious Copyright Provisions
EFF - The shadow of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is back in Europe. It is disguised as CETA, the Canada-European Union and Trade Agreement. As reported by EDRI, a rather strange and surprising e-mail was sent this summer from the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union to the Member States and the European Commission. The e-mail explained that the criminal sanctions provisions of the draft CETA are modeled on those in ACTA..

Syria Has Shut Down Its Airspace To All Turkish Aircraft
Business Insider - Syria banned Turkish passenger flights from its airspace from Sunday in a retaliatory move after Turkey confiscated a cargo of what Russia said was radar equipment en route from Moscow to Damascus last week.... Syria accuses Turkey of channeling arms from Gulf Arab states to rebels fighting its troops, who have been under mounting pressure across large swathes of the north, including second city Aleppo.

UK may speed troop pullout in 2013 over Marines shooting scandal
RT - The UK plans to pull troops out of Afghanistan in 2013 following the arrest of 9 Marines for the suspected murder of an unarmed militant. Britain is also under pressure to quit the costly war as the economic downturn has drained military coffers. British Defense Secretary Philip Hammond told the BBC on Sunday that he expected the 2013 withdrawal to be “significant, which means thousands, not hundreds.” He did “not expect it to be the majority,” however.

Iraq Records Huge Rise in Birth Defects
Independent - The new findings, published in the Environmental Contamination and Toxicology bulletin, will bolster claims that US and Nato munitions used in the conflict led to a widespread health crisis in Iraq. They are the latest in a series of studies that have suggested a link between bombardment and a rise in birth defects. Their preliminary findings, in 2010, prompted a World Health Organisation inquiry into the prevalence of birth defects in the area.

VIDEO: Blueseed: Floating Bilderberg Cities Where the Elite Control the Masses
Intel Hub - Blueseed is a San Francisco startup corporatios that plans to launch a floating city 12 nautical miles off the coast of California.... Being situated in international waters means that no taxes will be collected or have to be paid by the corporations involved. With more than 250 corporations wanting to rent space, the cost of a standard cabin is estimated to be $1,600 per month. Start-ups in the US, India, the UK, Australia, Canada and Spain are eager to be part of this endeavor.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

$20,000 Worth of New 100 Dollar Bills That Won't Circulate Until 2013 Have Been Stolen
According to the Federal Bureau of Investigations, newly designed $100 bills that will not go into circulation until next year, have been stolen. According to FBI Agent Frank Burton Jr., the cash was stolen from a plane that arrived at Philadelphia International Airport around 10:25am on Thursday from Dallas. The money was being transferred from the Federal Reserve Bank in Dallas to the Federal Reserve Bank in East Rutherford, New Jersey. When the plane arrived at PHL, the money was then placed inside an armored truck and taken on a three hour drive to the bank.
Notice the Orange and Blue?

DHS wastes your money and they don’t care
Activist Post - According to one study, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) wastes taxpayer dollars like they are going out of style. Clink on the links in the previous sentence to learn more about past wastes. The wastes that are spoken of in this article come from books, yes books, that the DHS deems necessary for students of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center should have.

YouTube: Judge Napolitano: European Union's Nobel Peace Prize Win is a Joke
Fox News - Despite skyrocketing unemployment and mass protests throughout a number of countries, the European Union just won the Nobel Peace Prize. Judge Andrew Napolitano reacted on this morning's Varney & Co., asking whether anyone takes the award seriously anymore.

Amtrak Joins the Police State
Future of Freedom Foundation - According to Homeland Security Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has forged “a new partnership” with “the Department of Transportation (DOT) and Amtrak to battle the trafficking of humans.” Soon, over 8,000 Amtrak employees will overtly or covertly examine passengers for the validity of their identification, their level of stress, how they interact, and their conversations.

Child Suspended from School for Kombucha in Lunchbox
Healthy Home Economist - When the lunch police noticed the glass bottle safely tucked into the foam sleeve in the child’s lunchbox, they confiscated it. The next morning, the boy was called into the Vice Principal’s office and interrogated... The school even called in the Police... The Police Officer told the boy that the kombucha was illegal and very dangerous if he takes any medications.... Most outrageously, the Vice Principal told the boy that he may have to transfer out of that school and that she was looking into it. She even tried to enroll him in an alcoholics class for teens!

Bungled SWAT Raid Leaves 12-year-old Girl Badly Burned, No Meth Lab Found
Intel Hub - An early morning SWAT team raid on an alleged meth house produced no meth lab or arrests and instead left a 12-year-old girl badly burned by a flashbang grenade.... “A simple knock on the door and I would’ve let them in,” the girl’s mother Jackie Fasching told the Billings Gazette. “She has first- and second-degree burns down the left side of her body and on her arms,” Mrs. Fasching stated. “She’s got severe pain. Every time I think about it, it brings tears to my eyes.”

Breast cancer survivors cry foul against TSA for 'humiliating' pat-downs and public embarrassment
(NaturalNews) A number of breast cancer survivors have recently come forward with sordid details about how they were mistreated and humiliated by U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screeners at various U.S. airports over the past several years.

Restaurants, soda companies sue NYC over ban
NBC News - The American Beverage Association and others sued the city Friday. City officials had no immediate response. The city Board of Health approved the unprecedented regulation last month. It would stop restaurants, cafeterias and concession stands from selling soda and other high-calorie drinks in containers larger than 16 ounces. The rule is set to take effect in March.

2012 Election News

Gary Johnson Confirmed In Free And Equal Debate
Liberty Crier - Monday the Free and Equal Elections Foundation released a promotional video for their “historic presidential debate” between four of the top six presidential candidates in America. The event will be broadcast live online and via satellite worldwide on October 23.... The Free and Equal Presidential Debate, scheduled for the University Club of Chicago on October 23, is an answer to the Obama-Romney Debates that allow only the Republican and Democrat candidates to take part. That debate is organized by the Presidential Debate Commission, a private corporation created and run by former chairmen of the Democrat and Republican parties that routinely excludes all other participants.
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CNN: Gary Johnson vs Jill Stein...

YouTube: Gary Johnson Chuck Todd MSNBC Interview - 10/12/12
Gary Johnson explains what sets him apart from the other candidates.

YouTube: John Stossel: Presidential Campaign Media Coverage & How It's Manipulated
FBN's John Stossel discusses ongoing coverage of Presidential candidates.

YouTube: Judge Napolitano: Ohio Ruling Shows Obama Admin. ‘Willing to Use Courts’ to Prevent Romney Votes
Fox News Insider Oct 12, 2012.


YouTube: Ron Paul’s Texas Straight Talk 10/15/12
Despite Claims, Recovery is NOT Around the Corner.

Another Obama Executive Order Allows Seizure of Americans’ Bank Accounts
The New American - The latest executive order (EO) emanating from the White House October 9 now claims the power to freeze all bank accounts and stop any related financial transactions that a “sanctioned person” may own or try to perform — all in the name of “Iran Sanctions.”

U.S. Runs 4th Straight $1 Trillion-Plus Budget Gap
AP - The United States has now spent $1 trillion more than it’s taken in for four straight years. The Treasury Department confirmed Friday what was widely expected: The deficit for the just-ended 2012 budget year — the gap between the government’s tax revenue and its spending — totaled $1.1 trillion. Put simply, that's how much the government had to borrow.

Social Security increase for 2013 could be lowest since 1975
Fox News - Preliminary figures show the annual benefit boost will be between 1 percent and 2 percent, which would be among the lowest since automatic adjustments were adopted in 1975. Monthly benefits for retired workers now average $1,237, meaning the typical retiree can expect a raise of between $12 and $24 a month.

4 Ways You Might Save By Ditching Your Mega Bank
Consumerist - In the last couple of years, a lot of the talk about leaving one of the huge, mega banks in favor of an independent institution or credit union has dealt with consumers’ anger at these banks for their questionable practices — toxic mortgages, robosigned foreclosures, overpaid execs, new fees — but avoided the simple fact that the average person with a checking account is likely to save money elsewhere.

Housing Market

FT: Homeowners file class action suit versus banks over Libor
Press TV - A pensioner whose home was repossessed is taking on some of the world’s leading banks in the first known class-action lawsuit claiming that alleged Libor manipulation made mortgage repayments for thousands of Americans more expensive than they should have been. The subprime mortgages of Annie Bell Adams and her four co-lead plaintiffs were securitized into Libor-based collateralized debt obligations and sold by banks to investors.

Veteran News

Disabled Vet Labeled “Terrorist” For Investigating Cost Of Surveillance Cameras
Paul Joseph Watson - A 55-year-old disabled veteran was labeled a “terrorist” by three county commissioners after he photographed security cameras at the Elbert County administration building in Colorado as part of an investigation, a designation the man claimed was retribution for him filing multiple open-records requests. Elbert County resident Don Pippin took pictures of the security cameras back in April as part of an open-records request that sought to discover the cost of the surveillance system.

VIDEO: What one Veteran wishes the American people knew about "Supporting the Troops"
Daily Paul - What one Veteran wishes the American people knew about "Supporting the Troops"

Energy & Environment

PHOTOS: Bayou Corne (Louisiana) Sinkhole Flyover - A thick slick of crude oil can be seen covering much of the sinkhole. In the above picture oil and water can be seen flowing from the sinkhole into the adjacent environment. Both the crude oil and the high salinity of the water escaping the sinkhole could have devastating effects on the surrounding trees and swamp land.

Global warming stopped 16 years ago, reveals Met Office report quietly released... and here is the chart to prove it
Daily Mail - The world stopped getting warmer almost 16 years ago, according to new data released last week. The figures, which have triggered debate among climate scientists, reveal that from the beginning of 1997 until August 2012, there was no discernible rise in aggregate global temperatures.... Before that, temperatures had been stable or declining for about 40 years.


Beta Glucans for optimum health
(NaturalNews) Versatile and extremely beneficial for a healthy lifestyle; Beta Glucans are easily a miraculous substance. They occur naturally and are extracted from the cell walls of yeast to make supplemental versions. In most forms, it is an isolate with all potentially harmful proteins removed for those who may be allergic to yeast. Glucans have many functions but there are two in particular that are of great interest: The ability to enhance and complement the immune system and its ravenous antioxidant properties.

VIDEO: Radiation Alert: Common Household Items We All Use Found to be Contaminated
Intel Hub - A study by the Journal for Environmental Science and Technology details how dangerous radiation from Fukushima contacted the United States heavy in California “with greatest exposure in central and southern California”. In fact the study determined that seaweed off the coast of California had been tested for radiation contamination and that radiation levels within the seaweed were 500% higher than safe levels.... Recently kitchenware shipped to a port in Canada from India was found to be contaminated with radiation common for use in the medical field. This is alarming as radioactive materials are now being melted down and added to products that humans use to eat with or have very close contact to.

Cell Phone Dangers: Loaded with Mercury, Chlorine, Cadmium, Health Risks
Activist Post - Not that you’ll be eating your cell phone anytime soon, but did you know that it’s loaded with toxins like mercury, chlorine, and cadmium? Helping to analyze cell phone dangers, the Ecology Center of Ann Arbor, Michigan teamed up with to take apart and identify components of 36 models of cell phones. They found at least one of the following in every device...

'Green Monster' smoothie - A healthy Halloween treat even the kids will love
(NaturalNews) This "Green Monster" smoothie recipe is a convenient and sneaky way to get even the pickiest eaters to enjoy fresh spinach without plugging their noses. Imagine the satisfaction you'll feel by transforming a typical junk food (colored drinks) into one of the healthiest options you serve this Halloween.

Vitamin C prevents bone mass loss to protect against osteoporosis
(NaturalNews) Scientists from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine have published the result of a study in the journal PLoS ONE demonstrating for the first time that vitamin C actively protects against osteoporosis, a disease affecting large numbers of elderly women and men in which bones become brittle and can fracture. Lead study researcher, Dr. Mone Zaidi explained "This study has profound public health implications, and is well worth exploring for its therapeutic potential in people"

Skip the chips - Enjoy these guacamole recipes with healthier dippers
(NaturalNews) Instead of commercial corn chips, try dipping raw vegetables into your guacamole. Freshly sliced red, orange and yellow bell peppers are especially colorful and delicious. They add a hefty dose of vitamin C to this snack - without the risk of GMO contamination. They are also much more aesthetically pleasing than corn chips. Raw carrot sticks and celery sticks are two other great dipper options. Select one of the delicious guacamole recipes below, and enjoy them the chip-free way.

YouTube: How vaccines are used to reduce human population
(NaturalHealth365) You will be SHOCKED at what you’re about to hear! If you doubt the (hidden) agenda of vaccine programs – this video shows Bill Gates talking about the need to lower human population to “save the earth” and the use of vaccines can help! His presentation was given at a TED talk conference and it’s about as evil a 3-minute presentation as you will ever hear.
* Related Article: Swine Flu Vax Increased Vaccine-Related Miscarriages...

Mercury Levels in Tuna 'Higher than Ever' - Limit Consumption to Reduce Mercury Poisoning
Natural Society - While the FDA claims you can have as much as 12 ounces a week of light tuna and up to 6 ounces of albacore, test results from the Mercury Policy Project (MPP) say these amounts are much too high. Mercury exposure through tuna, the MPP reports, is higher than ever, and kids especially should only be eating the fish on an occasional or even rare basis.

Wheat Contains Not One, But 23,000 Potentially Harmful Proteins
Activist Post - Most folks don't realize that when we are talking about health problems associated with wheat, or gluten, we are not talking about a monolithic entity, a singular "bad guy," solely responsible for the havoc commonly experienced as a consequence of consuming this grain. After all, how could just one villain cause the 200+ different clinically observed adverse health effects now linked in the biomedical literature to wheat consumption?

What is A.O.F.D, Agent Orange Food Disorder, and how many Americans have it right now?
(NaturalNews) Agent Orange Food Disorder, AOFD, is an ongoing mutation of cells from consuming pesticide regularly, in other words, it is the cumulative effect of consuming toxins over time. This type of cancer is not contagious and is not inherited, rather it is created inside the body and perpetuated, until it's often too late to defeat, or so "chronic care management" would have you believe.
* Related Article: 7 Nasty Effects of Pesticides in Food...

Stop the FDA from continuing its malicious persecution of natural supplement manufacturer Jim Cole
(NaturalNews) The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is currently in illegal possession of $2 million worth of private assets owned by natural supplement manufacturer Jim Cole and his three businesses, Maxam Nutraceutics, Turbosonic USA, and Sonic Life. In direct violation of the U.S. Constitution's Fifth Amendment, the FDA is refusing to press charges against Jim, denying him of his right to due process, as well as refusing to return his personal property, which the agency appears intent on using to put him out of business.

VIDEO: Under Our Skin: The Untold Story of Lyme Disease - The award-winning documentary “Under Our Skin” exposes the hidden story of Lyme disease, one of the most serious and controversial epidemics of our time; the film exposes a troubling picture of a health care system that is far too willing to put profits ahead of patients.

Science & Technology

YouTube: Judge Napolitano: Senator Al Franken hypocrite on cell phone data privacy, votes for Patriot Act
Fox News Insider Oct 11, 2012.

Google fights Gmail privacy suit
Rt - Google condemned the case this week, Courthouse News reports, arguing by way of a 25-page motion that Gmail scans data sent over its servers using its "fully automated processes involve no human review of any kind" that they insist exists to screen out viruses and spam "for the protection of its users."... The plaintiffs say that Google’s actions are enough to land them in court because that conduct constitutes wiretapping and eavesdropping in their eyes, a claim which Google says is “contorting” state law "in ways the California Legislature never intended.”

Pet News

Salmonella fear spurs firm to recall dog treats
CNBC News - A pet food company is voluntarily recalling dog treats that could be contaminated with salmonella. Nature's Recipe announced Saturday the recall of a limited supply of its "Nature's Recipe Oven Baked Biscuits with Real Chicken," which were manufactured at its plant in Topeka, Kan., and distributed nationally — primarily through pet specialty retailers.

VIDEO: Dr. Mercola Talks with Dr. Becker about the Pet Food Industry - Dogs and cats are having more degenerative diseases than ever. But don't expect your vet to fix the problem that's creating diabetes, inflammation, and obesity in your loving friends....In our interview above, we talk about an important topic that's every bit as vital for animals as it is for humans, and that is the food your pet eats.

Humor & Satire

YouTube: Please Move The Deer Crossing
A lady asks for help getting deer crossing signs moved to lower traffic areas.

Today in History - Friday - October 12, 2012
1792 - The first monument honoring Christopher Columbus was dedicated in Baltimore, MD.
1810 - Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig married Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. The royalty invited the public to attend the event which became an annual celebration that later became known as Oktoberfest.
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.
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 WWII, Attorney General Francis Biddle announced that Italian nationals in the United States 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.
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.
1984 - An attempt on British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's life was unsuccessful, but did take the lives of five people. The bomb had been planted by the I.R.A.
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.
1994 - The Magellan space probe ended its four-year mission to Venus for the purpose of mapping.
1997 - The St. Francis Basilica and 15th-century bell tower above Foligno city hall in Italy were damaged by 3 earthquakes.
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.

World News

Turkey sends 250 tanks to Syria border
Press TV - The tanks along with military vehicles of the Turkish Armed Forces, artillery units and a large number of military personnel, were dispatched to the southeastern provinces of Sanliurfa, Gaziantep and Mardin at the Turkish-Syrian border, Turkey’s Hurriyet newspaper reported. Turkey has beefed up its military defenses on its border with Syria over the past weeks, stationing tanks, anti-aircraft missiles, and additional troops in the area.

Nobel bailout? European Union wins 2012 Peace Prize
RT - The European Union has been announced the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize 2012. Amidst Europe’s as-yet-unsolved crippling economic backdrop, a heated debate emerged over the validity of the prize. The 27-nation organization was awarded the prizing for its historic role in "uniting the continent" and its contributions “to the advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe.'' “The EU helped transform Europe from a continent of war to a continent of peace,” Thorbjoern Jagland, Council of Europe Secretary-General.

Syria accuses Turkey of 'air piracy', demands return of seized cargo
RT - Damascus said that the Syria-bound commercial jet diverted to Ankara Wednesday night was not carrying prohibited cargo, and demanded Turkey return the goods it seized. The airline accused Ankara of brutality and illegal provocations. In its comments on the interception, the Turkish Foreign Ministry alleged that the plane’s cargo contained elements “not legitimate in civilian flights.” Turkish media speculated that security forces had seized communication equipment, radio terminals and missile components.
* Related Video: 'Turkey's interception of Syria-bound plane an act of war OKed by US'

Turkey endangered lives of Russians on Syria-bound plane – Foreign Ministry
RT - Ankara endangered Russians by diverting a flight from Moscow to Damascus, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said. Moscow expressed anger at not being informed that Russians were involved in the incident, and that their diplomats were denied access to them.

Netanyahu names the day: Elections to be held on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - The Prime Minister’s Office on Thursday announced that new elections would be held on January 22, 2013. The decision came two days after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that Israelis would be sent to the polls “as soon as possible.”

Iraq intends to replace Exxon with Russian companies - reports
RT - Iraq is reportedly considering replacing US oil major ExxonMobil with Russian companies in the West Qurna-1 project, as the authorities are angered by ExxonMobil’s deal signed with the Kurdistan regional government without Baghdad’s approval.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

New Senate Push to Pledge Unconditional Support for Israeli Preventive War on Iran
Huffington Post - Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is planning to press the Senate next month to pledge U.S. troops, money, and political support to Israel should Bibi Netanyahu launch a preventive war on Iran.... Graham's planned measure would outsource the decision about whether the U.S. goes to war to the Israeli prime minister, pledging that if Bibi decides to act -- regardless of the consequences and our own calculations -- the U.S. will provide money, troops, and political leverage (presumably at the UN and IAEA where there will be a push to shred the sanctions and the Non-Proliferation Treaty).

YouTube: Reality Check: Is SCOTUS Putting An End To "Personal" Property?
Ben Swann Reality Check looks at a case before the Supreme Court that would mean the end "first rule principle" for selling personal property that originates overseas.

YouTube: Judge Napolitano: Oakland Suing DOJ Over Marijuana Dispensaries
October 11, 2012 - FNC senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano on Oakland, California's, lawsuit against the Dept. of Justice for shutting down marijuana dispensaries on Fox Business News' Varney & Co.

Homeless-feeding ordinance passes in Houston; opponents vow to fight it Houston - After weeks of controversy, what started out as a broad plan to require groups feeding the homeless to follow basic health standards evolved into what’s largely a new ordinance against trespassing. It requires any person or group feeding more than five homeless people to first obtain permission from whoever owns the property where the food is served. It also requires permission from the city government before serving food in city parks.

America's first private prison is riddled with violations
RT - A recent audit of one of the largest private prison companies in the US found the institution to have 47 state violations, thereby meeting only 66.7 percent of laws regarding its operations and conditions. The audit described the violations made by the Northeast Ohio prison, which ranged from unsanitary living conditions to lack of effective procedures in the case of emergency. Inmates suffered from poor health procedures and were locked into spaces smaller than the legal requirement.

VIDEO: Bill Maher: “We Need To Promote Death”
Paul Joseph Watson - During a recent appearance on the StarTalk Radio Show, Real Time host Bill Maher expressed his desire to see more people killed via abortion, suicides and the death penalty because “the planet is too crowded and we need to promote death.” Asked by host Neil deGrasse Tyson what he thought about the death penalty and abortion, Maher re-affirmed his support for both, remarking, “The Pope is consistently pro-life, I am consistently pro-death.

2012 Election News

Judge Andrew Napolitano: Let Gary Johnson debate
Fox News - The debates are crafted by the folks who run the Romney and Obama campaigns. Romney is afraid of Johnson because he might take the votes of those who are tired of unconstitutional government and deficits and war. Obama is afraid of Johnson because he might take the votes of those who are appalled at the government’s murderous drug wars and its assaults on personal freedom and who also are tired of war.

YouTube: Ron Paul Refuses to Endorse Romney
CNBC 10/11/2012 - The former presidential candidate told CNBC he still won't back Republican candidate Mitt Romney.

TSA Lends a Groping Hand at Mitt Romney Campaign Stop
Adan Salazar - According to tweeted photos gathered by JNReports from a Mitt Romney speaking event Tuesday, the Transportation Security Administration was afforded yet another opportunity to flex their groping muscles at a scheduled campaign stop in Van Meter, Iowa. Speaking to a crowd of more than 1,200 people at, not surprisingly, the Koch Family Farm, Romney stood assuredly safe on stage knowing all members of his audience that afternoon had been thoroughly molested by a TSA goon prior to attending his speaking engagement.


Carlos Slim, World’s Richest Man, Gets Richer Supplying ‘Obamaphones’ to Poor
Fox News - A Mexican telecom mogul who holds the title of world's richest man, and one of President Obama's top donors are both getting even richer from the U.S. government program that supplies so-called "Obamaphones" to the poor. Carlos Slim, who has an estimated net worth of $70 billion, owns a controlling stake in TracFone, which makes $10 per phone for each device it provides to poor Americans. The company, whose president and CEO is Frederick “F.J.” Pollak, also makes money from extra minutes and data plans it sells to subscribers who get phones and service through the government's Lifeline program.

YouTube: Ron Paul: I'm Trying to Prevent The Collapse of the Dollar
Fox News and CNN.

US exports fall for 5th consecutive month: Govt. report
Press TV - A United States government report says the American exports have fallen in August for the fifth consecutive month, further widening the country’s trade deficit. According to the United States Commerce Department, the country’s imports in August outweighed exports by USD 44.2 billion, marking a plunge of one percent in exports.... Analysts blame economic troubles in Europe for reducing the demand for American exports. The export markets specifically affected are the auto and food industries.

Fedex to cut thousands from workforce
Fedex, the global delivery company, said Wednesday it was planning to cut "several thousand" people from its workforce via a voluntary departure program beginning early next year. Company chairman Fred Smith said at an investment conference in Memphis, Tennessee, that the cuts would come in the company's Fedex Express global express delivery service, and in the US unit, Fedex Services. The cuts are part of a plan to boost profits by $1.7 billion by 2016, mainly through intensified cost reductions. They also come in the wake of the company's warnings that its business is being hit by the global economic slowdown.

Prepping for Obamacare, Olive Garden and Red Lobster Cut Workers' Hours ... - The owner of Olive Garden and Red Lobster restaurants is putting more workers on part-time status in a test aimed at limiting the impact of looming health coverage requirements. Darden Restaurants declined to give details but said the test is only in restaurants in four markets across the country. The test entails increasing the number of workers on part-time status, meaning they work less than 30 hours a week. Under the new health care act, companies will be required to provide health care to full-time employees by 2014. That would significantly boost labor costs for businesses.

Plant that got $150M in taxpayer money to make Volt batteries furloughs workers
Fox News - President Obama touted it in 2010 as evidence "manufacturing jobs are coming back to the United States,” but two years later, a Michigan hybrid battery plant built with $150 million in taxpayer funds is putting workers on furlough before a single battery has been produced.

Housing Market

Equifax Caught Improperly Selling Lists Of People With Late Mortgage Payments
Consumerist Oct 10, 2012 - Today, the Federal Trade Commission announced a settlement with Equifax over allegations that between 2008 and 2010 the consumer reporting agency had improperly sold lists of consumers with late mortgage payments to a company called Direct Lending and its affiliates. Equifax is alleged to have sold around 17,000 separate lists containing sensitive information — including credit scores and how delinquent the consumer was on their mortgage payment — on millions of U.S. consumers during this time.

Energy & Environment

Hundreds flock to public meeting debating restart of potentially dangerous San Onofre reactor
Activist Post - Over 850 people turned out at the recent public meeting debating the plan to restart the highly contentious and potentially dangerous San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) in Southern California which has remained offline for almost nine months. report published earlier this year revealed that there is a distinct possibility of even disasters occurring in the future which are significantly larger than the radioactive leaks discovered earlier this year which were later reviewed by a Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Augmented Inspection Team.


Six medicinal herbs and spices that melt stress away
(NaturalNews) Many stress and anxiety symptoms are similar: Tension, emotional instability, loss of focus, heart palpitations and breathing problems are some. Many often resort to smoking, alcohol consumption, comfort food binging, or heavy recreational drug use (not to be confused with medicinal marijuana).

Capsaicin: How spicy food can improve your health in many ways
(NaturalNews) New research into capsaicin's effects on humans has uncovered many health benefits to enjoying spicy foods. Adding some spice to your favorite foods may not only make them taste better, but may also make you healthier.

Sprouting seeds unlocks dormant enzymatic potential
(NaturalNews) Natural plants have unique ways of protecting their offspring and guaranteeing the future of their species. Grains, nuts, seeds and legumes all contain special agents protect the precious seeds and poison predators in order to ensure the continuation of their plant. The process of soaking, fermenting and sprouting these seeds removes the poisons and unlocks the dormant nutrient potential of the plant food.

Five Lifestyle choices that put men at an increased risk for colorectal cancer
(NaturalNews) According to the British Medical Journal, dietary choices alone account for an 80 percent reduction of colorectal cancer. By being aware of the lifestyle choices that put them at an increased risk for colorectal cancer, men today can empower themselves and greatly decrease the risk by changing their habits.

VIDEO: Biotech Scientist: It’s ‘Awesome’ That GMOs Cause Infertility, Death
Anthony Gucciardi - Independently verified by both our team and a separate team of experts, this biotech scientist who works for a well-known firm was either apathetic or ignorant to ways in which you can conceal your identity through more advanced methods than what he utilized. In the email, the biotech scientist known as ‘Ed’ explains how he thinks it’s absolutely ‘awesome’ that GMOs are contributing to fertility, as he believes the world is overpopulated.... As of right now we have not released the full name of ‘Ed’ nor his organization, but we may in the future after considering the legal concerns.

8 Beet Benefits: Aphrodisiac, Brain Booster & More
Care2 Healthy Living - A single serving of beets can boost your energy and lower your blood pressure. Eating beets long-term can help you fight cancer, reduce arthritic pain, and lose weight, as well as assisting in a number of other health areas. Many people don’t like beets or consider it only a special occasion dish, but we think this powerfood should be on your plate every day.

33 Tips, Tricks, and Health Benefits of Celery
Care2 Healthy Living - Celery is 95% water, very alkaline, and filled with fiber. Its weight loss benefits are well-known, but you would be surprised at its other amazing health properties.

Top 20 ways to boost your immunity to colds and flu without using vaccines
NaturalNews) The big winter flu shot vaccine push is on! You are about to be bombarded with endless messages to "get vaccinated!" They're even starting to lay a guilt trip on those who refuse vaccinations, illogically claiming that your lack of a vaccine somehow causes other people who are already vaccinated to catch the flu. Yeah, I know, it makes no sense, but then again the entire vaccine industry is based on the same fantasy logic as unicorns, fairies, leprechauns and garden gnomes.

Science & Technology

CISPA necessary to avert ‘Cyber-Pearl Harbor’ – Panetta
RT - The US faces widespread hacking attacks that could result in a “Cyber-Pearl Harbor,” Leon Panetta said. He invoked the greatest military disaster in US history to make the case for the CISPA bill, roundly criticized for violating privacy laws. In light of this “pre-9/11 moment,” the US should act preemptively to protect “national interests in cyberspace,” the US Secretary of Defense said.

Supreme Court lets AT&T wiretapping immunity stand
Raw Story - The US Supreme Court let stand Tuesday an immunity law on wiretapping viewed by government as a useful anti-terror tool but criticized by rights activists as a flagrant abuse of executive power. The top US court declined to review a December 2011 appeals court decision that rejected a lawsuit against AT&T for helping the National Security Agency monitor its customers’ phone calls and Internet traffic.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

The High Cost of Losing Insect Populations To GMO: Ecological Interactions Are At Risk
Prevent Disease - [...] a new study indicates that getting rid of insects could trigger some unwelcome ecological consequences, such as the rapid loss of desired traits in plants, including their good taste and high yields. Genetically modified crops and insecticides are facilitating this process. Specifically, the study--described in the Oct. 5, 2012 issue of Science and funded by the National Science Foundation showed that evening primroses grown in insecticide-treated plots quickly lost, through evolution, defensive traits that helped protect them from plant-eating moths.

Pet News

Dog Helps Save Brother After Being Lost For 2 Weeks On Cape Cod
CBS Boston - A story straight out of a Disney movie. Two golden retrievers were lost in the woods, and trapped for two weeks before one of the dogs broke free and led others back to his brother.

Study Says All Your Snuffling & Sneezing Could Give Mr. Whiskers McKittyton The Flu
Consumerist - You might want to think twice the next time you sneeze in the general direction of your beloved pet* — according to researchers, people underestimate their ability to pass on illnesses like seasonal flu to their furry friends.... According to, researchers at Oregon State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine found that around 30% of cats examined in Ohio were diagnosed with seasonal flu and 20% had more serious strains of H1N1.


How to help people who refuse help
(NaturalNews) It is hard to watch friends or family members behaving in ways that make themselves and everyone around them miserable. But what can we do when they simply refuse to change? Luckily, the way to handle these resistant souls boils down to a single intervention. If this scenario describes someone in your life, read on for a game changing insight. Reasons why people refuse to change...

9 Ways People Used Radium Before We Understood the Risks - By 1910, radium was manufactured synthetically in the U.S. But before the effects of radiation exposure were well understood, radium ended up in a lot of crazy places for its purported magical healing properties and its glow-in-the-dark novelty.

Today in History - Thursday - October 11, 2012
1776 - During the American Revolution the first naval battle of Lake Champlain was fought. The forces under Gen. Benedict Arnold suffered heavy losses.
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.
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.
1932 - In New York, the first telecast of a political campaign was aired.
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. Wally Schirra, Don Fulton Eisele and R. Walter Cunningham were the astronauts aboard.
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.
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.

World News

Senior official at US Yemen embassy killed by militants, Al-Qaeda links suspected – reports
RT - Qassem Aqlan, who headed a security team at the US embassy in Yemen, was shot dead by militants in the country's capital Sanaa on Thursday, Reuters reported. The killing had the “fingerprints of Al-Qaeda,” a source said. The attack resembled previous attempts by local Al-Qaeda cells targeting security officials and politicians.

Massive US-Israel air drill set for this month - On October 14, large numbers of American soldiers are expected to begin arriving in Israel, where they will set up aerial defense positions on Israeli territory and on US Navy vessels off the Israeli coastline. The three-week drill will simulate various missile defense scenarios, and is expected to end with a live-fire interception of a decoy incoming Patriot missile. One of the objectives of the drill is to facilitate the rapid deployment of US missile defense systems to Israel and test their ability to operate in conjunction with Israeli defense systems during a conflict.

YouTube: "They" Hate Us Because We Bomb Them | Weapons of Mass Destraction
Russia Today's Abby Martin dissects the political and media establishment narrative about anti-American Gulf protests.

S&P downgrades Spain's credit rating
Telegraph - S&P warned that rising unemployment and harsh austerity measures are likely to intensify social unrest and cause further friction between Spain's central and regional governments.... he downgrade to BBB- from BBB+ late on Wednesday leaves Spain one notch above "junk" status. S&P also attached a "negative outlook", which warns of a possible downgrade in the medium term.

A Second Greek Man Has Been Found Dead Since The Emergence Of 'The Lagarde List'
Business Insider - The so-called "Lagarde List" – the name given by the Greek press to a list containing 1,991 names of wealthy, Swiss-bank-account-possessing Greeks who are being investigated for corruption and tax evasion – is causing a major stir in Greece right now. Since Friday, two men suspected to be on the list have turned up dead in apparent suicides.

Developing report: Libya and the assassination of an American Ambassador
Patriot Action Network - News reports are coming out now ahead of a Congressional hearing that the Obama administration has lied and then covered up the plot and well executed plan to kill J. Christopher Stevens, U.S. Ambassador To Libya. This was a Terrorist attack carried out by Al-Qaeda. We are finding out only now that the team guarding the Ambassador had requested additional security and was denied. There was actionable intelligence that the Ambassador was under surveillance and Al-Qaeda was planning something on 9/11. The administration tried to blame it all on a video and a protest gone wrong. It is now being learned that there was NO protest at the Consulate.
* Related Video: ABC: No Protest Outside Libya Consulate Before Attack

YouTube: Panetta: US Sends Troops to Jordan
Published on Oct 10, 2012 by Associated Press. The United States has sent military troops to the Jordan-Syria border to help build a headquarters in Jordan and bolster that country's military capabilities in the event that violence escalates along its border with Syria.
* Related Article: U.S. Military Is Sent to Jordan...

VIDEO: 'Out of Greece!': Special forces march in uniform, chant in anti-Merkel protest
RT - Scores of commandos, sailors and paratroopers in their uniforms gathered in Athens on the day of the German Chancellor’s visit – but not to help with keeping the peace. Instead, they staged a march, chanting “Merkel, out of Greece!” Marching in formation, they also chanted "Together, together, Nazis get out!"... The demonstration was one of many anti-Merkel protests to hit Athens on Tuesday, as some 50,000 demonstrators took to the streets.

Turks making Syrian pilot sign 'emergency landing, no F-16s' statement - crew and passenger
RT - Passengers onboard the plane intercepted by Turkish jets said that security forces were making the crew and passengers sign fraudulent papers suggesting that the plane made an emergency landing and no Turkish military were involved in the incident. Hours after Turkish authorities announced that the Syrian Airlines passenger plane intercepted by its F-16s was granted a departure clearance, the aircraft remained on the tarmac in darkness.
* Related Article/Video: Turkish F16s intercept Syrian civilian flight...

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Report: Duke professor confirms Arabic on Obama ring
WND’s report that Arabic-language and Islamic experts claim the gold band Obama has been wearing on his wedding-ring finger for more than 30 years is adorned with the first part of the Islamic declaration of faith naturally was met with skepticism in some circles, but Glenn Beck’s news service published a report citing a Duke professor who confirmed the WND experts’ assessment.

Kucinich: Obama deployed troops to Jordan 'without notifying Congress'; 'Immeasurably' closer to war in Syria
US News - Ohio Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich believes the deployment of American troops in Jordan — which was announced Wednesday — brings the United States "immeasurably" closer to being dragged into the civil war in Syria.... The Ohio congressman complained that the commander-in-chief sent the troops to Jordan "without notifying Congress." Ironically, Kucinich noted, the Obama administration announced the deployment exactly ten years after the House of Representatives authorized President George W. Bush to invade Iraq.

You Tube: Ron Paul Nominated For The Nobel Peace Prize
Published on Oct 9, 2012 by matlarson10 - Ron Paul was actually nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by the Parliament of Norway.
* Help Ron Paul get nominated by signing this petition.

Political Profiling of a “Constitutionalist” Turns Simple Domestic Call Into Full on SWAT Raid
Intel Hub - A farming family in Letha, Idaho recently had their house raided and were assaulted by police after a neighbor called the police when overhearing a verbal argument between the husband and wife who owned the house. In any other situation they would have had a simple knock on their door and the police would check in to make sure that no one was being hurt. However, Marcella Cruz and Michael Gibbons were flagged in the police department’s database as dangerous individuals because one or both of them identified as “constitutionalists”.

More than 20,000 Portlanders take unified stand against water fluoridation
(NaturalNews) Following a unanimous decision last month by Portland's City Council to begin forcibly fluoridating the local water supply in spite of widespread public opposition, more than 20,000 Portlanders have expressed support for a ballot measure that would once again put the issue to a public vote.

VIDEO: Sheriff Wants Drones To Peek Inside Buildings
Paul Joseph Watson - Sheriff Gregory Ahern wants to put Alameda County on the map as the first jurisdiction in California to use surveillance drones for law enforcement purposes, turning to technology previously used to hunt insurgents in Afghanistan that would allow police to peek inside buildings... Although Sheriff Ahern promised that the drones would only be used in “emergency” situations such as high speed chases, he told NBC News that the devices could also be used for “proactive policing,” including scanning buildings for heat sources such as people or lights that could indicate illegal marijuana growing operations.

Cops tase man for having seizure
RT - Two Texan police officers are being sued for using a Taser to shock a man who was having a seizure, causing the 50-year-old to suffer a heart attack and permanent brain damage. Scott Sheeley filed a federal complaint last week in Austin, TX, requesting a jury trial against two police officer who shocked him with a Taser. In May, Sheeley unsuccessfully asked for a settlement of at least $1.5 million to cover the costs of medical fees, attorneys and emotional damages.

Cook County considers 'violence tax' on guns and ammo
NBC News - County President Toni Preckwinkle wants to introduce a “violence tax” on guns and ammunition to help plug a $115 million budget gap in 2013. Under the tax, guns and ammunition would cost more, according to the Chicago Sun-Times, but Preckwinkle isn’t saying how much more just yet. The aim of the proposal is to curb the number of guns in circulation, Preckwinkle's chief of staff, Kurt Summers, told the newspaper.

Ft. Leavenworth Billboard is UP! Oath Keepers to Rally There This Friday
Oath Keepers - This Friday, Oct. 12, 1pm, and again on Saturday, Oct.13. Since Colonel Benson has chosen to demonize the Tea Party movement, by using the Tea Party as the “bad guys”- along with militias – in his hypothetical scenario of future domestic military operations, and since he is apparently using his position at Ft. Leavenworth to brainwash young officers into thinking that the Tea Party is a potential future enemy they will have to fire upon, we feel it is crucial to counter his propaganda in as direct a manner as possible, sending a clear message not just to him, but to his students there at Ft. Leavenworth and to all others stationed there, and to the broader Army.

Wear radio chip or leave, school tells students
WND - Brushing aside privacy concerns by parents and civil rights activists, a Texas school district has gone live with a controversial program requiring all students to wear a locator radio chip that will enable officials to track their every move – or face expulsion.... According to the San Antonio newspaper, the program is expected to cost the district $526,065 to implement with annual cost of $136,005 per year to continue running the program.

2012 Election News

GOP now ironically begging Ron Paul supporters for help
Examiner - Potentially hoping the vast majority of Ron Paul supporters have already forgotten how badly they were treated during the election season, by the GOP establishment, in almost every state they had an opportunity to participate, all of the sudden it seems as though they are important enough to the Republicans they feel it necessary to now start begging for help.

Ron Paul and Gary Johnson’s supporters are not a “nonfactor” in this election
Washington Times - There is good reason not to vote for Barack Obama or Mitt Romney. On my ballot, I have a third party choice and I will vote for it. I am a Libertarian, and for president I am voting Libertarian! It has nothing to do with irrational disdain for either candidate and more to do with choosing to say that America needs to know that there are people who do not agree with the two parties... Contrary to what you have been told, a third party vote isn’t a vote for Barack Obama or Mitt Romney. It’s a vote for a future that though delayed today cannot be denied tomorrow if enough people have the faith to pursue it.

Romney's Stake in Chinese Stocks - On the campaign trail, Mitt Romney rips President Obama's policy on China and talks tough against the rising global power. "We're going to crack down on China," he said at a recent event in Ohio. "They've stolen our jobs; that's gotta stop." But according to Romney's recent tax returns, between 2008 and 2011 Romney invested more than a half million dollars in the stocks of 10 Chinese companies—including firms that embezzled, partnered with Iran, and stole US intellectual property.

Sen. Rand Paul counters Romney on foreign policy
CNN News - A Republican senator and surrogate for Mitt Romney chided the GOP presidential nominee on Wednesday, saying he was "a bit dismayed" by Romney's foreign policy speech earlier in the week.... "Romney chose to criticize President Obama for seeking to cut a bloated Defense Department and for not being bellicose enough in the Middle East, two assertions with which I cannot agree," Paul wrote.

You Tube: Obamacare summed up in one sentence
Dr. Barbara Bellar running for State Senate in the Illinois18th District spoke at the Women for Romney Rally, and more specifically about Obama-care. You can hear the full speech here.


Walmart Now Has Too Many Disgruntled Employees To Ignore
Business Insider - Walmart's employees went on strike this month for the first time since the retailer opened 50 years ago. Supply-chain employees in Louisiana, Maryland and Texas have all staged walk-outs. More are expected to join before the annual investor meeting in Bentonville, Arkansas tomorrow.... One man interviewed by Salon is making $8.90 after three years at Walmart. Other complaints include dirty working conditions and inadequate access to healthcare.
* Related Article: Walmart Workers Are Threatening To Strike On Black Friday

JPMorgan Must Pay $18 Million to Heiress Over Derivatives
Bloomberg - JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) was ordered by an Oklahoma court to pay $18.1 million to the trust fund of a 75-year-old oil heiress for selling her derivatives that she claimed she didn’t understand. The bank must also pay punitive damages to the Carolyn S. Burford Trust, which benefits the granddaughter of Oklahoma oilman William G. Skelly, Tulsa County District Court Judge Linda Morrissey ruled yesterday. The evidence “overwhelmingly demonstrates the bank’s grossly negligent and reckless administration of the trust,” Morrissey said.

YouTube: Reality Check: Is This The End of The Petro-dollar?
Ben Swann Reality Check explains the petro-dollar and looks at how the national media isn't telling you that China is actively working to end it.

28 Good Questions That The Mainstream Media Should Be Asking
The Economic Collapse - Why is there so little trust in the mainstream media these days? There certainly is no shortage of news, but instead of focusing on the terribly important issues that we are facing, the mainstream media feeds us an endless stream of fluff, scandals and celebrities. Just check out some of the headlines that I found on the front pages of major mainstream news websites today.... The following are 28 good questions that the mainstream media should be asking....

Huffington Post’s 11 Myths About the Fed, Refuted - The other day the Huffington Post ran an article by a Bonnie Kavoussi called “11 Lies About the Federal Reserve.” And you’ll never guess: these aren’t lies or myths spread in the financial press by Fed apologists. These are “lies” being told by you and me, opponents of the Fed. Bonnie Kavoussi calls us “Fed-haters.... Here are the 11 so-called lies (she calls them “myths” in the actual rendering), and our responses.

Housing Market

Government Sues Wells Fargo for Reckless Lending Practices
Washington Post - Wells Fargo engaged in a long-standing practice of reckless and fraudulent mortgage lending that cost the government hundreds of millions of dollars in insurance claims when those loans went bad, federal prosecutors alleged Tuesday. In a civil lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court, government lawyers accused the San Francisco-based bank of concealing the true nature of at least 6,320 shoddy mortgages that were insured by the Federal Housing Administration.

Energy & Environment

VIDEO: Congress calls to stop the 'War on Coal'
RT - One of the last votes taken by the 112th Congress was HR 3409, and 233 members of the House of Representatives, mostly Republicans, voted in favor of it, saying it will save jobs. They named the legislation “The Stop the War on Coal Act of 2012.” “Those who believe that there is no war on coal are in dangerous denial.The actions of this administration against coal have caused massive uncertainty in the marketplace,” said Rep. David McKinley, (R-WV).


Aspartame Damages The Brain at Any Dose - Did you know that Aspartame has been proven to cause brain damage by leaving traces of Methanol in the blood? It makes you wonder why Aspartame has been approved as “safe” and is found in thousands of food products. Currently more than 90 countries have given the artificial sweetener the “OK” to be used in foods.

Pumpkin -- A surprising superfood that lightens depression, subdues inflammation and discourages kidney stones
(NaturalNews) Full of vitamins, essential fatty acids, minerals and fiber -- this superfood should be consumed happily and often. The nutrients found in pumpkin prevent and alleviate conditions such as cancer, inflammation, kidney stones, depression, skin complaints and parasitic infections.... Check out the exceptional qualities of this familiar orange food...

Should Alzheimer's patients give Ginkgo a try?
(NaturalNews) There are four medications for the treatment of Alzheimer's approved by the FDA. However, some patients are seeking alternative treatments, and ginkgo biloba is one of these possible holistic choices thanks to its medicinal effects of flavonoids and terpenoids. More specifically, ginkgo's pharmacological benefits are in its effects on tissue that is lacking oxygen. It increases the blood flow to the brain and stimulates the growth of receptor sites, which leads to improved memory, reasoning power, mood, reaction time, alertness, and speech.

Research shows ginger selectively kills breast cancer cells
(NaturalNews) (NaturalNews) Ginger extract may turn out to be more effective at fighting breast cancer than any drug currently on the market - so suggest the findings of a new study conducted by researchers from the Biological Sciences Department, Faculty of Sciences, King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia, and published in the Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology. In their paper, the researchers note that in spite of the high global toll of breast cancer, conventional drug therapies are of only middling effectiveness, often with serious side effects.

Universal Declaration of Resistance to Mandatory Vaccinations
Activist Post - We the undersigned, as Freemen & Freewomen, do not recognize the authority of The World Health Organization (WHO) to mandate general forced vaccinations. Our bodies are sovereign territory and subject to our exclusive self-determination. Any attempted violation of this trust must be construed as a breach of said basic right. We are thus holding our elected Governments accountable in this defense with an issuance of notice: a preemptive Class Action Lawsuit to be served in the event our inalienable rights to choose are forsaken. To sign the petition, please click here.

Risperdal causes teenage boy to grow 'D cup' breasts; Judge lets CEO of company off the hook regardless
(NaturalNews) Big Pharma firm Johnson & Johnson, maker of the antipsychotic drug Risperdal, owes hundreds of millions of dollars to several states over improper marketing of the medication and for encouraging doctors to prescribe it for non-approved uses, but because the case was settled in court the company's CEO, Alex Gorsky, won't have to testify about allegations his company's drug caused some young boys to grow breasts, among others.

4 Healing, Healthy Fruit: How Fruit can Protect Against Disease
Natural Society - Here are just a few of the most popular, healthy fruit and their benefits as your natural medicine. Self-healing really is possible with natural foods.

Mumps Protects Against Ovarian Cancer: Vaccine Steals the Protection
Gaia Health - Ovarian cancer is among the deadliest. It’s long been known that having the mumps provides protection against it. Now, we have a study showing how the mumps vaccine could be leading to women’s deaths from ovarian cancer. Mumps was never a terrifying disease. The best way for an adult to avoid sterility from getting mumps was by having had the mumps as a child. Now, though, mumps vaccinations are routine—and ovarian cancer rates are increasing.

Attention Disorder or Not, Pills to Help in School
NY Times - When Dr. Michael Anderson hears about his low-income patients struggling in elementary school, he usually gives them a taste of some powerful medicine: Adderall. The pills boost focus and impulse control in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Although A.D.H.D is the diagnosis Dr. Anderson makes, he calls the disorder “made up” and “an excuse” to prescribe the pills to treat what he considers the children’s true ill — poor academic performance in inadequate schools. “I don’t have a whole lot of choice,” said Dr. Anderson... “We’ve decided as a society that it’s too expensive to modify the kid’s environment. So we have to modify the kid.”

Magnets kill cancer cells in lab
Belfast Telegraph - A magnetic method of killing cancer cells has been developed by scientists in South Korea. The technique uses a magnetic field to flip a "self-destruct" switch in tumours. Researchers have demonstrated that the process works in bowel cancer cells and living laboratory fish. Programmed cell death, or apoptosis, is one of the body's ways of getting rid of old, faulty or infected cells. n response to certain signals, the doomed cell shrinks and breaks into fragments. These are then engulfed and consumed by amoeba-like immune cells. Often in cancer, apoptosis fails and cells are allowed to keep dividing uncontrollably.

Majority of 'gluten-free' foods found to contain GMOs
(NaturalNews) In the wake of all the recent revelations about the dangers of GMOs, a special warning needs to go out to all those health-conscious consumers buying "gluten-free" foods. As it turns out, most "gluten-free" foods sold in the USA contain genetically modified organisms.... Check the labels of all gluten-free foods. Do the ingredients include corn? Corn syrup? Maltodextrin? These are all corn derivatives, and if they're not USDA organic, they're likely to be genetically modified.

Study: GMO toxins found in nearly all pregnant women, unborn babies
(NaturalNews) A recent study published in the journal Reproductive Toxicology debunks yet another lie of the biotechnology industry concerning genetically-modified organisms (GMOs). According to an analysis conducted by researchers from the University of Sherbrooke Hospital Centre in Quebec, Canada, 100 percent of pregnant women and their unborn babies tested positive for GMO toxins in their blood, proving that transgenic materials are not effectively broken down and eliminated during digestion as we have all been told.

Science & Technology

CNN: Your Behavior Will Be Controlled by a Brain Chip
Paul Joseph Watson - A new CNN article predicts that within 75 years people will have embedded microchips within their brain that will allow their behavior to be controlled by a third party. The story, entitled Smartphone of the future will be in your brain, offers a semi-satirical look at transhumanism and the idea of humans becoming part cyborg by having communications devices implanted in their body. Predicting first the widespread popularity of wearable smartphones, already in production by Google, the article goes on to forecast how humans will communicate by the end of the century.

Pet News

Disease prevention for your cat and dog, without vaccination
(NaturalNews) Disease prevention comes from having a healthy immune system. It does not come from vaccination. Regular readers of Natural News will be well aware of the toxic ingredients of vaccinations, including mercury, formaldehyde, aluminum, cross species tissue, adjuvants and more. It doesn't take much intelligence to appreciate the toxic effects of these substances on a body.

Today in History - Wednesday - October 10, 2012
1845 - The United States Naval Academy opened in Annapolis, MD.
1887 - Thomas Edison organized the Edison Phonograph Company.
1911 - China's Manchu dynasty was overthrown by revolutionaries under Sun Yat-sen.
1913 - U.S. President Woodrow Wilson triggered the explosion of the Gamboa Dike that ended the construction of the Panama Canal.
1933 - Dreft, the first synthetic detergent, went on sale.
1938 - Nazi Germany completed its annexation of Czechoslovakia's Sudetenland.
1943 - Chaing Kai-shek took the oath of office as the president of China.
1957 - U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower apologized to Komla Agbeli Gbdemah, the finance minister of Ghana, after the official had been refused service in a Dover, DE, restaurant.
1959 - Pan American World Airways announced the beginning of the first global airline service.
1970 - Pierre Laporte, the labor minister of Quebec, was kidnapped by the Quebec Liberation Front (FLQ) during the October Crisis in Canada. He was found eight days later strangled to death.
1973 - U.S. Vice President Spiro Agnew resigned after being charged with federal income tax evasion.
1973 - Fiji became independent after of nearly a century of British rule.
1978 - The U.S. bill authorizing the Susan B. Anthony dollar was signed by U.S. President Jimmy Carter.
1984 - The U.S. Congress passed the 2nd Boland Amendment which outlawed solicitation of 3rd-party countries to support the Contras. The amendment barred the use of funds available to CIA, defense, or intelligence agencies for "supporting, directly or indirectly, military or paramilitary operations in Nicaragua by any nation, group, organization or individual."
1985 - U.S. fighter jets forced an Egyptian plane to land in Italy so that the hijackers of the Italian cruise ship Achilles Lauro could be arrested.
1991 - The United States cut all foreign aid to Haiti in reaction to a military coup that forced President Jean-Claude Aristide into exile.
1994 - Lt. Gen. Raoul Cedras resigned as Haiti's commander-in-chief of the army and pledged to leave the country.
1994 - Iraq announced it was withdrawing its forces from the Kuwaiti border. No signs of a pullback were observed. 
1997 - The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, opened to the public. Architect Frank Gehry designed the 450 ft. long and 98 ft. wide building.
2001 - U.S. President George W. Bush presented a list of 22 most wanted terrorists.
2003 - Rush Limbaugh announced that he was addicted to painkillers and that he was going to check into a rehab center.
2010 - In China, Canton Tower opened to the public.

World News

Attack on Benghazi Consulate 'Unprecedented,' State Department Official Says
The size and "lethality" of the attack on the U.S. consulate compound in Benghazi, Libya, that left Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans dead was "unprecedented," a senior State Department official said today.

Still Classified: Terror Suspects’ Own Accounts of Their Abuse
In a motion unsealed last week, the government doubled down on its position that detainees' observations and experiences of their time in U.S. custody are classified.

Obama’s ring: ‘There is no GOD but Allah’
He's worn it on his wedding-ring finger since before he met Michelle.

U.S. Military Is Sent to Jordan to Help With Crisis in Syria
The United States military has secretly sent a task force of more than 150 planners and other specialists to Jordan to help the armed forces there handle a flood of Syrian refugees, prepare for the possibility that Syria will lose control of its chemical weapons and be positioned should the turmoil in Syria expand into a wider conflict.

NATO 'will defend' Turkey against Syria as Ankara moves F-16s to border
NATO has promised to back Ankara in its escalating conflict with Syria, as Turkey adds 25 new F-16 fighter jets to its border protection force. It follows days of retaliation from Turkey after Syrian shells started coming over the border last month.
"We have all the necessary plans in place to protect and defend Turkey if necessary," NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told journalists before a defense ministers meeting in Brussels.

Thousands of Pakistanis rally against US drone strikes
Nine-mile convoy led by Imran Khan heads towards South Waziristan as local officials say it will not be allowed to proceed 07 Oct 2012 Thousands of Pakistanis, joined by US anti-war activists, have headed toward Pakistan's tribal region to protest against American drone strikes despite [alleged] threats from the Taliban. The demonstrators, headed by former cricketer turned politician Imran Khan, say the strikes violate Pakistani sovereignty and kill civilians. The motorcade started from Islamabad on Saturday morning and, after an overnight stay in the city of Dera Ismail Khan, departed for the tribal belt.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Cancer patient asked to lift bandages at airport
A Michigan woman dying of leukemia hopes her embarrassing experience at a Seattle airport changes the way the Transportation Security Administration treats travelers with medical conditions.

Supreme Court lets stand telecom immunity in wiretap case
The Supreme Court is leaving in place a federal law that gives telecommunications companies legal immunity for helping the government with its [illegal] email and telephone eavesdropping program. The justices said Tuesday they will not review a court ruling that upheld the 2008 law against challenges brought by privacy and civil liberties advocates on behalf of the companies' customers. The companies include AT&T, Inc., Sprint Nextel Corp. and Verizon Communications Inc. Lawsuits filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and Electronic Frontier Foundation accused the companies of violating the law and customers' privacy through collaboration with the National Security Agency on intelligence gathering.

China Drywall Firm Fights Order to Pay U.S. Homeowners
Taishan Gypsum Co. appealed a September court ruling that ordered the Chinese drywall manufacturer to pay U.S. homeowners for damages caused by harmful chemicals in the wallboard.

High court won't hear case against Halliburton
The Supreme Court has ruled out reviving lawsuits against Halliburton Corp. over insurgent ambushes that killed civilian truck drivers in Iraq. In its order Tuesday, the court said it will not review a federal appeals court ruling that threw out suits filed by truckers and their families claiming that Halliburton and its former KBR Inc. subsidiary knowingly sent military supply convoys into danger on roads in the Baghdad area. The attacks killed seven KBR drivers and injured at least 10 others in April 2004.

2012 Election News

The Real Mitt Romney
Ours is a factual story that provides a rare glimpse and insight into the real Mitt Romney. Does he really relate to the average American? As President, would he impose his beliefs on others? Is he really Christian?


Spain to Miss Deficit Targets in 2012, 2013 says IMF
Spain will miss its deficit targets in 2012 and 2013 and its debt will jump to more than 90 percent of gross domestic product next year as it recapitalizes its banking sector, the IMF said on Tuesday.

Small Businesses Grow Wary; See Fewer Hires, Investments
U.S. small business sentiment weakened in September for the fourth time in five months as fewer owners expected to add staff and make capital investments. The National Federation of Independent Business said on Tuesday its optimism index fell 0.1 point to 92.8 last month.

Occupy Wall Street Protest

One Year Later: Lessons Learned From Occupy Wall Street
The encampments were educational. They helped people build connections and form social groups. But camping in a park and talking to like-minded people, she said, can only do so much. “It’s now about creating alternative media sources, which is easier to do now that we have all these connections,” she said. “We’ve all woken up. So it’s not about a park anymore.”


"Popular Blockbuster Drug" Study Terminated Due to High Risks - Are You Taking It?
Research investigating the effects of Plavix in combination with aspirin versus using aspirin alone for the prevention of stroke and cognitive decline has confirmed previous findings: The combination treatment significantly increases risk of death; doubles risk of gastrointestinal bleeding; and more than doubles fatal hemorrhaging. The anti-platelet arm of the study was terminated as a result of these increased risks to participants .

Urgent warning: Widely used sleep, anxiety drugs double chance of dementia
(NaturalNews) There is probably no more dreaded illness associated with getting older than Alzheimer's disease (AD) and other forms of dementia - and the number of people with this identity-destroying, mind-robbing horror is growing. The increase is mostly blamed on the aging population but that doesn't explain why dementia hits some and not others in the first place. Now, breaking research suggests a strong link between widely used drugs known as benzodiazepines (which include Xanax, Klonopin, Valium, Ambien, Halcion, Restoril, Lorazepam and dozens more) and a doubling in the risk of developing dementia.

Turmeric can help regenerate the liver, groundbreaking new research
Incredible, groundbreaking new research just published in the Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand found that the primary polyphenol in turmeric - curcumin - is able to repair and even regenerate the liver tissues in diabetic rats.

Calls for oversight grow as meningitis death toll mounts
Since the September 25 recall of three lots of a steroid produced by a Massachusetts company, the outbreak has spread to 10 states and infected 121 people, according to state health departments and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

6 ways to protect your family from the danger of GMOs
GMO avoidance tips...

Science & Technology

How To Get Advertisers To Stop Tracking Your iPhone
Read an easy step-by-step guide for how to limit ad tracking.

Today in History - Tuesday - October 9, 2012
1701 - The Collegiate School of Connecticut was chartered in New Haven. The name was later changed to Yale.
1776 - A group of Spanish missionaries settled in what is now San Francisco, CA.
1781 - The last major battle of the American Revolutionary War took place in Yorktown, VA. The American forces, led by George Washington, defeated the British troops under Lord Cornwallis.
1812 - During the War of 1812 American forces captured two British brigs, the Detroit and the Caledonia.
1855 - Isaac Singer patented the sewing machine motor.
1858 - Mail service via stagecoach between San Francisco, CA, and St. Louis, MO, began.
1872 - Aaron Montgomery started his mail order business with the delivery of the first mail order catalog. The firm later became Montgomery Wards.
1876 - Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Watson made their longest telephone call to date. It was a distance of two miles.
1888 - The public was admitted to the Washington Monument for the first time.
1914 - During World War I, German forces captured Antwerp, Belgium.
1930 - Aviator Laura Ingalls landed in Glendale, CA, to complete the first solo transcontinental flight across the U.S. by a woman.
1936 - The first generator at Boulder Dam began transmitting electricity to Los Angeles, CA. The name of the dam was later changed to Hoover Dam.
1940 - St. Paul's Cathedral in London was bombed by the Nazis. The dome was unharmed in the bombing.
1946 - The first electric blanket went on sale in Petersburg, VA.
1974 - Oskar Schindler died in Frankfurt, Germany. Schindler is credited with saving the lives of about 1,200 Jews during the Holocaust.
1983 - Helen Moss joined the Brownies at the age of 83. She became the oldest person to become a member.
1985 - The hijackers of the Achille Lauro cruise liner surrendered after the ship arrived in Port Said, Egypt.
1986 - U.S. District Judge Harry E. Claiborne became the fifth federal official to be removed from office through impeachment. The U.S. Senate convicted Claiborne of "high crimes and misdemeanors."
1989 - The official Soviet news agency Tass reported an unidentified flying object. The report included a trio of tall aliens that had visited the city of Voronzh.
1994 - The U.S. sent troops and warships to the Persian Gulf in response to Saddam Hussein sending thousands of troops and hundreds of tanks toward the Kuwaiti border.
2001 - Prosecutors in Miami, FL, announced that they would seek a prison sentence if O.J. Simpson was convicted in his road rage trial. Jury selection began for the trial just after the announcement.
2009 - NASA launched the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS). On November 13, it was announced that water had been discovered in the planned impact plume on the moon.

World News

Another fraud charge against global banking giant
Already under federal investigation for global fraud after a series of WND reports, banking giant HSBC is engaged in a systematic scheme to defraud citizens of India who live abroad out of billion of dollars in investment accounts, according to an Indian source who has provided evidence to WND.

North Korea says its missiles can strike US mainland
Press TV - We are not concealing the fact that (North Korea's) revolutionary military, including strategic rocket forces, has placed not only South Korean enemy forces and US forces in the Korean peninsula but also Japan, Guam and even the US mainland within its target range," the North’s National Defense Commission said in a Tuesday statement. It added that Pyongyang was ready to react to any attack with "nuclear for nuclear and missile for missile" strategy. The statement came two days after Seoul said that it reached an agreement with Washington to extend the range of its missiles from the current limit of 300 km to 800 km.

UK, Israel seeking to develop SARS-like race-specific bio-weapon
Press TV - British and Zionist health experts are working on a SARS-like race-specific bio-weapon, which could be capable of creating a global threat through triggering a massive ethnic cleansing, it has been claimed. The claim was made following the identification by the World Health Organization (WHO) of a new SARS-like race-specific virus that targets people of Middle Eastern decent. The original SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) resulted in the death of numerous people in Hong Kong.

Athens police plan city-wide crackdown on protests ahead of Merkel visit
RT - Greek police are preparing to close down large sections of the Athens to contain protests against German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is visiting the city on Tuesday for talks with the country's Prime Minister, Antonis Samaras.

It’s a Boy Girl Thing: Latvian books suggest gender switch games for children
RT - Children’s books about sexual equality have provoked heated debate in Latvia. In an effort to break stereotypes about kids’ patterns of behavior, it has been suggested that girls and boys switch bodies. But it’s easier said than done. The books have been translated from Danish, and are entitled “The Day when Carlis was Carlina” and “The Day when Ruta was Richard”. The authors believe communal reading of the stories in kindergartens will help youngsters form a better opinion about gender equality.

VIDEO: Turkey Shells Syria for Sixth Day, Says “Worst Case Scenario” Unfolding
Kurt Nimmo -The Turkish military shelled Syria for a sixth straight day Monday after the provincial governor’s office claimed a Syrian round landed in a cotton field near the town of Altinozu in the border province of Hatay. The CIA-backed Free Syria Army is based in Antakya, the largest city in Hatay. The FSA is armed and funded by the Gulf States of Saudi Arabia and Qatar and receives logistics from the United States. As we noted in September, there is ample evidence that a large number of FSA rebels are in fact members of al-Qaeda.

Misfire: NATO mortar ‘gift’ from Turkey to Syrian rebels – newspaper
RT - The mortar used to attack the Turkish town of Akcakale is a design specific to NATO and was given to Syrian rebels by Ankara, according to Turkey’s Yurt newspaper. The mortar killed one adult and four children from the same family on Wednesday. An article by the paper’s Editor-in-Chief, Merdan Yanardag, states that the newspaper received information from a reliable source, which claimed that Turkey itself sent the mortars to rebels in the so-called "free army."

Russia to sign $5-billion defense contract with Iraq - Russia may join the ranks of major importers of weapons to Iraq. During the visit of Iraqi Prime Minister al-Maliki's, a contract for $5 billion may be signed for the sale of MiG fighter jets, products of Russian Helicopters, anti-aircraft missile systems, armored vehicles and other weapons to the Middle Eastern country.... If the deal goes through, Iraq will be among five largest importers of Russian arms.

YouTube: Madrid Spain On The Brink - Protesters Demand Government Step Down
Madrid Spain is on the brink as people by the tens of thousands hit the streets because the people are paying the consequences for the bankers and the politicians. Despite the slanderous propaganda you may have heard from corporate media outlets this mini-documentary tells lets you here directly from the mouths of the protestors why they are on the streets. The overwhelming response is they are demanding democracy, for their voice to be heard, in a system that has long ignored the people to serve the corporations, specials interests and lobbyists that Spain politicians are beholden to.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

DHS wants drones – but won’t have to pay for them during Civil War II
Activist Post - When the DHS put in the solicitation for "participation in the Robotic Aircraft for Public Safety (RAPS) project from the small unmanned aerial systems (SUAS) for transition to its customers" many people believed that the DHS was working on buying drones to watch over the sheeple before, during, and after mass civil disorder. But they won’t need to. Drones, or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) have been used by Homeland Security for more than 5 years in the United States.

VIDEO: Costa Mesa Mayor Proposes To Shut Down Soup Kitchens To Deal With Homeless Problem
CBS News - “My belief is that if we manage to put the soup kitchen out of business that will go a long way to addressing the attractiveness in our city that’s creating a huge negative impact,” Eric Bever said. According to Bever, the “negative impact” is homeless people who like Costa Mesa because of services that offer food to less fortunate individuals.

High school students suspended for possession of energy mints - A group of high school students in Pekin, Ill., were suspended last week after school officials suspected the mints they were eating were actually illegal drugs.... According to, each mint contains 101 milligrams of caffeine along with guarana, green tea, ginseng, acai, mangosteen and goji. The Revive brand is endorsed by several MMA fighters and fitness pageant contestants. McMichael's father said school officials later admitted they did not know if the chewable, unmarked mints were, in fact, illegal drugs but upheld the suspensions anyway, saying the teens displayed "gross misconduct for taking an unknown product."

DHS To Test Spy Drones For “Public Safety” Applications
Paul Joseph Watson - The Department of Homeland Security has announced in a solicitation to drone manufacturers that it will begin testing “Robotic Aircraft For Public Safety” at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, indicating that small spy drones will be used to keep tabs on Americans in the near future.

US Adds Jihadist Yemeni Group to Terror List
Daily Star - The US State Department on Thursday added the Yemeni Islamist group Ansar al-Sharia (AAS) to its list of terror organizations, saying it is an offshoot of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian peninsula (AQAP). “AAS is simply AQAP’s effort to rebrand itself, with the aim of manipulating people to join AQAP’s terrorist cause,” the State Department said in a statement. “The actions taken today against AAS support the US effort to degrade the capabilities of its parent organization, AQAP,” the statement read.

American Undergraduates Recruited For Population Control Agenda As UN Raises The Stakes
Jurriaan Maessen - On October 3 2012, Pennsylvania State University provided a stage for [former EPA chief John] Seager, president of “Population Connection”, an organization promoting the culling of the overall human population. Accepting an invitation by the Institute of Environmental Studies, Seager attempted to convince a hall filled with undergraduates of the need to bring down the population for “sustainability” purposes.

VIDEO: Refusal of Due Process by USA Government (Japanese Internment Camps)
The topic of Japanese internment camps during World War II is explained by Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.) on C-SPAN.

How the Feds Can Take Your Property: Forfeiture $6 Billion Business for Feds - Two building blocks of American justice are ‘innocent until proven guilty’ and ‘no unreasonable search and seizure.’ But under federal forfeiture laws since 1985, the taking and selling of ill-gotten property has become a $6 billion business for federal authorities, and in certain cases things are sold long before the owner goes to trial.

Taking photos of clouds earns Texas man a visit from the FBI
RT - Michael Galindo, 26, learned the hard way that anything and everything is seemingly fair game for an FBI investigation. He was taking photos of a dark and stormy rain cloud above his native Texas town of Houston last month and had to pay the consequences for it when a federal agent appeared at his front door on Friday. Galindo answered honestly when FBI Agent David Pileggi showed up at his Houston household last week and asked him about some photos he took on September 13 near the former Lyondell Refinery.

2012 Election News

Ron Paul to Speak at Utah Valley University October 18
Daily Paul - What will he speak about? Will he endorse Gary Johnson? Here are the details.

How British companies pour cash into the American elections
Guardian - More than one in five of Britain's largest corporations are channelling political donations to favoured candidates ahead of next month's elections in the US – though these sums may be only the tip of a new campaign-financing iceberg, according to leading politicians, judges and pro-transparency watchdogs. As election year reaches its climax, America is forecast to experience the most extensively corporate-influenced race for the White House, and for control of Capitol Hill, in living memory.

Romney Vows To Arm Al-Qaeda Terrorists In Syria
Paul Joseph Watson - Mitt Romney will vow to arm Syrian rebels today during a major foreign policy speech, illustrating once again how there is virtually no difference between Romney and Obama when it comes to serving the interests of the military-industrial complex. “Mitt Romney will call for an escalation of the conflict in Syria by arming rebels with the heavy weapons needed to confront president Bashar al-Assad’s tanks, helicopters and fighter jets,” reports the London Guardian.


YouTube: Ron Paul: We Must Fiscally Restrain Our Government!
Texas Straight Talk Oct 8, 2012.

Want To See What Ben Bernanke Has Done?
Daily Paul - Here is a graph of the Monetary Base from the St. Louis Fed. There has been a MASSIVE increase in the monetary base. Really incredible. Source: Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

From Zero Interest Rate To Zero Retirement: How The Fed Doomed Elderly Americans To Endless Work
Zero Hedge - The math of what happens when assumed rates of return go down, driven by a pro-active ZIRP from the Fed, is pretty straightforward. To make up for this, PIMCO notes that those approaching retirement have three choices: a) save more, b) work longer, or c) tighten their belts in retirement. Each of these are clear, individual family choices, but what happens when the whole of society is faced with the same dilemma? What works for one household can be grossly sub-optimal for society.

VIDEO: American Holocaust
From the Trenches - The Dust Bowl, stock market crash and Great Depression resulted in the deaths of an estimated 7.5 million Americans. The natural and unnatural events had one major result, removing millions of Homesteaders, American Indians and freed slaves off the petroleum rich Great Plains during the largest oil boom in US history.

Veteran News

Combating military suicides: Limit access to private weapons?
From the Trenches - Like a gunshot is the only way to kill yourself. These gun grabbers are looking for any excuse! MSNBC With nearly half of all suicides in the military having been committed with privately owned firearms, the Pentagon and Congress are moving to establish policies intended to separate at-risk service members from their personal weapons.

Report: Texas veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan dying young at alarming rate
Press TV - A six-month investigation by the Austin American-Statesman of Texas' Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who died after leaving the military found that an alarmingly high percentage died from prescription drug overdoses, toxic drug combinations, suicide and single-car crashes — a largely unseen pattern of early death that federal authorities are failing to adequately track. The newspaper obtained autopsies, toxicology reports, inquests and accident reports from more than 50 agencies throughout Texas to analyze the causes of death for 266 Texas veterans who had been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan and were receiving VA benefits when they died.

LA protesters mark Afghan war anniversary
Press TV - Activists gathered at the corner of Hollywood and Highland to protest the 11th anniversary of the war in Afghanistan Saturday, chanting "money for jobs and education, not for wars and occupation," while holding banners that read "U.S./NATO out of Afghanistan." Organized by the A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition (or Act Now to Stop War and End Racism), the three-hour-long protest aimed to mobilize people to participate in an effort to demand the government bring troops back immediately, shut down the major army recruiting station in Hollywood and channel more money into social welfare programs.

VIDEO: Rally to protest 11 years of Afghan war and ‘honoring the fallen’
Press TV - As the Afghanistan war enters its 12th year on Sunday, October 7, antiwar veterans and their allies will gather at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Plaza in New York City to demand an end to all wars and respect for rights to assemble peacefully. Related: Slideshow: Veterans and Allies Arrested...

Energy & Environment

EPA Encourages Recruiting Students for ‘Energy Patrols’ at School
CNS News - The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is celebrating Children’s Health Month this October by providing information and health tips on its website, including the importance of energy efficiency in schools. On the website page is a link to a 26-page EPA report entitled, “Sensible Steps to Healthier School Environment.” In the report’s chapter on Energy Efficiency, the EPA presents a box with items to help establish “Energy Efficiency Opportunities for Schools.” One of the items in the box reads, “Educate students and staff about how their behaviors affect energy use. Some schools have created student energy patrols to monitor and inform others when energy is wasted.”


Groundbreaking study: Aronia, curcumin extracts effectively kill brain cancer cell line
(NaturalNews) Researchers from the Department of Natural Sciences at Middlesex University in the U.K. have made a fascinating discovery concerning two natural "superfood" compounds and their ability to kill cancer cells. It turns out that both chokeberry extract (Aronia melanocarpa) and turmeric (Curcuma longa) work together with one another to stop the spread of malignant cancer cells, as well as induce cancer cell death, a process more commonly known as apoptosis.

Urgent warning: Widely used sleep, anxiety drugs double chance of dementia
(NaturalNews) There is probably no more dreaded illness associated with getting older than Alzheimer's disease (AD) and other forms of dementia - and the number of people with this identity-destroying, mind-robbing horror is growing. The increase is mostly blamed on the aging population but that doesn't explain why dementia hits some and not others in the first place. Now, breaking research suggests a strong link between widely used drugs known as benzodiazepines (which include Xanax, Klonopin, Valium, Ambien, Halcion, Restoril, Lorazepam and dozens more) and a doubling in the risk of developing dementia.

Omega-3 Fats Seen as Natural Anti-Aging Nutrient
Activist Post - A new study partially attributes longevity to consuming enough omega-3s to balance the ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids in the diet, which preserves DNA segments called telomeres – telomeres shorten with age.... Researchers note that the anti-inflammatory properties of omega-3s may lower the risk of heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, and other conditions associated with aging. This study’s finding “strongly suggests that inflammation is what’s driving the changes in telomeres,” says lead author Jan Kiecolt-Glaser.

A deadly achievement: Kaiser Permanente sets world record for most flu vaccines given in an eight-hour period
(NaturalNews) A Southern California-based healthcare chain has set a new world record for the most flu vaccines given in a single eight-hour time period. CBS 8 News in San Diego reports that Kaiser Permanente's "Super Saturday Flu Clinic," which took place on September 29, successfully jabbed 30,000 people with seasonal flu vaccine at 40 different corporate locations throughout the Southern California region, topping the previous world record nearly three-fold.

Nonprofit organizations exposed: American Dietetic Association and others in bed with Monsanto
(NaturalNews) There is a reason why the American Dietetic Association (ADA), which was recently renamed the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), often makes ridiculous nutrition recommendations such as to eat lots of grains as part of a "healthy" diet, or to avoid eating fats, particularly saturated fats, which it falsely suggests are harmful to health. It turns out that this nonprofit organization and many others routinely accept cash contributions and sponsorships from major industry players like Monsanto, Procter & Gamble, and the National Dairy Council, which steer the types of information they disseminate publicly.

13,000 got suspect steroid shots; risk uncertain
NEW YORK (AP) -- As many as 13,000 people received steroid shots suspected in a national meningitis outbreak, health officials said Monday. But it's not clear how many are in danger. Officials don't how many of the shots may have been contaminated with meningitis-causing fungus tied to the outbreak. And the figure includes not only those who got them in the back for pain - who are most at risk - but also those who got the shots in other places, like knees and shoulders.

The vaccine empire has collapsed
A review from The Cochrane Collaboration, a widely respected research-analysis team, went over all the evidence, and entered its conclusion: In healthy adults, no flu vaccine delivers protection from the flu. It doesn't protect against transmission of flu viruses from person to person, either.

‘Biofarms’ to Integrate Vaccines, Pharmaceuticals into GMO ‘Biopharmaceutical’ Crops
Anthony Gucciardi - The truth really is much stranger than fiction, especially when it comes to the open and admitted future plans of major biotechnology companies. One such case involves a biotech company known as ProdiGene, the officials from which actually faced jail time back in 2002 for contaminating the traditional food supply with ‘biopharmaceutical’ crops that were growing pharmaceuticals and vaccine components associated with AIDS, diabetes, and diarrhea.

Can Under-Nourished People Also Be Overweight?
Green Med Info - It's an old debate — is weight loss all about limiting what you eat? The answer is not a definitive "yes." In fact, there's more evidence to the contrary. It is clear that weight gain is not caused by what popular diet and health gurus say it is — eating too much fat, not exercising enough and eating too many calories. A recent study published in the journal PLOS Medicine has reported the rise of obesity in an Algerian refugee camp where people are not getting enough nutrition.

Science & Technology

CISPA 2.0? Cyber-bill author says Congress has 'rekindled' interest in his failed legislation
RT - Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), the chair of the US House Intelligence Committee and a co-author of the controversial CISPA bill, told an audience at the Chamber of Commerce last week that his failed cybersecurity legislation might soon be brought back up for discussion.

Geologists Plan To Drill 6 Kilometers Down – All The Way To Earth’s Mantle! - It’s an expensive journey – costing a billion dollars – and it’s wrought with hazards that could derail the explorers at any moment. But if these explorers reach their destination, they will have gone where no one has gone before.... The group of geologists involved in the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) aim to penetrate 6 kilometers through the Earth’s crust and reach our planet’s second layer, the mantle. From the mantle they hope to retrieve samples which will answer some basic questions about geology, climate change, and life here on Earth.

Lab-Made Eggs Raise New Fertility Options
WSJ - Japanese scientists have made viable mouse eggs in a laboratory dish, an advance that may offer a new route for treating infertility in people. The experiment completes a long-sought quest in reproductive biology: to make sperm and eggs in a lab dish. A year ago, the same core group of scientists at Kyoto University created healthy mouse sperm in the lab. In the latest experiment, the dish-created eggs were fertilized with natural mouse sperm to create healthy, fertile mice. The research appears in the journal Science.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

LA County drops charges against Rawesome food rights champions Sharon Palmer and Victoria Bloch
(NaturalNews) It seems a little raw milk muscle can go a long way in defeating haters of food freedom.

Today in History - Monday - October 8, 2012
1895 - The Berliner Gramophone Company was founded in Philadelphia, PA.
1904 - "Little Johnny Jones" opened in Hartford, CT.
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.
1938 - The cover of "The Saturday Evening Post" portrayed Norman Rockwell.
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.
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 - 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.
2004 - The first-ever direct presidential elections were held in Afghanistan.

World News

VIDEO: The Wars in the Middle East and North Africa Are NOT Just About Oil … They’re Also About GAS
Washington’s Blog - The Iraq war was really about oil, according to Alan Greenspan, John McCain, George W. Bush, Sarah Palin, a high-level National Security Council officer and others.... As key war architect John Bolton said last year: The critical oil and natural gas producing region that we fought so many wars to try and protect our economy from the adverse impact of losing that supply or having it available only at very high prices.

‘We win, you lose’: Taliban jeers at US, NATO as Afghan war enters 12th year
RT - NATO forces “are fleeing Afghanistan” in “humiliation and disgrace”, proclaims the Taliban as the US-led war in the country enters its twelfth year. "With the help of Allah, the valiant Afghans under the Jihadi leadership of Islamic Emirates defeated the military might and numerous strategies of America and NATO alliance," the Taliban said in a statement Sunday. Foreign forces have already started leaving the country ravaged by the war on terror the US proclaimed after the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington.

Cyber attackers targeted Iranian oil and gas rigs, attacks repelled - official
RT - Iran’s offshore oil and gas platforms were the targets of the cyber attacks aimed at crippling the country. All threats were repelled – according to an unnamed official. It is almost two weeks since the managing director of the National Iranian Offshore Oil Company Mahmoud Zirakchianzadeh announced his company’s negotiations over deals worth US$14 billion.

Protests Redux: Spanish unions plan general strike after more mass rallies
RT - Spanish labor unions have threatened a national strike unless the country’s right-wing government cancels announced austerity cuts, in the wake of a second day of national mass protests. Some 60,000 demonstrators flooded the center of Madrid, during the biggest of more than 50 union-backed protests across the country. Their banners read "Their plunder, my crisis" and “No more unemployment, no more cuts.”

American Women Marching into Tribal Pakistan: Obama 'Worse Than Bush'
US News - Thirty-two Americans associated with the feminist anti-war activist group Code Pink are in Pakistan for a march from Islamabad to that country's tumultuous tribal belt to protest American drone strikes that reportedly kill civilians along with their terrorist targets.

YouTube: Anonymous Calls for Worldwide Protest Against Big Brother
Big Brother Worldwide Protest October 20, 2012.

The New RoboBee Drone Will Navigate Using Sight And Smell
Business Insider - Jesse Emspak, an analyst for Discovery, reports that researchers in the U.K. are attempting to build a "bee brain" in order to fill out requirements of what would be the new age of drone warfare. The important distinction is that these new drones are not autonomous the way we traditionally think: preprogrammed routes and missions executed or aborted based on input, stipulations coded by the drone operators. From Emspak: Called the "Green Brain," the software model will focus on how a bee sees and smells. With that, a robotic bee could be built that actually behaves like a real bee, rather than just flying on a pre-programmed path and carrying out instructions.

Iran Urges Israel to Join NPT - Israel should join the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) in order for a nuclear-free Middle East to take shape, Iran's Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Ali Asghar Soltanieh said.... The Iranian envoy called on world countries to exert pressure on Israel to sign the treaty. Israel, believed to have between 200 and 400 nuclear warheads, has ignored international calls to join the treaty.

THERE IS NO HYPERINFLATION IN IRAN – The Real Story Is Much More Interesting
Business Insider - Contrary to reports, there is no hyperinflation in Iran right now at all. In fact, the Western sanctions imposed on Iran's oil trade are failing miserably to meet their objectives. And a regime collapse – or even, coming short of that, another popular uprising reminiscent of June 2009 – seems further away from Iran than ever.

Israel Shoots Down Unidentified Drone Over Its Airspace
Zero Hedge - Just because the middle east did not have enough countries and/or terrorist organizations shooting at random things, in outright attempts of provocation or otherwise, here comes Israel to join the party. From Reuters: "The Israeli air force shot down a drone after it crossed into southern Israel on Saturday, the military said, but it remained unclear where the aircraft came from.
* Related Article: Hezbollah mission? Israel’s search for drone origin

Israeli jets fly mock raids over south Lebanon
BEIRUT (AP) - Israeli warplanes swooped low over Lebanese villages Sunday in a menacing show of force apparently aimed at the Hezbollah guerrilla group after a mysterious raid by an unmanned aircraft that was shot out of Israeli skies over the weekend.

VIDEO: 'Too easy': Ex-drone operator on watching civilians die
BBC - James Jeffrey served as an officer in the British Army in both Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2009, he helped guide drones flying over Helmand Province, where he had to make life and death decisions about whether to engage the enemy. Speaking to Orla Guerin, the BBC's correspondent in Pakistan, he describes how he almost ordered a drone attack on a suspected militant thought to be planting an improvised explosive device. At the last minute the strike was cancelled when he realized the potential enemy he could see on the monitor was in fact a child playing.

Breaking: Turkey Fires Into Syria After It Says Mortar Hit Farm
Kurt Nimmo - The Turkish government turned up the heat on Friday following an appeal by Russia for the NATO country to stay calm and avoid any action that may increase tension with Syria. Ankara’s military forces claim Syria fired a mortar into the Turkish province of Hatay and says it has responded by firing into Syria.

VIDEO: FSA Rebel: ‘We Won’t Stop Until Al-Qaeda Flag Raised Over White House’ - These are the guys the Obama administration is funding with hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer money. “We started our holy war here and won’t finish until this (Jihadis Banner) will be raised on top of the White House. Keep funding them, you always do that, remember? Al Qaeda for instance.”

'No food, no drugs': Libyan troops siege ex-Gaddafi stronghold
RT - Armed Libyan forces continue to surround the city of Bani Walid, Libya. As tension between government troops and opposition supporters continues to mount, residents have been left without food and other supplies – and are calling on the UN for help.

Philippines to prosecute posting of “defamatory” comments; $24,000 or 12 years in prison.
RT - The Philippines has approved measures to prosecute users that post “defamatory” comments on social media websites such as Twitter and Facebook. They will be liable for a fine of 1 million pesos (US$24,000) or face up to 12 years in prison. Websites that publish the material may also be shut down.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

VIDEO: Panetta Warns Conflict Between Syria and Turkey May Produce Regional War
Kurt Nimmo - Buffer zone used by globalists to allow rebel activity inside Syria. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said on Saturday that the conflict on the border between Syria and Turkey may spread to neighboring countries and create a regional war. Turkey continued shelling of Syrian targets on Sunday in what Al Arabiya describes as immediate retaliation after a mortar round allegedly fired from Syria hit the southeastern Turkish border village of Akcakale where five civilians were killed last week. Akcakale is a key supply route for the CIA’s Free Syria Army and other so-called rebels.

National Guardsman fatally shot during traffic stop on Grand Central Parkway
NY Times - An unarmed Army National Guardsman was pulled over on a Queens highway and shot to death by an NYPD officer from an elite unit today — and the DA now is probing the incident that the victim’s friend is calling a case of police “road rage.” Noel Polanco, 22, had his hands on the steering wheel of his 2012 Honda Fit moments before Detective Hassan Hamdy shot him once in the torso, a woman sitting in the front passenger seat told police, NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said.

VIDEO: FEMA Bill HR6566: Ordering National Preparation For Mass Death
From The Trenches - The United States Congress has passed a bill which mandates the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to prepare for “mass fatality planning” and funeral homes, cemeteries and mortuaries being “overwhelmed” in the aftermath of a mass terror attack, natural disaster or other crisis. ... The bill, H. R. 6566 or the Mass Fatality Planning and Religious Considerations Act, was posted on the website this morning having been approved by the House on September 28.

VIDEO: Obamacare on ‘Fast Track’ Back to Supreme Court
WND - The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the individual mandate within the Obama health-care law seemed to be the last word in a fierce legal fight. But on Monday, the Supreme Court ordered the Justice Department to respond to a suit filed by Liberty Counsel on behalf of Liberty University. The school contends both the individual and employer mandates are unconstitutional on the grounds that they infringe upon the freedom of religious expression.

Enter At Your Own Risk: Police Union Says ‘War-Like’ Detroit Is Unsafe For Visitors
CBS News - Detroit Police Officer Association (DPOA) Attorney Donato Iorio said officers are holding the “Enter At Your Own Risk” rally at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in front of Comerica Park to remind the public that the officers are overworked, understaffed, and at times, fearful for their lives.... Iorio says the once 2,000 strong force is shrinking rapidly; since the start of summer, hundreds of officers have left the department.

Your right to resell your own stuff is in peril
Market Watch - Tucked into the U.S. Supreme Court’s busy agenda this fall is a little-known case that could upend your ability to resell everything from your grandmother’s antique furniture to your iPhone 4. At issue in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons is the first-sale doctrine in copyright law, which allows you to buy and then sell things like electronics, books, artwork and furniture as well as CDs and DVDs, without getting permission from the copyright holder of those products.... Another likely result is that it would hit you financially because the copyright holder would now want a piece of that sale.

GMO-pushing ‘No on 37′ campaign forced to pull TV ads after caught blatantly lying
(NaturalNews) The ad featured an opinion from an individual identified on screen as “Dr. Henry I. Miller M.D., Stanford University, founding dir. FDA Office of Technology.” But the title was a lie! Just like everything else about GMOs, it’s all truly a bunch of lies based on fraud and trickery. As it turns out, Dr. Henry Miller doesn’t work for Stanford University at all. He’s actually a “research fellow” at the Hoover Institution, which just happens to be physically located on the same plot of land as Stanford University.

2012 Election News

YouTube: Ben Swann One on One with Gary Johnson
Ben Swann talks one on one with Libertarian Presidential Candidate Gary Johnson about the federal deficit, legalizing marijuana and why Johnson is polling so well in Ohio.

Gary Johnson’s campaign says GOP committed crimes to keep him off ballot
Daily Caller - An attorney for presidential candidate Gary Johnson is accusing the Pennsylvania Republican Party of breaking the law and engaging in “Watergate-style dirty tricks” in an attempt to disqualify the Libertarian from appearing on the ballot in November. The Daily Caller obtained a letter sent from Johnson’s attorney, Alicia Dearn, asking the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office to investigate allegations of attempted bribery and false impersonation of an FBI agent.

Globalist Choice – Obama Set to Raise $1 Billion for Re-Election Campaign
Intel Hub - So far in September alone the Obama camp has raised over $181 million dollars in funding for his re-election campaign. The campaign has grossed over $949 million to date, signifying that he is most likely the globalists choice player. Now Stevie Wonder, Clinton, and others are in preparation to pump up his purse even more with massive fundraising efforts to take place over the weekend in Los Angeles. With all of the publicity he should be set to top the one billion dollar mark.

Obama fundraiser's bin Laden movie to hit screen two days before elections
RT - Two days before the presidential election, a film embellishing the death of Osama bin Laden will be released by a company whose co-chairman has raised more than $100,000 for the Obama Victory Fund. The film, titled “Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama bin Laden,” will air on the National Geographic Channel on Nov. 4. The channel claims it is not political and using the debut date to help promote the start of its fall season, the Associated Press reported.

VIDEO: Stealing a US election? Nothing’s easier!
RT - Brad Friedman is an independent award-winning blogger who has covered the U.S. election system for years. Speaking to RT, he said the problem is actually a pandemic, and change is long overdue. “Every single state in the union uses electronic voting. A third of the voters this year will vote on 100 percent unverifiable touch screen voting systems. The rest of the country, by and large, will vote on paper ballots, but those paper ballots are also counted by electronic systems. Unless you can see inside a computer, there is no way to know if those computers have tallied those ballots correctly,” said Friedman.


A Jobs Report Conspiracy?
Economic Collapse - Well, isn't that convenient? The Obama campaign desperately needed the last employment report to be released before the election to show that the unemployment rate had fallen below 8 percent, and somehow it magically happened. Even though non-farm payroll employment only increased by 114,000 last month (not enough to even keep up with population growth), the official unemployment rate fell from 8.1 percent to 7.8 percent. So how did that happen?

"The Real Unemployment Now Is 22%" - Paul Craig Roberts
Gold Radio Cafe - October 5, 2012.

US Foodstamp Usage Rises To -New Record High
Zero Hedge - At 46,681,833 persons hooked on SNAP [Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program], the July number crossed the previous record posted a short month before, as the foodstamp curve continues ‘plumbing’ newer and greater heights each month.

Housing Market

How foreclosures ate America: Incredible interactive map shows wave of property repossession over the past five years
Daily Mail - A new map that illustrates foreclosure rates across the country from January 2007 to July 2012 makes uncomfortable reading for President Obama and his team who insist that Americans are better off than they were four years ago.

Energy & Environment

Sky-high gas prices in California reveal energy infrastructure ripe for sudden collapse
(NaturalNews) California's energy infrastructure is so fragile that a power outage at a single gasoline refinery caused state-wide prices to skyrocket. ...Exxon Mobil refinery in Torrance was knocked offline several days ago by a local power outage. This, in turn, caused a sudden spike in gasoline prices state-wide. This whole fiasco may have been set off by something like a single electrical transformer failing somewhere along the electrical supply chain. What this really reveals is just how close to collapse California's energy infrastructure really is. And... California can't import gasoline from neighboring states because its fuel refining requirements are so stringent due to air quality control concerns.


Detoxing your gut can help you avoid Type 2 diabetes, according to scientists
(NaturalNews) Two separate studies in different areas of the world have come to similar conclusions: An imbalance of the gut's intestinal flora can be a precursor to Type 2 diabetes.... We can rid ourselves of most of the pathogenic bacteria. There are several herbs that are useful for detoxing pathogenic bacteria from our guts. In order to ensure proper detoxification, a foundation of eating right is necessary.

Control fall allergies with natural remedies
(NaturalNews) Although many people associate allergy season with the onset of spring, fall can also wreak havoc with allergy sufferers. This year, instead of suffering under mounds of tissues or resorting to over-the-counter or even worse yet, prescribed medications or allergy shots, discover the relief that natural remedies can bring.

Four bitter herbs heal the liver, gall bladder, and other ailments
(NaturalNews) Certain bitter herbs are considered liver herbs because they stimulate, cleanse, and protect the liver and gall bladder. While Western palates are not fond of bitter tasting foods, they do stimulate and support digestion. German research shows that bitter tonic herbs stimulate bile and hydrochloric acid production. They stimulate nervous system and immune system function, as well as combat fatigue and exhaustion.

Political and corporate elite shun GM food on their own plate
(NaturalNews) With a sad twist of irony, corporate and government elite dine on safe, organic food while the masses, those very people who are supposedly represented and protected by their governments, are poisoned by hidden genetically modified organisms, pesticides and dangerous contaminants. The presidential family demands organic food in their kitchen, yet behind closed doors, shake hands with the biotech industry. China's top brass is fed by an exclusive, gated organic garden while the rest of the population consumes GM food, steroid contaminated meat and dairy laced with melamine. Even Monsanto's own employee's command non-genetically modified food in their canteen. Access to clean, organic and healthy food is not a given right anymore -- it has become a political battleground with the average citizen suffering the loss.

Brain Foods: 5 Natural Cognition and Brain Boosters
Activist Post - It’s quite simple – you can eat foods that nurture health, or you can eat foods that create disease. Similarly, you can eat brain foods that boost your brain power, or you can eat those that quite literally dumb you down.

4 Extremely Simple Ways to Destress Quickly
Activist Post - Stress is a killer, literally. Not only does it kill your mood and your outlook, it can significantly suppress your immune system and help, ultimately paving way for a sooner death. Not only that, but stress is a contributor to heart disease and many other lifestyle diseases. Effectively managing stress is a learned practice, but anyone can learn of ways to destress anytime.

VIDEO: R.I. becomes first state to mandate flu shots for health-care workers - Rhode Island today became the first state in the nation to mandate seasonal flu shots for all health-care workers. Overriding the objections of health-care workers’ unions and the Rhode Island affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union, Health Director Michael D. Fine filed new regulations requiring seasonal flu shots for doctors, nurses and others — employees, temporary workers and volunteers — working for hospitals, nursing homes, home-care agencies and other health-care organizations.

Genetically Modified Soy Linked to Sterility, Infant Mortality in Hamsters
Huffington Post - "This study was just routine," said Russian biologist Alexey V. Surov, in what could end up as the understatement of this century. Surov and his colleagues set out to discover if Monsanto's genetically modified (GM) soy, grown on 91% of US soybean fields, leads to problems in growth or reproduction.... After feeding hamsters for two years over three generations, those on the GM diet, and especially the group on the maximum GM soy diet, showed devastating results. By the third generation, most GM soy-fed hamsters lost the ability to have babies. They also suffered slower growth, and a high mortality rate among the pups.

YouTube: Epicyte: Contraceptive Corn
In 2001 scientists at the Epicyte bio-lab in San Diego created the ultimate GM crop—'contraceptive corn'—after researchers discovered a rare class of human antibodies that attack sperm. By isolating the genes that regulate the manufacture of these antibodies, and by putting them in corn plants, the company has created tiny horticultural factories that make contraceptives.... Shortly after the 2001 Epicyte press release, all discussion of the breakthrough vanished. The company itself was taken over in 2004 by Biolex and nothing more was heard in any media about the development of spermicidal corn.
* Related Article: Spermicidal Breakfast Cereal

VIDEO: This GMO Farmer Supports Labeling
Activist Post - What makes Troy's story – and this new video – so powerful is that he supports labeling genetically engineered foods. Troy believes that consumers should be able to make an informed decision each time they go to the grocery store and that they have a right to know about their food, and what they’re feeding their families. He believes that labeling is “a win for farmers and a win for consumers.”

Does 100% Natural Mean GMO-Free? Natural Regulators Side with Monsanto
Activist Post - When you purchase shampoo or cosmetics and it has a sticker on it that claims it is “natural”, what’s your impression? You think the ingredients are all-natural, right? Naturally, you are not alone. However, the agency who is in charge of certifying personal care items as “natural” seems to think GMO ingredients fit under this umbrella. No matter what product it is, 100% natural does NOT also mean GMO-free.

Science & Technology

Forget Geoengineering: Professor Calls for “Human Engineering” to Save Earth
Melissa Melton - Now Director of the Masters Program in Bioethics at New York University Matthew Liao has published an article entitled, “Hand-Made Humans May Hold the Key to Saving the World” asserting that, in order to combat manmade climate change, we should consider “building Earth-friendly people” using “human engineering.” Liao claims a series of scientific interventions — from pharmaceutical-induced meat intolerance to “preimplantation genetic diagnosis” for creating smaller children to cognitive enhancements that would cause women to stop getting pregnant — are not only “feasible” in the “near future,” but would have “broad appeal”.

Declassified at Last: Air Force’s Supersonic Flying Saucer Schematics
Danger Room - Officially, aliens have never existed but flying saucers very nearly did. The National Archives has recently published never-before-seen schematics and details of a 1950s military venture, called Project 1794, which aimed to build a supersonic flying saucer.


Why simple behaviors can seem impossible to change
(NaturalNews) Are you having a hard time changing a simple behavior or habit? Fewer things are more frustrating than failing to make changes that appear so simple. Millions of people battle with personal change that doesn't come so easily. In come cases, the problem behavior is life threatening.

Today in History - Friday - October 5, 2012
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.
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. 1930 - "The Fighting Priest" began airing on CBS radio.
1937 - U.S. President Roosevelt called for a "quarantine" of aggressor nations.
1947 - U.S. President Harry Truman held the first televised presidential address from the White House. The subject was the current international food crisis.
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.
1985 - An Egyptian policeman went on a shooting rampage at a Sinai beach. Seven Israeli tourists were killed. The policeman died in prison the following January of an apparent suicide.
1986 - Sandinista soldiers captured American Eugene Hasenfus after shooting him down over southern Nicaragua.
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."
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.
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 - Kevin Spacey received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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.

World News

Greece may go bust in November
RT - Greece will run out of money as early as the end of November, if it doesn’t receive the scheduled bailout plan payment, according to the PM. Budget cuts - a precondition for bailout – are starting to severely hurt the economy.... Greece has relied on bailouts from increasingly impatient international creditors since May 2010. In return, it imposed a punishing austerity program, repeatedly slashing incomes, hiking taxes and raising the retirement age.

British healthcare system now pushing pregnant women to get vaccinated for whooping cough
(NaturalNews) If you are pregnant, between the ages of 28 and 38, and a citizen of the U.K., the government-run National Health Service (NHS) wants to see you vaccinated for whooping cough as part of a new mass vaccination propaganda campaign that appears to be sweeping the industrialized world.

VIDEO: Turkish parliament authorizes cross-border military operations in Syria
RT - Turkey’s parliament has authorized cross-border military operations into Syria ‘when necessary.’ The move follows a cross-border mortar-shelling into Turkey which Damascus has apologized for. The Turkish parliament voted 320-129 in favor of the bill, though the government was quick to eliminate the perception they country preparing for a unilateral military assault. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey "does not want to "start a war" with Syria while speaking at a press conference on Thursday evening .

Borderline conflict: UN Security Council urges Syria and Turkey to show restraint
RT - Earlier, Turkey authorized cross-border incursions into Syria ‘when necessary.’ The key UN body also urged the Syrian government to fully respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of its neighbors, the President of the Security Council, Gert Rosenthal, said in a press statement on Thursday. “The members of the Security council called for restraint,” he said. Asked if the call for restraint was directed only at Syria or at Turkey too, the president of the council answered “It’s directed at both.”

Turkey Scorched Earth Policy On Syrian Border to Establish FSA Protected Corridor
Kurt Nimmo - According to sources at the Israeli intelligence asset DEBKAfile, Turkey is attempting to cut a ten kilometer “buffer strip” with continuous artillery barrages on the Syrian side of the border. “Constrained from a substantial military incursion into Syria by US President Barack Obama’s veto and Saudi and Qatari refusals to help pay for it, Turkey’s government and military decided to make do with carving out a buffer strip 10 kilometers deep into Syria by continuous artillery barrages,” the website reports today.

Report: Turkey Demands US Impose No Fly Zone Over Syria
Paul Joseph Watson - Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has asked the United States to impose an immediate “no fly zone” over areas of Syria in the aftermath of a mortar attack which killed five Turkish civilians... Obama administration officials flatly refused Erdogan’s request, citing recent intelligence which suggests that Syrian President Bashar Assad will not be able to hold on to power for any longer than six months.

VIDEO: Greek shipyard workers clash with police, storm Defense Ministry complex
RT - About 250 shipyard workers stormed the Greek Defense Ministry in Athens on Thursday, demanding to be paid their wages and calling for an audience with the Greek Defense Minister. The shipyard workers were from the Hellenic Skarmangas shipyard. Furious over not having been paid for six months, they chanted “We want solutions, not layoffs!" according to a Reuters report.

Leading World Bank Demographer: Vaccination Campaigns Part Of Population Reduction Policy
Intel Hub - On October 2nd a retired demographer at the World Bank admitted that vaccination campaigns are an integral part of the World Bank’s population policies. John F. May, the Bank’s leading demographer from 1992 to 2012, told the French web journal Sens Public (and in turn transcribed by the think-tank May works for) that vaccination campaigns, especially in so-called “high-fertility countries”, are means to achieve population reduction in those countries.

National ‘Virtual ID card’ Scheme Set for Launch (Is there anything that could possibly go wrong?)
Independent - The Government will announce details this month of a controversial national identity scheme which will allow people to use their mobile phones and social media profiles as official identification documents for accessing public services. People wishing to apply for services ranging from tax credits to fishing licences and passports will be asked to choose from a list of familiar online log-ins, including those they already use on social media sites, banks, and large retailers such as supermarkets, to prove their identity.

Costa Rica set to ban hunting, a first in the Americas - Costa Rica is set to be the first country in the American continent to ban recreational hunting after the country's legislature approved the popular measure by a wide margin.... The ban, which does not affect fishing for sport, does allow researchers to hunt for scientific purposes. Hunters violating the ban would have to pay a fine of up to $3,000.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

‘Choose love’: Pro-Muslim ads to appear in NYC subways
RT - After anti-Muslim ads hit NYC subways last month, Jewish and Christian groups respond with a message of love – hanging pro-Muslim posters to condemn intolerance and celebrate the city’s diversity. Rabbis for Human Rights – North America and the Sojourners Christian group will place their adverts right next to the anti-jihad messages that were released by pro-Israel group, the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI).The organization covered 10 Manhattan stations, despite strong objection by the city’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

VIDEO: Judge Napolitano: Bipartisan Senate Panel Report Finds DHS Intelligence Effort Had ‘Nothing to Do With National Security’
Fox News Insider - A bipartisan report from the Senate blasts a Homeland Security intelligence program calling it “useless” and a “costly effort that tramples on civil liberties.”... Judge Napolitano said the program is costly, but the DHS doesn’t know the exact price tag. It could cost anywhere between $300 million and $1 billion dollars. The Senate committee says that more than $1.4 billion has been spent and even counted a different number of fusion centers than the DHS claims to have.

Police evidence routinely falsified by lab technician; 34,000 drug cases may have been falsified
(NaturalNews) "I messed up bad." That's what Annie Dookhan, a former Massachusetts state chemist at the heart of a state drug lab scandal, told investigators when they discovered what she had done. It could be the understatement of the year. Dookhan has admitted she improperly removed evidence from storage, forged the signatures of colleagues and did not conduct proper tests on drugs for "two or three years," according to a copy of a State Police report obtained by the Boston Globe newspaper recently.

Fox News reporter blames mainstream media for America's imminent destruction
(NaturalNews) In a recent speech to an audience focused on the state of politics and the U.S. media, a Fox News contributor and former Democratic pollster lambasted the Fourth Estate for its lack of journalistic integrity and, in his words, an "overwhelming bias" that he sees as contributing to the demise of the country.

Help free James Stewart, the raw 'milkman' of California, who remains illegally imprisoned in Ventura County
(NaturalNews) It has been more than two months now since we reported that the new legal team representing California raw "milkman" James Stewart initiated its filing of a motion to dismiss all the charges levied against Stewart by the Ventura County District Attorney's office -- but to this day, Stewart is still sitting in jail for absolutely no justifiable reason, and with no end in sight.

YouTube: Afghanistan: Epic Fail | Brainwash Update
RT - Only days away from the 11th anniversary of the invasion of Afghanistan, Abby Martin takes a look back at consequences of the longest military involvement in US history.

Rand Paul Interview on Jon Stewart's Daily Show (10/3/12)
Daily Paul - In this exclusive, unedited interview, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul demonstrates his psychic powers and argues against unchecked government regulation.

Military Employed For Crowd Control At College Football Game This Saturday
Activist Post - Columbia, South Carolina police “officials” have announced that US Military Police from Ft. Jackson will be on the streets alongside civilian law enforcement after the South Carolina-Georgia football game this Saturday night, October 6. According to reports by WISTV, Columbia will be spending more than $11,000 worth of overtime for 50 officers who will be placed in the Five Points and Vista areas after the game. The teams will be made up of University of South Carolina Campus Police, Richland County Sheriff’s Deputies, the South Carolina Highway Patrol, and Military Police from Ft. Jackson.

Did the new Alternative Media actually save American lives?
Activist Post - Put this in the “I don’t believe it” file, but something unusual has happened. The Department of Homeland Security /Immigration Customs Enforcement (DHS/ICE) has CANCELLED their request to purchase 176,000 rounds of .308 hollow point boat tail ammunition. According to an email that was passed onto me, Harry at the Federal Service Desk stated that a notice could be cancelled for a variety of reasons. There are a few reasons why the DHS may have cancelled the notice.

Americans Are Largely Responsible for Japan’s Ongoing Nuclear Policy - After the Fukushima disaster – in an effort to protect the American nuclear industry – the U.S. has joined Japan in raising “acceptable” radiation levels. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also signed a pact with her counterpart in Japan agreeing that the U.S. will continue buying seafood from Japan, despite the fact that the FDA is refusing to test seafood for radiation in any meaningful fashion. So U.S. actions are helping to protect a pro-nuclear policy in Japan.

Los Angeles City Council Repeals Pot Dispensary Ban
Guardian - Los Angeles has repealed its ban on pot shops, granting a reprieve to the city’s estimated 1,000 dispensaries but leaving their legal status in limbo.... Federal statutes forbid the sale of marijuana, but California – along with 16 other states and the District of Columbia – permit medical marijuana.

TSA Worker Steals $500 From Traveler As Punishment For Complaining
Paul Joseph Watson - A former TSA worker has pleaded guilty to stealing over $500 in cash from a man who complained about the TSA’s invasive pat down procedure, with the TSA agent admitting the theft was a punishment for the man’s lack of obedience. 60-year-old John W. Irwin pleaded guilty to one count of grand larceny following an incident in November 2011, during which a man asked that he be given a pat down rather than face a body scanner due to a medical condition.

Public Schools Installing Biometric Hand Scanning Lunch Systems
Intel Hub - Carroll County is the first district in Maryland, and one of the first in the country to install a PalmSecure system in their schools, which will force students of all ages to place their hands through an infrared scanner to pay for their lunches. The PalmSecure system is currently operating in three Carroll County elementary schools, but should be in every school within a year and a half. The palm-reading system will cost a projected $300,000 for installation in all 43 schools in the system, as well as in the central office.

2012 Election News

YouTube: Ben Swann Reality Check: The Real Numbers Behind Romney and Obama's Deficit Plans
Ben Swann Reality Check breaks down the answers or lack thereof of President Obama and Mitt Romney on the issue of cutting spending and the deficit Presidential debate Number 1.

VIDEO: GOP Caught Training Poll Challengers in Illegal Voter Suppression Tactics - Undercover video recorded by ProgressNow New Mexico shows the Republican Party training poll challengers in illegal tactics that could potentially restrict the voting rights of as many as 1-in8 New Mexicans in November.

Two Failures
Andrew P. Napolitano - President Obama is a failure as a president, and Gov. Romney is a failure as a candidate. When he took office, Obama told the press that if he couldn’t cure the economic mess he inherited from President George W. Bush in four years, he wouldn’t deserve a second term. I guess he didn’t anticipate making the mess worse.

At Last Night's Debate: Romney Told 27 Myths In 38 Minutes - Pundits from both sides of the aisle have lauded Mitt Romney’s strong debate performance, praising his preparedness and ability to challenge President Obama’s policies and accomplishments. But Romney only accomplished this goal by repeatedly misleading viewers. He spoke for 38 minutes of the 90 minute debate and told at least 27 myths...

Networks, AP cancel exit polls in 19 states (Map)
Washington Post - Breaking from two decades of tradition, this year’s election exit poll is set to include surveys of voters in 31 states, not all 50 as it has for the past five presidential elections, according to multiple people involved in the planning.... Voters in the excluded states will still be interviewed as part of a national exit poll, but state-level estimates of the partisan, age or racial makeups of electorates won’t be available as they have been since 1992. The lack of data may hamper election night analyses in some states, and it will almost certainly limit post-election research for years to come.

YouTube: Hacking Democracy - Full Length
If you you didn't see this yet, please watch it now and send this along to everyone you know!


Illinois to lose 1,700 jobs, according to latest WARN report - Companies with Illinois operations, including American Airlines and Sears Holdings Corp., are planning to eliminate about 1,700 jobs in the next 60 days, according to the latest monthly Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification report released by the state.

Energy & Environment

Oil sheen mysteriously appears off Louisiana's Gulf Coast
CNN News -An oil sheen about four miles long has appeared in the Gulf of Mexico near the site of the worst oil spill in U.S. history, a Coast Guard spokesman said Thursday. It was not immediately clear where the oil is coming from, said Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan Tippets.... In an incident that appears unrelated to the new oil sheen, the Coast Guard's Morgan City unit also is investigating a small amount of oil leaked from a Gulf oil platform.


VIDEO: GMO Ticking Time Bomb - Gary Null - Part 1 - The first in an upcoming series of mini-documentary videos about GMOs, this Gary Null production delves into the reality of GMO health risks. Gary Null calls it a "GMO ticking time bomb." Related article: Gary Null releases 'GMO Ticking Time Bomb'...

Monsanto fails at attempt to explain away tumors caused by GM corn
(NaturalNews) Monsanto's efforts to dismiss new evidence linking its genetically modified (GM) corn to tumors has been thoroughly debunked in a public briefing by the food sustainability nonprofit Earth Open Source. "NK603 must be immediately withdrawn from the market and all GMOs must be subjected to long-term testing," the briefing concludes.

Poor sleep increases insulin resistance, diabetes and heart disease risk in teens
(NaturalNews) The study author, Dr. Karen Matthews noted "High levels of insulin resistance can lead to the development of diabetes... we found that if teens that normally get six hours of sleep per night get one extra hour of sleep, they would improve insulin resistance by nine percent." The study team tracked the sleep patterns, duration and insulin resistance levels of 245 healthy high school teens. Participants had their fasting blood glucose tested and kept a sleep log for a period of one week. Weekday sleep duration averaged 6.4 hours, significantly lower than times recorded on weekends.

Come to Your Senses through Grounding
Green Med Info - A 'grounded' human being is someone who is connected to and receives direct benefit from the infinite free electron source generated directly from our planet. We're grounded when we hold the same electrical potential as the Earth's surface. Electrons are absorbed or discharged via the skin, mainly through our feet in contact with the ground. This is an ancient and profound yet hugely common sense principle of well-being that's currently resurging amidst enthusiastic stories of its success.

Gum Disease Linked to Increased Risk of Pancreatic Cancer
Natural Society - Recent findings by the British Dental Health Foundation (BDHF) links a bacterium responsible for gum disease development with double the risk of pancreatic cancer.... It may still seem strange to make such connections, but other research has also found that plaque on teeth can contribute to premature cancer death. According to the research conducted over the course of 24 years, this dental plaque, if present for an extended time, could increase your risk of dying from cancer 13 years earlier than what would normally be expected with proper oral health.

Polypills: Doctors’ Attempt to Get Rich Without Working
Gaia Health - Using only the highest-sounding phraseology, doctors at a convention are pushing the polypill, a combination of drugs they want to push on every single person upon reaching a certain age. They bemoan the incredibly high rate of heart disease, calling it the single greatest epidemic the world has ever known.... If you believe that, then you probably believe all the lies told about statins, one of the drugs to be included in the polypill, a drug that is now well discounted as both ineffective and carrying devastating adverse effects.

Beginner's Guide to Edible Mushrooms as Medicine
Green Med Info - Although mushrooms get good press as a low-calorie, high fiber, low-cholesterol, low-sodium decoration for your pizza, there is much more to the mushroom story than that.

VIDEO: U.S. Gets “Big F” on Health Report Card
Dr. Mercola - In a health report card published in September, titled "F as in Fat," the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Trust for America's Health1 predict that half of all American adults will be obese by 2030. The report also predicts obesity-related illness will raise national health care costs by $48 billion annually over the next two decades by adding another 7.9 million new cases of diabetes, 5 million cases of chronic heart disease and stroke, and 400,000 cancer cases – all courtesy of Americans' ever-expanding waistlines. If you're not sure if you have a healthy waist circumference, a general guide is...

New Name for Artificial Blood, Still No Patient Consent in Trials
Gaia Health - A new method is now being used to push trials of artificial blood, a product that has clearly been shown to do far more harm than is conscionable. The approach is simplicity itself: Rename it and run the trials in a different country. Don’t call it artificial blood—call it a blood booster! Don’t run the trials in the US, where at least 16 have resulted in 30% more dying than when a placebo is used1. Get another country to do it, in this case, the UK.HQ is now in the UK.

Science & Technology

Google and Iran both warn of state-sponsored computer attacks
RT - Google is warning thousands of Gmail customers this week that state-sponsored attackers may be trying to compromise their computers, an admonition that comes as authorities in Iran claim that their systems are coincidently being targeted as well. Although neither Google nor Iran has explicitly singled-out a specific culprit or country as being behind the assaults, the Silicon Valley search engine says attacks on their servers are thought to be “state-sponsored.” Mike Wiacek, the manager of the company’s information security team, tells The New York Times that suspicious activity is believed to be coming from “a slew of different countries” in the Middle East.

Animals Engineered with Pinpoint Accuracy - Two genetically engineered farm animals reported today illustrate how far from Frankenstein’s stitched-together monster animal biotechnology has come. One of those animals, a cow, secretes milk that lacks an allergy-inducing protein because researchers accurately blocked its production using the technique of RNA interference. And in pigs, scientists have used an enzyme called a TALEN to scramble a gene that would normally help remove cholesterol.

Visual malware remotely exploits Android camera, secretly snaps pic every 2 seconds - Military researcher Robert Templeman from the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Crane, Indiana, and a team from Indiana University, created a super creepy Android app called PlaceRaider; it runs in the background on the Android 2.3, Gingerbread operating system. The sensory malware covertly taps into the phone’s camera to capture photos which attackers can stitched together to recreate a 3D image of the victim’s surroundings and then steal any sensitive information in view. This new “threat to the privacy and physical security of smartphone users” was dubbed “virtual theft.”

If cell phone and cell phone tower radiation really is safe, why is India legislating to protect consumers?
(NaturalNews) Once a third world economy, India is now leading the rest of the world when it comes to protecting consumers from the effects of radiation emanating from cell phones and cell phone towers.... India, as of September 1, has decreased the acceptable amount of radio frequencies (RF) to 1/10 of the previous limits.... India's Indian Telegraph Act, 1885, has been altered to ensure these new standards are applicable for phones produced in India as well as those coming in from other countries.

Pet News

Nature's Deli Chicken Jerky Dog Treats Recalled Because of Possible Salmonella Health Risk
Susan Thixton - Kasel Associated Industries of Denver, CO is voluntarily recalling its NATURE'S DELI CHICKEN JERKY DOG TREATS product because it may be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella can sicken animals that eat these products and humans are at risk for salmonella poisoning from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the pet products or any surfaces exposed to these products.


Thought IS creative - So why aren't we creating what we want?
(NaturalNews) This idea is becoming more and more commonplace yet why aren't we all living the lives we desire? This article will investigate the subconscious influence and how, by addressing it, we can create our dreams.

Today in History - Thursday - October 4, 2012
1777 - At Germantown, PA, Patriot forces and British forces both suffer heavy losses in battle. The battle was seen as British victory, which actually served as a moral boost to the Americans.
1876 - The Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas formally dedicated by Texas Gov. Richard Coke. It was the state's first venture into public higher education. The college opened for classed two days earlier.
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.
1909 - The first airship race in the U.S. took place in St. Louis, MO.
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.
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.
1965 - Pope Paul VI addressed the U.N. General Assembly and became the first reigning pontiff to visit the Western Hemisphere.
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.
1998 - The Vincent Van Gogh exhibit opened in Washington, DC. The exhibit featured 70 paintings.
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 - 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.
2004 - SpaceShipOne reached an altitude of 368,000 feet. It was the first privately built, manned rocket ship to fly in space twice within a two week window. The ship won the Ansari X Prize of $10 million dollars for their success.

World News

October Supprise, Turkey about to declare war on Syria after mortar attack claim - Turkish parliament is about to hand over war powers to president Erdogan for a 1 year term. Turkey's military struck targets inside Syria on Wednesday in response to a mortar bomb fired from Syrian territory which killed five Turkish civilians, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's office said in a statement.
* Related Article: Turkey Protest: Turkish police fire tear gas at anti- war protesters...

Iran crackdown on money changers after currency slide
AFP - A protest and scuffles with police occurred in central Tehran on Wednesday in the first sign of public unrest over Iran's plunging currency, which this week has lost more than half of its value. Hundreds of police in anti-riot gear stormed the capital's currency exchange district of Ferdowsi, arresting illegal money changers and ordering licensed bureaux and other shops closed... On Tuesday, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Western sanctions were mostly to blame. But rivals said his mismanagement of the economy was the main cause.

Europe-wide ban on Monsanto GM corn imminent in wake of French study linking it to cancer
(NaturalNews) (NaturalNews) Pending affirmation by its national health agency, France is expected to call for an official ban on Monsanto's genetically-modified (GM) corn very soon "at a European level,"... French officials have been urging a Europe-wide ban on both the cultivation and import of the GM corn, which was never proven safe in the first place prior to its commercial release.

US prepares to strike Libyan militia suspected in Benghazi attack
RT - The US military and intelligence agencies are preparing to capture and kill militants involved in the attack on the US consulate in Libya, despite the Libyan government’s demand that no foreigners will fight on their country’s land. The top-secret Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) is currently gathering information on the attack that killed a US ambassador and three other Americans, planning to launch drone strikes or raids against the suspects, the New York Times reportes.

Turkey PM’s office says Turkish artillery fired on Syria after shelling of Turkish town
Washington Post - Turkish artillery fired on Syrian targets after deadly shelling from Syria hit a Turkish border town on Wednesday, sharply raising tensions on a volatile border that has been crossed by tens of thousands of Syrian refugees fleeing violence in their country. In a terse statement, the office of Turkey’s prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, condemned shelling that hit the Turkish town of Akcakale, killing five local residents and wounding a dozen others. The shelling appeared to come from Syrian government forces who were fighting Syrian rebels backed by Turkey, which has called for the ouster of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

NATO says it stands by Turkey, urges Syria to stop aggressive acts against its ally
RT - Following an exchange of fire at the Syrian-Turkish border, the US and NATO have condemned Syria and pledged to support Turkey. The White House has called for more pressure to be exerted on Damascus.

North and South Korea 'on the verge of nuclear war'
Telegraph - A senior North Korean diplomat warned a meeting of the UN General Assembly in New York that "a spark of fire could set off a thermonuclear war" on the Korean Peninsula. Pak Kil-yon, Pyongyang's vice-foreign minster, put the blame for the tense state of inter-Korean relations firmly on South Korea's conservative government and claimed the citizens of the North feel "shame" and "political terror."

The real reason China and Japan are disputing the islands: oil and gas!! - The Senkaku Islands, also called the Diaoyu (Fishing) Islands in Chinese, are five unremarkable and uninhabited landmasses in the East China Sea to the northeast of Taiwan. The islands cover total area of only about 7 square kilometers, less than a tenth of the size of Manhattan. Japan, China, and Taiwan all lay claim to the islands. Though heated words were often exchanged and warnings frequently issued by all sides, everyone assumed that the status quo would continue, and calmer heads would prevail… Until now.

France to Cover 100 Percent of Abortion Costs
AFP - France on Monday unveiled a package of reforms designed to increase access to abortion, including 100 percent reimbursement of medical costs by the state social security system. At present French women are only able to claim back between 70 and 80 percent of the costs... The change to full reimbursement was included in the 2013 social security budget unveiled on Monday. In a statement the government said the move was “necessary to ensure all women have equal access to abortion.”

Copyright free Europe? EU parliamentary committee calls for 'sharing without intellectual property rights'
RT - The ability to make and share content without having intellectual property rights may become reality if the EU parliamentary Committee on International Trade (INTA) continues following the lead of a pirate in its ranks.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

VIDEO: Hillary Clinton laughs about provoking war with Iran
Activist Post - This is the most disgusting warmongering ever seen on TV.

U.S. court orders Iran and others to pay $6 billion for 9/11 attacks
Raw Story - A US judge formally ordered Iran, Al-Qaeda and several other defendants Wednesday to pay $6 billion compensation to the victims of September 11, 2001, in a largely symbolic ruling. Although Iran denies any connection to 9/11, it was included in the list of alleged culprits by the US District Court in New York, along with the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, Afghanistan’s Taliban guerrillas and Al-Qaeda, which took credit for the massive terror attack.

Federal Court Rules In Favour Of Indefinite Detention Of US Citizens
Steve Watson - A federal appeals court has ruled that the US government can still indefinitely detain citizens should it wish to do so, under the Obama Administration’s National Defense Authorization Act. The ruling came in the form of an extension of an “emergency” stay of a district court judge’s order that had previously struck down the defence bill’s provisions altogether.

Senate panel: DHS fusion centers produce ‘predominantly useless information’
Activist Post - A newly released report from the Senate’s bipartisan Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations reveals that the claims of Janet Napolitano, the Secretary of the behemoth Department of Homeland Security (DHS), surrounding the United States’ so-called fusion centers are nothing short of outright lies. This is far from surprising to me since in September of last year a report from the Homeland Security Policy Institute revealed the fact that information received from fusion centers “often lacks value.”

YouTube: Obama More Big Brother Than Bush
Jack Hunter - Newly revealed Justice Department statistics indicate that when it comes to civil liberties, President Obama makes President Bush look like an ACLU lawyer. Read the text of this commentary and more at The American Conservative here.

Printable Gun Revolution Moving Forward Despite Corporate Second Amendment Fears
Adan Salazar - The company that rented out the 3D printer that was to be used in the testing and design phase of a group’s revolutionary gun manufacturing concept took their equipment back last week, however, a persistent Cody Wilson explains he and his organization aren’t deterred in their efforts to bring the idea to fruition. Their idea is nothing short of a slap in the face to gun legislation everywhere: an open-source site where gun enthusiasts from around the world convene to share and download gun design blueprints and files.

FBI Employee Molested By TSA Workers
Paul Joseph Watson Chad Snow writes of how he was traveling through Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, the same location of the recent “all stop” drill where TSA agents ordered all passengers to freeze for no discernable reason other than obedience training. When Snow told a female TSA worker he would like to opt out of the X-ray body scanner, the agent “screamed” for a male TSA agent to conduct a search, an action Snow took to be an “intimidation tactic.” Snow was then verbally chastised for attempting to retrieve his belongings, which included his FBI credentials.

2012 Election News

First presidential debate: Obama hit with left hook on TV, online
Politico - Left-leaning commentators hit President Barack Obama hard on TV and the Internet after the first presidential debate in Denver on Wednesday night, saying GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney handily defeated his more experienced opponent. MSNBC hosts were “stunned” by Obama’s performance, suggesting the president was rusty for not having debated in four years.
* Related Video: Chris Matthews Freaks Out At Obama: "What Was He Doing?"

HURT: Obama the debater: Making Jimmy Carter look awesome
Washington Times - Bewildered and lost without his teleprompter, President Obama flailed all around the debate stage last night. He was stuttering, nervous and petulant. It was like he had been called in front of the principal after goofing around for four years and blowing off all his homework.

VIDEO: Presidential Debate 2012 (Complete) Romney vs.Obama
10/3/2012 - Elections 2012

YouTube: Ben Swann Reality Check: Who Is Behind The Commission on Presidential Debates? Are The Debates Rigged?
Ben Swann Reality Check takes a look at the Commission on Presidential Debates and why they are not allowing Gov. Gary Johnson or any other candidates take part in the 2012 Presidential debates.

YouTube: Ron Paul Bashes Debate "Lets Talk About The Economic Crisis"
CNBC 10/3/2012 - Ron Paul gives his debate predictions

YouTube: Ron Paul: My Supporters are angry at the Republicans for the way they were treated at the convention
Air Date: October 3, 2012 - Dr Ron Paul said, "Some will be angry at the Republicans for the way they retreated at the convention and they might not show up. Some may vote libertarian, some may go with Romney, and actually, some of the young people because of foreign policy, may even go with Obama.

VIDEO: Alan Keyes points out the idiocy of the lesser of two evils argument - Alan Keyes speaks about the United States Electoral Process and the 2012 Election.

VIDEO: A Reminder to Mitt Romney From Ron Paul Supporters - Dr. Ron Paul is the only one that can beat Obama. Romney can NOT get the votes needed to beat Obama without Ron Paul supporters! Ron Paul supporters will not back a candidate that is on virtually all levels an exact duplicate in policy and principles as Obama.


Warnings That A Massive Stock Market Crash Is Imminent
Economic Collapse - In the financial world, the month of October is synonymous with stock market crashes. So will a massive stock market crash happen this year? You never know. The truth is that our financial system is even more vulnerable than it was back in 2008, and financial experts such as Doug Short, Peter Schiff, Robert Wiedemer and Harry Dent are all warning that the next crash is rapidly approaching.

Americans May Be Getting Poorer, But At Least We Are Getting Fatter And Sicker
A higher percentage of Americans are obese or severely obese than ever before, and Baby Boomers are much sicker than their parents were at the same age.

SEC Sues The Only Rating Firm Not On Wall Street's Payroll
Daily Bail - Motivated by what I consider pure maliciousness, the SEC initiated a “cease and desist” administrative proceeding it deemed “necessary for the protection of investors and in the public interest” against Egan-Jones Ratings Co., a privately owned, 20-person firm based in Haverford, Pennsylvania, and against its principal owner, Sean Egan.

Energy & Environment

Unusual Dallas Earthquakes Linked to Fracking, Expert Says
Live Science - Three unusual earthquakes that shook a suburb west of Dallas over the weekend appear to be connected to the past disposal of wastewater from local hydraulic fracturing operations, a geophysicist who has studied earthquakes in the region says. Preliminary data from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) show the first quake, a magnitude 3.4, hit at 11:05 p.m. CDT on Saturday a few miles southeast of the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport. It was followed 4 minutes later by a 3.1-magnitude aftershock that originated nearby.


Turmeric May Repair and Regenerate Diabetic Liver Function
Activist Post - Groundbreaking new research published in the Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand found that curcumin, the primary polyphenol in turmeric, is capable of repairing and even regenerating the liver tissues of diabetic rats.... Curcumin is actually one of the world's most thoroughly studied and well-characterized natural compounds, with over 5100 references in peer-reviewed publications. Over 1400 of these have been selected for inclusion in our database, and indicate its value in over 500 health conditions.

Melatonin and moderate exercise team together to help prevent Alzheimer's disease
(NaturalNews) Alzheimer's dementia is a devastating disease characterized by loss of normal thought parameters and memory that will strike one in ten over the age of 65 and nearly half by the time they reach 85... Researchers from the Barcelona Biomedical Research Institute in Spain publishing in the journal, Neurobiology of Aging have found that the combination of two neuroprotective therapies, voluntary physical exercise, and the daily intake of melatonin have been shown to have a synergistic effect against brain deterioration in several common variants of Alzheimer's disease.

VIDEO: Natural vs. Organic Cereal
Cornucopia Institute - Federal law requires that organic food products be produced promoting ecological sustainability, without the toxic inputs and genetically engineered ingredients common in the conventional food system. Increasingly, organic products are forced to compete with products that claim to be “natural.”... Unlike the organic label, no government agency, certification group or other independent entity fully defines the term “natural” on processed food packages or ensures that the claim has merit.... To find brands that are committed to sustainable agriculture, avoiding genetically engineered ingredients and supporting organic farmers, use the Cereal Scorecard.

7 Natural Methods to Get You Through Cold and Flu Season
Kimberly Snyder - What’s the key to getting through cold and flu season unscathed? Never underestimate the power of vibrant good health and a well-functioning immune system to keep you healthy when everyone else around you is sick. Here’s how you can boost your immune system naturally to keep you healthy all year around.

YouTube:"The Great Culling" Official Reality Zone Trailer
The Great Culling of the human race already has begun. It is being done through chemicals added to our drinking water, food, medicines, and the air we breathe – chemicals that have the known effect of reducing fertility and shortening lifespan. This message can no longer be dismissed as conspiracy theory. The facts are in plain view.

An action plan to improve physical appearance and eliminate disease
(NaturalNews) First, let it be said, that attitude is everything. Whether you're looking to improve your physical appearance or overcome chronic health problems - your personal belief system can be your greatest asset or worse enemy. Simply put, we all have the ability to create the life of our dreams - but it takes effort. Napoleon Hill, author of the classic Think and Grow Rich said, "Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve". Great health is a product of healthy thoughts, feelings and actions - done on a constant basis - period.

Creating a recipe book is an easy way to earn extra income
(NaturalNews) Do you have your own recipes? If so, creating a recipe book is an easy way to multiply your income. And right here in this article, I'll reveal five specific ways to do that. They come from an audio program that not only shows you how to benefit others through spreading raw food, but also might be very useful to you in today's economy, called "Raw Food Riches:"

Mass flu vaccination drill also is practice for an emergency Peoria, IL - By 11:05 a.m., staff at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center had vaccinated 63.1 percent of their co-workers against the flu. That's 3,976 people vaccinated in just less than 30 hours, with 12 more hours to reach all 6,303 St.... Hospital officials say they want to make sure employees don't spread the flu to patients or each other or get it from them. But St. Francis' "mass influenza immunization drill" was as much practice for a disastrous emergency - think bioterrorism, chemical spill or a deadly virus pandemic - as it was precaution against the flu

Blueberry Elderberry Apple Crisp
Elderberry Life - Six of us enjoyed this incredible dessert while in Topsail, NC last weekend. The following morning we took a long walk on the beach, and then finished up the leftovers for breakfast! Hey, its got fruit, oats and the wonderful health benefits of elderberry…sounds like the perfect decadent breakfast to me!

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

How to Make a Solar Still
Mother Earth News - Make your own distilled water from stream or lake water, salt water, or even brackish, dirty water, using these DIY Solar Still plans. With just a few basic building materials, a sheet of glass and some sunshine, you can purify your own water at no cost and with minimal effort.

Your Zone-by-Zone October To-Do List
Organic Gardening - Gardening may be the best mechanism we humans have to effectively slow down the march of time. We prepare our beds with hearts of love and plant the seeds of hope. We wait patiently for the fruits of our labor, all the while knowing that something could and probably will go wrong. With hands in the soil, a minute becomes an hour, an hour a day, and so on, until one day, with one simple rotation of the earth, the season changes. Summer falls away to autumn. And so it goes.

Tips For Overwintering Spinach
Organic Gardening - After a winter spent eating store-bought salad greens, there is almost nothing more delightful than stepping out into the kitchen garden in March and uncovering a bed of ready-to-eat spinach. Overwintering this cold-hardy green is simple—the key is planning, and these easy-to-follow steps will yield a bountiful harvest of spinach come spring.


The Singing Revolution, a documentary film - The Singing Revolution film shares how, between 1987 and 1991, hundreds of thousands of Estonians gathered publicly to sing forbidden patriotic songs and share protest speeches, risking their lives to proclaim their desire for independence.

Today in History - Wednesday - October 3, 2012
1863 - U.S. President Lincoln declared that the last Thursday of November would be recognized as Thanksgiving Day.
1893 - The motor-driven vacuum cleaner was patented by J.S. Thurman.
1901 - The Victor Talking Machine Company was incorporated. After a merger with Radio Corporation of America the company became RCA-Victor.
1906 - W.T. Grant opened a 25-cent department store.
1922 - Rebecca Felton became the 1st female to hold office of U.S. Senator. She was appointed by Governor Thomas Hardwick of Georgia to fill a vacancy.
1929 - The Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes officially changed its name to the Kingdom of Yugoslavia.
1932 - Iraq was admitted into the League of Nations leading Britain to terminate their mandate over the nation. Britain had ruled Iraq since taking it from Turkey during World War I.
1941 - Adolf Hitler stated in a speech that Russia was "broken" and they "would never rise again."
1942 - The Office of Economic Stabilization was established by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt. He also authorized controls on rents, wages, salaries and farm prices.
1944 - During World War II, U.S. troops broke through the Siegfried Line.
1952 - Britain became the third nuclear power in the world when they successfully detonated their first atomic bomb. The U.S. and Russia were the only other nuclear powers.
1981 - Irish Nationalist in Maze Prison in Belfast, Northern Ireland called off their hunger strike. The strike had lasted 7 months and ten people had died.
1988 - The space shuttle Discovery landed safely after its four-day mission. It was the first American shuttle mission since the Challenger disaster.
1989 - East Germany suspended unrestricted travel to Czechoslovakia in an effort to slow the flow of refugees to the West.
1990 - The Berlin Wall was dismantled eleven months after the borders between East and West Germany were dissolved. The unification of Germany ended 45 years of division.
1990 - Iraqi President Saddam Hussein made a visit to Kuwait since his country had seized control of the oil-rich nation.
1994 - The headquarters of the Haitian pro-army militia was raided by U.S. soldiers.
2003 - Ray Horn, of the duo "Siegfried & Roy," was attacked by tiger during a performance. Roy survived the attack after being dragged offstage. The tiger, a 7-year-old male named Montecore, was debuting in his first show.
2006 - North Korea announced that it would conduct a nuclear test as a key step in the manufacture of atomic bombs that it viewed as a deterrent against a U.S. attack. A date for the test was not announced.
2006 - The Dow Jones industrial average closed at a new high ending the day at 11,727.34. Earlier in the session, the Dow had risen to 11,758.95. Both previous records had been set on January 14, 2000.

World News

At least 27 killed, over 70 injured in three blasts that rocked Aleppo
RT - Syrian state TV reports of three powerful explosions in downtown Aleppo, the financial hub and largest city of the country. Reportedly the blasts were caused by car bombs that terrorists delivered to the city’s main square. Later, terrorists struck again, blowing up a fourth car, this time near a municipal palace in Baba Amr quarter, reports Lebanese Al-Manar TV station. Syrian government officially confirmed 27 dead in the terror act. The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says that activists on the ground report 40 fatalities and 72 injured in the terror act, most of them military servicemen.

Death toll from Nigeria hostel massacre rises to 40
Press TV - The death toll from a recent attack on a university hostel in Nigeria’s northeastern town of Mubi has risen to at least 40 people university official said. The deadly incident took place on October 1, when unknown gunmen entered the hostel and went from door to door calling their victims out by name before shooting or slitting their throats.

Philippines gags internet with ‘draconian’ cyber crime law
RT - The Philippines has approved measures to prosecute users that post “defamatory” comments on social media websites such as Twitter and Facebook. They will be liable for a fine of 1 million pesos (US$24,000) or face up to 12 years in prison. Websites that publish the material may also be shut down. “The cyber crime law needs to be repealed or replaced,” said Brad Adams, Asia director of the Human Rights Watch. “It violates Filipinos’ rights to free expression and it is wholly incompatible with the Philippine government’s obligations under international law.”

‘Iran won’t back down on nuclear rights’
Press TV - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says Iran will not relinquish its right to have a civilian nuclear energy program despite the West’s pressure. Ahmadinejad made the remarks at a press conference in Tehran on Tuesday.

‘Baku will not aid Israel attack on Iran’
Press TV - Azerbaijan’s ambassador to Pakistan says Baku will not allow Israel to use its airspace or land to carry out a military attack on Iran or any other country.... The ambassador strongly rejected rumors in Western media outlets about his country’s readiness for providing Israel ground facilities for attacking Iran’s nuclear sites.

China oil deal is treason: Canadian MP
Press TV - An opposition MP says the Canadian government would be committing treason if it agrees to a $15.1 billion bid by China's CNOOC Ltd to buy the Canadian oil company Nexen Inc.... [New Democratic Party (NDP) MP Pat] Martin said Canadian jobs in the garment industry and in the high-tech sector in his electoral district had moved to China "and now we're going to let the nation-state of China come in and buy up our natural resources as well?" “Anybody that considers allowing this deal, I accuse them of economic treason," the MP stated.

Iraq: Ten years, a million lives and trillions of dollars later
Press TV - Ten years ago today [October 2] the debate over the Iraq War came to Congress in the form of a resolution promoted by the Bush Administration. The war in Iraq will cost the United States as much as $5 trillion. It played a role in spurring the global financial crisis. Four thousand, four hundred, eighty eight Americans were killed. More than 33,000 were injured. As many as 1,000,000 innocent Iraqi civilians were killed. The monetary cost of the war to Iraq is incalculable. A sectarian civil war has ravaged Iraq for nearly a decade. Iraq has become home to al-Qaeda.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

VIDEO: Russian General: “The USSR Collapsed and the Same Fate Has Been Prepared for the USA”
Mac Slavo - In the following video commentary Russian General Konstantin P. Petrov (Ret.) asks some interesting questions and includes his own thoughts (perhaps the non-official Russian position) about a variety of topics that include the end of US dollar hegemony, the orchestration of the 9-11 attacks to engage America in a mid-east war, the puppeteers behind the politicians and the coming premeditated collapse of the United States of America as we know it.

YouTube: TSA to install molecular body scanners
RT - TSA is introducing the new full body scanner system to the American airports. The scanners will be capable of detecting every tiny trace of any substance of your body to find gunpowder or any bomb making materials. However the devices can also trace the level of adrenaline in the body. RT's Kristine Frazao has more on the subject.

YouTube: Judge Andrew Napolitano On The Jerry Doyle Show
October 2, 2012 - Judge Napolitano talks with Jerry about the growing government intrusion in our lives and the violation of our constitutional rights

US May Keep American Troops in Iraq, Despite Lack of Authority - The US is keeping hundreds of American troops and security personnel in Iraq, despite a recently-passed resolution from Congress that failed to reauthorize funding for the US military to train and support Iraqi security forces.

VIDEO: 5 Million Volt Cattle Prod Developed For “Crowd Control”
Paul Joseph Watson - n the video above, Donovan Hunter of Stunning Developments, Inc. showcases the new BattleProd, the world’s first weapon-mountable pain compliance-inducing stun baton which Hunter says is designed for use in “crowd control applications.” The weapon was on display at the recent 2012 SOFIC (Special Operations Forces Industry Conference), described as “the defense industry’s premier event,” and attended by military and police professionals.

Ohio Democrats Introduce Bill to Effectively Kill Concealed Carry in Ohio - Two Ohio Democrat State Representatives, Bill Patmon and Ted Celeste, are co-sponsoring a bill “to generally prohibit a person from having a firearm on privately owned land or premises unless the person owns, controls, or resides on or in the land or premises, has permission of the owner or person who controls the land or premises and, if the land or premises is rental property, of the tenant when required, or is the tenant with respect to those premises.” The bill specifies that it “applies to any person, including a concealed handgun licensee.”

Renters Have Privacy and Property Rights Too - For the past five years, the city of Red Wing, Minnesota, has been enforcing such a rental property inspection program whereby landlords and tenants must routinely open their doors to government agents. These searches take place even if both the landlord and tenant believe it not to be necessary. The owner of the property even has to pay a fee for the unwanted search to receive a rental license!

U.S. Army Characterizes People “Frustrated With Mainstream Ideologies” As Terrorists
Paul Joseph Watson - A leaked U.S. Army document obtained by Wired Magazine characterizes people “frustrated with mainstream ideologies” as potential terrorists, while also framing those who “believe in government conspiracies” as violent radicals. “These are some warning signs that that you have turned into a terrorist who will soon kill your co-workers, according to the U.S. military. You’ve recently changed your “choices in entertainment.” You have “peculiar discussions.” You “complain about bias,” you’re “socially withdrawn” and you’re frustrated with “mainstream ideologies,” writes Spencer Ackerman.

California governor vetoes privacy bill
RT - California Governor Jerry Brown has vetoed legislation intended to protect the privacy of the state’s citizens, snuffing a bill that would have required law enforcement agents to get a search warrant before obtaining location-tracking information.

Congressman Who Compared Cigarettes to Smoking Lettuce Becomes Lobbyist for R.J. Reynolds
ProPublica - A former 18-year member of Congress who was a longtime friend of the tobacco industry while in office has become a paid consultant and registered lobbyist for tobacco giant Reynolds American. Steve Buyer, a Republican congressman from Indiana from 1993 to 2011, had been the beneficiary of over $100,000 in Reynolds donations over the years and pushed the company’s legislative goals.

VIDEO: Whole Foods Censors GMO Expose
Aaron Dykes - Now that original video– linked here– which was posted 6 days ago and which had well over 100,000 views, was removed from You Tube, due to alleged violations of its Terms of Service. Typically, this indicates a 3rd party complaint, though You Tube no longer automatically informs users of the identities of parties who make claims against videos, so the role of Whole Foods here is not clear. However, Whole Foods officially responded to the video in their blog, admitting that some products in their store indeed contain GMO ingredients. It promises, therefore, to better inform their employees of this fact.

2012 Election News

Slugfest Livestream: First Presidential Debate - October 3, 2012, 9pm ET
Daily Paul - Live Stream info: YouTube, C-SPAN, and other venues.

Four Candidates Confirmed for the 2012 Presidential Debate Hosted by Free and Equal Elections Foundation Sep 27th, 2012 - Free and Equal Elections Foundation announced today that four candidates have confirmed their participation in the 2012 Presidential Debate at the University Club of Chicago on October 23: Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson, Green Party candidate Jill Stein, Constitution Party candidate Virgil Goode, and Justice Party candidate Rocky Anderson.... Democratic Party candidate and incumbent Barack Obama and Republican Party candidate Mitt Romney are welcome to participate in this historic debate.

21 Reasons Why the people Should Not Watch the Presidential Debates - Here are the reasons why people in protest should not watch the debate. Let the poor ratings make a statement against the unfair two party system not allowing a third party candidate in the debates not answering hard questions.

Ohio early voting starts
Press TV - For the first time, all registered voters in Ohio were mailed applications for absentee voter ballots, and these ballots can be cast in person at the local board of elections or can be sent by mail, said Janet Leahy, director of Seneca County Board of Elections.... Ohio, seen as a battleground state in the upcoming presidential election, is one of 32 states as well as the District of Columbia that extends absentee ballots to any registered voter. Traditionally these ballots were given to people serving in the military and people overseas.

Judge halts Pa.’s tough new voter ID requirement
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A judge on Tuesday blocked Pennsylvania’s divisive voter identification requirement from going into effect on Election Day, delivering a hard-fought victory to Democrats who said it was a ploy to defeat President Barack Obama and other opponents who said it would prevent the elderly and minorities from voting. Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson delayed Pennsylvania's voter ID requirement from taking effect this election, saying he wasn't sure the state had made it possible for voters to easily get IDs before Nov. 6.


KWN Exclusive - Today The Fed Unofficially Announced QE4
King World News - Tday Michael Pento stunned King World when he said, “... the Fed doubled down on QE3 this morning and unofficially announced QE4.” Pento believes the mainstream media does not understand what just happened today, but he said it will have massive implications for the markets, including gold and silver.... “... he (Charles Evans) did not indicate that these new and additional purchases, which will start in January, would be sterilized.” This is huge news. It is not an official announcement. Bernanke has not sanctioned this move, but your readers should understand that Charles Evans isn’t a nobody. He is the Federal Reserve President from Chicago. He is the architect behind QE3. The Fed did exactly what he spelled out QE3 would be. Listen to the interview here.

Republicans Rip WH for Putting Tax Dollars on Line Over Possible Defense Layoffs
Fox News - If a $16 trillion debt wasn't enough for taxpayers to lose sleep over, the Obama administration has offered to pick up the check -- at taxpayer expense -- for legal costs associated with defense industry layoffs should automatic Pentagon cuts be triggered. Republicans are now crying foul over the move, accusing the White House of playing politics over the possibility of mass layoffs. At issue are the crush of Pentagon budget cuts set to go into effect starting in January should Congress fail to avert them. Under federal law, many employers are supposed to give 60-day notice of "mass layoffs" if they are considered likely, but the Obama administration for months now has urged companies not to do so.

Almost 2,400 millionaires pocketed unemployment benefits - Almost 2,400 people who received unemployment insurance in 2009 lived in households with annual incomes of $1 million or more, according to the Congressional Research Service. The report was released after about 1.1 million people exhausted their jobless benefits during the second quarter of 2012, when more than 4.6 million filed initial unemployment claims. Eliminating those payments to high earners is one idea being considered as U.S. lawmakers struggle to curb a projected $1.1 trillion deficit for the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, with the nationwide jobless rate at 8.1 percent.

Every baby born owes over $13,000 in US state debt
Press TV - According to a study released Tuesday by State Budget Solutions, a nonpartisan group pushing for state budget reform, every American owes $13,425 in state debt on average. For private sector workers who are shouldering much of the tax burden, the amount of debt adds up to well over $37,000 per worker. The study released on Tuesday breaks down the total amount of debt facing each state on a per capita basis.

Housing Market

VIDEO: Clevelanders launch the first ever mortgage strike - Three elderly Cleveland homeowners are taking a bold stand against their mortgage lenders in an effort to save their biggest investments. George Robinson, Sally Fluker and Anita Gardner are staging a mortgage strike until bank representatives listen to their pleas for a loan modification. Each is current on their mortgage but all are underwater, which means they owe more than their properties are worth. ESOP, a HUD-approved foreclosure prevention counseling agency organized the strike in which the senior citizens are participating.


Monsanto enters pharmaceutical business, acquires key 'gene silencing' technology for use in humans
(NaturalNews) In a recent press release, Monsanto disclosed that it has officially obtained "worldwide, exclusive rights" to use Alnylam's platform technology and intellectual property (IP) in its own agricultural products, and particularly in its new "BioDirect" line of products designed to treat seeds and crops with what the company has dubbed "biopesticides". Monsanto apparently sees something exceptionally valuable in Alnylam's technologies that it does not currently possess, and is now seeking to leverage it for the purpose of expanding its own market share. But what is it?

Rid the body of dangerous Bt-toxin found in genetically modified food with these tips
(NaturalNews) (NaturalNews) Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are everywhere. Even when we make our best effort to eat organically, a GMO will slip through here and there -- we eat out or cheat with a few conventional corn chips. Usually the body can handle a few mishaps every once in a while, but shocking information about the Bt-toxin found in genetically engineered crops has scientists (and consumers) worried. This toxin has the potential to turn our intestinal system into a literal 'pesticide factory' -- even after we stop consuming GM foods. Fortunately, simple and natural remedies provide a powerful solution to this alarming state of affairs.

Waiver Will be Required for Unvaccinated Students in California
Intel Hub - Governor Jerry Brown of California announced today that he had signed into law a measure which would require parents of children who don’t get vaccinated to obtain a waiver from a medical doctor, prior to enrolling their child in school. Going into effect on January 1, 2014, the law changes certain key language associated with parents opting out of vaccinating their children, making it impossible for them to enroll their children in school without the newly required waiver. Ironically, Brown went on to say that these signature requirements do not apply to those who oppose vaccinations on a religious basis.

Campbell Soup to close two U.S. plants in response to declining demand for processed, canned foods
(NaturalNews) Americans are eating a lot less processed, canned soup these days, which has prompted the Campbell Soup Co., the world's largest soup maker, to close two of its U.S.-based production plants. A recent Associated Press (AP) announcement explains that Campbell's oldest soup plant, located in Sacramento, California, is currently in the process of being shut down, as is a Campbell's spice production facility located in South Plainfield, New Jersey.

Enjoy these recipes for delicious all-vegan 'ice cream' and non-dairy, sweet almond milk
(NaturalNews) Who says you have to use dairy products or eggs to make a delicious "ice cream"? Or sugar? This completely vegan recipe is super easy and fast to make as well as healthy and oh so yummy. The ice cream recipe doesn't call for much of the non-dairy milks. Play around with it and you will soon learn just how much non-dairy milk you need. As an added plus, you can thin the recipe down a bit and make a delicious all-vegan "shake." Use the accompanying recipe for classic sweet almond milk for a super healthy version of this recipe. Enjoy!

It’s in an Apple, It May Protect Your Heart, and It’s Causing Excitement
ANH - Will another supplement be turned into a drug? Harvard researchers have found that a flavonoid compound in apples called rutin (it’s also found in onions, buckwheat, citrus fruits, and tea) has powerful properties that prevents blood clots in heart vessels. Rutin could prevent both the arterial clots that cause heart attacks and strokes and the venous clots that cause deep-vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. So it works far better than existing anticlotting drugs, which only prevent clots in one or the other, and is much safer. This is getting the drug industry very interested.

Fruits and Veggies to Buy Organic - To help you tell which is which (and, therefore, which are best to eat organic, as opposed to those you can buy conventionally to save money), the Environmental Working Group publishes two lists—the Dirty Dozen and the Clean 15. The EWG rankings are based on USDA-tested levels of chemical residues that remain on conventionally raised fruits and vegetables after washing. Revised lists came out in spring 2010, with a couple of surprising new additions. Read on to discover the 12 fruits and veggies best bought organic—and 15 that are safe to eat conventionally grown.

Comprehensive List Of GMO Products - NOW we can understand why Monsanto and partners are so desperately fighting California’s Prop 37. This list is truly sickening.

Science & Technology

Human Rights Lawyer Warns Activists About Cops Lurking on Facebook
Kurt Nimmo - EU officialdom announced it was “preparing proposals for ‘semi automated detection’ systems and buttons to allow users to report suspicious activity on social networks and chatrooms to authorities,” according to The Telegraph. “Providers of chat boxes, email services, messaging systems, social networks, retailing sites, voice over internet protocol and web forums must have flagging systems,” a report produced by The Clean IT Project states. A police presence will be built into the system. “This includes having a profile, joining user groups, sending and receiving messages, on the platform,” the EU document stated.

‘Internet addiction’ to be classified as mental illness
RT - The international mental health encyclopedia known as the ‘Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders’ (DSM-IV) will include Internet-use disorder as a condition “recommended for further study” in its forthcoming May 2013 edition. Psychologists believe that Internet addiction should be categorized like other addiction disorders as it has similar symptoms, including emotional shutdown, lack of concentration and withdrawal.

Pet News

VIDEO: CBC Canada Investigation on Jerky Treats
Susan Thixton - The following video from CBC Canada Marketplace is an investigation of Chinese chicken jerky treats.
* Related: Animal Parents Against Pet Treats and Food Made in China

Humor & Satire

YouTube: Funny Prayer about Getting Old at the Caregiver of the Year Dinner
With the timing of a professional comedian, this diminutive "little old lady" shines a very funny light on the foibles of aging, to the delight of an audience filled with senior-care experts.

Today in History - Tuesday - October 2, 2012
1780 - British army major John Andre was hanged as a spy. He was carrying information about the actions of Benedict Arnold.
1835 - The first battle of the Texas Revolution took place near the Guadalupe River when American settlers defeated a Mexican cavalry unit.
1836 - Charles Darwin returned to England after 5 years of acquiring knowledge around the world about fauna, flora, wildlife and geology. He used the information to develop his "theory of evolution" which he unveiled in his 1859 book entitled The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection.
1870 - Rome was made the capital of Italy.
1876 - The Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas opened. It was the state's first venture into public higher education. The school was formally dedicated 2 days later by Texas Gov. Richard Coke.
1919 - U.S. President Woodrow Wilson suffered a stroke that left him partially paralyzed.
1924 - The Geneva Protocol adopted the League of Nations.
1925 - Scottish inventor John Logie Baird completed the first transmission of moving images.
1940 - During World War II, the HMS Empress was sunk while carrying child refugees from Britain to Canada.
1941 - Operation Typhoon was launched by Nazi Germany. The plan was an all-out offensive against Moscow.
1944 - The Nazis crushed the Warsaw Uprising.
1950 - "Peanuts," the comic strip created by Charles M. Schulz, was published for the first time in seven newspapers.
1962 - U.S. ports were closed to nations that allowed their ships to carry arms to Cuba, ships that had docked in a socialist country were prohibited from docking in the United States during that voyage, and the transport of U.S. goods was banned on ships owned by companies that traded with Cuba.
1967 - Thurgood Marshall was sworn in. He was the first African-American member of the U.S. Supreme Court.
1988 - Pakistan's Supreme Court ordered free elections.
1989 - In Leipzig, East Germany a protest took place demanding the legalization of opposition groups and the adoption of democratic reforms.
1990 - The Allies ceded their rights to areas they occupied in Germany.
1993 - Opponents of Russian President Boris Yeltsin fought police and set up burning barricades.
1998 - Hawaii sued petroleum companies, claiming state drivers were overcharged by about $73 million a year in price-fixing.
1998 - About 10,000 Turkish soldiers crossed into northern Iraq and attacked Kurdish rebels.
2001 - The U.S. Postmaster unveiled the "Tribute to America" stamp. The stamp was planned for release the next month.
2001 - NATO, for the first time, invoked a treaty clause that stated that an attack on one member is an attack on all members. The act was in response to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the United States.

World News

N. Korea accuses US of attempting to spark war
RT - Speaking at the final session of the UN 193-member General Assembly, North Korean Deputy Foreign Minister Pak Kil-yon announced that, “Due to the continued US hostile policy towards the DPRK [Democratic People's Republic of Korea], the vicious cycle of confrontation and aggravation of tension is an ongoing phenomenon on the Korean Peninsula, which has become the world's most dangerous hotspot where a spark of fire could set off a thermonuclear war."

Monsanto's Fading Grasp - Group Calls on South Africa to Ban GMO Corn
Natural Society - Following in the footsteps of nations like France and Russia, South Africa may soon be the latest nation to enact a ban on Monsanto’s GMO corn that was recently linked to tumor development and organ damage in rats. South Africa’s African Centre for Biosafety (ACB), a watchdog organization that was created to protect consumers from various biotechnology dangers, is now calling on South African authorities to enact a ban on Monsanto’s tumor-linked maize crop known as NK603.

Battered NATO considering early Afghanistan withdrawal
RT - NATO could pull its forces from Afghanistan before its planned withdrawal date of 2014. Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen also conceded that intensifying green-on-blue attacks could be a premeditated Taliban ploy. "From now until the end of 2014 we will see announcements of redeployments, withdrawals or drawdown,” Rasmussen told The Guardian. “If the security situation allows, I would not exclude the possibility that in certain areas you could accelerate the process."

Syria FM: Some UN Council members supporting terrorism
RT - Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem slammed some UN Security Council members during his speech at the General Assembly Monday, accusing them of supporting "terrorism'' in his country. In his initial comments, he said that "some well-known countries" are pursuing "new colonial policies" in Syria under the guise of humanitarian efforts. Al-Moallem went on to add that peace requires action not only by Syria but by Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Libya and others to stop arming and financing the opposition. The Syrian Foreign Minister slammed calls for President Bashar al-Assad to step down, calling them “blatant interference” in the country’s domestic affairs.

5pm ET: 3 quakes hit Fukushima in 2 hours (MAPS)
ENENews October 1st, 2012 - M5.2, M4.4 and M4.4 — 2 at almost identical location and depth.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Professor: Drones Will Soon Be Able To Kill During War Without Human Assistance
CBS News - Agence France-Presse is reporting that the Pentagon wants its drones to be more autonomous, so that they can run with little to no assistance from people. “Before they were blind, deaf and dumb,” Mark Maybury, chief scientist for the U.S. Air Force, told AFP. “Now we’re beginning to make them to see, hear and sense.” Ronald Arkin, a professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology, believes that drones will soon be able to kill enemies on their own independently.

VIDEO: 3 Time Emmy Award Winning CNN Journalist: Mainstream Media Takes Money from FOREIGN Dictators to Run Flattering Propaganda
Washington's Blog - [Amber] Lyon was fired from CNN after she refused to stop reporting on her first-hand experience of the systematic torture and murder of peaceful protesters by the government of Bahrain. Lyon’s special report on Bahrain was scheduled to run on both CNN’s U.S. and international networks, but was pulled after only a limited showing due to pressure from the Bahrainis and their lobbyists.

Fast and Furious scandal blown wide open by Univision
(NaturalNews) In a bombshell investigative report broadcast Sunday, one filled with scathing details and grim, grisly video including security-cam footage of actual execution-style murders and blood-soaked rooms (there's your warning, for those of you who might be a little unnerved by that kind of real-life graphic violence), the network said it discovered that in January 2010, drug cartel hit men annihilated students with guns the U.S. government allowed to flow to them across the border into Mexico.

Woman Loses License Because Red-Light Camera Can’t Read
Consumerist - The New Star-Ledger’s Bamboozled column has the story of a woman whose license was suspended by authorities in New Jersey for a red-light ticket, even though the car in the photo is clearly not hers — oh, and she hadn’t even been in the Garden State in more than a year when the violation occurred.

YouTube: Rainn Wilson: A Spiritual Revolution is Coming
Rainn Wilson talks about the coming spiritual revolution that must happen in order for us to move forward as a human race.

VIDEO: World Trade Center Building 7 Explained Simply - Amazing how many people are in denial . . .

YouTube: Judge Napolitano: Should Cell Data Be Protected By the Fourth Amendment?
FOX News - Senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano on the new debate over data on your cell phone.

Supreme Court Refuses To Hear Lawsuit Against TSA Body Scanners
Steve Watson - The Supreme Court has refused to hear a case brought against the TSA over its use of so called naked body scanners by an engineer who proved that the machines were useless. As reported by AP and Reuters today, the high court declined to hear the appeal brought by Michigan activist Jonathan Corbett, saying that the case can only be filed with the federal appeals court in Washington, D.C.

TSA hires a priest excluded from clergy for child molestation
RT - In 2002, Thomas Harkins was permanently removed by the Catholic Church after 20-plus years of allegations that the former clergyman had molested children at parishes across the East Coast. Today, he’s your friendly TSA agent.

Drivers Accept Monitoring Devices, To Earn Discounts on Auto Insurance
Forbes - [...]privacy advocates worry that the new forms of insurance discounts – especially policies that employ GPS data — create the potential for corporations to monitor a lot more than just how many miles we drive, and how fast we do it, especially location. For their part, the insurance companies promise not to misuse the data. Progressive Insurance, which has been advertising its “Snapshot” device for more than a year now, says its monitoring device doesn’t even use GPS technology and can’t capture location data.

City may sue developer who spent $20,000 to remove 40 tons of trash from vacant lot - A business developer in the Philadelphia neighborhood of Point Breeze is facing legal action after voluntarily cleaning up more than 40 tons of trash from a vacant lot neighboring his local business. As the old adage goes, no good deed goes unpunished.

YouTube: Cop Caught Beating Man In Wheelchair
Alexander Higgins - A security camera recorded a police officer brutally beating and man handling a man in a wheelchair though his lawyer claims he did nothing wrong.

2012 Election News

ABC News: ‘October Surprise’ Could Decide Election
Paul Joseph Watson - ABC News has released a story suggesting that an “October surprise” will impact next month’s presidential election, with an incident involving Iran likely to decide the winner. In an article entitled Obama Vs. Romney: Will October Bring a Political Surprise?, ABC’s Russell Goldman speculates that an Iranian attack on American interests could swing the election one way or the other, even suggesting that Mitt Romney may have “cut a deal” with Iran to undermine Obama.

Ron Paul is an Official Write-In Maine
Daily Paul - Maine did everything they needed to do to get him on the ballot and they also got a Vice President on the ballot. They were even able to get the 4 electors who will go to the electoral college if Ron Paul were to win Maine.


13 States Now Considering Gold and Silver as Money
From the Trenches - When the governor of Utah signed a bill that made gold bullion and silver bullion legal tender in the state last March, he had no idea of the groundswell he was going to start. The Utah Sound Money Act outright flies in the face of the fiat money system, which is the printed money used today; backed by nothing but the promises of politicians. While U.S. states cannot create their own currency under the Constitution, they are allowed to use gold bullion and silver bullion as legal tender. More and more states are now exercising that right.

Gold Set to Break $1,800 Barrier On Endless QE Inflation Fears
Kurt Nimmo - The price of gold shifted higher late last week as investors looked at the precious metal to stave off inflation expected in the wake of yet another QE “stimulus” move by the Federal Reserve.... The Fed’s “easing” policies will eventually push gold to $2,400 an ounce by the end of 2014, an astounding 26 percent jump, according to one strategist. “Given the new open-ended nature of QE3, the upward pressure on gold prices should continue until employment is strong enough to require a change in policy,” Francisco Blanch, a global investment strategist with Bank of America Merrill Lynch, told clients in mid-September.

YouTube: FBN: Marc Faber. - US Economy 100% Chance of Another Recession
Fox Business 9/28/2012.

Seven deadly American sins
Press TV - The list doesn't include our most grievous offenses, those of military and economic warfare against the rest of the world. Sinful enough is our behavior at home.

Veteran News

VIDEO: Hundreds of thousands of war vets still waiting for health benefits
CNN - The Department of Veterans Affairs said it is on track to process 1 million disability claims this year. With the war in Iraq over and the one in Afghanistan winding down, the VA is sorting through a backlog of more than 860,000 disability claims from American veterans. More than a quarter of those vets -- 228,000 -- have been waiting for a year or more. [Veteran Mike] Rioux has been trying to get his disability claim fully processed since January 2011, shortly after he returned from Afghanistan. The litany of delays includes lost paperwork, long wait times for appointments and erroneous lab results. At one point, a doctor prescribed him medication for a bladder infection he didn't have; he'd never given as much as a urine sample.

Why Veterans Kill Themselves
Dissident Voice - Recent figures indicate that for every soldier killed in Afghanistan and Iraq, 25 veterans commit suicide upon their return to the U.S. That is an astonishing statistic! How can this be?

Occupy Wall Street Protest

VIDEO: Armed Riot Police and a LRAD used to silence #Walmartstrikers @occupychicago - Walmart strike October 1, 2012.

Energy & Environment

VIDEO: Smart Meters & EMR: The Health Crisis Of Our Time with Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt - Released: 27 September 2012 | Length: 43:12. This is the video for sharing on Facebook, Twitter and with everyone on your list, especially the doctors and health practitioners you know.One of the many revelations in this interview: "Based upon a study of 10 autistic cases and 10 normal cases, the pregnant mothers who gave birth to autistic children slept in a location in which microwave radiation was 20.7x HIGHER, on average, than pregnant mothers who gave birth to non-autistic children."


VIDEO: Are You Concerned Over Genetically Modified Vaccines?
Dr. Mercola - Such vaccines are already being produced – some are even on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) recommended vaccine schedule – even though, as is the case with GM foods, we know very little about their long-term effects. ...Vicky Debold, PhD, RN, director of research and patient safety with the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC), spoke with me about the many reasons to be very wary of this new technology, which is far more intertwined with other biotech "innovations," like GM food, than you might think.

VIDEO: Gut Health is Directly Linked to Chronic Illness, Overall Health
Natural Society - This video explains just how essential gut health really is and how poor gut health, which is the result of antibiotic medications, can lead to mental illness, obesity, schizophrenia, and much more. But just by supplementing with probiotics and changing your diet, you can experience amazing positive changes.... The journal Diabetes Care published a study in 2010 that associated diabetes with endotoxemia, wherein the bloodstream carries the outer membranes of pathogens throughout the body. Diabetes, according to the said study, is therefore a result of chronic inflammation and gut leakage.

Big Pharma's Newest Money-Making Scheme: Adult ADHD
AlterNet - There is good news and bad news about attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) -- that is, if you’re a drug company. The bad news is the kid market has peaked out with 4.5 million U.S. children now carrying the label. The good news is adult ADHD is an emerging market. In fact, adult ADHD, with symptoms similar to pediatric ADHD such as impulsivity, distractibility and difficulty paying attention, following instructions and meeting deadlines, is the next big thing.

Green tea plus citrus provides new level of cancer protection
(NaturalNews) A large study was recently carried out in Japan to assess citrus fruit consumption as a means of preventing cancer. The results were surprising: citrus fruit had a markedly lower risk for multiple cancers, but only for green tea drinkers. More importantly, daily citrus consumption provided significant protection above and beyond that obtained by drinking green tea alone.

Foods Rich in Potassium (Even more than a Banana) and Why You Want Them!
Natural Society - Potassium, along with sodium and chloride, is known as an electrolyte; that means potassium actually conducts electricity when dissolved in water. Pretty cool, huh? These electrolytes play an important role in nerve transmission—the body’s method of communicating. In addition potassium is important in muscle contraction, helping with both the degree and frequency of contractions. It can also lower your risk of hypertension, or high blood pressure.

Thousands of surgical patients sewn back up with 'retained surgical items' left inside them
(NaturalNews) The incidence of surgeons making the mistake of leaving surgical items in patients' bodies is growing, with thousands of cases a year being reported across the United States, The New York Times has reported.

Barbarism: Doctors Now Encouraging Patients to Remove Body Parts to 'Prevent Cancer'
Natural Society - Glorified as a heart warming ‘preventative’ trend by the mainstream media, doctors are now recommending that patients who are found to be ‘more susceptible’ to certain cancers based on genetic testing actually surgically remove body parts that could be affected.... This new trend signifies a complete and utter failure to recognize legitimate science regarding the effective prevention of cancer through nutrition and lifestyle. In fact, research has repeatedly shown that what you eat directly affects your genes.

VIDEO: How a Root Canal Can Affect Your Health
Dr. Mercola - In 1906, the Mayo Clinic in conjunction with Weston Price DDS, MS as head of research for the dental association of that time, announced that root canals were a haven for disease-producing bacteria. Research showed that heart attacks could be induced 100 percent percent of the time, implicating root canals as one of the primary causes of heart disease – currently the number one killer of Americans.

Medicare Fact vs. Fiction - For those who think Medicare is a sacred program that needs to be saved, there are some disturbing truths which are being conveniently swept under the rug in the name of politics. Medicare now exists in name only. Over the past decade it has morphed into a bloated, bankrupt system that has fooled seniors into thinking that the money they put into the system would be spent on their healthcare needs.

Science & Technology

Think Twice: How the Gut's "Second Brain" Influences Mood and Well-Being
Scientific American - [...] this sensation is an often-overlooked network of neurons lining our guts that is so extensive some scientists have nicknamed it our "second brain". A deeper understanding of this mass of neural tissue, filled with important neurotransmitters, is revealing that it does much more than merely handle digestion or inflict the occasional nervous pang. The little brain in our innards, in connection with the big one in our skulls, partly determines our mental state and plays key roles in certain diseases throughout the body.

Muscles in old mice made young again - "The finding opens up the possibility that one day we could develop treatments to make old muscles young again. If we could do this, we may be able to enable people to live more mobile, independent lives as they age," says researcher Albert Basson.... Published today in the journal Nature, the study looked at stem cells found inside muscle—which are responsible for repairing injury—to find out why the ability of muscles to regenerate declines with age.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

4 Easy Ways to Preserve Herbs
Organic Gardening - Preserving fresh organic herbs is a great way to add flavor to your food, plus by not purchasing pesticide-grown plants you support a healthy environment at the same time! And you’ll save money by not having to buy tiny bottles of the dried stuff that loses its flavor before you have time to use it up.

Pet News

Aflatoxin Corn Given the Ok by FDA and USDA
Susan Thixton - Deadly aflatoxin contaminated corn in two states have been given the ok by federal authorities to be mixed with non-contaminated corn and fed to animals, another state has applied for approval. Here's the risks ignored by federal authorities - risks to both humans and animals.

Susan Thixton -A recent survey by ELISA Technologies found numerous (anonymous) pet foods to include ingredients not mentioned on the label. Ten pet foods of 21 tested were found to be mislabeled. Almost 50%.

Today in History - Monday - October 1, 2012
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.
1936 - General Francisco Franco was proclaimed the head of the Spanish state.
1938 - German forces enter Czechoslovakia and seized control of the Sudetenland. The Munich Pact had been signed two days before.
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. 7 others were sentenced to prison 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.
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.
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.
1989 - 7,000 East Germans were welcomed into West Germany after they were allowed to leave by the communist government.
1990 - U.S. President George H.W. Bush addressed the U.N. General Assembly and once again condemned Iraq's takeover of Kuwait.
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 Strategic Arm Reduction Treaty was approved by the U.S. Senate.
1994 - The U.S. and Japan avoided a trade war by reaching a series of trade agreements.
1995 - Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman and nine other defendants were convicted in New York of conspiring to attack the U.S. through bombings, kidnappings and assassinations.
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.
2001 - San Francisco's Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to ban Internet filters designed to keep pornography away from children at city libraries. The board left the decision up to the Library Commission to decide whether to install filtering software in children's areas. A federal law in the U.S. mandated the use of the filters.

World News

Eurozone jobless rises to record 18.2m
Press TV - Eurostat data agency said in a report on Monday that 18,196,000 Europeans were without a job in the single currency area in August. Job losses keep climbing as the eurozone's worsening debt crisis pushes businesses to cut staff to contain their financial problems.

VIDEO: Israel to grab more Palestinian land
Press TV - The Israeli regime has planned to take over more Palestinian land for a new settlement project in the city of Qalqilya in the occupied West Bank.... The project will entail more land grabs from Palestinians, the demolition of their properties and an end to essential services for them such as healthcare and schools. The Israeli regime has notified Palestinian authorities that it will take over 200 dunums of land in Qalqilya.

US drone strike in Pakistan kills 3
Press TV - At least three people have been killed in a US assassination drone strike in Pakistan’s northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border, security officials say. The attack took place in the Khaider Khel area of Mir Ali district, 30 kilometres (18 miles) east of Miranshah, the capital of North Waziristan tribal region, on Monday when the US terror drone fired four missiles on a vehicle. According to the security officials, several drones were flying in the area at the time of the strike.

Australian Government Now Spies on Its Citizens More than the US Government Does
Activist Post - In 2010-2011, more than 3,400 Australians had been spied on by more than 17 government law enforcement agencies. This includes state and federal police agencies, the Australian Tax Office (ATO) and Medicare.... On a per capita basis, the Australian government is 18 times more likely to intercept telephone calls than the United States government.

25,000 Muslim rioters torch Buddhist temples, homes in Bangladesh
RT - Tens of thousands of rioters left a trail of destruction in southeastern Bangladesh as they torched Buddhist temples and homes near the town of Ramu. The violence was sparked by a photo posted on Facebook that allegedly insulted Islam.... Bangladeshi Home Minister Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir said the attacks were preplanned, and vowed to bring the perpetrators to justice. "The attack was conducted in a coordinated manner. Temples and houses were set on fire using patrol and gun powder. It would have been impossible if the attacks were not planned," he told Bangladesh’s Bdnews24.

Yemeni president says he approves US assassination drone strikes on his people - “Every operation, before taking place, they take permission from the president,” Hadi said in an interview with the Washington Post on Saturday. This is the first time that the Yemeni president has publicly acknowledged his direct role in approving US assassination drone strikes. Hadi, who is a UK-trained field marshal, was sworn in on February 25, following a single-candidate presidential election on February 21, which was supported by the United States and Saudi Arabia.

US and Afghan forces clash, leaving 5 dead
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- A firefight broke out between U.S. forces and their Afghan army allies in eastern Afghanistan Sunday, killing two Americans and three Afghan soldiers and pushing the number of U.S. troops killed in the long-running war 2,000.

‘Wake up, Poland!’: Thousands take to streets in Warsaw for antigovernment protest (PHOTOS)
RT - Tens of thousands of people marched through the capital of Poland on Saturday in protest over government reforms and a new law that raises the retirement age, and in solidarity with the Catholic Church, which was recently stripped of its TV station. Dubbed 'Wake Up, Poland,' the rally was organized by the country's conservative Law and Justice opposition party, led by Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the trade union Solidarity and other groups. The event was Poland's biggest demonstration in several months.

Vomiting virus hits thousands of German children
BERLIN (AP) -- German health authorities say the number of children that have fallen ill with vomiting and diarrhea after eating food from school cafeterias and daycare centers has risen from about 4,500 to 8,400. Authorities in Berlin and the surrounding eastern German states reported the new gastroenteritis cases Saturday, while laboratory investigations to determine the exact cause of the outbreak were still under way.
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City of Toronto Workers Destroy Free Community Food Garden Amid Growing Food Crisis - Amid a growing food crisis, this morning workers from the City of Toronto were ordered by City of Toronto Parks Director Richard Ubbens to remove all live plants and food from the People's Peas Garden in Queens Park. They were ordered to take the plants and food to the dump and lay sod overtop of this most beautiful free community food garden, without warning, without a chance to remove the rare heirloom plant species or harvest the food.

Rat reality show: Russian scientists to broadcast GMO experiment
RT - After a French study suggested that rats fed on Monsanto GMO corn suffered tumors, Russian researches plan their own, this time public, experiment.... Russian researches from the National Association for Genetic Safety (NAGS) believe such experiments should be conducted publicly, so that people can see the process with their own eyes, and thus trust, or not, the study. So they came up with the idea of public experiment. Web cameras, installed in cages with rats, will broadcast all stages of the experiment online. The unique reality show will be available on the Internet 24/7 worldwide.... The research is to be launched in March 2013...

Russia's small-scale organic agriculture model may hold the key to feeding the world
(NaturalNews) Russia's agricultural system, which is not technically a system at all, is run by the people and for the people.... According to The Bovine, Russia's Private Garden Plot Act, which was signed into law back in 2003, entitles every Russian citizen to a private plot of land, free of charge, ranging in size from 2.2 acres to 6.8 acres. Each plot can be used for growing food, or for simply vacationing or relaxing, and the government has agreed not to tax this land.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

First was the ammunition, now comes the weapons
Activist Post - First came the ammunition requests, and now it’s time for the weapons.... Department of Homeland Security has placed an initial order of up to 7,000 5.56x45mm North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) personal defense weapons (PDW), with a contract life of 5 years, to numerous Department of Homeland Security components, which includes Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE), and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC). The winner of the contract would receive the assured minimum is $30,000 but not to exceed the maximum ceiling of $9,800,000.

This scandal could dwarf 'Fast and Furious'
WND - Did White House arm al-Qaida operatives who killed U.S. ambassador?... Almost entirely missing from the debate surrounding the anti-U.S. attacks in Libya is the administration’s policy of arming jihadists to overthrow Mideast governments. But in the case of Libya, the arming of jihadists may have directly resulted in the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks against the U.S. consulate in Benghazi and the subsequent murder of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith, private security employees and former U.S. Navy SEALs Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods.

Judge OKs social workers' invasion of homeschoolers
WND - Police cars screech to a halt outside your door, six deputies approach along with two social workers who warn they have information from an anonymous tipster and threaten that unless you allow them to enter RIGHT NOW, the armed officers will take your children away from you. So your decision to allow the authorities to enter is completely voluntary? That’s the determination of a federal judge who has relieved two social workers – Rhonda Cash and Jenna Cramer – of liability for their actions in a case brought by homeschooling parents John and Tiffany Loudermilk in Arizona.

Surreal: Clinton Pledges $45 Million in Aid to Al Qaeda in Syria
Tony Cartalucci - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced that the US would be providing an additional $45 million in “non-lethal aid” to the “opposition” in Syria, reported the Associated Press. The Western press chose their words carefully, ensuring that the term “civilian opposition” was repeatedly used to describe the armed terrorist forces attempting to violently overthrow the Syrian government.

U.S. Move to Give Egypt $450 Million in Aid Meets Resistance
NY Times - The Obama administration notified Congress on Friday that it would provide Egypt’s new government an emergency cash infusion of $450 million, but the aid immediately encountered resistance from a prominent lawmaker wary of foreign aid and Egypt’s new course under the leadership of the Muslim Brotherhood. The aid is part of the $1 billion in assistance that the Obama administration has pledged to Egypt to bolster its transition to democracy after the overthrow last year of the former president, Hosni Mubarak.

VIDEO: U.S. Military Planned to Create Seizure-inducing Gun Inspired by Pokemon TV Show
Daily Mail - According to a declassified document from the Army's National Ground Intelligence Center, the seizure-inducing gun was meant to be part of a new class of nonlethal weaponry.... 'It is thought by using a method that would actually trigger nerve synapses directly with an electrical field, essentially 100 per cent of individuals would be susceptible to seizure induction,' the report said, according to WIRED which obtained it. The military hoped that the weapon could be used at distances 'hundreds of meters' away. The induced seizures, the report estimated, would last between one and five minutes.

VIDEO: Researcher says Army scientists secretly sprayed cities with radioactive particles for years
Activist Post - It is public knowledge that the government sprayed zinc cadmium sulfide particles – which are supposedly harmless – over St. Louis, but Professor Martino-Taylor [a sociologist, the US military] says that her research indicates a radioactive additive was also mixed in with the compound.... Martino-Taylor’s research uncovered photographs showing just how these particles were distributed as well as detailed descriptions of how the public was exposed to these substances in the name of keeping America safe.

Almost Half Of All Americans Support Domestic Surveillance Drones
Steve Watson - According to a survey conducted by The Associated Press and The National Constitution Center, 44 percent support the idea of police using unmanned aerial vehicles to track suspects and carry out investigations. Only 36 percent said that they “strongly oppose” or “somewhat oppose” police use of drones, according to the survey.

VIDEO: GMO victory within reach? Proposition 37 is 'likely to pass' declares LA Times (but your help still needed!)
(NaturalNews) Proposition 37, the GMO labeling bill that's on the ballot in California, is polling 2-to-1 in favor of passing, the LA Times is now reporting. 61% of registered voters currently support GMO labeling, and only 25% oppose it.... But this race is nowhere near over. [Mike Adams video song.]

Court Rules Arpaio Can’t Detain Suspects Based on Belief They’re Here Illegally
Business Insider - Arizona's Sheriff Joe Arpaio, best known for his fights with undocumented immigrants, received quite a blow Tuesday from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The federal appeals court ruled Arpaio can't detain suspects based only on his belief they are here illegally, Courthouse News Service reported Wednesday.

ATF Racially Profiling Hispanic Gun Owners
Adan Salazar - Anyone who’s purchased a firearm in the United States in the past few months may have noticed a small change to form 4473, the Firearms Transaction Record required by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) prior to all gun purchases.... Curiously, the form’s “Race” section has been divided into two parts. Section 10a, now labeled “Ethnicity,” requires you to check off whether you’re “Hispanic or Latino” or “Not Hispanic or Latino.” The new 4473 document’s 10b section no longer includes Hispanics or Latinos as a race.

Convicted TSA agent who stole more than $800K worth of goods from passengers says stealing from bags is ‘very’ common
NY Daily News - A former TSA agent who spent three years in prison for stealing from passengers' luggage says the practice is “commonplace.” Pythias Brown admits to stealing more than $800,000 worth of cash, clothing and electronics over a four-year period at Newark Liberty International Airport. He was finally caught trying to sell a stolen CNN camera on eBay.

2012 Election News

Diebold voting machines can be hacked by remote control - It could be one of the most disturbing e-voting machine hacks to date. Voting machines used by as many as a quarter of American voters heading to the polls in 2012 can be hacked with just $10.50 in parts and an 8th grade science education, according to computer science and security experts at the Vulnerability Assessment Team at Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois. The experts say the newly developed hack could change voting results while leaving absolutely no trace of the manipulation behind.

Gary Johnson Gains Support And May Take Ohio Out of Play for Romney - A new poll from Ohio shows Gary Johnson gaining support, even as press reports emphasize the hold-your-nose-quality in which both major-party candidates marinate, and which may have voters looking elsewhere for options.

Three Major Sponsors have pulled advertising from the Presidential Debates in protest - It was only a week ago that the Commission on Presidential Debates had ten sponsors for the 2012 debates. Today, they're down to seven. Phillips Electronics has, as of this morning, pulled their sponsorship. What does this mean for us? We're that much closer to seeing and hearing Governor Gary Johnson and Judge Jim Gray on the debate stage this autumn!... That's three down, seven to go. Get to writing those letters, guys! This election cycle, you will CHANGE THE COURSE OF HISTORY. Change it for the better.

YouTube: Original Obamaphone Lady: Obama Voter Says Vote for Obama because he gives a free Phone
Protester outside of Romney rally explains how Obama gives all minorities free phones and that is why they should vote for him. Cleveland Ohio, September 26, 2012 (Added: This lady told film maker that she was NOT being paid to protest. Others in the group said that all were from SEIU. This is unconfirmed for this lady.)

YouTube: Cynthia McKinney: 'US lawmakers forced to support Israel'
PressTV - Former US lawmaker Cynthia McKinney says every candidate for Congress has to sign a pledge to vote for supporting the military superiority of Israel. "Every candidate for Congress at that time had a pledge. They were given a pledge to sign ... that had Jerusalem as the capital city," McKinney said in an interview with Press TV on Sunday.... McKinney said that if a candidate does not sign the pledge or perform accordingly, "then you do not get money to run your campaign."

Man Kills His Entire Family Because He Feared That Obama Would Be Re-Elected? Um, sure. - A confidante of the family for the past 25 years has spoken to MailOnline about the strength and grace of the Peterson family, as well as the torment that plagued Albert which drove him to shoot dead his wife Kathleen and his two sons Christopher and Mathew at their suburban home in DC on Sunday. A history of mental illness, the loss of a dear uncle, and a growing fear of Obama winning a second term in the White House took its toll on the mind of Mr Peterson, a wealthy defense contractor, the friend said.


YouTube: Ron Paul's Texas Straight Talk 10/1/12
Gold is Good Money, But Our Fiat Currency is Not by Ron Paul.

The Federal Reserve Sends Thank You Letters To Congress For Letting Them Destroy Our Economy In Secret
Economic Collapse - It was Politico that first broke the story about the thank you letters that Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke sent to five members of Congress back in July. Bernanke acknowledged in the letters that there was never any worry that the "Audit the Fed" bill would actually get through Congress and be signed into law, but he was still extremely grateful that a number of members of Congress got up and publicly denounced the bill.... According to Politico, the thank you letters were delivered to U.S. Representatives Barney Frank, Elijah Cummings, Melvin Watt, Carolyn Maloney and Steny Hoyer.

YouTube: Ron Paul on Cavuto 9/28/12
Rep. Ron Paul, (R-Texas), on the lack of effort in Washington to address the fiscal cliff and its impact on the economy.

VIDEO: Cyber Attack on US Banks is an Obvious False Flag
Activist Post - Over a month ago we featured an article titled The NWO Agenda Would Move Forward with This One Simple Act, which stated the one event that could accomplish all of the agenda's goals in one shot would be "a false flag cyber attack on Western banking institutions that they can pin on Iran." With President Obama ready to sign an executive order to control the Internet in the name of cyber security, could it be more obvious that this "cyber attack" is a total set up?

Top Five Worst Obamacare Taxes Coming in 2013 - Of the twenty new or higher taxes in Obamacare, below are the five worst that will be foisted upon Americans for the first time on January 1, 2013...

1 million Ohioans using free phone program
Fees on phone bills pay for $1.5 billion national Lifeline program. A program that provides subsidized phone service to low-income individuals has nearly doubled in size in Ohio in the past year — now covering more than a million people. At the same time, federal officials say they’re reining in waste, fraud and abuse in the program.

Occupy Wall Street Protest

Judge slams Occupy Chicago arrests as ‘unconstitutional,’ throws out case
RT - A Cook County judge dismissed charges against 92 Occupy protesters arrested in a Chicago park last October, ruling that the city’s overnight park curfew violated the First Amendment and was being enforced selectively.... Judge Donnelly threw out the arrests, and slammed the city for denying the protesters their First Amendment rights. Citing the park's long history of political rallies dating back to Abraham Lincoln, Donnelly quoted early city leaders who resolved in 1835 that the land that became Grant Park "should be reserved for all time to come for a public square, accessible at all times to the people."


Curcumin, boswellia and natural remedies better than pain meds
(NaturalNews) High-bioavailability curcumin extract may be the remedy of choice for pain. It proved superior to arthritis drugs without adverse effects, decreased joint pain in osteoarthritis subjects, and reduced markers of inflammation. Curcumin protects joint cartilage by reducing inflammation, inhibiting inflammatory cell growth, and inhibiting cartilage-destroying enzymes. Curcumin has also been explored for other inflammatory diseases. It dropped inflammatory cytokines by 62 percent in colon cancer victims, and reduced obesity-associated inflammation.

Natural remedies smooth blood sugar and cut cravings
(NaturalNews) Refined sugar, which has been found to be four times as addictive as cocaine and as addictive as heroin, has wormed its way into virtually all of the processed foods that make up most of the calories Americans consume.... To manage daily cravings and blood sugar swings and reduce addiction long-term, add these health-promoting cures to your wellness arsenal.

Vaccinated Children Develop the Disease Vaccinated Against
Natural Society - Enforcing or increasing vaccine schedules does not prevent disease; it only increases the chances of worse health or gravely critical adverse reaction.

GMO Technology, Glyphosate Toxicity Leaving Men Sterile
Natural Society - Studies show that glyphosate toxicity and GMO technologies could be playing a significant role in the growing number of men who struggle with fertility.

VIDEO: Modern wheat a "perfect, chronic poison," doctor says
CBS News - Davis said that the wheat we eat these days isn't the wheat your grandma had: "It's an 18-inch tall plant created by genetic research in the '60s and '70s," he said on "CBS This Morning." "This thing has many new features nobody told you about, such as there's a new protein in this thing called gliadin. It's not gluten. I'm not addressing people with gluten sensitivities and celiac disease. I'm talking about everybody else because everybody else is susceptible to the gliadin protein that is an opiate. This thing binds into the opiate receptors in your brain and in most people stimulates appetite, such that we consume 440 more calories per day, 365 days per year."

How to Increase Dopamine Levels: Foods to Eat and What to do to Feel Good
Activist Post - Dopamine is the brain’s feel good chemical, sending feelings of well-being and pleasure into your body. In addition to simply making you feel good, dopamine helps control weight, energy levels, and supports brain and heart health.... Since dopamine is synthesized from tyrosine, you can simply consume foods rich in tyrosine to boost dopamine production.... Alternatively, you could also take supplements to boost dopamine, although foods and exercise may be the two best and most beneficial options. Some of the supplements options to increase dopamine levels are...

Eat a diet rich in fermented foods to help achieve optimal health
(NaturalNews) Beneficial bacteria are more delicate than infectious or "bad" bacteria. It is easy to kill off beneficial bacteria through stress, sugar consumption, and chlorine in municipal drinking water. Antibiotics may or may not kill bad bacteria, but most definitely destroy strains of beneficial bacteria in the gut. When beneficial bacteria, or probiotics, are killed off, opportunistic and pathogenic bacteria easily grow in their place. Yeast and fungi also grow prolifically in a gut environment that does not contain enough probiotics, causing uncomfortable yeast and fungal infections all over the body.

VIDEO: Doctors Grow New Ear on Cancer Victim’s Arm
ABC News - The groundbreaking procedure, described as one of the most complicated ear constructions in the U.S., involves removing cartilage from the rib cage to form a new ear, which is then placed under the skin of the forearm to grow.... This week, Walter received some of the finishing touches on her ear, with doctors sculpting and carving tissue to reposition it.

Ingesting Poison – Dioxin Found to Cause Disease for over Three Generations
Activist Post - A new study by Washington State University researchers found that TCDD dioxin, when exposed to one generation of pregnant rats, had a multi-generational effect resulting in a multitude of diseases.... For this study, the researchers used a particular dioxin called TCDD—a major component of the herbicide Agent Orange made infamous by the Vietnam War as well as recent events in agribusiness. “Not only does the individual exposed get the disease,” says senior author Michael Skinner, “but it’s transmitted to great-grandchildren with no exposure.”

Wal-Mart fires brain cancer employee for using doctor-recommended medical marijuana; federal court affirms medical discrimination
(NaturalNews) A Michigan man was recently fired from his managerial position at a Walmart store in Battle Creek, Michigan, after it was discovered that he had been using medical marijuana outside of work hours in accordance with his doctor's recommendations for treating an inoperable brain tumor.

Salmonella for lunch: KFC serves man a raw chicken sandwich
(NaturalNews) When you go to a restaurant you have the reasonable expectation that your food will be properly prepared. So imagine one patron's surprise when he was recently served a raw chicken sandwich at a KFC in Ontario, Canada.... This isn't an isolated case involving the KFC franchise. In fact, according to the Huffington Post, workers at one restaurant in Conroe, Texas, claimed recently that they served 16-day old meat that had actually spoiled.... In April of this year, a former KFC manager claimed he was forced to sell meat that had already turned green.

Science & Technology

Scientists Move to Create Genetically Modified Camels for Pharmaceutical GM Milk
Elizabeth Renter - According to the Science and Development Network, the camels will be used to make genetically modified milk, which will then be processed into cheaper drugs. The drugs from these laboratory-created camels will include insulin and clotting factors for hemophilia.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Oregon Mutated Corn Near Portland, OR - The following disturbing photos were reportedly taken in an organic garden near Portland, Oregon recently. These gross mutations are likely the result of the severe radiation and hot particles that blanketed the West Coast from the Fukushima nuclear disaster after 3-11-11.

10 Uses For Wood Ash
10 interesting uses for wood ash.

Humor & Satire

YouTube: Are Politicians Failing Our Lobbyists?
Panelists discuss the alarming trend of politicians who break their promises to the lobbyists who helped elect them.




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