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JUNE 2008

Why floods could bring America to its knees -- The hurricane season just got underway — obscured for the moment by the bigger weather story in Iowa. The fate of the banks is a train wreck still waiting to happen. As it occurs — also heading into the high political and hurricane seasons — we could find ourselves not only a nation wet, hungry, and out-of-gas, but also completely broke.

Starbucks To Close 600 Stores -- Starbucks Corp. has announced it's closing 600 underperforming stores in the United States. The Seattle-based premium coffee company also announced Tuesday it expects to open fewer than 200 new company-operated stores in the United States in fiscal 2009.

War drums becoming deafening -- THE Americans and the Israelis are acting in concert vis-à-vis Iran. The unmistakable message they are putting out loud and clear is that an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities is on the cards in the event Tehran doesn’t cave into their demands.

APD chief wants officers to draw blood on DWIs -- AUSTIN, Texas (KXAN) -- Austin's police chief has a new idea to draw your blood if you refuse a Breathalyzer test.

Data Breaches Are Up 69% This Year, Nonprofit Says -- Businesses, governments and universities reported a 69 percent increase in data breaches in the first half of 2008 compared with a similar period in 2007, according to a study by a nonprofit group that works to prevent fraud.

Edward Bachner arrested after ordering pufferfish toxin -- Federal authorities on Monday charged a Lake in the Hills man with possession of a pufferfish toxin in an amount that one expert said could kill almost 100 people. Click to view Photo!

America's Shrinking Groceries -- is it possible that the amount of food Americans are buying is, in fact... shrinking? Well, yes. Soaring commodity and fuel prices are driving up costs for manufacturers; faced with a choice between raising prices (which consumers would surely notice) or quietly putting fewer ounces in the bag, carton or cup (which they generally don't) manufacturers are choosing the latter. This month, Kellogg's started shipping Apple Jacks, Cocoa Krispies, Corn Pops, Froot Loops and Honey Smacks containing an average of 2.4 fewer ounces per box.

Veterans Respond to General Clark's Comments -- Judge for yourselves what the troops who are left-of-center think about this whole deal.  Hear Wesley Clark's Comments On Face The Nation June.29, 2008

JPMorgan Chase Accidentally Breaks Into Your House And Steals Everything You Own -- After the Dickson family bought a former foreclosure house, the foreclosure proceedings were supposed to have been stopped. They weren't. That's when the former owner's mortgage company (owned by JPMorgan Chase) hired "Field Asset Services Inc." to drill the locks and "empty the house," according to the Austin American-Statesmen. Field Asset Services claims that the Dickson's possessions were given to area thrift stores, but they have been unable to locate them.
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Fortis Bank Predicts U.S. Financial Market Meltdown Within Weeks -- Fortis expects a complete collapse of the US financial markets within a few days to weeks. That explains, according to Fortis, the series of interventions of last Thursday to retrieve € 8 billion.

Fatty Liver Disease Ups Heart Risks for Obese Kids -- More than 6 million children in the United States have a condition called nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), which can boost their odds for heart disease, researchers report. NAFLD results from oily droplets of triglycerides forming in liver cells.

Protests need our blessing, say police -- POLICE have told organizations planning to campaign during World Youth Day events they need to have placards, banners and T-shirts pre-approved or risk losing their protest "rights" - even those groups representing victims of sexual abuse by Catholic priests.

Clay Tablet Reveals Ancient Asteroid Strike -- British scientists have deciphered a mysterious ancient clay tablet and believe they have solved a riddle over a giant asteroid impact more than 5,000 years ago.

rBGH labeling on Ohio milk -- Dairy groups sue over new Ohio milk-labeling rule!
Related Links: *  "Cliff Notes" version about what rBGH is all about
                        *  Chipotle Mexican Grill Bans Cheese Made with rBGH Milk

USS Cole attack 'plotter' charged -- US military prosecutors have filed charges against the alleged mastermind of the 2000 attack on the USS Cole warship that left 17 sailors dead.

U.S. troops wind up two-year stint on Mexico border -- U.S. National Guard troops are coming to the end of a temporary deployment on the Mexico border next month, widely credited with helping border police stem the flow of illegal crossers.

DNC protests will be behind fence -- The fence around the public demonstration zone outside the Democratic National Convention will be chicken wire or chain link, authorities revealed in U.S. District Court today.

FEMA water, truckers sit for a week in Iowa -- Ten truckers who were hauling FEMA bottled water for Midwest flood victims finally unloaded the 47,000 gallons of cargo on Wednesday, June 25, after sitting for eight days in Rock Island, IL, awaiting instructions on where to take it.

Major Guantanamo setback for Bush -- Foreign suspects held in Guantanamo Bay have the right to challenge their detention in US civilian courts, the US Supreme Court has ruled.

Scalar Quake Weapons Being Aimed At Oak Ridge? -- Is there Eco-type of terrorism whereby they can alter the climate, set off earthquakes, volcanoes remotely through the use of (Scalar) electromagnetic waves ?

The 11 Best Foods You Aren’t Eating -- Nutritionist and author Jonny Bowden has created several lists of healthful foods people should be eating but aren’t. But some of his favorites, like purslane, guava and goji berries, aren’t always available at regular grocery stores. I asked Dr. Bowden, author of “The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth,” to update his list with some favorite foods that are easy to find but don’t always find their way into our shopping carts. Here’s his advice.

Your Tires May Be A Ticking Time Bomb -- The threat to all of us is tire AGING. However...ABC news reporters found that Sears, Walmart and other well known stores frequently have OLD tires on the shelves being sold as new. A "must read" article!

How Dangerous Are CT Scans? -- Some physicians are raising concerns about the safety of such procedures - most notably, an increase in cancer risk. A CT scan packs a mega-dose of radiation - as much as 500 times that of a conventional X-ray. If your doctor orders a CT scan for you or your child, should you think twice?

The 10 Most Awesomely Bad Moments of the Bush Presidency -- Narrowing down the Bush administration's various debacles to a mere 10 was no easy fete. Read More...

DARPA looking for wicked cool researchers for advanced study group -- If you are looking to develop some far out advanced science project -- and the folks at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency have a ton from airplanes that can fly for years without landing to skeletal putty for fractured bones – then DARPA wants you.

H5N1 will need booster shots -- Recent results presented in Kalua Lumpur indicated that the boosted patients had higher titers against the original clade 1 target, as well as the clade 2 target used in the boost. These boosters were given 1 to 1½ years after the initial set of two immunizations.

Mismatched H5N1 Vaccines Stockpiled By WHO? -- Recently, Sanofi Pasteur and GlaxoSmithKline have announce plans to ship 110 million vaccine doses (for vaccination of 55 million people) to the WHO for stockpiling for use after a pandemic begins. These plans to stockpile weak mismatched vaccines may be hazardous to the world’s health due to limited shelf life of a pre-pandemic vaccine, coupled with weak activity and significant mismatches.

Who Wants to be a Air Gun Guinea Pig? -- Beware of the latest line in less lethal weapons: a scooter equipped with an air gun. Canadian company Lamperd Less Lethal's T3 features an electric vehicle equipped with a pneumatic weapon that can be used for crowd control, reports the Sarnia Observer.

Heat burst in Nebraska town -- Cozad residents woke this morning to a weather phenomenon as a heat burst rolled through town. Temperatures rose 20 degrees in a matter of minutes while winds reached speeds of 75 miles per hour.

The Bush administration steps up it's secret moves against Iran -- Preparing the Battlefield.

GM Foods: The U.S. Fights Mandatory Labeling in An Untested Human Experiment -- The U.S. and several other nations recently attended a Codex meeting in Calgary, Canada to discuss food labeling. The Codex Alimentarius Commission implements the Joint FAO/WHO Food Standards Program, the purpose of which is to protect the health of consumers and to ensure fair practices in the food trade.

Bees seeking 'sugary' garden pest -- lack of suitable flowers may be forcing bumblebees to seek out aphids to feed on their sugary secretions.

Pentagon fights EPA on pollution cleanup -- The Defense Department, the nation's biggest polluter, is resisting orders from the Environmental Protection Agency to clean up Fort Meade and two other military bases where the EPA says dumped chemicals pose "imminent and substantial" dangers to public health and the environment.

Gore Vidal - US not a republic anymore -- Gore Vidal: No, Congress has never been more cowardly, nor more corrupt. All Bush has do is to make sure certain amounts of money go in the direction of certain important congressmen and that's end of any serious investigation.

Rothshilds' IMF To Audit The US Financial System -- They are auditing the Fed to make sure that no policy and no action of the Fed or the US government will result in any repudiation of debt owed to the Rothshild's or in any way reduce the expected harvest of assets that the international bankers are expecting from the US collapse.

Credit ripoff: How a $100 purchase turns into a $1,000 debt -- High interest rates, costly penalties and high, hidden fees can eat up nearly all the credit available from a credit card and, over time, turn a $100 purchase into more than a thousand dollars of debt.

Contaminated Kuwait sand lands in Idaho -- Nearly 80 rail cars containing 6,700 tons of contaminated sand from Gulf War I are being shipped by American Ecology Corp. to its hazardous waste disposal site near Grandview, 70 miles southeast of Boise. The sand arrived by ship at Longbeach, Washington on May 12. The sand was from Camp Doha in Kuwait. Responding to a series of questions posed by The Idaho Observer, Idaho Governor Butch Otter stated, "…it appears that the material in question is well within the contaminant limitations of the U.S. (sic) Ecology permit."

Recent Recalls -- Website to view recent recalls...some not meaning in the mainstream media!

For the Record: Wars have cost $700B since 9/11 -- A new Congressional Research Service report says the U.S. government has spent about $700 billion on "military operations, base security, reconstruction, foreign aid, embassy costs, and veterans’ health care for the three operations initiated since the 9/11 attacks."

DOJ Settles Hatfill Suit for $5.8 Million -- The Justice Department has agreed to pay former Army scientist Steven Hatfill almost $6 million to settle his claims that the government violated his privacy rights during its investigation of the 2001 anthrax attacks.

5 Myths About the Death Of the American Factory -- No wonder this is an issue in the presidential campaign, especially in big manufacturing states. To get to the bottom of the problem, though, we have to cut through the many myths that have been fabricated about the industry over the years. Read More...

US issues health warning over mercury fillings -- They're in millions of mouths worldwide, but have been linked to heart disease and Alzheimer's. Now a report concedes they may have a toxic effect on the body!

U.S. Freezes Solar Energy Projects -- Faced with a surge in the number of proposed solar power plants, the federal government has placed a moratorium on new solar projects on public land until it studies their environmental impact, which is expected to take about two years.

ATF agents seize weapons from Blackwater's N.C. facility -- Agents of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives have confiscated nearly two dozen automatic rifles from Blackwater Worldwide, the private security contractor and firearms training company in Moyock, N.C.

U.S. Government Plunging Further Into Debt at $1 Million a Minute -- The U.S. government's national debt is growing by almost $1 million per minute, or $1.4 billion per day. Merely paying the interest on what this debt has become is anticipated to place an increasing strain on public programs.

Gardasil for boys??? -- Boys Now Targeted by Big Pharma's Vaccine Campaign - If you have been following the thread of Grdasil articles here over the past year you probably won't be amazed by this newly announced campaign to bring Gardasil to your little boys.

Four Year Old Singing Sensation Kaitlyn Maher -- She's adorable and she'll steal your heart! Watch as four-year-old Kaitlyn sings 'Somewhere Out There' and doesn't miss a note. This is from the TV show America's Got Talent.

Video: War camp kids chant 'Ooh, aah, ooh, aah, I want to kill somebody" -- Climbing ropes and crawling in the mud under barbed wire, dozens of American high school kids at an unusual summer camp vied to see who could get most dirty as they tackled an Army obstacle course.

Seattle Grocery Chain Stops Selling Foods Made With High Fructose Corn Syrup -- Seattle-area food cooperative PCC Natural Markets has removed all products containing high-fructose corn syrup from its shelves, and has announced that it will no longer carry any product sweetened with the controversial ingredient.

Un-busy bees a disaster for almost everyone -- Officials of the Oakland company told Congress on Thursday that more than 40 percent of its product's flavors, derived from fruits and nuts, depend on honeybees. Without bees, fruits and nuts cannot exist.

Toxic cargo halts ferry salvage -- Sunken Filipino Ferry Was Carrying Toxic Cargo! Salvage operations have been suspended at a sunken ferry in the Philippines, after it emerged the ship was carrying a cargo of highly toxic pesticides. NAVY SEAL DIVERS PULLED-OFF JOB! Divers from the Philippines navy and coast guard as well as the US navy have been retrieving bodies from the ship.

Radiation Monitors To Cost More Than DHS Estimated in '06 -- The cost to put a new kind of radiation monitor in place at borders and ports across the country would be far more than the Department of Homeland Security initially told Congress, according to budget documents and interviews with officials.

Accidental fungus leads to promising cancer drug -- A drug developed using nanotechnology and a fungus that contaminated a lab experiment may be broadly effective against a range of cancers, U.S. researchers reported on Sunday.

How an effervescent tablet like Airborne got me in terrorist hot water -- Almost seven years after 9/11, little may prevent an innocent traveler from becoming an imagined threat.

Is your bank or mortgage company already in trouble? -- Your play-by-play for the end game of modern banking.

Detroit's mood grim as automakers face the brink -- CUTS, CUTS, AND THEN MORE CUTS!

UK: Home-grown veg ruined by toxic fertiliser -- Gardeners across Britain are reaping a bitter harvest of rotten potatoes, withered salads and deformed tomatoes after an industrial herbicide tainted their soil.

Fake virus could make safe new vaccines -- A "wimpy" artificial virus protected mice against polio, and the approach might be used to make a range of safer new vaccines against viruses, U.S. researchers reported on Friday.

Monsanto & White House Propaganda that Biotech Can Feed the World Exposed as Lies -- A number of recent news stories on soaring food prices worldwide have uncritically cited unsubstantiated claims that genetically engineered crops are the solution to the problem. In fact, according to experts at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), there is no evidence that currently available genetically engineered crops strengthen drought tolerance or reduce fertilizer use. Nor do they fundamentally increase crop yields.

North Pole may have no ice this summer say US expert -- There could briefly be no ice at the North Pole this summer, a US scientist said Friday, an event that would mark a new stage in the melting of the Arctic ice sheets due to global warming.

Credit crunch forcing US middle classes to live in their cars -- Homeless people living in cars and motorhomes across the US are being joined by a new breed: the middle class. As mortgage foreclosures continue to rise, growing numbers of middle-class professionals are losing their homes and downsizing from four bedrooms to four wheels.

CDC expert gets West Nile bug - literally -- In the time it took him to walk down his driveway in Fort Collins, Colorado, chat briefly with a neighbor and return to his house, Petersen got infected with a potentially serious mosquito-borne illness called West Nile virus. Within hours of being bitten, he said, he began to feel symptoms he recognized.

Northeast braces for home heating oil increases -- New Englanders struggling this summer to pay gas prices topping $4 a gallon should brace for more bad news -- home heating oil costs next winter are expected to hit record highs.

AT&T Whistleblower: Spy Bill Creates 'Infrastructure for a Police State' -- Mark Klein, the retired AT&T engineer who stepped forward with the technical documents at the heart of the anti-wiretapping case against AT&T, is furious at the Senate's vote on Wednesday night to hold a vote on a bill intended to put an end to that lawsuit and more than 30 others.

Oppose FISA Snoop Bill? You’re a “9/11 was an Inside Job” Tinfoil Hatter -- Don’t like the idea of the government walking with muddy shoes all over the Fourth Amendment and snooping your telephone calls, reading your email, rifling through credit and medical records? Well, obviously, you’re a conspiracy nut.

The World in 2025, According to the National Intelligence Council -- The National Intelligence Council's latest report outlines trends in technology that will shape the world to come in 2025. Among the technologies covered is the development of the Internet of Things.

First responders ability to detect & model hazardous releases in urban areas is significantly limited -- 79 page .pdf file.

UK: I Spy a Spy, Menwith Hill, July 4th 2008, 5-10pm -- A protest will be held at Menwith Hill base on July 4th, 2008. It will run from 5pm - 10pm, including music, speeches and food. Please attend in spy evening wear!

Supreme Court Shoots Down D.C. Gun Ban -- The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Americans have a right to own guns for self-defense and hunting, the justices' first major pronouncement on gun rights in U.S. history. The court's 5-4 ruling struck down the District of Columbia's 32-year-old ban on handguns as incompatible with gun rights under the Second Amendment.
Related Link: Supreme Court of the United States -- District of Columbia ET AL. v. Heller -  Warning: This is a 157 page .pdf fil).

Gov't says FBI agents can't testify about 9/11 -- Government lawyers say the ongoing investigation into the Sept. 11 attacks could be compromised if the airline industry is allowed to seek more information from the FBI to defend itself against lawsuits brought by terrorism victims.

Recall of Nestlé Pure Life Purified Water -- Another reason to get a Berkey.

U.S. Stocks Tumble, Sending Dow to Worst June Since Depression -- U.S. stocks tumbled, sending the Dow Jones Industrial Average to its worst June since the Great Depression, as record oil prices, credit-market writedowns and a slowing economy threatened to extend a yearlong profit slump.

Dam Inspection Data Withheld From Press Under Patriot Act -- News outlets seeking inspection and safety data on local dams, in light off the recent string of floods in the Midwest, have been stonewalled by government officials who have withheld such data as part of the Patriot Act, according to Investigative Reporters and Editors.

Drug Company Seeks to Outlaw Vitamin B6 to Protect Pharma Profits -- Big Pharma is constantly finding new ways to destroy the natural supplements market, in much the same way that the American Medical Association once sought to destroy the chiropractic industry (for which it was later found guilty of conspiracy in U.S. courts, by the way). The latest attack against vitamins comes from an FDA petition filed by Medicure Pharma, Inc., which has astonishingly asked the FDA to ban the sale of Vitamin B6!

Wisconsin flooding may mean pricier organic foods -- Richard de Wilde was still reeling from the more than $600,000 in damage that last summer's flooding did to his organic vegetable farm when new storms swept through this month, dumping rocks, gravel and silt on some acres, washing away fences and contaminating fields with runoff. His Harmony Valley Farm is one of the largest organic farms in the state of Wisconsin.

The Five Secret Billion-Dollar Companies Sucking Obscene Amounts of Taxpayer Money -- Meet the mystery defense contractors that are raking in billions in taxpayer dollars without notice.

Glenn Beck would shoot terror SUSPECTS in the head -- CNN host Glenn Beck expressed his disdain of the recent Supreme Court ruling granting terror suspects the right to challenge their detention in civilian courts, exclaiming that if he were President, he would do away with detaining and prosecuting terrorism suspects altogether. Instead, a President Beck would “shoot them all in the head [if] we think that they are against us.”

'US builds 4 bases on Iraq-Iran border' -- The US military has constructed four advanced bases 20 miles from Iraq's border with Iran, a senior Iraqi police officer has announced.

New York City Is Pushing for HIV Tests for All in Bronx -- The New York City health department plans to announce on Thursday an ambitious three-year effort to give an HIV test to every adult living in the Bronx, which has a far higher death rate from AIDS than any other borough. The campaign will begin with a push to make the voluntary testing routine in emergency rooms and storefront clinics, where city officials say that cumbersome consent procedures required by state law have deterred doctors from offering the tests.

Faith Lets Some Kids Skip Shots -- Regardless of the reason, the ranks of parents exercising nonmedical exemptions to vaccination are growing, public health officials say.

Review & revision of the National Infrastructure Protection Program (DHS) from the federal register -- This notice informs the public that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is currently reviewing the National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP) and, as part of a comprehensive national review process, solicits public comment on issues or language in the NIPP that need to be updated in this triennial review cycle.

Web Video: ABC I-Team Investigates Problematic Organics -- Carcinogens in "organic" personal care products? Natural food chain selling "organic" foods predominantly from China? Watch and learn! Watch I-Team investigate Whole Foods Market. A large portion of the "certified organic" products are imported from China?

New law targets stoned drivers -- Drivers who get behind the wheel while high on drugs will face roadside testing and they could be ordered to surrender urine, blood or saliva samples at the police station under a controversial new law that takes effect one week from today.

Feds want to take your picture from satellite now -- A Bush administration program to expand domestic use of Pentagon spy satellites has aroused new concerns in Congress about possible civil-liberties abuses.

George Carlin, Diet Coke With Aspartame & Cardiac Death -- Carlin had a very bad habit, he was addicted to Diet Coke with aspartame. He suffered several heart attacks, one at Dodger Stadium during a baseball game. He died of heart failure on Sunday, June 22nd. Read More...

An Assessment of Antiwar Organizing and Activism -- What is lacking in today's peace movement? How can grassroots organizers turn popular antiwar sentiment into broad-based action? What strategies and tactics should be employed, and how should the antiwar movement relate to the elections?

Feds, Denver attempt to keep DNC security info secret -- The exact location of a public demonstration zone outside of the Democratic National Convention and information about how close activists will be to delegates could be legally sealed from the public if the United States Secret Service and the city of Denver can persuade a district judge to approve a protective order blocking the information.

TECHSPLOITATION: The New Privacy -- TECHSPLOITATION It's shocking how quickly we've all gotten used to the idea that the government can and will listen in on everything we say on our telephones, as well as everything we do on the Internet. Case in point: the FISA Amendments Act passed in the House last week, and is predicted to pass the Senate this week. This is a bill that grants telecoms retroactive immunity for illegally giving the National Security Agency access to the phone calls and Internet activities of millions of US citizens.

Interesting site from the national geospatial intelligence agency -- You can see satellite images of the floods.

Technological Enslavement Is All Around Us -- The technological enslavement grid is getting increasingly more insane and most people don’t even care.

Where Have All the Fish Gone? -- The collapse of America’s West Coast salmon fishery has an eerily familiar ring to it. Are the oceans dying?

Can fruit make you fat? -- Natural sugar in fruit is 'fuelling the nation's obesity epidemic'

Delta, TSA Employees Admit Smuggling Drugs At Atlanta Airport -- Two former TSA employees and a former Delta worker admitted Wednesday to smuggling drugs at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

Kroger Meat recall Recall Information -- GROUND BEEF, ALL VARIETIES, WEIGHTS, AND SIZES PURCHASED BETWEEN MAY 21 AND JUNE 8 - affected in Kroger stores throughout Michigan and in central and northern Ohio (Columbus and Toledo areas). Please see the list of current product recalls. Why do we not hear about most of these recalls!!

MO gets $17 Million to Test Real ID Program -- Missouri will get $17 million to help develop and test the Real ID program and will house a verification hub to help states validate identification cards.

VIDEO: "The World According to Monsanto" -- Monsanto is a world leader in industrial agriculture, providing the seeds for 90 percent of the world's genetically modified crops.

U.S. Crop Damage From Weather Tops $8 Billion -- From the worst floods in the Midwest grain belt in 15 years to drought in California, damage to crops from inclement weather has topped $8 billion so far this year, the largest U.S. farm group said Wednesday.

14 die of cancer in seven years living next to phone mast with highest radiation levels in UK -- Fourteen people living within a mile of a mobile phone mast
that emits one of the highest levels of radiation in the country have died of cancer. Four of the deaths have been in a cul-de-sac yards from the site.

Court bans death penalty for child rape -- The Supreme Court declared Wednesday that executions are too severe a punishment for child rape, despite the "years of long anguish" for victims, in a ruling that restricts the death penalty to murder and crimes against the state.

Superb WORLD Clock -- This is very cool...World Clock...check it out.

Mexico bans Arkansas poultry for now on bird flu -- Mexico will ban all imports of poultry and poultry products from Arkansas after a small flock in that U.S. state had been exposed to a mild form of bird flu, the agriculture ministry said on Wednesday.

San Francisco may name sewage treatment plant after Bush -- A group going by the regal-sounding name of the Presidential Memorial Commission of San Francisco is planning to ask voters here to change the name of a prize-winning water-treatment plant on the shoreline to the George W. Bush Sewage Plant.

Many states turning to paper ballots for fall -- Florida's election fiasco in 2000 prompted many states to adopt electronic touch-screen voting systems, but after a spate of malfunctions and meltdowns in 2004 and 2006, paper ballots are making a big comeback.

Operation FALCON 2008: Operation Falcon is once again rounding up people -- There are links to each district & how many were arrested.

Illness, Death Dog Nutro Pet Food -- A series of mysterious illness and death dogs Nutro pet food. Scores of pet owners report their animals became ill while eating Nutro products, then recovered when they were switched to another brand. At least six dogs have died in the past two months.

The Price Of Food: 2007 - 2008 -- Compare the prices - then and now!

Natural Remedies for Poison Ivy and Poison Oak -- Should you have the misfortune of brushing against either of those two, the good news is that you can stop the itching, spread and blisters with these home and natural remedies: Read More...

Offices With Live Plants Make Employees Happier and Healthier -- There could be a relatively simple and inexpensive way to make the American workplace more humane and even healthier. The key? Research published recently in the ASHS journal HortScience concludes the workplace can experience huge benefits with the addition of live plants and/or a view of the outdoors.

Chart: The Cost of the War in Iraq vs. Spending on Solar Energy Research -- Different types of Energy compared to the cost of war in Iraq.

Leaked NIST Docs: "Unusual" Event Before Collapse Of WTC 7 -- Leaked confidential NIST documents concerning the investigation into the collapse of WTC 7, the 47-storey skyscraper that was not hit by a plane but imploded in under seven seconds on 9/11, reveal that an "unusual" event preceded the collapse of the building - a "jet of flames" that shot out of several windows after most of the fire had already died down.

Martial Law: A License to Loot, a Permit to Plunder -- Breaking and entering: Where does this fit under the heading "To protect and serve"? A paramilitary "strike team" commits a felonious break-in of a home in the flood-ravaged Midwest.

Effort to toll I-70 in Missouri fails, once again -- A legislative effort in the Missouri General Assembly has died. The bill would have eliminated a couple of barriers prohibiting toll roads and bridges from being built in the state.

Blackwater using cache of AK-47s -- "Blackwater has financed the purchase of 17 Romanian AK-47 rifles for the Camden County Sheriff's Office for use by Sheriff's Office," the agreement says. "The Camden County Sheriff's Office will have unlimited access to these rifles for training and qualification, and state of emergency use."

New Solar Dish Could Transform Energy Production -- A new type of solar energy collector concentrates the sun into a beam that could melt steel. Researchers say the device could revolutionize global energy production.

H.R. 6257: To reinstate the Public Safety and Recreational Firearms Use Protection Act -- Bill was introduced: Jun 12, 2008 by sponsor Rep. Mark Kirk [R-IL]. This Act may be cited as the ‘Assault Weapons Ban Reauthorization Act of 2008’ - It shall be unlawful for a person to manufacture, transfer, or possess a semiautomatic assault weapon. Remember though...A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate and then be signed by the President before it becomes law.

Grow your own biofuel -- The list of things that need to be done to create a proper biofuel industry is a long one. New crops, tailored to fuel rather than food production, have to be created. Ways of converting those crops into feedstock have to be developed. That feedstock has then to be turned into something that people want to buy, at a price they can afford.

Wheat harvest arrives without promise -- With wheat harvest finally creeping into northeast Kansas, the folks who harvest, sell and buy the breadbasket grain are finding themselves looking back with a sense of frustration.

Unusual lightning storm starts series of wildfires -- Fire crews already spread thin fighting blazes across California are dealing with a flurry of new fires on the North Coast caused from an unusual and powerful lightning storm that struck on Friday.

AS WINTER APPROACHES -- Winter is coming. But who is preparing? The Americans do not want to prepare. Each has his political fantasy or hobbyhorse. Each imagines that summer will last indefinitely. Read More...

Belarusian lawmakers backs bill cracking down on Internet journalism, last free medium -- Lawmakers in Belarus on Tuesday backed a bill that critics have called the most repressive media legislation in Europe. The bill would allow the government to close Internet sites without warning and imprison journalists for reproducing foreign media reports. It would also forbid unregistered journalists from posting material online.

UK: Crucial vote on internet's future -- A complete overhaul of the way people navigate the internet could begin following a crucial vote in Paris.

Bird Flu and the Great Flu Pandemic of 1918-19 -- There is new genetic research showing that the deadly outbreak of 1918-19 was a strain of avian or bird flu. Read More...

Natural Gas Prices Set to Jump 52%, EIA Says -- The government released a short-term energy outlook last week, revising projections for natural-gas prices upward. According to a report from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), natural gas will cost a whopping 52% more this year than last year.

100 items that disappear first in a disaster -- This list was first assembled by Joseph Almond prior to Y2K and it is valid to consider these as "extremely desirable items" in the event of nearly any disaster. Modify as you see fit.

Russia readies for possible Artic war -- Russia must be ready to fight wars in the Arctic to protect its national interests in a region that contains large and untapped deposits of natural resources, a high-ranking military official told the Krasnaya Zvezda (Red Star) newspaper.

One in Nine Emergency Room Visits Caused by Pharmaceuticals -- A Vancouver, Canada study has documented that 12% of emergency room (ER) visits were the direct result of problems with a pharmaceutical drug. The length of stay for those admitted to the hospital was significantly longer.

Canadian cops kill another person with a taser -- Police said they found a "combative male" at the scene just east of Turkey Point and a taser was used on the man during the encounter. The man was taken into police custody and transported to the Simcoe provincial police detachment.

From Ron Paul's weekly column - A major victory for Texas (about trans Texas corridor) -- I am pleased to report that last week we received notice that the Texas Department of Transportation will recommend the I-69 Project be developed using existing highway facilities instead of the proposed massive new Trans Texas Corridor/NAFTA Superhighway. According to the Texas Transportation Commissioner, consideration is no longer being given to new corridors and other proposals for a new highway footprint for this project. A major looming threat to property rights and national sovereignty is removed with this encouraging

More on turmeric - common cooking spice found to combat diabetes, obesity -- Turmeric, a common Asian spice that gives curries their bright yellow color, has a long history of use in reducing inflammation, healing wounds and relieving pain. This week at a medical conference in San Francisco, participants heard that tumeric also is effective at combating two health problems that many Americans suffer - diabetes and obesity.

Mandatory In-Car Breathalyzers Coming? -- If you’re not a convicted drunk driver, should you still be required to have an in-car breathalyzer fitted (at your expense, ‘natch) to your next new vehicle?

FDA Seizes Pet Food At PETCO Distribution Center -- U.S. Marshalls have seized various animal food products from a PETCO distribution center that serves much of the middle of the country after federal inspectors found widespread and active rodent and bird infestation. The distribution center in Joliet, Ill., provides pet food products and supplies to PETCO retail stores in 16 states: Alabama, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin.

Salmonella and tomatoes -- Pick a tomato in the blazing sun and plunge it straight into cold water. If that happened on the way to market, it might be contaminated. Too big of a temperature difference can make a tomato literally suck water inside the fruit through the scar where its stem used to be. If salmonella happens to be lurking on the skin, that's one way it can penetrate and, if the tomato isn't eaten right away, have time to multiply.

Lack of sunshine vitamin may cloud survival odds -- New research linking low vitamin D levels with deaths from heart disease and other causes bolsters mounting evidence about the "sunshine" vitamin's role in good health.

US crazy weather brings snow & heatwaves -- From Miami to Seattle to Boston to Las Vegas, serious drought, historic flooding, sweltering heat and bitter cold have hit the country- and almost all of it during the months of May and June.

Technology Leaders Favor Online ID Card Over Passwords -- Microsoft, Google and PayPal, a unit of eBay, are among the founders of an industry organization that hopes to solve the problem of password overload among computer users. The Information Card Foundation is an effort to create a single industrywide approach to managing identity online that promises to reduce drastically the use of passwords and create a system that is less vulnerable to fraud.

Action Alert: Agriculture Appropriations Bill Links NAIS to School Lunch Program! -- According to her press release, the bill would require USDA to purchase meat products for the School Lunch Program from livestock premises registered with National Animal Identification System beginning in July 2009. This is a back-door method for mandating NAIS through the power of the purse strings. The bill also provides a total NAIS funding level of $14.5 million or about $4.8 million above 2008.

Uruknet website censored by google -- Google stopped indexing Uruknet the middle of May. After Uruknet wrote (again!) many e-mails to Google (and again! we didn’t receive any reply) Google restarted indexing some (not all!) Uruknet’s article on June 17. However, it seems that these articles have a short life on Google since they keep disappearing immediately after they are indexed. By the way, Uruknet is info from occupied Iraq.

George Carlin - The Real Owners Of America -- "The real owners are the big wealthy business interests that control things and make all the important decisions. Forget the politicians, they're an irrelevancy. The politicians are put there to give you the idea that you have freedom of choice. You don't. You have no choice. You have owners."

The science of the UN -- “Science” -- to which I have devoted my life -- is one of the most devalued words. And nowhere is it more abused than in the United Nations, where institutionalized mob rule is called “science.”

YouTube: Homemade electric powered 1975 VW beetle -- Why aren't we all driving on sunlight?

Things That Go Boom In The Night -- About mystery explosions.

Scientists Say The Earth Is Humming -- Not just noise, but a deep, astonishing music. Can you hear it?

House Resolution Calls for Naval Blockade against Iran By Andrew W Cheetham -- A US House of Representatives Resolution effectively requiring a naval blockade on Iran seems fast tracked for passage, gaining co-sponsors at a remarkable speed, but experts say the measures called for in the resolutions amount to an act of war.

12 Food Additives to Avoid -- Take a look at the 12 additives to subtract from your diet!

Are You Allergic to Wireless Internet? -- Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity Syndrome (EHS) is a condition in which people are highly sensitive to electromagnetic fields. In an area such as a wireless hotspot, they experience pain or other symptoms.

High Likelihood of a Market Crash -- This past week, the Royal Bank of Scotland credit strategist Bob Janjuah warned of a full-fledged crash in global stock and credit markets. He anticipates a 300 point drop within the next three months.

Chaos Erupts As Storm Victims Try To Get Food Stamps -- Chaos erupted outside Family and Social Services Administration offices in Indianapolis Friday as storm victims lined up to receive emergency food stamps.

Scuffles break out in line for Wis. food vouchers -- Pushing and shoving broke out Monday among some of the 2,500 people hit hard by recent floods who lined up outside a county office in hopes of collecting free food vouchers. Some residents told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel they heard from friends or at food pantries that they could get free vouchers to replace food lost in recent floods and power outages. However, the Marcia P. Coggs Human Services Center was only taking names for a state voucher program.

AP Says Iowa Flood Victims Love FEMA -- Nearly three years after Hurricane Katrina turned FEMA into a punchline, many homeowners, politicians and community leaders in the flood-stricken Midwest say that so far, the agency is doing a heckuva job — and they mean it.

Police teams drill for crowd control -- Police officers from around Washtenaw County descended on Ann Arbor's Pioneer High School Friday for the first coordinated training session of a team designed to respond to large special events.

Towns question fluoride use -- The great American assault on tooth decay began here 63 years ago, earning Grand Rapids a special place in the annals of dental history: the first city in the world to fluoridate its public water system. It is more than a little head-scratching that fluoride, the chemical widely credited with dramatically cutting cavities and promoting oral hygiene, is having its scientific credentials questioned in the city that literally swallowed it first.

CDC uses duct tape to seal bioweapon room!? -- At the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's new $214 million infectious disease laboratory in Atlanta, scientists are conducting experiments on bioterror bacteria in a room with a containment door sealed with duct tape.

REPLACING CONTROLLED NEWSPAPERS ... WITH REAL ONES! By: Devvy Kidd -- The US~Observer and USA Tomorrow have established a marketing plan that will provide only 67 Distributorships throughout the different regions of the country. With so few to sell, they will go very fast. Read More...

MP urges ecstasy for war veterans -- The South Australian Government is being urged to consider a trial of the drug MDMA, known as ecstasy, to treat war veterans.

MOD claims nuclear vets too old to remember what happened in court case -- Defence chiefs are trying to wriggle out of paying nuclear test veterans compensation - by claiming they are now TOO OLD to remember what happened. The ridiculous claim is being made by Ministry of Defence lawyers defending a multi-million-pound lawsuit alleging negligence. A court document says the ageing vets' memories are "fatally and irrevocably eroded".

VETERAN GUINEA PIGS -- "What shocked me most was that not one Congressman or Senator was shocked that veterans were being used as guinea pigs. Because this use of America's "expended" warriors has been going on since World War II."

Teenagers, the U.S. Army Wants You -- Incentives:  $1,000 per month to enlist before graduation - Help pay for college - $40,000 enlistment bonus - Waiver for recruits who have an arrest record. (It's what they don't tell you is bothersome to me)!

U.S. Military Demands Bonus Money Back from Soldiers with Arms, Legs Blown Off -- In some cases, the U.S. military has been denying wounded soldiers the full amount of their enlistment bonuses, under the rationale that the soldiers are unable to fulfill the full term of their service contract.

War deaths undercounted says study -- New estimates of war deaths in 13 nations including Vietnam, Ethiopia and Bangladesh show that previous counts vastly understated the lives lost to war in the past half century, researchers said on Thursday.

Army official fired for trying to block KBR fraud -- Four years ago, U.S. Army auditors notified Smith, a Pentagon contract manager, that KBR, the Bush administration's most favored defense contractor, could not adequately explain more than $1 billion in war billings. Smith, a career civilian employee, did his duty: He confronted KBR and warned that unless they supplied credible justification, he would levy penalties of 15 percent on future work payments while also blocking any performance bonuses for the company.

Rebel scientist battles dangerous vaccines & antibiotics -- Dr. Shiv Chopra, as a vaccine and drug regulator for Health Canada for nearly forty years, evaluated every red-hot topic in public health. He tried, sometimes successfully, to protect the public from ineffective and harmful vaccines, genetically modified foods, pesticides, carcinogenic antibiotics and hormones used in food-producing animals, and agricultural practices that promote Mad Cow Disease. Unsurprisingly, he was fired from Health Canada in 2004 for “insubordination” -- in other words, refusing to bow to corporate and government pressure to give
a pass to unsafe substances.

Ex-Pentagon Lawyer Says He Researched ‘Real Manchurian Candidate Stuff’ -- A former Pentagon lawyer scheduled to testify today before the Senate Armed Forces Committee told the New York Times he researched psychological studies about the effects of interrogation after his superiors expressed frustration about Guantanamo detainees withholding information.

Militia defined -- The word "militia" is a Latin abstract noun, meaning "military service", not an "armed group" (with the connotation of plurality), and that is the way the Latin-literate Founders used it. The collective term, meaning "army" or "soldiery" was "volgus militum". Since for the Romans "military service" included law enforcement and disaster response, it might be more meaningfully translated today as "defense service", associated with a "defense duty", which attaches to individuals as much as to groups of them, organized or otherwise.

You will not be able to get food-a report on trends -- We have "innocently" accommodated rising population with greater and greater food production via technology and the profit motive. But now we have run out of room to grow, as biotechnology, for example, has severe limitations -- major ones being petroleum dependence and topsoil loss. The biggest wild card for our existence is climate change, as we see with floods and other extreme weather affecting our food supply.

Cheney gets last laugh - Once again above the law! -- Vice President Dick Cheney has won his battle to withhold records from the public despite efforts by Congress and other critics who say they should be open to scrutiny.

Millions displaced by India floods -- The death toll from monsoon flooding in eastern India climbed to 26 on Friday, with hundreds of villages cut off and an estimated four million people displaced, officials said.

Pa truckers asked to comment on PA turnpike lease proposal -- A committee of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives has scheduled a public hearing next week on a bill that would allow the governor to lease the state’s turnpike to private investors – but only invited guests will be allowed to testify.

Record corn prices mean more expensive meat & dairy -- Raging Midwest floodwaters that swallowed crops and sent corn and soybean prices soaring are about to give consumers more grief at the grocery store.

A toll protest certain to draw attention -- Residents along Interstate 80 in Clarion County, PA, plan on forming a large conga line later this month to protest a state law calling for the route to be tolled.

House easily passes compromise surveillance law -- The House Friday easily approved a compromise bill setting new electronic surveillance rules that effectively shield telecommunications companies from lawsuits arising from the government's terrorism-era warrantless eavesdropping on phone and computer lines in this country.

World not fully prepared for flu pandemic says expert -- The world is far from being fully prepared for a flu pandemic, a leading U.S. infectious diseases expert said on Saturday, warning there were big gaps in surveillance and basic knowledge.

The economy: Is your favorite store closing? Check here -- Retail chains close hundreds of stores, putting thousands of employees out of work at a time when a paycheck is more important than ever.

Gold May Rise to $5,000 on Inflation, Schroder Says -- Gold prices may rise to $5,000 an ounce as investors seek to protect themselves against accelerating inflation, said Schroder Investment Management Ltd., which oversees $277 billion of assets globally.

South American Union Will Also Have Common Currency -- Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva recently revealed that the South American countries are planning for a common currency as part of the integration of the individual countries into the Union of South American Nations. This integration is patterned after the formation of the European Union, and parallels the plan for the North American Union.

Gitmo For U.S. Children: Center for Retarded Kids Uses Electroshock Therapy -- It appears that the use of electroshock punishment tactics isn't limited to the U.S. military these days: The state of Massachusetts has renewed a special education school's authority to use electric shocks as a form of punishment, even after the school admitted to administering excessive and unfair shocks to two children after being told to do so by a prank caller.

14 die of cancer in seven years living next to phone mast with highest radiation levels in UK -- Fourteen people living within a mile of a mobile phone mast that emits one of the highest levels of radiation in the country have died of cancer. Four of the deaths have been in a cul-de-sac yards from the site.

A Cluster of Veterans' Deaths; By Fred A. Baughman Jr., MD -- Recently four Charleston, WV-area veterans -- Derek Johnson, 22, Andrew White, 23, Eric Layne, 29, and Nicholas Endicott, with "Post Traumatic Stress Disorder" (PTSD), treated with the Paxil, Klonopin, and Seroquel -- died in their sleep. All were said to be in good health.

Cell Phones Damage Eyes And Entire Visual System -- Microwave phones can make kids vision-impaired. Microwaves cause eye lens opacity similar to cataracts.

2 Billion may Suffer from Mobile Cancer by 2020 -- The studies and survey conducted by Australian Health Research Institute indicates that due to billions of times more in volume electromagnetic radiation emitted by billions of mobile phones, internet, intranet and wireless communication data transmission will make almost 1/3 rd of world population (about 2 billions) patient of ear, eye and brain cancer beside other major body disorders like heart ailments, impotency, migraine, epilepsy etc.

New crisis threatens healthy banks -- Increasing struggles by consumers and businesses to make payments on a variety of loans, not just mortgages, are setting off a new wave of trouble in the financial sector that is battering even institutions that had steered clear of the subprime-home-loan debacle.

Obama & Wife lin Orange and Blue -- Obama & Wife (Orange & Blue)

Comedian George Carlin dead at 71 -- COMEDIAN George Carlin, a counter-culture hero famed for his routines about drugs and dirty words, has died of heart failure aged 71.

America's Military Machine Gearing Up for Total WAR -- America is gearing for total war, feeding its military machine and may starve people unaligned with the Pentagon, if necessary, as it does other nations. The people have no political candidates and options remaining to stop the bloodbath they are conducting in the Middle East , not to mention the worldwide dislocations produced from their hegemonic megalomania and lawless rogues on Wall Street.

Midwest flood victims feel misled by feds -- Amid the disastrous flooding across Iowa, Illinois and Missouri - some policymakers are demanding the government come up with more accurate, up-to-date flood-risk assessments, inform the public better of the dangers, and require nearly all homeowners to buy coverage if they live near dams or levees.

Government Is Sued Over Seizure of Liberty Dollars -- A dozen people around the country filed suit in U.S. District Court in Idaho this week demanding the return of all the copper, silver, gold, and platinum coins — more than seven tons of metal in all — that the FBI and Secret Service seized in November during raids of a mint in Idaho and a strip mall storefront in Indiana.

Law Enforcement: SWAT Run Amok -- Two recent incidents involving SWAT teams are adding fuel to the fire in the emerging controversy over the routine use of such paramilitarized police units to prosecute the drug war. In Chicago, the Chicago Police Department has been hit with a $10 million lawsuit over a September raid on a social club. Meanwhile, in Florida, the Pembroke Pines Police Department Special Response Team, a SWAT-style unit, shot and killed a 46-year-old homeowner in a dawn raid June 13 that netted a whopping three-quarters of an ounce of marijuana.

Senate Housing Bill Requires eBay, Amazon, Google, and All Credit Card Companies to Report Transactions to the Government -- Hidden deep in Senator Christopher Dodd's 630-page Senate housing legislation is a sweeping provision that affects the privacy and operation of nearly all of America’s small businesses. The provision, which was added by the bill's managers without debate this week, would require the nation's payment systems to track, aggregate, and report information on nearly every electronic transaction to the federal government.

Police Enter Man's Home For Safety Check -- Their surprise visit was part of a public service campaign. Officers had fanned out across the city, leaving notices on doors to remind residents how to prevent thefts by keeping garage doors closed, not leaving valuables in cars and locking windows or doors. But at one house, they went further. Read More...

Robo Cop On Rails -- Linceus GmbH’s miniature monorail cars are proposed to secure the border. In fact, if implemented, they will be used to keep us on the globalist reservation.

See the splendid space through Hubble Telescope -- Take a look...!

UK: Will greenhouses replace the average farm? -- Say goodbye to our green and pleasant land. Our vegetables will come from a glasshouse in Kent.

Critics Demand Resignation of U.N. Official Who Wants Probe of 9/11 'Inside Job' Theories -- Critics are calling for the resignation of a U.N. official who publicly supports investigating theories that the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon were an "inside job."

Death of the Internet! Long Live Internet 2! -- Some people use the Internet simply to check e-mail and look up phone numbers. Others are online all day, downloading big video and music files. For years, both kinds of Web surfers have paid the same price for access. But now three of the country’s largest Internet service providers are threatening to clamp down on their most active subscribers by placing monthly limits on their online activity.

US N-weapons parts missing, Pentagon says -- The US military cannot locate hundreds of sensitive nuclear missile components, according to several government officials familiar with a Pentagon report on nuclear safeguards.

Internet Ties Link U.S. Terror Cells -- An ex-commando, working undercover for the FBI, took photographs as aspiring terrorists plotted to carry out attacks against U.S. soldiers in Iraq. They trained with weapons and learned how to make suicide vests. Only this didn't happen in Iraq, Afghanistan, or Pakistan. This training played out in Toledo, Ohio, and involved three Americans drawn to the call of Jihad, CBS News justice and homeland security correspondent Bob Orr reports.

Credit card fees: Some gas stations say 'no more' -- When gas station manager Roger Randolph realized it was costing him money each time someone filled up with $4-a-gallon gas, he hung a sign on his pumps: "No more credit cards." Gas station operators nationwide are reporting similar woes as higher prices translate into higher credit card fees the managers must pay, squeezing profits at the pump.

Mexico caps price of basic foods -- Mexico has frozen the price of 150 basic foods to curb inflation, in the government's biggest set of price controls in more than a decade.

Bomb Iran? What's to Stop Bush by Ray McGovern -- It's crazy, but it's coming soon. The armed forces are working out details. Impeachment may be the only way to stop it.

Talk show host Michael Reagan files copyright infringement claim to prevent audio clip of him calling for the murder of anti-war activist from circulating the Internet -- Last week, radio talk show host Michael Reagan called for his listeners to track down and murder anti-war activist, Mark Dice. After Dice downloaded the show’s free podcast and posted the 3 minute and 21 second clip on YouTube, Reagan filed a copyright infringement claim to remove the clip in an attempt to prevent it from circulating.

Grim world forecast for July-December (scroll down in article & read #7) -- In the next semester indeed, all the components of the crisis (financial, monetary, economic, strategic, social, political… ones) will converge at the height of their intensity.

GM says 18,657 took buyouts, early retirements -- The departure of 18,657 hourly workers allows General Motors Corp. to take a major step toward solving one of its most pressing problems — the need to shed workers as it downsizes its truck production to match dwindling demand.

More consumers, workers shoplift as economy slows -- "Wages aren't keeping up with inflation, especially the price of food and energy," says Diane Swonk, chief economist at Mesirow Financial. "It just leaves less money for everything else, and that breeds a lot of temptation."

Leaked military manual shows how to quash revolutions from San Salvador to Iraq -- Wikileaks has released a sensitive 219 page US military counterinsurgency manual. The manual, Foreign Internal Defense Tactics Techniques and Procedures for Special Forces (1994, 2004), may be critically described as "what we learned about running death squads and propping up corrupt government in Latin America and how to apply it to other places". Its contents are both history defining for Latin America and, given the continued role of US Special Forces in the suppression of insurgencies, including in Iraq and Afghanistan, history

FBI & Homeland Security behind martial law exercises in Indianapolis -- For over two weeks 2,300 Marines have been using the city of Indianapolis and its civilian population as a “simulated urban combat zone” under the direction of FBI and the Department of Homeland Security.

Seniors, disabled vets: Stimulus checks await you -- So far this summer, about 154,000 low-income seniors and disabled veterans in Michigan won’t be seeing the stimulus checks they deserve simply because they didn’t file the proper paperwork. To receive your stimulus payment in 2008, you must file Form 1040A with the IRS by Oct. 15.

China admits taking, burying US POW from Korea -- After decades of denials, the Chinese have acknowledged burying an American prisoner of war in China, telling the U.S. that a teenage soldier captured in the Korean War died a week after he "became mentally ill," according to documents provided to The Associated Press.

Proof revealed that nuclear tests damaged veterans' DNA -- Britain's forgotten nuclear test veterans were celebrating this week after a major breakthrough in their campaign to have their suffering recognised. The Government, which has ignored their plight for 50 years, had said if a study of vets in New Zealand was proved to have shown their health had been seriously affected by the tests, they would take the British survivors' claims seriously.

Low approval rate for vets' chemical tests claims -- The Veterans Affairs Department has granted only 6 percent of health claims filed by veterans of secret Cold War chemical and germ warfare tests conducted by the Pentagon, according to figures obtained Thursday by The Associated Press.

Caring For America's Women Warriors -- "This is the first time in our nation's history that we've had this many females, and especially combat veterans who are females, entering the VA system," Duckworth says. "I don't think, overall, any of the systems are quite ready for that." A recent study found that outpatient care for women lagged behind men in a third of the facilities, something the VA is working hard to correct. Currently, only a third of VA hospitals have seperate clinics for women.

Congress to pass a bill on eavesdropping -- Congress has reached a deal on a bill that would authorize the Bush administration to eavesdrop on Americans, US newspapers reported.

No more sunspots what does it mean? Scientists concerned -- Sunspots - they are all gone. Not even solar physicists know why it’s happening and what this odd solar silence might be indicating for our future.

We Are Change Colorado Chases Black Helicopters in Denver, Preperations for DNC Underway -- Preparations for the DNC are made in Denver as the military exercises drills in the city. All captured by We Are Change Colorado.

America's Secret Army of Contractor Spies: The Intelligence Industrial Complex -- It appears that there’s no business like the spy business, and the spy business is nobody’s business but its own.

Pennsylvania lawmakers test turnpike lease with vote -- A lawmaker’s proposed amendment to an unrelated bill in the Pennsylvania House generated a buzz this week about the proposed lease of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

The Dow going down to 10,747 -- Bank Woes Key to Richard Suttmeier's Grim Forecast. Be sure to listen to the clip on the left hand side of the website link.

How Breast Cancer Became Big Business -- Since 2002, the group Breast Cancer Action has promoted its "Think Before You Pink" campaign. It's fighting "pinkwashing," which is when corporations try to boost sales by associating their products with the fight against breast cancer. Pinkwashing is a form of slacktivism -- a campaign that makes people feel like they're helping solve a problem, while they're actually doing more to boost corporate profits. Pinkwashing has been around for a while, but is now reaching almost unbelievable levels.

Veterans from 1960s chemical tests press for help -- Lawmakers and veterans of secret Cold War-era chemical and germ tests on military personnel demanded help from the Bush administration Thursday, but they got no satisfaction.

Soldiers Risk Ruin While Awaiting Benefit Checks -- Nearly 20,000 disabled soldiers were discharged in the past two fiscal years, and lawmakers, veterans' advocates and others say thousands could be facing financial ruin while they wait for their claims to be processed and their benefits to come through.

House Resolution Calls for Naval Blockade against Iran -- A US House of Representatives Resolution effectively requiring a naval blockade on Iran seems fast tracked for passage, gaining co-sponsors at a remarkable speed, but experts say the measures called for in the resolutions amount to an act of war. H.CON.RES 362 calls on the president to stop all shipments of refined petroleum products from reaching Iran. It also "demands" that the President impose "stringent inspection requirements on all persons, vehicles, ships, planes, trains and cargo entering or departing Iran."

Citibank Hack Blamed for Alleged ATM Crime Spree -- A computer intrusion into a Citibank server that processes ATM withdrawals led to two Brooklyn men making hundreds of fraudulent withdrawals from New York City cash machines in February, pocketing at least $750,000 in cash, according to federal prosecutors. The ATM crime spree is apparently the first to be publicly linked to the breach of a major U.S. bank's systems, experts say.

Exposed: Harvard Shrink Gets Rich Labeling Kids Bipolar -- Meet the man who got rich by popularizing bipolar disorder for children. Congressional investigators and the NY Times expose the scandal.

Our view on drug safety: FDA Veterinarians tracks dog deaths, gets smeared in the process -- ProHeart 6 — a controversial heartworm drug for dogs — came back on the market last week, almost four years after it was pulled when hundreds of dogs died and thousands more suffered adverse reactions. Ordinarily, this might be of interest mainly to pet owners and veterinarians. But this is much more than a dog story. Read More...

U.S.: 4 Chopper Engines Worth $13M Missing -- Four U.S. military helicopter engines worth a combined $13.2 million are missing in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region, the American military said Wednesday.

Government Strike Teams Invade Homes -- Shocking footage out of Cedar Rapids Iowa shows cops and government employee "strike teams" breaking into houses of flood victims and threatening anyone who questions their actions in complete violation of the 4th amendment right that protects against unlawful search and seizure.

Denver woman-military helicopters damage her yard -- A woman in Denver claims the military helicopters flying over the city this week as part of a training exercise caused damage in her backyard.

Mysterious fatal strokes in 3 U.S states baffle docs -- People in three southern U.S. states are facing a health threat no one can explain: an abnormally high risk of suffering a fatal stroke - even among tourists just visiting the region.

More Levees Fail as Mississippi Floods Move South -- As floodwaters in northern Iowa and Illinois recede, riverfront towns downstream in both Illinois and Missouri are now fighting the high water, hoping that more than two dozen levees still in the path of the rising Mississippi River will hold.

US floods hit food prices -- Consumers were warned to expect even sharper increases in global food prices after US officials said that some of the country's best farmland is facing its worst flooding for 15 years.

Our Ruined Harvest -- As corn and soy fields drown in rainwater, the food crisis deepens!

Martial Law Exercises Continue in Denver -- According to a Denver Police spokesperson, the invasion of black helicopters with uniformed men hanging off of them, experienced by this neighborhood this evening, is a practice run of Navy Seals and SWAT teams, landing at the Civic Center, Childrens Hospital, and City Park, in preparation for the Democratic National Convention. Hmmmm….

One-third of people shot by Taser need medical attention -- About one in three people shot with a Taser by the RCMP receive injuries that require medical attention, according to a joint investigation by CBC News/Radio-Canada and the Canadian Press.

Jeremy Scahill: Blackwater is Still in Charge, Deadly, Above the Law and Out of Control -- Think Blackwater's days are numbered? Think again. Jeremy Scahill explains why its slaughter of Iraqis has not stopped the notorious mercenary firm.

HAARP, Chemtrails and Earthquakes – Any connection? -- There has been a lot of speculation on the internet recently about whether HAARP is in some way connected to the recent earthquake in China (and possibly other events). Photos of strange clouds (with rainbow colors) have been sighted shortly before the earthquake occurred.

Vitamin C About to be Made Illegal in Canada! -- What if, just for taking vitamin C, you could be thrown in jail for up to 2 years and fined up to $5,000,000? That scenario could very well soon become a reality in Canada.

New iThermostats give Texas Energy Company (TXU) control -- TXU Energy said Wednesday it will give away thermostats that allow customers to set their home temperatures via the Internet and allow TXU to cycle air conditioners off during some summer afternoons.

Socially Engineering The Public For Martial Law -- The terrorists in the federal government are continuing their push to have a fully functioning martial law apparatus.

China rushes to fix dams as 9,000 sq miles flooded -- China has posted hundreds of police and rescue officials to shore up dams threatening to burst under torrential rain that has already flooded thousands of square miles of crops and homes.

'Silver' mercury fillings may harm pregnant women -- "Pregnant women and persons who may have a health condition that makes them more sensitive to mercury exposure, including individuals with existing high levels of mercury bioburden, should not avoid seeking dental care, but should discuss options with their health practitioner," the agency said in the updated "Question and Answer" fact sheet about dental amalgams.

Kitco - Notice the mention of Bilderbergers -- Be sure to check this out.

Be Afraid - Very Afraid -- Workshop on Preparing for Calamities Focuses on the Flu

FDA Cautions Consumers Against Cancer "Cures" -- Consumers should beware of products sold on the Internet that claim to cure cancer, U.S. health officials said on Tuesday, threatening penalties against more than two dozen companies selling creams, tea and pills as treatments for the disease. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said a variety of Web sites sell such products, which can harm patients with potentially risky ingredients or by keeping them from seeking proven therapies.

Kansas: Rains spawn head scab outbreak in wheat -- Untimely rains have spawned an epidemic of the fungal disease head scab in winter wheat fields in Kansas, reducing yields and quality just as harvest gets under way in the state, industry experts say.

The R3VOLution - Phase II -- In case you haven't heard, the R3VOLution has officially moved into Phase II. Ron Paul's words: "We will not be silenced. We will not be stopped, if you help. Join me in this great work. Become a member of the Campaign for Liberty.

Nevada RANCHER AWARDED MILLIONS IN DECADES OLD PROPERTY RIGHTS DISPUTE -- A decades-long battle between an American ranching family and the United States government over water rights and cattle grazing on federal lands appears to have ended June 6, when a D.C.-based federal judge ruled in favor of the family and awarded more than $4.2 million in compensation – plus 17 years of interest and attorney’s fees and costs -- to the estates of the late Nevada rancher and property rights advocate Wayne Hage and his first wife, Jean Nichols Hage.

Oklahoma to feds: Don't tread on me -- Steamed over a perceived increase in federal usurping of states' rights, Oklahoma's House of Representatives told Washington, D.C., to back off. Oklahoma certainly knows the line in the sand! (Thanks Jimm)

‘Weather Wars’ Pummel US-China Heartlands, India In Total Chaos By: Sorcha Faal -- The coming brutality of the horrific catastrophes soon to befall them will render them into slaves, at best, or at the worst into the World beyond this one where being lost they will go mad. Forever. Read More...

Government Terrorists Terrorize Iowa Homeowners -- Government terrorists are continuing their agenda of terrorizing the American people and destroying individual liberty. Using the guise of keeping people safe from the floods in Iowa, uniformed terrorists are setting up Nazi like checkpoints forbidding people from going back to their homes.

Ohio Checkpoints Enrage Ohio flood Victims -- Police twice caught a man in his flood-damaged home before the property had been cleared by city inspectors. But Rick Blazek vowed to return — even if he had to sneak behind bushes. "Once I'm in there, I'm not coming out unless they have handcuffs and leg shackles," he pledged Sunday at a checkpoint where authorities were limiting access.

Red Cross Disaster Fund Is Depleted -- The American Red Cross said yesterday that it has depleted its national disaster relief fund and is taking out loans to pay for shelters, food and other relief services across seven Midwestern states battered by floods.

Soldiers Risk Ruin While Awaiting Benefit Checks -- Nearly 20,000 disabled soldiers were discharged in the past two fiscal years, and lawmakers, veterans' advocates and others say thousands could be facing financial ruin while they wait for their claims to be processed and their benefits to come through.

Study finds depression can trigger diabetes -- People with depression have a higher risk of developing the most common form of diabetes than others, according to a study published on Tuesday that sheds light on the interplay between the two conditions.

Drought emergency declared in vital California farmland -- California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency Thursday to help the state's Central Valley farm region deal with a severe drought.

Iraq deal with US to end immunity for foreign contractors -- The US has accepted that foreign contractors in Iraq will no longer have immunity from Iraqi law under a new security agreement now under negotiation, says the Iraqi Foreign Minister, Hoshyar Zebari.

Drugs show up in Americans' water -- A vast array of pharmaceuticals — including antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers and sex hormones — have been found in the drinking water supplies of at least 41 million Americans, an Associated Press investigation shows.

TxDOT gives up on toll financing for Trans Texas Corridor 69 -- In a further retreat before anti-road activists and a hostile legislature Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has abandoned Trans Texas Corridor 69, acknowledged there will be no significant toll financing, and abandoned consideration of any new routing. Only existing surface arterial roads will be upgraded.

Cell Phone Hazards - The Evidence Is In -- The evidence is in - and it is overwhelming. Even at typical low power, cell phones and wireless technology cause severe biological disturbances in human cells.

TSA screener badges to look like police badges -- Some sworn officers fear airline passengers will mistake screeners for law-enforcement officials with arrest powers.

Hospitals hold disaster drill -- Eight Denver hospitals held drills Tuesday to test their abilities to respond to a disaster that would injure thousands of people.

Military choppers fly over Denver during top secret drill -- A half-dozen military helicopters flew low over parts of Denver Monday night as part of a security drill organized by the U.S. Department of Justice. Denver police said they were aware of the operation, but could provide no details. The secret drills coincided with preparations for the Democratic National Convention, which will take place in Denver in late August.

Criminal crackdown targeting Christians -- When a Christian pastor in Canada wrote a commentary on the Bible's perspective on homosexuality, a government commission ordered him to renounce his faith and apologize. When a family-owned photography studio in New Mexico refused, on religious grounds, to take pictures at a same-sex ceremony, the fine for such "discrimination" was $6,600. Now the experts say Colorado is joining in the repression of the practice of Christianity. 'Biggest danger is to religious conscience of business owners'.

Denver stocks up on pepper weapon -- Denver police are stocking up on guns that fire a pepper spray-like substance instead of bullets - a less-lethal weapon used to disperse crowds - in advance of the Democratic National Convention.

Tomato recall - Is irradiation the solution? (you knew this was coming) -- “Whenever there’s a food poisoning outbreak, we hear about irradiation as the panacea for foodborne illness, but irradiation is in fact expensive, impractical, and ineffective.

Democrats Ready To Gut The Constitution To Protect Their 'Constituents' - The Telecoms -- Proving the old axiom that Congress "is the best that money can buy," congressional Democrats are preparing to gut the Constitution by granting giant telecom companies retroactive immunity and liability protection on warrantless wiretapping by the Bush regime.

'Disposable Heroes': Veterans Used To Test Suicide-Linked Drugs -- An ABC News and Washington Times Investigation Reveals Vets Are Being Recruited for Government Tests on Drugs with Violent Side Effects.

Swedes take to the street to fight domestic spying -- This Wednesday at 9am the Swedish Parliament is voting on a new wiretapping law which would enable the civil agency (FRA — Defense Radio Agency) to snoop on all traffic crossing the Swedish border.

Chemicals in Toothpaste Kill Teenage Girl -- A teenage girl who died from anaphylactic shock in October was killed by an allergic reaction to her toothpaste, her family has alleged.

Bayer & Monsanto: Who's Responsible for Selling the Most Chemical Poisons to Farmers & Gardeners? -- US company Monsanto has the portfolio with the highest proportion (60 percent) of pesticides that are particularly toxic to humans and the environment. [but loses out in the rankings due to lower volumes than the likes of Bayer]

In Russia, sometimes it rains cement -- Russian air force planes dropped a 25-kg (55-lb) sack of cement on a suburban Moscow home last week while seeding clouds to prevent rain from spoiling a holiday, Russian media said on Tuesday.

Washington Mulls Assisted Suicide Measure -- There isn't much John Peyton can do on his own except speak, and soon he'll lose even that. The former Boeing computer programmer has Lou Gehrig's disease, which progressively paralyzes its victims. His doctor gives him three to six months to live. He is using his last months to oppose a ballot initiative that would allow physicians in Washington state to help terminally ill patients end their lives. Only Oregon has such a law.

Record storm batters Great Falls area -- Snow in June isn't all that unusual in Montana, but rarely does it come in the quantity that fell early Wednesday morning.

Flooding worries spread to other towns along the Mississippi -- Iowa officials are concerned about towns along the Mississippi River as floodwaters in the state's eastern counties began to drain toward the river.

On The Lighter Side: How many zeros in a billion? -- The next time you hear a politician use the word 'billion' in a casual manner, think about whether you want the 'politicians' spending YOUR tax money.

Military lawyers objected to harsher interrogation -- Military lawyers warned against the harsh detainee interrogation techniques approved by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld in 2002, contending in separate memos weeks before Rumsfeld's endorsement that they could be illegal, a Senate panel has found.

Bush and Brown's warning to Iran -- Gordon Brown and President George Bush have warned Iran to accept their "offers of partnership" or face tough sanctions and international isolation.

Lawmaker takes 9/11 doubts global -- Fujita, a member of the Democratic Party of Japan, along with a growing number of individuals — including European and American politicians — are leading a charge to conduct a thorough, independent investigation of what happened on Sept. 11, 2001.

Salmonella: Trickier Than We Imagined -- Salmonella is serving up a surprise not only for tomato lovers around the country but also for scientists who study the rod-shaped bacterium that causes misery for millions of people.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Bans PhotoBlocker -- Marketer of sprays and plate covers intended to defeat photo enforcement forced to stop doing business in Pennsylvania.

A defect on tires has links to China -- Poisonous pet food. Lead paint on children's toys. The latest potentially defective Chinese import to hit American shores: tire-valve stems, the rubber shafts that allow motorists to fill their tires with air. There are at least 36 million of the imported valve stems on tires on American roads. Any of them could cause dangerous tire failures this summer.

U.S. School District to Begin Microchipping Students -- A Rhode Island school district has announced a pilot program to monitor student movements by means of radio frequency identification (RFID) chips implanted in their schoolbags.

Why Drug Companies Do Not Want You to Take Supplements -- Supplements like Coenzyme Q10, amino acids, even a daily multiple vitamin can provide your body with natural health benefits. So why would the pharmaceutical companies have a problem with this? Think about it. If nutritional supplements worked for even a small portion of the people currently bound to their prescription medications for heart disease, arthritis, diabetes and other degenerative diseases, the drug companies would stand to lose a lot of money!

Associated Press demands bloggers stop using news excerpts -- Bloggers beware, Associated Press are on the warpath, starting bogus copryright suits against those linking and quoting even the merest fraction of an AP news report.

TSU student jailed on bogus Wal-Mart forgery charge -- Nitra Gipson was charged with felony forgery after the Meyer Park Wal-Mart manager accused her of passing bogus money orders. Thing is, the money orders were legit and had been purchased at Wal-Mart to begin with.

Proposed Worker Verification Mandate Would Have Broad Reach -- Following up on a presidential directive, the Bush administration has proposed regulations spelling out a broad mandate for federal contractors, including those in construction, to use an electronic system to prove that their workers are legally authorized to work in the U.S.

LAW SCHOOL TO ORGANIZE BUSH WAR CRIMES TRIAL -- A conference to plan the prosecution of President Bush and other high administration officials for war crimes will be held September 13-14 at the Massachusetts School of Law at Andover.

US soldier refuses to report for active duty in Iraq -- Chiroux served five years in the army, with tours in Afghanistan, Japan, Germany and the Philippines. He was honorably discharged last year and was placed in the Individual Ready Reserves (IRR), a pool of former soldiers who can be "reactivated" in a national emergency or war.

What will the US look like in 4 years? -- Fast-forward to 2012 to see how the US and the world fares under America's 44th commander-in-chief. Rupert Cornwell, one of the most experienced and eloquent observers of US politics, gazes into the future and delivers his verdict on each man's first term.

Southern Chile volcano erupts with renewed strength -- The Chaiten volcano in southern Chile has erupted with renewed strength, belching thick clouds of ash and hurling molten rocks into the air, regional authorities said Friday.

Costa Rica’s Arenal Lets Molten Boulders Fly Twice this Week -- One of Costa Rica’s most popular tourist destinations, the Arenal Volcano, puts on an incredible, natural light show almost every night. It’s a spectacular sight to see molten lava pour out of Arenal’s pointed mouth, but as area experts and park rangers know, the volcano is not always friendly, and it is therefore monitored carefully. As if to prove its power, on Tuesday (June 10), Volcán Arenal threw flaming rocks down its edges, causing a stir for the second time in five days.

Volcano warning after earthquake -- NEW Zealand scientists today warned people to stay away from the country's most active volcano after an earthquake rocked the region.

Lebanon hit by seven tremors since Thursday -- Two tremors measuring 3.8 and 3.9 on the Richter Scale hit the region Friday. The other five occurred hit the surroundings of Srifa village within the space of three hours on Thursday afternoon.

Astronomers find batch of "super-Earths" -- European researchers said on Monday they discovered a batch of three "super-Earths" orbiting a nearby star, and two other solar systems with small planets as well.

Michael Reagan’s death threat against Mark Dice is not a trivial matter -- Both Reagan and Dice reside in California, so prosecuting Reagan for threatening to kill Dice — more specifically, by stating he will provide the bullets to kill Dice — should be a straightforward matter.
Related Link: Michael Reagan’s Use of the Airwaves to Contract the Murder of Mark Dice Not Reported by Any Major Network

* Click Here to contact Mike Reagan to let him know how you feel...!

Sniper T-Shirt Information -- Check out the sniper T-Shirts information and the letter to the listeners and supporters.

InfraGard: Public Private Partnership -Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) -- The government wants you to participate in ??? We need some Power Team members to join and share the info. InfraGard is a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the private sector.

Help Get Justice for PFC James Burmeister -- As you may be aware already, James Burmeister is being held at Fort Knox, KY. James voluntarily turned himself in to the military on March 4th, 2008 after having been AWOL from the U.S. Army since May 4, 2007. His reason for having gone AWOL is untreated PTSD and wanting to get back to his family in Oregon which lives with hardship. James is an Iraq combat veteran. He manned machine guns on top of humvees and spent 6 months in the line of gunfire. He survived three IED explosions, the last of which knocked him unconscious.

Oklahoma Recalls Bill That Would Have Facilitated NAFTA Superhighway -- The Oklahoma State Senate voted to recall a bill that would have further facilitated plans for the NAFTA Superhighway to run through the state.

Was Tim Russert Killed by Heart Medication? -- Tim Russert was taking prescription medications when he suffered a heart attack and died. Nearly 100,000 Americans are killed each year by FDA-approved pharmaceuticals, according to the American Medical Association. Virtually none of those deaths are accurately reported as being caused by pharmaceuticals. Instead, the media simply reports that the victim died of whatever biological malfunction was most noticeable at the time of death.

Setback for Big Brother: Federal Court Suspends National Animal Identification System -- USA was pleased to learn that on June 4, 2008, the U.S. District Court ­ District of Columbia forced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to suspend indefinitely its plan to establish a new Privacy Act system of records titled "National Animal Identification System (NAIS)."

British police say up to 2,500 people show up to protest Bush and 25 arrested -- Up to 2,500 demonstrators held a boisterous rally in London's Parliament Square on Sunday as U.S. President George W. Bush dined with his British counterpart nearby.

Japan earthquake death toll climbs to 9 -- Rescue teams digging their way through a ravine buried in mud Sunday pulled three bodies from a hot springs inn, bringing the death toll to nine after a powerful earthquake rocked northern Japan.

Vital Earthquake Safety Tips -- The information in this article will save lives in an earthquake.

Soldiers: Know Your Rights! -- What every soldier should know before resisting.

Army Reserve teams with D.C. Police to boost employment -- The Army Reserve recruited the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department in its new initiative to partner with public and private sector employers to jointly recruit, train and employ individuals. Either side can recruit an individual for the program, to let employees get Army training and enhance Army operations.

FOOD: the global crisis deepens -- THE LIST of countries on the brink of disaster because of the global food crisis is growing by the week. Terrorism and security experts predict widespread social and political unrest and violent conflict in the second and third world.

2nd Amendment Case Heads To Supreme Court -- One momentous case down, another equally historic decision to go. The Supreme Court returns to the bench Monday with 17 cases still unresolved, including its first-ever comprehensive look at the Second Amendment's right to bear arms.

About face on C-51 bill -- Health Minister won't lump in natural medicines with pharmaceutical drugs.

New Gang of 14 won’t back McCain -- At least 14 Republican members of Congress have refused to endorse or publicly support Sen. John McCain for president, and more than a dozen others declined to answer whether they back the Arizona senator. Many of the recalcitrant GOP members declined to detail their reasons for withholding support, but Rep. John Peterson (R-Pa.) expressed major concerns about McCain’s energy policies and Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.) cited the Iraq war. Read More...

OKLA DECLARES SOVEREIGNTY - TELLS FED. GOV. TO CEASE AND DESIST! -- THAT the State of Oklahoma hereby claims sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States over all powers not otherwise enumerated and granted to the federal government by the Constitution of the United States.

FLDS RAID AND THE NAFTA SUPER HIGHWAY by Devvy Kidd-- I can tell you without any doubt that everyone in the immediate region knew what was going on at that ranch. There's no way the sheriff and the town of El Dorado didn't know polygamists were living there. So, if everyone knew what was going on - why didn't anyone do anything about it? Why did the State of Texas sit on their concerned hands until this alleged phone call from a phantom "young girl" who is no where to be found suddenly happen? Why didn't CPS investigate in a sane and legal way, instead of this massive show of force? Why did this happen in April of 2008? That ranch has been there for years. Read More...

Southern California Metropolitan Water District Begins Poisoning Millions with Toxic Synthetic Fluoride Chemicals -- Fluoride is now being added to the water systems of Los Angeles and San Diego, in spite of the substance's classification as a toxin by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Why Oil Prices Are So High -- "In my opinion, the two biggest factors in oil's high price are the weakness in the US dollar's exchange value and the liquidity that the Federal Reserve is pumping out."

Fuel crisis affects truckers worldwide -- In recent days, two truckers have died in massive fuel protests in Europe, including one driver from Spain, who was run over by a van as he, and others, tried to block traffic at a market in Granada. Read More...

FEMA: It’s Not About Floods, It’s About Martial Law -- FEMA has very little to do with the sort of natural disasters the people of Iowa, Wisconsin, and Indiana are currently experiencing and everything to do with martial law, thus DHS boss Chertoff’s satisfaction “with the federal response to the massive Midwest flooding” is little more than a dog and pony show, a public relations gimmick slapped over the real face of FEMA.

U.S. Ranks Dead Last Among 19 Industrialized Nations in Preventive Medicine -- The United States ranks worst among developed nations in the number of preventable deaths, according to a study conducted by researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and published in the journal Health Affairs.

The Health Benefits of Thai Curry Paste and Thai Cuisine -- Capturing the essence of Thai food requires a handful of special ingredients that you likely do not have in your kitchen. This blend of plants is called Thai curry and contains natural preservatives while providing strong medicinal properties. Despite tremendous flavor, the purpose of a curry blend is primarily to prevent food spoilage. We'll explore the main components of Thai curry in this article before providing three basic recipes to get you started making your own Thai dishes.

Texas Corridor detour: Officials nix land grab -- Toll plan tossed: 'Any area that is not along an existing highway will not be considered'!!!

Epidemics: Scientists to hunt down new viruses before they strike -- Scientists are preparing to hunt down the planet's last remaining viruses capable of triggering new diseases in humans. Several hundred new varieties may still be lurking in the wild or in remote populations, it is believed.

Ron Paul to End Campaign, Launches New Effort -- Rep. Ron Paul's presidential campaign, a pugnacious, ideological crusade against big government and interventionist leanings in the Republican party, will officially end Thursday at a rally outside the Texas GOP's convention, ABC News has learned.

Ron Paul Launches New "Campaign for Liberty" -- Ron Paul has officially ended his Presidential campaign and launched his new organization to carry the Freedom Message forward into the future: “Ron Paul’s Campaign for Liberty”.

Flooding batters Iowa, forces evacuations -- The worst flooding in 15 years has paralyzed large sections of eastern Iowa, with heavy rains and brutal storms leaving their marks from one end of the state to the other.

An ominous warning that the rapid rise in oil prices has only just begun -- The chief executive of the world's largest energy company has issued the most dire warning yet about the soaring the price of oil, predicting that it will hit $250 per barrel "in the foreseeable future".

Iraq says talks with U.S. on pact reach "dead end" -- Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said on Friday talks with the United States on a new long-term security pact had reached a "dead end" because of U.S. demands that infringed Iraq's sovereignty.

Justices side with Guantanamo detainees -- The Supreme Court dealt the Bush administration a stunning setback yesterday, ruling that terrorist suspects imprisoned at Guantanamo can fight for their rights in U.S. courts and likely sounding a death knell for the controversial offshore war-crimes trials.

'Brown gov't strangles British freedom' -- The British Conservative Party spokesman David Davis has stepped down to protest “the strangulation of British freedoms by the government”.

Governor Crist Signs Military and Veterans Bills into Law -- Governor Charlie Crist today signed four bills into law that will benefit and honor Florida’s military members and veterans during a visit to the 601st Air and Space Operations Center at Tyndall Air Force Base. The new legislation supports business owners with military service-connected disabilities and veterans residing in Florida’s State Veterans’ Homes. The Governor also signed bills enhancing the Family Readiness Program and expanding student access to Reserve Officers’ Training Corps programs.

Vets press for info on 1960s chemical tests -- Jack Alderson was ordered never to talk about the secret weapons tests he helped conduct in the Pacific during the 1960s. He kept quiet for decades. Alderson and other witnesses were to testify Thursday before a House Veterans Affairs panel considering legislation that would require more Pentagon disclosure about the Cold War-era germ and chemical weapons testing and extend benefits to veterans who participated in them. A similar bill is scheduled for a vote in the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee later this month.

Marines Begin Martial Law Training in Indianapolis -- Under the guise of urban warfare training the 26th Expeditionary Unit an elite group of U.S. Marines will conduct a martial law training exercise at 26 “surrendered” locations in central Indiana from June 4th thru the 17th.

Why is John McCain getting $58,000 a year in disability income? -- "First off, I find it fascinating that John McCain, who is refusing to vote for the GI Bill for our troops because "it's too generous," is himself getting $58,000 a year, tax-free, from the US government for his military service. Had McCain been getting that amount every year since Vietnam, that would total $2,000,000 for the man who isn't into overgenerous government. I just find that interesting." The McCain campaign strategist Mark Salter said Monday night that McCain was technically disabled. "Tortured for his country -- that is how he acquired his disability,"

No Child Left Undrugged -- Parents need to say no to drugs for their children. They need to control what their children watch and listen to. And they need to take off the headphones, turn off the cell phones and try communicating with their children.

CDC Finally Begins Formal Investigation into Morgellons Disease -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is launching an investigation into a still-unexplained collection of symptoms known as Morgellons disease.

A No-Brainer: Obey the M.D. With the Needle or My Conscience? -- As the vaccination debate becomes more contentious and the divide continues to widen between those who worship at the alter of medical science and those who prefer to kneel at a different kind of alter, caught in the middle are ordinary Americans being forced to choose between obeying their conscience and obeying a medical doctor wielding a needle. Read More....

Two More Girls Die After Receiving Gardasil Cervical Cancer Vaccination -- The European Medicines Agency (EMEA) has reported that two young women died shortly after receiving Merck's Gardasil, a vaccine against several varieties of human papillomavirus (HPV).

Another Global fuel protests escalate --
Global protests over fuel prices intensified Wednesday as blockades by Spanish and Portuguese truckers heightened food shortages and traffic chaos, and their counterparts in Thailand and South Korea threatened to join them on strike.

Vets taking PTSD drugs die in sleep -- A Putnam County veteran who was taking medication prescribed for post-traumatic stress disorder died in his sleep earlier this month, in circumstances similar to the deaths of three other area veterans earlier this year.

America's Medicated Army -- For the first time in history, a sizable and growing number of U.S. combat troops are taking daily doses of antidepressants to calm nerves strained by repeated and lengthy tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.

New-style bird flu vaccine shows promise --
A new-style bird flu vaccine made using monkey cells instead of chicken eggs appears to be safe and effective, corporate researchers reported on Wednesday.

World Only One Crop Failure Away From Grain Shortage --
Most weather news is news noise rather than real news. Weather “news” is always reversed. Changes in crop forecasts are also largely news noise. Investors, as differentiated from commodity traders, should focus on the long-term positive trends in Agri-Foods, rather than news noise. For example, anticipation of the harvest cycle in Agri-Food creates a period of optimism, that the harvest will indeed occur. Often that anticipation puts pressure on prices, creating an opportunity for investors.

The Inner Circle, the Elitists, the Powers—any name you want to call them—plan and organize behind closed doors to bring about their global governance, or the New World Order (NWO) or one-world government. To do this, they must push every country to its knees so that the citizenry cannot fight back.

Is Obama's candidacy constitutional? --
Bloggers are raising questions about Illinois Sen. Barack Obama's qualifications to be U.S. president, because of the secrecy over his birth certificate and the requirement presidents be "natural-born" U.S. citizens.

FEMA gives away $85 million of supplies for Katrina victims --
FEMA gave away about $85 million in household goods meant for Hurricane Katrina victims, a CNN investigation has found.

Potentially devastating wheat rust spreads --
Since the 1950s, resistance genes bred into wheat varieties have held truly devastating stem rust epidemics in check. However, a new race of the rust, Ug99, has overcome many of those resistance genes and is marching east through southern Asia.

Software update brings down nuclear power plant --
The Washington Post reported in an interesting story over the weekend that the Hatch nuclear power plant near Baxley, Georgia was forced on the 7th of March into an emergency shutdown for 48 hours after a company engineer installed a software update on a computer operating on the plant's business network.

In Debate Over Permanent Bases In Iraq, U.S. Seeks Authorization For War In Iran --
The ongoing negotiations between Iraqi leaders and the Bush administration over the future role of the military occupation “have turned into an increasingly acrimonious public debate.”

Getting robots of war to act more naturally --
The next generation of military robots won't just be humanoids like the Terminator. The robots of the future will likely work in concert, like a swarm of ants. Others may creep like spiders or hover like hummingbirds, if the work at the University of Pennsylvania is an indication.

Exposing Bush Administration Corruption -- Information for this article comes from long-time business, finance and political writer and analyst Bob Chapman who publishes the bi-weekly International Forecaster. It's power-packed with key information and a valued source for this writer. He obtained voluminous material directly from its source. People need to know it. Read on.

Hauliers warn of 'general strike' over fuel --
First the Spanish truckers went on strike, now the Scottish truckers are planning to do the same (it also mentions strikes in Hong Kong, Nepal, India & South Korea)...Thanks NINA!!

Activist fights & wins against government charges of terrorism & mail fraud --
This relates to the artist Steve Kurtz, a tenured professor of art at the State University of New York Buffalo, whose work, and that of the Critical Art Ensemble he helped to found, was aimed in part at informing audiences about the lack of regulation and potential risks of biotechnology. The persecution of Kurtz by the U.S. authorities has been documented in the film Strange Culture.

Virus-Built Electronics --
GM viruses used to build electronics.

Farmers who plant, or replant , after June 20 may see yields drop by half --
A costly deadline looms for many growers in the Midwest, as every day of waiting for the weather to cooperate to plant corn and soybeans reduces potential yields.

Kucinich Web site crashes, he cites 'suspicious circumstances' -- According to a statement released by Kucinich's congressional campaign, the site was "shut down this morning by a series of suspicious and fast-moving events" only hours after the congressman's newly-introduced articles of impeachment against President Bush were posted.

ISP's confirm '2012: The Year The Internet Ends' -- So, where will the internet be in the year 2012? What will we in the US use the internet for? How will it change or will it?  Do some research on this topic.  You'd be surprised at what you will learn.
Related Links: Pay per Use and YouTube: The Death of The Internet?

Paul campaign puts plans in place for alternate convention -- Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul has tentatively reserved a university arena in Minnesota, a school spokesman said Tuesday, as the campaign plans a separate gathering during the national GOP convention in September. "We plan on having a large rally," said Paul spokesman Jesse Benton. "We want it to be a celebration of Republican values and what the Republican Party has traditionally stood for."

Trans-Texas Corridor plans take a detour -- After opposition from rural residents, the state has ruled out plans to build part of the I-69/TTC through rural areas north and west of the city, and will instead stick to major highways for most of the route.

Tomato growers scramble after outbreak -- June 10: Some fast-food chains are pulling raw tomatoes from their menus following a salmonella outbreak. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says there have been 167 cases of salmonellosis since mid-April, including 23 that required hospitalization, associated with consumption of raw tomatoes.

Woman Quarantined With Bird Mites -- A Long Island woman was put in a quarantined hospital room Thursday night after emergency workers came to her home and found her skin crawling with nearly invisible parasites that doctors believe are bird mites.

S Koreans rally against US beef -- Thousands of demonstrators are gathering in Seoul for the latest protest against the resumption of US beef imports into South Korea. The protesters are angry that South Korea has agreed to resume imports of US beef, which were suspended in 2003 after an outbreak of BSE, or mad cow disease, in cattle there.

More than a million homes in foreclosure -- More than a million homes in the U-S are now in foreclosure, a staggering figure that shows how hard the economy is hitting millions of Americans.

New Washing Machine Uses Just a Cup of Water -- This machine could save billions of liters of water a year and be on the market in 2009. A washing machine that cleans clothes by pounding them with plastic chips could save billions of litres of water a year, its inventors claim.

Fears grow that MRSA variant has entered food chain -- Scientists revealed yesterday that three patients in separate hospitals were infected with the ST398 strain, which is found in factory-farmed pigs in the Netherlands. None of the humans had a close association with farm animals, raising the possibility that the superbug has entered the food chain.

Attack Iran? Cheney's Already Tried -- Pentagon officials firmly opposed a proposal by Vice President Dick Cheney last summer for air strikes against the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) bases by insisting that the administration would have to make clear decisions about how far the United States would go in escalating the conflict with Iran, according to a former George W Bush administration official.

Priest investigated for quoting Bible -- A priest is being investigated as a potential criminal under a federal "hate crimes" law for quoting from the Bible, and he's being targeted using a Canadian provision under which no defendant ever has been acquitted, according to a new report.

Treasury Dept. Rolling Out Social Security Debit Card -- No bank account? No problem. Now you can have your Social Security benefits loaded directly onto an electronic debit card that works like a gift card from Uncle Sam.

Warning to Sen. Vitter: DC Madam Case Not Over? -- Maybe Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) isn't completely off the hook when it comes to the late "D.C. Madam," Deborah Jean Palfrey. And other Washington Johns who used the late Palfrey's escort service and whose names remained below the radar screen may want to find a nice hiding place.

New Zealand faces power crisis amid drought -- New Zealanders are to be urged to wash dishes by hand and turn off lights as the country teeters on the brink of a power crisis caused by drought.

Legislating Tyranny -- Terrorist legislation and executive assertions created a basis upon which federal authorities claimed they were free to suspend suspects’ civil liberties in order to defend Americans from terrorism. Only after civil liberties groups and federal courts challenged some of the unconstitutional laws and procedures did realization spread that the Bush administration’s assault on the Bill of Rights is a greater threat to Americans than are terrorists.

US Wants 58 Bases In Iraq, Shiite Lawmakers Say -- Iraqi lawmakers say the United States is demanding 58 bases as part of a proposed "status of forces" agreement that will allow U.S. troops to remain in the country indefinitely.

Germany bans chemicals linked to honeybee devastation -- Germany has banned a family of pesticides that are blamed for the deaths of millions of honeybees. The German Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL) has suspended the registration for eight pesticide seed treatment products used in rapeseed oil and sweetcorn.

A Month of Fast Food Can Wreck Your Liver -- Just one month of eating fast food and walking less than 5000 steps in a day is all it takes to impair liver function. That's what scientists found in a study published in Gut, a peer review journal for health professionals and researchers in gastroenterology and hepatology. Just for reference, some doctors recommend that normal, healthy individuals should walk about 10,000 steps (or about one hour) per day.

Anti-War Students Walk Out of School -- Students from Bellows Falls Union High School got a lesson in American civics Tuesday as about 30 students staged a walkout to protest the Iraq War.

Bush warns of pay cuts for troops -- President Bush on Saturday pressed Congress to approve billions of dollars more for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, warning that failure to quickly act could lead to mass layoffs at the Pentagon and an inability to pay the salaries of troops in combat.

Oregon Offers to Pay to Kill, but Not to Treat Cancer Patient -- Lung cancer patient, Barbara Wagner, was recently notified that her oncologist-prescribed medication that would slow the growth of cancer would not be covered by the Oregon Health Plan; the plan, however, she was informed, would cover doctor-assisted suicide should she wish to kill herself.

TSA outlaws flights to those who refuse to show ID -- With little warning, on Thursday, TSA announced a new change in policy. Passengers who refuse to show ID, citing the rights, will be refused entry to the boarding area. Passengers who claim to have lost or forgotten their ID will still be allowed to fly. Before...passengers willing to undergo a pat-down and hand-search had been able to fly without ID.

Cell Phones Used to *Pop* Popcorn? -- Let us know if any of you try this! * Related YouTube Video
Related FollowUP -- Physicist Debunks Cell phone Popcorn Viral Videos -- So, what's really causing the kernels to ricochet off the table in the YouTube clips? Bloomfield suggests tricky video editing or even a covert heating element beneath the table. Debunker website also points out that cooking popcorn with cell phones is impossible (same goes for eggs).

Google Health launches -- Google has launched Google Health, a long-anticipated medical records service letting US users store and manage their health care information online.

Kucinich introduces Bush impeachment resolution -- Cleveland Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich took to the House of Representatives floor on Monday evening to introduce a 35-count resolution to impeach President George W. Bush.

HAARP Weather Modification for Weather Warfare -- DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) here in the USA is still playing God with the weather, modifying weather for warfare, and God only knows what else. The Department of Defense (DoD) knows how to modify the weather. They plan to use this in warfare, “to enhance friendly force capabilities and degrade those of the adversary.”

'Baghdad-style' checkpoints in US capital -- Police in Washington DC have set up vehicle checkpoints in the American capital in a controversial measure aimed at tackling a wave of gun violence.

Food banks ask gardeners to grow extra for hungry -- "Almost everyone around here has a garden," said Huffling, who also runs a program that delivers meals to the hungry in this rural part of southwestern New Hampshire. "If they would grow a row for the food program and the Friendly Meals program, it would help so much.

Diabetes is also heart disease -- Rigorous control of blood sugar won’t save diabetics the heart ravages which come with the disease, new studies show.

St. Paul police to apologize for detaining antiwar activist -- St. Paul police said Thursday that they will apologize to an antiwar organizer who was detained Tuesday outside the Obama campaign rally at the Xcel Energy Center for handing out leaflets promoting a Sept. 1 march on the Republican National Convention.

Northrop To Develop Mind-Reading Binoculars -- The Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has tapped Northrop Grumman to develop binoculars that will tap the subconscious mind. The Cognitive Technology Threat Warning System program, informally called "Luke's Binoculars," combines advanced optics with electro-encephalogram electrodes that can, DARPA believes, be used to alert the wearer to a threat before the conscious mind has processed the information.

Mind reading by MRI scan raises 'mental privacy' issue -- Employers, the military and intelligence services may soon be using computerized mind-reading techniques and there is a need for a public debate about "mental privacy," a leading neuroscientist said yesterday.

YouTube: Bee Gees - 9/11's a Lie -- The 'Free Bees' are looking for help in spreading their '9/11's a lie' music video and song far and wide.

Taser Loses 1st Product-Liability Suit; Jury Awards $6 Million -- Taser International Inc., the largest stun-gun maker, lost a $6.2 million jury verdict over the death of a California man who died after police shot him multiple times with the weapon. The defeat is the first for Taser in a product liability claim.

Revolution March on DC: July 12th, 2008 with keynote speaker Dr. Ron Paul! -- Check out the website link for more details!

Texas probes arson in governor's mansion blaze -- Fire investigators seek public's help after fire badly damages historic estate!

Jailers at Guantanamo urged to destroy interrogation notes says lawyer -- US interrogators of "war on terror" detainees were instructed to destroy handwritten notes that might have exposed harsh or even illegal questioning methods at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, a lawyer for one of the prisoners said Sunday.

Beware: Gasoline Thieves Adopt A New Drill -- With gas prices at record highs and service stations thwarting drive-offs with pay-before-you-pump policies, gas thieves are becoming more creative. This lady had her gas stolen by someone drilling a whole in her gas tank. Most of the vehicles targeted so far are trucks and SUVs because they sit higher off the ground, mechanics said.

Gasoline rises above $4 a gallon for first time -- The U.S. average price for a gallon of regular gasoline topped $4 for the first time, a survey issued on Sunday by the travel group AAA showed.

Lowest Food Supplies in 50-100 Years: Global Food Crisis Emerging -- 2007/08 will mark the seventh year out of the past eight in which global grain production has fallen short of demand.

Small Town Overthrows Corporate Giant for Control of Water -- The people of Felton, California learned that they had successfully wrested control of their water from the clutches of a giant corporation.

Food Scarcity 'Creating New World Order' -- Unprecedented food scarcity is beginning to dictate the rules of a new political order where individual countries are scrambling to secure their own food supplies with little concern for the rest of the world, says the founder of the Earth Policy Institute.

UK: Schools get ultimatum: improve or face closure -- Hundreds of the worst performing secondary schools in England will be given an ultimatum by the government this week: improve or face being shut down.

Wildflower Extracts Easily Kill MRSA Superbug -- Extracts from two Eurasian wildflowers are highly effective at killing the superbug methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), according to a study conducted by researchers at the Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) in Ireland. Researchers found that extracts from Inula helenium (commonly known as elecampane, horse-heal or marchalan) eliminated 100 percent of MRSA colonies upon exposure.

Oil prices seep into asphalt costs, detour road work -- Fewer roads will be repaved this summer, thanks to soaring prices of oil-based asphalt.

Chemtrails - Lab Report On Air Grab Thru HEPA Filter -- This is the final Lab Report RE: air material analysis. This was a 28 day collection via HEPA filter, 8 hours per day collection. Please note the extremely high Aluminum reading 12,800,000 ppb.

US quits Human Rights Council? -- There was widespread consternation on Friday at the Palais des Nations in Geneva when the US mission gave up his observer status - a step backwards for human rights around the world, says Human Rights Watch.

Concerns arise over SRS files' validity -- For years, some families have complained that court documents filed by social workers that result in children being removed from the home have contained false or fabricated information. Now, some say they have proof.

Do Nanoparticles in Food Pose a Health Risk? -- A new study reveals that nanoparticles are being used in everything from beer to baby drinks despite a lack of safety information.

Violent weather pounds nation, killing 8 -- Floodwaters cover farmland and roads near Paragon, Ind., on Sunday. Storms have pounded the country from the Midwest to the East Coast, forcing hundreds of people to flee flooded communities and spawning tornadoes.

Oregon Offers to Pay to Kill, but Not to Treat Cancer Patient -- Lung cancer patient, Barbara Wagner, was recently notified that her oncologist-prescribed medication that would slow the growth of cancer would not be covered by the Oregon Health Plan; the plan, however, she was informed, would cover doctor-assisted suicide should she wish to kill herself.

Rain inundates central Indiana, forces evacuations -- Storms dumped as much as 10 inches of rain on soggy central Indiana on Saturday, threatening dams, inundating highways and sending the Coast Guard to rescue residents from swamped homes.

Tracking plastic's breakdown products -- A rapidly growing body of research has raised concerns about the safety of phthalate plasticizers found in polyvinyl chloride (PVC) products, cosmetics, and medical devices. Now, scientists are gaining new insights by looking not just at the parent compounds but at their metabolites as well.

Nine meals from anarchy - how Britain is facing a very real food crisis -- Crisis: Britain's food supply is in peril.

Tollroad Operator Offers Lawmakers Free Travel -- Indianapolis - The private operator of the Indiana Toll Road has sent devices to numerous lawmakers in Indiana giving them a free ride on the highway, and all legislators can get the same deal if they choose.

What happened to building 7? -- To the truthers, “building 7” – the third building in the World Trade Center complex to collapse on September 11 – is evidence that the mainstream media is in on the plot. On that day, the BBC reported the building’s fall almost half an hour before it happened. Journalist Jane Standley was broadcast at 4.54pm eastern time reporting that the tower had collapsed – but in the background, it was still standing. It fell 26 minutes later, seven hours after the Twin Towers came down.

FDA Globalization Act -- As of this writing, there are an incredible 305 bills pending in Congress dealing with the FDA – everything from domestic pet turtles to tanning machines, prescription drugs, and other issues. The latest health-freedom legislative threat of any importance, however, is the “FDA Globalization Act,” sponsored by Rep. John Dingell (D-MI), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and supported by his colleague Rep. Henry Waxman, in the House, and an identical and yet to be numbered draft bill sponsored by Senator Kennedy in the Senate.

Bilderberg: World government convenes in Chantilly Virginia -- The world’s power elite arrived in Chantilly, VA commencing four days of super secret talks. These meetings are attended by 125 of the most elite persons in the world.

Nearly 20% of Army in Afghanistan on Prozac -- For the first time in history, a sizable and growing number of U.S. combat troops are taking daily doses of antidepressants to calm nerves strained by repeated and lengthy tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Activists sue Texas Republican Party over state convention rules -- A cadre of GOP activists filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the Texas Republican Party over how its leaders will conduct business at next week's state party convention in Houston.

Gates accepts Air Force resignations in shake-up -- Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he has accepted the resignations of the military and civilian Air Force chiefs after a report found a pattern of poor performance in the way the service handles nuclear weapons.

Masons want kids DNA -- But it's to protect the children you know!

RFID World Conference 2008 -- Now in its 6th year, this industry leading event is recognized as the gathering place for the builders, buyers and sellers of RFID and other Auto-ID technologies. In one location, come to discover the new technologies and applications created by industry innovators from around the globe, attend the educational sessions led by today’s thought leaders and explore how today’s integrating technologies can help your business thrive.

Adviser says McCain backs Bush wiretaps -- A top adviser to Senator John McCain says McCain believes that President George W. Bush's program of wiretapping without warrants was lawful, a position that appears to bring him into closer alignment with the sweeping theories of executive authority pushed by the Bush administration legal team.

Summer's Here and the Time is Right for...Getting Busted Going to the Festival (If You're Not Careful) -- Music lovers this summer should be prepared to encounter drug checkpoints and undercover cops working inside the festival grounds.

Secret law begs question, ‘Is this America?’ -- Growing use of secret law “is implicated in fundamental political controversies over domestic surveillance, torture and many other issues directly affecting the lives and interests of Americans. ... Secret law excludes the public from the deliberative process, promotes arbitrary and deviant government behavior, and shields official malefactors from accountability.”

Natural Disasters Up More Than 400 Percent in Two Decades -- The number of natural disasters around the world has increased by more than four times in the last 20 years, according to a report released by the British charity Oxfam. Oxfam analyzed data from the Red Cross, United Nations and researchers at Louvain University in Belgium. It found that the earth is currently experiencing approximately 500 natural disasters per year, compared with 120 per year in the early 1980s. The number of weather-related disasters in 2006 was 240, compared with 60 in 1980.

Weather: Plains to E. Coast - Look out! -- Here is 12 hour Loop of Infrared Satellite Image!
Related Link: Severe Weather and Flash Flood Warnings

They are still trying to lease the PA. turnpike -- A bill was introduced yesterday to allow a lease.

Summer electricity prices to explode -- Already Stunned by Gas Prices, Shockingly High Electricity Prices May Await Americans This Summer.

Marines to begin martial law training in Indianapolis -- Under the guise of urban warfare training the 26th Expeditionary Unit an elite group of U.S. Marines will conduct a martial law training exercise at 26 “surrendered” locations in central Indiana from June 4th thru the 17th.
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Thompson wins 9-11 work -- As President Bush's health chief, Tommy Thompson proudly trumpeted millions of taxpayer dollars to help workers sickened by the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks at the World Trade Center, even amid complaints that his agency wasn't doing enough. Thompson's private company has won an $11 million contract to treat some of those same workers - the latest twist in a fitful government effort to determine how many people were made ill by the toxic debris and to care for them.

Canadian Parliament votes to let US war resisters stay -- The Canadian Parliament passed an historic motion June 3, 2008 that calls on the Canadian
government to make a program to allow US war resisters to apply for permanent resident status in Canada and to cease all deportation and removal proceedings
against US war resisters. Related Link: House of Commons votes to let U.S. War Resisters stay in Canada

Did Little Johnny Drown During His Nap? -- He may Have Died From Secondary Drowning.

Is the government compiling a secret list of citizens to detain under martial law? -- ARE YOU ON THE LIST? The federal government has been developing a highly classified plan that will override the Constitution in the event of a major terrorist attack?

Ron Paul racking up primary votes -- With the Republican primaries over as well this week, Ron Paul easily passed the 1 million vote mark. The Texas congressman racked up more than 45,800 votes in the final three contests on Tuesday. He finished second in all three to John McCain, the presumptive nominee, with 22 percent of the vote in Montana, 17 percent in South Dakota, and 14 percent in New Mexico.

Concerns after top U.S. nuclear weapons lab lays off hundreds -- The top U.S. nuclear weapons design lab has laid off hundreds of workers, raising concerns about a brain drain and stirring fears that some of these highly specialized scientists will sell their expertise to foreign governments, perhaps hostile ones.

Hospital wipes 'spreading MRSA' -- Some types of anti-bacterial wipes used by hospital staff to clean surfaces could be helping to spread bacteria, researchers say.

IVAW member Matthis Chiroux announces his refusal to deploy to Iraq -- Sgt. Matthis Chiroux, who served in the Army until being honorably discharged last summer after over four years of service in Afghanistan, Japan, Europe and the Phillipines, today publicly announced his intention to refuse orders to deploy to Iraq.

Chemical in Red Wine Keeps Hearts Young -- A natural compound found in red wine may protect the heart against the effects of the aging process, researchers said on Tuesday.

THE OFFICIAL STOP BILL C-51 WEBSITE -- Bill C-51 is a proposed law that will allow: 1) Search and seizures with warrants; 2) No evidence will be required; 3) Up to 5,000,000.00 fines if you are suspected of having unregistered natural health products. Keep updated by visiting this link! Read More...
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Letter to the National GOP -- "We, the undersigned, pledge to NOT vote for GOP candidate Senator John McCain. We declare that we WILL vote for GOP candidate Representative Dr. Ron Paul as President of the United States of America for the reasons expressed above."

Clinton to suspend her campaign on Saturday -- Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton will suspend her campaign and endorse Sen. Barack Obama on Saturday, NBC News confirmed, bringing an end to a ground-breaking presidential race.

Tyson finds chickens with mild bird flu strain -- Tyson Foods Inc, the second largest U.S. chicken producer, said on Tuesday it will destroy about 15,000 chickens in Arkansas exposed to a mild strain of bird flu, and while there was no risk to human health the news sent its shares lower.

D.C. Setting Up Neighborhood checkpoints, warrantless, door-to-door searches -- Under an executive order expected to be announced today, police Chief Cathy L. Lanier will have the authority to designate “Neighborhood Safety Zones.” At least six officers will man cordons around those zones and demand identification from people coming in and out of them. Anyone who doesn’t live there, work there or have “legitimate reason” to be there will be sent away or face arrest, documents obtained by The Examiner show.

RON PAUL ELECTION STATS -- Stats are listed by State.

Babies exposed to chlorinated water at risk of heart problems -- Babies born in areas where drinking water is heavily disinfected with chlorine are at double the risk of heart problems, cleft palate or major brain defects, according to a new study.

Unexplained ground heat burns boy’s feet -- There was no fire, but the ground was hot enough in a Colorado Springs park to burn through an eight year old boy’s shoes and cause at least second degree burns on his feet. The boy went the hospital. His Crocs style shoes that were left behind have big holes with burned edges.

McCain: I'd Spy on Americans Secretly, Too -- If elected president, Senator John McCain would reserve the right to run his own warrantless wiretapping program against Americans, based on the theory that the president's wartime powers trump federal criminal statutes and court oversight, according to a statement released by his campaign Monday.

Bilderbergers set to meet in D.C. -- The annual secretive meeting of representatives from Western European countries and North American countries, known as Bilderberg Group, is scheduled to begin June 5th in the Washington D.C., area.

Dallas police suspend bait car program following death -- Dallas police have halted their bait car program while they investigate why officers couldn't disable a stolen decoy vehicle before it was involved in a crash that killed an elderly woman.

Farmers and Food Activists Expelled from Hunger Summit -- "We are outraged that such fundamental aspects of the food crisis were nowhere on the agenda for the Summit," says Paul Nicholson, member of the International Coordinating Committee of Via Campesina and one of the farmer leaders who was expelled from the Summit.

Global scourge clips wings of Lebanon's beekeepers -- Crucial links in food chain are dying in record numbers. Experts are hustling to come up with organic, eco-friendly mite repellents in order to save the bees.

Online registration to be required for visa-free travel to U.S. -- Travelers from England, France, Germany, Japan and about two dozen other "Visa Waiver" countries will be required to register electronically before boarding a plane or boat to the United States, the Department of Homeland Security said Tuesday.

Pentagon tests ray gun on placard carrying 'protestors' -- David Martin Reports On A Non-Lethal Weapon Straight Out Of Buck Rogers.

Obama claims Democratic nomination -- Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois claimed the Democratic presidential nomination Tuesday night, NBC News projected based on its tally of convention delegates.

CASPIAN - New Evidence Of VeriChip Lies And Deception -- Group's Latest Report Sets Record Straight On Chip Implants, Cancer, And More By Katherine Albrecht

U.S. and Canadian forces heading to New Hampshire for training exercise -- The ocean off the coast of Maine and New Hampshire will be the scene of a drill that will involve the military and government agencies from both the United States and Canada.

Ammo prices soar! (stock up now!) -- Rising metal prices and increased demand have driven up the cost of ammunition and caused headaches for gun owners and law enforcement.

GPS gadgets can reveal more than your location -- We know GPS gadgets can tell where you are. But researchers at Microsoft are developing ways for them to know what you are doing too – even down to which mode of transport you use to get to work.

What If US Collapses? -- Soviet Collapse Lessons Every American Needs To Know.

Last flight of the honeybee? -- A bee-less world wouldn't just mean the end of honey - Einstein said that if the honeybee became extinct, then so would mankind. Alison Benjamin reports on a very real threat.

Cell Phone Use During Pregnancy Can Seriously Damage Your Baby -- Women who use mobile phones when pregnant are more likely to give birth to children with behavioral problems, according to a study of more than 13,000 children.

CDC: Tomatoes Eyed in Salmonella Cases in 9 States -- An outbreak of salmonella food poisoning first linked to uncooked tomatoes has now been reported in nine states, U.S health officials said Tuesday. Lab tests have confirmed 40 illnesses in Texas and New Mexico as the same type of salmonella, right down to the genetic fingerprint. An investigation by Texas and New Mexico health authorities and the Indian Health Service tied those cases to uncooked, raw, large tomatoes.

Time Warner to test Internet billing based on usage -- Time Warner Cable Inc said on Wednesday it is planning a trial to bill high-speed Internet subscribers based on their amount of usage rather than a flat fee, the standard industry practice. The second largest U.S. cable operator said it will test consumption-based billing with subscribers in Beaumont, Texas later this year as a part of a strategy to help reduce congestion of its network by a minority of consumers who pay the same.

Oil prices: George Soros warns that speculators could trigger stock market crash -- George Soros, the billionaire hedge fund manager, will warn later today that the oil price has become a bubble that could trigger a stock market crash. The Financial Times reported today that Soros will tell the US Senate commerce committee that oil was pushed to its recent all-time peak of $135 a barrel by a new wave of speculators.

Fliers in for pain as airlines pack it in -- The USA's air-travel map is shrinking fast, dropping scores of routes and flights that airlines simply can't afford anymore in a world of $130-a-barrel oil.

Fluoride unsafe for dialysis patients? -- National Kidney Foundation admits chemical could pose serious health risks!

VIDEO/ARTICLE: O'Reilly gets angry while interviewing Scott McClellan -- 'O'Reilly Factor' host Bill O'Reilly became visibly upset as he questioned Scott McClellan about Iraq war propaganda and the CIA leak case.

The cost of hiring 126 illegal aliens: $6.8 million -- A family owned commercial fishing business in Virginia and two of its owners paid $6.8 million in fines and forfeitures after pleading guilty to hiring 126 illegal aliens to work on their boats.

Homeless camp grows in Reno -- tent city of about 130 homeless people has sprung up along the railroad tracks near the men’s shelter on Record Street, partly due to money problems that slowed the opening of a 70-bed women’s shelter.

Brigitte Bardot Convicted Of Thought Crime -- Brigitte Bardot was convicted Tuesday of provoking discrimination and racial hatred for writing that Muslims are destroying France. A Paris court also handed down a $23,325 fine against the former screen siren and animal rights campaigner. The court also ordered Bardot to pay $1,555 in damages to MRAP.

GM closing 4 truck and SUV plants in North America -- General Motors is closing four truck and SUV plants in the U.S., Canada and Mexico as surging fuel prices hasten a dramatic shift to smaller vehicles.

China Tries to Halt Spread of Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease -- Chinese authorities have launched a nationwide public hygiene campaign in an effort to combat the spread of hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD), which has killed 42 children and infected at least 30,000 youngsters throughout Asia since the end of April.

Hemp for Vermont Bill Becomes Law -- Vermont Governor Jim Douglas allowed H.267, the Hemp for Vermont Bill, to become law without his signature. The bill overwhelmingly passed both the House (126 to 9) and the Senate (25 to 1).

VIDEO: 2012: The Year The Internet Ends -- Almost all smaller websites/services will disappear over time and multinationals who are used to using big budgets to brute force their content into every media outlet will finally be able to approach the internet in the same way. This well-known illustration of why we need net neutrality turns out to be very close to the truth.

Roadcheck starts Tuesday, June 3 -- The annual three-day inspection blitz known as Roadcheck takes place this week at more than 1,000 inspection locations at weigh stations and roadside checkpoints across the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

Detroit: Groundbreaking set for $20-million dollar project for homeless vets -- Southwest Solutions is to break ground on a 150-unit apartment complex and commercial building called Piquette Square. Veterans who will live in the one-bedroom apartments just north of I-94 and east of Woodward will have access to counseling and job-skills training when the complex opens in spring 2009. It will be the second permanent veterans housing complex in the United States and the largest of its kind, said Bob O'Brien, spokesman for the nonprofit.

Missouri town's wind turbines produce more power than they need -- Officials in this northwest Missouri town christened a four-turbine wind farm this week, making Rock Port the first U.S. city to get all of its electricity from wind power. The $90 million Loess Hills Wind Farm, built by St. Louis-based Wind Capital Group and the John Deere Corp. on bluffs west of Rock Port, generates five megawatts each day, more than enough for this town of 1,300.

VIDEO: How To Deal With Homeland Security Checkpoints -- The driver/cameraman claims at the start of his questioning, he is being detained by a homeland security agent yet, at the end of the video the agent decides to let the driver/cameraman leave without even answering the question.

Shocking Bush 'Pep Talk' to His War Cabinet on Iraq: 'We Are Going to Wipe Them out!' -- "Kill them." Gen. Ricardo Sanchez's memoirs contain a transcript from a bloodthirsty and over the top private speech by Bush.

George Bush: The Great Pretender -- In an extract from a book that has rocked the White House, Scott McLellan, George Bush's former press secretary, accuses his boss of manipulating the truth to launch the Iraq war.

One Year Later, USDA Still Hasn't Funded Bee Research -- The way this has been handled should be an embarrassment to the USDA because they have mishandled nearly every aspect of this from beginning to end, including who they let bid, and then the reviews of the programs. Their only saving grace is that everyone of the groups vying for the funds are better qualified to handle this operation than those in charge. This certainly leaves a bad taste in the mouths of anyone trying to do business with this government agency.

MONTANA GOVERNOR IS SITTING ON AN OIL MINE -- Here's some very good news about oil that the manipulators on Wall Street don't want you to know: there could be as much as 40 billion barrels of crude lying untouched in eastern Montana.

Marijuana Chemical Cannabidiol Halts Spread of Breast Cancer Tumors -- A non-psychoactive chemical that occurs naturally in the marijuana plant may prevent breast cancer from spreading, according to a study published in the journal Molecular Cancer Therapeutics.

Five tips to ensure the TSA doesn't steal your stuff -- Since it was created in 2001, the agency has fired about 200 employees accused of stealing. Although the TSA has taken steps to discourage these government workers from helping themselves to our personal effects — including background checks on new hires, video cameras in screening areas and rules forbidding backpacks or lunchboxes at checkpoints — more and more passengers like Fleiss are coming forward to say they've been ripped off by the very people who are supposed to protect them. Read More...

Sale on Houses in Calif.-Buy one, get one free sale -- "Michael Crews Development is offering new, 2000-square foot cityscape row-homes worth $400,000 in Escondido for free -- if you buy one Royal View Estate home in San Pasqual Valley starting at $1.6 million.

Bananas Are Dying, Killed by Corporate Monoculture -- Prepare to say goodbye to bananas. Do you remember back in the sixties when there was a change in bananas? It wasn't announced, but those of us who love the fruit did. They became less sweet and creamy -- just not as good. There was no information about it. The change seemed to slip under the radar and most of us forgot about it.

McCain Official: Bush Has Near Dictatorial Powers -- Consistent with his President-as-Dictator vision, McCain's new communications officials believes that -- as I wrote at the time -- "when 'federal agents' come knocking at your door and issue orders, you better 'damn well' obey -- you had better not 'resist' -- even if the orders you're being given are illegal, even if they're designed to spy on Americans in violation of the law, and even if they're intended to facilitate the torture of detainees. That's what patriotic Americans do -- they obey the orders of their near-dictatorial Leader, so sayeth the heel-clicking Michael Goldfarb. That's a superb, and very mainstream, new addition to the maverick McCain team.

US banks quietly borrow 50 billion via new fed facility to prevent system collapse -- US banks have been quietly borrowing massive amounts of money from the Federal Reserve in recent weeks by using a new measure the Fed introduced two months ago to help ease the credit crunch.

Second wave economic crisis in Myanmar -- While Myanmar counts the cost of the Cyclone Nargis disaster and international aid agencies struggle to get relief supplies to an estimated 2.4 million homeless and desperate victims, time is running out for the country's rice farmers to plant new crops and help the country stave off famine.

Economic pundit Peter Schiff's Worst-Case Scenario -- Schiff spent the past decade urging brokerage clients to jump ship from the American economy ahead of what he views as inevitable pain caused by a toxic cocktail of lax monetary policy, wayward spending, and tougher competition from all corners of the globe.

Removed Human Sequences in H7N2 Replaced With Avian -- The CDC replaced the four human sequences in A/New York/107/2003 (PB1, PA, MP, and NS) with avian sequences closely related to H7N2 sequences from New York. The original deposits were human H3N2 sequences for these genes. Thus, the apparent reassortant was presumably due to submission errors for these four genes. The banner was removed from the three avian genes (HA, NA, NP), which were deposited in March and released in April.

State-of-the-Science On The Health Risks of GM Foods -- This is a 28 page report on the dangers and non-regulation of GMOs.

Biker group to sue DMV and State Police for Roadblocks -- State Police are checking for proper helmets and licenses at a roadblock en route to a biker rally in the Adirondacks. The National Coalition of Motorcyclists calls this "unconstitutional."

Ron Paul fired up crowd as Republicans met in Branson -- The Texas Congressman fired up an estimated crowd of about 1,300 with his call for pulling U.S. troops out of Iraq, an end to what he claims is the doing away of our personal liberties, elimination of the federal income tax, getting rid of the Patriot Act, and pulling the United States out of the United Nations.

VIDEO: Michael Moore breaks his silence on 911 -- In this short video, Moore asks an obvious common sense question that no one seems to be able to answer: "Why can't we see the Pentagon videos from 9/11?"

Indicted Chicago cop shines light on corruption -- A former Chicago police officer charged with being part of a ring that falsely arrested and stole from drug dealers has detailed how the operation led to a plot to kill two colleagues, according to interview excerpts released on Friday.

See where your candidate stands on crucial issues -- an excellent website for the major issues and office holders in each state. (Thanks to Arklight)

Bomb explodes outside Danish embassy in Pakistan -- An apparent car bomb exploded outside the Danish embassy in Pakistan's capital on Monday, killing at least five people and wounding dozens more, officials and witnesses said.

Senator Edward M. Kennedy to undergo surgery for brain tumor -- Senator Edward M. Kennedy will undergo surgery Monday at Duke University Medical Center for his cancerous brain tumor, his office said.

Australian troops pull out of Iraq -- ABOUT 500 Australian troops pulled out of their base in southern Iraq yesterday, fulfilling an election promise by the prime minister, Kevin Rudd, to bring his country's soldiers home this year. Australia was one of the first countries to commit troops to the Iraq war. It also deployed aircraft and warships.

The hidden chemical in cans -- High levels of bisphenol A prompted many consumers to toss water and baby bottles containing the controversial material. Now, tests conducted for The Globe and Mail and CTV have found high levels of the estrogen-mimicking chemical in canned food sold in Canada. Industry insists there is no cause for alarm; scientists are divided. But is it time to consider cutting back on canned goods?

The Beginning of the End for Big Drugmakers? -- Some of the world’s biggest drug companies, including GlaxoSmithKline and AstraZeneca, are facing their worst crisis in decades. Shrinking drug pipelines, increased competition from generics and a slew of patent expirations are putting them in financial danger.

MRI Dyes Poisoning Patients, Turning Skin into "Marble" -- In some patients with kidney problems, a common dye used in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) tests may lead to an incurable and potentially fatal disease that causes skin to turn hard and immobile.

Hemp For Vermont Bill Becomes Law -- Vote Hemp, a grassroots advocacy organization working to give farmers the right to grow non-drug industrial hemp, is extremely pleased that Vermont Governor Jim Douglas allowed H.267, the Hemp for Vermont Bill, to become law without his signature yesterday afternoon. The bill overwhelmingly passed both the House (126 to 9) and the Senate (25 to 1).

Billboards That Look Back -- Billboards are being equipped with tiny cameras that gather details about passers-by — their gender, approximate age and how long they looked at the billboard. These details are transmitted to a central database.

Pentagon says AFRICOM Will Be Ready for Full Operations October 1 -- The U.S. Defense Department says it is committed to launching its new Africa Command on time in October, and with the same capabilities as other major U.S. military commands. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Theresa Whelan made the comment in a VOA interview. VOA's Al Pessin reports from the Pentagon.

Tissue of dead humans to be cloned -- Scientists are to be permitted to use tissue from dead people to create cloned human stem cells for research, under a legal change put forward by the government.

Intelligence agencies resist plan to shift power -- Under the Bush administration proposal, the director of national intelligence would get more authority, and CIA officials abroad might have to bow to others.

24 Stories of US police misconduct and abuse from over the last few days -- Check them out.

Special Report - A Parent's Rights -- The birth of a baby should be one of the most exciting moments a couple will ever experience. But an aggressive campaign by the state to screen newborn infants turned that moment into a nightmare for one couple. Read More...

Missouri law would fine employers for requiring microchip implants -- Your bosses can still make you work weekends and give you projects you loathe. But Missouri lawmakers have voted to make it a crime if they order that a microchip be implanted in your arm.

Losses pile up for local banks -- The sour economy and continued deterioration of the real estate market are driving down profits for Twin Cities-based banks, according to figures released Thursday from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. A growing number, in fact, are losing money.

FDA: Time for asthma patients to switch inhalers -- Old-fashioned asthma inhalers that contain environment-harming chemicals will no longer be sold at year's end — and the government is urging patients not to wait until the last minute to switch to newer alternatives.

China’s Cyber-Militia -- Chinese hackers pose a clear and present danger to U.S. government and private-sector computer networks and may be responsible for two major U.S. power blackouts.

London Study: Bacteria may be link in sudden baby deaths -- A baffling phenomenon known as sudden infant death syndrome is one of the leading causes of death for children under 1. Now, British researchers say they may have found a contributing factor: bacteria. They found potentially dangerous bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus and E. coli in nearly half of all babies who died suddenly and without explanation over a decade at a London hospital. Their findings are in Friday's Lancet medical journal.

Huge fire burns movie sets at Universal Studios -- Los Angeles County fire Inspector Daryl Jacobs said at least one building had burned and as many as three blocks of movie facades were destroyed. Though the fire was contained, it was still raging, Jacobs said. UPDATED: Water pressure blamed for Universal Studios damage

Maine Jury Says It's Legal to Protest an Illegal War -- A rare bit of good news for the anti-war movement goes largely ignored by the media.



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