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APRIL 2012

Today in History - Monday - April 30, 2012
1789 - George Washington took office as first elected U.S. president.
1803 - The U.S. purchased the Louisiana Territory from France for $15 million.
1812 - Louisiana admitted as the 18th U.S. state.
1864 - Work began on the Dams along the Red River. The work would allow Union General Nathaniel Banks' troops to sail over the rapids above Alexandria, Louisiana.
1889 - George Washington's inauguration became the first U.S. national holiday.
1900 - Hawaii was organized as an official U.S. territory.
1930 - The Soviet Union proposed a military alliance with France and Great Britain.
1939 - The first railroad car equipped with fluorescent lights was put into service. The train car was known as the "General Pershing Zephyr."
1943 - The British submarine HMS Seraph dropped 'the man who never was,' a dead man the British planted with false invasion plans, into the Mediterranean off the coast of Spain.
1945 - Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun committed suicide. They had been married for one day. One week later Germany surrendered unconditionally.
1947 - The name of Boulder Dam, in Nevada, was changed back to Hoover Dam.
1948 - The Organization of American States held its first meeting in Bogota, Colombia.
1953 - The British West Indian colonies agreed on the formation of the British Caribbean Federation that would eventually become a self-governing unit in the British Commonwealth.
1964 - The FCC ruled that all TV receivers should be equipped to receive both VHF and UHF channels.
1968 - U.S. Marines attacked a division of North Vietnamese in the village of Dai Do.
1970 - U.S. troops invaded Cambodia to disrupt North Vietnamese Army base areas. The announcement by President Nixon led to widespread protests.
1972 - The North Vietnamese launched an invasion of the South.
1973 - U.S. President Nixon announced resignation of Haldeman, Ehrlichman, and other top aides.
1975 - Communists North Vietnamese troops entered the Independence Palace of South Vietnam in Saigon. 11 Marines lifted off of the U.S. Embassy were the last soldiers to evacuate.
1980 - Terrorists seized the Iranian Embassy in London.
1984 - U.S. President Reagan signed cultural and scientific agreements with China. He also signed a tax accord that would make it easier for American companies to operate in China.
1991 - An estimated 125,000 people were killed in a cyclone that hit Bangladesh.
1998 - NATO was expanded to include Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic. The three nations were formally admitted the following April at NATO's 50th anniversary summit.
1998 - United and Delta airlines announced their alliance that would give them control of 1/3 of all U.S. passenger seats.
1998 - In the U.S., Federal regulators fined a contractor $2.25 million for improper handling of oxygen canisters on ValuJet that crashed in the Florida Everglades in 1996.
2001 - Chandra Levy was last seen in Washington, DC. Her remains were found in Rock Creek Park on May 22, 2002. California Congressman Gary Condit was questioned in the case due to his relationship with Levy.
2002 - Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf was overwhelmingly approved for another five years as president.

World News

Report: Algerian forces kill 20 alleged militants
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) -- Algerian security forces killed 20 members of an al-Qaida splinter group who were allegedly about to attack two fuel tankers, a newspaper reported Monday. The forces were tracking a convoy apparently carrying members of the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa on Sunday near the Malian border, the El Khabar newspaper reported. It said the strike came just before the militants were allegedly about to attack the fuel tankers.

Bin Laden files show al-Qaida and Taliban leaders in close contact
AP - A decade of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that has cost the U.S. about $1.28 trillion and 6,300 U.S. troops' lives has forced al-Qaida's affiliates to regroup, from Yemen to Iraq. Bin Laden's No. 2, Ayman al-Zawahri, is thought to be hiding, out of U.S. reach, in Pakistan's mountains, just as bin Laden was for so many years. "It's wishful thinking to say al-Qaida is on the brink of defeat," says Seth Jones, a Rand analyst and adviser to U.S. special operations forces. "They have increased global presence, the number of attacks by affiliates has risen, and in some places like Yemen, they've expanded control of territory."

Rights group: US asylum likely for China dissident
BEIJING (AP) -- U.S. and Chinese officials are ironing out a deal to secure American asylum for a blind Chinese legal activist who fled house arrest, with an agreement likely before Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrives this week, a U.S. rights campaigner said Monday.

Eurozone inflation eases to 2.6 percent
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- Europe got more downbeat economic news Monday as inflation remained higher than expected and European Central Bank data showed only anemic growth in credit to businesses - despite its massive infusion of cheap money into the financial system.

New US Stealth Fighters Now at Iran’s Back Door
ABC News - America's most sophisticated stealth jet fighters have been quietly deployed to an allied base less than 200 miles from Iran's mainland, according to an industry report, but the Air Force adamantly denied the jets' presence is a threat to the Middle East nation.... Air Force spokesperson Lt. Col. John Dorrian would not confirm the exact location of the F-22s, but told ABC News they had been deployed to a base in Southwest Asia -- a region that includes the UAE. Dorrian also stressed that the F-22s were simply taking part in a scheduled deployment and are "not a threat to Iran."

US assassination drone kills four in Pakistan
The attack comes amid claims by the Taliban that they have downed a U-S reconnaissance aircraft in Afghanistan. According to Press TV correspondent, the militants claim to have shot down the aircraft in the eastern Ghazni Province and are in control of the wreckage of the plane. The claim was confirmed by local sources in the Gelan district. The U.S. forces have yet to make any comment on the report.

VIDEO: US drones killed '2,800 civilians in 7 years' in Pakistan
All deadly drone strikes have been conducted by the CIA, Pakistani human rights lawyer Shahzad Akbar, director of the Foundation for Fundamental Rights said in a phone interview with Press TV’s U.S. Desk. “And this is an illegal war because [the] U.S. is not at war with Pakistan,” he added. He said only 170 of those killed during the past seven years have been identified as militants. That means that “over 2,800 people [victims] are civilians whose identities are not known and they’ve been just killed on suspicion of being militants”, he added.

VIDEO: Missiles stationed on residential roof for Olympics
London Telegraph - The Army is set to station soldiers and high velocity surface-to-air missiles on top of a block of residential flats to ward off any airborne terror threats during the Olympics.

Spanish unemployment hits record 22.4%
BBC - The number of unemployed people reached 5,639,500 at the end of March, with the unemployment rate hitting 24.4%, the national statistics agency said. The figures came hours after rating agency Standard & Poor's downgraded Spanish sovereign debt. Official figures due out on Monday are expected to confirm that Spain has fallen back into recession.

Swiss government report declares homeopathy is 'cost effective' in treating patients
(NaturalNews) In a story akin to "the mouse that roared," a major report from the Swiss government has determined that the very small doses commonly used in homeopathic medicine are both effective and cost-effective. Despite the impressive technological prowess of conventional medicine today, the Swiss government has determined that homeopathy is considerably more cost effective.

Argentina: Mother Wins Top Environmental Award for Beating Monsanto
Activist Post - After experiencing the traumatizing death of her daughter to kidney failure just three days after her daughter was born, Sofia Gatica from Argentina became determined to find out what killed her daughter. Her conclusion? Monsanto’s genetically modified soy fields that surrounded her neighborhood, laced with damaging insecticides negatively affecting nearby neighborhood children and adults alike.... Forming a group of concerned mothers in her local area of Ituzaingó after hosting an event at her home to discuss her experiences, the mother would be one of the very few who has actually beat Monsanto.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Bill to weaken oversight of nuclear weapons labs
Press TV - Just eight days after the leak of a government report detailing waste and other problems at the Department of Energy (DOE)’s nuclear weapons labs, the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces approved legislation... placing the private contractors in charge of regulating themselves. The labs are under the jurisdiction of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), a semi-autonomous agency within DOE that pays private contractors tens of millions of dollars to run day-to-day operations at top secret research labs and nuclear military facilities, including Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories.

ATF: 70 percent of guns found in Mexico come from US
More than 68,000 of the 99,691 firearms that were recovered between 2007 and 2011, and submitted to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) for trace testing, were either made in the U.S. or legally brought into the U.S. at one point, according to the agency.

Republicans prepare contempt citation against Holder over Fast & Furious
CBS News - House Republicans investigating the Fast and Furious scandal plan to pursue a contempt citation against Attorney General Eric Holder, senior congressional aides told CBS News. The resolution will accuse Holder and his Justice Department of obstructing the congressional probe into the allegations that the government let thousands of weapons fall into the hands of Mexican drug cartels. The citation would attempt to force Holder to turn over tens of thousands of pages of documents related to the probe, which has entered its second year.

Oops, he did it again: Florida Pastor Terry Jones burns another Koran
RT - Florida's controversy-igniting pastor has held yet another Koran-burning ceremony outside his church. Pleas from the Pentagon to refrain from the act fell on deaf ears, as the pastor stuck to his guns and torched the holy Muslim text. Powerless, local police stood by and watched the pastor and some 20 of his followers perform the burning of the Koran and a depiction of the prophet Mohammed, allegedly staged as a protest against the imprisonment of a Christian missionary in Iran. Jones was handed a fine from the fire department – but what most fear is that this incident will spark a huge scandal among the world’s Muslims.

BREITBART Coroner Dies Under ‘Suspicious Circumstances’
WND - Medical examiners in Los Angeles are investigating the possible poisoning death of one of their own officials who may have worked on the case of Andrew Breitbart, the conservative firebrand who died March 1, the same day Sheriff Joe Arpaio announced probable cause for forgery in President Obama’s birth certificate. Michael Cormier, a respected forensic technician for the Los Angeles County Coroner died under suspicious circumstances at his North Hollywood home April 20, the same day Breitbart’s cause of death was finally made public.

Baby breach: Failure to screen newborn causes airport terminal shutdown
RT - The incident occurred on Friday as a family was passing through a security checkpoint, TSA officials say. A mother with a baby walked through a metal detector when the machine sounded an alarm. The mother then handed the baby to its father, who had already cleared security. She was then cleared and the family proceeded to the boarding gate. The TSA then notified the Port Authority police, though they stated that it was a low-risk situation. The police then shut down the terminal for 80 minutes, preventing flights from taking off and making passengers go through security clearance again.

Death of alleged murderer in Washington state highlights media bias against survivalism
Activist Post - The FOX News article which recounts the details of 41-year-old Peter Keller and his hideout in the Cascade foothills pays almost equal attention to his being identified as a "survivalist," as it does the fact that he was a man wanted for a horrible double murder. Unfortunately this type of coverage echoes a growing chorus of those in major media who are demonizing survivalism, and even prepping, in concert with statements from the Federal government.

Midway Madness: Bug bites cause quarantine over feared contagion
RT - A plane was quarantined for two hours after landing at Chicago’s Midway Airport due to fears that a passenger’s skin rash could be symptomatic of a contagious disease. But it turned out to be a false alarm: the passenger simply had bug bites. The aircraft, identified by a Chicago Aviation Department spokesperson as Delta Flight 3163 arriving from Detroit, landed in Chicago at 3:45pm Central Time. One female passenger reportedly traveling from Ghana appeared to have a suspicious skin rash that led emergency crews to quarantine the plane and examine the woman.

VIDEO: How to End the Healthcare Debate - Forever
Activist Post - The fraudulent "War on Terror" is one such manufactured problem, perpetually both fueled and fought by the monied elite to keep their rackets, and the power, wealth, and influence derived from them continuing perpetually. The healthcare debate is another problem capable of being permanently solved, but is allowed to purposefully drag on to maintain an entire industry built upon exploiting the desperation of the sick and injured.

2012 Election News

You Tube: Ron Paul’s Texas Straight Talk 4/30/12
The Alarming Suicide Epidemic in the Military

YouTube: ATTENTION MSM: Ron Paul Wins Alaska!
Alaska Dispatch April 28, 2012 - After at least 12 years of the Alaska GOP being run by what those party newcomers call “establishment Republicans,” a new force is taking over: Alaska Republicans voted Russ Millete as the party’s new chairman and Debbie Holland-Brown as co-chair. They are both supporters of presidential candidate Rob Paul... Read more here.

YouTube: Want to see what happens when a Senator endorses Romney at the Alaska State Convention?
April 27, 2012. Alaskan Delegates show it's time for state senator to get with the program after he says ".....I have endorsed and will continue to work for the election of Mitt Romney for President of the United States."

Paper Blames Dead Pelican for Ron Paul's Louisiana Caucus Sweep April 28, 2012 Update - Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, dominated the Louisiana Republican caucuses held Saturday. The results guarantee he will have a strong presence in the state's delegation to the Republican National Convention in August, even if he has little hope of winning the party's presidential nomination. Related video:Ron Paul Wins Louisiana!

Ron Paul supporters disseminate 'caucus voter guide' to guide votes his way - Charlie Davis, who is running the Paul campaign in Louisiana, described the "third-party voter guide," which was the handiwork of The Dead Pelican, a Louisiana political website, as an attempt "to bring clarity to a somewhat confusing situation." Davis said the "activists" passing out the guide were also passing out a copy of a story from Friday's Times-Picayune explaining the complicated caucus process.

Ron Paul Wins Massachusetts Delegates in District Caucuses
Policy Mic April 28, 2012 - Ron Paul has won 2 of the 3 available delegate slots in Massachusetts’s 1st District in Saturday's state caucuses. That's right, Massachusetts, a primary state, has caucuses, and Ron Paul has emerged victorious.... While all delegates are required to vote for Romney during the first round of the Tampa convention (but not during a second vote), district voters are allowed to choose whoever they want to fill those roles. Thus, there were two camps: the official Romney-approved slate, and the Ron Paul-allied Ronald Reagan Unity Liberty Slate.

Calling the Republic of TEXAS! It is an OPEN Primary! Deadline to register to vote is April 30!
1.You don't have to be registered Republican to vote in the Texas primary May 29th. 2. You just have to be registered to vote (And the deadline to register to vote, if you are not, is April 30!). 3. And you must vote in the primary if you plan to vote for Dr. Paul in the general election in November.,,, Instructions on what to do here.

Actually, Ron Paul Is Secretly Winning A Lot More Delegates Than You Think
Business Insider April 27, 2012 - In just the last week, Paul locked up 49 delegates, including five in Pennsylvania and four in Rhode Island, two states thought to be firmly on Romney's turf. In Minnesota, Paul won 20 of the 24 delegates awarded at last weekend's district caucuses, an impressive sweep that guarantees that Paul will control a majority of the state's delegation at the Republican National Convention.

The Delegate Strategy
IB Times April 26, 2012 - Washington is now the third state, after Iowa and Minnesota, in which Ron Paul has locked up at least half of the state's nominating delegates. In order to be officially entered in nomination at the Tampa, Fla., convention, he needs to secure half or more of the delegates in five states, and as of Thursday, he looks poised to grab a majority of delegates in other states like North Dakota and Maine in coming weeks.

Arkansas Super Brochure Mailings are up
Daily Paul - The Arkansas Super Brochure mailings are up. Every Super Brochure mailings has the potential to change a person's life. I will always remember the first time I was introduced to Congressman Ron Paul. A person emailed me a speech. I was extremely impressed, and the journey began. And I use this experience to know that the only way others can learn about Dr. Paul is if someone introduces him to them.

Let’s Win Arkansas: Anonymous Donates $1,500, IF You'll Match It!
Daily Paul - Great news: I have a guarantee of $1,500 to use for SB mailings in Arkansas. The money kicks in WHEN we match it. My donors are FIRED-UP by our results in LA. Let’s show them what we can do and match their funds quickly. More could be coming!!

Liberty Candidates Across the United States Listed Here
Welcome to! Learn about your state's Liberty Candidates, where they stand on the issues, and how you can help them win. All qualified Liberty Candidates are listed under 2012 Liberty Candidates. Please support them! Your Liberty Candidates are fighting the established, well-financed machinery. They cannot do this alone — we need to help.

CS Monitor: Ron Paul Beat Mitt Romney In Campaign Contributions In At Least 10 States!
Daily Paul April 27, 2012 - Here’s something you don’t hear: Representative Paul actually beat Mitt Romney in 10 states. In a manner of speaking. What are we talking about? Money, that’s what. Political pros are fond of talking about the “money primary,” in which candidates compete, not for votes, but for campaign donations. It’s a crucial part of any nomination race, because a candidate without cash is like a shark that’s not moving forward, if you understand what we’re saying. More at the CS Monitor.

YouTube: Ron Paul Revolution in Houston & Austin Texas - Great Local Media Coverage!
HOUSTON—Around 4,500+ people came out to hear Ron Paul speak at a town hall meeting at the University of Houston Friday evening. The mainstream media got the numbers wrong, but they're finally covering Ron Paul rallies!

Ron Paul on KTRH 749 AM
KTRH Houston April 27, 2012.

News: All Texas Speeches-Now OFFICIAL-Thousands Swarmed Every City, Every Speech
Daily Paul - We'll be covering UC Davis and San Diego next Thursday and Friday. We'll be adding webcasts before then, with interactivity improvements. And, we'll be sending out news releases to heavily plug the events, first with the UC, which will be out Monday and posted here along with a media contact list.

YouTube: We've Got Your Back!-Ron Paul at Texas A&M
April 10, 2012 - For those of you who may have missed it. This deserves a repost.

YouTube: Mitt Romney vs Barack Obama First Debate Preview - They are clearly the same
Mitt Romney and Barack Obama have their first debate when they realize that they are the same. This video shows clearly Maybe by 2016 America will have become awaken and will vote for a real candidate like Ron Paul.This doesn't have to be our future - the 2012 race is not over! Ron Paul still has hope but it requires all supporters in the remaining caucus and primary states to show up and vote! Delegates for candidates who dropped out must vote their conscious! Post this everywhere and send this to everyone you know to keep the dream alive so we don't have to wait another four years!

Occupy Wall Street Protest

Banks cooperate to track Occupy protesters
SFGate - The world's biggest banks are working with one another and police to gather intelligence as protesters try to rejuvenate the Occupy Wall Street movement with May demonstrations, industry security consultants said. Among 99 protest targets in midtown Manhattan on Tuesday are JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America offices, said Marisa Holmes, a member of Occupy's May Day planning committee.... Banks are preparing for Occupy demonstrations at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's Chicago summit on May 20 and 21 by sharing information from video surveillance, robots and officers in buildings, giving "a real-time, 360-degree" view, said McNary, who works on the project.


Five bank failures bring year's tally to 22
Five more bank failures brought the number of U.S. failures to 22 this year, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. said Friday. The two largest were Plantation Federal Bank of Pawleys Island, S.C., and Inter Savings Bank of Maple Grove, Minn., each with nearly $500 million in deposits.

Tarp Overseer Debunks Bailout Myths: Big Companies HAVEN’T Repaid Tarp Funds
Zero Hedge - Apologists for government bailouts push two main myths: That all of the bailout funds have been repaid, that the bailouts helped the average American. But the official government overseer of the Tarp bailout program – the special inspector general for TARP, Christy L. Romero – has debunked both myths. Today, Romero wrote the following to Congress: After 3½ years, the Troubled Asset Relief Program (“TARP”) continues to be an active and significant part of the Government’s response to the financial crisis. It is a widely held misconception that TARP will make a profit. The most recent cost estimate for TARP is a loss of $60 billion. Taxpayers are still owed $118.5 billion (including $14 billion written off or otherwise lost).

Ford Offers Retirees A Bag Of Cash To Go Away
Ford Motor said Friday it will offer 90,000 of its retired engineers and office workers the option to accept a lump sum payment now and to forgo their regular monthly pension checks for the rest of their lives.

GM says US rules keep CEO pay too low
General Motors, the world's largest automaker, has a bone to pick with the same U.S. government that bailed it out three years ago. GM paid its CEO Dan Akerson $7.7 million in 2011, according to a regulatory filing cited by USA Today. But the company wanted to pay him more, and it took the opportunity Friday to call out government rules that continue to limit Akerson's pay.

VIDEO: CNBC Anchor and CFR’s Erin Burnett Pushes Bankster Agenda: ‘What if We Banned Cash?’
SGT Report - In this clip, Burnett excitedly promotes the NWO plan of killing physical money through her “interview” with former Israeli Ministry of Defense consultant Jonathan Lipow who demonizes cash in a NY Times article only Edward Bernays could love titled ‘Turn in Your Bin Ladens’. Burnett asks: “So your solution is let’s get rid of the cash and that would cut off a lot of the illicit activity out there, and certainly a lot of the funding for terrorists.” Burnett doesn’t ask if this should be done, nor does she attempt to debate the concept in any way. She tows the line with this follow up question: “So how do we do that practically?”

US economy fizzles as GDP growth falls below expectations
RT - The report reveals that the rate of growth for the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) only clocked in at 2.2 percent for the first quarter of 2012, down from the 3.0 rate that the US saw at the tail end of the previous year. Economists had largely expected the statistic for the first three months of 2012 to more closely resemble a rate of around 2.5 percent, and even the Federal Reserve had predicted that the rate of growth could be as high as 2.9 percent. Instead, the latest news from the Commerce Department all but confirms that the United States is far from crawling out from the slump brought on by the last recession.

25 Horrible Statistics About The U.S. Economy That Barack Obama Does Not Want You To Know
Activist Post - The horrible statistics about the U.S. economy that you are about to read are not talked about much by the mainstream media. They would rather be "positive" and "upbeat" about the direction that things are headed. But lying to the American people is not going to help them.... The following are 25 horrible statistics about the U.S. economy that Barack Obama does not want you to know...

Housing Market

Predator GE: We bring bad things to life
Press TV - Mortgage-making was a messy but lucrative business for GE. It became the tenth-largest subprime lender in the nation. Its failure rate was the highest among the big-name banks working the northern Virginia territory. But GE made sure it got out before the borrowers failed. WMC Mortgage, the GE subsidiary that originated the dubious loans, immediately sold them to other companies or packaged them as mortgage-backed securities and sold them to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the federally guaranteed housing finance companies now in conservatorship.

VIDEO: Woman with cerebral palsy arrested in foreclosure fight with Wells Fargo
Activist Post - The story of Ana Casas Wilson is one that contains a similar report of abuse that we have heard coming from just about every state in the union. According to Wilson, she was first denied a loan modification by Wells Fargo, then processed for foreclosure even after she had caught up on her payments. To make matters even worse, Wilson alleges that the bank has refused to accept her payments, which has erroneously put her 16 months behind, according to bank records.

Foreclosures increased in Q1 2012
Press TV - In the first quarter of 2012, foreclosure activity increased in 114 out of America’s 212 metropolitan areas with a population of 200,000 or more, showing a 54-perncent increase, according to a report released by Realtytrac, the leading online marketplace for foreclosure properties.

Energy & Environment

VIDEO: Solana Beach Looks At Issuing Letter Of Concern Over San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant
KPBS San Diego - Arnie Gundersen, a nuclear energy consultant, talks to KPBS about the San Onofre Nuclear Generating System. The San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant has been out of commission since January and there is a movement to keep it closed or phase it out completely.

Giant cannibal shrimp more than a FOOT long invade waters off Gulf Coast
Daily Mail - A big increase in reports of Asian tiger shrimp along the U.S. Southeast coast and in the Gulf of Mexico has federal biologists worried the species is encroaching on native species' territory. The shrimp are known to eat their smaller cousins, and sightings of the massive crustaceans have gone up tenfold in the last year, biologists say.... Scientists fear the tigers will bring disease and competition for native shrimp. Both, however, can be eaten by humans.


FDA approves drug to treat and prevent the Plague as the government scrambles to stockpile treatment for the deadly disease
The plague bacteria could be used as a biological weapon launched by terrorists. Few human cases occur today, but the plague killed up to 200 million people in the 14th century.

YouTube: Dr. James Oschman Discusses Earthing or Grounding
Internationally renowned natural health physician and founder, Dr. Joseph Mercola and Dr. James Oschman discuss the process of earthing, which is also known as grounding, and how it can help improve your health. Read the article here. Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever? is available at The Power Mall.

Cancer-killing dandelion tea gets $157K research grant
CBC News - Siyaram Pandey, a biochemist at the University of Windsor, has been studying the anti-cancer potential of dandelion root extract for almost two years. His team’s first phase of research showed that dandelion root extract forced a very aggressive and drug-resistant type of blood cancer cell, known as chronic monocytic myeloid leukemia, to essentially commit suicide. Researchers then discovered that repeated treatment with low dose dandelion root extract was effective in killing most of the cancerous cells.

Beetroot Could be Key to Enhancing Athletic Performance
Natural Society - Looking to perform better for a sport or boost your personal records at the gym? According to new research on the many biological advantages of beetroot, the root vegetable could soon be included in virtually all Olympic diet programs. Using beetroot as a pre-workout meal, participants were found to run faster and maintain enhanced overall performance. When compared to cranberries, those who ate beetroot were actually revealed to run 5 kilometers faster.

Five-year-old girl dies after being given just twice the normal dose of over-the-counter cough medicine
(NaturalNews) Parents who administer over-the-counter (OTC) cough medicines to their children need to be extremely aware of the risks involved, as these often bright and colorful syrups could end up killing them. This is exactly what happened to young Kimber Michelle Brown of Durango, Colorado, who recently took a little bit too much cough syrup and ended up dead just a few hours later.

Vitamin C cured polio during the epidemic of 1948 - 49
(NaturalNews) It's common for shills and Internet "trolls" commenting on vaccination articles to reference the "eradication of polio" as a vaccine triumph. No mention is made of how polio continues, often from polio vaccinations but under different names. But worse than that is the shield of silence obscuring a humble small town physician who cured polio victims in the late 1940s and early 1950s using mega-dosages of vitamin C. His name was Frederick Robert Klenner, MD.

Vaccines have been based on medical fraud for over a hundred years
(NaturalNews) The concept of vaccinating to immunize began in 1796, when British apothecary (pharmacist) Edward Jenner inserted cowpox pus under the skin of an eight year old boy. Jenner based his experiment on an unsubstantiated rumor that anyone who had experienced cowpox would be immune to smallpox.

Methanol: Byproduct of Aspartame Linked to Autism, Preterm Delivery
Activist Post - A retired food scientist and Professor Emeritus of Food Science and Nutrition at the Arizona State University Dr. Woodrow Monte describes how the toxic chemical methanol and its use in the production of aspartame and other chemicals could be a main factor in causing spina bifida, preterm delivery, multiple sclerosis, cancer, and more recently, autism in young children. It is also the primary factor in developing other chronic diseases and health conditions.

Electromagnetic hygiene - Can qi really help us be healthier?
(NaturalNews) Personal hygiene has been a bulwark of health and well-being since the 19th century; it's only now at the beginning of the 21st century that the importance of electromagnetic hygiene is beginning to be understood. Researchers are discovering that understanding qi, or chi, has a central role to play in our health and well-being. When qi is in a state of balance and harmony, the body is healthy. When this equilibrium is disrupted, so is the body. Electromagnetic fields (EMFs) perturb this harmony.

Burger King hypes up 'cage-free' pork - but what does it really mean?
(NaturalNews) Burger King, which announced recently that it will begin using only "cage-free" chicken eggs and pork products at its restaurants. One major problem with this, though, is that the term "cage-free" is very loosely defined legally, especially as it pertains to pork products.... Not only that, Burger King's menu items will still be loaded with monosodium glutamate, various hydrogenated oils from GM crops, chemical flavor and texture stabilizers, and various other toxic chemical additives. You can view a complete list of Burger King's menu items and their ingredients here:

High vitamin D level essential to prevent chronic inflammatory diseases
(NaturalNews) Researchers from National Jewish Health reporting in The Journal of Immunology have discovered specific molecular and signaling events by which vitamin D inhibits inflammation to help prevent and possibly even treat a host of potentially deadly diseases. Current levels considered satisfactory by most medical professionals did not inhibit the inflammatory cascade, leading to the progression of many forms of disease. Conversely, individuals that maintain significantly higher blood levels of vitamin D had lower levels of inflammatory markers known to aggravate disease progression and were protected against the major killers so prevalent today.

How to properly choose your children's vitamins
(NaturalNews) The next best thing to getting your nutrients from good food, is to get a food-based vitamin. These vitamins are recognizable to the human body on a molecular level, unlike synthetic (manmade) vitamins. This means that vitamins from a health food store are up to 70% more bioavailable than the vitamins you see advertised on t.v., or at chain stores. Supplements from a chain store may be less expensive, but you get what you pay for.

7 medicinal herbs and spices that help lower blood pressure
(NaturalNews) In a published study featured in the Journal of Medicine, it was revealed that common spices can protect from heart disease and the deterioration brought about by aging. In the said study, researchers discovered a connection between the phenol content of certain herbs and spices and their capacity to prevent glycation and formation of AGE compounds that are responsible for premature aging and heart disease.

Why Did Russia Ban The Use of Microwave Ovens? - Consumers are dying today in part because they continue to eat dead foods that are killed in the microwave. They take a perfectly healthy piece of raw food, loaded with vitamins and natural medicines, then nuke it in the microwave and destroy most of its nutrition.... In Russia, microwave ovens were banned in 1976 because of their negative health consequences as many studies were conducted on their use. The ban was lifted after Perestroika in the early 90’s.

Science & Technology

IRL action: Anonymous takes to the streets to protest CISPA
RT - Anonymous is taking its battle against CISPA to the streets. A video titled “Operation Defense. Phase II” calls on Americans to organize protests at the local offices of companies that supported the controversial bill recently adopted by the House. In a video, released by “The Anonymous Message” YouTube channel, the group admits that distributed denial of service attacks (DDoS) are not as effective as they were a year ago. A number of websites have upgraded their servers to withstand the assaults.

CISPA worse than thought! Last minute provisions are chilling!
Tech Dirt - Previously, CISPA allowed the government to use information for "cybersecurity" or "national security" purposes. Those purposes have not been limited or removed. Instead, three more valid uses have been added: investigation and prosecution of cybersecurity crime, protection of individuals, and protection of children. Cybersecurity crime is defined as any crime involving network disruption or hacking, plus any violation of the CFAA.

Class action lawsuit calls out AT&T for aiding cellphone thieves for profit
(NaturalNews) A class action lawsuit filed against AT&T alleges the telecom giant aids and abets cell phone theft by reactivating phones that have been stolen, in addition to fraudulently informing customers the company cannot block calls to and from their stolen phones so they will have to buy new ones.... The suit, filed by three Californians, alleges that AT&T committed conspiracy, fraud, breach of contract, accessory to theft, unfair trade and other improper practices.

Bill bans bosses for wresting your Facebook password
RT - A bill that would forbid employers from demanding their potential workers’ social networking login and password has been submitted to the US Congress. The spread of the dubious practice alarmed the public last month.... f signed into a law, the Social Networking Online Protection Act would have violators fined $10,000 in a civil penalty.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Mad Cow Disease May Infect Through Milk Despite USDA Claims
Activist Post - Following the latest confirmed case of mad cow disease in California, the USDA and the dairy industry alike are struggling to assure consumers that drinking affected milk poses no serious risk to your health. Despite these warnings, some scientists have found research that points to the contrary. In fact, two large studies found that prions — pathogenic agents associated with mad cow disease and other life-threatening conditions — can actually transfer from animal to animal via milk consumption.

Monsanto and ArborGen set their sights on GM trees and grasses
(NaturalNews) Coming soon to a forest or landscape near you: Franken trees and Franken grasses. In recent years, Monsanto and ArborGen have been developing GM trees including trees modified to withstand Monsanto's Roundup, trees designed with a reduced lignin content to appeal to paper making and construction industries (lignin gives trees their strength and rigidity) and "terminator trees" which don't produce seeds. In Hawaii, there has already been a contamination issue with GM papaya - the world's first commercially planted genetically engineered tree.

Sneak Attack by Pesticide Makers on Clean Water Pushed Via Farm Bill
Activist Post - The pesticide industry is planning a sneak attack on water quality by attaching a toxic pesticide bill to the unrelated Senate farm bill. The pesticide lobby wants to rewrite the Clean Water Act by pushing House Resolution 872 to allow unregulated pesticide applications directly into U.S. waterways. Attaching this poison pill to the unrelated Farm Bill will create controversy and bog down the farm bill. intension

ACTION ALERT: Let your voice be heard on organic. . .loud and clear! by Thursday, May 3, 2012
Beyond Pesticides urges public comments on the following issues. We will continue to update this page with more information and resources as they become available. We have included our comments which we will be submitting to the board. All these issues and use of substances have direct bearing on organic integrity, so it is critical to have public input into the NOSB decision making process.... See the full list of issues that are now being considered, along with our recommendations and instructions on submitting comments.

Killing ants naturally with ant exterminators from your pantry, garden and fridge
(NaturalNews) It's springtime and along with May flowers come infestations of every kind of ant, taking over house and yard. Many ants bite, and most are unwelcome visitors that are difficult to exterminate, such as carpenter and fire ants. How to get rid of ants without using toxic poisons around your home and garden? Natural ant control combines several natural products from your pantry and feed stores to create homemade ant exterminators. You must be persistent in your efforts to exterminate ants, so be prepared to apply treatments on a regular basis throughout the season.

Pet News

Washington's seizure of pitbulls spurs online petition
KATC News Louisiana - An online petition against the town of Washington for seizing pitbulls has grown to more than 1,000 people from a number of countries.... A revised ordinance in Washington requires pitbull owners to have a 6x6 surrounded enclosure with a covered top and also retain a $100,000 insurance policy for their dogs. Pitbulls were seized Monday, April 23. Click here to see petition.

VIDEO: Two Things About Your Pet's Nose You Should Know
Dr.Becker - There are two things about your dog's or cat's nose that could be cause for concern. Do you know what they are? (Hint: it has nothing to do with whether your pet's nose is warm or cold... wet or dry.)


Structural engineer in action...
Whether you're a bird person or not, this is stunning!!! Not to detract from the sheer magic of it, but in practical terms, how M A NY trips would a bird have to make with that tiny little quantity of mud/clay it could carry? (and how far from the nest is the source?) If you take the construction of a circular bowl in your stride as instinctive how the heck does the bird come up with the windbreak/entrance design that shields the eggs/chicks from the elements and at what point in fashioning the bowl do they start to construct it?

Today in History - Friday - April 27, 2012
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.
1880 - Francis Clarke and M.G. Foster patented the electrical hearing aid.
1897 - Grant's Tomb was dedicated.
1899 - The Western Golf Association was founded in Chicago, IL.
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.
1950 - South Africa passed the Group Areas Act, which formally segregated races.
1953 - The U.S. offered $50,000 and political asylum to any Communist pilot that delivered a MIG jet.
1965 - "Pampers" were patented by R.C. Duncan.
1967 - In Montreal, Prime Minister Lester Pearson lighted a flame to open Expo 67.
1975 - Saigon was encircled by North Vietnamese troops.
1978 - Pro-Soviet Marxists seized control of Afghanistan.
1982 - The trial of John W. Hinckley Jr. began in Washington. Hinckley was later acquitted by reason of insanity for the shooting of U.S. President Reagan and three others.
1982 - China proposed a new constitution that would radically alter the structure of the national government.
1984 - In London, Libyan gunmen left the Libyan Embassy 11 days after killing a policewoman and wounding 10 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.
1992 - The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia was proclaimed in Belgrade by the Republic of Serbia and its ally Montenegro.
1992 - Russia and 12 other former Soviet republics won entry into the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.
2005 - The A380, the world's largest jetliner, completed its maiden flight. The passenger capability was 840.
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.

World News

VIDEO: War Under The Table: US Backed Mercenaries Training Syria Terrorists
RT April 26, 2012 - The opposition fighters in Syria might be getting help from a different source - in the form of training from the US private security firm, formerly known as the notorious Blackwater group. Security circles reportedly confirmed the information which was released earlier by Wikileaks - that the company is sending mercenaries from Iraq into Syria. RT discusses this with Christoph R. Horstel - who's a government and business consultant. He joins RT from Germany.

US to remove 9,000 Marines from Okinawa
WASHINGTON (AP) -- About 9,000 U.S. Marines stationed on the Japanese island of Okinawa will be moved to the U.S. territory of Guam and other locations in the Asia-Pacific, including Hawaii, under a U.S.-Japan agreement announced Thursday. The move is part of a broader arrangement designed to tamp down tensions in the U.S.-Japan defense alliance stemming in part from opposition in Okinawa to what many view as a burdensome U.S. military presence.

Ardent Sentry 2012: U.S. and Canada Conduct Major Military Exercise
Kurt Nimmo - On April 24, NORHTCOM announced Ardent Sentry 2012, billed as a “major exercise… focused on Defense Support of Civil Authorities.” It will be held on May 2 – 9, 2012, according to the U.S. Northern Command website. Ardent Sentry will consist of command post and field training exercises that will be held in North Dakota, Oregon, Texas, Alaska, Connecticut and Nova Scotia. The exercises will include both United States and Canadian military units. NORTHCOM describes the exercises as follows...

International military operation looms for Syria
RT - A new ceasefire date, May 5, has been set to give mediation a chance. The peace process has been “severely compromised” recently, said Alain Juppe, French Foreign Minister on Wednesday. As the UN Security Council has authorized the deployment of 300 international observers to monitor the situation, Juppe believes the new ceasefire will become a “moment of truth” to define whether mediation can resolve the conflict.

Man clad as Afghan soldier kills U.S. soldier
(CNN) -- A man wearing an Afghan National Army uniform killed a U.S. coalition service member, the U.S. military said Thursday. It was the latest in a string of such attacks. The incident took place late Wednesday when the person "turned his weapon against coalition service members," the U.S. military said. The person who opened fire was killed by coalition forces who returned fire, the military said.... The Afghan and U.S. military are investigating. It is unclear whether the shooter was an Afghan soldier or an infiltrator wearing the uniform.

Obama Clears The Military To Kill Almost Anyone By Drone In Yemen
Business Insider - Greg Miller at The Washington Post reports Obama approved the use of "signature" strikes this month and the new authority allows the CIA and Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) to kill people based on their "intelligence signatures" — simply patterns of behavior found through electronic eavesdropping, watching suspects from the drone, and information from sources on the ground that point to a "plot against U.S. interests."

VIDEO: 140 Hospitalized After Terrorists Poison Water At Girls School
Alexander Higgins - The threat of terrorist poisoning water supplies is a recurring theme from government officials and in the media. Just a few weeks ago government think tanks released a report revealing that water shortages and fights over water supplies lead to global unrest and will be the target of terrorists to push their agenda. That report was followed by similar warnings from Hillary Clinton who warned of global water waters by 2030 who again reinforced the notion that terrorists will soon begin attacking water supplies.... There is no confirmation that terrorist have conducted the attack, but media is clearly reporting this was conducted by extremists Taliban terrorists.

Chernobyl tragedy: the last "gift" from the Soviet regime
Voice of Russia - Exactly 26 years ago there was an explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. Whole regions in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus have become unfit for life, and the number of victims has reached one million people today. And experts are still disputing about long-term consequences of the disaster.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Army’s ‘Magic Bullet’ Will Hang Out in Midair, But Won’t Kill You
Wired - This latest nonlethal weapon is a modification of something called the Lethal Miniature Aerial Munition System (LMAMS), something the Army explicitly compares to a “magic bullet.” That warhead “should be capable to acquire a man-size target at the system’s combat range, in less than 20 seconds, flying at an altitude of 100 meter[s] above ground,” according to the Army’s new solicitations for small business. “If conditions for attack are not met, LMAMS will be able to loiter over the target for up to 30 minutes.”

South Carolina Moves to Implement Agenda 21 Guidelines
Activist Post - In an example of just how deep the roots of Agenda 21 can reach, it is now obvious that the UN-generated guidelines are making their way through state legislatures as well as the federal branch. Not only that, but such legislation has expanded from inside the boundaries of the usual suspects like California and New York, and is now even reaching into southern states like South Carolina, which have traditionally been opposed to such policies.

VIDEO: TSA delays background checks for new hires - In a move that could affect security at airports around the nation, the Transportation Security Administration confirmed Wednesday it had such a backlog of background security checks, airport employers were allowed to hire any employee needed. TSA officials said the background checks are delayed, but they are processing them as fast as they can. TSA also will complete background checks on accepted applicants at a later date.

VIDEO: Government Secretly Prepares To Evacuate Chicago During NATO Summit
Steve Watson & Paul Joseph Watson - A leaked directive issued to the Red Cross indicates that the federal government has prepared plans to evacuate Chicago during the NATO summit. An email sent to Red Cross volunteers in the Milwaukee area notes that the NATO summit in May could “create unrest or another national security incident.” “The American Red Cross in southeastern Wisconsin has been asked to place a number of shelters on standby in the event of evacuation of Chicago.”

UPDATE: Govt backs off new limits on child labor on farms
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Under heavy pressure from farm groups, the Obama administration said Thursday it would drop an unpopular plan to prevent children from doing hazardous work on farms owned by anyone other than their parents.... WASHINGTON (AP) -- Under heavy pressure from farm groups, the Obama administration said Thursday it would drop an unpopular plan to prevent children from doing hazardous work on farms owned by anyone other than their parents.

Virginia lawmakers agree to reject NDAA
RT - The Tenth Amendment Center reports that Gov. McDonnell wanted to veto the legislation, but that doing so would cost him the support of a large chunk of the state’s liberal voters. As a compromise, Gov. McDonnell added an amendment that is being favored by the bill’s sponsors and it is now expected to go on the books effective July 1.... Because HB 1160 passed the state legislature with the governor’s recommendations, Delegate Marshall’s office reveals that it requires no further authorization and will go into law this summer. Separately, the states of Washington and Utah have also proposed legislation that would also strike down some of the NDAA’s less popular provisions.

Fla Judge Declares State Worker Drug Testing Unconstitutional
NBC - A federal judge declared Gov. Rick Scott's order requiring drug testing for some 85,000 state workers unconstitutional Thursday, saying the governor showed no evidence of a drug problem at the agencies to warrant suspicionless testing.

Judge Orders Images of Osama bin Laden Killing Not to be Released
The Guardian April 26, 2011- A federal judge has refused to order Barack Obama's administration to release pictures and video of the US military operation that killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden in Pakistan almost a year ago.... The defence department said it had no pictures or videos sought by the group and the CIA said it had 52 such records, but refused to release them. It cited exemptions to the US freedom of information act for classified materials and other reasons.

REPORT: Michelle's Spanish Vacation Cost Taxpayers $467,585
It cost taxpayers nearly a half-million dollars for first lady Michelle Obama to travel to Spain in 2010, according to an analysis by Judicial Watch. The right-leaning watchdog group estimated that the trip cost $467,585. It based its analysis on documents obtained from the U.S. Secret Service and the U.S. Air Force. Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said it took his group “two years and a lawsuit to get these documents out of the Obama administration.”

2012 Election News

VIDEO: Ron Paul Draws 6,000 in Austin at UT
Daily Paul - Thousands of chanting, cheering supporters flooded the University of Texas campus to show Ron Paul some love Thursday night, undaunted by the prospect that the Texas congressman is a long shot for the GOP presidential nomination.... Read more here. UT slideshow here.

VIDEO: Ron Paul Interview w/Neil Cavuto26
Fox Business Thursday, April 26, 2012

YouTube: Ron Paul wins Iowa
RT - Sixteen weeks after Iowans hit the polls to vote for their GOP nominee, Ron Paul has officially been named the winner of the pivotal state. Initially Mitt Romney was declared the victor, and then later Rick Santorum, but it turns out now that the Texas congressman has claimed the most delegates. Paul has also won over the delegates in Minnesota. Mary Willison, volunteer organizer and Ron Paul supporter, joins us for more on the victories.

Ron Paul Attracts 1,200-plus Voters to El Paso Town Hall Meeting
Ron Paul’s UTEP town hall meeting was held at 7:00 p.m. MT at the university’s Magoffin Auditorium, located on Hawthorne Street in El Paso, TX 79968. At the event, Dr. Paul discussed his platform of constitutionally-limited government, the restoration of economic and civil liberties, and provisions of his path-breaking ‘Plan to Restore America.’

VIDEO: Ron Paul University of Texas at El Paso
Daily Paul - 4/25/2012 University of Texas at El Paso

Ron Paul Wins 5 Delegates in Pennsylvania; Romney Officially Has Zero
Nolan Chart - HARRISBURG, PA - Ron Paul has won 5 delegates and at least 10, possibly 12, alternate delegates to the Republican National Convention in Tampa on August 27. These "district" candidates were directly elected in yesterday's primary per the tabulated official election returns with 99% reporting.... Ron Paul finished a distant second to Mitt Romney in last night's primary election in Pennsylvania. Ron Paul had 13% of the popular vote while Romney took 58%. Even Rick Santorum had more popular votes than Paul. However, in Pennsylvania the presidential popular vote is just a beauty contest - it means NOTHING in terms of which candidate the delegates will support at the Republican National Convention.

Ron Paul Statement on Labor Department Regulations Affecting Family Farms
Congressman Paul: "... I have had the opportunity to meet many farmers who learned about their profession by doing chores on their parents’ farms. Working on a family farm also provides a tremendous opportunity to form a strong work ethic that these children will carry through the rest of their lives. “Thanks to the Obama Administration, future generations of children will be deprived of these experiences. “Now that the federal government is planning to, for all intents and purposes, outlaw chores on the farm, I wonder when the Department of Labor will forbid parents from requiring children to make their beds, clean their rooms, or set the table for dinner.... If the American people select me as their next President, I will put an end to these regulations on my first day in office..."

VIDEO: Ben Swann Reality Check: Infighting at More GOP Caucuses and What the MSM Won't Tell You About Iowa and Minnesota
(FOX19) - Newt Gingrich has announced that he is now officially out of the GOP race for President. So now that we are down to 2 Republican candidates, why is there so much infighting still taking place at those GOP caucuses? Doesn't Mitt Romney pretty much have the nomination? The short answer is no.

Paul Win A Real Possibility Now That Newt Is Out
IB Times - Ron Paul is the final Mitt Romney alternative in the GOP presidential race now that Newt Gingrich is bowing out of the race, a fact that has wide-ranging implications for the party's chances of winning the White House in 2012. As such, it is no surprise that he is the last man left in the race against Mitt Romney. From day one Ron Paul, a Texas congressman and medical doctor, has been couched by the mainstream media as an underdog, a sideshow candidate incapable of beating his establishment opponents and unworthy of much attention. But he has proven over and over again that he is a strong force, and recent news reports indicate that he is not going away anytime soon.

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House GOP Would Kick 280,000 Children Off School Lunch Program To Protect Tax Cut For Millionaires - House Republicans recently proposed cuts to nutrition assistance that will kick 280,000 low-income children off automatic enrollment in the Free School Lunch and Breakfast Program. Those same kids and 1.5 million other people will also lose their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly food stamp benefits) that help them afford food at home. Ten years’ worth of these nutrition cuts could be prevented for the price of one year of tax cuts on 3,340 multimillion dollar estates that House Republicans are protecting in their budget.

VIDEO: W. Va. Woman Fights to Collect $10 Million from Debt Collectors
ABC NEws - In a twist of irony, a West Virginia woman is trying to collect money from a collection agency. Diana Mey, of Wheeling, W. Va., won the largest judgment ever against an abusive debt collection company -- more than $10 million. "I'm a mom, and I'm a housewife, and I'm an accidental activist," Mey said. From her small-town home base in Wheeling, Mey went after a debt collection empire that hounds people nationwide and won. But she still hasn't received any money. "I don't know that I'll ever collect a dime, but if I can get their operation shut down, that would make me very happy."

These 10 Corporations Control Almost Everything You Buy
A chart we found on today shows that most products we buy are controlled by just a few companies. It's called "The Illusion of Choice." Ever wonder why you can't get a Coke at Taco Bell? It's because Yum! Brands was created as a spin-off of Pepsi--and has a lifetime contract with the soda-maker. Unilever produces everything from Dove soap to Klondike bars. Nestle has a big stake in L'Oreal, which features everything from cosmetics to Diesel designer jeans. Despite a wide array of brands to choose from, it all comes back to the big guys.

Energy & Environment

CA Public Utilities Commission: PG&E Smart Meter Opt Out Fees “Suspended”
Intel Hub - San Francisco, CA- Though PG&E’s arbitrary “deadline” of May 1st for signing up for their smart meter opt out program is fast approaching, the future of the charges is uncertain because of legal challenges and a series of procedural errors by both PG&E and the CPUC, who have failed to provide crucial documents to members of the public protesting the opt out policy, as required by law.

VIDEO: Officials Close Gulf Waters to Shrimping As Reports of Deformed Seafood Intensify - Alarmed by widespread reports of visibly sick, deformed seafood coming out of the Gulf of Mexico, state officials have closed area waters to shrimping this morning (April 23). The waters will be closed indefinitely as scientists run tests in an effort to get a handle on a situation that is fast becoming a full-blown crisis on the Gulf Coast.... And it’s not just the shrimp. Commercial fishermen are reporting red snapper and grouper riddled with deep lesions and covered with strange black streaks. Highly underdeveloped blue crabs are being pulled up in traps without eyes and claws (see link at bottom to my previous post on seafood deformities).

10 Facts About America's Energy Resources That Will Blow Your Mind
Activist Post - The United States is not running out of oil. In fact, nobody on the entire globe has more energy resources than the United States does. The truth is that we are absolutely swimming in oil and natural gas and we have so much coal that we have no idea what to do with it all. At current consumption rates, America has enough energy resources to completely satisfy all of its needs well into the 22nd century. If we would just access those resources, we would not have to import a single drop of foreign oil...

YouTube: LFTR in 5 Minutes - THORIUM REMIX 2011
Thorium is readily available & can be turned into energy without generating transuranic wastes. Thorium's capacity as nuclear fuel was discovered during WW II, but ignored because it was unsuitable for making bombs. A liquid-fluoride thorium reactor (LFTR) is the optimal approach for harvesting energy from Thorium, and has the potential to solve today's energy/climate crisis. LFTR is a type of Thorium Molten Salt Reactor (Th-MSR). This video summarizes over 6 hours worth of thorium talks given by Kirk Sorensen and other thorium technologists.


The Household Appliance that Releases 600 Potentially Dangerous Chemicals into the Air
Dr. Mercola - Dr. Anne Steinemann, professor of civil and environmental engineering and public affairs, has done a large amount of research into what chemicals are released by laundry products, air fresheners, cleaners, lotions and other fragranced consumer products. Her latest study, the first of its kind, focuses on chemicals emitted through laundry vents during typical use of fragranced products: More than 600 VOCs (volatile organic compounds) were emitted, and only two of those compounds were listed on any associated MSDS. Not one of those chemicals was listed on any of the 25 product labels.... Even more disturbing, the "greener" products were just as bad, if not worse, than the conventional products.

Oregano shown to effectively destroy prostate cancer cells
Fox News - A new study published in the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology highlights the cancer fighting effects of one of the main components of oregano called carvacrol. While some research has been done previously on the herb’s medicinal properties, this is the first study of its kind to study the effects of carvacrol on prostate cancer.

State Threatens to Shut Down Nutrition Blogger - The North Carolina Board of Dietetics/Nutrition is threatening to send a blogger to jail for recounting publicly his battle against diabetes and encouraging others to follow his lifestyle. Chapter 90, Article 25 of the North Carolina General Statutes makes it a misdemeanor to “practice dietetics or nutrition” without a license. According to the law, “practicing” nutrition includes “assessing the nutritional needs of individuals and groups” and “providing nutrition counseling.”

YouTube: Debt Collectors Invade Hospitals
Published on Apr 25, 2012 by EndtheLie.

VIDEO: Debt collectors invade hospital rooms
KARE 11 News April 25, 2012 - When Deb Waldin was in the Fairview Southdale emergency room with kidney stones last summer, she saw doctors, nurses, and a debt collector, who walked into her hospital room before she'd even gotten pain pills to demand that she pay up. "It was between $700-$800," said Waldin, "And he was a little persistent, like I'm supposed to whip out a credit card while I'm laying on the table. I couldn't believe it." Neither could the Minnesota Attorney General's office, which is now suing the Chicago firm that debt collector works for. It's called Accretive Health, and it was hired by Fairview, North Memorial and nearly 60 other hospitals in 20 states. It's accused of bullying patients into paying their bills, often before they even got care.

Water Fluoridation Persists Despite Being Unhealthy for Infants
Activist Post - Recently, the Senate has taken up an issue that may actually benefit the general public – this time specifically, it’s regarding the mass medication that is omnipresent in everyone’s water supply, sodium fluoride. The largest state legislature in the US recently passed a bill that requires all water bills to warn parents with infants of the dangers revolving around fluoride and water fluoridation - but only associated with infancy and excluding just about everyone else, to no great surprise.

University of Texas to get fluoride-free water fountains
University Star - Robert Love, UT public affairs graduate student, was the author of the bill passed by UT’s Student Government to install reverse-osmosis water fountains on their campus, thus making the water fluoride-free. Love hopes that these new fountains will be installed by the spring semester. Fluoride is not in all water, but is found in big cities, such as the San Marcos water system. However, Texas State does not add fluoride, according to Juan Guerra. Guerra, associate vice president of facilities, said all of the fountains on Texas State’s main campus are fluoride-free. Texas State services their fountains with a supply of well water, thus the water is fluoride-free.

Can We Continue To Justify Injecting Aluminum Into Children?
Activist Post - A new report published in the Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology raises a disturbing possibility: that aluminum hydroxide, the dominant metal-based adjuvant used in vaccines today, is causing aluminum overload at injection sites, and contributing to the pathogenesis of diseases such as chronic fatigue syndrome, macrophagic myofasciitis and subcutaneous pseudolymphoma.

Science & Technology

CISPA passes House in unexpected last-minute vote
RT - The House of Representatives has approved Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act with a vote count of 248-168. The bill is now headed for the Senate. President Barack Obama will be able to sign or cancel it pending Senate approval. Initially slated to vote on the bill Friday, the House of Representatives decided to pass Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) Thursday after approving a number of amendments. The snap vote took place after Congressional legislators approved a number of amendments to the bill.

CISPA battlefield: Facts & Figures
RT - The legislation has been met with violent opposition among the US public, a “Stop Cyber Spying” petition opposing the bill garnering over 800,000 signatures.... Big Internet companies have largely been supportive of the bill. It has been openly backed by AT&T, Facebook, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Verizon and others. In all, several major American telecommunication companies and many of the nation’s leading retailers endorse the act. “Whenever you are gathering data, it is a potential business model,” Seaman noted to RT. “You can sell it to the government or privately held security companies and make money over it, so it is a revenue stream.”

DHS Forwarding Federal Internet Data To Israel and India
Alexander Higgins - Perhaps the most alarming information in the privacy compliance report is that the Einstein program, which is touted as Federal government’s premier system for network intrusion detection and cyber threat prevention, is being used to intercept computer traffic that crosses federal government networks which is being forwarded to Israel and India. While there are supposedly strict protocols in place for assuring the privacy of individuals in regard to data collected and shared among US agencies there are absolutely no such safeguards or oversight in place to monitor the information that is being forwarded overseas to India and Israel.

Who owns your files on Google Drive?
CNET - Within hours of Google launching its new online storage service, the terms and service have come under heavy fire by the wider community for how it handles users' copyright and intellectual property rights. A quick analysis of Google's terms of service shows how far the search company goes in 'owning' your files, and how it can do anything it wants with them. But there is a small catch. Here's what the terms say...

Time-Lapse of Ocean Currents Looks Like a Living Van Gogh Painting - The Scientific Visualization Studio at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center created this beautiful animation called Perpetual Ocean which visualizes the ocean's surface currents over a 30-month period between June 2005 and December 2007.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

VIDEO: 'Agent Orange Corn' Debate Rages As Dow Seeks Approval Of New Genetically Modified Seed
Huffington Post - A new kind of genetically modified crop under the brand name of "Enlist" -- known by its critics as "Agent Orange corn" -- has opponents pushing U.S. regulators to scrutinize the product more closely and reject an application by Dow AgroSciences to roll out its herbicide-resistant seeds. The corn has been genetically engineered to be immune to 2,4-D, an ingredient used in Agent Orange that some say could pose a serious threat to the environment and to human health.

Bugs pick up pesticide resistance from pesticide-eating bacteria - The indiscriminate spraying of pesticides has probably caused as many problems as it has solved, but here's one that was not expected: some bacteria have decided that one insecticide is a very tasty meal. Unfortunately for us, one of the strains of bacteria that has evolved the ability to digest the toxin happens to be able to find a home in an insect's gut. When it does so, it provides the insect with resistance.

‘Rare variant’ of mad cow disease discovered in California, one of many mysterious cases this year
Activist Post - The form of BSE found was a ‘rare variant’ which The Washington Post reports is “not generally associated with an animal consuming infected feed.” While unrelated to mad cow disease, there have been a number of mysterious viruses which have emerged this year including an incurable hand, foot and mouth disease strain (HFMD) in Vietnam... and a new mystery virus has resulted in the deaths of thousands of heads of livestock in Europe. Similarly, an unidentified disease has killed over 20,000 chickens in Nepal and horses and cattle are dying in Maury County, Tennessee.

Monsanto buys leading bee research firm after being implicated in bee colony collapse
(NaturalNews) Amid all the controversy over genetically-modified (GM) crops and their pesticides and herbicides decimating bee populations all around the world, biotechnology behemoth Monsanto has decided to buy out one of the major international firms devoted to studying and protecting bees. According to a company announcement, Beeologics handed over the reigns to Monsanto back on September 28, 2011, which means the gene-manipulating giant will now be able to control the flow of information and products coming from Beeologics for colony collapse disorder (CCD).

Pet News

Diamond Pet Foods Expands Voluntary Recall
Susan Thixton - Diamond Pet Foods is expanding a voluntary recall to include one production run and four production codes of Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul Adult Light Formula dry dog food. One bag of the product has tested positive for Salmonella, and the recall of the four production codes is being conducted as a precautionary measure. No dog illnesses have been reported.

Today in History - Thursday - April 26, 2012
1607 - The British established an American colony at Cape Henry, Virginia. It was the first permanent English establishment in the Western Hemisphere.
1865 - Joseph E. Johnston surrendered the Army of Tennessee to Sherman during the American Civil War.
1865 - John Wilkes Booth was killed by the U.S. Federal Cavalry.
1906 - In Hawaii, motion pictures were shown for the first time.
1921 - Weather broadcasts were heard for the first time on radio in St. Louis, MO.
1929 - First non-stop flight from England to India was completed.
1937 - German planes attacked Guernica, Spain, during the Spanish Civil War.
1937 - "LIFE" magazine was printed without the word "LIFE" on the cover.
1941 - An organ was played at a baseball stadium for the first time in Chicago, IL.
1945 - Marshal Henri Philippe Petain, the head of France's Vichy government during World War II, was arrested.
1954 - Grace Kelly was on the cover of "LIFE" magazine.
1968 - Students seized the administration building at Ohio State University.
1982 - The British announced that Argentina had surrendered on South Georgia.
1983 - Dow Jones Industrial Average broke 1,200 for first time.
1985 - In Argentina, a fire at a mental hospital killed 79 people and injured 247.
1986 - The world’s worst nuclear disaster to date occurred at Chernobyl, in Kiev. Thirty-one people died in the incident and thousands more were exposed to radioactive material.
1998 - Auxiliary Bishop Juan Gerardi Conedera was bludgeoned to death two days after a report he'd compiled on atrocities during Guatemala's 36-year civil war was made public.
2002 - In Erfurt, Germany, an expelled student killed 17 people at his former school. The student then killed himself.

World News

Pakistan's top court convicts PM of contempt
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- The Supreme Court convicted Pakistan's prime minister of contempt on Thursday but spared him a prison term for refusing to reopen a corruption case against his boss, the president, leaving the premier in power but facing fresh calls to resign. The ruling against Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani added to political uncertainty and tensions between the government and the court, effectively crippling an administration that has shown little will to tackle the economic and security challenges facing the country.

Syria blames rebels for blast that killed 16
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian state media said Thursday that anti-regime bomb-makers accidentally set off blasts a day earlier that flattened parts of a residential area in the central city of Hama and killed at least 16 people. Syrian activists gave a different account, however, and blamed intense shelling by the regime. It was impossible to independently verify the conflicting accounts because President Bashar Assad's regime, facing a 13-month-old uprising, has restricted access for journalists and other outside witnesses.

Iran has not, will not build nuclear weapon – Israeli military chief
RT - Iran has not decided to build a nuclear bomb, says IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz. Nor does he think Tehran will go “the extra mile" to do so. The military chief’s words cut a sharp contrast with the bellicose rhetoric of PM Netanyahu. Israeli Defense Forces Lieutenant General Gantz told Ha'aretz daily that Iran was moving “step by step” to a point where the production of a nuclear weapon would be feasible. However, he says Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei hasn't yet decided “to go the extra mile" to build a nuclear bomb.

US-Philippine drills ‘obviously a provocation’
RT - Joint US-Philippine military drills have kicked off in the South China Sea, near an island claimed by both the Philippines and China. The controversial exercises are seen by many as a provocation that could lead to a real military conflict. Last week China announced that the drills in the area would raise the risk of confrontation. The southwestern island of Palawan is situated in energy-rich waters said to hold extensive gas and oil reserves. China has claims to waters near the western edge of Palawan, as well as nearly the entire South China Sea. China has territorial disputes in the area with Indonesia, Taiwan, The Philippines, Vietnam and Brunei.

Alliance of Liberals and Democrats in EU parliament rejects ACTA
RT - The Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE) in the European parliament has announced it cannot support the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). The ALDE leader, Guy Verhofstadt announced the group’s decision on Wednesday. "Although we unambiguously support the protection of intellectual property rights, we also champion fundamental rights and freedoms. We have serious concerns that ACTA does not strike the right balance," he said.

Military to Review its Course Teaching: “U.S. is at war with Islam”
(Reuters) - The top military officer ordered a review of training material after a course for officers was found to espouse the view that the United States is at war with Islam, the Pentagon said on Wednesday.... One example of objectionable material, presented in a power point slide for students, was an assertion "that the United States is at war with Islam and we ought to ought to just recognize that we are war with Islam," Captain John Kirby, a Pentagon spokesman, told reporters.

France Wants 300 UN Observers in Syria Within 2 Weeks
AFP - France wants to see at least 300 U.N. observers on the ground in Syria within two weeks and would push for a Chapter 7 resolution at the United Nations if Damascus does not comply by early May, Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said on Wednesday. “This cannot continue indefinitely. We want to see observers in sufficient numbers, at least 300 ... deployed as quickly as possible,” Juppe said.

VIDEO: Britain in double-dip recession as growth falls 0.2pc
Telegraph - Britain is officially back in recession after the economy shrank unexpectedly by 0.2pc in the first three months of the year. It followed a 0.3pc fall in gross domestic product in the fourth quarter of 2011, signalling a technical recession and Britain’s first double-dip since 1975. Economists had expected the Office for National Statistics data to show the economy grew by 0.1pc between January and March. The shock fall in output is a major blow for the Chancellor, who was forced to defend his austerity drive which is expected to weigh further on growth in the coming months.

New Study: Fracking Causes Earthquakes – but It’s Worth the Risk
Oil Price - While the DECC report confirms that Cuadrilla Resources 's test-fracking likely caused the 2011 two small tremors last year, it also said that Cuadrilla Resources could proceed with exploring the area if it follows a new set of expensive safety measures.... And insurers in the City of London clearly believe that the DECC report validates fracking. City insurance brokerage Willis chief operating officer of global energy Neil Smith said, “Shale gas is here to stay… The issues are of a political nature and a lot are born out of ignorance of what the operations are.”

Bavaria Releasing First German Publication of Mein Kampf Since WWII
BBC News - The German state of Bavaria is preparing to publish Hitler's manifesto, Mein Kampf, in 2015, before the book's copyright expires. The book is not banned by law in Germany, but Bavaria has used ownership of the copyright to prevent publication of German editions since 1945. Copyright restrictions stop at the end of 2015, 70 years after Hitler's death.... Part biography, part political and racist rant, the book outlines the core of Nazi ideology.

The UN Plan for the World: Global Carbon Taxes, Global Safety Nets And A One World Green Economy
Activist Post - Did you know that the UN has a plan for running the world and it is right out in the open? It is called "sustainable development", but it is far more comprehensive than it sounds. The truth is that the UN plan for running the world would dramatically alter nearly all forms of human activity. A 204-page report on "sustainable development" entitled "Working Towards a Balanced and Inclusive Green Economy, A United Nations System-Wide Perspective" has been published in advance of the upcoming Rio + 20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro. You can read the full report right here.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Marine discharged for attacking Obama
Press TV - The Corps said on Wednesday that Sgt. Gary Stein would be subjected to an other-than-honourable discharge for violating a Pentagon policy that limits the military service members’ freedom of speech. The Corps pointed out that the type of discharge applies to a Marine, who commits a "serious offense" that significantly differs from the conduct expected of him or her. The punishment means that Stein, a nine-year-long member of the Corps, will lose all military benefits.

Supreme Court Doubts Obama’s Immigration Law Claim
Washington Times - Supreme Court justices took a dim view of the Obama administration’s claim that it can stop Arizona from enforcing immigration laws, telling government lawyers during oral argument Wednesday that the state appears to want to push federal officials, not conflict with them.... The Obama administration has sued, arguing that those provisions conflict with the federal government’s role in setting immigration policy, but justices on both sides of the aisle struggled to understand that argument.

Seattle PD Insists Drones Won’t Spy on Residents - The Seattle Police Department insists it won't be using new remote controlled aircraft to spy on people, despite concerns raised by the ACLU.... The ACLU raised red flags about the drones after it was reported last week the SPD would be deploying several unmanned aircraft thanks to a grant funded by the Urban Areas Security initiative. But [Sgt. Sean] Whitcomb says the department is working with the FAA and developing "appropriate policies." Whitcomb says the drones will be used for situations like crime scene photography, missing person searches, and barricaded person scenarios.

FBI Expert Describes Potential NYC Doom Scenario An FBI expert gave frightening testimony yesterday about New York’s close call with al Qaeda’s explosive terrorist recipes. Kirk Yeager detailed how a post-9/11 al Qaeda plot to strike packed New York City subway lines with suicide bomb blasts at the height of rush hour would have led to significant destruction and death.... Yeager, an expert in improvised explosives, said such blasts could be produced by using household materials that Medunjanin and two Queens high- school pal co-conspirators allegedly planned to use.

Trayvon Martin and Gun Violence — Setting the Stage for Gun Control in Obama’s Second Term
Activist Post - The controversial killing of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman as a “neighborhood watch patrol” is one of the biggest stories of 2012 so far. And with his trial upcoming, it will continue to be so. The incident is a rallying point for those that think that gun control is a necessary evil for the United States and that it is time for the Second Amendment (you know, the one that guarantees that we have the right to bear arms) to be nullified.

VIDEO: Western Kentucky University Students Under the Watchful Eye of High-Tech Surveillance System
Activist Post - The many buildings of Western Kentucky University sit within 200 acres of campus space, and the school's 21,000 students give it the population of a mid-size town. Perfect place to test and implement the latest in high-tech video surveillance and management.

VIDEO: NJ Father Records Teachers Bullying His Son
ABC News - A New Jersey dad who suspected something was “horrifyingly wrong” at school when his autistic son began acting violently had the boy wear a digital recorder and discovered teachers verbally abusing him. Stuart Chaifetz, 44, described his 10-year-old son Akian as a “sweet and gentle child” with a penchant for acrobatics and a deep bond with his three dogs. So Chaifetz said it was totally out of character when he began receiving reports from Horace Mann Elementary School that Akian was hitting his teacher and a teacher’s aide.

Family Misses Flight After TSA Gives Pat-Down To Girl With Cerebral Palsy - Dina, who is also reportedly developmentally disabled, is usually frightened by the procedure. Her family reportedly requests that agents on hand take the time to introduce themselves to her. However, the agents on duty at the time began to handle her aggressively instead. Air travel is difficult to the family due to Dina’s disabilities, but the nature of Monday’s inspection was especially traumatic for the child.

2012 Election News

Please Vote: Should Mitt Romney drop out of the Republican Primary?

FOX News Admits Ron Paul Will Be On The Ballot at The National Convention in Tampa!
Daily Paul - Go Ron Paul!

News on All 3 Texas Speeches Wednesday thru Friday-Videos/Pics/ Update-Venue Change in El Paso
Daily Paul - We’re covering ALL 3 Ron Paul Speeches right here thru Friday.

VIDEO: How Ron Paul's "Delegate Strategy" is Working - As five more states take to the polls to try selecting their choice for the Republican Party nomination today, various interesting things have been happening in the world of Ron Paul's march through the caucus states, whose straw poll results often don't bind delegate allocation meaningfully.

YouTube: Newt Gingrich To Drop Out Next Tuesday Leaving Paul as the Last Anti-Romney Standing
Fox News Apr 25, 2012.

US election 2012: Newt Gingrich ‘to drop out of Republican race’
London Telegraph - Gingrich will keep his scheduled stops in North Carolina, planned for this week and exit the race on Tuesday, Fox News said. He is expected to endorse Romney on Tuessday as well, the television network said. He did not formally withdraw from the race but said he is now campaigning as a "citizen." He did not explain what he meant.

Occupy Wall Street Protest

PHOTOS: Trillion Dollar Debt Day:’ US students write off unbearable dues in protest
RT - Hundreds of American students have protested the financial plight brought about by student debts across the country, as the total US student debt topped $1 trillion. The protesters burned their loan documents demanding a right to “debt-free degrees.” Hundreds of American students have protested the financial plight brought about by student debts across the country, as the total US student debt topped $1 trillion. The protesters burned their loan documents demanding a right to “debt-free degrees.”

VIDEO: Arrests as Occupy slams mortgage bankers in San Francisco (PHOTOS, VIDEO)
RT - Hundreds of people took to the streets of San Francisco to vent their anger against unfair foreclosures. Police were standing by, and detained 24 people. Over five hundred protesters staged a heated demonstration outside the building where an annual meeting of Wells Fargo shareholders was underway.... Demonstrators sought to vent rage over foreclosures and executive compensation, and called on Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf to resign. Stumpf is reported to have received $19.8 million in compensation last year, despite the fact that Wells Fargo has been the recipient of dozens of billions of dollars in taxpayer bailouts since many of its bets went south in the 2008 financial crisis.


Four charged in latest $400 million Ponzi scheme
(Reuters) - Four former employees of a Long Island-based investment firm were charged Wednesday with running a Ponzi fraud that cost more than 4,000 investors $179 million in losses, federal prosecutors said.Jason Keryc, Anthony Massaro, Anthony Ciccone and Diane Kaylor, misled investors at Agape World Inc and Agape Merchant Advance, by using other investors' money to pay returns, according to a criminal complaint unsealed in a federal court in Central Islip, New York. It was a classic Ponzi scheme that ran for about five years and pulled in $400 million, the complaint said.

The Truth Behind President Obama’s ‘Slow Jam’ Student Loan Propaganda
Patrick Henningsen - A desperate White House is pulling out all the stops this week, a sign of things to come for the next 6 months. It’s not just about the dumbing down of politics, as it is the further dumbing down of our national conversation. The White House took over comedian Jimmy Fallon’s late night talk show last night, in order to push its latest sound-bite policy propaganda, in the hopes of securing student votes. Obama was fawned by a crowd of 8,000 students at the University of North Carolina. This effort will be followed-up on Friday, as the White House has also organized Obama’s image on the cover of trendy Rolling Stone Magazine.

The Death of All Banking Freedom?
Wendy McElroy - Last week, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) extended its reach and tightened its grip on every cent Americans earn or try to preserve anywhere in the world. The final regulations of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) were announced.... Enacted in March 2010 as part of the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act, FATCA seeks to have foreign financial institutions report on accounts held by any American living in the United States or abroad.

Tax mistakes that can wreck your retirement
Market Watch - A slew of tax rules are waiting to trip you up when it comes time to move money or cash out your retirement savings — and getting it wrong will cost you.

Housing Market

Lender Processing Services (LPS) Internal Email Accidentally Leaked in a Fraudclosure Case - An affidavit from Bank of America representative, Kimberly Sue Daley, refers to attached business records. The documents attached to the affidavit included a printout of email exchanges with the LPS Desktop logo. The conversation evolves like this: “Yikes! The name of the foreclosing party (HSBC as Trustee for Deutsche Bank Alt-A 2007-BAR1) matches the name on the affidavit of amount owed BUT that name doesn’t match what is in our system. It’s pretty far into the legal foreclosure process. What should we do now?” “Hey, no problemo!... “Go with the quit claim deed (QCD). After the foreclosure sale to the trust, just deed the home over to Bank of America! Problem solved.”

Wells Fargo, Terrified to Face Victims of Its Foreclosure Fraud and Predatory Lending, Locks Shareholders Out of Annual Meeting
AlterNet April 24, 2012 - On March 24, Wells Fargo, assisted by dozens of Bay Area police, took the unprecedented step of locking more than 100 of its shareholders out of its annual meeting – a meeting they had every legal right to attend. These shareholders had a story to tell, and Wells' Chairman and CEO John Stumpf was not in a listening mood. They'd purchased stock in the bailed-out Wall Street giant, and then travelled from around the country to tell the board how its corporate citizenship gad ruined lives and wrought profound economic pain on entire communities.

City-by-city home prices from 20 top markets
Market Watch - The following is the city-by-city breakdown of the cities followed in the S&P/Case-Shiller 20-city composite that was released Tuesday.

Energy & Environment

New study on Monsanto corn suggests GMO trees could devastate forest ecosystems
Food Freedom News - “Some trees are being genetically engineered to contain the Bt toxin,” notes Anne Peterman of Stop GE Trees. “This could be a tremendous threat to forest ecosystem soils, in which beneficial fungi are a key component of the forest ecosystem.” The feds have allowed seven southeastern states to plant GM forests.

VIDEO: ‘If I Wanted America To Fail’ - A video produced by Americans for Limited Government’s “Free Market America” project has gone viral on the Internet. The group described the environmental agenda (pushed by Obama and his minions at the EPA and other agencies) “has been infected by extremism – it’s become an economic suicide pact. And we’re here to challenge it.”... Watch and distribute this powerful video! More than half a million Americans have already views this video.


Medical science and herbalists agree: hawthorn berries are a "great heart food"
(NaturalNews) The University of Maryland Medical Center states that the antioxidants found in hawthorn berries may be responsible for treating a long list of cardiac, respiratory, and circulatory conditions. Hawthorn berries contain flavonoids such as quercitin, and oligomeric procyanidins (OPCs)- the same antioxidants found in grapes. Free radical damage from poor diets and lifestyle plus environmental toxins are responsible for symptoms of aging and numerous health problems. Hawthorn berries are especially helpful in combating heart disease, high blood pressure, palpitations, chest pains (angina) and elevated cholesterol levels.

How to Tell If Vitamins Are Synthetic Apr 20, 2011 - You can make wiser choices when purchasing vitamins by learning to identify synthetic dietary supplements from natural vitamin products. Manufacturers of dietary supplements sometimes use synthetic materials for increasing the vitamin's potency and stability. According to the Organic Consumers Association, some of these materials come from coal tar derivatives, the same toxins that cause throat cancer in tobacco smokers. Before shopping for vitamin supplements, know what to look for in a vitamin product that may cause harm to your health.

How women may benefit from bioidentical testosterone therapy
(NaturalNews) More and more evidence over the last decade has suggested testosterone is a very important hormone in women, especially in terms of staying fit, lean and sexually active. A double-blind placebo controlled study of 75 women aged 31 - 56 who underwent hysterectomy and bilateral oophorectomy (ovary removal) found dramatic decreases in circulating testosterone levels. Over 12 weeks, the women were given a placebo patch, a patch containing 150 mcg of testosterone or a patch containing 300 mcg of testosterone. It was found the 300 mcg dose made significant improvements in sexual function, mood and general well being.

Independent research identifies cancer-causing chemicals in food packaging, fabric coatings
(NaturalNews) An independent scientific panel has determined that perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), also known as C-8, a commercial substance produced by chemical giant DuPont, causes kidney and testicular cancer in humans. And because of how pervasive this...

Canary Singles
Personal ads or online dating for the chemically injured - Singles with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity or MCS, Fibromyalgia or FMS, Gulf War Syndrome or GWS, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or CFIDS, EMHS or Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity, Autism or other chronic health conditions induced, exacerbated or perpetuated by environmental toxins found in common everyday chemicals.... As anyone living with MCS, EMHS or other chemical injury related illness knows, meeting people, finding fulfilling friendships or a life partner who shares our lifestyle is a very difficult task indeed.

Heal and Detox with Oil Pulling: The What, Why and How
Food Freedom News - Oil pulling is a practice taken from Ayurvedic medicine that involves swishing, or pulling, unrefined oil in your mouth for several minutes. The modern adaptation of oil pulling has only recently become popular in Western society, but already many are reporting amazing results from this unorthodox therapy.... Overall, oil pulling is known as a powerful method of detoxifying the body. Coconut oil expert Dr. Bruce Fife and author of Oil Pulling Therapy says, “Oil pulling is one of the most remarkable methods of detoxification and healing I have ever experienced in my career as a naturopathic physician.”

Catching Wild Sourdough Starter
Mother Earth News - Sourdough actually has a lower glycemic index than regular bread. The levain also breaks down phytic acid in grains. Phytic acid blocks the absorption of minerals and vitamins. Levain also shows promise for people that are intolerant of gluten because it helps degrade and deactivate the proteins that adversely affect people.... The bonus is that it’s super easy to do and doesn’t take much, but you don’t have to tell others that. Go ahead and let them think it took you days of complicated procedures to obtain.

Science & Technology

White House Threat to Veto CISPA Is a Crude Stunt
Paul Joseph Watson - Even as drones are deployed domestically to spy on American citizens, Barack Obama is posing as a champion of privacy and civil liberties by threatening to veto the CISPA web snooping bill, just as his administration pretended to be hostile to the National Defense Authorization Act before signing it anyway. An email released by the White House this afternoon claims the administration is unhappy with the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act because it fails to include proper “privacy, confidentiality, and civil liberties safeguards.”

YouTube: Young Turks: Ron Paul is right about CISPA: It must be stopped
Apr 24, 2012 - Angry internet users managed to stop SOPA in its tracks but CISPA is even farther reaching in the cooperation it would allow between the government and businesses to track online activity.

Senate Bill Would Make Unconstitutional Anti-Stalking Law Even More Unconstitutional
EFF - As originally written, the anti-stalking law made it a crime to intentionally put another person in reasonable fear of death or serious injury. But the law was expanded in 2006 through the Violence Against Women Act to criminalize causing "substantial emotional distress" to another person using an "interactive computer service" such as the Internet. The law doesn't even require that the offending speech be directed at a particular person — a tweet, Facebook status update, or blog post that distresses someone else could be enough to send the speaker to prison.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Obama Ban on Youth Farm Chores Part of Larger Power Grab
Kurt Nimmo - Obama’s plan to make life miserable for family farmers coincides with an effort by the United Nations under Agenda 21. Section one of the executive order mentions “sustainable rural communities,” language right out of Agenda 21.... As George H. W. Bush said on September 11, 1990, the plan is “based entirely on social control mechanisms.” For the elite, controlling food – especially healthy and natural food produced by family farms – is a primary objective in their plan for global conquest.

Another way to kill US farmers: Seize their bank accounts on phony charges
Food Freedom News - Monsanto’s Food and Drug Administration can’t close down small dairies and private food clubs fast enough, bursting on the scene with guns drawn as if the criminalized right to contract for natural foods we’ve consumed for millennia deserves SWAT attention. Now, Obama has the Dept. of Justice going after small farmers under the post-911 “Bank Secrecy Act” which makes it a crime to deposit less than $10,000 when you earned more than that.

Rural kids, parents angry about Labor Dept. rule banning farm chores
Daily Caller - The Department of Labor is poised to put the finishing touches on a rule that would apply child-labor laws to children working on family farms, prohibiting them from performing a list of jobs on their own families’ land. Under the rules, children under 18 could no longer work “in the storing, marketing and transporting of farm product raw materials.”... The new regulations... would also revoke the government’s approval of safety training and certification taught by independent groups like 4-H and FFA, replacing them instead with a 90-hour federal government training course.

Learn Water Management Strategies for an Off-Grid House
Mother Earth News - One family's off-grid journey to self-sufficiency explores the complex issue of a clean, sustainable water-management strategy. Finding a safe water supply and navigating through the options of water pumps and various ways to dig a well are some of the big questions you must answer when you decide to manage your own water. One thing is for certain: You'll never take filling your glass with water for granted again!

Pet News

Every Cat Should Have a Dog
The saying "they fight like cats and dogs" obviously is a little outdated when you consider some of the adorable interspecies relationships that cats and dogs have. Maybe the saying "they cuddle like cats and dogs" is more fitting



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Humor & Satire


Today in History - Wednesday - April 25, 2012
1792 - The guillotine was first used to execute highwayman Nicolas J. Pelletier.
1831 - The New York and Harlem Railway was incorporated in New York City.
1846 - The Mexican-American War ignited as a result of disputes over claims to Texas boundaries. The outcome of the war fixed Texas' southern boundary at the Rio Grande River.
1859 - Work began on the Suez Canal in Egypt.
1860 - The first Japanese diplomats to visit a foreign power reached Washington, DC. They remained in the U.S. capital for several weeks while discussing expansion of trade with the United States.
1862 - Union Admiral Farragut occupied New Orleans, LA.
1864 - After facing defeat in the Red River Campaign, Union General Nathaniel Bank returned to Alexandria, LA.
1867 - Tokyo was opened for foreign trade.
1898 - The U.S. declared war on Spain. Spain had declared war on the U.S. the day before.
1901 - New York became the first state to require license plates for cars. The fee was $1.
1928 - A seeing eye dog was used for the first time.
1940 - W2XBS (now WCBS-TV) in New York City presented the first circus on TV.
1945 - Delegates from about 50 countries met in San Francisco to organize the United Nations.
1953 - U.S. Senator Wayne Morse ended the longest speech in U.S. Senate history. The speech on the Offshore Oil Bill lasted 22 hours and 26 minutes.
1957 - Operations began at the first experimental sodium nuclear reactor.
1959 - St. Lawrence Seaway opened to shipping. The water way connects the Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean.
1962 - The U.S. spacecraft, Ranger, crashed on the Moon.
1967 - Colorado Governor John Love signed the first law legalizing abortion in the U.S. The law was limited to therapeutic abortions when agreed to, unanimously, by a panel of three physicians.
1971 - The country of Bangladesh was established.
1980 - In Iran, a commando mission to rescue hostages was aborted after mechanical problems disabled three of the eight helicopters involved. During the evacuation, a helicopter and a transport plan collided and exploded. Eight U.S. servicemen were killed. The mission was aimed at freeing American hostages that had been taken at the U.S. embassy in Tehran on November 4, 1979. The event took place April 24th Washington, DC, time.
1982 - In accordance with Camp David agreements, Israel completed its Sinai withdrawal.
1984 - David Anthony Kennedy, the son of Robert F. Kennedy, was found dead of a drug overdose in a hotel room.
1988 - In Israel, John "Ivan the Terrible" Demjanuk was sentenced to death as a Nazi war criminal.
1990 - The U.S. Hubble Space Telescope was placed into Earth's orbit. It was released by the space shuttle Discovery.
1998 - U.S. first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton on was questioned by Whitewater prosecutors on videotape about her work as a private lawyer for the failed savings and loan at the center of the investigation.
2003 - Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, the anti-apartheid leader and ex-wife of former President Nelson Mandela, was sentenced to four years in prison for her conviction on fraud and theft charges. She was convicted of 43 counts of fraud and 25 of theft of money from a women's political league.
2007 - The Dow Jones industrial average closed above 13,000 for the first time.

World News

Exclusive: U.S. eyes options to restart Afghan peace talks
(Reuters) - As foreign forces prepare to exit Afghanistan, the White House had hoped to lay the groundwork for peace talks by sending five Taliban prisoners, some seen as among the most threatening detainees at Guantanamo, to Qatar to rejoin other Taliban members opening a political office there. In return, the Taliban would make its own good-faith gestures, denouncing terrorism and supporting the hoped-for talks with the government of Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

Report: NATO misleads with 'Afghan-led' label
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- A new report Wednesday by a Kabul-based think tank accuses international forces of misleading the public by calling military operations "Afghan-led" even in cases where NATO or U.S. forces are the only troops on the ground. The charge cuts to the heart of a public perception battle being waged in Afghanistan, where international troops are eager to showcase successes by Afghan forces and to downplay the role played by international soldiers as NATO draws down forces and hands over security to Afghan control.

Military says NKorea has 'powerful modern weapons'
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- North Korea is armed with "powerful modern weapons" capable of defeating the United States, a top military chief in Pyongyang said Wednesday amid increased speculation abroad about the nation's missile arsenal and nuclear ambitions. Vice Marshal Ri Yong Ho emphasized the importance of strengthening the military to defend North Korea against threats it sees from the United States and South Korea. He called his nation a nuclear and military power and praised new leader Kim Jong Un, believed to be in his late 20s, as a "military strategist" who has been giving the army guidance for years.

Pakistan tests nuclear-capable ballistic missile
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan successfully test-fired a nuclear-capable ballistic missile on Wednesday, the military said, less than a week after rival India tested a missile capable of delivering nuclear warheads as far as Beijing and Eastern Europe.

Activists: Syrian forces resume shelling
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian activists said troops bombarded a Damascus suburb with mortar shells and machine guns Wednesday, a day after special envoy Kofi Annan described the situation in Syria as bleak. This is the second day of government attacks on Douma despite visits to the suburb by U.N. cease-fire monitors. Activists say these visits deter attacks in some cases, but in others appear to bring on retaliation by government forces after the observers leave.

South Korea retailers halt US beef sales over mad cow
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Two major South Korean retailers suspended sales of U.S. beef Wednesday following the discovery of mad cow disease in a U.S. dairy cow. Reaction elsewhere in Asia was muted with Japan saying there's no reason to restrict imports. South Korea's No. 2 and No. 3 supermarket chains, Home Plus and Lotte Mart, said they have temporarily halted sales of U.S. beef to calm worries among South Koreans. South Korea is the world's fourth-largest importer of U.S. beef, buying 107,000 tons of the meat worth $563 million in 2011.

New Zealand woman's Coca-Cola habit blamed for her death
(NaturalNews) The Coca-Cola Company is currently embroiled in an investigation involving a New Zealand woman who allegedly died as a result of drinking too much of the company's sugary beverage. According to reports, Natasha Marie Harris had been consuming a steady diet of roughly two gallons a day of Coca-Cola in the years before her untimely death at the young age of 30.

Japan fears nuclear plant sits atop active geological fault
TOKYO (Reuters) - A nuclear plant in northwestern Japan may be sitting right on top of an active geological fault, the country's nuclear watchdog has said, raising the risk that the facility may never resume power generation for fear of an earthquake.

Exclusive: North Korea's nuclear test ready "soon"
BEIJING (Reuters) - North Korea has almost completed preparations for a third nuclear test, a senior source with close ties to Pyongyang and Beijing said, an act that would draw further international condemnation following a failed rocket launch.

Kurd President Barzani Condemns US Sale of F-16′s to Iraq - At a news conference yesterday, Kurdistan Regional Government President Massoud Barzani revealed his opposition to the sale of F-16 jets to Iraq by the United States. Barzani said he warned the U.S. government that Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki could use the jets against the Kurds. The deal to buy the three-dozen F-16 fighters was sealed last year and delivery is expected in October.

VIDEO: Bahrain: Euro-Billionaires Party at Grand Prix as Citizens are Beaten and Shot Outside
Patrick Henningsen - While the European billionaire jet-set wined and dined their way through another Formula One calendar fixture, protesters were outside clashing with Bahrain police during the funeral of a political activist found dead over the weekend. Unlike the violence in Syria where rebels are being armed and backed by the US State Department and the British Foreign Office, the Bahrain uprising appears to be genuine and the protesters are all unarmed.

Israel punishes Palestinian hunger strikers by removing rights
RT - Israeli authorities are trying new methods to end hunger strikes among Palestinian prisoners. The measures include canceling prisoners' rights to family visits and confiscating of their possessions.... The measures taken by Israel are aimed at the 1,200 Palestinian prisoners currently on hunger strike to protest against extended detention without trial and to demand better prison conditions.

VIDEO: 60 Minutes Confronts Israeli Ambassador After He Pressured CBS To Drop Story On Palestinian Christians
CBS’ 60 Minutes reporter Bob Simon profiled the plight of the rapidly disappearing Palestinian Christian community on Sunday and revealed that Israeli Ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren, attempted to pressure CBS News about the story while they were still conducting interviews. In an interview with Oren, Simon said he’s never received that reaction from a story that had not yet aired. Oren conceded that complaining to CBS was an “extraordinary move.”

Swiss scientists demonstrate mind-controlled robot
AP - Swiss scientists have demonstrated how a partially paralyzed person can control a robot by thought alone, a step they hope will one day allow immobile people to interact with their surroundings through so-called avatars. Similar experiments have taken place in the United States and Germany, but they involved either able-bodied patients or invasive brain implants.

Hungary to punish diabetics if they don't stick to diet
AFP - Hungarian diabetics who fail to stick to their diet will be deprived of more modern treatments from July, under a government decree published Monday aimed at cutting health spending. Diabetics undergo a blood test on average every three months and those who score high levels of glycemia more than twice a year could be turned away from treatments with analog insulin -- more efficient but also more expensive -- and left with the less efficient human insulin, under the new rules. Currently, all diabetes treatments are subsidised by the state, which hopes to reduce health spending with the new rules.

Tepco to dump groundwater from under reactor buildings into ocean
TOKYO (Kyodo) - The groundwater currently gets mixed with highly radioactive water accumulating inside the reactor buildings and adjacent reactor turbine buildings, resulting in an increase in the total amount of contaminated water at the plant. Tokyo Electric Power Co. thus wants to use the wells to direct part of the groundwater into the Pacific Ocean, likely to be about 1,000 tons per day, before all of the groundwater flows into the reactor buildings and elsewhere.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

VIDEO: Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman & The Decline of Racism & Violence in America - Figures such as Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton want to use the Martin shooting to say that when it comes to race, little to nothing has changed in America over the past 20, 30, or 50 years. Gun control advocates want to say that the shooting proves that America is awash in the blood of gun violence egged on by Second Amendment fundamentalists. But neither of those things is true.

Say Hello To Your Corporate Police
Activist Post - Police staff throughout the county of Lincolnshire are now proudly wearing the logo of their corporate bosses, as Government cutbacks force the privatization of the nation’s peacekeepers. G4S, a controversial multi-national security corporation has now virtually taken over all civilian positions in the region, including front counter staff at police stations, control room operators, custodians at local holding cells, and even inquiry officers.

For first time since Depression, more Mexicans leave U.S. than enter
Washington Post - A four-decade tidal wave of Mexican immigration to the United States has receded, causing a historic shift in migration patterns as more Mexicans appear to be leaving the United States for Mexico than the other way around, according to a report from the Pew Hispanic Center.

Watchdog: Pentagon buys weapons backwards
ABC News - The Pentagon has squandered millions in taxpayer dollars on expensive and complex weapons systems by spending first and asking questions later. The new report, prepared by the Government Accountability Office and published Friday, focused on the shortcomings of the Missile Defense Agency's Ballistic Missile Defense System but hit on a controversial strategy used in other major defense purchases: concurrency. Concurrency is broadly defined as the practice of not waiting for a proposed weapons system to be fully tested before putting it on the final production line.

Secretive Bilderberg Group Set To Meet In Virginia May 31st-June 3rd
Paul Joseph Watson - Speculation that the location of the Bilderberg Group’s annual meeting would be chosen to coincide with this year’s U.S. presidential election appears to have been accurate with the likelihood that Bilderberg will hold their confab in Chantilly, Virginia from May 31st to June 3rd.

Obama’s new EO targets surveillance, censorship in Iran and Syria while nothing is done for Americans
Activist Post - Oh the irony! As our right to a fair trial, our right to live without possibly being assassinated by an out of control government, and our last shreds of privacy (if we indeed have any privacy in America today, which is highly debatable when one does the research) could be thrown out the window if over 3,000,000 corporations have their way, the glorious Obama administration is worried about the rights of those abroad.

VIDEO: Bill Allows IRS To Revoke Second Amendment Rights By Stealth
Daisy Luther - The Senate has voted to approve Bill 1813, which is now on its way to the House.... The text of the bill, all 1676 pages of it, can be found HERE. First, if this bill passes, the IRS will have the authority to take away the passports of those whom they say owe more than $50,000 in taxes. (The tax debt doesn’t have to be proven, mind you, the IRS simply has to accuse you of owing the money.)... When your passport is revoked by the government, you are suddenly on the “no-fly list”. Membership in the no-fly club puts you on yet another list, as a potential domestic terrorist. Domestic terrorists are not allowed to have guns.

Bank of America's War on the Second Amendment
Kurt Nimmo - Bankster giant Bank of America has joined the effort to take down the Second Amendment and deny Americans the right to own and use firearms. Kelly McMillan, the CEO of McMillan Fiberglass Stocks, McMillan Group International, and McMillan Firearms Manufacturing, recently wrote on his Facebook page that Bank of America has refused to do business with his companies because they sell firearms. Bank of America admitted its decision was political. McMillan’s response was to immediately stop doing business with Bank of America.

Teen arrested for openly carrying rifle
UPI April 23 - An 18-year-old Birmingham, Mich., man said he's "100 percent" sure he was acting legally when he walked down the street with a rifle strapped to his back.... The Troy High School senior, a self-described gun enthusiast, said the only way to break down social norms against carrying firearms is to open carry a gun in a public place....Officials said it is legal to open carry a gun in Michigan.

Weeping four-year-old girl accused of carrying a GUN by TSA officers after she hugged her grandmother while passing through security
Daily Mail - The girl was accused of having a gun and declared a 'high security threat', while agents threatened to shut down the whole airport if she could not be calmed down. When asked about the overbearing treatment the girl received, a TSA spokesman did not apologise and insisted that correct procedures had been followed.

VIDEO: U.S. Rep. Francisco Canseco said he was assaulted by a TSA agent during a pat-down
KENS 5 - "The agent was very aggressive in his pat-down, and he was patting me down where no one is supposed to go,” said Canseco. “It got very uncomfortable so I moved his hand away. That stopped everything and brought in supervisors and everyone else." Canseco told the KENS 5 I-Team the agent said he too was assaulted when Canseco pushed his hand away. According to TSA, neither man was cited.

Arizona: Countdown to the Showdown on S.B. 1070
Dan Stein, president of the Federation of American Immigration Reform, , talked about what Arizona’s S.B. 1070 law faces at the Supreme Court level.... “The question for the Court is going to be this: can the federal government stop states from participating in immigration enforcement; is it exclusively the role of the federal government?” said Stein. “A favorable ruling will pave the way for more states to enact bills, thus limiting the scope of the Obama Administration’s non-enforcement policy. An unfavorable ruling will mean continued dismantling of immigration enforcement at the federal level with no available legal means for states to protect themselves.”

Top Dem vows to overturn Supreme Court on immigration
Washington Times - Sen. Charles Schumer said Tuesday he wants to overturn a Supreme Court ruling last year that allowed states to require businesses to make sure their workers are in the country legally and said Congress should also be prepared to overturn a possible future ruling favoring state enforcement of immigration laws. Speaking at a hearing on Arizona’s 2010 law cracking down on illegal immigration, Mr. Schumer said that Congress has repeatedly passed laws making clear that it, not the states, should have jurisdiction over immigration law. He said his legislation would reaffirm that stance.

AMERICA'S AFRICA: Hollywood Celebrities Provide "Mood Music" and "Star Appeal" for US "Humanitarian Wars"
Global Research, April 23, 2012 - In a world of lawlessness, state terrorism, rank mendacity and war criminals masquerading as government leaders, what better than to engage the glamor of reassuring celebrities to add a certain “star appeal” to otherwise barbaric endeavours? George Clooney, Rihanna, Oprah Winfrey are just some of the big names lending their faces and voices to a script worthy of Hollywood – only the script is coming out of the Pentagon.

Agenda 21: The End of Western Civilization
News With Views - America, as well as the rest of the entire world, is being deluged with schemes to do away with individual freedom, property rights and the Constitution. I do not exaggerate about the extent of the evils that are trying to control every aspect of our lives and to eliminate many of us.... The elite have been doing this through ICLEI, Visioning plans and other unelected councils controlled by NGOs (non-governmental organizations) connected to the United Nations.

2012 Election News

April 24 GOP Primary Results: Connecticut, Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island

CNN Election Center Drops Ron Paul!
Daily Paul - CNN no longer lists Ron Paul on its fake delegate leaderboard. Take a look here - they even still have Santorum!

Contact CNN for eliminating Ron Paul
Take action: CNN no longer lists Ron Paul on its fake delegate leaderboard.

Unbelievably Low Turnout In Upstate New York
Daily Paul - I was shocked...only 27 people in my precint voted as of 5:30 pm. I live in a town of almost 60,000 people!

YouTube: Intro: Freedom Storm
Introduction to the WinLiberty film "Freedom Storm". Ron Paul on Independence Mall Philadelphia 4-22-2012.

YouTube: Ron Paul's Full Philadelphia Speech
Ron Paul's full speech at Independence Mall Philadelphia April 22, 2012. More articles and videos here.

Today was no day for Sun Shine Patriots... But at least 2,000 people showed up for the PHREEDOM RALLY today in Philly to see Ron Paul among others. This video was filmed early before most people arrived . It was the March on the FED by a Company of ANY WEATHER PATRIOTS. Gotta love it!

Obama’s Enemies List
The Foundry - This week, on the president’s ominous “Truth Team“ campaign website, his staff listed the names of eight of his likely opponent’s donors.... President Obama’s list is open and designed to elicit public scorn, shame and rebuke. There is no current evidence the President has manipulated the federal machinery punitively. But the message remains clear, if you support a philosophical adversary, you will face some retribution.


YouTube: Student loan interest set to skyrocket
It's become the latest political fight in Washington D.C. A subsidy on the interest rate for some student loans is set to expire in July, unless Congress takes action. And right now, Congress isn't making any moves to renew it.

GE CEO defends tax rate after protesters disrupt speech
Detroit News - General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt defended the company's payment of income taxes after protesters interrupted his speech here at the SAE World Congress. "Tax rate was 29 percent last year," Immelt told a couple protesters at Cobo Center as they chanted "pay your fair share" a few feet from where he was speaking. Protesters said they had tried to present Immelt with a tax bill for $26.5 billion for what they asserted GE owed in back federal income taxes under the 35 percent statutory tax rate.

Housing Market

VIDEO: National City Bank violate RESPA in another fraudulent foreclosure case against grandmother Donna Gaston
National City Bank changed her payments without notification but that is just the beginning of her nightmare because she is facing imminent foreclosure even though she never missed a payment.... Attorneys for NCB produced and entered a blatantly false and fraudulent Escrow Analysis which they knew or should have known clearly violated Federal Law 12-226.20(c), RESPA 3500.17, The Mortgage Note Contract, The Adjustable Rider, The Adjustable Rider Note, and FRCP Rules which prevent entering false, fake, or fraudulent evidence into court.

Energy & Environment

Solar panels cause clashes with homeowner groups
CUMMING, Ga. (AP) -- The government wants you to install solar panels at your house, and will even give you a tax break to do it. But your neighbors? Maybe not. It's a lesson Angel and David Dobs discovered when their homeowners association north of Atlanta denied their request to install solar panels on their roof. Neighborhood officials said the panels would look out of place and might lower home values in a community that regulates details as fine as the coloring of roof tiles, the planting of trees and the storage of trash cans. "It's like living under communism - someone gets to dictate every possible thing you do," David Dobs said.

Audit Finds Broken EPA Radiation Monitors Broken And Unmaintained
Alexander Higgins - As many have repeatedly noticed for over a year, and as previously reported, the graphs often display no information for certain cities as the EPA data set is empty for those locations. We now get official confirmation from a Federal Audit performed by the Office of the Inspector General on the status of the network. The audit has found a system of broken and unmaintained monitors being neglected by the EPA despite the fact the agency has secured tens of millions of dollars of Taxpayer money to keep the system up and running.

Ex-BP engineer arrested in Gulf oil spill case
Ap - Federal prosecutors brought the first criminal charges Tuesday in the Gulf oil spill, accusing a former BP engineer of deleting more than 300 text messages that indicated the blown-out well was spewing far more crude than the company was telling the public at the time.... The U.S. Justice Department made it clear that the investigation is still going on and suggested that more people could be arrested. In a statement, Attorney General Eric Holder said prosecutors "will hold accountable those who violated the law in connection with the largest environmental disaster in U.S. history."

VIDEO: Sierra Club: Putting Coal Plants Out of Business Job Number One
Intel Hub - Andrew Christie, Director for the Sierra Club’s Santa Lucia chapter, made some startling statements about Sierra Club goals in today’s Earth Day celebration interview at El Chorro Regional Park. When asked about California’s Executive Order S-3-05 to reduce carbon emissions 80% from 1990 levels by 2050, Christie said, “It’s good to have a target like 80% by 2050, but hopefully we will get farther sooner.” Christie hopes to reduce carbon emissions via carbon taxation, favors putting coal plants out of business entirely and considers Agenda 21 to be “one of those hopeful documents that came out of the United Nations along with many other plans; basically, it’s common sense advice.”

Green Activists Trash Park on Earth Day
Fox News - Happy Earthday everybody! This was the scene at Fort Mason park in San Francisco after Earth Day activists were through partying.


Birth defects are one-third more likely in babies conceived with IVF, according to studies
(NaturalNews) According to a review of scores of studies by Zhibin Hu at Nanjing Medical University in China, babies conceived that way, or by using intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) - in which a single sperm is injected directly into the egg - are one-third more likely, or 37 percent, to be born with problems or malformations. Researchers, whose findings were published in the journal Fertility and Sterility, could not find a logical reason why technology seemed to cause the additional incidents of birth defects, or even if technology was responsible.

The 5 biggest health myths
(NaturalNews) There are many pervasive myths that have been misleading people in the natural health field for many years. Some of these myths continue to be the mainstream thought even though science has clearly demonstrated that they are untrue. Understanding these health myths and the real truth sets you free from a lifestyle of sickness and disease.

Celiac disease linked to infertility
(NaturalNews) Celiac disease is a condition where the lining of the small intestine becomes damaged due to wheat sensitivity. The fine lining or villi in the small intestine is responsible for absorbing vital nutrients from the food you eat, and when they become damaged it can cause a wide variety of medical problems including rashes, IBS, malnutrition and much more. It may be hard to imagine that celiac disease could have any relation to infertility, but some research is beginning to point in that direction.

Two Israelis admit thousands of drug shipments to U.S. - Two Israeli citizens pleaded guilty Monday and were sentenced for sending more than 9,000 shipments of unapproved prescription drugs worth more than $1.4 million to the U.S., the U.S. Attorney's office said Tuesday morning.... The websites sold popular drugs including those used to aid weight loss or treat erectile dysfunction, and did not require a prescription, prosecutors said. But they were also selling drugs that were manufactured in unapproved plants and were not approved for sale in the U.S., prosecutors said, including some that were not of the full potency advertised, according to lab tests of drugs obtained through undercover purchases.

Adya Clarity co. being sued for misrepresentation, fraud, by Matt Monarch - Raw Food World
(NaturalNews) Matt Monarch, founder of the Raw Food World ( has announced his intention to sue Adya, Inc. for what he describes to NaturalNews as damages, product misrepresentation and fraud. Matt Monarch's full statement is found below.

Consumer alert: Black mica extract, Adya Clarity still being sold as dietary supplement across USA
(NaturalNews) The Adya Clarity product we exposed last year as being fraudulently marketed as a miracle health supplement has been renamed and is currently being sold across America by over a dozen distributors. (Those distributor names and numbers are listed below). The product is now being offered under names such as "ionic minerals" "black mica extract" and "magnetic minerals."

VIDEO: Adya Clarity founder Matt Bakos caught making fraudulent health claims, insisting minerals will "will penetrate to your bone marrow"
(NaturalNews) Late last year, the natural products community was rocked by a product scandal of such magnitude that it has sent shockwaves across the industry. A product called "Adya Clarity" was manufactured by dissolving inorganic rocks and metals into sulfuric acid, then diluting with water. It was aggressively promoted as a type of cure-all magnetic substance that was claimed to eliminate kidney stones, treat rheumatoid arthritis, remove heavy metals from your brain and even improve dental health.

UPDATE: Discovery of mad cow in Calif. was stroke of luck
HANFORD, Calif. (AP) Apr 25 - The cow had died at one of the region's hundreds of dairies, but hadn't exhibited outward symptoms of the disease: unsteadiness, incoordination, a drastic change in behavior or low milk production, officials said. But when the animal arrived at the facility with a truckload of other dead cows on April 18, its 30-month-plus age and fresh corpse made her eligible for USDA testing. "We randomly pick a number of samples throughout the year, and this just happened to be one that we randomly sampled," Baker Commodities executive vice president Dennis Luckey said. "It showed no signs" of disease.

Removing Heavy Metals Like Mercury from the Body Is “Dangerous”?
ANH - Not only are doctors being advised to reject chelation therapy—they’re being asked to report on their colleagues who practice it. The American College of Medical Toxicology held a conference at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this past February about the “use and misuse” of chelation therapy—a misleading title suggesting some semblance of scientific objectivity, which was nowhere in evidence. The conference was more like a Salem witch hunt in which chelators played the role of the accused witches and warlocks.

Mad cow case confirmed in California
The Lookout - The United States Department of Agriculture confirmed Tuesday that it found a case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in a dairy cow from central California. The infected cow was found as part of a "targeted surveillance system," says John Clifford, the USDA's chief veterinary officer, who said at no time did it present a threat to humans... The cow was found at a "rendering plant," which takes sickly or sub-standard animal meat and recycles it into inedible products [meaning pet food].

Another customer collapses while eating ‘bypass burger’
The Sideshow - A woman collapsed into unconsciousness at the Las Vegas restaurant while eating a "double bypass burger," drinking a margarita and smoking a cigarette. The unnamed customer was the second in just over two months to collapse at the restaurant while eating one of the famed burgers named after various forms of cardiac arrest. Back in February, another customer was caught on video being carted out by paramedics after suffering a heart attack while eating a "quadruple bypass" burger.

Science & Technology

Does asteroid mining violate space law? - Several well-known billionaires are forming the new company Planetary Resources with plans to send a robotic spacecraft to mine precious metals from an asteroid and bring them back to Earth. Google executives Larry Page and Eric Schmidt and their business partners say the enterprise will "add trillions to the global GDP." But to whom do those trillions belong — the company, or everyone? Does a private company have a right to stake claim to an asteroid, or are celestial bodies such as the moon, planets and asteroids the communal property of all Earthlings?

Jury fines Internet users $13.8 million - for being mean
RT - Freedom of speech might be allowed on the Internet, but name calling? Not so much. A jury in Texas has awarded $13.8 million to a couple that filed a defamation lawsuit after being offended on the Internet.... And all the couple had to do was trample on the American Constitution. "It’s pretty significant," Dallas-based cyber attorney Peter Vogel tells the local ABC affiliate, WFAA TV. Vogel was not personally involved in the case but agrees that the implications it brings will be a big blow to the constitutional rights of Americans down the line.

VIDEO: Security Experts Send Congress Letter on Fourth Amendment Busting CISPA
Kurt Nimmo - On Monday, a group of prominent engineers, professionals and academics posted an open letter to Congress stating their opposition to CISPA, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act that trashes the Fourth Amendment and privacy of internet users. Later this week, CISPA will go to the House floor for a vote. On Monday, Rep. Ron Paul said CISPA represents the “latest assault on Internet freedom” and “is Big Brother writ large.”

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Welcome to the Jungle: States demand secrecy over meat filth and cruelty practices
RT - Only four months into 2012, Utah and Idaho have passed legislation that outlaws going undercover to investigate conditions and conduct inside the confines of factory farms — and now authorities in Missouri are coming close to approving a similar “Ag-gag” act. If passed before the end of April, the Show Me State will become the third state in only two months to tell investigative journalists and whistleblowers alike to forego following leads concerning agricultural operations or else face the consequences.

Pet News

Pet Food Lawsuit Brings Questions
Susan Thixton - A new lawsuit filed by National Feeds against United Pet Foods brings some questions. This suit claims United Pet Foods made "rancid dog feed and mink feed." National Feeds is suing United Pet Food for damages, however no recall was ever issued to protect pet owners.... How is it just to initiate a $3 million lawsuit for corporate damages when it appears preventative measures to alert petsumers of a rancid/risky pet food was never considered?

Humor & Satire

SATIRE: North Dakota Votes to Secede from Union
Roger Strukhoff - North Dakota's state legislature has declared independence from the United States, in a measure that passed both state houses over the week-end. Governor John Hoeven is expected to sign the measure, which creates a new nation to be called The Dakota Republic. The state capital in Bismarck will serve as national capital. The current North Dakota Legislative Assembly will be renamed The Dakota Republic Legislature. Governor Hoeven will serve as interim President until a special election is held in November. He is expected to be a candidate for President.

Today in History - Tuesday - April 24, 2012
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.
1833 - A patent was granted for first soda fountain.
1877 - Russia declared war on the Ottoman Empire.
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.
1884 - Otto von Bismarck cabled Cape Town that South Africa was now a German colony.
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.
1916 - Irish nationalist launched the Easter Rebellion against British occupation forces. They were overtaken several days later.
1944 - The first B-29 arrived in China, over the Hump of the Himalayas.
1948 - The Berlin airlift began to relieve the surrounded city.
1953 - Winston Churchill was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II. 
1961 - U.S. President Kennedy accepted "sole responsibility" following Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba.
1962 - MIT sent a TV signal by satellite for the first time.
1967 - Soviet astronaut Vladimir Komarov died when his craft crashed with a tangled parachute.
1967 - The newest Greek regime banned miniskirts.
1968 - Leftist students took over several campus buildings at Columbia University.
1970 - The People's Republic of China launched its first satellite.
1973 - Albert Sabin reported that herpes viruses were factors in nine kinds of cancer.
1981 - The IBM Personal Computer was introduced.
1987 - In Palm Bay, FL, a gunman opened fire in a mall. He killed six and wounded 10.
1988 - Off the Florida coast, a fire broke out on the submarine USS Bonefish. Three sailors were killed and twenty-two were injured.
1989 - Thousands of students began striking in Beijing.
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.

World News

South Sudan's leader says Sudan has declared war
BEIJING (AP) -- The president of newly independent South Sudan, in Beijing lobbying for economic and diplomatic support, told China's president on Tuesday that attacks by rival Sudan amount to a declaration of war on his country.

Obama Declares Syria A National Emergency And Outlaws Reporting On Rebels
Alexander Higgins - In perhaps the most unconstitutional power grab by the Obama administration to date the constitutional rights of Freedom of Press and Freedom of speech have now been suspended under the false premise that the “human rights violations” in Syria and Iran constitute as “national emergency”.

Lieberman Warns Netanyahu Egypt More Dangerous than Iran
Press TV - Lieberman recently held a closed-door discussion with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, according to the Hebrew language newspaper Ma’ariv. “We have to be prepared for all possibilities,” Lieberman warned. “The Egyptian issue is much more disturbing than the Iranian issue,” Lieberman said during closed discussions. According to the Hebrew daily, Lieberman asserted that Egypt may violate its longstanding peace agreement with Israel and post more troops to the Sinai Peninsula without permission.

Dutch Government Resigns Over Budget Crisis
Huffington Post - The Dutch government, one of the most vocal critics of European countries failing to rein in their budgets, quit Monday after failing to agree on a plan to bring its own deficit in line with EU rules. The government information service announced Queen Beatrix had accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Mark Rutte and his Cabinet after a meeting in which Rutte told her talks on a new austerity package had failed over the weekend.

US may use 'military means' to defend Afghanistan until 2024
RT - The US will help defend the country militarily for at least a decade after Afghans take control of their security, a National Security Adviser said. The pledge is contained in the new strategic pact agreed between the two countries on Sunday, Rangin Dadfar Spanta said on Monday.... Washington may use “diplomatic means, political means, economic means and even military means,” the official said, as cited by AP. Also under the agreement, after 2014 the US will continue supporting Afghan security forces financially. The US will fork out up to $4 billion annually, if the funding is approved by the Congress.

Turkey says Israel not welcome at NATO summit
(Reuters) - Turkey has refused to allow Israel to take part in a NATO summit next month because the Jewish state has not apologized for the 2010 killing of Turkish activists in a raid on a ship taking aid to Palestinians, a Turkish official said on Monday. Relations between the regional powers deteriorated sharply after Israeli commandos raided the Mavi Marmara aid vessel in May 2010 to enforce a naval blockade of the Gaza Strip and killed nine Turks in clashes with activists.

Russia, U.S. to Hold Anti-terror Drills in May
Airborne troops from Russia and the Untied States would hold joint anti-terror drills in the U.S. state of Colorado between May 24 and 31, spokesman of the Russian Defense Ministry Col. Alexander Kucherenko said on Thursday. According to the spokesman, it will be the first time that the Russian airborne forces have held exercises with the U.S. airborne forces on the U.S. territory. "According to the exercise scenario, soldiers of the two countries will hold a tactical airborne operation, including the reconnaissance of imaginary terrorists' camp and a raid," Kucherenko said.

Drones to soar over US and Canada sooner than thought?
RT - Non-military agencies have been gearing up to get unmanned drones in the sky across America, and now it looks like those controversial aircraft will soon be heading north, as well. Not only are surveillance drones expected to soar in droves across American airspace in the not-so-distant future, but now it has been confirmed that authorities in Canada have successfully followed through with test flights of the unmanned aircraft for their own use.

Unmanned Israeli aerial drone being tested in Quebec for civilian uses
The Star - Aeronautics Ltd. of Israel has teamed up with Montreal-based CAE Inc. to demonstrate civilian uses for the military drone, such as remote inspection of pipelines, surveillance of forest fires and conducting searches in the Arctic, a company spokesperson saidMonday. The first of a series of demonstration flights of the drone, called a
Miskam, has been conducted from the UAS (Unmanned Aerial System) Centre of Excellence at Alma airport, north of Quebec City.

GM [$50 billion bailout recipient] to build 2013 Cadillac XTS in China this year
Detroit News - General Motors Co. announced Monday at the Beijing auto show that it will begin building its all-new 2013 Cadillac XTS sedan in China this year and later will build the ELR luxury electric coupe in the country.... Cadillac also expects to double its dealer network of about 50 in China in the next year or two, Cadillac spokesman David Caldwell previously has told The News.

U.S. companies dump billions into China
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- While U.S. businesses are still reluctant to invest in new plants and jobs in the United States, many are pouring money into China. But not for the reasons you'd think. Rather than "outsourcing" their operations to China's low-cost environment to produce cheap goods for U.S. consumers, multinational corporations are pouring billions into China to meet demand from the rapidly growing Chinese middle class.

New Big Brother Satellite to “Hunt Down” Carbon Criminals
Paul Joseph Watson -The European Space Agency is set to green light a new surveillance satellite that will measure man-made carbon emissions from space in order to “hunt down” violators of international climate agreements, allowing Big Brother to enforce a future tax on CO2 emissions. Labeled CarbonSat, the satellite system will have the ability to differentiate between natural carbon emissions and man-made CO2 releases.

The Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Is Far From Over
Huffington Post - After repeated warnings by former senior Japanese officials, nuclear experts, and now a U.S. Senator, it’s sinking in that the irradiated nuclear fuel stored in spent fuel pools amidst the reactor ruins pose far greater dangers than the molten cores. This is why: Nearly all of the 10,893 spent fuel assemblies sit in pools vulnerable to future earthquakes, with roughly 85 times more long-lived radioactivity than released at Chernobyl. Several pools are 100 feet above the ground and are completely open to the atmosphere because the reactor buildings were demolished by explosions. The pools could possibly topple or collapse from structural damage coupled with another powerful earthquake.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Pentagon Increases Spy Presence Overseas
LA Times - The Pentagon is beefing up its spy service to send several hundred undercover intelligence officers to overseas hot spots to steal secrets on national security threats after a decade of focusing chiefly on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The move comes amid concerns that the Defense Intelligence Agency, the Pentagon’s spy service, needs to expand operations beyond the war zones and to work more closely with the CIA, according to a senior Defense official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the classified program.

Why Are We Drugging Our Soldiers?
NY Times - SINCE the start of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, there has been a large and steady rise in the prevalence of post-traumatic stress disorder among our troops. One recent study of 289,000 Americans who served in those countries found that the rates of the disorder jumped to 22 percent in 2008 from just 0.2 percent in 2002.... There has been a significant increase in the use of stimulant medication. Documents that I obtained in late 2010 through the Freedom of Information Act, and have recently analyzed, show that annual spending on stimulants jumped to $39 million in 2010 from $7.5 million in 2001 — more than a fivefold increase.

3 Tour Veteran Killed in the U.S. - A 30-year-old veteran who served three tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan was shot to death Saturday in Lancaster, CA.... Officials said the suspects fled the scene on foot. The motive for the shooting remained unknown.

Homeland Security Buys Enough Ammo for a 7-Year War Against the American People
(NaturalNews) Many NaturalNews readers may not know this, but “hollow point” ammunition is never purchased for practice or training. This ammunition is purchased for the sole purpose of being used in active fighting. At the same time, it is a violation of the Geneva Convention to use hollow point ammunition on the battle field. This is crucial to understand. It means the occupying federal government is acquiring this ammunition to be used against the American people. Furthermore, DHS does not fight wars overseas. It is a domestic agency with domestic responsibilities. Its purchase of .40 ammunition is a clear and obvious indication that DHS plans to wage war on the American people.

Man charged with felony for allegedly stealing $1 McDonald's soda
ABC News - A Florida man was arrested and held on $6,500 bond after police said he left a McDonald's without paying for a cup of soda valued at $1.

VIDEO: BUSTED: Wal-Mart Caught In Massive Bribery Scandal That Goes All The Way To The Top
Daily Ticker - Wal-Mart's (WMT) stock is getting hammered following allegations that the company engaged in systematic bribery in Mexico for several years and then covered it up. If true, the allegations are a huge black eye for the global retailing leader, which prides itself on its reputation for integrity and transparency. So far, Wal-Mart hasn't denied the allegations. Rather, it says it is once again investigating them—the way it did several years ago, before it shoved them under the rug.

Shift on Executive Power Lets Obama Bypass Rivals
NY Times - One Saturday last fall, President Obama interrupted a White House strategy meeting to raise an issue not on the agenda. He declared, aides recalled, that the administration needed to more aggressively use executive power to govern in the face of Congressional obstructionism.

House GOP Backs Homeland Security Powers for Nat’l Parks in Border Zone
L.A. Times - House Republicans are backing legislation in Congress to give the Department of Homeland Security control of more than 50 national parks and forests within 100 miles of the U.S. borders, including in Washington state.... The National Security and Federal Lands Protection Act, sponsored by conservative Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, would give Border Patrol and Customs agents and other federal officials the right to suspend any federal law, including environmental laws, on land managed by the departments of Interior and Agriculture. It would give Homeland Security the right to conduct any activity or construct any facility required to secure the border.

YouTube: Wells Fargo Profiting From For-Profit Prisons
RT - The US prison system is notorious and lately there has been a major shift in privatizing facilities within the industry. Currently, one out of every 100 Americans is behind bars, making the US the country with the highest incarnation rates in the world. The prison industrial complex has a vested interest in keeping people locked up. Wells Fargo is one of the companies that is profiting for the practice and Axel Caballero, founder of Cuentame, joins us with more on the prison industrial complex.

Getting Paid 93 Cents a Day in America? Corporations Bring Back the 19th Century
Nearly a million prisoners are working in call centers, working in slaughterhouses, or manufacturing textiles while getting paid somewhere between 93 cents and $4.73. Sweatshop labor is back with a vengeance. It can be found across broad stretches of the American economy and around the world. Penitentiaries have become a niche market for such work. The privatization of prisons in recent years has meant the creation of a small army of workers too coerced and right-less to complain.

YouTube: Paul Harvey's Warning, Circa 1964
For those who may have missed hearing this on The Power Hour radio program, here it is. This 1964 Paul Harvey broadcast needs repeating.

2012 Election News

YouTube:"I Think Ron Paul Just Won Iowa!" Rachel Maddow
April 23, 2011 MSNBC News.

April 24 GOP Primaries: Connecticut, Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island - Open Thread
Daily Paul - News, observations and insights will be posted here.

Ron Paul Announces Town Hall Meetings in Texas
From the Ron Paul campaign: As a Congressman who’s served the good folks of Texas for nearly 30 years, performing well in the upcoming Texas Primary is important to me. But with 155 national delegates up for grabs, it’s also crucial to my presidential campaign plans, as well. That’s why I’m writing you today with two very important announcements!

VIDEO: Ron Paul Hosting CNBC's Squawk Box
Daily Paul - CNBC's Squawk Box April 23, 2012.

VIDEO: King County GOP's Lori Sotelo disrupts caucus, citing Ron Paul 'operative'
Examiner - After the caucus commenced at 9 a.m., there was a nomination from the floor to elect prominent policymaking activist and community leader Tamra Smilanich to be the permanent chair of the caucus. She won by a majority of the vote. Shortly thereafter, King County Republican Party Chairwoman Lori Sotelo announced that the caucus was to be adjourned, claiming that Smilanich was an 'operative' of the Ron Paul campaign and that she had 'taken over' the caucus. The electing of Smilanich to be the permanent chair turned the event into a Ron Paul campaign meeting instead of an official GOP caucus, according to Sotelo.

10 Important Issues Only Ron Paul is Addressing
Activist Post - Ron Paul is the only candidate whose intellectual honesty and consistency offers any hope of genuine solutions. Here are 10 issues that only Ron Paul is brave enough to address and propose solutions for...

VIDEO: Ron Paul: Urgent Call to Oppose the Internet Privacy-Destroying Bill CISPA
Ron Paul's Texas Straight Talk 4/23/12 - Earlier this year, strong public opposition led by several prominent websites forced Congressional leaders to cancel votes on two bills known in Washington as “SOPA” and “PIPA.” Both of these bills threatened search engines and websites with possible shutdowns if the Justice Department deemed them insufficiently cooperative with our phony “war on terror,” or if they were merely accused of copyright infringement. Fortunately the American public flooded Capitol Hill with phone calls and Congressional leaders dropped both bills.

YouTube: Barack Obama and Mitt Romney Facing Legal Trouble
The Rise of Ron Paul.

Veteran News

VIDEO: Veterans For Peace Among 33 Arrested Outside Drone Base in New York State - Three members of Veterans For Peace -- Russell Brown, John Amidon, and Elliott Adams -- were among 33 peaceful protesters arrested on Sunday outside Hancock Air Field in New York State. Almost all of the 33 were arrested preemptively, as they walked single-file and silently along a road, prior to reaching the military base, at which they intended to approach the gate and deliver a written statement.


Half of recent grads can’t get full-time work, study shows
RT - The AP cites a new report out of Northeastern University that reveals 53.6 percent of Americans with a bachelor’s degree under the age of 25 are either without work or desperately in need full-time employment. In all, that’s around 1.5 million young Americans who either cannot find work or are left to settle with working limited hours for limited pay. Never mind that the amount owed in unpaid education loans now surpasses the total tally of credit card debt in the United States. More and more Americans are learning that a four year degree is doing less and less to advance them in the workforce.

Housing Market

Soldier’s foreclosure was illegal, federal lawsuit alleges
Star Tribune- Army Staff Sgt. Phillip Harry learned his house had been foreclosed upon and sold in a letter forwarded to him while he was serving in Iraq. Harry, a member of the Minnesota National Guard, filed suit on Friday against his mortgage company, alleging the company violated a federal law protecting service members from losing their homes while they are deployed. Reflecting a convergence of two major social issues: the home foreclosure crisis and the return of thousands of members of the military from Iraq and Afghanistan, attorneys for Harry are seeking to have the suit certified as a class action, saying hundreds of service members are likely to have faced the same situation.

Energy & Environment

VIDEO: 3rd Plant Species With Mutations Found In 3rd Michigan Location
Alexander Higgins - It’s not just in dandelions, but in other flowers, fruits, vegetables, and vegetation – 3rd plant species found mutation in a 3rd separate location in Michigan. I just finished reporting on the discovery of mutated strawberries in Michigan which are speculated to be a result of Fukushima nuclear fallout, which scientists would argue such mutations would not happen this soon after the disaster.... A recent video report from Christina Consolo (Radchick) documents possible plant mutations caused by fallout from the multiple nuclear meltdowns in Japan. ...recent NRC documents prove that there was a large scale criminal conspiracy to cover up the dangers.

VIDEO: Chemtrail Geoengineering Lawsuit Moves Forward as Citizens Set To Provide Evidence
Intel Hub - Al DiCicco, an independent journalist and activist in Mohave County Arizona, has spoken out and rallied against the ongoing geoengineering of our skies at various local city council meetings and other public hearings. Now, after being involved in a series of tests that proved that he had high levels of barium and aluminum in his blood, Al and a group of concerned citizens are moving forward with a lawsuit to attempt to stop these dangerous chemical trails. The groups Facebook page, Chemtrail Geoengineering Lawsuit, has become a sort of meeting ground for activists to provide direct evidence.

Feds Restrict National Park Use
Human Events - Roping off national parks to the public and limiting opportunities for recreation, which in some cases were at the request of environmental groups, is a growing trend that lawmakers say they will examine during an oversight hearing of a House Resources subcommittee on April 27.


Medicinal Wild Violets
Novice Life - It's that time of year again. The Wild Violets are popping up everywhere! According to, Wild Violets help aid in sleeplessness and inflammation. They also serve as a laxative... Wild Violets are high in Vitamins A and C.... The Chinese use this flower to make herbal teas and in my readings, it seems there is some notes out their that the Wild Violet holds anti-microbial and insecticidal properties!

2,000-year old Chinese herbal remedy could be used to treat autoimmune disorders, Harvard scientists find
(NaturalNews) Chang shan is a root extract of a specific type of Himalayan hydrangea plant, also known as hortensia, that has long been used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat malaria and other maladies. And a new investigation conducted by researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), the Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM), and elsewhere has revealed that this powerful natural medicine is also useful in treating autoimmune disorders.

2012 Weston A. Price Foundation Regional Conference St. Louis, MO
1st Regional Wise Traditions Conference is being held at the Hilton St. Louis Frontenac St. Louis, MO on Saturday/Sunday, May 19th and May 20th. A showcase for delicious traditional food, a unique opportunity for health professionals and laymen interested in diet and health, and a chance to visit WAPF-friendly exhibitors! Save $50 off cost of regular registration if you register by April 30th or get a FREE registration if you persuade just 7 people to attend. When you encourage someone to attend, ask them to put your name under the section, "How did you hear about the conference?" in the field for "Friend/Colleague".

VIDEO: Proper Preparation of Grains and Legumes
Sarah Pope - Science has demonstrated the wisdom of these careful preparation methods as all grains and legumes contain phytic acid, an organic acid that blocks mineral absorption in the intestinal tract. Phytic acid is neutralized in as little as 7 hours of soaking in water with small amounts of an acidic medium such as lemon juice [picture of lemons] or cider vinegar [picture of cider vinegar]. Soaking also neutralizes enzyme inhibitors present in the hulls of all seeds [picture of wheat kernels] and adds beneficial enzymes which increase the amount of nutrients present - especially the B vitamins.

Gluten Issues or Celiac? Don’t Drink Coffee!
Healthy Home Economist - The problem has nothing to do with caffeine, so decaf coffee would be included in this discussion. In a nutshell, fairly recent lab research has revealed that 10% of coffee is a protein that cross reacts with gluten antibodies. This means that if you are gluten sensitive or celiac and are avoiding gluten containing grains or perhaps have even gone completely grain free, if you still drink coffee there is a strong likelihood that the protein in the coffee is triggering the very same gluten related health problems you are trying to avoid.

Bartonella infection associated with rheumatoid illnesses in humans
Medical Xpress - "Based upon this one study we can't definitively say that a subset of rheumatoid illnesses have an infectious origin," Breitschwerdt says. "However, our results thus far do implicate Bartonella as a factor in at least some cases. If the link between Bartonella and rheumatoid illnesses is valid, it may also open up more directed treatment options for patients with rheumatoid illnesses."

Heart disease risks lowered by five lifestyle modifications during youth
(NaturalNews) Cardiovascular disease is the leading killer of adults in all Western cultures. Many people believe their fate has been sealed through the inheritance of 'bad' genes, and no degree of healthy living will have any effect on their risk of an untimely and early demise. More evidence that this thought process could not be more flawed is underscored by the work of researchers at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine as published in the journal Circulation.

Most Recalled Type of Drug Will Surprise You
Dr Mercola - From 2004-2010, GBI Research found that biologics recalls significantly increased, but those for vaccines and immunoglobulins were higher than any other drug classes.... Drug recalls are soaring to unacceptably high levels. As CNN reported in 2010, between 2006 and 2009 recalls kept inching upward, only to spike dramatically between 2008 and 2009, from 426 recalls to 1,742. That’s an increase of 309 percent in one year!... For instance, an FDA inspection report from April 2011 of Merck’s biggest vaccine-making plant found bits of charred plastic shrink wrap in vaccine vials — and this was not a new or isolated occurrence.... In 2010, a research team discovered that GlaxoSmithKline’s Rotarix vaccine was contaminated with “a substantial amount” of DNA from a pig virus, and this was after 1 million U.S. children, and about 30 million worldwide, had already received it.

Merck ordered to pay $321 million in criminal Vioxx probe
(Reuters) - A Boston federal judge on Thursday sentenced Merck & Co to pay a $321 million criminal fine for improperly marketing its Vioxx painkiller a decade ago. The U.S. drugmaker pleaded guilty in recent months to having illegally promoted Vioxx for treatment of rheumatoid arthritis before it was approved for that use in 2002. The pill, approved in 1999 as a painkiller, was withdrawn from the market in 2004 after it was linked to risk of heart attack and stroke.

FDA Targets Nanoparticles in Food, Appliances Over Health Risks
Natural Society - Although not known by many people, a number of companies and manufacturers are actually using tiny, engineered particles in consumer products, food, and even clothing. These particles are called nanoparticles, which can cross the blood-brain barrier and cause potential bodily harm. Due to the questionable safety of nanoparticles, regulators are proposing that any company or manufacturer that wants to use nanoparticles in packaging has to prove products are safe through additional testing.

Home Remedies for Headaches
Natural Society - If you’re someone who regularly experiences headaches, you may find it difficult to resist the grabbing for an over the counter pain reliever. Before becoming overly dependent on these pharmaceuticals, you should consider using natural solutions. These could successfully alleviate the pain without ingesting pharmaceutical drugs that can cause adverse side-effects. Here are some home remedies for headaches.

Science & Technology

VIDEO: If You Have a Smart Phone, Anyone Can Now Track Your Every Move
Location services company Navizon has a new system, called Navizon I.T.S., that could allow tracking of visitors in malls, museums, offices, factories, secured areas and just about any other indoor space. It could be used to examine patterns of foot traffic in retail spaces, assure that a museum is empty of visitors at closing time, or even to pinpoint the location of any individual registered with the system.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

YouTube: Farmers Fight Authorities Who Demand They Kill Their Pigs or Be Arrested
Russia Today interviews Mark Baker of Baker's Green Acres, who is one of two farmers in the state battling for the right to have feral pigs.

Citizens, OCA pledge to help Vermont and other states raise money to fight Monsanto
(NaturalNews) America is at a crucial tipping point in the fight for food labeling transparency, as the state of Vermont could be the first in the union to require mandatory labeling of genetically-modified organisms (GMOs). But Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin and the Vermont state legislature need some serious prodding from the public to make it happen, as Monsanto's intimidation and threat tactics are on the verge of killing this important first step towards real food freedom.

Pet News

VIDEO: Pets and Coconut Oil: An Experiment with Two Cats
I wanted to find natural remedies to help both kittys to live a long healthy happy life. Coconut oil is part of their diet, and I know for sure, there will be less hair balls hacking up from both cats and Dante will have more energy and healthy teeth and gums and the fur coats have already become shiny and less shedding.

Today in History - Monday - April 23, 2012
1789 - U.S. President George Washington moved into Franklin House, New York. It was the first executive mansion.
1861 - Arkansas troops seized Fort Smith.
1872 - Charlotte E. Ray became the first black woman lawyer.
1895 - Russia, France, and Germany forced Japan to return the Liaodong peninsula to China.
1908 - U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt signed an act creating the U.S. Army Reserve.
1924 - The U.S. Senate passed the Soldiers Bonus Bill.
1945 - The Soviet Army fought its way into Berlin.
1951 - The Associated Press began use of the new service of teletype setting.
1968 - The Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church merged to form the United Methodist Church.
1969 - Sirhan Sirhan was sentenced to death for killing U.S. Senator Robert Kennedy. The sentence was later reduced to life in prison.
1982 - The Unabomber mailed a pipe bomb from Provo, Utah, to Penn State University.
1982 - The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that consumer prices declined the previous month (March). It was the first decline in almost 17 years.
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.
1987 - An apartment complex being built in Bridgeport, Connecticut collapsed. 28 construction workers were killed.
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.
1989 - It was reported that 277 had been killed in the most recent rebel attack in Afghanistan.
1996 - A New York jury ordered Bernhard Goetz to pay $43 million to Darrell Cabey. Cabey was paralyzed when he was shot in subway car in 1984.
1998 - James Earl Ray died, at age 70, while serving a life sentence for the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Ray had confessed to the crime and then later insisted he had been framed.
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
2009 - The iTunes Music Store reached 1 billion applications downloaded.

World News

Violence persists in Syria as Annan urges truce compliance
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian soldiers stormed a town east of Damascus on Sunday and rebels bombed a military convoy in the north of the country as international mediator Kofi Annan urged both sides to work with an expanded team of U.N. ceasefire monitors.... The U.N. Security Council agreed on Saturday to expand the mission to a 300-strong observer team, part of Annan's plan to halt the killing and launch a political dialogue between President Bashar al-Assad and opponents seeking his downfall.

N. Korean army vows to turn Seoul to ashes
AFP - North Korea's military Monday threatened "special actions" soon to turn parts of the South Korean capital to ashes, accusing Seoul's conservative government of defaming its leadership. The North has for months been criticising the South's President Lee Myung-Bak in extreme terms and threatening "sacred war" over perceived insults.

Gas and peace: Egypt cuts off gas supply to Israel
RT -Egypt has canceled its natural gas supply deal with Israel, insisting the move has nothing to do with politics. Israel downplayed the decision, which could further deteriorate bilateral ties that have decayed markedly since the Egyptian revolution. Egypt’s Natural Gas Holding Company announced the termination of the contract on Sunday, citing violations of contractual obligations. It denied the move was political.

VIDEO: Earth Day around the world
RT - Tens of millions of people across the world have taken part in the world’s foremost environmental festival – Earth Day. But organizers say any festivities should be laced with a warning. From teach-ins to tree-planting to demonstrations, the day was commemorated by a network of independent local events inspired by the occasion.

VIDEO: Two blasts hit Japanese chemical plant
Rt - A dramatic video shows the moment a massive explosion struck a chemical plant in south-west Japan. At least one person was killed and some 17 injured as two blasts hit the facility on Sunday. The blasts happened at Mitsui Chemicals in Yamaguchi prefecture after workers tried to shut down part of the plant following a problem in a different sector.

Pentagon has ‘successful plan’ with hundreds of Tomahawks deployed near Iran
RT - America’s plan B for Iran “will be successful,” promises US defense secretary, Leon Panetta. Reports suggest this is no sable rattling, as the US strike groups deployed to the Persian Gulf may be carrying some 430 Tomahawk missiles. Washington has not yet dropped its “all options” stance towards Iran, who, they fear, may be building nuclear weapons.... “We are prepared with all options on the table if we have to respond,” Panetta said, adding that “there are plans” to deal with Iran if the country does not give up its nuclear ambitions.

Congressional Report: US Stockpiling Weapons in Israel - A U.S. Congressional report reveals that the America military has stockpiled in Israel $800 million worth of Israeli weapons for emergencies, and the amount may grow by 50 percent.

Iran military says copying U.S. drone
Reuters - Iran’s military has started to build a copy of a U.S. surveillance drone captured last year after breaking the software encryption, Iranian media reported on Sunday. General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, head of the Revolutionary Guards aerospace division, said engineers were in the final stages of decoding data from the Sentinel aircraft, which came down in December near the Afghan border, Mehr news agency reported.

56 U.S. troops investigated for drug use in Afghanistan
AP - The U.S. Army has investigated 56 soldiers in Afghanistan on suspicion of using or distributing heroin, morphine or other opiates during 2010 and 2011, newly obtained data shows. Eight soldiers died of drug overdoses during that time. While the cases represent just a slice of possible drug use by U.S. troops in Afghanistan, they provide a sombre snapshot of the illicit trade in the war zone, including young Afghans peddling heroin, soldiers dying after mixing cocktails of opiates, troops stealing from medical bags and Afghan soldiers and police dealing drugs to their U.S. comrades.

China warns U.S.: military confrontation could arise over South China Sea dispute
Activist Post - The United States has been goading China in the South China Sea dispute for some time now by arming the Philippines – one of the parties in the dispute – and continuing to arm them with more naval vessels and training through joint exercises. Meanwhile, the West has shifted focus over to the Asia-Pacific region and continues to pour huge sums of money into military hardware which seems to be designed to be deployed in a scenario like what might develop in the South China Sea or a more traditional conflict, perhaps with Iran.

YouTube: Greek Town Implements Revolutionary Barter System Without Euro
As Greece wonders whether its debt crisis will eventually spell its exit from the euro, one town in the centre of the country, Volos, has formed an alternative local currency. It works through a bartering system or exchange of goods.

Dutch Government On Brink Of Collapse
Alexander Higgins - Dutch politicians are deadlocked over the decision to implement brutal austerity measures to secure an economic bailout or to tell the bankers to shove it and take the path of Iceland.

YouTube: Students tear-gassed in clashes with police in Canada
RT - In Canada, riot police used tear gas and stun grenades to disperse hundreds of students protesting outside a government building in central Montreal. At least two demonstrators and two officers were injured in the violence and seventeen people were arrested. Students are angry at a planned 75 percent rise in tuition fees.

Australian doctors still administering banned flu vaccine to children
(NaturalNews) Two years to the day after CSL's Fluvax was banned for use in children under the age of 5, news has emerged that Australian doctors are continuing to administer this shot to infants and toddlers despite the fact that there are four other vaccines that are licensed for use in this age group.

AUDIO: TEPCO: Not Enough Money To Handle Fukushima Nuclear Reactor 4 Problems
Alexander Higgins - The problem at Fukushima nuclear reactor 4 which is being dubbed as the greatest short-term threat to humanity and has the potential to destroy our world and civilization as we know it. Now nuclear engineer Arnie Gundersen... believes based on his analysis of the problems that TEPCO simply doesn’t have enough money to deal with the issues there.

Vomiting road workers hospitalized after exposing mysterious nuclear waste
Fox News April 18, 2012 - Road workers began vomiting and were hospitalized Wednesday after being exposed to suspected nuclear material, unearthed during a highway upgrade in Australia.... The material, said to include cesium, is believed to have been buried after a truck carrying radioactive isotopes from Sydney’s Lucas Heights nuclear reactor crashed in the area in December 1980, The (Sydney) Daily Telegraph reported. The isotopes are believed to have been destined for the US.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Zimmerman granted bail in Florida
RT - George Zimmerman was released around midnight Sunday from a Florida jail on $150,000 bail. Zimmerman fatally shot unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin – a killing that sparked nationwide protests and debate over self-defense laws in US. The confessed killer now awaits his second-degree murder trial and insists that the shooting was in self defense.

VIDEO: Chicagoans Warned to Evacuate Before Globalist Instigated Riot During NATO Summit
Kurt Nimmo - Residents of a Chicago condo received a letter from management last week informing them that they should move out of their homes during the upcoming NATO confab to be held in the Windy City next month. If the residents decide to remain, they will be subjected to a lockdown. “In the event of a riot or the potential of one near the building,” the letter states, “all access doors will be locked including the garage door. For everyone’s safety we will be instructing anyone in the building to stay in his or her unit.”

Influential Senator Warned: “NSA’s Capability Could Be Turned Around On The American People”
Washington’s Blog - Senator Frank Church – who chaired the famous “Church Committee” into the unlawful FBI Cointel program, and who chaired the Senate Foreign Relations Committee – said in 1975: “Th[e National Security Agency's] capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything: telephone conversations, telegrams, it doesn’t matter. There would be no place to hide. [If a dictator ever took over, the N.S.A.] could enable it to impose total tyranny, and there would be no way to fight back.“

New Law: Virginia will not cooperate with NDAA detention
The Tenth Amendment Center April 18, 2012 - On Wednesday, the Virginia legislature overwhelmingly passed a law that forbids state agencies from cooperating with any federal attempt to exercise the indefinite detention without due process provisions written into sections 1021 and 1022 of the National Defense Authorization Act.

EVENT: Nullify the NDAA. Los Angeles May 3, 2012
On May 3rd, 2012 – the Tenth Amendment Center and the LA County Republican Liberty Caucus, in association with Oath Keepers CA – present an extremely important event. This evening of speakers, education and activism will be focused solely on the unconstitutional new powers claimed by the Feds in Sections 1021-1022 of the 2012 NDAA – what we call the “kidnapping provisions” The event is provided to you FREE but because of limited space, please register for your tickets in advance (see below)

VIDEO: Nancy Pelosi Wants to Amend the First Amendment
Kurt Nimmo April 19, 2012 - Pelosi and the Democrats want a constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court’s ruling. It is part of a “three-pronged strategy that also includes promoting the DISCLOSE Act, which would increase disclosure requirements for organizations running political ads,” writes Terence P. Jeffrey of CNSNews. In order to sell the scheme, Pelosi and the Democrats have tied it to campaign finance reform.

Connecticut bill would allow citizens to sue police who arrest them for filming in public
Activist Post - Connecticut’s state Senate is now taking a stand by recently approving a bill, Senate Bill 245, which would allow citizens to sue police officers if they arrest them for legally recording in public. Carlos Miller points out that this legislation is apparently the first of its kind in the United States, something which I personally find to be quite troubling. Why aren’t more state legislatures making an effort to protect their citizens’ ability to hold police accountable?

Forbes Writer Scoffs at Infowars “Freak Out” On Mandatory Black Boxes
Paul Joseph Watson - So-called privacy expert lauds bill brimming with anti-privacy measures as being “good for privacy”.... "InfoWars is encouraging drivers to freak out about the horrific invasion of privacy represented by the government’s insisting that all Americans have event data recorders... But the truth of the matter is that most Americans already have black boxes in their cars. They’ve been around since 1996, are found in at least 60 million vehicles, and are a feature in 85% of new cars every year,” writes Hill in a piece entitled Hate To Break It To You, But Your Car Likely Has A Black Box ‘Spying’ On You Already.

YouTube: NSA Whistleblower: U.S. Government is Lying! Has Copies of Most of Your Emails - National Security Agency whistleblower William Binney reveals he believes domestic surveillance has become more expansive under President Obama than President George W. Bush. He estimates the NSA has assembled 20 trillion "transactions" — phone calls, emails and other forms of data — from Americans.

Drone Use Takes Off on the Home Front
WSJ - The more than 50 institutions that received approvals to operate remotely piloted aircraft are more varied than many outsiders and privacy experts previously knew. They include not only agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security but also smaller ones such as the police departments in North Little Rock, Ark., and Ogden, Utah, as well the University of North Dakota and Nicholls State University in Louisiana.

Breast cancer survivor handcuffed and thrown in jail over a mistaken $280 medical bill as 'debtor's prisons' return to the U.S.
Daily Mail - Illinois resident Lisa Lindsay had received the medical bill in error and was told she did not have to pay up. However, the bill was turned over to a collection agency and state troopers arrived at her home and took her away in handcuffs.... Debt collectors have become so aggressive claim some that poor people who are behind on payments of as little as $25 a month are being sent to jail. Even though debtor's prisons have been illegal since 1833, lenders are being accused of exploiting legal loopholes to have their borrowers found and sent to jail until they pay up.

2012 Election News

PHOTOS: Ron Paul speaks in Philadelphia at Philly Phreedom 2012 and 4,300 supporters flood streets ignoring rain
On Sunday, Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul’s supporters took to the streets of Philadelphia by the thousands in the rain to declare their love for liberty and the “Champion of the Constitution”.

YouTube: US Marine Major Christopher Miller Speaks Out at Missouri District 3 Convention
US Marines Major Christopher Miller at Missouri GOP Congressional District 3 convention, April 21, 2012. Debate on Presidential candidates before voting on delegate slates.

Ron Paul Wins in Iowa and Minnesota, Romney in a Panic
Dough Wead - Ron Paul supporters surged to victory in yesterday’s Minnesota and Iowa district conventions, dominating the process and picking up more delegates to the Republican National Convention. As reported last week, a number of Romney Hawks are now deeply concerned that Ron Paul has already laid the groundwork for similar success in six more caucus states. Yesterday’s results will only increase their influence inside the Romney camp.

Help Ron Paul Win the Last Caucus State! Louisiana (Saturday 4/28)
Daily Paul - Louisiana is a state that Ron Paul can definitely win! Nearly all Louisiana's 46 national delegates are chosen by the delegates attending the state convention. Those state convention delegates will be elected at Saturday's caucus.

Paul Supporters Sweep Oklahoma District 4
Daily Paul - "Today, Ron Paul swept the entire Oklahoma District 4 convention! The Ron Paul R3volution continues in the Sooner State. There was nothing the establishment could do to stop the surgical precision of the Ron Paul movement, as we swept the entire District 4 convention. Shock and awe was the order of the day and Ron Paul now dominates Oklahoma."

Ron Paul Wins 20 Out Of 24 Congressional Delegates From The State Of Minnesota - 16 more delegates are yet to be awarded, three at large delegates and 13 to be awarded at State Convention, so Ron Paul has half of the delegates for the state of Minnesota, already!

Ron Paul Packs the House in Pittsburgh
April 20. 2012 - Ron Paul spoke to a packed house tonight. Again. Here’s a photo from his town hall meeting in Pittsburgh. 2,300 strong.

YouTube: Ron Paul Rally - University of Pittsburgh - Part 1/5
Ron Paul at the University of Pittsburgh on April 20. 2012.

Ron Paul Campaign Nets Almost $10.4 million (and zero debt) in Q1 Keeping Paul Competitive
LAKE JACKSON, Texas - For the fundraising quarter ending March 31, 2012, or Q1, total campaign contributions approached $10.4 million. In addition to the impressive eight-figure fundraising total for the quarter, the campaign is announcing that total contributions for the month of March alone exceeded $2.6 million. Other details include total cash on hand of nearly $1.8 million and zero debt, as is customary. Especially noteworthy is that these figures exclude the nearly $1.4 million raised during the campaign’s Tax Day money bomb, or online fundraising event.

VIDEO: Ron Paul: Quitting is not an option. It ain’t over ’till it’s over!
WENY-TV News interviews Ron Paul in Ithaca, New York April 19, 2012.

YouTube: Ron Paul Interview at Cornell: "A lot can happen before the convention!"
CNY Central News April 19, 2012.

YouTube: Ron Paul Crowds vs. Mitt Romney Crowds
Proof that Ron Paul is beating Romney and the media lies to us! Romney can’t put together a crowd and should be embarrassed at the difference in the turnouts for him versus Ron Paul. How can it be possible that he has won nearly every state?

GOP Delegates Refuse to Sign Romney Pledge
CNN - All three members of Iowa’s conservative RNC delegation – party chairman A.J. Spiker and committee members Steve Scheffler and Kim Lehman – attempted to enter the reception but were rebuffed after refusing to sign the delegate pledge… Several of Romney’s deputies on the committee assured the trio that they could keep their support a secret by checking the appropriate box, but they refused to do so.

Romney Revolt at Liberty University
Doug Wead - Students at Liberty were in an uproar. Not over Grenell [Mitt Romney's spokesman], but over the University choosing Romney instead of their beloved Ron Paul. The firestorm began on the University’s own website, where the thread hit 700 comments in a couple of hours. The discussion was promptly censored and then shut down proving that the University is not very aptly named. But the discussion moved onto Facebook where it continues to spread.

YouTube: CNN Pressures RNC to dump Ron Paul & Newt
The CNN Presstitute brazenly pressures RNC Chairman Priebus to urge Ron Paul and Newt to drop out so they can call the election for Romney....Also mentioned is the private Romney party for RNC Super Delegates where all admitted were forced to sign saying they will vote for Romney at the other words Romney just stole most of the super delegates although this story seems to downplay it.

100 good reasons "Why Ron Paul Should Not Be President' (paperback edition)
Daily Paul - I recently found this book, 'Why Ron Paul Should Not Be President' on Amazon and thought I'd share it with you guys. It was actually published last year, so I'm not sure if everyone has seen it or not. For those who haven't, I thought you'd get a kick out of it. Take a look inside here.


12 Wisconsin banks still owe TARP money
The parent companies of 12 Wisconsin-based banks that took Troubled Asset Relief Program money from the federal government haven't yet repaid it, a new report shows.

GOV'T: Food Stamp Rolls Explode By 70%
WSJ - The Congressional Budget Office said Thursday that 45 million people in 2011 received Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, a 70% increase from 2007. It said the number of people receiving the benefits, commonly known as food stamps, would continue growing until 2014.

Record 5.4 Million Sign Up For Disability Under Obama - A Record 5.4 million workers and their dependents have signed up to collect federal disability checks since President Obama took office, according to the latest official government data, as discouraged workers increasingly give up looking for jobs and take advantage of the federal program.

One Nation Under Debt With Endless Debt Slavery For All
American Dream - When most Americans think of the “U.S. debt problem”, they tend to only think of the U.S. national debt. Well, that certainly is horrifying, but it is only a small part of the overall problem. The chart posted below shows the growth of total debt in the United States over the last several decades. Total credit market debt owed was less than 5 trillion dollars back in 1980, but now it is over 54 trillion dollars…. Our entire economy is now based on debt. We are told that we have to go into debt for everything.

VIDEO: Whose bank? Our bank! The Yes Men explain their prank on BofA
RT - When a press release directed media outlets to a phony Bank of America website on Wednesday, it shouldn’t have been that hard for reporters to realize they were being fooled.... In just a page, pranksters spread the word about, a fake website released under the guise of re-branding one of the country’s biggest banks.

Housing Market

Important TARP funds targeted for homeowners have not been released
Common Dreams - Only 3 percent of the $7.6 billion in TARP funds that are targeted for troubled homeowners facing foreclosure have been spent, according to a report by the Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Fund. The Hardest Hit Fund was created in 2010 to help struggling homeowners, but the Treasury Department has failed to distribute the vast majority of the money in the last two years due to "a lack of comprehensive planning," the report said.

Inside the foreclosure factory, they're working overtime - The Wells Fargo worker, who first contacted via email in late January, told of a wide range of concerns about the foreclosure documents she processes. Some families apparently were denied loan modifications after only cursory interviews, she said. Other borrowers applying for help sent comprehensive personal financial documents to a fax machine that she discovered had been unattended for weeks. Others landed in foreclosure after owing interest payments of as little as $1.18 a day, according to documents she said she reviewed.... "There was one file where they weren't even past due and they were in foreclosure status," the loan processor said. "They're pushing these files and
pushing these files....”

Energy & Environment

Winter finally arrives -- in April! - A storm delivering needed rain to the Atlantic Seaboard will have many faces ranging from urban flooding, to strong winds, unusual cold, heavy snow and power outages into today.

VIDEO: BP Covered Up Blow-out Two Years Prior to Deadly Deepwater Horizon Spill
EcoWatch - Two years before the Deepwater Horizon blow-out in the Gulf of Mexico, another BP off-shore rig suffered a nearly identical blow-out, but BP concealed the first one from the U.S. regulators and Congress. This week, located an eyewitness with devastating new information about the Caspian Sea oil-rig blow-out which BP had concealed from government and the industry.

Exposing the Gas Industry’s Myth of ‘Recycled Water’
EcoWatch - Every time the gas industry fracks, the public loses. We forfeit an enormous amount of fresh water from our rivers, lakes and streams, and we get a toxic waste disposal nightmare in return.... First, most of the chemically-laced water used for fracking (as much as 85 percent according to Pro Publica reports; other estimates range from 10 to 40 percent), does not return to the surface. Rather, it stays underground, where it can potentially migrate to and pollute fresh water supplies (another serious problem that deserves further discussion). Thus, recycling does not significantly change the amount of fresh water needed to frack a well.


FDA: Gulf seafood safe despite oil spill concerns
AP - Photos of fish with sores may raise concern about long-term environmental effects of the massive BP oil spill — but federal health officials say the Gulf seafood that's on the market is safe to eat. After all, diseased fish aren't allowed to be sold, said Dr. Robert W. Dickey, who heads the Food and Drug Administration's Gulf Coast Seafood Laboratory.... Two years after the oil spill, scientists cite lesions and other deformities in some Gulf fish as a sign of lingering environmental damage. They can't say for sure what's causing the fish ailments or if there really are more sick fish today than in the past.

Forget Lipitor and other statin drugs - The top 7 natural remedies to reduce cholesterol levels
(NaturalNews) Cholesterol is a natural byproduct of the liver and a necessary component of good health. Normal cholesterol is essential for cellular repair and development. It plays a critical role in the improvement of memory and learning, is the precursor to vitamin D production, and synthesizes sex hormones and natural steroids -- which control blood sugar, fluid balance and blood pressure. It helps to convert fats in the liver, and is a potent antioxidant acting to scavenge free radicals and reduce metabolic syndrome.

U.S. Gives Green Light to Publish Controversial Bird Flu Research
HealthDay News - The U.S. government is giving the go-ahead for publication of two controversial studies into the H5N1 avian (bird) flu virus, a top federal health official announced Friday. The research, led by two scientists -- Yoshihiro Kawaoka of the University of Wisconsin and Ron Fouchier of Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands -- involved the manipulation of the potentially lethal virus until it was transmissible between ferrets, thought to be a close model for humans. As yet, H5N1 is not easily transmitted between humans.

Close Laundry Detergent Right After Use, Expert Says
HealthDay News - Only 12 percent of people sometimes, rarely or never seal laundry detergent containers after each use, according to the American Cleaning Institute poll. [Commercial] laundry detergents contain chemicals that can be poisonous if accidentally ingested by a child or pet, experts say.

The deadly poison lurking in your car's air bags
(NaturalNews) What hasn't been widely told is that every air bag in every vehicle is a potential death trap and a growing danger to the environment due to a chemical compound used to inflate airbags which is every bit as toxic as sodium cyanide. That deadly compound is sodium azide. Sodium azide (NaN3) is a highly volatile and highly poisonous compound which is used to inflate airbags when a collision causes the sodium azide to violently explode and inflate the airbags. However, even in minute amounts it can kill everything from bacteria and fungi to animals and humans.

Spike in US autism rates linked to high-fructose corn syrup consumption
(NaturalNews) A new study published in the journal Clinical Epigenetics reveals that both the Standard American Diet (SAD) and various toxic environmental factors play a definitive and synergistic role in the development of autism. According to the study, high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), mercury in vaccines, and agricultural pesticides are among the many cofactors that contribute to the onset of autism spectrum disorders, all of which deserve more attention from health authorities than they are currently getting.

Cinnamon: the blood sugar stabilizer
(NaturalNews) Cinnamon is one of the most anti-oxidant rich herbs on the planet.... Cinnamon has been shown to have remarkable medicinal qualities that enhance blood sugar signaling, reduce inflammation, stimulate immunity and promote neurological health.... Cinnamon is one of the oldest and most revered spices in the world. It was mentioned in the Bible several times as a component Moses used in anointing oil and it is in the perfume in the Song of Solomon among other areas. Cinnamon was so highly esteemed that it was considered more precious than gold.

Scientists To Soon Create Unlimited Supply of Humans In The Lab - The first human eggs grown from human stem cells could be fertilized with human sperm cells later this year, potentially adding one more peg in the ladder toward reproduction sans human interaction. In this case it would entirely bypass a woman's donation of her eggs. But it could also turn stem cells into an infinite loop, of egg cells into embryos into stem cells, and on and on, in a fractal-like repetition of reproduction.... serious ethical questions are being raised as to the source and procurement of the stem cells. While some experts in the medical community forecast unlimited potential for fetal tissue technology, others have expressed deep concern as to the limits to the ethical and moral dynamics of the issue.

As children's brains are being eaten by vaccines, parents urged to ignore the symptoms and 'soothe' their babies
(NaturalNews) A recent study published in the journal Pediatrics suggests that administering one or more of the five "Ss" -- swaddling, side/stomach position, shushing, swinging, and sucking -- to babies in conjunction with their childhood vaccine regimens can help alleviate the physical and emotional stress typically brought about by this highly-invasive medical tradition.

The four best functional beverages for health & performance
(NaturalNews) The ideal functional beverage contains absolutely no chemicals, additives and preservatives. It is found within real foods and is nature's answer to thirst. These drinks should be low in sugar or naturally fermented to provide mega-doses of high quality nutrients.

The food industry is waging war on your cells with these 10 toxic ingredients
(NaturalNews) Preservatives and synthetic food agents found in foods inhibit oxygen and delay the development of fungus and mold, creating a longer shelf-life for products. But after being consumed, these toxins deprive human cells of oxygen and rob them of nutrients, thus leading to cell mutation and the perfect breeding ground for cancer.

The healing effects of music proven in tests
(NaturalNews) Easy listening or classical music has been proven to increase healing rates of convalescing patients, researchers have revealed. Patients taking part in the study at John Radcliffe Hospital Oxford were split into two groups - one group underwent operations under local anesthetic and was played music during the operation, whilst the other group was operated on without music. Levels of anxiety were measured through the patients respiratory rate and asking them to rate their anxiety on a scale. Measurements were taken on the operating table prior to the operation, during the procedure and again at the end whilst still on the operating table.

Science & Technology

University of Texas researchers design chip allowing mobile devices to see through walls
Activist Post - As unbelievable as it sounds, researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas have created an imager chip for mobile devices which would turn an ordinary cell phone into something which can see through walls, wood, plastics, paper, skin and other objects. Using the terahertz (THz) band of the electromagnetic spectrum, the wavelengths of which fall between the microwave and infrared bands, the chip could signify a revolution in the surveillance capabilities of mobile phones along with new chips like Broadcom’s BCM4752 which is capable of providing ultra-precise location data.

Telecom industry enters the home security biz, but at what cost?
RT - If you’re one of the many US consumers that subscribe to security services offered through names like Xfinity Home, IntelligentHome or Home Monitoring and Control, than you already inadvertently allowed them in. The largest telecom companies in the country — the ones managed under the same umbrella as NBC, CNN, Time Magazine and Warner Brothers — are quickly taking over the home security business. They are offering services that send their eyes into the houses of Americans from coast-to-coast, but is giving the country’s biggest media entities entrance into your personal lives too close for comfort?

VIDEO: Forget WiFi, Connect to the Internet Through Lightbulbs - Haas [a German physicist] says his invention, which he calls D-Light, can produce data rates faster than 10 megabits per second, which is speedier than your average broadband connection. He envisions a future where data for laptops, smartphones, and tablets is transmitted through the light in a room. And security would be a snap—if you can’t see the light, you can’t access the data.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

VIDEO: Farmageddon: Exposing Attacks on Farming Communities ( Movie Trailer/Interview ) - The choice of healthy food and to grow food as you see fit is a human right. Access to food is a human right. I am a firm believer in food sovereignty and the right to farm sustainably and am appalled to see how it is slipping away in America, a land that claims to be about freedom. FOOD RAIDS? When we have bankers and government agencies robbing us blind daily in collusion with companies like Monsanto that toxify this planet with disease and death going scott free?

10 Best Perennial Vegetables: Grow More Food With Less Work
Mother Earth News - Combine permaculture gardening techniques and edible landscaping ingenuity in your garden by growing perennial vegetables. You'll be surprised by how little work perennials require when compared with the work you expend growing annuals. Plus, our list of best perennials and our resources guide will get you started with this sustainable, practical gardening technique.

ACTION ALERT: Tell USDA keep hazardous “inert” ingredients out of organic production and weigh in on other issues by May 3!
Beyond Pesticides - Like you, we view organics as the solution to the pesticide problem – the poisoning of our food, farmworkers, water, air, and wildlife. The Organic Foods Production Act (OFPA) was written with the intention of ensuring that organic food meets our expectations. And it offers opportunities to engage in protecting our vision of organic food production. Please use this opportunity to have your views considered.

ACTION ALERT: Stop the giveaway to Big Ag. Support local foods in the Farm Bill!
Credo Action - Congress is only providing minimal support for healthy, local and organic foods while expanding wasteful subsidies and giveaways that support the wealthiest agribusinesses -- at the expense of family farmers. Next week, the Senate Agriculture Committee will start writing its version of the 2012 Farm Bill. It's incredibly important that Congress get this right... Tell the Senate: Stop the giveaway to Big Ag. Pass a Farm Bill that supports local, healthy and organic food.

Pet News

How to have a healthy cat
(NaturalNews) Domestic cats are suffering with more and more health problems at earlier ages. Clearly something is profoundly wrong with the current model of feline health care. Here the main cause of this decline in health is explored, along with the action you can take to have an enormous and positive impact on your cat's quality of life.

RETRACTION: Everything I've said about APHIS EU certification...I take it all back
Susan Thixton - Another document recently provided to me shows this certification can mean little to nothing as far as quality of ingredients.... It turns out, a veterinarian signature can "approve" a pet food APHIS EU certification - just about regardless of the quality of ingredients. And it seems that the regulations are changing so quickly on this - that the USDA hasn't even updated their application that must accompany the pet food; half of the current form is edited with strike through lines through some/most of the previous requirements. From the Health certificate "For processed petfood other than canned petfood, intended for dispatch to or for transit through the European Union." Here are the sections that are most significant...

Humor & Satire

The problem is not how did they get in there…’s how do you get them out!

Today in History - Friday - April 20, 2012
1775 - American troops began the siege of British-held Boston.
1792 - France declared war on Austria, Prussia, and Sardinia. It was the start of the French Revolutionary wars.
1809 - Napoleon defeated Austria at Battle of Abensberg, Bavaria.
1832 - Hot Springs National Park was established by an act of the U.S. Congress. It was the first national park in the U.S.
1836 - The U.S. territory of Wisconsin was created by the U.S. Congress.
1861 - Robert E. Lee resigned from U.S. Army.
1865 - Safety matches were first advertised.
1902 - Scientists Marie and Pierre Curie isolated the radioactive element radium.
1912 - Fenway Park opened as the home of the Boston Red Sox.
1916 - Chicago's Wrigley Field held its first Cubs game with the first National League game at the ballpark. The Cubs beat Cincinnati Reds 7-6.
1940 - The First electron microscope was demonstrated by RCA.
1945 - Soviet troops began their attack on Berlin.
1945 - During World War II, Allied forces took control of the German cities of Nuremberg and Stuttgart.
1951 - General MacArthur addressed the joint session of Congress after being relieved by U.S. President Truman.
1953 - Operation Little Switch began in Korea. It was the exchange of sick and wounded prisoners of war. Thirty Americans were freed.
1961 - FM stereo broadcasting was approved by the FCC.
1962 - The New Orleans Citizens' Council offered a free one-way ride for blacks to move to northern states.
1967 - U.S. planes bombed Haiphong for first time during the Vietnam War.
1971 - The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the use of busing to achieve racial desegregation in schools.
1972 - The manned lunar module from Apollo 16 landed on the moon.
1981 - A spokesman for the U.S. Navy announced that the U.S. was accepting full responsibility for the sinking of the Nissho Maru on April 9.
1984 - In Washington, terrorists bombed an officers club at a Navy yard.
1988 - The U.S. Air Forces' Stealth (B-2 bomber) was officially unveiled.
1989 - Scientist announced the successful testing of high-definition TV.
1991 - Mikhail Gorbachev became the first Soviet head of state to visit South Korea.
1992 - The worlds largest fair, Expo '92, opened in Seville, Spain.
1999 - 13 people were killed at Columbine High School in Littleton, CO, when two teenagers opened fire on them with shotguns and pipebombs. The two gunmen then killed themselves.

World News

Thousands protest against military rule in Egypt
CAIRO (AP) -- Thousands of protesters have gathered in Cairo's downtown Tahrir Square, demanding that Egypt's ruling military council hand over power to civilians.

UN aims for up to 300 Syria cease-fire monitors
GENEVA (AP) -- The United Nations hopes to have 30 cease-fire monitors in Syria next week and plans are already being made for the deployment of up to 300, a spokesman for international envoy Kofi Annan said Friday, as France called on the international community to prepare for the possible failure of the increasingly fragile peace deal.

Al-Qaida claims Iraq's worst violence in month
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq's al-Qaida branch claimed responsibility Friday for attacks that killed dozens in the capital and across the country the day before, the worst wave of violence in weeks.

US within an inch of war everyday in Korean Peninsula: Panetta
Press TV - US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has hinted at the high potential of Washington engaging in another war in the near future, saying the US is “within an inch of war almost every day” in the Korean Peninsula. The United States is prepared for "any contingency" when it comes to dealing with North Korea, the Pentagon chief said in an interview with the CNN on Wednesday.

US nuclear arms in Europe should now be removed: Senior expert
Press TV - “[T]here is no good reason to keep them (the US tactical nuclear arsenal) there (Europe) and plenty of good reasons to remove them,” Stephen M. Walt wrote on the Foreign Policy website.... Walt suggested that the US failure to discard the weapons will undermine the basic logic of nuclear disarmament, and threaten global efforts to “de-legitimize” nuclear weapons as status symbol, thereby dealing a blow to broader nuclear security objectives.

EU gives US go ahead for 'Big Brother' snooping
RT - A controversial bill that will give the United States access to personal information about airline passengers has been approved by the European Parliament. The deal, which was held up for two years over privacy concerns, was agreed by MEPs in a vote of 409 to 226 on Thursday. It sets out the legal parameters governing the transfer of passengers’ personal data to the US Department of Homeland Security.

Queen Beatrix’s Brother-In-Law Calls For Mandatory Birth Control For The “Unfit”
Jurriaan Maessen n an episode of the television program Zembla that aired last week on Dutch national television, Pieter van Vollenhoven- queen Beatrix’s brother-in-law- called for forced birth control for people with drug addiction, psychiatric patients and other people deemed unfit to reproduce.

VIDEO: Occupy 'spy base': UK activists cry espionage over US surveillance center
RT - Menwith Hill, the largest intelligence gathering and surveillance center outside the US, in the heart of the UK's Yorkshire Dales, is surrounded by protesters demonstrating against America's planned missile defense system.... "It’s completely unaccountable, run by the NSA [National Security Agency], which is one of the most shadowy organizations in the world. It’s not even accountable to the UK government. The capabilities at Menwith Hill are worrying for our civil liberties…" said Helen Alexander of the Occupy Leeds

First Ever Blueprints for World Government Revealed
Activist Post - The Campaign for World Government (A Globalist backed institution) created a manifesto in 1942 for how a World Government is to be formed. Written by Rosika Schwimmer (born on September 11, 1877, a self-labeled socialist) and Lola Maverick Lloyd (self-proclaimed pioneer of the movement for world government), with the aid of the Globalists, tried to establish World Government in response to the failures of the League of Nations.

Wanted! Phone app IDs your nearest criminal
RT - London’s Metropolitan Police have developed a phone app, allowing people to identify criminals in their neighborhood at the flick of a switch. Police hope the new app will greatly increase arrests in the UK capital. The new program, named Facewatch ID, which can be downloaded on to Blackberries, iPhones and Android devices, shows users photos of wanted individuals in the area.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Fresno Calif. police drown man with garden hose after tasering and hogtying him
(NaturalNews) The Fresno Police Department (FPD) in California is the subject of a new lawsuit alleging extreme abuse by some of its officers that ended in a man dying. According to Courthouse News Service (CNS), unnamed officers repeatedly tasered Raul Rosas, a father of several small children, pepper-sprayed him, threw him to the ground, and ultimately drowned him with a garden hose after responding to a domestic disturbance call back in the summer of 2011.

YouTube: Judge Napolitano on the GSA Scandal
4/18/2012 - Judge Andrew Napolitano on the continuing scandal surrounding the alleged misuse of taxpayer funds by the GSA.

National Guard withdrawing 900 troops from U.S.-Mexico border
LA Times - The 19-month deployment of 1,200 National Guard troops on the southwest border has hurt recruiting efforts and threatened to strain diplomatic relations with Mexico, Brian J. Lepore, a director at the U.S. Government and Accountability Office, told a House homeland security subcommittee hearing Tuesday.

Obama Releases 2012 National Drug Control Strategy - The federal government will spend more than $25 billion on drug law enforcement under the proposed budget, and despite the administration's talk about emphasizing prevention and treatment over war on drugs spending, it retains the same roughly 60:40 ratio of law enforcement and interdiction spending over treatment and prevention training that has obtained in federal drug budgets going back years.

Senate Holds First Racial Profiling Hearing in Post-9/11 Era
ABC News - At the center of today’s debate was proposed legislation that would make it illegal for law enforcement agencies to target an individual based solely on race or religion.... The bill was met with friction by some members of the panel, including a vice president of the Fraternal Order of Police. Calling the legislation “offensive” to law enforcement, Cpt. Frank Gale of the Denver police department told lawmakers that if enacted, the law would make it more difficult for officers and prosecutors to carry out otherwise sound arrests of minorities.

Homeland Security: pretty much all bodily movement is an indicator of potential terrorism - According to a document entitled “Terrorism Awareness and Prevention: Participant Guide” distributed by the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security & Preparedness... almost every single action should be treated as suspicious. These include glances, wide open eyes, cold penetrating stares, trance-like gazes, exaggerated yawning when engaged in conversation, protruding or beating neck arteries, repetitive touching of face, tugging on or covering ears, increased breathing rate, panting, excessive fidgeting, clock watching...

VIDEO: CNN Journalist Calls for Throwing Ted Nugent in Prison
Kurt Nimmo - LZ Granderson, a regular CNN contributor, has called for locking up Ted Nugent following his public criticism of Obama.. “Not because he doesn’t like Barack Obama but because he got up in front of a group of people and insinuated he would attempt to assassinate Obama if he’s re-elected. Or let’s put it this way: A man with a truckload of guns has threatened the life of our president while the country’s at war,” he writes.

Gun industry’s economic impact skyrockets during Obama years
Washington Times - The economic impact of the firearms industry is up 66 percent since the beginning of the Great Recession, providing an unexpected shot in the arm for the economy, according to a new study. The National Shooting Sports Foundation claims that the economic impact of firearm sales — a figure that includes jobs. taxes and sales — hit $31 billion in 2011, up from $19 billion in 2008.

Feinstein: No action on concealed weapons bills
Fox News - Sen. Dianne Feinstein is trying to block votes on bills that would require a state to honor concealed gun permits from other states. The California Democrat wrote Majority Leader Harry Reid and Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, requesting that no votes be scheduled on two concealed weapons "reciprocity" bills. There was no immediate response from Reid, D-Nev., or Leahy, D-Vt., to the letter dated April 17. The National Rifle Association said it would not be deterred in efforts to pass reciprocity legislation.

Mandatory ‘Big Brother’ Black Boxes In All New Cars From 2015
Paul Joseph Watson A bill already passed by the Senate and set to be rubber stamped by the House would make it mandatory for all new cars in the United States to be fitted with black box data recorders from 2015 onwards. Section 31406 of Senate Bill 1813 (known as MAP-21), calls for “Mandatory Event Data Recorders” to be installed in all new automobiles and legislates for civil penalties to be imposed against individuals for failing to do so.

Sen. Rand Paul Confronts Obama Crimes - Alex Jones speaks with Sen. Rand Paul on NDAA, TSA undercover on Houston busses, Obama’s overall neglect of the Constitution, his possible impeachment and much more.

Cops Take School Kids’ DNA in Murder Case Without Parental Permission
ABC News - The Sacramento Sheriff's Department, which has been spearheading the investigation into the murder of Jessica Funk-Haslam, 13, said parental consent was not required in the DNA collection and interview of minors, several of whom were taken out of class during the day last week at Albert Einstein Middle School. "These are interviews, not interrogations," Sheriff's Deputy Jason Ramos told "They are all consensual. Once it's done, there is a mechanism in place for school administrators to notify parents."

16 Reasons To Move Away From California
The American Dream- Do you live in California? If so, perhaps now is the time to move. The following are 16 really good reasons to move away from California….

Don’t Worry, It Can’t Happen Here
Monty Pelerin’s World - People living through change rarely comprehend its significance. Things happen slowly, so slowly that few observers are able to relate seemingly disjointed events to one another. Once the end result occurs, the patterns and causal relationships become apparent. Then we understand how what seemed like unrelated events were not. However, then it is too late.

2012 Election News

The Only Candidate for Real Reform Money Bomb

Slideshow: Ron Paul in New York
Examiner - Ron Paul's at the Cornell University in Ithaca, New York April 19, 2012.

Ron Paul Attracts 4,400-plus Voters to Ithaca, New York Town Hall Meeting
2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul drew a remarkable 4,400-plus supporters and undecided voters to his town hall meeting in Ithaca, New York ahead of the Empire State’s Tuesday, April 24th Republican primary.

Ron Paul to Be Endorsed By Pennsylvania State Senator Mike Folmer at Philadelphia Rally
2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul was endorsed today by Pennsylvania State Senator Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon). Representing the 48th District, Sen. Folmer serves an area encompassing all of Lebanon County and parts of Berks, Chester, Dauphin and Lancaster Counties.

YouTube: 4/18/12 - Ron Paul Town Hall at the University of Rhode Island

No seats left for Ron Paul Pittsburgh town hall
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Mr. Paul, the Texas congressman, will hold two events in Oakland Friday, a fundraiser at lunchtime and at 7 p.m. a free town hall meeting at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum. As of this morning, an online ticketing site for the town hall at the 2,364-person hall was offering only spots on the waiting list.

USA Today ELIMINATES Ron Paul as a Candidate!
Ron Paul isn't even listed in the drop-down filter as a Candidate!

YouTube: BREAKING NEWS: Alaska GOP Cheating Ron Paul In Delegate Process!
Article from - The Ron Paul 2012 Presidential campaign condemned today the efforts of the Alaska Republican Party and its chairman Randy Reudrich to disenfranchise Paul and other non-Romney delegates to the party’s upcoming state convention. In doing so, the Paul campaign also announced that it will utilize all legal tools at its disposal to prevent or reverse the state party’s illegal efforts to omit non-Romney delegates to the convention. Read the rest of the article here.

YouTube: Judge Napolitano on Court's Upholding of Arizona Voter I.D. Law
4/18/2012 - The Arizona court of appeals is upholding the state's controversial voter I.D. law after the Department of Justice claimed it discriminated against minorities. Judge Andrew Napolitano weighed in on the ruling, saying that the DOJ argued that the law, which requires people to physically show a government-issued I.D. at the time of voting, would suppress minority voting because many don't have a valid government I.D.

Veteran News

VA's Disability Claims Backlog Pushes 900,000
The Veterans Affairs Department faces a "staggering" backlog of 897,566 disability claims with more than 65 percent pending for more than 125 days, a problem compounded by an error rate of 16 percent, representatives of veterans' services organizations told lawmakers on the House Veterans Affairs Committee on Wednesday.

Occupy Wall Street Protest

Occupy Crowd Plans to Blockade Golden Gate Bridge on May Day
Kurt Nimmo - The Occupy crowd in California plans to close down the Golden Gate Bridge on May Day, according to the Bay Area May Day Clearinghouse. From the group’s web page: If any of the unions on the Golden Gate bridge declare a strike or shutdown action on May Day, we will act in solidarity with these striking workers and the international call for a general strike on May Day, by blockading the flow of capital to the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District.


New IRS Tax Law Would Revoke Passports of 30,000 U.S. Troops
Alexander Higgins - The U.S. Army could be 30,000 troops lighter if a new law allowing the IRS to suspend travel rights of Americans it claims are tax delinquent passes Congress – the Internal Revenue Service says active duty soldiers owe a total of around $390 million in back taxes. “About 30,000 active-duty troops and a similar number of reserve-component members owe the Internal Revenue Service a collective $390 million in back taxes, according to IRS data,” reports WTLX.

Chimps Throwing Poop And 29 Other Mind Blowing Ways That The Government Is Wasting Your Money
Economic Collapse - You are about to read some examples of how the government is wasting your money that are absolutely mind blowing. The federal government would like to know and is using your tax dollars to investigate the matter. Every single year, we all send huge amounts of our hard-earned money to the federal government. We hope that they will spend that money wisely. Unfortunately, that is simply not the case.

Chart of the day - Where Your 2011 Federal Income Taxes Went

GSA chief resigns amid reports of excessive spending
The chief of the General Services Administration resigned, two of her top deputies were fired and four managers were placed on leave Monday amid reports of lavish spending at a conference off the Las Vegas Strip that featured a clown, a mind reader and a $31,208 reception. Administrator Martha N. Johnson, in her resignation letter, acknowledged a “significant misstep” at the agency that manages real estate for the federal government. “Taxpayer dollars were squandered,” she wrote. At the start of her tenure in February 2010 she called ethics “a big issue for me.”

House passes tax cut bill; Dems decry breaks for wealthy
CBS News - (CBS News) The Republican-led House on Thursday passed a bill aimed at spurring the economy by putting more cash in the pockets of small business owners. Democrats, meanwhile, spurned the legislation as an ineffective measure that will put money in the hands of the wealthy -- not to mention controversial business owners like pornographers -- at the taxpayers' expense. By a vote of 255 to 173, which fell largely along party lines, the House passed the Small Business Tax Cut Act. The measure would give small businesses with fewer than 500 employees a one-time 20 percent tax deduction.

Parsons Blames Glass-Steagall Repeal for Crisis
Bloomberg - Richard Parsons, speaking two days after ending his 16-year tenure on the board of Citigroup Inc. and a predecessor, said the financial crisis was partly caused by a regulatory change that permitted the company’s creation. The 1999 repeal of the Glass-Steagall law that separated banks from investment banks and insurers made the business more complicated, Parsons said yesterday at a Rockefeller Foundation event in Washington.

Asian Call Center Workers Trained With U.S. Tax Dollars
Information Week - Despite President Obama’s recent call for companies to “insource” jobs sent overseas, it turns out that the federal government itself is spending millions of dollars to train foreign students for employment in some booming career fields–including working in offshore call centers that serve U.S. businesses. The program is called JEEP, which stands for Job Enabling English Proficiency. It’s available to college students in the Philippines through USAID.

Energy & Environment

Drought Sparks Water Fight with Texas, Mexico
Weather Channel - Melted snow providing water for irrigation had barely begun burbling down a bone-dry Rio Grande toward a thin 4-mile-wide strip of farmland straddling the U.S.-Mexico border when a war of words erupted. Mexico wanted a traditional early release from reservoirs so spring planting wouldn't be delayed. Texas farmers, fearing a historic drought could tighten its grip again this summer, wanted to delay the release for a couple of months to ensure enough water was left to help crops survive the hottest, driest part of the year.

Climate Alarmist Calls For Burning Down Skeptics’ Homes
Paul Joseph Watson - Writing for Forbes Magazine, climate change alarmist Steve Zwick calls for skeptics of man-made global warming to be tracked, hunted down and have their homes burned to the ground, yet another shocking illustration of how eco-fascism is rife within the environmentalist lobby.


Green vegetables proven to protect against breast cancer
(NaturalNews) Eating more cruciferous vegetables has been shown once again to play an important role in the mitigation of cancer, this time in helping women with breast cancer to live longer. A Chinese study recently presented at the 103rd annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) revealed that the more cruciferous vegetables women with breast cancer eat, the more likely they are not only to survive their condition, but also to add more years onto their lives.

Pomegranates: The New Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy?
Green Med Info - Modern women at midlife have many options when it comes to dealing with those nasty menopausal symptoms like mood swings, depression, bone loss, and fluctuating estrogen levels. But their most surprising source of natural relief may come from an ancient food: the juicy pomegranate.

Chocolate Gives Statins A $29 Billion Run For Their Money
Green Med Info - With the cholesterol-lowering class of drugs known as statins being widely promoted for the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease, despite their having over 300 documented adverse health effects (including heart failure!), how does chocolate sound as a viable, heart-friendly alternative?

Which damaging foods cause accelerated skin aging
(NaturalNews) Skin health and beauty isn't always attainable with skin treatments or cosmetics and, as is often the case, greed for money prevails in the skin care industry. Many skin care products contain harmful, even dangerous, ingredients. Most cosmetics work mainly by protecting the more superficial layers of the skin. To get your skin to be radiant and flawless, one has to go deeper than that - the skin is an organ and this means nourishment must come from within.

Chronic stress increases protein brain tangles and Alzheimer's disease risk
(NaturalNews) Researchers from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have published the result of a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, explaining the mechanism behind continual exposure to stressors so common in our rapid-paced lifestyle, and the unnatural accumulation of insoluble tau protein aggregates in brain tissue. They explain that neurofibrillary tangles are one of the physical hallmark signs of Alzheimer's disease, and have been shown to contribute to disease progression in people under chronic stress conditions during the course of past studies.

Why Do You Yawn? (It's Not What You Think...)
Dr. Mercola - We do it involuntarily, like breathing, and it starts even before we're born (as early as 11 weeks after conception). There are a number of theories out there for why we yawn, but one of the most compelling is being explored by a Princeton University researcher and his colleagues, whose studies suggest yawning performs the important function of cooling your brain. A study in Animal Behaviori explains the hypothesis that "yawning serves as a thermoregulatory mechanism that occurs in response to increases in brain and/or body temperature

Another Deadly Chemical in Our Food Supply
Life Extension - Brominated vegetable oil (BVO) is vegetable oil with bromine added to it. Brominated vegetable oil is used as an emulsifier in citrus-flavored soft drinks to help the flavors stay suspended in the drink and to produce a cloudy appearance.... Patented by chemical companies as a flame retardant, and banned in food throughout Europe and Japan, BVO has been added to soft drinks for decades in North America. Now, some scientists have a renewed interest in this little-known ingredient.

The Beverage that Is Even WORSE than High Fructose Corn Syrup Soda
Dr. Mercola - Pepsi Next claims to have 60 percent less sugar without sacrificing taste. The secret to keeping its sweet taste comes from the use of THREE artificial sweeteners: aspartame, acesulfame potassium, and sucralose. Aspartame (Nutrasweet and Equal) is believed to be carcinogenic and accounts for more reports of adverse reactions than all other foods and food additives combined. Acesulfame potassium... has been linked to kidney problems, and sucralose (Splenda) has been found to reduce the amount of beneficial microflora in your gut by 50 percent - in addition to being associated with many of the same adverse reactions as aspartame.

Science & Technology

VIDEO: Sleazy business: CISPA ‘pushed by spy & tech companies for profit'
RT - With the House of Representatives set to vote on the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) next week, David Seaman, the host of “The DL Show”, tells RT why Google and Facebook won’t help Americans to kill this act.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Blamed for Bee Collapse, Monsanto Buys Leading Bee Research Firm
Anthony Gucciardi | Monsanto has bought up one of the leading bee collapse research organizations.

Pet News

Which Pet Foods are APHIS EU Certified (human grade quality)?
Susan Thixton - Animal Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS) is a division of the USDA. Pet foods made in the US that are exported to Europe (EU) must be inspected (the manufacturing plant) by APHIS and meet numerous criteria including all ingredients being human grade quality. Many pet foods are not exported to Europe, but are made in APHIS EU certified plants as a means to provide assurance to their customers of quality.... You will find the list here.

Lowe's to get a Stop Sell on Jerky Treats
Susan Thixton - Pet Owner Suzi Faulkner - who also runs 4 Paws Pet Salon and Atlantic Rottweiler Rescue Foundation - took her complaints of a sick pet believed to be linked to Chinese imported jerky treats to the retailer. Armed with printed copies of newspaper articles and FDA warnings linking the jerky treats to pet illness/death, this pet owner made a significant impression on Lowe's manager Joel Wood. And it appears that corporate Lowe's is listening too.

Nestle Purina Sued Over Dog Treats Owner Says Are Deadly
Bloomberg- A Nestle SA unit, Nestle Purina Petcare Co., was sued by a Chicago-area man who claimed its Waggin’ Train treats killed his dog. Dennis Adkins’s 9-year-old Pomeranian, Cleo, became sick and died of kidney failure last month after eating Waggin’ Train’s “Yam Good” chicken-wrapped treats, according to the complaint filed yesterday in federal court in Chicago. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration in December reiterated what it called a “cautionary warning to consumers” about a potential association between dog illnesses and chicken jerky-based products. The FDA first issued the advisory in 2007.

Today in History - Thursday - April 19, 2012
1764 - The English Parliament banned the American colonies from printing paper money.
1770 - Captain James Cook discovered New South Wales, Australia. Cook originally named the land Point Hicks.
1775 - The American Revolution began as fighting broke out at Lexington, MA.
1802 - The Spanish reopened the New Orleans port to American merchants.
1839 - The Kingdom of Belgium was recognized by all the states of Europe when the Treaty of London was signed.
1861 - The Baltimore riots resulted in four Union soldiers and nine civilians killed.
1861 - U.S. President Lincoln ordered a blockade of Confederate ports.
1892 - The Duryea gasoline buggy was introduced in the U.S. by Charles and Frank Duryea.
1897 - The first annual Boston Marathon was held. It was the first of its type in the U.S.
1933 - U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued a proclamation that removed the U.S. from the gold standard.
1938 - General Francisco Franco declared victory in the Spanish Civil War.
1939 - Connecticut approved the Bill of Rights for the U.S. Constitution after 148 years.
1951 - General Douglas MacArthur gave his "Old Soldiers" speech before the U.S. Congress. In the address General MacArthur said that "Old soldiers never die, they just fade away."
1960 - Baseball uniforms began displaying player's names on their backs.
1967 - Surveyor 3 landed on the moon and began sending photos back to the U.S.
1971 - Russia launched the Salyut into orbit around Earth. It was the first space station.
1975 - India launched its first satellite with aid from the USSR.
1982 - NASA named Sally Ride to be first woman astronaut.
1982 - NASA named Guion S. Bluford Jr. as the first African-American astronaut.
1982 - The U.S. announced a ban on U.S. tourist and business traval to Cuba. The U.S. charged the Cuban government with subversion in Central America.
1993 - The Branch-Davidian’s compound in Waco, TX, burned to the ground. It was the end of a 51-day standoff between the cult and U.S. federal agents. 86 people were killed including 17 children. Nine of the Branch Davidians escaped the fire.
1994 - A Los Angeles jury awarded $3.8 million to Rodney King for violation of his civil rights.
1995 - The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, OK, was destroyed by a bomb. It was the worst bombing on U.S. territory. 168 people were killed including 19 children, and 500 were injured. Timothy McVeigh was found guilty of the bombing on June 2, 1997.
1998 - Wang Dan, a leader of 1989 Tienanmen Square pro democracy protests, was freed by the Chinese government.
2000 - The Oklahoma City National Memorial was dedicated on the fifth anniversary of the bombing in Oklahoma that killed 168 people.
2000 - Letters written by Greta Garbo were put on exhibit. The letters were made public ten years after Garbo's death.
2000 - In the Philippines, Air Philippines GAP 541 crashed while preparing to land. 131 people were killed.
2002 - The USS Cole was relaunched. In Yemen, 17 sailors were killed when the ship was attacked by terrorists on October 12, 2000. The attack was blamed on Osama bin Laden's al
-Qaida network.

World News

Blasts in Baghdad, northern Iraqi cities kill 30
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Bombings struck several areas in Baghdad and to the north Thursday, killing at least 30 people in the first major attacks in Iraq in nearly a month. The violence stoked fears that insurgents were trying to undermine confidence in the Shiite-led government amid rising sectarian tensions.

US Ambassador: Haqqanis were behind Afghan attacks
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan said Thursday that there is "no question" that the Haqqani network was behind this week's brazen attacks on Kabul and other eastern cities and said Pakistan needs to do more to clamp down on the group's safe havens.

Russia slams NATO withdrawal from Afghanistan
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is criticizing NATO's plan to withdraw its forces from Afghanistan by 2014, saying coalition troops should remain in the country until government forces are capable of ensuring security.

India tests nuke-capable missile able to hit China
NEW DELHI (AP) -- India announced the successful test launch Thursday of a new nuclear-capable missile that would give it the ability to strike the major Chinese cities of Beijing and Shanghai for the first time, a significant step forward in its aspirations to become a regional and world power.

VIDEO: The Pentagon Is Bringing Its Brand New Rocket Straight To Afghanistan
Business Insider - As discussions of withdrawing from Afghanistan continue, the Defense Department has just deployed an advanced new weapon to the frontline. Marines will be the first to use the laser precision-guided rocket, the APKWS (Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System), developed by defense contractor BAE. RT video report/article here.

U.S. troops posed with body parts of Afghan bombers
LA Times - The Army launched a criminal investigation after the Los Angeles Times showed officials copies of the photos, which recently were given to the paper by a soldier from the division. "It is a violation of Army standards to pose with corpses for photographs outside of officially sanctioned purposes," said George Wright, an Army spokesman. "Such actions fall short of what we expect of our uniformed service members in deployed areas." Wright said that after the investigation, the Army would "take appropriate action" against those involved.

Afghans revolted by U.S. troops posing with dead suicide bombers - The Quran-burning, which American officials said was inadvertent, triggered nearly a week of deadly riots that broke out hours after the action came to light, leaving more than 30 people dead, including four U.S. service members. But Afghans interviewed about the scenes shown in the photographs seemed more disgusted and saddened than furiously indignant. The fact that the photos in question were taken two years ago did little to blunt the disdain. "Nothing has changed since then, and nothing will," said Farhad Mohammad, a merchant in the southern city of Kandahar. "Always it is a matter of disrespect."

Goldman Sachs Rules The World; Bank of England Next
Paul Joseph Watson - Speculation that Canadian Central Bank head Mark Carney has been tapped to become the next Governor of the Bank of England brings with it the possibility of virtually complete domination of Europe by Goldman Sachs – the very same financial terrorists who helped cause the economic collapse in the first place.

YouTube: Nigel Farage: Break-Up of Euro Now Just a Question of How
European Parliament, Strasbourg, 18 April 2012.

IMF Warns of Collapse of Euro and Full Blown Panic in Financial Markets
Alexander Higgins - The Eurozone debt crisis is back into full swing as the IMF warns of a complete collapse of the Euro and a global economic slump that will rival the great depression.... In its World Economic Outlook report, the International Monetary Fund said the collapse of the crisis-torn single currency could not be ruled out.... “This could cause major political shocks that could aggravate economic stress to levels well above those after the Lehman collapse,” said the report.

VIDEO: Fukushima Reactor 2: Radiation “Comparable to What We See in Space”
Kurt Nimmo - TEPCO plans to use a robot today to photograph possible damage inside the suppression pool at the bottom of Fukushima’s damaged number 2 reactor.... Reactor number 2, according to Arnie Gundersen, is highly radioactive. “The radiation fields at Reactor No. 2 are comparable to what we see in space,” he told WBAI’s Five O’Clock Shadow. “It’s leaking like a sieve… No one knows how they’re ever going to remove the fuel in my lifetime… likely for 50, 60, 70 years until some of this radiation decays away… and that’s the good news. Units 1 and 3 they can’t even get into because they’re even worse.”

Mexico Raises Volcano Alert to 5th Highest Level
The volcano could experience "significant explosions of growing intensity that hurl incandescent rocks significant distances," large ash showers and possible flows of mud and molten rocks down the volcano's flanks, the center said.... The alert is now at the highest level of the yellow stage; the next stage is a red alert, which presumably would prompt evacuations to begin.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

VIDEO: Secret Service Agents Forced Out Amid Prostitution Investigation
ABC News - Three Secret Service agents have been forced out of their positions as officials investigate the alleged hiring of prostitutes and other questionable behavior during a presidential visit to Colombia. "Although the Secret Service's investigation into allegations of misconduct by its employees in Cartagena, Colombia, is in its early stages, and is still ongoing, three of the individuals involved will separate or are in the process of separating from the agency," said Paul S. Morrissey, the assistant director of the U.S. Secret Service Office of Government and Public Affairs, in a written statement.

Newest Michigan museum showcases racist artifacts
BIG RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) -- The objects displayed in Michigan's newest museum range from the ordinary, such as simple ashtrays and fishing lures, to the grotesque - a full-size replica of a lynching tree. But all are united by a common theme: They are steeped in racism so intense that it makes visitors cringe.

Big Sis needs more ammunition – this time for training
James Smith April 15, 2012 - This last Friday, DHS officials have put a bid out for even more ammunition, this time for the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC)....According to the Combined Synopsis/Solicitation, the following ammunition is to be delivered by the middle of May....These caliber types are consistent with a variety of handguns and rifle, as if they were familiarizing new shooters on a variety of weapons, from .22 caliber to the 12 gauge shotgun, up to 100 rounds of 44 magnum ammunition.

YouTube: Obama: End Drugwar; Surrender to Reality - Its Failed and Ron Paul is right
MSNBC - Barack Obama on the failure of the war on drugs. A discussion with NYT Charles M Blow and Neill Franklin, a former narcotics officer, who was for the drug war and is now with LEAP - Law Enforcement Against Prohibition and drug legalization.

10 Disgusting Examples Of Very Young School Children Being Arrested, Handcuffed And Brutalized By Police
Activist Post - When did we decide that it was okay to treat very young school children as if they were terror suspects? When I was growing up, I don't remember a single time that the police ever came to my school and arrested anyone. But now police are being called out to public schools at the drop of a hat. All over America, very young school children are being arrested and marched out of their schools in handcuffs in front of all their friends.

VIDEO: Piers Morgan Has A Message For Police Officers "In Language Their Miniscule Brains Might Understand"
CNN April 17, 2012 - Piers Morgan reports on a 6 year old handcuffed.

NYPD Hauls Autistic 5 Yr Old To Psych Ward After Breaking Grandmother’s Ribs
Alexander Higgins - The NYPD have truly outdone themselves this time after a 5-year-old child with autism threw a tantrum at his school in Brooklyn. The tantrum ended in chaos only after the Brooklyn police handcuffed the child’s mother and grand mother for trying to comfort the child and calm him down. Then the police broke the ribs of the child’s 80-year-old great-grandmother when they pushed her out of the ambulance that was being using to haul the child off to the psych ward.

VIDEO: Woman, 90, Locked Officer In Basement, Settles With Police - Venus Green, who was 87 when she was handcuffed, roughed up and injured by police, will receive $95,000 as part of a settlement with Baltimore City. The city chose to settle the case instead of taking a chance in front of a jury. "We thought we would have a difficult time in front of a city jury, or any jury," Baltimore City solicitor George Nilson said. Green was so put out by what police officers did, the city said she locked one of them in her basement.... In the past two fiscal years, the city has paid out $16.8 million in claims against the Police Department.

Thousands housed in trailers after Katrina may get payments
NEW ORLEANS -- More than 20 mobile home manufacturers have agreed to pay $14.8 million to thousands of U.S. hurricane victims who said they were harmed by formaldehyde in the trailers. Lawyers for the plaintiffs, who lived in trailers after being left homeless by Gulf Coast hurricanes Katrina and Rita, filed the preliminary settlement in federal court in New Orleans on Friday, asking U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt to approve it.

2012 Election News

Now! Ron Paul "In To Win" Money Bomb

Ron Paul At Cornell University, Ithaca, NY on April 19th
Daily Paul - Ron Paul will be visiting NY on April 19th, 7PM at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, just days before the NY Presidential primary on April 24th (Remember to vote!) Cornell University has one of the largest Youth for Ron Paul chapters, and the auditorium only seats over 4500, so reserve your seat at...

YouTube: Ron Paul speaks at the University of Rhode Island to a very enthusiastic crowd!
4/18/2012 - Ron Paul pack the house again!

Ron Paul Attracts 2,000-plus Voters to University of Rhode Island Town Hall Meeting
2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul drew a remarkable 2,000-plus supporters and undecided voters to his University of Rhode Island town hall meeting. Related article from the Examiner here.

YouTube: Here's the long awaited San Antonio Ron Paul Speech - just in
San Antonio, Texas 4/12/2012.

Ron Paul Included on 2012 TIME Magazine: The 100 Most Influential People in the World - Paul, 76, draws a distinction between libertarian conservatives and those corporatist conservatives entrenching a corporate state in which Big Business merges with Big Government. That's why he is against bailouts. His defense of privacy and civil liberties and his opposition to the war on drugs endear him to people beyond his libertarian base. They even include some progressives who cannot abide his views against health, safety and economic regulations or his denunciation of the Federal Reserve's fiat money and social-welfare programs like Medicare.

New Ron Paul book: "Ron Paul vs. Paul Krugman" - The reader does not have to be highly knowledgeable about the world of economic theory to understand Ron Paul vs. Paul Krugman. Clearly written, and with an obvious and well supported perspective, the short work highlights some of the aspects of all the political discussions about free markets, government intervention, and how certain authorities—essentially Krugman in this study—are quite willing to change their words to suit their own purposes.

YouTube: Colorado Caucus Ballot Box Switcheroo?
This clip is from my footage of the GOP State Assembly of the Colorado Caucus on April 14, 2012. The entire event can be seen here. The voices close to the camera are delegates Michael Clifton and Hossein Forouzandeh. Hoss was the first to spot what was happening and he told Mike to pan the camera out to catch it.

Veteran News

TSA Treats 95-Year-Old Wheelchair-Bound Veteran Like a “Terrorist,” $300 Stolen
Intel Hub - Wheelchair-bound 95-year-old veteran Omer Petti and his 85-year-old partner Madge Woodward were treated like terrorists by TSA agents at San Diego International airport, ostensibly so TSA workers could separate them from $300 dollars in cash which subsequently went missing.... “Can you imagine an 85-year-old lady and 95-year-old retired Air Force Major in wheelchairs being treated like terrorists?” Petti asked the Detroit News’ Marney Keenan. Given the TSA’s recent history – yes – veterans and old people are two of the federal agency’s primary targets and are routinely subjected to intense harassment and abuse.

Occupy Wall Street Protest

PHOTOS: Tax day protest in Los Angeles
LA Times - Hundreds of demonstrators participated in a tax day protest downtown and marched from the Bank of America Plaza through the Wells Fargo and U.S. Bank centers before ending up near 6th and Figueroa streets. Members of Occupy L.A., the Service Employees International Union and Good Jobs L.A. were scheduled to be among the march’s participants.

Occupy Chicago protesters evicted, arrested
Press TV - A number of protesters affiliated with anti-Wall Street movement in the U.S. city of Chicago were arrested after police forcefully evacuated them from their encampment in front of a mental health clinic in the Woodlawn neighborhood, activists say.... The Woodlawn clinic is one of six facilities scheduled to close April 30th due to city budget cuts. The protesters remain at the clinic this afternoon demanding the city keep the facility open.


Obama: The $5 Trillion Man
( In the 39 months since Barack Obama took the oath of office as president of the United States, the federal government’s debt has increased by $5,027,761,476,484.56. Although he has served less than a term, Obama is now the first American president to see the federal government's debt increase by more than $5 trillion during his time in office.

The Too Big To Fail Banks Are Now Much Bigger And Much More Powerful Than Ever
The Economic Collapse - Today, the assets of the five biggest U.S. banks are equivalent to about 56 percent of U.S. GDP. So if those banks were "too big to fail" before, then what are they now? They continue to gobble up smaller banks at a brisk pace, and they continue to pile up debt and risky investments as if a day of reckoning will never come. But of course a day of reckoning is coming, and when it arrives they will be expecting more bailouts just like they got the last time.

White House threatens to veto GOP business tax cut
Press TV - In the second major shot in Washington's ideological battle over taxes this week, the White House on Tuesday slammed a small-business tax-cut proposal in the House as a handout for the "fortunate" and threatened to veto it, The Huffington Post said. The Small Business Tax Cut Act of 2012 would slash taxes on the adjusted gross income of as many as 22 million small businesses. It would add $46 billion to the deficit, the website said.

The 6-year-old Gladewater, Texas, boy reportedly took in more than $10,000 in one day at a lemonade stand he set up to raise money for his sick dad. Randy Cox was reportedly diagnosed with seminoma earlier this year. That’s typically a type of testicular cancer, but in Cox’s case it’s non-testicular and tumors appeared in his chest and elsewhere in his body, colleagues say. The condition is treatable with chemotherapy.

America: Being Conditioned to Pay More – and Get Less
Patrick Henningsen - It’s official: Americans have now been safely conditioned to accept $4 per gallon of gasoline.... There’s only one problem with this fuel price picture: it is going against the universal laws of free market economics. The law of supply and demand dictates that demand should drop if there is a glut in market supply, and we should then expect a drop in price. Unfortunately for American consumers, just the opposite has happened.

Energy & Environment

VIDEO: All Government Agencies Refusing to Test Seafood from Gulf of Mexico - 2 Year Anniversary of BP Oil Leak - still happening
The fishermen in the Gulf of Mexico have never seen anything like the seafood they are now catching there. The shrimp don't have eyes, the fish have lesions on them and all Federal Government agencies are refusing to test the seafood out of the Gulf of Mexico. One very big question - if it took for the 3rd generation of seafood in the Gulf of Mexico to fully show the toxicity from the BP oil and corexit (that they still spray every day), when will the humans show it from eating the seafood from there over the last couple of years.

BP's Corexit Oil Tar Sponged Up by Human Skin
Mother Jones - The Surfrider Foundation has released its preliminary "State of the Beach" study for the Gulf of Mexico from BP's ongoing Deepwater Horizon disaster. Sadly, things aren't getting cleaner faster, according to their results. The Corexit that BP used to "disperse" the oil now appears to be making it tougher for microbes to digest the oil.... Worse, the toxins in this unholy mix of Corexit and crude actually penetrate wet skin faster than dry skin (photos above)—the author describes it as the equivalent of a built-in accelerant—though you'd never know it unless you happened to look under fluorescent light in the 370nm spectrum. The stuff can't be wiped off. It's absorbed into the skin.

Judge asked to sign off on BP oil spill settlement
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- BP and attorneys for more than 100,000 people and businesses presented a federal judge Wednesday with a class-action settlement designed to resolve billions of dollars in claims spawned by the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.... BP PLC estimates it will pay about $7.8 billion to resolve these claims, but the settlement doesn't have a cap. It will likely be one of the largest class-action settlements ever.


Is it even food? Burger King tests bacon ice cream sundae while Pizza Hut serves up hot dog stuffed pizza crust
(NaturalNews) In the race to be the most offensive junk food providers in the world, U.S. fast food giants are rolling out disgusting and health-destroying menu concoctions that come close to activating the gag reflex.

Why hospitals are silent about natural foods
(NaturalNews) Hospital food is sickening! Factory-farmed (chemically "enhanced") meats, toxic dairy products and genetically modified foods have NOTHING to do with optimal health and healing. In fact, it doesn't take much of an imagination to believe that unhealthy foods could be the secret to hospital (business) "success"! (Sick people for life)

Chemical in Common Plastics may Double Diabetes Risk
Natural Society - Phthalates are ‘plasticizer’ chemicals that are commonly found alongside BPA in many plastic products. Often found in soaps, lotions, and even used as a pharmaceutical coating, studies have found that phthalates present a serious risk to your health. The latest research found that those with high phthalate levels are about twice as likely to develop diabetes.

10 ways to use lemon juice to replace toxic chemicals in your home
(NaturalNews) You don't have to waste money on toxic chemicals to clean your home, treat a cold, or pamper your skin. Lemon juice is a simple, natural alternative that can replace countless bottles of over-priced chemicals.

The amazing healing powers of cayenne pepper (capsicum)
(NaturalNews) When the famous master herbalist Dr. John Christopher was bothered by stomach ulcer problems as a student, one of his herbal instructors recommended young John drink a solution of cayenne pepper powder in water daily. At first, Dr. Christopher thought this was a contradiction. How could something so hot help his ulcers? But he bravely took the advice and to his surprise, it did cure his ulcers.

Study: Following your doctor's orders could endanger your health
(NaturalNews) Just because your doctor might seem to have all the right answers and always pay close attention to your medical testing and diagnostic needs does not necessarily mean that you are in good hands health-wise. A new study published in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine reveals that patients who report high levels of satisfaction with the services and care provided by their doctors are actually more likely to die than patients who report low levels of satisfaction.

Roundup Herbicide Linked To Parkinson's-Related Brain Damage
Activist Post - Alarming new research published in the journal Neurotoxicology and Teratology supports the emerging connection between glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup herbicide, and neurodegenerative conditions such as Parkinson’s disease and Parkinsonian disorders.

Cancer industry total fraud exposed: Nearly all 'scientific' studies fail to be replicated
(NaturalNews) The vast majority of so-called scientific studies focused on cancer research are inaccurate and potentially fraudulent, suggests a new review published in the journal Nature. A shocking 88 percent of 53 "landmark" studies on cancer that have been published in reputable journals over the years cannot be reproduced, according to the review, which means that their conclusions are patently false.

VIDEO: The Magnesium Miracle
Lyle Hurd, of Total Health magazine, explains the many health benefits maganesium supplements provide the body. Magnesium reacts with 350 enzymes in your body and is responsible for: Regulating body temperature, Relaxing muscles, Detoxing heavy metals, Balancing cholesterol, Transmitting nerve signals in your body and brain, Producing energy, Relieving constipation, Promoting restful sleep, And much more!!

Plant Signatures - "It's been said that God first separated the salt water from the fresh, made dry land, planted a garden, made animals and fish... All before making a human. He made and provided what we'd need before we were born. These are best & more powerful when eaten raw. We're such slow learners... God left us a great clue as to what foods help what part of our body! Nature's Pharmacy! Amazing!

Major Group Says Government Diluted Fiberglass Cancer Results
Natural Society - Fiberglass is highly common in not only homes and schools, but it can also be found in consumer items like toothpaste and certain medications. Beyond that, it could occupy the air you breathe. And thanks to one report that asserts the safety of the substance — which a leading organization is now calling fraudulent and outright wrong — fiberglass is still being used on a major scale.

Violence in Psychiatric Hospitals Usually Triggered by Staff, Not Patients
Gaia Health - A study of the causes of violence in psychiatric hospitals was quite revealing. The majority of violent and aggressive incidents are triggered by staff members, not by patients. Considering the fact that nearly all the reports were written by staff members, one must wonder if the truth is even worse.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Colony Collapse Disorder in bees triggered not just by pesticides, but also by GMO high-fructose corn syrup
(NaturalNews) Studies linking neonicotinoid pesticides to Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), a condition in which entire bee colonies suddenly disappear or die, have been gaining national attention in recent months as they continue to flood scientific journals. But one area that has been largely overlooked is the role high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) plays in killing off bees, as the vast majority of it comes from genetically-modified (GM), pesticide treated corn crops.

VIDEO: Garden using 90 percent less water
Mother Earth News - Learn why aquaponics is an exciting combination of the best of aquaculture and hydroponics — and a fun and easy way to raise fish together with organic vegetables. Aquaponic systems use up to 90 percent less water than conventional gardens and require no weeding, watering, fertilizing or bending!

The Best Homemade Tomato Cages
Mother Earth News - We think these four plans are especially good choices for creating durable, low-cost tomato cages. Find the best fit for your garden and start building!

Easy DIY Garden Shed Plans
Mother Earth News - A garden shed can be strictly functional, but it can also be a decorative focal point around which you design your garden or yard. These plans will help you build a basic shed, but don't stop there! To customize your shed, you could create a combination toolshed and greenhouse, put a martin house on top, or use part of the shed for a chicken coop or rabbit hutch. If you're feeling even more adventurous, you could create a living roof of moss or succulent plants.

Pet News

Colloidal Silver Uses: Preventing and Treating Diseases in Cats and ...
Angela Kaelin - If you are looking for a healthy, alternative way to take care of your pets and avoid expensive veterinary bills, colloidal silver can go a long way in helping you achieve that goal. Whether you are looking for a disease preventative, a way to clean your pet and his bedding or deal with illness and injuries, it can help you.... For example, one of the deadliest and most feared viruses among dog and kennel owners is canine parvo. But, colloidal silver is a well-known alternative treatment for dogs suffering from parvo, and according to pet owners it has saved a lot of lives.

Today in History - Wednesday - April 18, 2012
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.
1791 - National Guardsmen prevented Louis XVI and his family from leaving Paris.
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.
1895 - New York State passed an act that established free public baths.
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.
1937 - Leon Trotsky called for the overthrow of Soviet leader Josef Stalin.
1942 - James H. Doolittle and his squadron, from the USS Hornet, raided Tokyo and other Japanese cities.
1942 - The Vichy government capitulated to Adolf Hitler and invited Pierre Laval to form a new government in France.
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.
1949 - The Republic of Ireland was established.
1950 - The first transatlantic jet passenger trip was completed.
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.
2000 - The Nasdaq had the biggest one-day point gain in its history.
2002 - Actor Robert Blake and his bodyguard were arrested in connection with the shooting death of Blake's wife about a year before.
2002 - The city legislature of Berlin decided to make Marlene Dietrich an honorary citizen. Dietrich had gone to the United States in 1930. She refused to return to Germany after Adolf Hitler came to power.

World News

Swiss freeze more Iranian assets
GENEVA (AP) -- The Swiss government says it has extended financial sanctions against Iran by freezing assets of 11 more companies and people. The Swiss Cabinet said Wednesday the move against an additional eight companies and three individuals was carried out a day earlier and "brings Switzerland largely in line with the restrictive measures" the European Union adopted in January.

US, NATO ready plan to hand off frontline Afghan combat
AP - The United States and its NATO allies are readying plans to pull away from the front lines in Afghanistan next year as President Obama and fellow leaders try to show that the unpopular war is ending. Top military and diplomatic officials from the U.S. and NATO allies met Wednesday to finalize the combat handover program and a strategy for world support to the weak Afghan government and fledgling military after 2014.

Senators Reject Iran Talks, Demand More Sanctions -The first round of P5+1 talks with Iran may have been constructive, according to those involved, but don’t try telling the US Senate that as senators from both parties are pushing forward with calls for yet more sanctions against Iran. Sen. Mark Kirk (R – IL) insisted that it was unreasonable to “mistake positive diplomatic dialogue for compliance,” and he, along with Sen. Robert Menendez (D – NJ), the co-sponsors of a December sanctions bill, are hoping to have another round pushed through Congress very soon.

N. Korea: We are no longer bound by nuclear test moratorium
RT - Pyongyang says it is “no longer bound to” its deal with the US, which provided a nuclear and missile test moratorium in return for food aid. The move comes in retaliation to the UN’s criticism of North Korea's failed satellite launch.... "We resolutely and totally reject the unreasonable behavior of the UNSC to violate (our) legitimate right to launch satellites," Pyongyang said in a statement delivered by the official KCNA news agency.

REPORT: China likely gave North Korea illegal missile launcher
Washington Times - China likely provided the mobile long-range missile launcher that North Korea displayed in a military parade over the weekend, which would put Beijing in violation of U.N. sanctions, analysts say.... The [U.N. Security Council] resolution bans countries from supplying North Korea with “any arms or related materiel, or providing financial transactions, technical training, services, or assistance related to such arms.”

Congressman alleges China helping North Korea with ICBMs - [Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH)] asked Clinton and [Director of National Intelligence James] Clapper to report back to Congress if the U.S. government has any evidence that China or Chinese companies are helping North Korea acquires mobile launchers for ICBMs. He also wants to know whether the administration has done anything to confront China on the issue, whether the administration believes China is helping North Korea with ballistic missiles at all, and whether the administration will sanction Chinese entities for aiding the North Korean missile program.

US said looking at "all options" on North Korea as nuclear test looms
(Reuters) - The United States is looking at "all options" as it seeks to discourage North Korea from conducting a third nuclear test, a senior U.S. military officer said on Tuesday, days after a failed long-range rocket launch by the North that drew international condemnation.... "I don't think it would be appropriate to comment on how we would pursue any future military operation, but I can tell you that with the alliance, that we are continually looking at all options," he said when asked whether a surgical strike on the North's nuclear test site was being considered.

Cuba decries US theft of govt funds
RT - Large chunks of Cuban funds held by the US as part of the blockade against the island nation have been stolen, reports Cuban newspaper Granma. Castro’s government accuses the US of siphoning millions to indemnify anti-Cuban activists. The newspaper says it has evidence of repeated expropriations over the years that have been eating away at the “frozen” funds. The Cuban National Treasury says that the US has a total of $245 million of the nation’s funds that could now be under threat.

470 Of Passengers Marked As Activists, Had Nothing To Do With “Welcome To Palestine”
Israeli daily, Haaretz, reported that 470 of the 1200 persons that Israel labeled as “pro-Palestinian”, part of the Welcome To Palestinian Flytilla, were not activists, two of them were a French diplomat and his wife. Haaretz said that %40 of those marked as part of the Flytilla were just added to the blacklist of the Shin Bet intelligence agency without any proof that they were connected in any way to the Welcome To Palestine campaign.

India to test new long-range missile this week
India hopes this week to join a select group of countries with intercontinental missiles by holding the first test flight of a new long-range nuclear-capable rocket, officials said Monday. The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) said it plans the maiden launch of the Agni-V missile, which has a range of more than 5,000 kilometres (3,100 miles), between Wednesday and Friday.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

What's the government buying these days? Hollow point bullets, hardened checkpoint booths and radiation pills
(NaturalNews) You can tell a lot about a person by assessing what they purchase. It's called "consumer profiling," and corporations do it all the time. That's how those grocery store loyalty discount programs work, by the way -- they profile your psychology by analyzing what you're buying. From that information, they can target you for coupons, mailers and other marketing campaigns that "magically" speak to your particular interests. It's not magic, of course; it's just behavioral profiling. So what happens if we profile the purchasing behavior of the U.S. government? What do we find?

NY Lawmaker Proposes Equipping Transit Workers With Tasers
When Sen. Eric Adams proposed letting commuter train and Amtrak crews carry Tasers the measure died in committee in Albany last year. Now, the push is on to extend the legislation to bus drivers and subway conductors.

Native American Church tribe has to go through legal hoops for its religous freedom
(NaturalNews) The Native American Church ran into another legal hassle over using mind-altering herbs recently in Honolulu, Hawaii. Unlike other situations historically on the mainland, this confrontation's centerpiece was not peyote, but cannabis.

VIDEO: Black Helicopters and Heavily Armed Soldiers Conduct Drills In Downtown Chicago As Preparation for NATO Summit Confrontations Continue
Intel Hub - In a shocking display of the police state and the creeping push towards actual martial law, heavily armed military officers in black helicopters swooped through downtown Chicago in what was billed as a routine military exercise. Up to three Blackhawk Helicopters flew in formation and separately around downtown office buildings and apartments for at least three hours. A report by the local Chicago Fox affiliate was surprisingly unconvinced by the military’s claims that these exercises had nothing to do with the upcoming NATO Summit.

VIDEO: Big Sis Launches Undercover TSA Spies To Ride Houston Buses
Paul Joseph Watson - Democratic Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee unveiled the program, labeled Bus Safe, during a press conference on Friday. According to a Metropolitan Transit Authority of Houston (METRO) press release, agencies involved in the scheme will, “ride buses, perform random bag checks, and conduct K-9 sweeps, as well as place uniformed and plainclothes officers at Transit Centers and rail platforms to detect, prevent and address latent criminal activity or behavior.”

Soros-funded Attack Forces Conservative Group to Drop Defense of Second Amendment
Kurt Nimmo - ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council, has decided to back away from defending the Second Amendment and the right of Americans to defend themselves. ALEC made the decision after the Soros-funded liberal attack dog Color of Change intimidated a number of ALEC’s corporate sponsors, including Coca-Cola Co, McDonald’s, Kraft Foods Inc. and PepsiCo Inc.

VIDEO: Arizona Border militia: patriots or vigilantes?
RT - The proposed Special Missions Unit would allow armed volunteers to pursue and arrest people they suspect to be smugglers or undocumented immigrants. “Arizona as a state is taking control of its destiny, whether or not the government agrees that we have the right,” said Foote. But many others in Arizona question the purpose of the Special Missions Unit and how it will be held accountable. Not only will volunteers be allowed to pursue suspected criminals, they would also be afforded the same immunity as law enforcement.

Fingerprints for hire: 'Jeremy Bell Law' would make schools investigate all employees
RT - A congressman from Pennsylvania wants to end abuse in America’s schools, but he says the starting point is fingerprinting each and every employee hired within the country’s educational system.... Provisions within the proposed Jeremy Bell Act would see to it that school officials are held liable if they extend employment to anyone that they are aware to have engaged in sexual conduct with an individual under the age of 18. “If the employers knows that such an employee” engaged in the act, reads Sec. 1822 of the bill, that person could be fined and sentenced to a prison term of up to five years.

Florida City Bans Dance Halls, Nightclubs, Skating Rinks 'To Protect The City'
WESTON, Fla. (CBS Tampa) - Mayor Eric Hersh handed down the decision recently, according to the Sun-Sentinel. “This is something that we thought would protect the city,” he told the paper.... City officials reportedly became concerned after noticing that gunfire, gang activity, stabbings and brawls have all been occurring with increasing frequency throughout Broward and Palm Beach Counties.

2012 Election News

Now! Taxpayer Freedom / In To Win Money Bomb

YouTube: The Deal with Jack Hunter: Ignoring the rEVOLution
The masses who continue to flock to Ron Paul represent something more important than the election and a movement far more significant than anything else in American politics.

Ron Paul At University Of Rhode Island - Wednesday April 18
Daily Paul - Wednesday, April 18, 2012 - University of Rhode Island, 6:00pm until 8:00pm at the Keaney Gymnasium Be there and help welcome Dr. Paul to Rhode Island - FREE! To RSVP for the event, please click here. The RSVP will allow you to enter the rally at 6 p.m. General attendees will be able to enter at 6:30 p.m., and the rally will start at 7 p.m.

Texas Establishment Republicans are scared to death!
Texas Monthly - This e-mail went out to party regulars over the signature of Bill Crocker, Republican national committeeman: Please plan to attend the SD [Senate District] conventions next Saturday and bring all your friends. We need to be sure we are not overwhelmed by the Ron Paul people, who still want to send a list of all Ron Paul people to the state convention.

VIDEO: People With Tickets Denied Entry at Mitt Romney Event in Philadelphia
Summary: He seemed like he was picking out people who might try to ask him difficult questions. When I walked in with my Paul shirt on the person didnt really look at the list and said I had to wait outside. These people were peacefully waiting outside for about an hour until people started telling them to leave. The people got frustrated from waiting so long for an event they paid to see. Eventually the campaign was issuing checks to people who paid.

VIDEO: Ron Paul's Texas Straight Talk: Professor Obama Gets an F in Constitutional Law
by Ron Paul April 16, 2012 - Last week President Obama made some rather shocking comments at a press conference regarding the Supreme Court's deliberation on the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. His comments belie a grasp of constitutional concepts so lacking that perhaps the University of Chicago Law School should offer a refund to any students "taught" constitutional law by then-Professor Obama!

Veteran News

Veterans disability waiting list doubles
Press TV - Currently, about 870,000 veterans are waiting for the VA to approve or deny their disability claim. Some ex-soldiers have spent six years without receiving a ruling from the agency.... The VA has experienced a 48% increase in the number of new claims filed over the last four years as a result of soldiers returning home from Iraq. Meanwhile, more than 230,000 Vietnam veterans have filed new disability claims related to illnesses stemming from exposure to the chemical Agent Orange.


Troops owe IRS $390 million
USA Today - About 60,000 active-duty troops and reservists owe the IRS roughly $390 million in back taxes, in part because of confusion caused by frequent overseas deployments and address changes.

Corporations That Spent The Most On Lobbying Saw Tax Rates Decline: Report
Huffington Post - The report [by the Sunlight Foundation] notes that these top eight firms spent $540 million on lobbying from 2007 to 2009. They filed 332 lobbying reports that mentioned taxes and named 491 different tax bills in those reports. The top eight companies that spent the most on lobbying were Exxon Mobil, Verizon Communications, General Electric, AT&T, Altria, Amgen, Northrop Grumman and Boeing. Exxon Mobil spent the most, some $81.92 million from 2007 to 2009.

More cities set to enter default danger zone
(Reuters) - America's swelling ranks of fallen municipal borrowers have been blamed in the past year on 'what-were-they-thinking' causes, be it a Taj Mahal sewer system in Alabama or an overpriced trash incinerator in Pennsylvania's capital city of Harrisburg.... "Over the next year or two, there is a big risk of more Chapter 9 filings in certain parts of the country: California, Rhode Island and the Midwest," said municipal bankruptcy lawyer David Dubrow of Arent Fox.

25 Signs That Middle Class Families Have Been Targeted For Extinction
Economic Collapse - The middle class in America is being systematically wiped out, and most people don't even realize what is happening. Every single year, millions more Americans fall out of the middle class and become dependent on the government. The United States once had the largest and most vibrant middle class in the history of the world, but now the middle class is rapidly shrinking and government dependence is at an all-time high....

Taxes Prompt More Americans to Renounce Citizenship
CNBC - The State Department said records it keeps differ from those published by the IRS. They indicate that renunciations have remained steady, at about 1,100 each year, said an official. The decision by the IRS to publish the names is referred to by lawyers as "name and shame." That's because those who renounce are seen as willing to give up their citizenship primarily for financial reasons.

VIDEO: IRS Travel Ban: Revoking Citizenship By Stealth
Paul Joseph Watson & Alex Jones - Thanks to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a recently passed Senate bill, the suitably Orwellian entitled ‘Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act’, includes a provision that allows the federal government to revoke passports of Americans accused of owing back taxes. The legislation now moves to the Congress where, despite a Republican majority, the IRS provision is expected to be retained in the final version of the bill because it will raise an estimated $750 million dollars over ten years.

Possession Of A Lottery Ticket In Alabama Could Become A Felony
Rickey Stokes News - The Senate Bill Number 3, the brain child of Riley’s former boy, Senator Bryan Taylor, and House Bill 414, endorsed by Lee, Chasteen and Clouse, would make it a felony and your ticket, vehicle, earnings and other things subject to seizure by law enforcement. The legislation was drafted hours after the verdict in the bingo trials. When the NOT GUILTY verdicts were read, in which Riley, Strange and others were present for, this legislation was being drafted making the possession of gambling devices or records a felony instead rather than a misdemeanor.

Energy & Environment

Wind industry lost 10k jobs since 2009
A recent lengthy report by Reuters confirms what many conservatives have long known: President Obama's promise to create millions of so-called "green jobs" has been a colossal and expensive failure.

Hacking Expert David Chalk Joins Urgent Call to Halt Smart Grid
Business Wire - In an online interview for an upcoming documentary film entitled 'Take Back Your Power' (, Chalk says the entire power grid will be at risk to being taken down by cyber attack, and if installations continue it's only a matter of time.... “Unless we wake up and realize what we're doing, there is 100% certainty of total catastrophic failure of the entire power infrastructure within 3 years,” said Chalk.


Put This Food on Your Hair for a New Level of Luster
Dr. Mercola - In a comparison study evaluating mineral oil, sunflower oil, and coconut oil as possible products for nurturing and conditioning hair, coconut oil was the only oil that reduced protein loss for both damaged and undamaged hair.... Another interesting study relating to the use of coconut oil on hair was published in the European Journal of Pediatrics two years ago.... Here, the researchers compared the effectiveness of a coconut oil and anise spray versus the commonly prescribed permethrin lotion for the treatment of head lice.... "We concluded that, although permethrin lotion is still effective for some people, the coconut and anise spray can be a significantly more effective alternative treatment."

Fed up with steroids and asthma inhalers? Try the benefits of herbs as natural treatment for asthma
(NaturalNews) Natural treatment for asthma helps reduce acute asthma attacks, manage chronic asthma and helps those with general trouble breathing. The benefits of herbs for treating asthma and the lungs has been shown repeatedly through the centuries worldwide.

Parsley is a blood purifying superfood
(NaturalNews) Parsley is considered the world's most popular garnish. Parsley was originally cultivated in Europe and the Middle East but has become a staple in American cuisine. This herb has remarkable healing and blood purifying benefits that classify it as a superfood.

Pharmaceutical company spends millions studying how to steal black cohosh component as potential treatment for Alzheimer's
(NaturalNews) In the push to develop new drugs to treat Alzheimer's disease, drug company Satori Pharmaceuticals has successfully raised $37 million in venture capital to continue studying a key compound that it believes will eventually lead to a major breakthrough in disease treatment. And according to, this compound comes from natural black cohosh, a perennial plant whose extract is often used to treat menopause symptoms.

Unconstitutional New York bills would give children the right to consent to vaccines
(NaturalNews) New York's A343 and S384, if enacted into law, will give children the right to consent to HPV and Hep B vaccines, without the knowledge and consent of their parents. Regardless of your position on vaccines, these bills set a disturbing precedent in violation of the U.S. Constitution. If you live in New York, take or send this Memorandum of Law to your state representatives, along with any other concerns you may have, to oppose these bills!

Methanol toxicity from aspartame may cause autism, spina bifida, preterm delivery and more
(NaturalNews) The issue hardly gets as much attention as it deserves, but the extreme toxicity of the artificial sweetener aspartame is wrecking human health on a massive scale. And in a comprehensive study on methanol, the major alcohol component of aspartame, retired food scientist and Professor Emeritus of Food Science and Nutrition at Arizona State University (ASU) Dr. Woodrow C. Monte explains how methanol toxicity from aspartame and other sources appears responsible for causing autism, spina bifida, preterm delivery, multiple sclerosis, cancer and many other chronic health conditions.

Synthetic marijuana on the rise: 'Far worse' than pot
Christian Science Monitor - Antidrug activists are concerned by the rising use of manmade drugs known as synthetic marijuana, which are actually dangerous chemical concoctions that are banned in many states. The drugs, often sold in gas station and convenience stories under names like “K-2” and “Spice,” are known to cause bouts of paranoia and agitation, as well as psychosis. Some teens have coined the term “couch lock” to describe one effect – an inability to move despite being conscious.

Lack of sleep is linked to obesity, new evidence shows
EurekAlert - The American Journal of Human Biology, explores how lack of sleep can impact appetite regulation, impair glucose metabolism and increase blood pressure. "Obesity develops when energy intake is greater than expenditure. Diet and physical activity play an important part in this, but an additional factor may be inadequate sleep," said Dr Kristen Knutson, from the University of Chicago. "A review of the evidence shows how short or poor quality sleep is linked to increased risk of obesity by de-regulating appetite, leading to increased energy consumption."

New treatment for prostate cancer gives 'perfect results' for nine in ten men: research
Telegraph - It is hoped the new treatment, which involves heating only the tumours with a highly focused ultrasound, will mean men can be treated without an overnight stay in hospital and avoiding the distressing side effects associated with current therapies. A study has found that focal HIFU, high-intensity focused ultrasound, provides the 'perfect' outcome of no major side effects and free of cancer 12 months after treatment, in nine out of ten cases.

FDA Warns Men of Serious Side Effects from These Drugs—But Keeps Them on the Market
ANH - If supplements caused such adverse events, they would be banned immediately! Fortunately there are excellent supplement alternatives to these drugs. Two popular drugs—Proscar, used to treat an enlarged prostate, and Propecia, which is used to treat male pattern baldness—will now have new warnings from FDA on their labels for causing very undesirable sexual side effects even after you’ve stopped taking the drug!

What conventional medicine won't dare tell you about gall bladder ...
(NaturalNews) Without a gall bladder, you're not going to be able to digest dietary fats with any degree of efficiency. This means that if you don't take bile salts as a nutritional supplement every time you eat healthy fats, you'll miss out on all-important omega-3 fatty acids and other healthy oils. That's why people who have had gall bladder removal surgery usually suffer the classic signs of EFA deficiencies: poor nervous system function, irritability, learning difficulties, heart disease, poor blood sugar control, and so on. Doctors and surgeons flat out aren't telling patients this all-important information.

Detox your dwelling and purify your indoor air with plants
(NaturalNews) The air quality in an airtight home or office is usually worse than outdoor air. Since a good deal of time is spent inside one's home and/or office space, then measures to improve that air quality are in order.

SEAFOOD FRAUD? Group claims half of fish sold in L.A. is mislabeled
Daily News - Eight out of nine sushi samples labeled as "white tuna" were actually escolar, a species that carries a health warning.

Science & Technology

MPAA Pushes Court To Outlaw Embedding Of Copyrighted Video
Alexander Higgins - The criminalization of embedding copyrighted videos may be upon us as the MPAA presented arguments on a copyright case being heard by the 7th circuit court of appeals. In their testimony they argued before the court that those who embed videos of copy written material are as guilty as the person who posted the source video.

800+ major corporations and U.S. Chamber of Commerce support internet freedom-crushing CISPA
Activist Post - It’s quite sad for me to say that over 3 million businesses in the United States represented by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, not to mention 800+ other major corporations (see below list), all have shown their support for the disturbing legislation known as CISPA, or the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act.

FCC clears Google of wrongdoing over spying on Americans, contradicts federal judge
Activist Post - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has officially cleared Google of any and all wrongdoing in connection to their practice of covertly intercepting data from unencrypted Wi-Fi routers in the United States. With Google set to start monitoring environmental information for targeted advertisements, gain Regina Dugan of DARPA, and even further expand their Big Brother policies all while maintaining a tight relationship with the government, this decision is somewhat par for the course.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

YouTube: Update on DNR vs. Pig Farmers
Mark from Bakers Green Acres gives you an update on DNR enforcement action and positive action you can take.

FDA Asks Big Pharma to Please Consider Reducing Routine Use of Antibiotics on Farm Animals
ANH - Here in the US, the FDA is trusting Big Farma to voluntarily restrain itself—even though the industry’s own data and research shows that the superbug problem that we’ve been telling you about is a serious public health issue, and industry hasn’t taken any steps so far to fight it. The problem, of course, is that FDA is rife with conflicts of interest, as exemplified by the revolving-door hiring of former Monsanto vice president Michael Taylor as FDA’s Deputy Commissioner for Foods. A petition to have Taylor ousted has been gaining steam recently.

Today in History - Tuesday - April 17, 2012
1704 - John Campbell published what would eventually become the first successful American newspaper. It was known as the Boston "News-Letter."
1808 - Bayonne Decree by Napoleon I of France ordered the seizure of U.S. ships.
1824 - Russia abandoned all North American claims south of 54' 40'.
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 - Igor Sikorsky accomplished the first successful helicopter lift-off from water near Stratford, CT.
1941 - The office of Price Administration was established in the U.S. to handle rationing.
1946 - The last French troops left Syria.
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.
1967 - The U.S. Supreme Court barred Muhammad Ali's request to be blocked from induction into the U.S. Army.
1969 - In Los Angeles, Sirhan Sirhan was convicted of assassinating U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy.
1970 - Apollo 13 returned to Earth safely after an on-board accident with an oxygen tank.
1975 - Khmer Rouge forces capture the capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh. It was the end of the five-year war.
1983 - In New York, a transit strike that began on March 7 ended.
1985 - The U.S. Postal Service unveiled its new 22-cent, "LOVE" stamp.
1985 - In Lebanon, the cabinet resigned as Shiites took W. Beirut.
1989 - In Poland, courts gave Solidarity legal status.
1993 - A federal jury in Los Angeles convicted two former police officers of violating the civil rights of beaten motorist Rodney King. Two other officers were acquitted.
1996 - Erik and Lyle Menendez were sentenced to life in prison without parole for killing their parents.
1999 - In India, the government of Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee collapsed after losing a vote of confidence.

World News

Video: Israeli Minister Meridor Concedes Irans Leaders Have Never Called for Israels Destruction
In an Al Jazeera interview, one of the more moderate ministers in the current government, Dan Meridor, conceded that a notorious phrase widely attributed to Iran's leaders including Pres. Ahmadinejad, that Iran would wipe Israel from the map, is false.

'Let Cuba In!' Sixth Summit of Americas sends ultimatum to US
RT - As the heads of state of the Americas met for the sixth time, things are not looking so well for the US in our Region: to begin with, hosting President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia – a traditional US ally – opened the Summit saying that “it would be unacceptable to have any future Summit in which Cuba is not present”. A long throw from Colombia’s staunchly pro-US President Alvaro Uribe who opened up his country to US military operations.

VIDEO: Exclusive – Confirmed: American “UFO” Over Korea
Veterans Today - A source that is both “authoritative” and ”official,” tied to the highest levels of the South Korean government confirmed that the United States is operating two vehicles using unknown technology as reconnaissance platforms in order to “monitor” North Korea. ...we were told it is believed that such a vehicle could produce a “field” that might be able to destroy a rocket and may act as part of an advanced missile defense system, far superior and much more secret than the Patriot systems under current deployment.

Study: Polio vaccine campaign in India has caused 12-fold increase in deadly paralysis condition
(NaturalNews) In 2011... the year in which India was declared to be polio-free, there were 47,500 known cases of NPAFP [non-polio acute flaccid paralysis], which is a shockingly high figure under the circumstances. And based on data collected from India's National Polio Surveillance Project, cases of NPAFP across India rose dramatically in direct proportion to the number of polio vaccines administered, which suggests that the vaccines were responsible for spurring the rapid spread of this deadly condition.

Red Cross calls for humanitarian drug policies that include decriminalization
(NaturalNews) Speaking on behalf of the organization, Dr. Lasha Goguadze, Senior Health Officer at IFRC, told United Nations (UN) policymakers at the recent 55th Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna, Austria, that the continued criminalization of drug use is not the answer to the global drug abuse epidemic, and that rational, humanitarian drug policies are the only way to instigate any sort of positive change.

Israeli beating of activist causes uproar
JERUSALEM (AP) - A senior Israeli military officer's seemingly unprovoked assault against an unarmed pro-Palestinian activist drew sharp condemnations Monday, raising questions in Israel over whether the country's heavy-handed approach to nonviolent protesters was exaggerated and causing damage to Israel's image.

US prepares for last major Afghan offensive
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - The Taliban made their intentions clear over the weekend, mounting spectacular coordinated attacks that spawned an 18-hour battle with Afghan and NATO forces. And now, the U.S. is gearing up for what may be the last major American-run offensive of the war — a bid to secure the approaches to the city.

More than 11,100 killed in Syria in 13 months: NGO
More than 11,100 people have been killed in 13 months of unrest in Syria, including 55 since a UN-backed ceasefire took effect four days ago, a monitoring group said on Monday. The death toll of 11,117 is 7,972 civilians and 3,145 military and gunmen, including fewer than 600 rebel fighters, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Among the dead were nine civilians killed by regime forces on Monday, only hours after UN peacekeepers arrived in Syria to oversee a truce aimed at ending a year of bloodshed.

Norway killer admits massacre, claims self-defense
OSLO, Norway (AP) — With a defiant closed-fist salute, a right-wing fanatic admitted Monday to a bomb-and-shooting massacre that killed 77 people in Norway but pleaded not guilty to criminal charges, saying he was acting in self-defense..... If deemed mentally competent, Breivik would face a maximum prison sentence of 21 years or an alternate custody arrangement under which the sentence is prolonged for as long as an inmate is deemed a danger to society.

George Washington named Britain’s greatest ever foe
London Telegraph - The American was voted the winner in a contest run by the National Army Museum to identify the country's most outstanding military opponent. He was one of a shortlist of five leaders who topped a public poll and on Saturday was selected as the ultimate winner by an audience of around 70 guests at a special event at the museum, in Chelsea, west London. In second place was Michael Collins, the Irish leader, ahead of Napoleon Bonaparte, Erwin Rommel and Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.

China suspends sale of drugs in unsafe capsules
AP -The report says the capsules were made from industrial gelatin, which has more chromium than edible gelatin. China suffers from a slew of food and drug safety problems and faces an uphill battle eliminating the rampant use of illegal additives and drugs, which are often churned out by makeshift chemical factories.

Street Riots Form in Response to Monsanto Intrusion into Nepal
Activist Post - After the Nepalese government decided to allow Monsanto into their borders and subsequently force farmers to use genetically modified seeds, the citizens took to the streets. The starving nation let Monsanto in despite recent and massive bans in a number of EU countries.

Mexico's Popocatépetl sleeping volcano awakens - Mexico's National Disaster Prevention Center issued a precautionary warning to residents, advising them to stay alert for a worsening situation and to keep at least seven miles away from the volcano's crater.... Popo's latest fuming comes amid a series of earthquakes striking southern and central Mexico in the past three weeks. Several 6 magnitude quakes struck Wednesday, but no damage. A midday 7.4 quake on March 20 damaged hundreds of buildings in Oaxaca and Guerrero states and sent hundreds of thousands of residents scrambling into Mexico City's streets.

Russia Stunned After Japanese Plan To Evacuate 40 Million Revealed
EU Times - A new report circulating in the Kremlin today prepared by the Foreign Ministry on the planned re-opening of talks with Japan over the disputed Kuril Islands during the next fortnight states that Russian diplomats were “stunned” after being told by their Japanese counterparts that upwards of 40 million of their peoples were in “extreme danger” of life threatening radiation poisoning and could very well likely be faced with forced evacuations away from their countries eastern most located cities… including the world’s largest one, Tokyo.

PHOTOS: A Visual Tour of the Fuel Pools of Fukushima
Washington’s Blog - Do You Know What the Fuel Pools Actually Look Like?

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Agents tied to prostitution probe lose 'Top Secret' clearances
The Ticket - The Secret Service has stripped 11 agents tied to a prostitution scandal in Colombia of their "Top Secret" clearances and taken away their badges and guns, an agency spokesman told Yahoo News on Monday. "They've had their security clearances suspended pending the outcome of the investigation," Special Agent in Charge Edwin Donovan said by telephone.

Nazi Party registers Washington lobbyist
Press TV - The American Nazi Party attempted to make a foray into Washington's halls of power last week, registering their first lobbyist as a liaison to U.S. lawmakers. John Bowles, the National Socialist Movement's presidential nominee in 2008, registered on April 10, U.S. News and World Report notes. He stated on his registration form that he intends to lobby on the issues of "political rights and ballot access laws."

GSA executive asserts right to remain silent
AP - The General Services Administration investigator who revealed a wild agency spending spree said Monday he's investigating possible bribery and kickbacks, and has already recommended criminal charges to the Justice Department. The key figure in the scandal invoked his right to remain silent at the House hearing. Inspector General Brian Miller made clear that he's not done investigating GSA current and former officials, following his lengthy report April 2 on an October 2010 Las Vegas conference that cost taxpayers $823,000.

George Soros pledges $10 million to defeat Sheriff Joe for reelection
Conservative Patriot - Obama has joined forces with George Soros and “La Raza” – not to mention the entire Leftwing liberal political establishment – in a multi-million dollar smear campaign to destroy and discredit Sheriff Joe, “America’s Toughest Sheriff” solely for doing his job and doing it well. And to top it all off, they are spending millions of your tax dollars to do it.

President Obama's Lavish Vacations Are Under Scrutiny Again
Yahoo - When American families are cutting back on travel due to rising gas and food prices, President Obama should be considerate of the sacrifices millions of citizens are forced to make and adjust his travel plans accordingly. Statistics published by The Blaze note the Obama vacation to Hawaii last year cost approximately $4 million. Before the family trip to Hawaii, the Obama's had already spent $10 million dollars of taxpayer money traveling to Vail, Colo.; Martha's Vineyard, Mass.; and Spain.

TSA Brags About Confiscating Can Of Chicken Soup
Steve Watson - Anyone who follows the TSA blog, run by “Bob”, will know that from time to time the agency attempts to offset the ballooning negative public opinion directed towards it, and the openly criminal behaviour of its employees, by bragging about “dangerous” items that it has discovered and confiscated from the luggage and persons of those traveling through the nation’s airports. Another of these pathetic bragging blogs appeared this weekend, listing the discovery of a can of chicken soup as a success story.

Big gaps found in nursing homes' disaster plans
AP - Tornado, hurricane or flood, nursing homes are woefully unprepared to protect frail residents in a natural disaster, government investigators say. Emergency plans required by the government often lack specific steps such as coordinating with local authorities, notifying relatives or even pinning name tags and medication lists to residents in an evacuation, according to the findings.

2012 Election News

Now! Taxpayer Freedom / In To Win Money Bomb

Colo, Minn GOP delegates chosen, Paul strategy working
April 16, 2012. Denver. Since the start of the 2012 Presidential primary season, Republican Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) has had what he termed a “delegate strategy”. While the other GOP hopefuls competed for the almost meaningless votes of average Republicans in what he called, “beauty pageants”, the Paul campaign would concentrate its efforts electing and securing delegates to the Republican Party national nominating convention. With the race down to just two men now – Ron Paul and Mitt Romney – the Texas Congressman’s strategy is working.

Wisconsin Supreme Court won't take up voter ID case
Press TV - The law, which requires residents to show photo ID in order to vote, was blocked last month by two separate state appeals courts in Dane County. The two judges requested that the state's highest court take up the appeals from the League of Women Voters and the NAACP, with a trial behind held Monday in one of those cases over the law’s constitutionality. But neither group received an explanation as to why the court would not take up an appeal in separate orders, failing to get four out of the seven justices required to take up a case.

Romney campaign already offering donors inauguration access
The Atlantic Wire - A fundraising email sent by Mitt Romney's campaign offers donors the chance to attend "the first Presidential Inaugural retreat" even though the actual presidential election is still seven months away. The email... lays out specific details about what campaign donors can expect by signing up for the "Romney Victory" committee. A donation of $50,000 will give you "founding member" status and an invite "to a special retreat with Governor Romney" this summer; "yet to be determined access" at the Republican National Convention; and "preferred status at the first Presidential Inaugural retreat." Whatever and whenever that is.

Veteran News

US Veterans kill themselves at a rate of one every 80 minutes
NY Times - HERE’S a window into a tragedy within the American military: For every soldier killed on the battlefield this year, about 25 veterans are dying by their own hands. An American soldier dies every day and a half, on average, in Iraq or Afghanistan. Veterans kill themselves at a rate of one every 80 minutes. More than 6,500 veteran suicides are logged every year — more than the total number of soldiers killed in Afghanistan and Iraq combined since those wars began.

VIDEO: Mefloquine, the military's own zombie potion
Mefloquine is an anti-malaria drug, invented by the military, that has been known for sometime to have severe psychiatric side effects including psychotic behavior, paranoia and hallucinations. The drug has been implicated in numerous suicides and homicides.
*** Related Article: Robert Bales Charged: Military Works To Limit Malaria Drug In Midst Of Afghanistan Massacre

Occupy Wall Street Protest

VIDEO: Occupy Portland activists in anti-nuke rally
Press TV - Occupy Portland activists took to the road this weekend. About 150 protesters showed up in sunny downtown Richland Sunday afternoon. They were there to rally against nuclear power and in favor of cleaning up the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. On a large stage Native Americans and Occupy coordinators like Mirium German voiced their concerns. “Hanford is an environmental tragedy waiting to happen,” German said.


VIDEO: Federal Bureaucrat: Government and Taxes are the American Dream
Kurt Nimmo -In the video here, Obama’s Secretary of Labor, Hilda Solis, tells us government “services” are the American Dream.... Solis promises to tax you more for government “services,” although she does not say it that way. Instead, she says Obama plans to tax the rich – in other words, the somewhat rich since the real rich, the bankers and their globalist transnational corporations, never pay taxes.

Senate blocks tax on richest Americans
Press TV - The U.S. Senate blocked the proposed Buffett rule that would set a minimum 30 percent federal tax rate for the highest American earners. Named for Warren Buffett, the billionaire investor who has said he should not enjoy a lower tax rate than his secretary, the Buffett rule would impose a minimum 30% tax rate on annual incomes beyond $1 million. The top income tax rate is now 35%, but many wealthy households pay less because of deductions and lower rates for income that comes from investments rather than earnings. LA Times

VIDEO: ‘Jobs with Justice’ to oppose unjust worker cuts
Press TV - Marco Mejia member of “Jobs with Justice” talks with Press TV’s U.S. Desk on events and programs their movement has organized.... He explained that a broad coalition of groups in Portland will oppose the 1 percent of American rich that dodge their taxes. Mejia said that they will also march to Portland’s main postal office to oppose proposed cuts to 220,000 jobs in the postal service. He said there are enough resources to keep the current postal service operating but the plan is to get rid of the postal service and replace it with private companies.

Green Madness: $205,075 spent to ‘Translocate’ One Shrub from Path of Stimulus Project
CNS News - The government spent at least $205,075 in 2010 to “translocate” a single bush in San Francisco that stood in the path of a $1.045-billion highway-renovation project that was partially funded by the economic stimulus legislation President Barack Obama signed in 2009.... The bush—a Franciscan manzanita—was a specimen of a commercially cultivated species of shrub that can be purchased from nurseries for as little as $15.98 per plant. The particular plant in question, however, was discovered in the midst of the City of San Francisco, in the median strip of a highway, and was deemed to be the last example of the species in the “wild.”

YouTube: The National Debt and Federal Budget Deficit Deconstructed - Tony Robbins
Watch Tony Robbins discuss the $15 trillion U.S. national debt -- how big is it really? And what can we do about the enormous federal budget deficit?

Housing Market

Man Locked in House Burned to Death in Foreclosure Eviction Shoot-out with Cops
Alexander Higgins - A man being evicted from his house shot a deputy and a locksmith and then locked himself inside and was later burned alive after police grenaded the house for an hour. Police say a man shot a sheriff’s deputy and a locksmith when they tried to evict him from the his apartment which was being foreclosed on.

Energy & Environment

Fire prompts evacuation at nuclear research lab in Idaho
SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - Officials at a nuclear research laboratory in Idaho said a fire erupted on the roof of a facility that houses spent nuclear fuel and radioactive waste on Monday, prompting an evacuation of workers there, but all the employees were reported safe.

YouTube: STAY OUT OF THE RAIN! Radioactive Fallout 49X Greater Than Background Radiation
We took a sample swipe from our truck around 1:30pm on 4/14/2012; that sample was radioactive at 49 times greater than background radiation. The truck was parked indoors overnight and was only exposed to the rainfall in this sample over a 3 hour period; approximately 10:00am to 1:30pm. The rainfall sample was from the trailing edge of a weather system that has been bringing heavy rain and flooding to the Saint Louis area for the last two days.

US hit with worst drought in years
RT - In all, 48 of the 50 states in the US are experiencing at least moderate drought conditions, which could prove catastrophic for the country’s agriculture and economy of the trend continues. On Friday that region continued to see ravaging conditions, with the Baltimore Sun speculating that the eastern shore of the state of Maryland might soon be subjected to restrictions on water. By Monday, meteorologists at the paper predict a heat wave of 90 degrees.

Penguins, Polar Bears, Glaciers, Arctic Ice All Thriving
Paul Joseph Watson - Despite a multitude of data that continually serves to eviscerate the pseudo-science behind man-made global warming, illustrating again that the earth has gone through natural warming and cooling cycles since its very genesis, climate change snake oil salesmen like NASA’s James Hansen, who this week will call for a global tax on CO2 emissions, continue to ignore real science in pursuit of their political agenda to exploit heartfelt environmental concerns for profit and power.


Federal antitrust complaint claims Hershey conspired with the world's largest chocolatiers to fix prices in the U.S
(NaturalNews) Associated Wholesale Grocers (AWG), a retailer-owned cooperative representing the grocery industry, says that on three separate occasions, Hershey colluded with Mars, Nestle, and Cadbury to collectively increase chocolate prices all at the same. These illegal price fixings allegedly occurred in 2002, 2004 and 2007.... Beyond allegations of illegal collusion, it is important to note that each of the companies that is the subject of the new complaint uses genetically-modified (GM) ingredients in its chocolate candy products.

Pump up your body with the Popeye vegetable - spinach
(NaturalNews) Spinach contains its own type of plant based steroids called phytoecdysteroids. Phytoecdysteroids are similar to insect molting hormones and have been shown to dramatically increase glucose metabolism. This keeps blood sugar levels stable and minimizes the need for the critical fat-storage hormone insulin. Additionally, phytoecdysteroids increase human muscle tissue growth rates by 20% when applied in a culture medium.

Top 5 herbs and spices that help lower blood sugar
(NaturalNews) Culturally and traditionally, herbs and spices have a long history of use in food and its effect to health. In a study by the University of Georgia, it was revealed that many herbs and spices, being rich in the antioxidant phenol, can prevent damage and inflammation to tissues caused by high levels of blood sugar.... Below are some herbs and spices you can consider including in your diet...

Fermented red Asian ginseng a great natural remedy for allergy symptoms
(NaturalNews) Published in the journal Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Research, the review explains how fermenting red ginseng helps to increase the plant's biological activity, including its saponin content, which in turn results in a more potent anti-allergy effect. This is also evidenced by the increased anti-inflammatory effect that results from the fermentation, which also helps reduce or eliminate allergy symptoms.

Turmeric extract may protect heart after surgery says study
(Reuters) - Extracts from turmeric spice, known for their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, may help ward off heart attacks in people who have had recent bypass surgery, according to a study from Thailand. During bypass surgery the heart muscle can be damaged by prolonged lack of blood flow, increasing the patient's risk of heart attack. But the new findings, published in the peer-reviewed American Journal of Cardiology, suggest that curcumins - the yellow pigment in turmeric - may ease those risks when added to traditional drug treatment.

FDA assault on herbal cancer products continues with raid on Missouri distributor
(NaturalNews) At the prompting of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as part of its ongoing war against natural cancer treatments, federal marshals recently seized a number of anti-cancer products from Notions-n-Things, a Bogard, Missouri-based distributor of skin salves and other products. According to an FDA announcement issued on March 29, 2012, more than 1,600 containers of skin salve were seized as part of the bust.

Eating seasonally - one of your best health allies
(NaturalNews) What are the benefits of eating seasonally? Better nutritional content and overall health - Most grocery stores and food chains jazz up their fruits and vegetables to keep them looking attractive and inviting when they're out of season. This naturally compromises the nutrition level of the food. Non-seasonal foods require bending of nature's rules in order for them to survive the improper season in which they are brought into the world. Therefore, these foods are often full of pesticides, waxes, preservatives and other chemicals that are used in order to make them look fresher than they are.

The super herbal power of ginger
(NaturalNews) Ginger has classically been used to improve the digestion process. Nine different substances have been found that stimulate serotonin receptors in the gut which provides benefits to the gastrointestinal system. This reduces gut related inflammation and enhances nutrient absorption. Ginger is classified as a carminative (reducing intestinal gas) and an intestinal spasmolytic (soothes intestinal tract) while inducing gut motility. Ginger is known to reduce fever related nausea, motion sickness, and feelings of "morning sickness." Additionally, it helps aid in the production of bile, making it particularly helpful in digesting fats.

Exclusive: Anesthetic Shortage Claiming Lives
ABC News - Seven U.S. anesthesiologists have reported that drug shortages resulted in deaths of their patients, according to a new survey from the American Society of Anesthesiologists. Although the online survey completed by 3,063 of the organization's 28,000 practicing anesthesiologists cannot be considered scientific, it opens a window to the growing shortage of anesthetics and painkillers used before, during and after surgery, and the potentially fatal consequences when those are unavailable.

Beyond drowsy, too little sleep ups diabetes risk
AP - Diet and physical activity are big factors in Type 2 diabetes. Certainly it's harder to work out or choose an apple over a doughnut when you're tired, especially at 3 a.m. when your body's internal clock knows you should be sleeping. But a study published last week shows sleep plays a more complex role than that. As sleep drops and normal biological rhythms are disrupted, your body physically changes in ways that can help set the stage for diabetes, reports neuroscientist Orfeu Buxton of Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital.

The Hidden Cause of Psychiatric Disorders Almost No One Considers
Dr. Mercola - The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is launching a study to see whether Streptococcus bacteria, which cause strep throat, scarlet fever, and other infections such as pneumonia, may also be responsible for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) in children... Psychiatric conditions such as OCD are primarily believed to be the result of chemical dysfunction in your brain, or in some cases hereditary and therefore out of your control. Many fail to realize that a) your lifestyle can override genetic predispositions, and b) your lifestyle can be a major underlying cause of that chemical imbalance or dysfunction.

Science & Technology

VIDEO: PETMAN: A Giant Step Taken Toward Building DARPA's Robot Army
Activist Post - PETMAN is an anthropomorphic robot designed for testing chemical protection clothing. Its range of motion allows it to balance, walk, crawl, and even climb stairs, while also having the ability to simulate human physiology such as sweating. (Source) It is the first robot to display such human movements, heralding the next ... step in robotics development destined to assist waging war on battlefield earth.

Red Alert! The 'Cyber Intelligence Sharing & Protection Act' CISPA (HR 3523) Already Has Over 100 Co-sponsors
Daily Paul - This bill already has over 100 Congressional co-sponsors, and is bolting through Congress! Text, cosponsors & full information from Open Congress here.

Scientists to build 'human brain': Supercomputer will simulate the entire mind and will help fight against brain diseases
Daily Mail - It aims to integrate all the neuroscience research being carried out all over the world – an estimated 60,000 scientific papers every year - into one platform. The project has received some funding from the EU and has been shortlisted for a 1 billion euro (£825million) EU grant which will be decided next month. When complete it could be used to test new drugs, which could dramatically shorten the time required for licencing them than human trials, and pave the way for more intelligent robots and computers.

Google to pay $25,000 for hindering Street View case investigation
RT - Google faces a $25,000 fine for hampering a U.S. investigation into Street View. The Federal Communications Commission is probing the company for gathering personal data while creating its street-viewing application.... In 2007 Google launched Street View, which allows users to view street panoramas in Google Maps application. For 3 years special vehicles had been collecting street images and the objects along the roads and highways. It happened that at the same so-called payload data (passwords, Internet usage history, etc.) were gathered from private wifi networks along the way.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Call to action: Join the demand to investigate Michigan DNR director Rodney Stokes
(NaturalNews) If government will not halt its own abuses of power, such tasks fall upon the People. So the question right now is whether the Michigan government will reign in these outrageous abuses of power by the DNR -- a rogue, criminal agency operating right under the nose of Governor Rick Snyder. I urge you to contact the Governor (and other key state officials) using the contact information I'm publishing below.

Michigan unleashes armed raids on small pig farmers, forces farmer to shoot all his pigs
(NaturalNews) NaturalNews can now confirm that the Michigan Department of Natural Resources has, in total violation of the Fourth Amendment, conducted two armed raids on pig farmers in that state, one in Kalkaska County at Fife Lake and another in Cheboygan County. Staging raids involving six vehicles and ten armed men, DNA conducted unconstitutional, illegal and arguably criminal armed raids on these two farms with the intent of shooting all the farmers' pigs under a bizarre new "Invasive Species Order" (ISO) that has suddenly declared traditional livestock to be an invasive species.

Humor & Satire

Jon Stewart Exposes the Fraud of the Federal Reserve - A TV show segment is worth a million words. Stewart even mentions hyperinflation as a result of creating money out of thin air. Perhaps Stewart has finally gotten around to reading Murray Rothbard’s What Has Government Done to Our Money. (I…don’t think so—but I can dream, can’t I?)

Today in History - Monday - April 16, 2012
1818 - The U.S. Senate ratified Rush-Bagot amendment to form an unarmed U.S.-Canada border.
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.
1922 - Annie Oakley shot 100 clay targets in a row, to set a women's record.
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.
1947 - The Zoomar lens, invented by Dr. Frank Back, was demonstrated in New York City. It was the first lens to exhibit zooming effects.
1947 - In Texas City, TX, the French ship Grandcamp, carrying ammonium nitrate fertilizer, caught fire and blew up. The explosions and resulting fires killed 576 people.
1948 - In Paris, the Organization for European Economic Co-operation was set up.
1962 - Walter Cronkite began anchoring "The CBS Evening News".
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 five years of civil war. They 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 Federal Communications Commission (FCC) sternly warned U.S. radio stations to watch the use of indecent language on the airwaves.
1987 - The U.S. Patent Office began allowing the patenting of new animals created by genetic engineering. 
1992 - The House ethics committee listed 303 current and former lawmakers who had overdrawn their House bank accounts.
1995 - The European Union and Canada agreed to protect threatened fish stocks in the north Atlantic.
1996 - Britain's Prince Andrew and his wife, Sarah, the Duchess of York, announced that they were in the process of getting a divorce.
1996 - An Italian court found former Prime Minister Bettino Craxi guilty on charges of corruption. He was sentenced to 8 years and 3 months in prison.
1999 - Wayne Gretzky announced his retirement from the National Hockey League (NHL).
2002 - The U.S. Supreme Court overturned major parts of a 1996 child pornography law based on rights to free speech.
2007 - In Blacksburg, VA, a student killed 33 people at Virginia Tech before killing himself.

World News

Taliban attack U.S. embassy, govt sites across Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan — Taliban-led insurgents opened a spring offensive Sunday with a wave of coordinated suicide missions, firing at embassies and government offices from seized buildings in Kabul and attacking U.S. bases and police stations in three eastern provinces. The strikes, which seemed to catch U.S.-led forces and Afghan authorities by surprise, sparked fierce firefights in Kabul and two other cities that underscored the insurgency's lethality as U.S. combat troops gird for the second phase of a withdrawal due to end in 2014.

Israeli TV report shows air force gearing up for Iran attack, says moment of truth is near - No order to strike is likely to be given before the P5+1 talks with Iran resume in May, the reporter, Alon Ben-David, said. “But the coming summer will not only be hot but tense.” In the event that negotiations fail and the order is given for Israel to carry out an attack on Iranian nuclear facilities, “dozens if not more planes” will take part in the mission: attack and escort jets, tankers for mid-air refueling, electronic warfare planes and rescue helicopters, the report said.

South Yemen Fighting Spreads: 177 Killed So Far - The ongoing fighting between the Yemeni government and a militant faction (either Ansar al-Sharia or al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) depending on the news source) continues to escalate today in the strategic town of Lawder, with locals reporting that the overall death toll of the last four days of fighting is now 177.

VIDEO: Syria: Another "Humanitarian War" Based on Lies & Deceit
Activist Post - The Paris-based Centre for the Study of Interventionism (CSI) and Julien Teil, director of "Lies behind the "Humanitarian War" in Libya: There is no evidence!" has recently released a short documentary exposing how a cartel of Western nations and their Arab proxies are purposefully creating chaos inside targeted nations and then using it as a pretext to invade, topple governments, and replace them with preselected client regimes, and in effect threatening the very concept of national sovereignty.

Pro-Palestinian activists dismiss Israeli warnings
AP - Organizers of a planned pro-Palestinian demonstration said Friday they expect about 1,000 activists from Europe and North America to board flights for Israel this weekend.... This weekend Israel says it will round up activists who land in the country and deport them. Israel has also compiled a list of activists it suspects have booked flights to Israel for the campaign, and has warned airlines they would have to fly those passengers back to their cities of origin if they were allowed on flights to Israel.

Official: 1,600 Palestinian prisoners to go on hunger strike - Over 1,600 detainees in Israeli jails are due to begin a hunger-strike on April 17, a Palestinian Authority official said Saturday. A series of high-profile hunger strikes have drawn international attention to Israel's policy of detaining Palestinians without charge, which has been applied to thousands of Palestinians since 1967.

Increasingly in Europe, Suicides ‘by Economic Crisis’
NY Times - The economic downturn that has shaken Europe for the last three years has also swept away the foundations of once-sturdy lives, leading to an alarming spike in suicide rates. Especially in the most fragile nations like Greece, Ireland and Italy, small-business owners and entrepreneurs are increasingly taking their own lives in a phenomenon some European newspapers have started calling “suicide by economic crisis.”

Soros: If Germany Persists, Europe Is Over
Huffington Post - Yesterday in a panel on the "Future of Europe" at a conference organized by the Institute for New Economic Thinking, Soros said: The Euro has really broken down. It has sprung defects, some of which could have been anticipated and some were anticipated. But some actually couldn't. Effectively, heavily indebted countries [in Europe] have ended up in the position of a third world country that is heavily indebted in a foreign currency. And that is only one of the unanticipated results of how things worked out [with the Euro].

India's GM field trials hit roadblock
India’s biotechnology regulator will be apprising the state governments of benefits of Genetically Modified (GM) food crops as country’s biotechnology industry is hitting a roadblock because of many states saying no to GM crops.... “It is becoming increasingly difficult to conduct field trial of varieties developed in the laboratory because of state government objections. We need a way out or else the bio-technology is on its way to death,” said a leading bio-tech scientist and member of GEAC.

YouTube: Iceland forgives mortgage debt of its population
The government of Iceland has forgiven the mortgage debt for much of its population. This nation chose a very different way of stopping the crisis from the rest of European countries. It decided to hear the requests of the population and to put politicians and bankers on the bench of the accused three years after their financial excesses would sank one of the most prosperous economies in 2008. teleSUR

YouTube: Mount Etna erupts furiously April 13th 2012
Europe's tallest active volcano, Mount Etna, has been blasting flaming lava and ash into the air in its sixth eruption this year. The eruption is the 24th in a series that began in January 2011. Rock blew off the southeast side of the mountain, which is only 10 miles from the Zafferana Etnea village and 18 miles North of the town of Catania on the Italian island of Sicily.

Tests find cesium 172 times the limit in Miyagi Yacon tea
Asahi April 13, 2012 - The prefecture said the level of cesium found was 17,200 becquerels per kilogram. According to the prefecture and the company, the maker already sold 1,100 sets of the product online and at stores, and it has already started a voluntary recall.... Studies have shown that Yacon tea can reduce blood sugar levels. Therefore it has become popular among people with diabetes.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

VIDEO: Cheney: Obama "Has Been An Unmitigated Disaster To The Country"
Real Clear Politics - Former Vice President Dick Cheney walked onstage without any assistance and spoke for an hour and 15 minutes without seeming to tire in his first public engagement since he underwent a heart transplant three weeks ago. "He has been an unmitigated disaster to the country," Cheney said of President Barack Obama.

February 2012 Airport X-Ray Screening Statistics from the Dept. of Homeland Security

VIDEO: KOMO appeals police dashcam ruling to state Supreme Court
SEATTLE -- KOMO News is taking the fight for the right to access public records to the state's highest court. Late Thursday, attorneys representing KOMO News asked the state Supreme Court to overturn a King County judge's ruling in favor of the Seattle Police Department's right to deny the media - and the public - access to their dashcam videos and keep them sealed for three years. The three-year mark is also when the department's system is set to automatically delete those videos.

Navy spending $21 billion on three new destroyers, part of response to China’s military buildup
Activist Post - Despite the United States having record deficits, a black hole of debt and absolutely no money to be spending, the military continues to ignore this reality and funnel huge sums of money into the coffers of the war profiteers

YouTube: ObamaCare and the Imaginary Constitution
Jack Hunter Apr 9, 2012 - Just because politicians think something is a "good idea" doesn't make it constitutional.

VIDEO: Fmr. TSA head: ‘Airport security broken’
WSJ - Former head of the Transportation Security Administration, Kip Hawley, on embracing risk.... The crux of the problem, as I learned in my years at the helm, is our wrongheaded approach to risk. In attempting to eliminate all risk from flying, we have made air travel an unending nightmare for U.S. passengers and visitors from overseas, while at the same time creating a security system that is brittle where it needs to be supple.

Tennessee Senate Approves Bill Warning Students That Hand-Holding Is A ‘Gateway Sexual Activity’ - Like any state legislature dealing with 8 percent unemployment and thousands of its residents facing disenfranchisement, the Tennessee Senate is targeting the menace of underage hand-holding. Last week, the Senate passed SB 3310, a bill to update the state’s abstinence-based sex education curriculum to define holding hands and kissing as “gateway sexual activities.” Just one senator voted against the legislation; 28 voted in favor.

Vermont Senate Votes to Overturn Citizens United
By Bernie Sanders April 13, 2012 - U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) welcomed today's Vermont Senate passage of a resolution calling on Congress to propose a constitutional amendment to undo a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that threw out a ban on corporate campaign spending.... The Vermont Senate resolution asks Congress to consider an amendment to clarify that "money is not speech and corporations are not persons under the U.S. Constitution."

L.A. jail confronted by allegations of abuse
CBS News April 14, 2012 - Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca said this week he may close at least part of the L.A. County Men's Central Jail -- the country's largest jail -- in the face of allegations of abuse. CBS News correspondent Ben Tracy has the details. We caution you some of the images may be difficult to watch.

US Secret Service Agents Recalled: Prostitute Allegation - A prominent U.S. newspaper is reporting that U.S. Secret Service agents sent to Colombia to provide security to President Barack Obama have been recalled amid allegations that they solicited prostitutes. The president arrived in Cartagena Friday to attend a regional summit. The Washington Post says while seeking the services of a prostitute is not illegal in Colombia when conducted in designated zones, such behavior is deemed inappropriate by the Secret Service.

Secret Service Scandal Spreads To Military
Washington Post - The situation deteriorated further Saturday when the Defense Department announced that five military personnel, who are staying at the same hotel, violated curfew Wednesday night and have been confined to their rooms. The department will conduct its own investigation upon their return to the United States, said Air Force Gen. Douglas Fraser of the U.S. Southern Command, where the military personnel were from.

Rape victims say military labels them 'crazy'
CNN has interviewed women in all branches of the armed forces, including the Coast Guard, who tell stories that follow a similar pattern -- a sexual assault, a command dismissive of the allegations and a psychiatric discharge.... Despite the Defense Department's "zero tolerance" policy, there were 3,191 military sexual assaults reported in 2011. Given that most sexual assaults are not reported, the Pentagon estimates the actual number was probably closer to 19,000.

2012 Election News

Now! Taxpayer Freedom / In To Win Money Bomb
If all 934,000 people who "liked" the official Ron Paul Facebook page donated $15 to his campaign, it would total $14Million. If only half did, it would be a little over $7Million. Donate Today!

Colorado Republicans split delegate votes between Romney, unified Paul and Santorum supporters
Denver Post - The momentum was painful for Mitt Romney supporters, who had assumed when Santorum dropped out of the presidential race this week they'd have a much easier time in winning Colorado's delegate and alternate seats to the Republican National Convention in Tampa in August. Instead, some of the Santorum's supporters united with Paul's backers to form the "Conservative Unity Slate" to win a slew of delegate slots. Four years ago, only one Paul supporter was elected to attend the national convention.

YouTube: Ron Paul Sweeps Denver County, Colorado Delegates!
Apr 14, 2012 - Ron Paul won all 6 delegates.

VIDEO: CBS Caught Lying About Results of Colorado Caucus

King County, Washington 11th District delegates sweep "Ron Paul" Slate!
Daily Paul April 14, 2012 - Every possible Ron Paul delegate AND alternate from the 11th district was elected to the Washington State Convention!

Doug Wead: Ron Paul to Obama and Romney: “Jerusalem is the capital of Israel”
April 14, 2012 - News is now leaking out about a private meeting between evangelical leaders and presidential candidate Ron Paul which took place last Wednesday night. The leaders asked Dr. Paul about an Executive Order moving the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. “The real issue here is not what America wants but what Israel wants. We have no right to chose their capital,” Dr. Paul said, “If they say it is Jerusalem, then it is Jerusalem.”

Evangelical Community Reaching Out To Ron Paul
EPJ April 13, 2012 - In the wake of Sen. Rick Santorum's departure from the presidential race there are signs that some evangelical leaders are refusing to jump on board the Mitt Romney bandwagon and are turning to Congressman Ron Paul instead, reports Newsmax. This is a huge voting block. "I have one question for you," one of the ministers reportedly said in a private meeting last night with Ron Paul, reports Doug Wead, a presidential historian and senior adviser to the Ron Paul campaign, "Are you going to drop out? Or will you stay in all the way to Tampa?" "I'm in," Dr. Paul reportedley replied. "That's all I need to know," the minister said.

VIDEO; Ron Paul: There's Still a Strong Anti-Romney Element in the Party
Daily Paul - Neil Cavuto interviews Ron Paul on Fox Business April 13, 2012.

Can Ron Paul Revolution Lead to Pennsylvania Ave.?
Fox Business April 13, 2012 - John Stossel interviews Rep. Ron Paul, (R-Texas), on his efforts to improve the economy and his push for the White House.

YouTube: The Deal with Jack Hunter: Is Ron Paul Right About Everything?
Jack Hunter Apr 12, 2012 - From the Federal Reserve to foreign policy, Ron Paul deserves credit for continuing to be right in his predictions.

Romney to welfare mothers: ‘You need to go to work’
Republicans have spent the last week attacking President Barack Obama after a Democratic CNN contributor said that Ann Romney, who is the mother of five, had “never worked,” but it turns out that presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney has also said mothers on welfare “need to go to work.


Don't wait for Social Security check in the mail
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Starting next year, the check will no longer be in the mail for millions of people who receive Social Security and other government benefits. The federal government, which issues 73 million payments a month, is phasing out paper checks for all benefit programs, requiring people to get payments electronically, either through direct deposit or a debit card for those without a bank account.

YouTube: John Stossel Speaks to Former Federal Reserve Employee
Stossel discusses competing currencies and central planning with a former Federal Reserve employee.

VIDEO: Special 40 mins on Federal Reserve: G. Edward Griffin interview with Glenn Beck
April 13, 2012.

Americans Can't Wait For Their Tax Refunds... To Immediately File For Bankruptcy
Zero Hedge - USA Today notes that over 200,000 households will use their tax rebate this year to pay for (drum roll please) a bankruptcy filing and associated legal fees. The NBER research confirms a little known fact (outside of bankruptcy lawyer circles) that 'at the first part of the year, when Americans receive their tax refunds, there almost always is a spike in personal bankruptcy filings.' but this has been especially true since the cost of bankruptcy soared (from $921 in 2005 to $1477 two years later.

VIDEO: U.S. Roads and Bridges Being Built By Chinese Companies As American Economy Teeters on Collapse
Intel Hub - A recent report by ABC has confirmed what many have claimed for years; infrastructure jobs are going directly to foreign countries, particularly China. In California, officials actually claimed that American companies simply could not do the work as fast or as cheap yet multiple U.S. firms have stated that they would have gladly provided the workers. Sadly, many in the corporate controlled media are merely pretending to care about the destruction of America and, for the most part, have literally worshiped globalism.

Energy & Environment

Warnings credited in Midwest tornado outbreak
WOODWARD, Okla. (AP) -- When a tornado shrouded in darkness and wrapped in rain dropped quickly from the sky above this northwest Oklahoma town, many residents relied on television weathermen to warn them of impending devastation. Others learned of the monster twister from neighbors or calls from frantic relatives.

Radiation discharge near Philadelphia kept secret from public for weeks — No ‘immediate’ health concerns, says NRC
LIMERICK — “Several thousand gallons” of water containing as much as five-times the government’s “safe” level of radioactive tritium was accidentally released at Exelon Nuclear’s Limerick Generating Station last month and then flushed into the Schuylkill River, The Mercury learned Thursday.

The Ring Of Fire Is Roaring To Life And There Will Be Earthquakes Of Historic Importance On The West Coast Of The United States
Activist Post - The Ring of Fire is roaring to life and that is really bad news for the west coast of the United States. Approximately 90 percent of all earthquakes and approximately 75 percent of all volcanic eruptions occur along the Ring of Fire.

Midwest tornadoes: 5 dead, 29 injured in Okla.
Oklahoma emergency officials said five people died after a tornado touched down at 12:18 a.m. Sunday in and around the northwest Oklahoma town of Woodward, the high winds damaging homes, toppling trees and downing power lines about 140 miles northwest of Oklahoma City.... Storms also were reported in Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska as a wide-ranging storm system lumbered its way across the nation's midsection Saturday and Sunday.


Millions against Monsanto: The food fight of our lives
(NaturalNews)In Europe, there almost no genetically engineered crops, while here in the US, nearly 75% of all supermarket foods - including many so-called "natural" foods - are GE-tainted. Why? Because Europe requires labeling of genetically engineered foods - and the US does not. This is exactly why activists have launched the California Ballot Initiative.

Flavonoids from berries shown to protect men against Parkinson's disease
(NaturalNews) (NaturalNews) Past research bodies have confirmed the health-protective effect of a natural diet rich in flavonoids to protect against a wide range of diseases including heart disease, hypertension, some cancers, and dementia. Researchers from Harvard University and the University of East Anglia have published the result of a study in the journal Neurology that demonstrates how these plant-based phytonutrients can significantly lower the risk of developing Parkinson's disease, especially in men.

Tree nut consumption lowers chronic disease risks and assists successful weight loss
(NaturalNews) Researchers publishing the result of their work in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition have found that eating tree nuts (almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamias, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios and walnuts) was associated with higher levels of high-density lipoprotein-cholesterol (good HDL cholesterol) and lower levels of C-reactive protein, a marker for inflammation which can lead to a variety of chronic diseases including heart disease.

Antidepressants Could Cause Harm to Heart, Brain, and Bones
Activist Post - In more recent studies, there has been surfacing evidence that antidepressants cause arteries to thicken at a faster rate. Research specifically points to an increased thickness of the lining of the carotid artery by up to 5% in men, thereby increasing the risk of heart disease substantially by putting more pressure on the heart....Another study in women who have gone through menopause unveiled that women who take either variation of antidepressants were up to 45% more likely to suffer from life-threatening brain damage from a stroke.

Merck baldness drugs destroy sperm, cause infertility and ejaculation disorders, even after you stop using them
(NaturalNews) Hey, men! Looking for a way to ruin your sex life and become infertile? Try Propecia or Proscar, two drugs from the vaccine giant Merck, whose top vaccine scientist Dr. Maurice Hilleman already admitted that Merck's vaccines contained "stealth viruses" that cause cancer.

New Studies: Fluoridation Fails to Reduce Cavities
Activist Post - New research shows that fluoride chemicals added to U.S. public water supplies are not reducing tooth decay as promoted and promised by government agencies, reports the New York State Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation, Inc. (NYSCOF). Using federal statistics, the West Virginia University Rural Health Research Center reports that urban U.S. children, with more exposure to fluoridated water and dental care, have just as many cavities as less fluoridation-exposed rural children.

VIDEO: Top Scientist: Fluoride Already Shown to Cause 10,000 Cancer Deaths
Activist Post - One paper entitled Fluoride – A Modern Toxic Waste says the following: Yiamouyiannis documents research showing that fluoride increases the tumor growth rate by 25% at only 1 ppm, produces melanotic tumors, transforms normal cells into cancer cells and increases the carcinogenesis of other chemicals.... Other research resurfaced by Dr. Dean Burk [video], former chief of cytochemistry at the National Cancer Institute for 30 years, also shows that fluoride increases the cancer death rate.

Concord grape juice shows brain boosting potential
NutraIngredients - Adding a glass of Concord grape juice to the daily diet may boost memory performance and boost mental function in older people with mild declines in their memory, suggests a new study.

Easy quinoa bowls for lunch or dinner
(NaturalNews) Quinoa continues to rise in popularity not only as a vegan staple, but also in the non-vegan or vegetarian population. It is not only a delicious and relatively inexpensive source of fiber and protein but it is also incredibly diverse. The following are some quinoa bowl recipes that are easy and healthy.

Enriching gluten-free and wheat products doesn't make them healthy
(NaturalNews) The Standard American Diet, otherwise referred to as S.A.D., consists of low quality factory farmed meats, over-processed packaged foods with vitamins and minerals added back in, condiments, and a leaf of iceberg lettuce as the vegetable for the day -- SAD indeed.

Science & Technology

Cellphone Radiation Detector App Banned by Apple
Natural Society - Although many individuals think nothing of radiation emitted by cell phones, or even believe it to be true, there is a large amount of evidence showing how damaging cell phone use can actually be. In response to the released information and growing fear of cell phone radiation, a company has ironically released a mobile app which reportedly measures radiation levels emitted by smart phones.

Web freedom faces greatest threat ever, warns Google's Sergey Brin
In an interview with the Guardian, Brin warned there were "very powerful forces that have lined up against the open internet on all sides and around the world". "I am more worried than I have been in the past," he said. "It's scary." The threat to the freedom of the internet comes, he claims, from a combination of governments increasingly trying to control access and communication by their citizens, the entertainment industry's attempts to crack down on piracy, and the rise of "restrictive" walled gardens such as Facebook and Apple, which tightly control what software can be released on their platforms.

Titanic: Possible Human Remains Found In Shipwreck
Huffington Post - Human remains may be embedded in the mud of the North Atlantic where the New York-bound Titanic came to rest when it sank 100 years ago, a federal official said Saturday. A 2004 photograph, released to the public for the first time this week in an uncropped version to coincide with the disaster's centenary, shows a coat and boots in the mud at the legendary shipwreck site.

'It's 99% certain there is life on Mars': Shock finding as scientists re-analyse soil samples from Seventies Viking lander
Daily Mail - Mathematical analysis of the samples concluded that salts in the soil on Mars 'threw off' initial estimates - and that the soil samples show strong evidence of microbial life. The new analysis looked for 'complexity' in the samples - an indication of life. To the surprise of the scientists, they found it. 'This suggests a robust biological response,' say the researchers, from the University of Siena and California's Keck Institute. 'These analyses support the interpretation that the Viking LR experiment did detect extant microbial life on Mars.'

SOPA’s Evil Twin Sister – CISPA
Lumin Consulting - In the hopes of creating awareness of what CISPA actually is and how it could effect the lives of every day people, we created this infographic. Feel free to share the graphic on your site. You can find quotes from Fortune 500 CEO’s who are endorsing the bill here. You can also write a letter to your local representative to protest CISPA here.

Activists plan week of protests against new House cybersecurity legislation
The Hill - n an attempt to re-create the backlash that killed anti-piracy legislation earlier this year, activists are planning a "week of action" beginning on Monday to protest the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA).

Forget Cloud Computing, Say Hello to Crab Computing
Geekosystem - Computer scientists at Kobe University in Japan have recreated the billiard ball computer in great detail with one major change: Live soldier crabs now take the place of the billiard balls. First they developed a computer model of a model computer run by crabs, and then they actually built the thing. Based on the way in which soldier crabs swarm, scientists recreated nearly identical results to the proposed computer by casting a facsimile of a bird’s shadow so that the crabs keep moving as they believe they’re about to be eaten.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Farmers defend their right to grow food: Appeal filed in family farmers vs. Monsanto case
(NaturalNews) The plaintiffs in a case seeking protection from Monsanto's predatory patent lawsuits have filed a Notice of Appeal challenging the case's recent dismissal by Judge Naomi Buchwald of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGATA) and dozens of other food freedom advocacy groups and family farmers originally filed the suit on behalf of small growers everywhere in order to defend them against Monsanto's crusade of agricultural terrorism.

FDA & federal judge shut down Amish farm for selling raw milk
(NaturalNews) A freedom rally at Wisconsin's Sauk County Courthouse is scheduled for March 1 and 2 this year by the RTCHF. Hershberger's trial is scheduled for March 2nd at 1:00 PM. It appears that the Canadian dairy farmer who went on a hunger strike for the cause, Michael Schmidt, will speak at that event.

Pet News

How to Know if the Poultry in Your Pet's Food is Chicken... or Roadkill
Dr. Becker - What most pet parents who buy popular commercial pet foods don’t know is exactly what type of “raw materials” wind up at rendering facilities and ultimately, in the food they feed their beloved dog or cat. Plenty of pet food consumers also don’t realize there’s a huge difference between “chicken” and “poultry” on pet food ingredient labels. There’s also a huge difference between “chicken” and “chicken by-products.” And these differences are extremely important when it comes to the health of dogs and cats.


How getting specific can change your life
(NaturalNews) Rick is mid-level manager in a tech firm. For a long time he felt the pressure of having to complete his own work while balancing the needs of his staff with demands from upper management. Anyone who has been caught between this rock and hard place understands how difficult it can be to manage.

Today in History - Friday - April 13, 2012
1759 - The French defeated the European allies in Battle of Bergen.
1782 - Washington, NC, was incorporated as the first town to be named for George Washington.
1796 - The first known elephant to arrive in the United States from Bengal, India.
1829 - The English Parliament granted freedom of religion to Catholics.
1849 - The Hungarian Republic was proclaimed.
1860 - The first mail was delivered via Pony Express when a westbound rider arrived in Sacramento, CA from St. Joseph, MO.
1861 - After 34 hours of bombardment, the Union-held Fort Sumter surrenders to Confederates.
1870 - The Metropolitan Museum of Art was founded in New York City.
1916 - The first hybrid, seed corn was purchased for 15-cents a bushel by Samuel Ramsay.
1919 - British forces killed hundreds of Indian nationalists in the Amritsar Massacre.
1933 - The first flight over Mount Everest was completed by Lord Clydesdale.
1941 - German troops captured Belgrade, Yugoslavia.
1943 - U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicated the Jefferson Memorial.
1945 - Vienna fell to Soviet troops.
1949 - Philip S. Hench and associates announced that cortizone was an effective treatment for rheumatoid arthritis.
1954 - Hank Aaron debuted with the Milwaukee Braves.
1959 - A Vatican edict prohibited Roman Catholics from voting for Communists.
1960 - The first navigational satellite was launched into Earth's orbit.
1961 - The U.N. General Assembly condemned South Africa due to apartheid.
1970 - An oxygen tank exploded on Apollo 13, preventing a planned moon landing.
1976 - The U.S. Federal Reserve introduced $2 bicentennial notes.
1984 - U.S. President Reagan sent emergency military aid to El Salvador without congressional approval.
1990 - The Soviet Union accepted responsibility for the World War II murders of thousands of imprisoned Polish officers in the Katyn Forest. The Soviets had previously blamed the massacre on the Nazis.
1998 - NationsBank and BankAmerica announced a $62.5 billion merger, creating the country's first coast-to-coast bank.
1998 - Dolly, the world's first cloned sheep, gave natural birth to a healthy baby lamb.
1999 - Jack Kervorkian was sentenced in Pontiac, MI, to 10 to 25 years in prison for the second-degree murder of Thomas Youk. Youk's assisted suicide was videotaped and shown on "60 Minutes" in 1998.
2002 - Twenty-five Hindus were killed and about 30 were wounded when grenades were thrown by suspected Islamic guerrillas near Jammu-Kashir.
2002 - Venezuela's interim president, Pedro Carmona, resigned a day after taking office. Thousands of protesters had supported over the ousting of president Hugo Chavez.

World News

Now 4 quakes over M4 hit Fukushima in past hour — Video of M6.0 shaking Tepco webcam
April 13th, 2012 at 7:12 am ET.

Embarrassed by rocket crash, North Korea may try nuclear test
(Reuters) - North Korea said its much hyped long-range rocket launch failed on Friday, in a very rare and embarrassing public admission of failure by the hermit state and a blow for its new young leader who faces international outrage over the attempt. The isolated North, using the launch to celebrate the 100th birthday of the dead founding president Kim Il-sung and to mark the rise to power of his grandson Kim Jong-un, is now widely expected to press ahead with its third nuclear test to show its military strength.

US airstrikes take out al Qaeda targets in Yemen
The Hill - U.S. forces launched a successful airstrike against al Qaeda targets in Yemen on Wednesday as government troops continue to hammer away at the terror group's sanctuaries in the south. The airstrike, likely carried out by an unmanned aircraft operated by the CIA, hit a vehicle carrying a dozen members of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in Abyan province in southern Yemen, according to the Associated Press.

Activists from around the world are ready to travel to Palestine
Airflotilla2 - According to the organizers of the 2012 welcome to Palestine campaign more than 2000 participants from Europe, North America, Australia and Turkey are ready to travel to Palestine via the Lod airport and Jordan to participate in a week long of activities in solidarity with the Palestinian people. Once the visitors arrive, they will... participate in a number activities that range from building a school in Bethlehem, to repairing damaged wells and planting trees in the village of Beit umar.

First New Concentration Camps in Europe Set to Sprout on Greek Soil
Intel Hub - In language that might have been lifted straight from the Nazi lexicon, these establishments will be known as ‘closed-hospitality’ centers. The incarcerates will be undocumented – meaning unwanted – refugees flooding in from North Africa, particularly the once prosperous and richest country in the Maghreb belt, namely Libya.

M5.9 quake hits Fukushima at 10:51a ET (MAPS) - Just hours after nearby M5.5
ENENews April 12th, 2012 at 11:09 am ET.

Libya: So it was all about oil after all!
RT - Last year NATO countries bombed Libya, demanding “democracy” in the country. But now it’s clear it was all about oil and it’s not like the Americans and Brits are going to be democratic about it, and share those spoils equally with France and Italy. So… oil giants Total from France and ENI from Italy are just going to have to wait in the sidelines while the hungry American and British big boys take their juicy oil slices first… ExxonMobil, Chevron, Texaco, BP, Shell…

VIDEO: Annan calls out Syrian govt amidst post-ceasefire violence
RT - The UN-brokered ceasefire aimed at curtailing the conflict has already been marred with reports of bloodshed. Despite the fragile truce, Kofi Annan says the Syrian government is yet to withdrawal its troops and heavy weapons from major urban areas. Syrian state media have reported a roadside bomb, which killed one army officer and wounded at least 24 other cadets and officers in Syria’s largest city Aleppo. Syrian authorities accused “terrorists” of being behind the attack.

Pakistan approves new guidelines for US ties
Press TV - Pakistan's parliament unanimously approved new guidelines on relations with the United States on Thursday, the government said, in a key step towards repairing troubled ties. The recommendations drafted by a national security committee include a call for an end to drone attacks in Pakistani territory and an unconditional apology for U.S. airstrikes in November that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers.

VIDEO: Banned: Lawyer for Pakistani Drone Victims Denied U.S. Visa
Democracy Now - A Pakistani lawyer who represents victims of U.S. drone strikes has been forced to cancel a trip to the United States after the U.S. government failed to grant him a visa. Shahzad Akbar was scheduled to speak later this month at an International Drone Summit in Washington, D.C. Akbar is co-founder of the Pakistani human rights organization, Foundation for Fundamental Rights. He filed the first case in Pakistan on behalf of family members of civilian victims.

North Korean rocket launch fails - South Korean Defense Ministry
RT - The South Korean Defense Ministry says a long-range North-Korean rocket took off at 7:39 am local time on Wednesday. However, the launch has been confirmed to have failed... The rocket is said to have broken apart and fallen into the sea. Pyongyang has yet to comment.

Two Afghans killed during anti-US protest
Press TV - Two Afghan demonstrators, who were protesting the killing of a schoolteacher by U.S.-led troops in the country’s north, were killed by Afghan security forces on Thursday, reported Press TV. American forces also shot dead an Afghan man in the country’s southern province of Kandahar, Press TV quoted Afghan officials as saying on Thursday. According to provincial police chief of Kandahar, Rahmatullah Atrafi, U.S. troops slain the civilian in Dand city on Wednesday.

Sentenced Bout asks Russian parliament to sue US on his behalf
RT - The Russian businessman says he has no faith in the appeals proceedure. “This was not a court trial, this was inquisition,” Bout said. He also rejected the possibility of a deal with the US Justice Department. “There is nothing I could confess as I committed no crime, I am not going to enter any deals or make any confessions,” the businessman told the Moscow audience.

European Court Says Britain Can Send Terror Suspects to U.S.
New York Times The European Court of Human Rights ruled Tuesday that Britain could legally extradite five suspects wanted in the United States on terrorism charges, including Abu Hamza al-Masri, an inflammatory Egyptian-born cleric incarcerated in Britain but accused in a range of anti-American plots that date back 14 years.

YouTube:12-Year-Old Canadian Girl Explains The Crimes Of The World Banking System
This is my daughter. She gave this speech at a business meeting in front of 600 people. Her eyes have been opened to a scam that is being perpetrated upon Canadians and the rest of the world. [No teleprompter here!]

41 sheep vanish from Ontario farm
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency found no sheep to slaughter Monday morning at Montana Jones' Wholearth Farm Studio near Hastings. The 41 rare Shropshire sheep were allegedly taken from the barn sometime overnight by an organization identifying itself as the Farmers' Peace Corps.... More than 60 people gathered at Jones' farm cheered and applauded as Selick read the words of the note. They came to the farm to demonstrate against the decision by the CFIA to destroy the 41 Shropshire sheep and to support Jones in her efforts to preserve the rare breed in the cause of maintaining genetic diversity.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

VIDEO: Boy Shocked 31 Times For Not Removing Coat Finally Released
Activist Post - “I never signed up for him to be tortured, terrorized and abused,” Cheryl McCollins told a jury on Tuesday. “I had no idea, no idea, that they tortured the children in the school.” In February, we reported Ms. McCollins' plight and her calling for the public viewing of startling footage of her then 18 year-old son, Andre, receiving 31 electroshocks at Judge Rotenburg Center for the disabled (JRC) for not removing his jacket.

VIDEO: TSA Admits $1B Nude Body Scanner Fleet Worthless!
Now how can I be so sure that the TSA knew that the scanners were broken?... Over the last year, we’ve also seen almost the entirety of Europe has backtracked on the body scanners. And there have been dozens of research studies that have shown vulnerabilities in the technology, of which the TSA must surely be aware. But most importantly, I know because TSA employees have told me so.

The Lucrative Future of CCTV: Remote Biometrics and Behavioral Suspect Detection
Alexander Higgins - CCTV surveillance is projected to explode to a massive $3.2 billion industry and will soon incorporate biometric tracking and lead to behavior based detentions.

U.S. Navy building a cutting-edge stealth destroyer in Maine
CBS News - The stealthy, guided-missile Zumwalt that's taking shape at Bath Iron Works is the biggest destroyer ever built for the U.S. Navy. The low-to-the-water warship will feature a wave-piercing hull, composite deckhouse, electric drive propulsion, advanced sonar, missiles, and powerful guns that fire rocket-propelled warheads as far as 100 miles. It's also longer and heavier than existing destroyers — but will have half the crew because of automated systems.... The 600-foot-long ships are so big that the General Dynamics-owned shipyard spent $40 million to construct a 106-foot-tall building to assemble the giant hull segments. And then there's the cost, roughly $3.8 billion apiece, according to the Navy's latest proposed budget.

YouTube: JP Morgan Paid For Kony 2012
Listen to what she said at 23 seconds, this should be mentioned everywhere. JP Morgan gave $1 million to Invisible Children to produce that 30 minute video that has over 87 million views. JP Morgan isn't funding Invisible Children because they care for the Ugandans, they only care for the profits they will make from their oil. JP Morgan is one of the most corrupt banks and they proved that with MF Global.

The Twilight of John Edwards
Atlantic Wire - No matter what happens with the charges he faces for breaking campaign finance laws it's hard to imagine a punishment harsher or more fitting than the one described in this story.... He's lost his friends and his reputation, but still can't figure out why he, among so many other philandering politicians, has been rejected so harshly.

YouTube: The Corporation
The Corporation is a documentary directed by Mark Achbar and Jennifer Abbott, who goes into the psychopathic business world. Is based on the book entitled 'The Corporation, the pathological pursuit of profit and power', by Joel Bakan. The documentary begins by explaining the enormous power that was given to corporations by giving them the rights of a person. But if corporations have the same rights as a person, what kind of person is the corporation?

Navy Looking to Use Helicopter Drones to ‘Hunt Pirates’ (coming soon to US)
TIME - This summer, the Office of Naval Research will test out a new device called a Multi-Mode Sensor Seeker, which uses high-definition cameras, infrared cameras and laser-radar technology (a.k.a. LADAR) to identify small boats on the water. The new sensor will be outfitted on Fire Scouts, unmanned helicopter drones that can take off and land on Navy ships.... It will initially be tested with manned helicopters on the California coast before seeing any action in foreign waters.

Federal Government To Pay Indian Tribes $1 Billion Over Mismanagement
NPR - The U.S. government will pay more than $1 billion to settle lawsuits filed by 41 American Indian tribes, who had accused federal agencies of mismanaging tribal money and resources. The agreement ends nearly two years of negotiations between the tribes and the federal government. But the disputes that they cover go back even further. According to a Justice Department release, the "settlements resolve claims dating back more than 100 years and will bring to an end protracted litigation that has burdened both the plaintiffs and the United States."

VIDEO: US Federal Gov’t ‘Waging War’ on Whistleblowers
RT - The American government “is using its power to intimidate, prosecute and prevent government employees from sharing information about state officials’ misconduct”, insists Stephen Kohn, attorney and author of The Whistleblower's Handbook. This attack on whistleblowers in America is an attack on fundamental freedom of speech, “preventing the American people from learning about the abuses of their government,” warned the attorney.

VIDEO: New Documentary: Fools on the Hill
Trailer for “Fools on the Hill”. In this modern day David vs. Goliath, filmmaker Jed Rigney follows Jerrol LeBaron as he sets out on a journey to make our politicians do the jobs they were hired to do. Faced with out-of-touch politicians and a broken political process, can one man really make a difference?

2012 Election News

Ron Paul: Campaign can’t continue without more donations
The Hill - A fundraising solicitation sent by Ron Paul on Wednesday painted a frank picture of the future of his campaign: Donate now, or he might have to call it quits. Paul has retreated from the public spotlight in recent weeks as Mitt Romney's hold over the Republican presidential nomination has grown tighter and tighter. He has scaled back his campaign-trail appearances and television interviews.... "I won't mince words," Paul said in an email to supporters Wednesday evening. "If we don't reach our $2.5 million goal, I am not sure our campaign can go on."

Ron Paul is "In It To Win It" MONEYBOMB this Sunday, April 15th

Ron Paul is Coming Home to Pittsburgh Apr 20th *Event Ticket Link*
Daily Paul - Help welcome Congressman Ron Paul to the University of Pittsburgh next Friday at the Soldiers and Sailors Auditorium! You can register for a free early seating voucher at the link below, that will allow you to enter the rally at 6:00pm. General attendees will be able to enter at 6:30pm, and the rally will start at 7:00 pm.

This Saturday April 14th Nueces County TX Republican Convention
Daily Paul - Who can attend: Any registered Nueces County Voter. Attendees must sign an Oath of Affiliation to the Republican Party. Location: 9768 La Branch, Corpus Christi, TX 78410

Israeli ambassador to New York Times: Netanyahu does not interfere in U.S. elections
Michael Oren, Israel's ambassador in Washington, submits letter to the editor to NYT, complaining about article detailing the close relationship between Netanyahu and likely Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

VIDEO: IN IT TO WIN IT Money Bomb! April 15! ~ Latest Version 4/12
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VIDEO: Ron Paul Draws 3,000+ at Dallas/Fort Worth Rally!
Daily Paul Apr 12, 2012.

Mitt Romney Has A Little Delegate Problem... CBS News Finally Figures It Out
(CBS News) -- There are five contests on April 24th with 219 delegates at stake; but even if Romney won every single delegate that day he would be far short of 1,144. Wyoming and Missouri are holding conventions before April 24th where Romney may pick up some delegates but even winning all of them wouldn't bring him much closer to the magic number.

YouTube: Ron Paul Flix Interview: Doug Wead Explains Santorum Dropout Impact
Ron Paul FLIX Show April 11, 2011 - Doug Wead Explains Santorum Dropout Impact.

Ron Paul fights the Fed in new video game
RT - Houston, Texas’ Daniel Williams is just as old as Super Mario Bros., but it’s only now that the programmer is giving the game a much needed make-over.... Throughout the course of the game, still in development, the player navigates Rep. Paul around America’s 50 states, facing off against bad guys at the 13 branches of the Federal Reserve. Along the way, Paul has to pick up pieces of gold, avoid the disembodied head of neo-con former-President George W. Bush and, as if there was any doubt, eventually end up embroiled in an “epic” encounter between Paul and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.

VIDEO: New Ron Paul Song and Video! All original music - "Ron Paul is a Cool Daddio (Cool Hand Ron)"
Daily Paul - This rocks! It's fun! Ron Paul as you've never seen him...but then you always knew he was cool! Surprise at the end of the video...

VIDEO: Must Hear: Beautiful Song Invented Just for Ron Paul
Daily Paul - Listen to this song of love and peace in the back-drop of the Madison rally, 3-29-2012.

Occupy Wall Street Protest

Report: Pepper spray used on students "not authorized"
Press TV - The report, released Wednesday, said Lt. John Pike's decision to use pepper spray on seated protesters was "not authorized by policy."... The task force also revealed that the type of pepper spray used was not an "authorized weapon of use" by UCPD. The 190-page report was the result of a task force put in place to investigate the pepper-spraying of seated protesters at UC Davis on Nov. 18, 2011.


State government tax collections increase by $62 billion
Housing Wire - Tax collections for all U.S. states increased by $62.1 billion to $763.7 billion in fiscal year 2011, according to a new report from the U.S. Census Bureau. Overall, corporate net income tax revenue grew 9.4% from the previous year to $40.2 billion while tax revenue on individual income hit $259.1 billion, up 9.8%.... All 50 states reported an increase in total tax revenue with North Dakota leading the way with a 44.5% increase in tax in-take, followed by Alaska (22.4%), California (17.4%), and Illinois (15.3%).

Code Not Physical Property, Court Rules in Goldman Sachs Espionage Case
Wired - Former Goldman Sachs programmer Sergey Aleynikov, who downloaded source code for the investment firm’s high-speed trading system from the company’s computers, was wrongly charged with theft of property because the code did not qualify as a physical object under a federal theft statute, according to a court opinion published Wednesday.

Governments Everywhere Having Deep Money Problems
Bob Chapman - Senate Bill 1813, which was presented by California Senator Barbara Boxer. The bill has been passed in the Senate 74-23 under the “Moving ahead for progress legislation in the 21st Century Act.” Section 4034 of the legislation states that any individual who owes more than $50,000 to the IRS will have their passport confiscated, revoked, or put on special terms and they will be denied exit or entry, out or into the US. The bill is loosely written, so as usual the interpretation is left up to bureaucrats in Washington.

24 Outrageous Facts About Taxes In The United States That Will Blow Your Mind
Economic Collapse - The U.S. tax code is such a complete and utter mess at this point that it can never be "fixed". The only rational thing to do is to abolish it completely, and any politician that tells you otherwise is lying to you.
The following are 24 outrageous facts about taxes in the United States that will blow your mind....

Postmaster general visits potential closure sites
INGOMAR, Mont. (AP) -- The top U.S. Postal Service official on Thursday took his case for rural post office closures straight to those it will hurt most, telling residents in Montana's capital and one of its smallest towns that thousands of post offices nationwide must be shuttered to cut costs. Rural residents answered right back, saying cuts should be made elsewhere because their post offices provide a much-needed lifeline.

Energy & Environment

More problems found at San Onofre nuclear power plant
LA Times - In recent months, officials have found unexpected wear on more than 300 tubes that were installed as part of the $671-million replacement of the plant's four steam generators. The new steam generators were installed within the last two years, which made that rate of wear unexpected. What was even more unusual was the type of wear at Unit 3, which has now also been discovered at Unit 2. Nuclear Regulatory Commission officials said the tubes in Unit 3 were vibrating excessively and rubbing against each other. Initially, they said that the wear occurring at Unit 2 appeared to be different.

Quake Outbreak in Central USA Tied to Drilling
Bloomberg - A spate of earthquakes across the middle of the U.S. is “almost certainly” man-made, and may be caused by wastewater from oil or gas drilling injected into the ground, U.S. government scientists said in a study. Researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey said that for the three decades until 2000, seismic events in the nation’s midsection averaged 21 a year. They jumped to 50 in 2009, 87 in 2010 and 134 in 2011.


Chiropractic and diabetes - The connection between blood sugar and the spine
(NaturalNews) The average person may not recognize how diabetes and chiropractic are connected. What does the back have to do with blood sugar?... If the nerve supply from the upper neck or middle back (the two areas that supply the pancreas) are disturbed, pancreatic function suffers; maybe in it's ability to produce enzymes to digest proteins, fats and carbohydrates, or maybe insulin production, or both. Blood sugar and digestion become unbalanced, resulting in either in diabetes or hypoglycemia.

FDA assault on herbal cancer products continues with raid on Missouri distributor
(NaturalNews) At the prompting of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as part of its ongoing war against natural cancer treatments, federal marshals recently seized a number of anti-cancer products from Notions-n-Things, a Bogard, Missouri-based distributor of skin salves and other products. According to an FDA announcement issued on March 29, 2012, more than 1,600 containers of skin salve were seized as part of the bust.

VIDEO: 5 Food-Medicines That Could Possibly Save Your Life
Activist Post - What is even more amazing is that many of these "plant allies" are found growing in our backyards, and often sitting there in our refrigerators and spice racks, neglected and under appreciated. In fact, many of us use these daily, unaware that this is why we don't get sick as often as those who do not incorporate them into their diet. Let's look at a few examples….

It's official: Prescription drugs named in Whitney Houston's autopsy report
(NaturalNews) The Los Angeles County Coroners Office has finally released the official autopsy report for famed singer Whitney Houston, who in February was found dead in a Beverly Hilton Hotel room where she had been staying. And according to the report, Houston was verifiably determined to have muscle relaxers, antidepressants, and other pharmaceutical drugs in her system at the time of her death.

Women's birthing rights advocates stage protest in response to arrest of Indiana midwife
(NaturalNews) Though she has reportedly assisted in the successful delivery of more than 1,700 babies, 400 of which were born in their families' homes, 49-year-old Ireena Keeslar, a former obstetrics nurse-turned-midwife, was recently arrested on charges of practicing midwifery without a license. And at her hearing in LaGrange County, Indiana, on April 9, 2012, more than 100 supporters of all ages came out to protest her incarceration, and take a stand for women's birthing rights.

J&J hit with $1.1 billion Risperdal penalty in Arkansas
(Reuters) - An Arkansas state judge has ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay a $1.1 billion penalty after a jury found the company guilty of using fraudulent tactics to sell its Risperdal anti-psychotic medicine. Arkansas sued the diversified healthcare company, saying it had deceived thousands of doctors in the state by touting the one-time blockbuster medicine as better and safer than rival therapies and marketing it for unapproved uses in children and the elderly.

Science & Technology

This Internet provider pledges to put your privacy first. Always
CNET - Nicholas Merrill is planning to revolutionize online privacy with a concept as simple as it is ingenious: a telecommunications provider designed from its inception to shield its customers from surveillance. Merrill, 39, who previously ran a New York-based Internet provider, told CNET that he's raising funds to launch a national "non-profit telecommunications provider dedicated to privacy, using ubiquitous encryption" that will sell mobile phone service and, for as little as $20 a month, Internet connectivity.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

FDA Limits Usage of Antibiotics in Livestock After Activist Outcry
Activist Post - After serious health campaigning led to a United States judge ordering the FDA to remove approval for antibiotic use on common animal feed products, the FDA is now limiting the usage of antibiotics among the food supply. However, the FDA is not completely revoking approval for the antibiotics, only placing an order for farmers to stop using the drugs solely to help animals grow — what’s more, the farmers are given another 3 years before any real legal action goes into effect.

VIDEO: Haleiwa Farmers' Market given 'notice to vacate'
HawaiiNewsNow - A popular outdoor Sunday event on Oahu's North Shore is in jeopardy after the state issued a notice to vacate to the operators and owners of the Haleiwa Farmers' Market. The market has been an icon in the community since it started back in 2009. Recently, the issue of where the market operates has drawn some controversy. The Department of Transportation says the 2.5 acres of land at the intersection of Kamehameha Highway and J.P. Leong Highway is technically a highway right of way, and is zoned for agricultural use, not for doing business.

Budget Prepping for A Buck
Activist Post - I always recommend that you should purchase the very best you can afford. I suppose this comes from my aversion to shopping. Now lets face it: dollar store items will, for the most part, not have the highest quality goods. That said, if you are on a tight budget, there is nothing wrong in purchasing average-quality items from the dollar store.... The important thing is to start and to do the best you can.... Ready to start shopping? Here is a list to get you started prepping on a budget.

Why the world's most useful plant is illegal
(NaturalNews) It's all about corporate greed and government-control of the population. Hemp - one of the world's most useful plants - has been used to create fuel, paper, clothing, food and natural medicine. So why has the United States (plus other countries) criminalized the production of this valuable commodity? ("Dirty" details below)

How to be an intelligent prepper without breaking the bank
(NaturalNews) Hard times are coming. Just ask your local 'doomsday prepper.' Whether it's a natural disaster, war, the economy, widespread pandemic, genetic engineering, or something yet unforeseen, for the first time in a long time the possibility is very real that we will face something in our lifetimes that changes the world as we know it. So, what could anyone possibly do about any of the gazillion things that could happen in this fragile world we live in?

Humor & Satire

VIDEO: Baby Imitates Dad's Sneezing
Baby Loves to Mimic His Daddy's 'Achoo!', Video: This happy kiddo just can't get enough of his father's fake sneezes & goes from laughing to imitating. When big sis joins in, it's a 'gesundheit' family moment. This father never thought about being a comedian, but that was before he developed his killer "Achoo" bit!

Today in History - Thursday - April 12, 2012
1782 - The British navy won its only naval engagement against the colonists in the American Revolution at the Battle of Saints, off Dominica.
1811 - The first colonists arrived at Cape Disappointment, Washington.
1861 - Fort Sumter was shelled by Confederacy, starting America's Civil War.
1864 - Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest captured Fort Pillow in Tennessee and slaughters the black Union troops there.
1892 - Voters in Lockport, New York, became the first in the U.S. to use voting machines.
1916 - American cavalrymen and Mexican bandit troops clashed at Parrel, Mexico.
1938 - The first U.S. law requiring a medical test for a marriage license was enacted in New York.
1944 - The U.S. Twentieth Air Force was activated to begin the strategic bombing of Japan.
1945 - In New York, the organization of the first eye bank, the Eye Bank for Sight Restoration, was announced.
1945 - U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt died in Warm Spring, GA. He died of a cerebral hemorrhage at the age of 63. Harry Truman became president.
1955 - The University of Michigan Polio Vaccine Evaluation Center announced that the polio vaccine of Dr. Jonas Salk was "safe, effective and potent."
1963 - Police used dogs and cattle prods on peaceful civil rights demonstrators in Birmingham, AL.
1981 - The space shuttle Columbia blasted off from Cape Canaveral, FL, on its first test flight.
1982 - The British Navy began enforcing a blockade around the Falkland Islands.
1982 - Three CBS employees were shot to death in a New York City parking lot.
1983 - Harold Washington was elected the first black mayor of Chicago.
1984 - Astronauts aboard the space shuttle Challenger made the first satellite repair in orbit by returning the Solar Max satellite to space.
1984 - Israeli troops stormed a bus that had been hijacked the previous evening by four Arab terrorists. All the passengers were rescued and 2 of the hijackers were killed.
1985 - U.S. Senator Jake Garn of Utah became the first senator to fly in space as the shuttle Discovery lifted off from Cape Canaveral, FL.
1987 - Texaco filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy after it failed to settle a legal dispute with Pennzoil Co.
1988 - Harvard University won a patent for a genetically altered mouse. It was the first patent for a life form.
1988 - The Chinese government named a new array of younger leaders to ensure economic reform.
1989 - In the U.S.S.R, ration cards were issued for the first time since World War II. The ration was prompted by a sugar shortage.
1993 - NATO began enforcing a no-fly zone over Bosnia and Herzegovina.
2000 - More than 1,500 anti-drug agents raided four cities in Colombia and arrested 46 members of the "most powerful" heroin ring.
2000 - Israel's High Court ordered the release of eight Lebanese detainees that had been held for years without a trial.
2002 - It was announced that the South African version of "Sesame Street" would be introducing a character that was HIV-positive.
2002 - JCPenney Chairman Allen Questrom rang the opening bell to start the business day at the New York Stock Exchange as part of the company's centennial celebrations. James Cash (J.C.) Penney opened his first retail store on April 14, 1902.

World News

Syrian ceasefire deadline arrives – no violence reported
RT - The deadline for Syria’s UN-brokered ceasefire aimed at curtailing the conflict has arrived with no immediate reports of violence. However, doubts have been voiced on the international stage whether the regime and the rebels can keep to the truce. The Syrian government told UN-Arab League Envoy Kofi Annan that regime troops would cease fighting at 03:00 GMT on Thursday morning. UN spokesman Ahmad Fawsi says the Assad regime reserves “the right to respond proportionately to any attacks.”

VIDEO: Panic in Indonesia as 8.6 quake hits off Sumatra
RT - A massive quake off the west coast of Indonesia sent fears across the country, prompting residents in coastal cities to rush to higher ground.... Chaos reigned in streets as many towns along the coast line.... A strong 8.2 aftershock nearly three hours later sparked a new wave of panic. Electricity and telephone lines were down in several areas. Even more people fled the coast after the government issued a fresh tsunami warning.

Strong 7.0 quake hits Mexico, no major damage seen
(Reuters) April 11, 2012 - A strong earthquake hit Mexico on Wednesday, shaking buildings in the capital and sending people rushing out of offices onto the streets, though there were no early reports of major damage.

Earthquakes shake Gulf of California
CNN April 12, 2012 - A pair of strong earthquakes rocked Mexico's Gulf of California only minutes apart early Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.
The quakes -- magnitude 6.9 and 6.2 -- were centered about 85 miles northeast of Guerrero Negro in the Mexican state of Baja California, or 325 miles south-southwest of Phoenix in the United States. Both epicenters were shallow, a little more than six miles underground.

YouTube: 4/12/2012 -- TWO LARGE QUAKES = 6.9M and 6.2M strike southern California / Baja Mexico
dutchsinse April 12, 2012.

Russia Is Massing Troops On Iran's Northern Border And Waiting For A Western Attack
Business Insider - The Russian military anticipates that an attack will occur on Iran by the summer and has developed an action plan to move Russian troops through neighboring Georgia to stage in Armenia, which borders on the Islamic republic, according to informed Russian sources.

No Interest in Peace: U.S. Dismisses Syria’s Demand for Written Guarantees From Armed Rebels
Intel Hub - Bashar al-Assad, Syrian President, asked over the weekend for written guarantees from the armed rebel groups assuring that they would lay down their arms and cease fire. Unsurprisingly, Victoria Nuland, spokesperson for the United States State Department, rejected the wholly rational demand, claiming that it was just another attempt by the Syrian government to buy time. This is yet another example of the United States fueling the conflict in Syria.

Palestinians to mount renewed statehood bid at UN
Telegraph - After months of drift following his initial approach to the UN Security Council last September, Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority, said he was willing to risk American ire by once again placing the statehood issue in the international arena. Mr Abbas is to send a long-promised letter to Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, next week setting out Palestinian demands for resuming peace talks, which have been frozen since September, 2010.

Philippine warship 'in stand-off' with Chinese vessels
BBC - The Philippines said its warship tried to arrest Chinese fishermen anchored at the Scarborough Shoal, but was blocked by the two surveillance boats. Both countries dispute the ownership of the shoal, which lies off the Philippines' northwestern coast. The Philippine government said it would "assert sovereignty" over the area.

The Real Cost of the Australian Carbon Tax
Activist Post - The Salvation Army, one of Australia’s largest charitable organizations, has revealed that a carbon tax will cost them an additional $3.5 million dollars and that this could impact on the services they provide to about 300,000 people a year of which includes emergency accommodation and drug and alcohol counseling. make matters even worse for charitable organizations and ordinary Australians, electricity companies are refusing to tell struggling families and businesses exactly how much the carbon tax will add to their power bills.

Royal Canadian Mint to create digital currency - Less than a week after the government announced the penny’s impending death, the Mint quietly unveiled its digital currency called MintChip. Still in the research and development phase, MintChip will ultimately let people pay each other directly using smartphones, USB sticks, computers, tablets and clouds. The digital currency will be anonymous and good for small transactions — just like cash, the Mint says.

Flamenco flashmob inside a bank in Sevilla, Spain to protest against the finacial system.

Explosive: Monsanto ‘Knowingly Poisoned Workers’ Causing Devastating Birth Defects
Natural Society - In a developing news piece just unleashed by a courthouse news wire, Monsanto is being brought to court by dozens of Argentinean tobacco farmers who say that the biotech giant knowingly poisoned them with herbicides and pesticides and subsequently caused “devastating birth defects” in their children. The farmers are now suing not only Monsanto on behalf of their children, but many big tobacco giants as well.

WHO: Dementia cases worldwide will triple by 2050
GENEVA (AP) -- Cases of dementia - and the heavy social and financial burdens associated with them - are set to soar in the coming decades as life expectancy and medical care improve in poorer countries, the World Health Organization says. Some 35.6 million people were living with dementia in 2010, but that figure is set to double to 65.7 million by 2030, the U.N. health agency said Wednesday. In 2050, it expects dementia cases to triple to 115.4 million.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Zimmerman Charged With 2nd Degree Murder
MIAMI (CBSMiami) - George Zimmerman arrived at the Seminole County jail Wednesday night after being charged with second-degree murder for the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. He faces an appearance in bond court Thursday at which time prosecutors will ask that be held without bond until his trial. Related article/video here.

Michael Bloomberg on Florida: ‘License to murder’
The so-called Stand Your Ground self-defense laws in Florida and some other states amount to “a license to murder” and an excuse for “vigilante justice,” New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg charged Wednesday. “The laws are not the kind of laws a civilized society should have and the [National Rifle Association] should be ashamed of themselves,” Bloomberg, a leading gun-control advocate, said at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. “This has nothing to do with gun-owners’ rights. This has nothing to do with the Second Amendment.”

VIDEO: Green Police? DHS Launches ‘Environmental Justice’ Units
Paul Joseph Watson - In its Environmental Justice Strategy document, the DHS says the idea is to “include environmental justice practices in our larger mission efforts involving federal law enforcement and emergency response activities” and to incorporate environmental justice in “securing the homeland”. The DHS sees its role in promoting “environmental justice” as not just limited to overseeing reviews of its own operations, but also “through regulatory permitting activities” in conjunction with state, local and tribal governments.

VIDEO: Impeach Obama 2012. Join the National Campaign - Now is the time to put an end to Obama’s treasonous and tyrannical behavior.

Cindy Sheehan vs. The Empire
One of my many protest actions is to not pay my income taxes which mostly go for war and other police state tyrannies. Now, the Empire is Striking Back as my hearing date to force me to provide information to the IRS against my 5th amendment right to not incriminate myself, is rapidly approaching. I need all the support I can muster because The Empire is a formidable foe--yet the worst it can do to me is imprison me--my son, and millions of others, have had their lives stolen from them in the Empire's lust for blood.

Army Stockpiles Anti-Radiation Pills To Protect Against Fukushima Fallout
Paul Joseph Watson - According to a solicitation on the website, the DLA is looking to finalize the purchase of almost $400,000 dollars worth of potassium iodide pills... The solicitation specifies the need to “ensure that critical operational forces are protected in the event of nuclear fallout,” as the reason behind the purchase, adding that, “The recent earthquake in Japan in March of 2011 and the resultant nuclear crisis has renewed interest in this item.”

Obama White House Pays Women Less Than Men, Records Show
Free Beacon - According to the 2011 annual report on White House staff, female employees earned a median annual salary of $60,000, which was about 18 percent less than the median salary for male employees ($71,000).,,, The Obama campaign on Wednesday lashed out at presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney for his failure to immediately endorse the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act, a controversial law enacted in 2009 that made it easier to file discrimination lawsuits. President Obama has frequently criticized the gender pay gap, such as the one that exists in White House.

Tennessee opens door to creationism in schools
Raw Story - A law to allow public school teachers to challenge the scientific consensus on issues like climate change and evolution will soon take effect in Tennessee. The measure allows teachers to “help students understand, analyze, critique and review in an objective manner the scientific strengths and scientific weaknesses of existing scientific theories covered in the course being taught.”

Home of America's cruelest prisons: Arizona
Press TV - Of all the places to commit a crime, you may want to avoid Arizona. Amnesty International released a report blasting the state's "cruel isolation" practices. It claims that Arizona's state prisons overuse solitary confinement, with prisoners spending as long as 15 years alone in a windowless cell for 22 to 24 hours a day.

2012 Election News

VIDEO: Ron Paul Wednesday at Fort Worth & Thursday Live Stream at San Antonio
Daily Paul April 11, 2012 - We’re covering these packed houses and public squares for Ron Paul like we did for the original Ron Paul LIVE! Broadcast from Texas A & M in College Station, Texas.

St. Charles, MO County Caucus - Wrap up
Daily Paul April 11.2011 - As all of you know we had a great night last night. I thought I would take a few minutes to give a quick overview of what happened and what we did to make it happen.

YouTube: MSNBC (Morning Joe) - Ron Paul has won a lot of Delegates
MSNBC Apr 11, 2012.

A guide to Ron Paul's money map
Politico - Like his presidential rivals, he taps his home state of Texas for a good portion of his cash. But for the most part, he gets his contributions from locales that are off the beaten fund-raising path. That’s the beauty of his small-dollar funders, who are spread across the nation but managed to deliver $16.1 million to Paul so far this cycle. Forget about fancy New York City events for the Texas congressman — his campaign is fueled by online ‘moneybombs’ and runs on Internet contributions. It’s rooted in a mindset, rather than a metro area.

How Romney may try to pull Paul into the fold
Politico -Romney officials will have to spend some time and money in the next months minding state Republican conventions to ensure that the actual delegates elected to be on the floor in Tampa are truly loyal to him. “You don’t want to have closet Ron Paul delegates there,” Donatelli said. “We had to spend at least a half-million dollars after John McCain was the presumptive candidate on state convention stuff just to make sure real McCain people were elected as delegates.”

Flashback: Ron Paul Wins Precinct 60% To Romney 40%
Daily Paul - Remember Virginia only had Dr. Paul and Mitt Romney on the ballot due to the other guys not submitting the qualifying signatures with the State Election officials. Well Romney won the beauty show 60/ 40%. However in Lynchburg Ron Paul won 51/49% and sweeter still- Lynchburg's newly created voting precinct on the campus of Liberty University voted for Ron Paul 60/40%, just the opposite of the state.

YouTube: 3,000+ Pack Texas A&M for Ron Paul Rally!
Apr 10, 2012.`

YouTube: MSNBC's Dylan Ratigan talks about Ron Paul Gold Standard
April 10, 2012 - MSNBC's Dylan Ratigan and the show's mega panel to talk about the Ron Paul-supported push to bring the U.S. back to the gold standard. Could the gold standard stimulate the economy?

Veteran News

VIDEO: 7800 US Veterans are suing the CIA for implanting radio control devices in their brains at US Army Edgewood Arsenal in Maryland - Russia Today interviews Dr. Colin A Ross, founder and President of the Colin A Ross Institute for Psychological Trauma... 7800 Veterans experimented on at US Army Edgewood Arsenal in Maryland with biologicals and nano implants. "A group of military veterans in California are suing the CIA over allegedly implanting remote control devices in their brains."

Occupy Wall Street Protest

VIDEO: Singing Occupella: 99% vocalize their demands in San Francisco
RT - Occupy activists have taken on a new peaceful method of promoting their cause: music. The Occupella group has organized numerous public events throughout the Bay Area, with guitars and voices as their main weapons of persuasion.

YouTube: Occupy Wall Street revival?
RT - The Occupy Wall Street movement has vowed to amp up its presence this spring. According to reports, approximately 100,000 activists will be assisted by difference organizations to become better more effective protesters. The series of training sessions is believed to revive the movement. J.A. Myerson, investigative journalist, joins us for the latest on OWS.


U.S. Tax Code now 4 times as long as Shakespeare's complete works
Smart Money - The instruction booklet for the 1040 now runs to 189 pages. No kidding. Seventy-five years ago, says the NTU, it was two pages. The U.S. tax code is insane and out of control. It's tripled in a decade. It now runs to 3.8 million words. To put that in context, William Shakespeare only needed 900,000 words to say everything he had to say. Hamlet. Othello. The history plays. The sonnets. The whole shebang. But the IRS needs four times as many words? Really?

Does Obama’s Jobs Act pave the way for Wall Street scams?
RT - After months of touting it around the country as the be-all-end-all to America’s economic woes, President Obama’s Jobs Act is officially on the books. Is the legislation likely to save the country? Some skeptics don’t think so.... In an article for CNet... Rafe Needleman writes that while the positive aspects are definitely there, the legislation does indeed set scammers up to have a field day. And while Obama and his big-money pals, such as AOL co-founder Steve Case, say the act will be a godsend to small businesses, CNet warns that “startup CEOs could lose everything” thanks to the new rules.

VIDEO: Federal employees got bonuses for planning agency's lavish 2010 event, investigation reveals
Fox News - Awarding bonuses for wasting taxpayer dollars? That appears to be incentive offered by the federal agency under fire for spending lavishly on a 2010 conference held near Las Vegas. The latest details from an inspector general report on the conference reveal 50 employees were given cash awards of $500 and $1,000 for their work arranging the now-infamous conference. Related article/video on GSA latest trip to Hawaii here.

Energy & Environment

Magnitude 5.9 quake hits off coast of Oregon: USGS
(Reuters) - A magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck off the coast of Oregon on Wednesday and was followed a minute later by a smaller quake off the coast of central California, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said the quakes were unlikely to trigger a tsunami. The Oregon quake was initially reported as a magnitude 6.2 and the California one as a 5.3. Both were later downgraded.

YouTube: 4/11/2012 -- 3 to 4 FEET OF HAIL in Texas = Severe weather INSANE OUTBREAK
dutchsinse - I've never seen ANYTHING like this. Have severe weather, and earthquake plans ready --- for days like these !


Battlefield acupuncture offers a safer, more effective alternative to dangerous painkiller drugs for soldiers
(NaturalNews) Psychiatric drugs and painkillers are now being routinely used across the U.S. military, where violent suicides have skyrocketed to levels never before seen in history. In the military today, soldiers who suffer TBIs -- Traumatic Brain Injuries -- frequently receive treatment with mind-altering psychiatric drugs that have known side effects of promoting violence. An astonishing 200,000 soldiers have already been diagnosed with this condition.

Baked goods sold in USA contain potassium bromate, a carcinogen banned in Europe but allowed in the US due to chemical loophole
(NaturalNews) Potassium bromate is so widely accepted as a carcinogen that it has been banned in the European Union, Canada and even in China. U.S. law only allows the chemical to be used as an ingredient in food because it was first approved by the FDA back in 1958, before modern anti-cancer legislation went into effect. The fact that the ingredient has actually received FDA approval makes it much more difficult for it to be subsequently banned.

VIDEO: Watch an Old Man in a Nursing Home Get Excited When He Hears Music from His Era - An old man in a nursing home is described as being depressed, unresponsive and 'un-alive' until he hears music from his era. When his caretaker puts the headphones on him and flips on the iPod, you can see the pure joy on his face. So awesome.

Homeopathic prevention and treatment for whooping cough - 7 common remedies that work
(NaturalNews) Whooping cough is a bacterial infection of the upper respiratory tract, primarily effecting both vaccinated and unvaccinated children. It's highly contagious, and adult whooping cough is not uncommon.... There are many homeopathic remedies that can prevent and treat whooping cough symptoms. The best remedy for you or your child should be chosen by an experienced homeopath based on individual symptoms.

The anti-inflammatory power of red onions
(NaturalNews) Onions are one of the most popular vegetables worldwide. While most children dislike their pungent and bitey flavor, most adults embrace and use them regularly. Red onions contain twice as many anti-oxidants as any other form of onion, making them a powerful part of an anti-inflammatory diet and lifestyle.

Berries enhance brain signaling to prevent neurodegeneration and cognitive decline
(NaturalNews) Berry fruits including blueberries, blackberries and strawberries are not only refreshing and tasty, but they also provide a wide variety of phytonutrients that cross the blood-brain barrier to enhance neural communications and prevent oxidation and inflammation. This has beneficial effects on the brain and may help prevent age-related memory loss and other changes that alter behavior and cause normal thought processes to run askew.

Glutamate Overload Is Slowly Destroying The Minds Of Our Children - We are saturated with glutamate. It's everywhere. It's in vaccines, medicine, foods, spices, household stain removers and elsewhere. It's extremely dangerous for aging brains and very young brains. Yet, we are exposed to dangerous "free glutamate" everywhere we go and it is slowly but surely destroying the minds of younger generations.

Research: Some Cancer Diagnoses Kill Quicker Than The Cancer - Published in the New England Journal of Medicine this month, researchers looked at data on more than 6 million determine how the psychological toll of cancer diagnosis impacts the risk for death. ...the risk of suicide was found to be 12 times higher and the risk of heart-related death 6 times higher during the first week following diagnosis versus those who were cancer free. ...a doctor’s negative attitudes and beliefs surrounding a diagnosis may infect the patient with despair and hopelessness, two psychospiritual states at the very root of dis-ease.

Doctors routinely order needless tests and procedures
(NaturalNews) Do you ever go to the doctor and feel their poking and prodding is just a little over the top? Patients often wonder if they really need to be bombarded with a slew of tests at the doctor's office, and a panel of medical professionals says they are absolutely right: many tests are unnecessary and may actually put you at risk.

The Neurological Poison So Common Your Doctor Probably Pushes It
Dr. Mercola - Vaccination is an atypical manipulation of the immune system that stimulates an artificial, temporary immunity and can also involve an atypical inflammatory response that leads to permanent immune and brain dysfunction. When an antigen is injected directly into your body through a vaccine, and especially when combined with an immune-stimulating adjuvant, your IgA immune system (the one found in your mucous membranes, meant to fight off pathogens that are inhaled or eaten) is bypassed and your body's adaptive immune system kicks into high gear in response to the vaccination.

'Universal' vaccine that could beat 90 per cent of cancers is tested on humans for first time
Daily Mail - Researchers from the drug company Vaxil Biotheraputics and Tel Aviv University have focused on a protein called MUC1 that is made in bigger amounts in cancerous cells than in healthy ones. Not only is there more of it, but a sugar that it is ‘decorated’ with has a distinctive shape. The vaccine ‘trains’ the immune system to recognize the rogue sugar and turn its arsenal against the cancer. The misshaped MUC1 sugar is found in 90 per cent of all cancers. There have been ‘dramatic’ results in tests on mice with breast tumours.... If all goes well, the vaccine – called ImMucin – could be on the market by 2020.

Discover a common hidden cause of eczema
(NaturalNews) Each person usually has different triggers that can make the condition worse including certain soaps, detergents, heavy sweating, stress, clothing and jewelry. If you can identify what triggers affect you, avoiding these is common sense. Many people affected by eczema also have asthma, allergies and/or hay fever. Simply treating the symptoms without looking for the underlying problem(s) will only give temporary relief at most and many times can make the condition worse over time.

Science & Technology

50 Top Astronauts, Scientists Sign Letter Slamming NASA For Promoting Man-Made Climate Change Dogma
NoTricksZone - Eventually the sham is going to give, and the latest letter signed by 50 NASA experts, with more than 1000 years of combined professional experience, is a sure sign the gig’s about over. "…..unproven remarks…..not substantiated…..hundreds of well-known climate scientists…..tens of thousands of other scientists publicly declaring their disbelief… is NOT settled…..unbecoming of NASA’s history…..advocacy of an extreme position…..damage to the exemplary reputation of NASA…..even the reputation of science itself…”

Cellphone Radiation Detector App Banned by Apple
Natural Society - Although many individuals think nothing of radiation emitted by cell phones, or even believe it to be true, there is a large amount of evidence showing how damaging cell phone use can actually be. In response to the released information and growing fear of cell phone radiation, a company has ironically released a mobile app which reportedly measures radiation levels emitted by smart phones.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

EPA approves 'Agent Orange' pesticide
RT - The Environmental Protection Agency has refused a petition that aimed to ban the sale of a powerful pesticide linked with cancer — and while already available, a surge in sales is expected as scientists ready a new crop resistant to the chemical. Not only has the EPA rejected a petition that sought to prohibit the domestic sale of the dangerous 2,4-D pesticide — a key ingredient in Agent Orange — but the main manufacturer of the chemical predicts that sales will skyrocket in the coming months. The reason, it would seem, is that Dow Chemicals is awaiting federal approval of a genetically engineered crop they’ve created that will be resistant to 2,4-D.

Score one for the chickens - a small victory in Johnson City, Tennessee
(NaturalNews) Score one for freedom and grassroots activism. Johnson City, Tennessee commissioners voted 3-2 to amend their current zoning ordinance and allow chickens to be kept as 'pets' in residential areas. This reversed a 2010 decision, when officials first considered allowing chickens but decided against it.

You Know You're a Modern Homesteader When ...
Mother Earth News - If you've been on this rural living or modern homesteading journey for decades, or are just starting out, how do you know when you've "arrived"? Read one blogger's assorted responses from a Facebook callout.

Humor & Satire

VIDEO: One cool cat brrrrrrglar
This is why there's a safety lock on our freezer door. Oscar learned to do this on his own. A 2nd video is up as well, Oscar opening closed doors too! Photos found here.

Today in History - Wednesday - April 11, 2012
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.
1803 - A twin-screw propeller steamboat was patented by John Stevens.
1814 - Napoleon was forced to abdicate his throne. The allied European nations had marched into Paris on March 30, 1814. He was banished to the island of Elba.
1895 - Anaheim, CA, completed its new electric light system.
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.
1921 - The first live sports event on radio took place this day on KDKA Radio. The event was a boxing match between Johnny Ray and Johnny Dundee.
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.
1986 - Kellogg's stopped giving tours of its breakfast-food plant. The reason for the end of the 80-year tradition was said to be that company secrets were at risk due to spies from other cereal companies.
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.
2007 - Apple announced that the iTunes Store had sold more than two million movies.

World News

Iran to offer new proposals at nuclear talks says report
(Reuters) - Iran will put forward new proposals during talks with world powers on Saturday that are aimed at reaching an agreement over its nuclear program, Iranian state television reported on Wednesday.

Syrian military on offensive before truce deadline (Reuters) - Syria has assured the United Nations it will respect a ceasefire with rebels due to take effect in less than 24 hours, peace envoy Kofi Annan said on Wednesday, but President Bashar al-Assad's forces kept up attacks in several cities.

U.S. jets scrambled over Korean Air bomb threat
US fighter planes escorted a Korean Air jet carrying 146 passengers and crew to a Canadian military base due to a bomb threat against the flight, officials and the airline said Wednesday. Korean Air flight 72 from Vancouver bound for Seoul was diverted to the Comox base on Vancouver Island on Tuesday after an anonymous caller said a bomb had been planted on the plane, the South Korean flag carrier said.

US aid to Israel equals $5mn a day for 64yrs
Press TV - Since 1948, over a period of 64 years (including the 2013 budget request), the U.S. has given Israel more than $115 billion in military and foreign aid, which averages out to about $4.9 million a day. American and Israeli officials are currently negotiating a new aid deal that would provide more money for a new missile defense program, Iron Dome. Previous funding requests approved $205 million for the project, and Israel is trying to secure at least that much if not more for future years.

VIDEO: Leaked Video Shows US Contractors Randomly Killing Civilians
Alexander Higgins - Employees of the US military contracting group Academi (formerly Xe, Blackwater USA and Blackwater Worldwide) are seen in new leaked video shooting their machine guns at random while driving through the streets of Baghdad, crashing into other cars and even running over a pedestrian without hesitation. Academi received a $250 million contract by the Obama administration to provide military services in Afghanistan.

Britain Prepares to Fight Civil Disobedience with Chemical Weapons
The Guardian - Future riots could be quelled by projectiles containing chemical irritants fired by police using new weapons that are now in the final stages of development. The Discriminating Irritant Projectile (Dip) has been under development by the Home Office's centre for applied science and technology (Cast) as a potential replacement for plastic bullets.

Magnitude 8.6 Off the West Coast of Northern Sumatra
April 11, 2012 - No tsunami watch, warning, or advisory in effect.

Iran says it captured Israel-backed 'terrorist team'
Washington Post - Iranian security forces have arrested an Israeli-backed “terrorist team” that was planning attacks inside Iran, the Intelligence Ministry announced Tuesday, four days before crucial nuclear talks with world powers.... Like previous Iranian reports on arrests of spies and terrorists, Tuesday’s claim could not be independently verified. It comes as Iran and world powers prepare to meet Saturday in Istanbul for their first nuclear negotiations in more than 13 months.

Iran Escalates Again, Cuts Off Oil Shipments To Spain
Zero Hedge - Those hoping for a quick and painless resolution to the Iranian question may have just seen their hopes dashed, following the breaking news from Iranian Press TV, according to which not only is Iran not seeking to appease its Western counterparts, but is, in fact escalating. From Press TV: "Tehran has cut oil supply to Spain after stopping crude export to Greece as part of its countersanctions, unnamed sources confirmed on Tuesday. Tehran also mulls cutting oil supply to Germany and Italy."

Iran says it can withstand oil embargo for '2 to 3 years'
Telegraph - Negotiations between Iran and the leading western powers, plus Russia and China, are due to take place in Istanbul on Saturday. On the eve of these talks – the first for over a year – Mr Ahmadinejad gave a defiant speech claiming that the central measure taken to increase the pressure on Iran's economy would have no effect.

VIDEO: Keeping China at bay: UK, Japan strike arms deal
RT - Japan and Britain have agreed to an unprecedented arms deal - Tokyo’s first such arrangement with a country other than the US. Amid fears of Western expansion in Asia Pacific, some analysts say the region will welcome a counterbalance to Chinese power.

YouTube: Turkey talks tough as Syrian violence boils over border
RT - Turkey says it's considering a tough response following skirmishes between Syrian forces and rebels across its border. Peace envoy Kofi Annan is now in Turkey visiting camps of refugees who fled for safety. And Syria's foreign minister has been visiting Moscow to discuss the realities of implementing a UN peace plan as the deadline passes. RT's Peter Oliver and Sara Firth report.

WikiLeaks: Kony 2012 creators spied for Uganda
RT - The Invisible Children NGO, most famous for its Kony 2012 online video, helped the Ugandan government arrest a former child soldier and backed an operation that killed more civilians than militants, cables published by Wikileaks reveal.

Iceland volcano: and you thought the last eruption was bad…
London Telegraph - This month marks the second anniversary of the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull that left millions stranded across Europe, and cost airlines an estimated €150 million a day for six days. But alarmingly, there are signs of high activity beneath the much larger, neighbouring Katla caldera in Iceland – a possible sign of an impending eruption. This should prompt extensive high-level contingency planning across Europe, as Katla has the potential to be much more damaging than Eyjafjallajökull.

Fukushima will start burning radioactive debris containing up to 100,000 becquerels of radioactive cesium per kilogram
Washington’s Blog -Mainichi reports that the radioactive debris will be burned… through at least March 2014. Burning radioactive debris does not destroy the radioactivity. It merely spreads it. Gundersen says that radioactivity from the burnt debris will end up not only in neighboring prefectures, but in Hawaii, British Columbia, Oregon, Washington and California. Gundersen said that burning radioactive debris is basically re-creating the Fukushima disaster all over again, as it is releasing a huge amount of radioactivity which had settled on the ground back into the air.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Prosecutor plans announcement as Zimmerman legal team quits
ABC News - A special prosecutor promised "new information regarding the Trayvon Martin shooting death investigation" within 72 hours, prompting speculation that the alleged shooter, George Zimmerman, could be charged. But news the prosecutor, State Attorney Angela Corey, would soon hold a news conference came just hours after Zimmerman's lawyers said they would no longer represent him. Corey has said she will not present the case to a grand jury, meaning she will decide herself whether to press charges against Zimmerman in the shooting.

RACE WAR DISINFO: Hate Speech Not an Issue April 11, 2012 - Infowars Reporter Patrick Henningsen discusses his article ‘Infowars source confirms: Zimmerman will not be arrested, nor prosecuted for homicide’.

US Army Preparing for Martial Law Scenario in US? Civil Disturbance and Mock Riot Drills In Washington
Intel Hub - A new release by the website Public Intelligence, once again confirms that as recently as February and March of 2012, US troops at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington were conducting training scenarios for a civil disturbance domestic quick reaction force. A series of photos of the drills shows US troops with crowd control riot shields on the opposite side of actors portraying what can only be described as American citizens.

VIDEO: Mars Attacks: Military Prof Says Pentagon Has Plan to Fight Aliens
Kurt Nimmo - Enter the alien threat. The scheme was pushed over the Easter holiday on Australian television by Professor Paul Springer from the U.S. Air Command and Staff College. During an interview, Springer said the government and the Pentagon have plans for an alien invasion.

Trayvon Martin: Disinformation, fake reporting fuelling the illusion of an ‘American Race War’
Patrick Henningsen - On Saturday April 7th, journalist Michael Miller’s Miami New Times blog clumsily ran with a report entitled,“Armed Neo-Nazis Now Patrolling Sanford, Say They Are “Prepared” for Post-Trayvon Martin”. The Miami New Times report claims that National Socialist Movement’s mascot, Jeff Schoep, dubbed “The Hollywood Nazi” because of his adherence to TV stereotypes, is leading armed Neo-Nazi patrols of Sanford, Florida to protect white residents from black violence. But there’s only one problem – it isn’t actually happening.

Zimmerman's lawyers withdraw from shooting case
Miami Herald - The Trayvon Martin case took a bizarre turn Tuesday when George Zimmerman's attorneys said they were dropping the neighborhood watch captain as a client, complaining that they have lost all contact with him and that he called the prosecutor and talked to a TV host after they told him not to speak to anyone.

VIDEO: TSA Whistleblower: Body Scanners Routinely Fail
Paul Joseph Watson - A TSA screener has lifted to lid to reveal how the federal agency’s $1 billion dollar plus fleet of body scanners is completely useless in that the machines routinely fail to pick up prohibited items such as knives, guns and powder designed to resemble explosive material.

Best Buy Scans Customer's ID, Tells Him He's Returned Too Many Items
Consumerist - In early 2011, Best Buy began requiring a photo ID with all product returns, even if you had the receipt. As we noted at the time, it wasn't just to make sure that you were the person who made the purchase; it was also intended to identify people who had a history of returning items.... According to the Hartford Courant, an area man recently attempted to exchange a defective DVD he'd bought at Best Buy only a few days earlier. But when a store employee swiped his ID, he was told that this return would be his last for 90 days.

2012 Election News

VIDEO: Paul WINS in St. Charles-Full Vid of Paul Speech Here Soon-More Vid/Pics
Daily Paul April 10, 2012.

Ron Paul Attracts 3,000-plus Voters to Texas A&M Event
2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul attracted a remarkable 3,000-plus supporters and undecided voters to his Texas A&M town hall meeting tonight. It was the first of three events showcasing Dr. Paul’s characteristic large crowds that the Congressman is holding in his home state this week. Event organizers noted that the university speaking venue was filled to capacity, necessitating an additional 500-plus to watch the speech via live feed in the lobby.

Ron Paul Campaign Statement on Rick Santorum Withdrawal*
The Ron Paul 2012 Presidential campaign released the following statement concerning Rick Santorum’s decision to end his bid for the Republican nomination for the presidency. Below please find brief comments from National Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton: “Congratulations to Senator Santorum on running such a spirited campaign. Dr. Paul is now the last – and real – conservative alternative to Mitt Romney. We plan to continue running hard, secure delegates, and press the fight for limited, constitutional government in Tampa.”

VIDEO: Ron Paul talks Santorum, Texas winner-take-all in KVUE exclusive
One of just three candidates remaining in the race for the GOP presidential nomination, Rep. Ron Paul's arrival in Texas came just hours after fellow candidate Rick Santorum's announcement that the former senator from Pennsylvania was suspending his campaign. "I imagine a lot of people were surprised, but in thinking about it there's not a lot I'll change," Paul told KVUE Tuesday. "I think the other two will continue to advocate more government, so I would guess it's going to help me but only time will tell."

Two-Gun Texans Need to See This! GOA Gives Ron Paul: A+ Mitt Romney: D-
Daily Paul - Ron Paul calls Gun Owners of America "The only no-compromise gun lobby in America." GOA displays this quote at the top of their website. Mitt Romney will not even return GOA's questionnaire--after THREE requests.

YouTube: Witness the Power of an Idea: Ron Paul Massive Rallies 2012. You will not see this on television
Money Bomb on April 15!

VIDEO: Reality Check: What Happens To Santorum’s Delegates?

The fate of Rick Santorum's delegates
ABC estimates that 78 Santorum delegates, from his wins in states that don't "award" their delegates - Iowa, Colorado, Minnesota, and North Dakota, would have been free to support any candidate at the Republican National Convention in Tampa.

YouTube: New Ron Paul 2012 Campaign Ad: Vote Texas
‘Vote Texas’ affirms Paul’s distinction as sole Texan seeking nomination and scoffs at notion that Texas voters will view his rivals as conservative... read more here.

Get Ready! Worldwide Ron Paul Sign Day *The Night of APRIL 14th*
Daily Paul - On April 14th after the sun sets, all Ron Paul supporters worldwide will go out into the night and set up as much Ron Paul flashy swag as they can--in the most audacious spots in town. Then when the world awakes, the day that your pointless income taxes were due, they will see the answer to their inner anguish and incomprehensible demoralization at having to be robbed everyday they work. The morning of the 15th go out and take pictures of thy awesome spectacle and post these on social media all over the cyber world.

Santorum drops out of race!
Daily Paul April 10, 2012 - Another one out. Reportedly based on campaign information that he could not win Pennsylvania, although the official campaign talking point is speculated by some to be on the basis of his ailing daughter. Inside sources say the former Senator is expected to endorse Mitt Romney. A senior source in the Mitt Romney campaign confirming that the Romney received a call from Santorum today. Santorum reportedly states that he intends to play an active part in the GOP National Convention. The Santorum campaign has debt just under $1 million and reported $2.5 million cash on hand Related article/video here.

Rolly: Newt Gingrich stiffs Utah
Salt Lake Tribune - Utah Elections Director Mark Thomas said a designated agent for the Gingrich campaign brought the filing papers and a check for $500 in March, but the state was notified by the bank that the check had bounced. He said the office has tried to contact the Gingrich campaign through the telephone number and email provided on the application, but has not received a response. Recently, the state sent a certified letter to the campaign, stating that if the fee isn’t paid by April 20, Gingrich will be disqualified and will not be on the ballot.

Veteran News

An American soldier killed in Afghanistan every day in April - So far in April, nine American service members have made the ultimate sacrifice in Afghanistan while upholding the patriotic pledge that millions of schoolchildren recite each morning.


Death and Taxes Collide as Fatal Crashes Mount on IRS Filing Day
Bloomberg - Deaths from traffic accidents around April 15, traditionally the last day to file individual income taxes in the U.S., rose 6 percent on average on each of the last 30 years of tax filing days compared with a day during the week prior and a week later, according to research published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association.... The findings suggest stress, lack of sleep, alcohol use and less tolerance to other drivers on tax deadline day may contribute to an increase in deaths on the road, Redelmeier said.

Taxpayers could be on hook for car wash bought by congressman
The Hill - Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.), who is facing a lawsuit for failing to pay down a 2002 Bank of America loan that he used to buy a car a good chunk of the $1.5 million he owes paid off by taxpayers.

VIDEO: $1.00/Gallon Gas Causes Rush On Pasadena,Texas Filling Station
Consumerist - When an online retailer makes a pricing error, it usually has a chance to cancel orders before they ship. But when a gas station accidentally sells fuel for nearly 75% off the retail price, oodles of drivers will line up to fill up before someone fixes the mistake.... According to KTRK-TV, news of the discount fuel got out quickly and was even being spread among local folks on Facebook. A clerk at the store told reporters that the station actually ran out of gas.

Housing Market

Wells Fargo Slapped With $3.1 Million Fine For 'Reprehensible' Handling Of One Mortgage
Huffington Post - In a scathing opinion issued last week, Elizabeth Magner, a federal bankruptcy judge in the Eastern District of Louisiana, characterized as "highly reprehensible" Wells Fargo's behavior over more than five years of litigation with a single homeowner and ordered the bank to pay the New Orleans man a whopping $3.1 million in punitive damages, one of the biggest fines ever for mortgage servicing misconduct.

Energy & Environment

East Coast wildfires whipped up by winds
(Reuters) - Raging wildfires fueled by strong winds scorched thousands of acres (hundreds of hectares) in New Jersey and on New York's Long Island on Tuesday as firefighters scrambled aircraft to contain the blazes.

California Declares War On Family Homes to ‘Save the Planet’
Paul Joseph Watson - In some areas of Los Angeles County and five other Southern California counties, 30 housing units per acre are being mandated, all under the auspices of laws passed in the name of cutting car use and limiting CO2 emissions, including the 2006 Global Warming Solutions Act and the 2008 Sustainable Communities and Climate Protection Act.... Transportation consultant Wendell Cox told the WSJ that the whole process represented an effort to make the construction of detached houses “illegal”. This is all part of the United Nations’ Agenda 21 project...

Coal exports surge to highest level since 1991
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- U.S. coal exports reached their highest level in two decades last year as strong demand from Asia and Europe offered an outlet for a fuel that is falling from favor at home. U.S. Department of Energy data analyzed by The Associated Press reveal that coal exports topped 107 million tons of fuel worth almost $16 billion in 2011. That's the highest level since 1991, and more than double the export volume from 2006.


It's trendy to have cancer: Barbie to roll out 'cancer doll' with bald head, chemo side effects
(NaturalNews) A Facebook petition signed by more than 157,000 people has prompted the Mattel company to create a new Barbie doll in the likeness of a cancer victim. According to, the bald-headed doll, which will be dubbed "a friend of Barbie," is set to be released in 2013, and will come with an assortment of head dressings and clothing commonly worn by real-life female cancer victims.

Drug babies before vaccinating them, doctors demand
(NaturalNews) A recent study published in the journal Pediatrics suggests that giving eight-week-old babies several doses of acetaminophen (Tylenol) before and after the barrage of recommended childhood vaccines they typically receive will help them to sleep better, and improve vaccine efficacy. And because many doctors believe that sleeping after vaccinations is a positive sign that vaccines are supposedly "working," this dangerous protocol could become common practice among pediatric doctors when administering childhood vaccines.

Top 10 herbs and spices for strengthening your immune system
(NaturalNews) Of the many systems working within the human body, the immune system is an excellent example of complex efficiency. A network of participating cells and organs, it synchronizes its responses when defending the body from infection and disease.

VIDEO: Ron Paul admits in speech to public that the FDA And Big Pharma 'are in bed together' - Ron Paul knows the truth and admits it for all to hear: "The FDA and the drug companies are in bed together." Ron Paul talks about how the two corrupt forces squueze out competition, build up their monopolies and are out to make money no matter what. "The corporations run the show."

Big Pharma Whistles, and the Drug Enforcement Administration Comes Running
ANH - This week the Associated Press revealed that in 2010, US pharmacies dispensed the equivalent of 69 tons of pure oxycodone (used as ingredient in OxyContin, Percocet, and Percodan) and 42 tons of pure hydrocodone (used in Vicodin, Norco, and Lortab). That’s enough to give forty 5-milligram Percocets and twenty-four 5-milligram Vicodins to every single person in the United States. The production and sale of both drugs has increased tremendously over the past decade; in some locations, sales have increased by 1,500 percent. Distribution is particularly high in Appalachia, the Midwest—particularly suburbia—and the Southwest.

Ammonium hydroxide, health effects of "pink slime"
(NaturalNews) So what exactly happens in the "slime gas chamber"? While human exposure to ammonia gas itself is extremely hazardous to the respiratory tract, it has little effect on digestion since it is a gas. The issue arises when ammonia gas comes in contact with water, like the water within meat. This interaction produces ammonium hydroxide or "ammonia water". Now we have a hazardous gas turned to liquid form that can wreak havoc on the human body.

Dental x-rays linked to common brain tumor
(Reuters Health) - A new study suggests people who had certain kinds of dental X-rays in the past may be at an increased risk for meningioma, the most commonly diagnosed brain tumor in the U.S. The findings cannot prove that radiation from the imaging caused the tumors, and the results are based on people who were likely exposed to higher levels of radiation during dental X-rays than most are today.

The 5 best springtime detox diets
(NaturalNews) The essence of a detox diet is primarily to help the body's ability to rid itself of toxin build up. Avoiding and totally eliminating food and factors that contain potentially harmful products is a common thread that runs in all detox diets. Food intake is controlled from small meals to full juice fasts. Consulting your doctor before going on a detox diet is always a wise decision. Below are 5 Spring detox diets to choose from...

Science & Technology

Roundup herbicide can alter morphology of animals - new study
(NaturalNews) Exposure among amphibians and other vertebrate animals to Monsanto's Roundup herbicide has been shown, for the very first time, to actually induce physical changes to the shapes of these animals' bodies. Published in the journal Ecological Applications, the new study reveals once again the incredible hormone-altering power of Roundup, and how even minute exposure to this highly-toxic chemical brew can have disastrous health consequences.

New Microchip Knows Your Location To Within Centimeters
Paul Joseph Watson - “Broadcom has just rolled out a chip for smart phones that promises to indicate location ultra-precisely, possibly within a few centimeters, vertically and horizontally, indoors and out,” reports MIT Technology Review. “In theory, the new chip can even determine what floor of a building you’re on, thanks to its ability to integrate information from the atmospheric pressure sensor on many models of Android phones.

DHS hires hackers to crack video game consoles
RT - San Francisco-based Obscure Technologies is the recent recipient of a government contract for $177,235.50. For a small computer forensics firm with less than half-a-dozen employees... The only catch, however, is that the small-time Silicon Valley company will be in charge of prying into the video game consoles used by millions of Americans during their personal pastime that was thought to be otherwise free of federal interference. According to the Department of Homeland Security, uncovering online communications conducted over video game networks could be key in thwarting terrorism.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

City of Roswell, GA, bullies Andrew Wordes to death over his backyard chickens
(NaturalNews) An innocent man who had legally been raising a few dozen chickens and other small birds in the backyard of his suburban Atlanta home is now dead, following a crusade of terror perpetrated against him by the City of Roswell in Georgia. Andrew Wordes, who died during a recent raid on his property in which county marshals tried to illegally evict him, was the obvious victim of a rogue state gone mad -- and his blood is now on the hands of the Roswell City Administrator, the Roswell City Council, and the Roswell Police Department, all of which robbed from Wordes his property, his livelihood, and ultimately his life.

Pet News

Dogs of the Titanic: a Dozen Aboard, Three Survived
Marie Anne St. Jean - April 15, 2012, marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, the ship touted as unsinkable, during her maiden voyage from Southampton, England, en route to New York. Much research has been done on the passengers, crew, and the ship itself over the years. But little has been reported about one group of passengers -- the dogs of the Titanic. Many think of their pets as part of the family, and it's evident that that sentiment was as true 100 years ago as it is today.

Today in History - Tuesday - April 10, 2012
1790 - The U.S. patent system was established.
1809 - Austria declared war on France and its forces entered Bavaria.
1814 - Napoleon was defeated at the Battle of Toulouse by the British and the Spanish. The defeat led to his abdication and exile to Elba.
1849 - Walter Hunt patented the safety pin. He sold the rights for $100.
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.
1932 - Paul von Hindenburg was elected president of Germany with 19 million votes. Adolf Hitler came in second with 13 million votes.
1941 - In World War II, U.S. troops occupied Greenland to prevent Nazi infiltration.
1941 - Ford Motor Co. became the last major automaker to recognize the United Auto Workers as the representative for its workers.
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.
1974 - Yitzhak Rabin replaced resigning Israeli Prime Minister, Golda Meir. Meir resigned over differences within her Labor Party.
1981 - The maiden launch of the space shuttle Columbia was cancelled because of a computer malfunction.
1984 - The U.S. Senate condemned the CIA mining of Nicaraguan harbors.
1992 - A bomb exploded in London's financial district. The bomb, set off by the Irish Republican Army, killed three people and injured 91.
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.
1998 - Negotiators reached a peace accord on governing British ruled Northern Ireland. Britain's direct rule was ended.
2001 - Jane Swift took office as the first female governor of Massachusetts. She succeeded Paul Cellucci, who had resigned to become the U.S. ambassador to Canada.
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.
2009 - In Fiji, President Josefa Iloilo suspended the nation's Constitution, dismissed all judges and constitutional appointees and assumed all governance in the country.

World News

Syria claims it started pulling back troops
AP - Syrian activists reported military attacks on two towns Tuesday, even as the government claimed its military forces have begun pulling out of some towns in compliance with a U.N.-brokered truce deal.

Malaysia to end indefinite detention without trial
AP - Malaysia's government introduced legislation Tuesday to stop arrests based on their political beliefs and indefinite detainments without trial. The Security Offenses Bill presented to Parliament's lower house would replace the 52-year-old Internal Security Act, which was enacted to give the government preventive powers against national security threats following a communist insurgency.

UK To Impose ‘Green Taxes’ On Home Improvements
London Telegraph - Millions of home owners will be forced to pay hundreds of pounds more to build conservatories or replace broken boilers because of “green taxes” to be introduced from October.... The work, aimed at reducing the carbon footprint of Britain's homes, will add 10 per cent to the cost of the initial project, with more expensive work such as conservatory extensions requiring a greater "green" outlay.

Proposed 'Natural Health Products Bill' in New Zealand would fine individuals $50,000 for making a cup of unapproved herbal tea
(NaturalNews) Natural Health Products Bill (NHPB), or Bill 324-1, that will bring the nation into compliance with the overbearing and authoritarian food and health restrictions found in Codex Alimentarius, the so-called world food code. If passed, NHPB will combine with the equally-threatening New Zealand Food Bill to make it essentially illegal for individuals to even prepare for themselves, let alone try to sell, herbal products and teas, vitamins and supplements, or any other natural products that are not explicitly approved by the government as acceptable.

Fukushima Daiichi Site: Cesium-137 is 85 times greater than at Chernobyl Accident - Ambassador Murata [Japan’s former Ambassador to Switzerland] strongly stated that if the crippled building of reactor unit 4—with 1,535 fuel rods in the spent fuel pool 100 feet (30 meters) above the ground—collapses, not only will it cause a shutdown of all six reactors but will also affect the common spent fuel pool containing 6,375 fuel rods, located some 50 meters from reactor 4. In both cases the radioactive rods are not protected by a containment vessel; dangerously, they are open to the air. This would certainly cause a global catastrophe like we have never before experienced.

YouTube: Radiation Fallout Forecast
Radiation Fallout Forecast for Canada, US & Europe Monday, April 9th, 2012.

Iran: ‘No preconditions’ to nuclear talks will be accepted
RT - Iran has slammed world powers for imposing preconditions ahead of Saturday’s nuclear talks. The foreign minister, Ali Akbar Salehi, stressed on Monday that “setting conditions before the meeting means drawing conclusions before negotiations.” "None of the parties will accept conditions set before the talks," Iran’s PressTV quoted Ali Akbar Salehi as saying, adding that Salehi branded the demands as “completely meaningless.”

American Enterprise in Gulf: Second aircraft carrier deployed
The USS Enterprise has been sent to the Persian Gulf, the US Navy said Monday as tensions rise over Iran’s nuclear program. It will be the fourth time in the last decade the US has had two aircraft carriers on simultaneous missions in the area. The deployment of the second aircraft is "routine and not specific to any threat," stated Commander Amy Derrick-Frost of the Bahrain-based Fifth Fleet.... Routine deployment or not, the times when the Persian Gulf has seen two US aircraft carriers operating in the region at the same time have been during wars: in the US-led invasion of Iraq in March 2003 and in supporting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in February 2007.

Syria truce prospects fade as fighting rages
(Reuters) - A military bombardment of a town in central Syria killed 35 people on Monday on the eve of a scheduled army withdrawal from urban areas, opposition activists said, dashing the prospects of a U.N.-brokered ceasefire taking hold.

VIDEO: Power shuffle in Syria may result in drought in Israel
RT - Israel is closely watching the unrest in Syria. There are fears that a power change in Damascus could lead to a conflict over the strategically vital territories of Golan Heights - a crucial source of water for Israel. The Golan Heights stretch between the borders of Lebanon, Jordan and Syria, and the only freshwater lake in Israel adjoins this territory. It provides about thirty per cent of the country’s water. Water is pumped to the south and the center of the country, where it’s used for agriculture and domestic purposes.

North Korean nuclear test: South’s ‘election ploy’
RT - South Korean intelligence has claimed it has information the North is on the cusp of another nuclear experiment following its imminent rocket launch. Experts and politicians have refuted the reports, disregarding them as election tactics.

Peace Corps leaves Mali, new U.S. travel warning issued
(Reuters) - Peace Corps volunteers have been evacuated from Mali and non-essential U.S. diplomatic personnel have been offered flights out due to ongoing political instability following a military coup in March, the State Department said on Sunday. The agency again warned Americans against travel to the West African nation due to a rebellion in the north and continuing threats of attacks and kidnappings of Westerners. It strongly urged U.S. citizens there to consider leaving temporarily.

25 billion British budget blowout in black hole F-35 project
The stunning cost of the American Joint Strike Fighter program already exceeds $1.5 trillion, making it the most expensive military project in human history. Now the UK prepares to fork out its $25 billion.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

19 Things That The Talking Heads On Television Are Being Strangely Silent About
American Dream - Way too many people use phrases such as "if that was true I would have heard about it on television" to deflect conversations that are starting to become uncomfortable. Critical thinking is a skill that is in short supply in America today, and most Americans seem content to let their televisions do their thinking for them. Sadly, the pretty people on television do not spend a lot of time talking about the things that are truly important.

VIDEO: New Black Panthers and Nazis Hijack Trayvon Martin Case
Kurt Nimmo - The NBPP [New Black Panther Party] has teamed up with “Million Hoodies for Trayvon Martin Coalition,” as the flyer taken from their website below reveals. A crosshair on a photo of George Zimmerman – who has yet to be arrested and is in hiding fearing for his life – demonstrates the sort of vigilante justice the New Black Panthers have in mind: taking Zimmerman “dead or alive,” as the diatribe by NBPP Chief of Staff Michelle Williams makes clear in the above video.

VIDEO: Man Knocked Out, Stripped Naked And Robbed Of Everything As Crowd Of Onlookers Laugh Hysterically
American Dream - Sadly, this is just another sign of how much our society is decaying. And it is not just happening in the big cities. This kind of behavior is going on in every area of the country and not even the very rural communities are immune from the craziness that is going on.... America is rapidly changing and you simply cannot count on most people to show you even an ounce of compassion these days. Most people simply do not want to get involved in something that is not their business.

White House has diverted $500M to IRS to implement healthcare law
The Hill - The Obama administration is quietly diverting roughly $500 million to the IRS to help implement the president’s healthcare law. The money is only part of the IRS’s total implementation spending, and it is being provided outside the normal appropriations process. The tax agency is responsible for several key provisions of the new law, including the unpopular individual mandate.

Delaware's Biden Takes Away Sheriff Arrest Powers!
AFP - Sheriff Jeff Christopher of Sussex County, Delaware... has found himself in the middle of a fight for the future of American law enforcement as a result of a nationwide effort to abolish the sheriff’s office altogether.... This time it is Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, son of Vice President Joe Biden, sending out mandates to commissioners informing them that their sheriffs no longer have arrest powers.

Grand Jury Won’t Be Convened in Florida Teenager’s Killing
NY Times - The special prosecutor appointed to investigate the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin said Monday that she had decided not to convene a grand jury in the case, which incited protests nationwide after the local authorities in Sanford, Fla., decided not to pursue charges against the crime watch volunteer who shot the unarmed teenager. The prosecutor, State Attorney Angela Corey, who was appointed last month by Florida Gov. Rick Scott to investigate the shooting, said in a statement that her decision “should not be considered a factor in the final determination of the case.”

2012 Election News

April 15th Tax Day Money Bomb
Ron Paul 2012 - I'm planning to take my campaign to Restore America NOW all the way to Tampa, Florida, for the Republican National Convention. But to do so, my campaign must have the funds to continue picking up delegates all across the country.... That's why we need to make the April 15th Tax Day Money Bomb a massive success.

Ron Paul STEAMING LIVE Today at Texas A & M
Daily Paul - Ron Paul's Speech from Texas A & M - 7pm CST Tuesday, April 10th.

VIDEO: New Grassroots Ron Paul AD
“Establishment Candidates Are All The Same”

YouTube: Ben Swann (Reality Check) Santorum Delegate Count a Lie?! Paul Winning?
Ben Swann - Anchor Fox 19 & Reality Check joins Josh Tolley to discuss the manipulation in the GOP, Santorum's real prospects, and Ron Paul GAINING ground! Why would the GOP not embrace a candidate which could bring millions of people to the party? Why would the media avoid a candidate who attracts the key demographic?

YouTube: Ron Paul's Texas Straight Talk 4/9/12: In Praise of Private Charity
Ron Paul: "This Easter season, I would like to applaud an organization that proves just how much private charity can accomplish without government mandates or intrusion. Convoy of Hope, based in Springfield, Missouri is equal parts grocer, clothier, heath care provider, first responder, educator, and logistics expert. It works with communities across America and around the world, bringing together other local charities, businesses, churches, and government agencies to alleviate poverty and help people in the wake of disasters. The tremendous scope of its activities serves as a reminder that government is neither the sole, nor the best, provider of goods and services to people in need...."

YouTube: Someone in the Main Stream Media Agrees With Ron Paul!
April 7, 2012 - John Stossel agreeing with Ron Paul.

YouTube: Ron Paul is Winning
Look at Ron Paul's incredible crowds that no other candidate is drawing!

VIDEO: 1976 Brokered GOP Convention
Daily Paul - Want to know what we're in store for? Watch this video which shows some drama from the last brokered convention from 1976.

VIDEO: O'Keefe's Latest: Voter Fraud Investigation Lands On Eric Holder's Doorstep
Breitbart News - In a shocking new video exclusive to, James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas demonstrates to the Attorney General of the United States, Eric Holder, just why he should be concerned about lack of voter ID laws – by walking into Holder’s voting precinct and showing the world that anyone can obtain Eric Holder’s ballot. Literally.

President Obama’s $1 Million Pizza Party In Detroit
CBS - The price of admission isn’t for those on a budget. $40,000 buys access to the cocktail reception, formal photo with Obama and dinner. $10,000 buys dinner and a photo. The event is the latest twist in the political relationship between Obama and Ilitch, eldest of the Ilitch’s seven children. Mike and Marian also own the Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Tigers, Fox Theatre, Motor City Casino and more. The family is among the wealthiest and most influential in Michigan with an empire worth billions.

Occupy Wall Street Protest

Occupy movement rallies around foreclosures
(Reuters) - Occupy groups from coast to coast are focusing on foreclosures, a cause activists say gives the disparate movement a unifying focus and embodies its anti-Wall Street message, in addition to offering the movement a way to broaden its reach to minorities.


Study: Obama's health care law would raise deficit
AP - Reigniting a debate about the bottom line for President Barack Obama's health care law, a leading conservative economist estimates in a study to be released Tuesday that the overhaul will add at least $340 billion to the deficit, not reduce it.

$5 Trillion Tax Hike Coming
Bob Adelman - January 1, 2013: “Taxmageddon.” Back in February when the Congress voted to extend the payroll tax “holiday” to the end of the year, the Washington Post was the first to notice the tsunami of tax increases coming next year. But then Lori Montgomery began to add up all the other taxes that will increase on January 1, 2013, and called it “Taxmageddon.” Here is a partial list of taxes that will increase unless Congress intervenes.... But that is only a start. The Heritage Foundation did an in-depth analysis of all the tax increases scheduled for next year and found that Lori forgot some...

Housing Market

Couple paid off their mortgage – in full – late last year… Ocwen threatened to foreclose anyway - "There was no doubt that it was paid off," Manzo said. "I just assumed that the bank was lagging behind and maybe the system was running every 30 days and it would be corrected." But that didn't happen. Instead, they say, West Palm Beach-based Ocwen Loan Servicing charged them about $2,000 in penalties because they stopped monthly mortgage payments. "We stopped because we had already paid off the loan," Manzo explained. "They say we're in default, and now I'm worried we're going to lose our home."

VIDEO: Churches Moving Money Out Of Big Banks In Protest Of Foreclosure Actions
Huffington Post - About 25 churches have withdrawn $16 million from big banks such as Wells Fargo, Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase as part of a Lent-themed protest against the banks’ foreclosure actions, The New York Times reports, citing PICO National Network, a social justice coalition of churches that’s leading the charge. Individual members and organizational partners have also taken out an additional $15 million.

Energy & Environment

Deadly March Tornadoes Are First Billion-Dollar Disaster of 2012 - A swarm of tornadoes that tore through the Midwest and Southeast in early March has earned the grim title of the nation's first billion-dollar weather disaster of 2012. From March 2 through the early hours of March 3, 132 tornadoes were reported across nine states. Although those numbers are preliminary, and will undoubtedly decrease once overlapping reports are eliminated, their aftermath was devastating, causing more than $1.5 billion in damage and killing 40 people.


Study finds the time of day can increase the risk of dying from sudden cardiac death
In a new study published in the research journal Nature, scientists have found that you're more at risk of "sudden cardiac death" in the morning, with your risk rising again in the evening. Learn why....

VIDEO: Radiation in kelp could create a health concern for Southern California seafood lovers
KTLA - “The question we all want answered, how dangerous is this to you and me?”

VIDEO: CA Vaccine Bill Legislates "Freedom Only With Permission" - The new bill [CA Bill 2109] is masquerading as a vaccine safety issue. Understand that it is not. Rather, this is a constitutional issue – de facto negation of Bill of Rights concerns, whereby parents are being forced to get PERMISSION to opt out of a voluntary medical procedure. – Asking the doctor if it’s OK if we don’t choose a controversial medical procedure like vaccines, which the manufacturers themselves admit is dangerous. This is the new freedom: Freedom with Permission. Dr Blaylock succinctly frames the issue in his recent interview...

VIDEO: Antidepressant Drugs Causing Epidemic of Mania, Mayhem and Murder - The alleged shooting of a police officer in Austin by a man taking the anti-anxiety drug Xanax is just one of a plethora of recent incidents fueled by anti-depressant pharmaceuticals – an epidemic of mania that has swept the country. Mary O’Dell, the mother of 24-year-old Brandon Montgomery Daniel told the Associated Press that her son’s role in the fatal shooting of Austin Senior Police Officer Jaime Padron was fueled by alcohol and psychotropic drugs.

The anti-cancer medicine in broccoli (DIM nutrients) isn't released until you chew them to combine two phytochemicals
(NaturalNews) Broccoli and related vegetables such as cabbage and Brussels sprouts naturally contain a chemical known as glucobrassicin. When these vegetables are crushed by chewing, a chemical reaction transforms glucobrassicin into indole-3-carbinol (I3C). In laboratory studies, I3C has been found to have tumor-suppressing effects, which may partially explain broccoli's cancer-fighting properties.

Prominent heart doctor exposes the myths about cholesterol, statins and low fat diets
(NaturalNews) Renowned heart surgeon Dr. Dwight Lundell explained that inflammation in our arterial walls is the real culprit for heart disease and stated that "the injury and inflammation in our blood vessels is caused by the low fat diet recommended for years by mainstream medicine." "Simply stated," said Dr. Lundell, "without inflammation being present in the body, there is no way that cholesterol would accumulate in the wall of the blood vessel."

How To Make Your Own Essential Oils and Perfumes
Off The Grid - Making essential oils is done by extracting the natural oils from herbs and/or flowers. These extractions can be made with oils or alcohol.

Take a vitamin D supplement during pregnancy
(NaturalNews) A study published in the March 2012 issue of Pediatrics, the journal of the American Association of Pediatrics, has shown again how important vitamin D3 supplementation is during pregnancy. This study measured the vitamin D level of pregnant women and then observed language development in their children at different ages (2, 5, 8, 10, 14, and 17 years of age).

Why does the US have such a high infant mortality rate?
Press TV - A nation’s infant mortality rate (IMR) has long been widely understood to be an excellent indicator, not only of infant health, but of a people’s health and general well-being as well. Thus it is sobering news to read, in a recent report prepared by the Congressional Research Service (CRS), which is part of the Library of Congress, that the 2008 U.S. IMR ranks 31st out of 34 developed countries that are members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

Flashback: USDA ‘Doesn’t Know’ if You Are Eating Cloned Meat
Activist Post - It may come as a surprise, but you may be consuming cloned meat on a regular basis. In fact, the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture (head of the USDA) says that he has no idea whether or not cloned meat has been sold inside the United States — or even how much. Instead of investigating or setting up parameters, the USDA asserts that it is safe in their view so there is no cause for alarm. It is currently forbidden by the agency itself for any producer to distribute or sell cloned meat.

Did you know? Acai berries actually come from palm trees
(NaturalNews) Acai berries have become so famous in recent years as an antioxidant-packed superfood, that even many people who don't keep actively informed on health food topics have heard of them. Given the name, you might imagine that they grow on bushes like blueberries or raspberries -- but in fact, they grow on palm trees.

Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar
Natural Society - Apple cider vinegar is truly an amazing product you can use to improve your health. This amazing substance can be used to help treat strep throat, acid reflux, high blood pressure, asthma, hiccups, and so many other health complications. Seeing as apple cider vinegar has so many biological uses and even home care traits, it is safe to say that this amazing product belongs in every single household.

Simple exercises to improve your eyesight naturally
(NaturalNews)There are a number of eye exercises that have proven to be effective in alleviating the symptoms of presbyopia [aging vision]. These exercises consist of flexing and relaxing routines, which stimulate the eye muscles, thus overcoming laziness of the eyes. This helps them to perform more efficiently, leading to improved vision.

Science & Technology

Universal Detection Technology may result in a smartphone radiation detector app for food
(NaturalNews) Tech firm Universal Detection Technology (UDT), in collaboration with Honeywell International, one of the nation's larger defense contractors, is working to develop a smartphone app that can measure and detect radiation levels in food. The concern that some of what we may be consuming could be contaminated with radiation has risen dramatically in wake of the nuclear disaster at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi following an earthquake-generated tsunami a year ago.

Netflix creates pro-SOPA super-PACAs
RT - Netflix, the number one name in (legally) streaming video services in the US has announced the formation of their own political action committee. Appropriately titled FLIXPAC, the just established-agency will be able to endorse politicians by way of stuffing their pockets, which in turn could influence even more congressmen to condone increasingly controversial bills that are being considered in the House and the Senate.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Action Alert: Stop Michigan DNR Power Grab - Call Governor to Rescind ISO
The local food movement is under attack in Michigan. In a brazen power grab threatening the livelihood of small farmers across the state, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is using the state Invasive Species Act to expand its jurisdiction beyond hunting and fishing to farming operations. Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has the power to rescind the order. People need to call, fax or email the governor demanding that he immediately rescind this unconstitutional ISO. Below are suggested talking points and a sample letter.

Study: EPA-approved GMO insecticide responsible for killing off bees, contaminating entire food chain
The study, which was published in the online journal PLoS ONE, investigated the various methods and routes by which a class of insecticides known as neonicotinoids, which includes clothianidin, are harming honey bees. They discovered that both clothianidin and thiamethoxam, another component of neonicotinoid insecticides, persist in "extremely high levels" in planter exhaust material produced during the planting of crops treated with these insecticides, which runs contrary to industry claims that the chemicals biodegrade and are not a threat.

VIDEO: The Hidden Food in Your Yard - You May Walk by It Every Day...
Dr. Mercola - This is of course how our ancestors ate. They hunted and gathered, and ALL of it was wild. And by all accounts, they were far healthier than we are. Of course, like anything else, identification and use of wild plants requires spending some time educating yourself, lest you eat something inedible or even poisonous. But with some attention to learning what to look for, you can avail yourself of some of the most highly nutritious, health-promoting plants for FREE—and have a lot of fun doing it.

EDIBLE PETALS: Beauty for your garden and your table - Gardening even on a small scale can be very therapuetic and growing edible flowers is a great way to introduce kids to both gardening and natural foods at the same time. Children also find flowers fascinating and will be thrilled to learn about edible petals. Just remember to tell them that not all flowers are edible.

Pet News

Should Organic Pet Foods include Synthetic Amino Acids?
Susan Thixton - The lobby organization that represents "98% of the dog and cat food sold in the United States" has petitioned the National Organic Program. What they are petitioning for, is the approval of synthetic amino acids in organic pet foods. Why should organic pet foods be allowed to include synthetic amino acids? There is no valid reason why.

Pet Food Donations to Politicians
Thanks to one of you great readers out there, we are provided with some interesting information. Perhaps it is why so many of our letters to Congress are ignored.



Stupid News & Odd News


Humor & Satire


Today in History - Monday - April 9, 2012
1833 - Peterborough, NH, opened the first municipally supported public library in the United States.
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.
1866 - The Civil Rights Bill passed over U.S. President Andrew Johnson's veto.
1867 - The U.S. Senate ratified the treaty with Russia that purchased the territory of Alaska by one vote.
1870 - The American Anti-Slavery Society was dissolved.
1872 - S.R. Percy received a patent for dried milk.
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.
1913 - The Brooklyn Dodgers' Ebbets Field opened.
1916 - The German army launched it’s third offensive during the Battle of Verdun.
1940 - Germany invaded Norway and Denmark.
1942 - In the Battle of Bataan, American and Filipino forces were overwhelmed by the Japanese Army.
1945 - At Bari, Italy, the Liberty exploded and killed 360 people. The ship was carrying aerial bombs.
1947 - 169 people were killed and 1,300 were injured by a series of tornadoes in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas.
1953 - TV Guide was published for the first time.
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.
1976 - The U.S. and Russia agreed on the size of nuclear tests for peaceful use.
1983 - The space shuttle Challenger concluded it first flight.
1988 - The U.S. imposed economic sanctions on Panama.
1991 - Georgia voted to secede from the U.S.S.R.
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.
1998 - More than 150 Muslims died in stampede in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, on last day of the haj pilgrimage.
1999 - In Djibouti, Ismail Guelleh of the ruling Popular Rally for Progress and the Front for the Restoration of Unity and Democracy was elected president.
1999 - In Niger, President Ibrahim Baré Maïnassara was assassinated. Daouda Malam Wanke was designated president two days later.

World News

N.Korea to conduct underground nuclear test – security reports
RT - It has already alarmed the world with its imminent rocket launch. But now it also appears that North Korea is on the verge of executing another underground nuclear test. South Korean news agency Yonhap has reported leaked information from an anonymous domestic security source that claims the test will occur at the same site in Kilju, next to the Chinese border, as two previous detonations in 2006 and 2009.

"Anonymous" says plans more attacks against China sites
(Reuters) - The activist hacker group Anonymous plans to launch further attacks on Chinese government websites in a bid to uncover corruption and lobby for human rights, a member of the group said on Monday.... "First we want to alert the Chinese government that we aren't afraid, and we are going to show the truth and fight for justice," Anonymous hacker "f0ws3r" told Reuters.... China blocks Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and many other websites citing a need to maintain social stability.

U.S. Defines Its Demands for New Round of Talks With Iran
NY Times - The Obama administration and its European allies plan to open new negotiations with Iran by demanding the immediate closing and ultimate dismantling of a recently completed nuclear facility deep under a mountain, according to American and European diplomats. They are also calling for a halt in the production of uranium fuel that is considered just a few steps from bomb grade, and the shipment of existing stockpiles of that fuel out of the country, the diplomats said.

Confirmed: Terrorist Organization Trained on US Soil by US Military
Tony Cartalucci - Ynetnews reported in their article, “US operated deep in Iran, trained assassins,” that, “the New Yorker reported over the weekend that the US trained members of the Iranian opposition group Mujahideen-e-Khalq. According to previous reports, Israel has been cooperating with the group, which allegedly carried out hits on Iranian nuclear scientists.”

VIDEO: US-backed Syrian opposition poses serious threat to Russia
Press TV - “Unfortunately, what's now occurring in Syria and even the threat to Iran by the Israelis is having a very serious effect on the Russians in terms of their own vital interests in the Middle East,” Michael Malouf, former Pentagon official from Washington, said in an interview with Press TV. Malouf went on to say that Russia “has some major military assets in Syria itself that will probably come into play if the opposition continues the way it is right now in continuing to bombard unabated.”

VIDEO: Ex-employee: Al Jazeera provided Syrian rebels with satphones
RT - Al Jazeera has supplied Syrian rebels with satellite communication tools to ensure telephone and Internet connection, claims Ali Hashim, a former correspondent of the Qatar-funded channel. The equipment was smuggled from Lebanon, he told RT.

VIDEO: North Korea threatens ‘merciless punishment’ as it readies rocket launch
London Telegraph - Japan and South Korea have put their armed forces on standby in response to North Korea's plans, prepared to shoot down the missile if it passes over their territory. North Korea was this weekend believed to be at the first stage of launching the rocket, expected between April 12 and 16, claiming that it is part of the centenary celebrations for the birth of the state's founder Kim Il Sung. However, the United States, Japan and South Korea believe that in reality it will be a ballistic missile test in violation of UN resolutions.

Gaddafi-armed Islamic rebels take over huge swath of Africa
Telegraph - The rebels, armed with weapons stolen from Muammar Gaddafi’s formidable arsenal, took over an area of the Sahara as big as France in an astonishing 72 hours, taking advantage of the chaotic aftermath of an army coup.

Christians NAILED to crosses in gruesome Good Friday re-enactment of Jesus's death in the Philippines
Daily Mail - Thousands of people watched as 17 devoted Catholics were 'crucified' in the gruesome annual ritual. Church leaders have condemned the practice which they believe are a distortion of the true Easter message.

Chile Stops Use of Mercury in Vaccines
Activist Post - In meetings with the Coalition for Mercury-Free Drugs (CoMeD) held last week in Santiago, Chile, the current Vice President of the Chilean Senate, Alejandro Navarro Brain, committed to adopting legislation in the Senate that would prohibit the mercury-based preservative Thimerosal from vaccines.

The Swiss government's exceedingly positive report on homeopathic medicine
(NaturalNews) In late 2011, the Swiss government's report on homeopathic medicine represents the most comprehensive evaluation of homeopathic medicine ever written by a government and was just published in book form in English (Bornhoft and Matthiessen, 2011). This breakthrough report affirmed that homeopathic treatment is both effective and cost-effective and that homeopathic treatment should be reimbursed by Switzerland's national health insurance program.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Marine who criticized Obama on Facebook should be dismissed: panel
(Reuters) - A Marine who posted on Facebook that he would not follow orders from President Barack Obama should be dismissed from the military with a less-than-honorable discharge, a Marine Corps review board ruled.... The Marines' recommendation to administratively discharge Stein came after a 13-hour hearing and an hour of deliberation by the panel. It will be submitted to Brigadier General Daniel Yoo, the commanding general of the Marine Corps Recruiting Depot, where Stein is stationed.

Broadcast Icon Mike Wallace dies at 93
CBS News April 8, 2012 - CBS News legend Mike Wallace, the "60 Minutes" pit-bull reporter whose probing, brazen style made his name synonymous with the tough interview - a style he practically invented for television more than half a century ago - died last night.

A fog of drugs and war
LA Times - After two long-running wars with escalating levels of combat stress, more than 110,000 active-duty Army troops last year were taking prescribed antidepressants, narcotics, sedatives, antipsychotics and anti-anxiety drugs, according to figures recently disclosed to The Times by the U.S. Army surgeon general. Nearly 8% of the active-duty Army is now on sedatives and more than 6% is on antidepressants — an eightfold increase since 2005.

YouTube: Judge Napolitano: “Obama Is Dangerously Close To Totalitarianism”
April 4, 2010 - Fox News contributor Judge Napolitano told Neil Cavuto today, "I think the president is dangerously close to totalitarianism."

The Supreme Bureaucrats’ Decision on ObamaCare - No, the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on ObamaCare and the individual mandate will not matter, especially when, as protected by the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the states have a right to nullify the individual mandate – or all of ObamaCare if they want to.

VIDEO: Feds Attempt to Install Embedded Monitor In Sheriff Arpaio’s Office As His Cold Case Posse Continues Their Obama Investigation
Intel Hub - The Department of Justice is currently carrying out a large scale investigation into what they have called racial profiling throughout Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s office. These so far unproven charges come as Arpaio continues his groundbreaking cold case posse investigation into Obama’s fraudulent birth certificate and Selective Service card. Negotiations between the two sides have come to a halt after Arpaio, refusing to bow to a clear cut federal power grab, refused to allow a government run embedded monitor in his office.

YouTube: Hate crime? Two Men Arrested in Tulsa Shooting Spree
ABC News - Jake England, 19, and Alvin Watts, 32 have been arrested in connection with Friday's shooting spree in Tulsa, Oklahoma, that left three pedestrians dead and two in critical condition, police said. The two men were arrested at a house north of Tulsa around 2 a.m. Sunday morning and are expected to be charged with three counts of murder and two counts of shooting with intent to kill, according to officials.

VIDEO: Navy Jet Rips Into Apartment Complex
WSJ - Navy fighter jet crashed Friday into an apartment complex in Virginia Beach, Va., after the two-member crew ejected, injuring at least seven people and destroying three buildings and damaging others.

Navy held recent drill to prepare for ‘exact’ events of Va. crash 06 Apr 2012
The US Navy held a drill on 15 December to prepare for the 'exact' situation that took place Friday, regarding the F/A-18 Navy jet crash. (No link, Fox News, 7PM ET live broadcast).

2012 Election News

YouTube: Ben Swann: North Dakota Caucus railroaded to give majority of delegates to Romney
This is a reality check from FOX 19 showing how the GOP rigged the vote/delegates in North Dakota. Fox News report/video here.

GOP Superdelegates: It's Over, Mitt Romney Is Nominee
CNBC News - That's the growing consensus among Republican National Committee members who will automatically attend the party's national convention this summer and can support any candidate they choose.

Ron Paul with 8,500-plus Voters at UC – Berkeley Shatters Town Hall Meeting Attendance Record
Ron Paul 2012 - Unprecedented crowd of supporters and undecided voters greets Dr. Paul at final of three California events held during this visit LAKE JACKSON, Texas – 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul attracted a peculiar 8,500-plus voters to the third of three town hall meetings he held in California this week, this time at UC-Berkeley. In drawing such a huge crowd to Berkeley, the 12-term Congressman from Texas shattered his unrivaled town hall meeting attendance record.

Ron Paul to Make Three-Day Campaign Swing in His Home State of Texas
Dr. Paul’s visit will take place from Tuesday, April 10th through Thursday the 12th, inclusive. The 12-term Congressman from Texas will hold town hall meetings at Texas A&M University in College Station, the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, and on the Main Plaza in San Antonio.

Ron Paul Leaves Others “In the Dust” in Military Donations - As of Sept. 30, 2011, Paul had received $95,567 from members of the military, edging out President Barack Obama’s $72,616, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. By Feb. 29, that lead had more than doubled to $315,109 compared to Obama’s $148,308.

YouTube: Ron Paul visits San Francisco, UC Berkeley - Local News Mashup
Dr Ron Paul has been attracting big crowds, but they've largely been ignored by the news media. That allegation is coming in a one-on-one interview with the candidate as he laid out his reasons for staying in the race.

YouTube: Ron Paul on the Jerry Doyle Show, April 4, 2012
Ron Paul is asked several times if he will take one for the team, in other words drop out so Obama wont win...even the Host sounds like he supports Dr Paul and is disgusted with Romney...

Veteran News

More women vets are homeless, but housing scarce
AP - Once primarily male veteran problems, homelessness and economic struggles are escalating among female veterans, whose numbers have grown during the past decade of U.S. wars while resources for them haven't kept up. The population of female veterans without permanent shelter has more than doubled in the last half-dozen years and may continue climbing now that the Iraq war has ended, sending women home with the same stresses as their male counterparts — plus some gender-specific ones that make them more susceptible to homelessness.

Occupy Wall Street Protest

Police arrest a dozen Occupy Minneapolis activists
Press TV - A dozen people involved in an Occupy march on Saturday, were arrested for public nuisance and impeding traffic in downtown Minneapolis, police said.


Congressman calls for change to how govt measures unemployment
THe Hill - Rep. Duncan D. Hunter (R-Calif.) intends to press GOP leaders to move his bill to include the number of individuals who gave up looking for work in the percentage of jobless claims. Should the government measure unemployment with Hunter's figure, the unemployment rate would be higher than the current rate of approximately 8 percent– a potentially devastating assessment for the White House, especially in an election year.

New York Federal Reserve’s head of the markets group joins the bankster exodus, but why?
Activist Post - Twice now I have reported on the rash of resignations amongst top figures at financial institutions across the globe for Wake Up World (see here and here). The number is growing by the day and I still can’t seem to find any solid reason behind why this is going on, as all of the resignations are allegedly unrelated, which is hard to believe when we see such huge numbers in such a small time span.

NFP Big Miss: 120K, Expectations 205K, Unemployment 8.2%, "Not In Labor Force" At New All Time High
Zero Hedge - The unemployment rate drops to 8.2% for one simple reason: the number of people not in the labor force is back to all time highs: 87,897,000.

$7 Gas Hits CA's Catalina Island
CBS - For the past two weeks, gas prices on Catalina Island have been an average of $7 a gallon.

VIDEO: The Fed investigated themselves and Bloomberg claims they are clear of any charges
The Federal Reserve audited “themselves” and found that they did nothing wrong? It is time to Audit the Fed!

Energy & Environment

Winter snowfall record set in Anchorage
(Reuters) - A storm dumped more than 4 inches of snow on Anchorage over the weekend, bringing the total snowfall for Alaska's largest city to a record 11.2 feet for the year, the National Weather Service said on Sunday. The official snow tally was 134.5 inches, 1.9 inches above the previous record set in the winter of 1954-1955, the weather service said.

Scientists Puzzled To Why Alaska Polar Bears Are Losing Their Fur
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska polar bears are losing their fur and U.S. Geological Survey scientists don’t know why. In the past two weeks, nine of 33 bears checked by scientists in the southern Beaufort Sea region near Barrow were found to have alopecia — loss of fur — and skin lesions, said Tony DeGange, chief of the biology office at the USGS Science Center in Anchorage.

YouTube: Nuclear Expert: Radiation plume has now hit Hawai
RT - Kevin Kamps, Beyond Nuclear, joins Thom Hartmann. California beware! A radioactive wave is headed toward the West Coast of the United States courtesy of the Fukushima nuclear disaster? So with nuclear power still wreaking havoc on the environment - why are the Japanese about to flip on more of their nuclear reactors?

VIDEO: Durbin Says We Must Buy Hybrid Cars Because Of Tornadoes: "It's Your Money Or Your Life" - Sen. Dick Durbin reacts to the tornadoes in Dallas, Texas earlier this week. Durbin calls for more laws regulating carbon output while he sends a dire warning that we must convert to hybrid cars or lose our life. Durbin says we must spend money now to fix the problem.

Revealed: Recent quakes in US 'almost certainly man-made'
RT - According to the study by USGS, oil and natural gas extraction activity have possibly provoked a series of recent earthquakes from Alabama to the Northern Rockies. However, USGS authors did not estimate a direct cause-effect relationship between oil and gas activity and earthquakes.


Traumatic shock - The second mental and emotional cause of cancer
(NaturalNews) The two mental /emotional causes of cancer are acute high stress traumatic shocks and chronic long term negative stress called distress. Traumatic shocks, which are totally unexpected, cause a mind, brain and body reaction that can trigger the formation of cancer. With spirituality and by knowing how to prepare for shocks one can either prevent or heal the emotional root of cancer.

Swine flu vaccines cause 17-fold increase in narcolepsy, horrified scientists discover
(NaturalNews) The long-term health damage caused by the great H1N1 swine flu scam "pandemic" of 2009 -- and particularly the mass vaccination campaign that accompanied it -- is already becoming apparent in the form of an autoimmune disorder. A new review published in the journal Public Library of Science ONE confirms that Pandemrix, a swine flu vaccine produced by drug giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), is responsible for causing an up to 1700 percent increase in narcolepsy among children and teenagers under 17 years of age.

YouTube: Is Sugar Toxic? Researchers Say ‘Yes’
60 Minutes - One of the most important health video you will watch, clearly linking processed sugar – to cancer. Dr Robert H Lustig has been researching the effects of sugars on the endocrine system since 1998 warning about the dangers of fructose and its involvement in the obesity, heart disease and diabetes epidemics in adults and now children.

The benefits of raw honey
(NaturalNews) When we look at the word "raw", we associated it with the preservation of important vitamins, minerals and enzymes. Just as raw vegetables are preferable because of their nutritional content, the same is true of honey. Raw honey is honey that has not been heated, pasteurized or processed in any way. The differences between raw and pasteurized honey are substantial.

Arizona bill declares women pregnant two weeks before conception
RT - A new bill up for vote in the state of Arizona would ban abortions for some expectant mothers, but that’s only the start of what lawmakers have in store. If the legislation passes, the state will consider a child to exist even before conception. Under Arizona’s H.B. 2036, the state would recognize the start of the unborn child’s life to be the first day of its mother’s last menstrual period. The legislation is being proposed so that lawmakers can outlaw abortions on fetuses past the age of 20-weeks, but the verbiage its authors use to construct a time cycle for the baby would mean that the start of the child's life could very well occur up to two weeks before the mother and father even ponder procreating.

Louisiana state medical boards continue widespread pattern of abuse against CAM practitioners
(NaturalNews) The Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners (LSBME), which was originally established to protect the people of Louisiana, is currently engaged in a war against them as it attempts to run all complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) practitioners out of state, or out of business. The Alliance for Natural Health - USA (ANH-USA) reports that the group, which governs the licensing of doctors, is specifically targeting CAM practitioners with coercive harassment and fines in an attempt to extinguish all forms of medicine that deviate from the conventional status quo.

Arsenic and Other Chemicals Found in Chicken
Yahoo News - Is pink slime just the tip of the corrupted food iceberg? In an April 4, 2012 article in the New York Times, journalist Nicholas Kristof spotlights two recent studies that have found many unappetizing (to say the least) chemicals lurking in poultry.

How to keep your kidneys healthy, happy and stone-free
(NaturalNews) Kidney stones are one of the most excruciatingly painful conditions a person can develop. But a recent study published in the Journal of Urology has found that maintaining high intake of calcium and fluids, and cutting back intake of refined salt, can help to prevent kidney stones from forming. Dandelion, aloe vera, apple cider vinegar, cranberry, magnesium, and potassium can all help prevent, or even pass, kidney stones as well.

The Amazing Healing Properties of Fermented Foods
GreenMedInfo - here is no lack of scientific confirmation for the indisputable value of fermented food for the promotion of health & wellbeing. In fact, one could consider fermented foods like kimchi, natto, apple cider vinegar, and even – in moderation – wine, coffee, chocolate and beer, ‘medical foods’ of sorts. At GreenMedInfo we have been indexing these functional applications in disease prevention and treatment straight from the research housed on National Library of Medicine, and have found over 140+ diseases that may be prevented or ameliorated by their use.

Is medicinal herb kratom a safe and effective alternative for treating pain, anxiety and depression?
(NaturalNews) Mitragyna speciosa, also known as "kratom," is a plant native to the rainforests of Southeast Asia that has long been used in traditional herbal medicine to treat pain, boost energy, alleviate anxiety and depression symptoms, and promote feelings of wellness and happiness. But because the plant allegedly exhibits opioid-like activity, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has placed it on its infamous Drugs and Chemicals of Concern list, which indicates that the agency may eventually try to ban kratom in the U.S

.99% Of The Vitamin B12 On The Market Contains Cyanide
GreenMedInfo - Unknown to most consumers cyanide is found in a wide range of vitamins and foods in a form known as cyanocobalamin. Fortunately the cyanide has a very low potential to do harm because it is organically bound to cobalamin (vitamin b12).

IASTM - The new wave in injury resolution without surgery
(NaturalNews) Chiropractors and physical therapists must stay on the cutting edge with the latest techniques in rehabilitation and natural enhancement to achieve the best results for their patients. Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) is a procedure that is rapidly growing in popularity due to its effectiveness and efficiency while remaining non-invasive.

Study finds the time of day can increase the risk of dying from sudden cardiac death
(NaturalNews) In a new study published in the research journal Nature, scientists have found that you're more at risk of "sudden cardiac death" in the morning, with your risk rising again in the evening. Here's why. The body works on a 24-hour clock, which is called the Circadian rhythm. Essentially, it's your body's way of keeping itself in sync with its surroundings.... At various times of the day so-called "clock genes" tell the body when to produce proteins, and the level of these proteins rise and fall in rhythmic patterns.

Crackdown on prescription pain killers widens to Walgreens
(Reuters) - The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration said on Friday it is inspecting six Walgreens Co pharmacies and its distribution center in Florida, after the agency noticed a jump in purchases of the highly addictive pain killer oxycodone.... The DEA has been ratcheting up its focus on drug wholesalers and pharmacies in recent months as it attempts to battle what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention call a prescription drug abuse "epidemic." Deaths from narcotic painkillers now exceed those of heroin and cocaine combined.

Science & Technology

VIDEO: Scientists Working On Tiny Device That Can Travel Through Bloodstream
CBS - Instead of a battery, which takes up lots of space, the device that will be used for travel is powered wirelessly with electromagnetic radio waves. “The prototype we built is 3mm by 4mm. You can see here that we have a 2mm by 2mm receiving antennae,” said Dan Pivonka, PhD. The result is a new class of medical devices that are so small they can travel through the bloodstream. “Right now we could go to the arteries. The midsize could go through the arteries, but we want it to even go through some smaller bloodstreams,” said Poon.

Scientists rewrite rules of human reproduction
Independent - The first human egg cells that have been grown entirely in the laboratory from stem cells could be fertilised later this year in a development that will revolutionise fertility treatment and might even lead to a reversal of the menopause in older women.

Billionaires should be allowed to BUY up planets and rip up an out-of-date space treaty, claims expert
Daily Mail - Private companies should be able to buy land on The Moon or other planets for tourism, mining or even to sell property, a space policy expert has said. Rand Simberg said that if governments started to provide property rights then entrepreneurs and billionaires might pile in and invest - and added that the 'time is ripe'. He has proposed a law that would circumvent the 1967 Outer Space Treaty, which states no individual or government can have sovereignty over any body in space.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Game preserve owner: ‘There is no feral hog problem in Michigan’
Food Freedom News - Attorney Joseph O’Leary is suing the DNR on behalf of four of the aggrieved business owners. He explains, “Wildlife is owned by the state; it is the role of the DNR to regulate and control state property. Livestock on farms is privately owned and properly belongs in the jurisdiction of the Department of Agriculture. When a governmental agency blurs these lines, people had better wake up and take notice because at that point we are all in a lot of trouble.”

Ruling in federal raw milk case may bring boost for Nebraska producers
Food Freedom News - A federal judge in Sioux City, Iowa, has thrown out a lawsuit against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s ban on bringing unpasteurized raw milk across state lines.... “We lost the battle but we won the war. Our case was dismissed, by now we have FDA on record and we have a judge agreeing with FDA that this regulation is unenforceable, and FDA has no intention of enforcing it against an individual,” according to [Attorney] Davis. The agency told the judge it is focusing enforcement of the interstate ban on distributors and producers, not individuals who buy the raw milk for their personal use.

Four ways to creatively grow your own fruits and vegetables using principles of permaculture
(NaturalNews) Permaculture is basically an all-encompassing term used to identify the strategic and creative ways through which human structures and agricultural systems are unified into harmonious, sustainable entities. As opposed to factory farming systems, which rely heavily on chemical and fertilizer inputs and destroy the environment and human health in the process, permaculture farming systems take advantage of the many unique ways that natural systems work together to complement one another and sustain life.

Pet News

Apple Cider Vinegar for Dogs
Earth Clinic - Every home with dogs should have apple cider vinegar. It's a remedy with multiple uses for dogs: alleviating allergies, arthritis, establishing correct pH balance. You can also give apple cider vinegar to cats and horses.

Diamond Dog Food Recall
Susan Thixton - Diamond Pet Foods Voluntarily Recalls Limited Number of Dry Dog Food Bags Due to a Potential Health Risk. Recall is limited to one formula of Diamond Naturals distributed to 12 states; no illnesses reported.

Today in History - Friday - April 6, 2012
1789 - The first U.S. Congress began regular sessions at the Federal Hall in New York City.
1830 - Joseph Smith and five others organized the Mormon Church in Seneca, NY.
1830 - Relations between the Texans and Mexico reached a new low when Mexico would not allow further emigration into Texas by settlers from the U.S.
1862 - The American Civil War Battle of Shiloh began in Tennessee. 
1875 - Alexander Graham Bell was granted a patent for the multiple telegraph, which sent two signals at the same time.
1896 - The first modern Olympic Games began in Athens, Greece.
1909 - Americans Robert Peary and Matthew Henson claimed to be the first men to reach the North Pole.
1916 - Charlie Chaplin became the highest-paid film star in the world when he signed a contract with Mutual Film Corporation for $675,000 a year at age 26.
1917 - The U.S. Congress approved a declaration of war on Germany and entered World War I on the Allied side.
1924 - Four planes left Seattle on the first successful flight around the world.
1927 - William P. MacCracken, Jr. earned license number ‘1’ when the Department of Commerce issued the first aviator’s license.
1938 - The United States recognized the German conquest of Austria.
1941 - German forces invaded Greece and Yugoslavia.
1957 - Trolley cars in New York City completed their final runs.
1965 - U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson authorized the use of ground troops in combat operations in Vietnam.
1967 - In South Vietnam, 1,500 Viet Cong attacked Quangtri and freed 200 prisoners.
1981 - A Yugoslav Communist Party official confirmed reports of intense ethnic riots in Kosovo.
1983 - The U.S. Veteran's Administration announced it would give free medical care for conditions traceable to radiation exposure to more than 220,000 veterans who participated in nuclear tests from 1945 to 1962.
1985 - William J. Schroeder became the first artificial heart recipient to be discharged from the hospital.
1988 - Mathew Henson was awarded honors in Arlington National Cemetery. Henson had discovered the North Pole with Robert Peary.
1998 - The Dow Jones industrial average closed above 9,000 points for the first time.
1998 - Federal researchers in the U.S. announced that daily tamoxifen pills could cut breast cancer risk among high-risk women.
1998 - Pakistan successfully tested medium-range missiles capable of attacking neighboring India.

World News

US plans to deploy combat ships to Singapore: Panetta
Press TV - The United States has announced that it will deploy four littoral warships to Singapore for joint military exercises in a move to expand bilateral military cooperation with the Asian country.

US to continue funding Russian NGOs despite Moscow warning
Press TV - The US State Department says Washington will continue to support non-governmental groups in Russia, ignoring a warning by Moscow that the move could lead to a strain in the two countries’ ties.

US ships 93-percent enriched uranium to France
Press TV - The United States has announced that it will deploy four littoral warships to Singapore for joint military exercises in a move to expand bilateral military cooperation with the Asian country.... French media reports, however quote the Green Peace Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) as harshly criticized the sea transport of the 93-percent enriched uranium, emphasizing that even 75-percent enriched uranium is sufficient to produce an atomic bomb.

Russian arms dealer sentenced to 25 years in prison
(Reuters) - He was convicted of two counts of conspiracy to kill U.S. nationals and officers of the United States and one count each of conspiracy to sell anti-aircraft missiles and providing material support to a terrorist organization. His attorneys have said they would appeal the trial conviction... Defense attorney Albert Dayan argued on Thursday that the government's case had "built-in reasonable doubt" because it was based entirely on Bout's promises, rather than his actions.

Bout sentence ‘unacceptable, politically motivated’ – Russia
RT - The Russian Foreign Ministry has lashed out at the sentence of Viktor Bout, who was given a 25-year jail term by a US court. Moscow called it “unacceptable” and said it exposed the “bias” of the American judicial system. The sentence is “absolutely unacceptable, biased and not objective” the ministry’s envoy for human rights and democracy, Konstantin Dolgov, told Itar-Tass news agency. “It’s even more outrageous that this is not the first politically-motivated sentenced lacking a foundation of evidence; not the first case when the rightful interests of Russian citizens are violated by the American authorities,” the Russian official stressed.

Six NATO tankers torched in south Afghanistan
Press TV - The attack comes days after six supply vehicles transporting fuel destined for US-led forces in Afghanistan went up in flames following an ambush in the southwestern province of Nimruz. Afghan officials said Taliban militants destroyed the tankers in the Delaram district of the province late on Monday.

‘US Seeks to Disintegrate Yemen for its Oil Resources’
Press TV - Yemeni Revolution Salvation Front spokesman, Sultan al-Samei, told Al-Alam news channel on Tuesday that the US is seeking to reinforce its military presence in Yemen under the pretext of combating al-Qaeda in south of the country while its actual intent is expanding US control over Yemen’s oil assets. Al-Samei added that Washington is also plotting to divide Yemen using its growing military presence in the country, emphasizing that the terrorist groups operating in Yemen and other countries are, in fact, US elements paving the way for direct intervention of Washington in the internal affairs of other countries.

Sarkozy Arrests Dozens of Islamists in Raids Before Election
Kurt Nimmo - Militarized French police and the DCRI are now conducting high profile raids and arresting dozens of supposed terrorists. “The dawn raids in five cities were the second in less than a week after Mr Sarkozy ordered a crackdown on radical Islamists following the killing rampage by al-Qaeda-inspired gunman Mohamed Merah,” reports the Sydney Morning Herald.

Rocket fired from Egypt hits Israeli city of Eilat
BBC - A Grad rocket has landed in the southern Israeli city of Eilat, but has caused no damage or injuries, Israeli security officials said.... Rocket attacks from Egyptian soil are uncommon. Attacks on Eilat and the nearby Jordanian town of Aqaba in 2010 killed one person and injured another four.

PM on Eilat rocket: We can never stop fighting terrorism
Jerusalem Post - Speaking at ceremony marking 40 years since Sabena hijacking, Netanyahu vows to strike back at those attacking Israel, says Sinai has become a "terror zone"; Egyptian official: No evidence rocket fired from Sinai.

Putin targets foes with 'zombie' gun which attack victims' central nervous system
Herald Sun - Vladimir Putin has confirmed Russia has been testing mind-bending psychotronic guns that can effectively turn people into zombies. The futuristic weapons - which attack their victims' central nervous system - are being developed by scientists and could be used against Russia's enemies and even its own dissidents by the end of the decade. Mr Putin has described the guns, which use electromagnetic radiation like that found in microwave ovens, as entirely new instruments for achieving political and strategic goals.

Drone crashes in Seychelles, second in four months
(Reuters) - A U.S. drone crash-landed at the Seychelles main airport and careered into the ocean on Wednesday, the second remotely piloted MQ-9 Reaper aircraft to crash on the Indian Ocean archipelago in four months. The Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority (SCAA) said the aircraft had technical problems soon after taking off and tried to land at Seychelles International Airport on the main island of Mahe.

Earth Summit 2012 Promoters Call For Implementation Of “Personal Carbon Quotas”
Jurriaan Maessen - An organization calling itself “The Regeneration Project” calls for governments and NGO’s to create “personal carbon quotas, essentially making carbon a new form of currency for Individuals.” In their manifest Bringing Rio Closer the organization, describing itself as a “collaborative and multi-facetted initiative by Globescan and SustainAbility”, proposes among other things that the UN mandates governments to execute their population reduction agenda:

83-Year-Old Woman Denied Health Care Over “Carbon Footprint”
Paul Joseph Watson - If you want to get a glimpse of what life will be like under Obamacare, just look to the UK, where government-run health care continues to produce ludicrous stories like this – a pensioner who had visited the same doctor’s practice for 30 years was told to find a new GP because of concerns over the “carbon footprint” of her 2 mile round trip.

Germany’s ban on Press TV from SES Astra illegal: Lawyer
Press TV - Under pressure from the German government, the BLM moved to ban the Iranian channel from SES Astra at 19:00 local time on April 3. In an email sent to the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) officials, Vice President of the SES Platforms Services Stephane Goebel noted that the BLM has asked that Press TV be immediately taken off the platform, claiming that the channel does not have a license for broadcast in Europe. The move is clearly part of a plot orchestrated by the West to silence the voice of the alternative news network.

Poland Announces Complete Ban on Monsanto’s Genetically Modified Maize
Activist Post - Following the anti-Monsanto activism launched by nations like France and Hungary, Poland has announced that it will launch a complete ban on growing Monsanto’s genetically modified strain MON810. The announcement, made by Agriculture Minister, Marek Sawicki, sets yet another international standard against Monsanto’s genetically modified creations.

Leukaemia-Causing Radioactive Water Leaks From Fukushima Into Pacific Ocean
ABC Australia - About 12 tonnes of water contaminated with radiation has leaked from Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant. Plant operator TEPCO believes most of the water flowed into the Pacific Ocean. It says the contaminated water leaked from a treatment pipe. The water contained radioactive strontium which tends to accumulate in bones and can cause leukaemia.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

VIDEO: New Jersey Legislator Anthony Bucco Doubts Authenticity of Obama's Birth Certificate
A Republican lawmaker in New Jersey said that a speech he attended Tuesday night left him doubting President Barack Obama's citizenship and he believes that "a higher authority" needs to determine the issue.... Dr. Jerome Corsi explains the evidence that proves Obama's birth certificate and his selective service registration are both forgeries. The identity of our illegitimate president is unknown. He is most likely an illegal alien.

More than 3,100 convicted illegal immigrants arrested in nationwide crackdown
Star-Telegram - The six-day operation called "Cross Check" involved more than 1,900 ICE agents. It was the third such operation for the federal agency which conducted its first in December 2009. Before last week, the last operation was in September and ended with agents arresting 2, 901 convicted illegal immigrants.

VIDEO: City of Sanford preps for worst with decision looming in Trayvon Martin case - Sanford Mayor Jeff Triplett said on Thursday that the city's emergency management team has met regularly with the U.S Department of Justice to construct a plan. Officials said extra police officers and fire department officials are on standby. Neighboring agencies have also been asked to assist, if needed.

Revenge for Trayvon: elderly man beaten for being white
RT - A 78-year-old Ohio man says he was beaten almost to the point of death by half a dozen teenagers who sought revenge in the killing of Trayvon Martin. Dallas Watts of East Toledo, Ohio says he was accosted by six youths on his way home from the store over the weekend and could have died from the ambush had passersby not stopped to intervene.... Watts recalls that the youths responded to him with a remark that went something like: “This is for Trayvon … Trayvon lives, white [man]. Kill that white [man].”

McConnell to Obama: Back off SCOTUS
Politico - “The President crossed a dangerous line this week. And anyone who cares about liberty needs to call him out on it. The independence of the Court must be defended,” McConnell (R-Ky.) said, according to the prepared text of his speech released by his office. "So respectfully, I would suggest the President back off. Let the Court do its work.”

After Huge Ammo Buy, DHS Purchases Bullet Resistant Booths
Paul Joseph Watson - Now the federal agency is also purchasing bullet-proof checkpoint booths that include ‘stop and go’ lights. A press release from Shelters Direct brags about how they are providing the DHS with bullet resistant guard booths. Images of the booth from the company’s website suggest the guard shacks will be used to control checkpoints.... The purpose behind the bullet proof booths is unknown, but the DHS has publicly announced that it plans to increase the number of unannounced checkpoints manned by TSA VIPR teams and other federal agents beyond the 9300 that were set up last year alone.

VIDEO: Is the U.S. Military Conducting An "Information Blackout" For Soldier In Afghanistan Massacre?
(FOX19) - The case of the Norwood soldier, Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, who is accused of slaughtering 17 afghan civilians has taken a new turn. The U.S. military says they now have a better understanding of the case. While Bales lawyers says the military is holding out when it come to evidence.

YouTube: Ben Swann: Supreme Court STRIPS Americans of Their 4th Amendment Rights?
Reality Check April 4, 2012 - Ben takes a look at a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that upholds the rights of jail guards to strip search all people arrested, even for minor offenses.

Monsanto Threatens To Sue Vermont If Legislators Pass A Bill Requiring Food To Be Labeled
Alternet - The world’s most hated corporation is at it again, this time in Vermont.
Despite overwhelming public support and support from a clear majority of Vermont’s Agriculture Committee, Vermont legislators are dragging their feet on a proposed GMO labeling bill. Why? Because Monsanto has threatened to sue the state if the bill passes.

Exposed: TSA manager arrested for running prostitution ring
(NaturalNews) The cesspool of corruption that is the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has vomited up yet another class-act officer with criminal tendencies. reports that 39-year-old Bryant Jermaine Livingston, a former TSA manager at Dulles International Airport near Washington, D.C., was recently arrested for allegedly running a prostitution ring.

VIDEO: Chicago Man Shot 28 Times By Cops Sentenced To 40 Years In Prison
Huffington Post - Morgan was off-duty as a detective for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad when he was pulled over for driving the wrong way on a one-way street on Feb 21, 2005, the Sun-Times previously reported. While both police and Morgan agree on that much, what happened next is a mystery.

Total obedience required: Man arrested, charged with 'assaulting' police for merely pointing finger at them
(NaturalNews) Apparently it is now illegal, at least in the eyes of the corrupt police state, to even engage a police officer in any way other than complete subservience and groveling., recounting the story as it was told by ABC 7 in Fredericksburg, Virginia, explains that David Loveless, a father with no criminal record, was recently arrested and charged with two counts of assault on a law enforcement officer, and two counts of obstruction of justice, for allegedly pointing his finger at a police officer.

2012 Election News

VIDEO/PHOTOS: Ron Paul Speech Excites Large Berkeley Crowd
Daily Paul - My guess on audience size is comparative; like the other events it's not possible to know a hard number. The Berkeley audience was perhaps roughly the size of Chico and Madison. I really haven't seen enough to know for sure.

Fox News Lies About Ron Paul (Again). Claims he stopped having campaign events
Daily Paul - You may have seen the coverage passed around on about his speeches and large crowds, but you have not seen coverage on Fox News. In fact, on Wednesday (the same day Dr. Paul was speaking to over 6,000 people) Fox News ran an article titled "Where in the World is Ron Paul?"

VIDEO: Ron Paul Named 'Taxpayers Best Friend' For 2011
Daily Paul - Congressman and 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul was recently awarded an ‘A’ rating for a yearlong voting record of defending American taxpayers. Specifically, the National Taxpayers Union (NTU) conferred its 2011 Taxpayers’ Friend Award on the 12-term Congressman from Texas for “consistently voting to reduce the burden on America’s taxpayers.”

MSNBC - In another black eye for Newt Gingrich, the flagship of what's known in Washington as "Newt, Inc.," has filed for bankruptcy. In a Chapter 7 filing in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Georgia, The Gingrich Group LLC, doing business as the Center for Health Transformation, filed for bankruptcy Wednesday. (Chapter 7 is "the chapter of the Bankruptcy Code providing for 'liquidation,' that is, the sale of a debtor's nonexempt property and the distribution of the proceeds to creditors," as defined by the federal courts.)

Voter ID: Coke caves in face of Democratic boycott threat
Washington Examiner - Democratic officials Wednesday launched a two-pronged attack on states with new laws requiring identification before voting, the highlight being a call to boycott Coke, Walmart and others that back a leading organization pushing for voter ID laws.... At issue: Liberal claims that some states are trying to keep minority voters from the polls via voter ID laws, a suggestion conservatives call silly.


Owe The IRS? Bill Would Suspend Passport Rights For Delinquent Taxpayers
CBS - A bill authored by a Southland lawmaker that could potentially allow the federal government to prevent any Americans who owe back taxes from traveling outside the U.S. is one step closer to becoming law. Senate Bill 1813 was introduced back in November by Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Los Angeles) to “reauthorize Federal-aid highway and highway safety construction programs, and for other purposes” . Related article here.

Chevy Volt Pays For Itself - In Just 27 Years! - Buyers who choose Nissan's all-electric Leaf ($28,421) over its approximate gas-powered equivalent, Nissan's Versa ($18,640), will likely wait nearly 9 years until they break even, according to a new report by The New York Times that examines the cost of fuel efficiency. For drivers of the Chevrolet Volt ($31,767), the wait is even longer— 26.6 years.

Energy & Environment

YouTube: Nuclear Regulatory Commission event notification report
April 4, 2012 - NRC event notification stated a substantial safety hazard may exist at 25 nuke plants due to pressure transmitters found to have an out-of-tolerance condition...

VIDEO: New television ad highlights San Onofre reactor problems
“Friends of the Earth - The ad parallels the threat from San Onofre’s troubled reactors with the nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan — and notes that eight million Americans live within 50 miles of San Onofre, the distance the U.S. government advised should be evacuated in the Japan disaster. The ad urges residents to let the utility know that their families come first and that it must keep the reactors closed.”

Professor Norgaard Urged Obama To Ignore Democracy, Public Opinion
Paul Joseph Watson - The climate change professor at the center of the scandal over her assertion that global warming skeptics were akin to racists and should be “treated” for having a psychiatric disorder wrote a letter in which she praised Barack Obama for hiring eugenicist John P. Holdren as his chief science advisor, while also urging Obama to ignore public opinion and disregard democracy in favor of enforcing draconian climate change mandates.

The hidden (sick) agenda behind chemtrails
(NaturalNews) We, the people, are under attack by a small group of mad scientists, out-of-control government agencies and profit-seeking billionaires pretending to "save the earth" from global warming. These "global control-freaks" want to manipulate weather patterns - in order to dominate the Earth's resources. In reality, military programs like HAARP and chemtrails which over-heat the atmosphere and poison the sky (and farmland) seriously threaten all life on this planet. (keep reading -with an open mind)


Same state regulators that oppose raw milk because of 'safety' concerns voted to reject lowering pus cell count maximums in conventional milk
(NaturalNews) Pasteurized, homogenized, conventional milk is not getting any safer, thanks to a National Conference on Interstate Milk Shipments (NCIMS) committee that last year voted against proposed new measures that would have reduced the maximum allowable pus cell count in conventional milk from 750,000 cells per millimeter (cells/mL) to 400,000 cells/mL. And some of those who voted against the proposal, which would have improved conventional milk quality and safety, are some of the same individuals that openly oppose raw milk sales because of supposed "safety" concerns. Related video/article here.

Donald Trump publicly links vaccines to autism
(NaturalNews) In a stunning development for the ostracized, often criticized, vaccine safety awareness movement, cause celebre, and business mogul, Donald Trump raised concern about vaccinations on Monday, April 2, the anniversary of the fifth annual World Autism Awareness Day. Trump 'warned' Fox News viewers he "strongly believes that Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are linked to exposure to vaccines."1

Blueberry superpower
(NaturalNews) Foods that have an incredible array of health benefits that go well beyond just their nutrient value are considered Superfoods. These foods are typically loaded with a combination of critical fatty acids, anti-oxidant phytonutrients and essential amino acids. Blueberries contain an extraordinary amount of unique phytonutrients and impressive anti-oxidant scores that make them a superfood.

Milk Products may Destroy Antioxidant Benefits in Fruits, Vegetables and Grains
(NaturalNews) A recent article appearing on NaturalNews reported that milk destroys the antioxidant benefits of blueberries. This article left many readers wondering whether the outcome is confined to blueberries only, or whether there are broader implication that might extend to all fruits and even vegetables. A recent study has come to light that may help answer these questions. Researchers have found that the addition of milk also blocks the antioxidant potential of tea.

Helpful tips for avoiding GMOs
(NaturalNews) Since mandatory labeling of genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) in the food supply is still just a cause worth fighting for in the United States, avoiding these toxic poisons can be difficult and confusing for many people. But once you...

Natural help for the relief of hepatitis C
(NaturalNews) The current standard of care for treatment of hepatitis C is interferon injections combined with ribavirin pills. There can be many side effects including flu-like symptoms, nausea, depression, injection site reactions, anemia, fatigue, headache and skin rash. There are a number of natural remedies that are helpful and their 'side effects' include things such as increased feelings of well being, better digestion and more energy.

Heart defibrillators not as safe as your doctor says they are: Study shows multiple deaths caused by faulty wires
(NaturalNews) A recent New York Times (NYT) piece explains that at least 22 people have died from heart defibrillators that short circuited, an electrical malfunction that is more common to heart defibrillators than most people probably think. And two particular models of heart defibrillator wiring systems manufactured by St. Jude Medical, Inc. have also been exposed as defective.

How to lose belly fat - real weight loss tips that work
(NaturalNews) The best approach to losing weight is to choose a system that, once initiated, can be sustained in the long run. Below are some tips that you can slowly incorporate into your everyday activities. If you have been practicing them already, congratulations! If not, it's not yet too late to give it a try:

Scientists discover multitude of drug side effects, interactions using new computer algorithm
Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have devised a computer algorithm that enabled them to swiftly sift through millions of reports to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration by patients and their physicians and identify “true” drug side effects.... So far the OFFSIDES database includes an average of 329 new adverse events for each of the 1,332 drugs included in the system. (The average number of adverse events listed on a drug’s package insert is 69.) The TWO SIDES database identifies 1,301 adverse events, resulting from an analysis of 59,220 pairs of drugs that cannot be clearly assigned to either drug alone.

Industrial poultry about to get even crappier — literally
Grist - Under the current rules, the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is responsible for inspecting all chicken and turkey carcasses for things like bruises, bile, and yes, shit, before they’re sent for further processing. The proposed HACCP-Based Inspection Models Project (HIMP) would remove those USDA inspectors from the lines, leaving poultry plant employees, who already stand in a fast-moving, I-Love-Lucy-style line, to flag unsanitary or otherwise flawed birds.

Science & Technology

Half a million Mac computers 'infected with malware'
BBC - More than half a million Apple computers have been infected with the Flashback Trojan, according to a Russian anti-virus firm. Its report claims that about 600,000 Macs have installed the malware - potentially allowing them to be hijacked and used as a "botnet".

Government Surveillance Crackdown On Internet Goes Into Overdrive
Steve Watson - In a New York Times editorial, former government cybersecurity czar Richard A. Clarke has called for the creation of customs checks on all data leaving and entering US cyberspace. Clarke makes the call in relation to Chinese hackers stealing information and intellectual property from US firms.

If you buy Apple products, you financially endorse slave labor
(NaturalNews) An audit instigated by tech giant Apple has exposed slave labor working conditions at assembly plants owned by China-based Foxconn, one of the world's largest manufacturers of electronic components. Foxconn manufactures the vast majority of consumer products sold by companies like Apple, Dell, Microsoft, and Hewlett-Packard, a fact that has sparked much outcry by human rights advocates.

YouTube: SOPA changes name to CISPA
RT - The latest attempt by Congress to try to regulate and control the Internet is no longer known as SOPA but CISPA: the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. The SOPA-like bill would give companies the power to collect information on their subscribers and hand it over to the government and all they have to do is request it. Kendall Burman, senior national security fellow for the Center for Democracy and Technology, joins Liz Wahl to talk about what this means for online freedoms.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Stop the USDA from approving Agent Orange GMO corn by commenting in the Federal Register
(NaturalNews) Thanks to massive pressure from the Center for Food Safety (CFS), a non-profit public advocacy group that is leading the charge in opposing genetically-modified organisms (GMOs), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has extended the public comment period on Agent Orange GM corn from February 27, 2012, to April 27, 2012. This means that now is the time to continue bombarding the Federal Register with comments of opposition to this deadly new Dow AgroSciences "Frankencrop."


The philosophy of freedom: Much more than demanding government get out of our lives, you must first get the tyranny out of your heart
(NaturalNews) Do you agree with this statement? Government has no business telling us what to drink, what to eat, what kind of medicine we should take, what to smoke, what to farm, or how to run our private lives. These are all elements of individual liberty or what you might call personal freedom. They are all part of the bigger push to get Big Government off our backs and out of our lives. But do the people who call for individual liberty really believe in it themselves? Or are they carrying around a sharp contradiction in their own beliefs?

Today in History - Thursday - April 5, 2012
1792 - U.S. President George Washington cast the first presidential veto. The measure was for apportioning representatives among the states.
1843 - Queen Victoria proclaimed Hong Kong to be a British crown colony.
1869 - Daniel Bakeman, the last surviving soldier of the U.S. Revolutionary War, died at the age of 109.
1887 - Anne Sullivan taught Helen Keller the meaning of the word "water" as spelled out in the manual alphabet.
1892 - Walter H. Coe patented gold leaf in rolls.
1908 - The Japanese Army reached the Yalu River as the Russians retreated.
1919 - Eamon de Valera became president of Ireland.
1923 - Firestone Tire and Rubber Company began the first regular production of balloon tires.
1930 - Mahatma Ghandi defied British law by making salt in India.
1933 - The first operation to remove a lung was performed at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, MO.
1941 - German commandos secured docks along the Danube River in preparation for Germany’s invasion of the Balkans.
1951 - Americans Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were sentenced to death for committing espionage for the Soviet Union.
1953 - Jomo Kenyatta was convicted and sentenced to 7 years in prison for orchestrating the Mau-Mau rebellion in Kenya.
1955 - Winston Churchill resigned as British prime minister.
1986 - A discotheque in Berlin was bombed by Libyan terrorists. The U.S. attacked Libya with warplanes in retaliation on April 15, 1986.
1998 - The Akashi Kaikyo Bridge in Japan opened becoming the largest suspension bridge in the world. It links Shikoku and Honshu. Cost: $3.8 billion.
1999 - Two Libyans suspected of bombing a Pan Am jet in 1988 were handed over so they could be flown to the Netherlands for trial. 270 people were killed in the bombing.
1999 - In Laramie, WY, Russell Henderson pled guilty to kidnapping and felony murder in the death of Matthew Shepard.
2004 - Near Mexico City's international airport, lightning struck the jet Mexican President Vicente Fox was on.
2009 - North Korea launched the Kwangmyongsong-2 rocket, prompting an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council.

World News

VIDEO: Friends of Syria undermine peace process
RT - The actions of Friends of Syria group of states jeopardize realization of the UN peace plan for Syria, undermining international efforts to end violence in the country, Russian FM Sergey Lavrov said. “Everybody backed [Kofi] Annan’s [peace] plan,” he noted. “Then all of a sudden another meeting of the Friends of Syria group makes decisions, urging [the Syrian] opposition to refuse negotiations and arm, promising new sanctions [against Syria].”

U.S. suspends $13 million in aid to Mali
(Reuters) - The United States is suspending at least $13 million of its roughly $140 million in annual aid to Mali following last month's coup in the West African nation, the State Department said on Wednesday.... The United States, which sees Mali as an important partner in regional efforts to combat Islamic extremism, has warned that Mali's political crisis was putting the territorial integrity of the country at risk.

9/11 terror suspects to stand trial in Guantanamo
RT - Five men accused of planning and executing the terrorist attacks in the United States on 9/11 will stand trial before a Guantanamo war crimes tribunal. If convicted, they could face the death penalty.

EU in mortal danger'
RT - The recent suicide of a cash-strapped Greek pensioner is a sign of the dire situation Greece finds itself in. It can be solved only by extreme measures such as default and giving up the euro, believes financial advisor Patrick Young.... It is a ghastly situation that Greek people are now forced to kill themselves to avoid poverty, Young told RT. “Unfortunately, everybody quite simply within Greek politics and a huge number of the politicians within the European Union must stand accused of effectively leaving their citizens to starve to death.” Nevertheless, Greek politicians are the highest-paid in the EU, stresses Young.

Report: Netanyahu To Delay Iran Attack Until Next Year
Paul Joseph Watson - “A senior Likud politician told my confidential Israeli source that Bibi Netanyahu has decided to delay an Israeli attack on Iran until some weeks or possibly months before the next scheduled Israeli election. That will happen by October 2013 unless Bibi determines he wants to go to the nation earlier,” writes Richard Silverstein.

Tensions With Pakistan A New Excuse for Keeping Afghan War Going - The Obama Administration’s strategy for the war in Afghanistan centers on a policy of securing an agreement with President Hamid Karzai to keep ground troops in the nation through 2024. At the same time, officials have to keep up the public pretense of an imminent drawdown. The excuse now, it seems, is “anti-American” sentiment of Pakistan is making the withdrawal inconvenient.

‘Not a country’: ICC blocks Palestine war crimes probe
RT - The ICC has refused Palestine’s bid for an investigation into the Israeli military offensive on the Gaza strip on the basis that Palestine is not a recognized state. Human rights groups have strongly criticized the move, while Israel has praised it.... Israel welcomed the announcement, the Israeli Foreign Minister saying in a statement that "Israel made it clear in the first place that the ICC has no jurisdiction in this matter."

Israeli troops destroy four Palestinian homes and 52 electricity pylons
Activist Post - It is just now breaking that Israeli forces have razed four homes of Palestinians along with 52 electricity pylons near the town of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank, according to Palestinian witnesses and a correspondent for AFP.... Al-Azzeh said that they were doing this to connect two illegal Israeli settlements which are currently 10 kilometers, or six miles, apart from each other. “They want to confiscate the land for settler purposes, to connect the settlement of Kfar Etzion and Har Gilo,” he said.... “This is a mostly a Christian area,” al-Azzeh stated, adding, “As the world celebrates Easter, this is the Israeli government’s gift to the Palestinian Christian community.”

Pensioner shoots himself at Greek Parliament, refuses to 'search for food in garbage'
RT - The Greek government has thus far failed to pull the country out of its five-year economic downturn and continues rack up austerity measures to qualify for EU bailout packages. In some cases retiree pensions and other benefits have been slashed by up to 25 per cent and unemployment has now reached 21 per cent. Greek police reported in both 2010 and 2011 respectively over 600 suicide cases, a 20 percent increase from 2009.

United States of Mass Murder: Only Mao Killed More
Kurt Nimmo - The United States killed more than Stalin and Hitler? It seems incomprehensible – since the end of the Second World War, the United States has been responsible for the death of between 20 and 30 million people in various conflicts and wars from Korea and Vietnam to Iraq and Afghanistan.... Of course, the toll pales when compared to the atrocities of Mao. According to research conducted by Piero Scaruffi, Mao slaughtered between 49-78,000,000, Stalin killed around 23,000,000 and Hitler 12 million.

Monsanto’s GMO Seeds Contributing to Farmer Suicides Every 30 Minutes
Anthony Gucciardi - In what has been called the single largest wave of recorded suicides in human history, Indian farmers are now killing themselves in record numbers. It has been extensively reported, even in mainstream news, but nothing has been done about the issue. The cause? Monsanto’s cost-inflated and ineffective seeds have been driving farmers to suicide, and is considered to be one of the largest — if not the largest — cause of the quarter of a million farmer suicides over the past 16 years.

Food over new limit for radioactive cesium
KHK World Japan - Following the introduction of new safety regulations in Japan, several types of food have been found to contain radioactive cesium above the legal limit. Stricter health standards for staple foods such as vegetables and rice were introduced on Sunday. Permissible levels of radioactivity were reduced from 500 to 100 becquerels per kilogram. Health ministry officials said bamboo shoots harvested in the Kisarazu and Ichihara regions east of Tokyo were contaminated with 120 and 110 becquerels of radioactive Cesium per kilogram respectively.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

VIDEO: Law expert slams strip-search ruling
Press TV - The procedures endorsed by the majority of the Supreme Court are forbidden by law in at least 10 American states and are at odds with the policies of federal authorities. According to the American Bar Association, international human rights treaties also ban the procedures.

Congress gets new insider-trading rules
Press TV - U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday signed a new law reforming rules on insider trading for members of Congress, saying it would help deal with a deficit of trust afflicting Washington.... The new law forbids not only elected officials but also employees of Congress and the executive branch of government from buying some stock products if they have an insider's knowledge about the performance of a given security.

AUDIO: N.Y. Preschool Starts DNA Testing For Admission
NPR - More than 12,000 applications pour into Unsinn's office each fall. That's 12,000 hopefuls for just 32 spots a year. It makes Porsafillo Pre the most competitive preschool in the United States. So in a bid to weed out the kids who have no chance, the school decided to require a DNA test for all applicants.... looking for genetic markers that indicate future excellence — things like intelligence, confidence and other leadership traits.

School Children Forced to Participate in Kony 2012 Activism
Kurt Nimmo - An reader from Colorado writes to tell us the Cherry Creek Public School district in western Arapahoe County is forcing students to watch Kony 2012. According to the father of a student attending school in the district, students were instructed to write “a letter to Senator Mark Udall in support of Invisible Children’s effort to capture Joseph Kony.”

VIDEO: Store Owner Links Rising Gun Sales to Obama, Doomsday
Fox News - "Even the smallest parts are six to eight months back order. Even the little things, so it's getting very difficult to get a whole gun assembled and sell a complete gun because of a lack of parts," Parsons said.

Prison time for New Orleans ex-cops in post-Katrina killings
(Reuters) - Four former New Orleans policemen convicted of shooting unarmed people following Hurricane Katrina were sentenced to lengthy prison terms on Wednesday in what the U.S. government described as the most important police misconduct case since the Rodney King beating nearly two decades ago.

Government plans to sue Arizona sheriff for targeting Latinos
(Reuters) - The Obama administration on Tuesday said it was preparing to sue Arizona county sheriff Joe Arpaio and his department for violating civil rights laws by improperly targeting Latinos in a bid to crack down on illegal immigrants.

YouTube: Hedges: "No Outcry Within Media" on NDAA
RT - We had reported on the show that a group of political activists and journalists testified in a New York Court about why they're suing the Obama administration over the National Defense Authorization Act or NDAA. Chris Hedges, author and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter is also one of the plaintiffs; he joins the show to discuss.

Even Congress Wants To Know What The NSA Is Doing With This $2 Billion Utah Spy Center
Business Insider - The NSA is building a one-million-square-foot data collection center — five times the size of the U.S. capital.

The NSA's General Didn't Lie To Congress About Spying On Americans — They Hire It Out To The Israelis
Business Insider - NSA's chief General Keith Alexander was called before Congress last week to testify about the $2 billion Utah Spy Center the NSA is currently building, and he said that the NSA does not have the ability to spy on the confidential personal communications of Americans. It seems that he wasn't lying since the NSA hired secretive contractors with extensive ties to Israel to provide hardware and software for 10 to 20 wiretapping rooms in key telecommunication points throughout the country, according to Wired.

Raw Video: Police Pepper Spray California Students
Alexander Higgins April 4, 2012 - Police pepper-sprayed as many as 30 Santa Monica College students protesting at a trustees meeting over a plan to offer high-priced courses. Associated Press – Campus police pepper-sprayed as many as 30 demonstrators after Santa Monica College students angry over a plan to offer high-priced courses tried to push their way into a trustees meeting, authorities said. (April 4)

DHS won't explain its order of 450 million hollow point bullets
RT - The department has yet to discuss why they are ordering such a massive bevy of bullets for an agency that has limited need domestically for doing harm, but they say they expect to continue receiving shipments from the manufacturer for the next five years, during which they plan to blow through enough ammunition to execute more people than there are in the entire United States.

It looks like DHS isn’t the only ammunition hog in the United States
Activist Post - The other departments -- the ones that handle mundane things like meat quality -- believe they need to be armed to the teeth as well. It’s enough to make a non-paranoid person, well, paranoid. The US Department of Agriculture put in a bid for a wide variety of ammunition. I guess raiding farms and raw milk dairies can be very dangerous work. The required rounds are listed below, and include shotgun slugs. Frangible rounds – for those who don’t know, are rounds that are designed to break apart when they hit walls or other hard surfaces to prevent ricochets during close-quarters combat.

Indiana Governor Signs Bill Allowing Citizens To Use Deadly Force Against Police Officers Into Law
Republican Governor Mitch Daniels has signed Senate Enrolled Act 1 into law in Indiana. The new law allows citizens to use deadly force against police officers they think are illegally entering their homes. Earlier this month, Addicting Info reported that the bill had passed the Senate. Republicans say the bill is designed to keep police safe, but Democrats say the bill will lead to the wanton killing of police officers.

Was $12,000 A Restaurant Tip Or Drug Money?
MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP/WCCO) — A waitress in Minnesota is suing after $12,000 was left at her restaurant table — she says it was a tip but police say, it’s drug money, according to The Forum. Officers told the woman to wait 90 days in case someone claimed the money. The Forum reports that after three months, police told the woman the cash was being held as drug money.

TSA Screener Throws Hot Coffee In Face Of Pilot Who Asked Her To Stop Cursing
Steve Watson - Told security worker to “stop using the n-word” in the terminal. A TSA screener working at JFK Airport in New York was arrested after launching a cup of hot coffee into the face of an airline pilot who asked her to stop swearing in the terminal.... Concerned that passengers, including young children could hear the screeners, Mr. Trivett asked them to tone down the exchange.

2012 Election News

DailyPaul User Ryan83445 in comments says: "I was there, first time seeing that great man! I estimate about 300 empty seats, but also, a number of people outside. So take the stadium capacity which I heard was 8,100, there were at Least 7,800."

YouTube: Ron Paul on FOX News w/ Neil Cavuto
April 4, 2012 - Ron Paul on doctors' plan to limit tests for patients.

Ron Paul: The most transparent candidate
RT - In the midst of the Mitt Romney tax filing fiasco, Ron Paul said he’d be embarrassed to publish personal finances on account of his comparably indigent income. Paul has come clean now, however, with just how he conducts costs on the campaign trail. Federal Election Commission rules require presidential candidates to only disclose costs of more than $200 spent while running for office, but the Ron Paul 2012 Presidential Campaign Committee is providing purchase information for practically every item, no matter how miniscule, used by the GOP hopeful.

Veteran News

NY cops break into Marine vet's home and Taser him to death
RT - A grand jury is expected to soon hear a case from last year in which an unarmed, 68-year-old retired black military veteran was killed by police officers in New York.... In the four months since Chamberlain’s death, outraged opponents of the police department’s mishandling have asked for charges against the cops that attacked the veteran. The officers had earlier on insisted that Chamberlain was wielding both a hatchet and a knife when they came to his aid, and attacked him while exercising self defense. New evidence, however, suggests otherwise.

Van Jones Tells Occupy Libertarians Are Racist, Homophobic and Hate America
Mike Riggs - Obama’s former Green Jobs czar Van Jones lit into “so-called libertarians” at an Occupy rally in Los Angeles last weekend: Jones began his speech by citing his six months of work in the White House before launching into a tirade against the “so-called Libertarians.”... “They say they’re Patriots but they hate everybody in America who looks like us. They say they love America but they hate the people, the brown folk, the gays, the lesbians, the people with piercings, ya know ya’ll.”


Faber: ‘Massive Wealth Destruction’ Is About to Hit Investors - Investors, particularly those in the “well-to-do” category, could lose about half their total wealth in the next few years as the consequences pile up from global government debt problems, Faber, the author of the Gloom Boom & Doom Report, said on CNBC. Efforts to stem the debt problems have seen the Federal Reserve expand its balance sheet to nearly $3 trillion and other central banks implement aggressive liquidity programs as well, which Faber sees producing devastating inflation as well as other

VIDEO: U.S. Corporate Tax Rate Consequences
James Hall - Corporate Taxes: Comparing Effective Rates You Tube offers a short lesson on tax rates. How can America survive when the tax system is targeting companies for demise? The reason many productive enterprises look to oversea locations for continuing their ventures rests upon the strategic need to escape the un-competitiveness of a tax system that favors foreign operations at the expense of domestic production.

Housing Market

Americans brace for second foreclosure round!
(Reuters) - A painful part two of the slump looks set to unfold: Many more U.S. homeowners face the prospect of losing their homes this year as banks pick up the pace of foreclosures. "We are right back where we were two years ago. I would put money on 2012 being a bigger year for foreclosures than 2010," said Mark Seifert, executive director of Empowering & Strengthening Ohio's People (ESOP), a counseling group with 10 offices in Ohio.

Evicted 101-year-old Detroiter gets her home back
DETROIT (AP) — Baking cookies never seemed as sweet for 101-year-old Texana Hollis as it did on Wednesday, when she tearfully was allowed back into the home her husband bought after World War II following her eviction seven months ago. Foreclosure initially forced Hollis from the home where she'd spent six decades of her life, then federal officials wouldn't let her move back in because of its dilapidated condition. That's when Detroit Free Press columnist Mitch Albom and his charity stepped in, and convinced volunteers and businesses to do the same.

Russian Billionaires Are Spending An Insane Amount Of Money On American Real Estate
Business Insider - In fact, experts estimate that Russians and other citizens of the former Soviet Union have signed contracts to buy more than $1 billion worth of residential real estate in the past four years alone, he writes. Of course, there's a good reason why Russian oligarchs want to put the cash they made when Russia's state industries were privatized into tangible investments outside their homeland—Vladimir Putin.

Energy & Environment

Another Wisconsin Town Reports Strange Booms, Flashes of Light
Paul Joseph Watson - Authorities are baffled at the weird phenomena, and have ruled out lightning strikes or transformer blowouts as explanations for what people are witnessing.

VIDEO: Oklahoma Man-made Quake Likely; U.S. Army Depot Surrounded by Fracking Wells
Activist Post - Researcher, Dutchsinse has been developing a database of documented evidence for man-made earthquakes. It's a database for which he has already undergone persecution. Clearly, he is touching upon a sensitive area. His latest video shows screenshots and USGS coordinates that seem to establish a startling link between fracking wells, a recent 4.0 earthquake, and the disturbing fact that there is an Army munitions depot directly across the street from this fracking zone.


A common vegetable cures skin cancer
(NaturalNews) When it comes to skin cancer, Big Pharma offers only topical chemo creams and surgery.... However, there are inexpensive, effective, safe cures for curing skin cancer that are banned by the mainstream medical monopoly, which are not publicized by the mainstream media.... The homemade remedy involves a solution of vinegar and eggplant that extracts the same phyotonutrient glycocides and glycoalkaloids contained in BEC5 directly from the eggplant. The glycoalkaloids penetrate cancer cells selectively and destroy them. Normal cells are left alone.

Gut health plays a critical role in fending off diabetes, chronic disease
(NaturalNews) When microbiota balance is out of whack in the human intestinal system, the body becomes highly susceptible to chronic inflammation, which can develop into autoimmune diseases and a host of other serious health problems. And emerging new research suggests that diabetes, which is commonly thought of as a metabolic disorder, is actually an autoimmune disease triggered by poor gut health.

Medical madness: Researchers develop genetically-engineered 'pharm' goats that produce vaccines in milk
(NaturalNews) Mark Westhusin, a professor at A&M's Reproductive Sciences Laboratory, and his colleagues have decided to assume the role of God by altering the genome of goats to artificially produce the malaria parasite. And as a result, their goats now produce milk that contains the same materials found in a malaria vaccine, which they hope will increase vaccine compliance among the world's poorest.

Vaccine failure admitted: Whooping cough outbreaks highest among children already vaccinated
(NaturalNews) For several years, NaturalNews has maintained that many vaccines actually cause the very infectious diseases they claim to prevent.... New research reported by Reuters reveals that whooping cough outbreaks are HIGHER among vaccinated children compared with unvaccinated children. This is based on a study led by Dr. David Witt, an infectious disease specialist at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in San Rafael, California.

Bye bye Coumadin, so long Plavix - Say hello to five natural blood thinners that protect against strokes and blood clots
(NaturalNews) Conventional doctors wait until you're at risk of a stroke or have had your first stroke to prescribe blood thinners in hopes of preventing additional strokes. What they don't warn you about are the serious possible side effects from these drugs... However, there are several natural substances that possess powerful anti-inflammatory properties and also help to thin the blood.

The immune boosting power of garlic
(NaturalNews) Garlic is one of nature's most powerful immune boosting secrets. Garlic contains over 100 biologically active components including alliin, allicin, alliinase and unique sulfur compounds. When garlic is crushed or chewed it forces the allin and allinase enzyme together and causes a chemical reaction to produce allicin. Allicin along with sulfur based compounds act as powerful antibiotic, anti-viral, and anti-fungal agents that have an incredible immune stimulating effect. Additionally, garlic is also used to lower blood pressure, cholesterol, and help prevent/reverse cancer.

Age 10 the ‘New Norm’ for Puberty in Girls Thanks to Chemicals Like BPA
Anthony Gucciardi - Girls as young as 7 are now beginning to undergo body changes that their mothers hadn’t experienced until years later. At this rate, by the time that they’ll be taught about puberty in the school curriculum, they will have already finished it. This trend is so puzzling, and yet slowly is becoming considered an inevitable “new norm” rather than being highlighted as an aggravated health condition.

Investigation of dangerous medical device implants reveals most have never been tested for safety
(NaturalNews) Did you know that the vast majority of medical devices on the market today have received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) without ever having been properly safety tested? A thorough investigation by Consumer Reports has revealed that the medical device approval process is a pay-for-play sham that is putting millions of people at risk of serious injury or death.

Five great herbs for fighting depression naturally
(NaturalNews) Depression is a ubiquitous condition that afflicts millions of Americans, many of whom have been convinced by the psychiatric industry that selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and various other antidepressant drugs are their only options for treatment and healing. Truth be told, there are a number of herbal alternatives to these dangerous pharmaceuticals that have been scientifically proven to help remediate depression naturally, and without causing negative side effects.

Science & Technology

VIDEO: Even worse than SOPA: New CISPA cybersecurity bill will censor the Web
RT - H.R. 3523, a piece of legislation dubbed the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (or CISPA for short), has been created under the guise of being a necessary implement in America’s war against cyberattacks. But the vague verbiage contained within the pages of the paper could allow Congress to circumvent existing exemptions to online privacy laws and essentially monitor, censor and stop any online communication that it considers disruptive to the government or private parties.

Global Payments says "only" 1.5 million accounts were exported
RT - There’s been some relief for Global Payments, a major US credit card processor, who said only 1.5 million accounts, and not 10 million, were affected in a data breach. However, the consequences may be dire for both the company and victims.

Yahoo Lays Off 2,000
Apr 4, 2012 - Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson pledged in a March 14 email to "lean forward" into changing the company's direction. This morning he sent another email, announcing the layoff of 2,000 employees.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

VIDEO: Quick Video-Tips for the Urban Homesteader
The following clips are from Christropher Nyerges‘ appearance on National Geographic’s “Doomsday Preppers” show. He’s a smart guy who is also extremely resourceful…he should be, considering he’s living in Los Angeles, California! Christopher also attended the Self-Reliance Expo in Salt Lake City, Utah last fall, promoting his School of Self-Reliance.

Today in History - Wednesday - April 4, 2012
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 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.
1902 - British Financier Cecil Rhodes left $10 million in his will that would provide scholarships for Americans to Oxford University in England.
1905 - In Kangra, India, an earthquake killed 370,000 people.
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 - Hungary was liberated from Nazi occupation.
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).
1953 - Fifteen doctors were released by Soviet leaders. The doctors had been arrested before Stalin had died and were accused of plotting against him.
1967 - The U.S. lost its 500th plane over Vietnam.
1967 - Johnny Carson quit "The Tonight Show." He returned three weeks later after getting a raise of $30,000 a week.
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.
1988 - Arizona Governor Evan Mecham was voted out of office by the Arizona Senate. Mecham was found guilty of diverting state funds to his auto business and of trying to impede an investigation into a death threat to a grand jury witness.
1991 - Pennsylvanian Senator John Heinz and six others were killed when a helicopter collided with Heinz's plane over a schoolyard in Merion, PA.
1994 - Netscape Communications (Mosaic Communications) was founded.
1995 - U.S. Senator Alfonse D'Amato ridiculed judge Lance Ito using a mock Japanese accent on a nationally syndicated radio program. D'Amato apologized two days later for the act.

World News

VIDEO: Damascus: Syrian troops start withdrawal
RT - The news comes several days after Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad accepted a peace plan requiring forces loyal to him to cease fire and withdraw from cities by April 10. If this is implemented, rebel fighters will have 48 hours to halt military operations. The aim is to bring all hostilities to an end by April 12.

North Korea allegedly might have a missile capable of striking continental U.S.
Activist Post - If the headline seemed a little bit awkward to you that is likely because it is. Indeed, North Korea allegedly might have a missile which is capable of delivering a payload to the continental United States. The key word there is might, as analysts do not even know if what they observe in satellite imagery is a real missile or “a life-size mock-up,” meaning, that they really have no idea what they’re talking about.

2,500 US marines in Australia ‘not a military base’
RT - The first rotation of about 200 US marines has arrived in Australia on a six-month training deployment. A total of 2,500 troops are expected to arrive over the next few years in Darwin to enhance the US’s military presence in the Asia-Pacific.

Russia, Iran set to counter US/Israeli strike against Iran. US-led naval drill
DEBKAfile - Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov issued a strong warning against a military attack on Iran Monday, April 2,, saying that a pre-emptive strike would violate international law. His comments, made during a visit to Armenia, stopped short of threatening (the US and/or Israel) of consequences.

Israeli Military: Enemy Attack Would Kill “Less Than 300? - The claims are designed, of course, to convince the average Israeli civilian that they won’t be too likely to be killed in the ensuing war that the government plans to start. Yet the statement must also raise questions about not just the case for war, but why the United States feels to need to hurl billions of dollars in additional weaponry at Israel annually, if the “worst case scenario” is truly so tame.

US offers $10 million for Pakistani militant chief
AP - The United States has offered a $10 million bounty for the founder of the Pakistani militant group blamed for the 2008 attacks in the Indian city of Mumbai that killed 166 people, a move that could complicate U.S.-Pakistan relations at a tense time. Hafiz Mohammad Saeed founded Lashkar-e-Taiba in the 1980s, allegedly with Pakistani support to pressure archenemy India over the disputed territory of Kashmir. Pakistan banned the group in 2002 under pressure from the U.S., but it operates with relative freedom — even doing charity work using government money.

Brits to pay $3 bln to be spied upon on web, emails, texts
RT - UK taxpayers will have to pay billions of dollars to have their web surfing, email exchange, text messaging, and even Skype calls, monitored. In addition to the hefty price-tag, innocent Brits risk being misidentified as terrorists.... More than $3 billion over the first decade alone is the extraordinary sum the British taxpayer will have to pay to be legally spied upon, reports the Daily Mail. In addition, annual running costs of roughly $320 million – $610 a minute – to store the data gathered from private communication.

Medical insanity: Babies now being treated with dangerous diabetes drugs before birth
(NaturalNews) In Britain, drug companies are now pushing for children to be dosed with potentially dangerous diabetes drugs before they're even born! It's just the latest example of medical insanity in a world experiencing a runaway diabetes epidemic.... The Daily Mail reports that "If the strategy is a success, the treatment could be in widespread use in as little as five years, with tens of thousands of overweight but otherwise healthy mothers-to-be drugged each year."

Russia Considering Building Nuclear Plants In UK
Alexander Higgins - The Russian government is considering plans to build two nuclear power stations in Britain as the British government should close half of its coal-fired power stations by 2015.

It’s Not Over: Government Plans for the Worst: Forced Evacuation of Tokyo
Intel Hub - One of the biggest issues that we face is the possibility that the spent nuclear fuel pool of the No. 4 reactor at the stricken Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant will collapse. This is something that experts from both within and outside Japan have pointed out since the massive quake struck. TEPCO, meanwhile, says that the situation is under control. However, not only independent experts, but also sources within the government say that it’s a grave concern.

Fear Of Radiation Treated as 'Psychiatric Disorder' In Fukushima
Paul Joseph Watson - “Some 24.4 percent of people who were hospitalized in Fukushima with psychiatric disorders in the wake of the outbreak of the crisis at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant had done so possibly because of fears of radiation exposure, according to the results of research conducted by psychiatrists at Fukushima Medical University,” reports the Mainichi Daily News. The phenomenon of authorities underplaying the threat posed by radiation or even characterizing concerns over it as a mental illness has become a dominant theme since the catastrophe just over a year ago.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Obama offends federal judge
AP - A federal appeals court judge on Tuesday seemed to take offense to comments President Barack Obama made earlier this week in which he warned that if the Supreme Court overturned his signature health care overhaul it would amount to overreach by an "unelected" court.

VIDEO: Trayvon Martin Media Circus: Controversial Pastor Announces Sanford Rally
Kurt Nimmo - Congressional Black Caucus demands new gun laws, regulation of Neighborhood Watch. Controversial pastor Terry Jones announced today he will hold a rally “in support of the Constitutional Rights for George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin” at the Sanford, Florida, courthouse on Saturday, April 21. In a video posted on March 29, Jones explained that many in the black community and the establishment media have already tried George Zimmerman in the court of public opinion and have denied him the right to be considered innocent until proven guilty.

Oakland shooter was teased, kicked out of college and in debt
RT - One L. Goh, a 43-year-old former student at Oakland’s Oikos University, tells authorities that he had been “mistreated” and “disrespected” by students at the nursing college before eventually being expelled last year. Speaking of the incident in the aftermath, the head of the Oakland Police Department also alleges that anger with the school’s administration may have played a part in the massacre. Additionally, Goh was heavily in debt and had recently lost several family members, including a brother that was killed while engaged in special forces training with the US military.

Students angry over pricey courses pepper-sprayed
AP - Campus police pepper-sprayed as many as 30 demonstrators after Santa Monica College students angry over a plan to offer high-priced courses tried to push their way into a trustees meeting, authorities said.

Obama May Make “Unelected” Supreme Court a Campaign Issue
Kurt Nimmo - In what the AFP described as “a highly combative salvo,” Obama warned the Supreme Court on Monday that if it rules his Obamacare scheme is unconstitutional, he is prepared to make “campaign trail arguments” in defense of the mandatory health insurance law.

VIDEO: Judge Napolitano Slams President Obama's SCOTUS Criticism as Incomprehensible!
Daily Paul - Judge Napolitano: "He’s rejecting a basic premise of American law that’s not been seriously questioned in 175 years! Which is this: the courts have the right to review what the Congress does and what the President does and if the court finds that behavior unconstitutional, they can void, they can invalidate what the Congress and the what the President does. That’s our system. That’s what preserves the Constitution against the tyranny of the majority. No president has questioned this since Andrew Jackson!”

North American Union will Attempt to Disarm the People of the United States
From the Trenches - The international insurgent President Barack Obama hosted Mexican President Felipe Calderon and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper for talks on transnational trade and security Monday.... Mexican President Calderon proudly stated that his socialist government had confiscated 140,000 firearms in Mexico and then tried to imply that every one of them was bought in a gun store in the United States. He blamed the rash of violence in Mexico on the sunsetting of our unconstitutional assault weapons ban, suggesting new gun restrictions and confiscations in the United States as a necessity for Mexico’s security.

DHS To Grant Illegal Aliens “Unlawful Presence Waivers”
Judicial Watch - The new measure would apply to illegal aliens who are relatives of American citizens. Here is how it would work, according to a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announcement posted in today’s Federal Register, the daily journal of the U.S. government; the agency will grant “unlawful presence waivers” to illegal aliens who can prove they have a relative that’s a U.S. citizen.

TSA Brags About Creating “Imperious” Security Team
Paul Joseph Watson A Craigslist ad apparently posted by the Transportation Security Administration in search of employees for Ann Arbor airport brags about the federal agency’s mission to create an “imperious” security team. The word “imperious” means “domineering in a haughty manner; dictatorial; overbearing.” You’d think the posting was a joke if not for the fact that this perfectly describes the TSA’s role and how its employees behave on a routine basis.

VIDEO: Feds Raid Oaksterdam University Who Didn't Even Sell Pot
StopTheDrugWar - Federal agents raided Oaksterdam University and associated businesses in downtown Oakland Monday morning shortly before 8:00am local time. The entire building was surrounded by yellow crime scene tape, and an hour later, agents were spotted carrying trash bags filled with unknown materials to a waiting van. Also hit in the early morning raids were the nearby Oaksterdam Museum, the Oaksterdam gift shop, and the Oakland Cannabis Buyers Club. None of those businesses actually distribute medical marijuana.

AUDIO: Passaic, NJ Considers Charging Citizens For Emergency Calls
CBS News - What they will do is go after the insurance companies. There would be a $1,000 fee to respond to fires in buildings over four stories high. Single, two, and three-family homes would be exempt. As for car fires, auto insurance would be billed $600. Of course, a concern is that insurance companies will simply jack up their premiums.

2012 Election News

VIDEO: Paul Camp Claims 6,200 - Newspaper: 3,000 - Chico Headcount!
Daily Paul - Paul Camp says 6,200 (Channel 7 TV-Redding- reports "hundreds"...) Same paper by Twitter: Police nervous; people up tree behind Paul

VIDEO/Slideshow: Confirmed! Ron Paul breaks another record with 6,200 people attending a town hall in CA
Examiner 4/3/12 - 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul drew a remarkable 6,200-plus voters to the first of three town hall meetings he is holding in California this week, continuing his pattern of attracting large crowds of voters eager to hear his platform of constitutionally-limited government and restoring economic and civil liberties... Tomorrow and Thursday evening, respectively, Ron Paul is holding similar events at UCLA and UC – Berkeley.

GOP Primary Results for DC, Maryland, Wisconsin
MSNBC April 3, 2012.

Ron Paul Winning Delegates
Examiner - Although the numbers vary slightly depending on which mainstream source used, currently, the establishment’s media is displaying the approx. totals as Romney leading with around 550 delegates, Santorum with around 240, Gingrich around 130, and Ron Paul trailing the pack with usually less than 50. Are these numbers accurate? Let’s find out.

VIDEO: Ron Paul Texas Straight Talk 4/2/2012: The Supreme Court and Obamacare
Daily Paul - Hopefully the Court will strike down this abomination, but we must recognize that the federal judiciary has an abysmal record when it comes to protecting liberty. It’s doubtful the entire law will be struck down. Regardless, the political left will continue its drive toward a single-payer, government run health care system.


YouTube: 7.1 Million Americans are in the Prisons system so Corporations can Profit from your Tax money !
News journalist Fareed Zakaria from CNN goes in depth to show viewers how much the American government as well as private corporations spend building prisons apposed to schools.

Senior citizens continue to bear burden of student loans
Washington Post - New research from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York shows that Americans 60 and older still owe about $36 billion in student loans, providing a rare window into the dynamics of student debt. More than 10 percent of those loans are delinquent. As a result, consumer advocates say, it is not uncommon for Social Security checks to be garnished or for debt collectors to harass borrowers in their 80s over student loans that are decades old.

45 Signs That America Will Soon Be A Nation With A Very Tiny Elite And The Rest Of Us Will Be Poor
American Dream - The middle class is being systematically wiped out of existence in the United States today. America is a nation with a very tiny elite that is rapidly becoming increasingly wealthy while everyone else is becoming poorer.... Posted below are 45 signs that America will soon be a nation with a very tiny elite and the rest of us will be poor.

Housing Market

Report: More than 25 percent of foreclosed Detroit homes now razed or on demolition list
AP - Amid its population decline, Detroit has struggled with an increasing number of vacant homes. The newspaper reports that foreclosures from 2006 and 2007 alone added 7,600 homes to the demolition list, and an estimated 38,000 homes currently are in some stage of demolition.

Energy & Environment

Tornadoes sweep Dallas area, destroying homes and cutting power
ABC News Dallas - Wave after wave of storms battered North Texas Tuesday afternoon, smashing homes and apartment complexes, toppling trees, tossing vehicles and forcing thousands of students to seek shelter inside their schools. The National Weather Service reported at least a dozen tornadoes in the Dallas-Fort Worth area — including two in Dallas and as many as four in Hunt County. See related videos and photos on this page.

VIDEO: Dallas twisters toss tractor trailers into air
The Lookout - Reports of massive damage across North Texas were rampant, as local television news captured images of the twisters—each thought to be about a half-mile wide. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

YouTube: 4/3/2012 -- HAARP ring Scalar Square Sawtooth outbreak = watch TX, LA, OK, KS, MO
dutchsinse - Be aware of a severe weather threat over the next 48 hours (possibly 72)... watch the video and the towns named are the areas we need to focus on AFTER this current storm is out of the picture.

Plasma fusion becomes a reality?
RT - Scientists in a New Jersey laboratory say they are close to a major breakthrough in the field of fusion that they predict will soon allow for an unlimited source of the cheapest, cleanest and safest energy ever. Researchers at Lawrenceville Plasma Physics in Middlesex, NJ have published the results of their recent work in the Physics of Plasmas journal last week, and expect one of their next rounds of testing to finally tackle an issue of energy procurement that would rival anything already available.

VIDEO: World's Largest Solar Plant, With Second Largest Ever Department of Energy Loan Guarantee, Files For Bankruptcy
Zero Hedge - Solyndra was just the appetizer. Earlier today, in what will come as a surprise only to members of the administration, the company which proudly held the rights to the world's largest solar power project, the hilariously named Solar Trust of America ("STA"), filed for bankruptcy.... last April STA was the proud recipient of a $2.1 billion conditional loan from the Department of Energy, incidentally the second largest loan ever handed out by the DOE's Stephen Chu.

VIDEO: NRC forbids San Onofre from reopening
Fox 5 News - The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, citing serious concerns about equipment failures at the San Onofre nuclear plant, on Tuesday prohibited plant operator Southern California Edison from restarting the plant until the problems are thoroughly understood and fixed.... The steam generators, manufactured by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, were installed within the last two years. Officials said the wear on the tubes was unusual for such new equipment and poses safety concerns because of the potential release of radiation if a tube ruptures and because they carry water that helps to cool the reactor core.

VIDEO: Radioactive water to reach Hawaii in 2 years
ENE News - Water contaminated by radioactivity that entered the sea from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant will reach the Hawaiian Islands in March 2014, according to a computer simulation by the Japan Atomic Energy Agency.... The researchers said 18,000 trillion becquerels of radioactive iodine and cesium have leaked from the plant into the sea. The contaminated water will be carried by ocean currents, and the maximum radioactivity level in cesium-137 will be about 0.04 becquerel per liter when it nears the Hawaiian Islands, they said.

VIDEO: Radiation Levels in California Rain Recorded at 506% Above Normal
Intel Hub - A radiation test carried out after a storm swept through Southern California has recorded radiation at 506% above normal background levels. The EnviroReporter, through their Inspector Alert nuclear radiation monitor, has conducted over 1,500 radiation tests with the most recent one being by far the highest levels seen.


Man Arrested for Tainting Food with Mercury, as Government and Corporations Go Free
Activist Post - One retired pharmacist was rightfully arrested after contaminating cafeteria food with heavily toxic mercury, yet no action has been taken against processed food manufacturers whose products are known to contain mercury. Nor has action been taken against the FDA, the organization that sits idly by as consumers continue to eat mercury-laden processed foods that make up on average about 90% of the US food supply.

FDA says fresh milk is dangerous, but chemical BPA is perfectly safe!
(NaturalNews) The real story here, however, is that the FDA routinely allows toxic and even deadly chemicals to remain legal in the food supply while working to ban dietary supplements and nutritional support products that are actually good for you. The FDA, for example, hasn't outlawed aspartame, MSG, sodium nitrite, partially-hydrogenated oils, high-fructose corn syrup or even petroleum-derived artificial colors. Instead, it focuses its regulatory power on outlawing Chinese Medicine herbs, nutritional supplements and natural sweeteners.

Oregano is a healing herb and natural anti-biotic
(NaturalNews) Oregano Oil is an extraordinarily powerful natural anti-biotic. Oregano has been found in a recent study to be significantly better than all of the 18 currently used anti-biotics in the treatment of MRSA staph infections. The strong phenol anti-oxidants destroy pathogenic bacteria, viruses and yeasts.

Baby receives cocktail of 7 vaccines, loses ability to speak, recovers with homeopathic shock remedies
(NaturalNews) Baby Irene's dad agreed with his homeopathic physician, Hannah Eagle, about the dangers of vaccines. He certainly did not plan on vaccinating his 4-month old daughter.... however, under a tremendous amount of pressure from the family pediatrician, he and his wife acquiesced and allowed a single injection cocktail of seven vaccines, as follows: DPaT (3 vaccines: diphtheria, pertussis, tetnus), HIB, Pneumococcal, Polio, and Influenza.

Tobacco Makers Must List Ingredients, Prove Safety Claims
Bloomberg - The Food and Drug Administration moved today to implement pieces of a 2009 law giving the agency the authority to regulate tobacco products. The FDA released preliminary guidelines for the industry that it says can educate consumers on exactly what is in cigarettes, such as ammonia and formaldehyde, and police claims that certain tobacco products may be safer than others.... The FDA released a list of 93 chemicals that tobacco makers would have to report the quantity of in their products.

Reverse cataracts naturally to avoid surgery
(NaturalNews) Cataracts are common occurrences among aging humans and often their pets. They can occur among younger humans also. The symptoms are cloudy vision, extreme glare sensitivity, with a sense of trying to see in heavy fog under certain lighting conditions.

Still looking for a cure to allergies? Ayurveda offers an alternative solution
(NaturalNews) Ayurveda, the ancient Indian science of life, has some great advice for seasonal allergy sufferers who would like to eliminate the root cause of symptoms. The solution lies in the connection between the gut and the immune system.

Scientists Confirm Bacteria is Essential to Proper Immunity
Natural Society - Bacteria, and exposure to bacteria on a daily basis, is essential to a proper immune system. With many parents ensuring that their children are virtually never exposed to enough bacteria through sanitizing everything they touch with triclosan-containing antibacterial wipes and gels, children worldwide are not being exposed to an adequate amount of immune-bolstering bacteria in the environment.

Antidepressant drug sales plummet as patents expire and patients flee to safer alternatives
(NaturalNews) The market for antidepressant drugs is quickly drying up as patents on long-time blockbusters like Lexapro, owned by Forest Laboratories, and Seroquel, owned by AstraZeneca, continue to expire. And because they are unable to develop new multi-billion-dollar blockbuster drugs to take their places, many drug manufacturers are ditching the antidepressant business altogether, especially as studies continue to emerge showing that antidepressants are largely useless and cause more harm than good.

Pet News

Consumer Pleas, FDA Warnings Ignored by All Major Retailers
Susan Thixton - The FDA has issued three warnings on the dog treats. Outraged pet owners have initiated petition after petition gaining thousands of signatures. Major media has reported numerous stories on the treats. major national retailer has listened. No national retailer, grocery chain or chain pet store has pulled the treats out of precaution. Instead, pets continue to die or suffer from serious kidney disease pet owners and veterinarians believe to be directly linked to the imported jerky treats.

Today in History - Tuesday - April 3, 2012
1776 - Harvard College conferred the first honorary Doctor of Laws degree to George Washington.
1829 - James Carrington patented the coffee mill.
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.
1862 - Slavery was abolished in Washington, DC.
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.
1910 - Alaska's Mt. McKinley, the highest mountain in North America was climbed.
1933 - First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt informed newspaper reporters that beer would be served at the White House. This followed the March 22 legislation that legalized "3.2" beer.
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.
1953 - "TV Guide" was published for the first time.
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.
1972 - Charlie Chaplin returned to the U.S. after a twenty-year absence.
1979 - Jane Byrne became the first female mayor in Chicago.
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.
1986 - The U.S. national debt hit $2 trillion.
1993 - The Norman Rockwell Museum opened in Stockbridge, MA.
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.
1998 - The Dow Jones industrial average climbed above 9,000 for the first time.
2000 - The Nasdaq set a one-day record when it lost 349.15 points to close at 4,233.68.
2010 - The Apple iPad went on sale.

World News

Red Alert: Pentagon activates missile defenses for North Korean launch
Free Beacon - The measures include stepped-up electronic monitoring, deployment of missile interceptor ships, and activation of radar networks to areas near the Korean peninsula and western Pacific. Three interceptor ships near Japan and the Philippines, as well as U.S.-based interceptors, are ready to shoot down the North Korean missile if space-land-, and sea-based sensors determine its flight path is targeted at the United States or U.S. allies, said officials who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Assad agrees to Annan’s April 10 ceasefire deadline
RT - Damascus has agreed to an April 10 deadline to partially implement UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan’s peace plan, the former UN secretary general told the Security Council.

Muslim Brotherhood Aims for Egyptian Presidency
BBC - In just over a year, the fortunes of Khairat al-Shater have changed dramatically. He has gone from being a political prisoner to a frontrunner in Egypt's presidential race as the Muslim Brotherhood's chosen candidate. Even behind bars - where he served 12 years for his association with the previously banned Islamist group - Mr Shater was an influential figure. He was known as its key financier.

VIDEO: Bin Laden's relatives get short prison sentence
AP - A Pakistani court sentenced Osama bin Laden's three widows and two of his daughters to 45 days in prison on Monday for illegally living in the country, ordering them deported when the sentence ends, their lawyer said.

“Curveball” Reiterates Confession About Iraq War Lies
New American - On Sunday the London Independent newspaper published the words from a video confession with the Iraqi most responsible for false intelligence reports that brought the United States to war with Iraq. "We went to war in Iraq on a lie. And that lie was your lie," the interviewer said to Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi — codenamed “Curveball.” Al-Janabi replied simply: "Yes." Related Article here.

Radiation Contaminated Fukushima Fish Recycled as Food Aid
Global Research - Now it's official, with the help of the UN. Canned fish from Tohoku will be given to people in developing countries in the world so that the fisheries in the disaster-affected areas can recover and "baseless rumors" disappear. The fish cans will go to Cambodia and 4 other countries and will be used in school lunches to feed school children.

'Oil for Food' Barter Trades Begin to Get Around Sanctions on Iran
Activist Post - Reuters is reporting that Uruguay, South America's leading rice exporter and the 7th largest rice exporter in the world, is seeking to barter "food for oil" with Iran to get around U.S. and EU sanctions. Because of the tough sanctions which have targeted financial institutions from doing transactions with Iran, this type of barter deal eliminates the need for financing or currency exchanging hands. Iran is historically a large purchaser of Uruguayan rice, and Uruguay agriculture officials announced that they intend to keep that business.

Euro zone unemployment hits 15-year high
(Reuters) - Unemployment in the euro zone reached its highest level in almost 15 years in February, with more than 17 million people out of work, and economists said they expected job office queues to grow even longer later this year.

The real hunger games: How banks gamble on food prices – and the poor lose out
Independent - Speculation by large investment banks is driving up food prices for the world's poorest people, tipping millions into hunger and poverty. Investment in food commodities by banks and hedge funds has risen from $65bn to $126bn (£41bn to £79bn) in the past five years, helping to push prices to 30-year highs and causing sharp price fluctuations that have little to do with the actual supply of food, says the United Nations' leading expert on food.

VIDEO: CIA ‘should pay for Nazi-like Poland prison’
RT - The smoldering scandal around an alleged CIA secret prison in Poland has exploded again, as charges have been brought against the country's former intelligence chief for allowing the site. For years, Poland’s top officials denied the prison existed.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

VIDEO: Oakland School Shooting: At Least 5 Dead, 4 Wounded
Alexander Higgins - A suspect was detained Monday in a shooting attack at an Oakland Christian university that sources said has left at least five people dead. Law enforcement sources close to the investigation told The Associated Press that at least five people have died after the morning shooting at Oikos University. Related article here on the suspect.

Just In Time: When the Trucks Stop, America Will Stop (With Immediate and Catastrophic Consequences)
Alexander Higgins - A report prepared for legislators and business leaders by the American Trucking Associations highlights just how critical our just-in-time inventory and delivery systems are, and assesses the impact on the general population in the event of an emergency or incident of national significance that disrupts the truck transportation systems which are responsible for carrying some ten billion tons of commodities and supplies across the United States each year.

Obama takes a shot at Supreme Court over healthcare
(Reuters) - President Barack Obama took an opening shot at conservative justices on the Supreme Court on Monday, warning that a rejection of his sweeping healthcare law would be an act of "judicial activism" that Republicans say they abhor.

US draws up plans for nuclear-powered drones
Guardian - American scientists have drawn up plans for a new generation of nuclear-powered drones capable of flying over remote regions of the world for months on end without refuelling.

Gov. Christie Arrives in Israel Monday
NBC News - Christie is traveling with his family and a delegation of 13 business and religious leaders on what is primarily a trade mission. While in Israel, he plans to tour a pharmaceutical facility, participate in a business roundtable and visit a school. Toward the end of the week, the Christie family will head to Jordan before flying home Sunday.

Supreme Court Rules Strip Searches OK for Minor Offenses
Kurt Nimmo - In a 5 to 4 vote, the Supreme Court ruled on Monday that it is permissible for jailers to strip search people arrested and jailed on minor offenses, even if they have not violated the law.

Homeland Security Targets Anti-Abortion Activists as Domestic Terrorists
Paul Joseph Watson - The Homeland Security unit of Charlotte’s Mecklenburg Police Department is working hard to crush the First Amendment rights of anti-abortion activists by re-characterizing protest as “stalking,” ensuring that institutions merely have to complain that they feel “threatened” in order to have police remove demonstrators.

Report: Prescription drug cocktail led to Pennsylvania shooting rampage
(NaturalNews) A few weeks ago, 30-year-old John F. Shick, a former mental health patient, went on a shooting rampage at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). And while law enforcement officials were searching Shick's apartment after the incident, they discovered a shocking 43 different medications in the man's apartment unit that appear to have played a direct role in triggering the tragic event.

The Hunger Games movie review - a glimpse of our own future if the cancerous growth of government is not checked
(NaturalNews) The Hunger Games is a wildly popular new movie set in a dystopian future where an all-powerful, high-tech centralized government rules over "districts" of impoverished populations barely surviving in third-world conditions. The film, based on the book of the same name by Suzanne Collins, is important to understand because it depicts the very future that the global elite are trying to create. In fact, much of what is shown in The Hunger Games has already begun.

GhettoPhysics documentary reveals the gang structure of power that dominates politics, finance, corporations and business
(NaturalNews) There's an absolutely stunning new documentary hitting the streets right now called GhettoPhysics. Brought to you by the co-creator of What the Bleep Do We Know?!, it reveals an understanding of society that parallels my own thinking on the matter: That every institution, every government, every corporation and every group of people is really just a GANG -- and all gangs routinely try to increase their own power by suppressing everyone else.

Hold on to your luggage - Shocking JFK airport scandal reveals over 200 baggage thefts a day
(NaturalNews) Police say the thefts are increasing at an alarming rate. They say those looking to rip you off include baggage handlers, jetway workers and even security personnel. "The belly of the airplane has become like a flea market for airport employees. They go in there and go through all the luggage unencumbered, unchecked," JFK International security lawyer Kenneth Mollins told the affiliate.

2012 Election News

Ron Paul will speak at Chico State April 3rd, UCLA April 4th, Berkeley April 5
Daily Paul - 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul will visit California this week for a three-day campaign tour. The 12-term Congressman from Texas will visit the Golden State from Tuesday, April 3rdto Thursday, the 5th for a series of town hall meetings, media appearances, and private fundraisers.

Rumors of Ron Paul campaign demise greatly exaggerated
Washington Times - The Associated Press reports that Romney has over ten times the delegates that Ron Paul has secured. Reuters reports that Paul is far behind in Wisconsin and that his supporters have finally conceded that he can’t win the nomination. None of this is true. Romney has not secured 568 delegates. Hundreds of those delegates won’t be determined until Republican state conventions, many of which haven’t happened yet.

YouTube: *MUST SEE*! Cpl J. Thorsen after speaking out for Ron Paul Despite US Army censorship

US election 2012: Mitt Romney is most out of touch candidate in modern times, Joe Biden says
The vice-president, who has been deployed by Mr Obama as the champion of America's poor, accused Mr Romney of "stripping people of their dignity" by trying to slash public spending and scrap the president's overhaul of the US health care system. "None of what he's offering does anything," Mr Biden told CBS. "It's about dignity," he repeated.

Clinton, Biden call out Romney for ‘Cold War’ tone on Russia
RT - Romney’s statement last week labeling Russia as the US' "number one geopolitical foe,” and criticism of President Barack Obama’s promise of “more flexibility” on missile defense, has found little support with top presidential aides in Washington. Commenting on the remarks separately, Biden and Clinton both accused Romney of thinking in Cold War terms of the mid-20th century that have nothing to do with current US-Russia relations.

DNC Omitted Presidential Natural Born Citizen Clause, RNC Clause Still Stands
Intel Hub - The recent criminal investigation by Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s Cold Case Posse has rendered a few new findings, one of which was announced Saturday at a conference in Surprise at which no media was present.... perhaps the most shocking moment of the conference was when Zullo stated that the Democratic National Committee (DNC) had omitted the provisions in their submittals that the President of the United States be a natural born citizen, when in fact the provision still stands on the Republican side, thus showing some type of conspiracy at a higher level.

Top Obama Fundraiser Accused Of Fraud
Intel Hub - As Bloomberg runs reports revealing that New York City is the top source of donations for both the Obama and Romney campaigns, news has surfaced that one of Obama’s top donors and fundraisers, the New York based Abaka Assongba, has been accused of fraud. According to reports, Abaka is accused of defrauding a Swiss businessman of $650,000 after engaging him in an email scam and then using that money to buy a multi-million dollar home in Florida.

Veteran News

Acupuncture study looking for more vets with Gulf War Syndrome
Stars and Stripes - Army officials recently gave a six-month extension to researchers investigating whether acupuncture can be effective in treating Gulf War Syndrome. Now, the study is looking for 30 more veterans to take part in the effort. Lisa Conboy, co-director of research at the New England School of Acupuncture and a coordinator for the study, said the results of the three-year study still have to be finalized, but officials have seen positive feedback on the treatments.


Tax breaks for underwater homeowners
(Reuters) - About 11 million homeowners owe more than their homes are worth, according to real estate data firm CoreLogic, and while taxes may not be the first thing they think about in deciding what to do, all the various options have tax consequences.

Beef Products Company Files For Bankruptcy & Blames Pink Slime
Consumerist - AFA Foods makes beef products, including the filler denounced recently as "pink slime," and the outcry over the stuff is why they're filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. A company spokesman says the business was already struggling, but that the backlash against boneless beef trimmings just put a nail in their meat coffin.

Meat Industry to Retaliate for Pink Slime Exposure with Higher Prices; USDA and FDA Escape Scrutiny
Activist Post - Beef Products International (BPI) is facing their biggest public relations disaster yet.... Kroger Co. chain has added itself to the growing "We do not carry Pink Slime" list as well as countless delis reassuring customers on their signs. BPI is closing three out of their four branches in Amarillo, Texas; Garden City, Kansas; and Waterloo, Iowa -- South Sioux City, Nebraska will remain open. BPI has one month to placate customers or possibly vanish forever. One month to undue 20 years of silent profit. Profit from supermarkets, fast food chains, and school cafeterias.

Housing Market

Fed Targets Eight More Firms in Foreclosure Probe
The eight firms cited by the Federal Reserve — HSBC’s United States bank division, SunTrust Bank, MetLife, U.S. Bancorp, PNC Financial Services, EverBank, OneWest and Goldman Sachs — should be fined for “unsafe and unsound practices in their loan servicing and foreclosure processing,” Suzanne G. Killian, a senior associate director of the Federal Reserve’s Division of Consumer and Community Affairs, told lawmakers last month in a House Oversight Committee hearing in Brooklyn.

Energy & Environment

Colorado farms planning for dry spell losing auction bids for water to fracking projects
Denver Post - Front Range farmers bidding for water to grow crops through the coming hot summer and possible drought face new competition from oil and gas drillers. At Colorado's premier auction for unallocated water this spring, companies that provide water for hydraulic fracturing at well sites were top bidders on supplies once claimed exclusively by farmers. The prospect of tussling with energy industry giants over water leaves some farmers and environmentalists uneasy.

Weather Service to test more graphic tornado warnings
(Reuters) - Under the new system, tornado warnings will be accompanied by stark language like, "mass devastation is highly likely, making the area unrecognizable to survivors," according to the National Weather Service. Or even: "This storm is not survivable." "We call this 'impact-based warning," Dan Hawblitzel, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Pleasant Hill, Missouri, said on Sunday.


VIDEO: Unacceptable Levels: New film about toxins in our food, cosmetics & environment
Food Freedom News - “Unacceptable Levels” is a feature length film, in conjunction with learned scientists, doctors, and experts in the field, who will reveal the truth about toxins in the environment, and in ourselves.

Follow the Money: BPA Makers to Gross $8 Billion Thanks to FDA Rejecting Ban
Anthony Gucciardi - Producers of toxic BPA are now boasting $8 billion in sales for 2012 thanks to the FDA rejecting a potential ban on the cancer-linked chemical on March 30th. According to GlobalData, manufacturers will produce 4.7 million metric tons of BPA this year to be dispersed into the daily lives of millions worldwide.

Pfizer execs to stand trial for cover-up of drug trial results
(NaturalNews) Four former executives at Pfizer Inc., the world's largest drug company. -- Henry McKinnell, John LaMattina, Karen Katen, Joseph Feczko -- as well as Gail Cawkwell, Pfizer's current Vice President of Medical Affairs, will all face trial for allegedly concealing the unfavorable results of drug trials involving Celebrex and Bextra. Courthouse News Service (CNS) reports that U.S. District Judge Laura Taylor Swain has denied requests made by defendants to dismiss the case, which means all five individuals will be held to account for their actions.

Health Basics: The 11 most toxic vaccine ingredients and their side effects
(NaturalNews) Today's vaccines not only contain live versions of the diseases you DO NOT WANT, but also contain GMOs, hormones from infected cows, pigs, chickens and monkeys, untested virus combinations (like H1N1), aluminum, mercury, emulsifiers, and crossbred bacteria from animals, mosquitoes, and diseased humans:

Eliminating gluten from the diet can relieve brain fog (mental confusion)
(NaturalNews) Brain fog is a real problem despite the lack of information in most medical and psychological texts. Brain fog describes mental confusion or a lack of mental clarity. People with brain fog have difficulty thinking clearly most of the time and in varying degrees. A morning bagel, lunchtime sandwich or pasta dinner may be the cause behind this scary condition.

A Snack With Even Higher Antioxidant Levels Than Fruits And Vegetables.
Medical News Today - Popcorn's reputation as a snack food that's actually good for health popped up a few notches as scientists reported that it contains more of the healthful antioxidant substances called "polyphenols" than fruits and vegetables. They spoke at the 243rd National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world's largest scientific society.

Five easy ways to detox lymph nodes and boost your immune system
(NaturalNews) Everyone knows a sedentary life style, whether as a couch potato, office worker or vehicle operator, is not conducive to good health. If one is ambitious, with enough time he or she will exercise and focus on the heart, lungs, and/or muscles.

Spicy Foods Prevent Number One Cause of Death
Natural Society - Spicy foods, such as meals infused with curry made from fresh herbs like cayenne pepper, have been found to prevent heart disease -- the number one cause of death in the developed world.

Olive Oil: The Latest Brain Food
Live in the Now - Researchers concluded that extra virgin olive oil has beneficial effects on learning and memory deficits associated with aging, as well as memory diseases associated with the overproduction of amyloid beta protein, like Alzheimer’s. They said they believe these effects are due to the antioxidants in extra virgin olive oil reversing the oxidative damage done in the brain by free radicals.... Not only is it rich in powerful antioxidants, as shown in the above study, it’s also an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids.

Good Oils Gone Bad: Recognizing Rancidity and Other Defects
Olive Oil Times - The joy of olive oil lies in its many delightful aromas and flavors—from voluptuous ripe olive to bright green grassy notes and from a soft subtle finish to a zippy peppery kick—there is a world of sensory exploration awaiting the adventurer.... The sad truth is that most people in the US, for example, are accustomed to the flavor of rancid olive oil.

Chinese herbal medicine is twice as effective for infertility as conventional Western drug therapy
(NaturalNews) In a review published in the December issue of the journal Complementary Therapies in Medicine, women receiving Chinese herbal medicine treatments were twice as likely to get pregnant within a four-month period than those receiving conventional Western medical fertility drug treatment or IVF.

Eating more citrus fruit can lower your risk of stroke
(NaturalNews) The antioxidant flavonoid compounds found in citrus fruits like oranges and grapefruits offer protective benefits against blood clot-related strokes. These are the findings of a new study published in the American Heart Association.

The correct, easy way to make green smoothies for better health
(NaturalNews) During the 1960s and after, smoothies were presented as a healthy dairy alternative. They were made with milk, yogurt, or ice cream with some fruits and maybe even chocolate or peanut butter. These became popular as tasty items that offered the illusion of drinking something healthy. Though healthier than cokes and other sodas, that outmoded type of smoothie can't compare to the health benefits of today's green smoothies.

Keep your skin healthy this summer with these natural moisturizers
(NaturalNews) Coconut oil is rich in medium chain triglycerides. These are naturally occurring fats which act as deep penetrating moisturizers and protective barriers against environmental and free radical damage. It also provides a small amount of sun protection by screening about 20% of UV exposure. It is rich in antioxidants and high in several naturally occurring acids including lauric, caprylic and capric acid, which are natural antimicrobial and antibacterial agents.

Foundation fights breast cancer with education focused on natural prevention
(NaturalNews) Unlike the Susan G. Komen Foundation, which pushes cancer-causing mammograms and endless fundraising events for a "cure" that will never be found, BCNPF [Breast Cancer Natural Prevention Foundation] has made it a mission to teach women primarily how to avoid breast cancer by maintaining optimal levels of vitamin D. This simple, highly-effective, and inexpensive approach has been shown in numerous studies to disable the mechanisms that allow cancer cells to grow and thrive.

Science & Technology

Re-Engineered Bird Flu Data Can Be Made Public, U.S. Panel Says
Bloomberg - Research on a more lethal re- engineering of the avian influenza can be made public by the scientists who created it after a review determined no immediate threat from releasing the data, a U.S. biosecurity panel said.

Cop’s 'ear' in your pocket: Cell phone tracking routine with US police
RT - Keys, driver's license, cell phone…off we go! While an officer can only get your personal details by prompting you to take out the ID, your phone could give you away at the police’s first request – a request neither you nor a court may ever learn of.

Arizona Passes Sweeping Internet Censorship Bill
Steve Watson - The law, which is being pushed under the guise of an anti-bullying campaign, would mean that anything communicated or published online that was deemed to be “offensive” by the state, including editorials, illustrations, and even satire could be criminally punished.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Michigan Ag draws guns at pig-banning meeting with farmers
Food Freedom News - The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) scheduled a meeting and sent 10 people. Two armed men, 1 plainclothesman with automatic pistol and a Kevlar jacket were among them, sent to monitor the proceedings. The DNR gave a short powerpoint presentation and a six-minute briefing to the assembled farmers, some of whom had driven eight hours to be there. The agency refused to take questions, insisting that they would meet with each farmer, individually.

Lovin' the Madness
Mother Earth News - The peaceful tranquility of farm life is often more or less controlled chaos, especially during the busy spring season! With new births and new gardens, there's no limit to the amount of work to do on this Missouri homestead.

Safe Mosquito and Tick Control
Mother Earth News - These reader reports tell how you can control ticks, mosquitoes and more by raising chickens, guineas or ducks.

Pet News

Here's One Protein Dog and Cat Owners Should Steer Clear Of
Dr Becker - This plant-based protein in all its many forms is an extremely common ingredient in low quality pet food. It contains phytoestrogens that can disrupt your pet's endocrine system. It contains substances that block absorption of minerals as well as the enzymes required for digestion. It's linked to a variety of GI disturbances, including bloat. It can cause blood sugar spikes, thyroid damage and seizures. Just say no to soy in your pet's food.

Today in History - Monday - April 2, 2012
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.
1872 - G.B. Brayton received a patent for the gas-powered streetcar.
1877 - The first Egg Roll was held on the grounds of the White House in Washington, DC.
1889 - Charles Hall patented aluminum.
1902 - The first motion picture theatre opened in Los Angeles with the name Electric Theatre.
1905 - The Simplon rail tunnel officially opened. The tunnel went under the Alps and linked Switzerland and Italy.
1910 - Karl Harris perfected the process for the artificial synthesis of rubber.
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.
1960 - France signed an agreement with Madagascar that proclaimed the country an independent state within the French community.
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.
1967 - In Peking, hundreds of thousands demonstrated against Mao foe Liu Shao-chi.
1978 - The first episode of "Dallas" aired on CBS.
1982 - Argentina invaded the British-owned Falkland Islands. The following June Britain took the islands back.
1983 - The New Jersey Transit strike that began on March 1 came to an end.
1984 - John Thompson became the first black coach to lead his team to the NCAA college basketball championship.
1984 - In Jerusalem, three Arab gunmen wounded 48 people when they opened fire into a crowd of shoppers.
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.
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.
1996 - Russia and Belarus signed a treaty that created a political and economic alliance in an effort to reunite the two former Soviet republics.
2002 - Israeli troops surrounded the Church of the Nativity. More than 200 Palestinians had taken refuge at the church when Israel invaded Bethlehem.

World News

Clinton announces multi-party nuclear talks with Iran to resume in April
Activist Post - In a joint press conference with the Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal, United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced that the next round of talks between Iran and six major world powers will resume on April 13-14. These talks, to be held between Iran and the so-called “P5+1,” meaning China, Russia, Britain, France and the United States plus Germany, will be in Turkey.

Opposition says Syrian rebel fighters to get salaries
BBC - Rebels fighting the government of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria will be paid salaries, the opposition Syrian National Council has announced. Money will also be given to soldiers who defect from the government’s army, the SNC added, after a “Friends of the Syrian people” summit in Turkey.

Drone Strike Kills Four in Pakistan
New American - About 3 a.m. local time, two Hellfire missiles were fired by a U.S. Predator Drone at a house in Pakistan on Friday morning, killing four people suspected of being members of al-Qaeda or the Taliban.... Although Pakistan has called on the United States to cease the drone attacks within that country, the Obama administration has ignored this request. In fact, the number of drones in the air, missiles fired by them, and the body count all continue increasing exponentially under orders issued by Barack Obama.

Al-Qaeda 'plotting another 9/11’ from Afghanistan
Telegraph March 30. 2012 - Ryan Crocker told The Daily Telegraph that if the West was to leave Afghanistan too early, al-Qaeda would be able to increase its presence. With the US preparing to withdraw the majority of its combat forces from Afghanistan next year, Mr Crocker warned: “If we decide we’re tired, they’ll be back.

French Constitutional Court Bans Law Enforcement Use of National Biometric ID Database
EFF - Last week, the Conseil Constitutionnel, the highest authority on the French Constitution, declared the provisions of a law permitting judicial and police use of a centralized national ID database to be unconstitutional. 200 members of the French Parliament referred the law to the Conseil following the law's adoption on March 6th. The Conseil determined that the use of the centralized database was incompatible with France's fundamental rights, including the right to privacy and the presumption of innocence.

VIDEO: Earth Hour Hijacks You Tube to Brainwash Public - Earth hour is a authoritarian HOAX!

French 'Al Qaeda' Killer: Intelligence Asset With An Israeli Connection
Activist Post - Further evidence has emerged this week which suggests that Mohamed Merah, the Frenchman shot dead on March 22nd whilst accused of murdering seven in the name of Al Qaeda, was an intelligence asset and informant.

Panetta says polls cannot dictate Afghan war plans
Agence France-Presse - US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Tuesday a poll showing a big drop in public support for the war in Afghanistan would not alter Washington’s strategy, or efforts to battle Al-Qaeda. “We cannot fight wars by polls — if we do that, we’re in deep trouble. We have to operate based on what we believe is the best strategy to achieve the mission that we have embarked on,” Panetta told reporters.

Child witnesses to Afghan massacre say Robert Bales was not alone
Here are two versions of what happened the night of March 11, when 17 Afghan villagers were shot to death. First, the Army version: Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, troubled by marriage woes, drunkenly left Camp Belambai, 12 miles from Kandahar, with a pistol and an automatic rifle... He acted alone and he admitted to the killings, according to the Army. Then there is the account that child witnesses provided Yalda Hakim, a journalist for SBS Dateline in Australia. Hakim, who was born in Afghanistan and immigrated to Australia as a child, is the first international journalist to interview the surviving witnesses.

Pentagon Wants More “Aid” for Israel March 27, 2012 - In a statement released by the Pentagon on Tuesday, spokesman George Little said that "supporting the security of the State of Israel is a top priority of President Obama and Secretary Panetta," adding that last year the US provided 205 million dollars for the system. "The Department of Defense has been in conversations with the Government of Israel about U.S. support for the acquisition of additional Iron Dome systems and intends to request an appropriate level of funding from Congress to support such acquisitions based on Israeli requirements and production capacity,” Little said.

Clinton offers Gulf states joint AMD shield against Iran
RT - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has proposed improved collaboration with Gulf Arab states on maritime security and missile defense to counter potential threats from Iran. Clinton told a security conference in Saudi Arabia on Saturday that US commitment to the Gulf is "rock-solid and unwavering." She stressed the US and Gulf governments share concerns about Iran's nuclear activity and that partnership with the US has "enormous potential'' to advance common interests.

Exclusive: Iran helps Syria ship oil to China: sources
(Reuters) - Iran is helping its ally Syria defy Western sanctions by providing a vessel to ship Syrian oil to a state-run company in China, potentially giving the government of President Bashar al-Assad a financial boost worth an estimated $80 million.

VIDEO: Iranian ninjas sue Reuters for defamation of character
Press TV - Following the strong reaction of Iranian media to the report, Reuters made changes to parts of the report but refused to apologize for slander. The Iranian girls, accused by Reuters of being assassins, say the damage has already been done and they are now taking legal action against the agency for defamation of character. The athletes say the Reuters journalist asked them what they would do if their country came under attack. Reuters used the girl's patriotic response as an excuse to call them assassins.

YouTube: Want gas? Stop wars! UK fuel panic orchestrated by NWO'
RT - There is panic at the petrol pumps in Britain, ahead of a possible tanker driver strike. Some stations have already run dry after a government minister suggested people should fill their tanks and stock up with fuel cans. RT discusses the topic with political analyst Peter Eyre who's in Birmingham in the UK.

London 2012 Olympics: terrorists 'plotting cyanide poison hand cream attack'
Telegraph - Terrorists linked with al-Qaeda are plotting a cyanide poison attack on London Olympics by mixing chemicals with hand cream, it has been reported.

UN-Backed Scientists Call For Mega-City Population Lockup
Jurriaan Maessen - According to an MSNBC article one of the scientists while speaking about human populations worldwide, stated: “We certainly don’t want them strolling about the entire countryside. We want them to save land for nature by living closely [together].” Insisting the world’s population be locked up within the confounds of mega-cities, the elite realizes that if the herd is to be properly controlled walls are needed- thick walls, and by constructing these walls, making the masses go this or that way will be
made easier..

The Shocking Face Of China’s Brutal One Child Policy
Paul Joseph Watson - This is the shocking face of China’s brutal one child policy which many academics and pressure groups are now calling to be imposed in the west – the image shows a 9 month old baby lying dead in a bucket, forcibly aborted by Chinese family planning authorities in the town of Moshan, Shandong province.

New Autism Research Program: Big Pharma Profit Center with Taxpayers’ Help
Gaia Health - The European Union has partnered with pharmaceutical corporations and Autism Speaks for the sole purpose of developing drugs to cram down the throats of autistics. Rather than doing honest research into the causes of this devastating condition, money is being poured into finding ways to suppress its symptoms.

Pakistan to ‘Punish’ Families Who Reject Ineffective and Dangerous Polio Vaccine
Activist Post - Despite powerful mainstream evidence showing that 78% of polio cases in Pakistan are among those vaccinated with the polio vaccine, and even the fact that the polio vaccine is now the leading cause of polio paralysis, Pakistan is now moving to slam parents of non-vaccinated children with fees and school bans.

Victory at CODEX on the melamine issue!
NHF - At the first day’s meeting of the 6th Session of the Codex Committee on Contaminants in Food (CCCF) yesterday in Maastricht, the Netherlands, the Committee unanimously agreed to cancel the blank check previously written to the food-packaging industry that would have allowed them to contaminate liquid infant formula with melamine-based packaging without any limits imposed upon such contamination.

Rally Monday April 2 to protest CFIA’s extermination order on rare Shropshire sheep herd
Canada: Montana Jones, a breeder of rare Shropshire sheep, has been notified by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) that they intend to destroy 41 of her apparently healthy sheep - including 20 pregnant ewes - on Monday, April 2, 2012. The order is part of the “scrapie eradication program” undertaken by the federal government in 2010 with funding of $4.5 million.... All of the condemned animals tested by the CFIA in live biopsies tested negative for scrapie.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

AUDIO: Screams For Help Not From Zimmerman – Forensic Experts
Alexander Higgins - Two different forensic experts have concluded that the person screaming for help on the 911 tapes was not George Zimmerman’s in another blow to the Zimmerman story. A Forensic voice analysis of the voice screaming for help on the 911 calls in the killing of Trayvon martin reveals the voice screaming for help was not the voice of George Zimmerman.

Lawyer for soldier accused of Afghan slaughter: ‘almost complete information blackout’
Activist Post - John Henry Browne, the attorney for Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, the man accused of single-handedly massacring 17 Afghan villagers, is now accusing the United States government of “an almost complete information blackout” which is blocking him from preparing a proper defense for Bales.

VIDEO: Judge Napolitano: Justice Kennedy Is Key to Overturning Obamacare
Newsmax March 27, 2012 - Fox News judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano tells Newsmax.TV that Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy is likely to play a key role in overturning Obamacare. “I think I can say with some confidence if Justice Kennedy is consistent with other things he has said about the Commerce Clause, he will vote with the four conservatives to invalidate the individual mandate because I think he recognizes the big picture,” said Napolitano in an exclusive interview Monday.

YouTube: Obama Is Trying To Start A Race War: Exploiting Trayvon's Death
Infowars - There can no longer be any doubt, the social engineers are trying to spark civil unrest as a distraction from the criminal looting the Banksters are carrying out. Divide and conquer is the oldest trick in the book, stir the people up against one another then pose as the savior that keeps the peace!

VIDEO: Biden Hints at More Gun Laws in Wake of Trayvon Martin Case
Kurt Nimmo - Vice president Joe Biden told CBS News Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” self-defense law will become a subject of debate following the Trayvon Martin shooting. “It’s important that people be put in a position where their Second Amendment rights are protected, but that they also don’t, as a consequence of the laws, unintendedly put themselves in harm’s way,” Biden told Bob Schieffer in an interview that will air on “Face the Nation” on Sunday.

The Zimmerman phonogram: NBC edits phone call to portray Trayvon Martin’s killer as racist?
RT - NBC appears to have edited an excerpt of a phone call made by Trayvon Martin’s killer to portray him as a racist. The edited George Zimmerman says he thinks Martin is ‘up to no good’ just because he was black – but that’s not what he really said.

FBI memo: agents can “bend or suspend the law and impinge upon the freedoms of others”
Activist Post - It has now emerged that the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) formally taught their agents that they were able to “bend or suspend the law and impinge upon the freedoms of others” in their quest to find alleged terrorists and criminals. It gets even worse when we read that they claim they have “the ability to gather information on individuals which would normally be protected under the US Constitution through the use of FISA, Title 3 monitoring, NSL reports, etc.”

VIDEO: Sheriff Arpaio: Obama’s Records Are Missing - The Obama records which have not been released include; Passport records, Obama kindergarten records, Punahou School records, Occidental College records, Columbia University records, Columbia thesis, Harvard Law School records, Harvard Law Review articles, University of Chicago scholarly articles, Illinois State Bar Association records, Illinois State Senate records/schedules (said to be lost), Medical records, Obama/Dunham marriage license, Obama/Dunham divorce documents, Soetoro/Dunham marriage license, Adoption records and of course the long-form Certificate of Live Birth.

Birther Controversy: Feds Refuse To Release Obama Draft Card
Steve Watson - A request for original documents by a group investigating the eligibility of president Obama has been turned down by The Selective Service System in a move that is sure to court more controversy.

VIDEO: Operation Fast and Furious investigation escalates as ATF, FBI disconnect revealed
Fox News - The investigation of Operation Fast and Furious escalated this past week as Fox News learned a leak at the Justice Department is providing documents to the Congressional investigators. The scope of investigation also includes the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which records show failed to tell ATF its own confidential informants were helping finance the illegal gun purchases.

Why Does The Department Of Homeland Security Need 450 MILLION Hollow Point Bullets?
The American Dream - Somebody out there has decided that the Department of Homeland Security needs a whole lot of ammunition. Recently it was announced that ATK was awarded a contract to provide up to 450 MILLION hollow point bullets to the Department of Homeland Security over the next five years.

VIDEO: Class Action Lawsuit Challenges NYPD Patrols of Private Apartment Buildings
NYCLU - The NYPD’s enforcement of Operation Clean Halls, a part of the Department’s stop-and-frisk program that allows police officers to patrol thousands of private apartment buildings across New York City, violates the rights of residents of those buildings and their guests – largely black and Latino New Yorkers – according to a federal class-action lawsuit filed today by the New York Civil Liberties Union, LatinoJustice PRLDEF and The Bronx Defenders.

$7 Billion Public-Private Plan in Chicago Aims to Fix Transit, Schools and Parks
NY Times - Mayor Rahm Emanuel is planning to announce the initiative Thursday. It includes projects to expand the city’s largest airport and improve its streets, water system, schools, community colleges, parks and commuter rail network. The city estimates that these initiatives will create 30,000 jobs over the next three years.

VIDEO: Current TV Fires Keith Olbermann Claiming Network Sabotage
Alexander Higgins - Current TV founders Al Gore and Joel Hyatt say that Keith has been fired breach of contract claiming he “sabotaged” the network, according to a report from Politico. Keith denies the claims stating implying there has been a pay dispute and the network though it would be more economical to relieve him of his contract promising to sue the network over the incident.

2012 Election News

Paul: "I'm trying to save the Republican Party"
Huffington Post - Ron Paul: "The truth is, I'm trying to save the Republican Party from themselves because they want perpetual wars, they don't care about presidents who assassinate American citizens, they don't care about searching our houses without search warrants, and these are the kind of things people care about," Paul said on CBS' "Face the Nation."... The Texas representative also criticized the way that Republicans, as well as the Obama administration, have been handling the Afghanistan War.

VIDEO: The Mainstream Media Is Completely Out Of Control
Run Ron Paul 2012 - If Ron Paul loses his bid for the Presidency it will be because their lies and smear cost us the election, and that could ultimately cost us our country. Their lies have certainly placed our nation in the jeopardy it is in today. We can do something about it and boycott the mainstream media’s advertisers (their advertisers keep them in operation). Certainly if we do nothing, nothing will change.

Give Me Liberty Money Bomb
Ron Paul 2012 - The first fundraising quarter of 2012 ends Saturday at midnight. So I must have your immediate support if I am to continue my campaign's successful delegate strategy, run a full-scale GOTV program, and fight back against any "funny business" the "old guard" establishment might try to pull. With your financial help, we can show the national media and the Washington, D.C. political establishment that this race for the presidency has become a whole new ballgame!

YouTube: Ron Paul Sweeps All Delegates From Nye County, Nevada!
This is a huge victory for Ron Paul and this shows how strong of a ground game he has!

VIDEO: Ron Paul Draws 5,200 to Wisconsin Rally. Media Deems It NOT Newsworthy!
Daily Paul - Uploaded March 30, 2012.

VIDEO: Dr. Paul Packs RECORD 5,200+ Crowd @ U of Wisconsin @ Madison, March 29, 2012!
Daily Paul - "University of Wisconsin-Madison students are not beholden to the Democrat Party or President Obama. Ron Paul attracts young people from all backgrounds, and he is the only Republican candidate who inspires voters within this and other key demographics. We're excited to bring the best, most consistent candidate and his constitutionally-limited government message to UW students and Wisconsin voters," said Edward King, National Youth Director for the Ron Paul 2012 Presidential Campaign.

YouTube: Ron Paul Ad - Real Change

Daily Paul Silver Dime Card Drive by Freedom's Phoenix
Daily Paul - Ernest Hancock of Freedom's Phoenix has created a special collectors edition Daily Paul Silver Dime Cards. Freedom's Phoenix is offering these amazing cards for $5.00 each as a fundraiser to support the Daily Paul.

Vote Ron Paul in the 2012 TIME 100 Poll
Cast your votes for the leaders, artists, innovators, icons and heroes that you think are the most influential people in the world. Official voting ends on Friday, April 6, and the poll winner will be included in the TIME 100 issue. The complete TIME 100 list will be chosen by our editors and revealed on on Tuesday, April 17.

VIDEO: Romney says story about Michigan layoffs is ‘humorous’
Raw Story - Speaking to thousands of Wisconsin voters during a tele-town hall, the former Massachusetts governor recalled what he described as a “humorous” anecdote that left some Michigan workers without jobs, according to the Journal Sentinel.... Watch this video from MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show, broadcast March 28, 2012.

Occupy Wall Street Protest

VIDEO: NDAA Lawsuit: Press Conference & Occupy Wall Street Action
The Dissenter March 29, 2012 - A recap: Tangerine Bolen, founder of Revolution Truth, says that the plaintiffs bringing the suit believe the NDAA could be used against Occupy Wall Street and other protest groups.... She mentions that journalist Chris Hedges filed the lawsuit. Then, multiple plaintiffs were added. Author Naomi Wolf describes how the NDAA has already had a chilling effect on journalism. She mentions stories she has not pursued because she was afraid the US government would target her.


Extorting Alums: Colleges Withhold Transcripts from Grads in Loan Default
The Nation - Most students have no idea when they take out loans to attend college that they will be held hostage by their own schools if they fall behind later in their repayments. Loan documents typically say nothing about a policy of withholding transcripts, which after all is a policy set by the school, not by the federal government that issues and guarantees the loan.

Come Sunday, America will have highest corporate tax in world
Come Sunday, America finally has something to crow about in its economic war with China and Japan: It will have the highest jobs-killing corporate tax rate in the industrialized world.... When Japan officially slashes its rate to 36.8 percent Sunday, America’s will be tops at 39.2 percent. President Obama has proposed a rate of 28 percent, but Republicans charge that it comes with $350 billion in new, off-setting taxes. The GOP is pushing for a cut to 25 percent, but the election year is getting in the way of any deal.

Another $17 trillion surprise found in Obamacare
Daily Caller - Senate Republican staffers continue to look though the 2010 health care reform law to see what’s in it, and their latest discovery is a massive $17 trillion funding gap. “The more we learn about the bill, the more we learn it is even more unaffordable than was suspected,” said Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, the Republicans’ budget chief in the Senate. “The bill has to be removed from the books because we don’t have the money,” he said.

Energy & Environment

California Slammed With Fukushima Radiation
Zero Hedge - The Journal Environmental Science and Technology reports in a new study that the Fukushima radiation plume contacted North America at California “with greatest exposure in central and southern California”, and that Southern California’s seaweed tested over 500% higher for radioactive iodine-131 than anywhere else in the U.S. and Canada:

VIDEO: Fairewinds President: Organic farm in Portland stopped producing food after radiation tests - “Very frightening what happened on West Coast”
ENENews - Filmed by CCTV, Mrs. Gundersen spoke about the similarities between Vermont Yankee, a GE Mark I boiling water reactor, and the reactors that suffered catastrophic containment failures at the Fukushima Daiichi facility in Japan a year ago.


Vaccine to stop heart attacks could be here in 5 years
Daily Telegraph - A vaccine delivered in an injection or nasal spray to prevent heart attacks could be available within five years. Scientists have discovered that the drug stimulates the body’s immune system to produce antibodies which prevent heart disease by stopping fat building up in the arteries.

Shockingly Craven Behavior in Vaccine Experiment on Babies: Adding Drug to Improve Response
Gaia Health - Babies are now being drugged with powerful medications to reduce potential pain and fever before being vaccinated with multiple vaccinations. This is said to aid sleep which according to experts maximizes the vaccines response.

FDA Deletes 1 Million Signatures for GMO Labeling Campaign
Activist Post - Evidently, the FDA counts the amount of signatures not by how many people signed, but how many different individual letters are brought to it. To the FDA, even tens of thousands of signatures presented on a single petition are counted as – you guessed it – a single comment. This is how, despite over a million supporters being gathered by the petition, the FDA concluded a count of only 394.

Ginger Destroys Cancer More Effectively than Death-Linked Cancer Drugs
Natural Society - Ginger, a cousin spice of super anti-cancer substance turmeric, is known for its ability to shrink tumors. Astoundingly, it is even more effective than many cancer drugs, which have been shown to be completely ineffective and actually accelerate the death of cancer patients. Commonly consumed across the world in small doses among food and beverage products, the medicinal properties of ginger far surpass even advanced pharmaceutical inventions. The subject of one study based out of Georgia State University, whole ginger extract was revealed to shrink prostate tumor size by a whopping 56% in mice.

Dandelion gets scientific acceptance as an antioxidant and "novel" cancer therapy
(NaturalNews) Dandelion is a delicious super-food to add to salads and soups. It contains substantial vitamins and a host of plant-based minerals, especially potassium. The herb stimulates the flow of bile from the liver into the gall bladder, making dandelion a key ingredient in liver cleanse formulas. It helps to break down liver fats and is an effective diuretic. The scientific community has been frenetically studying dandelion recently, due to encouraging evidence that dandelion suppresses the growth and invasive behavior in several types of cancer.

VIDEO: CDC: Autism in U.S. up 78% in past decade
(CNN) -- The number of children with autism in the United States continues to rise, according to a new report released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The latest data estimate that 1 in 88 American children has some form of autism spectrum disorder. That's a 78% increase compared to a decade ago, according to the report.

FDA Rejects Monumental BPA Ban
Natural Society March 31, 2012 - On Friday the agency made the decision due to lack of scientific evidence to justify the new restrictions, despite tons of evidence showcasing BPAs dangers. The FDA’s problem? Much of the research was performed using mice, and so they claimed that the findings don’t relate to humans.

Low Doses of Endocrine Disrupters Can Do More Harm Than High Doses: EPA Ignores the Truth
Gaia Health - Even tiny doses of endocrine disrupting chemicals can devastate health. It’s long been known, but now we have a study that clearly documents the fact. There is no safe level.

Three benefits of dark chocolate that will help you lose weight
(NaturalNews) While there is no magic solution to weight loss, research supports a number of health benefits of dark chocolate for this purpose including reduced insulin sensitivity, increased feelings of fullness and reduced stress and cortisol levels.

Consuming a variety of berries can prevent memory loss and improve cognition
(NaturalNews) Researchers have postulated for years that fruits such as strawberries, blueberries and blackberries provide support for an aging brain, and new research published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry explains how a variety of berry fruits have beneficial effects on the brain and may help prevent age-related memory loss and other changes. Including one to two servings each day of these delicious fruits may just help restore optimal memory function and prevent cognitive decline.

Juicing cannabis miraculously saves lives after physicians declare the battle lost
(NaturalNews) The medical properties of marijuana are actually destroyed when heated or aged, as it becomes psychoactive. Heating converts 600mg of non-psychoactive THC acid into 10mg of psychoactive THC. Here's where the exchange for medical effects occurs. While the 10mg retain some medicinal effects, there is only a fraction of the THC left. In simplified terms, in the raw plant, THC acid isn't psychoactive, but acts as a very powerful medicine, up to 400 times more powerful than when smoked.

New Hampshire Senate Passes Medical Marijuana Bill - The New Hampshire Senate voted Wednesday to approve a medical marijuana bill, Senate Bill 409, in a 13-11 vote. The bill now moves to the House.

Science & Technology

Is this finally proof we're NOT causing global warming?
Daily Mail - A team of scientists led by geochemist Zunli Lu from Syracuse University in New York state, has found that contrary to the ‘consensus’, the ‘Medieval Warm Period’ approximately 500 to 1,000 years ago wasn’t just confined to Europe. In fact, it extended all the way down to Antarctica – which means that the Earth has already experience global warming without the aid of human CO2 emissions.

New 'life in space' hope after billions of 'habitable planets' found in Milky Way
Telegraph - Billions of potentially habitable planets may exist within our galaxy, the Milky Way, raising new prospects that life could exist near Earth, a study has found.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Confirmed: Michigan pig ban will eliminate all heritage breeds, destroy thousands of small-scale farms
(NaturalNews) As many NaturalNews readers now know, the state of Michigan's Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recently issued a final ruling on its invasive species order (ISO) for swine that targets destructive "feral" species for elimination across the state. But what many people do not realize is that because of the careless way in which the order was created, all unconventional pig breeds, including heritage breeds raised by small-scale farms, are also lumped into this "feral" category as well. Learn more ... related videos here.

Pet News

World Pet Parents' Action Group
Susan Thixton - Meet the Pet Parents Action Group; an organization of pet advocates - world-wide. This young organization has gathered together some very strong pet advocates providing education and resources for pet owners all over the world. Here is the first newsletter from a world of pet advocates...(great, great information by the way)...

Did you know...
Susan Thixton - The FDA considers insect or rodent contaminated pet food ingredients and diseased or euthanized animals to add "aesthetic" value to pet food? You can't make this stuff up.


Using your thoughts to better your reality
(NaturalNews) There's something to be said for focusing on the positive. Actually, metaphysicians and personal life coaches will tell you that focusing on the positive is everything. They'll tell you that and they'll tell you that your subconscious mind drives the reality around you. So if you're subconsciously, or consciously, focused on the negative, your subconscious mind will steer you right there.

Humor & Satire

YouTube: Debt Limit - A Guide To American Federal Debt Made Easy
A satirical short film taking a look at the national debt and how it applies to just one family.



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