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Today in History - Thursday -  February 28, 2013
1827 - The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad became the first railroad incorporated for commercial transportation of people and freight.
1849 - Regular steamboat service to California via Cape Horn arrived in San Francisco for the first time. The SS California had left New York Harbor on October 6, 1848. The trip took 4 months and 21 days.
1854 - The Republican Party was organized in Ripon, WI. About 50 slavery opponents began the new political group.
1861 - The U.S. territory of Colorado was organized.
1883 - The first vaudeville theater opened.
1885 - AT&T was incorporated. The company was capitalized on only $100,000 and provided long distance service for American Bell.
1900 - In South Africa, British troops relieved Ladysmith, which had been under siege since November 2, 1899.
1911 - Thomas A. Edison, Inc. was organized.
1951 - A Senate committee issued a report that stated that there were at least two major crime syndicates in the U.S.
1953 - In a Cambridge University laboratory, scientists James D. Watson and Francis H.C. Crick discovered the double-helix structure of DNA.
1956 - A patent was issued to Forrester for a computer memory core.
1974 - The U.S. and Egypt re-established diplomatic relations after a break of seven years.
1979 - Mr. Ed, the talking horse from the TV show "Mr. Ed", died.
1983 - "M*A*S*H" became the most watched television program in history when the final episode aired.
1986 - Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme was assassinated in Stockholm.
1993 - U.S. Federal agents raided the compound of an armed religious cult in Waco, TX. The ATF had planned to arrest the leader of the Branch Davidians, David Koresh, on federal firearms charges. Four agents and six Davidians were killed and a 51-day standoff followed.
1994 - NATO made its first military strike when U.S. F-16 fighters shot down four Bosnian Serb warplanes in violation of a no-fly zone over central Bosnia.
1995 - The Denver International Airport opened after a 16-month delay.
1998 - Serbian police began a campaign to wipe out "terrorist gangs" in the Yugoslav province of Kosovo.
2001 - The Northwest region of the U.S., including the state of Washington, was hit by an earthquake that measured 6.9 on the Richter Scale. There were no deaths reported.
2002 - In Ahmadabad, India, Hindus set fire to homes in a Muslim neighborhood. At least 55 people were killed in the attack.

World News

US military training of militant gangs in Syria 'underway'
Press TV - Citing unnamed “senior administration officials,” the report notes while the size and scope of the training mission and its location are “not clear,” the offer of the direct “nonlethal” aid will officially be announced by US Secretary of State John Kerry at a Rome Conference on Thursday where US-backed anti-Damascus “opposition leaders” and allied governments supporting President Assad’s downfall will be in attendance.

China fires back at hacking claims: ‘144,000 hacks a month, mostly from US’
RT - In a fresh round of cyberwarfare accusations, the Chinese Defense Ministry said two of the country’s major military sites endured about 144,000 hacking attacks a month last year, two-thirds of which originated in the United States.

Budget Buster: UK Defense Ministry slammed for wasting billions in public funds
RT - Over £1 billion in public money was spent by the UK Ministry of Defense (MOD) on unused equipment and spare parts between April 2009 and March 2011, the Public Accounts Committee said. A further £3.4 billion in gear was stored and went unused.

Multinational drug companies hold Greece hostage by denying shipments of medicine; 90% supply reduction; citizens in near-panic
(NaturalNews) Pfizer, Roche, GlaxoSmithKline, Sanofi and many other have all reportedly joined in the partial embargo out of a fear that the low-priced drugs sold to Greece would be intercepted and sold off to buyers in other countries where drug prices are kept artificially high due to Big Pharma's monopolistic practices.

Somalia forces, African Union troops seize strategic town of Burhakaba
Press TV - African Union (AU) troops along with Somali government forces have taken control of the town of Burhakaba, a former stronghold of al-Shabab fighters.

Germany sells arms to Arab states to protect Israel
Press TV - Germany’s Defense Minister Thomas de Maiziere says arms sales to the Arab littoral states of the Persian Gulf is aimed at protecting Israel. The German minister’s remarks come at a time when his country has been strongly criticized for the dramatic increase in arms sales to Arab states like Saudi Arabia, despite their poor human rights record. De Maiziere added that defending Israel against Iran is more important than the human rights situation in Saudi Arabia.

European satellite provider BHS satellite provider to take al-Alam off air
Press TV - The European satellite provider Eutelsat has forced another satellite provider to pull the plug on Iran’s Arabic-language al-Alam news network as part of its war on the freedom of speech. The BHS satellite provider has said it is against the decision, but has no way of opposing it.

Italian Voters Reject the European Union’s Austerity Measures
Global Research - Italian voters have unambiguously rejected the politics of the Monti government and the European Union. This has triggered panic and outrage in Europe’s capitals and unleashed ferocious tremors on the international finance markets. Some 55 percent of the electorate voted for parties that spoke out against the EU in their campaigns.

Horsemeat scandal and global processed food suppliers linked to arms trafficking
(NaturalNews) The unfolding horse meat outrage currently engulfing Europe has taken on a new, bizarre twist, according to investigators. Key figures involved in the unfolding scandal have been linked to a similar secretive network of companies that have ties to convicted Russian arms trafficker Viktor Bout.

Russia finds horsemeat in Austrian-made sausages
Press TV - "Tests on a shipment of Frankfurter sausages found the DNA of horses, chicken, cattle and soya," Russia's agricultural watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor said in a statement on Wednesday.... Sausages were labeled as having pork, fat and other ingredients with no reference to horsemeat and chicken, according to a photo of the sausage pack in the statement.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Air Force to Stealth Fighter Pilots: Get Used to Coughing Fits
Wired - The Air Force has some bad news for the pilots of its F-22 Raptor stealth fighters: Your planes are going to make you feel crappy and there’s not much anyone can do about it. And the message to the maintainers of the radar-evading jet is even more depressing. Any illness they feel from working around the Raptor is apparently all in their heads, according to the Air Force.

VIDEO: DHS To Release 10,000 Illegals While Building New Detention Centers
Paul Joseph Watson - The Department of Homeland Security plans to release 10,000 illegal aliens from detention centers in response to possible sequestration budget cuts, citing the unaffordability of maintaining the jails, while simultaneously building new detention centers for illegal aliens that cost tens of millions of dollars.

Rep. Goodlatte Blasts Obama for Releasing Illegal Aliens to ‘Promote His Political Agenda on Sequestration’
CNS News - “It’s abhorrent that President Obama is releasing criminals into our communities to promote his political agenda on sequestration,” Goodlatte said in a statement. “By releasing criminal immigrants onto the streets, the administration is needlessly endangering American lives.

Sarah Palin: Feds ‘stockpiling bullets’ to use against us
Politico - “If we are going to wet our proverbial pants over 0.3% in annual spending cuts when we’re running up trillion dollar annual deficits, then we’re done. Put a fork in us. We’re finished. We’re going to default eventually and that’s why the feds are stockpiling bullets in case of civil unrest,” Palin wrote in a Facebook message Tuesday.

New York’s Seven Round Law Bans Most Firearms
Kurt Nimmo - New York’s Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act that passed in January will effectively outlaw most firearms in the state. The law mandates a seven round maximum capacity for ammunition magazines and there are currently no manufacturers producing seven round magazines. According to the Democrat and Chronicle, no manufacturer plans to start making them.

VIDEO: 3 More States Propose Bills to Resist Federal Gun Control
Activist Post - It has been the biggest week yet for states introducing bills across the board to nullify federal tyranny. The Tenth Amendment Center has highlighted progress toward halting drone use in American skies, eliminating the "indefinite detention" provision of the NDAA, promoting hemp freedom, and nullification of Obamacare. Three states are also taking a stand against federal restrictions being proposed for gun ownership: Kentucky, Montana, and Alaska.

VIDEO: Armed Citizen Project: Why the Texas nonprofit is arming Houston residents with free shotguns - Kyle Coplen, founder of the Armed Citizen Project, based in Houston, Texas, explains why he’s raising money to give free shotguns to single women and to people living in high-crime areas. Coplen says, “It’s our hypothesis that criminals don’t want to die in your hallway. Society should use that fear in order to bring down crime rates.”

VIDEO: Eyewitness: Yes, The Nazis Did Confiscate Our Guns
Paul Joseph Watson - Austrian citizen Kitty Werthmann, an eyewitness to Anschluss, Hitler’s annexation of Austria, confounds recent efforts by gun control advocates to re-write history, by re-affirming that the Nazis did indeed confiscate guns belonging to ordinary citizens.

Indiana House Approves Welfare Drug Test Bill
Activist Post - The Republican-controlled Indiana House voted overwhelmingly Monday to approve a "reasonable suspicion" drug testing bill for welfare recipients. House Bill 1483 advanced to the state Senate on a 78-17 vote.... The House approved the bill despite a legislative staff financial analysis that showed the state would spend $2.7 million on the program to possibly the save the state $1.5 million in denied benefits.


$995 Billion Sequester Cut Actually A $110 Billion Spending Increase
Forbes - The sequester has been advertised as “cutting” discretionary spending over a ten year period by $995 billion. After inflation adjustments and exempting more than a trillion dollars of defense and non defense discretionary spending from the sequester, the CBO projects (in its Table 1.1) discretionary spending to increase by $110 billion over the decade. There is no actual $995 billion cut after the CBO applies its magic adjustments. Rather there is a $110 billion increase.

VIDEO: Judge Napolitano Praises Elizabeth Warren for Taking on Ben Bernanke Over ‘Too Big to Fail’ Banks
Liberty Crier - Judge Andrew Napolitano comments on Senator Elizabeth Warren’s questions to Ben Bernanke about the banks and the “too big to fail” argument.

YouTube: Ron Paul On The Lew Rockwell Show 2/27/13: The New Ron Paul Era
Ron Paul talks with Lew Rockwell about government, war, economics and the future.

Food shortages loom in US amid budget cuts
Press TV - Trade groups are warning of widespread shortages of meat, poultry and eggs in the U.S. as the meat industry braces for painful cuts that could cost it an estimated $10bn in lost production and $400m in lost wages. The $2bn in automatic cuts to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s budget would cause it to furlough food inspectors for up to 15 days later this year at the country’s more than 6,000 meat and poultry plants, according to Tom Vilsack, agriculture secretary.

Sequester: Senate GOP Ponders Ceding Power to President Obama!
Politico - Days before the March 1 deadline, Senate Republicans are circulating a draft bill that would cancel $85 billion in across-the-board spending cuts and instead turn over authority to President Barack Obama to achieve the same level of savings under a plan to be filed by March 8.

All Of This Whining And Crying About The Sequester Shows Why America Is Doomed
Economic Collapse - If we can't even cut federal spending by 2.4 percent without much of the country throwing an absolute hissy fit, then what hope does America have? All of this whining and crying about the sequester is absolutely disgraceful. The truth is that even if the sequester goes into effect, the U.S. government will still take in more money than ever before in 2013 and it will still spend more money than ever before in 2013.

VIDEO: Restaurant Owner Finds Dedicated Teen Walking 10 Snowy Miles for Job Interview
The Blaze - “I’m thinking to myself, here’s a kid walking almost 10 miles in the ice and slush and snow for the hope of a job at minimum wage,” Bouvier [owner of Papa Roux Po Boys and Cajun Food] told Fox 59. “That’s the kind of story your parents used to tell, my parents used to tell, up both ways in the snow.”


Flu vaccine warning and natural solutions
(NaturalNews) First of all, you should know that the flu vaccine is based on "educated" guessing, not good science. In addition, these flu shots are created by mixing various flu virus strains (toxic germs) with formaldehyde, MSG, sodium chloride and mercury. And, here's the kicker, these deadly vaccines are not even adequately tested for effectiveness by government health agencies. How irresponsible can you get?

Flu shots during pregnancy lead to 4,250 percent increase in fetal deaths
(NaturalNews) Based on information compiled from the official government Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), which only accounts for less than 10 percent of all actual vaccine injury cases, the multiple-strain, inactivated flu vaccine containing mercury was directly responsible for triggering the 4,250 percent fetal death increase, which was seen only during the 2009 pandemic flu season. In the years before the vaccine's administration, as well as in the years after, rates of miscarriage and stillbirth were far lower, pointing to the combined vaccine as the culprit.

Seven of the best raw foods to add to your diet now
(NaturalNews) The health benefits of eating certain foods raw are numerous, as raw foods are essentially living foods that contain live enzymes, undamaged nutrients, and alkaline-forming compounds that help nourish and cleanse the body.

Tyson, Cargill among others now drugging your meat with Merck's new Zilmax
(NaturalNews) Merck scientists have introduced a new drug to the meat industry - Zilmax. This drug bulks up cattle in the last few weeks of their lives, bringing in more revenue for feedlot owners. Four major meat companies now use Zilmax, including Tyson Foods, JBS SA, Cargill, and National Beef Packing Co. Reportedly, Cargill resisted Zilmax for years, but finally got on board to keep up with the market.... The World Anti-Doping Agency banned the drug for human consumption, so Merck re-branded the drug Zilmax and started selling it to feedlots as a growth stimulant.

Get rid of acne by ridding your diet of high glycemic foods and dairy
(NaturalNews) A study published recently in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics found increasing evidence of a connection between diet and acne, especially in the presence of high glycemic load diets and dairy products. Researchers said that medical nutrition therapy (MNT) could mitigate the problem and "play an important role in acne treatment," according to a press release.

EPA Allows Highly Toxic Endosulfan Residues on Imported Chinese Tea
Beyond Pesticides - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced its decision to allow residues of the cancer causing insecticide endosulfan on imported Chinese teas until July 31, 2016. Its decision to provide “additional time to transition to an alternative to endosulfan” raises serious concerns of further exposure to the toxic carcinogen for farmworkers and consumers.

Study Boosts Link Between Flu Vaccine, Sleep Disorder - A study in England has strengthened evidence from Scandinavia that a vaccine used to prevent pandemic flu boosted the risk of sleep disorder among teens and children, doctors said on Tuesday.

Science & Technology

How much data can police swipe from suspects' phones without a warrant? (Hint: A lot) - A court document submitted in connection with a drugs investigation shows that even Web history, data files, wireless networks and the user's custom dictionary are downloaded when advanced forensic tools are connected to a suspect's device. Also collected were the device's geo-location points, including cell towers, allowing authorities to pinpoint roughly where the device—and therefore the suspect—may have been geographically.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Vanishing Honey Bee Colonies May Impact California’s Almond Production
Beyond Pesticides - Is 2013 the year colony collapse disorder (CCD) begins impacting our food supply? According to the American Bee Journal, almond growers in California may not have access to the honey bee colonies necessary to pollinate this year’s crop.... The problem, Dr. Mussen explains, is due to heavy losses this winter and less populous hives overall. Some beekeepers are reporting astonishing winter losses upwards of 90 percent, and in select cases complete colony loss.

Your March To-Do List, Zone by Zone
Organic Gardening - Regardless of your lion-to-lamb ratio, there's still a lot of work to do in your garden this month, no matter where you live. Some of us will be planting peas; others hardening off tomato seedlings. Take a look at our Zone-by-Zone To-Do List and see if you're overlooking something.

Today in History - Wednesday -  February 27, 2013
1700 - The Pacific Island of New Britain was discovered.
1801 - The city of Washington, DC, was placed under congressional jurisdiction.
1827 - New Orleans held its first Mardi Gras celebration.
1867 - Dr. William G. Bonwill invented the dental mallet.
1883 - Oscar Hammerstein patented the first cigar-rolling machine.
1896 - The "Charlotte Observer" published a picture of an X-ray photograph made by Dr. H.L. Smith. The photograph showed a perfect picture of all the bones of a hand and a bullet that Smith had placed between the third and fourth fingers in the palm.
1922 - The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the 19th Amendment that guaranteed women the right to vote.
1933 - The Reichstag, Germany's parliament building in Berlin, was set afire. The Nazis accused Communist for the fire.
1939 - The U.S. Supreme Court outlawed sit-down strikes.
1951 - The 22nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, limiting U.S. Presidents to two terms.
1972 - The Shanghai Communique was issued by U.S. President Nixon and Chinese Premier Chou En-lai.
1973 - The American Indian Movement occupied Wounded Knee in South Dakota.
1981 - Chrysler Corporation was granted an additional $400 million in federal loan guarantees. Chrysler had posted a loss of $1.7 billion in 1980.
1986 - The U.S. Senate approved the telecast of its debates on a trial basis.
1990 - The Exxon Corporation and Exxon Shipping were indicted on five criminal counts in reference to the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill.
1991 - U.S. President George H.W. Bush announced live on television that "Kuwait is liberated."
1997 - In Ireland, divorce became legal.
1998 - Britain's House of Lords agreed to give a monarch's first-born daughter the same claim to the throne as any first-born son. This was the end to 1,000 years of male preference.
1999 - Nigeria returned to civilian rule when Gen. Obasanjo became the country's first elected president since August of 1983.
2002 - In Boston, twenty people working at Logan International Airport were charged with lying to get their jobs or security badges.

World News

France rejects talk of Mali withdrawal
Press TV - France has rejected any talk of pulling its troops out of Mali in the near future, saying the troops are involved in "very violent fighting" in the mountains of northern part of the African country.

US troops attack Afghan hospital
Press TV - The latest information comes from the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA), which has reported that U.S. troops once again attacked one of their hospitals earlier this month, in the Wardak Province, damaging the site and breaking equipment before eventually leaving.

Afghans protest US-led forces abuses
Press TV - The rally was held on Tuesday in the province of Wardak where demonstrators chanted anti-US slogans. Anger is rising among Afghans over the mistreatment of locals, the desecration of Islamic holy places, and the killing of civilians by US-led foreign troops across the war-torn country. The Afghans have held numerous protests against the foreign forces.

Will Italy Be The Spark That Sets Off Financial Armageddon In Europe?
Economic Collapse - Most people don't realize this, but Italy is actually the third largest debtor in the entire world after the United States and Japan. Italy currently has a debt to GDP ratio of more than 120 percent, and Italy has a bigger national debt than anyone else in Europe does. That is why it is such a big deal that Italian voters have just overwhelmingly rejected austerity.

Obama: “Window of Opportunity” for Iran Attack Opens in June
Kurt Nimmo - The Times of Israel reports that president Obama will tell Israel’s prime minister Netanyahu during a visit next month that a “window of opportunity” for a military strike on Iran will open in June if current diplomatic efforts fail.

US State Department's "Syriasly" Campaign Reaches New Level of Absurdity
Activist Post - While the West and its Arab partners, the brutally autocratic regimes of Saudi Arabia and Qatar, are now admittedly funneling heavy weapons to Al Qaeda's stronghold in Daraa, southern Syria, the US State Department and its extensive network of faux NGOs funded by the same corporate-financier interests that write its policy, have rolled-out a front organization they call "Syriasly."

Australian government set to seize money from citizens bank accounts - After legislation was rushed through parliament, the government will from May 31 be able to transfer all money from accounts that have not been used for three years into their own revenues. This will mean that accounts with anything from $1 upwards that have not had any deposit or withdrawals in the past three years will be transferred to the Australian Securities and Investment Commission.

Australia begins vaccinating boys for HPV - On Feb. 15, Australian boys began receiving Gardasil as part of a $21 million program geared toward vaccinating 12- and 13-year-olds. In subsequent months, 14- and 15-year-olds will get the jab, too. More than 280,000 boys are eligible to get free Gardasil injections this year.

Germany Set to Approve Fracking ‘with conditions’
AFP - Under a draft proposal by the economy and environment ministries, fracking would be banned in areas where there are water reserves and mineral springs. This is a concession to public opinion where there are serious concerns about safety, as well as the environmental and health effects of the technology.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

VIDEO: Obama Tells America: “You Can’t Do Things by Yourself” - Obama took his collectivist message of disempowerment to a Canadian-based American factory on Tuesday. During the speech he said, “You can’t do things by yourself. That’s how our system works.” It was a follow-up on his last mantra to impoverishment and helplessness: “You didn’t build that.”

US Senate approves Hagel as secretary of defense
Press TV - The US Senate has approved former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel, an outspoken critic of Israel, as the next secretary of defense. On Tuesday, the Senate voted 58 to 41 in favor of President Barack Obama's nominee for the post. Fifty-four Democrats and four Republicans -- Thad Cochran, Mike Johanns, Richard C. Shelby and Rand Paul -- approved Hagel. All 41 no votes came from Republicans.

DHS To Lease $10 Million Firearms Facility
Paul Joseph Watson - While the second amendment is under assault from gun control legislation across the country, the Department of Homeland Security is gearing up to use some of the roughly 2 billion rounds of ammunition it has purchased over the last year, by leasing a $10 million dollar firearms facility in Boston.

Senate Democrats Move to Pass Draconian Anti-Second Amendment Legislation
Kurt Nimmo - Democrats sitting on the Senate Judiciary Committee have signaled they are ready to start voting on Obama and Feinstein’s anti-Second Amendment legislation.

VIDEO: City Wants Power to “Disarm Individuals” During Crisis
Paul Joseph Watson - Guntersville (Ala.) Mayor Leigh Dollar is working with city officials to pass an ordinance that would give police the power to “disarm individuals” during a disaster, a chilling example of how the second amendment is being assaulted via the back door. The new rule would allow authorities to confiscate guns of “unruly” people during an extreme weather event such as the April 2011 tornadoes or any other emergency.

YouTube: Judge Napolitano: Obama's Legal Justification For Drones Is Hogwash
Fox News 2/26/2013 - Judge Andrew Napolitano joined Megyn Kelly on America Live this afternoon to discuss the recent revelation by former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs that he was told to never admit to the existence of the CIA drone program.

Louisiana: Homeless Can't Eat Deer Meat - The Louisiana Dept. of Health and Hospitals would rather the homeless go hungry than let them eat deer steaks provided by generous hunters. That law has hunters across the Sportsman’s Paradise outraged after health officials ordered a rescue mission to destroy $8,000 worth of deer meat because venison is not allowed to be served in homeless shelters.

VIDEO: Story of SEAL Team Six Member ‘The Shooter’ who killed Osama Bin Laden to be made into a movie
Daily Mail - A movie based on the account of 'The Shooter' - the man who claims to be the one who killed Osama bin Laden - is allegedly in the works after his story was told last week in Esquire magazine.

9/11 victim's family attacks Zero Dark Thirty makers for using a recording of their son's voice in movie without their permission
Daily Mail - Though the couple have used the recording in testimony for the September 11 commission and it has been on TV news reports, they say they never gave permission for it to be used in the Oscar-winning film. Nor were they asked for the use of this 'treasured remembrance'.


Austerity USA Begins March 1st: Bipartisan Project to Impoverish the American People
Global Research - U.S. politicians have cried wolf over austerity long enough for the public to ignore them. A perfect time, then, for politicians to actually unleash the wolves. Barring an unlikely last minute deal, here’s a short list of some of the massive, national bi-partisan-created austerity cuts, according to the New York Times...

Judge Napolitano: 'Almost An Impeachable Offense' If Obama's Making Spending Decisions 'To Hurt Us' 2/26/13 - Can President Obama step in and end the sequester standoff himself? Such was the question Fox & Friends posed on Tuesday, bringing in Judge Andrew Napolitano to discuss. Hitting the president for his doomsday scenarios (should the cuts take effect in a few days), the hosts asked whether Obama has the power to wrap up the crisis du jour.

VIDEO: Homeland Security Chief Threatens Terror Attacks if Budget Cuts Go Through
Aaron Dykes - Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano issued veiled threats, claiming that automatic budget cuts, known as sequestration, could trigger new terror attacks by reducing operations funds and delaying processing times ahead of March 1, when cuts begin.

US unemployment merits third round of money printing, says Bernanke
Telegraph - The US needs more quantitative easing, despite the improving economic outlook, because unemployment remains too high, America’s central bank boss said, as he warned that looming budget cuts could derail the recovery.

VIDEO: Fed Faces Explaining Billion-Dollar Losses in QE Exit Stress
Bloomberg - Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke’s efforts to rescue the economy could result in more than a half trillion dollars of paper losses on the central bank’s books if interest rates rise abruptly from recent levels.

US Mint Sets All-Time Silver Eagle Sales Record for February- Nearly 11 Million Sold in 2013! - After smashing the all-time monthly sales record in January by selling 7.5 million Silver Eagles (even with production halted for half the month), silver eagle sales have continued at a record setting clip.

Gold Confiscation Begins? Gold Krugerrands Stolen From Safety Deposit Box by CIA - A Steve Quayle reader has reported that the 2 dozen gold Krugerrands he kept stored in his safety deposit box in a Cincinnati 5/3rd Bank have been confiscated, and that the 5/3 Bank Manager informed him that a CIA agent was the culprit who cleaned out his stash of phyzz- but that all fiat dollars were left untouched in the box.

Energy & Environment

Sinkhole activities halt work nearby
The Advocate - Response operations at the 8.6-acre sinkhole in Assumption Parish were halted Tuesday after seismic monitors noted an increase in underground tremors that have been linked with “burps” and edge collapses in the yawning slurry hole, state regulators and parish officials said.

Suspicious Timing: Inaugural Contribution Linked to $8.3 Billion Nuclear Loan Guarantee? - A Southern Co. executive told an audience at a Washington, D.C., conference last week that he is “newly optimistic” about receiving an $8.3 billion loan guarantee to build new nuclear reactors at a Georgia plant. The executive vice president of nuclear development, Joseph Miller, said he thinks the company can seal the deal by mid-year.

VIDEO: Deadly Hurricane-Force Storm Dumps Snow Across North, Rages Across the Midwest and Leaves Thousands Without Power in Texas and Oklahoma
Daily Mail - A potent winter storm that buried much of the Great Plains and left at least three people dead moved into Chicago on Tuesday.... Up to 10inches of snow fell in parts of New Mexico and the foothills west of Denver saw up to two feet of snow.... Highways in the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles and parts of Kansas remained closed because of heavy and drifting snow.


American Foods Chockfull of Ingredients Banned in Other Countries
Dr. Mercola - More than 3,000 food additives -- preservatives, flavorings, colors and other ingredients -- are added to foods in the United States. Many of these additives are banned in other countries.... When reading product packages, here are some of the most common food additives to watch out for...

Big Food Is Making Us Sick
Global Research - The Independent reports that small farmers are being challenged by food companies are becoming insanely concentrated:... Three companies now account for more than 40 per cent of global coffee sales, eight companies control the supply of cocoa and chocolate, seven control 85 per cent of tea production, five account for 75 per cent of the world banana trade, and the largest six sugar traders account for about two-thirds of world trade...

Food fraud alert! Pomegranate juice, olive oil, seafood and spices are among the foods that aren’t always what they seem: report
NY Daily News - The nonprofit U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention released a new update to its Food Fraud Database on Wednesday [Feb 20th], documenting instances of food fraud as reported by the media and scientific journals. The USP added 800 new records to its database, reflecting the years 2011-2012.... For the full report and to search the Food Fraud Database, visit

Tonsil and Appendix Removal Linked to Early Heart Attack Risk
Natural Society - A Swedish study looked at all citizens of Sweden below the age of 20 who had their tonsils removed (they also looked at appendectomies).... When compared with those who didn’t have their tonsils removed, the tonsillectomy patients had an increased risk of early heart attack. For those who didn’t have tonsils, the risk was increased 44%. (For those who had their appendix removed, it was a 33% increase).

You’ve Been Lied to About the Fever
Natural Society - Here’s your shocker for the day: Fever is your friend. Don’t kill the fever; fever kills the pathogens causing the illness. High fevers even defeat viruses. Allow fever to help you or your child get over the infection. Up to 104 degrees Fahrenheit or 40 Centigrade/Celsius will not damage the brain, as you may have been led to believe. There are exceptions, which I’ll go into later.

Vaccine-induced strokes on the rise among young people
(NaturalNews) As it turns out, vaccines cause the body's natural immune system to hyper-react to the injection of foreign particle material, which prompts a massive release of white blood cells. And these white blood cells, which are too large to enter the bloodstream, surround capillaries and actually clog and collapse them, leading to what are essentially micro-strokes.

Science & Technology

Most Earth species ‘still unknown’: Brazil expert - The vast majority of the Earth’s estimated 13 million species are still unknown and to describe them all would take up to 2,000 years, according to a leading Brazilian scientist.

CDC Bioterror Labs Cited for Security Flaws in Audits
USA Today - Laboratories at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have been repeatedly cited in private government audits for failing to properly secure potential bioterror agents such as anthrax and plague, and not training employees who work with them, according to "restricted" government watchdog reports obtained by USA TODAY.


Teenager spotted walking 10 MILES in the snow to interview for $7-an-hour job
A teen's luck appears to have changed after a chance encounter with an Indiana restaurant owner during a 10-mile trek through ice and snow for a minimum wage job interview.

Humor & Satire

YouTube: The People vs Winter
Ice-induced pavement pile-up's, out of control vehicles, winter fail wipeouts and the usual death defiers.

Pet News

Hy-Vee Dog Food Recall Prompts Toxic Mold Concerns In Drought-Hit U.S. Corn
High levels of a dangerous toxin found in bagged dog food on a grocery store shelf in Iowa have highlighted the prevalence of a problematic mold in last year's U.S. corn crop, as state and federal officials work on limiting the food safety concern.

Today in History - Tuesday -  February 26, 2013
1815 - Napoleon Bonaparte escaped from the Island of Elba. He then began his second conquest of France.
1848 - The second French Republic was proclaimed.
1863 - U.S. President Lincoln signed the National Currency Act.
1870 - In New York City, the first pneumatic-powered subway line was opened to the public.
1907 - The U.S. Congress raised their own pay to $7500.
1919 - In Arizona, the Grand Canyon was established as a National Park with an act of the U.S. Congress.
1929 - U.S. President Coolidge signed a bill creating the Grand Teton National Park.
1930 - New York City installed traffic lights.
1933 - A ground-breaking ceremony was held at Crissy Field for the Golden Gate Bridge.
1945 - In the U.S., a nationwide midnight curfew went into effect.
1952 - British Prime Minister Winston Churchill announced that Britain had developed an atomic bomb.
1986 - Corazon Aquino was inaugurated president of the Philippines. Long time President Ferdinand Marcos went into exile.
1987 - The Tower Commission rebuked U.S. President Reagan for failing to control his national security staff in the wake of the Iran-Contra affair.
1987 - The U.S.S.R. conducted its first nuclear weapons test after a 19-month moratorium period.
1991 - Iraqi President Saddam Hussein announced on Baghdad Radio that Iraqi troops were being withdrawn from Kuwait.
1993 - Six people were killed and more than a thousand injured when a van exploded in the parking garage beneath the World Trade Center in New York City. The bomb had been built by Islamic extremists.
1998 - A Texas jury rejected an $11 million lawsuit by Texas cattlemen who blamed Oprah Winfrey for price drop after on-air comment about mad-cow disease.
1998 - In Oregon, a health panel rules that taxpayers must help to pay for doctor-assisted suicides.
2001 - A U.N. tribunal convicted Bosnian Croat political leader Dario Kordic and military commander Mario Cerkez of war crimes. They had ordered the systematic murder and persecution of Muslim civilians during the Bosnian war.
2009 - Former Serbian president Milan Milutinovic was acquitted by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia regarding war crimes during the Kosovo War.
2009 - The Pentagon reversed its 18-year policy of not allowing media to cover returning war dead. The reversal allowed some media coverage with family approval.

World News

Saudis supply militants in Syria with Croatian arms: Report
Press TV - Citing anonymous American and Western officials, The New York Times newspaper reported on Monday that "the weapons began reaching rebels in December via shipments shuttled through Jordan."

US senators call on EU to tighten Iran sanctions on eve of talks
Press TV - In a letter to President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy on Monday, 36 US senators urged the union to close “a significant loophole in US-EU sanctions policy” in order to increase pressure on Iran.

Gaza rocket hits south Israel: Israel police
Press TV - A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip has hit southern Israel, Israeli police said, in the first such move since the Tel Aviv regime’s war on Gaza last November. he strike came after days of clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinian protesters in the occupied West Bank that erupted over the death of Palestinian prisoner Arafat Jaradat, who died in Israel’s Magiddo jail on Saturday because of extreme torture.
* Related Article: Egypt raps Israel over prisoners torture

VIDEO: Mexican Farmers Protest the Entrance of GMO Corn - This week, the United States Supreme Court is hearing a symbolic case concerning a small farmer's lawsuit against agribusiness giant Monsanto concerning their pesticide-resistant soybean seeds.... After years of trying to penetrate the Mexican market, Monsanto, Dupont, and Dow had a breakthrough when outgoing Mexican president Felipe Calderón granted them the right to cultivate GMO corn in various northern Mexican states.

‘Dagger’ brigade readies for AFRICOM missions - Some 4,000 Soldiers of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, out of Fort Riley, Kan., are training for realignment to U.S. Africa Command, expected later this year. The 2nd BCT, or “Dagger” Brigade as it is known, will be the first brigade to be regionally aligned to U.S. Africa Command, or AFRICOM. U.S. Pacific Command has had units regionally align to its area of responsibility with similar training at Fort Irwin earlier this year.

The Great Lakes Nuclear Dump: Ontario Power Generation’s Plan to Bury Nuclear Waste on Shores of Lake Huron
Global Research - Ontario Power Generation (OPG), a multi-billion dollar corporation wholly owned by the Province of Ontario, plans to build a nuclear waste dump at the Bruce Nuclear Power Plant site, Municipality of Kincardine, Ontario “located approximately 1 km inland from the shore of Lake Huron at the surface and more than 400 metres below the deepest near-site point of Lake Huron.”

China admits to existence of 'cancer villages' sprouting up due to extreme pollution, exposure
(NaturalNews) On the heels of my own publication of articles questioning the integrity of "certified organic" when it comes to foods and superfoods produced in mainland China, a blockbuster report from China's own environmental ministry slams another exclamation mark on the severity of the problem.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

LAPD launches probe into alleged resale of weapons by SWAT officers
LA Times - The department is conducting the second investigation into allegations that officers bought specially-made handguns with an 'LAPD SWAT' insignia and resold them at a steep profit.

YouTube: Obama's Ex-Secret Service Agent: It's Not Gun Control... Its People Control
Obama's Former Secret Service Agent Slams Gun Control on Fox & Friends. This is a fascinating conversation between Tucker Carlson and the originator of that statement, former Secret Service agent Dan Boingino.

YouTube: Sheriff Warns of Second American Revolution over Gun Control
Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. warns of a second American Revolution if cops have to enforce extreme gun control measures.

Bill Unveiled To Legalize Medical Pot
Politico - Flanked by more than 150 advocates from around the country, Oregon Democrat Earl Blumenauer on Monday put forward his legislation allowing states to legalize medical marijuana in an effort to end the confusion surrounding federal pot policy.

Bloomberg’s Ban Prohibits 2-liter Soda With Your Pizza And Some Nightclub Mixers
NY Post - Nanny Bloomberg unleashes his ban on large sodas on March 12 — and there are some nasty surprises lurking for hardworking families. Say goodbye to that 2-liter bottle of Coke with your pizza delivery, pitchers of soft drinks at your kid’s birthday party and some bottle-service mixers at your favorite nightclub. They’d violate Mayor Bloomberg’s new rules, which prohibit eateries from serving or selling sugary drinks in containers larger than 16 ounces.

VIDEO/ARTICLE: Lobbyist Demands Approval For “Lethal” Drones Within United States
Paul Joseph Watson - Testifying against a bill that would put limits on the use of unmanned drones in Washington state, industry lobbyist Paul Applewhite shocked a House Committee hearing when he said that drones had been used for “indiscriminate killings,” while arguing that the technology should be approved for “lethal force” within the United States.

Federal court: No Second Amendment Guarantee For Concealed Carry
Denver Post - The Second Amendment's guarantee of a right to bear arms does not extend to the right to carry a concealed weapon in public, a federal appeals court in Denver has ruled.

Beretta Tells Maryland It Will Move Operation If Gun Law is Enacted
Kurt Nimmo - Beretta USA, the domestic division of the Italian firearms manufacturer, recently informed Maryland it will move operations out of the state if a law aimed at the Second Amendment is enacted. “Enact such measures at your own risk,” the company told lawmakers, according to Bizpac Review.

VIDEO/ARTICLE: DHS-Funded Drone Spies On Private Gun Sale
Paul Joseph Watson -The promotional video for a surveillance drone now being purchased by law enforcement bodies across the country with the aid of DHS funding shows a UAV spying on a private gun sale, falsely depicting the scenario as a criminal activity. It is important to emphasize that private firearms sales without background checks are not illegal under current law in the United States, although gun control advocates are feverishly trying to change that with new legislation.

Liberal astroturf group offering $9 to $11 per hour to join its gun-control campaign
Daily Caller - The liberal organization Progressive USA Voters, which is housed in the same progressive Denver office building as a chapter of the infamous left-wing astroturf group Progress Now, is offering an hourly wage of between $9 and $11 to join its gun-control campaign in Chicago, according to a flyer that was photographed and posted to Reddit Friday.

Pastor Plans Toy Gun Buyback Program
ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - While St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson is raising funds for a gun buyback program, Pastor Rodney Francis of the Washington Tabernacle Baptist Church wants to catch kids before they even think about wielding a weapon.

“Sh*t, Just Ship It”: Felony Prosecution for Salmonella-Peanut Executives - A pretty extraordinary thing happened Thursday, here in Georgia: A district court in the middle part of the state unsealed a 76-count, 52-page indictment of former officials of the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA), charging them with fraud and conspiracy for knowingly distributing peanut products contaminated with Salmonella.


VIDEO: Santelli: "What If The Fed Did Less?"
Zero Hedge - "Things would be a lot different. The prevalence of counter-factuals or 'coulda-shoulda-woulda's in mainstream economics is stunningly biased to explaining "why we're still in the doldrums outside of course of the stock market."

VIDEO: Pricing Gold in Dollars is a Fraudulent Measure the Fed Needs You to Believe! - In this excellent interview with the Sound Money Campaign, gold & silver mining analyst Jay Taylor states that The REAL Prices in the Monetary Metals Will Rise Again, Despite Gold’s “Death Cross” and Bankster Manipulation, and that pricing Gold in Dollars is a Fraudulent Measure The FED Needs You to Believe.

Paper Bonds Are AAA Rated, But Physical Gold, Silver, & Oil Are Risk Assets? - Can a barrel of oil “default”? A bushel of wheat? Gold or Silver? Of course not but these are, in today’s upside down backwards world considered “risk assets”. How whacked out have we become? Sovereign governments that just 20 years ago would have been taken out back to the financial “disciplinary woodshed” are considered AAA rated or close to it, but physical commodities are risk assets.

Rand Paul's plan for the Pentagon: Stop spending millions on goldfish
RT - Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) has some ideas to help dig America out of debt, and for starters he thinks we should do away with all of our dang goldfish research. “In the military they have $5.2 million they spent on goldfish — studying goldfish to see how democratic they were and if we could learn about democracy from goldfish. I would give the president the authority to go ahead and cut all $5 million in goldfish studies,” Sen. Paul said during a Thursday broadcast.

127 corporations that want to "Fix the Debt" by gutting your retirement
Charleston Voice - The CEOs of the following corporations don’t think they have enough money — perhaps because they don’t have it all. So they got together a little group called “Fix the Debt” to cobble up some more. The source of their added wealth? Your government retirement and medical insurance programs.

Housing Market

The Banks Show No Mercy: 10 Foreclosure Horror Stories That Will Blow Your Mind
Michael Snyder - Over the past several years there has been case after case where mortgage documents have “disappeared”, where big banks have “manufactured” missing documents out of thin air and there have even been cases where big banks have tried to foreclose on homes that do not even have a mortgage. Once in a while, the big banks get a small slap on the wrist, but nobody ever really gets into much trouble for any of this.

Energy & Environment

VIDEO: Arizona highway 'sinkhole' is actually a whole mountain coming apart!
The giant fissure in the ground swallowed two cars in Page, Arizona, and caused 120 feet of highway to sink over 8 feet. But geologists are now also worried that the road may be irreparable for a long time because it appears that the whole side of the mountain is sinking!


Tomatoes, dandelions, and hawthorn - why they trump Obamacare
(NaturalNews) The Affordable Care Act seems compassionate, but its one size fits all philosophy suppresses real healthcare, the kind found growing freely and more affordable - in nature.

The peppermint herb offers outstanding health benefits
(NaturalHealth365) The peppermint herb is considered by many cultures to be a true “superfood”. Superfoods are foods and herbs that have a unique concentration of nutrients that synergize together to boost potential. These foods and herbs are typically loaded with a combination of critical fatty acids, anti-oxidant phytonutrients and essential amino acids.

Vaccine News: AAP Opposes Ban on Thimerosal, While Study Finds More Vaccines Equate to Increased Hospitalization and Death
Dr. Mercola - According to public health doctors and a medical trade association representing U.S. pediatricians, poor children in developing countries should continue to get vaccines containing the mercury preservative, thimerosal, because providing these children with mercury-free vaccines "would devastate public health efforts in developing countries," the New York Times reports.

Five ways juicing could help save your life
(NaturalNews) The short-term health benefits of juicing include things like increased energy levels and digestive relief, while the long-term health benefits include chronic illness prevention of the type that could add both life to your years and years to your life.

10 simple ways to prevent salmonella and other bacteria
(NaturalNews) Salmonella poisoning affects thousands of individuals each year. The good news is that it can be prevented. It is only a matter of proper hygiene and the practice of food safety in the kitchen. Here is a list of ways to prevent it...

Even 90% of French Wines Contaminated with Heavy Pesticides
Activist Post - Do you get headaches after a glass or two of wine? Some blame sulfites, some blame fluoride, some blame non-organic and they might have a point. So you would think scrambling for the nectar of French vines would be a safe haven. Even the French were surprised to find out just the opposite - their overuse of pesticides and fungicides finally caught up with them and could tarnish their national treasure.

Green Tea Shown to Protect against Digestive Cancer
Natural Society - Green tea may offer the solution (or at least part of a solution) in the prevention of digestive cancers, according to another study out of China. Older women were analyzed for green tea consumption and cancer rates, and scientists found those who drank the tea on a regular basis were at a slightly lower risk for developing cancer of the colon, throat, and stomach.

Black Tea Consumption Linked to Decreased Diabetes Risk
Natural Society - More and more new cases of diabetes are being reported while millions go undiagnosed. This is a very scary truth in light of the fact that diabetes is a condition affecting all organs in the body. And while there are a number of solutions that can be utilized to help prevent and treat this health condition, researchers have recently found yet another one - black tea.

Seafood Freakshow: 59% Of Tuna Mislabeled, Fake Tuna Linked to ‘Anal Oil Leakage’
Natural Society - Do you enjoy the taste of tuna? If you answered yes to that question, there’s a very large chance that you actually enjoy the taste of many bizarre and exotic imposter ‘fake tuna’ fish types that have been peddled and mislabeled by the seafood industry and restaurants alike — even a ‘snake mackerel’ fish linked to side effects like anal oil leakage.

Science & Technology

Who Needs SOPA? Media Giants Collude to Punish File Sharing
Activist Post 2/25/13 - The new Copyright Alert System(CAS), often referred to as the "six strikes anti-piracy scheme" due to its gradual increase of warnings and punishments, kicks off today.... All of the big five Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in America; Comcast, AT&T, Cablevision, Time Warner, and Verizon are reportedly participating.

Today in History - Monday -  February 25, 2013
1793 - The department heads of the U.S. government met with U.S. President Washington for the first Cabinet meeting on U.S. record.
1836 - Samuel Colt received a patent for a "revolving gun".
1901 - The United States Steel Corp. was incorporated by J.P. Morgan.
1913 - The 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. It authorized a graduated income tax.
1919 - The state of NE became the first state to place a tax on gasoline. The tax was 1 cent per gallon.
1928 - The Federal Radio Commission issued the first U.S. television license to Charles Jenkins Laboratories in Washington, DC.
1930 - The bank check photographing device was patented.
1933 - The first aircraft carrier, Ranger, was launched.
1948 - Communists seized power in Czechoslovakia.
1956 - Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev criticized the late Josef Stalin in a speech before a Communist Party congress in Moscow.
1972 - Germany gave a $5 million ransom to Arab terrorist who had hijacked a jumbo jet.
1986 - Filippino President Ferdinand E. Marcos fled the Philippines after 20 years of rule after a tainted election.
1999 - William King was sentenced to death for the racial murder of James Byrd Jr in Jasper, TX. Two other men charged were later convicted for their involvement.
1999 - In Moscow, China's Prime Minister Zhu Rongji and Russia's President Boris Yeltsin discussed trade and other issues.
2000 - In Albany, NY, a jury acquitted four New York City police officers of second-degree murder and lesser charges in the February 1999 shooting death of Amadou Diallo.
2005 - Dennis Rader was arrested for the BTK serial killings in Wichita, KS. He later pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 10 life prison terms.

World News

West Pours Arms into Syria as Al Qaeda Mass Slaughters Civilians
Activist Post - The Washington Post in particular, sets the tempo for this coordinated propaganda campaign, claiming in their report, "In Syria, new influx of weapons to rebels tilts the battle against Assad," that: A surge of rebel advances in Syria is being fueled at least in part by an influx of heavy weaponry in a renewed effort by outside powers to arm moderates in the Free Syrian Army, according to Arab and rebel officials.

Nato May Station up to 12,000 Troops in Post-2014 Afghanistan
AFP - US Pentagon spokesman George Little said Nato was considering deployment of between 8,000 and 12,000 troops, including any US contribution, but no final decision has yet been made. Reports of a US presence of 8,000 to 12,000 troops “are not correct,” he said. President Barack Obama “is still reviewing options and has not made a decision about the size of a possible US presence after 2014,” he said, adding that discussions will now continue with Nato allies and Afghanistan.

Terror Leader Arrested in Pakistan
ABC - Five days after a bombing in Pakistan claimed almost a 100 lives, the co-founder of the terrorist organisation that claimed responsibility for the deadly attack has been taken into custody. "We have arrested Malik Ishaq and he's in jail," Ashfaq Gujar, a senior Pakistani police official told ABC news. However, there is no specific terrorist charge under which Ishaq has been arrested.

Russia calls for international intervention in Mali
Washington Times - Russia’s foreign ministry said the international community must ramp up its efforts and stop the tide of violence from rising in Mali. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called for a more coordinated global response, along with U.N. Special Envoy to Mali, Romano Prodi, during a meeting in Moscow on Friday, the United International Press reports.

Egypt vote could be 'road to total chaos': ElBaradei
AFP - Egyptian opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei warned of chaos in the troubled nation if parliamentary polls go ahead in April, as protesters demonstrated in Cairo against Islamist President Mohamed Morsi.

U.S. troops arrive in Niger to set up drone base
Washington Post - President Obama announced Friday that about 100 U.S. troops have been deployed to the West African country of Niger, where defense officials said they are setting up a drone base to spy on al-Qaeda fighters in the Sahara. It was the latest step by the Pentagon to increase its intelligence-gathering across Africa in response to what officials see as a rising threat from militant groups.

A “Humanitarian War” Is an Oxymoron
Global Research - One hundred billion dollars has been spent on Afghan reconstruction by the United States, yet nothing has improved for the Afghan people. Two billion dollars a week has been spent for over a decade to fight 55 Al-Qaeda operatives. The US continues to slaughter civilians on a regular basis, yet Hamid Karzai has done nothing.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

VIDEO: Robert Gibbs Told Not To Acknowledge Drone Program Exists
Huffington Post - Former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Sunday that he was told not to "acknowledge" or "discuss" the secret drone program when becoming the government's top spokesman.

You Tube: Ron Paul's Texas Straight Talk 2/25/13: When They Came for the Raw Milk Drinkers
Full transcript coming soon!

Communist Propaganda Poster: Comrades, Turn In Your Weapons!
Paul Joseph Watson - This 1918 Communist propaganda poster from the Russian civil war serves as yet another reminder that tyrannical regimes throughout history have always sought to disarm their populations through gun control.

VIDEO: 'Day of Resistance’: Thousands of gun law protesters rally across US
RT -Thousands of Second Amendment activists across the US took part in a Day of Resistance against President Obama's gun control measures, calling his plans unconstitutional. Words are not all they’re prepared to use to protect their right to bear arms.

White House to release talking point emails on Benghazi... - The Obama administration has agreed to provide emails pertaining to the controversial CIA talking points which critics say pushed an inaccurate picture of what happened during the terror attack last September in Benghazi, a congressional source tells Fox News.

Newtown seeks to deny newspapers access to death certificates - The Clerk maintains that access to vital records such as death and marriage certificates should be limited to immediate family members or their representatives, and has undertaken to change present law.

School Shooters Under the Influence of Psychiatric Drugs - At least 31 school shootings and/or school-related acts of violence have been committed by those taking or withdrawing from psychiatric drugs resulting in 162 wounded and 72 killed (in other school shootings, information about their drug use was never made public—neither confirming or refuting if they were under the influence of prescribed drugs).
* Petition: Call for Federal Investigation of Psychiatric Drugs...

DOJ Memo: Outlaw and Confiscate All Guns
Kurt Nimmo - The nine page “cursory summary” on current gun control initiatives was not officially released by the Obama administration. The DOJ memo (downloadable here as a PDF) states the administration “believes that a gun ban will not work without mandatory gun confiscation,” according to the NRA, and thinks universal background checks “won’t work without requiring national gun registration.”

DHS Contractor Apologizes For Selling Shooting Targets of Children
Paul Joseph Watson - We apologize for the offensive nature of our “No More Hesitation” products. These products have been taken offline due to the opinions expressed by so many, including members of the law enforcement community.... Although the targets have been taken off the company’s website, it’s unclear whether or not they have been removed from sale entirely.

Scorecard: How Many Rights Have Americans REALLY Lost?
Washington’s Blog - This post explains the liberties guaranteed in the Bill of Rights – the first 10 amendments to the United States Constitution – and provides a scorecard on the extent of the loss of each right.

VIDEO: Reality Check: Growing National Divide Over Guns and Gun Control
Liberty Crier - (FOX19) – At no time in recent history has the country been so dramatically divided over the issue of guns. Unprecedented new laws are being proposed across the nation and gun owners are taking very vocal stands. Ben Swann takes a look at the growing divide.

VIDEO: The Pro Second Amendment Commercial Banned By Major Media Conglomerates
Mac Slavo - Steve Vaus is a musician, writer, producer and Grammy award winner who has worked with musical legends that include Willie Nelson, Billy Ray Cyrus, and Kenny Loggins. In January, responding to the latest assaults on our Second Amendment, Vaus composed and produced “Come and Take It,” a ballad that takes aim at those who would strip Americans of their right to bear arms. The complete song can be heard in its entirety (free) here.

VIDEO: More Proof That News is Controlled by a Central Script Writer
Activist Post - Conan O'Brien once again plucks several clips from a wide variety of local news stations reading off the same script.


50 Signs That The U.S. Health Care System Is A Gigantic Money Making Scam That Is About To Collapse
Economic Collapse - Unfortunately, this gigantic money making scam has become so large that it threatens to collapse both the U.S. health care system and the entire U.S. economy.

White House details sequestration cuts by state
USA Today - The White House kicked off a week of warnings about the sequestration by issuing reports Sunday on how the looming $85 billion in automatic budget cuts will affect each of the 50 states.

Companies are dropping health coverage for spouses to cut costs - By denying coverage to spouses, employers not only save the annual premiums, but also the new fees that went into effect as part of the Affordable Care Act. This year, companies have to pay $1 or $2 “per life” covered on their plans, a sum that jumps to $65 in 2014. And health law guidelines proposed recently mandate coverage of employees’ dependent children (up to age 26), but husbands and wives are optional.

YouTube: Bank Fraud in less than 10 minutes
This video's focus will be economics - a subject affecting everyone, but understood by virtually no one. This is not an accident.

VIDEO: Money, Banking, and The Federal Reserve System - Documentary
Liberty Crier - Dedicated to Murray N. Rothbard, steeped in American history and Austrian economics, and featuring Ron Paul, Joseph Salerno, Hans Hoppe, and Lew Rockwell, this extraordinary film is the clearest, most compelling explanation ever offered of the Fed, and why curbing it must be our first priority.

Veteran News

Why the Military Should Give you a Home Inspection Today - If there’s one thing I know about many MilSpouses, it’s that we do NOT like the concept of the military telling us what to do. Which is why the idea of “home inspections” can really stick in our craws. The military? Ordering us to let them look around our houses? I don’t think so. They are already a part of SO much of our lives. Must they come into our homes, too?

VIDEO: Federal Government Moves to Disarm Veterans
Kurt Nimmo - According to constitutional attorney Michael Connelly, the government is now moving to strip veterans it determines to be mentally incompetent of their Second Amendment right to own a firearm. Connelly cites a letter “sent by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to hundreds, perhaps thousands, of America’s heroes.” For a larger version of the letter, click here to download PDF from RedFag News.

Men say their breast cancer was caused by contaminated water at Camp Lejeune - Rock Center with Brian Williams - Mike Partain got the shock of his life five years ago when he was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 39. That he got breast cancer at all is surprising. It's so rare that for every 100 women who get it, just one man will.

VIDEO: Jury Nullification Activist Jailed 145 Days for Distributing Info
Activist Post - Army Vietnam Veteran, peaceful freedom activist, and local small businessman, Mark Schimdter, has been jailed for 145 days by Judge Belvin Perry. Schmidter's sentence began Thursday after he was found guilty for distributing jury nullification info outside of Perry's self-imposed "free speech zone." during the Casey Anthony trial.

Housing Market

YouTube: Homeowners Fight New Bank Bailouts
RT - One of America's biggest banks may be getting another government bailout. This week it was revealed that the New York Fed struck a secret deal with Bank of America over its toxic mortgages. The deal spares the banking giant from billions of dollars in legal claims. Victim's of B of A's banking practices, are still losing their homes, but fighting to keep Wall Street accountable.

Energy & Environment

Obama Eyes Coal Plants, Moves Forward on Climate Change Without Congress
U.S. News - President Barack Obama is tired of waiting for Congress to move on legislation to reduce carbon emissions, and his administration is poised to move forward on actions to do just that—including a move that will effectively eliminate the possibility of any new coal plant opening in the United States, experts say.

"Smart" water meters installed - so where have the birds gone? - Beginning in mid-December, the city began installing new smart-water meters on homes all throughout Rolling Hills. The meters send information to the city four times a day to help monitor water usage without having to send workers to check individual meters. By mid-January, the entire Rolling Hills North neighborhood had been equipped with the new meters. And the birds were gone.

Colorado's Secret energy lab spawns million dollar government employee - If you live outside Colorado, you probably haven’t heard of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory – NREL for short. It’s the place where solar panels, windmills and corn are deemed the energy source of the future and companies who support such endeavors are courted. It’s also the place where highly paid staff decide how to spend hundreds of millions in taxpayer dollars.

VIDEO: Trial of BP Over Deepwater Horizon Set for Monday
Activist Post - According to the Times-Picayune, the difference between “negligence” and “gross negligence” under the Clean Water Act means the difference between a $4 billion fine and a $17 billion fine. The editorial cites previous BP safety violations, saying “The bottom line is simple: BP should pay the highest penalties possible to undo the grievous damage it has done.”


Flu shot not even 50% effective - This year's flu vaccine provided little protection to people 65 and older who got a shot, new data released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control reveal.

Think twice before eating that ham sandwich or triple meat pizza! Toxins in processed meat cause serious food-borne illnesses
(NaturalNews) Unless you eat organic foods and prepare them at home, you've probably purchased packaged, processed meats at some time. Non-organic versions contain added preservatives, chemicals and GMOs; and, many harbor bacterial toxins that harm the body.

Watch out for these 10 hidden sources of gluten
(NaturalNews) Gluten intolerance is on the rise all across the industrialized world, and those with a severe allergy to this wheat-based protein already know how difficult it can be to avoid, especially when eating out at restaurants. And to make matters worse, there are also many hidden sources of gluten that are not so obvious unless you know what to look for.

What do you get when you mix GMO tobacco with ammonia and bleach?
(NaturalNews) When you burn GM pesticide, insecticide, and herbicide with ammonia, bleach and glass wool, you get a damaged windpipe and toxic tar lodged around the tiny air sacs in your lungs. Big Tobacco and the CDC don't tell you that.

Aspartame in Milk Without a Label? Big Dairy Petitions FDA For Approval
Activist Post - Two powerful dairy organizations, The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), are petitioning the Food and Drug Administration to allow aspartame and other artificial sweeteners to be added to milk and other dairy products without a label.

FDA Gives Sole Herbal Product Rights to Big Pharma
Green Med Info - An extract from a South American tree known as dragon's blood is now classed as a drug and the FDA has handed sole rights to a single pharmaceutical corporation. The drug, which is made by Salix Pharmaceuticals, will be sold by Napo Pharmaceuticals of San Francisco under the brand name of Fulyzac. The generic term for it is crofelemer. It will be sold as a treatment for the diarrhea that's a common adverse effect of harsh HIV drugs.

Research From 100+ Countries Proves Sunlight Prevents Cancer
Green Med Info -Indeed, a groundbreaking new meta-analysis on the sunlight - vitamin D connection, published in the journal Anticancer Research and based on data from over 100 countries, found that "a strong inverse correlations with solar UVB for 15 types of cancer," with weaker, though still significant evidence for the protective role of sunlight in 9 other cancers.

Over 315 of 450 Tested Plastic Containers Leach Hormone-Like Compounds
Natural Society - Out of 450 plastic containers tested, 315 were found to leach hormone-like compounds in one study - even those plastics claiming to be BPA-free.

Ditch the commercial sports drinks and artificial protein bars - Try economical, nourishing and handmade varieties instead
(NaturalNews) The Chicago Tribune article, "Sports drinks: How to make your own," offers several simple, inexpensive recipes for recovery drinks. According to registered dietitian Dawn Jackson Blatner, refueling beverages need three elements: water, electrolytes and carbohydrates. Just make sure to use purified water, organic ingredients and high quality Himalayan or Celtic sea salt for maximum nutritional benefit.

Resveratrol in grapes and wine protects from deafness and Alzheimer's
(NaturalNews) There's new hope for a natural way to prevent two of the most dreaded conditions that most often hit elders - hearing loss and Alzheimer's disease.

Science & Technology

Temporary Tattoos Could Make Electronic Telepathy and Telekinesis Possible - Temporary electronic tattoos could soon help people fly drones with only thought and talk seemingly telepathically without speech over smartphones, researchers say. Electrical engineer Todd Coleman at the University of California at San Diego is devising noninvasive means of controlling machines via the mind, techniques virtually everyone might be able to use.

VIDEO: The Surprising Science of Happiness
Activist Post - Dan Gilbert, author of Stumbling on Happiness, challenges the idea that we'll be miserable if we don't get what we want. Our "psychological immune system" lets us feel truly happy even when things don't go as planned.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Seed Giants Sue U.S. Farmers Over Genetically Modified Seed Patents In Shocking Numbers: Report
Huffington Post - According to the report, Monsanto has alleged seed patent infringement in 144 lawsuits against 410 farmers and 56 small farm businesses in at least 27 U.S. states as of January of 2013. Monsanto, DuPont and Syngenta together hold 53 percent of the global commercial seed market, which the report says has led to price increases for seeds -- between 1995 and 2011, the average cost of planting one acre of soybeans rose 325 percent and corn seed prices went up 259 percent.

Pet News

This is a Vaccine Your Dog Can - and Should - Do Without
Dr. Becker - One of my colleagues here at forwarded an article to me recently from an online news site. The title is “Dogs Also Need to Get Flu Vaccine.” The article is full of misinformation, which is truly disturbing given the serious subject matter.

More Problems for Evangers Pet Food Owner
Susan Thixton - This time, the Chicago Tribune is reporting Joel Sher - owner of Evangers Pet Food - "allegedly offered $5,000 to a witness in exchange for changing testimony in a case from 2010 where he is accused of ordering his company employees to divert nearly $2 million worth gas and power lines to his store.

Today in History - Friday -  February 22, 2013
1784 - "Empress of China", a U.S. merchant ship, left New York City for the Far East.
1819 - Spain ceded Florida to the United States.
1855 - The U.S. Congress voted to appropriate $200,000 for continuance of the work on the Washington Monument. The next morning the resolution was tabled and it would be 21 years before the Congress would vote on funds again. Work was continued by the Know-Nothing Party in charge of the project.
1859 - U.S. President Buchanan approved the Act of February 22, 1859, which incorporated the Washington National Monument Society "for the purpose of completing the erection now in progress of a great National Monument to the memory of Washington at the seat of the Federal Government."
1860 - Organized baseball’s first game was played in San Francisco, CA.
1865 - In the U.S., Tennessee adopted a new constitution that abolished slavery.
1879 - In Utica, NY, Frank W. Woolworth opened his first 5 and 10-cent store.
1885 - The Washington Monument was officially dedicated in Washington, DC. It opened to the public in 1889.
1923 - The first successful chinchilla farm opened in Los Angeles, CA. It was the first farm of its kind in the U.S.
1924 - U.S. President Calvin Coolidge delivered the first presidential radio broadcast from the White House.
1969 - Barbara Jo Rubin became the first woman to win a U.S. thoroughbred horse race.
1973 - The U.S. and Communist China agreed to establish liaison offices.
1984 - The U.S. Census Bureau statistics showed the state of Alaska was the fastest growing state of the decade with an increase in population of 19.2 percent.
1994 - The U.S. Justice Department charged Aldrich Ames and his wife with selling national secrets to the Soviet Union. Ames was later convicted to life in prison. Ames' wife received a 5-year prison term.
1997 - Scottish scientist Ian Wilmut and colleagues announced that an adult sheep had been successfully cloned. Dolly was actually born on July 5, 1996. Dolly was the first mammal to have been successfully cloned from an adult cell.
2002 - In the Philippines, An MH-47E Chinook helicopter crashed into the ocean. All 10 men aboard were killed.

World News

‘Syria militants attack Hezbollah’
Press TV - The armed militant groups in Syria say they have started to attack the positions of Hezbollah resistance movement in neighboring Lebanon since February 21.

UNESCO grants peace prize to Hollande amid French-led Mali war
Press TV - The UN cultural agency, UNESCO, has granted a peace prize to the French president for his “valuable contribution to peace and stability in Africa,” amid the ongoing French-led war in the African country of Mali.

French-led troops, fighters clash in Mali
Press TV - According to a military source, the French-led forces engaged in fierce combat with the fighters in Mali’s northern city of Gao on Thursday. At least three fighters were reportedly killed in the battles, which involved heavy artillery fire.

UK fuel bills to skyrocket on ‘green’ wave
RT - Moreover, 10% of coal and oil-fired power plants are due to close next month in order to meet new green regulations coming into force in April. Alistair Buchanan warned large power cuts are 300 times more likely to occur by 2015, as reported by Daily Mail. A new carbon tax means older power plants must install expensive technology to reduce emissions or shut down by 2015. This will see one in ten plants closing at the end of March and more are likely to follow, according to the regulator.

Israel awards US oil firm license to drill in Golan Heights
Press TV - The Israeli regime has awarded a US energy company a license to drill for oil on Syria’s occupied Golan Heights. Industry sources said on Thursday that Genie Energy won the license following reports last year that Tel Aviv had decided to allow oil and gas exploration on Golan Heights.

VIDEO: Russia, Arab League back diplomatic solution for Syria
Press TV - Russia and the Arab League have reached an agreement to co-operate on finding a solution to the Syrian crisis. It was the result of the first session of the Russian-Arab co-operation Forum in Moscow, attended by Foreign Ministers from Russia, Egypt, Lebanon, Kuwait and Iraq.

UK may divert billions in foreign aid to military
RT - David Cameron announced on Wednesday that he was ‘very open’ to the idea of channeling billions of pounds from the UK’s foreign aid budget in to military defense and ‘peacekeeping’ operations, in an attempt to avoid further defense cuts.

Killing the Dollar: G20 & IMF Push for Global Fed, Global Currency - While headline stories about averting the dangers of an international “currency war” dominated news coverage of the recently concluded G20 meeting in Moscow, the real unreported story is that the global gathering of central bankers and finance ministers is pushing forward with their plan for “supersizing” the International Monetary Fund. The end goal is to transform the IMF into a global Federal Reserve...

Mission to transport 23,000 liters of bomb-grade uranium from Canada to US
RT - Up to 76 truckloads of radioactive waste could soon be crossing into the US from Canada, local media reveal. Relocating the weapons-grade uranium (HEU) in liquid form would be the first operation of its kind, and is set to cost $60 million.. It is the first time such an operation to transport the substance in liquid form has taken place, prompting concern from both sides of the border.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Army Begins Receiving Chem-bio Shelters - The first of more than 100 chemical biological protective shelters have been delivered to the U.S. Army by Smiths Detection under a $40 million contract. The self-contained, mobile shelters provide 400 square feet of protective, sterile work space for medical personnel to perform preventative and emergency care in the field. The shelters can also be used in homeland security operations following natural disasters.

VIDEO: Have Any More Gun Makers Stopped Selling To Anti-Gun States? Lots More!
The Blaze - Last Friday TheBlaze reported on a growing list of gun manufacturers and retailers who had stopped selling to law enforcement in states that were enacting stringent new gun laws. Since that report, the initial list (seen below) has changed.

Ammo Prices Have Doubled Since December At 'America's Largest Gun Shop'
CNS News - A box containing 500 rounds of .22LR was selling for approximately $20/box back in December. Today, Mr. Hyatt [owner of Hyatt Gun Shop] tells me he is selling the same box for $49. This represents a 145 percent increase in price.

National “Day of Resistance” Rally Planned for Saturday, Feb 23 (.223) - In the spirit of protest and in efforts to retain the Second Amendment a nationwide “Day of Resistance” has been organized for Saturday, February 23,

California Gun Confiscation Program Heralded As Model For Nation
Huffington Post - The program, which takes guns away from criminals and the mentally ill, is being heralded as a model for the nation. Individuals who legally purchased guns but are now disqualified are identified by analysts who match gun sales back to 1996 with databases listing criminal convictions, restraining orders and mental health detentions, UPI reports. Over the past five years, agents conducting twice-weekly sweeps have confiscated more than 10,000 guns.

Obama to receive Israel’s presidential medal of honor
Raw Story - Barack Obama will become the first serving US president to receive Israel’s presidential medal, from his Israeli counterpart Shimon Peres on a visit to the Jewish state next month, Peres’s office said on Monday. “President Obama has made a unique and meaningful contribution to strengthening the state of Israel and the security of its people,” it said in a statement.

Iran Nuke Fantasy Gets Boost From Gallup Poll
Kurt Nimmo - It looks like years of non-stop propaganda may soon bear fruit. According to a recent Gallup poll, a staggering 99 percent of Americans believe Iran’s nuclear program is a threat to the United States.

White House Tactic for C.I.A. Bid Holds Back Drone Memos
NY Times - The White House is refusing to share fully with Congress the legal opinions that justify targeted killings, while maneuvering to make sure its stance does not do anything to endanger the confirmation of John O. Brennan as C.I.A. director.

US senator says drones death toll is 4700
London Telegraph - The toll from hundreds of drone-launched missile strikes against suspected Al-Qaeda militants in Pakistan, Yemen and elsewhere has remained a mystery, as US officials refuse to publicly discuss any details of the covert campaign. But Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, a staunch supporter of the drone raids, openly cited a number that exceeds some independent estimates of the death toll.

Debate Begins Over Use Of Drones In Oklahoma Skies - State Representative Paul Wesselhoft of Moore is against it. He has introduced legislation that would require law enforcement to get a warrant before they could use one in Oklahoma. In a statement Wesselhoft says, "We have to keep in mind that these technologies have the very real potential to seriously erode privacy rights."

Citizens Applaud Defeat of Firearms Ban in Massachusetts
Kurt Nimmo - A majority of people attending a town hall meeting in Westford, Massachusetts, responded to the withdrawal of an assault weapons ban by city government with thunderous applause and a standing ovation. Vice Chairman of the Board of Selectmen Robert Jeffries was surprised by the reaction. “I thought there would be a [negative] reaction,” he told WBZ-TV in Boston.

Pennsylvania Survivalist Arrested in New Jersey on Weapons Charge
Adan Salazar - Efforts to demonize preppers are in full swing as one Philadelphia area survivalist can attest.

VIDEO: This Local Gun Ad Was Banned By Comcast — A New Widespread Policy
The Blaze - Comcast, which recently acquired NBC Universal, has quietly decided to remove advertisements promoting firearms from its cable network, and gun retailers aren’t happy about it.

VIDEO: Larry Pratt GOA’s reactions to gun control legislation - C-SPAN 1 - Larry Pratt talked about Gun Owners of America’s reactions to gun control legislation proposed by President Obama and Congress. Other topics included his group’s history, and differences between Gun Owners of America and the National Rifle Association. He also responded to telephone calls and electronic communications.
Mark Warner talked about some of the guns sold in his store.

“100% certain”: 9/11 author was killed in black ops hit
Veterans Today - After a week-long on-site investigation, former National Security Agency officer Wayne Madsen is “100% certain” that 9/11 investigator and author Philip Marshall and his two children were killed in a black ops hit. Madsen’s conclusion is that the cover story – an alleged murder-suicide – is transparently absurd.


VIDEO: New Tax Codes Causing Delays In Filing 2012 Returns
CBS13 News - The New Year’s Day fiscal cliff vote that reworked tax codes created such an IRS paperwork problem that there are still dozens of forms not even available yet, including federal forms for general business credits, mortgage interest credits and energy efficient home credits.

Stocks Plunge as Fed Members Admit Endless Bond Buying Will Not Fix Economy
Kurt Nimmo - The Fed is currently tossing around billions of fiat dollars every month in a scheme it insists will remedy the economy and put an end to massive unemployment. In January, the privately owned Fed said it would continue to buy $85 billion in bonds every month. The program has resulted in a sharp rise in bond prices. Meanwhile, word of dissension at the Fed sent the stock market tumbling.

The Big Dogs On Wall Street Are Starting To Get Very Nervous
Economic Collapse - Why are some of the biggest names in the corporate world unloading stock like there is no tomorrow, and why are some of the most prominent investors on Wall Street loudly warning about the possibility of a market crash? Should we be alarmed that the big dogs on Wall Street are starting to get very nervous? ... But it isn't just the number of stock sales that is alarming. Some of these insider transactions are absolutely huge. Just check out these numbers...

YouTube: All Wars Are Bankers' Wars
Michael Rivero - I know many people have a great deal of difficulty comprehending just how many wars are started for no other purpose than to force private central banks onto nations, so let me share a few examples, so that you understand why the US Government is mired in so many wars against so many foreign nations. There is ample precedent for this.... The written version is here.

Housing Market

VIDEO: Emails From Dexia Lawsuit Show JPMorgan Committed Widespread Mortgage Fraud
Daily Bail - JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon has tried his best to suggest that the financial crisis was someone else's fault. But a batch of court documents released this week undermine this claim, indicating that the bank knew the mortgage investments it sold were seriously flawed.

Energy & Environment

Trouble For The Next Three Days: ‘Q’ Targets 30 Million, Bears Down On Midwest, Severe T-Storms, Tornados In Deep South…Heads East
InvestmentWatch - In all, about 800,000 square miles in 18 states were under some form of watch or warning Wednesday related to a major storm pouring out of California and into the Central Plains and the Midwest, CNN meteorologist Brandon Miller said.

PHOTOS: Four months after Hurricane Sandy, Jersey Shore still a wasteland... - It has been nearly four months since the storm commonly known as Hurricane Sandy hit New Jersey’s shoreline. And even though Sandy was not, in fact, a hurricane by the time it ripped into the Jersey Shore, the damage it caused was widespread and severe.

VIDEO: Proof of Pepco's lies about "smart" meter radiation data - Earlier this week, Washington DC-based WUSA-9 News documented and demonstrated the boldface lies of utility company Pepco. In fact, what the video shows as a reading – 761 milliwatts/m2 of microwave energy – is 761 times the Building Biology (Baubiologie) threshold for “extreme concern”.

Researchers have discovered a stunning new process that takes the energy from coal without burning it -- and removes virtually all of the pollution
Refreshing News - Dawei Wang, a research associate and one of the group's team leaders, says the technology's potential benefits go beyond the environment: "The plant could really promote our energy independence. Not only can we use America's natural resources such as Ohio coal, but we can keep our air clean and spur the economy with jobs."

Biofuel rush is wiping out unique American grasslands
NewScientist - Christopher Wright and Michael Wimberly of South Dakota State University in Brookings analyzed satellite images of five states in the western corn belt. They found that 530,000 hectares of grassland disappeared under blankets of maize and soya beans between 2006 and 2011.... The trend is being driven by rising demand for the crops, partly through incentives to use them as fuels instead of food.


Doctors warn about medical tests, treatments you don't need
NBC News - You don’t need an MRI for lower back pain. You don’t need antibiotics for a sinus infection. And you don’t need to be screened for osteoporosis, either, if you’re under 65. Seventeen of the top medical specialty groups, representing pediatricians, ear, nose and throat specialists, family doctors and others released their latest list of common tests, treatments and procedures that people don’t need.

MSG and aspartame are the two leading causes of central nervous system damage in the United States
(NaturalNews) Excitotoxins, as they are appropriately named, are supposed to enhance flavor and excite your taste buds, but this "class" of chemicals overstimulate neuron receptors, which are what allow brain cells to communicate with each other. This causes a firing of impulses at such a rapid rate that they become completely exhausted, and several hours later, these depleted neurons die.

Naturally detox your body with these six power foods
(NaturalNews) Here are six "power" foods with known detox benefits that may help you and your family steer clear of chronic pain, disease, and other toxin-induced health conditions:

50 ways to love your liver: Home remedies to detox and keep the life in your liver
(NaturalNews) Your liver is your body's primary organ of detoxification; when it's not well, neither are you. The human liver filters drugs, nutrients and toxins from the body, produces bile to help digest fats, and removes toxic bilirubin from the blood. Home remedies, foods and alternative treatments keep your liver happy and keep your body healthy.

California pharmacy floods population with free antibiotics, promoting deadly superbugs
(NaturalNews) Antibiotic-resistant superbugs kill 48,000 Americans each year -- roughly the same number of American soldiers who died in the entire Vietnam War. This data was published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, and the data is from 2006. It's certainly much worse today, and the health care costs related to superbug infections surpasses $8 billion a year.

11 Herbs Used As Traditional Acne Remedies
Green Med Info - There are several herbal and folk remedies available for curing acne or pimple. This article deals with 11 important herbs and formulations based on tribal's traditional herbal practices.

Over-the-Counter NSAID Kills, But Docs & Regulators Ignore Evidence
Gaia Health - Diclofenac has long been known to be a killer, every bit as dangerous as Vioxx, which may have killed half a million people in the US alone. But diclofenac isn’t only a prescription drug. It’s sold over-the-counter. Yet doctors keep prescribing it and regulators do nothing to control or even warn about it.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

7 Tips to Help You Prepare for Hard Times
Activist Post - Today I would like to share a list of tips for preparing for unthinkable hard times. It is a quick and dirty list – things that come to mind here and now in the present moment.

Pet News

The Honest Kitchen Voluntarily Recalls
Susan Thixton - The Honest Kitchen today announced that it is voluntarily recalling five lots of its Verve, Zeal and Thrive pet food products produced between August and November 2012 and sold nationwide in the US and Canada via retail stores, mail order and online after August 2012 because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. No other Honest Kitchen batches, production dates or products are affected.

Nutri-Vet, LLC Recalls
Susan Thixton - Nutri-Vet, LLC. of Boise, ID is voluntarily recalling its Nutri-Vet and NutriPet Chicken Jerky Products because they may be contaminated with Salmonella.

Today in History - Thursday -  February 21, 2013
1804 - The first self-propelled locomotive on rails was demonstrated in Wales.
1842 - John J. Greenough patented the sewing machine.
1848 - The Communist Manifesto was published by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels.
1866 - Lucy B. Hobbs became the first woman to graduate from a dental school. The school was the Ohio College of Dental Surgery in Cincinnati.
1874 - The Oakland Daily Tribune began publication.
1878 - The first telephone directories issued in the U.S. were distributed to residents in New Haven, CT. It was a single page of only fifty names.
1916 - During World War I, the Battle of Verdun began in France. The battle ended on December 18, 1916 with a French victory over Germany.
1925 - The first issue of "The New Yorker" was published.
1947 - Edwin Land demonstrated the Polaroid Land Camera to the Optical Society of America in New York City. It was the first camera to take, develop and print a picture on photo paper all in about 60 seconds. The photos were black and white. The camera went on sale the following year.
1965 - Malcolm X was assassinated in New York City at the age of 39 by assassins identified as Black Muslims.
1973 - Israeli fighter planes shot down a Libyan Airlines jet over the Sinai Desert. More than 100 people were killed.
1975 - Former U.S. Attorney General John N. Mitchell and former White House aides H.R. Haldeman and John D. Ehrlichman were sentenced to 2 1/2 to 8 years in prison for their roles in the Watergate cover-up.
1988 - In Baton Rouge, LA, TV evangelist Jimmy Swaggart confessed to his congregation that he was guilty of an unspecified sin. He announced that he was leaving the pulpit temporarily. Swaggart had been linked to an admitted prostitute.
1989 - U.S. President George H.W. Bush called Ayatollah Khomeini's death warrant against "Satanic Verses" author Salman Rushdie "deeply offensive to the norms of civilized behavior."
2000 - David Letterman returned to his Late Night show about five weeks after having an emergency quintuple heart bypass operation.

World News

US bill calls for diplomatic ties with Iran
Press TV - The Democrats in the US House of Representatives have introduced a bill that would demand the government establish a diplomatic envoy to Iran in an attempt to deal with Tehran’s nuclear energy program. A sponsor of the legislation, Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA), said the government must end its "no contact" policy with Iran, which currently bars Iranian and US officials from holding direct talks, The Hill reported.

Pakistan risks US, UN sanctions over gas deal with Iran
Press TV - The United States has threatened Pakistan with stringent US and UN sanctions if it goes through the multi-billion-dollar Iran-Pakistan (IP) gas pipeline project. “Washington has made it clear that it will impose economic sanctions on Islamabad if it begins to buy gas from Iran. Besides, the UN mandated sanctions on any trade with the oil-rich country,” the Wall Street Journal said in a report.

S Sudan violated human rights: AI
Press TV - Amnesty International has called on South Sudan to investigate killings and human rights violations by the government in the country. On Wednesday, the group issued a report saying that the government arrested scores of opposition figures without issuing arrest warrants, and that those arrested were not given the right to have access to lawyers.

‘France uses Israeli-made drones in Mali’
Press TV - A report reveals that France has used Israeli-made armed unmanned assassination drones in Mali, as the French-led war in the West African country enters its seven weeks.

'Keep your so-called workers': US CEO lashes out at France over plant takeover offer
RT - A US tire CEO has told France to ‘keep its so-called workers’ and their ‘three hour work days’ after the government approached him with an offer to take over a struggling tire plant. The spat began after France approached the firm about potentially taking over a struggling Goodyear tire factory in the northern city of Amiens.

After Bulgarian Protests, Prime Minister Resigns
NY Times - Prime Minister Boiko Borisov of Bulgaria submitted his government’s resignation on Wednesday after a tumultuous week of public anger over rising electricity prices, corruption and worsening living standards that ignited mass protests nationwide and led to bloody clashes with the police on Tuesday night.

Carbon Markets In Death Spiral As Deutsche Bank Quits
Daily Bail - Deutsche Bank is understood to have pulled the plug on its carbon trading desk, but will continue to operate in the European power and gas markets. The bank is believed to be in the process of winding down its emissions trading operations, the bulk of which operates in London.

‘Land Grabbing’: Foreign Investors Buy Up Third World Farmland - "Land grabbing" amounts to a new form of colonialism that often runs counter to the interests of locals. A number of developing nations have sold or leased much of their farmland to foreign investors. The list is led by Liberia, whose arable land is 100 percent under foreign ownership.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Maine Police Being Trained that Christians, Constitutionalists May Be "Domestic Terrorists" - A new unit study, No. 1.12.0 allegedly being taught at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy (MCJA), entitled “Sovereign Citizens” and labeled as Restricted to Law Enforcement, seems to be teaching Maine’s police officers that anyone who believes in the superiority of the Lord God over man and man’s government, or those who espouse the belief that the Constitution and Bill of Rights are the Supreme Law of the land, are classified as “Sovereign Citizens” and should be considered potential domestic terrorists.

Minnesota town's police force to move to schools
RT - Jordan, Minnesota, a town of 5,500, is thought to be the first school in the country to take such a response to the Sandy Hook massacre, Minnesota's Star Tribune reports. The plan, which is estimated to cost only $20,000, calls for the town's schools to remodel their entrances so that all who enter must pass a police checkpoint. Officers will be stationed by the front door.

Yale will train US Special Forces in interrogation techniques using immigrants as guinea pigs
RT - Yale University is planning to train US Special Forces to detect lies by practicing on immigrants. The program strives to provide soldiers with such interview tactics by practicing on “someone they can’t necessarily identify with”.

California Democrat Introduces Bill to Tax Concealed Carry
Kurt Nimmo - Rep. Linda Sánchez, a California Democrat with a history of attacks on the Second Amendment, introduced H.R. 793 last week. The proposed legislation calls for an excise tax on concealed carry and a federal buyback program. It is co-sponsored by a number of Democrats in the House, including the notorious gun-grabber Rosa DeLauro.

VIDEO/ARTICLE: Oklahoma guns exempted from federal rules in bill OK'd by House panel
NewsOK - Guns and ammunition manufactured and kept in Oklahoma would not be subject to federal laws or regulations under a bill that a House panel approved Wednesday.... Another bill that sailed through the committee would allow private schools to develop their own rules and regulations on whether teachers and school visitors could be armed.

Company Behind Shooting Targets of Children Received $2 Million From DHS
Paul Joseph Watson - The company behind controversial shooting targets that include images of children, pregnant women and elderly gun owners received almost $2 million dollars in contracts from the Department of Homeland Security.

VIDEO/ARTICLE: Law Enforcement “Requested” Shooting Targets of Pregnant Women
Paul Joseph Watson - As you can hear in the YouTube clip above, Blaine Cooper enquired about the company’s “no hesitation” targets, which also feature children, elderly gun owners and mothers in playgrounds, and was told that the target showing a pregnant woman was a “requested law enforcement target for training.”

Judge Napolitano: Will States' Nullification Of Federal Gun Control Laws Hold Up In Court? 2/20/13 - This afternoon on America Live, Judge Andrew Napolitano weighed in on the push by nine states to pass laws to block the federal government from restricting gun ownership. State lawmakers are anticipating some sort of gun control legislation to be passed at the federal level, possibly an assault weapons ban. The proposals argue that guns made and kept within a state's borders should not be federally regulated.

VIDEO: Gun Control through Liability Insurance: You Need at least $1 Million to Own a Gun - Bill S2353 will require all gun owners in NY to obtain and "continuously maintain" insurance coverage of at least $1 million, or they will suffer "immediate revocation of such owner's registration, license and any other privilege to own" a firearm.... It is estimated that the required $1 million liability policy would cost a holder $1600-2000 annually. If the bill is passed, gun owners will have 30 days to get the insurance.

U.S. Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Police Use of Drug-Sniffing Dogs to Carry Out Warrantless Searches During Traffic Stops - The Rutherford Institute had asked the U.S. Supreme Court to declare the practice of using drug detection dogs as the sole basis for warrantless searches unconstitutional under the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition on unreasonable searches and seizures. Published scientific studies show that drug dog alerts are wrong as much as 56% of the time, and are heavily influenced by the biases of the dog’s handler.

Petty Misdemeanors Would Trigger Asset Forfeiture in New Hawaii Bill - Under Hawaii state law, petty misdemeanors are usually punished by up to 30 days in jail and/or $1,000 in fines. But if SB 1342 passes, petty misdemeanors would join murder and theft as offenses that are subject to property forfeiture.

FDA Ignores Skeletal Malformations, Other Dangers of GMO 'Frankenfish' Salmon - At hearings on the GMO salmon many are referring to as “Frankenfish, the FDA noted evidence of abnormalities that had been detected in the fish, including "“increased frequency of skeletal malformations, increased prevalence of jaw erosions and multi-systemic inflammation”. While such findings would seem to be cause for alarm, the FDA instead dismissed the abnormalities...


VIDEO: Reality Check: Are Sequestration Cuts As Big As Congress And White House Are Making Them Out To Be?
Liberty Crier - (FOX19) – Wednesday, the Pentagon informed Congress that if automatic spending cuts are allowed to take effect on March 1st, 800,000 workers will be furloughed. And that is just the beginning. But are these cuts as big as Congress and the White House are making them sound?

20 Signs That The U.S. Economy Is Heading For Big Trouble In The Months Ahead
Economic Collapse - So what will the rest of 2013 bring? Hopefully the economy will remain stable for as long as possible, but right now things do not look particularly promising. The following are 20 signs that the U.S. economy is heading for big trouble in the months ahead...

Fed Minutes MOPE: Fed Threatens to End QE; Gold & Silver Vertical Smash in Progress - As expected here at SD, the latest Fed minutes are pure propaganda claiming the Fed may end QE soon as the economy is recovering more quickly than expected. This is as even Walmart’s sales are crashing. Cue the anticipated smash in gold and silver. and….Gold & silver dropping vertically as expected. Unbelievable.

Pentagon informs Congress of plans to furlough 800K civilians
The Hill - The Pentagon notified Congress on Wednesday it will be furloughing its civilian workforce of 800,000 employees if sequestration goes into effect March 1. Defense officials have warned lawmakers that sequestration will devastate the military and lead to a hollow force, but the civilian furloughs will be one of the first major impacts felt by the across-the-board cuts

It Takes a B.A. to Find a Job as a File Clerk
NY Times - The college degree is becoming the new high school diploma: the new minimum requirement, albeit an expensive one, for getting even the lowest-level job.... Economists have referred to this phenomenon as “degree inflation,” and it has been steadily infiltrating America’s job market.

Housing Market

Zombie foreclosures: Borrowers hit with debts that won't die
CNN Money - In these "zombie foreclosures," borrowers move out after their bank schedules a foreclosure auction only to learn months or years later that the auction never took place or the bank never transferred the deed. That means the borrower still technically owns the house and is on the hook for property taxes, fees and homeowners' association dues.

Energy & Environment

VIDEO: Senate Committee Hearing On Bayou Corne Sinkhole
ENENews - The Advocate, Feb. 19, 2013: Gary Hecox, a geologist with CB&I, said the cavern still is collapsing. “The thing the committee needs to understand, the collapse is still ongoing today. The collapse is not finished. The seismic events that we’re monitoring demonstrate quite conclusively that the cavern is still collapsing.” -Gary Hecox.

Uncontrolled gas flow continues from well in Gulf of Mexico — Trying to stop it from moving underground
ENENews - Drilling specialists have been pumping heavy fluids into a gas well 50 miles off the Louisiana coast in a bid to halt natural gas moving among underground formations at the site. The intervention is taking place roughly two weeks after workers detected a kick, or uncontrolled flow of fluid, at the Apache Corp. well on Feb. 4.


How to heal yourself physically and emotionally with essential oil
(NaturalNews) The mystery surrounding essential oils and their therapeutic value in both physical and emotional healing is truly astonishing, as these 100 percent natural plant and herb extracts have been shown to be highly effective medicines when taken internally, applied topically, and of course, inhaled aromatically.

Another reason to drink green tea - Greatly reduce your risk of Alzheimer's
(NaturalNews) Perhaps there is no beverage studied for health benefits more than green tea. It has been established as having anti-aging properties, promoting cardiovascular health, protecting against diabetes, reversing chronic fatigue syndrome, and exhibiting anti-cancer properties.

The single most important nutrient for mental health
(NaturalNews) Did you know that a lack of omega-3's in the diet can cause irrational (even violent) behavior? Yet, conventional medicine and dumbed down news reporters remain clueless to the scientific data which suggests that most mental health issues are associated to nutritional deficiencies.

The truth behind broccoli - Health benefits and possible risk factor
(NaturalNews) Broccoli is considered to be one of the most nutritious vegetables that can offer numerous health benefits. This is the main reason why there is a huge increase in the number of people who tend to include this on their daily diet. But everyone should be aware of the fact that maximizing the health benefits of this vegetable is very possible if they take just the right amount of it and cook it the right way.

Insulin Doubles Death Rate in Type 2 Diabetics: Study
Activist Post - A new study clearly documents that the standard treatment for type 2 diabetes is a killer, resulting in more than double the deaths. The treatment justification has always been based on irrelevant criteria—just as it is with most pharmaceutical treatments.

The Top 10 Healthiest Seeds on Earth - They come in all different sizes, shapes and colors. The seed is an embryonic plant itself and the origin of nutrition. A plant goes to great lengths to produce each seed and fill it with high concentrations of vitamins, minerals, proteins, essential oils and dormant enzymes. If you're looking for a high quality, nutritious and filling snack, seeds are tough to beat.

Action Alert: Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs: A New Cancer Risk in Your Home
ANH - Action Alert! The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA) mandates the phase-out of incandescent light bulbs, and favors energy-efficient compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs. Sounds good—until you realize that CFL bulbs contain mercury, and mercury poses a significant cancer risk. A new study shows that CFL bulbs also emit high levels of ultraviolet radiation—specifically, UVC and UVA rays.

Science & Technology

Meet the Internet Posting Removal Act, an Illinois Bill That’ll Make Your Head Spin
Intel Hub - A new bill proposed in the Illinois State Senate looks to completely wipe out any form of anonymity on the internet by requiring that the operators of basically any website on the entire internet take down any comment that isn’t attached to an IP, address, and real name-verified poster.

Anonymous thrown into China-US cyberwar scandal
RT - Members of the Anonymous movement including alleged ringleader-turned-informant Hector “Sabu” Monsegur may have played a crucial role in helping cybersecurity experts narrow in on the Chinese hackers profiled in a highly touted report released this week.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Supreme Court Backs “Mon-ster-santo” against 75 year-old Farmer in Ridiculous Seed-Monopoly Case
Intel Hub - Tuesday, the Supreme Court “heard” the case of Bowman V. Monsanto Co., in which the mega-powerful food and chemical company is suing a small-time Indiana farmer whose only “crime” was looking for a cheaper source of seed outside of Monsanto’s federally backed monopoly.

Build and Stock a Pantry
Mother Earth News - A solid, well-stocked pantry ensures food and drink throughout any emergency. Design, build and fill a pantry with enough food to get your family through blizzards, hurricanes or just day-to-day life.

29 Reasons to Use Coffee Filters for Survival
Activist Post - Coffee filters are ubiquitous. They are inexpensive, light weight and readily available. Heck, you can purchase coffee filters at the Dollar store, Amazon, Costco, the corner grocery and even on EBay.

Today in History - Wednesday -  February 20, 2013
1792 - U.S. President George Washington signed the Postal Service Act thereby creating the U.S. Post Office.
1809 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled the power of the federal government was greater than that of any individual state.
1839 - The U.S. Congress prohibited dueling in the District of Columbia.
1872 - Luther Crowell received a patent for a machine that manufactured paper bags.
1872 - The Metropolitan Museum of Art opened in New York City. 1872 - Silas Noble and J.P. Cooley patented the toothpick manufacturing machine.
1873 - The University of California got its first Medical School.
1880 - The American Bell Company was incorporated.
1901 - The first territorial legislature of Hawaii convened.
1931 - The U.S. Congress allowed California to build the Oakland Bay Bridge.
1933 - The U.S. House of Representatives completed congressional action on the amendment to repeal Prohibition.
1944 - "Big Week" began as U.S. bombers began raiding German aircraft manufacturing centers during World War II.
1962 - John Glenn made space history when he orbited the world three times in 4 hours, 55 minutes. He was the first American to orbit the Earth. He was aboard the Friendship 7 Mercury capsule.
1965 - Ranger 8 crashed on the moon after sending back thousands of pictures of its surface.
1987 - A bomb exploded in a computer store in Salt Lake City, UT. The blast was blamed on the Unabomber.
1993 - Two ten-year-old boys were charged by police in Liverpool, England, in the abduction and death of a toddler. The two boys were later convicted.
1998 - American Tara Lipinski, at age 15, became the youngest gold medalist in winter Olympics history when she won the ladies' figure skating title at Nagano, Japan.
2001 - FBI Agent Robert Phillip Hanssen was arrested and charged with spying for the Russians for 15 years.
2003 - In West Warwick, RI, 99 people were killed when fire destroyed the nightclub The Station. The fire started with sparks from a pyrotechnic display being used by Great White. Ty Longley, guitarist for Great White, was one of the victims in the fire.

World News

Germany to send 330 troopers to Mali
Press TV - Berlin announced the decision on Tuesday and said the troops are tasked with training the Malian army as well as providing logistics and transport for French and West African soldiers. Meanwhile according to a statement by government spokesman Steffen Seibert, the German mission will not be allowed to participate in fighting.

North Korea threatens South with "final destruction"
Reuters - North Korea threatened South Korea with "final destruction" during a debate at the United Nations Conference on Disarmament on Tuesday, saying it could take further steps after a nuclear test last week.

Greece to see nationwide strike
Press TV - The strike is organized for Wednesday by private sector union the General Confederation of Greek Workers (GSEE) and public sector union the Civil Servants' Confederation (ADEDY), representing together about 2.5 million workers. "The (strike) is our answer to the dead-end policies that have squeezed the life out of workers, impoverished society and plunged the economy into recession and crisis," said GSEE.

'Spare bedroom tax' on unoccupied council house rooms could force pensioners to move into smaller homes - The measures, which are part of the new universal credit scheme, will mean that those with a spare bedroom will be penalised.... The plans are aimed at those renting council housing or housing association properties and not those in private properties. The changes are an attempt to encourage those who have spare bedrooms to downsize.

Global Warfare: US Deploying Troops to 35 African Countries
Global Research December 25, 2012 - The United States Army will be deploying troops to nearly three-dozen African nations in the coming year. Soldiers based out of Fort Riley, Kansas’ 2nd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division will begin training in March 2013 in order to prepare for a project that will send troops to as many as 35 African nations, the Associated Press reports.

Al Qaeda: The Database By Pierre-Henri Bunel
* Global Research Editor's Note - This article originally published by Global Research in 2005 sheds light on the nature of Al Qaeda, an intelligence construct used by Washington to destabilize and destroy sovereign countries, while sustaining the illusion of an outside enemy, which threatens the security of the Western World.

Iran: Death Sentences for Fraud
NY Times - An Iranian court on Monday confirmed the death sentences for four people convicted of participating in a $2.6 billion embezzlement scheme, the biggest fraud in Iran’s history. The four bankers and businessmen, including Mahafarid Amirkhosravi, the chief executive of the Arya Investment Group, were convicted of “disturbing the country’s economic system through collusion and corruption in the banking network.” They cannot appeal the court’s decision.

Netanyahu: Palestinian State Must Be Totally Demilitarized - Speaking at the Jewish Agency Board of Governors, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared that any Palestinian state would have to accept total demilitarization, and would have to endorse Israel’s “Jewish” status.

VIDEO: Mexico is Asking the U.S. Senate for a Registry of U.S. Gun Owners
The Blaze - Mexican lawmakers will ask the U.S. Senate to create a registry of all commercialized firearms in border states, which includes California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. Mexico says it will make it easier to trace guns used in violent attacks.

Nestle drawn into Europe's horsemeat scandal - Nestle SA, the world's largest food company, is the latest firm to be drawn into Europe's horsemeat scandal after tests found traces of horse DNA in two of its products. Nestle late Monday said it was removing two chilled pasta products, Buitoni Beef Ravioli and Beef Tortellini, from shelves in Italy and Spain immediately, and will also withdraw a frozen meat product for catering businesses.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

VIDEO: Judge Napolitano Takes On NYC’s Plan To Round Up Mentally Ill People Who Are Not Taking Court-Ordered Medication
Liberty Crier - In December, New York City police said a man was pushed off a Times Square subway platform by a mentally ill homeless person, who was later arrested. The man died when he was struck by the oncoming train. Now, the NYPD is taking a more proactive approach to trying to prevent future crimes by people who are not receiving court-ordered mental health treatment.

Mo. House Bill Makes Proposing Gun Control Illegal
CBS News - Rep. Mike Leara said Tuesday that he considers his bill a statement of principle. It would make lawmakers guilty of a felony punishable by up to four years in prison if they introduce legislation restricting gun rights.

DHS Supplier Provides Shooting Targets of American Gun Owners
Paul Joseph Watson - A provider of “realistic” shooting targets to the Department of Homeland Security and other federal agencies has created a line of “non-traditional threat” targets that include pregnant women, mothers in playgrounds and elderly American gun owners.

Insane Batch of New Jersey Bills Adds Knife Ban to Gun Free Killing Zone Bill - A bill [one of 24 anti second amendment bills] working its way very rapidly through the New Jersey legislature has just been amended without a hearing to include “any dangerous knife” to proposed enhanced “weapons free zones,” creating a dangerous trap for the unwary citizen that could result in fines and jail time for possession of common pocket knives or utility knives within those “zones.”

VIDEO: Laura Ingraham Responds After Colorado Dem Lawmaker Says Women Use Call Boxes, Whistles to Protect Themselves
Fox News - “It’s why we have call boxes, it’s why we have safe zones, it’s why we have the whistles. Because you just don’t know who you’re gonna be shooting at. And you don’t know if you feel like you’re gonna be raped, or if you feel like someone’s been following you around or if you feel like you’re in trouble when you may actually not be, that you pop out that gun and you pop … pop a round at somebody,” said Salazar.

Police Claim Lanza in “Direct Competition” with Norwegian Shooter Breivik
Kurt Nimmo - On Tuesday, CBS News reported that police in Connecticut say the suspected shooter, Adam Lanza, “was in direct competition with Norwegian mass-shooter Anders Breivik” and “was motivated by violent video games and a goal of killing more ‘easiest targets’ than the 77 people killed by Breivik near Oslo in July 2011.”

Virginia Beach Pizza Shop Offers Discounts for Gun-owners
Adan Salazar - According to their website, the All Around Pizza and Deli shop in Virginia Beach is offering a 15 percent discount for customers who “show us you carry openly or show us a concealed weapons permit.” Pizza shop owner Jay Laze, speaking of the success of his deal, told The Virginian-Pilot, “it’s been awesome.”

VIDEO: Full Disclosure: Does CIA Director Nominee John Brennan Not Believe in “Absolute Human Rights”
Liberty Crier - Ben Swann of Full Disclosure takes a look at CIA Director nominee John Brennan’s statements from the past about absolute human rights and his current role in coordinating U.S. drone strikes.

‘Lonely’ Terrorist Behind 1993 World Trade Center Bombing Files Lawsuit to Get Out of Solitary Confinement
Daily Mail - Ramzi Yousef, 45, has been imprisoned since his capture in Pakistan in 1995 – two years after he killed six people and injured 1,000 others after detonating explosives beneath the North Tower. Since the September 11 attacks, the 45-year-old Pakistani national has been in solitary confinement in a 7-foot-by-11-foot cell at the federal ADX supermax prison in Colorado, known as ‘the Alcatraz of the Rockies.

USDA/Mexican Consulates to Immigrants: Don’t Worry, Food Stamps Won’t Affect Citizenship Chances
Daily Caller - The USDA addresses those fears in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamp, brochures it distributes to Mexican consulates as part of its “partnership” with the Mexican government “to help educate eligible Mexican nationals living in the United States about available nutrition assistance.”

VIDEO/ARTICLE: New Bill Would Allow Horse Meat Processing In Oklahoma - At the capitol, a new bill would allow meat processing facilities to open in Oklahoma to pack and ship horse meat overseas. And it would be for human consumption. It's meant to cut the number of abused and neglected horses across the state, but horse lovers are protesting the controversial proposal.

No exams on Wiccan, Pagan holidays at University of Missouri?
Fox News - The university’s latest “Guide to Religions: Major Holidays and Suggested Accommodations” — designed to help faculty know when and when not to schedule exams and other student activities — lists eight Wiccan and Pagan holidays and events right alongside more mainstream occasions. It's all part of the school's effort to include everyone's beliefs, although some critics say listing every holiday associated with fringe belief systems is a bit much.


What's Obama cutting? Funds for EMP recovery
WND - Just as the threat peaks for an electromagnetic pulse hit on the United States – either from a solar flare or an enemy attack – the mandatory federal spending cuts signed into law by President Obama call for less spending for disaster relief, according to Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin. Sources say the initial $85 billion in automatic cuts for fiscal year 2013 could include $1 billion in disaster relief funds administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Money Is A Form Of Social Control And Most Americans Are Debt Slaves
Economic Collapse - Is America really "the land of the free"? Most people think of money as simply a medium of exchange that makes economic transactions more convenient, but the truth is that it is much more than that. Money is also a form of social control. Just think about it. What did you do this morning?

NEWSREEL: Riots During The Great Depression
Daily Bail - Newsreel footage of rioting across the U.S. during the great depression.

Energy & Environment

VIDEO: Worker dies at U.S. nuclear plant — Same day local news airs investigation into “alarming pattern” of safety violations
ENENews - NewsNet5 (ABC Cleveland), Feb. 19, 2013 at 11:04p ET: The Perry Nuclear Generating Station near Cleveland is under intense scrutiny by Nuclear Regulatory Commission inspectors, who have uncovered a pattern of safety violations inside the plant.

Utilities Race to Protect Electric Grid From Cyber Attack - The CIO Report
WSJ - Kenneth DeFontes, president and CEO of Baltimore Gas & Electric Co., warned lawmakers that cyber threats to the electric grid are fast evolving and demand “constant vigilance and close collaboration” among industry and government officials “ before a disaster strikes.”


Children's Motrin causes seven-year-old to go blind and lose 90 percent of skin
(NaturalNews) A Plymouth, Mass., teen could be awarded as much as $109 million after losing most of her skin and her vision following a massive allergic reaction to Children's Motrin when she was seven years old.

New cancer 'wonder' drugs trigger cancer spread to bones
(NaturalNews) Most cancer drugs are used to hopefully kill tumors and keep malignancies from spreading. Unfortunately, new research from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis raises serious concerns that Big Pharma's highly touted class of cancer drugs known as IAP antagonists actually increases the risk of tumors spreading to bone.

Extra-caffeinated soda and chemical sweeteners for breakfast? PepsiCo introduces 'Kickstart' soda for people who absolutely hate themselves
(NaturalNews) Ah, there's nothing like a heavy dose of caffeine, corn syrup and highly acidic phosphoric acid in the morning. And bringing it to you is none other than PepsiCo, the company that habitually uses aspartame, MSG and GMOs across its product line. Apparently drinking an aspartame-laced, caffeine-spiked soda for lunch and dinner isn't enough: PepsiCo wants to own your breakfast, too.

Help prevent dementia and Alzheimer's with these five foods
(NaturalNews) According to the figures, some 20 million Americans either suffer themselves from Alzheimer's disease or some other form of dementia, or have a family member who does. And as the current generation of "baby boomers" ages into its senior years, this figure is only expected to increase dramatically. But there are a number of dietary interventions you can begin taking right now to help minimize your risk of developing this horrid condition.

11-Year-Old Cancer Survivor Catches Fire While In Hospital
(CBS Seattle) Investigators believe the combination of hand sanitizer and static electricity may be to blame, according to The Oregonian.... Stephen Lane told investigators that his daughter used hand sanitizer the day she caught fire after painting a wooden box and creating static electricity on her bed while playing.

Yale study links common chemicals to osteoarthritis
(NaturalNews) A new study just published in Environmental Health Perspectives, is the first to look at the associations between perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS), and osteoarthritis. This is a potentially huge discovery because these chemicals, (when referred to together, known as PFCs) are widespread in the environment and known to contaminate humans and wildlife.

Learning and behavior improves with chiropractic care
(NaturalHealth365) If you’re looking to enhance your learning and behavior – you may want to consider visiting a chiropractor. It’s actually quite simple – when you improve spinal health – you will reduce pain; encourage the muscles and joints to perform better plus enhance brain function!

Saffron cures macular degeneration
(NaturalNews) Thus far, ophthalmology has little to offer as a remedy for macular degeneration. But ophthalmologists do recommend taking leutin and astaxanthin to slow ARMD's progress or possibly reverse it slightly. However, recent human clinical research in Italy and Australia has discovered a non-pharmaceutical approach that proved efficacious for improving eyesight with macular degeneration sufferers safely. It is a little pricey though. It's the spice known as saffron.

Home Remedies for Hemorrhoids – 6 Natural Treatments
Natural Society - Did you know that an estimated 50% of the United States population will experience hemorrhoids by age 50?... But you'll be happy to know that there are many effective home remedies for hemorrhoids and numerous prevention tips.

The truth about diet soda and diabetes: Diet soda increases the risk of diabetes
(NaturalNews) Sodas have a reputation for being among the worst drinks available health-wise. For one, these drinks contain loads of sugar, which makes frequent consumption of these drinks a potential trigger for diabetes mellitus, one of the most dreaded diseases of our time.

Top 12 Biggest Lies of Mainstream Nutrition - There is a lot of misinformation circling around in mainstream nutrition. I have listed the worst examples in this article, but unfortunately this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Science & Technology

VIDEO: Terrifying Video Demonstrates Bug-Sized Lethal Drones Being Developed By U.S. Air Force Looks like we have the makings of a new arms race at hand. The winner will develop the tiniest lethal drone capable of blending into a crowded cityscape.

Pentagon acknowledges Chinese cyberthreat
China is a clear cyberthreat to the United States, acknowledged Pentagon spokesman George Little, in the wake of a new report linking the Chinese military to massive amounts of stolen data from over 100 different targets, most of which are based in the U.S.... Internet security company Mandiant says in a new report it traced 141 major hacking attempts to a People's Liberation Army building in Shanghai, 115 of which targeted U.S. companies or organizations. Click here to read the report

Today in History - Tuesday -  February 19, 2013
1807 - Former U.S. Vice President Aaron Burr was arrested in Alabama. He was later tried and acquitted on charges of treason.
1846 - The formal transfer of government between Texas and the United States took place. Texas had officially become a state on December 29, 1845.
1878 - Thomas Alva Edison patented a music player (the phonograph).
1881 - Kansas became the first state to prohibit all alcoholic beverages.
1922 - Ed Wynn became the first big-name, vaudeville talent to sign on as a radio talent.
1942 - U.S. President Roosevelt signed an executive order giving the military the authority to relocate and intern Japanese-Americans.
1942 - Approximately 150 Japanese warplanes attacked the Australian city of Darwin.
1945 - During World War II, about 30,000 U.S. Marines landed on Iwo Jima.
1953 - The State of Georgia approved the first literature censorship board in the U.S. Newspapers were excluded from the new legislation.
1959 - Cyprus was granted its independence with the signing of an agreement with Britain, Turkey and Greece.
1963 - The Soviet Union informed U.S. President Kennedy it would withdraw "several thousand" of its troops in Cuba.
1981 - Ford Motor Company announced its loss of $1.5 billion.
1985 - William Schroeder became the first artificial-heart patient to leave the confines of the hospital.
1985 - Cherry Coke was introduced by the Coca-Cola Company.
1986 - The U.S. Senate approved a treaty outlawing genocide. The pact had been submitted 37 years earlier for ratification.
1986 - The Soviet Union launched the Mir space station.
1987 - A controversial, anti-smoking public service announcement aired for the first time on television. Yul Brynner filmed the ad shortly before dying of lung cancer. Brynner made it clear in the ad that he would have died from cigarette smoking before ad aired.
2001 - The museum at the Oklahoma City National Memorial Center was dedicated.
2002 - NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft began using its thermal emission imaging system to map Mars.
2004 - Former Enron Corp. chief executive Jeffrey Skilling was charged with fraud, insider trading and other crimes in connection with the energy trader's collapse. Skilling was
later convicted and sentenced to more than 24 years in prison.
2005 - The USS Jimmy Carter was commissioned at Groton, CT. It was the last of the Seawolf class of attack submarines.
2008 - Fidel Castro resigned the Cuban presidency. His brother Raul was later named as his successor.

World News

Russia deploys 4 warships near Syria
Press TV - "Even though the tasks of the warships has not been announced, it can be assumed that given the development of the situation in the region their main job will be taking part in a possible evacuation of Russian citizens from Syria," the source said, according to the Russian news agency. Also on Tuesday, Russian Emergencies Ministry said it sent two planes to the Syrian port city of Latakia to transfer 46 tons of humanitarian aid for civilians in the Arab country.

Iran denies presence in North Korea test
Press TV - “The source of the report is not valid,” Mehmanparast said during his weekly press conference on Tuesday. On February 12, North Korea announced that it had successfully carried out its third underground nuclear test, which involved a “miniaturized” device. Following the announcement, Saudi-owned Al Arabiya TV news channel reportedly claimed that an Iranian expert had been present at the site of nuclear test.

‘2,754 Afghan civilians killed in 2012’
Press TV - A UN report says a total of 2,754 Afghan civilians have been killed in war-torn Afghanistan in 2012, taking the toll to 14,728 since 2007. In its annual report on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict, which was published on Tuesday, the UN said militant-laid improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were responsible for 81 percent of civilian casualties, while eight percent were caused by Afghan and US-led forces. The other 11 percent could not be attributed to either party, it said.

West Bank protesters rally for release of deteriorating prisoners (PHOTOS)
RT - Thousands demonstrated in Palestine’s two largest cities in support of hunger strikers in Israeli jails. Protesters called on the EU to take action to demand better treatment of the weakening prisoners and back their release.
* Related Article: '800 Palestinians go on hunger strike'

'US to play active military role in Mali’
Press TV - "There is the hope that there will be additional support from the United States in these and other areas, but... American law prohibits direct assistance to the Malian military following the coup," Senator Christopher Coons, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee on Africa, told journalists in the Malian capital, Bamako, on Monday.

'Afghan security forces kill 21 Taliban'
Press TV - The ministry announced in a statement on Monday that “Afghan National Police (ANP) in partnership with army and the NATO-led coalition forces conducted nine cleanup operations in nine provinces, killing 21 armed Taliban (militants) ... and detaining 21 other armed suspects over the last 24 hours.”

EU approves military mission in Mali
Press TV - The European Union (EU) has formally given the go-ahead to the launch of a 500-strong military mission in Mali to support France in its war on the West African country.

UAE signs $1.42bn defense deals
Press TV - The United Arab Emirates has signed 17 defense contracts to purchase military equipment worth USD1.4 billion including US manufactured Predator drones.

British Royal Navy to send frigate to Libya to boost defense sales
RT - Amid an undeclared arms race among European defense contractors to reequip Libya’s armed forces, Britain is sending a Royal Navy war ship to Tripoli to act as a floating show room for security firms. A British government agency, UK Trade and Investment (UKTI), is organizing an arms fair on a Royal Navy frigate, which will dock in Tripoli, Libya at the beginning of April.

Chevrolet SS Banned in Israel Over Nazi Related Name - Recently unveiled at the Daytona International Speedway, Chevrolet's brand new 2014 SS high-performance sedan will not be imported to Israel because of its nazi related name. Though it sounds plain ridiculous, the SS moniker, used by Chevy to shorten its "Super Sport" name, was connected by the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial with the feared World War 2 German paramilitary unit Schutzstaffel (also known as "The SS").

Bhutan To Be First Country to Go 100% Organic
Natural Society - If there was ever a nation that could see the purpose behind organic, sustainable farming, it would be a nation that is composed mostly of farmers. Such a place does exist, and it soon may be the first nation to go 100% organic, paving the way for others to do the same on a global scale.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Dems Sponsor Bill Allowing in Home Inspections of Gun Owners - Washington State Democrats have sponsored Senate Bill 5737, which has a little provision that apparently was to go unnoticed that would have said that police have a right to search a private citizen’s home once per year if they own certain types of firearms.

Police in Washington Town Set to Roll Out Federally-funded Crime Prediction Program
Examiner - Police in Tacoma, Wash. will soon be receiving federally-funded cloud-based crime prediction software known as PREDPOL, short for predictive policing. The program consists of a mathematical algorithm similar to the one used to predict earthquakes that will use five years’ worth of past crime data and sociological information about criminal behavior to predict where and when a future crime will likely take place, down to a 500-square-foot area.

VIDEO: Colorado House Passes Four Hotly Debated Gun-Control Measures
Huffington Post - Limits on the size of ammunition magazines and universal background checks passed the Colorado House on Monday, during a second day of emotional debates that has drawn attention from the White House as lawmakers try to address recent mass shootings.

Group Of Gun Makers Now Refusing To Sell Arms To Law Enforcement in NY And Other Restricting States
The Blaze - This story has been updated to add two additional gun makers and sellers to the list of those no longer patronizing law enforcement in states that do not support the Second Amendment.

US is major recipient of humanitarian aid from UAE
RT - In an attempt to sway Americans’ low and undecided opinions about the United Arab Emirates, the UAE is providing millions of dollars of foreign aid to the US to rebuild schools and donate to nonprofits in storm-ravaged regions. While the US is the largest provider of foreign aid, the UAE is writing checks for the US to help out where its own government does not provide enough assistance, the Washington Post reports.

Reinstate Military Draft Bill Introduced to Include All Women
Activist Post - Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) wants all Americans to serve their government, including women. On Friday he introduced one bill that would reinstate the draft and another that would require all women to register for Selective Service as well.

VIDEO/ARTICLE: Barack Obama Openly Hints At Desire To Kill Citizens With Drones Inside America… - In a very oddly worded public response to a question posed to him during an online interview, Barack Obama dances around the topic of using military drones to kill Americans inside of the United States. Watch the following response and as you do, keeping in mind at no point does President Obama simply say NO we would never do that…

Feds Buying Enough Bullets for '24 Year War'
From the Trenches - Federal, non-military agencies, noted radio host Mark Levin last week, have purchased enough ammunition recently [1.6 billion] to not only shoot every American five times, but also engage in a prolonged, domestic war.... “To provide some perspective,” Levin noted, “experts estimate that at the peak of the Iraq war American troops were firing around 5.5 million rounds per month. At that rate, the [Department of Homeland Security] is armed now for a 24-year Iraq war.

Louisiana Gun Rights Petition Gets 3,000 Signatures in One Day: State Lawmaker - State Rep. Jeff Thompson, “We don’t need a whole lot of new laws to deal with gun control. We need to enforce the laws we have on the books now.”

Report: Border Patrol Wrongly Arrested Hundreds in N.Y.
USA Today U.S. Border Patrol agents in western New York have been rewarded with cash bonuses and Home Depot gift cards in an incentive program that has grown at the same time as has an overly aggressive enforcement culture, a new study states.

Mississippi finally ratifies ban on slavery
RT - The Thirteenth Amendment to the US Constitution, which outlaws slavery, was passed 150 years ago. But the state of Mississippi never ratified it – until the movie ‘Lincoln’ led to the discovery of the missing paperwork.... It wasn’t until 1995 that the state voted to ratify the Thirteenth Amendment, long after all other states had voted to do so. But even though lawmakers unanimously voted for the resolution, the paperwork was never submitted and the amendment failed to become official.

Ten Year Old Arrested For Toy Gun Has Probation Officer, Lawyers And Second Court Date
Steve Watson - A ten year old Virginia boy who was arrested earlier this month for taking a plastic toy gun to school is facing a potentially permanent criminal record over the incident.

VIDEO: TSA threatens to pat down my 3 year old daughter
Daily Paul - Specifically BECAUSE she is in a wheelchair. At one point she is crying "I don't want to go to Disney World!" The moral of this video is that you can and SHOULD stand up to the TSA goons.


Treasury Releases Results of NY Fed Gold Audit, Inadvertently Reveals US Gold Stores Are Only 466 Tons! - Why is this so significant? As anyone with a simple calculator can discover, the Treasury department has just inadvertently admitted that rather than the official 8,133.5 tons the Treasury reports as the US’ official gold reserves, the Treasury’s actual physical gold stores at the NY Fed are a measly 466.57 tons! No wonder it will take the Bundesbank 7 years to repatriate 300 tons!

Abolish The Income Tax: You Won’t Believe Who Is Getting Away With Paying Zero Taxes While The Middle Class Gets Hammered
Economic Collapse - The numbers that you are about to see are for 2008, 2009 and 2010 combined. For "taxes paid", please note that for 29 of the corporations a negative number is given. That means that the net tax liability for 2008 through 2010 was actually less than zero. After seeing these numbers, is there anyone out there that is still willing to claim that our tax system is "fair"?...

The Offshore Outsourcing of American Jobs: A Greater Threat Than Terrorism
Global Research - Prior to the advent of offshore outsourcing, US employees were shielded against low wage foreign labor. Americans worked with more capital and better technology, and their higher productivity protected their higher wages. Outsourcing forces Americans to “compete head-to-head with foreign workers” by “undermining US workers’ primary competitive advantage over foreign workers: their physical presence in the US” and “by providing those overseas workers with the same technologies.”

VIDEO: Made In China - This a short clip from a four part series on China hosted by Ted Koppel. The series is called The People's Republic of Capitalism. The common complaint that the Chinese are taking jobs away from American workers is in many cases true.

Don’t Blink, or You’ll Miss Another Bailout
NY Times - Late last Wednesday, the New York Fed said in a court filing that in July it had released Bank of America from all legal claims arising from losses in some mortgage-backed securities the Fed received when the government bailed out the American International Group in 2008. One surprise in the filing, which was part of a case brought by A.I.G., was that the New York Fed let Bank of America off the hook even as A.I.G. was seeking to recover $7 billion in losses on those very mortgage securities.

Housing Market

Robo-Signing Fraud Case Is Settled
NY Times - The mortgage servicing company Lender Processing Services agreed to pay $35 million to resolve a federal criminal investigation into foreclosure fraud, the Justice Department said on Friday. The settlement resolves allegations over the company’s involvement in what the government called a six-year scheme to prepare and file more than 1 million fraudulently signed and notarized mortgage documents in property recorders’ offices nationwide from 2003 to 2009.

Energy & Environment

VIDEO: Oregon senator heading to Hanford to get answers about radioactive leak - Governor Jay Inslee will meet this week with U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu to discuss the leak at Hanford. The radioactive leak at the nuclear reservation in Eastern Washington will also be addressed by Oregon Senator Ron Wyden, who will be at Hanford to make an announcement Tuesday.


New 3D Mammography Significantly Increases Radiation Exposure, and Your Risk of Radiation-Induced Cancer
Dr. Mercola - Not only does [3D] tomosynthesis still require mechanical compression, it actually exposes you to even HIGHER doses of radiation than a standard mammogram! They also still recommend you continue to receive your traditional 2D mammogram, further multiplying radiation exposure. What kind of insanity is at play here, really? This is not progress in “the war on cancer.”

Stress, Magnesium and Disease
Green Med Info - The U.S. Department of Agriculture says that about 60% of adults in the United States do not consume the estimated average requirement for magnesium. What they don't tell us is that this 60% is based on minimum daily estimates set by the Department of Agriculture are set terribly low, so actually the number is much higher.

Beauty Tip: Use Almonds to Promote Skin and Hair Health
Natural Society - Almonds are rich in antioxidants. These protect the cells from damage by free radicals or oxidative stress. In other words, they help maintain the integrity and health of your cells (not just those you can’t see). In this manner, almonds may help promote firm and healthy skin by preventing the breakdown of collagen, among other things. In addition, almonds are loaded with magnesium.

Dietary secrets for autistic children
(NaturalNews) To all the parents out there who are serious about curing their children's autism, and who are willing to commit to going the extra mile to see that their children get the nutrients they need to see real progress, here are some helpful dietary and lifestyle strategies that may prove beneficial in providing relief and healing for your child...

Science & Technology

Anonymous dumps US State Dept database - Anonymous claims to have hacked the United States' State Department website and captured a database, which has now been published on the Internet. The data dump by the hacktivists contains the names and email addresses of State Department consular and careers staffers and in some cases, their phone numbers and date of birth.

Leading Geneticist: Human Intelligence is Slowly Declining
Natural Society - Despite our advancements over the last tens or even hundreds of years, some ‘experts’ believe that humans are losing cognitive capabilities and becoming more emotionally unstable. One Stanford University researcher and geneticist, Dr. Gerald Crabtree, believes that our intellectual decline as a race has much to do with adverse genetic mutations. But human intelligence is suffering for other reasons as well.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Supreme Court to Hear Monsanto Seed Patent Case Today - Today, the Supreme Court will hear a patent case that’s been billed as the one to determine who owns the rights to seeds in the ground: the farmer who planted them on his land, or the company that invested resources in designing and selling them.

VIDEO: Building Communities From the Food Up
Activist Post - Politicians like to talk a lot about community building; it is a surefire appeal to emotion that we are all in this together and can work toward prosperity from the ground up. Naturally, the fine print is filled with government-run programs which are bloated with extra costs, special interests, and guaranteed to fail by their structural inefficiency.


VIDEO: What if money did not matter?
Tragedy and Hope - What if money did not matter? - Narrated by Alan Watts

Today in History - Monday -  February 18, 2013
1735 - The first opera performed in America. The work was "Flora" (or "Hob in the Well") was presented in Charleston, SC.
1841 - The first continuous filibuster in the U.S. Senate began. It lasted until March 11th.
1861 - In Montgomery, AL, Jefferson Davis was inaugurated as the President of the Confederate States.
1885 - Mark Twain's "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" was published in the U.S. for the first time.
1930 - The planet Pluto was discovered by Clyde Tombaugh. The discovery was made as a result of photographs taken in January 1930.
1932 - Sonja Henie won her 6th world women’s figure skating title in Montreal, Canada.
1952 - Greece and Turkey became members of NATO.
1970 - The Chicago Seven defendants were found innocent of conspiring to incite riots at the 1968 Democratic national convention.
1972 - The California Supreme Court struck down the state's death penalty.
1977 - The space shuttle Enterprise went on its maiden "flight" sitting on top of a Boeing 747.
1987 - The executives of the Girl Scout movement decided to change the color of the scout uniform from the traditional Girl Scout green to the newer Girl Scout blue.
1998 - In Russia, money shortages resulted in the shutting down of three plants that produced nuclear weapons.
1998 - In Nevada, two white separatists were arrested and accused of plotting a bacterial attack on subways in New York City.
2000 - The U.S. Commerce Department reported a deficit in trade goods and services of $271.3 billion for 1999. It was the largest calendar-year trade gap in U.S. history.
2001 - NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt, Sr., was killed in a crash during the Daytona 500 race.
2001 - FBI agent Robert Philip Hanssen was arrested and accused of spying for Russia for more than 15 years. He later pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
2003 - In South Korea, at least 120 people were killed when a man lit a fire on a subway train.

World News

‘French, Mali troops seize Bourem town’
Press TV - French and Malian troops have seized Mali’s town of Bourem, after they launched operations against fighters, France's military officials say.

Libya arrests 4 foreigners on suspicion of being missionaries
Press TV - Libya has arrested four foreigners in the major city of Benghazi on suspicion of proselytizing and distributing Christian literature. The four suspects from South Africa, Egypt, South Korea and the other one with both a Swedish and American nationality were accused of printing and distributing bible pamphlets in the city, Libyan police spokesman Hussein bin Hamid said on Saturday.

Double standard: UK exports arms to Sri Lanka despite widespread rights violations
RT - Iberia is canceling 415 flights over the next 5 days – 39 percent of its regular domestic and international traffic. Some 800 more flights by other airlines will also have to be grounded.

VIDEO/ARTICLE: Iberia mega-strike: Over 1,200 flights grounded in Spain
RT - Hundreds of flights were grounded in Spain as workers of air giant Iberia began a five-day strike in the biggest walkout in company’s history. The strike is estimated to cost the Spanish economy 10 million euros a day, the Transport Ministry said.

Pope Benedict resigns: sex abuse survivors hope move eases prosecution
Guardian - Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (Snap), an organisation of 12,000 members worldwide, claim Benedict is personally responsible for widespread abuse within the church because he chose to protect its reputation over the safety of children. US lawyers who are currently suing the pontiff and other high-ranking Holy See officials for systematically concealing sexual crimes around the world, said his resignation may lead to more international prosecutions.

Pope's butler Paolo Gabriele faces prison term for stealing letters
Guardian - The pope's butler could face up to six years in jail after a Vatican judge sent him to trial on Monday for leaking papal correspondence containing embarrassing allegations of corruption at the tiny Vatican state.

Pakistan bombing death toll hits 81
Press TV - The death toll from a bomb attack targeting Shia Muslims in a market in Pakistan has climbed to 81, with many of the severely wounded dying overnight.... Pakistani police official Fayyaz Saumbal said over 160 people were also wounded.

YouTube: Bitter Medicine: Sanctions hit life-saving drugs in Iran
RT - Despite the concerns of Israel, the U.S. and its Western allies, Iran denies it's developing atomic arms under the cover of a civilian nuclear program. Meanwhile, the severe international sanctions are hitting the lives of everyday Iranians in need of medicine, as RT's Maria Finoshina has found out.

Thousands of Egyptians hold demonstration in Port Said
Press TV - Thousands of Egyptians have rallied in the city of Port Said to demand justice for those killed in clashes with police forces.The rally took place on Sunday in the port city where protesters closed down government offices, factories, schools and banks. They also blocked a main railway route to make their demands heard. According to witnesses some 3000 people participated in the demonstration.
* Related Article: 'Egypt police arrest 60 in anti-govt. protest'

‘Congo peace deal to be signed Feb. 24'
Press TV - A delayed UN-mediated peace agreement meant to end the interminable cycles of violence in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo will be signed in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on February 24, the United Nations says.

Iceland rises further into investment grade status
Guardian - Fitch said Iceland's debts had been upgraded to BBB... Reykjavik's meteoric recovery comes after its 300,000 residents were told they would be locked out of the world's financial markets for decades after they refused to rescue a group of bankrupt banks in 2008. Unlike Ireland, Portugal and Spain, the Icelandic government let the country's banks become insolvent rather than spend tens of billions of pounds on bailout funds.

Mexican government forces sterilization on nine-year-old mother
(NaturalNews) Because Mexican law prohibits anyone under the age of 15 from having sex, even if they give consent, the hospital decided that young Dafne still needed to be sterilized, presumably for her own safety.

India: Organic Rice Farmer’s Yield Puts Conventional Ag & GM to Shame
Gaia Health - Using absolutely no machines, a farmer in India has produced a rice crop so large that it puts all modern methods and their claims to complete shame. Sumant Kumar has produced 22.4 tons of rice on a single hectare, about 2½ acres, of land.

Quake cluster hits Pacific Ring of Fire
Press TV - A number of quakes ranging from 5.0 to 6.2 on the Richter scale have struck the Pacific Ring of Fire. On Saturday, two quakes struck the Philippines and earthquakes also occurred in New Zealand, the Santa Cruz Islands, Kuril Islands, and Indonesia’s Sulawesi Island, Xinhua reported.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

DHS Advances Plan For “Public Safety” Drones
Paul Joseph Watson - The Department of Homeland Security is advancing its plan to use surveillance drones for “public safety” applications, announcing last week that it had received a deluge of “excellent” responses from potential vendors and was set to carry out more tests of the technology.

YouTube: Ron Paul's Texas Straight Talk 2/18/13: Dangerous Drones: Extra-Judicial Killing is the Opposite of Justice
Full transcript coming soon!

Daniel Ellsberg says Obama should be impeached over NDAA
(NaturalNews) In an interview with Democracy Now, an extreme left-wing advocacy group, he says he has become a plaintiff in a federal lawsuit aimed at having a provision of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) allowing permanent detention of American citizens without ever being charged with a crime struck down.
* Related Article: "Systematic Assault on Constitution"

VIDEO: CA Police Chief: Guns Are Not a Defensive Weapon
Activist Post - CA Police Chief Ken James says that the idea that guns are a defensive weapon is a myth.

Destruction of unsold Girl Scout cookies sparks debate in California
CBS News - A video report released Thursday by CBS Los Angeles shows more than 13,000 boxes of leftover Girl Scout cookies being trashed, leading some to question why the perfectly fine treats were not donated to people in need. The footage shows a tractor crushing thousands of boxes of the beloved treats in a Riverside, Calilf., warehouse last May.

YouTube: Reality Check Special (Part 1 & 2): Drones HD
Ben Swann's Reality Check 2/15/13.

Obama pushes gun control in personal speech in old Chicago neighborhood
The Hill - President Obama on Friday underlined his call for Congress to allow a vote on gun control by traveling to Chicago, his hometown and the city with the second-highest murder rate in the country.

Arkansas Houses passes bill on concealed guns on college campuses
Reuters - Faculty and staff members in Arkansas would be allowed to carry concealed handguns on the state's college campuses under a measure approved on Friday by state representatives that also has the backing of Governor Mike Beebe.

Guns And Ammo Production Maxed Out: “This is a Society Preparing For War”
Mac Slavo - FBI background check statistics indicate that, over the last twelve months, Americans purchased a new gun every 1.5 seconds... The following guns and ammo industry report indicates that every major gun and ammunition manufacturer in the country is running at 100% capacity, with many so far behind that they’ve stopped taking new orders altogether.
* Related Article: Shortages of ammunition

Many Suburban Cops Allowed To Work "Half Drunk"
NBC News - Many suburban departments actually have clauses in their union contracts which prevent any kind of discipline for officers with substantial amounts of alcohol in their systems -- even those nearing the state definition of legally drunk, an investigation by the Better Government Association and NBC Chicago reveals.

Idaho, Arizona Schools Go Into Full Prison Mode - Deputy Chief Tracy Basterrechea told KTVB news that the youngster had been seen “jogging out of the school, then back into the school with what [staff members thought] was an axe.” After the “resource officer” called for a lockdown, police arrived “seconds” later, set up a perimeter, and deployed “search teams” to confront the “suspect” – an innocent teen who had brought the shovel to serve as a prop in a classroom presentation.

TN Cops Harass Old Lady After Mistaking Buckeye Bumper Sticker for Pot Leaf Bumper Sticker - Last week, the former president of the Dallas-Fort Worth Ohio State Alumni Club was pulled over in Tennessee while driving from her mother-in-law's funeral in Ohio back to Texas. The reason? Tennessee police mistook the Buckeyes sticker on her ride for a pot leaf sticker, and thought it meant she was trafficking drugs (because people do that).

VIDEO: As a gesture of goodwill, Carnival is offering a full refund for the cruise, plus a voucher for a future trip and $500!
market Place - But that's probably not going to make everyone happy. So what about those passengers who are thinking about lawyering up? Julian Bray, a cruise industry analyst, has some advice. “If they care to take a look at their booking document, the cruise line has got itself covered for just about everything,” Bray says.


Retail Apocalypse: Why Are Major Retail Chains All Over America Collapsing?
Economic Collapse - When I was growing up, Sears, J.C. Penney, Best Buy and RadioShack were all considered to be unstoppable retail powerhouses. But now it is being projected that all of them will close hundreds of stores before the end of 2013. Even Wal-Mart is running into problems. A recent internal Wal-Mart memo that was leaked to Bloomberg described February sales as a "total disaster".

The race to debase and the outlook for gold
Forbes - What a debacle! The G7 issues a rare statement on exchange rates that is intended to calm growing fears of an international currency war. Then they immediately turn around and start bickering amongst themselves about what it really meant.

Facebook Gets a Multibillion-Dollar Tax Break
Business Week - Even though Facebook (FB) reported $1.1 billion in pre-tax profits from U.S. operations in 2012, it will probably pay zero federal and state taxes—and even receive a federal tax refund of about $429 million—according to a Feb. 14 statement from Citizens for Tax Justice.

Wal-Mart Executives Sweat Slow February Start in E-Mails
Bloomberg - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. had the worst sales start to a month in seven years as payroll-tax increases hit shoppers already battling a slow economy, according to internal e-mails obtained by Bloomberg News.

Veteran News

New medal for drone pilots outranks Bronze Star
Marine Corps News - The new medal will rank just below the Distinguished Flying Cross. It will have precedence over — and be worn on a uniform above — the Bronze Star with Valor device, a medal awarded to troops for specific heroic acts performed under fire in combat.

Energy & Environment

US sees ‘biggest-ever’ climate protest over Keystone XL pipeline
RT - Tens of thousands of protesters marched through the streets of Washington, DC, on Sunday to protest the controversial Keystone XL project, which would see an oil pipeline run across the US Midwest. The march’s organizers, environmental movement, estimated that 40,000 people from 30 states took part in the ‘Forward on Climate’ rally, described as the biggest climate march in US history; police have not yet provided an official estimate.

Nuclear Storage Tank In Hanford, Washington Is Leaking Radioactive Waste
Business Insider - On Friday, the U.S. Department of Energy said liquid levels are decreasing in one of 177 underground tanks at the site. Monitoring wells near the tank have not detected higher radiation levels, but Inslee said the leak could be in the range of 150 gallons to 300 gallons over the course of a year and poses a potential long-term threat to groundwater and rivers.
*Related Video: Scientists are fighting roadblocks...

At Hanford, 1,000 workers would face 6 weeks unpaid time if federal cuts happen
Tri-City Herald - Hanford would place more than 1,000 workers on unpaid leave for about six weeks if the automatic federal budget cuts known as "sequestration" occur March 1, according to a report by the House Appropriations Committee Democrats.... The Savannah River, S.C., site would furlough more than 1,000 workers for about four months, the report said. About 4,000 to 5,000 workers across the nation would be affected.

Smoke at Hanford tank farm prompts evacuation
Tri-City Herald February 13, 2013 - The Hanford C Tank Farm was evacuated Tuesday when smoke was seen near an exhauster about 3 p.m. Chemical vapors vented from underground tanks holding radioactive waste go into exhausters to help filters keep particulates from the tanks from being vented into the air.


Federal law: Every living American can be arrested right now for felony possession of drugs made in their own brains
(NaturalNews) If you are reading this, you are guilty of felony possession of a Schedule I controlled substance. This is not a joke.... Dimethyltryptamine, or DMT, sometimes called the "spirit molecule" because of its ability to allow humans to transcend states of consciousness. U.S. federal code, defines Schedule I drugs as: "Unless specifically excepted or unless listed in another schedule, any material, compound, mixture, or preparation, which contains any quantity of the following hallucinogenic substances:"

U.S. ranks first in healthcare spending but last in life expectancy
(NaturalNews) A report recently issued by the National Research Council (NRC) and the Institute of Medicine (IOM) reveals that the U.S. spends up to 250 percent more on healthcare than most other developed nations, and yet has the lowest life expectancy rate among all these same nations.

VIDEO: Aspartame Pathway
Dr. Mercola - The longest-ever human aspartame study, spanning 22 years, found a clear association between aspartame consumption and non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and leukemia in men; leukemia was also associated with diet soda intake in both sexes.

Does Your Diet Influence How Well You Sleep?
Dr. Mercola - Too little sleep is known to impact your eating habits, appetite, weight gain and other metabolic functions, but little is known about whether different diets play a role in how well you sleep. A new study evaluated the diets and sleep patterns of more than 4,500 people and found distinct dietary patterns among short and long sleepers.

Walnuts Can Help You Beat Stress
Green Med Info - If you're feeling stressed out or you know that you're in for a bad day, you might want to eat a handful of walnuts to relieve the pressure. According to one study by researchers at Penn State University, a diet rich in walnuts and walnut oil may prepare the body to deal better with stress.

4 Herbs for Anxiety and Stress Reduction
Natural Society - Stress affects us all in one way or another. It can come from external sources like finances, work and relationships, or internal sources like disease and poor health in general. But, no matter what the cause, there are numerous ways of coping with stress and preventing the worst of its effects.

Merck Study Pushes Antidepressant Use with Vaccines
Melissa Melton - A new study published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases actually claims taking antidepressants will increase vaccine effectiveness.... So, let’s get this straight: it isn’t the ineffectual vaccines themselves we should be concerned with, it’s the fact that, if we get depressed, we all need to take antidepressant medications in order to make our vaccines work better?
* Related Article: Antidepressants as Vaccine Adjuvants?

Hundreds sue Kentucky hospital over heart procedures
USA Today - Marshall, 67, who lives in London, became the first of nearly 400 people to sue the London hospital and 11 cardiologists, including Patil, claiming they conspired to perform unnecessary, risky and often painful heart procedures to unjustly enrich themselves.

What's That Stuff You're Eating For Breakfast?
Green Med Info - Several years ago I spoke with a food scientist at one of the major organic cereal companies. He told me what I already suspected — boxed breakfast cereals, even if "healthier" are just dead foods. He said that they are cooked, baked and fried — to death — until there is no nutritional value. Knowing this, they infuse a powdered chemical into the cereal that contains a host of synthetic vitamins and minerals.

Why You Should Avoid Low-Fat Cheese and Milk
Natural Society - If you thought you were doing your body justice by reaching for the low-fat cheese or milk, you may want to think again. While dietitians and others recommend low- and no-fat varieties, more experts are starting to realize why full-fat milk, cheese, and dairy as a whole should be chosen. If you want to lose weight and be healthy, skip the skim and reach for full-fat varieties of foods instead, especially dairy.

9 Lifelong Secrets From a 90-year-old Veteran
Activist Post - Grandpa is a good soul who overcame tremendous hardship and is alive and well to this day despite some recent medical issues he's happily recovering from. We'll call him Fred. We've studied him forever to figure out the secrets to his long happy life. Some will sound like common sense; and some you may never have heard of or correlated with longer life.

Science & Technology

Russian 'meteor' was actually a tiny asteroid, NASA says
LA Times - Scientists believe the object originated from the asteroid belt, a vast collection of debris orbiting between Mars and Jupiter... The fact that the asteroid hit on the same day that the world was anticipating the close flyby of a larger asteroid, 2012 DA14, was an extraordinary coincidence.

VIDEO/ARTICLE: Guerrilla surveillance camera destruction hits the U.S.
Salon - The anti-surveillance project quickly spread throughout Germany, to Finland, Greece and hit the U.S. West Coast this month. A group identifying itself as “the Barefoot Bandit Brigade” released a statement claiming to have “removed and destroyed 17 security cameras throughout the Puget Sound region,”

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Farm theme boosts enrollment in rural Kansas school
Reuters - The first clue is a sign "Fresh Eggs for Sale" in front of the school. There is a sheep pen on the baseball field and the sounds of farm animals greet pupils every morning. This is not your ordinary elementary school. It is the Walton Rural Life Center, a kindergarten-through-fourth grade charter school in rural Kansas that uses agriculture to teach students about math, science, economics - and responsibility.
* Related Video: The Walton 21st Century Rural Life Center

Pet News

Nature’s Variety Issues Voluntary Recall
Susan Thixton - Nature’s Variety has announced a voluntary recall of one batch of Instinct® Raw Organic Chicken Formula with a “Best if Used By” date of 10/04/13. This action is being taken because pieces of clear plastic may be found in some bags and could cause a potential choking risk to pets.

Today in History - Friday -  February 15, 2013
1758 - Mustard was advertised for the first time in America.
1764 - The city of St. Louis was established.
1799 - Printed ballots were authorized for use in elections in the state of Pennsylvania.
1879 - U.S. President Hayes signed a bill that allowed female attorneys to argue cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.
1898 - The USS Maine sank when it exploded in Havana Harbor for unknown reasons. More than 260 crew members were killed.
1900 - The British threaten to use natives in their war with the Boers.
1903 - Morris and Rose Michtom, Russian immigrants, introduced the first teddy bear in America.
1933 - U.S. President-elect Franklin Roosevelt escaped an assignation attempt in Miami. Chicago Mayor Anton J. Cermak was killed in the attack.
1942 - During World War II, Singapore surrendered to the Japanese.
1961 - A Boeing 707 crashed in Belgium killing 73 people.
1965 - Canada displayed its new red and white maple leaf flag. The flag was to replace the old Red Ensign standard.
1982 - During a storm, the Ocean Ranger, a drilling rig, sank off the coast of Newfoundland. 84 men were killed.
1989 - After nine years of intervention, the Soviet Union announced that the remainder of its troops had left Afghanistan.
1995 - The FBI arrested Kevin Mitnick and charged him with cracking security in some of the nation's most protected computers. He served five years in jail.
2002 - U.S. President George W. Bush approved Nevada's Yucca Mountain as a site for long-term disposal of radioactive nuclear waste

World News

Report: US drones killed 894 in North Waziristan
Press TV - n the past five years, 147 distinct U.S. attacks have killed 894 people, including 35 women and 24 children. The vast majority of the other victims were local tribesmen, with only 46 foreigners among the slain, and not all of them confirmed to be militants. Well over 200 people, again overwhelmingly civilians, were wounded in the attacks.

Israeli troops attack Palestinian protesters in West Bank
Press TV - Scores of people have been injured after Israeli troops clashed with Palestinian protesters outside Ofer prison in the West Bank. The protesters called for the immediate release of a Palestinian prisoner who is on a hunger strike.

Iran commander assassinated in Syria
Telegraph - A senior commander of the powerful Iranian Revolutionary Guards was assassinated as he travelled from Damascus, authorities said on Thursday, in a development that spotlights the country's role in the Syrian civil war.

VIDEO: Prisoner X: Israel's Selective Secrecy and Media's Selective Outrage
Activist Post - Israel's Mossad, quite like its CIA counterpart, is virtually immune from criminal actions such as assassinations, kidnapping, torture, secret arrests and convictions without due process, ad infinitum. Democracy was no protection for an Australian citizen who has become one of the most publicized cases of the extreme secrecy and media intimidation surrounding a prisoner that Israel would have preferred to deny ever existed. Ben Zygier was recruited by Mossad and eventually became "Prisoner X."

Turkey targets Syria with shells says report
Press TV - Turkish artillery has pounded Syria after a shell fired from the crisis-hit country landed near a town in southern Turkey, Turkish media report.

Central Banks Buy the Most Gold Since 1964 - Worldwide gold demand in 2012 was another record high of $236.4 billion in the World Gold Council’s latest report. This was up 6% in value terms in the fourth quarter to $66.2 billion, the highest fourth quarter on record. Global gold demand in the fourth quarter of 2012 was up 4% to 1,195.9 tonnes.

VIDEO: Asteroid Day Arrives: Massive Meteor Strike Confirmed in Russia
Activist Post - A large meteor was spotted blazing through the sky over Russia today. A Russian Interior Spokesman confirmed that a space rock did indeed crash to earth near the city of Chelyabinsk in the Ural Mountains where over 400 injuries were reported.... It's unclear whether the meteor that hit Russia is related to this flyby, but it seems likely since meteor showers are falling the exact same day.

Pakistani Disapproval of U.S. Leadership Soars in 2012 February 14, 2013 - With President Barack Obama's first term characterized by strained relations between Pakistan and the U.S., more than nine in 10 Pakistanis (92%) disapprove of U.S. leadership and 4% approve, the lowest approval rating Pakistanis have ever given.... These findings are based on a survey conducted from Sept. 30-Oct. 16, 2012, in Pakistan.

Pope Benedict to seek immunity and protection from Italian President Giorgio Napolitano on February 23 - Pope Benedict, Joseph Ratzinger, has scheduled a meeting with Italian President Giorgio Napolitano for Saturday, February 23 to discuss securing protection and immunity from prosecution from the Italian government, according to Italian media sources.

Vet Drug ‘found in UK meat exports’
The Sun - DANGEROUS vets’ drug “bute” was found in horse meat processed in Britain, it emerged last night. The Food Standards Agency is expected to reveal today that the painkiller was picked up at some UK slaughterhouses that kill nearly 9,500 horses each year. There are fears the contaminated meat may have entered the British food chain after first being exported overseas.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Senate Republicans block vote on Hagel nomination
Washington Post - Falling one vote shy of the 60 needed to move forward on the nomination, the Hagel filibuster brought stark condemnations from President Obama and Senate Democrats for its precedent-setting nature -- the first time a defense secretary nominee had been filibustered. The setback came during what many believe is a critical period for the Pentagon as it winds down troops from Afghanistan and implements costly budget cuts.

YouTube: Rand Paul to Block Brennan Confirmation
Fox News Feb. 14th.

FAA to begin UAS test site competition by March - The Federal Aviation Administration will launch its competition for test sites for unmanned aircraft systems by the beginning of March, said the agency’s head of unmanned systems integration.... The sites are expected to generate millions in revenue and create thousands of jobs in each location that’s ultimately chosen. Twenty-six states, including those as diverse as, Hawaii, North Dakota, Nevada, Oklahoma, Texas and Virginia, have expressed interest in hosting one of the test sites.

VIDEO: Colorado Senate president reacts to marijuana smell in Capitol: ‘Please douse all the doobies’
The Raw Story - The strong odor of marijuana wafted through the Colorado capitol building on Wednesday morning, and was apparently so pungent that the state senate’s president asked members over the intercom to “please douse all the doobies in the area.” Video of state Sen. John Morse’s (D) comment was lifted from the chamber’s recordings by ABC 7 News Denver reporter Anica Padilla. It’s not clear who in the Capitol had the marijuana, or whether any was being smoked nearby.

VIDEO: Parents Complain About School Ad Excluding Whites From Tutoring Program
CBS Denver - The principal at Mission Viejo Elementary in Aurora sent a letter telling parents the program is only for students of color. Parents CBS4 talked with said they were shocked to see, in this day and age, what they consider to be segregation.

Homeless man returns diamond ring dropped into his change cup
RT - Billy Ray Harris, a homeless man who was begging for change in Kansas City, Mo., usually ends up with a plastic cup full of pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters. But last Friday, the man found an enormous engagement ring in his cup, about an hour after a woman had dumped in the change from her unzipped wallet, KCTV5 reports.

Stranded Carnival 'Triumph' cruise ship transformed into floating prison as company refuses to evacuate passengers barely surviving in filth and raw sewage
(NaturalNews) The stranded Carnival cruise ship in the Gulf of Mexico has tragically proven to be quite an experiment in human behavior.... Here's why all this matters: A city is a lot like a cruise ship. It relies on outside inputs to keep its inhabitants alive. Without the power grid, every city in the world becomes much like this "sewage adventure" Carnival Cruise ship known as "Triumph." Without food, every society quickly devolves into savagery.

VIDEO/ARTICLE: Police Ludicrously Claim Dorner Cabin Fire Was Not Intentional
Paul Joseph Watson - The San Bernardino Sheriff’s office is ludicrously claiming that the cabin fire which killed Christopher Dorner was not started intentionally, despite numerous references to a plan to “burn down” the building that were heard on police scanners during the standoff. “It was not on purpose. We didn’t intentionally burn down that cabin to get Mr Dorner out,” San Bernardino sheriff’s department spokesman John McMahon told reporters last night.

YouTube: Chris Dorner Was Executed - Fire Set by Police
StormCloudsGathering - Dead men tell no tales.. We will probably never know the full story of the Dorner case. There isn't going to be a legitimate investigation, the mainstream media isn't going to do any real journalism, but most importantly Dorner isn't going to get to give his side of the story, because dead men tell no tales.

Missouri Democrats Call for Gun Confiscation
Kurt Nimmo - Democrats Rory Ellinger and Jill Schupp have introduced House Bill 545, a law that with the stroke of a pen will turn thousands of law-abiding Missourians into class C felons. It will ban the possession, sale, transfer or manufacture of semi-automatic rifles and magazines capable of holding more than ten rounds. The law is in effect de facto confiscation demanding the “surrender” of firearms to the government.

VIDEO/ARTICLE: Supporters and opponents of NY SAFE Act rally in Albany - More than 2,000 people were on lawn in front of the Capitol to protest the NY SAFE Act. Others we inside the Capitol to show their support for the legislation.... Organizer Stewart Rhodes led the crowd in a chant, "We will not comply."
* Related Video: 2nd Amendment NYS Gun Rights Rally

23% of America Is Illiterate
Zero Hedge - Following on the heels of the dumbing down of the State of the Union speech we noted yesterday, we thought a simple visualization of just how stunningly poor our nation's reading skills really are would be useful. One in five Americans lacks the basic reading skills beyond a 4th grade level - are you one of them?

Texas DMV Sells Personal Information To Hundreds Of Companies; Drivers Not Allowed To Opt-Out - The Texas DMV claims its "top priority" is protecting drivers' information, but that hardly seems to be the case when it's pulling in $2.1 million a year selling it off.

To Go: Plastic-Foam Containers, if the Mayor Gets His Way - Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, whose regulatory lance has slain fatty foods, supersize sodas, and smoking in parks, is now targeting plastic foam, the much-derided polymer that environmentalists have long tried to restrict.

Election News

Rahm Emanuel May Be Toying With 2016 Presidential Run
Daily Beast - Obama’s former chief of staff Rahm Emanuel might make a go for 2016, two well-connected Democrats tell Lloyd Grove—as long as Hillary doesn’t. And the potty-mouthed Chicago mayor could win.


Bankrupt Alabama county OK's debt deal with European bank
Reuters - Officials in Alabama's bankrupt Jefferson County approved a deal on Thursday with European Depfa Bank Plc to cut interest charges on about $162 million of the county's school debt.... Home to Birmingham, Alabama's biggest city, Jefferson County was primarily driven into what is the biggest bankruptcy ever by a U.S. local government by massive sewer-system debt now estimated at $3.2 billion.

Taxpayers foot bill for 2nd Obama vacation in 2013
Press TV - Taxpayers will be sending President Obama on his second vacation of the year when he departs Friday aboard Air Force One for a Presidents’ Day Weekend excursion to West Palm Beach, Florida. Without apparent irony, Obama has decided to jet to a well-trod stomping ground of the rich just days after presenting himself to the nation in his State of the Union speech as the guardian of the middle class.

VIDEO: Ron Paul: Trade War & Economic Collapse Coming - Paul informs the Bloomberg host that the loss in purchasing power from currency devaluation in a currency war devastates the middle class... Paul also states that one day soon people around the world will reject all fiat currencies, and we will move into an age where people want to buy hard assets, and that this has already started with real estate, gold, & silver.

*RAID! 90 Million Ounces of Paper Silver Dumped to Smash Silver Towards $30 - Another day another waterfall decline for silver as the metal just dropped 70 vertically to $30.37 as 90 million ounces of paper silver were dumped on the market as the cartel attempts to induce a $20 handle for silver. *Update: 2nd wave in progress as cartel pushes for $29 handle in silver, 4 year uptrend line since 2008 at $30.50 has been broken to the downside.

VIDEO: Judge Napolitano on Houston Proposal to Track Gold Sellers - 'What Is It About Guns and Gold... '

VIDEO: You Think Jobs Are Scarce Now, Raise the Minimum Wage and Watch What Happens
Activist Post - President Obama proposed raising the national minimum wage to $9/hour during his State of the Union address drawing cheers from the left. Unfortunately they have little understanding of economics. Forced minimum wages will destroy or offshore many more jobs in America.

Veteran News

Veterans Administration again accused of covering up the causes of ‘Gulf War Syndrome’
The Raw Story - The federal Institute of Medicine to much fanfare recently reported that “preliminary data” suggest that veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq suffer from the same disease — commonly called Gulf War Syndrome or Illness — that has plagued veterans of Desert Storm for over two decades.

Energy & Environment

VIDEO: Shocking Announcement About Chemtrails in the Mainstream Media
Activist Post Forum - It's not shocking to those of us who have witnessed this on a daily basis and fought tooth and nail with all the naysayers and debunkers on these threads.


Six facts you need to know about eating oils and fats
(NaturalNews) One of the most widely misunderstood food groups today, oils and fats can be both crucial and detrimental to your health, depending on what type they are and how they are processed.

Hormonal birth control increases risk of diabetes
(NaturalNews) Some hormonal birth control methods may increase the risk of diabetes in overweight but otherwise healthy women, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Southern California and published in the journal Contraception.

MSG: Many Secrets Guarded (opinion)
(NaturalNews) By now, most of us are aware of the fact that MSG has two purposes: to give a food that has absolutely no flavor, flavor and to increase the shelf life of a useless product that ultimately will increase the profits of the highly reputable company using it.... The big food companies are not stupid. They know that people are becoming more and more aware of MSG and its many euphemisms so they try to "disguise" it as best they can. Let's take a look at some of their secrets.

Shaken Baby Syndrome often just a cover story for children who are brain damaged by vaccines
(NaturalNews) "Many infants who suffer the so-called 'shaken baby syndrome' may be victims of undiagnosed vaccine damage," adds Dr. Scheibner. "Ever since mass vaccination of infants began, reports of serious brain, cardiovascular, metabolic and other injuries started filling pages of medical journals."

Science & Technology

NASA to Chronicle Close Earth Flyby of Asteroid - NASA Television will provide commentary starting at 11 a.m. PST (2 p.m. EST) on Friday, Feb. 15, during the close, but safe, flyby of a small near-Earth asteroid named 2012 DA14. NASA places a high priority on tracking asteroids and protecting our home planet from them. This flyby will provide a unique opportunity for researchers to study a near-Earth object up close.

YouTube: Judge Napolitano: ‘Once Gov't Starts Interfering With the Internet, People Will Think Twice About What They Write’
"You can say whatever you want (on the internet) to whomever you want, whenever you want, however you want and the government can't regulate you, the government can't punish you and you don't need the government's permission. That's terrific, because if the government enters in this, soon you will need their permission, they will punish you, they will restrict you and they will know what's going on," said Napolitano.

Bionic Eye Implant Approved by U.S. for Rare Disease
Bloomberg - Adults going blind because of a rare eye disease may regain the ability to do daily tasks, such as navigating a sidewalk or detecting sunlight, from the first implanted artificial retina to win U.S. regulatory approval.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

DOT Regs Targeting Horse Owners - The Regulations are NOT new. They seem new because we simply went on our merry way before and never thought about them. But when our friends started getting pulled over and cited and told to get US Dept. of Transportation (USDOT) numbers, they kind of got our attention.

Today in History - Thursday -  February 14, 2013
Happy Valentine's Day! 7

1778 - The Stars and Stripes was carried to a foreign port, in France, for the first time. It was aboard the American ship Ranger.
1803 - Moses Coats received a patent on the apple parer.
1849 - The first photograph of a U.S. President, while in office, was taken by Matthew Brady in New York City. President James Polk was the subject.
1859 - Oregon became the 33rd member of the Union.
1876 - Alexander Graham Bell filed an application for a patent for the telephone. It was officially issued on March 7, 1876.
1889 - In Los Angeles, CA, oranges began their first trip to the east.
1899 - The U.S. Congress approved voting machines for use in federal elections.
1900 - Russia imposed tighter imperial control over Finland in response to an international petition for Finland's freedom.
1900 - In South Africa, British Gen. Roberts invaded Orange Free State with 20,000 troops.
1903 - The U.S. Department of Commerce and Labor was established.
1912 - The first diesel engine submarine was commissioned in Groton, CT.
1912 - Arizona was admitted as the 48th U.S. state.
1920 - The League of Women Voters was founded in Chicago. The first president of the organization was Maude Wood Park.
1929 - The "St. Valentine's Day Massacre" took place in Chicago, IL. Seven gangsters who were rivals of Al Capone were killed.
1932 - The U.S. won the first bobsled competition at the Winter Olympic Games at Lake Placid, NY.
1945 - Peru, Paraguay, Chile and Ecuador joined the United Nations.
1962 - U.S. First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy gave a tour of the White House on television.
1968 - The fourth Madison Square Gardens opened.
1979 - Adolph Dubs, the U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, was kidnapped in Kabul by Muslim extremists. He was killed in a shootout between his abductors and police.
1980 - Walter Cronkite announced his retirement from the "CBS Evening News."
1983 - A 6-year-old boy became the first person to receive a heart and liver transplants in the same operation.
1985 - Cable News Network (CNN) reporter Jeremy Levin was freed. He had been being held in Lebanon by extremists.
1989 - Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini called on Muslims to kill Salman Rushdie because of his novel "The Satanic Verses."
1989 - The first satellite of the Global Positioning System was placed into orbit around Earth.
1989 - Union Carbide agreed to pay $470 million to the government of India. The court-ordered settlement was a result of the 1984 Bhopal gas leak disaster.
1997 - Astronauts on the space shuttle Discovery began a series of spacewalks that were required to overhaul the Hubble Space Telescope.
1998 - U.S. authorities officially announced that Eric Rudolph was a suspect in a bombing of an abortion clinic in Alabama.
2002 - The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Shays-Meehan bill. The bill, if passed by the U.S. Senate, would ban millions of unregulated money that goes to the national political parties.

World News

Israeli tanks enter northern Gaza
Press TV - Israeli tanks and bulldozers have reportedly entered the town of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip, opening fire near farmers.

Russia is sending firearms to Mali
Press TV - The head of Russia’s arms export agency says Moscow has delivered a consignment of arms to Mali and may send more weapons amid the ongoing French-led war on the African country. Anatoly Isaikin, the director of Rosoboronexport, said on Wednesday, “We have provided firearms, and the last delivery was made two weeks ago. Negotiations are under way over smaller additional supplies.”

New Sars Like Virus Can Spread Person to Person Says UK Scientists
Intel Hub - Following the news a couple of days ago that there has been a second fatality from a coronavirus similar to the one that causes SARS (Sudden Acute Respiratory Syndrome) UK scientists believe they have evidence that the condition can be passed from human to human.

European Union Will Test Beef in 27 Countries for Horsemeat - After a meeting with health ministers from European Union nations, EU Health Commissioner Tonio Borg gained support for DNA testing of meat products throughout the continent. “The tests will be on DNA in meat products in all member states,” Borg said after the ministerial meeting in Brussels over Europe’s expanding horsemeat scandal.

‘Canada will remain zombie-free’ – Canadian FM
RT - Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird was faced with a question in Parliament on whether Canada is ready to fend off a US zombie invasion, real or not. He glibly replied that Canada would never become a “safe haven for zombies.” The bizarre exchange took place in Parliament after NDP MP Pat Martin asked Foreign Minister Baird whether the Canadian government is working with the US “to develop an international zombie strategy so that a zombie invasion does not turn into a zombie apocalypse?”

Nearly 450 British military drones lost in Iraq and Afghanistan
The Guardian - Almost 450 drones operated by the British military have crashed, broken down or been lost in action during operations in Afghanistan and Iraq over the last five years, figures reveal.... "The drone industry constantly talks up the supposed economic benefits of unmanned drones, but it is the civil liberties and safety implications that need real attention," said Chris Cole, who set up watchdog website Drone Wars UK.

Egypt Floods Gaza Tunnels to Cut Palestinian Lifeline
Reuters - Egyptian forces have flooded smuggling tunnels under the border with the Palestinian-ruled Gaza Strip in a campaign to shut them down, Egyptian and Palestinian officials said. The network of tunnels is a vital lifeline for Gaza, bringing in an estimated 30 percent of all goods that reach the enclave and circumventing a blockade imposed by Israel for more than seven years.

‘Egypt concerned for Palestine prisoners’
Press TV - Egypt’s Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr has expressed grave "concern" over the "deteriorating" health of hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, calling on the international community to intervene.

NASA alert: Middle East loses freshwater reserves size of Dead Sea in 7 years
RT - The Middle East is headed towards a water shortage crisis, as NASA satellites show that reserves the size of the Dead Sea have been depleted in just seven years, largely due to well-drilling. Newly-obtained results show that 144 cubic kilometres of freshwater – a volume nearly equivalent to that of the Dead Sea or Lake Tahoe – had been removed from the ground in the area that encompasses Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Syria between 2003 and 2009.

VIDEO: Body Removal & Transport Orders: Canada
Before It's News - According to documents from the Ministry of Justice in BC, Canada, body removal and transport orders are being 'tendered' as outlined below... Keep an eye out on these locations listed below, the closing bid date for one is March 1st, merely 18 days away. They request to receive their 'goods' by May 1st, 2013.
* Related: US: Body Removal and Transport Services Solicitation 5/17/12

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Wash. state bill would make almost all gun owners criminals - Washington state Sens. Ed Murray (D), Jeanne Kohl-Welles (D) and Adam Kline (D) have introduced new gun control legislation that goes far above and beyond what anyone would consider a simple sales ban.... This legislation is similar to a bill introduced by California Sen. Diane Feinstein (D) whose legislation would ban over 120 specifically named firearms.

Olympic Arms to New York State – Take Your Business Elsewhere
(AmmoLand) - Olympic Arms will no longer be doing business with the State of New York or any governmental entity or employee of such governmental entity within the State of New York – henceforth and until such legislation is repealed, and an apology made to the good people of the State of New York and the American people.

How many wallets with ID cards in them did Dorner own?
Melissa Melton - Media reported Dorner’s ID found two days ago, now ID found again in burned out cabin next to charred remains. Just like the suspected 9/11 terrorist’s explosion-proof passport that was found magically intact amid the ground zero rubble, the mainstream media is now reporting that suspected cop killer Christopher Dorner’s wallet and identification card were found beside charred remains in the burned out Big Bear cabin where police cornered him yesterday.

VIDEO: Daniel Ellsberg on the NDAA Lawsuit & "We Are A Part of A Death Squad Country"
Daily Paul - Daniel Ellsberg speaks at the press conference after the hearing for the second circuit court of appeals in the NDAA lawsuit, Hedges v Obama. He speaks about what is happening in the lawsuit, the erosion of the Bill of Rights and Bradley Manning.

Indiana, South Carolina Anti-NDAA Bills Fly Through Committee
Activist Post - “Anti-NDAA” legislation has now passed senate committees in both Indiana and South Carolina.

YouTube: Ron Paul Reacts to State of the Union Address
Former presidential candidate Ron Paul reacted to President Obama's State of the Union address with John Stossel on Fox Business Network.

VIDEO: Obama’s SOTU: Government Needs to Indoctrinate Children at an Earlier Age
Kurt Nimmo - During his State of the Union address last night, Obama called for universal preschool education.... The plan builds on Head Start and state pre-K programs that target low-income children. It will dish out government largess to middle-income families to entice participation. “The objective clearly is to get as many children into the clutches of the state educational system as early as possible,” Michael Tennant wrote on Sunday.

Ron Paul and Charles Goyette Launch New National Daily Radio Commentary
Daily Paul - Courtside Entertainment Group announced today that former Congressman and Presidential Candidate Ron Paul will make his national radio and podcast debut March 18, 2013.

VIDEO: TSA Breaks World Renowned Cellist’s $20,000 Bow
Adan Salazar - World renowned cellist Alban Gerhardt, a German musician who has performed with the Berlin and London Philharmonic Orchestras respectively, was traveling through Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport on his way to a performance in Madison, Wisconsin when he discovered that his bow had been damaged.

Bill Gates Dodges Questions on Why He Owns 500,000 Shares of Monsanto
Natural Society - We recently asked Bill Gates why he owns 500,000 shares of Monsanto stock and supports slave-labor-linked Cargill. The Q&A is public, but he gave no response.

Hawaii Legalize Marijuana Bill Killed in Committee
Activist Post - Hawaii House Bill 699 legalizing the Personal Use of Marijuana; Licenses to Cultivate, Manufacture, Test, or Sell Marijuana, was killed by the Judiciary Committee today citing that "there is not enough support to pass the bill in the House."... The committee's decision was whether to put the measure to a vote in the House or not. They claimed that since there was not enough support to pass it, why even have a vote. Hence, the bill was dropped and blocked from a broader vote.


Two Awful Anniversaries: Income Tax and Federal Reserve
Forbes - This year marks the 100th anniversary of the federal income tax (February) and the Federal Reserve System (December), both of which today are doing immeasurable harm. And, thankfully, both will be undergoing enormous changes.

VIDEO: Is The Government Preparing To Confiscate Our Gold?
Liberty Crier - The government wants to know if you are selling gold or silver. Why?

Vilsack: With Sequester, USDA Would Have “No Choice” But to Furlough Food Safety Inspectors - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and the White House have caused quite a stir in food and agriculture circles by warning that budget sequestration could lead to a two-week furlough of federal meat inspectors, which would effectively halt American meat and poultry processing.

Even The Federal Reserve's Own Governors Are Warning Its Policies Could Be Creating A Disaster, Banks And Investors Are Poised For Losses
InvestmentWatch - A Federal Reserve governor is joining those warning that junk-debt investors are poised for losses, while his institution’s policies spur them to keep buying the debt.

VIDEO: Jack Lew Asked About Million Dollar Citigroup Bonus
Daily Bail - Treasury secretary nominee Jack Lew appeared before the Senate Finance Committee for his confirmation hearing on Wednesday.

Housing Market

Feds Now Letting Big Banks Review Their Own Foreclosures For Errors
Consumerist - According to a new DealBook report, in an effort to expedite the distribution of billions of dollars in relief to people who were wronged by a faulty foreclosure process, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency has done away with the requirement of an independent, third-party review.

Energy & Environment

New York town bans fracking discussions
RT - The small New York town of Sanford has enraged environmental groups by prohibiting all discussion of natural gas drilling at town board meetings and is now facing a lawsuit for violating free speech rights. Those opposed to hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” have been unable to discuss their environmental concerns since the ban was implemented in September.

VIDEO: La. Sinkhole: Apocalyptic Sounds Heard & Caught On Video – Data Being Censored
Before It's News - What are the loud banging noises caught on these 2 videos by a Louisiana resident living very close to the Louisiana Sinkhole? Listen to them, they sound very mechanical to me, like a pile driver or another type of earth boring machinery. Check out the third video, below these two, of the mysterious Clintonville booms last year; don't they sound nearly the exact same to you? Meanwhile, data from the CERI Helicorder displays from Bayou Corne and near the sinkhole today has been censored; check it out below.


Ayurvedic Herb Improves Memory, Cognition and Alzheimer's
Green Med Info - Several recent studies have confirmed what Ayurvedic practitioners have known for thousands of years: That a special Ayurvedic herb increases memory and cognition, and may well treat dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

Treat PTSD in adults and children with natural remedies, homeopathy and herbs
NaturalNews) PTSD is not new, being known by other names such as battle fatigue, shell shock, survivor's guilt, and traumatic neurosis. Regardless of it's name, the disorder is defined by a set of symptoms such as hypervigilance, being easily startled, anxiety, irritability, cognitive dysfunction, anger, mood changes, fearfulness, numbness, inability to experience joy or pleasure, loss of memory and avoiding areas associated with the trauma. Natural remedies can help ease symptoms and support an individual through their healing process to recovery.

Weight Loss Tip: Chew Your Food and Eat Slowly
Natural Society - While it has been known for some time that eating too quickly puts tremendous strain on the digestive system, are you really eating as slowly as recommended? One study published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism reminds us of how eating slowly can be an extremely simple weight-loss solution.

Benefits of Sage as an Herb and Spice: Grow Your Own Medicine
Natural Society - Sage is an herb used throughout history medicinally and spiritually. Luckily, growing sage and using it as a spice or tea is super easy and fun.

Science & Technology

VIDEO: A solar 'superstorm' is coming and we'll only get 30-minute warning
Independent - A solar "superstorm" could knock out Earth's communications satellites, cause dangerous power surges in the national grid and disrupt crucial navigation aids and aircraft avionics, a major report has found.

Obama Placed Embargo on Press Over Secret Cyber Security Executive Order
Steve Watson - Buzz Feed reported today that Obama secretly signed a long awaited executive order on Cyber Security, then issued an embargo to all news organisations NOT to cover the developments.

Zombie law: CISPA cyber bill resurrected from the dead
RT - The two US lawmakers responsible for last year’s failed cybersecurity bill known as CISPA are reintroducing the act, and renewed interest from Washington means it might have a fighting chance this time at being signed into law.... Obama signed an executive order to establish the framework needed to protect the country’s critical and wired infrastructure in lieu of Congress’ inability to do so on their own part, whether through CISPA or by other means.

Pentagon inks deal for smartphone tool that scans your face, eyes, thumbs
Wired - In a few years, the soldier, marine or special operator out on patrol might be able to record the facial features or iris signature of a suspicious person all from his or her smartphone — and at a distance, too. The Defense Department has awarded a $3 million research contract to California-based AOptix to examine its “Smart Mobile Identity” biometrics identification package, Danger Room has learned.

NY lawmaker seeks total ban on 3D printing of firearm parts, even before technology emerges
(NaturalNews) Gun banners in Washington aren't satisfied with preventing you from taking full advantage of your Second Amendment rights regarding firearms and associated accessories that are already obtainable: They also want to ban future guns and gun gear as well.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Texas forces raw milk dairy to pour 700 gallons of perfectly good milk down the drain
(NaturalNews) Raiding small dairy farms for selling raw milk has become an active form of state terrorism throughout North America. The farms are usually small and the farmers are not well off. Yet they're often shut down with short or no notice and forced to destroy or give up their raw dairy products for the enforcing agency to destroy.


7 A Valentine Greeting from Doug Brethower: Seth's Blog: Open, generous and connected

Humor & Satire

VIDEO: William Shatner on Gun Control - Bill Shatner discusses the practical application of gun control.

Today in History - Wednesday -  February 13, 2013
1741 - "The American Magazine," the first magazine in the U.S., was published in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1875 - Mrs. Edna Kanouse gave birth to America’s first quintuplets. All five of the baby boys died within two weeks.
1889 - Norman Coleman became the first U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.
1900 - The Anglo-German accord of 1899 was ratified by Reichstag, in which Britain renounced rights in Samoa in favor of Germany and the U.S.
1914 - The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (known as ASCAP) was formed in New York City. The society was founded to protect the copyrighted musical compositions of its members.
1920 - The League of Nations recognized the continued neutrality of Switzerland.
1920 - The National Negro Baseball League was organized.
1935 - In Flemington, New Jersey, a jury found Bruno Richard Hauptmann guilty of the kidnapping and death of the infant son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh. Hauptmann was later executed for the crimes.
1945 - During World War II, the Soviets captured Budapest, Hungary, from the German army.
1945 - During World War II, Allied aircraft began bombing the German city of Dresden.
1960 - France detonated its first atomic bomb.
1965 - Sixteen-year-old Peggy Fleming won the ladies senior figure skating title at Lake Placid, NY.
1971 - South Vietnamese troops invaded Laos. They were backed by U.S. air and artillery support.
1985 - The Dow Jones industrial average closed at a record high of 1297.92 after it topped the 1300 mark earlier in the trading session.
1991 - Hundreds of Iraqis were killed by two laser-guided bombs that destroyed an underground facility in Baghdad. U.S. officials identified the facility as a military installation, but Iraqi officials said it was a bomb shelter.
1997 - Astronauts on the space shuttle Discovery brought the Hubble Space Telescope aboard for a tune up. The tune up allowed the telescope to see further into the universe.
1997 - The Dow Jones industrial average passed the 7,000 mark for the first time. The day ended at 7,022.44.
1999 - A bomb exploded just outside a government-owned bank in southern Kosovo. Nine people were killed.
2002 - In Alexandria, VA, John Walker Lindh pled innocent to a 10-count federal indictment. He was charged with conspiring to kill Americans and aiding Osama bin Laden's terrorist network.
2002 - Former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani received an honorary knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II.
2008 - Roger Clemens denied having taken performance-enhancing drugs in testimony before Congress.

World News

US-led airstrike kills 10 Afghan civilians
Press TV - Local officials said on Wednesday that the attack in eastern Kunar Province claimed the lives of "five children, four women and a man.” A spokesman for the US-led NATO forces said they have launched an investigation into the report. Afghans have become increasingly outraged at the seemingly endless number of deadly assaults by US-led forces in the country over the past months. The killings have been the main source of friction between Kabul and Washington.

HRW raps Israel for Gaza war violations
Press TV - “Israeli forces too often conducted airstrikes that killed Palestinian civilians and destroyed homes in Gaza without apparent legal justification,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, the Middle East director at the HRW. The international right organization’s field investigations into the attacks found no evidence of Palestinian fighters, weaponry, or other apparent military objectives at the time of the attack.

VIDEO: France war worsens life for Malians
Malians in the northern part of the country complain that they have been neglected by authorities as they are in the grip of severe shortage of food, water and medical supplies.... The war has left thousands of Malians homeless.

'Militants destroy Syria infrastructure'
Press TV - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says foreign-backed militants fighting against the government are systematically destroying the country’s infrastructure.... Since the beginning of unrest in Syria, militants have attacked and damaged many industrial and public infrastructures, including facilities providing electricity which have caused power cuts. Repeated terrorist attacks on oil and gas pipelines have also resulted in fuel shortage in Syria.

Head Of Italy’s Second Largest Industrial Conglomerate Arrested
Zero Hedge - Just when you thought you had heard it all – from Spanish politicians to Italian bankers – along comes the CEO of Italy’s Finmeccanica. Giuseppe Orsi has been arrested for his alleged involvement in a bribery to ensure the Italian aerospace company got the order for Indian military helicopters in 2010.

Petrogold: Are Russia And China Hoarding Gold Because They Plan To Kill The Petrodollar?
Economic Collapse - Since the 1970s, the U.S. dollar has been the currency that the international community has used to trade oil around the globe. This has created an overwhelming demand for U.S. dollars and U.S. debt. But what happens when the rest of the globe starts rejecting the increasingly unstable U.S. dollar and figures out that gold can be used as a currency in international trade?

Now will there be two Popes? Rome in turmoil over claim Benedict will stay on to 'advise' his successor
Daily Mail - The unprecedented scenario became apparent as the Vatican was gripped by confusion over what name and title Benedict will have when he retires. There was also deep concern over what role he may play after he has stepped down and his successor assumes authority over the Roman Catholic flock.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

LAPD pulls 'Waco' on Christopher Dorner; orders media to stand down before burning Dorner alive to silence him forever
(NaturalNews) The LAPD has pulled a Waco. Barely two hours after ordering the media to remove their helicopters from the area and cut all live feeds, the LAPD managed to set fire to the cabin occupied by Christopher Dorner and burn him alive inside it, according to media reports.... "...tear gas was fired into the house before the fire broke out," reports the Los Angeles CBS affiliate. This is the same sort of tactic that was used to burn down the Branch Davidian community in Waco, Texas in 1993.

VIDEO: Christopher Dorner's Body NOT Found, Despite Reports
Liberty Crier - LAPD told reporters that no body has been identified in the cabin in which Christopher Dorner was believed to have been hiding, following a shootout and fire. “No body has been located yet,” Commander Andrew Smith said, telling reporters that the building was still too hot for investigators to enter. “That burned cabin has not even been entered by investigators yet,” Smith said. “We are still on a holding pattern to search that.” Earlier reports had indicated that a body had been identified.

YouTube: Reality Check: Should LAPD Get To Decide If Chris Dorner Is Taken Dead Or Alive?
Quadruple-murder suspect Christopher Dorner is believed to be dead tonight after being holed up inside a cabin in Big Bear, California. A fire broke out after police broke the windows to the cabin and fired tear gas into the building. A gunshot was also fired around that time....

California cop killer is huge fan of Piers Morgan, Obama and gun control
(NaturalNews) What is far less known; however, are several details contained in his manifesto that reporters and editors don't want to discuss and don't want you to know because it would be embarrassing for their idol in Washington, D.C. One such tantalizing detail is that Dorner, who is African-American, is a huge fan of President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama....

Report: Realistic Urban Training is DHS and DOD “Conducting Desensitizing Exercises”
Mac Slavo - Just a couple years ago we reported that the U.S. military was involved in war gaming scenarios that included training for such things as large scale economic collapse and civil unrest. Photos from the training exercises showed simulated situations that included protesters holding up “We Need Food Now” signs. It was a clear sign that the government is preparing for just such an event, and that they were training military personnel to respond in the capacity of a domestic police force.

Medal Of Honor Recipient Declines Obama’s State Of The Union Invite
Daily Caller - Former Army Staff Sergeant Clint Romesha said Tuesday that he has declined President Barack Obama’s invitation to attend the State of the Union speech, which was scheduled for the day after Obama awarded him the nation’s highest military award.

YouTube: Rand Paul on the President’s State of the Union Address
CNN 2/13/13

VIDEO: Police Discuss Setting Dorner Cabin On Fire On Scanners, Scanner Traffic Silenced Say Listeners
Before It's News - Police scanners and media streams going down were reported during the Chris Dorner shootout today. Some believe there was possible 4G jamming on site. Scanner traffic: Cops torch cabin where Chris Dorner was hiding. Scanner recording of Cop Killer Christopher Dorner from SDSaxMan. Listen to the actual conversation between the police as they plan and burn the cabin down.

VIDEO: Fort Hood Hero Says Obama ‘Betrayed’ Her, Other Victims
ABC News - Three years after the White House arranged a hero's welcome at the State of the Union address for the Fort Hood police sergeant and her partner who stopped the deadly shooting there, Kimberly Munley says President Obama broke the promise he made to her that the victims would be well taken care of.

YouTube: Ben Swann; Military Brass Required to Fire on American Citizens? Dr. Jim Garrow Answers Your Questions
Ben Swann Full Disclosure conducts a one on one interview with Dr. Jim Garrow who claims the Obama administration is weeding out top military brass who are unwilling to fire upon Americans. Ben talks with Dr. Garrow and asks viewers questions.

Marines Were Disarmed for President Obama's Second Inaugural Parade - He's gutted their healthcare, plans to cut their pay and apparently, doesn't trust them either. David Codrea over at Gun Rights Examiner points out that Marines marching in President Obama's second inaugural parade recently were caring rifles without bolts, meaning they were removed.

LaRue Tactical to restrict law enforcement sales in response to gun control laws - LaRue Tactical has issued a statement on their Facebook page describing their new policy, that they will limit what products are available to state and local law enforcement to what is legal to own for all other citizens. This is a direct response to many proposed state and local laws.


Top Economic Advisers Forecast War and Unrest
Washington’s Blog - We’re already at war in numerous countries all over the world. But top economic advisers warn that economic factors could lead to a new world war.

The Silver Chart Predicting $200 Silver by 2018: Silver’s Parabolic Up-trend Channel Suggests Massive Silver Move is Imminent - Today’s chart of the day examines silver’s 12 year logarithmic parabolic up-trend chart that began in 2001. Silver is just now approaching it’s parabolic up-trend line for the first time since 2009, and only 2nd time since 2002.

Fed Has Bought More US Debt in 2013 Than Treasury Has Issued! - The next time you hear propaganda from Fed officials or the financial MSM that the Fed will end QE by the end of 2013, please recall this startling statistic: thus far in 2013, the Fed has increased its Treasury bond holdings by $51.1 billion, while the official US debt has increased by only $47.2 billion over the same period.

Bill to allow North Va counties to impose 1% income tax without public vote passes Va. Senate
Washington Post - This income taxing authority actually already exists in Virginia law, with one important condition: It must be approved by a public referendum. The new law would eliminate that referendum, allowing a new income tax to be imposed simply by the local city council or board of supervisors passing a new ordinance.

Energy & Environment

VIDEO: Anti-Smart Meter Activists Fill City Council Meeting, Say City Broke Its Own Laws Arresting Two Women
The Blaze - In a phone interview with TheBlaze Thursday one of the Naperville Smart Meter Awareness leaders, Tom Glass, said it isn’t even really about smart meters anymore. “This has little to do with smart meters now,” Glass said. “This is about an overbearing government.” Video footage of the meeting shows Glass addressing the city council, saying that the women — Jennifer Stahl and Malia “Kim” Bendis who were arrested Jan. 23 – were not only within their rights to film public employees conducting official duties but that their property rights were violated according to the city’s own code.

Assumption sinkhole gets bigger Tuesday - Parish officials reported roughly 5,000 square feet of land sloughed off into the sinkhole Tuesday morning and that by Tuesday afternoon, the land-loss had grown to an estimated 7,500 square feet, said John Boudreaux, director of the Assumption Parish Office of Homeland Security.

Major Eastern Snowstorm Potential This Weekend
AccuWeather - A storm has a chance to take a sharp enough left turn up the East Coast this weekend, perhaps affecting the U.S. and neighboring Canada. The storm would be part of a series of potentially major weather events through the end of February. Part of the system that could produce a major storm along the East Coast this weekend (Feb. 16 and 17, 2013) was still over the northern part of the Pacific Ocean to start the week.


Imported seafood is full of chemicals, drugs and feces - yet the FDA inspects hardly any of it
(NaturalNews) Most imported seafood, including shrimp, is from large fish farms in Asia, including China, Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam. There are also seafood or fish farms in Canada, Mexico, and South America that export to the U.S. and others countries.

Prostate cancer treatment increases risk of fracture, death
(NaturalNews) Men who undergo a hormone deprivation treatment for prostate cancer are significantly more likely to suffer from fractures, and many of the men who suffer from fractures are significantly more likely to die, according a study conducted by researchers from the Cancer Institute of New Jersey, the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and published in the journal BJU International.

Confirmed: Heart Problems Linked to SSRI Antidepressants
Dr. Mercola - New research published in the journal BMJ has added further support for this warning after finding that Celexa and other antidepressants, including Lexapro and Elavil, may extend the electrical activity in your heart (known as a QT interval), potentially leading to abnormal heart rhythms, which in turn can lead to dizziness, fainting or even sudden death.

Low vitamin D levels proven to be deadly, increase mortality
(NaturalNews) Published in the journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis Vascular, Biology, the study found that individuals with the lowest vitamin D levels have a significantly higher risk of developing ischemic heart disease, myocardial infarction (MI), or fatal ischemic heart disease and MI, or dying an early death, compared to individuals with the highest vitamin D levels.

VIDEO: Publication Bias—the Hidden Systematic Flaw in Medicine that Can Threaten Your Life
Dr. Mercola - Half of all clinical trials ever completed on the medical treatments currently in use have never been published in the medical literature. Trials with positive results for the test treatment are about twice as likely to be published, and this applies to both academic research and industry studies

Seven signs you might have food sensitivities - and what to do about them
(NaturalNews) It is estimated that as many as 15 million Americans, six million of whom are young children, have food allergies that exhibit obvious and sometimes life-threatening symptoms upon exposure. But countless millions of others -- the Food Intolerance Institute of Australia says up to 75 percent of all people -- have food sensitivities that oftentimes go undetected, as symptoms can be mild, sporadic, or even varying, which makes identifying the culprit or culprits difficult and confusing.

Saying "I Love You" With Chocolate Just Got Better
Green Med Info - Valentine's Day, the holiday traditionally associated with love, is most notably celebrated with chocolate. For the true chocoholic, just thinking about chocolate can evoke pleasure, though the body's physical response is likely due to one or more of the cacao bean's more than 380 known chemicals.

The 7 Most Prescribed Drugs In The World And Their Natural Counterparts
Waking Times - Prescriptions for pain, cholesterol reduction, high blood pressure, hypothyroidism, antacids, antipsychotics, diabetes and antibiotics make up 100% of the most prescribed drugs. Make a commitment to yourself right now and start incorporating some of these amazing foods into your diet with no consequence of side effects. When you accept this, you will get off prescription medications for good.

A Natural, Inexpensive, Easily Accessible, Safer Treatment for Depression?
ANH - Not if pharmacists have their way! Action Alert! Pharmacists Planning Service (PPS), a “public health, consumer, and pharmacy education” nonprofit, is petitioning the FDA to change the designation of St. John’s Wort from “herbal dietary supplement status” to “behind pharmacy counter status” (BPCS)—a designation that requires pharmacist consultation—citing dangerous side effects and drug interactions.

Heart Attack Grill spokesman dies from heart attack
Alleman is the second unofficial spokesman to die in the restaurant's nearly two-year history in Las Vegas. In March 2011, Blair River — known as the Grill's "Gentle Giant" — died of flu-related pneumonia, Basso said at the time. The 575-pound spokesman was just 29. Since then, the Heart Attack Grill had a spate of health-related incidents that seem to live up to the restaurant's fated name.

Science & Technology

You’re Paying Every Month for the Obama Phone Boondoggle
Kurt Nimmo - If you have a wireless or landline phone, you’re paying for millions of people to get a free phone. The cost is deducted from your monthly bill. The average deduction is around $2.50 per month. Last year the FCC determined a staggering 41% of more than six million subscribers participating in the “free phone” program either couldn’t demonstrate their eligibility or didn’t bother to respond when asked for certification.

YouTube: Ron Paul has NOT gone to the UN to strong-arm
And it's time to stop this claim and issue an apology!

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Heirloom Seed Banks Come to Public Libraries
Activist Post - NPR recently reported on an interesting new phenomenon of heirloom seeds being checked out like books through public libraries. The program which has expanded to over 12 public libraries works something like this: Local gardeners save seeds from their most successful plants and donate them to the library. Library members can then 'check out' the seeds to plant in their gardens on the promise to then save seeds from the best plants and return them to the library.

“Big Farma” Still Trying to Hide Dirty Secrets
ANH - Five states have introduced seven different “Ag-Gag bills” to silence people who try to expose CAFO practices.... It’s not just that these bills trample the First Amendment. It’s that these bills are designed to keep the filthy, profoundly unsanitary conditions at factory farms—CAFOs, or Confined Animal Feeding Operations—from being exposed to the public.... The current spate of bills are not novel: ten states introduced similar legislation in 2011–12, and bills were passed in Iowa, Missouri, and Utah.

Today in History - Tuesday -  February 12, 2013
1733 - Savannah, GA, was founded by English colonist James Oglethorpe.
1870 - In the Utah Territory, women gained the right to vote.
1878 - Frederick W. Thayer patented the baseball catcher’s mask.
1879 - The first artificial ice rink opened in North America. It was at Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY.
1892 - In the U.S., President Lincoln's birthday was declared to be a national holiday.
1909 - The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was founded.
1912 - China's boy emperor Hsuan T'ung announced that he was abdicating, ending the Manchu Ch'ing dynasty. Subsequently, the Republic of China was established.
1915 - The cornerstone of the Lincoln Memorial was laid in Washington, DC.
1924 - U.S. President Calvin Coolidge made the first presidential political speech on radio.
1971 - James Cash (J.C.) Penney died at the age of 95. The company closed for business for one-half day as a memorial to the company's founder.
1973 - The State of Ohio went metric, becoming the first in the U.S. to post metric distance signs.
1973 - American prisoners of war were released for the first time during the Vietnam conflict.
1993 - In Liverpool, England, a 2-year-old boy, James Bulger, was lured away from his mother at a shopping mall and beaten to death. Two ten-year-old boys were responsible.
1998 - A U.S. federal judge declared that the presidential line-item veto was unconstitutional.
1999 - U.S. President Clinton was acquitted by the U.S. Senate on two impeachment articles. The charges were perjury and obstruction of justice.
2001 - The space probe NEAR landed on the asteroid Eros. It was the first time that any craft had landed on a small space rock.
2002 - Kenneth Lay, former Enron CEO, exercised his constitutional rights and refused to testify to the U.S. Congress about the collapse of Enron.
2002 - The trial of former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic began at the U.N. tribunal in The Hague. Milosevic was accused of war crimes during the Balkan wars of the 1990s.
2002 - Pakistan charged three men in connection with the kidnapping of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in Karachi.
2003 - The U.N. nuclear agency declared North Korea in violation of international treaties. The complaint was sent to the Security Council.

World News

US-led nightraid kills 12 in Afghanistan
Press TV - At least 12 Afghan people have been killed in a nightraid carried out by the US-led forces in eastern Afghanistan.

At least 13 killed, 33 wounded in bomb blast near Turkish-Syrian border - At least 13 people have been killed and 33 others wounded in a bomb blast near the Turkish-Syrian border. The blast occurred near the Turkish town of Reyhanli, at the Cilvegozu border gate. A Turkish government official has confirmed that the explosion originated from a vehicle, and was not a mortar round. “There was an explosion in the no-man’s zone. It was not a mortar attack. It was very strong,” a Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman said.

Mali reluctant to accept UN peacekeepers: UN
Press TV - Jan Eliasson, the deputy secretary general of the United Nations, said on Monday that the Malian government was hesitant to allow UN peacekeepers to be deployed in the country, despite a growing convergence on the need for such an operation among the five permanent members of the Security Council and the Economic Community of West African States.

French-led forces search homes in Mali
Press TV - French-led troops have conducted house-to-house searches for local fighters in Mali’s northern city of Gao after they seized the strategic city. Reports say that some of the fighters hid among the population after French and Malian forces took control of the city on Monday.

N. Korea confirms 'successful' 3rd nuclear test - state media
RT - The seismic event detected in North Korea was the result of a third nuclear test, Pyongyang has confirmed. Seoul estimated the yield of the suspected nuclear device at 6 to 7 kilotons.... Pyongyang says the move was part of an effort to protect its national security and sovereignty, citing US opposition to the recent North Korean space launch.

US plans drones for ‘new Asia threat’
Press TV - Pentagon’s new focus on Asia would demand “a new mix of drones and other aircraft” since nations in the region are better capable of detecting and shooting down American assassination and spying drones, AP reports Tuesday citing senior US military commanders. The plan, however, will not affect CIA’s terror drone strikes in Pakistan, Yemen and elsewhere.

US, Israel wage war against Press TV
Press TV - This week, the US government, as part of unilateral sanctions against Iran, censored Press TV, removing it from satellite broadcast across all of North America. The reason they gave is insane. They claim to have silenced Press TV, an Iranian based broadcast service, in order to “prevent censorship.”

China overtakes US as world’s largest trading country
RT - According to various estimates, China has the world’s biggest new car market, is the biggest energy user, and holds the largest foreign currency reserves. China became the world’s biggest exporter in 2009, and its GDP growth rate has averaged 9.9% a year since the 1970s. In 2011 China’s GDP growth rate stood at 9.20%, compared to 1.80% in the US during the same year.

Russia introduces lie-detector tests for police applicants
RT - Following a string of scandals, the interior minister has ordered that anyone who wants to join the police in Russia should undergo a polygraph test for illegal drug use.... The test should detect possible abuse of alcohol, illegal drugs or any psychotropic substances. According to the procedure, the applicant receives the questions before the actual test and reserves the right to stop the questioning at any moment. The test results are classified and remain in archives for six months.

Deadly and mysterious coronavirus detected in the UK for second time
RT - The 10th global case of the potentially fatal coronavirus was found in northern England. A patient is in intensive care suffering from the SARS-like infection, which has killed five so far, and sparked a global alert last September.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Presidential Memorandum: "Unforeseen emergency exists that requires immediate military assistance to Chad and France" - I hereby determine that an unforeseen emergency exists that requires immediate military assistance to Chad and France in their efforts to secure Mali from terrorists and violent extremists. I further determine that these requirements cannot be met under the authority of the Arms Export Control Act or any other provision of law. I, therefore, direct the drawdown of up to $50 million in defense services of the Department of Defense for these purposes and under the authorities of section 506(a)(1) of the Act.

GUN BAN COVER-UP: If the semi-auto firearm has anything to grip it by, it is banned... | by Alan Korwin - I've just finished reading the 122 pages of Diane Feinstein's latest "gun-control" bill, Senate Bill S.150, and was surprised to find some important things missing. Even more surprising was one small item briefly mentioned on page 13 that has not been reported in any "news" coverage I have seen. It's a whopper -- it invalidates her entire list of guns, and I've written ten books on this topic, I know what I'm saying! -- but first, here's what's missing...

VIDEO: Judge Napolitano on the Unusual Circumstances Surrounding the Manhunt for Christopher Dorner
Daily Paul - Judge Napolitano on the Unusual Circumstances Surrounding the Manhunt for Christopher Dorner. Fox News | February 11, 2013.

LAPD literally trying to execute Christopher Dorner while endangering LA citizens with random 'shoot to kill' gunfire
(NaturalNews) I've never seen a police force look as pathetic and weak as the LAPD does right now. The entire police force has been thrust into a state of complete terror by the actions of one police officer named Christopher Dorner who allegedly has gone on a cop-killing rampage. According to The Telegraph, "Around 50 LAPD officers and their families remain under protection at their homes amid fears Dorner would come out of hiding to target them..."

Senator Rand Paul to Deliver Tea Party Response to SOTU
Tea Party Express, the nation’s largest tea party political action committee, will host the Tea Party response to President Obama’s State of the Union Address directly following the Republican response by Senator Marco Rubio. Senator Rand Paul will deliver the Tea Party response at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.... The Tea Party response will be streaming live at

Congress Prepares to Kill 6th Amendment with Secret “Drone Court”
Kurt Nimmo - Feinstein has proposed “legislation to ensure that drone strikes are carried out in a manner consistent with our values, and the proposal to create an analogue of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to review the conduct of such strikes,” in other words a secret tribunal that will hand down kill orders for Americans the government believes are “suspected militants.”

Obamacare Amendment Forbids Gun and Ammo Registration
Breitbart - Good news -- it has become known that hidden deep within the massive 2800-page bill called Obamacare there is a Senate Amendment protecting the right to keep and bear arms. It seems that in their haste to cram socialized medicine down the throats of the American people, then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Barack Obama overlooked Senate amendment 3276, Sec. 2716, part c. According to reports, that amendment says the government cannot use doctors to collect "any information relating to the lawful ownership or possession of a firearm or ammunition."

VIDEO: Flags Flown Upside Down In Florida Gun Control Protests
Steve Watson - Residents in West Palm Beach, Florida are flying US flags upside down outside their businesses and properties in protest of strict gun control proposals by the Obama administration.

School Board Wants To Take Copyrights Away From Students And Teachers
Donna Anderson - A proposal under consideration by a school board in Upper Marlboro, MD, is intended to protect the privacy rights of the school district but it may end up stifling creativity. If it passes, Prince George County Board of Education will own the copyright on all work done by students and teachers, regardless of where that work was performed or for what reason.

Man Sues TSA For $5 Million Following Peanut Butter Arrest
Steve Watson - 24 hours in a cell for joking about sandwich spread. Frank Hannibal, 50, was detained and dragged from LaGuardia Airport recently by police after a run-in with TSA agents over the jar of gourmet sandwich spread. “The liquid oil that separated from the peanut butter had them baffled,” Hannibal told the New York Daily News. Hannibal then commented to his wife and children that “They’re looking to confiscate my explosives,” as TSA agents inspected the 16-ounce jar of “Crazy Richards” chunky peanut butter.


Gas prices hit a historic high - A combination of high crude prices, refinery shutdowns, and early speculation has sent gas prices soaring to seasonal highs earlier than usual this year, with no signs of prices at the pump falling until spring, according to recent estimates.

City hikes taxes on Sandy-hit houses
NY Post - The city is claiming that property values have actually shot up for many homes in Manhattan Beach and it’s going ahead with hefty tax hikes for the houses devastated by the October superstorm, shocked property owners told The Post. Homeowners in other neighborhoods hit by Sandy, including Coney Island, the Rockaways and parts of Staten Island, also said they’ve received increases.

Show This To Anyone That Believes That “Things Are Getting Better” In America
Economic Collapse - As a result of our very foolish short-term thinking, we have now run up a national debt of 16.4 trillion dollars. It is the largest debt in the history of the world, and it has gotten more than 23 times larger since Jimmy Carter first entered the White House. The chart that you see below is a recipe for national financial suicide... When Barack Obama first entered the White House, the U.S. debt to GDP ratio was under 70 percent. Today, it is up to 103 percent.

Gold Sellers in Houston Must Submit to Fingerprints and Mugshots
Kurt Nimmo Last week the Houston City Council passed an ordinance requiring people who sell precious metals to be fingerprinted and photographed. According to KTRK-TV, the ordinance is “meant to help track down criminals who try to resell stolen valuables.

Meet The 31 Corporations and Banks That Dodged $128 Billion in US Taxes - Sen. Bernie Sanders released a report today directly taking on the Business Roundtable, by outing 31 banks and corporations who have dodged $128 billion in taxes.

Veteran News

Esquire article wrongly claims SEAL who killed bin Laden is denied healthcare
Stars and Stripes - The story details the life of the Navy SEAL after the successful raid to take out the No. 1 terrorist, and it asserts that once the SEAL got out of the military he was left to fend for himself. Nothing. No pension, no health care, and no protection for himself or his family.” Except the claim about health care is wrong.

YouTube: 70,000 US Service Personnel Exposed To Radiation: Operation Tomodachi 3/11
Operation Tomodachi was a humanitarian mission conducted in Japan after the 9.0 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster that began March 11th, 2011 and lasted 80 days. 70,000 US servicemen & women from the Navy, Airforce, Army & Marines delivered food, blankets & water in areas of devastation. What they didn't know was the severity of radiation exposure they received since TEPCO refused to acknowledge the extent of what was happening at the Fukushima plant.

YouTube: Ron Paul's Texas Straight Talk: Unintended Consequences of a Violent Foreign Policy
Ron Paul: "Last year more US troops died by suicide than died in combat in Afghanistan. More than 20 percent of military personnel deployed to combat will develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Some 32 percent of US soldiers reported depression after deployments. More than 20 percent of active-duty military are on potentially dangerous psychotropic drugs... "

Energy & Environment

Pilgrim nuclear plant loses power again - Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth once again lost power Sunday, after having it restored for several hours following an offsite outage Friday night. Three diesel generators are now providing back-up power to the facility’s safety systems, said Carol Wightman, a spokeswoman for Entergy Corp., the Louisiana company that owns Pilgrim.

Another Harvard doctor warns about Wi-Fi in schools (Autism & EMF: 550 published citations) - EMF/RFR from wifi and cell towers can exert a disorganizing effect on the ability to learn and remember, and can also be destabilizing to immune and metabolic function. This will make it harder for some children to learn, particularly those who are already having problems in the first place.


Beat chronic depression and stress with Co-Q10
(NaturalNews) It's well known that Co-Q10 or Coenzyme Q10 is beneficial for maintaining a healthy heart or even restoring health to an ailing heart. There are also other benefits from Co-Q10 which will be explained later in this article.

Cleanse the liver to improve health
(NaturalNews) Cleansing is important. It is so important that there are several organs that are responsible for keeping the body cleansed. Chief among these organs is the liver. Responsible for the regulation of our metabolism and purifying our blood, the liver plays a key role in our overall health.

Scientists Point Out Corruption in Vaccine's Promotion
Green Med Info - Using Merck's Gardasil vaccine as a case in point, an investigation documents Big Pharma's near-total control of governmental health agency decisions and the utter lack of concern by the decision makers. However, some scientists are speaking out, and here's what they have to say.

Vaccine Propaganda Heats Up—The Latest Scandals You Need to Be Aware of
Dr. Mercola - Three recent studies severely challenge the claim that the flu vaccine will protect you against the flu. A multicenter study by researchers in eight European countries indicated that overall vaccine effectiveness against influenza A/H3N2 in the first months of the season was 38%, but after mid-February, it dropped to -1%. Norwegian researchers blame vitamin D deficiency for the latest flu epidemic in the Netherlands.

VIDEO: Safety of Flame Retardants in Question
Dr. Mercola - The average U.S. home contains multiple sources of toxic flame-retardant chemicals (polybrominated diphenyl ethers, or PBDEs)... They outgas into your home regularly and are commonly found in household dust, where they are inhaled. PBDEs are also found in various foods, including wild and farm-raised fish and the most "pure" food of all, breast milk.

Iodine Protects Against Fluoride Toxicity
Green Med Info - There is growing evidence that Americans would have better health and a lower incidence of cancer and fibrocystic disease of the breast if they consumed more iodine. A decrease in iodine intake coupled with an increased consumption of competing halogens, fluoride and bromide, has created an epidemic of iodine deficiency in America.

Insulin Doubles Death Rate in Type 2 Diabetics: Study
Gaia Health - A new study clearly documents that the standard treatment for type 2 diabetes is a killer, resulting in more than double the deaths. The treatment justification has always been based on irrelevant criteria—just as it is with most pharmaceutical treatments.

Over 9 Kiwi Fruit Benefits - Boosting the Immune System, Vision, and Heart Health
Natural Society - Did you know that this fruit also offers numerous health benefits? It's time to experience all of the kiwi fruit benefits that the fruit has to offer. Here are over 9 health benefits.

Green Tea and Tai Chi Reduce Inflammation, Enhance Bone Health
Natural Society - Some recent research suggests that the benefits of green tea can be augmented when the tea is paired with another Eastern practice—tai chi.

Home Remedies for Ringworm - 6 Natural Ringworm Treatments
Natural Society - Ringworm, also known as tinea, is a health issue characterized by a red, itchy, unattractive ring that appears on the body. The issue is actually a contagious fungal infection (has nothing to do with worms)... While ringworm treatments most often consist of creams and ointments found at your local pharmacy, there are indeed a number of natural home remedies for ringworm which people have been utilizing for countless years.

Science & Technology

Ron Paul Files Request to Seize Website
Intel Hub - Retired Congressman Ron Paul is no longer a public figure and, now that he’s back in the free market, has filed a complaint with the World Intellectual Property Organization, an agency of the United Nations, against web sites using his name to promote goods, services and newsletters. Related video: Fox News: Ron Paul Has No Legal Right...

6 Military Grade Solutions For Keeping Your Data Safe
Activist Post - Whether you work for a three-letter government agency or on top of a roof pounding nails, we all have sensitive information that we want to keep away from prying eyes. These days our most private data is stored on computer hard drives, from passwords to credit card details to sensitive documents and family photos.

Sources: Obama to issue cybersecurity order on Wednesday
The Hill - The highly anticipated directive from President Obama is expected to be released at a briefing Wednesday morning at the U.S. Department of Commerce... The executive order would establish a voluntary program in which companies operating critical infrastructure would elect to meet cybersecurity best practices and standards crafted, in part, by the government.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Country’s Largest Raw Milk Supplier Sues FDA for Ban on Interstate Sales - Mark McAfee of Organic Pastures – the largest raw milk dairy in the country, based out of Fresno, California – has had enough and is taking the FDA to court.... He wants to sell his fine product to stores in Arizona, where people have been demanding it. It’s natural – really natural, unlike the naturally labeled “stuff” in commercial grocery stores – wholesome and safe.

Today in History - Monday -  February 11, 2013
1752 - The Pennsylvania Hospital opened as the very first hospital in America.
1808 - Judge Jesse Fell experimented by burning anthracite coal to keep his house warm. He successfully showed how clean the coal burned and how cheaply it could be used as a heating fuel.
1812 - The term "gerrymandering" had its beginning when the governor of Massachusetts, Elbridge Gerry, signed a redistricting law that favored his party.
1929 - The Lateran Treaty was signed. Italy now recognized the independence and sovereignty of Vatican City.
1936 - Pumping began the process to build San Francisco's Treasure Island.
1937 - General Motors agreed to recognize the United Automobile Workers Union, which ended the current sit-down strike against them.
1943 - General Dwight David Eisenhower was selected to command the allied armies in Europe. (Today in World War II History)
1945 - During World War II, the Yalta Agreement was signed by U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin. (Today in World War II History)
1958 - Ruth Carol Taylor was the first black woman to become a stewardess by making her initial flight.
1972 - McGraw-Hill Publishing Co. and Life magazine canceled plans to publish an autobiography of Howard Hughes. The work turned out to be fake.
1975 - Margaret Thatcher became the first woman to head a major party in Britain when she was elected leader of the Conservative Party.
1979 - Nine days after the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini returned to Iran (after 15 years in exile) power was seized by his followers.
1982 - France nationalized five groups of major industries and 39 banks.
1984 - The tenth Space Shuttle mission returned to Earth safely.
1989 - Rev. Barbara C. Harris became the first woman to be consecrated as a bishop in the Episcopal Church.
1990 - Nelson Mandela was freed after 27 years in captivity.
1993 - Janet Reno was appointed to the position of attorney general by U.S. President Clinton. She was the first female to hold the position.
2000 - The space shuttle Endeavor took off. The mission was to gather information for the most detailed map of the earth ever made.
2006 - In Texas, U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shot and wounded a companion during a quail hunt.
2009 - John Dingell of Michigan became the longest serving member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He had more than 53 years of service.

World News

VIDEO: Russia Deploys EMP / Bunker-Buster Missiles in its Western Military Divisions
InvestmentWatch - Russia’s 20th Army incorporated in the Western Military District will be supplied with Iskander-M tactical missile systems and other modern weapons.... Iskander can carry 480kg of conventional warheads including HE fragmentation, submunition, penetration, fuel-air explosive and electro-magnetic pulse. The minimum firing range of the missile is 50km and the maximum is 280km.

French copter bombs Mali’s Gao
Press TV - A French combat helicopter has bombarded an area in Mali’s northern city of Gao, where fighters have been clashing with French-led forces since February 9.

Iran to open world’s largest refining unit
Press TV - Iran's deputy oil minister has announced that despite the illegal US-led sanctions against Tehran, the Islamic Republic will soon inaugurate the world’s largest oil refining unit with the capacity of purifying over 90, 000 barrels of oil per day.

Pope Benedict XVI resigns
Telegraph - Pope Benedict XVI has announced he will resign on February 28th, saying he no longer had the strength to fulfill the duties of his office. The 85-year-old Pope announced his decision in Latin during a meeting of Vatican cardinals on Monday morning.

Donkey meat scandal likely in UK
Press TV - Amid worsening horse meat scandal in Britain that has forced the country’s food standard agency to test all beef products for the presence of horse meat, worries are now being raised that meat suppliers could be also feeding people with donkey meat.

Australian government caught spraying highly-dangerous, illegal chemicals on fragile wetlands
(NaturalNews) Australia is often reputed as having one of the most effective regulatory systems in the world for ensuring the safe use of chemicals. But it recently came to our attention that a regional government body in the state of Queensland has decided to develop its own endocrine-disrupting herbicide solution, which it is now spraying across large swaths of the area's coastal region to target an invasive weed species, that is also poisoning plants, animals and potentially even humans.

US ambassador claims France payed $17 million in ransom to Islamists
RT - A former US ambassador claims that France shoveled out $17 million to free a group of hostages held in Mali, only to have the money up in the hands of al-Qaeda militants and significantly strengthen the terrorist group. And the hostages were never freed.

YouTube: Syrian militants train child soldiers'
Press TV - New video footage has surfaced online showing the foreign-sponsored militants in Syria recruiting dozens of children and teenagers. The video, which was posted on the internet recently, shows the commander of a US-backed group in the northern province of Aleppo saying when the children arrive, they are children, but when they leave, they become killing machines.

Press TV, iFilm taken off air in US, Canada
Press TV - In another flagrant violation of freedom of speech, Iranian channels Press TV and iFilm have been removed from the Galaxy 19 satellite platform. The satellite platform provided broadcast services to the viewers of the 24-hour English-language Iranian news channel, Press TV, and the film channel, iFilm, in the United States and Canada.

VIDEO/ARTICLE: 'Lift the Burden': Tens of thousands march against austerity in Ireland
RT - The Irish Congress of Trade Unions,which organized the rallies, claimed more than 100,000 people attended, with some 60,000 marching in Dublin. Demonstrators also protested in Cork, Galway, Limerick, Sligo and Waterford.

This Before And After Image Of Afghanistan Is Hard To Believe
Business Insider - This image of Afghanistan might be hard to wrap your head around, but it’s totally accurate. Prior to three-plus decades of war, Afghanistan, and Kabul in particular, had a pretty solid setup, one that westerners would often visit.

France, UK promise punishment in horsemeat scandal
Press TV - French Consumer Affairs Minister Benoit Hamon announced on Saturday that investigations have traced the horsemeat to Romania, but there were also links with French, Dutch and Cypriot companies as well as a factory in Luxembourg.

Canadian businesses lobby for the right to infect peoples' computers with viruses and rootkits - A coalition of Canadian industry groups, including the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, the Canadian Marketing Association, the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association and the Entertainment Software Association of Canada, are demanding legalized spyware for private enforcement purposes. The demand comes as part of a review of anti-spam and spyware legislation in Canada.

7.0 magnitude quake in Colombia: USGS
AFP - A 7.0 magnitude quake shook southern Colombia Saturday and was felt as far away as Quito, Ecuador, authorities said. ...located 11 kilometers (7 miles) southwest of Pasto, Colombia, a city of 400,000 people at the foot of the Galeras volcano, according to the US Geological Survey.
* Related Article: Stan's Earthquake / Volcanic Forecasts

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Christopher Dorner has become the first human target for remotely-controlled airborne drones on US soil
Express - They believe burly, heavily-armed Christopher Dorner is holed-up in the wilderness of California’s snow-capped San Bernardino mountains 80 miles east of Los Angeles.... The use of drones was later confirmed by Customs and Border Patrol spokesman Ralph DeSio, who revealed agents have been prepared for Dorner to make a dash for the Mexican border since his rampage began.

The Housing Police Are Getting Teeth From ObamaCare
Real Estate Bloggers - Obamacare has opened the door for the government to get inside your home. With a new push incorporating multiple agencies of the federal government, including the White House Council on Environmental Quality, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Surgeon General, and Energy Department, there is a push to create a unified plan for regulating and inspecting the homes in the United States.
* Related Article: All Americans 'Must Have 'Healthy Housing'

VIDEO: Dr. Benjamin Carson Teaches Obama About American Liberty
Liberty Crier - A unique speech delivered at this mornings National Prayer Breakfast in President Barack Obama’s presence. Carson suggested that political correctness is a “dangerous” threat to free speech and encouraged Americans to share their views without hesitation. Carson also included his ideas on the national debt, deficits, taxation and health care; he explains his personal position on each matter.
* Related Video: Dr Ben Carson Tells Hannity Why He Spoke Out...

VIDEO: California Announces Semi-auto Confiscation Plan
Kurt Nimmo - Democrats in control of the state Legislature unveiled ten proposals they boasted will make California the most restrictive state in the nation for possessing legally purchased firearms.... The new law would outlaw all semiautomatic weapons in the state and force gun owners to load bullets one at a time. CBS News reports that authorities also want to make prohibitions apply to current gun owners, thus resulting in confiscation.

30-Year CIA Vet Talks False Flag At Brookings Institution
Jurriaan Maessen - In a recent article published on the website of the Brookings Institution, 30 year CIA veteran and current Brookings senior fellow, Bruce Riedel talks false flag ops in relation to Algerian counter-terrorism units. In his article Algeria a Complex Ally in War Against al Qaeda, Riedel gives a description of the Algerian counter-terrorism unit DRS and its methods...

Marbury v. Madison - US Supreme Court Decision that any law that violates the Constitution is automatically void - Thus, the particular phraseology of the Constitution of the United States confirms and strengthens the principle, supposed to be essential to all written Constitutions, that a law repugnant to the Constitution is void, and that courts, as well as other departments, are bound by that instrument.

The Fema Camp Bill is Back! - The latest iteration of this bill has been introduced as House Resolution 390 otherwise known as the National Emergency Centers Establishment Act. This bill would authorize not fewer than 6 military installations as sites for the establishment of national emergency centers to be run by FEMA under the command of the Secretary of Homeland Security.

DHS Watchdog OKs ‘Suspicionless’ Seizure of Electronic Devices Along Border
Wired - The Department of Homeland Security’s civil rights watchdog has concluded that travelers along the nation’s borders may have their electronics seized and the contents of those devices examined for any reason whatsoever — all in the name of national security.

FAA Releases New Drone List—Is Your Town on the Map?
EFF - The Federal Aviation Administration has finally released a new drone authorization list. This list, released in response to EFF’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit, includes law enforcement agencies and universities across the country, and—for the first time—an Indian tribal agency.

Pennsylvania troopers to use blood, not breath, to determine if drivers are under influence - State troopers will use blood, not breath, to determine whether drivers are under the influence of alcohol, because the state Superior Court is scrutinizing a county judge's ruling that questions the accuracy of breath tests.

New Bill Seeks to Severely Restrict Homeschooling in South Carolina
Activist Post - According to an email alert sent out by the Home School Legal Defense Association, a new bill is being introduced in the South Carolina State House of Representatives that would threaten the ability of South Carolinians to effectively and legally homeschool their children as well as further reducing choice in terms of which homeschooling option is selected.

Hawaii: First time a state legislature instead of voters defies federal marijuana prohibition laws
Activist Post - The bill HB 699, Personal Use of Marijuana; Licenses to Cultivate, Manufacture, Test, or Sell Marijuana, was introduced on January 24th of this year and is modeled after the measures passed in Colorado and Washington.... The Judiciary Committee of the Hawaii State House is set to vote on the bill on February 12th sending in to a full vote in the House.


Navy: Lincoln refueling and overhaul delayed citing "lack of funds" -- The delay in the RCOH for the Lincoln translates into a carrier that will be undeployable for the foreseeable future. It is ‘not possible to restore,’ the carrier to active service without the $3.3 billion overhaul, [Navy spokesperson] Hillson said. Under the current Continuing Resolution (CR), the Navy is $1.5 billion short on its accounts.

YouTube: Ron Paul: Currency Devaluation Is `Dangerous'
Bloomberg 2/8/2013 - Former Congressman Ron Paul, a Texas Republican, talks about governments' strategy of devaluing their currency to gain an advantage in trade. The yen jumped the most in almost two years against the dollar after Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso said the pace of its recent slide has been to rapid. Paul speaks with Sara Eisen on Bloomberg Television's "Lunch Money."

Veteran News

US Air Force veteran added to no-fly list after visiting sickly mom
RT - A 10-year veteran of the US Air Force is once again unable to return to his home after being mysteriously added to a federal no-fly list for a second time.

Housing Market

Arkansas law jails tenants who don’t pay their rent
Raw Story - Under a state law in Arkansas, renters can be imprisoned for failing to pay their rent. According to a report by Human Rights Watch, titled “Pay the Rent or Face Arrest: Abusive Impacts of Arkansas’s Criminal Evictions Law,” hundreds of tenants each year are taken to court, fined and jailed under the state’s “failure to vacate” law.

Energy & Environment

VIDEO: Dozens injured, roofs ripped off homes, as tornado tears through Mississippi, Alabama
RT - The disaster damaged mainly the city of Hattiesburg, including its university campus, with 10 people injured in the surrounding Forrest County. The university released a statement saying no one was hurt, but that it was under a state of emergency.

Northeast digs out from blizzard; new storm brews in Plains
Reuters - The Northeast started digging itself out after a blizzard dumped up to 40 inches of snow with hurricane force winds, killing at least nine people and leaving hundreds of thousands without power. By early Sunday, utility companies were reporting roughly 350,000 customers still without electricity across a nine-state region... Air traffic began to return to normal Sunday after some 5,800 flights were canceled Friday and Saturday, according to Flightaware, a flight tracking service.

Mass. nuclear power plant loses power, shuts down during snowstorm; NRC monitoring
Washington Post - The NRC says the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant in Plymouth experienced an automatic shutdown at around 9:15 p.m. Friday after losing off-site power. Spokesman Neil Sheehan says the plant has declared an unusual event, which is the lowest level of emergency classification.

Duke Energy to Seek $1.65 billion from Florida customers for its failed reactor
Bloomberg - Duke Energy Corp, the largest U.S. utility owner, will permanently shut its Crystal River nuclear power plant in Florida after deciding the risks and costs associated with repairing it outweighed the benefits. Duke will seek $1.65 billion from Florida customers for its failed investments in the reactor, the Charlotte, North Carolina-based company said in a filing today. The cost recovery can begin in 2017 and last 20 years under a settlement approved by state regulators last year.

Maine “Smart Meter” Opponents File Expert Testimony in Supreme Court Case - In Maine’s ongoing PUC investigation into the safety of smart meters, opponents turned up the heat this week on Central Maine Power (CMP). Complainants in the case filed their comprehensive expert and lay witness testimony with the Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC). The submissions detail biological and health effects from radiofrequency or microwave radiation (RF) and smart meters.

Evergreen Aviation Admits to Chemtrail Contracts with USAF - Evergreen Aviation, one of the worlds largest private aviation companies admits to weather modification service. On their own website in the Markets section for their New Super Tanker they state Weather modification among other interesting service markets.


Surprising Health Hazards Associated with an All-Fruit Diet
Dr. Mercola - Fruits are loaded with healthy antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, which is why eating them in moderation is fine for healthy people.... Fructose, a simple sugar found in fruit, is preferentially metabolized to fat in your liver, and eating large amounts has been linked to negative metabolic and endocrine effects. So eating very large amounts – or worse, nothing but fruit – can logically increase your risk of a number of health conditions, from insulin and leptin resistance to cancer.

Researchers dumbfounded by Philadelphia's increase in Type I diabetics under the age of five
(NaturalNews) Parents, listen up. It was announced on February 3, 2013 that between 1985 and 2005, researchers took a registry of young patients in Philadelphia and found a staggering increase, 70 percent in fact, in children under five having Type I diabetes. This is according to the work presented in the journal Diabetes Care. This is similar to findings across the United States and in Europe.

Magnesium: Helping people achieve better health
(NaturalNews) Around 50 percent of the magnesium in the body can be found in the bones while the remaining 50 percent is present within the cells of organs and tissues. A deficiency of this essential mineral triggers a lot of problems including those that affect digestion and sleep quality, and high blood pressure or hypertension. Among the major signs that a person is already suffering from magnesium deficiency are the following...

Researchers: Mini-Fast Prevents Alzheimer's - An easy, relatively painless 12-hour fast several times a week may be a key to preventing Alzheimer's disease — or at least delaying the onset of symptoms.... A recent study from the National Institute on Aging found that fasting one or two days a week eases the symptoms of those suffering from Alzheimer's, and other studies have shown that fasting increases life span as well as being protective of the brain.

Boost Your Workout with Beet Juice
Green Med Info - How would you like to be able to work out longer and use less effort to get the same benefits? Oh, and without resorting to Lance Armstrong's strategies? It's possible, according to research finding that juicing beets can enhance the performance of elite athletes.

Five green foods with exceptional healing power
(NaturalNews) The phytonutrients content of green foods possess a synergistic effect that not even synthetic drugs and supplements combined can match. Among the most widely recognized green foods with excellent healing powers are broccoli, spinach, guava, green tea and cabbage.

Over 12 Health Benefits of Sesame Seeds and Sesame Oil
Natural Society - Once you learn of the health benefits of sesame seeds and sesame oil, you may just find yourself stocking up on this ancient condiment.

Deep fried foods increase risk of developing aggressive prostate cancer by one-third
(NaturalNews) A new research study conducted at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, WA has found that regular consumption of deep fried foods is associated with an increased risk of prostate cancer. Publishing in The Prostate, scientists determined the effect appears to be slightly stronger with regard to more aggressive forms of the disease.

VIDEO: Health: Mysterious Disease Discovered Locally, Strikes Mainly Young Women
CBS Philly – It’s a mysterious, newly discovered disease that strikes mainly young women, and it’s often misdiagnosed. Doctors who discovered it, here in Philadelphia, say it’s like your brain is on fire.... Turns out, Susannah and Emily weren’t mentally ill. They both had an auto immune disease called Anti-NMDA Receptor Encephalitis, when antibodies attack the brain, causing swelling.

Physician-Assisted Suicide Measure Passes NJ Assembly
CBS New York - The Death with Dignity Act would allow terminally ill patients to be prescribed medication that would end their lives. Under the measure, the lethal medication would only be made available to patients who are told by two doctors that they have six months or less to live.

Science & Technology

Cyber War Against Alternative Media Underway? Cyber Attacks Spread to KWN - Cyber malware attacks targeting alternative news sites such as SGTReport and BeforeItsNews have spread to KWN today, with multiple reports that visiting the KWN website has resulted in the user’s system immediately receiving a trojan virus resulting in Blue Screen of Death.

CISPA’s back: Hacking, online espionage resurrect cybersecurity bill
RT - The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection act (CISPA) will be reintroduced before the US House next week following a spate of cyber espionage and hacking attacks. Civil liberties advocates have criticized the bill for violating privacy laws. The House Intelligence Committee’s Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) and ranking member Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.) will attempt to breathe new life into CISPA on Wednesday.

Philadelphia Courts Begin Using Computer Forecasts to Predict Future Criminal Behavior, Determine Jail Time
CBS News - “It’s not an automatic sentencing project or anything like that,” she explains. “We’re just looking for additional sources of information in hopes that we get the sentencing right.” Berk, the Penn professor, says the process is not perfect but he believes it will be better than current court practice.

Asteroid to pass closer to Earth than TV satellites
Guardian - The celestial visitor, known as 2012 DA14, was discovered last year by a group of amateur astronomers in Spain. The asteroid is about the size of an Olympic swimming pool at 46 metres (150ft) in diameter and is projected to come as close as 17,100 miles (27,520km) from Earth during its approach on 15 February.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Victory! South Carolina upholds freedom of residents to buy, sell raw milk
(NaturalNews) We are excited to report that food freedom has won out in South Carolina, where a factory farm front group recently tried, but failed, to stamp out longstanding state laws that recognize the freedom of individuals to buy and sell raw milk throughout the Palmetto State.

75-year-old soybean farmer sees Monsanto lawsuit reach U.S. Supreme Court
Raw Story - Bowman and Monsanto’s opposing legal teams will face off in front of America’s most powerful legal body, weighing in on a case that deals with one of the most fundamental questions of modern industrial farming: who controls the rights to the seeds planted in the ground.

Pet News

China is in negotiations with FDA (not confirmed) to raise the acceptable limits of antibiotic residues found in pet treats
Susan Thixton - This insider told me Nestle Purina and Del Monte is – right now – “negotiating with FDA to raise the acceptable limits of antibiotic residues in pet foods and pet treats.” I was told the reasoning behind these negotiations was to make the recalled and withdrawn jerky treats imported from China available for retail sale again. Please note – this information is not confirmed by FDA.


21 minutes a year to save your marriage
(NaturalNews) A simple seven-minute writing exercise performed three times a year prevented married couples from losing affection for each other over time, researchers from Northwestern University found in a study published in the journal Psychological Science.

Humor & Satire

Alien abductions linked to disappearing workforce
Washington Times - "Since we can't blame it on the economy, the only conceivable explanation is that someone is taking people out of the labor market by force," said Malcolm Lenivie, noted economist for the DC-based Center for Keynesian Economics. "The President has spent $6 trillion in stimulus packages and all our studies indicate that his plan is working, so something else must be at play."

Today in History - Friday -  February 8, 2013
1861 - The Confederate States of America was formed.
1861 - A Cheyenne delegation and some Arapaho leaders accepted a new settlement (Treaty of Fort Wise) with the U.S. Federal government. The deal ceded most of their land but secured a 600-square mile reservation and annuity payments.
1896 - The Western Conference was formed by representatives of Midwestern universities. The group changed its name to the Big 10 Conference.
1904 - The Russo-Japanese War began with Japan attacking Russian forces in Manchuria.
1910 - William D. Boyce incorporated the Boy Scouts of America.
1918 - "The Stars and Stripes" newspaper was published for the first time.
1922 - The White House began using radio after U.S. President Harding had it installed.
1952 - Queen Elizabeth II ascended to the British throne. Her father, George VI, had died on February 6.
1963 - The Kennedy administration prohibited travel to Cuba and made financial and commercial transactions with Cuba illegal for U.S. citizens.
1963 - Lamar Hunt, owner of the American Football League franchise in Dallas, TX, moved the operation to Kansas City. The new team was named the Chiefs.
1969 - The last issue of the "Saturday Evening Post" was published. It was revived in 1971 as a quarterly publication and later a 6 times a year.
1971 - The Nasdaq stock-market index debuted.
1973 - U.S. Senate leaders named seven members of a select committee to investigate the Watergate scandal.
1974 - The three-man crew of the Skylab space station returned to Earth after 84 days.
1978 - The U.S. Senate deliberations were broadcast on radio for the first time. The subject was the Panama Canal treaties.
1980 - U.S. President Jimmy Carter announced a plan to re-introduce draft registration.
1993 - General Motors sued NBC, alleging that "Dateline NBC" had rigged two car-truck crashes to show that some GM pickups were prone to fires after certain types of crashes. The suit was settled the following day by NBC.

World News

Breaking: 12 Israeli jets violate Lebanon airspace
Press TV - Lebanese army sources report that 12 Israeli fighter jets have violated the country’s airspace.

Israel Forcibly Injected African Immigrants with Birth Control, Report Claims
Forbes - This weekend, a report revealing that African women immigrating to Israel were subjected to mandatory contraceptive injections, effectively amounting to forced (if temporary) sterilization made global headlines.

France is not responsible for civilian deaths in Mali strikes – Defense Ministry
RT - France cannot be held responsible for the deaths of civilians in Mali, a representative of the Ministry of Defense told RT. France denies reports of civilian casualties in military airstrikes, stating it has no evidence to support the claims. Amnesty International has called on the French government to conduct a probe into reports of civilian deaths during the Mali campaign, which began on January 11. The organization claim at least five civilians, including a woman and her three children were killed during an offensive on the town of Konna.

Suicide bomber blows himself up near Mali soldiers, first attack of its kind
RT - A suicide bomber has blown himself up near Malian security troops in the central town of Gao, reports AFP. It’s the first suicide bombing on Malian troops since beginning their campaign with the French to wrest Mali’s north from Islamist militants. The suicide bomber approached a group of Malian troops on a motorbike before detonating his explosives and injuring one soldier, reported AFP, citing military sources.

Eight Dead in Solomon Islands After Quake, Agency Says
Bloomberg - Eight people were killed when a tsunami triggered by a magnitude 8.0 off-shore earthquake hit the Solomon Islands yesterday, according to the aid organization World Vision. More than 70 aftershocks, including a magnitude 7.0 quake, followed the main temblor which struck yesterday at 12:12 p.m. local time, 81 kilometers (50 miles) west of Lata, at a depth of 5.8 kilometers, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

YouTube: 'Globalizing Torture': 54 countries helped CIA to kidnap, detain & torture
RT - At least 54 countries including Syria, Iran, Sweden, Iceland, and UK offered CIA "covert support" to detain, transport, interrogate and torture suspects in the years following the 9/11 attacks, according to a new report - Read more here.

Watch: Greeks Fight For Food: “I Never Imagined That I Would End Up Here”
Mac Slavo - Not long ago Greeks were enjoying high paid salaries, early retirements, excess cash, and seemingly never ending economic growth. Today, just a short time after a financial collapse that rocked global financial markets, Europe’s darling has turned into a frightening example of what happens when governments and their people take on more debt than they can ever hope to repay.

Millions call for Spain PM resignation
Press TV - Millions of people have pressed for the resignation of Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy over accusations of political fund embezzlement.... The poll found that 77 percent of people believe Rajoy can no longer run the country and 54 percent have asked for a general election.

Australia Bans Kids From Blowing Out Birthday Candles On Cake At Childcare Centers
CBS News - “To prevent the spread of germs when the child blows out the candles, parents should either provide a separate cupcake, with a candle if they wish, for the birthday child and (either) enough cupcakes for all the other children … (or) a large cake that can be cut and shared,” the new guideline stated, according to the Herald Sun.

Tests reveal Findus frozen beef lasagnes contain 'more than 60 per cent horse meat'
Independent - Findus beef lasagne ready meals were up to 100 per cent made from horse meat, Government food officials revealed tonight. Some of the popular frozen meals contained entirely horse and not beef, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) confirmed as it disclosed the latest flagrant breech of food rules.... While saying there was no evidence the unlabelled meat was unsafe, the FSA has ordered it be tested for traces of an equine drug which is harmful to humans, phenylbutazone, or 'bute'.

All Dogs Will Now be Microchipped, UK Government Says
CBS News - All dogs in England will have to be fitted with microchips by 2016, authorities said, meaning that canines across the country will be chasing cars with a tiny circuit embedded in the back of their necks.... Owners who refuse to fit their dogs with chips face fines of up to 500 pounds ($800).

U.S. News, Politics & Government

VIDEO: Panetta: Obama Absent Night of Benghazi
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta testified this morning on Capitol Hill that President Barack Obama was absent the night four Americans were murdered in Benghazi on September 11, 2012: Panetta said, though he did meet with Obama at a 5 o'clock prescheduled gathering, the president left operational details, including knowledge of what resources were available to help the Americans under siege, "up to us."

Anti-war protesters interrupt CIA nominee Senate hearing
Press TV - Protesters opposed to US assassination drone attacks have interrupted a US Senate hearing on the nomination for John Brennan, President Barack Obama's choice to be the next director of the CIA. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California), the chairperson of the Senate Intelligence Committee, ordered the proceedings be halted temporarily on Thursday after protesters repeatedly prevented Brennan from speaking.

VIDEO: LAPD Whistleblower Targeting Suspected Corrupt Cops for Assassination
Adan Salazar - Former LAPD officer Christopher Jordan Dorner, 33, is in the middle of a brutal retribution campaign against what he says are lying, racist and criminal members of the LAPD and their Board of Rights, according to a so-called manifesto allegedly posted to Facebook by the ex-officer.

VIDEO: Christopher Dorner’s (Cop On Cop Killer) Manifesto (Disturbing Content and Language)
Liberty Crier - EX LAPD Police Officer Wanted Irvine Double MURDER Christopher Dorner also Murdered Cops COP KILLER.

Approaching the existential cliff: 17 denial statements made by the sleeping masses
(NaturalNews) People who are awake these days have reason to be gravely concerned. Although there may still hope to be had, there are sobering signs of a looming "existential cliff." The existential cliff is the point at which the human race cannot recover from damage done by the human race - or its elitist power structure.

DHS Purchases 21.6 Million More Rounds of Ammunition
Paul Joseph Watson - The Department of Homeland Security is set to purchase a further 21.6 million rounds of ammunition to add to the 1.6 billion bullets it has already obtained over the course of the last 10 months alone, figures which have stoked concerns that the federal agency is preparing for civil unrest. A solicitation posted yesterday on the Fed Bid website details how the bullets are required for the DHS Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Artesia, New Mexico.

VIDEO: LAPD, Torrance Police Shot At Innocent People In Frenzied Hunt For Former Cop Christopher Dorner
Huffington Post - Police officers shot innocent people during the frenzied manhunt for Christopher Dorner, a former cop suspected of murdering 3 people and shooting several more.... Officers from the Hollywood division of the LAPD shot two people who turned out to have no connection to Dorner's crimes. They were transported to the hospital with gunshot injuries. The second incident occurred 25 minutes later and involved Torrance police. While shots were fired, there were no reported injuries.

Alaska: lots of guns, few homicides - Alaska homicide rate dropping. And yet, the Alaska homicide rate for 2011, the latest year for which figures are available, was 4 per 100,000 people. That's significantly lower than the 6.4 per 100,000 people for New York City... and about a fifth of the homicide rate for Chicago (19.4 per 100,000), a city with stringent gun control that has been labeled the world's "Deadliest Global City."

NJ Can Limit Gun Owners to One Purchase or Sale a Month - The 3rd Circuit upheld New Jersey's so-called One Gun Law, which prohibits the purchase or sale of more than one handgun per person per month, including BB and air guns.

YouTube: Judge Napolitano on Obama's Drone Strike Policy: 'This Is the Power Claimed by Kings and Tyrants'
Judge Andrew Napolitano, saying on Fox Business Network earlier today that the Justice Department has "resisted in every forum" attempts to gain access to the legal opinions that the drone policy is based on.

YouTube: Reality Check: President Obama's Rules for Assassinating U.S. Citizens
President Obama told Ben Swann about this kill list in a face to face interview last September.

Texas “Anti Drone” Laws Would be Toughest in USA - State Rep. Lance Gooden has introduced a measure which would outlaw the use of drones by individuals, or state or federal law enforcement.... Gooden says his measure is being introduced now, rather than five years from now when drones will become more ubiquitous, because now is the time to come up with laws, before there is a 'drone lobby' which will be out in force to protect the drone industry.

Washington State Prepares to Take on TSA
Examiner - “The conversation concerning the unconscionable and unconstitutional ‘grope and feel’ policies of the federal government in airport, bus, and train station security checkpoints around the country is long overdue,” said Rep. Jason Overstreet, the primary sponsor of the bill.

VIDEO: Unusual no trespassing sign raising eyebrows in Bellingham - A no-trespassing sign posted across the street from a local middle school is raising eyebrows in Bellingham, but police say it is completely legal. The sign, which was posted on private property across from Fairhaven Middle School, warns "semi-literate thieves" that four different types of guns are on site four days a week.

U.S. to Consider Importing Chicken From China Again, This Time For Humans - U.S. Department of Agriculture inspectors are headed to China to inspect Chinese poultry processing facilities to verify Chinese claims that several of its chicken processing and slaughter plants meet U.S. food safety standards – a move that could lead to a reversal of a ban on chicken sales to the U.S.


Jim Sinclair: Bite The Emotional Restraint Bullet- Gold is Ready to Launch to $3,500! - Jim Sinclair, the man who called the top of the last gold bull market nearly to the day, and who predicted gold would achieve $1650 during this bull run over a decade ago (while the metal was trading under $300/oz) sent an email alert to subscribers today regarding the latest gold futures market raid by the bullion bank cartel.

Watch The Financial Markets In Europe
Economic Collapse - The global financial system is more integrated today than it ever has been before, and if there is a major stock market crash in Europe it is going to deeply affect the United States and the rest of the globe as well.

Mortgage Lenders Have Easy, Ongoing Access To Your Info In Equifax’s Scary-Huge Database
Consumerist - Much of the controversy surrounding The Work Number, Equifax’s employment-verification database that contains sensitive information on salaries for around 1/3 of the U.S. workforce, has dealt with debt collectors’ access to the data. But lenders can get at your reports just by claiming they have your permission.

Energy & Environment

Winter storm update: Massive nor'easter could drop 36 inches in spots - The latest winter storm update for the nor'easter barreling toward Boston shows 18 to 24 inches of snow, with some spots getting more. Winds could hit 65 m.p.h. with a storm surge of five feet.

VIDEO: Storm panic hits: BofA warns 'Get Cash,' FEMA sees blackouts
Washington Examiner - In what may be the first full digital storm panic, federal, state and business officials worried about the snow headed for the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast have taken to Twitter warn that a potential disaster is coming.

Former Target Store Manager to Oversee Nation's Nuclear Security - The weekly trade publication Nuclear Weapons & Materials Monitor reported last week that the NNSA has named as its acting head of nuclear security Steve Asher, a retired Air Force colonel who less than four years ago was working as a "team leader" at a Target store in Spokane, Washington. Prior to that, he commanded a missile base in Montana that flunked a nuclear security test within five months of his departure.

BP says ‘substantially overstated’ claims could push cost for Gulf spill over $90 billion
RT - The Gulf of Mexico disaster might cost BP more than expected as new claims more than double the $42.2 billion set aside to deal with the matter. BP says the additional claims are “substantially overstated”. The new claims amount to $34bn, and could prove to be another hard blow to BP’s profits which were reduced by nearly half in 2012 after the company had to pay fines for the disaster by selling assets.


How to beat recurring UTIs without prescription drugs
(NaturalNews) For many UTI patients, a combination of dietary changes and supplementation, not more drugs, is what is actually needed to achieve real relief from this persistent and oftentimes painful condition. Here are seven alternative ways to fight back against recurring UTIs without the need for even more prescription drugs...

Best foods to halt chronic arthritis pain
(NaturalNews) Using pharmaceutical drugs, whether prescribed or over-the-counter (OTC), for reducing chronic arthritic pain may seem like the only solution at first. But over time, health damaging side effects accrue even if unnoticed at first.There are foods that reduce inflammatory pain in addition to a plethora of natural herbal remedies.

Early birds are healthier and happier than night owls, study finds
(NaturalNews) Several peer-reviewed studies have established that night owls tend to be more creative and independent-minded than early birds - a phenomenon that scientists have linked to the adaptation of living 'outside the norm.' However, according to scientists at the University of Toronto, early birds have the biggest reason to celebrate: Morning people tend to be healthier and far more content with their lives than evening people.

Confirmed: The More Mammograms You Get The More Harm They Do
Green Med Info - A new study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute has found that more frequent mammography results in dramatically increased rates of false positives and unnecessary biopsies.... Another "invisible" problem is the fact that the so-called "low-energy" radiation wavelengths used in breast mammography are far more carcinogenic than "high energy" waves to which they are compared. This means that x-ray mammography is planting the seeds of future radiation-induced breast cancer into millions of women, all in the name of "prevention" and "awareness."

4 Herbs for Sciatica Pain Treatment
Natural Society - Generally, those who suffer from sciatica can find some measure of relief in stretching, frequently changing positions, and exercise. Many, however, turn to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) for sciatica pain treatment. Unfortunately, when they opt for these pills, they are assuming numerous risks in an an effort to rid themselves of their sciatica. Fortunately, there are alternatives.

Rosemary Health Benefits: Growing Your Own Medicine
Natural Society - Rosemary is a staple in any well-stocked kitchen. Meat-eaters say it’s great for rubs and everyone knows how good it is with garlic on roasted potatoes. But like thyme and mint, this herb has benefits that go far beyond culinary. Rosemary has a wealth of healing properties and you can grow it yourself. Here's some essential information on rosemary health benefits and how growing rosemary at home can be one of the easiest things to do. Enjoy!

Government Tracks Your DNA Without Your Consent
Gaia Health - Our children are in the Brave New World. Their DNA is already being taken at birth and stored in state’s databases. Muddled excuses are used to take this most intimate of identifiers, but that suggestion is absurd, as they can be diagnosed without DNA. It’s being done for government databases.... Although the baby’s name is not supposed to be kept with the DNA samples, that begs the question of how parents are informed when their children are found to have genetic diseases. And who really believes that such information is kept private?

Science & Technology

Arizona Politician Parodied By Fake Twitter Accounts Pushes Bill To Make Online Impersonation A Felony - As noted by the Citizen Media Law Project, Arizona State Representative Michelle Ugenti has proposed a bill that would make it a class 5 felony to impersonate someone online "with the intent to harm, defraud, intimidate or threaten." That last part, obviously, limits the purely parodical accounts, but the definitions of those words could be quite broad, and the risk of an overly broad interpretation is quite real.

Today in History - Thursday -  February 7, 2013
1795 - The 11th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified.
1818 - "Academician" began publication in New York City.
1877 - The first Guernsey Cattle Club was organized in New York City.
1904 - In Baltimore, a fire raged for about 30 hours and destroyed over 1,500 buildings.
1913 - The Turks lost 5,000 men in a battle with the Bulgarian army in Gallipoli.
1922 - DeWitt and Lila Acheson Wallace offered 5,000 copies of "Reader's Digest" magazine for the first time.
1936 - The U.S. Vice President’s flag was established by executive order.
1943 - The U.S. government announced that shoe rationing would go into effect in two days.
1944 - During World War II, the Germans launched a counteroffensive at Anzio, Italy.
1962 - The U.S. government banned all Cuban imports and re-export of U.S. products to Cuba from other countries.
1974 - The nation of Grenada gained independence from Britain.
1977 - Russia launched Soyuz 24.
1984 - Space shuttle astronauts Bruce McCandless II and Robert L. Stewart made the first untethered space walk.
1985 - "Sports Illustrated" released its annual swimsuit edition. It was the largest regular edition in the magazine’s history at 218 pages.
1985 - "New York, New York" became the official anthem of the Big Apple.
1986 - Haitian President-for-Life Jean-Claude Duvalier fled his country. 28 years of family rule ended.
1991 - The Rev. Jean-Bertrand Aristide was sworn in as Haiti's first democratically elected president.
1999 - King Hussein of Jordan died. His son was sworn in as king four hours after the announcement that his father had died.
2001 - Robert Pickett, 47, fired several shots at the White House near the South Lawn. He was subdued after being shot in the knee. No one else was hurt in the incident.
2003 - Nootka Sound, Sandra Bohn was cited for petting a killer whale under the federal Fisheries Act. She was later fined $74.

World News

France wants UN peacekeepers replace AFISMA in Mali
Press TV - French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Wednesday, “From the moment that security is assured, we can envisage without changing the structures that it can be placed under the framework of UN peacekeeping operations.”

US killed 100s of Afghan kids since 2008
Press TV - A new UN report says the US forces in Afghanistan have killed hundreds of children during their military operations in the war-torn country since 2008. The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child on Wednesday also expressed deep concern at the arrest and detention of Afghan children by US-led forces.

‘You’re holding a gun against Iran’: Tehran rejects direct talks with US
RT -Iran’s supreme leader has refused a US offer for one-to-one talks over Tehran’s supposed nuclear weapons program.... Referencing the crippling financial penalties that have been championed by the US to allay Tehran’s supposed nuclear weapon ambitions, he slammed Washington for “holding a gun against Iran saying you want to talk.”

EU General Court orders removal of sanctions on Iran Bank Saderat
Press TV - The European Union's (EU) General Court has ordered the bloc to lift sanctions against the Iranian state-owned Bank Saderat. The Court ordered removal of Bank Saderat sanctions on Wednesday saying that the EU has failed to provide evidence that the Bank is involved in Iran's nuclear energy program The EU has two months to appeal the verdict

UK government plans to track ALL web use: MI5 to install 'black box' spy devices to monitor British internet traffic
Daily Mail - The spy network will rely on a technology known as Deep Packet Inspection to log data from communications ranging from online services like Facebook and Twitter, Skype calls with family members and visits to pornographic websites.... But civil liberties and privacy campaigners have reacted with outrage, saying that the technology will give the government a greater surveillance capability than has ever been seen.

Strange Massive Fish Kill in Iceland (PHOTOS) - Thousands of dead herring have been found in Kolgrafafjordur fjord for the second time this winter, raising concerns about Iceland's fishery. Morgunbladid newspaper estimated the value of the 10,000 tons of fish found dead this week $9.8 million. An even larger number of fish died in December.

New US sanctions against Iran boost crude prices
Press Tv - Oil prices have jumped following new US sanctions against Iran, with Europe's benchmark Brent rising to $116.73 per barrel.

VIDEO/ARTICLE: Iran exhibits evidence of US drone decoding
RT - Iran for the first time showcased supposed evidence it has managed to access some of the data stored on a US ‘Sentinel’ drone it captured back in December 2011. The claims are based on aerial footage aired by an Iranian TV channel.

KFC Takes Profit Hit After Investigation Finds Poultry Excessively Pumped with Antibiotics
The Sun - Parent company Yum Brands – which also owns Pizza Hut and Taco Bell – has been hit with a drop in profits in the wake of the food safety scare. And last month, local media reported that one of China's largest suppliers to McDonald's and KFC had bought sick chicken from farms then sold them to the food outlets.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Obama to give Congress classified docs on targeted killings of Americans
RT - Amid growing public controversy over the Obama administration’s targeted killings of Americans, the White House has ordered the Justice Department to provide two congressional committees with classified documents justifying the policy. The move by President Barack Obama comes after a group of US senators requested on Monday the legal justification for the killings of US citizens suspected – not convicted or even charged – of terrorism with drone strikes.

VIDEO/ARTICLE: New York’s Gun-grabber Governor Compared to Hitler and Mussolini
Kurt Nimmo - New York state Assemblyman Steven F. McLaughlin has taken flak for comparing governor Andrew Cuomo to Hitler and Mussolini due to the methods used to ram through a draconian gun law in the state. “We’re told basically to shut up and vote, and that’s what this is all about,” McLaughlin said during a news conference. “Just don’t question it, just vote. That’s basically the message here. If that’s not dictatorial, I don’t know what is.

VIDEO: Joe Biden Admits Gun Control Will Not Stop Mass Shootings Or Save Lives
Liberty Crier - Joe Biden was caught on camera in Washington saying that new gun control laws will not prevent another mass shooting or lower the number of gun deaths. Yet the President and Biden are telling us that we MUST pass gun control to save lives.

VIDEO/ARTICLE: Newtown Mother Exposing Sandy Hook Corruption at Public Hearing
Intel Hub - In a strange twist of events, Susan McGuinness Getzinger (a local resident) has come forward regarding shady actions in the Connecticut school system.... The woman calls out the 3 top administrators of the Newtown School District and mentions a law firms involvement.

Parents: 8-year-old daughter with Down syndrome duct taped at Indianapolis-area elementary school - One Indianapolis-area family is demanding answers after their 8-year-old daughter, who has Down syndrome, came home from school with her feet duct taped. Nate Searcy said his daughter, Shaylyn, returned from Westlake Elementary School in Wayne Township with duct tape wrapped around both of her feet.

VIDEO: US silences national witness who debunked official 9/11 report
Press TV - The US has tried to silence a national hero’s eyewitness account of the September 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, Press TV reports. “Actually, there was an initial explosion in the basement seconds before the plane hit. I spoke about it - they didn’t want me to talk about it,” said William Rodriguez, a janitor working for 20 years in the North Tower of the World Trade Center buildings.

Sandy Hook: Law Enforcement Officials Now Admit Possibility of Multiple Shooters
Intel Hub - New information has now been brought forth by Connecticut State Attorney Stephen Sedensky, suggesting that records pertaining to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting have been sealed to possibly hide the identity of witnesses from multiple shooter suspects and that they should not be unsealed anytime soon. Officials fear the safety of witnesses.

It’s A Trap! Ron Paul Warns Of McCain Immigration Plan Surveillance Implications
Intel Hub - The former Congressman and presidential candidate warned that the proposed McCain/Schumer immigration “reform” plan, as it exists now, would usher in warrantless surveillance of US citizens using drones, a de facto mandatory national ID system barring those without it from working legally, increased federal database information on US citizens, and the further erosion of our core civil rights under the guise of keeping our economy “safe” from a mostly non-existent wave of illegal immigration.

Hidden Obamacare Secret: “RFID Chip Implants” Mandatory for All by March 23, 2013 - Republican Congressman Ron Paul from Texas, states on his website: "Buried deep within the over 1,000 pages of the massive US Health Care Bill (PDF) in a “non-discussed” section titled: Subtitle C-11 Sec. 2521— National Medical Device Registry... this new law, when fully implemented, provides the framework for making the United States the first Nation in the World to require each and every one of its citizens to have implanted in them a radio-frequency identification microchip...".

February 8th 2013: Peaceful demonstration at every state capital for our 2nd amendment rights - Oath Keepers Founder, Stewart Rhodes, will speak at the gun rights rally in Providence RI ~ On Friday Feb 8th 10:00 AM, at the Capital. Attend a rally in your state! Rhode Islanders will join thousands of other Americans in a nationwide event being held at every state capital, on Friday, 10 a.m. (local time) to show support for our right to keep and bear arms. Oath Keepers are encouraged to attend any rallies held in their state.

Oppose Joe Manchin’s Veterans Gun Ban and National Gun Registry
GOA - Ironically, Manchin was the “gun owner’s best friend” on November 5 — the day before his reelection to a six-year term let him to pull a great big “gotcha” on those West Virginians who were tricked into believing his representations. But make no mistake about it: Joe Manchin’s draft would impose a gun ban on veterans and would set up the framework for a national gun registry.

Lawmakers propose liability insurance for U.S. gun owners
Reuters - Lawmakers eager to reduce gun violence in their states are proposing mandatory liability insurance for American firearm owners as a new way to limit deaths and injuries.... California on Tuesday became at least the fourth state to have a liability insurance bill introduced, following Massachusetts, Maryland and Connecticut.

VIDEO/ARTICLE: Public packs heats at City Council meeting; gun ban is repealed
Q13 Fox News - More than 150 people, many wearing guns on their hips or shouldering rifles, showed up at an Oak Harbor City Council meeting Tuesday night to call for the resignation of a councilman opposed to guns in the council chambers and in support of Second Amendment rights.

VIDEO/ARTICLE: Gun-rights advocates swarm Annapolis to fight O’Malley’s gun control bill
Washington Times - Hundreds of gun-rights supporters who gathered Wednesday in Annapolis are now lined up to testify against a proposal by Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley that would ban assault weapons and require residents to obtain a license before purchasing handguns.... The Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee hearing began at 1 p.m. and was expected to stretch to at least 9 p.m., as more than 400 people were signed up to testify as of 3 p.m.

Hawaii: Deeply Flawed Mental Health Bill SB 932 to be Heard Friday
AmmoLand - Under this proposed legislation, Hawaiians would be subject to warrantless entry into their homes, warrantless seizure of their firearms and other weapons based solely on a mere “report” by a so-called “mental health professional.”... The bill defines them as: “a psychologist, psychiatrist, physician, social worker, or counselor.”

Judge Napolitano: DOJ Memo Claims Govt Can Kill US Citizens "Nowhere Justifiable Under Constitution"
Fox News Feb 5, 2013.

6th Graders Asked to Design “Communist” Flag
Paul Joseph Watson - Creators of CSCOPE, an electronic curriculum management system used in over 70 per cent of school districts in Texas, were confronted by witnesses and members of the Senate Education Committee during a hearing last week in Austin, who complained that the material included in the program was “anti-Christian at best and openly socialist at worst.” One lesson plan involved students being set the task of designing symbols for communist flags.

VIDEO: 2nd Grader Suspended For Trying To Save The World
Activist Post - The following incident takes this propaganda to a new level by punishing children not just for toy weapons or paper weapons, but for IMAGINARY weapons! Public schools are now in the business of dominating free expression and extinguishing not just behaviors, but ideas. It truly is an Orwellian nightmare.

VIDEO: Special Report: Illuminati Super Bowl Ritual Revealed - The top story on Yahoo News the day after this year's super bowl was, "Did Beyonce flash an illuminati sign?" next to a photograph of her making a pyramid with her hands. Melissa Melton's special report considers the evidence that these super bowl half-time shows have a much darker subliminal mass conditioning agenda.


House votes 253-167 to require balanced budget date from Obama - The Republican-led House passed legislation Wednesday that would force President Obama to estimate when the federal budget will balance again — and outline the steps he proposes to eliminate the budget deficit. The Require a PLAN Act is part of a new Republican attempt to force Obama and the Democratic Senate to engage in efforts to cut the deficit.

US Postal Service to End Saturday Mail Delivery Beginning in August
Politico - The U.S. Postal Service will stop delivering mail on Saturdays in early August in an effort to cut costs for the financially struggling government agency. As USPS continues to struggle to get its financial house in order, they say they’ll save $2 billion annually — this following its default last summer on an estimated $11 billion debt.

Energy & Environment

Blizzard to Bury New England at the End of the Week
AccuWeather -Two storms will merge quickly enough to bring colder air, heavy snow and increasing wind to New England. Some areas will be hit with an all-out blizzard and a couple of feet of snow.


Resveratrol could cure blindness
(NaturalNews) The cure for age-related macular degeneration and blindness could be as simple as taking a natural supplement extract derived from common grape skins. A recent review that the medical establishment refuses to publish has revealed that a unique and proprietary nutraceutical extract containing resveratrol could hold the key to literally curing age-related blindness, as hundreds of patients with macular degeneration have already experienced substantial and even full healing in recent months as a result of taking it.

The biggest threats to memory and brain power
(NaturalNews) A poor lifestyle will lead to chronic brain inflammation; poor blood circulation and, eventually, brain damage. The $64,000 question is "what are the biggest threats to brain health?" Once you have the answer - it's easy to avoid chronic (unwanted) stress and health problems. The brain is extremely sensitive to the negative effects of inflammation. So, if you want to improve your brain power - reduce inflammation throughout the body with these great tips below.

Study suggests chicken pox vaccine responsible for triggering nationwide shingles epidemic
(NaturalNews) (NaturalNews) For the past several years, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been actively promoting the shingles vaccine as the solution to what some experts say is a building shingles epidemic. But a new study published in the German medical journal Der Hautarzt, or "The Dermatologist" in English, has revealed that the childhood vaccine for chicken pox, a common viral disease related to shingles, may actually be directly responsible for triggering this epidemic.

The cancer industry's war on cancer cures
(NaturalNews) (NaturalNews) After Rick Simpson's efforts to introduce his hemp oil to the Canadian Health system were denied, even after proving it had cured many of his town's cancer patients free of charge, he realized the cancer industry doesn't want a cure. Now, he's in exile in Amsterdam because he refused to stop helping his neighbors free of charge and he refuses to deny the effectiveness of his hemp oil for cancer.

Vaccines from Abortion: The Hidden Truth - For over thirty years pharmaceutical companies have been quietly producing vaccines using the remains of aborted babies, a fact that was deliberately hidden from the general public for decades. But as the grisly details emerged through several pro-life publications, a growing number of parents and physicians were both shocked and deeply disturbed to discover the truth surrounding these vaccines — and rightfully so! What follows is just the tip of the iceberg!

Seven million will lose insurance under Obama health law
Washington Times - CBO said that this year's tax cuts have changed the incentives for businesses and made it less attractive to pay for insurance, meaning fewer will decide to do so. Instead, they'll choose to pay a penalty to the government, totaling $13 billion in higher fees over the next decade.

The Health Benefits of Clary Sage Essential Oil
Natural Society - Clary sage (Salvia sclarea) is a short-lived perennial native to the Mediterranean and Northern Africa. But for those of us who don’t live in those regions or who don’t have a green thumb, the plant is usually seen in its essential oil form. The clary sage oil has a wealth of benefits and is one even the budding aromatherapy user should consider adding to their arsenal.

Improve Immune Function and Blood Sugar Regulation with Zinc
Natural Society - Research has indicated that zinc, a powerful trace element responsible for more than 300 enzyme functions, can counteract the negative effects of diabetes mellitus. According to study results, zinc improves glycemic control in both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Zinc naturally encourages insulin secretion and may help improve blood glucose levels. But zinc may play a role for additionally, lesser known reasons as well.

Mass. shuts 11 pharmacies amid meningitis inspections
USA Today - State officials have ordered 11 pharmacies to completely or partially shut down their operations after a series of unannounced inspections prompted by a deadly nationwide outbreak of fungal meningitis.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Nearly Half of All US Farms Now Have Superweeds - So where do farmers go from here? Well, Monsanto and its peers would like them to try out "next generation" herbicide-resistant seeds—that is, crops engineered to resist not just Roundup, but also other, more toxic herbicides, like 2,4-D and Dicamba. Trouble is, such an escalation in the chemical war on weeds will likely only lead to more prolific, and more super, superweeds, along with a sharp increase in herbicide use.

Take Action: EPA Poised to Repeat Missteps, Set to Register Pesticide Toxic to Bees
Beyond Pesticides - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed to register a new insecticide, sulfoxaflor, which the agency has classified as “very highly toxic” to honey bees. Despite efforts underway in Europe to protect bee populations, and continued warnings from beekeepers, EPA is poised to allow another chemical toxic to bees into the environment without proper field studies evaluating long-term effects to bee colonies and with label statements that are impractical and unenforceable.

Today in History - Wednesday -  February 6, 2013
1778 - The US gained official recognition from France as the two nations signed the Treaty of Amity and Commerce and the Treaty of Alliance in Paris.
1788 - Massachusetts became the sixth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
1815 - The state of New Jersey issued the first American railroad charter to John Stevens.
1899 - The U.S. Senate ratified a peace treaty between the U.S. and Spain.
1900 - The Holland Senate ratified the 1899 peace conference decree that created in international arbitration court at The Hague.
1900 - U.S. President McKinley appointed W.H. Taft as commissioner to report on the Philippines.
1911 - The first old-age home for pioneers opened in Prescott, AZ.
1932 - Dog sled racing happened for the first time in Olympic competition.
1933 - The 20th Amendment to the Constitution was declared in effect. The amendment moved the start of presidential, vice-presidential and congressional terms from March to January.
1952 - Britain's King George VI died. His daughter, Elizabeth II, succeeded him.
1959 - The U.S., for the first time, successfully test-fired a Titan intercontinental ballistic missile from Cape Canaveral.
1971 - NASA Astronaut Alan B. Shepard used a six-iron that he had brought inside his spacecraft and swung at three golf balls on the surface of the moon.
1985 - The French mineral water company, Perrier, debuted its first new product in 123 years. The new items - water with a twist of lemon, lime or orange.
1987 - President Ronald Reagan turned 76 years old this day and became the oldest U.S. President in history.
1998 - Washington National Airport was renamed for U.S. President Ronald Reagan with the signing of a bill by U.S. President Clinton.
1999 - King Hussein of Jordan transferred full political power to his oldest son the Crown Prince Abdullah.
1999 - Excerpts of former White House intern Monica Lewinsky's videotaped testimony were shown at President Clinton's impeachment trial.
1999 - Heavy fighting resumed along the common border between Ethiopia and Eritrea.
2000 - In Finland, Foreign Minister Tarja Halonen became the first woman to be elected president.
2000 - U.S. First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton formally declared that she was a candidate for a U.S. Senate seat from the state of New York.
2001 - Ariel Sharon was elected Israeli prime minister.
2002 - A federal judge ordered John Walker Lindh to be held without bail pending trial. Lindh was known as the "American Taliban."

World News

France vows to continue war in Mali
Press TV - The French defense minister has vowed to hunt down local fighters in Mali as the France-led war continues in the West African nation. Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Wednesday that the fighters in Mali are still resisting despite an intensified offensive by French-led forces in the African country.

YouTube: Nigel Farage: EU is Increasingly About War
Nigel Farage speaks out against French leading Europe into war in Mali. Transcript included below.

Japan condemns China radar lock
Press TV - Japan's prime minister has described a move by a Chinese frigate to put a radar lock on a Japanese navy ship as "dangerous," amid bilateral tensions over a group of disputed islands in the East China Sea.

Huge victory against fluoride in Australia
(NaturalNews) The Liberal National Party (LNP) government of the Australian state of Queensland has not only cut $14 million of funding that had previously been used for fluoridation, but has also decided to allow local councils to decide for themselves whether or not to fluoridate, a move that has already prompted the northern city of Cairns to end its water fluoridation program.

Chinese frigate targets Japanese guard ship near disputed islands
RT - A Chinese frigate has locked weapon-targeting radar on a Japanese guard vessel in the area of the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, said Japan’s Defense Ministry. The islands are the subject of a territorial row between Beijing and Tokyo. he incident occurred at the end of January, but took time to confirm. Japan's Foreign Ministry sent a formal protest to China on Tuesday in connection with the incident.

Mini Drones: UK Army Deploys Tiny Helicopters
Sky News - British troops are using a nano drone just 10cm long and weighing 16 grams on the front line in Afghanistan to provide vital information on the ground. They are the first to use the state-of-the-art handheld tiny surveillance helicopters, which relay reliable full motion video and still images back to the devices' handlers in the battlefield.

VIDEO: Robots Replace Waiters in China
Paul Joseph Watson - Forget manufacturing – robots are now replacing humans in the service industry. In the short term the drive to the singularity will make humans almost obsolete in the workplace. In the long term, according to top futurists, the elite may empower robots to exterminate us altogether.

VIDEO: America Next? Vigilante Militias Patrol Mexico
Paul Joseph Watson - Armed vigilante militias are now patrolling towns in Mexico as a response to the government’s failure to provide protection from criminal drug gangs. How far away is America from a similar situation.

Major 8.0 quake hits Solomon Islands, destruction reported
RT - A powerful 8.0-magnitude earthquake struck the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific on Wednesday, reportedly flattening villages and prompting a “potentially destructive” tsunami wave.... It was shortly followed by two strong aftershocks – one rated at magnitude 6.4 and another at 6.6. A tsunami wave measuring 0.9 meters reportedly hit the Solomon Islands.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Author and Former Intelligence Contract Pilot Accused in Murder-Suicide
Kurt Nimmo - If we believe Boing Boing and local California news, Philip Marshall was a “conspiracy theorist” who killed his teenage son and daughter, the family dog, and then himself.

US Marine Questions Narrative Behind Chris Kyle Murder
Paul Joseph Watson - An active duty US Marine has contacted Infowars to express doubts about the narrative behind the death of former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, alleging that the man charged with his murder, Eddie Ray Routh, may not have suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Imminent Muslim Terror Threat Debunked by New Study
Activist Post - According to a study conducted by the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security which was released Friday, February 1, 2013, the original post-9/11 threat of Muslim terrorism that was used to justify the dismantling of the Constitution and the evisceration of civil liberties is exactly what many researchers and activists have been pointing out for years – virtually nonexistent.

‘We The People of New York’ To Take on Gov Cuomo & NY SAFE ACT
AmmoLand - WE THE PEOPLE OF NEW YORK, an offspring of We The People Congress, are taking unprecedented steps through our NEW WEBSITE – to bring a critical mass of our citizens together to get organized.

VIDEO/ARTICLE: The 2013 Mercedes Super Bowl Commercial and its Occult Message - The ad is based on the Faustian concept of selling one’s soul for fame and riches, a favorite of the Illuminati industry. In less than 2 minutes, the ad manages to pack some telling symbolism and some realness about the entertainment industry.

Police Chief Deploys Officers With Assault Rifles To Stop & ID Everyone; Says Local Crime Stats Give Him Probable Cause - Apparently, "slowly becoming" a police state isn't fast enough for the police department of Paragould, Arkansas. In response to an increase in crime, the Paragould PD will be deploying armed officers into high crime areas, clad in SWAT gear, to check IDs on any residents they happen to encounter.

Charlottesville, Va Becomes First US City To Ban Government Spy Drones
Steve Watson - Yesterday we brought you news on the efforts of the House of Delegates and the Senate in Virginia to bring about a two year moratorium on the use of surveillance drones by government and law enforcement agencies. Today we learn that Charlottesville, Va has passed legislation to outlaw the use of drones, making it the first US city to do so.

YouTube: Is The NYPD’s “Protect & Serve” Policy A Thing Of The Past?
WeAreChange recently got the opportunity to meet and Interview Joe Lozito, the selfless hero who put his life on the line to stop a serial killer. The story is only magnified when Joe finds out, that while being stabbed by the serial killer, the NYPD was standing by watching everything unfold from the safety of the conductors door. Currently in a legal suit, the NYPD and City of NY is arguing that the NYPD has NO duty to protect its own citizens.

Ron Paul Quotes Jesus, Conservatives Outraged
Lew Rockwell Blog - Remember that time Ron Paul used the Golden Rule to explain his foreign policy? Conservatives booed him for that. So who can be surprised that conservatives, including Rand Paul, have been falling all over themselves to condemn Ron Paul for quoting Jesus -in correct context, by the way - to note that the violence wrought by over a decade of nonstop war in America leads to tragedy on the home front?

Sen. Graham: I Have an AR-15 at Home, I Haven’t Hurt Anybody
AmmoLand - During the Jan. 30 2013 Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on gun violence, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said pointedly, “I have an AR-15 at home and I haven’t hurt anybody.” He said this after explaining that he supports private ownership of magazines that hold more than 10 rounds: making it clear that a mother at home with her children might need far more than the 5 or 6 bullets a revolver holds to defend herself and her family.

VIDEO/ARTICLE: Arizona student suspended over picture of gun - Daniel McClaine Jr., a freshman at Poston Butte High School, said he saved the picture as his desktop background on his school-issued computer. A teacher noticed it and turned him in. The picture shows an AK-47 on top of a flag.


8,830,026: Americans on Disability Hits New Record for 192nd Straight Month
CNS News - The number of American workers collecting federal disability payments climbed to yet another record high of 8,830,026 in January, up from 8,827,795 in December, according to newly released data from the Social Security Administration.

US Congress to request details of foreign account holders with US banks
RT - The news follows US demands for details of foreign nationals’ accounts abroad. Labeled ‘part of a crackdown on tax evasion’, the US will potentially have access to the details of millions of foreign customers who hold accounts with America-based branches, according to Reuters. The move is expected to face strong resistance from the banking industry.

The Chickens Come Home to Roost for Standard & Poor's
Forbes - The U.S. Justice Department announced plans to file civil fraud charges against Standard & Poor’s (S&P) relating to the atrocious ratings that Standard & Poor’s gave to toxic subprime mortgage-backed securities. (It is unclear whether their cohorts at Moody’s and Fitch will be targeted by prosecutors as well.)

Virginia Wants to Mint Its Own Coins
Newser - One state legislator wants the state to mint its own coins in case the US dollar collapses. It may sound pie-in-the-sky, but Virginia’s House of Delegates agreed yesterday to set up a $17,000 panel to explore the move, reports the Washington Post. The Virginian-Pilot sees the measure by Republican Bob Marshall as a “conservative shout-out,” but Marshall insists he’s serious.

Supreme Court Snubs Citizens Whose Social Security Will Be Confiscated If They Refuse Government Health Care - Despite having paid thousands of dollars each in Social Security and Medicare taxes during their working lives—for which they never sought reimbursement—the five plaintiffs were told by officials at the Social Security Administration and Department of Health and Human Services that they had to forfeit all of their Social Security benefits if they wished to withdraw from (or not enroll in) Medicare.

Nearly Half Of American Families Live On The Edge Of Financial Ruin
Business Insider - A sobering new report by the Corporation for Enterprise Development shows nearly half of U.S. households (132.1 million people) don’t have enough savings to weather emergencies, or finance long-term needs like college tuition, health care and housing.

Globalist Funded Think Tank Says Poverty Will Save Planet
Kurt Nimmo - The Center for Economic Policy and Research, described as a liberal think tank, has produced a study claiming less work will save the planet from global warming. Economist David Rosnick, who produced the analysis, says the world should adopt a “more European” work schedule as a way to reduce carbon emissions.

Half A Dozen Retailers Expected To Close Stores In 2013 - Among these are names very familiar to the American consumer. Retailers such as Best Buy, Sears, Office Depot, Barnes & Noble, RadioShack and even Gamestop have seen declines in sales and seek to re-think their retail strategies in 2013.

Amazon Coins: Retail Giant Announces Its Own Currency
Huffington Post - Amazon has announced its own currency. For now it's limited to Amazon's app store used with its Kindle tablets. But there is also speculation the system could extend to other areas of the company's shopping empire.

Energy & Environment

SMART METERS: ACTION NEEDED TODAY - Deadline - Wed. Feb. 6, 2013
Today is the last day to take action! Smart Meters are going up whether you like them or not...this is your chance to let the FCC how you feel about Smart Meters!

Take Back Your Power Official Trailer - The "Smart Meter" Agenda Unveiled

VIDEO: DTE Smart Meters Making some Metro Detroiters Ill - There are new electric meters being installed on homes in metro Detroit and they're causing controversy. They are called smart meters and they use electromagnetic frequency to send DTE information about power use. This gets rid of the need for meter readers and notifies the power company about outages.... However, some say the EMF from the meters is making them sick.

Allow a Smart Meter in Your Home—or Face Arrest!
ANH - Action Alert! In New Hampshire and Virginia, there is legislation pending that would require customer consent before installing a smart meter; a bill in Maine would eliminate the opt-out fee. If you live in one of these states, we have a special, targeted action alert on these bills. If you live in any state that has no opt-out law, or an opt-out law for a fee, please contact your legislators today and demand that opting out of the smart meter be free of any fees. Please take action immediately!


Give your heart a valentine: Pretty, red Hawthorn berries boost cardiac health
(NaturalNews) There is a health craze that is good for the heart and it's called the red Hawthorn berries. Hawthorn berries (Crateagus oxycanthus) boosts cardiac health aside from preventing cardiac arrhythmia, congestive heart failure, high blood pressure and angina. Having been used for hundreds of years or as far back as the first century, Hawthorn berries have proven to be the leading herb when it comes to heart problems and blood circulatory issues.

Five blood tests to consider in 2013
(NaturalNews) Blood tests are often the best and quickest way to assess our health and to help us stay motivated. Even the healthiest among us have "chinks in our armor" and can benefit from these objective lab tests. There are many tests available to those looking for a health tune up. Here are five of the tests that I usually recommend.

What time you eat matters more than how much you eat, study finds
(NaturalNews) In trying to gain or maintain a healthy weight, how much you eat may actually matter less than the timing of your meals, according to a surprising study conducted by researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital, Tufts University, the University of Murcia, and published in the International Journal of Obesity.

Can Cinnamon Oil Fight This Winter's Microbial Assault?
Green Med Info - French researchers in 2008 showed that at concentrations of 10 percent or less, cinnamon oil (essential oil) was effective against Staphylococcus, E. coli and several antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria. Essential oils are the life blood of plants, and very powerful. The health benefits of cinnamon oil range from stimulating the digestive to preventing viral and bacterial growth. Cinnamon oil is derived from the bark and leaves of the cinnamon plant, known botanically as cinnamonum zevlanicum.

Science & Technology

Maryland cell phone tracking bill in motion
RT - Officials may gain access to intimate knowledge of the whereabouts of cell users in Maryland. Phone records could be handed over without a search warrant if a new bill passes. A civil liberties group has labeled the proposal ‘invasive’. The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland has criticized government plans to allow law enforcement officials automatic access to these records, testifying against the intrusive tracking bill, House Bill 377 , on Tuesday.

Meet the groundbreaking new encryption app set to revolutionize privacy and freak out the feds - For the past few months, some of the world’s leading cryptographers have been keeping a closely guarded secret about a pioneering new invention. Today, they’ve decided it’s time to tell all.

VIDEO/ARTICLE: Facebook Is Said to Create Mobile Location-Tracking App
Bloomberg - Facebook already records the GPS coordinates of users when they post status updates or photos from their phones, or check in to a venue. With the new app, the company would go a step further by tracking user whereabouts in the “background” of Apple’s mobile operating system, even when other programs are running or the phone isn’t in use, one person said.

Today in History - Tuesday -  February 5, 2013
1783 - Sweden recognized the independence of the United States.
1846 - "The Oregon Spectator", based in Oregon City, became the first newspaper published on the Pacific coast.
1885 - Congo State was established under Leopold II of Belgium, as a personal possession.
1881 - Phoenix, AZ, was incorporated.
1900 - The U.S. and Britain signed the Hay-Pauncefote Treaty, which gave the U.S. the right to build a canal in Nicaragua but not the right fortify it.
1917 - Mexico's constitution was adopted.
1917 - The U.S. Congress passed the Immigration Act of 1917 (Asiatic Barred Zone Act) with an overwhelming majority. The action overrode President Woodrow Wilson's December 14, 1916 veto.
1931 - Maxine Dunlap became the first woman licensed as a glider pilot.
1937 - U.S. President Roosevelt proposed enlarging the U.S. Supreme Court. The plan failed.
1958 - Gamel Abdel Nasser was formally nominated to become the first president of the United Arab Republic.
1962 - French President Charles De Gaulle called for Algeria's independence.
1982 - Great Britain imposed economic sanctions against Poland and Russia in protest against martial law in Poland.
1987 - The Dow Jones industrial average closed above the 2,200-point for the first time. The market closed at 2201.49.
1988 - A pair of indictments were unsealed in Florida, accusing Panama's military leader, Gen. Manuel Antonio Noriega, of bribery and drug trafficking.
1997 - Switzerland's "Big Three" banks announced they would create a $71 million fund for Holocaust victims and their families.
1997 - Investment bank Morgan Stanley announced a $10 billion merger with Dean Witter.
2003 - U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell presented evidence to the U.N. concerning Iraq's material breach of U.N. Resolution 1441.

World News

Czech plans to join French war on Mali
Press TV - Czech Foreign Minister and First Deputy Prime Minister Karel Schwarzenberg said on Monday that by joining the French war in Mali, his country seeks to prove that it “is a reliable ally that can help the army of Mali.”

USAF support for French war detailed
Press TV - "As of Sunday (February 3), US Air Force C-17s had completed 30 flights transporting approximately 610 personnel and 760 tons of equipment and supplies. This effort began on January 21," Major Rob Firman said late Monday. "Since aerial refueling began January 27, the US Air Force has flown nine missions and offloaded 360,000 pounds of fuel to French aircraft," he added.

French troops protecting Niger mine: Fight for security in Africa or..?
RT - French troops have been called to protect one of Niger's biggest uranium mines as security fears spike. Analyst John Laughland tells RT, that France taking the military lead in Mali and coming to Niger might be a sign of a continent-size interest.

Iran’s president arrives in Egypt
Press TV - Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has arrived in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, to attend the 12th summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).... During his visit, Ahmadinejad will meet with Grand Sheikh of Al-Azhar Ahmed al-Tayeb and the heads of several Egyptian media. He is also expected to hold talks with acting Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas.

6 Afghan civilians killed in US-led raid
Press TV - At least six Afghan civilians have been killed in a military operation carried out by US-led troopers in Afghanistan's western province of Herat, local officials say... Shindand district's legislator, Toor Mohammad Zarifi said on Tuesday that all of the six victims were women and children.

Argentina freezes prices to break inflation spiral - Argentina announced a two-month price freeze on supermarket products Monday in an effort to break spiraling inflation. The price freeze applies to every product in all of the nation's largest supermarkets — a group including Walmart, Carrefour, Coto, Jumbo, Disco and other large chains.

Mali: French troops leave Timbuktu as focus turns north
Telegraph - Five hundred French soldiers left Timbuktu on Monday, beginning a staged withdrawal from a city in northern Mali they wrested from al-Qaeda's control only a week ago. Barely 48 hours after President Francois Hollande received a rapturous welcome in Timbuktu, the departure of the "Groupe Tactique Inter-Armes" raised fears of a precipitate French retreat.

Two Russians among hostages released by Syrian rebels
RT - Syrian rebels have freed several hostages, including two Russians and an Italian, in exchange for their fellow fighters, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.... The three were taken prisoner on December 12, 2012, while traveling from the Syrian city of Homs to the port of Tartus. All three hostages were workers with the Hmisho Steel Company.

Egypt's culture minister resigns
Press TV - Egyptian Culture Minister Mohammed Saber Arab has resigned in protest over the police crackdown on protesters over the past week.

UK Doctors Forced to Hand Over Confidential Records
Daily Mail - GPs are to be forced to hand over confidential records on all their patients’ drinking habits, waist sizes and illnesses. The files will be stored in a giant information bank that privacy campaigners say represents the ‘biggest data grab in NHS history’. They warned the move would end patient confidentiality and hand personal information to third parties.

EU Prepares to Ban Three Pesticides Harmful to Bees
ENS-Newswire - Three pesticides that harm bees will be banned from application to flowering crops in Europe as of July 1, under new proposals issued by the European Commission. “This hugely significant EU proposal promises a first, important step on the road to turning around the decline on our bees,” said Friends of the Earth UK, which has been campaigning for a ban on these pesticides.

PHOTOS: Mexicans Taking the Law Into Their Own Hands
WSJ- Villagers in and around Ayulta have risen up in armed revolt against criminal groups and state and federal authorities.

GMO Giant Monsanto Joins Big Business Coalition for UN Agenda 21
New American - Corporate giant Monsanto... has officially joined the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, a group of powerful interests including major banks and Big Oil backing the United Nations “Agenda 21” scheme for so-called “sustainable development.” Critics, however, expressed alarm over the announcement, saying the global “sustainability” push is really a transparent plot to centralize power in the UN and enrich special interests at the expense of private property rights, national sovereignty, and individual liberty.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Senate Bill S.150 Assault Weapons Ban of 2013
The Assault Weapons Ban of 2013 bill prohibits the sale, manufacture, transfer and importation of 157 of the most commonly-owned military-style assault weapons. It bans an additional group of assault weapons that can accept a detachable ammunition magazine and have one or more military characteristics. In addition, the bill bans large-capacity magazines and other ammunition feeding devices that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition.

EXCLUSIVE: Justice Department memo reveals legal case for drone strikes on Americans
NBC News - The 16-page memo, a copy of which was obtained by NBC News, provides new details about the legal reasoning behind one of the Obama administration’s most secretive and controversial polices: its dramatically increased use of drone strikes against al-Qaida suspects, including those aimed at American citizens, such as the September 2011 strike in Yemen that killed alleged al-Qaida operatives Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan. Both were U.S. citizens who had never been indicted by the U.S. government nor charged with any crimes.

VIDEO/ARTICLE: Are All Those Guns and Ammunition for Obama’s Civilian National Security Force?
Mac Slavo - Speculation abounds surrounding the 2 billion rounds of ammunition purchased by the Department of Homeland Security and other national alphabet agencies in recent years.... One frightening theory could explain what the President and his national security apparatus are up to.

YouTube: Judge Napolitano: Second Amendment Was Written To Protect Right To Shoot Tyrants Not Skeet Shooting
Judge Napolitano discusses the Second Amendment and President Obama's push for gun control on Fox Business Network's The Tom Sullivan Show.

VIDEO: Piers Morgan Vs. Ted Nugent On Gun Control
Liberty Crier - Piers Morgan vs. Ted Nugent on gun control CNN 2/4/13.

VIDEO/ARTICLE: Death By Doctor vs. Death By Firearms
Activist Post - If this government was truly sincere about making the country safer, they would be corralling and controlling the reckless and negligent medical-pharmaceutical-industrial complex. The present medical statistics demonstrate that death by doctor dwarfs death by gunfire as the following chart demonstrates.

Maryland county school board to own all students’ work with copyright policy
Raw Story - A county school board in Maryland has proposed a copyright policy that would allow it to take ownership of all work produced by students and faculty — even work created off campus during personal time.

Marines to Invade South Carolina
Kurt Nimmo - Marines and sailors will invade Jasper County, South Carolina, this week, The Island Packet reported on Sunday. The 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit will train in the town of Ridgeland, the county seat, in preparation for “deployment to Mediterranean and African shores,” 2nd Lt. Gerard R. Farao told the newspaper.

Virginia Close To Banning Government Spy Drones
Steve Watson - Legislation to stave off the use of drones by law enforcement and government agencies in Virginia has advanced in the State Senate, as well as the House, bringing closer a two-year moratorium on the unmanned craft.

VIDEO/ARTICLE: Newtown Father Gives Gun Rights Lesson to Congress
Activist Post - In a similar vein as the impassioned speech given by Suzanna Gratia-Hupp in the wake of her parents murder by a gun-wielding madman, Newtown resident Bill Stevens absolutely owns Congress in the following video where he asks the same question: Want to know why people need guns?

Gun Storage Ban Upheld in Massachusetts Courts
Courthouse News - Massachusetts can require gun owners to either lock their firearms or render them inoperable to unauthorized users, the state's high court ruled.

VIDEO: Jimmy Lee Dykes Dead: 5-Year-Old Hostage Rescued In Alabama Standoff
Huffington Post - At a hastily organized roadside press conference near the crime scene, FBI agent Steve Richardson said negotiations had deteriorated over the last 24 hours. He said they entered the bunker shortly after 3 p.m. fearing the child was "in imminent danger," because they'd seen Dykes carrying a firearm. The boy, identified only as Ethan, was transported to a hospital, state Rep. Steve Clouse told CNN. He appeared physically unharmed, according to reports.

9/11 Hero Firefighter Dies From Rare Lung Disease Contracted from WTC Dust
Daily Mail - A hero firefighter who bravely served on September 11th alongside hundreds of other first responders has died of a rare lung condition, and was laid to rest yesterday. FDNY Lt Martin Fullam contracted polymyositis in 2005, and had also suffered from pulmonary fibrosis, which left him breathless and exhausted after the simplest of tasks. The late firefighter, 56, was one of the men carrying fatally wounded FDNY Chaplain Mychal Judge through the still-smoking rubble on 9/11.

Election News

Janet Napolitano for President?
Washington Post - So, what happens if Hillary Clinton doesn’t run in 2016? It is hard to imagine the presidential field without a woman contender, and here’s one to keep your eye on: Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. Napolitano is quietly making it known that she is considering the race, and there is reason to take her seriously.


S&P says U.S. to file civil lawsuit over ratings
Reuters - Standard & Poor's said it expects to be the target of a U.S. Department of Justice civil lawsuit over its mortgage bond ratings, the first federal enforcement action against a credit rating agency over alleged illegal behavior tied to the recent financial crisis.

A Gold Production Cliff Could Be Coming In 2017
Business Insider - Cash flow has stalled for the world's major gold producers despite high gold prices, which probably means we're heading for a gold production cliff, according to National Bank Financial. That means higher prices.... Moreover, the prospect for a material supply contraction also bodes well for higher gold prices or, at least, solid underpinning. Here's the chart — the decline is set to begin around 2017.

Veteran News

VIDEO/ARTICLE: Murdered Navy SEAL Was Obama Gun Control Foe
Paul Joseph Watson - Murdered Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, gunned down at point-blank range in Texas this past weekend, was emerging as a prominent gun control critic – working to place armed guards in schools in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook massacre. In one of his last interviews just two weeks before his death, Kyle told that he was against Obama’s gun control agenda, warning that any attempt to confiscate firearms could end disastrously.

Energy & Environment

Energy's Latest Battleground: Fracking For Uranium
Forbes - No tour of Uranium Energy Corp.’s processing plant in Hobson, Tex. is complete until CEO Amir Adnani pries the top off a big black steel drum and invites you to peer inside. There, filled nearly to the brim, is an orange-yellow powder that UEC mined out of the South Texas countryside. It’s uranium oxide, U3O8, otherwise known as yellowcake. This is the stuff that atomic bombs and nuclear reactor fuel are made from.

Report shows UN admitting solar activity may play significant role in global warming
Fox News - A leaked report by a United Nations’ group dedicated to climate studies says that heat from the sun may play a larger role than previously thought. “[Results] do suggest the possibility of a much larger impact of solar variations on the stratosphere than previously thought, and some studies have suggested that this may lead to significant regional impacts on climate,” reads a draft copy of a major, upcoming report from the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Arizona Sues U.S. EPA Over Coal Power Plant Emissions
Reuters - Arizona challenged in federal court U.S. environmental regulators efforts to force Arizona power companies to spend up to $1 billion to install pollution control equipment at three coal plants to reduce haze in the region’s national parks. Arizona’s Attorney General Tom Horne said in a statement last week the emission control measures proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would not affect health or be reduce emissions visible to the human eye.

Officials: Increased seismic activity reported near giant sinkhole
ENENews - It has been reported to us, by Dr. Steve Horton, that there has been an above normal recording of seismic activity within the last few days. Should additional details or information regarding this situation become available, they will be posted.


A Pinch of Fluoride in Salt?
Gaia Health - Are you adding fluoride to your toxic intake when you use salt? In several major European countries, India, and Japan, salt fluoridation is routine. Of course, the usual excuse is that it’s good for teeth, but that claim is highly questionable. While topical treatment may be beneficial, ingestion offers no benefit, and fluoride is highly toxic. In spite of its known toxicity, many countries are now requiring that salt be fluoridated, and most of the others are not far behind.

Five natural ways to cure bad breath through diet
(NaturalNews) For many people, grabbing a mint or a piece of gum is their go-to solution, as it quickly masks the problem. But this approach often fails to address the root causes of bad breath, which for many people includes dietary deficiency.

The Tamiflu Deception
Gaia Health - Tamiflu is chemotherapy that’s now given to babies. How can it be justified when it produces next-to-no benefit, produces and worsens symptoms it supposedly prevents, and even causes brain swelling and death? As David points out, its maker, Roche, hid Tamiflu’s adverse effects.

4 Fast Food Ingredients Way Worse than Horsemeat
Natural Society - Burger King recently admitted to using horsemeat in their burgers, but here are 4 known fast food ingredients that are way worse than horsemeat.

Science & Technology

US draws up battle plan to stave off digital attack cyberstrikes
The Independent - The US could launch pre-emptive cyber strikes against countries it suspects of threatening its interests with a digital attack, under a new set of secret guidelines to safeguard the nation’s computer systems. The rules – the country’s first on how it defends or retaliates against digital attacks – are expected to be approved in coming weeks, and are likely to be kept under wraps, much like the policies governing the country’s controversial drone programme.


Rise Of The Preppers: 50 Of The Best Prepper Websites And Blogs On The Internet
Activist Post - It has been estimated that there are now approximately 3 million preppers in the United States, and Doomsday Preppers is currently the highest rated show on the National Geographic channel. In fact, you could be living next to a prepper and never even know it.

Humor & Satire

SPOOF: Lanny Breuer On Wall Street Fraud
Daily Bail - This is hilarious. A deleted scene from PBS Frontline's The Untouchables.

Today in History - Monday -  February 4, 2013
1783 - Britain declared a formal cessation of hostilities with its former colonies, the United States of America.
1789 - Electors unanimously chose George Washington to be the first president of the United States.
1824 - J.W. Goodrich introduced rubber galoshes to the public.
1847 - In Maryland, the first U.S. Telegraph Company was established.
1861 - Delegates from six southern states met in Montgomery, AL, to form the Confederate States of America.
1865 - The Hawaiian Board of Education was formed.
1895 - The Van Buren Street Bridge opened in Chicago, IL.
1904 - The Russo-Japanese War began after Japan laid siege to Port Arthur.
1932 - The first Winter Olympics were held in the United States at Lake Placid, NY.
1936 - Radium E. became the first radioactive substance to be produced synthetically.
1941 - The United Service Organizations (USO) was created.
1945 - During World War II, U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin began a conference at Yalta to outline plans for Germany's defeat.
1964 - The Administrator of General Services announced that the 24th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution had been ratified. It banned the poll tax.
1974 - Patricia (Patty) Hearst was kidnapped in Berkeley, CA, by the Symbionese Liberation Army.
1976 - An earthquake in Guatemala and Honduras killed more than 22,000 people.
1985 - U.S. President Ronald Reagan's defense budget called for a tripling of the expenditure on the "Star Wars" research program.
1993 - Russian scientists unfurled a giant mirror in orbit and flashed a beam of sunlight across Europe during the night. Observers saw it only as a momentary flash.
1997 - A civil jury in California found O.J. Simpson liable in the death of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman. Goldman's parents were awarded $8.5 million in compensatory damages.
1997 - Two Israeli troop-carrying helicopters collided on their way to Lebanon, all 73 soldiers and airmen aboard were killed.
1997 - President Milosevic of Serbia apparently surrendered to the will of his people, ordering his government to recognize opposition victories in local elections held in November 1996.
1998 - In northeast Afghanistan, at least 5,000 people were killed in an earthquake that measured 6.1 on the Richter Scale.
1999 - Warplanes from Israel attacked south Lebanon just after rockets were fired toward Israel. No casualies were claimed on either side.
2000 - Austrian President Thomas Klestil swore in a coalition government that included Joerg Haider's far-right Freedom Party. European Union sanctions were a result of the action.
2003 - Yugoslavia was formally dissolved by lawmakers. The country was replaced with a loose union of its remaining two republics, Serbia and Montenegro.

World News

US delivers F-16 warplanes to Egypt
Press TV - The United States has delivered four F-16 warplanes to Egypt as part of Washington’s annual military aid to Cairo. The move was interpreted by Egyptian Defense Minister Abdel Fattah al-Sisi as a growing military cooperation between Cairo and Washington.... The delivery, however, provoked criticism inside the US Congress with Kentucky Republican Senator Ran Paul calling the action a “huge mistake.”

Opinion Poll: 'Mali resources behind French-led war'
Press TV - The opinion poll found that 63 percent (10,843 respondents) of the 17,287 respondents believe the main motive behind the France-led war in Mali is untapped resources of the West African country.

‘Israelis plan buffer zone in Syria’
Press TV - The Israeli military's northern command allegedly harbors plan to establish a “buffer zone” inside Syria towards the alleged aim of fending off militant attacks.

Israeli forces abduct 25 Palestinians in West Bank
Press TV - Many of the inmates are under so-called administrative detention. The administrative detention, often implemented by the Israeli regime against the Palestinian population, is a sort of imprisonment without trial or charge, allowing regime forces to make arrests without formal charges for up to six months. However, the detention order can be renewed for indefinite periods of time.

US, South Korea begin three-day joint naval drill
Press TV - The United States and South Korea have launched a three-day joint naval drill amid heightening tensions in the Korean Peninsula.... The joint drill comes a few days after North Korea threatened to carry out a nuclear test despite a new round of UN sanctions against its December rocket launch. Pyongyang said the test was the “demand of people.”

French troops have allegedly launched airstrikes around Kidal and Tessalit in Mali's far north
Press TV - French planes carried out the assaults from Saturday night into the early hours of Sunday, according to French army Col. Thierry Burkhard, The Associated Press reported. This comes after French President Francois Hollande, who arrived in Mali on Saturday for a one-day visit, told thousands of Malians in the capital, Bamako, that French troops would stay in Mali as long as necessary.

VIDEO/ARTICLE: Syrian TV shows 'aftermath' footage, Israel implicitly admits to airstrike
RT - Syrian TV has broadcast images of what it said was the aftermath of an Israeli airstrike on a research facility near Damascus. Israel has implicitly admitted it was behind the raid, which allegedly targeted a weapons convoy headed to Lebanon.

Obama green light for Israel to strike Iranian-Syrian-Hizballah military links
DEBKAfile - The air raid over the Jamraya military complex near Damascus Wednesday, Jan. 30, attributed to Israel by Western sources was Israeli’s first assault on the Syrian-Hizballah military compact forged between Bashar Assad and Hassan Nasrallah. That was the real strategic import of the operation, which took place with the approval of US President Barack Obama, DEBKAfile’s military sources report.

VIDEO/ARTICLE: Gladio Lives: Provocateur Marxist Group Bombs U.S. Embassy in Turkey
Kurt Nimmo - U.S. officials would like to blame al-Qaeda for Friday’s suicide bombing at the U.S. embassy in Ankara, Turkey, but the country’s prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has placed blame squarely on the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front, or DHKP/C.

VIDEO/ARTICLE: 7 Big Defense Companies With Big Transparency Problems
Wired - This week, Transparency International released its summary of corruption in the defense world, and broke down which countries scored an "F" on the watchdog's rankings for openness. The group has also been going after specific vendors of death and destruction that haven't been upfront about measures to stop corruption.... Here are seven of the worst offenders....

Iceland kicks out the FBI when they arrived to investigate Wikileaks
Iceland Review - A group of FBI agents arrived in Iceland in August 2011, requesting collaboration with Icelandic police authorities to investigate Wikileaks, as revealed by Wikileaks spokesperson Kristinn Hrafnsson on RÚV’s news magazine Kastljós last night.... “According to my information, he demanded that these agents pack their bags, embark the plane and leave the country,” Kristinn added. “I know that this was later discussed within the government, which formally objected to U.S. authorities.”

Zimbabwe Is Down to Its Last $217
The country's finance minister admitted as much in a press conference on Tuesday. "Last week when we paid civil servants there was $217 [left] in government coffers," Tendai Biti told reporters. "The government finances are in paralysis state at the present moment. We are failing to meet our targets."... "We will be approaching the international community," Biti said. You'll never guess who's most likely to come to the rescue. Hint: They're big fans of rare minerals.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

VIDEO: Reality Check Special: Benghazi, 4 months later
Liberty Crier - (FOX19) – Benghazi: Four months later, in a Reality Check Special. We take a look at Hillary Clinton’s testimony before Congress. How she has claimed to have taken “responsibility” for security failures but has avoided “blame.” What President Obama tells Ben about the U.S. funding Al Qaeda in Libya and Syria. And something called “Blow-back”…

YouTube: Ron Paul's Texas Straight Talk: Immigration "Reform" is a Bad Deal for All of Us
Full transcript coming soon!

VIDEO: MSM Compilation: Sheriffs Stand Against Gun Control
Liberty Crier - Video clips from different mainstream media interviews with Sheriffs from across the nation who have publicly vowed to oppose any new gun laws/violations of the United States Constitution. Our Sheriffs need to hear from us to understand we support them in ALL instances where they support the constitution and stand strong against our corrupted congress.

Gun crimes increase in Massachusetts despite tough gun laws - Massachusetts has a national reputation as a bastion of gun control, but crimes and injuries related to firearms have risen — sometimes dramatically — since the state passed a comprehensive package of gun laws in 1998.

Jesse Jackson pushes new 'Occupy' plan: Have Homeland Security occupy Chicago with armed TSA agents
(NaturalNews) Don't say we didn't warn ya, but now the long-anticipated plan for armed TSA agents to patrol U.S. cities has been invoked by none other than Jesse Jackson. Today he called on President Obama to unleash "Homeland Security" on the streets of Chicago, a city racked by murders and violence even though it has the strictest gun laws in the country.

VIDEO: Gun-grabbers Run Ad During Super Bowl Mayor Bloomberg and his coalition of officials opposed to Americans exercising their Second Amendment right will run the following ad during the third quarter of today’s Super Bowl: The ad will only run in Washington, D.C.

VIDEO/ARTICLE: Department of Homeland Security Targets Gun Collector in New Mexico
Kurt Nimmo - Federal Homeland Security Investigation agents raided the home of Robert Adams on Thursday and seized 548 handguns and 317 rifles from the collector. They also raided his business and took an additional 599 handguns. KRQE reports that Adams did not violate any laws and was not charged with any crimes.

Detroit high school coach with concealed weapons permit shoots 2 attackers outside school
Denver Channel - Police sources in Detroit say that a women's basketball coach from Martin Luther King, Jr. Senior High School shot two men who attacked him as he was walking two basketball players to their cars in the school parking lot Friday night.

MSNBC Urges Viewers to Boycott Gun Manufacturers
Paul Joseph Watson - The irony of MSNBC telling viewers to boycott investments in gun manufacturers is chillingly ironic given the fact that the network is is part-owned by one of Obama’s biggest campaign contributors, General Electric, which also just happens to be one of the biggest arms manufacturers on the planet.

The Resistance Begins: New York Gun Owners Refuse to Register
Mac Slavo - ...according toThe New American: I’ve heard from hundreds of people that they’re prepared to defy the law, and that number will be magnified by the thousands, by the tens of thousands, when the registration deadline comes,’’ said President Brian Olesen with American Shooters Supply, among the biggest gun dealers in the state, in an interview with the New York Post.

YouTube: Non-Compliance Resistance Evident at Buffalo vs New York State Q & A Forum on the Arms Bill
Residents of Erie County, New York overflow the State's Q & A forum concerning the unconstitutional NY Safe Act arms bill. The passion and anger from the people is evident of Erie County resistance.... Questions asked by Western New Yorkers covered: non-compliance, penalties, jury nullification, 2nd Amendment profiling into domestic terrorists, government tyranny, police, sheriff, and more. A shortened video here.

VIDEO: 231 Sheriffs and 4 State Sheriffs Associations Saying ‘NO’ to Obama Gun Control - The following is a list of sheriffs and state sheriff’s associations from who have vowed to uphold and defend the Constitution against Obama’s unlawful gun control measures. I applaud these public servants for their courage and conviction.
* Related Video: Sheriffs Protecting our 2nd Amendment Rights

VIDEO: Engineer Files Law Suit Against NY Street Body Scanners
Steve Watson - Machines violate Fourth Amendment, and can “unzip” DNA according to studies. An engineer who exposed fundamental flaws in the TSA’s body scanners and eventually sued the agency, has now filed suit against the City of New York for proposals to use the scanners on the streets.

VIDEO/ARTICLE: McCain and Schumer Move to Force Americans to Use Biometric ID for Employment
Kurt Nimmo - A Trojan Horse that will add capability to the national surveillance and security state. Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said on Thursday they back a plan to force all Americans to use a biometric Social Security card as part of a “comprehensive immigration reform” scheme that will be used to legalize millions of illegal aliens.

Machine Gun Stolen, Undercover Agents’ Names Exposed After Botched ATF Sting — Now Lawmakers Demand Answers
The Blaze - For 10 months, ATF agents in Milwaukee ran a storefront operation meant to bust criminals for gun and drug violations. But the operation inside the phony store “Fearless Distributing” didn’t take down any major drug dealers or gang members — instead, the store was robbed of $35,000 worth of merchandise, an agent’s machine gun was stolen, and a document with the names and phone numbers of undercover agents was left behind after the operation was shut down, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.


Bankrupt, Decaying And Nearly Dead: 24 Facts About The City Of Detroit That Will Shock You
Economic Collapse - Between December 2000 and December 2010, 48 percent of the manufacturing jobs in Michigan were lost. When you are a manufacturing area, and you lose half of your manufacturing jobs over the course of a single decade, of course things are going to get really, really bad.

Retirement Savings Accounts Draw U.S. Consumer Bureau Attention
Bloomberg - The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is weighing whether it should take on a role in helping Americans manage the $19.4 trillion they have put into retirement savings, a move that would be the agency’s first foray into consumer investments. “That’s one of the things we’ve been exploring and are interested in in terms of whether and what authority we have,” bureau director Richard Cordray said in an interview.

Tom Coud: "Everybody In The Industry Knows The US Doesn’t Have The Gold” - Tom Cloud: Germany’s gold repatriation is obviously a game changer. They got all their gold back from France right away. But the US government put them off for 7 years, probably by offering them some kind of premium to take their gold back slowly. More gold, Treasuries, no one knows what exactly but clearly it was a big inducement. It’s also clear that Germany won’t be the last country to bring its gold home.

Veteran News

Flasback: SWAT rampage destroys Iraq vet's home over guns
Washington Times May 28, 2012 - The police arrested the veteran of the Iraq war and searched his house without a warrant, not to protect the public from a terrorist or stop a crime in progress, but to rouse a sleeping man the police thought might have an unregistered gun in his home.

YouTube: Disabled Gulf War Veteran’s Inspirational Transformation
Arthur's story is highlighted from the beginning, in the upcoming documentary, INSPIRED: The Movie. Meet Arthur Boorman, a disabled veteran of the Gulf War struggling for 15 years. Arthur was told by his doctors that he won’t be able to walk on his own ever again. But with the help of DDP Yoga, he rewrote his life! Watch this astonishing video to learn more…
* Related Video: Arthur's Transformation (Extended Cut (9:21 minutes).

Iraq war veteran charged in Texas shooting that killed author/ex-Navy SEAL Kyle, his friend
Washington Post - A 25-year-old Iraq war veteran charged with murdering former Navy SEAL and “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle and his friend turned a gun onto the pair while they were at a Texas shooting range, authorities said Sunday.... Kyle, a decorated veteran, wrote the best-selling book “American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History,” detailing his 150-plus kills of insurgents from 1999 to 2009. Kyle said in his book that Iraqi insurgents had put a bounty on his head. According to promotional information from book publisher William Morrow, Kyle deployed to Iraq four times.

Energy & Environment

FCC: "We need comments about RF radiation by this Wednesday, February 6th" - The last time the FCC invited public comment was July 2009. At that time, comments were dominated by industry and corporate interests, discouraging the FCC from further tightening RF radiation guidelines.... Please take a few minutes to document your concerns regarding any aspects of RF radiation you are concerned about (such as needless additional RF radiation and electrosmog from "smart meters" when better technological options are available, or inadequate safety standards for wireless cell phones).


ADHD diagnosis rate jumps dramatically in 10 years
(NaturalNews)ADHD is officially classified as a neurobehavioral disorder. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ADHD affects between four and 12 percent of all school-aged children in the United States, making it one of the most common childhood disorders.... The implications of the controversy are significant: treatment of children with ADHD runs between $36 billion and $52 billion per year in the United States.

Treat carpal tunnel successfully with acupuncture
(NaturalNews) Acupuncture, which works on the energy (chi) distribution along the body's mapped out meridians, has been used for centuries for both optimizing good health and reversing bad health, acute or chronic. Lately, acupuncture has been used successfully for healing maladies from sports injuries.

Eating hot food from melamine plates increases risk of kidney stones
(NaturalNews) According to a new study by researchers at the Kaohsiung Medical University in Taiwan; however, melamine tableware releases toxic quantities of kidney stone-forming melamine when exposed to high temperatures - such as when they're holding hot food.

Finally - A truly simple way to improve mood and boost energy
(NaturalNews) Fortunately, a study conducted by researchers from the University of Otago and published in the British Journal of Health Psychology has found that simply eating a few more servings of fruits and vegetables each day can make you calmer, happier and more energetic.

Vicodin leaves trail of dead patients in its wake
(NaturalNews) A federal advisory panel whose purpose it is to guide the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in establishing drug labeling and marketing policy has urged the agency to step up its labeling requirements for the popular painkiller Vicodin (hydrocodone) following a trail of dead patients.

5 Ways to Strengthen Your Immune System
Natural Society - Here are 5 ways to supercharge and strengthen your immune system. It’s flu season, so it's time to protect yourself and keep feeling 100 percent.

Boost overall health by eating reishi mushrooms
(NaturalNews) Reishi mushrooms are currently enjoying extreme popularity because of their reported health benefits. This type of mushroom has antiviral, analgesic, anti-diabetic, cardiovascular, anti-parasetic and antifungal properties that make it more beneficial for those who are aiming to improve their overall health.

Olive Oil Could Help Prevent Breast Cancer Naturally
Natural Society - Spanish scientists have discovered that a little olive oil added to meals may ward off breast cancer by inhibiting tumor growth and also destroying the actual tumor. This research joins volumes of other studies that have demonstrated olive oil’s ability to fight off heart disease, lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of diabetes, reduce the risk of rheumatoid arthritis and fight obesity.

VIDEO: Shocking Revelation: US Health Care System Wastes More Money than the Entire Pentagon Budget Annually
Dr. Mercola - A review of U.S. healthcare expenses by the Institutes of Medicine1 has revealed that 30 cents of every dollar spent on medical care is wasted, adding up to $750 billion annually. The report identifies six major areas of waste: Unnecessary services; inefficient delivery of care; excess administrative costs; inflated prices; prevention failures; and fraud.

Antidepressants for Pregnancy Women: "Large Scale Human Experiment"
Natural Society - It’s a “large scale human experiment,” said Dr. Adam Urato, the assistant professor of maternal-fetal medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine. He says drug companies have overstated the benefits of these drugs, while sugarcoating the risks—all in the name of the almighty dollar. Not only do these drugs increase the risk of a premature birth, but also miscarriage, and even autism. These facts have been demonstrated again and again. Around 40 studies have linked SSRIs and premature birth.

REM sleep disorder may lead to untimely death of brain cells, causing Alzheimer's and Parkinson's and other diseases
(NaturalNews) The clinical consequences of untreated sleep disorders are devastating. Serious medical conditions including (but not limited to) high blood pressure, heart attacks, stroke, ADHD, sexual dysfunction, decreased mental functions, car accidents, growth retardation in children, crowded or mal-aligned teeth (too small of a mouth or no room for the teeth) all can lead to a decreased quality of life.

Science & Technology

VIDEO: INDECT: Big Brother's Full Spectrum Surveillance Project
Activist Post - The core of INDECT is real-time behavioral analysis and mapping which ultimately could produce an algorithm of likely future behavior. It is the amalgamation of all of the pieces that have so far been introduced: video surveillance footage, biometric information, web-based data, drones, GPS, police databases and more. The project aims to correct the flaws contained in these disparate systems and offer seamless data integration across platforms in order to instantly determine threats.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell In Favor of Hemp
Liberty Crier - Sen. McConnell’s statement of support for hemp production in Kentucky is a major boost for Commissioner Comer’s legislation in the Kentucky General Assembly. Senate Bill 50 will be heard in the Senate Agriculture Committee on Feb. 11, 2013. In unprecedented bipartisan cooperation, U.S. Representatives John Yarmuth (D-KY 3rd District) and Thomas Massie (R-KY 4th) are confirmed to testify alongside U.S. Senator Rand Paul in support of the bill.

Pet News

VIDEO: The Worst Horror of Pet Food Confirmed in Spain
Susan Thixton - The use of euthanized pets in pet food has been suspect for years. Now, Spain is in the middle of a full investigation that will finally prove the absolute worst horrors of pet food. It has been stated many of the pet foods involved "have international presence and some are among the most prominent of the animal feed industry."

California passes sweeping new 'animal abuse' laws that give government massive new powers over animal ownership
(NaturalNews) If you live in California and own pets or livestock, you could soon be criminalized as an animal abuser for things like letting your livestock roam on pasture or transferring ownership of rare-breed animals in a parking lot. Two new laws recently passed under the auspices of animal protection actually threaten to eliminate animal ownership throughout the state, as they re-categorize normal animal rearing methods as acts of abuse worthy of criminal fines and unwarranted seizure of said animals.


VIDEO: Indian Blanket Auction - You won't believe this story
Daily Paul - This man lost half of his leg and thought he might sell an old Indian blanket that he inherited from his family. Watch the auction! This is a wonderful 'rags-to-riches' story! Watch the guy’s face while the bidding starts to go up.

Today in History - Friday -  February 1, 2013
1788 - Isaac Briggs and William Longstreet patented the steamboat.
1790 - The U.S. Supreme Court convened for the first time in New York City.
1793 - France declared war on Britain and Holland.
1861 - Texas voted to secede from the Union.
1862 - "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," by Julia Ward Howe was first published in the "Atlantic Monthly."
1884 - The first edition of the Oxford English Dictionary was published.
1898 - The Travelers Insurance Company of Hartford, CT, issued the first automobile insurance policy. Dr. Truman Martin of Buffalo, NY, paid $11.25 for the policy, which gave him $5,000 in liability coverage.
1900 - Eastman Kodak Co. introduced the $1 Brownie box camera.
1913 - Grand Central Terminal (also known as Grand Central Station) opened in New York City, NY. It was the largest train station in the world.
1920 - The first armored car was introduced.
1930 - The Times published its first crossword puzzle.
1951 - The first telecast of an atomic explosion took place.
1951 - The first X-ray moving picture process was demonstrated.
1958 - The United Arab Republic was formed by a union of Egypt and Syria. It was broken 1961.
1960 - Four black college students began a sit-in protest at a lunch counter in Greensboro, NC. They had been refused service.
1968 - During the Vietnam War, South Vietnamese National Police Chief Brig. Gen. Nguyen Ngoc Loan executed a Viet Cong officer with a pistol shot to the head. The scene was captured in a news photograph.
1979 - Patty Hearst was released from prison after serving 22 months of a seven-year sentence for bank robbery. Her sentence had been commuted by U.S. President Carter.
1979 - Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini was welcomed in Tehran as he ended nearly 15 years of exile.
1991 - A USAir jetliner crashed atop a commuter plane at Los Angeles International Airport. 35 people were killed.
1994 - Jeff Gillooly pled guilty in Portland, OR, for his role in the attack on figure skater Nancy Kerrigan. Gillooly, Tonya Harding's ex-husband, struck a plea bargain under which he confessed to racketeering charges in exchange for testimony implicating Harding.
1996 - Visa and MasterCard announced security measures that would make it safe to shop on the Internet.
1999 - Former White House intern Monica Lewinsky gave a deposition that was videotaped for senators weighing impeachment charges against U.S. President Clinton.
2001 - Three Scottish judges found Abdel Basset al-Mergrahi guilty of the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, which killed 270 people. The court said that Megrahi was a member of the Libyan intelligence service. Al-Amin Khalifa, who had been co-accused, was acquitted and freed.
2003 - NASA's space shuttle Columbia exploded while re-entering the Earth's atmosphere. All seven astronauts on board were killed.

World News

Explosion rocks US Embassy in Ankara , two reportedly killed
RT - An explosion has struck the US Embassy in Ankara, local media reports. There are conflicting reports that a suicide bomber carried out the attack. Two were reportedly killed, and several more injured. Turkish media reports that two security guards working at the embassy were killed in the blast.

Israeli jets in 'mission' over Lebanon
Press TV - Israeli warplanes have entered the Lebanese airspace and conducted 'imaging missions' in the country, according to Lebanese and Israeli media.... The flights violate the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1701, a measure the Israeli regime has frequently breached since its endorsement in 2006.

Lebanon slams Israeli attack in Syria
Press TV - Lebanese President Michel Sleiman has denounced the Israeli attack on a research center in Syria, accusing the Tel Aviv regime of using the turmoil in the Arab country to carry out its ‘aggressive.... Lebanese Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour also called for a firm stance by Arab countries to confront the Israeli assault.

Diplomat: Real Target of Israeli Attack Was Syrian Base
Paul Joseph Watson - A western diplomat has told the Iraqi daily Azzaman that the real target of Israel’s attack on Syria was a facility housing 3,000 Iranian Revolutionary Guards, and that reports about a weapons convoy on its way to Lebanon being hit were merely a diversion.... It now appears the Syrian version of events has been vindicated after a western diplomat told the Iraqi daily Azzaman that eight guided missiles were used to hit a scientific research facility in Jamraya.

High Military Alert Across Middle East Following Israeli Attack Inside Syria
Kurt Nimmo - Military forces in Syria, Lebanon and Jordan have raised their alert levels following an Israeli attack inside Syria on Wednesday. The Arabic-language daily Lebanese newspaper Addiyar reports that Syria has moved troops to the Israel-occupied Golan Heights, the Lebanese Army has reinforced its southern outposts and Jordan has positioned troops on the Jordan River border with Israel, according to The Voice of Russia.

Syria files UN complaint over Israeli airstrike, Iran warns of ‘serious consequences’
RT - Syria has filed an official complaint to the United Nations over an Israeli airstrike on a military research center near Damascus. The move followed a threat from Iran that Israel would face “serious consequences” for the attack.

Netanyahu Tells America It’s Now Or Never
Business Insider - According to a Maariv report, when speaking to a visiting delegation from the American Jewish Committee, Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel was simply not strong enough to force a halt to Iran’s nuclear enrichment program. In order to halt the program, Bibi said, the U.S. would have to strike, and they must do so this year.

Human Rights Watch calls for Mali probe
Press TV - Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called for an investigation into the alleged reprisal killings by French-backed Malian troops as the French war in the West African country of Mali will enter its fourth week.... The UN Security Council is considering plans to deploy peacekeepers to assist the French.

North Korea imposes martial law, orders troops to ‘be ready for war’ says report
RT - North Korea has allegedly been placed under martial law and its ruler Kim Jong-un has ordered the army to “prepare for war”, a South Korean daily claims. The North Korean leader issued a series of orders to his top defense and security officials on Saturday to conclude preparations for a new nuclear test, the Seoul based Korea JoongAng Daily alleges citing an unnamed source.

$7.3 million camp for Afghan police found nearly empty: inspectors
Reuters - A $7.3 million base camp built to house 175 Afghan Border Police was sitting virtually empty two months after it was handed over to Afghan authorities, and some equipment like wood-burning stoves had been dismantled, U.S. inspectors reported on Tuesday.

Pakistan censors release of US drama about Osama bin Laden
RT - Movie distributors and TV stations in Pakistan won't be screening the Oscar-nominated US drama about the hunt for Osama bin Laden to avoid offending local sensibilities and provoke outrage in the conservative country. The unofficial censorship has also prompted by local cable distributors blocking the screening of the hit US dramas "Homeland" and "Last Resort", on the grounds they are against the national interest, AFP reported.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Panetta to testify on Benghazi
The Hill - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta will testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee on the attack on the U.S. facility in Benghazi, Libya, an aide confirmed to The Hill.

'VIDEO/ARTICLE: 'US a police state, Obama consciously allows torture' – CIA veteran John Kiriakou
RT - Kiriakou is now awaiting a summons to start a prison sentence. One of the first to confirm the existence of Washington's waterboarding program, he was sentenced last week to two-and-a-half years in jail for revealing the name of an undercover agent. But even if he had another chance, he would have done the same thing again, Kiriakou told RT.

California Democrats Announce 9 Gun Control Bills - AB 48 (Asm. Nancy Skinner, D- Berkeley) Requires reporting of ammunition sales, requires licensing of ammunition dealers, and establishes other controls on ammunition sales similar to current controls on firearms sales. "When we have safeguards in place for purchasing guns, why is it so much easier to buy bullets--the very thing that makes a gun deadly?" Assemblymember Skinner asked. "It is easier today to buy bullets than to buy alcohol, cigarettes or some cold medicines."

Sandy Hook: Mainstream Article Posted Day of Shooting Reveals Details of Second Suspect and Motive
Intel Hub - A very interesting article has been found with some of the missing pieces of the puzzle intwined into it regarding the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that took place on December 14, 2012. The article originally posted by the Daily Mail the morning of the shooting was discovered to have been pulled and redirected, as reported previously by

Rand Paul to bring new fight against TSA
RT - Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is continuing his fight against the government-controlled TSA and has introduced bills to privatize the agency and establish a passenger bill of rights.

VIDEO: No Obama, Americans Aren't Committed to Aiding Terrorists in Syria
Activist Post - On Tuesday President Obama announced more aid to Syrian rebels to the tune of $155 million, bringing the total amount sent so far to $365 million. The statement from Obama's White House reads "The relief we send doesn’t say “Made in America,” but make no mistake—our aid reflects the commitment of the American people." Which Americans?

Army Invades Galveston, Texas
Infowars - On Wednesday the residents of Galveston, Texas, endured what folks in Houston and Miami did earlier this week.... “We were invited by the city of Galveston to conduct joint training exercises to enhance the effectiveness of both services in order to better protect the residents of Galveston,” Sgt. 1st Class Michael Noggle, an Army spokesman based at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, told the newspaper.

VIDEO: Judge Napolitano: Stricter Gun Control Is Part of the Progressive Ideology to 'Tell Us How to Live' - Napolitano explained that he does not believe President Obama's plans for stricter gun laws will make it through Congress "because he effectively wants to punish the law-abiding" because of the horrific actions of a few criminals....

67 Percent of Texas Republicans Want Obama Impeached
Newsbusters - If Democrats are serious about trying to turn Texas blue, they should get a gander at a just-released poll of Lone Star State voters that found 67 percent of Republican respondents support the impeachment of President Obama. Of greater concern for liberals: the poll was conducted by the left-leaning Public Policy Polling.

VIDEO/ARTICLE: Super Bowl Fans to Face Mandatory TSA Pat Downs
Paul Joseph Watson - “Fans can expect to pass through metal detectors and a pat-down search. After the pat-down search, fans will be asked to unzip any coats. All bags will be x-rayed,” said NFL Chief Security Officer Jeffrey Miller. Attendees will also be, “watched, sniffed and pawed as they enter the Superdome,” reports CBS Baltimore.

VIDEO/ARTICLE: Alabama Kidnapper being Characterized as ‘Survivalist’
Infowars - According to the New York Times, a sheriff’s office investigator told the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) that stand-off suspect Jimmy Lee Dykes is “a Vietnam veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress who “did not trust the government.”” News and gossip site Gawker ran the headline, “Hostage-Taking ‘Doomsday Prepper’ Passes 30th Hour of Bunker Standoff with Cops” and said that the situation is made all the worse “since Dykes is a survivalist,” because “his bunker is well-stocked with food and other necessary items.”

Six-Year-Old Girl Expelled For Bringing Plastic Toy Gun To Show & Tell
Steve Watson - Schools all over the country are weeding out the terrorists. The deadly rise of extremism in America continues as yet another child has been expelled from school for wielding a toy gun. WLTX news reports that six-year-old Naomi McKinney brought a small transparent plastic toy gun to school for a show and tell, causing her teachers to freak out.

VIDEO/ARTICLE: Rockhurst High School drug testing policy sends ripple through city - The new drug testing policy at one local high school has sent a ripple through Kansas City. Starting with the 2013-2014 school year, Rockhurst High School will be collecting hair samples from students for random drug testing – and participation is mandatory.

VIDEO/ARTICLE: Violent Test Questions At Florida High School Upset Parents
Huffington Post - According to WTSP, the Fivay High School teacher in Hudson, Fla., assigned test questions like: "A 50 kg student has a momentum of 500 kg m/s as the teacher launches him toward the wall, what is the velocity of the student heading toward the wall?" "A northbound car with a velocity of 100 m/s ran over a baby with a momentum of 800 kg m/s, what is the mass of the car?"


Eight Retailers That Will Close the Most Stores - Take a look at the list....

Obama Shuts Down Jobs Council
Breitbart - Congratulations, America! In a clear sign that unemployment is no longer a priority or concern for President Obama, The white house has announced that the Obama jobs council has been shut down as of Thursday, January 31.

15 Signs That You Better Get Prepared For The Obama Recession Of 2013
Economic Collapse - Personally, I would very much prefer for 2013 to be a year of peace and prosperity for America. But at this point there appears to be a great deal of downward momentum for the economy. The following are 15 signs that you better get prepared for the Obama recession of 2013...

VIDEO/ARTICLE: The National Debt: A Short History Of Presidential Lies
Daily Bail - Talk Is Cheap, Overspending Is Not. In 1986 our debt was $2.1 trillion and Washington was making promises to rein in our excessive spending. Twenty-seven years later Washington is still making promises, but the only differences we see are a $16.5 trillion debt and better picture quality on C-SPAN.

VIDEO/ARTICLE: Obamacare ‘Glitch’ Allows Some Families To Be Priced Out Of Health Insurance
Huffington Post - IRS regulations issued Wednesday failed to fix the problem as liberal backers of the president's plan had hoped. As a result, some families that can't afford the employer coverage that they are offered on the job will not be able to get financial assistance from the government to buy private health insurance on their own. How many people will be affected is unclear.
* Related Article: IRS: Cheapest Obamacare Plan Will Be $20,000 Per Family

Veteran News

Study: 22 veterans kill themselves a day
Press TV - Every day about 22 veterans in the United States kill themselves, a rate that is about 20 percent higher than the Department of Veterans Affairs’ 2007 estimate, according to two-year study by a VA researcher. The VA study indicates that more than two-thirds of the veterans who commit suicide are 50 or older, suggesting that the increase in veterans’ suicides is not primarily driven by those returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Decorated Combat Veteran arrested in New York: Charged with 5 felonies for possession AR magazines - In the latest attack on the American people, a decorated War Hero has been arrested and charged with five counts of third degree criminal possession of a weapon, for having empty 30 round AR-15 Magazines in his vehicle.... According to Haddad’s brother, Michael Haddad, Nathan thought these magazines were legally made before the New York Assault Weapons Ban. When Nathan Haddad was arrested the new ban had not even been fully enacted yet.

Energy & Environment

With no way to process it, US will bury 70,000 tons of nuclear waste
RT - With two decades to go before it can reprocess spent nuclear fuel, the US will have to bury nearly 70,000 tons of it, a research lab reports. It comes after Congress and the Obama administration defunded a planned nuclear waste repository in 2011.

U.S. spring crop season jeopardized as drought persists
"It's not a pretty picture," said climatologist Mark Svoboda of the University of Nebraska's Drought Mitigation Center.... The drought that last year ranked as the worst in roughly 50 years is still entrenched in the nation's mid-section. This month was considered the worst January in terms of drought over the 13 years that a consortium of federal and state climatology experts have been monitoring drought levels and issuing regular "Drought Monitor" reports, said Svoboda.

Craiglist job posting: Earn $20 pretending to hate wind energy
Grist - From Craigslist: Our firm needs 100 volunteers to attend and participate in a rally in front of the British Consulate/Embassy in Midtown Manhattan on the East Side on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 12 noon. The event is being held in order to protest wind turbines that are being built in Scotland and England. Your participation will be to ONLY stand next to or behind the speakers and elected officials/celebrities that will be speaking at the rally.


Stop coughing with these nine remedies - Control coughs from flu, bronchitis, asthma, pneumonia and COPD
(NaturalNews) Coughing always involves some type of irritation in the upper respiratory tract. It may be associated with a case of the flu, sinusitis, congestion, post nasal drip, or pneumonia. Additionally, coughing may be the result of chronic bronchitis.

Reduce widespread inflammation in your body with these foods
(NaturalNews) A primary cause of chronic illness for many people is systemic inflammation, and particularly the kind that goes unaddressed or even mostly unnoticed until it eventually progresses into a full-blown chronic disease.

Beta carotene may protect from genetic Type II diabetes
(NaturalNews) A genetic predisposition to Type II diabetes is found among more than half of the U.S. population. But if this form of the disease "runs" in your family, you can lower your risk by losing weight and exercising. However, Stanford University

Careless prostate cancer surgeons leave 16 surgical objects in patient's body resulting in death
(NaturalNews) A German family is seeking damages of more than $100,000 from an unnamed hospital they say negligently left surgical tools inside the body of a close family member who was treated for prostate cancer. According to an Associated Press...

Nine lessons for living longer from the people who've lived the longest
(NaturalNews) What if you could add 10 years - 10 good years - to your life? And better yet: Who already lives longer than expected? What do they do differently than everyone else?

Seroquel: Is It Worth the Risk of Going Blind?
Gaia Health - Would you take Seroquel if you knew you’d be risking your eyes? Nancy tells her story of Seroquel withdrawal, of the devastating toll it’s taken on her life … of how it stoke her sight. This is the truth of a drug now given out so casually that it’s used as a sleep aid, like a prescription Sominex.

Tetanus Vaccine Causes New Disease: New Vaccines Worse?
Gaia Health - The tetanus vaccine causes a new disease known both as Hughes syndrome and antiphospholipid syndrome (APS). It’s an autoimmune condition that can attack any part of the body, though is best noted for heart attacks and killing fetuses. It’s likely that APS will become more common with the new generation of vaccine adjuvants now being produced.

Where Are The Bodies?
Green Med Info - The new annual report of the American Association of Poison Control Centers shows zero deaths from multiple vitamins; zero deaths from vitamin A, niacin, vitamin B-6, vitamin D, or vitamin E. Two people are alleged to have died from vitamin supplements in the year 2011, according to AAPCC's interpretation of the most recent information collected by the U.S. National Poison Data System. One death was allegedly because of vitamin C; the other supposedly because of "Other B-Vitamins."

Science & Technology

All data stored on cloud computing services can be accessed by US government without a warrant
Activist Post - This is all reportedly being done under the recently reauthorized Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) and has led British Members of Parliament to call on the British government to not only end the use of cloud computing but also stop sharing intelligence services with the U.S, according to the Independent.

Pet News

Pet Tortoise Found Alive and Well After 30 Years in Storeroom
Care2 - Thirty years ago, a family in Rio Janeiro, the Almeidas, concluded that Manuela, their red-footed tortoise, had escaped through a door left open by workers renovating the house. But just this week, Leandro Almeida was more than startled to discover that Manuela was very much alive, having lived for three decades in an upstairs storeroom.


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