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Today In History Thursday September 30, 2010

1777 - The Congress of the United States moved to York, PA, due to advancing British forces.
1787 - The Columbia left Boston and began the trip that would make it the first American vessel to sail around the world.
1846 - Ether, an experimental anesthetic at the time, was used for the first time by Dr. William Morton at Massachusetts General Hospital.
1868 - Spain's Queen Isabella was deposed and fled to France.
1882 - In Appleton, WI, the world's first hydroelectric power plant began operating.
1927 - George Herman "Babe" Ruth hit his 60th homerun of the season. The record stood until 1961 when Roger Maris broke the record.
1946 - An international military tribunal in Nuremberg, Germany, found 22 top Nazi leaders guilty of war crimes.
1947 - The World Series was televised for the first time. The sponsors only paid $65,000 for the entire series between the Brooklyn Dodgers vs. New York Yankees.
1949 - The Berlin Airlift came to an end. The airlift had taken 2.3 million tons of food into the western sector despite the Soviet blockade.
1955 - Actor James Dean was killed in a car accident at the age of 24 near Cholame, CA.
1971 - The Soviet Union and the United States signed pacts that were aimed at avoiding an accidental nuclear war.
1976 - California enacted the Natural Death Act of California. The law was the first example of right-to-die legislation in the U.S.
1980 - Israel issued its new currency, the shekel, to replace the pound.
1983 - The first AH-64 Apache attack helicopter was rolled out by McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Company.
1982 - "Cheers" began an 11-year run on NBC-TV.
1984 - 107 Moslem extremists were sentenced to prison for their actions after the assassination of President Anwar Sadat in 1981.
1985 - Four Soviet diplomats were kidnapped in Beirut by the Islamic Liberation Organization. One of the diplomats was killed and the other 3 were later released.
1987 - Mikhail S. Gorbachev retired President Andrei A. Gromyko from the Politburo and fired other old-guard leaders in a shake-up at the Kremlin.
1989 - Non-Communist Cambodian guerrillas claimed that they had captured 3 towns and 10 other positions from the residing government forces.
1990 - The Soviet Union and South Korea opened diplomatic relations.
1991 - Haiti's first freely elected president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, was overthrown by Brigadier General Raoul Cedras. Aristide was later returned to power.
1993 - U.S. chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Colin Powell retired.
1994 - The space shuttle Endeavor took off on an 11-day mission. Part of the mission was to use a radar instrument to map remote areas of the Earth.
1997 - France's Roman Catholic Church apologized for its silence during the persecution and deportation of Jews the pro-Nazi Vichy regime.
1998 - Gov. Pete Wilson of California signed a bill into law that defined "invasion of privacy as trespassing with the intent to capture audio or video images of a celebrity or crime victim engaging in a personal of family activity." The law went into effect January 1, 1999.
1999 - The San Francisco Giants played the Los Angeles Dodgers in the last baseball game to be played at Candlestick Park. The Dodgers won 9-4.
1999 - In Tokaimura, Japan, radiation escaped a nuclear facility after workers accidentally set off an uncontrolled nuclear chain reaction.
2003 - The FBI began a criminal investigation concerning the possibility that White House officials had illegally leaked the identity of an undercover CIA officer.

Project BLUE BOOK - Unidentified Flying Objects
The United States Air Force retired to the custody of the National Archives its records on Project BLUE BOOK relating to the investigations of unidentified flying objects. Project BLUE BOOK has been declassified and the records are available for examination in our research room. The project closed in 1969 and we have no information on sightings after that date.

Pennsylvania's homeland security chief goes in hiding
The former Special Forces colonel who has headed the state Office of Homeland Security for four years and who now finds himself at the center of a firestorm over an anti-terrorism contract is missing in action.

JPMorgan Admits: One Of Our Employees Signed Thousands Of Foreclosures Without Reading Them
So, CNBC just rocked the end of this somewhat dull day on Wall Street by announcing that JPMorgan will suspend its foreclosure proceedings because some of its employees may have
signed off on foreclosure documents "in error."
***Related Article: JPMorgan Suspending Foreclosures

Gardasil Tied to 16 Additional Deaths
Judicial Watch just announced that it received the new documents from FDA under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The documents detail reports of adverse reactions to Gardasil, including 16 new deaths, which includes four suicides, between May 2009 and September 2010. The FDA also produced 789 “serious” reports, with 213 cases resulting in permanent disability and 25 resulting in a diagnosis of Guillian Barre Syndrome. Read More...

Fort Hood reports record number of suicides
Fort Hood officials are investigating a rash of suicides in recent days, including the apparent murder-suicide of a soldier and his wife.The incidents come as the central Texas Army post reports a record number of soldiers taking their own lives. According to figures released Tuesday, 14 suicides and six more suspected suicides have been reported so far this year among soldiers stationed at Fort Hood. Fort Hood reported 11 suicides in all of 2009.
***Related Article: Four Suicides in a Week Take a Toll on Fort Hood

CIA steps up drone attacks in Pakistan amid fear of al-Qaeda terror in Europe
A sharply escalated campaign of CIA drone strikes in Pakistan is aimed in part at al-Qaeda units suspected of planning terrorist attacks on targets in Europe, a threat that U.S. officials described as "credible but not specific" enough to allow authorities to anticipate precisely where or when a strike might occur.

Curry powder 'could make chemotherapy more effective'
A common ingredient in curry could help target and destroy chemotherapy-resistant cancer cells, scientists said today. This could improve the effectiveness of chemotherapy and also help prevent the disease from returning.

'Credible But Not Specific' Threat of New Terrorist Attack
US and European officials said Tuesday they have detected a plot to carry out a major, coordinated series of commando-style terror attacks in Britain, France, Germany and possibly the United States. Read More...

74 Year Old Woman Gets Probation & $218,000 Fine for Failing to File Tax Return on $54,000 in 2006
A 74 year lady, of Philadelphia, pled guilty on September 27th to willfully failing to file tax returns and was immediately sentenced to one year of probation. She also entered into a stipulated settlement agreement in which she agreed to pay $218,582.92 to the Internal Revenue Service to satisfy the federal civil taxes, interest, and penalties she owes, as well as forfeit $47,036.89. She received approximately $54,649 in gross income in 2006, was required to file income tax returns for that year, knew this, and failed to file the tax returns.

More Indications of a Gold and Silver Supply Squeeze
In case readers had not noticed, The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) has mostly played down activity in the gold market. Over the years, the WSJ has often simply not reported significant developments for gold. Of the times when positive news was reported, it was often buried at the very end of the commodities column. About the only time that gold news would get a headline was if it was to report a negative story.

Long-Term Winner in the Currency Wars Will Be Gold
As Taipan more or less predicted, the global "currency wars" are now officially underway. The ultimate beneficiary of the coming turmoil will be gold.

Recession in U.S. Weighed on Incomes, Marriage, Teen Employment
The worst U.S. recession since the Great Depression last year hurt almost every part of American life, from household finances to marriage rates and teenage employment, according to Census Bureau figures. Median household income fell in 34 states, led by Michigan and Florida, up from eight with declines the year before, the Census Bureau said yesterday in its annual American Community Survey. Maryland had the highest income for a fourth consecutive year, at $69,272, even as its median dropped from $70,545 in 2008.

Scared investors sitting on the sidelines
People like Christina Cozzi. The president of Camelot Communications (pictured left), a Manhattan-based marketing firm, had the fear of God put into her by the financial meltdown of 2008, and has been skittish ever since. “I was extremely shocked and scared,” says Cozzi, 27. “I had invested wisely from a young age, and didn’t want to see my portfolio rapidly deplete already.”

VIDEO: More reports of flesh-eating bacteria in the Gulf — Feds funding how it will be affected by oil

Obama: We Need to Make Clear to People That the Cancer is in Pakistan
President Obama dispatched his national security adviser, retired Marine Gen. James L. Jones, and CIA Director Leon Panetta to Pakistan for a series of urgent, secret meetings on May 19, 2010.

Trucking Volume Collapses, Fall Most Month to Month Since March 2009
Truck tonnage may have increased 2.9% year-over-year in August, but the collapse in month-over-month levels is much more illuminating.

States Poised to Be Next Credit Crisis For US says Meredith Whitney
Crippling debts and deficits are about to make individual states the next casualty of the credit crisis, analyst Meredith Whitney told CNBC.

Big Sis Tries to Force Body Scanners On Other Countries Amidst Backlash
DHS engages in desperate bid to adopt legally binding acceptance of dangerous devices as Dubai and Italy terminate their use.

Look The Market Is Up 0.2% And Your Are Starving
The market is up 1/4%, but your actual purchasing power has dropped twice as much as the market has risen, and since your entire net worth is not in the market, guess what - you have in fact lost.

Swarms of Flying Robots Could Act as a Mobile Wireless Network
Sometimes the aftermath of a natural disaster is just as bad as the disaster itself, as the rescue teams on the ground can face a stiff challenge when it comes to communicating with the outside world and one another. Of course, our favorite problem solvers are here to help: tiny flying robots. (Creep Factor should be duly noted!)

Is the Federal Reserve Out of Control?
What in the world is going on over at the Federal Reserve? Has it gotten to the point where the Federal Reserve is completely and totally out of control? (Sniffing excessive ink from all of the QE should be labeled as a psychological disorder!)

Cyber Storm III Uses Internet to Attack Itself
In places like Arlington, Va.; Washington, D.C.; across the U.S. and around the world, a global cybersecurity exercise is underway designed to test the limits not only of the "network of networks," but the ingenuity of the people charged with protecting it.

Meat Tainted With Deadly Bacteria is Being Sold to Consumers; Government Forms 'Work Groups'
Meat contaminated by a potentially lethal infection is being sold to consumers -- creating a public health threat that has largely flown under the the radar due to powerful industry interests and lax accountability at the federal agency in charge of ensuring food safety, according to recent studies and a prominent investigative journalist.

World Gripped By 'International Currency War'
The world is in the midst of an "international currency war" according to Brazil's finance minister as governments force down the value of their currencies to boost their struggling economies.

Obama Fires Up Supporters at University of Wisconsin-Madison Rally
President Barack Obama served as the closing act Tuesday for a rock-n-roll, fire-up-the-troops extravaganza on the UW-Madison campus — a giant rally meant to recapture the excitement of the campaign trail and bridge the so-called "enthusiasm gap" among younger, Democratic voters.

Boehner Surprise: Dems Barely Get Votes to Adjourn After Floor Speech
House Democrats on Wednesday barely won a 210-209 vote to adjourn the House without extending the Bush tax cuts.

Pelosi's Negatives Hit All-Time High; As Unpopular as BP
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's negative ratings have hit an all-time high in the new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll. (Bout time.)

Caterpillar to Install Factory in China
Caterpillar, the world's largest manufacturer of construction equipment, will build a factory in China to produce mini hydraulic excavators, the company said in a statement. (If this isn't 'in your face' I don't know what is.)

Distrust in US Media Edges Up to Record High
For the fourth straight year, the majority of Americans say they have little or no trust in the mass media to report the news fully, accurately, and fairly. The 57% who now say this is a record high by one percentage point.

Scanner Vans Allow Drive-By Snooping
Privacy-conscious travelers may cringe to think of the full-body scanners finding their way into dozens of airport checkpoints around the country. Most likely aren't aware that the same technology, capable of seeing through walls and clothes, has also been rolling out on U.S. streets. (Snooping + Slow-Kill = SS Hitler would be proud.)

Sen. James Inhofe Says EPA's New Boiler Rule Could Kill Nearly 800,000 Manufacturing Jobs
In June, the EPA issued a proposal that would force industrial, commercial and institutional boilers and heaters to use "maximum achievable control technology" to reduce harmful emissions that erode air quality and pose a public health risk.

Economic Collapse Update: Acceleration in Autumn
Our current economy is a shell game. A grand fraud designed to siphon more and more tangible wealth (not fiat wealth) from the average person and transport it post-haste into the silk lined pockets of a corporate banking minority.

Dollar Trades Near Five-Month Low Before US Housing, Sentiment Reports
The dollar traded at almost a five- month low against the euro after U.S. home prices rose at a slower pace in July, fueling speculation the Federal Reserve will ease monetary policy.

Vitamin K Helps Prevent Diabetes
People with a higher dietary intake of vitamin K are significantly less likely to develop Type 2 diabetes, according to a study conducted by researchers from University Medical Center Utrecht in the Netherlands and published in the journal Diabetes Care.

One in Six Doctors Hooked on Alcohol or Drugs
According to surveys of British hospitals, one in six doctors will be addicted to alcohol or illegal drugs at some point during their medical career.

Feds Radiating Americans At Internal Checkpoints
Federal authorities do not concern themselves about the flood of illegal immigrants and drugs crossing the border every day, they’re more worried about radiating American truck drivers at internal checkpoints with mobile scanners that shoot dangerous x-rays through both vehicles and passengers.

Today In History Wednesday September 29, 2010
1789 - A regular army was established by the U.S. War Department with several hundred men.
1902 - David Belasco opened his first Broadway theater.
1943 - U.S. Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower and Italian Marchal Pietro Badoglio signed an armistice aboard the British ship Nelson.
1951 - The first network football game was televised by CBS-TV in color. The game was University of California vs. University of Pennsylvania.
1953 - "Make Room for Daddy" premiered on ABC-TV.
1960 - "My Three Sons" debuted on ABC-TV.
1967 - The International Monetary Fund reformed monetary systems around the world.
1978 - Pope John Paul I was found dead after only one month of serving as pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church.
1982 - In Chicago, IL, seven people died after taking capsules of Extra-Strength Tylenol that had been laced with cyanide. 264,000 bottles were recalled.
1983 - The War Powers Act was used for the first time by the U.S. Congress when they authorized President Reagan to keep U.S. Marines in Lebanon for 18 more months.
1984 - Irish officials announced that they had intercepted the Marita Anne carrying seven tons of U.S.-purchased weapons. The weapons were intended for the Irish Republican Army.
1986 - Nicholas Daniloff was released by the Soviet Union. He had been held on spying charges.
1988 - The space shuttle Discovery took off from Cape Canaveral in Florida. It was the first manned space flight since the Challenger disaster.
1990 - "Millie's Book" by First Lady Barbara Bush was the best-selling non-fiction book in the U.S.
1992 - Magic Johnson announced that he was returning to professional basketball. The comeback ended the following November.
1993 - Bosnia's parliament voted overwhelmingly to reject an international peace plan unless Bosnian Serbs returned land that had been taken by force.
1994 - The U.S. House voted to end the practice of lobbyist buying meals and entertainment for members of Congress.
1995 - Three U.S. servicemen were indicted on rape charges concerning a 12-year-old Okinawan girl. The men were handed over to Japanese authorities.
1998 - Hasbro announced plans to introduce an action figure of retired U.S. General Colin Powell.

Obama forgets to credit Creator for our endowed rights
Obama quickly skipped over God in his speech to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. In the closing remarks of his speech, Obama recited part of the Declaration of Independence, and left out "by their Creator." He recited "endowed with certain inalienable rights...." The Declaration of Independence gives credit to God as the Creator who has "endowed" all men with "certain inalienable rights....."

Obama Refers to Illegal Aliens as ‘Us’ As He Renews Call for Amnesty
President Barack Obama referred to illegal aliens in the United States as “us” on Tuesday while renewing his call for giving them a “pathway to citizenship”—an amnesty--and castigating opponents of such an amnesty as demagogues.

Some US executions held up by shortage of drug
Some executions in the U.S. have been put on hold because of a shortage of one of the drugs used in lethal injections from coast to coast. Several of the 35 states that rely on lethal injection are either scrambling to find sodium thiopental -- an anesthetic that renders the condemned inmate unconscious -- or considering using another drug. But both routes are strewn with legal or ethical roadblocks.

'We saw a bright glowing object like an eye': U.S. airman's startling testimony about UFO encounter near UK nuclear base
An ex-U.S. air force chief has given an astonishing account of an encounter with a UFO at an air force base in Suffolk.

Aliens Here 7 Years Ago US Military Pilots Claim
The beings have repeated their efforts in the US and have been active since 1948, the men said, and accused the respective governments of trying to keep the information secret.

VA Hospitals Potentially Exposed 2,609 Veterans to Infections Such as HIV and Hepatitis, According to GAO
Veterans Affairs hospitals—which are health-care facilities owned and managed by the federal government--potentially exposed 2,609 patients to infectious diseases such as HIV, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C because they treated them with incorrect or improperly sanitized equipment, according to congressional testimony presented last week by the Government Accountability Office. Read More...

Bedbugs Found in Tenn. Hospital; What's Next?
The University of Tennessee Medical Center has sealed two patient rooms where bed bugs were discovered. Hospital Chief Administrative Officer Norman Majors told The Knoxville News Sentinel the bugs were first found by a relative of a patient over the weekend. An exterminator then found bugs in a second patient room. In both cases, the infestation was in sleeper chairs, not patient beds.

Counter-Terror Operation Stops Trucks On I-20
DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ga. -- A team of federal agents stopped tractor-trailers on Interstate 20 just west of Atlanta, inspecting each truck as it passed through a weigh station, and Channel 2 has learned its part of a counter-terrorism operation.

'Credible But Not Specific' Threat of New Terrorist Attack
US and European officials said Tuesday they have detected a plot to carry out a major, coordinated series of commando-style terror attacks in Britain, France, Germany and possibly the United States. A senior US official said that while there is a "credible" threat, no specific time or place is known. President Obama has been briefed about the threat, say senior US officials.

U.S. Dollar Is `One Step Nearer' to Crisis as Debt Level Climbs, Yu Says
The U.S. dollar is “one step nearer” to a crisis as debt levels in the world’s largest economy increase, said Yu Yongding, a former adviser to China’s central bank. Any appreciation of the dollar is “really temporary” and a devaluation of the currency is inevitable as U.S. debt rises, Yu said in a speech in Singapore today.

Covert CIA Rages in Pakistan
The CIA has drastically escalated its Pakistan bombing campaign in efforts to root out Taliban forces who use the area as a base from which to strike American troops in Afghanistan, reports the New York Times.

Rahm Emanuel Likely to Leave White House
Although no final decision has been made because of family considerations, ABC News has learned that White House officials are preparing for Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel to announce on Friday -- as Congress adjourns for recess -- that he is leaving his post to explore a run for mayor of Chicago.

SIAC May Invest in General Motor's Share Sale, Chairman Says
SAIC Motor Corp. said it may invest in the initial public offering of partner General Motors Co., cementing ties between the biggest U.S. and Chinese automakers.

20 Signs That the American Consumer Is Now Completely Tapped Out
Many economists have been mystified that even though the recession is "over", American consumers have not opened their wallets and started spending again like they normally do at the end of a recession.

Gold Takes Out All Limit Orders To Hit Fresh All Time High, $1,307, Next Stop; $1,500?
The Fed thinks it can destroy the dollar? Sure they can. Too bad fewer and fewer people actually give a rat's ass anymore. Gold just took out the $1,300 psychological barrier. Next stop, as predicted earlier today by BofA's Widmer: $1,500.

Ben & Jerry's To Drop 'All Natural' From Labels
The CSPI told the company last month it should not use “all natural” if products contain alkalized cocoa, corn syrup, hydrogenated oil or other ingredients that are not natural. Ben & Jerry’s, a unit of consumer products giant Unilever, said it’s not changing any recipes. It’s just removing the label from all products, whether they are among the majority that contain at least one of the ingredients CSPI listed or not.

New Cybersecurity Bill Gives Obama 'Power to Shut Down Companies'
Businesses who don’t follow government orders would be suspended for at least 90 days with no congressional oversight.

IRS to Stop Mailing Income Tax Forms
The Internal Revenue Service plans to stop mailing instructions and paper forms for annual income tax returns, saving the agency about $10 million a year as more Americans are filing online.

US Helicopters Attack Pakistan, Killing 50
NATO spokesmen are confirming tonight that a pair of US Apache helicopters crossed the border from Afghanistan into Pakistan, launching an attack against tribesmen in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) which killed over 60.

Stunned Scientists Warn Could Run Out of Breathable Air
Professor Ralph Keeling of Scripps Institute is worried. In fact, he's very worried

World Gripped By 'International Currency War'
The world is in the midst of an "international currency war" according to Brazil's finance minister as governments force down the value of their currencies to boost their struggling economies.

'Gold-to-Go' Taps Into Gold Fever With ATM's
A German firm that installs and manages gold vending machines aims to introduce them into the United States this year as it expands rapidly to take advantage of demand for bullion in times of economic uncertainty.

Drills Around China Raise Temp
China and other members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) wrapped up their largest ever anti-terrorism military drill Monday in Kazakhstan, the China News Service (CNS) reported.

Gold Rallies to Another Record High
Gold prices continued to push higher Tuesday, reaching another record high, amid ongoing concerns about the economy.

US Economy 'Close to a Destructive Tipping Point'
"America is very close to a destructive tipping point," co-authors Glenn Hubbard and Peter Navarro warn in their new book Seeds of Destruction.

CEO's Less Willing to Hire, Sales a Worry
U.S. chief executive officers' view of the economy darkened in the third quarter, with top executives saying they were less willing to hire new workers as they fear sales growth will slow.

UT Shooter Confirmed as 19-Yr-Old Math Major
Update 2:50: An official with the Travis County Medical Examiner’s office has confirmed that Colton Tooley, 19, was the gunman involved in the incident at the University of Texas today.

Dollar Trades Near Five-Month Low Before Us Housing, Sentiment Reports
The dollar traded at almost a five- month low against the euro after U.S. home prices rose at a slower pace in July, fueling speculation the Federal Reserve will ease monetary policy.

Amazing 'Coincidence': UT Shooting Cancels Pro-Gun Speech
A shooting at the University of Texas campus that was initially blamed on a lone nut took on a political aspect after it emerged that the incident coincided with a speech by second amendment expert John Lott about the right to concealed carry that was due to take place tonight but has since been cancelled.

Plumes of Corexit/Oil Mix Causing Microorganisms to Have 'Mutant DNA' That Can be 'Passed On' Says USF Researcher Appearing Tomorrow on National Geographic
The [University of South Florida researchers] discovered plumes of dispersed oil at the bottom of an undersea canyon about 40 miles off the Florida Panhandle.

Using Ultrasounds to Determine Gestational Age Could Result in Baby's Death
Ultrasounds can be a great way to monitor the development of an unborn baby, but improper use of them could have potentially fatal outcomes for the child.

New Hope for Liver Disease: Curcumin in Tumeric Spice Fights Liver Damage and Cirrhosis
For countless centuries, turmeric has been used not only as a spice but as a healing aid in traditional Asian medicine. For example, historically it has been consumed to help gastrointestinal problems, arthritic pain, and a lack of energy.

Doctors May Have Been Responsible for Today's HIV Epidemic
A new report challenges many of the popular theories surrounding how human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) came to become a worldwide pandemic, infecting more than 33 million people as of 2008.

Huge Increase in Prescription Drug Use Among Children
The use of long-term prescription drugs by children has increased four times faster among children in the past decade than among the general population, according to a report by Medco Health Solutions.

Today In History Tuesday September 28, 2010
1781 - During the Revolutionary War, American forces began the siege on Yorktown, VA.
1787 - The U.S. Congress voted to send the new Constitution of the United States to the state legislatures for their approval.
1850 - The U.S. Navy abolished flogging as a form of punishment.
1892 - The first nighttime football game in the U.S. took place under electric lights. The game was Mansfield State Normal School vs. Wyoming Seminary.
1924 - The first around-the-world flight was completed by two U.S. Army planes when they landed in Seattle, WA. The trip took 175 days.
1950 - The United Nations admitted Indonesia.
1955 - The World Series was televised in color for the first time. The game was between the New York Yankees and the Brooklyn Dodgers.
1967 - The first mayor of Washington, DC, Walter Washington, took office.
1972 - Communist China and Japan agreed to re-establish diplomatic relations.
1978 - Heavy fighting occurred in Lebanon between Syrian peacekeeping troops and Lebanese Christian militiamen.
1987 - Mehdi Hashemi was executed for treason in an Iranian prison. Hashemi had at one time been a close aide to Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.
1991 - In response to U.S. President Bush's reduction of U.S. nuclear arms Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev promised to reciprocate.
1991 - Marion Barry, former mayor of the District of Columbia, was sentenced to six months in prison for possession of crack cocaine. 
1995 - Yasser Arafat of the PLO and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin signed an accord that transferred control of the West Bank.
1997 - The 103rd convention of the Audio Engineering Society (AES) was held in New York City, NY. The official debut of the DVD format was featured.
2000 - The U.S. Federal Drug Administration approved the use of RU-486 in the United States. The pill is used to induce an abortion.
2009 - At least 157 demonstrators were killed in a clash with the Guinean military.

VIDEO: UFO's Eyeing Our Nuclear Weapons
Former U.S. Air Force personnel claim they experienced UFO activity near nuclear sites at which they worked.
*** Related Articles: * UFO Press Conference: Extraterrestrial aliens or CIA covert operations?
                                * From The Stars & Stripes: UFO expert: Aliens cautioning humans on nukes
                                * UN 'to appoint space ambassador to greet alien visitors'      

10,000 TSA employees get secret clearances
The new head of the Transportation Security Administration say he's giving 10,000 of the agency's employees access to secret intelligence information to better enable them to detect threats and stop terrorists.                   

2010 Gold Buffalo Bullion Coins Sold Out
In a memorandum sent to authorized purchasers, the US Mint indicated that their inventory of 2010 American Gold Buffalo Bullion Coins has been depleted. Furthermore, no additional inventory will be made available.

Court Says Personal Injury Plaintiff Has To Give Defendant Access To Facebook & MySpace Info
A woman who sued office furniture company Steelcase after claiming serious injuries after falling off a Steelcase chair has been told by a judge that she needs to give Steelcase access to private Facebook and MySpace postings, as the company claims that the publicly available information contradicted her claims of injury and harm. Steelcase noted that what could be seen publicly: "reveal[ed] that she has an active lifestyle and can travel and apparently engages in many other physical activities inconsistent with her claims in this litigation."

Pentagon buys and destroys 9,500 copies of soldier's Afghanistan book 'to protect military secrets'
Pentagon officials bought and destroyed all 9,500 copies of a soldier's book about Afghanistan amid fears it revealed military secrets. The entire first print run of Lt Col Anthony Shaffer's book 'Operation Dark Heart' was snapped up by officials at a cost of $250,000. The 299-page book was pulped on the orders of Pentagon chiefs.
*** Related Article: Pentagon Destroys Thousands of Copies of Army Officers' Memoirs

CIA Used Pirated, Inaccurate Software to Target Drone Attacks: Lawsuit
The CIA used illegally pirated software to direct Predator drone attacks, despite apparently knowing the software was inaccurate, according to documents in an intellectual property lawsuit.

19 Facts About The Deindustrialization Of America That Will Make You Weep
The United States is rapidly becoming the very first "post-industrial" nation on the globe.
*** Be sure to look at the photo slideshow.

Who Is Watching You? Nine Industries That Know Your Every Move
there are also now numerous private enterprises that track and record your every move. Although they don't usually give out this information, there are often worrisome leaks and security breaches where they inadvertently release sensitive information about their customers. Taken together, these industries have data on where you are, who you are communicating with, how you are earning your money, how you are spending that money, as well as the hobbies and interests you are pursuing.

Cyberterrorism Should Give Obama Authority to Shut Down the Internet
Cyberterrorism is such a threat that the U.S. president should have the authority to shut down the Internet in the event of an attack, Former CIA Director Michael Hayden said.

Insider Selling to Buying Surpasses 1,400-1
For all those who thought last week's "dramatic" improvement in the ratio of insider selling to buying from 650:1 to "just" 290:1 was a sign things are turning and insiders may soon be selling only 100 or so times more stock per week than buying, we have some bad news.

See, I Told You So (Deliberate Destruction of Documents)
Yves over at Naked Capitalism has dug up confirmation of what I've been saying now for more than two years and have had on "background" and could not "out" the sources of - the practice of not complying with both MBS securitization offering circulars and black-letter state law was both pervasive and intentional.

Florida's Kangaroo Foreclosure Courts: Judges Denying Due Process on Behalf of Banks
Florida is ground zero of the foreclosure crisis. In addition to being one of the epicenters of the housing meltdown, it has also become the jurisdiction where local lawyers have been the most effective overall in unearthing how servicers and foreclosure mills have engaged in widespread document fabrications and use of improper affidavits to foreclose.

Here They Come: Thousands of JPMorgan Home Foreclosures In Doubt After (Perjurious) Firm Exec Confirms Loan Docs Were Not Verified
JPMorgan Chase & Co. faces a legal challenge next month that could cast doubt on thousands of foreclosures after a mortgage executive at the bank said she didn’t verify documents used to justify home seizures.

Federal Court Cases Alleging Police Abuse Increased 25 Percent Since 9/11
Since the 9/11 terrorists attacks, we’ve seen a sharp increase in First Amendment violations against photographers, usually in the name of keeping us “safe.”

Contractor Deaths Exceed Military Ones In Iraq, Afghanistan This Year
More private contractors than soldiers were killed in Iraq and Afghanistan in recent months, the first time in history that corporate casualties have outweighed military losses on America’s battlefields.

China Rises and Rises, Yet Still Gets Foreign Aid
China spent tens of billions of dollars on a dazzling 2008 Olympics.

US Military Training Adjusts Its Aim
Another Counterinsurgency Mission Like Iraq or Afghanistan is Considered Unlikely. Army Paratroopers are Now Training for 'Full-Spectrum Operations,' for the First Time in Years Their parachutes were rigged. Their weapons were secured. Three days of food and supplies were strapped to their bodies.

Pastors Plan to 'Bait' IRS With Pulpit Politics
On Sunday, a group of 100 preachers nationwide will step into the pulpit and say the only words they're forbidden by law from speaking in a church.

Why QE2 + QE Lite Mean the Fed Will Purchase Almost $3 Trillion in Treasurys and Set the Stage for Monetary End Game
Recently the debate over when QE2 will occur has taken a back seat over the question of what the implications of the Fed's latest intervention in monetary policy will be, as it is now certain that Bernanke will attempt a fresh round of monetary stimulus to prevent the recent deceleration in the economy from transforming into outright deflation.

FDA Refuses to Require Labeling of Genetically Modified Salmon
As the FDA stands poised to approve genetically modified (GM) salmon safe for public consumption, the next logical question concerns how GM salmon would be labeled. Would the fish come with a large red warning that says, "Genetically modified salmon"?

Iran Crosses Into Iraq to Hit Bombing Suspects
Iranian forces crossed into neighboring Iraq and killed 30 fighters from a group it says was involved in last week's bombing of a military parade, state TV reported Sunday.

Banksters Inflate Speculative Food Bubble, UN Offers Global Governance Solution
Never let a good crisis go to waste. The international bankers are taking advantage of the "food crisis" by driving up food prices in what is shaping up to be a classic case of a manufactured bubble.

UN 'To Appoint Space Ambassador to Greet Alien Visitors'
Mazlan Othman, a Malaysian astrophysicist, is set to be tasked with co-ordinating humanity’s response if and when extraterrestrials make contact.

House Lawmakers Seeking Higher Office Put Campaigning Before Voting
House legislative business is a low priority for several lawmakers who have their eyes trained on higher office.

North Korean Leader's Son Named Army General
Secretive North Korea's ailing leader Kim Jong-il has named his youngest son as a military general, state media said early on Tuesday, marking the first stage of a dynastic succession.

10,000 TSA Employees Get Secret Clearances
The new head of the Transportation Security Administration say he's giving 10,000 of the agency's employees access to secret intelligence information to better enable them to detect threats and stop terrorists.

VIDEO: US Soldier Describes Thrill Kill of Innocent Civilians in Afghanistan
Dressed in a t-shirt and Army shorts, a 22-year-old corporal from Wasilla, Alaska casually describes on a video tape made by military investigators how his unit's "crazy" sergeant randomly chose three unarmed, innocent victims to be murdered in Afghanistan.

As Obama Hits the Campaign Trail, 'Mourning in America' Ad Greets Him, Recalling the Reagan Era
The first one is the classic "Morning in America" ad that helped ensure Ronald Reagan's overwhelming reelection in 1984 over some Democrat from Minnesota.

It's Not the Bugs in Similac That Make Me Sick - Let's Recall the Other Ingredients
It has been a few days since Abbott Laboratories, makers of Similac infant formula, issued a recall after discovering some of its products may have been contaminated with beetles (and beetle larvae).

FDA Refuses to Require Labeling of Genetically Modified Salmon
As the FDA stands poised to approve genetically modified (GM) salmon safe for public consumption, the next logical question concerns how GM salmon would be labeled.

Pharmaceutical Drug Addiction Causing Massive Increase in Crime
It used to be that thieves targeted wealthy homes filled with expensive things like jewelry to rob, but according to officials, a new kind of thief is on the loose: the pharmaceutical drug addict.

Watercress Prevents Cancer
New research out of the Cancer Research Centre at Southampton General Hospital's School of Medicine in the U.K. has found that watercress, a superfood vegetable, works to reduce levels of the key growth factor that causes tumor growth.

Anti-Iran Computer Bug Had Powerful Backers
A powerful computer code attacking industrial facilities around the world, but mainly in Iran, was probably created by experts working for a country or a well-funded private group, according to an analysis by a leading computer security company.

Pakistan Flood: HAARP Used in Pakistan?
All started suddenly and thousands died, millions displaced, hundreds of villages vanished in the matter of just 4 days!!…strangely there were no weather warnings, no alarms...none of the global met offices was able to predict torrential downpours that precipitated the worst floods in Pakistan’s history. Was HAARP involved?

Is Pet Food Poisoning Our Dogs?
It was early spring this year and my other half, Tim, and I were down in one of the lower meadows on our Devon farm, coppicing willow while keeping half an eye on our ten-month -old border collie, Dave, as he indulged in his favourite pastime: moth hunting.

Dying Without Aid Seen on TV. Ignored Cries for Help in America - National Human Rights
Humanitarian aid delays for American victims of the US military Gulf oil and chemical dispersant attacks is a matter of life and death.

CDC Survey of Gulf Residents Finds 50% of Households Experiencing Respiratory Issues Within Past 30 Days - Feds Suggest to 'Focus on Mental Health'
An emergency survey* conducted door-to-door in coastal Alabama confirmed elevated levels of depression and stress following the oil spill and also detected possible effects, such as respiratory ailments…

Today In History Monday September 27, 2010
1779 - John Adams was elected to negotiate with the British over the American Revolutionary War peace terms.
1840 - Thomas Nast was born. He was a political cartoonist that created the Republican elephant and the Democrat donkey.
1928 - The U.S. announced that it would recognize the Nationalist Chinese Government.
1939 - After 19 days of resistance, Warsaw, Poland, surrendered to the Germans after being invaded by the Nazis and the Soviet Union during World War II.
1940 - The Berlin-Rome-Tokyo Axis was set up. The military and economic pact was for 10 years between Germany, Italy and Japan.
1954 - The "Tonight!" show made its debut on NBC-TV with Steve Allen as host.
1962 - The U.S. sold Hawk anti-aircraft missiles to Israel.
1964 - The Warren Commission issued a report on the assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy in November of 1963. The report concluded that Lee Harvey Oswald had acted alone.
1973 - U.S. Vice President Spiro Agnew said he would not resign after he pled "no contest" to a charge of tax evasion. He did resign on October 10th.
1979 - The Department of Education became the 13th Cabinet in U.S. history after the final approval from Congress.
1982 - Italian and French soldiers entered the Sabra and Chatilla refugee camps in Beirut. The move was made by the members of a multinational force due to hundreds of Palestinians being massacred by Christian militiamen.
1986 - The U.S. Senate approved federal tax code changes that were the most sweeping since World War II.
1989 - Two men went over the 176-foot-high Niagara Falls in a barrel. Jeffrey Petkovich and Peter Debernardi were the first to ever survive the Horshoe Falls.
1991 - U.S. President George H.W. Bush eliminated all land-based tactical nuclear arms and removed all short-range nuclear arms from ships and submarines around the world. Bush then called on the Soviet Union to do the same.
1994 - More than 350 Republican congressional candidates signed the Contract with America. It was a 10-point platform they pledged to enact if voters sent a GOP majority to the House.
1995 - The U.S. government unveiled the redesigned $100 bill. The bill featured a larger, off-center portrait of Benjamin Franklin.
1996 - The Taliban seized control of Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, and hanged the former president Najibullah.
2004 - North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Choe Su Hon announced that North Korea had turned plutonium from 8,000 spent nuclear fuel rods into nuclear weapons. He also said that the weapons were to serve as a deterrent against increasing U.S. nuclear threats and to prevent nuclear war in northeast Asia. The U.S. State Department noted that the U.S. has repeatedly said that the U.S. has no plans to attack North Korea.

Original Thought For The Day from our friend Mike Tawse in the UK
The Value Of Shared Knowledge - Your best teachers are those who are willing to learn from you, for they understand the value of shared knowledge.

RFID tracking starts with Children
Contra Costa County in California is about to start tagging preschoolers with tracking chips. The kids will be given a jersey to wear with an RFID chip inside. The school says they will save money by keeping teachers from spending time on taking attendance. The government also has software that lets them use data recorded routinely by cell phone companies of the relative strength of your signal at different towers to track all of your movements to with a meter or two. And they have been trying to get the courts to allow them to obtain this data from your cell phone provider routinely, without the need for a court order.

Is pet food actually POISONING our dogs?
Rebecca Hosking decided to turn detective when her collie fell ill. What the woman who led Britain's first campaign to ban plastic bags discovered will alarm every animal lover. Read More...
***Related Article: The Sickening Truth About Pet Food

Elevator buttons ‘dirtier than toilet seats’
London: Researchers have found that a typical elevator button harbours nearly 40 times as many germs as a public toilet seat. A study carried out in hotels, restaurants, banks, offices and airports found 313 ‘colony forming units’ of bacteria on every square centimetre of lift button. The equivalent surface area of toilet seat had only eight units.

Stephen Colbert Packs House, Is Asked to Leave
Taking his blowhard act to Congress, comedian Stephen Colbert told lawmakers he doesn't want Mexicans picking his tomatoes. And he expressed befuddlement that more Americans aren't clamoring to "begin an exciting career" in farm work.

Europe's central banks halt gold sales
Europe's central banks have all but halted sales of their gold reserves, ending a run of large disposals each year for more than a decade. The central banks of the eurozone plus Sweden and Switzerland are bound by the Central Bank Gold Agreement, which caps their collective sales. The lack of heavy selling is important for gold prices both because a significant source of supply has been withdrawn from the market, and because it has given psychological support to the gold price. On Friday, bullion hit a record of $1,300 an ounce.

U.S. apologizes after flying Philippine flag upside-down - a sign the nation is at war
The U.S. Government today apologized for displaying an inverted Philippine flag - wrongfully signifying that the nation was in a state of war - in a meeting hosted by Barack Obama. The Philippine flag was displayed upside-down behind President Benigno Aquino III when leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations met President Obama in New York on Friday.

5 Surprising Facts About Spying In America
"We understand if some of this sounds far-fetched. But take a look for yourself, and see if you can disprove these claims."

U.S. Bails Out Major Credit Unions
Regulators announced Friday a rescue and revamping of the nation's wholesale credit union system, underpinned by a federal guarantee valued at $30 billion or more. Wholesale credit unions don't deal with the general public but provide essential back-office services to thousands of other credit unions across the U.S. The majority of retail credit unions are sound, but they will have to shoulder the losses through special assessments over the next decade.

It Is Official: The US Is a Police State
On September 24, Jason Ditz reported on that “the FBI is confirming that this morning they began a number of raids against the homes of antiwar activists in Illinois, Minneapolis, Michigan, and North Carolina, claiming that they are ‘seeking evidence relating to activities concerning the material support of terrorism.’”

US Bails Out Credit Unions
Two years after the peak of the financial crisis, the federal government swooped in to stabilize a crucial part of the credit-union sector battered by losses on subprime mortgages.

The Top 100 Items to Disappear First
You could also call this “The Top 100 Things You should start stocking up on.”

Unofficial Problem Bank List Increase to 872 Institutions
Note: this is an unofficial list of Problem Banks compiled only from public sources.

GMAC Ordered to Stop All Foreclosures in California
California officials today demanded that Ally Financial Inc. stop foreclosing on homes in the state, citing reports indicating the big mortgage lender is violating the law.

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

Orlando Police Reviewing Cop's Actions After He Broke World War II Veteran's Neck
THE Orlando Police Department said Thursday it will review the actions of an officer who broke the neck of an 84-year-old WWII veteran during an arrest.

FBI Launching Mass Raids of Antiwar Activists' Homes
The FBI is confirming that this morning they began a number of “raids” against the homes of antiwar activists, claiming that they are “seeking evidence relating to activities concerning the material support of terrorism.”

North and South Korea on the Brink of War, Russian Diplomat Warns
In Moscow's bleakest assessment of the situation on the Korean peninsula yet, Russian deputy foreign minister Alexei Borodavkin said tensions between the two countries were running at their highest and most dangerous level in a decade.

Censorship of the Internet Takes Center Stage in 'Online Infringement Bill' S.3804
Senator Patrick Leahy yesterday introduced the "Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act" (COICA).

Global Governance 2025: Polar Shift
The National Intelligence Council and the European Union's Institute for Security Studies jointly released a document on global governance (PDF) .

Wealth Inequality Rivals the Months Prior to the Great Depression
The official announcement that the recession is over underscores the massive disconnect between Wall Street and the rest of America.

3-Year-Olds Labelled Bigots by Teachers as 250K Children Accused of Racism
Teachers are being forced to report children as young as three to the authorities for using alleged ‘racist’ language, it was claimed last night.

Ahmadinejad Says Iran May End Enrichment
Iran would consider ending higher level uranium enrichment, the most crucial part of its controversial nuclear activities, if world powers send Tehran nuclear fuel for a medical research reactor, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told reporters Friday.

Congress Seeks to Put Dietary Supplement Makers in Jail for Ten Years!
Pharmaceutical companies are once again interfering with your ability to access information about dietary supplements.

Ahmadinejad Tell UN Most Blame US Government for 9/11
Addressing the General Assembly, he said it was mostly U.S. government officials and statesmen who believed al Qaeda Islamist militants carried out the suicide hijacking attacks that brought down New York's World Trade Center and hit the Pentagon.

Regulators Shut Banks in Florida, Washington State
Regulators on Friday shut down small banks in Florida and Washington state, bringing to 127 the number of U.S. bank failures this year on a wave of loan defaults and economic distress.

Jeff Zucker Fired by Steve Burke: Comcast 'Wanted to move on' After Merge; NBCU Chief Emails Staff About Forced Exit
Jeff Zucker decided to reveal he'd been fired by Comcast this morning because he'd just finished negotiating his severance package, insiders explain to me.

Jonathan Klein to Leave CNN
Jonathan Klein, the president of the beleaguered CNN/U.S. cable channel, is being replaced by Ken Jautz, the head of the tabloid-oriented sister channel HLN, the company said Friday.

Sex Scandal Threatens a Georgia Pastor's Empire
Over the last two decades, Bishop Eddie L. Long has built a religious and financial empire from scratch, transforming a small, faltering church into a modern cathedral with one of the largest and most influential congregations in the country.

Rahm Emanuel Leading Exodus of Obama Aides From White House
The likely departure of the White House Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel, to run for Mayor of Chicago is part of a half-term reshuffle of top aides that will signal a new chapter in the history of Barack Obama's increasingly embattled presidency.

Anti-Sun Crusaders Urge Tanning Drugs Instead of Natural Sunlight Exposure
Enemies of the sun continue to harp on the public about the alleged, but unsubstantiated, dangers of sunlight exposure.

Want to Improve Your Mood? Try Vitamin C
The known benefits of taking vitamin C now include mood improvement, according to a new study by researchers from Montreal's Jewish General Hospital (JGH). In a double-blind clinical trial, patients at the hospital experienced a significant and rapid improvement in their moods shortly after taking vitamin C.

Pests Invade GM Cotton in China
The wide scale adoption of genetically modified (GM) cotton crops in China has led to an explosion of insect pests, according to a study conducted by researchers from the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences and published in the journal Science.

Obama Health Care Reform Imposes 3.8% Tax On All Income From Home Sales and Home Rental Income
The news about Obama's health care reform just keeps getting worse -- and we only find these things long after the bill has passed, of course.

Factory Food Artificially Cheap, Bad for Your Health
If ever there was a time when the public-at-large was aware of the inherent problems of the industrial food system, it is today.

Researchers in India Unveil Franken-Potato
Mad food scientists are at it again, this time targeting potatoes with altered genetics that they say improve the starchy vegetable's nutritional value.

Depression Can Be Treated with Electromagnets (Better Than Drugs)
A therapy known as repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS), which involves inducing electromagnetic fields in the brain, may ease the symptoms of depression in hard -to-treat patients better than antidepressant drugs, researchers have found.

Schoolchildren Have Access to Milk and Sugary Drinks at Lunch, But Not Water
Some school districts around the country have taken drastic measures to improve childhood health by banning sugary soda beverages from their cafeterias, but according to the Los Angeles Times millions of California schoolchildren -- and probably millions of children in other states as well -- currently have no access to drinking water during lunchtime.

Unnecessary Stomach Drugs Exposing Millions to Side Effects
Widespread over prescription of potent and expensive stomach drugs is unnecessarily exposing millions of patients to potentially devastating and even fatal side effects, according to a study conducted by researchers from the San Francisco Department of Public Health and published in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine.

Urban Pollution Found to Raise Blood Pressure
Exposure to urban pollution may be a cause of high blood pressure, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Dusiburg-Essen in Germany and presented at a meeting of the American Thoracic Society.

Today In History Friday September 24, 2010
1848 - James W. Marshall discovered a gold nugget at Sutter's Mill in northern California. The discovery led to the gold rush of '49.
1908 - In England, the first Boy Scout troop was organized by Robert Baden-Powell.
1922 - Christian K. Nelson patented the Eskimo Pie.
1924 - The Russian city of St. Petersburg was renamed Leningrad. The name has since been changed back to St. Petersburg.
1935 - Krueger Brewing Company placed the first canned beer on sale in Richmond, VA.
1943 - U.S. President Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Churchill concluded a wartime conference in Casablanca, Morocco.
1952 - Vincent Massey was the first Canadian to be appointed governor-general of Canada.
1964 - CBS-TV acquired the rights to televise the National Football League’s 1964-1965 regular season. The move cost CBS $14.1 million a year. The NFL stayed on CBS for 30 years.
1965 - Winston Churchill died at the age of 90.
1972 - The U.S. Supreme Court struck down laws that denied welfare benefits to people who had resided in a state for less than a year.
1980 - The United States announced intentions to sell arms to China.
1986 - The Voyager 2 space probe flew past Uranus. The probe came within 50,679 miles of the seventh planet of the solar system.
1987 - In Lebanon, gunmen kidnapped educators Alann Steen, Jesse Turner, Robert Polhill and Mitheleshwar Singh. They were all later released.
1989 - Ted Bundy, the confessed serial killer, was put to death in Florida's electric chair for the 1978 kidnap-murder of 12-year-old Kimberly Leach.
1990 - Japan launched the first probe to be sent to the Moon since 1976. A small satellite was placed in lunar orbit.
1995 - The prosecution gave its opening statement at the O.J. Simpson murder trial.
2000 - The U.S. Supreme Court upheld a Missouri law that limited the contributions that individuals could donate to a candidate during a single election.
2001 - In Colorado Springs, CO, Patrick Murphy Jr. and Donald Newbury were taken into custody after a 5-minute phone interview was granted with a TV station. They were the remaining fugitives of the "Texas 7."
2002 - The U.S. Congress began a hearing on the collapse of Enron Corp.
2003 - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security began operations under Tom Ridge.

Recruiter charged with killing girlfriend, kids
A soldier who served in Afghanistan and Iraq is accused of killing his girlfriend and her two young children, stuffing their corpses into plastic garbage bags and hiding them in a closet for days.
 *** Related Article: Troop deaths soar with prescriptions for war wounded

Iran president's 9/11 speech sparks UN walk out
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said most people believe the US government staged the September 11 attacks, setting off a Western walk out at the United Nations.
Related Article: US walks out of Ahmadinejad UN speech

UN Chief Urges Tolerance to Combat Polarization
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned kings, prime ministers and presidents Thursday of growing political polarization and social inequalities and implored U.N. members to show greater tolerance and mutual respect to bring the world together.

VIDEO: Israel Delegation No-Show for Obama UN Address

See if your Similac powder infant formula is affected by the recall
Just type in your lot number to see if your product is included in the recall.

Savings Experiment: Selling Your Gold
Pawn Shops, Jewelry Stores, and Gold Parties - Do your homework before selling!!

US Restricts, EU Bans Controversial Diabetes Pill
In simultaneous news briefings Thursday, the European Medicines Agency and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced their long-awaited decisions on the fate of GlaxoSmithKline’s controversial drug. The European regulator said it would stop authorizing marketing of Avandia, which will be off the market within the next few months.

No, There's No Life at MERS
Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc (MERS) has a very long history. The beginning stages have remained a mystery until now.

Silver Surges to Highest Price in 30 Years as Gold Futures Exceed $1,300
Silver climbed to the highest price since 1980 in London and New York as investors sought a protection of wealth in the metal that may also benefit from economic growth. Gold advanced to a record, with futures rising above $1,300. Silver has advanced 26 percent this year, outperforming gold, global equities, Treasuries and most industrial metals. Batteries and other industrial uses account for about half of silver demand, according to researcher GFMS Ltd. Gold, which usually moves inversely to the dollar, reached an all-time high for the fourth day this week as the dollar slid on concern the Federal Reserve is moving closer to boosting debt purchases.

Death by Vaccination: The Gates Foundation and the New Eugenics
While lecturing at the elitist TED 2010 conference in Long Beach, CA, Bill Gates slipped a statement while speaking on the dangers of climate change and over population: "Vaccines? I love them."

Foreclosure Mistakes: Man's Home Sold Out From Under Him in Foreclosure Mistake
When Jason Grodensky bought his modest Fort Lauderdale home last December, he paid cash. But seven months later, he was surprised to learn that Bank of America had foreclosed on the house, even though Grodensky did not have a mortgage.

GM stock needs to hit $133.78 to break even
The Treasury Department's special inspector general says the government needs to get $133.78 per share for its 61 percent stake in General Motors Co. to break even on its nearly $50 billion bailout. The Detroit News reported Saturday that the Treasury needs about $131 per share on its GM investment. Comment: That's NOT going to happen immediately. And, if there's interest on that loan, that share price will be higher to break even.

Fields says pension costs won't hurt Ford earnings
His comments, made at a Society of Automotive Analysts event in Southfield, came a day after a Credit Suisse analyst Chris Ceraso said higher pension costs could impact Ford’s earnings by 15 to 20 cents next year. Ceraso predicted that Ford will face material cost increases and rising structural costs, including a potential $900 million increase in pension expense next year. Comment: Goodrich recently took on extra debt to fund its pension, so this is far from surprising.

Multiskilled Employees Sought as Versatility Becomes a Workplace Virtue
As companies slashed their workforces during the recession, employee specialists became an endangered species. Firms needed generalists who could adapt quickly, think on their feet and competently perform duties often beyond their job description. Comment: This should be a non-issue, since the recession ended in June of 2009.

GE's Immelt Calls for Long-Term U.S. Energy Policy
The U.S. needs a national energy policy that puts a long-term price on carbon pollution as China and other nations surge ahead in green technology, General Electric Co. Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Immelt said. “China is green, green, green, green -- four greens,” Immelt said today during a presentation with New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman at the Gridwise Global Forum in Washington. He cited demand, innovation funding, supply chain and public policy as advantages for China over the U.S. Comment: China, who's without EPA regulations, is "green, green, green, green"? Sounds like that CEO is smoking something green!

GOP Manifesto: A Big Fat Zero
Great pledge, for example, to the 10th Amendment. Ok, so this means that the National Firearms Act, The Department of Education, Social Security, Medicare and all the rest will be offered as bills to repeal all of the above - and lots more - the day after the new Congress convenes?

Initial Jobless Claims Come In Worse Than Expected: What Recession?
Initial jobless claims for the week ending September 18th were 460,000, which was higher than the 450,000 figure expected.

Feds: Privacy Does Not Exist in 'Public Places'
The Justice Department is demanding a federal appeals court rehear a case in which it reversed the conviction and life sentence of a cocaine dealer whose vehicle was tracked via GPS for a month, without a court warrant. The authorities then obtained warrants to search and find drugs in the locations where defendant Antoine Jones had traveled.

Stocks Waver as Traders Move Into Treasurys, Gold
Traders put their September stock rally on hold and moved into Treasurys and gold Wednesday, a day after the Federal Reserve said it was ready to take more action to boost the economy.

US Covert Military Presence in Afghanistan Much Larger Than Thought
On an Afghan ridge 7,800 feet above sea level, about four miles from Pakistan, stands a mud-brick fortress nicknamed the Alamo. It is officially dubbed Firebase Lilley, and it is a nerve center in the covert war against the Taliban and al-Qaeda.

Ally Financial Legal Issue With Foreclosures May Affect Other Mortgage Companies
Some of the nation's largest mortgage companies used a single document processor who said he signed off on foreclosures without having read the paperwork - an admission that may open the door for homeowners across the country to challenge foreclosure proceedings.

US Household Net Worth Plunges
Since the beginning of the greatest depression, US household net worth has plunged nearly 11 trillion dollars. All the while we continue to experience price inflation and expanded government spending.

The Government's 'Year End Cliff' Gamble on 2% of GDP and 10% of Disposable Income
With mid-term elections a month and a half away, and the expiration of the Bush tax cuts approaching at a rapid pace, the stakes for Obama's dwindling administration on the tax cut extension issue loom.

VIDEO: For Sale: Welcome to United States of Tent Cities

FDA Labels Genetically Modified Salmon SAFE After 2 Weeks of Tests!
On Monday, US authorities began hearings to discuss the ever-growing debate surrounding genetically modified salmon.

At Least 28 Killed in Latest Series of US Drone Strikes Against Pakistan
Pakistan’s remote tribal agencies of North and South Waziristan are in a state of virtual panic tonight as US drones continue to loom in the air and three attacks against separate towns across the region killed at least 28 people and wounded an unknown number of others.

9/11 FEMA Videographer at Ground Zero Goes Public
As official videographer for the U.S. government, Kurt Sonnenfeld was detailed to Ground Zero on September 11, 2001, where he spent one month filming 29 tapes: “What I saw at certain moments and in certain places … is very disturbing!”

US House Puts Oceans, Coasts Under UN: Senate Vote Will Seal the Deal
“It’s too late; it’ll just have to be stopped in the Senate,” Tom, the young male answering the phone in U.S. Rep. John Boehner’s (R-Ohio)Washington D.C. office, said about HR 3534 (CLEAR Act). This is the globalist bill designed to give away our land, oceans, adjacent land masses and Great Lakes to an international body, and makes us pay $900 million per year until 2040.

Significant Developments in Terror Threats Since 9/11, Officials Say
The nation's top counterterrorism officials were blunt. The threat from within---of Americans willing to commit terrorist acts--- is growing. FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III told a congressional hearing today that a spike in recent terrorism cases is direct evidence of the evolving threat.

Gulf Seafood Poses Long-Term Health Risks, Experts Say
Despite repeated assurances from federal officials and President Obama, independent scientists and public health experts have serious concerns about the long-term safety of Gulf seafood consumption.

Price Spikes Raise Spectre of Another Food Crisis
While global food prices declined for the first half of this year, they have spiked in recent months, according to a new World Bank publication, and this volatility could in turn push up the local food prices of the world's poorest and most malnourished countries.

Italy to Abandon Airport Body Scanner Project
After a six-month test, Italy's government will drop the use of full-body scanners for security checks in airports, judging them slow and ineffective, Italian daily Corriere della Sera reported Thursday.

US Warned of Threat Worse Than Katrina, Plague, WWII
More horrifying than the plague of Black Death across Europe. More costly in lives than World War II. Financially, it could make the Katrina repairs look like a pocketful of change. And it's not a matter of if, but when.

This Low-Sugar Fruit Cuts Your Risk of Diabetes, High Blood Pressure
Two new studies add to the growing body of research about the many health benefits of consuming blueberries.

Anti-Anxiety Drugs Still Being Widely Prescribed Despite Risks of Long Term Use
Anti-anxiety medications intended for short-term use only are still being prescribed for the long-term, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of British Columbia and published in the journal Health Policy.

One in Eight Public Pools Full of Disease-Inducing Filth Warns CDC
One in eight public pools is likely in violation of safety standards designed to reduce the risk of infection, according to a report issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and published in the agency's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Be Careful or You Might Catch Obesity, Suggests New Study
A new report published in the journal Pediatrics has many common sense folks scratching their heads in confusion. Childhood obesity has become a major problem with more than 17 percent of American children now overweight, and most people realize that poor diet and lack of exercise are to blame.

Today In History Thursday September 23, 2010
1642 - The first commencement at Harvard College, in Cambridge, MA, was held.
1779 - John Paul Jones, commander of the American warship Bon Homme, was quoted as saying "I have not yet begun to fight!"
1780 - John Andre, a British spy, was captured with papers revealing that Benedict Arnold was going to surrender West Point, NY, to the British.
1806 - The Corps of Discovery, the Lewis and Clark expedition, reached St. Louis, MO, and ended the trip to the Pacific Northwest.
1838 - Victoria Chaflin Woodhull was born. She became the first female candidate for the U.S. Presidency.
1845 - The Knickerbocker Base Ball Club of New York was formed by Alexander Joy Cartwright. It was the first baseball team in America.
1846 - Astronomer Johann Gottfried Galle discovered the planet Neptune.
1939 - Sigmund Freud died in London. He was recognized as the founder of psychoanalysis.
1962 - New York's Philharmonic Hall opened. It was the first unit of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Later renamed the Avery Fisher Hall.
1986 - Japanese newspapers quoted Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone as saying that minorities lowered the "intelligence level" of America.
1990 - Iraq publicly threatened to destroy Middle East oil fields and to attack Israel if any nation tried to force it from Kuwait.
1991 - U.N. weapons inspectors find documents detailing Iraq's secret nuclear weapons program. Baghdad triggered a standoff with authorities in Iraq.
1999 - Jean-Claude Van Damme was arrested for drunk driving and driving without a license after he crashed his Mercedes-Benz into a restaurant. On July 10, 2000, Van Damme was given three years probation and fined $1,200.

Missouri Birdwatchers -- If you are seeing lack of birds in your area in Missouri, give them a call at: 1-877-386-6621
Related Article: Whatever happened to the birds?

YouTube: Rep. Alan Grayson of Florida asks Fla Supreme Court to halt all foreclosures

US: Dead in Afghan chopper crash were all American
All nine troops killed in the worst helicopter crash for the coalition in Afghanistan in four years were Americans, the Pentagon has confirmed without providing further information on why the aircraft carrying Navy special forces went down.

The US dollar is ready to plummet
The US dollar is staring over the edge of the precipice and is ready to plummet. Rather than hand the dollar a lifeline, the FOMC in its announcement yesterday pushed the dollar further over the edge.

Woman’s Body Cut in Half to Treat Aggressive Cancer
A Canadian woman is the first patient to undergo an operation in which doctors cut her body in half to remove a tumor—and survive.

Blockbuster Files for Bankruptcy After Online Rivals Gain
Blockbuster Inc., the world's biggest movie-rental company, filed for bankruptcy after failing to adapt its storefront model to online technology pioneered by rivals such as Netflix Inc. The company listed assets of $1.02 billion against debt of $1.46 billion on a Chapter 11 petition filed today in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York. The company said it reached a deal with a group of bondholders on a plan of reorganization and secured a $125 million loan to finance operations.

Wen Says 20% Gain in Yuan Would Cause Social Upheaval
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said a 20 percent rise in the yuan would cause severe job losses and trigger social instability, putting the nation on course for a clash with U.S. lawmakers demanding a stronger currency. “We cannot imagine how many Chinese factories will go bankrupt, how many Chinese workers will lose their jobs, and how many migrant workers will return to the countryside” should China acquiesce to demands for a 20 percent to 40 percent gain, Wen said in New York yesterday. “China would suffer major social upheaval.” Comment: This is certainly the calm before the storm.

Central Banks Struggle for Exit as Recovery Weakens
The world’s major central banks are having a tough time exiting crisis mode, prolonging aid or raising the prospect of reviving unconventional stimulus tools as the global recovery loses momentum. The U.S. Federal Reserve said Sept. 21 it’s prepared to ease monetary policy further if needed and has highlighted asset purchases as an option. The Bank of England yesterday signaled policy makers are moving closer to adding stimulus. The European Central Bank extended liquidity support for banks into 2011 on Sept. 2.
Comment: Here comes the beginning of the devalued fiat currencies.

Albert Edwards on Terminal Competitive Devaluation, The Nuclear Option, And How the Feds Policies May Start an All Out War
The recent intervention by the BOJ has quickly become the most contentious decision in global economic circles, with many wondering now that the world economy is off on a course of radical currency devaluation, who will be next, and how far will this game continue?

ABC Confidence Drops, Poll Gets Downright Cynical: 'Recession Ends, Nobody Notices'
Some funny quotes in the latest weekly ABC Consumer Comfort Index poll, which incidentally dropped from -43 to -46, just inches away from the 2010 lows, but more importantly, just inches away from the lows seen throughout the entire depression, as consumer sentiment has gone nowhere fast in the past two years: "Recession Ends, Nobody Notices."

Dollar Crashes As Gold Surges to Fresh All Time High
Gold has just hit a fresh all time record (with equity futures down), as the world has finally awakened to the central banker ruse.

No Place to Cut Budget, $50 Million to UN to Replace Stoves in Foreign Countries
President Obama says we can’t afford to keep our money: he needs it for the deficit. How about this cool $50 million gift to the UN to replace stoves in foreign countries? Hillary Clinton is going to announce it at husband, Bill’s world poverty conference. Can’t we keep that money?

Google Opens Up About Government Requests Censorship
Governments interact with Google on a regular basis, and this has been known to make both privacy groups and users nervous.

More Doctors Moving to E-Prescriptions
U.S. doctors increasingly are ditching pen and paper and sending prescriptions to pharmacies electronically, lured by up to $27 billion in government funds aimed at speeding the switch to electronic medical records.

GOP to Unveil New 'Contract With America' Thursday
House Republicans to outline new election-year agenda focused on pocketbook issues, security.

NY Times Edits Tea Party After White House Complains
The Bush administration spent years feuding with The New York Times but the Grey Lady hardly ever backed down.

Economic Collapse Leading to Privatized Police and Corporate Mercenaries
Pastor Terry Jones was recently sent a security bill of $180,000 by the local authorities for his "burn the Koran" uproar

Veterans Agency Made Secret Deal With Prudential
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs failed to inform 6 million soldiers and their families of an agreement enabling Prudential Financial Inc. to withhold lump-sum payments of life insurance benefits for survivors of fallen service members, according to records made public through a Freedom of Information request.

Graham: WH Talks Just Went Dead
For much of the early part of the year, Sen. Lindsey Graham and the White House were locked in heated negotiations over legislation that could close the military detention center at Guantanamo Bay, move some of the war-on-terror prisoners there to the U.S. mainland and create a system to detain Al Qaeda members captured later.

Pope's Astronomer Says He Would Baptize an Alien
Aliens might have souls and could choose to be baptized if humans ever met them, a Vatican scientist said today. The official also dismissed intelligent design as “bad theology” that had been “hijacked” by American creationist fundamentalists.

Dream Act Immigration Reform Bill to be Put to US Congress This Week
The US Congress is poised to vote this week on a bill that offers more than 2 million young illegal immigrants a path to citizenship, a move that will re-open the toxic debate on the issue ahead of the November mid-term elections.

Bob Woodward Book Details Obama Battles With Advisers Over Exit Plan for Afghan War
President Obama urgently looked for a way out of the war in Afghanistan last year, repeatedly pressing his top military advisers for an exit plan that they never gave him, according to secret meeting notes and documents cited in a new book by journalist Bob Woodward.

VIDEO: CNN's Rick Sanchez Says States Rights Is Racist Term to Minorities

Summers to Leave White House After Election
White House officials expect Lawrence Summers to leave his job as the president’s National Economic Council director after November’s congressional elections, according to three people familiar with the matter.

Fed Hints It Could Buy More Bonds
The Federal Reserve has opened the door to buying billions of dollars of Treasury bonds in a further programme of quantitative easing by making a substantial change to the policy statement issued after its September meeting.

Banking System Collapse, On the Edge of the Precipice, Basel III
The Global Too Big To Fail Banks are so precarious that literally anything can trigger a collapse in the coming months.

Currency Crisis Has Begun
It's been my position for a while that Bernanke's monetary policy would eventually create a currency crisis in the world’s reserve currency.

VIDEO: Gold and Silver Are Sounding the Alarm
Helping Americans Prepare for Hyperinflation.

Warning: Bisphosphanate Drugs to Prevent Osteoporosis Double the Risk of Esophageal Cancer
In a series of television commercials, actress Sally Fields has long promoted the drug Boniva as a wonderful and super easy way to treat and prevent the bone robbing disease known as osteoporosis. Just pop a pill once a month and stay strong, youthful and energetic like Sally, the ads imply.

FDA Panel Says Not Enough Evidence to Verify Safety of Genetically Modified Salmon
Following a review from a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) panel this past weekend, AquaBounty Technologies, a Mass.-based biotechnology company, has been denied approval for its genetically modified (GM) salmon "AquAdvantage" that grows twice as fast as natural salmon.

PPI Drugs Raise Risk of Spine Fractures
The popular heartburn drugs known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are being taken for far too long and are exposing their users to an increased risk of wrist, hip and spine fractures, the FDA has warned.

Today In History Wednesday September 22, 2010
Today is the 1st Day of Fall...!!!!
1776 - During the Revolutionary War, Nathan Hale was hanged as a spy by the British.
1789 - The U.S. Congress authorized the office of Postmaster General.
1792 - The French Republic was proclaimed.
1862 - U.S. President Lincoln issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation. It stated that all slaves would be free as of January 1, 1863.
1927 - In Chicago, IL, Gene Tunney successfully defended his heavyweight boxing title against Jack Dempsey in the famous "long-count" fight.
1949 - The Soviet Union exploded its first atomic bomb successfully.
1955 - Commercial television began in Great Britain. The rules said that only six minutes of ads were allowed each hour and there was no Sunday morning TV permitted.
1961 - U.S. President John F. Kennedy signed a congressional act that established the Peace Corps.
1966 - The U.S. lunar probe Surveyor 2 crashed into the moon.
1975 - Sara Jane Moore attempted to assassinate U.S. President Gerald Ford. 17 days earlier Lynnette "Squeaky" Fromme made an assassination attempt against Ford.
1980 - A border conflict between Iran and Iraq developed into a full-scale war.
1986 - U.S. President Ronald Reagan addressed the U.N. General Assembly and voiced a new hope for arms control. He also criticized the Soviet Union for arresting U.S. journalist Nicholas Daniloff.
1988 - Canada's government apologized for the internment of Japanese-Canadian's during World War II. They also promised compensation.
1990 - Saudi Arabia expelled most of the Yememin and Jordanian envoys in Riyadh. The Saudi accusations were unspecific.
1992 - The U.N. General Assembly expelled Yugoslavia for its role in the war between Bosnia and Herzegovina.
1994 - The U.S. upgraded its military control in Haiti.
1995 - AWACS plane crashed on takeoff at Elmendorf Air Force Base near Anchorage, AK. All 24 of the U.S. and Canadian military personnel were killed.
1996 - Robert Dent, in Australia, became the first person to commit legally assisted suicide under a voluntary euthanasia law. Dent was suffering from terminal cancer.
1998 - The U.S. and Russia signed two agreements. One was to privatize Russia's nuclear program and the other was to stop plutonium stockpiles and nuclear scientists from leaving the country.
1998 - U.S. President Clinton addressed the United Nations and told world leaders to "end all nuclear tests for all time". He then sent the long-delayed global test-ban treaty to the U.S. Senate.

VIDEO: CNN's Wolf Blitzer talks to President Bill Clinton about losing weight and getting healthy

VIDEO: Bair: Bank failures to peak in 2010
FDIC Chairman Sheila Bair expects more bank failures this year over the last with the majority being community banks, but the cost of these failures have decreased due to their small size.

Gold bursts to record high after Fed rates nod
Spot gold hit a new record of $1,294.95 an ounce, before easing to $1,293.10 an ounce by 0945 GMT, still showing a 0.6 percent gain on the day. U.S. gold futures rose $21 an ounce to $1,294.50, having hit a contract high at $1,296.5. "The key driver was the .... statement and the subtle change in language that it was "prepared to provide additional accommodation if needed" a shift from the previous wording that it "will employ its tools as necessary'," said Credit Agricole analyst Robin Bhar. "We interpret this as a conditional easing bias. It ushers the door for QE2 wider and the implication that this has for a weaker dollar and further unease of what governments will do to weaken their currencies to support flagging economic growth." Comment: Isn’t this supposed to be happy times, with the recession ending last year?

Congress Seeks to put Dietary Supplement Makers in Jail for Ten Years!
The Senate is debating a bill that will enable the FDA to put vitamin supplement makers in jail for ten years if they cite findings from peer-reviewed published scientific studies on the label of their dietary supplements or their Web site.
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High Paid Bell Officials ALL Arrested!
Former California Bell City Manager Robert Rizzo, whose high salary sparked the outrage that led to the investigations of the city, was among those arrested in the sweep. No details have been released, but a source not authorized to speak publicly about the case said that Rizzo; former Assistant City Manager Angela Spaccia; Mayor Oscar Hernandez; Councilmembers Luis Artiga, Teresa Jacobo and George Mirabal; and former Councilmembers George Cole and Victor Bello were among those arrested.

Cessna Aircraft cuts 700 jobs in Kansas, elsewhere, saying economy hasn't improved as expected
Cessna Aircraft announced Tuesday it will cut another 700 jobs, saying it has not seen the growth and recovery that it expected this year. Cessna CEO Jack Pelton told workers in an e-mail that the company's performance mirrored the "lackluster economy." "While cancellations have slowed, the recovery and growth we expected to see throughout the year have not materialized, and the timing of any recovery remains uncertain," Pelton wrote. "This requires additional adjustment to our production schedules."Comment: Weren't we just told that the recession ended in June of 2009? Perhaps the truth is the recession ended and the depression began.

Airbus A350 to Be `Hellish Ride' for Enders in Bid for Top Job
“It’s going to be a hellish ride,” the German Airbus chief executive officer had told a crowd at a jet component factory on Aug. 31 before taking off. Luckily for his three passengers, Enders wasn’t talking about his skills as a pilot. Rather, the source of his concern is the new A350 wide-body jet being created under increasing time pressure at factories across Europe. Comment: Based on a number of Airbus crashes in the past few years, this (indirectly) may be the truth from the mouth of a CEO.

Massage Benefits Are More Than Skin Deep
Researchers found that a single session of massage caused biological changes, like increases in oxytocin, a hormone associated with contentment.

Doctor’s Orders: Eat Well to Be Well
The kitchen must become as crucial as the clinic. Food is at the center of health and illness, he argues, and so doctors must make all aspects of it — growing, buying, cooking, eating — a mainstay of their medical educations, their personal lives and their practices.

Pension Gaps Loom Larger
The concern is that the reluctance to plan for smaller gains will understate the scale of the potential time bomb facing America's government and corporate pension plans.

Bailout Cop Expands Staff as TARP Expires
The Treasury's $700 billion bailout fund officially expires in two weeks, but not for Neil Barofsky, the top cop for the Troubled Asset Relief Program.

U.S. yuan raid idea is fascinating but flawed
A top think tank has advised Washington to declare a currency war on China. The proposal from the Peterson Institute to force up the value of the yuan sounds fascinating, but a direct attack may be hard to pull off in practice. Beijing is likely to respond better to multi-lateral persuasion. Comment: It's still amazing that the debtor is telling the one who holds the debt, what to do.

Water Rights, Rainwater, Water Contracts and the Corrupt Bureau of Land Management
A recent article about state governments seizing the rights to rain water off your roof, elicited a comment that almost sounded like it was relevant; until you examined the actual available data.

GMAC Mortgage: 'Proudly Executing Up to 10,000 Fake Documents Per Month
Since we live in a day and age when nobody in their right mind has the attention span to read an actual deposition transcript, here is a powerpoint presentation prepared by Max Gardner's Bankruptcy Boot Camp excerpting the deposition of GMAC Mortgage employee Jeffrey Stephen in which he essentially confirms that the firm executes up to 10,000 fake documents per month.

Insider Selling Outpaces Buying By Over 290-to-1 In Past Week
According to Bloomberg, for the week ended September 17, corporate insiders bought $1.4MM in shares in a whopping 7 different companies.

US Economy: Fed Mulls Trillion-Dollar Policy Question
How much of a boost to the U.S. recovery could another trillion dollars or two buy?

UN: Rich Must Not Cut Aid to Poor to Balance Budget
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pressed debt-ridden donor countries on Monday not to cut aid to the poor despite their budgetary woes.

Pentagon: 2 Russian Aircraft Buzzed US Warship
A pair of Russian aircraft buzzed a U.S. warship off the Arctic coast of Russia on consecutive days last week, leading the U.S. Navy chief of naval operations to raise the issue with his Russian counterpart, a Pentagon spokesman Col. Dave Lapan said.

Jimmy Carter Says US More Polarized Than During Civil War
In day where Jimmy Carter stole headlines for referring to his own tenure post-presidency as “superior” to that of other presidents, I thought it was somewhat disappointing that his real mind-bender was seemingly overlooked – even though it came in the very same interview as his other absolutely ridiculous comments.

Extreme La Nina
If you are a technical/chart-watcher type of person you might appreciate this graph and the following NOAA discussion. If this was about a stock or a commodity the financial players would be freaking out. A biblical rate/pace of change:

Farmer, Consumer Outcry Helping to Stop Passage of Draconian 'Food Safety Bill'
Advocates of Senate Bill 510 (S.510) -- also known as the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act -- are lamenting the delayed passage of the sweeping legislation that many say threatens American food freedom.

News Coverage About a Flawed Omega-3 Study Reveals Truth About Media's Inaccurate Health Reporting
Scientists have conducted numerous studies ( ) over the past decade showing the remarkable health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids -- the kind of "good" fat found in cold water fish like salmon and some plant foods such as walnuts.

Johnson & Johnson Scandals Continue As Secret Emails Reveal Planned Covert Drug Recall
Johnson & Johnson has taken a huge hit this year with its massive recall of over-the-counter children's cough medicine and Tylenol products.

Hidden Government Papers Expose Lies About Measles Vaccine for Infants
British government policy on measles vaccination for children has changed for no discernible reason notes Christina England, writing on, citing an internal document from 1968.

NY Midwives Lose Right to Deliver Babies
It is now illegal for women to give birth at home in New York City, following the closure of the only hospital that supported midwives in the practice.

VIDEO: Oil-Eating Microbes Impacting Humans?

BP Cleanup Workers: 'The Oil is Gone and You're Dismissed - Tar Balls Just an Inch Below Surface, Exposed When Wind Blows
At least 200 beach clean up workers… showed up for work yesterday morning, only to find out BP has dismissed them…

Today In History Tuesday September 21, 2010
1784 - "The Pennsylvania Packet and Daily Advertiser" was published for the first time in Philadelphia. It was the first daily paper in America.
1893 - Frank Duryea took what is believed to be the first gasoline-powered automobile for a test drive. The "horseless carriage" was designed by Frank and Charles Duryea.
1897 - The New York Sun ran the "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus" editorial. It was in response to a letter from 8-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon.
1931 - Britain went off the gold standard.
1931 - Japanese forces began occupying China's northeast territory of Manchuria.
1938 - A hurricane struck parts of New York and New England killing more than 600 people.
1948 - Milton Berle debuted as the host of "The Texaco Star Theater" on NBC-TV. The show later became "The Milton Berle Show."
1949 - Communist leaders proclaimed The People's Republic of China.
1957 - "Perry Mason", the television series, made its debut on CBS-TV. The show was on for 9 years.
1961 - Antonio Abertondo swam the English Channel (in both directions) in 24 hours and 25 minutes.
1964 - Malta gained independence from Britain.
1966 - The Soviet probe Zond 5 returned to Earth. The spacecraft completed the first unmanned round-trip flight to the moon.
1970 - "NFL Monday Night Football" made its debut on ABC-TV. The game was between the Cleveland Browns and the New York Jets. Browns won 31-21.
1973 - Henry Kissinger was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to become 56th Secretary of State. He was the first naturalized citizen to hold the office of Secretary of State.
1976 - Orlando Letelier, former foreign minister for President Salvador Allende of Chili, was killed by a car bomb in Washington, DC.
1981 - The U.S. Senate confirmed Sandra Day O'Connor to be the first female justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.
1981 - Belize gained full independence from Great Britain.
1982 - National Football League (NFL) players began a 57-day strike. It was their first regular-season walkout.
1982 - Amin Gemayel was elected president of Lebanon. He was the brother of Bashir Gemayel who was the president-elect when he was assassinated.
1984 - General Motors and the United Auto Workers union reached an agreement that would end the previous six days of spot strikes.
1985 - North and South Korea opened their borders for their family reunion program.
1989 - Hurricane Hugo hit Charleston, SC, causing $8 billion in damage.
1991 - Richard L. Worthington finally freed his nine hostages at the end of 18 hours in Sandy, UT. Worthington had killed a nurse before seizing control of a hospital maternity ward.
1993 - Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin announced that he was ousting the Communist-dominated Congress. The action was effectively seizing all state power.
1996 - The board of all-male Virginia Military Institute voted to admit women.
1996 - John F. Kennedy Jr. married Carolyn Bessette in a secret ceremony on Cumberland Island, GA.
1998 - The videotaped grand jury statement that U.S. President Bill Clinton made concerning the Monica Lewinsky case was made public.

YouTube: America Rising Remix for The Kick Them All Out Project and Fire Congress Campaign

Dementia Care Costs Burn Through 1% of World Economies, Will Keep Growing
While hurting more patients than either cancer or heart disease, dementia attracts less research money, the organization said.
Governments worldwide need to “make dementia a health priority” as the generation of baby boomers born after World War II begins to turn 65 next year, the group urged.

Paychecks Could Be Whacked If U.S. Tax Vote Slips
Alec Phillips, a Washington-based economist at Goldman Sachs Group Inc., said Congress is unlikely to vote on taxes until December because of breaks for the election and the Thanksgiving Day holiday. A failure to meet the deadline “would have a significant impact on low to middle-income people,” he said. “To the extent they don’t have the access to credit that they had a few years ago, then the cash-flow disruption would have a pretty big impact” on their spending.

Rumsfeld to pull no punches in autobiography
The book, titled "Known and Unknown," will span the length of Rumsfeld's life and explore some of the controversies such as the abuse of prisoners at the Abu Ghraib jail in Iraq and allegations of human rights violations at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the publisher said. The title is derived from comments made by Rumsfeld during a February 2002 news conference in which he referred to "known knowns" and "known unknowns." Rumsfeld had been asked by a journalist whether there was any evidence that Iraq had tried to supply terrorists with weapons of mass destruction. Comment: Shouldn't this book be titled, "How To Win At Liar's Poker"?

Afghanistan's Election 'Success' - Violence, Fraud and Low Turn Out
Officials were trumpeting Saturday’s parliamentary election in Afghanistan as a resounding success, with General David Petraeus insisting it “sent a powerful message” to the insurgency and other NATO officials maintaining that violence wasn’t nearly as bad as expected.

Yuan rises for ninth day in mini-revaluation
U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner vowed last week to rally world powers ahead of a G20 meeting in South Korea next month to push China for trade and currency reforms. He was being grilled by lawmakers demanding action to punish Beijing if it fails to allow faster yuan appreciation. So far, Chinese officials have been silent during the record rise in its currency, apparently letting the mid-point fixings communicate intentions with the market. Comment: When the US isn't a monetarily sound nation, this is what can happen. This appears to be the calm before the storm.

Globalists Push World Transaction Tax at UN Summit
Globalists representing 60 nations will meet at the UN this coming week to push a tax on world financial transactions in the name of solving poverty and climate change, formally launching a massive program to bankrupt the middle class and enrich the coffers of global government

UK Proposes All Paychecks Go to the State First
The UK's tax collection agency is putting forth a proposal that all employers send employee paychecks to the government, after which the government would deduct what it deems as the appropriate tax and pay the employees by bank transfer.

Scalia: No Protection Against Sex Bias, No Right to Privacy in Constitution
'If the current society wants to outlaw sex discrimination, hey, we have legislatures,' Scalia says

Moody's Commercial Real Estate Price Index Declined 3.1% in July
Moody's reported today that the Moody’s/REAL All Property Type Aggregate Index declined 3.1% in July. This is a repeat sales measure of commercial real estate prices.

GMAC Halts All Foreclosures In 23 States On Heels of Florida Judge Finding JPM Committed Court Fraud In Mortgage Misappropriation
As we pointed out last week, a certain judge in Florida set quite a precedent when he found that JPM, as servicer for a Fannie mortgage, had committed court fraud by foreclosing while not in possession of the actual mortgage.

JPMorgan Brings Foreclosure Case in Mortgage in Which It Was Just a Servicer, Court Finds Bank Committed Fraud
An interesting development out of Jean Johnson, Circuit Judge in Duval Country, Florida, where in a case filed by JPMorgan/WaMu, as Plaintiff, and law firm of Shapiro and Fishman, attempted to evict defendants Hank and Marilyn Pocopanni.

Building Sand Castles on Florida's Beach is Illegal, Feds Tell Oil-Hunting Reporter
Ever go to the beach and not think of slapping together a sand castle? And who doesn't enjoy the feeling of wet, warm sand between her toes?

Fed Injects Record $5 Billion Into Stock Market With Today's POMO
Today's POMO is over, and the result is a whopper: Brian Sack has just injected a record for QE Lite $5.2 billion in stock, in order to complete all the elements of today's orchestrated Obama Town Hall meeting, during which the president is now fully expected to announce that he not only managed to end the recession singlehandedly (what an opportune time for the NBER to announce its results), but that stocks are now ripping every single time he appears on TV (same goes for gold, oil, and pretty much everything else: and furthermore, Treasurys are unchanged, refuting all of Mr. Pisani's BS about capital reallocation in process).

NBER Announces US Recession Ended In June 2009, No Announcement Yet On When Depression Is Due to End
The NBER has finally announced the most worthless and overdue piece of data, namely that somehow, miraculously, the US recession that started in December of 2007 ended in June of 2009.

Russia: We Will Provide Syria With Advanced Missiles, Despite Israel, US Protests
Remark by Russia defense minster comes amid reports that Israeli officials, including PM Netanyahu and Defense Minister Barak, had reportedly warned arms could be used by Hezbollah.

CNN Reporter: Network Censored Footage of Iraq 'War Crime'
A former CNN Iraq correspondent suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder says his employers wouldn't run footage he filmed of what he describes as a war crime by US troops, an Australian news source reports.

The Food Industry, like Big Pharma, Controls the FDA and USDA
The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) recently released a report highlighting the widespread influence of the food industry over food safety policies.

Obama to Tell Iran During UN: Door Open to Engagement
U.S. President Barack Obama will use his visit to the United Nations General Assembly later this week to emphasize to Iran that the "door is open" to them for international engagement, the White House said on Monday.

Global 'Internet Treaty' Proposed
The proposal was presented at the Internet Governance Forum in Lithuania last week, and outlined 12 “principles of internet governance”, including a commitment from countries to sustain the technological foundations that underpin the web’s infrastructure.

Government Could Seek Foreign Investors for GM
Investment bankers handling the upcoming General Motors Co. stock sale are expected to court foreign investors as well as those in North America, according to a U.S. Treasury Department statement.

Obama Weighs Bid to Tie the GOP to the Tea Party
President Obama’s political advisers, looking for ways to help Democrats and alter the course of the midterm elections in the final weeks, are considering a range of ideas, including national advertisements, to cast the Republican Party as all but taken over by Tea Party extremists, people involved in the discussion said.

VIDEO: Celente: We Won't Recover

'Obama Has Underestimated the Frustration in the Country'
The dramatic ascent of the Tea Party continued in America this week, with the conservative movement scoring another surprise victory in the Republican primary in Delaware.

Texas Father-Son Get Up Close Look at Triangle UFO
A Texas father and son got an up-close look at a triangle-shaped UFO on September 15, 2010, as they drove along Route 87/97 outside of Pandora after 8:30 p.m., according to testimony from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.

Mainstream Media Claims Cold Virus Causes Obesity; Food Choice and Exercise Make No Difference
The headlines have it all backwards. "Childhood Obesity Might Be Linked to Strain of Cold Virus" says Business Week.

Getting Enough Vitamin D May Require More Than Just Sunlight Exposure
Regularly exposing your skin to natural sunlight is arguably the best way to maintain optimal levels of vitamin D.

What Baby Boys Eat Determines How Strong, Masculine They Become
The phrase "you are what you eat" really is true, according to a new study published in the online journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Caffeine Intake Leads to Smaller Babies
Drinking the equivalent of six or more cups of coffee a day while pregnant can lead to lower birth weight and length, according to a study conducted by researchers from Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, Netherlands, and published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Propaganda story of the week!
'Draw Muhammad' Cartoonist Goes Into Hiding at FBI's Insistence After Assassination Threat
The Seattle cartoonist whose artwork sparked the controversial "Everybody Draw Muhammad Day!" has gone into hiding at the advice of the FBI after being targeted by a radical Muslim cleric, according to the newspaper that published her comics. Molly Norris has moved and changed her name, the Seattle Weekly said Wednesday, after U.S.-born Yemeni cleric Anwar al-Awlaki placed her on an execution hit list. Awlaki -- who has been linked to the botched Times Square bombing and cited as inspiration for the Fort Hood massacre and a plot by two New Jersey men to kill U.S. soldiers -- reportedly called Norris a "prime target" for assassination and that her "proper abode is hellfire."

Today In History Monday September 20, 2010
1870 - The Papal States came under the control of Italian troops, leading to the unification of Italy.
1881 - Chester A. Arthur became the 21st president of the U.S. President James A. Garfield had died the day before.
1884 - The Equal Rights Party was formed in San Francisco, CA.
1921 - KDKA in Pittsburgh, PA, started a daily radio newscast. It was one of the first in the U.S.
1946 - WNBT-TV in New York became the first station to promote a motion picture. Scenes from "The Jolson Story" were shown.
1958 - Martin Luther King Jr. was stabbed in the chest at a New York City department store by an apparently deranged black woman.
1963 - U.S. President John F. Kennedy proposed a joint U.S.-Soviet expedition to the moon in a speech to the U.N. General Assembly.
1977 - The first of the "boat people" arrived in San Francisco from Southeast Asia under a new U.S. resettlement program.
1982 - U.S. President Ronald Reagan announced that the U.S., France, and Italy were going to send peacekeeping troops back to Beirut.
1984 - A Hizbulla suicide bomber destroyed the rebuilt U.S. Embassy in Beirut. 25 people were killed.
1988 - The United Nations opened it 43rd General Assembly.
1989 - The wreckage of a DC-10 belonging to the French airliner UTA was found in Niger. The plane disappeared on September 19 with 171 passengers onboard. The Paris-bound plane was believed to have been brought down by a bomb.
1989 - F.W. de Klerk was sworn in as president of South Africa.
1991 - U.N. weapons inspectors left for Iraq in a renewed search for Iraqi weapons of mass destruction.
1992 - French voters approved the Maastricht Treaty.
1995 - AT&T announced that it would be splitting into three companies. The three companies were AT&T, Lucent Technologies, and NCR Corp.
1995 - The U.S. House of Representatives voted to drop the national speed limit. This allowed the states to decide their own speed limits.
1999 - Raisa Gorbachev, wife of former Soviet President Mikhail Gorvachev, died of leukemia.

Another Original 'Thought For The Day'  from our friend Mike taws in the UK (Be sure to check out more of Mike's 'Thought's For A Day')
 * Suffering Is The Result Of Our Thinking - Suffering is not something we do, but the result of our thinking. Pain is part of life, it draws attention to things that require us to take action, but suffering is what happens when we spend too much time thinking about what is wrong, and not enough putting it right.

American Airlines Offers Information About TSA Secure Flight On - The last minute flight is now illegal
As a result of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) mandate, beginning November 1, all passengers will be required to have Secure Flight Passenger Data (SFPD) in their reservation at least 72 hours prior to departure.

Home Prices to Fall Another 75%
I’m always interested when I see analysts who are willing to put a number on how far they think home prices are likely to fall.

Renters caught in foreclosure crisis
The foreclosure crisis' effects on renters, as compiled by Tenants Together, a statewide nonprofit tenants advocacy group, are staggering. Nearly 40 percent of home foreclosures in California are rentals; more than 200,000 California renters were affected in 2009; and most of them were evicted from their homes.

The Battle for $21 Silver Begins
Technically, silver has nearly completed a huge accumulation pattern highlighted by the ‘head-and-shoulders’ pattern formed over three years. Silver is now approaching the breakout moment that I have been anticipating since April 1st when I wrote that silver looks ready to soar, or even earlier than that when I wrote in my outlook for 2010 that “We need to start thinking about silver hurdling above $50. If it doesn’t happen in 2010, this important event – which is unimaginable to many – will I expect happen in 2011.”

American Businesses and Consumers Are NOT Deleveraging... They Are Going On One Last Binge
Everyone knows that the American consumer is deleveraging ... living more frugally, and paying down debt.

Here It Comes?
WaMu/JPM tried to evict someone (foreclose) when they not only didn't own the mortgage at the time, they NEVER owned it!

F.D.A. Panel Urges Denial of Diet Drug
A federal advisory panel on Thursday recommended against approval of a new diet pill, the latest setback in efforts to develop treatments for the nation’s obesity epidemic. The advisers to the Food and Drug Administration voted 9 to 5 that the potential benefits of the drug, called lorcaserin and developed by Arena Pharmaceuticals, did not outweigh the risks.

Senate Bill on Food Safety Is Stalled
Check out this statement: "But the Senate has still not acted to fix many of the flaws in the nation’s food safety system — although a bill to do so has broad bipartisan support, is a priority for the Obama administration and has the backing of both industry and consumer groups. The House passed its version of the bill more than a year ago."

Full-Body Scanners Coming To Portland International Airport next year
Full-body scanners are expected to arrive at Portland International Airport next year. The machines scan below clothing for threatening or non-metallic devices, Department of Homeland Security officials said Friday. Although the scanners have been criticized for invading privacy, the Transportation Security Administration said there's a privacy filter to blur all images and the pictures are deleted once viewed.

Debunking The Great Myth of US Consumer Deleveraging, Or Why the US Economy Will End Not With a Whimper but a Bang
By now everyone 'knows' that the US consumer is hunkering down, paying down debt and performing other mythological tasks.

Latest Real Estate Time Bomb: Title of Foreclosed Properties Clouded; Wells Fargo Dumping Risk on Hapless Buyers
Another ticking time bomb in the realm of real estate bad behavior is bound to go off sooner rather than later, and it is likely to impede normalization of values of residential property.

Iran Detains Seven US Troops
Iranian border guards detained seven U.S. troops as they tried to illegally enter the Islamic state, the semi-official Fars news agency reported on Sunday, without giving a source.

Israeli Foreign Minister Wants to Eject Israeli-Arabs From Israel
Israel's foreign minister wants to redraw the country's borders, excluding some Arab citizens. The announcement comes amongst heightened tensions in the region due to Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

Texas Sues to Block Bizarre 'Global Warming' EPA Rules
The state of Texas today sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in a federal appeals court in Washington DC, claiming four new regulations imposed by the EPA are based on the 'thoroughly discredited' findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and are 'factually flawed,' 1200 WOAI news reports.

Web Attack Aimed at One Blogger
A "massively co-ordinated" attack on websites including Google, Facebook and Twitter was directed at one individual, it has been confirmed.

Trapped in the spiral of Basel III
The stock market shot up on September 13, after new banking regulations were announced called Basel III.

FDA Won't Allow Food to be Labeled Free of Genetic Modification
That the Food and Drug Administration is opposed to labeling foods that are genetically modified is no surprise anymore, but a report in the Washington Post indicates the FDA won't even allow food producers to label their foods as being free of genetic modification.

Obama Urges Blacks to Vote and 'Guard the Change'
President Barack Obama, seeking to fire up an important part of his support base ahead of November's elections, told black leaders on Saturday he wanted their support to "guard the change" he was delivering.

Push to Collect Online Sales Tax Gathers Steam
It’s too early to know exactly how much the Nebraska chapter of the March of Dimes raised this week at its annual Signature Chefs Auction in Omaha, but odds are that more than 10 percent of the charity’s proceeds are going straight to the tax man.

White House: Global Warming Out, 'Global Climate Disruption' In
From the administration that brought you "man-caused disaster" and "overseas contingency operation," another terminology change is in the pipeline.

Expiring Tax Cuts Hit Taxpayers at Every Level
Here's some pressure for lawmakers: If they don't reach agreement on extending soon-to-expire Bush-era tax cuts, nearly all their constituents back home will get big tax increases.

Congressmen Weiner and Waxman Set Gold Hearing
Just as the government is trying to prevent people from investing in anything other than T-Bills by raising taxes on taxable interest and dividends to confiscatory levels, it's also trying to prevent you from parking your wealth in assets, like gold, that compete with the paper dollars issued by the Federal Reserve and the Treasury.

VIDEO: Up to 40 Million Gallons of Dispersant Used in Gulf According to Independent Scientific Estimates

VIDEO: BP Oil Spill - Is BP Hiding 'Missing Oil' Under the Sand?

VIDEO: 'Entire Communities Where They're Vomiting Blood' in Louisiana

Big Pharma Scores Big Win: Medicinal Herbs Will Disappear in EU
Big Pharma has almost reached the finish line of its decades-long battle to wipe out all competition.

American Workers Switch From Cocaine to Prescription Opiates as Drug of Choice
When most people hear reports about illicit drug use at work, they probably assume they are talking about things like marijuana and cocaine.

Food Manufacturer Actually Did Some Good by Reducing Trans Fat in Their Products
Contrary to fears that moves to phase out the use of trans fats would just lead to the replacement of one problem ingredient with another, a new study shows that the overall level of trans fats in foods has dropped without a corresponding increase in saturated fat.

Popular Asian Spice Can Cure Alzheimer's Disease
Nature is full of various herbs and spices that protect against disease and even treat and cure it.

Skin Whitening Creams Found to Contain Toxic Mercury
In violation of federal law, skin-whitening creams are still being widely made containing the neurotoxic metal mercury, according to an investigation by the Chicago Tribune.

Today In History Friday September 17, 2010

SPECIAL NOTE: Today is National POW / MIA Recognition DAY - Please have a moment of silence today to remember all former American Prisoners of War and those still missing in action who valiantly served our GREAT country. It is also Constitution Day

1787 - The Constitution of the United States of America was signed by delegates at the Constitutional Convention.
1796 - U.S. President George Washington's Farewell Address was read before the U.S. Congress.
1862 - The Battle of Antietam took place during the American Civil War. More than 23,000 men were killed, wounded, or missing. T
1908 - An airplane crashed during a demonstration in Arlington Heights, VA. Thomas Selfridge was killed, becoming the first person to be killed in an airplane accident. Orville Wright, the pilot, survived with multiple hip and leg fractures.
1911 - The first transcontinental airplane flight started. It took C.P. Rogers 82 hours to fly from New York City to Pasadena, CA.
1920 - The American Professional Football Association was formed in Canton, OH. It was the precursor to the National Football League (NFL).
1930 - Construction on Boulder Dam, later renamed Hoover Dam, began in Black Canyon, near Las Vegas, NV.
1937 - At Mount Rushmore, Abraham Lincoln's face was dedicated.
1944 - Operation "Market Garden" was launched by Allied paratroopers during World War II. The landing point was behind German lines in the Netherlands.
1947 - The first U.S. Secretary of Defense, James V. Forrestal, was sworn in to office.
1953 - The Ochsner Foundation Hospital in New Orleans, LA, successfully separated Siamese twins. Carolyn Anne and Catherine Anne Mouton were connected at the waist when born.
1961 - The Minnesota Vikings were debuted as the new National Football League (NFL) team.
1962 - U.S. space officials announced the selection of Neil A. Armstrong and eight others as new astronauts.
1976 - NASA unveiled the space shuttle Enterprise in Palmdale, CA.
1992 - Lawrence Walsh called a halt to his probe of the Iran-Contra scandal. The investigation had lasted 5 1/2 years. 
1998 - A United Nations convoy was ambushed in Angola. There were no serious injuries from the fire fight that occurred.
2004 - The USS Curts intercepted the fishing vessel Lina Maria about 300 miles southwest of the Galapagos Islands. The fishing boat had 30,000 pounds of cocaine on board. At the time it was the largest cocaine seizure in U.S. Coast Guard history.

Jacobs Engineering lays off 129 at NASA
Jacobs Engineering on Thursday notified 129 employees that they will lose their jobs in two weeks, Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership President Bob Mitchell told Citizen counterpart The Friendswood Journal. Uncertainty in NASA funding has prompted the Clear Lake company to take this action.

What is Worse Than Sugar? 'High Fructose Corn Syrup'
Experts are finding that "high-fructose corn syrup" (HFCS) is making us fat. Scientists at nutrition research centers are saying that it's a huge problem.

Home Price Double Dip Begins
The trouble with many of the "indicators" we report is that some are pretty current and others are severely lagging. Home sales are generally the former and home prices the latter.

Principled Nonvoting: The Beginning of Disengaging From the State
Labor day has come and gone, and there is an election this November.

S.510: The Making of America's Own 'Holodomor'
The proposed bill S 510 leaves much to be desired in its application from a judicial aspect.

Who Put Bill Gates in Charge of the World?
Billy looks so angelic and friendly. Looks are deceptive. This man is trying to rule and ruin the world with the help of philanthropists and the scientific dictatorship.

Real Estate: Foreclosures Rise; Repossessions Set Record
US foreclosure activity rose in August from the previous month, and banks and lenders took ownership from homeowners at a record pace, according to a new report released Thursday.

Gold Takes Out All the Stops As It Hits New Record, Approaches $1,280
Someone forgot to tell gold to crash today. The spot price for the next true currency, and self-imposed non-Fiat standard, was at $1,277, a fresh all time high, as it prepares to take out the stops at $1,280, which would send it promptly over $1,300.

Pentagon to Investigate Hundreds of Suspected Child Pornography Fans In Its Ranks
In a reversal, the Pentagon says it will reopen hundreds of cases of alleged purchases of child pornography by Department of Defense employees that Pentagon officials previously declined to investigate, The Upshot has learned.

Navy to Test Its Ability to Vaccinate Masses in a Pandemic
It may be part of an exercise, but have no doubt: The needles in this simulated pandemic flu scenario are real.

Veterans Sue CIA, Army for Experiments at Detrick, Edgewood
A year and a half after a group of veterans sued the CIA, Army and Department of Defense for testing chemicals on troops without consent, the group has asked a judge to penalize the agencies for refusing to cooperate and provide vital records.

Admitted! Terror Alerts Were Used to Stop Constitutional Dissent
Information about an anti-BP candlelight vigil, a gay and lesbian festival and other peaceful gatherings became the subject of anti-terrorism bulletins being distributed by Pennsylvania’s homeland security office, an apologetic Gov. Ed Rendell admitted.

VIDEO: Bill Gates: Death Panel Advocate
This goes in line with his recent comments and contributions regarding depopulation.

Pope In UK Urges Tolerance, Warns Against Atheism
Pope Benedict started a trip to Britain Thursday urging the country to protect its Christian roots and tradition of tolerance in the face of threats from aggressive secularism and atheist extremism.

Illegal Alien Child Molester Awarded $4.5 Million in California
California is so broke it is being compared to Greece. But the Orange County Board of Supervisors gave away 4.3 million real dollars to an illegal Mexican alien who is also a child molester.

West Concerned Anew Over Iran's Nuclear Program
The United States, Britain and France expressed growing concern Wednesday that Iran is pursuing a nuclear weapons program and developing ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons.

New Wright County Egg Data on Salmonella Stuns Experts
Newly released reports pointing to years of positive salmonella tests at an Iowa egg facility have baffled some experts and egg producers.

Vitamin D Proven Far Better Than Vaccines at Preventing Influenza Infections
If scientists discovered something that worked better than vaccines at preventing influenza, you'd think they would jump all over it, right? After all, isn't the point to protect children and adults from influenza?

Vegetable Compound May Prevent, Treat Arthritis
Vegetables are storehouses of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytonutrients that help the body ward off and prevent disease.

Pistachios Increase Levels of Antioxidants in the Blood
A diet high in pistachios can increase the level of disease-fighting antioxidants in your blood, according to a study conducted by an international researcher team and published in the Journal of Nutrition.

Today In History Thursday September 16, 2010
1782 - The Great Seal of the United States was impressed on document to negotiate a prisoner of war agreement with the British. It was the first official use of the impression.
1810 - The Mexicans began a revolt against Spanish rule. Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, a Catholic priest of Spanish descent, declared Mexico's independence from Spain in the small town of Dolores.
1893 - The "Cherokee Strip" in Oklahoma was swarmed by hundreds of thousands of settlers.
1908 - General Motors was founded by William Crapo "Billy" Durant. The company was formed by merging the Buick and Olds car companies.
1940 - U.S. President Roosevelt signed into law the Selective Training and Service Act, which set up the first peacetime military draft in U.S. history.
1940 - Samuel T. Rayburn of Texas was elected Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. He served for 17 years.
1953 - "The Robe" premiered at the Roxy Theater in New York. It was the first movie filmed in the wide screen CinemaScope process.
1963 - "The Outer Limits" premiered on ABC-TV.
1965 - "The Dean Martin Show" debuted on NBC-TV.
1972 - "The Bob Newhart Show" premiered on CBS-TV.
1974 - U.S. President Ford announced a conditional amnesty program for draft-evaders and deserters during the Vietnam War.
1976 - The Episcopal Church formally approved women to be ordained as priests and bishops.
1982 - In west Beirut, the massacre of hundreds of Palestinian men, women and children began in refugee camps of the Lebanese Christian militiamen.
1985 - The Communist Party in China announced changes in leadership that were designed to bring younger officials into power.
1990 - An eight-minute videotape of an address by U.S. President H.W. Bush was shown on Iraqi television. The message warned that action of Saddam Hussein could plunge them into a war "against the world."
1991 - A federal judge in Washington dismissed the Iran-Contra charges against Oliver North.
1994 - Exxon Corporation was ordered by federal jury to pay $5 billion in punitive damages to the people harmed by the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill.
1994 - Two astronauts from the space shuttle Discovery went on the first untethered spacewalk in 10 years.
1998 - Universal paid $9 million for the rights to the Dr. Seuss classics "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and "Oh, the Places You'll Go."
1999 - In Volgodnosk, Russia, a bomb in an apartment killed at least 17 people. Chechen militants seeking independence from Russia were suspected as the planners.

How to Opt Out of Google Street View
Google Street View, added as an additional feature to Google Maps, allows you to view areas from street level. Google used cars specially equipped with 3D cameras on board to take photographs around the United States, United Kingdom, Japan, Australia, New Zealand France and other countries. You cannot opt-out of future Google Street View photographs, but if you see yourself, you can request to be removed. See the instructions...

Psych meds spike among younger troops
Use of psychiatric medications among people ages 18 to 34 — mostly active-duty troops and their spouses — is rising at a significantly higher rate than other age groups in the military health care system, according to data newly released to Military Times.

Report: Serious baggage for pilots
Hundreds of commercial and private U.S. pilots have been diagnosed and treated for a broad array of serious psychiatric and medical conditions, including schizophrenia, attempted suicide, sexual deviance, alcoholism and drug abuse, a Herald review has found.

Ohio Town Won't Allow Tea Party to Celebrate U.S. Constitution in Town Square
Local officials in Ohio’s Andover Township have denied the use of their public square for a celebration of Constitution Day because of the “political affiliation” of its organizers. Several residents of the small central Ohio town formed The Andover Tea Party in May 2010, and in that same month, they asked to use the square for a rally to commemorate Constitution Day, which celebrates the anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787.

Amish population growing, heading west
The North American Amish population grew 5% over the past year and has shown consistent growth the past four years. Be sure to check out the Amish population map and side chart!!

Silver Steals Some Thunder from Gold
Silver stocks have also benefited from this growing attraction among investors seeking safety. The strong demand for silver shares can be seen in the internal momentum indicators shown below. These indicators track the rate of change (momentum) in the incremental demand for silver mining shares by measuring the daily new highs against the new lows among actively traded silver stocks.
* Related Article: Silver Is Ready to Move to Center Stage

Collapse in Southern California home sales a sign that prices will fall in 2011?
The 2005 and 2006 collapse in sales led to prices tanking in 2007. Home prices still inflated after years of bank and government intervention. This August was the weakest month on record since August 2007, right when the California housing market was first entering the major price correction phase of the bursting bubble.

IMF fears 'social explosion' from world jobs crisis
America and Europe face the worst jobs crisis since the 1930s and risk "an explosion of social unrest" unless they tread carefully, the International Monetary Fund has warned.

Washington Wasted Crisis With "Terrible Bills" and No Fixes, Says Former FDIC Chair
White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel once said the administration “should never let a serious crisis go to waste.” But that’s exactly what they’ve done, says former FDIC chairman William Isaac.

Ohio Democrats Look to Obama for New Lifeline as Tea Party Momentum Grows
Republicans and allies in the Tea Party, a movement of activists seeking to rein in the power of the federal government, are counting on the president, too: They say nothing is energizing their voters more than his policies. They’re seeking to turn a surge of anti-Obama energy into votes, holding meetings to recruit volunteers, organizing phone campaigns, and making plans to bus voters to the polls. Comment: The MSM still doesn't get it. People are fed up with BOTH parties. Beck (and his types) mucked up the water into a left/right issue, but people are realizing it's a right/wrong issue.

The Swiss National Bank May Hold Rate as Surging Franc Threatens Recovery
The Swiss central bank today may keep borrowing costs on hold as the franc’s surge prevents policy makers from raising rates to fight inflation threats.
Comment: Bob Chapman mentioned this on the PH.

Dr. Orly Taitz Invited to Dinner With Obama by Harry Reid - invitation toward bottom of site
Dear Orly,
I would be honored if you would join me for a very special reception with President Barack Obama on Wednesday, September 22, 2010 in New York. Event details are below. Please click here for a printable invitation and reservation form.

PIMCO Makes Massive Bet That Bernake Will Create Inflation
The last time we heard from PIMCO, the gigantic bond house was back to buying long bonds, betting on deflation.

Petraeus: Afghan War Could Take Another Decade
People have often wondered what war looks like from the commander’s point of view. Speaking today on ABC News Gen. David Petraeus gave us some insight on his perspective of the Afghan War. To him it’s like “watching grass grow or paint dry.”

With DNA of Chocolate Nearly Decoded by Scientists, Could Sweeter Treats Await?
Scientists have painstakingly mapped the DNA of human beings, corn, turkeys - and now chocolate.

French Senate Passes Ban of Full Muslim Veils
PARIS — The French Senate on Tuesday overwhelmingly passed a bill banning the burqa-style Islamic veil on public streets and other places, a measure that effects less than 2,000 women but that has been widely seen as a symbolic defense of French values.

Corn Syrup Producers Want Sweeter Name: Corn Sugar
The makers of high fructose corn syrup want to sweeten its image with a new name: corn sugar.

The 'Pricks' In the Senate Once Again Show Their Hands
Unlike the teenager who has been banned from the US for calling POTUS a “Prick”, my meaning is different. Legislators are like tiny pin-pricks in the tires of the United States gas-guzzling-eco-unfriendly-non-hybird-SUV.

Big Sis To Get Expanded Role in Policing Internet
Two cybersecurity bills that would hand President Obama the power to shut down parts of the Internet in the event of a national emergency have now been merged into a single unified piece of legislation that Democrats will try to pass before the end of the year, with the Department of Homeland Security being given a larger role in policing the world wide web.

Secretive Executive Order Establishes 'Big Brother' Health Bureaucracy
On June 10th, 2010, amidst the chaotic 24-hour oil spill coverage, Barack Obama quietly signed an Executive Order that some claim lays the foundation for implementing Codex Alimentarius, which is a collection of internationally recognized standards, codes of practice, guidelines, and other recommendations relating to foods, food production and food safety (Wiki).

Reid Adds Controversial Immigration Measure to Defense Bill
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday he will add the DREAM Act, a controversial immigration measure, to a defense policy bill the Senate will take up next week.

National Measles Vaccination Plan Sparks Outcry in China
China’s plans to vaccinate 100 million children and come a step closer to eradicating measles has set off a popular outcry that highlights widening public distrust of the authoritarian government after repeated health scandals.

Enormous Fish Kill Reported Near Gulf
Plaquemines Parish officials have asked state wildlife officials to investigate what they said is a massive fish kill at Bayou Chaland on the west side of the Mississippi River late Friday.

Greenspan: Fiscal Stimulus Worked Far Less Than Expected
The former head of the Federal Reserve said fiscal stimulus efforts have fallen far short of expectations, and the government now needs to get out of the way and allow businesses and markets to power the recovery.

Gov't Say Banks Should Share Fannie, Freddie Costs
The nation's largest banks have an obligation to pay some of the cost for bailing out mortgage buyers Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac because they sold them bad mortgages, a government regulator said Wednesday.

Chase Banking Site Still Crippled; Angry Users Take to Twitter
The site went down Monday night and was down all day Tuesday. A Chase spokesman said service was restored early Wednesday, but later Wednesday morning the site again carried a message saying service was unavailable.

TSA Screener Cited 'Torture' In Scanner Case
The airport screener arrested for assaulting a coworker who taunted him about the size of his penis after his genitalia was exposed by a full-body scanner told police that he snapped after being subjected to “psychological torture” by fellow Transportation Security Administration employees who repeatedly asked him, “What size are you?”

Bank of America Warns of New Fees After Financial Reforms
Bank of America will charge clients new monthly fees if their accounts do not meet a minimum balance, the bank's CEO Brian Moynihan said on Tuesday.

Chinese Think Tank Warns US It Will Emerge As Loser in Trade War
A State Council think-tank in China has warned Washington that the US will come off worst in a trade war if it imposes sanctions against Beijing over the two nations' currency spat.

New Nuclear Imaging Technology Causes Breast Cancer
Over and over, women are pushed to have mammograms in order to detect breast cancer.

Virtually All Babies Need a Vitamin D Supplement
Almost no children under the age of one get enough vitamin D in their diets to meet new guidelines, according to a study conducted by researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and published in the journal Pediatrics.

Today In History Wednesday September 15, 2010
1775 - An early and unofficial American flag was raised by Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Mott after the seizing of Fort Johnson from the British. The flag was dark blue with the white word "Liberty" spelled on it.
1776 - British forces occupied New York City during the American Revolution.
1789 - The U.S. Department of Foreign Affairs was renamed the Department of State.
1821 - Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador proclaimed independence.
1853 - Reverend Antoinette Brown Blackwell was ordained becoming first female minister in the United States.
1858 - The first mail service begins to the Pacific Coast of the U.S. under government contract. Coaches from the Butterfield Overland Mail Company took 12 days to make the journey between Tipton, MO and San Francisco, CA.
1883 - The University of Texas at Austin opened.
1909 - Charles F. Kettering applied for a patent on his ignition system. His company Delco (Dayton Engineering Laboratories Company) later became a subsidiary of General Motors.
1916 - During the Battle of the Somme, in France, tanks were first used in warfare when the British rolled them onto the battlefields.
1917 - Alexander Kerensky proclaimed Russia to be a republic.
1923 - Oklahoma was placed under martial law by Gov. John Calloway Walton due to terrorist activity by the Ku Klux Klan. After this declaration national newspapers began to expose the Klan and its criminal activities.
1928 - Alexander Fleming discovered the antibiotic penicillin in the mold Penicillium notatum.
1935 - The Nuremberg Laws were enacted by Nazi Germany. The act stripped all German Jews of their civil rights and the swastika was made the official symbol of Nazi Germany.
1940 - The German Luftwaffe suffered the loss of 185 planes in the Battle of Britain. The change in tide forced Hitler to abandon his plans for invading Britain.
1950 - U.N. forces landed at Inchon, Korea in an attempt to relieve South Korean forces and recapture Seoul.
1961 - The U.S. resumed underground testing of nuclear weapons.
1972 - The Watergate indictments began against seven perpetrators.
1982 - The first issue of "USA Today" was published.
1982 - Sadegh Ghotbzadeh, Iran's former foreign minister, was executed. He had been convicted of plotting against the government.
1983 - The U.S. Senate joined the U.S. House of Representatives in their condemning of the Soviet Union for shooting down a Korean jet with 269 people.
1990 - France announced that it would send an additional 4,000 soldiers to the Persian Gulf. They also expelled Iraqi military attaches in Paris.
1993 - The FBI announced a new national campaign concerning the crime of carjacking.
1994 - U.S. President Clinton told Haiti's military leaders "Your time is up. Leave now or we will force you from power."
1995 - The U.N. Fourth World Conference on Women was held in Beijing.
1998 - Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ordered the Iranian military to be on full alert and massed troops on its border with Afghanistan.
1998 - It was announced that 5.9 million people read The Starr Report on the Internet. 606,000 people read the White House defense of U.S. President Clinton.
1999 - The United Nations approved the deployment of a multinational peacekeeping force in East Timor.
2003 - In Independence, MO, the birthplace of Ginger Rogers was designated a local landmark. The move by the Independence City Council qualified the home for historic preservation.

VA Officials Knew About Death Benefit Profits By Katie Couric
CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric reports, it wasn't news to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. In fact, in September of 2009, the VA amended its contract with Prudential - ratifying what had been a 10-year long verbal agreement: to allow the insurance company to retain lump sum death benefits of soldiers and deposit that money in its own account.

Millions of Chinese oppose mass vaccination plan
The World Health Organization is at it again trying to push mass vaccinations, this time on the people of China. But its efforts to "eradicate measles" by vaccinating 100 million Chinese children have fueled widespread protest by Chinese citizens who not only distrust their own government's health recommendations, but also believe that the vaccines are dangerous.

Family to Receive $1.5M+ in First-Ever Vaccine-Autism Court Award
The first court award in a vaccine-autism claim is a big one. CBS News has learned the family of Hannah Poling will receive more than $1.5 million dollars for her life care; lost earnings; and pain and suffering for the first year alone.

Sears Yanks Shirts Showing Picture of Twin Towers With Word 'Gotcha'
Sears department store is reportedly under fire for selling T-shirts depicting images of the Twin Towers with the word "Gotcha" emblazoned on the front of the clothing.

Corn Syrup Makers Seek New Name In Bid To Ease "Confusion" About Sweetener
"The folks who make high fructose corn syrup would like it to be known by another name, corn sugar." The "industry wants to stop the confusion as they put it, over the sweetener, specifically the perception it's somehow more harmful than ordinary sugar." Manufacturers "say what they produce has been disparaged and misunderstood."

The Myth Of The Pharmaceutical Industry
Gwen Olsen spent fifteen years as a pharmaceutical sales rep. She enjoyed a successful, fast-paced career until several consciousness-altering experiences began awakening her to the dangers lurking in every American medicine cabinet. Her most poignant lessons, however, came as both victim and survivor of life-threatening adverse drug reactions. Read More...

Where Are They Now? Seven Villains of the Financial Crisis
Those on the list for cheating the public in 2008 - Two years later, most members of the class of 2008 have moved on to new jobs, cushy retirements or fresh challenges -- often involving the Securities & Exchange Commission. Yet, regardless of where they go, all seven will continue to carry the marks of 2008, the end of a ride that gave them billions in salary, yet cost them their reputations. Read more...

Preventing Your Government From Stealing Your Gold
With the U.S. government having already stolen the gold of its own citizens once, a question which I have often been asked by American readers is, "Do I think the U.S. government will steal [their] gold again?" My reply has always been that in the absence of a gold standard there is no motive for simply confiscating all gold again.

Senate rejects amendment to strip out IRS reporting requirement in new health care law
Senators just voted 46-52 against an amendment by Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Neb. that would have stripped out the provision, which requires businesses to report to the IRS transactions to anyone or any company that cost more than $600. - This reason ALONE to vote OUT every incumbent Senator!

US Eyes Terror Charges for Yemeni Cleric Al-Awlaki
The Obama administration is considering filing the first criminal charges against radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki in case the CIA fails to kill him and he's is captured alive in Yemen.

After death, British recluse found to be WWII war heroine
Eileen Nearne died alone, uncelebrated, facing a pauper's funeral despite her extraordinary record of wartime heroism for Britain. It wasn't that no one cared about her clandestine service, it was simply that no one knew what she had done during the harrowing days of World War II when Britain's very future hung in the balance. All that changed when officials searching her apartment found the medals and records linking her to undercover operations behind enemy lines.

Final Round Primary Voters in 7 States Set Tickets
The primary season is ending as it began, the Republican establishment on one side in state after state, and tea party activists on another.

New Medicare Chief Speaks Out on Health Care
The nation's health-care system cannot be transformed by rationing medical care, President Obama's new Medicare chief said Monday in his first major speech.

Impeachment Trial of Federal Judge Gets Under Way in US Senate
The U.S. Senate on Monday started the impeachment trial of federal judge G. Thomas Porteous Jr. -- the first such trial since the impeachment of former President Bill Clinton in 1999.

News Rater, Anti-Palin Group Get Fed's Gulf Work
The federal government hired a New Orleans man for $18,000 to appraise whether news stories about its actions in the Gulf oil spill were positive or negative for the Obama administration, which was keenly sensitive to comparisons between its response and former President George W. Bush's much-maligned reaction to Hurricane Katrina.

Gangster Government Stifles Criticism of Obamacare
"There will be zero tolerance for this type of misinformation and unjustified rate increases."

Audit: Los Angeles Dept of Children and Family Services Covering Up Child Fatalities
The sins of child protective agencies are many, and many have detailed them at length.

British Teen Hurts Obama's Feelings, So Now He's Banned from the US
President Obama didn’t appreciate being called a “prick” by a drunken British teenager via email, so our 49-year-old Commander-in-Chief engaged the boy in a virtual playground battle to get the last word. But don’t get too excited about Obama’s bravado; he stood back and let his ‘posse’ to do the dirty work.

Feds Spent $800,000 of Economic Stimulus on African Genital-Washing Program
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), spent $823,200 of economic stimulus funds in 2009 on a study by a UCLA research team to teach uncircumcised African men how to wash their genitals after having sex.

41 Obama White House Aides Owe the IRS $831,000 in Back Taxes
Over the years a lot of suspicion has built up across the country about Washington and its population of opportunistic transients coming to see themselves as a special kind of person, somehow above average working Americans who don't labor down in that monument-strewn former swamp.

Homeland Security to Test Iris Scanners
The Homeland Security Department plans to test futuristic iris scan technology that stores digital images of people's eyes in a database and is considered a quicker alternative to fingerprints.

Thousands Held Without Trial in Iraq: Amnesty
Tens of thousands of detainees are being held without trial in Iraqi prisons and face violent and psychological abuse as well as other forms of mistreatment, Amnesty International said on Monday.

Gold Reaches Record, Stocks Fall on Economy Concern
Gold rose to a record, Treasuries rallied and stocks halted a four-day advance amid a slump in German confidence and concern China will cool its real-estate market.

Boehner Fires Back at White House Over Tax Hikes
House Republican Leader John Boehner on Monday clarified his position on President Obama’s plan to raise tax rates on small businesses, releasing an extensive statement exclusively to Human Events saying he was unwilling to accept tax hikes for any American.

Next, Michelle Obama's Health Reform Plan for the Nation's Restaurant Menus and Families
First Lady Michelle Obama, who has been unable to convince the Smoker-in-Chief to give up that dreadful habit, now has some health suggestions for other American families and for restaurant menus across the country. The goal is to eat healthier, although that might hurt restaurant sales and cause disappointed children.

Do Herbal Supplements Work? Botanical Supplements Face New Scrutiny
Elderberry extract and acai to boost the immune system. Black cohosh to lessen the discomforts of menopause. Soy capsules to prevent bone loss and prostate cancer.

IMF Fears 'Social Explosion' From World Jobs Crisis
"The labour market is in dire straits. The Great Recession has left behind a waste land of unemployment," said Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the IMF's chief, at an Oslo jobs summit with the International Labour Federation (ILO)

Oprah Winfrey Visit Will Cost Taxpayers Millions
Oprah Winfrey’s plans to film one of her final shows in Australia will cost local taxpayers more than AU$2.5 million (US$2.3 million), the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) reported Tuesday.

BP Spill Oil 'Not Gone, It's Where Nobody Has Looked'
Researcher says all 13 core samples are showing oil from the spill.

Global Food Shortage Fears as Russia Extends Wheat Ban
The Russian prime minister said that it was “necessary to note that we will only be able to consider lifting the grain export ban after next year’s harvest ... and we have clarity on the balances”.

Social Engineering Bill In Senate Will Force You Into City
A social engineering bill to restrict residence in the suburbs and rural areas and force Americans into city centers has passed the United States Senate Banking Committee and is on the fast track to passage in the Senate.

Treasury Announces $91 Billion Monthly Deficit
The Treasury Department announced today a monthly budget deficit of $91 billion for August. The budget year-to-date deficit now amounts to $1.26 trillion.

Congressman: BP 'Openly Blackmailing the American Government'
BP now claims they can't possibly be able to compensate all the victims of the Deepwater Horizon spill without the government giving them more drilling permits.

Nutrition Discovery: Black Rice Rivals Blueberries As Source of Healthful Antioxidants
In ancient China, nobles commandeered every grain of a variety of black rice known as "Forbidden Rice" for themselves and forbade the common people from eating it.

Stronger Bones - Without Drugs
After making a splash in Gidget and The Flying Nun, Sally Field went on to a distinguished film career. Now the two-time Oscar winner has taken on another role: Sally is the public face of osteoporosis.

Siberian Rhubarb Eases Menopause Symptoms
Phytoestrogens contained in the Siberian rhubarb plant may help ease the symptoms of menopause, according to a company that markets an extract derived from the plant.

Tony Blair Awarded Liberty Medal by Bill Clinton
He took Britain into the ill-fated conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. But last night Tony Blair was honoured in America with a medal, £64,000 prize and a banquet - for his services to peace.

Today In History Tuesday September 14, 2010
1807 - Former U.S. Vice President Aaron Burr was acquitted of a misdemeanor charge. Two weeks earlier Burr had been found innocent of treason.
1812 - Moscow was set on fire by Russians after Napoleon Bonaparte's troops invaded.
1814 - Francis Scott Key wrote the "Star-Spangled Banner," a poem originally known as "Defense of Fort McHenry," after witnessing the British bombardment of Fort McHenry, MD, during the War of 1812. The song became the official U.S. national anthem on March 3, 1931.
1847 - U.S. forces took control of Mexico City under the leadership of General Winfield Scott.
1866 - George K. Anderson patented the typewriter ribbon.
1899 - In New York City, Henry Bliss became the first automobile fatality.
1901 - U.S. President William McKinley died of gunshot wounds inflicted by an assassin. Vice President Theodore Roosevelt, at age 42, succeeded him.
1927 - Isadora Duncan died when her scarf became entangled in the wheel of her car.
1938 - The VS-300 made its first flight. The craft was based on the helicopter technology patented by Igor Sikorsky.
1940 - The Selective Service Act was passed by the U.S. Congress providing the first peacetime draft in the United States.
1948 - In New York, a groundbreaking ceremony took place at the site of the United Nations' world headquarters.
1959 - Luna II, a Soviet space probe, became the first man-made object on the moon when it crashed on the surface.
1965 - "My Mother The Car" premiered on NBC TV. The series was canceled after only a few weeks after the debut.
1972 - "The Waltons" premiered on CBS-TV.
1975 - Pope Paul VI declared Mother Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton the first U.S.-born saint. 
1983 - The U.S. House of Representatives voted 416-0 in a resolution condemning the Soviet Union for the shooting down of a Korean jet on September 1.
1989 - Joseph T. Wesbecker shot and killed eight people and wounded twelve others at a printing plant in Louisville, KY. Wesbecker, 47 years old, was on disability for mental illness. He took his own life after the incident.
1994 - It was announced that the season was over for the National Baseball League on the 34th day of the players strike. The final days of the regular season were canceled.
1998 - Israel announced that they had successfully tested its Arrow-2 missile defense system. The system successfully destroyed a simulated target.
1999 - Disney World closed down for the first time in its 28-year history. The closure was due to Hurricane Floyd heading for Florida.
2001 - The FBI released the names of the 19 suspected hijackers that had taken part in the September 11 terror attacks on the U.S.
2009 - Greyhound UK began operations as an hourly service between London and Portsmouth or Southampton.

Two Original Thoughts For The Day by Mike Tawse in the UK
 * The True Test Of Education
 * When Someone Is Quick To Dismiss Your Ideas

Swimming in chlorinated pools can lead to cancer says study
"In no case do we want to stop swimming, but to encourage the reduction of chemicals in swimming pools," said Kogevinas, who suggested the problems caused by a reduction in levels of disinfectant could be offset if swimmers showered before taking a dip, wore bathing caps and refrained from urinating.

Gold flat as silver rises on economic optimism
Gold ended flat on Monday while silver rose to its highest level since early 2008, as upbeat Chinese factory data and new global banking rules boosted optimism about the economy. Wall Street rose on the economic news, which boosted silver, a precious metal that also has industrial uses. But investment demand kept gold within about 1.5 percent of an all-time high. Since August 24, silver has rallied about 14 percent, outperforming gold's 3 percent rise over the same period, Reuters data showed. Comment: As Jimm Motyka mentioned on the PH a few week's back, silver was recommendation to the PH listeners.

US Fed to buy about $27 bln of Treasuries and TIPS
The Federal Reserve will buy about $27 billion of Treasuries and Treasury inflation-protected securities in nine operations from Sept. 15 through Oct. 6, the New York Fed said on its website on Monday. The Federal Reserve said at its Aug. 10 meeting that it would buy Treasuries using funds from maturing agency bonds and mortgage-backed securities in an effort to keep steady its holdings of domestic securities. Comment: This is an ominous sign.

Up To 67% Of Phoenix Homes Are Underwater
Jay Butler, head of Realty Studies at ASU, was interviewed by ABC15 in Arizona saying that the number of underwater homes in Phoenix may be as high as 66-67%. This means a complete bloodbath for housing prices is still just beyond the horizon, not to mention that the true state of bank (and GSE) balance sheets is deplorable, and if there was even an ounce of reporting or mark-to-market integrity, most banks would be completely insolvent right now.

Why an Israeli Attack on Iran is Unlikely
Over the summer there has been a neo-conservative led effort to propagate the case for attacking Iran militarily. This trend is exemplified by the cover of September issue of the Atlantic monthly boldly reading: “Israel is Getting Ready to Bomb Iran.” Comment: This validates Pastor Lindsey Williams comments that the elite told him there would not be a war with Iran until after the US economy implodes (late 2012).

Bank Regulators Back New Rules to Avert Crisis
BASEL, Switzerland — The world’s top bank regulators agreed Sunday on far-reaching new rules intended to make the global banking industry safer and protect international economies from future financial disasters.

Why Hitler Had to Shoot Himself; Disappearing Nazis: Manuela Hoelterhoff
Dr. Josef Mengele, who enjoyed torturing children at Auschwitz, died comfortably with a view over the ocean, thanks to a support network for Nazis that sailed him to South America a few years after the war. Walters reckons some 30,000 major criminals escaped punishment. The Allies simply couldn’t cope with so many and sometimes employed a few to fight the new enemies in the Soviet Union. Walters writes vividly of those who refused to move on and forget, but also offers a sharp reappraisal of Nazi-hunting legend Simon Wiesenthal, a spotlight hog in his view. Comment: How is it that there's no mention of Operation: Paperclip in this article?

Scientists Find Thick Layer of Oil on Seafloor
Scientists on a research vessel in the Gulf of Mexico are finding a substantial layer of oily sediment stretching for dozens of miles in all directions.

Outlook Gloomy at Secret Billionaire Meeting
For 25 years, legendary Wall Street strategist Byron Wien, now with The Blackstone Group, has held summer meetings with high net worth individuals to get their outlook on the global economy and investing.

Nationalized Retirement Accounts: The Coming Confiscation of the Retirement Savings of the Middle Class
Having spent the last ten years, minimally, spending without conscience or concern, the federal government has hit the wall; no one wants to buy our Treasury bonds used to finance the national debt.

Probe Into Afghanistan Troops' Heroin Trafficking Claims
Military police are investigating claims that British soldiers may have been involved in heroin trafficking in Afghanistan.

Corporate Welfare: Obama Unveils Pro-Business Jobs Plan
President Barack Obama’s Wednesday speech on the economy in Cleveland, Ohio was an exercise in deceit and demagogy.

County Sues Farmer, Cites Too Many Crops
DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- DeKalb County is suing a local farmer for growing too many vegetables, but he said he will fight the charges in the ongoing battle neighbors call “Cabbagegate.”

New GM CEO's Pay Package Worth $9 Million
DETROIT – New General Motors Co. CEO Daniel Akerson will get the same $9 million pay package as the man he replaced, Ed Whitacre.

Doomsday Warnings of US Apocalypse
Economists peddling dire warnings that the world's number one economy is on the brink of collapse, amid high rates of unemployment and a spiraling public deficit, are flourishing here.

IAEA: Iran Crosses Critical Line for Nuclear Arming - Missiles
Iran has crossed the critical nuclear threshold taking it nearer to being able to arm ballistic missiles with nuclear warheads, weapons inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency reported last week

Breaking Obama Nationalizing Americas Waterways by Executive Order
Under the scheme, these areas would be managed according to the Orwellian-sounding notion of “coastal and marine spatial planning.”

Stand Up to the Cancer Industry and Its Celebrity-Powered Hucksterism
If there's one thing to be learned from the recent "Stand Up To Cancer" telethon that gathered top Hollywood celebrities to raise money for the cancer industry, it's that you probably shouldn't get your health advice from actors.

Your Next MRI Could Cost You Your Life
Patients who undergo magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans are often given drug injections to enhance the quality of scan images.

GM Sugar Beet Scandal Leads to Lawsuit Against USDA
Last month, U.S. District Court Judge Jeffrey White from California's Northern District Court in San Francisco ruled that the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) approval of genetically-modified (GM) sugar beets was unlawful, and that no further plantings were permitted to take place until a proper safety assessment is conducted.

Why All Pregnant Women Should Take 4000 IU of Vitamin D a Day
Mothers who took 4,000 IU of vitamin D daily cut their risk of premature delivery by half, in a study conducted by researchers from the Medical University of South Carolina and presented at the annual meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies in Vancouver.

Today In History Monday September 13, 2010
1759 - The French were defeated by the British on the Plains of Abraham in the final French and Indian War.
1789 - The United States Government took out its first loan.
1847 - U.S. forces took the hill Chapultepec during the Mexican-American War.
1862 - During the American Civil War General Lee's Order No. 191 was found by federal soldiers in Maryland.
1898 - Hannibal Williston Goodwin patented celluloid photographic film, which is used to make movies.
1943 - Chiang Kai-shek became the president of China.
1948 - The School of Performing Arts opened in New York City. It was the first public school to specialize in performing arts.
1948 - Margaret Chase Smith was elected to the U.S. Senate and became the first woman to serve in both houses of the U.S. Congress.
1949 - The Ladies Professional Golf Association of America was formed.
1959 - The Soviet Union's Luna 2 became the first space probe to reach the moon. It was launched the day before.
1970 - The first New York City Marathon took place. Fireman Gary Muhrucke won the race.
1971 - The World Hockey Association was formed.
1977 - The first diesel automobiles were introduced by General Motors.
1994 - U.S. President Bill Clinton signed a $30 billion crime bill into law.
1995 - A grenade was fired at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. The wall was pierced but there were no injuries.
1998 - The New York Times closed its Web site after hackers added offensive material.
1999 - At least 118 people were killed when a bomb exploded in Moscow, Russia.
2000 - In Albuquerque, NM, former Los Alamos scientist Wen Ho Lee pled guilty to one count of mishandling nuclear secrets.
2001 - U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell named Osama bin Laden as the prime suspect in the terror attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001. Limited commercial flights resumed in the U.S. for the first time in two days.

VIDEO: 911 Memorial Features Occult Eye of Horus By David J. Stewart
"Many people (including Christians) find the occult nature of the New World Order difficult to grasp, because they have never taken the first step to learn the truth; therefore, things like what I'm about to share with you is so freakish that they can't deal with its reality. After the 911 attacks, a memorial was built at ground zero. Watch the following video and you'll see the all-seeing Eye of Horus being formed. The Illuminati not only killed our family and friends in the 911 attacks, but they mock us, sticking it in our faces."

Mysterious sight seen in Houston sky
Yes....a stange site over the Houston area Saturday!!!
A NASA spokesman said this is an unfortunate coincidence that all of this misunderstanding took place on the anniversary of 9/11. He says this is a high-altitude research aircraft that was flying at 50,000 feet. The plane made several flights earlier this week without anyone noticing. On Saturday, however, the atmospheric conditions made those vapor trails visible.
Related Article from the Houston Chronicle

‘Mike Tawse Original’ Thought For The Day
A Good Day, By Another more!
(From our friend Mike in the UK)!!

First American Autism Award
Earlier this year, we interviewed the courageous Dr. Andrew Wakefield who has claimed for more than a decade that a certain segment of the juvenile population may be overly-sensitive to vaccines and either ought not to be given them, or ought to be exposed with great care. Here we have a little girl who received a viral cocktail of NINE separate diseases in one dose. Wakefield, it should be pointed out was concerned over children receiving two or three separate vaccinations at once.

Our Debt is More Than All the Money in the World
I have argued that the real national debt is about $130 trillion. Let’s say I’m being pessimistic. Forbes, in a 2008 article, came up with a lower number: $70 trillion. Let’s say the sunny optimists at Forbes got it right and I got it wrong.

Muslims in America Increasingly Alienated As Hatred Grows in Bible Belt
On the anniversary of 9/11, Chris McGreal reports from the Tennessee town where Muslims have lived in harmony with Christians for decades – but where they now feel under threat.

Obama Extends 9/11 State of Emergency
No word of this yet from the White House, but President Barack Obama has today extended for another year the state of emergency President George W. Bush declared after the 9/11 attacks.

Letter From the President on the Continuation of the National Emergency With Respect to Certain Terrorist Attacks
Section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act, 50 U.S.C. 1622(d), provides for the automatic termination of a national emergency unless, prior to the anniversary date of its declaration, the President publishes in the Federal Register and transmits to the Congress a notice stating that the emergency is to continue in effect beyond the anniversary date.

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Hamilton and Kean Call for Domestic Terrorism Agency
The federal government needs an agency specifically charged with identifying radicalization or working to prevent terrorist recruitment of U.S. citizens and residents, according to a report issued by Tom Kean, Lee Hamilton, and the Washington-based Bipartisan Policy Center’s National Security Preparedness Group.

Obama Picks Skull and Bones Member and Ex-CFR Employee to Head His Council of Economic Advisers
The neoliberal Milton Friedman disciple, Austan Dean Goolsbee, has been picked as chairman of Barack Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers.

Guess What, You Don't Own That Software You Bought
A federal appeals court said Friday that software makers can use shrink-wrap and click-wrap licenses to forbid the transfer or resale of their wares, an apparent gutting of the so-called first-sale doctrine.

Basel Group Shapes the Future of Finance
The coterie of central bankers and government regulators gathering in the small Swiss city of Basel this weekend don't know whether you'll need to buy a car next year or borrow money to run a business.

First Medal of Honor for a Living Afghan War Vet
A 25-year-old soldier from Iowa who exposed himself to enemy gunfire to try to save two fellow soldiers will become the first living service member from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to receive the Medal of Honor, the White House announced Friday.

Judge Rules Ban on Gays in Military Unconstitutional
The U.S. military rule banning openly gay people from serving in the armed forces violates constitutional rights to free speech and due process, a federal judge in southern California ruled Thursday.

Male Fish Now Exhibiting Female Traits Due to Toxic Chemicals and Pharma Runoff
More than 80 percent of male bass in the Potomac River on the U.S. Atlantic coast are producing eggs or showing other female traits, the nonprofit Potomac Conservancy has warned, in a call for more research into the causes of intersex fish.

Regulators Using Egg Recall to Push Support for Tyrannical 'Food Safety' Bill S.510
The billion-or-so egg recall fiasco that took place this summer is a perfect example of the failures implicit in modern, industrialized agriculture.

Clinton Talks World Government at the Council on Foreign Relations
Here’s Clinton. Substitute the phrase “American leadership” with “leadership by the globalist cabal” and you’ll get a good idea of what she’s talking about:

Janet Napolitano Vows to Keep Up Fight
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will mark the ninth anniversary of 9/11 with a speech Friday in New York vowing to keep up the fight against terrorists and to “to enlist the nation in its own collective security.”

Twelve US Soldiers Face Trial After Afghan Civilians Killed 'for Sport'
A dozen US soldiers are facing trail accused of being part of a 'kill team' that allegedly killed Afghan civilians in an arbitrary fashion - and they even collected their victims' fingers as trophies of war.

Gauging the Threat of an Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Attack
Over the past decade there has been an ongoing debate over the threat posed by electromagnetic pulse (EMP) to modern civilization.

The Lights Have Officially Gone Out In the US
Here’s a news story that summates the US economy’s problems rather well:

TV Damages Health of Toddlers
Toddlers who watch television are significantly more likely to have poor health and poor educational performance by age 10, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Montreal and published in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.

Scientists Discover Way to Recharge Laptops and Cell Phones With Soda Pop and Vegetable Oil
Researchers looking for new, cheap energy sources might want to look in the food pantry and junk food aisle at the grocery story. Sugary drinks as well as vegetable oils and plain old table sugar could one day be used to recharge cell phones, laptops and other portable electronics.

USDA Failure May Have Helped Cause Salmonella Egg Outbreak
In yet another shocking display of incompetence and regulatory failure, the Wall Street Journal has reported that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) knew all along that one of the egg mega-farms involved in the recent recall had sanitation issues, but did not report them to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as it should have.

Exercising in Nature Boosts Mental Health
Just five minutes of exercise in a natural place is enough to significantly improve mood and mental health, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Essex and published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology.

Healthcare Workers to be Fired If They Refuse Flu Shots, Medical Group Demands
Forget the U.S. Constitution. Forget basic human rights. Forget the fact that research shows flu shots don't work most of the time. A group of the nation's leading infectious disease experts are demanding forced vaccinations for all healthcare workers.

Today In History Friday September 10, 2010
1794 - America's first non-denominational college was charted. Blount College later became the University of Tennessee.
1845 - King Willem II opened Amsterdam Stock exchange.
1846 - Elias Howe received a patent for his sewing machine.
1847 - The first theater opened in Hawaii.
1897 - British police arrest George Smith for drunken driving. It was the first DWI.
1913 - The Lincoln Highway opened. It was the first paved coast-to-coast highway in the U.S.
1919 - New York City welcomed home 25,000 soldiers and General John J. Pershing who had served in the First Division during World War I.
1919 - Austria and the Allies signed the Treaty of St.-Germain-en-Laye. Austria recognized the independence of Poland, Hungary, Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia.
1921 - The Ayus Autobahn in Germany opened near Berlin. The road is known for its nonexistent speed limit.
1926 - Germany joined the League of Nations.
1939 - Canada declared war on Germany.
1940 - In Britain, Buckingham Palace was hit by German bomb.
1942 - U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt mandated gasoline rationing as part of the U.S. wartime effort.
1943 - German forces began their occupation of Rome during World War II.
1951 - Britain began an economic boycott of Iran.
1953 - Swanson began selling its first "TV dinner."
1956 - Great Britain performed a nuclear test at Maralinga, Australia.
1963 - Twenty black students entered public schools in Alabama at the end of a standoff between federal authorities and Alabama governor George C. Wallace. 
1989 - Hungary gave permission to thousands of East German refugees and visitors to immigrate to West Germany.
1990 - Iran agreed to resume full diplomatic ties with past enemy Iraq.
1990 - Iraq's Saddam Hussein offered free oil to developing nations in an attempt to win their support during the Gulf War Crisis.
1998 - U.S. President Clinton met with members of his Cabinet to apologize, ask forgiveness and promise to improve as a person in the wake of the scandal involving Monica Lewinsky.
1998 - Northwest Airlines announced an agreement with pilots, ending a nearly two-week walkout.
2002 - The "September 11: Bearing Witness to History" exhibit opened at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.
2002 - Switzerland became the 190th member of the United Nations.

Throughout this nation it is becoming commonplace for state and federal governments to raid food buying clubs, private food co-ops, family farms and even micro farms. The reason these raids are taking place is that the FDA has determined that we are not smart enough to decide what we want to eat.

Sheriffs want lists of patients using painkillers
Sheriffs in North Carolina want access to state computer records identifying anyone with prescriptions for powerful painkillers and other controlled substances. For years, sheriffs have been trying to convince legislators that the state's prescription records should be open to them.

Shortages of trucks and truck drivers stall product deliveries
American Trucking Association officials say demand is up recently after many operators slashed fleets and staff during the downturn.

Huge blast destroys dozens of homes near San Francisco
Utility says gas line ruptured in area of San Bruno fire; at least 1 dead. A massive explosion sent flames roaring through a neighborhood in the hills south of San Francisco on Thursday night, destroying more than 50 homes, leaving at least one person dead and injuring dozens.

U.S. Military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell Policy Ruled Unconstitutional
The “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy allowing gays and lesbians to serve in the U.S. military since 1993 violates constitutionally protected due process and free speech rights, a federal judge in California ruled. U.S. District Judge Virginia A. Phillips in Riverside yesterday ruled that the policy allowing gays and lesbians to serve in the armed forces as long as they don’t reveal their sexual orientation is unconstitutional. Log Cabin Republicans, the plaintiffs in the case, “demonstrated the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Act, on its face, violates the constitutional rights of its members,” Phillips wrote in her opinion. The group is entitled to “a judicial declaration to that effect and a permanent injunction barring further enforcement of the act.”

Homebuyer tax credit: 950,000 must repay
Nearly half of all Americans who claimed the first-time homebuyer tax credit on their 2009 tax returns will have to repay the government.
According to a report from the Inspector General for Tax Administration, released to the public Thursday, about 950,000 of the nearly 1.8 million Americans who claimed the tax credit on their 2009 tax returns will have to return the money. The confusion comes because homebuyers were eligible for two different credits, depending on when their homes were purchased. Comment: Instinctively, if the government is making a deal too good to be true, it typically is.

Gold Advances on Bangladeshi Bullion Purchase From IMF, Demand Speculation
Bangladesh’s central bank bought the metal for about $403 million based on market prices prevailing on Sept. 7, the IMF said yesterday. Gold, trading 1.3 percent below a record, fell the most in six weeks yesterday. Bullion is headed for a sixth weekly gain, the longest winning streak since September 2007. It usually moves inversely to the dollar, which was set for the biggest weekly gain in a month versus the euro.

Biggest Earners Lose Cost of New BMW After Bush Tax Cuts Expire Next Year
“If we want to get really scary we go to 2013,” said Peguero. Starting that year, there will be a 3.8 percent additional tax on unearned income such as capital gains and dividends, to help fund health reform Congress passed in March.

What Deleveraging Looks Like: Consumer Spending Declines Again in August
This is what happens when you have a gigantic debt pile weighing down your back.

Jobless Claims: Watch the Birdie!
In the week ending Sept. 4, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 451,000, a decrease of 27,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 478,000. The 4-week moving average was 477,750, a decrease of 9,250 from the previous week's revised average of 487,000.

Global Economic Collapse Risk Level
This item focuses on the asset side of the global banking system which is still awash with garbage loans however reduced.

Gimme Back My Bullets
Working through the backdoor, radical leftist groups, the administration, the EPA and Regulatory Czar Cass Sunstein are carefully designing regulations to control the use of lead in products.

Economists Cut US Growth Forecast Again
Projected U.S. economic growth for the rest of this year and next was revised down for a third month in a row by a panel of about 50 economists.

US Appeals Court Dismisses Suit Against Firm in 'Extraordinary Rendition' Case
A closely divided federal appeals court in San Francisco has dismissed a lawsuit seeking damages from a private company that worked with the CIA as part of its "extraordinary rendition" program.

Was the BP Disaster Created in Order to Turn the Gulf Into an Algae Farm?
I for one, do not believe one bit of what I am told by the mainstream media, government officials, heads of states, or any mega-corporation, among a host of others.

1,270 Architects/Engineers Reveal Hard Evidence of Explosive Demolition at World Trade Center on 9/11
WASHINGTON, Sept. 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Thursday September 9, 2010, Gravel and Gage will host a central press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, presenting hard evidence that all three WTC skyscrapers on September 11, 2001, in NYC were destroyed by explosive controlled demolition.

Breitbart TV - Google Introduces 'Instant Search'

Afghans Protest Quran Burning Plan, Torch US Flag
KABUL, Afghanistan – Hundreds of angry Afghans burned a U.S. flag and chanted "Death to the Christians" on Thursday to protest plans by a small American church to torch copies of the Muslim holy book on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

Treasury's Tumble Following Weak 30 Year Sale
This week's government debt sale ended on a sour note, with investors unfriendly toward a sale of long bonds.

Appeals Court Blocks Pa. Town's Immigration Law
ALLENTOWN, Pa. – A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that Hazleton, Pa., may not enforce its crackdown on illegal immigrants, dealing another blow to 4-year-old regulations that inspired similar measures around the country.

Tri-C Students Recruited to Fill the Seats for Obama's Appearance
PARMA, Ohio – With less than an hour before President Obama's scheduled speech, 75 seats remained empty in the recreation center at Cuyahoga Community College's Western Campus.

Website Pulled on US Church That Wants to Burn Korans
GAINESVILLE, Florida — The small Florida church that has sparked global outrage with its plan to hold a Koran-burning event had its website pulled from the Internet on Thursday by its host.

Nine States Did Not File Initial Claims Data Due to Labor Day, Hundreds of Thousands of Estimates In Data 'Beat'
The BLS has announced that as a result of the Labor Day weekend, 9 states (among which the biggest one California) did not report initial claims data to the bean counters, so instead the government had to "estimate" what the data would have been: yep, estimate, what the data was in these nine states.

US Loses Ground in Competitiveness Report
BEIJING — The U.S. has slipped down the ranks of competitive economies, falling behind Sweden and Singapore due to huge deficits and pessimism about government, a global economic group said Thursday.

Obama Added More to National Debt in First 19 Months Than All Presidents From Washington Through Reagan Combined, Says Gov't Data
In the first 19 months of the Obama administration, the federal debt held by the public increased by $2.5260 trillion, which is more than the cumulative total of the national debt held by the public that was amassed by all U.S. presidents from George Washington through Ronald Reagan.

Another Bank? President Obama Pushing National Infrastructure Bank
President Obama today in Ohio is touting a trio of economic proposals, including a $50 billion plan to improve the nation's transportation system and in doing so, create jobs to boost the country's sluggish economic recovery.

Censored Gulf News: Mutating Viruses, Mandatory Vaccines Loom
Gulf Blue Plague is evolving biologically into a petrochemical-military-industrial-complex (PMIC) chemically induced breeding ground for mutating viruses making New World Order's mandatory vaccines easier to justify on an unwitting public. Vaccines are considered by many scientists and medical professional as weapons of mass destruction.

FDA Censorship of Nutritional Science Threatens Health of All Americans
Concerned about breast cancer? There are three nutrients that virtually eliminate your risk of the disease, even if you carry "breast cancer genes."

Proof That Organic Farms Really do Benefit People and the Planet
Who hasn't heard the argument that organic food isn't better than produce grown with chemical fertilizers and pesticides -- it's just more expensive?

Popular Bone Drugs Cancer Risk
A new study out of the U.K. has found that taking popular osteoporosis and bone drugs like Boniva (ibandronate), Fosamax (alendronate) and Actonel (risedronate), doubles a person's risk of developing esophageal cancer.

Arizona Indian Tribe Wins Genetic Piracy Case Against University Scientists
Arizona State University (ASU) has agreed to pay $700,000 to settle a lawsuit by an indigenous tribe claiming that the university misused its members' genetic material.

China, Russia Start Pushing Dollar Out of Trade 'Within Weeks'
China and Russia plan to start trading in each other's currencies as the world's second-biggest energy consumer and the largest energy supplier seek to diminish the dollar's role in global trade.

Today In History Thursday September 9, 2010
1836 - Abraham Lincoln received his license to practice law.
1850 - California became the 31st state to join the union.
1890 - Harland Sanders was born. He was the founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken.
1893 - U.S. President Grover Cleveland's wife gave birth to a daughter, Esther. It was the first time a president's child was born in the White House.
1904 - Mounted police were used for the first time in the City of New York.
1926 - The National Broadcasting Company (NBC) was created by the Radio Corporation of America (RCA).
1942 - Japan dropped incendiaries over Oregon in an attempt to set fire to the forests in Oregon and Washington. The forest did not ignite.
1943 - During World War II Allied forces landed at Taranto and Salerno.
1948 - North Korea became the People's Democratic Republic of Korea.
1957 - The first civil rights bill to pass Congress since Reconstruction was signed into law by U.S. President Eisenhower.
1965 - French President Charles de Gaulle announced that France was withdrawing from NATO to protest the domination of the U.S. in the organization.
1971 - Inmates seized control of the Attica Correctional Facility near Buffalo, NY. Nine prisoners were held hostage and died along with their 32 captors when the prison was stormed four days later.
1976 - Communist Chinese leader Mao Tse-tung died at the age of 82.
1981 - Nicaragua declared a state of economic emergency and banned strikes.
1983 - The Soviet Union announced that the Korean jetliner the was shot down on September 1, 1983 was not an accident or an error.
1986 - Frank Reed was taken hostage in Lebanon by pro-Iranian kidnappers. The director of a private school in Lebanon was released 44 months later.
1986 - Gennadiy Zakharov was indicted by a New York jury on espionage charges. Zakharov was a Soviet United Nations employee.
1990 - Liberian President Samuel K. Doe was captured and killed by rebels.
1993 - Israeli and PLO leaders agreed to recognize each other.
1993 - Former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos was buried in his homeland. The event occurred about four years after his death in exile.
1994 - The U.S. agreed to accept about 20,000 Cuban immigrants a year. This was in return for Cuba's promise to halt the flight of refugees.
1994 - Los Angeles prosecutors announced that they would not seek the death penalty against O.J. Simpson.
1994 - The space shuttle Discovery blasted off on an 11-day mission.
1998 - Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr delivered to the U.S. Congress 36 boxes of material concerning his investigation of U.S. President Clinton.
1999 - At least 93 people were killed when a bomb exploded in an apartment building in Moscow, Russia.
1999 - The Sega Dreamcast game system went on sale. By 1:00pm all Toys R Us locations in the U.S. had sold out.
2008 - The iTunes Music Store reached 100 million applications downloaded.
2009 - The iTunes Music Store reached 1.8 billion applications downloaded.

Six Months to Go Until The Largest Tax Hikes in History
In just six months, the largest tax hikes in the history of America will take effect. They will hit families and small businesses in three great waves on January 1, 2011.

Jimmy Walter: September 11 video from 2004 is now up on YouTube in 5 languages

Goldman Sachs Fined $27 Million by U.K. for Not Reporting Probe
Goldman Sachs Group Inc.’s London unit was fined 17.5 million pounds ($27 million) for failing to notify the U.K.’s financial regulator about a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission investigation. Goldman Sachs agreed to pay $550 million in July to settle the SEC’s fraud lawsuit over how it marketed a collateralized debt obligation.

With Richard Daley's Retirement, Rahm Emanuel Could Run for Chicago Mayor
White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel has made no secret of his desire to run for mayor of Chicago one day, saying as recently as April that becoming chief executive of his home town had "always been an aspiration."

Boeing's Jeppesen Unit Wins Dismissal of Lawsuit Alleging Torture Flights
A lawsuit alleging a Boeing Co. unit disguised the delivery of suspected terrorists to secret prisons where they were tortured was dismissed by a U.S. appeals court. An 11-judge panel of a San Francisco-based appeals court overruled a finding by a three-judge panel that a lower-court judge was wrong to dismiss the case based on government claims that the litigation might reveal state secrets.Today’s ruling marks a victory for the Obama administration, which relied on the same arguments that former President George W. Bush’s Justice Department put forth after the case was filed in 2007.
Comment: Different leaders, same agendas.

Police Fire At Least 2 Volleys of Non-Lethal Projectiles During Protest Over Police Shooting
Los Angeles police Tuesday night fired at least two volleys of nonlethal projectiles at crowds near 6th Street and Union Avenue in Westlake as people protested the fatal shooting of a man who officers said was threatening them and passersby with a switch-blade Sunday afternoon.

Jim Rogers: Pushing the Problem to the Future, the Fed's Answer to an Economy in Trouble
Legendary global investor and chairman of Singapore-based Rogers Holdings, Jim Rogers said economies in trouble should be allowed to go under, like bad companies.

50 Mind Blowing Facts About America That Our Founding Fathers Never Would Have Believed
Needless to say, our founders would certainly not understand many of our institutions or many of the advanced technologies that we have today. But without a doubt they would be able to grasp how far we have fallen as a nation and how far we have strayed from the fundamental principles that they enshrined in our founding documents. The United States is a much different place today than it was in 1776, and unfortunately many of the changes have been for the worse.

Airport `Naked Image' Scanners May Get Privacy Upgrades
The upgrades don’t resolve privacy questions, said Rotenberg, whose Washington-based group objects to the use of the devices as a primary screening tool. The agency may someday decide it wanted to record passenger images or link scan results to traveler names, he said. “Over time there’s every reason to believe TSA would want to know the identities of passengers, because it would make threat detection more informed,” Rotenberg said. Powell said she will continue to allow extra time before her flights to find the line that won’t force her to walk through the body scanners, even if they are upgraded. The devices are still capable of transmitting and storing images, she said, and that “is scary.”

US Mint Running Out of Silver (and Excuses)
On June 25, 2002, this bill passed the house by a count of 417 Ayes to 1 No (16 Abstain) and moved onto the Senate as S. 2594 [107th]: Support of American Eagle Silver Bullion Program Act. However, the Senate referred this legislation to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, where it has since remained, and has never been signed into law. So where does that leave the situation? It apparently leaves us with an ambiguous law that is open to interpretation by the only party with the authority to make one - the Treasury Department.

VIDEO: EPA Senior Policy Analyst Hugh Kaufman Blows the Whistle on the EPA for Allowing BP to Poison the Gulf

Should You Buy a House Now?
Weighing in on the “wait a bit longer” side of the argument is the large inventory of homes. And while that inventory is high, it is likely understated due to the shadow inventory of houses owned by fed-up sellers who have pulled their homes off the market in order to rent them and offset some of their carrying costs while waiting for better days. In addition, there are millions of houses that are either in foreclosure or will be before too long, adding to the inventory.

Geithner Says China Needs to Let Market Drive Up Yuan
U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner said China must let the yuan rise more quickly to show trading partners that it’s following through on its promises. “Frankly they haven’t let the currency move very much so far,” Geithner said yesterday in an interview on Bloomberg Television in Washington. “They know they’re just at the beginning of that process and I think we’d like to see them move more quickly.” Comment: It's pretty arrogant to think that the debtor should dictate what the debt holder should do.

Liberty News: Forget about organizing to fight a proposed “Cap and Trade” bill that will continue to destroy America’s manufacturing base.

Confiscation of Private Retirement Accounts: US Departments of Labor and Treasury Schedule Hearing
It lists the agenda for the joint hearings being held with the Department of Treasury September 14-15, 2010 on what is euphemistically called “lifetime income options for retirement plans.”

Special Report: The Tea Party goes to school
Some Tea Partiers admit mistakes were made. Others are quick to describe the movement's recent efforts in the political arena as not quite ready for prime time.But the conservative upstart is determined to shed its amateur status. To that end, members are literally going to school. They are taking part in training sessions, some of which are underwritten by established conservative groups like American Majority, the Leadership Institute and Americans for Prosperity.

Texas Appeals Court Denies Sovereign Citizen Defense
It is not a defense to a speeding ticket to claim that you are sovereign, the Texas Court of Appeals ruled last month. Austin Police Officer Tammy Barrett had pulled over Justin Wayne Gray after he passed through a school zone while allegedly driving 44 MPH in a 20 zone on December 4, 2008. When Barrett asked Gray for his license and registration, his response was unusual.

Petraeus Seeks More Troops for Afghanistan
Remember when the Bush Administration announced its Afghan War escalation in late 2008?

Obama to Propose Business Tax Relief, $50 Billion Spending
President Barack Obama proposed spending at least $50 billion to rehabilitate the nation’s transportation infrastructure to help spur an economy that’s lost jobs for three straight months.

Taser-Related Deaths in US Accelerating
The rate of deaths in Taser-related incidents is rising as police forces increasingly adapt the conducted energy weapons, a Raw Story analysis finds.

Commuters Walloped by Strikes in France, London
Public transit ground to a halt across France and on the London Tube on Tuesday, with tourists and commuters bearing the brunt of a wave of discontent over government austerity measures.

Los Angeles School Named After Al Gore
He's the first vice president to have an L.A. school named after him, sharing the honor with author Rachel Carson. Fittingly, the campus will be devoted to environmental themes. But there's a catch.

Stocks Rise to Four-Week High, Bonds Rebound, Metals Up
Global stocks rose to a four-week high and industrial metals rallied amid growing optimism about the prospects for economic growth. European bonds rebounded from three days of losses.

MILITARY JUDGE Says Evidence Could be an 'Embarrassment' to BHO
Lakin “not only has a right to follow his personal convictions under the Constitution, he has a duty,” Moore said. “And if the authority running the efforts of the war is not a citizen in violation of the Constitution, the order is unlawful.”

Bee Decline Already Having Dramatic Effect on Pollination of Plants
Researchers have found that pollination levels of some plants have dropped by up to 50 per cent in the last two decades.

Chris Dodd's Last Act: 'Control the People'
Alarms are being raised over what probably is retiring Sen. Christopher Dodd's last major piece of legislation – the Livable Communities Act, which has been approved by the Senate Banking Committee and now is heading to the Senate floor – for its likely U.N. inspiration and goal of controlling people.

Florida Minister: Sept 11 Quran Burning Still Planned
The leader of a small Florida church that espouses anti-Islam philosophy said Wednesday he was determined to go through with his plan to burn copies of the Quran on Sept. 11, despite pressure from the White House, religious leaders and others to call it off.

Obama Is Against a Compromise on Bush Tax Cuts
President Obama on Wednesday will make clear that he opposes any compromise that would extend the Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy beyond this year, officials said, adding a populist twist to an election-season economic package that is otherwise designed to entice support from big businesses and their Republican allies.

HIV Tests a Farce? False HIV Positives Produced by Western Blot Tests
Did you or someone you know test positive for HIV?

Successful Low-Carb Dieting Requires the Right Type of Protein
Getting protein from the right sources is the key to healthy, low-carbohydrate diet programs, suggests a new Nurses' Health study.

Cows Are Pumped on Drugs
Writing in the New York Times, former FDA Commissioner Donald Kennedy warns that the widespread use of antibiotics in livestock is a major threat to human health.

Farmer's 24 hour milk filling station a hit
A German dairy farmer has come up with a novel way to drum up new business -- he opened a "milk filling station." The "Milchtankstelle" near Cologne in the town of Neunkirchen-Seelscheid dispenses the output of 78 cows from a stainless steel vending machine. Customers can either bring their own empty containers or buy milk bottles to fill up.

Grapefruit Compound Could Treat Diabetes, Lower Cholesterol and Produce Atkins Diet Benefits Without Dieting
Big Pharma has been doggedly searching for drugs that target a group of nuclear receptor proteins in the human body known by the long title of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors (PPARs, for short).

Fidel Castro says Cuban model no longer works
Jeffrey Goldberg, a writer for the Atlantic Monthly magazine, wrote in a blog that he asked Castro, 84, if Cuba's model -- Soviet-style communism
-- was still worth exporting to other countries and he replied, "The Cuban model doesn't even work for us anymore." Goldberg said Julia Sweig, a Cuba expert at the Council on Foreign Relations think tank in Washington who accompanied him to Havana, believed Castro's words reflected an acknowledgment that "the state has too big a role in the economic life of the country." Comment: How interesting that the CFR is "right there".

Today In History Wednesday September 8, 2010
1866 - The first recorded birth of sextuplets took place in Chicago, IL. The parents were James and Jennie Bushnell.
1892 - An early version of "The Pledge of Allegiance" appeared in "The Youth's Companion."
1893 - In New Zealand, the Electoral Act 1893 was passed by the Legislative Council. It was consented by the governor on September 19 giving all women in New Zealand the right to vote.
1900 - Galveston, TX, was hit by a hurricane that killed about 6,000 people.
1934 - A fire aboard the liner Morro Castle off the New Jersey coast killed 134 people.
1935 - U.S. Senator Huey P. Long, "The Kingfish" of Louisiana politics, was shot and mortally wounded. He died two days later.
1945 - In Washington, DC, a bus equipped with a two-way radio was put into service for the first time.
1945 - Bess Myerson of New York was crowned Miss America. She was the first Jewish contestant to win the title.
1951 - A peace treaty with Japan was signed by 48 other nations in San Francisco, CA.
1952 - The Ernest Hemingway novel "The Old Man and the Sea" was published.
1960 - NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL, was dedicated by U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
1971 - In Washington, DC, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts was inaugurated. The opening featured the premiere of Leonard Bernstein's "Mass."
1974 - U.S. President Ford granted an unconditional pardon to former U.S. President Nixon.
1975 - In Boston, MA, public schools began their court-ordered citywide busing program amid scattered incidents of violence.
1986 - Herschel Walker made his start in the National Football League (NFL) after leaving the New Jersey Generals of the USFL.
1994 - 132 people were killed when A USAir Boeing 737 crashed as it was approaching Pittsburgh International Airport.
1997 - America Online acquired CompuServe.
1997 - The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the conviction of Timothy McVeigh for his role in the bombing of a federal building in Oklahoma City, OK.
1999 - Russia's Mission Control switched off the Mir space station's central computer and other systems to save energy during a planned six months of unmanned flights.
1999 - U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno named former U.S. Senator John Danforth to head an independent investigation into the 1993 fire at the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, TX.
2008 - Troubled mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were placed in government conservatorship.

2 Thoughts for The Day by our friend Mike Tawse in the UK:
* Confidence Is A Delicate Flower
 * A Creative Mind

What Chronic Disease Have You Been Labeled With?
There are an extraordinary number of citizens being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, Lupus, ALS, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Alzheimers, Bipolar Depression, Fibromyalgia, Parkinson's...and the list goes on. I do not believe that this epidemic of diseases is naturally occurring. More and more disease labels are being invented for conditions that may be variations of only several causes. Each person may present with a slightly different symptom complex according to genetic factors, past bodily insults, or what coinfections one may harbor. Many independent researchers feel that these so called separate diseases, have common infectious causes.

US Government to spend Billions to Help Big Pharma Produce Flu Vaccines Faster
Federal health officials are pushing hard this year to convince everyone to get the flu shot, but according to reports, this will only be possible if drug companies are able to produce the vaccines quicker than they did last year.

Man Sets House on Fire, Dies In It, After Losing Home to Homeowner's Association
Feuds between homeowners and homeowners' associations can get pretty intense, as BoingBoing pointed out twice last week.

Doomsday Scenario: Food Prices to Shoot Through the Roof
The worst weather on record coupled with the practice of speculation in the commodities markets are set to send food prices skyrocketing, bringing misery and starvation to large swathes of the world’s population. Are we set to see food riots this winter? In the USA, Walmart has already announced a price hike of 5.8% on average for a 31-item basic basket for this Autumn. The long-term rise, however, is far more frightening, with the UNO predicting an increase of 60 per cent by 2030.

Taser-related deaths in US accelerating
The rate of deaths in Taser-related incidents is rising as police forces increasingly adapt the conducted energy weapons, a Raw Story analysis finds.

1938 in 2010
Now, we weren’t supposed to find ourselves replaying the late 1930s. President Obama’s economists promised not to repeat the mistakes of 1937, when F.D.R. pulled back fiscal stimulus too soon. But by making his program too small and too short-lived, Mr. Obama did just that: the stimulus raised growth while it lasted, but it made only a small dent in unemployment — and now it’s fading out. And just as some of us feared, the inadequacy of the administration’s initial economic plan has landed it — and the nation — in a political trap. More stimulus is desperately needed, but in the public’s eyes the failure of the initial program to deliver a convincing recovery has discredited government action to create jobs. In short, welcome to 1938.

Non-stick cookware may boost cholesterol says study
Exposure to chemicals used to make non-stick cookware and which are found in microwave popcorn may raise blood cholesterol levels in children, a study says.

UN Watchdog Says Iran Boosts Nuclear Work
Iran is pushing ahead with its nuclear program in defiance of tougher sanctions and is hampering the U.N. atom watchdog's work by barring some inspectors, the IAEA says in a new report.

School Reform's Meager Results
As 56 million children return to the nation's 133,000 elementary and secondary schools, the promise of "reform" is again in the air.

Israeli FM Doubts Peace Possibility
Israel's foreign minister has been quoted by the country's army radio as saying he believes that peace with the Palestinians is unattainable in a year or "during the next generation".

Court Ruling Cuts Federal Embryonic Stem Cell Research Funding
The National Institutes of Health ordered its scientists Monday to shut down their research on human embryonic stem cells, in response to the temporary injunction issued in a U.S. district court halting federal funding of such studies.

Ron Paul Questions Whether There's Gold at Ft. Knox
Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) said he plans to introduce legislation next year to force an audit of U.S. holdings of gold.

Blackwater's Shell Companies Won Millions in Secret Contracts
According to the Senate Armed Services Committee, Blackwater has created 31 shell companies in order to win military and CIA contracts without revealing its notorious name.

Chemtrails are Geoengineering the Planet to Save Us All! More Head in Clouds Psuedo Science
One of hundreds of chemtrails pictures taken outside my home!

Petraeus Condemns US Church's Plan to Burn the Qurans
KABUL—The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan said the planned burning of Qurans on Sept. 11 by a small Florida church could put the lives of American troops in danger and damage
the war effort.

Obama Assails GOP, Promises New Jobs Program
A combative President Barack Obama rolled out a long-term jobs program Monday that would exceed $50 billion to rebuild roads, railways and runways, and coupled it with a blunt campaign-season assault on Republicans for causing Americans' hard economic times.

Nation's Economic Woes Jeopardize Dem's Prospects
Frustrated, discouraged and just plain mad, a lot of people who have lost jobs - or know someone who has - now want to see the names of Democrats on pink slips. And that's jeopardizing the party's chances in Ohio and all across the country in November's elections.

Dangerous Defeatism is Taking Hold Among America's Economic Elite
Goldilocks has played a trick on America. Growth is not warm enough to prevent hard-core unemployment climbing to post-war highs and sticking at levels that corrode the body politic, but not yet cold enough to overcome the fierce resistance of the Fed's regional hawks for a fresh blast
of stimulus.

Globalist Soros Launches Frontal Assault Against Tea Party
Soros and the foundation left have launched a website designed to go after the growing Tea Party movement. will post video interviews and blog entries gathered by folks on the false left who never grow weary of demonstrating their outrage over the very idea of a grassroots political effort overthrowing establishment Democrats and Republicans in the district of corporate criminals.

Rasmussen: Generic Congressional Ballot
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 48% of Likely Voters would vote for their district's Republican congressional candidate, while 36% would opt for his or her Democratic opponent.

Muslims Protest Plans to Burn Quran
JAKARTA, Indonesia — Thousands of Indonesian Muslims are rallying outside the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta to denounce a Florida church's plan to burn copies of the Quran on Sept. 11.

Afghans Protest US Church's Plans to Torch Quran
Several hundred Afghans chanting "Death to America" rallied outside a mosque in the Afghan capital on Monday to protest against an American church's plan to burn a copy of the Koran on the anniversary of the September 11 attacks.

Hit on Iran Would Spell Israeli's 'Eradication'
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad ruled out an attack on the Islamic republic over its nuclear programme, during a visit to Qatar on Sunday, because any such action would result in Israel's destruction.

NZ Quake May Be Series Warning
History suggests Saturday's destructive 7.1 Canterbury earthquake could be a trigger for a series of major earthquakes which New Zealand must prepare for, scientists say.

In the Age of Bedbugs, Other Bugs Pose Wider Threat
You have perhaps heard about the bugs. In fact, it’s hard to turn on the television or read a newspaper without hearing more about bedbugs.

Gender Bender Chemical Atrazine
Emerging research increasingly indicates that the U.S. water supply is widely contaminated with the endocrine disrupting chemical atrazine, but that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking almost no action on the threat.

Today In History Tuesday September 7, 2010
1813 - The nickname "Uncle Sam" was first used as a symbolic reference to the United States. It appeared in an editorial in the New York's Troy Post.
1822 - Brazil declared its independence from Portugal.
1880 - George Ligowsky was granted a patent for his device that threw clay pigeons for trapshooters.
1888 - Edith Eleanor McLean became the first baby to be placed in an incubator.
1896 - A.H. Whiting won the first automobile race held on a racetrack. The race was held in Cranston, RI.
1927 - Philo T. Farnsworth succeeded in transmitting an image through purely electronic means by using an image dissector.
1930 - The cartoon "Blondie" made its first appearance in the comic strips.
1940 - London received its initial rain of bombs from Nazi Germany during World War II.
1942 - During World War II, the Russian army counter attacked the German troops outside the city of Stalingrad.
1963 - The National Professional Football Hall of Fame was dedicated in Canton, OH.
1977 - The Panama Canal treaties were signed by U.S. President Carter and General Omar Torrijos Herrera. The treaties called for the U.S. to turn over control of the canal's waterway to Panama in the year 2000.
1977 - G. Gordon Liddy was released from prison. He had been incarcerated for more than four years for his involvement in the Watergate conspiracy.
1979 - ESPN, the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, made its debut on cable TV.
1983 - In Ireland, voters approved a constitutional amendment that banned abortion.
1984 - American Express Co. issued the first of its Platinum charge cards.
1989 - Legislation was approved by the U.S. Senate that prohibited discrimination against the handicapped in employment, public accommodations, transportation and communications.
1995 - U.S. Senator Bob Packwood announced that he would resign after 27 years in the Senate.
1999 - The White House announced that 12 jailed members of the Puerto Rican independence group Armed Forces of National Liberation had accepted a clemency offer proposed by U.S. President Clinton.
1999 - Viacom Inc. announced that it had plans to buy CBS Corp.
2001 - Barry Bonds (San Francisco Giants) became the only the fifth player in major league baseball history to hit 60 home runs in a season.

TEEN: Security Told Me To Remove U.S. Flags
A high school student in Northglenn is upset that campus security told him to remove the large American flags flying from his pickup truck because it might make others uncomfortable.

1 in 88 Children With Autism/ASD In Military Families

VA and Homeland Security Sharing Information RE: Guns?
Is the Dept. of Veterans Affairs (VA) Sharing Info with Homeland Security? Anecdotes coming in say 'Yes,' and gun permits are a target.

Arsenic found in Utah kids' pee traced to their pet chickens' feed
The Utah Department of Health tracked worrisome levels of arsenic in two kids' urine to the family's backyard chicken coop, reports Judy Fahys in the Salt Lake Tribune.  More specifically, to the arsenic-based additive called roxarsone that (along with others) is commonly used in animal feed, and that somehow wound up in the eggs from those chickens. The kids were eagerly eating a dozen eggs or so a week each from their hens.

Oval Office rug gets history wrong
The president's office underwent a makeover while the Obamas were vacationing. The changes pay tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. and four previous commanders in chief. A mistake has been made in the Oval Office makeover that goes beyond the beige. Read More...

Indonesian Muslims Protest Plans to Burn Quran
Thousands of Indonesian Muslims are rallying outside the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta to denounce a Florida church's plan to burn copies of the Quran on Sept. 11.

Obama wants another $50 billion - But don't call it a stimulus package!
The Obama administration argues that 300,000 teachers could be laid off without $50 billion in federal help. But it is shying away from calling it a stimulus package.

Retired Air Force Lieutenant General Thomas McInerney has supplied an affidavit in support of Army Lieutenant Colonel Terrence Lakin, who faces trial on October 13-15. The retired Air Force three-star is the highest ranking officer yet to lend public support to LTC Lakin. His affidavit acknowledges widespread concerns over the President's Constitutional eligibility and demands the President release his birth records or the court authorize discovery.
* Read Lieutenant General Thomas McInerney's Affidavit [PDF]

VIDEO: Charles Nenner Sees Dow Falling to 5000 in Two Years
Note: This is coming from someone with 12 years at Goldman Sachs.

Fundamental and technical factors for gold are now in total harmony and gold is entering a virtuous circle that will drive the price up at its fastest pace since this bull market started in 1999.

Gold holds near $1,250 as firm dollar caps gains

Cherry-Flavored Malaria Drug Wins Taste Test in Novartis Study
Forty-eight healthy children between the ages of 7 and 10 years in Tanzania who sampled a dissolvable form of the drug rated the cherry version highest among the three flavors, according to a study in Malaria Journal. The cherry-flavored powder will now be tested in a larger trial among malaria- infected children in Africa, where children under 5 account for most deaths caused by the disease.

Graham, Tea Party square off
U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham began his meeting with the Charleston Tea Party by asking members of the news media to leave. Graham reiterated Thursday morning in an interview on WTMA-AM that he wanted the meeting closed to the media because some Tea Party members might not have felt as comfortable participating. "Some people don't want to be on the front page of the newspaper or on TV asking a question or giving me a piece of their mind," he said. Comment: Certainly, Graham still feels the need to control the media spin about himself.

Islamic Child Horror
Watch this horror. Then ask yourself what kind of society watches this on television and supports this behavior. I do not think it is possible for an Islamic apologist to sweeten this. One certainly could not make this up.

Major Human Trafficker is Huge GOP Donor Who Fought Illegal Immigration
A business owner indicted for the human trafficking of 400 laborers from Thailand is a frequent donor to the Republican Party and recently waged war against other companies involved with hiring illegal immigrants.

Seattle Police Shoot and Kill Whittling Man
The Seattle police have another controversial shooting on their hands. In this case a man was sitting on a fence and whittling what looked like a wooden doll’s head. A police officer stopped and demanded to know what he was doing. According to an eyewitness, the man stood up and walked toward the officer despite demands that he stop. He was then shot and killed about 4:15 p.m. A witness Court Roberson said that he witnessed the police shoot the man four or five times.

Pentagon Declined to Investigate Hundreds of Purchases of Child Pornography
A 2006 Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigation into the purchase of child pornography online turned up more than 250 civilian and military employees of the Defense Department -- including some with the highest available security clearance -- who used credit cards or PayPal to purchase images of children in sexual situations. But the Pentagon investigated only a handful of the cases, Defense Department records show.

Analysts: Iraq War 'Partly to Blame' for Financial Crisis
Stiglitz and Bilmes: Recession will be longer because of war.

Does Congress get Social Security?
Contrary to a slew of Internet rumors, members of Congress do pay into Social Security and do so at the same amounts as they would if they were employed in the private sector.

The Stunning New Global Regulations That Will Put More Money in the Hands of Government and the Power Elite
Governments like to operate deep in complex technical details, when they are up to really no good. Few in the general public understand or pay attention to complex technical details of obscure regulatory moves, though those moves can be highly damaging for a country's citizens.

Sellers Cut Prices on 50% of Homes
Homeowners are slashing prices more drastically and more frequently, according to recently released data from ZipRealty. The average price reduction is now 7.1 percent of list price.

Steve Goss's Bombshell - What Could It Mean?
I have written often on the status of SS. I also have some understanding of illegal aliens working in the US.

The Story of Obama: All in the Company - Part V
In this, the last of a five-part series on how Barack Obama, Jr. is a creation of the Central Intelligence Agency, WMR delves into the behavior modification, creative leadership, and phenomenological research programs that were at full throttle while Obama was an employee of CIA front Business International Corporation (BIC).

The Loss of One Small Dairy Farm
Our country was founded on agriculture. With vast land to be settled and tamed, farming was originally seen as the most noble of professions.

New Obama/Soetoro Executive Order - Court Martials
Ltc. Terry Lakin is under going court martial proceedings for challenging Obama/Soetoro's eligibility.

Obama Calling for More Infrastructure Spending
Vowing to find new ways to stimulate the sputtering economy, President Barack Obama will call for long-term investments in the nation's roads, railways and runways that would cost at least $50 billion.

Despite Formal Combat End, US Joins Baghdad Battle
Days after the U.S. officially ended combat operations and touted Iraq's ability to defend itself, American troops found themselves battling heavily armed militants assaulting an Iraqi military headquarters in the center of Baghdad on Sunday.

Subliminal Sex Messages and Pornography in Advertising and Cartoons
Our senses are being bombarded with enormous amounts of information. Only a small part of it reaches our consciousness. However, our subconscious mind absorbs it all.

International Banking Grows for 'Robin Hood Tax' on Banks
European Union finance ministers will step up talks on raising extra money from banks this week amid signs that the International Monetary Fund is softening its opposition to a "Robin Hood tax" on financial transactions.

Fed's Bernake Doesn't Know if Big Banks Will Get Reined In
Nearly two years after the collapse of Lehman Bros. caused chaos in world markets, regulators are getting new tools to rein in big banking risks and to shut down ailing financial firms

VIDEO: TOXIC RAIN Says NSF-Funded Geochemist
On September 1, National Geographic published a report, 'Could pollutants from the BP oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico end up as far north as New England?'

No Safe Harbor on Gulf Coast; Human Blood Tests Show Dangerous Levels of Toxic Exposure
Even as BP and US government officials continue to declare the oil spill over at Mississippi Canyon 252 and the cleanup operation an unqualified success, for the first time blood tests on sickened humans have shown signs of exposure to high levels of toxic chemicals related to crude oil and dispersants.

Gulf Stream and North Atlantic Current Dying Loop Current in Gulf of Mexico Already Dead
Our planet is experiencing a real life version of the movie "The Day After Tomorrow" right now. Record breaking heat (up to 39-40C or 100-104F in Moscow) and drought in Russia, heat and flooding in large parts of Asia (China, Pakistan, etc.), and killing cold temperatures in South America are all reflective of a rapidly changing global weather pattern that is caused by dramatic changes in the Gulf Stream and the North Atlantic Current (also called the North Atlantic Drift) and the Norway Current/etc. brought on by the large amounts of oil discharged into the Gulf of Mexico by the BP Oil Disaster.

Horrifying Environmental Impact of Non-Gulf Shrimp
Shrimp is the most popular seafood in the United States, with the average resident consuming 4.1 pounds per year.

Metal From Hip Replacements Could Cause Tumors
Metal hip replacements may cause soft tissue destruction and even tumors, the British health regulatory agency has warned.

Amino Acid L-Arginine Vital for Fighting, Preventing Infections
Researchers from the University of Alberta (UA) have made an interesting discovery about the way the body fights and prevents infections.

Johnson and Johnson Being Sued for Drug Conspiracy
Johnson & Johnson (J&J) is the subject of a California lawsuit alleging that the "family company" colluded with pharmaceutical consultant Omnicare to push its drugs on nursing home residents.

Today In History Friday September 3, 2010
1783 - The Revolutionary War between the U.S. and Great Britain ended with the Treaty of Paris.
1833 - The first successful penny newspaper in the U.S., "The New York Sun," was launched by Benjamin H. Day.
1838 - Frederick Douglass boarded a train in Maryland on his way to freedom from being a slave.
1895 - The first professional football game was played in Latrobe, PA. The Latrobe YMCA defeated the Jeannette Athletic Club 12-0.
1939 - British Prime Minister Chamberlain, in a radio broadcast, announced that Britain and France had declared war on Germany. Germany had invaded Poland on September 1.
1943 - Italy was invaded by the Allied forces during World War II.
1945 - Betty Hutton and Ted Briskin were married in Chicago's Drake Hotel.
1954 - "The Lone Ranger" was heard on radio for the final time after 2,956 episodes over a period of 21 years.
1966 - The television series "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" ended after 14 years.
1967 - Nguyen Van Thieu was elected president of South Vietnam under a new constitution.
1967 - In Sweden motorist stopped driving on the left side of the road and began driving on the right side.
1970 - Vince Lombardi died of cancer at the age of 57.
1976 - The U.S. spacecraft Viking 2 landed on Mars. The unmanned spacecraft took the first close-up, color photos of the planet's surface.
1981 - Egypt arrested more than 1,500 opponents of the government.
1986 - Peat Marwick International and Klynveld Main Goerdeler of the Netherlands agreed to merge and form the world’s largest accounting firm.
1989 - The U.S. began shipping military aircraft and weapons, worth $65 million, to Columbia in its fight against drug lords.
1989 - A Cubana de Aviacion jetliner crashed in Havana killing 126 people on the plane and 26 people on the ground.
1994 - Russia and China announced that they would no longer be targeting nuclear missiles or using force against each other.
1994 - In Alaska, two teenagers were exiled by an American Indian Tribal panel. The teenagers were sent to an uninhabited island for one year for beating and robbing a pizza deliveryman.
1999 - Mario Lemieux's ownership group officially took over the National Hockey League's Pittsburgh Penguins. Lemieux became the first player in the modern era of sports to buy the team he had once played for.

July unemployment up in about half of US cities
Many analysts worry the nation has entered a "growth recession," which occurs when the economy ekes out some growth but not enough to lower the unemployment rate.

Obama's Department of Justice Puts Out Master Patriot Hit List
The Department of Justice has fired a salvo in the war against patriotic Americans supporting the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

Kucinich Criticizes 'Privatization of War' After Obama's Speech
A leading congressional opponent of the Iraq war welcomed the formal end of US combat operations on Tuesday but warned of the increased reliance on private mercenaries.

Ex-Lehman CEO Says Feds Refused to Save Firm
The former chief of Lehman Brothers told a panel investigating the financial crisis that the Wall Street firm could have been rescued, but regulators refused to help even though they later bailed out other big banks.

Three Ways to Brace for a Double-Dip Recession: Going for the Gold
"There's nothing like holding a gold coin or gold bar in your hands. This is the oldest and most direct form of gold ownership," said Peter Krauth, a well-known commodities expert who is also the editor of the Global Resource Alert. "Bullion dealers are the easiest way for most investors to buy smaller quantities of gold. Do some homework to check them out before you buy." Most dealers charge premiums of about 3% to 6% above the "spot" price for physical gold. But you'll pay much more if you wait for the economy to tank before stocking up.

Heavy in dollars, China warns of depreciation
The Chinese government's currency reserves, the world's largest such stockpile at $2.45 trillion, are held roughly in line with what was described as the global average: 65 percent in dollars, 26 percent in euros, 5 percent in pounds and 3 percent in yen. The report in the China Securities Journal, an official newspaper, cited unnamed reserve managers. The allocation of Chinese foreign exchange reserves is considered to be a state secret, but analysts have long estimated that about two-thirds are invested in dollar assets.

FDA Looks to Curb Abuse of Cough Medicine
Federal health regulators are weighing restrictions on Robitussin, NyQuil and other cough suppressants to curb cases of abuse that send thousands of people to the hospital each year.

Bernanke Says He Wasn't `Straightforward' on Lehman
The bankruptcy intensified the worst financial crisis and recession since the Great Depression. Bernanke said today he had believed a Lehman failure would have been “catastrophic” and that the government, which was trying to arrange a private merger, had to do all it could to avert that outcome. “This is my bread and butter,” said Bernanke, who studied the Great Depression before joining the Fed as a governor in 2002.
Comment: If he studied the Great Depression, it certainly wasn't evident in his judgment.

Common bone drugs linked to esophageal cancer risk
People who take a commonly used class of osteoporosis drugs called bisphosphonates for more than five years may be doubling their risk of developing cancer of the gullet or esophagus, a British study found on Friday. Researchers who conducted the work said the results were worrying, but should not prompt doctors or patients to immediately change their practice on bisphosphonates, which are prescribed mainly to older people to help strengthen weak bones. Comment: We're concerned, but keep doing what you're doing?

S.510: Your Government Welcomes You to the New 'Nationalized Agriculture' System!
This is the new government run farming and ranching.

Chicago Climate Exchange Drops 50%, New Record Low
The only lower price than today’s closing price on a ton of carbon is ZERO

The Great Vanishing Oil Spill
Microbes may become the heroes of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill by gobbling up oil more rapidly than anyone expected. Now some experts suggest we ought to artificially stimulate such microbes in stricken marshland areas to aid their cleanup.

POLL: Unemployment Affects Three Out of Four Americans
Nearly three out of four Americans have been directly affected by the recession, either because they have been unemployed or know someone who has lost their job, according to a new survey.

Lobbyists Tie Brewer Administration To Private Prisons
PHOENIX, Ariz. -- Gov. Jan Brewer took center stage last Tuesday night after she officially clenched the Republican nomination. Standing just behind her was a man most Arizonans would not recognize.

The US Path to Collapse
The Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission today held hearings with former Lehman Brothers Chairman Dick Fuld. They are trying to figure out why Lehman Brothers was allowed to collapse, with the belief that the failure of Lehman Brothers caused the financial crisis of 2008.

Financial Depression Spreads Among Seniors
President Obama has U.S. taxpayers paying billions to meet the costly payrolls of 50,000 troops and 190,000 contractors in Iraq while 20-million-plus jobless are looking for work in USA and can't find it.

Environmental Militant James Lee Shot and Killed After Taking Hostages at Discovery Channel Headquarters
A radical environmentalist who took three hostages at the Discovery Channel headquarters while wearing what police may be explosives was shot and killed by officers, police said.

International Center for 9/11 Studies Secures Release of Thousands Photos and Videos From NIST
The International Center for 9/11 Studies has secured the release of hundreds of hours of video footage and tens of thousands of photographs used by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for its investigation of the collapse of the World Trade Center Twin Towers and Building 7.

China Requires ID to Buy Mobile Phone Numbers
BEIJING – China wants people who buy new cell phone numbers to register their personal details, joining many European and Asian countries in curbing the anonymous use of mobile technology.

Island Evacuations Start as Earl Nears East Coast
NAGS HEAD, N.C. – Hurricane Earl steamed toward the Eastern Seaboard early Thursday as communities from North Carolina to New England kept a close eye on the forecast, worried that even a slight shift in the storm's predicted offshore track could put millions of people in the most densely populated part of the country in harm's way.

US Forces Still in Fight at End of Combat Mission
HAWIJA, Iraq — Even as President Barack Obama was announcing the end of combat in Iraq, American soldiers were sealing off a northern village early Wednesday as their Iraqi partners raided houses and arrested dozens of suspected insurgents.

Mideast Tensions Rise as Peace Summit Begins
Rising tensions in the Mideast cast a shadow over the start of the first direct Israeli-Palestinian peace talks in nearly two years Wednesday, and leaders at the Washington summit vowed to press on with negotiations.

Signs in Arizona Warn of Smuggler Dangers
The federal government has posted signs along a major interstate highway in Arizona, more than 100 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border, warning travelers the area is unsafe because of drug and alien smugglers, and a local sheriff says Mexican drug cartels now control some parts of the state.

Arizona Now Has 'Whopping 30 National Guard Troops and 15 Billboard Signs Warning Citizens About Drug Cartels Operating on Public Lands
Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu said requests by Arizona law enforcement personnel and Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) for 3,000 National Guard troops along the state’s border with Mexico have been answered so far with 1 percent of that number deployed there this week.

Stephen Hawking: God Was Not Needed to Create the Universe
The scientist has claimed that no divine force was needed to explain why the Universe was formed.

Evidence-Based Vaccinations: A Scientific Look at the Missing Science Behind Flu Season Vaccines
As someone with a good deal of education in scientific thinking and the scientific method, I have put considerable effort into attempting to find any real scientific evidence backing the widespread use of influenza vaccines (flu season shots).

'Grade A' on Eggs Doesn't Mean What You Think it Means
The "Grade A" seal on supermarket egg cartons means that the eggs inside are safe and of the highest quality, right?

Organic Produce Superior to Conventional On Every Level, Study Finds
Mainstream nutritionists often claim that conventional produce is no different than organic produce.

US Supermarkets Waste Huge Amounts of Food
Even though one in seven U.S. residents struggles to get enough food, the nation's supermarkets throw away tons of produce and other food products every single year.

India Halts HPV Vaccine Trial After Six Girls Die, US Does Nothing in Response to 67 Deaths and Counting
The horrors caused by Merck & Co.'s Gardasil vaccine and GlaxoSmithKline's (GSK) Cervarix vaccine continue as six young girls recently died from the shots during an experimental Indian trial.

Mothers Who Fail to Breastfeed Double Their Risk of Type 2 Diabetes
Choosing not to breastfeed your babies can have significant health consequences.

Study Shows Fluoride May Not Help Teeth At All
Fluoridation of public water supplies offers no meaningful health benefit, according to a new study comparing cavity rates in two different Ontario provinces.

Oil and Gas Platform Explosion in the Gulf
An offshore platform in the Gulf of Mexico exploded on Thursday but the company that owned it said it mainly produced natural gas and reported no slick after an initial flyover.

Today In History Thursday September 2, 2010
1789 - The U.S. Treasury Department was established.
1864 - During the U.S. Civil War Union forces led by Gen. William T. Sherman occupied Atlanta following the retreat of the Confederates.
1897 - The first issue of "McCall’s" magazine was published. The magazine had been known previously as "Queens Magazine" and "Queen of Fashion."
1901 - Theodore Roosevelt, then Vice President, said "Speak softly and carry a big stick" in a speech at the Minnesota State Fair.
1930 - The "Question Mark" made the first non-stop flight from Europe to the U.S. The plane was flown by Captain Dieudonne Coste and Maurice Bellonte.
1935 - A hurricane hit the Florida Keys killing 423 people.
1938 - The first railroad car to be equipped with fluorescent lighting was put into operation on the New York Central railroad.
1945 - Japan surrendered to the U.S. aboard the USS Missouri, ending World War II. The war ended six years and one day after it began.
1945 - Ho Chi Minh declared the independence the Democratic Republic of Vietnam.
1961 - The U.S.S.R. resumed nuclear weapons testing. Test ban treaty negotiations had failed with the U.S. and Britain when the three nations could not agree upon the nature and frequency of on-site inspections.
1963 - The integration of Tuskegee High School was prevented by state troopers assigned by Alabama Gov. George Wallace.
1963 - "The CBS Evening News" was lengthened from 15 to 30 minutes.
1969 - Ho Chi Minh died. He was the president of North Vietnam. r of the Detroit Tigers. Martin was relieved of his duties three days after ordering his pitchers to throw spitballs against Cleveland Indians batters.
1985 - It was announced that the Titanic had been found on September 1 by a U.S. and French expedition 560 miles off Newfoundland. The luxury liner had been missing for 73 years.
1986 - Cathy Evelyn Smith was sentenced to three years in prison for involuntary manslaughter in connection with the overdose death of John Belushi.
1991 - The U.S. formally recognized the independence of Lithuania, Lativa and Estonia.
1992 - The U.S. and Russia agreed to a joint venture to build a space station.
1996 - Muslim rebels and the Philippine government signed a pact formally ending 26-years of insurgency that had killed more than 120,000 people.
1998 - In Canada, pilots for Canada's largest airline launch their first strike in Air Canada's history.
1998 - 229 people were killed when a Swissair jetliner crashed into the Atlantic near Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia. The pilot had reported smoke in the cockpit a few minutes before the crash.

The manifesto of the "Discovery channel bomber"

New perspectives upon previously released videos proves conclusively that a missile was used to attack the Pentagon on 911
(Be sure to check out all the photos)!

The Death Of Cash? All Over The World Governments Are Banning Large Cash Transactions
Are we witnessing the slow but certain death of cash in this generation? Is a truly cashless society on the horizon? Legislation currently pending in the Mexican legislature would ban a vast array of large cash transactions, but the truth is that Mexico is far from alone in trying to restrict cash. All over the world, governments are either placing stringent reporting requirements on large cash transactions or they are banning them altogether.

Is Your Bank One of the 433 in Immediate Danger of Failure?
We originally posted this article mid-day on June 9, 2010. Since then, 33 of the banks on the list, including five on Andy's Top 10 Banks in Danger of Failure list, have been seized by the FDIC. Because your hard-earned savings depend on it, we are committed to updating this article and list regularly so that you can have the most timely and relevant information at your fingertips. Please bookmark this page and check back often to see the updated status of the banks on the list.

Private Employment Decreases 10,000 in August
Private sector employment decreased by 10,000 from July to August on a seasonally adjusted basis, according to the latest ADP National Employment Report® released today.

Allergan to pay $600 million to settle Department of Justice probe into Botox marketing
Allergan Inc., the maker of wrinkle-smoothing Botox, has agreed to pay $600 million to settle a yearslong federal investigation into its marketing of the top-selling, botulin-based drug. The Justice Department and the company said Wednesday in a statement it will plead guilty to one misdemeanor charge of "misbranding," in which the company's marketing led physicians to use Botox for unapproved uses. Those included the treatment of headache, pain, spasticity and cerebral palsy in children.

Time For Your Flu Shot, But Just One This Year
It’s flu-shot season already, and for the first time health authorities are urging nearly everyone to get vaccinated. There is even a new high-dose version for people 65 or older. What a difference a year makes: Crowds lined up for hours for scarce shots during last fall’s swine flu pandemic, when infections peaked well before enough vaccine could be produced. This year, a record vaccine supply is expected — an all-in-one inoculation that now promises protection against that swine flu strain plus two other kinds of influenza. Comment: How interesting that this article states that a flu shot protects one from the flu, when it's unproven that it can.

Société Générale tells clients how to prepare for potential 'global collapse'
In a report entitled "Worst-case debt scenario", the bank's asset team said state rescue packages over the last year have merely transferred private liabilities onto sagging sovereign shoulders, creating a fresh set of problems. Comment: This coincides with everything Bob Chapman has been mentioning.

It All Adds Up: This Was New York’s Hottest Summer
With one final, fitting blast of 96-degree heat on Tuesday, the summer of 2010 went down in the National Weather Service’s record books as the hottest ever in New York City.

Michael Pento Says Fed Will Buy Stocks and Real Estate In The Next Attempt to Create Inflation
As part of the Fed's latest QE iteration, it has already been made clear that despite initial disclosures that the Fed would stay in the 2-10 Year bound of Treasurys, Ben Bernanke is now also gobbling up the very long end of the curve.

A Grim Speech for a Grim War
It was shocking how little awe there was.  President Obama announced Tuesday night “that the American combat mission in Iraq has ended” in a grim little speech from the Oval Office. He spoke for 18 minutes and managed to avoid asking - - let alone answering - - any essential questions about the war such as: Did it make America safer, and was it really worth it?

Fed Officials Discussed Further Stimulus Steps
WASHINGTON -- Federal Reserve officials signaled at their August meeting that they would consider going beyond a modest program to purchase government debt if necessary to boost the economy.

Federal Spending Rises a Record 16% in 2009, Census Bureau Says
Federal domestic spending increased a record 16 percent to $3.2 trillion in 2009, the Census Bureau reported Tuesday, largely because of a boost in aid to the unemployed and the huge economic stimulus package enacted to rescue the sinking economy.

Climate Change Lies are Exposed NEW!
According to a review by the InterAcademy Council, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has “little evidence” for it’s claims about global warming.

Gunmen Kill Four Israelis Outside West Bank Settlement
RAMALLAH, West Bank—Hamas militants claimed responsibility for the killing of four Jewish settlers in the West Bank Tuesday, an attack that seemed aimed at torpedoing a new round of peace talks in Washington this week between Israel and the Palestinians.

Obama Declares an End to Combat Mission in Iraq
WASHINGTON — President Obama declared an end on Tuesday to the seven-year American combat mission in Iraq, saying that the United States has met its responsibility to that country and that it is now time to turn to pressing problems at home.

Audio: Farms Wars Public Announcement: Got Milk?
This is a Farm WarsPublic Service Announcement!

Wright State Researchers Developing Skeletal Scans to recognize Terrorists
The Wright State Research Institute is developing a ground-breaking system that would scan the skeletal structures of people at airports, sports stadiums, theme parks and other public places that could be vulnerable to terrorist attacks, child abductions or other crimes.

India Growth Rate Rises to 8.8%
India's economy grew at its fastest rate for more than two years in the last quarter, according to official data.

Russia Grows 4% as Economy Recovers from Crisis
MOSCOW — Russia's economy grew 4.0 percent in the first half of the year, continuing its recovery from the global crisis, but this was slightly below official forecasts, data showed on Tuesday.

Investors Head for Bunkers
It is the ultimate bunker portfolio.
Amid the market tumult, a handful of stocks have seen their share prices ratchet up to record highs in recent weeks.

Global Collapse of the Fiat Money System: Too Big to Fail Global Banks Will Collapse Between Now and the First Quarter 2011
Readers of my articles will recall that I have warned as far back as December 2006, that the global banks will collapse when the Financial Tsunami hits the global economy in 2007. And as they say, the rest is history.

Mexican Drug Couriers in Police Uniforms - Coming Here Soon?
This past weekend I was on The Fox News Network's Fox & Friends. I talked about how the administration, via Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reported to the United Nations that the United States was advancing the cause of "Human Rights" by blocking the state of Arizona from enforcing immigration laws.

US Stocks Rise More Than 2%, Led by Industrials
The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose more than 200 points. All 30 Dow components were higher, led by Bank of America [BAC 13.025 0.565 (+4.53%) ], Caterpillar [CAT 68.33 3.17 (+4.86%) ], and General Electric [GE 15.005 0.525 (+3.63%) ].

Tony Blair Memoirs: We Must Be Prepared for Attack on Iran
The international community has to be prepared to take military action against Iran if the regime develops a nuclear weapon, Tony Blair has said in an interview to promote his memoirs, A Journey.

Problem Bank List Climbs to 829
The government's list of troubled banks hit its highest level since 1993 during the second quarter, although the pace of growth continued to slow, according to a government report released Tuesday.

Heirloom Cacao is Ancient Treasure of Chocolate from Ecuadorian Rainforest
Most people have never eaten real chocolate. Sure, we've all wolfed down plenty of "chocolate" candies, bars and cakes. But as you'll see here, very little of that is actually made from real chocolate.

How to Avoid Salmonella Contaminated Eggs
In response to the massive egg recall, some mainstream news outlets have begun addressing the real cause of food contamination: inhumane and unsanitary food production methods.

Today In History Wednesday September 1, 2010
1807 - Former U.S. Vice President Aaron Burr was found innocent of treason.
1810 - The first plow with interchangeable parts was patented by John J. Wood.
1859 - The Pullman sleeping car was placed into service.
1878 - Emma M. Nutt became the first female telephone operator in the U.S. The company was the Telephone Dispatch Company of Boston.
1884 - The Thomas A. Edison Construction Department and the Edison Company for Isolated Lighting merged.
1887 - Emile Berliner filed for a patent for his invention of the lateral-cut, flat-disk gramophone. It is a device that is better known as a record player.
1894 - A forest fire in Hinckley, MN, killed more than 400 people.
1897 - The first section of Boston's subway system was opened.
1922 - The first daily news program on radio was "The Radio Digest," on WBAY radio in New York City, NY.
1923 - About 100,000 people were killed when an earthquake hit Tokyo and Yokohama, Japan.
1939 - World War II began when Germany invaded Poland.
1942 - A federal judge in Sacramento, CA, upheld the wartime detention of Japanese-Americans as well as Japanese nationals.
1945 - The U.S. received official word of Japan's formal surrender that ended World War II. In Japan, it was actually September 2nd.
1969 - Col. Moammar Gadhafi came into power in Libya after the government was overthrown.
1979 - The U.S. Pioneer 11 became the first spacecraft to visit Saturn.
1983 - A Soviet jet fighter shot down a Korean Air Lines Boeing 747 when it entered Soviet airspace. 269 people were killed.
1985 - The Titanic was found by Dr. Robert Ballard and Jean Louis Michel in a joint U.S. and French expedition. The wreck site is located 963 miles northeast of New York and 453 miles southeast of the Newfoundland coast.
1986 - The Soviet Union announced the accident involving the Admiral Nakhimov the night before. 448 people died in the ship collision.
1986 - Jerry Lewis raised a record $34 million for Muscular Dystrophy during his annual telethon for Jerry’s kids over the Labor Day weekend.
1993 - Louis Freeh was sworn in as the director of the FBI.
1995 - Illinois Congressman Mel Reynolds announced his resignation. He had been convicted of having sex with an underage campaign volunteer.
1997 - In France, the prosecutor's office announced that the driver of the car, in which Britain's Princess Diana was killed, was over the legal alcohol limit.
1998 - Mark McGwire, of the St. Louis Cardinals, hit his 56th and 57th homeruns to set a new National League record. He would eventually reach a total of 70 for the season on September 27.
1998 - Vietnam released 5,000 prisoners, including political dissidents, on National Day.
1999 - Twenty-two of major league baseball's 68 permanent umpires were replaced. The problem arose from their union's failed attempt to force an early start to negotiations for a new labor contract.

Glenn Beck: "I didn't think I could hate victims faster than the 9/11 victims"
This is an audio excerpt from Beck's radio show which aired on September 9, 2005 in which he also rants against the survivors of Hurricane Katrina.
“You know it took me about a year to start hating the 9-11 victims' families? Took me about a year. [...] And when I see a 9-11 victim family on television, or whatever, I'm just like, "Oh shut up!" I'm so sick of them because they're always complaining. And we did our best for them.”
— Glenn Beck

U.S. drones to watch entire Mexico border from September 1
The U.S. government will have unmanned surveillance aircraft monitoring the whole southwest border with Mexico from September 1, as it ramps up border security in this election year, a top official said on Monday.

Minnesota beekeepers opposing 'honey laundering'
Minnesota beekeepers are holding a news conference at the State Fair today to highlight the problem of "honey laundering." They say low-quality and contaminated honey from China is being dumped onto the U.S. market by being shipped through third countries to avoid import duties and food safety rules.

The American-made Retail E-guide is here
How Americans Can Buy American!

Is genetically altered fish OK? U.S. to decide
U.S. health officials are set to rule on whether a faster-growing, genetically engineered fish is safe to eat in a decision that could deliver the first altered animal food to consumers' dinner plates. Consumer advocates and food safety experts are worried that splicing and dicing fish genes may have the opposite effect, leading to more industrial farming and potential escapes into the wild. Side effects from eating such fish are also unknown, with little data to show it is safe, they say.

Vaccine Deaths And Injuries Skyrocket As Cover-Up Implodes
Global revolt against deadly vaccines spreads as cases of debilitating illnesses, soft-kill side-effects and even instant deaths become widespread.

Consumer Confidence in U.S. Rose More Than Forecast
Consumer confidence climbed more than forecast in August as Americans turned less pessimistic about the outlook for jobs, easing concern households will retrench. The Conference Board’s confidence index rose to 53.5 from a five-month low of 51 in July, according a report today from the New York-based research group. Other reports showed business activity slowed in August and home prices held up in the three months to June.
Comment: It's amazing that this article failed to mention the annual "back to school shopping" cycle, which could appear like consumer confidence.

Fewer Wisconsin banks are unprofitable, FDIC reports
Nationally, banks had a total profit of $21.6 billion in the second quarter, compared with a loss of $4.4 billion in the second quarter of 2009. Still, one of every five banks in the U.S. had a loss for the quarter and the number of banks on the FDIC's secret "Problem List" rose to 829 from 775 in the first quarter.

Gold Rallying to $1,500 as Soros's Bubble Inflates
Investors are accumulating enough bullion to fill Switzerland’s vaults twice over as gold’s most- accurate forecasters say the longest rally in at least nine decades has further to go no matter what the economy holds.

Codex Alimentarius: Control the Food, Control the People
The UN plan to eradicate organic farming & to destroy the Natural Health Industry.

US Must Stop Printing Money, Copy Europe
The United States needs to stop printing money and take on austerity measures like the Europeans did, in order for the economy to recover, said international investor Jim Rogers, chairman of Rogers Holdings.

3M Buying Maker of Products Used to Track People
Manufacturing conglomerate 3M Co. said Tuesday it has agreed to pay $230 million in cash for an Israeli company that makes ankle bracelets and other products used to keep track of people.

New Poll Says GOP 'Tidal Wave' Coming
This really could be a total rout. Check out the lead the GOP has taken in Gallup's latest generic ballot poll.

Predator Drone Patrols of Southern US Border Start Wednesday
The U.S. government will have unmanned surveillance aircraft monitoring the whole southwest border with Mexico from September 1, as it ramps up border security in this election year, a top official said on Monday.

Anglo Irish Bank Reports Massive $10.3 Billion First Half Loss
This was expected to be big, but the number highlights the hit that the Irish public balance sheet is taking with its support for the banks.

IMF Eliminates Borrowing Cap On Rescue Facility in Anticipation of Europe Crisis 2.0; US Prepares to Print Fresh Trillions in 'Rescue' Linen
Back in April, when we discussed the inception of the IMF's then brand new New Arrangement to Borrow (NAB) $500 billion credit facility, we asked rhetorically, "If the IMF believes that over half a trillion in short-term funding is needed imminently, is all hell about to break loose."

US Consumer Confidence Rise Lifts Stocks Off Lows
An unexpected rise in U.S. consumer confidence in August helped stocks in Europe and the U.S. recoup earlier losses Tuesday as markets remain on edge ahead of more data from the world's largest economy.

Bankrupt Miami in Fiscal Emergency, Breaks Employee Contracts, Hikes Property Taxes
Miami is bankrupt. Unfortunately the city refuses to admit it.

Gates Foundation Puts Its Money Where Its Mouth Is
Well, well, well. It’s about time. Kind of like when Fox News gave $1 million in campaign contributions to Republicans. It wasn’t exactly a secret before, but now it’s official. The Gates Foundation just bought a whopping 500,000 shares of Monsanto stock

Troops Yet to Give Full Salute
As he winds down one war and escalates another, President Obama is struggling to win over the troops he's leading as commander in chief -- and military advocates say the real test will come as the nation approaches final timelines for withdrawal in Iraq and Afghanistan.

US Auto Sales May Hit 28 Year Low as Discounts Flop
U.S. auto sales in August probably were the slowest for the month in 28 years as model-year closeout deals failed to entice consumers concerned the economy is worsening and they may lose their jobs.

2 Men on Flight From Chicago Arrested for 'Preparation of Terror'
Two men taken off a Chicago-to-Amsterdam United Airlines flight in the Netherlands have been charged by Dutch police with "preparation of a terrorist attack," U.S. law enforcement officials tell ABC News.

Who Is The Man Behind the Ground Zero Mosque?
As the Ground Zero mosque controversy continues to simmer, questions continue about the background of the man who wants to build the $100 million Islamic cultural and religious center.

Hurricane Earl Threatens East Coast
Hurricane Earl, now a Category 4 storm with 135 mph winds, is forecast to threaten the East Coast from the Carolinas north by Thursday evening, dampening Labor Day weekend, the National Hurricane Center said.

Obama's New Tax on Rainwater?
Would President Obama's Environmental Protection Agency really force Americans to pay a tax on "rainwater runoff" from homes and small businesses?

Ron Paul Questions Whether There's Gold at Fort Knox
Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) said he plans to introduce legislation next year to force an audit of U.S. holdings of gold.

Don't Agree With Obama? Get Ready for IRS Probe
The Internal Revenue Service has delayed approval of tax-exempt status for a private organization and is reviewing its educational work, telling a lawyer for the foundation that it must be examined by Washington because its activities may "contradict the administration's public policies."

Doomsday Scenario: Food Prices to Shoot Through the Roof
The worst weather on record coupled with the practice of speculation in the commodities markets are set to send food prices skyrocketing, bringing misery and starvation to large swathes of the world’s population. Are we set to see food riots this winter?

The US Economy is NOT Getting 'Better' - Its Dying!
The numbers don’t lie, and statistic after statistic shows that the economic fundamentals continue to get progressively worse… and anyone who claims that things are getting “better” is either ignorant, completely deluded or is purposely lying. The U.S. economy is not getting “better”. The U.S. economy is dying. Words: 1020

Even Tiny Exposure to BPA Turns Offspring Into Genetic Mutants
A recent study published online in the journal Biology of Reproduction further reveals the disruptive nature of bisphenol A (BPA) in gene expression.

Anticonvulsant Drug Makes People Want to Kill Themselves
Popular anti-seizure drugs may seriously increase a patient's risk of suicide and violent death, according to a study conducted by researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Help Elderly Parents Walk, Dance and Exercise With This Simple Low-Cost Nutrients
Researchers from Wake Forest University (WFU) in North Carolina recently completed a study on the physical health of seniors in relation to their vitamin D levels. The study revealed that seniors with the highest vitamin D levels had far better mobility and physical health than those with the lowest levels.

This Common Grocery Vegetable Cures Stomach Infections
It is hardly breaking news that eating cruciferous vegetables like broccoli helps to improve health.

Compelling Evidence Points To a Different Well Being Capped
What would the world say, if the Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico that gushed for 87 days, is not the same well location which BP identified to the world as the Gusher Of All Time?

Tests Find Sickened Family Has 50.3 ppm of Corexits 2-butoxyethanol in Swimming Pool
“Our heads are still swimming,” stated Barbara Schebler of Homosassa, Florida, who received word last Friday that test results on the water from her family’s swimming pool showed 50.3 ppm of 2-butoxyethanol, a marker for the dispersant Corexit 9527A used to break up and sink BP’s oil in the Gulf of Mexico.




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