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February 2015

Friday - February 27, 2015 - Today in History:

1801 - The city of Washington, DC, was placed under congressional jurisdiction.
1827 - New Orleans held its first Mardi Gras celebration.
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.
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.
1999 - Nigeria returned to civilian rule when Gen. Olusegun 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.
2010 - An 8.8 magnitude earthquake and tsunami killed 524 people in Chile caused $30 billion in damage and left over 200,000 homeless.

World News

Ukraine pays Gazprom $15mn for 24 hours worth of gas
RT - Ukraine’s Naftogaz has paid Gazprom $15 million for gas delivery. At current levels, the prepayment covers one day's gas consumption and will be spent by Tuesday, Gazprom spokesperson Sergey Kupriyanov said.

‘100yrs to repair Gaza’: Oxfam says blockade remains, aid almost non-existent
RT - Reconstructing Gaza could take an entire century, if Israel doesn’t stop the siege, leading charity Oxfam warned. And that’s just the time frame for essential projects. The NGO’s regional director calls the situation “deplorable.” A statement was issued by the group on Thursday, six months after the latest conflict, which saw Israel roll out Operation Protective Edge. That brought about eight weeks of bombardment, followed by a devastating ground assault.

Israel Floods Gaza Neighborhood with Rainwater
(WAFA) February 22, 2015– The Israeli authorities last night pumped large amounts of rainwater into the Gaza Strip, causing tens of neighboring homes to sink, according to witnesses and media sources. Civil Defense said about 50 homes sank in the floods, while a number of local residents in eastern Gaza areas were reported injured. There were also reports of deaths of livestock and poultry. “The [Israeli] army opened the floodgates of a canal leading to central Gaza, which resulted in the removal of sand mounds along the border with Israel,” Gaza's Civil Defense Directorate said in a statement.

Watchdog Rips AFP for False Report Claiming Israel Flooded Gaza Areas by Opening Dams
The Algemeiner - Media watchdog CAMERA has blasted the Agence France Presse (AFP) news agency after it ran a story claiming that recent flooding in Gaza was caused by the opening of dams by Israeli authorities.

Judge dismisses case against Argentine president over Jewish center bombing cover-up
RT - Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has been cleared of accusations made by state prosecutors that she conspired to cover up Iran’s alleged role in the deadly bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish center in 1994.

Royal Deceit? The Queen's Bank Under Investigation Over Tax Evasion
Sputnik News - British banking has been hit with another scandal with the private arm of the taxpayer-funded Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) under investigation by German authorities over allegedly helping wealthy customers evade paying taxes.

Violent arrests as hundreds rally over 43 missing students in Mexico (VIDEO)
RT - Mexican police have violently arrested protesters rallying in the country's capital. The demonstrators are demanding a thorough investigation into the disappearance of 43 students in September. Clashes between police and protesters broke out during the organized demonstration on the five-month anniversary of the disappearance of the students, who were attending a teacher training college in Ayotzinapa, located in southwestern Guerrero state.

India follows Russia, ratifies $100 bn BRICS Bank
BRICS Post - After the Russian Parliament ratified it last week, the Indian government has also cleared the establishment of the new $100 billion development bank and the $100 billion BRICS Contingent Reserve Arrangement (CRA). The BRICS Bank launched last year will fund infrastructure projects in Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, and challenge the dominance of the Western-led World Bank and the IMF.

NATO ready to advise Libya on security, eyes more drones
Kansas City Star - NATO's chief said Thursday the alliance was ready to advise Libya's government on defense and security issues, saying the deteriorating situation in the country is posing new security threats for Europe that require a more robust defense. Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg also told a news conference in Rome that the alliance plans to bolster its surveillance of the region by using drones based at the air station in Sigonella, Sicily, starting next year.

‘Jihadi John’ from Islamic State beheading videos unmasked as Londoner
(Reuters) – Investigators believe that the “Jihadi John” masked fighter who fronted Islamic State beheading videos is a British man named Mohammed Emwazi, two U.S. government sources said on Thursday. He was born in Kuwait and comes from a prosperous family in London, where he grew up and graduated with a computer programing degree, according to the Washington Post.

UK: Call GM food something else to ease public fears, say MPs: Report says label is 'lightning rod' for fears of designer crops
Daily Mail - The term ‘GM food’ should be abandoned, say politicians who are calling for an extraordinary rebranding exercise. MPs on the science and technology select committee has demanded a ‘reframing of the public conversation’ about genetically modified food. In an inflammatory report today, it says the GM label has become a ‘lightning rod’ for fears about designer crops.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Ron Paul Blames Psychotropic Drugs For “American Sniper” Murder And Other Mass Shootings
Buzz Feed News - Former Congressman Ron Paul, the father of potential presidential candidate Rand Paul, said Wednesday that “American Sniper” Chris Kyle would be alive today if his killer was not using psychotropic drugs. Paul has repeatedly linked or blamed mass shootings on the use of psychotropic drugs.

IRS watchdog probing 'potential criminal activity' in Lerner email mess
Politico - The IRS watchdog on Thursday night said it is probing whether there could be criminal activity involving the way IRS handled the lost-then-found emails of ex-official Lois Lerner, but it cautioned lawmakers not to jump to conclusions, as the investigation is ongoing.

Court Rules In Favor Of Whistleblower Cop Who Spoke Out Against NYPD Quotas
Buzz Feed News - Officer Craig Matthews had sued the city for violating his First Amendment rights after he suffered retaliation for speaking out against arrest quotas. A federal judge had dismissed the lawsuit, but the U.S. Court of Appeals decided to let the suit go on.

Obama to ban bullets by executive action, threatens top-selling AR-15 rifle
Washington Examiner - As promised, President Obama is using executive actions to impose gun control on the nation, targeting the top-selling rifle in the country, the AR-15 style semi-automatic, with a ban on one of the most-used AR bullets by sportsmen and target shooters. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives this month revealed that it is proposing to put the ban on 5.56 mm ammo on a fast track, immediately driving up the price of the bullets and prompting retailers, including the huge outdoors company Cabela’s, to urge sportsmen to urge Congress to stop the president.

AR-15 Ammo Not “Armor Piercing” According to Law, But ATF Banning It Anyway
Kit Daniels - The ATF is trying to ban M855 AR-15 ammunition by declaring it “armor piercing,” despite the ammo containing lead which exempts it from the classification according to law. To be considered “armor piercing” under 18 U.S.C. 921 (a)(17)(B), a bullet must have an entirely metal core or have a jacket weighting more than 25% of its weight, which wouldn’t include M855 rounds because their bullets are partly lead.

2nd Amendment Watch: OH Supreme Court Says Gun Law Doesn’t Apply to Cops
Lions of Liberty - Last week the Ohio Supreme Court essentially ruled that current gun laws should not be enforced equally across the population. The decision reinforced a common belief that police officers should not be held to the same standard as the rest of society. The ruling made by the Ohio Supreme Court held that a specification in a law, which provides stiffer penalties for individuals using guns in the commission of a crime, cannot be applied to a cop convicted of a criminal act while on duty.

Shock Report: Domestic Black Sites Now Operational
Mac Slavo - We’ve previously warned that these are exactly the kind of scenarios that would result from anti-terrorism legislation like The Patriot Act and the National Defense Authorization Act. On December 5th [2011], ahead of Congressional voting, Senator Rand Paul warned that the new legislation would allow the government to detain American citizens under terrorism laws without evidence, charge or trial. Specifically, Paul cited the government’s own broad definitions and characterizations for domestic terrorism or suspicious activity as involving those who, among other things, own guns, ammunition or store food.

Chicago Police Use Local News Media to Downplay Secret Torture Site
Activist Post - Amid controversy over the Chicago Police Department’s off-the-books interrogation site, the Chicago Sun-Times ran a piece fully exonerating the police department, by basing the article entirely off statements made by the police department. Don’t worry good citizens, the police have investigated themselves in less than 24 hours and found they’ve done nothing wrong.

Too Far? Teacher Caught Displaying a "Student Terrorist List"
Activist Post - Last week, a St. Pete high school teacher was stuck in hot water over shaming students by placing their names on a "student terrorist list" and posting it on the door. It is unclear what was the motive for his actions. The teacher, however, went so far as to give the blacklisted students Arabic sounding alias names. While the teacher sounds like he might have a screw loose - is he in reality doing what he was trained to do?

Senior Citizen Held at Gunpoint, Forced to Remove Clothes in Public, Jailed, for Driving Classic Car
Free Thought Project - Because of the negligent actions of the Nevada Highway Patrol, a couple was humiliated, and their lives threatened, for stealing a car they actually owned. Robin and Beverly Bruins were out for a drive in their classic car, when incompetent cops confused their license information and pulled them over. “Driver! Remove your keys from the ignition and put them on the roof now!” screams the trooper over his loud speaker.

Election News

Missouri governor candidate dead in apparent suicide
RT - Missouri auditor and gubernatorial candidate Tom Schweich has been found dead in an apparent suicide, according to local media reports. Schweich, considered a leading Republican contender for the party’s 2016 nomination for state governor, died Thursday after being transported to a hospital in the wake of a “medical situation” at his home.... "What we know at this point suggests an apparent suicide," Clayton Police Chief Kevin Murphy said on Thursday. However, he added that an autopsy and investigation still need to be conducted.

Veteran News

CPAC–Palin Zeroes in on Obama Veteran Scandals: ‘We Demand That the Vets Are First in Line’ Instead of Illegals
Breitbart - On Thursday, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin ripped the Obama administration for putting the needs of illegal immigrants ahead of veterans who sacrificed to ensure the nation’s freedoms. At the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Palin referred to the Veterans Administration’s wait-list scandal and said, “we can’t wait for D.C. to fix their bureaucratic blunders.” Palin demanded that veterans get vouchers to get treatment outside of the VA.

Economy & Business

VIDEO: Treasury won't explain decision to make $3 billion in Obamacare payments
Washington Examiner - The U.S. Treasury Department has rebuffed a request by House Ways and Means Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R- Wis., to explain $3 billion in payments that were made to health insurers even though Congress never authorized the spending through annual appropriations.

Science & Technology

FCC Approves ‘Net Neutrality’ Plan to Control Internet Access
Breitbart - The plan, which puts the Internet in the same regulatory camp as the telephone and bans business practices that are “unjust or unreasonable,” represents the biggest regulatory shakeup to the industry in almost two decades. The goal is to prevent providers from slowing or blocking web traffic, or creating paid fast lanes on the Internet, said FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler. The 3-2 vote was expected to trigger industry lawsuits that could take several years to resolve. Still, consumer advocates cheered the regulations as a victory for smaller Internet-based companies which feared they would have to pay “tolls” to move their content.

VIDEO: FCC Net Regs Will Spill Over: ‘TV As You Know It is Over’
Breitbart - Dallas Mavericks owner and investor Mark Cuban predicted that proposed FCC Internet regulations will end up impacting TV and “your TV as you know it is over” on Thursday’s “Squawk Alley” on CNBC.

 Farming, Gardening & Homesteading

California pays farmers to sustainably sequester carbon in soil
(NaturalNews) The solution to widespread environmental destruction and perceived man-made climate change isn't to arbitrarily restrict humans from using the world's natural resources, but rather to alter the way humans use them. And a new program in California is doing just that by rewarding farmers who adopt clean, sustainable, organic farming and rotational grazing practices that have been scientifically shown to not only sequester carbon dioxide in the ground but also naturally enrich soils.

3D print your own garden grow box: Texas inventor releases 3D parts and instructions for self-watering grow systems
(Natural News) (Press release) Texas inventor and science lab director Mike Adams (aka the "Health Ranger") has publicly launched 3D printable parts and instructions for making your own self-watering float valve, the key component in non-electric hydroponic grow systems.

Vertical farm can make 44,000 pounds of tomatoes on the side of a parking lot
The Verge - The Wyoming town of Jackson gets long and bitter winters. One mile above sea level in a landlocked state, months of heavy snow leave the town unable to grow much of its own produce, forcing it to import fresh fruit and vegetables from other states or other countries. But the creators of a new initiative called Vertical Harvest — a multi-story greenhouse built on the side of a parking lot — hope that one of the world's few vertical farms can help feed the town with tomatoes, herbs, and microgreens.


New Study Reveals Where To Go When Civilization Collapses: “Head For The Hills”
Mac Slavo - Should the world as we know it ever fall apart as a result of an economic collapse, a massive natural disaster, cyber attack or widespread pandemic there will be millions of people looking for food, clean water and other essential resources.


VACCINE WAR IN AMERICA: Attempts to Legislate Mandatory Vaccines all Across the U.S.
Health Impact News - The National Vaccine Information Center brings us the latest legislative updates across the U.S. Please register at their Advocacy Portal to stay abreast of legislative battles in your own state, and follow their advice below on how you can take action to protect your Constitutional rights. If Americans do not resist and act now, the battle will be quickly lost.

Medical fascism now unfolding in Michigan as judge considers forced vaccination of children taken from their family
(NaturalNews) The four children are actually involved in a Michigan Child Protection Services (CPS) case for reasons other than vaccination issues. The parents have a history of drug and alcohol abuse and domestic violence. Their car was searched once, and crack pipes were found. There is no street drug worse than crack.... But the family court attorney, H. Elliot Parnes, upon discovering that none of the children have been vaccinated for measles, is petitioning the family court judge in this case to mandate that they all get the MMR vaccinations.

10 delicious herbal teas for holistic healing
(NaturalNews) Herbal teas have been used for millennia to treat minor ailments such as colds and fever but are also highly effective for treating and preventing everything from stomach and respiratory problems to depression and sleep disorders.

Worried About Clogged Arteries? Drink This
Green Med Info - Millions take toxic cholesterol and blood pressure lowering drugs that may do nothing to reduce heart disease specific mortality. Pomegranate juice, on the other hand, actually reverses underlying pathologies of the cardiovascular system that lead to bypass surgeries and heart attacks.

Common Food Additives Linked to Bowel Diseases and Metabolic Syndrome, Study Shows
Ready Nutrition - A new study revealed some disturbing information about common food additives called emulsifiers: they may promote inflammatory bowel diseases including ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease as well as a group of obesity-related conditions.... Emulsifiers are chemicals added to many food products to improve texture and extend shelf life. In experiments with mice, researchers found that emulsifiers can change the species’ composition of gut bacteria and induce intestinal inflammation. That inflammation is associated with serious disorders and diseases, reports Science Daily...

9 Kiwi Fruit Benefits - Boosting the Immune System, Vision, and More
Natural Society - Weighting in at about 4 ounces and resting at about 3 inches long, the kiwifruit is known for it’s high vitamin C content – containing more of the vitamin than even an orange..... Kiwi is also a great ‘prebiotic’ food. Prebiotic nutrients help to feed the probiotic bacteria in your gut (these bacteria are essential for optimal health). This helps keep digestive health in check while also helping to prevent a number of health issues. Here are over 9 kiwi fruit benefits....

Report:100% of Corn in These Popular Chips is ‘Completely GMO’ As well as a popular weed killer chemical
Natural Society - Bad news: Frito-Lays SunChips have just tested positive for weed killer and GMO ingredients. The chips are marketed as a ‘healthy’ alternative to regular chips as a means to lessen the chance of developing heart disease, but if your dining on Round Up (glyphosate residues) and GM Bt toxins found in most genetically modified corn, then ‘healthy’ as Frito-Lay defines it takes on a new meaning.

Is Starbucks' Newly Offered Coconut Milk 'Fake'?
Natural Society - The mega-chain is hoping that the ‘certified vegan’ coconut milk they offer will please clients who have dairy intolerances, and can’t consume soy.... But some skeptics are saying that Starbucks is pulling a fast one, and selling its eager audience coconut milk that isn’t really coconut milk. It isn’t just a watered down version of coconut milk, which most of us wouldn’t be surprised to find out. The ‘coconut water’ Starbucks is reportedly using contains corn (possibly GMO), multiple gums, and carrageenan – according to one researcher who posted a picture “from a barista at Starbucks.”

Pet News

What we Do Know about Beneful (Photo)
Susan Thixton - Beneful Dog Food is making big headlines right now, the pet food is linked to thousands of pet deaths and illnesses and is involved in a class action lawsuit. Much is unknown, but there are some things we do know. Here is a close look at Beneful and some reminders of complaints has received over the years linked to this dog food.

Humor & Satire

Monsanto for President 2016! A genetically modified candidate to free us from the Constitution
(NaturalNews) A new YouTube video lampooning the 2016 presidential race "urges" Americans to vote for "Monsanto" for president, the global biotech corporation responsible for the lion's share of the world's genetically modified foods. "Hi, we're Monsanto...

Thursday - February 26, 2015 - Today in History:

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.
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 - 6 people were killed and more than a 1000 injured when a van exploded in the parking garage beneath the World Trade Center in NYC. The bomb had been built by Islamic extremists.
1998 - In Oregon, a health panel rules that taxpayers must help to pay for doctor-assisted suicides.
2002 - In Rome, Italy, a bomb exploded near the Interior Ministry. No injuries were reported.
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.
2012 - Trayon Martin, 17, was shot to death in Sanford, Fla., during an altercation with neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, who said he'd acted in self-defense. (Zimmerman is awaiting trial on a charge of second-degree murder.)

World News

Report: Saudi Arabia Would Lend Israel Air Space for Strike on Iran
Blacklisted News - Saudi Arabian officials told European lawmakers during private talks that they may be willing to cooperate with Israel on the Iranian nuclear issue, and could even allow the Israeli Air Force to use its air space for a possible air strike on Iranian nuclear facilities.

Russian Embassy Says Reuters Pakistan Bureau Chief Died of Asphyxiation
Sputnik News - Reuters' bureau chief for Pakistan and Afghanistan, Russian national Maria Golovnina, died of asphyxia, the causes of the suffocation are being investigated, according to a spokesman for Russia's Embassy in Islamabad Alexey Lipeyev.

Bitcoin revolution could be the next internet, says Bank of England
The Telegraph - The Bank of England has unveiled analysis of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin that suggests electronic money could cause a tectonic shift in the payments industry.

European court rules environmental groups can't legally oppose EU institutions; only corporations get a say
(NaturalNews) In a recent decision, the European Court of Justice ruled that environmental non-governmental organizations and other NGOs possess no right to file actions with the court, meaning they cannot legally oppose any European Union institution -- though profiteering global corporations have had, and will continue to have, access to court.

Fukushima fishermen ‘absolutely shocked’ at TEPCO failing to report leak for 10 months
RT - The operator of the tsunami-stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant has been strongly criticized for neglecting to report a radioactive leak for 10 months, after it admitted to doing so because of an ongoing investigation. On Tuesday it was revealed that a drainage ditch which receives runoff water from the highly-contaminated roof of Sector 2 was transporting water rich in cesium together with rain into the sea, and that the leak had been discovered back in May.

Iran Televises Major Naval Drill Against Fake US Aircraft Carrier In Persian Gulf
Zero Hedge - The nationally televised show of force by the country's elite Revolutionary Guard comes just weeks ahead of a deadline for Iran and world powers to forge a historic deal on the fate of the Islamic Republic's nuclear program. Iranian live-fire war games are not uncommon. But by simulating for the first time an attack on the ultimate symbol of American naval power, hard-liners hoped to send a message that Iran has no intention of backing down to the U.S. — whichever way talks over its contested nuclear program go.

Russia to help Cyprus overcome crisis aftermath – Putin
RT - Russia will continue to help Cyprus to gets over its debt crisis said President Putin after talks with Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades in the Kremlin. Moscow has already provided the country with a €2.5 billion loan. "Russia will continue to provide assistance to Cyprus in liquidating the aftermath of the debt crisis,” Vladimir Putin said. Russia has already given Cyprus a €2.5 billion stabilization loan on favorable terms, the president added.

Ukraine Enters Hyperinflation: Currency Trading Halted, "Soon We Will Walk Around With Suitcases For Cash"
Zero Hedge - The Ukraine central bank tried to call a halt on Wednesday by banning banks from buying foreign currency on behalf of their clients for the rest of this week. Although banks could still trade with each other, by mid-morning there were no registered trades at any rate, leaving the currency in limbo. A construction worker exchanging dollars at a kiosk in a grocery shop in return for a bag filled with thousands of hryvnia, laughed and told shoppers: "Soon we will have to walk around with suitcases for cash, like in the 1990s."

Putin slams Kiev’s gas cutoff to Donetsk
Press TV - Putin said Wednesday that cutting off gas supplies to the people in Donetsk region, who have already been hit by huge plights such as hunger and displacement, bears the hallmarks of genocide. “It's not enough that there's already hunger there, and the OSCE (the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) has reported a humanitarian catastrophe, but then to switch off their gas supplies too! What do you call that? That already smacks of genocide,” Putin said during a meeting with President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades in Moscow.

Israel cuts off electricity to thousands of West Bank Palestinians
LA Times - Israel's electric company cut off power Monday to more than 700,000 Palestinians in two major West Bank cities and nearby villages, and warned that more outages are coming if Palestinian officials don't pay millions of dollars in outstanding debt. [...] Israel has frozen more than $240 million in tax revenues it had collected on behalf of the Palestinian Authority in the last two months, leaving an already cash-strapped government unable to even pay full salaries for its 180,000 civil servants.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Obama: ‘Consequences’ for ICE Officials Who Don’t Follow Executive Amnesty
Weekly Standard - President Obama warned workers at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement: implement executive amnesty, or else. He made the comments in a town hall event on immigration on MSNBC.

Top State Department Official Arrested and Charged With Soliciting Sex From a Minor
Townhall - A senior State Department official has been arrested, charged and booked to the Washington D.C. jail after allegedly soliciting sex from a minor over the internet. The official, Daniel Rosen, is in charge of counterterrorism operations.

Powerful “stingrays” used to go after 911 hangup, ATM burglary
Ars Technica - Newly released records show that Florida law enforcement agencies have been using stingrays thousands of times since at least 2007 to investigate crimes as small as a 911 hangup. They also seemingly obliquely refer to stingrays in police reports as “electronic surveillance measures,” or even as a “confidential informant.”

FedEx And UPS Refuse to Ship a Digital Mill That Can Make Untraceable Guns
Wired - The new generation of “maker” tools like 3-D printers and milling machines promises to let anyone make virtually anything—from prosthetic limbs to firearms—in the privacy and convenience of his or her own home. But first, those tools have to get to customers’ homes. That’s going to be difficult for at least one new machine with the potential to make homemade firearms, because FedEx is refusing to deliver it.

Kerry Makes It Clear: Obama Wants Authority to Deploy Ground Troops in Iraq and Syria
Common Dreams - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry confirmed on Tuesday that the Obama administration is, in fact, seeking approval for the deployment of ground troops to participate in combat operations against Islamic State forces. At a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on Tuesday, Kerry clarified the administration's position for boots-on-the-ground soldiers outlined in President Obama's proposed authorization for the use of military force (AUMF), submitted to Congress earlier this month.

Secret Service conducting drone exercises in U.S. capital region
Washington Post - The Secret Service on Tuesday announced plans for conducting drone exercises in the Washington, D.C., area, but the agency provided few details about the program and declined to answer basic questions about it. The agency’s brief announcement, just two paragraphs and 76 words long, said exercises will take place “in the coming days and weeks” in “normally flight restricted areas.” It did not specify dates, times or locations for the exercises.

Gutierrez: WH May Implement Executive Amnesty in 24 States That Didn’t Join Lawsuit
Breitbart - A majority of states (26) joined the lawsuit that led to a federal judge (Andrew Hanen) issuing an injunction against Obama’s executive amnesty last week. The Obama administration complied with the injunction, did not accept applications for Obama’s executive amnesty, and asked Hanen for a stay before it files an appeal to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. But the White House, according to Gutierrez, is deciding whether it has the legal authority to launch its executive amnesty program in the 24 other states and the District of Columbia before the lawsuit is resolved.

Feds Threaten D.C. Officials with Prison If they Go Through with Pot Legalization on Thursday
Free Thought Project - In a letter to D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser, two Republican congressmen Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), chair of the appropriations subcommittee that handles D.C.’s budget, ominously warned not to move forward with legalization in the District, claiming that to do so would be a violation of federal law.

Election News

Minnesota State Senator Proposes A “None Of The Above” Option On The Ballot
Star Tribune - If a Minnesota state senator gets his wish, a faceless and nameless force would give political candidates extra reason to sweat at election time. They'd have to compete against "None of the Above," with the threat of a new election featuring all-new candidates if that option prevails.... "This would give people an opportunity to really make a strong statement in rebuke of the present dynamic. It would be an honest check on the two-party system," said the first-term senator from Andover who at times has clashed openly with his own party. "This gives people a chance to legitimately voice their opinion."

Veteran News

Exclusive: FBI Tries to Flip Open Carry Activist After Arrest at Political Rally
Mikael Thalen - An open carry activist and military veteran speaking exclusively with Infowars says federal agents told him to “be quiet” for a year or face federal charges after being arrested by Department of Homeland Security agents at a political rally in Spokane, Washington.

Economy & Business

100 Reasons Why Janet Yellen Should Be Freaking Out About ''Audit the Fed''
Michael Snyder - Janet Yellen is very alarmed that some members of Congress want to conduct a comprehensive audit of the Federal Reserve for the first time since it was created. If the Fed is doing everything correctly, why should Yellen be alarmed? What does she have to hide?

IRS will allow people to keep extra money from ObamaCare tax error
The Hill - People who received incorrect tax information from ObamaCare will be allowed to keep the extra money in their refunds and will not have to refile their taxes, the Treasury Department said Tuesday. The Obama administration announced last week that 800,000 people signed up for ObamaCare had received incorrect tax information. Most of those people will be receiving a corrected form in the mail early next month, and are being asked to delay filing their taxes until then.

H&R Block: Half of Obamacare Enrollees Owe the IRS
Breitbart - A release put out by the consumer tax preparation company says that 53 percent of those signed up for insurance through Obamacare received too much subsidy support during the year. As a result, Obamacare consumers owe the IRS an average of $530, which is deducted from any refund to which they were entitled.

Bad for Business: After NSA Hack China Stops Buying Major US Tech Brands
Sputnik News - China has been axing major US technology companies from its government purchasing list in favor of local brands. Some analysts believe fears over NSA spy technology could be to blame.

Energy & Environment

Researchers develop cloud-seeding drones to automatically manipulate weather
(NaturalNews) A team of meteorologists with Nevada's Desert Research Institute in Reno are creating a "first-of-its-kind drone to take the seeding process high in the sky," according to a recent report by CBS San Francisco. The drones are expected to carry out "cloud seeding," a practice that can reportedly generate 10 percent more rain during a storm, a controversial operation that some say is toxic to humans and wildlife.

Science & Technology

Socialist Architect Behind FCC’s Net Neutrality: Let’s Eliminate “Capitalist Propaganda”
Kit Daniels - The FCC’s proposed “Net Neutrality” regulations grew out of the work of a socialist professor who wants to take control of the Internet out of private hands by declaring it a “public utility.” The professor, Dr. Robert McChesney of the University of Illinois, founded the socialist thinktank Free Press in 2002, which receives funding from billionaire activist George Soros.

VIDEO: Soros, Ford shovel $196 million to ‘net neutrality’ groups, staff to White House
Washington Examiner - Liberal philanthropist George Soros and the Ford Foundation have lavished groups supporting the administration’s “net neutrality” agenda, donating $196 million and landing proponents on the White House staff, according to a new report. And now, as the Federal Communications Commission nears approving a type of government control over the Internet, the groups are poised to declare victory in the years-long fight, according to the report from MRC Business, an arm of the conservative media watchdog, the Media Research Center.

If the FCC’s ‘Net Neutrality’ Plan is So Great, Why Can’t Anyone See It?
Paul Joseph Watson - If the FCC’s plan to “protect” net neutrality and reign in the power of greedy corporations is so fantastic, then why haven’t its 332 pages been released for public consumption? In a vote tomorrow [2/26/15], the Federal Communications Commission is expected to reclassify the Internet as a public utility under Title II of the Telecommunications Act. Despite this mammoth change in the function of the web, no Congressional debate took place, no bills were introduced and no legislation was signed. The vast majority of Americans are unaware that this is even taking place since the news networks are offering scant coverage.
* Related: Why ‘Net Neutrality’ is a Trojan Horse For Obama’s Web Takeover

Stop the Obamanet - the government takeover of the Internet will start this week phone #'s and emails here
Daily Paul - First there was Obamacare, we are now about to get the Obamanet shoved down our throats. Call your senator and house members and tell them to keep the Internet free, and no to the Obamanet. Government control of the Internet will be a disaster and will soon lead to government control of our speech and privacy.

First full body transplant is two years away, surgeon claims
The Guardian - A surgeon says full-body transplants could become a reality in just two years. Sergio Canavero, a doctor in Turin, Italy, has drawn up plans to graft a living person’s head on to a donor body and claims the procedures needed to carry out the operation are not far off. Canavero hopes to assemble a team to explore the radical surgery in a project he is due to launch at a meeting for neurological surgeons in Maryland this June.


MMR vaccines actually spread measles and cause permanent immune damage, doctor warns
(NaturalNews) Dr. Robert Rowen was fortunate enough to have grown up before the advent of MMR, emphasizing that he was "blessed" to have had natural measles, as well as chickenpox, rubella, mumps and various other conditions as a child.... If Dr. Rowen had been vaccinated with MMR like most children are today, however, he may not have been so fortunate. After the "plastic" immunity, as he calls it, wore off from the vaccine, he would have had a much higher risk of developing and spreading measles and other conditions as an adult, all of which tend to be far more severe later in life.

Standing increases longevity and builds telomeres
(NaturalNews) Research has now shown that standing instead of sitting can prevent telomere shortening. Circuit training is also recommended, but actually the time you spend on your feet may be more important that time spent exercising, as far as telomere length protection is concerned. Researchers conclude that sitting down is a "new health hazard of our time," and that exercise and standing up prevents telomere shortening.

Johnson & Johnson Loses Trial Over Risperdal And Male Breasts
WSJ - In a setback to Johnson & Johnson, a Philadelphia jury decided the health care giant must pay $2.5 million in damages for failing to warn that its Risperdal antipsychotic could cause gynecomastia, which is abnormal development of breasts in males. The lawsuit was brought by the family of an autistic boy who took the drug in 2002 and later developed size 46 DD breasts, according to a lawyer for the family.

VIDEO: CRE Superbug Outbreaks Reveal The Lack Of Proper Sanitation in Hospitals
Natural Society - One major media outlet recently reported that CRE cases have now been identified in 42 states. The number of hospitals and nursing homes which have experienced CRE outbreaks grows by the day. CRE stands for Carbapenem resistant enterobacteriaceae which “are gram-negative bacteria that are nearly resistant to the carbapenem class of antibiotics, considered the ‘drug of last resort’ for such infections. Experts fear CRE as the new ‘superbug.’ The bacteria can kill up to half of patients who get bloodstream infections. These superbugs are referred to as “nightmare bacteria” even by the head of the CDC, Tom Frieden.

Wednesday - February 25, 2015 - Today in History:

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 U.S. Patent No. 138 (later 9430X) for a "revolving-cylinder pistol."
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 Oregon became the first state to place a tax on gasoline. The tax was 1 cent per gallon.
1933 - The aircraft carrier Ranger was launched. It was the first ship in the U.S. Navy to be designed and built from the keel up as an aircraft carrier.
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. 2 other men were later convicted for their involvement.
2005 - Dennis Rader was arrested for the BTK (Bind, Torture, Kill) serial killings in Wichita, KS. He later pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 10 life prison terms.

World News

Former NATO Intel Officer Blames US for Ukraine Crisis
Sputnik News - A former NATO intelligence analyst has said that the crisis in Ukraine stems from as far back as 30 years when the United States "deliberately sabotaged" relations between Europe and Russia. The current crisis in Ukraine stems from as far back as 1986, when the United States saw an opportunity to model itself as the new single world superpower at the close of the Cold War and saw friendly Russian overtures to Western Europe as a threat.

US armor paraded 300m from Russian border
RT - NATO member Estonia has held a military parade in border town of Narva, just 300 meters from the Russian border. Tallinn is a long-time critic of Moscow, which it accuses of having an aggressive policy towards the Baltic nation. Tuesday’s military parade was dedicated to Estonia's Independence Day. Chief military commander Lt. Gen. Riho Terras headed the troops as President Toomas Hendrik Ilves reviewed them.

Facebook frontline: Kiev calls up 'online army' amid information war
RT - A day after Ukraine announced it is joining the information war by creating an 'online army,' the Information Policy Ministry entered into its first controversy. It has reportedly called on bloggers to create accounts to spread information useful to Kiev. The ministry has begun accepting applications from people wanting to join the online army. Once users are registered, they reportedly receive instructions on how to proceed.

'True story!' MSM spins theory that Putin hijacked MH370 and landed it in Kazakhstan
RT - Anti-Russia propaganda over Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was bad enough. Now one CNN aviation analyst is blaming Russia for the missing MH370 plane as well – and the Western press is eating it up.... One of the aviation experts consulted by CNN during the MH370 coverage has now claimed that Russia hijacked the plane. In a lengthy feature for New York magazine, Jeff Wise proposed a theory that MH370 was hijacked by Vladimir Putin (who else?) and landed at the “slowly crumbling” Baikonur Spaceport.

Top Secret? Jordan Furious After Pentagon Reveals Anti-ISIL Training Site
Sputnik News - The Pentagon has altered records to try and cover up its disclosure that one of its training camps to battle Islamic State militants is located in Jordan – information Jordan had requested be kept private. The slip happened last week as a Pentagon officer briefed reporters on condition of anonymity. In an effort to hide the screw-up, the Pentagon has since redacted any mention of the training camp from its public records, the Washington Times reported.

E. Ukraine artillery withdrawal focus of FMs meeting – as Poroshenko buys UAE weapons
RT - While the foreign ministers of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine were meeting in Paris to talk about the Eastern Ukraine peace settlement, it was revealed that the Ukrainian president has struck a deal on arms supplies from the UAE. The four ministers agreed on the need for the ceasefire to be respected, as well as on the need to extend the OSCE mission in Eastern Ukraine, reinforcing it with more funding, personnel and equipment.

Western "Boots On The Ground" In Ukraine: Britain Sends 75 "Military Advisers" To Combat "Russia-Backed Aggression"
Zero Hedge - In what we believe is the first touchdown of Western 'boots-on-the-ground' in Ukraine, Britain's David Cameron stated today that British military personnel are to be deployed to Ukraine for the first time in the next few weeks to provide advice and training to government troops. As The Guardian reports, Britain would be “the strongest pole in the tent”, and argued for tougher sanctions against Moscow if Russian-backed militias in eastern Ukraine failed to observe the ceasefire.

Turkey's Invasion Of Syria Shows Turkish Connection To ISIS; NATO Agenda
Brandon Turbeville - Turkey has now officially proven that Israel and the United States are not the only nations that can brazenly violate the sovereignty of other countries, Syria in particular, without fear of reprisal due to NATO support and a blatant culture of aggression. The Turkish invasion of Syrian soil on February 22 under the guise of protecting and securing the tomb of Sulayman Shah is case in point.

Reports: ISIS Abducts 90 Assyrian Christians and Torches Churches
Breitbart - Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists have kidnapped dozens of Christians in northern Syria. According to reports, some sources state that as many as 90 were abducted from their homes near Tal Tamr.

Eurozone backs Greek reforms, enabling €172bn rescue extension
RT - Greece’s eurozone creditors have approved the reform plan it put forward, which paves the way for the country's €172 billion bailout to be extended until June. "National procedures for extension of the Greek programme can begin," EU Euro Commissioner Valdis Dombrovskis said on Twitter after a conference call Tuesday. Final approval will come from the parliaments of several eurozone countries, the Eurogroup said.

Kiev cash-for-gas fail could cost EU its supply say Gazprom
RT - Russia will completely cut Ukraine off gas supplies in two days if Kiev fails to pay for deliveries, which will create transit risks for Europe, Gazprom has said. Ukraine has not paid for March deliveries and is extracting all it can from the current paid supply, seriously risking an early termination of the advance settlement and a supply cutoff, Gazprom's CEO Alexey Miller told journalists. The prepaid gas volumes now stand at 219 million cubic meters.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Senate GOP looks for Plan B to avoid Homeland Security shutdown
RT - As the GOP searches for ways to avoid a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Senate Republicans have proposed voting on a bill to fund the agency which does not void President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration.

The disappeared: Chicago police detain Americans at abuse-laden 'black site'
The Guardian - The Chicago police department operates an off-the-books interrogation compound, rendering Americans unable to be found by family or attorneys while locked inside what lawyers say is the domestic equivalent of a CIA black site.

Montana House Judiciary Committee pushes back against "Agenda 21"
KXLF - Monday, Montana's House Judiciary Committee entered the debate, endorsing a bill resisting Agenda 21 — disregarding testimony describing the issue as a conspiracy theory tied to Montana's anti-government militia movement. House Bill 583, sponsored by MT Rep. Randall Pinocci (R-Sun River) passed the committee on an 11-10 vote.

Secret TSA Program Quizzes Travelers Returning to U.S.
Paul Joseph Watson - Activist Jonathan Corbett has lifted the lid on a chilling and hitherto secret TSA program which mandates that airlines operating outside of the U.S. conduct invasive security interviews of travelers before allowing them to return to America.

Nearly 80-Year-Old Grandma With Cupcakes Brutalized by School Cop
Activist Post - A Clovis Unified school cop nearly succeeded in killing Mary Poole last April in Clovis, California, near Fresno. If people didn't know any better, they would be compelled to conclude that death for Mary was the officer's goal. She is now filing a suit for the gratuitous manhandling that resulted from her attempt to bring treats for her grandchildren to have after school. She had been their legal guardian for a number of years.

Sheriff’s Deputy Spearheads Program to Aid Local Homeless
Mikael Thalen- A sheriff’s deputy in Spokane County, Washington, is making headlines for spearheading a new program that allows him to aid the homeless during his shift. According to KREM News, Deputy Randy Watts began developing the idea after encountering a homeless man found sleeping below a building last month. “One of the instances I had a transient that was sleeping underneath a closed business,” Watts said. “So someone called in a suspicious person. We contact that person, there’s no law enforcement action necessary so then we turn to what can we do to help him.”

Economy & Business

Markets Rally as Yellen Signals No Imminent Interest Hike
Sputnik News - On Tuesday, chair of the US Federal Reserve Janet Yellen said the regulator would not review its policies till mid-year, sending global stocks to new record highs amidst exacerbating concerns of a slowdown of the world’s economy.

Why Does Maryland Have The Most Millionaires Per Capita? The Answer Might Make You Angry
Economic Collapse - The fat cats in Washington D.C. are living the high life, and they are doing it at your expense. Over the past decade, there has been one area of the country which has experienced a massive economic boom. Thanks to wildly out of control government spending, the Washington D.C. region is absolutely swimming in cash. In fact, at this point the state of Maryland has the most millionaires per capita in the entire nation and it isn’t even close.

Some Governors want to Cut Taxes for the Rich and Increase Taxes for the Poor
AllGov - GOP Governors Paul LePage of Maine, John Kasich of Ohio, Nikki Haley of South Carolina and several others are considering raising so-called consumption taxes, such as those imposed on sales of cigarettes, gasoline, even haircuts and movie tickets, to generate more revenue for their state budgets. At the same time, they want to slash income taxes, which would benefit wealthy taxpayers the most.

Energy & Environment

Obama vetoes Keystone XL bill
Washington Post - President Obama vetoed a bill authorizing the controversial Keystone XL pipeline Tuesday, carrying out a threat to reject one of the first measures the Republican-led Congress sent to the president's desk.
* Related: TransCanada ‘Fully Committed’ to Building Keystone Despite Obama Veto

Science & Technology

Ex-FCC Chief “Shocked” by Feds’ Attempt to Regulate Internet
Paul Joseph Watson - Former FCC Chairman Michael Powell told CNBC today that he was shocked by the federal agency’s rush to regulate the Internet as a vote looms on a 332 page plan that remains secret. "The order goes far beyond protecting net neutrality which was the original purpose and in fact introduces a new regulatory regime for the Internet,” said Powell, adding “I think it’s fair to say we are shocked.” Powell downplayed concerns made by net neutrality advocates about ISPs blocking or throttling content, asserting, “They’ve never done any of the things that net neutrality purports to be protecting.”

Spotify exec: We collect an ‘enormous amount of data on what people are listening to, where, and in what context’
VentureBeat - The Internet radio service knows a great deal about its users’ behavior thanks to ‘enormous’ amounts of data it collects. And its free users are almost as profitable as its premium users.... [Vice president of North American advertising Brian] Benedik explained that thanks to the data it has on its users, both from those who register directly through the service and from those who sign in using Facebook Connect, it knows a lot about users’ age, gender, and location. “All that first-party data is wonderful,” he said. “We can follow a listening from the desktop to” other devices.

Blind man describes joy at seeing wife for first time in decade thanks to 'bionic eye'
The Telegraph - A blind man from Minnesota has described his joy at seeing his wife for the first time in a decade after doctors fitted him with a “bionic eye” implant. Video released by the Mayo Clinic showed the surprise, excitement and delight spread across Allen Zderad's face as he turned to his wife, Carmen, after he put on the adapted sunglasses that operate with the implant.... Mr Zderad’s new vision is far from normal as he only sees flashes of black and white light shapes rather than colours, features and finer detail.

 Farming, Gardening & Homesteading

GMOs Are Destroying Heirloom Seeds and Our Food Security
Aaron Dykes - A report from Baker Creek Heirloom Rare Seed's catalog explains how the genetic engineering of crops is having real life consequences for business, as well as food security. Just from the perspective of a medium sized business, Baker Creek and its partners in the seed industry have lost literally hundreds of thousands of dollars as a result of GMO corn contamination.... Those varieties, most of which were hand passed down through countless generations, have now been lost – forever, unless a clean source is found and recovered.


Taking birth control pills more than doubles brain tumor risk in five years
(NaturalNews) Danish researchers have discovered that taking a birth control pill for over five years can more than double the risk of developing a rare form of brain cancer, glioma. The experts analyzed over 300 women who had been diagnosed with glioma over the course of nine years, ultimately discovering that the women who were using progestogen-only birth control methods had a brain tumor risk that was 2.4 times higher than that of the control group.

Nestle Drops Artificial Colors and Flavors – But Still Wants to Own the Water
Natural Society - In what I’d consider a tactically-influenced move, mega-food corporation Nestle has recently announced that it would phase out artificial flavors and colors from some of its candy bars by 2015. This move will make many consumers happy as it seemingly hits a note of health-consciousness, but a company who wants to control the world’s water supply probably isn’t driven by consumer’s desires.

20 Things I Wish Vaccine Junkies Would Admit
Natural Blaze - Not all of the diseases we vaccinate children for are serious or appropriate. Many of them are a matter of inconvenience and some are for manufactured epidemics: Hep B, HPV, chickenpox, flu. This isn’t to minimize the rare adult or child death from chickenpox but that number is 1/40th of the deaths from vaccine-induced SIDS....

The Scary Facts Most Parents Don’t Know About Vaccine Injury Compensation
VacTruth - Vaccine injures and adverse reactions are massively under-reported, as admitted by the Centers for Disease Control. Estimates show that only one to ten percent of vaccine injuries and deaths are actually filed with the government. In the United States, the government has created a database to keep track of hundreds of kinds of reactions to vaccinations, including fevers, soreness, seizures, swelling of the brain, arthritis, and death.

Study: Fluoride Can Harm the Thyroid … Leading to Depression, Fatigue and Weight Gain
Washington's Blog - Fluoride could be causing depression and weight gain and councils should stop adding it to drinking water to prevent tooth decay, scientists have warned. A study of 98 per cent of GP practices in England found that high rates of underactive thyroid were 30 per cent more likely in areas of the greatest fluoridation.... Indeed, doctors in Europe and South America used to prescribe fluoride to reduce thyroid function in patients with over-active thyroids. The doses prescribed were around the same as are now added to many water supplies.

New Study: Soda Ingredient Poses Cancer Risk to Millions of Americans
Paul Joseph Watson - A new study carried out by the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future (CLF) has found that millions Americans who consume soda every day are putting themselves at risk of developing cancer as a result of an ingredient contained in many soft drinks. 4-Methylimidazole, commonly known as 4-MEI, is a coloring used by soft drink makers to give their beverages that distinctive dark hue. It can be found in many popular soft drinks, including Pepsi, Coca-Cola and Diet Cola.

School Lunch Program Promotes Obesity
Green Med Info - The Johns Hopkins researchers found that in schools where the regulations have been implemented, meals contained over 54% carbohydrates. The majority of those carbs were processed. Many of the required foods like fruit consisted of sugary canned fruit, fruit juices, and sugary flavored milk. Those processed carbs are more easily converted to sugar and raise insulin levels that can lead to weight gain.

7 Powerful Herbs That Dissolve Uric Acid Crystal Naturally
Natural News Blogs - Uric acid crystals can form within the body from unusually high levels of uric acid in the blood. Uric acid is one of the final products in the protein breakdown of purines from foods. The body normally gets rid of excess circulating uric acid through urine excretion. However, some people develop hyperuricemia, where they retain high levels of uric acid that can crystallize.

The Importance of Organic Carpet Cleaners
Global Healing Center - Most of the popular brands of carpet cleaners that are sold in stores can be quite harmful to us because they are made with chemical solvents that are very similar to the ones used by dry cleaners. The most common carpet cleaners give off powerfully strong odors that can aggravate a number of chronic respiratory conditions and allergies.

Pet News

Don't Feed This to Your Puppy - Could Lead to Painful Hip Dysplasia
Dr. Becker - Being overweight or obese puts tremendous stress on a dog’s frame, which often results in permanent damage to tendons and ligaments. To maintain a good weight and be optimally healthy, your dog should be fed a nutritionally balanced, species-appropriate diet. Carbohydrate-based diets, including those marketed as “weight management” or low fat, are not appropriate nutrition for dogs. Not only do carbs put weight on your pet, they also promote inflammation, which is the last thing a dog with an inflammatory joint problem like arthritis needs.

Weekday Viewing

VIDEO: 27 Minutes of Truth You Won't See on Mainstream TV
Activist Post - On today's episode of Breaking The Set, Abby Martin discusses several vital topics that would be career-killers for so-called journalists on other news channels. This video is 27 minutes of truth you won't see anywhere on establishment media. Abby crushes warmongering lies by McCain and Netanyahu, exposes how Hillary Clinton is owned by corporate tyrants, she interviews Mike Papantonio on Big Pharma misconduct and CIA torture whistleblower John Kiriakou. Great show!

Tuesday - February 24, 2015 - Today in History:

1803 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled itself to be the final interpreter of all constitutional issues.
1857 - The first shipment of perforated postage stamps was received by the U.S. Government.
1863 - Arizona was organized as a territory.
1866 - In Washington, DC, an American flag made entirely of American bunting was displayed for the first time.
1868 - The U.S. House of Representatives impeached President Andrew Johnson due to his attempt to dismiss Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton. The U.S. Senate later acquitted Johnson.
1903 - In Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, an area was leased to the U.S. for a naval base.
1942 - The U.S. Government stopped shipments of all 12-gauge shotguns for sporting use for the wartime effort.
1942 - The Voice of America (VOA) aired for the first time.
1945 - During World War II, the Philippine capital of Manilla, was liberated by U.S. soldiers.
1983 - A U.S. congressional commission released a report that condemned the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II.
2007 - The Virginia General Assembly passed a resolution expressing "profound regret" for the state's role in slavery.
2008 - Cuba's parliament named Raul Castro president. His brother Fidel had ruled for nearly 50 years.

World News

US arming Kiev would ‘explode’ situation in E. Ukraine – Russian Foreign Ministry
RT - If the US were to supply Ukraine with ammunition and weapons, it would “explode the whole situation” in eastern Ukraine and Russia would be forced to respond “appropriately,” Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said. It would be a major blow to the Minsk agreements and would explode the whole situation,” TASS quoted Ryabkov as saying. Moscow would not be able to remain indifferent “to such provocative actions,” he added. “We’ll have to respond appropriately.”

Iraqi Army Downs 2 UK Planes Carrying Weapons for ISIL
Fars News - "The Iraqi Parliament's National Security and Defense Committee has access to the photos of both planes that are British and have crashed while they were carrying weapons for the ISIL," Head of the committee Hakem al-Zameli said, according to a Monday report of the Arabic-language information center of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq. He said the Iraqi parliament has asked London for explanations in this regard. The senior Iraqi legislator further unveiled that the government in Baghdad is receiving daily reports from people and security forces in al-Anbar province on numerous flights by the US-led coalition planes that airdrop weapons and supplies for ISIL in terrorist-held areas.

Despite US/Israel Demands, 'Isolated' Russia Offers Iran Advanced Anti-Aircraft Missiles
Zero Hedge - With proxy wars mounting and "isolated" Russia ratifying The BRICS Bank this week, we are sure Washington is preparing to double-down on 'costs' (to Europeans) as Reuters reports, Russia has offered Iran its latest Antey-2500 missiles (ironically after a deal to supply less powerful S-300 missiles was dropped under Western pressure in 2010). While the United States and Israel lobbied Russia to block the missile sale, the head of Russian state defense conglomerate, Sergei Chemezov, says, "as far as Iran is concerned, we offered Antey-2500 instead of S-300. They are thinking. No decision has been made yet."

Ten Banks, Including JPM, Goldman, Deutsche, Barclays, SocGen And UBS, Probed For Gold Rigging
Zero Hedge - According to the WSJ, "prosecutors in the Justice Department’s antitrust division are scrutinizing the price-setting process for gold, silver, platinum and palladium in London, while the Commodity Futures Trading Commission has opened a civil investigation, these people said. The agencies have made initial requests for information, including a subpoena from the CFTC to HSBC Holdings PLC related to precious-metals trading, the bank said in its annual report Monday. Who is involved in this latest gold-rigging scandal? Why everyone!

"Do As I Say, Not As I Do" HSBC's 'Reforming' CEO Sheltered Millions In Swiss Bank Accounts
Zero Hedge - Amid new money-laundering allegations against HSBC's Swiss arm, The Guardian reports that leaked files show that CEO Stuart Gulliver sheltered US$7.6 million in a Swiss account through a Panamanian company.

Saudi Newspaper Claims Islamic State May Get Libya’s Chemical Weapons
Kurt Nimmo - WMDs effectively drum up public consensus for war even when they do not exist. More than a year ago The New York Times reported the last of Col. Muammar al-Qaddafi’s chemical arms had been destroyed. The U.S. and Libya “used a transportable oven technology to destroy hundreds of bombs and artillery rounds filled with deadly mustard agent, which American officials had feared could fall into the hands of terrorists,” the newspaper reported on February 2, 2014.

The Spy Cables: A glimpse into the world of espionage
Al Jazeera - A digital leak to Al Jazeera of hundreds of secret intelligence documents from the world's spy agencies has offered an unprecedented insight into operational dealings of the shadowy and highly politicised realm of global espionage. Over the coming days, Al Jazeera's Investigative Unit is publishing The Spy Cables, in collaboration with The Guardian newspaper. Spanning a period from 2006 until December 2014, they include detailed briefings and internal analyses written by operatives of South Africa's State Security Agency (SSA).
* Related: Netanyahu Lied to UN about Iranian Nuclear Program, Mossad Files Show

US Government, Monsanto and Gates Foundation Push GMOs on Unwilling Africa
Sustainable Pulse - US agencies, funders such as the Gates Foundation, and agribusiness giant Monsanto are trying to force unwilling African nations to accept expensive and insufficiently tested Genetically Modified (GM) foods and crops, according to a new report released today.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Senate Democrats Block DHS Funding Bill For A Fourth Time
Breitbart - Senate Democrats blocked debate on a Department of Homeland Security funding bill for a fourth time on Monday. Last month, the House passed a DHS appropriations bill that also defunds President Obama’s executive amnesty. Senate Democrats have prevented consideration of the bill because it contains provisions blocking Obama’s actions.

“Scare Tactics or Possible Threat?” Last Time Homeland Security Was Threatened with Budget Cuts, America Suffered a Terror Attack
Mac Slavo - Threat advisories have been circulated about a possible terror attack on the Mall of America in Minnesota. And now the Somali-based al-Shabaab has announced plans to target shopping centers in the UK, Canada and the United States. Is there something in the works? Who knows… Secretary of the Deparment of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, has admitted that there actually is no specific threat concerning malls anywhere in the nation, but yet the fear has been sown. Nevertheless, there may be a threat to America.

Where’s the Money? Vermont Auditor Reports Jonathan Gruber Overbilled State by At Least $48,000, Calls in Attorney General
Breitbart - The auditor of the state of Vermont is raising serious questions about Jonathan Gruber's billing practices. The architect of ObamaCare may have pocked tens of thousands of dollars he said he paid to research assistants.

Obama-Nominated Judge: New Illegal Immigrants Must Be Released
Daily Caller - A federal judge has ordered the federal government to grant U.S. civil rights to illegals who are caught at the border, and to release all migrants except for those who may endanger Americans. The migrants “may have legitimate claims to asylum … [and] their presence here may become permanent … [so] that they are entitled to the protection of the Due Process Clause, especially when it comes to deprivations of liberty,” said the judge, who was nominated by President Barack Obama.

My Son is Dead Because the Concept of Borders Is Dead
Breitbart - A grieving Texas father told Breitbart Texas, “my son is dead because the concept of borders is dead.” Spencer Golvach was senselessly murdered by an illegal alien who had been deported a number of times after being convicted of committing crimes, including as law enforcement officers now tell us, crimes of violence. Golvach was shot in the head on January 31st while sitting in his car waiting for a stoplight to change. Golvach’s father said he wants the “boomerang” of deportation and illegal reentry into the country to be stopped.

Dozens of Cities Host “Welcoming Committees” For Illegals
Kit Daniels - The cities are partnering with a group called “Welcoming America” which helps illegals find employment and housing while “helping people who were born in this country understand and appreciate their new neighbors.” On Monday, the group worked with the Austin, Texas, Commission on Immigrant Affairs to organize a “Welcoming City Summit” with speeches on “executive action and the future potential of immigration reform” and “career pathways for new Americans.”

Montana Law-Makers Propose Anti-Police-Militarization Bill
Free Thought Project - The legislation, introduced by Rep. Nicholas Schwaderer, would put limit on the type of military equipment that could be transferred to state and local police under the federal 1033 program. In addition, the bill will audit the current inventory and require a strict regiment of oversight. Local and state police agencies would be barred from receiving long-range acoustic devices (LRAD), grenade launchers, explosives (including grenades and flash-bangs), silencers, tanks, and armored or weaponized drones.

Cops Fire 18 Bullets at Innocent Man Suffering From Mental Illness, Paralyzing Him
Courthouse News - Police needlessly shot and paralyzed a man who experienced a mental breakdown after being taken off anti-psychotic medication, a lawsuit claims. John “Jack” Morrison Raines III sued two health care centers, their employees and insurance companies, and three Conway, Ark. police officers on behalf of John Morrison Raines IV. The complaint alleges medical malpractice, excessive force and negligence. Jack Raines says Counseling Associates Inc. abruptly stopped John Raines’ Clozapine prescription without a replacement to treat his schizophrenia.

Shock Video: Police Tase Elderly Man With His Hands Up
Paul Joseph Watson - The clip, which was filmed by a family on their way to Key West, shows cops yelling at people inside the vehicle before the elderly man exits the passenger side of the car with his hands up.... The cop grabs the man’s arm and orders him to get down on the ground. Seconds later, a second officer shouts, “Let him go,” before unleashing 50,000 volts of electricity via his taser gun, despite the fact that the man had his hands up and was clearly being compliant.

Democrat Lawmakers on Verge of Scrapping Vermont Background Checks
Breitbart - Leading Democrats in Vermont are close to scrapping a proposed background check requirement for all private gun sales in Vermont. The requirement is supported by Michael Bloomberg and has come under added scrutiny after his gun control group–Everytown for Gun Safety–was forced to apologize to Crossfire Arms in Mount Holly for listing the gun store as an “unlicensed” Vermont gun seller.

Economy & Business

A loophole in immigration law is costing thousands of American jobs
LA Times - Imagine getting a layoff notice, then being ordered to train your replacement. That's what has happened to hundreds of information technology employees at Southern California Edison. Since last summer, Edison, which serves nearly 14 million customers, has been firing its domestic IT workers and replacing them with outsourced employees from India. In doing so, the utility is exploiting a gaping loophole in immigration law, which Congress has failed to close despite years of warnings that it's costing thousands of American jobs.

14 Signs That Most Americans Are Flat Broke And Totally Unprepared For The Coming Economic Crisis
Economic Collapse - When the coming economic crisis strikes, more than half the country is going to be financially wiped out within weeks. At this point, more than 60 percent of all Americans are living paycheck to paycheck, and a whopping 24 percent of the country has more credit card debt than emergency savings.

Local bankers emerge as Fed ally in fight against audit bill
(Reuters) - Local bankers are joining the fight against a congressional proposal to audit the U.S. Federal Reserve's policy decisions, with more expected to lobby against the bill if it gains traction in Washington.

Science & Technology

Drones overhead in L.A.’s Valley are tracking mobile devices’ locations
VB - Since early February, several small drones flying around the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles have been determining mobile devices’ locations from Wi-Fi and cellular transmission signals. They are part of an experiment by Singapore-based location marketing firm Adnear, which has offices around the world. The firm told me that, to its knowledge, this is the first time an adtech company has employed drones to collect wireless data.

 Farming, Gardening & Homesteading

Record US Farmers Switching to Non-GMO Crops in 2015
Christina Sarich - “Non-GMO is More Profitable.” This is the rising sentiment among farmers of the US as a confluence of factors urges them to become pro-organic. From falling GMO grain prices to a rising tide of public distrust of genetically modified ingredients, failing GMO traits, higher GMO seed prices, and the premium prices that people willingly pay for quality food over toxic junk, the conventional farmer is changing his tune when it comes to Big Ag practices.

75% of Air and Rain Samples Contain Monsanto’s Round Up
Christina Sarich - A new study proves just how invasive Monsanto’s best selling chemicals are, revealing how herbicide toxins are appearing in 75% of rain and air samples. Take a deep breath. Thanks to the massive use of herbicides across the planet, you likely just inhaled a dose of Monsanto’s best-selling herbicide, Round Up – at least according to the latest US Geological Survey published in the journal Enviromental Toxicology and Chemistry.


The vaccine witch hunt is on: Arizona doctor under investigation for not conforming
(NaturalNews) Dr. Jack Wolfson, is reportedly under investigation by the Arizona Board of Osteopathic Examiners after he vocalized opposition to vaccines on national television. The osteopathic physician and cardiologist became like Daniel in the lion's den after appearing on CNN as a counter-point to all the pro-vaccine propaganda currently in circulation. Dr. Wolfson stood his ground even after being baited into compromising his position on vaccines, landing him as the latest target of the medical mafia's vociferous witch hunt against any and all who resist its agenda.

How to kill Candida and balance gut flora in a week
(NaturalNews) People that suffer from an overabundance of yeast like Candida, or any other type of fungal infection, need to cut out sugars. This protocol has worked for many people, and it works faster and better than any medication as long as the diet is right, refined sugars are not ingested, and the body is not filled with toxic pharmaceuticals. This includes vaccines. Vaccinations have toxins in them that kill gut flora and weaken the immune system.

Alabama Seizes 7 Children from Family After Child with Autism Wandered to Neighbors
Health Impact News - An Alabama couple is afraid that they may never get their children back. All 7 of their children were taken by DHR (the state’s child protective services) after their not-yet diagnosed child with autism began wandering off. It is called “elopement” in the autism community, and is very common in children diagnosed with autism, happening in 49% of these kids, even in the best of homes and the most carefully guarded of situations. It is scary, but experts say that it does not at all reflect poor parenting.

Medical Tyranny in Action in Oregon: Doctor and Senator wants Medical Freedom for herself, but Not Oregon Citizens
Health Impact News - As we have previously reported, the state of Oregon wants to take away the right to informed consent and vaccine choice and mandate vaccines for all children statewide. The bill was introduced by Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, a State Senator in Oregon who is also a medical doctor.

Almost 100 Percent Of Pregnant Women Test Positive For These Four Groups Of Chemicals Including Some That Are Banned
Mae Chan - Four groups of chemicals are found in virtually 100 percent of all U.S. pregnant women, including some banned since the 1970s and others used in common products such as non-stick cookware, processed foods and personal care products. Not only were the chemicals found in pregnant women tested but also in amniotic fluid providing some of the best evidence to date of fetal exposures.

The Toxic Terrain of the Airplane: 4 Steps to Traveling Clean
Green Med Info - Perhaps one of the biggest, unrecognized sources of toxicity is travel. But the good news is there are some simple things you can do to prevent harm.

Monday - February 23, 2015 - Today in History:

1792 - The Humane Society of Massachusetts was incorporated.
1836 - In San Antonio, TX, the siege of the Alamo began.
1839 - In Boston, MA, William F. Harnden organized the first express service between Boston and New York City. It was the first express service in the U.S.
1847 - Santa Anna was defeated at the Battle of Buena Vista in Mexico by U.S. troops under Gen. Zachary.
1861 - U.S. President-elect Abraham Lincoln arrived secretly in Washington to take his office after an assassination attempt in Baltimore.
1861 - Texas became the 7th state to secede from the Union.
1870 - The state of Mississippi was readmitted to the Union.
1896 - The Tootsie Roll was introduced by Leo Hirshfield.
1904 - The U.S. acquired control of the Panama Canal Zone for $10 million.
1927 - The Federal Radio Commission began assigning frequencies, hours of operation and power allocations for radio broadcasters. On July 1, 1934 the name was changed to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
1945 - The 28th Regiment of the Fifth Marine Division of the U.S. Marines reached the top of Mount Surabachi. A photograph of these Marines raising the American flag was taken.
1954 - The first mass vaccination of children against polio began in Pittsburgh, PA.
1974 - The Symbionese Liberation Army demanded $4 million more for the release of Patty Hearst. Hearst had been kidnapped on February 4th.
1991 - During the Persian Gulf War, ground forces crossed the border of Saudi Arabia into the country of Iraq. Less than four days later the war was over due to the surrender or withdraw of Iraqi forces.
1997 - Ali Hassan Abu Kamal, a Palestinian teacher, opened fire on the 86th-floor observation deck of New York City's Empire State Building. He killed one person and wounded six more before killing himself.
1999 - White supremacist John William King was found guilty of kidnapping and murdering James Byrd Jr. Byrd was dragged behind a truck for two miles on a country road in Texas.
2005 - The New York, NY, city medical examiner's office announced that it had exhausted all efforts to identify the remains of the people killed at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, due to the limits of DNA technology. About 1,600 people had been identified leaving more than 1,100 unidentified.
2011 - The Obama administration said it would no longer defend the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, a federal law banning recognition of same-sex marriage.

World News

France deploys aircraft carrier against ISIS in Iraq - ministry
RT - France has deployed its Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier against the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) in Iraq, as part of the US-led military campaign, French media report, citing government officials.

Interventionism Kills: Post-Coup Ukraine One Year Later
Ron Paul - It was one year ago last weekend that a violent coup overthrew the legally elected government of Ukraine. That coup was not only supported by US and EU governments — much of it was actually planned by them. Looking back at the events that led to the overthrow it is clear that without foreign intervention Ukraine would not be in its current, seemingly hopeless situation.

Israel opens dams forcing hundreds of Gazans out of flooded houses says report
RT - Over 80 houses have been flooded and hundreds of Palestinians forced to evacuate after Israel reportedly opened the gates of several dams on the border with the Gaza Strip, inundating the Gaza Valley in waters up to 3 meters high.

Snowden documentary CitizenFour grabs Oscar
RT - The documentary features a series of face-to-face meetings between Berlin-based filmmaker Laura Poitras, who appeared to be on the US Homeland Security “watch list” at one point, and the whistleblower Snowden, who got in touch with Poitras last January when she was working on a feature about surveillance in the post-9/11 era. "Every border you cross, every purchase you make, every call you dial is in the hands of a system whose reach is unlimited but whose safeguards are not," Edward Snowden warns in the documentary’s trailer.

Twisted new ISIS video shows 'Kurdish Peshmerga' fighters paraded in cages through the streets and interviewed by their captors who hint heavily that death awaits
Daily Mail - In the latest propaganda video from Islamic State, hostages are paraded in cages through the packed streets of Iraq to cheers and jeers. But in a cruel twist, the orange jumpsuit-clad prisoners are interviewed by their captors - ahead of their presumably grim fate. The nine-minute video allegedly shows 21 Kurdish Peshmerga fighters, who are paraded through the crowded streets of the Iraqi province of Kirkuk, before being seemingly marched to their deaths. * Related: Map that shows how terror group's tentacles now reach from Algeria to Afghanistan

Russia ratifies $100bn BRICS New Development Bank
RT - The Russian State Duma has ratified the $100 billion BRICS bank that’ll serve as a pool of money for infrastructure projects in Russia, Brazil, India, China and South Africa, and challenge the dominance of the Western-led World Bank and the IMF. The New Development Bank is expected to start fully functioning by the end of 2015, according to the Russian Finance Ministry. Russia has agreed to provide $2 billion dollars from the federal budget for the bank over the next seven years.

Greece Surrenders to Troika (Rejoins EU money men, SYRIZA campaign pledges proved hollow)
Jack Blood - Instead of renouncing its odious debt and walking away, Athens agreed to pay bankers first, maintain austerity, and let long-suffering Greeks continue taking the hindmost… After weeks of negotiations, Greece got what the Wall Street Journal called “a tenuous agreement for a four-month extension of its bailout Friday removing immediate concerns over a potential exit from Europe’s currency union but setting the stage for more tense negotiations over the country’s financial future.”

CIA Planted Doctored Blueprints of Iran Nuclear Program for U.N. Inspectors
(Bloomberg) - International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors in Vienna will probably review intelligence they received about Iran as a result of the revelations, said the two diplomats who are familiar with the IAEA’s Iran file and asked not to be named because the details are confidential. The CIA passed doctored blueprints for nuclear-weapon components to Iran in February 2000, trial documents have shown.

Three-parent babies could risk the future of the human race, warn 55 Italian MPs
Daily Express - The stern warning comes after MPs in Britain voted overwhelmingly in favour of the controversial technique of mitochondrial donation - which would allow children to be conceived with genetic material from a trio of individuals. In a strongly worded letter to The Times, the Italian Mps wrote that the legalisation of such a technique “could have uncontrollable and unforeseeable consequences, affecting future generations and modifying genetic heritage in an irreversible way, inevitably affecting the human species as a whole”.

Fresh leak at Fukushima nuclear plant sees 70-fold radiation spike
RT - Another radioactive water leak in the sea has been detected at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, the facility’s operator TEPCO announced. Contamination levels in the gutter reportedly spiked up 70 times over regular readings.... After the discovery, the gutter was blocked to prevent leaks to the Pacific Ocean. Throughout Sunday, contamination levels fell, but still measured 10 to 20 times more than prior to the leak.

Ebola news

Top-secret military warning on Ebola biological weapon terror threat
The Guardian - Scientists at the top-secret military research unit at Porton Down, Wiltshire, have been assessing the potential use of Ebola as a bioterrorism weapon, according to confidential documents. A three-page memo, marked ‘UK secret UK eyes only’, reveals that the unit, where chemical, radiological and biological threats are analysed, was tasked with evaluating whether terrorist organisations such as al-Qaida and Islamic State (Isis) could use the deadly virus to attack western targets.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

CAIR Praises DHS Report on Domestic ‘Right Wing’ Extremists
CNS News - Welcoming news that the Department of Homeland Security is circulating an intelligence assessment on the threat posed by “right-wing sovereign citizen extremist groups,” the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) says it’s now time for security agencies to release a report on violence against American Muslims and others of Middle Eastern or South Asian heritage.

John McCain: ‘I’m Ashamed Of My Country, I’m Ashamed Of My President, I’m Ashamed Of Myself’
Daily Caller - Arizona U.S. Sen. John McCain said something on CBS’s “Face the Nation” Sunday about the U.S.’s handling of the ongoing standoff between Russia and Ukraine that surprised host Bob Schieffer.... McCain was expressing his frustration with how the U.S. and major European powers like France and Germany have failed to stop Russian president Vladimir Putin’s advance on Ukraine. “I believe that German chancellor and president of France legitimized for the first time in 70 years the dismemberment of a country in Europe. It’s shameful. Vladimir Putin has not paid any price,” McCain said.

Obama’s New Pentagon Boss: We’re “Rethinking” the Occupation of Afghanistan
Kurt Nimmo - Obama’s recently confirmed Secretary of Defense, Ashton Carter, a former Goldman Sachs adviser and member of the Council on Foreign Relations, says the U.S. is “rethinking” its troop withdrawal from Afghanistan. Carter rendezvoused with U.S. commanders, military and civilian leaders in Kabul on Saturday. The meeting was unannounced. “We’re looking for success in Afghanistan that is lasting,” he said ahead of a meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, who says he wants the troop withdrawal slowed.

America Has Been At War 93% of the Time – 222 Out of 239 Years – Since 1776
Washington's Blog - Below, I have reproduced a year-by-year timeline of America’s wars, which reveals something quite interesting: since the United States was founded in 1776, she has been at war during 214 out of her 235 calendar years of existence. In other words, there were only 21 calendar years in which the U.S. did not wage any wars.

FBI Director not Invited to Obama's Conference on Violent Extremism
AllGov - Obama administration officials said Comey wasn’t invited because they didn’t want the conference to focus on law enforcement. However law enforcement officials from other countries, including Aleksandr Bortnikov, the head of Russia’s Federal Security Service, the offspring of the KGB, did attend the meeting in Washington.

Department Of Homeland Security Issues Warning After "Mall Of America" Terror Threat
Zero Hedge - [...] the Department of Homeland Security, aka the "Department of Fear", Jeh Johnson said that in a video the Al Qaeda-linked terrorist group al Shabaab called for attacks on US shopping malls, specifically citing the Minnesota mall, and that the agency is taking this threat against the Mall of America “very seriously” and that people should be “particularly careful” when visiting the mall in Minnesota. It was unclear just how being "careful" would protect one from ad hoc explosive detonations and other mass murder event, but that's a bridge the Department of Fear will cross when it gets to it.

35 things the media reported as FACTS that were later found to be total lies
(NaturalNews) If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.

6 Examples Of Modern-Day Orwellian 1984 Doublespeak
Paul A Philips - We can get some idea of those tell-tale signs of deception by looking at the language of 'Orwellian doublespeak' that's found its way into the modern-day vernacular. It's definitely worth giving some serious consideration but first allow me to explain with a little bit of background.

Cop Chains Innocent Man to Wall, Beats Him, Gouges Eyes After Refusing to Confess to a Crime
Free Thought Project - In August of 2013 former detective Rodolfo Gomez savagely beat Deron Love during an interrogation. He was chained to the wall. Love, 27, was accused of killing his 7-month-old baby, a charge he would not confess to and one that he would eventually beat. A year after being tortured by Gomez, Love was found not guilty of first-degree reckless homicide and child neglect in the death of his infant son. Love’s innocence was of no matter to Gomez who repeatedly compelled him to confess.

‘Tiny houses’: California homelessness gets new $40 solution (PHOTOS)
RT - An Oakland artist is ingeniously battling homelessness in Oakland, California: he builds small houses out of materials he can find in the streets, with each edifice costing around forty bucks. The tiny homes are made of pallets, bed boards, washing machine doors, and other bizarre objects that catch Greg Kloehn’s attention. Mr Kloehn first noticed that homeless people built shelters from whatever they find in the street, and he wanted to make a house like this.

Election News

Speaking Freely About Politics Can Cost You Your Job
NY Times - For private employees, who account for about 85 percent of the work force, the First Amendment’s guarantee offers no protection from being fired for something you’ve said, either in the workplace or outside of it, as on social media. That’s because the amendment addresses actions by the government to impede free speech, not by the private sector. And while federal laws bar employers from firing workers because of such variables as their race, religion and gender, there is no such protection for political affiliation or activity.

Veteran News

IBM Watson Dehumanizing Veterans Care
Jefferey Jaxen - IBM, whose stock price has sunk to its lowest in four years, has recently “announced a $1 billion investment to establish the new Watson Group.” IBM’s Watson computer processes large amounts of your information to make a better decision for you. Watson is now embedded in the Department of Veterans Affairs Data Center in Austin, Texas to “advise doctors on treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder.” According to their press release, the technology will “transform decision making,” or said in a different way, if you are a Veteran in need of care, IBM’s Watson will soon make the decision about your health care for you.

Economy & Business

Federal Reserve Insider Alan Greenspan Warns: There Will Be a “Significant Market Event… Something Big Is Going To Happen”
Mac Slavo - Greenspan recently joined veteran resource analyst Brien Lundin at the New Orleans Investment Conference to share some of his thoughts. According to Lundin, the former Fed chairman made it clear that the central bank is facing a serious problem and one that will have significant ramifications in the future.

Science & Technology

Superfish spyware: US urges Lenovo users to remove application
IB Times - The US Department of Homeland Security said the Superfish programme in the laptops allows the installation of a "non-unique trusted root certification authority (CA) certificate, allowing an attacker to spoof HTTPS traffic". "All browser-based encrypted traffic to the internet is intercepted, decrypted, and re-encrypted to the user's browser by the application – a classic man-in-the-middle attack," the agency said in an alert. Lenovo pre-installed the spyware, which intercepts users' web traffic to provide targeted advertisements, on some of its PCs starting in September 2014.

GCHQ and NSA Collaborate to Steal the Keys to Your Cellphone
Activist Post - Anyone interested in privacy and security should think twice about their cell phone dependence right now. That’s because today, The Intercept revealed that British spy agency GCHQ led successful efforts to hack into the internal networks of Gemalto, “the largest manufacturer of SIM cards in the world, stealing encryption keys used to protect the privacy of cellphone communications” made on the world’s largest telecommunications carriers, including “AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint and some 450 wireless network providers around the world.”

Students object to online courses recording facial features, knuckles, voice
Victor Skinner - Students at Rutgers University are balking at a new biometric software used in online classes that requires them to record their facial features, knuckles and photo ID. ProctorTrack, implemented for online courses this year, requires students to record their face, knuckle and personal identification details to verify their identity. The software then tracks students’ monitor, browser, webcam and microphone activity during the session to prevent cheating on exams, according to The Daily Targum – Rutgers’ student newspaper.

Find Out if You've Been Spied on—and Join the Fight for Privacy
EFF - Want to know if GCHQ spied on you? Now you can find out. Privacy International (PI) has just launched a website that lets anyone find out if their communications were intercepted by the NSA and then shared with GCHQ. The website is the result of a February 6 ruling by the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT). Similar to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in the US, the IPT is a special court in the UK established by the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) that deals with issues of surveillance and human rights.

 Farming, Gardening & Homesteading

Documentary Reveals Shocking Extent of Government-Big Business Collusion to Eradicate Freedom of Choice — FREE viewing through 2/27
Dr. Mercola - Milk is a perfect example of how your choices are being limited today. Raw milk is banned in many states on the basis of claims that it's unhealthy and may make you sick.... In sharp contrast to the US, France, Croatia, Switzerland, Austria, the Netherlands and Italy sell raw milk in vending machines. In some cases, US standards for raw milk are even higher than pasteurized milk. For example, California has among the highest raw milk standards—farmers must meet or exceed pasteurized milk standards, without pasteurizing. The vast majority of foodborne illnesses in the US are actually linked to factory farmed and highly processed foods, not raw foods.

VIDEO: Honey On Tap with This Automatic Beehive
Activist Post - It's the beekeepers dream, turn a tap right on your beehive and watch pure fresh honey flow right out of your FLOWhive and into your Jar! No mess no fuss and the bees are hardly disturbed. This cool invention takes much of the work out of beekeeping and honey preparation.


Build a Pantry for Pennies: 5 Frugal Shopping Strategies
Natural Blaze - The TG [The Tightwad Gazette] recommends something called “The Pantry Principle.” It’s a process that saves both time and money. The idea is to consistently stock up on items at the lowest possible prices, creating a supply of ingredients at rock-bottom cost. This means sometimes you have to say no to preparing a meal just because it sounds good. You have to discipline yourself to adhere to a whole new way of shopping that does not supply just food for the week, but replenishes your pantry, again, at the lowest possible prices


VIDEO: Shock Video! Gov. Caught Lying About Vaccine Dangers
In this marathon report anchored by a Feb 2014 Senate Hearing on Vaccines featuring Senator and Dr. Anne Schuchat the director of CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. They use this national platform to continue the hoax that vaccines are perfectly safe and effective. Infowars Nighlty News Director Rob Dew methodically covers the evidence that vaccines are dangerous and the fact the vaccine manufacturers are not liable for their toxic products and as a result you will never see credible impartial studies.

Media parades dead children as victims of anti-vaxxers despite medical facts contradicting the narrative
(NaturalNews) All across the media spectrum, images and stories of dead children who supposedly met their early fate because some people choose not to inject themselves or their children with immune-damaging chemicals and aborted human fetal tissue are being paraded around as "evidence" that medical freedom needs to be completely abolished. Some of the latest media reports include violent rants from "angry moms" who consider it a privilege to be exposed to their vaccinated children.

Holistic Christian families now criminalized in America; parents having to flee with children
(NaturalNews) The old adage "let's just agree to disagree" is no longer a relevant concept when it comes to your personal medical views. It seems that the new American normal is for the government to literally mandate that you and your children consume junk foods and pharmaceuticals and get vaccinated, or else face harsh punishment, as evidenced by a string of recent state interventions against families who made medical decisions that differ from what's popular in the mainstream.

U.S. HHS is Going for More Vaccinations during Pregnancy, Employer-enforced adult vaccination requirements, and, probably, Faith-based groups to uptake vaccinations
Activist Post - The U.S. Health and Human Services published a 46-page draft proposal and notice in the Federal Register recently regarding more mandated vaccines for adults, and especially pregnant females; employer-enforced adult vaccinations; and probably for getting faith-based groups to uptake and not oppose vaccines/vaccinations.

200 Evidence-Based Reasons NOT To Vaccinate - FREE Research PDF Download!
Green Med Info - The media, your pediatrician, politicians and health authorities like the CDC and FDA claim that vaccines are safe and effective. So why do hundreds of peer-reviewed studies indicate the opposite is true? Read, download, and share this document widely to provide the necessary evidence-based counterbalance to the pro-vaccination propaganda that has globally infected popular consciousness and discussion like an intractable disease.

Dr. Toni Bark, M.D. – Do Not Remove Vaccine Exemptions – Some Children Die from Vaccines
Health Impact News - We mandate more vaccines than any other country. We also have the worst infant mortality rate of any first, second, and even some third world countries. Most parents or doctors (for that matter) do not start out "anti-vaccine", their stance is changed once they have a child who is permanently and profoundly damaged by a vaccine. They then decide no more for that child and no more for their next children. And they are correct in making that decision.

Nicholas Gonzalez, M.D. - Scientifically No Polio Vaccine was Needed
Health Impact News - While most believers in vaccines like to point to polio as a disease that was eliminated by vaccines, the history of polio and the polio vaccine paints a far different picture than what most believe about polio and the polio vaccine today.

Drug warning: Popular antibiotics cause death and crippling side effects
(NaturalHealth365) A study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association showed that risk of retinal detachment and blindness was five times higher among people who took fluoroquinolones; another study documented double the risk of kidney problems among fluoroquinolones users. Be sure to ask your doctor about possible side effects BEFORE taking any medication. If you are not getting the information you need – find a better physician.

Have You Discovered the Dirty Little Secret of Almonds?
Natural Society - Most of the almonds sold in the U.S. have been fumigated with propylene oxide, a chemical that even the CDC has admitted causes cancer.... The stringent standards now in place for almonds may protect a few people from salmonella, but it guarantees chemical toxicity for the all the millions of people eating almonds treated with PPO. The treatment imperative for almonds is a tragedy in light of the many health benefits they offer, including...

Friday - February 20, 2015 - Today in History:

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.
1815 - The USS Constitution, under Captain Charles Stewart fought the British ships Cyane and Levant. The Constitution captures both, but lost the Levant after encountering a British squadron. The Constitution and the Cyane returned to New York safely on May 15, 1815. The Cyane was purchased and became the USS Cyane.
1880 - The American Bell Company was incorporated.
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.
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

US, Iraq planning spring assault to retake Mosul from ISIS
RT - An Iraqi and Kurdish military force of 20,000 – 25,000 troops is being prepared to recapture the city of Mosul from Islamic State fighters this spring. The city was captured by militants last June, and is the largest city in the self-declared caliphate. US Central Command said on Thursday that at the time of this assault, planned for April or May, it will support these troops with airstrikes on enemy positions near Mosul. The city, which has a population of over 1 million, is currently being held by an estimated 1,000 – 2,000 fighters belonging to the Islamic State (IS, also known as ISIS or ISIL).

VIDEO: Ukraine crisis moves to new front amid fears of Mariupol assault
The Telegraph - Fighting raged in eastern Ukraine on Thursday, as fears grew that pro-Russian forces could open a new front in spite of European efforts to revive a shattered ceasefire. Ukrainian officials said the Azov sea resort village of Shyrokyne, just a few miles from the strategic sea port of Mariupol, has now become the "epicentre" of fighting in the region.

Russia deploying next-gen Nebo-M radar complexes to counter NATO threat
RT - Russia has begun deploying the next generation of Nebo-M anti-missile radar facility systems as part of a responsive measure to a threat stemming from NATO anti-ballistic missile systems in Eastern Europe.

Grexit: Win for both EU and Greece?
RT - If, in the next 48 hours, Athens and Brussels fail to strike a bailout deal, Greece could be forced to leave the eurozone, and that might not be so bad after all. “I think at the end of the day, Greece will leave, there will be a so-called Grexit. I think it will be good for Greece, good for Europe because it will mean someone that takes a loss,” Steen Jakobsen, chief economist at Saxo Bank, told RT.

Swiss currency shockwave a picnic compared to what's in store for the U.S. dollar - Peter Schiff
(NaturalNews) Worried about its national currency, the franc, losing too much of its value as both it and the euro fall against the U.S. dollar, the Swiss government has recently removed a 2011 cap placed on the franc against the euro to protect it from further losses amid rising global financial pressures.

Swiss police raid HSBC Geneva office in money laundering probe
RT - The Swiss subsidiary of HSBC was searched on Wednesday by officials after prosecutors in Geneva said they are opening a money laundering investigation into the bank’s alleged illegal tax activity. The premises of HSBC Private Bank (Suisse) were searched by authorities, AP reported, and the investigation could possibly extend beyond the bank to any clients participating in money laundering.

Pay to protest? Campaigners reject govt bid to ‘privatize dissent’
RT - Furious campaign groups across the UK have rejected the government’s proposed ‘pay to protest’ measures, warning they will not hire private companies to facilitate anti-government rallies.... The Metropolitan Police said campaign groups organizing demonstrations will now have to pay for related traffic management, including road closures, stewards and barriers.

Drug Resistant Malaria May Spread Globally, Kill Millions
Sputnik News - A highly dangerous strain of malaria has spread through South-East Asia and was found in Myanmar only 25km from the Indian border. The experts report that this is the most deadly type of malaria. The last outbreak of the disease occurred in the 1960s when the virus was delivered from Myanmar to India and other countries, killing millions of people. Scientists claim that the history may repeat and the disease can have drastic consequences for human health worldwide.

Norwegian scientist says decaying Russian subs threaten 'Chernobyl in slow motion'
The Telegraph - A scientist in Norway has warned of a "Chernobyl in slow motion" as the result of decaying nuclear submarines off the Arctic coast of neighbouring Russia. Nils Bøhmer, a nuclear physicist who heads the Bellona environmental group, said that ageing subs and boats dumped in the Barents and Kara Seas could begin to leak radioactive waste within a decade.

3,000 ISIS infiltrators may enter Turkey, plan to attack diplomatic targets says report
RT - Up to 3,000 trained jihadists are seeking to cross into Turkey from Syria and Iraq, with intentions of striking diplomatic targets belonging to anti-ISIS coalition partners, the Turkish intelligence service told the police in an internal memo.... The agency, which refused to provide additional information when contacted by Reuters, warned the police that Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) jihadists repelled from the predominantly Kurdish town of Kobani in Syria, are now looking for ways to cross the border.

It’s Germany vs. Greece, And The Very Survival Of The Eurozone Is At Stake
Economic Collapse - Is this the beginning of the end for the eurozone? On Thursday, Germany rejected a Greek request for a six-month loan extension. The Germans insisted that the Greek proposal did not require the Greeks to adhere to the austerity restrictions which previous agreements had forced upon them. But Greek voters have already very clearly rejected the status quo, and the new Greek government has stated unequivocally that it will not be bound by the current bailout arrangement.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

‘An ugly lie’: Obama rejects claim West is at war with Islam
RT - The world must reject the notion that the United States and its western allies are at war with Islam, President Barack Obama has said, putting the blame for extremism in the Middle East on economic conditions, political grievances and propaganda.

US Army Allocates $591Mln for New Apache Helicopters - Pentagon
Sputnik News - The US Army has issued defense contractor Boeing a $591 million contract for Apache attack helicopters, the US Defense Department said in a statement.... The AH-64E Apache is used for armed reconnaissance, close combat, mobile strike, and vertical maneuver missions, the US Army said on its website.

Pentagon Refuses to Back Egyptian Bombing Of ISIS In Libya After Christian Slaughter
Breitbart - On Wednesday, a reporter asked Rear Adm. John Kirby, the outgoing Pentagon press secretary, “Do you support Egypt’s right to bomb ISIS TARGETS in the wake of the Christian Coptics being killed?” “We aren’t taking a position here in the Pentagon on these recent strikes by Egypt…we weren’t notified ahead of time. We didn’t participate or support them in any way, and we’re not taking a position on it,” said the press secretary in responding.

New York Is Trying To Ban Butcher Knives and Machetes Now
Blacklisted News - The state has long since banned knives such as switchblades and gravity knives, which have nevertheless been normal sights among criminal circles in bigger New York cities. But now, machetes and even butcher knives would be banned. Anyone with a knife longer than 4 inches – even a simple kitchen knife – would be in violation of an administrative code, and would face up to 15 days in jail and a $300 fine. A machete could lead to a year in jail.

Researcher Reaffirms: At Least 760,000 Defensive Gun Uses a Year
Breitbart - On February 17 Florida State University criminology professor Gary Kleck responded to recent criticism of his past studies on defensive gun uses (DGUs) by showing why the criticism is wrong and why a minimum of 760,000 DGUs each year is still a viable claim.

N.H. House Turns Bill to Reject Federal Militarization of Local Police Into Study Committee
Activist Post - A bill that would prohibit state and local officials from owning or using certain military equipment, whether provided through the Department of Defense's 1033 program or other federal grants, was amended into a study committee by the New Hampshire state House. The vote was 204-134.

Woman Calls Cops For Help Against Intruders, Cops Show Up And Shoot Her Dead
Steve Watson - As reported by WCC Charlotte, Betty Sexton, 43, called 911 and asked police to come and remove two unwanted guests who she said were no longer welcome in her home, but would not leave.... When police arrived on the scene they found Sexton holding an old musket gun, in an attempt to protect herself. According to Sexton’s sister, her boyfriend told police that the gun was not loaded or functioning, and when the cops ordered her to put the weapon down, she cooperated. However, Officer LaDoniqua Neely for some reason decided Sexton was a deadly threat and shot her.

Innocent College Student Subject to Restraining Order for Resembling Alleged Rapist
Mikael Thalen - An innocent male student was reportedly banned from entering large areas of his liberal-arts school in Oregon after a female classmate accused him of slightly resembling a rapist she encountered months prior in another state. According to Professor Janey Halley, who detailed the incident in an article for the Harvard Law Review, the unnamed male student was forced to abide by the restraining order despite being found innocent during an extensive school investigation.

Arizona House Education Committee Votes to Dump Common Core
Breitbart - Several months after Arizona voters elected a state schools superintendent who ran on an anti-Common Core platform, a state House education committee has approved a measure to ditch the Common Core standards and block the state Board of Education’s ability to adopt new standards.

Veteran News

New rules on narcotic painkillers cause grief for veterans and VA
Washington Post - New federal rules that make it harder to get narcotic painkillers are taking an unexpected toll on thousands of veterans who depend on these prescription drugs to treat a wide variety of ailments, such as missing limbs and post-traumatic stress. The restrictions, adopted last summer by the Drug Enforcement Administration to curb a national epidemic of opioid abuse, are for the first time, in effect, forcing veterans to return to the doctor every month to renew their medication, although many were already struggling to get appointments at overburdened VA health facilities.

Economy & Business

Hyperinflation To Start in 2015: Economist Says Get Supplies : “Gold, Silver, Canned Goods, Toilet Paper, Bottled Water…”
Mac Slavo - It’s impossible to predict when and how our economy will finally reach a breaking point, but according to contrarian Shadow Stats economist John Williams it’s coming one way or the other.... Because, if and when hyperinflation starts people will quickly realize that their dollars are worthless. And as we have seen time and again, and most recently in Russia, when a currency rapidly loses its value the public will have no option but to panic buy everything that isn’t nailed down in an effort to unload their diminishing purchasing power before their currency is completely worthless.

Wal-Mart, under pressure, boosts minimum U.S. wage to $9 an hour
(Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc (WMT.N) said it would raise entry-level wages to $9 an hour, a 24 percent increase from the U.S. minimum wage that some employees now earn, succumbing to longstanding pressure to pay its workforce more. The world's largest retailer said the increases would cost it $1 billion and impact 500,000 employees, or about 40 percent of its workforce, although the hike falls short of what some labor groups have been agitating for.

Energy & Environment

After Blizzard Closes Campus, Harvard Spends $800,000 to Combat “Global Warming”
Kit Daniels - Harvard announced this morning it was funding seven of its affiliates for their “projects focusing on climate change” while also encouraging students to “prioritize academics over extracurricular commitments” after the school cancelled three days of classes in the past three weeks because of snow.

Science & Technology

‘Unhackable’: Russian firm develops totally surveillance-proof smartphone
RT - Russia is entering the post-Snowden world with style. Its own anti-surveillance smartphone prototype, equipped with the latest in cutting-edge cybersecurity and intended for corporate users, is currently being tested. This is not Russia’s first foray into smartphones, with the dual-screen YotaPhone making headlines recently with its second incarnation. However, the new project will offer unparalleled, corporate-level securit, when ready. The current version is a prototype and any photos are kept in strict secret.

Why Can’t the Public See Obama’s Proposed 332 Page Internet Regulations?
Weekly Standard - Republican senators Mike Lee, Ben Sasse, and Rand Paul have all been high profile opponents of the Obama administrations current plan to regulate the internet — in particular, Lee has called the regulation a government “takeover” of the internet and says it amounts to a ”a massive tax increase on the middle class, being passed in the dead of night without the American public really being made aware of what is going on.”

VIDEO: JPMorgan Goes to War: The bank is building a new facility near the NSA’s headquarters to attract new talent
Bloomberg - Convinced that it faces threats from governments in China, Iran, and Russia, and that the U.S. government isn’t doing enough to help, JPMorgan has built a vast security operation and staffed it increasingly with ex-military officers.

If software looks like a brain and acts like a brain—will we treat it like one?
Ars Technica - Long the domain of science fiction, researchers are now working to create software that perfectly models human and animal brains. With an approach known as whole brain emulation (WBE), the idea is that if we can perfectly copy the functional structure of the brain, we will create software perfectly analogous to one.... Scientists hope to create software that could theoretically experience everything we experience: emotion, addiction, ambition, consciousness, and suffering.


NOTICE: Solicitation of Written Comments on the Draft National Adult Immunization Plan - NVPO is soliciting public comment on the draft NAIP from a variety of stakeholders, including the general public, for consideration as they develop their final report to the Secretary. It is anticipated that the draft NAIP, as revised with consideration given to public comment and stakeholder input, will be presented to the Secretary in the first quarter of 2015.

Deaths from Prescription Painkillers Triple in 20 Years – What’s Going On?
Ella Jameson - The deaths of Philip Seymour Hoffman and Heath Ledger may have grabbed headlines, but there is a far larger tragedy behind America’s recreational painkiller epidemic. Deaths from prescription painkillers have more than tripled in the last 20 years, while drug overdose is now the leading cause of accidental death in the United States.

Vaccine horrors: Medical mutilation of innocent children exposed in GRAPHIC photos of "safe" vaccines gone horribly wrong
(NaturalNews) Much like Brian Williams, vaccine promoters are serial liars. They know vaccines harm many children (and even kill some), yet they knowingly lie to the public by falsely claiming vaccines cause no harm whatsoever. (They do this willfully, in total violation of all medical ethics and fundamental honesty with the public.)

Eating almonds can reduce heart disease risks, belly fat
(NaturalNews) Hold that muffin or danish and grab a handful of almonds if you need a snack between meals. Maybe you won't feel as satisfied afterward, but if you care about your heart health, get used to it. A recent study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association provided strong evidence that incorporating almonds as snacks instead of pastries in an otherwise healthy diet provides protection against heart disease, obesity and metabolic syndrome, a precursor to diabetes.

A revolutionary way to make your own almond milk, oat milk, hemp milk and soy milk for mere pennies
(NaturalNews) Nut milks are extremely popular among health-conscious consumers, but the mass-produced nut milks sold at the store all suffer from two critical problems in their ingredients: carrageenan and calcium carbonate. Carrageenan is a thickening agent that's increasingly concerning to many consumers. Although I personally don't find it irritating, some people say consuming it leads to bowel irritation or digestion discomfort.

What Happens to Your Body When You’re Not Moving, and What to Do About It
Dr. Mercola - According to biological anthropologists, the fossil record suggests that when early man traded their nomadic hunter-gatherer lifestyles for a more settled one, it resulted in a less dense bone structure. Prolonged sitting promotes dozens of chronic diseases, including overweight and type 2 diabetes, even if you’re very fit. At bare minimum, avoid sitting for more than 50 minutes out of every hour. Ideally, limit sitting as much as possible, and incorporate weight-bearing, gravity-driven exercises into your fitness routine.

Report Finds We Are Eating ‘2,500 Tons of Fake Food’
Natural Society - Are you drinking beverages out of antifreeze containers and chewing on horse meat in your pre-packaged ‘hamburgers?’ As it turns out, new evidence from an Interpol investigation reveals that many ‘brand-name’ food items may actually be comprised of some very different ingredients than advertised. All in all, the food investigators seized a whopping 2,500 tons of fake food from within the food supply.

Research Unveils Key Mechanism in Resveratrol’s Healing Capabilities
Natural Society - One of the most publicized nutrients in the media is the stilbene known as resveratrol. This organic compound has been found to cut down cardiovascular disease, prevent certain cancers, help slow aging, and possibly aid in weight control. It can even improve spinal bone density in men with metabolic syndrome...

Cooked Eggs Deplete All Nutrients and Deactivate Proteins - There's Only One Way To Benefit From Eggs
Natash Longo - For years, this misunderstood food -- low in calories, containing every single vitamin (A, B, D, E, K) except C, and nearly perfect in protein -- was once shunned for threats to cholesterol intake. Eggs are also a great source of choline, selenium, omega-3 and even iodine. But if you want to optimize those nutrients, you must eat eggs raw.... The CDC and other public health organizations advise you to thoroughly cook your eggs to lower your risk of Salmonella, but as long as they're pastured and organic, eating your eggs raw is completely safe.
* Related: Cornucopia's Organic Egg Scorecard

The Oldest Woman In Europe At 115 Years-Old, Credits Staying Single and Eating Raw Eggs As The Key To Her Longevity
Meg Wagner - At 115 and three months, Italy's Emma Morano is the oldest person in Europe and the fifth oldest in the world. She eats two or three raw eggs a day and has stayed single for most of her life. Today, she still lives alone. 'I didn't want to be dominated by anyone,' she said.

Weekend Viewing

Is Your Family's Health Being Traded For Profit? New BOUGHT Documentary February 20th - March 6th Exposes Ugly Truth Behind Vaccines, GMO's and Big Pharma...
The food, vaccine, drug, insurance and health industry are a multi-BILLION dollar enterprise... focused more on profits than human lives. The BOUGHT documentary takes viewers deep "inside the guts" of this despicable conspiracy... Featuring exclusive interviews with the world's most acclaimed experts in research, medicine, holistic care and natural health... Bought exposes the hidden (and deadly) story behind it all. Watch the full BOUGHT movie – FREE!


Thursday - February 19, 2015 - Today in History:

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.
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.
1963 - The Soviet Union informed U.S. President Kennedy it would withdraw "several thousand" of its troops in Cuba.
1985 - William Schroeder became the first artificial-heart patient to leave the confines of the hospital.
1986 - The U.S. Senate approved a treaty outlawing genocide. The pact had been submitted 37 years earlier for ratification.
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

Greece Should Leave Eurozone – Former French President
Sputnik News - Former President of France Valery Giscard d'Estaing says the entrance of Greece into the Eurozone in 2001 was clear mistake, and now the country's economy can only recover if Greece abandons the Euro and goes back to its own currency.

Poland to Pay $262,000 to Inmates Held, Tortured at Secret C.I.A. Prison
NY Times - Poland will abide by a European court ruling that ordered it to pay a total of 262,000 in reparations to two former inmates of a "black site" prison run by the C.I.A., the minister of foreign affairs said on Wednesday.... The European Court of Human Rights ruled in July that Poland had violated the rights of the two terrorism suspects by handing them over to the C.I.A. in 2002 at a secret facility, which is now closed, in northeast Poland. While there, the court said, the men suffered "torture and inhuman or degrading treatment."

NATO/UN Desperately Seek Ceasefire To Save ISIS After Syrian Army Encircles Aleppo
Brandon Turbeville - In a military victory that may very well rival the liberation of Qusayr in terms of significance, on February 17, the SAA officially encircled the entirety of Syria’s largest city Aleppo. In so doing, the SAA was also able to seal off the road leading into the city from the North which has been used as a supply route for the terrorist death squads receiving reinforcements and supplies from Turkey since the beginning of the crisis.

Western Media Blames Separatists For Ceasefire Violation, Ignores Role of Kiev Fascists
Brandon Turbeville - The fragile Ukraine peace deal constructed by Russia with the help of France and Germany appears to be holding on by the skin of its teeth as the shooting and shelling around Debaltseve continued even after the deadline for enacting a total ceasefire came and went Saturday night. Although virtually the entire country fell abruptly silent at midnight, Debaltseve was still alight with gunfire and artillery shelling. Almost immediately came claims from both the separatists and the Kiev forces that the other side was responsible for violating the ceasefire agreement.

Russia Dumps Most US Paper Ever As China Reduces Treasurys Holdings To January 2013 Levels
Zero Hedge - Back in December, Socgen spread a rumor that Russia has begun selling its gold. Subsequent IMF data showed that not only was this not correct, Russia in fact added to its gold holdings. But there was one thing it was selling: some $22 billion in US Treasurys, a record 20% of its total holdings, bringing its US paper inventory to just $86 billion in December - the lowest since June 2008.

Russia steps up oil supplies to Asia
RT - Gulf producers may find it a struggle to keep their share of the global oil market as Russia is boosting crude exports to Asia after upping supplies by 25 percent to China, Japan and South Korea in 2014. Russia is the world’s third largest oil producer and has increased oil supplies to Asia to 51 million metric tons in 2014. The share of the Asian market rose to 8.7 percent last year from 7.2 percent in 2013, Bloomberg reports citing government data.

IMF aid package pushes Ukraine gas prices up 280%
RT - Ukraine has agreed to increase the cost of gas to consumer by 280 percent, and 66 percent for heating, as part of the IMF terms for getting extra financial aid, says Valery Gontareva the head of the National Bank of Ukraine.... The tariff rises are part of the amendments to the 2015 budget the government has had to introduce in order to receive an $8.5 billion loan from the IMF by the end of the year.

Australians get hepatitis A from Chinese berries
AFP - Nine Australians have contracted hepatitis A linked with eating contaminated berries from China, with the importer apologising Tuesday as the food scare spreads. Manufacturer Patties Foods has recalled four products including the Nanna's and Creative Gourmet brands of mixed berries and Nanna's raspberries after infections in Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales. They are all sold nationally in major supermarkets, having been packed in China.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Pentagon identifies 1,200 moderate extremist Syrians for train-and-equip program
Blacklisted News - The Pentagon said the US has identified 1,200 individuals to be vetted for a train and equip program to help Syrian opposition fighters in the campaign against Daesh. American Special Operations Forces in the Middle East Commander Maj. Gen. Michael Nagata and his team have been working to identify and screen members of moderate Syrian opposition groups for the program. "There's about 1,200 people Gen. Nagata and his team, with our interagency and international partners, have identified as potential for the whole Syria train and equip program," said Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby.

UMass Amherst Reverses Controversial Ban on Iranian Students in Engineering, Sciences
ABC News - The University of Massachusetts Amherst has overturned a controversial ban that would have prohibited all incoming Iranian students from participating in certain graduate engineering and natural sciences programs.... The reversal comes just days after the school announced the ban to comply with a 2012 federal law -- part of sanctions against Iran to prevent it from acquiring nuclear weapons. The 2012 law denies visas for Iranian students in the U.S. if they want to work in the energy sector, nuclear science, nuclear engineering or related field in Iran.

White House Announces ‘Goal of Ensuring Climate Smart Citizenry’
CNS News - The White House Science and Technology Advisor, says an initiative is underway “with the goal of ensuring a climate smart citizenry in the United States.” “In December of last year the White House Climate Education and Literacy Initiative was launched--with the goal of ensuring a climate smart citizenry in the United States,” Dr. John Holdren says in a White House video released last week.

VIDEO: Wesley Clark: Our friends and allies funded ISIS to destroy Hezbollah
Blacklisted News - He also warned about attacking “We’re going to take out seven countries in 5 years, starting with Iraq, and then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and, finishing off, Iran”

Mentally Ill Man Waves Broom, Cops Shoot Him Dead And Cuff Him
Steve Watson - A mother in Miami Gardens called police, asking them to help her calm her mentally disturbed son. But when the cops showed up, the man, 25, waved a broom at them so they shot him multiple times, killing him.... When Hall’s mother attempted to intervene, police turned their guns on her. “He [drew] his gun and told us to get back or he’ll shoot us…my hands went up.” she said. As the local news report details, police have had previous run ins with Hall and knew that he was mentally ill.

Election News

2016 Hopeful Jeb Bush Backs Big Brother: Gov't Surveillance “Keeps Us Safe”
Sputnik News - The former Florida governor was laying out the framework for his foreign policy strategy — a major step in building a presidential campaign — when he expressed disbelief at the overwhelmingly negative reaction to the NSA spying programs. “For the life of me, I don’t understand – the debate has gotten off track, where we’re not understanding and protecting,” he told the crowd of 800 or so at the Chicago Council for Global Affairs.

Economy & Business

Track The Massive Congestion At The Port Of Long Beach In Real Time
Zero Hedge - Things on the West Coast Ports are going from bad to worse (for those who missed it read "Catastrophic Shutdown Of America's Supply Chain" Begins: Stunning Photos Of West Coast Port Congestion), and with no resolution in sight, it is now beginning to cripple the US economy. Here is a brief summary, courtesy of the WSJ, of how the near-strike is already impacting various businesses across the US...

Housing Market

Housing Recovery? Weekly Mortgage Purchase Apps Drop Again, Down 66% From 2004
Zero Hedge - The housing and mortgage evangelists on CNBC and Fox Business are going to have to rewrite their “2015 is going to be a big year for housing!” meme. Nirvana it isn’t.

Energy & Environment

In 'Tragic' Decision, Top Ohio Court Takes Away Local Power to Ban Fracking
Common Dreams - In a blow to anti-fracking campaigners across the state, the Ohio Supreme Court said this week that the authority to regulate oil and gas drilling activities—and therefore, to ban fracking within municipal borders—lies with the state as opposed to cities, towns, or counties. As the Akron Beacon Journal put it: "The decision takes local control of drilling away from communities and supports the state as the continued main overseer of drilling."

Explosion at Exxon Refinery In Southern California - Live Feed
Zero Hedge - It's not been a good week for oil safety in America. Following the derailment earlier in the week, CBS now reports an explosion at Exxon Mobil's Torrance, California refinery (processes an average of 155,000 barrels of crude oil per day) occurred at 850amPT... While dismissed as 'normal flaring' to begin with, Exxon has confirmed it is not and "shelter in place" has been ordered as ash is falling up to 3 miles away.

Science & Technology

Federal Government Demands Social Media Censorship
Kurt Nimmo - Congress and the White House are leaning on Twitter to censor Islamic State posts on its network. Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, the chair of a House foreign affairs subcommittee on terrorism, has singled out Twitter for allowing supposed IS operatives to recruit and propagandize on the social media platform. “This is the way (the Islamic State) is recruiting — they are getting people to leave their homelands and become fighters,” Poe said. He added “there is frustration with Twitter specifically” over its refusal to censor tweets the government claims promotes terrorism.

Google warns of US government ‘hacking any facility’ in the world
The Guardian - Google is boldly opposing an attempt by the US Justice Department to expand federal powers to search and seize digital data, warning that the changes would open the door to US “government hacking of any facility” in the world.... The search giant warns that under updated proposals, FBI agents would be able to carry out covert raids on servers no matter where they were situated, giving the US government unfettered global access to vast amounts of private information.


VIDEO: Oregon mulls banning personal belief exemption for vaccines
CBS News - The measles outbreak is of particular concern in Oregon, home to the highest rate of unvaccinated children in the country. Parents have been warned to get their children vaccinated by Wednesday or face expulsion from school. The state of Oregon is making Jolynn Reynolds watch an educational video before she can opt out of having her child vaccinated. Reynolds is claiming a philosophical exemption, allowing her kids to go to school without their required vaccinations.

Superbug linked to 2 deaths at UCLA hospital; 179 potentially exposed
LA Times - Nearly 180 patients at UCLA's Ronald Reagan Medical Center may have been exposed to potentially deadly bacteria from contaminated medical scopes, and two deaths have already been linked to the outbreak. The Times has learned that the two people who died are among seven patients that UCLA found were infected by the drug-resistant superbug known as CRE — a number that may grow as more patients get tested. The outbreak is the latest in a string of similar incidents across the country that has top health officials scrambling for a solution.

Medical alert: Thyroid dysfunction increases your risk of heart disease
(NaturalNews) Over 100 years ago, a study showed that 'subclinical hypothyroidism' was associated with a 260% increase in the prevalence of heart disease. In fact, over the years, many other studies have made the connection between thyroid disorders and the risk of premature death due to cardiovascular disease.

It's NOT Just Vaccines!
Zen Honeycutt - This issue is dividing us..and threatens to divide us even more with talk of state and federal mandates. I hear, if pushed, federal mandates will cause families to not just avoid people at birthday parties, many will leave the country rather than vaccinate. Families will be torn apart, possibly for the rest of their lives. The problem with this issue is that no one in the media is talking about the whole issue. The whole issue is not that vaccines are or are not hurting our kids. That is only part of the issue.

Orthorexia Nervosa: Officials Declare 'Eating Healthy' A Mental Disorder
Jefferey Jaxen - As the people continue to walk away from the broken medical and agricultural/food systems, like any abusive relationship, the abuser will do anything to maintain their waning control. Organic and non-GMO food markets have exploded in the last five years so much so that any corporation wishing to not follow the trend risks financial hardship or ruin. In addition, pharmaceutical companies are feeling the strain as less people want their toxic medications and crippling side effects. In an attempt to curb this mass rush for the exits, psychiatry has green lighted a public relations push to spread awareness about their new buzzword “orthorexia nervosa”.

Cumin helps with weight loss
STEPin2 - Spices are truly nature’s medicine, and cumin is one of the most potent of them all. It is packed with antioxidants and may slow down the growth of breast and colon cancer cells. Cumin is also great for the kidneys, strengthens the immune system, and is a known sleep aid.

18 Ways To Ensure Your Stomach Acid pH Is Balanced
Natural News Blogs - Stomach acid is a very important first step in digestion. With low stomach acid, it becomes difficult to absorb B12 as well as Zinc. Having low stomach acid also means that proteins will not be broken down properly which may in turn cause trouble in your small intestine and possibly even get absorbed whole into your bloodstream.

GMO Spider Venom Could Soon Be ‘The New Viagra’
Natural Society - Just when you thought you had heard everything out there on the subject of GMOs and the latest creations of mega biotech, a new level of modification makes even GMO apples seem tame. Specifically, we are talking about the use of GMO spider venom as an alternative to the highly popular erectile disfunction drug Viagra.

Research Confirms Sweating Detoxifies Dangerous Metals, Petrochemicals
Green Med Info - New research is revealing something remarkable about why the body sweats. Beyond its obvious role in regulating body temperature, sweating has been found to facilitate the elimination of accumulated heavy metals and petrochemicals, indicating that if we want to be healthy we should put regular effort into doing more sweating.

Pet News

Class Claims Beneful Dog Food Kills Pets
Courthouse News - Nestlé Purina's Beneful dog food has killed or sickened thousands of dogs, a class action claims in Federal Court. Lead plaintiff Frank Lucido claims defendant Nestle´ Purina Petcare Company has received more than 3,000 online complaints about dogs becoming ill or dying after eating Beneful in the past four years. He blames the problems on the presence of propylene glycol, an automotive antifreeze component, and grains with fungus that produce mycotoxins.

Wednesday - February 18, 2015 - Today in History:

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.
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 - Girl Scout executives 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.
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

Libya the Pawn in the Evil Zionist Game - VIDEO ISIS Beheading - This horrific video was created to manifest an agenda, an agenda that would eventually cause the US and other western countries to have an excuse to come and take control of Libya. This was the plan in 2011 but it failed by massive proportion because the Zionists were under the illusion that they could control the radical Islamists that they had joined hands with to control Libya. Anyone who believes that you can arm and fund psychopathic killers and hope that they will behave like sane people are crazy.

ISIS plans to invade Europe through Libya says report
RT - ISIS’ plans to conquer Europe via Libya have been revealed in letters seen by an anti-terrorism group. Owing to its perfect location on the continental doorstep, the terrorists plan to ferry fighters from North Africa across the Mediterranean. The plans, analyzed by anti-terrorism British think tank Quillum, outline a strategy to illegally ferry fighters across the sea from Libya into southern Europe, into ports such as Italy’s southernmost island of Lampedusa, less than 300 miles (483km) away.

Obama to Give Jihadists the Ability to Order Airstrikes
Mikael Thalen - The Obama administration is preparing to equip the so-called “moderate” Syrian rebels with the ability to order U.S. air strikes despite the group’s admitted allegiance to the Islamic State. Members of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) will be provided with radios to call in strikes from American B-1B bombers as well as pickup trucks with mounted machine guns as the president puts the final touches on plans to train as many as 3,000 rebels in Jordan and Turkey by the end of 2015.

When It Comes To ISIS, Obama Is Utterly Clueless
Economic Collapse - [...] the Obama administration insists that the reason that ISIS exists is because of a lack of “job opportunities” in that area of the world. If we could just find enough good jobs for the terrorists, apparently the entire problem of Islamic terror would just fade away according to them. This kind of twisted politically correct thinking is going to be one of the things that leads to the downfall of this country.

Stocks In Holding Pattern With All Eyes On Draghi And Whether ECB Will Pull Greek Liquidity
Zero Hedge - There was much confusion yesterday when algos went into a buying frenzy on news that Greece would submit a request for a 6 month loan extension, believing this means Greece has caved and will agree to a bailout programme extension as well. Nothing could have been further from the truth as we explained first moments after the headline struck, and also as Reuters validated moments ago when it said that "Greece will submit a request to the euro zone on Wednesday to extend a "loan agreement" for up to six months but EU paymaster Germany says no such deal is on offer and Athens must stick to the terms of its existing international bailout."

Beijing's mayor declares city to be unlivable due to life-choking smog
(NaturalNews) What may appear to foreigners as a city swathed in fog on a cold rainy day is really a Chinese city smothered in smog, a type of air pollution so dangerous that some officials refer to the city as "unliveable," The Guardian reports.

In Battle against ISIS, U.S. Reverts to Not Counting Civilian Casualties
AllGov - The U.S. ambassador to Iraq said U.S. and coalition strikes have killed 6,000 ISIS fighters. “That no civilians could be among that figure strikes observers and even military officials as all but impossible,” wrote Yousef. Particularly with 2,300 strikes delivering 8,200 missiles. “Not only does it reinforce the view that the lives of ordinary Iraqis and not matter, it flies in the face of the military’s own recommendations," wrote Gregory and Edney-Browne.

Major New Bank Runs in Greece; More Emergency Funds Needed
EPJ - Greek lenders are urging central bank Governor Yannis Stournaras to seek additional emergency cash as deposit outflows accelerate, according to three people familiar with the situation, Bloomberg reports. Deposit withdrawals picked up after talks between Greece and its euro-area creditors on extending its bailout ended in acrimony in Brussels Monday night, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the information is private.

Moment of Brutal Honesty: Political Commentator Quits Over HSBC Coverage, Accuses Telegraph Of "Fraud On Readers"
Zero Hedge - "The coverage of HSBC in Britain's Daily Telegraph is a fraud on its readers. If major newspapers allow corporations to influence their content for fear of losing advertising revenue, democracy itself is in peril." Those are the words of the former chief political commentator of The Telegraph, Peter Oborne, who resigned from the paper and launched a blistering attack on the Telegraph, saying it put bank’s interests before readers to save ad contract.

U.S. Waste Disposal in Afghanistan: Unused Incinerators and Open-Air Burn Pits
AllGov - SIGAR found serious mechanical problems with the costly incinerators. One operating base received them from the contractor two years late and requiring $1 million in repairs. The inspectors also found the incinerators too expensive to use—some cost a million dollars a year to operate. So commanders decided to continue to use the burn pits to dispose of the 440 tons of waste produced each day, despite the health risks of doing so—and despite being told by Congress to stop the practice.

Forget Hacking - CIA Accuses Russia Of "Manipulating The World's Weather"
Zero Hedge - America appears to have found something else to blame the Russians (or North Koreans) for... The Weather. As The Daily Mail reports, CIA chiefs fear hostile nations are trying to manipulate the world’s weather... seriously. So-called "geoengineering techniques" range from cloud seeding, in which chemicals are sprayed by planes trigger rainfall, to shooting mirrors into space to reflect sunlight and cool the Earth.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

U.S. Expects to Quadruple the Number of Syrian Refugees Brought Here
CNS News - "The United States has admitted 524 Syrians since 2011. We’re likely to admit 1,000 to 2,000 Syrian refugees for permanent resettlement in Fiscal Year 2015 and a somewhat higher number, though still in the low thousands, in Fiscal Year 2016," spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters on Friday. But at a hearing of the House Homeland Security Committee last week, Chairman Mike McCaul (R-Texas) said it would be a "huge mistake" to bring refugees from Syria and Turkey into the United States where they "could potentially be radicalized."

Former Breitbart Reporter Receiving Death Threats Over Revealing Obama’s ‘Fake’ Past: “Ever seen a photo of a pregnant Michelle Obama?”
Mac Slavo - Former Breitbart reporter and founder of GotNews. com, Charles C. Johnson, claims he has never before seen information that answers to why no one has seen photos of a pregnant Michelle Obama, why Obama’s family photos are fakes, and why his birth certificate is anything but authentic (but says he was born in Hawaii not Kenya). But ‘serious’ death threats are so far keeping Johnson quiet, according to a barrage of recent Twitter posts.

A radical new idea for keeping tabs on police misconduct is gaining steam
Business Insider - The largest organization of public defenders in the country is building a “cop accountability” database, aimed at helping defense attorneys question the credibility of police officers in court. The database was created by the Legal Aid Society, a New York–based nonprofit that represents an average of 230,000 people per year with a staff of more than 650 lawyers. The ambition behind the project is to create a clearinghouse for records of police misconduct — something the NYPD itself does not make public — and to share it with defense lawyers all over the city, including those who do not work for Legal Aid.

Cops No-Knock Raid, Stomp Necks, Destroy Home – To Find Broken Pot Pipe
Free Thought Project - The men allege that an officer asked them how they were able to pay the rent on such an expensive home, seemingly the only explanation as to why these men were targeted.

Holder Gives 90 Day Ultimatum To Bring "Financial Crisis" Cases Against Bankers
Zero Hedge - As Bloomberg reports, Attorney General Eric Holder says he’s asked U.S. attorneys involved in residential mortgage-backed securities cases to report in 90 days on whether they can “develop cases against individuals,” Holder, speaking at National Press Club in Washington, defends record on cases against those involved in 2008 crisis. There’s “relatively small universe” of firms vs. savings and loan crisis of 1980s and 1990s, he says Lack of more cases “is not for lack of trying”

Operation Choke-Point Is Worse Than We Thought
Zero Hedge - Operation Choke Point is an initiative of the DoJ that was announced in 2013 which investigates bank interactions with certain businesses believed to be at higher risk for fraud and money laundering. When first disclosed it was heavily criticized for bypassing due process with critics warning that "it's a thinly veiled ideological attack on industries the Obama administration doesn't like, such as gun sellers," and precious metals dealers. However, as Mike Maloney explains, it is far worse than that... "it violates the most fundamental principles of the rule of law and accountable, transparent government."

72-Yr-Old Man Facing 10 Years in Prison for an Unloaded 18th Century Antique Pistol
Activist Post - 72-year-old retired schoolteacher Gordon VanGilder who is currently facing up to a decade in prison because he was caught with an unloaded, antique flintlock pistol from the mid-1700s in his car. It was found during a supposedly unrelated routine traffic stop. “His attorney notes that VanGilder is facing the same felony charge for his unloaded mid-1700s firearm as he would be for a loaded .44 Magnum,” according to NRA News.

Veteran News

VIDEO: Joyce Riley on The Alex Jones Show February 16 2015
Radio host Joyce Riley of the Power Hour covers the latest news developments and how government officials have routinely buried the real causes behind public health crises, including the infamous Gulf War Syndrome.

Economy & Business

JPMorgan tops list of risky banks -U.S. government study
(Reuters) - JPMorgan Chase & Co bears the highest potential hazard to the financial system, a study by a U.S. government research agency showed, launching its first ranking of U.S. banks with a numerical risk score. The bank had a "systemic risk score" of 5.05 percent for 2013 in a group of 33 large U.S. banks, the Treasury Department's Office of Financial Research said in the study.

NY Fed Report: Student Loan Debt Piles Up; Now at $1.16 Trillion
EPJ - While overall delinquency rates were unchanged at 4.3 percent in the fourth quarter, delinquency rates for auto loans and student loans worsened, according to the New York Federal Reserve. “Although we’ve seen an overall improvement in delinquency rates since the Great Recession, the increasing trend in student loan balances and delinquencies is concerning,” said Donghoon Lee, research officer at the NY Fed. “Student loan delinquencies and repayment problems appear to be reducing borrowers’ ability to form their own households.

Energy & Environment

Recent Academy of Sciences Reports on Climate Change were Partially Funded by CIA
AllGov - A voluminous scientific study on climate change and man-made possibilities of altering it was funded by several federal agencies, including the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).The CIA’s decision to partially fund the research left at least one expert who participated in the study a little uneasy. Scientist Alan Robock at Rutgers University told The Guardian the CIA’s investment in the $630,000 study “makes me really worried who is going to be in control” of efforts to stem the impact of climate change.

Who Rules West Virginia? Lawmakers Want to Weaken Clean Water Protections One Year after Toxic Spill Ruined Drinking Water for 300,000
AllGov - Two bills would allow the operators of most chemical storage tanks to avoid tougher new standards that were created following the 2014 spill into the Elk River by a facility operated by Freedom Industries. In the Senate, lawmakers are reviewing a plan to eliminate drinking water protections for the Kanwaha River, into which the Elk River flows. The same measure would also get rid of the DEP’s policy of enforcing the state’s drinking water standards on all rivers and streams across the state.

300,000 Without Power In South, Grocery Shelves Empty
Off the Grid News - More than 300,000 are without power across the Southeast and store shelves empty of essentials after Winter Storm Octavia coated areas with ice and dumped 18 inches of snow in one Kentucky town. Electricity was out for 153,000 in Georgia, 82,000 in South Carolina and 39,000 in North Carolina, in addition to tens of thousands more in Arkansas, Tennessee and Washington, D.C.

Science & Technology

Wi-fi "spy" Barbie records children's conversations - and could be a target for hackers, say experts
Mirror Online - Grown-up technology recording your conversations is one thing, but putting it in the hands of a child is quite another. Toymaker Mattel has partnered with a San Francisco startup called ToyTalk to develop "Hello Barbie" - an internet-connected version of the popular doll that'll strike up a real conversation with your little tykes.

Spy Program Revelations Could Damage US Companies Image
Sputnik News - Consumer Watchdog’s Privacy Project Director claims that public trust in US technology companies will be weakened by reports suggesting that the NSA embedded spyware on computer hard drives around the world.

New algorithms locate where a video was filmed from its images and sounds
Tech Swarm - Researchers from the Ramón Llull University (Spain) have created a system capable of geolocating videos by comparing their audiovisual content with a worldwide multimedia database. In the future this could help to find people who have gone missing after posting images on social networks, or even to recognise locations of terrorist executions.

 Farming, Gardening & Homesteading

"The Dark Side of the Strawberry": WWI enemy-killing gas now being used on America's fruit
(NaturalNews) Berries, one of the most beneficial foods for fighting off free radicals in the body, are sprayed with substantially more pesticides than other produce. Strawberries, in particular, are treated with extremely dangerous types of chemical called fumigants, gasses that are blasted into the soil, killing pests and weeds prior to planting.


The big measles lie: Eradication of measles happened BEFORE the vaccine, not after
(NaturalNews) The general consensus among pro-vaxxers is that vaccines save lives, and if it weren't for their existence, infectious disease would be running rampant. But a closer look at the data reveals that the death rates from conditions like measles, scarlet fever, typhoid, whooping cough (pertussis) and diphtheria were all in major decline prior to the advent of their respective vaccines, the direct result of better nutrition and sanitation practices.

Processed Fructose Is the Number One Driver of Obesity and Diabetes
Dr. Mercola - Dr. Robert Lustig, Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology at the University of California, has been a pioneer in decoding sugar metabolism. He was one of the first to bring attention to the fact that processed fructose is far worse, from a metabolic standpoint, than other sugars, including refined sugar. Fructose is actually broken down very much like alcohol, damaging your liver and causing mitochondrial and metabolic dysfunction in the same way as ethanol and other toxins. It also causes more severe metabolic dysfunction because it's more readily metabolized into fat than any other sugar.

10 nutritional deficiencies that may cause depression
(NaturalNews) Do you ever wonder where you positive emotions went? If your optimistic outlook on life has soured, then you should know that - beyond psychological approaches - nutrition plays a key role in maintaining your moods.

Probiotics cure peanut allergies in 80% of children and can replace vaccines for immune system stimulation
(NaturalNews) Modern medicine has abandoned one of the most important systems of the human body -- the commensal bacteria colonies that live symbiotically within the human gut. These various bacteria species aid in digestion and protect the organs and blood from toxins. They also boost the immune system. Here's how:

Homeland Security Stockpiling Billions of Dollars of Experimental Vaccines
Health Impact News - The Department of Homeland Security, created shortly after the terrorist attacks of September 2001, has been authorized by Congress to purchase and stockpile billions of dollars of experimental vaccines that are not approved by the FDA, to use on American citizens during a time of a “national emergency” as defined by the U.S. Government. The Project Bioshield Act was enacted by Congress in 2004, and signed into law by President George W. Bush. It appropriated $5.6 billion to the Department of Homeland Security “for the purchase of next generation countermeasures against anthrax and smallpox as well as other CBRN agents.”

Statin Drug Scandal: Cholesterol-lowering Drug Researchers Start Backtracking
Health Impact News - This past Sunday (February 15, 2015) the Sunday Express in the UK published a headline story stating that Oxford professor Dr. Rory Collins, whose research had been used to support putting millions of patients on statin drugs, was reassessing the data behind those studies for possible drug side effects they might have missed previously. According to the Express: Although the original research looked at the effect of statins on the heart and considered cancer risks it did not examine other side effects.

'Calculators' Doctors Use May Overestimate Heart Risks, Study Says
Natural Blaze - Researchers found that four of five widely used formulas may overestimate people's risk of heart attack, stroke or other related complications by as much as 154 percent in some cases. That includes the most recently developed risk calculator, unveiled alongside new treatment guidelines in 2013 by the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and American Heart Association (AHA).

How Pine Bark Extract Could Save Air Travelers Lives
Green Med Info - Modern air travel carries with it a wide range of health risks, some of which are life-threatening. What can we do to reduce these risks? This amazing plant substance may provide the perfect answer...

8 True Benefits of Drinking Coffee You Didn’t Know About
Natural Society - If you’ve been wondering what all that coffee is doing to you, cheer up. A recent review of data completed at Gill Heart Institute in Kentucky focused on the cardiovascular, genetic, antioxidant and caffeine effects of coffee and found that drinking the brew reduces the risk of mortality right across the board. They also documented that coffee...

The Behind-The-Scenes Marketing Tricks That Make Food Irresistible (Hint: You Can’t See It!)
Food Babe - We are being inundated with fake chemical scents designed to get us to buy!... Using scents to sell more products isn’t a new tactic by a long shot and is taken straight out of Monsanto’s playbook, as demonstrated by this vintage 1947 Monsanto ad: “The principle of chemical attraction also defines the path to hidden sales…Used for years to contribute sales appeal to foods, candies, perfumes and cosmetics… Yes – Smells Sell! If you wish to know more about this proved sales strategy in your business, a contact with Monsanto may reward you with the right chemical answers”.

Pet News

Love Your Cat? Don't Let These Serious Symptoms Go Unnoticed
Dr. Becker - The pancreas performs two jobs vital to life: producing insulin to balance blood sugar, and producing digestive enzymes. Pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas that causes the organ to malfunction. In symptomatic cats, the most common signs of pancreatitis are lethargy and lack of appetite. Some kitties also show symptoms of a tender abdomen, vomiting, and fever. The root causes of feline pancreatitis are not well understood, but most kitties with the condition also suffer from gastrointestinal tract inflammation, which typically stems from a reaction to allergenic ingredients in processed pet food.

25 Powerful Images Of Animal Love Can Teach Us So Much About Ourselves
Josh Richardson - We can learn so much about love and ourselves by observing animals. Their interactions are a sure sign of that expression through body language without verbal communication. One look at these pictures is all it takes to appreciate not only the love between animals of the same species, but also cross species.

Tuesday - February 17, 2015 - Today in History:

1801 - The U.S. House of Representatives broke an electoral tie between Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr. Jefferson was elected president and Burr became vice president.
1817 - The first gaslit streetlights appeared on the streets of Baltimore, MD.
1865 - Columbia, SC, burned. The Confederates were evacuating and the Union Forces were moving in.
1897 - The National Congress of Mothers was organized in Washington, DC, by Alice McLellan Birney and Phoebe Apperson Hearst. It was the forerunner of the National PTA.
1924 - Swimmer Johnny Weissmuller set a world record in the 100-yard freestyle. He did it with a time of 57-2/5 seconds in Miami, FL.
1933 - "Newsweek" was first published.
1933 - Blondie Boopadoop married Dagwood Bumstead three years after Chic Young’s popular strip first debuted.
1934 - The first high school automobile driver’s education course was introduced in State College, PA.
1944 - During World War II, the Battle of Eniwetok Atoll began. U.S. forces won the battle on February 22, 1944.
1947 - The Voice of America began broadcasting to the Soviet Union.
1964 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that congressional districts within each state had to be approximately equal in population. (Westberry v. Sanders)
1992 - In Milwaukee, serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer was sentenced to life in prison. In November of 1994, he was beaten to death in prison.
1997 - Pepperdine University announced that Kenneth Starr was leaving the Whitewater probe to take a full-time job at the school. Starr reversed the announcement four days later.
2005 - U.S. President George W. Bush named John Negroponte as the first national intelligence director.
2009 - President Barack Obama signed a $757 billion economic stimulus package into law..

World News

Ukraine Sends List of Necessary Military Equipment to US – Kiev Official
Sputnik News - The Ukrainian Defense Ministry compiled a list of necessary military equipment, including weapons, and sent it to the United States, presidential adviser of the country Yuri Biryukov said Tuesday.... The presidential adviser said that Ukraine also is discussing the first tranche worth $350 million, with an extra billion possible. The US side has not made the decision yet, but are not saying no, Biryukov stressed.

NATO Military to Inspect Southern Russia for 'Military Activity'
Sputnik News - Head of the Russian Defense Ministry’s treaty control department stated that Dutch military representatives will hold inspections in Russia’s southern region of Rostov between February 17 and 20 to assess if there are any active military activities in the area.

Putin, Merkel, Poroshenko Agree on OSCE Steps to Monitor East Ukraine
Sputnik News - The leaders of Russia, Ukraine, and Germany have agreed on concrete steps for the observers from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) to monitor the situation in eastern Ukraine, a German government representative was cited as saying by Reuters on Tuesday.

Egypt's President Wants UN Mandate for Libya Intervention
Sputnik News - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi has urged the United Nations to draft a resolution mandating that an international coalition intervene in Libya.

German TV channel under fire over fake ‘Russian tanks in Ukraine’ footage
RT - A citizen’s media group has lodged a complaint against German television channel ZDF for airing a photograph of Russian tanks in eastern Ukraine, which in reality were Russian tanks on patrol in South Ossetia in 2008. Just days after a US politician presented on the Senate floor falsified images of Russian tanks purported to be taken in eastern Ukraine, one of Germany’s largest broadcasters appears guilty of the very same error.

Moscow-Based Security Firm Reveals What May Be The Biggest NSA “Backdoor Exploit” Ever
Zero Hedge - Since 2001, a group of hackers – dubbed the “Equation Group” by researchers from Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab – have infected computers in at least 42 countries (with Iran, Russia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, and Syria most infected) with what Ars Technica calls “superhuman technical feats” indicating “extraordinary skill and unlimited resources.”

Greece Rejects Bailout Deal – Deadline To Avoid Financial Chaos In Europe Is March 1st
Economic Collapse - Europe is on the verge of a horrifying financial meltdown, and there are only a few short weeks left to avert total disaster.

EU Leaders "Are Afraid The Syriza 'Virus' Will Spread Across Europe"
Zero Hedge - …Greek parliamentary spokesman for Syriza, Nikos Filis notes "The wave of protests indicates a new beginning... And it scares the dominant forces in Europe. Because Syriza virus can spread and in their communities." And we suspect that is indeed the Eurogroup's greatest fear...

No deal: Greece-EU bailout talks break down, Athens given 1 week ultimatum
RT - The eurozone has given Greece an ultimatum of one week to request an extension of its bailout deal, as Athens turned down the offer dubbing it “absurd” and “unreasonable”. Greece’s finance minister said they were ready to sign - but something different.... Varoufakis said that he was ready to agree a deal with creditors giving Athens up to six months credit in return for putting major new budget policies on hold.

German Lawmaker Demands All Payments To Greece Be "Immediately Stopped"
Zero Hedge - Following the reported withdrawal of what Greece deemed as an acceptable draft document to move forward - replaced by an "absurd, unacceptable" draft by EU President Dijsselbloem - it appears the Germans are none too happy. A senior lawmaker from Angela Merkel's Christian Union bloc has demanded that following this 'rejection' of the Eurogroup's plan, all payments to Greece should be immediately stopped. The rift is clearly deepening on both sides...

Evacuation Starts in Japan’s Aomori Prefecture Following Tsunami Warning
Sputnik News - Japanese authorities are evacuating people in the coastal areas of the Aomori Prefecture where a tsunami warning was issued following a 6.8-magnitude earthquake, local media report, citing the country's seismological service.
The quake was also felt in the Iwate prefecture, where a tsunami warning was issued. Some tremor was reported in the Miyagi and Akita prefectures and Japan's capital Tokyo. There have been no reports of casualties or damages.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

TX Federal Court Orders Halt to Obama’s Amnesty
Breitbart - Texas Federal Judge Andrew Hanen issued a temporary injunction halting the Executive Amnesty program announced last year by President Barack Obama. Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton responded to the late night decision by the judge.

Pentagon Deploys Boots on the Ground for ISIS War
Kurt Nimmo - Stars and Stripes reports more than 4,000 Fort Carson soldiers with the 3rd Brigade Combat Team left Colorado for Kuwait last week. The deployment reveals the Pentagon plans to use tanks and armored vehicles in the war against ISIS, the terrorist army it trained at a secret base in Jordan. “The unit is Fort Carson’s heaviest force, armed with M1 tanks and Bradley fighting vehicles. Many of its soldiers are veterans of one or more of the brigade’s four combat tours in Iraq,” Stars and Stripes reports.

USA Is The 16th Best Place To Be Born In The World
Zero Hedge - In 1988, America was the best place to be born in the world. Based on The Economist Intelligence Unit's quality-of-life index - which links the results of subjective life-satisfaction surveys (how happy people say they are) to objective determinants of the quality of life across countries - USA was #1. Fast forward 25 years or so... and The United States now ranks 16th, just above South Korea and just below Taiwan and Belgium.

7 Children Kidnapped by State of Arkansas from Homeschool Family to Remain in State Custody
Health Impact News - It will be at least “6 more weeks of kidnapping” for the 7 homeschooled, homebirthed Stanley children, according to their father. Hal and Michelle Stanley were given no warning that their court hearing scheduled for February 12 would be abruptly postponed until March 23. They say they were not given any explanation as to why the hearing was postponed.

Man Released after Months in Jail for Possession of Vitamins
Mikael Thalen- The man, 31-year-old Joseph Burrell, was arrested last November after police claimed that a vitamin powder found in his vehicle was actually illegal amphetamines. Charged with two counts of felony drug possession, Burrell was incarcerated on $250,000 bail while the substance awaited final testing at the state crime lab.... After spending weeks behind bars, Burrell was quietly released only days before his trial. Man Released after Months in Jail for Possession of Vitamins

Mother Asks Cop To Help Son Stay Out Of Trouble, Cop Chains Him To A Pole, Beats, Electrocutes Him
Steve Watson - A mother in Richmond County, concerned that her son was falling into bad company, asked a local Sheriff’s deputy to help set the 12-year-old boy on a straight path by talking to him. Instead, the cop opted to handcuff the child to a pole and beat him senseless. Deputy Alton Walter has been fired and arrested following the incident, during which he is also alleged to have electrocuted the child with a taser.

Cops Have Killed Every 8 Hours in 2015, Sending At Least Three People to Early Graves Per Day
Free Thought Project - As of February 15, only a month and a half into 2015, there has been at least 136 individuals killed by police in the United States since the first of the year. The frighteningly high number averages out to three killed per day, or someone killed every eight hours. While there is no government-run database, Killed By Police has taken it upon themselves to keep track, and are doing a fantastic job thus far.

Veteran News

VIDEO: VA ‘I CARE’ slogan slammed by veterans, employees as mockery of reform
Washington Times - The embattled Veterans Affairs Department, now ranked by a government watchdog as among the most troubled federal agencies, is reminding employees in a memo why they should care about their work.

Energy & Environment

Oil & gas firms off the hook for destruction of Louisiana coast – judge
RT - A federal judge has ruled that multinational energy corporations are not financially liable for erosion of Louisiana’s wetlands, 1,900 square miles of which have been lost since the 1930s. Industry admits to being responsible for 36 percent of that loss. US District Judge Nanette Jolivette Brown dismissed Friday a lawsuit filed in 2013 by the New Orleans-based Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East against 97 oil and gas companies for deterioration of the state’s coastal wetlands.

Climate regime change? CIA may fund weather research for new weapon, scientist fears
RT - A US scientist spoke to RT saying he is worried intelligence bodies could try to use the weather as a weapon. He called on the CIA to open up and be more transparent, and wants research to be conducted globally to limit the possibility of hostile use. Professor Alan Robock is wary that US government agencies are interested in funding climate change research to see if new technologies could help to turn the weather into potential weapons.

Science & Technology

CNN Promotes Microchip Brain Implants For Memory Loss
Activist Post - CNN reported that a team of US researchers are suggesting that implantable brain chips could help people restore their memory. The team expects to implant a “small number” of human volunteers with brain chips in the very near future. If the trials go well, the team hopes to start implanting microchips into the brains of their patients within a ten-year time period.

Obama Won’t Wait for CISPA, Signs Own Orwellian Cybersecurity Executive Order
Activist Post - The president signed an executive order Saturday after a speech at a ‘Cyber Security Summit’ at Stanford University, while many were distracted with Valentine’s Day. The ever-hated CISPA legislation has stalled in Congress thanks to public outcry, but Obama has decided to act on his own.

FAA Proposes Commercial Drone Licenses to Anyone Paying $200 Fee
Breitbart - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) unveiled its first commercial drone use regulation for unmanned aerial vehicles under 55 pounds on Sunday, 46 days later than promised. Not to be left out of the headlines, the White House issued a Presidential Directive requiring federal agencies to begin disclosing where they fly drones in the U.S. and what they do with the blizzard of surveillance data they have been collecting.

AT&T charges $29 more for gigabit fiber that doesn't watch your Web browsing
Ars Technica - AT&T's gigabit fiber-to-the-home service has just arrived in Kansas City, and the price is the same as Google Fiber—if you let AT&T track your Web browsing history. Just as it did when launching its "GigaPower" service in Austin, Texas in late 2013, AT&T offers different prices based on how jealously users guard their privacy.

 Farming, Gardening & Homesteading

Cal High Speed Rail Confiscating Farms for Development Profits
Breitbart - With the project billions over budget, HSRA’s chair has admitted the agency plans to make billions in profits by confiscating farmland under eminent domain for real estate development and advertising rights along the rail line.... Although government planners have called the prices they are offering farmers as “fair value,” the vast majority of property owners have bitterly called the offers pennies-on-the-dollar.


Over-the-counter medications eat your brain, say scientists
(NaturalNews) According to researchers from the University of Washington, prolonged use of tricyclic antidepressants (to help with depression), antihistamines (to treat allergies and hay fever), antimuscarinics (to help urinary incontinence) and even some sleep medications was linked to the onset of dementia.

Hay fever medications increase risk of Alzheimer's and dementia
(NaturalNews) A new study is linking commonly used medicines, which include over-the-counter treatments, of ailments like hay fever and insomnia to dementia and possibly Alzheimer's disease.

Studies show the health benefits of frankincense and myrrh
(NaturalNews) Frankincense and myrrh have long been touted for their healing abilities and protective powers.... Today, the benefits of both continue to prove effective, including the ability to heal certain cancers.

This Top Organic Brand Is Selling Out to a GMO Juggernaut
Natural Society - What’s the best way to squash your competition? Buy them out. Applegate Farms, LLC really has no good reason to sell out to a GMO-supporting mega-corporation. They’ve been worth millions for years, and have gained success in the organic food industry like few others. But money talks, and the organic meat seller is in negotiations with industrial food giant Hormel Foods Corp. to become part of its conglomerate.

Flaxseeds Protect Against Radiation Exposure
Green Med Info - We are bombarded every day by harmful radiation and, shockingly, nearly half of our radiation exposure in the U.S. comes from medical tests like X-rays and CT scans. The balance comes from radiation in the earth, radon gas and radiation from space. And many worry about fallout from disasters like the meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan. How do you protect yourself from radiation? Eat your flaxseeds.

VIDEO: Here’s What Happens When You Massage Your Hands According To This Ancient Japanese Technique
Natural Blaze - Every finger has a role. Pressure on the thumb eases nausea. Pressure on the finger relaxes your fears. Pressure on the middle finger chills your temper. Pressure on your ring finger fights off sadness. And finally, pressure on the pinky finger eases your overall stress.... Give it a try next time you’re feeling unbalanced.

Humor & Satire

Americans Sign Petition to Add “Soylent Green” to Michelle Obama School Lunches
Paul Joseph Watson - “Soylent green is people!” appears to be a movie quote forgotten by many Americans given that some of them signed a petition to have it added to the Michelle Obama school lunch program.

Monday - February 16, 2015 - Today in History:

1741 - Benjamin Franklin published America’s second magazine, "The General Magazine and Historical Chronicle".
1804 - A raid was led by Lt. Stephen Decatur to burn the U.S. Navy frigate Philadelphia. The ship had been taken by pirates.
1857 - The National Deaf Mute College was incorporated in Washington, DC. It was the first school in the world for advanced education of the deaf. The school was later renamed Gallaudet College.
1862 - During the U.S. Civil War, about 14,000 Confederate soldiers surrendered to Gen. Ulysses S. Grant at Fort Donelson, TN.
1883 - "Ladies Home Journal" began publication.
1937 - Wallace H. Carothers received a patent for nylon. Carothers was a research chemist for Du Pont.
1938 - The U.S. Federal Crop Insurance program was authorized.
1945 - During World War II, U.S. troops landed on the island of Corregidor in the Philippines.
1946 - The first commercially designed helicopter was tested in Connecticut.
1959 - Fidel Castro seized power in Cuba after the overthrow of President Fulgencio Batista.
1968 - In the U.S., the first 911 emergency telephone system was inaugurated in Haleyville, AL
1989 - Investigators in Lockerbie, Scotland, announced that a bomb hidden inside a radio-cassette player was the reason that Pan Am Flight 103 was brought down the previous December. All 259 people aboard and 11 on the ground were killed.
1999 - Testimony began in the Jasper, TX, trial of John William King. He was charged with murder in the gruesome dragging death of James Byrd Jr. King was later convicted and sentenced to death.
2002 - The operator of a crematory in Noble, GA, was arrested after dozens of corpses were found stacked in storage sheds and scattered around in the surrounding woods.
2011 - Bookstore chain Borders filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
2012 - A federal judge in Detroit ordered life in prison for Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, a Nigerian man who'd tried to blow up a packed Northwest jetliner with a bomb concealed in his underwear.

World News

Egyptian, Libyan airstrikes on ISIS targets in Libya after terrorists behead 21 Copts
RT - Egypt’s Air Force has hit Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) positions in Derna, Libya, after the execution of 21 Christian Egyptians by the terrorist group. Libyan forces loyal to the authorities have also targeted the IS in the country, a commander said. Up to 50 militants have been killed in the airstrikes on Libya, Egyptian state TV reported.

EU adds more Russians, eastern Ukrainians to sanctions list after successful Minsk talks
RT - The European Union has expanded its anti-Russian sanctions list to 19 more people and nine entities. The EU blacklist now includes 151 citizens of Russia and Ukraine’s self-proclaimed eastern republics and 37 Russian companies.... Restrictive measures include the freezing of the individuals’ assets in European Union countries and an EU-wide travel ban. New sanctions defy common sense and prevent a resolution of Ukrainian internal conflict, Russia’s Foreign Ministry commented.

Turkey Joins Growing List of Countries Closing Embassy in Yemen
Sputnik News - Turkey is suspending operations of its embassy in Sanaa, Yemen after Houthi rebels seized power, the country's Foreign Ministry said Monday.

Egypt eyes revenge after ISIS executes 21 Copts, releases video
RT - Egypt’s President Abdel el-Sisi said Cairo “reserves the right to respond in any way” to the killing of 21 Copts by Islamic State militants. The extremist group has released a graphic video showing the beheadings of the Copts that were kidnapped in Libya. Sisi warned that Cairo would choose the “necessary means and timing to avenge the criminal killings” as he spoke on state television in the wake of the surfaced footage of the brutal executions.

Copenhagen Police Kill Suspect Following Fatal Shootings at Cafe, Synagogue
Sputnik News - According to the press release, the man was deemed suspicious in relation to the shootings in a Copenhagen cafe Saturday evening and synagogue early Sunday. The man opened fire at the officers, who fatally shot him. "Police are investigating right now whether the person could stand behind both shootings at Krudttonden and synagogue in Krystalgade," the statement said.

Shocking audio of the moment a man opens fire on Copenhagen cafe
The Telegraph - Audio obtained by the BBC has captured the moment a gunman attacked a cafe in the Danish Capital, Copenhagen, during a debate on free speech. During the audio a woman can be heard talking about free speech before gunshots interrupt her, chairs can then be heard being moved as the gunshots continue.

Thousands Of Government Supporters Rally In Athens, Demand "Give Greece A Chance"
Zero Hedge - In another 'odd' event for Europe's status quo, for the second time in a week, tens of thousands of pro-government supporters have taken to the infamous Syntagma Square in Athens to ensure Syriza knows exactly what tomorrow's 'negotiations' are all about. With the latest poll showing Syriza in an even more dominant position nationally (45.4% vs ND's 18.4%) and Merkel's party looking like it will lose in a landslide in Hamburg local election, it seems the people of Europe have expressed their will.

VIDEO: Ukraine sends Senate old AP photos as proof of “Russian military presence”
RT - The US Senate Arms Service committee is on the defensive after it’s emerged that members of the Ukraine parliament presented them with 7-year-old pictures showing a current Russian 'military presence' in the region. As Congress pushed for more military action, the photo’s were being used as a justification of force on the part of the US. RT’s Lizze Phelan reports.

China to film interrogations of suspects in push to halt police brutality
RT - Chinese police will be required to film and record all interrogations in criminal cases to increase transparency, Xinhua reports. The new law states that the cross-examination process must be carried out fairly and the rights of suspects are respected.

Report: Millions stolen from banks through sophisticated malware
Ars Technica - Hackers infiltrated over 100 banks in several countries, stealing millions of dollars in possibly the largest bank theft the world has seen, according to a report published by the New York Times on Saturday. The Times said it received an advance copy of an upcoming report by Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab that details how banks in Russia, Japan, the United States, and other countries fell victim to malware starting in late 2013 that allowed the hackers to watch video feeds, view daily operations, and impersonate bank officials.

Icelanders Really Jailed Some Bankers Today
Grapevine - The former CEO of Kaupþing, former chairman of the board of Kaupþing, former CEO of Kaupþing Luxembourg and former owner of 10% of Kaupþing all got sentenced to prison today by the supreme court of Iceland, reports Kjarninn.... In the court’s opinion, the four conspired to conceal the fact that one of the investors in Kaupthing, Mohammad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, owned his 5.01% stake in the bank thanks to money lent to him by the bank itself. Investigations into the four go back to the Icelandic bank crash of autumn 2008.

Ebola news

Ebola cases prompt mini-quarantine in Sierra Leone capital
(AP) - Sierra Leone imposed a quarantine in a fishing district of the capital city, Freetown, after at least five new Ebola cases were confirmed there, an official said Saturday.... Sierra Leone has seen nearly 11,000 confirmed, probable and suspected Ebola cases during the worst Ebola outbreak in history, the most of any country, according to the World Health Organization. Despite a drop in cases, transmission in Sierra Leone remains widespread, with 76 new cases confirmed in the previous week, WHO said Wednesday.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

US ‘eyeing new air base’ in Iraq amid talk of major offensive on ISIS
RT - Washington is working to install a new air base in Iraq’s Kurdistan to be used in a campaign against Islamic State (ISIS), media report. This comes as the White House’s special envoy on ISIS speaks of a ground operation in Iraq against the militants.

Ron Paul: Ukraine Coup Planned By Nato And EU
Zero Hedge - As Ron Paul recently exclaimed, the war propagandists are very active and are winning over the support of many unsuspecting American citizens. So we thought the followingg 90 seconds of 'pure Paul' would provide a refreshingly different perspective as he explains, "I'm not pro-Russia, I'm not pro-Putin, I'm pro-facts." "The Ukraine coup was planned by NATO and EU... The best thing we can do for Ukraine is get the foreigners out."

VIDEO: Obama amnesty creates loophole for illegal immigrants to vote in elections
Washington Times - President Obama’s temporary deportation amnesty will make it easier for illegal immigrants to improperly register and vote in elections, state elections officials testified to Congress on Thursday, saying that the driver’s licenses and Social Security numbers they will be granted create a major voting loophole.

Ca DMV Expanding to Accommodate Thousands of Illegal Aliens
Breitbart - Since the new California law kicked in on January 2 granting illegal immigrants the right to acquire drivers licenses, the DMV has been overwhelmed, often times leaving customers waiting on line for hours. The Orange County Register, reported that customers are reporting long wait times lasting hours even for those with appointments.

Border Patrol agents advised to release drunk drivers
(CBS5) - A training memo for federal agents who patrol Arizona advises them they are under no obligation to detain an alcohol impaired driver and they face no liability by allowing them to continue driving.... Border Patrol agents are not certified peace officers in Arizona, meaning they do not have the lawful authority to arrest someone suspected of breaking state law.

Repeal Of Common Core Bill Unveiled
The Intelligencer - The West Virginia Senate has taken the first step away from national Common Core education standards with a bill to prohibit its use in state schools.... It would prohibit the use of Common Core standards, remove the state from the Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium and adopt pre-Common Core standards used in Massachusetts. The bill also would restrict the sharing of student data and establishes an Education Standards Development Steering Commission to oversee the move away from Common Core.

Bill to keep officers’ names secret after shootings moves forward
Tucson Sentinel - Despite objections from open-government and civil rights activists, a state Senate committee advanced a bill Wednesday that would allow law enforcement agencies to withhold for 90 days the names of officers involved in deadly force incidents.

BATFE To Ban Common AR-15 Ammo
NRA-ILA - In a move clearly intended by the Obama Administration to suppress the acquisition, ownership and use of AR-15s and other .223 caliber general purpose rifles, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives unexpectedly announced today that it intends to ban commonplace M855 ball ammunition as “armor piercing ammunition.” The decision continues Obama’s use of his executive authority to impose gun control restrictions and bypass Congress.

Bill Would Allow Concealed Weapons Across State Lines
The Hill - Gun owners would be allowed to carry concealed weapons around the country under new legislation introduced in the Senate. The Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act would allow gun owners who have a concealed carry permit in their home state to bring their firearms in any other state with concealed-carry laws.

Economy & Business

Why The Price Of Oil Is More Likely To Fall To 20 Rather Than Rise To 80
Economic Collapse - This is just the beginning of the oil crisis. Over the past couple of weeks, the price of U.S. oil has rallied back above 50 dollars a barrel. In fact, as I write this, it is sitting at $52.93. But this rally will not last. In fact, analysts at the big banks are warning that we could soon see U.S. oil hit the $20 mark.

West Coast Ports Shut Down For Holiday Weekend: Supply Chain Halt Threatens Havoc On Reeling Economy
Zero Hedge - A week ago, when we wrote "Catastrophic Shutdown Of America's Supply Chain Looms" As West Coast Port Worker Talks Break Down", few people noticed... Fast forward to today, when over the past 48 hours there has suddenly been a deluge of sellside reports, rushing to bring attention to this topic, such as the following: West Coast port disruptions likely to cloud outlooks as Q4 earnings approach-Goldman Sachs, Port Slowdowns Intensifying, Risk Heightened Across Retail Space-Credit Suisse, Further West Coast Port Disruption A Possibility - Deutsche Bank, All's not quiet at the Western ports-Bank of America.

Energy & Environment

California Loses Earthquake Crown to Oklahoma
AllGov - The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) crunched data from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and counted 562 Oklahoma earthquakes with a magnitude 3.0 or greater, compared to 180 in California. E&E Publishing looked at the same numbers and counted 564, but who’s quibbling? Oklahoma, a state half the size of California, only had 100 significant quakes the year before, and that was a huge leap from previous years…CIR says scientists lay the blame squarely on the oil and gas industry: “Numerous studies agree that wastewater disposal from hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is a major factor in increasing seismic activity.”

Utility commissioner’s private emails reveal conspiracy
Take Back Your Power - Evidence has now been made public of illegal actions and collusion between former California Public Utilities Commission president Michael Peevey and utility PG&E, as criminal investigations continue. Peevey knew – since 2010 – that “smart” meters can cause physical harm. And he believed PG&E should do something about it, albeit “quietly”. However, instead of regulating the utility to ensure public safety, he deferred his lawful duty to PG&E – the entity causing the harm....
* Related: Smart Meters: What Consumers Can Do To Get Them Removed

Science & Technology

Go to Prison for File Sharing? That's What Hollywood Wants in the Secret TPP Deal
Activist Post - The Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP) poses massive threats to users in a dizzying number of ways. It will force other TPP signatories to accept the United States' excessive copyright terms of a minimum of life of the author plus 70 years, while locking the US to the same lengths so it will be harder to shorten them in the future. It contains DRM anti-circumvention provisions that will make it a crime to tinker with, hack, re-sell, preserve, and otherwise control any number of digital files and devices that you own.

As Early as 2016, Robot Cops Will Be Patrolling Your Streets…….No, Seriously
Free Thought Project - By 2016, there will likely be a 6-foot tall police robot patrolling the streets and handing out parking tickets. The Telebot, developed by Florida International University’s Discovery Lab, has been field-tested and is undergoing final tune up. With a swiveling head and dexterous fingers, the humanoid robot is controlled remotely by a person wearing an Oculus Rift headset and motion-tracking vest, arm bands, and gloves. The voice of the remote operator is transmitted through the robot to the unfortunate citizen on the receiving end.

Contact lens with… inbuilt telescope to increase peripheral vision 3-fold in a wink
RT - A revolutionary new contact lens with a built in telescope could help millions to regain their full sight. Just a wink of one’s eye is enough to zoom in or turn the telescope off, which increases peripheral vision three fold. The new technology is set to help sufferers of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which can result in the loss of vision in the center of the visual field. This makes it difficult to read and recognize faces.

 Farming, Gardening & Homesteading

First Wood Stoves … Now A Fireplace Ban?
Off the Grid News - Wood burning is already banned in parts of Utah on low air quality days. Even EPA-approved stoves would have been prohibited.... Periodic bans on fireplaces are already in effect in places such as Southern California, where the Air County Management District banned all wood burning in Los Angeles, Orange County, Riverside and San Bernardino, on seven days in January. One city has gone even further. All residents of the city of Montreal will be required to remove wood-burning stoves or fireplaces or replace them with gas-burning heaters by 2020, CTV News reported.

USDA Approves GMO Apples Despite Opposition from Apple Industry and Consumers
Food & Water Watch - “Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture approved the Okanagan Specialty Fruits’ genetically engineered Arctic Apples. These apples are engineered to resist browning when sliced. The USDA’s environmental review received 73,000 comments that overwhelmingly opposed the commercialization of Arctic Apples.... The U.S. Apple Association, Washington Apple Commission and other grower groups have voiced their disapproval due to the negative impact GMO apples could have on the apple industry, and in 2013 Gerber and McDonald’s announced that they would not use GMO apples in their products.

7 Incredible, Off-Grid Ways To Reuse Old Tea Bags
Off the Grid News - Like many natural items, you can re-purpose tea bags in a variety of useful ways. Here is a list of ideas you can try in and around your own home.


Top 10 protein-packed plants for survival and a healthy diet
(NaturalNews) The following list contains 10 protein-packed plants for a healthy diet. This list may also come in handy in a survival situation where a person's body may require various protein sources.


Airlines Consider Requiring Proof Of Vaccination For Domestic Air Travel
Examiner - Traveling by air may get even more complicated if a reported plan by major carrier airlines requiring passengers to be vaccinated comes to fruition. After the increasing problem of unvaccinated individuals contracting and spreading communicable diseases, airlines hope to be a stopgap solution to preventing larger outbreaks. An inside source with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) suggests that, “Multiple major carriers have begun discussing requiring vaccination records for all passengers before allowing them to board a flight.”

Merck MMR Vaccine Failed to Protect Thousands from Mumps
AllGov - Pharmaceutical giant Merck is being accused falsifying data so it could sell a vaccine that wasn’t as effective as advertised and didn’t work for thousands of individuals. Merck is being sued by two virologists who say Merck knowingly faked data about the effectiveness of the vaccine and still put it on the market. Two former Merck employees said in 2010 that the company infused a blood sample with animal antibodies to make it look like the vaccine had elicited increased antibody production.

17 medical establishment journals blindly accept blatantly fake study
(NaturalNews) In a humorous experiment that exposes published "science" as a subjective mess of opinions and oftentimes deliberate deceptions, a Harvard University medical doctor has confirmed that almost anything can get published in a medical journal for the right price.

Sugar Beets Make Hemoglobin
Dr. Mercola - Hemoglobin is a protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen throughout your body. While you might assume this is a uniquely human protein, it’s actually found in plants, too, including sugar beets. Researchers from Lund University in Sweden, who note that hemoglobin from blood donations falls far short of demands, hope that this plant hemoglobin, known as leghemoglobin, may one day become a blood substitute capable of saving lives.

Prelude to Mandatory Vaccines? Lawmakers introduce 'vaccines save lives' resolution
The Hill - More than 90 members of Congress from both parties introduced a resolution on Friday affirming that vaccines save lives, amid a measles outbreak that has sparked a national debate.... The resolution pushes back against fears that vaccines could be harmful. It "recognizes that the lack of vaccination can cause a true public health crisis, and that there is no credible evidence to show that vaccines cause life-threatening or disabling diseases in healthy children or adults."

Vaccination Bill Amended
The Intelligencer - Provisions granting religious exemptions to childhood immunizations in West Virginia were stripped Tuesday from legislation before the State Senate's Health and Human Resources Committee as members worked to streamline the process to obtain medical exemptions.... Children who aren't vaccinated for such diseases as chicken pox, hepatitis-b, diphtheria, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus and whooping cough are not permitted to attend school.

Black Seed Oil: Protection In A Toxic World?
Green Med Info - Scientists have implicated environmental chemicals in increasing cancer rates, plummeting fertility, increases in obesity, respiratory illness, depression, autism, attention deficit hyperactivity and fibromyalgia to name but a few. Apart from isolating yourself to an organic commune and existing purely on a raw vegan organic diet, is there anything else you can do to protect your health?

Did You Know How Easy It Is to Make Natural Fruit Roll Ups?
Natural Blaze - The non-trademarked name for store-bought "fruit roll ups" is fruit leather. Store-bought fruit snacks contain artificial dyes, GMO corn syrup, GMO hydrogenated oils, natural flavors (MSG?), monoglycerides and GMO dextrose (aka corn sugar). Not exactly a fun way to enjoy fruit. Who knew it was so easy to make at home? With two ingredients, a couple supplies already in your kitchen, and a 3-hour hands-free wait, the whole family can enjoy this guilt-free dessert.

Pet News

Is Your Pet Sleeping on a Hotbed for Cancer?
Dr. Becker - Bile duct cancer, or biliary carcinoma, is a common type of liver cancer in both cats and dogs, primarily seen in pets over the age of 10. This type of cancer is very aggressive, with metastasis occurring in 80 percent of patients. A suspected cause of biliary carcinoma is environmental exposure to carcinogens, so it’s important to reduce your pet’s exposure to food-borne carcinogens in kibble, fabrics or pet beds treated with flame-retardants, and chemical pesticides/herbicides.

Friday - February 13, 2015 - Today in History:

1741 - "The American Magazine," the first magazine in the U.S., was published in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1880 - Thomas Edison observed what became known as the Edison Effect for the first time.
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.
1971 - South Vietnamese troops invaded Laos. They were backed by U.S. air and artillery support.
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.
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.
2008 - Roger Clemens denied having taken performance-enhancing drugs in testimony before Congress.

World News

First Day After Minsk Agreement: Kiev Forces Resume Shelling of Donbas
Sputnik News - Ukrainian artillery resumed heavy shelling of Donetsk and Luhansk early Friday in the immediate wake of the Minsk peace accords. Ten people, including small children, were killed and scores injured in Ukraine’s war-ravaged Donbas region early Friday as Ukrainian artillery resumed its shelling of areas in and around Donetsk and Luhansk.

Kerry: US may roll back Russia sanctions if Minsk agreements enacted
RT - The US could lift Russia sanctions if the Minsk agreements are fully implemented, US Secretary of State John Kerry said in a statement. The White House praised the Minsk deal on Thursday, saying that it was a "potentially significant step."

Where Will the US “Lethal Weapons” for Ukraine Actually End Up?
Global Research - The real suspense of the Ukrainian crisis centers on the legalization of the US lethal weapons supply to Kiev “to protect it against Russian aggression.” However, it is unclear precisely what sort of weapons would be needed to give Kiev an advantage. In the war against Novorossia, Kiev has been using small arms and armored vehicles, multiple launch rocket systems, artillery, cluster and phosphorus ammunition, tactical missiles and, until recently, aircraft (as of last fall the militia had destroyed almost all of Ukraine’s airworthy military aircraft).

BBC airs Maidan fighter admitting he fired on police before Kiev massacre
RT - Nearly a year after the massacre on Kiev's Maidan left over 50 dead, the BBC has aired footage of an opposition fighter who says he fired at police in the early morning that day, bringing into question the popular narrative that riot police fired first.

al-Baghdadi Taken by ISIS
Epoch Times - The city of al-Baghdadi in Iraq was taken by ISIS militants on Thursday, a few miles from an air base with U.S. Marines, according to Reuters. But a rumor that was being spread on social media sites and several blogs said “300 Marines” were “trapped” at a nearby base, and it said Iraqi officials lost contact with them. Another rumor claimed that Ramadi city, located about 50 miles from al-Baghdadi was also taken, but that hasn’t been confirmed either. Mainstream news outlets have not reported on 300 Marines–or any U.S. soldiers in Iraq–being “trapped” by ISIS, or the Islamic State, which is also known as ISIL.

Netherlands Shutters Embassy in Yemen As Tensions Mount
Sputnik News - Netherlands said Thursday it was temporarily closing its diplomatic mission in the Yemeni capital Sanaa due to political tensions and mounting insecurity in the volatile country, Turkey’s Anadolu news agency reports from Amsterdam. Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders told MPs in a letter Thursday that the embassy staff had already been evacuated.... Netherlands' decision to close its embassy in Sanaa follows similar decisions by the missions of the United States, Britain, France and Italy.

Peak Nothing: Goldman Sachs Advisor Says “Too Much Physical Oil” Could Send Prices Plummetting
Mac Slavo - Goldman Sachs executive Gary Cohn says we could see so much oil, there would be no way to physically store it all, resulting in falling prices, at least in certain locational areas. Further destabilization across the globe could, logically, follow.

Russia’s crisis ‘short-term’ – head of China’s leading rating agency
RT - The economy of Russia is self-sufficient and sanctions won’t kill it, Guan Jianzhong Chairman of Dagong Global Credit told RT. Unlike most Western economies that are suffering from a debt “bubble,” Russia’s problems are caused by “outside hits.”

EU to restart gas talks with Russia, Ukraine
RT - The European Commission (EC) will resume energy talks with Russia and Ukraine in hope of avoiding gas problems during the winter of 2015, EC President Jean-Claude Juncker told journalists.

US Needs Increase Defense Cooperation Between US and Jordan - US Senators
Sputnik News - Four US Representatives introduced a bipartisan bill in the US House of Representatives to increase defense cooperation between the United States and US ally Jordan in the fight against the Islamic State (IS)... The bill would change the Arms Export Control Act by placing Jordan on a list of US allies that Congress may sell military gear quickly to in war situations, the statement read, and would also create a memorandum of understanding to increase military cooperation between the United States and Jordan.

US Senator Introduces Resolution Welcoming Netanyahu’s Congress Address
Sputnik News - US Senate Republican Majority Whip John Cornyn drafted a resolution which welcomes the Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to speak to Congress about Iran’s nuclear program and the security threat jihadist terrorists threat.

Big Sugar’s scandalous sweetheart deal with public health experts exposed
RT - British public health experts issuing guidance on obesity receive hundreds of thousands of pounds from the sugar industry, an investigation has found. Funding from companies including Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Nestlé has flowed into scientific research bodies such as the UK’s Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) and the Medical Research Council (MRC) for over a decade.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

U.S. Drops to 49th in World Press Freedom Rankings, Worst Since Obama Became President
Intercept - Each year, Reporters Without Borders issues a worldwide ranking of nations based on the extent to which they protect or abridge press freedom. The group’s 2015 ranking was released this morning, and the United States is ranked 49th. That is the lowest ranking ever during the Obama presidency, and the second-lowest ranking for the U.S. since the rankings began in 2002 (in 2006, under Bush, the U.S. was ranked 53rd).

Officials in Missouri are SUING THEIR OWN RESIDENTS for Voting Against Red Light Cameras
Blacklisted News - St. Peters, O’Fallon, Lake St. Louis, and a councilman from O’Fallon have filed a lawsuit against their OWN CITIZENS. In November of last year, the citizens of St. Charles County democratically expressed their anger with the use of red light cameras in their town. Seventy-three percent of those who went to the polls approved a measure to ban red light cameras. However, the fat cat bureaucrats, apparently afraid of losing the money generated from the rights-violating red light cameras, don’t like that vote. They are now taking action to punish the citizens for trying to undermine their perceived authority.

New Car, New Home, New Worries for Detroit Super-Commuter
Sputnik News - James Robertson - whose story inspired people to donate over $350,000 and a new Ford Taurus — moved Tuesday to a temporary residence with the help of police.... Robertson confided in a friend that others in his boarding house had threatened him for the money and that a friend in turn contacted the police.... In response to those concerns, the police reached out to a local businessman to ask about temporary accommodations, free of charge, for Robertson. They helped him move quickly to a location he was more comfortable in.

Bill Would Require Schools To Teach Students ‘Appropriate’ Way To Interact With Police
Blacklisted News - A new bill would force schools to teach students how they should interact with police officers. Under the proposed legislation, Bill A4130, part of the Social Studies curriculum for New Jersey schools would include a requirement to learn “instructions” for students to speak to police in the ways the State deemed “appropriate.” The Social Studies Core Curriculum Content Standards would include “the role and responsibilities of a law enforcement official in providing for public safety” and “an individual’s responsibilities to comply with a directive from a law enforcement official.”

Cop Shoots Child For Standing Next To Another Child Holding A Toy Gun
Steve Watson - A police officer in LA shot a 15-year-old kid who was part of a group of kids playing with a toy gun in an ally, the LA Times reports. The child who was shot wasn’t even holding the toy, according to the report, and was just in the vicinity. The police report notes that officers encountered the group and drew their own firearms, ordering the boy to drop the weapon. When he didn’t drop it, one of the officers opened fire, striking the boy closest to him.

Indian Man Visits Family In Alabama, Cops Paralyze Him For Walking Around Neighborhood
Steve Watson - A 57-year-old Indian man visiting his family in Alabama has been left paralyzed after police bodyslammed him to the ground in an exchange that occurred when the man went for a stroll around the block. Sureshbhai Patel, a farmer from a small town in India, was visiting his son, three years a US citizen, to help look after his 17-month-old grandson. When he decided to take a look around the neighborhood, someone called the cops and reported Mr Patel, who has been approved as a permanent resident of the United States, as a ‘suspicious’ person.

Veteran News

Veterans at risk: 6 key elements of suicide-prevention law
RT - US President Barack Obama has signed into law a bill that seeks to improve troop and veteran suicide-prevention programs and create increased awareness around the issue of mental health. Unanimously passed by Congress, the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act, named for a veteran who took his own life in 2011, will seek to improve suicide awareness and prevention programs among US troops and veterans. Here are the key facts and figures about the bill....

Economy & Business

IRS Apologizes for Seizing Hundreds of Small Business Bank Accounts
Sputnik News - The Internal Revenue Service, after much coercion from Congress, issued an apology and announced it’s changing its policies after taking punitive action against otherwise law-abiding business owners who structured bank transactions to avoid federal reporting requirements.

The "Catastrophic Shutdown Of America's Supply Chain" Begins: Stunning Photos Of West Coast Port Congestion
Zero Hedge - One week ago, when previewing what may be the first lockout of the West Coast Ports since 2002, we cited the Retail Industry Leaders Association who, realizing that failure to reach an agreement between the dockworker union and their bosses, the Pacific Maritime Association representing port management would lead to devastating consequences for the US retail industry, had several very damning soundbites...

Science & Technology

Futurist: Smart Meters Will Know What TV Show You’re Watching
Paul Joseph Watson - Global security futurist Marc Goodman warns that smart meters may one day be able to detect what television programs people are watching, another example of how the ‘Internet of Things’ threatens to jeopardize privacy. Goodman, who has previously worked as an advisor to the FBI, the US Secret Service and Interpol, told Singularity Hub’s Jason Dorrier that the widespread implementation of the ‘Internet of Things’ could lead to “catastrophic consequences,” such as cars being remotely hacked and made to crash.

Darpa Is Developing a Search Engine for the Dark Web
Wired - A new search engine being developed by Darpa aims to shine a light on the dark web and uncover patterns and relationships in online data to help law enforcement and others track illegal activity. The project, dubbed Memex, has been in the works for a year and is being developed by 17 different contractor teams who are working with the military’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

 Farming, Gardening & Homesteading

VIDEO: Look What This No-Till Method is Doing for Cash Crop Farmers
Natural Blaze - The mini-documentary below, Under Cover Farmers, follows three mid-scale farmers who stopped tilling their soil and started planting diverse cover crops. The amazing results were immediate. This no-till method reduces or eliminates the need for irrigation, herbicides, and fertilizers for growers of cash crops like corn, soybeans, and cotton. Carefully selected cover crops mulch the cash crop which smothers potential weeds and provides a blanket to keep the the soil beneath nice and moist.


McDonald’s Gives Free Vaccines With Happy Meals In Texas
Anthony Gucciardi - Would you like a side of hepatitis A shot with your Happy Meal? As it turns out, your child may just be able to receive a number of significant vaccinations at your local McDonald’s on behalf of the Department of Public Health.

How three naturopathic doctors cured cancer
(NaturalNews) First do no harm... Somehow this, the most basic promise from physician to patient becomes lost and twisted in the fight to cure cancer. Due to what is called medical consensus, doctors are limited in their approach to fighting this deadly disease.

Striking similarities between vaccines and GMOs: both are untested and destroy life
(NaturalNews) The similarities between these two agents of destruction are striking, yet the general public has been manipulated into believing that both were created for our good. How did this come to be? It all seems to stem from the widely held misbelief that man is smarter than nature -- that nature is somehow broken and in need of fixing through alterations and reengineering.

Forbes writer accuses Consumer Reports of being "radical" for revealing GMO ingredients
(NaturalNews) A recent issue of Consumer Reports (CR) discussing the popularity of processed milk alternatives, and whether or not people should drink them, has drawn the infamous pro-GMO serpent Jon Entine from the depths. The Monsanto-affiliated shill writer for Forbes spewed a real mouthful in a recent rant, lamenting CR's decision to warn its readers about the possible presence of genetically modified (GM) soybean derivatives in commercial soy milk products.

Foods to avoid for living gluten free
(NaturalNews) Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease in which the body reacts to the protein found in gluten in a unique way. With most food allergies, people experience a reaction immediately or within minutes of consuming the offending substance. For those with celiac disease, a reaction occurs up to 72 hours later and could be extreme or largely go unnoticed, which can confuse and delay an accurate diagnosis.

Study shows regular exercise can grow vital regions of your brain
(NaturalNews) The importance of a nutrient-rich diet in maintaining mental health has been well documented. What may be understated is the value of physical exercise for preserving and even improving brain function. As we age, the brain slowly loses elasticity and as a result memory loss occurs and the risk for dementia increases.

Big Pharma Hustle: Chronic fatigue has finally been classified as a disease in the US, and it has a new name
Science Alert - After years of tiptoeing around the illness, chronic fatigue syndrome is now officially a disease with a brand new name - and doctors no longer have a reason not to take it seriously. A panel of medical experts in the US has officially classified chronic fatigue syndrome as a disease that needs to be dealt with seriously. And they’ve also renamed it to mark the upgrade - it's now called ‘systemic exertion intolerance disease’, or SEID for short.

Why Pharma Payments to Doctors Were So Hard to Parse
Pro Publica - You'd think drug and medical device makers would know how to spell the names of their own products. But when companies submitted data to the federal governmentlast year on their payments to doctors, some got the product names wrong. Forest Laboratories misspelled its depression drug, Fetzima, as "Fetziima" 953 times — in more than one-third of all the reports on the drug.

Children Taken Away from Christian Parents to Receive Forced Vaccinations
Health Impact News - In 1991, Philadelphia had a measles outbreak that reportedly infected 1400 people. Nine children reportedly died during this time, and seven of them reportedly were from two “fundamentalist Christian churches” where most members did not vaccinate their children. So during the media frenzy surrounding the measles and the MMR combo vaccine that includes measles, much like we are seeing today over the Disney outbreak in California, public health officials stepped in and convinced a court to allow them to take the children from their parents and force them to be vaccinated...

Pennsylvania Researchers Discover Glyphosate Herbicide in Honey and Soy Sauce
Sustainable Pulse - Researchers from Abraxis LLC and Boston University have further confirmed that the world’s most used herbicide – glyphosate – is widespread in food products around the globe. The researchers tested honey, pancake and corn syrup, soy sauce, soy milk and tofu purchased in the Philadelphia, US metropolitan area.

Pain-Relieving Golden Milk Recipe – The Drink That Will Change Your Life
Natural News Blogs - Golden milk, an age-old Ayurvedic recipe, combines the power of turmeric and black pepper to make one of the strongest healing drinks on our planet. It works as a natural painkiller (great for joint-related issues), detoxifies the body, aids digestion, promotes healthy skin, boosts immune system, and fights cancer.

5 Most Common Mistakes When Using Garlic as an Antibiotic
Natural News Blogs - Garlic can certainly elicit few tears from your eyes, leave an unpleasant taste and smell in your mouth, but this plant can surely supply your body with many important nutrients too. However, it is important to understand how to use garlic properly because you might miss the positive effects of its consumption.

5 Reasons Why Microwave Oven Cooking Is Harming Your Health
Natural News Blogs - Because microwave ovens are so convenient and energy efficient, as compared to conventional ovens, very few homes or restaurants are without them. In general, people believe that whatever a microwave oven does to foods cooked in it doesn’t have any negative effect on either the food or them. Of course, if microwave ovens were really harmful, our government would never allow them on the market, would they?

Pet News

The Chinese government issued a statement that US consumers are “misguided by groundless suspicions” about jerky treats
Susan Thixton - A public statement from “the Pet Food Articles Inspection and Quarantine Branch of China Entry and Exit Inspection and Quarantine Association” complained that US pet store chains removed the Chinese sourced jerky treats from store shelves. They stated: “there is no direct evidence of a correlation between the pet snacks manufactured in China and the disease and death of pets in USA”.

Reasons to ONLY Purchase your Pet Food from an Independent Pet Food Store
Susan Thixton - In most (not all) Independent Pet Food Stores – 100% of the pet foods sold are made with human edible ingredients (food ingredients not feed ingredients). Many will not carry a feed grade ingredient pet food – if they wouldn’t feed it to their own pet, they won’t sell it to you. At the risk of losing customers – many Independent Pet Food Stores will not carry one pet food that contains any ingredient sourced from China. I know several store owners that are completely China free – food, treats, toys, beds.

This Common Condition Can Shave 2 1/2 Years Off Your Pet's Life - Yet Many Are Completely Oblivious
Dr. Becker - The majority of US dogs (52.6%) are overweight or obese, and now doggy sports clubs are popping up around the nation hoping to help solve this dangerous (and lucrative) problem. If you have an overweight or obese cat (like 57.6% of US kitties are), she’s not excluded.

Thursday - February 12, 2015 - Today in History:

1733 - Savannah, GA, was founded by English colonist James Oglethorpe.
1870 - In the Utah Territory, women gained the right to vote.
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.
1915 - The cornerstone of the Lincoln Memorial was laid in Washington, DC.
1918 - All theatres in New York City were shut down in an effort to conserve coal.
1924 - U.S. President Calvin Coolidge made the first presidential political speech on radio.
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.
2003 - The U.N. nuclear agency declared North Korea in violation of international treaties. The complaint was sent to the Security Council.
2013 - North Korea conducted its third underground nuclear test.

World News

Putin: Parties agreed on ceasefire starting February 15
RT - An agreement has been reached in Minsk to stop hostilities in Ukraine from Sunday, Russian President Vladimir Putin told the media. “I believe we agreed on a big deal. We agreed to a ceasefire starting at 00:00 on February 15,” he announced. The announcement comes after a marathon negotiation in the Belarusian capital between the leaders of Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany.

Heavy Artillery Withdrawal in Donbas Should Be Completed Within Two Weeks
Sputnik News - According to the Minsk deal, all foreign armed groups, military equipment and mercenaries should leave Ukraine under the OSCE control. Moreover, the document calls for disarming all illegal groups in Ukraine. Heavy artillery withdrawal in Donbas is set to start soon and will be completed within 14 days, the Minsk document reads.

IMF, Kiev Agree on New $17.5Bln Rescue Plan for Ukraine – Lagarde
Sputnik News - The program, which is a part of a $40-billion package for Ukraine, still has to be approved by the IMF board, IMF managing director Christine Lagarde said. If approved, it would be Ukraine’s fourth IMF bailout in 10 years.

Greek bailout talks fail to make progress – as it happened
The Guardian - The new Greek government’s confrontation with its Eurozone creditors over its campaign to relieve its staggering debt burden while also relaxing the terms of five years of austerity resulted in stalemate late on Wednesday. The first proper negotiations between Greece and eurozone finance ministers failed to make any progress or result in a joint statement. While no immediate agreement had been expected, the emergency meeting had been tipped to produce a framework for talks to be finessed over the next few days before a further meeting next Monday.

Greek Prime Minister Tsipras Invited to Visit China
Sputnik News - The news comes a day after a minister of the Greek new government said the country may turn to China if the European Union refuses to cooperate with the country to overhaul the bailout commitments. Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras was invited to visit Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang, media reported Wednesday.

US military to train Kiev troops fighting in E. Ukraine – US Army commander
RT - The US military will train Kiev troops fighting against militias in southeast Ukraine, Ben Hodges, US Army Europe commander, said hours before the start of “Normandy Four” talks dubbed a “last chance” for the peaceful resolution of the conflict. The training, which is scheduled to kick off in March, will see a battalion of American troops training three battalions of Ukrainians, he said.

Yemen rebels seize US weapons, vehicles after embassy staff leave – reports
RT - Houthi rebels have reportedly seized all the US embassy’s vehicles in Sanaa and the weapons of the Marines, who were guarding it, after the American ambassador and diplomats left Yemen’s capital earlier Wednesday. Over 20 vehicles were taken by the militants after the Americans left for the airport... A top Sanaa airport official told CNN that the Houthis also prevented the departing US Marines from taking their weapons on the plane with them. Some of the weapons were seized by the rebels, while the rest was handed over to random airport employees by US troops, he added.

Canadians Sued The Bank Of Canada & Won. Mainstream Media & Government Blacks Out Story
Collective Evolution - Recently, constitutional lawyer Rocco Galati won yet another round of appeals set forth by the Bank of Canada in a case involving two Canadians who filed an action in federal court to restore The Bank of Canada to its original purpose and operations. This is a very significant story but you probably haven’t heard of it. Why? The mainstream media and government have blacked out the story for reasons that appear to stem from fear of how the public will react to realizing they’ve been systematically enslaved for decades.
* Related Video: Bank Of Canada Lawsuit Press Conference

Ebola news

US Withdrawing Most Troops Fighting Ebola in West Africa
(AP) - The United States is preparing to withdraw nearly all of its troops fighting the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the White House said Tuesday, as the global health crisis recedes amid a sharp decline in Ebola cases. Of the 2,800 troops the U.S. deployed, just 100 will remain in West Africa after April 30, officials said. About 1,500 of those troops have already returned home. Those staying in West Africa will work with Liberia's military, regional partners and U.S. civilians to continue fighting Ebola.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Obama's Force Authorization is a Blank Check for War Worldwide
Ron Paul - The president is requesting Congress to pass an authorization for the use of military force (AUMF) resolution against ISIS. Congress has not issued a similar resolution since 2002, when President Bush was given the authority to wage war against Iraq. The purpose of this resolution is to give official authority to the president to do the things that he has already been doing for the past six years. Seems strange but this is typical for Washington. President Obama’s claim is that he does not need this authority.

Texas bill grants officials greater authority to enforce quarantines
Statesman - State officials would have greater authority to control disease outbreaks, including isolating Texans at risk of spreading Ebola or other infectious diseases, under proposed legislation that has drawn bipartisan support. The bill, unveiled at news conference Wednesday, closely tracks recommendations from the Texas Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response created in October when the nation’s first Ebola case was diagnosed in Dallas.

School Principal Calls FBI After 8th Grader Throws ‘Made In China’ Flag Out Of Window
Steve Watson - A school principal in New Mexico is attempting to contact the government and have federal charges brought against a 14-year-old student who threw a small American flag on a stick out of a window. Robert Archuleta wants the boy expelled, and presumably arrested, following the incident during which four students were misbehaving, also throwing other items such as workbooks out of the classroom window into snow.

Obama May Attack ISIS In Any Country He Chooses, Deploy Ground Troops On A Whim, Delay Afghanistan Pull Out
Zero Hedge - The Nobel peace prize-winning president has been busy today: not only did he already petition Congress earlier to declare war on the Islamic State, a non-country which technically doesn't exist, but now he plans to expands his "war powers" to any other place in the world.... And not only that: also according to Reuters, Obama is considering a request from Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to slow the pace of the withdrawal of U.S. troops in Afghanistan, a senior administration official said on Wednesday.

When would an anti-war activist back arms sales? When he’s Secretary of State
RINF - Secretary of State John Kerry has to be the worst anti-war activist in recorded history. Is there a military action - save one - that he hasn’t supported since he came to national prominence as an anti-war activist in the early 1970s? In the the past decade and a half alone, he’s voted for the war in Iraq , strongly defended drone strikes , was the chief advocate for the bombing of Syria in 2013, and was by far the most hyperbolic cabinet member calling for a years-long, multi-country war against ISIS.

Report: Military Implanting Microchips in Guantanamo Bay Detainees Prior to Release
Kit Daniels - The government is implanting trackable microchips into Guantanamo Bay detainees prior to their release using nano technology first tested on U.S. troops, according to a Marine and other high-level sources. In 2010, Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah asked the Obama administration to implant the microchips into the detainees to track their movements upon release, according to WikiLeaks, and now it appears the Pentagon agreed to the request.

Filmmaker Was Documenting Abuses in CPS and Children Murdered under State Custody Before He Died
Health Impact News - In 2009, Bill Bowen released a trailer for a documentary film he was producing exposing the corruption within Child Protection Services across the United States. The film is called Innocence Destroyed.

Sen. Sessions Slams Obama Admin. Program To Transport Children Of Amnestied Illegals To U.S.
Breitbart - Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) expressed outrage Tuesday at the recent Obama administration refugee program that allows certain illegal immigrants granted amnesty to bring their children living abroad to the United States.

Federal Judge Awards Illegal Alien Nearly $500K After Being Shot by Border Patrol Agent
Breitbart - U.S. District Court Judge James Soto awarded an illegal alien nearly $500,000 after he was shot in the back by a Border Patrol Agent. The now imprisoned Border Patrol agent claimed the immigrant threatened him with a rock. The judge ruled against the government and ruled in favor of the illegal alien.

L.A. Schools to Provide ‘Free’ Lawyers for Illegal Alien Kids
Breitbart - The Board of Education for the Los Angeles Unifies School District (LAUSD) has a new plan to help illegal alien students facing removal from the country: have the district’s lawyers volunteer time to help the students fight deportation.

Texas Border School Paying Ex-Felon Lawyer $300,000 per Year – Plus More
Breitbart - The president of the Donna Independent School District (ISD), Albert Sandoval, hired a convicted felon to be general counsel for the district and agreed to pay him $300,000 per year in retainer fees plus $225 per hour for legal services. The negotiating of the contract with Robert J. Salinas, and his hiring was done without input from the school board.

Minnesota police chief warns against regulating license plate readers, because ISIS
PrivacySOS - A Minnesota police chief has not-so-subtly warned state legislators that stopping police from warrantlessly tracking the movements of every motorist could play into ISIS' hands. At a hearing on proposed state legislation that would limit the amount of time police can keep license plate tracking data on people suspected of no crime, Bloomington (population 86,000) police chief Jeff Potts told lawmakers,

Shock Video: Police Execute Man With His Hands Up
Paul Joseph Watson - The confrontation occurred last night at a busy intersection in Pasco, Washington after officers responded to reports of a disturbance at a nearby grocery store. The man reportedly threw a rock at a passing vehicle. After a taser round failed to apprehend the individual, he fled across the street. Footage shows the man running away with his hands up. As he turns around to face the officers he is shot numerous times.

Economy & Business

CNBC Anchors Stunned: ‘There is No Economic Recovery' (Video)
Paul Joseph Watson - Investor Steve Ricchiuto stunned CNBC hosts when he launched into a breathless rant about how there is no real economic recovery and that the Federal Reserve’s forecasts are pie in the sky. Ricchiuto, Managing Director of Mizuho Securities USA, left anchors Simon Hobbs and Sara Eisen scrambling for words as he reeled off a barrage of factors as to why there is no acceleration in economic activity.

US Charges Iowa Widow Over How She Deposited Husband’s Cash
Des Moines Register - An Iowa widow is charged with a crime and had nearly $19,000 seized from her bank after depositing her late husband’s legally earned money in a way that evaded federal reporting requirements. Janet Malone, 68, of Dubuque is facing civil and criminal proceedings under a law intended to help investigators track large sums of cash tied to criminal activity such as drug trafficking and terrorism.

Bank of America reportedly helped clients avoid taxes
CNBC News - Bank of America used its government-backed U.S. banking unit for years to finance controversial trades that helped clients avoid taxes, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing internal documents and people familiar with the matter.

Record number of Americans give up citizenship
CNBC News - According to the latest data from the Treasury Department , spotted by Andrew Mitchel at the International Tax Blog, a record 3,415 Americans renounced their citizenship in 2014. That was up from the 2,999 in 2013 and more than triple the number for 2012. While some may see taxes as the main reason to flee, that's only part of the story. The big policy change that's causing people to give up their American citizenship is FATCA, the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act.

Science & Technology

Federal Election Commission to Consider Regulating Online Political Speech
CNS News February 11, 2015 - The Federal Election Commission (FEC) is holding a hearing today to receive public feedback on whether it should create new rules regulating political speech, including political speech on the Internet that one commissioner warned could affect blogs, YouTube videos and even websites like the Drudge Report.

Feds: Private Eyes Hacked Computers for Clients’ Lawsuits Against Rivals
Sputnik News - A pair of private investigators hired hackers to infiltrate private computers to help clients who were involved in lawsuits against rival companies, alleges an indictment returned by a federal grand jury in California. In an indictment revealed Wednesday, federal prosecutors accused five defendants of orchestrating a plot to illegally forage in private computers, hacking into e-mail and Skype accounts on behalf of their clients, the San Jose Mercury News reported.

Government wonders: What’s in your old emails?
McClatchy - Little known to most Americans, ambiguous language in a communications law passed in 1986 extends Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable search and seizure only to electronic communications sent or received fewer than 180 days ago. The language, known as the “180-day rule,” allows government officials to treat any emails, text messages or documents stored on remote servers – popularly known as the cloud – as “abandoned” and therefore accessible using administrative subpoena power, a tactic that critics say circumvents due process.

Stopping a Smart TV From Eavesdropping On You Could Be a Felony
Slate - [...] high-level users who want to take their smart TVs apart to see how they work or to attempt to disable or modify the underlying software—for example, to disable the eavesdropping software, or make modifications to make captions easier to read for the visually impaired—could face felony charges under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.


Aluminum, Fluoride, and Glyphosate—A Toxic Trifecta Implicated in Autism and Alzheimer's Disease
Dr. Mercola - In fact, it's found in dozens of foods and products you use every day including baking powder, coffee creamers, baked goods, and processed foods. Odds are you are consuming 7-9 mg a day in your food alone. Here's how to avoid this deadly, mind-altering toxin.

Make this natural antibiotic formula at home to treat any infection
(NaturalNews) Most Natural News readers know that there is rising resistance to pharmaceutical antibiotics. Fewer know of the inherent dangers of pharmaceutical antibiotics that are rarely publicized by mainstream media (MSM). What's even less known are safe and effective alternatives, especially the home-made variety.

Three proven ways to lose that stubborn belly fat
(NaturalNews) Everyone knows that being overweight can increase our risk of serious health problems. However, most people don't realize that not all fat distribution is equal. Accumulating fat under our arms and thighs, for instance, is more of a cosmetic concern than a cause for significant medical alarm.

Federal Bill Announced to Eliminate All Vaccine Exemptions for Head Start
Natural Blaze - The legislators’ bill entitled A Head Start on Vaccinations Act would require all children enrolled in Head Start to get all of the vaccinations recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) according to the CDC’s timetable. There would be no exemptions for religious or personnel beliefs.

New “21st Century Cures” Bill Gives More Power to Pharmaceutical Industry
Health Impact News - The “21st Century Cures Act” is close to 400 pages long. If enacted, it would dramatically alter the ways pharmaceutical and medical device products are regulated in the US.... Although its stated purpose is to modernize medicine, it is mostly focused on streamlining the drug approval process and extending market exclusivity (and therefore profits) for drugs. In other words, it basically throws more money at an old system, while expecting things to change.

Wednesday - February 11, 2015 - Today in History:

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.
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.
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.
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.
1984 - The tenth Space Shuttle mission returned to Earth safely.
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.
2012 - Singer Whitney Houston was found dead in a hotel room in Beverly Hills, Calif., at age 48. (Her death was later ruled an accidental drowning, with heart disease and cocaine use as contributing factors.)

World News

‘Last chance’ Ukraine peace talks to start in Minsk
RT - Leaders of Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany are expected to gather in Minsk, Belarus, for what is widely viewed as a last attempt to stop the violence in Eastern Ukraine.... "There are a number of problems which remain to be resolved ... but it is very likely to go ahead," French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told France Inter radio. He added that "it is really a last chance negotiation." Later it was confirmed by the office of French President Francois Hollande that both he and German Chancellor Angela Merkel were going to Minsk for the talks. The Kremlin officially confirmed that President Vladimir Putin will participate in the meeting.

Kiev Ready to Implement Martial Law if Conflict Escalates - Poroshenko
Sputnik News - “The government, the Verkhovna Rada (parliament), and I are ready to move on to making a decision of implementing martial law throughout the entire territory of Ukraine. I will not doubt the decision if the aggressor’s irresponsible activities lead to the further escalation of the conflict,” Poroshenko said during a government meeting. “Unfortunately, we need to be ready for two variants: either peace or defending the country,” Poroshenko added.

Pentagon deploys A-10 attack jets, 300 pilots to Germany amid Ukraine turmoil
RT -The US Air Force dispatched a dozen A-10 Thunderbolt II attack jets and about 300 airmen to Germany as part of a military exercise, which is expected to involve NATO allies in Eastern Europe amid simmering tensions over Ukraine. The Cold War-era aircraft, nicknamed the Warthog, on Monday departed Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona for Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve.

Russia Warns U.S. Arming Ukraine Will Be Considered an Act of War
Kurt Nimmo - “If the U.S., following a request from the Ukrainian government, starts supplying weapons to Kiev, it will violate a number of international documents,” said Vitaly Churkin, Russia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations. “The U.S. has repeatedly chosen a graded approach to rules of international law.” Churkin says the Russian response depends on the result of the Minsk summit on Wednesday.

US House Proposes $1Bln in Lethal Aid, Military Assistance to Ukraine
Sputnik News - US House of Representatives introduced new legislation authorizing military and lethal aid to Ukraine through 2017, according to US Congress announcement. “The Secretary of Defense is authorized, in coordination with the Secretary of State, to provide assistance, including training equipment, lethal weapons of a defensive nature, logistics support, supplies and services, and sustainment to the military and national security forces of Ukraine, through September 30, 2017," Tuesday’s legislation read.
* Related: US Equipment to Ukraine to Remain Under Ukrainian Control – US Senator

Egypt to join Russia-led Eurasian free trade zone
RT - Egypt has established a free trade zone with the Russian-led Eurasian Economic Union, which includes Russia, Armenia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan, president Sisi of Egypt announced at a joint news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin.... There was more than $4.5 billion of trade between Russia and Egypt in 2014, a more than 80 percent increase on the year before, said President Putin. Now it will be easier for Egyptian products to reach the markets of Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Armenia, and vice-versa.

Russia to help Egypt build ‘a whole new nuclear power industry’ – Putin
RT - Russia will contribute to building “a whole new nuclear power industry” in Egypt, President Vladimir Putin has announced as the two countries have signed a number of agreements after a meeting in Cairo.... Russia would contribute not only to the construction of a nuclear power plant, but also staff and scientific research, President Putin said.

Tomorrow Greece Decides: Europe... Or Russia
Zero Hedge - "Greece's Foreign Minister Nikolaos Kotzias is to visit Moscow on Wednesday to hold talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, Russia's Interfax and TASS news agencies reported on Monday citing a source in the Russian Foreign Ministry." In other words, at precisely the same time as the FinMin is in Brussels discussing the fate, or lack thereof, of Greece in the Eurozone, the new Greek foreign miniser will be in the Kremlin, getting instant updates from Brussels and perhaps discussing the fate of Greece in the Eurasian Economic Union. Or put in the simplest of terms, tomorrow Greece will decide: Europe, or Russia.

US to close embassy in Yemen after Houthi rebels seize control of Sana'a
The Guardian - The United States is closing its embassy in Yemen, amid deteriorating security conditions after a rebel group seized control of the capital, embassy employees and a US official in Washington said on Tuesday.... The ambassador had informed them that Washington may ask the Turkish or Algerian embassies in Sana’a to look after US interests in the country while the embassy was closed.

US prosecutors weigh criminal charges against HSBC as Elizabeth Warren turns up the heat
The Guardian - The US Department of Justice is considering bringing criminal charges against HSBC and its executives as part of its investigation into whether the bank’s Swiss subsidiary helped US clients evade taxes. Democratic senator Elizabeth Warren called on prosecutors to “come down hard” on HSBC if the bank is found to have colluded with tax evaders on Tuesday.
* Related: Clinton foundation received up to $81m from clients of controversial HSBC bank

China’s Solution To “Tyrannical” Billionaires Who Harm The Economy: Execution
Zero Hedge - In some countries, the ‘solution’ the state chooses for its ignominous billionaire class of inequality-garnering, economy-wrecking individuals is to either a) turn one’s back for a brief enough moment as to allow the tyrant to leave the country in search of a golden beach upon which to lament how great a trade being long European bonds would have been’ or b) enhance their wealth further on a quid pro quo basis. In China, the ‘treatment’ for corrupt billionaires who love casinos, cigars, and luxury cars is much simpler… execution.

Cs-134/137 density jumped up 17 × in groundwater of Reactor 3 seaside / Potential leakage from underground wall
Fukushima Diary - The rapid increase in Cs-134/137 density strongly suggests the possibility that contaminated water overflowed the underground wall. However Tepco hasn’t even mentioned the wall in their announcement. Also on their daily report, Tepco hasn’t updated this highest level of the density either.

Inspectors Find 4,000 Errors at Japanese Nuclear Plant Near Fukushima
Sputnik News - Inspectors at a nuclear power plant not far from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi plant in Japan have found more than 4,000 violations in the inspection records for one of their reactors. The improper entries included monitoring equipment that didn’t exist and writing down incorrect serial numbers on some equipment.

Ghanaian Government Sued over “Illegal” GM Crops Policy
Sustainable Pulse - Food Sovereignty Ghana (FSG) has filed a writ of summons against the Ghanaian National Biosafety Committee (NBC) and the Ghanaian Ministry of Food and Agriculture MoFA, with an application for an interim injunction to restrain the recalcitrant defendants from any release and commercialization of genetically modified cowpeas and rice until the provisions of the Biosafety Act are expressly and fully obeyed.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Obama: 'We have to twist arms when countries don't do what we need them to'
RT - President Barack Obama has said the reality of “American leadership” at times entails “twisting the arms” of states which “don’t do what we need them to do,” and that the US relied on its military strength and other leverage to achieve its goals.

White House asking authorization for military to fight IS
(AP) - The White House circulated a proposal Tuesday to authorize the Pentagon to fight Islamic State terrorists without an "enduring offensive combat" role, an ambiguous phrase designed to satisfy lawmakers with widely varying views on the need for U.S. ground operations. Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J, describing the proposal to reporters, said President Barack Obama would seek an authorization for the use of force that would expire after three years. It would end the approval for operations in Iraq that Congress passed in 2002.

Farcical 9/11 “Trial” Halted Again As It Is Revealed Translator Is A CIA Torture Agent
Steve Watson - The trial of five detainees accused of aiding the 9/11 plot has been delayed once again after two of them claimed that a translator they had been appointed as part of their defense team was a CIA agent who worked at a secret torture prison.... “My client relayed to me this morning that there is somebody in this courtroom who was participating in his illegal torture,” attorney Cheryl Bormann told Army Col. James L. Pohl, who is overseeing the trial at Guantanamo Bay. Bormann further told the court that the presence of the alleged CIA agent was either “the biggest coincidence ever” or “part of the pattern of the infiltration of defense teams” by the US Government.

Virginia House Votes 96-4 to Take Second Step Against NDAA Indefinite Detention
The 10th Amendment Center - Today, the Virginia House of Delegates passed a bill to push back against federal indefinite detention powers. The vote was 96-4.... For 2015, House Bill 2144 (HB2144), sponsored by Del. Benjamin L. Cline (R-Rockbridge), takes things two steps beyond simply refusing to cooperate with federal agents in the event of indefinite detention in Virginia. It sets the stage to create the type of leverage and attention D.C. would not want public if it refuses to cooperate with the state of Virginia. This legislation would require two things from the feds if it wants to detains, pursuant to NDAA, any U.S. citizen in the state of Virginia....

Economy & Business

Guess What Happened The Last Time The U.S. Dollar Skyrocketed In Value Like This?…
Economic Collapse - Over the past decade, there has been only one other time when the value of the U.S. dollar has increased by so much in such a short period of time. That was in mid-2008 – just before the greatest financial crash since the Great Depression.

Two Immigrants For Every New Job Since 2000
Daily Caller - The United States has accepted two new immigrants for each additional job created since 2000, according to federal data. The data shows that 18 million legal and illegal immigrants settled in the United States from 2000 to 2015, while only 9.3 million additional jobs were created, according to the Center for Immigration Studies, which favors a reduced level of immigration.

Halliburton to cut thousands of jobs locally, globally
Houston Business Journal - Houston-based Halliburton Co. (NYSE: HAL) confirmed it will cut anywhere from 5,000 to nearly 6,500 jobs companywide because of slumping oil prices and the resulting decline in oil and gas exploration and production.

Why Bank Of America Is Stumped: Despite "Lower Gas Prices" US Consumer Spending Has Plunged
Zero Hedge - "According to the University of Michigan survey, consumers have not been this upbeat since January 2004, when the economy was booming. The natural outcome should be for consumers to splurge, hitting the malls and going out to restaurants. But much to our surprise, the data suggest otherwise." - BofA... This is how Bank of America explains its total confusion why the US consumer so desperately refuses to follow the "recovery" script....

Second apparent murder-suicide hits JPMorgan
CNBC News - Another New York-area JPMorgan Chase employee is dead in an apparent murder-suicide, but experts cautioned against calling it a trend. The bodies of Michael and Iran Pars Tabacchi—newlywed parents of a young boy—were discovered Friday in Closter, New Jersey. Iran, the wife, was stabbed once and strangled. The husband, Michael, died of a self-inflicted knife wound, according to Bergen County prosecutor John Molinelli.

Science & Technology

Senator: Car hacks that control steering or steal driver data way too easy
Ars Technica - Recently manufactured cars expose drivers to hacking attacks that could cause collisions and steal sensitive personal information, according to a report released Monday by a US Senator. The majority of model-year 2014 cars offer network-connected features that provide driving directions, messaging, hands-free phone calls, safety monitoring, and entertainment. But a lack of security defenses makes it possible for those features to be remotely hijacked, potentially giving attackers the ability to control critical functions such as steering and braking, the 12-page report warned.

Will Google’s New Robot Be Used to Hunt “Non-Cooperative” Humans?
Paul Joseph Watson - A new robot designed for the US Army by Google fits the criteria of a 2008 Pentagon request for the development of a system which could detect and track “non-cooperative” humans in “pursuit/evasion scenarios”.... The New Scientist’s Paul Marks responded to the story by asking, “How long before we see packs of droids hunting down pesky demonstrators with paralysing weapons? Or could the packs even be lethally armed?” Steve Wright, an expert on police and military technologies from Leeds Metropolitan University, also warned that such robots would eventually be armed. “The giveaway here is the phrase ‘a non-cooperative human subject’.”


Choosing The Right Solid Fuel Stove
Daily Sheeple - If you go for a multi-fuel never burn wood and coal at the same time. Even kiln dried wood has some moisture in it. It releases that moisture when it burns. Coal releases sulphur. Add the two together and you get sulphuric acid.


90% Of Big Pharma Spent More On Marketing Than Research In 2013 Alone
Anthony Gucciardi - Surely Big Pharma corporations are spending their cash on research ‘for the cure’ and finding ways to implement life-saving ingredients into their next formula, right? As it turns out, 9 out of 10 Big Pharma companies actually spent more on their sales and marketing than their research and development. In the infographic below, checkout the 2013 spending habits of the top 10 Big Pharma corporations...

Read food labels before eating food? What about vaccine ingredients?
(NaturalNews) If you are one of those people who reads most labels on food products before you purchase and eat them, then you are scanning for additives and ingredients that either you are allergic to, are genetically modified, are processed, are dead...

How turmeric kills cancer and how to optimize curcumin absorption
(NaturalNews) Curcuminoids are the beneficial compounds within turmeric. Specifically, curcumin, one of these specific compounds, is considered to be the most potent, medicinally powerful, cancer-killing component of turmeric.... The only problem with curcumin is that our liver, in an effort to prevent excessive drugs and supplements and such, inhibits most of the absorption of curcumin (a process called glucuronidation), which makes the compound much less effective than it could be. But there are ways to increase the body's ability to absorb curcumin.

Improve your sleep with these 5 easy tips
(NaturalNews) Studies at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Miami Beach, Florida, and Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida, used brain wave analysis to determine the five stages of sleep and their relative importance. The five stages cycle through every one to two hours, not over the eight or so hours one sleeps as commonly understood. Two of them are vital for recharging the immune system, and one is vital for unwinding unwanted emotions.

Toxic Home Syndrome causes heart disease, cancer - how polluted is your home?
(NaturalNews) Many people may enjoy a well-balanced diet and engage in physical activity to stay in shape, but the truth is, that might not be enough to remain healthy. It turns out that simply going about routine activities in the household may jeopardize health; something called Toxic Home Syndrome is to blame.

6 Reasons I Won't Give My Kids The Nasal Flu Vaccine
Green Med Info - Two of my daughters arrived home from primary school last week with public health packages in their bags. It's that time of year again, when nurses are out in force like army recruitment officers, waging a war on deadly germs and rounding up volunteers for vaccines.

Obesity Linked to Poor Sleep
Green Med Info - Are you sleeping poorly? Overweight too? Guess what: They are linked. Research confirms that poor sleep habits increase obesity incidence.... One might wonder why I am saying "poor sleep" rather than simply "less sleep." The reason is because other research has shown that long sleep duration is also associated with obesity.

5 Indigestible Gum Ingredients Used in Processed Foods
Natural Society - It can seem laughable in today’s world when a food manufacturer advertises his product as ‘Real Food.’ The truth is that more and more of the grocery items we used to take for granted as being real food are no longer so real. One of the latest of many examples of this is the substitution of indigestible gums for the healthy fats people have counted on for eons.

Antibacterial Soap Is So Dangerous, This U.S. State Just Banned It
Natural Blaze - The governor of Minnesota has declared that any products sold in the state must be free of the chemical known as triclosan. Governor Mark Dayton signed a measure banning the antibacterial chemical triclosan from products that are sold in the state. Triclosan is found in tons of personal care products, from body wash to dish soap to toothpaste to acne medication. There are 2,000 products that contain triclosan, and more are on the way.

Home detox - homemade all natural house cleaners
(NaturalNews) So, you've decided to get healthy. You're going all the way. You've cleaned up your diet. You're exercising regularly. What's left to do? You need to detox. But first, take a good hard look at the chemicals you use on a daily basis and get rid of them. Dump the toxic shampoo, conditioner, shaving cream, after shave or perfume, soap, lotion, make-up - whatever it is you put on your body and pretend your skin doesn't soak right up like a sponge. Come on; face it. Whatever we put on our skin is drawn right into our bloodstream.

Toxic chemicals found in Victoria’s Secret underwear may damage fertility
(NaturalHealth365) Victoria’s Secret, one of the most-recognized names in women’s lingerie, has been marketing panties and bras made of fabric containing dangerous chemicals. It wasn’t until pressured in a high-profile campaign by advocacy group Greenpeace that the fashion giant vowed to change its ways. Meanwhile, lingerie containing traces of deadly and harmful chemicals continue to be purchased and worn by unsuspecting women.

Tuesday - February 10, 2015 - Today in History:

1897 - "The New York Times "began printing" All the news that's fit to print" on their front page.
1934 - The first imperforated, ungummed sheets of postage stamps were issued by the U.S. Postal Service in New York City.
1935 - The Pennsylvania Railroad began passenger service with its electric locomotive. The engine was 79-1/2 feet long and weighed 230 tons.
1942 - The Normandie, the former French liner, capsized in NY Harbor. The day before the ship had caught fire while it was being fitted for the U.S. Navy.
1962 - The Soviet Union exchanged capture American U2 pilot Francis Gary Powers for the Soviet spy Rudolph Ivanovich Abel being held by the U.S.
1967 - The 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. The amendment required the appointment of a vice-president when that office became vacant and instituted new measures in the event of presidential disability.
1992 - Mike Tyson was convicted in Indianapolis of raping Desiree Washington, Miss Black American contestant.
1997 - The U.S. Army suspended its top-ranking enlisted soldier, Army Sgt. Major Gene McKinney following allegations of sexual misconduct. McKinney was convicted of obstruction of justice and acquitted of 18 counts alleging sexual harassment of six military women.
2003 - Iraq agreed to allow U-2 surveillance flights over its territory, meeting a key demand by U.N. inspectors searching for banned weapons; President George W. Bush brushed aside Iraqi concessions as too little, too late.
2005 - North Korea publicly announced for the first time that it had nuclear arms. The country also rejected attempts to restart disarmament talks in the near future saying that it needed the weapons as protection against an increasingly hostile United States.
2007 - Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., kicked off his presidential campaign with a speech at the state house in Springfield, Ill.
2007 - Gen. David Petraeus took charge of U.S. forces in Iraq.
2009 - A Russian and an American satellite collide over Siberia.
2011 - Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak refused to step down or leave the country and instead handed his powers to his vice president.

World News

Greece Has 'Plan B' If EU Does Not Offer New Debt Deal - Defense Minister
Sputnik News - Greece's new Defense Minister told Greek television that his country could seek borrowing opportunities elsewhere if the country's creditors are unwilling to bend.... The minister noted that Greece could seek funds from "the United States at best, it could be Russia, it could be China or other countries."

Russian Weapons Vital to Greek Sovereignty – Defense Analyst
Sputnik News - In case of war or international incidents, reliance on American weapons systems could undermine Greek sovereignty, says Greek security analyst Ilias Iliopulos. "Any defense system that we receive from the US could be destroyed or deactivated at a critical moment, such as an imminent war with Turkey or the Imia incident," Iliopulos said, referring to a 1995 crisis in the Aegean Sea in which a territorial dispute over an island between Greece and Turkey nearly grew into an armed conflict when both sides' militaries landed on it.

Payback time? Greek PM seeks reparations over Nazi occupation & war-time loan
RT - Tsipras, leader of the anti-austerity Syriza party, said Athens had a “historical obligation” to claim from Germany billions of euros in reparations for the physical and financial destruction committed during Nazi Germany’s occupation of Greece… Tsipras claims Germany owes Greece around €162 billion ($183 billion) - about half the country's debt load, which is estimated at over €315 billion.

Germany rejects Greek claim for World War Two reparations
TODAYonline - The demand for compensation, revived by a previous Greek government in 2013 but not pursued, was rejected outright by Sigmar Gabriel, Germany's vice chancellor and economy minister. "The probability is zero," said Gabriel, when asked if Germany would make such payments to Greece, adding a treaty signed 25 years ago had wrapped up all such claims.

Death count doubles: Red Cross retrieved 1,300+ fighters' bodies in Afghanistan in 2014
RT - According to a statement from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the agency registered 1,372 deaths among combatants in Afghanistan last year, compared to 620 in 2013. This number does not include casualties among foreign mission staff, as they retrieve their casualties themselves.

Old people auctioned off to care homes on the internet
Daily Mail - The elderly and disabled are being ‘put up for auction’ by local councils on ‘eBay-style’ websites, with care firms then bidding to offer them a bed. At least a dozen local authorities are listing vulnerable people’s details – including their age and what care and medication they need – before inviting bids from care homes in the area… One council has boasted of reducing care costs by almost a fifth using the system.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

CNN Slammed For Calling Ukrainian Army 'Pro-US Troops'
Sputnik News - CNN provided the social media with one of its hottest topics for discussion: while reporting on talks between President Obama and Chancellor Merkel on the Ukraine crisis, it ran the title “Obama considers arming pro-US troops”, referring to soldiers fighting in Ukraine; the social media quickly spotted the gaffe and it went viral on the web.... CNN’s blunder was immediately spotted by viewers – and went viral on Twitter; it was hailed as a “Freudian slip” and one commented, "the mask slips.”

Ferguson sued for municipal fines & jailing those who can't pay
RT - Challenging municipal ticketing operations, lawsuits filed against the St. Louis suburbs of Ferguson and Jennings allege the mass of fines and jailings over minor offenses amount to a “municipal scheme designed to brutalize, to punish, and to profit."... At issue is the practice, common in the St. Louis area’s 90 municipalities, of jailing those who can’t afford fines for low-level offenses, such as traffic violations.

Citizen Ballot Initiatives no Match for Corporate Counter-Spending
AllGov - Of the $266 million given by the top 50 donors to ballot measure groups in 2014, more than three-quarters came from corporate interests. Most of that money went to defeat citizen initiatives and it was well-spent—the corporations won 96% of the time, according to the Center for Public Integrity (CPI).

Church Asks Followers to Submit to Government, Call 911 on Suspicious Neighbors
Mikael Thalen - A church hosting a law enforcement appreciation sermon asked its followers to pledge their allegiance to government this weekend, arguing that all state authorities throughout history have been ordained by God. According to an anonymous visitor of the Gold Creek Community Church in Mill Creek, Washington, who provided exclusive photos to Infowars, attendees were ordered to submit to the state without question.

Is Your Child a Terrorist? U.S. Government Questionnaire Rates Families at Risk for Extremism
The Intercept - The document–and the rating system–is part of a wider strategy for Countering Violent Extremism, which calls for local community and religious leaders to work together with law enforcement and other government agencies… The rating system, part of a 36-page document dated May 2014 and titled “Countering Violent Extremism: A Guide for Practitioners and Analysts,” suggests that police, social workers and educators rate individuals on a scale of one to five in categories such as: “Expressions of Hopelessness, Futility,” “Talk of Harming Self or Others,” and “Connection to Group Identity (Race, Nationality, Religion, Ethnicity).”

Lawsuit: Cops Put Bag On Woman’s Head, Strap Her To Chair And Choke Her To Draw Blood For DUI Test
Steve Watson - A woman is suing a host of parties after it emerged that cops in Austin, Texas, forcibly took her blood for a DUI test, in a scene that sounds more like something that would occur at a Guantanamo Bay prison camp. Caroline Callaway was arrested by a police officer after she refused to take a breath test during a routine traffic stop. Ms Callaway was taken directly to the Travis County jail where the shocking events unfolded.

VIDEO: DHS Offers Undocumented Immigrants ‘Feedback’ Hotlines For Exec. Amnesty
Breitbart - The Department of Homeland Security has set up executive amnesty “feedback mechanisms” for undocumented immigrants and interested parties. In a recent email to “stakeholders,” DHS highlighted ways individuals can inquire about executive amnesty or register complaints. “If you have questions about the new DHS enforcement priorities, the expanded deferred action programs or believe you are eligible for one of the new initiatives, please use one of the following public feedback mechanisms to have your questions answered or concerns registered with DHS,” the email, dispatched late last week, reads.

Veteran News

Army Awards Purple Heart to Fort Hood Terror Attack Victims
Breitbart - The secretary of the Army has announced his approval for awarding the Purple Heart and its civilian equivalent, the Secretary of Defense Medal for the Defense of Freedom, to victims of the 2009 terrorist attack at Fort Hood, Texas… President Obama’s Pentagon refused to recognize the massacre as an act of terror, referring to it as “workplace violence,” instead.

Economy & Business

WTI Oil Price to Plummet to $20 per Barrel in 2015 - Citigroup
Sputnik News - The price of WTI oil might drop to $20 per barrel for a while in 2015, according to a research conducted by Citigroup financial corporation. "It's impossible to call a bottom point, which could, as a result of oversupply and the economics of storage, fall well below $40 a barrel for WTI [West Texas Intermediate], perhaps as low as the $20 range for a while," Citigroup global head of commodity research Edward Morse said, Bloomberg reported.

New Evidence that Half of America is Broke
Common Dreams - Half of our nation, by all reasonable estimates of human need, is in poverty. The jubilant headlines above speak for people whose view is distorted by growing financial wealth. The argument for a barely surviving half of America has been made before, but important new data is available to strengthen the case.

The World's Best Known Global Shipping Index has Crashed To Its Lowest Level Ever
Zero Hedge - Having fallen for 47 of the last 51 days, The Baltic Dry Index (tracking the cost of shipping dry bulk from iron ore to grains) has been collapsing in a well-documented manner by Zero Hedge (though not the mainstream media). With Cramer having told investors of its importance previously, it will be hard to ignore the fact that, as of this morning, the index of global shipping costs has never (ever) been lower at 554. We leave it to readers to decide what they think this means (but we already know what it means for shippers and ship-building companies).

Energy & Environment

California water aquifers injected with waste 2,500 times, new rules proposed
RT - According to a report by the Associated Press, state officials permitted oil and gas companies to dispose of waste and other fluids into aquifers containing drinking and irrigation water more than 2,500 times. Significantly, 46 percent of these permits were authorized within the last four years – the same timeframe during which the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) warned California that regulators were not sufficiently protecting underground water reserves in the drought-stricken state.

Legal Settlement Delivers Blow to Blanket of Secrecy over Fracking Chemicals in Wyoming
AllGov - Drilling companies have fought far and wide to keep secret the list of chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing. But this effort has lost ground in Wyoming, where a lawsuit and subsequent settlement (pdf) will make it more difficult for frackers to withhold this information from the public… After a protracted legal fight, the commission and Halliburton Energy Services agreed to a deal with the plaintiffs, which included the Center for Effective Government, in which companies will have to “substantiate their trade secrets claims with more facts and evidence.”

Science & Technology

Obama asks Germany "to give us the benefit of the doubt" on NSA spying
Ars Technica - President Barack Obama asked Germans to give the United States the “benefit of the doubt” when it comes to snooping by the National Security Agency. In a Monday joint press conference with Chancellor Angela Merkel held at the White House on Monday, Obama said he recognizes “the sensitivities around this issue.” … For her part, Chancellor Merkel largely sidestepped the issue.

President Barack Obama’s secret, 332-page “Net Neutrality” Plan
Breitbart - Ajit Pai, the sole Republican Commissioner on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), inferred in a Tweet that President Barack Obama’s secret, 332-page “Net Neutrality” document is a scheme for federal micro-managing of the Internet to extract billions in new taxes from consumers and again enforce progressives’ idea of honest, equitable, and balanced content fairness.

Samsung Warns Not To Discuss Personal Info In Front Of TV
(TC) The potential privacy intrusion of voice-activated services is massive. Samsung, which makes a series of Internet connected TVs, has a supplementary privacy policy covering its Smart TVs which includes the following section on voice recognition… Please be aware that if your spoken words include personal or other sensitive information, that information will be among the data captured and transmitted to a third party through your use of Voice Recognition.

DARPA Hacks GM's OnStar To Remote Control A Chevrolet Impala
Jalopnik - According to the report, which is scant on technical details, DARPA engineers dialed in through the Impala's OnStar system, transmitted a data packet that confused the internal computers, and then planted a malicious bit of code that allowed it to reprogram control systems on the ECU. That allowed them to do everything from turn on the windshield wipers to honk the horn, and even control the throttle and brakes, putting a hapless Lesley Stahl through a line of cones.

 Farming, Gardening & Homesteading

Tennessee Calls For Hemp Farmers
WSMV News - Tennessee is now accepting applications for people who want a license to grow hemp. The Tennessee Department of Agriculture put out the application for hemp licenses a few days ago. It's been fielding questions ever since. "Our phone has been ringing off the hook, so to say," said David Waddell with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture. But so far, there haven't been any takers.

The monarch massacre: Nearly a billion butterflies have vanished
Washington Post - Threatened animals like elephants, porpoises and lions grab all the headlines, but what’s happening to monarch butterflies is nothing short of a massacre. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service summed it up in just one grim statistic on Monday: Since 1990, about 970 million have vanished. It happened as farmers and homeowners sprayed herbicides on milkweed plants, which serve as the butterflies’ nursery, food source and home.


Are Victims Coming Down with Measles - Or Something Else?
Barbara Loe Fisher - The U.S. has a population of more than 320 million people and 38 million people live in California, so it is curious why a handful of measles cases prompted one California newspaper to quickly place blame on parents making informed vaccine choices, calling them "ignorant" and engaged in a "self-absorbed rejection of science."

Why does Big Food put harmful chemicals in cereal in America but not Europe?
(NaturalNews) The US has a unique system in place for regulating food chemicals. It's been around since 1958, providing loop holes for companies to sneak through. Initially designed to provide oversight, this system has instead become a gateway for welcoming an explosion of food chemicals, all disguised under one name.

Measles Strains: How Many and What You Don't Know
Activist Post - Do you know that there are many more strains of the measles virus than Baskin-Robbins has flavors of ice cream?...According to a “Guest” commentator on Activist Post’s article “Constitutional Attorney Talks About FDA Corruption”, February 8, 2015, “The genotype in California is said to B3. However we know they do lie so who really knows. The assumption of the CDC and the vaccine makers is the A genotype will work against or on ALL the genotypes that have been documented.”

Top 17 Vegan Sources of Omega 3 Fatty Acids
Natural Blaze - Omega 3 fatty acids are the equivalent of nutritional gold. That’s because they are nature’s anti-inflammatory nutrients and are used in most chemical functions in the body. While fatty fish is frequently considered the best source of this essential fatty acid, it is not the only source.

5 indigestible ingredients used in common foods
Natural Society - It can seem laughable in today’s world when a food manufacturer advertises his product as ‘Real Food.’ The truth is that more and more of the grocery items we used to take for granted as being real food are no longer so real. One of the latest of many examples of this is the substitution of indigestible gums for the healthy fats people have counted on for eons. Why would a manufacturer deliberately add indigestible gum to food?

81 Percent of Dollar Store Products Tested Contain Chemicals Linked To Learning Disabilities, Cancer and Serious Illnesses
Prevent Disease - HealthyStuff, in collaboration with the Campaign for Healthier Solutions, released a report today about toxic chemicals found in Dollar store products. The report -- A Day Late and a Dollar Short: Discount Retailers are Falling Behind on Safer Chemicals – includes testing results for 164 dollar store products such as toys, jewelry, school supplies and other household items, that found over 81% (133 of 164) contained at least one hazardous chemical above levels of concern.

Pet News

Are You Too Generous for Your Cat’s Own Good?
Dr. Becker - A shocking statistic all of us who love cats should be aware of is that almost 60 percent of kitties in the U.S. are overweight or obese. And it’s a sad fact that the problem is caused by cat guardians through simple over-indulgence.... A shocking statistic all of us who love cats should be aware of is that almost 60 percent of kitties in the U.S. are overweight or obese. And it’s a sad fact that the problem is caused by cat guardians through simple over-indulgence.

Monday - February 9, 2015 - Today in History:

1825 - The U.S. House of Representatives elected John Quincy Adams president. No candidate had received a majority of electoral votes.
1861 - The Provisional Congress of the Confederate States of America elected Jefferson Davis as its president.
1870 - The United States Weather Bureau was authorized by Congress. The bureau is officially known as the National Weather Service (NWS).
1884 - Thomas Edison and Patrick Kenny executed a patent application for a chemical recording stock quotation telegraph (U.S. Pat. 314,115).
1885 - The first Japanese arrived in Hawaii.
1932 - America entered the 2-man bobsled competition for the first time at the Olympic Winter Games held at Lake Placid, NY.
1942 - The U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff held its first formal meeting to coordinate military strategy during World War II.
1942 - Daylight-saving "War Time" went into effect in the U.S.
1943 - During World War II, the battle of Guadalcanal ended with an American victory over Japanese forces.
1950 - U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy charged that the State Department was riddled with Communists. This was the beginning of "McCarthyism."
1969 - The Boeing 747 flew its inaugural flight.
1971 - The San Fernando Valley experienced the Sylmar earthquake that registered 6.4 on the Richter Scale.
1971 - The Apollo 14 spacecraft returned to Earth after mankind's third landing on the moon.
1975 - The Russian Soyuz 17 returned to Earth.
2009 - New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez admitted he took banned substances from 2001 to 2003.

World News

Huge explosion at Donetsk chemical plant, military ‘don’t know what they hit’ (VIDEO)
RT - Windows were shattered and homes shaken in Donetsk after a huge blast rocked the vicinity of a city chemical plant. A Ukrainian MP praised pro-Kiev forces for hitting a target – but said they “don’t know what they hit.” The powerful explosion took place at 10:50pm local time on Sunday. Local militia reported that a military chemical plant DKZHI was the target of Kiev’s artillery shelling.

Le Pen says Washington attempting to start ‘war in Europe’
RT - The leader of France’s rightwing Front National (FN), Marine Le Pen, has called Brussels “American lackeys” over the EU's Ukraine policy. She further accused Washington of attempting to start a “war in Europe” and expand NATO towards Russia’s borders. "European capitals do not have the wisdom to refuse to be dependent on US positions on Ukraine," Le Pen told French journalists on Sunday. "Regarding Ukraine, we behave like American lackeys," she said, before warning that “the aim of the Americans is to start a war in Europe to push NATO to the Russian border."

42 ADMITTED False Flag Attacks — Governments from Around the World Admit They Do It
Washington's Blog - There are many documented false flag attacks, where a government carries out a terror attack … and then falsely blames its enemy for political purposes.... In the following 42 instances, officials in the government which carried out the attack (or seriously proposed an attack) admits to it, either orally or in writing...

Greek FinMin Warns “Euro Will Collapse If Greece Exits”, Says Italy Is Next
Zero Hedge - From Reuters: “The euro is fragile, it’s like building a castle of cards, if you take out the Greek card the others will collapse.” [Greek Finance Minister ] Varoufakis said according to an Italian transcript of the interview released by RAI ahead of broadcast. The euro zone faces a risk of fragmentation and “de-construction” unless it faces up to the fact that Greece, and not only Greece, is unable to pay back its debt under the current terms, Varoufakis said.

A Day Of Reckoning For The Euro Has Arrived – 26 TRILLION In Currency Derivatives At Risk
Economic Collapse - This is the month when the future of the eurozone will be decided. This week, Greek leaders will meet with European officials to discuss what comes next for Greece. The new prime minister of Greece, Alexis Tsipras, has already stated that he will not accept an extension of the current bailout. Officials from other eurozone countries have already said that they expect Greece to fully honor the terms of the current agreement. So basically we are watching a giant game of financial “chicken” play out over in Europe, and a showdown is looming.

Moscow & Cairo to drop USD, use national currencies in bilateral trade – Putin
RT - Russia and Egypt might soon exclude the US dollar and use their national currencies in the settlement of accounts in bilateral trade, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview to Egyptian media ahead of his Monday visit to the country. The issue of abandoning the dollar in trade is “being actively discussed,” Putin told Al-Ahram daily newspaper ahead of his two-day trip to Egypt. The Russian president was invited for a bilateral meeting by his Egyptian counterpart Abdul Fattah al-Sisi.

Moscow demands copies of ‘Russian soldiers IDs’ shown in Munich
RT - The Russian Foreign Ministry says Kiev is reluctant to hand over copies of what it claims to be documents, proving Russian military presence in Ukraine. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko showed the audience at the Munich Security Conference several passports on Saturday, saying they belonged to Russian soldiers fighting in Ukraine. “We asked the Ukrainian side to give us copies of the documents containing last names, because such IDs, as were shown yesterday, could easily be bought,” said Viktor Sorokin, director of the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) department within the Russian Foreign Ministry, as cited by RIA Novosti.

At Munich Conference, US Hawks Press for Military Escalation Towards Russia
Common Dreams - At a security conference in Munich on Saturday, U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) vigorously pressed for more western military backing of Ukraine and escalation towards Russia, openly clashing with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and pointing towards a deepening transatlantic rift over strategy. Addressing the conference on Saturday, Merkel declared, "I cannot imagine any situation in which improved equipment for the Ukrainian army leads to President Putin being so impressed that he believes he will lose militarily. I have to put it that bluntly."

Yemen: Shiite Rebels Announce Takeover of Country
Common Dreams - Unrest continues in Yemen on Friday as Shiite Houthi rebels announced a "constitutional declaration" and that they were assuming control of the country. The group issued the statement in a televised address from the Sunni majority country's capital of Sana'a. A 551-member Transitional National Council would be formed to replace the parliament, and that body would appoint a 5-member council to assume the presidential role during a "transitional period," according to their statement.

Alan Greenspan: "Greece Will Leave The Eurozone" And "There Is No Way That I Can Conceive Of The Euro Continuing"
Zero Hedge - Greece will leave the Eurozone. I don't see that it helps Greece to be in the Euro, and I certainly don't see that it helps the rest of the Eurozone. It's just a matter of time before everyone recognizes that parting is the best strategy.... The problem is that there there is no way that I can conceive of the euro of continuing."

Eurogroup Gives Greece 10 Day Ultimatum: Apply For Bailout Or Grexit
Zero Hedge - This means that Greece now has 10 days, or until the Monday after next to decide whether it will stay in the Eurozone or Grexit.

Global Economy Will Shrink By $2.3 Trillion In 2015
Zero Hedge - The world is going to be about $2.37 trillion smaller in 2015 than most expected at the start of the year as a consequence of the USD strengthening. This is not insignificant, as it represents 3.2% of last year’s estimated global GDP. For perspective, that would be as if an economy of the size between Brazil’s and the UK’s would have just disappeared.

Polish Farmers Blockade Motorways Across Country
Natural Society - This week thousands of Polish family farmers from the Solidarity trade union turned out to protest in over 50 locations across the country... The farmers are vowing to continue the struggle until the government agrees to enter talks with the union and commit to addressing what they see as a crisis in Polish agriculture.... “We demand a legal ban on GM crops in Poland. The value of Polish agriculture, unique in Europe, is the unpolluted environment and high quality food production. That's decisive concerning our competitiveness in global markets.”

Denmark Launches ‘Most Ambitious’ Organic Venture, to Double Organic Farming by 2020
Natural Society - Over in Denmark, the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries is working toward what has been deemed the ‘world’s most ambitious’ plan for surging organic food across the country. Excitingly, the new strategy involves doubling organic farming in order to serve more organic food in the nation’s public institutions.

South Korea Overrun with GMO Contamination In 18 Regions
Natural Society - South Korea is on the top of the GMO export list for animal feed, and while biotech promised that GM spills wouldn’t cause harm to non-GM crops, a new study proves that South Korea is fraught with genetically modified soy, and canola, which is already mixing with non-GM plants to breed more toxic crops.... Choi Jun-ho, Chief of Policy for the Korean Federation for Environmental Movement, says that the GM canola seed spillage into nearby farms is already mixing with non-GM cabbage varieties, and that they anticipate GM soy mixing with organic glycine soja, causing enormous damage.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

VIDEO: Ron Paul's Texas Straight Talk 2/09/15: Vaccine Controversy Shows Why We Need Markets, Not Mandates
Ron Paul - Giving the government the power to override parental decisions regarding vaccines will inevitably lead to further restrictions on liberties. After all, if government can override parental or personal health care decisions, then what area of our lives is off-limits to government interference?

Pentagon dropped over $500,000 on Viagra last year
RT - The US Department of Defense (DoD) spent $504,816 on the popular erectile dysfunction drug in 2014, according to government contracts cited by the Washington Free Beacon. The DoD awarded 60 contracts for the drug to Ohio-based pharmaceutical distribution company Cardinal Health Inc. In 2013, the Pentagon spent some $425,000 to supply the pills to troops, a huge lurch from the previous year, when the Department spent a meager $8,000 on the drug. In addition to Viagra, the Pentagon also ordered $3,505 worth of Levitra and $14,540 of Cialis, both male enhancement drugs. The contracts are filed under “troop support.”

Muslim Brotherhood Comes to the White House
Breitbart - The Obama White House has finally released the names of the fourteen Muslim “leaders” who met with the President this past week. Among the group — which included a comedian, along with a hijab-wearing basketball player and a handful of left wing activists — were a select few individuals with disturbingly close ties to the global Muslim Brotherhood.

REPORT: Obama’s Drone Bombings Have Killed More People Than Spanish Inquisition
PJ Media - Controversy still swirls around Obama’s comments during the National Prayer Breakfast this week, where he chastised Christians for getting on their “high horse” over the ongoing global jihad, invoking medieval abuses that occurred hundreds of years ago during the Crusades and Inquisition. But perhaps it is Obama who should avoid getting on his high horse, since according to recently published statistics, Obama’s drone campaign has killed more people during the six years of his presidency than were killed the 350 years of the Spanish Inquisition.

Truth? We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Truth
Paul Craig Roberts - Combatting terrorism is the excuse for squandering a minimum of $6,000 billion dollars. What were the terrorist events that serve as a basis for this expenditure? There are five: 9/11, the London transport system bombings, the Spanish train bombing, the Boston Marathon Bombing, and the French Charlie Hebdo rifle attack. In other words, 5 events in 14 years. The loss of life in all these events combined is minuscule compared to the loss of life in the war on terror. Even the deaths of our own soldiers is greater. Washington’s wars against terror have caused more deaths of Americans than the alleged terrorist events themselves.

NBC’s Brian Williams off air, under internal probe for fake Iraq War tale
RT - NBC TV anchor Brian Williams chose to stay off air in the wake of an internal probe he faces for embellishing a story about taking fire while flying a chopper in Iraq in 2003. The deceit was exposed by troops involved in the same airlift.

New Mexico Sheriff Issues Cease And Desist Letter To IRS
WJ - Sheriff Scott London of Eddy County, New Mexico, is taking a bold stand in the name of Liberty against the IRS. Mr. Kent Carter, a resident of Eddy County, is challenging the IRS’s claim on his property in court as a pro se litigant. A pro se litigant is someone who is representing himself, without professional legal counsel. US District Judge Robert Brack decided the original case in favor of the IRS.

Pennsylvania Township Posts Welcome Sign Defying Criminals and Gun-Grabbers: “This Is Not A Gun Free Zone”
Old Thinker News - In Lancaster County Pennsylvania, Conoy Township is sending a clear signal to criminals who would victimize disarmed citizens. As reported by Lancaster Online, The township is placing the signs on every road leading into the area. The sings read: “This is not a gun free zone.” County Township supervisor Stephen Mohr says that “You have to realize that to most people in this township God, guns, family and friends are the four most important things.”

Two Philadelphia Cops Run Over Man, Beat Him Senseless Then Charge Him With Assault
Steve Watson - The cops pulled over 23-year-old Najee Rivera, but the man, fearing for his life, drove off on the scooter, prompting the cops to speed after him, crack him over the head with a club, and drive into him, knocking him off the bike.... The officers now face charges of Aggravated Assault, Simple Assault, Criminal Conspiracy, Recklessly Endangering Another Person, Tampering with Public Records or Information, False Reports to Law Enforcement Authorities, Obstructing Administration of Law, and Official Oppression.

Officer With History of Inattentive Driving Runs Over 100-yr-old Woman Who Was Taking a Daily Walk, No Charges for Cop
Filming Cops - She was taking a stroll through her neighborhood in St. Paul as usual, but what happened next devastated her family. Roza was using the aid of her walker to help her across the street, when suddenly a police officer accelerated backwards and struck Roza with the patrol car.... The question many have is: didn’t Officer Goutlet look in her rear view mirror before backing up? It turns out that Office Goulet has a history of accidents on the job.

The skimpy, moldy, mysterious and downright gross Michelle O lunches Congress should see
EAG News - As Congress readies to reauthorize Michelle Obama’s Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act this year, students and parents continue to post photographic evidence of the program’s shortcomings.

Economy & Business

Obama’s new repayment program comes with a record $22 billion shortfall
Politico - In obscure data tables buried deep in its 2016 budget proposal, the Obama administration revealed this week that its student loan program had a $21.8 billion shortfall last year, apparently the largest ever recorded for any government credit program. The main cause of the shortfall was President Barack Obama’s recent efforts to provide relief for borrowers drowning in student debt, reforms that have already begun to reduce loan payments to the government.

Rand Paul Explains What The Dollar Is Backed By: "Used Car Loans, Bad Home Loans, Distressed Assets And Derivatives"
Zero Hedge - Rand Paul has turned his focus to another staple of the status quo - his father's arch-nemesis, The Fed. As WSJ reports, Sen. Rand Paul unleashed a blistering attack on the Federal Reserve in Iowa on Fridasy evening, calling for an audit of the institution’s books and blaming it for fueling income inequality. "Once upon a time, your dollar was as good as gold," he explained, adding "then for many decades, they said your dollar was backed by the full faith and credit of government." Do you know what it’s backed by now? "Used car loans, bad home loans, distressed assets and derivatives."

‘Amnesty Bonuses’ in Tax Code: Illegal Immigrants to Receive Earned Income Tax Credit
Weekly Standard - A recent Homeland Security Committee hearing on immigration revealed an alarming consequence of President Obama’s executive amnesty—that illegal immigrants with deferred status may be able to receive the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Moreover, this person, who is here in the U.S. unlawfully, could be able to file an amended tax return for up to the last three tax years, possibly receiving upwards of $24,000 in tax credits.

VIDEO: Fed fires back at Rand Paul
The Hill - The Federal Reserve is lashing out at Sen. Rand Paul’s plan to give Congress more oversight over the central bank, a proposal that could gain traction in the new Republican-led Congress. The Kentucky Republican reintroduced his “Audit the Fed” legislation last month with 30 co-sponsors, including other potential 2016 GOP hopefuls, Sens. Ted Cruz (Texas) and Marco Rubio (Fla.).

Energy & Environment

'Game-Changing March for Climate' as Californians Rise Up Against Fracking
Common Dreams - Thousands of people from across California kicked off a march through Oakland on Saturday to demand that Governor Jerry Brown show "real climate leadership" by halting all fracking and shifting to 100 percent renewable energy in the state. The demonstration brought together more than 100 grassroots groups, from labor to indigenous to environmental justice organizations, and is being billed as a a "game-changing moment for the climate movement in California." Ahead of the protest, organizers estimated it would exceed 10,000 people.

Science & Technology

License Plate Scanners Also Taking Photos of Drivers and Passengers
Liberty Crier - The Drug Enforcement Administration is using its license plate reader program not only to track drivers’ locations, but also to photograph these drivers and their passengers, according to newly disclosed records obtained by the ACLU via a Freedom of Information Act request. One internal 2009 DEA communication stated clearly that the license plate program can provide “the requester” with images that “may include vehicle license plate numbers (front and/or rear), photos of visible vehicle occupants [redacted] and a front and rear overall view of the vehicle.”
* Related: How cities use licence-plate scanners to create vast databases

Anthem's stolen customer data not encrypted — Under federal law, health insurance companies don't have to encrypt user data
CNET - Companies that follow sound security policy normally encrypt certain customer data stored on their servers. Encrypting the data makes it more difficult, but not impossible, for hackers to view or sell the information they've stolen. But Anthem didn't follow such guidelines in this regard. Why not? Under the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA), health insurance companies are not required to encrypt the data stored on their servers.

Anthem’s big data breach is already sparking lawsuits
Fortune - The lawsuits, which could eventually be consolidated with other similar complaints in a class action, allege that Anthem did not take appropriate measures to encrypt its customers’ data prior to the hack.

We Can Now Build Autonomous Killing Machines. And That’s a Very, Very Bad Idea
Wired - Clearpath is the first and, so far as we can tell, only robotics company to pledge not to build killer robots. The decision, made last year, was simple, says co-founder and CTO Ryan Gariepy, and in fact it’s even helped the company recruit robot experts who’ve been drawn to Clearpath’s unique ethical stance. That’s because ethical questions are becoming a pressing matter for companies that build robotics systems. You see, we’re already at the dawn of the age of killer robots. And we’re completely unprepared for them.

 Farming, Gardening & Homesteading

A Warning About Cinder Block or Concrete Masonry Gardens
John Summerly - Cinder block gardens have recently become very popular, however a risk of heavy metal poisons from Fly Ash within the concrete may pose a serious threat to the health of an organic garden, leeching toxins into the soil and the plants themselves.... The process of creating cement locks these poisons into the blocks, but it is assumed that the blocks will be sealed and waterproofed, but even that process is toxic. These poisons will leech these materials into the soil and any plants in proximity. They should only be used for areas containing ornamental plantings only, and never for food crops.


Curcumin May Help Lower Your Inflammation
Dr. Mercola - Eight weeks of curcumin improved symptoms of metabolic syndrome, including lowering inflammation and supporting better blood sugar regulation.

Great Reasons to Eat More Sprouts
Dr. Mercola - Sprouts may offer some of the highest levels of nutrition available, including vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and enzymes that help protect against free radical damage. Many of the benefits of sprouts relate to the fact that, in their initial phase of growth, the plants contain more concentrated amounts of nutrients. Sunflower seed and pea shoots are both typically about 30 times more nutritious than organic vegetables, and are among the highest in protein.

How a McDonald's Sausage Burrito contains more than 100 ingredients - including one chemical used in FIREWORKS
Daily Mail - A McDonald's Sausage Burrito certainly promises to fire you up for the day, with more than 100 ingredients including one chemical compound used in fireworks. A new behind-the-scenes video reveals that although the liquid egg in the sandwich originates from a farm in Michigan, it is mixed with twenty other components before flash frozen and reheated at restaurants. Among the scrambled egg mix is carboxymethyl cellulose - a binding compound found in denture adhesives - and sodium benzoate, which is also used in fireworks to produce a whistling sound.

Doctors Warn Against Revival of ‘Measles Parties’
Breitbart - “CDPH strongly recommends against the intentional exposure of children to measles as it unnecessarily places the exposed children at potentially grave risk and could contribute to further spread of the outbreak,” Dr. Gil Chavez of the CDPH said in a statement reported by CBS Los Angeles. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states, “Measles can be serious, especially for children younger than 5 years old. It can lead to pneumonia, encephalitis (swelling of the brain), and death.”

How Vaccine Hysteria Could Spark Totalitarian Nightmare
Lee Hieb, M.D. - At the end of the day, the issue here is one of freedom, and freedom is the freedom to choose – even if we make a bad choice. The argument that I must vaccinate my children for the good of the community is not only scientifically questionable, it is an unethical precept. It is the argument all dictators and totalitarians have used. “Comrade, you must work tirelessly for the good of the collective. You must give up your money and property for the good of the collective, and now … you must allow us to inject your children with what we deem is good for the collective.” If American’s don’t stand up against this, then we are lost. Because we have lost ownership of ourselves. Our bodies are no longer solely ours – we and our children are able to be commandeered for the “greater good.”

No Charges Filed, But 3-year Old Cancer Child Taken from Mother over “Diaper Rash”
Health Impact News - A little boy recovering from a brain tumor has been has been taken from his mother, in what some are calling a medical kidnapping in Connecticut. After surviving a year of intensive chemotherapy and radiation treatments, 3 year old Weston Lamarre was declared to be in remission and cancer-free. But just two months later Child Protective Services stepped in and took him away from the mother who has stayed by his side every step of the way of their heartrending journey. Now Wendy Lamarre is fighting to get her son back.

Parents Get $800K Over Warrantless Search and Removal of Homeschool Kids Who Were Not Vaccinated
Health Impact News - The payment settles a civil rights lawsuit that claimed the children were wrongfully removed from the parent’s San Gabriel Valley residence four years ago. The children were returned four months later.

Man Forced to Choose Between Son with Down Syndrome or Wife After Given Ultimatum
Natural Society - In what has evolved into a heart-breaking story between a father, his wife, and his newborn son, a man named Samuel Forrest was forced to choose between his wife and his new baby diagnosed with Down Syndrome. Sadly, he had to make this decision because his wife’s family was too ashamed of the newborn’s condition. Just hours after the birth, his wife of 18 months gave him an ultimatum – the woman he loved, or his newborn son.

12 Reasons to Drink Kefir – A Top Probiotic-Rich Drink
Natural Society - Just about every culture in the world endorses a fermented food or drink for its health benefits, and has done so for centuries. Kefir is often at the top of the list. It’s a creamy drinkable yogurt-style fermented milk that in its unsweetened and unflavored state resembles buttermilk in taste and consistency. Kefir is made by fermenting milk with kefir grains composed of bacteria that produce lactic acid, and yeast and polysaccharides.

General Mills Starts Pulling Preservatives After Assault From Food Babe Army
Observer News - If you’ve heard of the Vani “Food Babe” Hari, you’ll remember her recent rise to nefarious national notoriety with her campaign to expose the (allegedly) dirty truth about Pumpkin Spice Lattes and their caramel coloring. Yesterday, the PSL truther and general of the “Food Babe Army” launched an assault on General Mills and Kellogg’s over a preservative called Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT). The chemical keeps cereals like Rice Krispies fresh for longer on the shelf, but has been banned in many parts of the world for having wreaked havoc during animal testing.

Ice Cream Giant to Drop Milk with Monsanto’s rBST Growth Hormones
Natural Society - In the face of a health-conscious collective, ice cream giant Breyers has decided to stop using milk from cows treated with the controversial, artificial growth hormone rBST. This news makes it even more apparent that a food awakening is happening as consumers demand additive-free food.


Friday - February 6, 2015 - Today in History:

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.
1911 - The first old-age home for pioneers opened in Prescott, AZ.
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.
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.
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.
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."
2004 - An explosion ripped through a Moscow subway car during rush hour, killing 41 people in a terrorist attack blamed on Chechen separatists.

World News

Warplanes Reportedly Targeting ISIL Stronghold of Raqqa in Syria
Sputnik News - US-led coalition warplanes are delivering strikes on the Syrian city of Raqqa, the de facto capital of Islamic State.

Chinese Rating Agency Warns Coming Crisis Is Worse Than 2008, Blames US “Printing Press”
Zero Hedge - The head of China’s Dagong Rating Agency, Guan Jianzhong, had some very blunt words for the world’s investors and policymakers overnight. As ITAR-TASS reports, Jianzhong warned , “the world economy may slip into a new global financial crisis in the next few years… that is even worse than in 2008.”

6000% Increase in Cancer Rates at Fukushima Site
Christina Sarich - As reports from individuals like Chieko Shiina, a supporter of the Fukushima Collaborateive Clinic talk about exploding rates of thyroid cancer in children, as well as an epidemic of leukemia, heart attacks, and other health problems, the Abe-led government and US continue to sweep the fall out of the Fukushima disaster under the rug.

‘Just the beginning’: Jordan sends dozens of fighter jets to strike ISIS in Syria
RT - Jordan has promised to strike the Islamic State with “everything we have,” sending dozens of fighter jets to target the militant group’s positions in retaliation to the brutal murder of a captured Jordanian pilot.... Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh on Thursday told CNN that his country was “upping the ante” and going after the Islamic State (formerly ISIS / ISIL) militants “with everything that we have.”

30,000 troops, 6 rapid units: NATO increases military power in Eastern Europe
RT - The NATO Response Force in Europe might increase to 30,000 troops, more than double the current 13,000, said the alliance’s secretary general after a defense ministers’ meeting in Brussels. Most of the troops are set to be stationed near Russia’s borders.

Ukrainian parliament passes law allowing army deserters to be shot
RT - Ukraine’s parliament has passed a law which authorizes commanding officers to use physical force against army defectors. It comes as the latest military draft has seen a lack of enthusiasm on the part of potential soldiers. Ukraine’s parliament voted on Thursday with 260 MPs in favor - only 226 votes were needed to pass the law. The new article 22(1) added to the charter regulating service in the armed forces of Ukraine states that commanders “have the right to personally use physical force, special means, and weapons when in combat” against soldiers who commit “criminal acts.”

‘Greece won’t be blackmailed’: Banks get additional €10bn to counter ECB pressure
RT - Banks in Greece have been given the go ahead to access an additional €10 billion in emergency funding from the Bank of Greece, according to a government official. This is a push-back from Athens demonstrating its intent to roll back austerity measures.... Emergency Liquidity Assistance funds will be sourced from the Greek Central Bank. Previously it was capped at €15 billion, and this has been raised to €25 billion.

Shocking Chart: The Global Economy Is About To Implode: ‘Inching closer to… the lowest level ever’
Mac Slavo - The Baltic Dry Index (BDI) is used by economists and stock traders alike as a leading economic indicator because it predicts future economic activity. The index tracks in US dollars and measures global supply and demand for commodity shipments among bulk carriers... What makes this particular measurement so distinct from others, according to economic Howard Simmons, is that the BDI “is totally devoid of speculative content” because “people don’t book freighters unless they have cargo to move.”

Woman with learning disabilities ‘can be forcibly sterilized’ – UK judge
RT - Mr. Justice Cobb authorized health authorities and social services to force entry into the woman’s home and use “necessary restraint” in order to sterilize her. The ruling was made at a hearing in the Court of Protection in London, where issues relating to sick and vulnerable people are examined.... In a written judgment, Mr. Justice Cobb said the decision to authorize compulsory sterilization was “exceptional.” He declared because the woman lacked the mental capacity to make decisions regarding contraception, “therapeutic sterilization” would be lawful and in her best interests.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Brian Williams’ Lie Proves Why Mainstream Media Cannot Be Trusted
Kit Daniels - NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams admitted he wasn’t aboard a helicopter hit by RPGs during the invasion of Iraq in 2003 despite spending years claiming otherwise, highlighting why the establishment media cannot be trusted.

NYPD Has a Plan to Magically Turn Anyone It Wants Into a Felon
Gawker - On Wednesday, NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton urged state legislators to consider increasing the penalty for resisting arrest from a misdemeanor to a felony. The change, he argued, would help New Yorkers "get around this idea that you can resist arrest. You can't." It would also give cops an easy way to turn victims of their own worst impulses into the worst class of criminal.

US House Minority Leader Hopes Netanyahu Will Not Address Congress
Sputnik News - US House Speaker John Boehner invited Netanyahu to speak to Congress about Iran’s nuclear program and the security threat jihadist terrorists pose. The visit, however, falls two weeks before Israel’s elections on March 17. Pelosi stressed that Iran’s nuclear program is an issue for the US President Barack Obama to decide on, and added Netanyahu’s visit “should not be a political arena two weeks before an election.”

White House Fails to Confirm Biden’s Attendance at Netanyahu’s Speech
Sputnik News - White House spokesperson Josh Earnest said that US Vice President Joe Biden had not yet scheduled to be present at the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to the US Congress about Iran’s nuclear program and the threat posed by jihadist terrorists.

Universal Healthcare Advocates Renew Push Toward Medicare-For-All
Common Dreams - Single-payer advocates are celebrating the reintroduction of the so-called 'Medicare-for-All' bill that would replace the nation's byzantine healthcare system, dominated by private health insurance companies, with a single, streamlined public agency that would pay all medical claims for the entire population, much like Medicare does for seniors today. Lead sponsor Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich) put forth the "Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act" (H.R. 676) on Tuesday evening, along with 44 other House members.

6 Immediate Health Benefits Of Not Believing Mainstream Media
RINF - Truth seekers who long ago figured out that mainstream media is all lies and staged news coordinated by central intelligence (CIA) to manipulate the opinion of the masses, know that living a life free of mainstream media news is extremely fulfilling if not downright fun.

Veteran News

US Senators Call for Benefits to Vietnam Veterans Exposed to Agent Orange
Sputnik News - The US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) should immediately provide full benefits to veterans exposed to the chemical Agent Orange in contaminated C-123 aircraft during and after the Vietnam War, a bi-partisan group of senators led by senators Richard Burr and Jeff Merkley said in a letter to the VA head Robert McDonald. “It is our desire to see that C-123 veterans, who suffer today because of service-related exposure to Agent Orange receive the help they need,” the letter, issued on Wednesday, said.

Defense Dept. Redefines Alcohol as a “Weapon” in Sexual Assault Cases
AllGov - The U.S. military has a new weapon, one that it would rather not see used by its personnel. Alcohol is now defined as a weapon by the Department of Defense when it comes to cases of sexual assault by members of the armed forces. The change came about after outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered his ahe U.S. mgency to review its alcohol polices in an effort to reduce the number of rapes within the military. “

Cop Who Killed 95-Year-Old Over Refusal of Medical Treatment Found Not Guilty
Paul Joseph Watson - The police officer who killed 95-year-old World War II veteran John Wrana Jr. for refusing medical treatment was acquitted yesterday of reckless conduct, the only charge he had faced over the incident. Wrana was killed in June 2013 after refusing to undergo treatment for what staff at the Park Forest Assisted Living Center said was a urinary tract infection. After Wrana resisted paramedics who were trying to take him to hospital, staff called the police. Mistaking a shoehorn for a machete, cops raided Wrana’s room and fired a taser at him, but the shot missed. Officer Craig Taylor then fired five bean bag rounds from a 12-gauge shotgun at Wrana from 15 feet away.

Economy & Business

Alaska to Cut Over 300 Government Jobs Due to Plunge in Oil Prices
Sputnik News - Bill Walker, a new Governor of Alaska, proposed to eliminate about 300 state positions in an effort to reduce the size of the state’s government, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports.

Only 44 Percent Of U.S. Adults Are Employed For 30 Or More Hours Per Week
Economic Collapse - Gallup regularly tracks the percentage of U.S. adults that are employed for 30 or more hours per week, and it is currently at 44.2 percent. It has been hovering between 42 percent and 45 percent since the end of 2009. This is extremely low. As I discussed the other day, there are 8.69 million Americans that are considered to be “officially unemployed” at this point. But there are another 92.90 million Americans that are considered to be “not in the labor force”.... Overall, there are 101 million U.S. adults that do not have a job right now.

Energy & Environment

One in TEN Cell Phone Antenna Sites Violates Gov’t Limit on Excessive EMF Radiation
Daily Sheeple - Did you know there are over 2.3 million cell towers and antennas blanketing the United States right now?... Well, according to the Wall Street Journal, a team of six engineers evaluated more than 5,000 of these cites and found that one in ten is violating the rules on excessive radiation.... Oh, and apparently the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has only issued TWO — that’s two — citations to cell carriers since adopting these limits nearly twenty years ago way back in 1996.

Chinese Firm Moves into Louisiana’s “Cancer Alley”
AllGov - A Chinese company with a history of environmental problems in its home country is building a methanol plant in an area of Louisiana where cancer rates and other health problems are already high because of the activities of U.S. petrochemical companies in the area. The methanol plant would be in St. James Parish, which is 90% African-American, and whose residents say they had no voice in the decision.

Faulting EPA, Green Leaders Warn Obama: Bees Running Out of Time
Common Dreams - In a letter destined for President Obama on Thursday, eleven of the nation's top environmental and public health advocacy groups, representing millions of Americans, are demanding the administration take much stronger and swifter action to end the perilous situation of the nation's most prolific pollinators, most prominently the honey bee, caused by the widespread use of neonicotinoids, a dangerous class of pesticide.

Monsanto’s Roundup system threatens extinction of monarch butterflies - report
RT - Monsanto’s Roundup Ready system – a potent herbicide combined with genetically-modified seeds that can withstand it – has decimated the monarch butterfly’s only source of food in the Midwest, putting it on the edge of extinction, according to a new study.

Science & Technology

New White House Petition Asks Military-Industrial Complex to Stop “Broadcasting Radar Signals into People”
Daily Sheeple - “These frequencies are being broadcast to peoples homes, bodies, work, to enable building penetrating tomography, remote brain scans of high resolution, and as a weapon, they will direct these frequencies into citizens tissue/brains to assault, control, maim, and kill,” it reads…

Is This the Beginning of the End for Animal Testing?
AllGov - Animal testing could someday be replaced by advanced microchips currently under development. A German research group has created a “synthetic organism on a miniature chip” that can simulate a human body for the purposes of testing new medicines. If successful, it would eliminate the need to test new therapies on animals, which are currently used at the early stages of drug testing. Such a development “would be nothing short of a revolution to the pharmaceutical industry,” said SingularityHub.

 Farming, Gardening & Homesteading

USDA Inspectors Admit To Poop, Hair, Toenails In Factory Pork
Melissa Cronin - Over the past few years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has been trying out a new, faster way of inspecting the slaughter of hogs, known as the The Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Pont Inspection Models Project (HIMP)... The jarring affidavit from Ferguson, who retired last year after 23 years as a meat inspector, noted that at one plant 1,300 hogs were slaughtered per hour, compared to 1,100 per hour before the program was implemented. The result? Inspectors aren't stopping to remove defects — meaning meat contaminated with hair, toenails and bile is likely getting shipped out to consumers. "It's just nuts," he added.


Evidence emerges that measles outbreaks are deliberately encouraged by Big Pharma to ignite vaccine hysteria
(NaturalNews) We now have new transcriptions from this document filed with the United States government, which reveals shocking details about the vaccine fraud witnessed firsthand by Big Pharma's own scientists. The document is entitled United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Civil action No. 10-4374. "Complaint for Violations of the Federal False Claims Act."

Infographic: Vaccine Circular Logic
(NaturalNews) Vaccines are the only product that benefit from reverse market logic: The greater their failure rate, the more positive publicity and sales they receive.

Woman dies of sepsis after getting flu shot; CDC claims it as flu death, urges public to get vaccinated
(NaturalNews) A Wisconsin radiology technician who was recently forced by her employer to get a flu shot died just days later after contracting sepsis, according to reports. Katie McQuestion, a 26-year-old from Kenosha, reportedly took the jab in compliance with her hospital's demands, resulting in a rapid progression from good health to severe illness to gruesome death.

Measles vaccines kill more people than measles, CDC data proves
(NaturalNews) Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) reveal that nobody has died from measles in more than 10 years, while at least 108 deaths reported in VAERS during the same time frame have been linked to measles vaccines.

Even if You Exercise, Sitting Eight Hours a Day Significantly Increases Your Risk of Dying From Any Cause
Dr. Mercola - Sitting for more than eight hours a day is associated with a 90 percent increased risk of type 2 diabetes. Those who sit the most have a 147 percent increased relative risk of cardiovascular events compared to those who sit the least; all-cause mortality is increased by 50 percent. Sitting also increases lung cancer 54 percent; uterine cancer by 66 percent, and colon cancer by 30 percent.

Citrus essential oils help prevent liver cancer
(NaturalNews) A new study published in the journal Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics suggests that the scent of citronella can inhibit the growth of cancer cells, including cancer of the liver. Researchers from the Ruhr University Bochum, say terpenes, a main component of essential oils, can prevent or slow cancer cell growth.

Measles Outbreak: CA Senators Push Legislation to Force Parents to Immunize
Sputnik News - In the midst of its worst measles outbreak in 20 years, two California state senators will push to repeal the "personal belief exemption" that allows parents to opt out of vaccinating their children against preventable diseases.

GOP Hero Ben Carson Supports Mandatory Vaccination
Brandon Turbeville - Carson, who is a neurosurgeon, recently sounded off on the recent media-induced vaccine controversy. Being a major part of the medical establishment and given the thorough indoctrination medical doctors are given in medical school by the pharmaceutical companies, it is not surprising that he would look favorably upon the process of vaccination. However, his comments on the process of mandatory vaccination and the right of refusal is what should produce the shock.

VIDEO: Vaccine Inserts Say Recipients are Contagious for 28 Days
Experimental Vaccines - Kenny Valenzuela tries to break through the pro-vaccine propaganda mind control matrix that is now reaching red alert levels. So, let's go to the vaccine inserts themselves ...

Woman Contracts Polio Virus ‘From Vaccinated Infant’
Natural Society - In 1977, one of attorney Walter Kyle’s first ever vaccine injury cases involved a mother who acquired paralytic polio from mutated Sabin live trivalent oral polio vaccine [TOPV] viruses shed from her three-month-old infant’s diapers. This case isn’t new by any means, but it shows just how damaging vaccines can be, and why the US is trying to overturn citizen’s rights to sue pharmaceutical companies for vaccine injury

The CDC called me yesterday; what they wanted to know may shock you
Shepard Ambellas - I received a call from the Center for Disease Control (CDC). It was a recorded message, a survey. They wanted to know how many people, including children resided in my household and how many of them were vaccinated....
* Related 2011 article: CDC now calling U.S. households and demanding child immunization records as part of vaccine surveillance and tracking program

Solving the MSG Problem with Magnesium
(NaturalNews) The concern about MSG and glumtames in the food supply has hit a new all-time high since Codex Alimentarium rules are being enforced. Codex, through the WHO and WTO (World Trade Organization) creates the standards by which foods can be "legally" adulterated.

Super Energy Kale Soup
Dr. Mercola - Eating kale and other cruciferous vegetables two to three times a week or, even better, four to five times a week, is an easy way to significantly boost your health. Just one cup of kale will flood your body with disease-fighting vitamins K, A, and C, along with respectable amounts of manganese, copper, B vitamins, fiber, calcium, and potassium.


VIDEO: Measles, Back In The Days Before The Marketing Of The Vaccine
He's only got measles!

Weekend Viewing

Must Watch: The Exploding Autoimmune Epidemic - Dr. Tent
Activist Post - Diverse Health Services presents Dr. Tent's April 2012 two-hour lecture; The Exploding Autoimmune Epidemic. Dr. Tent highlights the hypocrisy contained within the mainstream medical establishment, as well as the massive amount of corruption as health care and politics intermingles at an ever greater rate. He thoroughly covers the history of cancer, viruses, autoimmune diseases, vaccines, human experimentation, bioweapons and more.

VIDEO: Silent Epidemic; The Untold Story of Vaccines - Movie - directed by Gary Null
Gary Null - Silent Epidemic, by award winning film director Gary Null, is the first documentary to investigate thoroughly the true medical record and the historical evidence about vaccine marvels. Conventional medicine has herald the invention of vaccines as a miracle of modern science. It claims that vaccines have been proven to prevent and eradicate infectious diseases. We are told that vaccines are safe and effective, and that "herd immunity" can be achieved if a high percentage of a population is vaccinated. However, does the science support these claims and what are the untold consequences?


Thursday - February 5, 2015 - Today in History:

1783 - Sweden recognized the independence of the United States.
1881 - Phoenix, AZ, was incorporated.
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.
1937 - U.S. President Roosevelt proposed enlarging the U.S. Supreme Court. The plan failed.
1952 - In New York City, four signs were installed at 44th Street and Broadway in Times Square that told pedestrians "don't walk."
1982 - Great Britain imposed economic sanctions against Poland and Russia in protest against martial law in Poland.
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.
1999 - Mike Tyson was sentenced to a year in jail for assaulting two people after a car accident on August 31, 1998. Tyson was also fined $5,000, had to serve 2 years of probation, and had to perform 200 hours of community service upon release.
2002 - A federal grand jury indicted John Walker Lindh, the so-called "American Taliban," alleging that he was trained by Osama bin Laden's network and that he conspired with the Taliban to kill Americans.
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

Kremlin confirms Hollande, Merkel visit to discuss end to Ukraine civil war
RT - The French president said he would travel to Kiev with the German chancellor on Thursday, to find a peaceful solution to the intensifying violence in the Ukrainian conflict. They are set to visit Moscow on the second day of their trip on Friday.

It Is About To Get Ugly: Oil Is Crashing And So Is Greece
Economic Collapse - The price of oil collapsed by more than 8 percent on Wednesday, and a decision by the European Central Bank has Greece at the precipice of a complete and total financial meltdown.

Paul Craig Roberts – The New Greek Government May Be Assassinated
KWN - Dr. Paul Craig Roberts stunned King World News when he said that the new Greek government may be assassinated because the stakes are so high. ... “There is much more involved here with Greece than just the interests of the creditor banks, who still want to be paid 100 cents on the dollar. There is another strong interest and this is the interest of the centralizing European Union government and the interest of the European Central Bank as the policy-maker for all of the countries. So they are using the Greek crisis to establish that ruling power structure….

Canada’s Sands Oil Production Depends on Saudi Arabia, Not Keystone
Sputnik News - Former UN official David Livingston said the fate of the Canadian tar sands oil production may not depend on the Keystone XL pipeline, unlike possible Saudi Arabia’s intention to keep oil prices low.... Livingston explained that Canada and Saudi Arabia are “quietly locked in a very competitive battle for market share in the heavy oil market,” particularly in the US Gulf Coast. “If the Saudis truly wish to impair the long-term prospects for the oil sands, they could do so by keeping the oil price at its current level for at least two years. This would have an impact on future investment decisions arguably equal to or greater than any decision on Keystone XL,” Livingston added.

'Historic' Vote As Wales Joins Scotland in Saying No to Fracking
Common Dreams - Just one week after Scotland announced its moratorium on fracking, the Welsh government voted on Wednesday to block the toxic method of shale gas extraction until it is proven safe from environmental and public health standpoints.

Marines caught in ISIS video? MSM says ISIS wearing Marine fatigues
WALB News - The video of the terror group ISIS executing a Jordanian pilot appeared to show militants wearing U.S. military-like uniforms. The militants wore camouflage resembling a pattern licensed to the U.S. Marine Corps. The footage, released Tuesday, showed the Jordanian pilot being burned alive while confined in a cage.

Moussaoui Says Saudis Funded al-Qaeda, Says Nothing About U.S. Role in Creating Terror Group
Kurt Nimmo - Zacarias Moussaoui, the so-called 20th September 11 hijacker, has fingered members of Saudi Arabia’s royal family as major al-Qaeda donors. The New York Times reports the Saudis deny the accusation and dismiss Moussaoui as mentally deranged. They say the allegation was rejected by the 9/11 commission. Moussaoui made similar claims in November. Despite the Saudi denial, there is plenty of evidence Saudi Arabia, the United States, and Pakistan organized, funded and trained the so-called “Afghan Arabs” that would ultimately become al-Qaeda and the Taliban.

Is The US Already Arming Kiev With Lethal Weapons?
Brandon Turbevilles - the Obama administration “mulls” the possibility of arming the Ukrainian government’s fascist forces with “lethal” weapons, recent reports have revealed that Kiev is intentionally targeting civilians and civilian infrastructure in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions of Eastern Ukraine. Other reports also suggest that the debate over whether or not to provide lethal assistance to the Ukrainian government was settled to the affirmative some time ago.

Leaked Audio Proves 2011 Libya War Rationale a Fraud
Voices of Liberty - Truth is the first casualty in war, but in Libya it’s resurrecting. There was never any evidence to support President Obama’s and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s claims to oust the Muammar Gaddafi government in Libya. Just released audio tapes reveal the hurry to war was all propaganda. Pentagon and Congressional personnel privy to reality worked in secret to prevent the U.S. intervention in Libya that lasted over seven months.

ECB Pulls The Trigger: Blocks Funding To Greece Via Debt Collateral - Full Statement
Zero Hedge - What this means simply is that since Greek banks are now unable to pledge Greek bonds as collateral and fund themselves, and liquidity is about to evaporate, the ECB has effectively just given a green light for Greek bank runs, as suddenly it has removed, both mathematically but worse politically, a key support pillar from underneath the already bailed out Greek banking system, (or merely a negotiating move to let Greece see just what kind of chaos this will create ahead of the big D-Day on Feb 25th when ELA could be withdrawn).

New Snowden Docs: Western Spy Agencies Rely on Hackers
Sputnik News - The US, UK and Canadian governments have been exploiting the information stolen by the same hackers they vilify and aggressively prosecute, according to documents leaked by National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Jail for helping homeless? Norway MPs want to criminalize both begging and aiding
RT - Norwegian lawmakers are working on a bill to introduce a national ban on begging in the streets and even want to extend it by proposing jail for helping the homeless with money, food or shelter. According to the draft of the law, begging in the streets will be punishable with fines and even imprisonment for up to one year. This was the original plan when the draft first emerged in June.

Iceland Decided To Do This With The Last McDonald’s Meal EVER Sold!
Natural Blaze - After spending over a year in Iceland’s National Museum, the last McDonalds meal sold in the country will now be going on display at the Bus Hostel in Reykjavik. The world-famous fast food chain shut down its Iceland locations in 2009,and even after all this time the last meal sold in the country has still not become rotten or moldy.

Ebola news

‘Ebola cases rise for first time in weeks’
Press TV - In the first weekly increase in new Ebola cases in 2015, the United Nations health agency said on Wednesday that 124 new cases had been registered in the three West African countries affected the most by the virus. The organization said that Sierra Leone had registered 80 new cases, Guinea 39, and Liberia five.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

'Less Lethal' Parachute Bullets Being Tested by Trigger-Happy Ferguson Police
Common Dreams - Nearly six months after a white Ferguson police officer fatally shot unarmed black teenager Michael Brown, city law enforcement has devised a dubious response to the sustained protests that have swept this Missouri municipality. They are calling it a "less lethal" gun attachment which purports to slow a bullet when fired, so that it wounds a person, potentially breaks a few ribs, but allegedly does not kill him or her.

US House of Representatives Passes Bill to Repeal, Replace Obamacare
Sputnik News - The US House of Representatives passed a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare by recorded vote: 239 - 186.... The White House issued a statement saying US President Barack Obama strongly opposes the bill and would veto it.

California City Council Approves Armored SWAT Ambulance, Despite Protests
Adan Salazar - “What do you need an ambulance for… in a tank? Are we expecting to go to war?” Police in a Bay Area town will soon be receiving an armored rescue vehicle amid opposition from protesters who fear cops will misuse the gear.... The city bought the vehicle with the help of a $200,000 grant from the Department of Homeland Security, to which demonstrators gathered outside of council chambers chanted, “Thanks, but no tanks.”

Man Sues TSA After Being Jailed on False Bomb Threat Charges
Mikael Thalen -The incident began in 2013 when Roger Vanderklok, a 57-year-old architect and marathon runner, was flagged by TSA during a security screening at the Philadelphia International Airport. Vanderklok’s carry-on, which contained a heart-monitoring watch and several PowerBars, was deemed suspicious after going through the X-ray scanner. For the next half-hour, TSA agents repeatedly searched Vanderklok’s belongings, demanding to know if he possessed any “organic matter.” Assuming organic matter to be fruits and vegetables exclusively, Vanderklok answered no, angering TSA agents who stated that PowerBars fell under the category.

School Cop Inflicts Brain Damage on One Kid, Punches One Who Cut in Line
Activist Post - In January he pushed and punched a 13-year-old in the face, knocking the kid to the floor, whom he believed had cut in line in the cafeteria. He charged the student for menacing and resisting arrest (!) and acted on it under lies. The middle-schooler then had to be treated at Kosair Hospital. He placed another student in a chokehold, cutting off blood flow to the brain and inducing unconsciousness - just a few days after the first incident. But, instead of calling for medical help for the unconscious kid, Hardin placed him in handcuffs for the rest of the day. This resulted in brain injury.

Economy & Business

IRS Warns Of Delayed Refunds, Long Waits For Taxpayers & Possible Shutdown
Forbes - Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner Koskinen has advised employees that the budget cuts will result in reduced services to taxpayers. In an email to employees sent earlier today, Commissioner Koskinen advised that “realistically we have no choice but to do less with less.” What does that mean for taxpayers?...

Energy & Environment

Chemtrail Source Material Finally Unveiled
Activist Post - For the last two decades the source material for chemtrails has been a mystery. Finally, the apparent ‘perfect’ element base material of chemtrails sprayed from airplanes—both government and commercial—that causes blanket clouds and welsbach reflective materials in the atmosphere, has been identified. It’s coal fly ash wastes from coal burning power plants! Apparently, coal ash—both types—is difficult and extremely expensive to dispose of, something like a billion dollar problem per plant, according to the video.

Smart meter fire kills 74-year old man in Dallas, Texas
Take Back Your Power - A family believes an Oncor electrical meter sparked a fire that killed a man in South Dallas Tuesday night. Now, investigators are working with Oncor to see whether that’s the cause.... The Public Utilities Commission says it has not received safety complaints about smart meters before, but smart meter installations were blamed for two house fires in Arlington back in 2010.

Science & Technology

Health insurer Anthem hit by massive cybersecurity breach
(Reuters) - Health insurer Anthem Inc , which has nearly 40 million U.S. customers, said late on Wednesday that hackers had breached one of its IT systems and stolen personal information relating to current and former consumers and employees. The information accessed during the "very sophisticated attack" did include names, birthdays, social security numbers, street addresses, email addresses and employment information, including income data, the company said.

US Navy Unveils Firefighting Robot
Sputnik News - Researchers at Virginia Tech in cooperation with the US Navy’s Office of Naval Research presented a firefighting robot, capable of mobility aboard a ship, manipulating doors and fire hoses, and equipped with sensors to see and navigate through smoke.

New NSA Guidelines Allow Use of Intercepted Info Against US Citizens
Sputnik News - The government can use information in court about US citizens obtained through the Foreign Surveillance Intelligence Act (FISA) which ostensibly targets only foreigners, according to an Obama administration report released Tuesday.

DHS is giving police departments social media surveillance software
MassPrivateI - WA: A nearly $70,000 DHS social media monitoring grant obtained by Benton County Emergency Management helped pay for the social media intelligence software — the first of its kind in the Tri-Cities. Variations of the software are used nationwide.... The software gathers real-time and old posts from around the area and organizes the data for officials to review. They can track where a post came from and use keyword searches to follow conversations on several sites. Police claim reviewing social media sites is routinely part of the investigative process and their hope is this will be another tool to track criminal behavior.

Big brother is spying on you in parking lots and hotels
MassPrivateI - Newspapers like the Boston Globe, Monroe News and Mercury News reported, a nationwide network of unmarked cars armed with automated plate readers are hoovering up data from cars in parking lots. License plate tracking companies like the 'Virtual Parking Manager' assert that collecting the data is covered by the First Amendment, even when they make their data pools available to law enforcement agencies.

FCC chairman proposes regulating Internet like phone service
(AP) - In an op-ed to Wired magazine posted online, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler said his plan would regulate Internet service much like phone service or any other public utility by applying Title II of the 1934 Communications Act. Wheeler said he would not use the new regulations to tell broadband providers how much to charge customers or to impose tariffs. Industry has fought against this approach, contending that it would only be a matter of time before the rules grow more stringent and discourage investment.

Coming to USA? China Will Force Users Of Web Services To Register Their Real Name
TechCrunch - China began intensifying its crackdown on VPN services last month, and now the country’s internet regulator has turned its attention to domestic websites and services. New regulations announced by the Cyberspace Administration of China today require users of social media, websites, forums, and other online services to register their real name and official ID from March 1.

 Farming, Gardening & Homesteading

GeneWatch Warns of Superbug Danger from GMO Insect Factories
Sustainable Pulse - In a new report published today, GeneWatch UK publishes evidence that genetically modified (GM) insect factories could spread antibiotic resistant bacteria into the environment, posing a risk to human health.... UK company Oxitec has developed GM mosquitoes and agricultural pests which are bred using the common antibiotic tetracycline in their feed.


Prescription Painkillers Lack Evidence of Safety and Effectiveness for Long-Term Use
Dr. Mercola - The excessive use of over-the-counter (OTC) painkillers like acetaminophen is equally troublesome, accounting for about 100,000 emergency room visits each year due to overdosing. aking just 25 percent more than the daily recommended dose of acetaminophen—the equivalent of just two extra strength pills per day—can cause liver damage after just a couple of weeks of daily use, and acetaminophen poisoning accounts for nearly half of all acute liver failure cases in the US.

3 Whole Food Supplements that Go Beyond Multivitamins
Natural Society - There’s no denying that multivitamins can have a positive effect on the human body (just make sure they actually contain the vitamin, food, or herb advertised). But the problem is that most multivitamins are a collection of isolated nutrients selected and combined by the company making the product. Many natural health authorities have pointed out that when nature does the selecting and combining, the end product is a whole food with a much better nutritional profile.

Another "shocker" from the American Cancer Society
(NaturalNews) On its website, the American Cancer Society lists a number of breast cancer risk factors. When it comes to diet and vitamin intake, however, the ACS labels evidence regarding these factors as "unclear." Yet, the result IS clear: breast cancer patients are not being empowered with the scientific evidence linking nutrition to cancer prevention.

Left-Right Paradigm Warps Vaccine Debate
Activist Post - In the most intense barrage of propaganda regarding vaccination yet, Hillary Clinton has fired the latest salvo in the battle against those who have made the decision not to vaccinate themselves or their children. Indeed, the battle being waged now seems to be more about the freedom to make that decision than it is about the science of vaccines.

Michigan CPS Seeking to Force Measles Vaccine on 4 Small Kids Against Desire of Parents
Health Impact News - A judge will decide within days whether to order four small children in an Oakland County family to be immunized for measles, against the wishes of their parents, who are fighting to retain rights to the children. Child protective service workers were seeking to terminate the parental rights of Brian and Amy Kenny of Highland Township, who have a long history of drug and alcohol abuse, domestic violence and child neglect, when they learned the four children, ages 10 and under, had not been inoculated against the measles.

Arizona Sued By Abused Foster Children!
Health Impact News - Arizona’s treatment of foster children is so bad it actually puts kids at risk of greater harm, says a federal class-action lawsuit filed today against the directors of the Arizona Department of Child Safety and the Department of Health Services. Ten foster children in Pima and Maricopa counties are plaintiffs in the suit, which is packed with details of Arizona children in state custody experiencing a dizzying number of placements, separation from siblings, deterioration in psychological health, and untreated physical and mental health problems.

Alternative Treatments and Home Remedies For Tuberculosis
Adrienne Erin - Tuberculosis, also known as TB, is not simply an old disease that killed Doc Holliday and plenty of people during the early part of the 20th century. It afflicts 3 in 100,000 people today in the U.S., and today, we have more knowledge about natural remedies and prevention than Doc Holliday did. However, TB is still a serious disease that affects millions of people worldwide, especially those in developing countries.

Pet News

The Truth Spilled (Photos)
Susan Thixton - A semi-truck carrying "chopped dead fish" meant for cat food overturned in Washington state. The picture posted speaks to the many truths of pet food. Notice – this trailer, hauling this huge load of scrap pieces of fish – is not refrigerated. Pet food (excuse me…pet feed) regulations do not require raw materials to be transported or warehoused under refrigeration or frozen. In other words – pet feed ingredients such as meat or fish – could be spoiling/rotting for days before it becomes a pet food (feed).

PETA Kills 88% of Pets In Its Care
Kit Daniels - People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals killed at least 88% of the dogs and cats entrusted in its care last year, in contrast to “no kill” animal shelters which have adoption rates of over 90%. PETA took in 2,626 pets in 2014 but only found homes for 39, with the rest either being killed within 24 hours or sent to kill shelters.... “How much money did PETA take in last year from unsuspecting donors who helped pay for this mass carnage? $51,933,001,” pet advocate Nathan J. Winograd reported. “$50,449,023 in contributions, $627,336 in merchandise sales, and $856,642 in interest and dividends.”

Wednesday - February 4, 2015 - Today in History:

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.
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.
1932 - The first Winter Olympics were held in the United States at Lake Placid, NY.
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.
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.
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.
1999 - Warplanes from Israel attacked south Lebanon just after rockets were fired toward Israel. No casualies were claimed on either side.
2003 - Yugoslavia was dissolved and replaced with a loose union of its remaining two republics, Serbia and Montenegro.
2004 - The social networking website Facebook was launched.

World News

Jordan executes 2 prisoners after Islamic State burns pilot to death
RT - Amman has executed two prisoners, including the Al-Qaeda would-be suicide bomber Sajida al-Rishawi, after promising a lethal response to the brutal murder of a Jordanian pilot who had been captured by the Islamic State. Government spokesman Mohammed al-Momani identified the second prisoner as Ziad al-Karbouli, AP reported, adding that both executions took place early on Wednesday. The executions were carried out by hanging, Reuters reported.

Was Jordanian pilot burned alive after sick Twitter campaign among ISIS supporters to name his method of death?
UK Daily Mail - Thousands of ISIS supporters took to Twitter in the days after Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh was captured to suggest sick methods of execution – including the two techniques that ultimately resulted in his death, it emerged today. Kasasbeh was seen being burnt alive before being run over by a bulldozer in a 22-minute-long video released by the terror group yesterday, in which the level of barbarism and brutality sunk to new lows, even by ISIS’ depraved standards.

BRICS bank legislation submitted to Russian parliament
RT - The Russian government has submitted a bill to parliament to ratify the BRICS bank. The New Development Bank will have assets of $100 billion from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa and rival the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. The New Development Bank agreement will come into force only after all five countries ratify the legislation.

Hundreds Try to Storm Ukrainian President's Office in Kiev
Sputnik News - The protesters demand access to the Ukrainian administration’s conference room to make a TV statement. They also allegedly called for the resignation of the Ukrainian security agencies' chiefs, including the country's defense minister.

ISIS Burns Alive Jordanian Hostage Pilot; Offers Gold Reward For Death Of More Coalition Pilots
Zero Hedge - ISIS released a video showing a Jordanian pilot captured by the Islamic State extremist group being burned to death. According to AP, which could not confirm tha authenticity of the video, the clip was released on militant websites and bore the logo of the extremist group's al-Furqan media service. The 20-minute-long video "featured the slick production and graphics used in previous videos released by the group."

Jordan vows 'revenge' for ISIS execution of pilot hostage
RT - Jordan will execute failed suicide bomber Sajida Al-Rishawi "within hours", as revenge for the ISIS killing of hostage pilot Moath al-Kasasbeh, a security official told AFP. Earlier, Jordan offered to swap the two prisoners. "The revenge will be as big as the calamity that has hit Jordan," army spokesman Colonel Mamdouh al Ameri said in a televised statement as cited by Reuters, after a video surface of the pilot being burned alive. A government spokesman promised a "strong, earth-shaking and decisive" response to the execution.

US Coalition Conducts 14 Airstrikes Against IS in Syria, Iraq
Sputnik News - The US-led coalition continued their onslaught against Islamic State (IS) conducting five airstrikes against IS militants in Syria and nine in Iraq between Monday and Tuesday, the US Central Command said in a statement released Tuesday.

"This Is Effectively 'World War III'", Iraq Warns "All The World's Capitals Are Under Threat From ISIS"
Zero Hedge - With nearly 1400 killed in Iraq in January alone (800 of them civilians), Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari told his visiting Austrian counterpart today that "the fight against Islamic State is effectively 'World War III' and that all the world's major capitols are under threat."

Another Conspiracy Theory Becomes Fact: The Entire Oil Collapse Is All About Crushing Russian Control Over Syria
Zero Hedge - And so the great chess game involving Saudi Arabia, Russia, the United States, Qatar, Syria, ISIS, Ukraine, natural gas and lots and lots of oil, is finally revealed.

Argentine President Arrest Warrant Discovered At Dead Prosecutor's Home
Zero Hedge - It would have provoked a crisis without precedents in Argentina," exclaims a political analyst after, as The NYTimes reports, a draft of a warrant for the arrest of President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner - accusing her of trying to shield Iranian officials from responsibility in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center - was found at dead prosecutor Alberto Nisman's home. The new revelation has further inflamed theories regarding the heightened tensions between him and the government before he was found dead, as "it would have been a scandal on a level previously unseen."

UK Gives Green Light to Combining DNA of Three Parents in Unborn Babies
Sputnik News - The lower house of the UK parliament voted by an overwhelming majority on Tuesday to allow the use of a third-person DNA to fix genetic disorders in unborn babies, making Britain the first country to do so.

Every Second Child Born in Spain to Be Diagnosed With Cancer
Sputnik News - Every second person born in Spain will likely be diagnosed with cancer, President of the Spanish Society of Medical Oncology (SEOM) Pilar Garrido said Tuesday. Speaking at the ceremony marking World Cancer day observed on February 4, Garrido said that over 227,000 new cases of cancer will be recorded in Spain in 2015.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Obama: ‘Deploying All Assets’ to Rescue American Woman Held by ISIS
Breitbart - President Barack Obama told the Today Show the United States is working to release a 26-year-old American woman from the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL). The terrorists captured the woman on August 30. The family requested that the media not release the woman’s identity. Authorities believe she is the only American left with the Islamic State.

Obama Admin Grants Immunity To CDC Scientist That Fudged Vaccine Report…Whistleblower Plans To Testify Before Congress
Daily Caller - The Obama administration has granted whistleblower immunity to a federal government scientist that claimed he intentionally omitted information in a study that could have shown a race-based link between vaccines and childhood diseases including autism. That scientist, still employed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is working closely with a congressman’s office to tell his story to lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

Obama Responds to ISIS Burning Pilot Alive – by Promoting Obamacare!
Kit Daniels - After the Islamic State released a video Tuesday showing ISIS militants lighting pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh on fire as he stood in a cage, Obama contrasted the death and destruction of ISIS with the “benefits” of Obamacare, which he claimed makes “people healthier” and “their lives better.”

St. Louis Police Threaten to Quit or Slowdown If Civilian Oversight Passes
Daily Sheeple - St. Louis, MO– A bill to create a seven-member civilian oversight board for the St. Louis Police Department is looking like a sure bet to pass next month. The majority of the Board of Aldermen and even Mayor Francis are attaching their names to it.

Cops Burst Into 11 Year Old Girl’s Bedroom, Order Her To Floor At Gunpoint
Steve Watson - Florida police officers let themselves into a Groveland home last week, then ran into a young girl’s bedroom, pointing guns at her and yelling at her to drop to the floor. Jean Guirand, the girl’s father, is seeking justice after the cops responded to a burglar alarm by entering a side door to the property, making their way upstairs and into the child’s room without identifying themselves.

Why I Skipped Super Bowl Sunday This Year — It’s Just a Football Game, People!
The PPJ Gazette by Gary G. Kohls, MD - A surprising 50% of the US population didn’t watch the 9 hours of TV coverage of Super Bowl Sunday this year. I confess that I was one of them. And it wasn’t the first time that I have intentionally skipped the over-hyped, often tiresome Super Bowl extravaganza, reportedly the day when there is more domestic abuse than any other day of the year. I suppose such an act will be counted as heresy among some of my friend, but so be it.

Economy & Business

Report: The Gravy Train Is Over For Welfare Recipients: ‘Earn Your Keep or Go Hungry’
Mac Slavo - In the State of Maine, it’s time for those who have been collecting welfare and providing the taxpayers nothing in return to get to work. A law passed in 2008 was put on hold because of the recession and high unemployment, but the governor has reinstated it and is now moving to force at least 6,000 of the state’s welfare recipients to either get a job or go hungry.

Attempt to pay property taxes in $1 bills lands man in jail
Blacklisted News - According to the affidavit: The deputy was at the Annex, 600 Scott Street, just after 2 p.m. when Wichita County Tax Assessor Collector Tommy Smyth asked Timothy Andrew Norris, 27, to leave the tax office. Smyth accused Norris of disrupting the operation and efficiency of the tax office by attempting to pay $600-worth of property taxes with $1 bills. The bills were said to be folded so tightly it “required tax office personnel approximately six minutes to unfold each bill.”

White House Predicts Record 3.176 Trillion in Tax Revenues...
CNS News- The data that the White House published with President Obama’s fiscal 2016 budget proposal yesterday indicate that the federal deficit will increase by 20 percent during this fiscal year (2015) even though the administration predicts the Treasury will bring in record revenue during the year.

S&P to pay $1.4 billion settlement to end probe stemming from '08 recession
RT - One of the world's biggest credit rating agencies has agreed to pay United States prosecutors nearly $1.4 billion to settle claims it defrauded investors ahead of the 2008 financial crisis. Under the terms of the settlement acknowledged on Tuesday this week, Wall Street giant Standard & Poor's will pay a total of $1.375 billion in order to settle allegations that it knowingly defrauded investors by manipulating interest rates ahead of the 2008 financial crisis.

How Wall Street got snowed on weather derivatives
Fortune - A few years ago, the market for financial contracts based on snowfall was, for lack of a better phrase, heating up. More and more firms began popping up to sell the specialized weather derivatives. Insurance firms hired traders who would focus on buying and selling the contracts. The Chicago Mercantile Exchange listed dozens of contracts based on snowfall in numerous cities that could be traded like stocks, and were expected to rise and fall daily based on the forecast. A number of large Wall Street firms seemed interested in getting into the market.

Good Samaritans donate to Detroit man who walks 21 miles to work each day
RT - Unable to afford a car, Detroit resident James Robertson walks a 21 mile round trip to his factory job each day. A local man noticed his plight and began offering him rides. Now, an online donation page has reeled in plenty of money for a car – and more. As of 3:20 p.m. EST, the GoFundMe page ‘Help James Robertson Get a Car’ had more than $222,000 in donations.

Energy & Environment

Mercury levels in Hawaiian Yellowfin Tuna Increasing
Daily Sheeple - Mercury concentrations in Hawaiian yellowfin tuna are increasing at a rate of 3.8 percent or more per year, according to a new University of Michigan-led study that suggests rising atmospheric levels of the toxin are to blame.

Science & Technology

US Issuing Licenses for Mineral Mining on Moon
Sputnik News - The United States government is taking a new and early approach to spur commercial development of space. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has started issuing companies licenses to own land on the moon.... Under such license, the company that develops inflatable space habitats, will have exclusive rights to a territory and related areas on the moon, where it can set up an inflatable habitat and perform mining and exploration.

Google is paying AdBlock to unblock their ads
Phandroid - If you’re a savvy internet user you’re probably using some sort of ad blocker (though hopefully not on your favorite sites). The most popular ad blocker is called AdBlock Plus, which boasts over 300 million downloads worldwide. That’s a lot of advertising dollars that are going unseen by internet users. Google, along with Amazon, Microsoft and Taboola, have decided to do something about it. The Financial Times is reporting that these companies have paid AdBlock Plus to allow their ads to pass through the blocking software.


Missouri company invents amazing survival moped that could help you bug out on a gallon of gas
(NaturalNews) The Survival Bike is actually a moped designed to be, as the MOTOPED website puts it, "a utilitarian, military-inspired super-hauler," ideal for bugging out in style on two wheels. It has a primary fuel tank and two auxiliary tanks which allow up to 500 miles of travel without a fill-up.

7 must-have spices to stockpile for survival
(NaturalNews) Grumpy G of has prepared a list of "must-have" spices which will add flavor to your post-apocalyptic mealtimes while also providing health benefits that will keep you in top condition during a prolonged crisis.

Survival Basics: The Six Enemies of Food Storage
Natural Blaze - With the rapid escalation of food prices, I want to reintroduce you to the six enemies of food storage. They are important to understand and, even if they are sometimes unavoidable, the six enemies are good to keep in mind as you invest in food for your prepper pantry.


B vitamin deficiency will drive you insane - here's the best food sources
(NaturalNews) If you do choose to supplement with B vitamins, it is important to take a full B complex. Taking one or more B vitamin over an extended period of time can cause deficiencies in other B vitamins. Remember a healthy diet is one that consists of 80% raw, fresh, organic produce - more vegetables than fruits along with healthy omega 3 fats. To properly absorb and assimilate B vitamins, you must have balanced healthy fats in the body and a healthy gut that's not overrun with Candida.

Six preventable disorders America has manufactured, perpetuated and propagated
(NaturalNews) Cancer, arthritis, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, osteoporosis and heart disease barely even existed in the USA 100 years ago. Doctors were going broke. Natural remedies were in full swing, including those used by herbal healers, the American Indians, midwives and doctors who made house calls. So much for that.

Libs Trash Sen. Rand Paul for Daring to Have Opinion About Vaccination
Kurt Nimmo - Kentucky Senator and putative presidential candidate Rand Paul has serious issues with the state telling parents to vaccinate their kids.... “I have heard of many tragic cases of walking, talking, normal children who wound up with profound mental disorders after vaccines,” Rand Paul said in during an interview. “But I think the parents should have some input. The state doesn’t own your children.”

Fox Host on Mandatory Vaccines: “Some Things Require Big Brother”
Paul Joseph Watson - After both Rand Paul and Chris Christie said that the government should not have the power to make childhood vaccines mandatory, Fox News hosts Megyn Kelly and Bill O’Reilly agreed that the state should be able to force parents into giving their kids shots, arguing “some things require big brother”.

GNC, Target, Wal-Mart, Walgreens accused of selling adulterated ‘herbals’
Washington Post - A warning to herbal supplement users: Those store-brand ginkgo biloba tablets you bought may contain mustard, wheat, radish and other substances decidedly non-herbal in nature, but they’re not likely to contain any actual ginkgo biloba. That’s according to an investigation by the New York State attorney general’s office into store-brand supplements at four national retailers — GNC, Target, Walgreens and Wal-Mart.

Pet News

Pet Food - Funding Human Food Safety
Susan Thixton - What is another huge difference between human food and pet food? Significant income earned by State Department of Agricultures from pet food. Animal food manufacturers are required to register in each state their products are sold in and pay fees per tonnage sold in each state, human food doesn’t register and doesn’t pay a dime.... And who ultimately pays these fees (end cost of the pet food)? Consumers. One would think, that since pet food/animal feed registration and licensing fees would make pet foods/animal feeds safer than human food…right? Wrong.

Mycotoxins Ignored
Susan Thixton - The science to prove the risks to pets of various mycotoxins is abundant. As well, there is science to prove a toxic synergy occurs when multiple mycotoxins are present in a food. So why - with all this science to base risk on - have authorities not established regulatory limits for all mycotoxins and their cumulative effect on pets?

Tuesday - February 3, 2015 - Today in History: 

1690 - The first paper money in America was issued by the Massachusetts colony. it was used to pay soldiers that were fighting in the war against Quebec.
1783 - Spain recognized the independence of the United States.
1809 - The territory of Illinois was created.
1815 - The world's first commercial cheese factory was established in Switzerland.
1862 - Thomas Edison printed the "Weekly Herald" and distributed it to train passengers traveling between Port Huron and Detroit, MI. It was the first time a newspaper had been printed on a train.
1900 - In Frankfort, KY, gubernatorial candidate William Goebels died from an assasin's bullet wounds. On August 18, 1900, Ex-Sec. of State Caleb Powers was found guilt of conspiracy to murder Gov. Goebels.
1913 - The 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. It authorized the power to impose and collect income tax.
1917 - The U.S. broke off diplomatic relations with Germany, which had announced a policy of unrestricted submarine warfare.
1945 - Russia agreed to enter World War II against Japan.
1984 - Challenger 4 was launched as the tenth space shuttle mission.
2009 - Eric Holder was sworn in as attorney general. He was the first African-American to hold the post.
2011 - Tens of thousands of protesters staged unprecedented demonstrations against Yemen's autocratic president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, a key U.S. ally in battling Islamic militants.

World News

The Golden Age Of Black Ops: US Special Forces Have Already Deployed To 105 Nations This Year
Zero Hedge - During the fiscal year that ended on September 30, 2014, U.S. Special Operations forces (SOF) deployed to 133 countries - roughly 70% of the nations on the planet - according to Lieutenant Colonel Robert Bockholt, a public affairs officer with U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM). And this year could be a record-breaker, just 66 days into fiscal 2015 - America’s most elite troops had already set foot in 105 nations, approximately 80% of 2014’s total. Despite its massive scale and scope, this secret global war across much of the planet is unknown to most Americans…”We want to be everywhere,” said Votel at Geolnt.

Meet the 77th Battalion – The British Army is Mobilizing 1,500 “Facebook Warriors” to Spread Disinformation
Michael Krieger - The British Army will revive one of the most contentious special forces units of the second world war, the Chindits, as a new generation of “Facebook” warriors who will wage complex and covert information and subversion campaigns.

Greece FinMin: "No U-Turn" In Our Position; "Write-Off Can Occur In Several Methods" Spokesman Adds
Zero Hedge - [...] a day after the FT report sent futures soaring and has been responsible for the jump in European stocks this morning, the Greek finance minister made it quite clear that, as has been happening on pretty much every day since his ascent to power, he has been misinterpreted and that as Bloomberg noted a little over na hour ago, "there has been no "U-turn" on the Greek debt position, adding that "Our promise is solid, debt will be rendered sustainable even if haircut replaced with euphemisms, swaps" Greece’s Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis comments in Twitter post.

Syriza Official Vows to Kill EU-US Trade Deal as 'Gift to All European People'
Common Dreams - An official with Greece's newly elected Syriza party may have sounded the death knell for a proposed EU-U.S. trade deal that has faced a mountain of opposition from civil society. The deal is the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), now facing its eighth round of talks between negotiators this week in Brussels. The TTIP, which would be the biggest trade deal ever, has been criticized as a corporate-friendly deal that threatens food and environmental safety under the guise of "harmonization" of regulations.

Russia Begins WMD Defense Drills in Armenia and Near Ukraine
Sputnik News - Large-scale exercises of Russian radiation, chemical, and biological defense troops have started on seven firing ranges in Russia's Southern Military Region, as well as the Crimean Peninsula and Armenia, Russia's news agency RIA-Novosti reports.

US-Backed Syrian Rebels Join Jihadist Coalition
SputnikNews - A rebel group in Syria supported by the United States joined an alliance of largely jihadist groups that includes the Islamic Front, a coalition backed by Saudi Arabia. The Hazzm movement joined the Jabhat al-Shamiyya, or Levant Front, after an increasing number of attacks against them by al-Qaeda’s al-Nusrah Front.

Obama & Merkel to Discuss Arming Ukraine in Washington Next Week
Sputnik News - For months, the United States has been supplying non-lethal aid to Ukrainian forces. But a number of officials have urged for that support to include lethal assistance, and with German Chancellor Merkel visiting Washington next week, those talks will be on the table.

Pakistan test-fires N-capable missile
Press TV - Pakistan has successfully test-fired a new indigenous nuclear-capable air-launched cruise missile (ALCM) with a range of 350 kilometers (nearly 220 miles)… The test-fire comes just two days after India performed a similar operation testing its longest-range nuclear-capable ballistic missile…

Murderous Marxist Tyrant Mugabe to Lead African Union
The New American - As if to highlight for humanity the danger of the regional regimes proliferating across the world, ruthless Marxist dictator Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe — among the most brutal tyrants on a planet packed with despots — was selected to serve as “chairman” of the so-called African Union.

Ebola news

UK government feared terrorists would weaponise Ebola
The Guardian - The Ministry of Defence has released a heavily redacted report, prepared in October, that identified three scenarios involving the exploitation of Ebola for bioterrorism. Details of the first scenario are entirely blacked out, as are most of those of the second, which is described as “logistically and technically challenging for a non-state group to undertake”.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

War Is the New Normal: Seven Deadly Reasons Why America’s Wars Persist
Common Dreams - The U.S. military’s recourse to private contractors has strengthened the profit motive for war-making and prolonged wars as well. Unlike the citizen-soldiers of past eras, the mobilized warrior corporations of America’s new mercenary moment -- the Halliburton/KBRs (nearly $40 billion in contracts for the Iraq War alone), the DynCorps ($4.1 billion to train 150,000 Iraqi police), and the Blackwater/Xe/Academis ($1.3 billion in Iraq, along with boatloads of controversy) -- have no incentive to demobilize.

US AFRICOM Commander Calls for "Huge" Military Campaign in West Africa
Global Research - The US should prepare for operations in at least four West African countries as part of a “huge international and multinational” response aimed at forces affiliated with Boko Haram, Rodriguez said. AFRICOM is already preparing an “across the board response to the threat,” Rodriguez said.

Quietly classifying US spending on Afghanistan
Al Jazeera - “Just recently, information our agency has publicly reported on every quarter for the last six years was suddenly classified," said John F Sopko, special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction. "This left SIGAR, for the first time ever, unable to publicly report to the American taxpayer on the status of a large portion of their over $60bn investment."

Pentagon Requests $1.6Bln for Ballistic Missile Defense
Sputnik News - The US Defense Department is asking for $1.6 billion to test and develop its ground-based interceptor ballistic missile defense system, according to department’s program acquisition document. “Additional funding is sought for…missile defense ground based interceptor reliability ($1.6 billion),” the document issued Monday said.

Proposed US Defense Budget Includes $10.6Bln for F-35 Joint Strike Fighters
Sputnik News - The proposed $585 billion Defense Department budget includes $10.6 billion in funding for the procurement of 57 F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft for the Air Force, Navy and Marines, a program acquisition document released by the Defense Department (DOD) said.

President to unveil $4 trillion budget that busts spending limits
The Hill - President Obama on Monday will unveil a nearly $4 trillion budget for 2016 that offers a tax cut for the middle class and a $478 billion infrastructure plan, as well as new taxes on the wealthy and businesses… The budget busts through ceilings on spending that were introduced in a 2011 budget deal between President Obama and House Republicans. The increased spending is likely to be rejected by Republicans now in control of the House and Senate.

FBI Official: We Need to “Keep Fear Alive” to Justify Terror Budget
Paul Joseph Watson - Appearing in a documentary about how the FBI entraps and provocateurs terror suspects, former FBI assistant director Thomas Fuentes admits that the federal agency needs to “keep fear alive” in order to justify budget increases.

More evidence that ATF stings were aimed at the weak, mentally challenged and drug-addicted
The Washington Post - In December 2013, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel found that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) was conducting ridiculous sting operations in several cities in which agents preyed on people with mental problems and low IQs…Now the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports similar problems at the ATF outpost there.

Man Calls 911, Responding Officer Shoots and Kills Caller AND His Dog
The Daily Sheeple - On the night of December 29, 2014, Kevin Davis’ girlfriend was stabbed during a dispute with a roommate. Davis did what most people would do – he called the police for help. It would be the last call he ever made.

How Many People are Killed by Police? Crowdsourcing Identifies the Officer-Involved Killings Government Doesn't Count
AllGov - The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) collects a lot of crime data from cities, counties and states, but does not ask law enforcement who they are killing and why. While governments get ready to possibly gather that information, the website Killed by Police is attempting to fill the gap by crowdsourcing the question through Facebook.

Economy & Business

Barack Obama Says That What America Really Needs Is Lots More Debt
Economic Collapse - Despite the fact that the U.S. national debt is on pace to approximately double during his eight years in the White House, he has just proposed a budget that would take government spending to crazy new heights. When Barack Obama took the oath of office, the U.S. national debt was 10.6 trillion dollars. Today, it has surpassed the 18 trillion dollar mark. And even though we are being told that “deficits are going down”, the truth is that the U.S. national debt increased by more than a trillion dollars in fiscal 2014. But that isn’t good enough for Obama.

Report: Federal Government Issued Nearly 5.5 Million Work Permits to Foreign Nationals Since 2009
National Review - More than 5.46 million foreign nationals have received work permits from the federal government since 2009, according to a new report from the Center for Immigration Studies. Data uncovered from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency reveal that approximately 982,000 work permits were given to illegal immigrants and other foreign nationals unqualified for admission, most of whom crossed the border without inspection.

Fed's "Solid" Expansion Called Into Question as Big Name Retailers Stampede into Bankruptcy
Wall Street On Parade - It was just last Wednesday that the U.S. central bank, the Federal Reserve, released its monetary policy statement and reassured the markets that “economic activity has been expanding at a solid pace” with “strong job gains.” … The Fed statement also came on the heels of thousands of job cut announcements by companies like American Express (4,000), Schlumberger (9,000), IBM (at least 2,000), Baker Hughes (7,000), and Coca Cola (1,600 to 1,800). What’s happening among U.S. retailers is also not suggesting strong job gains.

Majority of Americans don't have Bank Balances that Exceed One Month's Income
AllGov - Eighty percent of those in this country could live for a month or less on the money available to them from checking and savings accounts and cash at home, according to research by the Pew Charitable Trusts. Even when counting the money that’s hard to access, such as that in 401(k) retirement accounts or getting more credit, the average household could replace only four months’ worth of income.

SF Bookstore Survived 100% Rent Increase, Great Recession & Competition from Amazon and eBooks, but Not $15 Minimum Wage
EPJ - Overall, Borderlands has managed to defeat every problem that has come our way. At the beginning of 2014, the future of the business looked, if not rosy, at least stable and very positive. We were not in debt, sales were meeting expenses and even allowing a small profit, and, perhaps most importantly, the staff and procedures at both the bookstore and the cafe were well established and working smoothly. So it fills us with sorrow and horror to say that we will be closing very soon.

Energy & Environment

As California Water Resources Dwindle, New Fears Over Drilling Waste Contamination
Common Dreams - With the blessing of California state regulators, drilling companies have injected an untold amount of toxic wastewater left over from fracking and other drilling operations into aquifers, according to an investigation by the San Francisco Chronicle published on Sunday. In October, it was confirmed that nearly 3 billion gallons of oil industry wastewater had been illegally dumped in aquifers through at least nine disposal wells.

Science & Technology

Uber Opening Robotics Research Facility In Pittsburgh To Build Self-Driving Cars
TechCrunch - Driver-on-demand service Uber is building a robotics research lab in Pittsburgh, PA to “kickstart autonomous taxi fleet development,” sources close to the decision have confirmed to TechCrunch. They say the company has hired talent from Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute, including lead engineering and commercialization experts.

 Farming, Gardening & Homesteading

How to Grow Buckets Full of Blueberries at Home
Natural Blaze - Do you love the taste and health benefits of blueberries? Would you like a fruit crop that will produce well in a short amount of time and doesn’t require a lot of space (and can even be grown in a container)? Have you tried growing blueberries and had poor results? This post is for you! Learn how to grow blueberries at home in your own backyard.


Merck vaccine scientist threatened with jail time for trying to expose massive vaccine data manipulation and fraud
(NaturalNews) Former Merck virologist Stephen A Krahling tried to go to the FDA with evidence of vaccine research fraud taking place at Merck, but he was threatened with jail time by Merck's own people, according to a False Claims Act document he and another co-worker filed with the federal government. Merck senior management not only threatened jail time if the scientist exposed the fraud; they also attempted to pay him off with promises of financial bonuses if he kept quiet, the documents explain.

Dr. Rowen: Measles Spread by those Vaccinated
Health Impact News - Worried about measles? If you are vaccinated, you should be. If you are my age, and were lucky enough to get wild measles, you needn’t worry at all. Measles has been quite stubborn to be wiped out. In China, in one province, 99% of children are vaccinated but measles runs strong. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure that one out. Clearly measles vaccine doesn’t work as advertised.

Study finds vitamin D helps prevent and treat colon cancer
(NaturalNews) More details on the cancer-preventive benefits of vitamin D have been revealed in a new study published in the journal Gut. Researchers from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston found that vitamin D plays a critical role in supporting immune system function, including in the prevention and treatment of colon cancer.

L-Glutamine Changes Gut Bacteria Leading To Weight Loss
Mae Chan - L-Glutamine is the most common amino acid found in your muscles and it plays a key role in protein metabolism, and the ability to secrete human growth hormone, which helps metabolize body fat and support new muscle growth. Researchers have now found that a daily L-glutamine dose of 30 grams per day was associated with a significant reduction in the ratio of specific biomarkers for obesity.

4 Spices That Stomp Out Inflammation Even in Ordinary, Routine Cooking
Dr. Mercola - Normal, everyday amounts of these 4 spices - not megadoses as found in a pill - can dampen induced inflammatory responses in white blood cells. Discover these 4 nutritional gems plus the top 10 most potent list... Gladly, they all add nutrients but no calories.

Blueberries Could Lower Your Blood Pressure: RCT Data
Dr. Mercola - Eating the equivalent of one cup of blueberries daily may help your blood pressure levels, but if you overdo it, this strategy could backfire.

Monday - February 2, 2015 - Today in History:  GROUNDHOG DAY - Sees his Shadow - More Winter!

1653 - New Amsterdam, now known as New York City, was incorporated.
1848 - The Mexican War was ended with the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. The treaty turned over portions of land to the U.S., including Texas, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, California and parts of Colorado and Wyoming. The U.S. gave Mexico $15,000,000 and assumed responsibility of all claims against Mexico by American citizens. Texas had already entered the U.S. on December 29, 1845.
1848 - The first shipload of Chinese emigrants arrived in San Francisco, CA.
1878 - Greece declared war on Turkey.
1887 - The beginning of Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney, PA.
1897 - The Pennsylvania state capitol in Harrisburg was destroyed by fire. The new statehouse was dedicated nine years later on the same site.
1913 - Grand Central Terminal officially opened at 12:01 a.m. Even though construction was not entirely complete more than 150,000 people visited the new terminal on its opening day.
1935 - Leonard Keeler conducted the first test of the polygraph machine, in Portage, WI.
1943 - During World War II, the rest of Nazi forces from the Battle of Stalingrad surrendered to the Soviets. Stalingrad has since been renamed Volgograd.
1945 - U.S. President Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill left for a summit in Yalta with Soviet leader Josef Stalin.
1962 - The 8th and 9th planets aligned for the first time in 400 years.
1980 - The situation known as "Abscam" began when reports surfaced that the FBI had conducted a sting operation that targeted members of the U.S. Congress. A phony Arab businessmen were used in the operation.
1998 - U.S. President Clinton introduced the first balanced budget in 30 years.
2004 - It was reported that a white powder had been found in an office of Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) later confirmed that the powder was the poison ricin.
2007 - The world's leading climate scientists said global warming has begun, is "very likely" caused by humans and will be unstoppable for centuries.
2009 - Hillary Rodham Clinton was sworn in as U.S. secretary of state.

World News

NATO to deploy extra troops in 6 E. European member states
RT - NATO is expected to station additional soldiers in six member states in Eastern Europe as part of its new anti-Russian strategy. The units would be small, but involved in possible deployment of the alliance’s future ‘rapid response’ force. The additional NATO troops would be posted to the three Baltic states, Romania, Bulgaria and Poland, NATO's Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Friday.

Iraq Receives Second Shipment of Russian Mi-28NE Attack Helicopters (VIDEO)
Sputnik News - The Iraqi Army Air Corps has received a second shipment of two Russian Mi-28NE "Night Hunter" attack helicopters, Iraq's Ministry of Defense announced on Sunday.... According to the Moscow-based Centre for Analysis of World Arms Trade, in October 2012 Russia and Iraq concluded a contract to supply 28 Mi-35M and 15 Mi-28NE attack helicopters to the country. The first shipment arrived in Iraq on August 28, 2014.

Jordan seeks proof that Isis captive is alive as tributes are paid to Kenji Goto
The Guardian - Jordan said an exhaustive trawl for proof that its downed pilot was still alive had turned up nothing, as tributes were paid in Japan to the journalist Kenji Goto who was apparently executed by the jihadist group that captured both men. The fate of the captives has gripped both countries for the past week, with the freedom of Goto – and the life of the pilot, Muath Kasasbeh – tied to the release of a failed female suicide bomber on death row in Jordan.

India successfully tests its most powerful intercontinental ballistic missile
RT- India’s nuclear deterrent forces have conducted a successful launch of a new version of nation’s long-range Agni-5 ballistic missile. The peculiarity of the new missile is that it is launched from a launch canister mounted on a movable platform.... The Agni-5 is a three stage, solid propellant ballistic missile about 17 meters long and two meters in diameter. With an estimated launch weight of about 50 tons, the missile has a payload capacity of over one ton and can carry a nuclear warhead at a distance of over 5,000 kilometers.

Reports that China is building second aircraft carrier deleted from websites
The Guardian - Authorities in Changzhou said on a verified social media account that “in 2015, our city will focus on promoting some major programmes”, including Jiangsu Shangshang Cable Group “winning the contract for China’s second aircraft carrier”. The Changzhou Evening News carried a similar report at the weekend, although both the newspaper article and the post on Sina Weibo, a Twitter-like microblogging service, were deleted shortly after publication.

Thousands march through Madrid in support of Podemos
Daily Mail - Hundreds of thousands of people marched through Madrid today in a show of strength by a fledgling radical leftist party, as it becomes the latest European political organisation to gain widespread support for its anti-austerity stance. Podemos ('We Can') supporters from across Spain converged around the Cibeles fountain today before packing the avenue leading to Puerta del Sol square in what was the party's largest rally to date, as it hopes to emulate the success of Greece's Syriza party in the Spanish general election later this year.

Gazprom gets highest investment grade from China’s biggest ratings agency
RT - China’s Dagong rating agency has given Russia’s Gazprom the highest AAA credit rating with a long-term stable outlook. It says US and EU sanctions won’t have a substantial effect on the creditworthiness of the world’s largest gas producer.... "Obtaining such a credit rating by Dagong will further expand the base of investors from the Asia-Pacific region in debt instruments of Gazprom, including pension funds, insurance companies, investment funds and banks, as well as increasing the loyalty of Asian investors in the company," Gazprom said in a statement.

Fiji compensates victims of 1950s UK nuclear tests
RT - Fiji’s prime minister said his island nation would compensate soldiers exposed to radiation during British nuclear tests in the Pacific more than 56 years ago.

‘Inhumane & contemptible’: ISIS beheads Japanese hostage Goto
RT - Islamic State militants have beheaded captive Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, after Tokyo’s negotiations with IS reached a “deadlock.” The gruesome video of the execution appears to be genuine, Japan said, vowing justice for those responsible.... Japanese Defense Minister Gen Nakatani said the video appears to be genuine. The comment comes after a meeting of ministers, where Tokyo police representatives said the footage had a “high degree of credibility.”

Terrorism Strikes Thailand: Ousted regime that vowed violent reprisals, finally follows through
Tony Cartalucci - Two powerful bombs exploded in downtown Bangkok Sunday night, just days after ousted prime minster Yingluck Shinawatra was impeached from office amid threats from her political party that violence would follow.

Europe Fractures: France "Prepared To Support Greece" In Debt Renegotiations
Zero Hedge - Despite Angela Merkel's insistence on numerous occasions this past week that there will be "no debt renegotiations," it appears a schism at the core of Europe is opening. As France24 reports, following a meeting between France's finance minister Michel Sapin and Greece's finance minister Yanis Varoufakis, the press conference had a considerably more amicable tone that Friday's Dijsselbloem dissing.

Greece: Left Wing Anti-Bankster Party Flips: Hires Bankster to Advise on Debt
EPJ - This is a strange twist from the pre-election anti-bankster posture of the Syriza party. The Greek government, now run by Syriza officials, has hired US investment bank Lazard to advise it on its debt negotiations with the troika of international lenders, the IMF, World Bank and ECB.

Ebola news

Liberia to Begin First Mass Trial of Preventive Ebola Vaccine
Sputnik News - Scientists are planning to immunize 30,000 volunteers, including health care staff, according to the BBC. A small amount of virus will be injected into volunteers in order to trigger an immune response. However, the efficiency of the vaccine has not been confirmed yet.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

US considers providing arms to Ukraine as rebels step up attacks, says report
The Guardian - President Barack Obama’s administration is considering providing Ukrainian forces with defensive weapons and equipment in the face of a rebel offensive that has shattered a five-month truce, according to the New York Times. The newspaper quoted US officials as saying secretary of state John Kerry and US joint chiefs chairman Martin Dempsey were open to discussions of the idea and that Nato military commander General Philip Breedlove supported providing such lethal aid.

Fourth-grader says he has the One Ring, school suspends him for terrorist threat, dad says
Owen S. Good - A fourth-grader in west Texas has been suspended, his father says, because he pretended to have a ring like the One Ring from The Lord of the Rings canon, and said it could make a classmate disappear. Dad Jason Steward said he was told his son’s claim amounted to making a terrorist threat.

NYPD Clarifies That New Counterterror Unit Won't Carry Machine Guns At Protests
The Intercept - The New York City Police Department says it won’t be carrying machine guns at protests, despite comments Commissioner Bill Bratton made recently.

TSA to Require 'Real ID' with Background Checks for Domestic Flights
Activist Post - The TSA recently announced they will require a special driver's license to board domestic flights by 2016. These 'Real IDs' will have already performed extensive background checks on everyone who receives them and will feature stars and other markings to indicate good behavior. No word on markings for troublemakers.

Proposed W.Va. Law Would Fine Educators For Teaching About Socialism Before American History
(Rebecca Klein) A proposed bill in West Virginia would require students to learn about America’s founding before learning about “social problems, economics, foreign affairs, the United Nations, world government, socialism or communism.” Under the bill, teachers who stray from this order could face fines. Eleven West Virginia legislators sponsored the bill earlier this month before it was referred to the Committee on Education and Judiciary.

State Department Discusses Banning Alternative Media Outlet
Activist Post - The US State Department has openly discussed shutting down RT, the Russian news network. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland was asked about the idea of shutting the company down at a meeting at the Brookings Institution. She said no, paying lip service to Freedom of Speech, but citing RT’s limited reach as the real reason. The incident goes to demonstrate exactly how much censorship exists in the United States.

Solutions Institute’s Online Activist Conference (ActCon) set for Feb 7. Speakers include John Wells, Derrick Broze, Ben Swann
Muckraker News - The Solutions Institute (founded by Dan Johnson of PANDA) is proud to host an activist online training conference featuring over 15 experts from a variety of fields – in a format designed to give you everything you need to take on the world from the comfort of your home.

Cops Taser Family Man Again and Again, Up to 27 Times Until He Went Limp and Died
Filming Cops - A left-behind family of a man killed by cops has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against San Bernardino County for excessive force. Dante Parker was electrocuted as many as 27 times as cops shot him repeatedly with a Taser gun, according to the lawsuit... The Sheriff Department’s defense is that Dante was “combative” with the officer, causing the officer to “fear for life.”

New York Cop Pulls Gun on Teens Having Snowball Fight
PINAC - [Profanity] Fearing for his life, a New York cop pulled a gun on a group of teens having a snowball fight.... Fearing for his life, a New York cop pulled a gun on a group of teens having a snowball fight.

Economy & Business

Q1 Earnings Are Set For The Biggest Drop Since 2012
Zero Hedge - This week marked a change in the aggregate expectations of analysts from year-over-year growth in earnings for Q1 2015 to now a year-over-year decline in earnings. However, expectations for earnings growth for Q1 2015 have been falling not only over the past few weeks, but also over the past few months. On September 30, the estimated earnings growth rate for Q1 2015 was 9.9%. By December 31, the estimated growth rate had declined to 4.2%. Today, it stands at -1.6%.

Oil Workers in U.S. on First Large-Scale Strike Since 1980
(Bloomberg) -- The United Steelworkers union, which represents employees at more than 200 U.S. oil refineries, terminals, pipelines and chemical plants, began a strike at nine sites on Sunday, the biggest walkout called since 1980.... The refineries on strike can produce 1.82 million barrels of fuel a day, about 10 percent of total U.S. capacity, data compiled by Bloomberg show.

Obamacare Tax Mess: White House To Offer More Exemptions
NY Times - Obama administration officials and other supporters of the Affordable Care Act say they worry that the tax-filing season will generate new anger as uninsured consumers learn that they must pay tax penalties and as many people struggle with complex forms needed to justify tax credits they received in 2014 to pay for health insurance.

Housing Market

This Housing Chart Destroys The Arguments Of The Economic Optimists
Economic Collapse - Did you know that the rate of homeownership in the United States has fallen to a 20 year low? Did you know that it has been falling consistently for an entire decade? For the past couple of years, the economic optimists have been telling us that the economy has been getting better. Well, if the economy really has been getting better, why does the homeownership rate keep going down?

Energy & Environment

WiFi BANNED in pre-school childcare facilities by French Government
Stop Smart Meters! - This week the French Parliament passed a law addressing the serious issues of electromagnetic fields and electromagnetic hypersensitivity. While the new law does not go far enough, it is a bold move and the first of its kind in the world.

Study: BP oil spill left millions of gallons on Gulf floor
UPI - Oceanography Professor Jeff Chanton said the mystery oil is located in the Gulf floor sediment, about 62 miles southeast of the Mississippi Delta. The oil means there will be less oxygen on the Gulf floor, making it difficult for bacteria to attack and decompose it. "This is going to affect the Gulf for years to come," Chanton said. "Fish will likely ingest contaminants because worms ingest the sediment, and fish eat the worms. It's a conduit for contamination into the food web."

Science & Technology

Verizon partner won't stop using unkillable tracking cookies, refuses to honor its own opt-out requests [Updated]
ExtremeTech - When news broke last year that Verizon had deployed unremovable supercookies that could track its devices anywhere online, the company swore up and down that no, it didn’t use this information to third parties or use it in a manner that would compromise web privacy. New information has decisively demonstrated that these statements were untrue — and that Verizon may be actively colluding with third-party advertising agencies to enable this tracking.

 Farming, Gardening & Homesteading

Global Outrage Grows over Unregulated GM Trees
Natural Blaze - Groups from around the world have joined together to denounce the US government for allowing the first genetically modified tree, a loblolly pine, to be legalized with no government or public oversight, with no assessment of their risks to the public or the environment, and without regard to overwhelming public opposition to genetically modified (GM) trees. Loblolly pines are native across 14 states throughout the US Southeast, and are grown in plantations around the world. Their pollen is known to travel for hundreds of miles.

No Scientific Consensus on GMO Safety Statement Published in Peer-Reviewed Journal
Sustainable Pulse - A statement signed by over 300 scientists and legal experts to the effect that there is “No consensus” on the safety of genetically modified (GM) crops and foods has been published in a peer-reviewed open access journal, Environmental Sciences Europe. It now belongs to the body of open peer-reviewed scientific literature and stands as a citable publication.


Beware of these 6 common household items that cause cancer
(NaturalNews) Most people probably live under the assumption that their place of dwelling is a safe haven from all the dangers that lurk "out there." But little do they know that many common household products contain deadly chemicals that are known to cause cancer, reproductive harm, birth defects and other health damage. Here's six of the most popular categories to avoid for the safety of you and your family...

Health Basics: How do MSG, artificial sweeteners and gluten cause fast weight gain?
(NaturalNews) There is no fast track to losing weight, but there is a permanent way to achieve and maintain your ideal body weight. The first and most important step involves eliminating three major poisons that are commonly found in today's "Big Food" industry...

How to detoxify all the time
(NaturalNews) In its natural, healthy state, the body is detoxifying at all times. Breathing, digesting healthy, clean vegetables, using our muscles, or just being alive creates toxins in the body that need to be expelled.

Walgreens employees "accidentally" administer flu vaccine to nursing student without consent
(NaturalNews) A nursing student from Colorado learned the hard way recently that subjecting herself to the vaccine brownshirts at a local Walgreens pharmacy was an irreparable mistake, resulting in her being injected with a flu vaccine without her consent.

The 21 curious questions we're never allowed to ask about vaccines
(NaturalNews) The surest sign of a medical dictatorship is an aggressively enforced blockade against intelligent questions. Intelligent questions, after all, can destroy a medical police state because they expose the fraud of it.

New White House Petition Calls for Higher Health Insurance Rates for Families Who Don’t Vaccinate Their Children
Daily Sheeple - The irrational, media-driven measles fear has been cranked up to eleven. Threats to jail, sue, publicly shame and even KILL parents and wish death on the children of those who choose not to vaccinate — and wishes that their children die for not vaccinating (which makes no sense if you think about it, hey let’s save kids with vaccines but kill the unvaccinated) — are spewing out of sheep everywhere across the country at an alarming rate.

FLASHBACK: Measles Witch Hunt: Anti-Vax Parents Burned at the Propaganda Stake
Daily Sheeple - Stories about measles outbreaks in New York, California, and Texas have been in the news lately, complete with fear-inducing headlines and pro-vaccine propaganda.
Naturally, those who choose to opt out of vaccinations tend to be blamed for outbreaks.

Cordyceps Helps COPD, Adrenal Fatigue, Cancer, Immune Dysfunction and More
Natural Blaze - Cordyceps is considered to be one of the best immune modulating and energy enhancing adaptogens in Chinese herbalism. Because Cordyceps is such a powerful adaptogen, it can assist the body in replenishing the deeper layers of immunity located at the level of the bone marrow reserve. It’s loaded with “immune supporting polysiaccharides, such as beta-glucans and the antitumor inhibiting CO-1, plus the compound called “cordycepin” is an immunoregulatory active ingredient of Cordyceps sinensis, which is unique to Cordyceps.

The FDA Approves a New HPV Vaccine Containing Over Twice as Much Aluminum
Natural Blaze - According to recent reports, the FDA has approved yet another HPV vaccine, despite documented safety issues and the new vaccine containing an exceptionally high level of aluminum, a known neurotoxin.

Added fructose is a principal driver of type 2 diabetes, experts argue
Science Daily - Recent studies have shown that added sugars, particularly those containing fructose, are a principal driver of diabetes and pre-diabetes, even more so than other carbohydrates. Clinical experts challenge current dietary guidelines that allow up to 25 percent of total daily calories as added sugars, and propose drastic reductions in the amount of added sugar, and especially added fructose, people consume.

Is Chick-fil-A food "better fast food?" Do the GMOs, trans fats, additives and preservatives in virtually all the products say otherwise?
Green Med Info - While virtually all products sold at Chick-fil-A contain GMOs, trans fats, additives and preservatives, today we're going to explore the ingredients in the waffle fries.

GMOs and Glyphosate Discovered in Kellogg’s Froot Loops
Sustainable Pulse - GMO Free USA today published the results of independent lab testing which documented that Kellogg’s Froot Loops cereal contains high levels of insecticide-producing genetically engineered corn that is regulated by the EPA. Tests also documented the presence of glyphosate at 0.12 mg/kg, the main chemical ingredient of Roundup® weedkiller.

9 Things That Become Routine For Those That Put Their Health First
Tammy McKenzie - Although it's different for everybody, most people who are successful in their health and fitness follow a specific formula. Many of them don't attribute their success to routine because they're so passionate about being healthy. They just do it and don't feel right if they don't.



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