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Tuesday - December 31, 2013: - Today In History:
1775 - The British repulsed an attack by Continental Army Generals Montgomery and Benedict Arnold at Quebec. Montgomery was killed in the battle.
1857 - Britain's Queen Victoria decided to make Ottawa the capital of Canada.
1862 - U.S. President Lincoln signed an act admitting West Virginia to the Union.
1879 - Thomas Edison gave his first public demonstration of incandescent lighting to an audience in Menlo Park, NJ.
1891 - New York's new Immigration Depot was opened at Ellis Island, to provide improved facilities for the massive numbers of arrivals.
1897 - Brooklyn, NY, spent its last day as a separate entity before becoming part of New York City.
1923 - In London, the BBC first broadcast the chimes of Big Ben.
1929 - Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians played "Auld Lang Syne" as a New Year's Eve song for the first time.
1946 - U.S. President Truman officially proclaimed the end of hostilities in World War II.
1955 - General Motors became the first U.S. corporation to earn more than one billion dollars in a single year.
1961 - In the U.S., the Marshall Plan expired after distributing more than $12 billion in foreign aid.
1974 - Private U.S. citizens were allowed to buy and own gold for the first time in more than 40 years.
1978 - Taiwanese diplomats struck their colors for the final time from the embassy flagpole in Washington, DC. The event marked the end of diplomatic relations with the U.S.
1979 - At year end oil prices were 88% higher than at the start of 1979.
1997 - Michael Kennedy, 39-year-old son of the late U.S. Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, was killed in a skiing accident on Aspen Mountain in Colorado.
1999 - Russian President Boris Yeltsin resigned. Prime Minister Vladimir Putin was designated acting president.
1999 - Five hijackers left the airport where they had been holding 150 hostages on an Indian Airlines plane. They left with two Islamic clerics that they had demanded be freed from an Indian prison. The plane had been hijacked during a flight from Katmandu, Nepal to New Dehli on December 24.
1999 - Sarah Knauss died at the age of 119 years. She was the world's oldest person. She was born September 24, 1880.

World News

Day After Saudi Arabia Gives Record $3 Billion To Lebanese Army, Lebanese Troops Fire At Syrian Warplanes
Zero Hedge - It was only yesterday [12/29/13] that Saudi Arabia pledged a record $3 billion to prop up Lebanon's armed forces, in what the WSJ described as "a challenge to the Iranian-allied Hezbollah militia's decades-long status as Lebanon's main power broker and security force.

‘You can’t hide from these things’ – Secret NSA spy programs exposed at conference in Germany
RT - Security researcher Jacob Appelbaum revealed what he calls “wrist-slitting depressing” details about the National Security Agency’s spy programs at a computer conference in Germany on Monday where he presented previously unpublished NSA files.... “Basically the NSA, they want to be able to spy on you. And if they have ten different options for spying on you that you know about, they have 13 ways of doing it and they do all 13. So that’s a pretty scary thing,” he said.

China says over 3 million hectares of land too polluted to farm
StratRisks - About 3.33 million hectares (8 million acres) of China’s farmland is too polluted to grow crops, a government official said on Monday, highlighting the risk facing agriculture after three decades of rapid industrial growth.

Syria: Testimony of Adra Survivors. Atrocities Committed by US-NATO Sponsored Terrorists
Global Research - The survivors of Adra town narrated their accounts of the terrorist crimes and massacres which were committed by the armed terrorist groups against the innocent residents of the town.

‘Israel wants Palestine obliterated’
Press TV - The Israeli regime is obliterating Palestine through its continued expansionist policies while the world turns a blind eye to the plight of Palestinians, says a political analyst.

VIDEO: UK to tighten security of US facilities
Press TV - The British Ministry of Defense is to set new restrictions aimed at tightening the security of US military facilities believed to be carrying out spying and drone activities from inside the UK.

Greece to exit EU/IMF bailout deal in 2014
RT - Greece will exit its EU-IMF bailout agreement in 2014, as scheduled, and will require no further loans, Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras said on Monday.

Volcano erupts in Indonesia, affects 19k
Press TV - National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said on Tuesday that Mount Sinabung, located on the island of Sumatra, erupted nine times late on Monday and Tuesday morning, spewing lava and clouds of gas up to 7,000 meter in the air. “On Monday night, 19,126 people fled their homes, and we expect that number to rise,” Nugroho said.

1000s evacuated after El Salvador volcano erupts
Press TV - The eruption occurred on Sunday in the eastern part of the country and produced a column of gas and ash about five kilometers (three miles) into the air, forcing residents to leave the area.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Navy: Six Months of Repairs to Drone-Struck Ship Will Cost $30 million
USNI News - The U.S. Navy ship that was struck by an errant target drone will need an estimated six-months of repairs costing around $30 million, according to a statement from the Navy provided to USNI News on Monday.... The collision of the Northrop Grumman BQM-74 target drone with the ship was part of a test of the Navy’s Combat System Ship Qualification Trials (CSSQT) for the installation of the Chancellorsville’s Baseline 9 Aegis combat system.

FAA announces locations for future drone testing sites
RT - Drones are coming to America – the Federal Aviation Administration announced on Monday the six states chosen to develop test sites for unmanned aerial vehicles. Alaska, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Texas and Virginia were chosen by the FAA as the agency moves towards integrating commercial drones into American skies.

Fast and Furious: FBI Now Linked to Murder of U.S. Border Agent
New American - According to Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Special Agent John Dodson, the criminals responsible for murdering border agent Terry were actually working for the two FBI operatives at the center of the Obama administration’s deadly plot to arm Mexican drug cartels.

Psychiatrist who treated Adam Lanza surrendered his license just months before the Newtown massacre and is now living in New Zealand
Daily Mail - The recently concluded investigation into Newtown killer Adam Lanza revealed that a psychiatrist who treated him as a teen has since surrendered his license. Dr. Paul Fox once held licenses to practice in Connecticut and New York but in 2012 he gave them both up in the face of charges he may have crossed a line in his relationship with a patient.

10 Predictions For 2014
Activist Post - As this year comes to a close it is once again time to reflect, learn from events, and plan for a new year with some predictions.

13 American Milestones For 2013
Zero Hedge - Here is a look at the highs and lows Americans reached this year, according to Pew's data.

State trooper can't have gun while off duty due to mental health record
Live Leak - Pennsylvania State Trooper Michael L. Keyes is in an odd situation. When on duty, he can carry a gun. Yet while off duty, he is barred by law from possessing any firearms, because seven years ago he suffered from deep depression, repeatedly tried to kill himself by taking drugs and was involuntarily committed for mental health treatment.

Conn. Gun Owners Line Up to Register Guns by January 1
New American - Residents in Connecticut were confronted with the reality that their constitutionally protected rights are not inalienable as they stood in long lines to register their firearms. The registration is mandated by the state’s new gun law set to go into effect on January 1, 2014.

VIDEO: Israel boycott angers NY lawmakers
Press TV - Two New York legislators say they will introduce a bill to strip state aid from universities that take part in a recent movement to boycott Israeli academic centers.

St. Louis to Become DUI “No Refusal Zone” – Driver Blood Tests Required
Gateway Pundit - St. Louis City Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce and St. Louis County Circuit Attorney Bob McCulloch threatened to bring libel charges against those who spoke out falsely against Barack Obama. The Obama goon squads were formed. Now this… City Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce is establishing a DUI “no refusal zone” inside the city limits of St. Louis. Starting today, drivers may face a blood test without consent if they are suspected of driving under the influence.

Dog shot by police in Holly Hill recovering
Volusia County News - Richard Stotlar said Lady, which he rescued more than a year ago, is now stitched up and in pain after being shot three times about midnight Friday on Elsie Avenue in Holly Hill. “I was sitting in there, watching TV, and all of a sudden we hear three gunshots,” Stotlar said.

Is Monsanto Using 4-H to Brainwash Your Children About GMOs?
Dr. Mercola - Monsanto is boasting its partnership with 4-H programs by giving a shout-out to “National 4-H Week.” This is not the first time Monsanto has used its clever propaganda to influence our nation’s youth. The Council for Biotechnology Information widely circulated a Biotechnology Basics Activity Book for kids, a disturbing and brightly colored obvious intent to 'educate' the children.


Stunnning Chart: Today’s Stock Market is Eerily Reminiscent of 1929… - The trajectory of our stock markets over the last eighteen months has been eerily reminiscent of markets back in 1929, right before the crash that led to a decade’s long depression in America.

Socialist Economist Predicts Soros and Crew Will Fleece the Rich in 2014
Kurt Nimmo - In a video produced by the Soros operation, former Clintonista and “political economist” Robert Reich urges the Democrat horde to throw the tea party Republicans out of Congress next year and start anew the redistribution process.

Is America About To Reach A Breaking Point? Anger Grows As Unemployment Benefits Get Cut
Economic Collapse - In America today, there are close to 50 million people living in poverty and there are more than 100 million people that get money from the federal government every month. As the middle class disintegrates, poverty is climbing to unprecedented levels.

Businesses brace for 'serious cuts' as city enacts highest-in-nation $15 minimum wage
Fox News - On Jan. 1, an estimated 1,600 hotel and transportation workers in SeaTac, Wash., will see their pay jump to $15 an hour, a 60 percent increase from the state's $9.32 minimum wage. While many workers look forward to the higher pay, employers are looking for ways to absorb the big increase in labor costs. Some plan on eliminating jobs.

Housing Market

Wells Fargo reaches $591 million settlement with Fannie Mae over mortgage securities
(Reuters) - Wells Fargo & Co will pay a net $541 million to Fannie Mae to settle claims over defective home loans, completing the government-controlled mortgage company’s efforts to have banks buy back troubled loans made before the financial crisis.

Energy & Environment

Fukushima Radiation Hits US West Coast
Liberty Voice - The meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is nearing its third anniversary and the disaster and radiation are still being felt around the globe, most recently in the North American west coast where the hit is being felt by Canadians, Mexicans and US citizens alike.

Researchers find 7,300-mile ring of mercury around tar sands in Canada
Al Jazeera - Scientists have found a more than 7,300-square-mile ring of land and water contaminated by mercury surrounding the tar sands in Alberta, where energy companies are producing oil and shipping it throughout Canada and the U.S.

Global Warming Scientists Still Trapped In Record-Level Antarctic Ice
Kit Daniels - The scientific ship currently trapped in Antarctic ice is carrying a team of climate change scientists who keep harping the dangers of “global warming” even after multiple rescue ships failed in their attempts to save them. Related article/photos.

Former MSNBC Host Told Not to Warn Public About Fukushima
Paul Joseph Watson - Former MSNBC host Cenk Uygur was told not to warn the public about the danger posed by the meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear plant during his time as a host on the cable network.


Chia Seeds: The Food That Can Prevent Heart Disease and Diabetes
Natural Blaze - Chia seeds are high in protein. Vegetable sources of protein can give your body a break from the often high-fat content of animal foods. Eating chia seeds will give you a healthy dose of omega-3 fatty acids, along with important vitamins and minerals.

5 Easy Ways to Elevate Your ‘Good’ Cholesterol Levels (HDL) Naturally
Natural Society - Cholesterol isn’t all bad though. It is a necessary, vital fat which our body utilizes for numerous functions. Some comes from what we eat and some is made by our own body via the liver. High HDL levels actually protect your heart against disease.

Ring In The New Year With a Healthy Dose of Asparagus
Green Med Info - If you're planning to ring in the New Year with a few celebratory drinks, here's a tip for protecting yourself from paying the hangover price on New Year's Day.... According to researchers at the Institute of Medical Science and Jeju National University in Korea, an extract of asparagus contains amino acids and minerals that may protect your liver cells against toxins from alcohol. With a better functioning liver, you just may be able to avoid the dreaded New Year's Day hangover.

Artificial Fruit Drink Creates Its Own Cancer Causing By-Product
Activist Post - It’s been more than 20 years since the FDA and beverage industry first learned that sodium benzoate and citric acid or ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) can create the carcinogen benzene while in the bottle together. The public was informed just seven years ago, and yet, many makers of artificial fruit drinks and sodas still frequently (and shamefully) use these ingredients in this risky combination on the market today, or with variant formulas like potassium benzoate, which has the same effect.

Daily Toxin Intake: Just How Many Toxins Are You Accumulating?
Natural Society - A new infographic called the Chemical Ape discussed just some of these chemicals and the impact they have. The United States in all its twisted glory is likely the most toxic with an estimated 70,000 such chemicals in commercial use, many of which are untested on humans so we don’t even know the effects.

Medicare rules create a booming business in hospice care for people who aren't dying
Washington Post - [...] over the past decade, the number of “hospice survivors” in the United States has risen dramatically, in part because hospice companies earn more by recruiting patients who aren’t actually dying, a Washington Post investigation has found. Healthier patients are more profitable because they require fewer visits and stay enrolled longer.

Carrot juice again: Curing an older woman's pelvis fracture
(NaturalNews) If you had serious doubts about an earlier Natural News story on how a woman cured her cancer with carrot juice, as recommended to her by another who had done the same, here's another carrot juice story that should blow your mind.

All the latest science links vitamin D deficiency with breast cancer
(NaturalNews) The reason for this is that, like many other cells in the body, breast tissue cells bear special surface receptors that are designed to absorb vitamin D. When this pro-hormone attaches itself to these receptors, it essentially instructs breast cells how to behave, including how to divide and replicate in a healthy manner. Conversely, this same mechanistic action is believed to help protect breast cells against malignant mutations.

How can CoQ10 make it easier to quit cigarettes?
(NaturalNews) Are you experiencing chronic fatigue, numbing dull pains or decreases in mental functions? This is not just about smokers and the elderly, as this addresses every human being whose heart beats one million times in ten days. It's time to consider natural solutions to seemingly "complex problems."

Science & Technology

NSA can hack WiFi devices from eight miles away - The NSA may have the ability to intercept data from around the world, but we now know that it has some impressive (and intimidating) equipment for snooping on nearby targets. Security guru Jacob Appelbaum told those at the Chaos Communications Congress this weekend that the NSA's big box of tools includes Nightstand, a custom device that can compromise WiFi networks for the sake of inserting spy software.

Sun ‘flips upside down’ while reversing magnetic poles
RT - The sun has undergone a “complete field reversal,” with its north and south poles changing places as it marks the midpoint of Solar Cycle 24.... While it may seem like the event could have catastrophic repercussions for the galaxy, its effects are actually more subtle, mostly interfering with space exploration.“Cosmic rays are a danger to astronauts and space probes, and some researchers say they might affect the cloudiness and climate of Earth,” said Phillips.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

10 Best Plants to Grow Indoors for Air Purification - Plants grown indoors have a variety of benefits. Not only are they the ultimate in functional decorating, but some well-placed greenery can brighten a space, purify the air, and also create a more relaxing, restful ambiance. Studies have also proven that bringing lush greenery indoors can help reduce stress levels, relieve tension, and even help one heal faster.


Prepper Basics: Oxygen Absorbers
Natural Blaze - The very first item I purchased for my food storage pantry was a 25-pound sack of pinto beans. Of course back then, I thought I would simply store the big bag in the garage and let it sit there until I needed it – you know, set it and forget it. Luckily, I did my research and learned first and foremost that beans indeed have a shelf life and will turn as hard as rocks if not properly packaged and maintained in a cool, moisture free environment. Who knew?

Monday - December 30, 2013: - Today In History:
1853 - The United States bought about 45,000 square miles of land from Mexico in a deal known as the Gadsden Purchase.
1903 - About 600 people died when fire broke out at the Iroquois Theater in Chicago, IL.
1919 - Lincoln's Inn, in London, admitted the first female bar student.
1922 - The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) was formed.
1927 - The first subway in the Orient was dedicated in Tokyo, Japan.
1935 - Italian bombers destroyed a Sweedish Red Cross unit in Ethiopia.
1936 - The United Auto Workers union staged its first sit-down strike, at the Fisher Body Plant in Flint, MI.
1940 - California's first freeway was officially opened. It was the Arroyo Seco Parkway connecting Los Angeles and Pasadena.
1947 - King Michael of Romania abdicated in favor of a Communist Republic. He claimed he was forced from his throne.
1953 - The first color TV sets went on sale for about $1,175.
1954 - James Arness made his dramatic TV debut in "The Chase". The "Gunsmoke" series didn’t begin for Arness until the fall of 1955.
1972 - The United States halted its heavy bombing of North Vietnam.
1993 - Israel and the Vatican established diplomatic relations.
1996 - About 250,000 striking workers shut down vital services across Israel in protests against budget cuts proposed by Prime Minister Netanyahu.
1997 - More than 400 people were massacred in four villages in the single worst incident during Algeria's insurgency.

World News

As tension rise, Saudi Arabia to give Lebanese army $3 billion
StratRisks - Saudi Arabia is giving the Lebanese army $3 billion in aid, Lebanon’s President Michel Suleiman said on Sunday, calling it the largest grant ever to the country’s armed forces. Some of the money was likely to be spent on weapons from France, Suleiman indicated in a televised address.

Taliban back in the saddle in Afghanistan by 2017 - leaked intel report
RT - Any success the US and its allies have enjoyed in Afghanistan in the past three years will be dramatically reduced by 2017, even if a US military presence remains in the country, according to a US intelligence report.

Israel approves release of Palestinian prisoners, new housing tenders expected
RT - Israel has approved the release of a third group of Palestinian prisoners as part of US-brokered peace talks. However, Tel Aviv is expected to once again announce new housing tenders in West Bank settlements, despite international criticism.

Caught On Tape: Suicide Bombing In Russia's Fifth Largest Train Station Kills 15, One Month Ahead Of Sochi Games
Zero Hedge - A suicide bombing has killed at least 14 people and injured over 40 in the southern Russian city of Volgograd, raising concerns about terrorism just over a month before Russia hosts the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. The train station attacked today is one of the five largest in Russia and is a major transit point for much of southern Russia.

Federal Court Gives Go-Ahead for Africans to Sue Nestle in U.S. over Slave Labor Claims
AllGov - Nestle is facing allegations that it used cocoa plantations in Africa that employed slave labor.

Traditional Danish Pastries Threatened By EU Cinnamon Ban
The Telegraph - The proposed ban followed plans by Denmark's food safety agency to implement EU regulations aimed at limiting the amount of coumarin, a naturally occurring toxic chemical found in the most commonly used type of cinnamon, cassia.

Earth Biggest Volcano Discovered
The Guardian - The biggest volcano on Earth has been discovered. In fact it is around the size of the state of New Mexico. This monster is underwater and has been named Tamu Massif. It was discovered approximately 1,000 miles off the eastern coast of Japan.

Volgograd Bombings Follow Saudi Threat to Attack Russia
Paul Joseph Watson - Twin blasts targeting a train station and a trolley bus in the city of Volgograd which killed at least 31 people follow a threat by Saudi Arabia to attack Russia using Chechen terrorists if Moscow did not withdraw its support for President Assad in Syria.

VIDEO: Volgograd trolley blast: Terror attack hits southern Russia day after railway station bombing
RT - A terrorist attack in the Russian city of Volgograd has killed at least 10 passengers on a trolley bus. The explosion comes a day after a suicide bombing in the city which killed 17 people and injured scores of others.

YouTube: The Truthseeker: Leaked US Regime Change Manual, Admits Ukraine's its 'Playbook' (E31)
RT - Openly pro-Nazi rioters ripping up paving stones for weapons and driving bulldozers at people get sweets from America's Asst. Secretary of State, the surprisingly long list of countries where the US attempts regime change under cover of 'human rights'; and George Clooney becomes the Pentagon's sexy new weapon....

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Ex-CIA analyst: NYT Benghazi article ‘an effort to revive discredited theory’ of anti-Islam video
Daily Caller - A former CIA analyst poured cold water over the New York Times’ new report suggesting al-Qaida was not involved in the September 11, 2012 attack against American targets in Benghazi, Libya — calling the article “an effort to revive this discredited theory that the anti-Islam video was behind it.”

Don’t Let Other Countries Declare War For America - The American people should know that pending right now in Congress is a bipartisan bill that would virtually commit the United States to go to war against Iran if Israel attacks the Islamic Republic.

US judge rules NSA phone surveillance program is legal
RT - Judge Pauley admitted in a decision penned in the Southern District of New York court that the NSA "vacuums up information about virtually every telephone call to, from, or within the United States," but that no evidence exists that the spy agency abuses this program to spy on people without ties to terrorist organizations.

Missouri bill would gut Obamacare
Washington Times - Following the lead of South Carolina, where lawmakers are fast-tracking House Bill 3101 in 2014, and Georgia, where HB707 was recently introduced by Rep. Jason Spencer, Missouri State Senator John T. Lamping (R-24) pre-filed Senate Bill 546 (SB546) to update the Health Care Freedom Act passed by Missouri voters in 2010. It passed that year with more than 70% support.

MDs sue ObamaCare insurer over dropped doctors
NY Post - A group of New York doctors is suing insurance giant UnitedHealthcare, charging that it booted doctors from its network to avoid cost hikes imposed by ObamaCare. The company’s decision to kick more than 2,000 docs from its Medicare Advantage network threatens to harm elderly and disabled patients, according to the filing in Brooklyn federal court.

LAPD deploys drug detection swab test at sobriety checkpoints
RT - The Los Angeles Police Department has announced plans to ramp up use of a portable tool that checks for drug use, beginning with a New Year’s Eve crackdown on intoxicated drivers. Officials cited increased medical marijuana use as a main justification.

FBI urges police to watch for people with almanacs
SFGate - An FBI intelligence bulletin sent to law enforcement agencies last week warned that "terrorist operatives may rely on almanacs to assist with target selection and pre-operational planning" because they include detailed information on bridges, tunnels and other U.S. landmarks, officials said.

Mich. lawmaker wants to suspend driver’s licenses of kids absent from school
Fox News - State Rep. Andy Schor, D-Lansing, introduced two bills last week that would alert Michigan’s secretary of state – who oversees the issuance of licenses – whenever a student’s truancy gets so severe that his or her school refers the matter to court. The student’s license would be suspended or withheld for six months under the proposed law.

Hundreds Of Property Seizures Due To California Rail (That May Not Be Built)
Off The Grid News - The biggest seizure of private property by eminent domain in decades in the United States has started in California. The state is planning to take hundreds of properties — most of them in rural areas and small towns — to get land to build a high speed rail system which would connect San Francisco and Los Angeles.

I worked on the US drone program. The public should know what really goes on
The Guardian - What the public needs to understand is that the video provided by a drone is not usually clear enough to detect someone carrying a weapon, even on a crystal-clear day with limited cloud and perfect light. This makes it incredibly difficult for the best analysts to identify if someone has weapons for sure. One example comes to mind: "The feed is so pixelated, what if it's a shovel, and not a weapon?" I felt this confusion constantly, as did my fellow UAV analysts.

New Hampshire Moves Toward Nullifying NDAA
Activist Post - New Hampshire has now taken a critical step toward nullification with the introduction of their bill HB1279, scheduled to be formally presented on January 8th, 2014.... While other states like Michigan have offered some opposition contained in their legislation, many lack the thorough resistance being proposed by the "Live Free or Die" state of New Hampshire. The following analysis introduces the bill...

WABC Radio Suffers Meltdown On Air … As NSA Discussion Begins
Activist Post - Aaron Klein's radio program started suffering ‘technical problems’ during an interview with Larry Klayman, the lawyer who won an injunction against the NSA’s bulk phone records collection. “In my three years of broadcasting at WABC we never had such a technological meltdown as we are having today,” Klein said, according to the website WND.

VIDEO: Florida neighborhood bans kids from playing in street
Breitbart - After Advanced Management, the community's managing company, prohibited children, for their own safety, from playing on the one road passing through the 172-unit subdivision, the family-oriented neighborhood is surprisingly quiet in the days after Christmas, WTSP-TV, Tampa, reported Sunday.

I worked on the US drone program. The public should know what really goes on
The Guardian - What the public needs to understand is that the video provided by a drone is not usually clear enough to detect someone carrying a weapon, even on a crystal-clear day with limited cloud and perfect light. This makes it incredibly difficult for the best analysts to identify if someone has weapons for sure. One example comes to mind: "The feed is so pixelated, what if it's a shovel, and not a weapon?" I felt this confusion constantly, as did my fellow UAV analysts.

New Hampshire Moves Toward Nullifying NDAA
Activist Post - New Hampshire has now taken a critical step toward nullification with the introduction of their bill HB1279, scheduled to be formally presented on January 8th, 2014.... While other states like Michigan have offered some opposition contained in their legislation, many lack the thorough resistance being proposed by the "Live Free or Die" state of New Hampshire. The following analysis introduces the bill...

WABC Radio Suffers Meltdown On Air … As NSA Discussion Begins
Activist Post - Aaron Klein's radio program started suffering ‘technical problems’ during an interview with Larry Klayman, the lawyer who won an injunction against the NSA’s bulk phone records collection. “In my three years of broadcasting at WABC we never had such a technological meltdown as we are having today,” Klein said, according to the website WND.

VIDEO: Florida neighborhood bans kids from playing in street
Breitbart - After Advanced Management, the community's managing company, prohibited children, for their own safety, from playing on the one road passing through the 172-unit subdivision, the family-oriented neighborhood is surprisingly quiet in the days after Christmas, WTSP-TV, Tampa, reported Sunday.

Election News

DNC sends email defending Obama from impeachment possibility
Daily Caller - The Democratic National Committee (DNC) sent out a paranoid email Saturday evening urging supporters to vote for Democrats so that Republicans can’t impeach President Obama.


Marc Faber’s 2014 Predictions
Zero Hedge - In an interview with Talking Numbers’ Brian Sullivan, Faber offers what he thinks is next for the world in 2014...

Going Under: Over One Million Lose Unemployment Benefits – Will Hit Five Million By End of 2014
Mac Slavo - Five millions Americans will be losing access to what essentially amounts to their paycheck. And we’re not talking about a $29 cut to food stamps. We’re talking about a mortgage payment, a healthcare payment, and funds to pay for essential utilities. All of it will be vaporized by the end of the year. This will affect not just those five million people, but their dependents as well, which amounts to at least an additional 5 – 10 million people.

Veteran News

US Veterans Face Economic and Physical Hardship
Global Research - One in nine veterans is living at or below the poverty line, and 13 percent of homeless people in the US have been in the military.

Reported sexual assaults in US military jumped by 50% in 2013
RT - Data obtained by AP shows there were more than 5,000 sexual assault reports during the 2013 fiscal year, which ended on Sept. 30. By contrast, there were 3,374 incidents reported in 2012.

Housing Market

Underwater homeowners could face extra tax burden in 2014
Washington Post - A law that spared people who owe more than their homes are worth from being saddled with extra taxes when their banks provide mortgage relief is expiring next week. Congress hasn’t extended it.

Energy & Environment

Fukushima radiation hits San Francisco! (Dec 2013)
Daily Sheeple - Background radiation is 30 CPM. Near the ocean it’s 150 CPM. The fine mist coming from the ocean waves seems to be what makes the Geiger Counter jump. More thorough readings need to be done!... This shocking video was taken December 23rd 2013 with a quality Geiger Counter at Pacifica State Beach (Surfers Beach), California.

‘High Alert’: Mystery illness killing bald eagles in Western U.S.
ENENews - Wildlife experts are on high alert as more bald eagles are found suffering from a mysterious illness [...] It’s a very big concern. Wildlife experts have never seen anything like this before with bald eagles. […] Wildlife experts have never seen bald eagles suffer like this before in Utah and scientists are unsure of what is making them ill.

US govt’s wanton approval of harmful pesticides fueling ‘bee holocaust’ - lawsuit
RT - In response to rapidly dwindling global honey bee populations - vital in pollinating a third of the world’s crops - environmental and food safety groups have sued the EPA for approving bee-ravaging pesticides despite damning evidence of their effects.

Unprecedented declines in Alaska king salmon… related to impact from Fukushima? No comment, says NOAA biologist
ENENews - [...] When asked about the potential impact Fukushima may be having on king salmon stocks in the Gulf of Alaska and elsewhere in the state, Orsi would not comment. “I’ve been told to refer you to the (Environmental Protection Agency),” he said, “Because I’m not an expert on the topic.” Calls and emails to the EPA were not returned in time and digging on the federal agency’s site revealed no current information on radiation from the Fukushima disaster. The last posted monitoring results occurred in June of 2011.


Turmeric Extract Found Superior To Blockbuster Drug for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Green Med Info - Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a painful, debilitating and even life threatening condition without many known natural therapies proven effective. All that changed in 2012 when it was revealed a turmeric extract is superior to the blockbluster drug Diclofenac sodium in relieving the condition of those suffering with RA.

Average Prescription Drug Has 70 Side Effects
Off The Grid News - According to the Mayo Clinic and Olmsted Medical Center, 70 percent of Americans take at least one prescription drug, and more than half of these people take two. The most commonly prescribed are antidepressants, antibiotics and painkillers.

New Research Once Again Disproving Doctor's Advice - The Risks of Aspirin Outweigh The Benefits
Prevent Disease - The review, conducted by the research arm of the NHS, said the dangers of bleeding in the brain and stomach caused by aspirin exceed any benefit of the long standing recommendation by millions of physicians worldwide. The conclusion by researchers was to avoid taking the drug until there was more evidence.

When Is The Best Time To Eat Fruit
Natural News Blog - We all think eating fruits means just buying fruits, cutting it and just popping it into our mouths. It’s not as easy as you think. It’s important to know how and *when* to eat. What is the correct way of eating fruits?

What Are the Health Benefits of Carrots?
Dr. Mercola - Carrots are most widely known for their role in vision health, but they actually offer body-wide benefits that may surprise you.

Fermenting Foods—One of the Easiest and Most Creative Aspects of Making Food from Scratch
Dr. Mercola - 90 percent of the genetic material in your body is not yours but belongs to the bacteria that outnumber your cells 10 to 1. These bacteria have enormous influence on your digestion, detoxification and immune system.

Studies show that reishi mushrooms fight cancer and diabetes
(NaturalNews) Reishi mushrooms have been used to treat countless ailments in the Far East for over 2,000 years. They are especially venerated in their native China, where they have acquired the nickname "The Mushrooms of Immortality" due to their extraordinary medicinal properties.

Schisandra berries and astragalus root work in synergy to heal the liver - Study
(NaturalNews) The most amazing aspect of the liver is that it can regenerate itself. Researchers are finding new ways to aid the liver in this cellular regeneration process. Certain wild and whole foods contain powerful phytonutrients that restore liver cells. Research from the Second Military Medical University, in Shanghai, China, found that schisandra berries and astragalus root work together in synergy to powerfully restore the liver.

Science & Technology

NSA reportedly intercepting laptops purchased online to install spy malware
The Verge - The report indicates that the NSA, in collaboration with the CIA and FBI, routinely and secretly intercepts shipping deliveries for laptops or other computer accessories in order to implant bugs before they reach their destinations. According to Der Spiegel, the NSA's TAO group is able to divert shipping deliveries to its own "secret workshops" in a method called interdiction, where agents load malware onto the electronics or install malicious hardware that can give US intelligence agencies remote access.

Will Facebook Be The Next ID You Show The TSA? - According to Mashable, Feinstein referenced the following advisory on the TSA website: “Not having an ID, does not necessarily mean a passenger will not be allowed to fly. If passengers are willing to provide additional information, TSA has other means of substantiating an individual’s identity, like using publicly available databases.”

REPORT: Russian Mind Control Revealed
Activist Post - According to a new report out by Serge Kernbach, from the Research Centre of Advanced Robotics and Environmental Science in Stuttgart, Germany, he detailed just under 100 years of Soviet studies and experiments on mind control, costing over $1 billion dollars.

VIDEO: A Thin Sheet of Reality: The Universe as a Hologram
Activist Post - What we touch. What we smell. What we feel. They’re all part of our reality. But what if life as we know it reflects only one side of the full story? Some of the world’s leading physicists think that this may be the case. They believe that our reality is a projection—sort of like a hologram—of laws and processes that exist on a thin surface surrounding us at the edge of the universe.


10 Dehydrator Meals for Your Prepper Pantry
Natural Blaze - In an effort to have some “just-add-water” meals planned for those emergencies that leave us with little to no warning, I have been using my dehydrator like a mad woman and have been dehydrating some of my families favorite meals.

Friday - December 27, 2013: - Today In History:
1831 - Charles Darwin set out on a voyage to the Pacific aboard the HMS Beagle. Darwin's discoveries during the voyage helped him form the basis of his theories on evolution.
1845 - Dr. Crawford Williamson Long used anesthesia for childbirth for the first time. The event was the delivery of his own child in Jefferson, GA.
1945 - The World Bank was created with an agreement signed by 28 nations.
1947 - The children's television program "Howdy Doody," hosted by Bob Smith, made its debut on NBC.
1951 - In Cincinnati, OH, an automobile, with a steering wheel on the right side, became the 1st vehicle of its kind to be used in service for mail delivery.
1965 - The BP oil rig Sea Gem capsized in the North Sea, with the loss of 13 lives.
1978 - Spain adopted a new constitution and became a democracy after 40 years of dictatorship.
1992 - The U.S. shot down an Iraqi fighter jet during what the Pentagon described as a confrontation between a pair of Iraqi warplanes and U.S. F-16 jets in U.N.-restricted airspace over southern Iraq.
1996 - Muslim fundamentalist Taliban forces retook the strategic air base of Bagram, solidifying their buffer zone around Kabul, the Afghanistan capital.
2001 - U.S. President George W. Bush granted China permanent normal trade status with the United States.
2002 - N. Korea ordered U.N. nuclear inspectors to leave the country and said that it would restart a laboratory capable of producing plutonium for nuclear weapons.
2002 - Clonaid announced the birth of the first cloned human baby. The baby had been born December 26.

Houston Homeless Photos - 2013

Here are a few photos taken Christmas Day at 3500 Travis Street, Houston, Texas where Gary, myself and 4 other Rolling Thunder TX2 members helped hand out all the clothing and personal hygiene items that was collected. I filled 88 quart size zip lock bags with hand sanitizers, toothpaste, toothbrushes, Q-Tips, Band-Aids, combs, Kleenex & etc. along with all the warm clothing sent by The Power Hour team. Everyone was so appreciative of all they received....!!Hopefully I will be able to add a few more photos to add to the ones I took when I gather them from other folks.
Thank you again for all that The Power Hour and the listeners did to help pull this off....!!!!! It is so greatly appreciated!!!!

** To view the link to the new Kitchen at the U.S. Vets facility, click here.

World News

More UN troops due in South Sudan in 48 hours: UN
Press TV - Hilde Johnson, head of the UN mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), said on Thursday that she hoped to get the critical reinforcements of military hardware and personnel for the UN's overtaxed mission in the country, AFP reported.

Iron Dome deployed in Beersheba, Sderot and Ashdod - Preparing for a possible escalation in rocket fire from Gaza, Israel deployed Iron Dome missile batteries near Beersheba, Sderot and Ashdod, the army said.

US secretly sends Hellfire missiles, drones to Iraq
RT - In an attempt to beat back gains by Al-Qaeda-linked insurgents, the United States is moving “dozens” of Hellfire missiles and surveillance drones into Iraq. According to a report by The New York Times, the decision comes after Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki requested help from US President Barack Obama during a meeting in Washington last month.

American abducted in Pakistan calls for U.S. help
Washington Times - A 72-year-old American development worker who was kidnapped in Pakistan by al Qaeda more than two years ago appealed to President Obama in a video released Thursday to negotiate his release, saying he feels “totally abandoned and forgotten.”

Japan PM close to deal on controversial U.S. base on Okinawa
(Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday moved close to winning approval from the island of Okinawa on a replacement for a U.S. air base, a move that would resolve a nearly 20-year-old deadlock that has strained ties with Washington.

Arab Monarchies: We Want to 'Bolster Friendship,' Trade with China
Breitbart - Riyadh and Beijing are cozying closer to each other this holiday season, as the Gulf Cooperation Council announced this week it has been in talks with China with the purpose of "bolstering friendship and cooperation ties" with the nation.

More radioactive water leaks from Fukushima reactor - The Asahi Shimbun newspaper reported today [Dec 25, 2013] that Tokyo Electric Power Corp. has revealed that "225 tons of radioactive rainwater likely leaked from cracks in the barriers surrounding storage tanks at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant". It appears to be the largest leak from the tank barriers since a March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami devastated the facility.

Update: Okinawa governor approves relocation of US airbase within prefecture
RT - Okinawa officials approved the long-anticipated relocation of the US Marines Corps’ Futenma Air Station on Friday, according to Japan's defense ministry. The move settles decades of often heated negotiations between Tokyo and Washington.
** Related video/article: US base move angers Okinawans

VIDEO: Netanyahu threatens more attacks on Gaza
Press TV - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has threatened more assaults on the Gaza Strip, as the Tel Aviv regime intensifies its military operations against the besieged Palestinian territory.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Here Are The 15 Democratic Senators Bucking The White House And Threatening War With Iran
Huffington Post - As the United States finally puts a decade of war behind it, a group of senators, including 15 Democrats, is defying the White House and threatening to push the country into a fresh war with Iran.

Federal Judge Bombshell: Obama Admin Aids/Abets Human Traffickers
Susan Duclos - Judge Andrew S. Hanen of Brownsville, Texas dropped a massive bombshell on the Obama administration saying the admin’s immigration policies are “completing the criminal mission” of human traffickers “who are violating the border security of the United States” and assisting a “criminal conspiracy in achieving its illegal goals.”

Record Disapproval of Congress and Obama
Kurt Nimmo - CNN is trying to spin a survey showing record disapproval of Congress. The CNN/ORC International poll released today indicates two-third of respondents believe the current Congress is the worst in their lifetime. 73%, according to CNN, say Congress “has so far done nothing to address the country’s problems, with one in four disagreeing.”

New ObamaCare fees coming in 2014
NY Post - The cost of President Obama’s massive health-care law will hit Americans in 2014 as new taxes pile up on their insurance premiums and on their income-tax bills. Most insurers aren’t advertising the ObamaCare taxes that are added on to premiums, opting instead to discretely pass them on to customers while quietly lobbying lawmakers for a break.

Who Owns Your Congressman? [Infographic] - Politics is big business, with millions spent each year trying to sway the electoral process. Which industries, businesses and outside interests have donated the most to which candidates?

Federal authorities charge white ‘knockout’ suspect with hate crime
Washington Times - Most knockout victims that have appeared in news reports have been white, but the Justice Department said in this instance the victim was a 79-year-old black man, and stepped in with federal charges.

VIDEO: Is The U.S. A Police State? - C-SPAN Question: Is The U.S. A Police State? Related article

72-year-old East Moline woman arrested for 2008 seat belt ticket - “They said, ‘You got a warrant.’ A warrant? A warrant for what?” said Carol Fulscher, the woman arrested. “I never would’ve imagined in a million years that they would’ve arrested a 72-year-old woman,” said Jeanette Byrd, Carol’s daughter. Fulscher, comfortably sitting on her couch at her home in East Moline, was sitting in a jail cell Saturday night, December 21, 2013.

Kristin Tate: 15 Things Politicians Must Stop Saying In 2014 - We should all be wary of almost everything career politicians tell us. But when certain words come out of our elected officials’ mouths, I really want to dry heave. Here are 15 overused bureaucratic terms and their politically-mutated definitions.

YouTube: Ron Paul: The Failure Of Government Is All Around Us
Air Date: Dec. 26th, 2013

Two states want their money back from the contractor that built most of
The Verge - Vermont and Massachusetts are taking steps to get their money back from CGI Federal, the government contractor that built the health insurance marketplaces in those states as well as the federal marketplace State officials say CGI Federal delivered the websites late and with defects, reports the Boston Globe.


Be prepared: Wall Street advisor recommends guns, ammo for protection in collapse
Washington Examiner - A top financial advisor, worried that Obamacare, the NSA spying scandal and spiraling national debt is increasing the chances for a fiscal and social disaster, is recommending that Americans prepare a “bug-out bag” that includes food, a gun and ammo to help them stay alive.

The Stock Market Has Officially Entered Crazytown Territory
Economic Collapse - Stocks just keep going higher and higher, and at this point what is happening in the stock market does not bear any resemblance to what is going on in the overall economy whatsoever. So how long can this irrational state of affairs possibly continue?

Local Courts Reviving ‘Debtors’ Prison’ For Overdue Fines, Fees
Fox News - More and more, courts are dragging people in for fines and fees that have ballooned due to interest imposed on the initial sums. Some owe money to the public defender's office for the representation they received during their time in court. Others incur hundreds of dollars in fees while they're incarcerated -- for everything from toilet paper to the beds inmates sleep on.


Professor admits faking AIDS vaccine to get $19M in grants
NY Post - An Iowa State University professor resigned after admitting he falsely claimed rabbit blood could be turned into a vaccine for the AIDS virus.

WHO: Cancer risk rising around the world; Western medicine failing globally
(NaturalNews) The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued dire new predictions about the spread of cancer throughout the world that prove the Western model of medicine to be a complete failure. Within the next 10 years, the public health arm of the United Nations claims, cancer rates will increase by more than 25 percent, with most of this growth expected to occur in developing countries that have been heavily infiltrated by Western influences.

Peel Garlic like Magic: This is so Easy!
Sandy Scherschligt - We all know that garlic is good for us. It has been hailed for lowering cholesterol, reducing blood pressure, balancing blood sugar, fighting viruses and fungus, miracle cure for the cold and flu, and an immune booster. Nobody likes to peel garlic and the ready to use jar variety costs a fortune. So how do you get that garlic peeled in less than a minute?

8 dairy-free calcium sources
STEPin2 - New research has shown that milk may not be as good for you as popularly believed. Fortunately, there are other sources to get daily calcium intake without consuming dairy. Let’s take a look at 8 healthy dairy-free calcium sources.

Oregano oil keeps sunflower seeds fresh longer
(NaturalNews) Standing tall and emanating with bright yellow petals, the sunflower looks to the light, holding its head of seeds up high into midday. These seeds, high in vitamin E, manganese, B1, B6 and magnesium, are also full of beneficial polyunsaturated fats that aid the cardiovascular system.

Here's a nutty fact: Eating more tree nuts lowers the risk of all-cause death by up to 20 percent
(NaturalNews) Researchers found that individuals who ate a serving of tree nuts less than once a week had a 7 percent reduction in mortality.... Those consuming a serving once a week experienced an 11 percent reduction; two to four times per week, a 13 percent reduction; five to six times per week, a 15 percent reduction; and seven or more times a week, a 20 percent reduction in death rate.

Enzymes: The spark of life (chi) and their role in health and longevity
(NaturalNews) What are enzymes? Enzymes are vital proteins within the body that are necessary for all of life's functions. Without enzymes, we simply could not live. All metabolism and metabolic processes that occur within the body require enzymes for them to take place. Without them, we simply would cease to function.

Mouth Breathing During Exercise May Increase Your Risk for Asthma and Cardiac Problems
Dr. Mercola - While breathing is a fundamentally natural function of human beings, it can be negatively influenced by many factors of modern living such as stress, sitting at a desk all day, and excessive talking. In fact, about 80 percent of the Western population breathes incorrectly.

Diet and Exercise May Impact Your Kidney Stone Risk
Dr. Mercola - In a study involving more than 84,000 postmenopausal women, it was found that those who exercised had up to a 31 percent lower risk of kidney stones. The link persisted even with only small amounts of physical activity.

Housing Market

Petition: Americans to Wall Street 'Scrooges': Give Your Bonus to Homeless
Common Dreams - As the holidays recede and millions of Americans look ahead to a year of slashed federal food aid and discontinued unemployment benefits, Wall Street bankers are preparing for a $92 billion windfall in end-of-the-year bonuses. In what is being described as a win/win for the much maligned banking industry, nearly 50,000 people are calling on those bankers to donate that cash to the ten million Americans made homeless by the housing crisis.

Energy & Environment

Workers find another crack near giant sinkhole - Work is once again on hold at the giant Louisiana sinkhole after workers found another crack in the levee. The new cracks are in the same spot where previous cracks were repaired in the lowest part of the south berm near the massive sinkhole in Assumption Parish. Authorities also report an increase in the micro-earthquakes in the area.

Tens of thousands likely without power until Saturday; more snow is on the way
NBC News - Tens of thousands in the Northeast, the Midwest and eastern Canada who spent Christmas in the dark and cold after a vicious ice storm are likely to be waiting until the weekend for power — just as fresh snowfall is expected to complicate restoration efforts, utility firms said Thursday.

Pet News

5 Signs Your Pet Needs Immediate Veterinary Help
Dr. Becker - Unfortunately, part of being a pet parent means dealing with unexpected crises involving your beloved dog’s or cat’s health. Some problems can wait for an appointment with your vet. Other situations, like these five, require you to take immediate action – often to save your pet’s life.

Don’t Make This Tragic Mistake When Your Dog Misbehaves
Dr. Becker - Maybe you or someone you know received a dog for Christmas (read here to learn why I don’t recommend giving pets as gifts), or you’re planning to bring home a new furry family member in the near future. If so, I can’t stress enough the importance of positive (not punitive) behavior training and outfitting your new pet with a safe collar and harness.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Researcher: Extensive Use of Antibiotics in Agriculture Creating Public Health Crisis
Natural Blaze - In a newly released paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine, Hollis and co-author Ziana Ahmed state that in the United States 80 per cent of the antibiotics in the country are consumed in agriculture and aquaculture for the purpose of increasing food production. This flood of antibiotics released into the environment – sprayed on fruit trees and fed to the likes of livestock, poultry and salmon, among other uses – has led bacteria to evolve, Hollis writes.

Weekend Viewing

Documentary: This Is What The World Would Look Like If Cell Phone Radiation Was Visible - It shocks many people to discover that less than 1 percent of the electromagnetic spectrum is visible to the human eye. Think about that for a moment. Take the rainbow for example, the existence of the rainbow depends on the conical photoreceptors in your eyes; to animals without cones, the rainbow does not exist. If they cant conceive the idea of one in their head, does it mean that rainbows dont exist?

Thursday - December 26, 2013: - Today In History:
1620 - The Pilgrim Fathers landed at New Plymouth, MA, to found Plymouth Colony, with John Carver as Governor.
1776 - The British suffered a major defeat in the Battle of Trenton during the American Revolutionary War.
1865 - The coffee percolator was patented by James H. Mason.
1898 - Marie and Pierre Curie discovered radium.
1917 - During World War I, the U.S. government took over operation of the nation's railroads.
1941 - Winston Churchill became the first British prime minister to address a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress.
1947 - Heavy snow blanketed the Northeast United States, burying New York City under 25.8 inches of snow in 16 hours. The severe weather was blamed for about 80 deaths.
1956 - Fidel Castro attempted a secret landing in Cuba to overthrow the Batista regime. All but 11 of his supporters were killed.
1982 - The Man of the Year in "TIME" magazine was a computer. It was the first time a non-human received the honors.
1996 - Six-year-old beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey was found beaten and strangled in the basement of her family's home in Boulder, CO.
1998 - Iraq announced that it would fire on U.S. and British  warplanes that patrol the skies over northern and southern Iraq.
2002 - The first cloned human baby was born. The announcement was made the December 27 by Clonaid.
2004 - Under the Indian Ocean, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake sent 500-mph waves across the Indian Ocean and Bay of Bengal. The tsunami killed at least 283,000 people in a dozen countries, including Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Sumatra, Thailand and India.

World News

At least 37 dead in bombings in Baghdad’s Christian areas
RT - Bomb attacks at Christmas that targeted Christian areas of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, have left at least 37 people dead. The biggest blast happened near a church after a Christmas service.

Egypt formally declares Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group
RT - The crackdown against the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt has intensified, with the government formally listing the group as a terrorist organization and accusing it of being behind a recent suicide attack that killed 16 people.

Syria signs offshore oil and gas exploration deal with Russia
RT - Damascus has signed a major oil and gas deal with Russian company Soyuzneftegaz which allows for offshore drilling, development, and production to take place in Syria’s territorial waters for the very first time.

VIDEO: US court: No right for Bagram prisoners
Press TV - The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled in a 44-page decision on Christmas Eve that habeas corpus petitions filed by five prisoners who are held by the US military at the Bagram prison in Afghanistan are “beyond the reach” of the US Constitution.

Israel Lobby Launches Fierce Counterattack Against American Studies Association
Common Dreams - Israel lobby groups are marshaling their formidable forces for a fierce counterattack against the American Studies Association (ASA), including calls for repressive legislation, boycotts and other measures to punish and silence solidarity with Palestinians.

North Korea Rushing Imminent War Preparations
Israel National News - North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un further escalated tensions of war on Wednesday, putting his army on notice for imminent combat during an inspection of troops accompanied by North Korea's top 3 military leaders.

VIDEO: A Christmas Message From Edward Snowden - Because this message appears to be blocked in some place here's another upload... Many thanks to Edward Snowden for his courage and hard work to let the world know about our predicament. ** Related article.

Mystery Oil Spill Turns Miles of Trinidad's Beaches Black - Whether it is a case of sabotage or simply poor management practices by the state-owned PETROTRIN, as the union claims, a mysterious oil spill in south Trinidad is wreaking havoc on homes and wildlife in the area.

Gone Fission: Fish caught near Fukushima may swim in food chain
RT - Japan's seafood industry says it's blighted by contaminated catches - nearly three years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster polluted surrounding land and waterways. They can't convince customers their fish is safe - even though the authorities insist they're doing their level best to show they've got a grip on the problem.

US sends Marines to Uganda to aid South Sudan evacuations
RT - A small team of US Marines was deployed to Uganda on Tuesday to prepare for more evacuations of Americans from the escalating turmoil in South Sudan.

Israeli Air and Ground Assaults Pound Gaza
RINF - Israel slammed Gaza with a series of air and ground military assaults on Tuesday, killing 3-year-old Palestinian girl Hala Abu Sabikha and wounding at least nine in what appears to be the most severe attack on this besieged home to 1.7 million people since an Israeli offensive in November 2012.

Thai police officer killed in clashes with anti-government protesters
RT - Thai police say an officer has been killed during an anti-government rally in the country’s capital, Bangkok. Police used tear gas, rubber bullets on protesters who attempted to halt planning for the February elections over the controversial security law.

Putin says new post-Soviet economic union ready for 2015 launch
Blacklisted News - The alliance would replace a much looser Eurasian Customs Union that Russia formed with the two ex-Soviet nations in an effort to build up a free trade rival to the 28-nation EU bloc.

U.S. News, Politics & Government can't verify Obama's identity
WND - The White House appears to have dropped a bombshell when it explained to the press why White House staff in Washington enrolled President Obama in Obamacare instead of Obama himself. Officials said it was because could not verify Obama’s identity.

Local Man Denied Coverage Through Affordable Care Act for Pre-Existing Condition - We've all been told the Affordable Care Act is supposed to help people that have pre-existing medical conditions but now thanks to a loophole in the law, there are at least 22 people in Indiana with kidney failure that are not going to be able to get supplemental insurance coverage due to their pre-existing condition.

Krauthammer: 'Huge Gov't Bailout' of Health Insurance Industry at End of 2014
CNS News - "The insurers understand that they're going to be completely ruined," Krauthammer said on "Fox News Sunday" with Chris Wallace. "And what's going to happen as a result of this? There's only one way out, a huge government bailout of the insurers is waiting at the end of next year."

Americans Killed by Cops Now Outnumber Americans Killed in Iraq War
Matt Savoy - The increase in police brutality in this country is a frightening reality. In the last decade alone the number of people murdered by police has reached 5,000. The number of soldiers killed since the inception of the Iraq war, 4489.


GM doesn't owe $450 million in retiree benefits: U.S. judge
(Reuters) - In a 36-page decision, U.S. District Judge Avern Cohn in Detroit said on Tuesday that the current GM did not assume any obligation for the payment, which the automaker had contracted to make two years before its June 2009 bankruptcy filing.

It’s A Wonderful Life Report Censored - Videos on Youtube are being taken down completely because of mere accusations that they violate copyrights, regardless if the copyright claim is completely unfounded and bogus. This was a pure political move meant to censor our powerful report exposing the truth on the fractional-reserve, fiat banking system.

U.S. Postal Service Wins 6 Percent Increase to Cover Loss
Bloomberg - A first-class stamp will cost 49 cents, up from 46 cents, starting Jan. 26. Similar changes will apply to magazines, bills and advertising mail. The increases of 4.3 percent approved yesterday are on top of 1.7 percent, an amount equal to inflation, approved last month.

Energy & Environment

Smart Grid Technology, Now Spreading Across U.S., Will Raise Energy Prices to Reduce Demand
CNS News - The Obama administration is spending billions of dollars to modernize the nation’s power grid, with the goal of changing the way Americans use energy. Your electric bill will go way up, unless you allow the utility to control your energy load at times of peak demand.

Evidence for Predicting Global Cooling for the Next Three Decades
Global Research - Despite no global warming in 10 years and recording setting cold in 2007-2008, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climatic Change (IPCC) and computer modelers who believe that CO2 is the cause of global warming still predict the Earth is in store for catastrophic warming in this century.

'Merry Frackmess!': Elves Erect Gas Drilling Rig on Governor's Front Lawn
Common Dreams - If Illinois Gov. Quinn wants fracking in his state, Santa thinks he should see what it's like to live next to a fracking rig... "Fracking puts corporate interests above the health and well-being of people and ecosystems, and that is naughty!" the activist said.

Veteran News

Army: Don’t say Christmas
Fox News - That’s the message that was conveyed to a group of soldiers at Camp Shelby by an equal opportunity officer from the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute, according to a soldier who attended a recent briefing. “It’s unbelievable that the Army would ban ‘Christmas’ like it’s a bad word,” said Michael Berry, an attorney with the Liberty Institute, a legal firm representing the unidentified soldier.


Frankincense Superior to Chemotherapy in Killing Late-Stage Ovarian Cancer Cells
Green Med Info - Like the Magi, carrying myrrh, frankincense, and gold, researchers from the University of Leicester have, for the first time, demonstrated the potential of treating ovarian cancer using the Christmas gift frankincense.

Mistletoe Extract Beats Chemotherapy Against Colon Cancer Cells
Green Med Info - According to the University of Adelaide in Australia, a researcher there is experimenting with an extract of mistletoe. The lab studies focus on whether mistletoe could complement chemotherapy or replace chemotherapy as a treatment for colon cancer.

Herb Salacia Oblonga Rivals Prescription Drugs in Treating Diabetes
Natural Society - In one study, a dose of 1000 mg per day of salacia oblonga was shown to decrease insulin and blood glucose levels by 29% and 23%, respectively, but a smaller dose of 480 mg of the herb extract was also found to be very effective.

Know Your Berries
Prevent Disease - Our typical impression of berries revolves around strawberries, raspberries and blackberries , however from a botanical perspective, these are not berries at all. In fact, according to world botanical and the scientific definition of a berry, a banana is more of a berry than any of those above.

Boston-area pharmacy to settle $100 M for meningitis victims - The bankrupt Boston-area pharmacy that allegedly made tainted steroid injections which sickened hundreds and killed 64 will compensate victims, officials say.

Big Food Companies Push to Label Genetically Modified Products as “Natural”
AllGov - The Grocery Manufacturers Association has asked the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to approve their plan, which would mean any food containing GMO corn, sugar and other such ingredients could be sold as “natural.”

Antibiotic era ending - Antimicrobial pecan shell extract can prevent Listeria contamination in organic meats
(NaturalNews) Good news is on the way for organic meat production. As reported in the Journal of Food Science, pecan shell extract could make a viable antimicrobial preservative for organic meats. This discovery is brilliant and efficient. Instead of being discarded, pecan shells could be collected and used as a recyclable preservative.

The amazing health benefits of Brussels sprouts
(NaturalNews) Rich in essential vitamins - One serving of Brussels sprouts (half a cup) supplies us with 20 essential vitamins, including 48 milligrams of the important antioxidant vitamin C, numerous B vitamins and 604 International Units of vitamin A.

Top five health benefits of bitter leaf
NaturalNews) Studies conducted at the University of Texas have concluded that incorporating bitter leaf into your routine diet could reduce risk factors for such health conditions as breast cancer and type II diabetes.

The great central nervous system disruptors: MSG, aspartame and cigarettes
(NaturalNews) Little do most people realize that food agents and cigarettes create more than just an imbalance of the central nervous system (CNS), they create anxiety, nervousness, agitation and depression, and it's all what doctors often refer to as "chemical imbalance."

Science & Technology

Music publishers claim to own "Silent Night" & ripoff indie Youtube singer; ContentID helps them do it - [...] Youtube's notorious "Content ID" system let some of the biggest music publishers in the world lay claim to the copyright in Adam's video, on the basis that his rendition of "Silent Night" belonged to them -- despite having been composed in 1818 and being firmly in the public domain. Once their claims had been laid, all the money his video generated was diverted to them.

Computer Security Firm Accepted $10 Million Payoff to Give NSA Backdoor Access
AllGov - RSA, a leader in encryption software used throughout the technology industry, has been accused of having accepted $10 million from the National Security Agency (NSA) so the government could gain a “backdoor” into computer networks using RSA’s product.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

"Sustainable Growth"? The Government Is Ripping Up Food Gardens
Activist Post - The government is ripping out gardens. To stop this, people have to go to the root of the problem which is the enforcement codes themselves. They are new, they're international, and they're grossly unconstitutional. And why not? They are part of Agenda 21 which is intended to end property rights.


33 Awesome DiY Projects for Preppers
The Daily Sheeple - Below you’ll find a slew (33 counts as a slew, right?) of ideas to help you on your journey to self-reliance and preparedness. Most will take only a few minutes and minimal skills. Others require hours and sweat equity. Doers of the Stuff don’t mind. It’s just what we do.

Humor & Satire

YouTube: The Obamacare 12 Days of Christmas
Americans now see, often first-hand, that Obamacare is a disaster. From employee hours being cut, to rising health insurance premiums, to losing doctors and insurance plans, Obamacare is bad for the country.

Merry Christmas: Your Drone Spotting Guide is Now Available (Semi-satire)
Activist Post - A new concept introduced by an Amsterdam-based designer is reminiscent of the hilarious Joy Camp video below, where a group of nature lovers are seen hiking with their drone spotting app called CIA (SeeYa).

Wednesday - December 25, 2013


Tuesday - December 24, 2013 - Today In History:
1814 - The War of 1812 between the U.S. and Britain was ended with the signing of the Treaty of Ghent in Belgium.
1818 - Franz Gruber of Oberndorf, Germany composed the music for "Silent Night" to words written by Josef Mohr.
1851 - A fire devastated the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, destroying about 35,000 volumes.
1865 - Several veterans of the Confederate Army formed a private social club in Pulaski, TN, called the Ku Klux Klan.
1914 - In World War I, the first air raid on Britain was made when a German airplane dropped a bomb on the grounds of a rectory in Dover.
1943 - U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt appointed Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower supreme commander of Allied forces as part of Operation Overlord.
1944 - A German submarine torpedoed the Belgian transport ship S.S. Leopoldville with 2,235 soldiers aboard. About 800 American soldiers died. The soldiers were crossing the English Channel to be reinforcements at the battle that become known as the Battle of the Bulge.
1948 - For the first time ever, a midnight Mass was broadcast on television. It was held at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City.
1966 - Luna 13 landed on the moon.
1968 - The crew of the U.S. Navy ship, Pueblo, was released by North Korea. The Captain of the Pueblo, Commander Lloyd M. Bucher, and 82 of his crew were held for 11 months after the ship was seized by North Korea because of suspected spying by the Americans.
1968 - Three astronauts, James A. Lovell, William Anders and Frank Borman, reached the moon. They orbited the moon 10 times before coming back to Earth. Seven months later man first landed on the moon.
1989 - Ousted Panamanian ruler Manuel Noriega took refuge at the Vatican's diplomatic mission in Panama City.
1992 - U.S. President George H.W. Bush pardoned former Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger and five others in the Iran-Contra scandal.
2000 - The "Texas 7," seven convicts that had escaped a Texas prison, robbed a sports store in Irving, TX. The suspects killed Officer Aubrey Hawkins, stole $70,000, 25 weapons and clothing. The men had escaped on December 13.

World News

VIDEO: Syria facing major extremist offensive: Assad
Press TV - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says his country is being confronted by a major offensive led by Takfiri extremists.

UN Investigator Undercuts New York Times on Syria. Assad Government not Responsible for August 21 Chemical Attack
Global Research - Ake Sellstrom, the head of the United Nations mission investigating chemical weapons use in Syria, agrees that the vector analysis – at the heart of the New York Times’ indictment of the Syrian government for the deadly Aug. 21 Sarin gas attack – doesn’t stand up to scrutiny.

Any More U.S. “Stabilization” and Africa Will Collapse - Those who believe that the U.S. efforts in South Sudan do not involve special forces on the ground and drones overhead no doubt will have a nice Christmas waiting up to catch a glimpse of Santa.

Israel Demands US Stop Spying on Them - It may sound strange given the seemingly endless series of scandals involving Israeli spying on the US, but Israeli officials are reacting to the latest reports of US spying with complete, inconsolable outrage.

West starting to realize they are aiding terrorists in Syria - Lavrov to RT
RT - Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov believes Western politicians have started to realize that overthrowing Assad’s government might lead to a worsening of the Syrian crisis. This shift in the attitude is due to the rise of jihadists in Syria and the threat of the country turning into a caliphate, he said in an interview with RT.

Al Qaeda Is Very Sorry for Attacking Yemeni Hospital - Al Qaeda can't stop apologizing. Five weeks after an affiliate of the terror group sought forgiveness for cutting off the wrong guy's head, the Yemeni branch of Al Qaeda has apologized for an assault on a Yemeni hospital during a terror attack two weeks ago that left 52 people dead.

China to fund Pakistan power project
Press TV - China has pledged to grant a loan of USD 6.5 billion to finance the construction of a major nuclear power project in Pakistan’s port city of Karachi.... Pakistan has repeatedly asked the United States to sign a nuclear supply agreement with Islamabad, like the one Washington sealed with India in 2008; though the US has continuously rejected the calls.

‘North Korea restarts Yongbyon facility’
Press TV - The US-Korea institute of Johns Hopkins University says satellite imagery shows North Korea is making ‘wide-ranging, extensive’ efforts to re-launch the Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center.

‘I already won’: Snowden is helping the NSA though it brands him a traitor
RT - In an interview with the Washington Post, Snowden said that he had “already won” because society has begun to address the issue of government surveillance. “For me, in terms of personal satisfaction, the mission’s already accomplished,” said the whistleblower. “Remember, I didn’t want to change society. I wanted to give society a chance to determine if it should change itself.”

Almost Every Passenger On A Flight From Dubai To India Was Found Carrying 1 Kilo Of Gold
Zero Hedge - ...Faced with curbs on gold imports and crash in international prices leaving it cheaper in other countries, gold houses and smugglers are turning to NRIs to bring in the yellow metal legally after paying duty. Any NRI, who has stayed abroad for more than six months, is allowed to bring in 1kg gold.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Obama Administration Offers Flimsy Excuse for NSA Surveillance
Kurt Nimmo - On Sunday, National Security Advisor Susan Rice told Leslie Stahl and 60 Minutes that the NSA did not lie to the American people. The agency “inadvertently made false representations” to the secret FISA court about illegally collecting data on hundreds of millions of Americans, according to Rice. She said the NSA has “discovered it and corrected it.”

NSA Panel Member Recommends Increased Data Collection
National Journal - Michael Morell, the former acting director of the CIA and a member of President Obama's task force on surveillance, said in an interview on Sunday that a controversial telephone data-collection program conducted by the National Security Agency should be expanded to include emails. He also said the program, far from being unnecessary, could prevent the next 9/11.

For Health Coverage Starting Jan. 1, Deadline Extended a Day
WSJ - Federal officials delayed the deadline to sign up for Jan. 1 coverage through the end of Christmas Eve. The deadline was originally set for midnight on Dec. 23, but contractors managing the site changed configurations to allow users to sign up for the first wave of health-law coverage through Dec. 24, people familiar with the matter said.

Wal-Mart “Robo-Doctor” Kiosk Promotes Obamacare
Kit Daniels - Thousands of self-service “robo-doctor” kiosks are currently being installed inside Wal-Marts across America which collect personal information and promote Obamacare through a health screening loaded with advertisements.

Obama Family Christmas Card: No Mention of Christ or Christmas
Paul Joseph Watson - The Obama family Christmas card contains no mention of Christ or Christmas in yet another example of how politically correct sensitivities have eclipsed common sense.

The Genuine Conflict Being Ignored in the Duck Dynasty Debate
The Atlantic - An evangelical Christian points out that there is, in fact, a tension between orthodox Christianity and homosexuality. Saying otherwise robs American society of an honest debate about how to reconcile sexual tolerance with religious tolerance.... The message A&E’s decision sends is that the network will not tolerate someone who conscientiously objects to homosexuality on religious grounds.

US schools attempted to ban 49 books in 2013
RT - Censorship in American schools and libraries is on the rise as more institutions attempt to ban books tackling racial and sexual issues, as well as those written by minorities, according to the anti-censorship group Kids’ Right to Read Project.

Food Behind Bars Isn’t Fit for Your Dog - Aramark, often contracted to provide food to prisoners at about a dollar a meal, is one of numerous corporations, from phone companies to construction firms, that have found our grotesque system of mass incarceration to be very profitable. The bodies of the poor, when they are not captive, are worth little to corporations. But bodies behind bars can each generate $40,000 to $50,000 a year for corporate coffers.

The U.S. Prison Population - By The Numbers (w/Infographic)
Activist Post - It has been well documented that despite the platitudes suggesting that the United States is the beacon of freedom, it is actually the location with the most filled cages of human beings. The capital of this Gulag is currently Louisiana, where the incarceration rate is nearly triple Iran's, seven times China's and 10 times Germany's.

TSA confiscates photographer’s blower because it could be filled with gunpowder and used as a missile
RINF - In a photography forum, Surapon recounts the sad story of how the TSA took away his Giottos AA1900 Rocket Air Blaster, a blower for removing dust from equipment, at an airport in New York.

Christmas Toy Distribution in Pittsburgh Turns into a Mob Scene
The Daily Sheeple - In a true example of just how desperate people have become this year, chaos erupted at a Pittsburgh Salvation Army on Friday during Christmas toy distribution. It became so dangerous that the staff was forced to halt the handout and the police had to be called.

Army: Don’t say Christmas
Fox News - That’s the message that was conveyed to a group of soldiers at Camp Shelby by an equal opportunity officer from the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute, according to a soldier who attended a recent briefing. “It’s unbelievable that the Army would ban ‘Christmas’ like it’s a bad word,” said Michael Berry, an attorney with the Liberty Institute, a legal firm representing the unidentified soldier.

In 1965 Peanuts Creator Charles Shultz fought to keep the Christ in Christmas - "A Charlie Brown Christmas: Linus' iconic speech about the true meaning of Christmas was almost cut when the animated movie's producers and creator Charles Schultz clashed over the inclusion of religion. Schultz (left) wanted the one-minute-long speech left in, but the producers thought it would limit its audience and drive away advertisers."

15 Quotes About The Duck Dynasty Controversy That Every American Should See
Michael Snyder - What is being done to Phil Robertson shows just how far America has fallen. The thought police are waging an all-out campaign to take down one of the biggest names in the United States, and if they are successful none of us will ever be safe again. We are becoming a nation that is governed by bullying, intimidation and unwritten speech codes, and if you happen to say the “wrong thing” you could lose everything.


Obama signs order for federal worker pay raises in 2014
(Reuters) - President Barack Obama, as signaled earlier in the year, signed an executive order on Monday setting federal civilian and military pay rates for 2014, and including the first raise for civilian workers in four years.

13 Charts Of 13 Years For Christmas 2013
Zero Hedge - The following 13 charts of the last 13 years cover everything from collapsing SAT scores to record high prices of alcohol and from surging gun background checks to record high food stamp recipients, this is not your great grandma's depression-"recovery"...

As the clock ticks, retail traffic continues slide
CNBC News - Brick-and-mortar retailers saw no signs of relief last week, as store traffic in the final week before Christmas posted the third straight week of double-digit declines, according to the most recent report from ShopperTrak.

Veteran News

Missing POW's Remains Returned To His Widow 63 Years After His Death
LA Times - In the Korean War, he was assigned as a field medic, Battery C, 503rd Field Artillery Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division, when he was taken prisoner by North Korean forces in December 1950. He died in March 1951, it was learned later, but his remains were only recently returned to the U.S. and identified, said Bob Kurkjian, executive director of USO Greater Los Angeles Area.

Energy & Environment

A Real Turn-off: Last Phase of Light Bulb Ban Takes Effect Jan. 1
New American - Beginning January 1, Edison’s classic incandescent light bulb will essentially be banned in the country that gave it birth — all to please environmental and corporate lobbyists.... One-hundred-watt and 75-watt bulbs have already disappeared, and in 2014, 60-watt and 40-watt bulbs are set to vanish.


Susquehanna Valley nurse fired after refusing to get flu shot - Dreonna Breton spends her days with her 18-month-old son, Westen. The 29-year-old, who is pregnant, lost the nursing job she loved with Horizon Healthcare Services after refusing to get a flu shot.

3 Great Supplements to Help You Fight and Prevent a Cold
Natural Society - Supplements could play a role in your battle for wellness and flu prevention. Here are 3 great supplements for fighting and preventing a cold and flu.

Peppermint provides surprising results for digestive problems, physical performance and even weight loss
(NaturalNews) While most of its known benefits deal with stomach and digestive issues, some of the latest research now suggests that it may also be of assistance to curb cravings, ease tension headaches, boost concentration and even enhance exercise performance.

Acai berry - Six ways this superfood can change your health
(NaturalNews) Acai berry contains anthocyanins and antioxidants - elements that have been linked to a slowing of the body's aging process. Studies indicate that acai berry has 10 times more antioxidants than grapes and fully twice as many as blueberries, making it extremely beneficial for those of us trying to thwart the aging process (and who wouldn't want to?).

Check out these healthy, gluten-free alternatives to white flour
(NaturalNews) It's not difficult to find research lamenting the poor nutritional value of enriched white flour. Consuming this omnipresent flour - which has been processed, bleached and stripped of all its nutrients - has been repeatedly linked to constipation, diabetes, cancer and more.

The Dangerous Chemicals Lurking in Your Laundry Soap
Activist Post - You wear your clothes every day and probably take great pains to keep a number of different outfits ready for any occasion. You’ve likely invested time and effort into making sure your clothes fit properly and look good when you put them on. It’s kind of odd then, that most of us pay little attention to what we clean our clothes with.

Passive Smoking – Another Of The Nanny State’s Big Lies
Telegraph - Passive smoking doesn’t give you lung cancer. So says a new report publicised by the American Cancer Institute which will come as no surprise whatsoever to anyone with a shred of integrity who has looked into the origins of the great “environmental tobacco smoke” meme.

How got swindled into pushing Big Pharma's anti-nutrition propaganda
(NaturalNews) A recent hack-job "study" declaring all multivitamins to be completely useless has been exposed as nothing more than drug industry propaganda following the revelation that not only were the vitamins used in the study synthetic, but the study itself was backed and funded by Big Pharma.

Ractopamine: The Meat Additive Banned Almost Everywhere But America
Dr. Mercola - Beta-agonist drugs, as a class, have been used in US cattle production since 2003. The drug is administered in the days leading up to slaughter, and as much as 20 percent of it can remain in the meat you buy. This is disconcerting when you consider that the drug label warns: "Not for use in humans,” and “individuals with cardiovascular disease should exercise special caution to avoid exposure.”

The benefits of Probiotics
(NaturalNews) Basically, probiotics benefit us in two ways: First, research has shown that probiotics assist the immune system by preventing colds and flu while speeding up recovery and preventing diseases like irritable bowel, allergies and diarrhea.... Second, probiotics play a large part in keeping our digestive tract healthy. Lifestyle, emotional stress, poor food choices are just some of the many reasons that shift the balance of the stomach health in favor of harmful bacteria.

Myrrh can have a positive effect on the whole body
(NaturalNews) Although well-known from the Bible, the sap used to create myrrh often remains something of a mystery to the majority of the public... In the modern world, myrrh is used in a number of ways, from cleansing the body to avoiding illness, because of the antiviral and fungicidal properties of the oil. Myrrh is one of the best kept health secrets of our time.

Science & Technology

Crazy Calculations Behind $652,000 File-Sharing Damages - Earlier this week a torrent site user was hit with a damages claim of $652,000 for uploading one movie to the Internet. With the huge amount undoubtedly still ringing in the 28-year-old’s ears, questions are now being raised about how this figure was arrived at. It’s an amazing process that shows that sometimes copyright holders may as well just think of a number, double it, multiply it by the day of the week and then add it all to their dog’s age.

Humor & Satire

VIDEO: Of course, an orchestra of non-musicians and musicians playing the wrong instruments is hilariously bad - Founded in 1970 by a group of students at the Portsmouth School of Art in England, the Portsmouth Sinfonia was a grand experiment. Their entrance requirement was unique indeed: non-musicians were encouraged to join. Or if you were an instrumentalist, you could join, but you had to play a different instrument than what you were trained to play.

Monday - December 23, 2013 - Today In History:
1783 - George Washington returned home to Mount Vernon, after the disbanding of his army following the Revolutionary War.
1788 - Maryland voted to cede a 100-square-mile area for the seat of the national government. About two-thirds of the area became the District of Columbia.
1880 - Thomas Edison incorporated the Edison Electric Light Company of Europe.
1913 - The Federal Reserve Bill was signed into law by U.S. President Woodrow Wilson. The act established 12 Federal Reserve Banks.
1919 - The 1st ship used as an ambulance for the transport patients was launched. The hospital ship was named USS Relief and had 515 beds.
1922 - The British Broadcasting Corporation began daily news broadcasts.
1941 - During World War II, American forces on Wake Island surrendered to the Japanese.
1942 - Bob Hope agreed to entertain U.S. airmen in Alaska. It was the first of the traditional Christmas shows.
1968 - Eighty-two crewmembers of the U.S. intelligence ship Pueblo were released by North Korea, 11 months after they had been captured.
1981 - NASA approved a plan to continue the Voyager II spacecraft on a trajectory that would take it within 66,000 miles of Uranus on July 24, 1986.
1986 - The experimental airplane Voyager, piloted by Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager, completed the first non-stop, around-the-world flight without refueling as it landed safely at Edwards Air Force Base in California.
1987 - Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, serving a life sentence for the attempted assassination of U.S. President Ford in 1975, escaped from the Alderson Federal Prison for Women in West Virginia. She was recaptured two days later.
1990 - Elections in Yugoslavia ended, leaving four of its six republics with non-Communist governments.
1997 - Terry Nichols was convicted by a Denver jury on charges of conspiracy and involuntary manslaughter in the 1995 federal building bombing in Oklahoma City. The bomb killed 168 people.
1998 - Guerrillas in south Lebanon fired dozens of rockets at northern Israel.

World News

China planning 110,000-ton 'super aircraft carrier' to rival US naval power
RT - Following Washington’s move to increase its military footprint in Asia, China has declared it is building a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier of a size to compete with the mightiest in the US naval fleet.

N.S.A. Dragnet Included Allies, Aid Groups and Business Elite
NY Times - Secret documents reveal more than 1,000 targets of American and British surveillance in recent years, including the office of an Israeli prime minister, heads of international aid organizations, foreign energy companies and a European Union official involved in antitrust battles with American technology businesses.

Snowden will help Germany investigate NSA spying if granted asylum – report
RT - Edward Snowden is offering Germany his help with investigating NSA spying activities on its soil, if Berlin grants him political asylum, Stern reports, citing correspondence with the whistleblower.

Wave of Radiation from Fukushima Will Be 10 Times Bigger than All of the Radiation from Nuclear Tests Combined
Zero Hedge - Above-ground nuclear tests – which caused numerous cancers to the “downwinders” – were covered up by the American, French and other governments for decades.... But the amount of radiation pumped out by Fukushima dwarfs the amount released by the nuclear tests.

TEPCO detects record radiation at Fukushima’s reactor 2, new leak suspected
RT - TEPCO has found a record 1.9 million becquerels per liter of beta ray-emitting radioactive substances at its No.2 reactor. Also radioactive cesium was detected in deeper groundwater at No.4 unit’s well, as fears grow of a new leak into the ocean.

Obama Tells Congress He ‘May Take Further Action’ in Turbulent South Sudan
CNS News - President Obama informed Congress Sunday that if necessary he “may take further action” to protect U.S. citizens, personnel and property, including the embassy, in South Sudan, where troops deployed to evacuate Americans came under fire on Saturday.

South Sudan: US citizens evacuated from Bor
The Guardian - US evacuates its citizens from strategic city amid heavy machine-gun fire, but Canadians, Britons and Kenyans trapped, UN official says.

U.S. Furious With Israel After Sale of Advanced Military Technology to China - The Israeli Defense Ministry’s Head of Defense Export Control, Meir Shalit, resigned last week after the United States expressed anger over a decision he made to sell sensitive military equipment to China, Israeli daily Ma’ariv reported on Sunday. At the time, Shalit did not provide a reason for his resignation.

Obama’s Muslim Brotherhood Partner in Terror Mohamed Morsi Linked to Al-Qaeda Chief
Freedom Outpost - Recordings of phone conversations between former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi and the leader of al-Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahiri could soon be released in detail.

U.S. Will Spend $3.35M to 'Improve the Quality of Media Content'--In Armenia
CNS News - The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is planning to spend $3.35 million to “improve the quality of media content and strengthen the media’s capacity to meet professional standards” in Armenia, according to an agency request for applications (RFA).

Russia sends 75 combat vehicles to Syria to transport chemical weapons
RT - Russia has delivered 75 armored trucks to Syria, along with other equipment that will be involved in the destruction of Syrian chemical weapons arsenal, Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu reported.

The Philippines is devastated as much by unfair debt as typhoon Haiyan
The Guardian - By Christmas Eve, the Philippines will have spent $1bn (£0.6bn) paying foreign debts in the seven weeks since typhoon Haiyan devastated much of the country. It will have spent a total of $8.4bn on foreign debt in 2013, and faces a further $8.8bn in 2014.

Conspiracy Cafe - Toronto was hit with a massive lightning strike in the middle of the night that took out portions of the power grid. A friend of one of my associates witnessed the strike. It was a giant red lightning bolt. The lights shuddered after the strike. Then a giant green lightning bolt hit and knocked everything out.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Bigger, Badder NDAA 2014 Quietly Passed the House and Senate – and It Is On the Way to Obama’s Desk
The Daily Sheeple Dec 21, 2013 - Yesterday the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act was fast-tracked through the Senate, with no time for discussion or amendments. And you know, its Christmastime, so they just passed it so that they could recess for the holidays. The new version of the NDAA has already been quietly passed by the House of Representatives.

White House Tries to Prevent Judge From Ruling on Surveillance Efforts
NY Times - The Obama administration moved late Friday to prevent a federal judge in California from ruling on the constitutionality of warrantless surveillance programs authorized during the Bush administration, telling a court that recent disclosures about National Security Agency spying were not enough to undermine its claim that litigating the case would jeopardize state secrets.

YouTube: Black Budget: US govt clueless about missing Pentagon $trillions
RT - The Pentagon has secured a 630 billion dollar budget for next year, even though it's failed to even account for the money it's received since 1996. A whopping 8.5 trillion dollars of taxpayer cash have gone to defence programmes - none of which has been audited. This black budget has sparked concerns over potential fraud, as Gayane Chichakyan reports.

Obama Lifts Health Mandate for Those With Canceled Plans
Bloomberg - Hundreds of thousands of people whose health plans are being canceled because their coverage doesn’t meet Obamacare rules will be exempt next year from the U.S. mandate that all Americans carry medical insurance.

White House Damage Control: Obamacare Repeal Will 'Cost too Much'
Breitbart - Over the last several weeks the Obama White House has been executing a media blitz meant to sell Obamacare to the nation—again. As the final maneuver in that plan, the President is releasing several reports on how Obamacare will affect the states. His message: repealing Obamacare will just be too expensive.

Latest Obamacare Commercial Features 1/2 Naked Gay Men - The Obama administration has recently teamed up with a campaign called #Out2Enroll, the brainchild of the Sellers Dorsey Foundation, a 501(c)(3) that focuses on “improving the health of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community,” according to their website.

School Sanitizes “Silent Night” By Removing All Religious Lyrics - At Ralph J. Osgood Intermediate School in Long Island, New York, religious lines were removed from the Christmas carol. A few of the axed lyrics were “Christ the Savior is born,” “Holy infant so, tender and mild,” “round yon virgin, mother and child” and “Jesus, Lord at thy birth.”

Judge Rules: Obama Social Security Card Fraud May Finally Get Answers
Freedom Outpost - Judge Hollander in Maryland gives Attorney Orly Taitz 21 days to file a second amended complaint and add allegations in regards to an improper withholding by the Social Security Administration of records of Harry Bounel, whose Social security number is being illegally used by Barack Obama.

Judge Claims DHS Assisting Traffickers With Smuggled Children
Fox News - In a scathing order filed last week, U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen slammed the Obama administration for assisting a "criminal conspiracy," rather than enforcing border security laws. Hanen said the "dangerous" practice is effectively aiding human traffickers and particularly the Mexican drug cartels, which run many of these operations.

Public, media barred from hearing on James Holmes’ sanity
AP - The public and the news media will be barred from a pretrial hearing in the Colorado theater shooting case that will include testimony from a psychiatrist who evaluated whether defendant James Holmes was insane, the judge ruled Friday.... The order also bars victims of the July 2012 attack from the hearing, scheduled to start Jan. 27.

Michelle Obama: 'Make It a Christmas Treat' to Talk About Health Insurance
CNS News - "And we urge people to reach out. And if they signed up their child, then signed up -- sign up their friends," Mrs. Obama said. "You know, if you've got grandkids, make it a Christmas treat around the table to talk about a little health care. You know, ring in the new year with a -- new coverage."

Sheriff takes a stand; announces department will no longer assist A&E during filming - The local sheriff in a Georgia county where A&E has filmed several of its programs has publicly announced the network will no longer receive the assistance of his Sheriff’s Department due to A&E’s “unreasonable” punishment of “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson.

Phil Robertson Returning To Duck Dynasty - It has now been revealed that Phil Robertson will be returning to Duck Dynasty on January 15. A&E said they have no plans to fire the star. It appears as though the war on Phil Robertson and his freedoms of free speech and religions aren’t quite so savage. Although A&E declared they were suspending the star “indefinitely, ” it was apparently only a façade for the gay community as sources say they still intend to air episodes featuring Robertson .

Atlantic City Cop Ordered to Pay $250,000 From Own Pocket to Citizen He Abused - We’ve seen so many police abuse lawsuits settled before making it to trial where cops admit no wrongdoing while guiltily dishing out thousands of taxpayer dollars that it’s surprising to see one actually make it to trial.


We are Completely Unprotected in an Economic War that is Destroying Our Economy and Country
Economy In Crisis - Job killing “free trade” means open borders – no duties or tariffs – forcing American workers to compete against $4 per hour wages, which simply cannot be done. Manufacturers move jobs overseas to stay profitable and ship their products back here duty- and tariff-free.

NM Supreme Court rules state can trim benefits for retired workers
KOB4 - The court ruled that the state does have the right to trim pension benefits for retired government workers. The move will help improve the long-term finances of public employee retirement programs, but many retirees weren't happy about the ruling. The case was brought about by retired educators, who sued to prevent reductions in their annual cost of living adjustments.

JPMorgan Imposes Spending Caps On 10% Of Its Debit Cards Due To Target Security Breach
Zero Hedge - The new limit effects roughly 2 million accounts, or roughly 10% of Chase debit card accounts, according to a bank spokeswoman.

On The 100th Anniversary Of The Federal Reserve Here Are 100 Reasons To Shut It Down Forever - December 23rd, 1913 is a date which will live in infamy. That was the day when the Federal Reserve Act was pushed through Congress. Many members of Congress were absent that day, and the general public was distracted with holiday preparations.

Veteran News

Sailors on old warship dumped thousands of tons of radioactive waste for years
Tampa Bay Times - "We turned off all the lights," George Albernaz testified at a 2005 Department of Veterans Affairs hearing, "and … pretend that we were broken down and … we would take these barrels and having only steel-toed shoes … no protection gear, and proceed to roll these barrels into the ocean, 300 barrels at a trip."

Housing Market

The Health Risks of Small Apartments
The Atlantic - “Sure, these micro-apartments may be fantastic for young professionals in their 20’s,” Dak Kopec, director of design for human health at Boston Architectural College, told The Atlantic. “But they definitely can be unhealthy for older people, say in their 30’s and 40’s, who face different stress factors that can make tight living conditions a problem.”

Energy & Environment

Lawsuit alleges BP, Chevron dumped radioactive waste into Louisiana waters
RT - Oil behemoths BP and Chevron dumped toxic waste - including some radioactive material - from their drilling operations into coastal waters, claims Louisiana parish Plaquemines in a lawsuit removed to federal court Thursday.

Map: Areas Of Probable Power System Collapse: “130 Million Lacking Power For Several Years”
Mac Slavo - According to a report commissioned by the Department of Homeland Security which cites data from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the infrastructure supporting our power grid is so outdated and vulnerable that an attack or natural disaster could lead to an outage scenario of unprecedented scale.

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Says It’s Unconstitutional For Gas Companies to Frack Wherever They Want
AlterNet - As the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports, the court voted 4 – 2 that a provision that allowing natural gas companies to drill anywhere, regardless of local zoning laws, was unconstitutional. Seven municipalities had challenged the shale drilling law, known as Act 13, that required “drilling, waste pits and pipelines be allowed in every zoning district, including residential districts, as long as certain buffers are observed.”


The Top 20 Leafy Greens And Herbs to Juice
Healthy Debates - Juicing a variety of leafy greens and herbs is important for our overall health – especially when it comes to juicing and blending on a regular basis. Every vegetable and fruit has its own nutritional and chemical signature.

The detrimental effects of magnesium deficiency
(NaturalNews) Magnesium is one of the most abundant minerals on Earth and one of the most important for the human body. It is estimated that over 80% of Americans are deficient in it. Magnesium deficiencies cause a myriad of health problems that are very rarely ever diagnosed by most health authorities.

Can Vitamin D3 Influence Moods and Dispel Depression?
Natural Society - umerous studies have shown that vitamin D3 is able to improve mood and vanquish depression - something that is essential during the dark, winter months.

Is this one daily habit increasing your risk of cancer?
(NaturalNews) Bearing in mind that skin is the body's largest organ and absorbs substances readily, it's always a good rule of thumb to avoid exposing skin to anything we wouldn't ingest. And yet, a common routine is poisoning us on a daily basis - specifically...

Merck issues voluntary recall of 743,360 vials of Gardasil HPV vaccine
Fox News - The company estimates that only 10 of the 743,360 vials in the lot may have been affected by the incident, which was the result of a breakdown in production. A medical assessment conducted by Merck concluded that if a patient were to receive one of the contaminated vaccines, they had a “remote risk” of experiencing a reaction at the injection site.

There is No Such Thing as a Safe Vaccine and There Never will Be
Natural Society - Bypassing our normal immune system pathway and inserting an artificial immune response stimulant (vaccination) with or without added toxins has inherent dangers. Few articulate this better than Dr. Suzanne Humprhies....

Science & Technology

How the NSA Paid Security Firm $10 Million to Promote Flawed Encryption - Stories documenting the NSA’s intentional attempt to weaken encryption standards have been floating around for months now, but Reuters put out a story Friday that documents just how far the out of control agency has gone to weaken security for hundreds of millions of computer users.


5 Inexpensive Ways to Store Your Food
Natural Blaze - You can spend a fortune on food for long-term storage, but if you don’t protect your investment, that money could be completely wasted. Proper storage containers don’t have to cost a fortune.

Pet News

By Popular Demand: How to Bathe a Cat and Live to Tell About It
Dr. Becker - Watch this purely for entertainment value, or because you have a cat with imperfect grooming habits who needs bathing. How to assuage your kitty's stress, and what to do first to protect yourself from becoming an unwitting victim of the process.

VIDEO: Things Dogs Teach Us
Dr. Becker - When humans bring a dog into their lives, they are most often looking for a companion; what they may not realize is that they are getting a teacher as well. Every single day dogs teach us important life lessons about love, overcoming adversity and healing!

Friday - December 20, 2013 - Today In History:
1790 - The first successful cotton mill in the United States began operating at Pawtucket, RI.
1803 - The United States Senate ratified a treaty that included the Louisiana Territories from France for $15 million. The transfer was completed with formal ceremonies in New Orleans.
1820 - The state of Missouri enacted legislation to tax bachelors between the ages of 21-50 for being unmarried. The tax was $1 a year.
1860 - South Carolina became the first state to secede from the American Union.
1864 - Confederate forces evacuated Savannah, GA as Union Gen. William T. Sherman continued his "March to the Sea."
1928 - Mail delivery by dog sled began in Lewiston, ME.
1946 - In Indochina (Vietnam), full-scale guerrilla warfare between Vietnam partisans and French troops began.
1954 - Buick Motor Company signed Jackie Gleason to one of the largest contracts ever entered into with an entertainer. Gleason agreed to produce 78 half-hour shows over a two-year period for $6,142,500.
1963 - The Berlin Wall was opened for the first time to West Berliners. It was only for the holiday season. It closed again on January 6, 1964.
1989 - General Noriega, Panama's former dictator, was overthrown by a United States invasion force invited by the new civilian government. The project was known as Operation Just Cause.
1998 - In Houston, TX, a 27-year-old woman gave birth to the only known living set of octuplets.
1999 - The Vermont Supreme Court ruled homosexual couples were entitled to the same benefits and protections as wedded couples of the opposite sex.
2001 - The U.S. Congress passed a $20 billion package to finance the war against terrorism taking place in Afghanistan.
2001 - The first British peacekeepers arrived in Afghanistan to help the nation heal after decades of war.

World News

American senators introduce new Iran sanctions bill
Press TV - In a blatant move to oppose President Barack Obama’s request for not imposing fresh sanctions, 13 Democrats and 13 Republicans sponsored the new Senate bill on Thursday. Related article: Obama would veto new Iran sanctions bill

Putin: I envy Obama, because he can 'spy' and get away with it
RT - "I envy Obama because he can spy on his allies without any consequences," said Putin when asked about how his relations had changed with the US following Snowden’s espionage revelations.

Eyes everywhere: NSA's second tier spying partners identified
RT - Denmark, Belgium, the Netherlands and several other EU countries were named among “third party partners” in the NSA-led global signal intelligence program, a new leak submitted by journalist Glenn Greenwald to Danish TV reveals.

China’s central bank hacked; angry bitcoin traders may be to blame
MarketWatch - As bitcoin halved in value after several Chinese exchanges halted yuan deposits, China’s central bank was the target of a hacking attack on Wednesday, with state media suggesting angry bitcoin investors may be to blame.

VIDEO: US court revives 9/11 case against Saudi Arabia
Press TV - A federal appeals court in New York City has revived litigation against Saudi Arabia on behalf of families of victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Leader of al Qaida-linked Nusra Front predicts victory over Syria’s Assad
McClatchy - The leader of one the most feared and effective Syrian rebel groups told Al Jazeera news service Thursday that the nearly 3-year-old conflict was close to an end and that his forces – considered to be among the most radical – held the upper hand over both the Syrian regime and secular rebel groups.

American Troops Sent to South Sudan
StratRisks - Barack Obama announced Thursday that he had deployed 45 American military personnel to South Sudan to protect the U.S. embassy and Americans in the country as it teeters toward ethnic civil war.

Russia did not ‘block’ Syria draft statement at UN – diplomatic source
RT - The UN Security Council failed Thursday to adopt a statement on the recent civilian deaths in Syria. The US-proposed draft had condemned Damascus for indiscriminate attacks on Aleppo, but the Americans would not accept Russia’s balancing amendments.

"The Chinese Don't Want Dollars Anymore, They Want Gold" - London's Gold Vaults Are Empty: This Is Why
Zero Hedge - Today gold slid under $1200 per ounce, dropping to a level not seen in three years. Judging by the price action one would think that gold is not only overflowing from precious metal vaults everywhere, but can be found thrown away on the street, where nobody even bothers to pick it up. One would be wrong.

Global Arctic wars already started
RT - Today’s globalized geopolitical grand chessboard often plays out in interestingly complex and roundabout ways. Such is the case of the on-going tug of war between the US, UK and EU on the one hand, and Russia and its allies on the other.

Dogs, Cows And Toxic Vials, That’s What Vaccines Are Made Of!
Natural Blaze - On December 3, 2013, UK newspapers reported that in the future, doctors will be given the power to lecture any parent who refuses to have their child vaccinated with the MMR vaccine. This move is a part of a government campaign to boost falling vaccination rates in the UK.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Former CIA Head: Snowden “Should Be Hanged By The Neck Until He Is Dead”
Steve Watson - In a statement that conjures images of the middle ages, former CIA chief and all round globalist neocon James Woolsey said on live TV Tuesday that NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden should be hanged for treason.

Obamacare Enhances Globalist Effort to Restrict Freedom of Travel
Kurt Nimmo - Reading through the 381,517 words of the Obamacare bill, American Thinker’s Stella Paul discovered something overlooked in the ongoing discussion about the law — it discourages freedom of travel.

Gallup: Record 72% Say Big Government Is Greatest Threat
Breitbart - A record high 72% of Americans think that big government is the greatest threat to the future of the United States. Only 21% name big business as the greatest threat, while 5% say big labor.

VICTORY: Emmett, Idaho Bans NDAA Detention, Laws of War
Activist Post - On Tuesday, the Emmett City Council approved the Restoring Constitutional Governance Resolution, thus banning the detention provisions of the 2012 NDAA, and the application of the laws of war, which originally made Emmett a “battlefield” in the war on terror.

Duck Dynasty: It’s Not About the First Amendment
Kurt Nimmo - Issue is about government handing out special rights to preferential groups. Daniel D’Addario, writing for uber-liberal Salon, is correct. The Duck Dynasty imbroglio is not about the First Amendment. A&E has the right to suspend whatever actor or television show it deems appropriate for its business. “Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one,” said A. J. Liebling, highlighting what should be common sense.
* Related Article: National Boycott Launched Against Duck Dynasty Censorship

TSA Launches ‘Fun’ Website For Kids
Paul Joseph Watson - The TSA has launched a new “fun” website for kids in order to “help all passengers understand what to expect when going through airport security.” The extent of the “fun” is an animated YouTube video which depicts TSA agents as polite, cuddly dog cartoon characters, a word search, and a print out of a TSA badge which can be colored in.

Senate reaches deal and prepares to head home; Yellen vote off till Jan. 6
McClatchy - The Senate finally broke its procedural logjam Thursday night, agreeing not to have an all-night session, push nomination votes into Friday, and postpone any vote on Janet Yellen as Federal Reserve Chairman until Jan. 6.

‘Data brokers’ selling personal info of rape victims to marketers - report
RT - “Data brokers” track, categorize and sell personal health information for marketing use, a new US Senate report reveals. Data groupings include rape victims and HIV-positive individuals, those with depression and dementia, and womens’ gynecologist visits.


JPM's Quiet Scramble To Refill Its Gold Vault
Zero Hedge - With gold plunging to multi-year lows, is JPM just taking advantage of the "blood on the streets" and becoming the helpful bidder of last (or first) resort and replenishing its record low depleted inventory by taking advantage of below production cost fire sales, or... is something else going on here? Inquiring minds want to know.

Six Great Reasons to 'Don't Buy Made in China' This Holiday Season
Huffington Post - As the holiday season madness officially begins, I want to offer six most excellent reasons for Don't Buy Made in China. Related video: Death by China 2013 ( Full DVD )

West Is Close To Destroying Paper Gold Scheme & The Comex
King World News - William Kaye, who 25 years ago worked for Goldman Sachs in mergers and acquisitions, also addresses major developments in the war on gold as well as what this will mean for investors. Below is what Kaye had to say in his powerful and timely interview.

YouTube: Stephen Moore: Hidden Obamacare Tax Will Cost Consumers Another $100-$500 a Year
Get ready for another hidden Obamacare tax... Stephen Moore, economist and Wall Street Journal contributor, discussed the hidden Obamacare tax that will take effect in two weeks. The hidden Obamacare tax will cost consumers $100-$500 a year and will take effect on January 1, 2014. "It's a tax that is imposed on health insurance plans.."

Energy & Environment

Dolphins Suffering From Lung Disease Due to Gulf Oil Spill, Study Says
WSJ - Dolphins in an area hard hit by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill in 2010 are suffering from lung diseases and other abnormalities that are consistent with toxic exposure to oil, according to a study backed by the federal government and released on Wednesday.

Geologists Discover Evidence Of Super-Volcanoes In Utah - Around 30 million years ago, when large mammals roamed North America, Utah was the site of 15 super eruptions. Head researcher Eric Christiansen said one of the largest eruptions happened near Wah Wah Springs in central Utah. “Compared to what erupted out of Mount St. Helens in 1980, it’s about 5,000 times bigger,” Christiansen said.


Recipe: Serious Medicine in a Bowl: 52 Clove Garlic Defeats Colds and Flus
Natural Society - As the weather cools and seasons shift, preserve your health, fortify your internal defenses, and eradicate seasonal illness with warming spices and foods like a 52 clove garlic soup.

A Tale of Two Brains: How Your Second Brain Is Key To Understanding Many Chronic Illnesses
Green Med Info - While our cranial brain performs complex cognitive functions, allowing us to process information, apply knowledge, and change preferences, our belly brain is intuitive and receives signals and messages regarding our bodies and the environment that it sends back to our cranial brain and vice versa.

Four Out of Eight Patients Die of Mystery Illness in Montgomery County, Texas
Activist Post - A mystery illness in Montgomery County, Texas has killed four of the eight people suffering from it, and two more are critically ill.... All of the patients tested negative for known strains of influenza, even though they all presented with influenza-like illness. (ILI). There has been around 2000 cases of influenza-like illness in Montgomery County so far this year, but these cases are different in both severity and outcome.

The Case Against Corporate Media and Big Pharma Science Grows Stronger
Activist Post - In a recent anti-supplement propaganda article by NPR entitled “The Case Against Multi-Vitamins Grows Stronger,” the notorious “news” agency lavishly reported the alleged findings of “experts” proving that “vitamin supplements don't help most people and can actually cause diseases that people are taking them to prevent, like cancer.”

Whole Foods to Stop Selling Chobani Yogurt
NY Times - The Wall Street Journal, which on Wednesday reported Whole Foods’ decision to drop Chobani, attributed it to the yogurt maker’s use of milk from cows whose feed is derived from genetically engineered crops, or G.M.O.’s, like corn and soy beans.

Thieves Oil: Use this Essential Oil to Ward Off Colds and Flus
(Natural News Blogs) - The story of Thieves Oil takes us all the way back to the Plague in the15th century. There were thieves who preyed upon the dead and dying but somehow never became infected. A famous band of four thieves were finally captured in Marseilles, France and charged with the crime of robbing the plague victims.

Healthy Fats can Help Men with Prostate Cancer Live Longer
Natural Society - Men with prostate cancer may be able to extend their lives by eating a diet rich in foods that contain healthful fats like avocados, nuts, and seeds.

Science Focues on Body’s Own ‘Inner Light’ as the Ultimate Healer
Natural Society - A new science shows that our bodies are made up of 'light', and claims to measure this light stored in our DNA to determine our state of well-being.

Soy Causes Insulin Resistance And a Reduction In Hormones Involved In Regulating Blood Sugar and Fat Levels
Prevent Disease - More bad news for soy lovers as the legume continues to be linked to negative health effects. A recent study in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism supports previous evidence that soy isoflavones detrimentally affect gene expression of a hormone influencing insulin-resistence and body fat levels.

Nine states propose 16 anti-fluoridation bills in 2013 to protect public against poison
(NaturalNews) Things are heating up on the fluoride front as states and municipalities all across the country rethink their official water fluoridation policies. According to the Fluoride Action Network (FAN), some 16 pieces of legislation across nine states were introduced or passed just within the past year to protect the public against this pervasive poison.

Science & Technology

Edward Snowden doesn’t show up once in Google’s list of top 2013 searches
Washington Post - This year's National Security Agency revelations have created a firestorm of reports and debates about the state of U.S. surveillance technology and intelligence policy. It set off a brief international manhunt. Entire countries are now building countermeasures to deflect the NSA's gaze. But at least in the eyes of Google, Edward Snowden was hardly a blip on the radar.

Video: Judge Napolitano: Facebook Terms Of Service A Gross Violation Of Privacy
Liberty Crier - Judge Napolitano discusses Facebooks policies that he thinks are violations of privacy, but syas that at least when Facebook does it you can go somewhere else. This is not the case when the government spies.

Facebook won’t pay taxes again, will get refund instead
RT - It’s shaping up to be another multi-billion dollar year for Facebook, but don’t expect the social networking site to pay it forward: according to a new analysis, the website will pay no taxes this year and will instead likely receive a federal refund.

Smartphone 'Kill Switches' May Be Required By Law
Meghan Neal - California Sen. Mark Leno introduced a bill today that would require all smartphones be hardwired with anti-theft technology that "bricks" stolen phones, essentially turning them into a useless chunk of metal, which authorities say would discourage would-be thieves. If the law passes it'll most likely mean that all mobile phones in the US would come pre-loaded with a kill switch, since it wouldn't be practical to only build the technology into devices sold in the Golden State.

Pet News

10 Tips to Keep Your Pet Safe in Cold Weather
Dr. Becker - Cold temperatures can be dangerous and even deadly for pets. Look inside for 10 tips that will help your dog or cat stay safe and warm during the frigid winter ahead.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

46 Pioneer Skills for the Modern Homesteader
Natural Blaze - 21st century homesteading is a mindset that can take place in the city core, an apartment, a planned community or suburbia. And of course, the homesteading mindset prevails in rural communities, farmlands and other more traditional homestead-type locations.

Humor & Satire

Don Imus quote
Daily Paul - "Nelson Mandela is a leader who Barack Obama should try to emulate. He could start by spending 27 years in prison.” -Don Imus

Weekend Viewing

VIDEO: Rebels in the Ranks: Looks like Obama’s ongoing purge of the military hasn’t cut deeply enough
Moonbattery - Security cameras captured the shocking spectacle of United States Air Force musicians performing sacred music in the National Air and Space Museum’s “Milestones of Flight” gallery....

Thursday - December 19, 2013 - Today In History:
1732 - Benjamin Franklin began publishing "Poor Richard's Almanac."
1777 - General George Washington led his army of about 11,000 men to Valley Forge, PA, to camp for the winter.
1842 - Hawaii's independence was recognized by the U.S.
1843 - Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" was first published in England.
1903 - The Williamsburg Bridge opened in New York City. It opened as the largest suspension bridge on Earth and remained the largest until 1924. It was also the first major suspension bridge to use steel towers to support the main cable.
1932 - The British Broadcasting Corp. began transmitting overseas with its "Empire Service" to Australia.
1959 - Walter Williams died in Houston, TX, at the age of 117. He was said to be the last surviving veteran of the U.S. Civil War.
1972 - Apollo 17 splashed down in the Pacific, ending the Apollo program of manned lunar landings.
1984 - Britain and China signed an accord returning Hong Kong to Chinese sovereignty on July 1, 1997.
1985 - ABC Sports announced that it was severing ties with Howard Cosell and released ‘The Mouth’ from all TV commitments. Cosell continued on ABC Radio for another five years.
1986 - Independent counsel Lawrence Walsh was appointed to investigate the Iran-Contra issue.
1989 - U.S. troops invaded Panama to overthrow the regime of General Noriega.
1998 - U.S. President Bill Clinton was impeached on two charges of perjury and obstruction of justice by the U.S. House of Representatives.
1998 - A four-day bombing of Iraq by British and American forces ended.
2000 - The U.N. Security Council voted to impose sanctions on Afghanistan's Taliban rulers unless they closed all terrorist training camps and surrender U.S. embassy bombing suspect Osama bin Laden.
2003 - Images for the new design for the Freedom Tower at the World Trade Center site were released. The building slopes into a spire that reaches 1,776 feet.
2008 - U.S. President George W. Bush signed a $17.4 billion rescue package of loans for ailing auto makers General Motors and Chrysler.

World News

Russia Plans Rail-Mounted Missiles to Counter US Global Strike Program
RIA Novosti - Russia will draft a plan in the coming year to deploy rail-mounted nuclear missiles as a potential response to the United States’ Prompt Global Strike program, the commander of its Strategic Missile Force said on Wednesday.

VIDEO: Revealed: Norway Widely Spies On Russia For NSA – New Snowden Leak
Liberty Crier - The latest leak from Edward Snowden has exposed Norway’s role in America’s global spying operations. The Nordic country has been sharing intelligence with the U.S. on Russia’s political elite, as well as oil and gas companies and ordinary civilians. Helge Luras, director of the Center for International and Strategic Analysis, joins RT studio.

NSA ruined it!' Brazil ditches Boeing jets, grants $4.5 bln contract to Saab
RT - Brazil has rejected a contract for Boeing’s F/A-18 fighter jets in favor of the Swedish Saab’s JAS 39 Gripens. The unexpected move to reject the US bid comes amid the global scandal over the NSA’s involvement in economic espionage activities.

Oil Found by Israel Should Belong to Palestine: 3.5 Billion Barrels of Oil Reserves on the “Border between Israel and Palestine”
Global Research - While Israel is now facing a bright future as an oil producer, there is one problem: Meged 5 is located on the Green Line, the official border between Israel and Palestine. Lying a few dozen meters inside Palestinian territory, according to international law and the Oslo Accords, the well should belong to Palestine.

Chinese Moon Display Contains Image of Europe Being Nuked
Paul Joseph Watson - A display to promote China’s Jade Rabbit Moon rover includes a background photograph of a mushroom cloud over Europe, a startling detail which some have interpreted as an indication that Beijing’s space program is a cover for the militarization of space.

Ice Under The Ice: Diamonds Discovered In Antarctica
Zero Hedge - From Canada’s claims to Russia’s defense forces and China’s purposeful dependence-building aid to small Arctic states, everyone knows the stakes. So, with very few big new diamond mines having been developed in recent years, the FT reports that scientists have found a site containing the rocks that often produce diamonds – in Antarctica. The problem is that the frozen continent is protected from mining for decades under an international treaty.

Saudi Arabia warns it will act against West's policy in Middle East
The Telegraph - Saudi Arabia has warned it has been forced to go its own way in foreign policy as its Western allies seek diplomatic solutions to the war in Syria and crisis with Iran. Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to London said US-led diplomacy in the region was risking the stability of the Middle East.

Nothing to warn about? UK may legalize fracking under homes without prior warning
RT - Hydraulic fracturing may soon take place under thousands of homes across the United Kingdom without their owners’ knowledge. Based on a proposed law change the burden of notifying homeowners will be lifted from energy companies, the Guardian reports.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

VIDEO: US tests another nuclear-capable missile
Press TV - The United States has test-fired a nuclear-capable inter-continental ballistic missile from an airbase in the state of California. On Tuesday, a Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), which is capable of carrying multiple nuclear warheads, was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base into a 4,200 mile flight over the Pacific to a target on the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands.

Another US group joins academic boycott of Israel
Press TV - The Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA) urges its members to boycott Israeli academia over Tel Aviv's violation of international law and UN resolutions, the NAISA president wrote on the association’s website this week.

White House releases recommendations for limiting NSA programs
RT - The Review Group suggests in their report that the NSA stop pressuring tech companies to put government-friendly “backdoors” into their programs and halt their habit of stockpiling so-called zero-day exploits — or otherwise-unknown software and hardware vulnerabilities than when relied upon may allow for unfettered access to a target’s system.

CNN Poll: Fading support for stricter gun control exposes reason why extremists move immediately to exploit tragedy - CNN reported recently that "as memories fade from last December's horrific school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, a new national poll indicates that support for stricter gun control laws appears to be fading, too." While CNN's premise that only a fading memory can explain the decline in support for gun control is bogus, the findings are none-the-less encouraging.

Texas Court Rules Warrants Can be Obtained on ‘Predictions of Future Crimes’
Adan Salazar - A ruling by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals last week opens the door for Texas law enforcement to obtain search warrants “based on predictions of the commission of future crimes,” an appeals judge has stated.

Democrats Persecute Homeschooling Parents
Kit Daniels - Introduced by Sen. Capri Cafarao, Senate Bill 248 effectively requires homeschooling parents to be licensed by the state through an application process which includes an investigation, background checks and in-person interviews between social workers and children which the parents are not allowed to attend.

YouTube: Arkansas Mother Obliterates Common Core in 4 Minutes!
Karen Lamoreaux - Arkansas State Board of Ed - 12/16.

Southern Discomfort: U.S. Army seeks removal of Lee, ‘Stonewall’ Jackson honors
Washington Times - The U.S. War College, which molds future field generals, has begun discussing whether it should remove its portraits of Confederate generals — including those of Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson.

VIDEO: Judge Napolitano: 16-Year-Old Uses ‘Affluenza’ As Drunk Driving Defense
Liberty Crier - Judge Andrew Napolitano discusses a recent case where a sixteen year old boy who plead guilty to drinking and driving and who killed four people while driving under the influence.... For most people, conviction for vehicular manslaughter due to drunk driving warrants a lengthy sentence, but not in the case of Ethan Couch, a wealthy young man from the state of Texas.

Mayor Bloomberg On Homeless Girl Featured In The New York Times: ‘That’s Just The Way God Works’ - Bloomberg defended his homelessness policies and claimed that 11-year-old Dasani, the star of the piece, ended up in dire straits due to bad luck.... Bloomberg went on to attack the media for not understanding how good Dasani and her family have it compared to poor people in developing countries.

Christmas Wins Out! Ban On “Religious” School Poster Overturned Following Media Attention
Steve Watson - Shocker: It is not unconstitutional to display the words “Merry Christmas”. A School in Minnesota has backed down and agreed to overturn a ban on a Christmas poster designed by a student that was originally deemed to be potentially “too religious”.

VIDEO: CNN Leftist Kicks Off Larry Klayman During Live Air Interview
Daily Paul - A CNN segment about a federal judge’s ruling on National Security Agency surveillance turned into an all-out battle that led to the victorious attorney in the case actually getting kicked off the air.

Target stores' customers hit by major credit card attack
(Reuters) - Payment card data was stolen from an unknown number of Target Corp customers starting on the busy Black Friday weekend in a major breach at the U.S. retailer, according to a person familiar with the matter.

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Election News

Doctors now running for U.S. Senate amid Obamacare fiasco
(NaturalNews) In all, eleven doctors are running as Republicans for the U.S. Senate, in a bid to use their medical expertise to convince voters that they would be an asset against the backdrop of a flopped Obamacare law.


The Taper Is On – 8 Ways That This Is Going To Affect You And Your Family
Economic Collapse - The unelected central planners at the Federal Reserve have decided that the time has come to slightly taper the amount of quantitative easing that it has been doing.

FBI is global stakeholder in cryptocurrency, currently owns largest bitcoin wallet
When the FBI shut down the Silk Road, an internet black market, in October it also seized the accused owner’s assets and inadvertently became one of the wealthiest bitcoin operators in the world.

Oregon Spends $200,000 to Figure Out How to Impose a Carbon Tax - Following a “regional climate change agreement” with California and British Columbia, Oregon legislators have commissioned a taxpayer-funded $200,000 study to examine a new state carbon tax. The study aims not to examine the impact on consumer energy costs, but merely on how to implement it in Oregon.

How Government Regulations Made Healthcare So Expensive - The U.S. “health care cost crisis” didn’t start until 1965. The government increased demand with the passage of Medicare and Medicaid while restricting the supply of doctors and hospitals. Health care prices responded at twice the rate of inflation. Now, the U.S. is repeating the same mistakes with the unveiling of Obamacare (a.k.a. “Medicare and Medicaid for the middle class”).

Teleprompter Reader at Corporatist Network Floats Money for Nothing Idea
Kurt Nimmo - Krystal Ball, reading badly from her MSNBC teleprompter, is pushing the latest socialist idea tantalizing folks who are clueless about economics and human nature. Ball cites an idea seriously under consideration in Switzerland. The Social Democrat initiative would provide all citizens with an unconditional basic income of 2,500 francs, or about $2,800, per month.

Feds Spent Almost $1 Million on Romance Novel Website
Breitbart - Your tax dollars, to the tune of $914,000, are going to the serious study of romance novels, James Bond, and "Call Me Maybe."

Government Using NSA to Change Amount in Bank Accounts, Warns Panel
Paul Joseph Watson - A White House review panel report into the activities of the NSA suggested that the government was using the spy agency to launch cyber attacks against financial institutions and change the amounts held in bank accounts.

D.C. raises its minimum wage
MSNBC- The Washington, D.C. city council voted unanimously Tuesday to raise its minimum wage from $8.25 to $11.50 per hour by 2016. Although Democratic Mayor Vincent Gray had previously opposed the measure, unanimous approval from the city council makes it unlikely he would be able to successfully veto it.

Energy & Environment

Satellite Finds Arctic Ice Increased 50% in Volume
Breitbart - Polar sea ice increased 50% over last year, growing from 6,000 to 9,000 cubic kilometers when compared to the same period in 2012. Moreover, this year’s multi-year ice is 30 cm thicker than last year, and scientists claim that thick, multi-year ice indicates healthy Arctic sea-ice cover.

EPA Rules Kill Clean Energy Project
Richard Lamb - The plug has officially been pulled on the Wolverine Clean Energy project. Faced with years of government red tape and what backers of the project agree were unreasonable regulations, the cooperative admitted investing more than $25 million to jump through constantly moving hoops set up to block construction of new power plants. What started as a promise for as many as 2,000 construction jobs and 100 permanent jobs is now off the table.


100′s of Studies Prove this One Plant Compound Kills Cancer, Protects Against Radiation
Natural Society - For years scientists couldn’t really figure out why people on a small island off of Japan hardly ever suffered from cancer – until they stumbled onto a curious fetish the Okinawans had for a seaweed delicacy called Kombu.

Diet Rich in Tomatoes May Lower Breast Cancer Risk
Natural Blaze - A tomato-rich diet may help protect at-risk postmenopausal women from breast cancer, according to new research accepted for publication in The Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

Study: Breast Cancer Risk Increases 6x for Women with Low Vitamin D
Natural Society - The sunshine vitamin seems to get a lot of attention, and with good reason. Vitamin D offers an array of health benefits—from reducing asthma symptoms to helping the body fight viral infections like the common flu. A recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition says vitamin D can even reduce your risk of developing breast cancer, and at quite a significant rate.

Fruit & Vegetable Stickers Toxic Warning
Natural News Blogs - The adhesives used on fruit and vegetable stickers are regulated by the FDA. They are labeled as “indirect food-contact substances.”... The same rules apply to adhesives for both organic and conventional produce.... This is the list of approved adhesive/glue ingredients that can be used on produce here in the USA....

4 Natural Solutions for Anxiety Relief
Natural Society - Anxiety is truly an epidemic. While there are several different approaches to natural anxiety relief, here are just 4 effective natural solutions.

Three beneficial colloids and the conditions they can help treat
(NaturalNews) Below is a list of three popular colloids available today and the conditions they're renowned for treating. Though most people are probably familiar with colloidal silver, the other two might be new to you.

High-flavanol cocoa powder and spirulina could prevent senile dementia
(NaturalNews) If you're consuming both cocoa powder and spirulina, you may consider how it could protect you from diminishing memory, cognitive decline and other forms of dementia, such as Alzheimer's, as you age. And that's not all. The positive cardiovascular effects of these two superfoods are also substantial.

Incurable autoimmune disorders can be treated successfully with functional medicine
(NaturalNews) Treatments include use of low-dose naltrexone (LDN), reduction of metal toxicity, correcting nutritional deficiencies and addressing underlying infections. Infections can include parasites, bacteria, viruses and fungi. These approaches share the underlying premise that the immune system has been overloaded with toxins and nutritional deficiencies, causing an overwhelmed immune system or immune system dysfunction.

Allergies and cancer on the rise due to GM foods
(NaturalNews) Food allergies have become a global epidemic and conventional medicine has no cure. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control, food allergies (in kids) have increased by 50% between 1997 and 2011. Could this have anything to do with genetically engineered foods?

Science & Technology

Google Seeks Internet Surveillance of the Smart Grid
Activist Post - According to the The Information and The Verge, Google is now testing thermostats connected to the Internet that would allow users to view the amount of energy being consumed in their homes as well as be able to make adjustments to that level of consumption. At least that is the justification used to sell the technology to the public.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

All About Growing Leeks
Mother Earth News - Almost any time of year is good for growing leeks, the most upright members of the onion family. Summer leeks are fast to grow from seed started indoors in late winter, or you can start leek seedlings in late summer to grow from fall to spring. This guide also includes descriptions of the types of leeks to try.

Pet News

Mushroom Compound Lengthens Lives for Dogs with Cancer by more than 400%, Research Finds
Natural Society - A Chinese mushroom is offering hope to some pet owners in the treatment of hemangiosarcoma, an aggressive cancer that shortens life to a matter of days. The compound has been found to extend the lifespans of cancer-stricken dogs by Researchers believe the mushroom could eventually help humans in the fight against cancer as well.

Wednesday - December 18, 2013 - Today In History:
1787 - New Jersey became the third state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
1865 - Slavery was abolished in the United States with the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution being ratified.
1903 - The Panama Canal Zone was acquired 'in perpetuity' by the U.S. for an annual rent.
1916 - During World War I, after 10 months of fighting the French defeated the Germans in the Battle of Verdun.
1917 - The Eighteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was passed by the U.S. Congress.
1935 - A $1 silver certificate was issued for the first time in the U.S.
1944 - The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the wartime relocation of Japanese-Americans, but also stated that undeniably loyal Americans of Japanese ancestry could not be detained.
1950 - NATO foreign ministers approved plans to defend Western Europe, including the use of nuclear weapons, if necessary.
1956 - Japan was admitted to the United Nations.
1969 - Britain's Parliament abolished the death penalty for murder.
1970 - Divorce became legal in Italy.
1972 - The United States began the heaviest bombing of North Vietnam during the Vietnam War. The attack ended 12 days later.
1987 - Ivan Boesky was convicted to 3 years in prison for plotting Wall Street's biggest insider-trading scandal. Served about 2 years of the sentence.
1998 - The U.S. House of Representatives began the debate on the four articles of impeachment concerning U.S. President Bill Clinton. It was only the second time in U.S. history that process had begun.
1998 - Russia recalled its U.S. ambassador in protest of the U.S. attacks on Iraq.
2002 - Nine competing designs for the World Trade Center site were unveiled. The Lower Manhattan Development Corp. expected to choose a design by January 31, 2003.
2009 - A Paris court ruled that Google was breaking French law with its policy of digitizing books and fined the company a $14,300-a-day fine until it rids its search engine of the literary extracts.

World News

Russia and Ukraine strike $15bn deal
Al Jazeera - Russia threw Ukraine an economic lifeline on Tuesday, agreeing to buy $15 billion of Ukrainian bonds and to reduce the price its cash-strapped neighbour pays for vital Russian gas supplies by about one-third.

France says EU nations to send troops to CAR
Al Jazeera - Diplomats said that Belgium and Poland may be tapped to contribute soldiers to support the French-African mission. Some European countries will send troops to support a French-African mission to restore order in the Central African Republic, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said.

Billion dollar race: Soviet Union vied with US in ‘mind control research’
RT - Competing with the US during the Arms Race, the Soviet Union put extensive effort in unconventional research seeking to outflank its rival in understanding behavior control, remote influencing and parapsychology, a new survey has revealed.

Dubious 'bankster' behind Russia’s bid to be first to trademark Bitcoin
RT - The chief of a bank that was shut down over money laundering has reportedly applied to register the trademark for the popular cryptocurrency bitcoin. If successful, Russia could become the first country to register the anonymous currency.

Russia condemns Adra massacre, calls on world community to react
RT - Russia’s Foreign Ministry has condemned massacre in the town of Adra, 20 kilometers north of Damascus. Survivors say jihadist rebel groups executed dozens of civilians, including children, beheading them or burning them alive.

VIDEO: US base attacked in Afghanistan
Press TV - Unknown militants in Afghanistan have attacked a US military base in the eastern province of Nangarhar. The attack started with rockets being fired at the base in the town of Torkham near the border with Pakistan on Wednesday. Gunfire was heard following the rocket attack.

Japan set to buy $240B worth of hi-tech weapons
StratRisks - Japan announced on Tuesday that it would buy stealth fighters, drones and submarines as part of a splurge on military hardware that would beef up defense of far-flung islands amid a simmering territorial row with China.

India retaliates against US diplomats over 'unacceptable' NY consular arrest
RT - Outraged by the “humiliating” detention and strip search of a female Indian deputy consul in New York last week, New Delhi has ordered a series of retaliatory measures against the US diplomatic corps in India.

NSA's goal is elimination of individual privacy worldwide - Greenwald to EU
RT - The NSA’s ultimate goal along with its UK partner, the GCHQ, is to eliminate individual privacy worldwide, journalist Glenn Greenwald has told an EU inquiry.

Uruguay: President Donates 90% of His Salary to the Poorest - Uruguayan President José Mujica is the poorest president in the world, according to the news website he earns US$12,500 per month and donates 90% of it to charities. “His only property is his old Volkswaken, and he lives in an humble ranch in the outskirts of the capital,” the website writes. “But there are others who live with less,” Mujica said.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Rand Paul Plots NSA Class-Action Lawsuit Options
US News and World Report - After months of consideration, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is moving closer to filing a lawsuit in federal court against National Security Agency surveillance programs. A senior Paul staffer says U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon's Monday decision that NSA opponents have standing to sue over the bulk collection of phone records makes Paul "much more likely" to file his own lawsuit.

Larry Klayman crows on NSA win: ‘We hit the mother lode’
Politico - Klayman, the conservative legal activist well-known in Washington political circles a decade ago for his no-holds-barred court battles against the Clinton administration, was thrust back into the spotlight Monday after he obtained the first major ruling from a federal judge that the National Security Agency’s surveillance program was constitutionally flawed.

Expanded Medicaid’s fine print holds surprise: ‘payback’ from estate after death
Seattle Times - As thousands of state residents enroll in Washington’s expanded Medicaid program, many will be surprised at fine print: After you’re dead, your estate can be billed for ordinary health-care expenses. State officials are scrambling to change the rule.

Colorado school shooting was over in 80 seconds because of an armed officer - You heard it right, gun grabbers. The recent shooting in Colorado at Arapahoe High School happened to have a Deputy Sheriff on school grounds who was working as a school resource officer, according to a CNN report.

How a top climate change expert defrauded EPA out of $900K by claiming he was an undercover CIA agent
Daily Mail - A top climate change expert at the Environmental Protection Agency has admitted to defrauding the government out of more than $900,000 by claiming he was an undercover CIA agent so he didn't have to show up for work for months at a time.

Books and movies about Edward Snowden: Coming soon
RT - Dust off your eyeglasses, actors, and get ready to show talent scouts your best stoic, anti-surveillance state stare: at least three books about National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden are currently in the works, and a movie could come soon after.

Pennsylvanians Coerced Into Giving Cheek Swab at “Voluntary” Checkpoint
Paul Joseph Watson - A supposedly “voluntary” survey checkpoint run by a private firm in Reading, Pennsylvania on behalf of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy caused outrage when residents said they were forced off the road into a car park and coerced into giving cheek swabs as a result of an intimidating police presence.

Accused September 11 attacker expelled from Guantanamo courtroom
(Reuters) - An accused conspirator in the September 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington was expelled from a courtroom at the Guantanamo Bay war crimes tribunal on Tuesday for being disruptive.


Paul threatens to keep Senate from Christmas vacation over Fed fight
The Hill - Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is threatening to keep the Senate in session by dragging out Janet Yellen’s confirmation as head of the Federal Reserve. The noted central bank critic said Tuesday that he was prepared to force the Senate to exhaust the full 30 hours of debate on Yellen’s nomination if he did not receive a vote on his legislation to fully audit the Fed.

China’s holdings of US Treasury debt back to 2011 record
RT - The US's biggest foreign lender China has boosted its Treasury bond holdings to near record levels of $1.3 trillion in October. This after the Fed calmed financial markets by saying in September it would continue its monthly $85 billion bond purchases.

Bread and Circus continues: Congress allows NFL to retain tax-exempt status
The Last Resistance - You probably didn’t know that the NFL is a tax-exempt organization. Well, it is. Which means that, in effect, it is sponsored by the federal government. It really makes no sense that the NFL should be tax-exempt. It is not a ministry or a charity or a small business needing a financial break. It is obviously a for-profit enterprise. In 2011, the commissioner of the NFL, Roger Goodell, made about 30 million clams. That’s insane.

The Perfect Storm is Coming For Gold: “Economics Will Crush the Very People Who are Behind the Devastation”
Mac Slavo - The perfect storm is coming for gold… With fiat currency being pumped into the system daily and the gold sector in shambles, the central banks are in for a big surprise because sooner or later supply and demand economics will crush the very people who are behind the devastation we have seen in the gold mining and precious metal industry.

Thanks to sweeping legalization measures, marijuana is fastest growing industry in US
(NaturalNews) A new report released by the marijuana advocacy group Arcview Market Research reveals that the legal marijuana market in the U.S. is now the fastest growing industry in the country, topping even the rapid growth rate of the smart phone market.

Veteran News

UPDATE: Man accused of taking Army IDs to stay in custody - An Iraq War veteran accused of stealing identification information of roughly 400 members of his former Army unit so he could make fake IDs for his militia was ordered Monday to remain in federal custody.

Senate GOP fails in final bid to restore military pension cuts to budget bill
Fox News - A final effort by Senate Republicans to halt cuts to pensions of military retirees failed late Tuesday, after Democrats blocked an amendment to the controversial budget bill. The two-year budget agreement, which cleared a key test vote earlier in the day, was expected to get a final vote no later than Wednesday.

Young US veterans suffer unusually high death rate
Press TV - American war veterans under the age of 35 suffer an unusually high death rate, according to a new report. Between 2006 and 2011, 1,253 male and 110 female veterans lost their lives in the state of California, home to more veterans than any other state, an analysis of data by the Los Angeles Times shows.

Judge dismisses sailor radiation case - A San Diego federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit alleging that U.S. sailors were exposed to dangerous radiation during the humanitarian response to the March 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami.

Housing Market

6.4mn home mortgages in US still underwater
Press TV - "Nearly 6.4 million homes, or13 percent of all residential properties with a mortgage were still in negative equity at the end of the third quarter," said CoreLogic, an Irvine, California based company providing financial, property and consumer information.

Energy & Environment

Leading US nuclear fuel company to file for bankruptcy
RT - The United States Enrichment Corporation (USEC), the leading US nuclear fuel supplier, plans to voluntarily file for bankruptcy in the first quarter 2014 in order to restructure.

Obama Allows Great Lakes Water To Be Sold To China As Half The U.S. Faces Extreme Water Crisis
Michael Snyder - At a time when the United States is facing the greatest water crisis that it has ever known, Obama is allowing water from the Great Lakes to be drained, bottled and shipped to China and other countries around the globe.

VIDEO: Kansas Earthquake — 4.2 Magnitude event inside fracking operation
dutchsince - Today, December 16th 2013, a 4.2 magnitude event struck directly near a KANSAS injection well. This current earthquake falling across the border from Oklahoma, happening just 0.3 miles away from the nearest well head.


Presto! From 21 Raw Milk Illnesses to 20,000-Plus, CDC Math Carries Dark Message for the RAWMI Safety Agenda
David Gumpert - Those 20,502 supposed illnesses grow out of a handful of recorded illnesses in Minnesota during the decade 2001-2010--five outbreaks that resulted in seven hospitalizations and one case of hemolytic uremic syndrome--a total of 21 illnesses over ten years. How was the Minnesota Department of Health able to turn 21 reported illnesses into 20,502?

Flaxseed Found to Help Lower Blood Pressure
Natural Society - A new study found that flaxseed induced one of the most potent anti-hypertensive effects achieved by a dietary intervention.

Timeline: What Happens After Drinking a Coca-Cola Soda?
Natural Society - We know that soft drinks like Coca-Cola are loaded with harmful ingredients, but do you know what happens in your body after drinking a soda?

The danger of mercury-based fillings
(NaturalHealth365) A peer-review study, published in 2005, by the Freiburg University Institute for Environmental Medicine found that, “mercury from dental amalgam may lead to nephrotoxicity [kidney poisoning], neurobehavioural changes, autoimmunity [autoimmune disease], oxidative stress, autism, skin and mucosa alterations or non-specific symptoms and complaints,” plus Alzheimer’s disease and multiple sclerosis (MS) have “also been linked to low-dose mercury exposure.

Is your smartphone keeping you awake at night?
(NaturalNews) If you have trouble falling asleep - or staying asleep - you can stop attributing it to stress, caffeine or a Type A personality. Your smart phone may be the culprit, by robbing you of your natural sleep-inducing hormone, melatonin.

Bone Broth—One of Your Most Healing Diet Staples
Dr. Mercola - Bone broth contains valuable minerals in a form your body can easily absorb and use, including calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, sulfur chondroitin, glucosamine, and a variety of trace minerals.

Science & Technology

Google Buys Pentagon's Robotics Lab - Google has acquired the robotics company that the Pentagon typically leans on to develop next generation robots doing everything from carrying troops’ gear to searching for IEDs. Google purchased Boston Dynamics as part of its larger strategy to invest in robotics development. The engineer in charge of developing Android for Google, Andy Rubin, will lead this initiative.

BitTorrent Torture: Denmark Sets Example With Pirate Bay Co-founder
Kurt Nimmo - The state and the corporations that control it hate peer-to-peer file sharing, especially when copyright is violated. That’s why the state has declared war on BitTorrent, the peer-to-peer network protocol that, as of 2009, commanded 43% to 70% of all Internet traffic, depending on geographical location. Related article/video: Pirate Bay co-founder to appear in Danish court

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

VIDEO: Making A Rocking Chair The Old School Way
Chris’ passionate hobby is traditional woodworking. In this video, he will show you how he makes a rocking chair out of a stump of an old rotted out cherry tree without modern power tools.

How Far Does Your Food Travel? 1500 Miles on Average – Choose Local
Natural Society - So, what’s the problem with having our food flown across the country, and often imported from across the world, before we actually get to eat it? Here are just a few reasons to choose locally-grown food...

“Pasteurized” Nuts and GMO Apples — Tell the FDA and the USDA No!
Cornucopia - The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is poised to approve a genetically engineered apple, called the Arctic Apple®. The public comment period runs through Monday, December 16.

New Flower Seeds Would Require Shotgun to Plant
Adan Salazar - A startup based in Sweden is introducing a novel gardening concept that would make Vice President Joe Biden proud. Scandinavian company Flower Shell aims (no pun intended) to put shotguns in the hands of gardeners around the world because – well, that’s just how their product works.

Pet News

Kitty Feeding Mistake Linked to Diabetes Mellitus in Older Cats
Dr. Becker - Diabetes mellitus is a common disease in older cats, and is especially prevalent in kitties fed dry food diets. If the disease is diagnosed early and proper treatment is given, it’s possible to normalize blood glucose levels and put the diabetes into remission.

Tuesday - December 17, 2013 - Today In History:
1777 - France recognized American independence.
1903 - The first successful gasoline-powered airplane flight took place near Kitty Hawk, NC. Orville and Wilbur Wright made the flight.
1944 - The U.S. Army announced the end of its policy of excluding Japanese-Americans from the West Coast which ensured that Japanese-Americans were released from detention camps.
1953 - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decided to approve RCA’s color television specifications.
1957 - The United States successfully test-fired the Atlas intercontinental ballistic missile for the first time.
1969 - U.S. Air Force closed its Project "Blue Book" by concluding there was no evidence of extraterrestrial spaceships behind thousands of UFO sightings.
1975 - Lynette Fromme was sentenced to life in prison for her attempt on the life of U.S. President Ford.
1986 - Davina Thompson became the world's first recipient of a heart, lungs, and liver transplant.
1992 - U.S. President George H.W. Bush, Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and Mexican President Carlos Salinas de Gortari signed the North American Free Trade Agreement.
1997 - U.S. President Clinton signed the No Electronic Theft Act. The act removed protection from individuals who claimed that they took no direct financial gains from stealing copyrighted works and downloading them from the Internet.
2002 - U.S. President George W. Bush ordered the Pentagon to have ready for use within two years a system for protecting American territory, troops and allies from ballistic missile attacks.
2002 - Congo's government, opposition parties and rebels signed a peace agreement that ended four years of civil war.
2004 - U.S. President George W. Bush signed into law the largest overhaul of U.S. intelligence gathering in 50 years. The bill aimed to tighten borders and aviation security. It also created a federal counterterrorism center and a new intelligence director.

World News

‘Russia ready to grant loan to Ukraine’
Press TV - Russia has expressed its readiness to grant Ukraine a loan in order to help its indebted neighbor settle economic problems and end pro-EU protests.

Senator McCain Pimps for CIA-spawned Color Revolution in Ukraine
Kurt Nimmo - On Sunday, Arizona’s Republican Senator, John McCain, told thousands of protesters in Kiev, Ukraine, that the United States will take “concrete action” against Ukraine’s government if it moves against the demonstrations. McCain said sanctions against Ukraine “would deserve serious consideration” by Congress if Viktor Yanukovych and the Ukrainian government entered into a custom and trade agreement with Russia.

Moscow confirms deployment of Iskander missiles on NATO borders
RT - The Russian Defense Ministry has confirmed media reports on the deployment of short-range Iskander missiles in the country’s west, near its borders with the Baltic states and NATO members, saying that it does not violate international agreements.

‘UK troops finish mission in Afghanistan’
Press TV - British Prime Minister David Cameron says UK troops have finished “their mission in Afghanistan” and can return home.... “The timetable for the withdrawal of British troops is a plan that we will stick to. I said, back in 2010, that after the end of 2014 there would not be British troops in a combat role and we will stick to that,” he said.

An NSA Coworker Remembers The Real Edward Snowden: 'A Genius Among Geniuses'
Forbes - “That kid was a genius among geniuses,” says the NSA staffer. “NSA is full of smart people, but anybody who sat in a meeting with Ed will tell you he was in a class of his own…I’ve never seen anything like it.”

Central Banks and the NSA agree to spy on stock market, emails phone calls etc.
MassPrivateI - The National Security Agency (NSA), a host of European, Russian, Canadian and Chinese spy agencies and the world’s Central Banks will ensure that the only relevant force in Global Stock markets will be the trading activity of the world’s Central Banks.

London Bankers Expect 44% Bonus Increase, Survey Finds
Bloomberg - Managing directors at banks in London are expecting a 44 percent rise in bonuses for 2013 even as European authorities seek to scale back compensation, according to a recruiter’s survey.

UK wastes millions on ‘development’ aid to China
RT - The British government has been blasted for giving millions in aid to China and other nations developing their own space missions. Yes, the world’s second largest economy and third nation to send a mission to the moon is receiving aid from the UK.

100s of UK elderly denied social care
Press TV - According to the study, conducted by the Personal Social Services Research Unit based at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and the University of Kent, some 483,000 old and disabled people in the UK have either lost their care support or are no longer eligible to claim it since 2008 when the financial crisis began.

20 People Arrested in France After It Emerged Horsemeat Used in Medical Experiments Was Sold at Butchers
Daily Mail - Butchers and traders were said to have been sold the left-over meat from some 200 horses used for vaccine experiments in laboratories run by the pharmaceutical company Sanofi Pasteur. The mark-up was allegedly some 300 times what horse dealers had paid for the meat, which was unfit for human consumption.

UN's Syria "Aid" Appeal is Bid to Relieve Trapped Terrorists
Activist Post - As the UN prepares to flood the Syrian conflict with another 6.5 billion dollars, tales of how "aid money" is ending up facilitating the activities of terrorists inside and along Syria's borders suggest the UN is not trying to provide mercy for the Syrian people, but perpetuate the tragedy further still.

Russia says Aug. 21 Syria chemical weapons attack was 'staged' to provoke attention
Blacklisted News - Russia is lashing out at the U.S. and its allies on the United Nations Security Council over who is to blame for chemical weapons attacks in Syria this year.

Snowden: NSA's indiscriminate spying 'collapsing'
AP - National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden wrote in a lengthy "open letter to the people of Brazil" that he's been inspired by the global debate ignited by his release of thousands of National Security Agency documents, and that the NSA's culture of indiscriminate global espionage "is collapsing."

Fukushima Aftermath? 98 Percent Of The Pacific Ocean Floor Covered By Dead Sea Creatures - According to an absolutely shocking study that has just been released, one area of the Pacific Ocean floor was 98 percent covered by decomposing sea creatures in July 2012. But in March 2012, only 1 percent of that same section of the Pacific Ocean floor was covered by dead sea creatures.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

The biggest Pinocchios of 2013 - It’s time for our annual round-up of the biggest Pinocchios of the year. This was not a presidential election year, so in some ways the subjects that needed to be fact checked were more substantive. In reviewing The Fact Checker’s more than 200 columns in the past year, we found an interesting evolution from statistics about gun violence to claims about President Obama’s health-care law. Our general rule of thumb held: the more complex a subject is, the more tempted politicians are to make misleading claims.

Judge: NSA spying ‘almost Orwellian,’ likely unconstitutional
Yahoo News - In a stinging rebuke to President Barack Obama’s surveillance policies, a federal judge on Monday branded the National Security Agency’s mass collection of Americans’ telephone data “almost Orwellian” and likely a violation of the Constitution. Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden cheered the ruling.

White House: No amnesty for Snowden
RT - The White House said on Monday that it does not support amnesty for NSA leaker Edward Snowden. The comment comes after the head of an agency investigative unit probing the leaks suggested that amnesty was worth considering.

Congressmen Move to Declassify Key Part of 9/11 Report That They Say Could Indicate Hijackers Had Outside Help
The Blaze - Reps. Walter Jones (R-NC) and Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.) introduced a House resolution earlier this month urging President Barack Obama to declassify a portion of a government report that they say could provide evidence the 9/11 hijackers had outside help.

Obama Suppressing 6,000-Page Report on CIA Torture Adopted by Senate Intelligence Committee
Tikkun Daily - Over a year ago, the Senate Intelligence Committee voted to adopt a historic, 6,000-page report which contains “startling details” about CIA misdeeds related to its torture program. The report, which cost $40 million to produce and appears to pose no national security threats, has been set for release since December 13, 2012. However, it has yet to see the light of day.

Boston Bomber Believed He Was a Victim of Mind Control
Paul Joseph Watson - Suspected Boston marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev believed that he was a victim of mind control, according to the results of a five month investigation published yesterday by the Boston Globe.

Sheriffs Refuse to Enforce Laws on Gun Control
NY Times - Some sheriffs, like Sheriff Cooke, are refusing to enforce the laws, saying that they are too vague and violate Second Amendment rights. Many more say that enforcement will be “a very low priority,” as several sheriffs put it. All but seven of the 62 elected sheriffs in Colorado signed on in May to a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the statutes.

Couple spends month in jail after cop mistakes soap for cocaine
RT - A New York couple spent nearly a month in jail after a Pennsylvania state trooper mistakenly identified two bricks of homemade soap as cocaine and arrested them for transporting the drug.

Influential group of 5,000 US scholars votes to boycott Israel
RT - A powerful group of US scholars has voted to launch an academic boycott of Israeli colleges and universities. With a membership in the thousands, the group has become the largest academic collective to protest Israel’s treatment of Palestinians.

NSA Director Alexander Has to Ask Permission to Answer a Question
Paul Joseph Watson - One of the more jaw-dropping moments to emerge out of 60 Minutes’ profile piece on the National Security Agency yesterday was when NSA Director Keith Alexander had to ask permission from his superiors on whether or not he could answer a question.


Senate poised to pass budget, even as GOP presidential candidates say no
McClatchy - The Senate appears poised to pass and send to President Barack Obama as early as Tuesday a two-year budget agreement, as lawmakers are eager to head home and show gridlock-weary constituents Congress can get something done.

Newspeak From Chairman Ben on Fed’s 100th Birthday
Kurt Nimmo - On December 23, 1913, the banksters created the private cartel masquerading as a government agency, the Federal Reserve, to manipulate fiat money and engineer asset bubbles designed to level economies.

YouTube: Ron Paul's Texas Straight Talk: After 100 Years Of Failure, It's Time To End The Fed!
Ron Paul: A week from now, the Federal Reserve System will celebrate the 100th anniversary of its founding. Resulting from secret negotiations between bankers and politicians at Jekyll Island, the Fed's creation established a banking cartel and a board of government overseers that has grown ever stronger through the years....

83 Numbers From 2013 That Are Almost Too Crazy To Believe
Economic Collapse - America continued to steadily march down a self-destructive path toward oblivion. As a society, our debt levels are completely and totally out of control. Our financial system has been transformed into the largest casino on the entire planet and our big banks are behaving even more recklessly than they did just before the last financial crisis.

GM's CEO rejects repaying Feds for bailout losses
USA Today -The General Motors bailout may have cost the government $10 billion, but GM CEO Dan Akerson rejects any suggestion that the company should compensate for the losses.

Veteran News

Schumer: Veterans Should Take a Pay Cut But Congress Should Not
Activist Post - Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) believes that it’s time that US military veterans do their part for America by taking a cut to their retirement benefits. Because, of course, veterans haven’t done enough for the country. Members of Congress, however, should take no such cuts. According to the rather despicable gun-control advocating Senator Schumer, the government officials have sacrificed enough.

Energy & Environment

YouTube: ELEVATED LEVELS of Radiation in the Snow in St. Louis, Missouri
small particles of radioactive material are indeed coming down in the precipitation. Past tests show around 30CPM in the same spot on a nice day with no precipitation. Several past snow storms have produced similar results.. from 80CPM to 110CPM !! Last year in 2012, did multiple tests of the snow showing alert levels were reached last year.

Widespread Contaminants in Drinking Water Across U.S.
Prevent Disease - A recent survey conducted by researchers at the U.S. Geographic Survey (USGS) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found traces of 18 unregulated chemicals in drinking water from more than one third of U.S. water utilities.

Own the Land-Control the Resources-Enslave the Population - Most of us realize that the Federal Government has claimed ownership of large portions of real estate across this land. However, few of us probably realize what a stranglehold the Feds have on many states west of the Mississippi River. The map below will quickly illustrate my point.

Fracking Chemicals Linked to Birth Defects, Infertility
Activist Post - A controversial oil and natural gas drilling technique called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, uses many chemicals that can disrupt the body's hormones, according to new research accepted for publication in The Endocrine Society's journal Endocrinology.


FDA proposes ban on antibacterial soaps - Antibacterial soaps made by companies including Dial, Lever, and Dove contain chemicals that have a spotty safety record. “Some data suggest that long-term exposure to certain active ingredients used in antibacterial products—for example, triclosan (liquid soaps) and triclocarban (bar soaps)—could pose health risks, such as bacterial resistance or hormonal effects,” according to a statement released by the FDA.

5 Studies Showing why Reading is Healthy!
Natural Society - Whether you like novels or history books, books on great leaders or nutrition, reading is an extremely healthy habit. Sadly, however, many people don’t appreciate it, with a HuffPost poll showing last year that of 1,000 participants, 28% of those surveyed hadn’t read a book in over a year. Below are just 5 studies showing how beneficial reading can really be for your health.

Surprise: FOX News Admits GMOs are a 'Real Safety Issue'
Natural Society - Fox News released what may be the most hard-hitting GMO (danger) reports ever aired by the mainstream media.

The Herbal Remedy to Kick the Smoking Habit & Repair the Lungs
Natural Society - Once banned by the FDA, lobelia, or Indian tobacco, has been used as an herbal remedy for generations to help smokers quit cigarettes and heal their lungs.

Mainstream media attacks multivitamins in yet another example of quack science catapulted into the news by pharma interests
(NaturalNews) Today the mainstream media is gleefully reporting findings they mistakenly believe show all multivitamins to be worthless at preventing disease. "Case Closed: Multivitamins Should Not Be Used," declares Forbes. "New studies dispel multivitamin myths," reports NBC News. And CBS News shouts, "case is closed" after studies find no health benefits."

California's New Vaccine Exemption Law - Above the Law?
(NaturalNews) California's AB 2109 was passed into law in 2012 and takes effect January 1, 2014.

Woman shrinks thyroid nodules with pure nutrition, not meds
(NaturalNews) I have Hashimoto's thyroiditis. I manage it completely naturally, and my thyroid is producing the proper amounts of T3 and T4 thyroid hormones on its own, without medication.... My protocol included the following...

Smoking plastic, pesticide, bleach and fiberglass - The four killers that Big Tobacco never mentions
(NaturalNews) Have you ever wondered why cigarettes don't go out in heavy wind and why they burn so evenly, all the way from one end to the other? Could it be that plastic particles are woven into the rolling paper to make your nicotine delivery device more efficient?

Science & Technology

Facebook saves everything you type - even if you don't publish it - Most of us have, at one time or another, started writing something and then, probably wisely, changed our minds. Unfortunately, the code that powers Facebook still knows what you typed – even if you decide not to publish it. It turns out the things you explicitly choose not to share aren't entirely private.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Crop-by-Crop Growing Guides
Mother Earth News - Need some recommended varieties for the seeds you plan to sow this spring? Each of these crop guides offers varietal advice — and we’ll be updating this page with more than a dozen new crops this month.

Big Ag Mega Farm Threatens Pristine South Carolina River
Activist Post - Whether it's the health effects of production and run-off from Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (as well as associated conditions of animal cruelty), the deadly introduction of GMOs and associated toxins, harassment of family farms, or Big Ag's undeniable control over regulatory agencies like the EPA, FDA and USDA, there might be no greater threat than that of poisoning our dwindling fresh water supply.

Pet News

Should you smooch your pooch? Reasons why it may not be a great idea to kiss your pets
(NaturalNews) It is a well-known fact that pet owners are generally happier and healthier than folks who do not share their lives with companion animals. For example, children who grow up in families that own pets are less likely to suffer from infections, allergies, asthma and other common childhood ailments, according to recent studies. However, animals do carry germs and risk infecting humans with diseases.

Humor & Satire

VIDEO: Obama Commemorative 'Scandal' Plates
CNS News - Just in time for the holidays! The perfect present for the Obama supporter in your life. It’s the “Obama Scandals Collectable Paper Plate Series.” Each paper plate is lovingly crafted to commemorate a classic scandal from the Obama administration.

Unbelievably insane products for children revealed in Health Ranger's 'Twelve Days of Christmas' song
(NaturalNews) In a comedy bit that unveils the insanity of consumer products available for children these days, the Health Ranger (director of the Natural News Forensic Food Lab) sings a modified "The Twelve Days of Christmas."

Monday - December 16, 2013 - Today In History:
1773 - Nearly 350 chests of tea were dumped into Boston Harbor off of British ships by Colonial patriots. The patriots were disguised as Indians. The act was to protest taxation without representation and the monopoly the government granted to the East India Company.
1835 - In New York, 530 buildings were destroyed by fire.
1944 - During World War II, the Battle of the Bulge began in Belgium. It was the final major German counteroffensive in the war.
1950 - U.S. President Truman proclaimed a national state of emergency in order to fight "Communist imperialism."
1973 - O.J. Simpson broke Jim Brown’s single-season rushing record in the NFL. Brown had rushed for 1,863 yards, while Simpson attained 2,003 yards.
1981 - The U.S. Congress restored the $122 minimum monthly social security benefit for current recipients.
1995 - Many U.S. government functions were again closed as a temporary finance provision expired and the budget dispute between President Clinton and Republicans in Congress continued.
1995 - NATO launched a military operation in support of the Bosnia peace agreement.
1996 - Britain's agriculture minister announced the slaughter of an additional 100,000 cows thought to be at risk of contracting BSE in an effort to persuade the EU to lift its ban on Britain.
1998 - The U.S. and Britain fired hundreds of missiles on Iraq in response to Saddam Hussein's refusal to comply with U.N. weapons inspectors.
2000 - U.S. President George W. Bush selected Colin Powell to be the 1st African-American secretary of state. Powell was sworn in January 20, 2001.
2001 - In Tora Bora, Afghanistan, tribal fighters announced that they had taken the last al-Quaida positions. More than 200 fighters were killed and 25 captured. They also announced that they had found no sign of Osama bin Laden.
2001 - Cuba received the first commercial food shipment from the United States in nearly 40 years. The shipment was sent to help Cuba after Hurrican Michelle hit Cuba on November 4, 2001.
2001 - A British newspaper, The Observer, reported that a notebook had been found at an al-Quaida training camp in southern Afghanistan. The notebook contained a "blue print" for an bomb attack on London's financial district.
2002 - Canada ratified the Kyoto Protocol. The 1997 treaty was aimed a reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
2009 - Astronomers discovered GJ1214b. It was the first-known exoplanet on which water could exist.

World News

‘Whole families murdered’: Syrian rebels execute over 80 civilians outside Damascus
RT - Over 80 civilians in a town northwest of the Syrian capital of Damascus have been executed by Islamist rebels, sources within the Syrian military told RT. Many others were kidnapped to be used as human shields.

U.S. Moves to Support Al-Qaeda Lite in Syria
Kurt Nimmo - The United States will engage in talks with radical Islamist forces fighting to overthrow the government of Bashar al-Assad in Syria. Talks over the next few days are expected to center on direct support for the newly formed Islamic Front, according to Reuters.

War on Syria begins with mass vaccination program
Activist Post -The World Health Organization reports that as of November 26, “17 children have been paralyzed by polio in Syria: 15 of these children are in the contested governorate of Deir Ez Zour, one is in Aleppo and another in Douma, near Damascus. Prior to this outbreak, no polio cases have been recorded in Syria since 1999.”

U.S. Navy-China showdown: Chinese try to halt U.S. cruiser in international waters
Washington Times - A Chinese naval vessel tried to force a U.S. guided missile warship to stop in international waters recently, causing a tense military standoff in the latest case of Chinese maritime harassment, according to defense officials.

Iceland’s jailed bankers ‘a model’ for dealing with ‘financial terrorists’
RT - By jailing four top officers of Iceland's failed Kaupthing Bank, the country showed the world the right way to deal with the people largely responsible for the 2008 financial crisis, said Charlie McGrath, founder of news website, Wide Awake News.

China Imposes First-Ever West Coast Shellfish Ban - China said it decided to impose the ban after recent shipments of geoduck clams from Northwest waters were found by its own government inspectors to have high levels of arsenic and a toxin that causes paralytic shellfish poisoning.... It applies to clams, oysters and all other two-shelled bivalves harvested from the waters of Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Northern California.

‘Stop GMOs’: Russian scientists urge 10-year ban on genetically modified products
RT - "It is necessary to ban GMO, to impose moratorium [on it] for 10 years. While GMO will be prohibited, we can plan experiments, tests, or maybe even new methods of research could be developed,” vice president of Russia’s National Association for Genetic Safety, Irina Ermakova, told Interfax news agency.

VIDEO: Three Days of Severe Snow in the Middle East
RT - A severe winter storm pounded the Middle East for a third day on Friday bringing with it heavy snow and floods. In the West Bank city of Ramallah residents struggled to walk outside as mounds of snow blanketed the streets.... Heaviest snow in the region for 112 years.

What's up with Saudi Arabia's 15,000 anti-tank missiles?
StratRisks - No one is expecting a tank invasion of Saudi Arabia anytime soon, but the kingdom just put in a huge order for U.S.-made anti-tank missiles that has Saudi-watchers scratching their heads and wondering whether the deal is related to Riyadh’s support for the Syrian rebels.

VIDEO: ‘Turkey sent tons of arms into Syria’
Press TV - Based on data from the UN Commodity Trade Statistics Database (UN Comtrade), Turkey sent different amounts of guns, including shotguns and hunting rifles, to the militants, with the highest reaching nearly 29 tons in September alone.

VIDEO: Yemeni parliament bans US terror drone strikes
Press TV - Yemeni MPs have strongly condemned US assassination drone strikes inside the Arab country and the parliament passed a law banning the drone attacks.

Australian troops leave Afghanistan
Al Jazeera - More than 1,000 Australian troops have completed their withdrawal from Afghanistan, marking the end of a deployment that has left dozens of troops dead and hundreds more seriously wounded.

NSA considers Edward Snowden amnesty
Press TV - The US National Security Agency is offering a controversial amnesty to American whistleblower Edward J. Snowden in exchange for the confidential documents he is keeping about the super spy agency.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Video Clip: It Only Took This Army Vet 3 Minutes To Destroy Obama’s Gun Control Plan - In this clip we see an army vet that serves as a police officer speak to the motion to repeal the ‘Safe’ act at the Dutchess County Legislature New York State.

Inside the Saudi 9/11 coverup - After the 9/11 attacks, the public was told al Qaeda acted alone, with no state sponsors. But the White House never let it see an entire section of Congress’ investigative report on 9/11 dealing with “specific sources of foreign support” for the 19 hijackers, 15 of whom were Saudi nationals

New Obama adviser wants to cede U.S. oceans to U.N.
WND - President Obama’s new staff adviser, senior progressive strategist John Podesta, is a key player in an initiative seeking more government regulation of the oceans and the ceding of U.S. oceans to United Nations-based international law.

Colorado Shooter “Opinionated Socialist” and “Keynesian”
Kurt Nimmo - Don’t expect Mark Potok to get on MSNBC and dissect the ideological background of the latest high school shooter. It turns out Karl Halverson Pierson, the teenager who wounded two Colorado high schools students and then killed himself, was a dyed-in-the-wool liberal.

HHS to Issa: We Won't Comply With Your Subpeona Because We Don't Trust You - The Health and Human Services Department told House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa that it won’t turn over documents related to the security of the website because it can’t trust him to keep secret information that could give hackers a roadmap to wreak havoc on the system.

Reports of erroneous WA health exchange debits
KING 5 News - or the second week in a row, the Washington Healthplanfinder website is down, and it's causing problems for people who are dealing with billing issues. Some of them say the website is mistakenly debiting their accounts.

Government Takeover: White House Forces Obamacare Insurers To Cover Unpaid Patients At A Loss
Forbes - Of all of the last-minute delays, website bungles, and Presidential whims that have marred the roll-out of Obamacare’s subsidized insurance exchanges, what happened on Thursday, December 12 will stand as one of the most lawless acts yet committed by this administration.

White House Front Group Vows to Target Alternative Media
Paul Joseph Watson - White House front group Media Matters has vowed to target “alternative online outlets” as part of its new “strategic plan” to exert media influence in coordination with the Obama administration.

VIDEO: Ben Swann Debates Gun Control On RT
Liberty Crier - Ben Swann debates gun control on RT. For more debate segments please click here.

VICTORY: License Plate Scanners Suspended in Boston Over Privacy Concerns
Activist Post - Even as revelations of nearly ubiquitous NSA surveillance have been detailed, and databases of every stripe seem to be on the rise, we cannot ignore our victories. Little by little, we are beginning to see a roll-back of some of the surveillance state.

Active Shooter Drills in Littleton, Colorado Same Day as School Shooting - In response to the shooting Friday at Arapahoe High School, Peter J. Kuehlen has unearthed two screenshots of 'security consultants' conducting active shooter response drills in the same location -- and on the same day, no less - of the school shooting in Colorado.

Media Works To Keep Mass Shooters’ Profiles Secret
Mikael Thalen - An undeniable pattern has continued to emerge in light of mass shootings, despite the media’s attempt to avoid connecting the dots.

Document Reveals State’s Move To Vastly Expand Continuity of Government Powers
Mikael Thalen - A document currently circulating through the Washington state government details the attempt to vastly expand Continuity of Government powers by amending the state’s constitution.

Missouri State University considers banning Nerf guns
CBS News - During October’s game, a professor called 911 and put a classroom on lockdown after thinking he saw a real gun. And the university’s safety and transportation department got several calls to its non-emergency number while the game was being played, The Springfield News-Leader reported.

Report: 50,000-60,000 paper Obamacare applications still haven’t been processed
Daily Caller - While the Obama administration boasts that the front end of is supposedly working better, the government reportedly still has to process over 50,000 paper applications it took in when the site was all but inoperable. The stunning number was buried in a Washington Post report Friday.

Georgia looking to nullify Obamacare during the 2014 legislative session
The Examiner - South Carolina legislators a few days ago introduced legislation to eliminate Obamacare in their state under SC State House bill H 3101 and now Georgia is looking to follow South Carolina’s lead in nullifying Obamacare, the Washington Times reported on Thursday.

Beach bum: Obama to holiday in Hawaii for 17 DAYS
Washington Times - President Obama and his family will leave Washington Dec. 20 for a 17-day holiday vacation in Hawaii. The White House announced Friday that the Obamas will depart next week after what is expected to be a light work schedule for the president in Washington.

Election News

George P. Bush, Tea Party Conservative
Kurt Nimmo - Another Bush. This one says he’s with Ted Cruz and the refurbished tea party. George P. Bush is kicking off his political career in Texas. He’s running as land commissioner. Bush says he’s not like the rest of his family. He’s a real conservative unlike the previous two Georges. He describes himself as a “movement” conservative. Not a mainstream Republican.


Camden, New Jersey: One Of Hundreds Of U.S. Cities That Are Turning Into Rotting, Decaying Hellholes
Economic Collapse - Earlier this month, Rolling Stone published an article that took a hard look at the nightmare conditions that exist in Camden. A city that once made Campbell's soup and some of this nation's most famous warships is now a national disgrace. The following are six of the best quotes out of that article...

Senators Introduce Bill To Crack Down On ‘Lavish’ Self-Portrait Expenses - A bipartisan Senate duo says they want to crack down on what they call the government’s “lavish” spending on oil paintings of congressmen, the costs of which can top $50,000 each. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., and Tom Coburn, R-Okla., said in a Thursday press release they are introducing a bill that would only allow $20,000 of taxpayer funds to be spent on each portrait, and would only cover paintings of lawmakers in the line of succession to the presidency.

JPMorgan's "Bitcoin-Alternative" Patent Rejected (175 Times)
Zero Hedge - Earlier in the week, we detailed JPMorgan's attempt to create their own "web cash" alternative to Bitcoin (and Sberbank's talk of doing the same). However, as M-Cam details, following the failure of the first 154 'claims', JPMorgan issued a further 20 claims - which were summarily rejected (making JPMorgan 0-175 for approved claims).

YouTube: Dirty Jobs' Mike Rowe on the High Cost of College
Reason TV - "If we are lending money that ostensibly we don't have to kids who have no hope of making it back in order to train them for jobs that clearly don't exist, I might suggest that we've gone around the bend a little bit," says TV personality Mike Rowe, best known as the longtime host of Discovery Channel's Dirty Jobs....

Veteran News

'They just wanted to ruin my head’: Records show Army lobotomized 2,000 WW2 vets
Raw Story - Newly uncovered documents show the U.S. Army embraced frontal lobotomy as a way to treat at least 2,000 troops in the aftermath of World War II, the Wall Street Journal reported.
** Related Article: VA lobotomized 2,000 disturbed veterans

Energy & Environment

VIDEO: Widow Faces Eviction in Fla. City For ‘Living Off the Grid’
The Blaze - A Fla. city is set to evict a widow for her unique lifestyle of “living off the grid.” Robin Speronis told WFTX-TV that she was given an eviction notice after the station aired a story about how she chooses to live in a home without modern amenities, such as running water and electricity. “A code enforcement officer came, knocked on the door then posts a placard that says uninhabitable property, do not enter,” Robin said.


Utah Public Health Bans Gardasil Vaccine
Prevent Disease - Citing low demand, high costs - and questioning the benefits, Utah's Public Department of Health does not stock or recommend Gardasil HPV vaccine. The decision to exclude the vaccine from its public health clinics was made by the agency’s director, contrary to the area's Board of Health.

Mutagenesis and Mutant Vegetables: More Dangerous than GMOs?
Natural Society - Leading chemical companies including BASF and DuPont may be tampering with our food supply under the radar via mutagenesis while GMOs take the heat. Though genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are the hot topic in agricultural activism today, some say mutant vegetables should be an even bigger concern, precisely because their effects are unknown and they are not on the global health radar.

Sugar and Your Brain: Is Alzheimer’s Disease Actually Type 3 Diabetes?
Green Med Info - Alzheimer's disease is the 6th leading cause of death in North America. The truth, however, is that this devastating illness shares a strong link with another sickness that wreaks havoc on millions of individuals in North America — Diabetes.

Coconut Oil Found Effective In Treating Atopic Dermatitis (Dry, Itchy, Scaly Skin)
Green Med Info - A promising new study published in the International Journal of Dermatology[i] has confirmed the natural healing properties of virgin coconut oil in treating atopic dermatitis, a chronic skin condition characterized by scaly and itchy rashes.

Ginger Treats Osteoarthritis with Topical Application
Green Med Info - Ginger is already known for its anti-inflammatory abilities. New research is now confirming an ancient therapy of applying ginger topically to treat osteoarthritis pain and inflammation.

70% Of All Antibiotics Used In The US Are Given To Farm-Animals
Natural Blaze - Surprisingly, about 70 percent of all antibiotics used in the United States are given in low prophylactic doses to farm animals in an effort to ward off rampant disease on our mega feedlots. If the CDC is right, this practice is causing people to die in increasing numbers from infections that simply won’t respond to treatment anymore.

Studies show that chia seeds can treat diabetes, boost energy and more
(NaturalNews) Aztec warriors treasured chia seeds for their medicinal properties, and many of these alleged properties are now being confirmed by contemporary studies. Below is a list of the health benefits attributed to chia seeds and the research that reinforces them.

Chiropractic adjustments shown to reverse heart disease
(NaturalNews) According to the case study, a 54-year-old man undergoing chiropractic care experienced normalization of his lipid panel following six months of chiropractic adjustments. Fascinatingly, no other interventions (i.e., diet or exercise modifications) were implemented within this time period.

The lucky 12 solutions to acid reflux
(NaturalNews) It is estimated that at least 50% of Americans suffer with acid reflux, or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

Top five things to do when you quit smoking
(NaturalNews) If you smoke a pack a day, you spend about $1,500 every year, and two packs a day is over $3,000. That is not to mention medical bills, dental bills, cleaning bills, teeth whiteners, allergy medications, cold and flu remedies and so on.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Meet The Restaurant With The Five-Year Waiting List
Zero Hedge - However what makes Baehrel's restaurant the most exclusive restaurant in the world is not the decor, nor the patrons, some who fly overnight from Manhattan to pay $255 for dinner... but the food, which is all cultivated, grown, prepared, cooked and served from and on the property, and where Baehrel is literally the only employee. "I’m the chef, the waiter, the grower, the forager, the gardener, the cheesemaker, the cured-meat maker, and, as I will explain, everything comes from this 12-acre property."

Impenetrable Fireproof House Made from Used Plastic Bottles
Natural Blaze - This 2 bedroom house built from recycled plastic bottles is bulletproof and fireproof and can withstand earthquakes. Oh, and it also reportedly holds a comfy year-round temperature of 64 degrees F.


Thoughts on Survival Seed Banks
Mother Earth News - Learn about emergency seed banks, why some homes keep one stashed away, and the types that are available.

Pet News

The many wonderful healing properties of Slippery Elm for dogs and cats
Jean Hofve, DVM - In the gastro-intestinal tract, Slippery Elm acts directly. It can be thought of as a sort of natural “Pepto-Bismol.” (Pepto-Bismol itself should not be used because it contains salicylate, a.k.a. aspirin). Its mucilage content coats, soothes, and lubricates the mucus membranes lining the digestive tract. Related article: Prevent or reverse kidney disease and renal failure in cats with Slippery Elm Bark

A Simple 19th Century Way to Help Treat Disease in Your Pet
Dr. Becker - Minerals are the foundation for enzyme activity in the body. They facilitate energy cycles and functions, and nourish cells. Cell salts aid the basic functions of cells, including water balance, digestion, detoxification, oxygenation, nutrition, elasticity, and sodium-potassium balance.

Friday - December 13, 2013 - Today In History:
1809 - The 1st abdominal surgical procedure was performed in Danville, KY, on Jane Todd Crawford. The surgery was performed without an anesthetic.
1862 - In America, an estimated 11,000 Northern soldiers were killed or wounded when Union forces were defeated by Confederates under General Robert E. Lee, at the Battle of Fredericksburg.
1913 - The Federal Reserve System was established.
1918 - U.S. President Wilson arrived in France, becoming the first chief executive to visit a European country while holding office.
1921 - Britain, France, Japan and the United States signed the Pacific Treaty.
1944 - During World War II, the U.S. cruiser Nashville was badly damaged in a Japanese kamikaze suicide attack. 138 people were killed in the attack.
1978 - The Philadelphia Mint began stamping the Susan B. Anthony U.S. dollar. The coin began circulation the following July.
1988 - PLO chairman Yasser Arafat addressed the U.N. General Assembly in Geneva, where it had reconvened after the United States had refused to grant Arafat a visa to visit New York.
1991 - North Korea and South Korea signed a historic non-aggression agreement.
2000 - U.S. Vice President Al Gore conceded the 2000 Presidential election to Texas Gov. George W. Bush. The Florida electoral votes were won by only 537 votes, which decided the election. The election had been contested up to the U.S. Supreme Court, which said that the Florida recount (supported by the Florida Supreme Court) was unconstitutional.
2000 - Seven convicts, the "Texas 7," escaped from Connally Unit in Kenedy, TX, southeast of San Antonio, by overpowering civilian workers and prison employees. They fled with stolen clothing, pickup truck and 16 guns and ammunition.
2001 - The U.S. government released a video tape that showed Osama bin Laden and others discussing their knowledge of the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001.
2001 - U.S. President George W. Bush served formal notice to Russia that the United States was withdrawing from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.
2001 - Gunmen stormed the Indian Parliament and killed seven people and injured 18. Security forces killed the attackers during a 90-minute gunbattle.

World News

UN: Chem arms used in Syria, but no direct links between attack, victims in some locations
RT - The United Nations has released its report on the alleged use of chemicals weapons in Syria, as investigators report evidence of probable chemical weapons use in five of seven attacks probed.

Will Saudis Send U.S. Anti-tank Weapons to Salafist Mercenaries in Syria?
Kurt Nimmo - Does Saudi Arabia face an awesome enemy in its mostly unpopulated desert kingdom? After all, it recently ordered nearly a billion dollars worth of tube-launched, optically-tracked wire-guided 2A/2B radio-frequency (RF) Missiles and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support, according to a DoD SCA news release.

Drone strike kills 15 'wedding party-goers' in Yemen
RT - Fifteen people who had been heading to a wedding in Yemen have been killed in an air strike. Local media reported that a drone attack had been responsible, and the party-goers had been hit instead of an Al-Qaeda convoy.

EU parliament votes to invite Snowden to testify over NSA spying
RT - The European Parliament has voted to formally invite former NSA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden to provide official court testimony on NSA spying, in the face of overwhelming concern from conservative MEPs.

Another 20 Navy Sailors: USS Ronald Reagan crew with thyroid cancers, leukemia, brain tumors, bleeding, blindness after Fukushima disaster
ENENews - Charles Bonner, attorney representing sailors from the USS Ronald Reagan: They’re not only going to the rescue by jumping into the water and rescuing people out of the water, but they were drinking desalinated sea water, bathing in it, until finally the captain of the USS Ronald Reagan alarmed people that they were encountering high levels of radiation.

Call Made to Congress for China War Plan
StratRisks - The U.S. military needs a more focused war plan specific to China, especially after China’s recent declaration of an air defense zone over the East China Sea, a group of defense analysts told a prominent House subcommittee Wednesday.

Iran slams new US sanctions on firms, individuals
Press TV - Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi slams the new US sanctions targeting Iran, saying the bans run counter to the spirit of the recent nuclear deal reached between Tehran and six major world powers.

VIDEO: Karzai says won’t be bullied into inking US deal
Press TV - Afghan President Hamid Karzai says he will not be ‘intimidated’ into signing a controversial security deal with Washington, which would allow thousands of US troops to stay in Afghanistan after 2014.

American who vanished in Iran was on unsanctioned CIA mission – report
RT - The retired FBI agent who seemed to vanish in Iran seven years ago was in fact on a strange unauthorized mission for the CIA that was organized by intelligence agents who did not have the authority to do so, a shocking new report has revealed.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

'This is the time!’ Connecticut gov signs first GMO labeling law in US
RT - The governor of Connecticut hosted a ceremonial signing outside an organic restaurant in the city of Fairfield on Wednesday to commemorate the state’s passing of what could be the first GMO labeling law of its type in the United States.

YouTube: Sen. Paul Speaks Out Against Nuclear Option On The Senate Floor
Senator Rand Paul Dec 12, 2013

Omidyar’s PayPal Corporation Said To Be Implicated in Withheld NSA Documents
Boiling Frogs Post - "Yes. It is absolutely legit. Let me tell you this … NSA has had this cooperation, partnership … this relationship with major financial institutions … not only PayPal but credit card companies too. At least with 78 financial companies. Not only they get and store all this information, the financial data … Americans’ and foreigners’, but they also share it with FBI, DEA and other law enforcement agencies regularly."

A Distillation of DOD Funding Priorities for November 2013
Boiling Frogs Post - The Pentagon Spent at Least $28,960,969,531on 197 Individual Contracts During November 2013. The Pentagon issues a jumbled list of contracts every business day around 5:00PM local time. Our project distills an entire month of these contracts into an accessible form. Italics indicate notes from the editor.

Director Who Released Obama Birth Certificate Dies in Mystery Plane Crash
Paul Joseph Watson - The health director who approved the release of President Obama’s long form birth certificate, which some claim was a fraudulent document, has died in an unexplained plane crash in Hawaii, it was announced today.

South Carolina Looking to Pass Bill That Would Eliminate ObamaCare in the State
Fox News - South Carolina is on the verge of passing a bill that would end ObamaCare in the state. But is it legal for South Carolina not to follow a federal law? Judge Napolitano discussed the case today on America’s News Headquarters.

NC Cop Pushes K-9 Into Suspect’s Car Window, Cops Love It
Liberty Crier - It’s hard to know which is more disturbing in this case. The police officer shoving a dog through a window to bite a man who has clearly given up, or the comments from the community (mostly cops) at Here are a few...

Declassified FBI docs detail warrantless drone surveillance
RT - While previous reports have indicated that the FBI has sought to employ drone technology for years, newly unveiled documents from inside the agency show the extent to which the bureau believes it has the authority to conduct warrantless surveillance.

Passed in House, NDAA now heads to Senate
Politico - The House on Thursday approved a compromise version of this year’s defense authorization bill, kicking it to the Senate under a fast-track process that precludes senators from tacking on controversial amendments dealing with Iran sanctions and other divisive issues.

Obama advisers recommend NSA overhaul after surveillance scandal – report
RT - A White House-appointed task force is to recommend an overhaul of the National Security Agency, including changing the controversial bulk phone record collection and giving it civilian leadership, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

What is the TPP? A Primer
Activist Post - If you keep hearing about the TPP and really only have a general idea of what this is, there is a good reason for that. The negotiations have been kept a closely guarded secret, and those participating don’t want you to know what it is until it’s too late to change it.


VIDEO: Mike Rivero: NSA Giving ILLEGAL Inside Trading Info to Central Banks! - In this interview with Finance & Liberty’s Elijah Johnson, Mike Rivero discusses the potential for gold confiscation in the wake of a US dollar collapse, and drops the bombshell that the NSA has begun providing Central Banks Around the world with illegal confidential inside information, allowing the Fed & other friendly western central banks (& the TBTF banks that own them) to trade with illegal confidential information.

The IMF Wants You To Pay 71% Income Tax
Zero Hedge - After it recently suggested a “one-off capital levy” – a one-time tax on private wealth as an exceptional measure to restore debt sustainability across insolvent countries – it has now called for “revenue-maximizing top income tax rates”.... They’ve singled out the US, suggesting that the US government could maximize its tax revenue by increasing tax brackets to as high as 71%.

Paul Ryan Surprised by Tea Party Outrage Over Budget Surrender
Kurt Nimmo - Ohio Republican and Speaker of the House, John Boehner, has unleashed a tirade on the tea party faction in the lower chamber. On Wednesday, he said opposition to the budget sell-out cooked up between Democrats and Republicans suspending the sequester for two years is “ridiculous.

Dent, Faber, Celente, Maloney, Rogers – What Do They Say Is Coming In 2014?
Economic Collapse - Some of the most respected prognosticators in the financial world are warning that what is coming in 2014 and beyond is going to shake America to the core. Many of the quotes that you are about to read are from individuals that actually predicted the subprime mortgage meltdown and the financial crisis of 2008 ahead of time.

Bitcoin beware: JPMorgan seeks patent for rival online payment system
RT - As public enthusiasm continues to grow over bitcoin, the digital crypto-currency, JPMorgan Chase seeks to patent an online payment system that would allow digital wallets, as well as anonymity – the most attractive feature to internet users.

Veteran News

Minn. Guardsman Accused of Stealing Military IDs - A Minnesota National Guardsman faces federal fraud charges in connection with the theft of names, Social Security numbers and security clearance levels of roughly 400 members of his former Army unit in Fort Bragg, N.C. The Iraq War veteran intended to use the confidential material to create fake IDs for his militia, court documents say.

Anti-Christian Group Forces Air Force to Remove Nativity Scene
Kurt Nimmo - The last time we heard from Michael Weinstein, his Military Religious Freedom Foundation was complaining about the phrase “so help me God” in the U.S. Air Force Academy Honor Oath. Following complaints by Weinstein and his anti-Christian organization, the Air Force decided to make the phrase optional for cadets. Now Weinstein is targeting an Air Force Christmas nativity scene.

Energy & Environment

Plants won't grow near Wi-Fi routers, experiment finds
(NaturalNews) ...British activist website Stop Smart Meters recently published a list of 34 scientific studies demonstrating the adverse biological effects of Wi-Fi exposure, including studies linking it to headaches, reduced sperm count and oxidative stress. The latest research into the dangers of Wi-Fi, though, comes from a surprisingly humble source...

Dallas bans fracking in most of the city - The Dallas City Council adopted new rules on Wednesday that bar hydraulic fracturing within 1,500 feet of a home, school, church, or well. Dallas is now the largest of five Texan cities and towns that have imposed local restrictions on fracking.

Housing Market

The Quiet Title option to eminent domain mortgage seizure and bank foreclosure - Quiet Title is a critical term with which every homeowner should become familiar. A quiet title action, brought by an individual homeowner, is possibly the one sensible and legal alternative approach to the City of Richmond’s proposed plan to seize underwater mortgages under eminent domain.


Dry, Scaly, Itchy Skin? Research Proves Coconut Superior To Mineral Oil
Green Med Info - The power of coconut oil as a topic healing agent in chronic, inflammatory skin conditions like atopic dermatitis has recently been confirmed.

6 Reasons You Should Eat Pumpkin Seeds Year-Round
Natural Blaze - These healthy seeds deserve to be part of your weekly meals. Not only are they full of minerals (they’re a great source of zinc), they’re also high in disease-fighting antioxidants. Let’s take a look at the six reasons why you should eat a handful of pumpkin seeds every day.

The Best Diet to Preserve Your Muscle
Natural Blaze - As far as diets go, a protein-based one may not be a bad idea. Researchers from the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine have discovered that a high protein diet helps to shut down a key system in the body responsible for degrading skeletal muscle tissue. The system in question is called the proteasome system.

Medical Errors Kill Enough People to Fill 4 Jumbo Jets a Week. - 7 Tips on Surviving The Medical Industrial Complex
Green Med Info - Medical mistakes kill enough people each week to fill four jumbo jets. But these mistakes go largely unnoticed by the world at large, and the medical community rarely learns from them." The WSJ goes to the say in their excellent article titled "How to Stop Hospitals From Killing Us."

CNN Documentary: Babies Born Addicted to Rx Drugs - According to state health records, nearly 1,400 Florida babies were born suffering from drug withdrawal syndrome in 2010, a fourfold increase since 2003. The state does not track the specific drug the babies are hooked on, but south Florida doctors and neonatal nurses believe the increase is due to a sharp increase in pregnant women addicted to prescription drugs.

VIDEO: Hawaiians Testify About Birth Defects From Spraying of GMO Crops
Green Med Info - Island Kauai and Kokua residents testify against the chemical agriculture companies who have poisoned their children and environment with agrichemicals, resulting in sickness and birth defects.

Amazing health benefits of hemp seeds you didn't know about
(NaturalNews) Hemp has numerous industrial uses but is also a superfood that comes with numerous health benefits. You can achieve most of the benefits by including its seeds in your diet.

H7N9 is Rapidly Mutating: Pandemic Potential Increased Due to ‘Viral Fitness’
Activist Post - Almost universally, flu viruses become less virulent when they become drug resistant. In becoming drug resistant, their ability to replicate and its effectiveness is usually considerably reduced. This is not the case with H7N9.

Antibiotics unable to stop resistant typhoid fever
(NaturalNews) Scientists at Oxford University's Clinical Research Unit are stunned by new laboratory results. Their study, funded by the Wellcome Trust and published in the journal eLife, reports of typhoid fever bacteria strains that cannot be controlled. These bacterial strains are downright outsmarting scientists and modern medicine.

Katie Couric apologizes for allowing episode on HPV vaccines that tells the truth about deadly side effects
(NaturalNews) Investigative journalist and television personality Katie Couric is being crucified by many of her colleagues in the mainstream media for daring to allow the truth about the notorious human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine Gardasil to be discussed on national television.

Which foods have anti-inflammatory properties?
(NaturalNews) Many people frequently eat the typical Western-type diet that includes refined carbs (contained in white flour and sugar), a lot of meat, trans fats and saturated fat, all of which are known to trigger and increase chronic inflammation.

Science & Technology

Government Spies Are Forcing Privacy Email Services To Shut Down Because They Can’t Spy On Emails
Steve Watson - GCHQ, the British counterpart and facilitator to the NSA, has forced a privacy focused email service to shut down because it could not effectively spy on the encrypted emails people were sending.

Cellphone data spying: It’s not just the NSA
USA Today - Local police are increasingly able to scoop up large amounts of cellphone data using new technologies, including cell tower dumps and secret mobile devices known as Stingrays. Here’s a closer look at how police do it.

New Wi-Fi Technology Can Track You Through Walls
Activist Post - The enhancement of Wi-Fi is being labeled WiTrack. It marks a further development upon a discovery by MIT researchers back in June that they had called Wi-Vi. At the time, researchers were able to use dual signals to detect the general location of moving objects behind walls, but not an exact image. WiTrack employs radio signals to pinpoint a person's location more accurately.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Minnesota judge dismisses phony charges against raw milk farmer Mike Hartmann
(NaturalNews) The Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund (FTCLDF) reports that Sibley County District Court Judge Erica H. McDonald recently dismissed five of six phony criminal charges brought by the state earlier this year against Hartmann, who has been a target of the state for several years.

Probiotics protect pigs from E. coli infections
(NaturalNews) The ramifications of a recent German study on piglets may lead to healthier livestock with less pharmaceutical antibiotic use if other farmers get involved and see the results.


Are You Prepared to Stay Alive in the Frigid Wilderness with Only the Supplies in Your Vehicle?
How prepared are you to survive a few days in the frozen wilderness with only the supplies you have in your vehicle? A family of 6 discovered that they have what it takes when their Jeep flipped over in the middle of the Seven Troughs mountain range in north-central Nevada last week.

Pet News

The Dangerous Myths Many Cat Owners Believe
Dr. Becker - Recently, a large pet food manufacturer conducted a survey of U.S. cat owners that revealed some interesting insights.

6 Ways To Make A Dying Cat More Comfortable
Care2 - If you’ve got a young cat, rest assured that you probably won’t need to implement any of these ideas for a long while. The notion that 1 cat year is equivalent to 7 human years is a myth. It’s true that cats age faster when they’re younger, but this slows down as they get older.

Thursday - December 12, 2013 - Today In History:
1787 - Pennsylvania became the second state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
1800 - Washington, DC, was established as the capital of the United States.
1870 - Joseph H. Rainey of South Carolina became the first black lawmaker to be sworn into the U.S. House of Representatives.
1901 - The first radio signal to cross the Atlantic was picked up near St. John's Newfoundland, by inventor Guglielmo Marconi.
1912 - The Mother's Day International Association was incorporated with the purpose of furthering meaningful observations of Mother's Day.
1917 - Father Edward Flanagan opened Boys Town in Nebraska. The farm village was for wayward boys. In 1979 it was opened to girls.
1925 - The "Motel Inn," the first motel in the world, opened in San Luis Obispo, CA.
1937 - Japanese aircraft sank the U.S. gunboat "Panay" on China's Yangtze River. Japan apologized for the attack, and paid $2.2 million in reparations.
1946 - A United Nations committee voted to accept a six-block tract of Manhattan real estate to be the site of the UN's headquarters. The land was offered as a gift by John D. Rockefeller Jr.
1975 - Sara Jane Moore pled guilty to a charge of trying to kill U.S. President Ford in San Francisco the previous September.
1985 - 248 American soldiers and eight crewmembers were killed when an Arrow Air charter crashed in Gander, Newfoundland after takeoff.
1989 - Leona Helmsley was fined $7 million and sentenced to four years in prison for tax evasion.
1994 - IBM stopped shipments of personal computers with Intel's flawed Pentium chip.
1995 - The U.S. Senate stopped a constitutional amendment giving Congress authority to outlaw flag burning and other forms of desecration against the American flag.
1995 - Two French airmen shot down over Bosnia arrived home after almost four months of being held captive by the Bosnian Serbs.
2000 - The U.S. Supreme Court found that the recount ordered by the Florida Supreme Court in the 2000 U.S. Presidential election was unconstitutional. U.S. Vice President Al Gore conceded the election to Texas Gov. George W. Bush the next day.
2000 - Timothy McVeigh, over the objections of his lawyers, abandoned his final round of appeals and asked that his execution be set within 120 days. McVeigh was convicted of the April 1995 truck bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, OK, that killed 168 and injured 500.
2001 - Gerardo Hernandez was sentenced to life in prison for being the leader of a Cuban spy ring. His conviction was based on his role in the infiltration of U.S. military bases and in the deaths of four Cuban-Americans whose planes were shot down five years before.
2002 - North Korea announced that it would reactivate a nuclear power plant that U.S. officials believed was being used to develop weapons.

World News

US, UK suspend non-lethal aid to Syrian opposition
RT - Washington and London have stopped providing non-lethal aid to the Syrian rebels via Turkey after radical Islamists began to take control of the Free Syrian Army’s bases in northern Syria. Turkey has reportedly closed its side of the border with Syria.

Foreign militants in Syria exceed 5,000
Press TV - A new report says the number of foreign militants fighting the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is now above 5,000. According to the report published by the bimonthly American magazine, Foreign Policy, on Tuesday, the number of the militants fighting in the Middle Eastern country is also “higher than any previous conflict in the modern history of the Muslim world.”

'US won’t renegotiate Afghan pact'
Press TV - The US military chief says Washington will not renegotiate a security pact with Kabul, claiming that a full withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan can destabilize the country.

Lawmakers Push for Billions to Pay for Questionable Missile Defense System
Kurt Nimmo - The Senate and the House Armed Services committees have agreed to jack up spending on a highly questionable missile defense system by $358 million to $9.5 billion. In addition, the lawmakers want a “homeland defense radar” and are proposing to shower Israel with more money.

China-Japan Spat Could Lead to World War III
Activist Post - As the row over the rocks that are claimed by not only Japan and China, but South Korea and Taiwan continue, a former UN Ambassador has warned that any conflict in the region could quickly become global.

Russia Warns America ‘We Will Respond With Nukes’
Paul Joseph Watson - Addressing the threat posed by plans by the United States to install a missile defense system in Europe, Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin today asserted that Russia would respond with nuclear weapons if it was targeted by conventional American missiles.

Pope Francis named Time's ‘Person of the Year 2013’
RT - Pope Francis, the first Jesuit pontiff, elected nine months ago, was named Time magazine's Person of the Year for 2013, leaving whistleblower Edward Snowden in second place, the magazine revealed on Wednesday.

300k Fukushima refugees still living 'in cages' in makeshift camps
RT - Over two years after an earthquake and tsunami devastated areas in and around the Japanese city of Fukushima, many residents have been left to live in impromptu residential camps with no hope of returning to their previous ways of life.

General Electric Knew It’s Reactor Design Was Unsafe … So Why Isn’t GE Getting Any Heat for Fukushima?
Washington's Blog - Thirty-five years ago, Dale G. Bridenbaugh and two of his colleagues at General Electric resigned from their jobs after becoming increasingly convinced that the nuclear reactor design they were reviewing — the Mark 1 — was so flawed it could lead to a devastating accident.

Canada Post to phase out urban home mail delivery - Starting March 31, the cost of a stamp to mail a standard-size first-class letter will increase to 85 cents if bought in a pack, up from 63 cents. Individual stamps will cost a dollar. Canada Post said that over the next five years, it will eliminate 6,000 to 8,000 positions, but it expects 15,000 workers will leave the company or retire within that period.

EU set for more Cyprus-style bail-ins for troubled banks
StratRisks - European finance ministers have reached the basis of an agreement to wind down failing banks and share the costs, Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem told CNBC following a 16-hour marathon negotiating session in Brussels. The agreement is expected to begin with a Cyprus-style “bail-in” process in which major depositors in failing banks are tapped first in an effort to support the lender.

China rejects fifth US corn cargo in a month, citing GMO strain
RT - A cargo of 59,100 tons was turned away on Tuesday in the eastern Chinese province of Zhejiang after quarantine officials found MIR 162 -- an insect-resistant GMO strain which the country’s agriculture ministry has yet to warrant, Reuters cited an official as saying.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Now Obama gets 'executive power' czar
WND - A senior progressive strategist and former chief of staff for President Bill Clinton who specializes in the use of executive authority to bypass Congress is reportedly joining the White House. The New York Times is reporting John Podesta, founder of the Center for American Progress, has agreed to serve as counselor to President Obama for a year.

Let us spy: NSA chief pleads with Senate to keep surveillance programs
RT - The director of the National Security Agency implored lawmakers in Washington on Wednesday to continue authorizing the NSA’s controversial surveillance programs due to emerging threats against the United States.

NYPD to Roll Out Police State for Super Bowl
Adan Salazar - The New York City Police Department will deploy gun boats, as well as arm officers with “heavy weapons” in the week prior to the Super Bowl, efforts the department claims will “protect the public,” deter terrorists and prevent them from conducting reconnaissance.

NYPD Held Mall Terrorism Exercise After Kenya Attack
Kurt Nimmo - On Wednesday, the New York Police Department admitted it had conducted a late night drill at a closed shopping mall in November following the terrorist attack at a mall in Kenya on September 21.

You Can’t Keep Your Medication, Either: More Obamacare Issues Revealed
Activist Post - Prescription drug coverage – or the lack thereof – is the latest unpleasant surprise consumers will face courtesy of Obamacare. Here’s how prescription drug coverage “works” under Obamacare.

Missouri School District Hit With $150,000 Bill for Obamacare
Weekly Standard - A Missouri school district faces a $150,000 bill for Obamacare, according to a report on KMIZ-MO: "This came to light at last night's board meeting when district officials told board members they would have to pay health insurance for substitute teachers," says the other anchor.

Ron Paul: Hobby Lobby Case Is About Rights, Not Contraceptives
Liberty Crier - One of the most important cases the US Supreme Court will consider this term is Hobby Lobby’s lawsuit challenging the Obamacare mandate that employer-provided health care plans must cover abortion and contraceptives. Hobby Lobby, a corporation owned and managed by a traditional Christian family, argues that the mandate violates their First Amendment rights.

Cops Train to Kill People at Traffic Stops
Paul Joseph Watson - Medford Police are training to kill Americans at traffic stops as part of cold weather training designed to improve their shooting response time in freezing temperatures. The training scenarios, which are based on “real life events,” according to a report by KDRV, show police entering buildings and approaching vehicles with guns drawn in order to improve their range of motion and speed when using a firearm in sub-freezing winter conditions.

Colleges can’t ban guns, rules Florida court - The Florida appeals court ruling that the University of North Florida was violating state law when it prohibited a woman from storing a gun in her vehicle while she attended class will spill over to cities and counties statewide, an attorney said Wednesday.

Shopper sues Macy's, says held in New York store jail cell
(Reuters) The plaintiff, Rachid Bakhari, said the incident started when he tried to return an ill-fitting belt he had bought for $27, according to a lawsuit filed on Monday [Dec 2] in U.S. District Court in Manhattan. Because the shopper had removed the price tags at home, he followed a sales clerk's instructions to get a belt with tags intact from the sales rack and bring it to the cash register to finalize the return, the lawsuit said.


VIDEO: David Stockman: Buying or Owning Stocks Is Now Dangerous
(Bloomberg) - David Stockman, former director of Office of Management and Budget, explains why he believes there is a bubble in the equity market on Bloomberg Television’s “Bloomberg Surveillance.”

Now That Obama Is Allowing Chicken From China, What Will That Do To The Chicken Industry?
Economic Collapse - It shouldn't take too much imagination to figure out what is going to happen. This is a movie that we have seen too many times before. Over the past decade, tens of thousands of U.S. businesses and millions of good paying jobs have been lost due to "competition" from communist China.

How Likely Are Bail-Ins? Bank of England Says U.S. “Could Do Today”
Zero Hedge - The Bank of England's Tucker, who has worked with U.S regulators on the cross-border hurdles to taking down an international firm said that "U.S authorities could do it today--and I mean today".,,, The U.S. already has in place plans for bail-ins in the event of banks failing. Indeed, the U.S. has conducted simulation exercises with the U.K. in recent weeks and will do so again in 2014.

Goldman's Q&A On Stanley Fischer As The Next Fed Vice Chairman
Zero Hedge - Since the bank that decides what happens at the NY Fed, and by implication, at the broader Federal Reserve system, is none other than Goldman Sachs, it would be informative to read what none other than Goldman thinks of Ben Bernanke's thesis advisor Stanley Fischer, formerly head of the Bank of Israel, as the next vice chairman - as he is now actively rumored to become shortly.

Veteran News

Suit: Marine's body sent home to Pa. without heart
Military Times - The parents of a Marine sergeant who died while stationed in Greece say that they discovered weeks after his funeral that his body had been sent home without a heart — and that the Department of Defense later gave them somebody else's heart in its place.

Energy & Environment

Yellowstone Super-Volcano is FAR Bigger Than Previously Thought
Activist Post - A new study that will be presented at the American Geophysical Fall Meeting will show that the Yellowstone super-volcano is about two and a half times larger than previously thought. The University of Utah team found that the magma chamber is some 55 miles long, and it contains up to 600 cubic kilometers of molten rock. If even a third of that volume erupted at Yellowstone we would be facing a global disaster.


36 Foods That Help Detox and Cleanse Your Entire Body
Prevent Disease - Practiced for thousands of years by cultures around the world --detoxification is about resting, cleansing and nourishing the body from the inside out.

Top 4 Health Benefits of Pomegranates
Natural Society - From boosting heart health to reversing damage caused by junk food, here are 4 awesome benefits of pomegranates.
**Related: Deseed a Pomegranate in 10 Seconds Using a Wooden Spoon

Little Known Chinese Herb & Iron Kill 98% of Cancer Cells in 16 Hours
Natural Society - According to studies that were published in an issue of Life Sciences, artemesinin – a derivative of the wormwood plant used in Chinese Medicine - can kill 98% of breast cancer cells in less than 16 hours. The herb used alone caused a 28% reduction in breast cancer cells, but when paired with iron, sweet wormwood was able to eradicate cancer almost entirely.

Refrigerated Fruit Loses Over 80 Percent of Its Antioxidants
Prevent Disease - Freeze-drying strawberries keeps all their Vitamin C and polyphenols and 92% of their antioxidants, saving more nutrients than by chilling which can lose over 80% of antioxidant concentrations.

Man becomes acne-free with three-day apple fast
(NaturalNews) Chris Gibson started developing acne at the young age of 11. He suffered with the skin condition for over 15 years, saying he was well into his 20s when he was cured.... Gibson says he made the connection between the foods he was eating, the antibiotics he was taking and the health of his skin. Then he went on a fruit fast, and everything changed.

Shocked scientists discover the skin communicates with the liver
(NaturalNews) A collaborative research project out of the University of Southern Denmark (USD) recently discovered that human skin directly communicates and interacts with the rest of the body, meaning that, when it is not in good health, there is a good chance that the same is true about other vital organs.

Happiness and Laughter Are Natural Immune Boosters
Dr. Mercola - There are many studies supporting the belief that people with an upbeat and positive perspective tend to be healthier and enjoy longer lives. For example, in one study,1 the tendency to always expect the worst was linked to a 25 percent higher risk of dying before the age of 65.

Simple trick unleashes your brain's capacity to handle negativity and bad news (based on research)
(NaturalNews) Most people, upon encountering bad news or a negative person, go into avoidance mode. It turns out that this is the very opposite of what you brain needs you to do. Attempting to shut out negative thoughts and feelings only thwarts the brain's process of digesting these experiences and letting them go.

Want More Tolerant Kids? Keep Them Away from the TV
Dr. Mercola - Helping your child develop more positive social relationships, and accept other people's feelings and beliefs, might be as simple as turning off the TV.

Father sentenced to life in prison for 'murder' after daughter dies following MMR vaccine
(NaturalNews) A U.K. father has been sentenced to life in prison after being falsely accused of murdering his own daughter, who reportedly developed mysterious head injuries just one day after receiving the high-risk measles, mumps and rubella vaccine, more commonly known as MMR.

Science & Technology

Audio: Meet the Robot Telemarketer Who Denies She’s A Robot
Time News - Our encounter with an all-too-convincing robot. The phone call came from a charming woman with a bright, engaging voice to the cell phone of a TIME Washington Bureau Chief Michael Scherer. She wanted to offer a deal on health insurance, but something was fishy.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

DiGiorno dumps dairy farm after NBC shows company video of alleged abuse
NBC News - The nation’s largest frozen pizza company says it will no longer accept milk from a Wisconsin dairy farm after NBC News showed the company undercover video shot by an animal rights group of workers on the farm kicking, beating and stabbing cows and dragging the animals with ropes.

Heirloom tomatoes: Unique fruits passed down for generations
(NaturalNews) Heirloom tomatoes (also called heritage tomatoes) are tomatoes that have been passed down from generation to generation within a family, usually because they have desirable characteristics that the growers wish to maintain.


Make a Rocket Stove
Mother Earth News - In less than two minutes, you can learn how to build a rocket stove using only cement blocks. Just watch this brief video, "The 6-Block Rocket Stove," for the easy instructions.

Wednesday - December 11, 2013 - Today In History:
1816 - Indiana was admitted to the Union as the 19th American state.
1844 - Dr. Horace Wells became the first person to have a tooth extracted after receiving an anesthetic for the dental procedure. Nitrous Oxide, or laughing gas, was the anesthetic.
1872 - Pinckney Benton Stewart Pinchback became America's first black governor when he took office as acting governor of Louisiana.
1928 - In Buenos Aires, police thwarted an attempt on the life of President-elect Herbert Hoover.
1930 - The Bank of the United States in New York failed.
1936 - Britain's King Edward VIII abdicated in order to marry American Wallis Warfield Simpson. He became the Duke of Windsor.
1941 - Germany and Italy declared war on the United States. The U.S. in turn declared war on the two countries.
1946 - The United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) was established by the U.N. General Assembly. The fund provides relief to children in countries devastated by war.
1961 - The first direct American military support for South Vietnam occurred when a U.S. aircraft carrier carrying Army helicopters arrived in Saigon.
1980 - U.S. President Jimmy Carter signed into law legislation creating $1.6 billion environmental "superfund" that would be used to pay for cleaning up chemical spills and toxic waste dumps.
1985 - The U.S. House of Representatives joined the U.S. Senate by giving final congressional approval to the Gramm-Rudman deficit-reduction law.
1985 - General Electric Company agreed to buy RCA Corporation for $6.3 billion. Also included in the deal was NBC Radio and Television.
1998 - Scientists announced that they had deciphered the entire genetic blueprint of a tiny worm.
1998 - The Mars Climate Orbiter blasted off on a nine-month journey to the Red Planet. However, the probe disappeared in September of 1999, apparently destroyed because scientists had failed to convert English measures to metric values.
1998 - Majority Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee pushed through three articles of impeachment against U.S. President Clinton.
2001 - U.S. Attorney General Ashcroft announced the first federal indictment directly related to the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001. Zacarias Moussaoui was charged with six conspiracy charges. Moussaoui was in custody at the time of the attacks.
2001 - It was announced that U.S. President George W. Bush would withdraw the U.S. from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty with Russia.
2001 - Federal agents seized computers in 27 U.S. cities as part of "Operation Buccaneer." The raids were used to gain evidence against an international software piracy ring.

World News

Is this REALLY time to take a selfie, Dave? Cameron and Obama strike a pose with Danish PM during memorial service for Mandela
Daily Mail - Perhaps not in keeping with the tone of a memorial service, US President Barack Obama, Prime Minister David Cameron and Danish leader Helle Thorning-Schmidt grinned as they cosied up for a quick picture at today's memorial service for the former South African president, prompting an outpouring of criticism.

Jail without charge for African migrants in Israel
RT - Israel’s parliament has passed a law allowing illegal immigrants from Africa to be held without charge for up to a year, despite the Israeli Supreme Court overturning a similar law in September.

UN launches ops against Rwanda rebels
Press TV - he United Nations peacekeeping troops in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have launched military operations against a Rwandan Hutu rebel militia group active along the country’s eastern border with Rwanda.

Russia forgives billions in Cuban debt
Press TV - Russia has announced that it will forgive Cuba’s multi-billion dollar debts, while opening the way for more investment and trade between the two countries.

First Swiss bank agrees to ‘sellout’ its US clients
RT - The Swiss regional lender Valiant Bank has agreed to a US voluntary disclosure programme aimed at divulging information on American tax evaders.

Fraser Health - One of the Largest Canadian Health Authorities Violates The Canadian Constitution Enforcing Vaccine Policy On Its Employees
Prevent Disease - The Chief Medical Health Officer of Fraser Health, one of the largest health authorities in Canada is violating the Canadian Constitution by requiring all its employees to comply with a directive to vaccinate.

Oxitec Cancels GM Flies Release after Government Health Questions
Sustainable Pulse - UK company Oxitec has withdrawn its plans to release GM olive and fruit flies in Spain and Brazil following human and environmental health questions from government regulators in the 2 countries.

GMO 'Suicide Seeds' On Edge of Approval in Brazil
Green Med Info - Intense internal and external pressure in mid-October forced the Brazilian Congress to pull back from adopting pro-Terminator legislation, and the Judicial Commission's Chair pledged never to allow legislation while at his post. Now, the same chair will entertain a motion Wednesday to accept Terminator seeds, making Brazil the first country in the world to defy a 13-year-old UN moratorium on the use of the technology.

Rice grown near crippled Fukushima nuclear plant served to govt officials
RT - Rice from fields in the Fukushima prefecture, evacuated after the worst nuclear disaster in Japan, will be served to government officials for 9 days in a bid to demonstrate the safety of the country’s most-beloved crop, a local broadcaster reported.

VIDEO: US-Russia nuclear war to end human race says study
Press TV - "With a large war between the United States and Russia, we are talking about the possible -- not certain, but possible -- extinction of the human race,” Helfand, the co-president of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, said in a report released on Tuesday.

Tense night in Kiev as police clear part of protester-occupied territory
RT - During an overnight raid, Ukrainian police have driven protesters off some of the areas they occupied in central Kiev. The operation was carried out in order to clear the streets from the barricades to let transport pass, according to the law enforcers. Live Updates.

N. Korea sells gold in sign of imminent economic collapse says source
Yonhap News - North Korea has begun to sell large amounts of gold to China in a bid to tide over its economic crisis, multiple sources familiar with North Korea affairs said Wednesday. The disposal could be an indication of an imminent economic collapse as it goes against founding leader Kim Il-sung's order to never sell the country's gold, according to the sources.

Obama's Corporate Agenda Delayed as TPP Misses Deadline
Common Dreams - Ministers and delegates representing 12 nations announced Tuesday they have failed to meet the end-of-year goal of clinching the TPP trade deal after four days of negotiations in Singapore ended without an agreement.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

South Carolina voting on bill to end Obamacare in state - A bill set for fast-track passage in the South Carolina Senate in January aims to eliminate Obamacare in the state. The law could become a model for other states fed up with the federal health-care law. House Bill 3101, titled the “South Carolina Freedom of Health Care Protection Act,” passed the state House of Representatives last April by a 65-34 vote. The bill now heads to the GOP-controlled Senate with special-order priority, setting up the likelihood that South Carolina will become the first state to exempt citizens and businesses from all participation in the Affordable Care Act.

Missouri School District Hit With $150,000 Bill for Obamacare - "The Affordable Care Act could cost the Jefferson City public schools more than a $150,000," said the news anchor. "This came to light at last night's board meeting when district officials told board members they would have to pay health insurance for substitute teachers," says the other anchor.

Obama Mandela Speech Cost $500,000 Per Minute
Kurt Nimmo - Obama and his predecessor have flown on your dime to South Africa to attend the funeral of the former communist Nelson Mandela.

Useful Idiots 2013 - At the Nelson Mandela Memorial Service President Obama praised Mandela as “the last great liberator of the 20th century” and urged the world to continue his life’s work for justice and equality. What exactly did he mean by this?

Stunning Hypocrisy: Obama Slams Leaders Who “Do Not Tolerate Dissent From Their Own People”
Paul Joseph Watson - During a memorial service for Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg today, President Barack Obama challenged leaders who supported Mandela’s struggle for freedom but “do not tolerate dissent from their own people,”...

President's approval rating plummets to 38 per cent overall, just 34 per cent on health care and 40 per cent on Iran
Daily Mail - Barack Obama is facing poll numbers that are now in the same territory as President George W. Bush's following Hurricane Katrina.

Data sharing among US law enforcement agencies is in 'chaos'
RT - The sharing of intelligence among American law enforcement agencies in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks is being conducted in a manner that resembles “organized chaos,” according to a new study published this week.

Six-year-old boy accused of sexual harassment for kissing girl
KDRO - A Cañon City school six-year-old boy has been accused of sexual harassment and the school suspended him for kissing a girl on the cheek and hand.

NYPD Beat Family and Killed Pet Parakeet in Own Home, Lawsuit Says - A Staten Island woman has sued the city claiming police entered her St. George home without a warrant, beat her family and killed her beloved pet parakeet, according to court documents.

Man Handcuffed At Walmart After Attempting to Price Match
Adan Salazar - An Arizona man was recently handcuffed and banned for life from the Chinese slave labor retail outlet known as Walmart for doing something Americans do on a daily basis – price matching.

Watch This Incredible Young Woman Render Jon Stewart Speechless - The Taliban already tried to kill her once. Think that stopped her? Think again.
Just wait and hear at 4:29 what she'll do if they come for her again — simply profound. Plus, I've never seen someone render Jon Stewart speechless. That's just cool.


House, Senate negotiators reach budget deal
Washington Post - House and Senate negotiators unveiled an $85-billion agreement late Tuesday to fund federal agencies through the fall of 2015, avoiding another government shutdown and ending the cycle of crisis that has paralyzed Washington for much of the past three years.

Obama’s IRS Nominee Promises to Restore Faith in Taxation Enforcement Agency
Kurt Nimmo - Obama has selected John Koskinen to head up the scandal-ridden Internal Revenue Service. Koskinen, who warms a seat on the board of American Capital and has experience running a government soccer foundation, told the Senate Finance Committee today he will restore faith in the IRS.

How Far Will Stocks Fall This Time When The Fed Decides To Slow Down Quantitative Easing?
Economic Collapse - When QE1 ended there was a substantial stock market correction, and when QE2 ended there was a substantial stock market correction. And if you will remember, the financial markets threw a massive hissy fit a few months ago when Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke suggested that the Fed may soon start tapering QE3.

Energy & Environment

Santa Warns In Greenpeace Video Christmas Will Be Canceled Due To Global Warming
CBS News - "My home in the Arctic is fast disappearing and unless we all act urgently then I have to warn you of the possibility of an empty stocking forevermore. Please help me.” The petition claims global warming is causing the North Pole to melt away faster and faster.

YouTube:10 Climate Myths Busted (in 60 seconds!)
The Corbett Report presents a one minute debunking of 10 common climate myths.

Antarctica records unofficial coldest temperature ever
USA Today - There's cold, and then there's Antarctica cold. ... How does a frosty reading of 135.8 degrees below zero sound? Based on remote satellite measurements, scientists recently recorded that temperature at a desolate ice plateau in East Antarctica. It was the lowest temperature ever recorded on Earth, though it may not get that recognition in the official record book.

Freshwater breakthrough as huge aquifers discovered beneath ocean floor
(NaturalNews) Hidden beneath the depths of the world's oceans are large pockets of mostly fresh water that could serve as replacement water sources for the many land-based aquifers that are on the verge of drying up, a new study suggests.


Deseed a Pomegranate in 10 Seconds Using a Wooden Spoon
Pomegranates are one of the best parts of Winter, but they take a lot of work to peel and deseed. YouTube user NaturalMarketer shows us how much time we've wasted by deseeding an entire pomegranate in mere seconds.

Study: Lavender Oil Improves Migraine Symptoms by 74%
Natural Society - Lavender essential oil has a variety of beneficial effects in addition to its relaxing qualities. One of these, recently affirmed by Iranian researchers, is in the treatment of migraines.

Tips for Countering Vaccination Advocates and Influencing Others
Natural Society - Research shows that vaccines are at least questionable. Here is how to stand your ground against vaccine advocates.

12 Uses For Cloves - A Wonder Spice With The Highest Antioxidant Value
Prevent Disease - On the ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) scale used by the National Institute on Aging in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to assess the antioxidant value of foods, clove has the highest ORAC score. Besides it's ability to prevent cancer, clove has incredible purification and protection properties within.

Health Basics: When does cancer start?
(NaturalNews) Nobody knows exactly when or where in the body cancer starts. Doctors simply don't know. Genetically modified (GMO) food delivers a small amount of agent orange ingredients into your blood and mutates your cells over time. How long that mutation of cells takes to overwhelm one of your vital organs, or strangulate your lungs or your brain, well, that's just a matter of how much of it you eat, how often and for how long.

Sugar Promotes Heart Disease and Cancer
Dr. Mercola - Research coming out of some of America’s most respected institutions now confirms that sugar is a primary dietary factor driving chronic disease development. Sugar, and fructose in particular, has been implicated as a culprit in the development of both heart disease and cancer, and having this information puts you in the driver’s seat when it comes to prevention.

Coconut provides a powerhouse of delicious nutrition
(NaturalNews) Coconut is a true super food. Long misunderstood as being an unhealthy source of oil, it has become the darling of the holistic nutrition world.

Cooking with Splenda found to release cancer-causing dioxins in food
(NaturalNews) Researchers from the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) discovered that sucralose essentially releases cancer-causing dioxins in food when baked or otherwise heated, which is one of its primary marketed uses.

Should you consume soy products?
(NaturalNews) Prior to the 1920s, soy was not even considered a food product in the US and was thought to be unfit for human consumption. After 1950, the cultivation of soybeans in the US rose to over 140 billion pounds per year. Over 90% of soy grown in the United States is genetically modified (GM). Most soy consumption is anything but healthy and has strongly contributed to many different health problems.

8 Sickening Facts About Flame Retardants
Dr. Mercola - Chemicals lurking in your furniture and mattress are there to keep you "safe" from fire, but they're linked to chronic diseases and they may make a fire in your home even more deadly.

Science & Technology

Hacker Releases Software to Hijack Commercial Drones - No sooner had Amazon​.com founder Jeff Bezos announced plans to deliver small packages via flying drone than a well known hacker has released technical plans for an interceptor drone able to hijack other drones.
“SkyJack,” says the creator claims on his website, can put “an army of zombie drones under your control.”

Ceiling microphones and inner-body microchips: Google engineer predicts company’s next steps
RT - Google has put supercomputers in the pockets of millions of Americans and plans to have self-driving cars soon navigating the nation’s roads. Naturally, the tech giant says they’ll next have cloud-connected microphones inside ceilings everywhere.

Scientists Warn of Worst Case Scenario: “Solar Flares… Will Short Circuit Satellites, Power Grids, Ground Communication Equipment”
Mac Slavo - Researchers from the University of Colorado Boulder recently completed analyzing data from a Coronal Mass Ejection that took place in the summer of 2012. The CME, which was reportedly the most powerful electrical discharge ever recorded from the sun, narrowly missed earth. It was not “earth directed,” meaning the electro-magnetic mass was ejected by the sun when it was facing away from our planet.

NSA uses advertisers’ cookies to track specific web browsers - report
RT - The US National Security Agency has quietly subverted the tools used by online advertising companies in order to track surveillance targets and improve its monitoring ability, according to a report based on documents obtained by Edward Snowden.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

WhiteWave Consumes Organic Salad-Greens Distributor Earthbound
Cornucopia - WhiteWave CEO, and former Dean Foods CEO, Gregg Engles knows as much about vegetables as he knew about dairy when he orchestrated a global feeding frenzy in that market to build Dean Foods. The end result was the destruction of dozens of independently owned, regional dairy businesses and thousands of jobs.


YouTube: How to Open a Can without Can Opener
Don't have any tools to open a can no problem just use concrete!!

Pet News

Avoid This Aflatoxin-Infested Food Like the Plague
Dr. Becker - Over the last few years, I’ve written frequently about aflatoxin contamination of commercial pet foods, in particular, dry corn-based dog food formulas.... A fascinating new twist in the growing contamination problem is a recent study that shows Roundup herbicide, the primary herbicide used in GM agriculture, promotes the growth of the fungi that produce aflatoxins. This certainly further explains the alarming increase in contamination levels in U.S. corn.

GMOs cause horrible deformities, birth defects in piglets
(NaturalNews) "When using GM feed I saw symptoms of bloat, stomach ulcers, high rates of diarrhea, pigs born with deformities," explained Pedersen to The Ecologist's Andrew Wasley, who recently conducted an in-depth investigation into the link between GMOs and animal health problems. "But when I switched [to non-GM feed] these problems went away, some within a matter of days."

Rabies Vaccines Now Dropping from the Sky
Dr. Becker - For the 10th year in a row, the state of Tennessee conducted widespread drops of raccoon rabies vaccine packets using cars, trucks, small planes, and for the first time, helicopters. More than 40,000 vaccine packets were dropped over a 15-county region of the state ranging from 30 to 60 miles wide, covering 3,400 square miles, and running from the Virginia/North Carolina border in northeast Tennessee to the Georgia border in southeast Tennessee.

Tuesday - December 10, 2013 - Today In History:
1817 - Mississippi was admitted to the Union as the 20th American state.
1869 - Women were granted the right to vote in the Wyoming Territory.
1898 - A treaty was signed in Paris that officially ended the Spanish-American War. Also, Cuba became independent of Spain.
1901 - The first Nobel prizes were awarded.
1906 - U.S. President Roosevelt became the first American to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, for helping mediate an end to the Russo-Japanese War.
1941 - Japan invaded the Philippines.
1948 - The United Nations General Assembly adopted its Universal Declaration on Human Rights.
1953 - Hugh Hefner published the first "Playboy" magazine with an investment of $7,600.
1958 - The first domestic passenger jet flight took place in the U.S. when 111 passengers flew from New York to Miami on a National Airlines Boeing 707.
1980 - South Carolina Representative John W. Jenretter resigned to avoid being expelled from the U.S. House of Representatives following his conviction on charges to the FBI's Abscam investigation.
1982 - The Law of the Sea Convention was signed by 118 countries in Montego Bay, Jamaica. 23 nations and the U.S. were excluded.
1990 - The U.S. Food & Drug Administration approved Norplant, a long-acting contraceptive implant.
1993 - The crew of the space shuttle Endeavor deployed the repaired Hubble Space Telescope into Earth's orbit.
1994 - Advertising executive Thomas Mosser of North Caldwell, NJ, was killed by a mail bomb that was blamed on the Unabomber.
1995 - The first U.S. Marines arrived in the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo to join NATO soldiers sent to enforce peace in the former Yugoslavia.
1998 - Six astronauts opened the doors to the new international space station 250 miles above the Earth's surface.
1999 - After three years under suspicion of being a spy for China, computer scientist Wen Ho Lee was arrested. He was charged with removing secrets from the Los Alamos weapons lab. Lee later pled guilty to one count of downloading restricted data to tape and was freed. The other 58 counts were dropped.
2003 - The U.S. Supreme Court upheld new restrictions on political advertising in the weeks before an election. The court did strike down two provisions of the new law that involved a ban on political contributions from those too young to vote and a limitation on some party spending. (McConnell v. FEC, 02-1674)
2003 - The U.S. barred firms based in certain countries, opponents of the Iraq war, from bidding on Iraqi reconstruction projects. The ban did not prevent companies from winning subcontracts.
2007 - Cristina Fernandez was sworn in as Argentina's first elected female president.

World News

VIDEO: 'Stop KSA from backing terrorism’
Press TV - Syria has urged the United Nations to stop Saudi Arabia from "supporting al-Qaeda-linked militants" and fanning the flames of "terrorism" in the country.

‘Canada arms exports to Bahrain soars’
Press TV - A report shows Canadian arms exports have soared to countries with poor human rights records, including Bahrain, raising questions about the Canadian government’s foreign policy commitment.

Deep divisions over TPP as US pressures to close controversial deal – WikiLeaks
RT - The US is ramping up pressure to secure a Trans-Pacific Trade Deal with conditions that could undermine the national interests of nations involved. WikiLeaks documents say talks are “paralyzed,” with the US refusing to compromise on disputed issues.
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** Trans-Pacific Partnership Ready for Christmas Delivery? - As the end of 2013 approaches, so does President Obama’s deadline for approving the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The TPP is a direct and deadly attack on sovereignty and representative government masquerading as a Pacific Rim trade pact. Currently, there are 12 countries negotiating in secret to create this regional trade agreement that some have called NAFTA on steroids. The number of participants could rise to a baker’s dozen should China be welcomed on board by the United States (President Obama has signaled that he would recognize the Chinese communist government’s partnership in the bloc).
** Final TPP Agreement Expected By End of This Month
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a 12-nation initiative to rewrite current rules and regulations governing trade and investments between countries. While more nations can join, this governmental pact is expected to decide the temperament of foreign markets.

VIDEO: Greece warned by EU over reform plans
Press TV - Greece has been warned by the head of eurozone finance ministers to push ahead with the nation’s reforms, despite the ongoing strikes and public anger in the debt-ridden country.

Polio vaccination launched in Mideast
Press TV - The United Nations children’s fund and the World’s Health Organization (WHO) have launched a campaign to vaccinate 23 million children in the Middle East after 17 polio cases were reported in Syria.

Canada to lay claim to North Pole amid Arctic resources rush
(Reuters) - Canada intends to lay claim to the North Pole as part of a bid to assert control over a large part of the resource-rich Arctic, Foreign Minister John Baird said on Monday.... The move could raise tensions with Denmark and Russia, both of which also look set to lay claim to the North Pole on the grounds it lies on a continental shelf they control.

Russia reactivates military airfield in the Arctic Region after 20 years
StratRisks - Earlier in October, Putin stated strongly that Russia would never “surrender” its Arctic area. Indeed, Temp airfield located on Kotelny Island, the largest of Russian islands in Novosiberian region, is being reactivated.

Write wrongs! Over 500 world-famous authors sign anti-surveillance petition
RT - More than 500 renowned authors – including five Nobel laureates - from across the globe have signed a petition demanding an end to ‘mass surveillance’. It follows the revelations over the last few months of the US and other countries spying.

'Mexico nabs 5 over radioactive theft'
Press TV - Five people, hospitalized last week in central Mexico with signs of radiation exposure, are allegedly formally arrested on suspicion of stealing a truck carrying highly radioactive material.

‘NSAssociate Google’ censors CLG on Fukushima radiation
Activist Post - Google has been censoring news link emails from Citizens for Legitimate Government, despite repeated attempts by Gmail users to declare those emails “not spam.” The latest email to be censored was sent on Dec. 7, and links to mainstream news sources warning of Fukushima radiation.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

War on the Press: NYT Reporters Sue DHS Over Interrogation Coverup
Adan Salazar - The Department of Homeland Security is being sued by two New York Times reporters who say the agency failed to respond to FOIA requests following enhanced interrogations at New York’s JFK airport.

Unbelievable: ATF Using Mentally Disabled Teens to Run Drug-and-Gun Stings
Reason - The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the agency responsible for setting off the events that led to Waco and were at the center of the Fast and Furious gun-walking scandal are using mentally disabled teenagers to advertise businesses that are actually fronts for ATF sting operations.

Obamacare could force THOUSANDS of volunteer fire departments to close
Daily Mail - Volunteer fire departments all across the U.S. could find themselves out of money and unable to operate unless Congress or the Obama Administration exempts them from the Affordable Care Act.... The U.S. Department of Labor takes the term 'volunteer' literally, but the IRS says volunteer firefighters are technically employees if they're on the job more than 30 hours per week, making them subject to Obamacare's employee-mandate rules.

Protest Planned Against Last-Minute Bloomberg Push for Mandatory Flu Vaccines
Politicker - Autism advocates are set to protest tomorrow against a quiet effort by Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration to require annual flu vaccinations for all New York City schoolchildren.

Missouri state senator wants to require parents to notify school district how many guns they own
Liberty Crier - A Democratic Missouri state senator wants to require parents of children in public schools to notify their school district of how many guns the family owns. Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal prefiled the measure in advance of the Legislature’s regular session that begins in January. The St. Louis County Democrat’s plan would also make negligently storing a firearm a state crime.

‘Oh You’re Gonna Shoot Me?’ The Sarcastic Last Words Of An Unarmed Straight-A Student Shot Dead By College Cop...
Daily Mail - A witness says he heard the sarcastic final words of a Texas student moments before he was shot dead by a college police officer. Robert Cameron Redus, 23, was killed when Corporal Chris Carter, 35, opened fire on him in the early hours of Friday morning a few blocks away from the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio where Redus studied, set to graduate in May.

TSA Seizes Sock Monkey’s Toy Gun
National Review - TSA agents in St. Louis, Missouri, disarmed Rooster Monkburn, a cowboy sock money, of his two-inch toy gun after a woman brought the stuffed monkey through security. Agents said that it posed a threat because it could be confused for a real gun, according to local reports.

CIA's multibillion dollar spy program ends up being 'a colossal flop'
RT - United States government officials with intimate knowledge of a little-known Central Intelligence Agency spy program now say the CIA’s post-9/11 efforts to send undercover agents around the globe was “a colossal flop.”

You Want to Keep Your Doctor? ‘You Can Pay for It,’ Says Obamacare Architect
CNS News - Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, a former health policy adviser in the Obama White House, grudgingly admitted on Sunday that President Obama did promise the American people that they could keep their doctors if they liked them under Obamcare.

Obamacare forcing insurers to dump doctors, stranding thousands of patients
(NaturalNews) One of the predictable effects of Obamacare's intention to add tens of millions of new patients to the nation's healthcare system - without adding a single new doctor or other healthcare provider - is that there simply wouldn't be enough physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners to care for everyone.


Job Numbers Cooked to Keep Quantitative Easing Scam Rolling
Kurt Nimmo - On Friday, the establishment media hinted the Federal Reserve was about put the brakes on its bankster monetization program, otherwise known as helicopter quantitative easing, in response to what was touted as a significant reduction in unemployment.

Detroit ruling opens door to pension cuts across the nation
McClatchy - It's not just Detroit retirees who are worried about their pensions. Financially troubled cities in California, Illinois and Pennsylvania will soon face decisions on what to do with chronically underfunded pension funds, and experts say the Detroit ruling has made it easier for cities to argue that pensions must be cut.

Veteran News

Female veterans do battle for benefits at home
McClatchy - A month after returning, Hughes found herself in an improbable spot: living in a dorm room at the Pacific Garden Mission, the sprawling homeless shelter on the city's West Side, shielding her two sons from addicts and criminals.

Housing Market

Bank might foreclose on home because late husband isn’t residing there
McClatchy - The California woman is scheduled to lose her home nine days before Christmas because her mortgage company concluded that the house is no longer the primary residence of her husband, who’s been dead since 2003.

Energy & Environment

Two Researchers Disprove Government Geoengineering Initiatives Demonstrating They Do Not Reduce Climate Change
Prevent Disease - Many geoengineering techniques are focused on ways of reducing the sun’s rays by blocking them spraying chemical compounds into the atmosphere to reflect sunlight away from earth. At least this is the claim by government scientists justifying global operations of this kind to reduce climate change and global warming.

Geoengineered Snow Storms Wreaking Havoc around the Globe - Can Snow Storms Really Be Engineered? There is a mountain of data including already conducted experiments, satellite imagery, lab tests of snow, observations on the ground, and multiple existing patents, all of which point solidly to the conclusion that snow storms are being engineered with well established weather modification processes.

Winter Woes for Commuters, Travelers As Relentless Storm Cancels 1,000 Flights
NBC News - A blast of winter weather knocked out power to thousands and wiped hundreds flights off the boards Monday after causing dozens of wrecks, including one that tangled up about 50 cars, on snowy and icy roads in the Northeast.

Pope County 911 receives reports of explosion at Arkansas Nuclear One - Just before 8 a.m., Monday morning, December 9, reports of an explosion at Arkansas Nuclear One were made to Pope County 911 operators. At this time details have not been released in the explosion, but fire officials are reportedly responding to the nuclear facility and a fire is being fought.


Spirulina Enhances Anti-Cancer ‘Natural Killer Cell’ Abilities
Natural Society - Natural killer cells recognize foreign invaders in the body and eradicate them. Spirulina can activate these cells and use them to target cancer tumors.

Mobile Phone Use In Children and Teens Translates To 5 Times Greater Increase In Brain Cancer
Prevent Disease - If today's young people don't reduce their use of wireless mobile devices, they may suffer an "epidemic" of the disease in later life. Research indicates children and teenagers are five times more likely to get brain cancer if they use mobile phones.

6 Herbs to Help Boost Your Brain Power
Natural Society - Want to boost your brain power naturally? Here are 6 herbs to consume to boost brain power, memory, and overall cognitive performance.

Your Children to be Used as Guinea Pigs for New GMO Vaccine - A US vaccine company has applied for permission to infect up to one thousand individuals, including children, with genetically modified live bacteria contained in an oral vaccine.

An effective eye drug is available for $50. But many doctors choose a $2,000 alternative
Washington Post - The two drugs have been declared equivalently miraculous. Tested side by side in six major trials, both prevent blindness in a common old-age affliction. Biologically, they are cousins. They’re even made by the same company. But one holds a clear price advantage.

Making a Killing with Cancer: A 124.6 Billion Dollar Industry
The Organic Prepper - - If you had a business selling something that made you well over a hundred billion dollars per year, would you take steps to eradicate the need for your business? Or would you make every effort for that money continue rolling in?

10 Health Benefits of Black Seed (Nigella Sativa) – Part 1
Natural Society - It goes by many names, including black caraway, Roman coriander, and black cumin, to name a few. But no matter what you call it, these seeds are loaded with health benefits that we are only beginning to understand.
* Related: Black Seed Extract 'Cures' HIV Patient...

Curcumin inhibits pituitary tumor cell proliferation, induces apoptosis
(NaturalNews) There is probably no traditional Asian herb that is studied more in modern western medicine laboratories than curcumin, the active ingredient of the spice turmeric. This article focuses on a study that investigated using curcumin for an unusual tumor growth in the pituitary gland called pituitary adenoma.

Study: Turmeric and Bay Leaves Team up to Prevent Atherosclerosis
Natural Society - There are numerous natural, healthful ways to achieve protection against inflammation and issues like atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), with diet playing an especially important role. Just one solution revolves around the spice turmeric and the herb bay leaves, with one recent study finding that combining the two can have remarkable effects on reducing the risk factors for heart disease – reducing plaque build up and reducing blood sugar.

Chlorophyll Smoothie: The Blood Building Green Juice Remedy
Natural Society - Drinking green smoothies is an excellent alternative to juicing, offering numerous benefits such as detoxification, energy boosts, and much more.

Man loses 120 pounds, is off medications due to raw food diet
(NaturalNews) After taking cholesterol-lowering drugs and water pills for 20 years and blood pressure medication for 25 years, Luis Melendez says he no longer needs any of them. Not only is he free from the pills, but he's also free of the extra weight that he was carrying around... 120 pounds, to be exact. In eight months, he went from 270 pounds to 150. Today, he maintains a healthy weight, never exceeding 180 pounds.

Top five holiday foods that promote cancer, diabetes, heart disease and premature death
(NaturalNews) The holiday food rush is on across the USA, and for the next month, Americans will be stuffing their faces with precisely the kind of disease-promoting foods that will cause them to scream, "Where's my free health care?" in early January.

Good News: Meat Labels Will Now Show You Where Your Meat Came From
Dr. Mercola - New, increasingly transparent, food labeling will help you to know more about where your food comes from.

Science & Technology

Someone’s Been Siphoning Data Through a Huge Security Hole in the Internet
Wired News - Earlier this year, researchers say, someone mysteriously hijacked internet traffic headed to government agencies, corporate offices and other recipients in the U.S. and elsewhere and redirected it to Belarus and Iceland, before sending it on its way to its legitimate destinations. They did so repeatedly over several months. But luckily someone did notice.

NSA, GCHQ 'planted agents' into World of Warcraft, Second Life to spy on gamers
RT - The NSA and the UK’s GCHQ spying agencies have collected players’ charts and deployed real-life agents into online World of Warcraft and Second Life games, a new leak by whistleblower Edward Snowden has revealed.

Obamacare: Multiple State Exchanges Vulnerable to Wi-Fi Attack
National Review - Multiple state-run health-care exchanges are vulnerable to a type of Wi-Fi attack that can allow hackers to intercept usernames and passwords, KSTP, a Minnesota ABC affiliate, reports.

Pet News

Serious Mycotoxin Concerns
Susan Thixton - If your pet food has any corn ingredient in it, there is a serious concern for you to take note of. A recent harvest analysis of 2013 corn and corn silage samples in the U.S. found 100% contamination with deadly mycotoxins.

Monday - December 9, 2013 - Today In History:
1783 - The first executions at Newgate Prison took place.
1803 - The 12th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was passed by the U.S. Congress. With the amendment Electors were directed to vote for a President and for a Vice-President rather than for two choices for President.
1907 - Christmas Seals went on sale for the first time, in the Wilmington, DE, post office.
1940 - During World War II, British troops opened their first major offensive in North Africa.
1941 - China declared war on Japan, Germany and Italy.
1958 - In Indianapolis, IN, Robert H.W. Welch Jr. and 11 other men met to form the anti-Communist John Birch Society.
1960 - Sperry Rand Corporation unveiled a new computer, known as "Univac 1107."
1975 - U.S. President Gerald R. Ford signed a $2.3 billion seasonal loan authorization to prevent New York City from having to default.
1983 - NATO foreign ministers called on the Soviet Union to join in a "comprehensive political dialogue" to ease tensions in the world.
1984 - Iranian security men seized control of the plane ending a five-day hijacking of a Kuwaiti jetliner, which was parked at the Tehran airport.
1990 - The first American hostages to be released by Iraq began arriving in the U.S.
1992 - Clair George, former CIA spy chief, was convicted of lying to the U.S. Congress about the Iran-Contra affair. U.S. President George H.W. Bush later pardoned George.
1992 - U.S. troops arrived in Mogadishu, Somalia, to oversee delivery of international food aid, in operation 'Restore Hope'.
1993 - The U.S. Air Force destroyed the first of 500 Minuteman II missile silos that were marked for elimination under an arms control treaty.
1994 - U.S. President Clinton fired Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders after learning that she had told a conference that masturbation should be discussed in school as a part of human sexuality.
1996 - UN Sec. General Boutros-Ghali approved a deal allowing Iraq to resume its exports of oil and easing the UN trade embargo imposed on Iraq in 1990.
1999 - The U.S. announced that it was expelling a Russian diplomat that had been caught gathering information with an eavesdropping device at the U.S. State Department.
2002 - United Airlines filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy after losing $4 billion in the previous two years. It was the sixth largest bankruptcy filing.

World News

Hersh: Obama administration lied about gas attack in Syria
Press TV - Prominent American investigative journalist Seymour Hersh says US President Barack Obama did not tell the whole story about a chemical weapons attack near the Syrian capital of Damascus in August.

Hunter may have nuked Iraq as Marine says Duff
Press TV - “Hunter’s service in Iraq and Afghanistan should now be questioned in light of his recent statements that demonstrate, minimally, his lack of respect for international law and his position as an elected official,” wrote Gordon Duff in an article published on Friday. Related article/video here and here.

Iran gives IAEA data on new centrifuges
Press TV - “The AEOI has provided the [International Atomic Energy Agency] agency with necessary information about the research being carried out on the country’s peaceful [nuclear] activities on time and within the framework of the Safeguards Agreement,” AEOI Spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi said Saturday.

Al-Qaeda militants seize FSA base
Press TV - Al-Qaeda-linked militants in Syria have seized a base belonging to the so-called Free Syrian Army, as infighting grows among foreign-backed militants in the Arab country.

Icelanders Overthrow Government and Rewrite Constitution After Banking Fraud-No Word From US Media
Las Vegas Guardian Express - Can you imagine participating in a protest outside the White House and forcing the entire U.S. government to resign? Can you imagine a group of randomly chosen private citizens rewriting the U.S. constitution to include measures banning corporate fraud? It seems incomprehensible in the U.S., but Icelanders did just that.

Mandela, the man once branded a 'terrorist' by the US
Yahoo News - In 2008 just before his 90th birthday, the United States gave Nelson Mandela a special present, striking him from a decades-old terror watch list and ending what US officials called "a rather embarrassing matter."

VIDEO: 'Suicide on rise among Canadian troops’
Press TV - The number of suicide cases among Canadian soldiers and veterans is rising at an alarming rate due to mental disorders, according to a new report.

Mexico blocks hospital on radiation fear
Press TV - Mexican police have blocked access to a hospital in the central state of Hidalgo where six people have been admitted for radiation exposure.

Anti-fracking clashes in Romania as activists break into Chevron site
RT - Hundreds of protesters have broken into a Chevron site after the US oil giant resumed its search for shale gas in northeast Romania. RT’s Lucy Kafanov reports from the scene, where clashes ensued as riot police started streaming in.

Record radiation level in underground water well near ocean at Fukushima
ENENews - Tepco: “Rise in radiation readings is an obvious concern” — 1.4 billion Bq/m³ of strontium/beta emitters.

South Korea Unveils It’s Own Air Defense Zone, Overlapping China’s And Japan’s
Zero Hedge - As fear and nationalism rise in Japan (and Abe’s grip on the people founders amid falling approval ratings and underperforming economic indicators such as GDP tonight), so another party has joined the debacle in the East China Sea. As NHK World reports, South Korea has officially announced that it will expand its air defense identification zone, making it partially overlap those of Japan and China.

Bangkok, Thailand: Mass Mobilization Against Wall Street-Backed Regime
Activist Post - For the second time during recent anti-regime protests, a mass mobilization is planned to begin this Monday, December 9, 2013 at 9:39am at Democracy Monument. Universities across Bangkok are setting times and locations for pre-rally staging.

Police In Thailand Lay Down Vests and Barricades In Solidarity With Protestors
Political Blind Spot - In a stunning turn of events today in Thailand, riot police yielded to the peaceful protesters they were ordered to harass and block. They police removed barricades and their helmets as a sign of solidarity.

UK: NHS Is ‘Rationing Knee Hip And Eye Operations’, Report Suggests
The Telegraph - Surgery for knees, hips and eyes is under pressure across the [National Health Service] NHS, with evidence of rationing to save money, a report suggests. Data from health analysis firm Dr Foster highlighted the effects of recent austerity, with some operations at their lowest level for several years.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Republicans tout campaign to blunt Obama's executive powers
Press TV - House Republicans say they’re proud of their 2013 campaign to stymie President Obama’s regulatory agenda, even as Congress comes under fire for one of its least productive years.

'Top Gun' Christine Fox Named Deputy DoD Secretary - Christine Fox, who inspired the Kelly McGillis role in the movie "Top Gun," has been called back to the Pentagon to serve as a temporary replacement for outgoing Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter.

Nothing is beyond our reach’: Evil octopus strangling the world becomes latest US intelligence seal
RT - Billions of dollars annually are being used to fund operations conducted by the United States intelligence community, the likes of which allow the government to eavesdrop on emails, listen to world leaders’ phone calls and about everything in-between.

Obama and Bush families will head to South Africa for Mandela memorial - US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle will travel to South Africa next week to pay their respects to the late Nelson Mandela together with former first couple George W. and Laura Bush.

Senate To Vote On Gun Ban Expansion On Monday
Liberty Crier - The U.S. Senate is preparing to vote on an anti-gun bill on Monday (12/9/13). It’s a renewal of a 1988 law banning so-called “undetectable” firearms. Sadly, House Republican leadership rammed this bill through a virtually empty room earlier this week and sent it to Harry Reid’s Senate.

New York City confiscating rifles and shotguns
Daily Caller - The New York City Police Department (NYPD) is sending out letters telling gun owners to turn over their rifles and shotguns — or else face the consequences.

Check Out Mayor Bloomberg’s New Sandy Hook Gun Control Commercial
Activist Post - This new piece of fearmongering propaganda titled “No More Silence” is hitting cable TV just ahead of the one-year anniversary of the Newtown shooting.

Army Officer Wants You Disarmed: “We Will Pry Your Gun from Your Cold, Dead Fingers”
Mac Slavo - The following opinion piece, penned by Lt. Col. Robert Bateman, shows in stark detail exactly what we’re dealing with and argues in no uncertain terms that the American public must be disarmed in order for the United States to survive. The ideas proposed by Lt. Col. Bateman in It’s Time to Talk About Guns and the Supreme Court are nothing short of shocking.

Men Thought To Be Impersonating Cops Robbing People, Turned Out To Just Be Cops Robbing People
DETROIT (WJBK) – A Good Samaritan snapped photos of what appeared to be two men impersonating police officers involved in a pistol-whipping and robbery outside a Citgo gas station on Detroit’s east side on July 21. Once Fox 2 aired those photos, an even more disturbing picture developed.

Government Criminalizes Church Groups Feeding Homeless
Storyleak - In what amounts to one of the most blatant displays of how truly corrupt the entire hierarchy of the establishment has become, church groups feeding the homeless are now being targeted by law enforcement and local government around the nation.

Your Brother’s Keeper - In Connecticut, prosecutors are beta-testing a new legal doctrine: That a person can be held criminally responsible for the actions of other people.... Instead of Big Brother watching you, everyone will be watching you. If you go out drinking with your buddies, your buddies will be eying you all night long (and you, they) for signs of potential (as well as actual) law-breaking.

Election News

Rand Paul: I'll Take Privacy Fight to Supreme Court
News Max - "I would like to apply the Fourth Amendment to third-party records," Paul said on "Fox News Sunday" "I don’t think you give up your privacy when someone holds your records, so when I have a contract with a phone company, I think those are still my records, and you can look at them if you’re from the government if you ask a judge."... Paul also said he is "seriously thinking about" running for president in 2016.


37 Reasons Why “The Economic Recovery Of 2013″ Is A Giant Lie
Economic Collapse - "If you repeat a lie often enough, people will believe it." Sadly, that appears to be the approach that the Obama administration and the mainstream media are taking with the U.S.

China October Gold Imports Surge To Second Highest Ever
Zero Hedge - China has imported a whopping 2380 tons of gold in the past 26 months. Throughout this period the PBOC has never updated its new official holdings number. However, one thing is clear: the more the price of (paper?) gold drops, the more the Chinese purchases of physical gold become.

IRS using Google Maps to spy on taxpayers
Daily Caller - Agents from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) are using Google Maps as part of their tool kit to audit taxpayers and organizations, The Daily Caller has learned. A redacted IRS letter dated Sept. 8, 2011 reveals that at least in one case the IRS’s examiners used photos of a property, obtained through Google Maps, as evidence to revoke the 501(c)(4) status of a homeowner’s association.


70% Of California's Doctors Expected To Boycott Obamacare
Zero Hedge - “We need some recognition that we’re doing a service to the community. But we can’t do it for free. And we can’t do it at a loss. No other business would do that,” exclaims the president of the California Medical Association, as The Washington Examiner reports, independent insurance brokers estimate 70% of California's 104,000 licensed doctors are boycotting the exchange.

75% of Hospice and Home Care Unviable by 2017 Due to 'Obamacare,' Researcher Says
Tyler O'Neil - Hospice and home care - often used by seniors and those recovering at home - may be subject to the hardest hits from the Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare." The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) estimated that by 2017, nearly three-quarters of these specialized care centers will be operating at a loss.

Illegal application of pesticides in Indiana leads to widespread contamination of restaurants, nursing homes
(NaturalNews) It is known generically as Fipronil, and federal law explicitly prohibits it from being applied indoors. But many pest control companies have reportedly been using this broad-spectrum pesticide in blatant violation of the law, applying it to indoor surfaces to eradicate persistent pests like ants that keep coming back even after normal outdoor application.

Aloe Vera Compound Found to Improve Alzheimer’s Disease
Green Med Info - Scientists from the University of Miami’s School of Medicine determined that a constituent of Aloe vera reduces Alzheimer’s symptoms and significantly increases cognition scores among Alzheimer's disease patients.

Olive leaf extract prevents colds and flus
(NaturalNews) The use of olive oil and olive leaves has been renowned for nutrition and health benefits for thousands of years. Olive leaf extract was traditionally used throughout the Mediterranean and Middle Eastern regions to treat wounds and infections.

Antioxidant Astaxanthin Found to Fight and Protect Against Stomach Ulcers
Natural Society - A powerful antioxidant that comes from a diet rich in a specific algae, astaxanthin has been found to help treat and protect against stomach ulcers.

Yet Another Reason To Avoid McDonald's - Your Chicken Order May Have An Unexpected Surprise
Prevent Disease - Many McDonald's franchises sell Mighty Wings as part of their Chicken & Fish menu. One afternoon, Katherine Ortega brought home an order of the McDonald's wings. As she passed them around her dinner table, she realized that one of the wings wasn't a wing!

IV injection of aqueous curcumin inhibits colon cancer growth and kills cancer cells, research reveals
(NaturalNews) Before you become dismayed wondering how the heck you can take advantage of this specially prepared solution injected intravenously (IV) in the land of the medically unfree, continue on for the good news later in this article after the study is explained.

Three popular spices that lower blood sugar levels
(NaturalNews) Spices that are proven to lower blood sugar levels should hold particular value to us, since diabetes affects approximately 24 million people in the United States alone. The three spices listed below fall into this category, so diabetic and pre-diabetic individuals should definitely consider incorporating more of them into their diets.

Mediterranean style lemonade, whole grain spiced rye, guacamole dip: The ultimate anti-breast cancer meal?
(NaturalNews) D-limonene is a monoterpene derived from cholesterol in certain plants (up to 95% of orange peel oil and 75% of lemon peel oil). Studies have shown its ability to treat cancers of the breast, colon, liver, pancreas, neuroblastoma, glioma, lung, prostate, gastric, skin, lymph and leukemia. Limonene is also a solvent and has been used clinically to break up gallstones, which contain cholesterol.

Science & Technology

DARPA’s mirror-killing membrane could change astronomy, allow total global surveillance
Extreme Tech - When it launches in 2018, the James Webb Space Telescope will let us see deeper into the universe than ever before.

Ex-Official Says FBI Can Secretly Activate an Individual’s Webcam Without the Indicator Light Turning On
The Blaze - According to the Washington Post’s account of what Marcus Thomas — former assistant director of the FBI’s Operational Technology Division in Quantico — said, “The FBI has been able to covertly activate a computer’s camera — without triggering the light that lets users know it is recording — for several years, and has used that technique mainly in terrorism cases or the most serious criminal investigations.”

Sony patenting 'smart wig' that can receive phone calls and even 'ring' your skull
(NaturalNews) Sony has filed a claim with the U.S. Patent Office for a "SmartWig," a toupee or wig that contains sensitive electronics and can sync up with a smartphone or other electronic device.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Americans - Why Do You Keep Refrigerating Your Eggs?
Dr. Mercola - If you’re an American, you probably store eggs in the refrigerator – and wouldn’t think of doing it any other way. Yet, the US is one of the only countries where chicken eggs are kept refrigerated. In much of Europe, for instance, eggs are often stored right on the counter, at room temperature. But then, US eggs would be illegal in Europe due to an egg-washing process that may actually make them more susceptible to contamination with bacteria like Salmonella.

Seed diversity has collapsed more than 12-fold since early 1900s
(NaturalNews) [...] a survey conducted by the U.S. National Seed Storage Laboratory back in 1983 found that the diversity of our food supply has been progressively shrinking since 1903 when a previous seed stock inventory was taken, with fewer than one-twelfth the number of unique crop varieties available today compared to 100 years ago.

It's about time! Food banks start small gardens to grow fresh produce for needy
(NaturalNews) Food banks or food pantries are non-profit charitable organizations that find ways to collect, store and distribute free food to the truly needy.


Why oil of oregano is a must-have for any survivalist, 'prepper'
(NaturalNews) Most people, if asked what they would stock their own "bug-out" bags with, would probably include basic medicines like painkillers and even antibiotics. But oil of oregano, which can be stored long-term without issue, has a leg up on traditional antibiotics, as it hits microbes where it really matters, blocking their ability to breathe.

Friday - December 6, 2013 - Today In History:
1790 - The U.S. Congress moved from New York to Philadelphia.
1865 - The 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. The amendment abolished slavery in the U.S.
1876 - The city of Anaheim was incorporated for a second time.
1877 - Thomas Edison demonstrated the first gramophone, with a recording of himself reciting Mary Had a Little Lamb.
1883 - "Ladies' Home Journal" was published for the first time.
1884 - The construction of the Washington Monument was completed by Army engineers. The project took 34 years.
1889 - Jefferson Davis died in New Orleans. He was the first and only president of the Confederate States of America.
1923 - U.S. President Calvin Coolidge became the first president to give a presidential address that was broadcast on radio.
1947 - Everglades National Park in Florida was dedicated by U.S. President Truman.
1957 - AFL-CIO members voted to expel the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. The Teamsters were readmitted in 1987.
1957 - America's first attempt at putting a satellite into orbit failed when the satellite blew up on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral, FL.
1973 - Gerald R. Ford was sworn in as the vice-president of the United States after vice-president Spiro Agnew resigned.
1985 - Congressional negotiators reached an agreement on a deficit-cutting proposal that later became the Gramm-Rudman-Hollings law.
1989 - The worst mass shooting in Canadian history occurred when a man gunned down 14 women at the University of Montreal's school of engineering. The man then killed himself.
1990 - Iraq announced that it would release all its 2,000 foreign hostages.
1994 - Orange County, CA, filed for bankruptcy protection due to investment losses of about $2 billion. The county is one of the richest in the U.S. and became to largest municipality to file for bankruptcy.
1998 - In Venezuela, former Lt. Colonel Hugo Chavez was elected president. He had staged a bloody coup attempt against the government six years earlier.
1998 - Astronauts aboard the space shuttle Endeavour connected the first two building blocks of the international space station in the shuttle cargo bay.
2002 - Officials released the detailed plans for a $4.7 million memorial commemorating Princess Diana. The large oval fountain was planned to be constructed in London's Hyde Park.

World News

Libyan Leaders Give McCain Award, Vote in Sharia Law
Liberty Crier - Senator John McCain is in Libya, where he was “honored” to receive an award from the Libyan military Chief of Staff. McCain was, of course, a prime cheerleader for the 2011 US attack on Libya which has resulted in the ascent to power of various al-Qaeda linked groups who along with murderous militias further terrorize the decimated country.

VIDEO: Washington does not accept China air defense zone, White House says
Press TV - The United States has reaffirmed that it does not recognize China’s new Air Defense Identification Zone over the East China Sea, saying the move is “provocative.”

Our Warships Rival U.S. Navy, Brags Chinese PLA
Paul Joseph Watson - Amidst tensions with the United States over the disputed Senkaku Islands, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army is bragging that its aircraft carrier combat task force, led by the inaugural Liaoning warship, is now close to rivaling the U.S. Navy.

France to ‘immediately’ deploy in CAR
Press TV - President Francois Hollande says French troops will be deployed immediately to the Central African Republic (CAR) after violence killed more than 120 people in the troubled nation's capital Bangui.

UN sanctions 'immediate' military intervention in Central African Republic
RT - The United Nations Security Council has given the green light to French and African troops deployed to the restive Central African Republic to use force to protect civilians, with the French president announcing "immediate" action late Thursday.

The Legacy of Nelson Mandela: A Dissenting Opinion
Global Research - Offering a dissenting opinion at this moment of a general outpouring of grief at Nelson Mandela’s death is not likely to court popularity. It is also likely to be misunderstood.

Russia launches criminal probe into online trafficking of adopted kids in US
RT - Russia has launched a criminal investigation into the illegal trafficking of children adopted by US citizens, the Investigative Committee has revealed. The Investigative Committee spokesperson Vladimir Markin said the case was started due to a journalistic investigation by Reuters and NBC initiated in September.

VIDEO: Italian farmers protest food imports
Press TV - During nationwide protest events on Wednesday and Thursday, farmers also set up a picket at a border point in the Alps, inspecting incoming trucks carrying a variety of foodstuffs such as Lithuanian meat products, German mozzarella and Austrian wheat, which they say are eventually sold as Italian goods.

Economic Hitman John Perkins Outraged After Ecuador Government Shuts Down Pachamama Alliance
Waking Times - Respected author, public speaker and spokesperson for indigenous rights John Perkins expressed outrage today that the government of Ecuador has violently closed down the rainforest protection activist group, Pachama Alliance, which Perkins helped to create in 1995. Strongly condemning the government’s actions as illegal

Argentinian Monsanto protester threatened, then physically beaten, by industry goons
(NaturalNews) GM Watch reports that Sofia Gatica, who has successfully spearheaded campaigns to block plantings of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in her home country of Argentina, was targeted by two men on motorbikes who very likely would have killed her if it were not for the intervention of her neighbors. Reports indicate that the men approached Gatica near her work, just 72 hours after she received a terrifying death threat.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

A President Who Should ‘Live In Infamy’ - Written by Justin Raimondo - Pearl Harbor: FDR knew - Washington lies: how many times must Americans rediscover this home truth?

YouTube: Police body cameras in full effect
RT - In Laurel, Md. the police department has fully implemented the use of what's been coined the "lipstick camera," a miniature camera that's tacked onto the glasses of police officers....

Liberals Ignore Property Rights In Open Carry Debate
Kurt Nimmo - AOL Huffpo is once again trying to make an argument against the Second Amendment by dramatizing the stupidity of firearms owners who have neglected the safe handling of guns. According to Ben Hallman, the next front in the war over the cornerstone of the Constitution will be at the local mall.

Your Future Ammo Might Be Made Of Plastic
Liberty Crier - Gun blog GH&G wrote about company named PCP Ammunition from Reston, Virginia. PCP has developed match grade ammunition using polymer cases.... PCP’s literature states that the company has “created a revolutionary loading and inspection system that far surpasses anything available in the world”.

Child Suspended From School For Miming Shooting An Arrow
Steve Watson - A 10-year-old has been suspended from school and threatened with expulsion for firing a make-believe arrow at a classmate, prompting a rights group to step in and demand the incident be stricken from the record.

Obamacare Reg Treats Congress That Spent $3.5 Trillion as a ‘Small Business’
CNS News - An Obamacare regulation issued by the Office of Personnel Management in October treats the U.S. Congress—which employs more than 11,000 staffers and which spent $4,329,000,000 on its own operations and $3,454,253,000,000 to fund the full government in fiscal 2013--as a “small business.”

Obamacare Website Sending Faulty Medicare Enrollment Data To States… - States are warning that they may not process Medicaid enrollments from people who have signed up for the health program through the troubled site, raising the prospect that several hundred thousand low-income people who thought they had obtained insurance actually may not have it.

In reversal, Obama says he lived with uncle
Boston Globe - President Obama acknowledged Thursday that he lived with his Kenyan uncle for a brief period in the 1980s while preparing to attend Harvard Law School, contradicting a statement more than two years ago that the White House had no record of the two ever meeting. Their relationship came into question Tuesday at the deportation hearing of the president’s uncle, Onyango Obama, in Boston immigration court.

Half-baked: Gov’t Restricts Homemade Cookie Sales
Liberty Crier - Can the government arbitrarily restrict where home-baking entrepreneurs can sell their treats or how much they can sell? According to a new lawsuit from the Institute for Justice and two Minnesota home bakers and filed in Minnesota Second Judicial District, the answer is no.

Election News

Congressman Fears Obama Could Suspend Election Laws
Paul Joseph Watson - Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) fears that the Obama administration’s refusal to enforce immigration laws could lead to Obama himself failing to enforce election laws, a concern voiced amidst calls by some for Obama to run for a third term in office.


Stunning Chart: Today’s Stock Market is Eerily Reminiscent of 1929…
Mac Slavo - Ken Jorgustin of Modern Survival Blog writes: Is there a major financial crash in our near future? You must check out this stunning analogy between the current day Dow Jones Industrial Index compared with the time period 1928-1929 leading up to the memorable stock market crash… The pattern of stock price movements looks VERY close to the lead-up to the 1929 top.

Big Banks Are Being Hit With Cyberattacks “Every Minute Of Every Day”
Economic Collapse - According to Symantec, there was a 42 percent increase in cyberattacks against U.S. businesses last year. And according to a recent report in the Telegraph, big banks are being hit with cyberattacks "every minute of every day". These attacks are becoming more powerful and more sophisticated with each passing year.

VIDEO: Democrat Tax Per Mile Scheme Surfaces - Again in Congress
Kurt Nimmo - Rep. Earl Blumenauer, an Oregon Democrat, is investigating a wealth confiscation system that “looks to the future and helps provide a more stable funding base for the next one hundred years.”

A Major Wall Street Bank Just Initiated Coverage On Bitcoin And Identified A Fair Value
Business Insider - The game just changed. Bitcoin, the bizarre electronic currency that seemingly came out of nowhere and has been taking over financial market headlines, is now being covered by one of the biggest firms on Wall Street.

Energy & Environment

California for the first time fines oil company for dumping fracking discharge
RT - A southern California oil company has been fined $60,000 after being caught on camera illegally dumping a toxic discharge produced by hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

The Year the Monarch Didn’t Appear
NY Times - On the first of November, when Mexicans celebrate a holiday called the Day of the Dead, some also celebrate the millions of monarch butterflies that, without fail, fly to the mountainous fir forests of central Mexico on that day.... This year, for or the first time in memory, the monarch butterflies didn’t come, at least not on the Day of the Dead.


7 Ways to Drain BPA From the Body
Activist Post - Why should someone care about endocrine-disruptors? The effort to walk away from damaging chemicals becomes easier when one sees what happens when disrupted hormones lead to major life-altering consequences.

Shocking 47 Ingredients in McRib
Care2 Healthy Living - After checking the composition of the McRib as listed on McDonald’s own website, some of the different ingredients sound like something that might be more suitable for insulating houses than for food.

Eating a Healthy Diet Costs $1.50 More Per Day
Natural Blaze - The healthiest diets cost about $1.50 more per day than the least healthy diets, according to new research from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). The finding is based on the most comprehensive examination to date comparing prices of healthy foods and diet patterns vs. less healthy ones.

Idaho knew Chobani yogurt was tainted before recall
NBC News - A U.S. Food and Drug Administration report says the Idaho State Department of Agriculture detected abnormalities in yogurt at a Chobani facility two months before the company issued a recall, but state officials say that's not true.

New Study Reveals 1 More Big Reason to Avoid Sugary Drinks
Natural Blaze - The National Cancer Institute just released the results of a study that involved over 20,000 postmenopausal women. All of the women were followed for a 24-year period from 1986 to 2010. The NCI researchers found that women who drank the most sugar-sweetened beverages had a startling 78% higher risk for developing a certain tumor linked with endometrial cancer.

New study finds alarming increase in breast cancer risk following abortions
(NaturalNews) A new Chinese meta-analysis study has found a huge increase in breast cancer risk for women after having an abortion and that the risk appears to continue to increase after each subsequent abortion. In the study, researchers found that the overall risk of developing breast cancer in women in China who've had an abortion was 44% higher than women who have not had an abortion.

Database tracks toxic side effects of pharmaceuticals
Natural Blaze - Sometimes the cure can be worse than the disease. Pharmaceutical drugs are known for their potential side effects, and an important aspect of personalized medicine is to tailor therapies to individuals to reduce the chances of adverse events.

Antibacterial garlic compounds could help keep food and infant formula contaminant-free
(NaturalNews) A new report from British Columbia provides new evidence of garlic's ability to ward off specific pathogens that can make their way into fortified foods like dry infant formula.

Health Basics: Is there any food in our food?
(NaturalNews) What if you thought your salads were giving you lots of nutrients, and your fruit was rewarding your body with vitamins, and you drank lots of water all the time? Wouldn't you assume that you are fairly healthy?

Chick-fil-A announces major changes in 2014, eliminating HFCS, artificial dyes and butane derivative
(NaturalNews) The growing fast food company Chick-fil-A, boasting over 1,700 stores in 39 states, has announced major changes coming in 2014. Moving in the right direction, Chick-fil-A is preparing to change some of the ingredients used in their fast...

Eight reasons why depression is so common today
(NaturalNews) The World Health Organization reports that 121 million people worldwide are clinically depressed. This number includes one in ten Americans. Alarmingly, depression is increasing at a rate of 20% annually.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Build Your Own Portable Greenhouse! - Meet the portable greenhouse, introduced by the creative folks at Mother Earth News. The design is effectively that of a giant bird cage covered in greenhouse plastic, made to be lightweight and easy to move.

Science & Technology

Internet’s new biggest threat? How web traffic can be secretly redirected
RT - Internet experts say huge chunks of sensitive web traffic have been routinely hijacked by hackers and diverted to foreign computers, compromising the data of victims in at least 150 cities worldwide.

Literal Android: Google develops robots to replace people in manufacturing, retail
RT - Now that the mystery surrounding the elusive Google barges in the San Francisco Bay reported last month has been brought to light, the Silicon Valley giant is announcing another new endeavor: robots.

'R2-D2' night watchman robot unveiled for patrolling schools, neighborhoods and more
(NaturalNews) A California company, Knightscope, has developed a small robot that it plans to market as a security device. As reported by The New York Times: The night watchman of the future is five feet tall, weighs 300 pounds and looks a lot like R2D2 - without the whimsy. And will work for $6.25 an hour.

Pet News

Apple Cider Vinegar for Dogs - An application of apple cider vinegar (ACV) can help your poor pooch. A bit of apple cider vinegar in your pet's food is a great way to maintain the acid/alkaline balance of your dog's body; and it also helps with digestive health, allergies (watery eyes, runny nose, wet coughs), and even parasites such as fleas, ringworm, ticks, fungus, and bacteria.

FDA Pants on Fire?
Susan Thixton - Some very startling information regarding the FDA statement on Chinese imported jerky treats has reared its ugly head. Did the FDA make a HUGE error when they reported to the world about their 7 year jerky treat investigation…or did they lie to millions of concerned pet food/pet treat consumers? You decide.


YouTube: Survival Hack- Where to Find Fresh Clean Drinking Water in an Emergency
This is a tip that everyone should know. Water may quickly become scarce in a disaster or an emergency. This quick tip will show you how to easily access a common source of fresh clean drinking water.

How to Make a 45 Day Emergency Candle Out of Crisco - Learn to make an everlasting candle, which will last considerably longer than a ... than a normal candle, so that you will never be in the dark during a survival situation. The flame is somewhat smaller than with traditional candles, but it can endure for up to 45 days. ...

Thursday - December 5, 2013 - Today In History:
1776 - In Williamsburg, VA, at the College of William and Mary the first scholastic fraternity in America, Phi Beta Kappa, was organized.
1797 - Napoleon Bonaparte arrived in Paris to command forces for the invasion of England.
1812 - Napoleon Bonaparte left his army as they were retreating from Russia.
1848 - U.S. President Polk triggered the Gold Rush of '49 by confirming the fact that gold had been discovered in California.
1913 - Britain outlawed the sending of arms to Ireland.
1932 - German physicist Albert Einstein was granted a visa making it possible for him to travel to the U.S.
1933 - Prohibition came to an end when Utah became the 36th state to ratify the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
1936 - The Soviet Union adopted a new Constitution under a Supreme Council.
1944 - During World War II, Allied troops took Ravenna, Italy.
1945 - The so-called "Lost Squadron" disappeared. The five U.S. Navy Avenger bombers carrying 14 Navy flyers began a training mission at the Ft. Lauderdale Naval Air Station. They were never heard from again.
1955 - The American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations merged to form the AFL-CIO.
1956 - British and French forces began a withdrawal from Egypt during the Suez War.
1983 - In west Beirut, Lebanon, more than a dozen people were killed when a car bomb shattered a nine-story apartment building.
1984 - Iran's official news agency quoted the hijackers of a Kuwaiti jetliner parked at Tehran airport as saying they would blow up the plane unless Kuwait released 14 imprisoned extremists.
1988 - Jim Bakker and former aide Richard Dortch were indicted by a federal grand jury in North Carolina on fraud and conspiracy charges.
1998 - James P. Hoffa became the head of the Teamsters union, 23 years after his father was the head. His father disappeared and was presumed dead.
2001 - In Germany, Afghan leaders signed a pact to create a temporary administration for post-Taliban Afghanistan. Two women were included in the cabinet structure. Hamid Karzai and his Cabinet were planned to take over power in Afghanistan on December 22.
2008 - The iTunes Music Store reached 300 million applications downloaded.

World News

Chinese State Media Brags of Plan to Establish “Death Star” Moon Base
Paul Joseph Watson - A report appearing in the pro-regime China Times brags that China’s launch of the Long March-3B rocket earlier this week is part of a long term plan to turn the moon into a Star Wars-style “death star” from which the PLA could launch missiles against any target on Earth..

Anti-Drone Blockade in Pakistan Forces Halt to US Military Shipments - Ongoing protests against U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan are fueling a non-violent blockade along its border that have now forced a halt to NATO military supply convoys heading to neighboring Afghanistan, a Pentagon spokesman confirmed Tuesday.

EU imposes record 1.7bn euro fines on major intl banks over rate-rigging
RT - The European Commission has slapped record fines of 1.7 billion euros on eight major banks for manipulating lending rates that play a key role in the global economy. The penalties will add to already escalating costs for leading global lenders.

UN starts drone surveillance in DR Congo
BBC - The UN mission in Democratic Republic of Congo has started to deploy unarmed surveillance drones to monitor rebel activity near the forested borders with Rwanda and Uganda. This is the first time any UN mission has deployed drones.

Judge's remarkable message to baby girl of woman who was forced to have caesarean
Daily Mail - A judge has written a heart-breaking message to the baby born by forced caesarean after ruling that the little girl be put up for adoption against her mother's wishes. Judge Roderick Newton said he wanted the baby, who is now 15 months old, to know when she is older that her mother - who suffers from a mental illness - had not chosen to abandon her.

Radioactive material container from hijacked truck found empty in Mexico
RT - Mexican police located a stolen truck which contained dangerous radioactive material the UN warned could be used to construct a “dirty bomb.” The safety container holding that cargo was found empty, with the material abandoned nearby.

Blast targets convoy of US-led troops in Kandahar
Press TV - Dozens of people including four US-led soldiers have been wounded in a bomb attack that targeted a convoy of foreign troops in Afghanistan’s southern province of Kandahar. Related: 3 NATO forces injured in Kandahar

20 killed, dozens wounded after suicide bombing at Yemen defense ministry
RT - At least 20 people were killed and dozens wounded after a suicide car bomb attack rocked Yemen’s Defense Ministry in the capital Sanaa. Militants wearing military uniforms engaged security forces within the compound following the bombing.... There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, although it was operationally similar to previous Al-Qaeda attacks in the region.

NSA leaks: Sweden spied on Russian leaders for US
RT - Swedish signals intelligence agency FRA spied on Russian leaders and shared the data collected with the US, local media report citing Edward Snowden leaks. Sweden’s ‘cable access’ made its position ‘unique’ in the eyes of the NSA.

Food poverty in UK has reached level of 'public health emergency', warn experts
The Independent - Hunger in Britain has reached the level of a “public health emergency” and the Government may be covering up the extent to which austerity and welfare cuts are adding to the problem, leading experts have said.

Chaos, riots, looting as police go on strike in Argentine city (VIDEOS)
RT - At least 130 people were injured and one killed following mass looting and vandalism by gangs of youths, who took over several parts of Cordoba City in Argentina. The lawlessness was a result of the police going on strike over low pay.

They’re Going to Dump the Fukushima Radiation Into the Ocean
Washington’s Blog - As EneNews reports: Juan Carlos Lentijo, head of IAEA’s mission to Fukushima Daiichi, Dec. 4, 2013: “Controlled discharge is a regular practice in all the nuclear facilities in the world. And what we are trying to say here is to consider this as one of the options to contribute to a good balance of risks and to stabilize the facility for the long term.”

U.S. News, Politics & Government

NSA collects 5bn cellphone records a day
Press TV - The documents, provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, show that the collected records are stored in a vast database containing location information of at least hundreds of millions of devices, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday.

John Boehner Signs Up for Obamacare
Kurt Nimmo - Wait a minute. Didn’t Boehner lead the Republican charge against Obamacare? Once he got through the system, Boehner’s office said he chose an individual plan that was similar to the Blue Cross Blue Shield one he has now as part of the federal employees health package. Surprise, surprise. The “affordable care” boondoggle almost doubled his premium...

Obama Asks Bartenders to Host Obamacare-themed Happy Hours - Today at the White House Youth Summit, President Obama made suggestions on how Americans can tout the supposed benefits of Obamacare to their communities.

Allen West warns Obama’s ‘backdoor gun control is moving forward’
Washington Times - Come 2014, all ammunition sold to civilian gun-owners in America will have to be imported, a result of President Obama’s crackdown on sulfur dioxide and lead emissions and accompanying harsh Environmental Protection Agency regulations, said former Florida congressman, Lt. Col. Allen West.

Video that led to Aaron Swartz’s arrest released
RT - Several minutes of surveillance camera footage used to identify, then arrest and indict late computer prodigy Aaron Swartz has surfaced due to a Freedom of Information Act request.

Sandy Hook 911 calls released today
Sherrie questioning All - Some things don't make sense after listening to them. Link to recordings.

Mom Passionately Pleads Against the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)
Ben Swann - In a typical government meeting, public comments are near the beginning. At this particular Clark County (Nevada) Commission meeting, there were two sets of comments: the beginning and the end of the meeting. Daphne Lee had to wait to the end of the meeting, which was 8 hours including a 1-hour lunch break.

Eerie 'Very Chilling' Noise Coming from One World Trade Center Baffles New Yorkers
Daily Mail - A spooky, high-pitched whining sound coming from One World Trade Center has been giving New York residents the creeps. The strange choral sound, which appears to be caused by the wind, was first reported last year at around the time of Hurricane Sandy and has been heard several times since.

Georgia School Confiscates Christmas Cards
Fox News - For as long as anyone can remember, teachers at Brooklet Elementary School have posted Christmas cards in the hallways outside their classrooms – until Monday.

11-Year-Old Banned From Selling Mistletoe In Oregon Park
Ben Swann - Madison Root, an entrepreneurial 11-year-old from Oregon, tried to sell some hand-picked mistletoe in downtown Portland on Saturday. She was raising money to help her dad pay for her braces. Related article/video.

Mysterious China-themed 'city' proposed in New York’s Catskills
Fox News - U.S. immigration officials are considering a proposal from Chinese investors to create a multibillion-dollar development in New York’s Catskills called "China City" -- raising concerns among critics about the potential cost to U.S. taxpayers and, according to one analyst, the possibility it could be a "stalking horse" for the Beijing government.


Rand Paul offers 'Freedom Zones' to save bankrupt Detroit
Washington Examiner - Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul this week is traveling to Detroit, the nation's economic disaster zone, to lay out a sweeping proposal to revive the Motor City while also extending his recent outreach to blacks by opening a GOP African-American engagement office.

VIDEO: Judge Napolitano: Bankruptcy Court Finds Detroit Insolvent
Liberty Crier - Judge Napolitano discusses the state of Detroit and the pensions of city employees on FOX.

Obamacare’s Top Five Worst Tax Hikes on Women and Families - As part of their newly-launched public relations offensive, the White House and congressional Democrats are tromboning the supposed benefits of Obamacare for women and families. Left unmentioned is the fact that Obamacare contains 20 new or higher taxes on the American people – the top five worst tax hikes on women and families are listed below:

8 Ridiculous Ways That The Government Wasted Your Money
(Before It's News) - Individuals and business owners around the country regularly make an effort to reduce spending, pay off debts, and save. But the federal government continuously fails to do the same.

10 Ways Bitcoin Is Better Than The Federal Reserve
Activist Post - The Federal Reserve System is a parasite that feeds off human suffering. It is indeed the dragon that must be slayed for humanity to experience true freedom. I want to End the Fed, but I want it to end as peacefully and orderly as possible. That is why I buy Bitcoin.

Veteran News

(WWP) Wounded Warrior Project Is A Fraud - We have personally investigated Wounded Warriors and what we have learned is very disturbing. Related article: Wounded Warrior Project sues Indiana veterans
Related Info: Tax Return Form 990 for the Wounded Warrior Project Organization

Is this even America? Local bar ordered to remove sign thanking veterans for their service
(NaturalNews) You may not always agree with our country's decisions to send troops to certain parts of the world, but holding the men and women who do the fighting in contempt is not right, no matter how you feel about U.S. foreign policy. So it's no surprise that veterans and the owner of a local bar and grill in Huntington Beach, Calif., are fuming about a city rule that essentially dishonors the men and women who do our fighting for us.

Energy & Environment

'Polar Express' Blast Hits Half the US – Millions Warned to Prepare for Worst Storm in a Decade, Temps Drop to MINUS 40
Daily Mail - A wintry storm pushing through the western half of the country is bringing bitterly cold temperatures that prompted safety warnings for residents in the Rockies and threatened crops as far south as California.

Louisiana family finds their tap water is flammable
(KSLA) - A Dixie, Louisiana family made a startling discovery recently when they lit a flame next to the water coming out of their household faucet and it burst into flames. They don't live far from a natural gas drilling site, but experts say that may have nothing to do with it.

Federal Government Assumes Control of Arizona Forests
The New American - State and federal officials in Arizona are fighting just the latest skirmish in a long-running war over just how restrictive rules should be over human use of forest and desert areas. The locals want fewer and uniform restrictions, while their D.C. counterparts like to play “What will we cite people for this week?”


Assaulting Cancer: 5 Natural Ways to Boost Natural Killer Cells
Natural Society - Did you know natural foods boost the production of cancer-killing cells in your body? Here are 5 ways to increase natural killer cells to fight cancer.

What Big Pharma is Afraid Diabetes Patients Will Find Out
Natural Society - Did you know that up to 90% of diabetes sufferers can treat the issue themselves through lifestyle choices? Big pharma does NOT want you to know this.

Top 10 Foods That Naturally Clean Teeth
Natural Blaze - If you have a healthy diet, then your teeth and gums will be healthy as a result. There are certain foods that can be thought of as a double-edged sword, in terms of keeping your body healthy and cleaning your teeth at the same time.

The Anxiety Epidemic: Causes, Symptoms, Solutions
Natural Society - Are you anxious? Millions of people throughout the world suffer from some form of anxiety. Well, here are some causes, symptoms, and natural solutions.

Herbal antioxidants improve learning and memory, could decrease Alzheimer's risk
(NaturalNews) Susan Farr, PhD, professor of geriatrics at St. Louis University School of Medicine, presented her preliminary findings regarding herbs that can reduce cognitive decline at a Society for Neuroscience conference, Neuroscience 2013. The herbs tested were rosemary and spearmint.

Curcumin's healing powers revealed - How this herb protects you from diabetes
(NaturalNews) Curcumin keeps coming on strong as an actual disease preventative and curative for many ailments. Sometimes it works well by itself and sometimes as an adjunct with other herbs or vitamins. Curcumin is the active ingredient of the Indian...

Psychiatric insanity: Over 20% of young boys labeled 'ADHD'
(NaturalNews) According to recently published information from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an astounding 20-plus percent of all 14-year-old boys in the United States have been diagnosed, at one time or another over the course of their lives, with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) - a condition that is, of course, treated with dangerous medications.

Orwellian Irradiated ‘Franken-Foods’ Are The New Normal
21st Century Wire - In this age of nuclear power and weapons, we’re told that the harmless ‘happy atom’ is all around us and might be dangerous but because we can’t see him this then means, “Oh, just relax. There’s really nothing to worry about. It’s all completely safe.”

The big "Fat" lie and its impact on health
(NaturalNews) The government's dietary guidelines, issued every five years, continues to recommend a low-fat, high-carbohydrate diet, substituting highly inflammatory processed oils, such as soybean, corn and cottonseed oils, for traditional healthy saturated fats like coconut oil and butter.

Erase a decade off your face, dodge cancer and conquer inflammation with these vitamin C-rich foods
(NaturalNews)Exceptional sources of vitamin C include hibiscus (Hibiscus sabdariffa L.), which is enjoyed as a tart tea, and rosehips (Rosa canina), which lends a floral flavor to infusions. And then there are two fruits that contain the highest levels of vitamin C documented - amla and camu camu.

Science & Technology

SkyJack: Hacker-drone that can wirelessly hijack & control other drones
RT - SkyJack uses WiFi to detect other Parrot drones in its range. It then injects WiFi packets into the victim drone’s connection, making it de-authenticate from its remote controller, usually a smartphone, and authenticate in its place, taking it under control. The flying hacker is relatively cheap and quite simple to build.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

City Takes Veteran To Trial For Raising Backyard Chickens
Storyleak - A Northwood, Iowa man charged with violating a city ordinance that bans raising chickens within city limits is set to face trial late next week.

4 Ways to Heal and Replenish our Damaged Soil and Food Supply
Natural Society - We have ruined our soil through GMOs, pesticides, and modern-day farming. Here are 4 ways to heal and replenish our damaged soil and the food supply.

Cold-Weather Composting
Organic Gardening - When you see steam rising from your compost pile on a cold winter's day, you can be sure that your compost will be ready to use by spring, just in time for getting seeds and transplants off to a healthy start. Find out how to keep your compost productive through the cold months of winter.

Foraging in freezing weather uncovers bounty of wild edibles
(NaturalNews) As the temperature drops and snow begins to fall, many foragers put their baskets away until the first whispers of morels in spring. On closer inspection there is much for a forager still to find. Trails are lined with winter edibles which can be made into delicious meals all winter long.

Wednesday - December 4, 2013 - Today In History:
1783 - Gen. George Washington said farewell to his officers at Fraunces Tavern in New York.
1918 - President Woodrow Wilson set sail for France to attend the Versailles Peace Conference. He became the first chief executive to travel to Europe while in office.
1942 - U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered the dismantling of the Works Progress Administration. The program had been created in order to provide jobs during the Great Depression.
1942 - U.S. bombers attacked the Italian mainland for the first time during World War II.
1945 - The U.S. Senate approved American participation in the United Nations.
1965 - The U.S. launched Gemini 7 with Air Force Lt. Col. Frank Borman and Navy Comdr. James A. Lovell on board.
1979 - For the second time, the United Nations Security Council voted unanimously to urge Iran to free American hostages that had been taken on November 4.
1980 - The bodies of four American nuns slain in El Salvador two days earlier were unearthed. Five national guardsmen were later convicted of the murders.
1983 - U.S. jet fighters struck Syrian anti-aircraft positions in Lebanon in retaliation for attacks directed at American reconnaissance planes. Navy Lt. Robert O. Goodman Jr. was shot down and captured by Syria.
1984 - A five-day hijack drama began as four men seized a Kuwaiti airliner en route to Pakistan and forced it to land in Tehran. Two American passengers were killed by the hijackers.
1986 - Both U.S. houses of Congress moved to establish special committees to conduct their own investigations of the Iran-Contra affair.
1987 - Cuban inmates at a federal prison in Atlanta freed their 89 hostages, peacefully ending an 11-day uprising.
1991 - Associated Press correspondent Terry Anderson was released after nearly seven years in captivity in Lebanon.
1991 - Pan American World Airways ceased operations.
1992 - U.S. President George H.W. Bush ordered American troops to lead a mercy mission to Somalia.

World News

White House steps up bid to forestall new Iran sanctions
Breitbart - The White House warned Congress Tuesday that passing new sanctions -- even with a delayed launch date -- would give Iran an excuse to undermine an interim nuclear deal.

VIDEO: EU imposes fresh sanctions on Iran shipping
Press TV - The Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL) says the European Union has imposed fresh sanctions against the country by banning Iranian vessels from using its ports and shipping lines despite the recent nuclear deal in Geneva.

US vows to help Japan defend status quo as China air defence row escalates
The Guardian - The US and Japan will work together to prevent any attempt by China to change the status quo in the Asia-Pacific region, the US vice-president, Joe Biden, has said, on a visit to north-east Asia.

Putin: Russia needs Arctic presence to guard against U.S. threat
The Star Online - President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday Russia had vital defence and economic interests in the Arctic, citing a potential U.S. military threat from submarine-based missiles there.... Putin has ordered a Soviet-era military base reopened in the Arctic as part of a drive to make the northern coast a global shipping route and secure the region's vast energy resources.

Bail-Ins And Deposit Confiscation Confirmed At ‘Future of Banking in Europe’ Conference
Zero Hedge - A major conference on the future of banking yesterday heard contributions on a European banking union which is being negotiated by Eurozone finance ministers. One of the aspects of that union will be a 'bail-in' of deposits when banks fail in the future. Michael Noonan, Ireland’s Minister for Finance confirmed yesterday that bail-ins or deposit confiscation will be used.

First ever open court hearing held on the CIA ‘black site’ prison in Poland
RT - In the first ever public hearing, Europe’s human rights court examined Poland’s role in CIA ‘black site’ prisons and torture of suspects. Poland refuses to share information with the court saying that it could compromise a domestic investigation.

VIDEO: Edward Snowden spy leaks: only 1% of files published
The Telegraph - Appearing before the Home Affairs Select Committee, Alan Rusbridger said Edward Snowden, a former contractor with the National Security Agency (NSA) handed 58,000 files to four places - The Guardian, Washington Post, a location in Rio de Janeiro and a location in Germany.
* Related Article: Guardian journalists could face criminal charges...

Venezuela: Socialists Can’t Keep the Lights On
Kurt Nimmo - The South American country was pitched into darkness for a second time this year as a power outage struck the oil-rich country. The electricity went out in Caracas and much of the rest of Venezuela around 8 p.m. local time.

Japan brainstorms new measures to stop radioactive leak at Fukushima
RT - Japan’s government panel offered new measures to stop radioactive water leaking from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea. Officials said the plant could completely run out of storage space for contaminated water within two years.

VIDEO: Saudi criminals fighting in Syria: Al-Ja’afari
Press TV - Syria’s ambassador to the United Nations says many Saudis who have been either sentenced to death or life in prison are released to fight against the Syrian government.

EU fines 8 major banks record 1.7bn euro for rigging rates
RT - The European Commission has slapped record fines of 1.7 billion euro on eight major banks for manipulating lending rates that play a key role in the global economy. The penalties will add to already escalating costs for leading global lenders.

Truck with dangerous radioactive materials hijacked in Mexico - IAEA
RT - The truck was reportedly carrying outdated medical equipment used to perform radiotherapy when it was hijacked at a gas station in Tepojaco, Hidalgo – near Mexico City – on Monday, the National Commission of Nuclear Safety and Safeguards (CNSNS) said.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Most Americans think US should 'mind its own business' abroad, survey finds
The Guardian - A majority of Americans believe the US plays a less important and powerful role in the world than it did 10 years ago, according to a long-running study that found that most people now believe America should “mind its own business internationally”.

Boeing Wins $76 Million “Doomsday Plane” Contract
Dubbed “Nightwatch” by the military (and unofficially called “the Doomsday Plane”), the E-4B fleet consists of four modified Boeing 747 aircraft which are designed to keep the U.S. president and Secretary of Defense safe, airborne, and in control of U.S. military forces in the event of a nuclear conflict.

Drone Nation Infographic - The American love affair with drones (officially called unmanned aerial vehicles) extends to both military and law enforcement uses. The U.S. isn’t the only country that uses drones, but it is the most regular user in the world.

TSA Expands Searches of Parked Cars at Airports
Paul Joseph Watson - TSA-approved warrantless searches of vehicles parked outside airports are being expanded, with a photograph taken at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport informing Thanksgiving travelers that all vehicles belonging to AmeriPark customers “will be searched by uniformed security.”

Expert Testifies to Congress that Obama’s ‘Ignoring Laws’ Could Lead to Overthrow of Government - During a congressional committee hearing about the constitutional limits imposed on the presidency and the implications of President Barack Obama’s disregard for implementing the Affordable Care Act as written, one expert testified that the consequences of the president’s behavior were potentially grave.

Expert: Security Risks Even Worse After ‘Fix’
Free Beacon - Health and Human Services (HHS) released a progress report on Sunday following its self-imposed Nov. 30 deadline to repair the website, saying that the “team has knocked more than 400 bug fixes and software improvements off the punch list.”... The eight-page report made no mention of the website’s numerous security flaws, which experts say put Americans’ personal information at risk.

Health insurers post huge stock price gains in expectation of financial windfall from Obamacare
(NaturalNews) Among the insurers enjoying record gains: Aetna, Cigna, UnitedHealth and Gilead. All of these companies have been trading at near one-year highs. In fact, according to CNBC, Gilead stocks are up nearly 200 percent since Obamacare was enacted. Amgen is up more than 90 percent. Biogen has done even better - gains of more than 300 percent.

Parents Stop Biometric Hand Scanner Program At Public Schools
Kit Daniels - A school district in the state of Washington has stopped its use of biometric hand scanners at schools which uniquely identified each student after parents flooded a school board meeting last night to complain.


In largest-ever U.S. city bankruptcy, cuts coming for Detroit creditors, retirees
(Reuters) - A federal judge on Tuesday formally declared Detroit bankrupt, a landmark ruling that clears the way for potentially sweeping cuts to city worker pensions and retirement benefits and for steep and possibly precedent-setting losses to the cash-strapped city's bond holders.

Too Big To Fail Banks Are Taking Over As Number Of U.S. Banks Falls To All-Time Record Low
Economic Collapse - In 1985, there were more than 18,000 banks in the United States. Today, there are only 6,891 left, and that number continues to drop every single year. That means that more than 10,000 U.S. banks have gone out of existence since 1985. Meanwhile, the too big to fail banks just keep on getting even bigger.

Illinois approves retiree benefit cuts
Press TV - Lawmakers from the US state of Illinois on Tuesday approved a sweeping overhaul of government worker pension systems by trimming retiree benefits and increasing state contributions.

Energy & Environment

East Coast Hit With RADCON 3 Levels As Radiation Continues To Rise Across America
(Before It's News) - All across the United States, radiation levels are rising as shown in this graphic below from the Nuclear Emergency Tracking Center (NETC). RADCON level 4 watches have been issued for Pittsburgh, PA, Lincoln, Nebraska, San Antonio, Texas, Fresno, California and St. George, Utah while radiation levels spike to RADCON level 3 across much of the eastern seaboard.

More sea star species dying off - A respected sea star expert released a report showing a deadly disorder has spread to more species. Neil McDaniel put together a overview of the so-called wasting syndrome which found it has spread from a relatively confined population in Howe Sound in British Columbia to up and down the entire West Coast, from California to Alaska.

Sewage flowing into the Great Lakes has only half of drugs and chemicals removed
(NaturalNews) An International Joint Commission report, conducted by scientists from both the US and Canada, finds that the Great Lakes region is being severely over-contaminated with chemicals and prescription drugs that are bypassing treatment methods at sewage treatment plants.


Those Vaccinated With The Pertussis Vaccine Are Spreading Disease
Green Med Info - Even mainstream media outlets like the New York Times are publishing the truth: Those vaccinated against pertussis are carrying and spreading the bacteria and are responsible for most of the outbreaks.

Heart Expert: Saturated Fat Causing Heart Disease is a Myth
Natural Society - Published in the British Medical Journal, Malhotra, who is an interventional cardiology specialist registrar at Croydon University Hospital in London, says the issue isn’t as simple as we’ve been led to believe, and that the saturated fat scare has led to millions being over-medicated with dangerous statins.

Amish Family Avoiding Forced Chemo Back in U.S. But Hiding
Activist Post - ABC news is still regurgitating the old story from the Akron Children's Hospital's perspective - that she will die without the chemo treatment. This Newsy piece tells more...

This is what Chicken McNuggets look like -- Seriously! - Someone figured out in the 1960's that meat processors can eek out a few more percent of profit from chickens, turkeys, pigs, and cows by scraping the bones 100% clean of meat. This is done by machines, not humans, by passing bones leftover after the initial cutting through a high pressure sieve. The paste you see in the picture above is the result.

Cumin sleep aid tea
STEPin2- This soothing tea contains sleep-friendly ingredients like cumin seeds and raw honey. Cumin seeds: They are a highly effective treatment for insomnia.

Anti-inflammatory effects of curcumin prevent development of liver cirrhosis in lab study
(NaturalNews) Cirrhosis of the liver can develop from several types of liver damage, disease or inflammation. A group of Israeli researchers set out to determine the effect that anti-inflammatory curcumin would have on curbing the development of cirrhosis in damaged livers.

Dandelion has unsuspected health benefits such as inhibiting cancer cell growth
(NaturalNews) The dandelion leaves are recognized for their ability to purify the blood, help with digestion and hamper the formation of hardened crystals known as gall stones. Ongoing research is most importantly starting to show that dandelion may possibly turn out to be an exceptional alternative for chemoresistant forms of cancer.

Antibiotics found to halt chemotherapy drugs from killing tumors
(NaturalNews) One of the biggest problems with Western medicine's reliance on drug-based solutions to disease is that these conventional modalities can interfere with one another, often creating new problems that require even more drug-based solutions, and so on.

Trans Fat “Ban” Not What It Appears
Alliance for Natural Health - The timing and intent of the FDA’s rule is suspect for two reasons. First, it was announced only after most companies had already eliminated trans fat—it’s currently only in a handful of foods. Second, the ban will promote market demand for two new GMO soybeans by Monsanto and DuPont, which are engineered for trans fat free oils.

Ghee: A clarified butter rich in essential fats and vitamins
(NaturalNews) Ghee is a type of clarified butter that originated in India and remains popular in South Asian cuisine. It is made by removing the milk proteins and water from raw, unsalted butter, resulting in a lactose-free, nutty flavored butterfat that is packed with nutrients.

Chemicals in Heart Stress Tests Can Actually Trigger Heart Attacks
Dr. Mercola - You need to be very careful when considering this type of heart test, known as a chemical cardiac stress test, as a new announcement from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns that the drugs used could actually trigger a heart attack and death. The FDA’s warning applies to two chemical stress test drugs called Lexiscan (regadenoson) and Adenoscan (adenosine).

Science & Technology

RF Safe-Stop shuts down car engines with radio pulse
BBC - A British company has demonstrated a prototype device capable of stopping cars and other vehicles using a blast of electromagnetic waves. The RF Safe-Stop uses radio frequency pulses to "confuse" a vehicle's electronic systems, cutting its engine.

Pet News

A Simple "Green" Way to Help Boost Your Cat's Health and Happiness
Dr. Becker - Herbs are quite easy to grow, even when you don’t have much space or a green thumb. And if you’re a cat owner, you might want to consider cultivating certain herbs to help improve the health and happiness of your favorite feline.

Tuesday - December 3, 2013 - Today In History:
1818 - Illinois was admitted as the 21st state of the union.
1828 - Andrew Jackson was elected president of the United States.
1835 - In Rhode Island, the Manufacturer Mutual Fire Insurance Company issued the first fire insurance policy.
1917 - The Quebec Bridge opened for traffic after almost 20 years of planning and construction. The bridge suffered partial collapses in 1907 (August 29) and 1916 (September 11).
1931 - Alka Seltzer was sold for the first time.
1950 - Paul Harvey began his national radio broadcast.
1967 - In Cape Town, South Africa, a team of surgeons headed by Dr. Christian Barnard, performed the first human heart transplant on Louis Washkansky. Washkansky only lived 18 days.
1982 - Doctors at the University of Utah Medical Center removed the respirator of Barney Clark. The retired dentist had become the world's first recipient of a permanent artificial heart only one day before.
1983 - 3-foot-high concrete barriers were installed at two White House entrances.
1984 - In Bhopal, India, more than 2,000 people were killed after a cloud of poisonous gas escaped from a pesticide plant. The plant was operated by a Union Carbide subsidiary.
1992 - The Greek tanker "Aegean Sea" ran aground at La Coruna, Spain and spilled 21.5 million gallons of crude oil.
1993 - Angola's government and its rebel enemies agreed to a cease-fire in their 18-year war.
1994 - Rebel Serbs in Bosnia failed to keep a pledge to release hundreds of UN peacekeepers.
1997 - South Korea received $55 billion from the International Monetary Fund to bailout its economy.
1999 - The World Trade Organization (WTO) concluded a four-day meeting in Seattle, WA, without setting an agenda for a new round of trade talks. The meeting was met with fierce protests by various groups.
1999 - The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) lost radio contact with the Mars Polar Lander as it entered Mars' atmosphere. The spacecraft was unmanned.

World News

US deploys newest surveillance aircraft to Japan amid tensions with China
RT - As tensions mount over China’s declaration of a new air defense zone, the United States Navy has deployed next-generation surveillance aircraft to Japan.

Islamist rebels seize part of ancient Syrian Christian town, take nuns captive
RT - Islamist fighters have captured the ancient quarter of Maaloula, a predominantly Christian town and UNESCO heritage site in Syria, and are holding captive several nuns and their mother superior from the St. Thecla Convent, SANA reported.

Ukraine Protesters Commandeer Bulldozer to Push Back Cops
Kurt Nimmo - Protesters in Ukraine may be somewhat deluded. It looks like they want the country to join the bankster cabal’s European Union. They are also upset over President Viktor Yanukovich’s decision to embrace Russia’s sphere of influence and what many perceive as a return to the bad old days of dictatorial rule under the Soviets.

Nearly 1000 Iraqis killed in November
Press TV - According to figures released by the country’s ministries of health and defense earlier this week, the death toll included 852 civilians, 53 police officers and 43 soldiers. Another 1,349 people were also injured in the attack.

VIDEO: Australia faces new intelligence leak
Press TV - A report says Australia’s intelligence agency offered to share ‘medical, legal or religious’ information about ordinary Australian citizens with major intelligence partners.

Travelers May Be Able To Turn Leftover Change Into Bitcoins - In yet another sign of the Bitcoin’s potential impact on the travel industry, a vending machine kiosk in Turkey may soon allow travelers to exchange their leftover foreign change into Bitcoins.

Transgene Escape: GMOs Spreading Uncontrollably Around the World
Natural Society - Testbiotech, a nonprofit organization started with independent (‘non-biased’) biotech research in mind, recently released a report on the spread of genetically altered plants. The organization says GMOs are spreading throughout the world without any controls in place to stop them. They have escaped their intended areas and are moving into the environment and even infringing on wild plant populations.

US calls on China to rescind air defence zone to avoid Japan confrontation
The Guardian - The US called on China to scrap its newly declared air defence identification zone on Monday, warning that Beijing risked a potentially dangerous confrontation with Japan and its allies at the start of a trip to the region by vice-president Joe Biden.

'Saudis, Israelis developing new ‘super Stuxnet’ against Iran nuclear program'
RT - Saudi Arabia and Israel’s Mossad intelligence division are co-conspiring to produce a computer worm “more destructive” than the Stuxnet malware to sabotage Iran’s nuclear program, according to a report from the semi-official Iranian Fars news agency.

New Russian Submarines Are So Silent That The U.S. Navy Calls Them “Black Holes” - Did you know that Russia is building submarines that are so quiet that the U.S. military cannot detect them? These “black hole” submarines can freely approach the coastlines of the United States without fear of being detected whenever they want.

Rare Iceland armed police operation leaves man dead
BBC - Icelandic police have shot dead a man who was firing a shotgun in his apartment in the early hours of Monday. It is the first time someone has been killed in an armed police operation in Iceland, officials say.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Directive Provides Government With Intelligence After Declaration of Martial Law
Kurt Nimmo - Even in the unlikely event there is a nuclear war or some other catastrophic event, a directive issued by the director of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, will make sure the NSA still listens in on your calls, that is if there are any phones or cell towers left following Armageddon.

Over 700,000 people on US watch list: and once you get on, there’s no way off
RT - The names of nearly three-quarters of a million individuals have been secretly added to watch lists administered by the United States government, but federal officials are adamant about keeping information about these rosters under wraps.

NSA employees received talking points for Thanksgiving dinner
RT - If a politically-charged dinnertime debate sidelined your Thanksgiving, don’t blame the National Security Agency. New documents have surfaced suggesting the NSA sent their employees home for the holidays with pre-determined talking points.

The Fix Is In: Obamacare Website STILL Doesn’t Work
Steve Watson - It’s December, so that must mean the Obamacare website is now working right? After all, December 1st was the deadline date set during the congressional hearings for when the site would be running smoothly. Well, turns out that was ANOTHER lie, because the website is still not functioning and will not be doing so for some time.

California cops go on trial for beating mentally ill homeless man to death
RT - On July 5, 2011, 37-year-old Kelly Thomas was hospitalized after a run-in with police that saw him tasered multiple times, beaten with batons and the blunt side of a taser, while yelling for his father for help. Former Fullerton Officer Manuel Ramos, 39, has been charged with second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter. Meanwhile, former Cpl. Jay Cicinelli, 41, is charged with involuntary manslaughter and the use of excessive force. Both are pleading not guilty.

VIDEO: No security ever built into Obamacare site: Hacker
CNBC News - It could take a year to secure the risk of "high exposures" of personal information on the federal Obamacare online exchange, a cybersecurity expert told CNBC on Monday.

Single-Payer Healthcare for Vermont on Track for 2017
Truthout - Amidst the difficulties of rolling out the private insurance company model of the Affordable Healthcare Act (ACA), it has almost gone unnoticed by the national corporate media that one state is going ahead with plans for a single-payer non-profit system to be implemented by 2017.

Cancer Patient and ObamaCare Critic Says He's Being Audited by IRS
CNS News - Elliot, who has Stage 4 cancer, informed viewers he wasn’t going to pay the $1,500 a month for the new plan being offered, preferring not to burden his family and to “let nature take it’s course.” After his story attracted media attention, Elliot says his insurance company decided to let him keep his coverage...

Kids Arrested Waiting for School Bus
Adan Salazar - The Edison Tech high school students were on their way to a basketball scrimmage as part of a group of about a dozen teens who had been instructed by their coach to wait for the bus in downtown Rochester. A Rochester police officer arrived when he saw the group of teens gathered on the sidewalk, and ordered them to disperse. Students attempted in vain to explain they were headed to a basketball game.

Election News

Judge Andrew Napolitano 2016 Draft Gains Momentum
Sunshine State News - Over the weekend, Larry Hunter from the"'Draft Andrew Napolitano For President" committee insisted the effort he helps lead was making progress. “We are focused on convincing the judge the support is there to make a run,” Hunter emailed supporters. “And the numbers are making the case.


YouTube: Gerald Celente - Lew Rockwell Show - December 2, 2013
Gerald Celente - Bond Market Explosion and Intellectual Revolution for Liberty.

Tally of U.S. Banks Sinks to Record Low
WSJ - The number of banking institutions in the U.S. has dwindled to its lowest level since at least the Great Depression, as a sluggish economy, stubbornly low interest rates and heightened regulation take their toll on the sector.

Wow – The Holiday Shopping Season Is Off To A Horrible Start
Economic Collapse - According to the National Retail Federation, Americans spent an average of 4 percent less over the four day Thanksgiving weekend than they did last year. Overall, that means that approximately $1.7 billion less was spent at U.S. retailers compared to last year.

Gold Drops Below Cash Cost, Approaches Marginal Production Costs
Zero Hedge - As we showed back in April, the marginal cost of production of gold (90% percentile) in 2013 was estimated at between $1250 and $1300 including capex. Which means that as of a few days ago, gold is now trading well below not only the cash cost, but is rapidly approaching the marginal cash cost of $1125...

Chart Of The Day: The Fed Now Owns One Third Of The Entire US Bond Market
Zero Hedge - The most important chart that nobody at the Fed seems to pay any attention to, and certainly none of the economists who urge the Fed to accelerate its monetization of Treasury paper, is shown below...

Veteran News

Breaking: False HIV diagnosis extremely common in military prosecution cases
(NaturalNews) It's a sad day in America, the most diverse experiment in democracy ever attempted, when individuals are persecuted, and their lives ruined, for politically motivated reasons.

Miley: VA Medical Center's healing pet cat
SF Gate - Traumatic events arise every day at the VA, but none this year has been as traumatic as the day Miley got a toothache and had to be rushed away for treatment.


Surprising Natural Herb Tackles Virulent Cancer Tumors
Natural Society - Bindweed extract has been shown to be helpful for numerous cancers, including prostate cancer, lung cancer, liver cancers, and more. It is so helpful, in fact, that it completely destroyed ‘virulent’ cancer tumors in laboratory mice.

How to Protect Yourself If You Get a Vaccine - There’s a large body of evidence that vaccines are responsible for a number of serious health risks, including long-term weakened immunity, organ damage, infertility, and neurological disorders like autism.

5 Reasons to Rethink Chicken
Natural Society - There are several reasons chicken—and especially mass-produced chicken—might not deserve a place on your plate. Here are 5 reasons to re-consider chicken...

The detoxifying health benefits of bentonite clay
(NaturalNews) Life in the 21st century is full of stress and environmental toxicity. We have over 80,000 toxic chemicals in our surrounding environment that we interact with regularly. A lifestyle of daily detoxifying strategies and periodic cleansing...

Acetaminophen Linked to Increased Risk of Kidney Dysfunction When Combined with Alcohol
Dr. Mercola - Acetaminophen is the number one cause of acute liver failure in the US. Taking just a little more than the recommended dose over the course of several days or weeks (“staggered overdosing”) is far more risky than taking one large overdose.

Research shows curcumin suppresses cancer cell invasion and metastasis
(NaturalNews) At the School of Medicine in National Yang-Ming University, in Taipei, Taiwan, researchers studied the active component of turmeric, curcumin, for its anti-tumor capabilities. In the thorough study, curcumin was found to activate tumor-suppressing proteins which are responsible for stopping cancer cell invasion and the further spread of cancer, or metastasis.

Research: Lack of cardiovascular fitness kills more than diabetes, smoking and obesity combined
(NaturalNews) The ability of the heart and lungs to provide oxygenated blood to tissues, coupled with the the muscles' proper use oxygen is called cardiovascular fitness.

Man heals psoriasis, loses weight with raw food diet
(NaturalNews) According to the International Federation of Psoriasis Associations, psoriasis affects nearly 125 million people globally. Individuals suffer from red, scaly patches on their skin, which is often accompanied by severe pain due to intense cracking and bleeding. James was one man who knew the symptoms all too well, living with dark red, raised patches on his arms. However, when he began a raw food diet, his symptoms went away.

Science & Technology

Get Ready to Pay More Online: Supremes Refuse to Hear Internet Tax Case
Kurt Nimmo - In another blow to the Constitution, the Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a case by Amazon and challenging a law that requires online retailers to collect sales tax in states where they have no physical presence. The Supreme Court refusal to hear the case will allow state governments to tax online retailers and turn online retailers into de facto tax collection agencies

Expert: Amazon Drones Will Crash Into People
Paul Joseph Watson - A UAV expert has warned that Amazon’s ambitious policy to deliver goods to customers using drones will result in the devices crashing into people.

Utah couple hit with $3,500 fine for leaving negative online company review
RT - Nearly five years after a Utah couple cancelled a transaction with a company called, the web company has slapped them with a hefty fine in retaliation for a negative online review, damaging their credit rating.


How to Forage for 5 Common Edible Wild Plants
Natural Blaze - When food is scarce, chaos and fear begin to set in. Instead of panicking, step outside and go for a walk and more than likely, food will be right under your nose.

Monday - December 2, 2013 - Today In History:
1804 - Napoleon was crowned emperor of France at the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris.
1816 - The first savings bank in the U.S., the Philadelphia Savings Fund Society, opened for business.
1823 - U.S. President James Monroe outlined his doctrine opposing European expansion in the Western Hemisphere.
1901 - Gillette patented the KC Gillette Razor. It was first razor to feature a permanent handle and disposable double-edge razor blades.
1917 - During World War I, hostilities were suspended on the eastern front.
1927 - The Ford Motor Company unveiled the Model A automobile. It was the successor to the Model T.
1954 - The U.S. Senate voted to condemn Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy for what it called "conduct that tends to bring the Senate into dishonor and disrepute." The censure was related to McCarthy's controversial investigation of suspected communists in the U.S. government, military and civilian society.
1961 - Cuban leader Castro declared in a nationally broadcast speech that he was a Marxist-Leninist and that he was going to lead Cuba to communism.
1969 - The Boeing 747 jumbo jet got its first public preview as 191 people flew from Seattle, WA, to New York City, NY. Most of the passengers were reporters and photographers.
1970 - The Environmental Protection Agency began operating under its first director, William Ruckelshaus.
1982 - Doctors at the University of Utah implanted a permanent artificial heart in the chest of retired dentist Barney Clark. He lived 112 days with the device. The operation was the first of its kind.
1991 - American hostage Joseph Cicippio was released by his kidnappers. He had been held captive in Lebanon for over five years.
1993 - The space shuttle Endeavor blasted off on a mission to fix the Hubble Space Telescope.
1995 - NASA launched a U.S.-European observatory on a $1 billion dollar mission intended to study the sun.
1997 - U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno declined to seek an independent counsel investigation of telephone fund-raising by President Clinton and Vice President Gore. It was concluded that they had not violated election laws.
2001 - Enron Corp. filed for Chapter 11 reorganization. The filing came five days after Dynegy walked away from a $8.4 billion buyout. It was the largest bankruptcy in U.S. history.
2010 - NASA announced the discovery of a new arsenic-based life form.

World News

US halts logistic support to some Afghan army, police units
Press TV - The US military in Afghanistan has reportedly reduced its logistic military support to Afghan army and police forces amid Kabul’s refusal to sign a security deal with Washington.

Syria army confiscates Israeli-made arms
Press TV - The Syrian army says it has confiscated Israeli-made weapons in its latest operations against foreign-backed militants. A military source told the Syrian news agency SANA on Sunday that Israeli weaponry -- including missiles -- were seized in an operation in the central city of Tadmur in Homs province.

VIDEO: Israel to join UNHRC despite violations of Palestinians' rights
Press TV - On Sunday, an unknown Israeli source confirmed Tel Aviv’s membership in the UNHRC, saying a formal invitation was expected soon. This comes three days after the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon described Tel Aviv’s illegal settlement activities as “a cause for grave concern.”

‘Day of rage’: UK protests Israeli plan to remove 70,000 Bedouins
RT - Across the UK Britons are to take to the streets to protest an Israeli plan to forcibly remove 70,000 Palestinian Bedouins from their homes. The proposal has triggered accusations of “ethnic cleansing” and “discrimination” from activists groups.

‘Revolution!’ Thousands pour in for pro-EU rally in Ukraine, storm govt buildings
RT - Thousands of demonstrators chanting ‘Revolution!’ have flocked into 'Maidan' square in Kiev despite a court-imposed ban on rallies. The protesters have reportedly taken several government buildings

Bangkok police use tear gas on protesters besieging govt buildings (PHOTOS)
RT - Police dispersed activists with tear gas who were attempting to storm Bangkok’s Government House amidst deadly clashes in the Thai capital. Opposition protesters are calling for the ouster of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawtra.

China plan to quit dollar infuriates US: Analyst
Press TV - Finian Cunningham made the remark in a Sunday column for Press TV amid escalation of tensions between US and China over Beijing's enforcement of an Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ).

Iceland thumbs nose at international opposition to advance $1.2 billion debt relief plan
RT -Iceland’s government has announced that it will be writing off up to 24,000 euros ($32,600) of every household’s mortgage, fulfilling its election promise, despite overwhelming criticism from international financial institutions.

Woman has child taken from her womb by social services
The Telegraph - Essex social services obtained a High Court order against the woman that allowed her to be forcibly sedated and her child to be taken from her womb. The council said it was acting in the best interests of the woman, an Italian who was in Britain on a work trip, because she had suffered a mental breakdown.

Thailand: As Promised, Regime Deploys Black-Clad Militants
Tony Cartalucci - UPDATE: Regime gunmen have been identified by their shirts as a sect drawn from Phitsanulok province, part of the Thaksin Shinawatra regime’s northeast political stronghold. This particular groups has strong affiliations with leading pro-regime mob leader and regime MP Jatuporn Prompan, and was involved directly with bloodshed in 2010′s violence as well.

Japanese firm plans 250 mile-wide solar panel belt around Moon
The Telegraph - Tokyo-based Shimizu Corp. wants to lay a belt of solar panels 250 miles wide around the equator of our orbiting neighbour and then relay the constant supply of energy to “receiving stations” on Earth by way of lasers or microwave transmission. The “Luna Ring” that is being proposed would be capable of sending 13,000 terawatts of power to Earth.

Fukushima? 5 Million Seabirds Estimated to Have Died on the Beaches of Australia and New Zealand
Activist Post - Reports are coming out that unusually high counts of dead seabirds are winding up on shores in Australia and New Zealand. All the birds that have been tested by vets so far were found to be starving and emaciated.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Senate and House Intelligence Committees Defend Destruction of Constitution
Kurt Nimmo - The Senate and House Intelligence committees believe revelations about the NSA are more damaging to the United States than the ongoing dismantlement of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

VIDEO: "Improved" ObamaCare Site Crashes Live, on CNN - The new and improved ObamaCare web site: Good enough for government work?! This would be a joke if millions of Americans didn't need to replace their cancelled insurance -- and by two weeks from today, if they need it to begin on January 1, 2014.

Don't Believe the Obamacare Spin - Here's What's Still Wrong - Today is the day of President Obama's self-imposed "deadline" for marked improvements in functionality for, a crucial cog in the Rube Goldberg machine of Obamacare. Don't be surprised if the Obama Administration's out there front and center with spin on how they've met their deadline.

Canadian denied entry to the US after agent cites private medical records
RT - A wheelchair-bound Canadian woman was denied entry to the United States this week because she was previously diagnosed with clinical depression. Now she wants to know why the US Department of Homeland Security had her medical history on file. Related article.

Mobs, Stampedes, Fights, Brawls, A Stabbing And Shooting: A Video Compilation Of Black Thursday 2013
Zero Hedge - That greatest of all American traditions – the Black Friday Thursday stampede, this year accompanied with a stabbing and a shooting, is back.

Consider: Is Black Friday is a Crime Against Humanity?
Activist Post - The Chinese labor camps indeed have women and children forced to work 7 days a week, and sometimes 20 hours a day. These factories are home for U.S. corporations that make staggering profits from the slave labor of women and children - and you're paying for it.

Church Group Kicked Out Of Public Park For Handing Out Thanksgiving Dinners To Homeless
Storyleak - A church group in Lake Worth, FL was kicked out of a public park Thursday afternoon after a park ranger spotted them feeding homeless residents.... Unfortunately, a Palm Beach County park ranger “just following orders” soon approached the group and demanded they leave for violating an alleged city ordinance.

Colorado Black Friday Gun Purchases in the Thousands
Denver Post - Criminal background checks for firearm sales in Colorado were in the thousands on Black Friday. By the end of the evening, 3,804 checks had been processed by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, according to the bureau's social media updates.

Punished for Her Good Deed? City Threatens Woman Housing the Needy With Fines
Fox News - A woman who has been helping the less fortunate for over 40 years could be punished for her good deeds. The city of Lawrence, Kansas is threatening Debbie Nall with fines for allowing strangers in need into her home.

Strategic Air Command Was Not Very Strategic with the Super Secret Nuke Code of 00000000
The Daily Sheeple - The only numbers that stood between the world and a nuclear apocalypse were a closely guarded secret for many years but now we know that they must have been developed through intensely difficult algorithms. Obviously, great care had to be taken that this super secret code would not be easily cracked.


15 Signs That We Are Near The Peak Of An Absolutely Massive Stock Market Bubble
Economic Collapse - One of the men that won the Nobel Prize for economics this year says that "bubbles look like this" and that he is "most worried about the boom in the U.S. stock market." But you don't have to be a Nobel Prize winner to see what is happening.

Wage Strikes Planned at Fast-Food Outlets
NY Times - Seeking to increase pressure on McDonald’s, Wendy’s and other fast-food restaurants, organizers of a movement demanding a $15-an-hour wage for fast-food workers say they will sponsor one-day strikes in 100 cities on Thursday and protest activities in 100 additional cities.

Self-Driven Vehicles to Eliminate Countless Jobs
Activist Post - Well, you've got less than ten years to warn that millions more will go unemployed due to self-driven cars. Two fresh reports outline where this is all going.

Veteran News

The Establishment’s New Tactic: Gag All War Veterans
21st Century Wire - Formalizing its gagging order policies with regards to veterans is important, because it’s the state’s way of not only neutralizing dissenting veterans, but also dehumanizing them by stripping away their right to free speech and expression. Below details the stories of many such individuals including American combat veterans who served in Afghanistan...

Housing Market

‘Eminent domain’ threatens Port Orchard, Washington homes - City officials want to expand the walking trail along the Sinclair Inlet. To do it, the city may seize five waterfront properties using eminent domain – and that has those homeowners seeing red.

Energy & Environment

Massachusetts seeks 10-yr ban on gas fracking after series of Texas quakes
RT - An environmental committee at Massachusetts Statehouse has approved a bill, imposing a 10-year ban on fracking for natural gas. The move comes as a wave of earthquakes in Texas has raised new concerns over the controversial drilling technique.

Nearly 1000 Record Low Temperatures Set As Another Round of Arctic Air Forecast To Deep Freeze The U.S. - Almost 1000 record low max temps vs 17 record high temps. Records in the last 7 days: 205 snowfall records, 969 Low Max. 203 Low temps, 17 High Temp, 61 High minimum.


YouTube: Truth In Media: Vaccines and Autism Trailer
Ben Swann - Tuesday, December 3, 2013 Ben Swann Truth in Media will expose what the Mainstream Media has not told you about vaccine court and autism.

Sucralose's (Splenda) Harms Vastly Underestimated: Baking Releases Dioxin
Green Med Info - A new, in-depth review on the synthetic sweetener sucralose (marketed as Splenda), published in the journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, is destined to overturn widely held misconceptions about the purported safety of this ubiquitous artificial sweetener.

Turmeric: A Wellness Promoting Tonic At Low Doses, Research Reveals
Green Med Info - Turmeric has legendary status as a disease-fighting agent, but did you know that when administered in low doses to already healthy adults it significantly improves their wellness?

Neurosurgeon Explains How You can Detox Chemtrail Poisons
Natural Society - Dr. Blaylock warns we will see an increase in numerous diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia, cancer, and upper-respiratory diseases just to name a few. But here is the good news – according to this particular neurosurgeon, you can help your body detox from some of the numerous chemicals in chemtrails (thorium, barium, mercury, aluminum oxide, and strontium).

How Natural Desiccated Thyroid puts T4-only Medications in the Garbage Can
Green Med Info - Millions use synthetic thyroxine (T4) to treat hypothyroidism completely unaware that a natural and more effective form of hormone replacement exists for hypothyroidism.

Shocking findings on what you need to know about anesthesia
(NaturalNews) "The risks of being over-anesthetized are many, including long term dementia, memory loss and even death." - Dr. Barry Friedberg, MD.

More than just Fukushima radiation: Three convincing reasons to reduce or eliminate milk and dairy from your diet
(NaturalNews) The Department of Nuclear Engineering at UC Berkeley has been taking radiation samples since the Fukushima meltdown. They have tested both raw milk and store-bought, and have detected radioactive isotopes cesium-134 and 137 (Cs-134, Cs-137).

16 More Reasons Black Seed Is 'The Remedy For Everything But Death'
Green Med Info - A year ago, we wrote an article about nigella sativa (aka black seed) titled, 'The Remedy For Everything But Death.' It described the research on the many ways in which black seed (nigella sativa) is a potentially life-saving medicinal food, and is one of our most popular articles, with over 225K social media shares.

Reusable grocery bags contain toxic levels of lead
(NaturalHealth365) What do reusable grocery bags, ladies handbags and dental amalgams have in common? They’re all filled with toxic heavy metals. And, although touted as a wonderful way to ‘save the planet’ – these eco-friendly bags actually increase the risk of bacterial infections and lead poisoning.

Tree Nuts, Chockfull of Healthful Fats, May Help You Live Longer
Dr. Mercola - Many people needlessly shun raw nuts from their diet, believing their fat content contributes to weight gain. But mounting research suggests nuts such as pecans and macadamias may actually help you live longer—and help you lose weight to boot.

Science & Technology to deploy army of robotic flying drones to deliver packages straight to your doorstep
(NaturalNews) In news that has shocked the world, founder Jeff Bezos has publicly announced an ambitious plan to deliver packages to customers in 30 minutes using airborne robotic drones. The story was unveiled by 60 Minutes on Sunday.

Journal Retraction of Séralini GMO-Cancer Study Is Illicit, Unscientific, and Unethical
Green Med Info - The editor of the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology (FCT), Dr A. Wallace Hayes, has decided to retract the study by the team of Prof Gilles-Eric Séralini, which found that rats fed a Monsanto genetically modified (GM) maize NK603 and tiny amounts of the Roundup herbicide it is grown with suffered severe toxic effects, including kidney and liver damage and increased rates of tumors and mortality.

NSA Spying Risks $35 Billion in U.S. Technology Sales
Bloomberg - Disclosures of spying abroad may cost U.S. companies as much as $35 billion in lost revenue through 2016 because of doubts about the security of information on their systems, according to the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation, a policy research group in Washington whose board includes representatives of companies such as International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) and Intel Corp. (INTC)

32 Privacy Destroying Technologies That Are Systematically Transforming America Into A Giant Prison
Michael Snyder - If you live in the United States, you live in a high tech surveillance grid that is becoming more oppressive with each passing day. In America today, the control freaks that run things are completely obsessed with watching, tracking, monitoring and recording virtually everything that we do.

Pet News

Bone Broth: The “Soul Food” Perfect for Sick Pets Who Won’t or Can’t Eat
Dr. Becker - You’ve probably heard that chicken noodle soup is kind of a “soul food.” When we’re sick, we want to eat foods that comfort us. And there’s research now that proves the science behind why certain types of foods are nourishing to people and comforting to pets.




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