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Today's News: The Riley Report

JUNE 2015
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Friday - June 19, 2015 - Today in History:

1778 - U.S. General George Washington's troops finally left Valley Forge after a winter of training.
1862 - U.S. President Abraham Lincoln outlined his Emancipation Proclamation, which outlawed slavery in U.S. territories.
1864 - The USS Kearsarge sank the CSS Alabama off of Cherbourg, France.
1865 - The emancipation of slaves was proclaimed in Texas.
1910 - The first Father's Day was celebrated in Spokane, Washington.
1912 - The U.S. government established the 8-hour work day.
1917 - During World War I, King George V ordered the British royal family to dispense with German titles and surnames.
1934 - The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration was established.
1934 - The U.S. Congress established the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The commission was to regulate radio and TV broadcasting (later).
1942 - British Prime Minister Winston Churchill arrived in Washington, DC, to discuss the invasion of North Africa with U.S. President Roosevelt.
1943 - Henry Kissinger became a naturalized United States citizen.
1944 - The U.S. won the battle of the Philippine Sea against the Imperial Japanese fleet.
1951 - U.S. President Harry S. Truman signed the Universal Military Training and Service Act, which extended Selective Service until July 1, 1955 and lowered the draft age to 18.
1952 - "I've Got a Secret" debuted on CBS-TV.
1958 - In Washington, DC, nine entertainers refused to answer a congressional committee's questions on communism.
1961 - Kuwait regained complete independence from Britain.
1961 - The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a provision in Maryland's constitution that required state officeholders to profess a belief in God.
1964 - The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was approved after surviving an 83-day filibuster in the U.S. Senate.
1965 - Air Marshall Nguyen Cao Ky became South Vietnam's youngest premier at age 34.
1968 - 50,000 people marched on Washington, DC. to support the Poor People's Campaign.
1973 - The Case-Church Amendment prevented further U.S. involvement in Southeast Asia.
1973 - Pete Rose (Cincinnati Reds) got his 2,000th career hit.
1973 - The stage production of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" opened in London.
1973 - Gordie Howe left the NHL to join his sons Mark and Marty in the WHA (World Hockey League).
1978 - Garfield was in newspapers around the U.S. for the first time.
1981 - "Superman II" set the all-time, one-day record for theater box-office receipts when it took in $5.5 million.
1981 - The European Space Agency sent two satellites into orbit from Kourou, French Guiana.
1983 - Lixian-nian was chosen to be China's first president since 1969.
1987 - The U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Louisiana law that required that schools teach creationism.
1989 - The movie "Batman" premiered.
1997 - William Hague became the youngest leader of Britain's Conservative party in nearly 200 years.
1998 - Gateway was fined more than $400,000 for illegally shipping personal computers to 16 countries subject to U.S. export controls.
1998 - A study released said that smoking more than doubles risks of developing dementia and Alzheimer's.
1998 - Switzerland's three largest banks offered $600 million to settle claims they'd stolen the assets of Holocaust victims during World War II. Jewish leaders called the offer insultingly low.
1999 - Stephen King was struck from behind by a mini-van while walking along a road in Maine.
1999 - The Dallas Stars won their first NHL Stanley Cup by defeating the Buffalo Sabres in the third overtime of game six.
2000 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a group prayer led by students at public-school football games violated the 1st Amendment's principle that called for the separation of church and state.
2007 - A truck bomb struck a Shiite mosque in central Baghdad, killing at least 87 people.
2008 - Democrat Barack Obama announced he would bypass public financing for the presidential election, even though Republican John McCain was accepting it.

World News

Poroshenko Offers Tony Blair a Job
Sputnik News - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko can't seem to get enough of foreign advisors telling his government how to carry out reforms, this time offering former British Prime Minister Tony Blair a job in his International Advisory Council for Reforms… the former prime minister had been invited "to share his experience of public administration" within the council, headed by corruption-mired former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, who has since moved on to become governor of the Odessa Region… US Senator John McCain was also offered a seat in the council, but said he couldn't accept due to constitutional regulations.

Greece faces banking crisis after eurozone meeting breaks down
The Guardian - Greece is facing a full-blown banking crisis after a meeting of eurozone finance ministers broke down in acrimony and recrimination on Thursday evening, bringing the prospect of Greek exit from the eurozone a step nearer. Some €2bn of deposits have been withdrawn from Greek banks so far this week – including a record €1bn yesterday – triggering fears that a breakdown in talks would spark a further flight of funds. The German leader Angela Merkel, French president François Hollande and Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras agreed to stage an emergency EU summit on Monday as a last critical attempt to prevent Greece going bankrupt. A representative of the European Central Bank told the meeting it was unsure whether Greek banks would have the funds to be able to open on Monday. Related: Greece could be forced to lock down savers’ cash as debt crisis worsens

Iceland Still Ranked World’s most Peaceful Nation: United States Inches up to 94th
AllGov - The Nordic island nation was designated the most peaceful nation on earth, according to the Institute for Economics & Peace’s latest Global Peace Index. Apparently there’s something about the Nordic countries that makes them prone to outbreaks of peace. Denmark was ranked second and Finland No. 6. The other two Nordic nations, Sweden and Norway, placed were No. 13 and 17, respectively. The United States was way down on the Global Peace Index, placing at No. 94, but a definite improvement from last year’s 101. Part of the improvement came from the partial withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan and U.S. efforts to secure a nuclear deal with Iran. Canada placed seventh on the global list.

Ukraine’s National Guard, California National Guard Agree on Cooperation
Sputnik News - Commanding officers of Ukraine’s National Guard held a meeting in Kiev with their colleagues from the California National Guard, the press office of the Ukrainian entity reported. "A working meeting took place at the headquarters of the Ukrainian National Guard. A range of specific issues on cooperation were on the agenda. Representatives of the US delegation expressed hope for conducting joint exercises in the near future," the report read.


Anti-Russian Sanctions Can Cost EU Up to $114 Billion - Austrian Study
Sputnik News - The European Union could lose up to €100 billion ($114 billion) due to the anti-Russian sanctions if things remain unchanged, a study by the Austrian Institute of Economic Research revealed Friday.... “If the situation does not change fundamentally, our most pessimistic scenario will come true,” one of the research authors Oliver Fritz was quoted as saying by Die Welt. According to the calculations, current political situation can also affect over 2 million EU jobs because of the declining exports.


China Offers Food Aid to North Korea Suffering Worst Drought in a Century
Sputnik News - China expressed its willingness to provide food to North Korea after Pyongyang revealed that the country plagued by food shortages was suffering from a severe drought unseen for a century. The United States refused to help.... The United States has declined to offer assistance to North Korea. Earlier this week, US State Department spokesman John Kirby said that he had no "specific information about the validity of the drought" and was not aware of any US plans to provide food assistance, according to Yonhap.

 

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Pentagon Building Cruise Missile Shield To Defend US Cities From Russia
Defense One - The Pentagon is quietly working to set up an elaborate network of defenses to protect American cities from a barrage of Russian cruise missiles. The plan calls for buying radars that would enable National Guard F-16 fighter jets to spot and shoot down fast and low-flying missiles. Top generals want to network those radars with sensor-laden aerostat balloons hovering over U.S. cities and with coastal warships equipped with sensors and interceptor missiles of their own. One of those generals is Adm. William Gortney, who leads U.S. Northern Command, or NORTHCOM, and North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD. Earlier this year, Gortney submitted an “urgent need” request to put those new radars on the F-16s that patrol the airspace around Washington. Such a request allows a project to circumvent the normal procurement process.

John Kerry ''Compiling'' More Lies Against Syria
Brandon Turbeville - Despite the fact that both John Kerry and the US State Department have been repeatedly disproven over their claims that the Syrian government is using chemical weapons against civilians and terrorists in Syria, John Kerry appeared via video from Boston to announce that he has proof that the Syrian government has done just that. He also indicated that the US government is “compiling” that evidence to be presented at a later date. “I am absolutely certain, we are certain that the preponderance of those attacks have been carried out by the regime,” Kerry said. He also claimed that “It has been significantly documented; it’s dropped from airplane. The opposition isn’t flying airplanes or helicopters.”

VIDEO: House approves fast-track 218-208, sending bill to Senate
The Hill - The House on Thursday took the first step toward resuscitating the White House’s trade agenda by passing legislation granting President Obama fast-track authority. The bill now goes to the Senate, where the White House and GOP leaders are seeking to strike a deal with pro-trade Democrats. The House vote was 218-208, with 28 Democrats voting for it. This is the second time in a week the House has voted to approve the controversial fast-track bill. On Friday, the House voted 219-211 in favor of fast-track, which would make it easier for Obama to complete a sweeping trans-Pacific trade deal.

Charleston Shooter Was on Drug Linked to Violent Outbursts
Paul Joseph Watson - Charleston shooter Dylann Storm Roof was reportedly taking a drug that has been linked with sudden outbursts of violence, fitting the pattern of innumerable other mass shooters who were on or had recently come off pharmaceutical drugs linked to aggression. According to a CBS News report, earlier this year when cops searched Roof after he was acting suspiciously inside a Bath and Body Works store, they found “orange strips” that Roof told officers was suboxone, a narcotic that is used to treat opiate addiction. Suboxone is a habit-forming drug that has been connected with sudden outbursts of aggression. Related: Charleston Shooting: What They’re Not Telling You

Army lab lacked effective anthrax-killing procedures for 10 years
USA Today - The U.S. Army research facility that has mistakenly shipped live anthrax to unsuspecting labs in the U.S. and abroad for more than 10 years failed to have effective and standardized procedures for killing the deadly bacteria with radiation, according to a federal investigation report... The report, dated June 5, cites the Dugway Proving Ground's Life Science Test Facility in Utah with three violations of federal regulations for working with potential bioterror agents and orders the facility to immediately cease all shipments of "inactivated" anthrax specimens.

2,666,000 Words: FDA Rules are Twice the Length of the Bible
CNS News - Since President Barack Obama took office on Jan. 20, 2009, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued 545 new final regulations, equaling 2,666 pages in the Federal Register and totaling approximately 2,666,000 words, according to a count of the regulations published in the Federal Register. The Gutenberg Bible is only 1,282 pages and 646,128 words.

The Last Rebels: 25 Things We Did as Kids That Would Get Someone Arrested Today
Daily Sheeple - Raise your hand if you survived a childhood in the 60s, 70s, and 80s that included one or more of the following, frowned-upon activities (raise both hands if you bear a scar proving your daredevil participation in these dare-devilish events).

Dylann Roof Could Not Legally Carry a Firearm
Truth Revolt - Many in the media and political spheres, including President Barack Obama, have used Wednesday’s tragic mass-shooting at Emanuel AME Church in South Carolina to push for further restrictions on gun ownership. But radio host and Second Amendment warrior Dana Loesch has revealed that under current South Carolina law, shooter Dylann Roof was already ineligible to purchase or carry a firearm due to a previous felony conviction and would have failed a background check.

 

Election News

Rand Paul To Unveil Plan To Replace IRS Tax Code With ‘Fair and Flat Tax’
Truth in Media - GOP presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) announced that he will release a plan to repeal the entire IRS tax code, making more than $2 trillion in tax cuts and replacing the code with “The Fair and Flat Tax” of 14.5 percent on individuals and businesses. In an editorial for the Wall Street Journal, Paul claimed that his plan will repeal the more than 70,000 pages that make up the Internal Revenue Service’s tax code and “eliminate nearly every special-interest loophole.” Paul wrote that although President Obama has talked about “middle-class economics,” his policies have “led to rising income inequality and negative income gains for families.” In contrast, Paul proposes that his plan would help the middle class by eliminating “the payroll tax on workers and several federal taxes outright, including gift and estate taxes, telephone taxes, and all duties and tariffs.”
 

Veteran News

Decades On, US Will Pay Millions to Vietnam Vets Exposed to Agent Orange
Sputnik News - Forty years after the end of the Vietnam War, American veterans are still feeling the effects. But on Thursday, the US government agreed to increase spending on a long-standing health concern, authorizing benefits to American veterans exposed to Agent Orange.... Health defects associated with Agent Orange include increased risks of cancer, nerve and respiratory disorders, leukemia, and Hodgkin’s lymphoma. While Veterans Affairs has addressed the problem for ground troops exposed to the chemical, it has never recognized the need to treat the airmen involved in releasing the agent. But on Thursday, the White House Office of Management and Budget announced it would spend $47.5 million over the next 10 years on disability claims for 2,100 Air Force reservists.

The Hidden Enemy: Inside Psychiatry's Covert Agenda (Full Documentary)
This documentary shows how the army is exploited as Psychiatry's testing ground for drugs and other inhumane "treatment" which have resulted in exponential growth of military suicides. Currently, more US soldiers die from suicide than from combat. "The battlefield is safer than psychiatry. You understand that? Statistically you are less likely to be shot by an enemy than to be killed by a pharmaceutical drug. That's the truth about psychiatry." —Mike Adams...
 

Economy & Business

Number of American McDonald's Locations to Shrink for 1st Time in Decades
ABC News - You may be seeing fewer of those "Golden Arches" as the number of McDonald's restaurants in the U.S. is shrinking as the company's sales sag. The world's biggest burger chain expects to close more of its restaurants than it opens domestically, which hasn't happened since at least 1970, the Associated Press reported. In April, the company announced the closure of 350 restaurants in the U.S, while it plans to add 300 globally. In the U.S., the chain has about 14,300 locations out of about 36,000 locations in 100 countries.
 

Energy & Environment

US mid-continent seismicity linked to high-rate injection wells: Earthquake numbers skyrocket ScienceDaily - The number of earthquakes associated with injection wells has skyrocketed from a handful per year in the 1970s to more than 650 in 2014, according to CU-Boulder doctoral student Matthew Weingarten, who led the study. The increase included several damaging quakes in 2011 and 2012 ranging between magnitudes 4.7 and 5.6 in Prague, Oklahoma; Trinidad, Colorado; Timpson, Texas; and Guy, Arkansas. "This is the first study to look at correlations between injection wells and earthquakes on a broad, nearly national scale," said Weingarten of CU-Boulder's geological sciences department. "We saw an enormous increase in earthquakes associated with these high-rate injection wells, especially since 2009, and we think the evidence is convincing that the earthquakes we are seeing near injection sites are induced by oil and gas activity."
 

Science & Technology

Russia calls investigation into whether US moon landings happened
The Independent - According to a translation by the Moscow Times, Markin would support an inquiry into the disappearance of original footage from the first moon landing in 1969 and the whereabouts of lunar rock, which was brought back to Earth during several missions. “We are not contending that they did not fly [to the moon], and simply made a film about it. But all of these scientific — or perhaps cultural — artifacts are part of the legacy of humanity, and their disappearance without a trace is our common loss. An investigation will reveal what happened,” Markin wrote, according to the Moscow Times translation.

Retailers want to be able to scan your face without your permission
Ars Technica - After more than a year of discussions, all nine privacy advocates have stormed out of a government-organized “multi-stakeholder process” to sort out details around the best practices for facial recognition technology. The sticking point was that corporations apparently refused to concede that there was any scenario during which a person’s consent to scan their face was needed… Alvaro Bedoya, one of the nine participating advocates and a law professor at Georgetown University, told Ars. “Not a single trade association or company would agree with that premise. That’s remarkable. Google is opt-in on facial recognition, Microsoft is opt-in on facial recognition, Facebook isn’t, but they’ve gotten sued and also had to turn it off in Europe…”

Google and Levi's Are Weaving Computers Into Your Clothes
Popular Science - Project Jacquard is an effort to invisibly incorporate computers into objects, materials, and clothing. Everyday items such as sweaters, jackets, and furniture will be turned into interactive surfaces that can be used as trackpads, buttons and more. The objects will receive information directly from the surface of the material used to build them, eliminating the need for bulky plastic or metal parts. The objects will then transmit information to a nearby smartphone or computer using low-powered Wi-Fi.
 

Health

Maine Takes Step Towards Medical Tyranny on Forced Vaccines
Health Impact News - The Maine House of Representatives approved a bill to restrict parental choice in vaccine exemptions this week. It is now up to the Governor of Maine to either sign the bill, or veto it. The bill requires parents opting out of required vaccinations on philosophic grounds to consult with and have a form signed by a medical professional before being permitted to forego vaccinations required for school. The 93-53 vote included all Democrats but one, as well as 12 Republicans, voting in favor. But the tally fell short of the 101 votes needed to override a veto by Gov. Paul LePage, should he choose to veto it.

Reduce Cancer By Over 40 Percent By Consuming Raw Garlic Just Two Times Per Week
Marco Torres - Compounds within garlic produce reactive oxygen species in cancer cells, activating of multiple death cascades and blocking pathways of tumor proliferation. Eating garlic just twice per week reduces cancer risk without any side effects whatsoever. The reason so many people die with conventional cancer treatment is that while damaging healthy cells, chemotherapy also triggers them to secrete a protein that sustains tumour growth and resistance to further treatment. On the other hand, garlic's allyl sulfur compound preferentially suppress neoplastic over non-neoplastic cells. Garlic is also 100 times more effective than two popular antibiotics at fighting disease causing bacteria commonly responsible for foodborne illness. Related: Garlic From China: A Not So Happy Story

UV Natural Protection: 5 Non-Toxic Natural oils That Act As A Sunscreen Layer
Natural News Blogs - These oils are not meant to screen out the majority of the sun’s rays, and probably shouldn’t be considered as an all-day, intense sunlight protection for prolonged periods in the sun, they certainly can provide a level of protection without all the other unwanted ingredients for reasonable periods of time in the sun. Further, they will allow some of the sun’s rays to reach your skin so that you may manufacture the all too important vitamin D. They have another bonus too, many of them will leave you with baby soft, healthy skin – and most also contain other skin-friendly vitamins, fatty acids and other nutrients and antioxidants.
 

Pet News

10 Symptoms That You Should Never, Ever Ignore
Dr. Becker - Sometimes when your pet is acting a little "off," you can take a wait-and-see approach. But if you notice any of these 10 symptoms, it's a different story. Failing to act promptly can mean blindness, or even death in many of these situations.

 



Thursday - June 18, 2015 - Today in History:

1778 - Britain evacuated Philadelphia during the U.S. Revolutionary War.
1812 - The War of 1812 began as the U.S. declared war against Great Britain. The conflict began over trade restrictions.
1815 - At the Battle of Waterloo Napoleon was defeated by an international army under the Duke of Wellington. Napoleon abdicated on June 22.
1873 - Susan B. Anthony was fined $100 for attempting to vote for a U.S. President.
1898 - Atlantic City, NJ, opened its Steel Pier.
1915 - During World War I, the second battle of Artois ended.
1918 - Allied forces on the Western Front began their largest counter-attack against the German army. (World War I)
1927 - The U.S. Post Office offered a special 10-cent postage stamp for sale. The stamp was of Charles Lindbergh’s "Spirit of St. Louis."
1928 - Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean as she completed a flight from Newfoundland to Wales.
1936 - The first bicycle traffic court was established in Racine, WI.
1959 - A Federal Court annulled the Arkansas law allowing school closings to prevent integration.
1959 - The first telecast received from England was broadcast in the U.S. over NBC-TV.
1961 - "Gunsmoke" was broadcast for the last time on CBS radio.
1979 - In Vienna, U.S. President Jimmy Carter and Leonid Brezhnev signed the Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty (SALT) 2.
1982 - The U.S. Senate approved the renewal of the 1965 Voting Rights Act for an additional twenty-five years.
1983 - Dr. Sally Ride became the first American woman in space aboard the space shuttle Challenger.
2009 - Greenland assumed control over its law enforcement, judicial affairs, and natural resources from the Kingdom of Denmark. Greenlandic became the official language.

World News

Russia May Expand Countermeasures If EU Decides to Extend Sanctions
Sputnik News - Russia may expand countermeasures in response if the European Union decides to extend economic sanctions against the country, Russian Presidential Aide Andrei Belousov said Thursday.... On Wednesday, a source close to the EU leadership told RIA Novosti, that a formal decision on extending European Union sanctions against Russia until the end of January 2016 will be made when the bloc’s foreign ministers meet next week. The West has imposed several rounds of economic sanctions on Russia, accusing Moscow of fueling the internal Ukrainian conflict. The sanctions target Russia's banking, energy and defense sectors, as well as certain individuals.

Humanitarian Convoy With Russian, Cyprian Aid Departs for Donbass
Sputnik News - Russia’s 30th humanitarian convoy for residents of southeastern Ukraine (Donbass) has left the Rostov Region and is headed for Donetsk and Lugansk with over 1,000 tonnes of Russian and 12 tonnes of Cyprian aid.... The convoy consists of over 100 vehicles with more than 1,000 metric tons of aid, including food (flour, grains, pasta, vegetable oil), medicine and items of first necessity. The convoy also includes 12 metric tons of aid gathered by social and volunteer organizations in Cyprus. Overall, Russia has sent more than 37,000 metric tons of aid to Donbass since August 2014.

Humanitarian Ceasefire to Be Called in Yemen in Next Few Hours
Sputnik News - UN spokesman in Geneva Ahmad Fawzi said that all Yemeni parties involved in the first round of Geneva consultations have agreed to request a humanitarian truce in Yemen during the month of Ramadan. All Yemeni parties involved in the first round of Geneva consultations have agreed to request a humanitarian truce in Yemen during the month of Ramadan, UN spokesman in Geneva Ahmad Fawzi told Sputnik on Thursday.

Greeks Refuse to Pay Debt, Declare It “Illegal, Illegitimate, and Odious”
Kurt Nimmo - A committee formed by the speaker of the Greek parliament and Syriza member, Zoi Konstantopoulou, has released a report stating that the debt the IMF and the Europeans insist the people of Greece owe to the bankers is “illegal, illegitimate and odious.” Here is the conclusion from the report: All the evidence we present in this report shows that Greece not only does not have the ability to pay this debt, but also should not pay this debt first and foremost because the debt emerging from the Troika’s arrangements is a direct infringement on the fundamental human rights of the residents of Greece. Hence, we came to the conclusion that Greece should not pay this debt because it is illegal, illegitimate, and odious. The debt payment is due in two weeks.

Scotland To Issue Vaccine ID Card To Monitor Parents Who Refuse Vaccinations
GovtSlaves - It will work alongside the controversial Named Person scheme, allowing health workers to “monitor” youngsters at the click of a button and flagging up parents who refuse vaccinations. The network will join with another upgraded NHS database containing the medical records of everybody north of the Border, known as the Community Health Index (CHI). Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie called for a parliamentary debate on the plans, saying they would “fuel concerns” Scotland is moving closer to ID cards.

France Bans Sale of Monsanto Herbicide Roundup in Garden Centers
Health Impact News - French Ecology Minister Segolene Royal announced today a ban on the sale of popular weedkiller Roundup from garden centres, which the UN has warned may be carcinogenic. The active ingredient in Roundup, glyphosate, was in March classified as "probably carcinogenic to humans" by the UN's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).... Her announcement comes after French consumer association CLCV asked French and European officials to stop selling glyphosate-based products to amateur gardeners.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

McCain Calls Not Arming Ukraine 'Shameful Chapter' in US History
Sputnik News - Former presidential candidate John McCain revealed what he believes to be most shameful chapter of his country’s history. Is it the invasion of Iraq, might you ask? Or using chemical weapons in Vietnam? Or dropping atomic bombs on Japan? The answer is none of those. Senator McCain mostly regrets not starting yet another war – this time, in Ukraine. In a bizarre attempt to reinterpret history, US Senator John McCain said that the US not providing Ukraine with weapons for its armed conflict is "one of the most shameful chapters in American history."

You’ve Been Warned – Calls for Mandatory “National Service” for Americans Aged 18-28 Has Begun
Liberty Blitzkrieg - This is one of the most important articles I will write all year. The statists are coming for your kids, and the conditioning has already begun. Last night, I came across one of the most horrifying articles I have ever read, which is saying a lot. Before I get into it, take a look at the title and the tagline: How to Defeat ISIS With Millennial Spirit and Service If you think the title is bad, wait until you read the article. What becomes evident is that this grotesque concept of forced “national service” is being actively discussed at the highest levels of government. What Ron Fournier is doing in his National Journal article is conditioning the public to accept something that is completely unacceptable.

Charleston Shooting: Liberals Call for Disarming All White People
Paul Joseph Watson - Liberals reacted to the tragic shooting at an Episcopal Church in Charleston last night by calling for an immediate gun ban in order to disarm all white people. Police are still on the hunt for a 21-year-old slender, clean shaven white suspect who opened fire on a bible study group at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, killing nine people before fleeing the scene. One of the victims included Rev Clementa Pickney, a state senator and pastor. The incident is already being exploited by liberals to push their twin agendas of gun control and racial division, with many advocating that a total gun ban targeting only white people be immediately enacted.

U.S. House defeats bid to withdraw troops from Iraq
Reuters - The House voted 288-139 to defeat the concurrent resolution, which would have required Obama to remove the troops within 30 days, or by the end of 2015 if the administration determined it was not safe to do so within the 30-day timeframe.... The resolution was introduced by Democratic Representatives Jim McGovern of Massachusetts and Barbara Lee of California and Republican Representative Walter Jones of North Carolina. The lawmakers said they hoped their introduction of the measure, allowed under the War Powers Authority, would lead to a broader debate on a formal authorization for the use of military force for the campaign against Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria.

U.S. House moves to revive Obama's Pacific trade pact
Reuters - The U.S. House of Representatives plans to bring legislation central to President Barack Obama's Pacific Rim trade agreement back to the floor for debate on Thursday, giving lawmakers a chance to deal with it in a different format.... The House Rules Committee on Wednesday approved the rules for the debate. This time, the fast-track bill would be taken up on its own, not paired with another measure to renew an expiring aid program for workers who lose their jobs due to trade deals.

Sessions: Fast Track Would Lead to 3 Pacts Encompassing 90% of World GDP
Weekly Standard - Senator Jeff Sessions is worried that the adoption of the Trans-Pacific Partnership would lead to an "historic international regulatory Commission" that would encompass 90 percent of the world's GDP.... "It is essential that there be no misunderstanding: fast-track preapproves the formation of not only the unprecedentedly large Trans-Pacific Partnership, but an unlimited number of such agreements over the next six years.... After TPP comes the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the United States and the European Union, followed by the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA), seeking as one its goals labor mobility among more than 50 nations. Together, these three international compacts encompass three-fourths of the world’s GDP. Including the nations whose membership is being courted for after enactment, the countries involved would encompass nearly 90 percent of global GDP.

Almost $3 billion in Obamacare subsidies unaccounted for in CMS audit
Personal Liberty - A new report from the Office of Inspector General (OIG) for the Department of Health and Human Services reveals that $2.8 billion in Obamacare subsidies may have been awarded to the wrong people — and for the wrong amount of money. According to the audit summary, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) lacked internal controls to “effectively ensure the accuracy of nearly $2.8 billion in aggregate financial assistance payments made to insurance companies under the Affordable Care Act during the first four months that these payments were made.”

Shooting at Charleston, South Carolina, church leaves at least eight people dead, several injured
(WTVD) - Police are on the scene of a mass shooting at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina. It happened around 9 p.m. Wednesday around the Emanuel AME Church. Sources told ABC News that at least eight people are dead, and several are injured. Emanuel AME Church is one of the largest, oldest black congregations in the South.... At last report, the gunman was still on the loose and a manhunt is underway on the ground and in the air around downtown Charleston.

Deportable Violent Sex Offenders Can Go Free when Home Country Refuses to Take Them
AllGov - Hundreds of immigrants convicted of violent sex crimes have been allowed to go free in the United States because their home country has refused to take them back. An investigation by the Boston Globe revealed Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) tried unsuccessfully to deport 424 immigrants who had been convicted of sex-related offenses from 2008 to 2012. But once these individuals’ home countries refused to accept their deportation, ICE had no other recourse than to let them go. The 424 included convicted rapists, child molesters, and kidnappers. The newspaper also found that ICE failed to track these criminals after releasing them, or to ensure that they registered themselves as sex offenders.

Crohn’s disease sufferer Shona Banda who uses medical marijuana faces up to 30 years in prison
Truth in Media - As cannabis oil activist and Crohn's disease patient Shona Banda, who lost custody of her son and is facing over 30 years in prison after her son spoke out about her cannabis oil treatment during a school anti-drug presentation, surrendered herself to authorities, her attorney Sarah Swain said at a press conference that she intends to challenge cannabis' classification as a hardcore Schedule 1 narcotic with no medical use as a part of her defense of Banda and that she will take her case to the Supreme Court if necessary.

You Can Now Be Fired in Colorado for Using Medical Marijuana on Your Time Off
Daily Sheeple - Thanks to a landmark ruling in Colorado’s Supreme Court, there is new clarification to the state’s medical marijuana law—though employees may not like the news. If a workplace has a policy prohibiting drug use, workers who test positive for marijuana are not protected from termination—even if they are registered for medical use. In other words, you can be fired in Colorado for using marijuana during your time off.

Election News

Donald Trump reportedly paid actors $50 to cheer for him at his 2016 announcement
Business Insider - Real estate mogul Donald Trump is being accused of hiring actors to cheer for him at his 2016 presidential campaign announcement in New York City on Tuesday. The allegations first surfaced in a post by anti-Trump activist and liberal blogger Angelo Carusone that was published on Medium shortly after Trump's event. On Wednesday, The Hollywood Reporter said it obtained an email that allegedly came from a casting company named Extra Mile offering actors $50 to attend the announcement and pose as Trump supporters.

Veteran News

45 veterans sign letter urging drone pilots to stand down
RT - A group of 45 former American military members have issued a jointly signed letter pushing drone operators to step away from their controls and refuse to fly any more lethal missions. The letter draws attention to the controversial operation of drones in foreign nations, where lethal strikes in countries such as Afghanistan and Pakistan have damaged terrorist networks but have also claimed the lives of innocent civilians. “At least 6,000 lives have been unjustly taken by US drone attacks in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, Iraq, the Philippines, Libya and Syria. These attacks are also undermining principles of international law and human rights,” the authors write, according to the Guardian.

Economy & Business

How Walmart Spun an 'Extensive and Secretive Web' of Overseas Tax Havens
Common Dreams - Walmart has built a vast, undisclosed network of overseas tax havens—accounting for more than $76 billion of assets—that allows the multinational corporation to shirk public disclosure laws as well as its fair share of both foreign and U.S. taxes, according to a groundbreaking report published Wednesday by Americans for Tax Fairness. All told, the retail behemoth has established at least 78 subsidiaries in 15 offshore tax havens, none of them publicly reported before.

New $10 bill will feature a woman, Treasury Department announces
CBS News - The department has yet to determine which woman will be featured on the bill, though [Treasury Secretary Jack] Lew said he will pick "a woman who has played a major role in our history who represents the theme of democracy." Additionally, the law dictates that currency cannot feature a living person... The current $10 bill features a picture of Alexander Hamilton, the nation's first Treasury Secretary. While the new note will feature a woman, Lew said Hamilton won't be completely replaced. That could mean the new design will feature a picture of Hamilton and a woman (or women), or Hamilton will be featured on just some of the new $10 notes.

Science & Technology

Self-driving cars may have to be programmed to kill you
The Independent - The self-driving cars that could soon dominate our roads, perhaps even making human-driven ones illegal some day, could end up being programmed to kill you if it means saving a larger number of lives.... Though the whole point of driverless cars is that they are better at avoiding accidents than humans, there will still be times when a collision is unavoidable. As such, it is conceivable that whoever programs them will decide that ploughing you into a road barrier is better than continuing your course into a bus packed with school children.

Another reason to Ditch Facebook: Who owns your face?
GovtSlaves - What a bad week for privacy. Consumer watchdogs gave up on government talks over facial recognition software after industry groups appeared to reject even basic restrictions on face-scanning. Meanwhile, Facebook rolled out a new service called “Moments” that expands the use of the company’s powerful “faceprint” technology.... Facebook’s Moments tool pushes the privacy envelope by making it more normal than ever for others to quickly reveal where you were and who you were with. But it does at least offer a basic check on the tagging tool: Users who don’t like the idea of using their as an ID can use Facebook’s own settings to opt out. It’s unclear, however, if Facebook will make much of an effort to tell users they can do so.

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Maine Legislature Overrides Governor's Veto to Legalize Industrial Hemp
Activist Post - Yesterday, the Maine state Senate joined the House and voted to override Gov. LePage’s veto of a bill to authorize hemp farming in the state without gaining any federal permission. Introduced by Rep. Deborah Sanderson (R-Chelsea) and cosponsored by a bipartisan coalition of seven Senators and Representatives, LD4 amends the current hemp farming law in the state by removing a requirement that licenses are contingent on approval by the Federal Government. It reads, in part: Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a person may plant, grow, harvest, possess, process, sell and buy industrial hemp. On May 12, the House voted 135-6 to override LaPage’s veto, and today, the Senate voted 27-6 to do the same. A 2/3 vote is required to override a veto in Maine and these votes easily cleared even that high hurdle.

Health

Could Antibiotics Give You Diabetes?
Jennifer Jenner - Antibiotics can kill infectious bacteria and has helped to a certain extent save lives. But now there is disturbing evidence that they may be contributing to the disease--in other words, certain antibiotics may increase the risk of developing diabetes. The connection is the ecosystem of bacteria in our gut that scientists call the microbiome. It affects digestion and immunity, and an unhealthy microbiome has been linked to diseases as diverse as obesity, certain cancers, inflammatory bowel disease, rheumatoid arthritis and...diabetes. Several studies have shown that type 2 diabetes, the kind that affects most people, is more common in people who have microbiomes with altered or low bacteria diversity. What we eat and drink changes the composition of the bacteria, and so can the medication we take...especially antibiotics.

Essential Oils Stop Cancer In Its Tracks
Joe Battaglia - Even scientists now recognize the power agents that exist within some essential oils which stops cancer spreading, and which induces cancerous cells to close themselves down.... A healthy body, from head to foot, typically has a frequency ranging from 62 to 78 MHz, while disease begins at 58Hz. During some testing with frequency and the frequency of essential oils it was measured that: Holding a cup of coffee dropped one man’s frequency from 66 Hz to 58 MHz in just 3 seconds. It took three days for his frequency to return to normal. Other studies show that: Negative thoughts lower our frequency on average 12 MHz. Positive thoughts raises our frequency on average 10 MHz.... Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils begin at 52 and go as high as 320 MHz! For example: Rose 320 MHz, Helichrysum 181 MHz, Frankincense 147 MHz, Ravensara 134 MHz, Lavender 118 MHz, Myrrh 105 MHz, German Camomile 105 MHz, Juniper 98 MHz, Sandalwood 96 MHz, Angelica 85 MHz, Peppermint 78 MHz
 



Wednesday - June 17, 2015 - Today in History:

1775 - The British took Bunker Hill outside of Boston.
1789 - The Third Estate in France declared itself a national assembly, and began to frame a constitution.
1799 - Napoleon Bonaparte incorporated Italy into his empire.
1837 - Charles Goodyear received his first patent. The patent was for a process that made rubber easier to work with.
1856 - The Republican Party opened its first national convention in Philadelphia.
1879 - Thomas Edison received an honorary degree of Doctor of Philosophy from the trustees of Rutgers College in New Brunswick, NJ.
1885 - The Statue of Liberty arrived in New York City aboard the French ship Isere.
1913 - U.S. Marines set sail from San Diego to protect American interests in Mexico.
1926 - Spain threatened to quit the League of Nations if Germany was allowed to join.
1928 - Amelia Earhart began the flight that made her the first woman to successfully fly across the Atlantic Ocean.
1930 - The Smoot-Hawley Tariff Bill became law. It placed the highest tariff on imports to the U.S.
1932 - The U.S. Senate defeated the bonus bill as 10,000 veterans massed around the Capitol.
1940 - The Soviet Union occupied Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia.
1940 - France asked Germany for terms of surrender in World War II.
1941 - WNBT-TV in New York City, NY, was granted the first construction permit to operate a commercial TV station in the U.S.
1944 - The republic of Iceland was established.
1950 - Dr. Richard H. Lawler performed the first kidney transplant in a 45-minute operation in Chicago, IL.
1963 - The U.S. Supreme Court banned the required reading of the Lord's prayer and Bible in public schools.
1965 - Twenty-seven B-52’s hit Viet Cong outposts but lost two planes in South Vietnam.
1970 - North Vietnamese troops cut the last operating rail line in Cambodia.
1982 - Former U.S. President Richard M. Nixon was interviewed by Diane Sawyer on "The CBS Morning News."
1991 - The Parliament of South Africa repealed the Population Registration Act. The act had required that all South Africans for classified by race at birth.
1994 - After leading police on a chase through Southern California, O.J. Simpson was arrested and charged with murder in the slayings of his ex-wife, Nicole, and Ronald Goldman.

World News

The Second Nuclear Arms Race Arrives: Russia Will Add 40 ICBMs In 2015 In Response To “NATO Encroachment”
Zero Hedge - With the US and Russia in a state of (renewed) cold war for over a year now, it was inevitable that that “other”, far more important attribute of the first Cold War would soon return: the nuclear arms race. And indeed it did just around dinner time in Russia today when speaking at an arms race fair, president Putin said that Russia will put more than 40 new intercontinental ballistic missiles into service in 2015 as part of a wide-reaching program to modernize the military.

Greeks are stashing €10,000 bundles in their homes in fear of Grexit
The Guardian - “Everybody’s doing it,” said Joanna Christofosaki, in front of a Eurobank cash dispenser in the leafy Athens neighbourhood of Kolonaki. “Our friends have all done it. Nobody wants their money to be worthless tomorrow. Nobody wants to be unable to get at it.”... Bank deposits have been falling steadily since October and now stand at their lowest level since 2004. Withdrawals in recent weeks have averaged €200-250m a day, but on Monday – after the shock collapse of last-ditch talks between the Greek government and its eurozone and international lenders – withdrawals surged to €400m

Monsanto Linked to Israel's Illegal Use of White Phosphorous in Gaza War
Sputnik News - Agribusiness giant Monsanto - best known for their genetically modified soybeans and "probably carcinogenic" herbicide - has supplied the US government with white phosphorous used in incendiary weapons for at least 20 years, and some of that made its way to Israel for use in Operation Cast Lead. The blog Current Events Inquiry dug into some heavily redacted documents posted in 2012 on the US Federal Business Opportunities (FBO) website, to discover that Monsanto was the purveyor of white phosphorous to the US, and subsequently Israel, including during Operation Cast Lead, which resulted in heavy casualties among Palestinians in Gaza in 2008 and 2009.

Bitcoin Spikes As Greeks Follow Cyprus "Template"
Zero Hedge - In March/April 2013, Bitcoin prices started to soar as Dijsselbloem's "template" applied to Cyprus prompted many to rethink money entirely. As the reality of a possible Grexit looms and Capital Controls are denied (just as they were in Cyprus), so Bitcoin prices are once again surging (up 10% in the last few days) as non-fiat currency once again becomes bid.

The Next Great European Financial Crisis Has Begun
Economic Collapse - The Greek financial system is in the process of totally imploding, and the rest of Europe will soon follow. Neither the Greeks nor the Germans are willing to give in, and that means that there is very little chance that a debt deal is going to happen by the end of June. So that means that we will likely see a major Greek debt default and potentially even a Greek exit from the eurozone. At this point, credit default swaps on Greek debt have risen 456 percent in price since the beginning of this year, and the market has priced in a 75 percent chance that a Greek debt default will happen. Over the past month, the yield on two year Greek bonds has skyrocketed from 20 percent to more than 30 percent, and the Greek stock market has fallen by a total of 13 percent during the last three trading days alone. This is what a financial collapse looks like, and if Greece does leave the euro, we are going to see this kind of carnage happen all over Europe.

Pope Calls for Global Authority to Impose Climate Change Agenda
Kurt Nimmo - Pope Francis would like to see a new global political authority to coerce the “rich” nations of the West to force citizens to adopt radical lifestyle and energy consumption changes in response to unverified and widely debunked climate change alarmism. Pope Francis would like to see a new global political authority to coerce the “rich” nations of the West to force citizens to adopt radical lifestyle and energy consumption changes in response to unverified and widely debunked climate change alarmism.... The release of the encyclical comes ahead of international climate negotiations in Paris this December.
* Related: Catholics Attack Pope Over “Climate Change” Fearmongering

South Korea Lures Travelers With MERS Insurance to Keep Tourism Afloat
Sputnik News - With 16 people dead and thousands under quarantine after an outbreak of the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), Seoul is struggling to manage the countrywide health-panic as well as its impact on the tourism industry. As of Tuesday, there have been 162 confirmed cases of MERS in South Korea.... According to the Strait Times, tourist arrival in South Korea has dropped by 24.6% in just the first 11 days of June, and the country may eventually lose $900 million in tourism revenue if things don’t improve.... Seoul is also taking alternative measures to respond to the tourism crisis. Namely, the country’s Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism has announced that it will offer any tourist free "MERS insurance" that will cover all their medical, and even travel expenses should they catch the virus.

UK: Teachers Use Spy Software to Detect Potential Child Terrorists
Mikael Thalen - Schools throughout the United Kingdom are being provided new surveillance software aimed at detecting “extremist” students. The program, designed by UK-based Impero Software, assists schools in building threat profiles on individual students by utilizing real-time electronic monitoring. Installed on school laptops and tablets, the software uses keyword search capabilities and URL monitoring to detect the use of “terrorism-related” words or phrases, allowing teachers to examine suspicious behavior patterns among students.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Senate passes torture ban despite Republican opposition
The Guardian - More than 20 Republican senators rejected a ban on the use of cruel and degrading treatment of prisoners on Tuesday, voting against an ultimately successful measure to permanently prevent a repeat of the CIA’s once secret and now widely-discredited torture program. The bipartisan amendment reaffirms President Barack Obama’s prohibition of interrogation techniques such as waterboarding and sleep deprivation, which were developed by the CIA under the administration of his predecessor, George W Bush. The measure passed in the Senate, 78-21.

Alabama city tosses property rights aside, threatens military vet for living ‘off the grid’
Yellowhammer - According to a report by WAFF, Tyler Truitt currently lives inside the city limits of Huntsville, but is not connected to city utilities. City officials have told him they consider his residence a “trailer” and say he must be connected to city hookups, and they are so adamant about it they have decided to come after him in court. “They came and they condemned our house and told us if we stayed here we’d be arrested for trespassing on our own property, and the reason why is (because) they said it was unsafe living conditions because we don’t have city utilities hooked up,” Truitt told the local TV station.

VIDEO: Benghazi Committee Discovers Clinton Correspondences Withheld
Breitbart - The patented Obama/Clinton slow walk technique, in which important information is held back from the public, press, and congressional investigators until scandals die of old age, is evidently still in use. A congressional source tells Politico that “House GOP Benghazi investigators have discovered additional Libya communications between Sidney Blumenthal and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton,” long after subpoenas were filed and supposedly responded to.

Indictment Alleges Garland Cartoon Contest Shooters Had Help
Breitbart - The indictment of a third man in the anti-free speech terror plot to murder Pamela Geller and others at the Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest in Garland, Texas in May indicates that the planning and coordination is deeper than previously known. The indictment also points to the possible involvement of other co-conspirators. Decarus Thomas, aka Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem, is scheduled to appear in a Phoenix courtroom on Tuesday afternoon, facing three counts: conspiracy, interstate transportation of firearms with intent to commit a felony, and making a false statement.

Military surveillance technologies are being integrated into law enforcement by DHS
MassPrivateI - It always begins with a trickle or in this case hot air. When D.C. politicians and law enforcement announced they would spend nearly $3 billion in taxpayer dollars to install surveillance blimps, the first Homeland Security run Department of Transportation (DOT) announced they want one or more.... "It is the first department of transportation in the country to use a blimp to monitor traffic" CDOT spokeswoman Amy Ford said. The tethered balloon allowed officials to attain a view from 400 feet up, allowing a view of up to more than 10 miles. The balloon, which was located near one of the department’s node buildings, allowed anyone with access to the camera control system to view a live stream of the video and then zoom, tilt or pan the camera to get a better shot of the action.

Knife Regulation Arrives: This Is The US Government, Hard At Work
Zero Hedge - S. 1315 would allow people to possess knives in states where they are illegal if the person is travelling to and from states where the knife is legal, if the knife is secured, or if the knife is a safety blade designed for cutting seatbelts. Based on information provided by the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission, CBO estimates that implementing S. 1315 would have no effect on the federal budget. Because enacting S. 1315 would not affect direct spending or revenues, pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply.

Federal Judge Gives Go-Ahead to Class Action Lawsuit against Pepsi for Exceeding California Carcinogenic Substance Limit
AllGov - Pepsi is headed to court in California, where a federal judge has ruled (pdf) it must confront allegations that its popular soft drinks contain unhealthy levels of a carcinogen. The civil case, representing nine class action lawsuits combined together, claims Pepsi, Diet Pepsi and Pepsi One have levels of the carcinogenic 4-methylimidazole (4-MeI) that exceed what’s allowed under California Proposition 65. That law established a maximum allowable limit of 4-MeI at 29 micrograms a day. Drinks containing the chemical at higher levels have been proven to produce a significant risk of cancer.

New US Regulations Allow Food Producers to Hide Trans Fats - Advocacy Group
Sputnik News - New US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations that ban food manufacturers to use partially hydrogenated oils have a loophole allowing them not to disclose trans fat content, Environmental Working Group (EWG) Director of Research Renee Sharp stated in a press release. We applaud the FDA for taking an important step that would eventually eliminate partially hydrogenated oils,” Sharp said on Tuesday. “[But] the FDA has failed to close the labeling loophole that allows processed food manufacturers to avoid full disclosure.”... The FDA set a three-year period for companies to reformulate products without using partially hydrogenated oils or petition the FDA to use trans fat. However, EWG stated the new rules allow companies to label their food as “trans fat free” even if it contains 0.49 grams of trans fat per serving.

Economy & Business

Banks Demanding Customers Account for Every Deposit & Withdrawal Before Offering Mortgages
Paul Joseph Watson - Banks are beginning to demand that customers account for every deposit and withdrawal in their account before they can obtain a mortgage, another illustration of how capital controls imposed on the middle class are intensifying. “My sister just bought a house and to get the mortgage she had to explain every deposit and cash withdrawal in her account going back five years. My mother had simply written her a check for $400 to reimburse her for picking up some medicine. They wanted her to explain why my mother gave her $400,” writes economist Martin Armstrong, adding that his sister was also grilled on the $2,000 she withdrew ever few months to pay for incidental purchases. Another of Armstrong’s friends who shared an apartment with his girlfriend was also forced to account for five and a half years worth of rent checks he had written her before they could get a mortgage together.

Income Inequality Increasing: Millionaires Set to Control Half World Wealth
Sputnik News - Boston Consulting Group's annual Global Wealth report says that in 2014 there were 17 million millionaires in the world, up from 15 million in 2013, and they now account for 41% the world's $164 trillion in private wealth, which is expected to rise to 46% share by 2019. "The wealthier are getting more and more wealthy," BCG partner and managing director Anna Zakrzewski told MSNBC. "They have a much larger share of their wealth invested in equity markets and last year was a good year for market performance." In another indication that those gaining wealth are making money from money itself, the report says 73% of the world's gains in private wealth in 2014 came from gains on existing assets rather than the creation of new wealth or business.

Energy & Environment

California Water Cuts Leave City Days Away From Running Out Of Water
(CBS13) - The upscale community of Mountain House, west of Tracy, is days away from having no water. It’s not just about lawns—there may not be a drop for the 15,000 residents to drink.... “We’re out there looking for water supplies as we speak,” said Mountain House general manager Ed Pattison. “We have storage tanks, but those are basically just to ensure the correct pressurization of the distribution system. No more than 2 days are in those storage tanks.”

America’s Most Advanced Climate Station Data Shows US In A 10-Year Cooling Trend
Daily Caller - The U.S. Climate Reference Network was developed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to provide “high-quality” climate data. The network consists of 114 stations across the U.S. in areas NOAA expects no development for the next 50 to 100 years. The climate stations use three independent measurements of temperature and precipitation to provide “continuity of record and maintenance of well-calibrated and highly accurate observations,” NOAA states on its website. “The stations are placed in pristine environments expected to be free of development for many decades.” In essence, NOAA chose locations so they don’t need to be adjusted for “biases” in the temperature record.

Science & Technology

Obama Pushes Internet ID Verification in Response to NSA Hacking
Kurt Nimmo - NSA has history of covert hacking for political gain. On Monday the White House ordered federal agencies to implement cybersecurity fixes “without delay” after a reported breach of government employee records. The Obama administration used the reported breach to announce its desire to “dramatically accelerate implementation” of multi-factor authentication for network access. This is White House speak for personal identity verification, i.e., a smart card, possibly a biometric one.

Mind Reading Technology Takes a Huge Leap Forward
Paul Joseph Watson - Scientists are moving closer to developing mind reading technology after researchers at the Wadsworth Center in New York were able to record the brain waves directly associated with speech during a recent study. The researchers used electrocorticography to map out which areas of the brain lit up when certain words were spoken with the aid of electrodes located on the surface of the cortex. Seven epileptic patients who were undergoing clinical treatments participated in the study. “It has now been shown for the first time that is possible to reconstruct basic units, words, and complete sentences of continuous speech from these brain waves and to generate the corresponding text,” according to a report on the study.

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Organic industry in shock as Whole Foods pushes new rating system that promotes chemical agriculture as better than organic
(NaturalNews) Increasingly, organic farmers are alleging that the Whole Foods brand is using its rather formidable marketing skills behind the scenes, along with its credibility among many consumers, to send the message that conventionally grown produce is just as good as -- or better than -- organically grown products also featured in stores. Shoppers are being given the option of choosing fruits and vegetables that carry the designations "good," "better" or "best." Longtime Whole Foods suppliers are complaining that the program, which is called Reponsibly Grown, can give a farmer who does not meet stringent requirements for federal organic certification the same rating as true organic farmers.

Health

Study Finds Over The Counter Heartburn Antacids Could Give You A Heart Attack
Nigam Shah - Quick relief from acute heartburn and its chronic cousin GERD is a good thing. But is it worth risking a heart attack? That's the devil's choice that millions of Americans may be making without realizing it. A large new "big data" study finds a strong statistical link between proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) such as Prilosec, Prevacid and Nexium (and their generic versions) and heart attacks. It's big news because PPIs are the third most popular prescription drugs and the second most popular over-the-counter drugs in the country...used by 21 million Americans. And the increased risk for heart attacks is not just to people with heart conditions or those taking certain medications, but to everyone, healthy or sick, young or old.

AMA Prepares Gag Order for Medical Dissenters
Alliance for Natural Health - Angered by what they call “quack MDs,” the AMA recently decided to “actively defend the profession.” In particular, it plans to create ethical guidelines for physicians in the media, write a report on how doctors may be disciplined for violating medical ethics through their press involvement, and release a public statement denouncing the dissemination of dubious medical information through the radio, TV, newspapers, or websites. Dr. Mehmet Oz of The Dr. Oz Show was specifically mentioned as being responsible for the type of behavior and “pseudoscience” that the AMA would like to curtail.... The bias, then, is already overwhelmingly against integrative practitioners, and now the AMA is looking to take further steps to silence them.

12 Benefits of Basil + Recipe Ideas
Dr. Axe - Basil is a common aromatic herb in the mint family, the same plant family as other nutrient-dense, beneficial herbs, including mint, oregano and rosemary. Basil, of course, is used to add flavor to a variety of recipes...

Pet News

US Customs Agents Target Russian-American Animal Rescue Group
Sputnik News - US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents have threatened to seize animals belonging to the animal rescue group Sochi Dogs, which offers homeless dogs from Russia up for adoption worldwide... “We never had a problem until recently,” Sochi Dogs President Anna Umansky told Sputnik on Tuesday. “A Customs officer said we were told we [sic] are not allowed to pick up the dogs.” CBP had seized two dogs at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York Cityafter they arrived in crates from Sochi, Russia.... She explained US agents eventually handed over the dogs, but told her future shipments will be denied until Sochi Dogs abides by US Customs regulations. “We always have the correct documents, vaccinations and are able to give ample notice before every pick-up,” Umanksy said.
* Related: Sochi Dogs Extraordinary Strays
 



Tuesday - June 16, 2015 - Today in History:

1815 - Napoleon defeated the Prussians at the Battle of Ligny, Netherlands.
1858 - In a speech in Springfield, IL, U.S. Senate candidate Abraham Lincoln said the slavery issue had to be resolved. He declared, "A house divided against itself cannot stand."
1884 - At Coney Island, in Brooklyn, NY, the first roller coaster in America opened.
1890 - The second Madison Square Gardens opened.
1897 - The U.S. government signed a treaty of annexation with Hawaii.
1903 - Ford Motor Company was incorporated.
1932 - The ban on Nazi storm troopers was lifted by the von Papen government in Germany.
1941 - U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered the closure of all German consulates in the United States. The deadline was set as July 10.
1955 - The U.S. House of Representatives voted to extend Selective Service until 1959.
1978 - U.S. President Carter and Panamanian leader Omar Torrijos ratified the Panama Canal treaties.
1992 - U.S. President George H.W. Bush welcomed Russian President Boris Yeltsin to a meeting in Washington, DC. The two agreed in principle to reduce strategic weapon arsenals by about two-thirds by the year 2003.
1993 - The U.S. Postal Service released a set of seven stamps that featured Bill Haley, Buddy Holly, Clyde McPhatter, Otis Redding, Ritchie Valens, Dinah Washington and Elvis Presley.
1996 - Russian voters had their first independent presidential election. Boris Yeltsin was the winner after a run-off.
1999 - The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said that a 1992 federal music piracy law does not prohibit a palm-sized device that can download high-quality digital music files from the Internet and play them at home.
2000 - U.S. Secretary of Energy Bill Richardson reported that an employee at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico had discovered that two computer hard drives were missing.
2008 - California began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

World News

US may send F-22 fighter jets to Europe to counter Russian ‘threat’
RT - A senior US Air Force official called the current situation with Russia “the biggest threat” on her mind, hinting at a possible display of power that could see American military aircraft, including F-22 Raptor fighter jets, deployed to Europe. The Air Force is now considering a plan to further increase the number of its rotational forces in Europe, the US Secretary of the Air Force, Deborah Lee James, told reporters at the Paris Airshow at Le Bourget. “That’s the beginning, there will be more. You’ll continue to see more and more rotational forces,” James said as quoted by Reuters. “The biggest threat on my mind is what’s happening with Russia and the activities of Russia. That’s a big part of why I’m here in Europe.”

Greece’s Syriza weaves scheme for default, return to national currency - media
RT - A wing of Greece’s anti-austerity Syriza party is eyeing a plan to default on government debt and replace the euro with its own national currency in case negotiations on a bailout with its creditors fail, media have reported. The plan envisions a default similar to the one implemented by Iceland during the 2008 financial crisis, along with the nationalization of the Greek banking system. The party faction considers the continuing negotiations with European creditors useless, The Telegraph reported Monday citing sources familiar with the matter. It also foresees controlling capital movements and the establishment of a sovereign central bank to serve as a basis for a new financial system. The introduction of a dual currency is possible, the source said, but would violate the terms of membership in the eurozone, which could mean a quick return to Greece’s previous currency, the drachma.

Russia Sells Off More Than 40 Percent of US Treasuries in One Year
Sputnik News - The amount of US government bonds held by Russia reduced by more than 40 percent in the space of one year, according to figures released by the US Treasury on Monday. In April 2015, Russia held $66.5 billion in US government debt, down from $69.9 billion in March, and 43 percent less than the $116.4 billion it held in April 2014, when it was the twelfth largest holder of US debt. In April 2014, Russia was the 22nd largest creditor of the US.... Over the same period, the amount of gold reserves held by the Russian Central Bank rose from $44.3 billion in April 2014, to $48.3 billion in April 2015.

Big Business Behind New European Trade Secrets Law
Sputnik News - MEPs in the European Parliament are due to vote on a new Trade Secrets Directive which critics say threatens people and the planet by letting companies keep information on the health and environmental impact of their operations secret, and sue anyone who reveals it. According to lawyers at ClientEarth, the new law has been moulded by corporations like Michelin and lobbyists Business Europe, among others, with almost no input from organizations working to protect public health. On Tuesday, the European Parliament's legal affairs committee has the opportunity to change the proposal before it is finally adopted by the European Parliament in plenary.

‘Most aggressive since Cold War’: Russia may beef up border if US arms stationed in E. Europe
RT - Russia has no binding obligations limiting its armed forces in its western region, which means if the US deploys heavy weapons in Eastern Europe and the Baltic States, there will be an equivalent response from Moscow, Russia’s top general said. “If America’s heavy arms, be it tanks, artillery systems or other heavy military hardware are deployed to Eastern Europe and the Baltic States, it will be the Pentagon’s and NATO’s most aggressive step since the end of the Cold War a quarter of a century ago,” General Yury Yakubov, a senior Defense Ministry official, was quoted as saying by Interfax.

US, China strike deal, set to hold joint military drills
RT - The US and China have signed a rare agreement to strengthen ties and develop a more productive military relationship. However, mistrust still remains, with Beijing saying progress can only be made if Washington respects China’s South China Sea ambitions. The understanding mainly concerns a deepening of cooperation between the two nations, following a meeting between Fan Changlong, the vice chairman of China’s Central Military Commission and US Defense Secretary, Ashton Carter.

BP and Rosneft to make $700mn deal despite sanctions
RT - Russian oil major Rosneft and BP are close to signing a $700 million deal for BP to acquire a 20 percent stake in the Taas-Yuriakh Siberian oilfield, reports the FT. The deal could be announced this week at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. The introduction of EU sanctions against Russia hasn’t scared off the largest European companies, working in the fuel and energy sector, according to Financial Times. Besides BP, Italy’s Eni and Norway's Statoil have already received governmental approval to continue working on joint projects with Rosneft. Shell continues to work with Gazprom Neft over the Salym project in the Siberian Khanty-Mansiysk area and is seeking Dutch government approval for other joint ventures.

EU preparing for ‘state of emergency’ after Greek talks collapse
Reuters - Greece and its creditors hardened their stances on Monday after the collapse of talks aimed at preventing a default and possible euro exit, prompting Germany's EU commissioner to say the time had come to prepare for a "state of emergency". Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras ignored pleas from European leaders to act fast. Instead he blamed creditors for Sunday's breakdown of the cash-for-reform talks, the biggest setback in long-running negotiations to unlock aid. He said his government had a responsibility to defend Greece's dignity and would resist demands for further pension cuts.... Despite the deepening crisis, Tsipras is going ahead with a planned visit to Russia from Thursday, the day euro zone finance ministers hold a crucial meeting to review the standoff with Greece. He is due to stay till Saturday, attend an economic forum in Saint Petersburg and meet President Vladimir Putin. EU officials said that without improved Greek proposals by Thursday, the Eurogroup session would be very tough and was likely to present Greece with an ultimatum.
* Related: Stocks fall globally as Greek talks collapse

Zimbabwe phases out local currency at 35 quadrillion to US$1
Hang The Bankers - Zimbabwe has started retiring its almost worthless local currency in favor of the US dollar. Today, 35 quadrillion Zimbabwean dollars are equal to US $1, as a result of hyperinflation which hit the country in 2009. The demonetization process of the Zimbabwe dollar started on Monday and will run till September 30. People with accounts of up to 175 quadrillion (175,000,000,000,000,000) Zimbabwean dollars will be paid $5. Those who preserved bills at home will receive a rate of 250 trillion to $1 for their 2008-issued notes and 250 to $1 for their 2009-issued notes.

Shock Video: Rioting Migrants Attempt to Hijack Trucks Heading for UK
Paul Joseph Watson - Shocking footage filmed in the French port town of Calais shows desperate migrants attempting to break into delivery trucks heading to the United Kingdom in another illustration of how the country’s generous welfare system acts as a beacon for illegal aliens.... The migrants are keen to reach the UK because they can exploit the country’s generous welfare system and obtain a much higher standard of living than in France, where they are forced to reside in a makeshift tent village in Calais known as “the jungle”. Around 2,500 migrants live in the tent village, with most of them coming from Sudan, Eritrea, Libya and Syria.

Vatican Speaker on Climate Thinks There are 6 Billion Too Many of Us
Breitbart - One of the speakers slated for the Vatican rollout of the long-awaited Papal document on climate change once said the earth is overpopulated by at least 6 billion people. The teaching document, called an encyclical, is scheduled for release on June 18 at Vatican City. Perhaps with the exception of the 1968 encyclical on contraception, no Vatican document has been greeted with such anticipation. The political left is hoping for a document that ties belief in global warming to a religious obligation. Climate skeptics have already started criticizing the document. The choice of Professor John Schnellnhuber, founding director of the Postdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, as one of three presenters may be giving the left added hope and giving giving skeptics severe heartburn. He has been described as one of the more aggressive scientists on the question of man-made global warming.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

 
Roll Call - House Republicans had intended to hold a vote Tuesday to reconsider last week’s failed vote on Trade Adjustment Assistance legislation, needed to send the Trade Promotion Authority bill — which passed — to the president’s desk. But the Rules Committee on Monday evening put language in its rule governing floor debate for an unrelated measure — the fiscal 2016 authorization of intelligence programs — to extend the House’s ability to reconsider the TAA vote up until July 30, the very last possible moment before the monthlong August recess. This gives lawmakers and the White House seven more weeks to engage members on both sides of the aisle and determine the best course of action.

US Marines: Our Sniper Rifles Are Outdated on the Battlefield
Sputnik News - The Marine Corps is notorious for fielding outdated equipment – some of which can be as many as 30 years old. When the United States invaded Iraq in 2003, Marine snipers carried the M40A1 sniper rifles, many of which were introduced shortly after the end of the Vietnam War. The Marines currently use a newer variant of the M40 as its primary sniper rifle – and it still shoots roughly the same distance it did 12 years ago: 1,000 yards. Active and former Marine Corps snipers say their weapons are inferior to that of other American military branches, and they do not match what the Taliban and the so-called Islamic State carry either. "It doesn't matter if we have the best training," one anonymous reconnaissance sniper told the Washington Post. "If we get picked off at a thousand yards before we can shoot, then what’s the point?"

US Army Loses Track of Own Personnel - GAO Report
Sputnik News - The US Army quite literally does not know what its own personnel are doing when they are on “borrowed” duty, a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report said. The Army does not know the extent to which it used borrowed military personnel during fiscal years 2013 and 2014 because it is unable to distinguish borrowed military personnel from the larger category of special duty personnel in its monthly special duty reports,” the report said. The term borrowed appears to be used in the report to define US military personnel who are taken from their regular duties to carry out more informal activities.

ATF To Join NYPD In Fighting New York City Gun Crime
CBS2 - Now in an unprecedented move, a federal agency is joining the effort to get gun crimes under control, CBS2’s Marcia Kramer reported Monday. Kramer is told it was a collective decision made by the federal government, the NYPD, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Those agencies are mounting a first-ever anti-gun initiative in high-crime areas. “There’s going to be an increase in federal arrests – no doubt,” said AFT agent Charles Mulham. Mulham’s words were intended to be a stiff warning to city residents who would carry weapons, and seem all to ready to use them. They will not only have to deal with the NYPD, but they will have the feds on their tail too.

USMan Spends 7 Years in Notorious Rikers Jail Awaiting Trial for a Murder He Didn’t Commit
Sputnik News - Carlos Montero, who is now 24 years old, has been held in pretrial detention since he was 17 for a murder he did not commit. But the judge refuses to separate his case from that of the actual murderer, leaving him hopelessly trapped.... There is a New York state statute guaranteeing a prisoner’s right to a speedy trial, stating that they must see trial within 180 days, but it does not apply to murder cases. Again, Montero is not accused of murdering anyone.

US Meals Programs for Elderly Miss 90% of People in Need
Sputnik News - Many elderly Americans with low incomes who need meals services do not receive them despite the growing need for such programs, a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report revealed.... Many elderly Americans with low incomes who need meals services do not receive them despite the growing need for such programs, a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report revealed.

Election News

Hillary Clinton Backs Fast-Track On Obama's Trade Deals
Zero Hedge - Hillary Clinton actually supports Barack Obama’s trade-policy, and even supports the way in which he is trying to get it through Congress. However, the news-media didn’t report it that way. Hilary is repeating her earlier tactics, in 2008, when she tried to give the impression that she had opposed her husband Bill Clinton’s NAFTA, though in fact she had earlier bragged about how great it was for the country and claimed it as if it were her own.

Economy & Business

In Dramatic Decision Judge Finds Fed Bailout Of AIG Was "Illegal", Government "Violated Federal Reserve Act"
Zero Hedge - "Starr alleges in its own right and on behalf of other AIG shareholders that the Government’s actions in acquiring control of AIG constituted a taking without just compensation and an illegal exaction, both in violation of the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.... Having considered the entire record, the Court finds in Starr’s favor on the illegal exaction claim. As the Court noted during closing arguments, a troubling feature of this outcome is that the Government is able to avoid any damages notwithstanding its plain violations of the Federal Reserve Act. "

We Might As Well Face It – America Is Addicted To Debt
Economic Collapse -Corporations, individuals and the federal government continue to rack up debt at a rate that is far faster than the overall rate of economic growth.... Consumer credit has doubled since the year 2000. Student loan debt has doubled over the course of the past decade. Business debt has doubled since 2006. And of course the debt of the federal government has doubled since 2007.... We have accumulated the greatest mountain of debt that the world has ever seen, and yet despite all of the warnings we just continue to race forward into financial oblivion.... Companies are sitting on a record $1.82 trillion in cash. That might sound impressive until you hear companies owe three times more – $5.8 trillion, according to a new report from Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services. Debt levels are soaring at U.S. non-financial companies so quickly – total debt outstanding rose $650 billion in 2014, which is six times faster than the $100 billion in added cash.

Gap To Fire Thousands, Close A Quarter Of All Specialty Locations
Zero Hedge - Moments ago, one of the biggest clothing retailers in the US confirmed the worst nightmares about the state of US consumer spending, when it reported that it would shut down over 25% of all of its specialty stores in the US, or about 175 (of which 140 will be shut in the current year), leaving the firm just 500 specialty locations and 300 outlet stores. And, in addition to the thousands of job terminations these closures would entail, the company will further fire another 250 in its headquarters.

Energy & Environment

California’s Super Wealthy Refuse to Cut Water: ‘No, We’re Not All Equal’
Sputnik News - Residents of extremely wealthy suburbs in Southern California are claiming that there is a “war on suburbia,” and that they are being “drought-shamed” for their wasteful habits. They believe that if they can afford it, the water should be theirs, and all theirs. A resident of Rancho Santa Fe, an ultra wealthy community that uses five times the statewide average of water, believes that water is not a basic human right to be shared and preserved for all to use, but rather a commodity similar to gas.... After Governor Jerry Brown called for a 25% reduction in the state’s water use in April, Rancho Santa Fe snubbed their wealthy noses at the directive and actually used 9% more water than the previous month.

Fracking to blame? Alabama earthquakes occurring near shale-gas developments
RT - More than a dozen minor earthquakes have struck western Alabama’s Greene County since November. The area is near the Black Warrior Basin, where thousands of hydraulic fracturing natural gas wells have been operating in recent years. The Associated Press reported Sunday that Greene County has had 14 notable yet inexplicable seismic events since November 20, starting with a magnitude 3.8 quake 10 miles northwest of Eutaw. The latest was a magnitude 3.0 earthquake on June 6.... Some wonder if hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in the area is the source of unusual seismic activity, as the oil and gas extraction process has been the cause of quakes in other areas of the United States, including Oklahoma and Ohio.

Science & Technology

US Nuclear Bombers Lack Satellite Terminals for Atomic Emergencies
Sputnik News - US satellite terminals to ensure communications with nuclear bombers do not yet exist and have been delayed indefinitely, a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report said. “[The] development of key satellite communication terminals for strategic bomber aircraft has been deferred by several years,” the report said. “Further details remain classified.” The terminals were planned to be part of a massive nuclear command, communications and control (NC3) system, the GAO explained.

Police Release “Pre-Crime” Smartphone App
Kit Daniels - Swiss police have released a “pre-crime” smartphone app which warns users about crimes “before they are committed” based on criminal prediction software. The app, published by the Aargau cantonal police under the name “Kapo Aargau,” sends users a “pre-crime” report for their area compiled by the Precobs forecasting software, which uses past crime data fed into an algorithm. “The cantonal police of Aargau used the Precobs for a short time and comes to a similar conclusion: the system has repeatedly delivered amazingly accurate predictions,” the Aargauer Zeitung reported when the app was first being tested. “That leaves other cantons listening attentively; police forces from across the country are interested in testing the software.” And across the world as well; numerous police departments in the U.S. are also using similar technology, such as the Miami Police Dept. which has adopted the Hunchlab prediction software.

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Poultry producers worry about proposed bird flu vaccine; jab could SPREAD more bird flu across America!
(NaturalNews) Some turkey producers in the Midwest are reportedly pushing the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to approve a novel vaccine for bird flu that would be the first of its kind ever used on poultry animals intended for human consumption. The vaccine hasn't even undergone testing or been proven to work, of course, but the "act first, ask questions later" segment of the factory food industry thinks it's a great idea. Then there's the issue of live virus shedding, which has gained considerable attention in recent months due to the media's scare campaign over measles. It's a fact that many flu vaccines contain attenuated (weakened) live virus, and the proposed bird flu vaccine is no exception.

Health

Ozone therapy for breast cancer: It just makes common sense
(NaturalNews) Anyone who is committed to healing their breast cancer naturally knows that cancer cells thrive in environments with very little oxygen. In 1966, Otto Warburg, a Nobel Prize-winning doctor from Germany, put the relationship between cancer and oxygen this way: "Cancer cells meet their energy needs by fermentation, not oxidation. Thus, they are dependent upon glucose and a high oxygen environment is toxic to them."

STEVIA: The Ultra-Sweet Sugar Substitute that Isn’t Always Natural
Natural Society - Stevia has been touted for many years as a natural substitute for sugar and various artificial sweeteners, but not all stevia is created equal.... The various beverage and food companies now market their new and improved stevia-sweetened products under various brand names. In each of these cases it is important to understand that the extracts and derivatives are far from natural. Because they are extracted or derived chemically, there may be present other chemical byproducts and/or residues which may be harmful.... The trade and brand names of these chemically-derived forms of stevia, which are now used extensively across many food and beverage product lines, are as follows...
* Related: Truvia’s Sweet Scam: Highly Processed, GMO, and Contains Hardly Any Stevia

Food “Safety”? All the Dangerous Food Recalls in Just the Last Few Days
Natural Blaze - One of the clear and present dangers in having such a highly industrialized, highly centralized food system in this country (a system where a whopping 96% of everyone relies on the other 4% for their food) is contamination. Our food is so centralized now that 10 megacorporations essentially own and produce all the brands you see on your grocery store shelf.... So in a typical week, several products are found contaminated with everything from undeclared major allergens to potentially fatal food-borne pathogens to “particulate matter”. You never know what you’re gonna get. In just the last few days, these things have been recalled (via the FDA’s recall page and the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service FSIS)...
 



Monday - June 15, 2015 - Today in History:

1215 - King John of England put his seal on the Magna Carta.
1752 - Benjamin Franklin experimented by flying a kite during a thunderstorm. The result was it showed the relationship between lightning and electricity.
1775 - George Washington was appointed head of the Continental Army by the Second Continental Congress.
1836 - Arkansas became the 25th U.S. state.
1846 - The United States and Britain settled a boundary dispute concerning the boundary between the U.S. and Canada, by signing a treaty.
1864 - An order to establish a military burial ground was signed by Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton. The location later became known as Arlington National Cemetery.
1898 - The U.S. House of representatives approved the annexation of Hawaii.
1916 - U.S. President Woodrow Wilson signed a bill incorporating the Boy Scouts of America.
1944 - American forces began their successful invasion of Saipan during World War II.
1947 - The All-Indian Congress accepted a British plan for the partition of India.
1948 - Soviet authorities announced that the Autobahn would be closed indefinitely "for repairs."
1981 - The U.S. agreed to provide Pakistan with $3 billion in military and economic aid from October 1982 to October 1987.
1983 - The U.S. Supreme Court reinforced its position on abortion by striking down state and local restriction on abortions.
1986 - Pravda, the Communist Party newspaper, said the chief engineer of the Chernobyl nuclear plant was let go for mishandling the incident at the plant.
1992 - It was ruled by the U.S. Supreme Court that the government could kidnap criminal suspects from foreign countries for prosecution.
1992 - U.S. Vice President Dan Quayle instructed a student to spell "potato" with an "e" on the end during a spelling bee. He had relied on a faulty flash card that had been written by the student's teacher.
1994 - Israel and the Vatican established full diplomatic relations.
1999 - South Korean naval forces sank a North Korean torpedo boat during an exchange in the disputed Yellow Sea.
2003 - A jury in Houston convicted accounting firm Arthur Andersen of obstruction of justice.
2006 - A divided Supreme Court made it easier for police to barge into homes and seize evidence without knocking or waiting.

World News

MI6 Recalls Secret Agents From Abroad for Fear of Uncover by Russia, China
Sputnik - The British Secret Intelligence Service, MI6, has withdrawn its agents out of live operations in foreign countries as they could allegedly be identified by Russia and China with the help of files stolen by former US National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden, The Sunday Times reports.The newspaper claimed on Sunday citing senior British officials that Moscow has gained access to over 1 million classified files that contain details of secret intelligence techniques and information that could be used to identify British and American spies.

US conducts ‘counter-terrorism’ airstrike in Libya, unsure of result
RT - The Pentagon has announced it conducted an airstrike in Libya targeting an Al-Qaeda-associated militant, but could not be completely sure that it succeeded. The Libyan government, meanwhile, has claimed the strike killed the notorious Mokhtar Belmokhtar.... The Pentagon has not released any details about the operation, nor the name of the alleged terrorist who was targeted. In the past, Americans have used drones to strike targets in the region. Warren did emphasize that there had been no US boots on the ground assisting the operation, Reuters reports.

Poland, Lithuania discussing plans with Washington to harbor US army equipment
RT - Warsaw and Vilnius are in talks with Washington about the permanent stationing of US army equipment warehouses, officials from the two countries said. Heavy weapons may be stored in the Baltic States, Romania, Bulgaria and possibly Hungary. The Polish Defense Ministry tweeted that during his recent visit to Washington Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak was given assurances that a final decision on stationing the warehouses would be taken shortly....The Pentagon's far-reaching proposal requires approval from Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter and the White House. Should the move be given the go-ahead, it would be the first deployment of military hardware in Europe since the end of the Cold War 25 years ago. The plan falls short of a permanent boots-on-the-ground presence.

Saudi Warplanes Destroy 2,500 Year Old Heritage Site In Yemen
Zero Hedge - On Friday, the proxy wars that, thanks in large part to US foreign policy, now plague the Middle East, took their toll on another UNESCO heritage site when Saudi warplanes decimated Old City, a 2,500 year-old collection of homes, towers, gardens, mosques, and public baths in the Yemeni capital of Sana’a. [The] NY Times has more: A protected 2,500-year-old cultural heritage site in Yemen’s capital, Sana, was obliterated in an explosion early Friday, and witnesses and news reports said the cause was a missile or bomb from a Saudi warplane. The Saudi military denied responsibility.

BRICS Central Bank experts meet in Turkey to finalise joint Monetary Fund
The BRICS Post - Officials from the five BRICS countries are meeting in Bodrum, Turkey on Saturday and Sunday to finalise the joint monetary fund ahead of the 7th Leaders Summit in Russia. Russia’s Vladimir Putin, China’s Xi Jinping, Jacob Zuma from South Africa, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and India’s Narendra Modi will meet for the Summit on 8-9 July in Ufa… The CRA is meant to provide an alternative to International Monetary Fund’s emergency lending. In the CRA, emergency loans of up to 30 percent of a member nation’s contribution will be decided by a simple majority. Bigger loans will require the consent of all CRA members.

"Last Chance" Greek Bailout Talks End Without Deal
Zero Hedge - What this means is that Greece came to Brussels and presented the same "not serious" proposals Tsipras submitted last week. That is, Athens is willing to deal on fiscal targets and is more than willing to accept free money from the EFSF and ESM.. but is not yet desperate enough to concede to pension cuts or VAT hikes... As we noted earlier today (and on countless occasions previously), 'deadlines' and 'ultimatums' are largely meaningless because even if Greece misses its June 30 bundled payment to the IMF, Christine Lagarde would need to send a formal failure to pay letter to the Executive Board… It’s up to Lagarde to decide when to send that letter and she would have at least 30 days.

Bilderberg Media Mogul Confronted at Airport
Paul Joseph Watson - Bronner, publisher of Der Standard, a major national daily broadsheet newspaper published in Vienna, spent the last few days meeting with influential power brokers from the world of politics, media, academia, business and banking at the elitist confab in Telfs, Austria, safely enclosed behind a huge security operation enforced by over 2,000 police. Bronner stated, “It was a very interesting meeting,” before referring to the Bilderberg Group’s official website for the list of topics that were discussed (the topics are so vague as to be almost meaningless).

MERS death toll reaches 16 among 150 confirmed S. Korea outbreak victims
RT - Two more patients with the MERS virus have died, South Korea’s health ministry has announced. In addition, five new cases have been confirmed, bringing the official total to 150 patients.... The hospital has placed some 400 patients, families and medical staff under quarantine. As of Sunday, at least 4,856 people possibly exposed to the MERS virus were under observation nationwide.... The World Health Organization (WHO) will be holding an emergency meeting on Tuesday to address the “large and complex” MERS outbreak, the biggest outside Saudi Arabia where it was first identified in humans in 2012. There is no vaccine or cure for the virus which has a fatality rate of around 35 percent. All of South Korea’s cases are believed to be linked to hospitals and have been traced back to a businessman who returned from the Middle East. So far all of the deaths have involved elderly people or patients suffering from other illnesses in addition to MERS.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

The GOP Leadership’s Latest Obamatrade Ploy: Small Business Tax Hike That Violates GOP’s Anti-Tax Pledge
Breitbart - TAA was originally supposed to be financed with Medicare cuts – which sparked major outrage, and cries of hypocrisy in what would have certainly turned into boldly negative campaign advertisements against Republicans by Democrats this next cycle. But under pressure, Republican leadership, mainly Boehner and Ryan, negotiated with Democrats to remove the Medicare cuts from the financial backing of TAA and instead using direct tax hikes by raising the penalties for misfiled taxes. “A vote for Obamatrade on Tuesday is a vote to give the IRS more power and more incentives to go after small businesses,” said Curtis Ellis, founder of the Obamatrade website, in an exclusive interview with Breitbart News.

VIDEO: CNN: Attacking Dallas Police HQ ‘Courageous and Brave’
Breitbart - CNN anchor Fredricka Whitfield called the attack on Dallas Police Headquarters “very courageous and brave” on Saturday’s “CNN Newsroom.” Whitfield, while discussing the shooting with legal analyst Philip Holloway, said, “It was very courageous and brave, if not crazy as well, to open fire on the police headquarters, and now you have this scene, this standoff. So you believe these are the hallmarks of more than one person’s involvement?”... “Well, first off, I will say that the Dallas police department did an excellent job handling this situation, and no one other than the suspect was injured,” he said. “Yes, I think it’s very likely he had some degree of assistance. These bombs that detonated immediately when the robot made contact with them, that suggests there might be some level of sophistication that may go beyond what this person is capable of.”
* Related: How the Dallas police attack suspect got an armored van and Joe Biggs reports from behind the yellow tape at the Dallas Police shooting crime scene

House Kills Fast-Track Of Obamatrade After Pelosi-Led Democrat Rebellion
Zero Hedge - And just like that, President Obama's fast track of his "great job creation" bill is defeated in a 126-302 procedural vote which stumbled over what is known as the Trade Adjustment Assistance. Following Pelosi's comments that "its defeat is the only way we will be able to slow down fast track," and "people would rather have a job than assistance", the defeat of a measure to provide aid to workers displaced by trade deals means the fast-tracking of the TPP is done (for now).

Secret CIA effort in Syria faces large funding cut
Washington Post - Key lawmakers have moved to slash funding of a secret CIA operation to train and arm rebels in Syria, a move that U.S. officials said reflects rising skepticism of the effectiveness of the agency program and the Obama administration’s strategy in the Middle East. The House Intelligence Committee recently voted unanimously to cut as much as 20 percent of the classified funds flowing into a CIA program that U.S. officials said has become one the agency’s largest covert operations, with a budget approaching $1 billion a year.

Four Weeks Later: Waco Police Narrative Unravels
Breitbart - Four weeks after the deadly May 17th shooting incident outside a Waco Twin Peaks restaurant, more details have come out concerning the incident, but significant questions still remain about the actions taken by law enforcement and the police’s account of what transpired. Although the national mainstream media has largely moved on from the Waco story, if critics of the police are correct, the incident represents an unprecedented civil rights violation and media cover-up campaign by the Waco authorities. Police in Waco still have yet to state how many bikers, if any, were killed by the police, or to explain why the police showed up in force at all prior to the meeting on May 17th.

7 Reasons Why Police are More Dangerous to Americans than ISIS
Free Thought Project - Everywhere, USA: If you think it’s absurd to compare the men and women in blue uniform to terrorists, just read the definition of terrorism. Terrorism: the use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims. The Free Thought Project has compiled a list of 7 examples that shows why comparing police to ISIS is not so crazy. In fact, it proves that police are far more dangerous to Americans, and our freedoms than any terrorist group on earth.

Police Seize 6 Children Simply Because Family Was Camping
Off the Grid News - A Michigan family which had dreams of camping during the summer in the great outdoors was horrified when state officials seized their six children simply because they were temporarily living in tents... The nightmare experience for Christopher and Antonia Hernandez began May 19 when Otsego County sheriff deputies and a CPS official took their children, and ended June 10 when their children were returned after the parents won a court ruling based on the fact the mother and children are eligible for enrollment in the Tlingit Native American tribe. The federal Indian Child Welfare Act makes it more difficult for state officials to separate Native American families. Michigan has a similar state law. If the family had not had the Tlingit link, the case still would be ongoing, with the children still in foster care.

Election News

Iowa GOP cancels straw poll
USA Today - The governing board for the Republican Party of Iowa voted unanimously Friday to cancel the straw poll, a milestone on the path to the White House that had passed the strategic tipping point. It was no longer a political risk for presidential campaigns to walk away from the straw poll, and too many of the 2016 contenders had opted to skip it for it to survive.

Economy & Business

Writing's On The Wall: Texas Pulls $1 Billion In Gold From NY Fed, Makes It "Non-Confiscatable"
Zero Hedge - The lack of faith in central bank trustworthiness is spreading. First Germany, then Holland, and Austria, and now - as we noted was possible previously - Texas has enacted a Bill to repatriate $1 billion of gold from The NY Fed's vaults to a newly established state gold bullion depository..."People have this image of Texas as big and powerful … so for a lot of people, this is exactly where they would want to go with their gold," and the Bill includes a section to prevent forced seizure from the Federal Government.

Food Banks In New York Are Running Out Of Food
Zero Hedge - Welcome to the Recovery! Food banks across the US state of New York are running out of food (37% of food pantries say they have had to turn away needy people because they ran out of food), amid falling funds and rising demand from people that have trouble affording food. About 2.6 million people have trouble affording food across New York with about 1.4 million New York City residents relying on food pantries to feed themselves, according to the Food Bank For New York City. But as PressTV reports, contrary to the belief that people visiting food pantries are homeless and jobless, most customers are employed, but are not paid enough money to put food on the table without help.

Costco Decides to Sell Controversial GM Salmon
Natural Society - As major supermarkets like Safeway, Target, Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s refuse GM salmon, the mega store Costco is planning on selling the genetically modified fish to its customers while attempting to dress itself as a big organic seller. This is odd, since Costco has just announced that it will become one of the largest sellers of organic products in the US, and also since Costco customers recently rallied in Seattle to deliver more than 50,000 signatures asking the company not to sell GM salmon.

Energy & Environment

Billionaire: $25M Prize to Solve Global Warming by Geoengineering
The New American - Richard Branson (shown), chairman of Virgin Group Ltd., has offered a $25-million prize for the best solution for ending so-called global warming using geoengineering (also called climate engineering), which is the deliberate and large-scale intervention in the Earth’s climatic system… “Some proposals are uncontroversial, such as using charcoal to lock carbon dioxide into soil or scattering carbon-absorbing gemstones.” However, other proposals seem quite bizarre, considering how environmentalists usually are so wary of any human activity that impacts our climate.

California Water Wars Escalate: Government Orders Massive Supply Cuts To Most Senior Rights Holders
Zero Hedge - Just two weeks after California's farmers - with the most senior water rights - offered to cut their own water use by 25% (in an attempt to front-run more draconian government-imposed measures), AP reports that the California government has - just as we predicted - ignored any efforts at self-preservation and ordered the largest cuts on record to farmers holding some of the state's strongest water rights. While frackers and big energy remain exempt from the restrictions, Caren Trgovcich, chief deputy director of the water board, explains, "we are now at the point where demand in our system is outstripping supply for even the most senior water rights holders."

Drought-stricken California - Thieves hijack water tanks, siphon private wells, illegally tap industrial pipelines
(NaturalNews) Special law enforcement task forces, believe it or not, are reportedly being deployed throughout California to deal with a new crime wave blossoming in what 10 years ago would have been a rather unlikely economic sector: water. The water wars have apparently already begun, as police battle a growing "gray market" for stolen water, with thieves now hijacking water tanks, siphoning private wells and even digging under city streets to illegally tap into industrial water pipelines, according to reports.

Science & Technology

Canadian Court: Yes, We Can Order Google To Block Websites Globally
Techdirt - Almost exactly a year ago we wrote about a troubling lawsuit in British Columbia, where a court ruled that Google needed to block access to a website globally. The case involved one company accusing another of selling counterfeit or copied equipment, and despite Google not even being a party to the case, said that Google needed to make sure no one could find the site in question via Google anywhere in the world. As we noted, this had tremendously problematic consequences. For example, China doesn’t think anyone should be able to learn about the protests in Tiananmen Square. Can it now order Google to remove all links to such references globally? That result seems crazy. And, of course, there was a separate issue of how the court even had jurisdiction over Google, seeing as it does not have any operations, staff or servers in British Columbia. Google stepped in to protest the injunction at the appeals court.

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

GM Moths Field Release near New York Causes Outrage
Natural Blaze - In September 2014 several of the organizations commented on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s environmental assessment (EA) for the proposed field release of Oxitec’s GE diamondback moths at Cornell University. The agency did not contact the organizations to address their myriad concerns, and months later, the groups found out through a separate correspondence with the USDA that the GE moth permit had been quietly approved with no press release or other public notification. “This release of genetically engineered autocidal moths is the first of its kind in the United States and it sets a very poor precedent that they were released with minimal environmental review and transparency,” said Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director of Food & Water Watch. “The USDA’s irresponsible management of this genetically engineered insect is putting the environment and agriculture at risk.”

Monsanto Now Billing Itself as a “Sustainable Agriculture Company”
Natural Society - Monsanto truly has decided to market itself as a ‘sustainable agriculture’ company despite spending billions to provide the world with destructive, carcinogenic chemicals. You can see Monsanto’s propaganda piece here. The biotech giant also says that it aims to “empower” farmers around the world, while arguably leading to mass farmer suicides taking place all throughout India. What’s more, Monsanto is completely wrecking the organic farmer’s industry in the US. As far as ‘empowering’ farmers, nearly 300,000 have sued Monsanto for contaminating their seed.

Health

AMA may force incompetent older doctors to retire even if they don't want to
(NaturalNews) A new report by an American Medical Association council calls for aging physicians to go into early retirement if they cannot meet competency requirements. The new report is being brought to the AMA's 2015 policy-making meeting in Chicago. The report calls on younger doctors to evaluate and vote out their older colleagues who are showing signs of age. The reasoning behind it is that older doctors might be more likely to make mistakes that could put patients' lives in jeopardy.... There are currently around 240,000 physicians aged 65 and older in the U.S. If the AMA does decide to force this group into early retirement, nearly one fourth of all the physicians in the U.S. would no longer be able to help patients. This would welcome a new flood of rookie physicians while undermining the knowledge of an experienced sector of physicians.

Systemic Candida - how to conquer and heal
(NaturalNews) Candida is a common yeast-like, parasitic fungal infection which can become systemic when it spreads throughout the body and impacts bodily systems. At severe levels of infection Candida can become debilitating and even life threatening....The key to eliminating overgrowth is restoring the proper balance of healthy bacteria in our intestines. A strict diet must be followed. Keep in mind, some foods that are considered healthy are not advised while addressing Candida.... Some foods stand out as Candida fighters. Among the very best are...

10 Incredible Use Of Baking Soda Daily as a Medicine
Natural News Blogs - Lot of people use baking soda for cooking and cleaning, most don’t know that baking soda is a powerful healer as well. Baking soda is a terrific home remedy that can do everything from relieving the sting of bugs to being a super detox agent. Baking soda rates right up there with hydrogen peroxide as one of the safest, most effective, and most inexpensive health tools around.
 



Friday - June 12, 2015 - Today in History:

1665 - England installed a municipal government in New York. It was the former Dutch settlement of New Amsterdam.
1838 - The Iowa Territory was organized.
1901 - Cuba agreed to become an American protectorate by accepting the Platt Amendment.
1918 - The first airplane bombing raid by an American unit occurred on World War I's Western Front in France.
1921 - U.S. President Warren Harding urged every young man to attend military training camp.
1935 - U.S. Senator Huey Long of Louisiana made the longest speech on Senate record. The speech took 15 1/2 hours and was filled by 150,000 words.
1937 - The Soviet Union executed eight army leaders under Joseph Stalin.
1939 - The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum was dedicated in Cooperstown, New York.
1941 - In London, the Inter-Allied Declaration was signed. It was the first step towards the establishment of the United Nations.
1967 - State laws which prohibited interracial marriages were ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court.
1982 - 75,000 people rallied against nuclear weapons in New York City's Central Park. Jackson Browne, James Taylor, Bruce Springsteen, and Linda Ronstadt were in attendance.
1985 - The U.S. House of Representatives approved $27 million in aid to the Nicaraguan contras.
1987 - U.S. President Reagan publicly challenged Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall.
1992 - In a letter to the U.S. Senate, Russian Boris Yeltsin stated that in the early 1950's the Soviet Union had shot down nine U.S. planes and held 12 American survivors.
1997 - The U.S. Treasury Department unveiled a new $50 bill meant to be more counterfeit-resistant.
1998 - Compaq Computer paid $9 billion for Digital Equipment Corp. in largest high-tech acquisition.
1999 - NATO peacekeeping forces entered the province of Kosovo in Yugoslavia.
2003 - In Arkansas, Terry Wallis spoke for the first time in nearly 19 years. Wallis had been in a coma since July 13, 1984, after being injured in a car accident.
2009 - In the U.S., The switch from analog TV transmission to digital was completed.

World News

US Intelligence Forges Documents Against Iran - Envoy
Sputnik News - US intelligence services are forging documents against Iran, Tehran’s permanent representative at the International Atomic Energy Agency said on Thursday. Talking to the media on Thursday, Reza Najafi he said the claims about Iran’s forbidden activities at the country’s Marivan nuclear site were also based on these kinds of documents, IRNA news agency reported. Iran has repeatedly said such documents are faked and forged by the American intelligence services against Iran’s peaceful nuclear program, Reza Najafi stressed. Referring to the claims included in the latest IAEA report about Iran’s forbidden operations in Marivan, he said that his country had already voiced readiness to take the IAEA inspectors to any point they wanted but received no response from the organization.

US Refrains From Prohibiting Companies to Attend Russia's Economic Forum
Sputnik News - In 2014, US authorities called on US executives to refrain from attending the economic forum in Russia. "The message is: If you’re asking us, we still won’t encourage you to go, but if you don’t ask, nothing will happen." Two executives from US companies with operations in Russia reportedly said government officials had told them there would be "no punishment" if the companies attended the forum. According to The Financial Times, the chairmen of AT Kearney, Boston Consulting Group, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Ernst & Young are among those who are expected at the event. The chief executives of Shell, BP, Societe Generale, Total, and Carlsberg are also expected to be present at the St. Petersburg forum.

Japan Delays Removal of Fuel Rods From Fukushima Power Plant by 3 Years
Sputnik News - The removal of spent uranium fuel rods from the Fukushima power plant will begin three years later compared to the originally planned date, the Japanese government said in a roadmap published on Friday. Initially, the removal was scheduled for the end of 2015 for Unit 3 and for late 2017 for Units 1 and 2. Due to the high level of radiation in the area and the difficulty of the operation, it was decided to postpone the work for Unit 3 until 2017, and until 2020 for the first two units. The schedule for the removal of the dangerous fuel remains unchanged and will take place in 2021. Cleanup efforts around Fukushima could take up to 40 years.

Activists to shut down Israeli arms factory in Gaza war anniversary protest
RT - Israeli defense contractor Elbit Systems’ UK factory will become the target of a protest to mark the anniversary of the Gaza conflict in July. Anti-arms trade campaigners will join forces with students unions and pro-Palestinian groups in a bid to shut down the factory, which they say manufactures drones.... Campaigners are calling for the UK to stop selling arms to Israel, highlighting the state’s role in last year’s Gaza conflict, which caused the death of over 2,200 Palestinians.

Bloomberg Coverage of Bilderberg Ignores Attendance of Bloomberg Editor-In-Chief
Mikael Thalen - The first notable coverage of the 2015 Bilderberg conference by media outlet Bloomberg unsurprisingly omits the attendance of its editor-in-chief John Micklethwait. A video article entitled, “Here’s Who’s Going to The Secret Bilderberg Summit,” which features a brief synopsis of the group’s 63rd gathering, fails to mention the numerous high-profile media attendees. Micklethwait, who joined Bloomberg after stepping down as The Economist’s editor-in-chief in 2014, has been a regular attendee of the group since at least 1996. Despite attending for the better part of two decades, Micklethwait, as the Bloomberg video states, will remain tight-lipped due to Bilderberg’s policy of secrecy.
* Related: Mainstream Reporters Attend Bilderberg – But WON’T Report On It

‘No progress’: IMF walks out of bailout talks with Greece
RT - International Monetary Fund representatives have cut short negotiations with Greek officials in Brussels, after they failed to present a viable reform plan. The move has left Athens, due to repay €1.6 billion by the end June, on the edge of default. The ball is very much in Greece’s court,” IMF spokesman Gerry Rice told the media during a specially scheduled announcement, before his team returns to Washington. “There are major differences between us in most key areas. There has been no progress in narrowing these differences recently.” With wages and pensions at 80 percent of total public spending “it’s not possible for Greece to achieve its medium-term fiscal targets without reforms, and especially of pensions.” Rice also told Athens to eschew “unsustainable” tax increases, but called on Athens to collect it’s existing VAT taxes.

Poll Finds Majority Of Greeks Ready To Fold To Troika, Even As Anti-Austerity Protests Return
Zero Hedge - As unemployment rises to near 27%, a new poll shows more than half of Greeks support giving in to creditors "if they insist on it." Meanwhile, anti-austerity protests are back, with communist-affiliated union members demonstrating at the finance ministry in Athens.

IMF data shows Iceland's economy recovered after it imprisoned bankers and let banks go bust - instead of bailing them out
Belfast Telegraph - Iceland’s finance minister has announced a 39 per cent tax on investors looking to take their money overseas. The country has imposed the tax to prevent it hemorrhaging money as it loosens bank laws imposed six years ago, when Iceland made the shocking decision to let its banks go bust. Iceland also allowed bankers to be prosecuted as criminals – in contrast to the US and Europe, where banks were fined, but chief executives escaped punishment. The chief executive, chairman, Luxembourg ceo and second largest shareholder of Kaupthing, an Icelandic bank that collapsed, were sentenced in February to between four and five years in prison for market manipulation.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

US House Votes to Defund Warrantless NSA-CIA Communications Collection
Sputnik News - The amendment to the annual US defense appropriations bill would prevent the National Security Agency (NSA) and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) from searching or collecting communications data under the controversial Section 702 program of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) without due process. The amendment would also prevent the intelligence community from forcing US technology companies from building in security vulnerabilities, or “backdoors,” which allow surveillance of the companies' clientele. The FISA Section 702 program allows US intelligence agencies to siphon off internet communications data such as e-mails, instant messages, and web browsing history, according to the internet advocacy group, the Electronic Frontiers Foundation.

10 countries that hate the U.S. the most
MarketWatch - Public opinion alone does not dictate foreign policy. However, a country’s perception of another country can have a meaningful impact on foreign policy decisions that both governments make. Keeping global approval ratings of the U.S. high strengthens what is called soft power, which captures how diplomatic goals can be accomplished without military force.

Police State America sends 450 cops to illegally search people's homes looking for escaped prisoners
MassPrivateI - In Vermont And New York Hundreds of law enforcement officers swept through the small Adirondack foothills town. Searchers walked shoulder to shoulder, wearing bulletproof vests and carrying sidearms as they went through hilly woods, fields and swamps, checking every home, garage, shed and outbuilding, then yelling, “Clear!” when there were no signs of the inmates. By early evening, it appeared the sweep had come up empty, and there was no confirmation from police that the escaped convicts had been there. State Police said more than 450 corrections and other law enforcement officers were in the area and planned to go door to door, checking homes and seasonal camps.

Texas Police Shut Down Little Girls’ ‘Illegal’ Lemonade Stand, Citing Lack Of Permit
Truth in Media - Two young sisters were forced to shut down the lemonade stand they were running to buy their dad a Father's Day present, after they were informed by a police officer that in order to run the stand, they must undergo a health inspection and obtain a Peddler's Permit.... Overton Police told KLTV that following the exchange, a family friend went to Overton City Hall to obtain a Peddler’s Permit for the girls. While the city was willing to waive the $150 fee, staff members would not let the Green sisters obtain a permit until they contacted the health department and an inspection was conducted.

Obamatrade Chaos: Bill Barely Clears Hurdle… ‘Courageous Conservatives’ Vote Against… Showdown Friday
Breitbart - Most importantly about this is that the vote passed with less than a majority of the full House of Representatives. Boehner was only able to–on a purely procedural vote–obtain 217, rather than the 218 votes for a majority, votes for the rule. It passed the House 217-212.

Big Pharma Revealed As Puppetmaster Behind TPP Secrecy
Zero Hedge - When it came to the highly confidential TPP, it was unclear just which corporations were dominant in pulling the strings. Now thanks to more documents published by Wikileaks, and analyzed by the NYT, it appears that "big pharma" is the mastermind behind the Trans Pacific Partnership, which if passed will "empower big pharmaceutical firms to command higher reimbursement rates in the United States and abroad, at the expense of consumers" according to "public health professionals, generic-drug makers and activists opposed to the trade deal."

Paul Ryan’s Pelosi-Esque Obamatrade Moment: ‘It’s Declassified And Made Public Once It’s Agreed To’
Breitbart - Chief Obamatrade proponent House Ways and Means Committee chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) admitted during Congressional testimony on Wednesday evening that despite tons of claims from him and other Obamatrade supporters to the contrary, the process is highly secretive. He also made a gaffe in his House Rules Committee testimony on par with former Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)’s push to pass Obamacare, in which she said infamously said: “we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.”

Obama Administration Attempts to Tack 20 Years onto Man’s Sentence for Possession of Books
Daily Sheeple - The Obama administration is trying to tack 20 years onto a Florida man’s tax fraud sentence for the supposed crime of possessing books the government doesn’t like. The Intercept reports: Now, to demonstrate that Robertson’s tax charges merit a terrorism enhancement, the government has cited a number of books owned by Robertson that allegedly extol extremist beliefs. Robertson, who is recognized as an Islamic scholar, owned a library which included roughly 10,000 e-books, a small number of which are alleged by the government to have contained passages deemed controversial.

Probable cause found to charge cops with murder & negligent homicide of Tamir Rice
RT - A judge has found that there is probable cause to charge the Cleveland, Ohio police officer accused of shooting and killing 12-year-old Tamir Rice with murder, while his partner could be charged with negligent homicide, according to local news reports. A Cuyahoga County judge found probable cause to charges against Officers Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback in connection with Rice’s death. Judge Ronald B. Adrine wrote in his judgment entry that there is cause to bring charges of murder, involuntary manslaughter, reckless homicide, negligent homicide and dereliction of duty against Loehmann, who shot the preteen while he was playing with a toy gun at a recreation center playground in November.

11 Year Old Boy Kidnapped By CPS, Parents Arrested, After He Played In Back Yard Alone For 90 Minutes
Steve Watson - A couple in Florida were arrested and charged with felony neglect after their 11-year-old son was left alone in the back yard playing basketball for 90 minutes. Furthermore, the child was taken from the parents and placed into foster care. The remarkable story was related to the website Free Range Kids, which advocates raising children to be self reliant, rather than succumbing to the nanny state. The boy found himself locked out of the family home in April, after the parents became stuck in traffic. A busy body neighbor decided that this was far too dangerous, and called the cops.

Economy & Business

Lawmakers seek to cut federal gas tax, give states control over transportation spending
RT - Even as gas prices have fallen of late, two Republican lawmakers want to make gas even cheaper. Sen. Mike Lee of Utah and Rep. Ron DeSantis of Florida introduced a bill that would gradually eliminate the gas tax that funds federal transportation projects. The two men unveiled their bill, called the Transportation Empowerment Act (TEA), on Wednesday. They propose cutting the current gas tax by 16.4 cents per gallon to just 3.7 cents over the next five years. It would also transfer the responsibility for transportation projects that are currently funded by the gas tax to the states, which Lee and DeSantis said would allow the states to eliminate “restrictive and costly red tape imposed by the federal government.”

Rail to Nowhere: House Votes to Cut Some High-Speed Train Spending
Breitbart - U.S. Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA), chairman of the House rail subcommittee, has proposed an amendment that could cripple plans for the construction of California’s high-speed rail project. Denham’s amendment would eliminate a 2012 agreement between California and the Obama administration that permitted the state to obtain federal grant money without matching those funds with money from state coffers.... Denham said on the floor of the House Tuesday night, “We are $87 billion short. The governor’s not proposing $87 billion. The president’s not proposing $87 billion. So, we’re really leaving the state of California at risk,” according to KCRA.

'Who' Really Runs Your State?
Zero Hedge - A state's economy is nothing without the businesses that call it home. However, these companies are not created equally - bigger businesses naturally have outsized influence, generating more revenue, employing more people and (at least theoretically) paying more taxes. So given that corporations are now 'people', who really runs your state in this crony-capitalist land of the free?

Housing Market

How Obama Will Centrally-Plan Your Neighborhood: Here Comes The "Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing" Rule
Zero Hedge - Because centrally-planning the market and the double seasonally-adjusted economy was not enough, the Obama administration is now set to create a wealth-adjusted community utopia. According to The Hill, the administration is moving forward with regulations designed to help diversify America’s wealthier neighborhoods, such as building affordable housing in more affluent areas. The name of Obama's latest proposal to have the government centrally-plan your community? The Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule. A name that only the person who penned the US Freedom Act could have come up with.

Energy & Environment

New Jersey Fights USA Over Fish
Courthouse News - New Jersey sued the United States to try to stop tests involving offshore "powerful sonic blasts every five seconds for thirty days" during prime fishing season.... The defendants want to fire high-energy seismic blasts from a research vessel every 5.4 seconds into the ocean floor for about a month. New Jersey says the blasts will be felt "far outside of the study area" and will reduce commercial and recreational catch and harass marine mammals.

Owner of Biggest U.S. Coal Mine May Lack Insurance for Mine Cleanup, Dumping $1.4 Billion Risk onto Taxpayers
AllGov - An investigation by Reuters has shown that Peabody does not have the financial resources to self-bond. That means if the world’s largest private coal company goes belly up, the federal government would have to step in and help pay to clean up Peabody’s mines, which would cost about $1.38 billion, Reuters reported. When companies abandon a strip mine, they’re required to replant vegetation, restore topsoil “to match the original topography,” and rebuild the original surface ecosystem, according to ThinkProgress.

Science & Technology

Far Worse Than Acknowledged: Hackers Got Social Security Numbers for Every US Federal Employee, Union Says
Sputnik News - The massive data breach into federal agencies announced last week may have gone even deeper than previously acknowledged. Whoever breached the US Office of Personnel Management may have stolen the personal data of every federal employee. According to a federal employee union, hackers may have gained vital information, including Social Security numbers, on every employee of the federal government. That data includes military records and veterans status information, addresses, birth dates, job and payment histories, health insurance, life insurance, and pension information. It also includes age, gender, and race data, according to a letter sent to OPM Director Katherine Archuleta by J. David Cox, president of the American Federal of Government Employees. That letter was obtained by the Associated Press.

Patriot Act Reform Curbed NSA; Cybersecurity Bill Would Empower It
The Intercept - Critics say that if the USA Freedom Act was a major step forward, passing the CISA cybersecurity bill would be taking two steps back. Only a week after Congress passed reforms to the Patriot Act ending the National Security Agency’s metadata phone collection program, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, with the help of big business allies, is moving to expand domestic surveillance of a different type. On Tuesday, McConnell and Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., announced plans to attach the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act to the National Defense Authorization Act. (Update: On Tuesday afternoon, McConnell failed to get the 60 votes necessary to proceed with that particular way of passing the act.)

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Farmers Are Starting To Ditch GMO Soybeans
Christina Sarich - If a Roundup Ready variety of soybeans might cost $65 to $70 a bag, and conventional, non-GMO varieties are $30 to $35 a bag, you would think farmers would be eschewing GMO beans. An agronomist with the Division of Agriculture at the University of Arkansas is planting nine non-GM soybeans on his test plots, four developed by the University.... The seed is cheaper, and in the long run will be better for farmers for the simplest reason of all: cost.

Health

It's Always the Oxygen...Really
Green Med Info - The most important medicine is invisible, mostly free and usually overlooked. Natural therapies can help keep your body healthy on a cellular level. Think of life in the ocean or an aquarium. Our bodies are just bags of "seawater" full of aquatic cells. The water matrix must be well oxygenated to support fish and cells alike. Oxygen delivery depends on a well charged "inner ocean," and generating that charge depends on oxygen delivery. Real simple. Call me Capt. Obvious.

Flaxseed Beats HRT in Reducing Menopause Symptoms in Clinical Study
Green Med Info - Both men and women can face menopausal syndrome in varying degrees. But hormone replacement therapy is riddled with risk, from heart disease to cancer. A recent clinical study finds flaxseed beats out HRT therapy in overall effectiveness for menopausal syndrome.

10 Of The Most Common Signs 30 Days Before A Heart Attack
April McCarthy - Women generally have a much harder time than men when it comes to heart attacks. Women are more likely than men to die, be permanently disabled, or have a second attack within a year, yet a very insignificant amount of information is provided to women by their doctors and gynecologists to prevent heart attacks. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of U.S. men and women, accounting for 40% of all U.S. deaths. That's more than all forms of cancer combined. Here are the 10 most common signs to look out for.
 



Thursday - June 11, 2015 - Today in History:

1770 - Captain James Cook discovered the Great Barrier Reef off of Australia when he ran aground.
1776 - In America, the Continental Congress formed a committee to draft a Declaration of Independence from Britain.
1798 - Napoleon Bonaparte took the island of Malta.
1889 - The Washington Business High School opened in Washington, DC. It was the first school devoted to business in the U.S.
1927 - Charles A. Lindberg was presented the first Distinguished Flying Cross.
1930 - William Beebe dived to a record-setting depth of 1,426 feet off the coast of Bermuda. He used a diving chamber called a bathysphere.
1940 - The Italian Air Force bombed the British fortress at Malta in the Mediterranean.
1942 - The U.S. and the Soviet Union signed a lend lease agreement to aid the Soviets in their effort in World War II.
1943 - During World War II, the Italian island of Pantelleria surrendered after a heavy air bombardment.
1947 - The U.S. government announced an end to sugar rationing.
1963 - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was arrested in Florida for trying to integrate restaurants.
1963 - Alabama Gov. George Wallace allowed two black students to enroll at the University of Alabama.
1967 - Israel and Syria accepted a U.N. cease-fire.
1981 - The first major league baseball player's strike began. It would last for two months.
1987 - Margaret Thatcher became the first British prime minister in 160 years to win a third consecutive term of office.
1991 - Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines erupted. The eruption of ash and gas could be seen for more than 60 miles.
1993 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that people who commit "hate crimes" could be sentenced to extra punishment. The court also ruled in favor of religious groups saying that they indeed had a constitutional right to sacrifice animals during worship services.
1998 - Mitsubishi of America agreed to pay $34 million to end the largest sexual harassment case filed by the U.S. government. The federal lawsuit claimed that hundreds of women at a plant in Normal, IL, had endured groping and crude jokes from male workers.
2001 - Timothy McVeigh was executed by injection for the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 people.
2009 - The World Health Organization declared the swine flu outbreak a pandemic.

World News

US Secret Military Biolabs at Russian Border Arouse Grave Concern - Moscow
Sputnik News - Moscow is extremely concerned over the US deployment of medical-biological laboratories near the Russian border, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement Thursday. The Foreign Ministry said that the US Richard G. Lugar Public Health Research Center in Tbilisi, Georgia, is a high level biological isolation laboratory. The laboratory is overseen by the US Defense Threat Reduction Agency. Moscow says that a branch of the Walter Reed US Army Medical Research Institute is operating under the Lugar Research Center’s roof. “The US and Georgian authorities are taking efforts to cover the true contents and direction of their activity in the US Army’s military branch, which is studying especially dangerous and infectious diseases. The Pentagon is trying to camouflage its military medical-biological facilities in other CIS countries,” the statement continues.

Iran nuclear talks venues hit by $10mn ‘state-sponsored’ virus – Kaspersky to RT
RT - The venues of Iranian nuclear talks were targeted by sophisticated spyware, which costs “at least $10 million” and was likely “state-sponsored,” the CEO Kaspersky Lab exclusively told RT. He said his company came under threat as well. Among the hacks primary targets were hotels and conference halls where P5+1 powers (US, UK, France, China, Russia and Germany) held talks with Iran on its nuclear program.

German Banker: Obama Is Destroying Europe
Washington's Blog - Interviewed on June 6th by German Economic News, the chief economist at Bremer Landesbank, Folker Hellmeyer, says that because of Obama’s sanctions against Russia, German exports declined year-over-year by 18% in 2014, and by 34% in the first two months of 2015 (no later figures), but he asserts that “The damage is much more comprehensive than these statistics show,” because those are only the “primary losses,” and there are in addition “secondary effects,” which get even worse over time.

ISIS may have enough material to make a "dirty" WMD, experts warn
The Independent - The Isis militant group has seized enough radioactive material from government facilities to suggest it has the capacity to build a large and devastating “dirty” bomb, according to Australian intelligence reports. Isis declared its ambition to develop weapons of mass destruction in the most recent edition of its propaganda magazine Dabiq, and Indian defence officials have previously warned of the possibility the militants could acquire a nuclear weapon from Pakistan. According to the Australian foreign minister, Julie Bishop, Nato has expressed deep concerns about the materials seized by Isis from research centres and hospitals that would normally only be available to governments.

Bilderberg Deploys Hi-Tech Jamming to Shut Down Communications (Video)
Paul Joseph Watson - The secretive Bilderberg Group has deployed a hi-tech jamming system to shut down communications around the site of the elitist confab’s luxury hotel in order to strangle media coverage of the event. After visiting one of the closest spots to the InterAlpen hotel that is still accessible, Infowars filmed a communications truck owned by the Federal Ministry for Transport and Technology. Large antennas are also visible on top of the hotel, as well as a giant newly erected mast in the forest near the hotel.... Apparently, Bilderberg is so afraid of media coverage, that police checkpoints miles away from the hotel are not enough, now they have resorted to installing expensive devices which shut down communications, presumably at taxpayer expense.

Number of People Infected With MERS in South Korea Rises to 122
Sputnik News - The number of people infected with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in South Korea rose from 108 to 122, the country’s Health and Welfare Ministry said Thursday. The number of people quarantined exceeded 3,400, with 2,200 educational facilities closed across the country over fears of the disease spreading further.... Hong Kong earlier issued a red alert advisory against trips to South Korea. Russia's Far East regions began thorough health checks of those arriving from South Korea.

China Launches Internet Police, Governments Everywhere Jealous
Activist Post - On June 1 China’s Ministry of Public Security announced the formation of an Internet police force that would actively patrol social media. For Chinese citizens it was official confirmation of what they already knew—the government is monitoring their speech. Dubbed “Internet Police Inspection and Law Enforcement,” the program consists of a network of social media accounts tasked with, among other things, preventing the spread of “improper” words and detecting “illegal and harmful information.”

West African Country Dumps Monsanto’s GM Cotton, Seeks Compensation
Natural Society - Due to ‘disappointing yields and poor quality cotton fiber,” the country of Burkina Faso in West Africa is ditching Monsanto’s genetically modified cotton. Jeune Afrique reports that Interprofessional Cotton in Burkina Faso has decided to phase out the use of Monsanto’s GMO cotton seeds over the next three years. This is a group of cotton farmers, banks, research institutions, private stakeholders and the government.... All of these groups have complained that Monsanto’s GM cotton did not produce quality cotton fiber, and farmers have experienced lower yields than with non-GM cotton.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Pentagon Expands Plans to Aid US States After ‘Complex Catastrophes’
Sputnik News - The Department of Defense is stepping up its capability to assist civic authorities following any complex catastrophe covering multiple US states, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said in a new report. The Department of Defense is stepping up its capability to assist civic authorities following any complex catastrophe covering multiple US states, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said in a new report.... “It is critical that the Department of Defense proactively and regularly engage with a broad range of interagency partners it may need to support, such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Customs and Border Protection,” the GAO explained.

US Congress Proposal Would Cut Funding for 8,000 UN Peacekeepers
Sputnik News - A Republican budget plan to cut US support for UN international peacekeeping operations would leave 8,000 peacekeepers in various global hot spots unfunded, Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan said in a letter to US House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers.... “The reductions in the bill, which impact every active mission, would not only undercut the US Government's commitment to paying its UN dues in full and on time, but translate into nearly 8,000 fewer peacekeepers in some of the most vulnerable parts of the world,” Donovan said in the letter on Wednesday.

Yet Another Anti-Supplement Sneak Attack from Blumenthal and Durbin —This time it’s been slipped into a defense bill. Major Action Alert!
Alliance for Natural Health - The bill this time is the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), an appropriations bill to fund the military for FY 2016. The House passed its version of the bill in May. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) introduced what is called “an amendment in the nature of a substitute” to create a Senate version of the House-passed bill. The Blumenthal/Durbin amendments were introduced on top of the McCain legislation. Because it is a defense bill, the Blumenthal/Durbin amendments pertain to the supplement use of the US armed forces. There are three amendments....

'Profits over public health': Secret TPP Healthcare Annex published by WikiLeaks
RT - WikiLeaks published more secret documents from the controversial TPP agreement on Wednesday. The leaked drafts concerning healthcare in the US have activists worried the agreement might play into the hands of big pharmaceutical companies. The secret Trans-Pacific Paternship (TPP) negotiations showed that the Healthcare Annex has been seeking to regulate state schemes for medicines and medical devices. WikiLeaks said "it forces healthcare authorities to give big pharmaceutical companies more information about national decisions on public access to medicine." Related:

US Congress Holds Classified Hearing to Investigate DoD’s Anthrax Shipments
Sputnik News - “We are conducting thorough oversight and will continue to do so,” Congressman Jim Langevin said on Wednesday before a classified briefing with Pentagon officials. House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry told the press that Congress requested the classified briefing on the anthrax scare to better understand the cause of the accident. “This is something you have got to take very seriously. Something did not go right, and we have to find out what did not go right,” Thornberry stated.

CA Vaccine Bill Passes Health Committee, Heads to Full Assembly for Final Vote
Daily Sheeple - The state’s controversial and tyrannical mandatory vaccine bill has jumped another hurdle on its path to becoming law.... California lawmakers approved the bill, which requires all schoolchildren be vaccinated before being permitted to attend public or PRIVATE schools unless they have a MEDICAL exemption.... The bill was approved after five hours of emotional testimony from hundreds of opponents.

Grave concern: US medical examiners can keep organs from dead bodies, NY court rules
RT - Medical examiners don't have to return all organs from autopsied bodies to the deceased person's family, New York's Appeals Court ruled on Wednesday. The decision also added that it is not necessary to inform relatives if any body parts are missing. A verdict allowing city coroners to return the body with missing organs for burial after performing an autopsy was ruled on in New York, AP reported. The appeals court had reversed a lower court's decision, which involved a family who unknowingly buried their son with parts of his body missing. "There is simply no legal directive that requires a medical examiner to return organs or tissue samples derived from a lawful autopsy and retained by the medical examiner after such an autopsy," NY Daily News quoted Judge Eugene Pigott as saying.

Election News

Bilderberg chooses Hillary Clinton for 2016?
Global Research - Perhaps the biggest piece of news coming out of Austria and Bilderberg 2015 so far is the fact that a major Hillary Clinton advisor is on the list and set to attend. Longtime Clinton friend and ally Jim Messina of The Messina Group will be attending the globalist conference where the globalist favorite for United States 2016 election will surely be decided. This news indicates that the powers that be have most likely decided to back Clinton for President.

Veteran News

New Pentagon Plan Would Cut Future Military Pensions by 20%
Sputnik News - A proposal by the US Department of Defense submitted to Congress would reduce military pensions by 20 percent after troops complete their 20 years of duty. For the first time, members of the US armed services will automatically, upon entry, contribute to their retirement plan from their current compensation, according to the white paper. “Future Service members will receive 80% of the current defined benefit (pension) if they serve for 20 years,” the six-page white paper sent to legislators on Wednesday said.

Economy & Business

‘You’re Fired – Now Train Your Much Cheaper Foreign Replacement’
Economic Collapse - If you were laid off from your job, would you be willing to train your replacement if your company threatened to take away your severance pay if you didn’t do it? And how would you feel if your replacement came from India, and the only reason your company was replacing you was because the foreign worker was a lot less expensive? Sadly, this is happening all over America – especially in the information technology field. Huge corporations such as Disney and Southern California Edison are coldly firing existing tech workers and filling those jobs with much cheaper foreign replacements. They are doing this by blatantly abusing the H-1B temporary worker visa program. Workers that had been doing a solid job for decades are being replaced without any hesitation just because it will save those firms a little bit of money. There is very, very little loyalty left in corporate America today.

Energy & Environment

California Oil Spill Cleanup Stretches On, Costing $3 Million Per Day
Sputnik News - The cost of cleaning up the massive oil spill on the Southern California coast last month has already cost a whopping $62 million dollars, and is going to cost a whole lot more - at $3 million a day and no estimate on a date for the cleanup completion. The spilling of up to 101,000 gallons of crude oil was caused by a pipeline break near Santa Barbara on May 19 and was the largest of its kind in 25 years. The cause of the leak has not yet been determined, but extensive external corrosion was found along sections of the pipeline during testing in early May.

Obama Expands Refuge to Stop Oil Drilling–Where No Oil Exists
Breitbart - To buy peace with climate change activists after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) determined that oil fracking does not poison water, President Obama has signed an executive order tripling the size of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, just north of San Francisco. The order bans oil drilling in the area Obama renamed the “Greater” Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. The move is merely symbolic, since there are no oil reserves in the area.

Science & Technology

New WiFi Tracking System Counts People - Even Without a Connected Device
Activist Post - A little more than two years ago, the first enhancement of Wi-Fi was labeled WiTrack. It marked an improvement over a discovery by MIT researchers a few months previous that they had called Wi-Vi. At the time, researchers were able to use dual signals to detect the general location of moving objects behind walls, but not an exact image. WiTrack uses radio signals to pinpoint a person's location more accurately.... Researchers think the Wi-Vi system could also be used to find survivors in destroyed buildings or count and track criminals... MIT later announced that they had "perfected" a system which can track multiple people through walls, as well as breathing and heart rate, to 99% accuracy.

Health

Scientists: Lack of Good Gut Bacteria Could Be Giving You Cancer
Natural Society - Recent research suggests that some cancers are in fact bacteria-related diseases, and may develop due to a microbial imbalance within the body. For many years now it has been widely known that smoking, certain dietary factors, obesity, and many other factors are major contributors to cancer incidence. However, a growing body of research has shown that specific changes in the intestinal flora, or dysbiosis, can be found in the stools or on the colonic walls of patients with diseases such as colon cancer. This has led to hypotheses suggesting that cancers such as colon cancer are in fact bacteria-related diseases, with some species being referred to as “drivers,” and others “promoters.”

The first all-vegetarian drive-thru plans to open later this month in California
True Activist - Fans of Amy’s Kitchen – a well-known vegetarian frozen food chain – will be pleased to know that the company is planning on opening the world’s first all-vegetarian drive-thru later this month.... The menu for the drive thru will include gluten and dairy-free meals like tortillas, pizzas (in a rice or wheat crust), and burgers, all vegetarian and all cooked to order with fresh ingredients. The weather doesn’t always cooperate, so one of the most challenging parts of our business right now is the agricultural end,” disclosed Berliner, who has 50 people in the company working on finding just the right ingredients from farmers 18 months in advance.... And even though more work will be required to keep the food fresh, the price is competitive to other establishments.

10 Worst Food Companies that are Poisoning You Daily and Lying About It
Anti-Media - Much of the mainstream American food supply is laden with unhealthy additives, artificial flavorings, coloring, dyes, preservatives, hormones, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), and toxins. Not everyone agrees that GMOs have been proven harmful to humans, which is why the food chains listed here were selected specifically because they are responsible for a wide variety of health violations—the GMOs and their concealment from public knowledge are included for informational purposes.
* Related: Junk Foods and Unhealthy Meat Allow ‘Bad’ Bacteria to Thrive

Pet News

This Vaccine Can Impair Your Dog's Immune System
Dr. Becker - Earlier this year, a local ABC affiliate in Chicago, ABC7 Eyewitness News, decided to investigate dog owner claims (no mention of how many) that vaccine side effects had caused harm to their pets. According to Julie Harding, owner of a 4-year-old Vizsla, her pet suddenly became violent and vicious, foamed at the mouth, thrashed about, and suffered unexplained seizures. The woman took her dog, Piper, to a veterinary neurologist who diagnosed her with autoimmune meningitis.... The veterinary neurologist asked Harding if her dog had been vaccinated recently, and learned that indeed, Piper had just received the leptospirosis vaccine. The neurologist noted in Piper’s paperwork that her brain swelling could have been triggered by the vaccine and her predisposition to allergic conditions.
 



Wednesday - June 10, 2015 - Today in History:

1776 - The Continental Congress appointed a committee to write a Declaration of Independence.
1801 - The North African State of Tripoli declared war on the U.S. The dispute was over merchant vessels being able to travel safely through the Mediterranean.
1854 - The U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, held its first graduation.
1898 - U.S. Marines landed in Cuba during the Spanish-American War.
1903 - Binney & Smith Company began developing a product line of wax crayons. The product was named Crayola.
1909 - The SOS distress signal was used for the first time. The Cunard liner SS Slavonia used the signal when it wrecked off the Azores.
1933 - Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were in a car accident on a rural road in north Texas. The third-degree burns suffered by Parker resulted in a pronounced limp for the rest of her life.
1943 - The Allies began bombing Germany around the clock.
1970 - A fifteen-man group of special forces troops began training for Operation Kingpin. The operation was a POW rescue mission in North Vietnam.
1984 - The U.S. Army successfully tested an antiballistic missile.
1984 - The United States and the Vatican established full diplomatic relations for the first time in 117 years.
1985 - The Israeli army pulled out of Lebanon after 1,099 days of occupation.
1994 - U.S. President Clinton intensified sanctions against Haiti's military leaders. U.S. commercial air travel was suspended along with most financial transactions between Haiti and the U.S.
1998 - The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled that poor children in Milwaukee could attend religious schools at taxpayer expense.
1999 - NATO suspended air strikes in Yugoslavia after Slobodan Milosevic agreed to withdraw his forces from Kosovo.

World News

Oil prices rise, on higher Saudi Arabian output due to strong demand
RT - Oil prices are at their highest for a month on Wednesday after Saudi Arabia said it had raised output over the past three months in response to stronger global demand. It refuted media report it was pumping more to compensate for lower prices. Brent futures for July were up $1.15 cents trading at $66.03 a barrel at 13:10 MSK. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) was up $1.30 at $61.44 a barrel.

Nuclear power station cancer warning: Breast cancer rates are FIVE TIMES higher at Welsh plant - and twice as high at Essex and Somerset sites, experts reveal
Daily Mail - In three separate studies, a team of scientists looked at the rates of various cancers in populations living close to Trawsfynydd power station in North Wales, Bradwell in Essex and Hinkley Point in Somerset. They discovered breast cancer rates, in particular, were higher than expected national averages at all three sites. At Trawsfynydd, rates of the disease were five times greater than average, while in Essex and Somerset women had double the risk of developing breast cancer.... The prevailing winds at the site are south westerly and more than 90 per cent of those living downwind of the power station were surveyed by researchers working for Dr Busby.

West Coast of North America to be Slammed by 2016 with 80% As Much Fukushima Radiation As Japan
Washington's Blog - This is not news for those who have been paying attention. A professor from Japan’s Fukushima University Institute of Environmental Radioactivity (Michio Aoyama) told Kyodo in April that the West Coast of North America will be hit with around 800 terabecquerels of Cesium- 137 by 2016.

US accuses Russia of missile violations to cover Europe deployment plans – Moscow
RT - The US is ramping up the controversy over alleged violations of a key missile ban treaty to cover up its own plans to deploy missiles in Europe, a top Russian military official said. Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov was commenting on a reported plan by the US to deploy nuclear-capable intermediate-range cruise missiles in Europe and Asia targeting Russian territory. The plan was cited by AP, which said it was penned by the office of US General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff and contained several contingencies for a scenario in which a key missile treaty between US and Russia fails.

U.S. to establish new military base in Anbar Province and send 400 additional American military advisers to Iraq - officials
NY Times - In a major shift of strategy in Iraq, the Obama administration is planning to establish a new military base in Anbar Province and send hundreds of additional American military trainers to help Iraqi forces retake the city of Ramadi and repel the Islamic State. Although a final decision by the White House has yet to be announced, the plan follows months of behind-the-scenes debate about what strategy the American-led coalition should pursue in Iraq.

NATO starts ‘very high readiness’ force drills in Poland
RT - NATO’s newly formed rapid response force; designed to strengthen the “defensive” alliance’s eastern borders against the perceived Russian threat, has launched its first full deployment military drills in Poland. This is the first full deployment of the new force,” NATO spokesman, Polish Colonel Marek Pietrzak, told AFP. The Noble Jump 2 exercises at the Zagan training range in the north west of Poland will last until June 19. It is featuring some 2,100 soldiers from nine NATO states. The servicemen form the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF), created last year at the NATO Summit in the UK, is in response to a perceived Russian threat.

Major TTIP vote at European Parliament postponed due to 'political divisions'
RT - A key vote on the controversial TTIP resolution was postponed by European Parliament last minute on Tuesday. While a large number of amendments have been cited as the reason for the delay, some believe the "mounting public pressure" is "bearing fruit." The plenary Wednesday vote on Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) resolution was postponed by the European Parliament's president on Tuesday evening. The vote on the controversial report following the ongoing EU-US TTIP trade and investment negotiations will not take place "in view of the fact that more than 200 amendments and requests for split or separate votes have been tabled," President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz announced.
* Related: Grassroots Pressure Kills EU’s ‘Corporatist’ Trade Deal… Farage: ‘I’ve Never Seen Anything Like It’

The PetroYuan Is Born: Gazprom Now Settling All Crude Sales To China In Renminbi
Zero Hedge - Western economic sanctions on Russia have pushed domestic oil producers to settle crude exports to China in yuan just as Russian oil is rising as a percentage of total Chinese crude imports. Meanwhile, the collapse in crude prices led to the first net outflow of petrodollars from financial markets in 18 years, and if Goldman's projections prove correct, the net supply of petrodollars could fall by nearly $900 billion over the next three years. All of this comes as China is making a concerted push to settle loans from its newly-created infrastructure funds in renminbi. Putting it all together, the PetroYuan represents the intersection of a dying petrodollar and an ascendant renminbi.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Pentagon: We sent live anthrax to UK lab
RT - An unnamed UK company received a batch of samples with unsafe levels of anthrax in 2007, bringing up the number of facilities that were shipped the deadly bacteria from the US to 68, according to the US Department of Defense. "The company has informed us it destroyed samples shortly after testing," said a statement from the UK Health and Safety Executive.

The Pentagon Doesn’t Know What it Spent 8.5 Trillion Dollars on
Blacklisted News - When government is completely dysfunctional and seems not to serve the people’s interests, we have to wonder where our tax dollars are going. Thanks to a Reuters investigation by Scot Paltrow, we have an answer—or, rather, a non-answer. Apparently, the Pentagon has made use of $8.5 trillion of our tax money handed over by Congress since 1996—but don’t ask what was done with the money. The Department of Defense doesn’t have a clue.... In almost 20 years, the Pentagon has never accounted for trillions it spent, in part because “plugging”—fudging the numbers—is standard operating procedure.

Say What? Obama Claims He Reinstated US as World’s Most Respected Country
Sputnik News - During a news briefing, President Barack Obama had some strong words of encouragement for himself: now that former president Bush is gone, the world loves America again! Of course, when you actually survey global citizens, the US is still far from being the most respected nation on Earth.... "…Today, once again, the United States is the most respected country on Earth," he said during a news briefing last week. "Part of that, I think, is the work that we did to reengage the world, and that ‘We want to work with you as partners, with mutual interest and mutual respect." Which is all well and good, until you look at the figures for last year.

The Supreme Court May Have Just Banned Using A Gun In Your Home — And Virtually No One Noticed
Off the Grid News - Local governments now have the right to tell you how to store your guns thanks to the inaction of the US Supreme Court. The court Monday refused to hear an appeal of a US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that upheld a San Francisco ordinance requiring owners in their own home either to store firearms in a locked container or disable them with trigger locks when not in use. Gun owners can wear the gun in a holster, but other than that, the gun must be put away.... The court’s ruling means that the San Francisco ordinance and similar laws in states and territories in the Ninth Circuit can be enforced. The Ninth Circuit covers Hawaii, Alaska, California, Nevada, Arizona, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington state.

McKinney police officer resigns following ‘indefensible’ actions at pool party
Washington Post - The Texas police officer at the center of a controversial video that showed him forcefully handcuffing and drawing his gun on a group of black teenagers at a pool party last weekend has resigned, the city’s police chief announced Tuesday. McKinney Police Cpl. Eric Casebolt, who was under investigation, “resigned on his own will,” police Chief Greg Conley said at a news conference. He called Casebolt’s actions “indefensible.”... But a decision hasn’t yet been made regarding possible criminal charges, Conley said, according to the AP.

Kalief Browder, Jailed at Rikers as a Teen for 3 Years Without Trial, Kills Himself
Activist Post - Kalief Browder, the young man who was held for years in New York’s Rikers Island prison as a teen without trial or conviction, killed himself on Saturday. In 2014, Jennifer Gonnerman of The New Yorker brought attention to Browder’s plight with her poignant article titled "Before the Law." Browder ended up in one of America’s most corrupt and violent prisons after being accused – at age 16 – of stealing a backpack on May 15, 2010. Because his family was unable to raise his $10,000 bail and because of repeated court delays and an overwhelmed system, Browder was forced to endure three years of hell – including beatings and deprivation of food – at Rikers Island waiting for a trial that never happened. He refused to accept several plea deals on principle, maintaining his innocence throughout his entire ordeal.

Veteran News

Homeless Vets Move Into Swanky Apartments in L.A.
Breitbart - “When I walked into this building,” the Army veteran said, “it was like one of those movies when you walk through a cloud and you’re like: ‘Whoa! Wow!’ Everything was state of the art, brand new.” That was Keith Hudson’s reaction when he looked inside his new home at the Veteran Affairs campus in West Los Angeles. Before that, the fifty-two-year-old was living on the streets, homeless for years, mired in depression and alcoholism.... The facility administrators hope to provide effective job training to help launch the veterans into permanent jobs and permanent housing off of the campus. While they are living on campus, they will be compensated for the work they do. Right now Hudson is a housekeeper in the WLA VA hospital, but he hopes to pursue his old career as a paralegal.

Economy & Business

HSBC To Fire 50,000, One In Five Jobs, To Fund Dividends To Shareholders
Zero Hedge - Just days after JPMorgan revealed it would fire another 5,000 by the end of the year... HSBC unleashed the "machete" and announced it would cut almost 50,000 workers, or one in five bankers, a move which would shrink the investment bank division by one-third. The reason: the same why US corporations are laying off tens of thousands so they can fund record stock buybacks and enrich their shareholders - to boost profits so that more money can be channeled in the form of dividends.

Student Debt Cancellations Begin: Government To "Forgive" $3.6 Billion After Corinthian Closure
Zero Hedge - The Department of Education says it will forgive federal student loans made to Corinthian Colleges students who can prove they were victims of fraud. The potential cost to taxpayers: nearly $4 billion. With the precedent thus set, the question now is whether continued pressure on for-profit colleges will result in further closures and more petitions from hundreds of thousands of students with hundreds of billions of loans they now know can be legally discharged.

Hospitals Are Blatantly Ripping Us Off
Economic Collapse - In America today, hospitals and doctors are blatantly ripping us off and they aren’t making any apologies for it. As you will read about below, some hospitals mark up treatments by 1,000 percent. In other instances, basic medical supplies are being billed out at hundreds of times what they cost providers. For example, it has been reported that some hospitals are charging up to 30 dollars for a single aspirin pill. It would be difficult to argue that the extreme greed that we see in the medical system is even matched by the crooks on Wall Street. These medical predators get their hands on us when we are at our most vulnerable. They know that in our lowest moments we are willing to pay just about anything to get better or to make the pain go away. And so they very quietly have us sign a bunch of forms without ever telling us how much everything is going to cost.

Federal Court Tells Postal Service its Temporary Rate Increase must be…Temporary
AllGov - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled last week that USPS’s emergency price increase of 4.3%, in place since January 2014, cannot last forever. The increase raised the price of stamps from 46 cents to 49 cents. Postal service officials asked for and got the bump from the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC), which oversees USPS, claiming it needed to recover some of the revenues lost during the Great Recession. The agency said its regular rate increase, based on inflation, wasn’t enough of a revenue generator. The increase came with a cap on how much money the USPS could recover, which is scheduled to be hit this summer. When postal officials asked to make the increase permanent, the PRC turned them down.... Right now it’s unclear when rates might be rolled back. So don’t buy any more of those “Forever” stamps than you have to.

Energy & Environment

Fracking Has Contaminated Drinking Water In Eleven States, EPA Study
GovSlaves - After years of asserting that hydraulic fracturing has never tainted drinking water, the Obama administration issued a long-awaited study of the controversial oil and gas production technique that confirmed “specific instances” when fracking “led to impacts on drinking water resources, including contamination of drinking water wells.” The conclusion was central to a nearly 1,000-page draft assessment issued Thursday by the Environmental Protection Agency to address public concerns about the possible effects of fracking on drinking water.... Still, the EPA determined that the number of contamination cases “was small compared to the number of hydraulically fractured wells.”
* Related: U.S. Natural Gas Price Collapsing after EPA Says Fracking Safe

Science & Technology

U.S. tech companies expected to lose more than $35 billion due to NSA spying
Daily Dot - U.S. companies will likely lose more than $35 billion in foreign business as a result of the vast NSA-surveillance operations revealed by Edward Snowden, according to a new report from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF). "Foreign customers are shunning U.S. companies," the report asserts, causing American businesses to lose out on foreign contracts and pushing other countries to create protectionist policies that block American businesses out of foreign markets.

NEC develops way to ID everyday objects
The Japan Times - Envision a container filled with tens of thousands of metal screws made from the same mold. Is it possible to tell one from another? Yes, with NEC Corp.’s “fingerprint of things” technology — a new development in the field of forensic authentication.... Tokyo-based NEC claimed in November that it had developed the world’s first technology that can identify common industrial parts like bolts and zippers through microscopic surface patterns. Although mass-produced products look smooth and identical to the naked eye, they are different under the microscope because even items cast from the same molds bear unique surface patterns. NEC’s technology stores those patterns in a database so industrial items can be identified quickly from enlarged smartphone photos. This can help determine where and when an item was made, expediting monitoring and tracing without the need for barcodes, serial numbers or other physical tags.

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

7 maps and charts that explain the looming egg crisis everyone will soon be talking about
Washington Post - The bird flu, which first appeared in this country back in December, is now so widespread that it has caused egg prices to spike. The impact has been severe enough that one of the largest supermarket chains in the country, worried about the supply pinch, has begun rationing eggs. But the avian flu is about much more than just higher prices for your omelettes. It's become a vast epidemic affecting several regions of the country. Here are seven maps and charts to help understand the seriousness of the avian flu.
* Related: Free-range backyard chickens seem immune to the massive bird flu outbreak in chicken factories

7 Little-Know ‘Superfoods’ You Can Find In Your Backyard
Off the Grid News - Some of the most common weeds in American lawns and gardens are not only safe to eat, but they are packed with antioxidants, protein and vitamins. The main rule of thumb is to avoid any plants that may have been exposed to pesticides or other chemicals and to wash your plants thoroughly before consuming. Here is a list of the top seven edible weeds.

Use these water-saving gardening techniques to survive a "mega-drought"
(NaturalNews) ... in this article I'd like to give you some tips for drought gardening techniques and also some general methods of reducing water waste. Even if you have no water restrictions in your area, you'll save money and help the environment by incorporating these in your landscaping and gardening routine.

Health

Cabbage Beats Chemo For Cervical Cancer
Green Med Info - In a study published in the journal Cancer, UCLA researchers showed that radiation actually makes breast cancer cells MORE malignant. They found that radiation kills about half of the tumor cells treated. But radiation also transforms other cells into "induced breast cancer stem cells." Though cancer stem cells make up less than 5 percent of a tumor, they can regenerate the original tumor. In fact, these new stem cells are up to 30 times more likely to form tumors compared to cancer cells that didn't get radiation. CSCs can also migrate through blood vessels spreading cancer to secondary locations.... Now researchers from South Dakota State University have found that a compound in cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower may target those cancer stem cells. In fact, it may help prevent the recurrence and spread of some cancers.

Major Vermont Hospital to Cut GMOs from Menu
Natural Society - Many have questioned whether hospitals are really conducive to healing since they serve pesticide-ridden GMOs to their patients as they recover from some of the same illnesses that GMOs create, but one medical center in Vermont which serves 2 million meals a year is preparing to reduce GMOs served to both patients and hospital visitors alike.... The medical center plans to reduce its GMO usage with two steps: first they will purchase more organic food, which by definition should be GMO free, and they will also seek GMO-free products that are labeled as such.

Feds to Reinvent School Lunches with Flavored Skim Milk Full of Toxic Additives
Health Impact News - Reps. G.T. Thompson (R-PA) and Joe Courtney (D-CT) recently introduced the School Milk Nutrition Act of 2015, which seeks to increase dairy consumption in children by mandating low-fat and non-fat flavored milk for each school meal.... As usual, there are powerful interests involved: the dairy industry, looking to regain market share, is very much in support of the new bill.... Flavored milk contains all kinds of additives like high fructose corn syrup and artificial sweeteners like aspartame—a zero-calorie sweetener which Pepsi has just agreed to remove from its diet soda because of well-founded consumer concerns about safety. As we reported earlier, the dairy industry has petitioned the FDA to allow them to include aspartame as an ingredient but not list it on the milk label, even though aspartame is very dangerous and potentially carcinogenic.
 



Tuesday - June 9, 2015 - Today in History:

1790 - John Barry copyrighted "Philadelphia Spelling Book." It was the first American book to be copyrighted.
1860 - The Ms. Ann Stevens book "Malaeska, the Indian Wife of the White Hunter" was offered for sale for a dime. It was the first published "dime novel."
1923 - Bulgaria's government was overthrown by the military.
1931 - Robert H. Goddard patented a rocket-fueled aircraft design.
1940 - Norway surrendered to the Nazis during World War II.
1943 - The withholding tax on payrolls was authorized by the U.S. Congress.
1945 - Japanese Premier Kantaro Suzuki declared that Japan would fight to the last rather than accept unconditional surrender.
1959 - The first ballistic missile carrying submarine, the USS George Washington, was launched.
1978 - Leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints struck down a 148-year-old policy of excluding black men from the Mormon priesthood.
1980 - Richard Pryor was severely burned by a "free-base" mixture that exploded. He was hospitalized more than two months.
1985 - Thomas Sutherland, an American educator, was kidnapped in Lebanon. He was not released until November 1991.
1986 - The Rogers Commission released a report on the Challenger disaster. The report explained that the spacecraft blew up as a result of a failure in a solid rocket booster joint.
1999 - NATO and Yugoslavia signed a peace agreement over Kosovo.
2000 - Canada and the United States signed a border security agreement. The agreement called for the establishment of a border-enforcement team.
2000 - The U.S. House of Representatives voted to repeal gift and estate taxes. The bill called for the taxes to be phased out over 10 years.
2001 - Patrick Roy (Colorado Avalanche) became the first National Hockey League (NHL) player to win three Conn Smythe Trophies. The award is given to the playoff's Most Valuable Player.
2011 - The world's first artificial organ transplant was performed. It was an artificial windpipe coated with stem cells.

World News

Terrorist Act Ruled Out in Kiev Oil Depot Fire - Press Secretary
Sputnik News - According to Ukrainian Presidential Press Secretary, terrorist act has been ruled out as the reason for a large fire and explosion at an oil depot near Kiev.... A fire erupted at a BRSM-Nafta oil depot late on Monday evening and a blast was reported on Tuesday morning. According to the latest information, 16 oil cisterns, each containing around 900 cubic meters of fuel, are ablaze. A fire in one cistern was extinguished earlier in the day. At least one person has died.

G7 threatens Russia with further sanctions over Ukraine conflict ‘if required’
RT - The leaders of the G7 states are ready to impose additional sanctions on Russia, if the situation in Ukraine worsens, according to a joint statement issued by the member states, following a two-day summit in the south of Germany. On Monday, the G7 issued a joint communiqué summing up the results of their meeting. In regard to the Ukrainian crisis, the leaders agreed, “that the duration of sanctions should be clearly linked to Russia’s complete implementation of the Minsk agreements and respect for Ukraine’s sovereignty." “However, we also stand ready to take further restrictive measures in order to increase cost on Russia should its actions so require,” it added.

GDP of BRICS could surpass G7 in 2-3 years - senior Duma MP
RT - The GDP of the BRICS countries may surpass that of the G7 within two or three years, as it has already hit $32.5 trillion and rising, claims State Duma Foreign Relations chief Aleksey Pushkov.

Russia and Egypt Hold Joint Naval Exercise
Reuters - Russia and Egypt are holding their first ever joint naval exercise, Russia’s defence ministry said on Saturday, strengthening the ties between two states which were once Cold War allies. The eight-day drills off the Mediterranean Egyptian port of Alexandria, beginning today, will include supply and communication at sea, search operations, all forms of defence at sea and firing exercises. “The goal of the exercise is to strengthen and develop military co-operation between Egypt’s navy and Russia’s navy in the interests of security and stability on the sea,” the ministry said.... Russia's President Vladimir Putin has been cultivating ties with Egypt, a Soviet ally for much of the Cold War and traditional export market for Russian arms.

Israel tests ‘dirty' bombs in fear of enemy attacks says report
RT - Israel has carried out a series of test detonations to measure the effects of a “dirty” radiological bomb if it were used by “hostile forces,” according to a report in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz. Twenty detonation tests were performed involving between 250 grams and 25 kilograms of explosives together with the common radioactive substance known as 99mTc, according to the report. ... The so-called “dirty bomb” combines conventional explosives with, radioactive materials and is not considered to be a nuclear weapon or a weapon of mass destruction.

Bilderberg 2015: Full Attendee List & Agenda
InfoWars - The official Bilderberg Group website has released the full attendee list and agenda for this year’s conference. As ever, the list of topics to be discussed is so vague as to almost be meaningless.... Telfs-Buchen, 8 June 2015 – The 63rd Bilderberg conference is set to take place from 11 – 14 June 2015 in Telfs-Buchen, Austria. A total of around 140 participants from 22 countries have confirmed their attendance. As ever, a diverse group of political leaders and experts from industry, finance, academia and the media have been invited.

Google Exec Behind Ingestible ID Chips to Attend Bilderberg 2015
Paul Joseph Watson - Former DARPA director and now Google executive Regina Dugan, who is helping to develop and promote the idea of an ingestible identification microchip, will be in attendance at the secretive 2015 Bilderberg conference in Telfs-Buchen, Austria. Dugan’s name appeared on the official list of participants released today on the Bilderberg Group’s official website. One of the topics up for discussion will be “artificial intelligence.” Google Chairman Erich Schmidt along with Demis Hassabis, Vice President of Engineering for Google DeepMind, will also meet with over 100 global power brokers from finance, politics and academia during the elitist confab.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Reports: Army.mil hacked, pro-Assad group takes credit
armytimes.com - The Army took down its homepage Monday after the site was hacked, the Army confirmed, with a group loyal to the Syrian government claiming responsibility.

U.S. base shipped live anthrax to 19 states plus D.C.: Pentagon
Reuters - The number of labs that received live anthrax samples from a U.S. military base in Utah has risen to 66 in 19 states, Washington and three foreign countries, the Pentagon said on Monday. Army Colonel Steve Warren, a Defense Department spokesman, said 31 people were receiving precautionary treatment for exposure to live anthrax, unchanged since the Pentagon's last update on the incident. Warren said one new state, Pennsylvania, had been added to the list of locations where live anthrax had been sent. In addition to the U.S. states and Washington, the pathogen was sent to South Korea, Canada and Australia. Investigators are trying to ascertain whether the inadvertent shipments of the anthrax, which can be used as a biological weapon, stemmed from quality control problems at the base, the Dugway Proving Ground, Pentagon officials said.

Patient With Extreme Form of TB Sent to NIH
NBC News - A female patient with an extremely hard-to-treat form of tuberculosis is being treated at the National Institutes of Health outside Washington D.C., and federal and state officials are now tracking down hundreds of people who may have been in contact with her.... "The patient traveled in April from India to the United States through Chicago O'Hare airport," the CDC said in a statement provided to NBC News. "The patient also spent time in Missouri and Tennessee. Seven weeks after arriving in the United States, the patient sought treatment for and was diagnosed with active TB." She was isolated in a suburban Chicago hospital before she was sent to NIH.

New Public Database Shows Total People Killed by Police in Real Time (Video)
Activist Post - The UK Guardian has started keeping an interactive database of citizens murdered by local police departments across America in a project called “The Counted”. This year the Guardian estimates that a total of 479 deaths were as a result of crossing paths with law enforcement, roughly twice as many as those published by the FBI. The process uses social media, local news reports, and public records to catalog men and women killed by the police in the United States this year.

Ex-US Intelligence Officials Confirm: Secret Pentagon Report Proves US Complicity In Creation Of ISIS
Zero Hedge - … in a follow up piece to his stunning original investigative report, Nafeez Ahmed reveals that according to leading American and British intelligence experts, the previously declassified Pentagon report confirms that the West accelerated support to extremist rebels in Syria, despite knowing full well the strategy would pave the way for the emergence of the ‘Islamic State’ (ISIS). The experts who have spoken out include renowned government whistleblowers such as the Pentagon’s Daniel Ellsberg, the NSA’s Thomas Drake, and the FBI’s Coleen Rowley, among others.

Privacy Activists Alarmed by Details of Secret U.S. Trade in Services Negotiations with EU and 23 other Countries
AllGov - The Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) agreement being negotiated by the Obama administration with representatives from 23 other nations, mostly in Europe and South America, but also including Japan, South Korea, Australia and Israel, has provisions that could allow personal data to be stored in other countries. Unlike the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which deals mostly with goods, TiSA is intended to regulate services, such as the Internet. This concerns privacy advocates, particularly those in Europe, where governments are more concerned with such issues. Emma Woollacott at Forbes says TiSA, if adopted, could bar countries “from trying to control where their citizens’ personal data is held or whether it’s accessible from outside the country.”

Let us spy for 6 months more: NSA asks court for extension of expired surveillance program
RT - Department of Justice officials have asked a federal court to restart the NSA spy programs shut down when portions of the Patriot Act expired on June 1. The US government claims the Freedom Act allows surveillance to continue for six more months. In a filing to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), revealed Monday, the Department of Justice (DOJ) requested permission to continue the “bulk production of call detail records” for 180 days, arguing that the USA Freedom Act allows a six-month transition period.

Yellen: Fed won't comply with House subpoena yet
The Hill - Yellen told House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) that the Fed’s inspector general, as well as the Justice Department, told her that responding to his panel’s “extremely broad” legal demand for documents could get in the way of their own investigations… The Fed and Justice Department are currently probing how an investment advisory firm was able to detail for clients discussions at a private 2012 meeting one day before the meeting minutes were made public. Yellen promised that the Fed will ultimately comply with Hensarling’s demands but only after the criminal investigation is complete.

TSA didn’t spot airport workers with potential terrorism links: Audit
The Washington Times - The Transportation Security Administration failed to screen out more than 70 airport workers who appeared on terrorist-related vetting lists, the agency’s inspector general reported Monday, saying officials weren’t checking all of the right databases. Airport operators and vendors are supposed to vet their employees with the TSA, which performs the background checks and does a fingerprint check with the FBI, then sends the information to airports to make a final decision. But the Homeland Security inspector general, who oversees the airport agency, said the TSA missed potential red flags for 73 individuals because the agency didn’t search all terrorism-related databases when it did its checks.

Angry homeowner brands cops 'thugs' after SWAT team blows his house apart looking for a gunman leaving him with $250,000 worth of damage
Florida Newstime - An angry homeowner has branded the police 'thugs' after a SWAT team demolished his house in a hail of bullets and grenades during a hunt for a gunman who was holed up inside. Leo Lech has been left with $250,000 worth of damage to his home in Greenwood, Colorado, following the 20-hour police shootout. He says he told the chief of the Greenwood Village Police Department: 'In any civilized nation ... this is the act of paramilitary thugs,' but he claims that the chief dismissed his comments.... According to police, the SWAT team used chemical agents, flash-bang grenades and a 'breaching ram.' Lech added: 'They methodically fired explosives into every room in this house in order to extract one person. Granted, he had a handgun, but against 100 officers?

White South Carolina Cop Who Shot Black Motorist in the Back Indicted
Sputnik News - On April 4, a bystander filmed Slager, a then-patrolman with the North Charleston police department, fatally shooting 50 year-old Walter Scott. While Slager said he reacted out of fear for his own life, bystander video of the incident shows an unarmed Scott running as he is shot in the back.... Slager, 33, was fired after the incident, but on Monday, a grand jury also indicted the former officer. While no trial date has been set at this time, Slager could face between 30 years and life in prison without parole if convicted.

Judge says he quit over speeding ticket quota
WFAA - First, it was the "Dirty Thirty," a line of four towns along a 30-mile stretch of Interstate 45 south of Dallas that issue a high volume of traffic tickets. Now, welcome to the "Texas Triangle" – a group of small towns in Falls and Robertson counties southeast of Waco that are also in the ticket game, according to a longtime municipal court judge who said he quit over what he described as a ticketing quota system.... He told News 8 that he quit as judge there because he was getting pressure from city officials to push speeding tickets through court. "The pressure to collect revenues in Calvert — and probably other small towns in Texas — is excessive," he said. "And what happens is, you got judges like me who say they've got better things to do with my time. 'Thank you very much, and God bless you, I'll move on.'"

Economy & Business

Guess How Many Nations In The World Do Not Have A Central Bank?
Economic Collapse - Central banking has truly taken over the entire planet. At this point, the only major nation on the globe that does not have a central bank is North Korea. Yes, there are some small island countries such as the Federated States of Micronesia that do not have a central bank, but even if you count them, more than 99.9% of the population of the world still lives in a country that has a central bank.

Energy & Environment

Monsanto Ordered To Pay $93 Million For Poisoning Residents With Agent Orange
Global Research - Earlier this month the State Supreme Court of West Virginia dealt a huge blow to the biotech company Monsanto, ordering it to pay $93 million to the small town of Nitro, West Virginia for poisoning local citizens with Agent Orange chemicals.... Approved last year, the details were only recently worked out a few weeks ago as to how the funds would be dispersed. In order to receive the benefits outlined in the settlement, residents of Nitro still need to fill out a register. And due to the serious importance of this landmark case, residents in the area are urged to participate as fully as possible to set a precedent for other class action suits that farmers and consumers of GMO foods around the world might ignite against Monsanto in the future.

Science & Technology

VIDEO: This code can hack nearly every credit card machine in the country
CNNMoney - 90% of credit card readers currently use the same password. The passcode, set by default on credit card machines since 1990, is easily found with a quick Google searach and has been exposed for so long there's no sense in trying to hide it. It's either 166816 or Z66816, depending on the machine. With that, an attacker can gain complete control of a store's credit card readers, potentially allowing them to hack into the machines and steal customers' payment data (think the Target (TGT) and Home Depot (HD) hacks all over again).... The problem stems from a game of hot potato. Device makers sell machines to special distributors. These vendors sell them to retailers. But no one thinks it's their job to update the master code, Henderson told CNNMoney.

Hackers Can Compromise Medical Pumps to Administer Fatal Doses of Drugs
Sputnik News - A new hacking threat has the medical community alarmed as a security researcher says he's discovered a way for hackers to change the dosage of medications delivered by a patient's drug pump. The security expert, Billy Rios, has been testing the vulnerabilities of various models of drug pumps manufactured by Hospira, Wired reports. Earlier this year, he discovered that a hacker could change the maximum allowable limit for a particular drug, meaning that the device wouldn't respond with an alert if too much of a drug was administered by a caregiver, for example.

Fun Fact: The Feds Can Charge You for Clearing Your Internet Search History
Sputnik News - Under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, people are being prosecuted for deleting files or clearing their browser histories, and the harsh penalties associated with these actions can mean up to 20 years in prison. The 13-year-old act was written into law in 2002 following the Enron scandal. The aim of the federal legislation was primarily to prohibit corporations under federal investigation from shredding or destroying incriminating documents. But since the law doesn’t require suspects to know they’re under investigation, Sarbanes-Oxley has cast a much wider net than it was seemingly intended.

Thync: company launches mood-changing wearable that zaps brains
The Independent - Thync costs $299 and has just been released to the public. It provides “calm or energy on demand”, the company says, by using “neurosignalling” to activate nerves and change people’s state of mind. The Thync looks like a small, white plastic triangle that is placed on the forehead. Its then fed with “Vibes” — specially-formulated zaps that either wake people up or calm them down. The whole thing is controlled by phones. The zapping lasts an hour but the effects can go on for long after that, the company claims.

Health

Gardasil Vaccine Survivors in Ireland Launch Support Group
Health Impact News - The R.E.G.R.E.T. Support Group was launched recently in Ireland by parents of chronically ill teenage girls. These parents blame an injection the girls received at school as the cause of their daughters’ illness. The drug in question is called Gardasil and is being marketed as an anti-cancer vaccine. R.E.G.R.E.T. is an acronym for “Reactions and Effects of Gardasil Resulting in Extreme Trauma”.... A high incidence of serious reactions have been reported in the U.S ever since Gardasil was released there in 2006. Even the drug manufacturer’s own clinical trials reveal a 1 in 40 (2.5%) incidence of a serious adverse reaction*, yet Irish parents are still told by the HSE that Gardasil is ‘very safe’.

Study: BPA-lined Containers Hike Blood Pressure - Immediately
Green Med Info - Most of us know – or should know by now – that bisphenol-A mimics estrogen and can thus interrupt our cells' reception of hormones. This is called hormone disruption. But most of us probably figure that drinking from a BPA-lined container won't do much immediate harm, right? Such a notion is shared by many, but unfortunately, it is wrong. Drinking from a BPA-lined container can cause immediate cardiovascular harm. The ramifications of such a presumption, if true, is disastrous. Today, bisphenol-A and its supposedly-safer version, bisphenol-S, are found in many plastic food and beverage containers along with the linings of many canned food and beverage containers.

Coconut Oil Pulling Chews
Wellness Mama - If you aren’t familiar with oil pulling, it is simply swishing oil (usually sesame or coconut oil) in the mouth for a period of time (5-20 minutes) and then spitting it out in the trash. It is said to help reduce plaque and coconut oil is naturally antibacterial and even said to kill the specific bacteria that causes cavities. Lately, I’ve been experimenting with adding essential oils to oil for oil pulling to improve the taste and to get the added benefits of the essential oil. My favorites so far have been essential oils that are naturally found in toothpaste, like peppermint, cinnamon and clove.

Pet News

12 Signs Your Pet Is Too Hot: Can You Recognize Them All?
Dr. Becker - Once summer arrives, the danger of overheating returns. And for many areas, these dangers can arrive even sooner, which can be especially life-threatening. Know how to tell if it's getting too hot for your pet, and what to do if you see these 12 signs.

Humor & Satire

Wikileaks Reveals Full Text Of Trans-Pacific Partnership
Zero Hedge - Finally "America's biggest secret" has been revealed and now the full, formerly confidential text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, aka Obamatrade, has been made public. You just have to be quick.
 



Monday - June 8, 2015 - Today in History:

1786 - In New York City, commercially manufactured ice cream was advertised for the first time.
1790 - The first loan for the U.S. was repaid. The Temporary Loan of 1789 was negotiated and secured on September 18, 1789 by Alexander Hamilton.
1861 - Tennessee voted to secede from the Union and joined the Confederacy.
1872 - The penny postcard was authorized by the U.S. Congress.
1904 - U.S. Marines landed in Tangiers, Morocco, to protect U.S. citizens.
1947 - "Lassie Show" debuted on ABC radio. It was a 15-minute show.
1953 - The U.S. Supreme Court outlawed segregated restaurants in Washington, DC.
1965 - U.S. troops in South Vietnam were given orders to begin fighting offensively.
1967 - Israeli airplanes attacked the USS Liberty in the Mediterranean during the 6-Day War between Israel and its Arab neighbors. 34 U.S. Navy crewmen were killed. Israel later called the incident a tragic mistake due to the mis-identification of the ship. The U.S. has never publicly investigated the incident.
1969 - U.S. President Richard Nixon met with President Thieu of South Vietnam to tell him 25,000 U.S. troops would pull out by August.
1982 - U.S. President Reagan became the first American chief executive to address a joint session of the British Parliament.
1987 - Fawn Hill began testifying in the Iran-Contra hearings. She said that she had helped to shred some documents.
1988 - The judge in the Iran-Contra conspiracy case ruled that Oliver North, John Poindexter, Richard Secord and Albert Hakim had to be tried separately.
1991 - A victory parade was held in Washington, DC, to honor veterans of the Persian Gulf War.
1995 - U.S. Air Force pilot Captain Scott O'Grady was rescued by U.S. Marines after surviving alone in Bosnia after his F-16 fighter was shot down on June 2.
1998 - The space shuttle Discovery pulled away from Mir, ending America's three-year partnership with Russia.
2004 - Nate Olive and Sarah Jones began the first known continuous hike of the 1,800-mile trail down the U.S. Pacific Coast. They completed the trek at the U.S.-Mexico border on September 28.

World News

Putin intends to undermine NATO - Jt. Chiefs Chairman Dempsey
RT - Russia is seeking to “discredit and eventually undermine” NATO, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey said in an interview published shortly after President Vladimir Putin said only a madman would think of Russia as a threat to NATO. “I can’t tell you, as we sit here today, precisely what Putin and Russia intend to do,” Dempsey said in the interview to the Wall Street Journal. “They have demonstrated some behaviors outside the international order that clearly indicate that they are willing to push beyond what most of the nations with whom we deal consider to be international norms.”

G7 leaders urge tough line on Russia at Alpine summit
Reuters - Group of Seven (G7) leaders vowed at a summit in the Bavarian Alps on Sunday to keep sanctions against Russia in place until President Vladimir Putin and Moscow-backed separatists fully implement the terms of a peace deal for Ukraine. The Ukraine conflict and a long-running debt standoff between Greece and its European partners dominated the first day of the annual meeting hosted by Chancellor Angela Merkel... Merkel is hoping to secure commitments from her G7 guests to tackle global warming ahead of a major United Nations climate summit in Paris in December. The German agenda also foresees discussions on global health issues, from Ebola to antibiotics and tropical diseases. But Ukraine took center stage on Sunday, with U.S. President Barack Obama calling for "standing up to Russian aggression".

South Korea reports jump in MERS infections
Reuters - The Health Ministry announced 23 new infections, bringing the total to 87. South Korea now has the second highest number of infections in the world after Saudi Arabia, according to data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. The latest MERS patient to die in South Korea was hospitalised for pneumonia when he was infected, officials in the city of Daejeon said. He was confirmed to have contracted the virus from another patient at a hospital. Underlining concern about the spread of the disease, South Korean authorities said they would track the cellphones of about 2,500 people under quarantine who may have been in contact with patients. Some of those under quarantine are in healthcare facilities although most are at home.

Preparing for War? 11 Countries to Supply Lethal Weapons to Ukraine
Sputnik News - Ukraine needs “only defensive weapons to protect its territory”, a report for President Petro Poroshenko’s annual address to the parliament read. Ukraine has reached agreements for the supply of lethal weapons from 11 countries, according to an analytic report for President Petro Poroshenko’s annual address to the parliament. “Ukraine reached agreements with 11 countries on weapons supplies, including lethal weapons. Significant progress on the issue has been made by our principal ally, the United States,” the document read. The document also says Ukraine needs “only defensive weapons to protect its territory from aggression.”

In Major Escalation, Yemen Rebels Fire Scud Missile Into Saudi Arabia
Zero Hedge - On Saturday, Riyadh claimed the Houthis, in concert with forces loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, fired a scud missile at Saudi Arabia for the first time. The scud, which apparently targeted the city of Khamis Mushait in southwest Saudi Arabia, was intercepted by two Patriot missiles. “At 2:45am on Saturday morning, the Houthi militias and ousted [president] Ali Abdullah Saleh launched a Scud missile in the direction of Khamees al-Mushait, and praise be to God, the Royal Saudi air defences blocked it with a Patriot missile," a statement said.

Israeli Mossad posed as CIA to recruit terrorists to attack Iran
Hang The Bankers - Israeli Mossad agents posed as CIA officers in order to recruit members of a Pakistani terror group to carry out assassinations and attacks against the regime in Iran, Foreign Policy revealed on Friday, quoting U.S. intelligence memos. Foreign Policy’s Mark Perry reported that the Mossad operation was carried out in 2007-2008, behind the back of the U.S. government, and infuriated then U.S. President George W. Bush. Perry quotes a number of American intelligence officials and claims that the Mossad agents used American dollars and U.S. passports to pose as CIA spies to try to recruit members of Jundallah, a Pakistan-based Sunni extremist organization that has carried out a series of attacks in Iran and assassinations of government officials.

Greek Banks On Verge Of Total Collapse: Bank Run Surges "Massively" As Depositors Yank €700 Million Today Alone
Zero Hedge - While the Greek government believes it may have won the battle, if not the war with Europe, the reality is that every additional day in which Athens does not have a funding backstop, be it the ECB (or the BRIC bank), is a day which brings the local banking system to total collapse. And another day, or two, like today, and it may all be over: According to banking sources, the Greek bank outflows on Friday soared to 700 million Euros from 272 million Euros on Thursday.

Why Is The EU Forcing European Nations To Adopt 'Bail-In' Legislation By The End Of The Summer?
Economic Collapse - It turns out that there are 11 of them… The article “EU regulators tell 11 countries to adopt bank bail-in rules” [Reuters] reported how 11 countries are under pressure from the EC and had yet “to fall in line”. The countries were Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Sweden, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, France and Italy. France and Italy are two countries who are regarded as having particularly fragile banking systems. But why only two months to get this done?... Normally, things in Europe take a very long time to get done. It is out of character for the European Commission to rush to get something like this done so quickly.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

10 Reasons Why You Should Oppose TPP and TTIP
New American - The U.S. Senate’s passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation on May 22 means that the TPA bill (also known as “Fast Track”) will soon be up for a vote in the House of Representatives. If the House follows suit and approves it, we can be certain that President Obama and his Republican supporters in Congress will move for expedited action on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), both of which, Obama has stated, are top priorities of his administration.

Man Who Filmed Freddie Gray Arrest Charged With ‘Inciting a Riot’
Counter Current News - Charged with “terrorism” and “inciting a riot” as backlash for filming the police?... Kevin Moore, the man who filmed the now infamous Freddie Gray arrest, just before police apparently killed the Baltimore resident in the back of a police van, was harassed continuously after he filmed the police. Following that harassment, he was arrested and charged with such outlandish crimes as “terrorism” and “inciting a riot” as well as “evading police,” “driving with no license,” and an open container charge. Baltimore prosecutors recently dropped the charges against Moore, but just yesterday as his friends and fellow Cop Watchers Chad Jackson, and Aahil TalalAbdullah (Tony White) appeared in court, they made it clear that the charges would stick for the others.

TPP Begins to Unravel as Obama Launches Final Push For Votes
Paul Joseph Watson - The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade package is beginning to unravel, with more prominent voices slamming President Obama and the Republican leadership over the secretive deal that threatens to cost American jobs and hand big corporations new powers that would violate national sovereignty. House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) and Rules Committee chairman Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX) refused to reveal to Breitbart whether they had read the TPP agreement but still said they would support the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) and allow President Barack Obama to fast-track the TPP. Lawmakers claim that TPA is separate from TPP and that they will review the final TPP agreement before it is considered by Congress. However, as Matthew Boyle explains, this explanation doesn’t wash. A vote for the TPA is a de facto green light for the TPP since there is essentially no way to halt a trade deal once it has been fast-tracked.

TPP Emails Show CEO Joked About Making “Royalty Payment” to US Officials
Paul Joseph Watson - Emails released under a Freedom of Information Act request show how one chemical company CEO was so pleased with the rules being set by the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal that he joked about making a “royalty payment” to U.S. government officials before bragging, “these rules are our rules.” 400 pages of confidential emails between industry advisors and USTR officials were obtained by Intellectual Property Watch. The USTR (Office of the United States Trade Representative), is the U.S. government agency responsible for developing the United States’ trade policy.

Energy Dept. Fines Two Nuclear Weapons Labs for Misplacing Classified Materials and Publically Sharing Weapons Designs
AllGov - At Los Alamos National Laboratories, officials couldn’t account for a piece of classified “matter” that had been scheduled to be shipped to a nuclear disposal site in Nevada. The material, last logged in at Los Alamos in 2007, is assumed to have been shipped out, but officials can’t confirm that. It wasn’t noticed for five years that the material wasn’t accounted for… At the Sandia National Laboratory, officials had included classified nuclear weapon design information on a server able to be accessed by the public for years. They even gave PowerPoint demonstrations from 2003 to 2011 that exposed the information to outside groups and handed out computer disks with the demo.

NRA: Gun blogs, videos, web forums threatened by new Obama regulation
Washington Examiner - Commonly used and unregulated internet discussions and videos about guns and ammo could be closed down under rules proposed by the State Department, amounting to a "gag order on firearm-related speech," the National Rifle Association is warning. In updating regulations governing international arms sales, State is demanding that anyone who puts technical details about arms and ammo on the web first get the OK from the federal government — or face a fine of up to $1 million and 20 years in jail. According to the NRA, that would include blogs and web forums discussing technical details of common guns and ammunition, the type of info gun owners and ammo reloaders trade all the time. "Gunsmiths, manufacturers, reloaders, and do-it-yourselfers could all find themselves muzzled under the rule and unable to distribute or obtain the information they rely on to conduct these activities," said the NRA in a blog posting.

Arizona Continues Record Pace of Taking Children out of Homes into State Custody - Now 1 of every 100 Children in Foster Care
Health Impact News - Are we to believe that there are more criminal, abusive parents in Arizona than anywhere else? Reports show that these state-sponsored kidnappings are only getting worse in 2015. Local media reports that the numbers are still rising.... The only thing more shocking than the number of Arizona children still in crisis is the governor’s failure to develop a concrete plan for fixing the year-old Department of Child Safety. The Brewer administration created this department after disbanding the overwhelmed Child Protective Services, which left more than 6,000 reports of abuse and neglect uninvestigated.

Veteran News

Survivor Contestant & Iraq War Vet Currently Being Held Against His Will In VA Hospital
The Free Thought Project - Iraq Veteran and Freedom Fighter Shamar Thomas is currently being held against his will at the Northport Medical VA Center in Northport, NY. Thomas spoke with The Free Thought Project today and explained that he went in Tuesday when he experienced suicidal thoughts while drinking. This is not uncommon for war veterans, as statistics show that 22 veterans take their own lives every day. Thomas explained to us that when he sobered up, he expressed that he was no longer having thoughts of hurting himself and wished to be released to seek counseling. He was told by Dr. Gregory Gunyan that he was not permitted to leave or even be evaluated until he agreed to swallow a cocktail of drugs, to which Thomas refused. According to Thomas, he was then informed he would be held indefinitely.... Even more disturbing, Thomas was then informed by Dr. Gunyan that his outside privileges were being taken away as punishment for the phone calls made to the hospital seeking a statement. Thomas expressed to The Free Thought Project that he is concerned that if any more calls are made, he may be further punished.

Economy & Business

Cash-Strapped Kansas Moves to Limit ATM Withdrawals for Residents on Welfare
Bloomberg - Kansas is in trouble. After slashing income taxes in 2012, the state faces a revenue gap of more than $400 million. Republican Governor Sam Brownback and state legislators are debating how to make up the shortfall. So far they’ve agreed on one way to control how state money is spent. Starting in July, people on the dole will be limited to a single ATM withdrawal of no more than $25 per day.... Kansas is among several Republican-controlled states that have recently cut or limited public-assistance funds.

The "Illegal Immigrant" Recovery? The Real Stunner In The Jobs Report
Zero Hedge - In the latest jobs report we find the following stunner: since the start of the Second Great Depression, the US has added 2.3 million "foreign-born" workers, offset by just 727K "native-born". This means that the "recovery" has almost entirely benefited foreign-born workers, to the tune fo 3 to 1 relative to native-born Americans!

Organic Takeover: Toxic Food Makers Lose $4 Billion in Sales in One Year
Natural Society - Consumers are leaving toxic food makers’ products behind on grocery store shelves faster than you can say ‘organic.’ Big Food lost $4 billion in sales last year alone due to their inability to answer market demand for non-GM, organic food that doesn’t contain high fructose corn syrup, gluten, antibiotics, growth hormones, MSG, and other toxic additives. Meanwhile, organic food is absolutely exploding.

Energy & Environment

Farmers Say Oil Firms and Governor Brown Colluded to Pollute Aquifer
Courthouse News - The Committee to Protect Agricultural Water sued the oil companies and the state of California on Wednesday in Federal Court. It claims that defendant Gov. Jerry Brown et al. violated the Safe Drinking Water Act by approving permits for underground oil wells in the San Joaquin Valley, through the co-defendant California Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources. Also sued is the Western States Petroleum Association, a trade group. The 50-page lawsuit gets right to the point: "Every month, Occidental and Chevron directly pump 2.63 times more toxic waste water into the San Joaquin Aquifer than oil released into the Gulf during the entire BP spill," it begins. "The California Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) plans to allow them to continue for another 21 months. This lawsuit is brought to stop the poisoning of the San Joaquin aquifer and to remediate the damage already done to the farmland of Kern County."

Drought: Lacking Water, Bakersfield Water Plant May Shut Down
Breitbart - A water plant in northeast Bakersfield in California’s Central Valley may shut down by the fall due to lack of available water for filtration, according to local ABC News affiliate KERO-23. The Kern River, which flows from the Sierra Nevada range south to the Central Valley, is near record low levels, which has potentially dire consequences for the plant and the city.

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Home Composting: 16 Foods That’ll Re-Grow from Kitchen Scraps
Natural News Blogs - Food is expensive. If you do the grocery shopping for your household, you know that this is one of the highest costs related to your home and family. While it may be unlikely that you can completely eliminate your grocery bill, you can grow certain foods yourself. And, you can grow them from scraps that you would normally throw away.

Health

Tips to Benefit from Grounding Indoors and Out—Including Using a Grounded Yoga Mat to Thin Blood and Thwart Inflammation
Dr. Mercola - The interchangeable terms "earthing" and "grounding" refer to the act of walking barefoot on the earth, which allows for the transfer of free electrons from the earth into your body, through the soles of your feet. These free electrons are among the most potent antioxidants known, and the effects of grounding have been shown to promote health in a number of ways. For starters, walking barefoot can help ameliorate the constant assault of electromagnetic fields and other types of radiation from cell phones, computers, and Wi-Fi—an important benefit for those whose lives are bustling with electronics. It also cuts inflammation, which thrives when your blood is thick and you have a lot of free radical stress and positive charges in your body. Grounding effectively alleviates inflammation because it thins your blood and infuses you with negatively charged ions.

Diabetes management: mobile app to remotely monitor glucose levels in real-time
(NaturalNews) The Food and Drug Administration has recently approved a mobile app that would drastically help diabetics. Concerned parents or caregivers, for example, could monitor a person's glucose levels from afar, providing them with peace of mind. The Dexcom Share device, Dexcom G4, is the latest development that marries insulin delivery with blood sugar monitoring while also removing the often trial-and-error task of calibrating insulin doses.

Hormone-Mimicking Compound Still Found In Hundreds of Brands of Foods
Mae Chan - In a survey of more than 250 brands of canned food, researchers found that more than 44 percent use bisphenol-A lined cans for some or all of their products. With 109 brands not responding or providing enough information, that number could be a lot higher. Consuming a daily serving of canned food products has a more than 1,000% increase in urinary bisphenol A (BPA) concentrations compared with when the same individuals consumed fresh food daily. BPA is a dangerous chemical linked to health concerns from digestive problems to issues with brain development. It’s was found present in around two billion products in the U.S. that are used on a daily basis. Because it’s the most harmful on developing brains and bodies, children and pregnant women especially need to avoid contact with BPA.
 



Friday - June 5, 2015 - Today in History:

1752 - Benjamin Franklin flew a kite for the first time to demonstrate that lightning was a form of electricity.
1794 - The U.S. Congress prohibited citizens from serving in any foreign armed forces.
1851 - Harriet Beecher Stow published the first installment of "Uncle Tom's Cabin" in "The National Era."
1865 - The first safe deposit vault was opened in New York. The charge was $1.50 a year for every $1,000 that was stored.
1917 - American men began registering for the World War I draft.
1933 - President Roosevelt signed the bill that took the U.S. off of the gold standard.
1940 - During World War II, the Battle of France began when Germany began an offensive in Southern France.
1944 - The first B-29 bombing raid hit the Japanese rail line in Bangkok, Thailand.
1956 - Premier Nikita Khrushchev denounced Josef Stalin to the Soviet Communist Party Congress.
1973 - The first hole-in-one in the British Amateur golf championship was made by Jim Crowford.
1975 - Egypt reopened the Suez Canal to international shipping, eight years after it was closed because of the 1967 war with Israel.
1981 - In the U.S., the Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported that five men in Los Angeles were suffering from a rare pneumonia found in patients with weakened immune systems. They were the first recognized cases of what came to be known as AIDS.
1986 - A federal jury in Baltimore convicted Ronald Pelton of selling secrets to the Soviet Union. He was sentenced to 3 life prison terms plus 10 years.
1987 - Ted Koppel and guests discussed the topic of AIDS for four hours on ABC-TV’s "Nightline".
1998 - C-Span reported that Bob Hope had died. The report was false and had begun with an inaccurate obituary on the Associated Press website.
1998 - A strike at a General Motors parts factory began. It lasted for seven weeks.
2001 - Amazon.com announced that it would begin selling personal computers later in the year.
2004 - The U.S.S. Jimmy Carter was christened in the U.S. Navy in Groton, CT.

World News

Greece Refuses to Fulfill Creditors' Proposals on Economic Reforms
Sputnik News - Greece cannot agree to the new proposals on extensive economic reforms made by the international creditors, Greek Economy Minister Giorgos Stathakis said Friday. Greece and its lenders, including the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the European Union and the European Central Bank, are currently negotiating a debt relief deal. On Wednesday, the European Commission and the debt-laden country failed to reach an agreement on a bailout package as Athens refused to compromise on unpopular social reforms demanded by the creditors.
* Related: Putin to hold phone call with Tsipras as Greece delays €300mn IMF payment

‘Reading tea leaves’: German expert questions Bellingcat’s MH17 photo scoop
RT - A German image forensics expert has debunked the analysis of British online investigative group Bellingcat, which accused Russia of altering satellite images from the MH17 disaster. He labeled the probe “subjective” and “not based entirely on science.”... But, German image forensics expert Jens Kriese said in an interview with Der Spiegel that it is, in fact, not possible to tell whether the images have been manipulated.

49 NATO vessels, 5,600 troops gear up for major US-led drills in Baltics
RT - Around 50 vessels from 17 countries, involving overall 5,600 troops, will be taking part in US-led exercise BALTOPS in the Baltic Sea starting June 5. In 15 days, NATO allies will show their eagerness and ability to protect the region. Featuring anti-submarine warfare, air defense, interception of suspect vessels and amphibious landings, the annual BALTOPS will run through June 20.

US knowingly conceals E. Ukrainian ceasefire violations by Kiev – leak
RT - The US and its Western allies are well aware of all the ceasefire violations in eastern Ukraine but, deliberately turn a blind eye to Kiev’s actions, hackers said after obtaining the emails of top Ukrainian official overseeing the truce. The correspondence contained satellite images proving multiple violations of the Minsk peace agreements between Kiev and the rebels by the Ukrainian military, they said.

China Blamed For "Largest Theft Of US Government Data Ever" - 95% Of Federal Employees Affected
Zero Hedge - A week ago, Russian "crime syndicates" were blamed when the IRS announced that a "major cyber breach allowed criminals to steal the tax returns of more than 100,000 people." Today, it is China's turn to be blamed following a report that the FBI is probing what has been described as "one of the largest thefts of government data ever seen." The alleged penetration by Chinese hackers breached the files of the Office of Personnel Management, in which a vast amount of information about federal employees was accessed. According to the WSJ, investigators believe the hack compromised the records of approximately 4 million individuals. Indicatively, according to the OPM, there are about 4.2 million total personnel, so the hack affected some 95% of all Federal workers.

Tens of Thousands March Against Global Elites Ahead of G7
Common Dreams - 'As representatives of some of the most powerful countries in the world prepare to gather for their annual Group of Seven (G7) meeting, this time at a castle in the German town of Elmau, tens of thousands marched through nearby Munich on Thursday to protest the summit's politics of "neo-liberal economic policies, war and militarization, exploitation, poverty and hunger, environmental degradation, and the closing-off towards refugees." Over 34,000 people reportedly turned out for Thursday's march, with one demonstrator identified as Julia by Euronews declaring "we must not lose hope that one day the world really will be equal, and we will all have the same values."

‘Where’s the $500 mn?’ Red Cross promises houses for 130,000 Haitians, ’builds only 6’
RT - An investigation has found that the American Red Cross wasted $500 million in its bid to help Haiti, underperformed in its programs, and then tried to cover it up. Despite the NGO’s celebrated success, insider accounts point to failures. When a devastating earthquake struck the Western hemisphere’s poorest country in 2010, the American Red Cross was one of the organizations at the forefront of the humanitarian effort to rebuild it a year later, launching a multi-million-dollar effort. The main program – LAMIKA (a Creole acronym for ‘A Better Life in My Neighborhood’) – was to build hundreds of permanent homes to house some 130,000 people living in abject poverty after the quake. Now, in 2015, the Port-au-Prince neighborhood of Campeche is as dilapidated as ever, with hardly any new buildings, trash strewn around, animals walking the streets, and people enduring sub-standard conditions in self-made shacks.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

N.S.A. Secretly Expands Internet Spying at U.S. Border
NY Times - Without public notice or debate, the Obama administration has expanded the National Security Agency‘s warrantless surveillance of Americans’ international Internet traffic to search for evidence of malicious computer hacking, according to classified N.S.A. documents. In mid-2012, Justice Department lawyers wrote two secret memos permitting the spy agency to begin hunting on Internet cables, without a warrant and on American soil, for data linked to computer intrusions originating abroad — including traffic that flows to suspicious Internet addresses or contains malware, the documents show.... The disclosures, based on documents provided by Edward J. Snowden, the former N.S.A. contractor, and shared with The New York Times and ProPublica, come at a time of unprecedented cyberattacks on American financial institutions, businesses and government agencies, but also of greater scrutiny of secret legal justifications for broader government surveillance.

Land of the Unfree – Police and Prosecutors Fight Aggressively to Retain Barbaric Right of “Civil Asset Forfeiture”
Liberty Blitzkrieg - Efforts to limit seizures of money, homes and other property from people who may never be convicted of a crime are stalling out amid a wave of pressure from prosecutors and police. Their effort, at least at the state level, appears to be working. At least a dozen states considered bills restricting or even abolishing forfeiture that isn’t accompanied by a conviction or gives law enforcement less control over forfeited proceeds. But most measures failed to pass.

FREEDOM Act Passes, Effectively Kills Freedom
Brandon Turbeville - The FREEDOM Act does nothing to punish or prevent intelligence agencies who have been illegally wiretapping innocent Americans. In fact, it has simply legalized the process. According to Daniel McAdams of the Ron Paul Institute, the bill is able to legalize the storage and collection of bulk data by putting the responsibility upon the back of the major telecommunications companies who will be tasked with doing just that – storing and retaining all data – for future use by intelligence agencies. This data must be turned over to the agencies upon request. It is, essentially, the privatization of mass surveillance. These Telecom giants who will now be in charge of the data collection have worked hand in glove with intelligence agencies for some time. Now the law will require them to do so.

VIDEO: Pentagon: Live Anthrax Sent to 52 Labs in 18 States, 3 Countries
NBC News - Pentagon officials announced Thursday the number of kits containing live anthrax has grown again to 52 labs in 18 states, Washington, D.C., and three foreign countries, Australia, South Korea and Canada — more than twice as high than first reported. Two labs, one in Maryland the other in Canada, received live anthrax spores. Pentagon officials stressed that they don't believe the public is in danger from the live spores. Some 31 military and civilian lab workers who came into contact with the vials are being treated with antibiotics for potential exposure.

15 Ridiculous Ways to get on the FBI Terrorist Watchlist
GovSlaves - In hopes of catching more terrorists, the FBI released twenty five instructional pamphlets intended for everyone from hobby store owners to karate instructors. The idea being that these businesses will turn in their customers to the FBI as suspected terrorists. Every single one of these examples were taken directly from FBI lists distributed to places of business in how they can help fight the war on terror. Do one of these, and you might end up at FEMA camp.

VIDEO: Mosby says she'll seek order to block release of Freddie Gray autopsy report
The Baltimore Sun - Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby plans to seek a protective order that would block the release of Freddie Gray's autopsy report and other "sensitive" documents as she prosecutes the six police officers involved in his arrest. Mosby told The Baltimore Sun that prosecutors "have a duty to ensure a fair and impartial process for all parties involved" and "will not be baited into litigating this case through the media." But an attorney for one of the officers said the effort shows that "there is something in that autopsy report that they are trying to hide."... The move is the latest effort by Mosby's office to restrict information in the high-profile case. Her office has also sought a gag order to prevent participants from discussing the case in public, and has broken with a long-standing practice by not giving a copy of the autopsy report to Baltimore police.... The Sun is one of 19 news organizations contesting Mosby's gag order request.

3,700 Illegal Immigrant ‘Threat Level 1’ Criminals Released Into U.S. by DHS
Washington Times - Most of the illegal immigrant criminals Homeland Security officials released from custody last year were discretionary, meaning the department could have kept them in detention but chose instead to let them onto the streets as their deportation cases moved through the system, according to new numbers from Congress. Some of those released were the worst of the worst — more than 3,700 “Threat Level 1” criminals, who are deemed the top priority for deportation, were still released out into the community even as they waited for their immigration cases to be heard.

Kids Abused, Choked And Beaten In Dark Rooms At Police “Leadership Camp”
Steve Watson - Several children aged 12 to 16 have come forward declaring that they were abused at the hands of cops at at 20 week “leadership camp” in California. The police training camp claims to teach ‘discipline and leadership’ in order to keep kids out of trouble and reduce family conflict. The program, which costs $400, is sponsored by the Huntington Park Police Department, South Gate Police Department, and the California National Guard. However, police with San Luis Obispo County have been accused of pulling children into dark rooms and punching, choking and beating them.

‘Off Grid Kids’ Still in State Custody One Month Later
Paul Joseph Watson - All ten of the children seized from “off grid” parents Joe and Nicole Naugler remain in state custody almost one month after they were first taken, with the Nauglers none the wiser as to when their kids will be returned.... Despite substantial media coverage of the case, the children remain in state custody with the parents set to attend another court hearing next week to try and discover their fate.

Proof You’re Better Off Fighting Traffic Tickets in Court
Kit Daniels - A small town in Texas known as a “speed trap” doesn’t have a prosecutor and relies on motorists to pay their tickets without challenging them in court, the city’s former judge admitted. The former judge of Calvert, Texas, David Viscarde, said that small towns write so many tickets not only for the revenue but also because they know the vast majority of drivers who simply pay up have no idea that the towns are incapable of trying the cases.

Economy & Business

The Central Banks Are Losing Control Of The Financial Markets
Economic Collapse - Every great con game eventually comes to an end. For years, global central banks have been manipulating the financial marketplace with their monetary voodoo. Somehow, they have convinced investors around the world to invest tens of trillions of dollars into bonds that provide a return that is way under the real rate of inflation. For quite a long time I have been insisting that this is highly irrational. Why would any rational investor want to put money into investments that will make them poorer on a purchasing power basis in the long run? And when any central bank initiates a policy of “quantitative easing”, any rational investor should immediately start demanding a higher rate of return on the bonds of that nation. Creating money out of thin air and pumping into the financial system devalues all existing money and creates inflation.

Energy & Environment

All in How You Phrase it: EPA Claims Fracking Doesn’t Cause 'Widespread' Pollution, Experts Cry Foul
Sputnik News - The US Environmental Protection Agency says that, while hydraulic fracturing has the potential to contaminate drinking water, and has done so on some occasions, there is no evidence of "widespread" pollution across the country, according to a draft report released by Thursday. he report, commissioned by Congress, claims to be the most comprehensive evaluation to date of the effect on drinking water of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The process involves pumping chemical-laden water deep underground under intense pressure to shatter rock formations and release valuable oil and gas.

VIDEO: Harvard, Syracuse Researchers Caught Lying to Boost Obama Climate Rules
Breitbart - E-mails obtained from the Environmental Protection Agency show that Harvard University, Syracuse University and two of their researchers appear to have falsely claimed a study supporting EPA’s upcoming global warming rules was conducted “independent(ly)” of the agency. In early May, a study published in the journal Nature Climate Change purported to support a key EPA claim about its forthcoming global warming rules aimed at coal-fired power plants.

Science & Technology

Scientists Unveil Genetically Modified Insects with ‘Kill Switch’ Genes
Natural Society - Biotechnologists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a ‘kill-switch’ for genetically modified insects. It is meant to assist corporations in controlling genetically modified organisms set free in the wild.... Utilizing a gene-editing technology, scientists have developed a way to delete entire strains of DNA instead of just editing them.... In laboratory tests, scientists encoded GMO bacteria with this “kill switch” and they died within fifteen minutes of encountering the substance designed to trigger it, a sugar molecule called arabinose. The findings of professor Voigt’s team, published in the journal Nature Communications just weeks ago, have already attracted national attention. Hopefully it is alarm, and not simply egoistic excitement that this discovery is creating.

Health

Vaccine Injuries and Deaths Continue to Increase in Federal Vaccine Court
Health Impact News - The Department of Justice issues a report on vaccine injuries and deaths every quarter to the Advisory Commission on Childhood Vaccine. There are 163 cases for vaccine injuries and deaths for the period 2/16/2015 through 5/15/2015. 103 of the settlements were listed in this report, giving the name of the vaccines, the injury, and the amount of time the case was pending before settlement. Four of those settlements were for deaths linked to vaccines, with three deaths related to the flu shot, and one death for the Hepatitis B shot, typically given to newborns. 74 of the 103 settlements were for injuries and deaths due to the flu shot, and the majority of flu shot injuries were for Guillain-Barré Syndrome.

4 Month-Old Infant From Tennessee Passed Away After Given 7 Vaccines
Natural Blaze - Parents in Memphis, Tennessee, are mourning the loss of their baby girl Ja’Liyah Cortize Turner, after she passed away in her sleep, less than four days after receiving seven vaccines. Her mother Quavia felt pressured into getting her daughter further vaccinated, even though she didn’t want to, because her daughter had a bad reaction from the round of vaccines given to her earlier. Ja’Liyah’s autopsy report did not mention the vaccines even though she still had the knots on her legs at the injection sites. Her cause of death was ruled “Unknown, Undetermined.”

$25 blood test identifies any virus you've ever had
Wired News - A $25 test that can identify any virus that has ever affected a person, from one drop of blood, has been developed. It can test for more than 1,000 virus strains at any one time. "VirScan is a little like looking back in time: using this method, we can take a tiny drop of blood and determine what viruses a person has been infected with over the course of many years," said co-author on a paper announcing the news in Science, Stephen Elledge of Harvard Medical School. "What makes this so unique is the scale: right now, a physician needs to guess what virus might be at play and individually test for it. With VirScan, we can look for virtually all viruses, even rare ones, with a single test."

 
Natural Society - Plaintiffs are seeking over $5 million in damages from the well-known baby formula maker, Abbot Laboratories (who makes Similac) for labeling one of their formulas as organic when it is anything but organic. Sara Margentette, Matthew O’Neil Nighswander, and Ellen Steinlien filed the suit on May 15 in U.S. District Court in New York, claiming that Abbot’s Similac Advance Organic contains ingredients that are prohibited from being in ‘organic’ food. The plaintiffs are wondering how the product was certified, and why 26 of the 49 ingredients – more than half – are not supposed to be in organic food.
 



Thursday - June 4, 2015 - Today in History:

1784 - Marie Thible became the first woman to fly in a hot-air balloon. The flight was 45 minutes long and reached a height of 8,500 feet.
1792 - Captain George Vancouver claimed Puget Sound for Britain.
1794 - British troops captured Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
1805 - Tripoli was forced to conclude peace with U.S. after conflicts over tribute.
1812 - The Louisiana Territory had its name changed to the Missouri Territory.
1816 - The Washington was launched at Wheeling, WV. It was the first stately, double-decker steamboat.
1911 - Gold was discovered in Alaska's Indian Creek.
1918 - French and American troops halted Germany's offensive at Chateau-Thierry, France.
1919 - The U.S. Senate passed the Women's Suffrage bill.
1924 - An eternal light was dedicated at Madison Square in New York City in memory of all New York soldiers who died in World War I.
1942 - The Battle of Midway began. It was the first major victory for America over Japan during World War II. The battle ended on June 6 and ended Japanese expansion in the Pacific.
1944 - The U-505 became the first enemy submarine captured by the U.S. Navy.
1944 - During World War II, the U.S. Fifth Army entered Rome, which began the liberation of the Italian capital.
1947 - The House of Representatives approved the Taft-Hartley Act. The legislation allowed the President of the United States to intervene in labor disputes.
1954 - French Premier Joseph Laniel and Vietnamese Premier Buu Loc initialed treaties in Paris giving "complete independence" to Vietnam.
1989 - In Beijing, Chinese army troops stormed Tiananmen Square to crush the pro-democracy movement. It is believed that hundreds, possibly thousands, of demonstrators were killed.
2003 - The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that would ban "partial birth" abortions with a 282-139 vote.
2008 - The United Kingdom and Canada became the first countries to be able to buy and rent films at the iTunes Store.

World News

Lavrov: Russia Ready to Work With Afghanistan on Curbing Drug Production
Sputnik News - Lavrov said during opening comments at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization’s conference on regional security in Moscow: “We are ready to deepen constructive cooperation with Kabul in all areas. We believe that special attention is needed in the expansion of mutual action with the Afghan side in fighting against drug plantations and drug laboratories. The volume of drug production in Afghanistan is growing at a threatening pace and the income is being absorbed not only by terrorist groups in the country, but also beyond its borders.”

Greece: Out Of Cash, Out Of Time, Out Of Options
Zero Hedge - Most commentary still appears predicated on the idea that there will be some last-minute deal - either because the creditors will back down and give Greece some more money without requiring it to be paid back or because the Greek government will back down if it understands that not doing so would ultimately mean leaving the euro. On the other hand, some believe neither side is particularly interested in achieving a deal.

Investors Start To Panic As A Global Bond Market Crash Begins
Economic Collapse - Is the financial collapse that so many are expecting in the second half of 2015 already starting? Many have believed that we would see bonds crash before the stock market crashes, and that is precisely what is happening right now. Since mid-April, the yield on 10 year German bonds has shot up from 0.05 percent to 0.89 percent. But much of that jump has come this week. Just a couple of days ago, the yield on 10 year German bonds was sitting at just 0.54 percent. And it isn’t just Germany – bond yields are going crazy all over Europe. So far, it is being estimated that global investors have lost more than half a trillion dollars, and there is much more room for these bonds to fall. In the end, the overall losses could be well into the trillions even before the stock market collapses.

US-Led Coalition Carries Out 22 Airstrikes Against ISIL in Iraq, Syria
Sputnik News - “In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted four airstrikes using attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft,” CENTCOM said. “Separately in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 18 airstrikes approved by the Iraqi Ministry of Defense using attack, bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL [Islamic State] terrorists.”... More than 4,000 Coalition airstrikes have so far failed to stem the advances of the Islamic State. The Coalition has carried out airstrikes against the Islamic State since August 2014.

Multiple airstrikes in Gaza after two rockets launched into Israel
RT - Several massive explosions rocked the Gaza Strip on Thursday night amid multiple reports of Israeli jets buzzing the area. It follows reports that two rockets were launched from Gaza into Israel but failed to cause any damage.... Earlier on Wednesday, two missiles were fired into Israel from Gaza. However, it was not Hamas, but its rival Salafist group called Omar Brigades, loyal to Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) that claimed responsibility for the attack.... An Israeli army statement cited by Haaretz blamed Hamas for Wednesday’s missile attack.

'Exploitation of a Higher Kind': How the G7 is Fueling Corporate Dominion of Africa
Common Dreams - Under the specious claim of delivering "aid to Africa," western governments are backing an initiative—described by some as another form of "colonialism"—that is effectively enabling the corporate takeover of African nations by some of the world’s biggest food and agriculture companies. On Wednesday, as corporate executives, politicians, and G7 officials assembled in Cape Town, South Africa for a closed-door meeting of the G7’s New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, a coalition of small scale farmers, unions, workers, and food sovereignty groups released a statement condemning the program.

The Next Epidemic? 1,364 Now Under Quarantine for Novel MERS Virus in South Korea
The Daily Sheeple - It has now been confirmed that 30 people in South Korea have contracted MERS, a deadly virus from the same family as SARS, and officials believe that number is going to grow. Two people have died, and another 1,364 people are currently being quarantined. The Korean government has closed down over 230 schools to prevent the infection from spreading. MERS, which stands for Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus, is a relatively new virus discovered in Saudi Arabia in 2012. According to the CDC, people who contract MERS wind up with a severe and often deadly acute respiratory illness.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Barack Obama: China might join trade deal — eventually
Politico - China could eventually join the trade pact currently under negotiation with 12 Pacific Rim nations, President Barack Obama said Wednesday. A central part of Obama’s pitch for the trade deal known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership has been that it would prevent China from making the rules in the region. But in an interview set for broadcast Wednesday evening on public radio’s “Marketplace,” Obama said that China is showing interest joining the agreement. “They’ve already started putting out feelers about the possibilities of them participating at some point,” Obama told host Kai Ryssdal. Those feelers, he added, are being directed “to us, to Jack Lew, the Treasury secretary.”

The Next Escalation: FBI Launches Probe Of Russia 2018 World Cup Award
Zero Hedge - With The FBI now reportedly investigating the award of The Soccer World Cup to Qatar and Russia, it appears, as Mises' Lew Rockwell exclaimed, "FIFA has got to change its name, it’s going to have to take out the “I” and put in an “A” for American." This sudden act of imperialism by The US, putting itself in charge of world soccer, as Paul Craig Roberts notes, it "is another Washington-British scam against Russia," adding "law is a weapon that Washington uses to achieve its agenda."

Under Hillary, US Sold $66 Million In Chemical Arms To Clinton Foundation Donors Gassing Their Citizens
Zero Hedge - "During the roughly two years of Arab Spring protests that confronted authoritarian governments with popular uprisings, Clinton’s State Department approved $66 million worth of so-called Category 14 exports -- defined as "toxicological agents, including chemical agents, biological agents and associated equipment" -- to nine Middle Eastern governments that either donated to the Clinton Foundation or whose affiliated groups paid Bill Clinton speaking fees," IBTimes reports.

Live anthrax sent to 51 labs in 17 states and 3 nations – Pentagon
RT - The Department of Defense admitted that 51 labs in 17 states and three different countries received suspected live samples of anthrax over the course of a one-year period, and added that the number of recipients may rise as the investigation continues.... The Department of Defense said that the probe has not found any indication that the samples were sent as a result of a deliberate action or that anyone had been infected by the lethal bacteria. The agency also said there was no danger to the public from the anthrax. The Pentagon previously said that the anthrax had “accidentally” been sent to 24 laboratories in 11 states and two foreign countries.... As a precaution, the DoD has asked labs to stop working on those samples until further notice from the Pentagon and the CDC. The government is also in the midst of testing every previously inactivated anthrax sample ‒ 400 lots worth ‒ to ensure that it does not contain any live spores.

WikiLeaks Strikes Again: Leaked TISA Docs Expose Corporate Plan For Reshaping Global Economy
Common Dreams - An enormous corporate-friendly treaty that many people haven't heard of was thrust into the public limelight Wednesday when famed publisher of government and corporate secrets, WikiLeaks, released 17 documents from closed-door negotiations between countries that together comprise two-thirds of the word's economy. Analysts warn that preliminary review shows that the pact, known as the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA), is aimed at further privatizing and deregulating vital services, from transportation to healthcare, with a potentially devastating impact for people of the countries involved in the deal, and the world more broadly.

VIDEO: Explosions rock Michigan neighborhood as US Army urban training begins
Blacklisted News - A ten-day US Army urban military training exercise has begun in Flint, Michigan with explosions rocking neighborhoods and scaring residents who had no idea what was actually happening. With less than three hours between a city press release and the beginning of the exercise, residents were left in the dark about the urban military training until the last possible moment. Most had no idea what was happening as their homes shook from the force of the simulated explosions. “It was like a big huge explosion, it shook my whole house, it shook the ground.”

Dems push gun control with smart tech handgun rules
The Hill - The Handgun Trigger Safety Act introduced Tuesday by Sen. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) and Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) aims to block criminals and children from using guns that do not belong to them. Gun dealers would be required to install smart gun technology that fires only if it recognizes the shooter, such as the person who purchased the gun or someone they designate as an authorized user. Some smart gun technologies use fingerprints, while others require the shooter to wear a bluetooth bracelet or receive a microchip implant that unlocks the gun.

Michigan City Raises Citizens’ Taxes to Pay for Police Brutality
Sputnik News - The city of Inkster is giving residents a one-time tax hike to pay for the massive settlement for Floyd Dent, a man brutally beaten during a traffic stop. In January, police were caught on camera brutally dragging Dent from his vehicle, then choking, beating, and tasing him. Dent had no criminal history and did not appear to be resisting arrest in the footage. Dent was charged with assault, resisting arrest, and possession of cocaine after the violent beating that left him hospitalized for two days. All charges against Dent have been dropped. A video later emerged of an officer placing what appeared to be cocaine from his pocket in Dent’s car.... Now, Inkster is set to add a charge for all taxpayers on July 1, a hike that’s expected to bring in $6.45 million to cover the costs of the lawsuit.

Baltimore Police Fired 72 Officers in 3 Years for Misconduct, Crimes
Sputnik News - Seventy-two police officers have been fired in Baltimore for misconduct and illegal activities since Police Commissioner Anthony Batts took office in September 2012, Baltimore Police Department said in a statement. “Under the Police Commissioner’s [Batts] tenure there have been a total of 72 forced separations from the agency,” the statement said on Wednesday. “These are individuals who have been internally charged with misconduct, false statements, criminal activities, neglecting their duty and other offences.”

Sens. Booker and Boxer Introduce Bill Requiring Data Collection Of Police-Involved Killings
Truth in Media - Washington, D.C.- On Tuesday, U.S. Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Cory Booker (D- N.J.) introduced legislation that would compel all 50 states to submit reports of people killed by police officers to the Justice Department, as well as reports of people injured by police. The bill also calls for mandated reporting of cases in which police officers are killed or injured. The legislation is titled the Police Reporting of Information, Data and Evidence (PRIDE) Act and according to Booker’s press release, the law would require states to “report to the Justice Department on any incident in which a law enforcement officer is involved in a shooting, and any other instance where use of force by or against a law enforcement officer or civilian results in serious bodily injury or death.”

Native Tribes Have Withdrawn from the State of Maine
The Daily Sheeple - Since 2011, Maine Governor Paul LePage has used executive orders to dictate the state’s relationship with native tribal governments. In April of this year, he declared that the state of Maine and the native tribes now have a “relationship between equals with its own set of responsibilities” which effectively cedes control of their land and natural resources to the state government. After fighting the state in court, 3 out of 4 of the state’s native tribes issued a declaration last week, which claims that they will no longer recognize the authority of any political official from the state of Maine.... As a result, these tribes have withdrawn their representatives from the state legislature.

Get Jailed For Toys In Yard, Missing Shingles In This American Town
GovSlaves - Not mowing the lawn regularly, having a missing shingle, and even failing to put curtains or screens on windows can lead to thousands of dollars in fines in some communities – and even jail if fines aren’t paid. Pagedale, Missouri, residents Valarie and Vincent Blount face $1,810 in fines for such offenses as having peeling paint, having an overgrown tree and also not recycling, The St. Louis Post-Dispatchreported. Other residents have been fined for having barbecue pits and toys in the front yard, for having basketball hoops in the street, for not making their children wear bicycle helmets, and for walking in the street.

Economy & Business

Economist: Financial Elites Fear Provoking Bank Runs
Paul Joseph Watson - Economist Martin Armstrong warns that the financial elite are plotting to abolish cash but are wary of the public becoming aware of the plan because it could cause bank runs. A meeting to discuss the move towards eliminating physical currency took place at the luxury Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park hotel in London recently during which Kenneth Rogoff of Harvard University and Willem Buiter, the Chief Economist at Citigroup, gave presentations. According to Armstrong, “The lack of press coverage was deliberate, and intended to avoid sending panic to the people, which would lead to a massive bank run if people understood what these guys are discussing.”

47% of Americans would have to Borrow or Sell Something to Cover an Unexpected Expense of $400
AllGov - The Federal Reserve asked 50,000 people if they could handle an unexpected “financial disruption” costing them $400. Just over half (53%) said they could “fairly easily handle such an expense.” But for 47% of respondents, $400 was a tougher problem to handle. Within this group, 14% said they simply couldn’t cover it. Another 10% would have to sell something, 13% would have to borrow money from a friend or relative and 2% would have to resort to a high-interest payday loan.

Energy & Environment

Oklahoma Joins Texas in Prohibiting Local Bans on Fracking
AllGov - The restrictions in both states came at the behest of oil and gas producers, who are big contributors to GOP politicians. Municipalities and environmental groups opposed the Oklahoma bill signed by Gov. Fallin. “There’s nothing in the bill that says cities can have the authority to protect local drinking water supplies,” said Norman Mayor Rosenthal. She's concerned about wastewater from fracking operations ending up in Lake Thunderbird, which supplies drinking water to about 200,000 people.

Science & Technology

Paypal’s Horrifying New User Agreement Lets The Company Robocall & Autotext Users At Will
GovSlaves - Even though PayPal recently agreed to fork over $25 million in fines for deceptive business practices, it seems that the online payments company is up to its old tricks yet again. Ahead of its planned split from eBay, PayPal is planning to roll out a new terms of service agreement for its customers which would allow the company to pepper its userbase with robocalls and text messages. What’s more, the updated terms of service would allow PayPal to contact users at either their designated phone number or even an undisclosed number PayPal managed to obtain through other means. Set to go into effect on July 1, PayPal’s updated user agreement is not an opt-in type of deal, which makes it all the more worrisome.

World's first BIOLIMB created: Dead arm 'brought back to life' in the lab could allow amputees to grow replacement limbs
Daily Mail - In a world first, a living arm has been grown in a lab. Attached to a rat, the 'biolimb' quickly filled with blood and the animal was even able to flex its new paw. The research from Massachusetts General Hospital in the US could lead to amputees growing their own replacement limbs.

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

WHO may Soon Deliver a Huge Blow to Companies Like Monsanto
Natural Society - When the World Health Organization recently declared that the herbicide ingredient glyphosate was ‘probably carcinogenic,’ numerous countries responded with bans, serious inquiries, and boycotts of Monsanto’s Roundup. Now, the WHO is now set to review another Big Ag chemical, 2,4-D, just three months after Monsanto was delivered news it couldn’t swallow. You can bet Big Ag is nervous.... The herbicide 2,4-D is set to be examined by twenty-four scientists representing the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). The review will occur at a meeting scheduled for June 2nd– 9th in Lyon, France.

Scotts Lawn Service Is Really Monsanto In Disguise
GovSlaves - [Monsanto] recently announced a new $300 million agreement with Scotts Lawn Care, makers of Miracle-Gro and other lawn care products widely sold at most retail giants, to continue to find new ways to “deliver consumers with a diverse range of lawn and garden solutions,” as Kerry Preete, Monsanto Executive Vice President of Global Strategy, said on the company’s website. While the rest of the world looks for new ways to dump Monsanto’s Roundup over confirmation that it is a likely carcinogen, Scotts is going all-in on Monsanto chemicals and intent on spreading them around our neighborhoods, lawns, schools and parks like never before.

Research says: Pesticide spraying may spread food borne illnesses
(NaturalHealth365) In many cases, it was hard to be sure how these pathogens were getting onto our fruits and vegetables. However, disturbing information shared by food technologist Katharina Verhaelen and her colleagues shows that they might be getting sprayed onto the produce when it is treated with pesticides. The water used in the pesticides is often dredged up from ponds or stagnant pools that are prone to contamination with fecal pathogens from cattle manure or other sources. This makes vegetables treated with pesticides not just a chemical hazard, but also a microbiological health hazard as well. Pesticides are in effect posing a double risk to those who don’t eat organic produce and/or fail to wash their produce properly before consuming it.

Health

A Look At The MMR Vaccine Ingredients
GovSlaves - The MMR vaccine contains three different live attenuated viruses- rubivirus (measles), parotitis (mumps), and rubeola (rubella or German measles). There are many steps to manufacturing the MMR vaccine and a multitude of ingredients used in the manufacturing of the final product. The MMR vaccine contains the following ingredients along with remnants of prior processing. Note the vaccine contains MSG, animal products, and the antibiotic neomycin. The MMR vaccine also contains human protein that has been genetically modified....

Study Suggests Homeopathy 'Aided Pain of Cancer Patients Ten Fold'
Natural Society - A new study has shown a dramatic improvement in cancer patients who have had to undergo chemotherapy or radiation who have used homeopathy to alter their ability to endure fatigue and pain. The study also found that recovery rates of patients improved between seven and fourteen times when compared to those who didn’t use homeopathic remedies.... Homeopathy dramatically improved patients’ mental health. Of 373 cancer patients involved in the study, more than half reported “significant improvement” in their overall health, according to researchers from the Medical University of Vienna.

Bacteria May Be Remaking Drugs in Sewage
Dr. Mercola - The fact that pharmaceutical drugs exist in drinking water is no secret. A 2008 Associated Press investigation found the drinking water of at least 51 million Americans contained minute concentrations of a multitude of drugs. Philadelphia, for instance, tested positive for 56 pharmaceuticals or byproducts in treated drinking water, including medicines for pain, infection, high cholesterol, asthma, epilepsy, mental illness, and heart problems. The city's watersheds tested positive for 63 different medications or byproducts. Researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee detected 48 pharmaceuticals at a Wisconsin water reclamation facility.... What was concerning, however, was that two of the drugs – carbamazepine, an anti-epileptic drug, and ofloxacin, an antibiotic – increased in concentration after going through the treatment process. Carbamazepine increased by 80 percent while ofloxacin increased by 120 percent; the researchers believe microbes may be to “blame."
 



Wednesday - June 3, 2015 - Today in History:

1784 - The U.S. Congress formally created the United States Army to replace the disbanded Continental Army. On June 14, 1775, the Second Continental Congress had created the Continental Army for purposes of common defense and this event is considered to be the birth of the United States Army.
1800 - John Adams moved to Washington, DC. He was the first President to live in what later became the capital of the United States.
1805 - A peace treaty between the U.S. and Tripoli was completed in the captain's cabin on board the USS Constitution.
1888 - "Casey at the Bat" the poem by Ernest Lawrence Thayer was first published.
1932 - Lou Gehrig set a major league baseball record when he hit four consecutive home runs.
1952 - A rebellion by North Korean prisoners in the Koje prison camp in South Korea was put down by American troops.
1959 - The first class graduated from the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO.
1965 - Edward White became the first American astronaut to do a "space walk" when he left the Gemini 4 capsule.
1989 - Chinese army troops positioned themselves to began a sweep of Beijing to crush student-led pro-democracy demonstrations in Tiananmen Square.
2008 - Barack Obama clinched the Democratic presidential nomination.
2009 - New Hampshire became the sixth state to legalize same-sex marriage.
2011 - Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh was wounded when rebel rockets barraged his palace; he later went to Saudi Arabia for treatment.
2011 - Physician-assisted suicide advocate Dr. Jack Kevorkian died at a Michigan hospital at age 83.

World News

Russian investigators reveal identity of key witness in MH17 crash
RT- The Russian Investigative Committee has identified a key witness to the MH17 crash in Ukraine’s Donetsk Region. He is Evgeny Agapov, an aviation armaments mechanic in the Ukrainian Air Force. The man is currently under Russian state protection.... Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin said. Agapov, a Ukrainian citizen, was serving as a military mechanic in the first squadron of the Ukrainian Air Force’s tactical aviation brigade. According to Markin, the man “voluntarily crossed the state border of the Russian Federation and expressed a desire to cooperate with the Russian investigation.”

US Set to Deploy Advanced Weapons to Asia-Pacific to Counter China
Sputnik News - The United States plans to relocate advanced military hardware, including its newest stealth missile destroyer, to the Asia-Pacific region as tensions are growing between Washington and China over South China Sea, one of the key waterways globally.... The United States worries that "China now has an interest in trying to become a more prominent international power in the region and elsewhere," analyst William Beeman told Iran's Press TV. According to the expert, Beijing was focused on its economy and trade with foreign partners, "but it hasn't really been a strong political power" up until recently. Washington is concerned that this is about to change.

ISIS, Assad Regime Now Fighting Together In Syria, US Alleges
Zero Hedge - When last we checked in on the situation in Syria, ISIS (who a secret Pentagon document recently revealed was, and probably still is, considered a US “strategic asset”) was supposedly on the move, emboldened by recent successes in the ancient city of Palmyra and the conquest of Ramadi in Iraq, where, you’re reminded, Iraqi forces showed “no will” to fight according the Pentagon. Recent reports also indicated that the militants may have commandeered 2,300 humvees worth more than $1 billion when the group sacked Mosul last summer, a convenient “loss” for the US which can now justify four times that amount in arms sales to allies who will now need to counter a ‘better-equipped’ ISIS.

Ukraine plans to seize Russian foreign property to compensate for ‘lost’ Crimea
RT - Kiev will nationalize Russian overseas property as compensation for the losses over Crimea’s reunification with Russia, Ukraine’s Deputy Minister of Justice Natalia Sevostyanova said. The decision is now up to the European Court of Human Rights. Ukraine will be able to use this effective instrument if the European Court of Human Rights rules in favor of Kiev, Sevostyanova told “Channel 5,” Ukraine’s National News (UNN) reported on Tuesday.

Hacked Emails Expose George Soros As Ukraine Puppet-Master
Zero Hedge - In 3 stunning documents, allegedly hacked from email correspondence between the hedge fund manager and Ukraine President Poroshenko, Soros lays out "A short and medium term comprehensive strategy for the new Ukraine," expresses his confidence that the US should provide Ukraine with lethal military assistance, “with same level of sophistication in defense weapons to match the level of opposing force," and finally explained Poroshenko's "first priority must be to regain control of financial markets," which he assures the President could be helped by The Fed adding "I am ready to call Jack Lew of the US Treasury to sound him out about the swap agreement."

Food, Water, Health, Life: UN Experts Warn of Threats Posed by Secret 'Trade' Deals
Common Dreams - Echoing the protests of civil society organizations and social movements around the world, a panel of United Nations experts on Tuesday issued a stark warning about the threats that secret international "trade" agreements such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) pose to the most fundamental human rights.... The UN experts warn that "ISDS chapters are anomalous in that they provide protection for investors but not for States or for the population. They allow investors to sue States but not vice-versa." Under this framework, states have faced penalties for "for adopting regulations, for example to protect the environment, food security, access to generic and essential medicines, and reduction of smoking, as required under the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, or raising the minimum wage," resulting in a "chilling effect," the officials warn.

Greece made ‘difficult concessions’ in new reform plan – Tsipras
RT - Greece’s left-wing government has made several concessions to the country’s lenders in an updated reform plan that aims to break a five-month deadlock over a new €7.2 billion austerity deal – and stave off bankruptcy.... The sides have failed to reach a deal on vital issues as the labor market and the pension system, while making progress on value-added tax reform. The sides have failed to reach a deal on vital issues as the labor market and the pension system, while making progress on value-added tax reform.

Six Nigerian Central Bankers Arrested In Currency Rigging "Mega Scam"
Zero Hedge - According to Bloomberg, six Nigerian central bankers were charged with fraud in an 8 billion naira ($40.2 million with an m, not a b, not a tr) currency "scam." No chat rooms here, just a plain old "mega scam involving the theft and recirculation of defaced and mutilated currencies,” the Abuja-based Economic and Financial Crimes Commission said in a statement dated Sunday on its website. In addition to the central bankers, among those charged are also sixteen commercial bankers who conspired with Central Bank of Nigeria regional executives.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Is the End of Section 215 of the Patriot Act Much Ado about Nothing? 7 Ways the NSA can Keep Spying
AllGov - Section 215 was “only one of a number of largely overlapping surveillance authorities, and the loss of the current version of the law will leave the government with a range of tools that is still incredibly powerful,” reported the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). Likewise, the American Civil Liberties Union says the loss of 215 won’t impact the “government’s ability to conduct targeted investigations of terrorist threats.” EFF provided many examples of how the government can still conduct authorized surveillance of individuals...

Four reasons why the Freedom Act is WORSE than the Patriot Act
Lew Rockwell Blog - By a vote of 67-32 the Senate today passed the USA FREEDOM Act, just days after the expiration of key elements of the USA PATRIOT Act. The FREEDOM Act is billed as a reform of the unconstitutional and recently-ruled illegal bulk collection of Americans’ telecommunications, but in fact it is a whole new level of attack on civil liberties. Here are just a couple of ways the FREEDOM Act is worse than the PATRIOT Act...

Congress turns away from post-9/11 law, retooling U.S. surveillance powers
Washington Post - Congress on Tuesday rejected some of the sweeping intelligence-gathering powers it granted national security officials after the 9/11 terror attacks, with the Senate voting to end the government’s bulk collection of private telephone records and reform other surveillance policies. The bill, known as the USA Freedom Act, passed on a 67-to-32 vote, against the will of Senate Republican leaders who wished to preserve existing spy programs.

Rand Paul Wants Classified Docs Exposing Saudi Connection to 9/11 Released
Sputnik News - Republican senator Rand Paul of Kentucky has joined a group of lawmakers in the House of Representatives who are pushing for the publication of 28 pages from the official report on the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 which have remained classified for more than a decade. For years a growing group of congress members have called on the government to release the pages, which pertain to foreign government involvement in the 9/11 attacks, and which they claim point to Saudi Arabian government involvement in their financing. "We all are calling today for the release of these 28 pages," Paul said on Tuesday as he introduced the bill, titled "The Transparency for the Families of 9/11 Victims Act."

*Wanted* Dead or Alive: $100,000 for Full Text of Trans-Pacific Partnership
Common Dreams - The media outlet Wikileaks on Tuesday announced a campaign to raise a $100,000 cash reward for the complete text of the agreement in order to end the mystery surrounding the actual contents of the deal that involves the U.S. and eleven Pacific Rim nations.... Despite unprecedented efforts by negotiating governments to keep it under wraps, WikiLeaks has been able to obtain and publish three leaked chapters of this super-secret global deal over the last two years. However, there are believed to be 26 other chapters of the deal to which only appointed negotiators, trade officials, and chosen representatives from big corporations have been given access.... And with the U.S. House of Representatives returning to Washington, D.C. this week to pick up a bill that would give trade promotion authority, or Fast Track, to President Obama the call for someone to leak a complete version of the latest draft has new urgency.
* Related Video: Democracy Now!: Julian Assange on the TPP

Pentagon Also Received Anthrax Sample Sent Out by Military Lab
Sputnik News - The latest site confirmed to have received a shipment from the batch found to contain live spores was the Pentagon, although as of Tuesday, defense officials have stated that there is no indication that the particular samples they received contained live spores. US Department of Defense (DoD) spokesperson Col. Steven Warren told Sputnik in a statement Tuesday that the DoD used the anthrax samples to develop a field-based test to "identify biological threats in the environment." However, NBC reports that the spores were shipped to Pentagon's police force, which planned to use them in testing and calibrating detection equipment for incoming mail.

FBI behind mysterious surveillance aircraft over US cities
AP - The FBI is operating a small air force with scores of low-flying planes across the country carrying video and, at times, cellphone surveillance technology — all hidden behind fictitious companies that are fronts for the government, The Associated Press has learned. The planes' surveillance equipment is generally used without a judge's approval, and the FBI said the flights are used for specific, ongoing investigations. In a recent 30-day period, the agency flew above more than 30 cities in 11 states across the country... U.S. law enforcement officials confirmed for the first time the wide-scale use of the aircraft, which the AP traced to at least 13 fake companies, such as FVX Research, KQM Aviation, NBR Aviation and PXW Services. Even basic aspects of the program are withheld from the public in censored versions of official reports from the Justice Department's inspector general.

Bomb Threats Made Against 5 Planes on Tuesday, Part of Hoax Wave
Breitbart - Bomb threats were made against five different aircraft, from five different airlines, on flights either originating or landing in the United States on Tuesday. Officials say all five of the threats were “non-credible,” part of a surge in hoax bomb threats in progress since Memorial Day. NBC News says all the “threats of chemical explosives” were “phoned” in. UPI clarifies that at least one of the threats, against U.S. Airways Flight 648 from San Diego, California to Philadelphia International Airport, was received by telephone at the Transportation Security Agency headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Economy & Business

2 Things That Are Happening Right Now That Have Never Happened Outside Of A Recession
Economic Collapse - If we are not heading into a recession, why does our economy continue to act as if that is precisely what is happening? As you will see below, we learned this week that factory orders have declined year over year for six months in a row. That is something that has never happened outside of a time of recession. We have also seen new orders for consumer goods fall dramatically. In fact, the only time we have seen a more dramatic decline in that number was during the last recession.

Health insurers seek big premium hikes for ObamaCare plans in 2016
Fox News - Dozens of health insurers selling plans under ObamaCare have requested hefty premium increases for 2016, according to preliminary information published Monday by the White House. The insurers have cited higher-than-expected care costs from customers they gained under the ObamaCare's coverage expansion and the rising cost of prescription drugs and other expenses as reasons for proposing the increases, many of which are in the double-digit percentages. Among the market leaders, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina is seeking a roughly 26 percent premium increase, while plans in Illinois and Florida, among other states, are asking for hikes of 20 percent or more. In Pennsylvania, Highmark Health Insurance Co. is asking for a 30 percent increase.

Fed Mouthpiece Jon Hilsenrath Furious "Stingy" US Consumers Refuse To Buy The "Recovery" Propaganda
Zero Hedge - No commentary necessary on this piece originally posted on the Wall Street Journal by Jon Hilsenrath... Dear American Consumer, This is The Wall Street Journal. We’re writing to ask if something is bothering you. The sun shined in April and you didn’t spend much money. You have been saving more too. You socked away 5.6% of your income in April after taxes, even more than in March. This saving is not like you. What’s up?... The Federal Reserve is counting on you too. Fed officials want to start raising the cost of your borrowing because they worry they’ve been giving you a free ride for too long with zero interest rates. We listen to Fed officials all of the time here at The Wall Street Journal, and they just can’t figure you out.

Science & Technology

STUDY: Painkillers, Anti-Anxiety Medications Linked To Increased Risk Of Homicide
CBS News - For the first time ever, scientists have linked prescription drugs that affect the central nervous system to an increased risk of committing a homicide. European researchers found that people who were taking a class of tranquilizers called benzodiazpines were more likely to kill someone than those who were not taking these medicines, reports Live Science. hose drugs are used to treat anxiety, insomnia and panic disorders. Pain relievers such as opioid medications and anti-inflammatories were also found to increase a person’s risk of homicide. “I think that these chemical substances affect the impulse control of the person,” Dr. Jari Tiihonen, lead author and a professor, told Medical Daily. “The only surprising result was that painkillers also increase the risk.”
* Related: Certain medications cause people to commit murder… homicide risk increased by 31% to 200%

Facebook Just Announced a Controversial Move that is Going to Infuriate the Police State
Free Thought Project - Monday morning, Facebook announced its own encryption service. According to the Facebook announcement: To enhance the privacy of this email content, today we are gradually rolling out an experimental new feature that enables people to add OpenPGP public keys to their profile; these keys can be used to “end-to-end” encrypt notification emails sent from Facebook to your preferred email accounts. People may also choose to share OpenPGP keys from their profile, with or without enabling encrypted notifications. PGP stands for Pretty Good Privacy. It’s actually very good privacy. If used correctly, it can protect the contents of your messages, text, and even files from being understood even by well-funded government surveillance programs.

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Fungi pesticide offers non-toxic alternative to chemical pesticides
(NaturalNews) A patent for a pesticide made from mushrooms was granted in 2006. This pesticide is safe, nontoxic and can control over two-hundred thousand types of insects. Fungi are known to cause insect diseases and the use of spores from fungi has been known for over 100 years. Previous patents were granted as far back as 1992 for fungal ant killers and termite control. In 2014, pesticides were a $16 million dollar business. A fungi-based pesticide is safer to use, safer for the planet, and has no lasting effect on the plants or planet.

Health

Antibiotics cause peripheral neuropathy plus other damaging side effects
(NaturalHealth365) A stunning 1 in 15 Americans – that’s 20 million people – have peripheral neuropathy. Peripheral neuropathy refers to issues with the peripheral nervous system that leads to nerve damage and symptoms such as muscle tingling, numbness and muscle weakness.... While the causes of peripheral neuropathy are primary linked to diabetes, a recent article in the Journal Neurology reported that the risk of peripheral neuropathy doubles in anyone who takes fluoroquinolones. Fluoroquinolones are a class of antibiotics with a host of alarming side effects; one of the most prescribed has the brand name Cipro.

Watercress kills cancer cells and offers potent cancer protection
(NaturalNews) The key to the anticancer properties of watercress nutrition likely arises from the vegetable's ability to pump up the antioxidant level in the bloodstream. Watercress is known to be an exceptional source of the known antioxidant vitamins A and C. It is also an excellent source of vitamin K, critical to bone health. In addition, watercress is packed with zeaxanthin and lutein. These carotenoid nutrients are heralded for their abilities to protect cardiovascular health and safeguard vision. Antioxidants are widely believed to protect DNA from the kind of damage associated with the development of cancer cells.

Food Alert: Toxic Beetles Being Found In Organic Salad Greens In Canada and U.S.
Netasha Longo - Insects are a staple food in many diets around the world, however Iron Cross Blister Beetles are usually not on the menu. Food Inspection Agencies in Canada and the United States are on alert after the toxic beetles have been turning up in organic salads and packages of leafy greens. There are several reasons to grow your own organic food, and pest control is often one of them. Although rare, fresh produce can harbour insects that may be injurious to consumers. The Iron Cross Blister beetle is very distinctively coloured, with a bright red head and bright yellow markings on the wings, separated by a black "cross". If found in any produce, this particular beetle should be treated with caution as it may release an irritating chemical called "cantharidin", a chemical which may cause blisters at the point of contact.



Tuesday - June 2, 2015 - Today in History:

1774 - The Quartering Act, which required American colonists to allow British soldiers into their houses, was reenacted.
1835 - P.T. Barnum launched his first traveling show. The main attraction was Joice Heth who was supposedly the 161-year-old nurse of George Washington.
1851 - Maine became the first U.S. state to enact a law prohibiting alcohol.
1883 - The first baseball game under electric lights was played in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
1886 - Grover Cleveland became the second U.S. president to get married while in office. He was the first to have a wedding in the White House.
1924 - All American Indians were granted U.S. citizenship by the U.S. Congress.
1953 - Elizabeth was crowned queen of England at Westminster Abbey.
1954 - U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy charged that there were communists working in the CIA and atomic weapons plants.
1957 - Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev was interviewed by CBS-TV.
1995 - Captain Scott F. O'Grady's U.S. Air Force F-16C was shot down by Bosnian Serbs. He was rescued six days later.
1998 - Royal Caribbean Cruises agreed to pay $9 million to settle charges of dumping waste at sea.
2003 - In Seville, Spain, a chest containing the supposed remains of Christopher Columbus were exhumed for DNA tests to determine whether the bones were really those of the explorer. The tests were aimed at determining if Columbus was currently buried in Spain's Seville Cathedral or in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic.
2003 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that companies could not be sued under a trademark law for using information in the public domain without giving credit to the originator. The case had originated with 20th Century Fox against suing Dastar Corp. over their use of World War II footage.

World News

NATO in E. Europe: 6,000 in Lithuania war games, Polish HQ doubles troops
RT - Lithuania is conducting its biggest military exercises since joining NATO in 2004. Meanwhile, 200 extra troops are set to arrive at the alliance’s headquarters in Eastern Europe, located in Szczecin, Poland.... Lithuania is one of 13 countries participating in the exercise, which will involve about 6,000 troops performing manoeuvers in three Baltic states and Poland until June 19. During the two-stage exercise, land and air forces will carry out joint operations in the field, and then commanders will conduct a separate computer simulation of a regional conflict.

Russian BUK missile producer vows to prove EU sanctions over MH17 crash unfair
RT - Russia’s air-defense systems manufacturer Almaz-Antey is to reveal on Tuesday the findings of its own investigation, which it says refutes data that led to the company being placed on the Western sanction lists over the Ukrainian crisis.... The press conference, scheduled to take place on Tuesday in Moscow, is aimed at explaining the details of the appeal and backing it with evidence.
* Related: BUK missile manufacturer on MH17 shooting over Ukraine LIVE UPDATES

Greece to invest $2 bn in Turkish Stream, will sign memorandum asap - Energy Minister
RT - Greece plans to sign a document on political support for Gazprom’s Turkish Stream project at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum in June, its Energy Minister announced on Monday. The country plans to invest $2 billion in its construction.... Russian president Vladimir Putin has previously expressed his belief that, by joining the project, Greece could become one of the main power distribution centers in Europe. Athens could earn hundreds of millions of euros annually from gas transit fees, Putin said during Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ official visit to Moscow in April.

Europe Shocked When Russia Does To It What Europe Did To Russia
Zero Hedge - The EU issued a press release this morning which could perhaps be summed up in 2 words - "not fair." Following the denial-of-entry by Russia of several EU politicians, Russia has released a list of 89 names who will face travel bans - of exactly the same type as EU and US enforced upon numerous Russian elites. Europe is displeased that Russia would dare do unto them as they have done unto others... "we deem this measure as totally arbitrary and unjustified," they exclaimed, adding, "we don’t have any further information on the legal basis or the criteria or the process of these decisions."

US Navy Wants to Bomb Pagan Island, Obliterating Rare Wildlife
Sputnik News - A pristine patch of green in the middle of the Pacific, Pagan Island is home to number of endangered animals and largely untouched black sand beaches. The Pentagon wants to turn this ecological sanctuary into a bombed-out training ground, all because of an alleged Chinese threat in the South China Sea.... The Pentagon insists that it needs the island – far less populated than nearby Guam, where the US also leases land for military training – because of a potential “rebalance” in the Pacific. This refers to Washington’s growing concern about Beijing’s dominance in the region. Particularly in the South China Sea, where the Chinese government is busy building a series of artificial islands in the Spratly archipelago.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Rule By The Corporations
Paul Craig Roberts - The Transatlantic and Transpacific Trade and Investment Partnerships have nothing to do with free trade. “Free trade” is used as a disguise to hide the power these agreements give to corporations to use law suits to overturn sovereign laws of nations that regulate pollution, food safety, GMOs, and minimum wages. The first thing to understand is that these so-called “partnerships” are not laws written by Congress. The US Constitution gives Congress the authority to legislate, but these laws are being written without the participation of Congress. The laws are being written by corporations solely in the interest of their power and profit. The office of US Trade Representative was created in order to permit corporations to write law that serves only their interests. This fraud on the Constitution and the people is covered up by calling trade laws “treaties.”

U.S. is Obligated by Treaty to Defend 67 Foreign Countries
AllGov - The United States is obligated by treaty or otherwise to come to the defense of 67 other countries if they’re attacked, according to The Myth of Entangling Alliances (pdf) by Michael Beckley. Those obligations include obvious ones such as to Israel, with which the U.S. has no formal treaty, but has made many pledges of support. But it also includes Cuba, which only last week came off the list of state sponsors of terrorism. As a member of the Organization of American States, Cuba is a potential beneficiary of U.S. military support if it’s attacked… The idea that the United States is the world’s older brother, ready to take care of any bullies that show up on a street corner, is relatively recent. For the first 165 years of its existence, the United States had one such treaty, signed with France during the Revolutionary War, according to Beckley.

Pentagon's anthrax scandal spreads to Washington, D.C., Canada
USA Today - The Pentagon has learned that additional samples of live anthrax were sent to three laboratories in Canada, two Defense officials confirmed Monday evening. That means that specimens of the deadly Bacillus anthracis have been sent to labs in 12 states, the District of Columbia and three countries. The samples came from the U.S. Army lab at Dugway Proving Ground in Utah. The number of laboratories known to have 'mistakenly' receiving samples of live anthrax has grown to at least 28 labs in 12 states and the District of Columbia, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday.

Patriot Act Provisions Expire, But Government Surveillance Will Continue
Opposing Views - The expiration of Section 215, the Patriot Act provision used by the National Security Agency to justify its .. bulk phone records collection program, was the most significant outcome of the debate… The expiration also removes the government’s ability to use a roving wiretap without multiple warrants, as well as the ability track “lone wolf” terrorist suspects. The expiration of these provisions can be viewed in one of two ways: as a small but significant victory for civil liberties in America, or as a potentially catastrophic national security risk. The most likely scenario, however, is that the expiration of these provisions will be incredibly brief. The Senate is expected to pass the USA Freedom Act in a session on Tuesday, in which it will need only a simple majority of 51 votes rather than the 60-vote threshold it needed on Sunday.

Rand Paul: My Opponents ‘Secretly Want’ Terror Attack ‘So They Can Blame It On Me’ [VIDEO]
Daily Caller - While addressing the Senate Sunday, Sen. Rand Paul said that opponents of his efforts to end the NSA’s bulk data collection and force an expiration of the Patriot Act “secretly want” a terror attack on the U.S. so they can blame Paul for it. Paul said that would be like blaming the Boston police commissioner for the Boston bombings. RAND PAUL: People here in town think I’m making a huge mistake. Some of them, I think, secretly want there to be an attack on the United States so they can blame it on me. One of the people in the media the other day came up to me and said, “oh, when there’s a great attack aren’t you going to feel guilty that you caused this great attack?” It’s like the people who attack us are responsible for attacks on us.

Police state America's national railroad police
MassPrivateI - Privately run 'secret' railroad police have trained 85 SWAT teams in 13 states! Private railroad police officers licensed in every state, have been accused of physical assaults, racial profiling and harassment according to lawsuits, interviews and court records. The records and interviews show that there have been numerous complaints and dozens of lawsuits filed against railroad police officers in recent years.... Private rail lines CSXT, BNSF, KCS, UP, and others maintain their own private police. The Amtrak Police is the largest with more than 450 sworn officers who undergo training at FLETC. They are armed with Glock 22 .40-caliber pistols and no less than 100 5.56mm Bushmaster Patrolman’s carbines.

TSA failed 95% of tests attempting to smuggle mock explosives and banned weapons in airports
The Independent -The Department of Homeland Security sent its so-called Red Teams to pose as passengers and attempt to smuggle the fake explosives and weapons through airport security, and it almost always worked. Homeland Security conducted 70 of these tests and the TSA failed 67 times, according to ABC News. Officials did not say when the tests were conducted, only reporting that the investigation was recently concluded.

Government Wipes Recent Vaccine Injury Data from Website
Sharyl Attkisson - In March, the federal government removed the latest vaccine injury court statistics—more than a year’s worth of data—from one of its publicly reported charts. It was an abrupt departure from the normal practice of updating the figures monthly. Wiping the latest data means the “adjudication” chart on a government website no longer reflects the recent, sharp rise in court victories for plaintiffs who claimed their children were seriously injured or killed by one or more vaccines.

Veteran News

Houston declares end to veteran homelessness
Al Jazeera - Houston announced Monday that it had effectively ended veteran homelessness, seven months before the White House’s ambitious goal to house every veteran nationwide. The fourth-largest city in the U.S., Houston is the first of the nation’s 40 biggest cities to meet the target. Phoenix, Salt Lake City and New Orleans said they have already reached it.

Economy & Business

Kyle Bass Was Right: Texas To Create Own Bullion Depository, Repatriate $1 Billion Of Gold
Zero Hedge - State Rep. Giovanni Capriglione asking the Legislature to create a Texas Bullion Depository, where Texas could store its gold. The goal is to create a secure facility that would allow the state to bring home more than $1 billion in gold bars that are owned by UTIMCO and are now housed at HSBC in New York.... “We are not talking Fort Knox,” Capriglione said. “But when I first announced this, I got so many emails and phone calls from people literally all over the world who said they want to store their gold … in a Texas depository.... House Bill 483 would let the Texas comptroller’s office establish the state’s first bullion depository at a location yet to be determined.

Ex-Im Bank is Welfare for the One Percent
Ron Paul - This month Congress will consider whether to renew the charter of the Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im Bank). Ex-Im Bank is a New Deal-era federal program that uses taxpayer funds to subsidize the exports of American businesses. Foreign businesses, including state-owned corporations, also benefit from Ex-Im Bank. One country that has benefited from $1.5 billion of Ex-Im Bank loans is Russia. Venezuela, Pakistan, and China have also benefited from Ex-Im Bank loans. With Ex-Im Bank’s track record of supporting countries that supposedly represent a threat to the US, one might expect neoconservatives, hawkish liberals, and other supporters of foreign intervention to be leading the effort to kill Ex-Im Bank. Yet, in an act of hypocrisy remarkable even by DC standards, many hawkish politicians, journalists, and foreign policy experts oppose ending Ex-Im Bank.

Energy & Environment

Texas sunshine reveals flood devastation across state (Photos)
CBS News - Most of Texas was set to get its first period of extended sunshine in weeks, allowing surging rivers to recede as emergency-management officials turn their attention to cleanup efforts in such places as Houston, where damage estimates top $45 million. Parts of the state were finally beginning to recover Sunday from weeks of rain and flooding that have made Texas a place of extremes: severe drought conditions earlier in the year that have given way to unprecedented rainfall in some areas. At least 31 people have been killed in storms that began in Texas and Oklahoma over Memorial Day weekend. Twenty-seven of the deaths have been in Texas, and at least 10 people were still missing over the weekend.

Disaster: California’s Sierra Snowpack Hits 0% of Normal
Breitbart - California’s record drought took a stunning turn for the worse last week: on Thursday, the snowpack in the Sierra Nevada mountains officially disappeared.... The Sierra Nevada snowpack is one of the most crucial sources of surface water for California cities and farms, and without it, the state is in serious trouble. The state relies on the melted snow in summer to get it through months without rain; now, with the start of summer still a few weeks away, California will be without its most traditionally dependable water source.

6/01/2015 — Rare NORTH POLE Earthquake — 5.2 magnitude strikes near new undersea volcano
Dutchsinse - A very rare, and most likely volcanic related earthquake has struck near the exact NORTH POLE of the planet. Of course they’re not going to show the North pole, since this would raise everyone’s suspicions about earthquake activity picking up, being that this earthquake was less than 270 miles from the exact geographic polar North of the planet, people might start to ask questions the USGS doesn’t want to answer right now. Questions might get asked like, “why are you not warning people that there is increased seismic unrest taking place, and that people should be preparing for larger coming movement?!”

VIDEO: Revealed: Clintons Bagged $3.4 Million for 18 Speeches Funded by Keystone Pipeline Banks
Breitbart - Environmentalists’ head-scratching over Hillary Clinton’s refusal to take a hard stand against the Keystone XL pipeline may soon cease, as a Monday Huffington Post report confirms findings in Clinton Cash revealing that the Clintons have bagged millions of dollars in speaking fees from some of the Keystone XL pipeline’s largest investors. And according to Clinton Cash, during Hillary Clinton’s tenure as Sec. of State, Bill Clinton delivered 10 speeches from Nov. 2008 to mid-2011 totaling $1.8 million paid for by one of the largest investors in the Keystone Pipeline, TD Bank, which held a $1.6 billion investment in the Keystone XL pipeline. “TD Bank was also on the hook for $993 million it had loaned to TransCanada,” reports Clinton Cash. For months, environmental groups have struggled to understand Hillary Clinton’s refusal to condemn the Keystone XL pipeline.

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Victory! Federal Judge Rules to Uphold GMO Ban in Oregon
Natural Society - Jackson County, Oregon is ahead of the curve when it comes to GMOs. The county successfully passed a GMO ban in 2014 after a group of local petitioners in Oregon called GMO-Free Jackson County, filed petitions with over 6,700 signatures in January of 2013. The initiative also called on the county to provide inspections and allow enforcement through citizen lawsuits. Of course, Monsanto tried to overturn the ban with a lawsuit of their own, but a federal judge has declared the GMO ban will stand.

How to Preserve Fresh Herbs in Coconut Oil
Health Impact News - It’s undeniably great to have an abundant herb garden at your fingertips, but what if you have more herbs ready for harvest than you are ready to use? Nothing need be lost, and with a little bit of coconut oil, an ice cube tray and a freezer, you can save your lovely bouquet of herbs for later, but still enjoy the same fresh flavor you would expect the morning you picked them.

8 Garden Flowers That Chase Away Vegetable-Eating Bugs
Off the Grid News - The idea of companion planting has been around for a long time. The idea is to plant plants in close proximity to each other if they do not compete and if they can provide mutual benefits for each other. One of the most widely cited examples of companion planting is one that was commonly practiced by North American aboriginal peoples. Corn, squash and pole beans are commonly referred to as “the three sisters” because they can benefit each other when planted together. Flowers can also be companion plants.

Survival/Preparedness

Florida Court Rules “Off Grid” Living Illegal
The Daily Sheeple - Robin Speronis had been living in an off-grid home for many years without incident, until she was interviewed by a local FOX affiliate in November of 2013. Shortly thereafter, the city of Cape Coral tagged a “notice to vacate” on her property, due to multiple code violations, all of which stem from the fact that her home isn’t connected to water, sewage, or the electrical grid. The city has tried to argue that she is in violation of the International Property Maintenance Code for relying on rainwater and solar panels, instead of utilities. Since that time, Speronis has been fighting the courts for her right live off the grid. Magistrate Harold Eskins recently ruled that she can live without using water or electricity, but she still has to be connected to these utilities no matter what.

Health

New N.C. House Bill Seeks to "Study" Issue of Vaccine Exemptions
Natural Blaze - A new North Carolina House bill, introduced at the heels of the defeated Senate Bill 346, seeks to “study” the issue of vaccine exemptions, along with other issues related to an increasing load of childhood vaccines required of babies in North Carolina. The bill, HB-589, introduced by Democrat Representative Beverly Earle, has five other sponsors and seeks to study vaccine/autism links, along with the pros and cons of allowing exemptions to parents opposed to government mandates.... Several groups have pointed out in recent weeks that this study bill is a classic technique pharma lobbyists use to “clear cut” all opposition before a more potent bill is introduced to skip the debate process and go straight into a vote.

Chemical Companies to Write Own Chemical Safety Standards
Natural Society - With bill S.697, the chemical industry is about to be given free reign to write their own safety standards.... Congress hasn’t passed a chemical control bill since 1976, with the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). But this was even ‘broken from the start,” according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG). The TSCA grandfathered in thousands of chemicals that were already on the market at the time, even though most of them were extremely hazardous to human health. That act didn’t even allow the EPA to ban asbestos, which is a known cause of cancer. This new bill would essentially give companies like Monsanto, Dow, Bayer, and Syngenta the authority to call their own toxic chemicals ‘safe’ when regulatory bodies elsewhere have called them carcinogenic, and even deadly. S.697 is the brainchild of a chemical industry that has spent $190 million lobbying for its passage.

New studies: Blueberries could increase life span by 22 years
(NaturalHealth365) Blueberry extracts have shown a tremendous capacity to assist with DNA repair at deep and robust levels. Our DNA repair capacity is essential to longevity, and a joint study by the United States Department of Agriculture with other organizations found that blueberry compounds are so effective at supporting this process that they may increase life span by an average of 28%, or around 22 years in humans.
 



Monday - June 1, 2015 - Today in History:

1774 - The British government ordered the Port of Boston closed.
1789 - The first U.S. congressional act on administering oaths became law.
1792 - Kentucky became the 15th state of the U.S.
1796 - Tennessee became the 16th state of the U.S.
1861 - The first skirmish of the U.S. Civil War took place at the Fairfax Court House, Virginia.
1877 - U.S. troops were authorized to pursue bandits into Mexico.
1916 - The National Defense Act increased the strength of the U.S. National Guard by 450,000 men.
1921 - A race riot erupted in Tulsa, OK. 85 people were killed.
1942 - The U.S. began sending Lend-Lease materials to the Soviet Union.
1944 - The French resistance was warned by a coded message from the British that the D-Day invasion was imminent.
1961 - Radio listeners in New York, California, and Illinois were introduced to FM multiplex stereo broadcasting. A year later the FCC made this a standard.
1963 - Governor George Wallace vowed to defy an injunction that ordered the integration of the University of Alabama.
1978 - The U.S. reported the finding of wiretaps in the American embassy in Moscow.
1980 - Cable News Network (CNN) made its debut as the first all-news station.
1998 - In the U.S., the FDA approved a urine-only test for the AIDS virus.
2008 - The Phoenix Mars Lander became the first NASA spacecraft to scoop Martian soil.
2009 - General Motors filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. The filing made GM the largest U.S. industrial company to enter bankruptcy protection.

World News

US-Trained Special Forces Chief Joins ISIS, Vows To Bring Jihad To Russia & America
Zero Hedge - Meet Gulmurod Khalimov, the US-trained and funded former commander of Tajikistan's special forces, who, as Reuters reports, has now gone to Syria to fight with ISIS. He has a message: "Listen, you American pigs, I’ve been three times to America, and I saw how you train fighters to kill Muslims...God willing, I will come with this weapon to your cities, your homes, and we will kill you." The big question is - was he 'recorded' as a moderate when America considered funding and training his elite special forces unit?

HRW: New evidence Saudi-led coalition uses cluster bombs in Yemen
RT - Human Rights Watch has published new evidence alleging the Saudi Arabian-led coalition in Yemen has been using internationally-outlawed cluster bombs. The organization says innocent civilians have been targeted in the raids. The New York-based organization visited the Saada province in the north of Yemen this month in order to compile its report. Human Rights Watch says it managed to document the use of three types of cluster munitions in the country…This is not the first time Human Rights Watch has alleged the Saudi-led coalition’s use of cluster bombs during the conflict. The organization also alleges the US has been supplying the munitions used to bomb Houthi positions in Yemen.

Russia Wards Off "Provocative And Aggresive" US Warship In Black Sea
Zero Hedge - While we are used to hearing of the 100s of "close encounters" between NATO and Russian planes, but, as reported by state news agency RIA - citing an anonymous source in Russia's armed forces, Russian military aircraft were scrambled to head off a U.S. warship that was acting "aggressively" in the Black Sea. This appears to be the first reported ship-to-plane 'encounter' and, just as US and China tensions are escalating in the South China Sea, it appears US and Russian military 'discussions' are shifting from words and proxy-fighting.

China Will Establish No-Fly Zone Over Islands If "Threatened"
Zero Hedge - "Whether we will establish an ADIZ in the South China Sea will depend on whether our maritime security will be threatened," Adm. Sun Jianguo, deputy chief of staff of the People’s Liberation Army said at a security event in Singapore on Sunday. China also claims its man-made islands in the Spratlys are primarily for providing "international public services." Its regional neighbors aren't so sure.

Russian Pivot: Greece Will "Probably" Join BRICS Bank, Official Says
Zero Hedge - Greece still has one card left to play in fractious negotiations with creditors: the so-called 'Russian pivot'. Over the course of difficult talks between Syriza and the troika Moscow has, at various times, sought to take advantage of the hostilities between Athens and Brussels by making a series of overtures including the possibility of Greece joining the BRICS bank. Now, at least one Greek official says the country will likely accept the invite.

UK: Thousands of teenage girls enduring debilitating illnesses after routine school cancer vaccination
The Independent - In the HPV category alone, ADRs [Adverse Drug Reaction] numbered 8,228, of which 2,587 were classified as “serious” – defined by several criteria, including whether it resulted in hospitalization or was deemed life threatening… The NHS says the programme has proved to be “very effective”. However, other countries are taking action following reports of increasing numbers of girls suffering side effects. A Danish TV documentary broadcast earlier this year highlighted the large number of girls who appear to have been affected following their HPV vaccination… Last year, Japan withdrew its recommendation for the HPV vaccine because of reported side effects.

Unethical' UN health plan to reduce deaths discriminates against old people, claim medical experts
The Independent - A United Nations plan to reduce deaths from a range of diseases is “highly unethical” because it discriminates against people aged 70 and over, according to leading medical experts. In a letter published in The Lancet on Friday, they warn that proposals to reduce premature mortality from non-communicable diseases such as cancer, stroke and dementia threaten to undermine “cherished, fundamental principles of universality and health as a right for all” because they only include deaths of people aged 69 or less. “Put simply, it tells policy makers, particularly in poorer countries that older people do not matter,” the letter says.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Goodbye Section 215: Patriot Act key surveillance provisions expire
RT - Controversial provisions of the Patriot Act authorizing government surveillance programs have expired after the Senate failed to vote for an extension. The Senate will reconvene to consider the USA Freedom Act on Monday afternoon. Lawmakers have debated the possibility of extending the authority of Section 215, that authorizes bulk data collection, and other provisions in the extraordinary Sunday afternoon session. The debate started at 4:00 pm local time, eight hours before the expiration deadline.
* Related: Video: Rand Paul Speaks Out Against the PATRIOT Act

Texas Legislature Passes Campus Carry Bill
Breitbart - The Texas Legislature has passed SB 11, the Campus Carry Bill, and sent the bill on to Governor Greg Abbott for signature. The Senate passed the Conference Committee report on Saturday by a vote of 20-11. The bill cleared the final hurdle with passage in the Texas House by a vote of 98-47.... Breitbart Texas’ Cassi Pollock reported the Senate’s passage of what many are calling a watered down version of the bill. She reported the bill “gives public universities more authority for where and how concealed handguns are permitted on campus. In addition, private universities would be allowed to opt out of campus carry altogether.”

Texas Legislature Passes Historic Bill Decriminalizing Truancy
Breitbart - The Failure to Attend School, or “truancy” would no longer be a criminal offense under a historic bill that passed both chambers of the Texas Legislature on Saturday, May 30. Currently, Texas remains only one of two states to continue prosecuting minors for truancy. It is currently a Class C misdemeanor for which schoolchildren are prosecuted, punished and fined for cutting classes and missing school. Their futures are often jeopardized by criminal records over unlawful absenteeism.... Under this bill, they would look at the underlying issues behind truancy — like homelessness, chronic illness or unidentified special education needs.

Massive Dirty Bomb Exercise Set For June: “We Are Clearly Seeing An Undeniable Buildup To A So Far Unknown Event”
Alex Thomas - A massive simulated dirty bomb attack exercise is set to take place at the end of June in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Operation Northern Exposure will include over 1,000 Michigan National Guard soldiers and will be the first time in history that local authorities have worked with the National Guard. According to WoodTV, the drill will use a city landfill as the site for the simulated dirty bomb attack and a middle school for the “decontamination center.”

VIDEO: New Sandy Hook Questions Arise from FOIA Hearing
David Knight - School security consultant, Wolfgang Halbig, joins us for a live interview to discuss his investigation into Sandy Hook. After being stonewalled for 19 months, he was finally granted a FOIA hearing a month ago. We talk to him about what he learned from the first FOIA hearing and what answers he hopes to get in the hearing scheduled for next week.

Obama Announces Draconian, Unconstitutional Gun Regs by Executive Fiat
Kit Daniels - “It’s clear President Obama is beginning his final assault on our Second Amendment rights by forcing his anti-gun agenda on honest law-abiding citizens through executive force,” Luke O’Dell, the vice president of political affairs at the National Association for Gun Rights, told The Hill. In particular, the Justice Dept.’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) wants to revive a 1998 proposal that would ban those convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence from owning a gun.... The ATF also wants to revoke gun rights from those the government declares “mentally unfit,” which is easy to do because the official diagnostic system for mental disorders in the U.S., the DSM-5, is so broad that almost every form of human behavior can be “diagnosed” as some type of mental illness.

New Bill Aims To Rewrite Second Amendment: Would Require Gun Owners To Have Liability Insurance
Mac Slavo - New York House Representative Carolyn Maloney has introduced a new bill that would force gun owners to have liability insurance or face fines of up to $10,000. According to Maloney the stipulations in The Firearms Risk Protection Act would curb gun violence, much like car insurance has lowered vehicle fatalities because gun owners would be more careful.

John Kerry Goes Biking In France, Hits Curb, Breaks Leg; Will Fly Back To US In "Specially Outfitted Aircraft"
Zero Hedge - America's Secretary of State went biking in the French Alps when he hit a curb, and broke his femur. Not to worry: he is expected to make a full recovery and was in good spirits, according to John Kirby. And just to make sure of that, US taxpayers will be invoiced a little over a million so that a specially equipped airplane picks up the SecState "to ensure he remains comfortable and stable throughout the flight."

Economy & Business

Is The Stock Market Overvalued?
Economic Collapse - By just about any measure that you could possibly name, stocks are at historically high prices right now. From a technical standpoint, the stock market is more overvalued today than it was just prior to the last financial crisis. The only two moments in U.S. history that even compare to our current state of affairs are the run up to the stock market crash of 1929 and the peak of the hysteria just before the dotcom bubble burst. It is so obvious that stocks are in a bubble that even Janet Yellen has talked about it, but of course she will never admit that the Federal Reserve has played a key role in creating this bubble. They say that hindsight is 20/20, but what is happening right in front of our eyes in 2015 is so obvious that everyone should be able to see it.

Kiss It Goodbye: Social Security Benefits Will Be Cut In 2017
GovSlaves - No matter who wins the White House in 2016, there’s no getting around it: Social Security benefits will be cut starting in 2017. A 1983 pact between President Reagan and the Democrat-led Congress to stave off an imminent Social Security financing crisis included a hike in the official retirement age from 65 to 67 somewhere in the far-off future.... Yet despite the coming rise in the retirement age, Social Security’s cash deficit is set to explode to $361 billion in 2025 from $74 billion in 2014, the Congressional Budget Office estimates.
* Related: Bush: Retirement Age Should Be Phased In To 68 Or 70

Energy & Environment

6/01/2015 — Large 5.8 magnitude earthquake strikes West Coast United States / Oregon
Dutchsinse - A noteworthy magnitude 5.8 earthquake has struck off the shores of Oregon along the West coast of the United States. This earthquake was forecast to occur this week, forecast issued 2 days ago. This area was warned for larger earthquake activity to strike off the shores of Oregon in the Pacific Northwest on May 29th. Now a 5.8M hits off the shores of Oregon in the Pacific Northwest on June 1,2015. Within the past 24 hours, we saw two West coast earthquakes which led up to this movement near the coast or Oregon.... This 5.8M earthquake is proof that the warning signs for a coming large earthquake show up 1-2 days before the noteworthy movement on the West coast occurs.

Science & Technology

14,000 Websites Have Blocked Congress from Accessing Their Pages: Here's Why
The Daily Sheeple - As of Friday afternoon, over 14,000 websites have blocked Congressional access to their pages, instead directing them to a protest page. The massive move is an effort to show Congress that its push for continued surveillance via the Patriot Act and USA Freedom Act is unwelcome. Facilitated by Fight for the Future (a non-profit internet advocacy group), the process works by identifying IP addresses that originate from Congress. When a Congressional IP is detected, whatever website the user attempted to access redirects to blackoutcongress. There, the site declares, “Congress: this is a blackout.” It explains to members of Congress (and presumably, their staff) why they were redirected: “We are blocking your access until you end mass surveillance laws. You have conducted mass surveillance of everyone illegally and are now on record for trying to enact those programs into law.”

FCC Proposes Giving Free Internet Access to the Poor. Get Ready for "ObamaNet"
The Blaze - The head of the Federal Communications Commission is proposing that the government agency expand a phone subsidy program for the poor to include Internet access. The FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, has emphasized that Internet access is a critical component of modern life, key education, communication and finding a keeping a job.

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Biotech shills posing as economists try to boost GMO sales by proposing subsidies for junk food and taxes for organic food
(NaturalNews) As reported by The Daily Caller, economists who are allegedly "environmentally savvy" are suggesting that growers of organic foods in the state be taxed, as if that will solve the water crisis. According to this line of thinking, organic farms are not as efficient with their use of water as "conventional" (as in, GMO-producing) farms, say economists with the Property and Environment Research Center and the Hoover Institution. These economists say that pricing that "inefficiency" into organic products will lead consumers will use less of them. In other words, they propose punishing people who want a healthier choice of foods and products as well as the growers who provide them.

Consumer alert: GMO apples and potatoes are a public health risk
(NaturalHealth365) Now newly developed GMO apples and potatoes that do not brown are a new threat to the health of humans and animals everywhere. These apples and potatoes use double stranded RNA (dsRNA) to disable the browning genes inside their structure. Shocking revelation: The Institute for Responsible Technology states that Brazilian researchers fed little bits of dsRNA to honey bees in their youth. The dsRNA used was taken from jellyfish and is not normally found in bees. While researchers didn’t expect anything interesting to happen, what they found was after eating just one meal with the foreign dsRNA, the honey bees became radically different in their health, their physiology, and their behavior.

These ‘Big 6′ Chemical Companies Now Make 50,000 Different Pesticides
Natural Society - Globally, there are now more than 50,000 different pesticides being manufactured with over 600 ‘active’ ingredients – and yet we still have pests. How can this be?... Almost everything we eat in the conventional diet is subject to manifold doses of the chemicals – pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, and more. Some crops get the brunt of pesticide contamination with cereal crops such as wheat being baptized an estimated five to eight times during just one growing season, while other foods are subject to lower doses. (Check out the Environmental Working Group’s 2015 Dirty Dozen list to discover the 12 most pesticide-laden produce as well as the 15 cleanest produce.

Health

Glyphosate Causes Cancer: EPA “Trade Secret” Sealed Files Reveal Cancer Link Known Back in the 1970s
Health Impact News - Dr. Anthony Samsel was recently interviewed by Tony Mitra, where he discussed certain documents he has in his possession from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that allegedly show Monsanto knew about research connecting glyphosate to cancer since the 1970s. Dr. Samsel states that the documents he received from the EPA are "trade secret" documents belonging to Monsanto. These documents allegedly are safety studies about glyphosate from the late 1970s to the early 1980s, and others beyond those dates. Monsanto allegedly asked the EPA to seal these documents as "trade secrets" so no one else could review the data from these studies.

Diabetic Neuropathy CAN Be Treated! 6 Natural Solutions
Natural Society - Neuropathy, or damage to the peripheral or autonomic nerves, is a common complication of diabetes. This not only causes losses in sensory and motor function, but can also lead to debilitating pain and even foot ulcers which may in turn lead to amputation. While conventional treatment is limited to good foot and nail hygiene, early detection of potential ulcers and strong painkillers such as antiepileptics and opioids, research has found that nutritional supplements are capable of even reversing nerve damage.

Sunscreen Manufacturers And Dermatologists Depend On You Being Misinformed So They Can Sell Their Snake Oil
Marco Torres - If you align yourself with the misinformation that comes out of the sunscreen and cancer industries and combine that with the absurd advice from dermatologists, you get a wonderful cocktail of nonsense sure to accelerate any cancer you may be trying to prevent. Then again, that's what the cancer industry wants. Not only does blocking the sun's rays from reaching your skin dramatically reduce optimal vitamin D levels, but when you use any conventional sunscreen, it's like spreading cancer right into your skin. Here's why "sun damage" is a term you should erase from your vocabulary and learn how to avoid 6 harmful ingredients. Related: EWG"s 2015 Guide to Sunscreens
 



MAY 2015

Friday - May 29, 2015 - Today in History:

1789 - A regular army was established by the U.S. War Department with several hundred men.
1829 - The first public appearance by London's re-organized police force was met with jeers from political opponents. The force became known as Scotland Yard.
1962 - U.S. President John F. Kennedy nationalized the Mississippi National guard in response to city officials defying federal court orders. The orders had been to enroll James Meredith at the University of Mississippi.
1967 - The International Monetary Fund reformed monetary systems around the world.
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.
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.
1994 - The U.S. House voted to end the practice of lobbyist buying meals and entertainment for members of Congress.
2008 - The Dow Industrial Average lost 777 points. It was the largest one-day decline to date. The drop came after the U.S. House of Representatives had voted down a $
700 billion bank bailout plan.
2010 - In China, Canton Tower became operational.

World News

Russia Will Respond to NATO's Missile Defense Buildup in Europe – General
Sputnik News - Russia will adequately respond to what it sees as an “unrestrained expansion” of NATO’s missile defenses, a top defense ministry official said on Friday. “In a situation of an unrestrained expansion of NATO’s missile defense shield, capable of intercepting the Russian ICBMs, Russia will, as we have repeatedly warned, find it necessary to adequately respond to this expansion,” General Anatoly Ivanov told a news briefing in Moscow.

Islamist militants capture last Syrian govt stronghold in Idlib province
RT - Islamist militants have claimed full control over the strategic Syrian city of Ariha, with government forces admitting withdrawal from their last stronghold in Idlib province after heavy clashes with al-Qaeda affiliated groups. Ariha, once a city of some 40,000 people and up until now the last remaining under government control in the Idlib province, bordering Turkey, has fallen to the rebels, Syrian television reported citing army sources.

Japan volcano eruption triggers highest alert, locals' evacuation (VIDEO)
RT - A sudden volcano eruption on the small southern Japanese island of Kuchinoerabu-jima has forced authorities to raise the alert to the highest level and advise evacuation of the immediate area. Residents have fled by boat to the nearest neighboring island.... Mount Shindake suddenly erupted at around 10:00 a.m. local time, sending a large plume of black smoke some 9,000 metersinto the sky. The Japan Meteorological Agency has issued a level five warning for the area, the highest on its scale.

Stuxnet 2.0: US launches cyber attack on Iran’s oil ministry
Hang The Bankers - Iran has foiled a hacking attack on its Ministry of Petroleum, which originated from the US, head of the Iranian Cyber Police has said.The website of Cyber Police (FATA) quoted Gen. Kamal Hadianfar as saying that the hackers had launched their attack during holidays in Iran.... “The IP used by the hackers originated from America which we have announced to (the Americans) in a formal letter. We have also submitted an international court order which is being followed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,” Hadianfar added.

BRICS summit in Russia to launch New Development Bank & currency pool - Putin
RT - Russia expects to launch the $100-billion BRICS New Development Bank along with a currency reserve pool worth another $100 billion at the July summit in Ufa, said Russian President Vladimir Putin. We expect to reach agreement in Ufa on the launch of practical operations of the BRICS Bank and a pool of currency reserves," Putin said on Thursday at a ceremony to receive the credentials of ambassadors of foreign states, TASS reports.

EU threatens 11 members with court if they fail bank recovery program
RT - The European Commission may subpoena eleven countries, including France and Italy unless they implement a directive to protect taxpayers from the aftermath of financial crisis and shift the burden of paying debts of struggling lenders to shareholders. Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, France, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Malta, Poland, Romania and Sweden missed the deadline set by the commission and haven’t applied the the Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive (BRRD).... The directive is designed to protect taxpayers from having to bail out problem-plagued lenders, making creditors and shareholders commit to the rescue in a process known as "bail-in".

"The Greek Endgame Is Here": Probability Of IMF Default Now 70%, Says Deutsche Bank
Zero Hedge - Amid accelerating deposit outflows and an hourly flow of conflicting headlines, Deutsche Bank is out with a fresh take on the Greek endgame including an analysis of both the political wrangling that would need to take place in order for parliamentary approval of concessions to creditors and the mechanics of a default to the IMF.
* Related: Greece Owes $1.2 Billion To Drugmakers As Government Can No Longer Afford Basic Medical Supplies

It's Official: Austria Repatriates Gold, Confirms Loss Of Faith In Bank Of England
Zero Hedge - Earlier today the Austrian Central Bank confirmed the Kronen-Zeitung report, and said that by the year 2020, it would hold 50%, or 140 tons, of its gold domestically, up from 17% currently. This means that Austria will withdraw some 140 tons of gold from the BOE which holds 80% of Austria's gold currently and send 92.4 tons back home to Vienna with another 47.6 tons being sent to Switzerland. Which is also the biggest news: Austria is explicitly demonstrating a lack of confidence in the "pro-western" system of which the Bank of England is a critical cog, and instead opting for "neutral" Switzerland, which will hold nearly 50 tons of the gold formerly located at the Bank of England.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Immigration Overhaul May Be in Limbo Until Late in Obama’s Term
NY Times - President Obama’s overhaul of the nation’s immigration system, which he announced in a prime-time speech to the nation last November, may remain under a cloud of legal uncertainty until months before he leaves office in 2017, legal experts and administration officials said Wednesday. Officials from the Justice Department said in a statement that they would not ask the Supreme Court for permission to carry out the president’s immigration programs — which seek to provide work permits and deportation protection to millions of undocumented immigrants — while a fight over presidential authority plays out in the lower courts. That legal battle may extend for a year or more, officials said, undermining any hope of putting the president’s plan into effect until right before the 2016 election.

Thanks to #BlackLivesMatter, More Black People are Now Being Killed in Baltimore
Paul Joseph Watson - Thanks to last month’s riots and looting, which were advocated by many corners of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, more black people are dying in Baltimore as a result of massively reduced police patrols and criminals feeling more emboldened. The city is currently undergoing its deadliest month in 15 years, with a 31-year-old woman and a young boy becoming the 37th and 38th homicide victims. Arrests have dramatically fallen, with police afraid to detain suspects because they “often have 30 to 50 people surrounding them at any time” and fear getting arrested themselves for making mistakes, according to Police Commissioner Anthony Batts. “So far this month, arrests are down roughly 56 percent. Police booked just 1,045 people in the first 19 days of May, an average of 55 a day. In the same time period last year, police arrested 2,396 people, an average of 126 a day,” reports the Associated Press.

Student Punished for Bringing Hot Pepper to School
Adan Salazar - The family of a Long Island student is suing his high school after administrators punished him for bringing hot peppers to lunch. The mother of Nick Lien, a 10th grader at Centereach High School, says her family has a healthy appreciation for spicy food.... Nick had brought ghost peppers to school and made the mistake of allowing his less-spicy-tolerant classmates to try them.... “I was told that it’s equivalent to giving someone LSD,” Nick said. “I was shocked, because I didn’t realize that giving someone a pepper could get me into as much trouble as I was in.” The Liens’ attorney asserts the school overstepped their boundaries in attempting to regulate the type of foods a student can bring to lunch.

Election News

Hillary Clinton's GMO Ties Spark Backlash in Iowa
Natural Society - GM corn and soy are at the heart of Iowa’s economy, but people are still ditching Clinton like yesterday’s trash. This was evidenced recently at a meeting of the Tri-County Democrats, where members gauged support for the former secretary of state. As one website reports: “A large faction of women voiced strong support for Mrs. Clinton’s candidacy until the GMO issue came up, prompting them to switch allegiances to Sen. Bernard Sanders of Vermont, a liberal stalwart challenging her for the Democratic nomination. “I was surprised, because these women were really pushing for Hillary until they found out about the Monsanto connection, and then they dropped her like a hot potato,” said James Berge, Democratic Party chairman for Worth County, Iowa.”

Economy & Business

Pentagon Spent $176Bln to Create Jobs Overseas Instead of US
Sputnik News - The US Department of Defense has spent $176.8 billion over the past eight years buying foreign imports through more than 307,000 waivers to the Buy American Act, US Senator Chris Murphy aid in a press release published on Thursday. Buy American Act waivers are intended to allow US federal agencies to purchase goods or services from foreign companies, but only in extraordinary circumstances. “Everywhere I go in Connecticut, people are outraged that their taxpayer dollars are being used to create jobs overseas, instead of here in America.”

In Shocking Move, Goldman Slashes America's Long-Run "Potential GDP" From 2.25% To 1.75%
Zero Hedge - Having recently cut its estimate of US trend productivity growth to 1.5%, in a shocking move earlier today, Goldman admitted US trend growth is far less than previously speculated and lowered its long-term potential GDP. The bank says: "after adjusting for a drag from government sector productivity and incorporating an updated assessment of trend labor force growth, we now see long-run potential GDP growth at 1¾%, half a percentage point below our prior estimate." This is a huge deal as Goldman just recalibrated every single economic (i.e., inflation, employment) and financial (i.e., bond rates, leverage) equation by more than 20%, not to mention the amount of implied residual slack in the economy. In short, an absolutely massive amount!

McDonald's is Losing so Much Money it Stopped Telling Us How Much
Natural Society - As Bloomberg reports in an article entitled “McDonald’s to Stop Reporting Monthly Same-Store Sales Data,” the move has come after 11 straight months of declining sales. Specifically, the fast food titan has even been forced to close more than 700 stores. Meanwhile, the sales of organic food continue to boom. It’s part of the new health paradigm that millions around the world continue to adapt — a system in which real, organic food reigns supreme.

Monsanto’s Biggest Fears Are Coming True
Off the Grid News - One of America’s most popular and fastest growing “fast-casual” chains, Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG), has decided to stop using any GMO ingredients – and it’s but the latest blow to biotech giants such as Monsanto. The restaurant chain sent out a press release noting that all the ingredients served at its taco and burrito restaurants and its subsidiary, ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen, are now non-GMO.... Chipotle is also one of the hottest investments on Wall Street. Its stock was trading at $621.08 a share on May 26. Fast food industry observers blame the recent troubles at McDonald’s on the success of “fast-casual” chains like Chipotle.

Energy & Environment

Powerful 7.0-Magnitude Quake Rocks Alaskan Island West of Nome
Sputnik News - The quake’s epicenter was situated 63 miles of the island of Chirikov located to the west of Nome on Alaska’s mainland. No tsunami warnings have been issued and there are so far no reports of damage from the earthquake.

An American Indian Prophecy Coming True
Activist Post - Dane Wigington of GeoEngineeringWatch.org answered some definitive questions in the hour-long conference call regarding “The Push For Legal Action To Expose Climate Engineering,” [Video] which I encourage everyone who breathes to listen to.... Dane points out that the Texas weather problems of late May 2015 have been seen on radar and are due to generated frequencies associated with weather manipulation.... However, at one place in the conference call, a gentleman from Toronto, Canada, phoned in to say that the tops of the trees in Toronto are dying or dead! That comment struck me to the core and reminded me of an American Indian prophecy I had heard umpteen years ago, which was attributed to the Hopi Tribe. What I had heard stated was that humans would know the end times were near when the trees were dying from the top down.
* Related: Evidence Texas Floods and Loss of Life Caused by Weather Weapons
* Photos from the Flooding in Wimberley, TX sent to us from Susan

VIDEO: 'Heartbreaking': More Rain on the Way as Search for Texas Flood Victims Goes On
NBC News - Rescue crews have already pulled more than 100 people from rushing floodwaters in Texas, some of them swept downstream more than 10 miles, Lt. Gov. Dan Perkins said Thursday. But rivers are still rising, and more rain is on the way. In Wharton, an hour outside Houston, hundreds of people were being asked to leave their homes Thursday because of danger posed by the swollen Colorado River. Outside Dallas, hundreds more were encouraged to leave as the Brazos River rose.

Science & Technology

US Special Forces Are Experimenting With Bug Drones
Defense One - If you hear this tiny flying bug drone buzzing around your head, an Army Special Forces team might not be far behind. The 18-gram PD-100 Black Hornet from Norway’s Prox Dynamics can bear regular and thermal cameras about a kilometer and stay aloft more than 25 minutes.... The PD-100 has been in operational use for three years, including wide use by British Brigade Reconnaissance Force in Afghanistan. “This is what they use when they check out enemy compounds,” said Arne Skjaerpe, CEO and president of Proxdynamics USA.

Governments Eye New Stingray-Detecting System
Mikael Thalen - A new system designed to detect and track IMSI catchers, commonly referred to as “Stingrays,” is grabbing the attention of Western governments as revelations of widespread cellular surveillance continue to emerge. IMSI catchers, known best for their use by law enforcement, are suitcase-sized devices that mimic cell towers in order to capture anything from a mobile phone’s current location to text and voice data.... Fearing deployment by foreign and rogue actors, who have the ability to build such devices for less than $1,500, governments have now approached those same security experts to acquire “Overwatch,” the first real-time IMSI catcher detection system.

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Crops being drenched with cancer-causing glyphosate immediately before harvest
(NaturalNews) Vast quantities of non-organic crops are deliberately doused with the carcinogenic herbicide glyphosate (trade name Roundup) in order to provide farmers with a more profitable harvest.... The practice of killing good crops with Roundup right before harvest is described in a 2010 paper by Roundup manufacturer Monsanto. The purpose, the company says, is to cause the crops to all die at the same time, thus drying uniformly and providing an earlier and more profitable harvest. "Uneven maturity and green tissue delays harvest," the paper reads, directing the reader's attention to photographs showing the "uniform" and "complete" desiccation of fields of corn and sunflowers killed by Roundup.
* Related: Call to action on a Monsanto Roundup class action suit

Health

Remove intestinal parasites with these effective natural remedies
(NaturalNews) Many people tend to assume that intestinal parasites are a Third World problem, but the truth is that they also affect millions of people in the Western world. In fact, intestinal parasites have risen to epidemic levels in the United States.... Diatomaceous earth is arguably the most effective natural anti-parasitic remedy available today. A naturally occurring sedimentary rock that is usually sold in powdered form, diatomaceous earth has a long history of use as a natural insecticide and pesticide. It is believed to work by dehydrating parasites in the intestinal tract, allowing our bodies to excrete them painlessly.

Coconut Water: A New Alzheimer's Disease Treatment?
Green Med Info - We have reported previously on coconut oil and Alzheimer's research, but it appears another coconut product: coconut water, which contains no fatty acids of physiological relevance, may also have great value for those suffering with Alzheimer's disease. Coconut water is one of nature's best forms of hydration due to its isotonic properties (it is able to pass through cell membranes easily). And while the focus on brain health has been primarily on brain structures, e.g. neurons, brain plaque, etc., little focus has been on the role of water in brain health, and particularly dehydration as a factor in chronic neurodegeneration illness.
* Related: How To Buy The Healthiest Coconut Water And Avoid The Worst!

19 Second Breathing Technique Induces Sleep ‘Almost Instantly’
Natural Society - Of all the relaxation techniques, one can utilize none is as effective and fast-working as breathing techniques.... “The 4-7-8 breathing technique was pioneered by Dr. Andrew Weill from Arizona, who describes the yoga-inspired method as ‘utterly simple, takes almost no time, requires no equipment and can be done anywhere.’ Dr.Weill claims that 4-7-8 breathing can help people fall asleep in just 60 seconds by acting as a ‘natural tranquilizer for the nervous system’ that reduces stress and tension in the body.”

Pet News

Texas Flood: Lost Pets Need Your Help To Find Their Humans
HNGN - Tons of lost pets lost in the Texas floods are relying on you to help them be reunited with their humans in this disaster! Facebook pages 2015 Flood Houston Volunteers for Lost and Found Pets and Wimberley Adoption Group & Rescue are flooding - both literally and figuratively - with posts of worried humans who lost their furry friends in the storm. The Austin Animal Center, which is already over capacity, keeps being brought more pets every day but they were forced to close their doors, reported My Pawsitively Pets. Some amazing humans, despite the tragedy, are opening their doors to become temporary foster parents and give the homeless animals a dry place to stay for the night.... For those outside Texas who want to help these animals contact Texas based rescues, such as Lost Dogs Of Texas, to send blankets and food for the animals.

Petsmart Himalayan Ruff Roots Dog Treat "Voluntary" Recall
Susan Thixton - Himalayan Corporation has issued a voluntary recall of specific Ruff Roots All-Natural Dog Chew Toys due to potential metal contamination. From the Petsmart website: Himalayan Corporation has issued a voluntary recall of specific Ruff Roots All-Natural Dog Chew Toys due to potential metal contamination. While this recall affects all lots of the Ruff Roots Dog Chew Toys sold by PetSmart, no other Himalayan Corporation products are impacted by this issue.

 



Thursday - May 28, 2015 - Today in History:

1805 - Napoleon was crowned in Milan, Italy.
1863 - The first black regiment left Boston to fight in the U.S. Civil War.
1892 - The Sierra club was organized in San Francisco, CA.
1900 - Britain annexed the Orange Free State.
1918 - Azerbaijan declared independence.
1928 - Chrysler Corporation merged with Dodge Brothers, Inc.
1929 - Warner Brothers debuted "On With The Show" in New York City. It was the first all-color-talking picture.
1934 - The Dionne quintuplets were born near Callender, Ontario, to Olivia and Elzire Dionne. The babies were the first quintuplets to survive infancy.
1937 - President Roosevelt pushed a button in Washington, DC, signaling that traffic could cross the newly opened Golden Gate Bridge in California.
1940 - During World War II, Belgium surrendered to Germany.
1957 - National League club owners voted to allow the Brooklyn Dodgers to move to Los Angeles and that the New York Giants could move to San Francisco.
1961 - Amnesty International, a human rights organization, was founded.
1976 - The Peaceful Nuclear Explosion Treaty was signed, limiting any nuclear explosion - regardless of its purpose - to a yield of 150 kilotons.
1977 - Fire raced through the Beverly Hills Supper Club in Southgate, KY. 165 people were killed.
1985 - David Jacobsen, director of the American University Hospital in Beirut, Lebanon, was abducted by pro-Iranian kidnappers. Freed 17 months later.
1995 - An earthquake in the Russian town Neftegorsk killed at least 2000 people. It had a magnitude of 7.5.
1996 - U.S. President Clinton's former business partners in the Whitewater land deal were convicted of fraud.
1998 - Pakistan matched India with five nuclear test blasts. The U.S., Japan and other nations imposed economic sanctions. Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said "Today, we have settled the score with India."
1998 - Dr. Susan Terebey discovered a planet outside of our solar system with the use of photos taken by the Hubble Space Telescope.
1999 - In Milan, Italy, Leonardo de Vinci's "The Last Supper" was put back on display after more than 20 years of restoration work.
2002 - Russia became a limited partner in NATO with the creation of the NATO-Russia Council.

World News

Who Would Win A Conflict In The South China Sea: The Infographic
Zero Hedge - As regular readers are no doubt aware, the US and China are racing towards a maritime conflict stemming from Beijing’s construction of what Washington has condescendingly called “sand castles” in the Spratly archipelago. Atop these man-made islands are cement plants, air strips, and soon-to-be lighthouses, as China boldly asserts its territorial claims on what are heavily-contested waters though which trillions in seaborne freight pass each year. Now, with Beijing set to enforce what is effectively a no-fly zone over its new sovereign ‘territory’ we bring you the following graphic from WSJ which shows that when it comes to sheer size, China’s air force and Navy are beyond compare.

Russia, Venezuela agree on massive $14bn oil & gas investment deal
RT - President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro says his country has reached an agreement with Russia, which will see investment of $14 billion in the oil and gas sector over the next few years. The agreement was reached between the Venezuelan state oil firm, PDVSA (Petroleos de Venezuela) and the Russian oil giant, Rosneft, after talks in the South American country’s capital, Caracas, between Maduro, the president of PDVSA, Eulogio Del Pino, and the president of Rosneft, Igor Sechin.

Australian Media Spies Imaginary Weapons in South China Sea
Sputnik News - As tensions continue to rise in the South China Sea, Australian media outlets are reporting that China has installed weapons on its artificial islands. This despite citing no evidence, and despite the fact that Beijing has consistently stressed that the islands will be used for peaceful purposes. On Tuesday, Japan announced that it would join in the Talisman Sabre, joint military exercises typically conducted by the United States and Australia. The newly formed trifecta of Pacific allies was largely seen as the latest in an attempt to bolster defenses against an alleged Chinese threat.

Netanyahu demands ‘up to $45 bn’ in US military aid for Israel to deter Iran, Gulf States
RT - Israel is hoping to receive $4.2-$4.5 billion a year in military aid from the United States for ten years, to counter the threat from Iran and oil-rich Middle East states that have been re-arming rapidly, a senior Israeli source has told Defense News. Under a 10-year deal signed in 2007, Israel receives just over $3 billion a year in American aid, with stipulations that over 70 percent of that aid has to be spent buying US military hardware. An extension of that agreement, running to 2028, was principally agreed on by Barack Obama during a visit to Israel in 2013, but according to Haaretz, talks on its terms have been “preliminary and unofficial.”

Greece likely to miss payment deadline as talks stall - Bloomberg
RT - Greece may miss a deadline for a deal with creditors this week, as the parties haven’t made any progress in talks, Bloomberg sources close to the negotiations said, accelerating fears of an Athens default. Greece remains too far from striking a debt deal with its international creditors, unnamed sources who wished to remain anonymous told Bloomberg. Last week German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande set a target to reach a deal by the end of May. As the stalemate in negotiations drags on, Greece is losing liquidity and the economy is being pushed deeper into recession. Deposit withdrawals are growing rapidly, and inability to make debt payments have aroused new doubts about the country’s ability to stay in the eurozone.

World Trade Organization to force Taiwanese citizens to eat radioactive food from Fukushima
(NaturalNews) Japan could turn to the globalist World Trade Organization to force Taiwan to import seafood and other products that might be tainted with radiation from the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster. In recent days, the government of Taiwan began imposing stricter rules on inspecting food products imported from Japan that might have originated from areas exposed to radioactive fallout from the crippled plant. That prompted the Japanese government to warn that it could call on the WTO for a trade ruling unless Taiwan eases up on its restrictions.

UK Psychiatrist Is Calling for Psychedelic Drugs to Be Reclassified
Motherboard - In the UK, psychedelic drugs such as LSD and psilocybin are more legally restricted than heroin and cocaine. In an editorial in the BMJ medical journal, one psychiatrist writes that it’s time that changed. James J H Rucker of Kings College London calls for psychedelics to be reclassified, so that researchers can more easily conduct trials with the drugs as potential treatments for psychiatric disorders such as anxiety, depression, and addiction. He writes that the classification of psychedelic drugs in 1967 as schedule 1, class A substances—the most strictly controlled—“denoted psychedelic drugs as having no accepted medical use and the greatest potential for harm, despite the existence of research evidence to the contrary.” The drugs are placed in schedule 1 in the US, too.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Here's how much corporations paid US senators to fast-track the TPP bill
The Guardian - Using data from the Federal Election Commission, this chart shows all donations that corporate members of the US Business Coalition for TPP made to US Senate campaigns between January and March 2015, when fast-tracking the TPP was being debated in the Senate: Out of the total $1,148,971 given, an average of $17,676.48 was donated to each of the 65 “yea” votes. The average Republican member received $19,673.28 from corporate TPP supporters. The average Democrat received $9,689.23 from those same donors. The amounts given rise dramatically when looking at how much each senator running for re-election received.
* Related: How Your U.S. Senator Voted on Fast-Tracking Obama Trade

Pentagon “Accidentally” Shipped Live Anthrax to Labs in 9 States
Daily Sheeple - Today in “I can’t believe this is happening again” news, the Pentagon has admitted that – oops – the U.S. military accidentally shipped samples of live anthrax to private research labs in nine states.... The samples were shipped to labs in California, Texas, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, New Jersey, and New York last week. An official said that a laboratory in Maryland detected that their shipment contained live samples and contacted the CDC. The CDC said the anthrax was being used to develop a test in case someone used the bacteria as part of a bioterror attack... Live anthrax is supposed to be handled in a biosafety level 3 (BSL-3) lab – one that is equipped to protect people from the bacteria and from the spores it produces.

Open and Shut? Aurora Shooter James Holmes’ Notebook Released to the Public on Wednesday
Daily Sheeple - What is being hailed as “the Aurora movie theater shooting’s most critical piece of evidence,” the 35-page notebook now marked People’s Exhibit #341 that accused shooter James Holmes allegedly mailed to his psychiatrist just prior to the July 20, 2012 attack has now been released in full to the public.... The notebook translates to an open-and-shut case with Holmes’ mental illness history and the deleterious effect of psychotropic medications all laid out from start to murderous finish, in addition to specific details of how he would carry out his heinous crime.... The 35-page document can be read here.

Election News

Supreme Court to consider redefining 'one-person, one-vote' principle
USA Today - The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to define what it meant by "one person, one vote" a half century ago. The justices will consider a challenge brought by two rural voters in Texas who claim their state Senate ballots carry less weight than those cast in urban areas with large numbers of non-citizens ineligible to vote. Under the current system in nearly all states, state legislative districts are drawn with roughly equal populations. The standard dates back to decisions made by the Supreme Court in the early 1960s. If the justices change the standard from total population to legal voters, illegal and some legal immigrants would not be counted, along with children and most prisoners who have committed felonies. That would equalize the power of each vote but result in districts of unequal population.

Economy & Business

LA Labor Leader Pushing For Unions To Be Exempted From $15...
Truth in Media - As Los Angeles legislation mandating a $15/hr. minimum wage reaches finalization, the leader of one of the country’s largest union federations has abruptly called for a provision that would exempt unions from the mandate.... The Los Angeles Times noted that union activists have spent several months pushing back against consideration of special provisions for certain business owners, including restaurant owners. Some small business owners had argued earlier this year that the minimum wage hike would leave few options to absorb the additional cost of doing business. A similar city ordinance that specifically regulates wages at large hotels in LA contains an exemption for hotels with a unionized workforce.

Energy & Environment

Clean Water Act: EPA Mandate Places 60 Percent Of U.S. Waters Under Control Of The Federal Government
The Inquisitr - EPA officials and the United States Army have announced a new regulation pertaining to the Clean Water Act. The Clean Water Rule clarification details exactly what types of bodies of water fall under the stringent protections enacted by the federal government. The new rules will reportedly apply to 60 percent of waters in the United States.... The Clean Water Act and the newly proposed EPA regulations mean that pond and streams located on private property could soon be controlled not by the landowners that pay taxes on the property, but the federal government agency.... The controversial Clean Water Act has been deemed nothing more than a water rights power grab by some Americans. The EPA mandates could ultimately permit the federal government to control streams, ditches, gullies, and low spots where just a little bit of water collects on a seasonal basis.

Recovery effort continues after flooding in Texas and Oklahoma; death toll rises to 19
Washington Post - Residents and authorities on Wednesday continued to recover from devastating storms, trying to learn the extent of the damage while searching for people still believed missing. Meanwhile, additional rainfall loomed, and officials near Dallas warned early Wednesday about a possible dam breach. Just a day after flooding was responsible for at least 19 deaths, more rain was expected in areas including Houston and the Dallas-Fort Worth region.

Texas dam on Padera Lake ‘breaches’ following massive floods
RT - A Texas dam on Padera Lake has fractured as a result of unprecedented flooding, local media report. Authorities are issuing warnings, as the dam may break in the coming hours, placing anyone in its path in peril. Local media has been sounding the alarm, with CBS affiliate KRLD reporting the dam had been breached at around 12pm GMT. However, no immediate danger was reported.

Science & Technology

Yahoo must face email spying class action: U.S. judge
(Reuters) - A U.S. judge ordered Yahoo Inc to face a nationwide class-action lawsuit accusing it of illegally intercepting the content of emails sent to Yahoo Mail subscribers from non-Yahoo Mail accounts, and using the information to boost advertising revenue. n a decision late Tuesday night, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California said people who sent emails to or received emails from Yahoo Mail subscribers since Oct. 2, 2011 may sue as a group under the federal Stored Communications Act for alleged privacy violations.

TISA: Yet Another Leaked Treaty You've Never Heard Of Makes Secret Rules for the Internet
Activist Post - TISA completes a trifecta of trade agreements that the administration could sign under Fast Track without full congressional oversight.... As far as we know, it presently includes twenty countries plus Europe (but notably excluding the major emerging world economies of the BRICS bloc), who, with disdainful levity, have adopted the mantle “the Really Good Friends of Services”. Like its sister agreements, TISA will enact global rules that impact the Internet, bypassing the transparency and accountability of national parliaments. The only difference is that its focus is on services, not goods.

IRS Blames Taxpayer Data Breach On Russian "Crime Syndicates"
Zero Hedge - "The IRS believes that a major cyber breach that allowed criminals to steal the tax returns of more than 100,000 people originated in Russia", CNN says, in what amounts to an escalation of what Washington claims is a cyberwar against a growing list of so-called "cyberadversaries."

Got a wearable? Almost anybody can track you using simple technology
PandoDaily - Wearable products need to transmit data to function. Many don’t work without a connection to a smartphone. And because it would be silly to walk around with a cord between the devices, that connection is made via Bluetooth Low Energy. Context Information Security has found that these connections can be used to identify smartwatches, fitness trackers, and other products that rely on BLE. And they’ve released an Android app that can track these signals to prove it. Here’s how Context’s Scott Lester explained the issue to Help Net Security: ‘Using cheap hardware or a smartphone, it could be possible to identify and locate a particular device – that may belong to a celebrity, politician or senior business executive – within 100 meters in the open air. This information could be used for social engineering as part of a planned cyber attack or for physical crime by knowing peoples’ movements.’

Health

The Vaccine Racket: Amazing infographic reveals financial connections behind criminally-run vaccine industry
(NaturalNews) Today we are officially releasing our Vaccine Racket Infographic which details the financial connections behind the criminally-run vaccine industry. (Tweet #VaccineRacket) ... The infographic documents the nefarious players of the vaccine industry: the mainstream media, the CDC, deceitful vaccine propagandists like Paul Offit, the secretive vaccine court, the cover-up of vaccine-injured children, mainstream media propaganda that programs the public to worship vaccines, and much more.

Airlines Spraying Fliers With Pesticides Inside the Plane
Natural Blaze - Have you ever felt sick after a flight but couldn't pin it as a virus? Do you ever feel like a bug? A few countries require pesticide spraying on flights, yet most countries have quietly reserved the right to do so with or without "need." Many spray for "passenger safety" from rodents and insects - however, bug sprays are among the worst chemicals for human exposure.[1] Previously, flight attendants told Mother Jones that it had nothing to with safety but keeping up appearances - who would want to see pests in their plane? But, is it really necessary to spray you while you're on board?

10 Health Benefits of Black Seed (Nigella Sativa) - Part 1
Natural Society - You may or may not have heard of Black seed (nigella sativa) before. It goes by many names, including black caraway, Roman coriander, and black cumin, to name a few. But no matter what you call it, these seeds are loaded with health benefits that we are only beginning to understand. From eliminating harmful bacteria to regenerating the body’s cells and tissues, here are 10 awesome research-backed health benefits of black cumin.

Pet News

FDA pulled the Rug Out From Under Pet Food Consumers
Susan Thixton - The one thing FDA did to help consumers know the difference between a pet feed and a pet food is gone - without warning. FDA has left us absolutely defenseless against marketing lies of pet food. Over this past weekend, I received a tip that FDA has ended the pet food human grade ingredient verification process (known as FDA Letter of No Objection). This devastation to pet food consumers was confirmed yesterday by the Pet Food Committee of AAFCO. (Questions were sent to FDA, more than 24 hours ago – they have not responded.)
 



Wednesday - May 27, 2015 - Today in History:

1813 - Americans captured Fort George, Canada.
1907 - The Bubonic Plague broke out in San Francisco.
1919 - A U.S. Navy seaplane completed the first transatlantic flight.
1933 - In the U.S., the Federal Securities Act was signed. The act required the registration of securities with the Federal Trade Commission.
1935 - The U.S. Supreme Court declared that President Franklin Roosevelt's National Industrial Recovery Act was unconstitutional.
1937 - In California, the Golden Gate Bridge was opened to pedestrian traffic. The bridge connected San Francisco and Marin County.
1941 - U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt proclaimed an "unlimited national emergency" amid rising world tensions.
1941 - The German battleship Bismarck was sunk by British naval and air forces. 2,300 people were killed.
1944 - U.S. General MacArthur landed on Biak Island in New Guinea.
1969 - Construction of Walt Disney World began in Florida.
1986 - Mel Fisher recovered a jar that contained 2,300 emeralds from the Spanish ship Atocha. The ship sank in the 17th century.
1988 - The U.S. Senate ratified the INF treaty. The INF pact was the first arms-control agreement since the 1972 Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty (SALT I) to receive Senate approval.
1995 - In Charlottesville, VA, Christopher Reeve was paralyzed after being thrown from his horse during a jumping event.
1996 - Russian President Boris Yeltsin negotiated a cease-fire to the war in Chechnya in his first meeting with the leader of the rebels.
1997 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the sexual harassment suit filed by Paula Jones could continue while President Clinton was in office.
1998 - Michael Fortier was sentenced to 12 years in prison for not warning anyone about the plot to bomb an Oklahoma City federal building.
1999 - In The Hague, Netherlands, a war crimes tribunal indicted Slobodan Milosevic and four others for atrocities in Kosovo. It was the first time that a sitting head of state had been charged with such a crime.
2010 - Universal Studios reopened its back lot. The area had been destroyed by a fire two years before.

World News

NATO General Warns, Putin Is A “Dangerous Gambler… Willing To Use Nuclear Weapons”
Zero Hedge - Hot on the heels of George Soros’ warnings that we stand on the verge of World War 3, demanding Washington back off its anti-Yuan pressure, it appears “the good guys” are fighting back with their own good-cop, bad-cop propaganda. As Sputnik News reports, General hans-Lothar Domrose, NATO Commander of the Brunssum Allied Joint Force Command, said in an interview with German magazine Focus Online that Russian President Vladimir Putin is a tough-minded, forward-thinking politician who is capable of foreseeing situations, but also regards him as a dangerous “gambler,” who “is willing to use nuclear weapons against NATO troops.”

US Troops Ready to ‘Fight Tonight’ in Korea - General
Sputnik News - US forces in South Korea are ready to deal with any unpredictable threat from North Korea, US Army Pacific (USARPAC) Deputy Commander Major General James Pasquarette said at Fort Shafter, Hawaii in comments reported by the Department of Defense News. Pasquarette explained USARPAC deployed 100,000 troops, with 80,000 of them based in Hawaii, Alaska and on the US West Coast, and the remaining 20,000 stationed in South Korea and Japan. “We are risk-averse — we have to be there based on the North Korean threat, which is unpredictable,” Pasquarette told the News in an interview published on Tuesday.

Pharma Giants Set to Profit From TTIP Talks After Massive Lobbying
Sputnik News - Lobbyists on behalf of the global pharmaceutical industry are in Brussels on Wednesday pressing the EU over the controversial Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) which critics say will play into the hands of the pharma giants and boost their profits. The European Union TTIP negotiating team for the pharmaceuticals, medical devices and cosmetics sectors are meeting in Brussels to discuss issues related to TTIP and health. They will be joined by lobbyists on behalf of the major drug companies such as Novartis, Pfizer, Roche, GlaxoSmithKline, Merck and AstraZeneca, whose industry collectively spends $43 million a year on lobbying within the EU alone.

EU dropped pesticide laws due to US pressure over TTIP, documents reveal
The Guardian - EU moves to regulate hormone-damaging chemicals linked to cancer and male infertility were shelved following pressure from US trade officials over the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) free trade deal, newly released documents show. Draft EU criteria could have banned 31 pesticides containing endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs). But these were dumped amid fears of a trade backlash stoked by an aggressive US lobby push, access to information documents obtained by Pesticides Action Network (PAN) Europe show.

Fukushima leak 'could cause hydrogen explosion' at nuclear plant
The Telegraph - If the concentration level is high, a spark caused by static electricity could cause a container to explode' - Nuclear Regulation Authority official | 25 May 2015 | Leaking containers at Japan's embattled Fukushima nuclear power plant are at risk of possible hydrogen explosions, experts have claimed. Almost 10 percent of recently inspected containers holding contaminated water at the nuclear plant in northeast Japan were found to be leaking radioactive water. The leakages, discovered during inspections by Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco), the operators of the plant, were thought to be caused by a build-up of hydrogen and other gases due to radiation contamination.

Japan to Join Huge US-Australian Pacific War Games As China Tensions Mount
Sputnik News - The US continues to push its allies to take a larger role in patrolling the waters of the Pacific. To that end, the United States and Australia have brought Japan into its regular war games, a move signaling a renewed front against a perceived Chinese threat… In recent months, Washington has conducted military exercises with several nations who also lay claim to the South China Sea, including Indonesia and the Philippines. The US also announced earlier this month that it would begin patrols of the Spratly Islands, a move which has been heavily criticized by Beijing.

A Color Revolution for Macedonia — Paul Craig Roberts
Paul Craig Roberts - [...] According to Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, Washington spent $5 billion in Ukraine grooming politicians and creating NGOs as Washington’s Fifth Columns. When Ukraine’s president Viktor Yanukovich refused to align Ukraine with Washington’s interests, Washington unleashed its Fifth Columns, and Yanukovich’s government was overthrown with violence. Despite Washington’s talk about democracy, the fact that Yanukovich’s government was democratically elected and a new election was only a few months away did not stop Washington from overthrowing Yanukovich. Now the same fate seems in store for Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kyrgystan, and Macedonia.

Nuclear weapons tests: Ministry of Defence admits it irradiated civilians in the Cold War
Mirror Online - The Ministry of Defence has admitted ­thousands of civilian staff were irradiated in nuclear weapons tests during the Cold War. But is still denies that veterans of the nuclear tests, which began in 1952 when Britain exploded its first device, were harmed. A newly uncovered government study details the death and cancer rates of 174,541 people who were exposed to radiation at nuclear facilities. Of those, 64,909 were employed by the MoD in non-military roles such as maintaining nuclear submarines and weapons… The study of civilians shows higher doses increased the risk of thyroid, lung and rectal cancers, leukaemia and heart disease. Yet while test veterans suffer the same cancers and have fathered children with 10 times the normal rate of birth defects, the Government spent millions fighting negligence claims.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Texas SWAT Throws Grenade into 81-Year-Old Innocent Man’s Home
Sputnik News - An 81-year-old Texas man filed a lawsuit claiming the local law enforcement SWAT team stormed his home, threw him to the ground and broke his hip, then left him injured and unable to call for help. The suit accuses officers of using "excessive, inappropriate and improper use of force" while serving a search warrant on Herman Crisp's home in Georgetown, about 40 miles north of Austin. Crisp was sitting on his porch in late September when, according to the suit, the Williamson County SWAT team – which was looking for the man's nephew – tossed a flash grenade at the octogenarian. Crisp was sitting on his porch in late September when, according to the suit, the Williamson County SWAT team – which was looking for the man's nephew – tossed a flash grenade at the octogenarian.

Feds Demand Cleveland Police Stop Bashing People in the Head With Guns
Sputnik News - After five months of negotiations between the city of Cleveland and the US Justice Department, both sides have come to at least one key agreement: the practice of pistol-whipping, evidently commonly deployed by the city’s police department, should probably just stop.... As part of the new settlement, released on Tuesday, the department "will expressly provide that using a firearm as an impact weapon is never an authorized tactic."

Judge Who Blocked Release of Osama bin Laden Death Photos Now Blocks Release of Senate Torture Report
AllGov - The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for the release of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s full report on the CIA interrogation program. The executive summary of the report was previously made public, albeit with numerous redactions. But U.S. District Court Judge James Boasberg rejected the ACLU’s request, ruling the report remains a congressional record and thus isn’t subject to the FOIA. When Congress created FOIA in 1966, it made sure to exempt the legislative branch from its provisions. Boasberg, who was appointed by President Barack Obama, appears to be the go-to judge if you don’t want something released to the public.

US appeals court rules against Obama's plan to shield 5 million from deportation
The Guardian - Federal court refuses to lift temporary hold on president’s plan to shield 5 million undocumented immigrants, which was imposed by a Texas judge in February. The White House accused a federal appeals court of “misinterpreting the facts and the law” on Tuesday after it dealt a potentially devastating blow to Barack Obama’s hopes of granting legal status to millions of undocumented immigrants before he leaves office. Lawyers for the department of justice had sought an immediate stay against an earlier decision by a lower court in Texas that froze the programme after it was challenged by a number of Republican-controlled states. But Tuesday’s ruling by the US fifth circuit rejected the request for a stay, forcing the programme to remain mothballed while the administration continues the lengthy process of legal appeals.

Rand Paul: ‘Disingenuous’ Obama Can Stop NSA Spying Any Time He Wants
Steve Watson - resh from his marathon filibuster of the proposed extension to the government snooping enabling section of the Patriot Act, Senator Rand Paul slammed the President this morning, accusing Obama of being deceitful over the issue. Appearing on CBS, Paul noted “Here’s the thing about the president: He’s disingenuous about this,” the Kentucky Republican said on ‘This Morning.’ “The president started this program through executive order — he could end it anytime.”

Government Aircraft Fly Secret Surveillance Missions Over Several US Cities
Sputnik News - The US government has already faced heated criticism over its use of drones in the Middle East. But the airspace above Afghanistan and Yemen isn’t the only place inhabited by US surveillance aircraft. A new report suggests that the Department of Justice has dozens of airplanes and helicopters covertly patrolling the skies of American cities… A new investigation by civil liberties activists has uncovered that the Justice Department maintains a fleet of 100 small aircraft and helicopters in major cities across the United States.

DHS/Police are going into bars with Breathalyzers!
MassPrivateI - Sacramento, California cops rolled out a new program on Memorial day to allegedly combat drunk drivers. If you were at a bar this weekend, cops were approaching patrons and asking them to blow into breathalyzers. DUI roadblocks are apparently not invasive enough, now police are going to bars 'asking' wink, wink patrons to blow into breathalyzers! How long before police nationwide will go into bars and force people to blow into breathalyzers and check for possible public inebriation or use 'Drug Breathalyzers' on innocent people? California's ‘Drug Breathalyzer’ bill is set to do just that.

Popular Radio Host and Guest Censored by Radio Station Over Vaccines
Activist Post - Gary Null has been a popular, longtime radio host with the longest running health talk show which airs on Progressive Radio Network. He has authored and directed dozens upon dozens of books and documentaries. A few weeks ago, he was asked as an honored guest on Bonnie Faulkner's show, Guns and Butter which talks about the politics of economics and airs on Pacifica KPFA public radio stations. In the spirit of truth, Bonnie wanted listeners to hear the other side of the vaccine talk, not the "case closed" version. What you're not being told about vaccines. And specifically SB277, the California bill to mandate vaccines for virtually all Californian school children. When it came time to air, however, they were told they weren't allowed - or rather, they were outright censored and the show was cut - the first time for Guns and Butter in over 11 years.

Alabama Senate Approves Bill to Abolish Marriage Licensing
The 10th Amendment Center - This week, the Alabama state Senate passed a bill that would end the practice of licensing marriages in the state, effectively nullifying both major sides of the contentious national debate over government-sanctioned marriage. Introduced by Sen. Greg Albritton (R-Bay Minette), Senate Bill 377 (SB377) would end state issued marriage licenses, while providing marriage contracts as an alternative. It passed through the Alabama state Senate by a 22-3 margin on May 19.... The bill would replace all references to marriages “licenses” in state law with “contracts.” The legislation would not invalidate any marriage licenses issued prior to the bill being passed.

Veteran News

Active Duty US Airman Identified as Shooter in Grand Forks Wal-Mart
Duluth Tribune - Marcell Travon Willis, originally from Springfield, Tenn., fatally shot one Wal-Mart employee and injured another before turning the gun on himself early Tuesday. The motive remains unknown, said Grand Forks Police Lt. Derik Zimmel, adding police believe the victims were strangers to Willis. As of Tuesday afternoon, there was no indication Willis was suffering from a mental illness, Zimmel said. He did not know whether Willis was under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the shooting.

VIDEO: U.S. Navy Vet: Veterans Affairs Gun Locks ‘Another Obama Back Door Gun Control Measure’
Breitbart - According to an earlier NPR report noting veteran suicide statistics, “The VA is trying to help with a program that offers gun locks to veterans for free. The thinking is that if they lock their guns up they might not reach for them in the spur of the moment.” But many critics argue this is a government form used to get veterans to identify if they own a firearm, creating a federal registry. Anderson supplied three letters he received in a packet from the VA. One is titled “Veterans Crisis Line Public Fact Sheet” detailing the VA help line. Another document is a gun safety pamphlet, providing gun safety facts and statistics. The third document is a lock order form to be returned to the VA once it is completed with paid postage supplied by the VA. It requires the veteran’s name, address and exact number of gunlocks needed.

Economy & Business

IRS system mined for over 100,000 taxpayer records by fraudsters
Ars Technica - In an official statement issued today, the IRS announced that it has shut down an online service to obtain tax records after determining that "unusual activity had taken place on the application, which indicates that unauthorized third parties had access to some accounts on the transcript application." An initial review of that activity revealed "access was gained to more than 100,000 accounts through the Get Transcript application," according to the IRS statement. After the IRS disclosed more information, it became clear the user data was not obtained because of a direct hack of government systems. Rather, weak authentication used by the IRS to protect access to taxpayer data is likely at fault. The attackers were able to acquire taxpayer records using stolen personal identifying information, possibly pulled from online financial fraud marketplaces.

Is The 505 Trillion Dollar Interest Rate Derivatives Bubble In Imminent Jeopardy?
The Economic Collapse - According to the Bank for International Settlements, the notional value of all interest rate derivatives contracts outstanding around the globe is a staggering 505 trillion dollars. Considering the fact that the U.S. national debt is only 18 trillion dollars, that is an amount of money that is almost incomprehensible. When this derivatives bubble finally bursts, there won’t be enough money in the entire world to bail everyone out. The key to making sure that all of these interest rate bets do not start going bad is for interest rates to remain stable… The key to making sure that all of these interest rate bets do not start going bad is for interest rates to remain stable. That is why what is going on in Greece right now is so important.

Holder Deadline for Prosecuting Wall Street Executives for Financial Crisis Passes without a Single Charge
AllGov - Holder’s shop had six years to build cases against key people at institutions like Citigroup and JP Morgan Chase. It’s not known if prosecutors ever did that. What is known is that the only charges actually filed by DOJ lawyers have been against smaller fish, namely those working at small and medium sized banks, according the Center for Public Integrity (CPI). The investigative news site reviewed enforcement actions and civil lawsuits filed by the Justice Department, Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and found “these agencies have been far more likely to charge or sue individuals who work at small and medium sized banks, and foreign financial firms, than those that work at domestic banking giants such as J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. or Citigroup.”

Energy & Environment

Storms kill 17 in Texas, Oklahoma; Houston flooded
(Reuters) - Torrential rains have killed at least 17 people in Texas and Oklahoma, including four in Houston where floods turned streets into rivers and led to about 1,000 calls for help in the fourth-most populous U.S. city, officials said on Tuesday. The death toll is set to rise with numerous people still missing in Texas after the storms slammed the states during the Memorial Day weekend, causing record floods that destroyed hundreds of homes, swept away bridges, and even unearthed a coffin from a Houston cemetery. It washed ashore on the banks of a bayou.
* Related: Texas flash floods cause death and destruction - in pictures

Science & Technology

 
Sputnik News - The National Security Agency has tested user verification technology to recognize your finger-swiping "handwriting" on touch screens, in an effort to move past the age of passwords. But, perhaps predictably, the US spy body is keeping mum on how it might use the new tech. The feature — called "Mandrake" by its creators at Lockheed Martin — identifies the unique speed and form of a user's finger strokes across their device's touchscreen, reports NextGov. This field of development sometimes called "dynamic signature" biometrics, looks beyond the surface of the signature to the movements of the hand that makes it.

Health

A Truthful Vaccine Consent Form – That No Mom Could Ever Sign
Natural Blaze - The duty and responsibility for ascertaining the quality of the consent rests upon each individual who initiates, directs or engages in the experiment. It is a personal duty and responsibility which may not be delegated to another with impunity." Those are the closing words of the first tenet of the Nuremberg Code - informed consent – and make no mistake about it - from the most personal of parental perspectives, vaccination’s a macabre experiment, every time: no parent can be certain that a vaccine won’t permanently disable her child.(2) Egregiously, the administering doctor or nurse - or CVS pharmacist - in no way meaningfully fulfills his obligation by providing incomplete information, printed on a form he may or may not even offer, all the while touting the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine.

500 Reasons Turmeric May Be The World's Most Important Herb
Green Med Info - While no food or herb is right for everyone, and everything has the potential for unintended, adverse side effects, turmeric is truly unique in its exceptionally high margin of safety vis-à-vis the drugs it has been compared with, e.g. hydrocortisone, ibuprofen, chemotherapy agents. Furthermore, nothing within the modern-day pharmaceutical armamentarium comes even remotely close to turmeric's 6,000 year track record of safe use in Ayurvedic medicine.

12 Ways Thyme Oil Can Heal, Help You Sleep, And Even Chase Away Bugs
Off the Grid News - Thyme essential oil, made from the herb Thymus vulgaris, has been traditionally used in the Mediterranean region for thousands of years as a common remedy for a number of ailments.... Below are some ways you can get the most out of this highly potent essential oil.
 



Tuesday - May 26, 2015 - Today in History:

1791 - The French Assembly forced King Louis XVI to hand over the crown and state assets.
1835 - A resolution was passed in the U.S. Congress stating that Congress has no authority over state slavery laws.
1836 - The U.S. House of Representatives adopted what has been called the Gag Rule.
1864 - The Territory of Montana was organized.
1865 - Arrangements were made in New Orleans for the surrender of Confederate forces west of the Mississippi.
1868 - U.S. President Andrew Johnson was acquitted, by one vote, of all charges in his impeachment trial.
1940 - The evacuation of Allied troops from Dunkirk, France, began during World War II.
1946 - A patent was filed in the United States for an H-bomb.
1948 - The U.S. Congress passed Public Law 557 which permanently established the Civil Air Patrol as the Auxiliary of the new U.S. Air Force.
1958 - Union Square, San Francisco became a state historical landmark.
1961 - A U.S. Air Force bomber flew across the Atlantic in a record time of just over three hours.
1969 - The Apollo 10 astronauts returned to Earth after a successful eight-day dress rehearsal for the first manned moon landing.
1972 - The Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty (SALT I) was signed by the U.S. and USSR. The short-term agreement put a freeze on the testing and deployment of intercontinental and submarine-launched ballistic missiles for a 5-year period.
1994 - U.S. President Clinton renewed trade privileges for China, and announced that his administration would no longer link China's trade status with its human rights record.
2004 - Terry Nichols was found guilty of 161 state murder charges for helping carry out the Oklahoma City bombing.
2009 - President Barack Obama nominated federal appeals judge Sonia Sotomayor to be the first Hispanic justice on the Supreme Court.
2011 - Congress passed a four-year extension of post-Sept. 11 powers contained in the Patriot Act to search records and conduct roving wiretaps in pursuit of terrorists.
2011 - Ratko Mladic, the brutal Bosnian Serb general suspected of leading the massacre of 8,000 Muslim men and boys, was arrested after a 16-year manhunt.

World News

Iraq Hopes for Russia to Supply Arms, Ammunition to Fight Against ISIL
Sputnik News - Baghdad is hoping for Moscow’s aid in delivering ammunition in order to fight against the Islamic State, Iraqi Interior Minister Mohammed Ghabban said Tuesday. Iraq is in need of training of both its police and military in the fight against ISIL, Ghabban said in an interview with RT television. “I think we can cooperate in a number of areas and Russia can seriously help us,” he added… The assistance Iraq currently receives from the United States is not enough to win over ISIL, Iraqi interior minister noted.

Fast-track authority stalls the Trans-Pacific Partnership and in turn a Canada-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement
The Council of Canadians - It appears that the conclusion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) "free trade" deal has been stalled over the issue of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), also known as fast-track authority, in the United States. That in turn could also be delaying progress on the proposed Canada-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (CJEPA).... The TPP ministerial that was supposed to take place starting tomorrow (May 26) in Guam has been cancelled because the Trade Promotion Authority, which would give the U.S. president the ability to conclude trade agreements without facing amendments by the U.S. Congress, has not been secured. Chile's deputy trade minister says that "most of the countries" at the TPP negotiating table objected to ministerial-level discussions without the assurance of fast-track legislation in the United States. As of yesterday (May 24) no new date had been set for the next Trans Pacific Partnership ministerial.

Greece Urges Creditors to Compromise as IMF Payment Nears
Bloomberg - Greece called on the country’s creditors to compromise on demands to break an impasse over the release of funds for its cash-strapped economy as a deadline neared for payments due next month to the International Monetary Fund. A day after Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said Greece can’t absorb any more austerity measures, Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said his government has met the euro area and IMF three-quarters of the way so it’s up to creditors to cover the remainder. Interior Minister Nikos Voutsis, who has no economic decision-making powers, went so far Sunday as to say Greece couldn’t and wouldn’t pay the IMF in June without a deal.
* Related: 'Breaking point': Greek hospitals out of painkillers, scissors and sheets due to austerity

Sri Lanka’s New President Puts Immediate Ban on Glyphosate Herbicides
Sustainable Pulse - Sri Lanka’s newly elected President Maithripala Sirisena announced Friday that the import of the World’s most used herbicide glyphosate will be banned with immediate effect. The release of already imported stocks has also been stopped. Sirisena, a farmer and ex Health Minister, stated that glyphosate is responsible for the increasing number of chronic kidney disease (CKDu) patients in Sri Lanka and added that the move would protect the Sri Lankan farming community.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

ISIS Planning US Nuclear Attack In Next 12 Months says report
Zero Hedge - Three weeks after the first supposed attack by Islamic State supporters in the US, in which two ISIS "soldiers" wounded a security guard before they were killed in Garland, Texas, the time has come to raise the fear stakes. In an article posted in the terrorist group's English-language online magazine Dabiq (which as can be see below seems to have gotten its design cues straight from Madison Avenue and is just missing glossy pages filled with 'scratch and sniff' perfume ads ) ISIS claimed that it has enough money to buy a nuclear weapon from Pakistan and "carry out an attack inside the United States next year."… Curiously, the author of the piece is John Cantlie, a British photojournalist who was abducted by ISIS in 2012 and has been held hostage by the organization ever since…

Senior NATO Official: “We’ll Probably be at War This Summer”
Paul Joseph Watson - A senior NATO official told former NSA intelligence analyst John Schindler that the world would “probably be at war” sometime this summer. “We’ll probably be at war this summer, if we’re lucky it won’t be nuclear,” the official told Schindler last week. Although the tweet was retweeted over 400 times, the comment garnered no mainstream media attention whatsoever, which is odd given that Schindler is a former U.S. Naval War College lecturer and is known to have many high level military contacts. Although not specified, the reference was almost certainly in relation to growing tensions between the United States and Russia. Although not specified, the reference was almost certainly in relation to growing tensions between the United States and Russia.

Secret Pentagon Report Reveals US "Created" ISIS As A "Tool" To Overthrow Syria's President Assad
Blacklisted News - …while speculation was rife that just like the CIA-funded al Qaeda had been used as a facade by the US to achieve its own geopolitical and national interests over the past two decades, so ISIS was nothing more than al Qaeda 2.0, there was no actual evidence of just this. That may all have changed now when a declassified secret US government document obtained by the public interest law firm, Judicial Watch, shows that Western governments deliberately allied with al-Qaeda and other Islamist extremist groups to topple Syrian dictator Bashir al-Assad. According to investigative reporter Nafeez Ahmed in Medium, the “leaked document reveals that in coordination with the Gulf states and Turkey, the West intentionally sponsored violent Islamist groups to destabilize Assad, despite anticipating that doing so could lead to the emergence of an ‘Islamic State’ in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

McConnell Strategy Falters and Patriot Act Powers Likely to Expire
The New American - The dogged insistence of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on renewing the expiring portions of the PATRIOT Act intact has created a logjam in the Senate that will likely lead to those provisions expiring at midnight on May 31. McConnell introduced a bill on April 21 (S. 1035) “to extend authority relating to roving surveillance, access to business records, and individual terrorists as agents of foreign powers under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 and for other purposes.”… Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.), the Senate’s strongest opponent to the government surveillance powers authorized under Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act, vowed immediately to prevent an extension of those powers…True to his word, Paul held the Senate floor for 10 and a half hours on May 20 to hold up McConnell’s bill… With Paul’s filibuster contributing to the delay in acting on McConnell’s temporary extension bill, it is very likely that the powers granting the NSA the authority to collect bulk phone surveillance records will no longer exist on June first.

West Virginia Bill to Keep Guard Troops Out of Unconstitutional Foreign Wars Killed by Pentagon Threats
Activist Post - Del. Pat McGeehan (R-Hancock, 1) sponsored the Defend the Guard Act (House Bill 2168), McGeehan served as a former Air Force intelligence officer and did tours in Afghanistan and the Middle East. Ten other delegates co-sponsored this bipartisan legislation. The bill would have prohibited West Virginia Guard units from deploying into active duty combat without an official Declaration of War from the US Congress, or as provided for under the three enumerated powers listed in the “militia clause” of the Constitution.... In spite of the initial momentum, the bill died shortly after Washington D.C. got wind of it. Its potential ramifications frightened the power structure. McGeehan said certain phone calls were made that brought HB2168’s progress to a screeching halt.

Five New York flights searched for bombs in 'chemical weapons' terror scare: Fighter jets scrambled after anonymous threats to flights into JFK
Daily Mail - Airline authorities have received anonymous threats warning about the risk of either 'chemical weapons' or bombs onboard at least five New York bound flights. Three warnings have been received about 'chemical weapons' including an Air France flight which was forced to make an emergency landing at JFK at 10:17 a.m. on Monday. Further warnings about 'chemical weapons' were phoned in relating to an American Airways flight landing from Birmingham, England, and a Delta flight coming into Newark. In addition bomb threats have been received in relation to a Saudi Airlines flight that landed safely at Kennedy airport from Jeddah and a cargo plane bound for Newark. The threat are not considered to be credible, but authorities are taking no chances and are following security protocols.

Veteran News

Senate Takes First Step to Allow Vets to Use Medical Marijuana
AllGov - The Senate Appropriations Committee voted Thursday to allow Veterans Administration doctors to recommend marijuana as a therapy for their patients in states that allow medical use of the drug. The amendment, sponsored by Sen. Steve Daines (R-Montana) and Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon), was attached to a Defense Department spending bill that is seen as one that almost certainly will be passed by the full Senate. “Veterans in medical marijuana states should be treated the same as any other resident, and should be able to discuss marijuana with their doctor and use it if it’s medically necessary,” Drug Policy Alliance policy manager Michael Collins said in a press release. “They have served this country valiantly, so the least we can do is allow them to have full and open discussions with their doctors.”

Economy & Business

Economist: Government Preparing to Seize 401(k) Pensions
Paul Joseph Watson - Economist Martin Armstrong warns that a Supreme Court ruling last week has set the stage for the federal government to begin seizing private pension funds. According to Armstrong, the outcome of Tibble v. Edison, which found that employers have a duty to protect their workers’ 401(k) plans from mutual funds that perform poorly, will grease the skids for the feds to seize private funds and prosecute companies who manage mutual funds badly. “Between the court ruling and the Obama administration’s push for stronger fiduciary rules,” the developments send a, “strong message that government can much easier seize the pension fund management industry of course to “protect the consumer,” writes Armstrong, warning that the ruling, “sets the stage to JUSTIFY government seizure of private pension funds to protect pensioners,” when the economy gets “messy”.

Science & Technology

Researchers Predicted In 1971 that Debit Cards Would Become the Ultimate Spy Tool
Washington's Blog - In late October of 1971 a group of academics and technologists gathered at a conference at Georgetown. They were given the task of devising the most comprehensive (yet invisible) surveillance program imaginable…. They imagined an electronic funds transfer system, or EFTS—a system that looks strikingly similar to the debit card system we all use today. “Not only would it handle all the financial accounting and provide the statistics crucial to a centrally planned economy,” Paul Armer wrote in 1975 recounting the KGB-infused thought experiment. “It was the best surveillance system we could imagine within the constraint that it not be obtrusive.”... In other words, if society becomes cashless, dissenters can’t hide cash. All of their transactions would be trackable, and all of the financial holdings would be vulnerable to seizure or attack by the government. This would be the ultimate form of control.

Boeing Unveils Amazing, Slightly Terrifying New Electromagnetic Pulse Weapon
Rich Smith - Boeing's "CHAMP," short for Counter-electronics High-powered Microwave Advanced Missile Project. It's essentially the old nuclear electromagnetic pulse weapon that we used to worry so much about -- but without the nuclear part. CHAMP carries a small generator that emits microwaves to fry electronics with pinpoint accuracy. It targets not nations or cities but individual buildings, blacking out their electronics rather than blowing up physical targets (or people). What makes CHAMP even more interesting is that, unlike a nuclear electromagnetic pulse weapon, which fires once, blacking out entire nation-states, CHAMP can fire multiple times, pinpointing and blacking out only essential targets.

The Pentagon Wants Special Ops To Carry DNA Scanners
Gizmodo - The United States’ most elite soldiers have been collecting DNA samples from suspected terrorists for years. But because analysis normally takes three weeks, it’s been a pretty useless chore. Now, however, U.S. Special Operations Command is testing a machine that can do it in 90 minutes. Get ready for advanced biometric warfare.

Health

New Study: HPV Vaccine ‘Increases Chance’ of Developing Other HPV Strains
Natural Society - Research presented at the 2015 annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research has shown that women who were vaccinated against HPV had a higher risk of developing non-vaccine strains of the virus. Approximately 60% of over 600 women between the ages of 20 and 26 who had been given the Gardasil vaccine to protect them against one of four strains of HPV (6, 11, 16, and 18) ended up being more at risk for developing an infection caused by another strain of the HPV virus.

Coconut and Thyroid Connection: How It Supports Healthy Thyroid Function
Natural Blaze - Once termed a villain fat armed to destroy, coconut oil is now being embraced as the healthiest saturated fat on the planet — and for good reason… Coconut oil is truly a jam-packed therapeutic bullet that can tackle even some of the most health destroying conditions, including thyroid problems. It is rich in fatty acids, which support metabolism and provide energy.

Poisonberry: The 10 Most Contaminated Fruits & Vegetables
Natural News Blogs - The group, a non-profit focused on public health, scoured nearly 100,000 produce pesticide reports from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to determine what fruits and vegetables we eat have the highest, and lowest, amounts of chemical residue.… If you’re eating non-organic celery today, you may be ingesting 67 pesticides with it, according to a new report from the Environmental Working Group. A single grape sample contained 15 pesticides. The average potato had more pesticides by weight than any other food. Single samples of celery, cherry tomatoes, imported snap peas and strawberries showed 13 different pesticides apiece. When it comes to pesticides, fungicides, and other chemicals, all crops are by no means equal.
 



Monday - May 25, 2015 - Today in History:



1787 - The Constitutional convention opened in Philadelphia with George Washington presiding.
1911 - President of Mexico, Porfolio Diaz, resigned his office.
1925 - John Scopes was indicted for teaching the Darwinian theory in school.
1946 - Jordan gained independence from Britain.
1953 - In Nevada, the first atomic cannon was fired.
1961 - America was asked by U.S. President Kennedy to work toward putting a man on the moon before the end of the decade.
1968 - The Gateway Arch, part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in St. Louis, MO, was dedicated.
1970 - Boeing Computer Services was founded.
1977 - An opinion piece by Vietnam veteran Jan Scruggs appeared in "The Washington Post." The article called for a national memorial to "remind an ungrateful nation of what it has done to its sons" that had served in the Vietnam War.
1979 - An American Airlines DC-10 crashed during takeoff at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. 275 people were killed.
1985 - Bangladesh was hit with a hurricane and tidal wave that killed more than 11,000 people.
1986 - Approximately 7 million Americans participated in "Hands Across America."
1992 - Jay Leno debuted as the new permanent host of NBC's "Tonight Show."
1997 - U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond became the longest-serving senator in U.S. history (41 years and 10 months).
1999 - A report by the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on U.S. National Security and Military/Commercial Concerns with the People's Republic of China concluded that China had "stolen design information on the U.S. most-advanced thermonuclear weapons" and that China's penetration of U.S. weapons laboratories "spans at least the past several decades and almost certainly continues today."
2006 - In Houston, former Enron Corp. chiefs Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skillinng were convicted of conspiracy and fraud for the downfall of Enron.
2008 - NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander landed in the arctic plains of Mars.
2009 - North Korea announced that it had conducted a second successful nuclear test in the province of North Hamgyong. The United Nations Security Council condemned the reported test.

World News


* America Admittedly Behind ISIS 'Surge'

* Carter: Iraqis showed 'no will to fight' in Ramadi

* Plane-to-tower texting program to debut at Phoenix Sky Harbor

* New Orleans Cop Shot Dead in Cruiser

* 137 shots, no justice: Cleveland protests as another cop goes free
 

U.S. News, Politics & Government


* GM found guilty of criminal wrongdoings in ignition switch case

* Capitol Police destroy pressure cooker in suspicious car on National Mall

* Beloved Omaha officer killed a day before start of maternity leave

* Death Penalty for Boston Marathon Suspect Drives Nail in the Coffin of US Justice System
 

Veteran News

* Memorial Day Is A Hoax - Paul Craig Roberts

Energy & Environment

* At least 3 dead, hundreds of homes destroyed as flash flooding sweeps through Texas, Oklahoma

* Six Flags Over Texas and Hurricane Harbor Reopened After Flooding

Health

* Benefits You Can Receive From Eating These 7 Fruit Seeds
 



Friday - May 22, 2015 - Today in History:

1761 - In Philadelphia, the first life insurance policy was issued in the U.S.
1819 - The steamship Savannah became the first to cross the Atlantic Ocean.
1868 - Near Marshfield, IN, The "Great Train Robbery" took place. The robbery was worth $96,000 in cash, gold and bonds to the 7 Reno gang.
1872 - The Amnesty Act restored civil rights to Southerners.
1882 - The U.S. formally recognized Korea.
1939 - Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini signed a military alliance between Germany and Italy known as the "Pact of Steel."
1947 - The Truman Doctrine was enacted by the U.S. Congress to appropriate military and economic aid Turkey and Greece.
1955 - A dance to be headlined by Fats Domino was canceled by police in Bridgeport, Connecticut because "rock and roll dances might be featured."
1967 - "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" premiered on PBS.
1972 - U.S. President Nixon became the first U.S. president to visit Russia. He met with Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev.
1997 - Kelly Flinn, the U.S. Air Force's first female bomber pilot certified for combat, accepted a general discharge. She thereby avoided court-martial on charges of adultery, lying and disobeying an order.
1998 - New information came to light about the June 1996 bombing that killed 19 American airmen. The information indicated that Saudi citizens had been responsible and not Iranians as once believed.
1998 - A federal judge said that Secret Service agents could be compelled to testify before a grand jury in Monica Lewinsky investigation concerning U.S. President Clinton.
2002 - Chandra Levy's remains were found in Washington, DC's Rock Creek Park. She was last seen on April 30, 2001. California Congressman Gary Condit was questioned in the case due to his relationship with Levy.
2002 - In Birmingham, AL, a jury convicted former Ku Klux Klansman Bobby Frank Cherry of murder in the 1963 church bombing that killed four girls.

World News

Pentagon sending 2,000 anti-tank weapons to Iraq
The Hill - The Pentagon announced on Thursday it is sending 2,000 anti-tank weapons to Iraq, following the rout of U.S.-backed forces in Ramadi by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The weapons will arrive as early as next week, said Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren. He said the U.S. is also expediting the delivery of other equipment, including ammunition and other equipment to counter ISIS's increasing reliance on vehicle-borne bombs. Within the last 30 days, the U.S. also helped to deliver coalition donations of 22 million rounds of small arms ammunition and 12,000 mortar rounds to the Iraqi army, Warren said.

NATO Sending Warships to EU Eastern Partnership Summit
Sputnik News - The ships, arriving for a port visit on Friday on the second day of the two day Summit, include the missile cruiser USS Vicksburg, capable of firing Tomahawk cruise missiles, Turkish frigate TCG Goksu, and the Dutch frigate HNLMS Tromp. The press release from the US Embassy in Riga announcing the visit says the stopover is aimed at "promoting peace and stability in the Baltic region," adding that the ships will make their presence known "as part of an ongoing effort by NATO to strengthen ties with its allies and regional partners."

George Soros, NATO, US Color Revolution Machine Behind Unrest in Macedonia
Brandon Turbeville - With tensions heating up between the United States and Russia over a number of issues - Ukraine, BRICS, sanctions, and NATO encirclement to name a few - the West continues its move in toward Russia's borders. The latest target in the Anglo-American destabilization campaign has now come forward - Macedonia. In the attempt to destroy the elected government of Macedonia, George Soros, NATO, and the Western Color Revolution apparatus have all come together to ensure that the will of the Macedonian people is denied as is the will of populations in all Western-style democracies. As informed observers might well suspect, any color revolution taking place in Eastern Europe will involve the heavy hand of George Soros.
* Related: What In The World Is Happening In Macedonia?

ISIL Captures Last Syria-Controlled Border Crossing With Iraq
Sputnik News - "IS seized control of the Al-Tanaf border crossing on the Syrian-Iraqi border…after regime forces withdrew, leaving the Syrian regime with no control over its border with Iraq," the Syrian Observatory for Human rights said, reports the AFP. Security forces from both Iraq and Syria have withdrawn from the crossing — known as al-Waleed in Iraq and al-Tanf in Syria — in Homs province. The only border between the two countries not in control of the Islamic State is one in Syria’s northeast, which is held by the Kurdish militia, YPG.

The slaughter of Palmyra's citizens begins: First images emerge from Syrian city over-run by ISIS
Daily Mail - Shocking images emerged today showing decapitated bodies strewn across blood-filled streets in Palmyra – victims of the Islamic State's unrelenting savagery as they stormed the ancient city. The terror group have now seized full control of the historic settlement, putting the world heritage site and its priceless 2,000-year-old artifacts at risk of destruction. The jihadis have also captured the military air base, intelligence headquarters and its notorious prison, where hundreds of inmates have reportedly been liberated.

China offers to build 1st high-speed rail link to Russia
RT - Jilin Province in China has offered to build a railway to Vladivostok for Russia’s Far East Region of Primorsky Krai. It would be the first cross-border high-speed rail link between the two countries and Russia’s major Pacific port.... Beijing has already agreed to invest about $6 billion in the construction of Russia’s first high-speed railroad between Moscow and Kazan which is to be extended to China. The railway will become part of the grand Silk Road project, a Chinese economic corridor with Russia and Mongolia.

Israel Punishes the Poor: "No Vaccines, No Child Support"
Natural Blaze - Times of Israel reported on a decision that citizens had no say in whatsoever: When United Torah Judaism inked its coalition agreement with Likud on April 29, party members triumphantly hailed the reversal of a slew of legislative measures implemented by arch-nemesis Yair Lapid, including an increase in monthly child allowances — but it came with one caveat. Under the terms of the coalition deal, which appointed party member Yaakov Litzman deputy health minister, “the National Insurance law will be amended, such that child allowances will not be given in cases where a parent refuses to vaccinate their child.”

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Leftist Media Pushing White-On-White Crime Narrative in Waco
Truth Revolt - The leftist media is busy injecting the narrative of white-on-white crime into the biker gang shooting that left nine people dead in Waco, Texas Sunday. The common thread of complaint centers on how blacks are portrayed in news coverage versus whites when it comes to violent crime. Also among the complaints are how the police reacted at the scene, most reports saying they were calm or “minimally attentive,” juxtaposed with the how police responded during the Ferguson and Baltimore riots. Here is a small example of the headlines coming from the top media on the left...
* Related: Police arrest 192 suspects after mass brawl that left nine dead

‘Fast Track Authority’ Bill Advances Through Senate
Truth in Media - As Memorial Day weekend draws near, U.S. politicians are negotiating a number of important issues that will affect all Americans. The first of these is the extension of section 215 of the USA Patriot Act, which has been used to justify mass surveillance programs by the National Security Agency.... The other pressing matter that is being considered is the reauthorization of trade promotion authority (TPA), or “fast track” authority. On Thursday, supporters of fast track gained the support of enough senators to advance the bill to the next stage. In a procedural vote, 62 senators voted in favor of the bill (49 Republicans, 13 Democrats), with 38 voting against (31 Democrats, 5 Republicans, 2 Independents). USA Today reported that, “Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., wants to finish work on the bill before the Senate adjourns for the Memorial Day recess. The House is expected to take up TPA in June.” The final Senate vote could happen on Friday afternoon.

CIA torture report won’t be released to public, judge rules
RT - A federal judge ruled Thursday that the Senate’s nearly 7,000-page report on the CIA’s torture practices during interrogations in the wake of 9/11 will not be made public, marking a setback for civil liberties advocates.... Washington, DC US District Judge James E. Boasberg, in his 26-page decision, said the complete report compiled by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and the related “Panetta review,” are exempt from the dictates of the Freedom Information Act. He said the Senate Committee report remains under congressional control and Congress made sure to exempt itself from FOIA requests.

Congress Moves to Eliminate Labels Showing Consumers Where Meat Comes from Following WTO Ruling
Michael Krieger - A House committee has voted to get rid of labels on packages of meat that say where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered. The House Agriculture Committee voted 38-6 to repeal a “country-of-origin” labeling law for beef, pork and poultry Wednesday — just two days after the World Trade Organization ruled against parts of the law.... Debbie Barker of the Center for Food Safety said the WTO’s ruling, and the House’s action, show no regard for shoppers who want to know where their meat comes from. “It’s stunning that some members of Congress are so quick to respond to a closed-door, international trade body with no apparent regard for the wishes of American consumers,” Barker said.

Soros: US on the Brink of World War III with China
Sputnik News - Military spending is on the rise in China, where there is an effort to transition to a domestic-demand-led economy from exports, Soros said at the Bretton Woods conference at the World Bank. If that move falters, he said, there is a "likelihood" that China’s leaders would promote an external conflict – possibly with a US ally – to keep the country together and hold on to power. "If there is conflict between China and a military ally of the United States, like Japan, then it is not an exaggeration to say that we are on the threshold of a third world war," Soros was quoted as saying by MarketWatch.

VIDEO: Sen. Sessions: 10 Myth-Busters on Obama's Trade Effort
Breitbart - Wednesday, Sessions took on arguments for the trade deal with a series of what he office says are “myths” versus “truths” about the trade deal under consideration in Congress. In the myth buster account, Sessions’ office says not only will fast-track erode congressional power over the trade process but the trade agreements implemented under that authority will trump U.S. law.

Six Baltimore police officers indicted in death of Freddie Gray
Washington Post - The officers, each of whom faces multiple counts, now also face a charge of reckless endangerment, Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said at a press conference Thursday. Charges of false imprisonment against three of the officers are no longer part of the case.... Goodson faces the most serious charges — second-degree depraved heart murder, involuntary manslaughter and assault, among other counts. Porter, Rice and White each face involuntary manslaughter and other charges. Nero and Miller face charges that include second-degree assault, misdemeanors. The officers are expected to arraigned on July 2 in Circuit Court, which could mean making their first public appearances before a judge.

FOI Commission: State Police Must Turn Over Lanzas’ Papers – Hartford Courant
Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information - State police must make available to the public personal documents seized from Adam Lanza's house during the course of the investigation into the 2012 killings of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the state's Freedom of Information Commission unanimously ruled Wednesday. The ruling came as a result of a Freedom of Information Act request from The Courant seeking copies of documents mentioned in the state police's report into the massacre but never made available to the public.

Homeland Security is paying police to set up DUI checkpoints
MassPrivateI - The NHTSA used FORCIBLY collected oral fluid or blood samples from 11,100 drivers at 60 locations across the country to make the determination that drunk driving is decreasing. If drunk driving is down, why is there an increase in illegal no-refusal blood draw checkpoints across the country? Why would DHS pay police departments to set up DUI checkpoints? It's all about conditioning the public to accept illegal 4th. Amendment intrusions by DHS. The NHTSA/DHS are giving out MILLIONS in grant money, which is essentially paying police departments to set up checkpoints.

Veteran News

Memorial Day Is A Hoax — Paul Craig Roberts
Paul Craig Roberts - Memorial Day commemorates soldiers killed in war. We are told that the war dead died for us and our freedom. US Marine General Smedley Butler challenged this view. He said that our soldiers died for the profits of the bankers, Wall Street, Standard Oil, and the United Fruit Company. Here is an excerpt from a speech that he gave in 1933...

Economy & Business

It Is Mathematically Impossible To Pay Off All Of Our Debt
Economic Collapse - Did you know that if you took every single penny away from everyone in the United States that it still would not be enough to pay off the national debt? Today, the debt of the federal government exceeds $145,000 per household, and it is getting worse with each passing year. Many believe that if we paid it off a little bit at a time that we could eventually pay it all off, but as you will see below that isn’t going to work either. It has been projected that “mandatory” federal spending on programs such as Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare plus interest on the national debt will exceed total federal revenue by the year 2025.

Science & Technology

Report: NSA hijacked app stores to hack phones
The Hill - The National Security Agency planned to infiltrate the Google and Samsung app stores to plant spying software on smartphones, according to new documents published from files leaked by Edward Snowden. The Intercept and CBC News jointly published the documents Thursday, which outline the snooping efforts designed by the U.S. and its “Five Eyes” alliance: Canada, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia. The intelligence agencies came up with the strategy as a potential way to hack smartphones.

More People Reporting Wi-Fi Is Making Them Sick
Marco Torres - Wi-Fi signals are, unlike TV and radio signals, strong enough to penetrate concrete walls. Many health experts consider Wi-Fi radiation to be extremely dangerous to long-term health. Based on the existing science, many public health experts believe it is possible we will face an epidemic of cancers in the future resulting from uncontrolled use of cell phones and increased population exposure to Wi-Fi and other wireless devices. Now more people than ever are reporting unexplained symptoms causes by Wi-Fi.

General Motors says it owns your car’s software
Autoblog - Buy a General Motors vehicle lately? Check the fine print. The company says you may not own some parts of a vehicle that actually make it run. In comments sure to rankle customers, a GM attorney said Tuesday the company believes the software that controls every vehicle function belongs to them. Even after customers pay tens of thousands of dollars for a car, the company says users are merely signing a licensing agreement to use it over its lifetime. "It is our position the software in the vehicle is licensed by the owner of the vehicle," attorney Harry Lightsey said.

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

How to Grow You Own Salad Sprouts
Health Impact News - After decades of poor results through the industrialized food system, it seems we are hearing about a homegrown revolution more and more. Indeed, growing one’s own food is a certain means of knowing exactly what is going into the many plants and animal products that go on the table. But there are many challenges that don’t make this simple task as easy as it may seem. Land, soil health, and seasonality all present challenges to the ideal of sowing the seeds of our supper with our own two hands. Thankfully there is a way to grow enzyme-rich raw vegetables right in the home kitchen without the need for soil or land. Some seeds, water, and simple equipment are all that is necessary.

Health

Almost No Medical Condition Qualifies for Medical Vaccine Exemption
Health Impact News - If you or your child are sick at the time of vaccination with a fever or on antibiotics, there is no medical vaccine exemption for you. If you are a pregnant health care worker and do not want to get a flu shot while you are pregnant because you do not want to risk a miscarriage, no medical vaccine exemption for you. If your child was injured or died after vaccination and you want to protect your other children from vaccine injury, no medical vaccine exemption for your children. If your baby was born prematurely and is low weight and struggling to survive, no medical vaccine exemption for your infant. For all practical purposes, the Centers for Disease Control and medical trade organizations now direct pediatricians and other vaccinators to deny the medical vaccine exemption to 99.99 percent of Americans.

Vaccines suppress your brain! Vaccine-Induced Brain Damage Syndrome (VIBDS) mirrors cognitive impairment caused by chemotherapy (Chemo Brain)
(NaturalNews) Vaccine-Induced Brain Damage Syndrome (VIBDS) is the phenomenon of impaired cognitive function caused by the brain-damaging toxic additives found in vaccines. It mirrors the well-documented cognitive impairment caused by chemotherapy, known across the medical establishment as Post-Chemotherapy Cognitive Impairment (PCCI).... What exactly causes brain damage from vaccines? The vaccine ingredients, of course: aluminum, mercury, formaldehyde, MSG, antibiotic drugs, etc. Each one of these is openly admitted by the CDC to still be used in vaccines, and each one is also exhaustively documented as a neurotoxin.

Benefits You Can Receive From Eating These 7 Fruit Seeds
Natural News Blogs - Fruits are some of the healthiest foods to eat since they provide antioxidants, fiber, enzymes, vitamins, minerals and carbohydrates for energy, but did you know the seeds in some fruits you can eat too for nourishment. However, many people avoid eating the fruit seeds simply because of their belief in the old myth that they are poisonous.

Pet News

The Difference Between a Human Food Recall and a Pet Food Recall
Susan Thixton - Two food recalls, same year – one month apart. Recall #1 resulted in 700 illnesses, company responsible was fined $1l.2 million by government. Recall #2 resulted in 8,500 deaths, company responsible was fined $35,000. Guess which one was pet food. ConAgra Grocery Products – manufacturer of Peter Pan Peanut Butter – just announced a “plea agreement with U.S. attorneys” pleading guilty to a “single misdemeanor violation of the federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.” The plea agreement between government and the peanut butter manufacturer is a fine of $11.2 million dollars (paid to the government).... So…a human food was penalized (plea agreement) $11.2 million dollars for one violation of the FD&C Act, what happens to a pet food that violates the exact same laws?
 



Thursday - May 21, 2015 - Today in History:

1790 - Paris was divided into 48 zones.
1819 - Bicycles were first seen in the U.S. in New York City. They were originally known as "swift walkers."
1832 - In the U.S., the Democratic Party held its first national convention.
1856 - Lawrence, Kansas was captured by pro-slavery forces.
1863 - The siege of the Confederate Port Hudson, LA, began.
1881 - The American branch of the Red Cross was founded by Clara Barton.
1927 - Charles A. Lindberg completed the first solo nonstop airplane flight across the Atlantic Ocean. The trip began May 20.
1929 - The first automatic electric stock quotation board was used by Sutro and Company of New York City.
1934 - Oskaloosa, IA, became the first city in the U.S. to fingerprint all of its citizens.
1956 - The U.S. exploded the first airborne hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean over Bikini Atoll.
1961 - Governor Patterson declared martial law in Montgomery, AL.
1968 - The nuclear-powered U.S. submarine Scorpion, with 99 men aboard, was last heard from. The remains of the sub were later found on the ocean floor 400 miles southwest of the Azores.
1970 - The National Guard was mobilized to quell disturbances at Ohio State University.
1982 - The British landed in the Falkland Islands and fighting began.
1991 - In Madras, India, the former prime minister, Rajiv Gandhi was killed by a bouquet of flowers that contained a bomb.
1998 - An expelled student, Kipland Kinkel, in Springfield, OR, killed 2 people and wounded 25 others with a semi-automatic rifle. Police also discovered that the boy had killed his parents before the rampage.
1998 - In Miami, FL, five abortion clinics were hit by an butyric acid-attacker.

World News

ISIL Controls More Than 50% of Syria After Palmyra Seizure – Monitor
Sputnik News - According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), the ISIL militants have now captured more than 95 thousand square kilometers of Syrian lands (some 36,700 square miles) and have a full or partial control of nine out of the country's 14 governorates. The terrorist group also controls "the vast majority of oil and gas fields." The Islamic State is a Sunni jihadist group that captured large areas in Iraq and Syria, proclaiming a caliphate on lands it has seized.

China Bails Out Brazil In $50 Billion Regional Power Grab
Zero Hedge - On the heels of pledging $46 billion in infrastructure aid to Pakistan, China is set to invest as much as $50 billion in Brazil including $10 billion on a cross-mountain railway that will connect Latin America's largest economy with Peru's ports in what Premier Li calls "a new road to Asia." The move is a dramatic example of China's growing foothold in what is ostensibly Washington's strongest sphere of influence.

US Urges Greece to Support Anti-Russia Sanctions - Greek Defense Minister
Sputnik News - The United States tried to urge Greece to support a new round of anti-Russia sanctions, but Athens viewed Russia as an ally, Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos said. Kammenos is currently on visit to the United States. On Wednesday, he met Christine Wormuth, US Under Secretary of Defense for Policy (USDP). Greece lost more than €4 billion [$4.5 billion] due to the anti-Russia sanctions, the minister stressed.

Plotting Against Beijing? US Holds Asian Military Summit, Excludes China
Sputnik News - As the United States struggles to maintain influence in the South China Sea, it has pushed Pacific nations to assert themselves against Beijing. In that effort, Washington organized a gathering of military leaders from over 20 countries, specifically excluding China. A first-of-its kind event, the United States hosted the PACOM Amphibious Leaders Symposium in Hawaii for Pacific nation commanders to discuss amphibious military capabilities. In attendance are representatives from Japan, Australia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam, and many others.... A US spokesman insists that Beijing’s absence is due to a legal technicality prohibiting military-to-military exchanges between the two nations, but China did take part in joint naval exercises last year.

VIDEO: China warns U.S. surveillance plane
CNN - Above the South China Sea (CNN)The Chinese navy issued warnings eight times as a U.S. surveillance plane on Wednesday swooped over islands that Beijing is using to extend its zone of influence. The series of man-made islands and the massive Chinese military build-up on them have alarmed the Pentagon, which is carrying out the surveillance flights in order to make clear the U.S. does not recognize China's territorial claims. The militarized islands have also alarmed America's regional allies. Former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell told CNN's Erin Burnett Wednesday night that the confrontation indicates there is "absolutely" a risk of the U.S. and China going to war sometime in the future.

Russia to take legal moves if Ukraine defaults on $3bn debt - finance minister
RT - Russia will appeal to the International Court of Justice if Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signs a moratorium on the payment of Ukraine’s external debt into law and fails to pay its debt to Russia, said Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov. Siluanov said Ukraine was virtually defaulting on its debt, adding that Russia doesn’t yet have grounds to lodge any claims. If Kiev fails to pay $75 million in June, Moscow will use its right to appeal to the court, the Minister said.

Fleeing Iraqi Troops Leave U.S. Weapons for ISIS — Again
New American - The U.S. Department of Defense confirmed Tuesday that dozens of U.S. vehicles and weapons, including tanks, armored personnel carriers, and artillery pieces, were abandoned by fleeing Iraqi troops when Islamic State forces captured the city of Ramadi in central Iraq Sunday. A Pentagon spokesman, Colonel Steve Warren, estimated that a half-dozen tanks were abandoned, a similar number of artillery pieces, a larger number of armored personnel carriers, and about 100 wheeled vehicles such as Humvees, the Associated Press reported.

US Approves Huge Arms Sales to Israel, Including Bunker Buster Bombs
Sputnik News - The US State Department approved the sale of $1.87 billion in weapons and precision guidance kits to Israel in order to improve existing systems and make it easier for American and Israeli forces to work together.... If finalized, Israel will receive a supply of precision-guided munitions consisting of 750 bunker-buster bombs, 3,000 Hellfire missiles, 250 medium-range air-to-air missiles and 4,100 glide bombs.... Lawmakers have 15 days to block the potential sale, but such action is rare since deals are carefully vetted before they are formally notified to Congress.... The large scale of the deal suggests that it is meant to replenish IAF munitions after the summer's Gaza war.

Greece Says That It Will Default On June 5th, And Moody’s Warns Of A ‘Deposit Freeze’
Economic Collapse - The Greek government says that a “moment of truth” is coming on June 5th. Either their lenders agree to give them more money by that date, or Greece will default on a 300 million euro loan payment to the IMF. Of course it won’t technically be a “default” according to IMF rules for another 30 days after that, but without a doubt news that Greece cannot pay will send shockwaves throughout the financial world. At that point, those holding Greek bonds will start to panic as they realize that they might not get paid as well. All over Europe, there are major banks that are holding large amounts of Greek debt and derivatives that are related to the performance of Greek debt. If something is not done to avert disaster at the last moment, a default by Greece could be the spark that sets off a major European financial crisis this summer.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Domestic surveillance fate unclear after Rand Paul's lengthy Senate talk
CNBC News - Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul commandeered the Senate floor Wednesday to deliver a nearly 11 hours-long protest against renewal of the Patriot Act, calling the post-Sept. 11 law government intrusion on Americans' privacy.... He finished at 11:49 p.m., having not sat for more than 10 hours.... Although Paul called his action a filibuster, it technically fell short of Senate rules since the bill the Senate was considering was trade, not the Patriot Act.
* Related: 10 Great Points in Rand Paul's Patriot Act Attack

Pentagon: No One to Blame for Wasting $36 Million in Afghanistan
Sputnik News - In July of 2013, John Sopko, the Special Inspector-General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) published a letter (and a Flickr slide show for illustration) highly critical of the wasteful project — then calculated at $34 million — and calling for an investigation into how waste on such a massive scale could have come about. The result of that investigation — which revises the figure for money wasted upwards to $36 million — is that no one is to blame, and no one will be held accountable for building a 64,000 square foot Command and Control facility that has never been used by US military personnel.

US Declassifies Osama Bin Laden Docs as PATRIOT Act Set to Expire
Kurt Nimmo - Intelligence agencies in the United States have decided to make public more than 100 previously classified documents purportedly seized during a raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. “Today the ODNI (Office of the Director of National Intelligence) released a tranche of documents recovered during the raid,” Jeff Anchukaitis, spokesman for the ODNI, said. The alleged tranche of documents was announced days before the US PATRIOT Act is set to expire. The documents appear as Kentucky Senator Rand Paul promises he will do “everything humanly possible” to keep the Senate from reauthorizing the PATRIOT Act.
* Related: Declassified: Al-Qaeda Planned to Bomb Russian Gas Lines, US Embassy in Moscow

House Democrat Introduces Gun Registry Bill
Kit Daniels - Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) introduced a bill that would effectively create a firearms registry by forcing private sellers at gun shows to report sales to the Attorney General and by requiring gun show organizers to register with the Justice Dept. The bill, H.R. 2380, would also force gun show organizers to provide the identities of all their vendors to the Attorney General. “The legislation would call on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to hire investigators to inspect gun shows and examine records kept by gun show operators and vendors,” The Hill reported.

Homeland “Security” Caught Busing in Illegal Somalis from Mexican Border
Daily Sheeple - The U.S. is bringing in 100,000 Muslims every year through legal channels such as the United Nations refugee program and various visa programs, but new reports indicate a pipeline has been established through the southern border with the help of the federal agency whose job it is to protect the homeland. They are coming from Somalia and other African nations, according to a Homeland Security official who was caught recently transporting a busload of Africans to a detention center near Victorville, California.

Obama’s Education Secretary Touts Government Boarding Schools
New American - In yet another scheme by the federal government to usurp an ever-expanding role in childrearing, the Obama administration’s top education bureaucrat, Education Secretary Arne Duncan (shown), called last week for government boarding schools. Claiming that there are “just certain kids we should have 24/7,” the controversial figure also proposed, citing inaccurate information, turning government schools across America into “community centers” that would offer students even more “after-school programming.” Despite escalating criticism of Duncan and his scheming — one analyst called it “scary” — the proposed plots were hardly surprising considering other elements of what senior officials often refer to as the “cradle-to-career” education agenda.

Nevada Governor signs bill allowing teacher licenses for immigrants
Houston Chronicle - Gov. Brian Sandoval signed a bill Wednesday that would make it easier for immigrants with temporary legal status to get a Nevada teaching license, saying it would help meet the needs of a "new Nevada." The old law allowed the state superintendent to give a teaching license to someone who is not a citizen but has a work permit only if there's a teacher shortage for a subject the person can teach. The new law, which passed the Senate and Assembly unanimously, allows those immigrants to get a teaching license if a district has a teacher shortage of any kind. The measure affects immigrants in the deferred action program, also known as DACA recipients or DREAMers.

Boy Scouts Banned From Water Pistol Fights Because They Involve “Simulated Firearms”
Steve Watson - Boy Scouts In the US have been all but prohibited from engaging in water gun fights and water balloon tomfoolery by scouting officials citing a lack of kindness in the activity. Water pistols and other toys such as rubber band guns and potato guns have been banned for anything other than target practice, and “eye protection must be worn,” according to page 99 of the 2015 Boy Scout handbook. The handbook also provides ludicrous guidelines, stating “For water balloons, use small, biodegradable balloons, and fill them no larger than a ping pong ball.”... Former scouts weighed in, declaring the rules, which will apply to hundreds of thousands of scouts, as “out of touch”.

Economy & Business

5 Major Banks Plead Guilty To Market Rigging, Fined $5.7 Billion
Truth in Media - On Wednesday, the Department of Justice announced that five major banks – Barclays, Royal Bank of Scotland, JPMorgan Chase, UBS and Citigroup – will be fined approximately $5.7 billion after pleading guilty to crimes involving the manipulation of global currencies and interest rates. The DoJ noted that four of the banks – Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, Barclays and the Royal Bank of Scotland – have been forced to plead guilty to antitrust violations in the foreign exchange market, after they allegedly worked together to enhance their profits by manipulating the $5-trillion-a-day foreign exchange market to $10 billion.

Oregon to test pay-per-mile idea as replacement for gas tax
(AP) - Starting July 1, up to 5,000 volunteers in Oregon can sign up to drive with devices that collect data on how much they have driven and where. The volunteers will agree to pay 1.5 cents for each mile traveled on public roads within Oregon, instead of the tax now added when filling up at the pump. Some electric and hybrid car owners, however, say the new tax would be unfair to them and would discourage purchasing of green vehicles.... State officials say it is only fair for owners of green vehicles to be charged for maintaining roads, just as owners of gasoline-powered vehicles do.

Energy & Environment

VIDEO: State of Emergency Declared for Oil Spill Off Santa Barbara Coast
NBC Los Angeles - Oil floating off the Southern California coast after a spill from a broken oil pipe now stretches about 9 miles, an overnight expansion that was "more than we anticipated last night," a U.S. Coast Guard captain said Wednesday. The spill along the coast near Santa Barbara dumped possibly as much as 105,000 gallons of oil from a 2-foot pipeline onto the Refugio State Beach shore, creating miles-long slicks in the ocean after leaking for several hours before it was shut off.... Plains All American Pipeline says it then stopped the flow and blocked the culvert. "We are very sorry this accident happened. We're bringing all our resources to help," Palmer said. "Our focus remains on safety of first responders and protection of environment. We are committed to thorough cleanup of this accident. We are sorry for the inconvenience of this spill to the community." Related: All-American Pipeline has had 10 serious crude oil spills in four states

Indiana regulators reject Duke Energy’s $1.9B plan to install ‘smart’ meters (You may get a Forbidden Message but keep trying)
Take Back Your Power - State regulators have rejected a proposal from Duke Energy to raise customers’ rates. The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission said in a ruling on May 8th that the company didn’t provide enough details for its $1.9 billion, seven-year plan. The proposal would have put Duke Energy’s Indiana customers on smart grid technology and have installed privacy invading digital smart meters in every home, tracking detailed energy consumption and transmitting that data using potentially harmful radiofrequency emissions.... “This was a big win for consumers,” Kerwin Olson said, executive director of the Citizens Action Coalition. “Duke failed to meet their burden of proof. The law clearly spells out criteria that the utility has to get in order to meet this kind of approval. And this is a lot of money.”

Climate Blockbuster: New NASA Data Shows Polar Ice Has Not Receded Since 1979
Steve Watson - NASA has updated its data from satellite readings, revealing that the planet’s polar ice caps have not retreated significantly since 1979, when measurements began. Indeed, the polar ice has, for almost three years now, remained above the 35 year average.... Those alarmists, however, ignored the fact that total polar ice had only receded by a modest amount, no where near ten percent. Those alarmists, however, ignored the fact that total polar ice had only receded by a modest amount, no where near ten percent. Al Gore used the 10 percent figure and even warned that the Arctic ice cap could completely disappear by 2014.

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Pollinator plan aims high, but falls short
Center for Food Safety - The White House Pollinator Health Task Force (WHTF) has just released its strategy to address the threats to bees, monarchs and other pollinators.... While the plan focuses heavily on improving pollinator habitat, it is blind to the fact that new habitat will simply become contaminated by insecticides still heavily in use, ultimately harming pollinators. We can’t just plant more wild flowers near crop land and expect insecticides to stop being a problem. Similarly, while efforts to restore milkweed habitat for monarchs are important, without addressing the agricultural practices responsible for the eradication of milkweed, monarch populations will not rebound to resilient, healthy levels.

The Perennial Garden: 8 Vegetables You Can Plant Once And Enjoy Forever
Off the Grid News - If you are the type of gardener who likes to grow vegetables but rarely has time to plan and plant a garden, a perennial vegetable garden may be a good choice for your lifestyle. There are vegetables you can plant once, then never have to plant again. You can have your garden, but with less effort than usual.

Health

County Seizes 2 Children Because They’re Not Vaccinated
Off the Grid News - Parents whose children are taken by social workers can fight back against the government and win. Los Angeles County agreed to pay a couple whose children were seized without a warrant $800,000 to settle a civil rights lawsuit. Among the allegations against the family: Their children were not immunized. “This lawsuit alleges that the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) violated plaintiffs’ civil rights arising from wrongfully detaining plaintiffs’ children,” a letter from LA County Senior Assistant County Counsel Patrick A. Wu to the LA County Board of Supervisors stated.

32 Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar (8 are Backed by Scientific Research)
Juicing with G - One of the most popular types of vinegar, the apple cider (or ACV) is touted by a lot of natural health advocates as having a lot of health benefits some of which include weight loss, diabetes control and improving cardiovascular health.... If you look around the web, you’ll see that there are a lot of benefits, some are backed by scientific research while some aren’t. My goal here is to enumerate all of these benefits I find here and link to the sources.

Can a Synthetic Version of Sulforaphane Offer the Same Benefits as Broccoli?
Dr. Mercola - The so-called “broccoli pill” (Sulforadex) consists of a stabilized, synthetic form of sulforaphane... One of broccoli's claims to fame is sulforaphane, an organic sulfur compound found in cruciferous vegetables, including not only broccoli but also Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, horseradish, and arugula. Broccoli sprouts are actually the richest source.... If you want to have your own ready supply of cancer-fighting nutrients, learn to grow sprouts.... Sprouts may be small, but they are packed with nutrition, including vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and enzymes that help protect against free radical damage.... The sulforaphane pill sounds promising, but as a synthetic version it may succumb to the pitfalls of other synthetic nutrient reproductions, which tend to not quite match up to the original (and sometimes have unintended side effects).

Pet News

Walmart's Private Label Jerky Treat linked to 23 Sick Dogs, 3 Deaths
Susan Thixton - To date, jerky treats imported from China have been killing and causing serious illness in dogs (and a few cats) for more than 8 years. FDA continues to tell pet food consumers they are investigating, but for some reason the FDA can’t seem to find the cause. Only with instances reported to FDA (a small percentage of the actual amount), jerky treats imported from China “are suspected in 4,800 pet illnesses and 1,000 dog deaths.”
 



Wednesday - May 20, 2015 - Today in History:

1775 - North Carolina became the first colony to declare its independence. This is the date that is on the George state flag even though the date of this event has been questioned.
1784 - The Peace of Versailles ended a war between France, England, and Holland.
1861 - North Carolina became the eleventh state to secede from the Union.
1861 - During the American Civil War, the capital of the Confederacy was moved from Montgomery, AL, to Richmond, VA.
1902 - The U.S. military occupation of Cuba ended.
1902 - Cuba gained its independence from Spain.
1916 - Norman Rockwell’s first cover on "The Saturday Evening Post" appeared.
1926 - The U.S. Congress passed the Air Commerce Act. The act gave the Department of Commerce the right to license pilots and planes.
1927 - Charles Lindbergh took off from New York to cross the Atlantic for Paris aboard his airplane the "Spirit of St. Louis." The trip took 33 1/2 hours.
1932 - Amelia Earhart took off to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She became the first woman to achieve the feat.
1939 - The first telecast over telephone wires was sent from Madison Square Garden to the NBC-TV studios at 30 Rockefeller Center in Manhattan.
1941 - Germany invaded Crete by air.
1942 - Japan completed the conquest of Burma.
1961 - A white mob attacked the Freedom Riders in Montgomery, AL. The event prompted the federal government to send U.S. marshals.
1969 - U.S. and South Vietnamese forces captured Apbia Mountain, which was referred to as Hamburger Hill.
1970 - 100,000 people marched in New York supporting U.S. policies in Vietnam.
1985 - The FBI arrested U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer John Walker. Walker had begun spying for the Soviet Union in 1968.
1990 - The Hubble Space Telescope sent back its first photographs.
1993 - The final episode of "Cheers" was aired on NBC-TV.
1996 - The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Colorado measure banning laws that would protect homosexuals from discrimination.
1999 - At Heritage High School in Conyers, GA, a 15-year-old shot and injured 6 students. He then surrendered to an assistant principal at the school.
2010 - Scientists announced that they had created a functional synthetic genome.

World News

Mortar attack on Russian embassy in Damascus an ‘act of terror’ – Moscow
RT - The Russian embassy in the Syrian capital of Damascus was shelled on Tuesday, with Moscow stating that it considers the attack on its diplomatic mission an act of terror. Two mortar rounds landed on the premises of the Russian Embassy in the afternoon, “one of them fell near the main entrance, the other hit an administrative building," Asiya Turuchiyeva embassy's spokeswoman, told RIA Novosti.... “We treat the incident as terrorist act, aimed against the Russian Embassy. We strongly condemn its perpetrators, organizers and instigators. We reaffirm our solidarity with the Syrian authorities in their efforts to combat the terrorist threat in the territory of Syria,” Aleksandr Lukashevich, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman, said.

Russia Promises Response to US Missile Defense Systems in Ukraine
Sputnik News - Earlier in the day, Ukrainian National Security Service Secretary Oleksander Turchynov said that Kiev may consider placing missile defense systems in its territory after consultations. “If this means that Ukraine plans to deploy elements of US missile defense systems on its territory, then, obviously, this could be understood as being completely negative because it would pose a threat to the Russian Federation,” Peskov told journalists. He said that if Ukraine made the step, then Russia would be forced to respond.

Western Coup Attempt Will Not Succeed in Macedonia
Sputnik News - Anti-government protests and a Western attempt to stage a coup in Macedonia will not succeed, as the majority of people are firmly behind current Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, a political expert specializing in Macedonian politics, told Sputnik. On Sunday, an anti-government protest took place on the streets of the Macedonian capital Skopje. During the protest, Macedonian opposition leader Zoran Zaev blamed the government of current Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski for Macedonia's social and economic problems, and accused several Cabinet members of corruption. Zaev demanded the resignation of the current government and called for the creation of a new transitional government. A day after that, a mass pro-government rally took place in Skopje. The event was attended by some 90,000 people in support of Gruevski's government.

Iran Coordinates Aid Deliveries to Yemen Directly With UN
Sputnik News - Iran has coordinated aid delivery to the conflict-torn Yemen directly with the United Nations, Director General of the Iranian Foreign Ministry’s Political and International Affairs Department Hamid Baidinejad told Sputnik Tuesday. "The coordination was made with the UN-related agencies delivering humanitarian aid, on provision that the ship [with aid] will moor in Yemen, not in Djibouti. It is now moving toward Yemen, and accompanied by warships of Iran," Baidinejad told Sputnik. The statement came days after US called on Iran to direct its aid ship, the Iran Shahed, to the UN aid distribution hub in Djibouti. The United States tracked Iran’s vessel escorted by warships amid fears that it carried military cargo.

Ukraine May Now Suspend Payment on Restructured Foreign Debt
Sputnik News - Ukraine's parliament adopted a government law on Tuesday allowing to suspend payments on restructured foreign debt. The law was adopted by 256 votes, while the minimum necessary for a bill to be pushed through the Ukrainian parliament amounts to 226. The new law also concerns Eurobonds, which Russia bought in 2013 from Ukraine in the amount of $3 billion. The law will be valid until July 1, 2016.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Sham cancer charities bilked donors for $187 mil, spent money on luxury – gov’t
RT - The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), all 50 states, and the District of Columbia claim that the four foundations fraudulently told donors their money would help cancer patients. Instead, money from the donations overwhelmingly went into the pockets of charity operators, their families and friends, and professional fundraisers.... The complaint further alleges that the charity executives employed family members and friends, and spent the donated funds on “cars, trips, luxury cruises, college tuition, gym memberships, jet ski outings, sporting event and concert tickets, and dating site memberships.” Professional fundraisers hired by the charities often received 85 percent or more of every donation, the FTC said.

Weapons Companies Profit from Fear of Iran Campaign
AllGov - Iran has been a great bogeyman for American merchants of war by helping boost billions of dollars in military sales to oil-rich states in the Middle East. In the last five years, U.S. arms purchases by Gulf Arab countries have skyrocketed by 70%. Saudi Arabia alone has paid out $90 billion to American arms firms in that time. U.S. defense contractors have benefited by selling weapons systems and munitions to Persian Gulf countries that have worried about Iranian military plans in the region.

Shocking Jade Helm Training Video: Children Used in Mock FEMA Camp Roundups
Daily Sheeple - The footage below, released by the Marines and reported on by Gary Franchi of the Next News Network, shows our troops training to take on dissidents right here on American soil in the lead up to the unprecedented Jade Helm 15 training drill coming this summer. The video, shot by Sgt. Daniel Kujanpaa, shows Marines from 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division practicing “assault support tactics” on crisis actors in Yuma in a seven-week pre-training exercise leading up to Jade Helm as children look on. “This footage is probably the most shocking documentation of FEMA camp roundup training to date: children used alongside actors in a bloody confrontation on American soil,” Franchi reported.

I’ve read Obama’s secret trade deal, and Warren is right to be concerned
Politico - I’ve actually read the TPP text provided to the government’s own advisors, and I’ve given the president an earful about how this trade deal will damage this nation. But I can’t share my criticisms with you. I can tell you that Elizabeth Warren is right about her criticism of the trade deal. We should be very concerned about what's hidden in this trade deal—and particularly how the Obama administration is keeping information secret even from those of us who are supposed to provide advice.

Feds Exempt MRAPs from Prohibited Police Equipment Despite Admitting They’re “Militaristic in Nature”
Kit Daniels - Although Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles (MRAPs) are “militaristic in nature,” cops should use them because they have “significant utility for law enforcement operations,” according to President Obama’s task force on police equipment. The interagency Law Enforcement Equipment Working Group (LEEWG), which was established by Obama under Executive Order 13688, purposely exempted MRAPs and other military vehicles from a list of equipment prohibited from police use. To explain the exemption, LEEWG described MRAPs as equipment “that could be seen as militaristic in nature yet also may have significant utility for law enforcement operations.”

Mom Arrested, Shackled, Jailed Because Her Honor Roll Son Had 3 Unexcused Absences at School
Free Thought Project - Screven County, Georgia – Mother and substitute teacher Julie Giles was arrested this week because her son had too many unexcused absences from public school. Writing on her Facebook page before turning herself in, Giles said “If anyone feels the need to go public with this feel free to do so….the facts are Sam originally had what they consider 12 unexcused absences, 6 are allowed per year, so he had 6 more than is acceptable, but the doctor reissued 3 excuses that Sam didn’t turn in, so basically I am being arrested for THREE days.”

1,773,000: Homeschooled Children Up 61.8% in 10 Years
CNS News - In the ten-year period from 2003 to 2012, the number of American children 5 through 17 years old who were being homeschooled by their parents climbed by 61.8 percent, according to newly released data from the U.S. Department of Education. At the same time, the percentage of all U.S. students in the 5-through-17 age group who were homeschooled increased from 2.2 percent to 3.4 percent.

Economy & Business

World Trade Body Rejects Country of Origin Labels on Meat
Fox Business - Labels on packaged steaks and other cuts of meat in the United States that say where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered will have to be dropped or revised after a World Trade Organization ruling. The office of the U.S. Trade Representative said Monday that the WTO has rejected a final U.S. appeal, deciding that the U.S. "country of origin" labels put Canadian and Mexican livestock at a disadvantage. The Obama administration has already revised the labels to try to comply with WTO obligations. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has said that if the WTO ruled against the final U.S. appeal, Congress will have to weigh in to avoid retaliation from the two neighbor countries. The ruling is a victory for the U.S. meat industry, which has said the labels are burdensome.

Obama Administration Issues 184 Major Rules Costing $80 Billion Annually
CNS News - During the six years that President Obama has held office, the number and cost of regulations has continued to climb, with the issuance of 184 major rules estimated to cost $80 billion annually, according to the Heritage Foundation’s Red Tape Rising report. A major rule is “generally defined as having an expected economic impact of at least $100 million per year.” “The number and cost of government regulations continued to climb in 2014, intensifying Washington’s control over the economy and Americans’ lives,” the report stated. “The addition of 27 new major rules last year pushed the tally for the Obama Administration’s first six years to 184, with scores of other rules in the pipeline.

US Congress Moves to Put Ex-Presidents on an Allowance
Sputnik News - After leaving office, US presidents can count on a lucrative career delivering speeches and signing book deals. With personal income stretching into the millions, a Congressional panel has voted to impose new limits on how much taxpayer money ex-presidents can receive. Last year, US taxpayers paid $3.5 million in pensions and benefits for former presidents, according to the Congressional Research Service. $1.3 million of that went to George W. Bush. $950,000 went to Bill Clinton.

Energy & Environment

Pipeline rupture leaks oil on Santa Barbara beaches
LA Times - Emergency officials were responding Tuesday afternoon to a ruptured pipeline that was estimated to have leaked 21,000 gallons of oil into the ocean off Santa Barbara County, authorities said. By 3:45 p.m., the leak had left a four-mile-long sheen of oil extending about 50 yards into the waters along Refugio State Beach in Goleta, said Coast Guard Petty Officer Andrea Anderson. The ruptured pipeline is operated by Plains All America Pipeline and runs along the coast near Highway 101, Coast Guard officials said.

FBI Invokes National Security to Justify Surveillance of Tar Sands Protestors
The Intercept - The FBI has wide leeway to conduct surveillance on possible threats to “national security.” Where the rubber meets the road, of course, is who the Bureau decides constitutes such a threat. Both the president and the Pentagon have proclaimed that global warming is a threat to U.S. national security. But there’s no sign that the FBI is wiretapping fossil fuel company CEOs.... According to the Guardian, FBI files show it conducted an investigation into Tar Sands Blockade members in which the Bureau “collated inside-knowledge about forthcoming protests, documented the identities of individuals photographing oil-related infrastructure, scrutinized police intelligence and cultivated at least one informant.

Science & Technology

Progressive Insurance Tracking Device Disabling Vehicles While Driving, Thousands Claim
Mikael Thalen - Thousands of drivers across the country are blaming the Progressive Auto Insurance “Snapshot,” a small device which monitors and tracks a user’s driving habits, for disabling their vehicles without warning.... According to court documents obtained by WBZ-TV, Progressive has received as many as 8,121 similar complaints from Snapshot users. Although Progressive denies its customers reports, the company has paid out $582,009 in claims since February 2014.... Aside from what appears to be inherent safety issues, the Snapshot device has also been shown to be vulnerable to hackers.

Study: Average Attention Span Now 8 Seconds – Lower than a Goldfish
Natural Society - A study from Microsoft involving 2,000 people has found that the average attention span has dipped to a low 8 seconds – down from 12 seconds in 2000. A goldfish has an attention span of 9 seconds.... Because these various IT devices are often very close to a person’s body, they can and do have profound effects on the human bioelectric field. The key factor in this ever-intensifying dynamic between human and technology is the length of time of daily interaction. n other words, picking up a cellphone to make a couple of calls a day is one thing; being tied to your smartphone 24 hour a day, 7 days a week is something altogether different. Herein lies one of the key causes of the shrinking attention span.

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Avian Flu Outbreak Among Chickens—What This Disaster Can Tell Us About Our Food Production (PBS video report)
Dr. Mercola - Confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs) are major warehouse-style growing facilities where animals are crowded together by the thousands, or in the case of chickens, tens of thousands. These animals are fed a completely unnatural diet of glyphosate-containing genetically engineered (GE) grains mixed with antibiotics—a surefire recipe for drug resistance and out-of-control spread of disease, both among animals and humans. This problem is certainly not restricted to chicken CAFOs. The same applies to cattle and hog farms as well. As an example, hog farmers are six times more likely than the general population to carry drug-resistant Staph bacteria.

Survival/Preparedness

What to Look for When Shopping for Food Storage
Natural Blaze - With all of the varying complexities of food storage and food storage companies, it may be difficult to sort through and prioritize what is important and what is not. I don’t know about you but with the dizzying array of things to take into consideration, you just might want to throw you hands up in dismay and yell “help me!!”

Health

11 Plants and Herbs That Clean Lungs and Heal Respiratory Infections
Natural News Blogs - Viral and bacterial infections is sweeping across the Northern Hemisphere and people are taking longer to heal from an array of symptoms within the respiratory system. If you are resorting to conventional medicine to address these infections with antibiotics, you are not only adding to the problems associated with antibiotic resistance, but you’re also doing little to address the healing mechanisms within your body to address the cause. Herbal remedies not only boost lung health, but they can heal infections and even repair lung damage. Here are 15 of the best herbs to boost lung health.

Majority of Physicians in U.S. Now Favor Medical Cannabis
Health Impact News - The use of marijuana for medical purposes is now legal in 23 states and, as of this writing, 9 states have pending legislation or ballot measures to legalize medical marijuana. Estimates are that between 85 and 95 percent of Americans are in favor of medical cannabis, and nearly 60 percent support complete legalization of marijuana. And doctors agree. In 2014, a survey found that the majority of physicians—56 percent—favor nationwide legalization of medical cannabis, with support being highest among oncologists and hematologists.

7 Ways To Prevent and Even Reverse Heart Disease With Nutrition
Green Med Info - Considering that heart disease is the #1 cause of death in the developed world, anything that can prevent cardiac mortality, or slow or even reverse the cardiovascular disease process, should be of great interest to the general public. Considering that heart disease is the #1 cause of death in the developed world, anything that can prevent cardiac mortality, or slow or even reverse the cardiovascular disease process, should be of great interest to the general public. Instead, they spend billions buying highly toxic cholesterol-lowering pharmaceuticals with known cardiotoxicity, among 300 other proven side effects, simply because their doctor told them to do so.

Pet News

Over 3,000 Complaints Tied to This Brand of Dog Food
Dr. Becker - Frank Lucido, a California pet owner, has filed a class action lawsuit against Nestlé Purina PetCare, claiming that Beneful kibble was responsible for sickening two of his dogs and killing a third. All three dogs had symptoms and clinical signs consistent with poisoning. The lawsuit cites Purina’s use of propylene glycol in all Beneful formulas, and the presence of mycotoxins as possible contributors to the Lucido dogs’ illness. The suit also alleges there are at least 3,000 additional consumer complaints online about Beneful. Purina, while calling the complaints “baseless,” admits that Lucido’s is the third class action lawsuit naming Beneful in recent years.
 



Tuesday - May 19, 2015 - Today in History:

1796 - The first U.S. game law was approved. The measure called for penalties for hunting or destroying game within Indian territory.
1856 - U.S. Senator Charles Sumner spoke out against slavery.
1864 - The Union and Confederate armies launched their last attacks against each other at Spotsylvania in Virginia.
1906 - The Federated Boys' Clubs, forerunner of the Boys' Clubs of America, were organized.
1911 - The first American criminal conviction that was based on fingerprint evidence occurred in New York City.
1921 - The U.S. Congress passed the Emergency Quota Act, which established national quotas for immigrants.
1926 - Thomas Edison spoke on the radio for the first time.
1958 - Canada and the U.S. formally established the North American Air Defense Command.
1962 - Marilyn Monroe performed a sultry rendition of "Happy Birthday" for U.S. President John F. Kennedy. The event was a fund-raiser at New York's Madison Square Garden.
1964 - The U.S. State Department reported that diplomats had found about 40 microphones planted in the U.S. Embassy in Moscow.
1967 - The Soviet Union ratified a treaty with the United States and Britain that banned nuclear weapons from outer space.
1974 - Erno Rubik invented the puzzle what would later become known as the Rubik's Cube.
1967 - U.S. planes bombed Hanoi for the first time.
1992 - The 27th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution went into effect. The amendment prohibits Congress from giving itself midterm pay raises.
1998 - In Russia, strikes broke out over unpaid wages.
2000 - The bones of the most complete and best-preserved Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton went on display in Chicago.
2011 - Katie Couric, the first regular solo anchorwoman of a network evening newscast, signed off the "CBS Evening News" for the last time after five years.

World News

Germany, France & Italy sign EU drone program, challenge US, Israeli alternatives
RT - Germany, France and Italy have agreed to start a European drone program aimed at reducing reliance on US and Israeli technology. The first EU-tailored drone is expected to be operating by 2025.... According to German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen, this EU drone project “makes us, the Europeans, independent." "The goal of the Euro-drone is that we can decide by ourselves in Europe on where we deploy the Euro-drone and how we use it," she said. Poland and Spain have also expressed interest in the plan, officials said.

We must resist corporations’: Le Pen targets troubled TTIP deal in new campaign
RT - Leader of France’s National Front party, Marine Le Pen, has launched a month-long blitz against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) – a proposed EU-US treaty, which has been criticized for secretiveness and lack of accountability. "It is vital that the French people know about TTIP’s content and its motivations in order to be able to fight it. Because our fellow countrymen must have the choice of their future, because they should impose a model for society that suits them, and not forced by multinational companies eager for profits, Brussels technocrats sold to the lobbies, politicians from the UMP [party of former president Nicolas Sarkozy], who are subservient to these technocrats,” Le Pen said during a press conference in Paris.

Are They About To Confiscate Money From Bank Accounts In Greece Just Like They Did In Cyprus?
Economic Collapse - At this point, the Greek government has not received any money from the EU or the IMF since August 2014. As you can imagine, that means that Greek government accounts are just about bone dry. The new Greek government continues to insist that it will never “violate its anti-austerity mandate”, but the screws are tightening. Right now the unemployment rate in Greece is over 25 percent and the banking system is on the verge of collapse. It isn’t going to take much to set off a panic, and when it does happen there are already rumors that the EU plans to confiscate money from private bank accounts just like they did in Cyprus.

Pentagon: If Ramadi falls, US will help Baghdad return it
Worldbulletin News - While stopping short of confirming ISIL's statement it had seized full control of Anbar province's capital, the Defense Department appeared to leave open that possibility, which would mark a major defeat for the Baghdad government. "Ramadi has been contested since last summer and ISIL now has the advantage," Pentagon spokeswoman Elissa Smith said. She said the loss of the city would not mean the overall Iraq military campaign was turning in ISIL's favor, but acknowledged it would give the group a "propaganda boost." "That just means the coalition will have to support Iraqi forces to take it back later," Smith said, adding that the United States continued providing it with air support and advice.

Obama Promises U.S. Military will Defend Rich Arab Dictatorships
AllGov - High officials from six Persian Gulf countries got assurances last week from President Barack Obama at a meeting of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC) that the United States would respond, perhaps with military force, to an “external threat” to any of the countries. The six countries represented at the meeting, Saudi Arabia; Kuwait; Bahrain; Qatar; Oman; and the United Arab Emirates, seem to have no problems dealing with what they perceive as internal threats, however. Amnesty International has cataloged human rights abuses in each of those countries.

Bombing in Yemen as humanitarian truce ends
Al Jazeera - Arab coalition nations have resumed air strikes against Houthi fighters in Yemen as a UN envoy called for an extension of a five-day humanitarian ceasefire that expired late Sunday. The coalition targeted Houthi rebel positions in al-Sawlaban and al-Arish in Aden province, Saudi military officials said early on Monday. Al-Masirah TV, a Houthi-backed channel, reported that Saudi troops were also shelling al-Manzala district in al-Dalih near the Yemen-Saudi border, in addition to Al-Ghawr mountain. "I call on all parties to renew their commitment to this truce for five more days at least," UN envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed said earlier in Riyadh… His appeal followed clashes between rebels and pro-government forces across south Yemen on Saturday despite the truce, which has largely held since starting on Tuesday at 2000 GMT.

‘Nuclear disaster waiting to happen’: Royal Navy probes Trident whistleblower's claims
RT - The Royal Navy has launched an investigation into whistleblower William McNeilly, who exposed horrid security lapses in UK’s trident nuclear program which make it easier for intruders to access some secured areas than enter “most nightclubs.”UK authorities are “concerned for the whereabouts” of the 25-year old whistleblower, who went absent without leave and cooperated with WikiLeaks to post a detailed 18-page report called The Nuclear Secrets.... In his revelations, the whistleblower notes some 30 safety and security flaws on Trident submarines that are based out of Faslane on the Clyde, Scotland. McNeilly took his time outlining the ease at which potential terrorist can infiltrate the secured base.

Japan volcano hasn’t erupted in 800 years — Has now RISEN FOUR INCHES in 2-3 weeks!
Dutchsinse - Two weeks ago, at the beginning of May 2015, Japanese officials closed the area around Mount Hakone in Southeast Japan due to “gushing dangerous steam” which began to appear rather suddenly from areas which normally don’t show much activity. New reports today (May 17, 2015), indicate that the area has risen over FOUR INCHES (10cm) in the past few weeks. The sudden rise, as well as the major steaming geothermal activity indicate the near term threat of eruption is growing rapidly.
* Related: 40 Volcanoes Are Erupting Right Now, And 34 Of Them Are Along The Ring Of Fire

U.S. News, Politics & Government

VIDEO: All Charges Dropped Against Kent Hovind!
Judge Margaret Casey Rodgers drops all charges against Creation Science Evangelist Kent Hovind! Now we will await full restitution and damages for all of the false charges brought against Pastor Hovind since 2004. An innocent man has spend nearly NINE YEARS in prison.

Sen. Warren releases ‘Broken Promises’ report in face of Obama’s TPP vows
RT - One of the biggest critics of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal being touted by the White House raises questions about the Obama administration’s promises for the TPP in a new report. The 15-page “Broken Promises” study put out by the Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) on Monday this week contains what the lawmaker’s office describes as highlights from “two decades of failed enforcement by the United States of labor and environmental standards” related to past free trade agreements.
* Related: Broken Promises (pdf)

Newly Released Documents Indicate Key Hillary Clinton Claim on Emails Was Not True
The Blaze - Emails published by the New York Times Monday indicate that Hillary Clinton used more than one private email address during her time as secretary of state, contradicting previous claims from the Democratic presidential contender’s office. Multiple emails show Clinton used account “hrod17@clintonemail.com ” while serving in the Obama administration as secretary of state. Clinton’s attorney, David Kendall, had previously told Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) that that particular address had not “existed during Secretary Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State.” Another statement from Clinton’s office said she only used one address during her time as secretary of state.

Defense, State Department Documents Reveal Obama Administration Knew that al Qaeda Terrorists Had Planned Benghazi Attack 10 Days in Advance
Judicial Watch - Judicial Watch announced today that it obtained more than 100 pages of previously classified “Secret” documents from the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Department of State revealing that DOD almost immediately reported that the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi was committed by the al Qaeda and Muslim Brotherhood-linked “Brigades of the Captive Omar Abdul Rahman” (BCOAR), and had been planned at least 10 days in advance.... The new documents also provide the first official confirmation that shows the U.S. government was aware of arms shipments from Benghazi to Syria. The documents also include an August 2012 analysis warning of the rise of ISIS and the predicted failure of the Obama policy of regime change in Syria.

Trade pact foes: Deal could cause flood of immigrants
Politico - Opponents of giving the Obama administration broad authority to negotiate a trans-Pacific trade deal, including Republican senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama, are pushing a new argument: It could trigger a flood of immigrants into the country… who is circulating letters and memos to lawmakers warning that the fast-track legislation pending before both chambers could allow for a tide of foreign workers with little congressional oversight. “There are numerous ways TPA could facilitate immigration increases above current law — and precious few ways anyone in Congress could stop its happening,” Sessions wrote in a memo circulated Sunday. [There’s more to the letter than immigration concerns]

Rep. Louie Gohmert Suggests Feds Using Jade Helm to “Provoke a Fight” With Citizens
Paul Joseph Watson - Congressman Louie Gohmert has called for changes to the Jade Helm military exercise, arguing that the labeling of Texas and Utah as “hostile” states in Army documents related to the drill is “suspicious,” while suggesting that the federal government is trying to “provoke a fight” with citizens. In a piece published by the Highland County Press, Gohmert, who is Vice Chair of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security, suggests that the Utah and Texas may have been labeled negatively because they are red states. “Once I observed the map depicting “hostile,” “permissive” and “uncertain” states and locations, I was rather appalled that the hostile areas amazingly have a Republican majority and believe in the sanctity of the United States Constitution,” writes Gohmert.

Science and Reason Takes Back Seat to 9/11 Official Story In Historic AIA Resolution Vote
Activist Post - In a historic vote delegates of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) overwhelmingly voted down Resolution 15-6 which called for AIA to support a new investigation of the destruction of World Trade Center building 7 on September 11th 2001. The resolution, which was introduced by AIA member Dan Barnum FAIA, was voted down overwhelmingly by a vote of 3892 - 160 meaning 96% of the delegates voted to ignore the science, the facts, and the evidence which is today common knowledge about the destruction of WTC 7!

Warning: You WILL be interrogated for driving within 100 miles of the Canadian border
MassPrivateI - It's about to get much WORSE, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee approved Bill S.750 which gives Border Patrol/DHS agents “immediate access to federal land within 100 miles” of both national borders and prohibit the “Secretaries of Interior and Agriculture” from impeding any CBP activities. “Border Patrol already has unfettered access to protected federal public lands along the border,” Dan Millis, borderlands program coordinator for the Grand Canyon Chapter of the Sierra Club. “In fact, Border Patrol currently has more access to the border and surrounding lands than the public.”.... “It demonstrates the overreach and overkill of waiving laws 100 miles inland. That’s what McCain’s bill does.”

No tanks! US police to lose some military equipment, but not all
RT - Under new rules endorsed by President Obama, US law enforcement will be banned from using some military equipment, such as tracked vehicles, grenade launchers, bayonets, heavy machine guns and most camouflage uniforms. According to the Law Enforcement Equipment Working Group report, released Monday, the police should not be allowed access to weapons and uniforms whose “appearance may undermine community trust when used in support of civilian law enforcement activities.” Link to T

Richland’s $4.1 million police station funded by civil forfeiture
Mississippi Watchdog - The Mississippi city of Richland has a new $4.1 million police station, a top-level training center and a fleet of black-and-white Dodge Charger police cars. All of it was paid for through civil forfeitures of property and cash seized during traffic stops of what police say were suspected drug runners on Interstate 20. Civil libertarians question the constitutionality of civil forfeiture, which has become a key part of revenue for state and local law enforcement agencies nationwide. Under the laws of many states, citizens can be deprived of their property or even cash if police merely suspect the owners to be involved in criminal activity.

Veteran News

Video of Iraq war vet dying in Texas jail after being mauled by riot guards
RT - In 2012, active-duty soldier James Brown reported to the El Paso County Jail to serve a two-day DWI sentence. New video of his time in custody has revealed aggressive force being used on him by officers, who ignored his repeated pleas for breath. KFOX14 obtained video recorded during Sergeant James Brown's custody, which finally sheds some light on a death the county sheriff's department claims was caused by a "pre-existing medical condition." Brown, 26, was an active-duty soldier at Fort Bliss in Texas who has served two tours of combat duty in Iraq. He had no previous criminal record.

Economy & Business

The Debt To GDP Ratio For The Entire World: 286 Percent
Economic Collapse - Did you know that there is more than $28,000 of debt for every man, woman and child on the entire planet? And since close to 3 billion of those people survive on less than 2 dollars a day, your share of that debt is going to be much larger than that. If we took everything that the global economy produced this year and everything that the global economy produced next year and used it to pay all of this debt, it still would not be enough. According to a recent report put out by the McKinsey Global Institute entitled “Debt and (not much) deleveraging“, the total amount of debt on our planet has grown from 142 trillion dollars at the end of 2007 to 199 trillion dollars today. This is the largest mountain of debt in the history of the world, and those numbers mean that we are in substantially worse condition than we were just prior to the last financial crisis.

Abolishing Cash – New Age of Economic Totalitarianism
Armstrong Economics - Europe is moving full speed ahead to eliminate all cash. Instead of reforming and tackling the economic problems, government always seeks to maintain the same course of thinking and that now leads us to the totalitarian approach coming from Brussels. To maintain the euro, they must maintain the banks. But the bank reserves are debts of all member states. As government becomes insolvent as in Greece, the banking system is undermined. The only way to prevent the banking collapse is to prevent people from withdrawing cash. Hence, we see this trend is surfacing in all the mainstream press to get the people ready for what is coming after 2015.75 – the elimination of cash.

So Much For The Oil Crash: Cali Gas Price Almost Back To Year Ago Levels; Los Angeles Gallon Rises Over $4.00
Zero Hedge - While one could, at least superficially, make the case that for the US consumer (if nobody else) lower oil prices are indeed better than the opposite, we wonder how the same pundits will spin that according to AAA, not only are Los Angeles gas prices now back over $4.00 per gallon, erasing almost all losses from a year ago.

 Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

City Takes Family's Two Mini Dairy Goats; Pay Thousands in Fines or Same to Rewrite Code
Natural Blaze - The Agenda 21 lovin' code enforcers are at it again, stoking situations and aggression where there were none - and that is what is most disturbing to peace. A Visalia, California family was initially threatened $1,000 in fines per day for having two miniature dairy goats in their ample-spaced, fenced back yard. A mom decided to have them because she physically cannot breastfeed, and Visalia in the San Joaquin Valley prides itself on being "green" and tolerant of natural lifestyles. Apparently the city wants her to choose between GMO soy formula, paying fines in punishment OR paying over $3,500 for their having to rewrite the code. In the meantime - how does she get her Nigerian Dwarf dairy goats back?

Health

Statin drug use nearly doubles your risk of diabetes, study claims
(NaturalNews) Previous studies have shown a link between statin use and increased diabetes rates, but the new study is the first to show that statins seem to increase diabetes risk even in otherwise healthy people who are not predisposed to the disease. "In our study, statin use was associated with a significantly higher risk of new-onset diabetes, even in a very healthy population," lead author Ishak Mansi said. "The risk of diabetes with statins has been known, but up until now it was thought that this might be due to the fact that people who were prescribed statins had greater medical risks to begin with."


The Grain That Damages The Human Brain
Green Med Info - With increasing recognition among medical professionals and the lay public alike that the health of gut and brain are intimately connected (i.e. the 'gut-brain' axis), the concept that gluten-containing grains can damage the human brain is beginning to be taken more seriously.... A recent study published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry titled, "Hyperexcitable brain and refractory coeliac disease: a new syndrome," has identified a "new syndrome" within the broader array of so-called "gluten related disorders (GRD)" which the authors are calling "Hyperexcitable brain and refractory celiac disease."... They point out that neurological manifestations of gluten-induced toxicity can occur with or without evidence of intestinal damage (enteropathy).

Probiotics and Prebiotics Influence Neuropsychological Conditions - 6 Surprising Facts About Microbes In Your Gut
Karen Foster - Researchers have long suggested a link between the gut-brain axis and neuropsychiatric disorders such as autism, depression, and eating disorders. Using probiotics and prebiotics to alter the gut microbiota and influence the gut-brain axis may open up new ways of influencing neuropsychological conditions, says a new review. The majority of the science for probiotics has focused on gut health, but as the understanding of the gut and the microbiome increases, probiotics are increasing linked to a range of beneficial effects, from weight management to immune support and allergy response, and from oral health to cholesterol reduction. Related: How to pick an effective probiotic supplement
 



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