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Thursday - October 31, 2013 - Today In History:
1864 - Nevada became the 36th state to join the U.S.
1922 - Benito Mussolini became prime minister of Italy.
1926 - Magician Harry Houdini died of gangrene and peritonitis resulting from a ruptured appendix.
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.
1956 - Rear Admiral Dufek became the first person to land an airplane at the South Pole. Dufek also became the first person to set foot on the South Pole.
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.
1961 - In the Soviet Union, the body of Joseph Stalin was removed from Lenin's Tomb where it was on public display.
1968 - U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson ordered a halt to all U.S. bombing of North Vietnam.
1969 - Wal-Mart Discount City stores were incorporated as Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
1983 - The U.S. Defense Department acknowledged that during the U.S. invasion of Grenada, a U.S. Navy plane had mistakenly bombed a civilian hospital.
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.
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 - EgyptAir 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

VIDEO: US, biggest nuclear threat to world: Ken O’Keefe
Press TV - The United States poses the biggest nuclear threat to the world, former US Marine Ken O’Keefe tells Press TV in an interview.... “The United States has clearly been the biggest purveyor of weapons of mass destruction. It has been producing more of them, it has been using more of them and it considers itself to be the policeman of the world,” said O’Keefe.

Syrian deputy PM learns of dismissal during RT live interview
RT - Syrian deputy PM Qadri Jamil learnt that he was sacked from his office while he was giving a live interview to RT Arabic. The dismissal is allegedly for Jamil having acted without government permission.

Snowden leak: NSA secretly accessed Yahoo, Google data centers to collect information
RT - Despite having front-door access to communications transmitted across the biggest Internet companies on Earth, the National Security Agency has been secretly tapping into the two largest online entities in the world, new leaked documents reveal.

US ‘spied on future Pope Francis during Vatican conclave’: Italian magazine
Sydney Morning Herald - The American spy agency monitored telephone calls made to and from the clerical residence in Rome where then Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio stayed during this year's conclave, the secret election at which cardinals chose him as pontiff.

VIDEO: UN condemns US embargo against Cuba
Press TV - The United Nations General Assembly has voted overwhelmingly to denounce the United States’ five-decade-old embargo against Cuba. On Tuesday, a record 188 countries at the General Assembly voted to condemn the US sanctions against Cuba.

VIDEO: Israel pushes for 3,500 settlements
Press TV - An official from the office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on condition of anonymity that Bibi issued the order on Wednesday hours after Tel Aviv freed 26 Palestinian prisoners out of thousands locked up in Israeli jails.

Syria destroys ‘all CW installations’
Press TV - The international chemical weapons watchdog made the statement in a document obtained by Reuters on Thursday. According to the document, Syria has completed the destruction of equipment for producing chemical arms, meeting a deadline set for its disarmament program.

West backing al-Qaeda in Syria’
Press TV - An international lawyer says the West is secretly and indirectly supporting al-Qaeda-linked militants in the fight against the Syrian government. Pointing to a recent report by French newspaper Le Figaro that after Saudi Arabia, the US was second in line to lead al-Qaeda forces fighting against the Syrian government, Franklin Lamb said on Wednesday that the revelation was “credible.”

VIDEO: Pakistan gives odd data on drone deaths
Press TV - Pakistan’s Defense Ministry says only three percent of the people killed in US assassination drone strikes since 2008 were civilians, despite previous estimates by Islamabad as well as independent reports indicating a greater percentage of civilian fatalities.

US slams Germany export dependent economy
Press TV - The United States sharply criticized Germany’s economic policies on Wednesday for hurting the American and global economy with an export-led growth model.... The US Treasury Department said Germany should focus more on boosting domestic growth and reduce dependence on exports in order to make the world economy more stable.

Confirmed: Girl smuggled into UK to have her organs harvested for wealthy recipients
(NaturalNews) There's a new kind of human trafficking taking place, and it has nothing to do with the Triangle Trade and slavery during the Colonial Era of American History. But it is every bit as sinister.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Riot Control: DHS Spends $500,000 on Fully Automatic Pepper Spray Launchers
Paul Joseph Watson - In an announcement of a no bid contract posted on the Federal Business Opportunities website, the federal agency signals its intention to purchase nearly 240,000 pepper spray projectiles, 100 pepper spray launchers, as well as 36 “riot expansion kits”.

Facebook Photo Shows Another Google Mystery Barge Off the Coast of Maine
Kurt Nimmo - Despite a cover story that the barge was some sort of promotional gimmick for Google Glass, the wearable computer with an optical head-mounted display, a Google patent for a water-based data center filed in 2007 reveals a different agenda. The patent was granted in 2009. Google is linked to the CIA and the national security state through the CIA’s technology research division, In-Q-Tel.

ObamaCare Site Crashes Minutes Before Sebelius Testimony
Breitbart - During her testimony before Congress Wednesday, Secretary Sebelius claimed, "The website never crashed. It is functional, but at a very slow speed and very low reliability.”

White House Orders Insurance Companies Not to Criticize Obamacare
Paul Joseph Watson - During a segment on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 last night, Griffin revealed that insurance companies had been told to “keep quiet” about the fact that millions of Americans are being told that they cannot keep their existing policies, contradicting Barack Obama’s promise that, “If…you like your plan, you can keep your doctor, you can keep your plan.”

VIDEO: Judge Napolitano: President Lying About Keeping Your Insurance With Obamacare
Liberty Crier - Judge Napolitano explains that while the President may not have known that most Americans would not be able to keep their current insurance under Obamacare he did tell us repeatedly that we could keep our insurance when this was not the case.

VIDEO: RNC Releases New Video Series: “I’m ObamaCare”
Liberty Crier - Drawing inspiration from a familiar computer ad campaign, the Republican National Committee (RNC) has launched a new four-part video series to expose the deep flaws of ObamaCare.

Billboard Advocating Jury Nullification Concerns Local Prosecutors
Washington Post - The illuminated billboard in the Judiciary Square Metro station near the F Street entrance was strategically placed. Prospective jurors who take the subway to D.C. Superior Court and exit near the National Building Museum see these words: “Good jurors nullify bad laws” and “You have the right to ‘hang’ the jury with your vote if you cannot agree with other jurors.”

Adam Kokesh, A Modern Day Political Prisoner?
Ben Swann - Libertarian activist Adam Kokesh has been in jail for 114 days (92 of which he was held by the feds) with no bond, no bail, and no trial. 57 of those days were in solitary confinement. Clearly, this Kokesh fellow is a dangerous threat to society… Right?

VIDEO: Ben Swann Interviews Dr. Ron Paul
Ben Swann - In this latest Truth In Media episode I interview Dr. Ron Paul and talk about the future of the liberty movement and alternative media.

New York City Council Raises Legal Age for Tobacco to 21
Bloomberg - The change would make New York the first major U.S. city to raise the minimum age to 21 to buy cigarettes and related items, the council said in a statement. It also passed measures to set a $10.50 minimum price for a pack of 20 cigarettes or little cigars, ban discounting of tobacco products and increase fines for illegal and untaxed sales.

Texas Man Arrested And Jailed For Overdue Library Book
Storyleak - Jory Enck, who checked out a GED study guide in 2010, was placed behind bars last Wednesday after police noticed a warrant for the overdue book during a routine encounter.

Former Sheriff Takes The Stand In Misconduct Trial
WCTV - Former Liberty County Sheriff Nick Finch took the stand today [10/30/13] in his own "official misconduct" trial. He's accused of altering or destroying jail logs the night he freed a man from jail on weapons charges.

YouTube: Last Line of Defense - Trailer
cspoa.org - Sheriff Mack discusses the problem of police brutality and how the issue would simply disappear if peace officers and sheriff's understood the Constitution and rights of citizens in which it protects.

Obama’s Hunger Games Is a Prelude to Martial Law
thecommonsenseshow.com - I have come to believe that America is poised to experience food riots. I have further come to believe that these food riots will precede riots which will likely occur when we have a banking holiday imposed on the American people. Congress is complicit with the Obama administration in cutting food stamp benefits for 50 million Americans with virtually no warning.

Michigan State University sells deadly toxic waste to the public on its surplus website
(NaturalNews) An exclusive Natural News investigation reveals that Michigan State University (MSU) is eliminating toxic waste / deadly environmental toxins by selling them to the public as "surplus" materials. At least one of these materials can be weaponized by terrorists and used to poison municipal water supplies and cause widespread neurological damage to the population.

Election News

Bloomberg anti-gun group leader wants to replace recalled Colorado state senator
Daily Caller - A Democrat running for the seat once held by a Colorado state Senate leader recalled for supporting gun control has promised to pick up where John Morse left off.... Merrifield is a former Manitou Springs City Councilman and a four-term state representative, but he is also the former state director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the anti-gun organization headed by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Economy

Don’t Worry – The Government Says That The Inflation You See Is Just Your Imagination
Economic Collapse - You might have noticed that the government announced on Wednesday that the cost of living increase for Social Security beneficiaries will only be 1.5 percent next year. This is one of the smallest cost of living increases that we have ever seen. The federal government is able to get away with this because the official numbers say that there is hardly any inflation in the U.S. right now.

IMF: A Confiscation Tax is Headed Your Way
Activist Post - Now, I’m scared… And if you, too, care about preserving your personal wealth, then a new report released this month by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) should leave you paralyzed with fear and desperate to find measures to counteract the attack that will soon take aim at your pocketbook.

Energy & Environment

Oklahomans urged to buy earthquake insurance
bellinghamherald.com - A report released last week from the U.S. and Oklahoma Geological surveys suggests an earthquake "swarm" continues to affect central Oklahoma after a record 5.6-magnitude quake rattled Oklahoma in November 2011.

High School Cheerleaders’ Car Wash Shut Down Because It Violates “Environmental Laws”
Ben Swann - The cheerleading squad at Lincoln High School in San Jose wanted to attend a national competition in April. In order to finance the trip, the squad decided to host a car wash. This plan never materialized, however. The San Jose Environmental Services Department shut down the group’s car wash to “protect the environment.”

Large magma reservoir gets bigger
nature.com - The reservoir of molten rock underneath Yellowstone National Park in the United States is at least two and a half times larger than previously thought. Despite this, the scientists who came up with this latest estimate say that the highest risk in the iconic park is not a volcanic eruption but a huge earthquake.

How Will Your Teen Behave When the SHTF?
Activist Post - I watched the National Geographic show American Blackout on Sunday night with a friend. This part in particular got us thinking about the psychology of teenagers and young adults.

Health

If You’re Buying 1 Food Organic, Make Sure It’s This
Natural Blaze - According to Consumer Reports, disease-causing organisms were found in many of the samples it looked at. In all, 257 samples of ground turkey were run through laboratory tests, with 60% containing bacteria. What’s even more potentially alarming about these dangerous bacteria is that a large number were found to be resistant to at least three common antibiotic drugs.

Study: Quercetin Protects Against Heavy Metal Cadmium Toxicity (Linked to Autism)
Natural Society - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention list cadmium as number 7 in the 275 most hazardous substances. It’s a highly dangerous heavy metal that has been linked to impaired brain function, organ damage, and even autism. Good news: research indicates quercetin, an antioxidant compound found in onions, apples, and more, to actually counter the toxic effects of this dangerous metal.

What – You Still Believe Cholesterol Causes Heart Attacks?
Natural Society - A meta-analysis of properly performed previous studies on heart health and saturated fats concluded “there is no significant evidence for concluding that dietary saturated fat is associated with an increased risk of coronary heart disease or cardiovascular disease”.

Mother's Delivery of Her Baby in Hospital Leads To Flesh Eating Disease And Quadruple Amputation
Prevent Disease - The amount of midwives and natural birthing centers have been steadily increasing for years. Pregnant women who report tragic events at hospitals during the delivery of their newborns have also increased. One woman's experience in an Orlando hospital is a prime example supporting the statistical fact that medical errors in hospitals are the leading cause of death and injury nationwide.

Healthy gut bacteria help body regrow intestinal cells, surprised researchers discover
(NaturalNews) It is becoming common knowledge that the human intestinal system is dependent upon a diverse and populous mix of beneficial bacteria in order to maintain strong immunity and to function as designed. But new research out of Georgia has shown, perhaps for the first time, that natural gut bacteria is also necessary to repair and maintain a healthy intestinal cellular system and that gut microbes are fully capable of regrowing damaged or compromised tissue.

Probiotics and breastfeeding could help protect premature infants from infectious disease
(NaturalNews) Supplementation with probiotics may help prevent a serious and often deadly condition called necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) in premature infants, recent research has suggested. NEC refers to an extreme inflammation of the gut thought to be caused in part by infectious microbes.

Suppressed vitamin therapy cures depression
(NaturalNews) For over 60 years, the conventional psychiatric industry has systematically ignored the mental health benefits of niacin (vitamin B3) - as a natural way - to treat depression plus many other psychiatric disorders.

Sleep Is Critical for Brain Detoxification, Groundbreaking Research Finds
Dr. Mercola - Scientists have long tried to tease out the purpose of sleep, and countless studies have concluded that sleep is deeply interconnected with your health in a myriad of ways. As just one example, previous research has found that sleep deprivation has the same effect on your immune system as physical stress or illness.

9 Top Foods To Boost Your Brainpower
Dr. Mercola - If you could protect your brain against degeneration, nourish your neurons and even boost the production of neurotransmitters just by eating more delicious whole foods… would you do it?

Adrenal fatigue symptoms and seven ways to support and heal your adrenal glands
(NaturalNews) In our modern world, adrenal fatigue is extremely common and estimated by some experts to affect approximately 80 percent of the population to some degree. Adrenal fatigue is caused by all types of stress - physical and emotional - and if left unchecked, it can lead to other illnesses such as type 2 diabetes, thyroid disease and heart attack.

Science & Technology

34 Scientific Studies Showing Adverse Health Effects From Wi-Fi
Activist Post - Here is an excellent collection of scientific papers finding adverse biological effects or damage to health from Wi-Fi signals, Wi-Fi-enabled devices or Wi-Fi frequencies (2.4 or 5 GHz), complied by campaign group WiFi In Schools.

FCC Prepares Fairness Doctrine for the Internet
Kurt Nimmo - The Federal Communications Commission will facilitate the government’s prospective sovietization of private sector media with its “Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs,” a survey planned for a field test roll-out in 2014, according to a story posted on The Daily Caller today.

15 Reasons Online Anonymity is So Important
Activist Post - Anonymity is important to anyone who doesn't want every facet of their online life tied to a Google search of their name. It is important to anyone who is repulsed by the idea of an unrelenting data broker logging everything she has ever said, or shown interest in, in a permanent marketing profile. And more.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Your November To-Do List, Zone by Zone
Organic Gardening - Before you know it, the holidays will be upon us and we'll be talking about seed catalogs and spring planting. But for now, one of the best ways to slow down time is to spend it outside in the garden. Take a look at our zone-by-zone list and make the most of the season.

Survival/Preparedness

Emergency Evacuation Checklist
Natural Blaze - Time is of the essence when an emergency evacuation is concerned. You may only have a matter of minutes to escape your home, and if you aren’t prepared, then crucial information and supplies could be left. Whether you are evacuating due to a wildfire or hurricane, having a checklist to run through will keep things organized and running smoothly so you can evacuate swiftly.


Wednesday - October 30, 2013 - Today In History:
1817 - The independent government of Venezuela was established by Simon Bolivar.
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.
1938 - Orson Welles' "The War of the Worlds" aired on CBS radio. The belief that the realistic radio dramatization was a live news event about a Martian invasion caused panic among listeners.
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.
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.
1975 - Prince Juan Carlos assumed power in Spain as dictator Francisco Franco was near death.
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.
2001 - In New York City, U.S. President George W. Bush threw out the first pitch at Game 3 of the World Series between the New York Yankees and the Arizona Diamondbacks.

World News

Egypt arrests al-Qaeda militant previously jailed for Sadat murder
(Reuters) - Egyptian authorities have arrested an Islamist militant jailed over the assassination of Anwar Sadat, for plotting bomb attacks on behalf of al Qaeda since his release from prison in 2012, security sources said on Tuesday.

Yemen arrests top al-Qaeda militant
Press TV - Yemeni security forces have captured "one of al-Qaeda's most dangerous members" in the southeastern part of the country, a report says.

Rebels conduct new chemical weapons attack in Syria near Turkish border - report
RT - The rebels used chemical weapons in north-eastern Syria near the border with Turkey on Tuesday, a Lebanese TV channel Al-Mayadeen reported. The toxic shell exploded near a Kurdish defense forces’ checkpoint close to the border with Turkey in the city of Ras al-Ayn al-Hasakah.

Damascus, rebels coordinate to let 1,800 civilians flee siege
(Reuters) - A rare moment of coordination between the Syrian government and rebels enabled 1,800 civilians to flee a besieged town on the edge of Damascus on Tuesday, but thousands remain trapped with little food, water or medicine.

VIDEO: US drones have pattern of killing civilians
Press TV - “Various investigations by journalists and some people in the UN have shown that there has been a pattern of killing innocent civilians for several years with drones,” in Pakistan and Afghanistan, Gagnon told Press TV on Tuesday.

VIDEO: Pakistan victims of US drone attack brief Congress
Press TV - Victims of a US assassination drone strike in Pakistan have briefed the Congress about the attack, which left a family member dead.... "Nobody has ever told me why my mother was targeted that day,” the father said, adding, "All media reported three, four, five militants were killed. But only one person was killed that day. A mom, grandma, a midwife.”

VIDEO: NSA chief: European spy agencies collected and shared data with US
Press TV - In a stunning twist to America’s spying operations overseas, the head of the National Security Agency says that European spy services collected and shared phone records with the United States.

Deutsche Bank profits dwindle
Press TV - Germany’s biggest bank has announced that its net profits have dwindled in the third quarter after appropriating substantial funds for lawsuits.

NHS pulls the plug on its £11bn IT system
Independent - A plan to create the world's largest single civilian computer system linking all parts of the National Health Service is to be abandoned by the Government after running up billions of pounds in bills. Ministers are expected to announce next month that they are scrapping a central part of the much-delayed and hugely controversial 10-year National Programme for IT.

United Nations to Adopt Asteroid Defense Plan
disinfo.com - The U.N. plans to set up an “International Asteroid Warning Group” for member nations to share information about potentially hazardous space rocks.

It's Unsurprisingly Hard to Find People to Help Clean Up the Fukushima Nuclear Reactor
The Atlantic - Tokyo Electric Power Co., has acknowledged that an undersized and unstable pool of workers has led to a series of mishaps at the devastated Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant site.... In the months following the accident, Tepco claimed to have secured 24,000 workers, but some 16,000 quit within months due to harsh working conditions and the fear of dangerous radiation levels.

NSA stores data to target any citizen at any time - Greenwald
RT - The current revelations on the NSA’s spying are just the tip of the iceberg and affect “almost every country in the world,” said Glenn Greenwald. He stressed the NSA stores data for “as long as it can,” so they can target a citizen whenever they want.

UN confirms polio outbreak in Syria, aid agencies call for 'vaccination ceasefire'
RT - A polio outbreak in Syria has been confirmed by the World Health Organization (WHO). The news has prompted calls for a ‘vaccination ceasefire’ as the disease threatens to spread across the country and into neighboring states.

IDF keeps secret record of Palestinian olive groves attacks
RT - Palestinian olive groves are routinely attacked in territories under Israeli control, according to an IDF confidential document. Human rights groups slam the army for failure to prevent the incidents, which are seriously damaging the Palestinian economy.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

US Navy gets largest and most expensive destroyer ever
RT - After suffering numerous problems with the latest class of surface warships, the Navy is hoping for a win with the introduction of the largest destroyer in United States history.

Lawmakers face Thursday Obamacare deadline
Politico - House lawmakers and Senators must decide by Thursday who out of thousands of congressional aides will be placed in the District of Columbia’s health-insurance exchange, a controversial provision of the Affordable Care Act.

“Obama Built That” – Behold Obamacare In All Its Lines Of Code Glory
Zero Hedge - "Obama built that"... And now good luck tearing it down and its several hundred million lines of code, and rebuilding it from scratch.

Rand Paul says he will place hold on Janet Yellen nomination
Politico - Sen. Rand Paul said on Tuesday that he plans to place a hold on Janet Yellen’s nomination to be Federal Reserve chair to try and force a vote on a bill he argues would increase transparency at the central bank.
* Related Video: Ron Paul discusses Rand Paul’s efforts...

20 Drills that Prove the DHS’ Official New Enemy is the American People
Planet Infowars - Out of 47 “scenarios” being practiced by first responders during Urban Shield 2013 this October 25 – 28 in the San Francisco Bay Area, at least 20 of them are “domestic” – either stated explicitly, or implied...

Gun Grabbers Blame Toy Guns and Airsoft Guns For Police Shooting of 13-Year-Old
Kit Daniels - Gun control activists in California are blaming toy guns and airsoft guns for the fatal police shooting of a 13-year-old on Oct. 23... “These guns don’t belong on the street,” Karen Caves, de León’s spokesperson, said to Time. “They endanger children and they endanger police ...You can simply paint them some bright fluorescent colors that will give police an opportunity to easily identify them for what they really are and avoid this type of tragedy.”

Intelligence officials confirm White House, State Department approved surveillance of allied leaders
Activist Post - Current and former U.S. intelligence officials confirmed that both the White House and State Department knew about and approved of surveillance of the phone conversations of allied foreign leaders, according to The Los Angeles Times.

NSA ‘no longer spying’ on UN headquarters in New York – report
RT - “The United States is not conducting electronic surveillance targeting the United Nations headquarters in New York,” a senior Obama administration official told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity.

YouTube: Glenn Greenwald "Dick Cheney Engaged In Some Of The Most Radical & Criminal Conduct In The U.S.
October 29, 2013 CNN.

Obamacare could be ruled illegal in 36 states, federal judge allows lawsuit to move forward
(NaturalNews) Though a number of states went ahead and set up state-run insurance exchanges under the law, 36 did not. And as such, under the letter of Obamacare, the law's provisions don't apply there. At least, that's what the group of small businesses - and a federal court - are saying.

K9 Attacks Child When Cops Hide “a very small amount of illegal drugs” on 5th Graders to Demonstrate Their Omnipotent Power
The Daily Sheeple - An 11-year-old boy was bitten by a police dog during a simulated drug raid demonstration in Brazil, Indiana last week. The boy suffered puncture wounds to his calf when Max, the K-9 officer, bit him during a mock drug search presentation.

Thousands protest against police ahead of 13-year-old shooting victim’s funeral
RT - Over 1,000 people showed up to protest the death of Andy Lopez hours before the funeral for the 13-year-old boy was scheduled to take place. California police fatally shot Lopez last week when they saw him carrying what turned out to be a toy rifle.

Mother of Trayvon Martin urges end to ‘stand-your-ground’ laws
McClatchy - Trayvon Martin’s mother testified before a Senate panel Tuesday, urging states to amend their “stand-your-ground” laws.

Wait, What? The Alamo May Soon Fly The Blue United Nations Flag As An Official UN Heritage Site?
libertynews.com - Remember the Alamo… remember when it was an American icon? That may soon change... San Antonio, Texas Mayor Julián Castro is currently negotiating with the United Nations to designate the Alamo as a UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Site, meaning that a blue UN flag may fly above the historic shrine of liberty once it falls under UN control.

Civil Asset Forfeiture: “You Don’t Own That”
The Daily Sheeple - In civil asset forfeiture cases the government proceeds directly against your property. An individual doesn’t need to be convicted of a crime, so criminal procedure does not apply. And because the forfeiture is against the property, the owner is a third party claimant in related court proceedings.

Economy

The Ten US Cities With Less Than Ten Days Of Cash On Hand
Zero Hedge - As the Detroit bankruptcy hearing heats up following news that the city's unsecured creditors, among them pensioners, are set to recover pennies on the dollar, 16 to be precise, the question of which are the next cities to follow in the footsteps of bankrupt Motown, becomes relevant once again.

Congress To Eliminate The Debt By Not Counting It Anymore...
Zero Hedge - The more high-sounding the legislation, the more destructive its consequences. Case in point, HR 3293– the recently introduced Debt Limit Reform Act. Sounds great, right? After all, reforming the debt seems like a terrific idea. Except that’s not what the bill really does. They’re not reforming anything. HR 3293′s real purpose is to authorize the government to simply stop counting a massive portion of the US national debt.

10 Signs That Obamacare Is Going To Wreck The U.S. Economy
Economic Collapse - It is hard to find the words to adequately describe how much of a disaster Obamacare is turning out to be.

Feds report $9.7B loss on GM shares
The Detroit News - The U.S. Treasury has booked a $9.7 billion loss on its $49.5 billion bailout of General Motors Co. on the sale of nearly all of its shares it received as part of its $49.5 billion bailout. In a quarterly report to Congress Tuesday, the Special Inspector General overseeing the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program bailout fund disclosed that the Treasury had realized a significant loss on its sale of most of its 60.8 percent stake in GM.

Your share of the national debt is now $1.1 million
rare.us - According to the U.S. Debt Clock, total long term unfunded liabilities are at $126 trillion, a $1.1 million liability for each U.S. taxpayer.

Man buys $27 of bitcoin, forgets about them, finds they're now worth $886k
The Guardian - In April 2013, the value of bitcoin peaked at $266 before crashing to a low of $50 soon after. Since then, bitcoin has seen large fluctuations in its value, most recently following the seizure of online drugs marketplace Silk Road, plummeting before jumping $30 in one day to a high of $197 in October. Related article.

Energy & Environment

Something Is Killing Life All Over The Pacific Ocean – Could It Be Fukushima?
Activist Post - Why is there so much death and disease among sea life living near the west coast of North America right now? Could the hundreds of tons of highly radioactive water that are being released into the Pacific Ocean from Fukushima every single day have anything to do with it?
 

Health

Devastating Report: Cancer Misdiagnosed in Over 1.3 Million Cases
Natural Society - The National Cancer Institute has just confirmed via a newly released report that the ‘war on cancer’ over the last 30 years has led to more than 1.3 million people (primarily women) being wrongly diagnosed with cancer. This is not to mention that cancer rates have been continuously rising while incredibly expensive cancer treatments are failing.

Neurologist Warns of Neurodegenerative Disease Due to Chemtrail Toxins
Natural Society - A well-known neurologist explains how chemtrail toxins are responsible for the exploding rates of brain-disorders.

Study Finds Monsanto's Pesticides to Produce Cancer-Causing Fungi
Natural Society - A study shows how Monsanto's Roundup herbicide enhances the growth of cancer-causing fungi.

Compound in Broccoli Offers Significant Protection Against Radiation Sickness
Natural Society - Researchers found that a compound within cruciferous vegetables like broccoli could protect against radiation sickness and the death that usually follows.

Good Food on a Tight Budget
Environmental Working Group' - "Stretching your dollars to get a month's worth of healthy, filling food is a challenge. EWG assessed nearly 1,200 foods and hand-picked the best 100 or so that pack in nutrients at a good price, with the fewest pesticides, contaminants and artificial ingredients. Enjoy!

Top 10 Spices For Good Health
Natural Blaze - Much is made of using a variety of herbs and spices for good health. There’s a huge variety of tasty items available to be added to home cooking and various home remedies.

Amish Girl Being Forced into Experimental Chemotherapy Taken Out of US and Recovers with Natural Treatment
journal.livingfood.us - Father said 10-year-old Sarah would physically fight if the hospital tried to force her to be hooked up to the chemotherapy. She does not want it anymore. Unconfirmed reports say Warrants have been issued.

Chlorella decreases absorption of dietary fats
(NaturalNews) You may have heard that chlorella is a nutritionally powerful superfood, but did you know that research shows it can also reduce the absorption of fat in the gut, thereby possibly decreasing the risk of heart disease?

Science & Technology

Cryptolocker Virus Holds Your Files for Ransom
redorbit.com - A new piece of ransomware is giving Internet users one more reason to think twice before they click a link in an email. A virus known as Cryptolocker has been infecting PCs around the world and effectively holding the files within for ransom. Users who have their files locked up by the ransomware are currently paying $300 to $700 to the criminals who run the virus to gain control of their computer.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Report: Milk Could Skyrocket To $8 A Gallon If Farm Bill Not Passed
CBS News - Members of the House and Senate are scheduled to begin long-awaited negotiations on the five-year, roughly $500 billion bill this week. If they don’t finish it, dairy supports could expire at the end of the year and send the price of a gallon of milk skyward. KLTV reports that the price of milk could reach $8 a gallon.

Survival/Preparedness

How to Become an Awesome Prepper
Backdoor Survival - Whether you are just getting started or you are an old hand at prepping, today I describe 13 ways to become an awesome prepper along with some useful links to guide you along the way.


Tuesday - October 29, 2013 - Today In History:
1682 - William Penn landed at what is now Chester, PA. He was the founder of Pennsylvania.
1863 - The International Committee of the Red Cross was founded.
1901 - Leon Czolgosz, the assassin of U.S. President McKinley, was electrocuted.
1923 - Turkey formally became a republic after the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire. The first president was Mustafa Kemal, later known as Kemal Ataturk.
1929 - America's Great Depression began with the crash of the Wall Street stock market.
1940 - The first peacetime military draft began in the U.S.
1945 - The first ballpoint pens to be made commercially went on sale at Gimbels Department Store in New York at the price of $12.50 each.
1956 - "The Huntley-Brinkley Report" premiered on NBC. The show replaced "The Camel News Caravan.
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 - 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 - 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.
2001 - KTLA broadcasted the first coast to coast HDTV network telecast.

World News

VIDEO: Former US Marine gives verbal tongue lashing to Israeli Shill
Investment Watch Blog - Couldn’t have said it better myself.

Barack Obama’s Twitter & Facebook Hijacked by Syrian Electronic Army
Paul Joseph Watson - President Obama’s official Twitter and Facebook accounts – which have a combined audience of 76 million followers – were hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army and used to promote a link to a video which highlights how US-backed rebels are committing terror attacks in Syria. The account was compromised less than a day after Obama’s presidential campaign website was also hacked by the SEA.

US drone attack kills two in Somalia
Press TV - At least two people have been killed in an attack carried out by a US assassination drone in southern Somalia, an al-Shabab militant and a senior US military official have said.

China sends vessels to disputed islands
Press TV - China sends four coastguard vessels to waters around a chain of disputed islands in the East China Sea as a territorial dispute between Beijing and Tokyo carries on.

Fukushima Is Here
Washington’s Blog - An ocean current called the North Pacific Gyre is bringing Japanese radiation to the West Coast of North America... While many people assume that the ocean will dilute the Fukushima radiation, a previously-secret 1955 U.S. government report concluded that the ocean may not adequately dilute radiation from nuclear accidents, and there could be “pockets” and “streams” of highly-concentrated radiation.

Israel Responsible for Hacking Millions of French Phones?
Activist Post - Mossad's credentials are notorious. They're well known. It's expertise is acknowledged. Its rap sheet is longstanding and nefarious. Its tactics include targeted assassinations, satellite, drone and other type spying, hacking and espionage expertise, computer viruses, other cyber attacks, bombings, sabotage, and other lawless practices.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

YouTube: Former Marine Ken O'Keefe in an Amazing Debate with Lee Kaplan and tells it like it is!

Dick Cheney enters the 'No Spin Zone'
Fox News - Former Vice President talks about the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and what the U.S. was able to achieve in both.

Update from Sheriff Mack at the the Liberty County Courthouse in Florida
orlytaitzesq.com - Well, I was wrong! I never thought the case against Sheriff Nick Finch would make it to trial, but that is exactly what is going to happen, tomorrow morning, October 29, 2013 at 0900.... The charges against this good man have been so flimsy and frivolous that I was certain a trial would be out of the question. But the tyrants are moving forward with their agenda to stop Sheriffs in their tracks and to make them answerable to the State! Related: video/article

Public Wants Labels for Food Nanotech – and They’re Willing to Pay for It
Activist Post - New research from North Carolina State University and the University of Minnesota finds that people in the United States want labels on food products that use nanotechnology – whether the nanotechnology is in the food or is used in food packaging. The research also shows that many people are willing to pay more for the labeling.

YouTube: OFFICIAL TRAILER 2 - CROSSHAIRS: The Internal Revenue Scandal - #N3
Jun 25, 2013 - Since at least 2011, the IRS has carried out another role -- that of harassing and persecuting the Obama administration's political rivals, while granting special privileges to his allies. Anybody who belonged to a group with words like "Patriot" or "Tea Party" in its name found himself in the IRS's cross-hairs...

Doctors warn if they participate in Obamacare, they'll go broke
(NaturalNews) One of the things I hear most from supporters of Obamacare (yes, they are still there) is that finally, millions of Americans who previously did not have health insurance will get coverage and have full access to the nation's healthcare system.

RATE SHOCK: Obamacare causing 539% increase in health insurance costs for Texans (see proof)
(NaturalNews) It is crucial for the White House that the Healthcare.gov website continue to fail, because once the site actually starts functioning, Americans are going to be hit with such devastating rate shock that the Obama administration may never recover.

Michael Savage Launches Investigation Into Missing Nukes
Anthony Gucciardi - Since we originally reported on the high level military intelligence revealing that an unsigned nuclear weapons transfer had taken place back on September 3rd, an absurdly high number of red flag events lending credibility to the intel have followed.

60 Minutes Confirms Benghazi Is A Real Scandal, And You’ve Been Lied To
Liberty Crier - The events of that night have been overshadowed by misinformation, confusion and intense partisanship. But for those who lived through it, there’s nothing confusing about what happened, and they share a sense of profound frustration because they say they saw it coming.

VIDEO: Nearly 1.5 Million Lose Health Insurance Due to ObamaCare
Breitbart - By merely adding up recent media reports, the National Center for Public Policy Research discovered that 1.5 million insurance cancellations have already gone out.

Obama admin. knew millions could not keep their health insurance
NBC News - President Obama repeatedly assured Americans that after the Affordable Care Act became law, people who liked their health insurance would be able to keep it. But millions of Americans are getting or are about to get cancellation letters for their health insurance under Obamacare, say experts, and the Obama administration has known that for at least three years.

Florida Woman’s Insurance Rate Increases 10X Under Obamacare
The Weekly Standard - "When I got this bill, I was outraged," CBS quotes a 56-year-old Florida resident who got dropped from her health care plan. Her new plan will be 10 times higher than what she's paying now, jumping from $54 a month to $591.

72 Types Of Americans That Are Considered “Potential Terrorists” In Official Government Documents
blacklistednews.com - The groups of people in the list above are considered “problems” that need to be dealt with. In some of the documents referenced above, members of the military are specifically warned not to have anything to do with such groups.

AP Photo: Checkpoint Cops Point Guns at Americans’ Heads
Paul Joseph Watson - Fallujah-style security comes to Sacramento. After a gang member shot and injured several law enforcement officials before going into hiding in a Sacramento suburb on Friday, police responded by setting up a checkpoint and aiming guns at innocent people’s heads, an AP photo shows.

Police Cars Fitted With Launchable Tracking Device Technology
Story Leak - Troopers from the Iowa State Patrol have joined the growing number of departments across the country arming their police cars with a new launchable GPS tracking device, aimed at stopping dangerous police chases.

Election News

McCain Thinks Hillary is a Strong Candidate for 2016
Kurt Nimmo - Establishment Republican, Arizona Senator John McCain, has once again demonstrated there is not a dime’s worth of difference between Democrat and Republican presidential candidates.

YouTube: Jesse Benton "Chief Negotiator" in 200k+ Sorenson Bribery Scandal
Aug 7, 2013 - Jesse Benton, former Chairman of the Ron Paul Presidential Campaign has found himself mired in an alleged bribery scandal stemming from claims he initiated payoffs to structure the resignation of Bachmann Campaign Chairman Kent Sorenson during the 2012

Housing Market

Judge: ‘Foreclosure King’ David J. Stern should lose law license
stopforeclosurefraud.com - Robosigning king David J. Stern visited “massive injury” on Florida’s foreclosure system and should be stripped of his license to practice law, a judge said Monday.

Health

How Coconut Oil May Rescue The Brain From Alzheimer's Disease
Green Med Info - Recent anecdotal reports claim coconut oil produces remarkable recoveries from Alzheimer's disease, but is there research to support this? Now, a new study published in the Journal of Alzheiner's Disease shows that a mechanism for coconut oil's brain rescuing properties does in fact exist.

7 Most Disgusting Ingredients Used To Make Vaccines
Green Med Info - As you read this list, understand cell lines and vaccines do become contaminated. This is often hidden under the term "adventitious agents."

Hospital and Judge try to Force Mom into C-Section Against her Will
Natural Society - The medical bias toward cesarean births is getting out of hand. Though less than 5-10% of women ever give birth on their due dates, determined by medical science, one woman recently lost custody of her child for over three years for refusing to succumb to a cesarean birth. Though her doctors vehemently prescribed the procedure, requiring a ‘pre-authorization’ before she was anywhere near her delivery date.

CSIRO GMO Wheat can Silence Human Genes, Causes Early Death
Natural Society - Two Australian researchers have found that CSIRO-developed GMO wheat which was created to silence particular genes within the crop can also silence certain rNA and DNA sequences in the human body, causing fatality as early as age five or six.

Bee Pollen: 50/1000th of a Millimeter Particle is a Complete Superfood
Natural Society - Made up of 40% perfect protein with all the essential amino acids, just one teaspoon of bee pollen contains approximately 2.5 billion grains. A quarter of this is protein which can be used immediately by the body as soon as it is ingested.

Healthy Recipe: Raw Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownie
Prevent Disease - Looking for a chocolate chip brownie that is raw, grain free, dairy free, egg free and of course bake-free? This is it and it is divine.

Science & Technology

Pentagon’s DARPA works on reading brains in real time
RT - The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is investing $70 million to develop a new implant that can track, and respond to, brain signals in real time. The goal of the new project, dubbed “Systems-Based Neurotechnology for Emerging Therapies” (SUBNETS), is to gather new information via more advanced brain implants in order to reach the next level of effective neuropsychological treatment. DARPA is hoping to have the new implant developed within five years.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

10 Hardy Perennial Plants You Can Eat
Off The Grid - Articles abound as to what to plant in your garden each year to get the best harvest. Did you know that you can create a permanent garden of sorts on your land that will come back from year to year with little effort? All the better if you live in a climate that tends to be colder or shorter seasoned than most climates.

Survival/Preparedness

14 Winter Survival Tips
howtosurviveit.comWinter survival is no joke; things you can get away with in other seasons can get you killed in the winter. All it takes is one wrong move, failing to bring the right gear, or dressing improperly to turn a beautiful, snowy day into a nightmare. To help you stay safe and survive the unique challenges of winter, I’ve put together a list of winter survival tips...


Monday - October 28, 2013 - Today In History:
1636 - Harvard College was founded in Massachusetts. The original name was Court of Massachusetts Bay Colony. It was the first school of higher education in America.
1776 - The Battle of White Plains took place during the American Revolutionary War.
1793 - Eli Whitney applied for a patent for his cotton gin.
1886 - The Statue of Liberty was dedicated in New York Harbor by U.S. President Cleveland. The statue weighs 225 tons and is 152 feet tall. It was originally known as "Liberty Enlightening the World."
1904 - The St. Louis Police Department became the first to use fingerprinting.
1919 - The U.S. Congress enacted the Volstead Act, also known as the National Prohibition Act. Prohibition was repealed in 1933 with the passing of the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
1922 - Benito Mussolini took control of the Italian government and introduced fascism to Italy.
1936 - The Statue of Liberty was rededicated by U.S. President Roosevelt on its 50th anniversary.
1940 - During World War II, Italy invaded Greece.
1949 - U.S. President Harry Truman swore in Eugenie Moore Anderson as the U.S. ambassador to Denmark. Anderson was the first woman to hold the post of ambassador.
1962 - Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev informed the U.S. that he had ordered the dismantling of Soviet missile bases in Cuba.
1965 - Pope Paul VI issued a decree absolving Jews of collective guilt for the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
1965 - The Gateway Arch along the waterfront in St. Louis, MO, was completed.
1976 - John D. Erlichman, a former aide to U.S. President Richard Nixon, entered a federal prison camp in Safford, AZ, to begin serving his sentence for Watergate-related convictions.
1982 - Soviet premier Leonid Brezhnev condemned the U.S. for arms buildup.
1983 - The U.S. vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution "deeply deploring" the ongoing U.S.-led invasion of Grenada.
1990 - Iraq announced that it was halting gasoline rationing.
1994 - U.S. President Clinton visited Kuwait and implied that all the troops there would be home by Christmas.
1996 - The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained a record 337.17 points (or 5%). The day before the Dow had dropped 554.26 points (or 7%).

World News

Five Israeli military aircraft skim Lebanon skies
Press TV - Five Israeli military aircraft have penetrated Lebanese airspace and flown over parts of the country in flagrant violation of a UN Security Council resolution.

Egyptian ex-army officer was suicide bomber, militants claim
Washington Times - An ex-Egyptian army officer carried out the suicide bombing last month that unsuccessfully targeted the country’s interior minister, a video posted online Saturday by al-Qaeda-inspired militants claims.

Former U.S. Official Says Every Drone Attack in Yemen Creates 40 to 60 New Enemies
AllGov - Nabeel Khoury, deputy chief of mission in Yemen from 2004 to 2007, says that for every al-Qaeda operative killed by a U.S. drone, another 40 to 60 new enemies are created as a result of this strategy.

New Regulations Threaten Freedom of the Press in UK
pjmedia.com - In a move that would be unthinkable to most Americans, politicians in Britain are on the brink of introducing statutory regulation of the press in a bid to curb what they see as the excesses of the nation’s newspapers. Those behind the proposals are taking advantage of the lack of explicit free speech or press freedom protections in the UK’s piecemeal constitution, which is partly written and partly based on convention. At the end of the day, what Parliament says, goes.

Germany, Brazil enlist 19 more countries for anti-NSA UN resolution
RT - Twenty-one countries, including US allies France and Mexico, have now joined talks to hammer out a UN resolution that would condemn “indiscriminate” and “extra-territorial” surveillance, and ensure “independent oversight” of electronic monitoring.

Canadians sue their own government over domestic spying
News Forage - On Tuesday, Canadian activists announced they were suing Canada's equivalent of the National Security Agency. A coalition of Internet and privacy groups represented by the British Columbia Civil Liberties Union filed suit Tuesday against the Communications Security Establishment Canada.

In China, cockroaches now being farmed, powdered and sold to pharmaceutical companies as medicine
(NaturalNews) ...in China, cockroaches have become big business, with prodigious entrepreneurs now intentionally raising them by the millions for the purpose of selling them to pharmaceutical companies as a form of medicine.

19 Syrian rebel groups refuse to take part in Geneva-2 peace talks
RT - A total of 19 Syrian rebel groups fighting against President Bashar Assad’s regime have refused to take part in the upcoming Geneva-2 peace conference, brokered by Russia and the United States and planned for November.

VIDEO: Threat against Syria talks outrageous: Russia FM
Press TV - Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has described as “outrageous” a threat by foreign-backed militants in Syria against those who plan to attend the peace talks in Geneva.

66 killed in day of carnage as 11 car bombs rip through Iraq
RT - Ten car bombs ripped through the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, killing at least 42 and wounding dozens more, officials said. Further attacks, including a separate blast targeting soldiers in the northern city of Mosul, killed dozens more across Iraq.

US intercepts tens of millions of phone calls in Spain – report
RT - During a single month last year the US National Security Agency intercepted some 60 million phone calls in Spain, newly leaked documents from Edward Snowden reveal, according to a report to be published in Spanish daily The World.

Japan nuke regulator urges ‘drastic steps’ at Fukushima
ABC News - In their first meeting since Japan created a new, more independent nuclear agency 13 months ago, the top regulator urged the head of the utility that runs the crippled Fukushima power plant on Monday to take "drastic steps" to mitigate a spate of mishaps at the complex.

7.3 magnitude earthquake off Japan prompts Fukushima plant evacuation
RT - October 25, 2013 - An earthquake of 7.3 magnitude has hit 231 miles (371 kilometers) east of Japan’s Honshu Island with tremors felt in Tokyo. The quake prompted an evacuation at the devastated Fukushima Daiichi plant and sent tsunami fears across 5 prefectures.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

YouTube: 9/11 - The Truth In 5 Minutes - by James Corbett

Obama’s Military Purge Removes 197 Officers (AND COUNTING) AS DHS TAKES OVER STREETS (VIDEO)
beforeitsnews.com - At the same time that Obama is purging the military, he has been busy keeping one of his campaign pledges, which is to create a “civilian national security force, just as strong, just as well funded as the U.S. military”. There can be little doubt that DHS fits that bill. This is the same DHS that has solicited for 1.6 billion rounds of hollow point bullets they claim are for “training”. The question is, why train with hollow point bullets that are not only much more expensive but designed to do maximum damage, and illegal for warfare?

#StopWatchingUs rally against mass surveillance: Live Updates
RT - Thousands have marched on the National Mall in Washington, DC to protest covert NSA surveillance operations on the anniversary of the Patriot Act. The organizers have presented Congress with a petition which has acquired over 580,000 signatures.

Massive Barge On San Francisco Bay Likely Secret Google Facility
KPIX 5 -The U.S. Navy had its share of secrets on Treasure Island, but few were better kept than what’s taking place on a mysterious barge just off the island.

VIDEO: Gunboats Seen Patrolling in Eden Isles, Louisiana
From the Trenches - Gunboats, unmarked, fully equipped patrolling in Eden Isles or doing maneuvers? This is taking place in the canals around Slidell, Louisiana. These are military gun boats. No one has seen this in this area before.

Sandy Hook: Lanza owned two homes on Yogananda street
sandyhooktruth.com Jan 10, 2013 - I’ve been looking at the property records on Yogananda Street where Nancy Lanza reportedly lived with Adam, 36 Yogananda to be exact. I noticed some very interesting things while going through these records. First, Peter Lanza not only owned 36 Yogananda, he also owned 13 Yogananda.

Armed Agents Seize Records Of Reporter, Washington Times Prepares Legal Action
Washington Times - Maryland state police and federal agents used a search warrant in an unrelated criminal investigation to seize the private reporting files of an award-winning former investigative journalist for The Washington Times who had exposed problems in the Homeland Security Department's Federal Air Marshal Service.

YouTube: Spy Drone Can See What You are Wearing From 17,500 Feet
A new camera developed by the Pentagon's research arm was highlighted in a recent special on PBS' "Nova" in an episode called "Rise of the Drones." It's a camera system so detailed it can discern specific movements and even what a subject is wearing.

Michelle Obama's College Classmate's Firm Built Obamacare Website Disaster
Freedom Outpost - In mid-October The Washington Examiner reported that Federal Officials only considered one firm to build the epic fail now known as healthcare.gov. When that story broke, you had to suspect that someone probably had a kickback coming. Richard Pollock reported on October 13th...

Video: Texas Police Arrest Legal Gun Owners At Gun Rally
Liberty Crier - lack powder carriers were arrested at the Texas capitol as tourist looked on. Open Carry Texas president CJ Grisham and others, including an Infowars reporter were manhandled by DPS.

Cop hits girl with motorcycle, then shoots angry father dead
Raw Story - An off-duty Chicago police officer is under investigation after a motorcycle accident turned first into a street fight, and then into a shooting.

Father Shot And Killed As Police Try To Take Child
Off The Grid - William Reddie, a 32-year-old single father from Michigan, was shot and killed as local Child Protective Services (CPS) officials and police officers attempted to remove his 3-year-old son from the home. An anonymous tipster claiming that Reddie had marijuana in the home set off a string of incidents which turned a happy toddler into an orphan – and led a local newspaper to conduct its own investigation and issue its own report.

Obama Is Shocked, Shocked To Learn Everyone's Phone Was Bugged
Zero Hedge - The Obama administration, which has a spotless track record in taking credit for everything that goes right (all of which is thanks to Bernanke's flooding the world with record liquidity as when the No Free Lunch bill comes due, it will be some other president's clean up), has an even more impeccable history of deflecting responsibility for all that goes wrong.

California Cops Impose Police State Following Shooting
Kurt Nimmo - If a cop or some other official of the government gets shot in your neighborhood, expect the imposition of a police state and the termination of the Bill of Rights. That’s what happened in Roseville, California, on Friday night following a shootout between a parolee and law enforcement.

Cop Fired After Shooting, Pepper Spraying Squirrel In Crowded Store
Story Leak - After property owner Carl Duffield failed to reach animal control, Officer Jody Putnam responded in an attempt to rid the Dollar General of its rouge rodent. According to police records, Putnam entered the store and began firing at the squirrel, firing as many as three shots according to witnesses.

Economy

29 Incredible Facts Which Prove That Poverty In America Is Absolutely Exploding
Economic Collapse - Did you know that the number of Americans on welfare is higher than the number of Americans that have full-time jobs? Did you know that 1.2 million public school students in the U.S. are currently homeless?

Food stamps sold for cash on Craigslist
(NaturalNews) The Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, or SNAP - better known as food stamps - is the fastest growing federal entitlement program, and one of the most abused.

2013 Presidential Dollar Melt Value
coinflation.com - $0.0550918 is the melt value for the 2007-2013 Presidential golden dollar on October 25, 2013.

Detroit Pensioners Face Miserable 16 Cent On The Dollar Recovery
Zero Hedge - [...] It is the same kind of violent and anguished repricing that all unsecrued creditors in the coming wave of heretofore "denialed" municipal bankruptcy filings will have to undergo. Starting with Detroit, where as Reuters reports, the recovery to pensioners, retirees and all other unsecured creditors will be.... 16 cents on the dollar!... or less than what Greek bondholders got in the country's latest (and certainly not final) bankruptcy.

A black box in your car? Some see a source of tax revenue
LA Times - The devices would track every mile you drive —possibly including your location — and the government would use the data to draw up a tax bill.... The devices, which track every mile a motorist drives and transmit that information to bureaucrats, are at the center of a controversial attempt in Washington and state planning offices to overhaul the outdated system for funding America's major roads.

Energy & Environment

EPA destroys last US lead smelting business
sipseystreetirregulars.com - Whatever the EPA's motivation when creating the new lead air quality standard, increasingly restrictive regulation of lead is likely to affect the production and cost of traditional ammunition.... What is clear is that after the Herculaneum smelter closes its doors in December, entirely domestic manufacture of conventional ammunition, from raw ore to finished cartridge, will be impossible.

The EPA Legally Controls All Water, Food Production and Private Property
Activist Post - Under the new guidelines, if you use well water, the EPA has jurisdiction over your property and can even forcibly evict you and your family. If it rained overnight, or you have runoff from a recent snowfall, and there is any resulting puddles on your property, this can result in the loss of the free use of your property. You are also subject to eviction from your land if your property resides above an underground water aquifer.

292 Unreported Oil Pipeline Leaks in North Dakota in less than 2 Years
AllGov - Farmer Steven Jensen discovered a six-inch fountain of oil bubbling up from his land and reported a pipeline spill. Investigators determined that a quarter-sized hole in a Tesoro Logistics pipeline had befouled at least seven acres of Jensen’s farm with more than 865,000 gallons/20,600 barrels of oil, making it one of the largest inland oil pipeline accidents in U.S. history. Nevertheless, North Dakota officials kept the massive oil spill a secret for eleven days.

Health

New York School’s Plan to Go Vegetarian Is an All-Around Success
care2.com - A public school in Queens, N.Y., decided to take it one step further. The school, P.S. 244, is the first in the nation to offer a 100 percent vegetarian lunch menu. That’s right, no more sloppy joes or scary meatloaf. Instead 400 students in grades pre-K through 3 choose from options like organic roasted tofu, braised black beans and falafel.

Kay is healing pancreatic cancer naturally after treatment failed
chrisbeatcancer.com - This was a sweet, wonderful interview. Meeting people face to face that you’ve unknowingly helped in their healing journey can be a bit emotional. So yeah, I got a little choked up at the end. (Shocker)

Study Reveals How Turmeric Inhibits Pancreatic Cancer Cell Growth
Natural Society - While treatment is often considered futile in this highly lethal form of cancer, a new study indicates a turmeric extract could provide a reasonable chemotherapy alternative.

Women: Chlorella supplementation reduces risk of anemia, edema and proteinuria during pregnancy
(NaturalNews) One answer for low iron, folate, and vitamin B12 levels is chlorella supplementation. This green algae is perfect for pregnant women, welcoming blood-building, vascular-strengthening whole food nutritional powers.

Future Doctors Unprepared to Manage Pain
Dr. Mercola - Though the featured study took place in Europe, it echoes a similar trend identified in the US and Canada by a separate study published in The Journal of Pain. Most of the schools offered pain education as only a part of general education courses. Less than 4 percent of the schools had a required course in pain and many offered no dedicated courses at all.

What’s That Smell? Exotic Scents Made From Re-engineered Yeast
cornucopia.org - If it's not insidious enough that unregulated, synthetic chemicals are being sprayed as "air fresheners" in public restrooms nationwide, and even in hospitals, or as "trademarks scents" by hotel chains like Hilton Garden Inn and Hyatt Place, now we might be breathing in genetically modified organisms.

Top seven natural cures for cancer that got buried by the FDA, AMA, CDC
(NaturalNews) How do you keep the spread of cancer "growing"? Bury the cure. How do you keep 1.5 million Americans "infested" yearly with mutated cells that multiply uncontrollably? You breed cancer in food and medicine. How many years ago did America start this evil strategy to make people sick and deny them the cure?

Ginger Root Kills Ovarian & Prostate Cancer Cells Better than Chemo
Natural Society - Thanks to research from the University of Michigan and nearly three centuries of medicinal use, we can now utilize ginger root to not only kill ovarian cancer cells, but also prostate cancer cells with zero toxicity.

Compound Found in Grape Skins Could Help Treat Cancer and More
Dr. Mercola - Resveratrol, a potent antioxidant found in a number of plants, including red grape skins, pomegranate, raw cacao, peanuts, and berries like raspberries and mulberries, is known to have a number of beneficial health effects. The compound is produced by plants to increase their survival and resistance to disease during times of stress, such as excessive ultraviolet light, infections and climate changes. When you consume these plants, you can reap similar protection.

The Vegetable That Every Cancer Patient Must Eat!
Natural Blaze - Cabbage is one of those healthy vegetables that doesn’t get promoted as much as other superstars like broccoli or kale, but that’s a shame! Cabbage is full of a number of healthful ingredients that could help protect you.

Quinoa questionable as a gluten free grain
(NaturalNews) Cultivated in the Andes for over 5,000 years, quinoa is a grain-like seed that has long been used by the gluten-free community for its high nutritional offering and protein content (roughly 18 percent). A super grain thought to be reliable for the celiac community, recent studies have now linked certain quinoa varieties to have sufficient toxicity for celiac patients.

Unraveling food industry lies - Many honey and spice products are counterfeit
(NaturalNews) It might be a hard pill for many people to swallow, but a significant segment of the food industry is built on a foundation of lies and deception. Grocery store and supermarket shelves everywhere are literally filled to the brim with products that claim to be one thing, but are really something else, including many unsuspecting food ingredients like cinnamon, honey, and saffron, for instance.

Science & Technology

Partnership between Facebook and police could make planning protests impossible
News Forage - A partnership between police departments and social media sites discussed at a convention in Philadelphia this week could allow law enforcement to keep anything deemed criminal off the Internet—and even stop people from organizing protests.

Rock, paper, surveillance: US Army investing in smarter ‘spy rocks’
End the Lie - The official name given to the technology is SPAN – or Self-Powered Ad-hoc Network – a “covert, perpetually self-powered wireless sensor network” that offers its users “unobtrusive, continuous surveillance” at sizes so small it could fit into a rock. When remotely triggered, the self-organizing sensors can do anything from starting up a camera to ordering a computer to alert human personnel when a civil structure is in danger or simply disrepair.

Neuroscientists 'Plant False Memories' in Mice, Are Humans Next?
Natural Society - Scientists are planting false memories in the brain, and it can't tell the difference between a ‘real’ and ‘fake’ one.

Survival/Preparedness

Expert: “What People Have Got to Know is That They’re On Their Own, Literally…”
Mac Slavo - Over the coming weeks millions of Americans will be tuning in to NatGeo’s new American Blackout film about surviving in a post-power grid collapse environment that lacks electricity, fresh water and the normal flow of commerce. For most it will be nothing more than standard evening entertainment, but what if such an event turns out to be a future American reality?

Pet News

For the first time, FDA proposes safety rules for pet food manufacturers (and they actually make sense)
(NaturalNews) On the FDA Voice blog, Daniel McChesney, Ph.D. explains that the proposed new regulations would "require facility owners to have a food safety plan and to have controls in place to minimize any potential hazards."

Humor & Satire

President Ronald Reagan Humor
Daily Paul - You will LOVE this one! Be sure to watch to the end!


Friday - October 25, 2013 - Today In History:
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 caualties. 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.
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 Stevenson presented photo 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.
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

Rebels form shadow govt. in east Libya
Press TV - The leaders of a rebel movement have unilaterally declared the formation of a shadow government in oil-rich eastern Libya, dealing another blow to the central government in the capital Tripoli.

VIDEO: 'US heavily dependent on Bahrain regime’
Press TV - “The US is heavily dependent on the Bahraini government for giving them a military base there, a naval base. And so the US is very reluctant to criticize the Al Khalifa government in Bahrain for that reason,” said Bill Beeman, a professor with the University of Minnesota, in an interview with Press TV on Thursday.

Each U.S. Troop In Afghanistan Now Costs $2.1 Million
Defense One - The average cost of each U.S. troop in Afghanistan will nearly double in the last year of the war to $2.1 million, according to a new analysis of the Pentagon’s budget. For the past five years, from fiscal 2008 through 2013, the average troop cost had held steady at roughly $1.3. million. But the Pentagon’s 2014 war budget would dramatically increase that figure.

NSA monitored calls of 35 world leaders after US official handed over contacts
Daily Mail - The National Security Agency has monitored the phone conversations of at least 35 world leaders after being given their numbers by an official in another government department, according to a classified document leaked by whistle-blower Edward Snowden. The confidential memo reveals that senior officials in 'customer' departments such the White House and the Pentagon were encouraged to share their ‘Rolodexes’ of contact details with the NSA.

VIDEO: US warships to remain off Syria coast, reports say
Press TV - The US Navy is reportedly set to keep some warships off the coast of Syria, although chances of a military strike against the Arab country have grown slim.

VIDEO: US senator threatens Afghans over deal
Press TV - The chairman of the US Senate Armed Services Committee has said he would not support continued aid to Afghanistan if there is no acceptable security deal between Kabul and Washington.

The CIA Has A Secret Pact with Pakistan to Bomb Their Country?
Activist Post - On the surface, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has met with Obama to condemn the drone program; however, according to a new Washington Post report detailed in the video below, the CIA has long been cataloging and communicating their strikes inside Pakistan with Pakistani officials perhaps as early as 2007.

Germany, Brazil Turn to U.N. to Restrain American Spies
foreignpolicy.com - Brazil and Germany today joined forces to press for the adoption of a U.N. General Resolution that promotes the right of privacy on the internet, marking the first major international effort to restrain the National Security Agency's intrusions into the online communications of foreigners, according to diplomatic sources familiar with the push.

Snowden disputes Feinstein claim that NSA spying isn't 'surveillance'
National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden on Thursday disputed Sen. Dianne Feinstein's (D-Calif.) claim that the government's phone record collection program is not "surveillance." "Today, no telephone in America makes a call without leaving a record with the NSA. Today, no Internet transaction enters or leaves America without passing through the NSA's hands," Snowden said in a statement Thursday.

Officials alert foreign services that Snowden has documents on their secret cooperation with U.S.
Washington's Blog - U.S. officials are alerting some foreign intelligence services that documents detailing their secret cooperation with the United States have been obtained by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, according to government officials.

BRICS Countries Build New Internet to Avoid NSA Spying
Paul Joseph Watson - BRICS countries are close to completing a brand new Internet backbone that would bypass the United States entirely and thereby protect both governments and citizens from NSA spying.

Citi forecasts Greek devastation, unstoppable debt spirals in Italy and Portugal
The Telegraph - If Citigroup is right, the slight rebound in Europe over the summer will not be enough to stop Club Med going from bad to worse, with a string of soft defaults/restructurings.

McDonald's sues Australian town for rejecting its fast food garbage
(NaturalNews) Plans by fast food giant McDonald's to build its first restaurant in the Australian town of Tecoma, located in the state of Victoria, are being challenged by nearly 100,000 individuals who recently signed a petition demanding that McDonald's stay out of the area.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Casino Mogul and GOP Backer Sheldon Adelson Tells Obama to Nuke Iran
Kurt Nimmo - Appearing at the Yeshiva University in New York earlier this week, a prominent supporter of the GOP and backer of Mitt Romney during the last election cycle, Sheldon Adelson, said Obama should drop a nuke on Iran instead of negotiating with its new president, Hassan Rouhani.

John McCain Chewed Out By Phoenix Resident Supporting for Al Qaeda in Syria
21stcenturywire.com - This is beginning to become a regular occurence, and McCain has the arrogance to say he’ll run for another term as Senator in 2016. But it’s worse than that… The absent-minded Senator was ambushed by an intelligent constituent…

Hillary Clinton Heckled: “Benghazi, You Let Them Die!”
Real Clear Politics - Former First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton spoke to a large crowd at the University at Buffalo Wednesday night, as part of the university's Distinguished Speaker Series, and was heckled.

HealthCare.gov: Team Obama and Its Dysfunctional 500 Million Lines of Code
Kurt Nimmo - 500 million lines of code? Really. Windows Vista, the notoriously bloated and slow computer operating system, only had 50 million lines of code. “If you contract something out and get 500 million lines of code back, there’s no way it’s going to work correctly,” noted Slate’s vice president for technology, Dan Check.

Does Army consider Christians, Tea Party, a terror threat?
Fox News - Soldiers attending a pre-deployment briefing at Fort Hood say they were told that evangelical Christians and members of the Tea Party were a threat to the nation and that any soldier donating to those groups would be subjected to punishment under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

Marines to wear ‘girly’ hats
New York Post - Thanks to a plan by President Obama to create a “unisex” look for the Corps, officials are on the verge of swapping out the Marines’ iconic caps – known as “covers” — with a new version that some have derided as so “girly” that they would make the French blush.

Texas judge forced to resign after caught texting instructions to assistant DA during trial
techdirt.com - The good news is that Coker is being stripped of all of her judicial power. Once the resignation goes through, she won’t even be able to perform a wedding. The bad news is that this texting incident was only one of several alleged incidents in which Coker undermined the justice system.

Crime Is Getting Worse: Violent Crime In America Increased By 15 Percent Last Year
Economic Collapse - According to a government survey that was just released, violent crime in the United States increased by 15 percent last year, and property crime was up by 12 percent. If violent crime keeps increasing at this rate, it will approximately double in just six years.

Shock: Cop Buys Shoplifter Groceries
Adan Salazar - Nearly everyday we’re subjected to police corruption horror stories that try us to the very fabrics of our souls, so much so that a positive story – one in which an officer actually serves the public – is a welcomed sight.

CareFirst says 76,000 customers will lose current coverage due to Obamacare
Washington Examiner - CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield is being forced to cancel plans that currently cover 76,000 individuals in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., due to changes made by President Obama's health care law, the company told the Washington Examiner today. That represents more than 40 percent of the 177,000 individuals covered by CareFirst in those states.

CIA-Funded Software Company Manages Private Data For Healthcare.gov
Kit Daniels - A software company funded by the Central Intelligence Agency is managing data on Healthcare.gov, the Obamacare insurance exchange website. In-Q-Tel, the CIA’s venture capital firm, invested heavily into Socrata, the software company who provides data collection and management for Healthcare.gov and Medicare.gov.

Obama administration orders Blue Cross to keep Obamacare enrollment numbers secret
(NaturalNews) In the past week, there has been a smattering of reports that some Americans - finally - have managed to actually sign up for healthcare insurance using the government's Obamacare exchange (Healthcare.gov). But what is equally clear by now is that the Obama administration, for some reason, has been very quiet about the actual number of people who have signed up.

Recruiter accused of shooting commanding officers at National Guard Armory
14news.com - A Tennessee National Guard employee remains in custody after reportedly shooting his commanding officers at the National Guard Armory in Millington Thursday.

Armed Pastor Defends Lives with a Gun “Out of Love”
David Knight - “He told me to get on the ground. That’s when I pulled my weapon and said, ‘No, YOU get on the ground.’…I did it out of love”... Neither the FBI nor gun control groups keep statistics on lives saved by armed citizens who don’t shoot. But we should never forget the peaceful deterrence of a gun in the hands of a good man.

Economy

GOP: IRS picks Obamacare over regular taxpayers
Washington Times - The IRS said this week it is delaying the start of the tax filing season, leading Republicans to argue that the agency is putting its focus on implementing Obamacare at the expense of helping average taxpayers. The IRS blamed the government shutdown, saying that when it furloughed 90 percent of its employees it lost too many work days to begin processing returns on time in January.

3 Fantastic Charts Showing Gold & Silver To Continue Surge
King World News - Gold is breaking through resistance around $1,343 and should move towards the $1,430. We continue to be of the bias that Gold is setting up for a multi-year rally and a break above the $1,522-$1,532 area would solidify this view. In periods in which Gold does well, Silver actually outperforms....

More Underpaid Workers from Third World Needed In America
Kurt Nimmo - According to the National Association of Manufacturers, there is a dire shortage of skilled production workers in the United States. Earlier this year, Robert J. Samuelson took to the pages of the Washington Post to explain this troublesome phenomenon. He cited a number of economists and other experts who offered a variety of explanations. He concluded there is not a shortage of skilled workers.

Health

At Family's Urging, Man's Life Saved from Pneumonia Using High Dose Vitamin C
Natural Society - The doctors were not easily convinced. They resisted and gave in only after significant prodding. They believed vitamin C would prove worthless and the family was only extending the inevitable. Still, they allowed it. Allan was given a whopping dose of 25 grams of IV vitamin C in the evening and another 25 gram dose when he awoke the next morning. The following day, his lungs were clear.

New Study Confirms Chocolate's Fat-Busting Properties
Green Med Info - Recently, for instance, I reported on a myth-busting study finding chocolate burns belly fat, as well as improves cholesterol. efore that I reported on research indicating that the medicinal properties of chocolate are so powerful that this treat gives the 29 billion dollar statin drug industry a run for its money as far as protecting you from the #1 cause of death in the Western world.

The Ultimate Herbal Traveling Companion: Tulsi
Green Med Info - Do you enjoy the anticipation of travel, and yet seek ways to reduce the stress and anxiety that inevitably accompanies the journey? Are you concerned about the physical demands on your body, and the unavoidable exposure to a wide range of contagious diseases and toxins? Here's a simple herbal remedy that can address most stress and travel related ills – as easily as enjoying a soothing cup of tea!

6 Foods to Flatten the Stomach and Reduce Bloating
Natural Society - Tired of feeling bloated? Here are 6 foods to flatten your stomach and beat the bloat.

What a shocker! Store bought apple juice can cause cancer and birth defects.
(NaturalHealth365) This week, there are new concerns about the safety of commercially-produced apple juice, coming from China, after a Chinese newspaper published an in-depth report accusing three major manufacturers of using rancid fruit in their product. Are these ‘toxic’ apples promoting cancer, birth defects plus many other illnesses?

Is the Fiberglass Health Threat the New Asbestos?
Natural Society - The case against asbestos in building materials was finalized after decades of research traced several severe lung cancer incidents to asbestos poisoning. Now fiberglass, the replacement for asbestos, is under similar scrutiny for the same reasons.

The synergestic miracles of chlorella and its ability to reduce high blood pressure and cerebral stroke lesions
(NaturalNews) Attacked at every angle, today's healthy human experience is burdened, ever so silently, by a host of toxins and chemicals. With nutrient-void genetically modified food filling grocery shelves, vast amounts of pesticide chemicals running off into groundwater and heavy metal pollution billowing into the air we breathe, there are dangers at every turn.

Improving your health with alfalfa sprouts
(NaturalNews) Alfalfa sprouts are perhaps one of the most popular sprouts worldwide. They are easy to cultivate; in fact, many people sprout alfalfa seeds at home. They are a great addition to sandwiches and salads, and besides being a delicious nutty tasting vegetable, alfalfa sprouts also have a myriad of health-enhancing benefits.

Calm down with chamomile
(NaturalNews) Chamomile has a long history in folk medicine, and is also one of few herbs to be recognized by mainstream medicine. Its popularity is widespread for uses such as stomach upset, relaxing nerves and anxiety, insomnia, cystitis, and children's ailments ranging from hyperactivity to teething pain. The essential oil is antibacterial, antiseptic, analgesic, carminative, digestive, nervine, emmenagogue, disinfectant, and anti-inflammatory.

Seven ways to bulletproof your immune system this winter
(NaturalNews) The immune system is where the rubber meets the road, and if you fail to get it in order, your health goes downhill. Start building your immune system by incorporating these seven things to help get you through the winter without wearing a surgical mask on a daily basis.

10 superfoods for babies and toddlers
(NaturalNews) Babies and toddlers do not eat much food because their tummies are tiny. That is why it is important to feed them foods that are packed with nutrients. Superfoods are natural foods that are high in nutrients and antioxidants packed with health giving properties.

Curing cancer the natural way
(NaturalNews) If you are diagnosed with cancer, there is only one course of action available: chemotherapy and/or radiation. What big pharma doesn't want you to know is there are things you can do to treat cancer that are possibly more effective and much easier on the human body. By testing your own pH level and working to alkalize the body and increasing oxygen intake, cancer cells can be killed.

How Exercise Makes Your Brain Grow
Dr. Mercola - Can exercise help boost your cognitive faculties? Researchers increasingly say the answer is a resounding yes. Recent research reveals that exercise promotes a process now known as neurogenesis, i.e. your brain’s ability to adapt and grow new brain cells, regardless of your age.

Science & Technology

Powerful Flare Causes Radio Blackout
thedailysheeple.com - Sunspot AR1877 has thrown off an M9 flare causing a radio blackout on the sunlit side of the planet. The flare, at 00.30 UT, generated a flash of extreme UV radiation which ionized the earths upper atmosphere.

Mozilla's Lightbeam tool will expose who is looking over your shoulder on the web
The Independent - Lightbeam, a download produced by Mozilla, the US free software community behind the popular Firefox browser, claims to be a “watershed” moment in the battle for web transparency.

New line of wearable technology lets users control drones with fingernails, eyelashes
My Fox DC - A scientist has created a new line of wearable technology that combines conductive materials and beauty items to allow users to remotely control drones and other mechanical devices....Wireless signals are sent from the wearable attachments to different devices. For example, blinking and eye that was fitted with metalized eyelashes would create a circuit which could be used to power a motor in a drone.

Weird &  Stupid News

A New Undergarment Called 'The Tweeting Bra' Sends A Tweet Each Time You Unclasp It
SFGate - If you've ever wished you could tweet from your bra, your dreams are about to come true.


Thursday - October 24, 2013 - Today In History:
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.
1945 - Pierre Laval of France and Vidkum Abraham Quisling of Norway were executed. The two men were recognized as the two most prominent collaborators of the Nazis.
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 Baker 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.
1999 - An Israeli court sentenced American teen-ager Samuel Sheinbein to 24 years in prison. The crime was killing an acquaintance in Maryland in 1997.
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 - NASA's 2001 Mars Odyssey spacecraft successfully entered orbit around Mars.
2003 - In London, the last commercial supersonic Concorde flight landed.

World News

Syria to submit chem. disarmament plan before deadline: OPCW
Press TV - The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) says the Syrian government will submit a plan on the elimination of its chemical arsenal within the following hours, days before deadlines set by the organization.

Rebels blast gas pipeline near Damascus causing southern Syria blackout
RT - A gas pipeline was attacked near Damascus causing the capital and the southern part of Syria to suffer a blackout. The electricity minister blamed the blast on rebels.

The Growing Rift With Saudi Arabia Threatens To Severely Damage The Petrodollar
Economic Collapse - The biggest reason why having good relations with Saudi Arabia is so important to the United States is because the petrodollar monopoly will not work without them. For decades, Washington D.C. has gone to extraordinary lengths to keep the Saudis happy. But now the Saudis are becoming increasingly frustrated that the U.S. military is not being used to fight their wars for them.

U.S. to deploy ‘stealth destroyers’ in the Pacific next year
StratRisks - The U.S. Navy will inaugurate the “DDG1000,” a next generation stealth destroyer, which is undetected on radar screens. The destroyer will be deployed next year as one of the three core elements for the U.S. Pacific Command along with the F-35 stealth fighter, and the Missile Defense System. The battleship is expected to play a role to keep at bay China, which seeks to become a military superpower.

China – the first mover in Afghanistan’s resource war
StratRisks - Indeed, China is the first-mover in the Afghan resource space, having won the massive copper concession at Aynak in Logan Province — with routes to the mining project patrolled up by US and British troops — and China oil giant CNPC pumping the first Afghan crude under a 25-year contract, concluded in late 2011.

Sharif to Obama: Stop drone attacks on Pakistani soil
McClatchy - Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said he’d told President Barack Obama on Wednesday that U.S. drone strikes in his country needed to end.

Abbas urges firms to leave settlements
Press TV - Acting Palestinian Authority (PA) chief Mahmoud Abbas has called on Western companies to respect the international law by pulling out of settlements in the occupied West Bank.... "This call is directed against settlements that were established on the territories of the occupied State of Palestine and its capital, East al-Quds (Jerusalem), after 1967," he stated.

WikiLeaks Unveil Vatican’s Secret Approval Of GMOs
care2.com - Despite this attempt to remain publicly neutral, WikiLeaks recently uncovered a transmission from Christopher Sandrolini, a U.S. diplomat to the Holy See, that demonstrates the Vatican’s clandestine approval of genetically modified crops.
* Related Article: The Monsanto & Catholic Church Connection...

Monsanto denies its pesticides behind Argentine health problems
RT - Monsanto has denied that health problems in Argentina are caused by its pesticides, insisting that its products are safe. It rejects an AP report that it is to blame for an increase in cancer rates and birth defects.

Fukushima readies for dangerous operation to remove 400 tons of spent fuel
RT - Fukushima operator TEPCO is getting ready for its toughest and the most dangerous clean-up operation. In November it will try to remove 400 tons of spent fuel from plant’s Reactor No. 4. But even a little mistake may result in a new nuclear disaster.

The REAL Reason for Saudi Arabia’s Shift Away from U.S.
Washington’s Blog - Here’s the real reason: China just dethroned the U.S. as the world’s largest importer of oil. As Oil Price notes: Last month the world witnessed a paradigm shift: China surpassed the United States as the world’s largest consumer of foreign oil, importing 6.3 million barrels per day compared to the United States’ 6.24 million. This trend is likely to continue and this gap is likely to grow, according to the EIA’s October short-term energy outlook.

EU Parliament votes to suspend data sharing deal with US due to Snowden allegations
pcworld.com - The European Parliament voted on Wednesday to suspend a major data sharing agreement with the U.S. following the ongoing scandal over alleged surveillance from the U.S. National Security Agency.

Germany summons U.S. ambassador to explain claims that American spies hacked Angela Merkel's phone
Daily Mail - A diplomatic row was looming over Europe last night following allegations that America has been listening into the phone calls of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. This morning, the German government summoned US ambassador John B Emerson to Berlin to discuss the issue.

VIDEO: Syria restoring power to areas after blackout
Press TV - Authorities in Syria are restoring electricity to the areas that suffered a blackout due to a sabotage blast targeting a major gas pipeline feeding electricity stations.

Fukushima moves radioactive water as it braces for Typhoon Francisco
RT - Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant is bracing itself for Typhoon Francisco, set to hit the country this weekend, by quickly securing new storage space for contaminated rainwater that has already taken up the facility’s entire storage tank capacity.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

NSA lies? Agency lacks evidence it thwarted 54 terrorist attacks
RT - Is the United States government’s use of broad surveillance authorities as effective of a counterterrorism tool as its advocates make it out to be? A new report suggests remarks made by high power figures to defend the spy powers are largely exaggerated.

The shocking truth about the U.S. military's drone program... and the lengths they will go to keep the victims silent!
Ron Paul - For the first time, survivors of a U.S. military drone strike have an opportunity to travel to Capitol Hill to give a voice and face to the reality of the CIA’s killer drone program.

White House Delaying Obamacare Individual Mandate
Ben Swann - The White House announced today that the Obamacare individual mandate deadline will likely be pushed back as much as six weeks. The individual mandate forces Americans to purchase health insurance.

Nut-Job Obama Supporters Believe Healthcare.Gov Disaster Is Part Of Right Wing Conspiracy
Steve Watson - Obama supporters are simply refusing to believe that Obamacare could be anything short of world beating, with many blaming the glitch ridden rollout of Healthcare.gov on a nefarious right wing conspiracy to sabotage the Affordable Care Act.

Brosurance: A Keg Standing Ovation For ObamaCare's Greatest Hit
Zero Hedge - Just when you thought ObamaCare couldn't stoop any lower in its "sales pitch", it does.
* Related Article: Selling healthcare...

DHS Seeks Armed Guards to Protect Government Buildings in Arkansas
Paul Joseph Watson - Even as it spends $80 million dollars on hiring a raft of armed guards to prepare for “civil disturbances” in New York, the Department of Homeland Security is also seeking to acquire 723,000 hours of armed guard services to protect government buildings in Arkansas.

VIDEO: Americans Protest Across The Nation Against Police Brutality
Liberty Crier - Organizers say, for almost 2 decades the aim of these demonstrations have been to bring forward a united, powerful and visual coalition supporting individuals and families victimized by police brutality.

Breaking: 10 Companies Fighting GMO Labeling Prop 522 in Washington, Outcome too Close to Call
Natural Society - Thanks to multi-million dollar smear campaigns funded by Monsanto, Coke, Pepsi and Nestle, for example, Proposition 522 currently before Washington to label GMOs is down to the wire. These companies aim to confuse the public and sway our voting representatives.

YouTube: Judge Napolitano: IRS Likely To Lose Obamacare Lawsuit
Fox Business Oct. 23rd, 2013.

700 IRS Contract Workers Owe $5.4M in Back Taxes
Breitbart - Nearly 700 employees of Internal Revenue Service contractors owe $5.4 million in back taxes, said a report Wednesday by the agency's inspector general. More than half of those workers are supposed to be ineligible to do work for the IRS because they are not enrolled in installment plans to pay the taxes they owe.

Occupy Wall Street Protest

Officer in UC Davis pepper-spray incident to get $38,059
kcra.com - The former University of California, Davis police officer who pepper-sprayed Occupy protesters has reached a worker's compensation settlement with the university system. The Davis Enterprise reports that a judge on Oct. 16 approved the $38,059 settlement between John Pike and the University of California. The 40-year-old former officer said he suffered depression and anxiety after death threats to him and his family after the Nov. 18, 2011 event

Economy

How to Take Your Money Out of the Bank Without Going to Prison
Dave Hodges - The time to have taken your money out of the bank was yesterday. There is very little time before the IMF’s plan to steal 10%, for starters, of all bank accounts in Europe.JP Morgan Chase is banning wire transfers from their bank to foreign banks to prevent American capital flight which will surely happen as America wakes up to the desperate situation that the banks are in.

NatGeo’s ‘American Blackout’ Examines U.S. Without Power
Off The Grid News - What would you do if the world suddenly went dark? That is exactly what NatGeo’s original movie American Blackout – which premieres Sunday, Oct. 27, seeks to discover. The power grid collapses following a cyber attack, forcing the nation into an immediate crisis. Although the man-made disaster lasts just 10 days, civil unrest, economic turmoil and a horrific amount of deaths still occur.

The Frightening Truth About China’s Control Of The US
King World News - Today acclaimed money manager Stephen Leeb told King World News “The euro is on a tear and it has risen quite dramatically, but one currency has done considerably better than any other during the past month and that is the Chinese yuan. They yuan is just soaring. Right now there is a massive of flow of gold from West to East, and I think the West is desperate, and want to emphasize the word ‘desperate,’ to hold down the price of gold because gold represents a massive threat to the US dollar...."

Census: 49% of Americans Get Gov’t Benefits; 82M in Households on Medicaid
CNS News - In total, the Census Bureau estimated, 151,014,000 Americans out of a population then estimated to be 306,804,000 received benefits from one or more government programs during the last three months of 2011. Those 151,014,000 beneficiaries equaled 49.2 percent of the population.

Health

Genetically Modifying Humans Via Antibiotics? Something You Need To Know
Natural Blaze - A new kind of antibiotic has been developed by researchers at Oregon State University. The new antibiotics are called PPMOs, which stand for peptide-conjugated phosphorodiamidate morpholino oligomers. They are “a synthetic analog of DNA or RNA that has the ability to silence the expression of specific genes.”

What – You Still Think Salt Consumption Causes High Blood Pressure?
Natural Society - Do you still think high sodium intake leads to high blood pressure? Actually, this is a myth. Here is the story, plus a sound solution for hypertension.

6 Ways to Use Coconut Oil for Healthy Skin
Natural Society - Skin problems? Instead of using a pharmaceutical solution, try reaching for the coconut oil - it is a natural remedy that can help with many skin issues.

8 Foods For Healthy Teeth
Prevent Disease - There are far more than eight foods for healthy teeth, but I've found these to work especially well to prevent and even reverse tooth decay and gum disease in the long-term.

Healthy Recipe: Raw Chocolate Cake
Prevent Disease - One of my favorite ways to make chocolate cake is raw with coconut oil, dates, cashews and cacao butter as the primary ingredients. This recipe is one of the better one's I've tried due to it's texture, taste and heavenly chocolate bliss.

Study Finds Chances of Miscarriage Increase 80% From Foods Heated in Plastic
theplasticfreetimes.com - A study has found that pregnant women who consume food which has been heated in plastic containers have an 80% higher chance of miscarriage. Laura Donnelly of the Telegraph writes that the study was conducted at Stanford University, and featured 114 women. Women with high concentrations of the chemical were 80% more likely to miscarry than women with low to normal levels.
* Related: Pledge to stop heating up food in plastic

Chemical industry never developed methods to assess multiple chemical exposure health risks
(NaturalNews) According to the latest available statistics, there are more than 80,000 approved chemicals currently in commercial use. But believe it or not, only a few hundred of these chemicals have ever gone through proper safety testing by their manufacturers or by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) prior to hitting the market.

Chemtrails: Learn how to protect yourself from these treacherous poisons
(NaturalNews) The toxins found in chemtrails infiltrate every aspect of our lives, from the air we breathe to the water we drink and the food we eat. Is it any wonder that physical and mental diseases are increasing at a staggering rate? Astoundingly, these aerial sprays often contain the following bizarre mix of pathogens and poisons...

The super power of star anise
(NaturalNews) Star anise is the world's greatest source of the shikimic acid compound, which is also found in ginkgo, ginger, fennel and sweetgum fruit and is used by pharmaceutical companies to produce the anti-flu medication Tamiflu. The shikimic acid combines with other components in star anise to act as a neuraminidase inhibitor which blocks an enzyme that facilitates the replication of viral particles from body cells.

Olive leaf extract prevents cancer and fights infections
(NaturalNews) Olives have long been known for the health benefits they supply to the human body. The olive itself and olive oil especially are useful in healthy cooking. Not to be overlooked, olive leaf extract is beneficial for the natural antiviral and antibacterial properties used to treat many different types of medical conditions. Some of the health benefits of olive leaf extract are...

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

FDA to Finally Remove Arsenic from Animal Feed After Years of Inaction
Natural Society - After a 4-year petition to try and convince the FDA that arsenic-laced additives used to feed our chickens, turkeys, and hogs should be removed immediately, the government institution is finally paying attention.

Pet News

Jerky treat mystery: Nearly 600 pets dead; still no source, FDA says
NBC News - Nearly 600 pets have died and more than 3,600 have been sickened in an ongoing, mysterious outbreak of illnesses tied to jerky treats made in China, federal animal health officials said Tuesday. Most of the cases have been in dogs of all breeds, ages and sizes — although 10 cats have been sickened, too — after eating chicken, duck and sweet potato jerky treats.
* Related Article: Jerky Treat Progress Report?

Humor & Satire

VIDEO: Cute Video Cats Stealing Dog Bed
truthaboutpetfood2.com - This is a great little video that will give you a smile! I’ve had this happen in my house many times – too cute.


Wednesday - October 23, 2013 - Today In History:
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.
1985 - U.S. President Reagan arrived in New York to address the U.N. General Assembly.
1995 - Russian President Boris Yeltsin and U.S. President Bill Clinton agree to a joint peacekeeping effort in the war-torn Bosnia.
1998 - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Chairman Yasser Arafat reach a breakthrough in a land-for-peace West Bank accord.
1998 - Japan nationalized its first bank since World War II.

World News

Game Changer: Saudi spy chief says Riyadh to ‘shift away from US’ over Syria, Iran
StratRisks - Saudi Arabia’s intelligence chief has said the kingdom will make a “major shift” in relations with the US in protest at its perceived inaction over the Syria war and its overtures to Iran, a source close to Saudi policy said.

China heads to South America in global energy “scramble”
StratRisks - China’s global hunt for crucial energy supplies is taking it into America’s backyard, with two Chinese state firms winning production rights to a multi-billion-barrel deepwater oilfield off Brazil.

UK spies to run $100bn Afghan drug industry: Duff
Press TV - Gordon Duff, a senior editor at Veterans Today, made the remarks during an interview with Press TV on Tuesday, two days after The Telegraph revealed in a report that the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS), also known as MI6, appealed for extra staff from other intelligence agencies for Afghanistan after British troops leave in 2014.

British Press Shills for Syria War With 'Baby Snipers' Story
Ron Paul Institute - The Times of London yesterday published a sensational Syria story based on an interview with British doctor David Nott, who had volunteered his medical expertise in Syria over the past several weeks. Dr. Nott said that he had seen several pregnant women come in with abdominal wounds. He speculated that snipers must have been playing some sort of game where they would target the fetuses of pregnant women — a grisly business to be sure.

Ashton calls for military-grade drones in EU airspace for police and military operations
euobserver.com - A security strategy paper by EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton says EU countries should use military-grade drones for border surveillance. The EU chief is set to debate security ideas with MEPs in the plenary chamber in Strasbourg on Wednesday (23 October).

Mexico slams U.S. over claims that NSA hacked president’s email
McClatchy - Mexico warned the United States on Tuesday that its reported surveillance of top Mexican officials could sour security cooperation between the countries, and it demanded to know what measures the Obama administration is taking to prevent further spying on its leaders.
* Related Video: NSA Starting Diplomatic Fires Around the World...

World Is Spending $1 Billion Per Day To Tackle Global Warming
The world invested almost a billion dollars a day in limiting global warming last year, but the total figure – $359 billion – was slightly down on last year, and barely half the $700 billion per year that the World Economic Forum has said is needed to tackle climate change.

VIDEO: Syria forces in full control of southwest Muqaddimah
Press TV - Syrian forces have regained the full control of the southwest of al-Muqaddimah, a suburb of Damascus, as they continue to inflict heavy losses on Takfiri militants,

VIDEO: NATO experts to advise Libya on military institutions
Press TV - After playing a major role in destroying Libya's infrastructure, NATO says it is sending a team of experts to help the Arab country with building its military and defense institutions.

False & misleading: NSA denies French spy reports
RT - The NSA did not record 70 million French telephone calls, but it does carry out espionage in France, Intelligence Director James Clapper has said. Responding to media reports on NSA activities in France, he dismissed them as “false and misleading.”

Italy also targeted by NSA spying
Press TV - Italian telephone and computer communications have been under surveillance by the US National Security Agency (NSA), Italy’s parliamentary intelligence committee has confirmed.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

White House Official Fired for Tweeting Under Fake Name
Daily Beast - A White House national security official was fired last week after being caught as the mystery Tweeter who has been tormenting the foreign policy community with insulting comments and revealing internal Obama administration information for over two years.

US nuke officers left blast door open
Press TV - Air Force officers in charge of launching nuclear-tipped missiles have been punished twice this year for leaving open a blast door at their underground command posts compromising the US nuclear arsenal, officials said. The two blunders occurred earlier this year at Minot Air Force Base in South Dakota and Malmstrom Air Force Base near Great Falls, Mont., the officials said.

Judge Refuses to Dismiss Case Challenging Obamacare Subsidies
townhall.com - The judge will not issue an injunction to stop the IRS from issuing subsidies, meaning Obamacare can move forward as planned. However, the lawsuit will also move forward and depending on the outcome, could limit IRS power to issue Obamacare subsidies.

Petition Launched Demanding White House Open Source Disastrous Healthcare.gov Code
Steve Watson - A petition has been launched on the White House website demanding that the Obama administration release the defective code for the Healthcare.gov website to the the open source community, a move that would make public the errors that have led to such a disastrous rollout.

John McAfee predicts hackers will empty Obamacare enrollees' bank accounts
Washington Examiner - Obamacare websites have "no safeguards" to protect Americans who enroll in the health insurance exchanges from hackers who will "empty your bank account," according to internet security pioneer John McAfee. McAfee said he could create a fake Obamacare exchange website for "a couple hundred dollars" and expect a big return on the scam.

NBC News: Hundreds Of Thousands Lose Insurance Due To Obamacare
Breitbart - NBC News puts the best spin on it they can, but there is no way to hide the fact that hundreds of thousands, likely millions, are now victims of President Obama's broken promise that, "If you like your health insurance, you can keep it." One insurance provider in just one state (Florida) sent out cancellation notices to 300,000 customers.

Ted Cruz’s Wife is a Goldman Sachs VP
Kurt Nimmo - Cruz’s insider connection is a family affair. His wife, Heidi, is a Goldman Sachs vice president in Houston, Texas, according to her LinkedIn profile. She also served as an economic advisor for the Bush administration. In 2011, a Cruz campaign spokesman portrayed Heidi as “an expert on North American trade,” in other words she is savvy when it comes to globalist transnational trade deals like NAFTA, the single most destructive government move against the American worker in history.

Pre-Crime: TSA Now Spies On You 24/7 Even Before You Fly
Story Leak - Under a new ‘security measure’ that the TSA has magically decided it has the authority to enact, it is ‘expanding its screening of passengers’ to include the systematic use of private and government databases in order to obtain more information on passengers.

Interpol Chief: Arm Citizens Globally to Prevent Terror Attacks
Paul Joseph Watson - Interpol Secretary General Ronald Noble told ABC News that one of the only ways to prevent terrorists from hitting soft targets was to arm citizens globally, noting that the Westgate mall siege would have been averted far quicker if it had taken place in gun-friendly areas like Denver or Texas.

Constitutional Amendment Filed To Address Global Gun Control
thegunmag.com - Culberson [R-TX], with at least five other representatives as co-sponsors, has introduced H.Con. Res. 53 to deal with the threat of the UN treaty affecting American gun rights as well as H.J.Res. 54 to clarify and insure the supremacy of the US Constitution and American case law over foreign secular and religious laws.

Gun Rights Group Executive Calls For End To Common Core Due To Anti-Second Amendment Concerns
Ben Swann - “We are already seeing textbooks and teaching assignments that are a part of Common Core intentionally or recklessly misrepresenting the Second Amendment in schools across the country,” noted John Harris, Executive Director of the TFA, “and we want to insure that the liberal anti-gun agenda is not allowed to invade Tennessee schools.”

VIDEO: Houston Neighborhood Turns To Private Security Firm For Protection At Half Cost: Crime Rates Fall
Liberty Crier - The Houston neighborhood of Sharpstown relies on S.E.A.L. Security Texas to help keep crime in check. The Sharpstown civic association says it is saving about $200K per year after making the switch away from regular police and the area is safer for it.

Fed Programs Preschool, Says No Lunch From Home Without Doctor’s Note
Activist Post - It looks like the days of trading half of your peanut butter and jelly sandwich for half of your best friend’s ham sandwich may soon be over if the federal government has anything to do with it. A Richmond, Virginia mother received the following note, telling her not to pack a lunch for her pre-school age child.

Barnaby Jack Was Right: Cheney Admits His Pacemaker was Disabled to Prevent Assassination
Activist Post - Barnaby Jack, the 35-year-old hacker who was found dead in July of this year was right. Medical devices can be hacked, and the government has known this for years. At the time of his death, the cause of which has still not been made public, Jack was head of Embedded Device Security at IOActive.

Election News

YouTube: Ron Paul On Third Parties: 'I Say It's Time For A Second Party'
"I understand the frustration because there's a lot of that, and I get the question a whole lot," Paul said with a laugh. "I say it's time for a second party. Because we just have one party there, they're the same on all the big issues."...

Economy

S&P 500 Soars To Record High As Wall St. Cheers Weak Job Growth
Huffington Post - U.S. stocks climbed on Tuesday, with the S&P 500 at a record intraday high, after weaker-than-expected job creation last month strengthened expectations the Federal Reserve will stimulate the economy into next year.

The U.S. Labor Force Participation Rate Is At A 35 Year Low
Economic Collapse - The percentage of Americans that are participating in the labor force is the lowest that it has been in 35 years. During the 70s, 80s and 90s, the labor force participation rate consistently rose as large numbers of women entered the workforce. It peaked at 67.3 percent in early 2000, and just before the last recession it was sitting at about 66 percent.

Lackluster jobs report means Fed is likely to continue stimulus
McClatchy - The lackluster employment numbers mean the Federal Reserve is likely to maintain its purchases of $85 billion a month in government bonds to prop up the economy. It had hoped to start tapering off the stimulus as the economy picked up. “The Fed will likely defer tapering until early in the first quarter of next year,” Jared Franz, an economist with investment giant T. Rowe Price, said in a note to investors.

Minimum wage back to 1950 level on 75th anniversary
McClatchy - The minimum wage has put a floor under workers' wages since taking effect 75 years ago. But at $7.25 an hour, today's federal minimum wage is the same as it was in 1950, after adjusting for inflation.

Gold Trades Near Three-Week High as Fed May Maintain Bond Buying
Bloomberg - Gold traded near the highest level in more than three weeks on speculation that the Federal Reserve may delay stimulus cuts until next year after U.S. payrolls gained less than projected.

IRS paid out $132 billion in bogus tax credits over last decade
Washington Times - The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration said it warned the IRS in 2011 that it was making the erroneous payments, but two years later the agency hasn’t fixed the problem. Over the last decade, the IRS could have paid out as much as $132.6 billion in improper payments.

Celente Warns: The Collapse of 2014: “If You Don’t Have Your Money In Your Pocket It’s Not Yours”
Mac Slavo - If there’s one thing that should be clear, it’s that nothing the government or their banking partners have done to solve the economic crisis has been for your benefit. They’ve enriched themselves, yet again, on the backs of the American people.

Energy & Environment

28 Signs That The West Coast Is Being Absolutely Fried With Nuclear Radiation From Fukushima
Michael Snyder - The map above comes from the Nuclear Emergency Tracking Center. It shows that radiation levels at radiation monitoring stations all over the country are elevated. As you will notice, this is particularly true along the west coast of the United States.

Gulf ecosystem in crisis after BP spill
Al Jazeera - Hundreds of kilograms of oily debris on beaches, declining seafood catches, and other troubling signs point towards an ecosystem in crisis in the wake of BP's 2010 oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. "It's disturbing what we're seeing," Louisiana Oyster Task Force member Brad Robin told Al Jazeera. "We don't have any more baby crabs, which is a bad sign. We're seeing things we've never seen before."

Health

Simian Virus 40 DNA Found in U.S. Children
mercola.com - The Polyoma virus caused cancers in every animal receiving it! It was discovered that the Polyoma virus was IDENTICAL to the SV40 virus that grossly contaminated the polio vaccine prior to 1964 and continues to contaminate vaccines used by pediatricians today!

4 Health Benefits of Beets - Your Favorite Root Vegetable
Natural Society - The health benefits of beets can be largely credited to their pigments known as betalains. Both betacyanins and betaxanthins are betalains that give beets their intense color and benefits. They contain both anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits.

Pomegranates Reverse Damage from Junk Food, Boost Heart Health
Natural Society - Pomegranates aren't just great for boosting heart health, they can undo the bodily damage caused by junk food.

Teeth Destruction: Cancer-Causing ‘Mountain Dew Mouth’ Ruining People’s Teeth
Natural Society - The effects of soft drinks on teeth have been compared with the effects from methamphetamines and crack. These toxic beverages literally eat away at the protective enamel and then go to town, leading to rotted, brown teeth at best and premature death at worst. It’s no surprise that drinking more than one soda each day raises the risk of tooth decay from the acids and sugars ingested.

Honey Plus Coffee Beats Steroid For Treating Cough
Green Med Info - One of modern medicine's most celebrated 'miracle drugs' are steroids, but a recent double-blind, randomized clinical trial found that honey plus coffee outperformed prednisolone in treating symptoms of post-infectious, persistent cough.

Coffee consumption reduces risk of liver cancer
Natural Blaze - Coffee consumption reduces risk of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), the most common type of liver cancer, by about 40 percent, according to an up-to-date meta-analysis published in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, the official clinical practice journal of the American Gastroenterological Association.

Natural Solutions for Pain: Non-Addictive and Cost-Effective
Alliance for Natural Health - Drawing upon the advice of such natural health superstars as Dr. Jonathan Wright, Dr. Julian Whitaker, Dr. Robert Rowen, Dr. Frank Shallenberger, and Dr. Stephen Sinatra—as well as cutting-edge studies and the personal experiences of the ANH-USA staff—we’ve compiled the following list of natural treatments for pain.

Vitamin D Proven More Effective Than Both Anti-Viral Drugs and Vaccines At Preventing The Flu
Prevent Disease - Dr. Damien Downing, a doctor and medical consultant has publicly stated that governments "do like" epidemics as a chance to impose their will. The London based doctor has been advising patients to increase their vitamin D intake rather than get the vaccine. You might be shocked to know that there are many physicians in both Canada and the United States who prescribe as much as 50,000 IU of vitamin D daily as a treatment for a long list of chronic diseases.

FDA to Change Regulations for Probiotics?
Natural Blaze - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) should consider the unique features of probiotics — bacteria that help maintain the natural balance of organisms in the intestines — in regulating their use and marketing, says Diane Hoffmann, JD, director of the Law and Health Care Program at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law and lead author of the a newly released Science article, "Probiotics: Finding the Right Regulatory Balance."

Nurse diagnosed with breast and lung cancer shuns chemotherapy
(NaturalNews) Sharlene had a tumor in both breasts as well as in her right lung. "I'm a nurse," she says. "I know chemotherapy doesn't work." When Sharlene shared the news with her personal trainer, he told her about Gerson Therapy, adding that she didn't just receive a death sentence, but an opportunity. Sharlene couldn't agree more. She adopted Gerson Therapy's whole body, natural healing approach and is now tumor-free.

Coconut oil miraculously helps Parkinson's patient regain quality of life
(NaturalNews) Imagine for a moment that you are a 74-year-old man diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, and you are quickly losing your ability to think, move and function, despite adhering to an intense regimen of all the latest pharmaceutical offerings for this miserable disease. Then imagine that nearly all of your symptoms subside almost miraculously after beginning a dietary routine that involves taking large doses of all-natural coconut oil every day.

Consuming chlorella helps reduce oxidative stress, prevent cognitive decline
(NaturalNews) This green algae is full of chlorophyll and antioxidants. Chlorella helps people process more oxygen, purify their blood, eliminate fungus, promote tissue repair and increase their energy levels. It is a rich source of amino acids, iron and vitamin B12.

The AMA once paid a cancer virus researcher $250K to retire in Mexico and stop working on natural cures
(NaturalNews) It all started with an evil, corrupt man named Dr. Morris Fishbein, who ran the "prestigious" American Medical Association (AMA) for over 40 years, and even though he had a medical degree, he never treated a patient in his life. Rather, Fishbein succeeded at controlling, suppressing and willfully crushing natural cures for cancer by using money, coercion, and the power of the AMA "seal of approval."

Science & Technology

There is No Scientific Consensus on GMO Safety
Green Med Info - There is no scientific consensus on the safety of genetically modified foods and crops, according to a statement released today by an international group of more than 90 scientists, academics and physicians.

Scientists create first complete 'bionic man' that can walk and breathe thanks to a body made from artificial parts
Daily Mail - The robot making appearances in the U.S. for the first time this week. Having crossed the Atlantic tucked inside two metal trunks — and after a brief holdup in customs — the bionic man will strut his stuff at the New York Comic Con festival on Friday.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

The Eyes Have It: Pesticides Stop Sweet Potatoes from Growing Shoots
SGT Report - Potatoes and sweet potatoes — which harvested conventionally — are inundated with pesticides at three levels: early on with fungicide, later with herbicide and finally with BudNip a chemical pesticide used to preserve the tubers and prevent them from growing shoots (and reproducing). Only potatoes/sweet potatoes grown conventionally can grow them.


Tuesday - October 22, 2013 - Today In History:
1746 - The College of New Jersey was officially chartered. It later became known as Princeton University.
1797 - Andre-Jacques Garnerin made the first recorded parachute jump. He made the jump from about 3,000 feet.
1836 - Sam Houston was inaugurated as the first constitutionally elected president of the Republic of Texas.
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.
1954 - The Federal Republic of Germany was invited to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
1962 - U.S. President Kennedy went on radio and television to inform the United States about his order to send U.S. forces to blockade Cuba. The blockade was in response to the discovery of Soviet missile bases on the island.
1968 - Apollo 7 splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean. The spacecraft had orbited the Earth 163 times.
1975 - Air Force Technical Sergeant Leonard Matlovich was discharged after publicly declaring his homosexuality. His tombstone reads " "A gay Vietnam Veteran. When I was in the military they gave me a medal for killing two men and a discharge for loving one."
1979 - The ousted Shah of Iran, Mohammad Riza Pahlavi was allowed into the U.S. for medical treatment.
1981 - The Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization was decertified by the federal government for its strike the previous August.
1986 - U.S. President Reagan signed the Tax Reform Act of 1986 into law.
1991 - The European Community and the European Free Trade Association agreed to create a free trade zone of 19 nations by the year 1993.
1995 - The 50th anniversary of the United Nations was marked by a record number of world leaders gathering.
1998 - The United Nations announced that over 2 million children had been killed in war as innocent victims since 1987.
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

Syrian Christians turning to Russia for protection
Voice of Russia - About 50,000 Syrian Christians want to apply for Russian citizenship. In a letter to the Russian Foreign Ministry, they said that they were not planning to flee Syria, but if threatened with physical elimination, they would pin their hopes on Russia as the guarantor of their survival.

North Korea threatens to ‘wipe out’ South Korea with ‘merciless firing’
AFP - North Korea on Monday warned of “merciless firing” against the South if it goes ahead with a reported plan to develop shells to carry anti-Pyongyang leaflets across the border.

Families suspect SEAL Team 6 crash was inside job on worst day in Afghanistan
The Washington Times - Questions haunt the families of Extortion 17, the 2011 helicopter mission in Afghanistan that suffered the most U.S. military deaths in a single day in the war on terrorism.

US may be guilty of war crimes over drone use – Amnesty Intl
RT - US officials responsible for carrying out drone strikes may have to stand trial for war crimes, says a report by Amnesty International, which lists civilian casualties in the attacks in Pakistan. Human Rights Watch has issued similar report on Yemen.
* Related: American airstrikes in Yemen kill more civilians than terrorists...

'Mega-fire' fears grip Australia as dozens of blazes rage
NBC News - Three large wildfires burning in southeastern Australia could merge into one colossal “mega-fire” and threaten the suburbs of Sydney, officials warned Monday. Related video.

Australia officials warn of storm
Press TV - Australian officials have warned of an imminent storm brining with itself high winds and lightning towards the fire front in the country’s eastern state of New South Wales.

El Salvador bans glyphosate
(NaturalNews) While the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was busy doubling (and in some cases quadrupling) the amount of allowable glyphosate residue on certain foods, the nation of El Salvador actually heeded the grim data surrounding the herbicide's disastrous effect on our environment and everything in it and decided to outright ban the chemical.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Nothing to see here: Obama puts happy face on disastrous Obamacare rollout
Washington Times - President Obama tried to put a happy face Monday on the disastrous rollout of the Obamacare website, urging frustrated consumers to call a toll-free number or mail in applications via “snail mail” while the administration works feverishly to fix computer glitches.

HHS brings in Verizon to help HealthCare.gov
USA Today - The international telecommunications company Verizon has been tasked with helping the government fix the federal health exchange, USA TODAY has learned.

Embattled Sebelius to testify next week on ObamaCare rollout
The Hill - Embattled Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will testify before Congress next week about the botched rollout of ObamaCare’s insurance exchanges after rejecting GOP demands to appear this week.

List of Obamacare Exempt Companies
Free Republic - Here is a list of most of the companies that applied for and received exemptions from Obamacare.
* Related Article: How do I get an exemption...

Homeland Security Spends $80 Million On Armed Guards for “Civil Disturbances”
Paul Joseph Watson - The Department of Homeland Security is set to spend $80 million dollars on hiring a raft of armed guards to protect IRS and other government buildings in upstate New York during “public demonstrations” and “civil disturbances,” once again prompting concerns that the federal agency is preparing for food stamp riots, anti-tax demonstrations or some other form of domestic unrest.

Rand Paul Pushes Amendment Barring Lawmakers from Excluding Themselves from Laws
Politico - The Kentucky freshman Republican has introduced a constitutional amendment that would preclude senators and congressmen from passing laws that don’t apply equally to U.S. citizens and Congress, the executive branch and the Supreme Court.

Was Fainting Woman at Obamacare Speech Staged?
Steve Watson | President has used the fainting woman spiel many times before to play to crowds. It seemed too good to be true. As the president was rounding off a speech on how Obamacare is “really good” and people should just sign up using the telephone and snail mail, a pregnant woman directly behind him began to sway and faint.

Breastfeeding Mom Slapped with Civil Contempt Charge, $500 Fine
Adan Salazar - The mother of a 7-month-old boy faced objection when she toted the infant inside a courtroom, earning her a contempt of court charge, along with a $500 fine. Laura Trickle says she wasn’t trying to defy courtroom etiquette when she decided to bring her toddler, Axle Graham, with her to jury selection at the Jackson County Courthouse in Kansas City, Mo.

Charts Show that U.S. Policy Has Increased Terror Attacks
Washington's Blog - The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) Global Terrorism Database – part of a joint government-university program on terrorism - is hosted at the University of Maryland.... A quick review of charts from the START database show that terrorism has increased in the last 9 years since the U.S. started its “war on terror”.

Oprah Reportedly Declined White House Invite To Help Sell Obamacare
The Blaze - “It wasn’t like she had to think it over,” the source reportedly added. “It was an immediate, flat-out, unequivocal no.” Instead, The Post reports Oprah sent a low-level rep in her place, which was reportedly taken as an insult.

VIDEO: “I Called Obamacare-Here’s the Recording!!”
westernjournalism.com - Pastor Carl Gallups called Obamacare and asked for FREE insurance. You gotta hear this – get some aspirin handy. It will make your head hurt!

Alabama Homeschooling Family Sends Six of Ten Children to College By Age Twelve
christiannews.net - “We just felt like it was our responsibility,” mother Mona Lisa told reporters about the decision to homeschool. “That’s a big choice, and [we] wanted to be totally in control and make sure they had the right upbringing, and they accelerated because of it.”

Election News

Ex-aide to Rep. Garcia heads to jail for ballot scheme
The Hill - A former chief of staff to Rep. Joe Garcia (D-Fla.) is heading to jail for his role in organizing an online absentee ballot-request scheme in the 2012 elections. Jeffrey Garcia, 41, who isn’t related to the congressman, will spend about three months in jail as part of a plea deal reached with the Miami-Dade state attorney’s office, the Miami Herald newspaper reported Sunday.

Economy

Faber: Fed could up QE to $1 trillion a month
CNBC - Marc Faber, publisher of The Gloom, Boom & Doom Report, told CNBC on Monday that investors are asking the wrong question about when the Federal Reserve will taper its massive bond-buying program. They should be asking when the central bank will be increasing it, he argued.

Another One Trillion Dollars ($1,000,000,000,000) In Debt
Economic Collapse - Did you know that the U.S. national debt has increased by more than a trillion dollars in just over 12 months? On September 30th, 2012 the U.S. national debt was sitting at $16,066,241,407,385.89. Today, it is up to $17,075,590,107,963.57. These numbers come directly from official U.S. government websites and can easily be verified.

Top Democrat Opens Door for Social Security Cuts
Kurt Nimmo - Illinois Democrat Senator Dick Durbin used the language of partisan politics on Fox News Sunday to make it feasible for Democrats to agree to slash entitlements.

Uh Oh: 47 Million Food Stamp Recipients Are Having Their Benefits Cut Back On November 1st
Activist Post - 47.6 million Americans are about to have their food stamp benefits cut, and most of them have absolutely no idea that it is about to happen. Needless to say, a lot of them are going to be very angry when they discover that they cannot buy as much food for their families anymore.

Housing Market

Bank of America Said to Face Three More U.S. Probes of Mortgage-Bond Sales
Bloomberg - Bank of America Corp., sued by U.S. attorneys in August over an $850 million mortgage bond, faces three additional Justice Department civil probes over mortgage-backed securities, according to two people with direct knowledge of the situation.

Energy & Environment

Report: Massive Vulnerability Detected In National Power Grids: “There Is No Way to Stop This”
Mac Slavo - If you think that our multi-billion dollar electrical power grids are secure and capable of withstanding a coordinated attack, think again. According to one group of engineers, the grid is so vulnerable that it wouldn’t even require a skilled hacker to compromise.

Health

Worried about chemicals in cosmetics? Apps may help
Himalayan Times - Each day women are exposed to about 168 chemicals in beauty products, according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a Washington-based health research and advocacy group that looks into toxic chemicals. Think Dirty, a free iPhone app, gives a product a score after scanning the barcode for ingredients and chemicals.

How the Government’s Vaccine Policy is Infected by Corruption
Green Med Info - Annually we receive warnings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of an impending influenza epidemic. Each year the CDC recommends the influenza vaccine. Are the warnings justified?

What The Cancer Industry Does Not Want You To Know About Chemotherapy and Radiation
Prevent Disease - They tell us chemotherapy saves lives, boosts long-term survival rates and does not damage healthy cells. All these statements by the cancer industry are false. Poison kills indiscriminately-- always has and always will.

NIH turns to older, dangerous antibiotics to fight deadly superbug outbreak - We're running out of options
(NaturalNews) Locked in a battle with an extremely drug-resistant superbug last year, doctors at the National Institutes of Health's Clinical Center played one last card. They turned to colistin, as it's named, an antibiotic that is not a new creation. In fact, it was actually discovered growing in a beaker of fermenting bacteria in Japan in 1949, just a few years after the end of World War II.

2 Main Contributors to the Antibiotic-Resistant Crisis
Natural Society - When most Americans have an infection, they go to their doctor for an antibiotic. In most situations, this antibiotic will do the trick—whether it’s an ear infection or a skin infection, but in some cases, these infections are harder to kill. The truth is, they’ve evolved, mounting a resistance to our modern drugs. The growing number of antibiotic-resistant bacteria should alarm us all and should highlight 2 dangerous practices that are only furthering their strength.

Latest Condition Invented by Drug Companies…Low Testosterone
AllGov - The Big Pharma disease mongers are at it again, barraging middle-age men with deceptive ad campaigns designed to convince them that the natural effects of aging may be symptoms of a fictitious medical condition that can be treated with prescription hormones they just so happen to sell—at a cost of about $400 to $500 per month.

BMJ Case Reports journal: Gardasil vaccine suspected in early menopause of 16-year-old girl
(NaturalNews) Continued controversy over Gardasil has emerged with a report published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) linking the vaccine with premature ovarian failure in a teenaged girl. The connection was discovered when the young Australian went into menopause after receiving the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine.

Mistletoe extract doubles survival time of pancreatic cancer patients in clinical trial
(NaturalNews) Patients with locally advanced or metastatic pancreatic cancer doubled their survival time when treated with mistletoe extract in a new European clinical trial - and with very few side effects. In comparison, the standard chemo drugs for...

Will xylitol soon be derived from genetically modified bacteria?
(NaturalNews) It is a favorite among individuals trying to cut back on their overall sugar intake and yet still enjoy a sweet treat every now and again. But the low-calorie sweetener xylitol could soon be getting a genetic makeover on a commercial scale, as Finnish scientists search for new ways to mass-produce this and other rare sugars using genetically modified (GM) bacteria.

The Crazy Reason You're Depressed
organicgardening.com - "We may have a mild irritation to something, but some people have tremendously adverse reactions to very low levels of chemicals, chemicals most of us can't even smell," says David Katerndahl, MD, professor of family and community medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. It's a condition called chemical intolerance, he says, and according to a new study he's just published in the Annals of Family Medicine, the number of people who suffer from it is higher than most medical professionals suspect.

Science & Technology

Will Insurance Companies Use Smart Appliances to Monitor “Unhealthy” Habits?
Blacklisted News - With the internet of things, spying on “unhealthy” habits will be a cinch. Wi-fi enabled refrigerators will read RFID tags on grocery products that are placed your fridge, and in turn send that data to the internet cloud. Are you eating a government approved diet? Taking your meds? If not, you will be paying a price for it in this nightmarish science fiction future that is soon to be science fact.

CISPA Zombie Bill Is Back, With Fewer Privacy Concerns…Maybe?
Mother Jones - Now that the dust has settled a bit, NSA director Keith Alexander is publicly asking for the legislation to be re-introduced, and two senators confirmed that they are drafting a new Senate version.

Warning to all Sprint mobile users: mysterious phone calls from 865-6696 may install NSA surveillance code on your iPhone
(NaturalNews) All across America, people who have Sprint service on their iPhones and other mobile devices are receiving repeated calls from the number "865-6696" without any area code. Sprint message boards are full of thousands of complaints of people experiencing this issue, but no one seems to understand the true reason why these calls are being made.

Pet News

Veterinarians Say Health Law's Device Tax Is Unfair To Pets
NPR - Dr. Douglas Aspros says the federal health law is increasing his costs to buy medical equipment, which he has no choice but to pass onto his patients — most of whom are uninsured.


Monday - October 21, 2013 - Today In History:
1797 - "Old Ironsides," the U.S. Navy frigate Constitution, was launched in Boston's harbor.
1805 - The Battle of Trafalgar occurred off the coast of Spain. The British defeated the French and Spanish fleet.
1879 - Thomas Edison invented the electric incandescent lamp. It would last 13 1/2 hours before it would burn out.
1917 - The first U.S. soldiers entered combat during World War I near Nancy, France.
1925 - The U.S. Treasury Department announced that it had fined 29,620 people for prohibition (of alcohol) violations.
1927 - Construction began on the George Washington Bridge.
1944 - During World War II, the German city of Aachen was captured by U.S. troops.
1945 - Women in France were allowed to vote for the first time.
1950 - Chinese forces invaded Tibet.
1967 - Thousands of demonstrators marched in Washington, DC, in opposition to the Vietnam War.
1983 - The Pentagon reported that 2,000 Marines were headed to Grenada to protect and evacuate Americans living there.
1986 - Pro-Iranian kidnappers in Lebanon claimed that they had abducted American writer Edward Tracy. He was not released until August of 1991.
1986 - The U.S. ordered 55 Soviet diplomats to leave. The action was in reaction to the Soviet Union expelling five American diplomats.
1988 - Former Philippine President Ferdinand E. Marcos and his wife, Imelda, were indicted in New York on fraud and racketeering charges. Marcos died before his trial and Imelda was acquitted in 1990.
1991 - Jesse Turner, an American hostage in Lebanon, was released after nearly five years of being imprisoned.
1994 - North Korea and the U.S. signed an agreement requiring North Korea to halt its nuclear program and agree to inspections.
1998 - Cancer specialist Dr. Jane Henney became the FDA's first female commissioner.
2003 - The U.S. Senate voted to ban what was known as partial birth abortions.
2003 - North Korea rejected U.S. President George W. Bush's offer of a written pledge not to attack in exchange for the communist nation agreeing to end its nuclear weapons program.

World News

Uganda on alert over fears of Kenya-style mall attack
globalpost.com - Uganda was on high alert Friday over fears of an attack similar to the bloody mall assault by Somalia's Shebaab fighters in neighboring Kenya, where investigators continue to recover charred body parts.

Norwegian suspected of being Kenya mall attacker named
BBC - It is unclear how many militants were involved. Police had initially estimated that there were 10-15 attackers inside the complex, but the CCTV footage which has so far been released by the Kenyan authorities shows just four men. Hassan Abdi Dhuhulow is believed to be one of those four, the BBC's Newsnight programme has learned from sources in Kenya and Norway.

India arrests crew of US ship on weapons charges
Fox News - Police in a southern Indian port city arrested the crew of a U.S.-owned ship Friday for entering Indian waters illegally with a large cache of weapons and ammunition on board.

U.S.-Led Military Unit in Afghanistan Lost $230 Million in Spare Parts, Then Spent $138 Million for More
AllGov - The Pentagon is notorious for wasting money when it comes to purchasing spare parts for the American war machine. But it seems the U.S. military managed to export this bad practice to Afghanistan, where hundreds of millions in tax dollars were lost on purchases for the Afghan National Army.

US Quietly Releasing $1.6B in Pakistan Assistance
ABC News - The U.S. has quietly decided to release more than $1.6 billion in military and economic aid to Pakistan that was suspended when relations between the two countries disintegrated over the covert raid that killed Osama bin Laden and deadly U.S. airstrikes against Pakistani soldiers.

Afghan special forces commander defects with guns to insurgents
Yahoo News - (Reuters) - An Afghan army special forces commander has defected to an insurgent group allied with the Taliban in a Humvee truck packed with his team's guns and high-tech equipment, officials in the eastern Kunar province said on Sunday.

UN report: drone strikes result in more civilian casualties than thought, may violate international law
Activist Post - A new United Nations report states that their investigation has identified 33 drone strikes carried out by the CIA around the world that have resulted in civilian deaths and may have been in violation of international humanitarian law.

Court bans Berlusconi from public office
Al Jazeera - A Milan court has ruled that former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi should be barred from holding public office for two years following a conviction for tax fraud.

UK doctors given bonuses for placing patients on ‘death lists’ - report
RT - General practitioners in England have been receiving £50 bonuses for placing patients on controversial ‘death lists’ in order to reduce the number of occupied hospital beds. The move is yet another tactic aimed at cutting NHS costs, UK media reported.

Thousands of citizens in India killed by reckless Big Pharma drug trials
(NaturalNews) "Trials of NCEs [new chemical entities] have fired controversy in India because of the high number of deaths that have occurred in the last few years," writes Dinsa Sachan for Chemistry World. "According to information from the health ministry, 1,542 deaths were reported in clinical trials between 2010 and 2012."

Training of Syrian insurgents steps up in Saudi Arabia
IHS Jane's 360 - Free Syrian Army (FSA) units are receiving intensive training from US Marine Corps personnel in Saudi Arabia, a senior FSA source has told IHS Jane's. The source said the United States and Saudi Arabia have agreed to train around 1,500 insurgents. The programme began a few months ago and most of the personnel will be trained by the end of 2013.

Pentagon dollars flow into Africa
Arizona Daily Star - The Pentagon has begun a burst of spending in Africa, expanding its main base on the continent and investing in air facilities, flight services, telecommunications and electrical upgrades as the U.S. military deepens its involvement in a region with a rising threat of Islamist terrorism.

VIDEO: US drone attacks kill 18 in Afghanistan
Press TV - At least eighteen people have been killed and several others injured in a series of US assassination drone attacks in Afghanistan over the past three days.

‘Unacceptable and shocking’: France demands explanation for NSA spying
RT - France has called for an explanation for the “unacceptable” and “shocking” reports of NSA spying on French citizens. Leaked documents revealed the spy agency records millions of phone calls and monitors politicians and high-profile business people. The US Ambassador to France Charles Rivkin was summoned by the French Foreign Ministry to account for the espionage allegations on Monday morning.

Heavy rains overflow barriers surrounding Fukushima water tanks
RT - Water has overflowed at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) is attempting to discern the quality of the water and possible radioactive substances which could have been spilled.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Odds That You Are a Terrorist: 1 in 624,297
Activist Post - According to a new analysis provided as an infographic below, not that many. Out of a population of 258,458,870 Americans who are within the age bracket of being a potential terrorist (18-years old or older), there were an average of 20.7 terrorist attacks attempted in America per year. If we assume that each attack involved 20 individuals, there are roughly 414 terrorists in America in any given year.

Obama 'Very Worried' About Health Care Rollout, Will 'Have to' Take Blame Monday
The Blaze - President Barack Obama is “very worried” about the faulty rollout of his signature health care program and will take blame for it during remarks on Monday, the Associated Press’ White House Correspondent Julia Pace said Sunday.

Obamacare sites pirated copyrighted web scripts
RT - The main “Obamacare” website has been marred with bugs and glitches since it went online over two weeks ago, and the problems are still piling up. Now according to The Weekly Standard, the Department of Health and Human Services could be sued by the British developers who coded part of the site but were never credited.

Gallup: Number of Americans Who Will Refuse To Join Obamacare And Instead Pay Individual Mandate Fine Jumps To 34%, Up 9 Points Since Last Month
weaselzippers.us - Although federal and state health insurance exchanges opened on Oct. 1, 71% of Americans who lack health insurance — the primary target group for the exchanges — say they are “not too familiar” or “not familiar at all” with them, little changed from last month.

5 Scandalous Obamacare Horror Stories
townhall.com - Obamacare is hurting people. A lot of people -- and not just the ones who are wasting all day trying and failing to sign up for the dysfunctional 600 million dollar website.

Rep. Steve Cohen: tea partiers are the 'domestic enemies' of the U.S. we took oath to defend against
End the Lie - On Saturday morning, Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) declared that Republican tea partiers in Washington are the “domestic enemies” of the United States he swore to defend the country against in his oath of office. Cohen’s remarks come in response to the heated debate surrounding the government shutdown.

Despite Media Fear Mongering, No Injuries At Open Carry Gun Rally
Kit Daniels - Despite the mainstream media’s attempts to condition the public into believing that guns are responsible for crimes, absolutely no injuries were reported at an open carry gun rally outside the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas on Saturday.

I am a Three Percenter Speech - One country? Or two?: Speech at the Alamo, 19 October 2013
sipseystreetirregulars.com - My name is Mike Vanderboegh. I am from the great free state of Alabama and I am a Three Percenter. This is not the first time Alabamians have come to the aid of Texas in her time of need....

PHOTOS: Protest Against Pro-Gun Rally Gets Virtually No Participants
Anthony Gucciardi - Amid a turnout of about 1,000 concerned citizens rallying for their decaying Second Amendment rights down the street at the historic Alamo in San Antonio, there were virtually no attendees to the anti-gun ‘Moms Demand Action’ rally that pushed a Feinstein-approved message of banning all ‘assault weapons’ in the nation.

Michigan Senate panel approves bill to lift ban on short-barreled shotguns and rifles
MLive - The Michigan Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday unanimously approved legislation that would lift the state's ban on short-barreled shotguns and rifles.

Video: Dallas Cop Shoots Mentally Ill Man Who Stood Perfectly Still
Adan Salazar - After an argument with his mother, Bobby Gerald Bennett, 52, who suffers from paranoid schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, went out into the middle of the street and began rolling around in a swivel office chair. Their neighbor, Maurice Bunch, reportedly told Bennett’s mother, Joyce Jackson, not to call the police, but Jackson had already made the call.

Minneapolis Police To Wear Body Cameras In 2014
Sources confirm Minneapolis Police officers will wear body cameras starting in 2014. The idea will be laid out at a city hall news conference Thursday. Sources tell 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS the plan is to have 500 officers wearing the body cameras next year but to start with a test group of 25 officers immediately.

City Councilmen Call For ‘GMO-Free Zone’
CBS News - Two Los Angeles City Councilmen Friday announced the introduction of a motion aimed at protecting homes, schools, community gardens and public spaces from contamination caused by plants and other genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The motion calls for a “GMO-Free Zone” across the city’s more than 502 square miles that would ban the growth, sale, and distribution of genetically engineered seeds and plants.

Victory! Thank the Kauai County Council for Putting People Over Pesticide and Biotech Companies
Center for Food Safety - In another victory for the food movement, yesterday, the Kaua‘i County Council passed a law that would create a new system to protect the public from pesticide exposure and assess the risks stemming from the use of pesticides and the cultivation of genetically engineered (GE) crops.

HHS announces search for real programmers to fix Healthcare.gov
(NaturalNews) More than two weeks after the hoax launch of the fake "shell" website Healthcare.gov which did not function, the Obama administration has announced plans to bring in real programmers and attempt to build an online federal health exchange site that actually functions.

Election News

Eligible Voters among Thousands Purged from Voter Rolls by Virginia Election Officials
AllGov - With only weeks left before the state elects a new governor, Virginia election officials have purged tens of thousands of names from voter rolls, sparking outcry and legal action by Democrats.

Schwarzenegger Wants Constitution Changed For A 2016 Presidential Run
Steve Watson - Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is engaged in a campaign to change the Constitution to allow him to run for president in 2016, according to reports.... The New York Post claims that Schwarzenegger has been publicly discussing his plans to file suit that would overturn the rule written into the Constitution that bars foreign-born citizens from taking the office of President or Vice President.

Economy

U.S. debt jumps a record $328 billion — tops $17 trillion for first time
The Washington Times - U.S. debt jumped a record $328 billion on Thursday, the first day the federal government was able to borrow money under the deal President Obama and Congress sealed this week. The debt now equals $17.075 trillion, according to figures the Treasury Department posted online on Friday.

It Pays to Work for Government: Furloughed Workers Get Paid Twice
Kurt Nimmo - The “partial” government shutdown that wasn’t a shutdown has paid off in spades for some federal workers. Fox News reports that government workers in Oregon who were furloughed so Democrats could hysterically grandstand about the dire consequences of a government shutdown will not have to repay the unemployment benefits they received in addition to their salaries.

500,000 Americans' IDs, bank data stolen and sold on Internet, indictment says
NBC News - A Vietnamese man helped to steal and sell the personal and financial data of hundreds of thousands of Americans, according to a federal indictment unsealed Friday. Hieu Minh Ngo, 24, is charged with 15 counts, including wire fraud, identity fraud, access device fraud and conspiracy charges, the Justice Department said in a statement.

Comparison Chart: How Will You Fare in the Obamacare Exchanges?
heritage.org - Our research finds that for many states, the insurance on health exchanges will cost more than existing insurance. This study illustrates that the general experience for individuals shopping on the exchange is that of increasing premiums from what was available to them prior to implementation of the exchanges.

12 Shocking Clues About What America Will Look Like When The Next Great Economic Crisis Strikes
Economic Collapse - The collapse of American society is accelerating. For the moment, much of our social decay is being masked by the tremendous level of affluence that we are experiencing.

Housing Market

JPMorgan Said to Reach Record $13 Billion U.S. Settlement
Bloomberg - JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s record $13 billion deal to end U.S. probes of its mortgage-bond sales would free the nation’s largest bank from mounting civil disputes with the government while leaving a criminal inquiry unresolved.

Energy & Environment

Alert: FBI Investigating Threats to Midwest Water Supply Systems: “On High Alert”
Mac Slavo - Reuters reports that the FBI and other agencies are in the process of investigating multiple threats to Midwest Water Supply Systems. Specifically, the FBI has named Wichita, Kansas as a target, but utility facilities have also been put on alert in other Midwestern cities.

GOP accuses EPA of 'unprecedented' power grab with proposed water rule
Fox News - Two Republican lawmakers on the House Science Committee are accusing the Environmental Protection Agency of pushing through a rule that could potentially expand the agency’s regulatory authority over streams, wetlands and other bodies under the Clean Water Act.

NatGeo’s ‘American Blackout’ Examines U.S. Without Power
Off The Grid News - What would you do if the world suddenly went dark? That is exactly what NatGeo’s original movie American Blackout – which premieres Sunday, Oct. 27, seeks to discover. The power grid collapses following a cyber attack, forcing the nation into an immediate crisis. Although the man-made disaster lasts just 10 days, civil unrest, economic turmoil and a horrific amount of deaths still occur.

Health

Oreos More Addictive Than Cocaine?
Huffington Post - As the Christian Science Monitor reports, researchers at Connecticut College designed a rat maze with Oreos on one side and rice cakes on the other. The rats spent a lot more time hanging out and eating the Oreos than feeding on the rice cakes.

Study Finds Ayurveda More Effective than Popular Anxiety Drug
Natural Society - Research has found Ayurveda to be more effective than a popular anxiety drug, but without the side effects.

8 Foods High in Magnesium: A Mineral for Diabetes, Insomnia, and More
Natural Society - Magnesium is anti-inflammatory and can help with countless ailments. Here are 8 magnesium-rich foods.

Barley Grass has Highest Levels of Important Cancer-Killing Enzyme
Natural Society - Barley grass contains extremely potent cancer-killing enzymes and health-boosting nutrients.

Concerned about cancer, inflammation, memory loss or diabetes? 'Holy Fruit of the Himalayas' can help
(NaturalNews) Sea buckthorn fruit is loaded with over 190 bioactive compounds, including omega-3 and omega-7 fatty acids - the latter is a rare fat in the plant kingdom which is beneficial for weight loss and healing the gastrointestinal tract.

Grape seed extract provides a natural treatment option for colorectal cancer
(NaturalNews) Natural compounds including curcumin and resveratrol have proven effective in the prevention of colon cancer, and now scientists have determined that grape seed extract (GSE) specifically targets damaged cells in the digestive tract to provide an effective treatment for colorectal cancer.

Millions Wrongly Treated for 'Cancer,' National Cancer Institute Panel Confirms
Green Med Info - A devastating new report commissioned by the National Cancer Institute reveals that our 40-year long 'War on Cancer' has been waged against a vastly misunderstood 'enemy,' that in many cases represented no threat to human health whatsoever.

Liposomal vitamin C: More potency and less expense than IV mega-dose vitamin C
(NaturalNews) Liposomal vitamin C is a lipid encapsulation of ascorbic acid granules that delivers more vitamin C to cells orally than even mega-dose intravenous (IV) vitamin C. At first, vitamin C expert Dr. Thomas Levy found this hard to believe, even as clinical results were being achieved.

BPA finally banned from baby bottles, only to be replaced by deadly BPS chemical
(NaturalNews) Now that almost every baby bottle manufacturer in the country has already voluntarily stopped using toxic bisphenol A (BPA) in its product formulations... But this ban means very little, as many manufacturers have already begun substituting bisphenol S (BPS), a potentially more deadly plastics chemical, in many BPA-free products, including children's products.

10 Reasons You Should Be Eating Olives
Natural Blaze - Even though more attention is usually given to their delicious oil than the whole food itself, olives are one of the world's most widely enjoyed fruits. Yes, they are fruits even though most of us think of them as zesty vegetables. Here are 10 reasons why you should be eating these little delicacies every day.

Science & Technology

Astronomers discover asteroid heading for possible 2032 impact with Earth
The Independent - Ukrainian astronomers have discovered a large asteroid heading for Earth which could strike our planet on 26 August 2032, impacting with a force 50 times greater than the biggest ever nuclear bomb.

Google executive who plans to cheat death takes 150 vitamins a day so he can 'hold out long enough for invention of robots that will keep humans alive'
Daily Mail - Google engineering director and futurist Ray Kurzweil believes we are close to realizing everlasting life and is dead-set on getting us there. The inventor and noted author believes the key to such a scientific breakthrough is a system of 'bridges' that enable the body to move from strength to strength over time.

Science & Technology

RFID Microchips to be Embedded in Breast Implants
Paul Joseph Watson - A manufacturer of breast implants has announced that it will begin selling its products with an RFID microchip embedded in the implant, partnering with a company whose CEO previously tried to market the implantable microchip as a replacement for the credit card.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Industrial Hemp Harvested In Colorado, Legal Or Not
Huffington post - Southeast Colorado farmer Ryan Loflin tried an illegal crop this year. He didn't hide it from neighbors, and he never feared law enforcement would come asking about it. Loflin is among about two dozen Colorado farmers who raised industrial hemp, marijuana's non-intoxicating cousin that can't be grown under federal drug law, and bringing in the nation's first acknowledged crop in more than five decades.

Time to Plant Cover Crops
Mother Earth News - Learn about the numerous benefits of fall-planted cover crops. Plus, get suggestions on different cover crops to try.

Real-World Winter Gardening Tips From Your Growing Zone
Mother Earth News - Grow food year-round by following these winter gardening tips from backyard gardeners in your Growing Zone.

Survival/Preparedness

VIDEO: Sovereign Living The Reality Show Episode One
Liberty Crier - Sovereign Living is a docu-reality tv show that follows the Blush family as they transition from a lifestyle of hardcore political activism to the farm life. Rather than fighting a system they find tyrannical, John and Cat want to lead by example and live a sovereign lifestyle. This means providing their own food, water, energy and community defense needs.

Pet News

Aflatoxin: The Single Pet Food Ingredient to Be Especially Vigilant About
Dr. Becker - According to PetfoodIndustry.com, “Pet foods with plant-derived proteins may also contain more harmful toxins than pet foods with traditional fish and meat proteins.” The plant with the highest incidence of aflatoxin contamination is corn, followed by peanuts and cottonseed. Other frequently contaminated crops include certain cereals, oilseeds, spices and tree nuts.


Friday - October 18, 2013 - Today In History:
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.
1950 - Connie Mack announced that he was going to retire after 50 seasons as the manager of the Philadelphia Athletics.
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).
1983 - General Motors agreed to hire more women and minorities for five years as part of a settlement with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
1985 - South African authorities hanged black activist Benjamin Moloise. Moloise had been convicted of murdering a police officer.
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

'Top Syrian intelligence officer killed'
Press TV - Foreign-backed militants have killed a top intelligence officer in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor, Syrian state media has announced.

VIDEO: US to sell bombs to Saudi Arabia, UAE
Press TV - The US Department of Defense has announced Pentagon’s plan for selling missiles and "bunker-buster" bombs to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in two separate deals worth $11.8 billion.

Russia to test new missile designed to thwart U.S. defenses
The Washington Times - Russia will test launch a controversial missile over the next several weeks that U.S. officials say is raising new concerns about Moscow’s growing strategic nuclear arsenal and Russia’s potential violations of arms treaties.

‘France to keep 2,000 troops in Mali’
Press TV - French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian says the country will keep some 2,000 French troops in Mali until the end of 2013.... The French defense minister made the remarks after the United Nations appealed for more troops and helicopters for its peacekeeping mission in the West African country.

VIDEO: US seeks troop immunity in Afghanistan
Press TV - The United States insists that any US troops left in Afghanistan after the 2014 withdrawal of foreign forces from the country must enjoy legal immunity from Afghan courts.

Chinese agency downgrades US credit rating
France24 - A Chinese ratings agency downgraded its US sovereign credit rating Thursday despite Washington's resolution of the debt ceiling deadlock, warning that fundamentals for a potential default remained "unchanged". Dagong lowered its ratings for US local and foreign currency credit from A to A-, maintaining a negative outlook, the agency said in a statement.

9 Signs That China Is Making A Move Against The U.S. Dollar
Activist Post - On the global financial stage, China is playing chess while the U.S. is playing checkers, and the Chinese are now accelerating their long-term plan to dethrone the U.S. dollar.

New EU rules to curb transfer of data to US after Edward Snowden revelations
The Guardian - New European rules aimed at curbing questionable transfers of data from EU countries to the US are being finalised in Brussels in the first concrete reaction to the Edward Snowden disclosures on US and British mass surveillance of digital communications.

Snowden: There’s no chance Russia, China have NSA docs
RT - Snowden told The New York Times in an interview that he gave the trove of classified documents to journalists upon meeting them in Hong Kong, claiming he did not keep copies of them. He then fled to Russia without any of the files “because it wouldn’t serve the public interest,” he said.

High radioactivity in Fukushima Daiichi ditch
NHK World - The operator of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant says it has detected high levels of radioactivity in a ditch leading to the sea, after Typhoon Wipha brought heavy rain.
* Related Article: Typhoon flushes out radioactive strontium...

Ministry fails to use 77% of Fukushima decontamination budget; TEPCO refuses to pay
NHK World - The Environment Ministry has failed to use 76.6 percent, or 247.2 billion yen, of its budget to decontaminate radioactive areas around the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, the Board of Audit said.... The ministry faces another problem: Tokyo Electric Power Co., the operator of the stricken Fukushima plant, refuses to cover all the costs of the decontamination work as required under law.

Chevron suspends Romania exploration
Press TV - "Chevron can today confirm it has suspended activities in Silistea, Pungesti commune, Vaslui County," the oil giant said in a statement issued on Thursday.... The statement was released a day after hundreds of protesters took to the streets and clashed with police in the village of Pungesti, 250 kilometers (155 miles) northeast of the capital Bucharest.

Canadian First Nation anti-fracking protest erupts in violence
RT - An anti-fracking protest descended into violence when an estimated 100 police officers sought to control hundreds more Canadian protesters who set cars on fire and threatened officers mounted on horseback.

Mexico Bans GMO Corn, Effective Immediately
Care2 - Just when you think there’s no winning against the biotech industry, news out of Mexico City shows that all is not lost. After years of deliberation, a Mexico judge has placed an indefinite ban on genetically-engineered corn. Effective immediately, companies like Monsanto and DuPont/Pioneer will no longer be allowed to plant or sell their corn within the country’s borders.

VIDEO: New charges in Blackwater Iraq killing
Press TV - Four former contractors with a notorious US private security firm, formerly known as Blackwater, are facing new charges over a deadly 2007 shooting which left 17 Iraqi civilians dead.

EU will 'collapse like the Soviet Union' warns French leader
(NaturalNews) Marine Le Pen, leader of France's far-right party, says the European Union will "collapse like the Soviet Union" as she "conspired to form what would be the most radical faction yet seen in the European Parliament," Britain's Telegraph reported.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

GOP’s McConnell promises no more shutdowns over ObamaCare
The Hill - McConnell said that even though he and many other Republicans “hate, detest and despise ObamaCare,” they are not going to be able to repeal it unilaterally while Democrats control the White House and the Senate.

Dems offer new ObamaCare ‘fix’
The Hill - Five Senate Democrats are sponsoring a bill that tries to fix what they call an oversight in how Native Americans and Alaskan Natives are treated under ObamaCare. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) contains a number of special provisions for Native Americans, including an exemption from the requirement that all Americans obtain health insurance, known as the individual mandate.

10 Lessons from the Government Shutdown
Activist Post - As seems to be the new theme among the ruling elite, "Do not let a fake crisis go to waste." Below are the lessons that we should have learned from this charade. Don't let it go to waste.

Senate Decisively Rejects U.N. Arms Trade Treaty
heritage.org - The U.S. Senate responded decisively today to Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent signature on the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty (ATT).... While the Senate has the lead responsibility for treaties, the House must pass any implementing legislation that is necessary to bring a treaty into effect.

Documents reveal NSA’s extensive involvement in targeted killing program
Washington Post - It was an innocuous e-mail, one of millions sent every day by spouses with updates on the situation at home. But this one was of particular interest to the National Security Agency and contained clues that put the sender’s husband in the crosshairs of a CIA drone.
* Related Article/Video: Add Death by Drone to the NSA's List of Activities

Users lose in Skype/PRISM spying
Voice of Russia - Microsoft and its instant messaging and voice over IP provider Skype are under investigation by the Luxembourg’s data protection commissioner for providing access to user data and communications to the United States National Intelligence Agency (NSA).

Obama: Ignore Bloggers, Activists and Radio Talk Show Hosts Demanding Fiscal Sanity
Kurt Nimmo - Says opposition profits from attempt to save America from economic ruin. Following the deal to end the government non-shutdown, Obama took to the podium and teleprompter to excoriate Americans opposed to the staggering bankster and Federal Reserve debt destroying the country. Obama makes his comments at 5 minutes, 40 seconds into the above video.

Obama to pick former Pentagon lawyer to replace Napolitano
The Hill - The White House has selected the Pentagon's former top attorney to lead the Department of Homeland Security, a White House official confirmed to The Hill. President Obama intends to nominate former Pentagon general counsel Jeh Johnson to replace Janet Napolitano as Homeland Security secretary, the official said. Johnson’s nomination will be announced at a White House ceremony on Friday.

Internal TSA Documents: Body Scanners, Pat Downs Not For Terrorists
Adan Salazar - The evidence was found in sealed court documents, available through the PACER.gov website, regarding engineer and blogger Jon Corbett’s ongoing litigation over the constitutionality of the agency’s loathsome security practices.

Americans Have Lost VIRTUALLY ALL of Our Constitutional Rights
Washington's Blog - This post explains the liberties guaranteed in the Bill of Rights – the first 10 amendments to the United States Constitution – and provides a scorecard on the extent of the loss of each right.

Four-Year-Old Preschooler SUSPENDED Over Toy Gun
Steve Watson - It’s that time of week again, where we bring you our regular feature, which stupid school suspended a kid over a toy gun this week? And the award goes to Swazye Elementary School in in Monroe, Louisiana, where “leaders” (since when did teachers get re-branded to leaders?) freaked out over a preschooler bringing an airsoft gun to school in his bag.

63 Cops Suspended after 137-Bullet Car Chase Ends with Two Unarmed People Dead
Activist Post - Following an unarmed couple fleeing a routine traffic stop in Cleveland back in December 2012, a total of 104 police officers — that’s right, one hundred and four — joined in a 25-minute pursuit where 13 officers fired a total of 137 bullets at the couple and their car. The driver, Timothy Russell, was shot 23 times and the passenger, Malissa Williams, was shot 24 times.

VIDEO: Dam project in McConnell's home state gets billions
CNBC News - A number of earmarks were folded into the debt deal to deliver unrelated funds to different parts of the country, including the Senate minority leader's state.

Obama administration caught in blatant software piracy; script powering Healthcare.gov ripped off from UK company
(NaturalNews) The Obama administration has been caught red-handed engaged in software piracy. Computer code used on Healthcare.gov was stolen (and then modified in an effort to conceal the theft) from a UK company called Spry Media.

Obamacare now has door-to-door salesmen
khou.com - Call them the door-to-door salesmen of Obamacare. A couple of cheerful young men wearing identical T-shirts and carrying a clipboard full of pamphlets walks through a neighborhood near Hobby Airport in southeast Houston.

Insane school unleashes fake masked gunman for civics experiment
Daily Caller - The Eastern Wayne Middle School employee donned a ski mask and toy gun, and pretended to be a robber. The school described the incident as “an enrichment lesson on exhibiting good citizenship and observing your surroundings.”

Grocery Manufacturers Association caught running money laundering slush fund for GMO food companies to conceal their identities in opposing I-522
(NaturalNews) The Grocery Manufacturers Association has been caught running a $7.2 million "slush fund" to allow companies to dump huge dollars into fighting GMO labeling in Washington while deceptively concealing their identities.This activity is being conducted in blatant violation of the state's Public Disclosure Act.

Economy

WI Poised to Pass $100-Million Property Tax Cut
atr.org - Today the Wisconsin State Assembly is expected to pass a $100-million property tax cut, which will reduce the average homeowner’s property taxes by $13 this year and $20 next year. The bill has encountered wide support from both Republicans and Democrats; passing the Wisconsin State Senate with a bipartisan vote of 28-5. The proposal also includes an estimated increase of $100 million in funds to school districts across the state over the next two years.

33 Stats That Prove That SOMETHING Desperately Needs To Be Done About The National Debt
Michael Snyder - The U.S. national debt is 36 times larger than it was just 40 years ago. That is not a misprint. That is actually the truth. We are literally destroying the future of America, but most Americans don’t really seem to care.

Study: Food Stamps Most Rapidly Growing Welfare Program
Washington Free Beacon - Food stamps are the most inefficient, vastly expanding social welfare program in the country, according to a new study. Forty-seven million people participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamps, and costs have increased over 358 percent since 2000.

Veteran News

VIDEO: Ex-Navy SEAL says Government is creating conditions to impose Martial Law (Oct 15, 2013)
Liberty Crier - An Ex-Navy SEAL tells us that the government is hoping to incite violence in order to go after the 2nd amendment and to bear down with force against the American people.

Could a Vaccine for PTSD Protect Soldiers?
Discovery News - Medical researchers say they have discovered a possible “vaccine” for post-traumatic stress disorder that could protect soldiers in battle by regulating one of the body’s own hormones.

Energy & Environment

The Great ShakeOut: Millions Expected to Participate in Earthquake Drill
The Weather Channel - More than 24 million people, including 9 1/2 million in California, have signed up to duck under their desks at 10:17 a.m. local time Thursday, cover their heads and hold on to something sturdy. The exercise allows first responders to dust off their emergency response plans and transportation departments to practice slowing down trains in the event of real shaking.

Health

Study: Flaxseeds can Reduce Primary Breast Cancer Risk by 18%
Natural Society - Among women diagnosed with breast cancer, flaxseed was shown to reduce the risk of breast cancer by 18%.

Why Low-Fat Diets Make You Fat
Prevent Disease - This low-fat mantra has been questioned for years by clinicians and nutritional scientists - not least because it has failed to halt the obesity epidemic. The fact is, contrary to official advice by our diet dictocrats, high-fat diets lower blood sugar, improve blood lipids, and reduce obesity.

8 Ways Corporations are Poisoning Our Food, Water, the Earth
Natural Society - Here are 8 ways corporations and even the government are poisoning our food supply, humans, and mother earth.

15 Steps To Help You Be Grateful For Everything You Have In Your Life
Prevent Disease - Most of us are not born eternal optimists, but being positive and grateful is something that can be imbibed even if a tad forcibly; such as by trying to tweak our sense of humour, the way we react to a given situation, by being more pleasant and believing others too have a mind, by smiling each time somebody says 'thank you', and by understanding that every person in on their own journey and accepting that it's not your position to judge them.

Chemotherapy actually increases cancer growth, cancer cells becoming resistant to treatment: Study
(NaturalNews) According to a new study recently published in the peer-reviewed journal Nature, chemotherapy not only promotes the growth and spread of cancer cells by damaging the healthy tissue that surrounds tumors, but it also causes cancer cells to develop full-on resistance to the popular treatment, morphing them into "super" cancer cells.

Five ways to reduce the risk of developing prostate cancer
(NaturalNews) September is the month that has been dedicated to making the world more aware of prostate cancer. This type of cancer is considered the sixth leading cause of death among males who have cancer. It is said that it is linked to family history...

Total corruption: Drug companies bought their way onto FDA advisory panels
(NaturalNews) According to The Washington Post (WP), a recent public records request has revealed that drug companies purchased special access onto these panels, where they were given the keys to the kingdom in swaying decision-makers about official drug policy.

Raw foods may help with urinary tract infections, acne, depression, IBS and more
(NaturalNews) It's estimated that, in the United States, UTIs account for almost seven million medical office visits and one million emergency room visits per year. Consuming raw foods may help restore balance to the body and may help reduce or cure illnesses and infections, including UTIs.

Watermelon: A New Natural Remedy for Relieving Sore Muscles?
Dr. Mercola - Men who drank natural unpasteurized watermelon juice prior their workouts had reduced muscle soreness 24 hours later compared to those who drank a placebo. Watermelon contains l-citrulline, an amino acid that seems to protect against muscle pain.

Amazing health benefits of pine nuts
(NaturalNews) Despite the name, pine nuts are actually not nuts at all but the seeds of the pine cone. They have been a popular source of nutrition since paleolithic times and are used to add the delicious flavor and texture to pesto sauce. The following are six amazing health benefits associated with pine nuts.

Last day to watch full 'Sacred Science' feature film for free; spontaneous healing from the rainforest
(NaturalNews) For the next 24 hours or so (through Friday night), you can watch the full feature film "Sacred Science" by clicking here. (Ends at midnight, Oct. 18, 2013.) This is a "must-see" film about how eight patients suffering from chronic degenerative disease were taken into the Amazon rainforest to experience seemingly spontaneous healing from medicinal plants.

15 Things We Need To Stop Doing
Natural Blaze - I was recently inspired to put together a list of tendencies that I have found in both the observation of myself and those around me. These tendencies, in my opinion, can make life a lot more complicated and difficult to go through than it needs to be.


Thursday - October 17, 2013 - Today In History:
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.
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."
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.
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.

World News

VIDEO: Egypt-US relations in turmoil: Egypt FM
Press TV - Egypt foreign minister says relations between Cairo and Washington are in "turmoil" following the US decision to suspend delivery of military aid to the North African country.

Turkey returns fire at Syria militants' targets
Press TV - Turkish military forces have fired artillery at targets held by al-Qaeda-linked Takfiris in Syria in retaliation for an attack by the militants.

Brazil’s biggest drug cartel promises a ‘World Cup of terror’
Daily Mail - Brazil's biggest drug cartel has promised a 'World Cup of terror' next year - in a reminder of the high level of violence that still marks the country. The threat was issued by the First Capital Command in Sao Paulo, who last year was behind the murder of more than a hundred of the city's police officers.

‘Greece lenders to talk 2014 funding gap’
Press TV - Greek Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras says the country’s foreign lenders are expected to agree in December on how to meet its 2014 funding shortfall.

Brazil Signals It May Release Terminator Seed Technology
Green Med Info - The Brazilian Constitutional Commission is poised to vote on whether to an upend an 8-year old ban on the use of terminator technology (a.k.a. suicide seeds); a move which would clearly violate the international moratorium against this quintessential anti-farmer technology.

Philippines quake death toll hits 140
Press TV - The death toll for a 7.2-magnitude earthquake in the Philippines has reached 140 as rescue teams continue to search for survivors.

The International Monetary Fund Lays The Groundwork For Global Wealth Confiscation
Global Research - The International Monetary Fund (IMF) quietly dropped a bomb in its October Fiscal Monitor Report. Titled “Taxing Times,” the report paints a dire picture for advanced economies with high debts that fail to aggressively “mobilize domestic revenue.”

Game changer: Swiss banks ditch secrecy
RT - Switzerland, the world’s largest offshore wealth center, worth an estimated $2.2 trillion in assets, has signed an agreement to share financial information with nearly 60 other countries, which could completely change the country’s financial landscape.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Veteran House Stenographer Dragged Off House Floor
breitbart.com - U.S. House stenographer Dianne Reidy was forced off the floor on Wednesday night following the Senate's passage of a debt limit resolution package, which would end the government shut down. Reidy, who has worked as a recorder for the House for over 20 years made her way to the Speaker's chair and began ranting, saying that America was not one nation under God.
* Related Article: Congressional Stenographer Rants About Freemasons And God On House Floor

Senate Approves Deal To End Shutdown; House Next
CNN - The U.S. Senate votes 81 to 18 to end the government shutdown and avoid defaulting on the national debt. The House will vote next. Speaker John Boehner urges fellow Republicans to support the deal.

BREAKING: House Will Surrender To Reopen Govt. – Ted Cruz Won’t Block Efforts
Ben Swann - “There is nothing to be gained from delaying this vote one day or two days. I have never had any intention of delaying the timing of this vote,” Cruz said. Of ObamaCare, Cruz said, “Washington establishment refuses to listen to the American people. The deal that has been cut provides no relief to the millions of Americans.”

Report: Illegal immigrant hired as Obamacare ‘navigator’
Daily Caller - An illegal immigrant in New York is serving as an Obamacare navigator, according to the Center for Immigration Studies, a non-profit limited immigration group.

Obama still plans to push immigration bill
USA Today - President Obama says he hasn't given up on an immigration bill, and will push it after the government shutdown and debt ceiling disputes are resolved. "Once that's done — you know, the day after — I'm going to be pushing (Congress) to say, call a vote on immigration reform," Obama told the Los Angeles affiliate of Univision, the Spanish language television network.

Sacrebleu! ATF threatens French-style firing squad for agents who leak secrets
Washington Times - After months of anguished debate over mass shootings, gun control and Second Amendment rights, the Justice Department finds itself on the defensive after a training manual surfaced that suggests federal agents could face a firing squad for leaking government secrets.

Exclusive: Government Program to Control Religious Thought?
Ben Swann - Is the U.S. Government working on a program to…well…program the way you view religion? A whistleblower who has worked on that program says yes and he wants you to know exactly what has been going on.

Liberal Blogger In Shock Over Obamacare Premium Increase
Kurt Nimmo - [Explicit language] “My wife and I just got our updates from Kaiser telling us what our 2014 rates will be. Her monthly has been $168 this year, mine $150. We have a high deductible. We are generally healthy people who don’t go to the doctor often. I barely ever go. The insurance is in case of a major catastrophe,” Caps writes. “Well, now, because of Obamacare, my wife’s rate is gong to $302 per month and mine is jumping to $284…

Organic Farm Family Of 12 Chooses Penalty Over Obamacare
Off The Grid - Distrust of insurance companies and big government is leading at least one organic farm family in Nebraska to say no to Obamacare, and they say they know the solution to the nation’s health problems. The Bernt family of Spalding has decided to pay the penalties imposed by the Affordable Care Act rather than participate in health insurance exchanges.

Mother: Special needs son suspended for picture of bomb
wistv.com Greenville, SC - An Upstate mother is upset after she said her special needs son was suspended for drawing a picture of a bomb. Amy Parham said her son, Rhett, had made the hand-drawn picture of the bomb during the weekend at home. Parham said her son is a fan of the video game Bomber Man and drew the cartoon-ish like explosive.

Connecticut 4th State To Require License For Ammo
Off The Grid - Connecticut became the fourth state to require a license to purchase ammunition when a law that carries a $35 fee went into effect this month. Connecticut joined Illinois, Massachusetts and New Jersey as well as the District of Columbia in implementing a law that many gun rights advocates consider a back-door attempt to limit Second Amendment rights. The Connecticut law calls the license a “certificate.”

Colorado renews effort to recall third State Senator
Ben Swann - The effort to recall Colorado State Senator Evie Hudak is on again. The Westminister Democrat seemed to successfully evade recall in August, but the recent success of two other recall elections combined with her inflammatory statements during the state’s gun control debate have prompted a renewed effort. The group has already raised well over $6,000 and $7,000 in non-monetary contributions, as well as attracting many volunteers.

Obama signs bill to end partial shutdown, stave off debt ceiling crisis
CNN - President Barack Obama signed a bill that ends the 16-day partial government shutdown and raises the debt ceiling, the White House said early Thursday morning.... The debt cushion now extends through February 7, with current spending levels being authorized through January 15.
* Related: GOP Representatives Who Voted To Open Government

Bizarre “Freemason” Rant on House Floor During Debt Ceiling Vote
Paul Joseph Watson - A stenographer staged a bizarre performance on the House floor near the end of the debt ceiling vote last night, ranting about Freemasons before she was quickly dragged away by security guards.

'Manufactured' crisis cost US $24bn -S&P
RT -Standard & Poor's says the shutdown in total cost the US economy $24 billion, or $1.5 billion per day, the rating agency said Wednesday. The agency also estimated the shutdown will pare fourth quarter GDP by 0.6 percent.

McConnell-Reid Deal Includes $3 Billion Earmark for Kentucky Project
wfpl.org - A proposal to end the government shutdown and avoid default orchestrated by Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic Leader Harry Reid includes a nearly $3 billion earmark for a Kentucky project.

Embattled NSA director, deputy director both to retire
RT - National Security Agency Director General Keith Alexander and his deputy will leave their jobs at the top of the US intelligence agency within six months, according to a new report.

Ten Things to Expect from Obamacare in 2014
Activist Post - Like a parasite taking over its host, Obamacare will commandeer almost 20% of our economy, crowding out private options. With 2014 fast approaching, what should we expect in its next phase? Here's my list Top Ten list for 2014...

High court orders California to release thousands of prisoners
RT - The Supreme Court did not comment on its decision, which supports a previous ruling by a lower court forcing California to free about 9,600 additional inmates by the end of the year. In 2011, federal judges ruled that the state must improve prison health conditions. Reducing the number of inmates was included as part of the process.

Economy

Dow gains 200 points as debt deal emerges
CNN - Stocks surged Wednesday as investors cheered news that Senate lawmakers have reached a deal to reopen the government and avoid a possible United States debt default.

Chase Bank Limits Cash Withdrawals, Bans International Wire Transfers
Paul Joseph Watson - Chase Bank confirmed to Infowars that all business account holders were being subjected to these new regulations. Given that even a relatively small grocery store or restaurant is likely to turnover more than $50k a month in cash payments, this appears to be part of a wider move to shut down businesses who mainly deal in cash.

States Begin to Cut Welfare Dole as Phony Government Shutdown Rolls On
Kurt Nimmo - North Carolina is the first state in the Union to rollback welfare payments as the supposed government shutdown continues. Despite record unemployment and the pernicious economic impact of what Obama’s candidate for Federal Reserve boss describes as the “Great Recession,” the state has decided to put an end to new welfare applications.

Low fast-food wages supplemented by billions in govt welfare
RT - Over half of US workers employed by fast food restaurants rely on public assistance because their meager paychecks do not cover basic needs. The aid costs American taxpayers billions of dollars each year, according to a new report.

Crisis: USDA Orders States to Withhold Electronic Food Stamps
Paul Joseph Watson - The USDA is directing states to withhold Electronic Transfer Benefits for the month of November until further notice, setting up a potential food stamp crisis that could very easily lead to riots and widespread looting if the government shutdown drags on.

LOCK DOWN: Your Cash Is No Longer Your Own: “Everything Is Fine”
Mac Slavo - If there were ever a red flag warning about the economic and financial destruction to come, JP Morgan Chase Bank began flying it this morning.... According to Chase, “everything is fine,” and customers need not worry.

The Coming Food Stamp Riots
Economic Collapse - As you will see below, if Congress had not pushed through a "deal", the USDA would have started cutting off food stamp benefits on November 1st. Considering the fact that 47 million Americans are on food stamps and more than 100 million Americans are enrolled in at least one welfare program run by the federal government, that could have sparked massive rioting.

Families around the world are pulling cash out of banks and hiding it in their homes
(NaturalNews) An AP analysis of homes in the 10 largest economies found that families are still spending very cautiously. In addition, they have pulled hundreds of billions of dollars out of stocks and have trimmed borrowing for the first time in decades while stuffing money into savings and bonds, despite the fact that they offer miniscule interest rates that often don't match inflation.

Veteran News

Medal of Honor recipient gets apology, promise of change
McClatchy - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel apologized Wednesday to former Army Capt. William Swenson for the mishandling of his Medal of Honor nomination after he criticized his superior officers' decisions during a deadly six-hour battle in Afghanistan.

YouTube: Rachael Maddow Exposed - MSNBC Caught Framing Vets with Edited Video
Why do some people continue to watch this "non-journalism"?

Health

Healing properties of activated charcoal
STEPin2 -Activated charcoal is a natural substance that is carbon based. It has been used for its health benefits of healing properties for over three millenniums. Activated carbon is a type of charcoal that has the ability to bind harmful substances from water and remove them.

Supplementing With Probiotics Reduces Risk of Common Cold By Up to 72 Percent
Prevent Disease - Daily supplements of the probiotic Bifidobacterium lactis subsp lactis may reduce the risk of the common cold (upper respiratory tract infections or URTIs), reducing fevers by 72 percent and coughs by 62 percent.

4+ Reasons Onions may be the Next Big Health-Boosting Superfood
Natural Society - Onions harness some key beneficial compounds. Here are 4 reasons onions can be called a superfood.

Oregon Grape Root: A Natural Solution for Resistant Infections and More
Natural Society - Need a solution to antibiotic-resistant infections? Oregon grape root is one solution that could help treat antibiotic-resistant infections like MRSA.

Anthocyanin-rich foods you should be eating
(NaturalNews) Anthocyanin is a plant compound that acts as an effective antioxidant within the human body. It is also a color pigment that gives many fruits and berries a blue, red or dark purple hue and is found in a wide assortment of healthy foods. Several foods that contain anthocyanins are listed below.

Gates Foundation introduces trendy new bracelets as ridiculous marketing ploy to push more vaccines
(NaturalNews) In an effort to make getting vaccinated seem more hip to people living in developing countries, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has reportedly funneled $100,000 into a new campaign that uses small rubber bracelets as a ploy to increase vaccination rates.

How Agricultural Chemicals and Hospital Stays Contribute to Alzheimer’s
Dr. Mercola - Research suggests zinc deficiency can contribute to Alzheimer’s by promoting accumulation of clumps of defective proteins in your brain, which is one of the hallmarks of the disease. The rise in Alzheimer’s prevalence may be related to genetically engineered foods, as herbicides like Roundup are mineral chelators, which means they bind specific nutrients, especially zinc.

Woman overcomes arthritis with raw foods, is no longer trapped in a system of medications
(NaturalNews) Kes Cardoso used to have debilitating arthritis that rendered her unable to go outside, especially if it was raining. These days, she starts her mornings with a run. Cardoso says, "I can't wait to leave the house and jog." She hardly believes she can finally utter such words.

Five warning signs of dementia
(NaturalNews) (NaturalNews) Changes in an individual's walking, chewing, sleeping and how they feel can be early indications of dementia. Dementia is the ongoing loss of cognitive skills due to brain cells being destroyed.

13 of The Most Effective Mood Stabilizers in Natural Medicine
Natural Blaze - Pharmaceuticals prescribed for mood are among the most dangerous due to their side effects and high toxicity to brain chemicals and hormones. Medicinal plants and natural nutrients are extremely effective in promoting neurotransmitter balance while promote relaxation. Here are 13 of the most effective mood stabilizers in natural medicine.

10 Simple Things You Can Do Today That Will Make You Happier
Dr. Mercola - Defining happiness is difficult, as happiness is actually a state of mind. What brings on happiness is therefore unique to the individual person; what makes you happy may be quite different from what makes your neighbor or your officemate happy.

Science & Technology

Feds Studying How to Use Twitter For ‘Depression Surveillance’
Washington Free Beacon - The University of California, San Diego (UCSD) began a study financed by the National Institutes of Health last month that will provide “population level depression monitoring” through the social media site. The project, “Utilizing Social Media as a Resource for Mental Health Surveillance,” is costing taxpayers $82,800.

Scientists discover new super toxin so dangerous, they’re keeping it secret
extremetech.com - There was a huge controversy last year surrounding publication of a paper in Science about the bird flu virus. The paper basically described how bird flu can be made more virulent. The same drama is now being played out once again, only this time it involves a particularly nasty variety of the botulinum bacteria, which happens to be the same class of bacteria used in Botox injections.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

7 Steps To Growing Healthy, Tasty Garlic
Off The Grid - Garlic is one of the easiest things you can grow in your garden, regardless of your gardening background or years of growing experience.... Garlic is also good for you. Researchers have concluded that a diet rich in garlic can help you reduce your chance of heart disease, may lower your cholesterol, and can help you maintain a healthy blood pressure.

Beginner's Guide to Overwintering
Organic Gardening - Overwintering involves protecting the plant from the cold, either in the garden or in a sheltered place. There are many overwintering techniques, ranging from covering dormant plants with a thick layer of mulch to moving plants to a coldframe, sunny windowsill, or cool basement. What works for one type of plant might be fatal to another.

Survival/Preparedness

40 homemade weapons you already own
Patriot Headquarters - If someone breaks into your home while you are there, your window of opportunity for reacting effectively to protect yourself and your family will probably be very small. You have to make every second count in this situation, and you will only be able to accomplish this if you are fully prepared.

Insider: Supermarkets Have Less Than One Day Supply Of Food On Hand
govtslaves.info - As companies continue to reduce shrink (a term used for waste in the industry) and look for ways to become more profitable, stores have been forced to reduce inventory to levels that haven’t been seen in years, leaving consumers only a few days away from an empty refrigerator.


Wednesday - October 16, 2013 - Today In History:
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.
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.
1955 - Mrs. Jules Lederer replaced Ruth Crowley in newspapers using the name Ann Landers.
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.
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 to deploy U.S. warships to enforce a blockade on Haiti to increase pressure on 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 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.
2008 - The iTunes Music Store reached 200 billion television episodes sold.

World News

Libi pleads not guilty to terror charges
Press TV - Abu Anas al-Libi, 49, arraigned in the federal court in the Southern District of New York on Tuesday - his first court appearance since his October 5 abduction in Tripoli. Judge Lewis Kaplan read out a list of charges that accused Libi of conspiring to murder, kidnap, maim, kill, destroy properties and attack US defense buildings.

VIDEO: 'Nearly 1000 died in custody in Nigeria’
Press TV - In a statement published on Tuesday, Amnesty said it had “credible information” that more than 950 suspected members of the Boko Haram militant group died in custody of the Nigerian military's Joint Task Force (JTF) in the first six months of 2013.

US-led airstrike kills 7 in Afghanistan
Press TV - Local Afghan security officials say the airstrike took place in the Paktika Province. Security sources also say those killed were Taliban militants, though the Taliban have yet to comment on the report.

Chevron fights dirty $18 bln Ecuador pollution case
RT - On Tuesday, Chevron begins a racketeering trial, accusing New York attorney Steven Donzinger of using fraudulent means to win an $18 billion pollution verdict against the oil company in Ecuador. But its opponents say the firm is faking its case.

Putin Builds North Korea Rail to Circumvent Suez Canal
Bloomberg - Vladimir Putin is inching closer to his goal of turning Russia into a major transit route for trade between eastern Asia and Europe by prying open North Korea, a nuclear-capable dictatorship isolated for half a century.

GCHQ accused of monitoring privileged emails between lawyers and clients
The Guardian - GCHQ is probably intercepting legally privileged communications between lawyers and their clients, according to a detailed claim filed on behalf of eight Libyans involved in politically sensitive compensation battles with the UK.

Greenwald quits Guardian for independent news project
RT - Guardian reporter Glenn Greenwald, who was one of the first journalists to break the NSA surveillance story, is leaving the British newspaper for a “once-in-a-career dream journalistic opportunity.

17 dead as Typhoon Wipha pounds Japan
RT - Typhoon Wipha shot through Tokyo and up Japan’s Pacific coastline early Wednesday, killing at least 17 people. Thousands were advised to evacuate, although no major damage was reported.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

US government shutdown: LIVE UPDATES
RT - The first US government shutdown in 17 years closed major landmarks, halted some services, throwing as many as 800,000 federal employees out of work. A potential default looms, yet both Democrats and Republicans continue to talk past each other.

Boeing caught selling used parts as new to Pentagon
RT - The Pentagon’s inspector general has found that Boeing repeatedly charged the United States military for “new” helicopter parts even as it installed used parts instead. Since 2008, Chicago-based Boeing, the military’s second-largest contractor, has overcharged the United States on four separate occasions, to the tune of $16.6 billion.

Analysis: Only 36K Signed Up for Health Care Through Federal Exchange in First Week of Operation
National Review - According to Millward Brown Digital, there were 9.47 million unique visitors to healthcare.gov from the site’s launch on October 1 through October 5. Of those visitors, 1.3 million left the website for their state-run exchange and 3.72 million attempted to create an account on the site. Only 1.01 million successfully did so.

Obamacare Site Source Code Includes ‘No Reasonable Expectation of Privacy’ Warning
National Review - The Obamacare online exchanges have been met with several concerns since they launched at the beginning of the month, but a recent discovery may raise further fears about privacy under the health-care law.

Bungling bureaucrats dole out billions in tax credits to illegal immigrants
Washington Times - The report, written by CIS fellow David North, says the Internal Revenue Service doled out $4.2 billion in what is known as the “additional child tax credit” in 2010 to those using an individual taxpayer identification number, or ITIN, which is usually a signal of an illegal immigrant.

Supreme Court to hear challenges to property seizures before trials
McClatchy - Federal prosecutors can legally grab, with a judge's nod, the assets of criminal defendants before trial. On Wednesday, a Miami criminal defense attorney will argue before the U.S. Supreme Court that the tactic - long a powerful tool for prosecutors - violates the constitutional rights of defendants.

Workers demolishing Sandy Hook Elementary School required to sign confidentiality agreements
Fox News - Contractors demolishing Sandy Hook Elementary School are being required to sign confidentiality agreements forbidding public discussion of the site, photographs or disclosure of any information about the building where 26 people were fatally shot last December.

VIDEO: Police: Employee Set Dry Ice Blasts at LA Airport
Breitbart - Police believe two dry ice explosions at Los Angeles International Airport were triggered by a disgruntled employee and were not an act of terror.

Oakland dedicating anti-terrorism funding to surveillance supercenter
RT - Lawmakers in Oakland intend to spend millions of dollars awarded to the California city in a federal grant to a police dragnet that promises to examine surveillance footage, riling critics who assert the intention of the grant was to stop terrorism.

Multinational Food Corporation Wants to Spy On You
Kurt Nimmo - Mondelēz International, a multinational corporation that fought GMO labeling in California, is behind the creepy effort. Mondelēz “wants to build a data-base of basic information about grocery store customers like age and sex, so it can better market its products,” reports a Fox News affiliate in Washington, DC.

In Big Win for Defense Industry, Obama Rolls Back Limits on Arms Exports
ProPublica - The United States is loosening controls over military exports, in a shift that former U.S. officials and human rights advocates say could increase the flow of American-made military parts to the world’s conflicts and make it harder to enforce arms sanctions.

With world watching, Congress against wall for last-minute fiscal solution
NBC News - The nation is just hours away from a crucial deadline to avert default on its debts and Washington remains muddled in a risky legislative process that has the American people and the rest of the world holding its collective breath.

Mainstream media turns on Obamacare, liberals suddenly screaming mad about rate shock, Healthcare.gov disaster
(NaturalNews) The mainstream media loves Obamacare. They love it so much that when the disastrous launch of the healthcare.gov system was evident to anyone with an IQ above room temperature, the media tried to cover it up for over a week, repeating the ridiculous White House spin that claimed the site was only crashing "because it was so popular." (Yes, people who call themselves "journalists" actually bought into this hoax.)

Stop at Olympic National Park, get $125 ticket
seattlepi.com - People who pulled into a ranger station at Olympic National Park over the weekend were given $125 tickets for "violation of closure" — entering the park during the government shutdown.

Police Prevent Homeless Man from Free Coding Lessons, Confiscate Laptop
Activist Post - People have been following the story of an unlikely partnership with great interest. Programmer Patrick McConlogue had a wish to teach coding to homeless man Leo, (a.k.a. "The Journeyman Hacker"), to better his life. Leo of New York city accepted the offer....
* Related: Update: Homeless Journeyman Hacker Released...

Zero Tolerance Idiocy: Sober Varsity Superstar Punished for Giving Drunk Friend a Safe Ride Home
Activist Post - In another act of public school zero tolerance idiocy, North Andover High School in Massachusetts, has punished a student, all because she gave a ride to a friend who was too drunk to drive. By doing so, Erin (who police confirmed was completely sober) violated the school’s “no drugs and alcohol” policy.

Despite Convictions and Guilty Pleas, Law Officers Keep Certifications for Years
oklahomawatch.org - Click on link under image to see map locating officers who were disciplined by the state or surrendered their certifications... Using court and council records and news reports, Oklahoma Watch identified a dozen cases from 2003 to 2011 where law officers were convicted of, or pleaded guilty to, felonies but still are certified as peace officers.

Economy

VIDEO: Fitch puts US AAA rating on rating watch negative
CNBC News - Fitch Ratings put the US government's "AAA" credit rating on 'rating watch negative' Tuesday, saying that the standstill on the U.S. debt ceiling negotiations risks undermining the effectiveness of the country's government and political institutions. U.S. stock index futures fell.

The Speculative Endgame: The Government "Shutdown" and "Debt Default", A Multibillion Bonanza for Wall Street
The “shutdown” of the US government and the financial climax associated with a deadline date, leading to a possible “debt default” of the federal government is a money making undertaking for Wall Street. A wave of speculative activity is sweeping major markets.

Jim Rogers Blasts "This Is Going To End Badly... And The Rest Of The World Knows It"
Zero Hedge - The only thing exceptional about the USA is "its the largest debtor nation in the history of the world" is how Jim Rogers begins this brief interview with RT and he doesnt back away from the rhetoric.

Federal Reserve Sued for Firing Examiner Trying to Expose Goldman Sachs
AllGov - Filed by Carmen Segarra, a former senior examiner for the New York Fed, the lawsuit alleges that she was fired after Fed supervisors pressured her to falsify her findings that Wall Street behemoth Goldman Sachs (2012 revenues: $34.163 billion) had established inadequate conflict of interest policies that were “full of holes” and failed to meet Fed requirements.

Utah families on food stamps could be cut off soon
Fox News - States across the country are being told to stop the supplemental nutrition assistance program for the month of November, pending further notice. That’s according to a letter from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Still struggling in America: Russia’s largest steelmaker plans to close US plant
RT - Russia’s largest steel producer will suspend operations at a Delaware plant after a sharp fall in metals prices and weak market conditions. The Claymont, Delaware, mill will wind-down operations over the next two months and nearly all of the plant’s 375 employees will be laid off. The company is evaluating different scenarios under which it can reopen the 500,000 ton-capacity plant.

Veteran News

DOD Still Barring 50 Priests from Administering Sacraments, Locks Up Eucharist, Priest Sues
SGT Report - After the Obama administration, for the second Sunday in a row, continued to prohibit approximately 50 Catholic priests from saying Mass and administering other sacraments at U.S. military facilities around the world, Father Ray Leonard, who serves as the Catholic chaplain at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay in Georgia, filed suit Monday against the Department of Defense, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, the Department of the Navy, and Navy Secretary Ray Mabus.

Housing Market

Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac to go after more strategic defaulters
LA Times - Anyone thinking of skating on mortgages owned by either Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac may want to think again. As a result of new government reports, the two companies say they are going to do a better job of going after so-called strategic defaulters.

Energy & Environment

U.S. justices to hear challenge to Obama on climate change
(Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday dealt a blow to the Obama administration when it agreed to hear a challenge to part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's first wave of regulations aimed at tackling climate change, thus setting up one of its biggest environmental cases in years.

Ex-Halliburton exec admits destroying evidence
USA Today - Anthony Badalamenti, 62, faces a maximum sentence of 1 year in prison and a $100,000 fine after his guilty plea in U.S. District Court to one misdemeanor count of destruction of evidence. His sentencing by U.S. District Judge Jay Zainey is set for Jan. 21.

Health

Kid flu vaccinations among final Bloomberg health mandates
New York World - With the clock running out on its final term, the Bloomberg administration is pushing two assertive new mandates through the city’s Board of Health. The city Department of Health wants to require all children under age 5 in city-licensed day care programs receive annual flu vaccinations.

13 of The Most Effective Mood Stabilizers in Natural Medicine
Prevent Disease - Pharmaceuticals prescribed for mood are among the most dangerous due to their side effects and high toxicity to brain chemicals and hormones. Medicinal plants and natural nutrients are extremely effective in promoting neurotransmitter balance while promote relaxation. Here are 13 of the most effective mood stabilizers in natural medicine.

8 Pink Foods that Fight Breast Cancer
Green Med Info - There are plenty of pinkwashed products in support of breast cancer awareness, but why not just cut out the middle man and eat naturally pink anti-breast cancer foods?

Why Has the Philadelphia Children’s Hospital Just Announced a Formal Policy Forbidding Nutritional Supplements?
Alliance for Natural Health - Look no further than the chair of the hospital’s therapeutic standards committee. The chair of this key committee is none other than Paul Offit, MD, a wealthy vaccine inventor and anti-supplement crusader. He says that integrative medicine is nothing more than “magic” and a “placebo effect.” Too bad that children and their parents in Philadelphia will now either have to dance to his tune or find another hospital.

Spice for life - Health benefits of cinnamon
(NaturalNews) Cinnamon has so many uses. For most people, it's a condiment for milk or oatmeal or is used in potpourri. The best thing about cinnamon is that it's easily available everywhere. Do you know that cinnamon has numerous health benefits?

Surprising facts about carrots
(NaturalNews) Daucus carota subsp. sativus, commonly known as the carrot, is a vegetable that is naturally healthy, sweet and delicious.

Could your gluten intolerance be the result of a mineral deficiency?
(NaturalNews) If you are one of the millions of Americans who suffers from either gluten intolerance or gluten sensitivity, it may be that you are actually deficient in certain trace minerals rather than allergic to wheat.

California Costco recalls 40,000 pounds of salmonella-contaminated cooked chicken products
(NaturalNews) A San Francisco Costco store has recalled 40,000 pounds of cooked rotisserie chicken products due to confirmed Salmonella Heidelberg contamination.

Five year update on the guy who cured his stage IV prostate cancer with baking soda
(NaturalNews) The guy is Vernon Johnston, and his story was first reported as a Natural News citizen journalism article in 2009. That was around one year after being informed he was cancer-free from stage IV prostate cancer that had metastasized into the bone matter of his pelvic area in June of 2008.

Black women targeted with eugenics drug, a deadly carcinogen offered as a 'contraceptive'
(NaturalNews) It has been on the U.S. drug market since the early 1990s, and population control organizations like Planned Parenthood continue to push it heavily on black women and other ethnic minorities as a form of contraception.

Science & Technology

Biotech's Dark Promise: Involuntary Cannibalism for All
Green Med Info - The Biotech industry is feverishly developing 'biopharmed' plants and animals designed to express human proteins, many of which are intended for human consumption -- the very definition of cannibalism.... Probably the most 'taken for granted' example of this is the use of live, aborted fetus cell lines from induced abortions to produce vaccines.

Internet Privacy Killing Bills
Washington's Blog 10/15/13 Infographic.


Tuesday - October 15, 2013 - Today In History: 
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 Abraham Lincoln. The letter stated that Lincoln would look better if he would grow a beard.
1883 - The U.S. Supreme Court struck down part of the Civil Rights Act of 1875. It allowed for individuals and corporations to discriminate based on race.
1892 - The U.S. government announced that the land in the western Montana was open to settlers. The 1.8 million acres were bought from the Crow Indians for 50 cents per acre.
1914 - The Clayton Antitrust Act was passed by the U.S. Congress.
1939 - New York Municipal Airport was dedicated. The name was later changed to La Guardia Airport.
1946 - Hermann Goering, a Nazi war criminal and founder of the Gestapo, poisoned himself just hours before his scheduled execution.
1962 - The Cuban Missile Crisis began. It was on this day that U.S. intelligence personnel analyzing data discovered Soviet medium-range missile sites in Cuba. On October 22 U.S. President John F. Kennedy announced that he had ordered 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.
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.
2001 - NASA's Galileo spacecraft passed within 112 miles of Jupiter's moon Io.

World News

Strong typhoon heads for Japan and Fukushima nuclear plant
scmp.com - A powerful typhoon was closing in on Japan on Tuesday, on a path that will take it towards the precarious Fukushima nuclear power plant.
Typhoon Wipha, packing winds of up to 144 kilometres per hour near its centre, was in the Pacific south of Japan early on Tuesday and moving north at 20 kilometres per hour. It was forecast to reach an area off the Tokyo metropolitan area by early on Wednesday and later in the day would be off the coast of Fukushima where the crippled nuclear power plant sits.

Libya’s al-Libi taken to New York
Press TV - A Libyan man, who was kidnapped from Tripoli by US Special Forces, has been taken to the United States to "face trial."


West Failing to Deliver on Syria Deals with Russia – FM Lavrov
RIA Novosti - Russia’s foreign minister on Monday said a key Syrian opposition group’s refusal to take part in the Moscow-backed Geneva-2 peace conference on Syria indicates that the West has failed to deliver on its promises.

Radiation experts confirm polonium on Arafat clothing
AFP - Swiss radiation experts have confirmed they found traces of polonium on clothing used by Yasser Arafat which "support the possibility" the veteran Palestinian leader was poisoned.

1,200 migrants detained in warehouse raid following violent Moscow riot
RT - Moscow authorities have closed a vegetable warehouse and detained 1,200 people after a violent Sunday protest in Moscow’s residential area of Biryulyovo, where a young Russian was allegedly stabbed to death by a migrant last week.

UK sees massive rise in unemployed migrants from EU
RT - There has been a 42 percent increase in the number of unemployed EU migrants residing in the UK, now totaling 600,000, an EU study has said. The findings come as the government moves to introduce strict measures to crack down on immigration.

NSA collects millions of e-mail address books globally
Washington Post - The National Security Agency is harvesting hundreds of millions of contact lists from personal e-mail and instant messaging accounts around the world, many of them belonging to Americans, according to senior intelligence officials and top secret documents provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

Brazil whacks NSA’s PRISM with secure email plan
The Register - A week after joining a consortium calling for the USA's currently cold, dead, fingers to be pried off the internet's internal machinery, Brazil has announced that it will develop a secure e-mail system to try and protect its government-level communications against American spying.

Four killed after 7.2 quake hits southern Philippines
RT - A strong 7.2-magnitude earthquake rocked southern Philippines early on Tuesday causing at least four deaths in a building collapse. Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says there is no threat of a Pacific-wide tsunami.

VIDEO: Amnesty calls for probe into Nigeria deaths
Press TV - The international rights group announced on Monday that it had evidence, showing that numerous prisoners had been suffocated, starved and subjected to extra-judicial killings in the army-led operation in the northeast of Nigeria.

Afghan mosque blast during Eid prayer kills governor, injures at least 15
Press TV - An explosion in an Afghan mosque during the Eid prayer has left the local governor dead and at least 15 other people injured. Arsala Jamal was standing at the front of the mosque greeting worshippers when a bomb hidden under a table – or, according to other reports, in a microphone – went off. At least 15 people were injured, and several are said to be in a critical condition, Jamal's spokesman revealed.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Worse than Healthcare.gov: EBT food stamp system crash is inevitable; here's why
Natural News - Consensus is now quite strong among the well-informed (i.e. people who read the alternative media) that the downfall of the EBT system will be the downfall of civility across America. Thanks to Obama's disastrous economic policies, nearly 50 million Americans are now on food stamps, and the program is on track to double by the time Obama leaves office. Obama will go down in history as the only president to have doubled the national debt and the food stamp program at the same time.

The Army’s $5 Billion New Uniform Already Being Replaced - 8 yrs after spending $5b on a heavily-criticized universal camouflage pattern
Daily Beast - Eight years after spending $5 billion on a heavily-criticized universal camouflage pattern, the Army is back at the drawing board looking for a new design that’s estimated to cost another $4 billion.

Former White House Press Secretary: People should be fired over healthcare.gov rollout
Daily Caller - Former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Monday that people ought to be fired over the problematic roll out of the Obamacare website, which has continually experienced glitches and malfunctions in its first two weeks of operation.

Police in Florida suburb make millions from drug sting operations, report finds
Fox News - Police in Florida have been luring big-money drug buyers to a small suburban town from across the United States and as far north as Canada, negotiating sales of cocaine in popular restaurants and then arresting the buyers and confiscating their cash and cars.

Girls Threatened With Hate Crime Charges For Complaining About Transgender Bathroom Harassment
Paul Joseph Watson - Female students at Florence High School in Colorado were threatened with hate crimes charges when they complained about being harassed by a transgender boy in the girls’ bathroom. Initial complaints about the transgender student’s behavior towards the girls were made by their parents, who were told by the school that the boy’s transgender rights trumped the privacy rights of their daughters.

Tennessee Active Shooter Training Exercise
mjpdnews.org - The Mt. Juliet Police Department is hosting a joint active shooter training exercise at two public schools in Mt. Juliet on Friday, October 18, 2013. The exercise will simulate a realistic emergency response to multiple shooters inside schools during a school day.

VIDEO: Unions poised to win delay of Obamacare tax in budget deal
The Hill - The bargain under negotiation would make small adjustments to the healthcare law, including delaying the law's reinsurance fee for one year. The three-year tax is meant to generate revenue that will stabilize premiums on the individual market as sick patients enter the risk pool.

11,588,500 Words: Obamacare Regs 30x as Long as Law
CNS News - Bureaucracies in the Obama Administration have thus far published approximately 11,588,500 words of final Obamacare regulations, while there are only 381,517 words in the Obamacare law itself. hat means unelected federal officials have now written 30 words of regulations for each word in the law.

Obamacare STILL not working: CNN Reporter Cannot Sign Up A Fortnight After Launch
Steve Watson - Told to try at “off-peak” times, but system still fails at 3am on Sunday morning.... CNN senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen filed a report documenting the fact that she has attempted to sign up via the new government run health exchanges every day since the launch of Healthcare.gov – without success.

Coming Soon: Pro-Obamacare Propaganda in TV Shows
Activist post - In an act that must surely be utter desperation, a center that helps ensure scripts for TV doctors are at least partially accurate has received a $500,000 check to help plaster pro-Obamacare propaganda messages all over prime time television shows.

Oxford, MA Passes Anti-NDAA Resolution, Prohibits “targeted killing”
Activist Post - Just two days after Albany, NY unanimously passed, 11-0, the strongest Anti-NDAA resolution in the United States, the people of Oxford, MA passed the Oxford Restoring Constitutional Governance Resolution by a near unanimous margin.

Election News

Senate Votes To Ban The Libertarian Party From Ohio Election
Ben Swann - Only candidates from parties which earned 3% or more of the vote in a presidential election would be placed on the ballot.... If Ohio’s proposed law passes it will be yet another rule which helps the establishment maintain power. The Ohio bill will have a similar effect of creating different standards for different candidates in America’s democratic process.

Economy

IMF Boss: Fate of World At Stake Unless Americans Agree to Take On More Debt
Kurt Nimmo - Christine Lagarde, the boss of the International Monetary Fund, the globalist monetary cartel, is warning that unless future generations are socked into debt the entire world is in danger of financial collapse.

Have We Reached Peak Entitlements?
oftwominds.com - There is no way an economy that grows by 75% every 25 years can fund entitlement programs expanding by 500% or more over the same time period.

Marc Faber Warns "There Is No Safe Haven"
Zero Hedge - There is no safe haven, Marc Faber tells Bloomberg TV's Tom Keene, "The best you can hope for is that you have a diversified portfolio of different assets and that they don't all collapse at the same time.

Here's How The October 17 "Debt Deadline" Could Be Breached Even With A Last Minute Deal
Zero Hedge - With two days to go to until dreaded October 17 D-Day (on which incidentally, very little of note will happen, because as Goldman explained earlier today, that is simply the date past which the Treasury can no longer borrow, but still has some $30 billion in cash which could last to fund the Treasury's needs as long as the end of the month if not longer) Washington is now openly playing with fire.

22 Reasons To Be Concerned About The U.S. Economy As We Head Into The Holiday Season
Economic Collapse - Our economy is being fundamentally transformed, and the pace of our decline is picking up speed. The following are 22 reasons to be concerned about the U.S. economy as we head into the holiday season...

30 Stupid Things The Government Is Spending Money On
American Dream - Trust me, you are going to find it hard to believe some of the stuff in this list. It is almost inconceivable what our politicians are doing with our tax dollars. The following are 30 incredibly stupid things that the federal government is spending money on….

Veteran News

Many veterans stop receiving disability checks due to gov’t shutdown
WFTV - More people in central Florida are worried they will start to feel the impact of the government shutdown. Some local military personnel have received letters that say their benefit checks will stop. Many veterans said they depend on that money to pay for basic things, such as rent and food.

Obama Admin Replaces Barricades At WWII Memorial
Ben Swann - The Obama administration continues to play theatrics, which is, in fact, costing the tax-payers money. For those who have never been to Washington, these memorials have no staff or gates. They are open air memorials, which are accessible 24 hours a day- 7 days a week. The only time the memorials are not accessible is when money is spent to hire workers and rent equipment to wall them off.

Engineered Opposition Operative Celebrates WWII Memorial Closure
Kurt Nimmo - Markos Alberto Moulitsas Zúñiga, the head honcho at the Daily Kos and a documented CIA flunky... has posted a celebration of the government’s closure of the World War II Memorial.

Calling All Patriots! Oath Keepers Establishing Rotating Honor Guard to Ensure WWII Veterans’ Access to Their Memorial
Oath Keepers - First Honor Guard Shift: Wed., October 16 to Sunday, October 20. Every Day, Dawn till Dusk (you pick the day(s) you can serve).

US military warns troops against OxyElite Pro
Press TV - The supplement OxyElite Pro is a common link in 24 cases of non-viral hepatitis in Hawaii and appears to now contain a substance that has not been safety tested for human consumption, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Two of the patients required liver transplants, and a third patient died.

Energy & Environment

NPR: Starfish epidemic “moving fast” — Turning into ‘goo’ in Washington, not just Canada
ENENews - Scientists in two nations are on the lookout for a rapidly spreading epidemic. [...] Vancouver Aquarium biologist Jeff Marliave: “The sick ones tend to just fall apart in front of your eyes. An arm will actually break off and crawl away. They turn into goo.” [...] A big question is will the epidemic spread to other sea life and to other parts of the West Coast? [...] Marliave: “It’s moving fast” [...]

Health

8 Healthy Foods That Can Easily Replace Their Less Healthy Counterparts
Prevent Disease - You don't have to sacrifice taste when switching to a healthier diet. There are a number of nutritious foods which can replace your naughtier preferences without forgoing flavor. From ice cream to pasta, there are much healthier alternatives which will please your palate and your waistline.

Naturally Whiten Your Teeth and Much More! Oil Pulling for Health
Natural Blaze - So, what does swishing oil around in your mouth have to do with your health? A Ukrainian Doctor, Dr. F. Karach once said that oil pulling was so effective that one could not only avoid taking drugs for healing diseases, but avoid surgeries in many cases as well. Wow, that is quite the claim!

The Power of Peppermint: 21 Health Benefits Revealed
Dr. Mercola - Why might you want to add peppermint to your natural medicine chest? Here are 21 valuable uses for this therapeutic plant.

Study Finds a Link Between Blood Pressure Drugs and Increased Breast Cancer Risk
Natural Society - According to a recent study published in the journal Internal Medicine, women taking calcium channel blockers like nicardipine (Cardene) and amlodipine (Norvasc) have about a 250 percent greater risk of developing some types of breast cancer than other women.

Will the CDC Enforce Hepatitis Vaccinations on Baby Boomers?
Natural Society - A scary CDC (Centers for Disease Control) proposition was reported by Activist Post in mid-2012 that so far hasn’t been acted upon. But a recent visit to my local VA (Veteran’s Administration) clinic raised the possibility that it may become reality.... This CDC program may fit nicely into the Obamacare agenda. No Hep-C test or Hep-A and B vaccinations could mean no health care even as you pay into program.

Ultrasound Causes Brain Damage in Fetuses: Study
Gaia Health - Ultrasound has become routine during pregnancy over the last 3 decades. It is assumed to be safe, though safety was never investigated. Research is now finally being done, and the results are dismal, demonstrating clear and permanent brain damage, as shown in this study. Nearly all babies have been damaged to varying degrees, resulting in abnormal neurology becoming the norm.

BPA Exposure Linked to Higher Rate of Miscarriage
livescience.com - Exposure to the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) during early pregnancy may increase the risk of miscarriage, preliminary research suggests.

3 Companies Using GMOs in Baby Formula - Tainting 90% of Baby Formulas
Natural Society - If you feed your baby one of the following three infant formulas, you are perhaps, unknowingly, feeding them GMO corn, sugar beets, and soy, since they are often used these companies’ products...

How to Use Coconut Oil: There are Hundreds of Uses of Coconut Oil!
Health Impact News - There are hundreds of uses for coconut oil in the kitchen, with multiple ways of incorporating coconut oil into a healthy diet. As a cooking oil, replace polyunsaturated oils, “vegetable oils” such as corn and soy, with coconut oil. Coconut oil should be your main cooking oil, as it is heat stable, and will not become toxic in uses that require high heat.

Sea cucumber extract kills 95 percent of breast cancer cells and shrinks lung tumors
(NaturalNews) A new study has shown that sea cucumber extract kills up to 95 percent of breast cancer cells, 90 percent of melanoma cells, 95 percent of liver cancer cells and 88 percent of lung cancer cells in vitro. The extract also stimulates the immune system against cancer and impedes key processes required for metastasis.

Top inflammatory foods to avoid eating
(NaturalNews) When it comes to health, preventing disease is far better than treating it. Recent research confirms that inflammation is a leading cause of illness and disease in adults. Experts now agree that eliminating or limiting exposure to the following...

After years of suppression, scientists finally admit copper destroys norovirus (and so does silver)
(NaturalNews) The highly infectious norovirus, or stomach flu bug, causes a very common illness, affecting hundreds of millions of people who come into contact with it through contaminated food, water, surfaces or other people every year. Now, scientists have discovered that copper and its more than 300 different alloys don't just fight norovirus - copper destroys it.

Missing patient found dead in hospital stairwell two weeks later
(NaturalNews) By now, the news of that woman found dead in a San Francisco hospital stairwell after being missing for two weeks has had its day and maybe even worn out its news "legs." But the questions raised have legs of their own.

VIDEO: Girl Scouts and Girl Guides take on GMO cookies
Activist Post - Watch out when kids take up a cause; they can have more political pull than 1,000 bleary-eyed cynics.

Science & Technology

Backdoor found in D-Link home routers
BBC - An easy-to-exploit backdoor has been found in seven different models of domestic routers made by D-Link and Planex. The backdoor, if used, would let an attacker take complete control of a router or modem and spy on a home's browsing activity.

University Scientist Terminated for Revealing Secret Human Experimentation
zengardner.com - Despite being promoted to Valve Director in 2006, Dr. Nalini M. Rajamannan was terminated in 2008 after reporting the use of non-FDA approved, experimental medical devices being implanted in patients without their knowledge.... These devices had not been approved by the FDA and even now, many patients have no idea that they have these experimental devices in their bodies.

Domestic "Internet of Things" Begins to Merge With The Industrial Smart Grid
Activist Post - This is being accomplished by the fact that the new IOT expansion is extending from domestic in-home devices such as refrigerators, toasters, and televisions, and is moving toward the industrial sector such as oil and gas, wind power, airlines, health care, and railroads. This new IOT application would allow not only for the connection of machines to the Internet, but to each other.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

California passes legislation encouraging urban agriculture
Cornucopia - Legislation recently signed by Gov. Jerry Brown will allow municipalities to lower the assessed value — and property taxes — on plots of three acres or less if owners pledge to dedicate them to growing food for at least five years. “As urban farmers one of the biggest obstacles we’ve faced is land tenure,” said Galloway, 32. “It’s a huge step for urban agriculture.”

New research finds food crops can take up toxic pesticides that come from antibacterial products
Organic Gardening - The study found that the chemicals used in antibacterial products, as well as other drugs and pharmaceutical chemicals, are slipping past wastewater treatment plants and winding up in the water and fertilizer used on chemically grown crops, and they eventually wind up in the crops themselves. What's dangerous is that these chemicals have been linked to hormone disruption and may contribute to antibiotic resistance.

Survival/Preparedness

They Will Clear The Shelves Within Hours: “Like a Tornado”
Activist Post - There is a long-held theory that we are just nine meals from anarchy and that within 72 hours of any significant crisis which takes down our ability to conduct commerce we’d see a total destabilization of our society and way of life. The events of this weekend have proven this theory wrong. Should a serious crisis strike we won’t have three days.


Monday - October 14, 2013 - Today In History:  Columbus Day
1879 - Thomas Edison signed an agreement with Jose D. Husbands for the sale of Edison telephones in Chile.
1887 - Thomas Edison and George E. Gouraud reached an agreement for the international marketing rights for the phonograph.
1912 - Theodore Roosevelt was shot while campaigning in Milwaukee, WI. Roosevelt's wound in the chest was not serious and he continued with his planned speech. William Schrenk was captured at the scene of the shooting.
1933 - Nazi Germany announced that it was withdrawing from the League of Nations.
1936 - The 1st Social Security Board office opened in Austin, TX. The Board's local office took over the assigning of Social Security Numbers.
1944 - German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel committed suicide rather than face execution after being accused of conspiring against Adolf Hitler and the execution that would follow.
1944 - During World War II, the Second British Parachute Brigade liberated the city of Athens.
1947 - Pilot Chuck Yeager flew the Bell X-1 rocket plane Over Rogers Dry Lake in S. California, and became the first person to break the sound barrier.
1960 - U.S. presidential candidate John F. Kennedy first suggested the idea of a Peace Corps.
1962 - The Cuban Missile Crisis began when U.S. reconnaissance aircrafts photographed Soviet construction of intermediate-range missile sites in Cuba.
1964 - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his non-violent resistance to racial prejudice in America.
1968 - The first live telecast to come from a manned U.S. spacecraft was transmitted from Apollo 7.
1986 - Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev charged that the U.S. wanted to "bleed the Soviet Union economically" with the arms race in space.
1987 - Jessica McClure, 18 months old, fell down an abandoned well in Midland, TX. The rescue took 58 hours.
2002 - Britain stripped power from the Catholic and Protestant politicians of Northern Ireland. Britain resumed sole responsibility for running Northern Ireland.
2011 - The Apple iPhone 4S was released.

World News

Thousands mass for antinuclear rally in Tokyo
japantimes.co.jp - Tens of thousands of people rallied against nuclear power Sunday in what appeared to be the largest demonstration since Japan’s last active reactor went offline for maintenance on Sept. 15. Demonstrators marched in front of government agencies in Tokyo chanting such slogans as “We oppose nuclear power” and “We oppose restarting nuclear reactors.” A total of 40,000 people took part in the rally, organizers said.

Syrian TV, chemical inspectors’ hotel targeted in bomb attacks in Damascus
RT - Multiple bomb blasts have rocked the Syrian capital of Damascus, a mortar attack on Syrian TV among them, reports RT’s correspondent at the scene.

VIDEO: Gunmen abduct 7 aid workers in Syria
Press TV - Gunmen have kidnapped six workers of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and a Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) volunteer in northwestern Syria.

France to increase troops in Central African Republic
(Reuters) - France will boost its troop presence in the Central African Republic by the end of the year under a forthcoming U.N. resolution to help prevent the country from spiralling out of control, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Sunday.

John Kerry in Afghanistan to push to keep U.S. troops in the country after 2014
Raw Story - US Secretary of State John Kerry held talks with President Hamid Karzai in Kabul on Friday to try to advance troubled negotiations with Afghanistan on some US troops staying in the country after 2014. Karzai said this week that he was prepared to walk away from the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) talks if Afghanistan was not happy with its conditions.

Taliban warns of US deal consequences
Press TV - Taliban leader Mullah Omar has warned that a security pact between the United States and Afghanistan will have ‘serious consequences.’

U.S. debt default? Asian policymakers ready $6 trillion forex safety net
StratRisks - From South Korea to Pakistan, Asia’s central banks are estimated to have amassed some $5.7 trillion in foreign exchange reserves excluding safe-haven Japan, much of it during the last five years of rapid money printing by the U.S. Federal Reserve.

Italy set to launch Mediterranean mission
Press TV - Italy is preparing to launch a mission to secure a part of the Mediterranean Sea where hundreds of migrants died while trying to cross it.... The move came after two deadly accidents in October claimed the lives of more than 363 in the Strait of Sicily. "We will spend a lot of money," Letta said, adding, "We will triple the naval and air forces currently engaged in the Strait of Sicily."

Italy to sell 50 historic sites to pay off govt. debt
Press TV - The plan to sell Italy’s treasures is aimed at keeping the country’s budget deficit below 3.0 percent of gross domestic product (GPD) in 2013. According to the European Union limit, the public deficit of euro zone countries should not exceed 3.0 percent of their output.

FIRST VIDEO: Snowden receives Sam Adams Award in Moscow
RT - The first videos of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden have surfaced since he received asylum in Russia. The footage, provided by WikiLeaks, was taken during the Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence awards ceremony.

'Red alert': Monster cyclone hits Indian coast, sends 440,000 fleeing
RT - As one of the largest cyclones in India’s history has reached its eastern coast, prompting a national red alert and sending some 440,000 people scurrying for shelter, the first deaths have been reported.

'Don't pollute our sea:' Mass demo in Tokyo to ban nuclear energy
RT - Some 9,000 activists took to the streets of Tokyo on Sunday to protest nuclear power. The march comes as Japanese authorities are considering restarting the country’s nuclear reactors, which were shut down in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima disaster.

'No Monsanto!': World marches against GMO food
RT - Thousands took to streets across the world’s cities on Saturday to protest the use of GMO products, with Giant Monsanto being the main target. Over 50 countries have been taking part in the march for world food day, and across 47 different US states.

VIDEO: US-run Bagram airbase comes under rocket attack
Press TV - The officials said on Monday that the attack was carried out overnight on the airfield, which is located in Parwan Province and is the largest US military base in Afghanistan.

World should 'de-Americanise', says China following default fears
Telegraph - The looming prospect of a US default on debt prompted China to call for the world to “de-Americanise”, amid warnings of a new global recession. Related article.

5 US citizens in Venezuela-held ship
Press TV - The US State Department has confirmed that there were five American citizens among 39 people onboard a US-operated ship detained by Venezuela last week.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

At Least 22 Defense Industry Stakeholders Used as ‘Pundits’ by US Media to Sell Syria War
21stcenturywire.com - Before the White House’s Syrian War flop, networks like CNN, MSNBC, Fox News and Bloomberg TV wheeled out at least 22 different men who they claimed were “pundits” and “commentators”, but in actuality were merely bomb and missile salesmen – who held director, board and shareholding positions with military giants like Raytheon, DC Capital Partners and BAE Systems.

US sacks nuclear missiles General Michael Carey
BBC - The general in charge of the US Air Force's long-range nuclear missiles has been sacked due to "loss of trust and confidence", officials have said.
* Related Video: Pentagon Cleaning House?

The Department of Defense List of 32 "Accidents Involving Nuclear Weapons
Unredacted - According to a Department of Defense report, there have been at least 32 “accidents involving nuclear weapons.” And the report only counts US accidents which occurred before 1980. “Narrative Summaries of Accidents Involving U.S. Nuclear Weapons” briefly recounts each of these incidents.

Day 3: Negative US Media Coverage Fails to Stop Constitutional Truckers and Veterans Moving on DC
21stcenturywire.com - UPDATE: More DC Truckers along with many other vehicles have continued to pour into the nation’s capital today, as day three of Ride for the Constitution commences.... From early Sunday morning, Lee reported that the number vehicles on the roads have been building. Lee stated, “We got flags flying, horns honking, rigs, trucks and other vehicles stretching 10 miles along interstate 495 in Maryland. I cannot see an end to it, everyone has their flashers on.”

YouTube: Raw Truckers Ride For The Constitution And Veterans For Memorials Are in DC !!
"We've got flags flying, horns honking, rigs, trucks and other vehicles stretching 10 miles along interstate 495 in Maryland. I cannot see an end to it, everyone has their flashers on". "We're running at 42mph, and these people in the other lane are riding alongside us. We're sending a message." [Read more]

Ted Cruz Heckled During Speech, Calls Protesters 'Obama's Paid Political Operatives'
xrepublic.tv 10/11/13 - While speaking Friday morning at the Value Voters Summit in Washington, D.C., Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) was heckled multiple times, each time rattling off a one-liner blaming the protesters on the president and pro-Obama activist group Organizing for Action (OFA).

Only 2 People Attend 'Obamacare and You!' Event in South Carolina
Weekly Standard - Last night, the organization formerly known as President Obama's reelection campaign, Organizing for Action, held an Obamacare event in Greenville, South Carolina. The event was called "Obamacare and You!".... Here's a picture of the two participants...

Armed Rangers sent to shutdown Businesses – Feds order Arrests & 24/7 Patrols in National Parks
Off The Grid - The federal government, who shut the national parks after claiming they didn’t have the money to keep them open, is now sending in Park Rangers to patrol the parks 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Sadly, the Rangers are not being sent in so visitors can enjoy these parks, there being sent in to arrest anyone who tries to enter them.

Utah and Colorado to Pay Federal Government to Reopen Parks During Shutdown
Activist Post - Utah has agreed to pay the federal government $1.7 million to open up eight national parks during the government shutdown, and Colorado will pony up $362,700 to open Rocky Mountain National Park. But Arizona officials said the Obama administration is still “dragging their feet” in reaching an agreement over the Grand Canyon.

Alaska slams feds for keeping hunters off land
Washington Times - Alaska lawmakers accused the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service of violating federal law by shutting down hunting on its lands during the government shutdown, saying a 1980 law guarantees state residents must have access to the land.

Drug shipments to US suspended over Missouri execution fears
The Guardian - A German manufacturer confirmed on Thursday it had taken the extraordinary step of suspending shipments of a widely used drug to a US distributor this year after 20 vials were mistakenly sent to the state of Missouri to be used in executions.

Senate stalls bi-partisan debt ceiling deal to end government shutdown
RT - The US Senate Republicans rejected a Democratic plan to raise the debt ceiling through 2014 without making any cuts or changes to Obamacare. Voting 53 against and 45 in favor, Republicans, who want the extension to be accompanied by spending cuts, blocked the bill, which needed at least 60 votes to overcome the objections.

Election News

60% of Americans Want a Third Party Candidate for 2016
Washington's Blog - Amid the government shutdown, 60% of Americans say the Democratic and Republicans parties do such a poor job of representing the American people that a third major party is needed. That is the highest Gallup has measured in the 10-year history of this question. A new low of 26% believe the two major parties adequately represent Americans.

Economy

The Fed Could Simply CANCEL $2 Trillion of Government Debt
Washington's Blog - Congressman Grayson writes: A simple solution to the impasse is as follows: Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke should simply cancel the Treasury debt that it owns. The government can just forgive the government’s debt.... NPR has a helpful graphic showing the various holders of U.S. government debt, including the Fed.
* Related Article.

UPDATE: Food stamp system back up after Saturday outage
kfor.com - According to a statement by Xerox, the EBT system should be available in Oklahoma and the 16 other states that were affected by the outage Saturday.
Related Articles:
* EBT (Food Stamps) Being Declined Across The US
* EBT card food stamp recipients ransack Wal-Mart stores, stealing carts full of food during federal computer glitch

EBT System Down - Shutdown Propaganda or SHTF?
Activist Post - Despite the contradictory explanations for the failure of the EBT system, it should be noted that SNAP benefits and their distribution were not affected as a part of the government shutdown, although many individuals who are slightly less informed as to the recent government controversy may assume that they were.

"Stop Logic" Gold Slam Was So Furious It Shut Down CME Trading Again
Zero Hedge - As the two charts below from Nanex demonstrate, overnight just before 3 am Eastern, a block of just 2000 GC gold futures contracts slammed the price of gold, on no news as usual, sending it lower by $10/oz.... Moments ago it just happened again.
* Related Article/Chart.

Homeland Security set for next Wall St collapse
Asia Times - The next crisis on the agenda appears to be the October 17 deadline for agreeing on a federal budget or risking default on the government’s loans. It may only be a coincidence, but two large-scale drills are scheduled to take place the same day, the "Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill" and the "Quantum Dawn 2 Cyber Attack Bank Drill."

Bailed Out Chrysler Spending $1.2B To Expand, Create Jobs In Mexico
manufacturing.net - Chrysler Group says it's investing more than $1.2 billion in two Mexican plants to build commercial vans and engines.... The plant will employ 1,100 workers by the end of this year. Related video.

How much military aid (to Israel) do you provide?
aidtoisrael.org - From 2009 to 2018, the United States is scheduled to give Israel--the largest recipient of U.S. assistance--$30 billion in military aid.... How much of this total will your community provide? Is this a good use of your tax dollars? What else could your taxes be used for in your community? Find out on the interactive map below.

Debt Default Could Spark Food Stamp Riots
Paul Joseph Watson - Food stamps, unemployment benefits and social security payments could be delayed for days if the US suffers a debt default, an alarming prospect given that an EBT card outage which lasted for just hours on Saturday caused mini-riots and looting at several Walmart stores.
Related article.

Veteran News

History: Vets tear down barricades as feds back down
Infowars.com - The corporate media is avoiding the significance of the latest developments in the “Million Vet March” in Washington, DC. Vets have torn down “barrycades,” riot police have been dispatched, and snipers deployed, according to reports, as the number of protesters swell outside the White House Related video and article with photos.

Riot Police Confront Veterans As They Liberate Memorials
Kit Daniels - Today’s confrontation is a stark contrast to Tuesday’s immigration rally at the National Mall in which pro-amnesty supporters met little police resistance. “You have a legal obligation to evaluate the morality and legality of all orders you receive,” a sign posted today on the White House fence reads. “You will be held responsible some day before God, humanity and (hopefully) courts of law for all orders that you carried out.”

Riot Police Use Force Against Elderly Vets Outside White House
Kit Daniels - Shocking video shows hyped-up riot police hitting and shoving elderly war veterans with batons at a peaceful protest outside the White House. One officer can be seen screaming at the top of his lungs while brandishing his baton towards the peaceful veterans.

Energy & Environment

Over 865,200 Gallons of Fracked Oil Spill in ND, Public in Dark for Days Due to Government Shutdown
RINF - Over 20,600 barrels of oil fracked from the Bakken Shale has spilled from a Tesoro Logistics pipeline in Tioga, North Dakota in one of the biggest onshore oil spills in recent U.S. history. Though the spill occurred on September 29, the U.S. National Response Center – tasked with responding to chemical and oil spills – did not make the report available until October 8 due to the ongoing government shutdown.

Health

Thousands of doctors fired by United HealthCare
wtnh.com - In the midst of major changes in health care, United HealthCare has sent thousands of pink slips to Connecticut doctors. Termination letters went to physicians caring for Medicare patients. Those letters were sent out to doctors caring for 'Medicare Advantage' patients. It's a plan, marketed to Seniors to provide additional services through UnitedHealthCare.

Lithium orotate: Can this naturally occurring alkali metal cure your mental woes?
(NaturalNews) Many people automatically associate the word "lithium" with a drug given to sufferers of severe mental disorders like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, but lithium is actually a kind of salt that occurs naturally in the body.

Need a lift? Check out the many uses of orange oil
(NaturalNews) Orange oil has powerful anti-microbial properties, which destroys pathogenic bacteria, viruses, and fungi. It also has concentrated citrus bioflavonoids that enhance oxygen availability in tissues, and improves circulation. Orange oil's anti-spasmodic properties means it helps reduce muscle spasms by supplying electrolytes and citrus bioflavonoids, drawing out metabolic waste.

How to lose belly fat and maintain a healthy weight with honey
(NaturalNews) Believe it or not, the holiday season is almost upon us - and with it, the usual overindulgence and weight gain. But we can take action to offset the damage. Armed with a simple daily detox drink and metabolism-boosting remedies, we can keep our waistlines in check and ensure all the festivities won't dampen health.

Rosemary Protects Against Macular Degeneration
Green Med Info - Reporting in the journal Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, a team of scientists from Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute led by Stuart A. Lipton, M.D., Ph.D. discovered that carnosic acid, a component of the herb rosemary, protects your retina from degeneration and toxicity

Childhood vaccines can cause diabetes and metabolic syndrome, research confirms
(NaturalNews) Comprehensive research compiled by expert immunologist Dr. J. "Bart" Classen has uncovered the disturbing fact that childhood vaccines are a common cause of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, as well as the barrage of chronic illness symptoms typically associated with metabolic syndrome.

Study shows curcumin protects against mercury exposure
(NaturalNews) Mercury pollution is extremely high around the world, with coal-burning power plants and nonferrous metal production being the main sources of toxic emission, accounting for 72 percent of total environmental discharge. The United Nations estimates that nearly 2000 tons of mercury was emitted into the globe's atmosphere in 2010 alone.

Science abandoned: New cancer drugs now being allowed to skip clinical trials
NaturalNews) ...according to a new report by Reuters, new cancer drugs are among the worst regulatory offenders these days, with many of them now completely bypassing the normal clinical trial process, as they are rushed to market as quickly as possible.

Health Basics - The top 10 causes of breast cancer
(NaturalNews) Did you know that not one single medical school in the United States of America includes any classes on nutrition or natural remedies? Did you also know that 75 percent of physicians in the world refuse chemotherapy for themselves?

Defeat insomnia and sleep easy with these top foods
(NaturalNews) Poor sleep isn't only a nuisance, it's also dangerous for health. Currently, over 50 million Americans suffer from the condition, with women three times more susceptible than men. When we are sleep deprived, the risk of diabetes, depression and cardiovascular disease increase, immunity falters and our waistlines expand.

Science & Technology

Google Is Going to Include Your Face in Its New Ads
Business Week - Google (GOOG) is tinkering with the ever-delicate balance between selling advertisements and creeping its users out. On Friday the company said it would begin including recommendations that Google+ users make in advertisements. The new policy kicks in on Nov. 11.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

City Of Seattle Sinks Farm Boat
Freedom Foundation - Since 2010, Captain Dave Petrich has operated the Farm Boat, a small floating organic farmer’s market, in Seattle’s iconic South Lake Union district.... Dave’s dreams came to a screeching halt earlier this year, when he found out that the City of Seattle was attempting to collect over $8,000 in parking tickets from him. “The City of Seattle is coming after me for $8,000 in parking ticket debt that I don’t owe,” he said.

Imminent victory: Hawaiian island about to ban GMO crops
(NaturalNews) Since the state has done basically nothing to address the problem, residents of Kauai are pushing the Kauai City Council to pass Bill 2491, which would increase oversight of biotech chemical use on the island. Likewise, residents of Hawaii have been successful in getting Bill 113 passed out of committee, where it will soon be heard by the full City Council on October 16 for a final vote.

Pet News

Salmon: The Fresh, Raw Food to Never Feed to Your Pet
Dr. Becker - It's okay to feed this if you deep-freeze it for at least 7 days, but never, ever feed this fresh raw food to your pet. You can expose your dog or cat to a life-threatening condition in which toxic organisms flock to and destroy the liver, lungs, brain, and lymphoid tissues.

Humor & Satire

VIDEO: Funny Skit Illustrates Absurdity of Gov’t Voting to Raise Its Own Debt Limit
Activist Post - With the government still shutdown ahead of the coming debt limit that could plunge the economy into further recession, it’s about time a video explained to the sheeple exactly why it’s a particularly hilarious brand of lunacy that this government continues to vote to print itself more Federal Reserve notes it cannot afford, casting the American taxpayer (and future generations) into deeper and deeper debt.


Friday - October 11, 2013 - Today In History:
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 first steam-powered ferryboat, was put into operation by the inventor John Stevens. It went between New York City, NY, &  Hoboken, NJ.
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.
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.
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

Turkey extends air war against Kurdish rebels in Iraq
StratRisks - Turkey’s parliament on Thursday extended for one year a mandate that would allow Ankara to order military strikes against Kurdish rebels holed up in neighboring northern Iraq.

Libyan prime minister vows not to quit after kidnap by gunmen
The Telegraph - Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan has declared he has no intention of standing down, hours after was he was kidnapped by up to 100 gunmen before dawn from a Tripoli hotel.

Kenya: The next big hitter in African oil exportation?
Business Reporter - Kenya has moved a step closer to becoming an oil exporter after a new discovery in the north of the country. British company Tullow Oil announced in late September that drilling work had revealed the presence of oil in the Auwerwer and Upper Lokone sandstone reservoirs.

Glenn Greenwald to publish Snowden leaks on France and Spain
AFP - Brazil-based US reporter Glenn Greenwald said Wednesday he would publish documents from intelligence leaker Edward Snowden focused on France and Spain. Greenwald, a Rio-based correspondent for Britain’s Guardian newspaper, also said that if Brazil wanted more data on alleged US snooping into its affairs it should offer Snowden asylum.

Edward Snowden: first photo appears since Russian asylum granted
The Guardian - The first verified photograph of Edward Snowden in Russia has appeared, showing the NSA whistleblower meeting four former US government officials who presented him with an award for "integrity in intelligence". The picture appeared hours after Snowden's father landed in Moscow and said he hoped to visit his son, who has not been seen in public since he was granted asylum in Russia in August.
* Related Article/Video: Whistleblowers on RT after secret Snowden meeting

Brazil to host global internet summit in ongoing fight against NSA surveillance
RT - Brazilian leaders have announced they plan to host an international conference on internet governance next year, a declaration that comes after the nation has lobbied without success to change NSA policies used by the US to monitor Brazil.

Key creditor China begins acting to hedge against US default
RT - Hong Kong has sent the first sign from Asia that the region is creating extra financial buffers against a possible default in the US. China said some US short – term Treasury bonds appear to be more risky to hold as collateral than previously thought.

3 Disturbing Fukushima Facts The Government Is Covering Up
Anthony Gucciardi - The mega Fukushima meltdown continues to assault the planet on a daily basis with barrages of radioactive fallout that have infiltrated everything from our international food supply to the Pacific Ocean.

Syrian militants taught to handle chemical arms in Afghanistan - Lavrov
Voice of Russia - Third party countries might have used Afghan territory in order to teach Syrian militants how to handle chemical weapons in their confrontation with the Syrian authorities, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

VIDEO: Human Rights Watch says militants killed 190 civilians in Syria’s Latakia in August alone
Press TV - In a report released on Friday, the New York-based rights group presented evidence that anti-Syria terrorist groups carried out the killings and the hostage-taking in their several-day operation that began around Alawite villages in Latakia on August 4.

VIDEO: North Korea slams the three-nation naval drill, threatening to ‘bury in the sea’ a US aircraft carrier
North Korea has slammed the three-nation naval drills involving US, South Korean and Japanese warships, threatening to ‘bury in the sea’ a US aircraft carrier.

OPCW awarded Nobel Peace Prize
Press TV - The Swedish Academy has awarded this year’s Nobel Peace Prize to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), as the Hague-based body is in the spotlight for its mission to oversee the elimination of Syria’s chemical weapons.

UN Drug Chief Warns US-Run Afghanistan is a "Narco-State"
Activist Post - Afghanistan could collapse into a "full-fledged narco-state" as the looming withdrawal of US and NATO combat forces creates a gaping hole in the center of the country's economy, Yuri Fedotov, the head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) warned Wednesday.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Truckers Ride For The Constitution Is On ~ No National Guard Beltway Shutdown
Daily Paul - The Virginia State Police are working closely with our organization and have assured us that no such orders to the National Guard exist. The protest moves forward. Lt. James De Ford whom we are working very closely with assured ridefortheconstitution.org.

Talks between White House and Republicans fail to end US shutdown
The Guardian - White House talks with Republicans failed to reach an agreement to end the budget crisis on Thursday evening despite earlier hopes that a deal might be in sight.

Patriot Act author prepares NSA bill
The Guardian - The conservative Republican who co-authored America's Patriot Act is preparing to unveil bipartisan legislation that would dramatically curtail the domestic surveillance powers it gives to intelligence agencies.

Report: Feds Order National Guard to Close I-495 to Derail Trucker Protest
Paul Joseph Watson - The report seems somewhat dubious given that using National Guard troops to close the Beltway merely to counter a protest in the midst of a government shutdown could not possibly be justified by the Obama administration.

U.S. Can’t Delay NSA Surveillance Suit Due to Shutdown
Bloomberg - The Obama administration must respond next month to allegations that the National Security Agency surveillance program is unconstitutional after a judge refused a U.S. request to postpone a lawsuit because of the federal shutdown.

Obamacare sites cost more than Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn
RT - An array of issues surrounding the recently launched websites for President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act have rendered them largely unavailable during the last week, and a lack of funding might not be to blame.
* Related Article: Obamacare computer code riddled with typos, Latin filler text, desperate programmer comments and disastrous architecture

VIDEO: Poll: Obamacare Has 90% FAILURE rate
Steve Watson - In a new Associated Press poll, 9 out of 10 people who attempted to sign up for Obamacare online say they were not enrolled. In other words, only 10% of those who tried to buy health insurance on the new government run exchanges were able to do so successfully.

States Eliminating Aid for Poor as Shutdown Forces Cuts
Bloomberg - Michigan is preparing to put as many as 20,000 workers on unpaid leave and eliminate cash and food aid to the poor. North Carolina sent 366 employees home and closed its nutrition aid program to tens of thousands of women and children. Illinois this week may issue furloughs to hundreds of federally funded employees, including workplace safety inspectors.

California Expands Availability of Abortions
NY Times - Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday expanded access to abortion in California, signing a bill to allow nurse practitioners, midwives and physician assistants to perform a common type of the procedure, an aspiration abortion, during the first trimester.

Economy

Chilling Truth About What Will Happen When The US Implodes
King World News - Today a man who has lived in 18 countries around the world, and witnessed collapses in many of these countries firsthand, told King World News, “What shocks the people is how quickly things can flip. One day everything seems to be alright, and the next day there is panic.

Oil Traders Misread Tweet, Make Oil Prices Shoot Up
BlackListedNews.com - There have been plenty of complaints about people who jump to conclusions too quickly online, but apparently at times that can actually have a material impact on things. Earlier today, the Israeli Defense Forces (who have been quite active on Twitter) put out a tweet commemorating the famed Yom Kippur war of 1973, in which Israel bombed Syria...

Graph shows that companies like General Electric and Google have more cash-on-hand than the U.S. government
Daily Mail - It was just a few short years ago when the United States government was forced to bailout the auto industry, and now the tables have turned - the United States government currently has less cash on hand than at least one automaker, as well as eight other Standard & Poor's 500 companies.

Demystifying the US debt ceiling: 5 things you should know
RT - As the US government is about to hit its so-called debt ceiling of $16.7 trillion on Oct. 17, the frightening prospect of the world’s biggest economy running out of cash is dominating headlines around the globe.

McDonald’s employee arrested for confronting CEO on low wages
RT - A Chicago woman was arrested late last week after confronting the president of her long-time employer McDonald’s over the low wages she earns as she struggles to raise two young children.

Veteran News

Pentagon Uses ‘Phony’ Ceremonies for MIAs, with Planes that Can’t Fly
Veterans Today - A unit of the U.S. Department of Defense has been holding so-called “arrival ceremonies” for seven years, with an honor guard carrying flag-draped coffins off of a cargo plane as though they held the remains of missing American service men and women returning that day from old battlefields.

Documentary: Missing, Presumed Dead: The Search for America's POWs
12160.info - This award-winning documentary screened in the US Congress and unveils the story of American POWs who were abandoned in North Korea after the Korean War and Southeast Asia after the Vietnam War. A pertinent chapter to this story is how Senator John McCain has made every effort to suppress and sabotage every government investigation of POW/MIAs.

Battle of the Barricades: Vets Prepared to “Go to Jail”
Paul Joseph Watson - Veterans from across the country are prepared to go to jail as they plan to storm barricaded memorials and monuments this weekend in a forceful rebuke to the government shutdown, setting up a potential confrontation with National Park Service employees who have been ordered to “make life as difficult for people” as possible.

Veterans March on Valley Forge National Park Sunday, October 13, 2013
Citizens for Liberty Our Veterans fought for this country, and NO WAY is the Federal Government going to put up a "Berlin Wall" around our National Parks and WWII Monuments.... Citizens for Liberty will be hosting a rally and march (ALONG WITH MANY OTHE...R GROUPS) to say NO to the forced closure of Valley Forge National Park.

Truckers Offered Free Rides To DC To Veterans For October 13 March
conservativedailynews.com - The Truckers of America and Veterans who have fought for our freedoms have had enough! They are teaming up and preparing to stand up to this tyrannical Government and Take Back Our Country!

Housing Market

U.S. builders hoard mineral rights under new homes – Better check your closing documents
(Reuters) Robert and Julie Davidson fell hard for the gleaming new house at the Valencia Golf and Country Club in Naples, Florida.. But when the Davidsons paid $255,385 in 2011 for the house on Birdie Drive, they didn't know that they had, in essence, bought only from the ground up, and that their homebuilder, D.R. Horton, had kept everything underneath.

Energy & Environment

Battery-Stored Solar Power Sparks Backlash From Utilities
Bloomberg - California’s three biggest utilities are sparring with their own customers about systems that store energy from the sun, opening another front in the battle that’s redefining the mission of electricity generators. Edison International (EIX), PG&E Corp. and Sempra Energy (SRE) said they’re putting up hurdles to some battery backups wired to solar panels because they can’t be certain the power flowing back to the grid from the units is actually clean energy.

‘You Should Have Expected U.S.’: Series of Attacks Hit Midwest Ahead of Massive Electric Grid Drill
Activist Post - The FBI is offering a $25,000 reward after the third in a series of power grid attacks in Arkansas left 10,000 residents without power over the weekend. The attacks began back in September...

1,000 CFL light bulbs with mercury crushed, dumped on Dallas playground
(NaturalNews) The chickens are coming home to roost for the fluorescent and compact fluorescent (CFL) light bulb industries as the toxic consequences of the mercury contained in these bulbs increasingly rears its ugly head all across the American landscape.

Pharmaceutical drugs now pollute Lake Michigan, study confirms
(NaturalNews) Following the release of several reports in recent years highlighting the presence of pharmaceutical contaminants in many of the nation's drinking water supplies, a new study published in the Elsevier journal Chemosphere reveals that pharmaceuticals are now turning up in large quantities in the Great Lakes as well.

Health

Senior Scientist Blasts Industrial Chemicals in U.S. Foods: Report Reveals Toxicity of Food
Natural Society - About 1,000 food additives are in the U.S. food supply without FDA knowledge or approval. For those that the FDA knows about (10,000 different additives), fewer than 38% have a “published feeding study” or a study indicating its safety within the food supply.

What Chemicals are Really in Coca-Cola’s Coke Soda?
Natural Society - After reading this quick, informative article, you will understand exactly what you are putting into your body, and this just might make it easier to break the Coke-drinking habit. Here’s what’s really in Coca-Cola’s famous Coke soda...

If You Can't Smell Peanut Butter, It May Be A Sign of Early Alzheimer's Disease - 11 Factors Reduce Risk
Prevent Disease - A protein linked to Alzheimer's disease kills nerve cells that detect odors and University of Florida Health researchers have found that a simple 'peanut butter' test can help diagnose the disease and one is more tool to add to a full suite of clinical tests for neurological function in patients with memory disorders.

Magnesium potently boosts vitamin D's protection from heart disease, cancer and death
(NaturalNews) New research has shown that magnesium is so important for the proper use of vitamin D in your body, it can actually boost vitamin D's protection from fatal heart disease and colon cancer by nearly 500 percent, and from overall death by over 100 percent. Importantly, this also means that those with low magnesium levels are getting far less benefit from their vitamin D than they think.

Top 10 superfoods for women
(NaturalNews) Superfoods usually provide more than just a few vitamins and minerals. They nourish your body with essential vitamins and minerals, while also helping to fight disease, providing you with balanced health.

What happens when only 16% of flu patients have the flu?
Activist Post - After writing about fake vaccine science since 1988, I thought I’d seen it all... But Peter Doshi, PhD, writing in the online BMJ (British Medical Journal), reveals a new monstrosity. It’s all based on the revelation that most “flu” is not the flu.

Fed up with federal inaction, California sets new standards for toxic chemicals, encouraging companies
(NaturalNews) The new rules are called the Safer Consumer Products regulations, and they are the first of their kind in the US. These regulations allow state officials to publish a list of potentially threatening chemicals, and each year, starting next April, five priority products containing those chemicals will be brought forth for further inspection, scrutiny and testing.

Reverse type 1 diabetes with a raw food diet
(NaturalNews) The American Diabetes Association's website lists top super foods for diabetics. Among them are nuts and seeds such as walnuts and flax, as well as vegetables - the darker and leafier, the better. These suggestions align with the raw food diet lifestyle that worked for Dr. Tyson. Other diabetics following a raw food diet often share their food suggestions in forums. Some of their preferences include...

Foods with surprisingly high sugar content
(NaturalNews) Most tomato products are high in sugar content. Ketchup is a food that few people realize has a large amount of sugar. The truth is that sugar is in most processed foods, meaning you never know when it will land on your table.

Recipe: Homemade ketchup free from refined sugar
STEPin2 - Ketchup is one of the most popular condiments in America. It is known for its tangy, tart taste, and adds great flavor to potatoes. Kids love it, and adults never outgrow it. Unfortunately, most store-bought ketchup products are filled with excess sodium and high-fructose corn syrup.

Science & Technology

Meet the MADSS: Northrop Grumman’s machine gun robot
Guns.com - The MADSS is one mean robot. Developed by defense industry leader Northrop Grumman and currently being showcased at the Fort Benning, Ga. “Robotics Rodeo,” the MADSS is a 1 1/2-ton unmanned ground vehicle designed to provide soldiers with covering fire while cutting down targets.

Pet Cyborgs Created in DIY Neuroscience Project
Activist Post - ...Strangely enough, despite the work that is openly being conducted by Obama's (now temporarily shut down) BRAIN project and Europe's far more vast billion dollar + brain research upon humans, the RoboRoach kits are sparking the true ethical debate that should have taken place long before the massive amounts of money were donated by taxpayers to the aforementioned projects.

VIDEO: Fiery Explosions Rock New NSA Spy Center
Activist Post - Fiery explosions, caused by massive electrical surges inside the data storage facility, have resulted in the destruction of extremely expensive machinery worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

The economics of atrazine don't add up
panna.org - While Syngenta insists that atrazine ensures high yields for corn growers, there are forceful examples to the contrary. Since Italy and Germany banned use of the herbicide in 1991, they have seen no significant decrease in crop yields.

4 Gardening Chores You Must Perform Before Winter
Off the Grid News - While many of us are hanging up the shovel and throwing in the trowel, so to speak, it’s not quite “game over” time in the garden. Not just yet. There are some end-of-season chores you really should perform in your garden before you take a long winter’s rest.

Humor & Satire

YouTube: Obamacare - More Than a Glitch - Hilarious Ad Destroys Obamacare - Heritage Foundation
(theblaze.com) - With Obamacare's seriously bumpy rollout, it was only a matter of time before the parody ads mocking President Barack Obama's signature health care law started popping up.... The Heritage Foundation provided TheBlaze with the exclusive sneak peak at the new ad.


Thursday - October 10, 2013 - Today In History:
1845 - The United States Naval Academy opened in Annapolis, MD.
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.
1943 - Chaing Kai-shek took the oath of office as the president of China.
1959 - Pan American World Airways announced the beginning of the first global airline service.
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."
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.
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

Gambia accuses US, UK of coup bids
Press TV - Gambia has accused the United States and Britain of fomenting multiple coup attempts and supporting the opposition in a bid to topple President Yahya Jammeh and destabilize the country.

Commuting on Syria road back to normal
Press TV - Commuting is back to normal on a strategic road in Syria that has just been retaken from Takfiri militants fighting against the Syrian government.

‘Hezbollah members leave Syria’
Press TV - Israeli website Debkafile said in a report on Monday that 1,500 Hezbollah forces left Syria last month and 3,500 others are about to return to Lebanon. The report also said the return of Lebanon’s resistance movement’s forces shows that the government of President Bashar al-Assad’s power to fight militants has improved.

With little fanfare, Afghanistan War drags into 13th year
Press TV - More than a decade since the US launched Operation Enduring Freedom on Oct. 7, 2001, there are still 54,000 American troops in Afghanistan. That is more, by far, than at any time during the first seven years of the war, yet these days, they garner scant news coverage.

IDF strikes Syrian target in response to shelling
Time of Israel - The IDF fired a Tammuz missile Wednesday at a Syrian target across the northern border, in response to mortar shells from Syrian territory landing near an army position in the Golan Heights and injuring two soldiers.

Libyan PM freed after capture by former rebels over US raid
RT - Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan, who was earlier seized by a rebel faction in retaliation for his supposed cooperation with a US anti-terror raid, has now been released, according to a state-run news agency.

VIDEO: Egypt slams US decision to cut aid
Press TV - Egypt’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Badr Abdelatty told a private Egyptian radio station on Thursday, “The decision was wrong. Egypt will not surrender to American pressure and is continuing its path towards democracy as set by the roadmap.”

Taliban mock US over government shutdown
Kabul (AFP) - Taliban militants fighting US troops in Afghanistan taunted Washington over the government shutdown on Wednesday, accusing US politicians of "sucking the blood of their own people".

EU awards top human rights award to Malala
(AP) - European lawmakers have awarded their top human rights prize to Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, who survived a Taliban assassination attempt last year.

Radiation levels near Japan's damaged Fukushima reactor hit two-year high
ENENews - Tepco, which is pouring hundreds of tonnes of water to keep reactors cool, has struggled to contain the build up of radioactive water at the plant. In the latest incident, a worker on Wednesday mistakenly detached a pipe connected to a treatment system, releasing seven tonnes of highly radioactive water.

Japanese doctors ordered to cover up mass radiation sickness across population
(NaturalNews) A substantial number of Japanese have suddenly begun suffering nosebleeds that some reports indicate are likely tied to radiation poisoning from the damaged nuclear plants at Fukushima.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

FBI Accused of Using No-Fly List to Recruit Informants
All Gov - Is this the beginning of the end for the federal government’s no-fly list? Just weeks after federal Judge Anna J. Brown of Portland, Oregon, refused to dismiss an ACLU suit against the list because there is “a constitutionally-protected liberty interest in traveling internationally by air which is affected by being placed on the list,” a separate lawsuit alleges that the FBI has been placing Muslims on the list “in retaliation for their refusal to work as informants against their communities and submit to questioning.”

US lawmakers partying, drinking during shutdown
Press TV - Members of Congress have been busy partying and drinking during the government shutdown, according to several local reports.

Top Ten Reasons to Oppose U.S. aid to Israel
Veterans News Now - Israel is the largest recipient of U.S. foreign aid in the world, receiving more than $6 billion annually-or about $8 million every-day. Until the U.S. stops lending its weight to Israel through biased and unfair support, a truly just peace will remain elusive.

Power Mad Obama Offers Two Choices: Unconditional Surrender Or Default
Economic Collapse - Barack Obama is warning that if he does not get everything that he wants that he will force the U.S. government into a devastating debt default which will cripple the entire global economy. In essence, Obama has become so power mad that he is actually willing to take the entire planet hostage in order to achieve his goals.

Obamacare: the ticking time bomb in “better health”
Activist Post - Ask yourself this question: if you’re forced to buy a product, will the seller also want to make sure you use it? The first part of the question is called a clue. Who forces you to buy a product? What kind of person or group? Forced purchase and forced use go hand in hand.

Obama’s Approval Rating Keeps Dropping - Now 37%
RINF - Americans are holding Republicans primarily responsible for the partial government shutdown as public esteem sinks for all players in the impasse, President Barack Obama among them, according to a new poll. It’s a struggle with no heroes.

Lead health care navigator in Florida provides wrong information on credit scores
clickorlando.com - A day after saying that anyone signing up for the Affordable Care Act had to provide their credit score, the lead Navigator admitted that she had been providing factually incorrect information to the public.

VIDEO: Truckers for the Constitution Announce Logistics
Intelihub - “We’ve got the entire country behind us on this. All the major media is talking about it. All the major, the minor, anybody and all that are talking about the Truckers that are coming to shut down D.C.” said Ernest Lee in a video just posted on his YouTube channel.

United We Strike Supports The Truckers & Vets
12160.info - United We Strike fully supports ALL Peaceful Resistance against immorality, corruption, and government sanctioned murder as well as profit over People. We support PEOPLE, and planned action, rather than instinctive "reaction" against tyranny, for the global governments have spent billions of OUR dollars readying themselves for WAR AGAINST US, and fema camps do exist!!!!! Consider what may happen. Be prepared!!

Democrats Object to and Block Sen. Paul’s Efforts to Reopen the Federal Government
paul.senate.gov - Sen. Rand Paul today joined his Republican colleagues on the Senate Floor to offer a series of unanimous consent requests to reopen the federal government, including funding for the National Institute of Health, the National Park Services and the Department of Veterans Affairs.
* See the video here.

Warning: Enrolling in Obamacare allows government to link your IP address with your name, social security number, bank accounts and web surfing habits
(NaturalNews) We have already established that Healthcare.gov is not a functioning database application that allows people to shop for competing health plans. It is actually a government-run Trojan Horse that suckers people into creating accounts where they hand over...

10 News Investigators find memo warning about terrorist "dry-runs" on airplanes
wtsp.com - The 10 News Investigators have obtained an internal memo that details a frightening incident that brings back memories of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Trans-Pacific Partnership Moves Forward Despite Government Shutdown
Activist Post - The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is the largest trade agreement since the creation of the World Trade Organization (WTO), and the United States has been engaged in discussion with eight Pacific nations to come to an agreement on the terms of the TPP.

NJ Township Requires Beggars To Get A Permit
Consumerist - If you want to ask people for money on the streets of Middle Township, NJ, you’ll need to get a permit, as local lawmakers have passed an ordinance aimed at reining in what some view as out-of-hand begging and panhandling in the area. The ordinance (see full text at bottom of post) was passed by the Township Committee on Monday night.

Healthcare law to fine hospitals that provide fee services to the poor
thenewamerican.com - The Daily Caller reported, “A new provision in Section 501 of the Internal Revenue Code, which takes effect under Obamacare, sets new standards of review and installs new financial penalties for tax-exempt charitable hospitals, which devote a minimum amount of their expenses to treat uninsured poor people.”

Economy

FS-ISAC CAPP Exercise for Financial Institutions
fsisac.com - What would your financial institution do in the event of a cyber attack on your online banking environment? Over a two-day period in the fall of 2013, the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS‐ISAC), in conjunction with the Payments Risk Council (PRC), is conducting a simulated attack on payment processes to help you assess your company’s readiness in the event of such an attack or event. [Article provided by George Freund]

NSA seeking power to spy on Wall Street
Press TV - The director of the embattled National Security Agency, Gen. Keith Alexander, is reportedly seeking new powers for surveillance activities on Wall Street to secure the US financial industry.

General Motors Executive Warns Of Impending Auto Bubble
freebeacon.com - General Motors of Canada President Kevin Williams is warning that subprime loans could doom the auto industry just as it did the housing industry in 2007. Williams told the editorial board of Canada’s Globe and Mail newspaper on Monday that record Canadian auto sales could be attributed to cheap credit loans.

New Fed Boss, Same Train Wreck Policies
Kurt Nimmo - Obama’s selection for Federal Reserve boss, Council on Foreign Relations member and Alan Greenspan protege Janet Yellen, has signaled that the fiat funny money printing presses will continue to roll.

Banks are stockpiling cash ahead of anticipated financial panic
(NaturalNews) As the government shutdown grinds on with no end in sight, as President Obama continues to vow not to negotiate with House Republicans over raising the debt ceiling limit and funding Obamacare, many of the nation's biggest banks are stockpiling cash for ATM machines in case the public becomes panicked over a potential U.S. default.

Drug-free job applicants denied positions over urine that is too healthy
(NaturalNews) If you are a drug-free, healthy person applying for a job that requires a drug test, you may still fail the drug test - honest and outright. Sounds insane, but it's all very real for some Americans. Some Americans are being denied jobs altogether or fired, because they have healthy, clean urine that contains no drugs whatsoever. What is going on here?

Veteran News

World War 2 Vets to Storm Barricades Surrounding Iwo Jima Monument
Paul Joseph Watson - On Saturday, Honor Flight veterans plan to break through barricades that have been placed around the Iwo Jima Monument, setting up a potential confrontation with National Park Service employees. In a message to organizers behind the ‘Million Vet March on the Memorials’, a separate demonstration set to take place on Sunday morning at the World War II Memorial in DC...

House approves funding for military death benefits
Al Jazeera - Lawmakers in the House of Representatives voted 425–0 Wednesday on a measure to finance death benefits to families of U.S. troops killed in action. Blaming the government shutdown, the Pentagon had halted the $100,000 payments, usually made within three days of a death.

YouTube: Arrested WWII Veteran - Full Interview
In this video Luke Rudkowski documents veterans getting together on October 7th 2013 to make a stand against the curfew of the Vietnam veterans memorial in NYC. Over a dozen veterans were arrested that day in an act of civil disobedience against many issues that are expressed in this interview.

Shutdown Defiance: Citizen Mows Lincoln Memorial Lawn
Infowars.com - Chris Cox, the man pictured above pushing a lawnmower, told CBS DC his actions weren’t politically motivated, but meant as a symbol of respect for the veterans set to convene in the nation’s capital this upcoming weekend for the Million Vet March.... According to the Weekly Standard, “It’s unclear how much of the expansive lawn behind the memorial was mowed, but Park Police were alerted and three cruisers with multiple officers showed up.”

Housing Market

Foreclosures Surge in D.C. Area After Federal Budget Cuts
Bloomberg - Foreclosure starts in the Washington suburbs surged last month following federal budget cuts that have made it harder for some homeowners to pay their mortgages, even as defaults declined across the US, RealtyTrac said.

Energy & Environment

When Frackers Come Calling: Homeowners Increasingly Duped in Land Deals
RINF - Thousands of homeowners in the U.S. are finding out the hard way that so-called “mineral rights” for fossil fuel deposits that may exist beneath their newly purchased property have already secretly been sold to gas and drilling companies, effectively nullifying their ability to object to fracking or other extraction projects that could have serious health impacts on them or their families.

Blizzard kills 60,000 cattle in South Dakota as shutdown slows aid
The Globe and Mail - Disaster aid will be slow to come for South Dakota ranchers who lost as many as 60,000 head of cattle during an historic blizzard over the weekend, industry officials said on Tuesday.

Global Sea Ice Area Continues Its Spectacular Growth
Real Science - There has been no global warming for 17 years, and global sea ice area is increasing as well. The earth has gained 27,000 Manhattans of sea ice since this date last year, and is greater than it was on this date in 1984.

Professor: California bluefin tuna may have been contaminated by radioactive substances from Fukushima
ENENews - The samples come from 20 bluefin tuna caught off California between May and August of last year. Researchers at Stanford University studied the same fish and said they detected low levels of radioactive cesium. They concluded the source of the contamination was the nuclear accident at the Fukushima Daiichi plant.

Health

VIDEO: THE PROMISE – Exposing the Truth About the Routine Breast Screening Program
Namaste Publishing - The truth about the routine breast screening program. The film every woman needs to see.

Hyperthyroidism, Grave's Disease Eased Naturally with Lemon Balm & Green Tea
Natural Society - Hyperthyroidism can lead to numerous health problems. Luckily, green tea and lemon balm are beneficial in this area.

CDC Calls Back Some Furloughed Staff To Tackle Multi-State Salmonella Outbreak
Consumerist - On the heels of a multi-state outbreak of salmonella that has sickened hundreds, some were wondering what would happen with most of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s food-borne illness staff on furlough during the government shutdown. The CDC is now reassuring the public that it has called back many of its workers to handle the outbreak.

Shutdown Ends Food Inspections in U.S., Leaving 90% of U.S. Seafood Imports Unchecked
All Gov - With about half of the workforce at the Food and Drug Administration on furlough, 91% of seafood imported into the United States is not being inspected, according to media reports. Nearly 50% of fruits and 20% of vegetables imported and consumed in the U.S. also aren’t undergoing inspection.

Buyer Be Warned: Toxic PVC Labeled BPA Free
sarasnow.com - In answer to consumers’ demands to drop BPA from products, many manufacturers have simply switched to using different, but potentially more toxic chemicals.... The dangers of PVC have been cited more and more frequently, leading to PVC bans in virtually all European countries. Some U.S. cities are following suit. For example, Boston, New York, and San Francisco have already placed strict purchasing measures on products made with PVC.

Ten foods to prevent and stop diabetes
(NaturalNews) Diabetes is a disorder wherein the body cannot control its level of blood glucose or sugar. While many of the foods today contain high levels of diabetes-inducing sugar, there are ten amazingly healthy foods that can actually prevent diabetes.

Melatonin Regulates Our Cycles, Mood, Reproduction, Weight and Even Cancer
Dr. Mercola - Did you know, for instance, that melatonin may help protect against heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and migraine headaches? Or that it may help with weight control and strengthening your immune system? It even appears to play a role in cancer prevention.

Health benefits of grape seed extract
(NaturalNews) Grapes have been used by European and Middle Eastern folk healers for years for their powerful medicinal properties. Scientists have found that the grape seed has the most concentrated form of health benefits from the grape.

New Trigger of Alzheimer’s Identified: Stress
Dr. Mercola - According to recent research, stress appears to be related to the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, by triggering a degenerative process in your brain and precipitating disruption of your neuroendocrine and immune system

These medicinal herbs make great additions to your herbal medicine or tea cabinet
(NaturalNews) Medicinal plants and herbs truly do put the "mother" in mother nature. Like good friends, herbs are always there for you to support your body and help put things right when you're not feeling well.

Science & Technology

Real-life 'Iron Man' suit commissioned by US military
The Verge - The technology in Iron Man is getting a step closer to reality thanks to the United States military. The Army has commissioned a Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit, which would provide the wearer with superhuman abilities like night vision, enhanced strength, and protection from gunfire.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Winter Gardening Tips From Your Growing Zone
Mother Earth News - In June 2013, we sent a winter gardening survey to thousands of readers all over the United States and beyond, asking growers about their best strategies for growing food in winter. This page includes a large sampling of the responses we received, organized by Growing Zone.

Hemp Farmer Makes History with First US Crop in 56 Years
silverunderground.com - Ryan Loflin’s 55 acre crop isn’t going to push hemp prices down all on its own, but it’s a start. Considering the fact that no one has legally produced hemp in the US in over 56 years, it’s historic.... Though federal law still bans the production of hemp, the Department of Justice recently signaled that it would respect state laws on this issue.

Survival/Preparedness

10 Survival Tools That Should Be In Your Survival Pack
Natural Blaze - The ten tools listed below are some of the most important survival tools that should be in your 72-hour bags or survival bags. Of course, other items can be included, but these essentials are a must-have for every survival pack. Practice using these tools regularly so that you know their capability and their strength.


Wednesday - October 9, 2013 - Today In History:
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.
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.
1888 - The public was admitted to the Washington Monument for the first time.
1914 - During World War I, German forces captured Antwerp, Belgium.
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.
1974 - Oskar Schindler died in Frankfurt, Germany. Schindler is credited with saving the lives of about 1,200 Jews during the Holocaust.
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."
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

VIDEO: US torturing terror suspect on USS San Antonio: Lendman
Press TV - American author and political analyst Stephen Lendman says the United States is torturing detained suspected al-Qaeda operative Abu Anas al-Libi on a warship in order to get a confession.

Senators want al-Libi sent to Gitmo
Press TV - A number of Republican lawmakers are demanding that a Libyan man abducted by US Special Forces over his alleged role on the bombings of two American embassies be sent to Guantanamo detention facility for interrogation.

Eye for an eye? Libyan militants seek vengeance for Al-Qaeda leader’s capture
RT - Libyan jihadists have called for retaliation after the rendition of an Al-Qaeda leader in Tripoli, saying militants should kidnap US citizens and attack gas pipelines, ships and planes.

Israel produces 10-15 atomic bombs each year: report
alalam.ir - The Israeli regime has produced 690-950 kg of plutonium and continued to build from 10 to 15 nuclear bombs of the Nagasaki type each year, a report says. Israel, which also develops very sophisticated chemical weapons in addition to biological and nuclear weapons, refutes to sign any international treaty to allow UN to inspect its nuclear, chemical and biological arsenals, Jane's Defense Weekly reported.

Ecuador's Correa: Obama's exceptionalism talk reminiscent of Nazi rhetoric before WWII
RT - Referring to US President Barack Obama’s statement that “America is exceptional” because it stands up not only for its own “narrow self interest, but for the interests of all," Correa said: “Does not this remind you of the Nazis’ rhetoric before and during World War II? They considered themselves the chosen race, the superior race, etc. Such words and ideas pose extreme danger,” President Correa said on RT Spanish’ Entrevista program.

Greece Considering Confiscation Of Private Assets
Zero Hedge - The last time we opined on the possibility of a Cyprus-style "bail-in" in Greece, which is essentially a legally-mandated confiscation of private sector assets held hostage by the local financial system, until such time as the balance sheet of said financial system is viable, we were joking. Well, not really joking.

Charges dropped against France Sarkozy
Press TV - Corruption charges against former French President Nicolas Sarkozy for taking financial advantages of the richest woman in France during his 2007 election campaign have been dropped.

Why Spain Wants to Tax the Sun
Adan Salazar - In alleged efforts to tackle a debt mountain of $35 billion, Spain’s energy sector wants solar panel users to pay a “backup toll,” essentially forcing people who use solar panels to pay for “self-consumption.”

US to reduce military aid to Egypt
Press TV - The White House has eventually decided to suspend a substantial portion of US military aid to Egypt, following a lengthy review that began in August after days of deadly attacks on supporters of Egypt’s ousted president, Mohamed Morsi, according to several American officials.

VIDEO: UN delegates urge Israel to join NPT
Press TV - The delegates at the United Nations headquarters in New York discussed on Tuesday the prospects of bringing about a Middle East free of WMDs. During the meeting, Russian Foreign Ministry Security and Disarmament Department Director Mikhail Ulyanov voiced concern over Israel’s undeclared nuclear arms and said the regime “must be cooperative.”

VIDEO: 'Over 70% think Rouhani deserves Nobel’
Press TV - A survey being conducted by British daily The Guardian shows respondents believe that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is the most deserving candidate to receive this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.

VIDEO: Economic situation worsening in Gaza
Press TV - According to reports, the destruction of underground tunnels that served as a lifeline to Gaza has caused a shortage of essential goods in the coastal enclave and hampered daily life. Egypt’s military-backed government has demolished nearly 800 tunnels along its border with Gaza since January this year, preventing the people in Gaza from accessing most of their basic goods like food, fuel, and construction materials.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Military Buying Italian Planes At $50 Million A Piece . . . And Sending Them Directly To “Boneyard”
jonathanturley.org - While the federal and state governments continue to cut programs for education, scientific research, and the environment, the Pentagon continues to spend wildly on items and them toss them out.... Now, we buying huge planes at $50 million a pop only to roll them directly from the factories into mothballs because no one wants them.

Obama not ready for negotiations with Republicans until the end of government shutdown
RT - President Barack Obama told reporters at the White House on Tuesday that he will discuss the future of his Affordable Care Act with Republican opponents in the House of Representatives only once Congress re-opens the United States government.

Obamacare Marketplace: Personal Data Can Be Used For ‘Law Enforcement and Audit Activities’
Weekly Standard - The policy states that all information to help in applying for coverage and even for making a payment will be kept strictly confidential and only be used to carry out the function of the marketplace. There is, however, an exception: "[W]e may share information provided in your application with the appropriate authorities for law enforcement and audit activities."

VIDEO: Defund Obamacare?
xrepublic.tv - Al Jazeera America interviews Man who supported Obama(and Obamacare) and has seen an absurd $10,000 increase in Insurance cost due to Obamacare/ACA. He is now reconsidering his support. They also show other examples.

YouTube: Judge Napolitano ~ Obama Is Instructing The Executive About The Nature Of Things To Be Closed
Fox News Oct 8, 2013.

Victory! New York Capital Unanimously Passes Anti-NDAA Resolution
Activist Post - On October 7, 2013, the Albany, NY Common Council unanimously passed Resolution 80.92.13, becoming the first city in America to prohibit indefinite military detention without charge or trial, specifically under the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, to declare it is not a “battlefield” and resolve that its citizens and residents are not subject to “detention under the law of war.”

Anonymous plans Million Mask March on Washington
RT - Demonstrators hope that one million masked activists will descend on Washington, DC next month to celebrate Guy Fawkes Day with a mass rally to remind the world “That fairness, justice and freedom are more than just words.”

America’s Path to Revolution Is Rapidly Escalating
Activist Post - Part one of this series demonstrated the beginnings of a spirit of civil disobedience against the tyranny of the federal government ranging from three governors who are saying no to the Obama administration, to the veterans who defy the National Park Service to visit the war memorials, to average everyday people who are consciously defying the federal government which has been hijacked by the central bankers.

US adults score below average on worldwide test
.wtop.com - It's long been known that America's school kids haven't measured well compared with international peers. Now, there's a new twist: Adults don't either.

Worksheet asks sixth grade students to remove parts of the Bill of Rights
Digital Journal - A student in Bryant School District in Arkansas brought home a worksheet that presented her with a scenario that referred to the Bill of Rights as “outdated” and that as part of a special committee she would need to throw out two of the Amendments.

Woman Calls 911 For Diabetic Fiance, Police Shoot And Kill Man Upon Arrival
Storyleak - Alcia Herron called 911 for an ambulance shortly after her fiance, 43-year-old Jack Lamar Roberson, took diabetes medication that worried her. According to Herron, police soon arrived on scene and opened fire on Roberson in front of the entire family, including Roberson’s 8-year-old daughter.

Winner! World Food Prize Awarded For Breakthroughs In Mass Population Poisoning
Organic Prepper - Monsanto and Sygenta have won the prestigious World Food Prize. Apparently, tampering with the genetic make-up of food and turning something that used to be healthy into poison, tainting the soil, air and water with chemical drift from pesticides like Roundup, killing the bee population of entire continents, and driving small farmers out of business through gratuitous lawsuits and unethical practices, pays big public relations dividends.

VIDEO: Reid wants $1T debt hike to end of 2014
The Hill - Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) blasted Reid’s proposal for not including any spending reform. “What he proposes is to raise the debt limit by $1 trillion, but not do anything about the debt,” McConnell said. “Not a single reform to get spending under control. We’ve got a debt close to $17 trillion.

Dem Congresswoman Suggests “Martial Law” to End Government Shutdown
Paul Joseph Watson - Democratic Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee used obscure language to characterize the push for a clean resolution which would end the government shutdown, labeling it a form of “martial law.”

Senior Citizens Locked Inside Yellowstone By Armed Guards Due To Govt. Shutdown
Ben Swann - Thanks to the partial government shutdown, some people were locked inside Yellowstone National Park for days. Pat Vaillancourt was one of those people. She came into Yellowstone with a bus tour group, which “included senior citizen visitors from Japan, Australia, Canada, and the United States.” They were on a nine day tour of national parks when the government shut down on October 1.

Feds Now Blocking Children From Going To School And Families From Visiting Dead Relatives
Ben Swann - It is perhaps worth mentioning that when government builds the roads- it also gets to close them whenever it feels like it (just because). The latest round of political theater from the Obama administration has hit in the Great Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee.

Shutdown insanity: Jogger fined $100 for exercising at Valley Forge National Park
(NaturalNews) John Bell, a 56-year-old realtor, said he parked his car on Sunday in a remote parking lot, not one blocked by a barrier.... Nevertheless, he says when he took his run recently a pair of two Park Rangers were waiting for him with their car lights flashing when he returned. For the high crime of disobeying the Great Obama, Bell was hit with a $100 citation.

Extreme Hypocrisy! Obama Orders Federal Workers To “Make Life As Difficult For People As We Can”
Economic Collapse - Why would the president of the United States try to purposely hurt the American people? Well, in 2013 this is done in order to score political points and force the opposition in to doing what you want them to do.

America Is Rapidly Approaching Its Date with Destiny
Dave Hodges - We have governors of states, brave veterans, and average people defying the federal government. What does this all of this mean?

Call to Action – Join Us for Historic Open Carry March at The Alamo on October 19
oathkeepers.org - Oath Keepers will be participating in and sponsoring Open Carry Texas’ march on The Alamo October 19th, 2013. Oath Keepers’ Texas Chapter President Jay Stang will speak along with Stewart Rhodes, Oath Keepers founder and president, and Mike Vanderboegh, founder of the Three Percenter Movement and author of the Sipsey Street Irregulars blog. Jerry Patterson, retired Marine Corps combat pilot and Texas Land Commissioner, will be the keynote speaker.

Economy

How to Jack Up the Debt? Rile Seniors
Kurt Nimmo - Obama and his bankster handlers will soon enough get back to the game of saddling the American people and their children’s children with debt. This will be accomplished by riling up millions of senior citizens and others dependent on Social Security.

New $100 bill costs 60% more to produce
MarketWatch - The revamped $100 bill costs 12.5 cents to produce — a 60% increase over the 7.8 cents it cost to print the older version of the bill. The government has printed 3.5 billion of the new $100 bills, which it began delivering to financial institutions Tuesday.

Governments Will Start Panicking As Chaos & Crisis Accelerates
King World News - With continued uncertainty in global markets, today the 42-year market veteran who correctly predicted that the Fed would not taper is now warning King World News that governments will start panicking as the chaos and crisis accelerates.

Former US Treasury Official - President To Seize Total Power
King World News - Today a former US Treasury Official warned King World News that the President of the United States will declare a “National Catastrophe,” and seize total power, much like a Caesar would, if it is deemed necessary to avoid a disastrous US default and subsequent collapse.

Obama to pick Yellen to lead Fed
Press TV - President Barack Obama on Wednesday will announce that he has selected Janet Yellen as his nominee to be the next chair of the Federal Reserve, the White House said Tuesday, bringing a remarkably noisy battle over the top job at the nation’s central bank to what should be a relatively quiet conclusion.

Wall Street bosses run America
Press TV - They're more powerful than standing armies. What they say goes. They decide policy. They rule the world. They do it by controlling money, credit and debt. They manipulate markets for self-enrichment. Grand theft is official Wall Street policy. Government officials wink, nod, and permit the grandest of grand larceny to persist.

Veteran News

Shutdown outrage: Military death benefits denied to families of fallen troops
Washington Times - At least five families of U.S. military members killed during in Afghanistan over the weekend were given a double-whammy by federal officials: Not only have your loved ones died, but due to the government shutdown, you won’t receive a death benefit. The benefit is $100,000 and is wired to family members of the killed military member within 36 hours of the death.

Police Arrest Veterans at NYC Memorial
Paul Joseph Watson - Police arrested numerous Vietnam veterans during a vigil at a war memorial in New York City last night after the protesters refused to adhere to a 10pm curfew.... One video shows a man speaking about how veterans are committing suicide. “This is a sign of betrayal….it’s important you know that your government committed immense atrocities during the Vietnam war, we did it every day,” he states.

Energy & Environment

Shutdown furloughs about to hit nuclear safety agency
CNN - The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Monday it expects to furlough some 3,600 employees at the close of business on Thursday if Republicans and Democrats in Congress still have not resolved their impasse over federal spending. The 300 essential personnel who would stay on include about 150 so-called "resident inspectors."

Rite Aid deliberately dumped hazardous waste across California landfills, declares judge
(NaturalNews) One of the nation's largest drug store chains has been ordered by a California judge to fork over more than $12.3 million to settle a civil lawsuit accusing the company of illegally dumping hazardous waste in California landfills. As reported by the Los Angeles Times (LAT) and others, Pennsylvania-based Rite Aid Corp. was found to have improperly handled and disposed of sensitive materials in at least 600 landfills across the Golden State.

Health

The Ugly Side of Statins: Systemic Appraisal of the Contemporary Unknown Unknowns
Mercola.com - Statin cholesterol-lowering drugs are among the most widely prescribed drugs on the market, bringing in $20 billion a year.1 They are a top profit-maker for the pharmaceutical industry, in part due to relentless and highly successful direct-to-consumer advertising campaigns.

How Blocking Sugar Intake can Reduce Cancer Risk/Progression
Natural Society - Sugar fuels cancer. A new study has indicated that blocking dietary sugar can reduce tumor development risk and progression of cancer cells.

8 Foods Even The Experts Won't Eat
Prevent Disease - Food scientists are shedding light on items loaded with toxins and chemicals--and simple swaps for a cleaner diet and supersized health. Experts from different areas of specialty explain why they won't eat these eight foods.

Meta-Analysis Finds Potassium to Prevent Strokes, Heart Attacks, and High Blood Pressure
Natural Society - Potassium is important. Several studies have found that higher potassium intake is associated with a reduced risk of stroke and lowered blood pressure.

Tikker Wrist Watch Will Predict When You Will Die and Countdown to That Moment
Natural Blaze - How would you like a countdown until you kick the bucket right on your wrist as proceed through life? Would it motivate you make the most of your time as a living person…or would it just freak you out?

Crony Medicine Offers Exotic New Flu Vaccines
Alliance for Natural Health - Big Pharma has some exotic new flu products for fall 2013, including quadrivalent (four-in-one) vaccines produced using dog kidney cells (Flucelvax) and army worm cells (Flublok). Researchers are also closer to developing what they believe will be a “universal” flu shot that will protect against every new strain of the disease, though its implementation will be at least five years off.

Breakthrough in the Fight Against Flu: Scientists Move Closer to Universal Vaccine
Dr. Mercola - Researchers believe that getting a vaccine that prompts your body to produce more CD8 T cells may protect you from getting infected with the flu, or at least from having severe symptoms, resulting in a ‘universal’ flu vaccine. Vitamin D has a direct immune-modulating effect on CD8 T cells and vitamin-D deficiency may worsen CD8 T-cell deficiency. It may be, then, that the best ‘universal flu vaccine’ there is doesn’t need to be ‘developed’ or ‘created’ – it already exists in the form of natural vitamin D.

The flu vaccine increases your flu risk
(NaturalHealth365) Many people understand that flu shots aren’t effective. What is less known is vaccinating against one strain of influenza can actually increase the risk of exposure to different strains.

Big Pharma Spends Billions on Vaccines While World’s Biggest Pandemic Rages On
Natural Society - Do you think its bird flu, or swine flu that has killed the most people worldwide? How about HPV, the latest supposed vaccine-prevented disease? Guess again. The most prolific pandemic disease on the planet today is tuberculosis (TB), and there is not one thing Big Pharma has been able to do about it. This disease is second only to HIV/AIDS in the numbers of adults it kills worldwide every year.

Six powerful ways to use lavender during the cold and flu season
(NaturalNews) Hidden beneath the pleasing scent of lavender is a fierce natural medicine and formidable protector. Used since antiquity, lavender was a significant guardian against some of the most deadly infectious diseases of all time - the great epidemics of plague sweeping across Europe throughout the Middle Ages and into the 17th century.

Six easy, natural ways to boost your immune system for flu season
(NaturalNews) Well, summer's over and healthcare professionals are already gearing up for cold and flu season. Don't rely solely on that flu vaccine to keep you protected; in many cases, the vaccines tend to make people sick.

Herbs for effective blood pressure management
(NaturalNews) Herbs are also beneficial in treating hypertension. They actually help in the prevention of high blood pressure and lowering or maintaining its levels. If you are clinically diagnosed with this condition, you will likely be given a prescription. However, there are other natural means to manage high blood pressure. These include...

Court: Ohio hospital can force chemo on Amish girl
USA Today - An appeals court has sided again with an Ohio hospital that wants to force a 10-year-old Amish girl to resume chemotherapy after her parents decided to stop the treatments. The court ruled that an attorney who's also a registered nurse should be granted limited guardianship over the girl, Sarah Hershberger, and the power to make medical decisions for her.

Science & Technology

Soon, Drones May Be Able to Make Lethal Decisions on Their Own
National Journal - Scientists, engineers and policymakers are all figuring out ways drones can be used better and more smartly, more precise and less damaging to civilians, with longer range and better staying power. One method under development is by increasing autonomy on the drone itself.

NASA ban on Chinese sparks boycott
Press TV - A number of prominent American astronomers are boycotting a NASA conference on exoplanets after they realized that the US government space agency has banned Chinese scientists to attend. The ban is based on a law passed in 2011 that prevents NASA funds from being used to collaborate with China or host Chinese nationals at NASA facilities, according to AP.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Herb Garden Maintenance For Fall And Winter
Off The Grid News - As the calendar turns from summer into fall, it’s a good time to think about performing a few simple maintenance chores in your herb garden so you can enjoy your favorite herbs all year long.

Monsanto's Bt Crops Turn Bugs into Major Pests
Natural Society - A new study suggests that Monsanto's Bt crops are turning non-targeted, benign insects into major threats.... In essence, the Bt technology in crops like corn and soy could encourage predatory behavior in pests it was not designed to target. The title of the study, “Pest trade-offs in technology: reduced damage by caterpillars in Bt cotton benefits aphids,” aptly explains the problem.

Thousands of Minneapolis bees killed by pesticides
Grist - When thousands of Minneapolis bees died last month, “spilling out of the hive” like they were “drunk,” as one apiarist put it, the University of Minnesota and the state’s ag department were called in. After weeks of lab tests, the scientists found the culprit: Fipronil, a widely used insecticide found in more than 50 pest-killing products.

Pet News

How to Deal with Common Pet Emergencies
Activist Post - Today I would like to provide you with some suggestions for dealing with pet injuries and illnesses. As much as for myself as for you, I have put together the following list of solutions to pet accidents and illnesses that may occur following a disaster or other catastrophe when professional help is not around.

Odd  News

Man says dog ate his money and U.S. Treasury pays him $500
Digital Journal - Maybe you never did it when you were a child, but you've heard of students who say a dog ate their homework? The United States Treasury Department has paid a man $500 after he reportedly proved a dog ate his money.


Tuesday - October 8, 2013 - Today In History:
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.
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.
1991 - A slave burial site was found by construction workers in lower Manhattan. The "Negro Burial Ground" had been closed in 1790. Over a dozen skeletons were found.
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 - Vietnam & the U.S. reached an agreement that would allow the first commercial flights between the two countries since the end of the Vietnam War.
2003 - Siegfried Fischbacher and his manager announced that the "Siegfried and Roy" show at the Mirage was canceled permanently. It was also said that if Roy Horn survived, after a tiger attack on October 3, the duo would continue to work together.
2004 - The first-ever direct presidential elections were held in Afghanistan.

World News

BBC Caught Staging Syria Chemical Weapons Propaganda?
Paul Joseph Watson - Within 2 hours of posting this story, the BBC filed a copyright claim with YouTube to get the 45 second clip removed. This shows how nervous the BBC is about this information coming to light. News organizations routinely rely on dubious copyright claims to censor damaging revelations. An copy of the video via LiveLeak is embedded below.

SEAL Team Six Raids: More War On Terror Theatrics
Kurt Nimmo - More than an effective military raid against dangerous terrorists, the twin raids in Libya and Somalia over the weekend are flimsy propaganda efforts designed to keep the war on terror sideshow rolling along. The events provided both national and local corporate media an expanded venue to sloganeer in the name of state violence against largely manufactured enemies...

Al-Qaeda leader seized in Libya was innocent pizza restaurant worker in Britain, son says
The Telegraph - The family of Abu Anas al-Libi, the alleged al-Qaeda leader seized by American forces in Libya, last night claimed he was innocent and had been working in a pizza restaurant while in Britain, not masterminding international terror attacks.

An Opening to Iran?
Ron Paul - Last week, for the first time since the 1979 Iranian revolution, the US president spoke with his Iranian counterpart. Their 15 minute telephone call was reported to open the door to further high-level discussions. This is a very important event.

‘Big lender’ China urges US to avoid bankruptcy
RT - As the Government shutdown in the US enters its second week, the country is just 10-days away from default, and the country’s main creditor China has urged Washington to take decisive steps to avoid bankruptcy and ensure safety of Chinese investments.

VIDEO: Greek ex-minister gets 20 years in jail
Press TV - A court in Greece has sentenced former defense minister, Akis Tsochatzopoulos, to 20 years in prison for money laundering.... "There were so many bribes he could not even calculate the total amount," Prosecutor Georgia Adilini said, citing sums of money transferred in "bags, suitcases, cheques, bank accounts, businesses".

Shell Opens Iraqi Oil Field
RINF - Shell, which started production from the field’s first well on September 20, said it had now opened the field’s other wells and officially inaugurated the field Sunday. Production will be ramped up to “175,000 barrels a day in the next weeks,” a Shell spokesperson said.

In Obama's absence, other leaders take center stage at APEC meeting
Al Jazeera - China took center stage Monday at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in Bali, Indonesia without President Barack Obama, who decided to forgo the trip amid the United States’ ongoing government shutdown.

North Korea puts army on alert, warns U.S. of 'horrible disaster'
(Reuters) - North Korea said on Tuesday its military would be put on high alert and be ready to launch operations, stepping up tension after weeks of rhetoric directed against the United States and South Korea, who it accuses of instigating hostility.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

White House open to short-term increase in debt ceiling
McClatchy - The White House indicated Monday for the first time that it would be open to a short-term increase to the nation’s borrowing limit, allowing the federal government to avoid a possible default on its obligations that could plunge the nation into another recession.

Bring It On: I Will Not Comply with Obamacare
Activist Post - Michael Rivero of What Really Happened gives the best explanation I’ve seen for why the government is so intent that everyone must participate in this program. They have run the country into the ground and want to force us all to pay as they vainly struggle to keep things afloat. This is a last ditch effort – the only alternative is economic collapse....

The Obamacare Signup Cover-up
White House spokesman Jay Carney today continued the Obama administration’s refusal to release federal Obamacare enrollment data. Carney did say that the data would be released “monthly.” But when asked for a specific date, Carney said “I’d refer you to CMS and HHS. I’m not sure when that begins.” Below is a timeline of Obama administration obfuscation on the question of enrollment data...

Shutdown Day 3: Food distributor stalled, charter boat captains docked
Miami Herold - Charter guides received a message from the National Park Service this week informing them that they are not permitted to take clients fishing in Florida Bay until the feds get back to work. That means that more than 1,100 square miles of prime fishing is off limits between the southern tip of the mainland to the Keys until further notice.

Obama Admin. Pulls Down “Amber Alerts” Site Due To Govt. Shutdown – Then Puts It Back Up After Bad Press
Ben Swann - On Sunday, Elizabeth Sheld of Breitbart News wrote, “If you type www.amberalert.gov in your browser, you will find that the website redirects to an error message stating that the government shutdown has stopped the program… [But] if you try and visit letsmove.gov, Michelle Obama’s healthy child/exercise initiative, no such redirect takes place.”

Book by whistleblower at center of “Fast and Furious” blocked by the ATF
RT - A book authored by an agent at the center of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ “Fast and Furious” gun running debacle has been rejected and barred from being published by the agency, citing concerns for morale.

John Birch Founder Predicted 10 Steps to America’s Destruction 55 Years Ago
Activist Post - At a John Birch Society council dinner speech on March 9, 1974, society founder Robert Welch laid out what he called the “Insiders” long-range plans for the destruction of American sovereignty.... Here are the ten steps Welch outlined...

NFL Nixes Guns For Off-Duty Cops at Cleveland Stadium
Adan Salazar - Stadium becomes Constitution-free zone and mass-murder magnet in one fell swoop.... According to Cleveland.com, a memo went out to Cleveland police stating FirstEnergy Stadium, home of the Cleveland Browns, would begin outlawing firearms for off-duty cops, essentially lowering officers to the same level as the other disarmed peasants.

"Tag" Banned! Kindergarten Playground Now Safe from Children “running in packs”
Activist Post - As you know, having children “running in packs” just won’t do, so a school system in Grand Rapids, Michigan is determined to put a stop to such unruly behavior. “Tag” will no longer be allowed for the young students of the Zeeland Public School system.

'Truckers for the Constitution' Plan to Slow D.C. Beltway, Arrest Congressmen
U.S.News & World Report - Tractor-trailer drivers will intentionally clog the inner loop of the Washington, D.C., beltway beginning on the morning of Oct. 11, according to a coordinator of the upcoming "Truckers Ride for the Constitution" rally.
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NSA’s vast new Utah data hub suffering from ‘meltdowns’ - report
RT - Though the NSA’s vast data storage facility in Utah is now hardly a secret, new information has surfaced indicating widespread technical failures delaying its opening, including 10 “meltdowns” within the past 13 months.

Obamacare shutdown theater: President holds entire nation ransom with contrived closings
(NaturalNews) It is now becoming obvious to nearly all Americans that the Obama administration is running a pernicious, punitive, selective "shutdown" that's designed to hold the American people hostage until Obama gets his way. His "ransom demand" is total capitulation to his demands for endless spending, the total takeover of medicine by Obamacare, and the centralization of power in the hands of the few.

Obama to Allow Amnesty Rally on National Mall After Kicking Veterans Out
Freedom Outpost - Last week, Barack Obama did a disgraceful thing in barricading the World War II Memorial and then later forcing Vietnam Veterans from the Vietnam Memorial.... Now, on the very same Mall that those Memorials reside on, the Obama administration has decided to hold a massive rally for comprehensive immigration reform (you know it as amnesty for illegal aliens) on Tuesday.

If White House Is Federal Property, Obama Should Be Kicked Out During Shutdown
Activist Post - Now residents who lease land at Lake Mead have been told to evacuate their homes. Christie Vanover, a spokeswoman for the Lake Mead Recreational Area, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal, “They are all vacation homes and everybody who lives in them are considered visitors.

NIH Cuts Therapy Dogs for Ill Children at Clinical Center
CNS News - The Clinical Center at the National Institutes of Health has suspended its dog therapy program because of the government shutdown, according to John Burklow, spokesperson for NIH.

'Shutdown' Day 7: Government Buys $47,174 Mechanical Bull
CNS News - The government shutdown may be keeping furloughed federal workers at home, but on Monday the U.S. Army contracted to buy a mechanical bull. The $47,174 contract was awarded on Oct. 7 to Mechanical Bull Sales Inc. of State College, Penn.

Election News

Obama’s cousin set to run for US Senate
Press TV - President Barack Obama™s second cousin is set to announce his intention to run for the US Senate during next year's Republican primary challenge.... Wolf, who is a tea party Republican and physician opposed to Obamacare, will deliver his announcement at the Ritz Charles hotel in Overland Park, Kansas, Tuesday evening, The Hill reported.

Economy

12 Very Ominous Warnings About What A U.S. Debt Default Would Mean For The Global Economy
Economic Collapse - A U.S. debt default that lasts for more than a couple of days could potentially cause a financial crash unlike anything that the world has ever seen before.

Okla. Sen: U.S. disability system being "gamed"
CBS News - The number of Americans enrolled in the federal disability program has skyrocketed, setting it on a course to become the first federal benefits program to run out of funds.

17 Reasons To "Pop Tags" at the Thrift Store
Activist Post - Fifty years ago, you never wanted to mention getting a deal on something or buying second-hand. Now, it's something to brag about.

Health

Oregano - One of The Most Beneficial Spices For Our Health With 4 Times The Antioxidant Potency of Blueberries
Prevent Disease - Oregano is widely considered as nature's antibiotic.... The oil of the wild oregano plant has been shown to kill unwanted bacteria, fungus, yeast, parasites and viruses and is a powerful antihistamine.

5 Health Benefits of Ginkgo Biloba
Natural Society - The ancient ginkgo biloba plant has been utilized for generations. Here are 5 health benefits of ginkgo biloba.

Folic Acid Deficiencies May Impact Up To Five Generations Later
Prevent Disease - Folic acid has been found to boost male fertility, vascular function and even prevent cancer. Writing in Cell, a research team revealed that epigenetic risk markers for disease caused by folic acid deficiency can be passed on up to five generations and could have an impact on developmental risk factors and later risk of disease.

Raw Milk Power: Girl Uses Raw Milk to Reverse Own Lyme Disease
Natural Society - Most Lyme disease think they need to rely on antibiotics forever, but a few have jumped out of the Medical Mafia matrix and reversed the long term horrors of Lyme disease with various alternative choices without any pharmaceutical antibiotics, albeit sometimes integrating them with alternative methods.

20 foods for a flat stomach
(NaturalNews) A flat stomach is a quest that has remained elusive for many people all over the world. Dieters often shy away from food to keep their slim figures. Food experts, however, have discovered several foods that actually help flatten the stomach.

The best plant-based sources of protein
(NaturalNews) Vegetarians and vegans are often presented with a familiar question: "How do you get enough protein?" The question is understandable, since today's nutritionists place a disproportionate amount of emphasis on meat as a protein source.

15 Ways to Activate Your Internal Deodorant
Natural Blaze - Different types of body odor come from the inside, why not battle them there instead of external masking? Commercial fragrances are endocrine-disruptors and the beauty industry uses our insecurity to reinforce the idea that we stink!

This is health care in America: Nursing home patient left to burn up and die by medical staff
(NaturalNews) You wouldn't think such things could happen in America, but with today's heavily regulated medical industry, which has left hospitals and nursing facilities chronically short of help and undertrained, you can expect such incidents to climb.

Hepatitis B Vaccine Causes Mutated 'Breakout'
Natural Blaze - A universal infant vaccination campaign in China has led the Hepatitis B virus (HBV) to more than double its rate of "breakout" mutations. These mutations may enable the virus to elude the vaccine, necessitating new vaccination strategies.

Lifesaving elixir from poison? Discover the exceptional healing benefit of oleander extract
(NaturalNews) Often referred to as "the Desert Rose," oleander is astonishingly effective in treating cancer, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, asthma, epilepsy and paralysis. The extract has even had success in cancer patients classified as 'terminal' by conventional medicine.

Science & Technology

What North America looked like 550 million years ago
Daily Mail - A geologist has mapped the formation of North America across hundreds of millions of years, showing the continent as two relatively tiny land masses 450 million years ago to what it looks like today.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Health Benefits of Garden Therapy
Green Med Info - Garden or horticultural therapy refers to the activities involved while taking care of a garden or an allotment, such as digging, watering and pruning. Milder forms of garden therapy, suitable for elder people, simply allow the patient to wander in a controlled natural environment (aka wander gardens) and be in touch with nature. Research suggests that garden therapy is an efficient way to reduce stress, alleviate depression and accelerate rehabilitation in a variety of clinical settings, with no side-effects.

Survival/Preparedness

10 Prepping Mistakes That Could Get You Killed (And How To Avoid Them)
Survival Pulse - Everyone that is into prepping is doing it for a good reason, to increase their chances of survival. However, there are a number of simple mistakes that can actually make you LESS likely to survive than if you didn’t prepare at all.

Could Prepping Become Illegal Here Too? Venezuelan Gov't to Detain “Hoarders”
Natural Blaze - As people who spend a lot of time focusing on preparedness, we can learn a lot about our future by watching as the economies and civilizations of other Western countries crumble.


Monday - October 7, 2013 - Today In History:
1765 - Nine American colonies sent a total of 28 delegates to New York City for the Stamp Act Congress. The delegates adopted the "Declaration of Rights and Grievances."
1777 - During the American Revolution the second Battle of Saratoga began.
1868 - Cornell University was inaugurated in Ithaca, NY.
1949 - The German Democratic Republic (East Germany) was formed.
1950 - The U.S.-led U.N. forces crossed the 38th parallel and entered North Korea. China in November proved their threat to enter the war by sending several hundred thousand troops over the border into North Korea.
1956 - A U.S. House subcommittee began investigations of allegedly rigged TV quiz shows.
1963 - U.S. President Kennedy signed a nuclear test ban treaty with Britain and the Soviet Union.
1981 - The Egyptian parliament, after the assassination of Anwar Sadat, named Vice President Hosni Mubarak the next president of Egypt.
1982 - A record was set when 147,000,000 shares were exchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.
1985 - The United States announced that it would no longer automatically comply with World Court decisions.
1989 - In Budapest, Hungary's Communist Party renounced Marxism in favor of democratic socialism.
1993 - U.S. President Clinton sent more troops, heavy armor, and naval firepower to Somalia.
1994 - U.S. President Clinton dispatched an aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf when Iraqi troops were spotted moving toward Kuwait. The U.S. Army was also put on alert.
1998 - The U.S. government filed an antitrust suit that alleged Visa and MasterCard inhibit competition by preventing banks from offering other cards.
1999 - American Home Products Corp. agreed to pay up to $4.83 billion to settle claims that the fen-phen diet drug caused dangerous problems with heart valves.
2001 - The U.S. and Great Britain began air strikes in Afghanistan in response to that state's support of terrorism and Osama bin Laden. The act was the first military action taken in response to the terrorist attacks on the U.S. on September 11, 2001.
2003 - In California, Arnold Schwarzenegger was elected governor in the recall election of Governor Gray Davis.

World News

Intl сhemical disarmament team begins destroying Syria arsenal, machinery
RT - The UN confirms chemical experts in Syria destroyed missile warheads, aerial bombs, and chemical mixing equipment on Sunday as they started eliminating the country’s chemical weapons.

Pentagon: U.S. troops snatched al Qaida leader in Tripoli
McClatchy - U.S. special forces in Libya on Saturday captured a senior al Qaida leader who’d been sought since 1998 for involvement in the coordinated bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa.

VIDEO: US Navy SEALs strike inside Somalia
Press TV - A team of US Navy SEALs has carried out a strike on a coastal town in southern Somalia against al-Shabab, the group behind last month’s mall attack in the Kenyan capital Nairobi.

At least 50 killed, over 200 wounded as Egypt protests turn violent – report
RT - Egyptian celebrations of the 40th anniversary of the Arab-Israeli War were marred by a fresh wave of violence, with at least 50 people killed and over 200 wounded in clashes between police and supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi.

Iran arrests 4 men in 'nuclear facilities sabotage' plot
RT - The Iranian authorities have arrested four men for planning to sabotage nuclear sites, reports state news. The announcement comes as Iran’s newly-appointed president takes steps to allay fears over its supposed nuclear weapons program.

Britain’s nuke-armed submarine fleet dockyard suffers serious malfunction
Press TV - A new report says Britain’s Royal Navy submarine fleet has narrowly averted a major nuclear incident, which has been compared with the Fukushima Daiichi power-station meltdown in Japan in 2011.

YouTube: The Truthseeker: 'Worse than Hiroshima': US war chemicals and 'stinking hypocrisy' (E25)
RT - One in three American servicemen permanently disabled, 'the worst genetic damage in any population ever studied', 'confirmed' US govt behind world record Afghan opium crop, and October's protest calendar... [Beyond Treason is featured in the current 'Truthseeker' episode.]

The NSA debate is as much about journalism as surveillance
Glenn Greenwald Oct 4, 2013 - Last night on BBC's Newsnight, I was interviewed for 14 minutes by host Kirsty Wark. It was an adversarial interview, which is how interviews should be. But she chose to focus almost entirely on the process questions surrounding the reporting rather than the substance of the revelations, and in the process made some quite dubious claims that come straight from the mouths of government officials.

New twist in Diana SAS mystery: Why are detectives examining this image discovered on the elusive Soldier N's laptop?
Daily Mail - An SAS sniper, lying on a bridge, points his long-range rifle towards a dual-carriageway and peers into his telescopic sight, as if poised to open fire. It makes for a startling image – all the more so since the picture was taken not in a conflict zone or even a training camp but in a public area in the Welsh countryside.
* Related Article: Dying Diana 'finished off by the SAS'


Kerry says US raid in Libya was ‘legal’, vows such operations will go on
RT - Secretary of State John Kerry has justified the capture by US forces of a terrorism suspect in Tripoli as ‘legal and appropriate’. He thus responded to Libya governments’ demand for explanations over what happened.

VIDEO: No pact unless US residential strikes stop: Karzai
Press TV - The Afghan president has strongly condemned a recent fatal airstrike by the US forces in Afghanistan, warning that he would not sign a security pact with Washington unless its troops stop targeting residential areas.

Russia to perform survey flights over Portugal, Spain
Press TV - Russian Defense Ministry has announced that the country’s military inspectors will begin aerial survey flights this week above Portugal and Spain under the international Treaty on Open Skies.

Swiss to vote on 2,500 franc basic income for every adult
(Reuters) - Switzerland will hold a vote on whether to introduce a basic income for all adults, in a further sign of growing public activism over pay inequality since the financial crisis. A grassroots committee is calling for all adults in Switzerland to receive an unconditional income of 2,500 Swiss francs ($2,800) per month from the state, with the aim of providing a financial safety net for the population.

Iceland bounces back from the banking brink
Raw Story - A new mood of proud nationalism is emerging in economically resurgent Iceland after an out-of-control banking system sank the country into financial meltdown exactly five years ago. Riding this wave of confidence is 38-year-old prime minister, Sigmundur Davíd Gunnlaugsson, elected in April on populist promises of mortgage relief for every homeowner.

Fukushima employee accidentally switches off cooling pumps
RT - A Fukushima worker has accidentally switched off cooling pumps – the latest in the string of mishaps and misfortunes at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Sen. Ted Cruz to CNN’s Candy Crowley: Use Debt Ceiling Vote to ‘Mitigate’ ObamaCare
mediaite.com - On CNN’s State of the Union Sunday morning, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) argued that provisions “mitigating” the Affordable Care Act should be attached to a vote to raise the debt ceiling, a sign that the Senator who helped engineer the current government shutdown over ObamaCare is willing to take the fight to the next level.

US House unanimously votes to retroactively pay 800,000 furloughed workers
RT - The Republican-led US House of Representatives unanimously voted to approve a bill which will see 800,000 workers furloughed during the ongoing partial government shutdown paid once the crisis ends.

As U.S. Struggles With Health Reform, The Amish Go Their Own Way
(Reuters) A little-known provision of the law with its roots in a 1950s battle over Social Security exempts these communities from the individual mandate, an element of the Affordable Care Act that requires most Americans to purchase health insurance in some form. But it is not the idea of health insurance the Amish reject - the close-knit communities essentially insure themselves.

President Obama Spent Shutdown Day Three Sitting for Portrait?
Breitbart - Photographer Tony Powell is, according to the Washington Post, a "renaissance man." He's known for his choreography, painting, composition, and graphic design along with his photography. But it's certainly odd that on October 2, two days in to the government shutdown, Powell announced that he would be holding a Thursday photo shoot with President Obama via Facebook.

Video: Obama Supporters Don’t Know What Party Obama Is Affiliated With
Paul Joseph Watson - In his latest ‘man on the street’ video, Mark Dice talks to Obama supporters in San Diego who struggle to work out which political party Obama is actually affiliated with. The majority of the people Dice talked to didn’t know which party Obama was associated with and some even thought he was in fact a Republican.

FBI Cordon Off Neighborhood to Search Executed Driver’s Condo for Anti-government Material
Kurt Nimmo Stamford resident Eric Bredow told News 19 WLTV an FBI bomb squad arrived at his building and a helicopter swooped overhead. Other residents were ordered to evacuate and were told they would not be allowed to return home for hours or overnight.

VIDEO: Eye Witness: Police pulled child from car THEN executed woman!
Blacklisted News - Wolf Blitzer talks to a woman who witnessed the Capitol Hill shooting and describes the barrage of gunfire.... Family NOT Allowed To See Body Or Daughter Of Young Mother Kill.
* Related Video/Article: "Deadly Physical Force Was Not The Ultimate Recourse"

VIDEO: Michael Savage Trashes Breitbart News on Capitol Shooting...
Liberty Crier - Michael Savage argues with a caller who claims that the unarmed black woman who was recently shot in D.C. deserved to be killed because she ‘did not follow orders’.... In the next clip Savage goes on to condemn congress for applauding the actions of the D.C. Police.

They Thought It Was Patriotic, The School Saw It As Suspendable
CBS News - Students said they wanted to show their love for their country, but a superintendent believes it went a little too far. The result? More than a dozen students are suspended for drawing on doors and windows and scattering small American flags outside their high school.

Mending The Nation
Jon McNaughton - Hope: This is the value that motivates one to take action. In my painting the child represents the “hope” of America. The care and commitment we show our youth is a reflection of our strength as a nation. Do our public schools adequately meet this challenge?...

VIDEO: Ron Paul, Author, “The School Revolution”
Liberty Crier- Twelve-term Texas Congressman, Presidential candidate, and #1 New York Times bestselling author Ron Paul returns with a highly provocative treatise about how we need to fundamentally change the way we think about America’s broken education system in order to fix it.

Zero Tolerance Lunacy: Teen Faces Felony Charges for Possession of a Loaded Tackle Box
Activist Post - 17-year-old Cody Chitwood was busted during a random sweep of the Lassiter High School parking lot by police and this student who has never been in trouble before now faces prosecution, large fines, prison time, and the loss of his plans to join the Air Force in the future due to a hysterical overreaction that has resulted in his arrest.

Brian Aiken Lost Everything When He Was Sent to Prison Despite Not Breaking Any Laws
Liberty Globe - The law specifically outlines an exemption clause which allows the transportation of legally owned firearms while in the process of moving. During the trial, the jury even asked the judge 3 times if they could rule based on this law but the requests were denied!... Below is Brian’s full video.

Woman arrested for drunk driving sues after video shows her being strip searched by four officers and tossed naked into a cell
Daily Mail - A Chicago-area woman arrested in May for drunk driving is now suing county police for what she says was an illegal, humiliating strip search by four officers that was all caught on video.

Epic fail: 99% of Obamacare applications can't be processed, 'nightmare scenario' coming in January
(NaturalNews) According to insurance industry insiders who spoke to CNBC, 99 out of 100 applications don't contain enough information to result in enrollment. "...federal officials could face a situation in January in which relatively large numbers of people believe they have coverage starting that month, but whose enrollment applications are have not been processed," reports CNBC.

Survey - 83 percent of US doctors have considered abandoning their practices over Obamacare
(NaturalNews) This is according to a new survey recently released by the Doctor Patient Medical Association (DPMA), a nationwide physicians group dedicated to maintaining and protecting individualized care for all patients.... You can view the complete results of the DPMA survey here.

Economy

MasterCard joining push for fingerprint ID standard
USA Today - MasterCard will be the first major payment network to join FIDO. The Alliance is developing an open industry standard for biometric data such as fingerprints to be used for identification online. The goal is to replace clunky passwords and take friction out of logging on and purchasing using mobile devices.

Bankrupt California City “Throws Down the Gauntlet,” Favors Retirees over Creditors
AllGov - On Friday, it’s government told the public how it would like the divvy to go and indicated it had tentative agreements with some of its largest creditors to make it happen. Stockton’s plan further reduces worker benefits, asks the voters for a tax increase to pay police, and pays some creditors less than they are owed.

30 Statistics About Americans Under The Age Of 30 That Will Blow Your Mind
Economic Collapse - Young adults as a group have been experiencing a tremendous amount of economic pain in recent years. The following are 30 statistics about Americans under the age of 30 that will blow your mind...

Veteran News

Police Remove Vietnam War Veterans at Memorial Wall
The Weekly Standard - After one group of veterans went around the barricade, "the park ranger told them the wall was closed," NBC's Mark Seagraves reported. "Later another group of vets showed up and moved the barricades. At that point, the memorial filled with vets and tourists. That's when police came and moved everyone out."

Priests threatened with arrest if they minister to military during shutdown
Daily Caller - “With the government shutdown, many [government service] and contract priests who minister to Catholics on military bases worldwide are not permitted to work – not even to volunteer,” wrote John Schlageter, the general counsel for the Archdiocese for the Military Services USA, in an op-ed this week.

Military keeps Camp David open, cuts NFL, baseball coverage to troops overseas
Washington Examiner - President Obama has visited the Navy-run presidential retreat Camp David in central Maryland only 32 times, but it is being kept open during the government shutdown for his entertainment and security at the same time the Pentagon is cutting sports coverage to hundreds of thousands of troops around the world.

Energy & Environment

Chicago citizens to be exposed to alarming levels of lead from city water as old pipes get upgraded
(NaturalNews) It's bad enough that the city of Chicago is facing financial problems similar to those of Detroit; now, local taxpayers are being forced to pay for being poisoned. For decades, the city installed lead water pipes, but in recent years, the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has discovered a problem that has been tainting the water supply. Per the Chicago Tribune...

VIDEO: Massive Tornadoes Invade Western Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota; Multiple Injuries
weather.com - Residents of northeast Nebraska are continuing to clean up after a several strong tornadoes moved through the area. Wayne, Neb., saw some of the greatest damage from tornadoes where where at least 10 buildings were destroyed and five were heavily damaged in the town of 5,700, the Omaha World-Herald reported.

Health

The True Cost of a Flawed Health Care Paradigm
Dr. Mercola - Americans spend twice as much on health care per capita than any other country in the world; more than 17 percent of US gross domestic product, or $2.7 trillion dollars every year, is spent on health care.

Has Your Health Professional Received Drug Company Money?
Pro Publica - Drug companies have long kept secret details of the payments they make to doctors and other health professionals for promoting their drugs. But 15 companies have begun publishing the information, some because of legal settlements. Use this tool to search for payments.
* Related Article: Texas has more Big Pharma doctor payoffs than any other state...

Oncology group claims obese people aren't getting enough chemotherapy - Higher poison guidelines being adopted
(NaturalNews) As reported by USA Today, researchers from the country's largest organization of doctors who treat cancer are adamantly pushing for more chemotherapy to treat those whom they claim are "under-treated," mainly larger individuals who do not meet the standard dosage criteria for chemotherapy.

The pesticides used on your food (by produce item)
whatsonmyfood.org - What’s On My Food? is a searchable database designed to make the public problem of pesticide exposure visible and more understandable.
* Related Article:
Toxicology Expert Speaks Out About Roundup and GMOs

No GMOs: 5 Tips on How to Avoid GMO Foods in the Grocery Store
Natural Society - GMO foods are hazardous and everywhere. Here are 5 tips on how to avoid GMO foods in the grocery store.

Burdock is a powerful herb to treat a variety of ailments
(NaturalNews) The burdock root is part of the Asteraceae family and can be found in various places around the world, including Europe, Southeast Asia and North America. You may also already know of some other closely related herbs from its extended...

Tried everything? Three little-known natural remedies for Alzheimer's
(NaturalNews) Medical science still has not figured out the puzzle of Alzheimer's disease, but there are some natural remedies that medical researchers say could offer substantial relief.
* Related Article/Video: How to Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease...

Health Ranger's original forensic investigation of chicken nuggets replicated by scientists who get published in science journal
(NaturalNews) A new study published in the American Journal of Medicine appears to have been inspired by the Natural News publishing of photos revealing "strange fibers" in Chicken McNuggets, and it is now exploding across the mainstream media.

Veggie-Heavy Stress Reduction Regimen Shown to Modify Cell Aging
Dr. Mercola - Recently, a small study published in the Lancet once again confirmed that eating a diet rich in vegetables while exercising and managing stress may modify cell aging and potentially help you live longer.... After five years, men in the healthy lifestyle group had an increase in telomere (the ends of your chromosomes) length compared to the control group. It has been suggested, not without controversy, that increasing telomere length slows down or even reverses aging.

Study finds a high-protein, high-fat breakfast lowers blood sugar and risk of developing diabetes
(NaturalNews) Alternative nutrition researchers and practitioners have postulated that a large breakfast, moderate lunch and small-portion dinner is an important key to weight loss and optimal health maintenance.

Tempeh: A highly nutritious and protein-rich fermented soy product
(NaturalNews) Tempeh is a fermented soy product of Indonesian origin. It is made from cooked and dehulled soybeans and culturing agents and is characterized by its distinctive texture and solid consistency.... Rich in protein - All fermented soy products are rich in protein, and tempeh is no exception. 100 grams of tempeh provides us with 18.5 grams of protein, which is 37 percent of an adult's recommended daily intake.

Sugar Substitutes—What’s Safe and What’s Not
Dr. Mercola - You do have to be cautious when choosing an alternative, as many sweeteners that are widely regarded as "healthy" are, in reality, anything but. A previous National Geographic article set out to compare eight different sugar substitutes, which fall into four general categories...

Health Basics: 50% of gluten-free foods still contain food toxins
(NaturalNews) Many gluten-free foods still contain MSG, aspartame, Sorbitol, Sucralose, maltodextrin, GMO corn sugar and other genetically modified additives that pollute and clog up the digestive tract and cause central nervous system disorders and ailments. The buck doesn't stop with the term "gluten-free." Consumers need to read the labels and know the food toxins that still invade these so called "healthy food" diets.

Science & Technology

Brain Implants to “Reboot” Depressed People
Paul Joseph Watson - Hacker warned medical devices could be accessed remotely for “mass murder”. Scientists are set to treat depression and headaches by implanting electrodes into people’s brains which alter the function of brain tissue by using electroconvulsive therapy to “reboot” the mind.

Four-legged, DARPA-funded, running war robot unveiled
RT - Developers at Boston Dynamics, an engineering company specializing in robotics, have released video of an untethered robot capable of standing and mobilizing on its own.

Careful what you tweet: Police, schools tap social media to track behavior
NBC News - Marketed to police department, BlueJay Twitter-monitoring tool "has no IT requirements," explains the sales literature. "All you need is Internet and a browser." Also, $150 a month.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Farmer loses land battle, though military grants him one last harvest
macleans.ca - No matter how many federal bureaucrats knocked on his door—or how much cash they offered to pay—the 85-year-old farmer refused, again and again, to sell his beloved land. As he likes to say: “You can’t eat the money.” But as Frank Meyers learned today—in a heartbreaking moment he’d been dreading for years—you can’t stop the government, either.

GMO Corn Farmers are Losing Land, Swimming in Debt Says New Research
Natural Society - If you’ve wanted to look at GMOs purely from the financial bottom line, then this news should make you think twice about Biotech’s promises of better farming and better business. If GMOs really produced a higher yield and feed more hungry people, then why are GMO corn farmers losing land and pushing through debt?

Best Crops and Varieties for Winter Gardening
Mother Earth News - Don’t limit your harvests to certain seasons. No matter your region, you can grow these 13 cold-hardy crops that can take biting winter temps. Just follow this planting and varietal advice from one of the foremost four-season gardeners in the country.

Pet News

Why I've Had a Change of Heart About Performing This Routine Procedure
Dr. Becker - Once a huge advocate of spaying or neutering every dog early in life, after being in private practice for a few years, Dr. Becker noticed many of her canine patients were developing endocrine-related disorders.... Among those consequences: shortened lifespan, atypical Cushing’s disease, cardiac tumors, bone cancer, abnormal bone growth and development, CCL ruptures, and hip dysplasia.

Humor & Satire

VIDEO: Remy: Obamacare Video Contest Song
Reason TV - The official deadline for the government-touted Healthy Young America Video contest, which is designed to promote the benefits of The Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare), was September 23. The official deadline for the government-touted Healthy Young America Video contest, which is designed to promote the benefits of The Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare), was September 23.


Friday - October 4, 2013 - Today In History:
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.
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 - 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.
1990 - The German parliament had its first meeting since reunification.
1992 - The 16-year civil war in Mozambique ended.
1993 - Russian Vice-President Alexander Rutskoi and Chairman Ruslan Khasbulatov surrendered to Boris Yeltsin after a ten-hour tank assault on the Russian White House. The two men had barricaded themselves in after Yeltsin called for general elections and dissolved the legislative body.
1993 - Dozens of Somalis dragged an American soldier through the streets of Mogadishu. A videotape showed Michael Durant being taken prisoner by Somali militants.
1994 - South African President Nelson Mandela was welcomed to the White House by U.S. President Clinton.
2001 - NATO granted the U.S. 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 9-11-2001.

World News

VIDEO: UN-OPCW team makes headway in Syria
Press TV - "The team hopes to begin on-site inspections and the initial disabling of equipment within the next week, but this depends on the outcome of the technical groups established with the participation of Syrian experts," the joint mission said in a statement.

VIDEO: Egypt to seize Brotherhood assets
Press TV - Egypt's military-appointed interim government has announced plans to seize the assets of the Muslim Brotherhood, which has been protesting against the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi in a coup in July.

Taliban kill Afghan mayor in Helmand
Press TV - An Afghan mayor and his deputy have been assassinated by Taliban militants in the Garmsir District in the southern Afghan province of Helmand.

Exercise African Winds aims to better Nigerian maritime protection capability
Defence Web - Starting on Thursday, the Nigerian Navy will be hosting the combined Exercise African Winds, a programme of the Africa Partnership Station (APS) security co-operation programme of US Naval Forces Africa (NAVAF).

Israel forces destroy village
Press TV - Israeli forces have attacked a Palestinian village north of the Jordan Valley for the fourth time since September, leaving some 100 residents without shelter

Japan to pay $3.1bn to remove US troops from Okinawa, will host spy drones
RT - Tokyo is to foot a $3.1 billion bill, which is part of the cost for relocating American troops from Okinawa. For the first time, it will also host US long-range surveillance drones, which would help to monitor disputed islands in the East China Sea.

Report: Israel eyes anti-Iran security pact with gulf states
StratRisks - Israel, alarmed at the prospect of a U.S.-Iranian rapprochement, is reported to be discussing the possibility of an anti-Iran alliance with longtime Arab adversaries like Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, a project that could have immense ramifications in the Middle East.

Inspectors fear millions in gas money getting siphoned off in Afghanistan
McClatchy - The Pentagon's special inspector general for Afghanistan finds few controls on hundreds of millions of dollars in U.S. funds delivered to Afghan police and military to buy gasoline, with a high risk of fraud and abuse.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Ex-NSA/CIA chief Hayden jokes of putting Snowden on kill list
RT - Speaking at a panel discussion on Thursday, the ex-NSA director made it clear that he’s aware of Snowden's nomination for a European Human Rights Award. But Hayden revealed that he’d rather see the NSA whistleblower on a kill list than a short-list...

Woman With Baby Rams Gates Near White House; America Freaks Out
Paul Joseph Watson - Given the fact that not so long ago, the United States faced down the threat of imminent nuclear war, you’d think the mainstream media would put the threat posed by a woman ramming some gates near the White House in some kind of perspective.
* Related Article/Video: Woman Killed After Trying to Ram White House Barricade

DA: I’m appalled a baby killer could go free
hlntv.com - 30 years later, Bexar County District Attorney Susan D. Reed is pulling out dusty boxes with case information and reviewing the evidence. Reed is also in touch with mothers who suspect Jones in their baby's death. Reed calls Jones’ release “outrageous.” She told HLN's Kyra Phillips she's leaving no stone unturned in the search for more evidence.

Minnesota Obamacare exchange leaks private information of 2,400 people
Ben Swann - Less than 24 hours after the Obamacare exchanges opened on October 1 – and indeed before the exchange database even went live – the first reported breach of privacy occurred. An employee of MNsure, Minnesota’s Obamacare exchange, accidentally sent an unencrypted email to the wrong person. The email contained the private information of over two thousand people, and went to a local insurance broker.

Gulf Storm Cancels FEMA’s Government Shut Down Furlough
Kurt Nimmo - Because tropical storm Karen is brewing over the Yucatan Channel and the southern Gulf of Mexico, the federal government has seen fit to call back thousands of FEMA’s furloughed workers. The script-reading corporate media noted the fact this morning...

Obamacare activists STRIP to their underwear in taxpayer-funded, PETA-style stunt to persuade young Coloradoans to 'get covered'
Daily Mail - Obamacare organizers in Colorado are taking Obamacare promotion to a new low – at least in terms of their dress code. A health insurance provider is sending 20-something activists out on the streets of Denver in their underwear to persuade young people to 'get covered.'

Obama Quietly Okays Military Aid to Countries That Use Child Soldiers
commondreams.org - On Monday, President Obama issued complete waivers to Yemen, Chad, and South Sudan, opening up those countries to U.S. military aid despite their known use of child soldiers, declaring in a written memorandum it is "in the national interest of the United States" to override the ban.

Pentagon report rips Texas F-35 fighter jet plant
Press TV - A new report from the Pentagon’s internal watchdog strongly criticizes managers and workers at the Fort Worth, Texas, plant that makes the F-35 fighter jet for an alleged lackadaisical attitude that it says has led, on average, to more than 200 repairs for each aircraft and cost taxpayers millions of dollars.

Massive Christian-Owned Craft Store Accused Of Anti-Semitism
Business Insider - Hobby Lobby, a craft store owned by devout Christians, is being accused of discriminating against Jewish customers because it does not offer Hanukkah decorations.

21 Of The Best Comments Posted By Frustrated Americans On The Official Obamacare Facebook Page
RINF - Under Obamacare, Americans are going to pay more for health care, they are going to have more limited health care options, they are going to be subjected to much more paperwork, and if they choose not to participate in the system they are going to be hit with very punitive fines. What’s not to like?... The following are 21 of the best comments that have been posted on the official Healthcare.gov Facebook page so far…

YouTube: Ron Paul tells story of his 1979 Chevette and how it infuriated House leadership
In 1979, when I was headed to DC for my first full term in Congress, I bought a car to keep there. It was a 1979 Chevrolet Chevette. But this compact 4-door soon proved to be controversial....

Economy

‘US economy is just one giant hedge fund’
RT - American lawmakers have colluded with Wall Street executives to build an economy that no longer works in the best interest of, or even needs, the majority of the American public, according to RT financial host Max Keiser.

US lawmakers pulled the nation into a government shutdown crisis in a “financial terror tactic”
RT - Wide Awake News founder, Charlie McGrath, blames Congressmen for orchestrating the crisis. His view is backed by NYC-based economist Max Fraad Wolff, who also says he can’t imagine a recipe that would undermine confidence in the dollar and the US or particularly the US government, faster or more effectively than the US crisis.

US stocks suffer broad losses
Press TV - Stocks fell broadly Thursday, as investors weighed the consequences of an extended government shutdown after a budget deal remained elusive in Washington.

September Auto Sales And ADP Payroll Report Confirm The Economy Is Tanking
silverdoctors.com - Yesterday’s auto sales report for September – led by GM’s 11% plunge in sales and incredible bloating up of dealer inventory levels – confirms my view that the economy is tanking. The dollar has lost the 80 level. The world isn’t buying into the story being reported in the media by Wall Street and the President that the economy is improving.

US shutdown a smokescreen for assault on Social Security, Medicare
RINF - In an interview on day two of the partial shutdown of the US government, broadcast by the pro-business cable TV channel CNBC, President Barack Obama offered talks on cutting basic social programs such as Medicare and Social Security in return for Republican support for funding federal operations and raising the national debt ceiling.

VIDEO: Massive New Taxes Hidden In Obamacare
xrepublic.tv - New ObamaCare Taxes You Probably Don't Know About.

The US Government has been shutdown for...
giveitbackto.us - In that time the government has collected in taxes...

Veteran News

YouTube: Judge Napolitano: Obama Wants Shutdown to Be as Painful as Possible
Judge Andrew Napolitano stopped by Fox & Friends to discuss the controversy surrounding WWII vets being denied entry into the D.C. memorial due to the government shutdown.Then again, the judge pointed out that the shutdown hasn't stopped surveillance operations at the NSA...

Troops Forage for Food While Golfers Play On in Shutdown
Bloomberg - Grocery stores on Army bases in the U.S. are closed. The golf course at Andrews Air Force base is open. All 128 employees of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corp. are working, while 3,000 safety inspectors employed by the Federal Aviation Administration are off the job....

Sam’s Club Temporarily Waivers Membership To Military In Light Of Government Shutdown and Closure of Base Commissaries
armywife101.com - A little while ago a screenshot went around Facebook stating that several Sam’s Club near military installations were going to let military members with proof of service shop at their stores even if they don’t have a Sam’s Membership.

Energy & Environment

Tropical Storm Karen to Strike Upper Gulf Coast
accuweather.com - There is a chance Karen becomes a hurricane prior to making landfall. Shortly after being officially named a tropical storm, Karen's maximum sustained winds had reached 65 mph. The threshold for a tropical system to become a hurricane is sustained winds of 74 mph.

BP stops oil spill payouts after court dispute win
RT - BP will stop paying some damage claims under the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill settlement, after an appeals court agreed that the oil giant may be covering ‘fictitious’ payments to businesses.

Health

Watercress Turns Off Breast Cancer Cell Growth
Green Med Info - Long associated with tea sandwiches and white gloves, watercress contains a powerful plant compound that may help fight breast cancer.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Is Aluminum Causing Breast Cancer?
Natural Society - Aluminum is a toxic heavy metal always found in breast tissue, yet major organizations neglect to educate woman of this cancer-causing substance.

Vaccines Sold by Marketing Fear of Disease: BMJ Report
Gaia Health - Influenza vaccines are killers, life destroyers, and provide little or no benefit. The evidence is clear. A report published in the BMJ clarifies how these facts are ignored by health agencies. To get around them, they simply push fear of disease well past the point of absurdity. But the CDC and other health agencies have no other way to sell the unsellable.

Ginseng Benefits: Exploring an Energizing Medicinal Plant
Natural Society - Ginseng benefits range far and wide, utilized for thousands of years. But it is important to choose only high-quality ginseng that has been well-researched.

Drinking Cow's Milk During Breastfeeding Increases Risk of Baby's Allergies
Green Med Info - Researchers have determined that drinking pasteurized, homogenized cow's milk while breastfeeding significantly increases the chances of the infant becoming allergic.

Healthy Recipe: Homemade raw strawberry Jam
STEPin2 - We know how beneficial to our health strawberries, raspberries, chia seeds and raw honey are. This recipe is a fast one and once you have all the ingredients it will take less than 10 minutes to make.

Healthy Recipe: Anti-inflammatory Chia seed milk
STEPin2 - An anti-inflammatory almond and Chia seed milk recipe. It is easy, fast and you control the ingredients. Almond milk is a great alternative to dairy milk and a great base component for any smoothie. Almonds are powerhouses when it comes to health benefits and are gluten-free and low in carbs.
* Related: How to make almond milk

Families urge stronger restrictions on painkillers
McClatchy - Steve Rummler was a financial planner and musician who was about to marry his high school sweetheart when his addiction to pain medication prescribed for a back injury led him to a fatal overdose. His mother and fiancee rallied along with more than 500 people Tuesday in a park near the Capitol to call for action against what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has called the worst drug epidemic in United States history.

YouTube: The drugging of our children—0 to 5 year olds
More than 1 million children are being drugged between the ages of 0 and five, in the United States alone. Parents are quite simply not being given accurate information about psychiatric labels (mental disorders) or the drugs being prescribed to 'treat' their children. For more information visit this page - Parents—Know Your Rights

Ten foods to help reduce the risk of dementia and Alzheimer's
(NaturalNews) These mental health problems are two of the most devastating degenerative illnesses today. However, research indicates that they are easily preventable. If a member of the family suffered from it, other family members can prevent acquiring this health problem through diet modification.

Understanding the phytochemical power of turmeric
(NaturalNews) Sometimes called Indian saffron, turmeric is an ancient ayurvedic medicine that has been used for centuries throughout Indonesia and Southeast Asia. It is a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant with a long history of use both medicinally and in cuisine.

Make your own maple-pecan vegan 'ice cream'
(NaturalNews) This Maple-Pecan "Ice Cream" treat is simple to make by yourself at home, and it contains just a few simple, real food ingredients: frozen bananas, roasted pecans and pure maple syrup. These ingredients contribute to your health, so you can actually feel good about indulging in this dessert when you have a taste for something sweet.

Science & Technology

Government Will Shut Down Websites Even if It Costs More Than Keeping Them Up, Just to Show You Who Is Boss
reason.com - It’s a bit hard to make sense of why some sites remain up (some with a “no new updates” banner) while others are redirected to a shutdown notice page—and in many cases it’s puzzling why a shutdown would be necessary at all.....

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Fight for Your Right to Garden! LA Targets Urban Planters
reason.com - "Trees that are planted on either side of a stop sign... There's a sidewalk that's busted up a hundred feet away. All of these things seem like, to me, a higher priority than, um... squash," says Angel Teger, a South Los Angeles resident a South Los Angeles resident who was ordered by the Los Angeles city government to remove her front yard garden within 48 hours.

Survival/Preparedness

10 Steps for Preparing a Family Emergency Plan
Natural Blaze - Sometimes it is the simplest things that are overlooked. Case in point? The Family Emergency Plan.

Pet News

Medical insanity: Prozac prescriptions rise sharply in family pets
(NaturalNews) The culture of prescription drug addiction in America seems to be spreading to the pet population, as an increasing number of pet owners opt to medicate their furry family members into behavioral compliance with mind-altering mood medications like Proza

Humor & Satire

Is U.S. Senator Ted Cruz A Muppet?
Daily Paul - I'm no expert but I am overwhelmed by the similarities in these images, which force me to ask, is Ted Cruz actually former Muppet Show cast member Sam The Eagle, hiding behind a new identity?


Thursday - October 3, 2013 - Today In History:
1863 - U.S. President Lincoln declared that the last Thursday of November would be recognized as Thanksgiving Day.
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.
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."
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.
1988 - The space shuttle Discovery landed safely after its four-day mission. It was the first American shuttle mission since the Challenger disaster.
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.
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

Gunmen attack Russian embassy in Libya's Tripoli
RT - The Russian embassy in Tripoli, Libya, has come under fire and there were attempts to get into Russia’s diplomatic compound, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement.“There has been an incident in Tripoli tonight, in which there was shelling and attempts to enter the territory of the Russian Embassy in this country,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Aleksandr Lukashevich told RT.

Nairobi mall attack: Bodies retrieved from Westgate as militants vow more strikes
The Telegraph - Nine bodies have been recovered from the rubble of Nairobi’s Westgate shopping centre, as new CCTV footage analysed by investigators suggests the number of terrorists could have been fewer than thought.

Fake Photo of Kenya Mall Shooting: Israelis in Mall
aangirfan.ca - "Officials in the Israeli foreign ministry said that three Israeli citizens that were in the mall at the time of the attack were able to escape unharmed and were collected by the Deputy Israeli Ambassador to Kenya Yaki Lopez and the embassy security officer that were present on the scene."

Iranian cyber warfare chief shot dead in suspected assassination
The Telegraph - The head of Iran’s cyber warfare programme has been shot dead, triggering further accusations that outside powers are carrying out targeted assassinations of key figures in the country’s security apparatus.

Maximum authority of food administration of Ecuador tells food corporations: "You have to label GMOs, period!"
NaturalNews Buzz - Ecuador's authorities have given a deadline of November 11 for all foods and drinks produced or marketed in the country to include labeling to show whether or not they contain genetically modified ingredients.

CIA ramping up training program for militants in Syria
Press TV - The CIA’s mission is expected to produce a few hundred trained militants each month, a level that US officials say will do little to bolster militant forces, according to The Washington Post.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Intelligence Boss: If Budget Cut, al-Qaeda Will Get Us
Kurt Nimmo - Shut down and sequestration grandstanding was at an all-time high as the Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, went before the Senate on Wednesday.

Government Shutdown? 36 Facts Which Prove That Almost Everything Is Still Running
Economic Collapse - All of this whining and crying about a "government shutdown" is a total joke. You see, there really is very little reason why this "government shutdown" cannot continue indefinitely because almost everything is still running. 63 percent of all federal workers are still working, and 85 percent of all government activities are still being funded during this "shutdown".

91% Of The IRS Has Been Furloughed: Here Is Who Else Got The Government Shut Down Axe
Zero Hedge - As the WSJ tabulates "some agencies, such as the Bureau of Labor Statistics, are seeing all but a handful of their employees go home without pay. Others, such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security, kept the vast majority of their workers on the job.

Obamacare Fines to be Seized From Bank Accounts?
Paul Joseph Watson - A man who attempted to sign up for Obamacare online was told that a fine of over $4,000 dollars a year for refusing to take out mandatory health insurance could be taken directly from his bank account, and that his drivers license would be suspended and a federal tax lien placed against his home, according to an entry on the HealthCare.gov Facebook page.

John Boehner and Harry Reid Secret Meetings To Protect Their Own Healthcare Subsidies
Ben Swann - As the debate rages on over whether or not Congress should continue its attempt to defund Obamacare, Politico has released leaked emails that indicate Speaker of the House John Boehner’s and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s staffs worked secretly to continue federal subsidies for members of Congress.

'Why would we want to do that?': Harry Reid dismisses funding children's cancer research separately from the rest of government
Daily Mail - The U.S. Senate's leading Democrat found himself in embarrassingly hot water Wednesday, after dismissing the idea of funding children's cancer research through the government shutdown.

Obamacare Claims Another Victim as Company Forced to Close Down
Paul Joseph Watson - A chiropractic clinic in Pennsylvania has become the latest victim of Obamacare, being forced to close down as a result of receiving reduced payments from insurance companies.... “The most recent changes in ObamaCare impacted how Restored Balance got paid by insurance companies for the services we rendered. The reduced payments were not substantial enough to cover the cost of the labor, overhead expenses, and other liabilities incurred by the business...."

8 year old boy suspended after using finger as pretend gun
clickorlando.com - Bonnie Bennett said her son, Jordan, was suspended Friday at Harmony Community School in Osceola County after playing cops and robbers with another student. “There was nothing in his hand. He used his thumb and index finger,” said Bennett. “It was a game. He made no threatening advances or threats to harm anyone. No words were said.”

Protestors From Around The World To March Against Monsanto
March Against Monsanto - On Oct. 12, millions of activists from around the world will once again March Against Monsanto, calling for the permanent boycott of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) and other harmful agro-chemicals. Currently, marches will occur on six continents, in 52 countries,with events in over 400 cities. In the US, solidarity marches are slated to occur in 47 states.

Obamacare phones offered to health insurance buyers
The Daily Caller - In Tennessee, those shopping on the new health insurance co-ops could end up with more than just some health insurance. They might even walk away with a free smartphone. The Nashville Business Journal is reporting that Community Health Alliance, Tennessee’s Obamacare health insurance co-op, is using the prospect of a free phone to encourage folks to enroll...

IRS collecting money but not sending tax refunds during shutdown
Washington Times - The IRS is still collecting taxes during the government shutdown, but it isn’t sending refunds — and it also has stopped complying with a subpoena to turn over documents to members of Congress who are investigating the agency’s targeting of tea party groups.

Company with $1.2 billion Obamacare contract under investigation for ‘serious fraud’
Daily Caller - A British multinational being paid $1.2 billion to implement Obamacare’s federal insurance exchanges is under investigation after allegedly overcharging the British government by tens of millions of dollars.

Shutdown Theater: NPS Orders Closure of Park that Receives No Federal Funding
freebeacon.com - The National Park Service has ordered the closure of a Virginia park that sits on federal land, even though the government provides no resources for its maintenance or operation.

With tropical storm looming, Hurricane Hunters cope with shutdown
Al Jazeera - Air Force's 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron will fly into the eye of the storm for free

Do USA Citizens Have the Right to Know About This?
Activist Post Forum - With all the horrific information inundating the Internet recently regarding what some consider ‘doomsday’ threats by U.S. government agencies, something came across the international ‘transom’ that apparently has gotten lost in the fray of purported false-flag events, whistleblowers, and political machinations.

Economy

Obama meets with Goldman Sachs for New Line of Credit – in Violation of US Law
Global Research - Reuters wire reports today that US President Barack Obama has met with top bank chief executives to discuss ‘the government shutdown’, and the looming deadline to raise the nation’s debt limit.

Open for Business: Gov’t to Erect $98,670 Outhouse
CNS News - The Federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recently paid $98,670 for the purchase and installation of an outhouse at the Swede Park Trail Head in Alaska.

Monsanto Acquires “Big Data” Weather Firm The Climate Corporation, Reports 4Q Earnings Loss
BlackListedNews.com - Ahead of the Oct. 12 March Against Monsanto, Monsanto announced their latest acquisition on the morning of their earnings release revealing a “larger than expected” quarterly loss.

Veteran News

Rand Paul: ‘Goons’ blocked WWII Memorial
Politico - Sen. Rand Paul blasted the federal government for trying to block World War II vets from visiting their memorial, saying “some idiot in government sent goons out there to set up barricades.”... Paul also said that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and President Barack Obama are “going to play a game” and that they “like the shutdown.”

“Never Forget This Moment. This is how Barack Obama Acts, When Challenged or Resisted.”
The Daily Sheeple - As World War II veterans prepared to visit their memorial in Washington D.C. this week, the President of the United States issued an order indicating that the memorial was closed and access would be forbidden.... However, as noted on the National Park Service website, the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. never actually closes, even when there is no staff present.

Gov’t shutdown spreads to beaches of Normandy
NY Post - Tourists travelling to Omaha Beach to pay their respects to the 9,387 military dead at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial will find it closed, a victim of the U.S. government’s partial shutdown.

Obama administration deliberately blocked access to veterans' memorials in order to make shutdown appear worse
(NaturalNews) It is a tactic that President Obama has used before, in collusion with Democratic leaders in the House and Senate, during the sequester: Make the cuts as painful as possible on the American people and blame nonexistent Republican obstinacy, which is then dutifully reported as truth by the mainstream media.

Energy & Environment

Utilities, Solar Companies in Fight Over Rates
ABC News - Sunlight is free, but if you use it to make electricity your power company wants you to pay. Utilities in many states say solar-friendly rate plans, conceived to promote alternative energy sources, are too generous and allow solar customers to avoid paying for the grid even though they use it.

Yellowstone Supervolcano Alert: The Most Dangerous Volcano In America Is Roaring To Life
Activist Post - Right now, the ground underneath Yellowstone National Park is rising at a record rate. In fact, it is rising at the rate of about three inches per year. The reason why this is such a concern is because underneath the park sits the Yellowstone supervolcano – the largest volcano in North America. Scientists tell us that it is inevitable that it will erupt again one day, and when it does the devastation will be almost unimaginable.

Radioactive Water Streaming Out of Pennsylvania Fracking Waste Site
Common Dreams - Waste-water from a hydraulic fracturing site in Pennsylvania that is treated and released into local streams has caused high levels of toxic contamination, including elevated levels of radioactive materials, a report released Wednesday exposes.

Health

Just One Dose of Vitamin D Can Prevent The Progression of Multiple Sclerosis - 9 Day Remission In 92 Percent of Subjects
Prevent Disease - One single dose of calcitriol, the metabolically active version of vitamin D, followed by ongoing vitamin D supplementation has been shown to prevent the progression of multiple sclerosis, according to new research.

Research Proves Wheat Can Cause Harm To Everyone's Intestines
Green Med Info - It is a common myth that wheat only causes immune-mediated intestinal damage within those with a rare genetically based aberration called celiac disease. Still relatively unknown research from 2007 clearly demonstrated that everyone's body likely experiences adverse intestinal effects from gluten (gliadin) exposure.

Three super juices that revitalize your health
(NaturalNews) You may have already heard that drinking fresh, organic fruit and vegetable juices can be beneficial to your health. But there are some kinds of juices that are particularly powerful. Here they are!

Five reasons cacao gives you superhero health
(NaturalNews) Cacao has been a super food secret that's been revealed more and more lately. Cacao is the essential ingredient of chocolate. It can be purchased as a powder or nibs and mixed into coffee or milk to get the maximum polyphenol flavonoids that offer many health benefits.

Follow in the footsteps of greatness by rediscovering the astonishing healing benefit of flax
(NaturalNews) An almost perfect edible, flaxseed has been known throughout history as an exceptionally versatile plant. Not only are linen, paper and oil made from flax, but the seeds are extremely effective in discouraging disease. Cancer, high blood pressure, cardiovascular troubles, diabetes and even depression are diminished by flaxseed.

Monosodium glutamate induces kidney, liver damage in study on rats
(NaturalNews) A study conducted by the Lab for Development-Aging, Neurodegenerative Diseases... in Guadalajara, Mexico, found that high concentrations of monosodium glutamate (MSG) in the central nervous system caused neural necrosis - or premature cell death - severely impacting the neuroendocrine system, as well as blood flow and organ functions.

300% Increased brain cancer risk for long-term users of cell phones and cordless phones, new study reveals
(NaturalNews) A Swedish study on the use of wireless phones, including cell phones and cordless phones, has uncovered a link between electromagnetic radiation exposures and the risk of malignant and non-malignant brain tumors.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

What would the Jolly Green Giant say? Native American farmer grows amazing multi-coloured corn
Daily Mail - These extraordinary images may appear to show colourful boiled sweets or even glass beads - but in fact, they show specially bred ears of corn. Glass Gem corn was developed by a Native American farmer who noticed that every so often, a cob showed signs of unusual colouring shining through.

Your Zone-by-Zone October To-Do List
Organic Gardening - Winter is coming. The woolly bears seem to be predicting a harsh one this year, but we'll wait and see about that. There is plenty of good gardening work to be done in October—check out our zone-by-zone to-do list.


Wednesday - October 2, 2013 - Today In History:
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.
1889 - The first international Conference of American States began in Washington, DC.
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.
1955 - "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" debuted on CBS-TV.
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.
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

Moscow to Conduct Its Own Probe into Syria Chemical Attacks
RIA Novosti - Russia announced Tuesday it will carry out its own investigation into chemical weapons attacks in Syria as an international disarmament inspection team, reportedly comprising one Russian, arrived in the Middle Eastern nation.

Public Figures Nominate Putin for 2014 Nobel Peace Prize
RIA Novosti - Russian activists and lawmakers announced Tuesday that they plan to nominate Russian President Vladimir Putin for the Nobel Peace Prize. Supporters of the initiative say they want to see the Russian leader recognized for his efforts in mediating the ongoing civil war in Syria.

Iran’s nuclear warheads could hit NY in 3 to 4 years – Netanyahu to UN
RT - Iran is building missiles that could reach New York in three to four years, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the UN on Tuesday, comparing a nuclear Iran to “50 North Koreas.” It comes after Hassan Rouhani launched his “charm offensive.”
* Related Article/Video: Netanyahu’s dictation disgrace for US: Dr. Kevin Barrett

Vatican bank publishes annual report for the first time
RT - For the first time in its 125-year history, the Vatican bank has disclosed its annual financial report to the public. The bank seeks to be more transparent amid the investigation into an alleged money-laundering scandal.

Fukushima Failure: Radioactive Water Bursts from Tank
Common Dreams - TEPCO has failed to safely store contaminated water as quantities grow daily (Photo: AFP)Tons of water exposed to radiation have leaked during a transfer operation at the destroyed Fukushima nuclear plant, owner TEPCO announced Tuesday.

VIDEO: US, South Korea sign strategic pact
Press TV - The United States and South Korea have signed a new strategic pact providing Seoul with deterrence against what they call threats of a nuclear attack by North Korea.

VIDEO: US giving military aid to Taliban: Afghan lawmaker
Press TV - According to the head of Complaints' Committee of the Afghan Senate, Zalmai Zabuli, American helicopters have sent two sets of small arms and heavy weapons to Taliban militants in the country’s southern province of Zabul’s Mizan district.

US Shutdown Shakes Japanese Stocks (Worst Day In 6 Weeks); Rest Of Asia Mixed
Zero Hedge - A US government shutdown, slumping vehicle sales, Aussie trade deficit double what was expected (and building approvals tumbled), Asian growth expectations being cut, and Japan's monetray base is up 46.1% YoY (versus 42.0% exp.)...

Vatican Bank To Shut All Embassy Accounts To Halt Money Laundering
Zero Hedge - Followng Pope Francis' demand that the Vatican Bank review its procedures, Reuters reports that the bank is likely to close all accounts held by foreign embassies, following concerns about large cash deposits and withdrawals by the missions of Iran, Iraq and Indonesia, according to people with knowledge of the situation.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

The Top 10 Ways The US Government Shutdown Will Affect You Today
Activist Post - Here, then, is our top 10 list of ways a theoretical shutdown of the US government would affect you in that event... and we include a few ways the current pseudo-shutdown will also affect you (hint: it's better).

Insurance Giants See Stocks Soar on Launch of Obamacare
Paul Joseph Watson - It turns out that forcing millions of Americans to buy health insurance is quite profitable for the giant health insurance companies that helped write Obamacare – health insurance providers across the board saw their stock prices soar today.

Obama now says Obamacare will bring months of ‘glitches’
Washington Times - President Obama said in comments broadcast Tuesday, on the cusp of enrollment in Obamacare’s exchanges, that of course there will be “glitches” in the implementation of the health reform — months of glitches, he added.

Obamacare 101: What to know if you opt out of buying health insurance
csmonitor.com - The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, requires that individuals buy health insurance. If you don't want to buy insurance, you will have to pay a penalty – unless you qualify for an exemption from the mandate.

Paperless Problems: Doctors Hurting From Obamacare’s Digital Record Mandate
Townhall - The HITECH Act is a frightening diagnosis for doctors already fearful of the Obamacare unknown. It is a mandate that requires physicians to transition to computerized versions of patients' paper charts by 2015, according to healthit.gov, and is another unfortunate arm of the Affordable Care Act.
* Related Video: MSNBC Forced To Abandon ObamaCare Exchange Demonstration After Glitches

New health care law leaves Grady Memorial Hospital $45 million short
wsbtv.com - In an ironic twist, Grady Memorial Hospital faces a $45 million funding loss directly related to a new health care law designed to benefit the hospital. The result could mean major cuts at Georgia's largest trauma center, according to Channel 2’s Lori Gear

Federal workers who check their e-mail during a shutdown will be breaking the law
Washington Post - Federal employees who do check their inboxes will technically be breaking an obscure law known as the Antideficiency Act, which was passed over a hundred years ago and carries a penalty of fines or even imprisonment..

Government ‘Shut Down’ Doesn’t Prevent Opening of $2 Billion NSA Spy Center
Paul Joseph Watson - The so-called “government shut down” and the furloughing of thousands of non-essential federal employees has not prevented the opening of a $2 billion dollar NSA spy center in Utah which will snoop on Americans’ private emails, Google searches and phone calls.

From NSA Spying and VIPR Sweeps to Domestic Drones: A Round-Up of the Police State Programs NOT Affected by a Government Shutdown
Ron Paul Institute - Indeed, while a government shutdown will inevitably impact everything from Head Start, and key welfare services to national museums and IRS audits, the one area not impacted in the least will be the police/surveillance state and its various militarized agencies, spying programs and personnel.

Oath Keepers is Going “Operational” by Forming Special “Civilization Preservation” Teams
oathkeepers.org - Oath Keepers is instructing it’s 30,000 members nation-wide to form up special teams and sub-teams in each Oath Keepers chapter, at the town and county level, modeled loosely on the Special Forces “A Team” (Operational Detachment A ) model, and for a similar purpose: to be both a potential operational unit for community security and support during crisis...

We Are 90 Days Away from the Total Loss of US Sovereignty
Activist Post - As America races toward her date with destiny, there is yet another “fundamentally transforming” event coming her way and that event is known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

Eric Holder is will not be let off the hook to easy as a Judge will be hearing the case
IntelliHub - On Monday, U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson denied Attorney General Eric Holder’s attempt to dismiss a lawsuit by the House Oversight and Government Reform committee that is demanding that Holder produce records on the gun-trafficking Operation, Fast and Furious.

Federal judge denies motion to halt new Maryland gun laws
Washington Times - A federal judge on Tuesday declined to halt Maryland’s strict new gun laws while a lawsuit challenging their constitutionality goes forward.

Missouri specialists warn use of common anesthetic for executions could damage US supply
RT - Missouri anesthesiologists have urged the state not to use a prime anesthetic used routinely in hospitals across the nation in an upcoming execution, warning that such use could put the future supply of the crucial drug at risk.

VIDEO: Pentagon warns of US government shutdown effects
Press TV - According to US military officials, about half of the Pentagon’s 800,000 civilian employees were placed on unpaid leave Tuesday after Republicans and Democrats in US Congress failed to reach a deal on a spending bill. Press TV interviews Dean Henderson, author and columnist, Veterans Today.

US govt audit reveals document over-classification, training deficiencies
RT - US government employees whose job it is to examine and classify American secrets average more than two mistakes per document, in part because of inadequate training and other factors, according to a formal, internal review by the US Department of Justice.

California Governor Signs Ban on NDAA
antiwar.com - After an overwhelmingly successful run through the California legislature last months, Governor Jerry Brown has signed AB351, a law banning all cooperation with the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) or any other federal attempts to indefinitely detain people.

Economy

YouTube: Million American Jobs Project
We can create a million new American jobs this year by simply looking for the Made In America label. If each of us takes a tiny fraction of the money we're already spending and buys US-made goods, we'll create a economic tidal wave. Watch the video, and then share it with at least two people. Boom, you just helped make a million new jobs.

About 40 Percent Of All Food In The United States Is Thrown In The Garbage
Economic Collapse - What the NRDC discovered is that approximately 40 percent of our total food supply is either thrown into dumpsters by grocery stores, is discarded by restaurants, never gets harvested on our farms, or is thrown into the garbage by consumers in their homes. Even though 47 million Americans are on food stamps and millions of children go to bed hungry in this country every single night, we continue to waste approximately 263 million pounds of food every single day of the year.

Veteran News

WWII Vets Knock Over Shutdown Barrier to Visit Memorial
freebeacon.com - A group of World War II veterans in an Honor Flight group Tuesday knocked over barriers imposed during the government shutdown at the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C., to get inside.

Energy & Environment

VIDEO: 'More Devastating Than Katrina' – Skyrocketing Flood Insurance Rates Bring Financial Chaos, Heartache to Coastal Homeowners Across U.S.
weather.com - When Superstorm Sandy slammed into New York and New Jersey last fall, it sent massive floods through the streets of coastal towns and cities across the Northeast, turning areas like Toms River, N.J., into something like a war zone. But nearly a year later, residents there and in many other coastal communities across the U.S. face a potentially far more devastating menace...

BP lied about size of U.S. Gulf oil spill, lawyers tell trial
(Reuters) - In the frantic days after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, BP lied about how much oil was leaking from its Macondo well and took too long to cap it, plaintiffs' lawyers said on Monday at the opening of the second phase of the company's trial.... Internal company emails presented at the trial on Monday showed BP saying publicly after the spill in April 2010 that 5,000 barrels of oil a day were leaking into the ocean when it knew up to 100,000 barrels a day could have been leaking.

Health

Tylenol Just Once A Month Raises A Child's Asthma Risk 540%
Green Med Info - It is the go to medicine for modern parents whenever discomfort or fever strikes even very young children and its use is frequently encouraged by many pediatricians. Now, a major study of over 20,000 children suggests that giving this popular medicine even as infrequently as once per year could have a permanent, life-threatening health effect.

New Blood Testing Technology is Cheaper, Faster, More Accurate and Less Invasive
Alliance for Natural Health - You stop into your local Walgreens and visit the Theranos Wellness Center—with or without an order from a doctor. A technician warms your hand to increase blood flow and then pricks your finger to squeeze out a few drops. A test for fasting glucose will set you back $2.70; a complete blood count is $5.35. And you have your results later that day.

A New Front Opens in the Battle to Protect Health Choice in the US
Alliance for Natural Health - Last March, the Obama Administration announced its intention to enter into Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations with the European Union (EU) to increase trade and investment between the two regions.... Europeans have such restrictive laws regulating supplements that much of what we take for granted here in the US is completely unavailable to them. A worst-case outcome from these trade talks would be for US laws to be aligned more closely with those of the EU.

Healthy Recipe: Homemade Raw Blueberry Jam
STEPin2 - Now, a study in China suggests that anthocyanins may also have heart health benefits. Blueberries are fast becoming champions when it comes to their antioxidant and cancer preventing properties. Combine them with chia seeds and you have a potent recipe!

Government shutdown: CDC will be unable to monitor seasonal flu; vaccination not affected
al.com - Should the government shutdown continue, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be unable to monitor the spread of flu this season, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.... The flu vaccination will still be delivered to health departments and doctor’s offices. No shortages or delays are anticipated.

Vaccines in shock failure: Whooping cough vaccine stops working very quickly, warn scientists
(NaturalNews) Health experts are warning that new vaccines for whooping cough are needed quickly and that additional booster shots for children are likely to be required as well for the disease after a new study found that the effectiveness of the current vaccine fades sharply over a period of time.

Shocking: Nearly nine million Americans now take pharmaceutical drugs just to sleep at night
(NaturalNews) The reason this is so problematic, of course, is that sleeping pills are not safe and can actually kill you. Ambien users, for instance, commonly report erratic behavior, amnesia and even "sleep driving" and other dangerous activities. Worse, a 2012 study published in the British Medical Journal found that people who take prescription sleeping pills regularly are nearly five times more likely to die within 2.5 years compared to people who do not take the drugs.

10 superfoods to consume during the fall season
(NaturalNews) There are superfoods that deserve the name. These special edibles can battle various illnesses like cancer, high cholesterol, heart disease, and other evil diseases that beset man.

Beaver-Based Alternative to Vanilla
Dr. Mercola - You probably know you’re better off avoiding artificial flavorings in your foods. But what about natural flavors? Aren’t they … natural? Not necessarily. Both artificial and natural flavors can be made in laboratories, and natural flavors are not necessarily healthier than artificial ones. They may also be far from what you expect …

Science & Technology

Mind control now confirmed by scientists: Memories 'implanted' directly into brains
(NaturalNews) Researchers from the University of California at Irvine have made a breakthrough by demonstrating how specific memories can be implanted through the direct manipulation of the brain.


Tuesday - October 1, 2013 - Today In History:
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.
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 terms - 3 were acquitted.
1979 - The United States handed control of the Canal Zone over to Panama.
1981 - EPCOT (Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow) Center opened in Florida. The concept was planned by Walt Disney.
1991 - President Bush condemned the military coup in Haiti that removed President 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.
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

Syrian FM to UN: 'Terrorists from 83 countries fighting in Syria'
RT - The Syrian government is fighting against “terrorist groups from 83 countries” as part of its “constitutional right” to protect the country’s people, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem told the UN General Assembly in New York.

Obama on Iran: ‘We won't take military option off the table’
RT - The US “won’t take any options off the table, including military action" to ensure that Iran does not develop nuclear weapons, President Barack Obama has told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Two Marine generals forced out over deadly Afghanistan attack
McClatchy - he Marine Corps commandant said Monday that he ousted two top generals for failing to protect a U.S.-British base in Afghanistan from a rebel attack last year that killed two Americans, wounded 16 other troops and destroyed six military aircraft.

VIDEO: Venezuela expels 3 US embassy diplomats
Press TV - Maduro made the announcement during a live TV appearance on Monday, saying chargé d'affaires Kelly Keiderling and the two other diplomats would have 48 hours to leave the country, AFP reported. He said the diplomats had met with the "Venezuelan far-right" to finance his opponents and "encourage actions to sabotage the power system and the economy."

Midnight mayhem: US budget battle sends stocks into plummet
Rt - Global stocks have slid just hours before the US government shutdown deadline expires at midnight. Market sentiment has weakened as US lawmakers have still not come to a consensus on their spending bill for the next fiscal year, which starts on Oct 1.

World Bank Whistleblower Karen Hudes Reveals How The Global Elite Rule The World
Economic Collapse - According to Hudes, the elite use a very tight core of financial institutions and mega-corporations to dominate the planet. The goal is control. They want all of us enslaved to debt, they want all of our governments enslaved to debt, and they want all of our politicians addicted to the huge financial contributions that they funnel into their campaigns.

Asteroid near-miss reported by Russian scientists
RT - A 15-meter asteroid, similar to the object that exploded above Russia in February, moving at a speed of 16km per second, was detected hours before it narrowly missed Earth over the weekend, according to Russian scientists.

West may fail to bring Syrian opposition to Geneva talks in time - Lavrov
RT - Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has expressed doubts that the West will be successful in getting the Syrian opposition to take part in ‘Geneva-2’ peace conference, which he expects to take place in mid-November.

OPCW team expected to arrive in Syrian capital
Press TV - The team of 20 inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) will arrive on Tuesday to implement a UN resolution that called for the elimination of the Arab country’s arsenals.

Kenya MPs to call for Somali refugee camps closure
Press TV - Kenyan lawmakers will call for the closure of Somali refugee camps in the country following the deadly siege of a mall in the capital Nairobi.

Golf Balls Fall Short Coping With 21st Century Disasters
Bloomberg - Diaper liner, sawdust, golf balls and shredded tires -- these are some of the items used to try and contain the oil and nuclear disasters that marked the end of this century’s first decade and the start of the second. Sawdust and absorbent polymer were employed to plug radioactive water leaks at Japan’s Fukushima atomic station after it was wrecked by an earthquake and tsunami in 2011. Didn’t work.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Government Shuts Down as Congress Misses Deadline
WSJ - After three years of ducking crises with last-minute deals, Congress finally ran out of ways to patch over its differences. Unable to meet a midnight Monday deadline for funding the government, lawmakers allowed it to shut down. Related: Government shutdown: Live Updates

‘Government Shut Down’ Won’t Actually Shut Down Government
Paul Joseph Watson - Obama supporters and Democrats have attempted to portray a potential government shut down as something approaching a doomsday scenario... In reality, key functions of the government will continue to operate as before even in the event of a “shut down”....

Senate rejects House funding bill with government shutdown in clear sight
The Hill - Congress took another step toward a government shutdown Monday as the Senate voted 54-46 to strip language from a House funding bill that delayed ObamaCare by a year.... Democrats also eliminated language allowing employers to opt out of providing insurance coverage of contraception if doing so violates their moral or religious principles.

Even in shutdown, Feds get overtime, comp time, 'Sunday pay'
Washington Examiner - A federal government shutdown will temporarily cut off pay of thousands of Uncle Sam’s workers, but for those considered “excepted employees,” there could be a nice salary bump thanks to rules allowing overtime, compensatory time and other benefits provided to those the administration feels too important to furlough.

Obamacare Website Quietly Deletes Reference to ‘Free Health Care’
Weekly Standard - Even as President Obama and his administration are making a last minute push to encourage enrollment in Obamacare, a quiet change was made on the Healthcare.gov website regarding those who will still not be able to afford coverage after the program kicks in.... Here is how the page in question appeared... However, sometime between September 16 and September 23, the reference to “free” care was dropped.

6 Reasons Why 60% of All Americans Now Think Government Has Too Much Power
atr.org - 60% of all Americans believe the federal government has too much power. We've listed some of the major reasons why...

Dallas County Now Has Its Very Own Bulletproof, "Mine-Protected" Military SUV
Dallas Observer - Dallas County sheriff's deputies traveled to Fort Hood earlier this month and picked up their very own International MaxxPro MRAP. This particular truck has never seen any actual combat, having only been deployed stateside for training exercises, so it doesn't have any cool battle scars, but with the dealer's $600,000 price tag knocked down to nothing, and with just 10,000 miles on it, the deal was too good to pass up.

Handicapped Man Is Dragged From His Wheelchair And Slammed On The Ground
Liberty Crier - If you thought you’d seen it all then think again. A video has appeared online showing two officers dragging a handicapped man from his wheelchair and then slamming him on the pavement, all this happened in public. You can see the blood gushing from his head, the two cops don’t even bother to give him any sort of medical assistance.

Pennsylvania school sued for suspending student over his toy pen
RT - The child, identified only in court documents as G.B., was barred from attending Hershey Elementary School in Pennsylvania for four days earlier this year after a bus driver confiscated the pen, a writing implement that emits a small buzz when triggered. Later, the school's principal said the toy was in violation of the school's weapon policy and issued the suspension.

One Quarter Of Uninsured Americans Will Pay Fine Rather Than Get Obamacare
Steve Watson - In a telling statistic, twenty-five percent of uninsured Americans say that they intend to pay a fine, rather than become insured under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), according to a poll released by Gallup.

Obama administration: Lawmakers, staff can get abortion coverage
Washington Times - The Office of Personnel Management ruled Monday that members of Congress and their staffs will be able to buy health care plans that pay for abortions, even though the premiums are funded largely by taxpayer money — a move that conservatives say breaks federal law on abortion funding.

Navigators Warned: Don’t Leave Tax Returns on the Fax Machine
atr.org - As Obamacare enrollment begins, the Department of Health and Human Services has a helpful tip for the program's so-called Navigators: “Do not leave documents that contain PII [Personally Identifiable Information] or tax return information on printers and fax machines.”
* Related Article/Video: Obamacare Navigators Won’t Have To Pass Background Checks

NSA stores metadata of millions of web users for up to a year, secret files show
The Guardian - Metadata provides a record of almost anything a user does online, from browsing history – such as map searches and websites visited – to account details, email activity, and even some account passwords. This can be used to build a detailed picture of an individual's life.

Local supermarkets use NSA-style spying on their own customers
(NaturalNews) According to a report by The Guardian, stores use these Big Brother-esque card programs to build sophisticated databases on their customers which include everything from your demographics to how much you spend and how often you shop. This data is then analyzed National Security Administration-style and used to target and entice you based on what you might consider buying and when.

The Large Families that rule the world
trueactivist.com - Many people have heard of the Bilderberg Group, Illuminati or the Trilateral Commission. But what are the names of the families who run the world and have control of states and international organizations like the UN, NATO or the IMF?

Economy

Government Shutdown: The Next Step In The Collapse Of The Dollar?
Activist Post - Obamacare is designed to fail. Anyone with any financial or mathematical sense could look at the real national debt and deficit projections of the U.S. and understand that there is no money and never will be enough money to fund universal healthcare. The GOP could simply let the program take effect, sit back, and watch it crash and burn over the next three to five years. This would entail, though, watching the whole of our economy crash and burn with it.

Catastrophic Collapse To Unleash Unprecedented Chaos
King World News - With the US dollar trading dangerously close to breaking the critical multi-decade support at 80 on the US Dollar Index, today James Turk warned King World News that a catastrophic collapse is going to unleash unprecedented and frightening chaos. Turk states that the horrific collapse and chaos is coming regardless of US attempts to avoid a government shutdown. Below is what Turk had to say in this powerful interview.

"Use It or Lose It" Costing Taxpayers Billions
Cost of Government Center - Tomorrow [Oct 1, 2013] is the start of a new fiscal year, making today one of the most expensive days of the year for taxpayers. Last week, The Department of Veterans Affairs acquired $562,000 worth of artwork designed to “enhance clinical operations.” The Coast Guard spent $178,000 on new cubicles to "increase office airflow." And in a single day, the Department of Agriculture bought $144,000 worth of ink toner.

Veteran News

VA Pushing Pills and Getting Vets Hooked on Opiates
The Daily Beast - The VA is prescribing 270 percent more opiates to veterans than it was 12 years ago, sometimes pushing the drugs to known addicts who later overdose, writes Aaron Glantz. This story aired on Reveal, a new public radio show from The Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX.

Housing Market

VIDEO: "Forceful” Mayor’s “Drastic” Plan To Stop Foreclosures
USA Today - McLaughlin, a member of the leftist Green Party, is leading a novel effort by the city to buy 624 underwater mortgages in Richmond, pay the investor-owners some of what they're owed and set the homeowner up with a new mortgage closer to the home's current value.

Energy & Environment

Coalition to Congress: End The Renewable Fuel Standard
atr.org - A broad coalition of organizations released a joint letter calling for Congress to end the Renewable Fuel Standard. Next year, Americans will be forced to use more than 14 billion gallons of corn-based ethanol. Blending this much ethanol into America's gasoline supply forces drivers to pay more for their gasoline and can even damage cars, motorcycles, and anything with an engine.

Health

6 Simple Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Cancer
Natural Society - Big pharma won't talk about it, but cancer is preventable AND treatable with natural solutions. Here are 6 simple ways to prevent cancer:

Research Finds Flaxseeds to Greatly Benefit Type 1 Diabetes Sufferers
Natural Society - In the latest of the studies on Type 1 diabetes solutions, researchers found that a compound in flax seed has a wide range of benefits in animals with type 1 diabetes.
* Related: Health Benefits of Flaxseed

Despite Thimerosal (Mercury) Ban Imposed By The FDA, 60 Percent of All Flu Vaccines Still Contain This Deadly Neurotoxin
Prevent Disease - Although the FDA gave a two year deadline to remove thimerosal from vaccines after the deadly neurotoxin was banned in 1999, they continue to appear in vaccine formulations to this day. The FDA now supports thimerosal in up to 60 percent of flu vaccines, many which are approved for children for the 2013/2014 flu season.

Lab Tests on French Wines Find Pesticide Residue in Every Bottle
Food Safety News - Laboratory tests on 92 wines by a French consumer group found traces of pesticides, insecticides and/or fungicides in virtually every bottle. Even wines made from organic grapes had pesticide traces, although the levels were much lower.

Top Ingredients to Avoid in Personal Care Products
Lotion and sunscreen. Shampoo and body scrub. Powder and deodorant. The collection of personal-care products in our bathroom cabinets—women use an average of 12 a day, men six—contains an assortment of chemicals, including some that have been shown to disrupt hormones or increase cancer risk.... Nearly all of these chemicals can penetrate the skin, and some we ingest directly from our lips or hands.

Megan Sherow cancer story: Teenager overcomes terminal brain cancer with raw foods
(NaturalNews) Diagnosed at 13 with stage 3 brain cancer, Megan was told that she was going to die unless she turned to an aggressive treatment of chemotherapy and radiation. And even with painful chemo, doctors were not at all optimistic about her odds. They told her she also needed brain surgery. After going through two brain surgeries that failed to help, Megan was finally convinced that it was time to try something else.

Fruits and vegetables often physically resemble the organs they benefit
(NaturalNews) The Doctrine of Signatures is an herbalist philosophy attributed to Paracelsus (1491-1541) and later popularized by the German shoemaker Jakob Bohme (1575-1624). It states that all fruits and vegetables share aesthetic properties or 'signatures' with the organ they benefit. While allopathic medicine has attempted to write off the Doctrine of Signatures as superstition, studies have repeatedly shown that its core principles are true.

What Can Your Eyes Tell You About Your Health? - 12 Signs
Prevent Disease - Systemic illnesses such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and even specific problems related to the thyroid, liver and even cancer may all be detected through specific characteristics in and around the eye.

World exclusive: Unacceptable Levels film exposes chemical holocaust now devastating humanity
(NaturalNews) An exciting new film has just been announced: "Unacceptable Levels" exposes the hidden world of toxic chemicals now inundating society and destroying our health worldwide.

Science & Technology

John McAfee has announced that he will be launching a new company that will make the internet “impossible to hack”
IntelliHub - If the U.S. government bans its sale, McAfee says “I’ll sell it in England, Japan, the Third World. This is coming and cannot be stopped”

YouTube: The LED lights in your home could be spying on you!
An LED light can be used to spy on someone and hear everything that they are saying in their home. Don't believe? Here's your proof!

Meteor Sightings in the 1000′s across the U.S. are reported to American Meteor Society
IntelliHub - Reports of meteor sightings are coming into the American Meteor Society by the thousands. According to one of the latest reports posted at the American Meteor Society website, “Its been a busy week for the AMS as we are bombarded by fireball reports from all different parts of the country.

Survival/Preparedness

The EPA Takes an Ax to Self-Sufficiency: Most Wood Burning Stoves Will Soon Be Illegal
Activist Post - If the EPA has its way, however, heating your home self-sufficiently with wood could soon become illegal – or at the very least, insanely expensive..... When your policy comes up for annual renewal, the insurance company can require an inspection of your home. At that time, compliance can easily be forced by either charging insanely high rates or through the cancellation of the policies of those who have “outdated” wood stoves.



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