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Friday - August 29, 2014 - Today in History:

1833 - The "Factory Act" was passed in England to settle child labor laws.
1842 - The Treaty of Nanking was signed by the British and the Chinese. The treaty ended the first Opium War and gave the island of Hong Kong to Britain.
1944 - During the continuing celebration of the liberation of France from the Nazis, 15,000 American troops marched down the Champs Elysees in Paris.
1945 - U.S. General Douglas MacArthur left for Japan to officially accept the surrender of the Japanese.
1949 - At the University of Illinois, a nuclear device was used for the first time to treat cancer patients.
1957 - Senator Strom Thurmond of South Carolina set a filibuster record in the U.S. when he spoke for 24 hours and 18 minutes.
1962 - The lower level of the George Washington Bridge opened.
1965 - Gemini 5, carrying astronauts Gordon Cooper and Charles ("Pete") Conrad, splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean after eight days in space.
1983 - Two U.S. marines were killed in Lebanon by the militia group Amal when they fired mortar shells at the Beirut airport.
1990 - Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, in a television interview, declared that America could not defeat Iraq.
1991 - The Communist Party in the Soviet Union had its bank accounts frozen and activities were suspended because of the Party's role in the failed coup attempt against Mikhail Gorbachev.
1991 - The republics of Russia and Ukraine signed an agreement to stay in the Soviet Union. 1992 - The U.N. Security Council agreed to send troops to Somalia to guard the shipments of food.
1998 - Northwest Airlines pilots went on strike after their union rejected a last-minute company offer.
2004 - India test-launched a nuclear-capable missile able to carry a one-ton warhead. The weapon had a range of 1,560 miles.

World News

UN: Ukraine conflict death toll hits 2,600, civilians ‘trapped inside conflict zones’
RT - At least 2,593 people have been killed in eastern Ukraine since the start of the Kiev’s military operation against anti-government forces there started in mid-April, according to a new estimate by the Office of the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights.

‘All hands on deck’: US pushes ahead with Ebola vaccine trials on humans
RT - Twenty healthy volunteers will next week enter a 48-week trial for a US-developed vaccine against the deadly Ebola virus. The trial has been moved forward due to the current outbreak, but the first results are unlikely before the year end.

GM mosquitoes increase spread of dengue fever in Brazilian town
(NaturalNews) Transgenic insects developed by a British company as the solution to dengue fever in the Third World are causing the debilitating disease to spread even worse, according to new reports. Genetically modified (GM) mosquitoes developed by Oxitec have sparked an outbreak of dengue fever in Brazil so severe that officials have had to renew a state of emergency declaring the situation to be a "biological disaster."

Sub-glacial eruption of Iceland’s volcano forms row of ‘cauldrons’
RT - Icelandic volcano activity increased on Wednesday, with scientists detecting 10-15 meters deep cauldrons of melted ice at the Vatnajökull glacier, prompting fears of an imminent eruption.

Is Russian Invasion of Ukraine a Hoax?
Kurt Nimmo - Unconfirmed invasion portrayed as fact by U.S. government and corporate media.... Despite a lack of independent confirmation of a Russian invasion, State Department spokesman Jen Psaki said the alleged military action is of “deep concern to us, but we’re also concerned by the Russian government’s unwillingness to tell the truth, even as its soldiers are found 30 miles inside Ukraine.”

NATO Says Over 1000 Russian Troops In Ukraine, “Extremely Worrying… Dire Situation”
Zero Hedge - Hot on the heels of Ukraine’s claims of ‘invasion’ and retraction of said claim, NATO is once again stepping in with strong claims about Russian ‘incursions’..

NATO Releases Satellite Imagery "Proof" That Russia Has Invaded Ukraine
Zero Hedge - NATO released new satellite images on Thursday, 28 August 2014, that show Russian combat forces engaged in military operations inside the sovereign territory of Ukraine.... Russia's response - "reports on Russian troops in Ukraine are false."

'No Russian troops in Ukraine': Moscow's OSCE rep responds to Kiev's claims
RT - The OSCE was told there was no Russian presence spotted across the Ukraine border, refuting Thursday's claims that a full-scale invasion was underway. Both the Ukrainian monitoring team head and Russia's representative have given a firm 'no.'... No actual evidence has been given either by either foreign governments or the media, apart from claims that photographs exist that someone had "seen."

Ex-CIA Official Proposes Assassination of Putin
Kit Daniels - In a recent op-ed, a former CIA official suggested the removal of Russian President Vladimir Putin, by assassination if necessary, should be the primary objective of the Obama administration in its strategy for Ukraine.

Kiev loses control of Novoazovsk, rebel troops advance in southeast Ukraine
RT - Kiev’s troops had to leave the eastern Ukrainian city of Novoazovsk to save their lives, said the country’s Security and Defense Council. The authorities admitted that self-defense forces are advancing and leading a counteroffensive in the southeast.

Putin calls on Ukraine militia to let blocked Kiev troops to cross into Russia
RT - “I urge the militias to open a humanitarian corridor for Ukrainian troops that were surrounded, in order to avoid meaningless victims and provide them with the opportunity to freely withdraw from the battlefield area, to be reunited with their families, to return to their mothers, wives and children,” Putin said.

Coast Guard Narrowly Avoids Sparking World War III
StratRisks - The U.S. Coast Guard fired at an Iranian fishing boat in the Persian Gulf on Tuesday, nearly adding to a long list of global headaches for President Obama. Fortunately, the incident ended quickly with nobody hurt, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said, according to a CNN report.

Reduce or stop it': China vows to respond to US 'close surveillance' patrols
RT - Beijing is calling on Washington to scale back, or cancel, aerial surveillance of the Chinese mainland, since such a practice represents a security risk and a deterrent to better bilateral relations - otherwise it is ready to take measures.

United Nations Calls For ‘Killer Robots’ To Be Outlawed
Daily Sheeple - Angela Kane, High representative for disarmament at the United Nations, has called for ‘killer robots’ to be outlawed. She acknowledged that battlefield robots that can kill without human intervention are just a “small step” away.

Ebola Outbreak Evolving "In Alarming Ways," WHO Warns 20,000 Could Be Infected
Zero Hedge - More than 20,000 people may be infected with the Ebola virus before the outbreak in West Africa is controlled, warns the World Health Organization. As we noted previously, they believe the costs to fight this epidemic will be $490 million...

U.S. News, Politics & Government

U.S. Officials Say ‘Significant Increase’ in Jihadi Chatter Ahead of 9/11 Anniversary
The Blaze - U.S. intelligence has picked up increased chatter among Islamist terror networks approaching the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and amid the continuing battle for supremacy between Al Qaeda and the Islamic State, current and former U.S. officials told TheBlaze.

Chicago man waving ISIS flag out of vehicle window warns cops car is rigged with bomb: police
NY Daily News - A Chicago man trailing an ISIS flag outside his car window is behind bars after leading cops on a chase and then telling officers the vehicle was rigged with explosives and would detonate if searched, police said.

MYSTERY: MO hospital treats hundreds of children for unusual virus - An unusual respiratory virus is striking children in the metro in big numbers. Children’s Mercy Hospital is hospitalizing 20 to 30 kids a day with the virus. The hospital is as full now as it is at the height of flu season.

Disarmed: Texas Governor Rick Perry Loses Right To Carry Firearm
Mac Slavo - The right to bear arms shall not be infringed? Recently indicted Texas Governor Rick Perry can no longer carry a concealed weapon. A felony indictment for abuse of power will hit Texas Governor Rick Perry, an avowed gun enthusiast, where it hurts – by curtailing some of his rights to bear firearms.

Billionaire Koch Brothers Fund Campaign Against Police Militarization
Ben Swann - Left-leaning American politicos often complain about the political activities of the “evil” Koch brothers. They argue that Charles and David Koch use their disproportionate wealth to bend the American political system to suit their will.

FOIA Request Reveals NIST Control of 1,000 Hours of 9/11 WTC Phone and Radio Recordings - Subsequent FOIA requests and administrative appeals for these records have been ignored by NIST.

Ron Paul’s Challenge: Call for 9/11 Transparency with new #Declassify Campaign
Ben Swann - Former Texas Republican Congressman and Presidential Candidate Ron Paul has announced a campaign to raise support for House Resolution 428 which seeks to declassify 28 pages of the Senate report on the attacks of September 11, 2001.

Obama Reveals The Grand ISIS Plan: "We Don't Have A Strategy Yet"
Zero Hedge - President Obama 'knows' how to handle Putin's 'continuation' (not 'invasion') - more sanctions (and costs for Europe) - but when it comes to beating the most "barbaric" terrorists known as ISIS, ISIL, or The Islamic State; he had this to offer... "I don't want to put the cart before the horse. We don't have a strategy yet."

Obama threatens Russia with new sanctions over Ukraine
RT - President Barack Obama acknowledged during an impromptu press conference on Thursday afternoon that the United States is considering new sanctions to impose against Russia over the escalating crisis in Ukraine.

Feds balk at court’s order to explain no-fly list selection process
Ars Technica - The Obama administration is fighting a federal judge's order requiring it to explain why the government places US citizens who haven't been convicted of any violent crimes on its no-fly database.

TN Cops to Draw Blood at Labor Day Weekend ‘No Refusal’ DUI Checkpoints
Ben Swann - Tennessee has a new Labor Day tradition. According to WKRN-TV, the Tennessee Highway Patrol will continue its “no refusal” blood-extraction DUI checkpoints this Labor Day weekend, starting on midnight on August 29 and continuing until midnight on September 1. Under “no refusal” enforcement, suspected drunk drivers will be forced to submit to a breathalyzer or blood test, even if they refuse.

How Police Can Seize Your Home Even If You’re Innocent
Off the Grid News - A few months after their son was arrested for selling $40 worth of drugs outside of their house in the Somerton section of the city, the police had returned. But this time they wanted something else — their home.

Economy & Business

Wall Street Admits That A Cyberattack Could Crash Our Banking System At Any Time
Economic Collapse - Wall Street banks are getting hit by cyber attacks every single minute of every single day. It is a massive onslaught that is not highly publicized because the bankers do not want to alarm the public. But as you will see below, one big Wall Street bank is spending 250 million dollars a year just by themselves to combat this growing problem.

The stunning failure of Obamacare
Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis - A special question on the impact of Obamacare on businesses in the August Philly Fed Manufacturing Survey shows the stunning failure of Obamacare.

VIDEO: Why Humans ‘Need Not Apply’ For the Future…
Aaron Dykes - What happened when we went from nearly everyone producing food to only a few mega-corporations? That’s just part of the problem in the wake of self-driving autos, software replacements to human jobs, robotic factory workers and beyond. It is the road to a future where human labor is not needed.... Our lives can’t be summarily replaced by highly-functioning computers, but that won’t stop the powers that be from trying.

Veteran News

18 Signs That The Obama Administration Is Openly Hostile To The Military
The Daily Sheeple - Has there ever been an administration that has had more disdain for the U.S. military than the Obama administration? The way that this administration treats our veterans and the way that this administration is gutting our armed forces is absolutely shameful.

Energy & Environment

DDT compounds found at deadly levels in Michigan birds and eggs
(NaturalNews) The 54-acre plant shut down decades ago and is now under control of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), but the damages caused by the plant's operations are significantly stifling the area's ecosystem, particularly song-singing birds like robins.

Solar energy plants ignite birds in mid-air; thousands killed by intense light beams
(NaturalNews) This type of solar energy plant differs from the normal solar panels that convert the sun's energy directly into electrical energy by light-sensitive semiconductors to be used immediately or stored in large batteries.

USGS Study: Yellowstone Eruption Would Send Ash Across North America
Activist Post - In the unlikely event of a volcanic super eruption at Yellowstone National Park, the northern Rocky Mountains would be blanketed in meters of ash, and millimeters would be deposited as far away as New York City, Los Angeles and Miami, according to a new study.

Science & Technology

The executive order that led to mass spying, as told by NSA alumni
Ars Technica - The problem does not begin with political systems that discourage transparency or technologies that can intercept everyday communications without notice. Like everything else in Washington, there’s a legal basis for what many believe is extreme government overreach—in this case, it's Executive Order 12333, issued in 1981.

 Farming, Gardening & Homesteading

4 Easy Ways to Preserve Herbs
Organic Gardening - Keep garden-fresh herbs handy all fall and winter, and leave the store-bought dried herbs on the shelf.


Glyphosate - The silent danger causing lead poisoning in pregnant women
(NaturalNews) On top of that, a study from Sri Lanka, spearheaded by Dr. Channa Jayasumana, shows how glyphosate, a broad-spectrum herbicide that is used to kill weeds, acts as a carrier for heavy metals like lead and arsenic. The glyphosate forms chemical bonds that transport the toxic metals more readily into the bloodstream of agricultural workers. Once the heavy metals are welcomed into the blood, they can circulate throughout the body, damaging kidneys, the brain and other organs.

Phosphoric acid causes kidney disease, lowers bone density, is in Coca-Cola, despite label 'no artificial flavors, no preservatives'
(NaturalNews) Coca-Cola is coming out with a new marketing campaign targeting the consumers' health-diligence. Coke executives plan on boosting global marketing spending by one billion dollars over the next three years. The company has already started adorning their bottles and cans of Coke with labels that claim "no artificial flavors, no preservatives added."

Three superfoods that nourish and rejuvenate the skin
(NaturalNews) Many health researchers now understand that our skin is a reflection of our internal health. A body that is fed nutritious whole foods, for instance, is more likely to enjoy clear and radiant skin, while a body that is fed processed foods is more likely to suffer from greasy and affliction-prone skin. Therefore, a change in diet should always be the priority among people seeking to improve their skin's long-term health.

CNN Publishes Psyops Story Denying Vaccine-Autism Link
Green Med Info - CNN waited patiently to publish this 'story' about why vaccines don't cause autism. The CDC and CNN share the same home. They traditionally dovetail in their messaging. Should we be surprised that they are in collusion with the CDC autism-vaccine coverup?

3 Vaccines That Should Be Banned And Never Administered To Any Child - Before following the advice of your medical doctor on immunization (which is not synonymous with vaccination), you may want to reconsider giving any vaccines to your child until you have completed sufficient research on the risks, side effects and actual causes of the diseases you are vaccinating against. The following are three highly controversial vaccines that many experts now believe should be banned from all vaccination practices in children.

Move Over Coconut Water, Make Room for a more Sustainable Drink
Natural Society - Like honey, maple is full of nutrition and important antioxidants we all need. Many people familiar with maple syrup don’t realize that it doesn’t flow out of maple trees in a viscous form. Usually what comes out of the tree is more like water. It is sweet and delicious, and full of nutrients and minerals.

She Used to Be In A Wheelchair - The TED Talk That Comes With a Warning
Natural Blaze - Recently, I wanted to share the great news about people who were actually successfully reversing their ALS, also called Lou Gehrig's. It turns out, people are also reversing another neurodegenerative disease - Multiple Sclerosis.

Unlocking France's Secrets to Raw Cheese
Dr. Mercola - Unlike in the US, where cheese is mostly pasteurized in order to kill off any and all bacteria, in France, traditional cheese makers strive to understand the microbial communities in raw milk, and thereby in their cheese. This is done in order to harness the natural power of beneficial microbes to keep the bad ones in check.

Pet News

For Owners Who Desire a Forever-Bond with Their Beloved Pet
Dr. Becker - As of this month, pet owners living in New York can choose to be buried next to their beloved animal companions in licensed pet cemeteries. New regulations recently adopted by the New York Department of State allow burial of human cremains in pet cemeteries.

Thursday - August 28, 2014 - Today in History:

1774 - The first American-born saint was born in New York City. Mother Elizabeth Ann Seton was canonized in 1975.
1916 - Italy's declaration of war against Germany took effect during World War I.
1922 - The first radio commercial aired on WEAF in New York City. The Queensboro Realty Company bought 10 minutes of time for$100.
1939 - The first successful flight of a jet-propelled airplane took place. The plane was a German Heinkel He 178.
1963 - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., gave his "I Have a Dream" speech at a civil rights rally in Washington, DC. More than 200,000 people attended.
1981 - "The New York Daily News" published its final afternoon edition.
1990 - Iraq declared Kuwait to be its 19th province and renamed Kuwait City al-Kadhima.
1995 - The biggest bank in the U.S. was created when Chase Manhattan and Chemical Bank announced their $10 billion deal.
1996 - A divorce decree was issued for Britain's Charles and Princess Diana. This was the official end to the 15-year marriage.
1998 - The Pakistani prime minister created new Islamic order and legal system based on the Koran.
2004 - George Brunstad, at age 70, became the oldest person to swim the English Channel. The swim from Dover, England, to Sangatte, France, took 15 hours and 59 minutes.
2005 - New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin ordered everyone in the city to evacuate ahead of Hurricane Katrina.
2008 - Barack Obama accepted the Democratic presidential nomination with a speech at Invesco Field in Denver.

World News

Senators urge US to cut off ISIL funding
Press TV - In a letter Tuesday to Secretary of State John Kerry, Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Bob Casey (D-Pa.) characterized ISIL as the “best funded terrorist group” which has the “resources, weaponry, and operational safe havens to continue to threaten the stability of the region and US national security interests."

ISIS has 100,000 fighters, growing fast - Iraqi govt adviser
RT - The number of Islamic State recruits is much higher than that estimated by foreign observers – around 100,000, says one of Iraq’s foremost security experts with unique access to intelligence. The terrorists are swallowing up other insurgent groups.
* Related: US intelligence: 300 Americans fighting alongside Islamic State

Swiss President Says Concerned With US Plan to Supply Nuclear Fuel to Ukraine
RIA Novosti - Swiss President and Chairperson-in-Office of the OSCE Didier Burkhalter shared Russia's concern over nuclear security due to US intention to supply nuclear fuel to Ukraine and urged Moscow to address the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Iran’s FM urges prosecution of Israeli officials for war crimes
Press TV - Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has called for the prosecution of the Israeli regime in international courts for committing war crimes against Palestinians.

First UN humanitarian aid convoy arrives in Gaza Strip
Press TV - A United Nations (UN) humanitarian aid convoy carrying food for about 150,000 people has arrived at the Gaza Strip, a first such arrival since Israel imposed its blockade on the Palestinian enclave in 2007.

Ebola outbreak: US official says epidemic will worsen
BBC - The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is going to get worse before it gets better, according to the top US public health official. Tom Frieden, the director of the Centers for Disease Control, said the epidemic would need an “unprecedented” response to bring it under control.

CFR: U.S. Need Not Recognize Syrian Sovereignty in ISIS Attacks
Kurt Nimmo - The Council on Foreign Relations believes Syrian concerns about the United States violating its national sovereignty are irrelevant.

Russia, Ukraine agree on need for peace
Russia & India Report - Russian President Vladimir Putin received an assurance from his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko that the Kiev authorities would work on an urgent ceasefire plan to end the country’s bitter civil war.

Alleged Russian soldiers captured in Ukraine say they 'were lost' in Kiev-released video
RT - Kiev's army has released videos showing alleged Russian paratroopers captured after an incursion into the country, ahead of Russian-Ukrainian talks in Minsk expected to have a large focus on the military and humanitarian crisis in eastern Ukraine.
* Related: NATO Canada Has A Message For Russian Soldiers

The Nail In The Petrodollar Coffin: Gazprom Begins Accepting Payment For Oil In Ruble, Yuan
Zero Hedge - According to Russia's RIA Novosti, citing business daily Kommersant, Gazprom Neft has agreed to export 80,000 tons of oil from Novoportovskoye field in the Arctic; it will accept payment in rubles, and will also deliver oil via the Eastern Siberia-Pacific Ocean pipeline (ESPO), accepting payment in Chinese yuan for the transfers.

Monsanto and Ukraine
Blacklisted News - Finally, a little-known aspect of the crisis in Ukraine is receiving some international attention. On July 28, the California-based Oakland Institute released a report revealing that the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), under terms of their $17 billion loan to Ukraine, would open that country to genetically-modified (GM) crops and genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) in agriculture.

IMF chief confirms she faces 'negligence' charges in multi-million euro fraud case
RT - IMF chief Christine Lagarde has confirmed that she is being investigated for alleged "negligence" in a corruption probe when she was French Finance Minister in 2008, she told AFP.

Saudi Arabia Remains on U.N. Human Rights Council despite 19 Beheadings, including One for “Sorcery”
AllGov - One nation that does a lot of beheadings is on the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Lately, in fact, Saudi Arabia can’t seem to get enough beheadings. Its government has executed at least 19 people using this method since August 4, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW). Of the 19, eight were found guilty of non-violent offenses; seven for drug smuggling and one for committing sorcery.

When Israelis Kills Gaza Civilians, They do so with Weapons Provided by U.S.
AllGov - When a country like the United States provides more than $3 billion a year in military aid to a country like Israel, which often is involved in wars, American-made hardware is bound to wind up being used.

Arrests of would-be British jihadists increase fivefold
RT - The UK’s most senior counter-terrorism officer said “significant progress” is being made in the hunt for James Foley’s killer, while the number of arrests of would-be British jihadists and their supporters has increased fivefold.

Fukushima disaster bill more than $105bn, double earlier estimate – study
RT - The tragedy at the Fukushima nuclear plant will cost 11.08 trillion yen ($105 billion), twice as much as Japanese authorities predicted at the end of 2011, says the study. The expenses include radiation clean-up and compensation to residents.

Fishermen Report ‘Waist-High’ Fukushima Debris in Pacific
AFP - Canadian fishermen off the coast of Langara Island in British Columbia say they are seeing “waist-high” debris from Fukushima, Japan, that goes on for up to 15 miles floating in the Pacific Ocean.

Democratic Republic of Congo Sees 13 Deaths From Different Strain of Ebola
The Daily Sheeple - Tests are ongoing to find out which strain of Ebola has surfaced in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The country is so far reporting 13 deaths from the disease and health officials there say they are expecting many more.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Davis City Council Tells Police To Have Plan For Getting Rid Of MRAP Military Vehicle In Next 60 Days
(CBS13) - The Davis City Council has told the police department it must get rid of a military vehicle it received in the next 60 days. The controversy over the mine-resistant, ambush protected vehicle attracted a large crowd on Tuesday that was largely against it.

U.S. court will not block lawsuits over Connecticut SWAT raid
(Reuters) - A U.S. federal appeals court has ruled that Connecticut police cannot claim immunity to quash lawsuits seeking millions of dollars in damages from a botched 2008 raid by a SWAT team that severely injured a homeowner and killed his friend.... In a 51-page ruling that upholds a lower court decision, the appeals court said the police responded with unnecessary and inappropriate force and under the circumstances, are not protected by "qualified immunity" from the lawsuits.

Lawyer: Cops Never Told Walmart Shopper to Drop Toy Rifle Before Gunning Him Down
Adan Salazar - Police immediately shot a Walmart shopper on sight after they encountered him leaning on one of the store’s unpurchased BB guns while on the phone, an attorney for the deceased man’s family says.

Mayor: Adult Illegal Aliens With 'Graying' Hair Enrolled in Public Schools
( – The mayor of Lynn, Mass. says that some of the illegal aliens from Guatemala who are enrolled in her city’s public schools are adults with graying hair and “more wrinkles than I have.” “They are not all children,” Judith Flanagan Kennedy told reporters at a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday.

NYC Council Members Want to Treat Gun Owners Like Sex Offenders
Kit Daniels - Several members of New York’s City Council want to create a public “gun offender” registry modeled after current sex offender registries, which would ultimately list names, addresses and photos of New Yorkers who violate gun control laws.

FBI Ordered Police Department to Conceal Stingray Use
Mikael Thalen - Documents uncovered through a public records request reveal that a Wash. state police department has concealed its use of a Stringray cellphone surveillance device for the last 6 years.

The Agenda 21 Depopulation of Rural Areas Will Give Obama Stalin-Like Control Over Food
The Daily Sheeple - In order for the megacities concept, which is well underway, to come to fruition, American suburbs and rural areas must be completely depopulated. This process is underway and the Obama administration is accelerating the process.

Economy & Business

VIDEO: FBI Examining Whether Russia Is Tied to JPMorgan Hacking
Bloomberg - Russian hackers attacked the U.S. financial system in mid-August, infiltrating and stealing data from JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) and at least one other bank, an incident the FBI is investigating as a possible retaliation for government-sponsored sanctions, according to two people familiar with the probe.

Fed Vice Chairman Warns: Your Bank May Seize Your Money to Recapitalize Itself
Mac Slavo - Recent comments delivered by Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer suggest that not only are global and domestic economies still struggling, but the U.S. government itself is preparing financial contingency plans in anticipation of another widespread economic event. However, this time around, according to Fischer, the government won’t be bailing out financial institutions in need of cash.

Merkel Slams US Hegemony? "America Can't Solve All The World's Problems Anymore"
Zero Hedge - First Russia and China, then UAE, Egypt, and Turkey... and now it appears Germany (following a phone call with Putin) is pulling the rug out from under US hegemony - just as Obama's warmongery ramps up...

It Begins: Council On Foreign Relations Proposes That “Central Banks Should Hand Consumers Cash Directly”
Zero Hedge - … A broad-based tax cut, for example, accommodated by a program of open-market purchases to alleviate any tendency for interest rates to increase, would almost certainly be an effective stimulant to consumption and hence to prices.

156,000 Seniors Have Social Security Checks Reduced…to Pay Off Student Loans
AllGov - At a time when thousands of Americans are trying to enjoy, if not just survive, their golden years, the federal government has been garnishing their Social Security checks to pay off old student loans. About 156,000 individuals have found themselves in this situation, losing on average $180 out of a typical monthly check of $1,200, according to CNN Money.

Veteran News

Video Proof, The Criminally Insane Experiments Of The US Military
Geoengineering Watch - The experiments of the US military (and other power structures) should make it clear that the world is being run by completely psychopathic individuals. The shocking 9 minute historical video below should be an extremely sobering wake up call for us all.

VA Training Guide Compares Veterans To Oscar The Grouch
Steve Watson - The already disgraced Department of Veterans Affairs has found a way to make itself even more unpopular with Americans, and particularly with Veterans after depicting them in leaked training materials as Sesame Street’s cantankerous homeless bum Oscar The Grouch.

Energy & Environment

Fluoride at dangerously high levels in private wells are decreasing children's IQs
(NaturalNews) A compilation of data made possible by homeowners who voluntarily submitted water samples from their private wells in Maine, unveiled some shocking results after they were tested by the state.

VIDEO: Engineered Drought Catastrophe, Target California
Geoengineering Watch - Satellite images and NOAA maps shown in this [31 minute] presentation are shocking and revealing to say the least. Whatever one wishes to consider as the agenda of those in power, one conclusion is certain, the drought in California is a direct result of the ongoing climate engineering insanity.

YouTube: Climate Engineering Weather Warfare, and the Collapse of Civilization
Geoengineering Watch - In this [1 hour, 17 minute] video, Dane Wigington gives another presentation in Northern California on the harmful effects of Geoengineering.... We have more than enough data to confirm it. We have actual footage showing tankers spraying. The materials showing up on the ground are exactly the same materials mentioned in the numerous geoengineering patents and documents....

Science & Technology

Cam Don’t Lie: Celina PD Body Cam Captures Dramatic Arrest - From Dallas to Ferguson, Missouri, police brutality is in the forefront. And now, a video from a Celina Police Department dash cam looks like it’s going in the same direction, until you look a little closer.

Former HHS cyber security chief convicted in Child Porn case
Daily Mail - Timothy DeFoggi, a former acting director of cyber security for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, was convicted Tuesday on federal charges of engaging in a child exploitation enterprise, conspiracy to advertise and distribute child pornography, and accessing a computer with intent to view child pornography.

SWAT Team Raids Grandmother’s House After NEIGHBOR Stole Wi-Fi
Off the Grid News - The cops were looking for the person who had made anonymous threats against Evansville Police Chief Billy Bolin online, but the threats were actually made by Derrick Murray, a local gang member who had stolen Milan’s Wi-Fi with his smartphone. Murray lived down the street from Milan. Her Wi-Fi was not protected with a password.


CDC scientific fraud: an update on Dr. Poul Thorsen who authored fraudulent study 'disproving' vaccine-autism connection and stole millions of dollars
(NaturalNews) The very legitimacy of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a trustworthy safeguard of public health hangs in the balance as evidence continues to emerge about rampant deception, fraud and even money laundering within the agency. Specifically with regard to vaccines and autism, key players involved in the propaganda campaign to deny this link are now being exposed as liars working on behalf of the vaccine industry.

Ebola exposure - important measures you should take
(NaturalNews) Expert opinions are divided on the likelihood of Ebola ever reaching the US, ranging from trying to assure us that it is next to impossible to saying that it is inevitable. Nothing is impossible -- including the nightmare scenario of Ebola mutating to an airborne form -- and however likely or unlikely it may be, the best plan is to be prepared just in case.

Fighting prostate cancer with a tomato-rich diet
Natural Blaze - Men who eat over 10 portions a week of tomatoes have an 18 per cent lower risk of developing prostate cancer, new research suggests.

Sudden heart failure deaths tied to commonly prescribed antibiotic
(NaturalNews) When used as the "cure-all" for minor bacterial infections, antibiotics create a cycle of dependence. Instead of building the beneficial gut microbe "army" for immune system empowerment, people fall for the easy-to-fill antibiotic prescription which destroys the immune system over time. Now, millions of people taking a specific antibiotic called clarithromycin are beginning to find out that it comes with an increased risk of heart failure and death.

After taking antibiotics, this is what you need to do to restore healthy intestinal flora
(NaturalNews) If we take an antibiotic, especially a broad spectrum antibiotic, we need to replenish the good bacteria in our gut as quickly as possible. Not only do we need it to do its daily work, we need to maintain the delicate balance between bacteria and fungi. Candida is opportunistic. Given a chance, it will quickly mass-produce, wreaking havoc in the digestive tract and, in time, the entire body.

Minnesota Mother Charged For Giving Son Medical Marijuana
Ben Swann - A mother in Minnesota was charged with child endangerment after giving her son medical marijuana oil from Colorado after she had exhausted all other options to combat the boy’s seizures and chronic pain.

Sorry Monsanto: Major Boom in Organic Oils Amid Global Concern Over GMO Contamination
Natural Society - Rising concerns about soy and canola oils derived from genetically altered seed are creating a new industry boom for sunflowers. Food manufacturers and restaurants need a non-GMO alternative, and it looks like the sunny flower that tracks the sun will meet growing demand.

The many health benefits of eating celery
STEPin2 - Celery is from the Apiaceae, which is the same family as carrots, parsley, cumin, and dill. It is well known as a low calorie snack. But it is not just a low-calorie food; it has many other potent health benefits as well. Let’s look at the health benefits of eating celery....

10 Common Habits That Seriously Damage Your Kidneys
Amy Goodrich - Damage or steady decline of your kidneys can often go unnoticed for years as your kidneys can still do their job with as little as 20% of their capacity. Therefore kidney diseases are often referred to as “The Silent Diseases”. That’s why it is so important to take care of them before it is too late.

Pet News

Pedigree Dog Food Recall - We have initiated a voluntary recall of 22 bags of PEDIGREE® Adult Complete Nutrition dry dog food due to the possible presence of a foreign material. The affected bags were sold in Dollar General stores in four states and, while the small metal fragments are not embedded in the food itself, it may present a risk of injury if consumed.

Wednesday - August 27, 2014 - Today in History:

1828 - Uruguay was formally proclaimed to be independent during preliminary talks between Brazil and Argentina.
1858 - The first cabled news dispatch was sent and was published by "The New York Sun" newspaper. The story was about the peace demands of England and France being met by China.
1859 - The first oil well was successfully drilled in the U.S. by Colonel Edwin L. Drake near Titusville, PA.
1894 - The Wilson-Gorman Tariff Act was passed by the U.S. Congress. The provision within for a graduated income tax was later struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court.
1945 - American troops landed in Japan after the surrender of the Japanese government at the end of World War II.
1972 - North Vietnam's major port at Haiphong saw the first bombings from U.S. warplanes.
1984 - U.S. President Ronald Reagan announced that the first citizen to go into space would be a teacher. The teacher that was eventually chosen was Christa McAuliffe. She died in the Challenger disaster on January 28, 1986.
1990 - The U.S. State Department ordered the expulsion of 36 Iraqi diplomats.
1996 - California Governor Pete Wilson signed an order that would halt state benefits to illegal immigrants.
1999 - The final crew of the Russian space station Mir departed the station to return to Earth. Russia was forced to abandon Mir for financial reasons.
2001 - The U.S. military announced that an Air Force RQ-1B "Predator" aircraft was lost over Iraq. It was reported that the unmanned aircraft "may have crashed or been shot down."
2001 - Work began on the future site of a World War II memorial on the U.S. capital's historic national Mall. The site is between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial.
2008 - Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois was nominated for president by the Democratic National Convention in Denver.

World News

Nato plans east European bases to counter Russian threat
The Guardian - Nato is to deploy its forces at new bases in eastern Europe for the first time, in response to the Ukraine crisis and in an attempt to deter Vladimir Putin from causing trouble in the former Soviet Baltic republics, according to its secretary general.

Both Sides Using U.S.-Made Weapons in Iraq War
AllGov - In June, when ISIS claimed to have taken charge of five U.S.-made helicopters, the group tweeted that they expected Americans to honor their warranty and service the copters. Jeremy Binnie told The Center for Public Integrity that the M1117 fighting vehicle, manufactured by Textron Marine and Land Systems, has become a favorite of ISIS forces.

Europe to depend on Russian gas for at least a decade - Fitch
RT - Europe will remain heavily reliant on Russian gas for at least until the 2020s and potentially much longer due to the lack of an alternative, according to a report from Fitch Ratings.

Ebola continues to spread, Liberia quarantines entire slum and begins deadly crackdown on protestors
(NaturalNews) As the Ebola virus spreads throughout West Africa, governments there are becoming more and more authoritarian in how they are dealing with it -- actions that are born of fear as much as pragmatism.

MMR vaccines cause 340% increased risk of autism in African American infants
(NaturalNews) Vaccines do cause autism, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been lying about this fact for years, according to newly uncovered information.

Fukushima radiation is affecting the health of the entire global ecosystem, scientist says
(NaturalNews) Scientist Timothy A. Mousseau presented "Fukushima Catastrophe and its Effects on Wildlife," before a room of press and correspondents, reporting the real-life damage that Fukushima fallout is having on the planet's ecosystem. He gave dire news to Japan and compared the damage done by Fukushima to that of Chernobyl.

Russia can’t set ceasefire conditions in Ukraine’s internal conflict – Putin
RT - Russian and Ukrainian leaders have concluded their first official face-to-face meeting in Minsk during which they discussed Ukraine's Association Agreement with EU and the crisis and humanitarian disaster in the east of the country.

Islamic State demands $6.6mn ransom for female American hostage
RT - Islamic State militants are holding a third American hostage, a 26-year-old humanitarian worker kidnapped last year in Syria. The jihadist group is demanding a ransom of $6.6 million and the release of a Muslim woman from a US prison.

Israel, Palestine agree to long-term ceasefire in Gaza Strip
RT - A long-term truce in Gaza has been agreed with Israel, Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas said. The ceasefire announced by Egypt came into effect at 16:00 GMT with almost immediate reports of warning sirens going off in southern Israel.

China has lost 55% of its most valuable resource
Blacklisted News - A study by China’s Ministry of Water Resources found that approximately 55% of China’s 50,000 rivers that existed in the 1990s have disappeared. Moreover, China is over-exploiting its groundwater by 22 billion cubic meters per year; yet its per-capita water consumption is less than one third of the global average. More than 400 major cities in China are short of water, with some 110 facing “serious scarcity”.

Children Are Taxed on Medals Given Their Father in War
Martin Armstrong -The Telegraph has reported how the British government desperate for money, is taxing even medals given to soldiers for their bravery in war.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Obama Pursuing Climate Accord in Lieu of Treaty
NY Times - The Obama administration is working to forge a sweeping international climate change agreement to compel nations to cut their planet-warming fossil fuel emissions, but without ratification from Congress.

Pentagon's top-secret hypersonic weapon explodes in mystery Alaska fireball
Daily Mail - A top-secret weapon being developed by the US military was destroyed four seconds after its launch from a test range in Alaska early on Monday after controllers detected a problem with the system, the Pentagon said. The Advanced Hypersonic Weapon is part of a program to create a missile that will destroy targets anywhere on Earth within hours - traveling at speeds in excess of 3,500 miles-an-hour or Mach 5.

Top IRS ethics lawyer facing possible disbarment, accused of lying
Washington Times - A lawyer in the IRS ethics office is facing the possibility of being disbarred, according to records that accuse her of lying to a court-appointed board and hiding what she’d done with money from a settlement that was supposed to go to two medical providers who had treated her client.

Tanks on the Streets? Police Required to Use Military Equipment within a Year or Return It
AllGov - The Department of Defense’s 1033 program—which funnels all kinds of military surplus goods to police—has a provision that clearly says that any participating law enforcement agency must use its equipment within one year of receiving it. If they don’t, they have to give it up.

Dozens of police departments suspended for losing US military-grade weaponry
RT - Close to 200 state and local police departments in the United States have been suspended for losing military-level equipment transferred to them by the Pentagon, a new investigation found.

California Lawmakers Pass Ammunition ‘Background Check’ Bill
Liberty Crier - California lawmakers on Friday passed two bills – a ‘feel good’ bill ( SB505) which does nothing to stop criminals and an unconstitutional bill (SB53) which requires fees and ‘background checks’ for ammunition sales. The California Senate unanimously passed SB505 by Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara. It would require officers to search the state’s database of gun purchases when checking on whether someone ‘may be a danger to themselves or others’.

Chicago crime rate drops as concealed carry applications surge
Washington Times - Since Illinois started granting concealed carry permits this year, the number of robberies that have led to arrests in Chicago has declined 20 percent from last year, according to police department statistics. Reports of burglary and motor vehicle theft are down 20 percent and 26 percent, respectively. In the first quarter, the city’s homicide rate was at a 56-year low.

VIDEO: "War On Terror" Is A Fraud - It Is Not Meant To Be Won, It Is Meant To Be Perpetual
Activist Post - Author and historian Webster Tarpley exposes the Orwellian lie known as the "War On Terror" before Orwell's 1984 provides a glimpse into our own age.

An American In ISIS: Meet Doug McCain, One Dead Jihadist
Zero Hedge - The spin cycle has already been engaged: McCain may be dead, but the treat that countless others like him have returned to the US to perpetrate, gasp, acts of terrorism on US soil is very much alive: "The threat we are most concerned about to the homeland is that of fighters like this returning to the U.S. and committing acts of terrorism," a senior administration official told NBC News.

Going it alone: Obama may bypass Congress on Syria airstrikes
The Washington Times - Mr. Obama, who met Monday with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on his first day back from vacation, “has not made a decision to pursue any military action in Syria,” said White House press secretary Josh Earnest. But he said the president doesn’t see the need to seek congressional approval as he did a year ago when he was considering an attack on the regime of Syrian leader Bashar Assad for its use of chemical weapons.

FEMA Building Pricey Domes… For Your Safety
Adan Salazar - “Officials have started construction on one of their safe rooms,” reports KRGV. “They’re expected to be completed in a year.” The Federal Emergency Management Agency is offering partial funding for construction of “safe domes” across Texas’ southern coastal region that will purportedly serve to shelter area emergency first responders and citizens “that are very difficult to evacuate in hazardous weather events.”

White Marine Beaten by Black Mob in Michael Brown ‘Revenge’ Attack
Paul Joseph Watson - A white Marine was left in an induced coma after a group of black men brutally beat him as part of a revenge attack in response to the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

IRS Shocker: Filing Reveals Lerner Blackberry Destroyed
NY Observer - The IRS filing in federal Judge Emmet Sullivan’s court reveals shocking new information. The IRS destroyed Lerner’s Blackberry AFTER it knew her computer had crashed and after a Congressional inquiry was well underway. As an IRS official declared under the penalty of perjury, the destroyed Blackberry would have contained the same emails (both sent and received) as Lois Lerner’s hard drive.

Jerry Brown to Mexican Illegals: 'You're All Welcome in California'
Breitbart - According to the Los Angeles Times, while introducing Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, who said America is "the other Mexico," Brown "spoke about the interwoven histories of Mexico and California." He "nodded to the immigrants in the room, saying it didn't matter if they had permission to be in the United States."
* Related: Mexican President Declares United States 'the Other Mexico'

Massachusetts IDs at odds with federal law
Boston Glob - Bay State residents can no longer use their driver’s licenses to get inside some government agencies because the state is one of nine that have not signed on to a federal law called REAL ID.... But officials in Massachusetts and elsewhere have balked at a program they contend costs millions, raises privacy concerns, and infringes on states’ rights.

Economy & Business

With Half Of City Residents Delinquent, Detroit Restarts Water Shut-Offs
Zero Hedge - "Utility disconnection is always considered a last resort, obviously because of consequences for households," but as Detroit News reports, but water-providers can expect more controversy, as a month-long moratorium against shutting off water for those behind on their bills expired last night.

On a Budget? Pink Slime is Back to Save You Money!
The Daily Sheeple - Well, in response to rising meat costs, it’s back. (Did it ever actually leave?) BPI will be manufacturing the slaughterhouse remnant product at a new plant in Kansas, and Cargill Inc. is also producing the slime. Of course, neither company is marketing the product under the name “pink slime.” BPI calls it “lean finely textured beef” (LFTB) and Cargill calls it “finely textured beef.” That makes it sound almost fancy, doesn’t it?

Energy & Environment

Inspector Wants California's Last Nuclear Plant Shut Down over Earthquake Concerns
Breitbart - The AP reports that former chief inspector of the Diablo Canyon nuclear power station has written a 42-page report stating that the station may not be able to survive the possible shaking it could be exposed to in a major earthquake. Dr. Michael Peck wants his own agency, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, to shut down the plant until PG&E can demonstrate it is safe.

Science & Technology

Ohio lawmakers want to limit the teaching of the scientific process
Ars Technica - The bill, currently under consideration by the Ohio Assembly, is intended to revoke a previous approval of the Common Core educational standards, which target math and literacy. However, the bill's language also includes sections devoted to science and social studies. And the science one is a real winner.

These 3-D Printed Skeleton Keys Can Pick High-Security Locks in Seconds
Wired - One of the hairier unintended consequences of cheap 3-D printing is that any troublemaker can duplicate a key without setting foot in a hardware store. But clever lockpickers like Jos Weyers and Christian Holler already are taking that DIY key-making trick a step further: They can 3-D print a slice of plastic or metal that opens even high-security locks in seconds, without even seeing the original key.

California bill requiring kill-switch on smartphones becomes law
Ars Technica - On Monday, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a piece of legislation mandating that all smartphones come with kill-switch software automatically installed so that a user can remotely wipe his or her device if it gets stolen. The bill will affect all smartphones manufactured after July 1, 2015 to be sold in California.

 Farming, Gardening & Homesteading

YouTube: 6 Fruits you are cutting wrong
You’ll never look at watermelons the same again!

Why, How and When to Plant Garlic
Mother Earth News - It’s that time again: Sow your garlic this fall for the best (and biggest) heads of garlic, which will be ready to harvest next summer.

What to Plant Now for Your Fall and Winter Garden
Mother Earth News - Gardeners dreaming of frost-touched collards, sweet winter roots, crisp fall lettuce and huge heads of broccoli need to get busy planning and planting now.

Judge Overturns Kaua’i Pesticide Reform Law
Sustainable Pulse - On Monday, a federal judge issued a ruling overturning a popular pesticide reform law passed by the Kauai County Council last year. Four global pesticide and genetically engineered seed corporations – DuPont, Syngenta, Dow, and DuPont Pioneer – all challenged the passage of the new law.


How Will You Know What Has Happened When ‘IT’ Happens?
Underground Medic - The question is if it is something that is country wide, or even bigger and maybe affecting a whole hemisphere of the planet, will we ever really know what caused it? Will knowing what caused it actually matter at that point? More importantly, are you ready for such an event?


Congressman Posey discusses autism, vaccines and lack of CDC transparency in interview with Dr. Brian Hooker
(NaturalNews) One of the last remaining patriots serving in public office is pushing for new legislation that would mandate side-by-side comparisons of autism rates in vaccinated versus unvaccinated children.

FDA admits not knowing about existence of many food chemicals, let alone their safety
(NaturalNews) The explosive introduction of new food additives, in addition to an easing of some federal oversight requirements, has allowed manufacturers to dodge scrutiny from the Food and Drug Administration, the agency responsible for ensuring the safety of chemicals that are flowing into the food supply.

California paid out nearly $100 million for fraudulent medical claims, including $3 million to deceased patients, since 2008
(NaturalNews) A recent statewide audit by California regulators found that more than $93 million in Medi-Cal payments made to substance abuse clinics around the state were potentially fraudulent.

Yet Another Health Emergency: Drug Resistant Tuberculosis sufferer Goes AWOL in California
Underground Medic - Santa Barbara County Public Health officials have admitted he hasn’t turned up for treatment for at least the past two weeks. The threat is serious enough for a warrant for his arrest to have been issued.

CDC whistleblower is just the tip of the iceberg
Jon Rappoport - William Thompson, the CDC whistleblower, has yet to step into the light and make a full and definitive statement about the CDC concealing MMR-vaccine dangers. Mothers of autistic children are now preparing a class-action suit against the CDC for covering up the MMR vaccine-autism connection. They will undoubtedly want Thompson as a witness.

WHO working to fortify condiments and seasonings
Natural Blaze - Two University of Illinois scientists are contributing to World Health Organization (WHO) efforts to fortify condiments and seasonings for use in countries with widespread micronutrient deficiencies.

More U.S. Hospitals Using This 'Novel' Idea for Recovery
Natural Blaze - In an age where food is thought of as "filler" and of little importance in the recovery process, some hospitals are turning that idea on its head by embracing local organic food for recovery and beyond.

7 Ayurvedic Herbs that Destroy Colon & Other Cancers Fast
Natural Society - These 7 herbs are used in Ayurveda to bring balance to the doshas, helping to minimize or completely eradicate colon cancer as well as other cancers.

New Yorkers Face Cancer Spike from Monsanto's RoundUp in City Parks
Natural Society - The Parks Department in New York, which was responsible for spraying pesticides on greenspaces more than 1,300 times last year, is likely leading to more prevalent cases of non-Hodgkin lymphoma and breast cancer, according to the findings of recent studies.

Pet News

7-Year-Old Tainted Treat Fiasco Just Gets Worse
Dr. Becker - The numbers keep climbing, with 5,600 dogs and 24 cats affected. But in May this year, news came out that people fell ill too. What you need to know today, latest statements from two big box stores, and the hidden label trap to watch out for.

YouTube: Cat Welcomes Home Soldier
Cat welcomes home soldier after drill, proving that not only dogs get excited ;)

Tuesday - August 26, 2014 - Today in History:

1842 - The first fiscal year was established by the U.S. Congress to start on July 1st.
1873 - The school board of St. Louis, MO, authorized the first U.S. public kindergarten.
1920 - The 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution went into effect. The amendment prohibited discrimination on the basis of sex in the voting booth.
1937 - All Chinese shipping was blockaded by Japan.
1939 - The first televised major league baseball games were shown. The event was a double-header between the Cincinnati Reds and the Brooklyn Dodgers.
1945 - The Japanese were given surrender instructions on the U.S. battleship Missouri at the end of World War II.
1957 - It was announced that an intercontinental ballistic missile was successfully tested by the Soviet Union.
1957 - The first Edsel made by the Ford Motor Company rolled of the assembly line.
1973 - A U.S. Presidential Proclamation was declared that made August 26th Women's Equality Day.
1981 - The U.S. claimed that North Korea fired an antiaircraft missile at a U.S. Surveillance plane while it was over South Korea.
1990 - The 55 Americans at the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait left Baghdad by car and headed for the Turkish border.
1991 - Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev promised that national elections would be held.
1992 - A "no-fly zone" was imposed on the southern 1/3 of Iraq. The move by the U.S., France and Britain was aimed at protecting Iraqi Shiite Muslims.
1998 - The U.S. government announced that they were investigating Microsoft in an attempt to discover if they "bullied" Intel into delaying new technology.
2003 - Investigators concluded that NASA's overconfident management and inattention to safety doomed the space shuttle Columbia as much as damage to the craft did.

World News

Pentagon: US preparing military options against ISIL in Syria
Press TV - The US military is planning for airstrikes against ISIL militants in Syria despite warnings by Damascus about such operations on its soil without its permission.

Obama Authorizes Surveillance Flights Over Syria
RIA Novosti - President Barack Obama has approved surveillance flights over Syria, The Associated Press reported Tuesday, citing two unnamed US officials. According to the AP sources, the decision may pave the way for US airstrikes against Islamic State (IS) targets.

Ukraine says it seized 10 Russian paratroopers on Ukrainian soil near eastern city of Donetsk
Press TV - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov rejected the claims, saying, “There has been more than enough disinformation about our invasion. No doubt some foreign newspaper will print that ‘news’ tomorrow.”

Syrian Government: James Foley Killed a Year Ago
Paul Joseph Watson - Fresh doubt has been thrown on the narrative behind the James Foley beheading video after a Syrian government spokesperson claimed that the American journalist was killed by ISIS militants a year ago.

Israel turns to Russia as new arms suppliers amid US doubt
StratRisks - Recent halt on shipment of US missiles has led Israel to look to new military equipment and munition sources With the recent US announcement of that the Pentagon put on hold a shipment of ‘Hellfire’ missiles to Israel as a warning to Jerusalem, the country is turning to other arms and munition sources to acquire new weapons.

US Furious After Source Of "Mystery" Libya Bombing Raids Revealed
Zero Hedge - The strikes puzzled all media outlets, including Reuters which just over the weekend reported that "Unidentified war planes attacked positions of an armed faction in the Libyan capital Tripoli on Saturday, residents and local media said.... Turns out the renegade general was lying, and merely trying to take credit for another party's intervention. That party, or rather, parties has been revealed as Egypt and the United Arab Emirates...

ISIL, ISIS – Now QSIS? Top Sunni Cleric Says Stop Calling Terrorists ‘Islamic’
CNS News - Stand by for a new acronym for the ISIS/ISIL terrorist group causing havoc across Syria and Iraq. One of the Arab world’s top Sunni authorities launched a campaign Sunday urging media to drop all names for the group that incorporate the word “Islamic,” in favor of “al-Qaeda separatists in Iraq and Syria” (QSIS).

Not-so NATO-ally? Germany spying on Turkey for ‘38 years’
RT - German foreign intelligence agency has been tapping Turkey for almost four decades, reports Focus amid the ongoing spy scandal between Berlin and Ankara. Some German officials defend the practice, saying that not all NATO allies can be treated as friends.

Hack Attack! Anonymous strikes at Israeli govt over Gaza
RT - Hacker collective Anonymous has taken down key Israeli government websites in a “retaliatory” attack against Israel and in solidarity with the people of Gaza. Israel Defense Forces, Bank of Israel, and the Israeli PM’s Office were among the targets

Liberian Doctor Treated With Anti-Ebola ZMapp Drug Dies
RIA Novosti - Liberian medical doctor Abraham Borbor, who was injected with the anti-Ebola trial vaccine ZMapp, has died, the country’s information minister said Monday. “He was walking around yesterday, and the doctors were hopeful that he would make a full recovery," said minister Lewis Brown, as cited by Front Page Africa.

Japan Awaiting WHO Approval to Provide Experimental Ebola Vaccine
RIA Novosti - If the approval of the World Health Organization (WHO) is granted, Tokyo plans to provide an experimental drug to Ebola victims, a Japanese government spokesman said Monday, according to Agence France Presse (AFP).

WHO Warns "Unprecedented" Number Of Medical Staff Infected
Zero Hedge - Despite all precautions possible, more than 240 health care workers have developed the disease in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone, and more than 120 have died. Simply put, they conclude, the current outbreak is different.... Even WHO admits, if doctors and nurses are getting infected, what chance does the general public have?

Effectiveness of Fukushima Ice Wall Unclear to Experts
RIA Novosti - "As the water comes down the mountains towards the ocean, it's not clear to me that [TEPCO] really knows how it is going to move around that frozen barrier," former US Nuclear Regulatory Commission chairman and the head of the international advisory panel to TEPCO Dr. Dale Klein said in an interview with VICE News, published Sunday.

China may unveil homegrown OS rivals to Windows, Google and Apple
RT - Following revelations of America’s National Security Agency’s global internet surveillance system, combined with a desire to enhance domestic production, China is beating a path towards unveiling its own operating systems in October.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

FBI to probe tampering claims in OKC bombing records case
Salt Lake Tribune - A federal judge on Monday ordered the FBI to investigate an allegation of witness tampering in a July trial on Utah attorney Jesse Trentadue’s lawsuit seeking Oklahoma City bombing records.

The Suicide of Robin Williams: Why We Need a Grand Jury Inquest to Investigate It
Global Research - Robin Williams, entered a psychiatric facility in Minnesota (July 1, 2014). He had been given an as yet unknown cocktail of prescription drugs that resulted in his losing weight and withdrawing from his loved ones, sleeping, after his discharge later that month, in his darkened bedroom up to 20 hours a day, in an apparent drug-induced stupor.

Heavily Armed SWAT Team Swarms Cal State… Because of an Umbrella
Mac Slavo - In San Marcos, California, where students and staff members are always looking out for potential domestic terrorists, a call to 9-1-1 prompted a full university lock-down and brought elite members of the police department out in force. The incident began when someone called police to report a gunman on campus carrying an assault rifle.

Michael Brown funeral draws thousands along with celebrities, civil rights leaders
RT - Thousands of people attended a Baptist church in Missouri on Monday in order to mourn and celebrate the life of Michael Brown, a young, unarmed black man who died after being shot by local police.

Lies Exposed: DOJ Admits “Missing” IRS Emails DO Exist
The Daily Sheeple - In a stunning turn of events, Department of Justice attorneys for the IRS admitted that Lois Lerner’s emails DO exist on a backup server after all.

National Guard Remains in Ferguson Days After Withdrawal Announcement
Mikael Thalen - A promise to remove National Guard troops from Ferguson, Mo. has yet to be fulfilled despite Gov. Jay Nixon’s withdrawal order last Thursday afternoon. After arriving last Monday to “ensure the safety and welfare of the citizens,” National Guard troops have remained stationed at the law enforcement-run Unified Command Center several miles from the protest area.

Ferguson Officer Who Shot Mike Brown to Get $250,000 in Donations - A campaign to support Darren Wilson, the officer who shot six bullets into unarmed Ferguson resident Mike Brown and killed him, has collected nearly a quarter-million dollars in just four days' worth of online donations — and that money will go to Wilson and his family, according to the creators of a controversial fundraising page on the website GoFundMe.

Active shooter reported at U.S. Army's Fort Lee in Virginia
(Reuters) - A U.S. soldier armed with a pistol fatally wounded herself after barricading herself in a building at Fort Lee, Virginia, sparking a lockdown of the Army base, officials said.

There is an 800% Higher Probability Americans Will be Killed by Police Than by a Terrorist
Martin Armstrong - The risk is 800% greater that you will be killed by POLICE rather than a terrorist. The Economist has reported the death by police so far are ZERO in Japan and Britain, 8 in Germany and 409 in America.

Why "Good Cops" Stay Silent: The Persecution of Officer Adam Basford
Pro Liberate - “I can't get killed for this job,” observed one of Adam Basford's former colleagues in the Yakima Police Department, explaining why he had refused to come to Basford's aid during a hand-to-hand struggle with an armed suspect. “I thought we were going to get killed, so I had to leave you there.”

Election News

Liberals finally react to Rand Paul calling Hillary a “War Hawk” "…If you wanna see a transformational election in our country, let the Democrats put forward a war hawk like Hillary Clinton, and you’ll see a transformation like you’ve never seen." – Sen. Rand Paul

Economy & Business

Burger King deal: A tax dodge whopper?
CNBC News - Burger King's move to acquire the Canadian restaurant chain Tim Hortons would give the U.S. fast food giant a major presence north of the border. It would also save the company a whopper of a tax bill. The deal would be the latest in a once-obscure tax dodge known as a corporate "inversion" that is turning the debate over U.S. tax reform upside down.

'Cash for Clunkers' actually hurt the auto industry - We've written repeatedly about the many flaws of the 2009 "Cash for Clunkers" program. It made used cars more expensive, wasted resources and merely shifted people's car-buying plans forward a few months.

Energy & Environment

USGS Records 125 North Bay Earthquakes Following Napa Tremor With More To Come
CBS News - In just over 24 hours following the 3:20 a.m Sunday earthquake the USGS recorded 124 minor quakes and counting in the area. The seismic activity is clustered around the epicenter and to the north near the Geysers, a region known for regular ground shaking. The largest of the tremors was 3.6 magnitude, just hours after the initial earthquake.

Wildfire threatens 500 northern California homes
USA Today - A fast-growing wildfire near the Northern California town of Weaverville forced the evacuation of about 150 homes and is threatening about 500 additional residences, authorities said Monday.

Weather Warfare Against Innocent Populations Of The World
Geoengineering Watch - It is a matter of historical fact that weather warfare has been waged against countries that resist the global power cabal, we would be very naive to think the same tactics would not be used against civilian populations that don’t want to conform to the global elite.

Science & Technology

Is YOUR Gmail at risk? Experts reveal it's possible to hack accounts with a 92% success rate - and their method works on ANY smartphone
Daily Mail - Smartphone users are increasingly aware of the need to take precautions to protect their personal data. But now a team of researchers have identified a new weakness in Android, Windows and iOS mobile operating systems that could be used to steal personal information from unsuspecting users.

American Airlines flight diverted after gaming hacker group tweets bomb threat
Ars Technica - Another series of depressingly common DDoS attacks on a number of gaming servers became much more serious this weekend when a bomb threat tweeted by a hacking collective resulted in a commercial jet carrying Sony Online Entertainment CEO John Smedley to be diverted from San Diego to Phoenix.

 Farming, Gardening & Homesteading

Farm Workers to Protest Forced Unionization in California - Ms. Lopez and her colleagues at Fresno-based Gerawan Farming Inc. do not want to be forced to pay 3 percent of their wages to the United Farm Workers (UFW) union. Last November Gerawan workers held a decertification election, but the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB) is refusing to count the votes in a flagrant attempt to help the UFW rob the workers of their hard-earned money.


Ebola virus: natural treatment options the mainstream media ignores
(NaturalNews) ...while the mainstream media continues to exploit the situation by seizing the opportunity to push a vaccine agenda, a wealth of information is available for protecting oneself from infection -- and treating it naturally if one does fall ill with the disease.

60+ Natural ALS Cures the "Ice Washing" Campaign Isn't Funding!
Green Med Info - With $80,000,000 of your dollars raised, the ALS foundation openly admits only 27% of the funds go to ALS research, and sadly, virtually none of your donated money goes to already proven natural solutions.

Back-to-School Vaccines: Know the Risks and Failures
Barbara Loe Fisher - As summer comes to an end, the drumbeat promoting back-to-school vaccinations grows louder and louder in America. Unlike children in Canada and the European Union, our children must get dozens of doses of vaccines or they can't get a public school education.

French wines tested, Endocrine-disrupting phthalates found in more than half tested
(NaturalNews) Just as some men may have been switching from beer to wine after realizing that hops in beer diminish testosterone and boost estrogen, new research in France has discovered that over half of those fine French wines contain phthalates, which are hormone disruptors.

YouTube: How to Opt-Out Of Forced Vaccinations
Gary Franchi - Kids CAN go to school WITHOUT vaccines. For many years, especially while many of these vaccinations were still being developed, the majority of the population relied solely on the CDC for their information about vaccines. In recent years, large groups of people have started to question the overall benefit of vaccinations. With so many people objecting to the mandatory shots, we turn to Dr Mayer Eisenstein.

How to clean your arteries with this simple fruit
STEPin2 - A study published in the journal Atherosclerosis shows that pomegranate may prevent or reverse the biggest risk factors linked to heart conditions: atherosclerosis. According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, “Atherosclerosis is a disease in which plaque builds up inside your arteries…over time, plaque hardens and narrows your arteries.

Stop Taking Antibiotics for Your UTI: 6 Solutions for Urinary Tract Infections
Natural Society - More than 8 million women will take a trip to their doctor’s office this year to get antibiotics to treat their urinary tract infections, and so will a lesser number of men. But due to the development of antibiotic resistance, treating this problem with antibiotics is the last thing you should do -especially when there are other ways to treat this issue naturally.

20 All Purpose Remedies Using Essential Oils
Natural Blaze - I have compiled a go-to list of 20 great ways to use essential oils to solve everyday ailments not only for you, but your pets and children as well.

Tap Away Your Food Cravings in Minutes
Green Med Info - Don't beat yourself up when you give into your food cravings. But some gentle tapping might help you make better food choices the next time.

Pet News

Declawing: The Routine Barbaric Procedure That Owners Still Sadly Request
Dr. Becker - This is a painful and emotional topic for me, and I believe if owners truly understood the trauma this procedure can cause in their pet's life, they might make wiser choices. After all, it is banned in every civilized nation on the planet except for the US and Canada.

One Simple Way to Boost Your Bond with Your Dog
Dr. Becker - Research shows your "bonding" hormone, oxytocin, actually spikes when you do this. Described in Psychology Today as the powerful hormone that strengthens the bond between parents and children, and even couples when they hug and kiss.

Monday - August 25, 2014 - Today in History:

1718 - Hundreds of colonists from France arrived in Louisiana. Some settled in present-day New Orleans.
1814 - The U.S. Library of Congress was destroyed by British forces.
1916 - The National Park Service was established as part of the U.S. Department of the Interior.
1921 - The U.S. signed a peace treaty with Germany.
1941 - Soviet and British troops invaded Iran. This was in reaction to the Shah's refusal to reduce the number of German residents.
1941 - Allied forces invaded Iran. Within four days the Soviet Union and England controlled Iran.
1941 - U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt signed the bill appropriating funds for construction of the Pentagon.
1944 - Paris, France, was liberated by Allied forces ending four years of German occupation.
1944 - Romania declared war on Germany.
1950 - U.S. President Truman ordered the seizure of U.S. railroads to avert a strike.
1972 - In Great Britain, computerized axial tomography (CAT scan) was introduced.
1978 - The Turin shroud believed to be the burial cloth of Jesus Christ went on display for the first time in 45 years.
1981 - The U.S. Voyager 2 sent back pictures and data about Saturn. The craft came within 63,000 miles of the planet.
1983 - The U.S. and the Soviet Union signed a $10 billion grain pact..
1988 - Iran and Iraq began talks in Geneva after ending their eight years of war.
1990 - Military action was authorized by the United Nations to enforce the trade embargo that had been placed on Iraq after their invasion of Kuwait.
1997 - The tobacco industry agreed to an $11.3 billion settlement with the state of Florida.
1998 - A survey released said that 1/3 of Americans use the Internet.

World News

Experts: James Foley Beheading Video Likely Fake
Paul Joseph Watson - An international forensic science company which does work for police forces across Britain found that, “James Foley’s execution may have been staged, with the actual murder taking place off-camera,” reports the Telegraph. The experts noted that despite Foley’s executioner appearing to draw a knife across the neck area at least six times, no blood is seen. The video itself does not show the actual beheading, merely a still image which purports to show Foley’s decapitated head resting on his body.

War planes bombard Libyan capital as Islamists seize control of Tripoli and airport
RT - War planes have bombarded Tripoli, while the city’s main airport was severely damaged by fire. This came a day after it was captured by rebel fighters, the Fajr Libya (Dawn of Libya) coalition, who also says it has control of the Libyan capital.

Russia Asks If America Is Still Fit To "Participate In Solving International Problems"
Zero Hedge - More and more questions are being raised about the ability of the current US administration to participate in the development of realistic and pragmatic approaches to international problems, to adequately assess the situation in the various regions of the world." - Russia Foreign Ministry.

Lavrov: Russia to send another humanitarian convoy to Ukraine
RT - Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has announced plans for a second humanitarian convoy to be sent to eastern Ukraine, urging all foreign actors and agencies to participate.

7,000 Trapped Ukrainian Forces; IMF to Fund Ukraine Wars?
Blacklisted News - Ukraine is bankrupt. It accepted an $18 Billion IMF Bailout in March, allegedly with strict conditions. Do those conditions allow war funding?

How the Globalists Are Raping Africa (and the Rest of the World, Too)
(Truthstream Media) The United States just led the first ever U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, hosting figures from throughout the African continent to discuss its development. But despite typical rhetoric about lifting populations out of poverty and addressing Ebola outbreak concerns, the core of the conference was about promoting American-based multinational business in Africa.

Anti-govt forces ‘circle 1000s of Kiev troops, capture 2 tank battalions’ in E.Ukraine
RT - After sustained defensive combat against Ukrainian troops in the self-proclaimed People’s Republic of Donetsk during August, rebels are now reporting of entrapping two large groups of Kiev troops and seizing military hardware in a counteroffensive.

White House Accuses Russia Of Painting Military Vehicles White
Zero Hedge - The White House issued a statement proclaiming that today, in violation of its previous commitments and international law, Russian military vehicles painted to look like civilian trucks forced their way into Ukraine… President Obam took time away from the course on Martha’s Vineyard to chat with Angela Merkel and then issued a joint statement somewhat sheepishly noting that this is “further provocation” and represents a “dangerous escalation.”

‘Significant force’ of elite UK troops on the ground in Iraq
Daily Mail - The Mail on Sunday has been given a detailed account of how elite troops from the SAS and the Special Reconnaissance Regiment (SRR) are conducting high-tech operations inside Syria and Iraq, which could lead to the capture of the extremists within days. It emerged as reports suggested that British intelligence services had identified the true identity of the terrorist who beheaded Mr Foley...

Inside the ISIS gift shop: Online jihadist spring/summer collection of T-shirts, hoodies and baseball caps shocks internet
Daily Mail - ISIS appears to be stepping up its campaign to attract an international support base after clothing and memorabilia promoting the group appeared online.

US journalist freed in Syria after 2 years in captivity
RT - American journalist Peter Theo Curtis was released by his kidnappers to UN peacekeepers in the Golan Heights, Syria after being held captive for nearly two years by Al Qaeda’s Nusra Front. The Qatari government is said to have negotiated his release.

Israel levels high-rise buildings in Gaza: ‘They housed Hamas op centers’
RT - IDF air strikes have leveled two multi-story buildings in Gaza; both are said to have housed Hamas facilities. The new tactic of bringing down entire buildings has been tested amid a new escalation of tensions in the Israeli-Gaza conflict.

Israeli spy drone downed near Iran’s Natanz nuclear plant
RT - "The downed aircraft was of the stealth, radar-evasive type and it intended to penetrate the off-limit nuclear area in Natanz... but was targeted by a ground-to-air missile before it managed to enter the area," Reuters quotes the statement by the Revolutionary Guards.

China declares Australia a military threat over US war pact
Epoch Times - The United States currently has 1,200 troops from the Marine Corps and Air Force training with Australian troops for humanitarian and disaster relief. The defense agreement will increase the number of U.S. troops at Darwin in northern Australia to 2,500. The Chinese regime is none too pleased about the agreement, however.

China hosts largest ever military drill with Russia, other SCO nations
RT - China’s Inner Mongolia is hosting the biggest military drill ever held by the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. The training of 7,000 servicemen from five SCO member states is set to test troops’ effectiveness in fighting terrorism.

The Causes of the MH17 Crash are “Classified”. Ukraine, Netherlands, Australia, Belgium Signed a “Non-disclosure Agreement”
Blacklisted News - In the framework of the 4-country agreement signed on 8 August between Ukraine, the Netherlands, Belgium and Australia, information on the progress and results of the investigation of the disaster will remain classified.

Argentina and 10 more countries near bankruptcy
Birch Gold Group - The third-largest Latin American economy Argentina failed to make scheduled payments on its government bonds at the end of July. Credit agency Moody's Investors Service reported a spike in Argentina’s one-year Sovereign EDF (Expected Default Frequency) to 48% in one week.

China's Genetically Modified Rice Trial Reports 3 Times Higher Leukemia Risk
Natural Society - It appears that an alleged illegal GM rice trial on University students in China has led to an incidence rate of acute leukemia of up to 3 times the normal rate in the country. Following the alleged GM rice trial, it was discovered from the Huazhong Agricultural University that ‘over 10 students now have leukemia within a 4-year period.’

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Gov’t Fear Factory: ‘ISIS Is Here,’ Just in Time for Another 9/11 Anniversary
(Truthstream Media) The government has been doing a whole lot of talking lately about the 9/11-style threat ISIS poses on American soil, how ISIS is like ‘nothing the Pentagon has ever seen’ and how ISIS is likely already here… and all just in time right before another 9/11 anniversary! Fancy that.

School District Bans Talking About Ferguson - Google Maps tells me that Edwardsville, Illinois, is just a 33-minute drive from Ferguson, Missouri. It seems natural that Edwardsville students might want to talk about the events drawing national attention so close to their own homes—but they best not do it at school. As of Wednesday, talking about the Michael Brown shooting and surrounding events is prohibited in Edwardsville classrooms.

Police militarizing with few checks on power, expert says
The Washington Times - ‘“Some of these city councils only become aware of what their police have and what they’ve been doing in the wake of a tragedy,” said Tim Lynch, the director of the Project on Criminal Justice at the Cato Institute, a libertarian think-tank.... “Then members of the city council start asking questions that should have been asked initially,” he said. “Does this community that hasn’t had a murder in ten years need an armored personnel carrier?”

Map: Where Is ‘Open Carry’ Legal?
WSJ - Recently, Target, Starbucks and Chipotle have asked their patrons not to bring their guns. After petitions by gun-control groups such as Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Kroger said it would uphold local and state laws in the 34 states it operates.

Open Letter of Warning to Governor Nixon From Missouri Oath Keepers
Oath Keepers - This is an Assault on the Bill of Rights. There are only two things we should fight for. One is the defense of our homes and the other is the Bill of Rights. - Marine General Smedley Butler – Two-time recipient of the Medal of Honor.

Thousands protest police violence in New York, call for justice in chokehold death (PHOTOS)
RT - Thousands of people gathered on New York’s Staten Island on Saturday as they protested against police violence and called for justice in the case of an unarmed man killed by an officer via an illegal chokehold.

Ret. Police Captain: Feds Use Provocateurs to Influence Public Opinion
Kit Daniels - Capt. Ray Lewis, who retired from the Philadelphia Police Department in 2004 after serving 24 years and was present during the 2011 Occupy Wall Street protests, said undercover provocateurs “infiltrated Occupy Wall Street like crazy” as a way to influence public opinion against the protestors, a strategy which is also used against other movements critical of the establishment.

Maryland Sheriff Refuse To Enforce Federal Gun Laws - With more states passing stronger gun control laws, rural sheriffs across the country are taking their role as defenders of the Constitution to a new level by protesting such restrictions and, in some cases, refusing to enforce the laws. Sheriff Mike Lewis considers himself the last man standing for the people of Wicomico County, Maryland.

Economy & Business

What's $100 Really Worth In Each State?
Zero Hedge - Regional price differences are strikingly large, and have serious policy implications. The same amount of dollars are worth almost 40 percent more in Mississippi than in DC, and the differences become even larger if metro area prices are considered instead of statewide averages.

Goldman to Pay $3.15 Billion to Settle Mortgage Claims
NY Times - Goldman Sachs is paying its largest bill yet to resolve a government lawsuit related to the financial crisis. The bank said on Friday that it had agreed to buy back $3.15 billion in mortgage bonds from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to end a lawsuit filed in 2011 by the Federal Housing Finance Agency, the federal regulator that oversees the two mortgage companies.

Why The Fed’s Outrageous Gift To Foreign Banks—- Risk Free Aribitrage On IOER—Is Just The Tip Of The Iceberg
David Stockman - This profit stripping operation is simple. Foreign banks on Wall Street borrow from money market funds at an infinitesimal 3-6 basis points and then shuffle the loot down to 33 Liberty Street where the New York Fed pays them 25 basis points on the same funds. This gift is known as the IOER payment for excess reserves.

48 suspicious banking deaths - Whether these are genuine deaths or something more sinister one thing is for certain, banking is becoming one of the most dangerous industries to be involved in right now with an extremely high death per employee ratio.

Sears Holdings, the parent company of Sears and Kmart, announced that it lost $573 million over the last three months
The Huffington Post - Slow wage growth has meant low- and middle-income Americans just don’t have enough money to spend at places like Sears and Kmart. More people are turning to dollar stores, which offer discounts in urban locations that don’t require a car and gas to get to a suburban mall.

Veteran News

YouTube: Food City- Salute
This is a great 1-minute commercial. Not a word spoken and none needed..... At Food City, we honor those people that serve and protect our country, and we know that without the men and women who watch out for us, we would not have any of the luxuries we do. We are the land of the free because of the brave and we salute you!

Energy & Environment

Why The Earthquake Near San Francisco Is Just The Start Of The Shaking In California
Economic Collapse - If you thought that the earthquake that struck northern California on Sunday was something, just wait until you see what is coming in the years ahead. As you will read about below, we live at a time when earthquake activity is dramatically increasing. This is especially true of the "Ring of Fire" which runs roughly along the outer perimeter of the Pacific Ocean.

6.0-magnitude earthquake hits San Francisco Bay area, injuring at least 120, three critical, and starting six fires
NY Daily News - The largest earthquake to hit the San Francisco Bay Area in 25 years struck before dawn on Sunday, sending scores of people to hospitals, igniting fires, damaging historic buildings and knocking out power to thousands of homes and businesses in California’s wine country.
* Related article and video.

Science & Technology

Should Twitter, Facebook and Google Executives be the Arbiters of What We See and Read? - There have been increasingly vocal calls for Twitter, Facebook and other Silicon Valley corporations to more aggressively police what their users are permitted to see and read.... This week, the announcement by Twitter CEO Dick Costolo that the company would prohibit the posting of the James Foley beheading video and photos from it (and suspend the accounts of anyone who links to the video) met with overwhelming approval.

Cyber attack on government contractor exposes undercover agents
RT - Multiple undercover investigators had their personal data exposed to hackers after a cyber attack struck a key contractor of the Department of Homeland Security in early August.

Researchers Achieve First Successful Telepathic Transfer
The Daily Sheeple - Now an international team is declaring a successful brain-to-brain data transfer between a person sitting in India to a receiving person in France. Journal PLOSone reports that the first brain-to-brain interface has been achieved, and that “brain stimulation techniques are now available for the realization of non-invasive computer-brain interfaces.”

Are we becoming more STUPID? IQ scores are decreasing - and some experts argue it's because humans have reached their intellectual peak
Daily Mail - Westerns have lost 14 IQ points on average since the Victorian age, according to a study published by the University of Amsterdam last year. Jan te Nijenhuis thinks this could be because intelligent women tend to have less children than women who are not as clever, The Huffington Post reported.

 Farming, Gardening & Homesteading

What's in Your Straw – Reasons To Buy Organic
Farmer Brian - Do you mulch with straw?... Straw is a by-product of grain production, so most likely it came from a conventional field running some variation of corn (GMO Bt), soybeans (Round-Up Ready), and cereal grain rotation.... Many large hay farms only run a hayfield a few years before spraying herbicide to kill off the vegetation, and then reseeding the field (and applying commercial fertilizers).
* Related: Killer Compost


CDC Whistleblower Links MMR Vaccine to Autism; Story Promptly Censored
(Truthstream Media) - Shocking revelations about alleged CDC misconduct in a study investigating the link between autism and vaccines has been made even worse by an active campaign to censor and silence the issue in the media.

Special Report: Corntamination — Edible GMO Hepatitis B Vaccines Coming Soon!
(Truthstream Media) In a special investigative report, we followed the trail of biopharming, where science is using genetically engineered crops to grow pharmaceutical and vaccine components. Some of these treatments are developed to be eaten directly as food.

To Protect Your Heart, Your Sodium to Potassium Ratio Is More Important Than Your Overall Salt Intake
Dr. Mercola - Salt provides two elements – sodium and chloride – both of which are essential for life. Your body cannot make these elements on its own, so you must get them from your diet. However, not all salts are created equal.

Foods scientifically proven to kill cancer
(NaturalNews) In order to defeat cancer and ensure there is no recurrence, the body must be brought into balance and the immune system rebuilt and fine tuned. So how is this feat accomplished? Detox, detox, detox and achieve a slightly alkaline pH, while filling the body with the best, organic, nutritionally dense food available.

Rob Schneider says he has smoking gun on CDC vaccine-autism fraud
Jon Rappoport - Here is a copy of a letter actor and comedian Rob Schneider sent to California Governor Jerry Brown’s office Friday.... "As a concerned citizen of the State of California, I feel compelled to share with you proof the CDC committed fraud (I have copies of the original CDC report that was later suppressed and fraudulently changed)...."

CNN iReport on CDC whistleblower spreads like wildfire, then censored
The Truth Barrier - CNN is now overtly complicit in the mainstream media blackout of the developing story of CDC whistleblower Dr. William Thompson, who stepped forward and revealed that he had partaken in cooking data attempting to minimize the truth about the toxicity of the MMR vaccine in infants and the increased risk of developing autism.
* Related articles and Related video.

Scientists Discover Why 1 in 5 People Attract Mosquitoes Like Crazy
Dr. Mercola - If you harbor these strange scents, mosquitoes can sniff you out 50 yards away. Find out what works best to keep them away, and the one flying insect that controls mosquitoes nearly as effectively as bats. I have literally thousands of them flying in my back yard.

9 Health Benefits of Cucumbers
Dr. Mercola - Cucumbers contain disease-fighting nutrients and a unique blend of characteristics that could give your health a boost.

Research Finds Rare Vine Naturally ‘Halts Breast Cancer Development’
Natural Society - In a relatively new study published July of 2013 in Plos One, we are introduced to yet another breast cancer treatment which is completely non-invasive and inexpensive. A well-known herb [Gynura procumbens ] used throughout Southeast Asia belonging to the Asteraceae family, and used in Malaysian recipes for decades is rendering breast cancer cell lines defunct.

Pet News

Pet Food: Failed Guaranteed Analysis
Susan Thixton - The State of Illinois found 16 pet foods to “fail” random testing in 2013; the pet foods did not test to match the claimed “Guaranteed Analysis” as stated on labels. No product was recalled even though each of these pet foods were mislabeled.... How can consumers ever trust manufacturers and regulatory authorities if ‘guarantees’ hold no meaning?

Friday - August 22, 2014 - Today in History:

1770 - Australia was claimed under the British crown when Captain James Cook landed there.
1775 - The American colonies were proclaimed to be in a state of open rebellion by England's King George III.
1846 - The U.S. annexed New Mexico.
1851 - The schooner America outraced the Aurora off the English coast to win a trophy that became known as the America's Cup.
1902 - In Hartford, CT, U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt became the first president of the United States to ride in an automobile.
1906 - The Victor Talking Machine Company of Camden, NJ began to manufacture the Victrola. The hand-cranked unit, with horn cabinet, sold for $200.
1910 - Japan formally annexed Korea.
1941 - Nazi troops reached the outskirts of Leningrad during World War II.
1973 - Henry Kissinger was named Secretary of State by U.S. President Nixon. Kissinger won the Nobel Peace Prize in the same year.
1984 - The last Volkswagen Rabbit rolled off the assembly line in New Stanton, PA.
1990 - U.S. President George H.W. Bush signed an order for calling reservists to aid in the build up of troops in the Persian Gulf.
1990 - The U.S. State Department announced that the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait would not be closed under President Saddam Hussein's demand.
1991 - Mikhail S. Gorbachev returned to Moscow after the collapse of the hard-liners' coup. On the same day he purged the men that had tried to oust him.
1996 - U.S. President Clinton signed legislation that ended guaranteed cash payments to the poor and demanded work from recipients.
2003 - Alabama's chief justice, Roy Moore, was suspended for his refusal to obey a federal court order to remove his Ten Commandments monument from the rotunda of his courthouse.
2005 - The last Jewish settlers left the Gaza Strip, ending decades of Israel's turbulent occupation.

World News

Council On Foreign Relations: The Ukraine Crisis Is the West’s – Not Putin’s – Fault
Washington Post - CFR’s flagship publication – Foreign Affairs – has just published a piece blaming the Ukraine crisis on the West. The piece by John Mearsheimer – in it’s September/October 2014 issue – accurately notes: The United States and its European allies share most of the responsibility for the crisis. The taproot of the trouble is NATO enlargement, the central element of a larger strategy to move Ukraine out of Russia’s orbit and integrate it into the West....

Chinese Jet Threatened U.S. Intelligence Aircraft - A Chinese jet fighter flew dangerously close to a U.S. Navy P-8 anti-submarine warfare aircraft near Japan this week in an encounter that highlights China’s continued aggressiveness in the region.

Yemen on high alert as rebels push to overthrow government
Deutsche Welle - Tens of thousands of Shiite rebel supporters are in the capital Sanaa in a bid to topple the government. Thousands of armed rebels strengthened their position on Wednesday as they pressed on with their campaign.

IDF mobilizing 10,000 reservists after Israel targets senior Hamas commanders - The cabinet approved the measure after the air force carried out an overnight targeted assassination of two senior Hamas terrorists and a lower ranking terrorist in the Gaza Strip.

469 Gaza children killed, over 370,000 need ‘psychosocial aid’ – UNICEF
RT - At least 469 children have been killed and over 3,000 injured in Gaza since the start of the Israeli offensive, a senior UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) official said, adding that more than 370,000 Palestinian kids require “immediate psychosocial first aid.”

"Isolation Procedures Put In Place" After Ebola Suspect Dies In Ireland; Ebola-Like Disease Claims 70 In Congo
Zero Hedge - Last week Ireland rushed to deny that a man with Ebola-like symptoms who was being tested in Dublin, did not have the disease. It may find such a refutation more difficult this time after Irish Times reported that a man was found dead last night in Donegal, after working in Sierra Leone, the epicenter of the current Ebola outbreak, and where "it is understood that a number of colleagues had contracted the virus."

US, Brazil Nearing Approval of Genetically Engineered Trees
Common Dreams - The U.S. and Brazilian governments are moving into the final stages of weighing approval for the commercialization of genetically engineered eucalyptus trees, moves that would mark the first such permits anywhere in the world.

Humanitarian convoy: First trucks with Russian aid may enter Ukraine on Friday
RT - Trucks with Russian humanitarian aid to war-torn eastern Ukraine are going through customs at the border. Following a delay caused by the Ukrainian side, the convoy may finally start moving to its destination on Friday, a Red Cross official said.

As fighting continues in Gaza, airstrikes kill Hamas leader’s wife and child - After a week-long ceasefire was called as leaders from Hamas and Israel met in Cairo, Egypt, to hold peace-talks, air strikes have resumed and claimed the lives of over 19 Palestinians, including the wife and child of Hamas military leader Mohammed Deif.

Banned on YouTube: ISIS beheading American James Wright Foley
Liveleak - [Warning: Graphic Video] ISIS released a video bragging about how they have beheaded U.S. freelance journalist James Foley, who was taken prisoner in Syria in 2012. Another U.S. journalist shown in the video who is believed to be Steven Sotloff, was captured at the Syria-Turkey border in 2013.

UK Police: Merely Watching James Foley Beheading Video May Be an Act of Terrorism
Paul Joseph Watson - British police have warned the public that merely watching the James Foley beheading video may be a criminal offense under terrorism legislation, a draconian escalation that threatens to create an ominous pretext for the free flow of information on the Internet.

Video clues that could unmask James Foley's murderer
The Telegraph - Despite being filmed deliberately in a barren, featureless landscape with the killer wearing a hood, the four-minute film has a wealth of information, including the killer’s voice, height and the fact he is left-handed.
* Related: French ex-hostage of Isil 'knows' James Foley’s killer

Aafia Siddiqui: the Pakistani female scientist 'on Isil's list of demands'
The Telegraph - The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isil) reportedly called for the release of a female Pakistani scientist with ties to al-Qaeda in exchange for James Foley. According to the New York Times, Isil sent through a "laundry list" of demands to the United States which included the release of Dr Aafia Siddiqui, an MIT-trained neuroscientist currently incarcerated in a prison in Texas.

600 People Quarantined In Germany After West African Worker Collapses in a Job Center
Underground Medic - A West African woman working at a job centre in the Pankow district of Berlin has collapsed with Ebola-like symptoms sparking the emergency quarantine of 600 people. Having recently returned from West Africa she has admitted she had contact with Ebola victims in Nigeria.

Venezuela may soon require fingerprinting to purchase groceries.
1newsjunkie - President Nicolas Maduro says a mandatory fingerprinting system is being implemented at grocery stores to combat food shortages by keeping people from buying too much of a single item. He calls it an "anti-fraud system" like the fingerprint scan the country uses for voting.

Iceland launched a debt cancellation initiative for mortgage holders
IceNews - Each debt could see as much as 26,000 euros knocked off the total due. On Sunday, the country’s tax authorities launched the website, where homeowners can file their application. Some 5,000 people registered in the opening two hours, said one of the site’s technical managers.

End of the line: GMO production in China halted
RT - In a surprise U-turn, China’s Ministry of Agriculture has decided not to continue with a program which developed genetically-modified rice and corn.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Raytheon & the NSA will now be recording everyone's license plate in Massachusetts
MassPrivatei - Technology and defense giant Raytheon was recently awarded a $130 million contract to install all-electronic tolling systems on the Massachusetts Turnpike and at several local tunnels. A unit of the company’s Integrated Defense Systems business will install the system over the next year and a half.

VIDEO: City Hall Protesters Demand "Drone-Free LAPD"
NBC News - Protesters gathered outside LA's city hall Thursday morning, chanting "drone-free LAPD" to demand a halt to what they called an LAPD plan to use drones to spy on citizens.

New Bill In Congress Would Ban Private Citizens From Owning Body Armor
Economic Collapse - Representatives "would prohibit the sale, transfer or possession of military-level body armor by civilians". In other words, private citizens all over the entire nation would be permanently banned from owning body armor if this bill gets passed and signed into law. The bill that I am talking about is H.R. 5344 (The Responsible Body Armor Possession Act), and you can view the proposed legislation for yourself right here.

Chuck Hagel Goes Full Fearmonger: "ISIS Poses Greater Threat Than 9/11, Prepare For Everything"
Zero Hedge - US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel talks about the "imminent threat" ISIS poses to the US and the World.. .and pulls no punches in his total fearmongery..."ISIL poses a threat greater than 9/11.

Experimental drug success: US Ebola doctor discharged after recovery
RT - An American doctor who contracted the Ebola virus while treating patients in Liberia has been discharged after being treated with the experimental drug, ZMapp. Kent Brantley was treated in Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia; a second doctor with Ebola Nancy Writebol was also treated with ZMapp there and was released Tuesday. Both recovered just in nearly three weeks of treatment.

Governor Nixon orders National Guard to withdraw from Ferguson - Governor Jay Nixon order the National Guard to start pulling out of Ferguson Thursday. The Governor made the announcement in a news release saying the National Guard would coordinate the effort with the Missouri Highway Patrol.

County police report 155 arrests since Michael Brown was killed
Washington Post - The numbers are very likely an understatement of the total number of those taken into custody, as numerous residents and journalists have been detained and released without being charged. The list obtained by the Post only includes those held in St. Louis County facilities. It is likely that there are others who have been arrested and held in municipal jails.

Judge Orders DOJ to Provide List of 'Fast & Furious' Documents Obama Tried to Shield
CNS News - A federal judge has ordered the Justice Department to provide Congress with a list of documents that are at the center of a long-running battle over a failed law enforcement program called Operation Fast and Furious.

Former CIA Officer Says ISIS and Mexican Drug Cartels Communicate
Kurt Nimmo - A former CIA officer, now a security consultant who regularly appears on Fox News, told the Laura Ingraham Show Thursday ISIS and Mexican drug cartels communicate with each other. “We’ve had good intel over the years about al-Qaeda, about their efforts to coordinate with, as an example, Mexican cartels… in an effort to try to exploit our southern border,” Mike Baker told Ingraham.

Rick Perry Warns ISIS May Already Be in the United States
National Review - “I think there is the obvious great concern that because of the condition of the border, from the standpoint of it not being secure and us not knowing who is penetrating across, that individuals from ISIS or other terrorist states could be [entering the country],” Perry said during an event hosted by National Review and the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C.

Nanny State and Police State Unite to Arrest Boy For Bringing the Word "Gun" to School
Activist Post - This time, the danger to society was a 16-year-old boy from Summerville, S.C. who went so far as to write a fictional statement about killing a dinosaur with a gun.

Economy & Business

A Repeat of Black Wednesday? Soros Bets $2 Billion On Stock Market Collapse: Massive Inflation Ahead
The Daily Sheeple - Take a long, hard look at your personal preparations and plug any holes while you can because if Soros and his multi-billionaire cronies have their way, then the time you have left to do so is a lot shorter than you may have anticipated.

The 35.4 Percent: 109,631,000 on Welfare
CNS News - 109,631,000 Americans lived in households that received benefits from one or more federally funded “means-tested programs” — also known as welfare — as of the fourth quarter of 2012, according to data released Tuesday by the Census Bureau.

Profit Down 62% For Another Major US Retailer - Sales at U.S. mass merchandisers such as Target and Wal-Mart Stores Inc have been hit this year as consumers struggling with stagnant wages and high inflation reduce spending.

Energy & Environment

Vermont Law first bee-friendly, neonicotinoid pesticide-free campus in nation
VTDigger - Vermont Law School has partnered with the Center for Food Safety’s BEE Protective Campaign, making it the first higher-education campus in the country to earn official neonicotinoid pesticide-free designation.

Is Miami on the Brink of A Nuclear Disaster?
Green Med Info - The Turkey Point facility has a canal-based cooling system, technology like something out of the Dark Ages. What happens if that system fails as it appears to be doing now? Will the non-canal based cooling back up system (diesel-based) work? These questions need to be asked and answered, but the most poignant question of all is: is a core infrastructure failure occurring and responsible for the insufficient cooling system the plant is experiencing?

YouTube: Proof Radiation Is Killing The Pacific
Jeff Rense - This video [22 minutes] features highlights of Dana Durnford & Terry Daniel's video Podcast. Very special thanks to Dana & his team for all the hard word and research they have gathered concerning Fukushima radiation and the dying Pacific Ocean. Without individuals such as Dana stepping up to get us the real data in the field, much of this type of information would not be available to the general public.
* Related: Video Response to Dana Dernford

 Farming, Gardening & Homesteading

Artist creates amazing multicolored tree that produces 40 types of fruit
(NaturalNews) Imagine picking 40 different types of fruit from a single tree. This is precisely the goal of New York-based sculptor and artist Sam Van Aken. The Tree of 40 Fruit can simultaneously produce apricots, almonds, nectarines, peaches, plums and cherries.

Vampire plants inject their prey with RNA
(NaturalNews) A scientist from Virginia Tech University has found a potentially new form of plant communication, one that permits them to share an extraordinary amount of genetic information with each other.


15,000 pounds of chicken nuggets recalled after customers complain about pieces of plastic
(NaturalNews) On Wednesday, August 8, Applegate Natural and Organic Meats voluntarily issued a recall for "Applegate Naturals Chicken Nuggets" with the "Best Before" date of February 5, 2015, according to a report by United Press International.... he contaminated chicken nuggets are manufactured by Perdue, a Georgia-based company hired by Applegate to help "co-pack" their products.

Life-threatening, infectious bacteria develop resistance to antiseptic used in hospital baths
(NaturalNews) An interventional measure that some hospitals have put in place to combat the rise of drug-resistant "superbugs" is actually causing more of them to emerge, suggests a new study published in the journal Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology.

8 ways to recognize cancer earlier without harmful medical testing
(NaturalNews) With all the high tech screenings, procedures, drugs, and research, one would have to think that the "war on cancer" would be seeing some forms of success. Yet, men still have a slightly less than 1 in 2 lifetime risk of developing cancer, and for women, the risk is a little more than 1 in 3. Approximately 77% of all cancers are diagnosed in people 55 years of age and older.

USDA announces crack-down on companies deceptively using 'organic' in brand names
(NaturalNews) The USDA recently announced a crack-down on the organic market, as it reins in misleading language on food product packaging that often confuses consumers with vague "organic" promises. "Unless a food product is certified organic it cannot display, overtly, the word 'organic' on the front panel of the product," said Mark A. Kastel, Codirector at The Cornucopia Institute, an organic industry watchdog.

Top health benefits of dill
(NaturalNews) Dill seeds are similar in taste and appearance to caraway seeds. The flavor and aroma of these light brown, oval seeds is citrus and sweet with a slightly bitter edge. In addition to its usefulness as a spice in foods, dill has a number of health benefits. A few of them are explained below.

Eating more of these 5 foods can help improve your eye health
(NaturalNews) Vision is one of mankind's most valued senses. Unfortunately, for many it's susceptible to extremely degenerative conditions. In the United States alone, nearly $7 billion is spent to treat cataracts, affecting about 22 million Americans over the age of 40.

Vitamin D for Depression, Dementia, and Diabetes
Dr. Mercola - According to one recent study, seniors who have low vitamin D levels may double their risk of dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Specifically, compared to those with vitamin D levels in the normal range: Those with low levels had a 53 percent increased risk for dementia, and a 70 percent higher risk of Alzheimer's. Severely deficient individuals had a 125 percent higher risk for dementia and 120 percent higher risk for Alzheimer's.

New Research Links Ramen Noodles To Heart Disease, Stroke and Metabolic Syndrome - The dangers of ramen noodles are self-evident to most, however there will always be those who will deny the dangers of consuming them. After all, it's a staple food for college kids so how bad could it be? It can't kill you right? New research from Baylor University and Harvard says it can. The noodles increase people's risk of metabolic changes linked to heart disease and stroke, researchers found.

4 Ancient Superfoods and their Timeless Benefits
Natural Society - Which foods should be on your superfoods list? Here are some timeless superfoods options to consider.

7 Reasons You Should Practice Yoga
Natural Society - This centuries-old practice has taken on incredible life in the West and it seems if you aren’t doing yoga, you are the odd one out. Fortunately, it’s never too late to pick up a new and healthy habit. If you need a reason to practice yoga, here are seven.

Postmenopausal breast cancer risk decreases significantly with regular exercise
STEPin2 - According to a study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research, postmenopausal women who in the past four years had started physical activity of about four hours per week had a lower risk of invasive breast cancer compared with women who exercised less.

Antibacterial soap exposes health workers to high triclosan levels
Natural Blaze - Handwashing with antibacterial soap exposes hospital workers to significant and potentially unsafe levels of triclosan, a widely-used chemical currently under review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, according to a study led by researchers from UC San Francisco.

Thursday - August 21, 2014 - Today in History:

1831 - Nat Turner, a former slave, led a violent insurrection in Virginia. He was later executed.
1841 - A patent for venetian blinds was issued to John Hampton.
1878 - The American Bar Association was formed by a group of lawyers, judges and law professors in Saratoga, NY.
1912 - Arthur R. Eldred became the first American boy to become an Eagle Scout. It is the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America.
1959 - Hawaii became the 50th state. U.S. President Eisenhower also issued the order for the 50 star flag.
1963 - In South Vietnam, martial law was declared. Army troops and police began to crackdown on the Buddhist anti-government protesters.
1989 - Voyager 2, a U.S. space probe, got close to the Neptune moon called Triton.
1993 - NASA lost contact with the Mars Observer spacecraft. The fate of the spacecraft was unknown. The mission cost $980 million.
1997 - Afghanistan suspended its embassy operations in the United States.
2002 - In Pakistan, President General Pervez Musharraf unilaterally amended the Pakistani constitution. He extended his term in office and granted himself powers that included the right to dissolve parliament.
2003 - In Ghana, businessman Gyude Bryant was selected to oversee the two-year power-sharing accord between Liberia's rebels and the government. The accord was planned to guide the country out of 14 years of civil war.
2006 - British prosecutors announced that 11 people had been charged in an alleged plot to blow up trans-Atlantic jetliners bound for the United States.
2009 - Leaders of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America voted to lift a ban that prohibited sexually active gays and lesbians from serving as ministers.

World News

Islamic State Demanded $100Mln Ransom for US Journalist Foley says Reports
RIA Novosti - Militants of the Islamic State (IS) group pressed the United States for a $100 million ransom for the release of US journalist James Foley, whose execution was later taped and video was released on the Internet, The New York Times reported, citing a representative of Foley’s family.

Hackers stole secret MH370-related documents from Malaysian officials says report
RT - A targeted phishing attack on a handful of Malaysian officials involved in investigating the disappearance of flight MH370 in March reportedly gave the perpetrators, presumably of Chinese origin, access to a trove of classified material.

Russian Consumer Watchdog Inspects McDonald's in 18 Regions Over Sanitary Concerns
RIA Novosti - Four McDonald’s restaurants were temporarily closed in Moscow on Wednesday after numerous violations of sanitary regulations had been found at the popular fast food outlet’s branches, with Rospotrebnadzor saying McDonald’s products contain more fat, protein and carbohydrates than allowed by the country’s “technological norms."

Some Commanders of Insurgency in Iraq Retreat to Syria
Nasdaq - U.S. airstrikes have driven some ground commanders of the Sunni radical group Islamic State from northern Iraq across the border into Syria, Iraqi officials say.

Staged Provocations Ahead Possible US-Syrian War
Tony Cartalucci - With the alleged brutal murder of American journalist James Wright Foley, a wave of anger and aggression across Western audiences has been generated. Upon that wave rides two objectives. One is to create plausible deniability for the West which created the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq (ISIS), the other is to create a further pretext to justify a resurgence of direct US military intervention across the region.

US Attempted To Rescue James Foley, Other ISIS Hostages, Failed Because "Hostages Were Not Present"
Zero Hedge - U.S. special operations forces early this summer launched a secret, major rescue operation in Syria to save James Foley and a number of Americans held by the extremist group ISIS, but the mission failed because the hostages weren’t there, senior administration officials told ABC News today.

ISIS: Region-wide Genocide Portended in 2007 Now Fully Realized
Tony Cartalucci - As early as 2007, the stage was being set for the regional genocide now unfolding from Syria and Lebanon along the Mediterranean to northern Iraq. The “sudden” appearance of the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq, otherwise known as ISIS, betrays years of its rise and the central part it played in Western-backed violence seeking to overthrow the government of Syria starting in 2011 amid the cover of the so-called “Arab Spring.”

Soldiers spill blood in Liberian Ebola slum as riot breaks out over the quarantine of 50,000 residents
Daily Mail - (Graphic content) Liberian soldiers opened fire on residents of a slum in their country's capital city today after it was locked down in an effort to contain the spread of Ebola virus.

Canada’s Dirty Banks
Dean Henderson - (Excerpted from Chapter 4: Nicaraguan Contraband: Big Oil & Their Bankers…) During the Nicaraguan contra war, the CIA ran a guns-for-drugs operation out of Belize. One note in Oliver North’s diaries read, “Proceed on White House project in Belize”. Another read, “wants to contact drug people in Belize camps”.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Attorney General Eric Holder looks into Brown case
USA Today - Holder arrived as a local grand jury began hearing evidence to determine whether Wilson should be charged in the fatal shooting. The Justice Department is conducting a parallel investigation into possible civil rights violations related to the shooting. In an extraordinary move, he also ordered a federal autopsy — the third forensic examination of the body, which was hit at least six times by gunfire.

Special operations contractors deploy to St. Louis area
1776 Channel - Missouri-based private security contractor Asymmetric Solutions, which employs elite former U.S. military special operators, tweeted Tuesday afternoon that the company is deploying a “high threat team in our own city”.... “We’ve been to Baghdad, Kabul, KL, Manilla, Peshwar, Bogata. Never guessed we would deploy a high threat team in our own city. #furgeson”. Asymmetric Solutions employs former U.S. Navy SEALs and Army special operators.

Police Captain Unleashes Ferguson Riot Cops Against Journalists
Mikael Thalen - Missouri State Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson used riot police to intimidate, assault and arrest journalists early Wednesday morning after several thrown bottles ignited unrest in the streets of Ferguson, Mo.... Only moments before the situation deteriorated, Infowars reporter Joe Biggs attempted to alert an officer to a stash of bottles hidden under a metal bin, seemingly in vane. After bottles on scene were thrown at police, officers began singling out journalists for arrest while one cop with an M4 rifle threatened to “f***ing kill” others.

Officer who pointed gun at protesters suspended - A police officer who was part of the effort to keep peace during protests in Ferguson has been suspended for pointing a semi-automatic assault rifle at demonstrators, then cursing and threatening to kill one of them, police said Wednesday.

Police beat innocent man in handcuffs, charge him with bleeding on their uniforms
Police State USA - A man was taken to jail following a case of mistaken identity and subsequently beaten and given trumped up charges, including bleeding on the officers’ clothing as they pummeled him.

CDC: US Has Had 'at Least 68' Ebola Scares
Breitbart - Amid the news that two patients-- one in New Mexico and one in California-- are currently being tested for Ebola in hospitals due to matching symptoms, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has revealed that there have been "at least 68" such scares in the past three weeks.

Federal Judge Obliterates IRS Excuses for Losing Lerner's Emails
Breitbart - In a landmark victory for Judicial Watch, the federal judge ordered the IRS to submit sworn declarations detailing what happened to Lois Lerner’s “lost” emails and what steps were being taken to find them.

Student suspended for saying ‘bless you’ after classmate sneezed - A young girl, who claims she was standing up for her religious beliefs in the classroom, was suspended after breaking a class rule of saying “bless you” after a classmate sneezed.

Newly Released Memo Details Justification for Drone Assassination of American Citizen
Ben Swann - Late Friday the U.S. Department of Justice released a heavily redacted memo that deals with the targeted assassination of American citizen, Anwar al-Awlaki. The Justice Department was responding to a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and the New York Times that sought to uncover the legal justification for the drone bombing, which lead to Awlaki’s death.

UN Boss Pushes “International Standards” for Ferguson Police
New American - As protests and looting continue in Ferguson, Missouri, following the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is demanding that local law enforcement adhere to what his office cryptically referred to as “international standards.”

Did Ferguson Police Use "Kill Switch" on Livestream Signal The Moment They Created Chaos?
Activist Post - "It keep saying 'no network error'. We had a foreign reporter on the roof with us and she wasn't able to get a signal on her cell phone. And people on the ground were saying 'I can't tweet out.'" -Livestreamer Argus Radio.

Army to Continue ‘Black Helicopter’ Training Over Twin Cities Despite Anger
Paul Joseph Watson - The U.S. Army is set to continue training exercises involving low flying “black helicopters” over Minneapolis and St. Paul tonight despite residents and local officials expressing outrage at the danger posed by the unannounced drills.

VIDEO: Peacekeepers Or Provocateurs? RT Examines The National Guard
Liberty Crier - From natural disasters to civil unrest, the National Guard plays many roles and has a contradictory history. At times preventing the integration of schools while at other times protecting African-American protesters, deployment of the military force is a often a sign of something gone wrong. RT’s Manila Chan takes a look at the history and roles of the National Guard.

California Sheriff's Deputies Shoot, Kill 13-Year-Old
Breitbart - Northern California sheriff's deputies have shot and killed a 13-year-old boy after repeatedly telling him to drop what turned out to be a replica assault rifle, sheriff's officials and family members said.

Researchers find security flaws in backscatter X-ray scanners
Activist Post - In laboratory tests, the team was able to successfully conceal firearms and plastic explosive simulants from the Rapiscan Secure 1000 scanner. The team was also able to modify the scanner operating software so it presents an “all-clear” image to the operator even when contraband was detected.

Economy & Business

30 stats to show to anyone that does not believe the middle class is being destroyed
Economic Collapse - The 30 statistics that you are about to read prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that the middle class in America is being systematically destroyed.

Housing Market

Bank of America agrees to $17bn fine over mortgage fraud says report
RT - America’s second largest lender has reached a $17 billion settlement with US federal authorities over selling bad mortgages, according to sources close to the negotiations. The bank will pay out $10 billion in cash and $7 billion for consumer relief – such as modified home loans and refinanced mortgages, AP reports, citing officials close to the negotiations. The final verdict is due on Thursday.

Energy & Environment

Almanac predicts colder winter, hotter summer
AP - Published Wednesday, the New Hampshire-based almanac predicts a "super-cold" winter in the eastern two-thirds of the country. The west will remain a little bit warmer than normal..... Most of the Northeast is expected to get more snowfall than normal, though it will be below normal in New England.

Science & Technology

UN Grabs for the Internet: CFR, Chatham House Lead Toward “Global Governance”
New American - In a recent essay entitled, “The Strategic Significance of the Internet Commons,” former Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff describes cyberspace and the Internet as a “global commons” that must come under “global governance.” This is the latest salvo in an ongoing campaign by a disparate congeries of internationalists, socialists, communists, and jihadists to turn over control of the Internet to some sort of regime under the United Nations.

Cyborg Moth "Biobots" Preparing For Flight
Activist Post - The military-science industrial complex continues its pursuit of modeling drones after nature in order to hide in plain sight. While there have been some successes in this area with systems like RoboBee, nature's flight pattern is proving to be difficult to perfectly replicate, as well as providing steep challenges in energy consumption.

UPS says 51 stores infected with credit card stealing malware
Ars Technica - In an announcement posted Wednesday to its website, UPS said that 51 locations, or around one percent of its 4,470 franchised stores across the country, were found to have been penetrated by a “broad-based malware intrusion.” The company recorded approximately 105,000 transactions at those locations, but does not know the precise number of cardholders affected.


Will You Die Getting To Your Bug Out Location?
Underground Medic - I am frequently surprised by the approach many Preppers take to their Bug-Out plans, especially those who expect to drive to their retreat location.... Closed roads, quarantine situations, hostile locals, gridlock, civil unrest, martial law, are examples of the types of things a Prepper might encounter when trying to bug-out to their retreat. So you must plan your bug-out in a way that avoids, or at least minimizes, such situations.


Complications with allergy medications - 8 deadly effects to be aware of
(NaturalNews) As allergy season continues, it is important to remember that there are several natural options and that it is not necessary to take Claritin and Benadryl this year. These over-the-counter medications are highly dangerous and will put people at risk of developing several complications if they take them.

Nearly half the children born in the last decade are at risk of diabetes
(NaturalNews) According to News Daily, a CDC study has determined that two out five people born between 2000 and 2011 are expected to develop diabetes type 2. This rate is double what it was two decades ago or men, and it's a 50 percent increase for women.

Shatter stone herb cleanses liver, dissolves kidney and gallbladder stones
(NaturalNews) If you struggle with kidney stones, or feel your liver could use a tune-up, a small Amazonian berry offers a powerful solution. A popular herb in Traditional Chinese Medicine, and a favorite of naturopaths worldwide, Phyllanthyus niruri (chanca piedra or "shatter stone" in Spanish) is known for supporting kidney, bladder, liver and gallbladder health. The berry also demonstrates significant antioxidant properties, lowers blood pressure, balances blood sugar and is effective in treating over 90 different issues.

Tattoo ink poisoning Americans
(NaturalNews) Body-art lovers have complained of scarring, allergic reactions, and phototoxic reactions (adverse reaction to light or sunlight), and depending on the type of pigment, other complications can occur. Brightly colored plastic-based pigments have been particularly problematic for some, and glow-in-the-dark tattoos can be radioactive and toxic.

Common Antibiotic Linked with Heart Deaths
Natural Blaze - Recently, researchers have been going back to study "time-tested" drugs only find inherent risk. For instance, a common heart drug always believed to be inherently safe is now believed to increase cardiac death. Some antibiotics were recently shown to alter immunity and lead to respiratory disease susceptibility later on. Clarithromycin, a common antibiotic - lauded by WHO and used for wide variety of infections like gastritis, skin, lung, throat and lyme - can now be added to the list.

Main Ingredient in Monsanto’s RoundUp, Patented as an Antibiotic, Destroying GI Tract
Natural Society - So why would the company seek a patent for an herbicide to be used as an antibiotic? All the more important to ask is, why is this toxic ingredient allowed to be used when it has been proven again and again to allow toxic bacteria like clostridium to flourish?

This winters ‘Flu Season’ is going to be the most dangerous one of your life
Underground Medic - With Ebola showing the same symptoms as both common flu and noroviruses, both of which are exceptionally common in winter, Ebola could quite easily be mistaken for either condition in the first instance, slipping through the net until it’s later stages appear and by then it’s too late.If Ebola makes it to our shores it will explode in winter and I personally see no alternative other than self-imposed isolation.

17 of The Most Underrated Medicinal Plants In The World - Many people are finally becoming acquainted with how plants such as cannabis are effective medicinally. Others are very familiar with the healing abilities of garlic, spinach, ginger and of course echinacea. However, there are so many others whose medicinal potential are rarely if ever mentioned and yet rival and even exceed those mentioned above in many areas.

How Your Morning Coffee Can Prevent Tinnitus
Natural Blaze - This discovery I’m referring to was a study published in the American Journal of Medicine that shows women who consumed higher amounts of caffeine were less likely to have tinnitus. Their primary source of caffeine was coffee.

Study Identifies Anti-Cancer Properties of Honey Compounds
Natural Society - Honey is awesome, but could it be powerful enough to treat cancer. Flavonoids and phenolic acids may be responsible for honey’s anti-cancer properties.

Wednesday - August 20, 2014 - Today in History:

1741 - Danish navigator Vitus Jonas Bering discovered Alaska.
1866 - It was formally declared by U.S. President Andrew Johnson that the American Civil War was over. The fighting had stopped months earlier.
1914 - German forces occupied Brussels, Belgium, during World War I.
1918 - The British opened its Western Front offensive during World War I.
1923 - The 1st American ship, the "Shenandoah," began its maiden voyage in Lakehurst, NJ. on Sept. 14, 1923.
1940 - France fell to the Germans during World War II.
1953 - It was announced by the Soviet Union that they had detonated a hydrogen bomb.
1964 - A $1 billion anti-poverty measure was signed by U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson.
1968 - The Soviet Union and other Warsaw Pact nations began invading Czechoslovakia to crush the "Prague Spring" liberalization.
1977 - Voyager 2 was launched by the United States. The spacecraft was carrying a 12 inch copper phonograph record containing greetings in dozens of languages, samples of music and sounds of nature.
1985 - The original Xerox 914 copier was presented to the Smithsonian Institute's Museum of American History. Chester Carlson was the man who invented the machine.
1991 - A rally of more that 100,000 people occurred outside the Russian parliament building to protest the coup that removed Gorbachev from power.
1997 - NATO troops seized six police stations in Banja Luka that had been held by troops controlled by former Bosnian Serb President Radovan Karadzic.
1998 - Canada's Supreme Court announced that Quebec could not secede without the federal government's consent.
1998 - U.S. military forces attacked a terrorist camp in Afghanistan and a chemical plant in Sudan. Both targets were chosen for cruise missile strikes due to their connection with Osama bin Laden.
1998 - The U.N. Security Council extended trade sanctions against Iraq for blocking arms inspections.
2009 - Voting in Afghanistan's presidential election was marred by rampant ballot-box stuffing. (Hamid Karzai was declared the winner in November.)
2009 - The only man convicted of the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 returned home to Libya after his release from a Scottish prison on compassionate grounds.

World News

Air Defense Drills With Live Firing Under Way in South Russia – Defense Ministry
RIA Novosti - Russia is carrying out air defense drills with live firing from S-300 and S-400 air defense systems at its Ashuluk testing range in the southern Astrakhan Region, the Russian Defense Ministry said Tuesday.

Islamic State militants claim to have killed US journalist James Foley
The Guardian - Militants from Islamic State (Isis) claimed to have killed an American journalist long held captive in Syria in retaliation for ongoing US air strikes against its forces in Iraq.
* Related: ISIS beheading: Militants ‘represent a direct threat’ to UK security says Foreign Sec.

‘World’s most dangerous’: Iraq’s retaken Mosul Dam could cause 500,000 deaths in days
RT - Reports indicate that Kurdish and Iraqi forces have all but taken back the key Mosul Dam from Islamic State militants. However it is rigged with explosives which, together with other issues, could lead to hundreds of thousands killed in just days.

Imran Khan leads tens of thousands in march on Pakistan parliament (VIDEO)
RT - Some 30,000 anti-government protesters led by Pakistani opposition leaders marched through Islamabad’s ‘Red Zone’, surrounding top government buildings. While the army chose not to intervene, the PM is reportedly considering a deal with the military.

Five Illegal Immigrants Detained In Albania With Ebola Symptoms: Montenegro and Bulgaria Also have Individuals in Quarantine
Underground Medic - The Macedonian newspaper Vecer states that the five are thought by police to be of Eritrean origin and that they arrived via Greece during the last few days. They are being held at a medical facility in Vlore, just over 80 miles from the nearest port in Italy.

Multinational scientists request help from the Pope to get destructive GMOs banned in Brazil
(NaturalNews) When independent scientists and farmers start protesting GMOs to their governments without success, to whom can they turn? Well, the GMO resisters in the predominately Catholic country Brazil have decided to go papal.

Pentagon Deploys Fighter Jets to Eastern Europe - The Pentagon is sending a dozen fighter planes and nearly 200 personnel to Bulgaria for a training exercise as violence in Ukraine continues to claim civilian lives. The 493rd Fighter Squadron out of Lakenheath, England, will be going to Bulgaria for training exercises starting Sept. 1. The unit will deploy with 12 F-15 Eagles and 180 personnel, Army Col. Steve Warren told reporters Monday at the Pentagon.

US corporations boycott Glasgow over Gaza support
Tom Sullivan - Hundreds of US businesspeople have scrapped plans to visit Glasgow, following the Scottish city’s decision to fly the Palestinian flag following Israeli military operations in Gaza. The visitors represented major US corporations such as Wal-Mart, ExxonMobil and Coca-Cola, and were due to visit the Glasgow as a reward for investing millions into its economy.

Ebola: Liberian Army Ordered to ‘Shoot on Sight’ Anyone Crossing Sierra Leone Border
IBT - Liberia’s armed forces have been given orders to shoot people on sight who are attempting to illegally cross the border from Ebola-stricken Sierra Leone, according to local media reports.

Ebola drug derived from GM tobacco could cause cancer, elephantiasis and other serious side effects
(NaturalNews) Known as ZMapp, an experimental Ebola drug containing derivatives of GM tobacco bears resemblances to earlier experimental drugs that used the same technology -- and that failed miserably. One experimental drug given to patients at Northwick Park Hospital in London back in 2006 resulted in one man having his head swell, and several others developing signs of cancer.

Building on lockdown in Berlin - EBOLA
Investment Watch - A placing agency in Berlin was isolated after a suspected Ebola infection. For now, people who were on the second floor of the building does not have the right to leave the building.

Air France staff refuse to fly to Ebola-hit nations
Channel News Asia - Cabin crew scheduled to work on some flights "have not wanted to carry out their assignment", a spokesman for the company told AFP. He refused to be drawn on numbers but said none of the flights destined for the region had ultimately been left short-staffed.

In China, Beginnings Of A Foreclosure Crisis?
Forbes - Foreclosures are starting to be reported in China, home to the most talked about housing market on earth. According to the 21st Century Business Herald, three cities have reported increases in the number of bank repos of Chinese properties. Has a foreclosure crisis begun in China? If so, the China housing bears would have been vindicated.

How neonicotinoid pesticides are poisoning Canada's agriculture - The Harvard researchers noted that although neonicotinoid residues in their study were below levels allowed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the way these levels are determined "does not take into sufficient account the protection of human health from long-term low-dose exposure." This is worrisome, given the mounting evidence that exposure to nerve poison pesticides is a leading cause of neurodegenerative disorders such as autism, Alzheimer's disease, and Parkinson's disease.

‘There is full reason to expect an eruption’ of Iceland’s largest volcanic system
Washington Post - Days ago, the rumbles started. They ripped through central Iceland on Saturday, home to the Bardarbunga, the largest volcanic system in the country. There were hundreds of the quakes, if not thousands. But the biggest came early Monday morning — the largest in the region since 1996.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Patient at Sacramento hospital may have Ebola
Daily Mail - The hospital’s Dr. Stephen Parodi said in the release ‘We are working with the Sacramento County Division of Public Health regarding a patient admitted to the Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center who may have been exposed to the Ebola virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will be testing blood samples to rule out the presence of the virus.

Congress Members Who Approve Militarization of U.S. Police Receive 73% More Money from Defense Industry
Washington’s Blog - Americans of all stripes oppose the militarization of U.S. police forces.... So why does Congress continue to approve militarization? For the same reason that Congress members vote for NSA spying on Americans and go easy on Wall Street criminals: money.

Gov. Rick Perry has been booked on two felony counts of abuse of power
Breitbart - Perry, who is mulling a second presidential run in 2016, turned himself in Tuesday at the Travis County courthouse. He vowed he'd fight the charges "with every fiber of my being." The Republican is accused of coercion and official oppression for publicly promising to veto $7.5 million for the state public integrity unit run by the Travis County district attorney's office.

US changing no-fly list rules
AP - The decision comes after a federal judge's ruling that there was no meaningful way to challenge the designation, a situation deemed unconstitutional. In response, the Justice Department said the U.S. will change the process during the next six months. As of late last summer, about 48,000 people were on the no-fly list.

Ferguson Police Busted – Attempt To Defame Shooting Victim Blows Up In Their Face (VIDEO) - When the Ferguson police department released the name of Darren Wilson, they also chose to release video footage which they claimed was of Michael Brown robbing a convenience store for some cigars. The problem is, the video shows Michael Brown at the register, paying for the cigars.

Another Police Shooting In St. Louis, Just 3 Miles From Ferguson: "Suspect Dead At The Scene" - Live Feed
Zero Hedge - St.Louis city police are investigating a fatal police shooting in St.Louis City - less than 3 miles from Ferguson - today at 1230pm. Residents heard at least 5 shots fired. The suspect approached the officers with a knife in an open-hand grip and screamed "shoot me, kill me now." One witness described it at 'suicide by cop'.

Ferguson Police: We Can’t Tell You’re A Journalist Unless You Have a $50K Camera
Kit Daniels - Even though the city of Ferguson and the county and the Missouri Highway Patrol chief signed a court agreement stating that they would not attack the press late last week, the censorship and harassment of the press has only intensified..
* Related article and videos.

Ferguson Police Have Body Cameras… But Don’t Wear Them
Ben Swann - While many are crying out for the use of body cameras to be adopted in towns such as Ferguson, Missouri, the Wall Street Journal reported, “Police in Ferguson have a stock of body-worn cameras, but have yet to deploy them to officers.“

Pentagon defends militarization of police
Press TV - As cries over the militarization of police in Ferguson are getting louder, the US Defense Department has defended its program to give police with millions of dollars worth of military equipment.

Database: How many grenade launchers did Michigan police departments receive?
Detroit Free Press - More than $43 million worth of property has been transferred to law enforcement in Michigan from January 2006 through April 23 of this year. Nationally, more than $4.3 billion worth of property has been transferred to law enforcement since the program’s inception in fiscal year 1997... Use this database to see where the military equipment is going by state and county and the type of items being received.

Justice Dept. Adds Money Laundering to Drug-Related Charges against FedEx
Federal prosecutors have stepped up their case against delivery service giant FedEx, claiming it not only has helped transport illegal drug shipments, but also participated in money laundering.

Economy & Business

Average Cost of raising a child hits $245,000 - To raise a child born in 2013 to the age of 18, it will cost a middle-income couple just over $245,000, according to newly released estimates from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That’s up $4,260, or almost 2%, from the year before.

Major US City Loses 9000 Jobs In July
(Ryan Sharrow) Maryland shed 9,000 jobs in July, pushing the state’s unemployment rate over 6 percent for the first time since December.

Energy & Environment

Northwest Alaska villagers concerned about dead salmon washing up along Kobuk River
Alaska Dispatch - For the last week, from Shugnak all the way down to Kotzebue, people are reporting dead fish washed up on the banks of Northwest Alaska's Kobuk River in astonishing numbers. The fish appear to have been healthy and unspawned. Some have mysterious white welts dotting their backs.

Science & Technology

Mass Produced Security Robots Introduced in U.S.
Activist Post - While debate continues to rage about the threat of autonomous "killer robots," the mechanized replacement of humans continues across the workforce. In fact, the robotics industry notched record sales in the first half of 2014 in North America, and there appears to be no indications of a slowdown.


Greatest sources of vitamin C - Prevent and destroy disease naturally with these foods
(NaturalNews) Few nutrients are held to such high regard in the West as vitamin C. This essential antioxidant, which is commonly called the "anti-aging" vitamin, performs a large number of important roles in our bodies, from scavenging free radicals, aiding collagen production, healing wounds and much more.

96 percent of Indian-made tea contains pesticides, some of which have long been banned
(NaturalNews) On Monday, Greenpeace, an independent organization dedicated to protecting and serving the environment, made international news after disclosing the results of a study involving what's supposed to be an incredibly healthy beverage.

10 helpful parenting tips for preparing a healthy school lunch
(NaturalNews) As parents begin sending their children back to public school, some are choosing to bypass the cafeteria's pre-planned food schedule, opting to pack their own lunch instead. A nonprofit food science organization, the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) has put together a list of helpful tips to help parents pack a safer, healthier lunch for their children.

Pistachios may help diabetes patients deal with stress
STEPin2 - “In adults with diabetes, two servings of pistachios per day lowered vascular constriction during stress and improved neural control of the heart,” explained Sheila G. West, professor of bio behavioral health and nutritional sciences. “Although nuts are high in fat, they contain good fats, fiber, potassium and antioxidants.

The Real Problem with Processed Foods in America
Natural Blaze - Recently, an announcement from the American Society for Nutrition (ASN), a respected authority on nutrition policy, noted that processed foods are an important part of the U.S. food supply because they are widely available and meet current nutritional guidelines. This statement was recently published in the prestigious American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Pet News

The Parasite Preventive To Avoid For Your Kitty
Dr. Becker - In case your cat IS potentially exposed to parasites, here are some relatively common ones to watch out for. And you’ll notice the recommendations I offer for preventing pests typically do NOT include using chemicals on or in your cat. I don’t like chemical preventives for any pet, but kitties in particular can quickly succumb if given the wrong drug or the wrong dose, so I suggest you avoid them for your kitty.

Tuesday - August 19, 2014 - Today in History:

1812 - "Old Ironsides" (the USS Constitution) won a battle against the British frigate Guerriere east of Nova Scotia.
1848 - The discovery of gold in California was reported by the New York Herald.
1919 - Afghanistan gained independence from Britain.
1929 - "Amos and Andy," the radio comedy program, made its debut on NBC starring Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll.
1934 - Adolf Hitler was approved for sole executive power in Germany as Fuehrer.
1940 - The new Civil Aeronautics Administration awarded honorary license #1 to Orville Wright.
1942 - About 6,000 Canadian and British soldiers launched a raid against the Germans at Dieppe, France. They suffered about 50 percent casualties.
1960 - Francis Gary Powers, an American U-2 pilot, was convicted of espionage in Moscow.
1960 - Two dogs were launched in a satellite into Earth's orbit by the Soviet Union.
1974 - During an anti-American protest in Nicosia, Cyprus, U.S. Ambassador Rodger P. Davies was fatally wounded by a bullet in the American embassy.
1981 - Two Libyan SU-22s were shot down by two U.S. Navy F-14 fighters in the Gulf of Sidra.
1991 - Soviet hard-liners announced that President Mikhail Gorbachev had been removed from power. Gorbachev returned to power two days later.
1998 - The first piece of the 351 foot bronze statue of Christopher Columbus arrived in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
2004 - The Internet search engine Google went public.
2005 - A Texas jury found pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. liable for the death of a man who'd taken the once-popular painkiller Vioxx.
2010 - The last American combat brigade exited Iraq, seven years and five months after the U.S. led invasion began.

World News

US Gen. threatens Russia with military response over Ukraine crisis
Press TV - US Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove has threatened Russia with military response should Moscow secretly send forces with or without military uniform into Ukraine. “If NATO sees foreign forces infiltrating its sovereign territory, and if we can prove it comes from an aggressor nation — then that’s Article five,” Gen. Breedlove said.

Iraqi and Kurdish forces retake Mosul dam
The Telegraph - Kurdish peshmerga forces backed by American fighter jets recaptured Iraq's largest dam from the Islamic State on Monday, in what US President Barack Obama called a "major step forward" in the fight against the jihadists.

Israel bars Amnesty & HRW from entering Gaza, hinders investigations – report
RT - Israel has been preventing Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch workers from entering Gaza to investigate allegations of war crimes and human rights violations, claims a media report backed by group members’ statements.

ISIL threatens to strike US targets around globe
Press TV - The ISIL terrorist group, which is operating in Iraq and Syria, has threatened to strike US targets around the globe, vowing to drown Americans in blood.

US carries out 15 air strikes against Islamic State militants near major Iraq dam
AFP - US warplanes and drones carried out 15 air strikes on Monday against Islamic State (IS) militants battling for control of a major dam in northern Iraq, the military said. Fighter jets, bombers and unmanned planes destroyed nine IS positions and eight vehicles around the Mosul dam, where insurgents are fighting Kurdish forces, US Central Command said.

Russia to request MH17 probe report
Press TV - "We will ask for a briefing by the UN Secretariat on the progress of the implementation of Resolution 2166," Russia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin told reporters at the UN headquarters in New York on Monday.

Europe pays farmers to destroy food hit by Russian ban
CNN News - The latest: Farmers in Europe will be paid to destroy or give away fruit and vegetables to stop prices from collapsing after Russia banned imports in retaliation for Western sanctions. EU officials said Monday they were setting aside 125 million euros ($167 million) to compensate producers for not selling a range of perishable items, harvesting them before they ripen or leaving them to rot.

Struggling Liberia creates 'plague villages' in Ebola epicenter
(Reuters) - To try to control the Ebola epidemic spreading through West Africa, Liberia has quarantined remote villages at the epicenter of the virus, evoking the "plague villages" of medieval Europe that were shut off from the outside world.

Bacterium from the USA Hits Italy’s Olive Trees
You better stock up on olive oil.... The growers shall now be forced to destroy many trees in the worst-afflicted areas when an emergency decree comes finally into force next week. The EU bureaucrats and their delaying “study-teams” certainly did sleep. ‘There will be a genuine “cordon sanitaire” of 8,000 hectares where it will be obligatory to destroy the trees’, stated Angelo Corsetti, a spokesman for Coldiretti, the national agricultural organisation.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

DOJ: Over 40 FBI Agents Investigating in Ferguson
Breitbart - The Justice Department under Eric Holder has issued a press release detailing its "civil rights investigation" in Ferguson. Among the revelations is that over 40 FBI agents are conducting an independent investigation of the scene of Michael Brown's death...

Michael Brown Allegedly Attacked Officer Before Fatal Shooting
Breitbart - Before he was shot and killed, Michael Brown allegedly bum rushed officer Darren Wilson multiple times, punched him in the face, grabbed his gun and caused it to discharge, and even taunted Wilson, saying, "You're not going to shoot me," according to a woman who claims to know Wilson's significant other.

Militarized US police face-off with Ferguson protesters LIVE UPDATES
RT - Tensions continue to run high in Ferguson, Missouri, as police respond with a heavy show of force against protesters in the wake of an officer-involved shooting of unarmed 18-year-old teenager Michael Brown.
* Related: Ferguson Protest Livestream

Is Ebola in New Mexico?
The Daily Sheeple - A woman who is experiencing symptoms of Ebola is in quarantine at UNM Hospital in Albuquerque. On August 4, the woman returned from a visit to Sierra Leone, a West African country that has been hit particularly hard by the current Ebola outbreak. So far, 810 cases and 348 deaths have been reported there.

Hundreds of bioterror lab mishaps cloaked in secrecy
USA Today - More than 1,100 laboratory incidents involving potential bioterror germs were reported to federal regulators during 2008 through 2012, reports show. Details of what happened are cloaked in secrecy.

Document: Army Preparing to Use Lethal Force Against “Unarmed Civilians” During “Full Scale Riots” in U.S.
Paul Joseph Watson - The appearance of the document amdist growing unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, with the National Guard now being called in to deal with the disorder, is an ominous coincidence. The 132-page document, titled U.S. Army Techniques Publication 3-39.33: Civil Disturbances (PDF), was written in April 2014 and recently obtained by Public Intelligence.

Protesters Storm Governor's Office In Downtown St. Louis, Demand Removal Of National Guard
Zero Hedge - At first the rioting was only in the "sleepy" St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. Now, the angry crowds have moved on to downtown St. Louis, where moments ago a flash mob attempted storming the governor's office, for now unsuccessfully.

Amnesty International Takes ‘Unprecedented’ Step in Sending Delegation to Ferguson
(KMOX) - Human rights group Amnesty International has taken “unprecedented” action to deal with unrest in Ferguson by sending a delegation that has never before been deployed inside the United States.

DOJ, Communists, New Black Panthers Hijack Ferguson Protests
Paul Joseph Watson - A combination of the Department of Justice, Communist agitators and members of the radical New Black Panther party have descended on Ferguson, Missouri to hijack what were largely peaceful protests that have turned increasingly violent in recent days.

Are we on the Verge of Renewed Race Riots with the Turn in the War Cycle in 2014?
Armstrong Economics - There is an old saying that is very important in its depth – divide and conquer. Yes the Black Community is outraged. But have things really remained the same or are we dealing with a new movement of government against the people?

'Arrest the killer of my child': Brown's mother pleads after autopsy
RT - The family of Michael Brown, the unarmed 18-year-old who was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri last Saturday, held a press conference Monday morning to discuss the preliminary autopsy and the number of bullets fired at their son.

'Speechless!' You won't believe what Huffpo journo arrested in Ferguson thought were rubber bullets (Photo)
Twitchy - Wait, what? As Twitchy reported, Huffington Post justice reporter Ryan Reilly along with journo Wesley Lowery were both arrested briefly in Ferguson, Missouri for not complying with police requests last week. On Sunday morning, this happened....

Hypocritical' Mexico Slams Texas' Deployment of National Guard on Border
Breitbart - Late last week Mexico's foreign ministry vocalized strong opposition to the presence of the National Guard at the Texas-Mexico border amid the current border crisis.... Texas Governor Rick Perry deployed National Guard troops along the border after the federal government ignored Texas' multiple requests for additional resources to help secure its border with Mexico.

County officials refuse to pay medical bills for toddler burned by SWAT grenade
RT - Officials in Georgia’s Habersham County are refusing to pay for the mounting medical expenses of a toddler seriously injured by a flash grenade after a failed SWAT team raid earlier this year.

Rocinante’s Saddle is Empty: The Passing of Congressman George Hansen - It has been said that there is no sweeter fate than to die as a forgotten foe of a long-dead heresy. Former Congressman George Hansen, whose soul was released from its ailing and enfeebled mortal coil on August 14, suffered the inverse of that benediction: He lived long enough to witness the complete validation of his grimly prophetic warnings about the advent of American totalitarianism – albeit of variety yet to be uniformly imposed on our society.

Election News

GOP Congressional Hopefuls Look to Join Amash's Liberty Caucus
News American - Although there are likely scores of simpatico candidates running for state and local office across the country, Woodruff highlights six congressional candidates in her article, each of whom she believes has a shot at joining the roster of libertarian-leaning legislators and making things hard on the “moss covered” GOP establishment.

Los Angeles Considers Giving Citizens Lottery Tickets if they Vote
AllGov - A sticker isn’t enough to draw people to the polls, a city of Los Angeles advisory board has concluded. Instead, the panel wants the city to look into holding an election-day lottery. The cost of a ticket: pulling the curtain back on a voting booth.

Economy & Business

Government breaks up ring that circulated counterfeit $100s for 15 years
CNN Money - For the last 15 years, at least $77 million in sophisticated counterfeit $100 bills have flooded into the country from Israel. The Secret Service says it has now broken up the ring believed responsible for bringing the bills here, just as the counterfeiters were starting to produce the bills at a new plant in New Jersey.

IRS using 'intimidation' to 'chill speech' of pastors?
WND - Imagine uttering the words “pro-life” in your church and finding yourself targeted by an investigation from the feared and reviled Internal Revenue Service. An expert on the First Amendment conflict between pastors and the federal agency, which says it is investigating speech delivered from pulpits, confirms that’s possible.

Why so much anger in Ferguson? 10 facts about the massive economic gap between white America and black America
Economic Collapse - When people feel like they don't have anything else to lose, they are likely to do just about anything. Many in the mainstream media seem absolutely mystified as to why there is so much anger in Ferguson, but as I pointed out yesterday, all of this anger did not erupt out of a vacuum.

Veteran News

Justice for James: Black Cop Shoots Unarmed White Veteran in Orange, TX over Racial Slur - Justice for Trayvon Martin? How about Justice for James Whitehead? James Whitehead was a white veteran who had recently come back from war. Orange, TX Police Officer Robert Arnold (who has a history of violence) shot and killed unarmed James Whitehead.

N.J. veteran says Six Flags denied him admission over shirt supporting Marines - Mario Alejandro was ready for a fight when he was part of the initial invasion of Iraq in 2003 as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps. Where he did not expect a fight was at Six Flags Great Adventure while taking his children there for a birthday party.

Energy & Environment

New type of solar plant torching birds out of the sky
RT - Next generation solar plants are generating more clean energy than ever before, but one in California is torching birds as they fly through the facility’s powerful rays, raising concern over a new plant that could prove four times more dangerous to birds.

33 Fracking Companies Accused of Ignoring Law and Using Diesel Fuels
AllGov - Using information compiled by industry, the Environmental Integrity Project discovered that 33 drillers had used diesel fuels in at least 351 wells, and in the process, violated the Safe Drinking Water Act over a four-year period from 2010 to 2014. Furthermore, about 30% of the companies tried to hide their use of the fuel by changing their filings, which went into an industry-run database, FracFocus.

DuPont pushing for lenient plan in cleaning up toxic former munitions plant
RT - Multinational chemical giant DuPont is pressing New Jersey and federal officials to approve a plan that is much weaker than state standards usually demand in the company’s efforts to clean up a former munitions plant riddled with cancer-causing elements.

Science & Technology

New Anti Police State App Helps You "See Something, Say Something" in Real-Time
Activist Post - Recent studies have shown that police are held almost completely unaccountable by the current systems of governmental oversight. Perhaps this is the reason why you are 9 times more likely to be killed by a law enforcement officer than a terrorist. Rather than wait for bloated bureaucracy or corrupt government to save the day, we as activists have to find our own solutions. Technology is one of these solutions.

Masters of the Internet: GCHQ scanned entire countries for vulnerabilities
RT - GCHQ is scanning servers in multiple foreign countries for vulnerable ports, according to German newspaper Heise. Using a tool called Hacienda, the intelligence agency seeks to ‘master the internet’ for sources of espionage.

The Gyroscopes in Your Phone Could Let Apps Eavesdrop on Conversations
Wired - In a presentation at the Usenix security conference next week, researchers from Stanford University and Israel’s defense research group Rafael plan to present a technique for using a smartphone to surreptitiously eavesdrop on conversations in a room—not with a gadget’s microphone, but with its gyroscopes, the sensors designed measure the phone’s orientation

Community Health Systems says personal data stolen in cyber attack
(Reuters) - U.S. hospital operator Community Health Systems Inc said on Monday personal data, including patient names and addresses, of about 4.5 million people were stolen by hackers from its computer network, likely in April and June.

 Farming, Gardening & Homesteading

Overused fungicides give rise to deadly, resistant fungus threatening humans and crops
(NaturalNews) Nature always finds a way. Despite the advanced technology that humans possess, nature always seems to be one step ahead. This is particularly true for drug-resistant fungi, a phenomenon threatening enough to demand further research.


Prepping: Are You Hardcore Enough?
Natural Blaze - Regardless of what part of the prepping spectrum you are on, we have certain thoughts on the kind of prepared individual we want to end up being. When we don’t meet our expectations, we tend to grow frustrated and feel more inclined to give up.

Lessons from Ferguson: Prepping for Civil Unrest and Martial Law
The Daily Sheeple - Any prepared and informed person knows that the threat isn’t always the event itself, which could be anything from a natural disaster to a rioting spree after a sporting event to an economic collapseir.gif. It’s the chaos during the aftermath of the event. If you ever had any doubts about that statement, you need look no further than Ferguson, Missouri.


Early Use of Antibiotics Alters Immunity Later On
Natural Blaze - Canadian research found that receiving antibiotic treatments early in life can increase susceptibility to specific diseases later on. Most bacteria living in the gut play a positive role in promoting a healthy immune system, but as they say, antibiotic treatments often do not discriminate between good and bad bacteria.

5 proven ways to prevent and treat arthritis
(NaturalNews) Millions of people suffer from some form of arthritis. Since arthritis is commonly believed to be incurable, the standard medical response has been to simply prescribe medications to reduce the symptoms.

Green tea compound again validated in the fight against cancer development
(NaturalNews) In addition to diet, there is an ever growing body of work that demonstrates how natural compound extracts including curcumin, resveratrol and EGCG from green tea can specifically target cancerous cells to increase oxygenation and restrict blood flow that help prevent and even treat certain forms of cancer.

How bananas improve gut health, aid in weight loss and improve mood
Natural News Blog - Bananas contain tryptophan, which is a precursor to serotonin production. They also may boost dopamine, which is another vital component for promoting a good mood and positive outlook. One study found that after ten days of ripening, tyrosine was also detected in bananas. Tyrosine is an amino acid which is pivotal in the production of dopamine. The riper the banana, the more dopamine-enhancing tyrosine you’ll get.

GMO Activism Leading to Kellogg’s Decreased Sales for 5th Consecutive Quarter
Natural Society - Due to the use of toxic GMOs, people are putting the financial squeeze on one of the biggest food manufacturer’s in North America - Kellogg’s.

Iowa Students to Wear Heart Rate Monitors
ABC News - Students going back to school in Dubuque, Iowa, are going to find it a little harder to slack off in gym. Public middle and high school students will have to wear heart rate monitors in gym class to make sure they are actually being physically active.... Teachers will use the information collected from the heart rate monitors to write report cards.

The lab test every doctor should be performing
(NaturalHealth365) A genetic test your doctor may not be performing could prevent thyroid cancer and help stave off depression according to recent studies. You may want to consider ‘MTHFR’ – the genetic test every doctor should be performing that could help save millions of dollars in healthcare costs by educating individuals, about serious health issues, BEFORE symptoms arise.

Pet News

Does Your Pet Fear Storms? Why You Can't Ignore His Discomfort
Dr. Becker - Storm phobia is very real for many pets, and a study of dogs found just listening to an audio recording of a storm caused cortisol levels to jump over 200%. Please don't ignore your pet's anxiety and discomfort. Take these steps now before the next storm hits.

Monday - August 18, 2014 - Today in History:

1735 - The "Evening Post" of Boston, MA, was published for the first time.
1840 - The American Society of Dental Surgeons was founded in New York City, NY.
1846 - Gen. Stephen W. Kearney and his U.S. forces captured Santa Fe, NM.
1894 - The Bureau of Immigration was established by the U.S. Congress.
1914 - The "Proclamation of Neutrality" was issued by U.S. President Woodrow Wilson. It was aimed at keeping the U.S. out of World War I.
1916 - Abraham Lincoln's birthplace was made into a national shrine.
1919 - The "Anti-Cigarette League of America" was formed in Chicago IL.
1920 - Tennessee ratified the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The Amendment guaranteed the right of all American women to vote.
1937 - The first FM radio construction permit was issued in Boston, MA. The station went on the air two years later.
1938 - The Thousand Islands Bridge was dedicated by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The bridge connects the U.S. and Canada.
1940 - Canada and the U.S. established a joint defense plan against the possible enemy attacks during World War II.
1966 - The first pictures of earth taken from moon orbit were sent back to the U.S.
1982 - The volume on the New York Stock Exchange topped the 100-million level for the first time at 132.69 million shares traded.
1990 - The first shots were fired by the U.S. in the Persian Gulf Crisis when a U.S. frigate fired rounds across the bow of an Iraqi oil tanker.
1991 - An unsuccessful coup was attempted in against President Mikhail S. Gorbachev. The Soviet hard-liners were responsible. Gorbechev and his family were effectively imprisoned for three days while vacationing in Crimea.
1997 - Beth Ann Hogan became the first coed in the Virginia Military Institute's 158-year history.
2008 - Pervez Musharraf resigned as the president of Pakistan amid efforts by opposition lawmakers to seek his impeachment.

World News

West has more influence than Kiev on oligarchs’ armies in Ukraine – Lavrov
RT - Moscow believes the West has more influence on various paramilitary forces in Ukraine - sponsored by local oligarchs - than Kiev does, Russian FM said citing the latest bickering between Right Sector and the Interior Ministry.

USA to build a military airport in Kurdistan Region
StratRisks - The Ministry of Peshmerga forces in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq announced that the ministry in coordination with the United States is about to start a project of establishing a military airport in Erbil (Hewler), capital of Iraqi Kurdistan.

Ukrainian fighter plane shot down by pro-Russia rebels
The Guardian - Pro-Russia rebels shot down a Ukrainian fighter jet on Sunday, before Kiev and Moscow’s top diplomats were due to hold urgent talks to defuse tensions over fighting in the east of the ex-Soviet nation.

Washington Has Placed The World On The Road To War - A fabricated report was spread by the UK Guardian newspaper and BBC that a Russian armored convoy entered Ukraine and was destroyed by the Ukrainian military. The German media including Die Welt picked up the false report and spread the hysteria. Once again we have confirmation that the Western media is corrupt and unreliable.

Ukraine officially recognizes Russian aid convoy as humanitarian
RT - Ukraine Minister of Social Policy Lyudmila Denisova has signed an order officially recognizing the Russian convoy stuck at the border as humanitarian aid cargo of the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Russia launches China UnionPay credit card
RT - Forget Visa and MasterCard. After the two American credit system payment companies froze accounts without notice in March, Russia has been looking for an alternative in China UnionPay.

US, EU now allowed to buy Ukraine’s gas pipelines
RT - Ukraine’s parliament has passed a law that will allow foreign companies from the US and EU to co-manage Ukraine’s national gas transportation system (GTS) which has a value of around $25-35 billion, one of the largest in the world.

Islamic State executes 700 members of Syrian tribe, mostly civilians says report
RT - The Islamic State group (IS) has executed 700 people from a Syrian tribe it has been battling in eastern Syria over the past two weeks, the majority of whom were civilians, a Syrian monitoring group said Saturday.

Germany tapped John Kerry’s phone, spied on Turkey for years says report
RT - Germany’s foreign intelligence agency eavesdropped at least one telephone conversation of US Secretary of State John Kerry and spied on NATO ally Turkey since 2009, Der Spiegel newspaper revealed on Saturday.

Ebola-infected patients driven from treatment centre in Liberia
The Guardian - Armed men claiming that "there's no Ebola" in Liberia raided a quarantine centre for the deadly disease in Monrovia overnight, prompting at least 20 patients infected with the deadly virus to flee, a witness said on Sunday. "They broke down the door and looted the place. The patients have all gone," said Rebecca Wesseh, who witnessed the attack and whose report was confirmed by residents and the head of the Health Workers Association of Liberia, George Williams.

WHO urges calm as Kenya bans contact with Ebola-affected countries
The Guardian - The World Health Organisation has urged governments not to impose blanket bans on trade and travel on Ebola-affected countries after Kenya joined a growing number of countries and airlines severing links to three west African states.

Nigeria: Ebola - Hope Dashed as U.S. Declares Drug Pesticide
AllAfrica - HOPES of immediate relief for victims of the Ebola Virus Disease following reports that doses of an experimental drug, nano-silver, had been delivered were dimmed yesterday. The United States Food and Drug Administration said the drug is a pesticide and warned those claiming that it could prevent or treat Ebola to desist from doing so.

Ebola spreading faster, out of control for next 6 months – Doctors without Borders
RT - The spread of Ebola is outrunning efforts to stop it, according to international aid group Doctors Without Borders, which estimates it might take six months to get the situation under control.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Indefinite curfew: Ferguson police deploy tear gas against protesters
RT - Police used tear gas against protesters in Ferguson more than two hours before the extended curfew was set to begin. Now the curfew is in force, and the officers are telling people who are angry over the killing of a teen by a cop to leave the streets.

Missouri governor sends National Guard to Ferguson
AP - Gov. Jay Nixon said the National Guard would help "in restoring peace and order" to Ferguson, where protests over the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a white police officer entered their second week. Police said they acted in response to gunfire, looting, vandalism and protesters who hurled Molotov cocktails.

Here’s a list of potentially unconstitutional things that police in Ferguson are doing
Washington Post - Armored vehicles mounted with machine guns may be rolling through the streets, but Ferguson, Mo., is still part of the United States, and the Constitution still applies.

Police: ‘Do not be alarmed,’ mock terrorism exercise at Greenwood Mall August 17 2014 - The Federal Bureau of Investigation will hold a mock terrorism exercise with 11 state and local public safety agencies at the Greenwood Park Mall this evening.... The FBI this year has held other such scenarios around the country, with the exercise in Greenwood considered a “capstone” session in the series.

VIDEO: Old TV Commercial Jokes about Ebola, “Don’t Worry, It’s Not an Airborne Strain”
Aaron Dykes and Melissa Melton - But but…we thought there was no airborne strain…? There is no shortage of Ebola jokes (for some demented reason, ala Sick, Sad World). We remember this series of commercials being pretty annoying but this is just plain horrible.

CDC: Scientist kept mum about dangerous bird flu blunder
CBS News - Officials on Friday released the results of an internal probe into the accident, which happened in January at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. The CDC report cited "a lack of sound professional judgment by those aware of the contamination."

Perry Indictment Latest Attempt to Turn Texas Blue
Adan Salazar - A Texas grand jury is moving forward with charges against longstanding Texas Governor Rick Perry, who is accused of abusing his veto power to strong-arm a political opponent into resigning.
* Related: Texas Gov. Perry rejects power abuse indictment as ‘politically motivated’

National Guard troops arrive at Texas border with Mexico
RT - Texas National Guard troops have started staking out positions along the state’s border with Mexico, as Governor Rick Perry aims to stem the flow of illegal immigrants into the United States.

Yahoo! News Publishes Photos of Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson
Breitbart - The Ferguson Police Department took days to release the identity of Officer Wilson because of death threats, and no photo of Wilson had been made public until Yahoo! did so on Saturday, a week after the shooting.

VIDEO: Ferguson police release convenience store surveillance video -- Video captured from two different angles released by the Ferguson Police Department from surveillance video that appear to show a confrontation at a convenience store. Police say Michael Brown allegedly participated in a strong armed robbery at the store.
* Related: Is this really Mike Brown Robbing a Store?

CNN Lies About Tear Gas in Ferguson
Prison - CNN denied reports that tear gas was used in Ferguson, Mo. Sunday morning after protesters defied the state-imposed curfew. Despite initially reporting on the use of tear gas, CNN quickly retracted their statements to instead give a police-friendly version of events, telling viewers that only smoke was used.
* Related: State of emergency, curfew declared amid Ferguson protests

DHS Is Employing Agent Provocateurs and Are Behind the Events In Ferguson
Dave Hodges - What the mainstream media is not reporting is beginning to leak out from local citizens in St. Louis and from an informant from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) who are all telling a different story that the one you are seeing on Fox, CNN and CBS. First, the locals are reporting that the rioting has spread far beyond the Ferguson city limits.

Mentally-ill California woman shot by police while holding cordless drill
Police State USA - A 19-year-old woman was shot in the street during an erratic episode involving a cordless drill.... Although the incident took place in broad daylight, officers failed to identify the object as a battery-operated drill. She allegedly waved the object erratically.... Mercury News also reported that the woman’s family had revealed that she was mentally ill and had been prescribed psychotropic medication.

South Carolina Woman Arrested for Cursing in Front of Her Kids
Liberty Blitzkrieg - You gotta love America. In the same week that the entire world witnessed how U.S. polices forces have been transformed into paramilitary organizations, a woman is arrested in a South Carolina supermarket for cursing in front of her children.

Election News

Ron Paul and Michelle Bachmann Emails Obtained By Investigators Via Subpoenas - has learned that a slew of subpoenas have been issued in the continuing Federal investigation of events surrounding Kent Sorenson's jump from the Michelle Bachmann 2012 presidential campaign to the Ron Paul 2012 campaign. The investigation centers around determining if illegal payments were made, or attempted to have been made, to Sorenson by Ron Paul campaign officials.

Economy & Business

VIDEO: Dr. Paul Craig Roberts: U.S. Is A Third World Country By 2024
InvestmentWatch - In this excerpt Dr. Roberts predicts the U.S. will be a 3rd World country by 2024. He was too generous in his estimate.

McDonald's testing new automated cashiers that won't go on strike demanding $15/hour
News Forage - Behold McDonald's new automated cashiers. According to a variety of sources over on Reddit, the new machines are currently being tested and could soon roll out nationwide. The kiosks would presumably be quick, efficient, require new "green" and "teal" checkboxes on the employee diversity forms, and would never, ever, demand $15 per hour.

Energy & Environment

How California's extreme drought will lead to a wave of earthquakes
(NaturalNews) A new study published in the journal Nature raises some serious questions about the stability of California now that underground aquifers are plunging to record lows. All throughout the Central Valley, which grows most of the nation's lettuce, almonds and other produce, more water is being pumped out of the ground than is being put back in, a phenomenon that researchers say is causing the ground to shift.

Mysterious sea star wasting syndrome spreads to public aquariums in Washington State, killing hundreds of creatures
(NaturalNews) Millions of sea stars have vanished from the West Coast over the past year, affecting habitats ranging from Alaska all the way to Mexico, with some deaths even detected off the East Coast.

Toxic, cancer-causing PCBs still show up in everyday products despite decades-old ban
(NaturalNews) While legislatively enforced bans are progressive, sometimes they're a little too late. PCBs, or polychlorinated biphenyls, are a great example. Despite their ban 35 years ago, the industrial chemicals are still very much present in today's environment because of their inability to be broken down by natural earthly processes.

Science & Technology

Cell Phone Guide For US Protesters, Updated 2014 Edition
EFF - Protesters want to be able to communicate, to document the protests, and to share photos and video with the world. So they'll be carrying phones, and they'll face a complex set of considerations about the privacy of the data those phones hold. We hope this guide can help answer some questions about how to best protect that data, and what rights protesters have in the face of police demands.

What You Need to Know About the FISA Court-and How it Needs to Change
EFF - [...] even Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) judges don’t agree on how exactly the FISC should work... Most recently, 18 Senators co-sponsored the new USA FREEDOM Act, S. 2685, which offers a few important changes to the FISC.

Ferguson fuels 'kill switch' debate
Press TV - Tech and civil liberties groups are pushing back on a California "kill switch" bill that they warn could be used to silence protests like the ones seen this week in Ferguson, Mo.

 Farming, Gardening & Homesteading

Midwest Farmers Up to Their Ears in Corn
WSJ - A decline in livestock herds means there are fewer animals in the U.S. to feed, and U.S. demand for ethanol—a corn-based additive to gasoline—is pushing a government-set cap. Corn exports, meanwhile, are suffering from a plunge in purchases by China.

Does Science Back Up Planting by the Cycles of the Moon?
Melissa Melton - One book we have been reading — Lessons in Natureir.gif — a book about how to grow things organically in Texas mentioned that many farmers swear by planting according to moon cycles.


New malaria vaccine doesn't work most of the time, but manufacturer says it's good enough to sell
(NaturalNews) There's a good chance that the vast majority of people who receive it won't derive any benefits whatsoever. But that isn't stopping British drug giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) from seeking regulatory approval for a new vaccine for malaria, known as RTS,S, that a recent study determined is only about 30 percent effective at preventing severe cases of the disease, which has no recognized cure.

Improve kidney and urinary tract health with these key herbs
(NaturalNews) There are many ways to cleanse the colon, and eliminating the factors that toxify it is your first step. Following that, you can incorporate any or all of the following procedures, foods and herbs...

Antacids and acid-blocking drugs slash nutrient absorption
(NaturalNews) Though pharmaceutical companies would like you to believe that stomach acid is just a nuisance that needs to be neutralized, stomach acid actually plays a very essential part in our digestive process. If stomach acid didn't have any use, it wouldn't exist in healthy individuals.

How colon damage occurs and how to cleanse it
(NaturalNews) There are many ways to cleanse the colon, and eliminating the factors that toxify it is your first step. Following that, you can incorporate any or all of the following procedures, foods and herbs...

FDA, mainstream media denounce nano silver as 'bogus cure' for Ebola virus
(NaturalNews) There's a very interesting showdown taking place right now in the realm of Ebola treatments and cures. At stake is billions of dollars in potential vaccine profits as well as potentially tens of millions of lives of an Ebola pandemic outbreak takes place.

The Obama Administration Is Forcibly Discharging from Hospitals People with Pandemic-Causing Diseases
Dave Hodges - Scott was initially hospitalized and tested for TB. Her diagnosis came back with a positive confirmation that she has TB. However, her type of TB is a latent type and more testing is required. Quite unbelievably, under Obamacare’s mandate for Medicare, Scott cannot remain hospitalized as she awaits a confirmation that she is contagious.

Heart-Centered Healing Produces The Most Powerful Effect On The Human Body- 7 Simple Actions You Can Take - Every cause of disease first begins with an imbalance in the body's energy systems, specifically, the interaction between how the heart communicates with the brain and the body. Fix that and there is no disease, ever. The heart can produce an electrical field 100 times greater than the brain and a magnetic field 5000 times greater. Which one are you using to heal?

Urgent: Last Chance to Make the USDA Listen to Our Plea: No 2,4-D!
Natural Society - It might be our last chance to tell the USDA to refuse the chemical assault on society known as 2,4-D. Please - sign the petition today.

Nestle/Gerber Won’t Listen: Boycott the Company Who Puts GMO Bt Toxins in Baby Food
Natural Society - Baby food companies such as Purity Brands are going GMO-free while others, like Nestle/Gerber, refuse. It looks like it is time for another boycott.

18 Healthy Reasons to Sip Kombucha
Green Med Info - Kombucha is the rage among health food lovers. Now researchers have gathered 75 studies attesting to its proven health properties.

Could Sunscreen be Replaced with This Topically-Applied Vegetable?
Natural Society - Now, researchers are hoping to duplicate animal studies in humans in an effort to one day providing a new breed of skin cancer protection, one that comes directly from broccoli.

Humor & Satire

VIDEO: My Daughter’s New Agenda 21 Bedroom
(Truthstream “I thought I should get my daughter prepared for her downsized future…”

Friday - August 15, 2014 - Today in History:

1877 - Thomas Edison wrote to the president of the Telegraph Company in Pittsburgh, PA. The letter stated that the word, "hello" would be a more appropriate greeting than "ahoy" when answering the telephone.
1911 - The product Crisco was introduced by Procter & Gamble Company.
1914 - The Panama Canal was officially opened to commercial traffic as an American ship sailed from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean.
1918 - Diplomatic ties between the U.S. and Russia were severed.
1944 - The Allied forces of World War II landed in southern France.
1945 - The Allies proclaimed V-J Day a day after Japan agreed to surrender unconditionally.
1948 - The Republic of Korea was proclaimed. 1948 - CBS-TV inaugurated the first nightly news broadcast with anchorman Douglas Edwards.
1961 - East German workers began construction of the Berlin Wall.
1971 - U.S. President Nixon announced a 90-day freeze on wages, rents and prices.
1986 - The U.S. Senate approved a package of economic sanctions against South Africa. The ban included the importing of steel, uranium, textiles, coal, and produce from South Africa.
1994 - The U.S. Social Security Administration became an independent government agency. It had been a part of the Department of Health and Human Services agency.
1997 - The U.S. Justice Department decided not to prosecute FBI officials in connection with the deadly 1992 Ruby Ridge siege in Idaho. The investigation dealt with an alleged cover-up.
2001 - Astronomers announced the discovery of the first solar system outside our own. They had discovered two planets orbiting a star in the Big Dipper.
2006 - Israel began withdrawing its forces from southern Lebanon.

World News

Russian Tanks in Ukraine? Consider the Source
Tony Cartalucci - When considering the constant deluge of anti-Russian propaganda in support of literal, flag-waving Nazis and fascists occupying Kiev and mass murdering populations in eastern Ukraine, one must consider the source.

Syrian Kurds, Not U.S. Military, Rescued Trapped Yazidis In Iraq
Brandon Turbeville - In a perfect example of how world events can be misconstrued in mainstream media outlets for propaganda purposes, recent reports regarding trapped Yazidis on Mt. Sinjar have been used as cover for the justification of an American bombing campaign in Iraq.

Obama to end humanitarian airdrops in Iraq but air strikes will continue
The Guardian - Barack Obama, claiming victory for the United States in ending the Islamic State (Isis) siege of thousands of Iraqis atop Mount Sinjar, indicated that the US and UK militaries will no longer drop food, water and medicine to beleaguered Yazidis.

Israeli News Site Debunks Netanyahu's Tunnels-to-Kindergartens Myth
AlterNet - Israel's PM claimed Hamas was constructing tunnels aimed at his country's kindergartens -- propaganda that The New York Times and CNN reported.

Attempt to intimidate’: US firm may face terrorism charges in Argentina
RT - The government of Argentina is ready to use an anti-terrorism law to seek criminal charges against a US-based international printing company, which unexpectedly closed its plant on the outskirts of Buenos Aires.

Putin Punks West (Again): Russian Troops Enter Ukraine, Guardian Reports
Zero Hedge - As Russia's 300-strong 'humanitarian' convoy of white trucks slithered towards the Ukraine border, it appears, according to The Guardian, that, in spite of the market's exuberance at this morning's comments of "avoiding conflict," Vladimir Putin sent a real 'green' military Russian convoy across the Ukraine border late Thursday evening... "just saw a column of APCs and vehicles with official Russian military plates cross border into Ukraine."

US Sending 600 Troops, APCs And Tanks To Countries Bordering Russia To "Reassure Threatened Allies"
Zero Hedge - Some more detail on the latest US dispatch of troops in the area now defined by the second coming of the Cold War from The troops and their equipment — which include M-1 Abrams tanks, infantry fighting vehicles, and armored personnel carriers — will go to Europe in October for a three-month series of training exercises.

US nuke accusations ‘part of infowar set to discredit Russia’ over Ukraine crisis
RT - US claims and allegations, including the accusation that Russia violated the INF nuclear weapons treaty, are part of an anti-Russian campaign launched amid the Ukraine crisis, Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov told RT.

Food embargo against West to benefit Russia’s economy- Putin
RT - Russia’s food ban against many Western products will help Russia strengthen its domestic food market, President Putin said Thursday.

ISIS Issues Threat To White House; Secret Service Taking "Appropriate Steps"
Zero Hedge - ABC reported a photo has emerged via Twitter which shows a hand holding up an image of a flag for ISIS, displayed on a smartphone, on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House fence, an area which is frequented by thousands of tourists every day. The photo was tweeted from an apparently pro-ISIS Twitter handle @sunna_rev on Aug. 9.

White House halted missile transfer to Israel over ‘catastrophe’ in Gaza
RT - Israel’s offensive in Gaza and the tremendous toll of civilian casualties it has caused has prompted the United States government to more carefully scrutinize requests for weaponry.

'When people are dying, you must come back from vacation': French foreign minister seems to slam Obama for golfing while Iraq burns
Daily Mail - French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has a message about Iraq for Barack Obama: Get back to the White House and do something. 'I know it is the holiday period in our Western countries,' Fabius told a radio interviewer Tuesday in France,' but when people are dying, you must come back from vacation.'

Spanish public debt tops one trillion euros
StratRisks - Spain’s public debt has topped one trillion euros ($1.3 trillion) for the first time, despite years of government-imposed austerity.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

US activists to block Israeli cargo in mass shutdown of West Coast ports - The Port of Oakland, California is one of the busiest shipping ports in the United States. On 16 August, it will also be a flashpoint of the growing global movement for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel.

Ferguson Calm But NYPD Issues Level 2 Mobilization, Mass Arrests, Choppers - Live Feed
Zero Hedge - Having apparently learned their lesson, the police presence in Ferguson tonight is considerably less 'robo-cop' and more 'local-cop'.Hundreds of protesters continue to peacefully march in the streets, chanting "no justice, no peace."

“Outside Agitators” in Ferguson - Federal officials are not the only “outside” influences contributing to the militarization of the Ferguson PD. Three years ago, then-St. Louis County Police Chief Timothy Fitch was one of dozens of police officials who traveled to Israel on a training junket sponsored by the so-called Anti-Defamation League. While there, the officers were “briefed by senior members of the Israel National Police as well as officials from the Israel Defense Forces and Intelligence/Security organizations.”

11 Shocking Facts About America's Militarized Police Forces
AlterNet - The militarization of police is harming civil liberties, impacting children, and transforming neighborhoods into war zones.

New U.S. History guidelines are designed to minimize American achievements and foster hatred for nation's cultural history
(NaturalNews) As reported by Fox News, these new history standards, which have been proposed for the nation's top high school students, "leave out such American icons as Benjamin Franklin and Martin Luther King, Jr., paint colonists as bigots and gloss over the Greatest Generation's fight to save the world from Nazi Germany, according to conservative education activists who want the framework delayed -- and perhaps scrapped altogether."

WikiLeaks: Decades Long Proof Of Government, Corporate Surveillance Of Native Americans Revealed
Mint Press News - WikiLeaks has released documents revealing corporate and government surveillance of the Mohawk people’s relationships with foreign countries, as well as evidence that movements that could block corporate plans for oil and gas were tracked and that Native American communities were monitored for the U.S. Department Homeland Security.

Deficiencies In Missile Defense System Put US Homeland At Risk, Audit Says - The GMD system was developed to defend the United States from a limited intermediate and intercontinental ballistic missile attack. After three consecutive test failures between December 2010 and July 2013 and no credible proof of improvement of the system by the Department of Defense (DOD), it’s unclear whether the new missile defense system is reliable enough to protect the American homeland.

Ferguson Cops Get Military Equipment from Feds
Kurt Nimmo - Obama took time out from his Martha’s Vineyard vacation to remind the American people that he has instructed the Justice Department and the FBI to investigate the Michael Brown shooting in Missouri.

Highway police take control over all police operations in Ferguson
RT - The governor of Missouri relieved St. Louis County law enforcement from policing the ongoing demonstrations in the town of Ferguson, putting Highway Patrol in charge instead.

Former Seattle Police Chief: Ferguson Military Gear An ‘Act of Provocation’
Mikael Thalen - A former Seattle police chief is calling the Ferguson Police Department’s use of military equipment against protesters an “act of provocation.” In an interview with Vox, Norman Stamper, a 34 year law enforcement veteran who oversaw the 1999 WTO protests in Seattle, said Ferguson police are not utilizing much needed defusing techniques.

Anonymous claim they've identified the cop who killed Mike Brown in Ferguson
RT - Hacktivists say they’ve identified the Ferguson, Missouri law enforcement officer responsible for the shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager killed on Saturday following an alleged altercation with the police.

Shock Video: Ferguson Police Deliberately Tear Gas Journalists
Paul Joseph Watson - The clip shows Al-Jazeera journalists preparing to do a live camera shot of the scene in Ferguson before they are hit with a round of tear gas. The reporters run in the opposite direction. Subsequent footage shows militarized police officers seizing and dismantling their camera equipment as another officer points a sniper rifle at the fleeing reporters.

Robin Williams had Parkinson's disease, wife says
Al Jazeera - Robin Williams, the acclaimed comedian and actor who was found dead at his home this week, was in the early stages of Parkinson's disease and was sober at the time of his suicide, his wife said on Thursday.

Economy & Business

7 Astounding Facts About the Insane Cost of War
AlterNet - As the crisis in Iraq unfolds, it’s worth thinking about the tremendous cost of fighting. The loss of life is the most devastating price, but the loss of all the productive things that could have been done with the money — from teaching our children to repairing our infrastructure to giving our seniors a bit of security after a life of hard work — is nothing short of catastrophic.

NAFTA Is 20 Years Old – Here Are 20 Facts That Show How It Is Destroying The Economy
Economic Collapse - Back in the early 1990s, the North American Free Trade Agreement was one of the hottest political issues in the country. When he was running for president in 1992, Bill Clinton promised that NAFTA would result in an increase in the number of high quality jobs for Americans that it would reduce illegal immigration. Ross Perot warned that just the opposite would happen.

Science & Technology

A portable router that conceals your Internet traffic
Ars Technica - Called Personal Onion Router To Assure Liberty (PORTAL), the project is a pre-built software image for an inexpensive pocket-sized “travel router” to automatically protect its owner’s Internet traffic. Portal provides always-on Tor routing, as well as “pluggable” transports for Tor that can hide the service’s traffic signature from some deep packet inspection systems.

Report lists the smart vehicles that are most at risk of having their systems hijacked
Daily Mail - Security experts have been warning for months that cars are vulnerable to attack from hackers, and now a pair of researchers has revealed which vehicles are the most at risk.

 Farming, Gardening & Homesteading

Horrific horse virus spreading like crazy across Central Texas
(NaturalNews) The spread of vesicular stomatitis (VS), a highly-contagious disease that usually requires quarantines in order to be mitigated, has resulted in the cancellation of several horse shows, as well as major economic losses for some ranchers.... Meanwhile, reports of an outbreak of equine herpesvirus-1, or EHV-1, have emerged in Minnesota, where at least three equines have already had to be euthanized.

DIY Mosquito Trap Catches Thousands Per Night
Natural Blaze - Dan Rojas of Green Power Science demonstrates how you too can create your own powerful mosquito trap that puts all store bought methods to shame. In other words, he built the better mousetrap and offers this information freely.


Early warning signs of cancer that cannot be ignored
(NaturalNews) Unfortunately, many people are initially surprised when they hear that they have the signs of a particular type of cancer only to later realize that the signs had been there for quite some time. Because early detection is often the key to a better prognosis, it is imperative that the following early warning signs of cancer not be ignored.

Bubali Cornu from TCM for ebola, and other infectious diseases with high fever and bleeding
(NaturalNews) Medicinal substances that can effectively help bring down high fevers and stop bleeding would come in extremely useful for victims suffering from serious infectious diseases, such as dengue fever and Ebola.

SSRIs make patients lose feelings of love
(NaturalNews) Patients who regularly take serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs, can lose feelings of love and attachment, according to the results of a new study.

Diabetes risk cut in half by avoiding work stress, study shows
(NaturalNews) A team of experts headed by Dr. Cornelia Huth and Prof. Karl-Heinz Ladwig, with the HMGU, concluded that individuals under high levels of pressure at work, with the perception of having little control over their activities, are 45 percent more likely to develop type 2 diabetes compared to those experiencing lower stress levels.

Genetically 'edited' fruit could soon hit supermarket shelves
The Telegraph - Genetically ''edited'' fruit and vegetables could soon be appearing on supermarket shelves as experts have discovered how to stop apples going brown and give bananas more vitamin A. It is believed GE (genetic editing) may be more appetising to consumers than traditional GM (genetic modification) and cause less controversy. It involves subtly ''tweaking'' existing genes to increase or reduce amounts of natural ingredients a vegetable or fruit already has.

8 Steps to Treating and Preventing Cancer from the Science of Ayurveda
Natural Society - Following are 8 suggestions from Ayurvedic medicine to help increase prana in the body and prevent diseases such as cancer. Try them all.

Study Indicates 70-300% Increased Brain Cancer from Using This Device
Natural Society - New research suggests that long-term cell phone users (25 years) could be at a 300 percent increased risk of developing brain cancer.

Sesame Oil May Heal Liver Damage
Green Med Info - Hundreds of drugs contribute to liver toxicity even when used in correct doses. Chinese medicine suggests the tiny sesame seed and its oil may protect the liver from damage.

Mother's Fears Are Passed to Children Through Smell, Study Suggests
Dr. Mercola - So-called hereditary trauma can be passed down from generation to generation, such that children may suffer from the same behavioral issues, fears, and phobias as their parents. A new study in rats took this knowledge a step further, shedding light on one way that a mother’s fears or past traumas may impact her children.

Pet News

Why Leave Fido at Home When You Can Take Him Along?
Dr. Becker - The growing popularity of traveling with pets (primarily dogs) has created a wealth of pet-friendly travel resources that provide all the information pet owners need, whether they’re taking their companion across town or across the country. Here we present just a small sampling of resources we think you’ll find helpful as you plan your next day trip, weekend getaway or vacation with your four-legged family member.


Thursday - August 14, 2014 - Today in History:

1805 - A peace treaty between the U.S. and Tunis was signed on board the USS Constitution.
1848 - The Oregon Territory was established.
1896 - Gold was discovered in Canada's Yukon Territory. Within the next year more than 30,000 people rushed to the area to look for gold.
1917 - China declared war on Germany and Austria during World War I.
1935 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law. The act created unemployment insurance and pension plans for the elderly.
1941 - The U.S. Congress appropriated the funds to construct the Pentagon (approximately $83 million)
1941 - U.S. President Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill issued the Atlantic Charter. The charter was a statement of principles that renounced aggression.
1944 - The federal government allowed the manufacture of certain domestic appliances to resume on a limited basis.
1945 - It was announced by U.S. President Truman that Japan had surrendered unconditionally. The surrender ended World War II.
1973 - The U.S. bombing of Cambodia ended. The halt marked the official end to 12 years of combat in Indochina by the U.S.
1980 - People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) was incorporated.
1992 - The U.S. announced that emergency airlifts of food to Somalia would begin. The action was being taken to stop mass deaths due to starvation.
1998 - A U.S. federal appeals court in Richmond, VA, ruled that the Food and Drug Administration had no authority to regulate tobacco. The FDA had established rules to make it harder for minors to buy cigarettes.
1997 - An unrepentant Timothy McVeigh was sentenced to death for the Oklahoma City bombing.
2009 - Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, a Charles Manson follower who tried to assassinate President Gerald Ford in 1975, was released from a Texas prison hospital after more than three decades behind bars.

World News

Putin: Russians need to engage, but have no confrontation with wider world
RT - “We have to develop our country with calm, dignity and efficiency, without barricading ourselves from the outer world or breaking ties with partners, but also without allowing anyone to treat us with disrespect,” he told Russian MPs in Yalta, Crimea. He called on a consolidation of the people, “not for the sake of any wars or conflict,” but “for an industrious labor force for Russia and in Russia's name.”

EU Farmers To Lose $16 Billion as Russians Support Food Embargo
(RIA Novosti) – According to the Associated Press, the EU agricultural export to Russia reached $15.8 billion in 2013. Thus, the estimated loss for the European economy could be about $16 billion, experts claim. Moreover, Russian sanctions may draw Europe into a market crisis, the French National Federation of Unions of Agricultural Operators warns.

Obama Plans "Non-Boots-On-The-Ground Humanitarian-Adviser-Marines-Led" Yezidi Rescue Mission In Iraq
Zero Hedge - Last night we nearly exploded when the adminstration tried to explain how the 130 Marines (military advisers) were non-combat troop 'boots-on-the-ground' in Iraq. Today, the State Department, Pentagon, and White House are all out with mind-numbing propaganda to reassure an anxious America that a planned rescue mission of 'thousands' of Yezidi will be entirely supported by non-combat troops.

UN declares highest level of emergency in Iraq over ISIS advance
RT - The UN has declared the highest level of emergency in Iraq as the ISIS advance threatens minority groups in the country as the Security Council urged Iraq's new PM to form an inclusive govt to preserve state integrity and ease sectarian tensions.

ISIS Now A Commodity “Trading” Powerhouse: Islamic States Steals Iraq’s Grain Then Sells It Back To Iraq Government
Zero Hedge - According to Reuters, a top Iraqi government grains official said on Wednesday that Islamic State militants are taking wheat from state silos in northern and western Iraq, in order to mill it there and in neighboring Syria.

Russia Sanctions Blowback: Finland's Largest Dairy Lays Off 800, Spain Seeks EU Aid, Poland Complains To WTO
Zero Hedge - Well that didn't take long. Mere day after Russia announced its ban on Western nation food imports, European countries are scrambling.

Israel strikes targets in Gaza despite prolonged truce
RT - "With the breach of the ceasefire by Hamas, the Prime Minister and defense minister ordered the Israeli military to act in response. The order was issued before midnight," an Israeli official told Reuters on condition of anonymity. Hamas, in its turn, accused Israel of violating the truce, with Hamas official Izzat Reshiq who is in Cairo saying that there was “no violation of the calm from any Palestinian side and nobody in Gaza has heard rocket fire.”

NSA bot MonsterMind can wage cyberwar on its own – Snowden
RT - The US National Security Agency owns a “MonsterMind” program designed to prevent foreign cyberattacks and, also, automatically strike back, former NSA contractor Edward Snowden told Wired magazine.

NSA was responsible for 2012 Syrian internet blackout, Snowden says
The Verge - When Syria's access to the internet was cut for two days back in 2012, it apparently wasn't the fault of dissenting "terrorists," as the Syrian government claimed: according to Wired, it was the fault of the US government.

MP Claims Ebola Virus Has Arrived in France
Paul Joseph Watson - National Assembly member Patrick Balkany claims that the Ebola virus has hit France, but his comments were quickly denied by the country’s health authorities. “According to reliable medical sources, several cases have been reported in the French territory,” Balkany stated on his website, adding, “It did not fall from the sky….but given the medical secret, I can not reveal my source.”

NewLink says Ebola vaccine trial could start in weeks
(Reuters) - NewLink Genetics Corp, which licensed an Ebola vaccine developed by Canadian government scientists, has enough doses on hand to launch the first human safety trial of an Ebola vaccine this summer, its chief executive said on Wednesday.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Not Just Ferguson: 11 Eye-Opening Facts About America's Militarized Police Forces - The “war on terror ” has come home — and it’s wreaking havoc on innocent American lives. The culprit is the militarization of the police.

Why is Obama returning to Washington?
The Hill - The president is expected to return to the White House on Sunday, but officials won't say why Obama is taking the unusual, and costly, trip back to Washington. He's expected to return to Martha's Vineyard, where he's been vacationing, on Tuesday.

Pentagon Insists on Buying Russian Helicopters for Afghanistan
(RIA Novosti) – The Pentagon is insisting on the purchase of Russian helicopters for Afghanistan regardless of US Congress protests, the delegation head of Russia’s arms exporter Rosoboronexport told RIA Novosti on Thursday.

Obama administration lifts ban on Libyans attending US flight schools: Remember Benghazi, sir?
BizPac Review - The Obama administration has lifted longtime restrictions on U.S. flight and nuclear science training for Libyans – despite potential dangers that the country could still be breeding anti-American terrorists, according to FreeBeacon’s Adam Kredo.

Ferguson Riot Police Wound Reporter In Attack on Protestors
Kit Daniels - In Ferguson, Missouri, Infowars reporter Joe Biggs was shot in the kidneys Wednesday night by St. Louis Co. Police using flash bangs and rubber bullets during protests over the police shooting of an unarmed teenager four days ago. Additionally, the police were reportedly hunting down journalists amongst the demonstrators after arresting two prior to the assault.
* Related article: Washington Post and Huffington Post Reporters Arrested, Released in Ferguson

Photos: Ferguson Police Train Weapons, Laser Sights On Peaceful Protesters - Riot control squads pointed loaded weapons and trained laser scope rifle sights on demonstrators who took to the streets of Ferguson, Mo., yesterday to protest the police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

The Military Occupation Of Ferguson, Missouri Is Just A Preview Of What Is Coming To America
Michael Snyder - Let’s be honest – Ferguson, Missouri is under military occupation right now, and the entire world is watching in horror as militarized police fire tear gas and rubber bullets at unarmed protesters. Yes, the rioting and looting in Ferguson needed to be stopped. If order had not been restored, more stores and businesses would have been destroyed. However, there is no excuse for the brutal tactics now being employed.

Gun sales spike around Ferguson after 3 days of riots
RT - The fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, and the subsequent civil unrest in the St. Louis suburb, has led to a spike in firearm sales at some local gun shops, according to the St. Louis Business Journal.

Immigrant Students Flood Georgia School Registration Office
Breitbart - The report comes as the Department of Education has made it clear that illegal immigrant students are “entitled to” public eduction and the southern border is in crisis with tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors entering the country illegally — many of whom are later placed with a sponsor in the U.S. as they await immigration hearings.
* Related:
Feds Give Texas Schools Guidelines...

A Second Man Is Shot by Police in Ferguson, Missouri
Blacklisted News - Police in Ferguson, Missouri, shot and wounded a man early Wednesday morning not far from where protesters have been massing for several days following the death of Michael Brown, whose killing has sparked rioting and looting.

Anonymous' "Op Ferguson" Says It Will ID the Officer Who Killed Michael Brown
Mother Jones - Update: Anonymous has obtained and posted St. Louis police dispatch tapes from the day of the shooting.... The police chief of Ferguson, Missouri, says he is withholding the name of the officer who shot Michael Brown, an unarmed African American teenager, out of concern for the safety of the officer and his family. But that might be easier said than done. Just a few hours later, the hacktivist group Anonymous announced on Twitter that it was now "making a final confirmation on the name of Mike Brown's murderer," adding: "It will be released the moment we receive it."

LAPD kills young black man days after Ferguson shooting
RT - Ezell Ford, a 25-year-old black man described by his family as having “mental problems,” was shot and killed by a Los Angeles, California police officer Monday evening, barely 48 hours after an unarmed black man in Missouri suffered the same fate.

Off-Duty Cop Arrested on Suspicion of DUI, Firing Handgun out Window
Mikael Thalen Police in Saraland, Alabama arrested an off-duty officer this week after receiving several disturbing reports from local residents.

Economy & Business

Wanna Pay 8-9 Bucks per Gallon of Gas?
Breitbart - It’s already happening. The "Hidden Gas Tax”, buried deep within California's"Cap-and-Trade" program, was tucked away in the fine print of AB 32—a 2006 bill that radically increased government control over businesses in the name of reducing “global warming," and which goes into effect Jan 1, 2015.

14 Reasons Why The U.S. Economy’s Bubble Of False Prosperity May Be About To Burst
Economic Collapse - Did you know that a major event just happened in the financial markets that we have not seen since the financial crisis of 2008? If you rely on the mainstream media for your news, you probably didn't even hear about it.

Veteran News

VIDEO: Compilation of Unreleased Robin Williams Footage Supporting US Troops During Tour of US Military Bases, and Interview
Liveleak - As the gruesome details of Williams' death emerge, the US Dept of Defence has released a short video compilation of Robin Williams visiting with, and performing for, US troops stationed overseas. In the footage, Williams is seen performing in front of army personnel in Kuwait, Afghanistan and Iraq, and also includes an interview in which he explains why supporting the troops was important to him.

Energy & Environment

Top 10 US cities running out of water
(NaturalNews) Some of the worst drought conditions on record have left much of the Golden State grasping for moisture wherever it can be found. But for these 10 cities, more than 75 percent of their land area is now marked by "exceptional" drought, the highest level on the chart.

A new look at what's in 'fracking' fluids raises red flags
Natural Blaze - The scientists presenting the work today at the 248th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS) say that out of nearly 200 commonly used compounds, there's very little known about the potential health risks of about one-third, and eight are toxic to mammals.

Oil companies fracking into drinking water sources, new research shows
LA Times - Energy companies are fracking for oil and gas at far shallower depths than widely believed, sometimes through underground sources of drinking water, according to research released Tuesday by Stanford University scientists.

Population Controllers Call Babies “Carbon Legacies,” a Threat to the Environment - I guess it takes global warming hysteria to get the bioethics movement to criticize what is known in the trade as “artificial reproductive technologies” or ART. But now, in the ever more radical Journal of Medical Ethics, Cristina Richie, of Boston College’s Department of Theology, argues that these technologies should be regulated to limit the number of children–called “carbon legacies,” as a means of fighting climate change.

Science & Technology

‘Drone-vertising’: Great, Now UAVs Are Going to be Flying around Selling Us Stuff
The Daily Sheeple - Apparently the next trendy new thing will be drones flying around everywhere trying to sell you stuff. That’s right. Tagline? “Advertising has never been so high.”

Artificial Intelligence 'more dangerous than nukes,' warns technology pioneer Elon Musk
(NaturalNews) Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla Motors, maker of electric automobiles, is one of the driving forces behind super-intelligence computers that could eventually improve just about everything -- from alternatively powered autos to space travel.


Build the Ultimate School Bug Out Kit for your Kids
Organic Prepper - Each parent knows their own child the best. Not all kids are mentally equipped for a bug-out situation. If you feel that your child would panic, or your children are very young, this may not be a viable plan for your family. If your kid is the independent, competent sort, then it may be time for a discussion on determining a plan for when and how to bug out from school.

 Farming, Gardening & Homesteading

Monsanto Chemical-Resistant Weed Strikes Southern Cotton Fields and Threatens Midwest
AllGov - The herbicide, also known as glyphosate, became so ubiquitous in American agriculture that eventually Mother Nature started producing new weeds—16 so far—immune to the chemical. There are now enough glyphosate-resistant weeds in America to nearly cover the state of Oregon, Michael Wines reported at The New York Times.

New, all-natural pesticide unveiled by scientists - and it won't kill the bees!
(NaturalNews) Good news on the honeybee front -- a team of scientists in the UK have created a biopesticide made from spider venom and plant protein that may provide hope for the endangered pollinators.


The Benefits of Rosehip Syrup
Underground Medic - The price of a small bottle of rosehip syrup has rocketed, almost a 1000% increase now it was a ‘cure’ for something that affects so many. Big Pharma strikes again.

Excellent natural calcium sources for bone health
(NaturalNews) Calcium is an essential macromineral whose roles in the body are relatively well-known. It strengthens bones and teeth, improves the body's alkalinity, helps our heart muscles to contract and relax properly and more

Natural sunlight in hospitals would improve health and well-being of staff and patients
(NaturalNews) Walk through any run-of-the-mill hospital today and one will notice that there's more emphasis spent on keeping patients in bed connected to machines than there is helping patients stand to see the light and hope outside.

Doctors refuse to treat Obamacare patients, say they can't afford to
(NaturalNews) As the rubber meets the road for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), many doctors are realizing that the healthcare overhaul simply won't work for them if they want to actually stay in business.

93 Percent of Ayurvedic Medicinal Plants Are Now Facing Extinction - Ninety three percent of wild medicinal plants used for making ayurvedic medicines are endangered and efforts are being made to relocate them from their usual habitat to protect them.

The many health benefits of eating eggplant
STEPin2 - Eggplant is very popular in Asian, Middle Eastern, and Mediterranean cuisine. Because it is so nutritionally packed, it provides health benefits as well. Let’s take a look at the health benefits of eggplant.

Shocking Risks of Ice Cream with rGBH and How Does Your Brand Rate
Natural News Blogs - Once again the US thinks it’s just fine to consume but it has been banned by Canada, New Zealand, Australia and all European Union countries! So who are some of the offending ice cream makers: Blue Bunny, Dreyer’s, Breyer’s, Haagen Daas and Baskin Robbins still use milk for their ice cream that has been treated with rGBH.

Wednesday - August 13, 2014 - Today in History:

1784 - The United States Legislature met for the final time in Annapolis, MD.
1846 - The American Flag was raised for the first time in Los Angeles, CA.
1876 - The Reciprocity Treaty between the U.S. and Hawaii was ratified.
1912 - The first experimental radio license was issued to St. Joseph's College in Philadelphia, PA.
1931 - The first community hospital in the U.S. was dedicated in Elk City, OK.
1932 - Adolf Hitler refused to take the post of vice-chancellor of Germany. He said he was going to hold out "for all or nothing."
1959 - In New York, ground was broken on the $320 million Verrazano Narrows Bridge.
1961 - Berlin was divided by a barbed wire fence to halt the flight of refugees. Two days later work on the Berlin Wall began.
1990 - Iraq transferred $3-4 billion in bullion, currency, and other goods seized from Kuwait to Baghdad.
1994 - It was reported that aspirin not only helps reduce the risk of heart disease, but also helps prevent colon cancer.
2003 - Libya agreed to set up a $2.7 billion fund for families of 270 people killed in the 1988 Pan Am bombing.
2011 - Seven people were killed when a stage collapsed at the Indiana State Fair during a powerful storm just before a concert was to begin.
2011 - In Republican presidential politics, Rep. Michele Bachmann won the Iowa straw poll and Texas Gov. Rick Perry declared his candidacy.

World News

Death toll in Ukraine conflict doubles in 2 weeks, reaches 2,086 - UN
RT - The number of killed and wounded in eastern Ukraine has doubled to 2,086 over the last two weeks, according to the UN’s “very conservative estimates”. Over 60 people have been dying every day, according to Reuters.

NATO Baiting Russia into War
Tony Cartalucci - Russia is consistently portrayed in the Western media as the “aggressor” amid the ongoing Ukrainian conflict; however, it is clear through overt moves by NATO’s proxy regime in Kiev, that attempts are being made to intentionally provoke, not defend against Moscow’s ire.

Canada will donate up to 1,000 experimental Ebola vaccine doses to WHO
RT - Canada has offered to donate its experimental Ebola virus vaccine to West African States after the WHO said it would be ethical to use untested vaccines to try and contain the outbreak that has already claimed the lives of more than 1,000 people.

US sends arms to Iraq – to solve problems Washington helped create
RT - The US is conducting air strikes and supplies weapons to help outgunned Iraqi Kurds fight off the offensive of Islamist militants. The Kurds are battling against extremists armed with American arms and nurtured thanks to America’s policies.

Obama Sends Another 130 Marines Into Iraq To... Advise
Zero Hedge - In what appears to be the peak of arrogance (at the ignorance of the American people), Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has just announced that an additional 130 "military advisers" - mostly Marines - will be sent to Iraq to help the Kurds fight ISIS.

UK deploys Tornado jets for surveillance mission in N. Iraq
RT - Britain is sending RAF Tornado jets in preparation for a surveillance mission scanning northern Iraq where military aid flights are dropping supplies to thousands of refugees fleeing Islamist fighters.

Ukraine Blocks Russian Humanitarian Convoy, Accuses Kremlin Of Sending “Disguised Military Gear”
Zero Hedge - It took virtually no time from the announcement of the massive, 300-vehicle strong Russian humanitarian convoy destined to alleviate the crisis in east Ukraine, to its departure, leading many to assume – correctly – that the operation had been planned weeks in advance.

Spanish priest becomes first man to die of Ebola in Europe
RT - The first European infected by a strain of Ebola, Spanish priest Miguel Pajares, has died in hospital, Reuters reported, citing a spokeswoman for Madrid health authorities.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Top 9 Reasons to Stop Bombing Iraq - This article written by David Swanson gives 9 reasons to stop bombing Iraq.

10 officers from 5 agencies given 1-9 yrs prison for selling badges to protect drug dealers - Ten former law enforcement officers from five agencies, in addition to two civilians, have been sentenced to from one to nine years in federal prison for selling their badges to protect drug dealers.

Ex-Marine Warns of “Terrifying” Militarized Occupation of American Cities
Paul Joseph Watson - Former Marine Paul Szoldra warns that events in Ferguson, Missouri illustrate the “terrifying” result of the militarization of police, with the American people now being treated like insurgents in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Police Say They Won’t Release Name of Officer Who Shot, Killed Michael Brown
(KMOX) - Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson tells KMOX that the name of the officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown won’t be released for the foreseeable future, at least until he’s either compelled to by a judge or if there are charges filed against the police officer. Jackson says this is due to death threats called into the police department and posted on social media.

California Congressman Wants to Ban Civilians from Buying Body Armor - The bill, H.R. 5344, the Responsible Body Armor Possession Act of 2014, comes from Rep. Michae Honda, a San Jose Democrat, and it would "prohibit the purchase, ownership, or possession of enhanced body armor by civilians, with exceptions." That is to say, Honda wants to treat innocent civilians like convicted felons. Related Oath Keepers article.

W.H.O. says it's okay for drug companies to conduct medical experiments on Ebola patients
(NaturalNews) A panel of World Health Organization "ethicists" has declared it is ethically acceptable for drug companies to run medical experiments on Ebola victims. "The WHO panel unanimously concluded that it is ethical to offer medications to fight the Ebola virus, even if their effectiveness or adverse effects are unknown," reports CNN.

VIDEO: The Ebola Effect: Hyping the Next Bioweapon For Fear and Profit
James Corbett - Are you worried about the ebola pandemic? Should you be? Is it hype? Real? A false flag? Bioterrorism? A Big Pharma scam? Join James today on The Corbett Report podcast as he peels back the layers of the ebola onion and exposes the pandemic endgame.

CIA MKULTRA: they intended to use drugs for “everything”
Jon Rappoport - Drugs to transform individuals…and even, by implication, society. Drug research going far beyond the usual brief descriptions of MKULTRA. The intention is there, in the record.
* Related: Mind Control and the New World Order

Chief: Police killed California robbery hostage
(AP) - A hostage kidnapped during a Northern California bank robbery was killed by police in an ensuing chase and shootout... The results of a preliminary ballistics report show that police in the city of Stockton fired the 10 bullets that struck Misty Holt-Singh, 41, and all her wounds likely came during a final burst of gunfire, Stockton Police Chief Eric Jones said at a news conference.

Ron Paul on Iraq: ‘The sooner we get out of there the better' (VIDEO)
RT - Former congressman Ron Paul told RT on Tuesday that the United States should look to the history books for advice on how to handle the escalating crisis in Iraq and pull the American military out of the country immediately.

Study: You Have 'Near-Zero' Impact on U.S. Policy
Breitbart - A startling new political science study concludes that corporate interests and mega wealthy individuals control U.S. policy to such a degree that "the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy."

Former FDA Official Warns of “Spooky Scenarios” if Ebola Hits U.S.
Paul Joseph Watson - Former FDA official Scott Gottlieb, M.D. warns that under current CDC procedures, healthy Americans who show no symptoms of the virus could be detained indefinitely if Ebola hits the United States.

HealthMap advanced social warning system detects Ebola outbreak might already be in America
The Daily Sheeple - An electronic information gathering and mapping system similar to the WebBot actually spotted the “hemorrhagic fever” (Ebola) outbreak in West Africa 9-days before it hit the press following the WHO’s announcement.

The FAA Just Closed Low-Flying Airspace Over Ferguson
Zero Hedge - The Ferguson "revolution" may be televised courtesy of straight to YouTube cell phone clips, but any chopper-based TV crews will have to find a different vantage point, as will any and all low flying aircraft (with the exception of US government drones of course)...

Feds Won't Tell Texas School Districts How Many Unaccompanied Minors to Expect
Breitbart - This school year, Texas taxpayers will likely be on the hook for approximately $45 million to educate the wave of Central American children who entered the U.S. illegally during recent months. Thousands of unaccompanied minors are expected to attend Texas public schools this year.

Police: Robin Williams Hanged Himself with Belt
Breitbart - In a Tuesday morning press conference, the Marin County Sheriff's office confirmed that actor/comedian Robin Williams hanged himself. He was last seen alive by his wife late Sunday night. It was death by asphyxiation at his Northern California home and officially ruled a suicide.

VIDEO: Weird Coincidence: Robin Williams Family Guy ‘Suicide’ Episode Airs Before News of Actor’s Death
Paul Joseph Watson - In a bizarre coincidence, a Family Guy episode featuring Robin Williams which included a failed suicide attempt aired minutes before the announcement of the actor’s death.

Economy & Business

Only 1.3 Billion Worldwide Employed Full Time for Employer
Gallup - About one in four adults worldwide — or roughly 1.3 billion people — worked full-time for an employer in 2013. Gallup’s Payroll to Population (P2P) rate, which reports the percentage of the total adult population that works at least 30 hours per week for an employer, has not grown since 2012.

YouTube: Ron Paul's Texas Straight Talk 8/11/14: US Sanctions on Russia May Sink the Dollar
Ron Paul - The US government's decision to apply more sanctions on Russia is a grave mistake and will only escalate an already tense situation, ultimately harming the US economy itself. While the effect of sanctions on the dollar may not be appreciated in the short term, in the long run these sanctions are just another step toward the dollar's eventual demise as the world's reserve currency.

Job = Just Over Broke
Economic Collapse - If you are fortunate enough to have a job in America today, the phrase "just over broke" probably describes you. Yes, there are a handful of jobs that certainly pay very well, but most Americans that work for somebody else are just barely making it from month to month.

Energy & Environment

Southwest braces as Lake Mead water levels drop
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Once-teeming Lake Mead marinas are idle as a 14-year drought steadily drops water levels to historic lows. Officials from nearby Las Vegas are pushing conservation but also are drilling a new pipeline to keep drawing water from the lake. Hundreds of miles away, farmers who receive water from the lake behind Hoover Dam are preparing for the worst.

Pittsburgh airport to host fracking sites starting this month
RT - The floundering Pittsburgh International Airport is expected to soon begin earning nearly a quarter of its annual operating budget by letting a local energy company conduct fracking operations deep under the once booming air traffic hub.

Exposing Syngenta’s Toxic Best-Selling Weed Killer in Your Water – Atrazine
Natural Society - Atrazine is a toxic weed killer made by Syngenta found in the nation's water, but the EPA is ignoring the research, allowing the toxin to run rampant.

Science & Technology

Google's Satellites Could Soon See Your Face from Space
Motherboard - Two months ago, after much lobbying by the biggest satellite company in North America, DigitalGlobe, the US government relaxed restrictions to allow for commercially available satellite imagery up to 25 cm resolution—twice as detailed as the previous limit of 50 cm. Now, the first commercial satellite set to capture these high-res images, DigitalGlobe's Worldview-3, will launch this Wednesday.

‘Kill Switch’ Smart Phone Bill Passes In California
Steve Watson - Legislation introduced to the Californian Senate earlier this year mandating ‘kill switches’ on all smart phones has been passed and sent to the Governor’s desk for approval. Governor Jerry Brown is expected to sign bill CA SB 962 in the coming weeks, meaning that it will be against the law for any supplier or carrier in the State to sell a mobile phone that is not fitted with the technology.


Investigation Finds Serious Flaws in Study That Served as Basis for Guideline Suspected of Killing Nearly a Million Europeans
Dr. Mercola - European doctors may have caused as many as 800,000 deaths in five years by following the “standard of care” to use beta-blockers in non-cardiac surgery patients—a guideline based largely on discredited science. The discredited researcher, who was fired for scientific misconduct in 2011, was also the chairman of the committee that drafted the European treatment guideline.

Drug-resistant superbug infections skyrocketed 500 percent in US southeast
(NaturalNews) Researchers from the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) found that overall, community hospitals throughout the southeast have witnessed a fivefold increase in cases of highly-contagious, drug-resistant bacteria carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE).

Butter Is Better
Alliance for Natural Health - If you don’t think so, consider this. Here is a flow chart from showing the manufacturing process of margarine...

Probiotics and humic substances synergize to improve digestive health
NaturalNews) Good health begins with the health of your gut. If your gut is damaged or you have an abundance of pathogenic microorganisms, it is impossible to be healthy. The gut must be addressed daily in order for one to live a lifestyle that builds health. Key compounds such as probiotics and humic substances are key to improving the health of the digestive tract.

Are your allergies caused by 'good' sugars?
(NaturalNews) Most of us love sugar. Even us health-nuts. People with the strictest diets are still so often unwilling to give up their sugar. Agave nectar, raw honey, brown rice syrup, sugar cane juice, apple juice, and sugar in the raw are just a few of the many examples of sugars being considered healthy. But they're not. They are all refined sugars. In nature, sugar wasn't so easy. We weren't meant to have so much.

63% of Americans Actively Avoid Soda
Dr. Mercola - Americans are finally starting to realize the dangers of soda, with nearly two-thirds (63 percent) saying they actively try to avoid soda in their diet, a new Gallup poll revealed.

5 Blood Sugar-Regulating Foods for Diabetics
Natural Society - Whether you have Type 2 or Type 1 diabetes, you can benefit from eating foods that help stabilize blood glucose levels. Here are 5 beneficial foods.

How To Manage Arthritis Naturally - Most people think of arthritis as joint pain that is the result of many years of wear and tear of the tissues within and surrounding joints. This describes osteoarthritis, and is simple enough to understand; if you put too much stress on a joint, over time, it will wear down and turn into a chronic source of discomfort. But there are ways to manage arthritis naturally.

Tuesday - August 12, 2014 - Today in History:

1865 - Disinfectant was used for the first time during surgery by Joseph Lister.
1877 - Thomas Edison invented the phonograph and made the first sound recording.
1898 - The Spanish-American War was ended with the signing of the peace protocol. The U.S. acquired Guam, Puerto Rico and the Philippines. Hawaii was also annexed.
1953 - The Soviet Union secretly tested its first hydrogen bomb.
1960 - The balloon satellite Echo One was launched by the U.S. from Cape Canaveral, FL. It was the first communications satellite.
1977 - The space shuttle Enterprise passed its first solo flight test.
1981 - IBM unveiled its first PC.
1986 - It was announced by NASA that they had selected a new rocket design for the space shuttle. The move was made in an effort at correcting the flaws that were believed to have been responsible for the Challenger disaster.
1992 - The U.S., Canada, and Mexico announced that the North American Free Trade Agreement had been created after 14 months of negotiations.
1993 - U.S. President Clinton lifted the ban on rehiring air traffic controllers that had been fired for going on strike in 1981.
1994 - Major league baseball players went on strike rather than allow team owners to limit their salaries. The strike lasted for 232 days. As a result, the World Series was wiped out for the first time in 90 years.
1998 - Swiss banks agreed to pay $1.25 billion as restitution to World War II Holocaust victims.
2008 - Russia halted its devastating five-day assault on Georgia that left homes in smoldering ruins and uprooted 100,000 people.

World News

US Marines ‘Highly Likely’ on the Ground in Iraq – Former US Diplomat
RIA Novosti - It is “highly likely” that US Special Forces are already operating on Iraqi soil, despite claims by US officials, former US diplomat Peter Van Buren told RIA Novosti on Tuesday.

Russian humanitarian convoy departs to E. Ukraine
RT - Almost 300 trucks carrying 2,000 tons of humanitarian aid have been sent towards the border with Ukraine, Moscow regional authorities say. Earlier, Russia and Ukraine agreed on a humanitarian mission under the authority of the Red Cross.

Nearly 60k sign petition to send Royal Navy hospital ship to Gaza
RT - Tens of thousands of people have signed a petition demanding the British government send hospital ship RFA Argus to Gaza to help treat the escalating number of causalities. Downing Street has so far committed a small team of NHS medics.

South Korea likely to acquire Iron Dome system from Israel
StratRisks - The South Korean Government is reportedly interested in the acquisition of an Iron Dome anti-missile defence system from Israel in an effort to bolster protection against rockets launched from North Korea. Rafael Advanced Defense Systems CEO Yedidia Yaari was quoted by Israel’s Army Radio as saying that Iron Dome’s performance in the ongoing Gaza war had fuelled foreign interest in its procurement, including by South Korea.

Encircling China: US to sign military agreement with Australia after Philippines deal
RT - An agreement expected to be signed this week between the United States and Australia will pave the way for the Pentagon to have 2,500 US troops begin conducting military drills down under.

Poland asks US to buy apples banned by Russia
RT - "We are interested in a quick decision because the situation is extraordinary," said Poland's ambassador to Washington, Ryszard Schnepf, as quoted by Polish press agency PAP. He added that he had met with Michael Scuse, a senior official in the US Department of Agriculture, and discussed the opening of the US market to Polish apple producers.

Nouri al-Maliki forced out as Iraq's political turmoil deepens
The Guardian - Iraq's embattled prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, appeared to have lost his job on Monday, after the country's president appointed a rival Shia candidate to form a new government in a bid to end the deadlock that has paralysed the Baghdad government while jihadists have swept through the country's north.
* Related: US denies role in plot to oust Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki

VIDEO: Obama pledges support new Iraqi leaders
CNBC News - President Barack Obama is giving his approval to the appointment of a prime minister to replace Nouri al-Maliki and urging the formation of a new government in Iraq as soon as possible.

Polio Vaccination Efforts Begin in Conflict-Torn Iraq
Bloomberg - Unicef and the World Health Organization yesterday began a four-day campaign to try to vaccinate 4 million children for polio in Iraq, a difficult task in a region ravaged by fighting.

Ukraine Says 45,000 Russian Troops On Border With Tanks, Missiles, Warplanes And Attack Helicopters
Zero Hedge - Just the usual warmongering soundbites, because someone clearly is on a mission to escalate the cross border hostilities into all out war.

Ukraine Currency Plunges To Record Low: US Taxpayer To The Rescue?
Zero Hedge -With all eyes firmly focused on Ukraine's borders and the bloodshed in the East as fighting rages, it appears few are paying attention to the ongoing collapse of the nation's currency. The Hrynia just traded at new record lows this morning following NATO's Rasmussen's comments. However, there is no need to worry...

Ebola Drug Supply Is Exhausted After Doses Sent to Africa
Bloomberg - The Ebola drug given to two Americans and a Spanish priest has been sent to treat infected doctors in two West African countries, and the supply of the medicine is now exhausted, its manufacturer said.

Mexico opens gas, oil to foreign, private firms
US News - The overhaul opens up production- and profit-sharing contracts for private companies that had been restricted to operating just as subcontractors for Pemex, without the ability to book reserves or gain a significant share in profits.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Ferguson: A Perfect Example Of How Quickly The Streets Of America Can Descend Into Chaos
Economic Collapse - What we just witnessed happen in the streets of Ferguson, Missouri is a prime example of how quickly the streets of America can descend into chaos. There is so much anger and frustration in this country, especially among our young people, that all it takes is a "trigger event" to spark a wildfire.
* Related: Video: Cop Aims Gun at Local Official as Ferguson Resembles “War Zone”

Suicide a risk even for beloved characters like Robin Williams
USA Today - That a "universally beloved" entertainer like Robin WIlliams could commit suicide "speaks to the power of psychiatric illness," mental health experts say. Robin Williams, who died Monday at age 63, had some of the risk factors for suicide: He was known to have bipolar disorder, depression and drug abuse problems, said Julie Cerel, a psychologist and board chair of American Association of Suicidology.

Suspected American ISIS Supporter Arrested At New York's JFK Airport
Zero Hedge - Having demanded "American blood," the news that a suspected American militant who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State terrorist group in chilling Twitter rants is being held without bail after his arrest at New York's Kennedy Airport is somewhat concerning.

The ISIS Threat Will Be Used For Homeland Repression
Paul Joseph Watson - With ISIS militants now threatening to attack the United States, the huge domestic anti-terror apparatus that has been built over the last decade will inevitably be used as a tool of homeland repression not to eliminate ISIS terrorists but to target politically active Americans who are adversarial to the Obama administration.

Lindsey Graham Tells Obama ‘Go To War In Iraq Or American Cities Will Burn In Flames’
Steve Watson - Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, the man who just two months ago warned that another 9/11 is now inevitable, said Sunday that An American city will be attacked by terrorists unless Obama launches a full scale war in Iraq.

IRS Tried, Failed to Repair Lois Lerner Hard Drive
Bloomberg - U.S. Internal Revenue Service technicians made repeated futile efforts to save data on a malfunctioning computer hard drive used by Lois Lerner, the former agency official at the center of a dispute between Congress and the Obama administration over scrutiny of Tea Party groups, according to a court filing.

Obama Official Deleted Obamacare Emails Sought By Congress
Daily Caller - The administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) deleted some of her emails and may not be able to cooperate with a congressional investigation into the flawed Obamacare rollout, CMS has warned Congress.

22 State Attorneys General Join Pro-Second Amendment Brief in SAFE Act Appeal
NRA-ILA - The plaintiffs challenged bans on large-capacity magazines and “assault weapons” (as redefined), the requirement that magazines contain no more than seven rounds, and new rules on ammunition sales, as unconstitutional.

WHO Warns "No End In Sight" As 170 Ebola Healthcare Workers Now Infected
Zero Hedge - The WHO statement confirmed that a stunning 170 health-care workers (the ones covered from head to toe in protective garments) have been infected with Ebola and at least 81 have died. "Treatment facilities are overflowing," they note as they prepare to hold an emergency meeting today on experimental therapies.

Ebola vaccine to be manufactured by criminal drug company with felony record; rushed to market with near-zero safety testing
(NaturalNews) GlaxoSmithKline, now being celebrated by the pro-pharma press, is the same company that also has a proven criminal record of bribing physicians and knowingly distributing misleading information about the safety of their drug products.

Husband of American Ebola patient arrives for quarantine in Georgia
The Guardian - The husband of a woman being treated for Ebola in a Georgia hospital is among three quarantined missionaries who arrived in the US on Sunday night after departing west Africa, where they worked with patients infected with the deadly virus.

Government seizes elderly woman’s savings when she tries to fly with cash
Police State USA - A 78-year-old woman is now fighting to get back proceeds of her recently sold home. Federal agents seized thousands of dollars from a woman at an airport because she didn’t tell them how much she had. Now the government seeks to keep the cash seizure, without placing a criminal charge against the woman.

Philly Mom Who Carried Licensed Gun Into NJ Faces 11 Years in Prison
The Root - Shaneen Allen is a Philadelphia single mom, a law-abiding citizen and legally licensed in her hometown to carry a weapon.... Allen said that she did not realize that her license would not apply in the Garden State.... Now My9 is reporting that the mother could end up forfeiting 11 years of her life.

These Two Businesses Did NOT Get Looted... Can You Guess Why?
Mac Slavo - While scores of businesses in Ferguson were being looted by out of control rioters Sunday night, a couple of them went the evening without incident. If you’re wondering why, then check out the following picture for the answer.

Economy & Business

US Postal Service loses $2B this spring
AP - The agency blamed increases in compensation and benefit costs for the red ink and said it would be unable to make a congressionally mandated payment of $5.7 billion this September for health benefits for future retirees.

The De-industrialization of America: "The True U.S. Rate of Unemployment is 23.2%"
Global Research - On January 6, 2004, Paul Craig Roberts and US Senator Charles Schumer published a jointly written article on the op-ed page of the New York Times…In the ten years since Roberts and Schumer sounded the alarm, the US has become a country in which the norm for new jobs has become lowly paid part-time employment in domestic non-tradable services. Two-thirds of the population is living on the edge unable to raise $400 cash.

Shadow Banking: 2,061 of Citigroup's "Subsidiaries" Go Missing
Global Research - Figuring out what Citigroup owns and what it has sold is getting harder by the day as a vast number of its subsidiaries in the 160 countries in which it operates have up and vanished from its public filings but do not actually appear to have been sold in many cases.

Burger Robot Poised To Disrupt Fast Food Industry
Singularity Hub - At the time, I was visiting a space startup building satellites behind a carport. But just behind them—a robot was cooking up burgers. The inventors of the burger device? Momentum Machines, and they’re serious about fast food productivity. “Our device isn’t meant to make employees more efficient,” cofounder Alexandros Vardakostas has said. “It’s meant to completely obviate them.

Energy & Environment

New Jersey Groups Denounce Frack Waste Ban Veto
Food & Water Watch - The Frack Waste Ban Bill (S1041) was passed by New Jersey’s legislature with overwhelming bipartisan support, then it landed on the desk of Governor Chris Christie for his approval. Unfortunately for residents of the state, our drinking water, and the environment the governor vetoed the bill.


Colgate Total Ingredient Linked to Hormones, Cancer Spotlights FDA Process
Bloomberg - Total is safe, Colgate says, citing the rigorous Food and Drug Administration process that led to the toothpaste’s 1997 approval as an over-the-counter drug. A closer look at that application process, however, reveals that some of the scientific findings Colgate put forward to establish triclosan’s safety in toothpaste weren’t black and white -- and weren’t, until this year, available to the public.

High-fructose corn syrup consumption in adolescence impairs learning and memory
(NaturalNews) Because most corn in America is genetically modified to kill corn "pests," no human on Earth should be eating it, especially every day. This is now being proven by scientists who run tests on animals in laboratories and have concluded that high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and sucrose can impair an adolescent animal's ability to learn, and it can impair its ability to remember information. And that brings us to the rat genome.

Arsenic contamination of rice to be strictly limited by new U.N. standards
(NaturalNews) According to the Department of Agriculture, arsenic levels in brown rice are 10 times as high as white rice. While arsenic and cadmium are present in the soil both naturally and unnaturally, the regions with the most potent concentrations are parts of Asia, such as Bangladesh and India, where arsenic-rich bedrock contaminates groundwater used for both drinking and for irrigation.

Keeping Filler Ingredients Out of Your Cup of Coffee
Natural Blaze - Coffee drinkers beware: Surprise ingredients that are neither sweet nor flavorful may be hiding in your coffee, and growing coffee shortages may increase the chance of having these fillers in your cup of joe in the future.

Strawberry, Mango Compound Kicks Alzheimer’s Symptoms to the Curb
Natural Society - Researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies have conducted experiments on mice to find possible solutions for dementia (mice typically succumb to Alzheimer’s symptoms within a year of birth). They discovered that a daily dose of fisetin, a flavanol found in strawberries, mangos, cucumbers, and other fruit and vegetables, successfully arrested the progressive loss of memory and other deleterious symptoms associated with learning.

Experts: Just 9 of These a Day Can ‘Bust Stress Levels’
Natural Society - According to a Penn State University study, eating a handful of walnuts every day can prepare your body to deal with stress and anxiety more efficiently.

Monday - August 11, 2014 - Today in History:

1860 - The first successful silver mill in America began operations. The mill was in Virginia City, NV.
1909 - The American ship Arapahoe became the first to ever use the SOS distress signal off the coast of Cape Hatteras, NC.
1924 - Newsreel pictures were taken of U.S. presidential candidates for the first time.
1934 - Alcatraz, in San Francisco Bay, received federal prisoners for the first time.
1941 - The Atlantic Charter was signed by U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill.
1942 - During World War II, Pierre Laval publicly announced "the hour of liberation for France is the hour when Germany wins the war."
1945 - The Allies informed Japan that they would determine Emperor Hirohito's future status after Japan's surrender.
1965 - The U.S. conducted a second launch of "Surveyor-SD 2" for a landing on the Moon surface test.
1975 - The U.S. vetoed the proposed admission of North and South Vietnam to the United Nations. The Security Counsel had already refused to consider South Korea's application.
1984 - U.S. President Ronald Reagan was preparing for his weekly radio broadcast when, during testing of the microphone, the President said of the Soviet Union, "My fellow Americans, I am pleased to tell you that I just signed legislation that would outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes."
1990 - Egyptian and Moroccan troops joined U.S. forces in Saudia Arabia to help protect from a possible Iraqi attack.
1994 - A U.S. federal jury awarded $286.8 million to about 10,000 commercial fishermen for losses as a result of the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill.
1995 - All U.S. nuclear tests were banned by President Clinton.
1997 - U.S. President Clinton made the first use of the line-item veto approved by Congress, rejecting three items in spending and tax bills.
1998 - British Petroleum became No. 3 among oil companies with the $49 billion purchase of Amoco. It was the largest foreign takeover of a U.S. company.
2003 - Charles Taylor, President of Liberia, flew into exile after ceding power to his vice president, Moses Blah.
2003 - In Kabul, NATO took command of the 5,000-strong peacekeeping force in Afghanistan.
2006 - The TSA banned all liquids, gels and aerosols from passenger cabins on airliners one day after a thwarted terrorist attack.
2009 - Eunice Kennedy Shriver, sister of President John F. Kennedy and founder of the Special Olympics, died at age 88.

World News

US starts providing weapons to Kurdish forces in Iraq - report
RT - The US has reportedly started direct arms supplies to Kurdish Peshmerga fighters in Iraq to help them battle the Islamic State militants. Previously the US insisted on selling arms only to the Iraqi government, but that policy has changed now, senior US officials told AP.

'Chemical threat': Disaster looms as Kiev shells fall near Donetsk plant
RT - Ukraine is at risk of an environmental disaster as Kiev’s army continues to bomb the Donestk region, nearly hitting its largest chemical plant that stores lethal agents, the plant’s spokesperson warned. The minimum impact zone would be at least 300 km.

John Kerry to Starving Africans: ‘Don’t Build New Farms, Just Plant More GMO’
Activist Post - [...] Secretary of State John Kerry took to the podium at the U.S.—Africa Leaders Summit to say that Africans shouldn’t build more farms because that would contribute to man-made global warming through a process that “releases significant amounts of carbon pollution”. No, instead, they should just make existing lands “more productive”:

ExxonMobil, Rosneft start joint Arctic drilling exempt from sanctions
RT - US oil giant ExxonMobil and Russia’s Rosneft will continue joint exploitation of the Russian Arctic despite Western sanctions, the American company said as the two giants launched exploration drilling in the Kara Sea. “Our cooperation is a long-term one. We see great benefits here and are ready to continue working here with your agreement,” Glenn Waller, ExxonMobil’s lead manager in Russia, told President Vladimir Putin during a videoconference call.

Military Coup In Iraq: Prime Minister Maliki Refuses To Step Down; Security Forces On Alert, Encircle Presidential Palace
Zero Hedge - Just days after the US launched a campaign that implicitly aides the current regime headed by the supposedly outgoing PM, al-Maliki, it appears that latest US intervention has already led to "unexpected" consequences, this time with the prime minister appearing to have just staged a coup overthrowing Iraq's president President Fouad Massoum moments ago.

Hundreds Of Yazidis Found In ISIS Mass Grave, Many Buried Alive
Zero Hedge - If the stated purpose of US intervention in the "country formerly known as Iraq", which saw the fourth consecutive US president launching military strikes in a nation now absolutely destroyed thanks to US involvement, was humanitarian (it isn't) and allegedly to "protect" the Yazidi ethnic minority members stuck on a mountain near Sinjar, then it needs some fine-tuning.

Britain considers air strikes to avert genocide in Iraq
The Telegraph - Britain, following an emergency Cobra meeting, Michael Fallon, the Defence Secretary, announced plans for a UK air drop of provisions for those displaced by the violence, and an £8 million emergency aid package. He said Britain would assist America with surveillance. But it is understood British forces could also take part in attacks if the situation in Iraq deteriorates.

US airlines banned from flying over Iraq
RT - In the Notice to Airmen (NOTAM), the FAA cited the “hazardous situation created by the armed conflict” between militants associated with the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL; also referred to as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria or ISIS) and Iraqi security forces and their allies. The ban applies to "all US carriers and commercial operators."

Israel, Palestinians agree to new 72-hour Gaza ceasefire says officials
RT - An agreement on a new Egypt-proposed 72-hour Gaza ceasefire was reached on Sunday, Reuters reported, citing Israeli and Palestinian officials.

Hundreds of Israelis defy police ban to protest Gaza war
RT - Despite the police ban on public gatherings, several hundred anti-war activists took to the streets in Tel-Aviv on Saturday to say ‘no’ to the continuation of Israel’s bloody military operation in Gaza. There are conflicting reports on the demonstration’s turnout, with Reuters reporting 150 people attending. However, Israeli +972 web magazine said that “roughly 500 non-aligned activists flooded Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square.”

War and Natural Gas: The Israeli Invasion and Gaza’s Offshore Gas Fields
Global Research - More than five years ago, Israel invaded Gaza under “Operation Cast Lead”. The following article was first published by Global Research in January 2009 at the height of the Israeli bombing and invasion under Operation Cast Lead.

Russia Forces US Submarine Out of Boundary Waters
(RIA Novosti) - Russia's Northern Fleet's anti-submarine forces have detected and forced out a US submarine from Russian boundary waters, a high-ranking source in Russia's Navy told RIA Novosti Saturday.

Romania Hospitalizes Patient with Ebola Symptoms say Reports
(RIA Novosti) - A Romanian man showing symptoms of possible Ebola virus upon his return from Nigeria has been hospitalized in Bucharest, Romania's Health Ministry announced Sunday.

Patient with Ebola-like symptoms alarms Canada as UK develops new vaccine
RT - A vaccine against the Ebola virus has been developed by a British pharmaceutical company and is planned to be available by 2015, the WHO said. A patient with Ebola-like symptoms, who earlier sparked concern in Canada, has tested negative for the virus.

Canada seeks to claim North Pole area
Press TV - The Canadian government said in a statement issued on Friday that two ice-breakers will be sent to the Arctic waters to gather scientific information to support a plan to extend Canadian territory up to the North Pole.... Canada is not the only country seeking to claim the area. Russia and Denmark are also seeking scientific proof that the area is an underwater extension of their continental shelf.

Sweet victory for Mexico beekeepers as Monsanto loses GM permit
The Guardian - A small group of beekeepers in Mexico has inflicted a blow on biotech giant Monsanto, which has halted the company’s ambitions to plant thousands of hectares of soybeans genetically modified to resist the company’s pesticide Roundup.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Operation Martha's Vineyard: Bomb Iraq, Then Hit the Links!
Truth Revolt - On Friday's The Kelly File on Fox News, retired Lt. Gen. Tom McInerney told guest host Shannon Bream that the Obama administration's choice to not name the mission of the recent air strikes in Iraq could indicate that the president thinks the mission is insignificant, especially in light of Obama leaving for vacation to Martha's Vineyard immediately following the announcement.

Obama gives Americans one last slap in the face before heading to vacation
Bizpac Review - Before jetting off for two weeks’ vacation, President Obama laid the blame for the Iraq crisis at the doorstep of the Bush administration.

Washington Threatens The World
Paul Craig Roberts - The consequence of Washington’s reckless and irresponsible political and military interventions in Iraq, Libya, and Syria has been to unleash evil. The various sects that lived in peace under the rule of Saddam Hussein, Gaddafi, and Assad are butchering one another, and a new group, ISIS, is in the process of creating a new state out of parts of Iraq and Syria.

Iceland Retains Most Peaceful Nation Title; U.S. drops to 101st
AllGov - Once again, Iceland has been named the most peaceful nation in the world and again the United States has fallen in the rankings by the Institute for Economics and Peace.

FDA eases restrictions on experimental Ebola drug as CDC warns of 'inevitable' spread to US
RT - While Ebola, the deadly disease spreading through parts of West Africa, has no cure, specific treatment or vaccine, there are several experimental drugs being tested in US labs. Now the FDA has lifted its hold on one of those drugs.

Border Patrol agent claims armed illegal immigrants in military fatigues have been spotted on Texas ranches
Daily Mail - The Sheriff leading the investigation into the brutal slaying of a Border Control Agent by two illegal immigrants has revealed local farmers in his county have reported spotting gangs of armed Mexicans 'in military fatigues' marching through their fields.

Oakland officer reinstated with back pay after throwing grenade at unconscious man, bystanders
Police State USA - The man who had been injured was Iraq veteran Scott Olson; who received swift attention from non-uniformed bystanders. When people had gathered to aid Mr. Olson, another cop, OPD Officer Robert Roche, attacked the crowd by throwing a flashbang grenade only inches from Mr. Olson’s bleeding head.

Unarmed 18-year-old man shot dead by police in Missouri: witnesses
NY Daily News - Some 200 angry residents filled the streets in the city of Ferguson, 12 miles north of St. Louis, and screamed at cops Saturday after Michael Brown was gunned down. It wasn’t immediately clear what prompted the officer to open fire; St. Louis County police promised a ‘lengthy investigation.’... Multiple witnesses told KMOV that Brown was unarmed and had his hands up in the air when he was cut down.

Witnesses upset over Antioch arrest, police confiscating cellphones
ANTIOCH, Calif. (KGO) - Several witnesses say the man, who appeared to be mentally disturbed, was handcuffed while police used a Tazer on him and hit him with a baton. Then, they say, an officer released a police dog that began biting the man until he was bleeding and unrecognizable.

Fourth-Grader Suspended for Bringing Nerf Gun to Show and Tell
Mikael Thalen - A 9-year-old Georgia boy was suspended this week after bringing a plastic Nerf gun to show and tell. Ramsey McDonald, a fourth-grade student at Miller Elementary School, brought the item to class after a teacher asked students to present their favorite toys.

Teachers Union President Says He Will ‘Punch You in the Face’ If You Oppose Common Core
Top Right News - This isn’t some raving drunk off the street. This is the president of one of the largest teachers unions in the United States — a nation which is slowly turning against the disastrous “Common Core” system of Federally-imposed standards. Michael Mulgrew, president of New York’s United Federation of Teachers, unloaded a hateful rant against critics of the Common Core Standards Initiative.

Election News

Gary Johnson Sues Over Non-Inclusion in Presidential Debates
Sunshine State News - Two years after he was the Libertarian Party’s presidential candidate, former Gov. Gary Johnson of New Mexico is launching a legal challenge to the Commission on Presidential Debates for excluding him from the debates.

Economy & Business

De-Dollarization Accelerates - China/Russia Complete Currency Swap Agreement
Zero Hedge - "The agreement will stimulate further development of direct trade in yuan and rubles on the domestic foreign exchange markets of Russia and China,” the Russian regulator said. Currently, over 75 percent of payments in Russia-China trade settlements are made in US dollars, according to Rossiyskaya Gazeta newspaper.

Energy & Environment

'Houses are bouncing;' quakes trigger controls on Oklahoma oil industry
(Reuters) - In the last week alone, residents of Guthrie, pop. 10,191, have felt five quakes rock the town a half hour's drive from Oklahoma City.... Since January, Oklahoma has had 292 earthquakes that register a magnitude 3.0 or larger, more than any other state in the continental United States. That's nearly triple the 109 last year. Through 2008, Oklahoma averaged less than two a year.

California sinking ONE FOOT each year from groundwater depletion
(NaturalNews) The drought-stricken state of California is sinking into itself at an alarming rate, suggests a new report by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The continued over-pumping of groundwater in many parts of the state -- the direct result of a historic three-year dry spell -- is creating empty pockets of earth that are causing the ground to literally drop, in some places by as much as one foot per year.

Why Are Chemtrails Being Digitally Added to Old Movies?
The Daily Sheeple - Chemtrails have been popping up all over TV shows, movies and commercials for a while now. Even video games and cartoons are adding these trails to what would otherwise be clear blue skies — why do that if not for propaganda purposes to normalize everyone to what’s going on in the skies above our heads?

Science & Technology

ASA Tests Flying Saucer for Future Missions to Mars - NASA has successfully tested its Low Density Supersonic Decelerator, a saucer-shaped vehicle that took flight over Hawaii at an altitude that simulated conditions on Mars.

IBM develops a computer chip with one million 'neurons' that 'functions like a human brain'
Daily Mail - IBM has developed a computer chip which it says will function like a human brain in a giant step forward for artificial intelligence. TrueNorth is being hailed as the world’s first neurosynaptic computer chip because it can figure things out on its own.


Hospitals to begin monitoring your credit card purchases to flag 'unhealthy' habits
(NaturalNews) Bloomberg reports that hospital systems in both North and South Carolina as well as Pennsylvania have already begun tracking people's food-purchasing habits by spying on them through public records and credit card transactions.

Lion's mane: a smart mushroom choice for memory, mood and clarity
(NaturalNews) Easily grown at home, and a relatively inexpensive therapeutic food, lion's mane is a beautiful mushroom with cascading spines instead of gills that shows potential in slowing the progression of neurological disorders -- including Alzheimer's.

Top 6 herbs and spices for losing weight
(NaturalNews) Herbs and spices have long been used to enhance the taste of foods. It is only within the past few years that researchers have discovered that these popular components of everyday life can also aid in the weight loss battle that so many people wage.

The best and worst forms of magnesium to take as a supplement
(NaturalNews) According to the American Chiropractic Society, an estimated 68 to 80 percent of the United States population is deficient in the essential mineral magnesium. While our growing dependence on processed food is partly responsible for this alarming statistic, the real reason for it is that ongoing soil erosion has significantly depleted the mineral content of our soil within the last century.

Employee Vaccine Mandates: Observations of a Vaccine Rights Attorney
(NaturalNews) The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' "Healthy People 2020" initiative states a goal of vaccinating 90% of the nation's healthcare workers with the influenza vaccine annually by 2020, a goal well underway. A separate DHHS goal aims to vaccinate 80% of all U.S. employees annually with the influenza vaccine by 2020.

Milwaukee area girl dies from HPV vaccination - Rebecca Prohaska reflects on the death of her daughter Meredith, a 12-year-old who died only hours after a routine doctor’s visit in which she received the first of three HPV vaccinations.... Prohaska wonders if her daughter had a severe reaction to the HPV vaccine, but so far there is no medical evidence to support that. "It's the only thing that was different this whole summer," the mother said.

Is Genetically Modified Baker’s Yeast Spreading Obesity and Diabetes?
Green Med Info - Could GE Baker's yeast, which produces insulin in human gut, be a cause of the worldwide epidemic of obesity and type 2 diabetes?

Hot chili peppers may inhibit gut tumors
STEPin2 - Hot peppers have a common ingredient called capsaicin. This ingredient is what gives peppers their powerful anti-inflammatory properties. A team of researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine released an animal study showing that capsaicin may start a reaction that can reduce the risk of colorectal tumors.

8 Reasons You Should Start Eating Eggs
Natural News Blog - Eggs are among the foods that been considered as “Superfoods”. Eating more eggs is a super way to boost your health condition as they are packed with rich nutrients. Here are reasons why you should eat eggs regularly...

Pet News

Remove Disease from Your Pet's Body Using Only Your Hands
Dr. Becker - Can rejuvenate in life-changing ways, like the story of this Golden Retriever's 10-minute near-miraculous turn-around that gave her more time with her family. Young or old, this must-try therapy could restore the energy and youthfulness you forgot your pet was capable of.

Manufactured Dog & Cat Foods: Is There Poison in the Can?
Susan Thixton - Guest post by friend and fellow pet food safety advocate Dr. Michael Fox. There is increasing concern over the inclusion of an additive called carrageenan, a seaweed-derived natural product that acts as a binder, thickening agent, and as a stabilizer in many processed human foods and beverages and canned cat and dog foods.

Friday - August 8, 2014 - Today in History:

1815 - Napoleon Bonaparte set sail for St. Helena, in the South Atlantic. The remainder of his life was spent there in exile.
1844 - After the killing of Joseph Smith, Bringham Young was chosen to lead the Mormons.
1911 - The number of U.S. House of Representatives was established at 435. There was 1 member of Congress for every 211,877 residents.
1940 - The German Luftwaffe began a series of daylight air raids on Great Britain.
1945 - The United Nations Charter was signed by U.S. President Truman.
1945 - During World War II, the Soviet Union declared war on Japan.
1956 - Japan launched an oil tanker that was 780 feet long and weighed 84,730 tons. It was the largest oil tanker in the world.
1966 - Michael DeBakey became the first surgeon to install an artificial heart pump in a patient.
1974 - U.S. President Nixon announced that he would resign the following day.
1988 - It was announced that a cease-fire between Iraq and Iran had begun.
1989 - The space shuttle Columbia took off from Cape Canaveral, FL. The trip was said to be a secret five-day military mission.
1990 - American forces began positioning in Saudia Arabia.
1991 - John McCarthy, a British TV producer was released by his Lebanese kidnappers. He had been held captive for more than five years. A rival group abducted Jerome Leyraud in retaliation and threatened to kill him if any more hostages were released.
1991 - The U.N. Security Council approved North and South Korea for membership.
1995 - Saddam Hussein's two eldest daughters, their husbands, and several senior army officers defected.
2005 - Iran resumed work at a uranium conversion facility after suspending activities for nine months to avoid U.N. sanctions.
2008 - The Summer Olympic Games opened in Beijing.
2008 - Former Democratic vice-presidential nominee John Edwards admitted having had an extramarital affair.

World News

Obama authorizes airstrikes in Iraq to 'protect US personnel'
RT - President Obama announced on Thursday that he has authorized the use of airstrikes in Iraq if they are necessary to protect American personnel. He also stated that humanitarian air drops have been made to help besieged religious minorities in the country.

The United States’ Biggest “Allies” Are Funding ISIS
Paul Joseph Watson - President Barack Obama’s authorization of air strikes on ISIS targets in Iraq serves as an opportunity to remind ourselves which countries are bankrolling the deadly terror group. The answer; Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Turkey and Qatar – three of the United States’ biggest allies in the region.

Iran to unveil new defense system similar to Iron Dome – military commander
RT - A senior Iranian military commander has announced that Tehran is about to unveil new long-range and mid-range missile defense systems like Israel’s Iron Dome or the US Patriot, which can knock out incoming missiles in mid-air.

Israel resumes pounding Gaza Strip after truce expiry
Press TV - Israel has resumed pounding the Gaza Strip, shortly after the expiry of a 72-hour-long truce between Tel Aviv and the Palestinian resistance movement of Hamas.

US suspects: Israel stole nuke material
Press TV - Declassified US documents from the 1970s suggest intelligence officials in the United States believe Israelis stole nuclear bomb-grade uranium from a nuclear facility in Pennsylvania.

ISIL claims to have taken Syria military headquarters
Press TV - A video has surfaced in social media showing purported ISIL militants claiming to have seized a military headquarters in north-central Syria.... The UK-based so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) has said at least 27 Syrian forces were killed in an assault on the headquarters. The group said 11 ISIL militants were also killed in the attack, including three who blew themselves up at the base.

Stocks in Russian food companies soar amid Western food ban
RT - Shares in some of Russian food producers have added almost 40 percent by midday on Friday. The surge comes a day after Moscow imposed a one-year ban on imports of food products from the West.

Argentina files lawsuit against US over debt dispute
Press TV - Argentina has attempted to sue the United States at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, the UN’s highest court, over a debt dispute. The lawsuit was filed on Thursday after a US judge blocked Argentina from servicing its restructured debt, with Buenos Aires accusing Washington of violating Argentinean sovereignty.

Mediators race against clock to extend Gaza truce
(Reuters) - Mediators worked against the clock on Thursday to extend a truce between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip, as the three-day ceasefire entered its final hours. Palestinians want an Israeli-Egyptian blockade on Gaza lifted and prisoners held by Israel to be freed. Hamas's armed wing said it was ready to resume fighting unless Palestinian demands were met, and Israel said it would respond forcefully if attacked.

Netanyahu asks US to help Israel avoid war crime charges
NY Post - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked US lawmakers Wednesday to help fend off Palestinian claims that his country engaged in “war crimes” while defending itself against attacks from Gaza, one top lawmaker told The Post.

Cold War II: Russian Nuclear Bombers Conduct 16 Incursions Of U.S. Air Defense Zones
Steve Watson - Russian strategic nuclear bombers have flown into northwestern U.S. air defense identification zones at least sixteen times over the past ten days, according to Pentagon officials. The incursions by Tu-95 Russian Bear H bombers are unprecedented, Defense experts say, leading some to believe that Russia is testing U.S. air defenses.

Obama Signals Airstrikes May Be Called On ISIS
Kurt Nimmo - The Obama administration may soon order airstrikes on ISIS troops in northern Iraq in response to attacks by the group on religious minorities. In addition to military action, the administration is considering airdrops of food and medicine for upward to 40,000 people trapped on a mountaintop.

First BRICS Bank, Now BRICS Food Bank
Zero Hedge - Russia plans to substitute banned goods with not just domestic supplies but imports from Latin America, China, and several other nations. Agriculture Minister Nikolai Fedorov said "no food shortages are expected," but more isolation for the West.

It Begins: Canada To Send Military Equipment To Ukraine
Zero Hedge - Defense minister Rob Nicholson speaking in Trenton, Ontario, that Canada, a NATO member, will send military equipment to Ukraine. Ukraine will in turn supposedly use supplies to protect eastern border Nicholson speaking to reporters, although perhaps one should ask ISIS where US military equipment that was meant for Al-Qaeda, pardon, Syrian rebels to dethrone Assad ended up.

Israeli billionaire finds 3-bln-barrel oil reserve in Congo
(Reuters) An oil company owned by Israeli billionaire Dan Gertler said on Thursday it had discovered around 3 billion barrels of oil in the Democratic Republic of Congo, an amount similar to the proven reserves of oil producers Britain and South Sudan.

China to exclude Apple products over security
China Daily - The Chinese government excluded Apple Inc iPads and MacBook laptops from the list of products that can be bought with public money because of security concerns, according to government officials.... China's procurement agency has told departments to stop buying antivirus software from Symantec Corp and Kaspersky Lab, while Microsoft Corp was shut out of a government purchase of energy-efficient computers.

Nigeria Declares State Of Emergency: “Everyone In The World Is At Risk” From Ebola, CDC Issues Level 1 “All-Hands Call”
Zero Hedge - Nigerian authorities moved quickly late Wednesday, gathering isolation tents as five more cases of the Ebola Virus were confirmed in Lagos (the world’s 4th most populous city with 21 million people). Most international flights from West Africa are also now screening passengers.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

ISIS Threatens America: ‘We Will Raise The Flag Of Allah In The White House’
Daily Caller - The terror group President Barack Obama threatened to strike in Iraq Thursday evening is itself threatening to strike the American homeland.... ISIS’s threat to conquer the United States came before President Obama’s Thursday announcement that he may authorize airstrikes against the terror group in order to protect American personnel in Iraq.

VIDEO: Speaks Out Against The Israeli Occupation
Liberty Crier - A Jewish American woman who spent time in Palestine to observe and document human rights violations and to help with the overall situation there explains and shares photographs of her experiences while living in Palestine. While I cannot completely verify her claims, they do appear to be mostly legitimate.

Want to Know What Martial Law over Ebola Will Look Like? Check Out What’s Happening Right Now in Africa
The Daily Sheeple - Considering how Modern American society has been bred on a steady diet of fear, I can only imagine what this would look like here.

Explosive Jackie O tapes 'reveal how she believed Lyndon B Johnson killed JFK and had affair with movie star'
Daily Mail - Jackie Onassis believed that Lyndon B Johnson and a cabal of Texas tycoons were involved in the assassination of her husband John F Kennedy, ‘explosive’ recordings are set to reveal.

Michigan township rebels after new chief beefs up police force - Many residents in Barry Township in western Michigan are angry with their police department, saying that in the last few years it has become a paramilitary operation, complete with Humvees and two armored personnel carriers.

LIVE: House Special Hearing on Ebola Crisis in Africa
The House Foreign Affairs Committee is now holding a special subcommittee hearing on the ongoing Ebola outbreak in Africa. Members of the committee interrupted their August recess to hold a hearing on the critical issue hearing important testimony from disease experts.

It’s Airborne: CDC Warns of “infectious material through the air”
The Daily Sheeple - A CDC advisory entitled Interim Guidance about Ebola Virus Infection for Airline Flight Crews, Cleaning Personnel, and Cargo Personnel reveals that the federal agency is concerned about airborne contamination. The advisory urges airline staff to provide surgical masks to potential Ebola victims in order “to reduce the number of droplets expelled into the air by talking, sneezing, or coughing.”

Ebola's Spread to U.S. 'Inevitable,' Says CDC Chief
(AFP) Ebola's spread to the United States is "inevitable" due to the nature of global airline travel, but any outbreak is not likely to be large, US health authorities said Thursday.

It Is Becoming Clear – We Are NOT Prepared For An Ebola Pandemic
Economic Collapse - The United States is woefully unprepared for an Ebola outbreak. If a pandemic were to erupt, the very limited number of hospital labs and isolation units that we currently have would be rapidly overwhelmed.

Record Numbers Renounce Citizenship; Corporations Choose Inversion
Breitbart - This graph showing the boost in the number of American citizens who gave up their American citizenship or long-term residency (expatriated) since Barack Obama became president is pretty shocking.

Election News

Justin Amash’s absolutely amazing victory speech
Washington Post - Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.), of course, is not your average politician. After defeating a Chamber of Commerce-backed candidate in his primary by 14 percentage points on Tuesday, the Ron Paul ally set about settling a few scores.

Economy & Business

IRS Threatens to Seize Campaign for Liberty’s Property
Megan Stiles - As you may recall, back in the spring Campaign for Liberty was fined by the IRS for failing to provide information on our top donors. After refusing to pay the fine, the IRS is now threatening to seize Campaign for Liberty’s property if we do not pay up.

Housing Market

Bank of America to pay record fine of up to $17 billion over mortgage mis-selling
RT - Bank of America, the second largest US lender is close to ending a landmark deal with US authorities to pay up to $17 billion – a record fine - to the Justice Department over its role in the 2007 financial crisis.

Energy & Environment

West Coast devastation continues: seals, oysters, pelicans, fish, squid -- all sick, dying or failing to breed
(NaturalNews) Whether it's radiation from Fukushima, residual oil and chemical pollution from the BP oil spill in the Gulf, changing weather patterns, or some combination of all three, one thing is for sure -- the world's oceans are sick. And based on the way things are going, a global extinction event of epic proportions seems like less a matter of if, and more a matter of when.

Hawaii prepares for first direct hit from hurricane in 22 years as second storm looms
RT - The Big Island of Hawai’i is bracing for a double whammy of hurricanes to make landfall between Thursday and Monday, according to the National Weather Service. The last time the archipelago took a direct hit from a hurricane was 1992.

Science & Technology

Smartphone hack: Malware able to steal anything infects 500,000+ devices
RT - Banks should look for new – secure – ways of exchanging information with their clients after the emergence of malicious software which allows criminals to steal passwords and text message security codes from people’s phones, security firm Group-IB warned.

Boycott Israeli Products App Gets 350,000 Supporters
IB Times - An app that allows users to search for a product linked to targeted companies or countries in order to boycott them has seen a significant surge in users signing up to anti-Israel campaigns.

 Farming, Gardening & Homesteading

Neil Young: Chemical Factory Farming Threatens the "Garden of the World"
Activist Post - When Young took the stage at a September 2013 Farm Aid concert, he made what appeared to be an impromptu speech saying that farmers are on the front-lines of climate change. He drew both cheers and jeers when he shared the view that the industrialized farming brought in a dependency on chemicals that led to the disappearance of top soil.

Scientists and business leaders urge US government to reject toxic herbicide mix of glyphosate and Agent Orange ingredient
(NaturalNews) A group of scientists and medical experts is calling on the Obama Administration to reject an application by Dow AgroSciences seeking approval for a new herbicide known as Enlist Duo, which contains the glyphosate component of Roundup and the 2,4-D component of the Vietnam War weapon Agent Orange in a single solution.


50 Things You Should Stop Buying & Start Making
Collective Evolution - You might be realizing that most of the products out there that aren’t made organically or naturally contain a lot of toxic chemicals. Not only that, many of these products can be harmful to our environment in a number of ways.... You can make anything from food items to personal care and cleaning products all in very simple ways.

Five natural antibiotics that fight illness and promote health
(NaturalNews) There are many herbs and foods that can treat and prevent a wide variety of illnesses and diseases. Many people are beginning to use natural antibiotics and remedies for these illnesses rather than relying on traditional Western medicine with risks and side effects.

Researchers Find Healthy Brown Fat Regulates Your Blood Sugar
Dr. Mercola - Your body fat percentage is a useful gauge to dictate metabolic health or dysfunction, with lower levels (to a point) generally associated with better health outcomes. This is referring to white fat (the kind that accumulates where you least want it).

6 herbs that enhance digestive health
(NaturalNews) Digestion problems are never a pleasant situation to have to deal with. Not only are they often painful, such problems can lead to embarrassment as well. Fortunately, there are a number of herbs that are often used in everyday cooking that are also prized for their ability to calm the digestion system.

Find out what Chinese medicine can do for you
(NaturalNews) The whole language and approach of TCM is different from Western medicine's biological and biochemical systems approach. Basic to TCM is the notion of healing the body, or creating balance and harmony with all organs while retaining them.

Vitamin D deficiency substantially increases risk of dementia
Natural Blaze - An international team, led by Dr David Llewellyn at the University of Exeter Medical School, found that study participants who were severely Vitamin D deficient were more than twice as likely to develop dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Prolonged Sitting Can Lead to Depression and Other Mental Health Problems
Dr. Mercola - It has been established that excess sitting may lead to physical health problems, but studies show it may harm your mental health as well. Women who sit more than seven hours per day were found to have a 47 percent higher risk of depression than women who sit four hours or less.

Pet News

What is TCVM? - Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM), although relatively new to the Western world, is a medical system that has been used in China to treat animals for thousands of years. It is an adaptation and extension of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) used to treat humans.

For Anyone Who Has Ever Wanted to Know What Their Pet Is Thinking
Dr. Becker - If you want more than body language and facial expressions to know what your pet is thinking, you may want to seize this opportunity. There's a budding project in the works that uses brain EEG signals to analyze thought patterns and then convert them to words.

Thursday - August 7, 2014 - Today in History:

1789 - The U.S. War Department was established by the U.S. Congress.
1782 - George Washington created the Order of the Purple Heart.
1914 - Germany invaded France.
1942 - U.S. forces landed at Guadalcanal, marking the start of the first major allied offensive in the Pacific during World War II.
1959 - The U.S. launched Explorer 6, which sent back a picture of the Earth.
1960 - The Cuban Catholic Church condemned the rise of communism in Cuba. Fidel Castro then banned all religious TV and radio broadcasts.
1964 - The U.S. Congress passed the Gulf of Tonkin resolution, which gave President Johnson broad powers in dealing with reported North Vietnamese attacks on U.S. forces.
1976 - Scientists in Pasadena, CA, announced that the Viking 1 spacecraft had found strong indications of possible life on Mars.
1987 - The presidents of five Central American nations, met in Guatemala City, and signed an 11-point agreement designed to bring peace to their region.
1990 - U.S. President George H.W. Bush ordered U.S. troops and warplanes to Saudi Arabia to guard against a possible invasion by Iraq.
2003 - In California, Arnold Schwarzenegger announced that he would run for the office of governor.
2009 - Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin accused President Barack Obama of proposing a "death panel" that would decide who receives treatment in his health care plan.
2010 - Elena Kagan was sworn in as the 112th justice and fourth woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court.

World News

US missile cruiser enters Black Sea again ‘to promote peace’
RT - US missile cruiser Vella Gulf has entered the Black Sea in what the American Navy described as a move to "to promote peace and stability in the region." Moscow has considered any such acts as “offensive.”

Airlines lose billions amid rumors of trans-Siberian flight blockade
RT - Major airlines saw stock shares nosedive on Wednesday, after media reports said that Russia could block flights over Siberia. However, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said the reports are simply rumors.

Israeli soldiers abduct 11 Palestinians in West Bank
Press TV - Israeli forces have stormed a number of houses across the occupied West Bank, abducting at least 11 Palestinians and injuring several others.... The violent arrests come amid a 72-hour humanitarian truce between Israel and the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas.

Why Aren't ISIS and Al-Qaeda Attacking Israel?
Brandon Turbeville - With the recent slaughter of Palestinians taking place on television screens across the world, only the grossly misinformed would believe that Israel’s Palestinian extermination program is actually “self-defense.”

Pharma pushers want to conduct Ebola medical experiments on entire population of West Africa
(NaturalNews) The Los Angeles Times reports that Peter Piot, who is credited with co-discovering the Ebola virus back in the 1970s, along with several others is urging the World Health Organization (WHO) to allow mass medical experimentation with drugs and vaccines that have never been safety tested.

Palestine, Israel hold separate talks in Egypt
Press TV - Delegations from Palestine and Israel held separate meetings with Egyptian officials in Cairo on Wednesday, as the 72-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip enters its second day.

Over 1,600 Israeli troops injured in Gaza war: Media
Press TV - Israeli media reports say dozens of Israeli soldiers have been killed and over 1,600 wounded as the result of Tel Aviv's offensive on the besieged Gaza Strip.

Is the Leviathan gas field a sure thing or a whale of a problem - When the large Leviathan offshore natural gas field was discovered off Haifa in 2010, its partners couldn’t conceal their glee. Although gas estimates for the site have risen since, so have the problems - both political and logistical.

Afghan Official: General's Killer Hid in Bathroom
(AP) - The Afghan soldier who killed a U.S. two-star general and wounded other top officers hid in a bathroom before his assault and used a NATO assault rifle in his attack, an Afghan military official said Wednesday.

NATO Warns Russia Will Use “Humanitarian Mission” as Pretext to Invade Ukraine
Kurt Nimmo - NATO claims Russia has 20,000 troops on the border and added 8,000 this week. Ukrainian officials, who routinely exaggerate the Russian threat, say the number is close to 45,000 troops with 100 fighter jets, helicopters and bombers, further heightening tensions in the region.

Reports of Russia’s military build-up on Ukraine border groundless - Moscow
RT - Moscow slammed NATO and Pentagon claims that Russia is amassing military near the border with Ukraine calling them unsubstantiated, according to a statement made by a Ministry of Defense spokesman.

Moscow Retaliates Against Western Sanctions With Bans on Agricultural Imports
RIA Novosti - Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree Wednesday banning imports of agricultural products from countries that imposed sanctions on Russia for one year, the Kremlin press service said.
* Related: Russia to ban all US agricultural products...

Sanctioned Russia and Iran sign 5-yr deal to ease Western pressure
RT - Moscow and Tehran have signed far-reaching deals, from energy to consumer goods, which are expected to undermine Western-led sanctions against the two countries.

Tens of thousands of Iraqis are dying on a mountain, stranded without water - Tens of thousands of Iraqis who are members of a persecuted religious minority known as Yazidi are currently trapped on a mountain, besieged by Islamic State (ISIS) fighters. The ISIS militants have forced the Yazidi up the mountain, where they have no water, forced to choose between descending to near-certain death or waiting for thirst to claim them.

Ebola outbreak: nurse who treated first victim in Nigeria dies
The Guardian - The nurse had helped care for Patrick Sawyer, a 40-year-old Liberian-American civil servant who last month visited from Liberia.... The five new cases are believed to be other health workers who came into contact with Sawyer, who died within days of his arrival. The total death toll from the Ebola outbreak has now risen to 932 after another 45 patients died between 2 and 4 August, the World Health Organization said.

Ebola: Global experts begin emergency talks at WHO
BBC - The meeting is expected to last two days and will decide whether to declare a global health emergency.... The meeting of the WHO's emergency committee in Geneva is focusing solely on how to respond to the Ebola outbreak. If a public health emergency is declared it could also involve detailed plans and efforts to identify, isolate and treat cases. It could involve imposing travel restrictions on affected areas.

‘Unbelievable devastation’: Massive mining waste spill causes water ban in Canada
RT - Millions of cubic meters of water, sand and chemicals, which were released into the waterways of British Columbia, Canada, from a breached mine tailings pond have led to a total water ban for residents in the area of the incident.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Obama Defends Use Of Executive Power: ‘The American People Don’t Want Me Just Standing Around’
Business Insider - President Barack Obama defended his use of executive power as a means to bypass gridlock in Congress during a press conference at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit on Wednesday.

Obama pledges investment and partnership with Africa
McClatchy - President Barack Obama on Tuesday promised more than $33 billion in public and private investments in Africa, pledging that the United States wants to deliver business and development to the rapidly booming continent, where China already has a massive presence.
* Related: Obamas toast 'new Africa' at White House dinner

US officials say someone else is leaking documents in the wake of Snowden
The Verge - New documents shed light on US terror watch list, revealing almost half the people on it don’t have any known connections to terror groups.

California Assembly Passes Bill Requiring Police to Get a Warrant for Surveillance Drones - The California Assembly has passed a bill that would require law enforcement agencies to obtain a warrant before using a surveillance drone as part of a criminal investigation. The bill specifically states...

EMTs who stopped NYPD cops from beating handcuffed, emotionally disturbed patient turn officers in
NY Daily News - Two FDNY EMTs say they had to bodily intervene to stop four cops from hitting a handcuffed patient, documents obtained by the Daily News show. The violence broke out when the patient spit at the Emergency Service Unit officers and swore at them.

911 operator tells home invasion victim to put her gun down; ‘I’ll put the gun down when I see the police’ - When a woman in Holmes Beach, Florida, realized that someone was in her home last week, she grabbed her gun and called 911, but as the woman stood in fear in her own home, she was shocked when the operator told her to put her gun down.

Government tears down man’s makeshift tent in the woods, leaves him homeless
Police State USA - An impoverished man learned the true nature of government as he watched tearfully as bureaucrats demolished his ramshackle home in the woods. He was bothering no one except the government.

Economy & Business

Reports: Walgreens won't tap lucrative tax loophole
USA Today - President Obama called it an "unpatriotic tax loophole." Now, Walgreens, the nation's largest drug store chain and a company with strong Main Street roots, has reportedly decided against using it. Shares in Walgreens were down about 4% in after-hours trading Tuesday after British and U.S. news outlets reported that it has decided not to move its headquarters to Switzerland, a move that could have saved the company billions of dollars in federal taxes in coming years.

U.S. policymakers gird for rash of corporate expatriations
Washington Post - Washington policymakers are bracing for a wave of corporations to renounce their U.S. citizenship over the next few months, depriving the federal government of billions of dollars in tax revenue and stoking public outrage ahead of the Nov. 4 congressional elections.

Insurance Company Pays Man $21,000 With Buckets Of Loose Change
The Consumerist - The 73-year-old man filed a lawsuit in 2012 against an employee of the insurance company, claiming he’d been physically assaulted, reports NBC Los Angeles. After the two parties reached a settlement, the insurance company paid up: The man’s attorney says eight employees of the insurance company showed up to his office in a van bearing five-gallon containers full of coins, and left them in the waiting room.

Energy & Environment

Radiation detector project RadWatch will provide almost immediate information to the public
(NaturalNews) A University of California, Berkeley press release recently reported that state-of-the-art real-time radiation tracking equipment has been installed on its campus. Air samples are used for the real-time measurements, while the practice of analyzing milk, fish and other food source samples will continue as part of Berkeley's radiation tracking project called RadWatch.

Science & Technology

Commercial airplanes can be hijacked with on-board wifi, warns security consultant
(NaturalNews) A security consultant is sounding an alarm bell over new data he says indicates that commercial airliners can be hacked via their onboard Wi-Fi systems.

Military Brain Technology Could Create "Lucy-type" Super Soldiers for a Day
Activist Post - One technology that appears to be reaching perfection is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation.... Using a cap which works with 22 electrodes positioned around the body, scientists believe they can enhance natural abilities ... for at least 24 hours.

The Russian 'hack of the century' doesn't add up
The Verge - The biggest problem, as Forbes's Kashmir Hill and The Wall Street Journal's Danny Yadron have noted, is that Hold Security is already capitalizing on the panic, charging a $120-per-year subscription to anyone who wants to check if their name and password are on the list. Hold says it's just trying to recoup expenses, but there's something unseemly about stoking fears of cybercrime and then asking concerned citizens to pay up. It also gives Hold a clear incentive to lie to reporters about how large and significant the finding is.

Is Google the New Sheriff in Town?
Truthout - Last Wednesday, police in Houston, Texas announced the arrest of 41-year-old John Henry Skillern on the charges of possessing child pornography.... Google, using one of its many algorithms, discovered that he was using Gmail to send child porn to friends. The company then alerted the cops, who got a warrant, found the porn on Skillern’s computer, and arrested him.


Prepping for an Ebola Lockdown: No one goes out, no one comes in
The Organic Prepper - Are you prepared to go into lockdown mode if the Ebola virus begins to spread across the country? Hopefully, fears of a possible Ebola pandemic are exaggerated and being fanned by a government with an agenda and greedy pharmaceutical companies.


Sleepless in the USA: New study finds tart cherry juice significantly increases sleep time
(NaturalNews) New research from Louisiana State University revealed that consuming Montmorency tart cherry juice twice a day increased sleeping time for adults with insomnia by 1.5 hours. Montmorency cherries are rich in melatonin a hormone made by the pineal gland housed in the brain. Melatonin's primary function is to regulate sleep-wake cycles via light and darkness signaling.

10 reasons to eat more tomatoes
(NaturalNews) Tomatoes contain a wide array of beneficial nutrients and antioxidants, including alpha-lipoic acid, lycopene, choline, folic acid, beta-carotene and lutein. Here are ten benefits of why you might want to start adding more tomatoes to your diet.

Feds stop public disclosure of many serious hospital errors
USA Today - The federal government this month quietly stopped publicly reporting when hospitals leave foreign objects in patients' bodies or make a host of other life-threatening mistakes. The change, which the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) denied last year that it was making, means people are out of luck if they want to search which hospitals cause high rates of problems...

Exposure to inflammatory bowel disease drugs could increase leukemia risk
Natural Blaze - Immunosuppressive drugs called thiopurines have been found to increase the risk of myeloid disorders, such as acute myeloid leukemia and myelodysplastic syndrome, a rare bone marrow disorder, seven-fold among inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) patients.

5 Benefits of Diatomaceous Earth
Global Healing Center, - The use of diatomaceous earth knows no bounds, and its many applications in the cosmetic, agriculture, and cleansing industries have been extensively investigated by researchers for years. Here are some of the many researched benefits of diatomaceous earth.

Wednesday - August 6, 2014 - Today in History:

1787 - At the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia debate began on the first draft of the U.S. Constitution.
1914 - Austria-Hungary declared war against Russia. Serbia declared war against Germany.
1926 - Gertrude Ederle became the first American woman to swim the English Channel. She was 19 years old at the time. The swim took her 14 1/2 hours.
1945 - The American B-29 bomber, known as the Enola Gay, dropped the first atomic bomb on an inhabited area. The bomb named "Little Boy" was dropped over the center of Hiroshima, Japan. An estimated 140,000 people were killed. (8:16am Japanese time)
1965 - The Voting Rights Act was signed by U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson.
1985 - The 40th anniversary of the Hiroshima atomic bombing brought tens of thousands of Japanese and foreigners to Hiroshima.
1986 - William Schroeder died. He lived 620 days with the Jarvik-7 manmade heart. Was the world's longest surviving recipient of a permanent artificial heart.
1990 - The U.N. Security Council ordered a worldwide trade embargo with Iraq. The embargo was to punish Iraq for invading Kuwait.
1993 - The U.S. Senate confirmed Louis Freeh to be the director of the FBI.
1995 - Thousands of glowing lanterns were set afloat in rivers in Hiroshima, Japan, on the 50th anniversary of the first atomic bombing.
1996 - NASA announced the discovery of evidence of primitive life on Mars. The evidence came in the form of a meteorite that was found in Antarctica. The meteorite was believed to have come from Mars and contained a fossil.
1998 - Former White House intern Monica Lewinsky spent 8 1/2 hours testifying before a grand jury about her relationship with U.S. President Clinton.
2008 - A U.S. military jury convicted Osama bin Laden's former driver, Salim Hamdan, of supporting terrorism in the 1st war crimes trial at Guantanamo Bay.
2009 - Sonia Sotomayor was confirmed as the first Hispanic Supreme Court justice by a Senate vote of 68-31.
2011 - Insurgents shot down a U.S. military helicopter in Afghanistan, killing 30 Americans, most of them belonging to the elite Navy commando unit that had slain Osama bin Laden; seven Afghan commandos also died.

World News

All-out war in E. Ukraine, intl humanitarian mission needed – Russia’s UN envoy
RT - The situation in eastern Ukraine was described as a catastrophic, full-blown war by Russia's UN envoy, Vitaly Churkin, during the latest UN Security Council meeting. Russia has also called for an international humanitarian mission to be launched.

Interest in MH17 Fades as Sanctions and War Edge Closer
Tony Cartalucci - It is abundantly clear that a truthful resolution to the tragedy of the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was never the goal of Washington, London, and Brussels.

Israel deploys a new weapons system in Gaza
Gordon Duff - Reports, including photographic evidence reveal that Israel is using an energy weapon to attack targets in Gaza. The destructive beam, thought to be a high energy laser, is emitted from a plane identified as a Boeing KC707 “Re’em,” originally configured for Electronic Warfare.

Israeli operation kills more than 400 Gaza children
ITAR-TASS - According to the UN, civilians account for more than 70% of those killed; children make up a third of the total civilian death count.

Israel war inflicts $4.6b damage on Gaza
Press TV - The month-long Israeli aerial and ground offensive in the besieged Gaza Strip is estimated to have cost the Palestinian territory at least USD 4.6 billion in damage.

UK protest group ‘shuts down’ factory for supplying Israel arms
RT - A group of pro-Palestine activists have allegedly shut down operations in a Staffordshire factory that they say supplies arms to Israel.

Sierra Leone troops guard Ebola patients
Press TV - Sierra Leone has deployed hundreds of troops to guard Ebola patients in an attempt to quarantine the isolated villages at the center of the Ebola outbreak. A presidential aide in Sierra Leone on Tuesday said the soldiers would “deter relatives and friends of Ebola patients from forcefully taking them from hospitals without medical consent.”

Liberians stage protest over Ebola
Press TV - People in Liberia have taken to the streets to protest against bodies left for days in the streets and houses of the Ebola-hit country.

Japan: Immigration Bureau’s new ‘intelligence center’ to gather data on foreigners
StratRisks - The new center was conceived as a measure for maintaining security in consideration of an expected rapid increase in the number of foreign travelers to Japan due to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympic Games. Its aim is to prevent illegal immigration and terrorism.

US General Slain in Afghanistan Identified as Maj. Gen. Harold Greene
ABC News - Greene was a two star major general and the highest ranking official to have been killed in the Afghanistan war. He was deployed to Afghanistan in January, according to the Pentagon's website. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, in which a gunman wearing an Afghan army uniform opened fire on Americans and others Afghans at Camp Qargha, a military academy 11 miles west of Kabul.

Israeli Forces Leaving Gaza Strip As 72-Hour Ceasefire Begins – Defense Ministry
(RIA Novosti) - sraeli troops have destroyed underground tunnels in Gaza and are leaving the territory as the 72-hour ceasefire begins, an Israel Defense Forces press secretary told RIA Novosti. “We have terminated the demolition of all 32 tunnels. The forces are now being pulled out to Israeli territory,” the official said.

Greenwald: NSA Docs Show 'Israeli Action in Gaza has US Fingerprints All Over It'
Common Dreams - Reported by The Intercept's Glenn Greenwald on Monday, the new NSA documents show how the U.S. spy agency "has significantly increased the surveillance assistance it provides to its Israeli counterpart, the Israeli SIGINT National Unit (ISNU; also known as Unit 8200), including data used to monitor and target Palestinians."

Ebola outbreak: BA suspends flights to Sierra Leone and Liberia over virus
The Telegraph - British Airways says the 'deteriorating public health situation' relating to the Ebola virus is why they have suspended flights until August 31.

Israelis Want to Give Obama Ebola for his Birthday
Kurt Nimmo - A poll conducted by the Israeli news and entertainment site Mako reveals a majority of respondents want to send an envelope containing the deadly Ebola virus to President Obama for his 53 birthday. The poll results appeared after the United States criticized Israel for bombing the UN-run Rafah school in the Gaza Strip. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon characterized the attack as a “gross violation of international law.”

U.S. News, Politics & Government

$619 billion missed from federal transparency site - A government website intended to make federal spending more transparent was missing at least $619 billion from 302 federal programs, a government audit has found.

Scientist Working on Gov’t Ebola Drug Joked about Culling Population with GMO Virus
(Truthstream Media coverage is now focusing on the experimental Ebola treatments being given to two American Ebola patients who contracted it.... But that Ebola treatment, created by a leading bioengineering scientist from the University of Arizona who "joked" about wiping out humanity with a "better" genetically engineered virus during a post-lecture Q&A focused on over-population issues, citing the Hollywood film 'Contagion.

'CDC Removed the Phrase “Contaminated Air” from Its New Ebola Webpage
Melissa Melton - There’s a whole lot of scaremongering going on surrounding a potential Ebola outbreak in the U.S. these days…and why not. As I reported yesterday, panic sells. In fact, panic sells vaccines. The CDC, a well-established revolving door with Big Pharma, knows perfectly well vaccines butter its bread.

Pew: 75% of Illegals from Mexico Repeat Offenders; 97% Teenagers
Breitbart - Three in four illegal immigrant juveniles from Mexico who are apprehended at the border are repeat offenders.

Illegal Aliens Suspected in Border Patrol Agent's Death
Breitbart - The two illegal aliens suspected of murdering an off duty border patrol agent in South Texas are expected to be formally charged Tuesday with capital murder and other offenses.

Nation's Largest Immigration Detention Center Proposed for West Texas
Breitbart - A proposed housing facility called the Abraham Lincoln Transitional Lodge would be able to accommodate 3,500 youths at once, according to KHOU. Its location would be just southeast of El Paso.

Second Ebola patient arrives in U.S. for more treatment
(Reuters) - An American missionary stricken with Ebola in West Africa wore a protective white suit on Tuesday as she was wheeled on a stretcher into the Atlanta hospital where doctors will try to save her and a fellow aid worker from the deadly virus.

The US diagnostic test is utterly unreliable
Jon Rappoport - When researchers and doctors are talking about a germ-caused disease, everything depends on the accuracy of the diagnosis. That’s where it all starts. So here is a blockbuster. The US diagnostic test for Ebola is utterly unreliable. Using the test to claim a patient has Ebola or doesn’t have Ebola is scientific fraud.

Ebola Drug Made From Tobacco Plant Saves U.S. Aid Workers
Bloomberg - A tiny San Diego-based company provided an experimental Ebola treatment for two Americans infected with the deadly virus in Liberia. The biotechnology drug, produced with tobacco plants, appears to be working.

Ebola Outbreak Can Lead to Gun Confiscations, Martial Law
Kit Daniels - Gun confiscations and martial law are both plausible government responses to an Ebola outbreak in America considering recent policies by the Obama administration and the fact that the military has been preparing for domestic deployment for the past several years.

Obama’s FBI to hire firm to rate ‘positive’ and ‘negative’ stories about the agency
The Washington Times - The FBI is hiring a contractor to grade news stories about the agency as “positive” “neutral” or “negative,” but the agency won’t say why officials need the information or what they plan to do with it. FBI officials wouldn’t even reveal how they will go about assigning the grades, which were laid out in a recent contract solicitation.

Economy & Business

Report: All Tennessee's Employment Growth Since 2000 Went to Immigrants
Breitbart - According to a new Center for Immigration Studies analysis of government employment data released Monday, the number of working-age immigrants holding a job in Tennessee increased by 94,000 from 2000 to 2014. However, the number of working-age Americans in the state holding a job declined 47,000.

Americans Got $2 Trillion in Benefits from Federal Government in 2013
CNS News - The federal government paid $2,007,358,200,000 in benefits and entitlements in fiscal year 2013 from government programs, according to data from the Bureau of the Fiscal Service’s Monthly Treasury Statement.

Whistleblower: Federal Reserve "Highly Alarmed" After Modeling Shows Bitcoin Conquering Dollar by 2021
Activist Post - According to an alleged whistleblower's post on Reddit, Fed governors were "highly alarmed" by internal economic modeling that showed Bitcoin has the potential to completely displace the dollar by as early as 2021 (which they called "worst case").

Energy & Environment

Feds Will Spend $450K to Help Native Americans Adapt to 'Climate Change’
CNS News - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) plans to spend up to $450,000 in taxpayer dollars to teach Native American tribes in the Great Basin region ”climate adaptation plans” for their hunting, fishing and gathering activities.

VIDEO: DOE Plans to Leave Strontium 90 in Groundwater
Activist Post - The Department of Energy recently revealed its cleanup plans for F Reactor at the Hanford Site in Washington State: just leave the radioactive contaminants in the groundwater to dissipate and monitor it. For 264 years. The Hanford Advisory Board would like to see a pump system implemented to protect the area's drinking water, but the DOE claims that will be unnecessary - and of course, too expensive.

Science & Technology

Visit the Wrong Website, and the FBI Could End Up in Your Computer
Wired - Security experts call it a “drive-by download”: a hacker infiltrates a high-traffic website and then subverts it to deliver malware to every single visitor. It’s one of the most powerful tools in the black hat arsenal, capable of delivering thousands of fresh victims into a hackers’ clutches within minutes. Now the technique is being adopted by a different kind of a hacker—the kind with a badge.

 Farming, Gardening & Homesteading

Monsanto is trying to force soybean companies to collect its royalties from farmers
(NaturalNews) No matter how much of the agricultural market share Monsanto captures -- by hook or by crook -- it is never enough. Now, the mega-agri giant is attempting to squeeze royalty payments out of farmers and others.

Organic family farms are likely to suffer from Wal-Mart's foray into organic food industry
(NaturalNews) What happens when large, powerful corporations violate the law and are immune from prosecution or accountability? They usually become repeat offenders, and in this situation, Wal-Mart, the culprit, is no exception. About seven years ago, the big box store was accused of "cheapening the value of the organic label by sourcing products from industrial-scale factory farms and developing countries, including China,"


How acidic foods are compromising health
(NaturalNews) When people hear the words 'acidic foods' it is likely that they think of many of the citrus fruits, such as oranges, lemons and grapefruits, that often have high levels of acidity. However, health experts say that these foods are actually beneficial to the body and do not cause it to produce high levels of acid. Acid foods to watch out for include wheat, dairy, fish, carbonated drinks and meat.

Poisoning the mind: 7 heavy metals to cleanse for your mental health (names, symptoms, research, common food sources)
(NaturalNews) Exposure to heavy metals in food, air and water is perhaps the most underrated toxicity issue of our time. The consequences of chronic exposure cannot be underestimated. The damage caused by exposure moves well beyond physical health. The mind is poisoned as well.

Turmeric Smoothie Recipe Makes A Delicious and Powerful Antioxidant
Natural Blaze - How would you like to start your day with an awesome antioxidant packed smoothie that has a ton of medicinal properties as well? This turmeric smoothie recipe is perfect for that.

Plant Omega-3s Reduce Heart Attacks More than Fish Oil
Green Med Info - Two large research reviews by medical scientists have determined that omega-3 fatty acids from plants reduce the incidence of heart disease and heart attacks significantly better than fish oil.

Pistachios may lower vascular response to stress in type 2 diabetes
Natural Blaze - "In adults with diabetes, two servings of pistachios per day lowered vascular constriction during stress and improved neural control of the heart," said Sheila G. West, professor of biobehavioral health and nutritional sciences.

16 Signs You Are Nutritionally Deficient in Magnesium And What to Do
Natural Blaze - Here are 16 magnesium deficiency symptoms that Natural Society comprised in an article released in April of last year...

Magnesium Rich Foods Offer 5 Critical Health Benefits
Findings published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition indicated that for every 50 mg per day increase in intake of the mineral, the risk of cancer was modestly reduced by 7%.

Insurance Company Drug Managers Now Deciding What’s Medically “Necessary”
Alliance for Natural Health - Compounded medications aren’t being covered—which means FDA-approved drugs will own the marketplace. Pharmacy benefit managers, or PBMs, are companies that process prescriptions for insurance companies and corporations, and use their size to negotiate low prices with drug makers and pharmacies. They act as an intermediary between the payor and everyone else in the healthcare system.

Tuesday - August 5, 2014 - Today in History:

1833 - The village of Chicago was incorporated. The population was approximately 250.
1861 - The U.S. federal government levied its first income tax. The tax was 3% of all incomes over $800. The wartime measure was rescinded in 1872.
1884 - On Bedloe's Island in New York Harbor, the cornerstone for the Statue of Liberty was laid.
1944 - Polish insurgents liberated a German labor camp in Warsaw. 348 Jewish prisoners were freed.
1953 - During the Korean conflict prisoners were exchanged at Panmunjom. The exchange was labeled Operation Big Switch.
1964 - U.S. aircraft bombed North Vietnam after North Vietnamese boats attacked U.S. destroyers in the Gulf of Tonkin.
1974 - U.S. President Nixon said that he expected to be impeached. Nixon had ordered the investigation into the Watergate break-in to halt.
1981 - The U.S. federal government started firing striking air traffic controllers.
1990 - U.S. President George H.W. Bush angrily denounced the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait.
1991 - An investigation was formally launched by Democratic congressional leaders to find out if the release of American hostages was delayed until after the Reagan-Bush presidential election.
1991 - Iraq admitted to misleading U.N. inspectors about secret biological weapons.
1998 - Iraqi President Saddam Hussein began not cooperating with U.N. weapons inspectors.
2002 - The U.S. closed its consulate in Karachi, Pakistan. The consulate was closed after local authorities removed large concrete blocks and reopened the road in front of the building to normal traffic.
2011 - NASA announced that its Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter had captured photographic evidence of possible liquid water on Mars during warm seasons.
2011 - Juno was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on a mission to Jupiter. It was the first solar-powered spacecraft to go to Jupiter.

World News

Obama's 'helplessness' an act: Snowden reveals scale of US aid to Israel
RT - The turmoil gripping the Middle East is a direct result of the provision of cash, weapons and surveillance to Israel by the US, the latest Snowden leak illustrates. Obama’s “helpless detachment” is just for show, the Intercept’s Glenn Greenwald writes.

Russia may bite back, block trans-Siberian flights for European airlines
RT - Russia is considering limiting or even completely blocking European flights to Asia that cross Siberia in response to EU sanctions that caused Aeroflot subsidiary Dobrolet to suspend flights on Monday.

Palestinians, Israel set to agree to 72-hr truce – diplomatic sources
RT - Israel and the Palestinian factions are expected to accept a 72-hour ceasefire in Gaza starting Tuesday morning, Reuters reports citing two Egyptian diplomatic sources. Palestinian and Israeli sources have confirmed the agreement on truce.

'Ukraine a pretext': Russian FM accuses NATO of using conflict to justify its existence
RT - The Ukraine crisis is just one pretexts being used by NATO to create tensions with Russia as the alliance seeks a reason to exist, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said. As NATO expands, it tries “to drive” all Europeans under its “roof,” he said.

Switzerland will not blindly follow EU sanctions against Russia – economy minister
RT - For Switzerland to copy and paste EU sanctions against Moscow is unwise, and would jeopardize the country’s role as a mediator, said Swiss Economy Minister Johann Schneider-Ammann. The Swiss government has no plans to follow in the EU’s footsteps and impose sanctions against Russia, Schneider-Ammann said in an interview with the Swiss newspaper Schweiz am Sonntag.

Japanese Sanctions against Russia May Go into Force on August 5 - Reports
RIA Novosti - The Japanese sanctions against Russia, announced last week, may come into effect on Tuesday, the Kyodo news agency reported, citing a diplomatic source.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Quote Of The Day: John Kerry Hypocrisy Edition
John Kerry is at it again... Speaking at the US-Africa Summit, the US Secretary of State explained: *KERRY STRESSES NEED FOR COUNTRIES TO OBSERVE HUMAN RIGHTS...Which is odd, given that: a) Obama admitted we tortured some "folk"; and b) when countries refuse to observe human rights - the US drones them?

What Are the Odds: NYC Tests Patient for Ebola just Days after Largest Bio Attack Drill in City History
The Daily Sheeple - New York City’s Mt. Sinai Hospital has placed a man in isolation who recently returned from West Africa and showed up at the ER with a high fever and gastrointestinal symptoms — and the hospital’s statement on that sounds like it was scripted right out of a Hollywood movie...

The Curious Recovering Americans and the 'Top Secret' Ebola Treatment
EPJ - More developments that suggest the possibility that US biowarfare operators may be involved with Ebola research, and quite possibly the outbreak in Africa.

Next Phase of the Ebola Crisis: Terrorism
Kurt Nimmo - Texas Governor Rick Perry underscored this potential threat when he told CNN some illegal immigrants coming across the border are from countries with substantial terrorist ties. The mention of possible terrorist infilitration and Ebola sets the stage for a scary prospect — a biological attack on America.

Next Phase of the Ebola Crisis: Terrorism
Kurt Nimmo - The Ebola scare may soon feed into the war on terror narrative. On Sunday Breitbart covered a report produced by the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency stating that an increasing number of people apprehended on the border are infected with the Ebola virus.

Ebola May Have Already Crossed Border, Secret Border Patrol Report Shows
Kit Daniels - After Customs and Border Protection reported that its agents caught nearly 1,000 illegals from Ebola-struck countries this year, meaning many more have not been apprehended, the question remains whether President Barack Obama will secure the border and stop shipping illegals across the U.S. to prevent a major pandemic from killing Americans.

CDC Concerned About Airborne Transmission of Ebola Virus
Paul Joseph Watson - Despite repeated assurances that the Ebola virus cannot be transmitted via airborne particles, the CDC is concerned about that very outcome and has directed airline staff to take steps to prevent the spread of “infectious material through the air.”

Experimental drug likely saved Ebola patients
(CNN) -- It's a story that could have come from a cinematic medical thriller: Two American missionary workers contract Ebola. Their situation is dire. Three vials containing a highly experimental drug are flown into Liberia in a last-ditch effort to save them.

New York patient ‘unlikely to have Ebola,’ Health Department says
Washington Post - The male patient had come to the hospital’s emergency room early Monday morning with a high fever and gastrointestinal problems, according to the hospital. The man had recently visited a West African country where Ebola has been reported, the hospital said; he was “placed in strict isolation” and screened for the virus.

Why Does The U.S. Government Have An ‘Office Of Population Affairs’?
The Daily Sheeple - The Office of Population Affairs operates under the umbrella of the Department of Health & Human Services, and it might as well be called “The Office of Population Control” because almost everything on the website is about controlling or reducing the size of the population.

VIDEO: Ron Paul Full “In Depth” Interview C-SPAN
Liberty Crier - Ron Paul appears on C-SPAN’s book TV show, in-depth. The segment lasts for nearly 3 hours and consists of interviews and questions.

YouTube: Ron Paul's Texas Straight Talk 8/4/14: Why Won’t Obama Just Leave Ukraine Alone?
Ron Paul - [...] The US has already provided the Ukrainian military with $23 million for defense security, $5 million in body armor, $8 million to help secure Ukraine’s borders, several hundred thousand ready-to-eat meals as well as an array of communications equipment. Congress is urging the president to send lethal military aid and the administration is reportedly considering sending real-time intelligence to help target rebel positions.

DHS-funded Consortium Warns Sovereign Citizens Number One Domestic Terror Threat
Kurt Nimmo - Sovereign citizens do not constitute a cohesive movement, although the government characterizes them as such. The Southern Poverty Law Center estimates around 100,000 Americans were “hard-core sovereign believers” in 2010 and an additional 200,000 were “just starting out by testing sovereign techniques for resisting everything from speeding tickets to drug charges.”

Unaccompanied Minors Released on Lavish Vacation Spot, Virgin Islands
Breitbart - Several unaccompanied minors who entered the U.S. illegally have been relocated to and released where many U.S. citizens cannot afford to bring their own families on vacation: the Virgin Islands.

More military armored surplus going to police departments - When Waterbury's Emergency Response Team set out to arrest two suspects in a home-invasion case early this month, they went in force: Two heavily armored trucks led a convoy of officers to nab the suspects at a house on Laurel Street.

US cities’ crackdown on homeless people is ‘close to ethnic cleansing’
The Independent - The homeless are an embarrassment for the town, said Arnold Abbott, a 90-year-old former police chief from Pennsylvania and director of Love Thy Neighbour, an organisation that has been feeding homeless here for over 20 years. Five times the city has tried and failed in court to stop him serving meals each Wednesday on the beach beneath the tourist strip.

Federal Bake Sale Ban Set to Hit Schools This Fall - The regulations, which were passed into law as a part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 that emerged from Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” initiative, compel schools to restrict food choices according to federal nutritional standards.

Economy & Business

Proposed law tougher on botched auto recalls
CNBC News - In a move that is sure to be fought by the auto industry, Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) has introduced a bill that would call for much stiffer penalties for auto executives and companies that delay recalls. In one case, executives who fail to immediately initiate recalls that ended with fatal accidents could face up to life in prison.

DoJ Subpoenas GM Over Subprime Auto Loans
Zero Hedge - We have warned of the surge in subprime auto-loan lending (and lowering standards and rising delinquencies) but this move by the DoJ should be very concerning. Once investors began digging into the details of subprime mortgage deals in 2007, the drastic credit risks reality was exposed very quickly... we fear the same in auto loans.

$7,060,259,674,497.51: Federal Debt Up $7T Under Obama
CNS News - The total federal debt of the U.S. government has now increased more than $7 trillion during the slightly more than five and a half years Barack Obama has been president. That is more than the debt increased under all U.S. presidents from George Washington through Bill Clinton combined, and it is more debt than was accumulated in the first 227 years of this nation's existence--from 1776 through 2003.

Defining Away Economic Failure
Paul Craig Roberts - Last week’s government guesstimate that second quarter 2014 real GDP growth will be 4% seems nonsensical on its face. There is no evidence of increases in real median family incomes or real consumer credit that would lift the economy from a first quarter decline to 4% growth in the second quarter.

Energy & Environment

Nestlé Subsidiary Tries to Sell Small Town it’s Own Water: Residents Fight Back
Natural Society - Perhaps you’ve yet to hear of a little town called Fryeburg, Maine, USA. It sits on its own pristine aquifer, but once Nestlé subsidiary Poland Spring moved to town, residents noticed that their streams were getting smaller. It turns out, in its continued efforts to privatize water, the company was pumping the aquifer, and then selling the water back to town residents in bottles.

The truth you're not being told about the Toledo water crisis in Ohio: Chemical agriculture poisoned the water
(NaturalNews) I find it absolutely astonishing that I was unable to locate a single news story in the mainstream media which made this connection between agricultural runoff and the Toledo water crisis.... No doubt even the 500,000 people in Toledo who are now scrambling for water are not being told this truth. For all they know, the water supply has been magically poisoned without any cause whatsoever.

California Drought: The UN Is Planning to Migrate Americans From California
Liberty Beacon - Lynne Wilson, who serves on the climate change delegation in the United Nations, “Civilizations in the past have had to migrate out of areas of drought. We may have to migrate people out of California.”

California Drought: Hazardous Yet Profitable
Wall Street Daily - Governor Brown recently allocated $687 million toward relief efforts, and President Obama is pitching in an additional $183 million.... The biggest beneficiaries of all that cash, however, are water utility and water conservation companies. In fact, stocks of those companies are enjoying boom times.

Texas Gas Town to Vote on Fracking Ban
Breitbart - Voters in Denton, Texas will go to the polls in November to vote on a proposed fracking ban. The vote follows Denton's City Council rejection of the proposal earlier this month.

Science & Technology

Bombing Gaza? There's An "Utterly Shameful" App For That
Zero Hedge - Google customers have reacted with outrage, according to The Guardian, following the release of an Android game that invites players to mimic the Israeli army 'dropping bombs' on Gaza.

 Farming, Gardening & Homesteading

Organic Dairies: Whose Side Are They On?
Dr. Mercola - The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) has filed suit against the state of Vermont, to try to overturn their mandatory GMO labeling law (the first in the US).... However, some of the leading organic dairy companies are members of IDFA, and as such are indirectly supporting its mission to sue Vermont and also prevent any state from passing mandatory GMO labeling laws (a federal bill that IDFA publically supports). This includes the following organic dairies...


Black Seed Extract 'Cures' HIV Patient Naturally
Green Med Info - There are words you don't use in medicine today, such as "cure." But a remarkable case study in an HIV positive patient treated with black seed extract resulted in a sustained remission, indicating a safe, accessible and affordable alternative to highly toxic antiretroviral HIV drugs may already exist.

Natural brain boosting compounds
(NaturalNews) Low energy, poor memory and brain fog are common day epidemics. Lowered cognitive function results in lowered working efficiency, relationship disputes and significantly reduced quality of life. Certain compounds, such as CoQ10, borage oil and phosphatydlcholine have the potential to boost brain function naturally.

A Natural Approach to Overcoming Depression
Green Med Info - This article outlines natural methods to not only help curb the symptoms of depression but also address the fundamental causes of the condition. By consciously making lifestyle choices that promote physical, men­tal, and emotional health, we create a mind–body balance that allows us to access vital tools for preventing and reversing depression.

Not getting enough sleep can lead to false memories, schizophrenia and other health problems
(NaturalNews) Scientists with the Department of Psychology and Social Behavior at the University of California, Irvine, ventured into unexplored waters when their research unveiled a link between sleep deprivation and false memories.

Covert chemical warfare: 100,000 deaths a year
Jon Rappoport - Medical News Today reports that, in 2011, there was a modest uptick in the number of prescriptions written in the US. The increase brought the total to: 4.02 billion. Yes, in 2011, doctors wrote 4.02 billion prescriptions for drugs in America. That’s an average of roughly 13 prescriptions for each man, woman, and child. That’s about one new prescription every month for every American.

7 Essential Foods For Healthy Lungs
Natural Blaze -These foods can help in preventing lung cancer, help with various lung diseases and can help keep lungs clean and healthy.

Antibacterial School Supplies Are a Rip-Off
Organic Gardening - Once reserved for hospital operating rooms, the antimicrobial chemical triclosan, an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered pesticide linked to hormone disruption, allergies, and thyroid problems, is now being applied to everything from pens and pencils to scissors and binders, which are marketed as being "antibacterial" or "antimicrobial" and somehow better for your children.

Monday - August 4, 2014 - Today in History:

1790 - The Revenue Cutter Service was formed. This U.S. naval task force was the beginning of the U.S. Coast Guard.
1821 - "The Saturday Evening Post" was published for the first time as a weekly.
1914 - Britain declared war on Germany in World War I. The U.S. proclaimed its neutrality.
1944 - Nazi police raided a house in Amsterdam and arrested eight people. Anne Frank, a teenager at the time, was one of the people arrested. Her diary would be published after her death.
1972 - Arthur Bremer was found guilty of shooting George Wallace, the governor of Alabama. Bremer was sentenced to 63 years in prison.
1977 - U.S. President Carter signed the measure that established the Department of Energy.
1987 - The Fairness Doctrine was rescinded by the Federal Communications Commission. The doctrine had required that radio and TV stations present controversial issues in a balanced fashion.
1989 - Iranian President Hashemi Rafsanjani offered to assist end the hostage crisis in Lebanon.
1990 - The European Community imposed an embargo on oil from Iraq and Kuwait. This was done to protest the Iraqi invasion of the oil-rich Kuwait.
1994 - Yugoslavia withdrew its support for Bosnian Serbs. The border between Yugoslavia and Serb-held Bosnia was sealed.
1997 - Teamsters began a 15-day strike against UPS (United Parcel Service). The strikers eventually won an increase in full-time positions and defeated a proposed reorganization of the company's pension plan.
2009 - North Korean leader Kim Jong-il pardoned two American journalists, who had been arrested and imprisoned for illegal entry earlier in the year.

World News

Over 400 Ukrainian troops cross into Russia for refuge
RT - More than 400 Ukrainian troops have been allowed to cross into Russia after requesting sanctuary. It’s the largest, but not the first, case of desertion into Russia by Ukrainian soldiers involved in Kiev’s military crackdown in the east of the country.

Confirmed: US spy plane fleeing Russian jet invaded Swedish airspace
RT - US officials have confirmed Swedish media reports of a mid-July incident in which an American spy plane invaded Sweden’s airspace as it was evading a Russian fighter jet. The maverick plane was spying on Russia when it was intercepted.

Russian sanctions crushing German business
RT - The West is tightening the financial screws on Moscow, but German companies are already feeling the kickback of a slowing Russian economy and weakening ruble.

Saudis calls in Pakistani troops for protection against ISIS
StratRisks - Panicked by the advance of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), Riyadh has taken the drastic step of calling in military assistance from its close allies to shore up the porous 500-mile border, Gulf security sources said.

UK Ebola terror at Gatwick as passenger collapses and dies getting off Sierra Leone flight
The Daily Sheeple - Nice that the UK government is so certain that a patient infected with Ebola, throwing up left and right, will not trigger an outbreak. How can they be so sure given the speed with which Ebola currently seems to be spreading is beyond me.

Bringing in the military will not solve the Ebola problem in West Africa
The Daily Sheeple - The situation will turn ugly very fast, and once the bullets start flying, and the blood starts flowing Ebola will spread further and faster than it would have done had the situation been left alone.

ISIS Captures Iraq's Biggest Dam: Baghdad Water Supply In Jeopardy
Zero Hedge - Islamic State fighters seized control of Iraq's biggest dam, an oilfield and two more towns on Sunday after inflicting their first major defeat on Kurdish forces since sweeping through the region in June. Local officials said militants with the extremist group Islamic State took control of the towns of Zumar and Sinjar near the city of Mosul on Sunday, waging fierce clashes with Kurdish forces.

Israel Eavesdropped On John Kerry
Zero Hedge - When it comes to diplomacy, John Kerry may have rapidly become the biggest laughing joke in US State Department history, but that doesn't mean his exchanges weren't valuable to others. Others such as Israel, whose relations with the US have gone from worse to atrocious in recent months...

China confirms new generation long range missiles: report
AFP - China has acknowledged the existence of a new intercontinental ballistic missile said to be capable of carrying multiple nuclear warheads as far as the United States, state-run media reported Friday.

Hong Kong May End Link With US Dollar
Simon Black - Today Hong Kong is one of the world’s richest economies. When compared with the US, nearly every objective fundamental about Hong Kong’s economy is stronger. Its fiscal balances are higher. The government runs a budget surplus. Government debt is a rounding error. It’s a night and day difference. There’s no reason why these two currencies should be linked.

Russia Scrambled Interceptor To Pursue US Spy Plane Day After MH17 Crash
Zero Hedge - A day after Malaysian Airlines MH-17 was shot down on July 17 over east Ukraine (still to be determined by who thanks to epic amounts of fact-free propaganda) the new cold war between Russia and the US nearly heated up quite substantially, after a U.S. Air Force spy plane closely evaded an encounter with the Russian military on July 18...

Military Drills Surround MH17 Disaster
Brandon Turbeville - One of the drills taking place before and during the shootdown of MH17 was Rapid Trident. This drill involved troops from the United States, Germany, and Italy and also included units from these countries as well as Canada, Armenia, Bulgaria, Azerbaijan, Georgia, the United Kingdom, Moldova, Poland, Romania and Ukraine.

School Plans To Tag Students With Microchip Bracelets To Encourage ‘Good Behaviour’
Steve Watson - In a move that sounds like something out of a frightening dystopian fiction, a school in New Zealand has come under intense criticism from parents for attempting to introduce a scheme to tag children with microchips in order to promote good behaviour.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

The Bizarre Growth of the Ebola Outbreak: This Graph Says It All
The Daily Sheeple - The spread of this virus has been prolific, exponential, and unlike any previous outbreak.

Doctor: ‘There’s Not Enough PANIC and Customers to Make an Ebola Vaccine’ — Oh Really?
The Daily Sheeple - Problem: not enough panic to make the big bucks off Ebola. Reaction: create a panic to make the big bucks off Ebola. Solution: problem solved.

Obama Signs Executive Order to Allow Detention of Americans With ‘Respiratory Illnesses’
Paul Joseph Watson - As the Ebola outbreak continues to cause concern, President Barack Obama has signed an amendment to an executive order that would allow him to mandate the apprehension and detention of Americans who merely show signs of “respiratory illness.”

Tennessee Doctor In Self-Quarantine On Return From Liberia Ebola Hotspot
Zero Hedge - A Tennessee doctor, working at the same Liberian clinic as Dr. Kent Brantly - the Ebola-infected American who was flown to Atlanta yesterday for treatment - has placed himself in quarantine as a "precaution for [his] family."

YouTube: U.S. Government Owns EBOLA 'Patent'! Smoking Gun!
It all leads back to the Patents, The Creation!

What are US biowar researchers doing in the Ebola zone?
Jon Rappoport - This is a call for an immediate, thorough, and independent investigation of Tulane University researchers and their Fort Detrick associates in the US biowarfare research community, who have been operating in West Africa during the past several years. What exactly have they been doing?

Ebola: covert op in a hypnotized world
Jon Rappoport - The massive campaign to make people believe the Ebola virus can attack at any moment, after the slightest contact, is quite a success. People are falling all over themselves to raise the level of hysteria. This is what is preventing a hard look at Liberia, Sierra Leone, and the Republic Guinea, three African nations where poverty and illness are staples of everyday life for the overwhelming number of people.

Oops! Experts’ Past Mistakes With Virulent Diseases
Sharyl Attkisson - The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) expends a great deal of effort and tax money alarming Americans about common illnesses from which most safely recover, such as chicken pox or influenza, but sometimes appears to tamp down concerns about deadlier illnesses: in this case Ebola.

25 Critical Facts About This Ebola Outbreak That Every American Needs To Know
Economic Collapse - The top health officials in the entire world are sounding the alarm and the phrase "out of control" is constantly being thrown around by professionals with decades of experience. So should average Americans be concerned about Ebola?

Mexican Drug Trafficker Assaults Border Patrol Agent, Gets Charges Dismissed
Breitbart - A Mexican drug trafficker who assaulted a U.S. Border Patrol agent and sent him to the emergency room got his assault charges dismissed in exchange for pleading guilty to drug trafficking charges.

Feds Fly Unaccompanied Minors to Alaska
Breitbart - The trip from McAllen, Texas--where the current border crisis is occurring--to Anchorage, Alaska is a nine and a half hour flight. This is almost double the time it would take to fly the migrants back to their home countries in Central America; a flight from McAllen to El Salvador takes just over five hours.

Leaked CBP Report Shows Entire World Exploiting Open US Border
Breitbart - A leaked intelligence analysis from the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reveals the exact numbers of illegal immigrants entering and attempting to enter the U.S. from nearly every nation on Earth. The report was obtained by a trusted source within the CBP agency who leaked the document and spoke with Breitbart Texas on the condition of anonymity.

Sandy Hook Behind the Scenes Unanswered Questions - Facts & Recollections
Stephanie Sledge - The plotters and planners of this allegedly scripted event continues to be interpreted (by those paying attention) as a deep act of criminal deception, which used false representations to gain an unjust advantage over the nation, while leaving a trail of injuries to the rights of the American People.

Homeless man jailed after Church insists on pressing charges over stolen cookies worth $2.25
News Forage - In Florida, a hungry and homeless man was jailed after church officials insisted the man be charged for stealing a few cookies valued at $2.25.

Language School Blogger Fired for Giving Lesson on ‘Homophones’
Mikael Thalen - An English blogger writing for the Nomen Global Language Center in Utah was fired for posting about “homophones” last week after his employer said the word was too close to “homosexual” and “homophobe.” “A homophone, in case you do not know, is a word that has a different meaning for each different spelling, but always sounds the same; such as ‘be’, ‘bee’, and ‘Bea’,” Tim Torkildson wrote.

Economy & Business

Water costs skyrocket 1,000% where half the nation's fruits, vegetables and nuts are grown
(NaturalNews) Transportation alone, thanks to skyrocketing fuel prices, has lifted the cost of everything we buy at the grocery store. Now, one of the worst droughts in U.S. history is making the one thing absolutely vital for food production -- an ample water supply -- more expensive as well, and that, ultimately, will translate into even higher prices at the market.

Veteran News

Deceased Marine's heart was stolen, likely sold on black market; US court denies his family relief
(NaturalNews) The tragic death of Marine Sgt. Brian LaLoup further darkened when his family learned that his body was left alone and unguarded for days in the morgue, subjected to a secret autopsy in which his heart was stolen and likely sold on the black market.

Housing Market

California wake-up call: Extreme drought will lead to migration exit and real estate collapse
(NaturalNews) The inevitability of the mass migration away from California still hasn't quite sunk in among most people who live there. Almost no one has thought about how they might afford to move out of California when the value of their own property in California will be approaching zero.

Energy & Environment

400,000 People Warned Not to Drink Toxic Tap Water in Ohio: State of Emergency Declared
Natural Society - someone tampered with Ohio’s drinking water? More than 400,000 people have been warned not to drink the tap water as a State of Emergency has been declared for all Toledo residents.

National Refuges to Ban GE Crops and Bee-Killing Pesticides
(Beyond Pesticides, August 1, 2014) In a huge victory for environmental protection, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) will phase out the use of genetically engineered (GE) crops to feed wildlife and ban neonicotinoid insecticides from all wildlife refuges nationwide by January 2016.

 Farming, Gardening & Homesteading

Dept of Ag Shuts Down Cell of Potential “Agri-Terrorists”: Seed Libraries Outlawed in Pennsylvania
Activist Post - The Joseph T. Simpson Public Library in Mechanicsburg was participating in an activity that put the entire ecosystem of the state at risk. In an astonishing act of hubris, they were running a seed library, right there amongst the books, in the very facility where small children go to have stories read to them.... If you aren’t sure what this is, it allows patrons to go in and get heirloom seeds, for free. The borrower plants the seeds, then at harvest time, saves seeds and returns them to the library.


Is This The Deadliest Threat To Preppers?
The Daily Sheeple - If we ask 100 Preppers what their primary concerns are, their main reasons for Prepping in the first place, we could easily get 100 different answers. This is not surprising as there are, quite simply, a large number of potential threats that could result in “The End Of The World As We Know It”


Raspberries provide significant protective benefit against cancer, chronic inflammation and more
(NaturalNews) Raspberries contain strong antioxidants such as vitamin C, quercetin and a particularly high amount of ellagic acid. Ellagic acid is a very strong antioxidant that helps the body deactivate specific carcinogens and helps slow the reproduction of cancer cells. In laboratory studies, this phytochemical has shown the ability to prevent cancers of the skin, bladder, lung, esophagus and breast.

What Are Cantaloupes Good For?
Dr. Mercola - Cantaloupes provide an excellent source of antioxidants, like vitamin C and vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids). They also contain important nutrients like potassium, folate, copper, B vitamins, vitamin K, magnesium, and fiber. If you eat the seeds (yes, they’re edible), you’ll also get beneficial plant-based omega-3 fat in the form of alpha-linolenic acid.

Cinnamon essential oil can naturally prevent dangerous foodborne illnesses
(NaturalNews) Essential oil of cinnamon is a potent antibacterial agent that may be useful as a natural method for preventing the spread of foodborne illness, according to a study conducted by researchers from Washington State University that is scheduled for publication in the journal Food Control in December 2014.

Blood thinner drug manufacturer withheld critical safety data from FDA
(NaturalNews) A German drug company has been outed for lying to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and European regulators about the safety of a popular blood-thinning medication. A series of papers recently published in The BMJ explain that Boehringer Ingelheim, maker of Pradaxa (dabigatran), withheld key data about how the drug can accumulate in the bloodstream and cause major health problems, including death.

Number of chikungunya cases spike in New York and New Jersey as virus spreads rapidly
(NaturalNews) The number of cases of the painful, mosquito-borne virus chikungunya spiked in New York and New Jersey in the last week of July, raising new fears for the potential that the disease will gain a permanent foothold along the U.S. East Coast.

Natural Treatments for Ebola Virus Exist, Research Suggests
Green Med Info - Given the low safety risk and cost of botanical- and food-based interventions, this is where we should be looking first for viable, and immediately accessible solutions. Indeed, a recent study published in 2012 holds great promise as far as identifying a natural way to mitigate the virulence – and therefore also widespread fear -- associated with Ebola virus.

The five keys to a great daily detoxification process
(NaturalNews) The modern world is full of environmental toxins. It is estimated that there are over 80,000 toxic chemicals used regularly in the US. There are over 500 chemicals stored in our body, and tests show that the average individual has at least seven pesticides in their urine. It is imperative to have a daily detoxification lifestyle to get these unwanted toxins out of our system.

Ginger Found to Reduce Premenstrual Pain and Mood Symptoms
Green Med Info - Premenstrual syndrome effects many women monthly. New research confirms that ginger reduces pain and pain associated with PMS along with improved mood symptoms.

Pet News

Before You Vaccinate Your Pet, Be Aware of This Potentially Deadly Autoimmune Disease
Dr. Becker - Although the link between over-vaccination and this terrible autoimmune disease may not be recognized by many veterinarians, holistic vets have long suspected the connection. Know the signs - it can cause sudden blindness and is potentially fatal.

Who Says Cats Won't Exercise? Try This Simple and Fun Trick
Dr. Becker - This could be the most fun and entertaining way ever to get your portly cat off the couch and parading around the house, for up to 20 minutes. Plus an array of other ways to get your feline fur ball moving, so she avoids the painful pitfalls of being heavy... while you avoid the vet bills.

Friday - August 1, 2014 - Today in History:

1774 - Oxygen was isolated from air successfully by chemist Carl Wilhelm and scientist Joseph Priestly.
1790 - The first U.S. census was completed with a total population of 3,929,214 recorded. The areas included were the present states of Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont and Virginia.
1876 - Colorado became the 38th state to join the United States.
1893 - Shredded wheat was patented by Henry Perky and William Ford.
1907 - The U.S. Army established an aeronautical division that later became the U.S. Air Force.
1914 - Germany declared war on Russia at the beginning of World War I.
1936 - Adolf Hitler presided over the Olympic games as they opened in Berlin.
1944 - In Warsaw, Poland, an uprising against Nazi occupation began. The revolt continued until October 2 when Polish forces surrendered.
1946 - In the U.S., the Atomic Energy Commission was established.
1956 - The Social Security Act was amended to provide benefits to disabled workers aged 50-64 and disabled adult children.
1957 - The North American Air Defense Command (NORAD) was created by the United States and Canada.
1995 - Westinghouse Electric Corporation announced a deal to buy CBS for $5.4 billion.
2005 - King Fahd of Saudi Arabia died. Crown Prince Abdullah, the king's half-brother, became the country's new monarch.
2006 - Cuban leader Fidel Castro turned over absolute power when he gave his brother Raul authority while he underwent an intestinal surgery.
2011 - The U.S. House of Representatives passed, 269-161, emergency legislation to avert the nation's first-ever financial default.

World News

Gaza 72-hour ceasefire lasts less than 72 minutes as Israeli tanks open fire and kill four Palestinians
UK Daily Mail - At least four Palestinians have been killed by Israeli tank fire barely one hour after Israel and Hamas began observing a three-day ceasefire, Gaza officials have said. Health Ministry official Ashraf al-Kidra and Gaza police spokesman Ayman Batniji said 15 other Palestinians were wounded in the shelling east of the southern Gaza city of Rafah.

Revelations of German Pilot: Shocking Analysis of the “Shooting Down” of Malaysian MH17. “Aircraft Was Not Hit by a Missile”
Global Research - The facts speak clear and loud and are beyond the realm of speculation: The cockpit shows traces of shelling! You can see the entry and exit holes. The edge of a portion of the holes is bent inwards. These are the smaller holes, round and clean, showing the entry points most likely that of a 30 millimeter caliber projectile.

Russia challenges Kiev’s satellite images of MH17 crash site
RT - Ukrainian satellite images that Kiev published as proof that it didn’t deploy anti-aircraft batteries, to contest Russian evidence to the contrary, had its timestamps altered, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

Israel, Hamas agree to unconditional 72-hour ceasefire
RT - The ceasefire will begin at 8 a.m. local time (0500 GMT) on Friday, Aug. 1, US Secretary of State John Kerry and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon said in a joint statement. During the three-day cessation, forces on the ground will remain in place.

Libya’s Islamic militants ‘seize’ Benghazi, declare it ‘emirate’
RT - The Islamist militant group Ansar al-Sharia has declared Benghazi an ‘Islamic Emirate’ after claiming to have taken total control of Libya's second largest city, seizing military barracks with rockets and ammunition.

20 dead, over 270 injured as multiple gas explosions hit Taiwan city
RT - Several blasts have ripped through Kaohsiung, a city in south-western Taiwan, killing at least 20, injuring over 270 and overturning the cars in the street, the Fire Agency said. The cause is thought to be gas leaks in the sewage system.

SaskPower ordered to remove all 105,000 smart meters in the province
Global News Canada - The minister responsible for SaskPower Bill Boyd said the utility company will be taking out all 105,000 smart meters around Saskatchewan. “I think the concerns about safety are paramount here, the concerns are significant enough, anytime families are at risk in Saskatchewan, actions have to be taken and that’s why we’ve directed SaskPower accordingly,” said Minister Boyd.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Atlanta's Emory University Hospital to receive patient infected with Ebola
The Guardian - Emory University Hospital in Atlanta is set to receive a patient infected with the deadly Ebola disease currently sweeping through swaths of west Africa. The patient is expected to arrive “within the next several days”, the university said in a statement. The exact date of arrival is not yet known.
* Related: Are health authorities risking a U.S. outbreak?

August Recess Delayed as Boehner Tries to Resuscitate Dying Border Bill
Breitbart - Now they have emerged from a last minute conference meeting vowing to “stay until we vote” and planning another meeting for tomorrow morning at 9:00 am [Friday], although it's unclear what changes either to the legislative package or the support for the current one will occur in the meantime.

Sessions: Congress Shouldn't Adjourn Until It Fights Exec Amnesty That Will 'End Immigration Enforcement'
Breitbart - After urging his colleagues to vote against both the House and Senate border bills on Thursday, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) said Congress should not adjourn until it stands against Obama's executive actions that will effectively end immigration enforcement in America.

Immigrants to be Housed in 'Suites' Near San Antonio - The suites are furnished with bunk beds, play tables for children, flat-screen television sets and landline telephones.... Every illegal immigrant will be able to choose six sets of clothes, including shoes and socks.... The feds estimate it will cost approximately $74,000 a day to house 532 immigrants at the center. That's an average of $140 a day per person.

Homeland Security Report Confirms Diseases Spreading at Border Facilities
Breitbart - “Many UAC and family units require treatment for communicable diseases, including respiratory illnesses, tuberculosis, chicken pox, and scabies,” the IG report said. “UAC and family unit illnesses and unfamiliarity with bathroom facilities resulted in unsanitary conditions and exposure to human waste in some holding facilities.” The report continued...

Colorado Overwhelmed by Immigrant License Requests
Bloomberg - Undocumented immigrants in Colorado may face waits of a year or more to obtain drivers licenses under a program starting tomorrow, as thousands seeking to apply overwhelm an online scheduling system and available staff.

CDC Issues Level 3 Travel Alert As 'Largest Ebola Outbreak In History' Spreads
zero Hedge - Things appear to be going from worse to worst as the deadly Ebola epidemic surges on. The CDC has issued a Level 3 - Avoid All Non-Essential Travel - warning.

Is it Ebola or is it psychological warfare?
Jon Rappoport - The World Health Organization (WHO) is the primary reporting agency on case numbers and deaths. Taking their stats with a few grains of salt, but recognizing that mainstream accounts come from WHO, here is their July 25 update, “Ebola Virus Disease, West Africa”...

Ebola 2: here come the “global pandemic” promoters
Jon Rappoport - Now in the UK, the government has absurdly decided it wants to hunt for 30,000 people who might have “come in contact” with air traveler Patrick Sawyer, who is said to have died from Ebola. At first, the search was going to be aimed at only several hundred, but now they’ve multiplied the hysteria factor.

Source: Feds in “Emergency” Order of 8,000 GPS Tags For Illegal Immigrants
Paul Joseph Watson - The implication here is obviously that the federal government isn’t even bothering to detain or deport adult illegal aliens but is merely fitting them with GPS tracking tags (which can easily be removed with a pair of scissors) and releasing them into the general population. “Who are these adults that need to be supervised by GPS?” asks the source, “We only place GPS on our chronic or serious offenders.”

Oklahoma City bombing Witnesses: No Security-Camera Videos Show Blast
ABC News - The FBI capped off its attempt to persuade a federal judge that it is not hiding unreleased surveillance videos from the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing by bringing witnesses Thursday who testified that there have never been any security-camera videos of the bomb going off.

This is Why No One Trusts Gov't, CIA Apologizes After Denying Torture Hack
Activist Post - Today, the head of the CIA John Brennan apologized for hacking into US Senate computers to cover-up torture investigations, a charge he mockingly dismissed earlier this year.

Colorado nurse sues after being a 'hostage' in armed gunman drill
(Reuters) - A Colorado woman is suing the nursing home where she worked and local police for allegedly not telling her that a gunman who held her hostage was a police officer conducting a safety drill, court documents show.

Ron Paul On C-Span For Three Hours Sunday Morning!
Daily Paul - This Sunday, from 9am to noon, PST, Ron Paul will be on C-Span & will take our phone calls! Set your reminder & start thinking of some good questions & remarks!

Economy & Business

S&P500 index posts worst fall since April; indexes down for July
(Reuters) - The U.S. S&P500 stock index posted its worst daily fall since April and its first monthly drop since January on Thursday, as economic data sparked concern the Federal Reserve could raise interest rates sooner than some have expected.

VIDEO: Stefan Molyneux: Can Bitcoin End War?
Liberty Crier - Without government run central banks and inflationary currencies, engaging in war is much more difficult. Stefan Molyneux speaks about the potential of bitcoin and cryptocurrencies to end war and brainstorms on how it would be possible start a war in a bitcoin economy. Speech recorded on April 12th at the Toronto Bitcoin Expo 2014.

Energy & Environment

Report: EPA Could Garnish Wages Over Minor Paperwork Infractions - Make sure you correctly fill out all your forms when dealing with the Environmental Protection Agency, as people could see their wages garnished – meaning confiscated, with legal sanction — over paperwork infractions, according to a new report.

Science & Technology

Enslavement Is Trendy! Get Ready for Your Very Own ‘Smart’ Robo-Servant!
The Daily Sheeple - Complete with facial and voice recognition software, your new trendy new “smart” robo-servant will be able to participate in you and your children’s lives 24/7/365!

 Farming, Gardening & Homesteading

8 Lightning-Fast Vegetables For Your Fall Garden
Off The Grid News - August is a great time to begin a second gardening season. In fact, you still have plenty of time before the first frost to plant many vegetables that will provide as big a harvest as your spring planting.

The top 6 mosquito repelling plants for your home and garden
STEPin2 - Using plants to repel mosquitos serves many purposes. It not only keeps flies away, but also adds beauty to your garden. We have narrowed the list down to six easy plants to take care of. Let’s take a look at the top 6 mosquito repelling plants.


10 Things People Have No Clue Are Inside Meat - If you're going to invest your money in meat products, the only way to preserve your health is to stay away from factory farmed, chemically and artificially produced meat. Here are 10 things most people have no clue are inside most meat products at major grocery retailers.

Learn How At The Detox Summit - The Detox Summit is online and FREE from August 4-11, 2014. “Detox” is a term that means many things to people, from drug and alcohol detoxification to nutritional detoxification, or cleanses using food, smoothies and juices. The Detox Summit brings 30 experts together to discuss all aspects of detoxification to help you return to a healthy state of wellness.

7 Reasons You Should Make Coconut Water A Top Beverage On Your Summer List - Super low in calories, naturally fat-free and having more potassium than four bananas, coconut water is one of the best electrolyte hydrators in the world. It's Mother Nature's sports drink and it is just as effective (or more effective) than any carbo-electrolyte drink on the market.

10 Incredible Ways Clove Oil Can Heal
Off The Grid News - Clove oil is extracted from the clove bud through distillation.While eugenol is the main ingredient in clove oil, it is also rich in calcium, iron, sodium, phosphorous, potassium, and Vitamins A and C.

5 Hidden Ingredients in Your GMO Corn that Should NOT Be There
Natural Society - The United States is run over with GMO corn. More than 20 varieties of genetically modified corn are being sown across hundreds of thousands of acres of America’s farmland. It is estimated that 89% of all corn crops planted, are in fact, now GMO.




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