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Thursday - April 24, 2014 - Today In History:
1800 - The Library of Congress was established with a $5,000 allocation.
1805 - The U.S. Marines attacked and captured the town of Derna in Tripoli.
1877 - In the U.S., federal troops were ordered out of New Orleans. This was the end to the North's post-Civil War rule in the South.
1889 - The Edison General Electric Company was organized.
1897 - William Price became the first to be named White House news reporter.
1898 - Spain declared war on the U.S., rejecting America's ultimatum for Spain to withdraw from Cuba.
1915 - During World War I, the Ottoman Turkish Empire began the mass deportation of Armenians.
1944 - The first B-29 arrived in China, over the Hump of the Himalayas.
1948 - The Berlin airlift began to relieve the surrounded city.
1961 - U.S. President Kennedy accepted "sole responsibility" following Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba.
1967 - Soviet astronaut Vladimir Komarov died when his craft crashed with a tangled parachute.
1973 - Albert Sabin reported that herpes viruses were factors in nine kinds of cancer.
1990 - The space shuttle Discovery blasted off from Cape Canaveral, FL. It was carrying the $1.5 billion Hubble Space Telescope.
1997 - The U.S. Senate ratified the Chemical Weapons Convention. The global treaty banned the development, production, storage and use of chemical weapons.
2003 - A U.S. official reported the North Korea had claimed to have nuclear weapons.
2005 - Pope Benedict XVI was installed as leader of the Roman Catholic Church in ceremonies at the Vatican.

World News

Russia May Halt Oil Supplies On Ukraine Theft
Zero Hedge - As Bloomberg reports, 57.9k tons of oil products have been lost from theft in Ukraine and "Transneft expresses hope that the Ukrainian authorities can evaluate the risks of the current situation and not allow a negative scenario to develop."

YouTube: US State Dept publishes 'evidence' of Russian 'involvement' in Ukraine
RT - Pictures -- according to the US State Department -- prove Russian involvement in eastern Ukraine. The 'evidence' as the State Department calls them, show people taking part in seizures of admin buildings in the region. These same individuals involved in operations in Georgia in 2008, according to the State Department. Spokeswoman Jen Psaki came under fire over those photos during her last briefing.

New York Times Propaganda Photos on Ukraine Exposed
Global Research - A day after the New York Times published a front-page report purporting to show the involvement of Russian Special Forces in protests in east Ukraine, its report, titled “Photos Link Masked Men in East Ukraine to Russia,” has been exposed as a blatant fabrication.

Secret American base in Libya reportedly seized by jihadists
RT - A secret base in Libya that has reportedly been used up until recently by United States special operations forces may have been taken over by local militants linked to Al-Qaeda, a new report suggests.

‘Obama Not Welcome’ – Police turn fire hoses on Filipino anti-Obama demonstrators protesting the presidents visit
eyesopenreport.com - The protesters held up paper American flags that read ‘Obama not welcome’ to show their outrage over a expected security pact that would increase the presence of the American military in the Philippines. Police clashed with demonstrators, using truncheons, shields and fire hoses to stop the groups movement towards the US Embassy, reports NBC News.

Canada Delays Spring GMO Alfalfa Release
Natural Society - After valid concerns about cross-contamination between GMO and non-GM crops, Canada has decided to delay the release of RoundUp Ready, GMO alfalfa.

Fighting erupts as Ukrainian armored vehicles attempt to enter defiant Slavyansk
RT - Fighting has erupted just outside Slavyansk, a town in east Ukraine where population voiced their protest against Kiev authorities. Ukrainian troops on tanks and armored vehicles are trying to break into the town.

Civil war looms as fighting rages in eastern Ukraine LIVE UPDATES
RT - Kiev’s troops remain in eastern Ukraine as the OSCE mission starts its work on “de-escalating” the situation on the ground. Anti-government protesters are unwilling to leave the seized buildings, demanding that the troops are pulled out first.

Official: Extensive U.S. involvement in anti-terror operation in Yemen
(CNN) -- The United States offered extensive assistance beyond drone strikes during a massive anti-terror operation in Yemen, including flying Yemeni commandos to a site where they killed scores of suspected al Qaeda members, a U.S. official said.

VIDEO: Obama voices support for Japan, Ukraine
Press TV - Obama told a press conference in Tokyo that Washington is obliged to protect Japan in face of any confrontation over the disputed islands in the East China Sea.

Banker Death 'Epidemic' Spreads To China
Zero Hedge - Until now, the terrible trail of dead bankers has been only among US and European financial executives. However, as Caixin reports, the increasing pressures on the Chinese banking system appear to have take their first toll. Li Jianhua, director of China's Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC), died this morning due to a "sudden heart attack" - he was less than 49 years old.

Canadian aborted babies incinerated in Oregon waste-to-energy facility to provide electricity
(LifeSiteNews.com) - The British Columbia Health Ministry has admitted that the remains of babies destroyed by abortion in B.C. facilities are ending up in a waste-to-power facility in the United States, providing electricity for residents of Oregon.

60% Of China's Water "Too Polluted To Drink"
Zero Hedge - Forget bank-runs, the water run has begun in China. Residents of the western city of Lanzhou rushed to buy mineral water earlier this month after local tap water was found to contain excessive levels of the toxic chemical benzene. But that is the tip of what is a massive problem facing the Chinese people. Related article.

China says one-fifth of its farmland is polluted
Al Jazeera - Faced with growing public anger about a poisonous environment, China's government released a study that shows nearly one-fifth of the country's farmland is contaminated with toxic metals, a stunning indictment of unfettered industrialization.

VIDEO: 6.8M earthquake strikes Vancouver Island British Columbia / Canada
Dutchsinse - April 23, 2014 , a large borderline 7.0M earthquake (6.8 magnitude) struck off the Western Coast of Canada , Vancouver Island British Columbia. No tsunami warnings issued.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Latest Trick for Illegal Immigrants: Granting Amnesty in Return for Military Service
heritage.org - Serving in the military is a high calling and a privilege—certainly not something to be treated as a bargaining chip in immigration politics. Yet these congressmen are trying to sneak this provision into the larger National Defense Authorization Act, which lays out the budget for the Department of Defense.

Louisiana Creates Database of Citizens Who Represent “A Risk to the State”
Paul Joseph Watson - Authorities in Louisiana are compiling a database of information on every citizen in order to identify people who are “a risk to the state,” as well as pinpointing future criminals in an effort to allow the state to “intervene in that person’s life”.

Los Angeles cops already using spy drones for 'predictive policing'
End The Lie - The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department secretly used a civilian aircraft to monitor the 10-square-mile area of Compton in 2012, recording high-resolution video of all that happened n the region.

NY Homeland Security Encourages Businesses to Snitch on Preppers as Terrorists
Paul Joseph Watson - The New York State Division of Homeland Security is encouraging businesses to snitch on preppers as terrorists, urging that the purchase of MRE’s, ammunition or flash lights be treated as a suspicious activity.

Boston Marathon Bombing Live Debate — Jim Fetzer vs. A.J. McDonald, Jr.
AFP Radio - On Thursday, April 24, 2014, at 3 p.m. ET, Dave Gahary moderates a two-hour debate* between James H. Fetzer and A. J. MacDonald, Jr. on the Boston Marathon Bombing. Was it real or staged?

Second Amendment Victory: Georgia Governor Signs Historic Gun Rights Bill
The Daily Sheeple - As of July 1st, licensed gun owners in Georgia and visitors from 28 other states will be allowed to bring a gun into a bar without restrictions and carry a firearm into some government buildings. Under the law, school districts will be able to decide whether they want some employees to carry a firearm, and religious leaders can decide whether to allow licensed gun owners to carry guns into their church, synagogue or mosque.

Brand names littering NY Common Core Standardized Tests Vex Parents - Teachers barred from publicly discussing
(AP) - Brands including Barbie, iPod, Mug Root Beer and Life Savers showed up on the tests more than a million students in grades 3 through 8 took this month, leading to speculation it was some form of product placement advertising.

Victory For Breast Milk Mom Against TSA Tyranny
Steve Watson - Many news stories regarding the security theatre antics of the TSA are often disheartening downbeat tales of the dissolution of rights and creeping tyranny in America. So it is important to highlight victories against such things when they do occur.

Here comes the bride. And another one. And another one! Meet world's first married lesbian threesome
Daily Mail - Doll, Kitten and Brynn, from Massachusetts, were joined together in a marriage-style ceremony last August and are expecting a daughter in July.

Federal Judges Order Obama Administration to Release Memo Justifying Assassination of Americans
AllGov - The Obama administration has been ordered by a panel of federal judges to release its legal justification for assassinating Americans suspected of terrorist ties. ACLU lawyer Jameel Jaffer called the decision “a resounding rejection of the government’s effort to use secrecy, and selective disclosure, as a means of manipulating public opinion about the targeted killing program.”

Vermont Senate approves GMO labeling law by huge majority
(NaturalNews) The Vermont Senate has given decisive approval to a measure that would require the labeling of foods that contain genetically modified ingredients, meaning the state could become the first one in the country to enact such a law.

Elsevier journal boycott announced; sign the petition to end Seralini GMO study censorship
(NaturalNews) The publisher of the scientific journal that retracted Professor Gilles-Eric Seralini's study on tumor-ridden rats fed Monsanto's genetically modified (GM) corn is the subject of a new academic boycott.

Cops Tie Up 75-Year-Old Grandmother in Botched Raid
Mikael Thalen - According to Ruth Hunter, Virginia State Police bound her hands with zip-ties after wrongfully targeting her apartment in a drug raid. “I thought it was somebody just breaking in to rob me and kill me,” Hunter told CBS 6.

Economy & Business

Wall Street Greed: Not Too Big for a California Jury
ellenbrown.com - United States Attorney General Eric Holder has declared that the too-big-to-fail Wall Street banks are too big to prosecute. But an outraged California jury might have different ideas. As noted in the California legal newspaper The Daily Journal...

Highway Upkeep Trust Fund Nears Bankruptcy
All Gov - The Highway Trust Fund’s Highway Account, which finances maintenance and construction projects at the state level, currently has about $8.4 billion in it. But the U.S. Department of Transportation warns that demand for this funding is outpacing money available.

Exactly Like 7 Years Ago? 2014 Is Turning Out To Be Eerily Similar To 2007
Economic Collapse - Just like seven years ago, the stock market has soared to all-time high after all-time high. Just like seven years ago, the authorities are telling us that there is nothing to worry about. Unfortunately, just like seven years ago, a housing bubble is imploding and another great economic crisis is rapidly approaching.

Energy & Environment

Top Climate Researcher Urges Nuclear Power to Thwart Geoengineering
Activist Post - It is becoming increasingly difficult to write off geoengineering as conspiracy. We already have numerous White Papers from think tanks, official documents admitting to climate control plans, and many public admissions from scientists and politicians alike.

Family Wins Fracking Suit in Legal Blow to Industry
Common Dreams - Bob and Lisa Parr of Wise County sued Aruba Petroleum in 2011 for shale gas drilling operations which their lawyers said "fouled the family’s 40-acre ranch property, their home and quality of life," by sickening both them and their daughter Emma, as well as their pets and livestock.

Science & Technology

DARPA producing sea-floor pods that can release attack drones on command
RT - The Pentagon’s research arm, DARPA, is developing robot pods that can sit at the bottom of the ocean for long stretches of time, waiting to release airborne and water-based drones to the surface upon an attack command.

Pre-Crime Systems Now Actively Monitoring the Internet
Mac Slavo - No longer are these machines simply recording the data and storing them in some historical archive to be pulled at a later date should the government ever have reason to take a closer look at your personal life. The next generation of systems are being used to actively monitor your digital interactions, surfing habits, conversations and daily sentiment in an effort to predict your future behavior.

'Watch_Dogs' Game, Chicago: Hack People's Lives, Cameras Are Your Friend
Activist Post - There are no words to describe a personal reaction to this extended video game preview for Watch_Dogs, available on multiple systems, May 27th, by Ubisoft. Video games, for years now, have been a great covert way to train young ones into military jobs like drone operation or crime units hunting for "domestic terrorists."

Health

Have a Cough? Pineapple Juice Found to be 5x more Effective than Cough Syrup
Natural Society - Suffering from a cough? One study found that pineapple is actually more effective at quelling a cough than cough syrup—up to 5 times more effective.

Minute Maid’s Pomegranate Blueberry Juice is 99% Apple and Grape Juice
Natural Society - Pom Wonderful is suing Coca-Cola over deceiving people over it's pomegranate blueberry juice, which is actually 99.4 percent apple and grape-derived,

Ackman Promised Former Herbalife Employer $3.6 Million To Become Whistleblower
Zero Hedge - "I will pursue Herbalife to the end of the earth," is the threat Bill Ackman made and the hedge fund manager acknowledges spending more than $20 million in a lobbying and media campaign against the health product company.

Heavy metals scientifically linked to causing diabetes
(NaturalNews) Fifty years ago, it was virtually unheard of. But today, diabetes mellitus, a serious metabolic disorder, afflicts more than 150 million people globally, with a bulk of this number hailing from North America.

Laetrile cover-up exposed at major cancer hospital
(NaturalNews) In the summer of 1972, one of the most prominent cancer scientists of the 20th century was asked - by Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center - to test laetrile in spontaneously occurring animal tumors. The results were promising -to say the least.

Seven health benefits of ginseng
(NaturalNews) It's simply amazing how natural herbs and foods can have multiple, wonderful health benefits! Take for instance ginseng (usually Korean/Asian Red Ginseng, Panax ginseng), it lives up to its cure-all description (Panax means "all-curing/healing" in Greek)!

Five weeds that make better medicines than any pharmaceutical drug
(NaturalNews) Most people will agree that weeds can cause a large amount of damage in the garden. For example, invasive weeds like Johnson grass and cogongrass expand rapidly and choke other low-growing flora.

Pet News

Town threatens jail time to citizens who feed stray cats
Police State USA - The new ordinance goes into effect May 22nd, and will punish violators with $100-$500 in fines and up to 90 days in jail — depending on the “severity” of the offense. The city government can now target retirees and widows and nail them for their affection towards animals. An 81- year old Alzheimer’s sufferer from Tampa named Mary Musselman has been locked away for nearly 3 months for feeding animals in her yard.

Pet Treats Found to Contain Heavy Metals
Susan Thixton - NaturalNews.com’s pet treat testing found lead, cadmium, and mercury in pet treats in dangerous levels. Here are the products they tested and what they found.

Warning to Pet Owners: Avoid These Products Like the Plague
Dr. Becker - According to the FDA website, there were 33 separate recalls of pet food and livestock feed in 2013. On average, that's one every 11 days. Of the 33 recalls, 21 were for dog and cat food. Here is a brief summary of the recalls by month as captured at AVMA.org. See if you notice anything interesting about what types of products are being recalled…


Wednesday - April 23, 2014 - Today In History:
1635 - The Boston Public Latin School was established. It was the first public school building in the United States.
1789 - U.S. President George Washington moved into Franklin House, New York. It was the first executive mansion. 1789 - "Courier De Boston" was published for the first time. It was the first Roman Catholic magazine in the U.S. 1826 - Missolonghi fell to Egyptian forces.
1861 - Arkansas troops seized Fort Smith.
1872 - Charlotte E. Ray became the African-American woman lawyer.
1908 - U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt signed an act creating the U.S. Army Reserve.
1915 - The A.C.A. became the National Advisory Council on Aeronautics (NACA).
1924 - The U.S. Senate passed the Soldiers Bonus Bill.
1968 - The Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church merged to form the United Methodist Church.
1981 - The Soviet Union conducted an underground nuclear test at their Semipaltinsk (Kazakhstan) test site.
1985 - The Coca-Cola Company announced that it was changing its 99-year-old secret formula. New Coke was not successful, which resulted in the resumption of selling the original version.
1985 - The U.S. House rejected $14 million in aid to Nicaragua.
1988 - A U.S. federal law took effect that banned smoking on flights that were under two hours.
1988 - In Martinez, CA, a drain valve was left open at the Shell Marsh. More than 10,000 barrels of oil poured into the marsh adjoining Peyton Slough.
1997 - An infertility doctor in California announced that a 63-year-old woman had given birth in late 1996. The child was from a donor egg. The woman is the oldest known woman to give birth.
1999 - In Washington, DC, the heads of state and government of the 19 NATO nations celebrated the organization's 50th anniversary.
2003 - U.S. President George W. Bush signed legislation that authorized the design change of the 5-cent coin (nickel) for release in 2004. It was the first change to the coin in 65 years. The change, to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Louisiana Purchase, was planned to run for only two years before returning to the previous design.
2004 - U.S. President George W. Bush eased sanctions against Libya in return for Moammar Gadhafi's agreement to give up weapons of mass destruction.
2005 - The first video was uploaded to YouTube.com.
2010 - Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed the nation's toughest illegal immigration measure into law.

World News

Biden Backs Ukraine Junta as State Department Offers Weak Evidence of Russia Meddling
Kurt Nimmo - Vice President Joe Biden met with junta leaders Arseniy Yatsenyuk and Oleksandr Turchynov in Kyiv and said the United States will pledge an additional $50 million as part of a package of assistance to help Ukraine pursue political and economic reform and strengthen its partnership with the United States, according to CNN.

US sends 600 troops to Eastern Europe, warship USS Taylor enters Black Sea
RT - US frigate USS Taylor (FFG 50) has entered the Black Sea, according to the US Navy, as the Pentagon announces plans to dispatch some 600 troops to Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia for military exercises.

Setting the Stage for War With Pakistan
Tony Cartalucci - Attempts to paint Pakistan as a dangerous enemy of the West and a prime candidate for military intervention has been made once again by those in the Western media. ABC News, in an article titled, “‘Double dealing’: How Pakistan hid Osama Bin Laden from the U.S. and fueled the war in Afghanistan,” claims that...

First Greek MERS case: Patient in ‘critical condition’
RT - Greece’s first confirmed Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) patient is reportedly in critical condition, according to doctors. Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia’s health minister has been sacked without explanation as the country’s death toll climbs to 81.

4.4 earthquake in Slovenia, Italy, near nuclear plant
RT - A 4.4-magnitude earthquake has struck Slovenia southwest of the country’s capital, Ljubljana, at a depth of 12.4 kilometers, says USGS.

Nuclear waste at ‘eroding’ dump near Sellafield ‘will be disrupted’ – govt agency
RT - A site on the Cumbrian coast where 1 million cubic meters of nuclear waste from all over the UK has been buried for the past 55 years has been declared a potential source of contamination – due to coastal erosion and rising sea levels.

Lavrov: Russian troops haven't crossed border, no military in Ukraine
RT - There is no Russian military presence in Ukraine, the Russian Foreign Minister has told RT. He alleged the US has a hand in the current stand-off in Ukraine between the coup-appointed government and anti-Maidan activists.

VIDEO: US to resume military aid to Egypt
Press TV - The Obama administration plans to resume some military assistance to Egypt and deliver 10 Apache helicopters after the military-backed government in Cairo upheld its peace treaty with Israel.

VIDEO: MH370 may have landed safely somewhere: Reports
Press TV - Malaysia’s New Strait Times daily on Wednesday quoted sources close to the international investigation team that the investigators are looking at the possibility that the missing jet did not crash into the Indian Ocean and landed safely at an unknown location.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott TO BLM: 'COME AND TAKE IT'
Breitbart - After Breitbart Texas reported on the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) intent to seize 90,000 acres belonging to Texas landholders along the Texas/Oklahoma line, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott questioned the BLM’s authority to take such action.

Homeland Security to Purchase 25 Million Shotgun Rounds
Kit Daniels - The solicitation posted on FBO.gov states that U.S. Customs and Border Protection, a department under DHS, is seeking “shotgun ammunition for use by all applicable agencies in the Department of Homeland Security,” more specifically three million rounds of shotgun slugs per year and two million rounds of buckshot per year for five years.

Louisiana: House Committee Scheduled to Hear Bill to Repeal Self-Defense Law this Wednesday
NRA-ILA - Sponsored by state Representative Wesley Bishop (D-New Orleans), NRA-opposed HB 826 would repeal Louisiana's "stand your ground" statute and tip the scales in favor of criminals who attack law-abiding citizens in public.

“No Knock Raid” by Lindy: This Is the American Police State
The Daily Sheeple - Editor’s Note: I’m posting this because I worry that people do not realize how late the hour is in our country. That, and this video brought tears to my eyes. This is the police state in all it’s ugly, brutal reality. Please read the description to understand what you are about to see.... For supporting links go here.

Man calls to report a burglary, deputy arrives and shoots his dog in the head
Police State USA - A man says that when he called police to report that his home had been burglarized, he waited hours for an officer to arrive — only to witness his dog promptly being shot in the head by the responding deputy. He says when more backup arrived, they mocked and intimidated him with a taser.

PUPPYCIDE: Every 98 minutes, a dog is shot by law enforcement
kickstarter.com - PUPPYCIDE will be a documentary that takes a journey with victims of puppycide, the dogs and their owners. From the moment they meet and seal their emotional bonds to the excruciating trauma of loss, we follow the dog owners' battles for justice with police culture and the legal system, both of which treat puppycides as acceptable collateral damage. Related: K9 Cop Block

Police Called to Deal With Girls Building Den in Woods – Can We Please Stop Criminalising Childhood?
iacknowledge.net - On Easter Sunday, police were called to deal with children committing the appallingly anti-social act of building a den in a wooded area near their Northumbrian home. The group of girls were busy making their tree house in Warkworth Woods when local dog walkers called police reporting children ‘dragging wood into the wood’.

School Calls Cops On Runaway Special Needs Kid
Steve Watson - An eight year old child with special needs will face a day in court to answer to two felony charges after police were called by school officials when the boy ran away.

Video: TSA Agents Pat Down 2 & 6 Year Old Children
Paul Joseph Watson - Disturbing new video footage shows TSA agents performing full body pat downs on two infants aged just 2 and 6 years old, illustrating how the federal agency still targets children despite a partial rollback of the policy in 2011.

VIDEO: Sheriff Mack Calls Out Glenn Beck, “You Ought To Be Ashamed of Yourself!”
Ben Swann - Bunkersville, Nev., April 22, 2014- In this video Sheriff Mack breaks down the Bundy Ranch situation, while calling out Glenn Beck.

North Dakota to start first US drone flights in May
RT - Research drones will begin flying over North Dakota the week of May 5, the Federal Aviation Administration announced Monday. North Dakota is the first of six unmanned aerial systems (UAS) test sites to begin flight operations.

Albuquerque Police Kill Third Person in Five Weeks
RT - A 19-year-old woman was shot and killed by police in Albuquerque, New Mexico early Monday after being suspected of stealing a truck. This week’s death of Mary Hawkes now marks the third time in five weeks that Albuquerque cops have killed a civilian.

Economy & Business

Over 1,100 IRS employees received bonuses after not paying taxes
RT - According to a new report by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, more than 2,800 IRS employees facing disciplinary actions received more than $2.8 million in monetary bonuses.

Obama begins multi-million dollar Detroit bailout
Ben Swann - According to the Detroit Free Press, Obama plans to send Detroit approximately $100 million to relieve the city’s pension funds. The report points to Obama’s tough mid-term prospects while stating that he and Democrats have been “under pressure from unions” not to let government retirees suffer in Detroit.

The Middle Class In Canada Is Now Doing Better Than The Middle Class In America
Economic Collapse - The Canadian economy has been booming thanks to a rapidly growing oil industry, and meanwhile the U.S. middle class has been steadily shrinking. If current trends continue, a whole bunch of other countries are going to start passing us too.

Housing Market

Spot The Massive Depression, And The Tiny Recovery, In This Existing Home Sales Chart
Zero Hedge - When it comes to home purchases, there are the rich, with $1MM+ existing home transactions up a recoveryish 13% in the West, and then there are the poor, where in the cheapest bucket have crashed a depression-like -45%.

Energy & Environment

NASA Expert: Chemtrails Are Real and Rogue Geoengineers Could Blackmail Earth
The Daily Sheeple - Droughts, famine, chemtrails and the global game of risk: geoengineering is real, and inevitable part of the future, when science tries to orchestrate nature in the name of taming climate change, while experts argue over who will make the rules in the global governance of weather modification and geoengineering.

Science & Technology

Asteroids cause dozens of nuclear-scale blasts in Earth’s atmosphere
The Guardian - Asteroids caused 26 nuclear-scale explosions in the Earth’s atmosphere between 2000 and 2013, a new report reveals. Some were more powerful – in one case, dozens of times stronger – than the atom bomb blast that destroyed Hiroshima in 1945 with an energy yield equivalent to 16 kilotons of TNT.

DSL router patch merely hides backdoor instead of closing it
arstechnica.com - The same security researcher who originally discovered a backdoor in 24 models of wireless DSL routers has found that a patch intended to fix that problem doesn’t actually get rid of the backdoor—it just conceals it.

Health

Low-Fat Foods Contain 20% more Sugar on Average than Full-Fat Products
Natural Society - If a product says “low-fat”, “no fat”, or “sugar-free”, you should run. Not only do labels like this only come on highly processed foods, but most often the makers of these foods have had to add some other interesting ingredients to make them palatable after removing the fat, sugar, or whatever new dietary villain they are after.

12 Ways To Treat Psoriasis Naturally
preventdisease.com - Psoriasis is a common, chronic relapsing/remitting immune-mediated skin condition caused by an overload of toxicity through diet, some medications or our environment.... The good news is that is can be reversed through many different natural remedies, most of which should resolve the symptoms before ever requiring medication.

The Scary Truth About the New York City Flu Vaccine Mandate
vactruth.com - This year, 150,000 children will be added to the list of victims of forced vaccination. The leaders of New York City have mandated that all children under the age of six years old who attend day care or preschool must be vaccinated with the flu vaccine.

American homes harbor antibiotic-resistant "superbug" MRSA
CBS News - An antibiotic-resistant "superbug," long a problem in health-care settings, is now taking up residence in people's homes, a new U.S. study finds.

Beware of the latest mystery sweetener additive to be tested on the public
(NaturalNews) The new product that will be tested on the public is called "Sweetmyx." Senomyx uses "proprietary taste science technologies to discover, develop and commercialize novel flavor ingredients for the food, beverage and flavor industries." And PepsiCo has jumped to the head of the Sweetmyx line to use this sweetness-enhancer in its products.

Six artificial colors have been linked to hyperactivity in children, and three of them are still legal in the United States
(NaturalNews) A groundbreaking 2007 study published in The Lancet found that six different artificial colors and the preservative sodium benzoate decreased attention and promoted hyperactivity in both children diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and those without the condition.

The 5 most prevalent toxins destroying the body
(NaturalNews) With thousands of toxins circulating in the world it can be very easy to become overwhelmed. Formerly nutritious foods have been denatured to the point that they have very little benefit, and air and water have become dangerously polluted. These are 5 toxins to be especially concerned about.
 


Tuesday - April 22, 2014 - Today In History:
1805 - A force led by U.S. Marines captured the city of Derna, on the shores of Tripoli.
1813 - Americans under Gen. Pike capture York (present day Toronto) the seat of government in Ontario.
1861 - U.S. President Lincoln suspended the writ of habeas corpus.
1861 - West Virginia seceded from Virginia after Virginia seceded from the Union during the American Civil War.
1863 - The Army of the Potomac began marching on Chancellorsville.
1865 - In the U.S. the Sultana exploded while carrying 2,300 Union POWs. Between 1,400 - 2,000 were killed.
1897 - Grant's Tomb was dedicated.
1938 - Geraldine Apponyi married King Zog of Albania. She was the first American woman to become a queen.
1946 - The SS African Star was placed in service. It was the first commercial ship to be equipped with radar.
1953 - The U.S. offered $50,000 and political asylum to any Communist pilot that delivered a MIG jet.
1960 - The submarine Tullibee was launched from Groton, CT. It was the first sub to be equipped with closed-circuit television.
1965 - "Pampers" were patented by R.C. Duncan.
1975 - Saigon was encircled by North Vietnamese troops.
1982 - The trial of John Hinckley Jr. began in Washington. He was later acquitted by reason of insanity for shooting U.S. President Reagan and 3 others.
1989 - Student protestors took over Tiananmen Square in Beijing.
1987 - The U.S. Justice Department barred Austrian President Kurt Waldheim from entering the U.S. He claimed that he had aided in the deportation and execution of thousands of Jews and others as a German Army officer during World War II.
2005 - Russian President Vladimir Putin became the first Kremlin leader to visit Israel.
2006 - In New York, NY, construction began on the 1,776-foot Freedom Tower on the site of former World Trade Center.
2010 - The Deepwater Horizon oil platform, operated by BP, sank into the Gulf of Mexico two days after a massive explosion that killed 11 workers.

World News

US lawmakers call on sanctions against Gazprom, Russian banks
RT - Washington is inching closer to imposing a tighter financial grip on Russia. The next round of sanctions could target more banks and the heart of the Russian economy - the energy sector. In sights is Gazprom, Russia’s largest natural gas producer.

Russia Warns It May Enter Recession As Soon As This Quarter
Zero Hedge - While hardly coming as a surprise to anyone, Russia is getting increasingly more vocal about the near certainty that the country is about to slam headfirst into a technical (at first), and then outright recession.

Depositor In Failed Russian Bank Loses It, Takes Hostages, Demands $700,000 Ransom
Zero Hedge - Earlier today, the Central Bank of Russia announced that starting April 21, it would revoke the license of Moscow’s Bank Zapadny. According to reports, "the bank had cooked its books and failed to comply with regulations on the amount of assets a financial organization must maintain to ensure its stability, the central bank said.

Al-Qaeda in Syria Gets Anti-aircraft Missiles
Kurt Nimmo - Time reported Monday officials at the White House are seriously considering sending manpads – man-portable air defense systems – to terrorist mercenary groups operating in Syria. Discussion is reportedly underway, but “strong doubts remain about the wisdom of providing missiles to the rebels.”

NATO Military Dolphins to Roam Black Sea
RIA Novosti - US military-trained dolphins and sea lions will participate in upcoming NATO military exercises in the Black Sea, the Russian Izvestiya newspaper reported Monday. The paper, citing a spokesman for the US Navy’s marine mammals program, said some 20 dolphins and 10 sea lions will participate in exercises.

China Court Impounds Japanese Ship in Unprecedented Seizure
Bloomberg - A Shanghai court ordered the seizure of a Japanese ship owned by Mitsui OSK Lines Ltd. (9104) as compensation for the loss of two ships leased from a Chinese company before the two countries went to war in 1937.

Report: Ebola Suspected In Europe: “Broken Through All Containment Efforts”
Mac Slavo - Reuters reports that the government “planned to stop publicly releasing the death toll to avoid causing unnecessary panic.” But panic may be in order. Despite the best efforts of emergency health workers it appears that virus may have crossed out of Africa into Europe.

Fukushima radiation killing our children, govt hides truth - former mayor
RT - Katsutaka Idogawa, former mayor of Futaba, a town near the disabled Fukushima nuclear plant, is warning his country that radiation contamination is affecting Japan’s greatest treasure – its children.

U.S. Conducts Spy Flight Over Russia
Washington Free Beacon - After a tit-for-tat series of delays, the United States conducted an Open Skies Treaty intelligence flight over Russian territory on Monday, a State Department official said.

The Global Drone Arms Race Is Becoming Autonomous: Scientist
Activist Post - More than 50 countries have purchased surveillance drones, and many have started in-country development programs for armed versions because no nation is exporting weaponized drones beyond a handful of sales between the United States and its closest allies.

US claims toxic chemical used in Syria this month
Press TV - The United States claims it has indications that a “toxic industrial chemical” was used in Syria earlier this month by the government of President Bashar al-Assad. The US State Department said on Monday that the toxic chemical used in the village of Kfar Zeita on April 11 might have been chlorine.

VIDEO: Israel settlers uproot Palestine trees
Press TV - The settlers destroyed the trees belonging to Palestinian farmers in the village of Ras Karkar, northwest of the West Bank city of Ramallah on Sunday.

Greece austerity causes 551 suicides
Press TV - According to the survey, conducted by researchers at the University of Portsmouth in the UK, every 1 percent increase in government spending cuts in Greece resulted in a 0.43 percent surge in suicides among men between 2009 and 2010.

'Environmental catastrophe' declared in Chile as arsenic contamination detected in water at up to 360 times accepted levels
(NaturalNews) An arid region of Chile off the South Pacific Coast has been declared an environmental catastrophe after tests revealed the presence of toxic heavy metals like lead and arsenic in rivers, lakes and groundwater serving nearby population centers.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

SPLC Blames ‘Right-Wing Conspiracy Theorists’ for Ruining Agenda 21
Susanne Posel - The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has released a report entitled, “Agenda 21: The UN, Sustainability and Right-Wing Conspiracy Theory” which details how far-right groups have “transformed” the concept of Agenda 21 in the minds of the American public.”

Lesson For America? China’s Agenda 21 Forces People Into Cities
Off the Grid News - America is a “signatory” country to Agenda 21. Since the plan is a non-binding statement and not a treaty, a vote on the initiative was not necessary. In the United States, more than 500 large and moderate-sized cities are members of an international sustainability organization that reportedly supports the implementation of Agenda 21.

YouTube: Ron Paul's Texas Straight Talk 4/21/14: Nevada Standoff a Symptom of Increasing Authoritarianism
"A government that continually violates our rights of property and contract can fairly be descried as authoritarian."

Homeland Security Adviser Warns Parents That Their Mouthy Kids May Grow Up To Be Terrorists
techdirt.com - Our nation's singular focus on terrorism has led to various branches of the government and counterterrorism pundits declaring all sorts of things to be warning signs of terrorist activity. Here's a short (but by no means all-inclusive) list of activities that are supposedly indicators of terrorism-in-progress.

Recruiting Thugs for the Police State in New Mexico
Kurt Nimmo - Sir Robert Peel is considered the father of modern policing. He was influenced by the legal philosophy of Jeremy Bentham. Bentham called for a centralized and politically neutral police force for the maintenance of social order and protection of people and property against crime.

IRS revokes conservative group’s tax-exempt status over anti-Clinton statements
Washington Times - The Internal Revenue Servicehas revoked the tax-exempt status of a conservative charity for making statements critical of Hillary Rodham Clinton and John Kerry, according to a USA Today report.

Oklahoma militia members join fight against feds
kfor.com - Organizers with the Oklahoma Militia say they have members in Nevada who claim Bundy’s cattle were unlawfully herded by the bureau. The Oklahoma Militia says it is made up of nearly 50,000 volunteers.

The Bundy Paradigm: Will You Be a Rebel, Revolutionary or a Slave?
Activist Post - Unfortunately, the intrepid, revolutionary American spirit that stood up to the British, blazed paths to the western territories, and prevailed despite a civil war, multiple world wars, and various economic depressions has taken quite a beating in recent years. Nevertheless, the time is coming when each American will have to decide: will you be a slave, rebel or revolutionary?

Election News

Hillary Clinton Biographer Says 'She's Already Running'
Huffington Post - Hillary Clinton biographer Jonathan Allen shared his insights about the chances of Hillary Clinton running in 2016 on Monday.

Economy & Business

Shocker: Average credit card interest climbs to 21%
RT - As credit card companies try and spur consumer spending in the United States with introductory perks and cash rewards, they have raised interest rates on other customers to a remarkable 21 percent.

For Those Who Work For a Living, the Level of Inequality In The U.S. Is “Probably Higher Than In Any Other Society at Any Time In The Past, Anywhere In The World”
Washington's Blog - Inequality in America today is twice as bad as in ancient Rome, worse than it was in Tsarist Russia, Gilded Age America, modern Egypt, Tunisia or Yemen, many banana republics in Latin America, and worse than experienced by slaves in 1774 colonial America.

Tax Day Tax Revenue Set All-Time Record
CNS News - Inflation-adjusted federal tax revenues hit an all-time record of $1,428,710,000,000 from the beginning of the fiscal year on Oct. 1 through April 15, the deadline for filing federal tax returns for 2013, according to the Daily Treasury Statement.

Obama Calls for Highest Sustained Taxation in U.S. History
CNS News - In the budget proposal he presented to Congress last month, President Barack Obama called for what would be the highest level of sustained taxation ever imposed on the American people, according to the analysis published last week by the Congressional Budget Office. Flasback: YouTube: Obama Pledges to Not Raise Middle Class Taxes.

Is The US Military Preparing For The Collapse Of The Dollar?
Zero Hedge - It almost happened in 2008… but as this excerpt from Casey Research’s Meltdown America documentary notes, it appears the US military is preparing for the potential collapse of the US dollar. As Scott Taylor warns, “…if the carrot (of credit worthiness) is fading, and the stick (of military threat) is weak, that empire is going to come down in a hurry…” which leaves a serial economic mis-manager only one option to ‘secure’ the empire.

Energy & Environment

Gasoline better for environment than corn biofuels, study says
RT - Contrary to popular ‘green’ beliefs, a study funded by the US federal government argues that corn-based biofuels are actually worse for the environment than gasoline, as they emit more greenhouse gasses and deplete soil carbon.

Oklahoma To Charge “Privilege Tax” For Going Off Grid
Commoditie Futures - Under the terms of a recently passed bill, expected to be signed by Governor Mary Fallin, homeowners who install their own private solar or wind turbine energy resources and sell some of the juice back to energy companies will be paying a fee for the privilege.

Science & Technology

US developing public unmanned aircraft incident reporting system
networkworld.com - Specifically the Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice is looking for proposals to develop, host, and maintain a web-based, online flight data and incident reporting system.

Why your fingerprints may not be unique
The Telegraph - Assumption that everyone has a unique fingerprint from which they can be identified through a computer database is flawed, says Home Office expert Mike Silverman.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

42 Healthy Varieties of Edible Flowers to Add to Your Garden
Natural Blaze - Using flowers in cooking has been widely used in many parts of the world including Europe, Asia, East India, Victorian English, and in the Middle East. During the colonial times of America, settlers also used flowers as a means for sustenance.

Health

$14 mlllion payout after birth control pills caused stroke
RT - A jury near Chicago, Illinois has ordered a doctor there to pay a local woman $14 million after the birth control drug he prescribed to her allegedly caused a severe stroke and left her confined to a wheelchair.

Study Links Banned Pesticide to Premature Births
Natural Society - In the latest study to link pesticides to health risks, French scientists found that chlordecone (kepone) could increase the risk of premature delivery.

2 Natural Solutions for Bleeding Gums, Gingivitis, and a Healthy Heart
Natural Society - Better treatments for gum health often include oil pulling with coconut oil and brushing with fluoride-free solutions. But a new study indicates chamomile and pomegranate can also play a role in stopping bleeding gums and keeping your heart healthy.

Using Mouthwash 3x Daily Increases Cancer Risk, Alternatives Exist
Natural Society - Researchers with the University of Glasgow Dental School found that people who use mouthwash products more than three times a day have an increased chance of developing mouth and throat cancers. “I would not advise routine use of mouthwash,” lead researcher and senior lecturer Dr. David Conway said.

10 Natural Remedies To Instantly Reduce Nausea
preventdisease.com - Nausea is very difficult to predict, but it helps to have the right ingredients in your kitchen to ease the pain and discomfort. Whether or not you see it coming, nausea and vomiting is never pleasant. Here are ten effective and natural home remedies for preventing regurgitation.

Combat insomnia with tryptophan-rich foods
(NaturalNews) To sleep better, it's important to eat foods that contain high levels of tryptophan. This amino acid can't be made by the body, so consumption of tryptophan-rich foods is essential. Once in the body and with easy access to the brain, it helps to make that vital hormone, serotonin.

Allergan skin cream uses human foreskin growth factors that could cause tumors, legal complaint alleges
(NaturalNews) Consumer-rights law firm Hagens Berman (HB) has filed a class action suit with Josette Ruhnke as the named plaintiff against Allergan, the new owner of SkinMedica. The focus of the suit is with the potential health risks from SkinMedica's proprietary human growth factor solution derived from human foreskins.
 


Monday - April 21, 2014 - Today In History:
1789 - John Adams was sworn in as the first U.S. Vice President.
1836 - General Sam Houston defeated Santa Anna at the Battle of San Jacinto. This battle decided the independence of Texas.
1856 - The Mississippi River was crossed by a rail train for the first time (between Davenport, IA, and Rock Island, IL).
1862 - The U.S. Congress established the U.S. Mint in Denver, CO.
1865 - U.S. President Abraham Lincoln's funeral train left Washington.
1898 - The Spanish-American War began.
1914 - U.S. Marines occupied Vera Cruz, Mexico. The troops stayed for six months.
1918 - German fighter ace Manfred von Richthofen, "The Red Baron," was shot down and killed during World War I.
1943 - U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt announced that several Doolittle pilots had been executed by the Japanese.
1967 - Svetlana Alliluyeva (Svetlana Stalina) defected in New York City. She was the daughter of Joseph Stalin.
1972 - Apollo 16 astronauts John Young and Charles Duke explored the surface of the moon.
1975 - South Vietnam president, Nguyen Van Thieu, resigned, condemning the United States.
1984 - In France, it was announced that doctors had found virus believed to cause AIDS.
2000 - The 1998 Children's Online Privacy Protection Act went into effect.
2003 - North and South Korea agreed to hold Cabinet-level talks the following week.
2004 - Five suicide attackers detonated car bombs against police buildings in Basra, Iraq, killing at least 74 people
2009 - UNESCO launched The World Digital Library. The World Digital Library (WDL) is an international digital library operated by UNESCO and the United States Library of Congress.

World News

'Easter truce' broken: Five deaths reported in overnight checkpoint raid in E. Ukraine
RT - Five people have been killed in a gunfight in Slavyansk, a city in eastern Ukraine held by anti-government protesters. The fatalities include three protesters and two attackers, who are believed to be from the Right Sector paramilitary.

This Means War: US To Target Putin's Personal $40 Billion Stash
Zero Hedge - The Times of London reports, perhaps the US has found a crucial pain point for Putin - a sanctions regime that would target Putin's personal wealth, which includes a reported $40 billion stashed in Swiss bank accounts.

VIDEO: US-led NATO poking Russia into nuclear war: Analyst
Press TV - Russia and the United States and NATO are nuclear powers. If a war starts even on a conventional or a skirmish level, this can quickly escalate to nuclear war and then all humanity is at stake,” William Jones, from the Executive Intelligence Review newsmagazine, said in an interview.

China Prepares Massive Investments in Crimea
StratRisks - Vladimir Chizhov, Russia’s ambassador to the European Union, said Russia is partnering with China in two major Crimean projects: the “Power of Siberia” gas pipeline and a 25 meter deep Crimean deep water port. These projects will continue despite the ongoing crisis in the Ukraine, Chizhov said.

Prosecutors seeks to extend sunken Korea ferry captain's detention
Press TV - On Saturday, the captain and at least two crew members were arrested on charges of negligence and abandoning people in need. Lee Joon-seok Lee and most of his 28 crew, who reportedly managed to escape the ferry, have been criticized for abandoning the ship when so many passengers were still onboard.

GM to battle VW in China with $12 billion investment and new plants
(Reuters) - U.S. car giant General Motors Corp (GM) (GM) plans to invest $12 billion in China from 2014 to 2017 and build more plants next year as it competes with aggressive rivals in the world's largest auto market.

VIDEO: 7.3M earthquake strikes Mexico — Area warned 3 days prior
Dutchsinse 4/18/14 - Another large earthquake has struck the Pacific ring of fire. Again, a greater than 7.0M event — this time in Mexico a 7.3M earthquake has struck.

VIDEO: Biden to meet with Ukrainian leaders
Press TV - US Vice President Joe Biden is heading to Ukraine on Monday on a two-day visit to underscore Washington’s support for Kiev amid growing tensions between the US and Russia.

Obama's latest drone attack manages to only kill 3 innocent people
Blacklisted News - A drone strike in Yemen on Saturday killed at least 10 suspected al Qaeda militants but also inadvertently resulted in the deaths of three civilian day laborers, a high-level Yemeni government official told CNN.

China: “Violent Government Thugs” Beaten To Death By Angry Crowds After They Killed A Man Documenting Their Brutality
Liberty Crier - [Warning: graphic images] Riots in southeastern China after brutal police-inspector killed a man with a hammer in broad daylight. People smashed several police cars and were attacked with tear gas.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Bundy supporter OWNS Chris Hayes on MSNBC: ‘We will not allow governance by gunpoint, ever’
Daily Caller - Nevada assemblywoman Michele Fiore clashed with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes regarding rancher Cliven Bundy’s conflict with the federal government on Friday.

Report: Bundy Family Unearths BLM Mass Cattle Grave
Mikael Thalen - [Warning: Grotesque images] New photos released by the Bundy family Sunday provided more evidence to the claim that the Bureau of Land Management was illegally killing and burying confiscated cattle.

Maryland Obamacare exchange spent $90 million on technology before abandoning website
The Daily Caller - Maryland has given up on its Obamacare website, but not before spending $90 million of taxpayer funding on technology, according to a cost breakdown released Friday.

Elderly Man Calls Ambulance for Wife with Dementia, Cops Show Up and Beat Him
The Daily Sheeple - Missourian Elbert Breshears recently called for an ambulance because his elderly wife, who suffers dementia, had endured an episode and knocked a window out of their home.

Police beat up entire wedding party, ruin pro baseball player’s career
Police State USA - More than a dozen wedding guests were brutalized by police officers during a raid on a wedding party at a hotel. Cops fired tasers, used batons, and generously applied pepper spray to the guests of a bride and groom hours after their wedding.

Cop Tries to Shoot Dog, Ends Up Shooting Himself
Adan Salazar - Footage shows docile canine playing with children. A California sheriff’s deputy is feeling the sting of humiliation after he attempted to shoot a fenced-in dog, but failed, succeeding only in shooting himself.

US drone pilots are 'stressed' and 'demoralized' says official report
RT - The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) has produced a scathing report detailing the Air Force’s mismanagement of its active-duty drone pilots, who are responsible for the most demanding and deadly missions in the entire US military.

Western lawmakers gather in Utah to talk federal land takeover
The Salt Lake Tribune - It’s time for Western states to take control of federal lands within their borders, lawmakers and county commissioners from Western states said at Utah’s Capitol on Friday. More than 50 political leaders from nine states convened for the first time to talk about their joint goal: wresting control of oil-, timber -and mineral-rich lands away from the feds.

Warrantless bag searches become ubiquitous for Boston subway, bus travelers
Police State USA - Warrantless bag searches at have become commonplace at travel checkpoints in Boston as concerns for Homeland Security have overridden citizens’ right to be free of unreasonable searches. Travelers are forced to “security inspections” of their handbags, briefcases, and other personal possessions.

Documentary

Documentry: WACO April 19,1993: The Rules of Engagement
Gripping and deeply thought provoking, the film provides America with something it truly needs - an opportunity to review the historical record of events at Waco. The findings raise doubts about the FBI's version of the story and their larger role in similar instances of law enforcement. Related article.

Economy & Business

Missouri Shows Strength On Tax Reform
atr.org - Yesterday [April 18, 2014], the Missouri House voted in favor of SB 509, a bill which cuts the income tax by $620 million annually. The legislation would cut Missouri's individual income tax rate for the first time in almost a century, by gradually lowering the state's highest income tax rate to 5.5% starting in 2017. The bill also includes a 25% tax break for small business owners.

Are You Ready For The Price Of Food To More Than Double By The End Of This Decade?
Economic Collapse - Do you think that the price of food is high now? Just wait. If current trends continue, many of the most common food items that Americans buy will cost more than twice as much by the end of this decade. Global demand for food continues to rise steadily as crippling droughts ravage key agricultural regions all over the planet.

Energy & Environment

California Fracking Operation erupts large plumes — seen on RADAR
Dutchsinse - First the Midwest fracking operations sent off similar plumes earlier yesterday, then surface earthquakes at a volcano in Nevada, followed by a surface earthquake at a fracking operation in Illinois, finally followed up with an earthquake at a fracking operation in Texas.

Obama administration delays decision on Keystone XL pipeline again
RT - The Obama administration said Friday that it is giving federal agencies more time to assess a proposed trans-national pipeline, likely keeping a decision about the controversial Keystone XL project from being made anytime soon.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Pressure on Cargill & ADM to Dump GMO After China Rejects Corn Imports
The Daily Sheeple - China is now rejecting GM corn on the basis that its safety is not proven, raising the stakes in a complex East vs. West trade war that has often brought the U.S. economically to its knees.

5 Incredible Uses For This Simple Plant
Off the Grid News - The loofah gourd is the most versatile, easy-to-maintain, space-saving crop I have ever grown. Not just a luxurious home spa item, loofah is delicious in many recipes, and is a useful product for household chores.

Health

8 mumps cases at NJ college
Fox News - The New Jersey Department of Health is investigating eight confirmed cases of mumps found in students at Stevens Institute of Technology. The college in Hoboken says the students range in age from 18 to 21. All were fully vaccinated with two documented doses of mumps-containing vaccine.

Composing Only 5% of the World Population, Americans Take 50% of All Pharmaceutical Drugs
Natural Society - You’ve likely heard the phrase before – just a dozen huge corporations are keeping Americans popping pills while they rake in billions, but have you really thought of what these numbers translate into, in terms of real health? Annual sales for just one drug, Humira, was $9.3 billion. That puts Abott squarely at the top of the list as one of the most successful drug companies of all time.

Amazing Fact: Pomegranate Can Serve As A Backup Ovary
Green Med Info - Pomegranate has been identified to contain bio-identical estrogen, with research revealing it may be capable of replacing the functional role of the ovary.

Two Methods of Deseeding a Pomegranate In Less Than One Minute and 6 Benefits of This Amazing Fruit
preventdisease.com - Two very popular methods of deseeding pomegranates take less than one minute and are very effective at removing all seeds. Here is a demonstration of each method as well as 6 amazing benefits of consuming pomegranates.

33 Awesome Uses of Lemon Essential Oil
Natural Blaze - In modern times we have lemon essential oil which is a concentration of oils that have been cold pressed from the rind of fresh lemons. Pure lemon essential oil is pale yellow in color and has the aroma of freshly peeled fruit. It’s fresh, clean scent activates the body and the mind and serves as a powerful anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and antiseptic.

Are Pesticides Lurking in Your Favorite Cup of Tea?
Natural Society - A recent investigation has found that many tea brands contain concerning levels of pesticides - here are some teas to stay away from for your health.

The Most Irony Ever: Food Poisoning Strikes Diners at Gov't Food Safety Summit
nutritionalanarchy.com - Food served at a Food Safety Summit held earlier this month between several of our federal agencies including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Big Food industry giants the likes of Tyson, ConAgra and McDonald's, actually gave some of the people who attended food poisoning.

Seven daily portions of fruits and vegetables lower all-cause risk of death more than 40 percent
(NaturalNews) Nutrition scientists have been promoting the effects of a diet filled with fruits and vegetables in their natural form for the better part of the last two decades, touting the plethora of protective flavonoids and fiber provided by these natural wonders.

Man, 98, free from lung cancer for over 30 years: eats foods from his own garden, never had chemotherapy
(NaturalNews) When Greek native Stamatis Moraitis was living in the United States, he was diagnosed with lung cancer and told he had just nine months to live. At the time, he was in his mid-sixties.

Marjoram can prevent gastric ulcers while showing promise in fighting breast cancer
(NaturalNews) Marjoram is a member of the mint species and it was originally found in the Mediterranean. This sweet-flavored and mildly spicy herb is often mistaken to be oregano.

Over 250 million Americans are addicted to 'food drugs' and suffering the consequences
(NaturalNews) Do you ever wonder how many chemicals are in foods? Try about 70,000 different ones that are allowed by the FDA!

Soaking meats in beer makes them safer to eat from the grill
(NaturalNews) Researchers from southern Europe found that simply marinating meat in beer prior to grilling it helps block the formation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, or PAHs, which have been linked to causing cancer.

8 Beers That You Should Stop Drinking Immediately
viralscape.com - Many of us choose what we eat very carefully, or at least dedicate our minimum attention to it. But when it comes to drinks, especially alcoholic beverages, we do little to make the best decisions for our health. Related article.

Pet News

Cook your Pet a Healthy Broth
Susan Thixton - Little did we know, Grandma had it right. Keep those chicken or beef bones and cook them into a healthy broth for your dog or cat. This is a simple way to provide your pet with a great, healthy snack.

Nearly 100% of These Male Dogs Develop This Condition by Age 9
Dr. Becker - Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is a condition in which the prostate gland is enlarged. It is the most common prostate disorder seen in intact male dogs, but is rare in cats.
 


Friday - April 18, 2014 - Today In History:
1676 - Sudbury, Massachusetts, was attacked by Indians.
1775 - American revolutionaries Paul Revere, William Dawes and Samuel Prescott rode though the towns of Massachusetts giving the warning that "the Regulars are coming out." Later, the phrase "the British are coming" was attributed to Revere.
1818 - A regiment of Indians and blacks were defeated at the Battle of Suwann, in Florida, ending the first Seminole War.
1838 - The Wilkes' expedition to the South Pole set sail.
1847 - U.S. troops defeated almost 17,000 Mexican soldiers commanded by Santa Anna at Cerro Gordo. (Mexican-American War)
1861 - Colonel Robert E. Lee turned down an offer to command the Union armies during the U.S. Civil War.
1906 - San Francisco, CA, was hit with an earthquake. The original death toll was cited at about 700. Later information indicated that the death toll may have been 3 to 4 times the original estimate.
1923 - Yankee Stadium opened in the Bronx, NY. The Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 4-1. John Phillip Sousa's band played the National Anthem.
1924 - Simon and Schuster, Inc. published the first "Crossword Puzzle Book."
1934 - The first Laundromat opened in Fort Worth, TX.
1938 - Superman, the world's first super hero, appeared in the first issue of Action Comics. The cover date was June 1938.
1942 - James H. Doolittle and his squadron, from the USS Hornet, raided Tokyo and other Japanese cities.
1943 - Traveling in a bomber, Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, was shot down by American P-38 fighters.
1945 - American war correspondent Ernie Pyle was killed by Japanese gunfire on the Pacific island of Ie Shima, off Okinawa. He was 44 years old.
1946 - The League of Nations was dissolved.
1978 - The U.S. Senate approved the transfer of the Panama Canal to Panama on December 31, 1999.
1983 - The U.S. Embassy in Beirut was blown up by a suicide car-bomber. 63 people were killed including 17 Americans.
1985 - Tulane University abolished its 72-year-old basketball program. The reason was charges of fixed games, drug abuse, and payments to players.
1989 - Thousands of Chinese students demanding democracy tried to storm Communist Party headquarters in Beijing.

World News

Lavrov: Russia, US, EU, Ukraine agree on de-escalation roadmap
RT - Russia, the US, the EU and Ukraine have adopted a joint document on the de-escalation of the Ukraine crisis, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said, after talks in Geneva. It calls for all illegal armed groups to lay down arms and a wide amnesty. Related

Kerry Agrees to Defuse Ukraine Crisis While U.S. Sends Military Aid to Junta
Kurt Nimmo - Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov reportedly reached “a compromise, of sorts,” on the situation in Ukraine. Meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, the top diplomats agreed that all parties in the dispute would refrain from “violence, intimidation, or provocative actions” and that all “illegal armed groups will be disarmed.”

Putin says oil wars with Russia will make West bleed
RT - Opportunities for the West to hurt the Russian economy are limited, President Vladimir Putin said Thursday. Europe cannot stop buying Russian gas without inflicting pain on itself, and if the US tries to lower oil prices, the dollar will suffer.

Snowden asks Putin LIVE: Does Russia intercept millions of citizens’ data?
RT - Russia has “no mass surveillance in our country,” according to President Vladimir Putin, after he was asked a surprise question by whistleblower Edward Snowden at his Q&A session, adding “our surveillance activities are strictly controlled by the law.”

Putin reveals NATO chief secretly recorded their talk, leaked it to media
RT - Vladimir Putin says that current NATO General Secretary Anders Fogh Rasmussen secretly recorded and leaked a private conversation with him, when he was the head of the Danish government.

100 militants in Syria surrender to authorities
Press TV - The militants, who were from two areas in the Damascus countryside, also submitted their weapons to the Syrian army on Thursday.

Baghdad: Paradigm of Globalist Creative Destruction
Kurt Nimmo -The Mercer consulting group has released a survey showing Baghdad is now the world’s worst city. Once considered the most advanced city in the Arab world, it is now a dangerous ruin stricken by sectarian and religious violence, corruption, crime, unemployment, pollution and numerous other problems.

Malaysia set to form international panel on missing jet
Press TV - More than five weeks after the disappearance of a Malaysian airliner the Kuala Lumpur government says it is going to launch an international expert panel to probe the plane’s mystery.

New MRSA Superbug Emerges in Brazil
Natural Blaze - An international research team led by Cesar A. Arias, M.D., Ph.D., at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) has identified a new superbug that caused a bloodstream infection in a Brazilian patient. The report appeared in the April 17 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine.

CIA Working On Proxy War Against Russia in Ukraine
Kurt Nimmo - he primary reason CIA boss John Brennan went to Kyiv on Sunday was not to talk about intelligence sharing as the establishment media has reported. This was the paper thin cover story floated by Rep. Mike Rogers, the out-going chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. It is propaganda.

False Flag: Registry Fake Says Ukraine Jewish Advocacy Group
Kurt Nimmo - Hours after the Israeli media, dutifully echoed by USA Today, reported on leaflets demanding the registration of Jews in Ukraine – harking back to similar moves during the Nazi era – deputy director of the National Conference Supporting Jews (NCSJ), responsible for efforts in Russia, Ukraine, and the Baltic States, pronounced the leaflet bogus.

Out of control: Fukushima manager admits to ‘embarrassing failure’
RT - The manager of the stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant has admitted not having full control of the facility. Contrary to the statements of the Japanese PM, TEPCO’s Akira Ono said attempts to plug the leaks of radioactive water had failed.

Eat Your Heart Out, USA—Russia Rejects GMOs!
Activist Post - If ever there were a war on for one’s allegiance about food philosophies, the U.S.’s apparent main political adversary, Russia, probably would win it hands down.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Harry Reid Calls Cliven Bundy Supporters “Domestic Terrorists”
Paul Joseph Watson - Senator Harry Reid has escalated the war of words over the Cliven Bundy dispute, sensationally labeling the Nevada cattle rancher’s supporters “domestic terrorists” during an event in Las Vegas today.

The BLM Impoundment Plan, Who Prepared It, and Their Scrubbed Contact Information
Daily Paul - After digging around the BLM Nevada website [before it went down!], I stumbled across a document titled: Environmental Assessment - Gold Butte, Mormon Mesa, and Bunkerville Flats Temporary Land Closure, Placement of Temporary Corrals, and Impoundment of Trespass Cattle.

BLM Wants to Seize 90,000 Acres of Texas Ranchers’ Land
Faye Higbee - The BLM stole 140 acres of the Tommy Henderson ranch thirty years ago. They took his land and paid him absolutely nothing. He sued and lost. Now the BLM is using that court case as precedent to do it again. The problem is, the land they want to seize is property that ranchers have a deed for and have paid taxes on for over a hundred years.

Tenth Grader Suspended Over Yellow Water Pistol
Steve Watson - Ten days without school for teenager under more zero tolerance madness... The unidentified boy was handed the punishment by officials at the Lewiston High School after the toy (pictured) fell out of his back pack in class this week.

Navy delays commissioning of new nuclear submarine, opens investigation
RT - he United States Navy announced that it will postpone the commissioning of its new nuclear-powered submarine, the North Dakota, due to an investigation into the quality of the components developed by the weapons contractor.

Michigan Police Take On ‘Disgruntled Veteran’ In Hostage Drill
Mikael Thalen - Michigan police trained to shoot and kill a disgruntled military veteran at the state’s Fed­eral Correctional Institution this week as part of a multi-agency hostage drill.

Federal Judge: BLM Engaged In A Criminal Conspiracy Against Ranchers
Kit Daniels - In his opinion of United States v. Estate of Hage, U.S. District Court Judge Robert C. Jones reveals that after late Nevada rancher E. Wayne Hage indicated on his 1993 grazing permit renewal that by signing the permit, he was not surrendering his family’s long-standing water and forage rights on the land, the BLM not only rejected the permit but also conspired for decades to both deny his family’s property rights and to destroy their cattle business.

Did BLM Bury Bundy Cattle In Mass Grave? WARNING, GRAPHIC IMAGES
Ben Swann - Bundy told Swann that federal agents have fled the area and left a great deal of gear and equipment and that they aren’t likely to return any time soon for it. He also said that federal agents destroyed much of the grazing infrastructure on the land, including water lines, water tanks, troughs, corrals, and fences.

Election News

"Hillary For President" Fundraiser Busted For Illegal Campaign Contributions
Zero Hedge - If you listen carefully, you can hear the stampede of politicians distancing themselves from their once best-friend - Hotel magnate Sant Singh Chatwal - as AP reports, he plead guilty Thursday to charges he secretly funneled more than $180,000 in illegal campaign contributions to three unnamed candidates and coached someone to lie about it.

Economy & Business

Two More Victims Of The Retail Apocalypse: Family Dollar And Coldwater Creek
Economic Collapse - Did you know that Family Dollar is closing 370 stores? When I learned of this, I was quite stunned. I knew that retailers that serve the middle class were really struggling right now, but I had no idea that things had gotten so bad for low end stores like Family Dollar.

Ron Paul: Bitcoin Is Not ‘True Money’
Business Insider - Ron Paul detailed his thoughts on Bitcoin in one of two posts he wrote on the question-and-answer site Quora Wednesday. While the former Republican presidential candidate and congressman expressed support for the cryptocurrency, he also said it is not “true money.”

Start saving now: Day care costs more than college in 31 states
Washington Post - A report out Tuesday by the Pew Research Center finds that an increasing number of parents are simply avoiding child care costs by staying at home. Nearly 30 percent of moms stay at home now, up from only 23 percent in 1999.

Energy & Environment

Oklahoma Will Charge Customers Who Install Their Own Solar Panels
thinkprogress.org - Oklahoma residents who produce their own energy through solar panels or small wind turbines on their property will now be charged an additional fee, the result of a new bill passed by the state legislature and expected to be signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin (R).

Cancer-causing atrazine is world's No. 1 drinking water contaminant
(NaturalNews) For more than a half-century, North American farmers have been spraying atrazine, an herbicide, on their crops -- most notably corn -- in the millions of pounds per year. This widespread use of the weed killer has also created no small amount of runoff, ensuring that atrazine winds up in lakes, streams and, on occasion, even drinking water, according to a recent report by Global News.

Veteran News

Combat vets battle an enemy within: Addiction
McClatchy - Crosby, who played varsity basketball at Council Rock High School South, had served four years in the United States Marine Corps, with two tours in Iraq. When he came home from war in late 2008, he soon faced another scourge - addiction to prescription pain medications. His life descended into another hell, one maybe worse than war.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Russia-Ukraine clash echoes through U.S. farm belt
McClatchy - From rising global commodity prices to potential supply disruptions, there’s a lot at stake in the conflict for American farmers and producers. Ukraine is the world’s third-largest corn exporter and sixth-largest wheat exporter. Russia is the world’s fifth-biggest wheat exporter _ and a large buyer of U.S. corn and poultry products.

‘Premature’ Bill Banning GMO, RoundUp-Resistant Grass Struck Down in CT
Natural Society - A bill banning GMO, RoundUp-resistant grass seed was recently struck down in Connecticut since GMO grass seeds have not been fully developed yet.

Orange production hit by disease, juice prices soar
(AFP) - A citrus disease spread by a tiny insect has devastated Florida's orange crop, which is expected to be the worst in nearly 30 years, and sent juice prices soaring on New York markets.

Tennessee effectively nullifies federal hemp ban
Ben Swann - Three other states – Colorado, Oregon and Vermont – have already passed bills to authorize hemp farming, but only in Colorado has the process begun. Farmers in SE Colorado started harvesting the plant in 2013 and the state began issuing licenses on March 1, 2014. The feds haven’t said a word. In Vermont and Oregon, hemp farming was authorized, but no licensing program was mandated, so implementation has been delayed due to regulatory foot-dragging.

Health

Fears over contact lenses as bug linked to BLINDNESS is found to be resistant to common lens cleaner
Daily Mail - Researchers at the University of Liverpool and The Royal Liverpool University NHS Trust found a bacterial strain associated with more severe infections survived longer in a common contact lens disinfectant solution than previously thought.

6 Facts About Asparagus and Why You Should Eat More
Natural Society - One of the 15 cleanest fruit (of pesticides), asparagus is just one ignored vegetable offering many benefits. Here are 6 fun facts about asparagus.

11 Ways to Naturally Boost Your Metabolism for Weight Loss
Natural Society - Many herbs and natural remedies are great for promoting weight loss AND improving overall health. Here are 11 ways to naturally boost your metabolism.

Black Sapote - The Fruit That Tastes Like Chocolate Pudding
preventdisease.com - The Black Sapote, a species of persimmon native to Mexico and Central America is the only fruit in the world with both the unique taste and consistency of chocolate pudding.

Organic Pantry Cooking For Less Than $5 a Meal
The Organic Prepper - Let’s face it, we’re all trying to cut corners here and there to make our monthly budgets work for us, without having to sacrifice nutrition or flavor. Purchasing all organic foods can come with a hefty price tag, if you don’t know how to do it.

Reduce glaucoma risk by drinking more green tea
(NaturalNews) Glaucoma is a condition of the eyes that can have devastating effects, particularly if it is not discovered in time to reverse or stop it. Rather than a single eye disease, glaucoma is a group of conditions that can cause damage to the optic nerve. This damage, in turn, can lead to a loss of vision. In many cases, this loss is permanent.

Five health benefits of beetroot
(NaturalNews) Beetroot, also often known as the beet, is a root vegetable that has been consumed since ancient times. Even the ancient Romans and Greeks thought beetroot had vitamins and minerals. In fact, today's studies prove that not only are they loaded with beneficial nutrients, but beetroot is an amazing way to ensure that a person stays healthy.

High-fat diet linked with increased breast cancer risk, study suggests
(NaturalNews) A new study published on April 9 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute suggests that high total and saturated fat intake are linked with a greater risk of oestrogen receptor- and progesterone receptor-positive breast cancer, as well as an increased risk of human epidermal growth factor 2 receptor-negative disease.

Raw food diet provides relief from Raynaud's disease symptoms
(NaturalNews) Raynaud's disease, an autoimmune disorder that causes a person's extremities to tingle, go numb and often turn white or in some cases, blue, affects a good part of thepopulation. According to the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, approximately 5 percent of people in the United States have this vascular condition.
 


Thursday - April 17, 2014 - Today In History:
1629 - Horses were first imported into the colonies by the American Massachusetts Bay Colony.
1808 - Bayonne Decree by Napoleon I of France ordered the seizure of U.S. ships.
1860 - New Yorkers learned of a new law that required fire escapes to be provided for tenement houses.
1861 - Virginia became the eighth state to secede from the Union.
1864 - U.S. Civil War General Grant banned the trading of prisoners.
1865 - Mary Surratt was arrested as a conspirator in the Lincoln assassination.
1917 - A bill in Congress to establish Daylight Saving Time was defeated. It was passed a couple of months later.
1941 - The office of Price Administration was established in the U.S. to handle rationing.
1961 - About 1,400 U.S.-supported Cuban exiles invaded Cuba at the Bay of Pigs in an attempt to overthrow Fidel Castro. It was an unsuccessful attack.
1964 - Jerrie Mock became first woman to fly an airplane solo around the world.
1964 - The Ford Motor Company unveiled its new Mustang model.
1969 - In Los Angeles, Sirhan Sirhan was convicted of assassinating U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy.
1973 - FedEx, then known as Federal Express, began operations.
1975 - Khmer Rouge forces capture the capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh. It was the end of the five-year war.
1985 - In Lebanon, the cabinet resigned as Shiites took W. Beirut.
1993 - A federal jury in L.A. convicted 2 former police officers of violating the civil rights of beaten motorist Rodney King. 2 other officers were acquitted.
1996 - Erik and Lyle Menendez were sentenced to life in prison without parole for killing their parents.
2002 - At the National Maritime Museum in London, the exhibit "Skin Deep - A History of Tattooing" opened.

World News

NATO To Boost Air, Warship Presence Around Russia; Netherlands May Deploy F-16s To Ukraine
Zero Hedge - If there is was one way to assure a certain escalation in Ukraine hostilities beyond what has already happened, it is for NATO to do precisely what Russia warned it should not do: build up its presence in the surrounding countries.

US to send non-lethal aid to Ukraine
RT - The United States government is preparing to send non-lethal aid to Ukraine, the Associated Press reported on Wednesday, just one day after the interim government there launched an operation against armed pro-Russian protesters.

Dozens of Ukrainian troops surrender APCs in Slavyansk, refuse to ‘shoot at own people’
RT - Dozens of army troops sent to the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk for an “anti-terrorist operation” refused to follow orders and surrendered their weapons and armored vehicles. Some troops openly voiced support for the eastern Ukrainians.

Russia Mulls Lawsuit Against United States in WTO Over Sanctions
(Reuters) - Russia is looking at the possibility of filing a lawsuit against the United States in the World Trade Organisation over sanctions hitting Russian banks, Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev said on Wednesday, according to Russian news agencies.

BRICS countries to set up their own IMF
RBTH News - Very soon, the IMF will cease to be the world's only organization capable of rendering international financial assistance. The BRICS countries are setting up alternative institutions, including a currency reserve pool and a development bank.

Putin on Kiev op: 'Tanks, jets against own people?! Are they nuts?!'
RT - Putin has criticized Ukraine’s coup-appointed government for using tanks and jets against its own people, during a live Q&A session. Branding Kiev’s approach as a “crime,” Putin said they must open dialogue with eastern Ukraine.

Russia to switch to advance gas payments for Ukraine, if no money comes - Putin
RT - Gazprom will switch to a pre-payment system in one month if Ukraine doesn’t start paying for natural gas imports from Russia, President Vladimir Putin has said during the annual question and answer session.

Communist urge total boycott of US goods
RT - Russian Communists are planning a mass campaign promoting a voluntary boycott of all American goods as proof that Russians cannot be intimidated by sanctions.

Mega oil field discovered in southern Russia
RT - A new oil field with roughly 300 million tons of oil and 90 billion cubic meters of gas has been discovered in the Astrakhan region of Russia.

Bitcoin ATM in your pocket
RT - Anyone in China with a smartphone can now act as a bitcoin ATM with BTC China’s new mobile app that lets users buy and sell bitcoins in different major world currencies. The mobile app has been launched along with a physical ATM.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Congress Investigates “Slush Fund” At USAID Used To Get Lawmakers To Pass Reforms
Blacklisted News - Congressional members are moving to address what is being called a “slush fund” with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) where millions are paid to political figures in foreign countries.

Calling All Oath Keepers to Stand Watch at Bundy Ranch
Stewart Rhodes - We are calling on all Oath Keepers who can possibly get here to come to the Bundy Ranch to serve as volunteers on an ongoing, rotating watch. That is not because there is any great emergency, but is a preventative measure – sort of like doing a rotation on the DMZ.

Cliven Bundy, Federal Bureaucracy and the State’s Monopoly of Violence
Kurt Nimmo - John Amato and the liberals over at Crooks and Liars are outraged. Cliven Bundy went on Fox News and said he would like to see all federal bureaucrats disarmed. For liberals who adore the state and support the unprecedented militarization of federal bureaucrats, including but hardly limited to the Post Office, this massive arming and militarization is a natural and welcome occurrence.

Bundy Family Alleges Damage By Feds at Ranch, Cattle Buried in Mass Grave
Fox News - There are new developments in the battle between Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and the federal government, including allegations that some of the family's cattle were buried in mass graves.

Flashback: Democrat leader reaped $1.1 million from sale of land he didn't own
USA Today - Sen. Harry Reid's two lots on the outskirts of Las Vegas were never owned by the government, but the piece of land joining Reid's property to the street corner — a key to the shopping center deal — came from the government in 1994.

Trooper cleared after stomping on innocent man’s skull while handcuffed
Police State USA - cuffed on his own floor with strangers searched his home, an officer cussed at him and stomped on his head, causing multiple facial fractures and shattered teeth. The scene was so gruesome that a cop testified against a fellow cop. Yet instead of being fired, that stomping officer was later promoted, and now has been officially cleared of violating the victim’s civil rights.

Obama Whistleblower Program Requires Whistleblowers to Register to be Protected
AllGov - Are whistleblowers—whose anonymity is often their best protection against retribution—made safer by being forced to register as whistleblowers with the U.S. government? The Obama administration is demanding they step forward and sign up under the FBI's Insider Threat program.

VIDEO: Ron Paul Discusses His Refusal To Comply With IRS Demands For C4L Donor Lists
Liberty Crier - Ron Paul: We have the law and we have morality on our side.

BREAKING: New Emails Show Lois Lerner Was In Contact With DOJ About Prosecuting Tax Exempt Groups
townhall.com - According to new IRS emails obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request from Judicial Watch, former head of tax exempt groups at the IRS Lois Lerner was in contact with the Department of Justice in May 2013 about whether tax exempt groups could be criminally prosecuted for "lying" about political activity.

Networks Fret Over IRS Budget Cuts, No Mention of Ongoing Scandal
atr.org - On ABC's Good Morning America, news anchor Amy Robach warned: "More tax evaders could slip through the cracks this year....we are learning the IRS will have the fewest agents auditing returns since the 1980s due to budget cuts and new IRS responsibilities."

Watch a Congressional Candidate Shoot Down a ‘Government Drone’
National Journal - As a “government drone” hovers over Matt Rosendale, the Republican House candidate from Montana tells the camera what he thinks of government overreach, regulation, and “spying on our citizens.”

Missouri Senate Panel Approves Nullification of Federal Gun Laws
Activist Post - By a 5-2 party-line vote yesterday, a Missouri senate committee passed House Bill 1439 (HB1439), the 2nd Amendment Preservation Act.

Homeless: City Boots Off-Grid Woman Out Of House
Off the Grid News - A Florida woman who is at the center of a legal and political battle over off-grid living is now living in a tent in her backyard after the city kicked her out of her house, Off The Grid News has learned.

Bloomberg targets NRA with big money
RT - In a report by the New York Times, Bloomberg announced plans to spend $50 million this year in order to establish a grass-roots network of gun-control advocates across the United States.

Why The Other Ranchers Support Cliven Bundy
kenmcvay.com - A statement from Kena Lytle Gloeckner- a fellow rancher from Nevada.

Economy & Business

Student Loan Borrowers' Costs To Jump As Education Department Reaps Huge Profit
Huffington Post - The U.S. Department of Education is forecast to generate $127 billion in profit over the next decade from lending to college students and their families, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

Energy & Environment

Hundreds of earthquakes strike central Idaho, rattling nerves
(Reuters) - Hundreds of low-level and medium-sized earthquakes have struck central Idaho since last month, puzzling geologists who wonder whether the ruptures portend a much larger temblor to come or are merely the rumblings of a seismic fault previously thought to be dormant.

Methane emissions from fracking vastly underestimated by EPA - study
RT - The Environmental Protection Agency is under fire for underestimating the amount of methane gas emitted during natural gas operations, including fracking, thanks to a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

Drought now affecting two-thirds of Texas
(NaturalNews) According to a new drought report from the Texas Water Development Board, the Lone Star State is now experiencing "worse" drought conditions in over two-thirds of the Texas territory. Emergency preparations are already being considered, including ocean water desalination efforts.

Science & Technology

Google: We scan all Gmail messages
RT - Few will likely find themselves reading the fine print added to the new terms of service issued by Google this week, but the updated version clarifies to customers once and for all that the contents of messages going in and out of Gmail are being scanned.

Infants ‘unable to use toy building blocks’ due to iPad addiction
Telegraph - Rising numbers of infants lack the motor skills needed to play with building blocks because of an “addiction” to tablet computers and smartphones, according to teachers. Many children aged just three or four can “swipe a screen” but have little or no dexterity in their fingers after spending hours glued to iPads, it was claimed.

DNA Nanobots Enter Living Organism For First Time - Human Trials Within 5 Years?
Activist Post - The reverse engineering of the human brain has already been announced to be well under way via new microchips and accompanying software. But the emergence of nanobots creates a whole new paradigm of direct intervention into the human brain.

‘Kill Switch’ Included on All Cell Phones Made in U.S. by 2015
The Daily Sheeple - According to a program launched yesterday by CTIA-The Wireless Association®, an international nonprofit that has represented the wireless communication industry since 1984, all phones manufactured in the U.S. after July 2015 will be required to contain a “kill switch” system that can remotely disable and wipe any cell phone’s data.

Health

Brain Surgery Patient's Obamacare Plan Denies Meds, Drops Doctors
Breitbart - A New York woman suffering from a neurological disease that has required four brain surgeries has been dropped by all of her doctors and denied medications due to her Obamacare plan.

The Link Between Vaccines And Type-1 Diabetes
preventdisease.com - Since mass-vaccinating began, we’ve seen much higher numbers of autoimmune diseases in younger children, because--as the research shows--the adjuvants found in vaccines can overcome genetic resistance and cause the immune system to turn against itself.

Mammogram tech who faked cancer tests played ‘Russian roulette’ with patients’ lives
RT - A former hospital technician in Georgia has been sentenced to up to six months behind bars for editing mammogram results so that 1,289 patients were given false negatives. Ten of those women in fact tested positive, and two of them have since died.

Coffee could be key in cutting colon cancer risk
(NaturalNews) People who drank between two and two and a half cups of coffee each day reduced their risk of developing colon cancer by 44 percent. Those study participants who drank more than two and a half cups of coffee per day showed a staggering 59 percent reduction in their risk for getting this type of cancer.

FDA approves portable device to reverse opioid overdose, can be used by family members and caregivers
(NaturalNews) The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced their approval of a hand-held auto-injector device designed to reverse opioid overdose, whether the overdose is known or even suspected.

Pet News

Aflatoxins, Melamine, and Cyanuric Acid found in US Made Pet Food
Susan Thixton - A Hong Kong based consumer association tested numerous brands of kibble (dry) pet foods and found 3 U.S. made pet foods to contain aflatoxins, two U.S. made pet foods contained melamine, and another U.S. made pet food contained cyanuric acid.
 


Wednesday - April 16, 2014 - Today In History:
1818 - The U.S. Senate ratified Rush-Bagot amendment to form an unarmed U.S.-Canada border.
1851 - A lighthouse was swept away in a gale at Minot’s Ledge, MA.
1862 - Confederate President Jefferson Davis approved conscription act for white males between 18 and 35.
1862 - In the U.S., slavery was abolished by law in the District of Columbia.
1900 - The first book of postage stamps was issued. The two-cent stamps were available in books of 12, 24 and 48 stamps.
1905 - Andrew Carnegie donated $10,000,000 of personal money to set up the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
1912 - Harriet Quimby became the first woman to fly across the English Channel.
1942 - The Island of Malta was awarded the George Cross in recognition for heroism under constant German air attack.
1944 - The destroyer USS Laffey survived immense damage from attacks by 22 Japanese aircraft off Okinawa.
1945 - American troops entered Nuremberg, Germany.
1968 - The Pentagon announced that troops would begin coming home from Vietnam.
1972 - Apollo 16 blasted off on a voyage to the moon. It was the fifth manned moon landing.
1972 - Two giants pandas arrived in the U.S. from China.
1975 - The Khmer Rouge Rebels won control of Cambodia after a 5 years of civil war. Renamed the country Kampuchea and began a reign of terror.
1982 - Queen Elizabeth proclaimed Canada's new constitution in effect. The act severed the last colonial links with Britain.
1983 - China shelled the Vietnam border in retaliation for raids.
1987 - The U.S. Patent Office began allowing the patenting of new animals created by genetic engineering.
1996 - Britain's Prince Andrew and his wife, Sarah, the Duchess of York, announced they were getting a divorce
2007 - In Blacksburg, VA, a student killed 33 people at Virginia Tech before killing himself.

World News

NATO’s Pet Nazis Savage Ukrainian Presidential Candidate
Tony Cartalucci - Ukrainian presidential candidate Oleg Tsarev was savagely beaten outside a TV studio after an interview for the Ukrainian talk show, 'Svoboda Slova.’

Military seize airfield controlled by anti-govt activists in eastern Ukraine
RT - Ukrainian troops have seized an airfield in the city of Kramatorsk as part of a security operation against anti-government activists in the eastern part of the country. Activists claimed several people were wounded.

China Planning 'To Militarise Space' Against US Anti-Satellite Weapons
IBT - China is planning to increase its military capabilities in space in reaction to US and other world powers developing astronomical weapons.

Prestigious French institute admits it has LOST 2,300 samples of deadly SARS virus – and only realised after taking an inventory
Daily Mail - Researchers revealed yesterday that 26 boxes, containing 2,349 vials of the disease, had gone missing from Institut Pasteur in Paris. Alarmingly, they only discovered the samples had vanished after carrying out a routine inventory.

Troops, APCs, helicopters, jets in eastern Ukraine as operation starts
RT - The coup-imposed Ukrainian government has amassed military hardware near the eastern Ukrainian towns refusing to recognize Kiev’s rule, and rallying for the country’s federalization. Videos from the area show tanks, APCs and army helicopters. Live Updates.

Russia slams fresh EU sanctions over Ukraine
Press TV - Russia has censured the European Union for imposing additional sanctions against Moscow over the turmoil in Ukraine.... "Instead of scaring us with another set of sanctions, the European Union should focus on the joint search for a solution for Ukraine's internal crisis."

Heartbleed' hacking spree: Canadian tax agency says hundreds of IDs stolen
RT - Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has reported that the private information of about 900 people was stolen using the Heartbleed security bug. Experts are warning that more attacks may occur.

Nicaragua Quakes Spur Fears of Big One
Nicaragua Dispatch - Sunday night’s string of earthquakes came on a heels of a government warning that the recent seismic activity has possibly reawakened Momotombo Volcano and reactivated the old “Estadio Nacional” fault line, which caused the disastrous 1972 the earthquake that shook Managua to the ground. The last time Momotombo erupted was in 1905.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Ron Paul Warns Feds Could Launch Waco-Style Assault Against Bundy
Paul Joseph Watson - Ron Paul appeared on Fox News with Neil Cavuto last [Monday] night to warn that the federal government could be planning to launch a Waco-style assault against Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy.

YouTube: Judge Nap: 'I'm a Little Fearful' of What May Come Next at Nevada Ranch
Fox News - Napolitano said he believes the government "probably will move back in," adding that if the feds opt for another "show of force" then they will be met with strong resistance. He outlined how the government could eventually collect its fees without resorting to a potentially violent confrontation at the ranch.

Scarborough on Bundy: “Abide by the Law”
Kurt Nimmo - MSNBC talking heads fail to mention it is the state violating the law. Joe Scarborough, a former Congressman dubbed a “New Federalist,” argued on the Morning Joe Show today rancher Cliven Bundy has violated federal law and should pay the government a million dollars in grazing fees.

Feds Desperate to Hide Harry Reid Link to Bundy Land Grab
Paul Joseph Watson - The feds are so desperate to hide Harry Reid’s connection to a Communist Chinese energy company linked to the Cliven Bundy land grab, they are now even deleting Google’s cached version of an explosive document originally deleted from the BLM website.

IRS demands that Ron Paul's nonprofit Campaign for Liberty reveal its donor list to the agency
Washington Examiner - Ron Paul's nonprofit Campaign for Liberty will fight the Internal Revenue Service's demand that it reveal its donor list to the agency, despite having already been fined for refusing to do so.

Report: Census survey changes will prevent analysis of Obamacare effects
Daily Caller - The changes seem geared toward producing census results that are more favorable to Obamacare. It will make it difficult to determine whether any drop in the uninsured rate has to do with the law or other factors, like changes in the survey methods. Census officials do expect to see fewer people uninsured.

FBI Visiting Gun Shops to Investigate "People talking about Big Government"
Activist Post - In keeping with the tradition of the FBI’s position on gun rights, it appears the Bureau is working overdrive to monitor and harass gun owners and the gun shops that sell to them.

Good Morning to New York’s 1 Million New Illegal Gun Owners
(Ammoland.com) - Governor Cuomo awoke this morning to a massive problem, one million plus new felons, all armed with scary, high capacity, assault weapons! Yesterday was the deadline for New York residents to register their so called “Assault Weapons” and “High” (read standard) Capacity Magazines.

Government Donates $793K Mine-resistant Vehicle to Michigan City Police Department
thenewsdispatch.com - There are several scenarios in which the police department could justify the use of the MRAP, according to Williams [MCPD Chief of Services]. For example, encountering a barricaded or suicidal person with deadly weapons, transporting a negotiator closer to the scene during a hostage stand-off, or serving warrants to suspects known to have weapons and the criminal capacity to use them, he said.

US Postal Service Joins in Federal Ammo Purchases
Newsmax - U.S. Postal Service to the list of federal agencies seeking to purchase what some Second Amendment activists say are alarmingly large quantities of ammunition.

Vermont Senate votes 26-2 for GMO labeling
burlingtonfreepress.com - The Senate gave a decisive 26-2 vote Tuesday for a bill that would require labeling of foods that contain genetically modified ingredients, a strong indication that Vermont could become the first state in the nation to enact such a law.

Army, National Guard Fight Over Apache Helicopters
Defense One - The Army National Guard is pushing back against a plan to send all of its 192 Apache attack helicopters to the active duty Army. In exchange, the Guard and Reserve components would receive 111 UH-60 Blackhawk transport and utility helicopters from the Army in a broader aviation restructuring after more than a decade of combat and steep budget cuts.

FBI agents storm out from Senate hearing to avoid testifying on Insider Threat program
RT - It’s been two-and-a-half years since the United States government unveiled an insider threat program to keep classified networks and sensitive intelligence secure, but the officials in charge would literally rather storm away than speak about it.

Flashback: Senator Harry Reid awards Sheriff associated with Bundy Ranch Sheriff of the Year Award, hmmm
Daily Paul - Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Sheriff Douglas C. Gillespie was named by the National Sheriffs' Association as the winner of the prestigious Ferris E. Lucas Award for Sheriff of the Year 2014. Of the 3,080 sheriffs in the country, the award has only been given to 18 people since 1995.

Hoax? Boston police evacuate marathon finish line, detonate suspicious device
RT - The Boston Police Department investigated two unattended backpacks near the finish line area of the city’s marathon. A man thought to have left one of the bags was taken into custody, though it appears to have been a hoax.

Economy & Business

This Chart Shows Us How Bad The Economy Really Is: “Flashing Red Warning”
Mac Slavo - If you are an investor and hold stocks, or are thinking about jumping in because this latest “correction” is about to take a turn for the better, we direct your attention to this absolutely critical piece of information…

Americans Making $100K-Plus Pay 72% of All Federal Income Taxes
CNS News - Taxpayers earning $100,000 or more a year pay 71.6% of the nation’s share in individual federal income taxes, according to the latest data from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) from 2011.

Government suspends controversial program to recover money from adult children of dead taxpayers
Fox News - Acting Social Security Commissioner Carolyn W. Colvin said she has directed an immediate halt to the three-year-old program while the agency does a review. The controversial program seized tax refunds in an effort to recoup the funds.

Oklahoma prohibits towns from setting own minimum wage standards
RT - No city or county in Oklahoma will be allowed to set their own mandatory minimum wage or employee benefits, according to a law signed by Republican Governor Mary Fallin on Monday.

Obamacare’s Top Five Middle Class Tax Hikes
atr.org - President Obama and his Democrat allies often claim they want to raise taxes only on those Americans they deem “rich.” What they forget to mention is that among the 20 new or higher taxes in Obamacare, at least seven directly hit families making less than $250,000 per year. Below are the top five worst...

Attention Shoppers: Fruit and Vegetable Prices Are Rising
WSJ - The cost of fresh produce is poised to jump in the coming months as a three-year drought in California shows few signs of abating, according to an Arizona State University study set to be released Wednesday.

Energy & Environment

North Dakota struggling to deal with radioactive fracking waste
RT - Environmental regulators and North Dakota state officials have expressed concern that the state has failed to adequately adjust to the state’s sudden influx of crude oil output, a worry highlighted by the recent discovery of abandoned radioactive waste.

Science & Technology

NSA Said to Exploit Heartbleed Bug for Intelligence for Years
Bloomberg - The U.S. National Security Agency knew for at least two years about a flaw in the way that many websites send sensitive information, now dubbed the Heartbleed bug, and regularly used it to gather critical intelligence, two people familiar with the matter said.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Couple Threatened with $500 Fine for Growing Vegetable Garden: They Win
Natural Society - A Florida couple had to challenge the state when threatened with a $500 fine simply for having a vegetable garden.

Antibiotics in Manure Proven To Alter Soil Composition, Reduce Crop Yields, and Cause Human Health Issues
The Organic Prepper - “After repeated application of manure contaminated with antibiotics, we found a decrease in the bacteria that are important for good soil quality. This means a loss of soil fertility and thus in the long run a decline in crop yields,” said Professor Michael Schloter, head of Research Unit Environmental Genomics at Helmholtz Zentrum München

Health

The Skin Healing Properties of Black Seed Oil
Green Med Info - Nigella sativa is a truly magical plant with complex properties we are just beginning to understand. But the evidence increasingly shows that it is exceptionally beneficial to the skin.

Lemon and Baking Soda - A Powerful Healing Combination
Natural Blaze - Research is being put into a number of different avenues with one supporting Dr. Marty Pagel, PhD, from the University of Arizona Cancer Center, who will test the effects of sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) on breast cancer patients. He is receiving a $ 2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to find to perform the study.

Wasabi Extract Fights Highly Lethal Pancreatic Cancer
Green Med Info - The highly pungent Japanese condiment wasabi contains compounds that strike to the very core of pancreatic cancer malignancy.

Blockbuster new study: Vegetarians are less healthy than meat eaters in key health categories
(NaturalNews) The study did find that vegetarians had some significant health advantages, such as being more physically active, drinking less alcohol and smoking less tobacco; however, vegetarians' health overall was deemed to be unhealthy compared to those who included some meat in their diets.

Do People That Eat Margarine Really Know How It's Manufactured?
preventdisease.com - Polyunsaturated margarine became a major part of the Western diet and had overtaken butter in popularity in the mid-20th century. Despite their best efforts, the margarine lobby has failed to convince most people that their synthetic concoctions are healthy. So what is not obvious to most of the people who consume it? The manufacturing process of course, which is very similar to the way plastic is produced.

Copper water pipes increase growth of some cancers
(NaturalNews) A study carried out by Duke University in North Carolina has found that high levels of copper are linked to an increase in melanoma and breast, lung and thyroid cancer. While the research stopped short of claiming that excess copper causes cancer, the scientists involved stated that copper causes the cancer to "breathe," which increases the rate of growth.

Pet News

Half of All Cats Over Age 10 Suffer from Chronic Kidney Disease
Dr. Becker - There are a number of causes of feline CKD, which is primarily seen in older cats. These include underlying diseases, certain drugs, infectious diseases, heavy metal exposure, abdominal trauma, over-vaccination, and dry food diets.
 


Tuesday - April 15, 2014 - Today In History:
1813 - U.S. troops under James Wilkinson attacked the Spanish-held city of Mobile that would be in the future state of Alabama.
1817 - The first American school for the deaf was opened in Hartford, CT.
1850 - The city of San Francisco was incorporated.
1861 - U.S. President Lincoln mobilized the Federal army.
1865 - U.S. President Abraham Lincoln died from injuries inflicted by John Wilkes Booth.
1871 - "Wild Bill" Hickok became the marshal of Abilene, Kansas.
1892 - The General Electric Company was organized.
1912 - The ocean liner Titanic sank in the North Atlantic after hitting an iceberg the evening before. 1,517 people died and more than 700 people survived.
1917 - The British defeated the Germans at the battle of Arras.
1923 - Insulin became generally available for people suffering with diabetes.
1940 - French and British troops landed at Narvik, Norway.
1945 - During World War II, British and Canadian troops liberated the Nazi concentration camp Bergen-Belsen.
1952 - U.S. President Harry Truman signed the official Japanese peace treaty.
1952 - The first B-52 prototype was tested in the air.
1953 - Charlie Chaplin surrendered his U.S. re-entry permit rather than face proceedings by the U.S. Justice Department. Chaplin was accused of sympathizing with Communist groups.
1956 - The worlds’ first, all-color TV station was dedicated. It was WNBQ-TV in Chicago and is now WMAQ-TV.
1959 - Cuban leader Fidel Castro began a U.S. goodwill tour.
1986 - U.S. F-111 warplanes attacked Libya in response to the bombing of a discotheque in Berlin on April 5, 1986.
1987 - In Northhampton, MA, Amy Carter, Abbie Hoffman and 13 others were acquitted on civil disobedience charges related with a CIA protest.
1989 - Students in Beijing launched a series of pro democracy protests upon the death of former Communist Party leader Hu Yaobang. The protests led to the Tienanmen Square massacre.
1994 - The World Trade Organization was established.
1998 - Pol Pot died at the age of 73. The leader of the Khmer Rouge regime thereby evaded prosecution for the deaths of 2 million Cambodians.
2000 - 600 anti-IMF (International Monetary Fund) protesters were arrested in Washington, DC, for demonstrating without a permit.

World News

Russian Fighter Jet Flies Repeatedly Within 1000 Yards Of US Warship In The Black Sea
Zero Hedge - As we reported last Friday, a second US warship, the destroyer Donald Cook, crossed the Bosphorus last week and entered the Black Sea at precisely the time when NATO was arguing that its encroaching presence around Russia should not spook anyone. Apparently it spooked someone, namely Russia, which over the weekend decided to give the Americans a warm welcome.

Obama Admin. Says It May Send Arms to Ukrainian Junta
Kurt Nimmo - An adviser to Secretary of State John Kerry stoked the crisis in Ukraine on Monday by saying the United States may send weapons to the junta in Kyiv.

10,000 Russians Rally Against 'Lies' of State-Run Media
Common Dreams - An estimated 10,000 people took to the streets of Moscow on Sunday to denounce the state-run media's "lies" regarding the crisis in Ukraine.

Give up meat, coal, oil, economic growth and national sovereignty - orders new IPCC climate report
Breitbart - The United Nations (UN) has delivered its latest verdict on the measures necessary to save the world from global warming and the news is as grim as it is predictable and wearisomely familiar...

Radioactive water floods Fukushima plant basements after wrong pumps switched on
Asahi Shimbun - Tons of highly radioactive water have flooded basements at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant after pumps that should not have been in use were mistakenly turned on.

Putin to Obama: Use your influence to prevent bloodshed in Ukraine
RT - The Russian president called upon Obama to use all of the capabilities at his disposal, “to prevent the use of force and bloodshed,” and also reportedly denied that his government has had any involvement in the recent unrest during the call, according to the official statement.

White House confirms CIA director visited Ukraine over weekend
RT - White House spokesman Jay Carney confirmed that CIA Director John Brennan visited Ukrainian capital Kiev over the weekend and met with high-ranked Ukrainian officials.
* Related Article: Washington Drives The World To War

US Pays Half of Ukraine's Two Billion Dollar Debt Owed to Russia's Gazprom
Blacklisted News - It should be noted that while Russian President Putin allows pretty much free market operations in most sectors. He considers the energy sector his personal domain. According to the Guardian, Putin own 4.5% of Gazprom. So in a way, with the guarantee, the U.S. just put $45 million into Putin's personal pocket.

Kiev launches military operation in eastern Ukraine
RT - Ukraine’s coup-appointed acting President Aleksandr Turchinov has announced a crackdown on anti-government protesters in the north of the Donetsk Region, eastern Ukraine.

‘World must triple nuclear and renewable energy’ – United Nations
RT - ‘Clean’ power plants and nuclear stations need to triple their energy output to avoid a global warming doomsday. More than $17 trillion in investment in the next 21 years is needed to meet electricity demand alone, UN research has found.

4/15/2014 -- Global Earthquake Watch -- MAJOR Unrest -- Another 7.0M strikes
Dutchsinse - Another 6.9M (7.0M revised down) earthquake has occurred. This particular earthquake struck along the Southern Mid-Atlantic ridge. The global unrest is obvious at this point. With ANOTHER borderline 7.0M earthquake occurring, on top of all the other international activity, one can really say we’re in the middle of a large geologic uptick event.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Sen. Harry Reid: Bundy Dispute ‘Not Over’
Mikael Thalen - After remaining silent for days, Nevada Sen. Harry Reid made comments regarding the ongoing dispute between the Bureau of Land Management and rancher Cliven Bundy today, accusing the Bundy family of violating the law.

Judge Napolitano: Ranch Rebellion Was Americans’ “Line in the Sand”
Paul Joseph Watson - Judge Andrew Napolitano appeared on Fox News to denounce the federal government’s operation against Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy, asserting that BLM agents should have been arrested for seizing his property and that the case represents a “line in the sand” for Americans who have had enough of big government tyranny.

Flashback: Sen. Reid Breaks Ground for Nevada Solar Farm Near Bundy Ranch
Kit Daniels - The senator’s plan for solar farms in Nevada wasn’t just limited to the shelved project near Laughlin.

June 2013 article: Government's Shocking Interference in Rancher's Life -The Wayne Hage Story
Daily Paul - The 104-page opinion by U.S. District Court Judge Robert C. Jones on May 23 in Nevada tells a sordid and infuriating tale of a two-decades-long conspiracy among federal employees of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) of the Department of the Interior to deny the grazing rights of a Nevada ranching family, interfere with their water rights, and destroy their cattle business by scaring away their customers.

Maryland Governor Signs Marijuana Decriminalization Bill
The Daily Heap - Governor Martin O'Malley signed more than 100 laws on Monday, including a bill expanding Maryland's medical marijuana program, as well as legislation decriminalizing the possession of less than 10 grams.

Pulitzer-Prize Winning Reporter Sy Hersh: Benghazi Is a HUGE Scandal … But Not For the Reason You Think
Washington’s Blog - Pulitzer-prize winning investigative reporter Seymour Hersh – who broke the stories of the Mai Lai massacre in Vietnam and the Iraq prison torture scandals, which rightfully disgraced the Nixon and Bush administrations’ war-fighting tactics – reported last week...

Bundy Ranch and the new rules of engagement: Send this analysis to your favorite fed
Mike Adams - The reason BLM just got hoodwinked at Bundy Ranch was because they were playing by the old rules of engagement which are based on "might makes right."
* Related article/video: Bundy Ranch - What You're Not Being Told

NY Assault weapon deadline arrives today
Daily Gazette - Today is the deadline for state residents who own guns labeled as assault weapons under the New York SAFE Act to register them with the state.... If gun owners fail to register their firearms today, they could be charged with a class A misdemeanor and spend up to a year in county jail.

Economy & Business

Martin Armstrong "It's Not the Rich – It's The Total Cost Of Government That Is Killing The Economy"
Zero Hedge - "It is not what an individual needs that is the issue. Take all the money away from Bill Gates. How will this improve your life at all? The issue is how much is government consuming. But as long as they point to the 'rich' they get to waste your money.

TurboTax maker spending millions to kill simplified IRS tax filing
RT - A software company that promises to help Americans avoid the annual misery of filing their IRS returns has, in fact, spent years trying to convince lawmakers to make sure filing taxes remains difficult, thus protecting its business, a new report found.

Energy & Environment

EPA Loopholes Allow Biomass Facilities to Create more Toxic Pollution than Coal
AllGov - One of the biggest alternative energy sources in the United States has been accused of being just as polluting to the environment, if not more so, as coal, according to a new study.

Taxpayer money used to build wind turbines that don't work
(NaturalNews) One of the latest examples of green waste comes via the Department of Veterans Affairs, which spent $2.3 million in federal "stimulus" money (remember TARP?) at its hospital in St. Cloud, Minn., on a mandated project that has not been operable for months.

Science & Technology

FBI Plans to Have 52 Million Photos in its NGI Face Recognition Database by Next Year
EFF - New documents released by the FBI show that the Bureau is well on its way toward its goal of a fully operational face recognition database by this summer.

Police Are Testing a "Live Google Earth" To Watch Crime As It Happens
gizmodo.com - In Compton last year, police began quietly testing a system that allowed them to do something incredible: Watch every car and person in real time as they ebbed and flowed around the city. Every assault, every purse snatched, every car speeding away was on record—all thanks to an Ohio company that monitors cities from the air.

Google Beats Facebook to Acquire Solar Drone Company
Activist Post - It now appears that Google has taken the lead, purchasing the company for what some speculate is more than the initial price of $60 million dollars that was being considered by Facebook.

Google patents smart contact lens system with a CAMERA built in
Daily Mail - The firm has already developed a contact lens for diabetics analyses their tears, warning them if their glucose levels are low. Now it has revealed plans for a lens with a camera built in - opening the possibility of its Glass system being shrunk down significantly, offering features such as 'superzoom' to wearers and even helping the blind see.

'Blood Moon' is here: Rare lunar eclipse to be visible from Earth
RT - The event led to some stunning sights for those who braved the early hours to get a glimpse of the rare occurrence, with the moon changing color from bright orange to a blood red and brown, depending on the local weather conditions.

Survival/Preparedness

14 Common Food Storage Mistakes and Goofs
Natural Blaze - Today I list some of my personal food storage goofs as well as some other common mistakes that are typically made in the quest to implement a long-term food storage plan. I hope you can learn from them.

Videos

YouTube: Live Fully Now
An inspirational and profound speech from the late philosopher Alan Watts.

YouTube: The Goal of Activism Is Happiness
While fighting against the negative, there is reason to be positive.

Health

A Sour Deception: Citric Acid Comes From GMO Black Mold, Not Fruit
Activist Post - Just what is your food made of, anyway? Try industrial synthesis, genetically modified mold secretions, hydrochloric acid, mercury-contaminated caustic soda, ferrocyanide… and, of course, lots of GMO corn.

What Gut 'Bugs' Have To Do With Gluten Intolerance
Dr. Kelly Brogan, M.D. - To all of my patients, I recommend a gluten free diet. Based on my exploration of the literature, gluten-containing grains represent an avoidable toxin that have the potential to stimulate immune and inflammatory responses with downstream behavioral effects. We don't, as of yet, have the clinical means to identify who may be gluten's victims.

VIDEO: MSNBC Panics Over Growing Backlash Against Big Pharma Vaccines
Liberty Crier - MSNBC says that people who doubt the governments position that vaccines are completely safe are dangerous. What do you think?

Deadly Yellow Fever Mosquito Not Seen Since 1970s Resurfaces In CA
CBS News - A deadly mosquito that hasn’t been widely seen in the Bay Area since the 70s has been detected in San Mateo County.... It’s the mosquito that spreads yellow fever, chicken fever, the dengue fever and other diseases. Officials call it “one of the worst most effective vectors of disease around the world.”

Shiitake mushrooms can help prevent cervical cancer, study finds
(NaturalNews) For centuries, shiitake mushrooms (Lentinula edodes) have been utilized as a medicine in their native East Asia. Traditional Chinese medicine, for instance, would commonly prescribe shiitake for people suffering from upper respiratory disease, poor blood circulation and fatigue.

Three superfoods that can support brain function and prevent cognitive decline
(NaturalNews) People have long believed that cognitive decline is an inherent and inevitable symptom of aging. In reality, however, most age-related mental conditions -- from minor irritations like forgetfulness to serious neurodegenerative diseases like..

Release of Medicare data reveals massive fraud, drug company collusion and bilking of taxpayers
(NaturalNews) To understand the extent of this fraudulent waste, go no further than Dr. Salomon Melgen, a Florida ophthalmologist who raked in $20.8 million from Medicare in 2012 alone. Dr. Melgen isn't the only one bathing in the fraud of this crony government program.

Will the FDA Adjust Recommendations For Pregnant Women Dangerously High?
Dr. Mercola - While the Agencies have yet to announce what the new advice will say, or when the updated advisory might be made public, the prospect of new recommendations have already unleashed a public relations fight.

Supposedly hormone-free commercial milk found to be full of 'girlie hormones' says Mother Jones
(NaturalNews) While most rBST- and rBGH-free dairy products likely do not contain these added hormones, the fact of the matter is that modern dairy production methods, particularly those now used in the U.S., cause more hormones than normal to be present in milk.

Drinking more water essential to improved mood, increased energy
(NaturalNews) By the time a person feels thirsty, dehydration has already kicked in. This not only means that the urge to quench thirst is strong, but unfortunately, that the body's mood, mental ability and energy levels have already been compromised.
 


Monday - April 14, 2014 - Today In History:
1775 - The first abolitionist society in U.S. was organized in Philadelphia with Ben Franklin as president.
1828 - The first edition of Noah Webster's dictionary was published under the name "American Dictionary of the English Language."
1860 - The first Pony Express rider arrived in San Francisco with mail originating in St. Joseph, MO.
1865 - U.S. President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated in Ford's Theater by John Wilkes Booth. He actually died early the next morning.
1912 - The Atlantic passenger liner Titanic, on its maiden voyage hit an iceberg and began to sink. 1,517 people lost their lives and more than 700 survived.
1918 - The U.S. First Aero Squadron engaged in America's first aerial dogfight with enemy aircraft over Toul, France.
1953 - Viet Minh invaded Laos with 40,00 troops.
1985 - The Russian paper "Pravda" called U.S. President Reagan's planned visit to Bitburg to visit the Nazi cemetery an "act of blasphemy".
1986 - U.S. President Reagan announced the U.S. air raid on military and terrorist related targets in Libya.
1988 - Representatives from the U.S.S.R., Pakistan, Afghanistan and the U.S. signed an agreement that called for the withdrawal of Soviet forces from Afghanistan starting on May 15. The last Soviet troop left Afghanistan on February 15, 1989.
1994 - Two American F-15 warplanes inadvertently shot down two U.S. helicopters over northern Iraq. 26 people were killed including 15 Americans.
1998 - The state of Virginia ignored the requests from the World Court and executed a Paraguayan for the murder of a U.S. woman.
1999 - Pakistan test-fired a ballistic missile that was capable of carrying a nuclear warhead and reaching its rival neighbor India.
2000 - After five years of deadlock, Russia approved the START II treaty that calls for the scrapping of U.S. and Russian nuclear warheads. The Russian government warned it would abandon all arms-control pacts if Washington continued with an anti-missile system.
2002 - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez returned to office two days after being arrested by his country's military.
2008 - Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines announced they were combining.

World News

Kiev to launch ‘full-scale’ military op as massive protests grip eastern Ukraine
RT - Thousands of pro-autonomy demonstrators rallied across eastern Ukraine, with the coup-imposed president in Kiev threatening to use military against the activists if they don’t clear the seized government buildings by Monday morning.

Israel's new deal to purchase V-22s relies on future US aid
ynetnews.com - Complicated military procurement scheme keeps Israel dependent on US foreign aid for at least another decade.

Blackwater Guards Finally to be Tried for Killing 14 Iraqi Civilians
AllGov - One of the darkest episodes during the U.S. occupation of Iraq last decade is finally resulting in the prosecution of private American security guards who killed more than a dozen Iraqi civilians in a single incident.

Missing MH370 plane 'was thrown around like a fighter jet and flown under the radar to avoid detection'
Daily Mail - The missing Malaysia Airlines plane was 'thrown around like a fighter jet' just after it lost contact with the authorities in a bid to dodge radar, Malaysian military investigators believe.

One Killed, Many Wounded After Shooting Breaks Out Between Ukraine Special Forces And Pro-Russia Separatists
Zero Hedge - "Ball is in Kiev's court." That is how we concluded our article yesterday reporting that Moscow won't accept force against demonstrators after Kiev warned it would use special forces to quell ongoing "terrorist" uprisings across cities in east Ukraine.

New claims say Ankara worked with the US and Britain to smuggle Gaddafi's guns to rebel groups
Belfast Telegraph - This is despite strong evidence that the Syrian armed opposition are, more than ever, dominated by jihadi fighters similar in their beliefs and methods to al-Qa'ida. The recent attack by rebel forces around Latakia, northern Syria, which initially had a measure of success, was led by Chechen and Moroccan jihadis.

VIDEO: Israel preparing for war with Lebanon, Gaza: Gantz
Press TV - The Israeli military's Chief of Staff Benny Gantz says Tel Aviv is getting ready for what he called future wars against Lebanon and the Gaza Strip.

Pressure mounts on UK over CIA’s ‘black site’ jail in Indian Ocean
RT - A human rights group is urging Britain’s Foreign office to “come clean” over claims that a British-administered island in the Indian Ocean, Diego Garcia, was used as a secret "black site" detention center by the CIA.

Europe's top banks cut 80,000 more staff in post-crisis overhaul
(Reuters) - Europe's largest banks cut their staff by another 3.5 percent last year and the prospect of a return to pre-crisis employment levels seems far off, despite the region's fledgling economic recovery.

7.5 magnitude earthquake strikes off Solomon islands, second big one in hours
RT April 13, 2014 - The shallow earthquake, originally registered at 7.7 magnitude, but later revised down to 7.5, was centered about 114 kilometers south of Kirakira in the Solomon Islands, at a depth of 20 kilometers, the US Geological Survey reported. An aftershock quake of 5.7 magnitude followed the initial one just minutes after.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

VIDEO: Historic! Feds Forced to Surrender to American Citizens (Video Playlist)
Infowars.com - In an epic standoff that Infowars reporter David Knight described as being like “something out of a movie,” supporters of Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy advanced on a position held by BLM agents despite threats that they would be shot at, eventually forcing BLM feds to release 100 cattle that had been stolen from Bundy as part of a land grab dispute that threatened to escalate into a Waco-style confrontation.

Alternative media upstages lamestream media in world-class coverage of historic Bundy Ranch showdown
(NaturalNews) One of the most extraordinary stories in the history of American journalism took place this last week, and the mainstream (liberal) media was AWOL the entire time.

Breaking: Sen. Harry Reid Behind BLM Land Grab of Bundy Ranch
Kit Daniels - The Bureau of Land Management, whose director was Sen. Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) former senior adviser, has purged documents from its web site stating that the agency wants Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s cattle off of the land his family has worked for over 140 years in order to make way for solar panel power stations.
* Related: Feds Back Down After Exposé of Chinese Land Grab

Desert showdown blows lid off long-standing plans with the Chinese
WND - On Jan. 20, 2013, WND warned Chinese government-backed economists were proposing a plan to allow Chinese corporations to set up “development zones” in the United States as part of a plan proposed by the Chinese government to convert into equity the more than $1 trillion in U.S. Treasury debt owned by the Chinese government.

FAA Designates Bundy Ranch a No-Fly Zone
Kit Daniels April 12, 2014 - Yesterday afternoon the Federal Aviation Administration designated the airspace above Bundy Ranch near Bunkerville, Nevada a “no-fly zone” with altitude restrictions that effectively ban news helicopters.

Leaked memo uncovers Obama Administration land grab
Colorado Farm Bureau - Senator Jim DeMint took to the pages of the Washington Post this morning to raise the alarm about a planned, 10 million acre Western land grab by the Obama administration.

YouTube: CO Couple Fight Corrupt Govt Land Grab
A Colorado couple is fighting an eminent domain push to save their land. Andy and Ceil Barrie's cabin is surrounded by the White River National Forest. The forest service didn't like the couple using their snow vehicle to get to their cabin, which was built in the late 1800s.

Eric Holder Plays Race Card As Obama Admin. Collapses
Kurt Nimmo - Political scandals present dangerous opportunity for false flag to save Obama. In a calculated effort to test the historical and political amnesia of the American public and simultaneously play a frayed race card, Obama’s Attorney General, Eric Holder, has decried his treatment at the hands of a House Judiciary Committee hearing earlier in the week.

Missouri's self-defense laws may expand
kspr.com - The Missouri House has approved a bill that expands a self defense law against home intruders. The castle doctrine law was approved in 2007. It gave missouri residents the right to defend themselves and their property. That law allows the use of deadly force for someone who is breaking into your home. But the expansion includes more than just homeowners.

The Cop Who Pepper Sprayed Peaceful Students Will Receive $38,056 for Emotional Suffering
humansarefree.com - The cop who mercilessly doused peaceful, seated protesters with pepper spray recently claimed he has psychological injuries from the incident and demanded workman’s compensation. And California is granting it to him. The University of California, Davis — a tax funded college — will pay the fired assailant $38,056 to ease his emotional suffering.

VIDEO: NATO Wants More Military Spending? More Than 990 Billion?
Ben Swann - A lot of talk about the need for increased military spending by NATO countries in order to combat the threat of the Russians in Eastern Europe. What the media isn’t telling you… how much money NATO countries already spend on military compared to the Russians? Spoiler alert, it is a lot!

US Navy christens huge $3 billion destroyer ship USS Zumwalt that appears as a fishing boat on enemy radar
The Independent - Among the 15,000-tonne destroyer's cutting-edge features are a composite deckhouse with hidden radar and sensors and an angular shape that officials say will allow it to be confused for a small fishing boat on radars. It also has a wave-piercing hull designed to reduce the ship's wake.

Who actually “owns” America’s land? A deeper look at the Bundy Ranch crisis
Michael Lotfi - Currently, the federal government “owns” approximately 30% of the United States territory. The majority of this federally owned land is in the West. For example, the feds control more than 80% of Nevada and more than 55% of Utah.

DOJ Investigation Confirms: Albuquerque Police 'Executing' Citizens
Common Dreams - Residents of Albuquerque, New Mexico are marching on the police department Saturday to demand retribution against the city's mayor and police chief for their role in the police force's documented "execution" of citizens. The march comes after the Department of Justice slammed the Albuquerque Police Department for their frequent use of excessive and lethal force in a damning report released on Thursday.

Feds to Ban Junk Food in Schools
Weekly Standard - According to new regulations being instituted by the USDA, junk food is now totally verboten — in school vending machines, stores, and lunchrooms. Rules, as we all know, exist to be both enforced and broken and it will be interesting to see how far the Feds will go to make sure the rules are obeyed. Will it be a zero tolerance regime?

Wild horses targeted for roundup in Utah rangeland clash
(Reuters) - A Utah county, angry over the destruction of federal rangeland that ranchers use to graze cattle, has started a bid to round up federally protected wild horses it blames for the problem in the latest dustup over land management in the U.S. West.

Economy & Business

Nightmare: Feds seizing money from children for old debts of their parents
American Thinker - In a case that is a perfect storm illustration of an arbitrary and incompetent federal government running roughshod over its citizens, “a single sentence tucked into the farm bill” had led to outrageous behavior. Marc Fisher of the Washington Post... Related video.

G20 Gives U.S. Year-end Deadline for IMF Reforms
(Reuters) - Finance chiefs from around the globe on Friday gave the United States until year-end to ratify long-delayed reforms to the International Monetary Fund and threatened to move forward without it if it fails to do so.

Trillion-Dollar Firms Dominating Bonds Prompting Probes in U.S.
(Bloomberg) - Bill Gross and Larry Fink manage a $3 trillion pile of bonds — an amount almost as big as Germany’s economy. Their firms, Pacific Investment Management Co. and BlackRock Inc., doubled holdings since 2008, outpacing the market’s growth of 50 percent.

Energy & Environment

Ohio investigation connects earthquakes to fracking
RT - Ohio geologists have linked minor earthquakes in a rock formation underneath the Appalachians to hydraulic fracturing, a first in the state. The finding has caused the state to offer new permit rules for some areas targeted for oil and gas develo pment.

Science & Technology

U.S. Claims Country Building Its Own Network to Protect Against NSA Spying Violates Trade Laws
Washington’s Blog- NSA spying is costing the U.S. tech industry tens of billions of dollars, and people around the world are trying to find non-U.S. companies to provide internet, cloud and computer products and services.

Homeland Security app: 'See something, send something'
Columbus Dispatch - Ohio Homeland Security officials are asking smartphone users to “see something, send something” with the release of an app to forward reports and photos of suspicious activity.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

US corn exports to China drop 85 percent after ban on GMO strains – industry report
RT - China’s rejection of shipments of US corn containing traces of unapproved genetically modified maize has caused a significant drop in exports. According to a new report, US traders have lost $427 million in sales.

Health

New Studies Show Optimizing Vitamin D Levels May Double Chances of Surviving Breast Cancer, Lower LDL Cholesterol, and Helps Prevent Autism
Dr. Mercola - A recent meta-analysis found that breast cancer patients who had high vitamin D levels (average 30 ng/ml) were twice as likely to survive compared to women with low levels (average 17 ng/ml)

This Is Your Brain On Aspartame
Green Med Info - Recently researchers from the University of North Dakota wanted to test the safe limits of aspartame over a short period of time. They found that at just one half of the FDA's "safe" acceptable daily intake, aspartame caused serious neurobehavioral changes including cognitive impairment, irritable moods, and depression.

Stay Away From GMO Popsicles and Make Your Own Homemade Orange Creamsicles
preventdisease.com - One of my favorite popsicle-ice cream combinations as a child was an orange creamsicle. I would down them like water. The problem was, I always felt sick afterwards because of the artificial sweeteners, artificial flavors, artificial colors, among other ingredients that were, well did I mention artificial?

Fully Vaccinated Patient Behind Measles Spread
Science Magazine - A person fully vaccinated against measles has contracted the disease and passed it on to others. The startling case study contradicts received wisdom about the vaccine and suggests that a recent swell of measles outbreaks in developed nations could mean more illnesses even among the vaccinated.

Barley grass: a nutrient-rich superfood with many health benefits
(NaturalNews) Barley was one of the first major grains to be cultivated by man, and remains the fourth most cultivated cereal grain in the world. Matured barley is commonly used in beer production, and as animal feed. Young barley shoots, however, are consumed almost exclusively as a health food, and for good reason...

Surprise! Why common mustard is one of the healthiest cancer-fighting foods you'll ever discover
(NaturalNews) Most of the packaged, processed foods sold at the grocery store are sheer garbage, loaded with HFCS, MSG, aspartame and GMOs. There are some striking exceptions to this rule, however, and today I want to bring your attention to mustard.

Top health benefits of cocoa
(NaturalNews) Many people do not realize that cocoa offers significant health benefits that can help them rationalize those times when they indulge in their favorite food, even if they are not supposed to do so.

Pet News

Emotional moment dog and owner are reunited after pet unbelievably stood guard outside hospital where he was being treated for more than a week
Daily Mail - A homeless man hospitalized in Brazil after a random attack has a best friend in his dog who waited eight days in the hospital parking lot until being able to see him.


Friday - April 11, 2014 - Today In History:
1783 - After receiving a copy of the provisional treaty on March 13, the U.S. Congress proclaimed a formal end to hostilities with Great Britain.
1898 - U.S. President William McKinley asked Congress for a declaration of war with Spain.
1899 - The treaty ending the Spanish-American War was declared in effect.
1921 - Iowa became the first state to impose a cigarette tax.
1941 - Germany bombers blitzed Conventry, England.
1945 - U.S. troops reached the Elbe River in Germany.
1945 - During World War II, American soldiers liberated the Nazi concentration camp of Buchenwald in Germany.
1951 - U.S. President Truman fired General Douglas MacArthur as head of United Nations forces in Korea.
1961 - Israel began the trial of Adolf Eichman, accused of World War II war crimes.
1968 - U.S. President Johnson signed the 1968 Civil Rights Act.
1970 - Apollo 13 blasted off on a mission to the moon that was disrupted when an explosion crippled the spacecraft. The astronauts did return safely.
1974 - The Judiciary committee subpoenas U.S. President Richard Nixon to produce tapes for impeachment inquiry.
1980 - The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued regulations specifically prohibiting sexual harassment of workers by supervisors.
1981 - U.S. President Ronald Reagan returned to the White House from the hospital after recovering from an assassination attempt on March 30.
1984 - China invaded Vietnam.
1985 - The White House announced that President Reagan would visit the Nazi cemetery at Bitburg.
1991 - U.N. Security Council issued a formal cease-fire with Iraq.
2001 - China agreed to release 24 crewmembers of a U.S. surveillance plane. The EP-3E Navy crew had been held since April 1 on Hainon, where the plane had made an emergency landing after an in-flight collision with a Chinese fighter jet. The Chinese pilot was missing and presumed dead.
2002 - U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr., D-Ohio, was convicted of taking bribes and kickbacks from businessmen and his own staff.
2003 - American troops took the northern Iraqi city of Mosul without a fight.

World News

Satellite Photos Released Revealing Russian Military Build Up
Zero Hedge - NATO has released satellite image-based proof that confirms the dramatic build up of Russian military forces along its borders.... The images released by General Breedlove are reported to have been taken on 22 March, nearly a month after the unrest in Crimea began that led to Russia's annexation of the area.... Russia has denied that it has any plans to invade Ukraine.

It's On: Gazprom Prepares "Symbolic" Bond Issue In Chinese Yuan
Zero Hedge - Curious what the fate of the petrodollar is? Look no farther than this Interfax update blasted moments ago by Bloomberg: "Gazprom Considers 'Symbolic' Yuan Bond Issue, Interfax Says."

US Has Littered Afghanistan with War's Deadly Garbage
Common Dreams - As in the abandoned battle fields and scarred countrysides of southeast Asia a generation ago, the U.S. military's footprint in Afghanistan is leaving a deadly legacy of unexploded ordinances and toxic materials that will continue to kill and permanently harm the nation's children and others for years to come.

UK wastes $900 mln on Tamiflu, other ineffective drugs on WHO recommendations
RT - The British government wasted $896 million dollars on buying two ant-flu drugs, despite their not being proven to prevent infections spreading or stop serious illness, according to scientists who spent four years studying and analyzing the medications.

Monsanto Request Removal of Mexican Judge over GM Maize Ban
Sustainable Pulse - Monsanto have requested the removal of an Appeals Court Judge in Mexico, who ruled against them in the ongoing legal battle on the prohibition of GM Maize in the country.

Sorry Monsanto: Brazil’s Federal Public Prosecutor Demands Ban on All Glyphosate Poisons
Natural Society - A full suspension of the toxic main ingredient in Monsanto's RoundUp, glyphosate, is being demanded by the Brazilian Federal Public Prosecutor.

NATO’s Russian troop build-up satellite images ‘show 2013 drills’
RT - “These shots, which were distributed by NATO, show Russian Armed Forces units of the Southern Military District, which in the summer of last year were taking part in various drills, including near the Ukrainian border,” the General Staff official told RIA Novosti.

Israel slaps Palestine with economic sanctions amid collapsing peace talks
RT - Israel has imposed additional economic sanctions against Palestine in response to its unilateral decision to join 15 international conventions last week which Tel Aviv claims to be in breach of conditions of the ongoing peace talks.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Obama Requests $1.1 Billion, DOJ $382.1 Million for Gun Control
Breitbart - Included in the DOJ's $382.1 million figure is a request for $2 million for smart gun technology grants.

Obama administration wins Jefferson Muzzle award for restricting free press
RT - The United States Department of Justice and the White House Press Office are this year’s top winners of a dubious award extended to those considered to be “responsible for some of the more egregious or ridiculous affronts to First Amendment principles.”

BLM fracking racket exposed! Armed siege and cattle theft from Bundy ranch really about fracking leases
Mike Adams - This document from the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology shows significant exploratory drilling being conducted in precisely the same area where the Bundy family has been running cattle since the 1870's.

Cliven Bundy Calls on Sheriff to Start Arresting BLM Feds
Paul Joseph Watson - Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy has called on Clark County Sheriff Douglas Gillespie to start arresting Bureau of Land Management agents on charges of trespassing and theft as his battle against the federal government intensifies.

20 Cowboys Break Fed Blockade in Nevada, Retrieve Cattle
Infowars.com - “We gathered about 30 head,” said Bundy. “We did have a small confrontation with them, but they didn’t have the forces to do a whole lot. They couldn’t mobilize fast enough and we were able to gather those cattle and get them to the ranch.”
* Related: Feds 'killing cattle' in war with rancher

VIDEO: Constitutional Sheriff Mack Speaks on Bundy Ranch Standoff as Oath Keepers Puts Out a Call for All Able Bodied Oath Keepers to Assist in Maintaining the Peace
Ben Swann - Clark County, Nev., April 10, 2014- Yesterday Nevada Governor Sandoval released a statement condemning some of the actions of the Bureau of Land Management in the Bundy Ranch standoff, but this is of little consolation to constitutional Sheriff Mack.

Action Alert: Boots On The Ground Need Donations for food and water at Bundy Ranch Standoff
oathkeepers.org - Oath Keepers is asking all who cannot make the trip to the Bundy Ranch in Nevada to assist this mobilization by donating for food and water for the “Boots On The Ground” who will stand to oppose the idiocy of the BLM/federal government.

Remember this Name: Rep. Mike Pompeo to Introduce Bill to Kill GMO Labeling
Natural Society - Monsanto’s lackey – is the new mouthpiece bought and sold by the Grocery Manufacturer’s Association (GMA). Pompeo (R-Kan) will be presenting the bill to kill GMO labeling.

Lawyer: Evaluate stabbing suspect's mental health
Daily Mail - The attorney for a 16-year-old accused of stabbing 21 other students and a security guard at their high school said Thursday he wants to have a mental health expert evaluate the boy and hopes to have the case moved to juvenile court.... If convicted as an adult, Hribal faces likely decades in prison.

TSA Harasses Stroke Victim; Demands Mute Woman Talk To Screeners In Order To Fly
Steve Watson - Heidi Wright, who suffered a stroke ten years ago and has been left disabled, is unable to talk to her family. This did not stop TSA screeners from demanding that she say her own name in order to board a flight. Screeners insisted on the proviso after stopping the sisters because of an expired driver’s license, ABC reports.

Up to 5,000 Armed Militia Members Will Be Arriving in Bunkerville, Nevada
Mac Slavo - As Kim Paxton of The Daily Sheeple notes, citizen militias in several states have been called up. Many members of those organizations are taking up arms and are making their way to Nevada.

Flashback:2006 - "Geologists think there could be billions of gallons of oil under Nevada's deserts" ...
Daily Paul - Maybe it's not about cows stomping out the endangered tortoise, but more about oil.... "Nevada has long been known for other underground riches, but some oil experts think our state's petroleum potential could dwarf all of the gold and silver resources combined.

Sen. Sessions: 'Deliberate Plan by President' to Collapse U.S. Law Enforcement System
CNS News - Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) said today that Americans need to stand up to "a deliberate plan by the president of the United States" to collapse the nation's law enforcement system regarding illegal immigration.

Serial shooter suspected near Kansas City as shootings climb to 20
RT - A serial shooter is on the loose in the Kansas City, Mo. area, and authorities announced Thursday the number of roadway shootings they are investigating has risen to 20. Local police currently have no suspects in the case.

NSA-leak reporters Greenwald, Poitras to return to US for award despite ‘threatening climate’
RT - Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras, American journalists living abroad who broke the NSA leak stories supplied by classified documents from Edward Snowden, will return to the United States on Friday to accept a Polk Award for their reporting.

Economy & Business

Believe In A Return To The Gold Standard? You Are Now Officially An Extremist According To The FBI
Zero Hedge - Just when we thought the US could not sink any further in its usurpation of civil rights, here comes the FBI to advise all those who tend to think that the broken economic model of the past century is the cause for the global insolvency, that wanton fiat diluation and reckless debt issuance does not 'fix' the problem of uber-leverage, and that the gold standard is the proper way to return to monetary stability, will henceforth be considered extremists.

Government often has 10 agencies doing one job
USA Today - The report, by the non-partisan Government Accountability Office, identifies 26 new areas where federal government programs are fragmented, duplicative, overlapping or just inefficient. Add that to the 162 areas identified in past reports, and Congress has a road map for saving tens of billions of dollars a year.

The Paul Craig Roberts Dilemma: World War Or The End Of The Dollar
Zero Hedge - 2014 is shaping up as a year of reckoning for the United States. One of two things is likely: Either the US dollar will be abandoned and collapse in value, thus ending Washington’s superpower status and Washington’s threat to world peace, or Washington will lead its puppets into military conflict with Russia and China. The outcome of such a war would be far more devastating than the collapse of the US dollar.

Waking Up To How Clueless The Fed Is”
Zero Hedge - “I think it’s very likely that we’re seeing, in the next 12 months, an ’87-type of crash,” warns a somewhat excited sounding Marc Faber, adding that he thinks “it will be worse.”

Monsanto, biotech stocks plummet the day after activists launch Operation Monsanto Stock Plunge
(NaturalNews) "On Thursday, the Nasdaq composite, which is weighted heavily toward tech and biotech companies, had its worst day since November 2011," reported the Associated Press, less than 24 hours after the launch of Operation Monsanto Stock Plunge.

Why Meat Prices Are Going To Continue Soaring For The Foreseeable Future
Zero Hedge - he average price of USDA choice-grade beef has soared to $5.28 a pound, and the average price of a pound of bacon has skyrocketed to $5.46. Unfortunately for those that like to eat meat, this is just the beginning of the price increases.

Energy & Environment

Well Water Pollution Cover Up
Off the Grid News - Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is covering up cases of water contamination caused by natural gas fracking, a new lawsuit alleges. Instead of issuing fines or violation notices, DEP is reaching private settlements with well owners to avoid warning nearby residents about potential contamination, the lawsuit claims.

Wildlife in Gulf of Mexico still suffering four years after BP oil spill: report
The Guardian - The BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico caused dangerous after-effects to more than a dozen different animals from dolphins to oysters, a report from an environmental campaign group said on Tuesday. Four years after the oil disaster, some 14 species showed symptoms of oil exposure, the report from the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) said.

Science & Technology

NSA monitors WiFi on US planes ‘in violation’ of privacy laws
RT - Companies that provide WiFi on US domestic flights are handing over their data to the NSA, adapting their technology to allow security services new powers to spy on passengers. In doing so, they may be in violation of privacy laws.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Illinois Legislators Back Off Raw Milk Ban After Consumer Outrage
Activist Post - Under current Illinois law, farmers can sell an unlimited amount of raw milk on the farm without a permit. Legislators and health officials were working hard to completely banish farm-to-consumer agreements in some sneaky ways. This was not lost on Illinois' thriving raw milk market.

Plant Milkweeds to Help Save the Monarchs
Mother Earth News - As their population declines by alarming numbers, monarch butterflies need your help. Planting milkweeds — the only host plant used by monarchs — provides much-needed habitat.

Survival/Preparedness

Surviving Riots: 6 Crucial Steps for Your Safety
SurvivoPedia - When riots begin, law and order can disappear within a matter of minutes. While individuals may not go into a crowd intending to start a riot, group think and the frenzy of the moment bring out the worst of human nature.

Health

How to Improve Your Hearing Before its Too Late
Natural News Blogs - Much of hearing loss comes from cell damage caused by free radicals, and antioxidants are substances that can prevent or help repair this sort of damage. Particularly helpful supplements for hearing loss may be alpha-lipoic acid, vitamin C and vitamin E. Taking glutathione along with these supplements may help these antioxidants work more effectively in the body.

Aspartame's Name Changed to Amino Sweet: A Toxin by Any Other Name is Still Toxic
Natural Society - An excitotoxin that destroys the brain and body, aspartame's name may be disguised now as amino sweet.

Spirulina protects against cadmium-induced birth defects
(NaturalNews) Spirulina may help protect against the birth defect-inducing effects of toxic heavy metals such as cadmium, according to a study conducted by researchers from Mexico's National Polytechnic Institute and published in the Journal of Medicinal Food in 2011.

The many health benefits of milk thistle even herbalists may not know
(NaturalNews) Milk thistle boosts overall liver function and health, protecting the liver from damaging toxins, detoxifying it, regenerating its cells, and giving it a glutathione boost.

The amazing benefits of fennel seeds
(NaturalNews) Fennel is a flavorful, aromatic herb indigenous to the Mediterranean region. The seeds of this herb have many powerful digestive benefits and incredible benefits for infants with colic, with the most widely used species being the sweet fennel (Foeniculum vulgare).

Pharmacists caught paying AIDS patients to skip their meds
(NaturalNews) A pharmacy in New York's Bronx borough was shut down by state anti-fraud officers recently after it was discovered that the pharmacists working there had paid off poor AIDS patients to not take their medicines.

Pet News

These Bites May Look Benign, But They Can Land You in the Hospital for Days
Dr. Becker - Dog bites typically get much more attention than cat bites – perhaps because kitties have smaller mouths and teeth, so their bites don’t seem so serious. But a new study from the Mayo Clinic suggests that about a third of cat bite victims may require hospitalization to treat the injury and manage infection.


Thursday - April 10, 2014 - Today In History:
1790 - The U.S. patent system was established.
1862 - Union forces began the bombardment of Fort Pulaski in Georgia along the Tybee River.
1865 - During the American Civil War, at Appomattox, General Robert E. Lee issued his last order.
1866 - The American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) was incorporated.
1912 - The Titanic set sail from Southampton, England.
1922 - The Genoa Conference opened. The meeting was used to discuss the reconstruction of Europe after World War I.
1941 - In World War II, U.S. troops occupied Greenland to prevent Nazi infiltration.
1945 - German Me 262 jet fighters shot down ten U.S. bombers near Berlin.
1960 - The U.S. Senate passed the Civil Rights Bill.
1963 - 129 people died when the nuclear-powered submarine USS Thresher failed to surface off Cape Cod, MA.
1968 - U.S. President Johnson replaced General Westmoreland with General Creighton Abrams in Vietnam.
1972 - The U.S. and the Soviet Union joined with 70 other nations in signing an agreement banning biological warfare.
1992 - In Los Angeles, financier Charles Keating Jr. was sentenced to nine years in prison for swindling investors when his Lincoln Savings and Loan collapsed. The convictions were later overturned.
1994 - NATO warplanes launched air strikes for the first time on Serb forces that were advancing on the Bosnian Muslim town of Gordazde. The area had been declared a U.N. safe area.
1996 - U.S. President Clinton vetoed a bill that would have outlawed a technique used to end pregnancies in their late stages.
2001 - The Netherlands legalized mercy killings and assisted suicide for patients with unbearable, terminal illness.
2002 - Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke before the U.S. Senate as a representative of the Israeli government. He warned that suicide bombers would spread to the U.S. if Israel was not allowed to finish its military offensive in the West Bank. Netanyaho also cited the goals of dismantling the terror regime and expelling Arafat from the region, ridding the Palestinian territories of terrorist weapons and establishing "physical barriers" to protect Israelis from future Palestinian attacks.

World News

NATO commander says US troops may be deployed to Europe over Ukrainian crisis
RT - The United States Air Force commander in charge of the NATO alliance’s military presence in Europe said on Wednesday this week that US troops may soon be deployed to the region as tensions continue to worsen near the border between Ukraine and Russia.

Russia And China About To Sign "Holy Grail" Gas Deal
Zero Hedge - Russia is preparing the announcement of the "Holy Grail" energy deal with none other than China, a move which would send geopolitical shockwaves around the world and bind the two nations in a commodity-backed axis."

More Americans Go Hungry Than All But 2 European Nations
Zero Hedge - Since 2007, when the financial crisis touched down across the world, the proportion of people going hungry in Europe has soared, according to the OECD.

EU high court strikes down metadata collection law
Ars Technica - While the United States continues to debate metadata collection conducted in secret by the National Security Agency, the European Union has been openly collecting the same sort of data for eight years.

Japan starts cleaning radioactive groundwater at Fukushima before dumping into ocean
RT - TEPCO launched a contaminated water management system at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, which will pump groundwater into tanks before it passes through the premises of the plant. After checking the water’s quality it will be dumped into the ocean.

'World Health Organization Admits It’s Struggling To Contain Ebola
The Daily Sheeple - Ebola, particularly Ebola Zaire, is one of the most terrifying diseases on the planet. whilst I truly pity those who have to live with the threat of Ebola, I also pray to God it stays there and fizzles out like all the past outbreaks have but something in my gut is telling me this outbreak is different. I really hope my gut is wrong.
* Related: Lassa Fever Case Shows How Easily Deadly Viruses Can Travel the Globe

Australia Declares Homeopathy Nonsense
Herald Sun - The judgement is likely to influence a crucial government review which is deciding whether the 30 per cent tax rebate for private health insurance coverage of complementary therapies should continue. Australians spend almost $4 billion a year on complementary therapies like vitamins and herbs and almost $10 million on homeopathic remedies.

Standoff between gvt, protesters intensifies, 24 hours before Kiev ultimatum ends
RT - With 24 hours until Kiev’s threatened deadline to use force against anti-government protesters occupying buildings in eastern Ukraine, reports emerge of tanks around the city of Donetsk. Several locals were allegedly injured trying to stop the convoy.

China Warns Obama "US Is Moving In A Direction We Don't Want To See"
Zero Hedge - Apparently doing away with diplomatic pleasantries, the Chinese have been directly clear with Chuck Hagel as he lays the groundwork for President Obama's Asia trip later this month (scheduled to visit Japan, Malaysia, and the Philippines - all in direct territorial conflicts with China).

VIDEO: South Korea, US to hold joint air drill
Press TV - South Korea military said in a statement on Thursday that more than one hundred aircraft and 1,400 troops are involved in the Max Thunder military exercise, which is to be held from April 11 until April 25.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Mass School Stabbing: Time to Register Knives
Infowars.com - Is it possible they will now move to restrict the use of knives and other sharp instruments? Will the government create a national cutlery database? Will there be a move to microstamp buck knives? Before you dismiss this as lunacy consider the fact dozens of countries have laws restricting and outlawing knives.

Nevada Governor Blasts Feds’ ‘First Amendment Area’ in Bundy Dispute
Paul Joseph Watson - Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval has inserted himself into the escalating standoff between cattle rancher Cliven Bundy and federal officials by blasting the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) over their creation of a ‘First Amendment Area’ outside of which free speech is banned.

Before Nevada Cattle Rancher Standoff, BLM Killed Hundreds of Endangered Desert Tortoises
Adan Salazar - Months before the heated contention between the Bureau of Land Management and Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy, purportedly over protecting an endangered species of desert tortoise, the BLM was euthanizing the tortoises in droves.

House Republicans won't rule out arresting Lois Lerner if Justice Department doesn't
Washington Examiner - House Ways and Means Committee Republicans aren't ruling out the use of the chamber's "inherent contempt" authority if Attorney General Eric Holder refuses to act on the panel's accusations against former IRS official Lois Lerner.

IRS Under Fire: Vote for Obama Stickers, Campaign Cheerleading Commonplace
Washington Times - Even as the IRS faces growing heat over Lois G. Lerner and the tea party targeting scandal, a government watchdog said Wednesday it’s pursuing cases against three other tax agency employees and offices suspected of illegal political activity in support of President Obama and fellow Democrats.

Holmes Defense Requests A Change Of Venue Due to Biased News Coverage
CBS News - The defense in the Aurora theater shootings case has formally filed a request for a change of venue in the case. James Holmes’ public defenders want the trial moved out of Arapahoe County. They said “unrelenting news coverage” has presented a one-sided history of Holmes’ life.

CPS Snatched Infant Because of Legal Medical Marijuana Prescription
Police State USA - A man was placed into handcuffs, a woman sobbed uncontrollably, and their 11-month-old boy was seized by social workers and put into foster care — all because of legally prescribed medical marijuana. It didn’t matter that no law had been broken; Child Protective Services has the power to split apart families in an instant without a trial, and regularly does across the country.

Feds Declare War On Affordable and Plentiful Imported Ammunition
Kurt Nimmo - The feds recently used an obscure “vaporware” Polish firearm as an excuse to outlaw the importation of cheap and plentiful Russian ammo into the United States.

When the Government Does It vs. When Anyone Else Does It
Daily Paul - No knock raids: Breaking and entering... Property forfeiture: Armed Robbery...

YouTube: Bundy Ranch Protesters Tasered by Federal Agents and Attacked by K9's
[Profanity] Protestors at the Bundy Ranch in Bunkerville, Nevada take on the Feds and stand their ground.
* Related videos.

An Iowa City With A Population Of 7,000 Will Receive Armored Military Vehicle
Zero Hedge - Moving along to the subject of today’s absurdity, the tiny city of Washington, Iowa with a population of 7,000 and 11 police officers, will be receiving a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle. Yes, they will be employing one of these in the field.

Missouri Department of Transportation to use LRAD Sound Cannons on Speeding Drivers
Mikael Thalen - The Missouri Department of Transportation revealed two newly acquired LRAD sound cannons this week, which will reportedly be used to target vehicles that speed in work zones.

Election News

Virginia Democrat says he wants to 'decimate' Christians, 'eradicate' Tea Party
examiner.com - On Wednesday, Mike Dickinson, the Virginia Democrat running for the House seat currently held by Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., declared on Twitter that he wants to "decimate" Christians, NRA supporters, members of the Tea Party and those who watch Fox News. In another tweet issued later Wednesday, he said he wanted to "eradicate" the Tea Party.

Economy & Business

Organic Spies launches Operation Monsanto Stock Plunge: See the video, sell the stock
(NaturalNews) One of the most powerful yet secretive groups in all of food activism is Organic Spies, a group of dedicated researchers and whistleblowers who first came to fame by exposing Whole Foods employees lying on camera about GMOs being sold in their stores.

Fed To The Sharks, Part 2: Housing And The Death Of The Middle Class
Charles Hugh Smith - Lest you think the phrase "death of the middle class" is hyperbole, please examine these two charts, keeping in mind the middle class by definition must be in the middle of income/wealth distribution--conventionally, between 40% and 80%, i.e. the 40% between the bottom 40% and the top 20%.

Why I’m too scared to do my taxes
John Stossel - It’s tax time. I’m too scared to do my taxes. I’m sure I’ll get something wrong and my enemies in government will persecute — no, I mean prosecute — me. So I hired Bob.

US Households To Withdraw $430 Billion From Stocks In 2014 - Most Since Last Bubble
Zero Hedge - According to a recent analysis by Goldman, in 2014 the US household is on track to withdraw a whopping $430 billion from US corporate stocks. i.e., sell. This will be the biggest net outflow by the Household group, which has constantly withdrawn cash from equities over the past decade, since the last market peak.

America's Workers: Stressed Out, Overwhelmed, Totally Exhausted
Dr. Mercola - The antiquated 1938 Fair Labor Standards Act only protects hourly workers (who must be paid overtime once they hit 40 hours a week). There is no such protection for salaried workers, who presumably can be worked until they drop

Energy & Environment

ODOT Concerned About Earthquakes' Effect On Oklahoma Bridges
newson6.com - It seems like barely a day goes by without an earthquake in our state. In fact, last week Oklahoma had 11 percent of all the earthquakes in the world. That has the state Department of Transportation concerned about bridges and how they are holding up.

“Far more serious than Feds letting on” at Hanford nuclear site
ENENews - We found the situation is far more serious than the Feds and the contractors are letting on. All of the employees were not and still are not back to work. And many have symptoms far worse than irritation.

Pedernales Electric Co-op to develop smart meter opt-out program
(NaturalNews) Pedernales Electric Co-op (PEC), responding to concerns from many of its customers about the human health effects of the controversial technology, has aligned itself with Austin Energy and many other providers throughout the state in giving customers an "out" from having to expose their families to this new source of damaging radiation.

Science & Technology

Heartbleed: Moving Toward Government Control of the Internet
Kurt Nimmo - Company that found bug has connections to Google, Obama, DHS, and FBI.... The bug “can give hackers access to personal data like credit card numbers, usernames, passwords, and, perhaps most importantly, cryptographic keys—which can allow hackers to impersonate or monitor a server,” writes Lily Hay Newman.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Stanford Scientists Develop New Model for Solar Farms
Natural Blaze - Growing agave and other carefully chosen plants amid photovoltaic panels could allow solar farms not only to collect sunlight for electricity but also to produce crops for biofuels, according to new computer models by Stanford scientists.

Survival/Preparedness

23+ Items You Need to Retool for Self-Reliance
Survival Sherpa - Whether you’re in this movement as a hobby or a passionate pursuit, the common thread tying us together is self-reliance and breaking our dependence on our fragile system. One of the reasons we started the Doing the Stuff Network was to encourage people to learn and practice new skills. The journey we’re on will require us to retool for an uncertain future.

Health

MIT Researchers Show How Particles From Coughs and Sneezes Travel Up To 200 Times Further Than Previously Thought
preventdisease.com - You may not realize it, but that multiphase turbulent buoyant cloud you’re about to expel in a sneeze of cough have associated gas clouds that keep their potentially infectious droplets aloft over much greater distances than previously realized, say MIT researchers.

Aloe Vera Found to Stave Off Alzheimer’s, Improve Cognition
Natural Society - Researchers found that a compound from Aloe vera could reduce the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and even increase cognition score.

Maple Syrup Does Far More For Your Health Than Just Sweeten Your Food
preventdisease.com - Maple syrup is one of the many wonders of the world and far more than a simple sweetener. Maple syrup is not only rich in essential nutrients such manganese as well as zinc, but 34 new beneficial compounds discovered just a few years ago have been confirmed to play a key role in human health.

Food Challenge: We Found 172 Ingredients for Just 48 Cents!
The Daily Sheeple - In a follow-up to our report on the TV dinner which had a whopping 196+ ingredients for just $2.22, we challenged ourselves to find a food with the most ingredients for the lowest cost. What we found was that we were able to purchase a food with an astounding 172 different ingredients listed on the back for just 48 cents!

Saturated fat consumption not related to heart disease risk, study says
(NaturalNews) Published in the peer-reviewed journal Annals of Internal Medicine, findings from the observational analysis confirmed that saturated fat is not to be feared, as it does not play a direct role in causing heart disease.

How arsenic blocks the body from removing other heavy metals
(NaturalNews) A recent study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP) reveals that chronic exposure to this deadly poison actually prevents the body from naturally removing many other toxic heavy metals like lead, mercury, iron and cadmium, allowing them to gradually accumulate in tissues and the brain.

Chopsticks in China loaded with deadly toxins
(NaturalNews) "Sulphur, hydrogen peroxide, sodium sulfite and mold inhibitor, are chemical substances commonly used to make disposable chopsticks, even though they are not allowed," says Dong Jinshi, secretary-general of the International Food Packaging Association (IFPA), noting that the color and smell of chopsticks can indicate whether or not they were treated with chemicals.

Colorado bill restricts vaccine exemptions with state mandated vaccine re-education
NVIC - HB 1288, the bill that restricts vaccine exemptions with state mandated vaccine re-education, has passed the full house and is now in the senate.

New Film - Vaccines: Are They Safe and Effective?
Activist Post - You can be a part of ensuring that this groundbreaking video on vaccine safety is completed. Featuring a discussion between Boyd Haley and Paul Offit, the documentary offers important insights on what can happen when industry profits, rather than human health, drive government vaccine recommendations.

Psychoneuroimmunology—How Inflammation Affects Your Mental Health
Dr. Kelly Brogan - There’s a bidirectional relationship between all of the major chronic diseases and psychiatric diagnoses (patients who struggle with chronic diseases are more likely to be depressed and vice versa)

12 Shocking Facts About the Dangers of Psychiatric Drugs
Global Healing Center - The sordid story behind how these medications work, how they come to market, and how they interfere with the lives of users is a complicated web. However, the next 12 facts will highlight the devastating story behind psychiatric drugs and how they affect millions of people in the United States alone.


Wednesday - April 9, 2014 - Today In History:
1682 - Robert La Salle claimed the lower Mississippi River and all lands that touch it for France.
1833 - Peterborough, NH, opened the first municipally supported public library in the United States.
1838 - The National Galley opened in London.
1865 - At Appomattox Court House, Virginia, General Robert E. Lee surrendered his Confederate Army to Union General Ulysses S. Grant in the parlor of Wilmer McClean's home. Grant allowed Rebel officers to keep their sidearms and permitted soldiers to keep their horses and mules. Though there were still Confederate armies in the field, the war was officially over. The four years of fighting had killed 360,000 Union troops and 260,000 Confederate troops.
1867 - The U.S. Senate ratified the treaty with Russia that purchased the territory of Alaska by one vote.
1905 - The first aerial ferry bridge went into operation in Duluth, MN.
1912 - The first exhibition baseball game was held at Fenway Park in Boston. The game was between Red Sox and Harvard.
1942 - In the Battle of Bataan, American and Filipino forces were overwhelmed by the Japanese Army.
1950 - Bob Hope made his first television appearance on "Star-Spangled Review" on NBC-TV.
1957 - The Suez Canal was cleared for all shipping.
1959 - NASA announced the selection of America's first seven astronauts.
1963 - Winston Churchill became the first honorary U.S. citizen.
1965 - The Houston Astrodome held its first baseball game.
1967 - The first Boeing 737 was rolled out for use.
1968 - Murdered civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., was buried.
1988 - The U.S. imposed economic sanctions on Panama.
1989 - Hundreds of thousands marched past the White House in support of the right to abortion.
1992 - Former Panamanian ruler Manuel Noriega was convicted in Miami, FL, of eight drug and racketeering charges.
1998 - The National Prisoner of War Museum opened in Andersonville, GA, at the site of an infamous Civil War camp.
2003 - Jubilant Iraqis celebrated the collapse of Saddam Hussein's regime, beheading a toppled statue of their longtime ruler in downtown Baghdad.
2005 - Britain's Prince Charles married Camilla Parker Bowles, who took the title Duchess of Cornwall.

World News

Russia Says U.S. Mercenaries in Eastern Ukraine
Kurt Nimmo - Russian media reports today the American security firm Greystone has teamed up with Right Sector fascists in a bid to prevent eastern Ukraine from joining the Russian Federation.

Ban Iran’s Ambassador to UN? Let’s Outlaw the CIA Instead
Kurt Nimmo - It is viewed as a bridge over the turbulent waters of congressional partisanship: Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and Democrat Senator Chuck Schumer of New York worked together on legislation denying Hamid Aboutalebi entry into the United States.

No legal means exist to challenge mass surveillance - Snowden
RT - No legal means exist to challenge mass surveillance, said NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, testifying to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.

MH370 search to move to ocean floor
Press TV - Australian authorities say the hunt for the missing Malaysian airliner could soon head to the ocean floor using a robotic sonar vessel.

US wants to destroy Ukrainian ‘bridge’ between EU and Russia – German intellectuals support Putin
RT - Members of German civil society have written an open letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin, condemning Russophobia in mass media and German political establishment while showing support for Moscow's actions in the ongoing Ukrainian crisis.

Second US Navy destroyer heads to Black Sea
Rt - Another US military ship is set to be deployed in the Black Sea amid the Ukrainian crisis. The US Navy destroyer Donald Cook will join the USS Truxtun, whose stay in waters bordering Russia was extended to ‘conduct drills’ with Romania and Bulgaria.

USAID chief dodges revealing mastermind of secret 'Cuban Twitter' project
RT - The administrator of the US Agency for International Aid and Development testifying before Senate Committee over his agency's covert Cuban Twitter, said he didn’t “specifically” know who was behind the idea of creating the network of “discrete profile.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Homeland Security drill simulates dangerous World Series scenario at PNC Park
wtae.com - "In this particular case, they are oriented towards weapons of mass destruction," says Ray DeMichiei, the city's deputy director of emergency management. "Generally, it will involve suspicious packages being located by PNC Park personnel, and the scenario is a World Series event."

False Flag Attack: Homemade Drone Bomb Aimed at American School Saved by FBI
The Daily Sheeple - The New York Post reported that a man has been arrested for planning to attack buildings with toy planes converted into drone-like flying bombs: A Moroccan man has been busted for allegedly plotting to attack a school and a Connecticut federal building using remote-controlled toy planes packed with explosives.

Health Plan Premiums Are Skyrocketing According To New Survey Of 148 Insurance Brokers
Forbes - Morgan Stanley’s healthcare analysts conducted the proprietary survey of 148 brokers. The April survey shows the largest acceleration in small and individual group rates in any of the 12 prior quarterly periods when it has been conducted.

How to Survive the Coming Zombie Apocalypse: An Online Course by Michigan State
openculture.com - Starting on May 12, Michigan State students can take an award-winning online course called Surviving the Coming Zombie Apocalypse — Disasters, Catastrophes, and Human Behavior. The course “brings together the latest thinking on how and why humans behave during disasters and catastrophes.

Police Illegally Seize $50,000 From Man’s Casino Winnings During Routine Traffic Stop
Off the Grid News - The seizures in Humboldt County are an example of a nationwide growing problem called forfeiture corridors. In a forfeiture corridor, law enforcement officers stop vehicles, seize cash from motorists then let them go.... Some well-known forfeiture corridors include...

Michelle Obama’s School Lunches In Pictures: “Is That Photo Taken From Death Row?”
Mac Slavo - Do you want to see what Michelle Obama considers eating right? Check out these pictures and comments – sourced directly from government run cafeterias around the country.

US announces cuts to nuclear forces
RT - Washington has announced plans to reduce the number of strategic nuclear bombers, submarine launchers and deployed ballistic missiles to meet the limits set on nuclear arsenals by the New START treaty signed with Russia 4 years ago.

YouTube: Sen. Rand Paul Questions Sec. Kerry at Senate Foreign Relations
Sen. Rand Paul Questions Sec. Kerry at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's on the National Security & Foreign Policy Priorities in the FY 2015 International Affairs Budget Hearing.

Pentagon Blocks ALL Leave to Diego Garcia
The Daily Sheeple - RedFlagNews is reporting that as of April 4, leave travel TO Diego Garcia, the US military and intelligence base, is not authorized. The notice was posted on the Diego Garcia Passenger Terminal Facebook page.

Latest ObamaCare surprise: Most won't be able to buy health insurance until end of year
Fox News - There is yet another ObamaCare surprise waiting for consumers: from now until the next open enrollment at the end of this year, most people will simply not be able to buy any health insurance at all, even outside the exchanges.

UPDATE: 200 Armed Federal Agents Surround Nevada Ranch
freebeacon.com - A two-decades-old battle between a Nevada rancher and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has resulted in officials armed with machine guns surrounding the ranch and forcibly removing the owner’s cattle, according to the rancher’s family.

Special Ed. Student Records Audio Proof of Bullying, Threatened With Charges of Warrentless Wiretapping
Ben Swann - A South Fayette High School sophomore claims to have been bullied all year at his new school located in McDonald, Pennsylvania. In February, the student made an audio recording of one bullying incident during his special education math class.

Election News

Rand Paul raises $1.6 million in first quarter of 2014
Washington Post - As he builds a grass-roots political operation in 50 states ahead of a potential 2016 presidential run, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is also courting longtime Republican Party benefactors, collecting funds for his political-action committee and his 2016 Senate campaign.

Economy & Business

Triple Whammy Shocker: Goldman Shutting Down Sigma X?
Zero Hedge - Back on March 21, before the release of Michael Lewis' Flash Boys and before the infamous 60 Minutes interview, when Goldman COO Gary Cohn wrote his infamous WSJ Op-ed bashing HFT, it was clear that something was afoot.

16 Signs That Most Americans Are NOT PREPARED For The Coming Economic Collapse
Economic Collapse - Unfortunately, the next great wave of the economic collapse is going to be even more painful than the last one. It is imperative that people get prepared for what is on the horizon, but for the most part it is just not happening.

The Fed Takes Our Money, Gives It to Banks Who Loan It Back to Us at 16%
charles hugh smith - Inflation is the Fed's explicit, stated goal. The Fed wants prices to go up because that raises GDP (gross domestic product) and makes debt cheaper to service every year. But alas, real income isn't keeping pace--it's declining.

40 Central Banks Are Betting This Will Be The Next Reserve Currency
Zero Hedge - Headline after headlines shows nations declaring 'interest' or direct discussions in diversifying away from the US dollar... and as SCMP reports, Standard Chartered notes that at least 40 central banks have invested in the Yuan and several more are preparing to do so.

Rep. Stockman To Introduce First Bitcoin Bill
Forbes 4/08/2014 - Congressman Steve Stockman (R-TX), announced this morning at Inside Bitcoins NYC that he plans to introduce the first piece of U.S. legislation on virtual currencies this afternoon. The Virtual Currency Tax Reform Act would authorize the Internal Revenue Service to treat virtual currencies as currency for federal tax purposes.

Veteran News

More than One Million Americans are Caring for Post-9/11 Veterans
AllGov - Another way to measure the toll of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars is in the number of Americans now taking care of the wounded veterans who fought in these conflicts. More than 1 million individuals serve as caregivers in the U.S. today for post-9/11 veterans, according to the Rand Corporation. Another 4.4 million caregivers look after other ex-soldiers. “Military caregivers consistently experience worse health outcomes...than non-caregivers, and post-9/11 caregivers fare worst.”

Energy & Environment

First Fracking Trial in U.S. Opens in Dallas
Activist Post - The Parrs blame spills of hazardous waste and emissions of toxic gases from production tanks and various industrial equipment for a myriad of health problems.

5 Videos Showing How Fracking Can Make Water Flammable
Waking Times - Fracking causes significant environmental damage, yet the industry, of course, touts it as safe, saying that the stated risks are either unproven or circumstantial. In some cases industry is even suing detractors and people directly impacted by fracking for slander.

Science & Technology

Major encryption security bug ‘Heartbleed’ impacts two-thirds of the web
RT - Tens of millions of servers were exposed to a security vulnerability called “Heartbleed” in OpenSSL, software used to encrypt much of the internet. While an emergency patch has been released, sites like Yahoo have raced to fortify security.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Monsanto and co. pouring money into defeating county measure to ban GMOs
RT - Monsanto and five other top agrochemical companies have donated a combined $455,000 to defeat an Oregon county ballot initiative that would restrict the growth of genetically-modified crops in area farms.

Country-of-Origin Labeling Challenge Gets a Rehearing Before Full D.C. Appeals Court
Food Safety News - A meat industry effort to stop USDA from implementing its May 2013 country-of-origin (COOL) labeling regulations has come back to life.

US bacon prices rise after virus kills baby pigs
(AP) - A virus never before seen in the U.S. has killed millions of baby pigs in less than a year, and with little known about how it spreads or how to stop it, it's threatening pork production and pushing up prices by 10 percent or more. Scientists think porcine epidemic diarrhea, which does not infect humans or other animals, came from China, but they don't know how it got into the country or spread to 27 states since last May.

Survival/Preparedness

He Who Hesitates is Lost: The Psychology of Survival
Organic Prepper - No one wants to accept that something horrible has happened. The human brain is configured in a way that it is in our very nature to deny that something outside our normal paradigm has occurred. This is called cognitive dissonance.

Health

Jury orders pharma companies to pay $9 billion in diabetes drug case
RT - Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. and Eli Lilly & Co. have been ordered to pay $9 billion total in punitive damages after a US jury found the two companies did not adequately inform people of the cancer risks connected to their Actos diabetes drug.

Modified Citrus Pectin (MCP) Keeps Cancer from Metastasizing
Natural Society - While modified citrus pectin (MCP) cannot treat cancer once it begins, this natural substance that occurs in the pulp of citrus fruits, especially grapefruit, can keep cancer from metastasizing (spreading). MCP is a preventative medicine for cancer, not a curative one, but it has been proven to be very effective.

Eating 2-3 Peaches Daily Could Halt Breast Cancer Progression, a Study Finds
Natural Society - A new study indicates eating two to three peaches each day could slow the spread and progression of breast cancer in women.

Don't Listen To The Sunscreen Industry - Spending 3 Hours In The Sun Per Day Reduces Breast Cancer Up To 50 Percent
preventdisease.com - We always hear doctors, public health agencies and the biggest cancer charities in the country tell us to stay out of the sun to prevent cancer. "Lather on the sunscreen and protect your skin at all times" is the most consistent message they promote like a broken record as the temperature increases.

TDap Vaccine Linked to SIDS and More: Admittance by FDA and Makers of Vaccine
Natural Society - Still think vaccines aren’t experimental? The FDA’s own website admits in a package insert from 2005 that TDap vaccines have not been reviewed for carcinogenic, or mutagenic results nor their ability to cause infertility. It also admits that TDap vaccinations can cause autism. Right…there..in…the…insert... TDap vaccines are also known as the Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis vaccinations.

World’s #1 Herbicide Discovered in U.S. Mothers’ Breast Milk
Green Med Info - In the first ever testing on glyphosate herbicide in the breast milk of American women, Moms Across America and Sustainable Pulse have found 'high' levels in 3 out of the 10 samples tested.

Just 1 Serving Per Day of Legumes Can Reduce Risk of Heart Disease
Natural Blaze - Eating just 1 serving daily of legumes such as beans, chickpeas, lentils and peas can significantly reduce "bad cholesterol" and the risk of heart disease, found a study published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).

Antimicrobial Products Promote Bacteria Buildup In Human Noses
Natural Blaze - An antimicrobial agent found in common household soaps, shampoos and toothpastes may be finding its way inside human noses where it promotes the colonization of Staphylococcus aureus bacteria and could predispose some people.

One in 25 Patients End Up with Hospital-Acquired Infections, CDC Warns
Dr. Mercola - Approximately 40,000 harmful and/or lethal hospital errors occur each and every day in the US. Hospitals have become particularly notorious for spreading lethal infections. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hospital-acquired infections now affect one in 25 patients.

Vaccination tyranny in a maternity ward: Your newborn gets the Hep-B shot or we take him
(NaturalNews) The vaccination for the hepatitis B virus (HBV) has been traced as the source of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) on hundreds of occasions. There are probably many more. So what do you do if a hospital pediatrician threatens to take your newborn baby from you if you reject the HBV vaccination?

Hawthorn berries are very helpful for many heart related conditions
(NaturalNews) The hawthorn plant comes from the Northern hemisphere, more precisely from Europe, North America and certain parts of Asia. The tree produces berries that are filled with important flavonoids known to be vital antioxidants that are capable of effectively removing damaging free radicals. The hawthorn berries certainly help to maintain healthy cardiovascular functions by protecting veins and arteries while contributing to better blood circulation.

Clove oil alleviates toothaches, improves dental health
(NaturalNews) Rich in all-natural eugenol, a powerful antifungal, anesthetic, antibacterial and antiseptic healing compound, clove oil is renowned in traditional medicine as an effective treatment for toothaches.

Top health benefits of cumin
(NaturalNews) Cumin is an herb that is harvested by hand and grown in India, Mexico and Mediterranean countries. The hot summer months are the prime growing season, with white flowers appearing on the plant. The small and flat seeds are yellowish-brown and look rather unassuming.

Pet News

The Blood Test Results You Don't Want to Ignore
Dr. Becker - Changes in liver enzyme values from one blood test to the next are actually quite common, and elevations in liver enzymes don’t automatically indicate organ disease. While any abnormal value should be addressed, there are several factors to consider when reviewing test results.


Tuesday - April 8, 2014 - Today In History:
1789 - The U.S. House of Representatives held its first meeting.
1832 - About 300 American troops of the 6th Infantry left Jefferson Barracks, St. Louis, to confront the Sauk Indians in the Black Hawk War.
1834 - In New York City, Cornelius Lawrence became the first mayor to be elected by popular vote in a city election.
1913 - The Seventeenth amendment was ratified, requiring direct election of senators.
1935 - The Works Progress Administration was approved by the U.S. Congress.
1946 - The League of Nations assembled in Geneva for the last time.
1947 - The first illustrated insurance policy was issued by the Allstate Insurance Company.
1952 - U.S. President Truman seized steel mills to prevent a nationwide strike.
1953 - The bones of Sitting Bull were moved from North Dakota to South Dakota.
1962 - Bay of Pigs invaders got thirty years imprisonment in Cuba.
1988 - Former U.S. President Reagan aid Lyn Nofzinger was sentenced to prison for illegal lobbying for Wedtech Corp.
1994 - Smoking was banned in the Pentagon and all U.S. military bases.
1998 - The widow of Martin Luther King Jr. presented new evidence in an appeal for new federal investigation of the assassination of her husband.
2000 - 19 U.S. troops were killed when a Marine V22 Osprey crashed during a training mission in Arizona.
2009 - Somali pirates hijacked the U.S.-flagged Maersk Alabama. (The crew retook the cargo ship, and Navy sharpshooters killed two pirates holding the ship's American captain.)
2011 - Congressional and White House negotiators struck a last-minute budget deal ahead of a midnight deadline, averting a federal shutdown and cutting billions in spending.

World News

‘Active phase’ of Syrian conflict will be over in 2014 – Assad to Russian ex-official
RT - The “active phase” of the military conflict in Syria will be over this year. However, the Syrian government will continue to “fight terrorists,” President Bashar Assad told Sergey Stepashin, the former head of Russia’s Accounts Chamber.

US has reportedly started supplying Syrian rebels with anti-tank weapons
RT - Rebels embattled against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad have reportedly come into possession of high-powered anti-tank weaponry, the likes of which may have been supplied by the United States.

Turkey Behind Sarin Attack in Syria
Kurt Nimmo - The establishment media is underplaying Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s latest peace overture. The New York Times, an unflappable and trusty propaganda venue for any number of illegal wars, from Iraq to Libya, has described the relative calm in Damascus as “deceptive,” the inevitable result of “military force, siege and starvation” imposed by the Syrian government.

Donetsk activists proclaim region's independence from Ukraine
RT - In the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, a group of activists have declared their region independent from Kiev. This comes after protesters stormed a local government building last night.

Lufthansa, Austrian suspend flights to Libya
Press TV - A Lufthansa spokesman announced the decision on Monday, saying Lufthansa, Austrian, Italy's Alitalia and British Airways "decided to suspend flights to Tripoli indefinitely due to security and operational reasons," Reuters reported. The decision came two weeks after a bomb exploded on the main runway at Tripoli airport, highlighting the deteriorating security situation in the country.

Venezuela crippled by 56% inflation and social unrest, but filling a car with gas still 'cheaper than a bus ticket'
National Post - In a world with no shortage of floundering states, the growing turmoil in Venezuela seems sadly familiar. Protesters riot in the streets and security officers reply with sometimes-deadly force, as the country suffers through sky-high inflation, a record-setting murder rate and scarcity of basic items.

Artists install massive poster of child’s face in Pakistan field to shame drone operators
Raw Story - An artists collective has unfurled a massive poster showing a child’s face in a heavily bombed area of Pakistan in the hopes that it will give pause to drone operators searching the area for kills.

Snowden, Poitras honored with Ridenhour truth-telling award
RT - Edward Snowden is to be awarded the Ridenhour Prize for truth-telling along with filmmaker and journalist Laura Poitras, who aided the whistleblower in disclosing numerous documents about government surveillance.

Dutch Parliament Bans Glyphosate Herbicides for Non-Commercial Use
Sustainable Pulse - From the end of 2015 onward the sale of Glyphosate -based herbicides to private persons, including the World’s number one herbicide ‘Roundup’, will be prohibited in the Netherlands over health fears.

Russian FM calls on Kiev, Washington not to ignore interests of all Ukraine regions
RT - Russia is ready for negotiations with the US, EU and Ukraine, says Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. He added that the talks may start in 10 days.

CEO Of Liechtenstein Bank Frick Murdered In Broad Daylight
Zero Hedge - the CEO of local financial institution Bank Frick & Co. AG, Juergen Frick, was shot dead in the underground garage of the bank located in the city of Balzers.... Based on preliminary reports, the murder is the result of a disgruntled fund manager, Juergen Germann, who had previously been embroiled in a "bitter dispute" with the government and the bank. Bloomberg has more...

VIDEO: Italy's bishops pass rule that child molestation does not have to be reported
Press TV - The recent Italian Bishops Conference has adopted a new Vatican-backed policy which states that the clerics are not obliged to inform the police if they suspect a child has been molested by a member of the Catholic Church.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

IRS agents’ testimony: NO progressive groups were targeted by IRS
The Daily Caller - IRS agents testified before Congress that the agency’s political targeting did not apply to progressive groups as Democrats and the media have claimed, according to a bombshell new staff report prepared by the House Oversight Committee chairman, Rep. Darrell Issa.

Jeb Bush: Illegal Immigration is an “Act of Love”
Kurt Nimmo - Crossing the border illegally “is a different kind of crime,” Jeb Bush told Fox News over the weekend. “Yes, they broke the law, but it’s not a felony. It’s an act of love; it’s an act of commitment to your family.”

Obamacare Cancels Insurance Plans of 1,800 Children in N.J.
Breitbart - Obamacare's new mandated requirements killed New Jersey's low-cost children's insurance coverage plan, FamilyCare Advantage.

Federal Snipers Train Guns on Family For Filming Cattle
Paul Joseph Watson - Federal snipers with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) trained guns on members of a family yesterday after they dared to stop and take video footage of cattle outside the bounds of a designated “First Amendment Area,” before arresting one of the men for non-compliance.

Boston Transit Police Conducts Warrantless Searches on All Bus, Subway Riders
Kit Daniels - In accordance with the Department of Homeland Security, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is now requiring that all Boston bus and subway riders submit to a warrantless search prior to boarding.

Why Are Americans Paying to Be Searched, Spied On, Shot At and Robbed Blind by the Government?
Daily Sheeple - If we don’t have the right to decide what happens to our hard-earned cash, then we don’t have very many rights at all. If they can just take from you what they want, when they want, and then use it however they want, you can’t claim to be anything more than a serf in a land they think of as theirs.

DEA & Shorewood Cops Raid Woman's Home After She Shops at Indoor Garden Center
Shorewood Patch - DEA agents rooted through a Shorewood woman's garbage and stormed her home in an early morning raid after spotting her shopping at an indoor garden center they had been staking out. Angela Kirking, 46, was rousted from her bed about 5 a.m. on October 11. Four DEA agents and five Shorewood cops were in her Ranchwood Drive (Illinois] home, according to a police report.

Rocket Science: House Conservative Targets NASA's $3 million Spent to Find Intelligent Life ... in Congress?
Breitbart - An Arizona conservative congressman is shining light on how President Barack Obama is using $3 million of taxpayer money to teach National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) officials how to lobby Congress.

Holder: We Want to Explore Gun Tracking Bracelets
Washington Free Beacon - Attorney General Eric Holder said on Friday that gun tracking bracelets are something the Justice Department (DOJ) wants to “explore” as part of its gun control efforts.

Rand Paul Says Dick Cheney Pushed For The Iraq War So Halliburton Would Profit
Liberty Crier - As the ex-veep blasts Paul for being an isolationist, old video shows the Kentucky senator charging that Cheney used 9/11 as an excuse to invade Iraq and benefit his former company.

Al Sharpton's Secret Work As FBI Informant
Blacklisted News - Beginning in the mid-1980s and spanning several years, Sharpton’s cooperation was fraught with danger since the FBI’s principal targets were leaders of the Genovese crime family, the country’s largest and most feared Mafia outfit. In addition to aiding the FBI/NYPD task force, which was known as the “Genovese squad,” Sharpton’s cooperation extended to several other investigative agencies.

“Red Dawn”: Supporters Rally to Defend Family Facing Showdown With Feds
Paul Joseph Watson - Supporters of Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy violated a “First Amendment Area” by staging a rally in support of Bundy, who earlier declared a “range war” against federal authorities in response to a land dispute that threatens to escalate into a Waco-style standoff.

Teen Suspended For Helping Students Opt-Out Of Common Core English Test
Mikael Thalen - According to a complaint filed by 13-year-old Seirra Olivero, the incident began when a teacher at Orange-Ulster BOCES told her to “shut her mouth and keep walking” for telling a fellow student that he did not have to take the controversial test.

High School Student Arrested After Notifying Principal ‘We’re Disappointed In You’
Adan Salazar - 200 students staged a sit-in last Wednesday around noon at the Lake Central High School in St. John, Ind., protesting their school’s apparent lack of concern for one of their peers, who recently committed suicide.

Economy & Business

7 Places PayPal Sends Your Personal Financial Info That You Probably Don't Want It to Go
Alternet - Wolf Richter over at Naked Capitalism has done us a favor and read through all these policies and found that PayPal sends tons of your personal information — including financial data, web preferences, and your physical location — to a bunch of places you probably wouldn’t want it to go. The places PayPal sends your personal information to include...

98% Of All Consumer Credit In Past Year Was Used For Student And Car Loans
Zero Hedge - If last month total consumer credit increased by $13.8 billion, of which $14.0 billion went into student and car loans meaning consumers continued deleveraging on their credit card statements (some expectation for a recovery there), then February was even worse.

What In The World Is Happening To The Nasdaq?
Economic Collapse - All of a sudden, the Nasdaq is absolutely tanking. On Monday, it fell more than 1 percent after dropping 3.6 percent on Thursday and Friday combined. At this point, the Nasdaq is off to the worst start to a year that we have seen since 2008, and we all remember what happened back then.

Americans pay more in taxes than they spend on food clothing and housing combined
The Daily Caller - Tax Freedom Day is the day when the nation as a whole has earned enough money to pay its total tax bill for year. A vivid, calendar-based illustration of the cost of government, Tax Freedom Day divides all federal, state, and local taxes by the nation’s income.

Veteran News

U.S. military conspired to hide extreme PCB contamination on military bases
(NaturalNews) A report in Japanese media suggests that the U.S. military discovered toxic levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) at its Kadena Air Base on Okinawa that dramatically exceeded acceptable safety levels but failed to alert Japanese authorities and then subsequently hid information about the contamination for decades.

Energy & Environment

3.1 Shakes New Madrid Area of NW Tennessee
wreg.com - A small earthquake rattled parts of West Tennessee early Monday morning. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the 3.1 magnitude earthquake struck at 1:24 a.m. Monday.... The quake happened inside the New Madrid Fault Zone which was responsible for a series of massive earthquakes back in 1811 and 1812.

Science & Technology

U.S. Navy creates 'game-changing' jet fuel from seawater
The Daily Caller - The U.S. Navy has developed a new process for generating jet fuel out of ordinary seawater — thanks to technology that could be widely deployed in as little as a decade.

Navy to unveil railgun in San Diego
UT San Diego - In July, the Navy will hold a static display of its $500 million electromagnetic railgun prototype program at San Diego Naval Base, aboard the Joint High Speed Vessel Millinocket. It’s the same ship on which the Navy will perform the first maritime firing test of the weapon in 2016.

Health

Turmeric: The Spice That Prevents Fluoride From Destroying Your Brain
Green Med Info - The Spice That Prevents Fluoride From Destroying Your Brain. Fluoride is found everywhere today, from antibiotics to drinking water, no stick pans to toothpaste, making exposure inevitable. All the more reason why new research proving this common spice can prevent fluoride damage is so promising!

Hundreds of St. Louis children diagnosed with lead poisoning annually
(NaturalNews) St. Louis Public Radio reporter Camille Phillips reports that more than 1,000 cases of elevated blood lead levels are reported annually in the city, and that parents need to be aware of potential sources of exposure.

A New Autoimmunity Syndrome Linked to Aluminum In Vaccines
Green Med Info - Leading immunologists at International Congress on Autoimmunity link aluminum in vaccines to a new post-vaccine syndrome.
* Related: Vaccine adjuvants and preservatives

Guillain Barré Syndrome is #1 Side Effect of Vaccine Injury Compensations due to Flu Shots
Health Impact News - Statistics released in March, 2014 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services revealed that the flu vaccine remains the top vaccine causing injuries which are being compensated through vaccine court, and that Guillain-Barré Syndrome, a crippling disease, remains the top injury being awarded compensation due to the seasonal flu vaccine.

Federal Police and DEA Try to Stop Medical Marijuana Research, No Matter What
Natural Society - The DEA and federal government are lying about marijuana and trying to block the study of medical marijuana benefits – as if most aren’t already known.

10 Scientific Studies Proving GMOs Can Be Harmful To Human Health
Activist Post - There are a multitude of credible scientific studies that clearly demonstrate why GMOs should not be consumed, and more are emerging every year. There are also a number of scientists all around the world who oppose them.

How To Avoid Cataract Surgery
Green Med Info - An article published online on BMC Ophthalmology, finds a significant relationship between high intakes of fruits and vegetables and lowered risk of cataracts. In addition, taking in more vitamins C and E is also associated with fewer cataracts.

Beet and carrot allergy season fighter juice
STEPin2 - Fresh juices with natural ingredients are great for allergies because they strengthen the immune system and help the body deal with allergy symptoms. Let’s look at this allergy season juice recipe.

The many health benefits of green onions
STEPin2 - Onions are an excellent source of a sulfur molecule called Onionin A, which inhibits the activity of the white blood cells that cause inflammation. Onions are also packed with antioxidants, the most potent being quercetin. This antioxidant also provides anti-inflammatory benefits.


Monday - April 7, 2014 - Today In History:
1712 - A slave revolt broke out in New York City.
1798 - The territory of Mississippi was organized.
1862 - Union General Ulysses S. Grant defeated Confederates at the Battle of Shiloh, TN.
1922 - U.S. Secretary of Interior leased Teapot Dome naval oil reserves in Wyoming.
1930 - The first steel columns were set for the Empire State Building.
1933 - Prohibition ended in the United States.
1940 - Booker T. Washington became the first black to be pictured on a U.S. postage stamp.
1943 - British and American armies linked up between Wadi Akarit and El Guettar in North Africa to form a solid line against the German army.
1945 - The Japanese battleship Yamato, the world’s largest battleship, was sunk during the battle for Okinawa. The fleet was headed for a suicide mission.
1948 - The United Nations' World Health Organization began operations.
1953 - The Big Four met for the first time in 2 years to seek an end to their air conflicts.
1953 - IBM unveiled the IBM 701 Electronic Data Processing Machine. It was IBM's first commercially available scientific computer.
1966 - The U.S. recovered a hydrogen bomb it had lost off the coast of Spain.
1971 - U.S. President Nixon pledged to withdraw 100,000 more men from Vietnam by December.
1990 - In the U.S., John Poindexter was found guilty of five counts at his Iran-Contra trial. The convictions were later reversed on appeal.
2000 - U.S. President Clinton signed the Senior Citizens Freedom to Work Act of 2000. The bill reversed a Depression-era law and allows senior citizens to earn money without losing Social Security retirement benefits.

World News

Pro-Russian protesters seize govt buildings in Ukraine's Donetsk, Lugansk and Kharkov
RT - Thousands of people waving Russian flags flooded the streets of eastern Ukraine on Sunday. Demonstrators in the cities of Donetsk, Lugansk, and Kharkov seized state offices, while in Donetsk they also demanded an independence referendum.

Seymour Hersh Unearths More Lies on Syria
Global Research - The bottom line: Turkey was almost certainly the party responsible for the attack, hoping it would force Obama to honour his threatened “red line” if Assad used chemical weapons. Was the Assad regime to be brought down by a US military campaign, Turkey assumed it would be able to turn Syria into a client state.

Japan to intercept any North Korea missile deemed a threat
(Reuters) - Japan will strike any North Korean ballistic missile that threatens to hit Japan in the coming weeks after Pyongyang recently fired medium-range missiles, a government source said on Saturday.

Vietnam is sentencing corrupt bankers to death, by firing squad
globalpost.com - Amid a sweeping cleanup of its financial sector, Vietnam has sentenced three bankers to death in the past six months.

#OpIsrael: Anonymous calls for massive attack on Israeli cyberspace
RT - Hacktivist group Anonymous plans to execute an anti-Israel operation dubbed #OpIsrael by launching massive cyber-attacks against Israeli ministries and organizations on April 7, the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Detected signal could belong to missing Malaysia Airlines plane
Press TV - Planes and ships are heading to an area where a Chinese ship has reported detecting signals consistent with a black box beacon in the ongoing hunt for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane.

Millions face hunger as deadly fungus Panama disease decimates global banana crop
The Independent - Scientists have warned that the world’s banana crop, worth £26 billion and a crucial part of the diet of more than 400 million people, is facing “disaster” from virulent diseases immune to pesticides or other forms of control.

Mass strike brings Benghazi to standstill
Press TV - On Sunday, public and private sector staff, including oil workers, went on strike in the port city, protesting against worsening security, Reuters reported. They also demanded the resignation of the parliament whose mandate has expired. Many Libyans blame infighting parliamentarians for the growing turmoil and anarchy in the North African country.

Chuck Hagel says US will send two ballistic missile destroyers to Japan
The Guardian - The US defence secretary, Chuck Hagel, delivered a two-pronged warning to Asia Pacific nations on Sunday, announcing that the US would send two additional ballistic missile destroyers to Japan to counter the North Korean threat, and saying China must better respect its neighbours.

VIDEO: China warns US over Hong Kong
Press TV - China has warned the US not to interfere in Hong Kong’s affairs, following a meeting between US Vice President Joe Biden and anti-Beijing activists.

Do The Chinese Know More Than They’re Letting On About Flight MH370?
Daily Sheeple - Given that not a single piece of debris from the missing plane has been found, it would be remarkable if the Chinese ship had managed to stumble across signals from the black box flight recorder without any real idea of where the plane crashed.

U.N. says time running out to meet global warming target
(Reuters) Government officials and top climate scientists will meet in Berlin from April 7-12 to review the 29-page draft that also estimates the needed shift to low-carbon energies would cost between two and six percent of world output by 2050.

MH370 searchers detect 'promising' acoustic lead
Perth (Australia) (AFP) - An Australian navy ship has detected new underwater signals consistent with aircraft "black boxes", the chief of the MH370 search said Monday, calling it the "most promising lead" yet in the month-old hunt for the missing plane.

Marine Chemist: Highly contaminated waste flowing in aquifer below Fukushima
ENENews - [...] groundwater is infiltrating the NPP reactor buildings at several hundred tons/day and being transformed into highly contaminated radioactive wastewater [...] TEPCO has acknowledged ongoing direct radionuclide inputs to the local aquifer with the potential for transport to the coastal ocean via submarine groundwater discharge (SGD).

VIDEO: Ecuador’s ‘Throat of Fire’ erupts
Press TV - Ecuador's Geophysics Institute said the volcano erupted three times over the weekend, sending molten rocks and large clouds of gas and ash into the sky 90 miles (140 kilometres) south of the capital, Quito.

Swiss building provides refuge for the hypersensitive
Leimbach (Switzerland) (AFP) - No smoking, no perfume, no mobile phone use -- the list of rules at a newly opened apartment building on the outskirts of Zurich is long. For a reason: the structure has been purpose built for people who say exposure to everyday products like perfume, hand lotion or wireless devices make them so sick they cannot function.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Congress Underpaid?
Roll Call - Despite what constituents outside of Washington might think, members of Congress are underpaid, a House Legislative Branch appropriator suggested Thursday.

CIA Official Dies in Apparent Suicide
Free Beacon - A senior CIA official has died in an apparent suicide this week from injuries sustained after jumping off a building in northern Virginia, according to sources close to the CIA.

Military drone crashes near Pennsylvania elementary school
RT - A nearly 400-pound unmanned aerial vehicle crash-landed near an elementary school in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania on Thursday afternoon, irritating members of the community and alarming civil liberties advocates nervous about drones flying over the US.

Calls rise after Fort Hood to allow carrying firearms on base
The Washington Times - Fort Hood may seem worlds apart from Sandy Hook Elementary School, but they have at least two things in common: Both have been victimized recently by horrific mass shootings, and neither allows the carrying of firearms.

Gun advocates credit new concealed carry laws for sharp drop in Chicago murder rate
The Washington Times - Chicago police are reporting that the murder rate for the first quarter of the year is the lowest it’s been in more than 50 years, which gun advocates are attributing to a concealed carry law passed in Illinois last year.

Missouri House Votes to Nullify all Federal Gun Control Measures
Activist Post - By a broad margin, the Missouri state House passed an “emergency” bill that seeks to nullify virtually every federal gun control measure on the books, “whether past, present or future.” House Bill 1439 (HB1439), introduced by Rep. Doug Funderburk (R-St. Charles), passed by a vote of 110-36.

HHS “Started” Individual Obamacare Applications Prior To Deadline,Obtained Personal Info From States
shark-tank.com - In the closing days of the open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) , the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) was mailing out letters notifying certain Americans that they had already started a healthcare coverage application on their behalf.

Inmates Getting Coverage Under ObamaCare, As States Shift Cost To Feds
Fox News - Cash-strapped state and local prisons increasingly are using the Affordable Care Act to pay for their inmates' medical costs, taking advantage of a little-known provision that lets them shift some of those expenses to the federal government.

Autopsy Shows Capitol Police Shot Unarmed Mother in Back of Head
WND - First they called her a terrorist threat. When she turned out to be an unarmed suburban mother, they said she was on drugs. Now, WND has exclusively learned, without a trace of doubt, that was wrong, too.

100 FBI Agents Raid A 91-year-old Man’s House To Make Him Prove His Large Artifact Collection Was ‘Acquired Properly’
wishtv.com - Chopper 8 flew over Miller’s home on Wednesday. The video shows the sheer number of resources the FBI has pulled for this investigation. Patrol cars litter the road, a command center, and massive tents surround Don and Sandra Miller’s Waldron, Indiana home.

Cities to Carpoolers: Sharing Your Car is Illegal, We Will Seize Your Cars
dailytech.com - Taxi unions say government regulation is essential to "safeguard" the public from itself.

Mainstream Media Warns: Fort Hood Shooter Was “Stockpiling Weapons and Ammunition”
Activist Post - As investigators attempt to put together the pieces surrounding the most recent mass shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, it didn’t take long for the mainstream media to begin fabricating its own narratives as to why Ivan Lopez may have targeted twenty soldiers last week.

YouTube: Ron Paul's Texas Straight Talk 4/7/14: Ft. Hood: An Avoidable Tragedy
Ron Paul - While there is much focus on the mental illness that appears to have driven many of these men to murder, what is left unsaid is the cause of the tragedy. Government officials and the media only talk about the symptoms that lead to these tragic events....

Seventh Grader Suspended For Twirling Pencil ‘Like A Gun’
Mikael Thalen - Ethan Chaplin, a seventh-grade student at Glen Meadow Middle School, was twirling his pencil in math class when a fellow student suddenly yelled out, “He’s making gun motions, send him to juvie!” Ethan was immediately taken to the principal’s office, suspended, and told he would not be able to return to school until he passed a psychological evaluation.

Economy & Business

$6 Billion Goes Missing at State Department
The Fiscal Times - The State Department has no idea what happened to $6 billion used to pay its contractors. In a special “management alert” made public Thursday, the State Department’s Inspector General Steve Linick warned “significant financial risk and a lack of internal control at the department has led to billions of unaccounted dollars over the last six years.

'Too little, too late': IRS pays out $53mn to whistleblowers on 2013 tax evaders
RT - The US Internal Revenue Service paid millions to people who turned in their friends and neighbors for tax evasion in 2013, a report states. But there’s an ongoing argument about the nature of award payouts: the current scheme is extremely slow.

ABN Amro Ex-CEO Found Dead
Zero Hedge - A mere two weeks since former JPMorgan banker, Kenneth Bellando jumped to his death, Bloomberg reports that the former CEO of Dutch Bank ABN Amro (and his wife and daughter) were found dead at their home after a possible "family tragedy."

Detroit bankruptcy judge considers $85 million payment to global banks
RINF - US Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes heard arguments Thursday over a proposed payment by the city Detroit of $85 million to UBS and Bank of America.

Dollar Devaluation: Hard Evidence At Your Local Grocery Store
Waking Times - The images in this article tell the difficult truth for all to see, and the numbers don’t lie. This is how you are being kept calm. This is how your politicians have managed to breeze through their office terms not having to answer the hard questions of why they are allowing our currency to head in the direction of third world status.

eBay Now Allows Virtual Currency Sales
TechCrunch - eBay, owners of payment service PayPal, has quietly added a new Virtual Currency category to their sales site, allowing users to sell virtual currency like bitcoin, as well as miners, and mining contracts.

This Is What Employment In America Really Looks Like…
Economic Collapse - Thanks to the offshoring of millions of jobs, the replacement of millions of workers with technology and the overall weakness of the U.S. economy, the percentage of Americans that are actually working is significantly lower than it was when this century began.

Energy & Environment

Duke’s plan to stunt tree growth in Charlotte spurs complaints
charlotteobserver.com - A Duke Energy experiment with using chemicals to keep tree limbs away from power lines has spurred complaints from homeowners concerned about environmental hazards and the health of their trees.... They contend that chemicals put into the soil could leach into groundwater or harm nearby plants and vegetable gardens.

Science & Technology

Telecoms could be forced to collect even more metadata under Obama’s NSA overhaul
RT - An effort from the White House to revamp the rules that govern how the National Security Agency goes about getting telephone data may actually force service providers to start logging more records that they do now, a new report suggests.

The Complete Interactive Guide To How The NSA Spies On Everything You Do
Zero Hedge - With all the hoopla about missing airplanes, renewed wars of the cold variety, and rigged markets, it is easy to forget that America is now officially a totalitarian state of the Orwellian kind, where the population has - involuntarily - ceded all of its privacy in exchange for... something.

Survival/Preparedness

Hidden Energy Inside Your Pocket Change
Activist Post - You never realize how dependent you are to the grid until the lights go out for a long period of time. Although many of us have batteries and flashlights safely stored for a rainy day, there may be a time during an extended emergency where you run out of your battery stash and have to improvise.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Armed Feds Prepare For Showdown With Nevada Cattle Rancher
Paul Joseph Watson - A Ruby Ridge-style standoff is brewing in Nevada, where dozens of armed federal agents are closing in on cattle rancher Cliven Bundy over claims that Bundy has allowed his cows to graze illegally on government land, endangering a protected species of tortoise.

Health

States begin to ban dangerous new FDA-approved painkiller
RT - Officials in Vermont and Massachusetts are taking a stand against a powerful new prescription painkiller that is raising concerns about the possibility of an increase in accidental overdoses amid an ongoing, out-of-control drug problem in America.

Baby Monkeys Develop Autism Symptoms After Getting Popular Childhood Vaccines
My Natures Medicine - Following a recent study conducted by scientists at the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania which revealed that many infant monkeys given standard doses of childhood vaccines as part of the new research, developed autism symptoms, question marks over the ultimate safety of vaccines have come to the fore.

Why Does this Food Have 196 Ingredients?
Activist Post - In this day and age of genetically modified, subsidized, and highly processed food full of chemical additives and synthetic multisyllabic unpronounceables, would it surprise you to learn that for just $2.22, you can buy a meal made with no less than 196 ingredients?

Chia seeds contain 7.5 times the omega-3 content of salmon, as well as the highest protein content of any edible seed
(NaturalNews) Chia seeds are one of the highest known sources for omega-3 fatty acids, containing 7.5 times more of these essential oils per ounce than salmon. They provide more protein than any other seed, and a complete protein to boot. They are exceptionally high in fiber, which benefits intestinal health. The seeds contain five times as much calcium as milk, along with boron for healthy bones and high levels of B vitamins.

5 Compounds that Make Oregano a Nutritional Powerhouse
Natural Society - Although often used as a culinary spice for its distinct flavor and aroma, oregano is also a medicinal power-house. Oregano is an amazing healing plant due to the following constituents...

Magnesium Lowers Colorectal Cancer Risk
Green Med Info - An astounding 70% or more of Americans are deficient in the essential mineral magnesium. Low levels can have deadly effects. Epidemiologic studies have suggested that low magnesium may be associated with higher rates of colorectal cancer among other diseases.

Zinc deficiency mistakes you might not realize you're making
(NaturalNews) One big reason for zinc deficiency is that food consumed today has less zinc than in years past -- soil demineralization due to modern farming methods and food processing are two culprits for today's reduced dietary zinc intake. As zinc is water-soluble, canning foods or cooking them in water can cause the removal of zinc.

Salad eaters, rejoice! Study shows beneficial nutrients enter bloodstream
(NaturalNews) The study was taken on by experts from the University of California, Los Angeles, and Louisiana State University who assessed the nutritional value of salad and raw vegetables to determine how we absorb their nutrients. More than 17,500 men and women were studied, and results consistently demonstrated that their bodies had elevated levels of vitamin C, lycopene and folic acid, to name just a few nutrients.

High-protein diet in middle age doubles risk of early death, quadruples cancer risks
(NaturalNews) A research team from the University of Southern California has published the results of a study in the journal Cell Metabolism that explains how a high-protein diet during middle age makes you nearly twice as likely to die, and four times more likely to die from cancer specifically.


Friday - April 4, 2014 - Today In History:
1812 - The territory of Orleans became the 18th U.S. state and will become known as Louisiana.
1818 - The U.S. flag was declared to have 13 red and white stripes and 20 stars and that a new star would be added for the each new state.
1841 - U.S. President William Henry Harrison, at the age of 68, became the first president to die in office. He had been sworn in only a month before he died of pneumonia.
1848 - Thomas Douglas became the first San Francisco public teacher.
1850 - The city of Los Angeles was incorporated.
1862 - In the U.S., the Battle of Yorktown began as Union General George B. McClellan closed in on Richmond, VA.
1887 - Susanna M. Salter became mayor of Argonia, KS, making her the first woman mayor in the U.S.
1917 - The U.S. Senate voted 90-6 to enter World War I on the Allied side.
1918 - The Battle of Somme, an offensive by the British against the German Army ended.
1932 - After five years of research, professor C.G. King, of the University of Pittsburgh, isolated vitamin C.
1945 - During World War II, U.S. forces liberated the Nazi death camp Ohrdruf in Germany.
1949 - Twelve nations signed a treaty to create The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
1967 - The U.S. lost its 500th plane over Vietnam.
1968 - Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated at the age of 39.
1969 - Dr. Denton Cooley implanted the first temporary artificial heart.
1971 - Veterans stadium in Philadelphia, PA, was dedicated this day.
1975 - More than 130 people, most of them children, were killed when a U.S. Air Force transport plane evacuating Vietnamese orphans crashed just after takeoff from Saigon.
1981 - Henry Cisneros became the first Mexican-American elected mayor of a major U.S. city, which was San Antonio, TX.
1983 - At Cape Canaveral, the space shuttle Challenger took off on its first flight. It was the sixth flight overall for the shuttle program.
1984 - U.S. President Reagan proposed an international ban on chemical weapons.
1987 - The U.S. charged the Soviet Union with wiretapping a U.S. Embassy.
1991 - Pennsylvanian Senator John Heinz and six others were killed when a helicopter collided with Heinz's plane over a schoolyard in Merion, PA.
2003 - U.S. forces seized Saddam International Airport outside Baghdad.
2006 - The Iraq tribunal charged Saddam Hussein and six others, accusing them of genocide and crimes against humanity stemming from a 1980s crackdown against Kurds.
2011 - Yielding to political opposition, the Obama administration gave up on trying avowed Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed and four alleged co-conspirators in civilian federal courts and said it would prosecute them instead before military commissions.

World News

Russia wants answers on NATO troop movement in Eastern Europe
RT - Russia expects detailed explanations from NATO regarding expanding its military presence in Eastern Europe, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. The statement comes after NATO bloc announced boosting its military presence in the area.

What About The Dollar: Russia, Iran Announce $20 Billion Oil-For-Goods Deal
Zero Hedge - If you said the complete absence of US Dollars anywhere in the funds flow you are correct. Which is precisely what we have been warning would happen the more the West and/or JPMorgan pushed Russia into a USD-free corner.

Russia regrets NASA halting cooperation, experts warn of impact on intl space work
RT - Russia has expressed its regrets over NASA’s decision to halt cooperation with its Russian counterpart. However, experts agree that the measure will affect NASA and mutual international work, but will not significantly harm Russia.

IMF Warns: Global Stagnation If Ukraine Not Bailed Out
Kurt Nimmo - MF boss Christine Lagarde has recycled the bankster mantra as the globalists push for a bailout of Ukraine. “Geopolitical tensions” in Ukraine “could cloud the global economic outlook” and “could have broader spill over implications,” she told an audience at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.

More Evidence U.S. Funds al-Qaeda Terrorists in Syria
Kurt Nimmo - Earlier this year, the United States and the Gulf monarchies initiated a propaganda effort designed to sanitize the image of the mercenaries fighting to topple the Syrian government.

Iran Appoints American Hostage Taker as UN Envoy
Daily Sheeple - Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz has vowed to prevent Hamid Aboutalebi, one of a group that held 52 Americans hostages for 444 days in 1979, from entering the United States. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani had selected Hamid Aboutalebi to represent Iran at the United Nations.

Lawmakers call on oil and gas producers to ditch ‘dirty, bloody dollar’
RT - A group of Lower House MPs are urging Russian oil and gas producers and traders to stop using the US dollar. They say this means sharing profits with the USA, and making Russia vulnerable to western sanctions.

Russia Is Dominated By Global Banks, Too
Zero Hedge - As the Ukrainian crisis festers and other dangers in the Pacific and the Mideast grow, an odd consensus among alternative analysts is taking hold — namely the belief that President Vladimir Putin and Russia represent some kind of opposition to globalization and the rule of corporate financiers.

China General Says "War With Japan Increasingly Likely" As Russia Conducts New Army Drill Near Latvia, Estonia
Zero Hedge - Just in case escalating tensions along Russia's western border - and one can be certain Estonia and Latvia will scream bloody murder any second - here is a retired Chinese general who just told SCMP that a "war with Japan over territorial disputes is becoming increasingly likely" and that China is more than capable of defending itself.

Turkey court overturns YouTube ban, except on 15 videos
RT - Ankara court ordered a Turkish government ban on YouTube to be lifted, but allowed the blockage of 15 specific videos to remain in place. The move comes after a similar overturning of a government ban of Twitter.

VIDEO: Two journalists shot in Afghanistan, one dead
Press TV - A female foreign journalist has been shot dead and another injured by a gunman in eastern Afghanistan on the eve of the country's presidential vote.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Ft. Hood Officials Reject Concealed Carry, Suggest Soldiers Can Wait Minutes For Police
Kit Daniels - Despite admitting that it took police up to 15 minutes to respond to yesterday’s mass shooting at Ft. Hood, Texas, a U.S. Army spokesperson stood behind the Army’s longstanding policy that prevents soldiers from carrying concealed handguns for self-defense on base.

Harry Reid: Fort Hood Shooting Should Revive Gun Control Push
Breitbart - Speaking to reporters on April 3rd, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said the shooting at Fort Hood should revive the gun control push.

Fort Hood gunman was on a cocktail of prescription drugs
The Telegraph - Ivan Lopez, the soldier who carried out a mass shooting at Fort Hood in Texas, had not been in combat during his tour of Iraq, but was being assessed for post-traumatic stress disorder. Related article/video.

FEMA's 'Inaccurate Guidance' May Cause NJ Towns to Return Hurricane Sandy Aid
Breitbart - Two towns devastated by Hurricane Sandy may lose hundreds of thousands of dollars in aid after a federal audit found insufficient evidence to prove their debris removal expenses. Officials tell the Bergen Record that “inaccurate or incomplete guidance from the many FEMA Project Specialists" was to blame.

“You Answer to Me!” Cop Breaks Into Home, Arrests Man
Paul Joseph Watson - Video footage appears to show a police officer breaking into a home in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana before arresting a man for no reason as he exclaims, “you answer to me!” The clip begins with the officer forcibly entering the house, apparently without a warrant, before telling 26-year-old Donrell Breaux he will be arrested.

Video: NY Troopers Confiscate Toy Gun, Cutout of Gun from SAFE Act Protester
Adan Salazar - A SAFE Act protester at the New York state capitol in Albany yesterday was approached by three state troopers and relieved of his weapons: a toy gun and a plywood cutout in the shape of a gun.

Texas man testing open-carry law told he’s ‘free to go’ – then tasered and arrested
BizPac Review - Texas gun rights activists are planning a rally on Sunday to protest the stun-gun arrest of a teenager arrested by San Antonio police for doing nothing more than exercising his constitutional rights.

Own An Antique Bullet? In This City, Get Arrested – And Convicted
Off the Grid News - Mark Witaschek, a Washington, DC, businessman with no criminal record, must now post his name on a firearms offender registry after a shocking court verdict.

Trooper Stops Man … Because He’s From A State That Sells This
Off the Grid News - A man claims he was stopped and detained by a state trooper in Idaho simply because he was driving a vehicle with Colorado license plates, where marijuana is legal, according to a new federal lawsuit.

Pentagon is moving aggressively to establish a “network” of elite American commandos across the globe
Blacklisted News - The Pentagon is moving aggressively to establish a “network” of elite American commandos across the globe as part of its changing strategy to combat al-Qaida cells in places like North Africa.

Senate Votes to Declassify Report on CIA Interrogations
defenseone.com - In a closed hearing Thursday, the Senate Intelligence Committee voted 11-3 to declassify portions of a CIA report detailing post-9/11 interrogation tactics. The lawmakers sent their request to the White House to declassify more than 500 pages of a 6,200-page report, including an executive summary, findings, and conclusions about an interrogation program involving more than 100 detainees.

Two B-52 and two B-2 bombers perform 20-hour long synchronized attack on Hawaii’s training range
theaviationist.com - Even if global strike missions are routinely conducted “to ensure the U.S. has a credible capability to respond to a variety of levels of threats and to provide the President a variety of options he may need to protect the nation or its allies and partners,” launching two B-52s and two B-2s in a synchronized strike attack training mission does not happen every day.

Could U.S. Constitution Be Changed to Eliminate Second Amendment?
Paul Joseph Watson - The entire U.S. Constitution could be up for review after Michigan became the 34th state to vote in favor of a Constitutional Convention, satisfying a rule that states America’s founding document can be amended if two thirds of state legislatures approve the measure.

Outrage Over Gun Free Zone: “The Very People Trained To Take Out Armed Attackers… Are Disarmed.”
Mac Slavo - “Fort Hood is a gun free zone, just like our schools.” You rarely hear about mass shootings in places where guns can be legally carried. And often, when a shooter with mass killing on his mind enters one of these facilities, he is put down by a law abiding citizen.

Banning Warrantless Data: Utah Governor Signs Privacy Bill into Law
Activist Post - On Monday, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert signed a bill into law that will thwart some of the effects of the growing surveillance state.

Judge Nap: James Clapper Should Be Prosecuted for Allegedly Lying
Fox News - Napolitano feels Clapper should lose his job and go to prison since he previously testified before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and lied that the NSA doesn't collect information on Americans.

Koch ally to introduce Monsanto-backed bill to bar state GMO labeling laws
RT - Rep. Mike Pompeo will introduce legislation backed by powerful trade groups to prevent states from passing laws requiring the labeling of genetically-modified foods, according to reports. The bill is linked to biotech giant Monsanto and Koch Industries.

Americans finally understand that marijuana is less harmful than alcohol
Washington Post - A new Pew survey out today provides yet another illustration of the failure of America’s drug war. By a nearly five-to-one margin, Americans agree that alcohol is worse for you than marijuana. However you slice the data up demographically, majorities say the same thing.

Cop Pulls Gun On Fifth Graders Building Tree Fort
Mikael Thalen - Police in Georgia forced a group of fifth graders to the ground at gunpoint this week as they attempted to build a tree fort in their own neighborhood. According to 911 records, Henry County Police were called after a neighbor noticed the children “chopping off tree limbs,” an activity she claimed was hurting the environment and creating “tripping hazards.”

Economy & Business

Shocking Facts About The Deindustrialization Of America That Everyone Should Know
Economic Collapse - How long can America continue to burn up wealth? How long can this nation continue to consume far more wealth than it produces? The trade deficit is one of the biggest reasons for the steady decline of the U.S. economy, but many Americans don't even understand what it is.

IRS Retroactively Taxes Bitcoin
Breitbart - Last week the IRS announced that Bitcoin is not a currency and is, instead, property. This has effectively turned tens of thousands of Americans into tax cheats and endangered the adoption of Bitcoin by wider audiences – even more so than the Mt. Gox fiasco from nearly two months ago.

Amazing Graphic Shows Chicago’s Middle Class Disappear Before Your Eyes
CBS News - The graphic that you are about to see is sobering, perhaps depressing, and you can’t take your eyes off it.

Veteran News

Update: Officer Charged in Death of Elderly Veteran
Ben Swann - A Park Forest, Illinois police officer has been charged in the death of 95-year-old John Wrana, a WWII veteran who was killed in a dispute over medical treatment. Officer Craig Taylor appeared before a judge and faces one charge of reckless conduct, a Class 4 felony. He was freed on his own recognizance.

Energy & Environment

Could the Seismic Activity in Central and South America Affect the Cascadia Fault Line?
Daily Sheeple - You will have 20-30 minutes to get to higher ground. Knowledge about your location, the terrain, and the distance to higher ground will all impact your survival. All the drills in the world won’t help you if you are faced with a 50ft wall of water.

Science & Technology

Night Vision Contact Lenses: Great News for the Military, Law Enforcement and Stalkers Alike
Daily Sheeple - Technology is a double-edged sword. Researchers and scientists need to realize that what seems like a great leap forward today could easily become a curtailment of freedom tomorrow.

Health

Radioprotective Chelator: Apple Pectin Reduces Caesium-137 by 62%
Natural Society - Apple pectin is a great radioprotective agent. In one study, the pectin was so effective, it reduced the caesium-137 load by up to 62 percent in one month.

Study Finds ‘Master Antioxidant’ Glutathione can be Orally Ingested
Natural Society - Until recently, the widely held belief has been that normal oral supplementation won’t help raise GSH levels because oral GSH won’t get past the stomach acids and into the small intestines to be absorbed into the blood. But a study explained in the next section indicates otherwise.

Newer Birth Control Pills Increase Risk of Fatal Blood Clots
Natural Society - While “3rd generation” birth control pills have been on the market for years and are offered as an option with fewer side effects, evidence continues to mount that the side effects they do carry could be deadly.

The Real Cause of Seasonal Allergies (Hint: It’s Not Pollen)
Natural News Blog - Most people blame pollen or mold spores for their seasonal allergies, but these aren’t the real cause at all! Allergy symptoms are caused by an overactive immune system. Your immune system produces substances known as antibodies that protect you from unwanted invaders that could make you sick or cause an infection.... Here are five ways to tackle your seasonal allergies without drugs or medications.

Cancer treatment found in a tree
(NaturalNews) The Lapacho tree has been studied for many years by cultures around the globe. It is an evergreen tree from South America that produces a type of bark that has been claimed to cure or prevent cancer, along with other illnesses. The scientific name is Tabebuia avellanedae, and the tea that is made from this bark is often referred to as "Pau d'arco," though many alternative names have been used.

Unhealthy food cravings are a sign of mineral deficiencies
(NaturalNews) Most of us have, at one point in our lives, experienced intense cravings for unhealthy foods. Whether it be for chocolate, donuts, salty snacks or refined carbs, our bodies appear to want them -- and we're often all too happy to submit. There's just one problem: Eating these foods doesn't seem to end the cravings. What is going on here? Are our bodies playing a cruel joke on us? Well, not quite.

Tuna is the #3 cause of food poisoning in the United States, but not because of bacteria
(NaturalNews) Since bacteria are killed by thorough cooking, most consumers assume that they can avoid any food poisoning risk simply by cooking fish thoroughly before eating. This dangerous illusion probably contributes to tuna's status as the #3 cause of food poisoning in the United States.

EPA forced children to inhale cancer-causing diesel pollutants as part of heinous government experiments
(NaturalNews) The U.S. government intentionally subjected children and adults to bizarre medical experiments that required them to inhale diesel pollutants known to contain cancer-causing chemicals. The experiments involved collecting diesel fumes from idling diesel trucks, then piping those fumes into enclosed chambers where U.S. test subjects were required to breathe them for hours at a time.
 


Thursday - April 3, 2014 - Today In History:
1776 - George Washington received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Harvard College .
1860 - The first Pony Express riders left St. Joseph, MO and Sacramento, CA. The trip across country took about 10 days. The Pony Express only lasted about a year and a half.
1865 - Union forces occupy Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia.
1882 - The American outlaw Jesse James was shot in the back and killed by Robert Ford for a $5,000 reward. There was later controversy over whether it was actually Jesse James that had been killed.
1910 - Alaska's Mt. McKinley, the highest mountain in North America was climbed.
1936 - Richard Bruno Hauptmann was executed for the kidnapping and death of the son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh.
1942 - The Japanese began their all-out assault on the U.S. and Filipino troops at Bataan.
1946 - Lt. General Masaharu Homma, the Japanese commander responsible for the Bataan Death March, was executed in the Philippines.
1948 - U.S. President Harry Truman signed the Marshall Plan to revive war-torn Europe. It was $5 billion in aid for 16 countries.
1967 - The U.S. State Department said that Hanoi might be brainwashing American prisoners.
1968 - Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "mountaintop" speech just 24 hours before he was assassinated.
1968 - North Vietnam agreed to meet with U.S. representatives to set up preliminary peace talks.
1983 - It was reported that Vietnamese occupation forces had overrun a key insurgent base in western Cambodia.
1985 - The U.S. charged that Israel violated the Geneva Convention by deporting Shiite prisoners.
1996 - An Air Force jetliner carrying Commerce Secretary Ron Brown crashed in Croatia, killing all 35 people aboard.
1996 - Unabomber suspect Theodore Kaczynski was arrested. He pled guilty in January 1998 to five Unabomber attacks in exchange for a life sentence without chance for parole.
2000 - A U.S. federal judge ruled that Microsoft had violated U.S. antitrust laws by keeping "an oppressive thumb" on its competitors. Microsoft said that they would appeal the ruling.
2010 - The Wi-Fi version of the Apple iPad went on sale.

World News

U.S. Navy Sending Destroyer to Black Sea to Support Ukraine
NBC News - The U.S. Navy is sending a destroyer into the Black Sea in the coming days as a symbolic gesture of support for Ukraine and other allies in the region, according to two senior defense officials. The USS Donald Cook, a guided missile destroyer based in Rota, Spain, and will travel to the Black Sea "in the next week or so," according to one senior defense official.

Establishment Media Sanitizing Ukraine’s Fascists
Kurt Nimmo - The establishment media is attempting to marginalize and expel Right Sector and Svoboda fascists from the Ukrainian junta in order to make it palatable now that the IMF, the United States and the European Union are ladling money and support on the nearly bankrupt country.

Russia Threatens Retaliation After JPMorgan Blocks Embassy Money Transfer
Economy Watch - Russia’s foreign ministry has threatened to impede the operations of American diplomatic missions in the country, after U.S. bank JPMorgan Chase on Tuesday blocked a remittance from the Russian embassy in Kazakhstan to an insurance agency.

Saudi Arabia declares atheists terrorists under new laws targeting citizens who 'call for secular thought in any form'
Daily Mail - Saudi Arabia has officially identified atheists as terrorists in sweeping new laws that threaten up to 20 years in prison for almost any criticism of the government or Islam.

Afghan H-bomb: Record opium harvest, billions burn in 'war on drugs'
RT - Finding a solution to the thriving heroin production in Afghanistan has been on the back burner ever since the Americans occupied the country. The new Afghan president who will be elected next weekend will have to battle record opium harvests.

China Orders Big Banks to Close Bitcoin Trading Accounts
Blacklisted News - China's central bank has ordered the country's commercial banks and payment companies to close bitcoin trading accounts in two weeks, according to people with knowledge of the matter, dealing another blow to the virtual currency, reports WSJ.

Fukushima: Radioactive Seafood in Canadian Grocery Stores
Global Research - Since the Canadian stopped testing seafood for radiation, an Alberta teenager took matters into her own hands.

Panama Earthquake Hit Wednesday, 5.8 Magnitude
Activist Post - Barely one day after an 8.2 magnitude earthquake struck Chile, killing six people, a 5.8 earthquake has rocked Panama. While writing this, the earthquake was downgraded from 6.2 magnitude by the U.S. Geological Services.

Peru Volcano Rumbles to Life, Evacuations
Activist Post - The epicenter of the [Chilean] earthquake affected fault lines in a "Ring of Fire" of volcanoes. Southwestern Peru was also affected by the earthquake and one volcano started to spew ash on Tuesday.

U.S. sending 175 Marines to Romania as part of Africa crisis team
StratRisks - The Pentagon said on Wednesday it was bolstering the size of its Europe-based African crisis response force to 675 Marines, sending 175 new troops to a Romanian base near the Black Sea at a time of tensions over Russia’s annexation of part of Ukraine.

NASA suspends cooperation with Russia over Ukraine crisis
RT - The United States has suspended contact between NASA and its Russian counterpart over the ongoing situation in Ukraine. Only ongoing International Space Station cooperation will continue through the freeze in relations.

Turkey’s constitutional court: Twitter ban violates free speech
RT - The Twitter ban imposed by Turkey’s government violates freedom of expression and individual rights, said the country’s Constitutional Court after a unanimous vote on Wednesday. The ban caused mass protests and public uproar.

VIDEO: ‘US funded social network to incite unrest in Cuba’
Press TV - The administration of US President Barack Obama has been secretly financing the project, dubbed “Cuban Twitter,” for more than two years to undermine the Caribbean country's government, according to an investigation by the Associated Press (AP).

7.6 aftershock hits same area of northern Chile as Tuesday's 8.2 quake
RT - A 7.6-magnitude aftershock has rocked the same area of northern Chile where a massive 8.2 earthquake struck on Tuesday. The earlier quake, which caused a tsunami, killed six people and forced almost one million others to evacuate. RT Update and Related Dutchsinse Video.

YouTube: ENTIRE Ring of Fire showing wave activity on NOAA's Buoy Monitor
Dutchsinse - The entire Pacific Plate is showing wave movement being picked up by NOAA's Buoy monitoring program. From Alaska to New Zealand, from Chile to Japan. Related Article.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Soldier Opens Fire At Fort Hood; 4 Dead, Several Injured
CBS News - A soldier opened fire Wednesday on fellow service members at the Fort Hood military base, killing three people and wounding 16 before committing suicide at the same post where more than a dozen people were slain in a 2009 attack, authorities said.

FBI Warned of ‘Imminent’ Fort Hood Style Attack Right Before New Fort Hood Shooting
Daily Sheeple - Not only did the FBI put out an alert a few weeks ago that a “Ft. Hood-inspired jihad” was “imminent” only to turn around and announce yesterday that this was “not an immediate threat,” but there were also nationwide jihad-style drills being held yesterday, and (at least in part) specifically in regard to “lone wolf” scenarios calling out the Ft. Hood shooting as an example. Related article.

Morell: White House 'Made No Substantive Changes' to Benghazi Talking Points
Fox News - Former CIA Acting Director Michael Morell faced the House Intelligence Committee today to answer questions on the Benghazi talking points. Lawmakers are seeking answers on who directed former U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice to claim that the Sept. 11, 2012 attack was the result of a protest over an anti-Islamic video.

Mississippi Legislature passes bill allowing legal discrimination on basis of religion
RT - The Mississippi Legislature passed a bill on Tuesday that would allow individuals and businesses to legally discriminate on the basis of their religion.... The bill’s fate is now up to Gov. Phil Bryant (R), who has not said whether he will sign the legislation.

US missile defense system faces further costs and delays due to failures says report
RT - A report released this week by the United States Government Accountability Office suggests that the Pentagon’s costly missile defense program could soon become much more expensive due to recent delays and other obstacles.

Obamacare: It’s What the Founders Wanted
Kurt Nimmo - It was April Fools’ Day but Nancy Pelosi wasn’t fooling. The Democrat House Minority Leader said during a press conference outside the West Wing of the White House that Obamacare is something the signers of the Declaration of Independence desired for all Americans...

5 Reasons Obama's 7.1 Million Number Is Meaningless
Breitbart - Obama’s tone was nothing short of exuberant: “7.1 million Americans have now signed up for private insurance plans through these market places. 7.1! Yep!” He then went on to criticize those who had expressed objections to Obamacare for its deprivations of plans, doctors, drugs, and liberty: “Why are folks working so hard for people not to have health insurance?”

Employers Say Obamacare Will Cost Them $5,000 More Per Employee
freebeacon.com - Obamacare will cost large companies between $4,800 and $5,900 more per employee and add hundreds of millions to their overhead, according to a new survey.

Lawsuit Filed Against Nevada Health Exchange
CBS News - “There are hundreds, if not thousands, of Nevadans who have been paying premiums for 2, 3, 4 months, not receiving any coverage whatsoever,” [Attorney] Callister told KTNV-TV. “I talked to a mom an hour ago who has skin cancer and she can’t go in to have her skin cancer treatment because her doctor says, ‘Who is your carrier?’”

Fury As US Marshals Shoot Unarmed Man Then Confiscate Cell Phones Of Witnesses
Steve Watson - Witnesses reacted with fury Tuesday as Federal Marshals in Albuquerque shot an unarmed man in broad daylight and then attempted to confiscate cell phones from witnesses. The latest incident comes in the midst of a backlash against a series of police shootings that have ended with the deaths of citizens.

Election News

Supreme Court Strikes Down Aggregate Campaign Donation Caps
(Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down a key pillar of campaign finance law by allowing wealthy donors to give money to as many political candidates, parties and committees as they wish. On a 5-4 vote, the court struck down the overall limits on how much individuals can donate during the federal two-year election cycle.

Economy & Business

Billions In Hidden Subsidies Going To Too-big-to-fail Banks
ABC News - Both the International Monetary Fund and the Fed have just published studies showing that, not only did the TBTF policy encourage a coterie of banks to place bigger and riskier bets, it is the taxpayer who largely underwrites the whole operation.

3 Secrets of Engineering Being Used to Keep You Poor
Richard Moyer - Tired of replacing crappy new stuff constantly? Does it seem like they just can't build anything right anymore? It turns out that it isn't ignorance or incompetence making your stuff break, but a deliberate effort by intelligent people who know exactly what they're doing.

9 Of The Top 10 Occupations In America Pay An Average Wage Of Less Than $35,000 A Year
Economic Collapse - According to stunning new numbers just released by the federal government, nine of the top ten most commonly held jobs in the United States pay an average wage of less than $35,000 a year. When you break that down, that means that most of these workers are making less than $3,000 a month before taxes.

GM avoided defective switch redesign in 2005 to save a dollar each
(Reuters) - General Motors Co in 2005 decided not to change an ignition switch eventually linked to the deaths of at least 13 people because it would have added about a dollar to the cost of each car, according to an internal GM document provided to U.S. congressional investigators.

Energy & Environment

Thursday Tornado Risk Zone Spans 1,000 Miles, Population of 40 Million
accuweather.com - With part of a multiple-day severe weather event forecast to continue, close to 40 million people will be at risk for violent and dangerous storms on Thursday from the Gulf Coast to the Ohio Valley.

Science & Technology

Republicans Fear Obama Will Let Russia Seize Internet Power
National Journal - An Obama administration plan to give up oversight of certain technical Internet functions could open the door to a takeover by authoritarian regimes, Republican lawmakers claimed Wednesday. If Russia or China gain new influence over the management of the Internet, they could begin censoring content or blocking websites, the Republicans warned.

Microsoft Windows Enters The Internet of Things Surveillance Matrix
Activist Post - Where Google sees adding robotic intelligence to every home, and the IBM/AT&T global partnership is to ensure that no home, appliance, or gadget is left behind, Microsoft's Windows on Devices aims to offer its proprietary operating system to engage users on an already familiar platform.

Better radiation detection arriving soon thanks to breakthrough technology
(NaturalNews) On March 17, the University of Liverpool announced that its Nuclear Physics Group will be partnering with private radiation detection company CANBERRA to develop new instruments that are capable of detecting lower levels of radiation in the environment more quickly.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Open Sesame: The Story of Seeds
One of the world’s most precious resources is at risk and most people don’t know that is happening or what to do.... Today, corporate-owned seed accounts for 82% of the world-wide market. Seeds are no longer ‘free’ or open source, they are proprietary.

Your Gardening To-Do List for April
Organic Gardening - Here’s a zone-by-zone to-do list for the month of April.

Survival/Preparedness

Venezuela Enforces Fingerprint Registry to Buy Groceries: What to Do Before Rationing Starts in America
Organic Prepper - What if you were forced to “register” in order to buy groceries? And what if, through that registration, the food you bought could be tracked and quantities could be limited? That’s exactly the plan in Venezuela right now. The AP reports that in an effort to crack down on “hoarding”

Health

Frankincense: How Big Pharma Robs Nature, Denies Natural Cancer Solutions
Natural Society - International laboratory research has demonstrated frankincense essential oil’s ability to shut down cancer cells without harming healthy cells. It shuts the cancer cells down by probing the nucleus and resetting the cancerous DNA to normal cellular DNA.

Cancer – Taking Your Power Back! Part 1
Natural News Bog - Society has trained us to believe that we, the patient, are powerless over cancer, and our bodies in general and healing can only take place through modern medicine and with complete trust in your medical doctor. Nothing could be further from the truth.

The Anti-Carcinogenic, Anti-Inflammatory, Antioxidant and Detox Effects of Turnip Greens Are Underrated
preventdisease.com - For total glucosinolate content, turnip greens outscore cabbage, kale, cauliflower, and broccoli among the most commonly eaten cruciferous vegetables. That fantastic glucosinolate content brings with it some equally fantastic health benefits.

15 Natural Remedies To Treat Acid Reflux and Ulcers
preventdisease.com - Natural remedies have the power to relieve and even heal many of these conditions with no side effects and virtually no recurrence of symptoms.

A Sneak Attack on Your Dietary Supplements: The FDA’s New Food Label Guidelines
Green Med Info - The FDA is harmonizing our vitamin-and-mineral levels down to the same ridiculous levels of Codex Alimentarius that NHF has fought at Codex for more than a decade.

VIDEO: Think Marijuana Is For Stoners? Meet A 6-Year-Old Girl Who Might Just Disagree With You On That
Liberty Crier - Marijuana is a big deal here in Colorado. People love it. And one little girl, named Charlotte, considers it a lifesaver. She has pediatric epilepsy which caused 400 seizures A WEEK. (Don’t worry, it’s a special hybrid plant without the stoner properties.) Listen to Josh Stanley explain the amazing science that has essentially cured her. And bring your Kleenex.

Vaccines kill far more people than faulty Chevy Cobalt cars, but drug makers are granted total legal immunity
(NaturalNews) The nation is in an uproar following a recent announcement by General Motors that the company is recalling 2.5 million vehicles for a major defect that has killed dozens and injured many more. USA Today and others are reporting that that a coalition of parents is now calling on the government to punish GM for not recalling the vehicles sooner, while political activist Michael Moore has piped into the conversation with pleas for GM executives to be hunted down and executed.

Manufacturing Madness: The Pseudoscience of Modern Psychiatry
Green Med Info - With the rise in antidepressant use in recent years, we have witnessed the creation of many new clinical diagnoses in the field of psychiatry. Are they real or manufactured?

Pet News

If These Liver Tests are Abnormal, Your Pet's Health Could Be at Risk
Dr. Becker - Changes in a pet's liver enzyme values from one blood test to the next are quite common. What you can keep a close eye on - and what needs immediate attention.
 


Wednesday - April 2, 2014 - Today In History:
1792 - The U.S. Congress passed the Coinage Act to regulate the coins of the United States. The act authorized $10 Eagle, $5 half-Eagle & 2.50 quarter-Eagle gold coins & silver dollar, dollar, quarter, dime & half-dime to be minted.
1865 - Confederate President Davis and most of his Cabinet fled the Confederate capital of Richmond, VA.
1877 - The first Egg Roll was held on the grounds of the White House in Washington, DC.
1902 - The first motion picture theatre opened in Los Angeles with the name Electric Theatre.
1914 - The U.S. Federal Reserve Board announced plans to divide the country into 12 districts.
1917 - U.S. President Woodrow Wilson presented a declaration of war against Germany to the U.S. Congress.
1932 - A $50,000 ransom was paid for the infant son of Charles and Anna Lindbergh. He child was not returned and was found dead the next month.
1935 - Sir Watson-Watt was granted a patent for RADAR.
1947 - The U.N. Security Council voted to appoint the U.S. as trustee for former Japanese-held Pacific Islands.
1951 - U.S. General Dwight Eisenhower assumed command of all allied forces in the Western Mediterranean area and Europe.
1958 - The National Advisory Council on Aeronautics was renamed NASA.
1963 - Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King began the first non-violent campaign in Birmingham, AL.
1966 - South Vietnamese troops joined in demonstrations at Hue and Da Nang for an end to military rule.
1986 - On a TWA airliner flying from Rome to Athens a bomb exploded under a seat killing four Americans.
1987 - The speed limit on U.S. interstate highways was increased to 65 miles per hour in limited areas.
1989 - An editorial in the "New York Times" declared that the Cold War was over.
1990 - Iraqi President Saddam Hussein threatened to incinerate half of Israel with chemical weapons if Israel joined a conspiracy against Iraq.
1992 - Mob boss John Gotti was convicted in New York of murder and racketeering. He was later sentenced to life in prison.
1995 - The costliest strike in professional sports history ended when baseball owners agreed to let players play without a contract.
2007 - The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases are air pollutants under the Clean Air Act.
2009 - A 19-count federal racketeering indictment was returned against former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who denied doing anything illegal.
2011 - Highly radioactive water leaked into the sea from a crack at Japan's stricken nuclear power plant.

World News

NATO suspends civilian and military cooperation with Russia
RT - NATO has announced that it is suspending all military and civilian cooperation with Russia over the Ukrainian crisis, the bloc said in a joint statement.

Brzezinski and Globalists Position EU for Takeover of Ukraine
Kurt Nimmo - Zbigniew Brzezinski, an originating Trilateralist along with David Rockefeller and Henry Kissinger, has called for the European Union to step up to the plate and increase its involvement in Ukraine.

NATO Exploits Phantom Russian Troop Build-up to Call for Militarizing Eastern Europe
Kurt Nimmo - NATO continues to insist Russia is massing troops on the border of Ukraine despite a lack of evidence. The alliance will now use the phantom military build-up to increase its presence in Eastern Europe. CNN, a documented propaganda asset of the Army’s Fourth Psychological Operations Group, insists Russia’s phantom troops will invade this weekend.

Monetary Blockade Of Russia Begins: JPMorgan Blocks Russian Money Transfer "Under Pretext" Of Sanctions
Zero Hedge - According to Russian Kommersant, none other than the biggest US bank, JPMorgan, was reported to be "reviewing counterpart relations with all Russian lenders" citing unidentified people. The review is part of JPMorgan’s push for transparency in banking and not part of sanctions against Russia over Crimea.

Militants in Syria prepare chemical attack in Damascus – UN envoy
RT - Armed gangs in Syria are conspiring to stage a chemical attack in the Damascus suburbs in order to later lay the blame on the Bashar Assad’s government, Syria's UN Ambassador Bashar Jaafari has warned the Security Council.

EU agrees to launch military operation in Central African Republic
RT - The Council of the European Union have announced the immediate launch of a military operation in the Central African Republic to help “achieve a safe and a secure environment” amid the escalating crisis, said the council’s order.

Britain to Jail Parents Who Don’t Love Their Children Enough
Kurt Nimmo - Not loving a child to the degree mandated by a new standard established by the British state will result in a prison term for parents, according to The Telegraph. Under a new “Cinderella Law,” denying children love and affection will now be considered a crime similar to physical and sexual abuse. Parents convicted under the law face up to ten years in prison.

Venezuela Introduces Food ID In Face of Shortages, Black Markets
Los Angeles Times - Grappling with scarcities of sugar, milk, cornmeal and other basic foods, the Venezuelan government Tuesday unveiled a new electronic identification system for shoppers that critics say is a modern version of a ration card. President Nicolas Maduro described it as a means of “safeguarding food sovereignty.”

Israel threatens PA over plan to join UN agencies
Press TV - The Israeli regime has threatened the Palestinian Authority not to go ahead with its decision to join UN agencies. “If they are now threatening [to go to UN institutions], they must know something simple: They will pay a heavy price,” Israeli Tourism Minister Uzi Landau said on Wednesday.

Italian Senator Demands Declasification And Disclosure Of “Chemtrail / Geoengineering” Spraying
GeoengineeringWatch - Rodolfo Ragonesi, CEO of the Gaia Foundation, is clearly a man of truly exceptional courage and focus. While nearly all of the environmental and science communities have remained criminally silent about the blatant and highly toxic climate engineering constantly occurring in skies around the globe, Ragonesi has taken a stand and is demanding answers.

Monsanto ordered to stop making false advertising claims about GMOs in South Africa
(NaturalNews) Some regions, like South Africa, understand what Monsanto is about and are sending a strong message back to the corporation: Quit wasting valuable resources, time and money, promoting chemically prepared, genetically rearranged food.

8.2 earthquake hits Chile, killing 5 and displacing 80,000
RT - A massive 8.2 magnitude quake has struck off the coast of northern Chile, killing 5 people and displacing around 80,000. Damages and fires have been reported throughout the region and many have lost power because of the quake.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

President Obama Declares Obamacare Enrollment Victory - Live Feed
Zero Hedge - According to The White House, 7,041,000 people have signed up for Obamacare (though it's unclear how many have paid as of yet and what the mix of enrolees actually is). While this will be proclaimed as mission accomplished and spun for all it's worth, wasn't Obamacare supposed to reduce the ranks of the 45 million uninsured in America?

Boston Marathon bombing victim sues Glenn Beck
RT - A Saudi Arabian man injured by one of the two bombs that detonated at last year’s Boston Marathon is suing conservative commentator Glenn Beck in federal court for defamation.

CBP Agent Demanded Plastic Surgery Before and After Photos at MIA, Woman Claims
Adan Salazar - A Florida woman is claiming she was sexually harassed when a Customs and Border Protection agent at the Miami International Airport asked to examine before and after pictures proving she’d been out of the country to undergo cosmetic surgery.

NYC Measles Outbreak Sends Media Into Over-hype, Overdrive
Blacklisted News - ABC News is hyping the measles "OUTBREAK." This is a great way to create some real demand for the panicked masses to get their MMRs, and Obamacare immediatey!

Court Bans Keeping Your Gun In A Nightstand
Off the Grid - Two controversial San Francisco gun control laws have been up upheld in a federal appeals court, which ruled the laws do not infringe upon the Second Amendment. One law mandates that San Francisco gun owners keep their firearms disabled with a trigger lock or stored in a locked container when not being carried – a requirement that no doubt benefits criminals and home intruders.

Economy & Business

This could be the end of the Bitcoin era
Yahoo News - The US Internal Revenue Service says that Bitcoin is property, not currency. That means profits in Bitcoin get taxed at the lower capital gains rate rather than income rate. But, it also means that losses in Bitcoin are also at the capital gains tax rate. That helped Bitcoin's value to drop 20% in just the past week.

A St. Louis Fed Official Made A Presentation About Bitcoin That Bitcoin Fans Are Going To Love
Business Insider - In a new presentation, Andolfatto calls Bitcoin "a stroke of genius" and says the digital currency's technology is causing existing financial institutions will have to "adapt or die."

Alleged Silk Road Creator's Lawyer Denies Bitcoin Is 'Monetary Instrument,' Moves To Drop All Charges
Forbes - The trial of Ross Ulbricht, the alleged creator of the Silk Road Bitcoin-based black market for drugs, hasn’t yet begun, but it’s already raising hairy legal questions. First on the docket: Is Bitcoin even money?

Veteran News

Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan Wars Have Low Approval of Obama
Real Clear Politics - Just 32 percent of military veterans who served in Iraq or Afghanistan approve of the job Barack Obama is doing as president, according to a new poll from the Washington Post and the Kaiser Family Foundation. In a related question, only 42 percent of those surveyed said they believe Obama is a “good commander-in-chief of the military.” Forty eight percent said he is not.

Energy & Environment

Feds Exploit “Threatened” Bird for Massive Land Grab
The New American - The Obama administration is under fire from critics, state governments, and lawmakers for yet another federal “overreach” and abuse of power after it unveiled plans for a massive land grab across five states under the guise of protecting the “lesser prairie chicken.”

Yellowstone Bison Flee the Park (for spring migration)
Above Top Secret - Were they fleeing because of the earthquake or is something more coming?... Bison on the road in the spring in Yellowstone is a very common occurrence every year.

New Video Exposes Smart Meter Tyranny
Activist Post - The pushback against Smart Meter technology is ramping up in any area where they have disgraced people's homes. Despite assurances from "authorities," the evidence is mounting that not only are Smart Meters an economic fraud and an invasion of privacy, they are a serious health hazard.

Massive ant swarm marching toward Houston
(NaturalNews) As the ground begins to warm up in Texas, it is literally squirming, coming alive, crawling and teaming with a vicious and mobile predator. Experts predict 2014 to be the worst year yet for distinct ant invasions throughout Texas.

Science & Technology

Powerful Solar Flare Causes Radio Blackout
Discovery - On Saturday, the sun erupted with an X-class solar flare, blasting Earth with powerful electromagnetic radiation. Although we couldn’t directly feel its effects on the ground, the impact of this event was measured as a dramatic radio blackout for several minutes, highlighting the fact that the sun isn’t quite done with solar maximum yet.

Lobbying Madness: Wireless Radiation Label Bill Passes Maine Legislature Before Dying
takebackyourpower.net - The Maine House and Senate passed “The Wireless Information Act,” a cell phone radiation label requirement, and then killed it prior to enactment due to cellular industry lobbyists.

10 Ways to Reduce Radiation from Cell Phone Use
Natural Society - It is easy to see why protecting yourself from cell phone radiation is more important than ever. Here are 10 tips for reducing exposure to radiation.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Hey Look! It’s That Little American “Farm” Where Your Cheese Comes From
You know those packages of cheese or gallons of milk sold at the average American grocery store with the little icon of a nice, inviting red barn on them that just screams “ALL NATURAL” at you?... Forget the barn: it’s giant, industrial factories with barbed wire around them (to keep the cheese from escaping?).

Tennessee House Votes to Nullify Federal Hemp Ban
Activist Post - House bill 2445 (HB2445), introduced by Rep. Jeremy Faison (R-Cosby), would mandate that the state authorize the growing and production of industrial hemp within Tennessee, effectively nullifying the unconstitutional federal ban on the same.

Farms Being Seized For Boating And Water Skiing?
Off the Grid - Some Iowa landowners could lose their homes and farms because local governments want to build a reservoir for recreational purposes – a move critics say is in violation of state law.

Survival/Preparedness

How to Test Gold and Silver when Bartering
SurvivoPedia - If you were to come upon somebody offering you a couple of gold coins for one of your rifles, would you be able to tell if its real?

Four Surprising ‘Survival Foods’ You Can Dehydrate
Off the Grid - Dehydrating what you grow or find on sale at the local grocery store is a great way to add to long term food storage stockpiles and feed a family healthy food on a budget.

Health

Scientists Believe Starving Melanoma Cells Could Provide Future Treatment
Natural Society - A new promising mechanism for killing melanoma cells involves starving them of their fuel—the amino acid glutamine.

Soy-Based Formula Linked To Seizures In Children
preventdisease.com - Phytoestrogens in soy-based formulas are known to carry greater risks than benefits for infants. Babies fed soy-based formula had 13,000 to 22,000 times more isoflavones in their blood than babies fed milk-based formula. New data published in PLoS One shows that consumption of soy formula may also be associated with a higher rate of seizures in children.

Too many diet drinks may spell heart trouble for older women
Natural Blaze - It appears healthy postmenopausal women who drink two or more diet drinks a day may be more likely to have a heart attack, stroke or other cardiovascular problems, according to research to be presented at the American College of Cardiology's 63rd Annual Scientific Session.

Just ¼ Tsp. of Ginger Daily Could Reduce Type 2 Diabetes Markers
Natural Society - Consuming about a quarter-teaspoon of ginger each day can significantly reduce inflammatory markers associated with Type 2 diabetes, a study found.

Manuka Honey Effective Against Antibiotic Resistant MRSA
Green Med Info - Scientists have been warning of a possible medical catastrophe from an epidemic of antibiotic resistant superbugs. Manuka honey may be a natural and ancient solution to a modern health disaster.

Kids Can't Identify Apples in Fast Food Meals
Activist Post - There has been some controversy over marketing ads aimed at children...and, what to do about it. (Stick with me here) A new study in JAMA Pediatrics is pointing fingers at fast food companies for not making wellness attempts better known to children.

More than one-third of all pre-bagged salads are contaminated with fecal bacteria
(NaturalNews) Don't trust that pre-bagged produce in the grocery store, no matter how prominently the packaging proclaims that it has been "pre-washed" or even "triple-washed."

Homemade organic honey and apple cider candy bars
STEPin2 - We are kids at heart, and like them, we love sweets. The problem with most candies available today remains the sugar. Refined sugars are very bad for our health and can lead to diseases. How about controlling the ingredients and making your own?
 


Tuesday - April 1, 2014 - Today In History:
1621 - The Plymouth, MA, colonists created the first treaty with Native Americans.
1778 - Oliver Pollock, a New Orleans businessman, created the "$" symbol.
1789 - The U.S. House of Representatives held its first full meeting in New York City.
1853 - Cincinnati became the first U.S. city to pay fire fighters a regular salary.
1863 - The first wartime conscription law goes into effect in the U.S.
1865 - At the Battle of Five Forks in Petersburg, VA, Gen. Robert E. Lee began his final offensive.
1933 - Nazi Germany began the persecution of Jews by boycotting Jewish businesses.
1938 - The Baseball Hall of Fame opened in Cooperstown, NY.
1945 - U.S. forces invaded Okinawa during World War II. It was the last campaign of World War II.
1946 - Weight Watchers was formed.
1948 - The Berlin Airlift began.
1953 - The U.S. Congress created the Department of Health Education and Welfare.
1954 - The U.S. Air Force Academy was formed in Colorado.
1960 - France exploded 2 atom bombs in the Sahara Desert.
1970 - The U.S. Army charged Captain Ernest Medina in the My Lai massacre.
1970 - President Nixon signed the bill, the Public Health Cigarette Smoking Act, that banned cigarette advertisements to be effective on January 1, 1971.
1971 - The United Kingdom lifted all restrictions on gold ownership.
1972 - North Vietnamese and Viet Cong troops renewed their offensive in South Vietnam.
1973 - Japan allowed its citizens to own gold.
1982 - The U.S. transferred the Canal Zone to Panama.
1987 - U.S. President Reagan told doctors in Philadelphia, "We've declared AIDS public health enemy No. 1."
1991 - Iran released British hostage Roger Cooper after 5 years.
1991 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that jurors could not be barred from serving due to their race.
1991 - The Warsaw Pact was officially dissolved.
2001 - China began holding 24 crewmembers of a U.S. surveillance plane. The EP-3E U.S. Navy crew had made an emergency landing after an in-flight collision with a Chinese fighter jet. The Chinese pilot was missing and presumed dead. The U.S. crew was released on April 11, 2001.
2003 - North Korea test-fired an anti-ship missile off its west coast.
2010 - The U.S. Congress cut Medicare reimbursements to physicians by 21%.

World News

Russian Duma denounces Black Sea Fleet deal with Ukraine
RT - Russia’s lower chamber of parliament, the State Duma, has voted to denounce the Russian-Ukrainian agreements on the Black Sea Fleet. The MPs voted to halt the rent payments to Kiev for Sevastopol naval base and to cease writing off Ukraine’s debt.

US Talks With Israel on Release of Spy Jonathan Pollard
Epoch Times - Pollard, a Jewish American, was a civilian intelligence analyst for the U.S. Navy when he gave thousands of classified documents to his Israeli handlers.

Malaysian Airlines Flight MH 370 vs. The 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami: The Role of the Diego Garcia Military and Intelligence Base?
Global Research - The recent stance of the US military and its failure to act in relation to flight MH 370 bears a canny resemblance that adopted by Washington in relation to the Indian Ocean tsunami tragedy in December 2004.

GMO Canola Truck Crashes in Australia: Senator Says ‘Should Be Treated As a Serious Biohazard’
Natural Blaze - “Spills of this sort need to be treated as a serious biohazard, given the threat that widespread GM contamination could occur” Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens agriculture spokeswoman, said. “Non-GM farmers face huge financial losses if their crops are contaminated.”

VIDEO: Israel and Saudis to train Syria militants
Press TV - Israeli daily Haaretz quoted American military officials as saying that the issue of training militants in Syria was raised during a meeting between Israeli Chief of Staff Benny Gantz and General Martin Dempsey, the US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Jerusalem (al-Quds) on Monday.

Koreas trade fire; island residents in shelters
(AP) - North and South Korea fired hundreds of artillery shells into each other's waters Monday in a flare-up of animosity that forced residents of five front-line South Korean islands to evacuate to shelters for several hours, South Korean officials said.

Venezuela protest death toll reaches 39 amid govt calls for dialogue
RT - The death toll of the violent protests that have shaken Venezuela for the last month and a half has reached 39. To avoid “civil war”, the country’s Foreign Minister Elias Jaua has called for dialogue with the opposition.

Dyncorp rolls out first 16 armoured personnel carriers for UN mission in Mali
Defense Web - Dyncorp International won a $173 million contract from the US Department of State, which funds the AFRICAP programme to support multinational peacekeeping efforts in Africa by providing new equipment and running pre-deployment training programmes for African soldiers seconded to peacekeeping missions.

Japanese families fear Fukushima radiation as first homecomings begin
Voice of Russia - People in Japan on Tuesday began their first homecomings in three years to a small area evacuated after the Fukushima disaster, but families are divided as worries aboutradiation and poor job prospects have kept many away.

Ebola death toll hits 82 as doctors warn West Africa outbreak is 'unprecedented'
The Telegraph - At least 82 people have already died in Guinea and Liberia, and another 56 patients are suspected to be carrying the virus. Many others could be infected and not yet know it because Ebola can take up to three weeks to show symptoms, before killing very quickly from uncontrollable internal and external bleeding. Nine in 10 of those infected die.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

FBI asked Tsarnaev to work as informant before Boston bombing, defense claims
RT - Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of the suspected bombers behind the Boston Marathon bombing last year, was approached by the FBI because of his extremist views and asked to work as an informant, according to court records filed by Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s defense team.

Obama Renews Authority for Bulk Collection of Phone Records While Saying He Opposes It
AllGov - Disingenuous and insincere are two ways to describe President Barack Obama’s proclamation that he wants the National Security Agency (NSA) to end the bulk collection of Americans’ phone records. While claiming he supports the end of this controversial surveillance program, Obama has demonstrated through his actions that he still very much wants the program around.

Support for Obamacare Keeps Falling
Kurt Nimmo - A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 40% of Likely U.S. Voters think the federal government should require every American to buy or obtain health insurance. Forty-six percent (46%) oppose this so-called individual mandate. Fourteen percent (14%) are undecided.

5 Ways Obamacare Is Ruining Lives
Breitbart - As the Obamacare enrollment period draws to a tentative close – and you never know when the period will close, given President Obama’s apparent willingness to manipulate the calendar repeatedly – horror stories about the Affordable Care Act mount.

State Department Spending $400,000 on a Camel Statue in Pakistan
Reason.com - The State Department sure is in anguish from "deep" budget cuts (like every year). Heck, the cupboards are so bare, they even bled $30 million from the Fulbright Program this month. What can the department still afford?

APD Shootings Protest Turns Violent; Police Unload Tear Gas and Make Arrests
Activist Post - Albuquerque citizens seem to have had enough of their increasingly violent police department and are beginning to take to the streets. The Albuquerque Police Department has even had its acronym changed by many to mean Another Person Dead.

Nebraska senator pushing for vote on 'Emergency Powers' gun bill
misguidedchildren.com - [Nebraska State] Senator Christensen is pushing for a vote on Legislative Bill 390 which would prevent governors from limiting the sale or transportation of firearms after a natural disaster, in an attempt to allow the citizens of Nebraska the right to protect their own property.

This Second Grader’s Revenge Against Common Core Math Will Make Your Day
Daily Caller - The litany of frighteningly stupid Common Core math worksheets never ends. Perhaps now, though, kids are starting to fight back in satisfyingly creative ways.

CIA officer confirmed no protests before misleading Benghazi account given
Washington Times - Before the Obama administration gave an inaccurate narrative on national television that the Benghazi attacks grew from an anti-American protest, the CIA’s station chief in Libya pointedly told his superiors in Washington that no such demonstration occurred, documents and interviews with current and former intelligence officials show.

CIA lied about torture’s effectiveness, according to unreleased Senate report
RT - A Senate report found that CIA officials lied to the government and public about its post-9/11 torture program, most notably by distorting intelligence gleaned from traditional interrogations as that attained by far more brutal methods.

Election News

California Obamacare Sends Out Voter Registration Cards Premarked Democrat
Kurt Nimmo - Covered California, the Golden State’s Obamacare subsidiary described as the “new, easy-to-use marketplace where you and your family may get financial assistance to make coverage more affordable,” is sending out voter registration cards premarked Democrat.

Economy & Business

$242 Billion: That Is How Much Record "Window Dressing" Banks Got Today Thanks To The Fed
Zero Hedge - ...the Fed disclosed that as part of its most recent reverse repo operation, it had handed out to 93 dealer banks and other financial intermediaries, both foreign and domestic, some $242 billion in Treasurys in what is now the biggest reverse repo operation in history, a privilege for which the collateral-starved banks paid the Fed the king's ransom of 0.05% in annual interest, i.e., nothing.

The Odds Are Never In Our Favor
Economic Collapse - At this point, high frequency trading makes up about half of all trading volume on Wall Street, and it is costing the rest of us billions of dollars a year. And the funny thing is that this is all perfectly legal. High frequency trading firms are exploiting a glitch in the system, and by allowing this to go on, the authorities have essentially given them a license to steal from the rest of us.

Senator: Caterpillar Avoided Billions in Taxes
Breitbart - Caterpillar has avoided paying $2.4 billion in U.S. taxes since 2000 by shifting profits to a wholly-controlled affiliate in Switzerland, according to the report released Monday by Sen. Carl Levin of Michigan. Levin chairs the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.

FBI Probes High-Frequency Trading Firms for Abuse of Information
Bloomberg - The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s inquiry stems from a multiyear crackdown on insider trading, which has led to at least 79 convictions of hedge-fund traders and others. Agents are examining, for example, whether traders abuse information to act ahead of orders by institutional investors, according to an FBI spokesman. Even trades based on computer algorithms could amount to wire fraud, securities fraud or insider trading.

Veteran News

Air Force removes Bible from POW-MIA display
Fox News - Base officials confirmed to Fox News Monday that the entire Missing Man Table display had been removed from a dining hall because of the Bible. A press statement said the inclusion of the Bible ignited “controversy and division.”

Energy & Environment

Fracking operations may start in Pennsylvania against landowners' will
RT - An energy company is hoping to use a little-used, 53-year-old Pennsylvania law in order to launch a fracking operation on land even if landowners oppose the action.

Rescuers face dangerous toxins in Washington state mudslide recovery operation
RT - While falling rain has already complicated the search for survivors in Washington state’s devastating mudslide, another obstacle has presented itself in the form of potentially dangerous chemicals and sewage.... According to the AP, the official death toll has now climbed to 24, with seventeen of these bodies positively identified by authorities as of Monday afternoon.

Science & Technology

Getting Ready to Microchip the Entire Human Race
Natural Society - Former Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) director and now Google Executive, Regina E. Duncan, has unveiled a super small, ingestible microchip that we can all be expected to swallow by 2017. “A means of authentication,” she calls it, also called an electronic tattoo, which takes NSA spying to whole new levels.

Electronic skin' equipped with memory
nature.com - Researchers have created a wearable device that is as thin as a temporary tattoo and can store and transmit data about a person’s movements, receive diagnostic information and release drugs into skin.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Agenda 21 Takeover in Klamath Basin
farmwars.info - Agenda 21 is alive and well in Klamath County, Oregon. Klamath Basin farmers are feeling the wrath of the Klamath Tribes in collusion with the Federal and Oregon state governments. Water is now basically off limits to ranchers unless they get approval from the tribes, and approvals are few and far between.

Is Your Yard Killing Bees?
Organic Gardening - Bees are in serious trouble. The tiny little pollinators, which save U.S. farmers billions of dollars in pollination services, are dying off by the thousands—a travesty that has led many a home gardener to plant "bee-friendly" plants in his or her yard or garden to provide a refuge for bees, far away from the toxic agricultural pesticides many scientists believe could be playing a role in their die-off.

Health

Make Sure The Cinnamon You Are Purchasing Is Not Irradiated and Not Cassia
preventdisease.com - Cinnamon is one of the most potent antioxidants in the world and is most certainly a superfood. Regular consumption of cinnamon can lower blood sugar, help digestion, ease arthritis, lower cholesterol and even ward off Alzheimer’s. However the type of cinnamon most commonly used, cassia, contains high levels of coumarin, which can spell trouble for the liver.

97 Percent of The Time, Chemotherapy Does Not Work
preventdisease.com - Doctors and pharmaceutical companies make money from it. That's the only reason chemotherapy is still used. Not because it's effective, decreases morbidity, mortality or diminishes any specific cancer rates. In fact, it does the opposite. Chemotherapy boosts cancer growth and long-term mortality rates.

Depression in diabetics nearly doubles chronic kidney disease risk
Natural News Buzz - According to the U.S. National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases, the most common cause of kidney failure is diabetes. While working with diabetic patients with chronic kidney disease, Dr. Margaret Yu, a study author and nephrology fellow at the University of Washington in Seattle, realized that many of them suffer from depression too.

6 Herbs for Healthy Lungs and Easy Breathing
Natural Society - Whether you suffer from asthma or are easily irritated by air pollution—keeping lungs healthy and airways clear doesn’t always have to be approached with a cocktail of pharmaceuticals. Instead, there are several herbal solutions that have helped people keep their respiratory system healthy for centuries.

Measles: A Rash of Misinformation
Green Med Info - According to the CDC, prior to the introduction of the vaccine, measles was a nearly universal infection occurring most commonly in 5-9 year olds with 90% of U.S. children immune by age 15. Most kids recovered fully within a few weeks with life-long immunity.

A New Autoimmunity Syndrome Linked to Aluminum In Vaccines
Green Med Info - Following vaccine injections, a new neurological and immune-mediated condition is being observed that appears to result from exposure to their ingredients, including aluminum.

Turmeric Beats Ibuprofen for Arthritis of the Knee
Green Med Info - An exciting new clinical trial published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine has revealed that an effective natural alternative to the exceedingly popular pharmaceutical painkiller ibuprofen exists for the treatment of knee osteoarthritis (OA), and it is a familiar kitchen spice known to be far superior both in safety and the number of side benefits it confers to any drug in the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) drug class.

Toxic superfood alert: Organic mangosteen powder found heavily contaminated with lead
(NaturalNews) USDA certified organic mangosteen powder imported into the USA from Thailand and sold as a bulk material to numerous superfood manufacturers and retailers has been confirmed at the Natural News Forensic Food Labs to be heavily contaminated with alarming levels of lead.

Cleveland hospitals begin to embrace Chinese herbal medicine
(NaturalNews) The practice of Chinese herbal medicine is currently suppressed in the US, but this is changing as patients call out for alternatives. Herbal medicine is downplayed in America, not because it's ineffective, but because its principles are simply not taught to medical doctors.

Top three factors for improving your eyesight naturally
(NaturalNews) When looking to improve your eyesight, it seems that eye exercises are the most commonly prescribed method to do so. Although it is an important component, there are may other factors you need to consider if you want to seriously improve your eyesight.

Pet News

Complete and Balanced and Misleading
Susan Thixton - Commercial pet food’s claim to fame is/was ‘Complete and Balanced’. From the very beginning of commercial pet food pet owners were warned – ‘Don’t Feed Table Scraps or People Food – it’s not complete and balanced’. Just how ‘Complete and Balanced’ is pet food?

One of the Absolute Worst Fungal Diseases Your Pet (or You) Could Get
Dr. Becker - Coccidioidomycosis, also known as valley fever, is an uncommon but deadly fungal disease that occurs in hot, dry climates. In the U.S., it is seen primarily in western and southwestern states. The infection occurs more often in dogs than cats.
 



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