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Today in History - Friday - March 30, 2012
1822 - Florida became a U.S. territory.
1842 - Dr. Crawford W. Long performed the first operation while his patient was anesthetized by ether.
1858 - Hyman L. Lipman of Philadelphia patented the pencil.
1867 - The U.S. purchased Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million dollars.
1870 - The 15th amendment, guaranteeing the right to vote regardless of race, was passed by the U.S. Congress.
1870 - Texas was readmitted to the Union.
1903 - Revolutionary activity in the Dominican Republic brought U.S. troops to Santo Domingo to protect American interests.
1905 - U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt was chosen to mediate in the Russo-Japanese peace talks.
1909 - The Queensboro bridge in New York opened linking Manhattan and Queens. It was the first double decker bridge.
1909 - In Oklahoma, Seminole Indians revolted against meager pay for government jobs.
1916 - Pancho Villa killed 172 at the Guerrero garrison in Mexico.
1936 - Britain announced a naval construction program of 38 warships.
1940 - The Japanese set up a puppet government called Manchuko in Nanking, China.
1944 - The U.S. fleet attacked Palau, near the Philippines.
1945 - The U.S.S.R. invaded Austria during World War II.
1946 - The Allies seized 1,000 Nazis attempting to revive the Nazi party in Frankfurt.
1950 - U.S. President Truman denounced Senator Joe McCarthy as a saboteur of U.S. foreign policy.
1972 - The Eastertide Offensive began when North Vietnamese troops crossed into the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in the northern portion of South Vietnam.
1975 - As the North Vietnamese forces moved toward Saigon South Vietnamese soldiers mob rescue jets in desperation.
1981 - U.S. President Ronald Reagan was shot and wounded in Washington, DC, by John W. Hinckley Jr. Two police officers and Press Secretary James Brady were also wounded.
1982 - The space shuttle Columbia completed its third and its longest test flight after 8 days in space.
1984 - The U.S. ended its participation in the multinational peace force in Lebanon.
1993 - In Sarajevo, two Serb militiamen were sentenced to death for war crimes committed in Bosnia.
1994 - Serbs and Croats signed a cease-fire to end their war in Croatia while Bosnian Muslims and Serbs continued to fight each other.
1998 - Rolls-Royce was purchased by BMW in a $570 million deal.
2002 - An unmanned U.S. spy plan crashed at sea in the Southern Philippines.
2002 - Suspected Islamic militants set off several grenades at a temple in Indian-controlled Kashmir. Four civilians, four policemen and two attackers were killed and 20 people were injured.

World News

VIDEO: Blasts rock Baghdad as Arab Summit touches upon Syria
RT - Several explosions have happened at the edge of the fortified Green Zone in Baghdad, where an Arab League summit with ten heads of state is taking place. The location was apparently hit by mortar shells.

Reports Israel at the gates of Iran slammed by Baku
RT - Baku has denied reports that an agreement has been reached between Azerbaijan and Israel, granting the latter air base access for potential strikes on Iran. A spokesman from the Azeri defense ministry said the claims are “absurd and groundless”.

Saudi oil minister blasts high prices, offers no action
(Reuters) - Saudi Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi blasted "irrationally" high oil prices in a rare opinion piece in the Financial Times on Wednesday, but offered no sign that the kingdom was moving to boost output. "Supply is not the problem, and it has not been a problem in the recent past. There is no rational reason why oil prices are continuing to remain at these high levels," he wrote in the op-ed, published on the FT's website.

VIDEO: N. Korea fuelling rocket ahead of banned launch
RT - North Korea has begun fuelling a rocket for a launch seen by the West as a pretext for testing ballistic missile technology banned by the UN. The United States has suspended its food aid plan to the country.

VIDEO: Labor rage: Arrests as General Strike locks Spain
RT - At least 58 people have been arrested and nine injured in Spain, as thousands take part in a general strike and rally against recent labor reforms. Flag-waving protesters fear the decree will undo employers’ hands and thus rob them of their rights.

VIDEO: UK Threatens To Seize Press TV Property
Alexander Higgins - Press TV: Two months after revoking Press TV’s license in the UK, the British government’s media tool, Ofcom, has forced the channel to pay a 100,000-pound fine, threatening to confiscate Press TV Ltd.’s properties in London, if it does not make the payment.

EU declares war on hackers, threatens long jail terms
RT - Internet hackers will face significantly tougher criminal penalties after a new draft resolution was passed in the European Parliament with an overwhelming majority.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Justices poised to strike down entire healthcare law
LA Times - The Supreme Court's conservative justices said Wednesday they are prepared to strike down President Obama’s healthcare law entirely. Related article/video here.

White House Tries to Rebrand Mandate
Free Beacon - The Obama administration is now referring to Obamacare as a “bi-partisan bill” and calling the unpopular individual mandate “a Republican idea,” following three days of tough questioning by the Supreme Court.

IRS seeks 4,000 agents, $303 million for Obamacare
Washington Examiner - The Internal Revenue Service wants to add about 4,000 agents to hunt down tax cheats and still plans to spend $303 million building a system to oversee Obamacare even though its future looks bleak in the U.S. Supreme Court.

VIDEO: Trayvon Martin Shooter Told Cops Teenager Went For His Gun
ABC News - George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch crime captain who shot dead 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, originally told police in a written statement that Martin knocked him down with a punch to the nose, repeatedly slammed his head on the ground and tried to take his gun, a police source told ABC News.

2012 Election News

VIDEO: Ron Paul Draws Capacity Crowd in College Park
March 28, 2012 - Fox 5 Studio interviews Ron Paul. Related article here.

Updated: Video/Photos/Audio-Capacity Crowd Cheers Ron Paul-Complete Speech
Daily Paul - University officials claim the crowd to hear Paul was similar in size to what Obama drew a year ago---they had to turn away hundreds tonight!

Why Does Ron Paul Continue to Pack Houses?
Ron Paul 2012 - Paul, who is in last place among the four Republicans seeking the GOP nomination to run against President Barack Obama (actually Paul is not in last place according to the latest CNN poll, but we’ll let this slide for the moment), spoke Wednesday night to a capacity crowd at the University of Maryland, College Park’s Ritchie Coliseum.

Mitt Romney's 4-car fantasy home
Politico - The renovation may further hinder Romney's ability to connect to the average voter. At Mitt Romney’s proposed California beach house, the cars will have their own separate elevator. There’s also a planned outdoor shower and a 3,600-square foot basement - a room with more floor space than the existing home’s entire living quarters.


House rejects Bowles-Simpson, Obama budgets
Washington Times - The Bowles-Simpson deficit-reduction plan went down to a crushing defeat in the House late Wednesday night in a vote that damages the one bipartisan proposal that just a few months ago had seemed like a possible solution to the country’s debt woes.

Final GDP Reading Misses Estimates; Claims Edge Down
CNBC - The U.S. economy expanded a bit more slowly than expected in the fourth quarter while personal income grew at a much faster pace than previously thought, which should help underpin spending this quarter.

Best Buy to cut costs, open and close stores
AP - Best Buy Co. said it plans to close 50 big box stores and open 100 small mobile locations in the U.S. in fiscal 2013 and cut $800 million in costs by fiscal 2015.

Energy & Environment

Obama: End tax breaks for big oil
AP - Many congressional Republicans say cutting the tax breaks would lead to higher fuel prices, raising costs on oil companies and affecting their spending on exploration. Obama couldn't end the subsidies when Democrats controlled Congress earlier in his term.


Powerful psychiatric medications are under state investigation
(NaturalNews) A state health agency in Texas is investigating dozens of healthcare providers who gave out prescriptions for large amounts of powerful psychiatric drugs, some of them to children, after red flags were raised about the medications by a U.S. senator.

The 10 Best Nutrients For Skin Health
Live in the Now - With spring upon us and summer around the corner, its important to ensure adequate availability of the nutrients that best protect your skin health. As one of the only organs directly exposed to external elements, skin must be protected from the inside out. Therefore, both your daily diet and skin regimen (you too, men) should include these 10 skin protecting nutrients.

More aspartame side effects revealed - headaches, blurred vision, neurological symptoms and more
(NaturalNews) For a great majority of Americans who consume processed food, food additives are an ever-present component of the menu and one with serious health effects.

Science & Technology

Offline Saturday? Anonymous to shut down Internet over SOPA, Wall St.
RT - Anonymous have declared they are shutting the internet down on March 31 in protest against SOPA, Wall Street, and "irresponsible leaders and the beloved bankers who are starving the world for their own selfish needs out of sheer sadistic fun."

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Ventura County on raw milk rampage: After destroying Rawesome, other raw milk operations now targeted
(NaturalNews) In Wisconsin, the primary dairy insurance provider has ditched raw milk dairies, sending them a letter that essentially declares they will have no insurance coverage if they sell raw milk.

Today in History - Thursday - March 29, 2012
1638 - First permanent European settlement in Delaware was established.
1867 - The British Parliament passed the North America Act to create the Dominion of Canada.
1882 - The Knights of Columbus organization was granted a charter by the State of Connecticut.
1903 - A regular news service began between New York and London on Marconi's wireless.
1906 - In the U.S., 500,000 coal miners walked off the job seeking higher wages.
1913 - The Reichstag announced a raise in taxes in order to finance the new military budget.
1932 - Jack Benny made his radio debut.
1941 - The British sank five Italian warships off the Peloponnesus coast in the Mediterranean.
1943 - In the U.S. rationing of meat, butter and cheese began during World War II.
1946 - Fiorella LaGuardia became the director general of the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Organization.
1946 - Gold Coast became the first British colony to hold an African parliamentary majority.
1951 - The Chinese reject MacArthur's offer for a truce in Korea.
1961 - The 23rd amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. The amendment allowed residents of Washington, DC, to vote for president.
1962 - Cuba opened the trial of the Bay of Pigs invaders.
1967 - France launched its first nuclear submarine.
1971 - Lt. William Calley Jr., of the U.S. Army, was found guilty of the premeditated murder of at least 22 Vietnamese civilians. He was sentenced to life imprisonment. The trial was the result of the My Lai massacre in Vietnam on March 16, 1968.
1971 - A jury in Los Angeles recommended the death penalty for Charles Manson and three female followers for the 1969 Tate-La Bianca murders. The death sentences were later commuted to live in prison.
1973 - The last U.S. troops left South Vietnam.
1974 - Mariner 10, the U.S. space probe became the first spacecraft to reach the planet Mercury. It had been launched on November 3, 1973.
1974 - Eight Ohio National Guardsmen were indicted on charges stemming from the shooting deaths of four students at Kent State University on May 4, 1970. All the guardsmen were later acquitted.
1975 - Egyptian president Anwar Sadat declared that he would reopen the Suez Canal on June 5, 1975.
1979 - The Committee on Assassinations Report issued by U.S. House of Representatives stated the assassination of President John F. Kennedy was the result of a conspiracy.
1986 - A court in Rome acquitted six men in a plot to kill the Pope.
1993 - The South Korean government agreed to pay financial support to women who had been forced to have sex with Japanese troops during World War II.
1995 - The U.S. House of Representatives rejected a constitutional amendment that would have limited terms to 12 years in the U.S. House and Senate.
1999 - The Dow Jones industrial average closed above the 10,000 mark for the first time.
2004 - Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia became members of NATO.

World News

Afghan bombing plot on Defense Ministry targeted hundreds - report
RT - Afghan authorities have foiled a bomb plot in the Defense Ministry which had the potential of inflicting massive casualties. As more US troops are killed by “friendly” Afghans, the level of support for the war in US has reached lowest point ever.

Iran warns against foreign intervention, hasty measurers in Syria
Press TV - Iran’s Foreign Minister warns against intervention in Syria, voicing Tehran’s readiness to help with the political process initiated by the Syrian government and UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan.

US no longer dominates drug war agenda in Central America
Guatemala Times - The President of Guatemala, Otto Perez put the issue of drug legalization on the SICA agenda in a historic meeting in Antigua, Guatemala on Saturday, despite the efforts of a certain power to get the meeting canceled at the last minute. For the first time 3 Central American Leaders defied the US and send a strong and clear message: we consider the war on drugs failed, we demand that US takes the responsibility, we demand the US pays, we are not paying the price for US failure.

Lawmakers: Move Iraq equipment to Mexico border
AP - Two Texas lawmakers are pushing the Pentagon to hand off surplus combat equipment from Iraq to local law enforcement agencies along the U.S.-Mexico border. The equipment includes Humvees, weapons and night vision goggles.

Japan reactor has fatally high radiation, no water
TOKYO (AP) — One of Japan's crippled nuclear reactors still has fatally high radiation levels and hardly any water to cool it, according to an internal examination Tuesday that renews doubts about the plant's stability.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Rand Paul Stands Between US War With Iran
Steve Watson - Rand Paul has effectively single handedly blocked a bi-partisan bill to place yet more crippling economic sanctions on Iran, by demanding an amendment to prevent the White House using the legislation as an authorization to attack the country.

VIDEO: Judge Napolitano: Justice Kennedy’s Questioning of Health Care Bill May Prove to Be a Bad Day for Government
Fox News - Judge Andrew Napolitano listened to all of the recordings from the Supreme Court hearings. He told Shepard Smith that after reading the transcript and listening the audio of the argument, it gave him two different impressions.

Political correctness or political insanity? New York City schools ban words, topics from tests
Activist Post - The New York City Department of Education has banned several words in an attempt to be as politically correct as possible, although I see it as pure imbecilic nonsense. There are some 50 words which are officially banned from being used on tests given to students by the city. Some of the more insane choices are: dinosaur, birthdays, wealth, poverty, Halloween, dancing, terrorism, divorce, references to disease, slavery, creatures from outer space, and many more.

The New Black Panthers hunt for Trayvon Martin's killer
RT - A new development in the Trayvon Martin case could cause further pandemonium. This after The New Black Panther Party for Self-Defense is calling for a militia of 5,000 black volunteers to help capture Trayvon’s murderer, George Zimmerman.

VIDEO/PHOTO: Berserk JetBlue captain restrained by passengers
Daily Mail - Update: The wife of a JetBlue captain who went berserk mid-flight forcing passengers to restrain him has defended her husband as it emerged that he may have suffered a 'panic attack'. Clayton Frederick Osbon, 49, screamed 'say your prayers, say your prayers' at terrified passengers after running up and down the aisle shouting 'Iraq, al-Qaeda, terrorism, we're all going down.' A similar story with a flight attendant here.

2012 Election News

Ron Paul to Hold Giant Town Hall Meeting in Wisconsin March 29
LAKE JACKSON, Texas – 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul will hold another large college-campus town hall meeting, this time in Wisconsin ahead of the Badger State’s Tuesday, April 3rd primary. Dr. Paul’s campus town hall meeting will take place on Thursday, March 29th at 7:00 p.m. CST at the University of Wisconsin – Madison Stock Pavilion, located at 1668 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706. The event is free and open to the university and general community.

VIDEO: Hostile Anti-Ron Paul Republican County Convention In The State Of Minnesota
US News Press - Last Saturday (3/24/12) I was assisting with the organizing of one of the most hostile, anti-Ron Paul, Republican county Conventions in the State of Minnesota. Here are some of the high points of the convention with video included.

Romney and Paul filed a complaint alleging 'dirty tricks' by Santorum supporters - FINALLY!
CBS News - The campaigns of Mitt Romney and Ron Paul have filed a complaint alleging "serious and prejudicial misconduct" by supporters of rival Rick Santorum at the March 17 Missouri caucus that they say amounted to "voter suppression." The complaint, filed with the state Republican party and several caucus officials and dated Monday, demands that the state party refuse to recognize the delegates from Jefferson County, where the campaigns say the improprieties took place.

Ron Paul First GOP Candidate to Appear on Ballot in All 50 States
LAKE JACKSON, Texas – 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul is the first candidate among those vying for the GOP nomination to appear on the ballot in all 50 states, and the only candidate aside from moderate-establishment Mitt Romney to have any prospects for 50-state ballot access.

George H.W. Bush to formally back Romney
AP - Formal backing from the 41st president is another sign that the Republican Party is uniting behind Romney as pressure builds on challengers Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich to leave the race.

Romney’s anti-Russian rant continues
RT - In an article entitled “Bowing to the Kremlin,” published in Foreign Policy journal on Tuesday, Romney paints a wonderfully abstract picture of Russia-US relations over the past four years.

Veteran News

Study: Thousands Wrongfully Discharged for Personality Disorders
The study data — obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests — reinforces previous smaller studies from the General Accountability Office and supports claims by others that the military diagnosed combat veterans with personality disorders to avoid paying retirement benefits to servicemembers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Soldier's spirit is fighting fit as he recovers from mysterious illness
The Fayetteville Observer has monitored the progress of Chris Harriss for more than a year. A reporter and a photographer were present when Harriss began physical therapy, and, about a month later, when he got his first intravenous antibiotic treatment. Harriss' wife, Karin, has provided periodic updates throughout the year. Read More...

Occupy Wall Street Protest

Wall Street firms admit poor public image and Occupy impact – survey
RT - A new study has revealed that over half Wall Street company executives believe the Occupy movement has had an impact on their business. Up to 94 per cent say their firms got a negative public reaction by action or inaction.


YouTube: Ron Paul Speaks at The Domestic Monetary Policy Eurozone Bailout Hearing
March 27 - This hearing of the Domestic Monetary Policy and Technology Subcommittee examines the Federal Reserve's assistance to the Eurozone and the impact of that assistance on the U.S. monetary system and the dollar.

YouTube: What If the National Debt Were Your Debt?
The U.S. federal government collected $2.2 trillion and spent $3.8 trillion in 2011. At the same time, it was $14.6 trillion in debt. These numbers are too big to comprehend, so what if we scale it down to an average household's income level? If you spent the way the government does, you might be contemplating bankruptcy.

Energy & Environment

VIDEO: Mysterious Booms Return To Clintonville – And They’re Louder
Paul Joseph Watson - Police in Clintonville, Wisconsin were flooded with dozens of calls from concerned residents last night after the town was again rattled by a series of booms louder than anything reported to date, despite official assurances that previous reports of the noise were caused by a minor earthquake.


Curcumin found to prevent brain degenerative diseases including Parkinson's and Alzheimer's
(NaturalNews) Researchers from Michigan State University, publishing the result of a study in the Journal of Biological Chemistry have found that this amazing natural compound is able to prevent the destructive formation of alpha-synuclein proteins that are the hallmark presentation in many neurodegenerative disease such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease.

Beets help prevent cancer and cardiovascular disease
(NaturalNews)It figures: one of the least tasty vegetables turns out to be among the healthiest - beets. Fortunately, raw beets work well for juicing. Beets mixed with juiced fresh carrots, some apple and some greens thrown in then topped off with a freshly squeezed lemon provides a tasty vegetable juice.

Too Much Sitting Can Kill You, Study Suggests
HealthDay News -- For better health, try standing up more, a new study suggests. Analyzing self-reported data from more than 222,000 people aged 45 and older, Australian researchers found that mortality risks spike after 11 hours of total daily sitting but are still 15 percent higher for those sitting between 8 and 11 hours compared to those sitting fewer than 4 hours per day.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

The FDA has submitted its budget funding request for FY 2013
ANH - That request includes $220 million in food facility registration fees. FDA would use the money to “increase its capacity to establish an integrated national food safety system and further strengthen food safety inspection.” What’s a food facility? Unfortunately, it may include a family farm or a Mom-and-Pop food stand. As it stands now, it’s anybody the FDA thinks is involved with food.

Pet News

Vets say dogs, cats turn old halfway through life
Age may creep up on man, but his best friend gets there at warp speed. Going from pup to grandpup doesn't leave much prime time under American Veterinary Medical Association labels that cats and small dogs are geriatric at 7 — and large dogs at 6. Read More...

Today in History - Wednesday - March 28, 2012
1797 - Nathaniel Briggs patented a washing machine.
1834 - The U.S. Senate voted to censure President Jackson for the removal of federal deposits from the Bank of the United States.
1854 - The Crimean War began with Britain and France declaring war on Russia.
1865 - Outdoor advertising legislation was enacted in New York. The law banned "painting on stones, rocks and trees."
1885 - The Salvation Army was officially organized in the U.S.
1898 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a child born in the U.S. to Chinese immigrants was a U.S. citizen. This meant that they could not be deported under the Chinese Exclusion Act.
1905 - The U.S. took full control over Dominican revenues.
1908 - Automobile owners lobbied the U.S. Congress, supporting a bill that called for vehicle licensing and federal registration.
1917 - During World War I the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) was founded.
1921 - U.S. President Warren Harding named William Howard Taft as chief justice of the United States Supreme Court.
1933 - In Germany, the Nazis ordered a ban on all Jews in businesses, professions and schools.
1938 - In Italy, psychiatrists demonstrated the use of electric-shock therapy for treatment of certain mental illnesses.
1939 - The Spanish Civil War ended as Madrid fell to Francisco Franco.
1942 - British naval forces raided the Nazi occupied French port of St. Nazaire.
1945 - Germany launched the last of the V-2 rockets against England.
1962 - The U.S. Air Force announced research into the use of lasers to intercept missiles and satellites.
1968 - The U.S. lost its first F-111 aircraft in Vietnam when it vanished while on a combat mission. North Vietnam claimed that they had shot it down.
1979 - A major accident occurred at Pennsylvania's Three Mile Island nuclear power plant. A nuclear power reactor overheated and suffered a partial meltdown.
1986 - The U.S. Senate passed $100 million aid package for the Nicaraguan contras.
1986 - More than 6,000 radio stations of all format varieties played "We are the World" simultaneously at 10:15 a.m. EST.
1990 - In Britain, a joint Anglo-U.S."sting" operation ended with the seizure of 40 capacitors, which can be used in the trigger mechanism of a nuclear weapon.
1991 - The U.S. embassy in Moscow was severely damaged by fire.
1999 - Paraguay's President Raúl Cubas Grau resigned after protests inspired by the assassination of Vice-President Luis María Argaña on March 23. The nation's Congress had accused Cubas and his political associate, Gen. Lino César Oviedo, for Cubas' murder. Senate President Luis González Macchi took office as Paraguay's new chief executive.
2010 - China's Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co. signed a deal to buy Ford Motor Co.'s Volvo car unit.

World News

VIDEO: Syria agreed to ceasefire plan
The Envoy - Former U.N. chief Kofi Annan said Tuesday that Syria has agreed to a ceasefire plan, but some implementation details remain to be worked out.

U.S. military will not charge anyone for killing of 24 Pakistani soldiers
Activist Post - The United States military has now decided that they will not charge a single soldier with any crime for their role in the airstrike carried out by North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) forces last year which resulted in the murder of 24 Pakistani soldiers.

Green Climate Fund Wants Immunity from Any Kind of Prosecution
Activist Post - Fox News is reporting that the Green Climate Fund, created by the UN's Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), is seeking full diplomatic immunity from "any kind of legal process, including civil and criminal prosecution, in the countries where it operates."

Water wars: Shortages may destroy entire nations, warns government report
(NaturalNews) The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) recently released a report entitled Global Water Security that claims water supply issues around the globe will lead to economic instability, civil and international wars, and even the use of water as a weapon in the next several decades.

VIDEO: Tokyo Soil: Blanketed with Fukushima Radiation – Would Be Considered “Radioactive Waste” in U.S.
Washington’s Blog - Nuclear engineer Arnie Gundersen took 5 random soil samples in Tokyo recently, and found that all 5 were so radioactive that they would be considered radioactive waste in the United States, which would have to be specially disposed of at a facility in Texas.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

A Jet Blue captain reportedly went berserk today mid-flight from New York's JFK to Las Vegas
man, believed to be the captain, was heard screaming, "Say your prayers! Say your prayers!" He tried to storm the cockpit, but the co-pilot would not let him in. A frantic flight attendant urged passengers to stop him, prompting four passengers to jump up from their seats and wrestle him to the ground. They held him down until the diverted plane landed safely in Amarillo, Texas. JetBlue said the captain had a "medical condition" and was hospitalized.

69% of Americans Think the US Should Not Be At War In Afghanistan
NY Times - After a series of violent episodes and setbacks, support for the war in Afghanistan has dropped sharply among both Republicans and Democrats, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.

Justices signal possible trouble for health insurance mandate
LA Times - "Are there any limits," asked Justice Anthony Kennedy, one of three conservative justices whose votes are seen as crucial to the fate of the unprecedented insurance mandate.

TSA Blocks Security Expert From Testifying To Congress
Steve Watson - The TSA ensured that a leading security expert, who has been vocally critical of the agency’s screening methods, was barred from speaking before a Congressional hearing yesterday.

Kids All Over America Are Being Put On Buses And Sent To Alternate Locations During Terror Drills
The American Dream - These exercises are often called “evacuation drills” or “relocation drills” and they are more than a little disturbing. Sometimes parents are notified in advance where the kids are being taken and sometimes they are only told that the children are being taken to an “undisclosed location”.

2012 Election News

VIDEO: True Updated Delegate Count - Ron Paul RISING!
Daily Paul - The Mainstream media will never truly report the delegate numbers, so that leaves it up to the people to do their work!

YouTube: Ron Paul on CNN w/ Piers Morgan
March 26, 2012 - Piers Morgan discusses Obamacare with Ron Paul.


Obama Relies on Debt Collectors Profiting From Student Loan Woe
Bloomberg - With $67 billion of student loans in default, the Education Department is turning to an army of private debt-collection companies to put the squeeze on borrowers.

How to Handle the Coming Dividend Tax Hike
Smart Money - Unless Congress takes action, the top tax rate for the highest earners on most dividends, currently 15%, is set to jump to a whopping 43.4% next year.

Gas Prices Expected To Continue Rising This Spring
CBS BALTIMORE (WJZ)—Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, gas prices are up again this week.

Housing Market

VIDEO: USDA Drops Plan to Review Environmental Impact of Fracking in Mortgage Approval Process
Activist Post - Despite the fracking process being shown to compromise air quality and cause cancer, as well as being a possible source of an increase in earthquakes, The U.S. Department of Agriculture has dropped the plan to require an extensive environmental review before approving mortgages to people who plan to use the land for oil and gas drilling.

Home prices hit a 10-year low
CNNMoney - The housing market started the new year with a thud. Home prices dropped for the fifth consecutive month in January, reaching their lowest point since the end of 2002.

Energy & Environment

Government proposes first carbon limits on power plants
(Reuters) - The Obama administration proposed on Tuesday the first ever standards to cut carbon dioxide emissions from new power plants, a move likely to be hotly contested by Republicans and industry in an election year.

PHOTOS: Hundreds evacuated in Colo. wildfire
The residents of about 900 homes have been evacuated and more are under threat Mar. 27 as a wind-driven wildfire scorched a mostly rural area in the mountains southwest of Denver.


The best homemade remedies to treat hay fever and seasonal allergies
(NaturalNews) Homemade remedies for hay fever can quickly reduce seasonal allergy reactions, providing relief from symptoms such as runny nose, sneezing, itching, congestion and coughing.

Bedrock of vaccination theory crumbles as science reveals antibodies not necessary to fight viruses
(NaturalNews) While the medical, pharmaceutical, and vaccine industries are busy pushing new vaccines for practically every condition under the sun, a new study published in the journal Immunity completely deconstructs the entire vaccination theory.

Hep-B shots for infants are crimes against newborns
(NaturalNews) Hepatitis-B is a viral attack on the liver that is transmitted through sex, shared hypodermic needles, and iatrogenic (medical) exposure. It's a bodily fluid transmitted virus that often occurs among those engaging in "risky behavior."

Beware dangerous new advice to use daily aspirin to prevent cancer
(NaturalNews) Before anyone jumps on the latest mainstream media bandwagon and begins taking daily aspirin to prevent cancer, there are several strong reasons to hesitate. To begin with, the study which produced the media storm was flawed and the claimed benefits are highly questionable.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Insane Michigan government announces plan to destroy ranch livestock based on hair color and arrest hundreds of ranchers as felons
(NaturalNews) The state of Michigan is only days away from engaging in what can only be called true "animal genocide" -- the mass murder of ranch animals based on the color of their hair. It's all part of a shocking new "Invasive Species Order" (ISO) put in place by Michigan's Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

Today in History - Tuesday - March 27, 2012
1794 - The U.S. Congress and President Washington authorized the creation of the U.S. Navy.
1814 - U.S. troops under Gen. Andrew Jackson defeated the Creek Indians at Horseshoe Bend in Northern Alabama.
1836 - The first Mormon temple was dedicated in Kirtland, OH.
1841 - The first steam fire engine was tested in New York City.
1866 - U.S. President Andrew Johnson vetoed the civil rights bill, which later became the 14th amendment.
1884 - The first long-distance telephone call was made from Boston to New York.
1900 - The Russian army mobilized 250,000 troops for active duty.
1901 - Filipino rebel leader Emilio Aguinaldo was captured by the U.S.
1912 - The first cherry blossom trees were planted in Washington, DC. The trees were a gift from Japan.
1933 - About 55,000 people staged a protest against Hitler in New York City.
1933 - In the U.S., the Farm Credit Administration was authorized.
1941 - Tokeo Yoshikawa arrived in Oahu, HI, and began spying for Japan on the U.S. Fleet at Pearl Harbor.
1942 - The British raided the Nazi submarine base at St. Nazaire, France.
1944 - One-thousand Jews left Drancy, France, for the Auschwitz concentration camp.
1944 - Thousands of Jews were murdered in Kaunas, Lithuania.
1946 - Four-month long strikes at both General Electric and General Motors ended with a wage increase.
1952 - The U.S. Eighth Army reached the 38th parallel in Korea, the original dividing line between the two Koreas.
1958 - The U.S. announced a plan to explore space near the moon.
1964 - An earthquake in Alaska killed 114 people and registered 8.4 on the Richter Scale.
1976 - Washington, DC, opened its subway system.
1988 - The U.S. Senate ratified the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.
1989 - The U.S. anti-missile satellite failed the first test in space.
1997 - Russian workers, nearly 2 million, held a nationwide strike to protest unpaid wages.
1997 - In Australia, Governor-General William Deane signed a bill to overturn a 1996 Northern Territory act to legalize assisted suicides. The 1996 act was the first in the world to permit assisted suicides.
1997 - Dexter King met with James Earl Ray. Ray was in prison for the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King. Dexter King believes that Ray had nothing to do with the assassination.
1998 - In the U.S., the FDA approved the prescription drug Viagra. It was the first pill for male impotence.
1998 - Top civilian aircraft makers in France, Spain, Germany and Britain agreed to create single European aerospace and defense company.
2004 - NASA successfully launched an unpiloted X-43A jet that hit Mach 7 (about 5,000 mph).
2006 - Zacarias Moussaoui testified in his federal trail that he was the supposed to hijack a fifth airplane on September 11, 2001, and fly it into the White House.

World News

Israel cuts all ties with UN human rights watchdog over settlement row
RT - Israel is halting all cooperation with the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHCR) following the council’s decision to launch a fact-finding mission into the country’s settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Gunmen in Afghan uniform kill three NATO troops
RT - Three NATO soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan in two separate incidents, both apparently involving members of local security forces. Two of are believed to have been members of British military staff.

VIDEO: S. Korea threatens to gun down North’s rocket
RT - The South Korean government has threatened to shoot down a North Korean rocket due for launch in April. The rocket mission has sparked international controversy, the US labeling it a test for a long-range missile that could carry nuclear warheads.

Global oil price may hit $240 if Iran closes Hormuz
Press TV - A leading US-based energy consulting firm says oil price may hit $240 a barrel and economic growth may fall by over 25 percent if Iran closes the Strait of Hormuz in reaction to the Western sanctions.

BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) Move to Unseat US Dollar as Trade Currency - SOUTH Africa will this week take some initial steps to unseat the US dollar as the preferred worldwide currency for trade and investment in emerging economies. Thus, the nation is expected to become party to endorsing the Chinese currency, the renminbi, as the currency of trade in emerging markets.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

F-35 - a trillion dollar disaster
RT - After hundreds of billions of dollars and almost ten years past due, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter hits another hurdle.

Former NAACP leader accuses Sharpton, Jackson of 'exploiting' Trayvon Martin
Daily Caller - “His family should be outraged at the fact that they’re using this child as the bait to inflame racial passions,” Rev. C.L. Bryant said in a Monday interview with The Daily Caller. The conservative black pastor who was once the chapter president of the Garland, Texas NAACP called Jackson and Sharpton “race hustlers” and said they are “acting as though they are buzzards circling the carcass of this young boy.”

VIDEO: Schools Just Became Even More Dangerous — Attack Dogs Waiting For Dissenters
Activist Post - There are many reasons to get your kids out of government schools ranging from physical violence to forced vaccinations. The violence done to children within the school system is now reaching into the areas of mental trauma, as well as forced ideology and politics.

Feeding The Homeless Banned In Major Cities All Over America
Activist Post - What would you do if you came across someone on the street that had not had anything to eat for several days? Would you give that person some food? Well, the next time you get that impulse you might want to check if it is still legal to feed the homeless where you live..... The following are some of the major U.S. cities that have attempted to ban feeding the homeless...

2012 Election News

VIDEO: WA State GOP Caught on Hidden Cam Excluding Ron Paul Delegates
Examiner - Election fraud has occurred in every state in the union, but what may be the worst case yet happened on Saturday in Washington State as GOP party ‘officials’ openly attempted to exclude Ron Paul delegates from participating in the 2nd District’s Convention.

VIDEO: Paul on Bloomberg this morning...Drop out? No way!
March 26 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. Representative Ron Paul of Texas, who is running for the Republican presidential nomination, talks about the outlook for the election and fiscal policy. Paul speaks with Sara Eisen and Erik Schatzker on Bloomberg Television's "InsideTrack." (Source: Bloomberg)

Obama Set for 2nd Term Spouting ‘This is My Last Election, After My Election I Have More Flexibility’
Intel Hub - During a recent meeting between Obama and the Russian president, a pretty interesting comment was made. A comment which would suggest that Obama knows he has been promised a second term by the puppet masters behind the curtain.

Veteran News

VA Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses Task Force Report Released
Report Redefines How Care and Services Are Provided. The Department of Veterans Affairs has released the second in a series of annual reports from its Gulf War Veterans Illnesses Task Force, outlining how the department will address the concerns of Veterans deployed during the Gulf War of 1990-1991. The report is available on the Internet at (3/26/12)

Occupy Wall Street Protest

Twitter sticks together with OWS protesters
RT - Twitter Inc. refuses to give out information on Jeffrey Rae, a prominent OWS protester whose on-the-ground Twitter reporting is followed by thousands. Activists under police scrutiny say a political witch hunt has begun on behalf of “the 1 per cent”.


MF Global’s Corzine May be Liable if Customer Risk Known
Bloomberg - Jon S. Corzine, MF Global Holding Ltd.’s former chief executive officer, may face potential legal liability if investigators show he knew customer money might be used when he ordered $200 million transferred to a U.K. account as his brokerage neared collapse, former prosecutors said.

Law to ban insider trading in Congress will cost taxpayers $1.7m
Washington Examiner - Senate Sergeant at Arms Terrance Gainer reveals that it will cost $1.5 million to develop software and programs to provide the easy-to-use electronic disclosure of lawmaker holdings required in the legislation. Plus, he adds, when up and running, it will likely cost another $200,000 a year just to operate and maintain.


Ten ways to spot a pervasive low energy problem from adrenal fatigue
(NaturalNews) Feeling run down and fatigued often or chronically can be connected to adrenal fatigue. Even hypothyroidism (low thyroid hormone production) is often related to adrenal fatigue. Unfortunately, modern mainstream medicine only recognizes the extreme version of adrenal fatigue known as Addison's disease.

Curcumin, Turmeric Proven Effective at Preventing Parkinson’s Disease
Natural Society - Parkinson’s disease is experienced by more people than those suffering from multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, and Lou Gehrig’s disease combined. It is estimated that 7-10 million individuals are living with Parkinson’s worldwide, with 96 percent of diagnoses occurring after the age of 50. What these millions of people need to know is that their disease can be helped with numerous natural remedies. A compound from an ancient herb known as turmeric is one of those remedies.

Licorice Shown To Kill SARS And Other Lethal Viruses
A groundbreaking Lancet study, titled “Glycyrrhizin, an active component of liquorice roots, and replication of SARS-associated coronavirus, found that Licorice’s potent antiviral properties are not limited to SARS-associated coronaviruses, but have also been studied in connection with another epidemic/pandemic capable and potentially lethal virus: influenza. Read More...

Whitney Houston cause of death cover-up? Coroner changes story, blames cocaine, not pharmaceuticals
(NaturalNews) There's something afoot in the changing story about what actually killed Whitney Houston. According to the official coroner's report that was recently released, Whitney Houston died from drowning and cocaine was a "contributing factor." All the other prescription drugs found in her system were dismissed as being totally unrelated to her death.

Science & Technology

Forgetting to Turn Off Cellphone Before Takeoff May Cost You $10,000 or More
AP -The agency that operates the New York City area's three major airports has a message for passengers who don't turn off their cellphones or tablets before takeoff: Pay up, or see you in court.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Backyard flower farmer's persistence leads to passage of 'Food and Flowers Freedom Act'
(NaturalNews) A glitch in the local zoning code ended up causing Tara Kolla of Silver Lake, Calif., to have to abandon her passion for growing pesticide-free, "beyond organic" flowers in her backyard for several years. But the Los Angeles Times reports that, thanks to her hard work and persistence, Kolla was able to help pass the Food and Flowers Freedom Act, which has reinstated her and her neighbors' freedom to grow whatever produce they choose and sell it off-site.

Pet News

VIDEO: Could Your Pet Be Harboring This Miserable Little Parasite?
Dr Becker - Once this sneaky organism sets up shop in your pet's intestines, it can be challenging to identify and difficult to kill off. Learn which test for giardia provides the most definitive diagnosis... and which test can tell you if your dog or cat is completely recovered from an infection.

Today in History - Monday - March 26, 2012
1780 - The British Gazette and Sunday Monitor was published for the first time. It was the first Sunday newspaper in Britain.
1793 - The Holy Roman Emperor formally declared war on France.
1804 - The U.S. Congress ordered the removal of Indians east of the Mississippi to Louisiana.
1804 - The Louisiana Purchase was divided into the District of Louisiana and the Territory of Orleans.
1854 - Charles III, duke of Parma, was attacked by an assassin. He died the next day.
1878 - Hastings College of Law was founded.
1885 - Eastman Kodak (Eastman Dry Plate and Film Co.) produced the first commercial motion picture film in Rochester, NY.
1909 - Russian troops invaded Persia to support Muhammad Ali as shah in place of the constitutional government.
1937 - Spinach growers in Crystal City, TX, erected a statue of Popeye.
1938 - Herman Goering warned all Jews to leave Austria.
1942 - The Germans began sending Jews to Auschwitz in Poland.
1945 - The battle of Iwo Jima ended.
1951 - The U.S. Air Force flag was approved. The flag included the coat of arms, 13 white stars and the Air Force seal on a blue background.
1953 - Dr. Jonas Salk announced a new vaccine that would prevent poliomyelitis.
1958 - The U.S. Army launched America's third successful satellite, Explorer III.
1962 - The U.S. Supreme Court supported the 1-man-1-vote apportionment of seats in the State Legislature.
1971 - "Cannon" premiered on CBS-TV as a movie. It was turned into a series later in the year.
1973 - Women were allowed on the floor of the London Stock Exchange for the first time.
1979 - The Camp David treaty was signed by Israel and Egypt that ended the 31-year state of war between the countries.
1982 - Ground breaking ceremonies were held in Washington, DC, for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
1983 - The U.S. performed a nuclear test at the Nevada Test Site.
1989 - The first free elections took place in the Soviet Union. Boris Yeltsin was elected.
1996 - The International Monetary Fund approved a $10.2 billion loan for Russia to help the country transform its economy.
1998 - In the U.S., the Federal government endorses new HIV test that yields instant results.
1998 - Unisys Corp. and Lockheed Martin Corp. pay a $3.15 million fine for selling spare parts at inflated prices to the U.S. federal government.
1999 - The macro virus "Melissa" was reported for the first.
1999 - In Michigan, Dr. Jack Kevorkian was convicted of second-degree murder for giving a terminally ill man a lethal injection and putting it all on videotape on September 17, 1998 for "60 Minutes."
2007 - The design for the "Forever Stamp" was unveiled by the U.S. Postal Service.

World News

Report: Israeli soldiers scour Iran for nukes
Ynet - Israel is using a permanent base in Iraqi Kurdistan to launch cross-border intelligence missions in an attempt to find “smoking gun” evidence that Iran is building a nuclear warhead, the Sunday Times reported Sunday. According to Western intelligence sources, Israel has used sensitive equipment during its covert operations to monitor the radioactivity and magnitude of explosives tests. It was also reported that Israeli special forces used Black Hawk helicopters to carry commandos disguised as members of the Iranian military and using Iranian military vehicles.

Report: Iran planned to bomb Israeli ship in Suez Canal
Haaretz - Egyptian paper Al-Ahram reports that two Egyptian citizens received instructions from Iranian agents to attack an Israeli ship, and offered a third man 50 million Egyptian pounds to carry out the act.

Obama urges China to act to rein in North Korea
(Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama urged China on Sunday to use its influence to rein in North Korea instead of "turning a blind eye" to its nuclear defiance, and warned of tighter sanctions if the reclusive state goes ahead with a rocket launch next month. "North Korea will achieve nothing by threats or provocations," a stern-faced Obama said after a tour of the heavily fortified border between the two Koreas resonant with echoes of the Cold War.

VIDEO: Sarkozy: Prosecute and Imprison Readers of “Extremist” Websites
Kurt Nimmo - French president Nicolas Sarkozy didn’t wait long to exploit the terror rampage of Mohammed Merah. Soon after Merah’s death in a stand-off with police, Sarkozy said French citizens who visit “extremist” websites should be treated the same way as those who look at child pornography.

Saudi Arabia And China Team Up To Build A Gigantic New Oil Refinery
The Economic Collapse - Is this the beginning of the end for the petrodollar? The largest oil exporter in the Middle East has teamed up with the second largest consumer of oil in the world (China) to build a gigantic new oil refinery and the mainstream media in the United States has barely even noticed it. This mammoth new refinery is scheduled to be fully operational in the Red Sea port city of Yanbu by 2014.

U.N. Policy Paper Outlines 7 Building Blocks for 'Heavy-Handed' World Government
Activist Post - The policy paper entitled, "Navigating the Anthropocene: Improving Earth System Governance" is one of the most blatantly authoritarian among the incrementally more open policy papers that we are witnessing, as global governance continues on its runaway path in the name of saving humanity from itself.... The full text of the article is available for a fee which we paid for access, and we can tell you that it is centered around the "Building Blocks" that form the foundation for the edifice of a one-world government.... (All section titles are paraphrased.)

Poland's Monsanto action lays 1000s of dead bees on Govt steps
Activist Post - On March 15, over 1,500 beekeepers and their allies marched thru the streets of Warsaw, depositing thousands of dead bees on the steps of the Ministry of Agriculture, in protest of genetically modified foods and their requisite pesticides which are killing bees, moths and other agriculturally-beneficial insects around the globe.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

VIDEO: Obama Shamelessly Exploits Death of Trayvon Martin
Kurt Nimmo - Obama has exploited the tragic and fatal shooting of teenager Trayvon Martin, who was shot by a neighborhood watch captain in a Florida gated community targeted in numerous burglaries. Obama made his comments during a press conference in the Rose Garden announcing a nominee for the World Bank, described as a “multinational development institution” by the New York Times (more accurately described as an international bankster loan shark operation).

Job fair held for illegal aliens (including those with criminal record) - Harrisonburg, VA - On Tuesday, a group known as Our Community Place held a job fair for those who may have more trouble than others finding work, including illegal aliens. The event billed on the group’s website catered to those experiencing “Challenges with addiction, transportation, no training, health, education, no ID, immigration issues, etc?” And, was “free to anyone in the world and provides refreshments and lunch.”

VIDEO: Geraldo Rivera: Hoodie ‘allowed’ Zimmerman to kill Martin
Raw Story - Fox News host Geraldo Rivera thinks he knows who or what is to blame for the slaying of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin: the hoodie did it. Appearing on Fox News early Friday morning, Rivera conceded that George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch captain who shot Martin, should be investigated, but he urged black and Latino parents to not allow their children to wear hooded sweatshirts. “I think the hoodie is as much responsible for Trayvon Martin’s death as George Zimmerman was,” the host ranted.

Ruger Suspends All New Firearms Orders: “Incoming Order Rate Exceeds Capacity to Fulfill Orders”
Off Grid Survival - In the Rise of the Prepper article, we warned that with Guns, Gold and Emergency Food all setting record sales numbers we will likely see major shortages hit the marketplace. As people begin to stock up on preparedness related items in response to the coming election cycle, we will likely see nationwide shortages similar to what happened during the elections in 2008. I fear this is only the beginning.... Here is the Official Statement form Ruger...

Whitney Houston cause of death cover-up? Coroner changes story, blames cocaine, not pharmaceuticals
(NaturalNews) There's something afoot in the changing story about what actually killed Whitney Houston. According to the official coroner's report that was recently released, Whitney Houston died from drowning and cocaine was a "contributing factor." All the other prescription drugs found in her system were dismissed as being totally unrelated to her death.

Nanny State On Steroids: City Plans to Outlaw Smoking in Apartments
Kurt Nimmo - Few argue that smoking is bad for you. However, in Elk Grove, outside of Sacramento, California, government bureaucrats are ready to exploit this fact in order to outlaw people from smoking in their homes.

VIDEO: Students At N.J. Middle School Say Principal Announced Ban On Hugging
MATAWAN, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – There is a lot of confusion at Matawan-Aberdeen Middle School, where students say the principal made an unusual announcement last week. “First, I heard over the loudspeaker ‘We are a no hugging school’ and we are…’This is our new policy,’” student John Carelli told CBS 2′s Cindy Hsu on Thursday.

2012 Election News

Give Me Liberty Money Bomb
Ron Paul: Our Give Me Liberty Money Bomb is critical for my campaign. I'm prepared to keep fighting all the way to the Republican National Convention if I can continue to count on your support. Please, donate whatever you are able right away to this vital effort.

Jack Hunter: "Let's Take It To 1 Million"
Daily Paul - Despite the party establishment trying to throw up every roadblock imaginable, Ron Paul and his supporters continue to battle forward at the grassroots with great success. The MSM has already decided that Ron Paul just needs to go away. Well, today in Missouri and in countless other caucuses this simply isn’t going to happen. Paul supporters simply refuse to let it happen.

Ron Paul's New Campaign Ad
'Etch A Sketch'

Louisiana GOP Results March 24, 2012
CNN - Santorum 49%, Romney 27%, Gingrich 16%, Paul 6%.

YouTube: Ron Paul Rally 3-23-12: Pineville, Louisiana
The crowd that heard Paul speak Friday at Louisiana College's Guinn Auditorium was large, enthusiastic and young. They cheered often and loudly for his platform of reduced spending, smaller government and greater personal freedoms.

YouTube: Ron Paul Press Conference, Pineville Louisiana
Once again Ron Paul proves he is the best man for the job with his common sense answers to tough questions. This was Q&A session after his speech at Louisiana College in Pineville Louisiana.

Esmeralda County, Nevada - Caucus March 24th
Daily Paul - Landslide for Paul!

BREAKING NEWS: St. Charles Missouri Caucus Rescheduled for April 10th! Video Taping ALLOWED!
ST. CHARLES • A second St. Charles County countywide Republican caucus will be held at 7 p.m. April 10 at the St. Charles Convention Center, the state GOP announced Friday....The session will replace the caucus held last Saturday which disbanded without any delegates selected amid boisterous disputes over caucus rules. Recording devices will be permitted, the state party said.

Ron Paul supporters dominate GOP caucuses in St. Louis, Jackson County
ST. LOUIS - Paul's backers won all 36 delegates here while taking about two-thirds of delegates in Jackson County.... The purpose of today's non-binding caucuses was to choose representatives to a round of Congressional district meetings in April and June that will repeat the process to send 52 delegates from Missouri to the August convention in Tampa, Fla. Paul's supporters cast a majority vote with 158 ballots. The Santorum slate had 74 votes, while Romney's backers mustered 50 votes.

YouTube: Rachel Maddow Thanks The Daily Paul!
MSNBC News March 22, 2012 .


Student Loan Debt Reaches $1 Trillion
Brian Koenig - Constitutionalists and free-market economists claim that the idea that every high school graduate is entitled to a government-subsidized loan to attend a $30,000 -a-year university is fiscally maniacal. But unfortunately, it’s also a fiscal reality that has propelled college graduates into financial Armageddon.... Bankruptcy attorneys are observing firsthand the calamitous rise in student loan debt, as a recent survey conducted by the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys found that 81 percent of bankruptcy lawyers disclosed that the number of prospective clients holding such debt has inflated "significantly" or "somewhat" in the last three to four years.

Help Fight Hobophobia!
Most cities that are forbidding the feeding of homeless people cite food safety concerns. This is just an excuse–and there is a way to expose it as such if we band together. Handing out gift cards to local eating establishments is one way... Another solution requires a concerted effort on the part of concerned citizens and is modeled after Megabite, a program that has worked effectively in the UK for over 10 years. According to their website... Donors can buy Meal Squares (a paper ticket that a homeless person can exchange for a meal and a soft drink) from a local Megabite project or by mail order and pass them to a homeless person. Related Article: Feeding The Homeless Banned In Major Cities All Over America

Gold projected to bounce back next week - Keep your eye out next week and see how gold responds to what has been going on in the world. The price should start to make its way back up to re-challenge the $1,700 per ounce price range before it starts to get its footing and slowly make its way towards the much anticipated $2,000 per price mark so many analysts have been talking about for some time now.

Energy & Environment

7.2 magnitude hits Chile
Sunday, March 25, 2012.

VIDEO: Smart Meter Film to be released end of March
Watch the trailer "Take Back Your Power".

VIDEO: Residents Skeptical of ‘Mini-Quakes’ Explanation For Clintonville Booms
Paul Joseph Watson - City officials claim the mystery of the Clintonville booms is solved with the US Geological Survey’s announcement that the town experienced a series of mini-earthquakes, but residents remain skeptical and probably with good reason – the 1.5 magnitude earthquake occurred over 24 hours after reports of the booms first started to flood in, noises which were also heard in a town 80 miles away.

What Is Causing The Strange Noises In The Sky That Are Being Heard All Over The World?
The American Dream - During the second half of 2011, a lot of people all over the planet started reporting hearing really strange noises coming from the sky. In some instances the noises produced a loud rumbling such as a train, a thunderstorm or the slamming of a heavy door would make. In other instances, the noises sounded more like "groaning". In yet other instances the noises sounded almost as if a trumpet was playing.


David Wolfe speaks out about Sunfood, Monsanto, New Chapter and Procter & Gamble
(NaturalNews) What do Sunfood and New Chapter both have in common? They have been taken over by corporate people with ties to Monsanto. In the case of Sunfood, the takeover was a "betrayal," says David Wolfe in this exclusive interview (see below). While in the case of New Chapter, the takeover was intentional.

Vitamin D3 and curcumin synergistically clear brain tangles to help prevent Alzheimer's dementia
(NaturalNews) New hope is now offered by scientists from the University of California publishing in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, as they have identified the specific intracellular mechanism regulated by vitamin D3 that may help the body clear the brain of amyloid beta. There has been scant evidence in the past to show that vitamin D and the curry-derived compound, curcumin help to prevent Alzheimer's dementia. Researchers now provide solid research-based science to explain the precise pathway used by these two natural substances to help stimulate the immune system to activate key genes involved in clearing the amyloid-beta protein.

Give your body a break - detox with these fun smoothie recipes
(NaturalNews) Spring time is upon us, and now is the time to get rid of excess body weight by doing a "spring cleaning" of sorts for your body. The perfect way to achieve this is to take a smoothie day once a week. These smoothies will help your body get rid of built up toxins, improve sluggish digestion and elimination and jump start weight loss goals. They help flatten the belly, clear the skin and increase energy levels.

Special hormone released by bone cells plays an important role in blood sugar regulation
(NaturalNews) Most people have viewed bones as inanimate structures within the body that merely play a role in providing structural integrity to the body. New research is revealing just how dynamic bone structure is to the nervous, immune and endocrine system. A bone released hormone is now considered by researchers one of the foremost players in controlling blood sugar and inflammation.

Exercise boosts healthy DNA expression within just a few minutes
(NaturalNews) Exercise truly is a vital component of good health, as was once again illustrated in a recent study published in the peer-reviewed journal Cell Metabolism. Researchers from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, and Dublin City University in Ireland found that just a few minutes of rigorous exercise is enough to spur almost immediate changes in DNA that improve the ways health-regulating genes express themselves.

Activist Outrage Causes Major Supermarkets to Drop 'Pink Slime' Meat
Activist Post - We have been reporting on the staggering amount of "pink slime" used in the U.S. food industry over the last few months. Pink slime is a meat filler made from "ammoniated boneless lean beef trimmings or similar products, which are considered unfit for human consumption until ammonia has been added.”

VIDEO: Take Action! Just a few days left to tell FDA to label GMOs
Over 990,000 people have submitted comments to the FDA in support of mandatory labeling of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in our food. Will you add your voice? The deadline is Tuesday, March 27. Also, please sign the petition.

Science & Technology

Is nothing off limits? Now Google plans to spy on background noise in your phone calls to bombard you with tailored adverts
Daily Mail - Adverts could soon be tailored according to the background noise around you when using your smartphone, if a patent application by Google becomes reality. The search engine giant has filed for a patent called ‘Advertising based on environmental conditions’. As that title implies, it’s not just background sounds that could be used to determine what adverts you seen on your mobile phone. The patent also describes using ‘temperature, humidity, light and air composition’ to produced targeted adverts. Related article here.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Judge to FDA: Remove Superbug-Breeding Antibiotics from Animal Feed
Activist Post - A federal judge has stepped up to the plate and is now ordering FDA regulators to start proceedings to revoke the approval for the use of common antibiotics in animal feed, stating that the excessive overuse of antibiotics is threatening public health through breeding drug-resistant superbugs.

Pet News

Hats Off Award
Susan Thixton - A new award from recognizes the efforts of Pet Food towards achieving transparency of the industry. The very first Hats Off Award goes to Halo Pet Food. Often a pet food will take a brave step towards honesty and transparency in the pet food industry and this step goes unnoticed; more often the steps towards transparency are stopped in their tracks for numerous reasons. It is time that pet foods who take brave steps towards transparency in the industry are recognized for their efforts.

Dear Pet Food Institute
Susan Thixton - It seems the Pet Food Institute - the lobby organization for Big Pet Food - didn't like my video response to the FDA pet food video. First, here is the full quote from Kurt Gallagher of Pet Food Institute (PFI) taken from Marc Selinger's Examiner article titled Pet food debate erupts in online videos. "The CVM declined to comment on Thixton’s video, but Kurt Gallagher, spokesman for the Pet Food Institute, an industry group in Washington, D.C., called her comments “rife with inaccuracies and misrepresentations.” He told March 22 that federal law requires pet food to be “wholesome,” “free of harmful or deleterious substances” and “truthfully labeled.”

YouTube: Surfer Dog


SONG: American Heart - AA Bondy
A wonderful and moving song from a much underrated artist.

Home Invasion Prevention – Prevent yourself from becoming the next victim
Off Grid Survival - According to the F.B.I. one in five homes in America will experience a home invasion or break-in. Do you have the necessary skills, training and weapons to protect yourself and your home? Can you calm yourself down fast enough to react in away that will ensure a favorable outcome?

Humor & Satire

SATIRE: Washington D.C. Ghost Town: Is New Portable Lie-Detector Technology To Blame?
Intel Hub - The streets and offices of Washington D.C. were like a ghost town Friday as Radio Shack opened its doors to brisk sales of the new ‘TruthTeller5000’; a portable, hand-held lie-detector costing less than $20. The new technology does not require the use of sensors or wires but instead utilizes a remote brain-wave detector that ‘homes in’ on the area of the brain most active when lying. The moment specific neural pathways ‘light up’, the TruthTeller5000 emits an audible alarm and flashing red light, alerting its operator that the subject is being less than honest.

Today in History - Friday - March 23, 2012
1775 - American revolutionary Patrick Henry declared, "give me liberty, or give me death!"
1806 - Explorers Lewis and Clark, reached the Pacific coast, and began their return journey to the east.
1836 - The coin press was invented by Franklin Beale.
1839 - The first recorded use of "OK" [oll korrect] was used in Boston's Morning Post.
1840 - The first successful photo of the Moon was taken.
1857 - Elisha Otis installed the first modern passenger elevator in a public building at the corner of Broome Street and Broadway in NYC.
1858 - Eleazer A. Gardner patented the cable streetcar.
1868 - The University of California was founded in Oakland, CA.
1889 - U.S. President Harrison opened Oklahoma for white colonization.
1903 - The Wright brothers obtained an airplane patent.
1903 - U.S. troops were sent to Honduras to protect the American consulate during revolutionary activity.
1909 - British Lt. Shackleton found the magnetic South Pole.
1909 - Theodore Roosevelt began an African safari sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution and National Geographic Society.
1912 - The Dixie Cup was invented.
1920 - Britain denounced the U.S. because of their delay in joining the League of Nations.
1922 - The first airplane landed at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC.
1934 - The U.S. Congress accepted the independence of the Philippines in 1945.
1940 - "Truth or Consequences" was heard on radio for the first time.
1942 - During World War II, the U.S. government began evacuating Japanese-Americans from West Coast homes to detention centers.
1951 - U.S. paratroopers descended from flying boxcars in a surprise attack in Korea.
1957 - The U.S. Army sold the last of its homing pigeons.
1965 - America's 1st 2-person space flight took off from Cape Kennedy with astronauts Virgil Grissom and John Young aboard. The craft was the Gemini 3.
1967 - Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. called the Vietnam War the biggest obstacle to the civil rights movement.
1972 - The U.S. called a halt to the peace talks on Vietnam being held in Paris.
1983 - Dr. Barney Clark died after 112 days with a permanent artificial heart.
1990 - Former Exxon Valdez Captain Joseph Hazelwood was ordered to clean up Prince William Sound and pay $50,000 in restitution for the 1989 oil spill.
1998 - Germany's largest bank pledged $3.1 million to Jewish foundations as restitution for Nazi looting.
1998 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that term limits for state lawmakers were constitutional.
1998 - Russian President Boris Yeltsin fired his Cabinet.
1999 - Paraguay's Vice President Luis Maria Argana was shot to death by two gunmen.
2001 - Russia's orbiting Mir space station plunged into the South Pacific after its 15-years of use.

World News

Afghan villagers threatened by US soldiers days before massacre
AP/The Australian RESIDENTS of an Afghan village near where an American soldier is alleged to have killed 16 civilians are convinced that the slayings were in retaliation for a roadside bomb attack on US forces in the same area a few days earlier. In accounts to The Associated Press and to Afghan government officials, the residents allege that US troops lined up men from the village of Mokhoyan against a wall after the bombing on either March 7 or 8, and told them they would pay a price for the attack.

France gunman on U.S. no-fly list
UPI -TOULOUSE, France, March 22 (UPI) -- The gunman who died Thursday when cornered by French police was on the radar of U.S. authorities as well, sources told The Wall Street Journal. Mohammed Merah, 24, was on the U.S. no-fly list because he had been in custody in Afghanistan in 2010 before being sent back to France, sources familiar with the case told the newspaper. The circumstances of Merah's detention in Afghanistan were not clear, and the Journal said U.S. officials said there was no record of him ever being in the custody of the American military.

Effective World Government Will Be Needed to Stave Off Climate Catastrophe
Scientific American - Fighting climate change requires a new set of institutions would have to be imbued with heavy-handed, transnational enforcement powers.... A policy article authored by several dozen scientists appeared online March 15 in Science to acknowledge this point: “Human societies must now change course and steer away from critical tipping points in the Earth system that might lead to rapid and irreversible change. This requires fundamental reorientation and restructuring of national and international institutions toward more effective Earth system governance and planetary stewardship.”

US reveals Iran petro penalty hit list after exempting allies
RT - The US State Department has revealed the list of 12 countries which may be subjected to American financial sanctions for failing to cut oil imports from Iran.... Four of the countries on America’s anger list are among top 100 buyers of Iranian crude. They are China, India, South Korea and South Africa, with the first two being the two largest buyers. Also targeted by possible financial sanctions are Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan and Turkey.

Clashes across Syria despite U.N. ceasefire call
(Reuters) - More than a dozen people died in clashes across Syria on Thursday, opposition activists said, as a U.N. Security Council call for an immediate end to the fighting fell on deaf ears. The SOHR, which depends on a network of local contacts for its information, said it was not clear who was behind the killings. Other activists blamed the Syrian army, which has been trying to stamp out insurgents in the area.

A Major AFRICOM & US State Department Campaign to Undermine Chinese Influence in Central Africa
William Engdahl - The entire brouhaha over Joseph Kony appears to be a flank in a major AFRICOM and US State Department campaign especially to undermine Chinese influence in central Africa — now that they have successfully driven the Chinese oil companies out of Libya, and carved out a new “republic” of South Sudan containing much of the oil that fuels China’s economy. That splitting of South Sudan and its oil, for those who did not follow it closely, was a consequence of sending in US and NATO special forces to “stop genocide” in Darfur. George Clooney was also the poster boy for the Darfur action.

Soldiers say they have seized power in Mali
(Reuters) - Renegade soldiers said they seized power in Mali on Thursday and ordered its borders closed, threatening to reignite instability in a Saharan region shaken by the conflict in Libya. The overnight coup bid was led by low-ranking soldiers angry at the government's failure to stamp out a two-month-old separatist rebellion in the north of the west African state.

U.S. condemns Mali coup
(Reuters) - The United States on Thursday strongly condemned a violent coup by renegade Malian soldiers and demanded the return of civilian rule to the west African gold and cotton-producing nation. "We call for the immediate restoration of constitutional rule in Mali, including full civilian authority over the armed forces and respect for the country's democratic institutions and traditions," the White House said in a statement.

Afghan shooting suspect did not pay fraud judgment
(Reuters) - The U.S. soldier accused of killing 16 civilians in Afghanistan left for war without paying a $1.5 million judgment for defrauding an elderly client in a stock scheme, and remains shielded from the obligation as long as he remains in the military, legal experts said.

U.S. General suggests troops should stay level after ’12 drawdown
Washington Post -The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan said Tuesday that, once a scheduled 23,000 U.S. troops are withdrawn by the end of September, he does not expect to consider additional drawdowns until next year.... The United States and NATO have agreed to withdraw all combat troops by December 2014. By then, the U.S.-led coalition will have transferred security authority to Afghan forces throughout the country, Allen said. “But we will still have combat forces in Afghanistan all the way to the end.”

1001 Moonless Kinetic Nights: Presenting The Windows Of Opportunity For An Iranian Attack
Zero Hedge - Following last Friday’s majority vote by the Israel Security Council authorizing Iranian “action” when required, answering the “if“, the only open question remains “when.” As it turns out, based on the following analysis by Rapidan Group, there are only 10 or so distinct 10 day New Moon windows for the remainder of 2012. If one removes the sandstorm prone months of April, July and September, there are 7 periods in which a military strike is realistic.

VIDEO: Australian mining magnate claims Greenpeace has links to CIA
ABC Australia - Mining magnate Clive Palmer has accused the United States government of funding environmental group Greenpeace via the CIA to undermine Australia’s coal mining sector. Mr Palmer made the extraordinary claim over Greenpeace’s plan to use the court system to tie up coal mining applications. He is angry at Greenpeace’s plan to use lawyers to thwart future coal mining projects and claims funding is coming from US environmental charity the Rockefeller Foundation. He alleges it is funded by the CIA and says it is trying to harm Australia’s industry and help American interests.

VIDEO: Mexican Earthquake Coincides With Drill Based Around Exact Same Scenario
Paul Joseph Watson - The video above documents how Mexican Civil Protection (CP) authorities had planned to stage a response drill to an earthquake measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale on March 20 at 12 noon local time, which is precisely when an earthquake hit Mexico yesterday.... The exercise was being run under the auspices of Mexico’s State Emergency Committee, the government department tasked with responding to natural disasters.

Poland Say Yes to Europe – But ‘No’ to the Euro
Wahington Post - Here in Poland, where dreary communist-style apartment blocks still dominate the landscape, the euro was once hailed as a fast-track ticket to the economic big league. Now, after years of problems in the euro zone, Poles have realized that the big league ticket was in their pockets all along. Their own currency, the zloty, has buffered Poland from the turbulence surrounding it, and few here are in any rush to adopt the euro, even though Poland agreed to do so when it joined the European Union in 2004.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

VIDEO: Government Warns of Hezbollah Terror Ahead of Iran Attack
Kurt Nimmo - New York Rep. and House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King said that an Israeli strike on Iran will not be “surgical” and the United States will participate in the attack. Rep. Peter King (R-NY), Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security said Hezbollah may attack any moment. Appearing on CNN’s “Starting Point,” King said he does not rule out an attack. “There’s no doubt that if Israel does attack Iran, this is not going to be easy, it’s not going to be surgical, and again the U.S. could find itself implicated or involved in it,” he said.

The Executive Order Controversy
American Thinker - The NDRP traces its origin to the Defense Production Act (DPA) of 1950, which attempted to establish a framework for placing the nation on a "war footing" as quickly and in as efficient a manner as possible should events warrant. In an age of highly industrialized warfare, the basic building blocks of military success are composed of mundane elements such as supply chains, resource availability, parts, access to raw materials, and skilled labor.

Marine faces boot for anti-Obama Facebook posts
MSNBC - The Marines on Wednesday told Sgt. Gary Stein — a Camp Pendleton Marine who started the Facebook page called Armed Forces Tea Party — that he is in violation of Pentagon policy barring troops from political activities.... "After reviewing the findings of the preliminary inquiry, the commander decided to address the allegations through administrative action," the Corps said. "I'm completely shocked that this is happening," Stein said. "I've done nothing wrong. I've only stated what our oath states that I will defend the constitution and that I will not follow unlawful orders. If that's a crime, what is America coming to?"

Obama Administration Tries To Shut Down Rush Limbaugh
Paul Joseph Watson - The Obama administration attack dog Media Matters is attempting to shut down free speech by spending $100,000 dollars on radio advertisements in an effort to get Rush Limbaugh off the air in a staggering display of contempt for the first amendment.... The ads, which will run in eight major cities, encourage listeners to call stations which carry Limbaugh’s show and complain about his remarks. Using an approach similar to that which ran Glenn Beck out of Fox News, Media Matters is clearly trying to create momentum behind booting Limbaugh off the air altogether.

Obama: ‘Where’s YOUR birth certificate?’
Daily Mail - President Barack Obama has been keen to move the political conversation away from the question of whether or not he was born in the United States. But today, he was the one that brought it up, albeit as a joke. At the end of an event in Oklahoma on Thursday, a female audience member approached him and said that she was born at the same hospital as the president in Hawaii. He responded: ‘Do you have YOUR birth certificate?’

Mayor Emanuel buys 8,513 more face shields for NATO summit - Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration is buying 8,513 more face shields for Chicago Police officers at a cost of $757,657 — and demanding delivery in time for the May 20-21 NATO summit — to give every officer on the street a shield that fits over a gas mask and prevents them from being blinded by liquids thrown by protesters.

VIDEO: Birther Controversy Back In spotlight As Arpaio Demands Obama Draft Card
Steve Watson - Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the law enforcer leading an independent investigation into the authenticity of the latest release of the Obama birth certificate, has thrust the issue back into the media spotlight by asking for the aid of the U.S. Selective Service System.

VIDEO: "DRIFT" Book About Perpetual Wars
Daily Paul - Rachel Maddow's new book "Drift" argues that we've drifted away from America's original ideals and become a nation weirdly at peace with perpetual war, with all the financial and human costs that entails.

8 years later, abuse soldier Lynndie England tells of her anguish – but won’t apologize to ‘enemy’
The Daily FORT ASHBY, W.Va. - Eight years before an American soldier shot 16 civilians in Afghanistan, there was another case of tragic military misconduct that ruined lives and threatened to derail a war effort. Today, the former soldier who became the callous, “thumbs-up” emblem of the Abu Ghraib scandal lives with her parents in rural West Virginia, raising the son of the man who perpetrated the worst of the torture at the Iraqi prison. Things are so rough for her, Lynndie England told The Daily in a wide-ranging interview,
that she has trouble finding much reason to feel bad for the detainees she and her colleagues abused.

Obama threatens rare earth trade war against China - but why?
(NaturalNews) Since the U.S. no longer mines any rare earth metals and elements from its own earth, the import of these critical manufacturing components from China is necessary to maintain a steady supply of fancy electronic gadgets and war paraphernalia, two of the primary industrial sectors that are keeping the American economy from all-out collapsing. But paper tiger Obama's latest round of litigative grandstanding appears to be nothing more than a desperate election season ploy, as it is unlikely that the lawsuit will come to much in the end.

Monsanto ‘Biotechnology Book for Kids’ Caught Brainwashing Children
Anthony Gucciardi - Facing direct opposition from the public, biotechnology giants like Monsanto and Dow are now making a disturbing attempt to brainwash developing minds into accepting their genetically modified foods using blatant lies and propaganda. In a last ditch effort to potentially sway public opinion, the Council for Biotechnology Information (CBI) has launched the “Biotechnology Basics Activity Book” for kids. With the intent to be used by ‘agriculture and science teachers’, the activity book spreads absurd lies about GMO crops — even going as far as to say that they ‘improve our health’ and ‘help the environment’.

Illinois House kills audio recording bill
David Thomas - The Illinois House killed a bill Wednesday that would have allowed citizens to make audio recordings of police officers in public places. Video recordings without sound already are legal in Illinois.

New Georgia state bill bans illegal immigrants from colleges
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution -- Sen. Barry Loudermilk, a Republican from Cassville and the lead sponsor of the bill, spoke in favor of his bill. “One of the arguments you may hear today,” Loudermilk told the committee, “is what is wrong about allowing someone who may be here illegally to take one of the seats in one of our colleges or universities, if they just want to better themselves and they want to become a productive member of our society. Well, that is a good argument to make. However, it is a federal crime to hire someone who is illegally in this country.”

9/11 Insider Trading – the Facts Laid Bare
Global Research - Is there any truth in the allegations that informed circles made substantial profits in the financial markets in connection to the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, on the United States?

2012 Election News

Now! ‘Give Me Liberty’ Money Bomb
Daily Paul - Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul's “Give Me Liberty” money bomb takes place on March 23rd. “The truth is, right now our campaign is in the very heat of the battle against the establishment,” Ron Paul National Campaign Manager John Tate wrote in an email Monday.

You Tube: Ron Paul on The Kudlow Report CNBC
March 22, 2012 - Rep. Ron Paul, discusses his views on Washington's budget battle, the Federal Reserve, spending, and pipeline politics.

VIDEO: We Are Winning! Rally outside NBC Studios by LA grassroots
Daily Paul - Ron Paul came to Southern California this Tuesday (March 20th) to appear on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. While being interviewed, the Ron Paul grassroots in LA amassed on the streets surrounding NBC studios with a remarkable show of support. Someone created the largest Ron Paul banner I've seen (30 foot). I created this video documenting the day, featuring an original song created on the spot by Mallori Elena and the other guy who's name I am searching for.

VIDEO: Ron Paul's Personal Video Request
Daily Paul - When Ron Paul talks, people listen. Seriously - it is impossible to refuse his request, especially a personal one like this...

St. Charles County GOP Chair Says Caucus Letter ‘Actually Drafted by Santorum’s Campaign Team’
Bob McCarty - A few days after the 2012 St. Charles County Republican Presidential Caucus ended badly, a member of the St. Charles County GOP Central Committee shared with me the content of an email message that was sent to members by Chair Eugene Dokes early Wednesday morning. Attached to the message, the subject of which was “Re: A second Caucus or…,” was a letter that Dokes explained “was actually drafted by Santorum’s campaign team.”

GOP Insiders Suggest Ron Paul Cannot Legally Be Part Of RNC Ballot
Steve Watson - GOP insiders are beginning to float the idea that Congressman Ron Paul cannot legally be on the first ballot at the national convention in Tampa this August because he will not have enough delegates from enough states.

Santorum: Obama better option than Romney
The Ticket - Rick Santorum suggested that re-electing President Barack Obama would be better than electing Republican rival Mitt Romney, a statement that is arguably his toughest criticism of Romney to date.

YouTube: MSNBC Hit Piece on Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich
Mar 20, 2012 - Ron Reagan: "Ron Paul's Base Will Never Grow Beyond 10 Percent." Appearing on MSNBC, Ron Reagan writes off Dr. Paul's chances of growing his support during the election process.

YouTube: Steve Vincent and the Los Angeles campaign for Ron Paul
Steven gives a strategy to help Ron Paul win in California and his supporters win seats on the Los Angeles Republican Central Committee.


Bernanke says gold standard wouldn’t solve problems
(Reuters) - Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Tuesday took aim at proponents of the gold standard, saying that such a system handicaps the government's ability to address economic conditions.

Dallas Fed: Top five banks hold over half of industry’s assets
Press TV - In its annual report for 2011, issued on Wednesday, the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas released a startling report revealing that 52 percent of all the assets held by the entire banking industry have now become aggregated into the hands of just five companies, and the top 10 institutions have swollen so large that they possess wealth that equates to roughly half of America’s annual gross domestic product (GDP). It is for those reasons that Dallas Fed president Richard Fisher, who’s otherwise known as a conservative budget hawk, has embraced the radical cause of breaking up the nation’s largest banks and forever ending “too big to fail.”

Energy & Environment

North America has the potential to be energy world’s next Middle East
Telegraph - Deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, tapping shale deposits for gas and oil and Canada’s oil sands are among the ingredients that could see North America’s production of oil and natural gas liquids almost double to 26.6m barrels a day by 2020, according to a report by analysts at Citigroup. “The energy sector in the next few decades could drive an extraordinary and timely revitalisation and reindustralisation of the US economy,” the 80-page report said.

VIDEO: Underground Booms Rattle Wisconsin Town For Fourth Night
Paul Joseph Watson - Mysterious booms have rattled the Wisconsin town of Clintonville for a fourth consecutive night, with local authorities preparing to bring in seismic technology to try and locate the cause of the booms, which have been described as sounding like underground fireworks, thunder, or someone slamming a heavy door.... Curiosity has turned into paranoia as residents become increasingly insistent that local authorities solve the mystery, with some leaving town until the booms stop.

VIDEO: Mysterious Booms Spread To Second Town 80 Miles Away
Paul Joseph Watson - Mysterious booms that have rocked the town of Clintonville, Wisconsin have spread to another town 80 miles away. Police in Montello received reports of similar earth tremors at 5:30am this morning. “They checked to see if anyone was drilling or doing underground work but came back empty handed,” reports NBC 26. “Residents from Montello say they’re not crazy! In fact, they didn’t even hear about what’s going on in Clintonville until after they started doing some research online.”


VIDEO: Neurosurgeon issues public challenge to vaccine zealots: Inject yourselves with all shots you say children should get!
(NaturalNews) Dr. Russell Blaylock, a neurosurgeon, author and expert on "excitotoxins," has issued a public challenge to vaccine pushers everywhere to put their money where their mouths are. During a recent interview with Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, about the fraudulent science of the vaccine industry, Dr. Blaylock challenged Dr. Paul Offit, vaccine manufacturer CEOs, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) scientists, and others who insist today's childhood vaccine regimens are safe to publicly receive these same regimens themselves.

Radiation Found To Be The #1 Cause of Tobacco-Related Cancers
Activist Post - t is well-established that 25-30% of all cancer are caused solely by tobacco consumption – a completely avoidable cause. But what if the tobacco itself were not actually the primary cause of the cancer, but something else contaminating it? And what if it the tobacco industry knew this lethal contaminant was in their product, and even knew how to remove it, but did and said nothing for over 30 years in order to conceal this deadly secret from the public.

Kombucha under attack: is it somehow dangerous to your health?
(NaturalNews) Kombucha tea is becoming all the rage in popular culture today, with entire refrigerator cases at health food stores now exclusively stocking the stuff, and celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon, and Orlando Bloom regularly drinking it for increased longevity and improved health. But with its growing popularity has come a whole lot of scaremongering by the disease industry over its supposed dangers, which begs the question -- is kombucha tea a potentially-dangerous fad, or is it truly the health-promoting wonder elixir that many people claim it is?

A tragic and stunning case of scientific fraud in studies on red wine and resveratrol
(NaturalNews) The University of Connecticut identified instances of fraud in 26 suspect articles published in 11 journals and sent a copy of an investigative report it conducted to editors of the journals. The university said that it was freezing Dr. Das' research and returning two new grants totaling $890,000. Dr. Das has been a prolific research publisher, with several hundred articles published, including 117 articles on resveratrol.

The five best home remedies for colds, coughs and the flu
(NaturalNews) From the pantry to the bedside, home remedies you can make in a snap help prevent seasonal colds or cure a stubborn case of the flu. Garlic tea immune enhancerA well-known immune system strengthener, garlic shines as an antibacterial antibacterial and antiviral herb for fighting colds, coughs and the flu.

Health Ranger releases new infographic listing the top ten worst sources of aspartame
(NaturalNews) Millions of Americans still have no idea that many of the beverages and foods they eat on a regular basis are contaminated with a neurotoxin posing as a sugar substitute. So to help raise awareness about the pervasive presence of toxic aspartame in the American food supply, Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, has released a helpful infographic that identifies the top ten worst sources of aspartame.

Study finds link between toxic aldehydes in reheated oil and neurodegenerative diseases, cancer
(NaturalNews) Depending on the type of oil you use to cook -- and whether or not you reheat that oil for multiple uses -- you could be exposing yourself to high levels of toxic aldehydes, chemicals known to cause neurodegenerative disease and cancer. Researchers from the University of the Basque Country (UBC) in Spain have found that some popular cooking oils, including soybean and sunflower oils, generate high levels of toxic aldehydes when heated and reheated.

Attorney challenges pediatrician's attack on vaccine religious exemptions
(NaturalNews) The following pediatrician's commentary attacking vaccine religious exemptions was published online in Raleigh's News & Observer (N&O) on February 24, 2012. As the N&O failed to publish my response, I'm publishing it here, where fairness is welcome. It follows the pediatrician's article immediately below.

Why drinking alcohol makes you fat
(NaturalNews) There are many factors that affect weight loss, making the process more complicated than it may seem. The body produces different hormones in response to different types of foods and/or drinks. Losing weight is not only about calorie consumption but also about the types of foods and drinks consumed. Alcohol is one of the worst culprits when it comes to inhibiting weight loss because it disrupts the delicate balance of nutrition, fluid and hormones needed to lose fat.

Forget health-damaging painkillers - Use proven natural remedies and herbs to treat joint pain
(NaturalNews) Though typically referred to as a single condition characterized by chronic joint pain, arthritis is actually a collective grouping of more than 100 different diseases involving joint inflammation for which many conventional doctors simply prescribe pain drugs as a one-size-fits-all solution.

How to change habits with simplicity and focus: Leo Babauta of on Mental Health Exposed
(NaturalNews) In the current episode of Mental Health Exposed, we enter the world of Leo Babauta, one of the most popular personal development bloggers today. Leo has an uncommon, laser focus on how to simplify your life, let go of unwanted habits and get more done with less distraction.

YouTube: The Cancer Report (The Full Version)
This documentary explains the Rockefeller influence on the health care industry, and particularly how safe alternatives have been silenced in favor of chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. Going back to the early twentieth century, this movie explains how it all got started, and why we are in our current health care predicament. It then provides cures for those suffering with cancer. To learn more about The Cancer Report visit The Health Wyze Report.

Science & Technology

Problem-Reaction-Solution: Anonymous Promises to Take Down the Internet
Kurt Nimmo - They’re back. The FBI’s Lulzsec promises hijinks on April Fool’s Day. On Saturday, the supposed hacktivist group infiltrated – and we can presume created – by the U.S. government released a YouTube video promising more mayhem. “Lulzsec will start targeting governments, corporations, agencies, and quite possibly the people watching this video. We are here for the lulz, the fame, the anarchy, and the people,” the video proclaimed.... If Anonymous does manage to shut down the internet in a few days – no matter how briefly – you can rest assured the government will be there posing as our saviors.

Thanks Congress! My Two Year Old Is Now Crying Due To Your Copyright Laws
Alexander Higgins - Due to copyright laws passed by Congress, my daughter can no longer watch her Barbie DVD's which are perfectly legal store bought copies.

Is Your New HDTV Watching You?
HD Guru - Samsung’s 2012 top-of-the-line plasmas and LED HDTVs offer new features never before available within a television including a built-in, internally wired HD camera, twin microphones, face tracking and speech recognition. While these features give you unprecedented control over an HDTV, the devices themselves, more similar than ever to a personal computer, may allow hackers or even Samsung to see and hear you and your family, and collect extremely personal data.

To read, or not to read... the terms and conditions: PayPal agreement is longer than Hamlet and iTunes beats Macbeth
Daily Mail - A consumer watchdog has launched a scathing attack on websites which make users agree to terms and conditions that can be tens of thousands of words long.Which? said it was 'unreasonable' to expect people to wade through pages of legal jargon, then tick a box to say they have read and understood the small print.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

VIDEO: Growing Chocolate in Your Backyard with Marjory Wildcraft
Would you want to grow chocolate in your backyard? Do I even have to ask? I'm so excited about how we can grow chocolate sustainably and on a micro-farming scale (you can probably tell by looking at my face in the interview, LOL).


Beware of 'stainless' 18/0 flatware sets - zero nickel content means items rust within first month
(NaturalNews) If you are in the market for a new stainless steel flatware set, beware of all sets designated as "18/0," which means they have zero nickel content. Contrary to what their manufacturers may claim about such sets being stainless and rust-proof, 18/0 flatware sets can hardly be considered stainless, as many of them end up rusting within the first month of use, and sometimes even after their first run through the dishwasher.

Today in History - Thursday - March 22, 2012
1765 - The Stamp Act was passed. It was the first direct British tax on the American colonists. It was repealed on March 17, 1766.
1790 - Thomas Jefferson became the first U.S. Secretary of State.
1794 - The U.S. Congress banned U.S. vessels from supplying slaves to other countries.
1841 - Englishman Orlando Jones patented cornstarch.
1871 - William Holden of North Carolina became the first governor to be removed by impeachment.
1872 - Illinois became the first state to require sexual equality in employment.
1882 - The U.S. Congress outlawed polygamy.
1903 - Niagara Falls ran out of water due to a drought.
1905 - Child miners in Britain received a maximum 8-hour workday.
1907 - Russians troops completed the evacuation of Manchuria in the face of advancing Japanese forces.
1933 - U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a bill legalizing the sale and possession of beer and wine containing up to 3.2% alcohol.
1935 - Persia was renamed Iran.
1946 - The first U.S. built rocket to leave the earth's atmosphere reached a height of 50-miles.
1948 - The United States announced a land reform plan for Korea.
1954 - The first shopping mall opened in Southfield, Michigan.
1954 - The London gold market reopened for the first time since 1939.
1965 - U.S. confirmed that its troops used chemical warfare against the Vietcong.
1974 - The Viet Cong proposed a new truce with the U.S. and South Vietnam. The truce included general elections.
1980 - People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) was founded by Ingrid Newkirk and Alex Pacheco.
1981 - A group of twelve Green Berets arrived in El Salvador. This brought the total number of advisors to fifty-four.
1989 - Oliver North began two days of testimony at his Iran-Contra trial in Washington, DC.
1990 - A jury in Anchorage, Alaska, found Captain Hazelwood not guilty in the Valdez oil spill.
1993 - Cleveland Indians pitchers Steve Olin and Tim Crews were killed in a boating accident in Florida. Bob Ojeda was seriously injured in the accident.
1995 - Russian cosmonaut Valeri Polyakov returned to Earth after setting a record for 438 days in space.
1997 - Tara Lipinski, at 14 years and 10 months, became the youngest women's world figure skating champion.
2002 - The U.S. Postal Rate Commission approved a request for a postal rate increase of first-class stamps from 34 cents to 37 cents by June 30. It was the first time a postal rate case was resolved through a settlement between various groups. The groups included the U.S. Postal Service, postal employees, mailer groups and competitors.
2002 - A collection of letters and cards sent by Princess Diana of Wales sold for $33,000. The letters and cards were written to a former housekeeper at Diana's teenage home.

World News

VIDEO: US accuses Iran of shipping arms to Syria
RT - The US and Britain have accused Iran of supplying weapons to Syria at a United Nations meeting. Meanwhile Russia has warned against turning up the heat on Tehran. During a Wednesday briefing at the UN Security Council in New York, American, British and French diplomats expressed their concern at reports that Iran had violated UN sanctions by supplying arms to the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

UN chief urges cease-fire in Syria to speed up aid
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian regime troops and rebels clashed anew on Thursday as U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon said the Security Council sent a clear message to Damascus that all violence must stop immediately to allow for the delivery of humanitarian aid.

BREAKING: Toulouse shooter 'killed in gunfire', 3 officers wounded in raid
RT - French police have officially confirmed the suspected serial killer Mohammed Merah is dead after putting up resistance. Reports coming in now that three police commandos have been wounded in the raid on the suspect's flat, one of them seriously. The heavily-armed militant, who claimed he was with Al-Qaeda, has been cornered in an apartment building for more than 30 hours.

Kuwait says Iran has assured it will not shut Hormuz
DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran has assured Kuwait it will not try to close the vital Strait of Hormuz shipping route, Kuwait's ruler said in remarks carried by state-run news agency KUNA on Tuesday. Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah said Kuwait nevertheless had been working for "a long time" on building up an oil stocks outside the Gulf to ensure steady supplies to customers. After threats by Iran that it could shut the most important oil transit channel in the world, if Western governments stop it from selling crude, Kuwait's emir and other Gulf leaders have sought assurances that Tehran will not follow through with the threats.

Jeffrey Goldberg: Iran Will Not Target U.S. Warships If Attacked
Kurt Nimmo In an article posted on the Bloomberg website, the neocon propagandist, Jeffrey Goldberg, tells us an attack on Iran is “historically inevitable” and will not result in World War Three.... Goldberg faithfully follows the Israeli propaganda narrative: the attack on Iran will be limited to striking nuclear targets that supposedly represent an “existential threat” to not only the Jewish state, but the entire world.

US exempts 10 EU states plus Japan from Iran sanctions
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in a statement on Tuesday that the exemption covers financial institutions from 11 nations - Belgium, Britain, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Poland and Spain, AFP reported. "The actions taken by these countries were not easy…. They had to rethink their energy needs at a critical time for the world economy and quickly begin to find alternatives to Iranian oil, which many had been reliant on for their energy needs," she added.

VIDEO: Pentagon’s Iran Buildup Call for Adding Laser Weapons
Bloomberg - The U.S. Central Command plans to bolster military capabilities against Iran by fielding new laser target-trackers for machine guns, enhanced sensors for underwater vehicles, improved protection against drone attacks and upgrades of U-2 spy planes.... “There’s no significant area where I’ve got to come in and say, we’ve got a big problem here.” Central Command commander General James Mattis told the House Armed Services Committee on March 7. “They’re just areas I want to make certain we maintain our edge.”

VIDEO: French Terror Attack: All the Hallmarks of an Intelligence Psy-op and False Flag
Kurt Nimmo - Mohammed Merah, the suspect in the killing of seven people outside a Jewish school in Toulouse, France, fits the pattern of an al-Qaeda intelligence asset. According to the BBC, he was on the radar of French authorities because of visits he made to Afghanistan and the “militant stronghold” of Waziristan in Pakistan. More specifically, Merah was handled by France’s DCRI intelligence service “for years,” according to Claude Guéant, the interior minister.

VIDEO: Are Middle East & African Wars Really About Protecting the Immoral Global Banking System & Fighting Gold?
Zero Hedge - In a speech retired US Army General Wesley Clark gave in August of 2001, we are reminded that many wars and major military theater operations are planned years or sometimes even decades in advance and that the excuses to justify them are likely fabricated.... Upon deeper investigation, it also seems highly likely that the Western global banking cartel has been involved in some capacity in the industrial-military complex planning of these invasions and government overthrows in Africa and the Middle East due to the peculiarly timed nature of these events.

Chinese spies target Taiwan's US-made defenses
AP - Air force Capt. Chiang — he was identified only by his surname — was the fourth Taiwanese in only 14 months known to have been picked up on charges of spying for China, from which the island split amid civil war 63 years ago. While Taiwan's Defense Ministry did not disclose details of his alleged offense, his base in the northern part of the island hosts the air force's highly classified radar system and U.S.-made Patriot surface-to-air missiles, both vital to the island's aerial defense.

Health professionals anticipate extremely dangerous mass withdrawals as Canadian drug ban takes effect
(NaturalNews) Beginning March 1, 2012, the controversial painkiller drug OxyContin (oxycodone) will no longer be available for prescription in Canada. Numerous media sources report that Health Canada has officially nixed the drug, which is an opioid-based drug similar to heroin, because of widespread abuse, particularly among Canada's First Nations, which are aboriginal nations in Canada similar to Native American reservations in the U.S.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Sheriff Joe Warns: 'Tons' more shocking info on Obama
WND - “America’s toughest sheriff” says there is “tons” more potentially shocking information on Barack Obama in connection with his probe into the president’s eligibility, and he calls the media’s suppression of his findings of a likely forged presidential birth certificate and Selective Service Card “probably the biggest censorship blackout in the history of the United States.”

Birthers' sue to force state to verify eligibility
LA Times - Undeterred by documentary evidence and repeated judicial rejection, a group of conspiracy theorists who say President Obama was born in Africa have sued the California secretary of state to demand that she verify the eligibility of all presidential candidates before putting them on the November ballot.... The lawsuit filed by Republican primary write-in candidate John Albert Dummett Jr., Markham Robinson of the American Independent Party of California and five others also alludes to "questions concerning the eligibility" of Mitt Romney to vie for the role of commander in chief.

VIDEO: More Marines Voicing Disapproval of Obama
The Marine Corps Times previews its cover story about anti-Obama Marines at their 'Battle Rattle' blog. According to the article, of the 792 active-duty troops and mobilized reservists who responded to this year's Military Times Poll, 44 percent said that they disapprove of the way Obama is handling his job as commander in chief.

Supreme Court voids part of medical leave act
LA Times - Reporting from Washington—State workers who are denied unpaid sick leave required by federal law cannot sue the states, the Supreme Court said in a victory for states' rights that some liberal advocates saw as a bad omen for President Obama's healthcare law. The 5-4 decision is a setback for millions of employees of state agencies and state colleges, and it voided in part a provision in the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993. Among other things the act said that employees had a right to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave to recover from an illness or childbirth.

Wal-Mart to pay $2-million state penalty
LA Times - The retailer failed to comply with a 2008 judgment that directed it to fix pricing errors. An investigation had found that 164 Wal-Mart stores in California scanned some items at higher prices than advertised.

Feeding The Homeless BANNED In Major Cities All Over America
Economic Collapse - Sometimes a well-timed sandwich or a cup of warm soup can make a world of difference for a homeless person. But many U.S. cities have decided that feeding the homeless is such a threat that they had better devote law enforcement resources to making sure that it doesn't happen. This is so twisted. In America today, you need a "permit" to do almost anything. We are supposed to be a land of liberty and freedom, but these days government bureaucrats have turned our rights into "privileges" that they can revoke at any time. The following are some of the major U.S. cities that have attempted to ban feeding the homeless.

VIDEO: Human Rights Watch jump on sinking KONY 2012 ship
Tony Cartalucci - If you thought KONY 2012 was wrong, wait til you see HRW’s Kony video – classic brainwashing. Human Rights Watch (HRW) during the height of the Kony 2012 hysteria, dusted off one of its old propaganda videos titled, “Joseph Kony – LRA” uploaded on November of 2010, to try and capitalize on the attention Invisible Children raised earlier this month. However, the Kony 2012 campaign imploded just as fast, and perhaps even more spectacularly than it rose – with vast numbers of people pointing out the untenable narrative it attempted to peddle and the fact that it served as nothing more than a pretext for an expanded US AFRICOM presence in Africa.

40 Weird Facts About The United States That Are Almost Too Crazy To Believe
Economic Collapse - Some of the weird facts about the United States listed below may be difficult for you to believe. Others are likely to completely shock you. Hopefully there is a little something for everyone in this article, and hopefully you will learn some new things from reading it.

Controversial Painter Depicts Obama With Burning Constitution
CBS News - Jon McNaughton, a controversial artist who often mixes religion and politics in his work, has released a new painting. In “One Nation Under Socialism,” President Obama holds the U.S. Constitution as it burns. While McNaughton previously depicted Obama stepping on the nation’s founding document, “One Nation Under Socialism” glowers directly as if challenging the viewer. His right hand is holding the Constitution and his left hand is pointing to the flames. McNaughton tells CBSDC that the hands “represents his recognition of what is happening (to the Constitution) as it goes up.”

YouTube: Wake Up America - Jon McNaughton
Every man, woman and child in America is enslaved to the national debt. As an artist, I have painted my vision of the dire circumstances that surround us. Now, more than ever, each American must make a choice: we must unlock the shackles that enslave us, or will we lose our freedom. It is my hope and prayer that America will "wake up" before it is too late.

From the Connecticut Campaign For Liberty (My blood pressure just went up)
Daily Paul - Do you want to be forced to put a tracking device on your car so the state can see where you are? On March 14, the General Assembly Joint Transportation Committee voted unanimously to advance SB 288, an act requiring a study into the feasibility of placing Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) tracking devices on your vehicle. Vehicles outfitted with RFID tracking devices could potentially be monitored at all times. From the moment you leave your garage in the morning until you return, Big Brother can track your location.

Forced Warrantless DNA Collection Violates Fourth Amendment
EFF - Given the incredibly sensitive information that DNA can reveal about a person - details like a person's medical history, predisposition to disease and even sexual orientation - government access to this information must be strictly limited. But a recent decision (PDF) by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals found no constitutional problems with the government's ability to collect DNA from recent arrestees without a search warrant.

Congressmen, Senators Join Massive Grassroots Initiative to Label GMOs
Activist Post - Joining more than 900,000 individuals who have signed the ”Just Label It” campaign since October -- 55 Republican and Democrat politicians (see all 55) from both the House and Senate signed a letter in support of GMO food labeling. The representatives represent the shockingly high statistic of 92% who state that they support the labeling of GMOs according to a number of studies.

VIDEO: How Legal, Medical Marijuana Got One Couple's Children Violently Snatched Away
Alternet - The outrage over this incident has driven several local residents to come forward with similar complaints regarding the misconduct of the BINTF and Child Services Division of Butte County (which leads all of California’s large counties in the percentage rate of permanent removal of children from parents). As a result, the NORML Women’s Alliance has filed an official request for an investigation by the Grand Jury in Butte County (including a financial audit). (NOTE: The video of the arrest contains disturbing language.)

2012 Election News

Ron Paul to Hold Giant Town Hall Meeting in Maryland
Ron Paul’s college campus town hall meeting, which is free and open to the public, will take place on Wednesday, March 28th at the University of Maryland. The event will commence at 7:00 p.m. EST inside the University of Maryland’s Ritchie Coliseum [Map].... “The University of Maryland chapter is one of our strongest in the country, recruiting more than 2,000 supporters for the campaign so far.

YouTube: Ron Paul on Cavuto: Paul Ryan’s Budget Doesn't Cut Anything of Substance
Fox Business March 21, 2012.

Ron Paul Supporters Attempt To Reconvene Scott County, Iowa GOP Convention
Iowa Republican - A group of Ron Paul supporters who are upset with the results of the Scott County GOP convention is contacting all of the county’s delegates and alternates, encouraging them to reconvene on Thursday. The group is led by Paul campaign volunteer Michael D. Elliott, who earlier threatened a lawsuit against the Scott County GOP following the March 10 convention. He is reportedly bothered that the delegate slate for district and state convention did not include enough Paul supporters. Elliott was elected as an alternate.

Pennsylvania - Philadelphia Inquirer Reminds us why we Got Rid of Santorum
Daily Paul - Santorum is despised by the establishment Republicans in Pennsylvania. He has not received a single endorsement from any public figures in his own home state. Although he is currently polling ahead of Romney... The Republican Leadership Conference is being held this weekend in Harrisburg... Ron Paul is from Pittsburgh, he can do well here, especially considering that Santorum is about to get roasted by the press.

VIDEO: Top Romney Adviser Says Romney Can Change His Positions After The Primaries: ‘It’s Almost Like An Etch A Sketch’
Think Progress - Mitt Romney can’t be held accountable for his extreme right-wing views, at least according to his campaign’s senior adviser, who said the candidate should be given a “reset button” on any positions he’s taken during the primary campaign if he wins the nominations and faces off against President Obama in the fall.

Occupy Wall Street Protest

DHS Turns Over Occupy Wall Street Documents to Truthout
Truthout - The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) closely monitored the Occupy Wall Street movement, providing agency officials with regular updates about protests taking place throughout the country, responding to requests from fusion centers for intelligence on the group and mining Twitter and other social media for information about Occupy's activities, according to hundreds of pages of internal documents DHS released to Truthout Wednesday morning in response to our Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.

Occupiers in Union Square Stormed in Late Night Raid
Live updates: 6:07 AM: Park officially re-opened. 5:20 AM: via Twitter: ¨The NYPD have officially fled the scene of their crime.¨ Tonight, at least four people were arrested, books needlessly destroyed, and one woman knocked unconscious by police brutality -- all for the ¨crime¨ of laying down in a public park. 4:37 AM: Most police appear to be leaving in advance of the arrival of rush hour traffic when public wakes up. Occupiers return to park, laying down again. Chanting ¨goodbye!¨ at NYPD.

VIDEO: Outlaw Occupy: Herd ‘EM Up – 6,700 Dirty Hippies Arrested So Far
Alexander Higgins - Watch this [RT] video and let me know if you feel that America has become a totalitarian police state with an outlawed Constitution.

VIDEO: End The TSA Tyranny – It’s Time To #OccupyTheTSA
Alexander Higgins - It is time for the public to #OccupyTheTSA and demand in a voice of solidarity that they end their tyrannical obtrusive campaign of beta-testing the public.... Let’s use the hashtag #OccupyTheTSA in tweets on Twitter accompanied by links to articles and videos to raise awareness of TSA tyranny and send them the message that We are Fed Up.


Oil Prices at $200 a Barrel? Some Think It's Coming
CNBC - Signs that crude futures may hit much higher levels are converging, say oil traders and analysts, some of whom predict that Brent crude could reach $200 a barrel within the next 12 months. The biggest issue, they say, is that global crude supply remains uncommonly tight — a scenario that’s unlikely to be alleviated any time soon. Even though Libya’s oil has largely returned online after the political disruptions that took it off the market last year, and Saudi Arabia is generating its highest output in three decades, the available crude is just barely meeting demand. The summer driving season in the U.S., which begins in April, could put further pressure on prices.

Nationwide push to boost exports is launching in Los Angeles
LA Times - The project, led by the Brookings Institution and JPMorgan Chase & Co., is called the Global Cities Initiative, and its primary message is that the nation's economic growth will come from metropolitan areas that best assist business in selling to overseas customers. "The whole idea is to get businesses to start to think globally," said former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, chair of the initiative and a senior advisor to JPMorgan Chase. "We don't realize the potential that America has for this, and the more we do, the better off the country will be."

Energy & Environment

Obama flip-flops on Keystone XL pipeline
RT -- Amid the skyrocketing US gas prices, President Obama is paying a visit to Cushing, Oklahoma which is home to America’s largest oil storage hub, to announce his new energy policy and to accelerate the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Despite the heavy protests for the project that caused widespread outrage across the country due to environmental concerns, TransCanada is moving forward with plans to build the southern portion of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline.

Charges filed against Chevron execs in Brazilian oil leak
Bloomberg - Seventeen Chevron Corp. and Transocean Ltd. executives were charged with environmental crimes in connection with an oil leak off Rio de Janeiro's coast, and prosecutors are calling for damage payments and prison sentences. The companies applied excessive pressure when drilling at Chevron's Frade field, used faulty equipment and failed to meet requirements to avoid and counter spills, the federal prosecutor's office said. George Buck, head of Chevron in Brazil, and other executives were also charged Wednesday with obstructing an investigation. Prosecutors asked for prison sentences of as long as 31 years.

Supreme Court sides with Idaho landowners against EPA
The Supreme Court strengthened the rights of property owners who are confronted by federal environmental regulators, ruling Wednesday that landowners are entitled to a hearing to challenge the government's threats to fine them for alleged Clean Water Act violations. The 9-0 decision revolved around procedural matters and did not resolve questions about the reach of the act, which has been the subject of different legal interpretations. But it is a victory for an Idaho couple, Mike and Chantell Sackett, who faced fines of up to $75,000 a day if they didn't restore a small wetland the Environmental Protection Agency said they had filled on a Bonner County lot where they planned to build their home.

Calif. struggles to create quake warning system
LA Times - The state spends a fraction of what countries like Mexico and Japan. One reason, experts say, is that California has not experienced a catastrophic quake in more than a century.... "I think it'll happen. The question is whether we get it sooner than before we have a tragic earthquake or whether we have it after a tragic earthquake," said Thomas Heaton, a professor of engineering seismology at Caltech. "Unfortunately in the earthquake business, often things don't happen until we have a tragedy."

Jon Stewart’s ‘Daily Show’ Goes Nuclear With Power-Industry Ads
Bloomberg - The Nuclear Energy Institute, representing companies including Entergy Corp. (ETR) and Southern Co. (SO), will use the Emmy- award winning Comedy Central show starting today for an advertising campaign showing the value of atomic power a year after the triple meltdown at Japan’s Fukushima Dai-Ichi plant. The industry wants “to reach some of the younger audience that are helping to shape policy,” Scott Peterson, the Washington-based industry group’s senior vice president for communications, told reporters on a conference call yesterday.


Harvard red meat study ignores health benefits of grass-fed meat
(NaturalNews) A recent study published by researchers from Harvard Medical School (HMC) claims that eating "red meat" can lead to an early death caused by heart problems or cancer. But just like most other studies conducted on meat, this one, which was published in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine, does not differentiate between red meat from feedlot cattle and red meat from grass-fed cattle, which are two entirely different foods with very different effects on health.

Monsanto’s GMO Corn Contributing to Weight Gain, Disrupts Organs
Activist Post - Are genetically modified foods making you sick and fat? Monsanto’s genetically modified creations have been pegged for causing a plethora of environmental and human harm, but are they also contributing to one of the country’s fastest growing health problems? A study published in the International Journal of Biological Sciences shows that GM food is indeed contributing to the obesity epidemic.

Ten tips for a spring detox to rejuvenate your liver
(NaturalNews) Coincidentally, Chinese medicine associates spring with the liver and gall bladder; both work together as blood cleansers. It's like they've worked to keep our other organs and blood relatively free of toxins all winter, now it's time to clean them out so they can function to their fullest. Liver dysfunction leads to chronic poor health, disease and death.... There are several methods that can be utilized to cleanse and strengthen the liver and gall bladder system. Ten will be pointed out here with some links to give you details.

The hidden cause of unexplained weight gain may be poor liver function
(NaturalNews) A seldom-discussed yet extremely important aspect of weight loss is liver function. Traditional diets see-saw between high fat, nutritionally void foods and weight loss gimmicks and products that actually causes people to gain weight in the long run. In the middle of all this is a liver that grows, quite literally, fattier and more sluggish by the day. The liver has two distinct and highly important functions. First, it is the body's chief blood detoxifier. Secondly, the liver is the body's primary fat metabolizer. Once the liver becomes sluggish and fatty it performs neither job well and we begin to pack on the pounds in earnest and have great difficulty losing the weight once it is on.

New Chapter sells out to Proctor & Gamble, part of the global corporate elite
(NaturalNews) Procter & Gamble, the global corporate conglomerate that sells a vast array of consumer products containing cancer-causing chemicals and petroleum derivatives, is now the proud owner of New Chapter, one of the more promising nutritional supplement companies we've seen in a while. New Chapter co-founder Paul Schulick announced, "For us, this has been a dream come true. This is what we have been wanting to do since we started doing this 30 years ago. The world and the United States need this." Really?

NaturalNews releases new video interview featuring Jon Rappoport exposing the dirty secrets of the vaccine industry
(NaturalNews) The prevailing vaccine dogma of the day purports that vaccines provide incredible protection against potentially life-threatening illnesses, and that there is little or no risk in taking vaccines. But a recent interview between Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, and vaccine expert Jon Rappoport reveals some of the dirty little secrets behind the vaccine industry, including the hundreds of thousands of serious adverse events and deaths caused by vaccines that go unreported each and every year.

Natural ways to get rid of wrinkles
(NaturalNews) Coconut oil is a wonderful oil that is known to rebuild our skin tissue and it can be used both topically and internally regularly for the elimination of wrinkles. Coconut oil is both hydrating and rebuilds our connective tissues, and damaged connective tissues are often the cause of wrinkles. Using a little carrot and beet juice on the skin regularly helps remove wrinkles too and is in fact quite powerful.... Using carrot and beet juice topically with coconut oil also increases the benefits of both.

French pine bark contains powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds that ease symptoms of chronic disorders like arthritis, asthma
(NaturalNews) An antioxidant-rich nutrient with powerful anti-inflammatory properties, French pine bark extract, also commonly known as Pycnogenol, is hailed by many as an effective treatment for asthma, osteoarthritis, chronic venous insufficiency (CVI), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and many other chronic diseases. And based on the myriad research that has been conducted on French pine bark over the years, all of this and more appear to be true of the nutrient.

Vitamin E tocotrienols work through multiple pathways to delay disease onset and extend lifespan
(NaturalNews) The result of several new research bodies that have been published all point to the powerful effect of vitamin E tocotrienols to prevent stomach cancer, reduce fatty liver disease incidences and prevent disease mechanisms that can extend natural lifespan in humans. Over the past decade, many studies have highlighted the importance of the most common vitamin E isomer known as alpha-tocopherol. While this form of the vitamin is important to lower risk of heart disease, a plethora of new evidential studies have come forth recently to show that all four of the tocotrienols must be present to provide maximum protection against illness and extend healthy lifespan.

Science & Technology

Nokia files patent for tattoo that vibrates when you get a call
LA Times - Nokia is taking steps to make sure you never miss another phone call, text or email alert again: The company has filed a patent for a tattoo that would send "a perceivable impulse" to your skin whenever someone tried to contact you on the phone.... A reporter for Unwired View, who first spotted the unusual patent filing, says it is possible to sync a phone and a tattoo through magnetic waves in a similar way we currently sync our phones with a Bluetooth.

Google users sue company over 'deceptive' privacy changes
LA Times - Three Google users have filed a lawsuit against Google Inc. over changes to its privacy policy that combines user information across a number of company services.... The suit says Google's alleged deception took place because the privacy "change violates Google's prior privacy policies." The complaint seeks financial damages and accuses Google of violating the Computer Fraud Abuse Act, the Federal Wiretap Act and the Stored Electronic Communications Act.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Methyl iodide distribution to halt in U.S.
LA Times - A years-long environmental battle ended abruptly when the company producing a fumigant for strawberries and other crops yanked it from U.S. distribution, bringing relief to activists and raising concern among growers. Methyl iodide, meant to replace an ozone-depleting fumigant being phased out by an international treaty, was believed to have little effect on air quality. But some scientists say it can cause cancer, brain damage and miscarriages among workers who handle it and can be a threat to ground water.

Make Your Own No-Space Potato Barrel
Mother Earth News - Enjoy homegrown potatoes no matter how much space you have with these step-by-step instructions for creating and using a potato barrel.

Obama seizes control over all food, farms, livestock, farm equipment, fertilizer and food production across America
(NaturalNews) "We told ya so" just doesn't quite cut it anymore. As the American sheeple slept, selfishly refusing to take a stand against tyranny, the Obama administration has been plotting what can only be called a total government takeover of America.

Make Your Own Olive Oil Lamp
Mother Earth News - One of the things you want to have on hand during storm season is backup lighting. You don't need much in the way of equipment and if you don't have olive oil, you can replace it with other types of cooking oil — or any kind of liquid fat or grease in a pinch.

Today in History - Wednesday - March 21, 2012
1788 - Almost the entire city of New Orleans, LA, was destroyed by fire. 856 buildings were destroyed.
1790 - Thomas Jefferson reported to U.S. President George Washington as the new secretary of state.
1804 - The French civil code, the Code Napoleon, was adopted.
1826 - The Rensselaer School in Troy, NY, was incorporated. The school became known as Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and was the first engineering college in the U.S.
1835 - Charles Darwin & Mariano Gonzales met at Portillo Pass.
1851 - Emperor Tu Duc ordered that Christian priests be put to death.
1851 - Yosemite Valley was discovered in California.
1857 - An earthquake hit Tokyo killing about 107,000.
1858 - British forces in India lift the siege of Lucknow, ending the Indian Mutiny.
1859 - In Philadelphia, the first Zoological Society was incorporated.
1871 - Journalist Henry M Stanley began his famous expedition to Africa.
1902 - In New York, three Park Avenue mansions were destroyed when a subway tunnel roof caved in.
1904 - The British Parliament vetoed a proposal to send Chinese workers to Transvaal.
1907 - The U.S. Marines landed in Honduras to protect American interests in the war with Nicaragua.
1908 - A passenger was carried in a bi-plane for the first time by Henri Farman of France.
1910 - The U.S. Senate granted ex-President Teddy Roosevelt a yearly pension of $10,000.
1928 - U.S. President Calvin Coolidge gave the Congressional Medal of Honor to Charles Lindbergh for his first trans-Atlantic flight.
1935 - Incubator ambulance service began in Chicago, IL.
1945 - During World War II, Allied bombers began four days of raids over Germany.
1946 - The United Nations set up a temporary headquarters at Hunter College in New York City.
1963 - Alcatraz Island, the federal penitentiary in San Francisco Bay, CA, closed.
1965 - The U.S. launched Ranger 9. It was the last in a series of unmanned lunar explorations.
1965 - More than 3,000 civil rights demonstrators led by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. began a march from Selma to Montgomery, AL.
1971 - Two U.S. platoons in Vietnam refused their orders to advance.
1972 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states could not require one year of residency for voting eligibility.
1980 - U.S. President Jimmy Carter announced to the U.S. Olympic Team that they would not participate in the 1980 Summer Games in Moscow as a boycott against Soviet intervention in Afghanistan.
1980 - On the TV show "Dallas", J.R. Ewing was shot.
1982 - The United States, U.K. and other Western countries condemned the Soviet intervention in Afghanistan.
1984 - A Soviet submarine crashed into the USS Kitty Hawk off the coast of Japan.
1991 - 27 people were lost at sea when two U.S. Navy anti-submarine planes collided.
1991 - The U.N. Security Council lifted the food embargo against Iraq.
1995 - New Jersey officially dedicated the Howard Stern Rest Area along Route 295.
1995 - Tokyo police raided the headquarters of Aum Shinrikyo in search of evidence to link the cult to the Sarin gas released on five Tokyo subway trains.
2001 - Nintendo released Game Boy Advance.
2002 - In Pakistan, Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh was charged with murder for his role in the kidnapping of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pear. Three other Islamic militants that were in custody were also charged along with seven more accomplices that were still at large.
2003 - It was reported that the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed up 235.27 (2.8%) at 8,521.97. It was the strongest weekly gain in more than 20 years.

World News

Serious concerns over North Korea, Iran to come up in Seoul
SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea said on Wednesday world leaders visiting Seoul for a nuclear summit next week will discuss North Korea and Iran's "illegitimate" atomic activities, angering the North that said such talk would be a "declaration of war". Foreign Minister Kim Sung-hwan told Reuters that while nuclear weapons and proliferation issues were not on the formal agenda at the Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul from Monday, Iran and North Korea would clearly be key issues on the sidelines.

U.S. lacks "proof" on Afghan shooting: suspect's lawyer
(Reuters) -"I'm very concerned now they don't have much proof of anything," attorney John Henry Browne told Reuters after meeting with U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales on Tuesday for a second day in a military detention center in Kansas.... Bales, 38, a four-tour combat veteran, has not yet been charged, but Browne told reporters on Tuesday he expected his client to be charged with "homicide and a bunch of other charges" on Thursday. He added that the case could stretch over two years.

Accused soldier's lawyer plans trip to Afghanistan
Christian Science Monitor - The lawyer for the Army staff sergeant suspected of killing 16 Afghan civilians questioned Tuesday the quality of the evidence against his client and said he planned to travel to Afghanistan to gather his own. John Henry Browne said he met with Robert Bales for 11 hours over two days at Fort Leavenworth, where his client is being held. He added that there was still a lot he didn't know about the March 11 shootings.

Toll rises as UN Security Council discusses Syria
At least 30 people were killed in Syria on Tuesday as the UN Security Council discussed the violence and long-time Damascus ally Russia said President Bashar al-Assad had "made a lot of mistakes." Moscow's comments came as UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan and Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi called for a united international stand on the crisis.

Al-Qaida claims responsibility for Iraq attacks
BAGHDAD (AP) — Al-Qaida's front group in Iraq claimed Wednesday it was behind a wave of attacks that killed 46 people across the country and said the violence shows how weak government security is heading into next week's Arab League summit in Baghdad.

Attacks kill 46 across Iraq ahead of Arab summit
BAGHDAD (AP) — Insurgents plotting to derail next week's Arab League meeting in Baghdad unleashed bloody attacks across Iraq on Tuesday, killing 46 people. The government vowed not to be scared off from hosting the summit — the first in the country in a generation and a chance to prove it is moving toward normalcy after years of war.

US prepares to give up night raids in Afghanistan
RT - Night raids became the most hated and intimidating tactic used by US forces against civilians in Afghanistan. Even still, the military sees it as the most effective anti- terrorist tool. Those nights might be coming to end, however, as the Obama administration mulls ceding the tactic after this month’s massacre in Kandahar.

Afghanistan suspect had shaky business dealings
AP - The U.S. suspect in the slaughter of 16 villagers in Afghanistan has a trail of shaky financial dealings - from working in penny-stock boiler rooms that drew numerous client complaints, to an unpaid $1.5 million fraud judgment, to a failed investment partnership with a former high school football teammate, records show.

‘Fairytales!’ No Russian warships, anti-terror squads in Syria
RT - According to a statement released by the Russian Defense Ministry: There are no Russian combat ships on missions off Syrian shores. The Iman auxiliary vessel (tanker) has been in the port of Tartus for the last 10 days with the task of providing supplies to the ships of the Black Sea Fleet and the North Sea Fleet that are currently protecting the navigation through the Bay of Aden. The crew of the Iman is manned by civilians with a security formation joined with them.

HRW: Syrian ‘Protesters’ Carrying Out Torture, Executions
Paul Joseph Watson - A report by the independent Human Rights Watch organization confirms that Syrian opposition forces, euphemistically described as “protesters” by the mainstream media, are carrying out kidnappings, executions and torture against Syrians deemed loyal to President Bashar Al-Assad.

Israeli settlers grab West Bank water springs – UN report
RT - Israeli settlers have taken over dozens of natural water springs in the West Bank, limiting or barring Palestinians from access to much-needed fresh water, according to the UN report. Israelis deny that the access has been banned. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said it had surveyed 530 springs in the West Bank to find out that at least 30, mostly in areas where Israel retains military control, were taken over by the settlers. With Palestinians unable to access them at all.

Stratfor Emails: Google Behind Middle East Regime Change
Kurt Nimmo - The recent Wikileaks Stratfor email dump adds more detail to the picture. Communication between Stratfor and Google reveals a number of players working behind the scenes to topple Arab an Muslim governments and help install “democratic” (read: establishment friendly) regimes in the Middle East. An article posted on the al-Akhbar website names two:

Rescue creditors: Greece may miss debt target
BERLIN (AP) -- Greece's international creditors see "significant risks" that the country might fail to bring down its debt burden within targets, meaning it would require more rescue loans. In a document seen by The Associated Press on Tuesday, they say Greece's program of austerity measures and structural reforms "could be accident prone."

Vatican bank image hurt as JP Morgan closes account
Reuters – JP Morgan Chase is closing the Vatican bank’s account with an Italian branch of the U.S. banking giant because of concerns about a lack of transparency at the Holy See’s financial institution, Italian newspapers reported. The move is a blow to the Vatican’s drive to have its bank included in Europe’s “white list” of states that comply with international standards against tax fraud and money-laundering.

7.4 quake hits Mexico, damaging hundreds of homes
AP - A strong 7.4-magnitude earthquake hit southern Mexico on Tuesday, damaging some 800 homes near the epicenter and swaying tall buildings and spreading fear and panic hundreds of miles away in the capital of Mexico City.... Hours after the shaking at noon local time (18:02 GMT), there were still no reports of death or serious injury, even after a less powerful, magnitude-5.1 aftershock was felt in the capital and several other aftershocks near the epicenter in a mountainous rural region.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Obama's Executive Order: A preparation for war with Iran?
RT - Reporters have questioned the Obama administration on if the recent move was in preparation for war with Iran, but the question was laughed off. Charlie McGrath, founder of, joins us to discuss if this new Executive Order is a laughing matter.

Utah governor signs law mandating 72-hour wait for abortion
SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - Utah's Republican governor signed a law extending a required waiting period for women seeking an abortion to 72 hours on Tuesday, even though a similar requirement in South Dakota has been blocked in court, a spokeswoman said.

Holding a gun may make you think others are too
NEW YORK (AP) -- NEW YORK (AP) -- No one knows what led a Florida neighborhood watch captain to shoot Trayvon Martin, a teenager carrying no weapon. But a new study raises an intriguing question: Could the watch captain have been fooled into thinking the youth was armed in part because he himself was holding a gun?

VIDEO: Eastern European Woman Warns America About Realities of Communism
Infowars - Many collectivists will romanticize about the days of communism, having us believe that those were the golden years of human social and economic evolution. The video below is a brief interview with an East German woman who attempts to set the recod straight with regards to the wonders of socialism and the days of communism from experiences in her former country. [This video parallels to what is happing now in America.]

Stratfor Emails: US Government Contractor Was Involved In Gaddafi Killing
Steve Watson - Emails obtained from intelligence gathering outfit Stratfor and leaked by Wikileaks show that a former director of Blackwater, the US mercenary contractor organization, was sent by the US government to fight alongside rebels in Libya, and was even involved in the killing of Muammar Gaddafi. In addition, a US government committee has now overseen the mercenary’s assignment to Syria where he is tasked with protecting rebel fighters and finding ways to “help in regime change.”

Navy Exercise Trains Military to Deal with Soldiers Who Go Postal After Multiple Tours of Duty
Kurt Nimmo - Exercise Solid Curtain/Citadel Shield 2012 is now underway around the country on 44 Navy installations.... “The Exercise Plan requires full implementation and sustainment of elevated force protection conditions for at least 48 hours and is anticipated to be from about 12 p.m. on Thursday, March 22 to 12 p.m. Saturday, March 24,” reports TheBayNet. WAVY-TV 10 in Norfolk, Virginia, reports that the Navy conducted “chilling scenarios” at Joint Expeditionary Base Little-Creek Fort Story in Hampton Roads on Monday.

Law to expand New York’s DNA databank signed - A bill that makes New York State the first "all crimes DNA" state in the nation, by requiring DNA samples be collected from anyone convicted of a felony or Penal Law misdemeanor was signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo who was joined by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. In addition, the new law also significantly expands defendants' access to DNA testing and comparison both before and after conviction in appropriate circumstances, as well as to discovery after conviction where innocence is claimed.

You Tube: Cop Arrests NBC Reporters, Says Your First Amendment Right Can Be Terminated
Video footage of the arrest on March 19, 2012.

2012 Election News

Illinois GOP Primary results
CNN - Romney 47%, Santorum 35%, Paul 9%, Gingrich 8%. The state has a total of 69 delegates. Of that number, 54 are tied to the primary and will be awarded proportionally. Twelve are statewide delegates who will be selected at a state convention and three are unpledged RNC delegates.

Ron Paul to Hold Two Large Town Hall Meetings in Louisiana
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana – 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul will hold two large town hall meetings on college campuses in Louisiana, continuing the 12-term Congressman from Texas’ tradition of attracting large crowds of supporters and undecided voters. The college campus town hall meetings will occur on Friday, March 23rd beginning in the afternoon. Both events are free and open to the public as well as the university communities.

Maddow admits GOP and media clueless to actual delegate count!
MSNBC Rachel Maddow March 20, 2012 - "Have you seen the ballet?"

YouTube: Ron Paul on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
NBC March 20, 2012.

YouTube: Tim Johnson Of Illinois "Ron Paul Is A Bastion Of Integrity"
MSNBC News March.20, 2012.

Win Texas and California with this Simple Plan
Daily Paul - Find 3-4 politically apathetic or disgusted friends or relatives who don't intend on voting. Ask them to do you a big favor by going to the polls with you and voting for Dr. Paul. Spare them the details. Just beg them to do this 'cause its important to you and to the country. They will probably agree because they like you and now you'll owe them a favor. Don't waste time trying to convert anyone. This is much more effective. Fill out a registration card from the state elections website, have them sign it, and mail it in for them before the deadline.

Ron Paul Issues Statement on Latest House GOP Budget Plan
Business Wire - Congressman and 2012 GOP Presidential candidate Ron Paul issued the following statement today regarding the latest budget proposal by the House Republican leadership..... “Today, the House Republican leadership released a budget meant to be an alternative to President Obama's budget plan, which was filled with more debt, more deficits, and more taxing and spending. Unfortunately, the House Republican proposal doesn't go far enough to address the extreme fiscal problems we face as a nation...."

Is Ron Paul Winning?
In the states that have voted so far, Paul has received 973,925 votes, versus 451,797 in 2008, a 115 percent increase… Still, the trend is unmistakable. Paul has increased his electoral standing in 28 of the 31 states that have voted so far. And he’s made sizeable gains in some states. In Florida, for instance, he won 116,776 votes this year, an 85 percent increase from the 62,887 votes he got in 2008…

Ron Paul Makes History in Hawaii’s Inaugural GOP Caucus
HONOLULU, Hawaii – 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul made history in Hawaii’s first-ever Republican caucus last week, winning neighbor islands Maui and “Big Island.” The Aloha State held its first-ever Republican presidential caucus last Tuesday. In anticipation of what turnout might be, the Republican Party of Hawaii was buzzing with curiosity and excitement leading up to caucus day. Turnout predictions under discussion ranged from 4,000 to 6,000 voters. An air of success and celebration was palpable last Tuesday, when it was learned more than 10,000 Hawaiians participated.

YouTube: Ron Paul supporters get angry
RT - In the past Ron Paul and his supporters have expressed concerns about possible election fraud. Throughout the primaries Ron Paul has been encircled by thousands of people every place he goes. To many it seems the votes don't equal to voter turn at the polls and on Monday several Paul supporters started some commotion at the Missouri Caucus claiming they just want to be heard. Brad Friedman, an investigative journalist, joins us with his take on why Ron Paul supporters are getting angry.

Ron Paul Is Winning ANOTHER Caucus, And The Media Isn't Telling You About It
Business Insider - While Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum duke it out for delegates in high-profile primaries like Illinois and Pennsylvania, Ron Paul's quiet pursuit of delegates appears to be paying off. Early results from Missouri's caucuses this weekend show that the long-shot libertarian candidate is significantly outperforming his rivals in the race for delegates. Senior campaign advisors tell Business Insider that Paul appears to have picked up the majority of Missouri's delegates, despite having lost the state's nonbinding primary to Rick Santorum.

Ron Paul blasts Obama for killing Americans
RT - Responding to Attorney General Eric Holder’s recent justification for the extrajudicial killings of three American citizens on foreign soil, Republican Party candidate Ron Paul has penned a scathing op-ed condemning the White House for circumventing the US Constitution. Earlier this month Holder spoke at Chicago’s Northwestern Law School to discuss last year’s execution of alleged terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki and two other US-born clerics in Yemen, a decision he says the White House still defends despite criticism from citizens and lawmakers alike.

YouTube: Ben Swann Interview - Lose our vote, lose our freedom - GOP Delegate fraud
55KRC talk radio.

YouTube: Ron Paul right, US deep into fascism
RT - United States presidential contender Ron Paul has warned that his country is slipping into a twenty-first century fascist system with a broke government ruled by big business. Stephen Lendman, radio host and author agrees that current US policies are evidence that the country has indeed developed a fascist system.

Veteran News

After 10 Years In The Marines, Sgt. Rex Gets To Be A Pet Dog
Business Insider - Cpl. Leavey developed a bond with Rex while working together during two deployments. As the two patrolled a road in 2006, an IED was detonated injuring both, resulting in Cpl. Leavey's retirement. Leavey attempted to adopt Rex at that time, however he recovered and was cleared to work as military dog. Now, five years later, as Rex was to retire for good, Leavey renewed her adoption efforts and recruited extra help in the form of Sen. Schumer and veterans groups in New York, reported Martinez.

Sometimes The Only One Who Can Remind Troops How To Feel Is A Dog
Business Insider - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is expensive, not just in dollars, but the number of medically dependent U.S. men returning home from war, and the unsettling number who take their own lives. When so many troops began arriving home from Afghanistan and Iraq suffering from PTSD, Rick Yount decided to do something about it. Yount's a former social worker who combined his experience as a social worker and service dog trainer, founding "Paws for Purple Hearts" to assist troops suffering from PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI).

Occupy Wall Street Protest

As Occupy Arrestees Arraigned, Iris Scans Affect Bail - The first of the more than 70 Occupy Wall Street protesters arrested Saturday afternoon and evening were arraigned yesterday in Manhattan Criminal Court....But protesters and their legal advisers were surprised yesterday to learn that the size of their bail was being affected by whether defendants were willing to have the distinctive patterns of their irises photographed and logged into a database.


IRS forms 'SWAT team' for tax dodger crackdown
WASHINGTON, March 20 (Reuters) - The U.S. Internal Revenue Service is staffing up with high-powered talent to crack down on companies shifting profits from country to country to lower their tax bills, a strategy the agency has targeted before with only limited success.

IRS may share tax info with police to fight fraud
(Reuters) - A surge in tax refund fraud and identity theft has prompted the Internal Revenue Service to consider sharing more tax return information with police, a senior official told a congressional hearing on Tuesday. In a move that could spark concerns over personal privacy, the IRS said it is considering a pilot program in Tampa, Florida, where identity theft and refund fraud are rife.

Housing Market

VIDEO: The Wall Street gold rush in foreclosed homes
Reuters - Dan Magder recently gave up a top job with private equity firm Lone Star Funds to strike out on his own and become a landlord. He's joining a growing list of big and small investors who see fat profits to be made in renting out foreclosed homes, especially now the U.S. government is moving ahead with a trial project to sell big pools of single-family homes that Fannie Mae currently owns in some of the hardest-hit housing markets.

Energy & Environment

Obama to fast-track part of Keystone pipeline
Yahoo News - Under fire over painfully high gas prices, President Barack Obama embarks Wednesday on a two-day trip to defend his energy policy from a Republican onslaught linking his policies to painfully high gas prices. He will announce plans to fast-track the permit process for the southern portion of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, according to CNN.

U.S. sets "surprisingly low" China solar panel duties
WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The United States on Tuesday dealt a blow to U.S. manufacturers of solar panels and boosted shares in their Chinese rivals when it imposed preliminary punitive duties of less than 5 percent on imports from China.

Pennsylvania law endangers public health to promote fracking
RT - A congressional report filed last year revealed that around 650 of the 750 chemicals used routinely in fracking have been considered carcinogens. Although the National Center for Environmental Health calls a good chunk of these fluids “potentially hazardous,” fracking continues to be performed in areas where deep-earth drilling can return a sizeable chunk of natural gas. This year NCEH director Christopher Portier told the Associated Press that radioactive elements could be introduced to the atmosphere in addition to cancer-causing compounds, but as concern continues to build, legislation in Pennsylvania could essentially outlaw informing the public of grave conditions.

Oil from Deepwater Horizon Disaster Entered Food Chain in the Gulf of Mexico
Science Daily- ScienceDaily (Mar. 20, 2012) — A new study confirms that oil from the Macondo well made it into the ocean's food chain through the tiniest of organisms, zooplankton.... "Traces of oil in the zooplankton prove that they had contact with the oil and the likelihood that oil compounds may be working their way up the food chain," said Dr. Michael Roman of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science.


Cancer industry trying to co-opt most recent potential natural cure - frankincense
(NaturalNews) "There is not one, but many cures for cancer available. But they are all being systematically suppressed by ... the major oncology centers. They have too much of an interest in the status quo," stated Dr Robert Atkins, MD, creator of the Atkins Diet, after licensure problems for curing cancer patients with ozone therapy during the 1960s. Yet the cancer industry keeps doing exactly what Dr. Atkins described. It is amazing how many cures do exist... At least 100 natural cancer cures have been discovered and used successfully without side effects since 1920.

Home Remedies for Wounds
Natural Society - Although cuts and wounds aren't particularly threatening in nature, they can be quite painful as well as a nuisance. However, infections could result from cuts, so many individuals turn to some kind of pharmaceutical solution to clean the laceration because that is truly the only solution they know of. Along with nearly all other issues, though, cleaning and hastening the healing process of a cut or wound can be done with numerous natural solutions - not the all too common

Beat gallstones naturally
(NaturalNews) Gallstones are crystalline formations of cholesterol and calcium formed within the gallbladder and biliary tracts. These stones can vary widely in size from as small as a grain of salt to nearly the size of a golf ball. Gallstones are a sign of incomplete liver detoxification and pose a significant threat to the body. Beat gallstones naturally with an anti-inflammatory diet and cleansing cycle.

The "Wild West" of Supplement Safety
ANH - This week, Dateline NBC ran a “shocking exposé” of “dangerous supplements.” We separate fact from fiction.The episode, which aired this past Sunday, was mainly about a vitamin and mineral concoction called Total Body Formula that was sold four years ago by a store in Georgia. After several users reported horrific reactions—hair falling out completely, fingernails falling off, etc.—an investigation revealed that the formula contained extraordinarily high levels of selenium.... On top of that, the supplement was produced using methods that no reputable manufacturer would use—for example, they strained the mixture through pantyhose!

The Top Pharmaceutical Drugs Causing Cognitive-Related Damage
Natural Society - Pharmaceutical drugs pushed by the mainstream medical establishment are notorious for causing countless side-effects leading to even more problems. In fact, the average drug label contains 70 negative side-effects on average, with many drugs reaching the 100's. Helping to make up the outrageous amount of side-effects caused by pharmaceutical drugs are brain-related side-effects, known to be causing serious damage to many prescription drug users.

70% of DSM Psychiatrists Financially Tied to Drug Companies
Natural Society - The psychiatric bible, known as the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, is hailed by psychiatrists and psychiatry supporters alike. The 5th edition of the manual, scheduled for publication in May of 2013, is stirring up massive controversy. Being the go-to text for diagnosing every mental disorder known to (and created by) man while ultimately leading to widespread medicating of the population, the 900-page bible is now being pegged for financial conflicts of interests.

Big Pharma Creates Resistant “White Plague” Through Mass Drugging
Natural Society - Thanks to widespread and unnecessary usage of antibiotics throughout the modern world, a heavily drug-resistant form of tuberculosis is now striking fear into the hearts of scientists and doctors alike. Affecting both poor and rich, those affected with the disease are put into quarantine and injected with a large number of super drugs. If the disease were to spread and develop, tuberculosis experts are worried that medical professionals would be helpless to stop it.

Is ADHD an evolutionary gift in a rapidly changing world?
Activist Post - In his controversial book The Singularity is Near, Ray Kurzweil speaks of a time in the very near future when human intelligence will be amplified by thousands of times current abilities with artificial implants. Although these super humans will far outpace those without implants, Kurzweil admits that average humans will exponentially evolve their cognitive ability naturally in an attempt to keep pace. We may be seeing signs of this evolution now, where increasing numbers of children are being labeled with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Asthma explained - A model for understanding inflammation
(NaturalNews) The pathology of asthma is complex. Asthmatics have increased susceptibility to environmental factors and inappropriate responses to them. The responses are bothersome and adaptive in the short term, but if left untreated, progresses to organic changes in the airways that are debilitating and life threatening. Therefore, avoidance of triggers and early, symptomatic treatment is important.

Heart surgeon openly admits low-fat diets recommended for years by mainstream medicine actually cause heart disease
(NaturalNews) "What are the biggest culprits of chronic inflammation?" asks Dr. Lundell in his report. "Quite simply, they are the overload of simple, highly processed carbohydrates (sugar, flour and all the products made from them) and the excess consumption of omega-6 vegetable oils like soybean, corn and sunflower that are found in many processed foods." You see, it is not cholesterol that is the enemy here -- your body actually needs cholesterol... It is instead the arterial wall inflammation caused by low-fat, omega-6-rich diets that is the problem, as this damaged tissue collects cholesterol and causes the blockages responsible for causing heart events like strokes.

Vitamin D3 inhibits systemic inflammation to improve heart health markers
(NaturalNews) Thousands of research studies have demonstrated the powerful health-promoting properties of the prohormone compound, vitamin D3. Researchers publishing in The Journal of Immunology explain the specific molecular and signaling events by which vitamin D inhibits inflammation in the human body. In a very detailed analysis, scientists show that low blood circulating levels of vitamin D do not adequately inhibit the inflammatory cascade necessary to turn off this potentially destructive mechanism.

Science & Technology

FBI Spied On Visitors to ‘Prepper’ Website
Paul Joseph Watson - Visitors to a popular ‘prepper’ website which advises people on how to prepare for potential disasters and civil emergencies were spied on by the FBI by means of a cookie that tracked their web activity, according to an analysis conducted by “It has come to my attention that from August of 2011 to November of 2011, the FBI secretly redirected the web traffic of more than 10% of SurvivalBlog’s US visitors through CJIS, their sprawling data center situated on 900 acres, 10 miles from Clarksburg, West Virginia. There, the Feebees surreptitiously collected the IP addresses of my site visitors.

Do solar storms impact your health?
(NaturalNews) You may not know it, but all of the solar activity that is occurring now and likely to occur throughout 2012 could eventually have an impact on your overall health. According to scientists, earlier this month hurled radiation towards earth at speeds of 6 million miles per hour, causing storms in the atmosphere that have huge implications for the planet - and for all of us, as well.

Personal privacy under constant assault by governments, corporations
(NaturalNews) As we have warned often here at NaturalNews, the concept of personal privacy - that quaint, Fourth Amendment constitutional protection that supposedly guarantees the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures" - is all but gone these days, thanks in large part to the Information and Technology Age.

Pet News

Chinese Import Free
Susan Thixton - Independent Pet Store Owner Jo Bighouse - Midas Touch Health Food in Berryville, VA - recently took a strong stance. She cleared her store of any pet food or treat that has ingredients sourced from China.... And Jo is not the only one that has taken action...

Science Diet Challenges Halo Pet Food Advertising
Susan Thixton - Hill's Pet Nutrition brought a National Advertising Division (NAD) of the Council of Better Business Bureaus challenge against Halo Pet Foods.... Halo did not "specifically mention competing brands of pet food" and considered its advertising "comparative", but in the end, Halo "voluntarily agreed to permanently discontinue claims that might convey the message that pet foods containing chicken meal or chicken by-product meal are unsafe for pets, as well as claims that pet foods made with meals should be avoided and shunned."

Stupid News & Odd News

VIDEO: Cash-Strapped Nassau County Goes After 19 School Districts With ‘Toilet Tax’
CBS News -. Every flush in every school could soon cost taxpayers, thanks to a new sewer use fee. However, school districts are fighting back against what they’ve dubbed a “toilet tax,” reports CBS 2’s Carolyn Gusoff. “It is absurd,” East Williston School Board President Mark Kamberg said Tuesday. Especially, critics said, at Wheatley School, which doesn’t even have sewers. “We have septic tanks and the water seeps into the ground,” Kamberg said.

Today in History - Tuesday - March 20, 2012
1760 - The great fire of Boston destroyed 349 buildings.
1792 - In Paris, the Legislative Assembly approved the use of the guillotine.
1800 - French army defeated the Turks at Helipolis, Turkey, and advanced into Cairo.
1815 - Napoleon Bonaparte entered Paris after his escape from Elba and began his "Hundred Days" rule.
1852 - Harriet Beecher Stowe’s book "Uncle Tom’s Cabin," subtitled "Life Among the Lowly," was first published.
1865 - A plan by John Wilkes Booth to abduct U.S. President Abraham Lincoln was ruined when Lincoln changed his plans and did not appear at the Soldier’s Home near Washington, DC.
1868 - Jesse James Gang robbed a bank in Russelville, KY, of $14,000.
1883 - The Unity treaty of Paris was signed to protect industrial property.
1886 - The first AC power plant in the U.S. began commercial operation.
1896 - U.S. Marines landed in Nicaragua to protect U.S. citizens in the wake of a revolution.
1899 - At Sing Sing prison, Martha M. Place became the first woman to be executed in the electric chair for murdering her stepdaughter.
1900 - It was announced that European powers had agreed to keep China's doors open to trade.
1918 - The Bolsheviks of the Soviet Union asked for American aid to rebuild their army.
1922 - U.S. President Warren G. Harding ordered U.S. troops back from the Rhineland.
1922 - The USS Langley was commissioned. It was the first aircraft carrier for the U.S. Navy.
1933 - The first German concentration camp was completed at Dachau.
1940 - The British Royal Air Force conducted an all-night air raid on the Nazi airbase at Sylt, Germany.
1952 - The U.S. Senate ratified a peace treaty with Japan.
1965 - U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson orders 4,000 troops to protect the Selma-Montgomery civil rights marchers.
1969 - U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy called on the U.S. to close all bases in Taiwan.
1976 - Patricia Hearst was convicted of armed robbery for her role in the hold up of a San Francisco Bank.
1980 - The U.S. made an appeal to the International Court concerning the American Hostages in Iran.
1984 - The U.S. Senate rejected an amendment to permit spoken prayer in public schools.
1987 - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved AZT. The drug was proven to slow the progress of AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome).
1990 - Imelda Marcos, widow of ex-Philippines dictator Ferdinand Marcos, went on trial for racketeering, embezzlement and bribery.
1995 - About 35,000 Turkish troops crossed the northern border of Iraq in pursuit of the separatist rebels of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).
1995 - In Tokyo, 12 people were killed and more than 5,500 others were sickened when packages containing the nerve gas Sarin was released on five separate subway trains. The terrorists belonged to a doomsday cult in Japan.
1996 - In Los Angeles, Erik and Lyle Menendez were found guilty of first-degree murder in the killing of their parents.
2002 - Actress Pamela Anderson disclosed that she had hepatitis C.
2002 - Arthur Andersen pled innocent to charges that it had shredded documents and deleted computer files related to the energy company Enron.
2003 - U.S. and British forces invaded Iraq from Kuwait.

World News

Classified U.S. War Game Sees Perils of Israeli Strike Against Iran
NY Times - A classified war simulation held this month to assess the repercussions of an Israeli attack on Iran forecasts that the strike would lead to a wider regional war, which could draw in the United States and leave hundreds of Americans dead, according to American officials. The officials said the so-called war game was not designed as a rehearsal for American military action — and they emphasized that the exercise’s results were not the only possible outcome of a real-world conflict.

US soldier 'can't recall' Afghan massacre
AFP - The US soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan villagers does not remember the incident, his lawyer said Monday, but the Pentagon has announced that he could be charged within days. Staff Sergeant Robert Bales -- who prosecutors say returned to his base and turned himself in after the shooting rampage could face the death penalty if convicted, according to US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.

Explosions across Iraq kill at least 43
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - At least 16 near-simultaneous explosions struck cities and towns across Iraq on Tuesday, killing at least 43 people and wounding more than 200, despite a massive security clampdown ahead of next week's Arab League summit.

Pakistan parliament committee demands end to U.S. drone strikes
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) A NATO cross-border air attack on November 26 that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers created a deep crisis in relations and prompted Pakistan to review its relationship with the United States, a source of billions of dollars in aid. Pakistan halted overland supplies to U.S.-led NATO troops in Afghanistan in protest and forced U.S. personnel off a base that had been used to launch drone strikes on militants in Pakistan's ethnic Pashtun areas along the Afghanistan border.

VIDEO: Russian troops enter Syria
ABC News - A Russian military unit has arrived in Syria, according to Russian news reports, a development that a United Nations Security Council source told ABC News was "a bomb" certain to have serious repercussions. Russia, one of President Bashar al-Assad's strongest allies despite international condemnation of the government's violent crackdown on the country's uprising, has repeatedly blocked the United Nations Security Council's attempts to halt the violence, accusing the U.S. and its allies of trying to start another war.

Heavy firefights erupt in Damascus
RT - Syrian security forces have raided a den of armed terrorists in a house in western Damascus, state media reports. The fighting lasted for two hours with grenade blasts and machine gun fire being heard from the district of al-Mezzeh, witnesses say.

U.S. Navy sending even more high-tech military hardware to the Persian Gulf
Activist Post - Admiral Jonathan Greenert, the Navy’s senior officer, revealed that the massive surge of aircraft carriers and their accompanying support vessels was just the beginning of a much larger effort. The new surge will expand the power the American Navy has in the region quite a bit, and some of the new cutting-edge technology makes even the so-called commando mothership seem tame. For starters, the United States Navy will be doubling the minesweeping vessels stationed out of Bahrain in the coming months from the current four to eight.

The Pirate Bay to Fly ‘Server Drones’ to Avoid Law Enforcement
U.S. News & World Report - The world’s largest and most resilient BitTorrent site plans to redefine “cloud computing” with a plan to move at least some of its servers onto unmanned drones miles above Sweden. In a Sunday blog post, The Pirate Bay announced new "Low Orbit Server Stations" that will house the site's servers and files on unmanned, GPS-controlled, aircraft drones.

Sweden moving towards cashless economy
AP) STOCKHOLM - Sweden was the first European country to introduce bank notes in 1661. Now it's come farther than most on the path toward getting rid of them. "I can't see why we should be printing bank notes at all anymore," says Bjoern Ulvaeus, former member of 1970's pop group ABBA, and a vocal proponent for a world without cash.

China poised to limit use of mental hospitals to curb dissent
LA Times - With no arrest papers and no trials required, Chinese authorities commonly resort to forced psychiatric hospitalization if someone is considered a troublemaker but hasn't committed a crime. The tactic is frequently used to silence dissidents, political activists and people who make themselves a nuisance with complaints about unpaid wages, confiscated land and other injustices. Now, for the first time, Chinese lawmakers have drafted a law spelling out when people can be confined to psychiatric hospitals against their will.

Doctors at several Canadian hospitals routinely accepted bribes from patients to expedite surgeries in publicly funded health care
(NaturalNews) One of the major pitfalls of government-run universal health care is long waiting lists for patients who require involved procedures, a situation that often devolves into a "black market" of medical care where patients willing and able to fork over large cash sums are able to move to the front of the line for medical procedures. And this is precisely what has been taking place in Montreal, Canada, where doctors have allegedly been charging patients thousands of dollars in secret fees in order for them to gain priority in receiving medical care.

Gas Hits $10 A Gallon…In Paris
Wolf Richter - Fuel is taxed heavily in France (and in Europe), which explains part of the difference in price to the US. But now there is an additional reason. In 2008, when gasoline in the US hit all-time highs, the euro was strong against the dollar, and since oil is priced in dollars, Europeans got a sweet deal, or at least they didn’t feel the pain as much. But the weaker euro has changed the scenario, and record gas prices have been washing over the Eurozone for months.

BRICS Bank May Challenge IMF
IPS - India’s proposal to set up a bank of the BRICS nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) will top the agenda at the summit of the group in New Delhi Mar. 28.

Body Scanners To Be Used At Events During Olympics
Steve Watson - Radiation firing body scanners are set to be used by events organizers during the Olympics in London as part of a huge security lockdown from 27 July to 12 August.

France Bans GM Corn Amid Mass US Protests against Monsanto
Global Research “Due to the proximity of the planting season,” said Agriculture Minister Bruno Le Maire along with Francois Fillon, Minister for Ecology and Sustainable Development, in a press release on Friday, authorities “decided to take a precautionary measure to temporarily prohibit the cultivation of maize MON810 on the national territory to protect the environment.” All prior plantings of MON810, trade name YieldGard, become illegal on March 20. Headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, Monsanto announced in January that it would not sell genetically modified corn in France due to public opposition.

30 million Chinese live in caves
LA Times - Some are basic, others beautiful, with high ceilings and nice yards. 'Life is easy and comfortable here,' one cave dweller says.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

VIDEO: Postman: Ayers family put 'foreigner' Obama through school
WND - Allen Hulton, who was commended for 39 years of honorable service with the USPS, has given a sworn affidavit to investigators commissioned by Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff Joe Arpaio to determine whether Obama is eligible for Arizona’s 2012 election ballot.... Hulton says that in conversations with Mary Ayers while on his route he learned of the couple’s enthusiasm and support for a black foreign student. One bright, warm Chicagoland day, he recounts, he met the student who fit Mary Ayers’ description in front of the Ayers home in Glen Ellyn, Ill. That young man, Hulton is convinced, was Barack Obama.

VIDEO: Woman Fined $6,000 For Planting Flowers In Her Front Yard
CBS - PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (CBS) – Kimberly Bois’ tiny front yard garden isn’t much to look at right now. But in a few weeks, it’ll be in full bloom, and every blossom will cost her dearly. Even though she says her builder gave her permission to do a little planting, the current condo board now says she’s in violation. They’re charging the Portsmouth, New Hampshire homeowner $50 a day for being so petal pushy. That fine has reached close to $6,000, plus the board’s legal fees.

NSA Utah ‘Data Center’: Biggest-ever domestic spying lab?
RT - The biggest-ever data complex, to be completed in Utah in 2013, may take American citizens into a completely new reality where their emails, phone calls, online shopping lists and virtually entire lives will be stored and reviewed. Utah sprang to media attention when the Camp Williams military base near the town of Bluffdale sprouted a vast, 240-acre construction site. American outlets say that what's hiding under the modest plate of a Utah Data Complex is a prospective intelligence facility ordered by the National Security Agency.

More Americans Giving Up Citizenship Than Reported
Overseas Exile - Record number of Americans renouncing citizenship.

VIDEO: Cop Arrests NBC Reporters, Says “Your First Amendment Right Can Be Terminated”
Steve Watson - Two NBC journalists were handcuffed and threatened by Chicago police after attempting to report on the murder of a 6-year-old girl yesterday, NBC Chicago reports. Another NBC journalist was also detained by police outside Mt. Sinai Hospital, where the girl had been taken following a fatal shooting during city wide violence over the weekend. Police were called to the hospital shortly after reporters arrived on the scene. The journalists said they has already moved away from a public sidewalk and across the street at the request of the police.

Chicago officials deny permit for May 20 NATO protest march
After approving a parade permit for a group protesting the G-8 and NATO summits in Chicago, the city has denied an identical application by the same group seeking to move their parade one day later in the wake of the White House’s decision to move the G-8 conference.

Big Brother Bloomberg Bans Food Donations
The Bloomberg administration is now taking the term “food police” to new depths, blocking food donations to all government-run facilities that serve the city’s homeless. In conjunction with a mayoral task force and the Health Department, the Department of Homeless Services recently started enforcing new nutritional rules for food served at city shelters. Since DHS can’t assess the nutritional content of donated food, shelters have to turn away good Samaritans.

Feds let Mexican gun-running suspect go
LA Times - Federal agents stopped the main target of the ill-fated Operation Fast and Furious in May 2010. After they questioned him, he disappeared back into Mexico, and the program went on to spiral out of control.

VIDEO: The Vetting – Holder 1995: We Must ‘Brainwash’ People on Guns
Breitbart - has uncovered video from 1995 of then-U.S. Attorney Eric Holder announcing a public campaign to "really brainwash people into thinking about guns in a vastly different way." Holder was addressing the Woman's National Democratic Club. In his remarks, broadcast by CSPAN 2, he explained that he intended to use anti-smoking campaigns as his model to "change the hearts and minds of people in Washington, DC" about guns.

If a President Has a Power to Assassinate You...
Lew Rockwell - If a president of the U.S. has a power to assassinate American citizens, then, logically, this means that he also has punitive powers that stop short of killing, since killing is for most of us just about the worst thing that can be done to us.

VIDEO: Burnsville Man Arrested, Jailed for Siding Code Violation
KSTP-TV Minnesota - A Burnsville man on his way to work was arrested and thrown in jail without bond, and then subjected to electronic home monitoring.... Burnsville city leaders say Mitch Faber’s dealings with the law all stem from his failure to properly put up siding on his house. Faber says he had every intention of completing the stucco and decorative rock project on his home but he ran into money troubles when the economy soured. Burnsville leaders say they had no choice to enforce the law.

VIDEO: TSA screeners still subject wheelchair-bound toddler to invasive tests
Daily Mail - On his way to a family vacation in Disney, the terrified boy, who was in a cast for a broken leg, underwent an invasive pat down and was swabbed for explosive residue. Despite constant assurances from his father that 'everything is ok', he physically trembles with fear and asks his parents to hold his hand.

VIDEO: Health Ranger interview with former FBI Dale Carson Part 1 - protecting your rights Feb 2012
The Health Ranger interviews former FBI agent and present-day defense attorney Dale Carson, who is the author of "Arrest-Proof Yourself," an amazing book that helps you learn how to protect your basic rights during or in order to avoid arrest. Dale tells us why there is "no due process in the streets" and what we can do to protect our basic rights by knowing the proper way to behave when confronted with law enforcement.

2012 Election News

VIDEO: BREAKING ELECTION FRAUD: Why Did ABC-TV Post Illinois GOP Primary Results 24 Hours Early?
Posted tonight – MONDAY, March 19th – on the web site of Chicago ABC News Affiliate WLS-TV are the following election results, clearly labeled as “Illinois Races, Federal Offices”. If we have this wrong, please let us know why this information exists in ANY form. Or, if we are indeed living in a banana republic, copy that. You now have our blessing to move out of the country. Enlarged screenshot here (click on screen). Some people on the Daily Paul think it maybe "test data'. Read comments here.

Illinois Primary - March 20 - Open Thread
Daily Paul - Please post your news, observations and insights in the comments section below. Check back here for the results. Click here for the Daily Paul Illinois Primary Voters Kit.

YouTube: Ron Paul on CNBC: 3/19/12
CNBC's Maria Bartiromo speaks to Texas Congressman and Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul about his plans if he fails to win any single state.

Ron Paul Give Me Liberty Money Bomb
Dr. Ron Paul is leading the way. But right now, the establishment is pulling out all the stops to derail our R3VOLUTION. And without an immediate influx of $1 million, I am afraid they will succeed. That's why we're joining with the grassroots and holding a "Give Me Liberty" Money Bomb on March 23 to help Ron Paul raise the funds necessary to continue racking up critical delegates in state-after-state.

Ron Paul's Fundraising Drops from 2008
Washington Times - The latest report, covering up through the end of February, shows Mr. Paul has raised $33.1 million this cycle. But that's $1.1 million short of where he was at the end of February in 2008. His operating expenses have also been higher this time — $32.8 million, as compared to $28.8 million spent in 2008. But the spending has apparently paid off in the election results. He has improved his vote total in nearly every state this year, with the exceptions being states that changed their formats from 2008.

Ron Paul Returning to The Tonight Show w/ Jay Leno - Tue March 20, 2012
Daily Paul - Presidential candidate Ron Paul will be on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Tuesday, March 20th at 11:30 p.m. Eastern. Check local listings for times in your area.

VIDEO: Ron Paul's Texas Straight Talk 3/19/12
The Demolition of Due Process and the Rule of Law

State sunshine laws
State sunshine laws are the laws in each state that govern public access to governmental records. These laws are sometimes known as open records laws or public records laws, and are also collectively referred to as FOIA laws, after the federal Freedom of Information Act.

Occupy Wall Street Protest

NYPD goes after OWS protester's tweet
RT - New York Police are investigating an alleged online threat to murder police officers in support for the Occupy Wall Street movement.


VIDEO: US Drivers Are Heading to Mexico For Cheaper Gas
Fox News - The national average for a gallon of gas is hovering around $3.80 right now -- $4.35 in California, according to AAA, and some analysts think it'll keep climbing as we head into summer. So it's no wonder in cities along the border -- people are driving into Mexico to fill up their tanks -- where the price for a gallon of gas is around a $1.50 less.... The reason it's so cheap is because the Mexican government regulates prices.

5 ways to successfully turn your home into a prime workout space
(NaturalNews) If you're among the 84 percent of U.S. residents who don't belong to a gym, don't despair -- with five simple steps, you can turn your home into the ideal exercise space! "Realistically, you can set up your own gym at home for less than $50," said Nicole Nichols of "A simple tool like a pedometer will help you realize how much you're moving."

Obama Executive Order Paves the Way for Nationalization of Economy - The Obama administration’s move to update an executive order to allow the government to seize control of virtually every aspect of society in both emergency and non-emergency situations lays the groundwork for the future nationalization of the U.S. economy.

Gas prices up for 10th straight day
CNNMoney March 19, 2012 - The national average price for a gallon of gasoline rose for the 10th straight day on Monday to $3.842. That is now only about 6.6% below the record high of $4.114 from July 2008.

Why legalizing raw milk sales will significantly boost local, rural economies
(NaturalNews) Did you know that the average conventional dairy farmer today earns only about $1.50 for each gallon of milk he sells to the general pasteurized market, while the average raw milk dairy farmer typically fetches between $4 and $8, or more, per gallon on the health-conscious market? A new report published by Rural Vermont explains how raw milk sales in that state generated more than $1 million in gross revenues last year for local farmers, a clear indicator of why legalizing raw milk is vitally important for reviving the rural economy both in Vermont and across the nation.

Energy & Environment

Flooding feared after storms sock south-central U.S.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Residents and businesses from southeast Texas north through western Missouri were bracing for flooding Tuesday after a violent band of storms brought heavy rain, hail and at least one tornado, with more of the same forecast for the next several days.

Solar company gets subsidy for selling solar panels -- to itself!
Washington Examiner - A heavily subsidized solar company received a U.S. taxpayer loan guarantee to sell solar panels to itself. First Solar is the company. The subsidy came from the Export-Import Bank, which President Obama and Harry Reid are currently fighting to extend and expand. The underlying issue is how Obama's insistence on green-energy subsidies and export subsidies manifests itself as rank corporate welfare.

Weird weather: heat, twisters, 250K tons of snow
WASHINGTON (AP) — America's weather is stuck on extreme. Nearly 11 feet of snow has fallen on Anchorage, Alaska, this winter. That's almost a record, and it's forcing the city to haul away at least 250,000 tons of snow. Yet not much snow has dropped on the Lower 48 this year.


Nuclear Risks at Bed, Bath & Beyond Show Hidden Danger of Scrap
Bloomberg - As U.S. and European leaders tackle the proliferation of weapons-grade uranium or plutonium in countries like Iran and North Korea, industries are confronting the impact of loose nuclear material in an international scrap-metal market worth at least $140 billion, according to the Brussels-based Bureau of International Recycling. Radioactive items used to power medical, military and industrial hardware are melted down and used in goods, driving up company costs as they withdraw tainted products and threatening the public’s health.

Medical terrorism in Michigan? Parents forced by the state to poison their child with cancer-causing chemicals
(NaturalNews) Government is not merely denying parents and families the right to consume healthful whole foods such as raw milk; now rule-by-force government authorities are threatening a Michigan family with criminal prosecution if they do not poison their child with chemotherapy chemicals -- even though their child shows no signs of cancer!

New study: Radiation treatments create cancer cells 30 times more potent than regular cancer cells
(NaturalNews) In a groundbreaking new study just published in the peer reviewed journal Stem Cells, researchers at UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center Department of Oncology found that, despite killing half of all tumor cells per treatment, radiation treatments on breast cancer transforms other cancer cells into cancer stem cells which are vastly more treatment-resistant than normal cancer cells.

Study: Echinacea May Ease Air Sickness During Flights
Asian Scientist, - An Australian study, crossing numerous international borders and involving 170 traveling participants, has found that half the people who suffer from respiratory illness after long-haul flights are likely to benefit from the use of the herbal medicine echinacea.

"Metalloestrogens": A New Class Of Cancer-Causing Estrogens
Green Med Info - A new study published in journal Cancer Research reveals that dietary cadmium exposure increases the risk of postmenopausal breast cancer.... In a 2006 report published in the Journal of Applied Toxicology, researchers found that the following metals were capable of binding to cellular estrogen receptors and then mimicking the actions of physiological estrogens: “aluminium, antimony, arsenite, barium, cadmium, chromium (Cr(II)), cobalt, copper, lead, mercury, nickel, selenite, tin and vanadate.”

Naturally relieve and heal toothaches and tooth infections
(NaturalNews) Toothaches generally occur when a tooth's nerve root becomes irritated. The most common causes of toothaches are infection, decay, injury, or loss of a tooth. Pain may also occur after a tooth has been pulled. While no one enjoys a painful tooth, the good news is that tooth pain and infections can usually be relieved and healed naturally.

Maca enhances libido, increases sperm count, and reduces post-menopausal symptoms
(NaturalNews) Maca (Lepidium mayenii), also known as Peruvian ginseng, is a favorite herb in South America to increase sexual desire in both men and women. It only grows high in the Andes mountains in Peru. While traditionally prepared as a root vegetable similar to radishes, maca is used primarily in powder form in the U.S. Organic maca root powder is added to protein shakes or taken in capsules or tablets. Maca appears to be a scientifically proven aphrodisiac. The herb enhances both male and female libido and even relieves some post-menopausal symptoms with no apparent negative side effects.

Omega-3 may reduce risk of irregular heart beat says Harvard study - Increased levels of omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of atrial fibrillation, the most common irregular heart beat (chronic arrhythmia) in adults, by about 30%, says a new study.

How vitamin D helps prevent lung cancer
(NaturalNews) Increasing vitamin D may now be a matter of life or death, as recent studies have shown that it may play a vital role in the fight against lung cancer. To date, lung cancer is one of the three most common cancers that kill men and women in developed countries with a statistic of one million deaths every year.

High manganese levels making air breathing hazardous in some residential areas
(NaturalNews) A new study has found there are higher levels of potentially toxic manganese in a number of residential neighborhoods that are located near industrial or manufacturing sites at various locations around the country.

Researchers Find "Magnesium Lowers Blood Pressure"
Nutrition Horizon - Cardiovascular diseases cause almost fifty per cent of deaths in Europe and contribute significantly to escalating healthcare costs. Elevated blood pressure or hypertension is a major risk factor for mortality from cardiovascular and renal disease. Causes of hypertension include (but are not limited to) smoking, sedentary lifestyle, a diet high in sodium and an inadequate intake of other minerals such as potassium, calcium and magnesium.

Science & Technology

Pentagon creating new-generation cyberweapon
RT - A next-generation cyberweapon capable of knocking out enemy networks, even if they're not connected to the Internet - this is a primary goal for the Pentagon's research and development teams.

Using Mobile Phone User Location Data for ‘Crowd (Soft) Control’
Cryptogon - Researchers can’t force mobile users to behave in a certain way, but researchers at Northwestern University have found that they may be able to nudge users in the right direction by using incentives that are already part of their regular mobile routine. “We can rely on good luck to get the data that we need, or we can ‘soft control’ users with gaming or social network incentives to drive them where we want them,” Bustamante said.

State department seeking to turn social media users into global government spies
(NaturalNews) In an ongoing effort to prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons in these unstable times, a top State Department official has proposed using social media as a way to keep track of the world's most destructive devices. Rose Gottemoeller, acting Undersecretary of State for Arms Control, sees the concept as just another way to keep atomic bombs out of the hands of terrorists and under the control of responsible governments and regimes.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Brooklyn food pantries go grow-your-own with indoor hydroponic farms
NY Daily News - A Bedford-Stuyvesant food pantry built an indoor farm where clients grow fresh produce year-round — and provide vegetables for hundreds of families a week. “People feel very passionate about this farm; they’re eating better,” said Mireille Massac, who runs the food pantry and farm at Child Development Support Corp., where clients learn hydroponic growing techniques that don’t require sunlight or soil. “Their children are eating better.”

USDA green-lights field trials of Monsanto drought-resistant corn after admitting it performs no better than natural corn
(NaturalNews) According to the Washington Post, APHIS fast-tracked the corn, known as MON87460, without ever conducting an appropriate environmental risk analysis on the crop's efficacy, which includes determining whether or not the crop is even safe for humans or the environment. In fact, in accordance with the Obama Administration's new hands-off approach to regulating GMOs, APHIS decided to actually approve MON87460 even after a cursory evaluation of the data exposed it as a complete failure.

Pet News

Saying No to Poor Quality Pet Food... Even When It's Recommended by Your Vet
Dr. Becker - As the veterinary community places more emphasis on the importance of nutrition, unfortunately, traditionally trained vets become easy targets for pet food manufacturers selling a 'therapeutic' line of products. What you should know about veterinary formulas and why you should politely decline if your vet recommends one.

Today in History - Monday - March 19, 2012
1748 - The English Naturalization Act passed granting Jews right to colonize in the U.S.
1775 - Poland & Prussia signed a trade agreement.
1822 - The city of Boston, MA, was incorporated.
1831 - The first bank robbery in America was reported. The City Bank of New York City lost $245,000 in the robbery.
1900 - U.S. President McKinley asserted that there was a need for free trade with Puerto Rico.
1903 - The U.S. Senate ratified the Cuban treaty, gaining naval bases in Guantanamo and Bahia Honda.
1908 - The state of Maryland barred Christian Scientists from practicing without medical diplomas.
1918 - The U.S. Congress approved Daylight-Saving Time.
1918 - A German seaplane was shot down for the first time by an American pilot.
1920 - The U.S. Senate rejected the Versailles Treaty for the second time maintaining an isolation policy.
1931 - The state of Nevada legalized gambling.
1945 - About 800 people were killed as Japanese kamikaze planes attacked the U.S. carrier Franklin off Japan.
1945 - Adolf Hitler issued his "Nero Decree" which ordered the destruction of German facilities that could fall into Allied hands as German forces were retreating.
1949 - The Soviet People's Council signed the constitution of the German Democratic Republic, and declared that the North Atlantic Treaty was merely a war weapon.
1953 - The Academy Awards aired on television for the first time.
1963 - In Costa Rica, U.S. President John F. Kennedy and six Latin American presidents pledged to fight Communism.
1965 - Indonesia nationalized all foreign oil companies.
1977 - France performed a nuclear test at Muruora Island.
1977 - The last episode of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" aired.
1979 - The U.S. House of Representatives began broadcasting its daily business on TV.
1984 - A Mobile oil tanker spilled 200,000 gallons into the Columbia River.
1985 - The U.S. Senate voted to authorize production of the MX missile.
1987 - Televangelist Jim Bakker resigned from the PTL due to a scandal involving Jessica Hahn.
1998 - The World Health Organization warned of tuberculosis epidemic that could kill 70 million people in next two decades.
2001 - California officials declared a power alert and ordered the first of two days of rolling blackouts.
2002 - Operation Anaconda, the largest U.S.-led ground offensive since the Gulf War, ended in eastern Afghanistan. During the operation, which began on March 2, it was reported that at least 500 Taliban and al Qaeda fighters were killed. Eleven allied troops were killed during the same operation.
2003 - U.S. President George W. Bush announced that U.S. forces had launched a strike against "targets of military opportunity" in Iraq. The attack, using cruise missiles and precision-guided bombs, were aimed at Iraqi leaders thought to be near Baghdad.

World News

Iran presses ahead with dollar attack
Last week, the Tehran Times noted that the Iranian oil bourse will start trading oil in currencies other than the dollar from March 20.... “The dispute over Iran’s nuclear programme is nothing more than a convenient excuse for the US to use threats to protect the 'reserve currency’ status of the dollar,” the newspaper, which calls itself the voice of the Islamic Revolution, said.

Syrian troops and gunmen clash in the capital
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian security forces clashed Monday with gunmen in an upscale neighborhood of the capital Damascus that is home to embassies and senior officials in one of the worst confrontations in the tightly-controlled city center in the country's yearlong uprising. At least three people were killed.

VIDEO: Bob Geldof Tells Arabs: Stop Breeding Or Nature Will Intervene
Jurriaan Maessen - At the second Gulf Intelligence Food Security Forum held on March 16 in the United Arab Emirates, self-proclaimed global citizen “sir” Bob Geldof told his audience in so many words they should stop having children or nature would do it for them. “They either find a cultural way to make this acceptable or they’re going to have an anthropogenic critical event”, Geldof told a reporter after the event.

Nurses charged in 16 'mercy' killings in Uruguay
Prosecutors in Uruguay have filed murder charges against two nurses for at least 16 'mercy' killings, and jailed the suspects. The male nurses, 39 and 46, were charged with homicides of patients both at a private Neurological Intensive Care Center and a public hospital's intermediate-level care unit.

Proposed UN Environmental Constitution For The World Would Establish An Incredibly Repressive System Of Global Governance
Activist Post - This proposed UN environmental constitution for the world is incredibly detailed. The U.S. Constitution only has 7 articles, but the UN document has 79 articles. If the U.S. eventually ratifies this treaty, any national, state or local laws that conflict with this covenant will be null and void. This is potentially one of the greatest threats to our national sovereignty that we have ever seen and we need to warn the American people about it. Essentially what this proposed environmental covenant does is it takes the sustainable development principles underlying Agenda 21 and turns them into global constitutional law.

‘Mossad, CIA agree Iran has yet to decide to build nuclear weapon’
Haaretz Israel’s intelligence services agree with American intelligence assessments that there is not enough proof to determine whether Iran is building a nuclear bomb, according to a report published Sunday in the New York Times.

At least 27 killed as twin bombings strike Damascus security structures (VIDEO, PHOTOS)
RT - Twin explosions have shaken the Syrian capital, killing at least 27 people and injuring some 140, state TV says. Syrian media has dubbed the blasts “terrorist attacks.”

Afghan massacre suspect identified as Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales
RT - The US soldier suspected of killing 16 civilians in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province, whose name had previously been kept a secret, is Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, CNN reports.

VIDEO: 'US wants to redraw Middle East map’
RT - The map the Pentagon wants to see in the Middle East would leave Syria without access to the oil-rich Mediterranean Sea, and with the goal of redirecting oil flows to China and Europe, researcher William F. Engdahl told RT.

New Fukushima Cessium-137 Threat
Kurt Nimmo - Corporate media ignoring major and potentially catastrophic development at Fukushima nuclear plant. Kyodo News reported on March 15 that “that the clarity of water inside the spent fuel pool of the No. 4 unit may have deteriorated based on a survey conducted by a camera,” according to Tokyo Electric Power Co., the plant operator.

The Disabled to Be Used for Slave Labor: UK Government Plan
Gaia Health - As part of the current UK government’s overhaul of the health and welfare systems, people with disabilities—including those diagnosed with terminal cancer, stroke victims, accident victims, those pressed into taking antipsychotics, and any others deemed needy of “work experience”—will be forced to labor for free, with no end in sight, or face losing their already meagre benefits.

Homeopaths under assault in Australia after NHMRC threatens to declare their work unethical
(NaturalNews) A draft document not intended for public release has revealed that the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) in Australia is planning to nix homeopathy from its list of covered medical treatments. The Age reports that the draft paper, which was recently leaked to reporters, dubs homeopathy an "unethical" form of medical treatment, and alleges that patients who choose homeopathy over conventional medicine could be putting themselves at risk.

Monsanto, Sinochem in talks to sow seeds of cooperation
China Daily - A unit of Sinochem Corp, a major State-owned agrichemicals conglomerate, is in talks with the US-based crop-biotechnology company Monsanto Co about cooperation in tapping China's vegetable-seed market.... Analysts said that if the companies combined their respective strengths, they could reshape China's vegetable market, which has long been dominated by multinational companies, and put fresh pressure on the nation's smaller seed companies.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Lawyer prepares to meet Afghan killings suspect
SEATTLE (AP) — A Seattle defense attorney prepared to meet Monday with Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, who is facing formal charges in an attack on two slumbering Afghan villages that left 16 people dead, including nine children.... Bales, 38, hasn't been charged in the March 11 shootings, which have endangered relations between the U.S. and Afghanistan and threaten to upend U.S. policy over the decade-old war. But formal charges are expected to be filed within a week and if the case goes to court the trial will be held in the United States, said a legal expert with the U.S. military familiar with the investigation.

POLICE STATE USA: New Obama Executive Order Seizes U.S. Infrastructure and Citizens for Military Preparedness
Global Research - In a stunning move, on March 16, 2012, Barack Obama signed an Executive Order stating that the President and his specifically designated Secretaries now have the authority to commandeer all domestic U.S. resources including food and water. The EO also states that the President and his Secretaries have the authority to seize all transportation, energy, and infrastructure inside the United States as well as forcibly induct/draft American citizens into the military. The EO also contains a vague reference in regards to harnessing American citizens to fulfill “labor requirements” for the purposes of national defense.
***Executive Order -- National Defense Resources Preparedness

VIDEO: FEMA Corps To Be Brownshirts For Homeland Security Emergency Response?
Aaron Dykes - Homeland Security has announced the creation of a new FEMA corps to tap volunteers for disaster/emergency responses. The program is a partnership between FEMA and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), itself managed under the Homeland Security umbrella. The Department of Homeland Security plans to start with 1,600 volunteers dispatched across the country and specially trained to provide “critical disaster services” during an emergency response. Volunteers are not FEMA employees, but will wear branded uniform clothing and will be directed by FEMA. DHS boasts that the entry level positions will prepare these trainees for careers in the ever-bloating disaster response bureaucracy.

Texas Mayor Officially Cancels Agenda 21 Membership
The city of Irving, Texas has officially withdrawn its membership from ICLEI -- the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives. This NGO was established in 1990 and is the action division of the policies laid out under the UN's Agenda 21 plan -- the globalist initiative to usher in a post-industrial world for the 21st century through the creation of local laws and requirements for city planning that essentially erase personal property rights and even steal land under a "sustainable" umbrella.

Globalists Pull Plug on Kony 2012 with Spectacular Crash and Burn
Activist Post - Over the past week, as Invisible Children and their corporate sponsors performed desperate damage control, ties between the alleged "charity" and the US State Department, Wall Street speculator George Soros and his Open Society Institute, and a myriad of corporate-funded foundations began surfacing and spreading just as quickly as their documentary Kony 2012 rose to fame.

Senators terrified with abuse of Patriot Act’s secret laws
RT - In a joint letter to Attorney General Eric Holder sent Thursday, Senators Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) and Mark Udall (D-Colorado) plead with the government to provide the American people with the facts behind what the Patriot Act can let America’s top investigators do. The lawmakers, who have rallied for disclosure of these details for more than two years, say citizens would be “stunned” to learn what the government believes it can get away with under the law.

Ron Paul: “The Patriot Act was written many, many years before 9/11..."
Washington Blog Dec, 9, 2011 - The Patriot Act was planned before 9/11. Indeed, former Counter Terrorism Czar Richard Clarke told Stanford law professor Lawrence Lessig: After 9/11 the government drew up the Patriot Act within 20 days and it was passed. The Patriot Act is huge and I remember someone asking a Justice Department official how did they write such a large statute so quickly, and of course the answer was that it has been sitting in the drawers of the Justice Department for the last 20 years waiting for the event where they would pull it out.

CIA Head: We Will Spy On Americans Through Electrical Appliances
Steve Watson - Speaking at a summit for In-Q-Tel, the CIA’s technology investment operation, Petraeus made the comments when discussing new technologies which aim to add processors and web connections to previously ‘dumb’ home appliances such as fridges, ovens and lighting systems.... “Items of interest will be located, identified, monitored, and remotely controlled through technologies such as radio-frequency identification, sensor networks, tiny embedded servers, and energy harvesters — all connected to the next-generation internet using abundant, low-cost, and high-power computing,” Petraeus said.

The Department of Homeland Security plans to build a high-risk virus research center in the heart of America
(NaturalNews) The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is set to begin construction on a new high-risk bio-weapons research facility on the campus of Kansas State University in Manhattan, though critics say the decision is fraught with risk because of the potential for damage from nearby earthquake fault lines.

VIDEO: Don’t want to be groped by the TSA or go through a body scanner? Just pay $100!
Activist Post - As of now, selected frequent flyers and “Trusted Travelers” as defined by Customs and Border Protection (another DHS agency) are the only people who are able to participate in the new “PreCheck” program.... So far, almost 100,000 people on American Airlines alone have signed up for the TSA’s program, which translates to a whopping $10,000,000 in fees will be gathered just from passengers of this single airline.

VIDEO: Ron Paul on TSA Pat Downs - We're Like Cattle
Fox News Mar 16, 2012.

VIDEO: Bob Barr Files Lawsuit Against TSA Over ‘Drudge’ Controversy
Paul Joseph Watson - The lawsuit seeks to discover if there was internal TSA discussion of individuals and websites that promoted the national opt out day, including prominent critics of the TSA like Matt Drudge and Alex Jones. Liberty Guard’s original FOIA request sought to obtain all internal TSA material that mentions the terms “Matt Drudge”, “”, “Alex Jones”, “”, “John Tyner”, “national opt-out day”, “Opt-Out Alliance” and “domestic extremists.”

Obama Fanatic Found Guilty of Threats to Kill Sheriff Joe and Family
Police Patrol A Tennessee man who threatened to put “a thousand bullet holes” in Maricopa County (Ariz.) Sheriff Joe Arpaio has been sentenced to supervised probation for the online threat.

VIDEO: As Chuck E. Cheese Goes So Goes America
The American Dream - Why are wild brawls breaking out at Chuck E. Cheese restaurants all over the United States? Sadly, the epidemic of Chuck E. Cheese fights that we have seen in recent months is just another symptom of what is happening to America on a larger scale. The truth is that the fabric of our society is slowly but surely coming apart, and the rest of the world is laughing at us.... So what has changed?

5 Reasons Why American Riots Will Be The Worst In The World
Go to The Greatest Truth Never Told for more information like this. The Greatest Truth Never Told (TGTNT) is a video series that has been 7 years in research and development. It is centered around the truth that humanity has been enslaved over and over again throughout history.

2012 Election News

VIDEO: Puerto Rico Republican Primary Results
CNN - Romney 83%, Santorum 8%, Gingrich 2%, Paul 1%... Romney said he would have "no preconditions" on language for Puerto Rico to gain statehood, though during a CNN debate in January he said English should be the nation's official language.

Missouri GOP Primary Results
MSNBC March 17, 2012 - Rick Santorum 55%, Mitt Romney 25%, Ron Paul 12%.

Largest MO Caucus Adjourns WITHOUT Conducting Business – No Delegates Selected
Examiner - The [St Charles County] Caucus meeting was NEVER brought to order. Standing rules established by the Central Committee included the prohibition of cameras, video or sound recording. This did not sit well with the caucus goers.... Central Committee Chairman, Eugene Dokes refused to gavel the meeting to order until the camera was put away. Caucusgoers sided, quite vocally, with the cameraman! And at that moment Stokes lost control of the caucus! No business was conducted. No delegates were selected. Attendees were threatened with arrest for trespassing if they did not immediately vacate the premises. The entire affair was a comedy of mismanagement. Daily Paul Comments here.

FLASHBACK 2008: Ron Paul supporters take control of St. Charles County's Republican caucus
STL Today - March 22, 2008 - Although Paul received just 3.8 percent of the vote during the primary race in St. Charles County, the Paul supporters were in the majority of the 131 people who attended the March 15 caucus. They quickly elected Brent Stafford, a Paul supporter from O'Fallon, as chairman.... The Paul supporters filled 241 of the 274 delegate slots from St. Charles County.

Police Intervene, Arrest Ron Paul Backers at Missouri Caucus
ABC News - Police and organizers shut down proceedings at one of Missouri’s largest caucuses today, as Ron Paul supporters feuded with local GOP leaders.

VIDEO: Ron Paul supporters say GOP cheated them out of delegates
Athens Banner-Herald - Supporters of presidential candidate Ron Paul are complaining that other Clarke County Republicans shut out their slate of delegates at the county convention Saturday. The libertarian-leaning Texas congressman’s supporters are trying to win election as delegates to the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., in August, libertarian activist Carter Kessler said. They claim the Clarke County GOP broke its own rules by electing a slate of delegates that excluded Paul supporters over their objections.

VIDEO: St. Charles MO Hijacked Caucus 2012
Kenneth Suitter was required to turn off his recording device or be arrested. As you can hear from this video, the crowd felt it was OK to record this OPEN, PUBLIC, TRANSPARENT meeting.

I'm "THE Camera Man"
Daily Paul - I'm one of the St. Charles County Coordinators for Ron Paul. This is my account of the caucus hijacking on March 17.... Before the caucus began, I was told, by the then acting chairman, to turn off my video camera (which was in plain view, mounted on a tripod in the bleachers). I immediately shouted "TRANSPARENCY" and about half the gymnasium started booing at the chairman's demands.

Elderly Voters Shut Out
STL Today - In Ballwin, participants were shut out of an appearance by White House hopeful Rick Santorum because the City Council chambers had reached its 118-person capacity. “We have had people who left, elderly who could not find a place to sit,” said Craig Borchelt, a Mitt Romney organizer. “There was a guy out here with a cast — he finally sat down on the grass.” The caucus was moved outside the building to accommodate the crowd.

Fox News: "We are Having a Problem with Voter Fraud Right Now"
Fox News gets Judge Napolitano opinion on the voter ID controversy in Texas.

YouTube: Ron Paul Wants Us To Pursue Election Fraud Investigations
Dr Paul has appealed to anyone who can find or produce evidence to do so. He is too busy with the campaign. If you are a lawyer, detective or investigator or can help in any way please do. Ron Paul on FM 93.9 KSSZ Columbia, MO Radio 03/16/12.

YouTube: Ball Booth :30
Humorous campaign ad for Ron Paul uploaded by TheRevolutionPAC on Mar 16, 2012.

U.S. Rep. Justin Amash, a Ron Paul protege, seeks a GOP 'revolution'
Detroit News - As a young Michigan State representative with a penchant for casting the sole "no" vote on legislation in Lansing, Justin Amash wondered how his independent streak would fare in Congress. So Amash flew to Texas in early 2010 to ask advice from someone with a history of bucking the establishment in Washington: U.S. Rep. Ron Paul.

YouTube: The New Revolution - 2012 Phenomenon
Brace yourself for The New Revolution, A 2012 Phenomenon. Nationwide Movement Igniting the World. Birth of a New Generation.

Occupy Wall Street Protest

OCCUPY: 'This Is Our Spring Offensive'
(Reuters) - The park remained closed on Sunday with a sprinkling of police surrounding it, keeping the area clear while crews cleaned up following Saturday night's protests. A sweep just before midnight, when roughly 300 demonstrators had gathered in the park, capped a day of protests and marching in lower Manhattan. The New York Police Department said it arrested 73 protesters between Saturday afternoon and early Sunday morning.

VIDEO: Occupy Wall Street Activist Cecily McMillan Allegedly Beaten By NYPD
NY Observer - Cecily McMillan, an Occupy Wall Street activist once profiled in Rolling Stone, suffered a seizure Saturday night during protest action near Zuccotti Park. Many on-scene reported Ms. McMillan had trouble breathing after she was tackled and handcuffed by law enforcement.


VIDEO: Consumer Prices in U.S. Rose in February as Gasoline Jumped
Bloomberg - The cost of living in the U.S. rose in February by the most in 10 months, reflecting a jump in gasoline that failed to spread to other goods and services.... The biggest jump in gasoline in more than a year accounted for about 80 percent of the increase in prices last month, leaving households with less money to spend on other goods and services.

80 Percent Of Americans Say That They Are Not Better Off Than They Were Four Years Ago
The Economic Collapse - Are you better off today than you were four years ago? If not, then you are just like most other Americans. According to a CBS News/New York Times poll that was released a few days ago, 80 percent of Americans say that their financial situation is not "better today" than it was four years ago. But if you turn on the television and listen to what the "pundits" are saying, you would be tempted to think that we were in the midst of a robust economic recovery.

Energy & Environment

US to burn 100s of tons of radioactive waste from Germany in Tennessee
Times Free Press - A German company has proposed sending radioactive medical and industrial waste to Oak Ridge for incineration so it can be shipped back to Germany and stored as ash.... “I don’t understand why any state, no matter how desperate they are for jobs, would bring this known toxic, hazardous material,” said Diane D’Arrigo, radioactive waste project director at the Nuclear Information and Resource Service, a North Carolina group.

CHEVRON execs barred from leaving Brazil over spill
(Reuters) - A Brazilian court on Saturday barred 17 executives from Chevron and Transocean from leaving Brazil, pending criminal charges related to a high-profile oil spill last November. A federal judge in Rio de Janeiro state granted a request from prosecutors who are pressing for charges against both firms, a spokesman for prosecutor Eduardo Oliveira said in a phone interview. George Buck, who heads Chevron's Brazil unit, and the other 16 executives must turn in their passports to the police within 24 hours, the spokesman said.

Cash flows and oil spills for Shell’s directors
RT - The CEO of the Royal Dutch Shell oil company Peter Voser earned more than $16.3 million last year amid surging oil prices, though the company was responsible for more than 200 spills last year.

Is seaweed the future of alternative energy sources like biofuel?
(NaturalNews) In the age of ever-spiraling gasoline prices and with green technology still in its infancy, a number of scientists are actively searching for clean, renewable sources of energy alternatives to fossil fuel.


Exposed: Lobbyist who helped kill California pot legalization ballot measure is getting rich off drug war
(NaturalNews) The federal government's illegal war on drugs is big business for lobbyists who profit on making sure you never have access to marijuana, whether for recreational or medicinal purposes. And one such lobbyist, John Lovell, reportedly raked in nearly $400,000 from the California Police Chiefs Association (CPCA) for helping to defeat California's Proposition 19, a 2010 ballot measure that would have legalized marijuana in the Golden State and generated billions of dollars in new state tax revenues.

Health chief warns: age of safe medicine is ending
Independent - There is a global crisis in antibiotics caused by rapidly evolving resistance among microbes responsible for common infections that threaten to turn them into untreatable diseases, said Margaret Chan, director general of the WHO. Addressing a meeting of infectious disease experts in Copenhagen, she said that every antibiotic ever developed was at risk of becoming useless. "A post-antibiotic era means, in effect, an end to modern medicine as we know it. Things as common as strep throat or a child's scratched knee could once again kill."

Colloidail silver the perfect mouthwash? Scientists find rinsing mouth with silver treats infections
(NaturalNews) The amazing infection-treating properties of silver seem to be flooding the pages of scientific journals these days, as researchers, scientists, and medical experts are finally fessing up to the fact that this unique element possesses healing properties far superior to pharmaceutical antibiotics and drugs. And a new study published in the Society for Applied Microbiology journal Letters in Applied Microbiology reveals that silver is fully capable of killing yeast-based mouth infections caused by Candida albicans and Candida glabrata.

Denying chemtrails is dangerous for your health
(NaturalNews) Statistical evidence shows that lung issues such as asthma and COPD have risen considerably over the past two decades. While there may be a few factors behind this, hardly anyone includes chemtrails as one of them.

Questions your doctor should ask before putting your kid on ADHD meds
(NaturalNews) If a child is distracted, uncooperative, stressed, confused, hyperactive or otherwise troubled, then there is a reason for that. Something is wrong. It is entirely possible to find out what's going on and then address it. When you do, the problem goes away.... Here are some examples of questions doctors should be asking parents before whipping out the prescription pad. If your doctor is too narrow minded to deal with these kinds of issues, then he or she (in my opinion) is the wrong doctor.

Recover from ADD, ADHD, and depression without drugs
(NaturalNews) Chances are you've been prescribed antidepressants or know someone who has. According to the Centers for Disease Control, eleven percent of Americans over the age of 12 take antidepressants. Between 1996 and 2005 alone, the number of people taking antidepressants doubled to 27 million.

VIDEO: Consumers Ingesting Mystery Meat Treated with Poisonous Gas
Activist Post - As a method of passing off decayed meat as fresh, meat industries in many countries are treating meat with highly toxic gas. In fact, 70 percent of all beef and chicken within the United States and Canada are subject to the treatment of the poisonous gas known as carbon monoxide. Add this knowledge to the recently exposed ammonia-tainted ‘pink slime’ used in meat being served to millions of people and schoolchildren, and you may be reluctant to ever eat meat again.

Just one soda per day can cause heart attacks in men
(NaturalNews) According to a new study published in the medical journal Circulation, a daily soda increases your heart risk, even if it's not leading to much weight gain. The ingestion of such high concentrations of sugar "appears to be an independent risk factor for heart disease," says the study's lead author Frank Hu, M.D., a professor of nutrition and epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), in Boston. "Continually subjecting our bodies to high amounts of glucose, to high blood sugar levels that trigger large secretions of insulin results in stresses that in the long run show up as high risk of heart disease and diabetes," the study's co-author, Dr. Walter Willett, told CBS News.

How juicing can improve your health
(NaturalNews) Adding fresh juices to your diet can be one of the best everyday things you can do for your health. This is the case because with juicing you can take in far more nutrients from fresh fruits and vegetables than you ever could just by eating them straight. And these nutrients both protect us from disease and boost our health and vitality.

Vitamin D prevents stress fractures in preteen and teenage girls
(NaturalNews)(NaturalNews) Conventional wisdom holds that calcium and dairy products are needed for strong, healthy bones and teeth. However, recent research published in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine shows that vitamin D intake may actually be the more essential nutrient for strong bones.

Improve your sleep quality by waking up naturally
(NaturalNews) Man, it seems, was never meant to be woken abruptly, in darkness, by loud, sudden buzzing, beeping and/or siren-type noises. Rather, our ancestors woke naturally, and gently, each day with the rising of the sun.

Just a few minutes of daily exercise alters DNA to help prevent chronic disease
(NaturalNews) Many people think the genes they inherited at birth are static and predetermine their fate for the remainder of their life. Extensive research into the science of epigenetics is providing startling evidence that this thought process is grossly outdated, and our individual DNA is dynamic and continually influenced by multiple lifestyle factors including diet, environment, stress and physical activity.

Improve posture Part II - The lower body
(NaturalNews) Now that everyone is sitting up straight in their desk chair, it's time to address the second half of poor posture, the lower extremities. Think about it - humans did not evolve to sit in a chair for half of their day; we are physical beings and sitting has detrimental effects to our low backs and legs. For those who have a hard time straightening up from being seated to standing, you may want to pay attention.

Use the anabolic diet or carb cycling for natural weight loss and muscle gain
(NaturalNews) The anabolic diet and carb cycling program are similar eating plans that naturally burn fat and spare muscle. The main concern for athletes and weightlifters when dieting is that the reduction of calories could cause a loss of muscle because the body needs calories to maintain muscle mass. Both of these plans help achieve weight loss without sacrificing muscle. They also do not involve severe calorie or food restriction, which could lead to unhealthy weight loss or malnutrition, but there are some differences.

Science & Technology

Mainstream science finally links massive honeybee deaths to pesticides
World Science - New research has linked springtime die-offs of much-needed hon­ey­bees — part of a mys­te­ri­ous mal­a­dy called col­o­ny col­lapse dis­or­der — with a tech­nol ­o­gy for plant­ing in­sec­ti­cide-coat­ed corn.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Antibiotic-resistant superbugs started on animal farms
(NaturalNews) The growing emergence and prevalence of antibiotic-resistant superbugs capable of killing humans was not always the gravely serious problem it is today, as some of these deadly strains actually originated as benign pathogens in humans. But the widespread practice of feeding antibiotics to livestock living on factory farms is at least one of the primary triggers that has caused these once-harmless bacterial strains to become vicious killers.

The Saga of the Backyard Chicken Movement
Activist Post - For lack of a better term, the backyard chicken movement is exploding across the country, much to the chagrin of local jurisdictions and the faceless bureaucratic machine. It is a suburban, and increasingly urban phenomena. Well-informed citizens are demanding high-quality, locally grown food. Imagine that! The local food movement continues to gain momentum, with more followers and practitioners every day. It’s a national issue now, and it is not going away anytime soon. But it starts on the local level, and chickens are a big part of it.

Pet News

Is it Melamine Again?
Susan Thixton - Today is the five year anniversary of the start of the deadliest pet food recall in history. On March 16, 2007, Menu Foods announced a pet food recall that eventually led to thousands of pet deaths and long term illness and made melamine a household word. And now melamine is resurfacing; found to be the reason for import refusal for numerous products including Jerky Treats all within the last several months.

Today in History - Friday - March 16, 2012
1802 - The U.S. Congress established the West Point Military Academy in New York.
1836 - The Republic of Texas approved a constitution.
1882 - The U.S. Senate approved a treaty allowing the United States to join the Red Cross.
1909 - Cuba suffered its first revolt only six weeks after the inauguration of Gomez.
1913 - The 15,000-ton battleship Pennsylvania was launched at Newport News, VA.
1915 - The Federal Trade Commission began operation.
1926 - Physicist Robert H. Goddard launched the first liquid-fuel rocket.
1928 - The U.S. planned to send 1,000 more Marines to Nicaragua.
1935 - Adolf Hitler ordered a German rearmament and violated the Versailles Treaty.
1939 - Germany occupied the rest of Czechoslovakia.
1945 - Iwo Jima was declared secure by the Allies. However, small pockets of Japanese resistance still existed.
1947 - Martial law was withdrawn in Tel Aviv.
1950 - Congress voted to remove federal taxes on oleomargarine.
1964 - U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson submitted a $1 billion war on poverty program to Congress.
1968 - U.S. troops in Vietnam destroyed a village consisting mostly of women and children. The event is known as the My-Lai massacre.
1978 - Italian politician Aldo Moro was kidnapped by left-wing urban guerrillas. Moro was later murdered by the group.
1982 - Russia announced they would halt their deployment of new nuclear missiles in Western Europe.
1984 - Mozambique and South Africa signed a pact banning the support for one another's internal enemies.
1984 - William Buckley, the CIA station chief in Beirut, was kidnapped by gunmen. He died while in captivity.
1985 - Terry Anderson, an Associated Press newsman, was taken hostage in Beirut. He was released in December 4, 1991.
1988 - Indictments were issued for Lt. Colonel Oliver North, Vice Admiral John Poindexter of the National Security Council, and two others for their involvement in the Iran-Contra affair.
1988 - Mickey Thompson and his wife Trudy were shot to death in their driveway. Thompson, known as the "Speed King," set nearly 500 auto speed endurance records including being the first person to travel more than 400 mph on land.
1989 - In the U.S.S.R., the Central Committee approved Gorbachev's agrarian reform plan.
1993 - In France, ostrich meat was officially declared fit for human consumption.
1994 - Tonya Harding pled guilty in Portland, OR, to conspiracy to hinder prosecution for covering up the attack on her skating rival Nancy Kerrigan. She was fined $100,000. She was also banned from amateur figure skating.
1994 - Russia agreed to phase out production of weapons-grade plutonium.
1995 - NASA astronaut Norman Thagard became the first American to visit the Russian space station Mir.
1998 - Rwanda began mass trials for 1994 genocide with 125,000 suspects for 500,000 murders.
1999 - The 20 members of the European Union's European Commission announced their resignations amid allegations of corruption and financial mismanagement.

World News

NATO helicopter crash kills 16 people in Afghanistan
KABUL (Reuters) - A NATO helicopter crashed into a house on the outskirts of the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Friday, killing 12 Turkish soldiers on board and four Afghan civilians on the ground, Turkey's general staff and a senior Afghan police official said.... KABUL (Reuters) - A NATO helicopter crashed into a house on the outskirts of the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Friday, killing 12 Turkish soldiers on board and four Afghan civilians on the ground, Turkey's general staff and a senior Afghan police official said.

North Korea's plan for rocket launch stirs regional concern
SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea said on Friday it will launch a long-range rocket carrying a "working" satellite to mark the centenary of founder Kim Il-sung's birth next month, sparking regional condemnation that it was in breach of a U.N. resolution.

U.S. May Sanction India Over Level of Iran-Oil Imports
Bloomberg - India has failed to reduce its purchases of Iranian oil, and if it doesn’t do so, President Barack Obama may be forced to impose sanctions on one of Asia’s most important nations, Obama administration officials said yesterday. A decision to levy penalties under a new U.S. law restricting payments for Iranian oil could come as early as June 28, according to several U.S. officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue.

YouTube: Israel added Uranium to orange juice
RT - Juice laced with uranium is just one of many clinical trials allegedly conducted at Israel's Negev nuclear plant, claims investigative journalist Yossi Melman. Melman has accused the plant's management of forcing its workers to take part in life-threatening experiments for the sake of nuclear developments. They also claim the government and the military are involved in a cover-up of the tests.

Afghanistan wants early takeover of security: Karzai
AFP - Afghanistan wants to take over control of the nation's security in 2013 not 2014 and for US troops to pull out of villages, President Hamid Karzai said Thursday, just days after a US soldier massacred 16 villagers. Karzai told visiting US defence chief Leon Panetta that "Afghanistan is ready to take overall security responsibility", a statement from his office said. "Our demand is that this process should be executed sharply and the responsibility should be handed over to to Afghans."

Karzai demands U.S. troops leave village outposts; Taliban suspends peace talks with U.S.
Washington Post - President Hamid Karzai demanded Thursday that the United States pull back from combat outposts and confine its troops to military bases in Afghanistan, an apparent response to Sunday’s shooting rampage by a U.S. staff sergeant. Meanwhile, the Taliban said it was suspending preliminary peace talks with the United States because of Washington’s “alternating and ever-changing position,” and accused U.S. officials of reneging on promises to take meaningful steps toward a prisoner swap.

VIDEO: Afghan lawmaker accused the United States of showing "a fake video
CNN - Muhammad Naim Lalai said he was one of several Afghan officials shown a surveillance video on the soldier's base in Kandahar province. "We were shown a video in which a soldier climbs the wall of a military base and then goes indoors and pulls his bullet-proof jacket off and then puts his arms up to surrender himself," Lalai told CNN, expressing doubt that the video was genuine.

Meanwhile... Obama Fills Out 2012 NCAA Basketball Tournament Bracket
Obama shows us what's really important!

YouTube: Netanyahu to Obama - "You are the Great Satan and we are the little Satan"
Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu says the U.S. and Israel stand together on security and against Iran. This is what Netanyahu said to Obama.... Listen to all the Remarks by PM Netanyahu and President Obama Prior to Their Meeting in it's entirety here. (Netanyahu starts speaking at the 5:15 minute mark.)

VIDEO: SWIFT financial service cuts Iran
RT - SWIFT, the Brussels based transaction provider, announced it has been instructed to cut services to Iranian financial institutions that are subject to European sanctions, in order to comply with the EU Council directive. The Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication, or SWIFT, is crucial to Iran’s oil and other trade. The EU Council decision prohibits companies such as SWIFT from continuing to provide specialized financial messaging services to EU-sanctioned Iranian banks.

VIDEO: Brzezinski: Syria is Not Libya
Kurt Nimmo - Former Carter national security adviser and trusted Rockefeller minion Zbigniew Brzezinski has stated that military intervention in Syria will not work as it did in Libya. Although he currently opposes direct military intervention, Brzezinski said that if Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and neighboring Arab nations support “a course of action that they think is needed for resolving the Syrian problem,” the United States will “fully support” it.

Australian 'special forces gathering intelligence in Africa'
Telegraph - The Sydney Morning Herald said 4 Squadron of the elite Special Air Service (SAS) had mounted dozens of clandestine operations in places such as Zimbabwe, Nigeria and Kenya in a role normally carried out by spies. Citing a government source, it said the missions by the previously unknown squadron were believed to involve terrorism intelligence gathering amid concerns about the threat posed by the Islamist al-Shebab militia.

Italian mayor bans dying over lack of space in local cemetery
RT - The mayor of small town in Italy’s south has surprised residents with an order that seems impossible to obey: don't die, as the local cemetery is short of space. ­The 4,000 residents of Falciano del Massico, a town some 50 kilometers north of Naples, have been challenged with a recent order by mayor Giulio Cesare Fava. The document reads that “it is forbidden for residents … to go beyond the boundaries of earthly life, and to go into to the afterlife.”

U.S. News, Politics & Government

FBI Warns of Homegrown Violence After Afghan Massacre
ABC - "The FBI and DHS [Department of Homeland Security] are concerned that this event could contribute to the radicalization or mobilization of homegrown violent extremists [HVEs] in the homeland, particularly against U.S.-based military targets which HVEs have historically considered legitimate targets for retaliation in response to past alleged U.S. military actions against civilians overseas," the FBI and DHS said in a joint "awareness bulletin" to law enforcement agencies Wednesday. The bulletin noted that there is no specific threat at this time and said it is "unlikely".... "However," the bulletin says, "[the killings] will likely be incorporated into violent extremist propaganda and could contribute to an individual's radicalization to violence."

VIDEO: Jeremy Scahill: Obama after whistleblowers worldwide
RT - The United States encourages the Freedom of the Press both in America and abroad — at least they claim. But in actuality, the Obama administration is going out of their way to keep journalists from exposing the truth.

YouTube: Phony Kony 2012 Warning
The Heretic presents: Phony Kony 2012... a Warning against propping up yet another African puppet.

VIDEO: "It began with people being schooled to be stupid”
This video is actually about how government-run schooling contributed to the rise of socialism, imperialism and eventually fascism in Germany between the 1890s and 1940s. Critical Thinking Question: In school we are led to believe that we are all living in an ideal vision of what society should be... But who's vision is it? And what were their ideals?

YouTube: Police Department Shut Down After Child Taser Cover UP
MOUNT STERLING, Ohio — A town\'s police department has been closed amid claims of a cover up after an officer allegedly used a taser to subdue a nine-year-old boy. Nearly 2,000 residents of Mount Sterling, in Ohio, have been left without local law enforcement after their police chief was suspended while officials investigated the incident.

Wisconsin to ban some abortion coverage, re-focus sex education
MADISON, Wisconsin (Reuters) - Wisconsin lawmakers have approved controversial measures to block the state's new health insurance exchange from covering abortions and require sex education classes to emphasize abstinence as the preferred method of birth control. The laws ban private insurers from offering abortion coverage in the plans they offer through the state-run exchange where thousands of Wisconsin residents will buy subsidized coverage under President Obama's healthcare overhaul.

2012 Election News

SONG: To Ron Paul Supporters
Daily Paul - The song presented herein is titled To Ramona by Bob Dylan. After thinking deeply about the title at around 4:20 one afternoon, I came to the conclusion that it is an anagram for "To a man or ..." (a woman, being the obvious implication),' i.e. to the human race. The lyrics address the human condition so presciently, and on this fine Friday, I direct them to Ron Paul supporters everywhere. Since the original by Dylan is unavailable on YouTube, here is the best cover available, by Sinéad Lohan. Lyrics below the break, and well worth pondering, especially on a Friday, late afternoon... [A clearer version here.]

NEED: Parliamentarian needed Saturday March 17th in Springfield, MO! Please help!
Daily Paul - We direly need a parliamentarian for the Greene County Caucus located in Springfield, MO on Saturday March 17th at 8am. This is a very large county with 111 delegates that will be sent to both the 7th District Congressional and Missouri State Caucus. If we win this county, we will have secured 1/3 of the Congressional Caucus and all but guaranteed 3 delegates for Ron Paul at the National Convention. If you are an expert in Robert's Rules of order please contact me...

Ron Paul Attracts 1,500-plus Voters to Giant Outdoor Town Hall Meeting in Missouri
ST. LOUIS, Missouri – 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul attracted today a remarkable 1,500-plus supporters and undecided voters to an outdoor town hall meeting held in Missouri. The Mizzou event occurred on the heels of last night’s University of Illinois campus town hall meeting that drew an incredible 4,600-plus supporters and undecided voters. Both events were organized by ‘Youth for Ron Paul’ (YFP), an initiative of the Ron Paul 2012 Presidential campaign.

Thousands Turn Out for President Paul in Missouri
Daily Paul - Ron addressed several thousand this afternoon on the University of Missouri campus. As always, his speech was peppered with words and phrases you'll never hear from the other candidates, or the incumbent, or the mainstream media: the Patriot Act is the "Repeal the Fourth Amendment Act"; Washington is full of "warmongers" and "tyrants"; a preemptive strike is "a fancy word for starting a war"; another candidate is a "theocrat"; tolerance consists of "allowing people to do things you don't approve of, and letting them bear the consequences", etc.

GOP Insiders: Paul on track to get more delegates than Romney in Iowa
The End Run - The Huffington Post, quoting "state insiders", is now reporting that "Rick Santorum and Ron Paul are best positioned to win the most delegates in Iowa as the Republican primary process moves forward, making Mitt Romney the odd man out, state insiders told The Huffington Post."

Ron Paul Competitive Against Obama in Latest Rasmussen Poll
Business Wire - Outperforming one-time 'front-runners,' Paul remains on track to defeat incumbent President

VIDEO: Ron Paul: Crowd of 5,000 in Illinois, but he's not winning?
All Voices - I do not understand why thousands of people keep showing up for the Paul rallies -- yet he is not winning the race for the Republican nomination? Could it be from messy caucuses? Could it be voter fraud? Do other candidates get this kind of reception? Something does not add up here... Is the "establishment" in control of the mainstream media? Is that why most people don't hear about the crowds that come to see Ron Paul? What is going on in this country? Surely these caucuses or "beauty contests" can't mean anything if they are not being handled correctly, can they?

PHOTO: Now, Compare Gingrich's Rally in Illinois

AUDIO: Ron Paul Senior Advisor Bruce Fein talks Impeachment Resolution and Republican Convention Outlook
Bruce Fein Senior Advisor for Ron Paul 2012 campaign and author of Congressman Walter B Jones H. CON. RES. 107M joins Daily Paul Radio with Kurt Wallace for ‘Ron Paul Senior Advisor Bruce Fein talks Impeachment Resolution and Republican Convention Outlook’ to discuss the resolution’s purpose moving forward, the support for this legislation and Leon Panetta’s statement regarding whether or not the administration would even talk to congress prior to military action in Syria as impeachable.

Revealed: Electronic voting system hacked in DC
RT - When Washington, DC decided to try out an Internet voting system to make casting absentee ballots as easy as clicking a mouse, they dared hackers to compromise the contest. It was a feat accomplished in less than two days.... “Within 48 hours of the system going live, we had gained near complete control of the election server," researchers from the University of Michigan explain in a write-up of their 2010 hack of an e-voting system that DC was debating on pushing live.

PHOTO: The Romney family misspells its own name ... a Freudian slip?
A picture can speak a thousand words...

Veteran News

VIDEO: Iraq War Veteran Accused In 6 Murders Tells Detective He Has ‘Killer Gene’
SANTA ANA (CBS) — Disturbing new details are being released about the Iraq war veteran accused of at least six brutal murders in Orange County. Itzcoatl Ocampo’s alleged victims include four homeless men. Now, a secret grand jury transcript obtained by the Orange County Register reveals that 23-year-old Ocampo joined the Marines to become a killer and was disappointed when he spent his time in Iraq driving a truck. Ocampo also told a detective that he targeted the heads of his victims because he learned it was a quick kill in the movie “Terminator 2”.

Occupy Wall Street Protest

VIDEO: Occupy-Monsanto to wear bio-hazmat suits
Press TV - On Friday, March 16, 2012, Occupy Monsanto's agents of change with the Genetic Crimes Unit (GCU), a group designed to protect America from genetically modified foods, will wear bio-hazmat suits when they visit Congress. The group will gather at Capitol South Metro station at noon on March 16 to highlight how chemical company Monsanto is contaminating our political process.

What Has Occupy Been Up To? 6 Great Actions You Can't Miss This Spring
AlterNet - While most of the occupations around the country, and around the world, have been dismantled (most recently Occupy London last week) and Occupy has less of a physical presence in that there are not as many occupied public spaces, this does not mean that Occupy, as a movement, is any less real.... “Occupy, of course, has not gone away because the issues and problems it brought up and the questions it has asked of society have also not gone away.”


Okla. Senate OKs bill to cut, eliminate income tax
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's personal income tax would be deeply cut and ultimately eliminated under a bill that passed the Senate on Monday over the objections of Democrats who say it will decimate funding for critical state services such as roads and public schools. The GOP-controlled Senate voted 30-17, mostly along party lines, in favor of the bill to slash the state's top personal income tax rate from 5.25 percent to 2.5 percent, beginning in January. The income tax, which accounts for about one-third of the money lawmakers appropriate every year, would continue to be phased out by one-quarter of 1 percent each year until it's eliminated by 2022.

New York cuts pension benefits for public workers
(Reuters) - New York state lawmakers have approved a pension reform measure aimed at saving $80 billion over 30 years by reducing benefits for newly hired state and local public workers.... The New York law reduces retiree benefits for future state and local government workers, increases retirement plan contributions by higher-earning public employees, and raises the retirement age by a year to 63. It also reduces how much overtime can be used to calculate pension benefits.

OCC Probing JPMorgan Chase Credit Card Collections
American Banker- Credit Cards WILL BE the NEXT robo-signing scandal! American Banker- JPMorgan Chase & Co. took procedural shortcuts and used faulty account records in suing tens of thousands of delinquent credit card borrowers for at least two years, current and former employees say.

Housing Market

VIDEO: State Supreme Court to rule on legality of mortgage recording system (MERS)
KOMO NEWS- For the first time, a local homeowner’s fight to keep a house is headed to the state Supreme Court. What happens there will effect thousands of people who’ve taken out mortgage loans in the past 10 years. If you own property, you need to know about a system known as MERS.

Foreclosure victim receives $18mn
Press TV - [Lynn] Szymoniak uncovered the "robo-signing" fraud while fighting to save her Florida home from foreclosure. After receiving what she considered to be fake paperwork from her bank, Szymoniak -- a lawyer and fraud investigator -- began investigating tens of thousands of documents in other foreclosure cases that appeared to be falsified. She blew the whistle, claiming that the country's four largest mortgage services had defrauded the federal government by creating fake documents to replace lost or nonexistent ones in order to receive government-funded payments. The government joined Syzmoniak's complaint, and it was announced this week that those banks -- Bank of America, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., Wells Fargo & Co, and Citigroup Inc. -- settled the case for $95 million. Under law, the whistleblower is entitled to a share of the money recovered by the U.S. government, in this case $18 million

Some states saw spike in foreclosures in February
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Foreclosure activity surged last month across about half of the nation's states, as banks tackled a backlog of homes with mortgages that had gone unpaid yet remained in limbo due to delays stemming from foreclosure-abuse claims. The increase occurred across 26 states where the courts supervise the foreclosure process. In contrast, the 24 states where the courts do not play a role in the process saw activity decline in February, foreclosure listing firm RealtyTrac Inc. said Thursday.

Energy & Environment

Institute Calls Obama's 2 Percent Reserves a Myth
Susan Graybeal - According to the Institute for Energy Research, the Obama administration's claim of the nation having only 2 percent of the proven oil reserves is technically right. However, the group stated, proven oil reserves are not the only oil resources that the country has, and the United States has enough recoverable oil for the next 200 years. The United States currently boasts 1,442 billion barrels of technically recoverable oil, the institute states. Only about 20 billion barrels are considered proven oil reserves.

Several homes damaged after tornado rips through Mich.
DEXTER, Mich. (AP) — A tornado ripped through a rural southeastern Michigan community Thursday, damaging or demolishing more than 100 homes, downing trees and power lines, sparking fires and flooding neighborhood roads. The slow-moving storm was part of a system packing large hail, heavy rain and high winds. The touchdown was reported in the Dexter and Pinckney areas northwest of Ann Arbor, said Marc Breckenridge, director of Emergency Management for Washtenaw County.

Bitter spill: Leaky Keystone’s economic risks would dwarf benefits
Grist - Cornell’s Global Labor Institute issued a big new report [PDF] this morning examining the proposed Keystone XL pipeline... It would make money for a few politically connected oil companies, but at a potentially staggering cost to the American economy.... Unlike studies paid for by the TransCanada pipeline company that purported to show thousands of jobs created (a number since walked back to “hundreds” of permanent positions even by company spokespeople), this study asks: What happens when there’s a spill? ...the new Cornell report estimates that we can expect 91 significant spills over the next half century from Keystone, in large part because the bitumen it would carry south from Alberta is like liquid sandpaper, scouring the steel of the pipe.

Wisconsin Legislation May Strip Towns of Authority to Stop Fracking
AlterNet - One of the few tools for Wisconsin citizens to protect their health and land from the hazards of expanded frac sand mining across the state could be weakened by a newly introduced bill in the state legislature. The state's Senate is considering a piece of legislation today aimed at "limiting the authority" of Wisconsin cities, villages or towns to enact a "development moratorium ordinance" -- a mechanism used recently by several local governments across the state to set aside time so they can investigate the effects of proposed mining on their community.

How an Anti-Democratic, Corporate-Friendly Pennsylvania Law Has Elevated the Battle Over Fracking to a Civil Rights Fight
AlterNet - In a handful of communities in eastern states, local anti-fracking activists have been heartened by recent lower court decisions that have upheld local zoning ordinances and statewide moratoriums to keep the controversial natural gas wells out of their towns. But in Pennsylvania, the epicenter of the controversial drilling, the legislature recently stripped all local zoning authority to prevent drilling, overturning the kinds of steps that have frustrated drillers in neighboring states. As a result, a different and riskier strategy is emerging in the battle to keep drilling at bay: local ordinances and organizing elevating the civil rights of communities and nature while limiting the legal rights of corporations.


Doctor from MMR controversy wins High Court appeal - next up, Dr. Andrew Wakefield himself
(NaturalNews) The U.K. General Medical Council's (GMC) rash and unfounded decision to strike Professor John Walker-Smith, who had helped Dr. Andrew Wakefield in treating desperately-ill children with regressive autism symptoms and severe gastrointestinal problems, off the medical register for alleged "professional misconduct" has been exposed as a fraud.

Eating Canned Food Shown to be Linked to Heart Disease
Dr. Mercola - If you have high levels of the chemical bisphenol-A (BPA) in your urine, you may be at an increased risk of heart disease, according to new data from a long-running British health survey. People who developed heart disease also tended to have higher urinary concentrations of BPA, a somber finding that, while not proof that BPA causes heart disease, raises serious questions about why the chemical is still being so widely used across the globe.

Arizona Bill Would Allow Employers To Ask Why You're On The Pill
Consumerist - Does it matter why you're on the pill? An Arizona Senate committee seems to think so, as they're endorsing a bill that would let employers ask their workers whether or not their prescription birth control pills are for medical, non-sexual reasons.

I Love Food, But Food Doesn't Love Me -- What's Behind Food Intolerance?
AlterNet - The number of people being diagnosed with lactose intolerance, gluten allergies, soy intolerance, and diabetes is growing at a rapid pace. A food intolerance exists when the body can't ingest or metabolize food properly, causing pain and discomfort that often prevents the body from absorbing important nutrients. A food intolerance is not the same thing as a food allergy, which is an overreaction of the immune system and can be deadly.

VIDEO: Write Your Own Vaccine Waiver: Dr Eisenstein Explains ... just saying no is legal in some states
Before It's News - There is really no longer any excuse for parents being bullied into accepting that their new borns must be injected with multiple, clearly largely harmful, and clearly non-beneficial, substances. Here is a way to avoid this scandalous set of procedures.

Monsanto’s Roundup is Killing Human Kidney Cells
Anthony Gucciardi - Monsanto’s ‘biopesticide’ known as Bt is not only developing mutated insects and requiring excessive pesticide use, but new findings show that it is also killing human kidney cells. Amazingly, Monsanto’s superweed-breeding Roundup also has the same effect. Scientists have demonstrated in new research that the Bt pesticide, in addition to Monsanto’s best-selling herbicide Roundup, exhibit direct toxicity to human cells. The findings add to the long list of hazardous effects presented by Monsanto’s genetically modified creations.

FDA may probe TX firm that held Perry's stem cells
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Food and Drug Administration has received a complaint against a company that stored adult stem cells from Texas Governor Rick Perry for use in an experimental procedure to treat his back pain. A University of Minnesota professor is calling on the FDA to investigate the safety and legality of services offered by CellTex Therapeutics, a company which banks patients' own stem cells for future use in medical procedures. "I think there's a role here for the FDA to ensure that people are receiving safe and effective treatments," said Leigh Turner, an associate professor of bioethics, in an interview with the Associated Press. "I think a lot of these stem cell therapies seem like 21st century quackery."

Science & Technology

WASHPOST teams up with Chinese gov't to launch 'news' website
Free Beacon - An advertising partnership between the Washington Post and a Chinese government propaganda outlet is raising questions about the propriety—and legality—of an American news outlet publishing foreign propaganda under its masthead.

Internet providers to start policing the web July 12
RT - Some of the biggest Internet service providers in America plan to adopt policies that will punish customers for copyright infringement, and one of the top trade groups in the music biz announced this week that it could begin as soon as this summer.

SOPA’s father gets a not-so-subtle warning
RT - With America’s largest Internet providers only weeks from their next attempt at curbing copyright crimes by way of a coast-to-coast anti-piracy campaign, opponents of online censorship are taking their own message to the streets — literally. At least 120 supporters have pledged a total of $15,111 by Thursday afternoon, more than enough to fund a billboard that will be erected above an avenue in the State of Texas district that is represented by Lamar Smith, the same lawmaker who introduced the failed Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Monsanto plans massive biotech experiment in the US
The US government has for the first time signed off on a large-scale experiment involving genetically modified crops, which will lead to biotech big shot Monsanto introducing an engineered corn seed across America from South Dakota to Texas. The Monsanto Corporation has been given the go-ahead to test out a man-made corn variant that they claim can thrive in dry, unfavorable conditions. With much of the American south and southwest experiencing abnormally arid conditions, the freak-seed could revitalize a chunk of the nation’s agriculture. More likely, however, is that a success will mean revitalization in terms of Monsanto’s profits and not much more.

Pet News

If Your Dog is Bouncing Off the Walls, This Could be Why
Dr. Becker - If your dog is over reactive to normal everyday sights and sounds... and if she’s also unable to settle down and rest under any circumstances … you might think she has a hyperactivity disorder. And she might – but it’s not likely. Learn the reasons behind most hyper behavior in canines, and how you can help your own excitable pet learn to go with the flow.

VIDEO: Reality TV Starring Shelter Cats
Dr. Becker - At the Bideawee animal shelter on East 38th Street in New York, in the kitty playroom, there are three really neat remote-controlled cat toys that can be maneuvered by anyone with a computer and internet access, anywhere in the world, any time, day or night.

Today in History - Thursday - March 15, 2012
1778 - In command of two frigates, the Frenchman la Perouse sailed east from Botany Bay for the last lap of his voyage around the world.
1781 - During the American Revolution, the Battle of Guilford Courthouse took place in North Carolina. British General Cornwallis' 1,900 soldiers defeated an American force of 4,400.
1820 - Maine was admitted as the 23rd state of the Union.
1862 - General John Hunt Morgan began four days of raids near the city of Gallatin, TN.
1864 - Red River Campaign began as the Union forces reach Alexandria, LA.
1875 - The Roman Catholic Archbishop of New York, John McCloskey, was named the first American cardinal.
1892 - New York State unveiled the new automatic ballot voting machine.
1902 - In Boston, MA, 10,000 freight handlers went back to work after a weeklong strike.
1903 - The British conquest of Nigeria was completed. 500,000 square miles were now controlled by the U.K.
1904 - Three hundred Russians were killed as the Japanese shelled Port Arthur in Korea.
1907 - In Finland, woman won their first seats in the Finnish Parliament. They took their seats on May 23.
1913 - U.S. President Woodrow Wilson held the first open presidential news conference.
1916 - U.S. President Woodrow Wilson sent 12,000 troops, under General Pershing, over the border of Mexico to pursue bandit Pancho Villa. Mission failed.
1917 - Russian Czar Nicholas II abdicated himself and his son. His brother Grand Duke succeeded as czar.
1919 - The American Legion was founded in Paris.
1934 - Henry Ford restored the $5 a day wage.
1937 - In Chicago, IL, the first blood bank to preserve blood for transfusion by refrigeration was established at the Cook County Hospital.
1938 - Oil was discovered in Saudi Arabia.
1949 - Clothes rationing in Great Britain ended nearly four years after the end of World War II.
1951 - General de Lattre demanded that Paris send him more troops for the fight in Vietnam.
1951 - The Persian parliament voted to nationalize the oil industry.
1955 - The U.S. Air Force unveiled a self-guided missile.
1968 - The U.S. mint halted the practice of buying and selling gold.
1989 - The U.S. FDA decided to impound all fruit imported from Chili after two cyanide-tainted grapes were found in Philadelphia, PA.
1989 - The U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs became the 14th Department in the President's Cabinet.
1990 - In Iraq, British journalist Farzad Bazoft was hanged for spying.
1990 - Mikhail Gorbachev was elected the first executive president of the Soviet Union.
1990 - The Ford Explorer was introduced to the public.
1991 - Four Los Angeles police officers were indicted in the beating of Rodney King on March 3, 1991.
1994 - U.S. President Clinton extended the moratorium on nuclear testing until September of 1995.
1996 - The aviation firm Fokker NV collapsed.
1998 - More than 15,000 ethnic Albanians marched in Yugoslavia to demand independence for Kosovo.
1998 - CBS' "60 Minutes" aired an interview with former White House employee Kathleen Willey. Wiley said U.S. President Clinton made unwelcome sexual advances toward her in the Oval Office in 1993.
2002 - Libyan Abdel Baset Ali Mohmed Al-Megrahi began his life sentence in a Scottish jail for his role in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 on 12/21/1988,
2002 - In Texas, Andrea Yates received a life sentence for drowning her five children on June 20, 2001.
2002 - U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell told the Associated Press that the U.S. would stand by a 24-year pledge not to use nuclear arms against states that don't have them.

World News

Afghans angry over removal of accused US soldier
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan lawmakers expressed anger Thursday over the U.S. move to fly an American soldier accused of killing 16 civilians out of the country to Kuwait, saying Kabul shouldn't sign a strategic partnership agreement with Washington unless the suspect faces justice in Afghanistan.

U.S. troops numb, uncertain after Afghan massacre
LAKEWOOD, Washington (Reuters) - Around the home base of the American soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians there is a sense of dedication to a tough job, but stress from years of battle in repeated tours in the "sand box" of Iraq and Afghanistan is eating away at troops. "A lot of the guys, especially those with a lot of deployments, have built up a numbness to people being killed or hurt," said one veteran of six tours abroad, including Iraq and Afghanistan, describing his own reaction to the weekend shooting. "The people who hate us are going to put a bad spin on us no matter what we do." The 33-year-old sergeant says he suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. He asked not to be identified, since the base has told soldiers not to speak with media.

Supporters of Syrian regime rally in Damascus
BEIRUT (AP) — Thousands poured into the streets of the Syrian capital Thursday in a show of support for the regime as soldiers tightened their siege in opposition areas on the one-year anniversary of the country's uprising. Rallies to commemorate the start of the revolt have been planned in cities across Syria and abroad, but local activists report increased army presence near opposition strongholds in an apparent attempt to quash dissent.

France against arming Syrian opposition
France is opposed to calls for foreign powers to arm the opposition groups fighting Bashar al-Assad's regime in Syria, fearing a descent into civil war, Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said Thursday.

1,000 Syrian refugees flee to Turkey 'in single day'
Around 1,000 Syrian refugees, including a defecting general, have crossed into Turkey in the last 24 hours, the foreign ministry said on Thursday, the first anniversary of the Syrian revolt. "The number of Syrian refugees currently staying in Turkey boomed by 1,000 in a single day and climbed to 14,700 total," ministry spokesperson Selçuk Ünal told reporters in Ankara.

Obama, Cameron discussed tapping oil reserves
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron discussed the possibility of releasing emergency oil reserves during a meeting on Wednesday, two sources familiar with the talks said, the first sign that Obama is starting to test global support for an effort to knock back near-record fuel prices. Obama raised the issue during a broad bilateral meeting at the White House, according to a UK official with knowledge of the discussion.... Discussions could last as long as several months before any decision is made, one of the sources said.

‘US warns Iran: Accede or be attacked’
Jeruslaem Post - The United States asked Russia to send Iran a message that the upcoming round of nuclear talks is its last chance to avoid a military confrontation this year, Russian newspaper Kommersant reported Wednesday according to a diplomatic source. The unusually stark warning by the US was passed on by Secretary of State Hilary Clinton to her Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov, after the two met in New York on Monday, the diplomatic source told the Russian newspaper.

Panetta a target? Car explodes on Afghan runway as Defense Sec. lands
RT - A vehicle drove onto the runway at Camp Bastion, the main British military base in Afghanistan, then burst into flames at roughly the same time the US Defense Secretary arrived this morning. A pickup truck drove at high speed onto the ramp where Leon Panetta's plane was intended to stop.... Though it is not yet clear whether the explosion was a coincidence, or if Panetta was the target of a suicide attack, the base was put on lockdown after the incident. “It's too early to say right now,” Kirby said. ”It may have been a coincidence.”

VIDEO: In 'highly unusual' move, Marines asked to disarm before Leon Panetta speech
MNBC - In a highly unusual move, around 200 U.S. Marines were asked to leave their weapons outside the tent where U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta was set to speak during his trip to Afghanistan on Wednesday. Although the military said the order was not given in response to Sunday's shooting of 16 Afghan civilians allegedly by an American soldier, it possibly underlined how high tensions were running after the incident.

White House to share missile-defense secrets with Russia?
American authorities could soon be sharing classified data on their missile defense system with Russia in an effort to recruit their former Cold War foe to prepare against possible rocket strikes. Officials from within the White House tell reporters this week that Washington is considering talks with Moscow that could lead to both nations exchanging top-secret intelligence involving their respective missile-defense systems.

Palestine children traumatised by Israeli jail-report
RAMALLAH, West Bank, March 13 (Reuters) - Of the hundreds of Palestinian children locked in Israeli jails each year, the vast majority suffer nightmares, bed-wetting and anxiety after their release, Save the Children said in a report published on Monday. The charity said that since 2000, the Israeli army had detained more than 8,000 Palestinian children in the occupied West Bank and prosecuted children as young as 12 in military courts, most of them suspected of rock-throwing.

Israel targets Palestinian solar panels in bid for West Bank dominance
RT - Hundreds of Palestinians will be left without electricity should Israel’s order for the demolition of 8 solar panels in the West Bank go ahead, in what many say is an attempt to drive Palestinians out of the Israeli-controlled part of the territory.... The panels were constructed by international charities, but the Israeli authorities say they were built without permission.

VIDEO: Wag the dog: How to cook-up Syrian drama
RT - Some mainstream news channels have been recently caught carrying dubious footage from Syria. It fuels the debate over media's role in legitimizing possible military intervention in the country.

Eurozone formally approves second Greek bailout
Press TV - "Euro area member states have today formally approved the second adjustment program for Greece," Luxembourg Prime Minister and the chairman of the eurozone finance ministers, Jean-Claude Juncker said in a statement on Wednesday. Juncker said that the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF) has been authorized by eurozone governments to release a "first installment" of 39.4 billion euros to Greece under the scheme, to be disbursed in several tranches.

The UK Government's Latest Moneymaking Scam - 100 Year Gilt
Activist Post - In next week's budget Chancellor George Osbourne will announce that the government is to begin offering 100-year gilts - bonds which offer a fixed rate of interest, and which will not be repaid until next century. The bankrupt British government is attempting to persuade us to exchange our money for a piece of paper that we are expected to trust will have at least the same value when our grandchildren own it in the early 22nd century.

Critics warn that thousands of Britons could be extradited under plans for EU states to be given access to our DNA bank
Daily Mail - Police across the EU are to be given open access to the UK’s national DNA database, it was confirmed last night. There is particular concern that innocent people could be identified as suspects – after evidence emerged from the Netherlands, which has been running the scheme for four years, of a worryingly high number of ‘false positive’ results.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

YouTube: Would Syria airstrikes be an impeachable offense?
Reality Check - Ben takes a look at statements by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta over who has the authority to wage war 03-13-12.

Police drones to be equipped with non-lethal weapons?
RT - Law enforcement near Houston, Texas will soon have a $300,000 robotic surveillance drone in their arsenal, and if Montgomery County’s chief deputy has his say, it’s only a matter of time before that aircraft will be equipped to fire from above. Discussing a new deal that will give the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office near Houston, Texas an unmanned, robotic spy drone, Chief Deputy Randy McDaniel tells The Daily that he hasn’t rule out adding weaponry to the lightweight aircraft.... On the topic of tacking a tear gas dispenser or a firearm that shoots non-lethal rubber bullets, McDaniel says it could eventually be an idea the department decides to go with.

VIDEO: Cafferty: Thanks to Military Industrial Complex, We’re Still in Afghanistan
Kurt Nimmo - CNN’s Jack Cafferty is right. It is the military industrial complex and its hip pocket politicians that are responsible for dragging out the war in Afghanistan. He says it is time to bring the troops home. It’s refreshing to see this sort of commentary from CNN despite the fact it pushed government propaganda for the invasion in the first place and is now paving the way with all sorts of absurd government and neocon propaganda for an attack on Iran and Syria. It’s called playing both side of the fence.

When a Congressman Becomes a Lobbyist, He Gets a 1,452% Raise (on Average)
The Republic Report - Selling out pays. If you’re a corporation or lobbyist, what’s the best way to “buy” a member of Congress? Secretly promise them a million dollars or more in pay if they come to work for you after they leave office. Once a public official makes a deal to go to work for a lobbying firm or corporation after leaving office, he or she becomes loyal to the future employer.... Our research effort uncovered the partial salaries of twelve lawmakers-turned-lobbyists....

Active ‘Patriot’ Groups in the United States in 2011
The Southern Poverty Law Center identified 1274 anti-government “Patriot” groups that were active in 2011. Of these groups, 334 were militias, marked with an asterisk, and the remainder includes “common-law” courts, publishers, ministries and citizens’ groups. Generally, Patriot groups define themselves as opposed to the “New World Order,” engage in groundless conspiracy theorizing, or advocate or adhere to extreme antigovernment doctrines. Listing here does not imply that the groups themselves advocate or engage in violence or other criminal activities, or are racist.

Major US Airport To Evict TSA Screeners
Paul Joseph Watson - One of America’s busiest airports, Orlando Sanford International, has announced it will opt out of using TSA workers to screen passengers, a move which threatens the highly unpopular federal agency’s role in other airports across the nation. “The president of the airport said Tuesday that he would apply again to use private operators to screen passengers, using federal standards and oversight,” reports the Miami Herald.

Tornadoes will not deplete FEMA disaster fund
HSNW 3/14/12 - The latest series of tornadoes that raged across the Midwest and South will not deplete the U.S. disaster fund, which was only recently reloaded by Congress last year, officials said. An unnamed Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) official speaking to Reuters said the agency’s Disaster Relief Fund has about $3.7 billion in it thanks to additional assistance from Congress after the series of major natural disasters across the country resulted in roughly $13 billion of disaster spending last year.

VIDEO: Philly Mayor Bans Outdoor Feeding Of Homeless
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter has announced a ban on the feeding of large numbers of homeless and hungry people at sites on and near the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Mayor Nutter is imposing the ban on all outdoor feedings of large numbers of people on city parkland, including Love Park and the Ben Franklin Parkway, where it is not uncommon for outreach groups to offer free food. Nutter says the feedings lack both sanitary conditions and dignity.

Wyoming Native American tribe gets rare permit to kill bald eagles
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has taken the unusual step of issuing a permit allowing an American Indian tribe in Wyoming to kill two bald eagles for religious purposes. The agency's decision comes after the Northern Arapaho Tribe filed a federal lawsuit last year contending the refusal to issue such permits violates tribal members' religious freedom. Although thousands of American Indians apply for eagle feathers and carcasses from a federal repository, permits allowing the killing of bald eagles are exceedingly rare, according to both tribal and legal experts on the matter.

2012 Election News

VIDEO: Ron Paul Enjoys MASSIVE Turnout
Daily Paul - The crowds are getting BIGGER...! Paul spoke for about an hour before an estimated 5,000 people, many of them chanting, "President Paul, President Paul," Wednesday night at Huff Hall on the University of Illinois campus.

Thousands hear Ron Paul at UI
The News-Gazette - Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul said America needs to shrink the size of government and restore individual liberty. "The enthusiasm for personal liberty has to be restored and has to be renewed," he said. Paul spoke for about an hour before an estimated 5,000 people, many of them chanting, "President Paul, President Paul," Wednesday night at Huff Hall on the University of Illinois campus. The event had to be moved to Huff from Foellinger Auditorium because demand for tickets exceeded the seating capacity at Foellinger. Paul said his UI appearance may have been the largest turnout for one of his rallies during his campaign.

VIDEO: BREAKING NEWS: Athens-Clarke County, GA Republican Delegate Fraud - On Saturday March 10th, in Athens, GA, the democratic process was trampled on. The Athens-Clarke county GOP met to hold their annual county convention. The convention was held to nominate, approve, and pass slates of delegates to the party’s district and state conventions. County chairman Matt Brewster and nominating committee chairman John Elliot blatantly broke the rules of their own party when they improperly, and without a majority, passed delegate slates and adjourned the convention amidst cries for “division”, which is a call for a standing head count. With that, many sitting precinct delegates were disenfranchised, and the convention was improperly closed.

Voter ID becomes law in Pennsylvania, opponents vow legal fight
PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - A requirement that voters show photo identification at the polls became law in Pennsylvania on Wednesday, the latest in a spate of Republican-led efforts to impose stricter controls at the ballot box. Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett signed the act into law, saying it set a "simple and clear standard to protect the integrity of our elections." "I am signing this bill because it protects a sacred principle, one shared by every citizen of this nation," the Republican governor said. "That principle is one person, one vote." Opponents, who say the measure seeks to suppress voter turnout, vowed to challenge it in court.

Santorum doesn't seem to mind offending Puerto Rico
Campaigning in Puerto Rico, Rick Santorum doesn't show any signs that he wants to pander Wednesday, telling voters (erroneously) that they must declare English their only official language to achieve statehood.... As Reuters helpfully points out, there actually isn't a federal law mandating English as the national language, though some states have chosen to pass one themselves. Putting aside the fact that Santorum made a mistake, he also seems rather unstrategic in a territory in which both English and Spanish are listed as official languages and where people are pretty attached to their Spanish-speaking heritage.

Dr. Paul Coming to the University of Missouri - Columbia, Thursday 3/15/12 - Noon
Daily Paul - Thanks to a LOT of dedicated Paul support in Central Missouri, Dr. Paul will be at the University of Missouri in Columbia at Noon on Thursday, March 15th, 2012 -- just two days before the Missouri Caucus! Pack up the car, truck, van, bus or bike and we will see you there.

NBC pulls Ron Paul's last embed
A couple weeks back I noted that Ron Paul, the lonely delegate hunter, had only one full-time, embedded reporter on his trail: Anthony Terrell of NBC News. Other reporters have provided some coverage of the candidate, but for the last few weeks Terrell was the only proverbial boy on the bus. But now, Ron Paul is officially embedless. Earlier this week, NBC decided that Terrell would transition off the trail and back to his job with MSNBC, though a spokesperson there would not comment on the move. Meanwhile, outlets that have been providing frequent but not full coverage, including Fox News, have no intention of putting a reporter back out full-time.

Oregon GOP Willing To Hold Debate With 3 Presidential Candidates
The Daily Astorian - The Oregon Republican Party says it's prepared to move forward with plans for a debate featuring three of the GOP presidential candidates. Mitt Romney has declined to participate in a Presidential Primary debate in Portland. Newt Gingrich has accepted a debate invitation. Debate organizers have not yet heard from the campaigns for Rick Santorum and Ron Paul. The debate is scheduled to take place at OPB on Monday, March 19th. PBS and NPR have agreed to air the debate live, on public television and radio stations.

Hawaii - robocalls sent Ron Paul supporters to Hawaii Tourism Website!
Just received my robo-call message from Ron Paul--actually two, one on my hone phone and one on my cell. I think the script he used had the wrong website for caucus locations, though. I thought I heard "" when it should be ( is the state tourism website).

Obama Plays Bin Laden Card In Re-election Effort
Steve Watson - The Obama 2012 campaign has launched it’s reelection campaign by drawing on the mythical version of events played out last year following the supposed assassination of Osama Bin Laden. The campaign will release a 17 minute video later this week, narrated by hollywood actor Tom Hanks, as an opening salvo in the struggle to win a second term for the president. An action movie-style teaser clip released yesterday solely highlights the so called Bin Laden raid and features vice president Joe Biden and former president Bill Clinton talking up the event.

Obama's Top Campaign Bundlers Among State Dinner Guests
ABC - More than three dozen of President Obama’s top re-election campaign financiers are guests at tonight’s White House state dinner in honor of British Prime Minister David Cameron. They include Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, media mogul Fred Eychaner, Pfizer executive Sally Susman, Stoneyfield Farms president and CEO Gary Hirschberg, and Microsoft executives Suzi Levine and John Frank. Several have each raised more than half a million dollars for 2012, according to estimates provided by Obama’s campaign.

Veteran News

VIDEO: Veterans enraged over American flag with Obama's face in place of stars
LAKE COUNTY, Fla. —Tempers are flaring over a version of the American flag flying in Lake County. A veterans group says the flag is an outrage. The flag, which features a picture of President Obama, was taken down Tuesday afternoon. Korean war veteran Don Van Beck said his blood was boiling. "I can't describe how upset was because you just don't do that to the American flag," Van Beck said. Van Beck found it flying outside Lake County Democratic headquarters under the stars and stripes.

Occupy Wall Street Protest

VIDEO: Occupy Miami raided by SWAT teams
RT - Dozens of cops equipped with shotguns and assault rifles stormed a Miami, Florida apartment building on Tuesday, drawing weapons at peaceful protesters and children with the local Occupy Wall Street campaign that were lawfully residing inside.... Now for the second time in only six weeks, cops donned in SWAT-team style gear and brandishing weapons swarmed the residence of several occupiers again, allegedly acting on reports that the residents inside were stockpiling weapons to use in an upcoming demonstration.


Goldman Sachs exec leaves sinking ship in disgust
RT - In a bombastic editorial published in The New York Times on Wednesday, an outgoing executive from Goldman Sachs blasts the investment bank as a heartless company that he says thrives in a culture he calls both “toxic” and “destructive.” Greg Smith, most recently a top exec at the London office of Goldman Sachs, writes in the Times on Wednesday that moral corruption behind the scenes of the legendary Wall Street institute came close to causing the collapse of the firm over nearly a century and a half.

Housing Market

Robosigning Confirmed at Chase, Bank of America - Federal investigators confirmed that five of the largest U.S. banks did not follow mortgage requirements in the first years of the financial crisis. CitiMortgage, Ally Financial, JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America and Wells Fargo were all subjects of a Department of Housing and Urban Development audit after accusations of improper activity surfaced at many of the banks in late 2010. The audits show that workers processed extraordinary levels of paperwork without checking that the data in the documents was correct.... A Bank of America employee testified that “daily volume went from 60 to 200 documents per day to 20,000 documents per day with half being duplicates. One former employee described signing 12- to 18-inch stacks of documents at a time without review,” according to the HUD audit.


Prevent or reverse hardening of the arteries without deadly pharmaceuticals
(NaturalNews) It's commonly known that cranberry juice is beneficial for clearing and eliminating infections of urinary tracts. But several studies have recently discovered another benefit for cranberry juice - heart health.

Warning to vegetarians: Many prescription drugs secretly made with animal parts
(NaturalNews) Genetically modified organisms and bovine growth hormones are in thousands of prescription drugs all over the world without any warning whatsoever. Plus, over 40% of humans are allergic to either consuming or injecting gelatin, which is the most popular hidden animal part in drugs and vaccines today. In fact, the gelatin coatings, capsules and liquid additives for medicines are not made from harmless food, but rather from the skin, cartilage, connective tissues and bones of animals, and to put "nails in the coffin," these are NOT the grass and grain fed, free range, humanely treated animals, that's for sure.

Easy homemade remedies relieve arthritis and joint pain
(NaturalNews) Homemade remedies for arthritis, gout and other joint pain are never farther away than the kitchen cupboard or the refrigerator. Joint disease is the result of various causes ranging from aging, to over-use and autoimmune diseases that attack joints and surrounding tissue. Pharmaceutical companies have designer drugs that reduce inflammation to help relieve pain and often cause significant side effects. The ingredients for homemade remedies can be purchased at grocery and health food stores and many may already be stocked in your pantry, offering significant savings over costly pharmaceutical drugs.

Plant from Amazon Serves as Natural Painkiller Alternative
Natural Society - Providing all natural, side-effect free relief from toothaches while also potentially able to replace anaesthetic injections, a plant from the amazon is beginning to be recognized for its positive attributes. The plant, called acmella oleracea, is just one more sound solution and alternative to risky pharmaceutical drugs pushed by western mainstream medical professionals. Although acmella oleracea is hardly a plant most people would recognize, it has been used for centuries by Inca tribes as a pain reliever for toothaches and to help aid irritable bowel syndrome. The plant is so potent that it could even replace anaesthetic injections.

American Academy of Pediatrics backs mandatory HPV vaccine for boys
(NaturalNews) One by one, all the three- and four-letter organizations that hold perceived positions of authority on health and medicine are endorsing the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines Gardasil (Merck & Co.) and Cervarix (GlaxoSmithKline) for virtually everyone. This week, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the same group that has said all 16-year-olds should get HIV tests, is now recommending that all boys 11 years and older be given HPV vaccines.

FDA scandal: board members with drug maker ties voted to approve drug that's killing women
(NaturalNews) An investigation by the Washington Monthly and the British Medical Journal has found that at least four members of an advisory board which voted to approve a drug used in birth control pills had either done work for the drugs' manufacturer or received research funds from the manufacturer. Though the four committee members disclosed their ties to the FDA, the FDA decided that the ties did not matter and did not make the disclosures public. Tragically, the drugs the committee endorsed have been killing the women who take them.

The ultimate crime of conventional medicine
(NaturalNews) Why do people place ALL of their faith and trust in western medicine? Conventional doctors treat every chronic disease with a toxic chemical (drugs); learn little or nothing about disease prevention (nutrition) and kick patients out of their medical practice for merely questioning a treatment - like vaccinations. Something is wrong with this picture - don't you think?

Forget Asteroids and Volcanoes: Chemically Induced Infertility Threatens Human Race
Activist Post - With the increase in solar flares and expert warnings over the threat of asteroids, volcanoes, and earthquakes, it’s understandable to be concerned about the future of the earth and mankind alike. What many experts and publications are forgetting, however, is that these disasters may actually be less threatening than the harm being placed on our own bodies.

FDA admits mercury in cosmetic products is extremely toxic - so how is it safe in dental fillings, vaccines?
(NaturalNews) - At the same time that the FDA is warning about the dangers of mercury in cosmetics, however, the agency simultaneously insists that mercury in dental fillings and vaccines for children is just fine. Compare the FDA's page on Thimerosal (mercury) in vaccines to the one on mercury in cosmetics, and you will see the agency's blatant hypocrisy in the matter.

VIDEO: Flu Vaccine Causes Death Of 7 Year Old Kaylynne Matten
Alexander Higgins - As WCAX reports, the toxicologists report came back saying the cause of death could not be determined. However it listed the contributing conditions as Myocarditis of unknown etiology days following seasonal vaccination with concurrent Parainfluenza type I infection. Of course several medical studies have established links between Myocarditis and the Flu Vaccine.

Science & Technology

New theory: CO2 makes you fat
ScienceNordic - Danish researchers have announced a rather wild hypothesis: Perhaps we are getting fatter and fatter because of the increasing CO2 levels in the atmosphere. No, this is not 1 April – and this is not an April Fool’s hoax. Mad as it may sound, Danish researchers have announced a theory that may not only explain why people all over the world are getting fatter and fatter, but also warn of the serious consequences for life on Earth of continued pollution of the atmosphere by CO2 emissions. In itself, the theory is quite simple: CO2 contributes to making us fat.

Congress calls on Twitter to block Taliban
Telegraph - Senators want to stop feeds which boast of insurgent attacks on Nato forces in Afghanistan and the casualties they inflict. Aides for Joe Lieberman, chair of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, said the move was part of a wider attempt to eliminate violent Islamist extremist propaganda from the internet and social media... The information has ranged from highly accurate, up-to-the-minute accounts of unfolding spectacular attacks, to often completely fabricated or wildly exaggerated reports of American and British casualties.

US wins extradition of British student over UK-based website
RT - A 23-year-old student from the UK will be extradited to the United States to face trial for operating a website overseas that linked visitors to external pages that hosted copyrighted material.... "I've done nothing wrong under UK law, and, it's pretty ridiculous isn't it?” Dwyer tells BBC Newsbeat in the UK. "A 65-year-old man was extradited a few weeks ago, so if they can extradite someone that old they can extradite anyone really, couldn't they? "Copyright laws differ between countries and that's yet to be fought, that argument."

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

When and How to Plant Potatoes
Mother Earth News - Potatoes are one of the easiest crops you can grow, and early spring is the time to get them in the ground. By growing your own spuds, you can find new colors and flavors not available in the grocery store.


Why Are Millions Of Americans Preparing For Doomsday?
The Economic Collapse - All over America, there are millions of Americans that are quietly preparing for doomsday. They are turning spare rooms into long-term food storage pantries, they are planting survival gardens, they are converting their homes over to alternative sources of energy, they are taking self-defense courses and they are stocking up on just about anything you can imagine. They are called "preppers", and their numbers have absolutely exploded in recent years.

Stupid News & Odd News

Fox: Cinnamon-swallowing craze can be a dangerous one, doctors say
In light doses, cinnamon can protect you from illnesses like the 1918 Spanish Flu (which actually started on a US military base). But this stunt is dangerous!

UPDATE: Toilet paper crisis averted in New Jersey's capital city
Reuters) - The great toilet paper crisis in New Jersey's capital city is over. Police, firefighters and other Trenton city workers down to their last sheets as the result of a City Council budget battle were rescued late Tuesday by animal rights advocates who offered six months of free rolls printed with a message about filthy slaughterhouses and the resulting fecal matter found in meat.... Mayor Tony Mack was happy with the offer, calling the toilet paper crisis a "fundamental issue in our community."

Today in History - Wednesday - March 14, 2012
1743 - First American town meeting was held at Boston's Faneuil Hall.
1757 - British Admiral John Byng was executed by a firing squad on board HMS Monarch for neglect of duty.
1794 - Eli Whitney received a patent for his cotton gin.
1891 - The submarine Monarch laid telephone cable along the bottom of the English Channel to prepare for the first telephone links across the Channel.
1900 - U.S. currency went on the gold standard with the ratification of the Gold Standard Act.
1914 - Henry Ford announced the new continuous motion method to assemble cars. It decreased the time to make a car from 12½ hours to 93 minutes.
1915 - The British Navy sank the German battleship Dresden off the Chilean coast.
1918 - An all-Russian Congress of Soviets ratified a peace treaty with the Central Powers.
1923 - President Harding became the first U.S. President to file an income tax report.
1936 - Adolf Hitler told a crowd of 300,000 that Germany's only judge is God and itself.
1938 - Germany invaded Austria. A union of Austria and Germany was proclaimed by Adolf Hitler.
1943 - U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt became the first U.S. President to fly in an airplane while in office.
1945 - In Germany, a 22,000 pound "Grand Slam" bomb was dropped by the Royal Air Force Dumbuster Squad on the Beilefeld railway viaduct. It was the heaviest bomb used during World War II.
1947 - The U.S. signed a 99-year lease on naval bases in the Philippines.
1947 - Moscow announced that 890,532 German POWs were held in the U.S.S.R.
1951 - U.N. forces recaptured Seoul for the second time during the Korean War.
1954 - The Viet Minh launched an assault on Dien Bien Phu in Saigon.
1964 - A Dallas jury found Jack Ruby guilty of the murder of Lee Harvey Oswald.
1967 - John F. Kennedy's body was moved from a temporary grave to a permanent one.
1978 - An Israeli force of 22,000 invaded south Lebanon. The PLO bases were hit.
1981 - Three Pakistani airline hijackers surrendered in Syria after they had exchanged 100 passengers and crewmen for 54 Pakistani prisoners.
1983 - OPEC agreed to cut its oil prices by 15% for the first time in its 23-year history.
1989 - Imported assault guns were banned in the U.S. under President George H.W. Bush.
1991 - The "Birmingham Six," imprisoned for 16 years for their alleged part in an IRA pub bombing, were set free after a court agreed that the police fabricated evidence.
1991 - Bolivian interior minister Guillermo Capobianco resigned after U.S. officials accused him of receiving money from drug traffickers.
1995 - American astronaut Norman Thagard became the first American to enter space aboard a Russian rocket.
1996 - U.S. President Bill Clinton committed $100 million for an anti-terrorism pact with Israel to track down and root out Islamic militants.
2002 - A Scottish appeals court upheld the conviction of a Libyan intelligence agent for the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103. A five-judge court ruled unanimously that Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi was guilty of bringing down the plane over Lockerbie, Scotland.
2003 - Robert Blake was released from jail on $1.5 million bail. Blake had been jailed for the murder of his wife Bonny Lee Bakley.

World News

US considers Afghan trial site for accused shooter
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — No decision has been made yet about whether to hold the trial of the soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians in Afghanistan, a U.S. military spokesman said Wednesday. Afghan lawmakers have demanded that the U.S. staff sergeant face a public trial inside Afghanistan and have called on Afghan President Hamid Karzai to suspend any negotiations with the U.S. on a long-term military pact until this happens. "No final decision has been made yet" on the location of the trial, said Col. Gary Kolb, a U.S. military spokesman in Afghanistan.

Israel issues travel warning on Turkey
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel is calling on its citizens to stay away from Turkey because of intelligence warning of imminent attacks against sites frequented by Jews and Israelis there. The prime minister's counterterrorism office issued the warning late Tuesday. It said "terror groups are planning to carry out attacks against Jewish and Israeli sites inside Turkey in the coming days." Last month Israel blamed Iran for attacks in Thailand and India. An Israeli diplomat's wife was wounded in India.

Russia says it will keep selling weapons to Syria
AP - Russia has no intention of curtailing military cooperation with Syria despite calls from the West to stop arming President Bashar Assad's regime, a senior Russian government official said Tuesday. Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said Russia will abide by existing contracts to deliver weapons to Syria despite Assad's yearlong crackdown on the opposition, in which over 7,500 people have been killed. "Russia enjoys good and strong military technical cooperation with Syria, and we see no reason today to reconsider it," Antonov told reporters.

Official: Chinese bank cold on Iran-Pak gas deal
ISLAMABAD (AP) — A state-owned Chinese bank that had agreed to finance the Pakistani section of a gas pipeline from Iran that is opposed by the United States is no longer interested in the project, a Pakistani finance ministry spokesman said Wednesday. Finance Ministry spokesman Naveed Iqbal said he didn't know why the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China was apparently backing out, but said "the geopolitical situation" had previously been cited by the petroleum ministry as the reason. The U.S. has warned Pakistan and companies assisting the project could face sanctions if they go ahead.

Koran-burning probe clears troops of malicious intent
Washington Times - The Pentagon said Tuesday that a joint NATO-Afghan investigation into the burning of Korans at Bagram Air Field has been completed. The investigation found that the “disposal process” of the Korans was improper but was not a malicious act intended to show disrespect for Afghans or Islam.

A Perimeter Approach to Security and the Transformation of the U.S.-Canada Border
Dana Gabriel - Through a series of bilateral meetings, U.S. and Canadian officials are busy working out the details of the perimeter security action plan. This includes a recent joint crime forum that dealt with border and law enforcement issues. These various discussions are part of the implementation process which when finished would bring about the complete transformation of the northern border and another step closer in the creation of a fully integrated North American security perimeter.

Al Jazeera exodus: Channel losing staff over ‘bias’
RT - Bureau Managing Director Hassan Shaaban reportedly quit last week, after his correspondent and producer had walked out in protest. A source told the Lebanese paper Al Akhbar that Al Jazeera’s Beirut correspondent Ali Hashem had quit over the channel’s stance on covering events in Syria. "… his position [which] changed after the station refused to show photos he had taken of armed fighters clashing with the Syrian Army in Wadi Khaled. Instead [Al Jazeera] lambasted him as a shabeeh [implying a regime loyalist],” a source told Lebanese press.

No damage reported after quake in north Japan; 50 cm tsunami warning issued
TOKYO (Reuters) - There were no immediate reports of damage after northern Japan was hit by an earthquake which the Japan Meteorological Agency said had a preliminary magnitude of 6.8. The epicenter of the quake was in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of northern Japan, the agency said, adding that a tsunami warning for a wave with an estimated height of 50 cm had been issued.

BBC Blames Iran in Attack as Cyber War Rages
Kurt Nimmo - The BBC claims Iran engineered a sophisticated cyber-attack on its Persian service. Director-general Mark Thompson said Iran attempted to jam BBC broadcast satellites and overload its London phone lines with automated calls. “There was a day recently when there was a simultaneous attempt to jam two different satellite feeds of BBC Persian into Iran, to disrupt the Service’s London phone-lines by the use of multiple automatic calls, and a sophisticated cyber-attack on the BBC,” he said.

British Women Sue After Crucifix Necklaces Cost Them Their Jobs
Time - A landmark court case over the rights of Christians to wear religious symbols at work is raising a debate about discrimination and the position of believers in British society. Two British women have brought a case in front of the European Court of Human Rights after both were removed from their jobs after refusing to take off or cover their crosses, the Sunday Telegraph reports.

VIDEO: New EU egg laws put farmers in firing line
RT - The ongoing financial crisis is not stopping Brussels from tightening the screws on Europe's economies. On January 1, 2012, the “Welfare of Laying Hens” directive made the businesses of 30 per cent of European egg producers illegal. The directive bans the use of battery cages for hens, and requires at least 750 square centimeters of cage space per hen. “That's good for the hens, but not so much for the people working on this farm,” says the owner of the Eierveiling Egg Farm, Michel Van Hees.

Number of Troops to be Deployed in London Outnumbers Those in Afghanistan
London Guardian - n addition to the concentration of sporting talent and global media, the London Olympics will host the biggest mobilization of military and security forces seen in the UK since the second world war. More troops – around 13,500 – will be deployed than are currently at war in Afghanistan. The growing security force is being estimated at anything between 24,000 and 49,000 in total. Such is the secrecy that no one seems to know for sure.

EDITORIAL: Germany proposes a Drudge Tax
Washington Times - German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition government to tap into the cash reserves of Internet search engine giant Google to bolster that country’s ailing publishing industry. The second item on the coalition’s list of priorities released last week was a proposal to slap online news aggregators with a tax. “Online commercial vendors, such as search engines and news aggregators, should in the future pay a fee to publishers for the distribution of press products (such as news articles) on the Internet,” the document explains. Any business that links to a news article with a brief excerpt is subject to the scheme.

CCTV at petrol stations will automatically stop uninsured cars being filled with fuel
Mirror News (UK) - Cameras at petrol stations will automatically stop uninsured or untaxed vehicles from being filled with fuel, under new government plans. Downing Street officials hope the hi-tech system will crack down on the 1.4million motorists who drive without insurance. Automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras are already fitted in thousands of petrol station forecourts. Drivers can only fill their cars with fuel once the camera has captured and logged the vehicle’s number plate.

Dick Cheney cancels Toronto visit over security concerns
CBC News - Cheney, whom the protesters denounced as a war criminal, was slated to talk about his experiences in office and the current American political situation at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on April 24. However, Ryan Ruppert, of Spectre Live Corp., said Cheney and his daughter Elizabeth had begged off via their agent.

VIDEO: Occupy Protestor Loses Eye After Police Stun Grenade Peaceful Crowd
Alexander Higgins - A peaceful protestor loses an eye after police fire stun grenades at students trying to occupy a building during a rally against college tuition hikes in Montreal.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Lawmakers Push For US Invasion Of Africa Following Kony 2012 Fraud
Paul Joseph Watson - Two House lawmakers have introduced a resolution that seeks to deepen US Military involvement in Africa on the back of the Kony 2012 hoax, despite the fact that Joseph Kony and his Lord’s Resistance Army have been virtually inactive for six years. “The resolution, introduced by Reps. Jim McGovern, D-Mass. and Ed Royce, R-Calif., calls for, among other things, expanding the number of regional forces in Africa to protect civilians and placing restrictions on individuals or governments found to be supporting Kony,” reports CBS News.

‘Syria Danny’ Tours US Begging For Military Intervention
Paul Joseph Watson - Danny Abdul Dayem, the establishment media’s poster child for a western military intervention in Syria, is touring America begging for a US-led assault on his homeland, despite being exposed as having faked war propaganda for the purposes of a CNN interview. Although denying he is in the pay of CNN or any government, Dayem has been flying back and forth between Syria and the United Kingdom for months, and he has now arrived in America to begin a series of visits to Islamic centers to advocate a NATO bombardment to oust President Bashar Al-Assad.

CIA’s al-Qaeda “LAX Bomber” to Get Longer Sentence After Cooperating with Feds
Kurt Nimmo - It looks like al-Qaeda operative Ahmed Ressam will probably spend the rest of his life in federal prison. Ressam was convicted in the millennium bombing plot of 1999. Halfway through serving his 22-year sentence a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of sending the case back to a federal judge in Seattle for a third round of re-sentencing.

VIDEO: FEMA has refused financial and any aid to the town of Harrisburg Illinois, for low interest loans. They were wiped out completely by a tornado
FEMA is refusing to help U.S. citizens with low interest loans after they were completely wiped out by tornadoes. One town Harrisburg, Illinois was leveled by a tornado, there is nothing left there. Yet FEMA is refusing financial assistance due to "the damage not being bad enough throughout the state."... Now - I would like to link this FEMA document of what they did for the town of Joplin Missouri last year, which was wiped out by a tornado. How come they will help one town, but not another wiped out?

VIDEO: Foreign exchange students sexually abused in program overseen by State Department
MSNBC - Dozens of high school foreign exchange students have been raped, sexually abused, or harassed by American host parents in towns and cities across the country, an NBC News investigation has found. In one of the most egregious cases, at least four exchange students were sexually abused over the course of two years by the same host father, even after the first victim sounded alarms. “He said ‘this is American culture,’ and I should get used to it,” Christopher Herbon of Germany told NBC News in an exclusive interview to be broadcast Wednesday night on Rock Center.

YouTube: Agenda 21 for Public Officials
What is agenda 21? What is Smart Growth? What is sustainable development? This video provides a description of Agenda 21/sustainable development and how it affects your property rights. While it is important to be good stewards of our planet, the sustainable development movement has been co-opted by an aggressive agenda to rewild America (The Wildlands Project) and reduce automobile usage and unnecessary travel by gradually shifting people into high density urban areas supported by mixed use dwellings (Smart Growth.)

2012 Election News

VIDEO: Ron Paul Visits Springfield, Missouri
Part 1 of 4.

2012 GOP Primary & Caucus Results
Mississippi: Santorum 33%, Gingrich 31%,Romney 30%, Paul 4%.
Alabama: Santorum 35%, Gingrich 29%, Romney 29%, Paul 5%.
Hawaii: Romney 45%, Santorum 25%, Paul 18%, Gingrich 11%.
American Samoa: Results not in.

VIDEO: Ron Paul Has The Biggest Caucus!
Daily Paul - Mary Willison interviewed on Russia Today.

YouTube: Ron Paul's Fight to the Finish - MSNBC 03/13/12
Ron Paul's Fight to the Finish. "There are four of us in the race and of course, Romney looks like he's ahead, but he's far from having it won", says Rep. Ron Paul, (R-TX), discussing his hopes for big wins in Alabama and Mississippi today and why he intends to fight on through the GOP primary race.

YouTube: The FDA And The Drug Companies Are in Bed Together
Ron Paul on the FDA.

YouTube:"The only candidate I trust is Ron Paul" - Professor Nassim Taleb, author of The Black Swan
CNBC Squawk on the Street March 13, 2012 - The only candidate I trust is Ron Paul", says Nassim Taleb, "The Black Swan" author. He also shares what he fears will be the next "black swan" event for the U.S. economy.

VIDEO: Alabama Election Fraud -Video Proof!? Wow!
Daily Paul - This is happening a lot around AL right now... I recorded this clip, and then hours later my grandmother went in to vote. I told her to scan her ballot using the other machine (She too is a Paul supporter), and the exact same thing happened to her. We both were told we had to put our ballots in a box to be counted later.

VIDEO: GOP Intimidation of Ron Paul Delegates
LRC - If you've ever been a Ron Paul delegate, you know that the GOP central committees will employ every trick in the book to avoid having to seat Ron Paul delegates. They will freely ignore their own bylaws, apply rules in such a manner as to only exclude Paul delegates, and will liberally employ intimidation tactics through verbal abuse, and even physical manhandling of delegates. In the end, if everything else fails, they'll attempt to get you to switch your vote by begging you to be a "team player" and by claiming that Romney is electable and that your dissent will keep Obama in power.

3 Reasons It's Important to Support Ron Paul to Win the Nomination and Presidency
Huffington Post - 3. Are Ron Paul's ideas crazy? Dr. Ron Paul's ideas about the U.S.'s economy, national defense and our Constitution are as real and solid as ideas had by another famous leader who was also initially not listened to. Winston Churchill saw the danger of Hitler leading Germany long before it became readily apparent. Others wanted to believe that everything was fine and that Hitler was being honest about his intentions.

VIDEO: Ron Paul’s Texas Straight Talk 3/12/12
An Administration Gone Rogue

VIDEO: Rick Santorum: "Vote for Ron Paul" if you want limited government
Daily Paul I thought this had to be a joke, but clicked on it anyway. And sure enough, he said it. I'd think this really needs to go viral....

VIDEO: Exclusive: O'Keefe Video Exposes Voter Fraud-Friendly Policies in Vermont - The video, a sequel to O'Keefe's "Primary of the Living Dead" in New Hampshire, shows a Veritas agent entering various voting places around the state of Vermont, giving a different name each time. Each time, he is given a ballot without showing an ID, to his disbelief. In the video, the agent repeatedly requests (but does not take) a Republican primary ballot. As he explained to "We wanted to remind viewers this is not a partisan issue. This is a situation wherein anyone -- Republican or Democrat -- can exploit the system."

Occupy Wall Street Protest

Have You Occupied Wall Street? NYC Wants Your Twitter Data
Alex Fitzpatrick - If you've taken part in Occupy Wall Street, then the New York County District Attorney's Office might want to take a peek at your Twitter data. The DA's office has sent subpoenas to Twitter asking for the data of a handful of people arrested last year as part of the Occupy Wall Street protests. Twitter has been sending those users the text of the subpoenas via email.


Inconvenient Photo Taken at Exxon Gas Station Just Outside White House
The Blaze - A picture is worth a thousand words and this one speaks volumes. On March 13, The Weekly Standard posted the following photo of an Exxon gas station's price marquee. The station is within walking distance of the White House and the listed price for its Supreme grade is frighteningly pushing $6.

CBO: Obamacare to cost $1.76 trillion over 10 yrs
Washington Examiner - President Obama's national health care law will cost $1.76 trillion over a decade, according to a new projection released today by the Congressional Budget Office, rather than the $940 billion forecast when it was signed into law.

Fed To Take Propaganda To The Schoolroom: Will Teach Grade 8-12 Students About Constitutionality Of… The Fed
Zero Hedge - ...the propaganda masters at the Office of Central Planning have decided to go for young American minds while they are still pliable. It appears that as part of its reenactment of Goebbels "economic education" curriculum, the Fed will now directly appeal to K 8-12 student, in which it will elucidate on the premise of "Constitutionality of a Central Bank." You know - just in case said young (and soon to be very unemployed) minds get ideas that heaven forbid, the master bank running the US is not exactly constitutional - you know, that whole thing between Andrew Jackson and the Second Bank of the United States... To see the curriculum to be taught, click here.

New study finds Obama's regulations cost $46B a year
Washinton Examiner - Some 10,215 new federal regulations from the Obama administration are costing consumers, businesses and the economy overall $46 billion annually, more than five times the regulatory price tag of former President Bush in his first three years in office. Worse: just implementing those regulations had a one-time additional cost of $11 billion, according to a Heritage Foundation analysis provided to Washington Secrets.

Fed: Four large banks fail stress tests
AFP - Citigroup was one of four large US banks that flunked stress tests aimed at seeing how they would hold up in a new economic crisis, Federal Reserve data showed Tuesday. Three others -- Ally, Suntrust and MetLife -- also failed the tests, while 15 other large bank holding companies passed the exercise, the Fed said.

Senator Rand Paul Unveils FY2013 Budget: A Platform to Revitalize America
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sen. Rand Paul today unveiled his FY2013 budget, “A Platform to Revitalize America,” a plan that would balance the budget in five years, significantly reduce spending, and restore fiscal order to Washington. The only budget proposal that balances within the Balanced Budget Amendment window, a measure supported by all 47 Republican Senators...

Housing Market

VIDEO: Rage grows over $26 billion foreclosure settlement with big 5 lenders
CNN Money - Proponents of the settlement deal tout that roughly 1 million homeowners who owe more on their homes than their homes are worth are expected to have their mortgage balances lowered through principal reductions and another 750,000 would be able to refinance into loans with lower interest rates. However, that’s only a fraction of the 11 million homeowners who are currently underwater on their homes, according to CoreLogic. And it’s also a mere sliver of the 3.5 million people who lost their homes to foreclosure over the past four years.

CNN Spins Wall Street Fraud Settlement As Obama Forced Bailout
Alexander Higgins - CNN spins the Wall Street mortgage fraud settlement as an Obama forced homeowner bailout, while not even mentioning the settlement was for the banks fraud and illegal activities.

Energy & Environment

Solar power firms in Mojave desert vs tribes and environmentalists
Guardian - Of the many projects commissioned by the Obama administration to showcase its commitment to renewable energy, few are as grandly futuristic as the multibillion-dollar solar power projects under construction across broad swaths of desert on the California-Arizona border. But at least two developments, including the $1bn, 250-megawatt Genesis Solar near Blythe in the lower Colorado river valley and the Solar Millennium project, are beset with lengthy construction delays, while others are facing legal challenges lodged by environmental groups and Native American groups who fear damage to the desert ecology as well as to ancient rock art and other sacred heritage sites.

VIDEO: Rand Paul To Energy Secretary Chu: "Why Are We Giving $500M Loan To A Billionaire?"
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Below is video and transcript of today’s Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on oversight of the Department of Energy loan guarantee program, in which Sen. Rand Paul questioned Energy Secretary Steven Chu on the origin of Solyndra loans and similar preferential treatment to other energy-related companies seeking government-backed loans.

How Engineering the Human Body Could Combat Climate Change
The Atlantic - From drugs to help you avoid eating meat to genetically engineered cat-like eyes to reduce the need for lighting, a wild interview about changes humans could make to themselves to battle climate change.... Some of the proposed modifications are simple and noninvasive.... The paper suggests that such individuals could take a pill that would trigger mild nausea upon the ingestion of meat, which would then lead to a lasting aversion to meat-eating. Other techniques are bound to be more controversial. For instance, the paper suggests that parents could make use of genetic engineering or hormone therapy in order to birth smaller, less resource-intensive children.


Statins can cause muscle damage without necessarily exhibiting pain symptoms
(NaturalNews) If you take statin drugs to lower your cholesterol levels, these medications could be damaging your muscles without you even knowing it. Several studies not typically mentioned by the pro-statin drug lobby reveal that HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors can cause skeletal muscle damage that may not always exhibit obvious pain symptoms -- and yet the perpetual damage caused by statin use will likely persist long after the medication is ceased.

Aspartame's neurological side effects include blurred vision, headaches, seizures and more
(NaturalNews) According to Dr. Blaylock, excitotoxins are substances that excite brain cells or neurons to the point of exhaustion and death. Normally, these substances act as transmitters, a substance allowing brain cells to relate with one another. However, these compounds are so harmful that the body keeps them in low concentrations. Anything that alters or increases these substances can cause neurodegeneration, degeneration of the spinal cord and the brain. Excitotoxins are normally found in plant substances, and, where most people are concerned, in food additives.

Find out why you're vitamin B12 deficient and how to correct it
(NaturalNews) Awareness of vitamin B12's importance is getting more attention lately. Every cell in our body uses vitamin B12. Vitamin B12 deficiency is more common than previously considered, and low B12 levels mimic many symptoms of other diseases.... Although vegetarians and vegans are more prone to B12 deficiency, it occurs among meat eaters as well. Except for chlorella, plant foods are poor sources of human-active B12. All usual B12 sources, such as meat, eggs, and dairy won't do much if one's small intestines are lacking the intrinsic factor. The intrinsic factor is a special protein produced in the small intestine that is key to extracting B12 from foods and assimilating it into the blood.

Vitamin D found to shrink fibroid tumors
(NaturalNews) Each year, roughly 200,000 women undergo a surgical procedure that involves the removal of their uteruses due to the growth of non-cancerous tumors known as uterine fibroids, which commonly develop in and around the walls of the uterus. But a new study published online in the journal Biology of Reproduction has found that vitamin D may effectively reduce the size of existing uterine fibroids, and may even help prevent them from forming in the first place.

'Pink Slime' (beef parts paste with ammonia) good for kids, says Beef Products, Inc
(NaturalNews) In perhaps the most amazing display of unmitigated gall since the Journal of Pediatrics declared mercury 'good for kids,' (1) Beef Products Inc. (BPI) told The Daily that its "lean finely textured beef," treated with ammonia, is good for America's schoolchildren. Last week The Daily broke the news that the federal government plans to buy beef containing over 7 million pounds of 'pink slime' over the next year.

Baby’s Being Harmed by Mom’s Antidepressants
ANH - In January, the British Medical Journal published a study showing that babies of women who take SSRI antidepressants during pregnancy have a slightly increased risk of a life-threatening condition called persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN) in which not enough oxygen reaches the bloodstream but returns to the heart in an oxygen-poor state. This in turn causes rapid breathing, a rapid heart rate, respiratory distress, and cyanosis. If not caught in time, it can cause shock, heart failure, brain hemorrhage, seizures, kidney failure, multiple organ damage, and possibly even death.

American Lung Association Does Vaccine Maker's Bidding
ANH - The American Lung Association is partnering with Sanofi Pasteur, the largest company in the world devoted entirely to vaccines, in an educational campaign endorsing the annual flu vaccine. The two have launched the Faces of Influenza campaign with a website containing frightening stories about the dangers of flu and touting the safety of the flu vaccine. Why is an organization that is supposed to set the standard on lung safety and health doing the bidding of a pharmaceutical company?

Science & Technology

Encyclopedia Britannica halts print publication after 244 years
Guardian - The paper edition of the encyclopedia has ended its centuries-long run, but is it a victim or beneficiary of the digital age? The Encyclopedia Britannica has announced that after 244 years, dozens of editions and more than 7m sets sold, no new editions will be put to paper. The 32 volumes of the 2010 installment, it turns out, were the last. Future editions will live exclusively online.

Blood, milk & mucus could replace silicon in computer chips, iPhones
UK Daily Mail - Your next mobile phone could be made from a mix of blood, milk and mucus, scientists claimed today. Researchers at Tel Aviv University say their new method to make computer chips could eventually replace silicon. It could lead to phones and other gadgets that are both flexible and biodegradable.

DARPA’s Director Quits to Take Executive Slot at Google
Intel Hub - he world is a mysterious place. Regina Dugan, the director of the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) is quitting her Pentagon funded post at the agency — trading it for a ‘senior executive’ position with internet giant Google. It makes you wonder just how big and powerful Google is getting, and what are they actually into.

VIDEO: Gore Urges “Nerd Spring” to Push More Government and Democracy
Kurt Nimmo - Former establishment politician and man-made carbon theory advocate Al Gore took to the stage at South By Southwest yesterday and urged techies to use compromised social media and other digital tools to push for democracy and more government.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Shut Down Monsanto! Global Actions March 2012
OCA - Shut Down Monsanto and the Anti-Monsanto Project are calling for global days of action to shut down Monsanto on Friday and Saturday March 16 & 17. Here's the current list of actions.

Pet News

How to Report a Bad Pet Food - Where do you turn if you suspect your pet’s food is contaminated? Do you call the pet food manufacturer or the FDA? There are little official guidelines provided by the FDA, however here are some options for you in case you suspect your pet’s food is poisoned or contaminated. finds "3 big brands may be tied to chicken jerky illness in dogs"
Susan Thixton - Internal FDA documents obtained by found references to "at least three popular brands of jerky treats that may be associated with kidney failure and other serious ailments." "Of 22 “Priority 1” cases listed by the FDA late last year, 13 cited Waggin’ Train or Canyon Creek Ranch jerky treats or tenders, both produced by Nestle Purina PetCare Co., the records show. Another three listed Milo’s Kitchen Home-style Dog Treats, produced by the Del Monte Corp. The rest listed single brands or no brand." To read more of the story, Click Here. NOTE: The above story does not imply that other jerky treats imported from China are safe.


Hemp Can Save the World - new music video rocks the 'net with upbeat message about the hemp agricultural revolution
(NaturalNews) Here on NaturalNews, we often spend so much time talking about what's wrong with the world that we sometimes neglect to give sufficient attention to the real solutions that exist right in front of our eyes. One of the most powerful solutions for sustainability, abundance, health and liberty is, simply, hemp.

Stupid News & Odd News

Government Gridlock Leads To Toilet Paper Shortage In Trenton
TRENTON, N.J. (CBS) – Trenton’s health department could shut down some city buildings if a toilet paper shortage isn’t resolved soon.... “We have one box with about fifteen rolls of toilet paper and that’s it,” said Harold Hall, Acting Public Works Director. Hall says a City Council resolution to order more paper supplies, including paper cups, was voted down. Some council members didn’t think the cash-strapped city needed to buy the cups.

It’s a dirty job: Police nationwide take on soaring Tide detergent theft
The Daily - Law enforcement officials across the country are puzzled over a crime wave targeting an unlikely item: Tide laundry detergent. Theft of Tide detergent has become so rampant that authorities from New York to Oregon are keeping tabs on the soap spree, and some cities are setting up special task forces to stop it. And retailers like CVS are taking special security precautions to lock down the liquid.

Today in History - Tuesday - March 13, 2012
1777 - The U.S. Congress ordered its European envoys to appeal to high-ranking foreign officers to send troops to reinforce the American army.
1781 - Sir William Herschel discovered the planet Uranus.
1852 - The New York "Lantern" newspaper published the first "Uncle Sam cartoon". It was drawn by Frank Henry Bellew.
1861 - Jefferson Davis signed a bill authorizing slaves to be used as soldiers for the Confederacy.
1868 - The U.S. Senate began the impeachment trial of President Andrew Johnson.
1878 - The first collegiate golf match was played between Oxford and Cambridge.
1881 - Tsar Alexander II was assassinated when a bomb was thrown at him near his palace.
1884 - Standard time was adopted throughout the U.S.
1902 - In Poland, schools were shut down across the country when students refused to sing the Russian hymn "God Protect the Czar."
1902 - Andrew Carnegie approved 40 applications from libraries for donations.
1908 - The people of Jerusalem saw an automobile for the first time. The owner was Charles Glidden of Boston.
1911 - The U.S. Supreme Court approved corporate tax law.
1933 - U.S. banks began to re-open after a "holiday" that had been declared by President Roosevelt.
1940 - The war between Russia and Finland ended with the signing of a treaty in Moscow.
1941 - Adolf Hitler issued an edict calling for an invasion of the U.S.S.R.
1943 - Japanese forces ended their attack on the American troops on Hill 700 in Bougainville.
1946 - Reports from Iran indicated that Soviet tanks units were stationed 20 miles from Tehran.
1963 - China invited Soviet President Khrushchev to visit Peking.
1969 - The Apollo 9 astronauts returned to Earth after the conclusion of a mission that included the successful testing of the Lunar Module.
1970 - Cambodia ordered Hanoi and Viet Cong troops to leave.
1974 - The U.S. Senate voted 54-33 to restore the death penalty.
1974 - An embargo imposed by Arab oil-producing countries was lifted. 
1990 - The U.S. lifted economic sanctions against Nicaragua.
1991 - Exxon paid $1 billion in fines and for the clean-up of the Alaskan oil spill.
1995 - The first United Nations World Summit on Social Development concluded in Copenhagen, Denmark.
2003 - Japan sent a destroyer to the Sea of Japan amid reports that North Korea was planning to test an intermediate-range ballistic missile.
2003 - A report in the journal "Nature" reported that scientists had found 350,000-year-old human footprints in Italy. The 56 prints were made by three early, upright-walking humans that were descending the side of a volcano.

World News

U.S. soldier could get death penalty for Afghan shootings
The US soldier accused of killing 16 Afghans could be executed if convicted, the Pentagon chief said, as President Barack Obama warned a war-weary public against a rushed exit from Afghanistan. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told reporters aboard his plane en route to Kyrgyzstan that the shooting suspect would be brought to justice under the US military legal code, which allows for the death penalty in some cases.

Obama warns against ‘rush to the exits’ in Afghanistan
President Barack Obama said Monday that the massacre of 16 Afghan civilians by a U.S. soldier made him "more determined" to stick to his plan to bring U.S. troops home but warned against a "rush to the exits" that could endanger America's interests.... "But what we don't want to do is to do it in a way that is just a rush for the exits," he stressed. "We've got to make sure that the Afghans can protect their borders and prevent Al-Qaeda from coming back, and so we're going to have to do it in a responsible way."

Panetta seeks to boost support for Kyrgyzstan base
BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is meeting with Kyrgyzstan's leaders to stress that America needs the continued use of the U.S. air base there beyond the end of its contract in 2014, largely as a transit center to bring troops home from Afghanistan. A senior U.S. official traveling with Panetta to Kyrgyzstan said the U.S. believes there may be some "wiggle room" for additional negotiations for a longer term contract.

Guatemala sentences soldier to 6,060 years for massacre
GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - A Guatemalan court sentenced a former special forces soldier to 6,060 years in prison on Monday for participating in a 1982 massacre that claimed 201 lives. Pedro Pimentel, 55, was deported from Los Angeles, California to Guatemala last year to face charges of murder and crimes against humanity and is the fifth soldier to be sentenced in the Central American nation for his role in the Las Dos Erres massacre at the height of the country's brutal civil war.

Global media watchdog names enemies of Internet
PARIS (AP) -- The Arab Spring is changing the face of Internet freedom, according to Reporters Without Borders, which released its latest "Enemies of the Internet" list Monday. The annual report classifies as "enemies" countries that severely curtail freedom of expression on and access to the Web. It also draws up a list of states "under surveillance."... The group added Bahrain to its enemies list, citing a news blackout and harassment of bloggers in an attempt to quell a yearlong Shiite-led rebellion against the Sunni monarchy.

Afghans doubt US lone assassin claim
Kabul - Afghans expressed doubt on Monday that a single US Army soldier could have shot and killed 16 civilians in houses over 2km apart and burned the bodies afterward.... The US military has said there is no indication that more than one soldier carried out the attacks in two villages in Kandahar province before dawn Sunday. The soldier blamed for the shootings is in custody. But villagers told Afghan officials they heard shots being fired from several directions.

'Several drunk troops behind bloodbath, laughed on shooting-spree, burned corpses'
RT - Neighbors at the village where the killings took place said they were awoken past midnight by crackling gunfire: "They were all drunk and shooting all over the place," Reuters cites Agha Lala, a villager in Kandahar's Panjwayi district. Lala's neighbor Haji Samad lost all of his 11 relatives in the rampage, including children and grandchildren. He claims Marines “poured chemicals over their dead bodies and burned them.”

YouTube: U.S. Soldier Opens Fire On Afghan Civilians! Taliban Claiming MANY U.S. Soldiers Involved
CNN March 11, 2012.

U.S. soldier in Afghan massacre had brain injury says official
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Army staff sergeant accused of the massacre of 16 villagers in Afghanistan on Sunday was treated for traumatic brain injury after being in a vehicle that rolled over in Iraq in 2010, a U.S. official said on Monday. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said it was premature to state whether there was any link between the 2010 injury and the Afghanistan incident.

YouTube: Intolerable Israel-News Analysis-03-11-2012
Press TV March 12, 2012 - During these very harsh economic times, do you think Americans could use an extra 15 million dollars per day to be spent on themselves? For sure, most Americans would jump at the opportunity. However, Americans have NEVER been asked if they support giving 15 million dollars a day to Israel, which is what they do every day.

Israelis build the world’s biggest detention centre
The Independent - Israel is to begin construction soon on a vast detention facility in the Negev desert to house the thousands of immigrants that cross illegally into Israel from Egypt every year. Human rights groups fear that the detention centre, the largest of its kind in the world, with a capacity to hold 8,000 migrants, will turn into a festering refugee camp, and deprive those escaping persecution at home of their rights to seek asylum in Israel.

YouTube: US assassination drone strikes kill 64 in Yemen in 3 days
Press TV March 12, 2012 - US assassination drone strikes have killed at least 64 people in southern Yemen during attacks in the past three days on the provinces of Abyan and Bayda.

PHOTOS: Aircraft Carrier Enterprise Sets Off On Final Journey – Direction Iran
Zero Hedge 3/11/2012 - Today at noon Eastern, the storied aircraft carrier Enterprise, aka CVN-65, left its home port of Naval Station Norfolk one final time for its final voyage with a heading: Arabian Sea, aka Iran. There in a week it will join CVN 72 Lincoln and CVN 70 Vinson, as well as LHD 8 Makin Island, all of which are supporting any potential escalation of "hostilities" in the Persian Gulf region.

KONY 2012, Invisible Children’s Pro-AFRICOM & Museveni Propaganda
Black Star News Invisible Children’s(IC) goals initially may have been to publicize the plight of children caught in Uganda’s decades-long conflicts; lately, IC has been acting as apologists for General Yoweri K. Museveni’s dictatorship and the U.S. goal to impose AFRICOM (the U.S. Africa Military Command) on Africa. IC has produced a brilliant film.... It’s a classic as propaganda pieces come. The short but overwhelmingly powerful film uses all the best tear-jerk techniques. In the end, the film denounces Joseph Kony, the leader of the brutal Lord’s Resistance Army, while giving the impression that Museveni’s dictatorship and his brutal military, which was found liable for war crimes in Democratic Republic of Congo by the International Court of Justice, has nothing to do with the atrocities committed against children in Uganda.

Burger burden: UN proposes junk food tax
RT - “Junk food” should attract additional taxes, says the report from the United Nations Organization. Such a “sin tax” should be introduced for all kinds of snacks, sodas and hamburgers in all parts of the world to help the estimated billion people who suffer from undernourishment, as well as another billion who remain overweight or obese, the UN insists.

45,000 caught cheating at Britain’s universities
The Independent - Over the past three years, more than 45,000 students at 80 institutions have been hauled before college authorities and found guilty of "academic misconduct" ranging from bringing crib-sheets or mobile phones into exams to paying private firms to write essays for them.

Christians were dragged from St Paul’s while they prayed
The Independent - A group of Anglican clerics have called on St Paul’s Cathedral to fully explain why praying Christians were dragged by police from the steps of the famous landmark during the eviction of the Occupy London Stock Exchange camp. Five praying Christians were forcibly removed from the cathedral steps during the operation, despite the fact that an eviction order had only been granted for the land opposite St Paul’s which is owned by the City of London Corporation.

London Olympics security bill: how it soared to more than $1.5billion
Guardian - Last summer, five years after London was chosen to host the Games, and less than 12 months before the start of the Olympics, the event's organising committee, Locog, realised it had a problem. It had totally underestimated the number of staff needed for security, a miscalculation that became obvious when it began to inspect some of the completed arenas last August.... Instead of 10,000 staff at the 34 Olympic venues, Locog stated at least 20,000 would be needed, and probably more. And the committee was not entirely sure where these extras would come from.

Express - AN “ARMY of eco-warriors” is being hired by wind farm lobbyists to fight for onshore farms in one of the most beautiful parts of Britain, writes Kirsty Buchanan....Montgomeryshire MP Glyn Davies said his constituents would fight to protect their area, adding: “What is planned is the complete desecration of Mid Wales, transforming it into a wind farm landscape.”

Protesters link arms around the world to decry nuclear power
AFP - In Japan, tens of thousands rallied near the crippled plant, demanding an end to nuclear power as the nation held memorial ceremonies for a disaaster that claimed almost 20,000 lives.... Demonstrators in France's Rhone valley formed a human chain that organisers said stretched for 230 kilometres (140 miles) and consisted of about 60,000 people. The region has Europe's highest concentration of nuclear reactors, demonstrators said.... Activists across Germany carried out similar protests, with organisers claiming as many as 50,000 people turned out across the country.... [ Also, there were demonstrations in Australia, Taiwan, Spain, Switzerland, but none in the U.S.]

U.S. News, Politics & Government

YouTube: TSA Harasses and Gropes Quadruple Amputee
Jeff Lewis is a nationally known motivational speaker and a quadruple amputee. Even though he is well known by the TSA and other airport staff. He is routinely subjected to demeaning enhanced pat downs by TSA staff.

Congressman Amash (R-MI) says "No RFID Chips In Driver's Licenses"
Campaign for Liberty - Rep. Amash sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano urging her to reverse a new policy that requires some states to implant radio frequency identification (RFID) chips into the states’ driver’s licenses. His letter is below:

VIDEO: Microwave-goodbye weapon: 'Heat ray' crowd dispersal cannon unveiled
RT - The “Active Denial System” is a non-lethal weapon primarily designed for crowd control. A video was uploaded on YouTube by USFORCESTV channel of the US military testing a new super high frequency (SHF) weapon. Rumors have long been spread about a “cannon”, which can be mounted on a military vehicle to disperse crowds with the help of a high-powered beam of electromagnetic radiation. Hearsay still causes the US Department of Defense deny it has spent $120 million on a mobile microwave oven.... A person affected by ADS feels a sudden blast of heat that many compare to opening a very hot oven. The target feels pain and reflexively steps or runs away.

US Congress Bill Authorizes Wiretapping of Border Tunnel Builders
InSight March 9, 2012 - In response to the rising number of smugglers' tunnels found along the US-Mexico border, the House Judiciary Committee passed a bill on Tuesday that would authorize the use of wiretapping to investigate and prosecute those conspiring to build such passageways.

2012 Election News

RON PAUL is coming to the University of Illinois this Wednesday, March 14th at 7pm!
Daily Paul - Due to the overhwelming demand for tickets, this event has been moved to a new venue...

GOP Beauty Contests, Tuesday March 13: Alabama, Hawaii, Mississippi, American Samoa
Daily Paul - On March 13, 2012 primaries will be held in Alabama (Primary), Hawaii (Caucus), Mississippi (Primary) and American Samoa (Caucus). Please post your news, observations and insights in the comment section below.

Fox & CBS: GOP & Newt Moving Towards RP Foreign Policy
Daily Paul - On the Sunday morning news circuit today, Newt and other republicans are moving towards RP's foreign policy. They want to get out of Afghanistan and don't believe being in the middle of these Middle Eastern countries is good and rather counterproductive. They mentioned Ron Paul being against from the start what Republicans are now saying:

YouTube: Jesse Benton MSNBC Interview - March 11, 2012
Broadcast: Weekends With Alex Witt, MSNBC.

YouTube: More Maine caucus corruption: 'We don't want your type in our delegation'
Andrew Ian Dodge candidate for the U.S. Senate speaking to Michelle Anderson from the North of Bangor Blog about Charlie Webster and the Maine Republican caucus fiasco. Dodge has left the Republican party over the fiasco. He explains that a friend witnessed one chairman of a caucus in Maine ask for volunteers to be delegates. When three people stood up who were wearing Ron Paul stickers, the chairman told them he didn't want their type in the delegation.

Obama administration blocks Texas voter ID law
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration on Monday blocked a new Texas law requiring voters to show photo identification before they can cast a ballot out of concerns it could harm some Hispanic voters who lack such identification. The state law approved in May 2011 required voters to show government-issued photo identification, which could include a driver's license, a military identification card, a birth certificate with a photo, a current U.S. passport, or a concealed handgun permit.

Wisconsin judge issues permanent halt to voter ID law
MADISON, Wisconsin (Reuters) - A Wisconsin judge issued a permanent injunction on Monday blocking the state from implementing a new law requiring voters to present identification at polling stations. said the decision by a Dane County judge in Madison follows a temporary halt issued by another judge on March 7. Wisconsin is the second state to have its voter identification law blocked on Monday. Earlier, the U.S. Justice Department halted a Texas law, saying it discriminated against Hispanic voters.

Veteran News

YouTube: Veterans for Ron Paul, Ron Paul is the Choice of the Troops March on the RNC
Following a hugely successful Ron Paul is the Choice of the Troops March on the White House, veterans, active duty, and supporters from all over the country will be marching on the Republican National Convention to coincide with the second ballot. I am a three tour disabled combat veteran of both Iraq and mission now is to serve my country by doing all I can to garner votes for Dr. Paul and spread the message of Liberty. There is no doubt in my mind as to why Dr. Paul receives more campaign donations than all other candidates including Obama COMBINED. Welcome to the Revolution.

Psychiatric Diagnoses Used to Avoid Paying Benefits to Soldiers
Gaia Health - News over the last day about an American soldier in Afghanistan going berserk and killing at least 16 Afghanis, including 9 children, is absolutely tragic. There’s certainly a guilty party in this: the United States military. There are limits to what a person can go through. The soldier in question was on his fourth rotation! People snap when they’ve been through too much—and I will not stand in judge of the person who does. But the military does. It is, in fact, a carefully manipulated game that’s played with psychiatrists and their utterly fraudulent Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM).

Occupy Wall Street Protest

Anti-Occupy Protest Takes on Bird Killing Wind Turbines
An anti-Occupy Wall Street movement (who call themselves "Occupy Occupy D.C.") protested bird killing wind turbines today at Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C. The group gathered "to highlight the threat that wind, a celebrated alternative energy source, poses to the American bird community," according to a press release sent out by the National Center for Public Policy Research, which sponsors Occupy Occupy D.C. The target of today's protest are environmentalists who believe wind energy is a viable substitute to other forms of energy, such as coal or nuclear energy.

Wall Street Protesters Complain of Police Surveillance
NY Times - On Nov. 17, Kira Moyer-Sims was near the Manhattan Bridge, buying coffee while three friends waited nearby in a car. More than a dozen blocks away, protesters gathered for an Occupy Wall Street “day of action,”.... Then, Ms. Moyer-Sims said, about 30 police officers surrounded her and the people in the car. All four were arrested, said Vik Pawar, a lawyer for Ms. Moyer-Sims and two of the others, and taken to a police facility in the East Village. He said officers strip-searched them and ignored their requests for a lawyer... “I felt like I had been arrested for a thought crime,” she [Ms. Moyer-Sims] said.

Obama Signs “Anti-Occupy” Law
In These Times - The new bill [H.R. 347] modifies a 1971 law that restricted entering or blocking public areas cordoned off by the Secret Service while a protected individual is passing through, or during major public events like the Super Bowl or party nominating conventions. Violators can face up to a year in jail; if they’re carrying a dangerous weapon, it’s ten.... This has major implications for anyone planning protests at the NATO or G8 conferences later this spring, including Occupy.


Silver is the most Important Metal in the World, Less above ground than Gold - The uses of it
There are many that try and get the information out about Silver being rarer than gold. The reason is there is less above ground silver in the world than there is gold. That is why they manipulate it so much too. But at some point the reality of a silver shortage will hit. Some of the uses for silver listed and what silver can do for you in purifying water.

One Out Of Every Ten Wall Street Employees Is A Psychopath, Say Researchers
Coming Depression - One out of every 10 Wall Street employees is likely a clinical psychopath, writes journalist Sherree DeCovny in an upcoming issue of the trade publication CFA Magazine (subscription required). In the general population the rate is closer to one percent "A financial psychopath can present as a perfect well-rounded job candidate, CEO, manager, co-worker, and team member because their destructive characteristics are practically invisible," writes DeCovny, who pulls together research from several psychologists for her story, which helpfully suggests that financial firms carefully screen out extreme psychopaths in hiring.

Society’s Five Stages of Economic Collapse
Alexander Higgins - While it can be accelerated by certain events like war, a natural disaster, pandemic, terrorist attack, or even an impending asteroid impact, history has shown that economic collapse will essentially happen in this five stage process.

Housing Market

Bank of America, MERS Ask Court to Dismiss Texas Counties’ Mortgage Suit
More kool-aid drinking… Are they for real? Bloomberg- Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc. and Bank of America Corp. asked a court to dismiss a lawsuit brought by Texas counties accusing MERS of filing false claims in property records. The counties allege Merscorp Inc.’s MERS was established by lenders including Bank of America to avoid paying filing fees as well as to ease mortgage transfers. The Texas Legislature approved of MERS’s appearance as a mortgagee in filings in county land records, the defendants said in a filing March 9 in federal court in Dallas.

Energy & Environment

Report: Calif. nitrate contamination spreading
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- Nitrate contamination of drinking water is a pervasive problem in California's agricultural heartland and is bound to intensify in the coming years, according to a University of California, Davis study released Tuesday. The study, ordered by the state Legislature, shows chemical fertilizers and livestock manure are the main source of nitrate contamination in groundwater for more than 1 million Californians in the Salinas Valley and parts of the Central Valley.


New Finding: Consuming Trans Fats Linked To Aggression
Activist Post - In the first human study of its kind researchers have linked trans fatty acid consumption to increased aggression. Published in the Public Library of Science’s own journal, PLoS, March 5th 2012, researchers at the Dept. of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego, reported: “Dietary trans fatty acids (dTFA) are primarily synthetic compounds that have been introduced only recently; little is known about their behavioral effects. dTFA inhibit production of omega-3 fatty acids, which experimentally have been shown to reduce aggression. Potential behavioral effects of dTFA merit investigation. We sought to determine whether dTFA are associated with aggression/irritability.”

This Foolish Cancer "Prevention" May Only Extend Your Life by 2.8 Days
Dr. Mercola - Women over age 21 are now being dissuaded from annual PAP smears. PAP smears screen for cervical cancer typically associated with human papillomavirus (HPV), which health officials say is responsible for most cases of cervical cancer. The USPSTF (US Preventative Services Task Force) and the American Cancer Society are now recommending women undergo PAP screening only once every three years, beginning at age 21 and ending around age 65. The problem with this stance is that PAP smears prevent cervical cancer deaths far more effectively than the HPV vaccine ever will.

Nutrition Alert for Patriots - urgent infographic released by NaturalNews
(NaturalNews) We've just published a new infographic with an urgent health message for patriots -- and by "patriots" I mean anyone who believes in America as a nation of free people... Constitutional America, with its Bill of Rights intact and respected.... The full, free infographic is available right now at:

Gluten attacks the brain and damages the nervous system
(NaturalNews) Some people are literally stumbling through life thinking they are a klutz when really gluten is to blame. Before gastrointestinal symptoms like upset stomach appear, neurological damage may already be done, according to the Center for Peripheral Neuropathy. The Gluten Free Society calls gluten a "potential neurotoxin." Gluten damage may cause everything from unexplained dizziness to numbness in the hands and feet.

Bill introduced to regulate MEN'S reproductive health
COLUMBUS – Before getting a prescription for Viagra or other erectile dysfunction drugs, men would have to see a sex therapist, receive a cardiac stress test and get a notarized affidavit signed by a sexual partner affirming impotency, if state Sen. Nina Turner has her way. The Cleveland Democrat introduced Senate Bill 307 this week.... Under Senate Bill 307, men taking the drugs would continue to be tested for heart problems, receive counseling about possible side effects and receive information about “pursuing celibacy as a viable lifestyle choice.”

LSD ‘may aid alcoholism treatment’
Ella Pickover - Psychedelic drug LSD could be used as an effective method to treat alcoholism, scientists say.... They examined 536 participants, across six medical trials, and found that 59% of LSD patients had improved compared to 38% of control patients. Researchers said the positive effects of a single dose of the drug, tested by a standardised assessment of problem alcohol use, appeared to last for up to 12 months.

Work burnout tied to emotional eating
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women who are fed up with their jobs may be more likely to turn to food for comfort in times of stress, a new study suggests. The study, which followed 230 Finnish women, found that those who reported work burnout were also more likely to have a habit of emotional" eating -- that is, eating when you're stressed, anxious or down, rather than just hungry. What's more, they were more prone to uncontrolled" eating, the feeling that you're always hungry or can't stop eating until all the food's gone.

Science & Technology

NSA refuses to disclose its links with Google
RT -- The Electronic Privacy Information Center, or EPIC, is suing the United States National Security Agency to find out the truth behind any partnership between the NSA and Google, the Silicon Valley giants behind the Web’s most popular search engine and a laundry list of other online applications and services. EPIC has been asking for information on an alleged alliance since 2010, but with the NSA refusing to submit to Freedom of Information Act requests, the US District Court of Appeals will hear arguments later this month that the advocacy group hopes will mean that they will soon learn the truth regarding whether or not the two are in cahoots.

Single Gene May Drive Men's Aggressive Stress Response
Live Science - The classic "fight-or-fight" response to stress is controlled by the sympathetic nervous system — the part of our nervous system that deals with automatic functions such as breathing. Under stress, this system goes wild, increasing heart rate and blood pressure, hastening breathing, and otherwise readying you to face down your enemy or to run.... women don't respond to stress in the same way. In fact, they found, women do show a fight-or-flight response to immediate stress, but it's dampened by a tendency to "tend and befriend," or to seek out social support in stressful times.

Mozilla CEO: 30 mln not nerds, get online or get out of govt!
RT - Mozilla was among the internet giants that campaigned against the [SOPA/PIPA ] bills, reports National Journal weekly. "We enabled 30 million people to take action. Thirty million people are not nerds. Thirty million people are citizens," Kovacs said in a speech at the annual South by Southwest conference in Austin.... Kovacs says the controversy was largely because too many people in power do not understand how the internet works, even though it has become a way of life for billions of people in the world.

Pet News

Dogs suffer cancer after ID chipping
WND - Do implanted microchips cause cancer in dogs and cats? That’s the question owners are asking after highly aggressive tumors developed around the microchip implants of two dogs, killing one and leaving the other terminally ill. The owners – and pathology and autopsy reports – suggest a link between the chips and formation of fast-growing cancers.... [Katherine] Albrecht has authored a 52-page peer-reviewed article, titled “Microchip-Induced Tumors in Laboratory Rodents and Dogs: A Review of the Literature,” in which she discusses literature published in oncology and toxicology journals between 1990 and 2006 that address the effects of implanted radio-frequency microchips on laboratory rodents and dogs. For more information visit .

This is One Lump You Can't Ignore
Dr. Karen Becker - Mast cells are found in tissues throughout the body, but they are especially prevalent in the skin, respiratory and GI tract. They play a role in allergic responses, non-allergic skin disease, wound healing and tissue remodeling. They also increase stomach acid production. When mast cells replicate in higher than normal numbers, mast cell tumors can develop. These tumors can occur in both dogs and cats, and while some are benign, most are malignant. Dogs usually develop a single tumor; cats tend to develop multiple tumors.

Today in History - Monday - March 12, 2012
1755 - In North Arlington, NJ, the steam engine was used for the first time.
1789 - The U.S. Post Office was established.
1809 - Britain signed a treaty with Persia forcing the French to leave the country.
1884 - The State of Mississippi authorized the first state-supported college for women. It was called the Mississippi Industrial Institute and College.
1863 - President Jefferson Davis delivered his State of the Confederacy address.
1894 - Coca-Cola was sold in bottles for the first time.
1906 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that corporations must yield incriminating evidence in anti-trust suits.
1909 - Three U.S. warships were ordered to Nicaragua to stem the conflict with El Salvador.
1912 - The Girl Scout organization was founded. The original name was Girl Guides.
1933 - President Paul von Hindenburg dropped the flag of the German Republic and ordered that the swastika and empire banner be flown side by side.
1933 - U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt presented his first presidential address to the nation. It was the first of the "Fireside Chats."
1944 - Britain barred all travel to Ireland.
1947 - U.S. President Truman established the "Truman Doctrine" to help Greece and Turkey resist Communism.
1959 - The U.S. House joined the U.S. Senate in approving the statehood of Hawaii.
1980 - In Chicago, IL, a jury found John Wayne Gacy Jr. guilty of the murders of 33 men and boys.
1989 - About 2,500 veterans and supporters marched at the Art Institute of Chicago to demand that officials remove an American flag placed on the floor as part of an exhibit.
1993 - In the U.S., the Pentagon called for the closure of 31 major military bases.
1993 - Janet Reno was sworn in as the first female U.S. attorney general.
1994 - The Church of England ordained its first women priests.
2002 - In Houston, Andrea Yates was convicted of murdering her five children in the family bathtub.
2002 - U.S. homeland security chief Tom Ridge unveiled a color-coded system for terror warnings.
2002 - Conoco and Phillips Petroleum stockholders approved a proposed merger worth $15.6 billion.
2003 - In Utah, Elizabeth Smart was reunited with her family nine months after she was abducted from her home. She had been taken on June 5, 2002, by a drifter that had previously worked at the Smart home.
2003 - The U.S. Air Force announced that it would resume reconnaissance flights off the coast of North Korea. The flights had stopped on March 2 after an encounter with four armed North Korean jets.
2004 - In Spain, millions of people marched to protest train bombings in Madrid that killed 191 people the day before.
2009 - It was announced that the Sears Tower in Chicago, IL, would be renamed Willis Tower.

World News

US troops on high alert after Kandahar rampage
RT - The US Embassy in Kabul warns of anti-American feelings over the recent rampage against the innocent which killed 16 villagers, including nine children. Taliban militants vow revenge and decisive measures. The Taliban said in a statement on Monday it would “take revenge from the invaders and the savage murderers for every single martyr,” AFP reports. The US is “arming lunatics in Afghanistan who turn their weapons against the defenseless Afghans,” the statement reads. Washington hurried to offer its condolences, warning American citizens over possible retribution for the attacks.

Iranian media continues to be attacked by foreign entities
Activist Post - A string of attacks on Iranian media continues with reports of jamming signals coming from an unknown location interrupting broadcasts for two hours. According to Iran’s Press TV, broadcasts of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting’s (IRIB) international channels on the Hotbird satellite provider were cut out for two hours by these signals. High-power jamming signals were transmitted on the 12437 MHz frequency from 9:00 to 11:00 GMT on Saturday, March 10, 2012. During this time, the broadcasts of the IRIB’s international channels were interrupted on multiple occasions.

The Spymaster: Meir Dagan on Iran's threat
(CBS News) Meir Dagan has been described as "hard-charging" and "stops at nothing." For more than eight years, Dagan made full use of those qualities as chief of Mossad, Israel's intelligence agency, where he focused on keeping Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. When that job ended, Dagan did something unheard of for an ex-Mossad chief: he spoke out publicly, voicing opposition to Israel launching preemptive airstrikes against Iran's nuclear facilities anytime soon. Dagan believes the Iranian regime is a rational one and even its president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad - who has called for Israel to be annihilated - acts in a somewhat rational way when it comes to Iran's nuclear ambitions. Lesley Stahl reports.

Egypt moves toward anti-U.S. vote
Politico - CAIRO - Egypt’s parliament moved Sunday toward a vote to order an end to more than $1 billion in U.S. aid, a reflection of tensions with Washington over the case of Americans charged with illegal activity by their pro-democracy groups. The United States was angry enough over the charges against the American workers that it threatened to cut off aid to Egypt. The measure in the Islamist-dominated Egyptian parliament, probably just symbolic, showed that there is considerable anger in Cairo over charges that U.S. pressure led to interference in the judicial process.

VIDEO: US soldier kills Afghan civilians in Kandahar
BBC - A US soldier in Afghanistan has killed at least 16 civilians and wounded five after entering their homes in Kandahar province, senior local officials say. US officials have apologised repeatedly for the incident at a Nato base in Kabul, but they failed to quell a series of protests and attacks that killed at least 30 people and six US troops.... Local people have reportedly gathered near the base in Panjwai district to protest about Sunday's killings, and the US embassy is advising against travel to the area.... The soldier - who had reportedly suffered a breakdown before the attacks - is said to have handed himself over to the US military authorities after carrying out the killings.

Iron Dome Foils 90 Percent of Missiles
Israel National News - The Iron Dome system has intercepted 90 percent of missile attacks on urban centers during the latest rocket bombardment from Gaza.... The problem with the Iron Dome is its cost and the lack of enough systems to defend all of Israel. The United States is providing funds to Israel to buy more of the made-in-Israel systems, each one of which costs more than $100 million.

Moody's: Greece has defaulted
RT - Moody's Investors Service considers Greece to have defaulted per its default definitions. The announcement comes despite Athens reaching a deal with private creditors for a bond exchange that will shave €107 billion from its €350 billion debt.

Official: US govt already seized hundreds of foreign domains
RT - US seizure of a Canadian gambling website caused online outcry as it was registered abroad and thought to be outside American jurisdiction. But this is far from isolated; it has emerged that the US has seized hundreds of foreign domain names. Operation “In Our Sites”, an initiative run by US and Immigration Customs Enforcement, is dedicated to shutting down illegal websites that it believes are involved in the distribution of copyright goods and copyright works. It was initially created in 2010 to police US-owned domains, but now appears to have extended its reach using federal court orders to shut down websites.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

NYPD officer thrown in psych ward by superiors after revealing systemic corruption
Activist Post - Adrian Schoolcraft of the New York Police Department’s (NYPD) 81st precinct in Brooklyn noticed some disturbing trends within the department and in response to his brave move to step forward, his superiors had him thrown in a psychiatric ward.

Homeland Security infiltrating higher education by establishing Big Brother campus recruiting, surveillance schemes
(NaturalNews) The total government control and surveillance nightmare portrayed in the book 1984 has all but fully arrived in the United States as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is now implementing its abhorrent spying and recruitment programs at American institutions of higher learning.

YouTube: FBI Director Can't Answer Basic Question About Due Process
Fox News - Judge Napolitano explains Obama’s sabotage of the Constitution.

Obama signs anti-protest Trespass Bill
RT - Only days after clearing Congress, US President Barack Obama signed his name to H.R. 347 on Thursday, officially making it a federal offense to cause a disturbance at certain political events — essentially criminalizing protest in the States.

Smith & Wesson Reports Surging Gun Purchases On Back of Fears Over Obama Re-Election
Paul Joseph Watson - “Shares in Smith & Wesson Holding Corp (SWHC.O) shot up nearly 18 percent to their highest in more than two years on Friday, after the gun maker hiked its full-year sales forecast on a higher order backlog, reflecting strong demand for its guns and rifles,” reports Reuters.

VIDEO: Maryland Cops To Be Trained On US Constitution After Illegally Arresting Protesters
Steve Watson - State police in Maryland have been ordered to undergo training on the First and Fourth Amendments following a 2008 incident during which 18 pro-life protesters were arrested, shackled and strip searched. The incident occured when members of the group Defend Life peacefully demonstrated on public property in Hartford County in August, 2008, as part of their “Face the Truth” campaign.

Camo Cops Respond to Terror on Pittsburgh Campus - On Thursday, an al-Qaeda gunman attacked Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic on the University of Pittsburgh campus. Not really. It was an employee at the clinic who went postal and killed a fellow worker and shot several others, which gave the cops an excuse to prepare for combat and march around campus in camouflage with automatic weapons as if ninja jihadists armed with AK47s and RPGs were on the loose. This sort of combat mentality is now standard procedure in response to drug dealers, domestic disputes, and other common law enforcement situations.

VIDEO: TSA Threatens MSM Reporters Over Coverage Of Body Scanner Story
Steve Watson - Now Corbett, who was the first person in the country to sue the TSA over the body scanners, says that two mainstream media journalists have contacted him to make it known that the TSA warned them off the story. “I’ve been on the phone all day for the last 2 days with reporters and journalists of all kinds,” writes Corbett. “One South Florida reporter told me that he had been “strongly cautioned” by the TSA not to cover this story. Absolutely unbelievable” Corbett later updated his post to say that another reporter had also been “strongly cautioned” not to cover the story.

Pennsylvania's Harrisburg to Skip Two Debt Payments
CNBC - Pennsylvania's distressed capital city, Harrisburg, will skip $5.3 million of debt payments due next week, the first time the city has defaulted on its general obligation bonds, to ensure there is enough cash to fund vital services.

VIDEO: US flight attendant tells terrified passengers their plane is going to crash
Telegraph - A flight attendant who began "ranting" at passengers that the plane they were on would crash is in hospital after being restrained. The incident happened while the American Airways aircraft was about to take off from Dallas Fort Worth Airport on its way to Chicago... A group of passengers is understood to have tackled the woman who was “kicking and screaming” as she was forced to surrender the intercom.... The reason for the flight attendant’s outburst is not known, but one passenger told local reporters that the crew had informed him the woman had stopped taking her medication, causing her to have paranoid delusions.

2012 Election News

Ron Paul gets first win in Virgin Islands but all news agencies report Romney
Examiner - Ron Paul 29% (112 votes), Mitt Romney 26% (101 votes), Rick Santorum 6% (23 votes). These are the official results from the Virgin Islands GOP, yet AP and therefore most major mainstream news organizations that receive information from them are reporting that somehow Mitt Romney has just won the contest in the Virgin Islands. Here is an example of headlines at USA Today publishing AP's account of the "facts" which hit the net just 15 minutes ago and well after the real results have been available for the world to see.

VIDEO: Jack Hunter Blasts MSM For Not Reporting Ron Paul Winning U.S. Virgin Islands Caucus
Daily Paul - Jack Hunter Blasts MSM: MSM Changes Rules In Not Reporting Ron Paul Winning U.S. Virgin Islands Caucus. A math lesson for the mainstream media:

YouTube: Ron Paul Openly Muses About the Possibility of GOP Election Fraud
The whole sorry criminal saga goes on and on and at last Ron Paul calls it for what it is.

Caucus and Convention Results: Alaska, Colorado, Georgia, Kansas, Nevada, Minnesota, and Virgin Islands! + Much More!
Daily Paul - I've been watching closely and I have seen results posted here on DP recently from Conventions and Caucuses in Alaska, California, Iowa, Minnesota, Nevada, Oklahoma, Colorado, Kansas, the Virgin Islands, Rhode Island and even Georgia.

Ron Paul contingent in Boston St. Patrick's Day Parade!
Daily Paul - We ('Ron Paul for President') have been approved to join the official St. Pat's Day parade in South Boston on Sunday, March 18. Parade steps off at 1:00 PM. This is the second largest St. Pat's parade in the country with tens of thousands of viewers along the route and more on TV. It is only a week away and so preparations must begin now to join the parade. We need to raise $350 ($150 out of parade fee of $500. is pledged) to participate.

RCP: Romney Really Might NOT Have the Delegates by June
Real Clear Politics - The Republican primary has revealed distinct geographic tendencies. Mitt Romney is dominant in New England and in the West. Newt Gingrich has run well in the Deep South, while Rick Santorum has done well in caucus states, the Great Plains, and the peripheral South (it remains to be seen whether his support has bled into Gingrich's strength in the Deep South). That leaves the Midwest as a battleground between Romney and Santorum.

Kansas GOP Primary Results
CNN March 10, 2012 - Santorum: 51% (15,290 votes) Romney: 21% (6,250 votes) Gingrich:14% (4,298 votes) Paul 13 % (3,767 votes)

Wyoming GOP Primary Results
CNN March 10, 2012 - Romney: 39% (822 votes) Santorum 32% (673 votes) Paul 21 % (439 votes)

Ron Paul Draws 2,500-plus Voters to St. Charles County Missouri Town Hall
ST. LOUIS, Missouri – 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul attracted a remarkable 2,500-plus voters at a massive town hall meeting held in St. Charles County, Missouri today. The standing-room-only St. Charles County Town Hall Meeting with Dr. Paul and thousands of voters took place at 3:00 p.m. CST at Lindenwood University...

VIDEO: Dr. Paul @ Kansas U, Lawrence w/2,000+ Capacity Crowd on Big 12 Game Night!
Daily Paul - Looks like the MSM is up to their old tricks again: AP reports "hundreds," yet Dr. Paul states over TWO THOUSAND! My personal rule of thumb? Whenever AP 'reports' on a RP Rally attendance, add 1,000~2,000. Because they, without fail, always under report it by a thousand, in almost every article.

PHOTO: Ron Paul Rally vs. Rick Santorum Rally in Kansas
Daily Paul.

Georgia convention has Ron Paul Delegates trying to come out of the woodwork!
Washington Times - Ron Paul’s Georgia supporters succeeded in taking over a delegate-selection convention in a populous county on Saturday and nearly succeeded in another densely populated urban-suburban county. The Texas congressman’s forces took over the DeKalb County delegate-selection convention in eastern metropolitan Atlanta. The mostly young, well-educated and well off Paul partisans nearly did so in Cobb County in northern metropolitan Atlanta, Republican convention participants in the state told The Washington Times. Party regulars called the Paul supporters’ efforts a “hijacking.”

NEVADA: Report on the Clark County, GOP Convention. WE OWNED IT!
Daily Paul - It started out with an informal roll call. The MC asked how many people were there supporting Santorum. A small handful stood up. How many for Gingrich? Actually a few more than I expected, but still not very many. How many for Romney? A whole bunch stood up and started cheering for Mitt. I guess they were as motivated as Romney supporters could be. Then he asked how many of us were for Ron Paul. And a giant Army stood up!!! And we hollered like Spartan Warriors ready for battle.

How did Ron Paul lose Alaska?
Alaska Dispatch - Paul enjoys a deep volunteer base here. His supporters were organized on Tuesday night. It would seem, though, that the campaign simply wasn't able to convert that enthusiasm into victory. Ron Paul for Alaska campaign chief Evan Cutler said the candidate's supporters and organizers who were out at the polls Tuesday night harbored other suspicions. "People were turned away at the polls that were registered to vote due to confusion among the poll volunteers. Voter registration databases were outdated," Cutler said his organizers reported, going on to add that, "younger voters, voters of a certain demographic were turned away" and that the campaign had conducted exit polling across the state and that numbers reported by the state party leaders "didn't jibe."

VIDEO: Ron Paul’s Delegate Strategy Prepares to Launch
MSNBC Rachel Maddow.

YouTube: Ron Paul's Reaction to Jobs Report and Super Tuesday
CNBC March 9, 2012 - At the 5:25 minute mark, Ron Paul is asked why his support hasn't translated into votes at the polls. Ron Paul's response was "Well, you will need to read all the stories on how they count the votes to be fair because there is a lot of things going on. We can put 4000 people in a precinct and come up with 2000 votes and we actually know where are votes are. So, we have a lot of things to contend with, not only the philosophy and the challenge of the status quo, but we also have to challenge the system that can't bear the thought that we would get a lot of credit for what we are doing."

YouTube: Rachel Maddow "Rick Santorum has failed to collect enough signatures to make it onto the ballot"
MSNBC - A funny thing happened on the way to Santorum. Rachel Maddow Slams Rick Santorum.

YouTube: Former CIA Officer Robert Steele Slams Rick Santorum
Former CIA Officer Robert Steele Slams Rick Santorum and supports Ron Paul. Robert David Steele Vivas (b. July 16, 1952 New York City), is known for his promotion of open source intelligence (OSINT).[1] He is a former United States Marine Corps infantry and intelligence officer for twenty years and was the second-ranking civilian (GS-14) in U.S. Marine Corps Intelligence from 1988--1992.[citation needed] Steele is a former clandestine services case officer with the Central Intelligence Agency.[2] He is the founder and CEO of OSS.Net as well as the Golden Candle Society. Steele also was a member of the Adjunct Faculty of Marine Corps University in the mid-1990s.

VIDEO: Ron Paul Phone From Home Walkthrough
Daily Paul - Lets get busy!!!!

Veteran News

VIDEO: Announcing the Veterans for Liberty Super PAC & VFRP March August 27th on the RNC
Adam vs The Man - We are asking all military veterans and active duty troops (in full observance of military regulations regarding political speech) who can furnish proof of service, to join us at FOB Domestic Defense the week of August 27th where food, campsites, GP tents, and cots will be provided for the entire duration of the RNC.... For more information about how to get involved and support this event, please go to Ron Paul Choice of The Troops. Also visit the Veterans for Ron Paul forum.

YouTube: Adam Kokesh: Veterans for Ron Paul Planned March on RNC - Ron Paul 2012!
Popeye of is joined by Adam Kokesh for an in depth discussion on a variety of topics focusing around the planned Veterans for Ron Paul march on the Republican National Convention.

YouTube: Soldiers Deck of Cards
A Veterans tribute with just a pack of cards and a beautiful ending.


VIDEO: Ridiculous bureaucracy killing the American Dream?
­RT - America was once considered the land of opportunity, home of the American Dream - where the entrepreneurial spirit thrives. But is all that a thing of past? Now, it seems, a ridiculous bureaucracy has people jumping through hoops to start a business and forcing entrepreneurs to do useless things for no logical reason.

MF Global executives are still going to get bonuses of millions of dollars for 2011!
WSJ - Three top executives of MF Global when it collapsed could get bonuses of as much as several hundred thousand dollars each under a plan by a trustee overseeing the securities firm's bankruptcy case, people familiar with the matter said.

Goldman Sachs: Social Security and Medicare Are 'Weaker' Promises Than Debt
Business Week - A report released today by Goldman Sachs says that if push comes to shove, the federal government will pay its lenders before it pays Social Security and Medicare beneficiaries. Debt service “should be seen as the top claim on government resources in most cases,” says the Goldman analysis.

Energy & Environment

Dirty electricity - Myth or reality?
(NaturalNews) Electricity has been a lifesaver for modern civilization and we would be lost without it; but, research has brought to light the existence of different kinds of electricity, namely clean and dirty. Clean electricity is safe electricity. Clean electricity has a smooth sine wave that goes up and down 60 times a second. Dirty electricity is electromagnetic pollution called transients and harmonics - operating in the 4 to 100 kilohertz frequency range - which contaminate the electrical supply.

Government-subsidized green light bulb carries costly price tag
The U.S. government last year announced a $10 million award, dubbed the “L Prize,” for any manufacturer that could create a “green” but affordable light bulb. Energy Secretary Steven Chu said the prize would spur industry to offer the costly bulbs, known as LEDs, at prices “affordable for American families.” There was also a “Buy America” component. Portions of the bulb would have to be made in the United States. Now the winning bulb is on the market -- The price is $50.

Cancer Causing Chemicals Contaminating Water Supply Through Fracking
Activist Post - Fracking has been known to be cause environmental and health damage. Doctors have begun warning the United States government along with gas and oil producers of the dangers revolving around fracking, with many on a quest to end fracking completely.

VIDEO: Wind farms in Pacific Northwest paid to not produce
Fox News - The problem arose during the late spring and early summer last year. Rapid snow melt filled the Columbia River Basin. The water rushed through the 31 dams run by the Bonneville Power Administration, a federal agency based in Portland, Ore., allowing for peak hydropower generation. At the very same time, the wind howled, leading to maximum wind power production. Now, Bonneville is offering to compensate wind companies for half their lost revenue. The bill could reach up to $50 million a year. The extra payout means energy users will eventually have to pay more.

YouTube: Pyramids of Waste aka '' The Lightbulb Conspiracy ''
Consumerism = 1. Advertisement - 2. Planned Obsolescence - 3. Credit : These 3 stages of modern business are worth noting regarding the promulgation of today's world wide consumer system which is presently stripping the natural wealth of the planet for all inhabitants, including man.


ALERT: California's AB 2109 Would Make Doctors Gatekeepers for Non-Medical Vaccine Exemptions!
(NaturalNews) California's pending bill, AB 2109,[1] would require parents exercising a non-medical vaccine exemption for their children to get a health care practitioner's signature on a form signifying that the doctor has given the parent vaccine risk-benefit information, and to provide a separate statement signed by the parent saying that the parent got the risk-benefit information from the doctor.

Heard about the colloidal silver 'Blue Man?' Here's why the scare story is public relations fraud
(NaturalNews) The case of the legendary "Blue Man" whose entire body turned blue after taking a liquid concoction that the mainstream media continues to refer to as "colloidal silver" is a fraud. Contrary to what you may have heard about the incident, 57-year-old Paul Karason from California had not been taking real colloidal silver at all when he turned blue, and the entire charade appears to have been nothing more than a shock-factor story to detract the public from exploring the truth about properly-prepared silver colloids and their incredible power to heal when taken appropriately.

Correcting erroneous beliefs about calcium bentonite clay
(NaturalNews) Since the popularity of calcium bentonite clays have increased, misconceptions about how they work have become rampant resulting in many erroneous beliefs. I would like to dismiss some of these common misconceptions.... Help set the record straight on this multi-beneficial gift from Mother Earth. Now, go spread some good information.

Groups push for FDA to require specific labeling of added sugars in foods
(NaturalNews) A coalition of consumer advocacy groups, health organizations, and food and nutrition groups has officially called on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to enact new labeling requirements for foods that contain added sugars. The Environmental Working Group (EWG), the American Heart Association, and 12 other organizations all undersigned a recent letter petitioning the FDA to require that food labels differentiate between natural sugars and added, processed sugars like high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS).

Strong scientific evidence shows that eating berries benefits the brain
(NaturalNews) As we age, one of the functions that can often deteriorate dramatically is our mental function - our brain power, if you will. The good news is, researchers may have discovered a way to prevent this kind of decline: Eat more berries.

YouTube: It's now illegal to know what's in your food
RT - Todd Tucker, Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch joins Thom Hartmann. Put down that fork! Do you now what's REALLY on your dinner plate? Well - it's becoming increasingly difficult for you to find out and there may be very little our lawmakers can do about it. Do you know what's in your dinner? Chances probably don't. That's because recent rulings by the World Trade Organization have made it harder and harder for Americans to know if what they're eating is safe - and exactly where it came from.

Forget diet drugs: Learn how natural vitamin D can help you maintain a healthy weight
(NaturalNews) The pharmaceutical industry is poised to begin churning out a slew of new diet drugs within the next few years that are sure to come with some very serious side effects, and that may not even work in the first place. But if you are an overweight or obese individual looking for solutions to your weight problem, you may want to skip these up-and-coming "blockbuster" drugs and instead look to vitamin D, as well as to other diet and lifestyle changes, as an effective alternative to losing weight.

Three mind-body causes of weight gain
(NaturalNews) Below are three little known mind/body systems that contribute to high stress, weight gain and the inability to lose weight. Chances are you haven't heard of at least one of them, yet they affect your life on every level. When you understand how these systems operate, you can work with them and reverse age-old patterns that may have been contributing to weight gain or other manifestations of chronic stress.

How services like Netflix (in moderation) could help parents break the junk food propaganda stranglehold
(NaturalNews) The days of Saturday morning cartoons are long gone. Today, kids can watch cartoons and other children's programming on a variety of channels anytime they turn on the TV. Parents would do well to keep a close eye on not only what and how much their children are watching, but the content of the commercials they are exposed to. Junk food and beverage companies are spending upwards of $2 billion a year (1) peddling their poison by reaching into the living rooms of unsuspecting parents who, all too often, use television as a surrogate baby-sitter.

Improve posture while sitting in your chair
(NaturalNews) Like millions of Americans, you're probably slouched in a computer chair staring at a monitor with a forward-drawn posture. Poor posture is everywhere, yet there is a simple solution to improve it that most people don't know about, unless they go to a chiropractor or physical therapy. By performing a 30-second stretch every so often, poor seated posture can be a thing of the past.

Toxic mercury found in lotions and cosmetics
Press TV - The federal health agency has issued a statement saying that 35 potentially poisonous products have been found in at least seven states that contain high levels of the toxic metal Mercury. All the named goods include those made abroad and sold illegally in the US as skin lightener, anti-aging, antiseptic and anti-wrinkle, said national health fraud coordinator in the FDA's Office of Regulatory Affairs Gary Coody. The products include some sold by the brands Diana, Stillman’s, Lusco and Crema Aguamary which are usually marketed illegally in shops or online.

Drugmakers have paid $8 billion in fraud fines
US Today - The nation's largest drugmakers have paid at least $8 billion in fines for repeatedly defrauding Medicare and Medicaid over the past decade, but they remain in business with the federal government because they are often the sole suppliers of critical products, records show.

YouTube: The Cover-Up Ctte Gov Rfrm Investigate-Mercury/Vaccine/Autism
UNINFORMED CONSENT, Washington DC. Rep. Dan Burton, Chair of Gov Reform Committee comments on vaccines and mercury showing a video of an autistic child in full melt down. - Followed by Dr. Andrew Wakefield MD UK, well-respected scientist, whose discovery of the vaccine strain measles virus in the gut of autistic children set off an international frenzy from public health authorities attempting to marginalize Wakefield for their own irresponsibility in refusing to address these issues with vaccines.

YouTube: Autism Debate with Jenny McCarthy on The Doctors Part One
Jenny McCarthy, Dr. Jerry Kartzinel and J.B. Handley, co-founder of Generation Rescue, join The Doctors to discuss the causes of autism. Are vaccines to blame? Watch the first part of the heated debate. Watch Part Two here.

YouTube: Eric's life before and after the Vaccine

YouTube: Still Want Your Vaccine After Watching This Video?
Fox News Oct 15, 2009.

YouTube: Ron Paul On Immunization Shots
Jun 7, 2007 - Ron Paul discusses Immunization Shots.

The role of polyunsaturated fatty acids in neurodegeneration
(NaturalNews) Excitotoxicity, oxidative stress and inflammation are core processes that play leading roles in neurodegenerative diseases. Polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) methodically contribute to and impair the cells' defensive mechanisms against these destructive processes, leading to cellular over-excitation and death. Examples of PUFAs include corn oil, safflower oil, soybean oil and some margarines.

Science & Technology

12-Year-Old Girl Sues School for Spying on Her Facebook Account
Activist Post - The ACLU filed a lawsuit on behalf of a 12-year-old middle school student who was detained and interrogated by Minnesota school officials who demanded her Facebook and email passwords. According to CNN, the girl claims she was "'intimidated, frightened, humiliated and sobbing while she was detained in the small school room' as she watched a counselor, a deputy, and another school employee pore over her private communications."

VIDEO: SAFFiR: the Navy’s unbelievable firefighting robot that can understand gestures and throw grenades
Activist Post - The Shipboard Autonomous Firefighting Robot (SAFFiR), developed by the Naval Research Laboratory, can not only handle a fire hose but also throw extinguisher grenades, climb ladders, crawl through cramped spaces and see through smoke.... SAFFiR also boasts titanium springs which act as joints, allowing for fluid movements. The robotic wonder can even interact with its human comrades in their firefighting efforts.

YouTube: McCain wants new SOPA
RT - Top US officials, lawmakers and defense contractors are saying a cyber equivalent to Pearl Harboris coming soon. According to these individuals, a cyber-attack could potentiallywipe-out the country's financial system and electrical grid. The Pentagon has announcedthat cyber-attacks will be met with military attacks and Senator John McCainhas introduced the Secure IT Act with hopes to monitor online users' activity 24/7by private companies.

Study shows that computers might be able to spot liars better than human experts
Activist Post - Similar to the so-called “threat assessment” technology being researched, funded and field tested by the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS), computer scientists are researching ways to read the visual cues individuals display when they are lying. In a small-scale study of forty videotaped conversations, researchers at the University of Buffalo’s Center for Unified Biometrics and Sensors (CUBS) were able to correctly identify whether subjects were telling the truth or lying a whopping 82.5 percent of the time.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Shocking photos show result of raw milk man's 10 days of torture and abuse, effects of government-approved food in LA County jail
(NaturalNews) California is now in the business of torturing senior citizens who advocate real food. 65-year-old James Stewart, the California "milk man," was recently arrested under trumped-up charges, then "lost" in the LA County jail for over a week... Now photos have emerged that show the before and after of James Stewart. This photo, shown below, shows his level of health and vitality on a raw food diet at age 65, followed by his loss of health and vitality after just 10 days on a California government-approved diet of dead processed foods which were occasionally thrown at him in jail (when he was not being starved of food, anyway).

While California persecutes raw milk farmers, France unveils raw milk vending machines for happy, healthy consumers
(NaturalNews) Thanks to the extraordinarily cruel and vindictive actions of the LA County and Ventura County District Attorneys' offices, California is rapidly losing its reputation as a state that promotes a healthy lifestyle.... France, on the other hand, has embraced the health benefits of raw milk. There, innovative dairy farmer Michel Cantaloube has created a raw milk vending machine (see photo below). The vending machine is a tastefully-designed kiosk that blends right into the urban setting, allowing it to be set up on a street corner on a French town or even a major metropolitan area.

Support 'Local Farms, Food and Jobs Act' to help decentralize food system
(NaturalNews) Federal food policies that distribute billions of taxpayer dollars every year to subsidize the growth of commodity crops like genetically-modified (GM) corn and soy are largely responsible for the dismal state of food quality and health in our nation today. But Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) and Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Oh.) have introduced a new bill known as the Local Farms, Food and Jobs Act that would help decentralize the food system and promote diversified, small-scale farming operations capable of meeting the growing demand for clean, fresh, local foods.

65-year-old California 'milk man' subjected to week of extreme torture, hypothermia, biological sewage assault in LA County jail
(NaturalNews) NaturalNews can now report that 65-year-old senior citizen James Stewart, a raw milk farmer with no criminal history, was nearly tortured to death in the LA County jail this past week. He survived a "week of torturous Hell" at the hands of LA County jail keepers who subjected him to starvation, sleep deprivation, hypothermia, loss of blood circulation to extremities, verbal intimidation, involuntary medical testing and even subjected him to over 30 hours of raw biological sewage filth containing dangerous pathogens. Audio Interview with James Stewart here, or on YouTube here.

Ventura county District Attorney's office wages campaign of personal revenge against raw milk farmers; resorts to tactics resembling North Korea
(NaturalNews) NaturalNews can now report that James Stewart and Sharon Palmer are victims of an outrageous, almost unprecedented campaign of government terrorism against private citizens that's playing out across two counties today: Ventura County and Los Angeles County. There, officials have secretly made a pact to "destroy" James and Sharon, regardless of what laws and rights have to be broken in the process. As you will see below, the DA's offices in these two counties now harbor rogue, criminal elements who are using the power of the state of California to wage personal vengeance campaigns against innocent farmers.

Horticultural Vinegar: Vinegar Weed Killer
Organic Lawn Care Guide - Household vinegar, and the higher acetic acid in horticultural vinegar, are both effective organic weed killers when used properly. As with most organic applications, it does take some special handling and a little more work than the traditional chemical herbicide.... Because of it's non selective nature, this control might not be the most effective organic weed killer for larger lawn areas. However, it works beautifully on patios, walkways and driveways.

Pet News

FDA Provides Q & A Regarding Jerky Treats from China - The FDA just released "Questions and Answers Regarding Chicken Jerky Treats from China." Below is that content...


Incredible Edible Watermelon Art

1895's 8th grade Final Exam paper
Remember when grandparents and great-grandparents stated that they only had an 8th grade education? Well, check this out. Could any of us have passed the 8th grade in 1895?

Humor & Satire

Los Angeles museum director unveils brilliant plan to save national economy by shipping rocks across America (satire)
(NaturalNews) When a Los Angeles museum spent $10 million to move a large boulder across California and use it as a museum attraction, museum director Michael Govan told Reuters the activity was a tremendous boon to the economy. "You couldn't ask for a better gift to the economy right now than to be paying iron workers, truck drivers, concrete, construction workers," he said. This is true. Check the source at:

Today in History - Friday - March 9, 2012
1788 - Connecticut became the 5th state to join the United States.
1793 - Jean Pierre Blanchard made the first balloon flight in North America. The event was witnessed by U.S. President George Washington.
1799 - The U.S. Congress contracted with Simeon North, of Berlin, CT, for 500 horse pistols at the price of $6.50 each.
1820 - The U.S. Congress passed the Land Act that paved the way for westward expansion of North America.
1822 - Charles M. Graham received the first patent for artificial teeth.
1832 - Abraham Lincoln announced that he would run for a political office for the first time. He was unsuccessful in his run for a seat in the Illinois state legislature.
1858 - Albert Potts was awarded a patent for the letter box.
1860 - The first Japanese ambassador to the U.S. was appointed.
1863 - General Ulysses Grant was appointed commander-in-chief of the Union forces.
1905 - In Manchuria, Japanese troops surrounded 200,000 Russian troops that were retreating from Mudken.
1906 - In the Philippines, fifteen Americans and 600 Moros were killed in the last two days of fighting.
1909 - The French National Assembly passed an income tax bill.
1916 - Mexican raiders led by Pancho Villa attacked Columbus, New Mexico. 17 people were killed by the 1,500 horsemen.
1936 - The German press warned that all Jews who vote in the upcoming elections would be arrested.
1945 - During World War II, U.S. B-29 bombers launched incendiary bomb attacks against Japan.
1949 - The first all-electric dining car was placed in service on the Illinois Central Railroad.
1954 - WNBT-TV (now WNBC-TV), in New York, broadcast the first local color television commercials. The ad was Castro Decorators of New York City.
1957 - Egyptian leader Nasser barred U.N. plans to share the tolls for the use of the Suez Canal.
1964 - The first Ford Mustang rolled off of the Ford assembly line.
1965 - The first U.S. combat troops arrived in South Vietnam.
1967 - Svetlana Alliluyeva, Josef Stalin's daughter defected to the United States.
1975 - Work began on the Alaskan oil pipeline.
1975 - Iraq launched an offensive against the rebel Kurds.
1977 - About a dozen armed Hanafi Muslims invaded three buildings in Washington, DC. They killed one person and took more than 130 hostages. The siege ended two days later.
1985 - "Gone With The Wind" went on sale in video stores across the U.S. for the first time.
1986 - U.S. Navy divers found the crew compartment of the space shuttle Challenger along with the remains of the astronauts.
1989 - The U.S. Senate rejected John Tower as a choice for a cabinet member. It was the first rejection in 30 years.
1989 - In the U.S., a strike forced Eastern Airlines into bankruptcy.
1989 - In the U.S., President George H.W. Bush urged for a mandatory death penalty in drug-related killings.
1990 - Dr. Antonia Novello was sworn in as the first female and Hispanic surgeon general.
1993 - Rodney King testified at the federal trial of four Los Angeles police officers accused of violating his civil rights.
2000 - In Norway, the coalition government of Kjell Magne Bondevik resigned as a result of an environmental dispute.

World News

Afghanistan, U.S. to sign prison transfer deal: officials
KABUL (Reuters) - The United States and Afghanistan are expected to sign a deal on the transfer of U.S.-run detention centers to Afghan authorities on Friday, two Afghan officials said, improving the prospects of a strategic partnership allowing long-term U.S. involvement in the country.... The Strategic Partnership Agreement, which Washington and Kabul have been discussing for over a year, will be the framework for U.S. involvement in Afghanistan beyond 2014, when the last foreign combat troops are due to leave Afghanistan. Afghanistan wants the United States and NATO to agree to stop carrying out night raids on Afghan homes as a precondition for signing an agreement with Washington and a timeline to assume control over detention centers.

Italy president condemns Britain in Nigeria raid
ROME (Reuters) - President Giorgio Napolitano on Friday condemned Britain's failure to inform Italy before launching a botched raid in which an Italian and British hostage were killed in Nigeria, calling it "inexplicable" and demanding an explanation. Prime Minister David Cameron said the two hostages were killed by their Islamist captors during the joint British-Nigerian raid in northwestern Nigeria on Thursday. "The behaviour of the British government in not informing Italy is inexplicable," Napolitano told reporters on the sidelines of a conference.

21 dead in Syria, tanks shell Homs
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian government forces killed 21 people around the country on Friday, activists said, with at least nine people killed by tank shelling in opposition districts of the central city of Homs. The resumption of heavy shelling comes after a few days of relative calm during which U.N. humanitarian chief Valerie Amos visited Homs and said part of the city had been completely destroyed.

Greece averts immediate default with bond success
ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece averted the immediate risk of an uncontrolled default on Friday, winning strong acceptance from its private creditors for a bond swap deal which will eat into its mountainous public debt and clear the way for a new international bailout. The finance ministry said creditors had tendered 85.8 percent of the 177 billion euros in bonds regulated by Greek law. This would reach 95.7 percent of all privately-held Greek debt with the use of "collective action clauses" to enforce the deal on creditors who refused to take part voluntarily.

Israeli newspaper: US offered Israel advanced weaponry in exchange for delaying Iran attack
Fox News - The US offered to give Israel advanced weaponry -- including bunker-busting bombs and refueling planes -- in exchange for Israel's agreement not to attack Iranian nuclear sites, Israeli newspaper Maariv reported Thursday. President Barack Obama reportedly made the offer during Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to Washington this week. Under the proposed deal, Israel would not attack Iran until 2013, after US elections in November this year. The newspaper cited unnamed Western diplomatic and intelligence sources.

Stratfor leaks: NATO commandos in illegal special ops in Syria
RT - Undercover NATO troops are already in Syria despite denials from their parent governments, according to a leaked brief. The information comes from a hacked email from leading private US intelligence agency Stratfor, whose correspondence has been released by Wikileaks since February 27. The email appears to be written from the address of Reva Bhalla (, the company’s director of analysis, for internal use, and details a confidential Pentagon meeting in December. The consultation is alleged to have been attended by senior analysts from the US Air Force, and representatives from its chief allies, France and the United Kingdom.

VIDEO: Russia blasts NATO over Libya - and Libya over Syria
RT - Russia says that NATO should apologize for causing civilian casualties during their air raids in Libya in 2011 and pay compensation. Moscow has also accused Libya’s new government of training Syrian rebels and instigating terrorism. Russia’s UN ambassador Vitaly Churkin issued his sharp criticism while speaking at Wednesday’s meeting of the UN Security Council.

YouTube: Celente: Hawks circling over Iran as only ally Syria on ropes
RT - The White House may be claiming it wants a diplomatic solution in Syria, but it seems it may not have faith in its own convictions.The Pentagon has been ordered to review its potential options. Gerald Celente, publisher of the Trends Journal talks to RT, claiming Washington might be contemplating a military operation, because bringing down the Syrian regime would weaken Iran.

PM Cameron: Iran building nuclear missiles capable of hitting London
Mail Online - Iran is developing nuclear missiles capable of hitting London, David Cameron warned yesterday.... His comments appeared to move Britain a step closer to war against the hardline Islamic regime. He told MPs the Tehran government was trying to develop ‘intercontinental missiles’. And he repeatedly stressed that ‘military action’ against Iran was not ‘off the table’. ‘I don’t believe that an Iranian nuclear weapon is just a threat to Israel,’ he said.

"Dr Doom" sees Iran-Israel clash, says buy precious metals
(Reuters) - Political risk in the Middle East has increased significantly with war between Iran and Israel almost inevitable, and precious metals and equities investments offer some safety, Swiss money manager and long-term bear Marc Faber said on Tuesday. "Political risk was high six months ago and is higher now. I think sooner or later, the U.S. or Israel will strike Iran - it's almost inevitable,"

Greece in last ditch scramble to avoid default
Telegraph - Greece is on the verge of completing the largest sovereign debt restructuring in history, but doubts remain over whether the stricken country can avoid a default.

Biden Rejects Drug Legalization Talks in Mexico
StopTheDrugWar - On the first day of a two-day trip to consult with Mexican and Central American leaders Monday, US Vice President Joe Biden was quick to pooh-pooh any talk about drug legalization. The topic has become an increasingly hot one in the region, as Mexico's drug wars bleed over into its neighbors to the south, and some regional leaders are now calling for discussion of legalization.

155 Resignations From World Banks, Investment Houses, Money Funds
American Kabuki - It is not known under what circumstances these individuals have left their positions, I make no judgement on that. I find the timing of so many resignations extremely curious and a temporal marker in history of high significance.... This list includes Banks, Investment Houses, Sovereign Wealth Funds, Equity Funds, Savings Retirement Funds and other shadow banking organizations. The line is very blurry between these entities, some are owned by banks some are banks, some invest in banks as well as owning entire industries (common in Hong Kong and Japan).

VIDEO: British MPs: Drunk on power or just drunk?
RT - British drinking culture is famous worldwide, being successfully exported abroad with countless pubs in seemingly every city. Mixing alcohol with political tradition, though, is something Britain mercifully reserves for internal use. British MPs are elected to solve the UK's pressing problems, but some of them are in true need for some help to counter a certain vicious habit. Quite possibly there is an elegant explanation to why there is so much shouting and jeering in houses of British Parliament.

New allegations of voting irregularities come to light in Toronto: CBC
The Star - Alleged voting irregularities in the 2011 federal election have taken a new twist with accusations that hundreds of unregistered voters cast ballots in the Eglinton-Lawrence riding, according to CBC. The Conservative Party has been dogged for weeks now with allegations that it was behind so-called robo-calls and other dirty tricks that critics says swung the results in its favour.

Report: Fracking Could Cause a New Global Water Crisis
Common Dreams - [C]ountries around the world are grappling with how to address the push to drill and frack. In Europe, while France and Bulgaria have banned fracking in the face of strong public opposition, Poland has welcomed the industry. In China and Argentina, shale gas extraction is being developed with government support. In South Africa, pending an environmental review, a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell may be granted permission to extract shale gas. These countries would be wise, Food & Watch believes, to learn the lessons of communities in the U.S. that have had their water and environment damaged by fracking.

Andrew Wakefield's Co-author Exonerated of Professional Misconduct in MMR Paper
The Canary Party - World renowned pediatric gastroenterologist Prof. John Walker-Smith won his appeal today against the United Kingdom’s General Medical Council regulatory board that had ruled against both him and Andrew Wakefield for their roles in the 1998 Lancet MMR paper, which raised questions about a link to autism.... The paper called for further study of a possible association between bowel disease and developmental delay, including cases of autism. It also noted that eight of the children’s gastrointestinal and autistic symptoms began shortly after they received the MMR vaccination.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Things often overlooked by preppers
Remembering key items such as food, water, lanterns or other light sources is easy. It's often the little things we use every day that are forgotten.

Can the President Kill You? by Andrew P. Napolitano
Can the president kill an American simply because the person is dangerous and his arrest would be impractical? Can the president be judge, jury, and executioner of an American in a foreign country because he believes that would keep America safe? Can Congress authorize the president to do this?

VIDEO: Pentagon Launches Desperate Damage Control Over Shocking Panetta Testimony
Paul Joseph Watson - The Pentagon is engaging in damage control after shocking testimony yesterday by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta at a Senate Armed Services Committee congressional hearing during which it was confirmed that the U.S. government is now completely beholden to international power structures and that the legislative branch is a worthless relic. During the hearing yesterday Panetta and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey brazenly admitted that their authority comes not from the U.S. Constitution, but that the United States is subservient to and takes its marching orders from the United Nations and NATO, international bodies over which the American people have no democratic influence.

Resolution Calls for Impeachment if Obama Does Not Seek War Authorization from Congress
Kurt Nimmo - Rep. Walter Jones, a North Carolina Republican, has introduced H. Concurrent Resolution 107, which calls on the House, the Senate Concurring, to prevent Obama from starting another war without authorization from Congress. The resolution was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary on March 7. Obama has violated article I, section 8, clause 11 of the Constitution.... Rep. Jones’ resolution states that any use of military force by Obama without explicit consent and authorization of Congress constitutes an impeachable high crime and misdemeanor under article II, section 4 of the Constitution. The resolution reads as follows... Related article here.

List of 388 Who Voted To End Your First Amendment Right To Assemble To Petition The Government
Rebel's Blog - I have decided to also list all trips to Israel so the voters know who is listens to Netanyahu and not to us. The Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011 repeals our right to peacefully assemble and petition the government with our grievances. In fact it is now illegal to assemble in front of Congress if even one member might be inside.

VIDEO: Gingrich Falls Asleep at AIPAC, Wakes Up More Than a Little Confused
The Blaze - Moments before he was slated to speak via live video stream before the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), GOP presidential contender Newt Gingrich was caught on camera sleeping rather soundly. After he awoke, however, things became even more bizarre as it seemed the former House Speaker was either thinking about the secretary of defense or was talking about him with someone not seen. You can hear Gingrich say: “Listening to Panetta is not a relaxing experience.” He then slipped back into his stupor.

DHS Mission Creep: They Are Now Helping Arrest Prostitutes
Kurt Nimmo - It turns out the DHS is not only protecting us from supposed terrorists, but prostitutes too. A South Dakota television station reported on Wednesday that the Department of Homeland Security assisted in tracking down and arresting one Miaisha McCoy, who was allegedly plying the world’s oldest trade at a Sioux Falls hotel.

VIDEO: TSA Tacitly Admits $1 Billion Dollar Body Scanner System Is Critically Flawed
Paul Joseph Watson - On the TSA’s official blog, the agency attempts to discredit Corbett by describing him as “some guy” who launched a “crude attempt to allegedly show how to circumvent TSA screening procedures.” However, nowhere in the response does the TSA actually address or attempt to disprove Corbett’s demonstration that the body scanner can be easily fooled. In labeling Corbett’s successful effort to evade the body scanner as “crude,” the TSA has inadvertently admitted that its $1 billion dollar body scanner system can be defeated by “crude” methods.

Coercive Nannies
Jeffrey Tucker -The phrase “nanny state” captures the spirit of this push to regulate our consumption in all areas of life. But the phrase misses the mark when it comes to the methods themselves. Nannies are respectable market institutions. To be sure, if you hired a nanny with jackboots, Tasers and guns with real bullets who punished disobedience with jail and even death, that would be a closer approximation to what we are dealing with every day in the Land of the Free.

US Deported 1.3 Million Illegal Immigrants Nearly 60 Years Ago
Examiner - While we are constantly being told by President Obama and Republican contenders such as Newt Gingrich that we simply “cannot deport millions of people.” However, history proves this to be a lie.

8 Women File Lawsuit, Accuse Military Of Having 'High Tolerance For Sexual Predators In Their Ranks'
Huffington Post - The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Washington, accuses the military of having a "high tolerance for sexual predators in their ranks" and fostering a hostile environment that discourages victims of sexual assault from coming forward and punishes them when they do. The suit claims the Defense Department has failed to take aggressive steps to confront the problem despite public statements suggesting otherwise.

The Verdict: Hang Up Don't Fall for Jury Duty Scam - The phone rings, you pick it up, and the caller identifies himself as an officer of the court. He says you failed to report for jury duty and that a warrant is out for your arrest. You say you never received a notice. To clear it up, the caller says he'll need some information for "verification purposes"-your birth date, social security number, maybe even a credit card number. his is when you should hang up the phone. It's a scam.

2012 Election News

Former Lobbyist Jack Abramoff says 'Ron Paul is a rarity and can't be bought'!
Daily Paul - Ron Paul 2012! Great clip to pass along! Excellent material for a powerful ad! Original interview with Abramoff on the Power Hour. His best statements come in at about the 5:10 mark:

VIDEO: Radio Host Michael Medved says Russia does not have international interests
Daily Paul - Radio Host Michael Medved thinks that our national security would be in peril if we didn't have bases around the world. However, he cannot explain why other countries national security is not in peril, even though they do not have bases around the world. In order to defend this position he says Russia does not have international interests... to the level of United States. I think the Russians would beg to differ. Obviously, all countries have international interests. It is arrogant and slanderous to claim that other countries don't have international interests. It is a huge double standard that irks the rest of the world.

VIDEO: Doug Wead, Jesse Benton & Brian Doherty's Take on Super Tuesday
Daily Paul - Brian Doherty, one of the few good guys at Reason Magazine, and the author of soon to released (May 15, 2012) semi-authorized biography of Dr. Paul, Ron Paul's rEVOLution: The Man and the Movement He Inspired on RT America to discuss his take on the direction of the Campaign, and what Super Tuesday really means in grand scheme of things...

YouTube: 16,022 Votes Stolen by Voting Machines
Watch as the Deibold Machine FIXES the total.

The Influence Industry: Obama gives administration jobs to some big fundraisers
Washington Post - Obama campaigned on what he called “the most sweeping ethics reform in history” and has frequently criticized the role of money in politics. That hasn’t stopped him from offering government jobs to some of his biggest bundlers, volunteer fundraisers who gather political contributions from other rich donors. More than half of Obama’s 47 biggest fundraisers, those who collected at least $500,000 for his campaign, have been given administration jobs. Nine more have been appointed to presidential boards and committees.

Sarah Palin refuses to rule out presidential run saying 'anything's possible'
Telegraph - The former Republican vice-presidential candidate told a CNN reporter she would “seriously consider whatever I can do to help our country” when asked if she would agree to being put forward if the party faced a brokered convention. The Tea Party darling also indicated she would consider running in the 2016 presidential race, if asked.

Veteran News

Roe-Kucinich lead Charge For Gulf War Illness Research-Help the Gulf War Veterans
Veterans Today - The battle for Gulf War Illness Research Funding on the Hill is in full swing and we need all to call their US Representatives in their DC office and ask for their Veterans Staffer to discuss getting Representatives to sign on to this Effort. Letters, EMails, and Petitions all efforts are welcomed and needed. This has gone on too long and the Gulf War Veterans Need and Deserve Support. Here is the Dear Colleague Letter that has been sent to every US Representatives office in DC.

Occupy Wall Street

Judge sets stage to take over Oakland's troubled cops
(Reuters) - After weeks of raucous street demonstrations, Oakland city leaders finally decided one chilly morning last fall to remove a downtown campsite that had become a national symbol of the Occupy movement. Protesters made makeshift gas masks and braced for a fight with the much-maligned Oakland Police Department.

Anti-Occupy Movement Rallies Against ‘Obama's War on Nature’
Weekly Standard - The anti-Occupy Wall Street movement—or Occupy Occupy D.C., as they call themselves—held a rally today at Freedom Plaza to call for a “Cease Fire in Obama's War on Nature.” In particular, the rally goers in favor of freedom came out today to protest “the Obama Administration's new policy to kill the barred owl in deference to the spotted owl in the Pacific Northwest,” according to a press release announcing the event.


Crony capitalism: Green firms burn through taxpayer dollars, pay huge executive bonuses, then go bankrupt
(NaturalNews) The Obama Administration's green energy development program, which has leveraged billions of taxpayer dollars into high-risk green energy startups, is rapidly turning out to be one of the biggest financial scams on the American people in recent history. A new investigative report by ABC News has revealed that many of the now-bankrupt green energy companies that received massive taxpayer-funded loan infusions from the Department of Energy (DOE) awarded huge cash bonuses to their executives shortly before crumbling.

Govt. sets record deficit in February
Washington Times - he federal government recorded its worst monthly deficit in history in February, according to a preliminary report Wednesday from the Congressional Budget Office that said the deficit in fiscal year 2012 is already more than half a trillion dollars. The CBO’s figures show that despite repeated efforts to trim spending, the government has borrowed 42 cents of every dollar it spent during the first five months of this fiscal year. The nonpartisan agency projected the government will run a deficit of $229 billion in February, the highest monthly figure ever. The previous high was $223 billion a year ago, in February 2011.

Hedge Funds Poised for 20% Tax Deduction in Republican Small-Business Bill
Bloomberg - A Republican proposal to give small businesses an extra 20 percent tax deduction may yield cuts for some multibillion-dollar hedge funds, law firms and other enterprises that create significant profits with few employees. Republicans hope to release details of the bill during the week of March 19, said Laena Fallon, a spokeswoman for Representative Eric Cantor, the House majority leader. Cantor told House members in a memo last month his plan would let “every” business with fewer than 500 employees deduct 20 percent of its profits.

America: Land of the Poor
Activist Post - Years ago, who could have imagined the appalling growing poverty level in the world's richest country? Various reports confirm it, including a new one by the University of Michigan's National Poverty Center (NPC), titled “Extreme Poverty in the United States, 1996 to 2011”. NPC promotes multidisciplinary research on poverty and policy. It mentors and trains poverty researchers. It analyzes causes and consequences, and addresses pressing policy questions at both federal and state levels.

Housing Market

Banks foreclosing on churches in record numbers
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Banks are foreclosing on America's churches in record numbers as lenders increasingly lose patience with religious facilities that have defaulted on their mortgages, according to new data. The surge in church foreclosures represents a new wave of distressed property seizures triggered by the 2008 financial crash, analysts say, with many banks no longer willing to grant struggling religious organizations forbearance.

Bank of America in side deal with government on mortgage foreclosures says Wall Street Journal
(Reuters) - Bank of America, one of five banks in $25 billion settlement with the government over foreclosure practices, has struck a side deal that will allow it to reduce penalties in return for bigger cuts to borrowers' mortgage balances, the Wall Street Journal said. Bank of America will make deeper and broader cuts than other banks, which will allow it to avoid as much as $850 million in penalties and give more than 200,000 financially strapped households the opportunity to sharply reduce their mortgage balances, the paper said.

Freddie Mac: 15-year mortgage rate hits a record low 3.13%
Housing Wire - Fixed mortgage rates hovered near record lows this past week as the 15-year FRM plunged to a new record low of 3.13%, Freddie Mac said Thursday.

Energy & Environment

Senate sends message to Obama on Keystone
Thursday’s squeaker of a Senate vote on the Keystone XL pipeline serves both as a warning to President Barack Obama that a majority of both houses of Congress supports the pipeline and as encouragement to Republicans to keep pushing the issue. Obama had personally lobbied Senate Democrats with phone calls urging them to oppose an amendment to the highway bill that would fast-track the Canada-to-Texas oil pipeline. And as it turned out, he needed every bit of their help. In all, 11 Democrats joined 45 Republicans to support the pipeline. Only the fact that 60 votes were needed for passage saved the White House from an embarrassing defeat.


Monsanto's Corruption Exposed (1/4)
March 7, 2012 Anthony Gucciardi of NaturalSociety [on The Power Hour radio program] explains how Monsanto controls virtually United States diplomats to further their agenda, have been busted for running slave rings, and are covering up the evidence that their GMOs are damaging your health.

FDA scientist sentenced to five years in prison for insider trading on drug approval knowledge
(NaturalNews) A drug evaluator at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Center for Drug Evaluation and Research for more than a decade, Cheng Yi Liang, 58, has been sentenced to five years in prison and three years of supervised release for using non-public FDA data to conduct illegal insider trading. According to reports, Liang generated more than $3.7 million, which he is now being required to forfeit, by accessing confidential documents about new or experimental drugs to which he had access.

VIDEO: Monsanto’s Blatant Corruption and Disregard for Health
Activist Post - It is well known that Monsanto’s GMO crops provide a very real threat to both public health and the environment as a whole, but the depth of Monsanto’s corruption is often a less covered topic. It has been revealed by WikiLeaks that Monsanto not only has key figureheads stationed in powerful government positions inside the United States, but also has many — if not all — U.S. diplomats on their payroll. In the bombshell report [from the Power Hour radio program hosted by Joyce Riley], the leaked cables reveal that many U.S. diplomats work directly for Monsanto.

Monsanto-FDA’s Michael Taylor to Keynote Food Safety Town Hall
Activist Post - For a mere grand, you can attend the entire 3-day Food Safety Summit set for April 17-19 in Washington, D.C. There you’ll get to hear Monsanto-lobbyist-now-Obama’s-Food-Safety-Czar, Michael R. Taylor, wax tyrannical about how federal and state regulators will manage the inspectional requirements of the boondoggle Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) As Deputy Commissioner for Foods of the US Food and Drug Admin, Taylor also promises to whine about the lack of funding for his FSMA vision of stopping natural food production in the US during his April 18 workshop.

FDA links once-promising pain drugs to bone decay
AP - The Food and Drug Administration says there is a clear association between the nerve-blocking medications and reports of joint failure and bone deterioration that led the agency to halt studies of the drugs in 2010. However, the agency also notes that those side effects were less common when the drugs were used at lower doses, potentially leaving the door open for future use. The agency released its safety analysis ahead of a public meeting next week where outside experts will discuss the drugs' safety.

Aspartame danger - urgent warning about tumors and seizures
(NaturalNews) The laws governing the sale of drugs and food additives require substances be safe for human consumption. The artificial sweetener aspartame primarily consumed in beverages and as a popular sugar substitute has consistently been found to cause tumors and brain seizures in animal subjects. In 2005, a European Cancer Research Center, the Ramazzini Foundation, called for an urgent re-examination of aspartame in food and beverages to protect children. This call is made in the face of the US FDA stand that aspartame is safe for human consumption on the ground that "aspartame as a carcinogen is not supported by data."

Coenzyme Q10 can prevent and treat heart disease by attacking multiple metabolic pathways
(NaturalNews) Coenzyme Q 10 (CoQ10) is well known as a critical compound required by the body to facilitate normal breakdown of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) within cells into energy we need for metabolism and life itself. It should come as no surprise that this vital natural enzyme complex may hold the key to theprevention and reversal of many potentially life-threatening forms of cardiovascular disease.

Foods rich in antioxidants proven to reduce stroke risk levels in women
(NaturalNews) Health related to heart disease continues to be at the forefront of women's issues, and some studies reveal that prevention is a measure that is not necessarily guided by the pharmaceutical industry, but rather by what can be found in the fridge. An expansive Swedish survey that was coordinated among women at Karolinska Institute led to a conclusion that diets that are comprised with foods rich in antioxidants result in lower risk levels of stroke.

Rheumatoid Arthritis May Raise Risk of Heart Rhythm Disorder
THURSDAY, March 8 (HealthDay News) -- People with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are at increased risk for a heart rhythm disorder called atrial fibrillation, a new study finds. The research involved more than 4 million people, including more than 18,000 with RA, in Denmark, who were followed for an average of five years. During that time, people with RA had a nearly 40 percent increased risk of atrial fibrillation compared to those in the general population -- 8.2 events per 1,000 person years for those with RA and six events per 1,000 person years for the general population. That works out to one new case of atrial fibrillation per 12 RA patients followed for 10 years after diagnosis.

Lost Hour of Sleep Over Weekend May Put Heart at Risk Monday
THURSDAY, March 8 (HealthDay News) -- Not only do you lose an hour of sleep after the clocks move ahead to daylight-saving time this weekend, but you also may be at increased risk for a heart attack, a heart expert claims. "The Monday and Tuesday after moving the clocks ahead ... is associated with a 10 percent increase in the risk of having a heart attack," Martin Young, an associate professor in the cardiovascular disease division at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, said in a university news release. "The opposite is true when falling back in October. This risk decreases by about 10 percent."

Fluoride pills switched for cancer drugs at CVS
CNN - Some families got more than they bargained for at a New Jersey CVS drugstore when their childrens' prescriptions for fluoride pills were filled with a popular breast cancer drug instead. "We believe that, as a result of a single medication restocking issue at our Chatham, New Jersey pharmacy, 13 families had similar incidents in which a few tamoxifen pills were mixed in with their prescriptions for 0.5 mg fluoride pills," said Mike DeAngelis, a CVS Caremark spokesman.... Dr. Otis Brawley, Chief Medical Officer for the American Cancer Society says the drug, in small doses for short periods of time, should not do any lasting damage to the kids.

COKE, PEPSI make changes to avoid cancer warning
NEW YORK (AP) -- Coca-Cola Co. and PepsiCo Inc. are changing the way they make the caramel coloring used in their sodas as a result of a California law that mandates drinks containing a certain level of carcinogens come with a cancer warning label. The companies said the changes will be expanded nationally to streamline their manufacturing processes. They've already been made for drinks sold in California.

Adding prebiotic, probiotic ingredients to infant formula helps boost babies' immunities
(NaturalNews) Mothers who feed their babies formula rather than natural breast milk are doing their children a major disservice in terms of their immune development and overall health. But baby formula can at least be somewhat enhanced through the addition of prebiotic foods and probiotic bacteria, which two recent University of Illinois (UI) studies found mimics, at least in a small way, the nutritional profile of natural breast milk in promoting proper intestinal development of young babies.

Anti-abortion doctors could legally lie in Arizona
RT - Arizona senators have called for a law that will, if passed, eliminate malpractice suits that are brought on by families that believe doctors willingly withheld information about their unborn children.... If the new law is passed, doctors would not be liable in these cases for failing to make clear any and all risks the unborn child faces. Specifically, Arizona Senate Bill 1359 relieves a defendant of liability for damages in a suit “based on a claim that, but for an act or omission of the defendant, a child or children would not or should not have been born.”

Wyoming kidney failure outbreak linked to designer 'blueberry spice' drug, aka 'legal marijuana'
(NaturalNews) The U.S. government's needless prohibition of all-natural marijuana has driven some users to seek out legal alternatives like "Spice" or "K2," two synthetic, chemical-laden varieties of "legal marijuana" that contain chemical copycats of the active ingredient in real marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). But these imitators are highly toxic, as was made apparent in a recent illness outbreak in Wyoming where more than a dozen young people required hospitalization for organ damage and other problems.

Getting the jump on spring allergies
(NaturalNews) The highest percentage of people who suffer from spring allergies, show a pattern of congested liver, toxic blood and spleen and kidney adrenal weakness. A congested liver inhibits the free flow of qi or life force energy and this tends to stimulate the body's inflammatory response. The immune system will also, at some point, react to the toxins in the blood as if they were invaders to the system, putting further stress on the organs of the body.

ADHD Diagnoses More Common in Younger Children
Activist Post - A recent study has found that of every child in the same school grade level, the younger children are more likely to be diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD) than children months older. Although these children are noticed and targeted first — undoubtedly for their less mature behavior, the increase in prescriptions for ADHD medications over the years shows that the psychiatric and pharmaceutical industry are continually lessening the conditions upon which a child can be diagnosed with ADHD.

The legalized killing of every person on earth (with pesticides)
(NaturalNews) Can you imagine making a profit by killing or maiming millions of innocent men, women and children - everyday? Companies like, The Dow Chemical Company, DuPont and Monsanto produce some of the deadliest pesticides on the planet. These pesticides are slowly killing people (everyday) and damaging our environment for generations to come. Your life literally depends on a clean, healthy intestinal tract.

Ubiquitous Nature of Aluminum Leading to Increased Exposure
Activist Post - Chris Exley, a world-renowned expert on aluminum and professor of Inorganic Chemistry at Keele University, has been researching aluminum for 25 years. He has researched the massive daily exposure to aluminum, the dangers of aluminum in antiperspirants and sunscreen, aluminum found in vaccines and infant formula, and much more. “It is in cosmetics, sunscreens and antiperspirants, as well as being used as a buffering agent in medications like aspirin and antacids. It is even used in vaccines. We know aluminum can be toxic, yet there is no legislation to govern how much of it is present in anything, apart from drinking water”, he says.

Science & Technology

State agencies, colleges now demanding applicants' Facebook passwords
(NaturalNews) If you are a student athlete attending the University of North Carolina (UNC) or an employee at the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (MDPS), you may have already experienced a privacy invasion into your social networking life. According to a recent report, employers and educational institutions are increasingly demanding that employees, potential employees, and students surrender their login and password information for sites like Facebook and Twitter to authorities, a practice that many civil rights experts are decrying as unconstitutional.

Solar storm not nearly as bad as could have been
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Our high-tech world seems to have easily weathered a solar storm that didn't quite live up to its advance billing. While some experts think the threat from the solar storm passed by Thursday afternoon, space weather forecasters said it's still too early to relax. That's because there's a chance the storm's effects could continue and even intensify through Friday morning.

Obama Uses Staged Cyber Attack To Sell Draconian Cybersecurity Bill
The Obama administration conducted a mock cyber attack on New York City yesterday in an effort to gain support in the Senate for a cybersecurity bill that internet providers argue will prevent them from making real security improvements. “Senators from both parties gathered behind closed doors in the U.S. Capitol yesterday for the classified briefing attended by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, FBI Director Robert Mueller and other administration officials.” reports Bloomberg.

Anonymous Hacked/WikiLeaks Released Stratfor Emails Were Stored On FBI Server
Activist Post March 7, 2012 - Following yesterday's revelation that a key figure in the hacker collective LulzSec had actually been working for the FBI since mid-2011, the release of alleged informant Hector Xavier Monsegur's court documents reveal that the FBI had even provided him with a server, onto which data was transferred by the hackers.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Rawesome Foods' Sharon Palmer innocent of all charges, District Attorney staging public theater, declares attorney
(NaturalNews) The following statement was issued today [March 08, 2012] by the Bromund Law Group in Ventura, California, which represents Sharon Palmer. She was recently ambushed in a court hearing and slapped with a $2 million warrant, marched away in handcuffs and then kept as a prisoner of the state. A whopping 38 felony charges have been leveled against her and James Stewart by the state, which NaturalNews now knows is on a punitive terrorizing rampage against the entire raw milk industry. (More evidence on that point to be published soon...) Here is the full statement released by the Bromund Law Group.

Stupid News & Odd News

VIDEO: Godzilla the wild turkey stalks Commerce Township woman
Detroit Free Press - A neighbor has stalked Edna Geisler for two months. He lurks in her front yard, screeching at her constantly, even jumping out occasionally and attacking her when she dares wander outside alone. "I'm afraid to go out of my house," said Geisler, 69. "I have to go to the post office at 6 o'clock in the morning to avoid him." When she returned home with groceries recently, Geisler couldn't get in her front door.

Today in History - Thursday - March 8, 2012
1782 - The Gnadenhutten massacre took place. About 90 Indians were killed by militiamen in Ohio in retaliation for raids carried out by other Indians.
1853 - The first bronze statue of Andrew Jackson is unveiled in Washington, DC.
1880 - U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes declared that the United States would have jurisdiction over any canal built across the isthmus of Panama.
1887 - The telescopic fishing rod was patented by Everett Horton.
1894 - A dog license law was enacted in the state of New York. It was the first animal control law in the U.S.
1910 - The King of Spain authorized women to attend universities.
1911 - British Minister of Foreign Affairs Edward Gray declared that Britain would not support France in the event of a military conflict.
1917 - Russia's "February Revolution" began with rioting and strikes in St. Petersburg. Called the "February Revolution" due to Russia's use of the Old Style calendar.
1921 - Spanish Premier Eduardo Dato was assassinated while leaving the Parliament in Madrid.
1921 - French troops occupied Dusseldorf.
1933 - Self-liquidating scrip money was issued for the first time at Franklin, IN.
1941 - Martial law was proclaimed in Holland in order to extinguish any anti-Nazi protests.
1942 - During World War II, Japanese forces captured Rangoon, Burma.
1943 - Japanese forces attacked American troops on Hill 700 in Bougainville. The battle lasted five days.
1946 - The French naval fleet arrived at Haiphong, Vietnam.
1948 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that religious instruction in public schools was unconstitutional.
1953 - A census bureau report indicated that 239,000 farmers had quit farming over the last 2 years.
1954 - France and Vietnam opened talks in Paris on a treaty to form the state of Indochina.
1965 - The U.S. landed about 3,500 Marines in South Vietnam. They were the first U.S. combat troops to land in Vietnam.
1966 - Australia announced that it would triple the number of troops in Vietnam.
1982 - The U.S. accused the Soviets of killing 3,000 Afghans with poison gas.
1985 - The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) reported that 407,700 Americans were millionaires. That was more than double the total from just five years before.
1986 - Four French television crewmembers were abducted in west Beirut. All four were eventually released.
1989 - In Lhasa, Tibet, martial law was declared after three days of protest against Chinese rule.
1999 - The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the conviction of Timothy McVeigh for the bombing of a federal building in Oklahoma City in 1995.
1999 - The White House, under President Bill Clinton, directed the firing of nuclear scientist Wen Ho Lee from his job at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. The firing was a result of alleged security violations.
2001 - The U.S. House of Representatives voted for an across-the-board tax cut of nearly $1 trillion over the next decade.
2005 - In norther Chechnya, Chechen rebel leader Aslan Maskhadov was killed during a raid by Russian forces.

World News

Hunt for missing US troops set to resume in North Korea
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Wounded in both legs and wearing a U.S. Army field coat peppered with bullet holes, 1st Lt. Robert Schmitt led a desperate U.S. hilltop assault against advancing Chinese forces in one of the bloodiest battles of the Korean War. He never returned. The hunt for thousands of fallen American troops like Schmitt, missing from a conflict fought six decades ago, is about to resume in North Korea as tensions ease between the wartime enemies.

VIDEO: Panetta: 'International Permission' Trumps Congressional Permission For Military Actions
Breitbart - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta appeared at a Senate Armed Services Committee congressional hearing, where he said “legal basis” was needed to initiate a no-fly zone over Syria.

US Syria mission still possible - but at what price?
RT - The Syrian crisis and the risks for US involvement were discussed on Wednesday on Capitol Hill in Washington, where US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing. Among the military options, Dempsey envisaged the enforcement of a no-fly zone and humanitarian relief. Panetta added that other non-lethal assistance was also being considered. But Dempsey warned that a long-term air campaign would pose a challenge because Syrian air defense systems are a lot more advanced than those Libya had, and are mostly located in populated areas.

Australian children to be sterilized without parental consent under new eugenics law
(NaturalNews) The Government of Western Australia's Mental Health Commission (WAMHC) has basically conjured up a proposal for new mental health legislation that bypasses parental involvement in the mental health treatment process, and instead tasks children under age 18, and of any age, with making the decision about whether or not to be sterilized, or whether or not to have their brain tissue destroyed with psychosurgery procedures. If a "mental health professional" can convince children that they need such treatments for their own good, in other words, than Australia's youngest members of society will be open game for the eugenicist agenda.

Government concerned over Iranian ‘smart concrete’ withstanding bunker-busting bombs - With tensions increasing between the United States and Iran, concerns have begun to arise over Iranian “smart concrete,” which officials believe may be able to withstand US bunker busters should military operations become a reality.... According to a recent article in the Economist, Iran happens to be good, very good, at developing what is known as “ultra-high performance concrete” (UHPC). Because of its geographical position, the county is under constant threat of earthquakes.

AP Exclusive: Iran may be cleaning up nuke work
VIENNA (AP) — Satellite images of an Iranian military facility appear to show trucks and earth-moving vehicles at the site, indicating an attempted cleanup of radioactive traces possibly left by tests of a nuclear-weapon trigger, diplomats told The Associated Press on Wednesday. The assertions from the diplomats, all nuclear experts accredited to the International Atomic Energy Agency, could add to the growing international pressure on Iran over its nuclear program, which Tehran insists is for peaceful purposes.

Al-Qaida claims responsibility for Yemen attack
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Al-Qaida claimed responsibility on Wednesday for a daring weekend assault on a military base in southern Yemen, killing nearly 200 soldiers, the bloodiest battle in a year of turmoil.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

VIDEO: Not the Video Breitbart Died For: Leaked Obama Vid Already Aired on PBS in 2008
Infowars - This is surely not the video that Andrew Breitbart was dying to release at the 2012 CPAC conference weeks before his untimely death. As predicted by Alex Jones, Mancow Mueller and others, the public will be distracted with less than bombshell issue while the real revelations Andrew Breitbart said he held likely ‘go with him to the grave,’ as Mancow put it earlier today.

‘Mancow’ Muller: Breitbart Was Murdered
Paul Joseph Watson - Muller said he was speaking with Breitbart “every other day” about a TV show he had lined up on a major network on which Breitbart would make regular appearances in a segment called “Breitbart predicts”. “The house of cards is coming down, I have information that will destroy Barack Obama, it’s over,” Muller says Breitbart told him, and that the information would be released March 1st.

Washington Examiner - Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., received a day-long ban from speaking on the House floor today, and the comments he had made were removed from the record, after he violated House rules with a personal attack on Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas.

VIDEO: CNN Botches Effort To Refute ‘Syria Danny’ Propaganda Scandal
Paul Joseph Watson March 7, 2012 - Following our exposé yesterday morning, which documented how Dayem, who has become the establishment media’s poster child for a military invasion of Syria... CNN’s Anderson Cooper invited him to engage in damage control during last night’s show.... During the interview with Cooper, Dayem only succeeds in virtually admitting the fact that the video is suspect. Asked how the footage was leaked, Dayem starts to say ‘we should have deleted it’ before hastily stating, “this has all been deleted.”

VIDEO: Breitbart and the CIA’s Heart Attack Gun
Kurt Nimmo - During Senate testimony in 1975 into illegal activities by the CIA, it was revealed that the agency had developed a dart gun capable of causing a heart attack. “At the first televised hearing, staged in the Senate Caucus Room, Chairman Church dramatically displayed a CIA poison dart gun to highlight the committee’s discovery that the CIA directly violated a presidential order by maintaining stocks of shellfish toxin sufficient to kill thousands,” a Senate web page explains.

White House Fuels Limbaugh Death Threats As Media Matters Lies
Jeffrey Lord - In an extraordinary development reported exclusively by Dan Riehl over at Andrew Breitbart’s Big Government, the Democrats’ deliberate refusal to accept Rush Limbaugh’s apology, coupled with the President’s attack on Rush, has fueled a stunning surge in death threats against the conservative champion.

Three blind mice
RT - Senators John McCain, Joseph Lieberman and Lindsey Graham are just about as close as anyone in the US Senate. They travel together, make joint media appearances and seem to sing the same song in their appeals to the American people. That song often revolves around the need for more war. Senators Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn), Lindsey Graham (R – SC) and John McCain (R-AZ) stick together through thick and thin. They are frequently seen side by side, both physically and politically, and the most common speech they seem to give has to do with the need for more war. Brian Becker, National Coordinator for the A.N.S.W.E.R Coalition, said, “These three haven’t met a war that they don’t like.”

State Power Can Hold Corporate Monopolies Accountable
Cassandra Anderson - The commerce clause is the most common excuse that the federal government uses to foist unsafe or unnecessary regulations on the States and the People. Simply put, the commerce clause was created to keep trade flowing and to prevent tariffs on trade between the states. Over time, the federal government usurped power from the states and and now controls commerce, which means that they have control over everything that may cross state lines. You can view a full constitutional explanation from Judge Napolitano [VIDEO] about how the commerce clause has been distorted.

YouTube Restricts Video Of Engineer Proving How Useless TSA Scanners Are
Steve Watson - Google/YouTube has placed restrictions on yet another video that exposes the fraudulent claims of the TSA and highlights how the federal agency’s security theatre is part of a wider social manipulation agenda.... The video shows Corbett carrying a metal case through the scanner, away from his body in his side pocket. Corbett explains that because metallic objects appear as black on the image the scanners produce, the machines do not pick up such objects if they are obscured by the background, which is also black.

Homeland Security To Have Immigrant Exit Tracking System Ready Within ‘Weeks’
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Department of Homeland Security is finalizing its plan for a biometric data system to track when immigrants leave the United States and will present it to Congress within “weeks,” a top department official told a House Homeland Security subcommittee Tuesday. An exit system to track who is leaving the country and when has been sought since before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. DHS officials, including Secretary Janet Napolitano, have agreed with the need for such a program but have previously said it would be too costly.

Big Sis and DHS Move On Campus
Kurt Nimmo - On Thursday of last week, DHS boss Janet Napolitano appointed University of Montana President Royce Engstrom to a newly formed council, the Homeland Security Advisory Council. It is made up of 19 university and college heads from around the country and will “advise the department on a wide range of issues from how the DHS can better recruit from campuses to emergency preparedness,” according to The Kaimin, a University of Montana campus newspaper.

VIDEO: Colorado court says students can carry guns on campus
DENVER (Reuters) - The University of Colorado overstepped its authority when the school's board of regents imposed a ban on the carrying of concealed weapons at its four campuses, the state's Supreme Court ruled on Monday. In overturning the policy, the court said that a concealed -carry law passed by the state legislature trumped the school's ban because it did not carve out an exception for the state's flagship university. "We hold that the (concealed carry law's) comprehensive statewide purpose, broad language, and narrow exclusions show that the General Assembly intended to divest the Board of Regents of its authority to regulate concealed handgun possession on campus," the ruling said.

Protesters: We're still coming to Chicago for NATO
CHICAGO (AP) - Protesters who've been planning for months to converge on Chicago for a pair of important world meetings this spring say they have a message: No G-8? No problem.

School tests California law that allows ‘parent takeover’ via petition
Infowars - Editor’s Note: On the surface, this issue could be viewed as a positive, pluralistic development.... But upon closer examination, we should note here that this ‘Parent Revolution’ is a Los Angeles organization - funded in part by international eugenicist outfit the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. This alone, warrants further investigation into the aims and long-range goals of this Parent Revolution. Will their long-range goals conflict with home schooling, or will the Gates Foundation intervene with policies on forced vaccinations...These are key questions.

Maryland drops charges against doctors over late-term abortions
(Reuters) - A Maryland prosecutor has dropped murder charges against two doctors accused of performing late-term abortions on fetuses that could have lived outside the womb, in a case that drew national attention as a test of fetal homicide law.

2012 Election News

YouTube: Ron Paul - Predictions in Due Time
This is Ron Paul's famous Predictions speech from April 24, 2002. This is the original video compiling recent images and video to give his speech a chilling effect. "I have no timetable for these predictions, but just in case, keep them around and look at them in 5-10 years. Let's hope and pray that I'm wrong on all accounts. If so, I will be very pleased.

VIDEO: Reality Check: What the 'real' Republican delegate numbers look like
(FOX19) - It's the night after Super Tuesday and there are a lot of questions about where the Republican candidates stand on delegates. The A.P. and Fox News have their numbers. But what are those numbers based upon? How accurate are they? Plus, what about those "unbound delegates".

YouTube: Jack Hunter: Still Winning
A message from Jack Hunter to Ron Paul supporters after Super Tuesday 2012.

YouTube: North Dakota Caucus STOLEN from Ron Paul?
An inside look into the North Dakota Caucus shows Ron Paul with a HUGE lead.

So, tell me again why the GOP keeps insisting that Ron Paul is losing!
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VIDEO: Jim Rogers was recently asked who is best for the economy - Obama, Santorum, or Romney.
Jim Rogers was recently asked who is best for the economy - Obama, Santorum, or Romney.

Ron Paul to Campaign in Missouri on Saturday
ST. LOUIS, Missouri – 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul will campaign in Missouri this Saturday, March 10th. The 12-term Congressman from Texas will hold two town hall meetings ahead of the March 17thcaucus. Details of the events are as follows....

Kansas State TEA Party Convention & Presidential Straw Poll
Presidential candidate Ron Paul will speak at the Kansas State TEA Party Convention & Presidential Straw Poll at the Century II Convention Hall , 225 W Douglas, Wichita, Kansas on Friday, March 9th at 3:30 p.m. Central. Calendar of Events listed here.

RON PAUL has the MOST 2nd place finishes to DATE! More than any other candidate
Daily Paul - For all of you detractors on the Paul and all the detractors on the MSM. Paul has the most second place finishes to date, and as the primaries move on, Paul is getting stronger. So Far Paul has 9 second place finishes. More than likely we have gotten the majority of delegates in these states: NH, MN, WA, VA, VT, ND, Maine, Idaho, and Alaska. Paul has four - 3rd place finishes, more than likely the most delegates in 2 of those states: IA, NV, MO (no caucus yet) and MA (caucus still to come).

AUDIO: Exclusive: Post Super Tuesday Ron Paul Campaign Update with Jack Hunter
Daily Paul Radio - Jack Hunter the official blogger for Ron Paul 2012 campaign and commentator at Daily Caller joins Daily Paul Radio with Kurt Wallace for ‘Exclusive Post Super Tuesday Ron Paul Campaign Update with Jack Hunter’ to discuss the results and reactions from Super Tuesday results as well as the fight for liberty and the establishment efforts to stop the message in the Republican party and the mainstream media.

Romney's 6 Wins (Out of 10) on Super Tuesday May Mean Brokered Convention
New American - GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney won a majority of the 10 “Super Tuesday” presidential primary and caucus states March 6, though the unconvincing victory has many pundits wondering when Romney will be able to land the “knockout" blow against his rivals. If Romney does not garner the requisite 1,144 delegates needed to clinch the nomination by the time Republicans meet in Tampa during the week of August 27, the result may be a "brokered" convention.

ATTENTION: Other than taking 1st, the scenario is playing out perfectly!
Daily Paul - To all of the Ron Paul supporters around the country, other than taking each state with a 1st place, all the pieces are falling in place for a brokered convention. It is looking as if there will not be enough first round votes to take the GOP nomination, so then all of you Ron Paul supporters that have clawed your way to those delegate spots in place of Romney, Santorum and Gingrich supporters, you will be free to vote. This is Paul's strategy and it's falling perfectly into place. Keep it up, keep pushing, we will do this.

VIDEO: MSNBC Completely Leaves Out Ron Paul In Super Tuesday TV Intro - Boycotting the lifeblood of the media machine, their advertisers. How you can help... Advertiser Lists: We need to create accurate advertisers lists for each MSM network. Please send your list of MSM advertisers to along with which network they advertise on. MSM Failure Examples: We need videos and articles that illustrate the failures of the mainstream media for posting on this blog.... Spread The Word: One of the most important things you can do is spread the word about the boycott.

11 Reasons Why The Rest of the Country Should Switch to Caucuses
Daily Paul - There’s been lots of hemming and hawing in the media about the caucuses. I suspect a lot of that comes from people who have not taken the time to learn the process. After campaigning in a dozen or so states over the last two election cycles and seeing the different ways caucuses are run, I’ve concluded that concerned voters should want a caucus. Here’s why...

Thousands of criminals could be able to vote in Calif. primary
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The nonpartisan League of Women Voters and two prisoners' rights groups sued California elections officials on Wednesday, claiming that tens of thousands of criminals being shifted to county jails and community supervision should be eligible to vote. The state's new realignment law that took effect in October is sending lower-level offenders to county jails instead of to state prisons, where they are barred from voting. It also ends parole for many ex-convicts, substituting a similar program called "post-release community supervision" instead.

Tea Partiers for Santorum?
The Atlantic’s Conor Friedersdorf writes: CNN’s Michigan exit poll had a nugget of information that caught my eye: Republican voters who “strongly supported” the Tea Party favored Rick Santorum - 45 percent of that subgroup cast a ballot for the former Pennsylvania senator… These results underscore the chasm that separates what Tea Partiers say they care about and their revealed preferences.

Veteran News

Veteran denied voting rights over lack of ID
RT -Retired US Marine Tim Thompson walked into his neighboring polling place on Super Tuesday, but once inside he faced exactly what he feared: even with a voter registration card — and a career serving his country — he wasn't allowed to vote. Thompson, 55, had a feeling this would happen. In his home state of Tennessee, a Republican-majority legislature recently saw to it that a new law made it all the way to Governor Bill Haslam’s desk — where the state’s top politician extended his seal of approval to a controversial bill that has Thompson and others riled up. Under Tennessee's new Voter ID legislation, only certain, state-issued identification cards count inside polling centers on Election Day.

U.S. Army Suicides Rising Sharply, Study Finds
WEDNESDAY, March 7 (HealthDay News) -- Suicides among U.S. soldiers rose 80 percent from 2004 to 2008, an Army study found. As many as 40 percent of these suicides may have been linked to combat experience in Iraq, yet nearly a third of the soldiers who committed suicide saw no combat at all, said the researchers, from the U.S. Army Public Health Command.... "A troubling finding was that over 25 percent of the soldiers who committed suicide carried a primary diagnosis of an adjustment disorder," said Simon Rego, supervising psychologist at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City. "Adjustment disorder" is a catchall term for emotional problems resulting from being in a stressful environment, such as combat.


Ben Bernanke Says That His Son Will Graduate With $400,000 Of Student Loan Debt
Economic Collapse - Who ever imagined that Ben Bernanke would become a poster child for the student loan debt problem in America? Recently Bernanke told Congress that his son will graduate from medical school with about $400,000 of student loan debt. For most Americans, such a staggering amount of debt would almost certainly guarantee a lifetime of debt slavery. Unfortunately, Bernanke's son is not alone. According to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, approximately 167,000 Americans have more than $200,000 of student loan debt.

Controversial post exposes the biggest Wall Street lie of the past four years
The Daily Crux - I hear the term "de-leveraging" relentlessly from the mainstream media. The storyline that the American consumer has been denying themselves and paying down debt is completely, 100% false. The proliferation of this Big Lie has been spread by Wall Street and their mouthpieces in the corporate media. The purpose is to convince the ignorant masses they have deprived themselves long enough and deserve to start spending again. The propaganda being spouted by those who depend on Americans to go further into debt is relentless.

Housing Market

Senators want higher g-fees to pay for Gulf Coast cleanup
A group of senators want to extend higher Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac guarantee fees to pay for continued cleanup from the British Petroleum Gulf Coast oil spill. Opponents say the measure, if passed, effectively taxes potential homebuyers and consumers looking to refinance their mortgages. Congress already approved raising the g-fees through October 2021 by 10 basis points from the average fee charged last year. The Congressional Budget Office estimates the raise would offset $35.7 billion for the costs of the extended payroll tax cut.

Energy & Environment

VIDEO: Branson Officials Fault System for Failed Severe Storm Alert
BRANSON, Mo. (AP) -- Operators of a warning system that was supposed to call Branson residents when a severe storm approached say the system wasn't turned on last week when an EF-2 tornado ripped through town. CodeRed is a service that sends recorded alerts to customers' telephones. Branson officials say local phones were silent early Feb. 29 when a twister hit the Branson Strip around 1:30 a.m.


List of School Immunization Exemption State Laws
All fifty states have legislation requiring specified vaccines for students. Although exemptions vary from state to state, all school immunization laws grant exemptions to children for medical reasons. Almost all states, except Mississippi and West Virginia, grant religious exemptions for people who have religious beliefs against immunizations. Twenty states allow philosophical exemptions for those who object to immunizations because of a personal, moral or other beliefs.

Chlorella and cilantro for amazing daily detox and maintenance
(NaturalNews) The more you read NaturalNews and other health sites that are truthful, real, and don't pull punches, the more you're probably realizing that we are all under siege with toxins -- especially heavy metals -- in our air, water, and food.

Anti-diabetes drugs may cause diabetes
(NaturalNews) Statin drugs are prescribed to lower cholesterol in the UK for obese patients, and also to those who have type-2 diabetes. But according to the Food and Drug Administration in the USA there is a risk of developing diabetes if you take statins -- so much so that the FDA has demanded that warnings of the risk of the development of diabetes on put the labels of statin drugs distributed within the US. In the UK, however,there has been a reluctance to include a labelling policy as it would cause patients to be adverse to their treatment.

Why an MRI Costs $1,080 in America and $280 in France
In America, Medicare and Medicaid negotiate prices on behalf of their tens of millions of members and, not coincidentally, purchase care at a substantial markdown from the commercial average. But outside that, it's a free-for-all. Providers largely charge what they can get away with, often offering different prices to different insurers, and an even higher price to the uninsured.

Horse Contraceptive Vaccine: Is Human Immunocontraception Next? - So what is this contraceptive vaccine? Believe it or not, the horse contraceptive vaccine originally was researched as a human contraceptive, which was restructured for animal use.... The vaccine’s producers are introducing PZP to zoos, parks, and communities to test the management of wildlife populations. Even though that may sound all well and good, what happens if suddenly wildlife stops breeding completely? This question then begs to be asked, “Will PZP become available for pet cats and dogs instead of the current spaying and neutering?”.... Now to address the question in the title Is Human Immunocontracption Next? Since the horse immonucontraception vaccine was first invented as a human vaccine that was revised, one has to wonder if any of its ingredients make their way into the numerous and varied vaccines that everyone in the USA and
around the world are mandated into receiving.

Disturbing Trend: Companies NOT Reporting Injuries
Nutrition and Food Web Archive - We've exposed a disturbing trend-- which could actually put you and your family at risk! When a company is notified a consumer has a significant problem, or is injured by a product, it’s supposed to tell the Consumer Product Safety Commission. But we found an increase in the number of businesses busted by the Feds for not reporting. Dolan was actually one of 158 people injured by the now recalled weed trimming device. The Feds say the manufacturer “knowingly failed to immediately report several safety defects or hazards... to the CPSC as required by federal law” and “did not give CPSC staff full information about the... mounting number of incidents and injuries.”

Tell Walmart to Reject GE Sweet Corn!
CFS has teamed up with the Center for Environmental Health and Food and Water Watch to urge major food companies and grocers to reject Monsanto’s GE sweet corn, and we need your help to tell leading retailer Walmart to reject this new GMO corn. General Mills (Green Giant, Cascadian Farms), Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods have already indicated that they will not use Monsanto’s new GMO sweet corn in their products—so can Walmart! We’ll be delivering these petitions signatures to Walmart by April 1st, so please sign the petition today!

List of top mutual funds to ditch because they own Monsanto shares
(NaturalNews) If the natural health community really wants to get serious about hitting evil corporations like Monsanto where it hurts, then it is time to start boycotting the companies that support, invest in, or otherwise have a relationship with Monsanto and its partner companies. And this includes dumping mutual fund and investment companies that hold a significant amount of shares in Monsanto

Science & Technology

Biggest solar storm in years races toward Earth
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Earth's magnetic field is about to be shaken like a snow globe by the largest solar storm in five years. After hurtling through space for a day and a half, a massive cloud of charged particles is due to arrive early Thursday and could disrupt utility grids, airline flights, satellite networks and GPS services, especially in northern areas.... The sun erupted Tuesday evening, and the most noticeable effects should arrive here between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. EST Thursday, according to forecasters at the space weather center. The effects could linger through Friday morning

FBI won't cut off your Internet for another 4 months
MSNBC - All those computer users whose Internet access was about to be cut off by the FBI can breathe a bit easier. Late yesterday (March 5), federal Judge Denise Cote granted the federal government another 120 days to keep running several Domain Name System servers that were keeping hundreds of thousands, and possibly millions, of infected computers online. The servers had been due to be shut off this coming Thursday, March 8, after the previous 120-day mandate given in the original protective order had run out. The new deadline is July 9.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

How to start practicing permaculture right now
(NaturalNews) Permaculture is a fundamental approach to food production and urban renewal, water, energy and pollution. It is based on the ethics of caring for people and our planet. It is about growing your own healthy food, being resourceful and environmentally responsible. Permaculture concepts, design principles and ideas can be applied successfully to anything from small suburban units to large farming properties.

Three (Low-Cost) Composters
Mother Earth News - You've no doubt seen these composting drums advertised — and they are high-quality, "last a lifetime" units — but the commercial models usually carry a price tag of $225 or more! That's precisely why Mother's researchers have developed three different build-'em-yourself compost tumblers.

Stupid News & Odd News

VIDEO: Woman still collecting food stamps after winning $1 million lottery
People love stories about someone winning the lottery and then giving the money away. They're less likely to feel fondly about Amanda Clayton, who won $1 million in the Michigan State Lottery but is still collecting food stamps. "I thought that they would cut me off, but since they didn't, I thought maybe it was OK because I'm not working," Clayton, 24, told Local 4 news in Detroit.

VIDEO: A Burbank woman was detained for 10 hours for painting her nails on board a Southwest flight headed to Houston.
CBS News - Jeanie Daniels was on the flight on Feb. 26 to see her boyfriend, Jimmy Hauser, who lives in Houston. Daniels asked the passengers on both sides if they would mind her painting her nails. They said, ‘No, go right ahead.’ But a flight attendant wasn’t so obliging.


Euthanasia: Macabre Concept of a Roller Coaster That Thrills You...And Then Kills You
Daily Mail - An engineer has come up with macabre rollercoaster concept where passengers are thrilled and then ‘killed’. The chilling Euthanasia Coaster is a theoretical machine engineered to ‘humanely, with elegance and euphoria, take the life of a human being’. It is designed to subject the rider to a series of unique experiences from euphoria to thrill and from tunnel vision to loss of consciousness. In keeping with the theme - the rollercoaster carriage is black.

Today in History - Wednesday - March 7, 2012
1774 - The British closed the port of Boston to all commerce.
1849 - The Austrian Reichstag was dissolved.
1854 - Charles Miller received a patent for the sewing machine.
1876 - Alexander Graham Bell received a patent (U.S. Patent No. 174,465) for his telephone.
1901 - It was announced that blacks had been found enslaved in parts of South Carolina.
1904 - The Japanese bombed the Russian town of Vladivostok.
1906 - Finland granted women the right to vote.
1908 - Cincinnati's mayor, Mark Breith announced before the city council that, "Women are not physically fit to operate automobiles."
1911 - Willis Farnworth patented the coin-operated locker.
1911 - In the wake of the Mexican Revolution, the U.S. sent 20,000 troops to the border of Mexico.
1918 - Finland signed an alliance treaty with Germany.
1927 - A Texas law that banned Negroes from voting was ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court.
1933 - The board game Monopoly was invented.
1936 - Hitler sent German troops into the Rhineland in violation of the Locarno Pact and the Treaty of Versailles.
1942 - Japanese troops landed on New Guinea.
1945 - During World War II, U.S. forces crossed the Rhine River at Remagen, Germany.
1947 - John L. Lewis declared that only a totalitarian regime could prevent strikes.
1951 - U.N. forces in Korea under General Matthew Ridgeway launched Operation Ripper against the Chinese.
1955 - "Peter Pan" was presented as a television special for the first time.
1965 - State troopers and a sheriff's posse broke up a march by civil rights demonstrators in Selma, AL.
1968 - The Battle of Saigon came to an end.
1971 - A thousand U.S. planes bombed Cambodia and Laos.
1975 - The U.S. Senate revised the filibuster rule. The new rule allowed 60 senators to limit debate instead of the previous two-thirds.
1985 - The first AIDS antibody test, an ELISA-type test, was released.
1989 - Poland accused the Soviet Union of a World War II massacre in Katyn.
2003 - Scientists at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center announced that they had transferred 6.7 gigabytes of uncompressed data from Sunnvale, CA, to Amsterdam, Netherlands, in 58 seconds. The data was sent via fiber-optic cables and traveled 6,800 miles.
2009 - NASA's Kepler Mission, a space photometer for searching for extrasolar planets in the Milky Way galaxy, was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.

World News

VIDEO: AIPAC pushing for war with Iran?
RT - It’s annual tradition...more than 13,000 people gathering in the nation’s capital for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s annual conference. “It gives people across the country a chance to revitalize their pro-Israel roots,” said attendee Howard Abrams. “It is very important that the United States will back up Israel and indeed the United States is committed to backing up Israel,” said another visitor. AIPAC is considered to be one of the most powerful lobbying groups in America, and they hold the conference each year showcasing American-Israeli unity. But just how much power the group has over U.S. foreign policy stirs controversy.

UN agrees nuclear talks with Iran
AP/The Independent - The European Union said today that world powers have agreed to a new round of talks with Iran over its nuclear programme, as Tehran gave permission for inspectors to visit a site suspected of secret atomic work.… EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – the US, the UK, China, Russia and France – and Germany agreed to a new round of nuclear talks with Iran.

Al Qaeda says Yemen attack follows U.S. troop increase
ADEN (Reuters) - The Yemeni branch of al Qaeda said Tuesday it attacked a U.S. intelligence officer after U.S. soldiers were sent to the country, whose new leader has vowed to fight the militant Islamist group. In a statement posted on an Islamist website, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula said the attack last week came after surveillance showed a rising U.S. military presence in the southern city of Aden. The Pentagon confirmed the attack but disputed the group's claim that it succeeded in killing its target. The identify of the person who came under attack has not been made public.

VIDEO: Eastern Libya declares autonomy (flying the al-Qaeda flag)
RT - Cyrenaica, the eastern region of Libya, has elected a regional congress and declared semi-autonomy from the capital Tripoli. The “blatant call for fragmentation” of the country was condemned by Libya’s ruling NTC.... This is a blatant call for fragmentation,” said Fathi Baja, the head of political committee of the NTC. “We reject it in its entirety. We are against divisions and against any move that hurts the unity of the Libyan people.”

Leaked Email: Pentagon Admits Plan To Direct Terror Attacks Inside Syria
Paul Joseph Watson - A shocking email leaked as part of the Wikileaks Stratfor data dump reveals that the Pentagon is planning to direct terror attacks and assassinations inside Syria in a bid to topple President President Bashar al-Assad. The email, written by Reva Bhalla, Stratfor’s Director of Analysis, contains details of a December 6 Pentagon meeting attended by members of the USAF strategic studies group along with four military officers at the Lieutenant Colonel level, “including one French and one British representative.”

Syrians bombard rebels, Obama says Assad will fall
AMMAN (Reuters) - Syrian tanks bombarded opposition areas in Homs overnight and the Red Cross tried for a sixth day to gain access to Baba Amr, a fallen rebel stronghold where activists have reported bloody reprisals by President Bashar al-Assad's forces. President Barack Obama said it was only a matter of time before Assad left office, describing Syria's turmoil as "heartbreaking and outrageous," but opposed a call by a senior U.S. senator for American military action to force him out.

UN humanitarian chief in Syria to urge aid access
BEIRUT (AP) -- The U.N. humanitarian chief headed to the shattered central Syrian city of Homs on Wednesday, where activists have accused regime forces of trying to cover up evidence of a monthlong military assault and alleged execution-style killings

Journalist arrested in New Delhi bomb attack
NEW DELHI (AP) -- Police arrested an Indian journalist in connection with last month's bombing of an Israeli diplomatic vehicle in New Delhi, authorities said Wednesday, the first apparent breakthrough in an attack that Israel accused Iran of orchestrating.

Terror indictment unveiled for Norway massacre
OSLO, Norway (AP) -- Norwegian prosecutors on Wednesday formally indicted Anders Behring Breivik on terror charges, more than seven months after he confessed to attacks that killed 77 people in a bombing and shooting rampage.

Sickening indignity: Terminally ill patients face repeat fit-to-work tests
Mirror News UK - Thousands of terminally ill and disabled people are being forced to repeatedly undergo assessments to see if they can go back to work. Some 2,020 MS sufferers, 440 patients with Parkinson’s disease and dozens of dementia victims have all been through multiple “work capability assessments” – which they must pass to receive their benefits. Another 16,750 people with cancer have been forced to go through the process every two years... Charities reacted with anger and disbelief to the shocking figures, which come the day after David Cameron railroaded a raft of draconian benefit cuts through Parliament.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

VIDEO: 'Syria Danny’ Caught Staging CNN War Propaganda Stunt
Paul Joseph Watson - Astounding footage has emerged of ‘Syria Danny’ – the dubious “activist” who appears on mainstream news every week begging for a US or Israeli military invasion – in which he apparently coordinates gunfire and explosions to be staged during his interview with CNN.

BACKFIRE: Company Stock Plummets After Limbaugh Ad Drop
On Saturday, Carbonite CEO David Friend released a statement on his company’s website declaring that Carbonite had decided to “withdraw” advertising from Rush Limbaugh’s radio show in the wake of his controversial remarks involving Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke because it will “ultimately contribute to a more civilized public discourse”:

2012 Election News

YouTube:: SUPER TUESDAY CNN SLIP: Ron Paul has HUGE voter support!
CNN reporter forgot to zoom in on Ron Paul and under report the count of the crowd gathered in support of him on this Super Tuesday in North Dakota. He even admitted that the crowd OF VOTERS was far larger than any other candidates at over 2,000.

Total Delegate Count
CNN Election Center.

Romney pads delegate lead with Super Tuesday wins
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney padded his lead in the race for delegates Tuesday by winning Republican presidential contests in six states. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum added delegates by winning contests three states, while former House Speaker Newt Gingrich won the primary in Georgia, the state he used to represent in Congress. Romney won at least 212 Super Tuesday delegates and Santorum won at least 84. Gingrich won at least 72 delegates and Texas Rep. Ron Paul got at least 22.

2012 Republican Popular Vote
Real Clear Politics.

Obama Loses 'Dem' Primary in 15 Oklahoma Counties
With 98 percent of precincts reporting Tuesday, Obama won 57 percent of the vote. Four other candidates combined for 43 percent of the vote, including anti-abortion activist and Operation Rescue founder Randall Terry who received 18 percent of the vote. According to Democratic Party rules, Terry is eligible for a delegate since he won more than 15 percent of the statewide vote. Terry beat Obama in 12 counties, mostly in western Oklahoma. Terry acknowledges he can't win the presidency but says he hopes to cause Obama's defeat in the fall.

Rep. Dennis Kucinich suffers primary defeat in Ohio
Washington Post - Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich (D-Ohio), the two-time presidential candidate and icon of the antiwar left, suffered a bruising primary defeat Tuesday as a new Republican-drawn congressional map threatened to end the career of one of the most colorful figures in Congress.

VIDEO: MSNBC Hosts Grieve Over Kucinich Loss In Ohio
Real Clear Politics - "That's amazing," a shocked Rachel Maddow reacted to the news that Dennis Kucinich lost his primary race on Super Tuesday. Kucinich lost his district after Ohio redrew their Congressional lines, leaving him to run in a nearby district against an incumbent Democrat. "That means that there's not going to be a Dennis Kucinich in Congress anymore, which is almost hard to believe. He has been a singular force for his, not only for his ideological position but he's just been such a character," Maddow lamented.

Super Tuesday Results

YouTube: Ron Paul Addresses ND Republican Caucus
C-SPAN - Ron Paul is in Fargo, North Dakota to address a Republican Caucus taking place in the state. North Dakota is one of three states holding a caucus today, while seven states hold primaries.

YouTube: Ron Paul on FOX News - Super Tuesday
March 6, 2012

YouTube: Ron Paul Interview with Laura Ingraham
@1:56 Paul: I have a personal opinion. I think more wars are what the world doesn't need. I think fear of what the Iranians are doing is way overblown considering the fact that I was very much involved with the military in the 1960's and we had to deal with the Soviets. How could you deal with a more ruthless, powerful nation than ever. But from a political viewpoint Israel should do what they want to do. They've given way too much of their sovereignty up to us...for us to tell Israel what to do I don't agree with that.

Dinosaur Media Misquotes Ron Paul, Jumps On Congressman Over Tornado Comments
Steve Watson - Appearing on CNN Sunday, Paul was asked his opinion on FEMA’s management of the recent aftermath of the destructive tornados in the Midwestern states. Paul explained that he was not an advocate of the federal government having authority and responsibility over such situations, that he does not support the notion of federal money, and that the states should be allowed to take care of their own. Of course, being the attack dog hacks that they are, corporate media minions immediately poured forth with headlines such as “Ron Paul: Victims of Midwestern tornado outbreak should not get federal aid” and “Ron Paul: No Federal Financial Aid For Tornado Victims”.

Huge Ron Paul Banner in Worcester MA
Daily Paul - Hopefully his art will inspire a few undecided voters to cast their vote and support for the only candidate who will restore our liberties and freedoms, Ron Paul!

Judge temporarily blocks Wisconsin voter ID law
MADISON, Wisconsin (Reuters) - A Wisconsin judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked enforcement of the state's voter identification law, just weeks away from its April 3 presidential primary. Dane County Judge David Flanagan issued the temporary injunction as part of a lawsuit brought by the NAACP, which argued the law disenfranchises voters, many of them minorities, who do not possess acceptable identification.

Veteran News

Vets prone to drug addiction get risky painkillers
CHICAGO (AP) -- Morphine and similar powerful painkillers are sometimes prescribed to recent war veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress along with physical pain, and the consequences can be tragic, a government study suggests. These vets are at high risk for drug and alcohol abuse, but they're two times more likely to get prescriptions for addictive painkillers than vets with only physical pain, according to the study, billed as the first national examination of the problem. Iraq and Afghanistan vets with PTSD who already had substance abuse problems were four times more likely to get these drugs than vets without mental health problems, according to the study.

Occupy Wall Street Protest

Mass arrests at Occupy Education protest at California State Capitol
RT - A lengthy standoff between protesters and police in and outside of the California State Capitol Building ended with nearly 70 demonstrators arrested late Monday during an Occupy rally in Sacramento. A mass protest was waged all day Monday at the headquarters of the California State government, branded under the campaign “Occupy Education.” Demonstrators aligned with the OWS movement, many in particular with the Occupy Sacramento offshoot, were meeting to protest the increasing cost of tuition at state schools.


15 Reasons Why U.S. Economic Crisis Is An Economic Consolidation By Elite Banking Powers
The American Dream - The U.S. government is making sure that the big banks are getting all the cash they need to make sure that they don't fail during these rocky economic times, but the U.S. government is letting small banks fail in droves. In fact, in many instances the U.S. government is actually directing these small banks to sell themselves to the big sharks. So is this part of a planned consolidation of the U.S. banking industry? Just consider the following 15 points....

Welfare debit cards frequently used at liquor stores, strip clubs, casinos and amusement parks
(NaturalNews) According to a 9News investigation, the details of which were published by The Denver Post online, ATM owners and banks are some of the big winners, raking in some $1 million of taxpayer money in fees. As bad as that is, that figure doesn't include how much more state and federal tax money was spent by welfare recipients at those establishments.

Energy & Environment

X5.4 Solar Flare Update/Quake Watch
AN X5 can reach the earth is a little as 17 hours, if that happens it could arrive around 11am Wed, CDT
An R3 (Strong) Radio Blackout is now in progress, beginning about 7:00 p.m. EST today. The site of the eruption, previously active Region 1429, is now near center disk, so there's high-potential of an earth-directed CME. In addition, expect the imminent beginning of a Solar Radiation Storm. Analysis now occurring on both fronts.
*** Related: Live Earthquake Tracking Map

Housing Market

Foreclosure Sales Flood Market
Smart Money - Foreclosures and other distressed properties account for more than a third of all home sales, and data released today suggests that figure may soon grow even bigger. Lenders in January took back nearly 91,100 distressed properties, which includes foreclosures and short sales, up 29% from the previous month, according to data released this morning by LPS Applied Analytics, which tracks mortgage performance.

VIDEO: Man Fined Over His Foreclosed Home
CBS News - – David Englett walked around his front yard Wednesday afternoon picking up trash. He lives in Crowley, and understands that comes with being a homeowner. But what he doesn’t understand is being responsible for something that’s no longer his.


Obama agency rules PepsiCo cannibalizing aborted fetus is “ordinary business”
In a shocking decision delivered Feb 28th, President Obama’s Security and Exchange Commission ruled that PepsiCo’s use of aborted fetal remains in their research and development agreement with Senomyx to produce flavor enhancers falls under “ordinary business operations”. The letter signed by Attorney Brian Pitko of the SEC Office of Chief Counsel was sent in response to a 36-page document submitted by PepsiCo attorneys in January, 2012. In that filing, PepsiCo pleaded with the SEC to reject the Shareholder’s Resolution filed in October 2011 that the company “adopt a corporate policy that recognizes human rights and employs ethical standards which do not involve using the remains of aborted human beings in both private and collaborative research and development agreements.”

Chemicals As "Nutrients" In "USDA Organic" Infant Formula
Activist Post - So, what exactly is being put into the infant formulas millions believe is the closest facsimile to human breast milk available? We will take a more forgiving approach, and avoid the more obviously lower quality mass-market infant formula brands, which use genetically modified products and high fructose corn syrup, to name but a few obvious red flags. Instead, let's look to a so-called "organic" product, like Earth's Best Organic Infant Formula...

Pink Slime For School Lunch: Government Buying 7 Million Pounds Of Ammonia-Treated Meat For Meals
Huffington Post - Pink slime -- that ammonia-treated meat in a bright Pepto-bismol shade -- may have been rejected by fast food joints like McDonald's, Taco Bell and Burger King, but is being brought in by the tons for the nation's school lunch program. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is purchasing 7 million pounds of the "slime" for school lunches, The Daily reports. Officially termed "Lean Beef Trimmings," the product is a ground-up combination of beef scraps, cow connective tissues and other beef trimmings that are treated with ammonium hydroxide to kill pathogens like salmonella and E. coli. It's then blended into traditional meat products like ground beef and hamburger patties.

With No Labeling, Few Realize They Are Eating Genetically Modified Foods
Cornucopia - When a team of activists wearing white hazmat suits showed up at a Chicago grocery store to protest the sale of genetically modified foods, they picked an unlikely target: Whole Foods Market.... “No one would guess that there are genetically engineered foods right here in Whole Foods,” said Alexis Baden-Mayer, political director of the Organic Consumers Association, which organized the protest. The activists dramatically trashed a battery of well-known health food brands outside the store, including Tofutti, Kashi and Boca Burgers.

GM Food Labeling Advocates Attacking Issue from All Sides
OCA - According to the Truth in Labeling Coalition, bills [to label GM foods] have been introduced in 20 states, including Illinois, Alaska, California, North Carolina, Iowa, Maryland, New York, Oregon, Washington, Rhode Island, West Virginia, Vermont, Tennessee, Hawaii, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Jersey, Michigan, and New Hampshire. To date, none of the bills have passed, due to lobbying from agribusiness interest.

Forget sports drinks: Coconut water is the perfect fluid to replenish your body's electrolyte balance after heavy exercise
(NaturalNews) For those reluctant to consume sports drinks with all their added colors, flavors, sweeteners and preservatives, nature has provided the perfect rehydrating drink: coconut water.... The balance of electrolytes in coconut water is nearly the same as that in the human blood -- so close, in fact, that coconut water is the only natural non-blood substance that can be safely injected into the human bloodstream. Ancient peoples knew this, and sometimes used it as an emergency intravenous fluid.

Woman reverses Lyme disease with raw milk fasting
(NaturalNews) A woman reports that she has reversed Lyme disease by fasting with raw milk. This is not a suggestion for Lyme disease suffers, but a confirmation that raw milk from grass fed cows does have health-promoting properties. Most Lyme disease sufferers clamor for antibiotics forever, which the medical establishment cancels after a month. The medical establishment claims if antibiotics don't fix Lyme in a month, it's all in their heads.

Unvaccinated people a public health threat? Nope, people who take antibiotics are the real danger
(NaturalNews) Vaccine pushers often resort to an interesting fear tactic to try to mandate vaccine obedience among the masses: They insist that those who are unvaccinated are a health threat to the rest of the vaccinated population because the vaccinated people might get infected by the unvaccinated disease carriers!

Broccoli delivers a one-two punch to prevent cancer development and progression
(NaturalNews) DNA methylation controls the healthy expression of genes. When this pathway is blocked scientists have found a significantly increased risk of conditions including cardiovascular disease, immune function, neurodegenerative disease and even aging. Foods that provide sulfur groups necessary for proper DNA methylation include onions, garlic, nuts and seeds. Sulforaphane from broccoli is found in this research to stimulate the methylation path to enable normal gene expression to thwart cancer cell genesis.

VIDEO: Why Are People So Upset About Meat Glue?
Activist Post - My meat contains what? Why didn't I know? More than likely, we have all consumed a substance known as Transglutaminase (TG) from delis and possibly restaurants.... Japan's Animoto Company produces the product as Activa. The TG or Thrombian is a coagulation protein. Together with a fibrous protein, fibrin, a glue enzyme is developed which permanently binds meat pieces together. This coagulant is created using blood from cows, pigs, sometimes chickens and apparently through fermentation of certain bacteria.

Coriander oil (cilantro) can be used to treat food poisoning and drug-resistant infections
(NaturalNews) Published in the Journal of Medical Microbiology, their findings revealed that solutions containing just a 1.6 percent concentration of coriander oil or less were all effective at killing all twelve bacterial strains, to some degree or another. A powerful, natural antibiotic, coriander oil appears to be a promising candidate for new uses not only in food preservation, but also in medicine as a type of natural antibiotic.

Sleeping pills linked to 460 percent increase in sudden death
(NaturalNews) If you take pharmaceutical sleeping pills to help alleviate insomnia, you are very likely putting yourself at serious risk of developing cancer or even dying. A new study published in BMJ Open, an open-access journal that is part of the British Medical Journal family of publications, suggests that patients who take various benzodiazepines, non-benzodiazepines, barbiturates and sedative antihistamines for insomnia are 4.6 times more likely to die, on average, within two-and-a-half years than those who do not take these drugs.

Murder charges against Calif. doc seen as warning
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The prosecutor who took the rare step of charging a doctor with murder in the prescription drug overdose deaths of three patients said Friday that the case should serve as a warning to unethical physicians who become pill pushers. Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley said his office will continue to prosecute greedy and unethical doctors after charging Dr. Hsiu-Ying "Lisa" Tseng, 42, with second-degree murder and 21 other felony counts. If convicted of all the charges, she faces a maximum sentence of 45 years to life in prison.

Science & Technology

If the biotech industry is so proud of GMOs, why don't they tout GMOs on food packaging labels?
(NaturalNews) Genetically engineered foods will "feed the world," say Bill Gates and all the rest of the GMO pushers. GM crops are the result of "high-tech agriculture" and "advanced technology" created by super-smart agricultural geniuses who only enhance the properties of food crops. GMOs are better than God, better than Mother Nature, and one of the great gifts of science to humankind -- sort of like electricity, only more edible.

VIDEO: DARPA’s “Cheetah” Sets Land Speed Record for Legged Robots
Darpa March 05, 2012 - The use of ground robots in military explosive-ordinance-disposal missions already saves many lives and prevents thousands of other casualties. If the current limitations on mobility and manipulation capabilities of robots can be overcome, robots could much more effectively assist warfighters across a greater range of missions.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Monsanto’s Roundup Shown to be Ravaging Butterfly Population
Activist Post - Monsanto’s Roundup, containing the active ingredient glyphosate, has been tied to more health and environmental problems than you could imagine. Similar to how pesticides have been contributing to the bee decline, Monsanto’s Roundup has been tied to the decrease in the population of monarch butterflies by killing the very plants that the butterflies rely on for habitat and food.

Un-Earthed: Is Monsanto's Glyphosate Destroying The Soil?
Activist Post - New research published in the journal Current Microbiology indicates that Roundup herbicide (®) is having a negative impact on the microbiodiversity of the soil, including microorganisms of food interest, and specifically those found in raw and fermented foods. Microbiodiversity is essential for the global health of our planet. The metabolic activity of microorganisms participate quite literally “at the root” of the nitrogen, phosphate, oxygen and carbon cycles, and are therefore indispensable for the health of the entire biosphere.

VIDEO: The World According to Monsanto Watch Free - Top Documentary
There’s nothing they are leaving untouched: the mustard, the okra, the bringe oil, the rice, the cauliflower. Once they have established the norm: that seed can be owned as their property, royalties can be collected. We will depend on them for every seed we grow of every crop we grow. If they control seed, they control food, they know it – it’s strategic. It’s more powerful than bombs. It’s more powerful than guns. This is the best way to control the populations of the world.

Study: Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) toxin in GM crops kills non-target species
(NaturalNews) A new study out of Switzerland confirms once again that Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) toxin, the nefarious pesticide produced by certain genetically-modified (GM) crops, is harming non-target species. Published in the journal Environmental Sciences Europe, the study reveals that two-spotted ladybird (Adalia bipunctata L.) larvae exposed to Bt toxin experience a much higher mortality rate than those not exposed.

Today in History - Tuesday - March 6, 2012
1820 - The Missouri Compromise was enacted by the U.S. Congress and signed by U.S. President James Monroe. The act admitted Missouri into the Union as a slave state, but prohibited slavery in the rest of the northern Louisiana Purchase territory.
1834 - The city of York in Upper Canada was incorporated as Toronto.
1836 - The 13-day siege of the Alamo by Santa Anna and his army ended. The Mexican army of three thousand men defeated the 189 Texas volunteers.
1854 - At the Washington Monument, several men stole the Pope's Stone from the lapidarium.
1857 - The U.S. Supreme Court's Dred Scott decision ruled that blacks could not sue in federal court to be citizens.
1899 - Aspirin was patented by German researchers Felix Hoffman and Hermann Dreser.
1907 - British creditors of the Dominican Republic claimed that the U.S. had failed to collect debts.
1928 - A Communist attack on Peking, China resulted in 3,000 dead and 50,000 fled to Swatow.
1939 - In Spain, Jose Miaja took over the Madrid government after a military coup and vowed to seek "peace with honor."
1944 - During World War II, U.S. heavy bombers began the first American raid on Berlin. Allied planes dropped 2000 tons of bombs.
1946 - Ho Chi Minh, the President of Vietnam, struck an agreement with France that recognized his country as an autonomous state within the Indochinese Federation and the French Union.
1947 - Winston Churchill announced that he opposed British troop withdrawals from India.
1947 - The first air-conditioned naval ship, "The Newport News," was launched from Newport News, VA.
1957 - The British African colonies of the Gold Coast and Togoland became the independent state of Ghana.
1960 - Switzerland granted women the right to vote in municipal elections.
1960 - The United States announced that it would send 3,500 troops to Vietnam.
1967 - U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson announced his plan to establish a draft lottery.
1970 - Charles Manson released his album "Lies" to finance his defense against murder charges.
1973 - U.S. President Richard Nixon imposed price controls on oil and gas.
1975 - Iran and Iraq announced that they had settled their border dispute.
1980 - Islamic militants in Tehran said that they would turn over American hostages to the Revolutionary Council.
1981 - U.S. President Reagan announced a plan to cut 37,000 federal jobs.
1983 - The United States Football League began its first season of pro football competition.
1987 - The British ferry Herald of Free Enterprise capsized in the Channel off the coast of Belgium. 189 people died.
1990 - In Afghanistan, an attempted coup to remove President Najibullah from office failed.
1990 - The Russian Parliament passed a law that sanctioned the ownership of private property.
1991 - In Paris, five men were jailed for plotting to smuggle Libyan arms to the Irish Republican Army.
1992 - The computer virus "Michelangelo" went into effect.
1997 - Britain's Queen Elizabeth II launched the first official royal Web site.
1998 - A Connecticut state lottery accountant gunned down three supervisors and the lottery chief before killing himself.

World News

Netanyahu Has Made Up His Mind to Attack Iran
Kurt Nimmo The Algemeiner, billed as the fastest growing Jewish newspaper in America, is reporting that Israeli PM Netanyahu has made up his mind and Israel will attack Iran, probably before the election. The newspaper cites a “senior American official” who allegedly told Israel’s government regulated Channel 2 that the decision was made by Netanyahu and his coalition of Likudniks to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities. The report was aired prior to Netanyahu’s speech before AIPAC, the powerful Israeli political action committee that calls the shots on U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East.

YouTube: Escobar: Putin not part of NWO, labelled evil by elites
RT - It's official - Vladimir Putin has won the presidential race to become Russia's leader for a third term. Official results have given him almost 64 per cent of the vote. Asia Times correspondent Pepe Escobar in Thailand says that despite the Russian people making their choice clear, the U.S. is still on a mission to vilify the country...

China military spending to top $100 billion in 2012, alarming neighbors
Washington Post - China’s Communist Party rulers plan to boost military spending by 11 percent this year, passing the $100 billion mark for the first time and renewing questions about the country’s long-term intentions. The new spending plan comes as China’s neighbors are increasingly unnerved by the country’s growing assertiveness in pressing territorial claims and as the Obama administration has announced a strategic “pivot” to the Asia-Pacific region.

Lakota arrests underway halting tarsands pipeline trucks
Lakotas Alex White Plume, Debra White Plume, Andrew Ironshell, Sam Long Black Cat and Don Iron Shell, were arrested at a blockade of tarsands pipeline trucks. Debra White Plume, released from jail in Kyle, South Dakota, said Monday night, "Alex, myself, Sam Long Black Cat, Andrew Iron Shell and Terrell Eugene Iron Shell were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct." "We formed a blockade to stop tarsands oil mine equipment from passing our lands.

VIDEO: Netanyahu: Israel 'reserves right' to strike Iran
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told President Obama that Israel would decide for itself whether to strike Iran.... n a sit-down earlier today with the president in the Oval Office, Netanyahu pushed back against the administration’s repeated attempts to dissuade Israel from attacking Iran. “Israel must reserve the right to defend itself and after all, that’s the very purpose of the Jewish state to, restore to the Jewish people control of our destiny,” said Netanyahu, who is meeting with the president in advance of his speech later today before the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s annual policy conference.

Greek default looms as voluntary debt deal looks set to fail
Telegraph - Authorities in Athens are ready to enforce the controversial collective action clauses, or CACs, to impose the restructuring deal on all bondholders as the number of voluntary agreements look set to fall short of the required amount. Credit rating agencies have warned they will declare Athens to be in default if the CACs are triggered which would be a dramatic culmination to a three-year rollercoaster ride for Athens, the eurozone and global markets.

Iceland puts former PM on trial over crisis
REYKJAVIK (Reuters) - Iceland began the trial Monday of former prime minister Geir Haarde for failing to prevent a 2008 financial crash, thought to be the only prosecution in the world of a political leader over the crisis.... "None of us realized at the time that there was something fishy within the banking system itself, as now appears to have been the case," Haarde told the court in opening questioning from the special prosecutor investigating crimes linked to the crisis.

Canadian government “ready to talk” about Iceland adopting our currency?
CANADA - "Canadian ambassador to Iceland Alan Bones had planned to deliver remarks to a conference on the future of the Icelandic krona, making it clear that if Iceland decided to adopt the Canadian dollar, with all its inherent risks, Canada was ready to talk," the article notes. However, Bones' Saturday speech was cancelled abruptly. "Once we got wind of [the speech] and it went through the approval channels ... The decision was made that it's not an appropriate event for him to speak at," Joseph Lavoie, Foreign Minister John Baird's press secretary, told the Globe.

Mexico asks Biden to stop US arms, money flow
MEXICO CITY (AP) — President Feliple Calderon told Vice President Joe Biden on Monday that Mexico wants the United States to do more to halt the flow of weapons and drug money to south of the border. Calderon's request came during a meeting in the presidential residence in Mexico City, where Biden is on a one-day visit. He heads to Honduras on Tuesday. Mexico's president "repeated the urgent need to strengthen actions against the trafficking of weapons into our country and money laundering," his office said in a statement.

CSIS says surprise visits to people at work a ‘legitimate strategy’
The Star - Canada’s spy agency considers surprise workplace visits to be a “legitimate investigative strategy” despite persistent public concerns about the practice, a newly disclosed policy memo says. The memo surfaced recently further to a complaint lodged by an Ottawa woman who took exception to being visited by Canadian Security Intelligence Service officers at her office. The previously secret document shows that CSIS makes it a point to suddenly turn up at people’s offices in order to intimidate them, said Paul Champ, the woman’s lawyer.... “It’s about catching people off guard and unsettling them. They know that it causes fear in people, and that’s precisely why they do it.”

VIDEO: The Toronto Hearings on 9/11: Uncovering 10 Years of Deception - Preview
Press for Truth - In 2011, experts and scientists from around the world gathered in Toronto, Canada to present new and established evidence that questions the official story of 9/11. This evidence was presented to a distinguished panel of experts over a 4 day period. Through their analysis and scientific investigations, they hope to spark a new investigation into the attacks of September 11, 2001.

VIDEO: 3/5/2012 -- 6.1 magnitude earthquake -- Argentina South America + Global Earthquake Swarm
We are in the middle of a moderate GLOBAL earthquake swarm. A series of moderate to large sized earthquakes has struck around the Pacific ring of fire .... BE ALERT of a possible sizable earthquake(s) over the next few DAYS... West Coast USA -- Baja .. north through Mono Lake CA -- then northwest to Vancouver Island British Columbia -- also along the edge of the north American Craton (laurentia) BE ALERT as well --- the threat of a possible 5.0M+ earthquake in the near term exists.

Bill Gates: One of the World’s Most Destructive Do-Gooders?
Dr. Mercola - COMMENT ( Dr. Mercola has been the latest among many credible voices to sound an important note of alarm at the pace and scope of the Gates Foundation and Monsanto-led effort to push genetically modified crops on the developing world under the cover of philanthropy, enabling a hostile Corporate takeover to monopolize global and regional industries all while posing as a savior with false solutions that endanger our world. To stress the importance and depth of this issue, we have added numerous other vital links on this topic.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

McCain calls for US-led strikes on Syria without UN mandate
RT - Taking the Senate floor, McCain said there will be no UN mandate for the air strikes he deems the only way to stop the violence – but that a mandate isn’t necessary. All the Arizona senator needs, apparently, is a somewhat dubious – and violent – precedent. “NATO took military action to save Kosovo in 1999 without formal U.N. authorization. There is no reason why the Arab League, or NATO, or a leading coalition within the Friends of Syria contact group, or all of them speaking in unison, could not provide a similar international mandate for military measures to save Syria today”, he said.

Tea Party Marine Investigated for Disloyalty to Obama
Kurt Nimmo - Gary Stein faces legal hurdle for questioning Obama’s response to soldiers burning Koran. The Armed Forces Tea Party reports that Camp Pendleton Marine Gary Stein is being officially investigated for making disloyal comments about Obama. “The comments in question were made by his personal Facebook profile during a discussion about ‘NATO allowing the trial of US Troops for burning the Koran’ on a Facebook Group and since been deleted,” a post today explains.

Security fears? Chicago G8 Summit canceled, relocated to Camp David
RT - Amid concerns over thousands of protestors descending on Chicago, Illinois for the G-8 Summit this spring, the event have been moved to the presidential compound at Camp David, Maryland, around an hour outside of Washington. Leaders from the United States, Russia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and European Union were expected to arrive in Chicago this May for the annual meeting of the world’s largest economies. Protesters also had plans for the Windy City, however, and demonstration groups including Occupy Wall Street offshoots had begun orchestrating events to coincide with the meeting.

Judge Orders Obama Administration to Release Classified Document
All Gov - The case is a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) suit filed by the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) in 2001 against the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR). CIEL requested USTR turn over a one-page position paper concerning a U.S. negotiating position in negotiations to create a free-trade area among 34 nations in the western hemisphere that eventually went nowhere.

U.S. defends killing Americans who join al Qaeda
CHICAGO (Reuters) - The Obama administration asserted on Monday a right to kill Americans overseas who are plotting attacks against the United States, laying out specific details for the first time about a policy that critics argue violates U.S. and international law. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said that Americans who have joined al Qaeda or its affiliates can be targeted for lethal strikes if there is an imminent threat to the United States and capturing them is not feasible.

Hacked Stratfor Emails: Osama’s Body Not Dumped at Sea
Kurt Nimmo - According to “shadow CIA” Stratfor email hacked by Anonymous and released by Wikileaks, Osama bin Laden was not dumped at sea after he was supposedly killed at his hideout in Pakistan. Instead, his body was shipped via a CIA plane to a mortuary located at a military medical institute in Dover, Delaware. Osama’s body was allegedly delivered following Obama’s boasting about the dubious raid. “Reportedly, we took the body with us. Thank goodness,” said Stratfor CEO George Friedman in an email dated May 2, 2011.

VIDEO: Troops Used For Crowd Control At Austin, Texas Kite Festival
Paul Joseph Watson - Uniformed troops from the Texas State Guard were used for the purposes of crowd control during the Zilker Kite Festival in Austin this past weekend, with video showing the troops ordering parents and children to board school buses at the end of the event. Disturbing footage of the troops controlling the movement of attendees was filmed by Infowars reporters, in addition to a police helicopter circling above. However, the website of the Zilker Kite Festival attempted to downplay the Guard’s involvement as if it was completely normal.

Maryland Gun Law Found Unconstitutional (Good and compelling reason no longer applies)
BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland’s requirement that residents show a “good and substantial reason” to get a handgun permit is unconstitutional, according to a federal judge’s opinion filed Monday. States can channel the way their residents exercise their Second Amendment right to bear arms, but because Maryland’s goal was to minimize the number of firearms carried outside homes by limiting the privilege to those who could demonstrate “good reason,” it had turned into a rationing system, infringing upon residents’ rights, U.S. District Judge Benson Everett Legg wrote.

Some say re-election fear is driving gun sales in Fort Worth, elsewhere
Fort Worth Star-Telegram - Enthusiasts are stocking up on guns and ammunition, and some in the industry are wondering whether sales are spiking as they did after Democrat Barack Obama won the presidency in 2008. That rush created a nationwide shortage. "We're at the top of the roller coaster and we're about to plummet down the side," said DeWayne Irwin, owner of the Cheaper Than Dirt gun store in north Fort Worth, which set a sales record for the month of February. "It's fixing to happen again. I don't know if it will be to the same extent it was before, but I see it coming.

Weaponizing the Body Politic - So much money has gone into armoring and arming local law-enforcement since 9/11 that the federal government could have rebuilt post-Katrina New Orleans five times over and had enough money left in the kitty to provide job training and housing for every one of the record 41,000-plus homeless people in New York City. It could have added in the growing population of 15,000 homeless in Philadelphia, my hometown, and still have had money to spare. Add disintegrating Detroit, Newark, and Camden to the list. Throw in some crumbling bridges and roads, too.

YouTube: Michael Scheuer: Israel owns the Congress
Fox News March 3, 2012 - Lou Dobbs interviews former CIA operative, head of the Bin Laden Tracking Unit, Michael Scheuer.

Loughner’s Forced Psychiatric Drugging by Prison Doctors Upheld on Appeal
Bloomberg March 5, 2012 - Federal prison doctors may force antipsychotic drugs on Jared Lee Loughner, charged with killing six people and trying to assassinate U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords, on the grounds he is a danger to himself, a U.S. appeals court ruled. The San Francisco-based court ruled today by a 2-1 vote that there was no violation of Loughner’s constitutional due process rights when prison doctors were permitted to forcibly medicate him with antipsychotic drugs.

YouTube: Andrew Breitbart Just Another Weird Death
I don't know if he was killed, but if you look at the huge list of other suspicious deaths, it is not out of the realm of possibility. There is nothing wrong questioning the perceived reality. Go to The Greatest Truth Never Told for more information like this.

USA #1?  40 Embarrassing Things That America Is The Best In The World At
American Dream - Is the USA still #1? Well, there are many things that America is still the best in the world at, but unfortunately a lot of those categories are nothing to be proud of.... America is a complete and total mess and just "tweaking" a few things here and there is not going to return this nation to its former glory. We have forgotten the things that once made us great, and if we do not return to them we will continue to fall apart as a nation. With that being said, the following are 40 embarrassing things that America is the best in the world at....

Convicted killer got unemployment while in L.A. jail
AP - Sheriff's Capt. Mike Parker said Saturday that Anthony Garcia, nicknamed "Chopper," received more than $30,000 in fraudulent unemployment while in Los Angeles County jail from 2008 to 2010.

2012 Election News

Ron Paul to Speak in Fargo, North Dakota at Statewide Caucus on Super Tuesday
BISMARCK, North Dakota – 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul will return to North Dakota on March 6th – Super Tuesday – to speak at a Fargo mega-caucus... North Dakota has no voter registration of any kind including no political party enrollment. Those eligible to caucus must be 18 years of age by Election Day in November, and they must bring government ID or proof of 30-day residency such as a utility bill. State residents from all over North Dakota may vote at any caucus location statewide, making North Dakota caucusing rules among the most open nationally.

YouTube: Ron Paul Interview With Cavuto On Oil & The Dollar
Fox News March 5, 2012.

VIDEO: Complete Ron Paul Speech-Idaho Falls
C-Span Monday, March 5, 2012 - Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) addressed supporters at a town hall meeting in the Idaho Falls Civic Auditorium. An extremely enthusiastic crowd!

Ron Paul Draws More Than 2,000 Voters to Idaho Falls Town Hall Meeting
2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul attracted a remarkable over 2,000 supporters and undecided voters to his town hall meeting in Idaho Falls, continuing his tradition of drawing huge crowds in the Gem State.

2,400 Idahoans Pack U. of Idaho Kibbie Dome for Ron Paul Event
BOISE, Idaho - Second appearance by the only presidential candidate in 30 years demonstrates momentum ahead of ‘Super Tuesday’ caucus BOISE, Idaho – 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul drew a crowd of 2,400 supporters in Moscow, Idaho today, demonstrating his popularity among voters in the crucial northern region of the Gem State.... This event clearly broke the record for turnout in lieu of this being the second such event within the same Latah County city of less than 24,000.

Ron Paul slams “counterfeit” conservatives
RT - After his rivals accused presidential hopeful Ron Paul of working to help the campaign of Mitt Romney, the congressman from Texas is taking on the Republican Party frontrunner — and the rest of the GOP establishment — with his latest mailer. Some Republican voters in the state of Oklahoma received a political ad from Representative Ron Paul in their mailboxes this week urging them to discredit the congressman’s competition, which he considers a collective of “counterfeit” conservatives.

YouTube: Ben Swann On Fox News Panel About Ohio Primary
Fox News March 5, 2012 - Ben Swann of the now well known reality check on Fox affiliate WXIX shares his input on the upcoming Ohio primary on FNC. "It's really right now, from what we can tell, a race between Romney and Paul right now for the lead in terms of delegates."

Super Tuesday is Tomorrow ( TODAY ) Open Thread
Daily Paul - Ten states vote on Super Tuesday... Post your news, observations and insights in the comment section below. Click here for the full GOP Primary Schedule,

Romney's Cousins United for Ron Paul - Will Speak at Idaho Caucuses to a Heavy Mormon Vote - Well, this is a funny way for Ron Paul's campaign to battle the (largely true) narrative that it's working hand-in-glove with Mitt Romney. Days after concluding a small ad campaign attacking Romney in Washington, Paul's team has announced the endorsements of five Romney family relatives in Montana, Washington, Utah, and Idaho -- all will speak at Idaho caucuses, where a heavy Mormon vote is expected to boost Romney to a win.

Ben Swann to be on the "All Star Panel" for Super Tuesday
Daily Paul - Ben Swann was selected by Bret Baier to be on the Fox News Channel "All Star Panel" for Super Tuesday at 6:00 EST.

Ron Paul Draws 1,100-plus Crowd in Fairbanks, Alaska
Ron Paul 2012 - 750-plus inside venue, over 200 in overflow areas, and over 100 outside brave cold to see Dr. Paul. 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul drew more than 1,100 supporters to his Fairbanks town hall meeting, the first of two stops he is making in Alaska today. The Congressman’s Fairbanks Town Hall Meeting took place at 1:00 p.m. AKST in the Gold Ballroom of the Westmark Hotel & Conference Center, located at 813 Noble Street, Fairbanks, AK 99701.

Ron Paul: "I Think Sanctions Give Iran Motivation To Want A Nuclear Weapon"
Zero Hedge - There are those who say that while they agree completely with Ron Paul’s economic policy of fixing the #1 issue that ails America (as a reminder, total US debt/GDP would only decline under a Ron Paul presidency) they disagree with Paul on his foreign policy. We wonder why when all he does is instead of appealing to the jingoism of warmongers and patronizing the basest of herd instincts, he simply tells the truth. Such as on Today’s State of the Union show on CNN when asked if Obama has done “enough” to force Iran to stop its nuclear development via sanctions and others, his reply was spot on: “I think he gets too much involved. I think sanctions gives the motivation for them to want a nuclear weapon.

Veteran News

Obama Honors Iraq War Vets
President Barack Obama is honoring the more than 1 million American troops who served in Iraq by welcoming a small cross-section to a formal dinner at the White House on Wednesday night. The dinner for 200 – about half military personnel or veterans and the rest their guests – will include service members from all 50 states and the US territories. Some service members believe something more expansive is warranted to recognize those who served in Iraq.

Vets feel abandoned after secret drug experiments
As one veteran states: "I really felt a duty to my country to go and serve," he said. "Things were different back then. You believed in your government. And you just wouldn't think they would give you something that would harm you intentionally." 
** Related: Declassified Document: U. S. Army - Chemical Research and Development Laboratories Technical Report

Occupy Wall Street Protest

VIDEO: New York City declines to prosecute Naomi Wolf for Occupy arrest
Guardian - Naomi Wolf will not do hard time for walking on a sidewalk as part of an Occupy Wall Street demonstration last October. New York officials have announced they have declined to prosecute, and the case has been dismissed. Wolf, a Guardian contributor, was arrested in New York after a confrontation with police officers who had set up cordons to restrict the movement of Occupy protesters outside an event for the Huffington Post, to which she also contributes.


Postal Service CEO gets huge income amid job cuts
Press TV - The chief of the struggling U.S. Postal Service received $384,229 in compensation last year -- and at least one lawmaker thinks he should take a paycut. Sen. Jon Tester, a Montana Democrat, decried top U.S. Postal Service salaries in a letter this week to the board governing the service. Tester wants top postal executives to cut their own salaries and bonuses as they move to cut mail delivery services and close postal plants and offices, laying off tens of thousands of workers.

Drug money saved banks in global crisis, claims UN advisor
The Guardian - Antonio Maria Costa, head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, said he has seen evidence that the proceeds of organised crime were "the only liquid investment capital" available to some banks on the brink of collapse last year Drugs money worth billions of dollars kept the financial system afloat at the height of the global crisis, the United Nations' drugs and crime tsar has told the Observer. This will raise questions about crime's influence on the economic system at times of crisis. It will also prompt further examination of the banking sector as world leaders, including Barack Obama and Gordon Brown, call for new International Monetary Fund regulations.

AIG to raise $6 billion to repay government bailout
Chicago Tribune - American International Group (AIG) is selling part of its stake in AIA Group to raise about $6 billion to help the U.S. insurer repay a huge federal government bail-out.... The shares will go to institutional investors, and AIG expects to use the net proceeds to reduce the balance due to the U.S. Treasury Department's preferred equity interest in a special-purpose vehicle (SPV) in which AIG holds the AIA shares. The U.S. Treasury owns 77 percent of AIG following a massive $182 billion bail-out in the wake of the 2008 global financial crisis. AIG holds around a one-third stake in AIA which, at Friday's close, was worth $14.9 billion.on Monday.

YouTube: The Fractional Reserve Bullion Banksters Are DOOMED
A SGTreport silver update. The Banksters prevented the Pan Asia Gold Exchange from ever doing damage to their fractional reserve bullion banking monopoly, they won't be so lucky a second time.

District Court Refuses to Dismiss Claim That IRS Ties Tax-Exempt Status to Agreement With Administration's Israel Policy
TaxProf Blog - Following up on my previous posts (links below): the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania has refused to dismiss Z Street's claim that the IRS unconstitutionally tied its application for tax-exempt status to whether the group's positions on Israel are "contradictory to those of the Administration." Instead, the court transferred the case to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

VIDEO: Bruce Springsteen Slams Wall Street Pillaging of America In Powerful New Anthem
Washington Blog - From Bruce Springsteen's new album, Wrecking Ball. Here are the lyrics: No cannonballs did fly No rifles cut us down. No bombs fell from the sky No blood soaked the ground No powder flash blinded the eye No deafening thunder sounded But just as sure as the hand of god They brought death to my hometown They brought death to my hometown...

Housing Market

Speculators Who Inflated Property Bubble To Get Bailout
Bloomberg - The Obama administration will extend mortgage assistance for the first time to investors who bought multiple homes before the market imploded, helping some speculators who drove up prices and inflated the housing bubble. Landlords can qualify for up to four federally-subsidized loan workouts starting around May, as long as they rent out each house or have plans to fill them, under the revamped Home Affordable Modification Program, also known as HAMP... The program pays banks to reduce monthly payments by cutting interest rates, stretching terms, and forgiving principal.

The Foreclosure-to-Rental Boondoggle
Counterpunch - Washington Post; The reason that housing prices have dipped only 33.6 percent in the United States instead of 60 percent as they have in Ireland, is because the big banks have been keeping inventory off the market. If the millions of homes–that are presently headed for foreclosure–were suddenly dumped onto the market, prices would plunge and the biggest banks in the country would be declared insolvent. That’s why the banks have slowed the flow of foreclosures.

Energy & Environment

YouTube: ENTIRE SOUTH and MIDWEST ! Steaming Plume event = be alert and aware
Dutchsinse 3/5/12 6:42PM - Today.. in Missouri, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas.....once again.. in the late afternoon...PLUMES APPEARING on Visible satellite -- viewable from space -- All erupting from the ground at the same time in the afternoon -- yesterday only one or two -- and now today we see WELL OVER 50 !! Visit Dutchsinse for more information.

Tornado-ravaged areas hit by snowstorm, cold temperatures
(Reuters) - A winter snow storm added to the woes on Monday of tornado-struck Indiana and Kentucky, dropping several inches of snow on the ravaged region where dozens of people were killed, meteorologists said. Overnight, three to five inches of snow fell in southern Indiana and north-central Kentucky, where recovery efforts were underway after Friday's deadly twisters, the National Weather Service said.... The snow has already caused the collapse of 20-foot by 30-foot tent set up to serve meals to emergency workers and survivors. Kentucky Baptist Convention volunteers shifted meal service to a crowded community center.

BP Gulf of Mexico Case Shifts to Pollution Fines That May Top $17 Billion
Bloomberg - BP Plc (BP\) may face as much as $17.6 billion in civil pollution fines and possibly billions of dollars more in criminal penalties as its settlement with businesses and individuals harmed by the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill shifts the focus to government claims. BP said March 2 it would pay an estimated $7.8 billion to resolve private plaintiffs’ claims for economic loss, property damage and injuries. The settlement, to be paid from a $20 billion trust for spill victims set up in 2010, doesn’t resolve federal and state government environmental damage claims. BP has set aside $37 billion to cover spill costs.


Campbell's to end use of BPA in can linings
Campbell's Soup has agreed to stop using the chemical BPA in the lining of its cans, joining a host of other brands moving away from using the substance. The move comes as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is poised to decide by the end of March whether to ban the chemical's use in all food and beverage packaging.

Corporate Media Blackout On AB 2109 Threatening Vaccine Rights
Activist Post - If [California] Bill AB 2109 passes, by July 1st, 2013, parents who wish to opt out will be required to bring with them on the day of enrollment a written statement from a medical doctor or conventional “health care practitioner” that states they have been informed of the benefits and risks of vaccines and the communicable disease they are said to prevent. The parent would also be required to submit a written statement that indicates that he or she received the information from the health care practitioner.

Vermont Senate passes bill ending philosophical exemptions from school vaccination requirements
Activist Post - The Vermont Senate recently passed a bill that is now on its way to the state House, which, if signed into law, would end the ability for parents to avoid getting their children vaccinated based on philosophical grounds. This means that children will not be able to go to school if their parents refuse the vaccines, as they can no longer be exempt from the requirement based on parents' philosophical opposition.... Just to enter kindergarten, children are required to receive three doses of hepatitis B vaccine, four doses of the diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis vaccine, three doses of polio vaccine, three of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine and one chicken pox vaccine as well.

Doctor says feeding babies raw milk is child endangerment
Activist Post - Daniel H. Gervich, M.D. recently wrote in the Des Moines Register that mothers who feed their babies fresh milk constitutes "child endangerment." Gervich's article was in response to natural health advocates, particularly Eileen Dannemann, who are pushing for House Study Bill 585 that would legalize the sale of unpasteurized milk in Iowa, which he opposes.... Eileen Dannemann, director of National Coalition of Organized Women, wrote a scathing response to Dr. Gervich which can be read in its entirety...

Experts Reveal Unnecessary Cancer Treatments Accelerating Death
Activist Post - According to a recent study, conventional cancer treatments are on the rise, and many experts are now revealing that the increase is without a reasonable cause. The study suggests that those with lower risk of cancer diagnoses and those expected not to live longer than 10 years (seniors from 80-90 years old) are more apt to receive treatment for cancer despite the fact that it would likely do them more harm than good.

VIDEO: World Renown Heart Surgeon Speaks Out On What Really Causes Heart Disease - We physicians with all our training, knowledge and authority often acquire a rather large ego that tends to make it difficult to admit we are wrong. So, here it is. I freely admit to being wrong.. As a heart surgeon with 25 years experience, having performed over 5,000 open-heart surgeries,today is my day to right the wrong with medical and scientific fact.

VIDEO: The “Coca Cola conspiracy” and the obesity epidemic
Aletho News - The processed foods industry knew that their products would cause an epidemic of obesity among their customers, but they also realized that their bottom line would grow exponentially. The FDA and USDA provided all the cover needed and then some by pointing the finger in the wrong direction. Saturated fat was demonized as a health hazard...Subsequently, while Americans reduced the percentage of calories from fats in their diets to 30% from 40%, rates of obesity and cardio-vascular disease steadily increased.

Cancer Risk Found in Coke, Pepsi: Group
Bloomberg - U.S. regulators, reviewing an advocacy group’s complaint that a chemical used in colas causes tumors in animals, said there’s no immediate risk to consumers from the substance.... The Center for Science in the Public Interest... said in a statement today that high levels of the chemical 4-methylimidazole were found in drinks made by Coca-Cola Co. (KO) and PepsiCo. Inc. (PEP)... “This is nothing more than scare tactics,” the American Beverage Association said in a statement today, calling the claims “outrageous.”

Soft Drink Consumption: The Frightening Statistics and Associated Health Risks! - According to the National Soft Drink Association (NSDA), consumption of soft drinks is now over 600 12-ounce servings (12 oz.) per person per year. Since the late 1970`s the soft drink consumption in the United States has doubled for females and tripled for males. The highest consumption is in the males between the ages of 12 - 29; they average 1/2 gallon a day or 160 gallons a year.... Here are some facts about soft drinks to consider before you enjoy the next soft drink.

AUDIO: FDA Declares War on Consumers – Ron Paul and Citizens for Health Fight Back
Daily Paul Radio - James Gormley of Citizens for Health joins Daily Paul Radio with Kurt Wallace for ‘FDA Declares War on Consumers - Ron Paul and Citizens for Health Fight Back” to discuss the attack on consumers and the Dietary Supplement Health & Education Act of 1994. Sign the petition here!

Brockovich barred from investigating mystery teen neurological illness
(NaturalNews) Last fall, 12 teenage girls at LeRoy High School in upstate NY started exhibiting Tourette's-like symptoms of tics and verbal outbursts.... At the request of local parents, leading environmental activist Erin Brockovich stepped in and sent her team out to test the area for clues to a possible chemical spill that would explain the oozing substance and possibly the cause of the strange symptoms. She is looking into a 1970 train accident that spilled cyanide and an industrial solvent called trichloroethene close to the site of the school. According to school superintendent Kim Cox, the decision to prevent the sample taking was "to avoid striking more fear into the already confused town of 7,500 people."

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Support the more than 300,000 organic farmers who lost their court battle to Monsanto - sign the heartfelt petition to OSGTA today!
(NaturalNews) (NaturalNews) U.S. District Court Judge Naomi Buchwald's recent dismissal of a massive class-action lawsuit filed by farmers against Monsanto is truly disheartening, but it does not mean that we should now give up the fight for food freedom and justice. And as an expression of unified solidarity for the cause of food sovereignty, Jack Adam Weber from Wake Up World has created a hopeful petition letter to the farmers that conveys support and appreciation for their work, and encourages them not to give up -- and he is asking everyone who appreciates clean, organic food to show their support by signing it.

Don't believe the lie: Organic farming CAN feed the world
(NaturalNews) In a report entitled Feeding the Future, the Soil Association, a U.K.-based organic farming advocacy group, makes the case that organic and other agro-ecological farming systems are not only the solution to the world's hunger problems, but when implemented, these holistic methods of growing food actually facilitate bringing the world's poorest out of poverty. On the flip side, GM farming systems perpetuate and even create poverty because they lock farmers into an endless cycle of dependence on corporations for both the next season's batch of self-destructing seeds, and the toxic chemical cocktails required to grow them.

Pet News

VIDEO: Doggy and the Deer, They are best friends
Nobody told this deer it's supposed to fear dogs!

VIDEO: FDA Testing of Jerky Treats - I've been provided with a document sharing what the FDA has been testing for - since 2007 - on jerky treats. Up to mid-November, 2011, the FDA had received 353 reports of illness or death believed to be related to the jerky treats (in 2011). From mid-November to present, the number of complaints reported to FDA has almost doubled to 596 (in less than three months). And this is what the FDA has been doing...

Reports of possible problems with Kirkland Dog Food - News is spreading fast of possible links to Kirkland canned dog foods (sold at Costco) to sick and dying dogs. No independent laboratory testing has been done on the food - yet. However I've emailed with one pet owner who lost two dogs believed to be linked to the canned food and have heard of several others. Kirkland canned foods are made by American Nutrition in Ogden, UT. A phone call to American Nutrition has not been returned yet. A phone call to Costco yielded no better results.

Today in History - Monday - March 5, 2012
1766 - The first Spanish governor of Louisiana, Antonio de Ulloa, arrived in New Orleans.
1770 - "The Boston Massacre" took place when British troops fired on a crowd in Boston killing five people.
1836 - Samuel Colt manufactured the first pistol (.34-caliber).
1842 - A Mexican force of over 500 men under Rafael Vasquez invaded Texas for the first time since the revolution. They briefly occupied San Antonio, but soon headed back to the Rio Grande.
1845 - The U.S. Congress appropriated $30,000 to ship camels to the western U.S.
1864 - For the first time, Oxford met Cambridge in track and field competition in England.
1868 - The U.S. Senate was organized into a court of impeachment to decide charges against President Andrew Johnson.
1872 - George Westinghouse patented the air brake.
1900 - Two U.S. battleships left for Nicaragua to halt revolutionary disturbances.
1901 - Germany and Britain began negotiations with hopes of creating an alliance.
1902 - In France, the National Congress of Miners decided to call for a general strike for an 8-hour day.
1910 - In Philadelphia, PA, 60,000 people left their jobs to show support for striking transit workers.
1918 - The Soviets moved the capital of Russia from Petrograd to Moscow.
1923 - Old-age pension laws were enacted in the states of Montana and Nevada.
1933 - U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered a four-day bank holiday in order to stop large amounts of money from being withdrawn from banks.
1934 - In Amarillo, TX, the first Mother's-In-Law Day was celebrated.
1943 - Germany called fifteen and sixteen year olds for military service due to war losses.
1946 - Winston Churchill delivered his "Iron Curtain Speech".
1946 - The U.S. sent protests to the U.S.S.R. on incursions into Manchuria and Iran.
1953 - Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin died. He had been in power for 29 years.
1956 - The U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the ban on segregation in public schools.
1970 - A nuclear non-proliferation treaty went into effect after 43 nations ratified it.
1977 - U.S. President Jimmy Carter appeared on CBS News with Walter Cronkite for the first "Dial-a-President" radio talk show.
1982 - John Belushi died in Los Angeles of a drug overdose at the age of 33.
1984 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that cities had the right to display the Nativity scene as part of their Christmas display.
1984 - The U.S. accused Iraq of using poison gas.
1985 - Mike Bossy, of the New York Islanders, became the first National Hockey League player to score 50 goals in eight consecutive seasons.
1997 - North Korea and South Korea met for first time in 25 years for peace talks.
1998 - NASA announced that an orbiting craft had found enough water on the moon to support a human colony and rocket fueling station.
1998 - It was announced that Air Force Lt. Col. Eileen Collins would lead crew of Columbia on a mission to launch a large X-ray telescope. She was the first woman to command a space shuttle mission.
2004 - Martha Stewart was found guilty of lying about the reason for selling 3,298 shares of ImClone Systems stock, conspiracy, making false statement and obstruction of justice.

World News

Obama seeks to calm Israeli fears over Iran
AFP -US President Barack Obama and Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu go into key talks on the Iranian nuclear stand-off on Monday, with each publicly seeking to stake out some common ground. While Obama in an address to the powerful pro-Israel lobby on Sunday criticized "loose talk of war" he also gave a strong nod to Israel's refusal to contemplate a nuclear-armed Iran. "No Israeli government can tolerate a nuclear weapon in the hands of a regime that denies the Holocaust, threatens to wipe Israel off the map, and sponsors terrorist groups committed to Israel's destruction," he said, to applause from members of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).

World stocks down after Obama's tough talk on Iran
AP - World stock markets fell Monday as tough talk by President Barack Obama over Iran's nuclear program and uncertainty over Greece's ability to clear the next hurdle in its debt reduction plan unnerved investors. Benchmark oil hovered below $107 per barrel while the dollar gained against the euro but fell against the yen.

Global oil prices may hit $200 if Israel attacks Iran
Press TV - In an interview with the NDTV Profit network, Amrita Sen, a commodity strategist at Barclays Capital, noted that the price hike would have a powerful negative impact on Europe’s ailing economies which are already suffering from a euro weak against the dollar. The expert added that there are other factors at work which may further worsen the negative effects of such an oil shock.

VIDEO: Won’t hesitate to use force to defend US – Obama on Iran
RT - The US President said his country will do everything it takes to defend national interests, and that a military attack to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons is possible. Addressing the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee's policy conference, Obama quoted Roosevelt and said he would “speak softly, but carry a big stick”. At the same time, however, the President appealed to the powerful lobbying group, calling for more time to allow sanctions to further isolate the Islamic Republic.

VIDEO/PHOTOS: Western shock: Libyans destroy NATO ally war cemetery
RT - Deep shock and outrage are the reactions in the Western world after former Libyan rebels in Benghazi attacked and desecrated a WWII cemetery of those who “liberated” them from Gaddafi’s “tyranny”.... There is speculation that this was done to punish NATO, or the US, for American soldiers burning numerous copies of the Koran in Afghanistan, an act which provoked violent riots by Muslims.

NATO’s New Libya: Rebels cage black Africans in zoo, force feed them flags
RT - A shocking video has appeared on the Internet showing Libyan rebels torturing a group of black Africans. People with their hands bound are shown being locked in a zoo-like cage and allegedly forced to eat the old Libyan flag.

Spain's unemployment rate hits 22.9%
Independant - The number of people claiming unemployment benefit in Spain rose by 112,269 in January, taking the overall figure to 4.7 million. Spain's unemployment rate stands at 22.9%, the highest in the 17-nation eurozone.

Putin claims victory in Russia's presidential election, backed by exit polls, early vote count
MOSCOW - Vladimir Putin claimed victory in Russia's presidential election before tens of thousands of cheering supporters Sunday, even as the opposition and independent observers insisted the vote had been marred by widespread fraud.

Russia ready to restore diplomatic ties with Georgia
RT - Moscow says it is ready to go for a mutual visa-free regime with Georgia, and has suggested restoring diplomatic ties between the two countries. “We were and are interested in strengthening ties between the nations of Russia and Georgia. We are ready to implement a no-visa regime for Georgian citizens on a mutual basis,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Aleksandr Lukashevich said Friday.

Japan invents speech-jamming gun that silences people mid-sentence
Fox News - Kazutaka Kurihara of the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, and Koji Tsukada of Ochanomizu University, developed a portable "SpeechJammer" gun that can silence people more than 30 meters away. The device works by recording its target's speech then firing their words back at them with a 0.2-second delay, which affects the brain's cognitive processes and causes speakers to stutter before silencing them completely.

YouTube: Did we almost lose Tokyo? RT interviews Kevin Kamps from Beyond Nuclear
RT - Kevin Kamps, Beyond Nuclear joins Thom Hartmann.... On Wednesday - Japanese Scientists announced that twice as much radioactive cesium than estimated blew out of the plant after the earthquake and tsunami. That's about 40,000 trillion bequerels. And it took just 18 days for those radioactive particles to encircle the planet - turning up in places as far away as Vermont. French scientists are now calling on Japan to remain vigilant in its inspections of fruit, milk, and game to prevent further radiation contamination.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

What if the NDAA Grabs YOU???
Could this happen to you?

Senators accuse Saudi Arabia of 9/11 involvement
RT - Two former American senators [Bob Graham and Bob Kerrey] involved in federal inquiries that dealt with the September 11 terrorist attacks are asking the US to re-examine the possibility that Saudi Arabia played a pivotal role in the tragedy.... In a statement filed with the court this week, both senators say the US was too quick to exonerate the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Saudi High Commission from involvement in the terrorist attacks. The District Court in New York will hear arguments later this month to see if it is viable to reintroduce the Saudis as a defendants in the In Re Terrorist Attacks on September 11, 2001 litigation.

Andrew Breitbart: Coroner wants to ‘cover all the bases’
LA Times - The Los Angeles County coroner's office said it is awaiting the results of toxicology tests before releasing an official cause of death for conservative author and activist Andrew Breitbart, who died unexpectedly Thursday at age 43. A source familiar with the investigation told The Times the tests are routine in a death of someone so young. An autopsy was completed Friday, and the tests are expected to take several weeks.

Pennsylvania Ballot Challenge Dismissed: Obama Didn't Sign Candidate Affidavit Affirming NBC
Without reaching the merits of the challenge, Pennsylvania Judge Keith B. Quigley dismissed the ballot challenge lodged against Barack Hussein Obama II by Charles Kerchner and fellow Pennsylvanian Dale Laudenslager.... The court refused to hear any arguments from the objectors’ attorney, Karen L. Kiefer, that Obama has not proven to any controlling legal authority his exact citizenship status or true legal identity. The court ruled that it is not their jurisdiction to determine candidate eligibility and legal identity for presidents and dismissed the case.

VIDEO: New film blasts Obama's Israel record
Foreign Policy March 2, 2012 - One day before the AIPAC conference kicks off in Washington, an anti-Obama pro-Israel group is widening its criticism of President Barack Obama's record on Israel -- while the White House defends its treatment of the relationship.

VIDEO: Obama Likens Himself To Gandhi And Nelson Mandela
"The civil rights movement was hard. Winning the vote for women was hard. Making sure that workers had some basic protections was hard," President Obama said at a fundraiser while talking about how difficult it is to bring about "change" in politics. "Around the world, Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, what they did was hard. It takes time. It takes more than a single term. It takes more than a single president. It takes more than a single individual," Obama said.

US may use CIA cloak to hide Afghan presence
RT - The Pentagon is reportedly deliberating over putting elite troops and Special Forces in Afghanistan under CIA control. The move would reduce official US presence with a view to meeting Obama’s promise of total withdrawal from the country by 2014.... It is one of several initiatives currently under discussion in the Pentagon, according to AFP sources. The proposals have not yet been presented to US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta.

Air Force shoots down its own Afghan super-spy
RT - A lot of hot air comes out of Washington, but for now none of it will be inflating the surveillance blimp that the Pentagon has been working on. Research has been halted on the Blue Devil Block 2 — but only after spending $140 million on it already.... The Pentagon has already spent millions of dollars on the massive aircraft, but with the price tag now expected to amount to a figure substantially larger than originally assumed, the latest budget figures reveal that the Air Force won’t be allocating any funds for further research.

Breitbart: “Wait ‘Til They See What Happens March 1st”
Paul Joseph Watson - Breitbart died hours before planned release of damning Obama footage. Speaking to Lawrence Sinclair of Sinclair News, Breitbart stated, “Wait til they see what happens March 1st.” It’s almost certain that Breitbart was referring to his plan to release damning footage of President Obama that he had been promising to reveal throughout the month of February.

VIDEO: Breitbart’s Obama Footage To Be Released Within Two Weeks
Paul Joseph Watson - Speaking to Sean Hannity, filmmaker Bannon said the footage will be revealed “in a week or two,” and that Breitbart had been “very systematic about going through this thing,” before his untimely death in the early hours of Thursday morning.

VIDEO: Breitbart’s Footage Shows Obama ‘Palling Around’ With Terrorists
Paul Joseph Watson - The footage that Andrew Breitbart planned to release just hours after his untimely death would have proven hugely damaging to President Obama’s re-election hopes, because it shows Obama fraternizing with Weather Underground terrorists whose goal it was to set up a Communist dictatorship inside the United States.

The FBI Can’t Find Many of Its GPS Trackers Now That They’re Turned Off
Gizmodo - The US Supreme Court had outlawed the warrantless use of GPS trackers so the FBI complied by shutting down all its devices but now is apparently having trouble actually retrieving the hardware. Because the GPS units are turned off. And the FBI has no idea where they are unless they're on.

VIDEO: West Virginia Unveils App for Suspicious Activity Reporting
Public Intelligence - Virginia Intelligence Fusion Center Director Thom Kirk together announced a new mobile app, that enables West Virginians to submit tips concerning suspicious criminal and terrorist activity, is now available for smartphones. ...the app sends submitted information, including photos and texts, to the Fusion Center where the information can help authorities react to and prevent incidents from occurring.

VIDEO: TSA forces woman to prove breast pump real
Lihue, HI (KITV) -- A Hawaiian mom says she was humiliated when asked to prove her breast pump was real at an airport.... She claims agents told her she couldn't take the pump on the plane because the bottles in her carry-on were empty. "I asked him if there was a private place I could pump and he said no, you can go in the women's bathroom. I had to stand in front of the mirrors and the sinks and pump my breast in front of every tourist that walked into that bathroom. I was embarrassed and humiliated and then angry that I was treated this way.

Judge Issues Lifetime Driving Ban on 17-Year-Old to 'Send Message About Reckless Driving'
CBS Connecticut/AP - Judge William Guglietta revoked Lyle Topa’s license for the rest of his life on Tuesday in connection with the Oct. 23 crash in Charlestown. Topa and three other Chariho High School students were injured when their car crashed into a tree. One passenger was in a coma for weeks. Topa was driving with a suspended license at the time of the accident, according to The Westerly Sun.

2012 Election News

BREAKING: $10,000 Anti-Fraud Reward Bomb to Prove the Vote
Daily Paul - Anonymous donors have promised $10,000 in funds to secure and confirm the vote. The goal is to prevent electronic fraud in the primaries and deception/chicanery in the caucuses. The donor will gift $100.00 to any RP supporter who confirms the vote at the big precincts, the major sites of vote rigging. Sign up, now. (Deadline has been extended!!!)

VIDEO: Oklahoma Delegates for Ron Paul Fight To Be Counted And Win
World Under Control - In Oklahoma there was a problem with the registration of delegates which meant that many Ron Paul delegates were rejected when they reached the GOP convention. Despite everyone turning up with a voter registration card, the officials claimed they couldn’t verify that they were registered to vote. After taking a ballot from all delegates, the majority voted for the delegates to be added to be accepted.... As great as caucuses and primaries may be for entertainment, the real winning votes are from delegates and Ron Paul expressed that he feels confident with the amount he is getting. If you are able to be a delegate click here.

I'm Sick and Tired of the Blackout! I’ll put another $2,000 dollars on the table if someone will help me!
Daily Paul - I’m trying to FIRE-UP the Super Brochure direct mail effort to Missouri. Anonymous donors gave $8000, and I can’t believe it: it’s not even near being matched, not even close. What a great opportunity it is. And we can do it. Just talked with famous talk show hostess, Joyce Riley. She says there’s major interest in Missouri in Dr. Paul. They “just have to see/hear his message.” Missouri can be ours. And it’s a caucus; there are many caucus chairs that are in our favor. I know of an entire HFS in Sedalia where all the employees are going to vote for him. The others just don't know about him. That's where the SB comes in.

GOP Primary Schedule
Super Tuesday is this Tuesday, March 6, 2012.

Super Tuesday's stakes are super high -- but the battle for GOP nomination is far from over
Detroit Free Press: With 10 states voting, Super Tuesday will be huge in the Republican presidential nominating process. But it won't end it.... This is what's really on the line Tuesday. If one of the candidates wins a plurality of the delegates awarded, a plurality of the votes cast, or the most states, he will claim front-runner status, no matter how many states he has won so far.

Republican Presidential Washington Primary Results
Politico - Mitt Romney 37.6%, Ron Paul 24.8%, Rick Santorum 23.8%, and Newt Gingrich 10.3%.

POLITICS: Local GOP apologizes for turning 1,500 away from caucuses in Kennewick - Kennewick About 1,500 people were turned away from pooled Benton County caucuses in Kennewick by event organizers after rooms at the Three Rivers Convention Center reached capacity this morning.... Ray Swenson, a Richland lawyer, criticized local GOP officials for poor organization and said the results today should be invalidated. "I think it's illegal," Swenson shouted to a gathered crowd, many of whom were filming him with cell phone cameras. "The Republican party leadership is taking away our freedom." Swenson told the Herald he may file a lawsuit seeking to invalidate the caucus results.

Daily Paul Eyewitness: Several Hundred People Turned Away-Benton County WA - PHOTOS ADDED!
Daily Paul - I hope that the spotlight is shined on Benton County for cutting off hundreds of people who have the right to vote. Unbelievable! It should be national news!...They did not have room to accommodate everyone .... They asked us to go home, and people began booing, hissing, and shouting. Then the chanting began, "We have a right to vote! We have a right to vote!"

"Chaos" in WA; Attendance Beyond Capacity-Update: Fraud Reported-Google Has Results
"Chaos!!! Thurston county is total chaos! Maximum occupancy at both locations hundreds if not thousands waiting to get in." reported by Ron Paul supporter Matthew Edward Hayward. And Doug Hawks reports from the Redmond caucus: "hundreds caucusing; lots of Ron Paul supporters here" SEE UPDATES FOUR thru SIX at end of post for Fraud allegations.

YouTube: Ron Paul Interview with Candy Crowley on CNN “State of the Union”
Airing Date March.04, 2012.

YouTube: Ron Paul Interview with Bob Schieffer on CBS “Face the Nation”
Airing Date March.04, 2012. Ron Paul joins Face the Nation from Fairbanks, Alaska where he is currently campaigning.

YouTube: Ron Paul Washington State Post Caucus Speech
Ron Paul gives a speech after the Washington State Caucus on March 3, 2012.

VIDEO: Dr. Paul's TownHall @ Spokane, Ridgefield/Vancouver, & Seattle WA - March 2nd
Daily Paul - Looks like another capacity crowd!

YouTube: Hidden camera in MN voting 2012 - A must view Investigation: Election officials advise no ID necessary to register Timothy Tebow and Thomas Brady to vote in Minnesota. Absentee ballots are discussed, voter registration forms are given out, and Election officials blow the whistle on potential fraud in their own state.

How Ron Paul's Minions Plan to Hijack the GOP Convention
The Daily Beast - In an e-mail to supporters, Charles Gregory, Georgia State Coordinator for Ron Paul 2012, wrote: “It is my personal recommendation that you dress professionally and not overtly identify yourself as a Ron Paul supporter. Your position should simply be: “I'm here to send Obama home, that's all I care about.” If asked who you support—just say you ‘haven't made up your mind yet but they're all better than what we've got now,’ etc."

VIDEO: Ron Paul brings sexy back: ‘The Deal’ with Jack Hunter
In this installment of Jack Hunter’s Daily Caller video commentary series “The Deal with Jack Hunter,” Jack says that “most tea partiers would agree that balancing the budget and reducing the debt is their top priority. The question today is, for which presidential candidate is this a top priority.” He argues that Ron Paul is that candidate. ”When it comes to real fiscal conservatism,” he says, “Ron Paul remains the sexiest candidate in this race.”

VIDEO: Santorum with Specter in 1995 to “Protect a Woman’s Right to Choose”
The campaign released this as an “In Case You Missed It” release today and just wanted to further make sure nobody missed it. Wow. Just wow. Is there no end to the chronic flip-flopping from every Republican presidential candidate except Ron Paul?

Occupy Wall Street Protest

Protesters Occupying Monsanto Corp. Arrested
Activist Post - In the call to action statement provided by Occupy Portland, the movement stated that the protest was to highlight the fact that “corporations buy off legislators and craft legislation that serves the interests of corporations and not people.” According to Occupy DC, about 12 members were arrested.


VIDEO: Banks Pay Each Other While Being Bailed Out
Judge Andrew Napolitano on Fox Studio B - New information is coming out in relation to the Timothy Geither’s fraud case and the most recent revelation is that AIG paid Goldman Sachs 100 cents on the dollar and didn’t declare it. According to leaked emails, the Federal Reserve told AIG not to declare it because it was politically sensitive for taxpayers to find out about the payments. This is further evidence of corruption by financial institutions and it seems that Geither will be the scapegoat who will take the fall for a number of people’s decision. Related article here.

Marc Faber: US 'Financial Mess' Will Force Government to Take Your Gold
Money News - Economist Marc Faber, publisher of the Gloom, Boom and Doom report, says the government will seize privately held gold, even as he continues to buy physical gold himself. “I prefer to play the commodity space by owning physical gold,” Faber tells Chiefsworld. “If I were an American, I would store it outside the U.S., because in the U.S., it is not completely unlikely that they will eventually take it away.”

Bank of America In Trouble?
Rolling Stone - It’s a very bad sign that a bank is in a desperate cash crunch when it tries repeatedly to gouge its customers. David Trainer, an analyst for Market Watch, a WSJ publication, wrote that the new fees are a sign of series trouble at BAC. He writes: In my opinion, there are four actions taken by financial services that signal the company is headed to serious trouble. 1. Management shake-up and major layoffs - lots of layoffs over the past year. 2. Exploiting accounting rules to boost earnings - SFAS 159. 3. Drawing down reserves to boost earnings: to the tune of $13.3 billion in 2011 and 2012. 4. Bilking customers with new fees: tried it before and trying it again.

Made in America: Trend against outsourcing brings jobs back from China
MSNBC - Today, labor costs in China have risen dramatically, and shipping and fuel costs have skyrocketed. As China’s economy has expanded, and China has built new factories all across the country, the demand for workers has risen. As a result, wages are up as new companies compete to hire the best workers. “The tilt is now getting lower,” Sirkin says. “We think somewhere around 2015 it’ll look flat and may start to tilt in the U.S. favor at that point in time.” By 2015, it will only be about 10 percent cheaper to manufacture in China.

GM laying off 1300 due to low Volt sales
Washington Examiner - "GM blamed the lack of sales in January on “exaggerated” media reports and the federal government's investigation into Volt batteries catching fire, which officially began in November and ended Jan. 21," the Ann Arbor (Mich.) News reported. The laid-off employees will be rehired April 23rd, when GM resumes production of the Volt.

Nuclear Complexes Could Save Billions by Shopping at Hardware Store Instead of Building New Facilities
All Gov - Following on a congressman’s recommendation for trimming a hundred billion dollars in federal nuclear repairs, a watchdog organization has offered up its own suggestions for ways to keep Washington from spending $7.5 billion for new facilities.

Record High Jet Fuel Prices Cause Spike in Airline Fares
CBS DC - Spring and summer travel could become just a dream for many travelers as gas prices affect airfare.

Energy & Environment

YouTube: HAARP rings, Scalar Squares, and Ghost storms - IL, KY, IN, TN, VA, MS, AL, GA
Uploaded by dutchsinse on Mar 1, 2012 - Possible tornadoes, damaging winds, hail, and severe thunderstorms... Hendersonville Tennessee, Hopkinsville Kentucky, Paducah Kentucky, Evansville Indiana, Lincoln Illinois to Chicago Illinois, Cincinnati Ohio, Columbus Ohio, Western W. Virginia... 24-48 hours.

UPDATE: Grief, resilience after storms rip through states, killing 37
New Pekin, Indiana (CNN) -- Kentucky officials reported two additional deaths Sunday from last week's powerful tornadoes, but police in Indiana cut their state's toll by two, holding the total death toll across five states steady at 37.

VIDEO: At least 28 dead as 'enormous outbreak' of apparent tornadoes tears through U.S.
CNN - A devastating storm system moved across the United States on Friday, spawning a slew of tornadoes that contributed to at least 28 fatalities in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio. National Weather Service meteorologist John Gordon reported Friday afternoon the agency had about "half a dozen reports of tornadoes on the ground," as well as reports of "significant damage" -- making his comments before some of the worst twisters were reported. Related msnbc's article/video here.

Toddler Found Alone In Field 10 Miles From Family’s Home After Tornado
INDIANAPOLIS (CBS/AP) — A hospital spokeswoman says a 2-year-old girl found alive in an Indiana field after violent storms is the sole survivor of her immediate family. Cis Gruebbel is a spokeswoman for Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville, Ky. She said Saturday that the girl’s mother, father, 2-month-old sister and 3-year-old brother all died Friday when the storms devastated southern Indiana.

Data Tampering: GISS Caught Red-Handed Manipulating Data To Produce Arctic Climate History Revision
GISS [Goddard Institute for Space Studies] and the GHCN [Global Historical Climatology Network] are preoccupied with the Arctic, bestowing large “corrections” on the few and far northern stations. The raw data of the Arctic did not tell the story they wanted to hear, and so GISS took it upon themselves to rewrite it.


Low GI foods may improve eating habits for type-2 diabetes sufferers
(NaturalNews) A new study carried out at Ohio State University and published in the journal Patient Education and Counseling shows that consuming a number of foods with low glycemic indexes (GI)each day can improve long-term dietary habits for type-2 diabetes patients.... Previous research conducted by Dr. Miller showed that when on a predominantly low GI diet, diabetes sufferers are able to shed extra weight, lower their BMI and decrease their waist circumference.

Little-known herbal remedies help wtih asthma and bronchial distress
(NaturalNews) As drugs, their usefulness tends to diminish in effectiveness or duration, promoting increased use that causes those other health issues to come on more quickly. It is a vicious cycle that can lead to diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, mental disorders, cardiac arrest and premature death. That's why both herbal remedies for lung issues, khella and lobelia, should be primary choices for asthma, COPD and other breathing problems.

Monsanto's Roundup herbicide found to destroy testosterone, male fertility
(NaturalNews) A recent study published in the Journal of Toxicology in Vitro has found that, even at very low levels, Monsanto's herbicide formula Roundup destroys testosterone and ultimately leads to male infertility. The findings add to the more than 25 other diseases known to be linked to Roundup, which include DNA damage, birth defects, liver dysfunction, and cancer.... Interestingly, the findings revealed that even at one ppm, Roundup was responsible for causing severe endocrine disruption that reduced testosterone levels by 35 percent.

Man Denied Liver Transplant for Using Medical Marijuana: “Probably Too Late for Me”
All Gov - Norman B. Smith, the 63-year-old cancer patient at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles who was denied a liver transplant because he used medical marijuana...Diagnosed three years ago with inoperable liver cancer, Smith was prescribed medical marijuana by Cedars-Sinai oncologist Steven Miles to help his patient deal with the effects of chemotherapy. Then Smith became eligible for a liver transplant, but was removed from the list after testing positive for marijuana. Hospital officials insisted that Smith stop using marijuana for at least six months, undergo random drug testing, and attend weekly Alcoholics Anonymous classes before they will consider putting him back on the list.

Scientists shocked to find antibiotics alleviate symptoms of schizophrenia
The Independent - Chance discovery of link between acne drug and psychosis may unlock secrets of mental illness. Scientists believe that schizophrenia and other mental illnesses including depression and Alzheimer's disease may result from inflammatory processes in the brain. Minocycline has anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective effects which they believe could account for the positive findings.

Can berries and herbs be used to preserve meat naturally without the use of chemical additives?
(NaturalNews) Scientists from Aarhus University in Denmark have collaborated with the Danish Meat Research Institute (DMRI) to come up with new methods of preserving meat that do not involve synthetic chemicals. And one area of research where they have seen considerable promise thus far involves adding natural herbs and fruits with antibacterial and antiviral characteristics to meat. For their initial research, Aarhus scientists made a list of 37 plant species believed to have antibacterial properties, which included rosemary, rhubarb, wild garlic, sea buckthorn, rose hip, and hops.

Aspartame withdrawal and side effects explained - Here's how to protect yourself
(NaturalNews) The US Food and Drug Administration has received reports of 92 medical health problems resulting from aspartame, ranging from abdominal pain to migraines, dizziness and hives. Aspartame poisoning is often misdiagnosed because its symptoms mock other syndromes. It changes the ratio of amino acids in the blood, lowering or blocking levels of hormones like dopamine and tyrosine that are necessary for bodily function.

Science & Technology

Kim Dotcom slams US government for protecting monopolies
RT - Kim Dotcom hasn’t said much since his arrest in January over allegations of copyright infringement, but in one of his first sit-downs since making bail, the Megaupload mastermind is outspoken about one thing for sure — that his arrest was political.

Asteroid to threaten Earth in 2013
RT - NASA's data shows the 60-meter asteroid, spotted by Spanish stargazers in February, will whistle by Earth in 11 months. Its trajectory will bring it within a hair’s breadth of our planet, raising fears of a possible collision.

VIDEO: Invasion of the flying robots
CNN - It was after the robotic hummingbird flew around the auditorium -- and after a speaker talked about the hypersonic plane that could fly from New York to the West Coast in 11 minutes -- that things got really edgy. Vijay Kumar, an engineering professor at the University of Pennsylvania, showed the more than 1,300 attendees at last week's TED conference several videos in which fleets of tiny flying robots performed a series of intricate manuevers, working together on tasks without colliding or interfering with each others' flightworthiness.

NASA loses laptop with command code for ISS
Four dozen high-tech computing devices disappeared from the offices of NASA over a two-year span, including one laptop that contained the code needed to command the International Space Station.... A laptop with the algorithm used to control the ISS was one of 48 gizmos and gadgets that NASA either reported lost or stolen between April 2009 and April 2011, the agency’s inspector general, Paul Martin, tells the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology. Although the incidents date back to nearly three years ago, Martin has only now informed Congress of the accidents.

Tracking the trackers: Mozilla's anti-Big Brother add-on
RT - The owner of Firefox, the world’s second most popular browser, is backing an add-on which would allow users to monitor in real-time how their actions are tracked and shared by various websites as they surf the net. The tool currently in development visualizes the flow of information as a meshwork of bubbles representing different websites. It tracks the sites which the user visits and also shows their known partners – ad companies, behavior profilers and other third parties.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Rawesome Foods' James Stewart Arrested on $1 Million Warrant
(NaturalNews) Rawesome Foods defendants James Steward and Sharon Palmer were ambushed in California court yesterday when they appeared for a preliminary hearing about the multiple felony charges that have been ludicrously placed against them for engaging in farm-fresh food production and distribution. In court, they were ambushed with a $1 million arrest warrant (James) and a $2 million arrest warrant (Sharon), then handcuffed and marched away by agents of the corrupt state.

VIDEO: Simple Science Experiment Shows Why Organic is Better
Activist Post - What Elise discovered [in her experiment with sweet potatoes] was that the conventional potatoes are sprayed with a pesticide called bud nip, also known as chlorpropham. The chemical is also sprayed on blueberries, carrots, spinach, onions, tomatoes, beets, and cranberries.

Iowa passes outrageous law demanding total secrecy over factory meat filth and cruelty practices
(NaturalNews) Capturing undercover footage of extreme animal abuse at factory farms is soon to be illegal in Iowa, thanks to the passage of a new bill that squelches First Amendment protections for agricultural whistleblowers. In one of the fastest legislative rush-throughs in history, the "American Heartland" state's House and Senate recently passed House File 589, also known as the "ag-gag" bill, which redefines undercover filming and various other whistle-blowing activities as "agricultural production facility fraud" punishable under the law.

VIDEO: GMO’s linked to aborted animals, Schmallenberg, while climate changers peddle new equine fears
Patrick Henningsen - Infowars interviewed GMO expert Jeffery Smith recently, where he revealed that, in fact, new discoveries on how GMOs could be ruining the internal organs and digestive tracts of livestock are coming out as we speak. He highlighted cases of aborted fetal tissue caused by a new organism only visible under an electron microscope. A study was done to determine the cause of the aborted animal fetuses and showed how when animal feed was treated with Monsanto Corp’s ‘Round-up’ chemical, there were high concentrations of this new, undiscovered deadly organism.

Pet News

At 51, is this the oldest horse in the world?
MSNBC - Horses can live to their 30s, and even 40s, but it’s a real shocker when one makes it past 50. Shayne, a thoroughbred in the United Kingdom, has reached his 51st birthday and is still going strong, his owners said.... Shayne, who has a touch of arthritis like any senior, spends five to six hours a day out in the fields. He is fed a high calorie diet of fiber, alfalfa nuts, sugar beet and chaff and eats four to six times a day.


Wedding picture of Ron and Carol Paul

VIDEO: Twilight Zone - The Obsolete Man
The Narrator: You walk into this room at your own risk, because it leads to the future; not a future that will be, but one that might be. This is not a new world: It is simply an extension of what began in the old one. It has patterned itself after every dictator who has ever planted the ripping imprint of a boot on the pages of history since the beginning of time. It has refinements, technological advancements, and a more sophisticated approach to the destruction of human freedom. But like every one of the super states that preceded it, it has one iron rule: Logic is an enemy, and truth is a menace. Video transcript here.

Stupid News & Odd News

30 Stupid Things The Government Is Spending Money On
American Dream - If you want to get paid for doing something stupid, just turn to the U.S. government. The U.S. government is paying researchers to play video games, it is paying researchers to study the effects of cocaine on Japanese quail and it has spent millions of dollars to train Chinese prostitutes to drink responsibly.

Humor & Satire

YouTube: Does Ron Paul Need Security?
I think not!

Today in History - Friday - March 2, 2012
1807 - The U.S. Congress passed an act to "prohibit the importation of slaves into any port or place within the jurisdiction of the United States... from any foreign kingdom, place, or country."
1836 - Texas declared its independence from Mexico and an ad interim government was formed.
1861 - The U.S. Congress created the Territory of Nevada.
1866 - Excelsior Needle Company began making sewing machine needles.
1897 - U.S. President Cleveland vetoed legislation that would have required a literacy test for immigrants entering the country.
1899 - Mount Rainier National Park in Washington was established by the U.S. Congress.
1899 - U.S. President McKinley signed a measure that created the rank of Admiral for the U.S. Navy. The first admiral was George Dewey.
1900 - The U.S. Congress voted to give $2 million in aid to Puerto Rico.
1903 - The Martha Washington Hotel opened for business in New York City. The hotel had 416 rooms and was the first hotel exclusively for women.
1917 - The Russian Revolution began with Czar Nicholas II abdicating.
1917 - Citizens of Puerto Rico were granted U.S. citizenship with the enactment of the Jones Act.
1925 - State and federal highway officials developed a nationwide route-numbering system and adopted the familiar U.S. shield-shaped, numbered marker.
1929 - The U.S. Court of Customs & Patent Appeals was created by the U.S. Congress.
1933 - The motion picture King Kong had its world premiere in New York.
1939 - The Massachusetts legislature voted to ratify the Bill of Rights to the U.S. Constitution. These first ten amendments went into effect 147 years before.
1946 - Ho Chi Minh was elected President of Vietnam.
1949 - The B-50 Superfortress Lucky Lady II landed in Fort Worth, TX. The American plane had completed the first non-stop around-the-world flight.
1969 - In Toulouse, France, the supersonic transport Concorde made its first test flight.
1974 - Postage stamps jumped from 8 to 10 cents for first-class mail.
1983 - The U.S.S.R. performed an underground nuclear test.
1985 - The U.S. government approved a screening test for AIDS that detected antibodies to the virus that allowed possibly contaminated blood to be kept out of the blood supply.
1989 - Representatives from the 12 European Community nations all agreed to ban all production of CFCs (chlorofluorocarbons) by the end of the 20th century.
1995 - Russian anti-corruption journalist Vladislav Listyev was killed by a gunman in Moscow. 
1998 - The U.N. Security Council endorses U.N. chief Kofi Annan's deal to open Iraq's presidential palaces to arms inspectors.
1998 - Images from the American spacecraft Galileo indicated that the Jupiter moon Europa has a liquid ocean and a source of interior heat.
2000 - In Great Britain, Chile's former President Augusto Pinochet Ugarte was freed from house arrest and allowed to return to Chile. Britain's Home Secretary Jack Straw had concluded that Pinochet was mentally and physically unable to stand trial. Belgium, France, Spain and Switzerland had sought the former Chilean leader on human-rights violations.
2003 - Over the Sea of Japan, there was a confrontation between four armed North Korean fighter jets and a U.S. RC-135S Cobra Ball. No shots were fired in the encounted in international airspace about 150 miles off North Korea's coast. The U.S. Air Force announced that it would resume reconnaissance flights on March 12.
2004 - NASA announced that the Mars rover Opportunity had discovered evidence that water had existed on Mars in the past.

World News

UN, Russia and China urge Syria to let in UN envoy
RT - Russia and China have joined the UN Security Council’s calls for the Syrian government to allow humanitarian aid workers immediate access to the embattled city of Homs. The Syrian military has said it will only let the Red Crescent in in the morning.

Red Cross says aid convoy heading to Syria's Homs
BEIRUT (AP) — The Red Cross dispatched an aid convoy to an embattled neighborhood in the Syrian city of Homs Friday, and the U.N. said it was alarmed by reports of execution-style killings after the Syrian army seized the area from rebel forces.

France announces it's closing embassy in Syria
BRUSSELS (AP) — French President Nicolas Sarkozy says his country is closing its embassy in Syria. Sarkozy made the announcement in Brussels on Friday, a day after two French journalists, one of them injured, escaped to Lebanon after being trapped for days in the besieged Syrian city of Homs.

Afghan attack on NATO convoy wounds seven
A suicide bomber on a motorcycle attacked a NATO convoy in the insurgency-hit southern province of Kandahar Friday, wounding seven people including four soldiers, an official said. "A suicide attacker rammed his explosives-laden motorcycle into a convoy of NATO troops in Dand district injuring four foreign soldiers, one policeman, one translator and one civilian," provincial governor Toryalai Weesa told AFP.

2 US troops killed in Afghanistan following Koran burning
Fox News - Two American soldiers were killed Thursday in a shooting by an Afghan soldier and a literacy teacher at a joint base in southern Afghanistan, officials said, the latest in a series of deaths as anti-Americanism rises following the burning of Korans by U.S. soldiers.

US troops tread carefully amid Korea tensions
OBSERVATION POST OUELLETTE, South Korea (AP) — Lt. Col. Edward Taylor stands behind a wall of sandbags overlooking the North Korean landscape and a bank of trees along the most fortified border in the world. The trees obstruct the view, he explains. They need to come down. But this is the DMZ. The last time anyone tried cutting trees here was 36 years ago, and it set off a melee with the North Koreans. Two U.S. soldiers were hacked to death with their own axes, touching off Operation Paul Bunyan, a full-scale mobilization of fighter jets, B-52 bombers and an aircraft carrier strike group that brought the two sides dangerously close to conflict.

Nick Clegg urged to act after Lib Dem peer says Israel will not last for ever
Guardian - A Liberal Democrat peer [Jenny Tonge] has said Israel will not last for ever, with her remarks prompting calls for the party's leader, Nick Clegg, to take disciplinary action.... "Beware Israel," she said. "Israel is not going to be there for ever in its present form. One day, the United States of America will get sick of giving £70bn a year to Israel to support what I call America's aircraft carrier in the Middle East – that is Israel. One day, the American people are going to say to the Israel lobby in the USA: enough is enough." She added: "Israel will lose support and then they will reap what they have sown." Jenny Tonge later resigns.

VIDEO: Sarkozy, booed by protesters, hides in bar
RT - Campaigning in Bayonne, a town in France’s southwestern Basque region, President Nicolas Sarkozy was booed by hundreds of protesters. The French leader escaped to a café under the protection of riot police. The president was jeered as he got out of his car heading, to a bar to meet with voters. Protesters mobbed the president, threw eggs and cried insults at Sarkozy, causing him to seek refuge in Bar du Palais. The protesters are believed to be Basque separatists and opposition Socialist party loyalists. People shouted “Nicolas, get out” in the Basque language.

Russia accuses US of meddling in presidential vote
AFP - Russia on Thursday accused the United States of trying to influence its election process by funding opposition groups in advance of Vladimir Putin's expected return to the Kremlin in the weekend poll. "The days when Russia could be lectured or preached to are over," Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in an interview published in the online edition of the Rossiyskaya Gazeta government daily.

Libyan Gov't to Give $100M to Syrian Rebels
The Libyan government – formerly Libya's opposition forces – has decided to give $100 million in humanitarian aid, including food and medicine to Syria's opposition civilians and activist rebel forces. It was not made clear exactly how the aid would make its way to those who so badly need it. In addition, Syria's opposition forces have received permission to open an office in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, a government spokesman said Wednesday.

UPDATE: Saudi Officials Deny Reports Of Pipeline Explosion After Crude Oil Hits $110, But We Have Photos That Could Tell A Different Story
Business Insider - Earlier, Zero Hedge cited reports that a Saudi oil pipeline had exploded—both from Iranian Press TV as well as a blog titled The Arab Digest. Immediately following Zero Hedge's report, the price of oil shot upwards, hitting $110 per barrel momentarily. That's the highest price of crude since May 4, 2011. We think the reason that this headline had such an impact on markets is because the report that's generally being cited—that from The Arab Digest—suggests that the explosion is related to the Arab Spring protests.

Sheikh Fidel: Cuba drills for oil – U.S. complaining about potential spills
Washington Post - A recent U.S. Geological Survey says there could be 5 billion barrels of undiscovered oil reserves in the north Cuba basin. As Cuba finally taps its oil reserves, the U.S. claim they are ‘unprepared for spill’ Drawing up contingency plans to confront a possible spill is much more difficult because of the economic embargo against Cuba. U.S. law bars most American companies — including oil services and spill containment contractors — from conducting business with the communist island. The embargo, now entering its 50th year, also limits direct government-to-government talks.

Britain eyeing share in Somalia's future energy industry
Press TV - Last week, UK Prime Minister David Cameron hosted an international conference on Somalia where he pledged more aid, financial help and measures to fight terrorism in the African nation. The Guardian report, however, described the summit as talks between British officials and Somali counterparts over exploiting intact oil reserves in the arid northeastern part of Somalia.... Experts say London’s involvement in the future Somali oil industry could prop up the UK’s weakened economy, at a time it has resorted to austerity measures to avoid a budget deficit.

UK fuel poverty deaths ‘horrifying’
Press TV - A research study carried out by fuel poverty expert Professor Christine Liddell of the University of Ulster has revealed that nearly 8,000 people die during winter as a result of fuel poverty, reported the Independent on Tuesday.... Transform UK, the leading organization which campaigned for the Energy Bill Revolution, severely criticised the British government for failing to tackle fuel poverty as it described the figures as “horrifying.”... “These deaths are totally preventable. This is perhaps the greatest test of whether this Government has an ounce of true compassion and moral fibre,” he added.

Radioactive Seafood: Imported fish consignment held back pending tests
Sri Lanka Daily News - The Atomic Energy Authority (AEA) has detected fish consignments imported to Sri Lanka that were contaminated from radio active substances in the seas following the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe, AEA chairman Dr Ranjith Jayawardene said... He noted that the AEA discovered salmon and other fish consignments which were slightly contaminated by radioactive substances last November and also last week during checks.

Scientists: Far more cesium released than previously believed
A mind-boggling 40,000 trillion becquerels of radioactive cesium, or twice the amount previously thought, may have spewed from the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant after the March 11 disaster, scientists say. Michio Aoyama, a senior researcher at the Meteorological Research Institute, released the finding at a scientific symposium in Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture, on Feb. 28. The figure, which represents about 20 percent of the discharge during the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster, is twice as large as previous estimates by research institutions both in Japan and overseas.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

VIDEO: Arpaio says congressional investigation good next step
WND - Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona’s Maricopa County today defended the work of his volunteer Cold Case Posse from charges by reporters at a news conference that he was accusing Barack Obama of forgery and that his investigation overlooked the “work” of the 50 states where Obama already was investigated. “I’m not accusing him of lying or a crime,” Arpaio said, “We have documented evidence of violations of the law. We’re investigating those crimes.”

VIDEO: WND’s Michael Thompson interviews Joe Arpaio following the press conference
NOTE: In case you missed the news conference of Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s “Cold Case Posse,” WND plans to have the entire event available in 15-minute increments beginning Friday morning at this very same page you’re reading now.

Two 30-second MTV ads warn Americans what NDAA authorizes under ‘law’
Examiner - MTV created two public service announcements to encourage young Americans to understand and stand for their civil rights. The 2006 Military Commissions Act and 2012 NDAA "legislated" dictatorial authority to declare any person a "terrorist supporter," seize such persons, and hold them indefinitely and without rights. The two-minute video here is Defense Secretary Panetta claiming US law allows assassinating Americans if government merely says an American is guilty of a crime.

The Startling Disconnect of Humanity: How Corruption and Injustice Roam Free
Natural Society - Some individuals are satisfied with a ‘just getting by’ attitude — a severe lack of personal contribution based on their desire to make sure that they themselves are fully content. This is the individual who sits idle as atrocities are committed across the globe, saying “it can’t happen to me.” Many people may not be inherently bad, and they may not go out of their way to cause others loss or pain, but while not going out of their way to contribute something meaningful either. This ‘idle’ mindset allows for widespread corruption as there is not a large body of individuals ready to resist it.

In Memoriam: Andrew Breitbart (1969-2012)
Big Government - Andrew passed away unexpectedly from natural causes shortly after midnight this morning in Los Angeles. We have lost a husband, a father, a son, a brother, a dear friend, a patriot and a happy warrior. Andrew lived boldly, so that we more timid souls would dare to live freely and fully, and fight for the fragile liberty he showed us how to love.

Andrew Breitbart's death to be reviewed by L.A. County coroner
LA Times - The Los Angeles County coroner's office will review the death of conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart, who collapsed and died Thursday while taking a nighttime walk near his Westwood home. Given his young age -- he was 43 -- and the unexpected manner in which he died, authorities will conduct an autopsy to help determine a specific cause of death. Breitbart's father-in-law, actor Orson Bean, said in an interview with The Times that Breitbart was found collapsed near his home about 12:30 a.m. Paramedics took him to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, but doctors were unable to revive him.

C-SPAN VIDEO: Will Damning Obama Footage Still Be Released After Breitbart’s Death?
Paul Joseph Watson & Alex Jones - Breitbart’s untimely death has shocked the media world and left some to question whether or not damning footage of Obama in his youth, which Breitbart announced he had obtained only last month, will still be released. According to some observers, the footage threatened to sink Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign. “I’ve got video from his college days that show you why racial division and class warfare are central to what hope and change was sold in 2008 – the videos are going to come out,” Breitbart told a crowd during a CPAC speech in February, adding that the video shows Obama meeting “a bunch of silver pony tails” like Bill and Bernardine Dohrn (Weather Underground members), who radicalized him.

VIDEO: Breitbart on why the media tends to ignore Fast and Furious 2/18/12
Daily Caller - The Operation Fast and Furious scandal is one that the establishment media refuses to cover fully, conservative media icon Andrew Breitbart said in a recent interview with The Daily Caller’s Ginni Thomas. Fast and Furious happened, Breitbart explained, “for the purposes of creating a narrative that they could use in America to try and thwart our Second Amendment constitutional rights. I don’t think the most sinister screenwriter could imagine a government that would abide by that, let alone the media to cover that up.”

Holder loses cool during House hearing when asked about Fast and Furious
Daily Caller - A visibly frustrated Attorney General Eric Holder slammed the table when responding to a question about Operation Fast and Furious during a Tuesday budget hearing.... “That was a fundamentally flawed program, fundamentally flawed,” Holder said of Fast and Furious. “And, I think that I can agree with some of my harshest critics that there are legitimate issues that need to be explored with regard in which the way Fast and Furious was carried out.” “But, I think one thing that also has to be understood is that once this was brought to my attention” — Holder said before slamming his hand on the committee room table he was sitting at — “I stopped it. I stopped it.”

The prohibition of drugs has been an abject failure with a devastating human cost
The Independent- In the years since President Nixon’s declaration, the US government has spent trillions of dollars attempting to destroy the illegal drugs trade – both at home and abroad. The U.S. federal government spent over $15 billion dollars in 2010 on the war on drugs, at a rate of around $500 per second. The human consequences are even more troubling. Around 90 per cent of all cocaine consumed in the US comes via Mexico – a place where, since 2006, over 47,000 people have been killed in President Philip Calderon’s violent battle with the drug cartels.

Transgender hormone treatments, abortion access, dental work – for detained illegals
Daily Caller - Hormone treatments for transgendered detainees, abortion services and extensive outlets for complaints — these are just a few of the reasons Texas Republican House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Lamar Smith is not pleased with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) recently released Performance-Based National Detention Standards.... “The Obama administration’s new detention manual is more like a hospitality guideline for illegal immigrants,” Smith wrote in a statement. “The administration goes beyond common sense to accommodate illegal immigrants and treats them better than citizens in federal custody.”

2012 Election News

VIDEO: Ron Paul on CNN w/ Piers Morgan 03/01/12
CNN - In the wake of Mitt Romney's three state victories this week – and looking ahead to Super Tuesday – this evening "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomes Ron Paul for a candid interview.

Corporate Media Officially Stops Covering Paul Campaign
Steve Watson - As Dylan Byers of Politico reports, NBC News is the only media organization that still has a reporter covering Ron Paul full-time. With only four candidates remaining in the race for the GOP nomination, with Super Tuesday looming, and with the Republican national convention just six months away, you would think that mainstream media organizations would have dispatched at least one reporter to cover each of the candidates campaigns. Not so for Ron Paul, however. “I’m the only dedicated embed consistently covering Ron Paul,” NBC’s Anthony Terrell has declared.

Liberty is for Kids, Horse Racing is for Horses
Priscilla Jones - A few weeks ago, my 85-year-old grandmother said she and grandpa were disgusted with the field of Republican presidential candidates, but they were considering casting their not-Obama votes for Santorum due to his religious beliefs. Shocked, I asked what their objections were to Ron Paul and she said, “Well, he dropped out! We don’t hear anything about him on the news!”

Ron Paul Campaign Demands Transparency in Washington Caucus
News Tribune - Ron Paul's presidential campaign on Wednesday threatened to fight the seating of some Washington delegates to the Republican National Convention, saying there is a lack of transparency in how party officials from the state's largest county are chosen. Paul's claim came three days before Washington's Republican caucuses on Saturday....The Paul campaign said the King County GOP violated party rules by not revealing the names of certain party officials, known as precinct committee officers, who will take part in the caucuses.

Ron Paul making plans for rallies in Fairbanks, Anchorage
Fairbanks Daily News - Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul plans to visit Alaska on Sunday, two days before the state casts its vote in the race for the Republican nomination, according to campaign staff.... The confirmation comes after much speculation about a possible visit by Paul, whose libertarian-leaning politics some say are a good fit for the state and could possibly yield a strong finish for the candidate.

VIDEO: Ron Paul Wins CLEAN Elections; How To Have a Transparent Vote Count
Daily Paul - The video shows how vote counts/elections are fixed and how to run clean transparent vote counting. Featuring Clark Co. NV vote count as an example.

‘We Don’t Have Any’ Problem of Illegal Immigrants Voting in U.S., Dem Congressmen Say
Two congressional Democrats who oppose tougher voter ID and voter registration laws told that such laws are not needed because, they claim, documented voter fraud by illegal aliens is nonexistent. At a discussion panel on voter identification (ID) laws held at the U.S. Capitol on Feb. 17, asked Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.): “What should be done in regards to illegal immigrants voting?” Lewis replied, “I don’t know of any... I just think that’s a lot of say-and-do about nothing. That’s not happening.”

Housing Market

Nevada Supreme Court holds MERS assignments valid
Housing Wire - The Nevada Supreme Court ruled in two separate cases that a mortgage assignment from Merscorp, parent company of registry Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, does not invalidate a foreclosure.... MERS was created to record mortgage assignments as loans move through the securitization process. In the Volkes v. BAC Home Loans Servicing case, the plaintiff claimed a foreclosure was invalidated by a MERS loan assignment. The Nevada Supreme Court validated the assignment, saying it does not impede on MERS ability to foreclose.


'I have to do my dishes by hand': Outrageous quotes of Wall Street bankers struggling to get by on $350,000 a year
Daily Mail - Forget the one per cent. These guys are the WHINE per cent. Several Wall Street bankers and execs have come forward to voice their discontent about just how daunting it is to survive on their six-figure salaries in interviews with

One Month to Go Until We Have the World's Highest Corporate Tax Rate
Just one month from today, Japan will lower their corporate income tax rate from 39.5 to 35 percent. When they do so, the United States will officially have the dubious distinction of possessing the highest corporate income tax rate in the developed world, a federal/state integrated rate of 39.2 percent. To put that in perspective, the average in the developed world (OECD) is only 25 percent. Our six major trading partners--Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Japan, Germany, and France--will all have a lower rate than we will have. As a result, capital and jobs will continue to flow overseas, rather than staying here to create jobs, increase wages, fund pensions, invest in new business, or grow nest eggs.

Bank of America Still Dreaming Up New Bank Fees
WSJ - The Wall Street Journal today reports BofA is experimenting with charging $6 a month to up to $25 a month, depending on the bank account. Customers will have options to avoid the charges, for instance by agreeing not to see tellers or by maintaining minimum balances or getting a mortgage, but the fees are going to be put in. Of course, this shouldn’t really be that surprising. Regulations on credit cards, debit cards and overdraft fees have cost the bank billions in revenues, all coming from the consumer
operations. The bank was going to need to find a way to recoup some of those fees.

Galvin rips report of Bank of America fee hikes
Boston Herald - State Secretary William F. Galvin vowed to block the bank’s proposed $6 to $9 monthly fee for an “Essentials” account, according to a report today in the Wall Street Journal. “I am filing legislation that will bar banks from holding state deposits if they do not offer customers basic checking accounts without fees,” Galvin said in statement. “These reported fees constitute a burden on many bank customers, in particular the elderly and the young, especially in these days when banks offer little or no interest on deposits.”

Inflation Is A Tax And The Federal Reserve Is Taxing The Living Daylights Out Of Us
The Economic Collapse - Ronald Reagan once famously declared thatinflation is a tax, but sadly most Americans did not really grasp what he was talking about. If the American people truly understood what inflation was doing to them, they would be screaming bloody murder about monetary policy. Inflation is an especially insidious tax because it is not just a tax on your income for one year. It is a continual tax on every single dollar that you own. As your money sits in the bank, it is constantly losing value.

Energy & Environment

Plumes arising in Arkansas - Smoke plumes erupt from New Madrid fault zone - Followed by an Earthquake
The plume area in Arkansas is coming from near the dormant volcanic chain which includes Murfreesboro Diamond mine state park ... a dormant volcano where you can dig for diamonds.
** YouTube: Plumes erupt from New Madrid Seismic Zone = 2.9M quake follows.. more coming?
Dutchsinse's Channel 3/1/2012

'PHOTOS: 'In the bull's eye': More powerful twisters coming
HARRISBURG, Ill. (AP) — Crews cleared splintered plywood and smashed appliances from small-town neighborhoods Thursday, a day after tornadoes killed 13 people in the Midwest and South. But the forecast held a menacing possibility: More twisters may be coming, and they could be even stronger. Damaged communities tried to take advantage of the brief break in the weather, mindful of one meteorologist's warning that by Friday, both regions would again be "right in the bull's eye."


China Fears Its Own Food, Yet We Import It
Economy in Crisis - Despite the fact that the Chinese aren’t comfortable with the safety of their own food, we are more than happy to import it. In theory we have inspections to catch tainted food, but we inspect less than 2 percent of food entering this country. Thanks to our membership in the WTO we cannot even restrict where we import from. The U.S. had previously banned poultry imports from China due to safety concerns, but China brought a case to the WTO and won. Thanks to this case, the ban was lifted, and we may very well be eating chicken that the Chinese would not serve to their own athletes due to safety concerns.

Aspartame withdrawal and side effects explained - Here's how to protect yourself
(NaturalNews) If you have been drinking diet soda and chewing gum, chances are you have been enjoying aspartame in generous quantities. Aspartame is a popular sugar substitute that can be found in diet soda drinks, chewing gum, fruit spreads and sugar-free products to name a few. It is also known by the brand names, Sweet One, NutraSweet and Spoonful. Despite its popularity in the market, what many do not know is that aspartame accounts for 75 percent of side effect complaints received by the Adverse Reaction Monitoring System (ARMS) of the US Food and Drug Administration.

Toxic rapeseed and other low-grade oils with additives are being passed off as olive oil
(NaturalNews) As much as 50 percent of the olive oil sold in the U.S. is not actually pure olive oil, as some brands claiming to be "extra-virgin" or "100 percent Italian," for instance, have actually been adulterated with toxic rapeseed oil, more popularly known as canola oil, soybean oil, and other low-grade oils. In his new book Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil, olive oil expert Tom Mueller explains that not all olive oil is the same, and offers advice on how to spot authentic olive oil amidst all the imposters.

Common Herb, Water Hyssop, Reverses Epilepsy, Treats and Prevents Other Brain Disorders
Gaia Health - Bacopa monnieri is a lovely wild and garden plant that has recently been shown to completely reverse epilepsy in rats. Herbalists call it adaptogenic, meaning that it’s a plant with the ability to strengthen the immune system and help the body adapt to the environment.... Bacopa m. is known in Ayurvedic medicine as a treatment for both epilepsy and asthma.

Not all calcium supplements are equal - Prevent osteoporosis with calcium hydroxyapatite
(NaturalNews) At least half of Americans over the age of 50 are at risk of developing osteoporosis, according to the Surgeon General of the United States. Ten million people already have the disease, and another 34 million are at risk, notes the same report. Calcium and other minerals and vitamins are important to bone health; however, not all forms of calcium areequal.

M.D. Anderson professor under fraud probe
A prominent University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center researcher is under investigation for alleged fabrication and falsification in a host of published studies about the cancer-fighting properties of plants.... Aggarwal's highly influential research into the supposed anti-cancer mechanisms of plant-derived chemicals - particularly curcumin - has laid the groundwork for ongoing clinical trials.... The journal Cancer Letters this month retracted one of the articles, published in December. The journal's notice said, "This article has been withdrawn at the request of the author and/or editor. The Publisher apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause." The article concerns anti-cancer properties of an ingredient in the herb cardamom.

How FDA and Big Pharma mislead millions into taking dangerous anti-depressants
(NaturalNews) The anti-depressant fraud toothpaste is out of the tube, at least partly. A Harvard Medical School psychologist, Irving Kirsch, who has been studying placebo effects for three decades, recently came up with the documented conclusion that pharmaceutical anti-depressants don't work.... Drug companies pay the FDA for approving their drugs. But the FDA doesn't do the trials or reports. They simply take them from the drug companies who all do their own trials and decide which reports to publish and submit.

Science & Technology

Court approves warrantless searches of cell phones
Raw Story - (Reuters) – Police can search a cell phone for its number without having a warrant, a federal appeals court ruled on Wednesday. Officers in Indiana found a number of cell phones at the scene of a drug bust, and searched each phone for its telephone number. Having the numbers allowed the government to subpoena the owners’ call histories, linking them to the drug-selling scheme.

Darpa Warns: Your iPhone Is a Military Threat
Wired - There’s a growing threat to the U.S. military, according to the Pentagon’s premier research wing. No, it’s not Iran’s nukes or China’s missiles. It’s the iPads, Android phones and other gadgets we all carry around with us every day. “Commercial consumer electronics has created vulnerabilities by enabling sensors, computing, imaging, and communications capabilities that as recently as 15 years ago, were the exclusive domain of military systems,” Darpa deputy director Kaigham “Ken” Gabriel tells the House Armed Services Committee’s panel on emerging threats.

How to Use the Internet in Stealth Mode
“For the first time ever, it will become technologically and financially feasible for authoritarian governments to record nearly everything that is said or done within their borders - every phone conversation, electronic message, social media interaction, the movements of nearly every person and vehicle, and video from every street corner.” This was from the opening paragraph of a Brookings Institution report (PDF). Does that send chills up your spine? If so, don’t read the rest of this article: you might not touch your computer for a week.

Six Tips to Protect Your Search Privacy
EFF - Google, MSN Search, Yahoo!, AOL, and most other search engines collect and store records of your search queries. If these records are revealed to others, they can be embarrassing or even cause great harm. Would you want strangers to see searches that reference your online reading habits, medical history, finances, sexual orientation, or political affiliation?

Investigation reveals Facebook is spying on smartphone users' personal text messages
(NaturalNews) The latest infringement comes from Facebook, and some other companies, which has resorted to spying on smartphone users' personal text messages, according to a London Times investigation. Users who had downloaded the app for the world's largest social network were subject to the infringement. For their part, Facebook wasn't alone. According to the London Times, which investigated the privacy violations, photo-sharing site Flickr, dating site Badoo and Yahoo Messenger were also accessing personal texts.

Google tracked iPhones, bypassing Apple browser privacy settings
(NaturalNews) Google, the world's largest Web presence, in addition to other advertisers, bypassed the privacy settings of users of Apple's Safari Web browser on their iPhones and computers so they could track Web-browsing habits they had intended to be blocked. To do it, the companies used a special code that tricked Apple's Safari Web-browsing software into dropping its guard, so to speak, thus allowing them to monitor users. Safari, which is the most widely used browser on mobile devices, is designed by default to block such monitoring.

Stupid News & Odd News

Stolen NASA laptop contained space station control codes
A laptop stolen from NASA last year was unencrypted and contained command and control codes for the International Space Station on it, the agency's inspector general told a House subcommittee Wednesday. In his testimony before a House Science, Space and Technology subcommittee, NASA Inspector General Paul Martin said the notebook computer stolen in March 2011 "resulted in the loss of the algorithms" used to control the space station. This particular laptop, Martin said, was one of 48 NASA notebooks or mobile devices stolen between April 2009 and April 2011.

Pet News

Scott's pleads guilty to selling toxic bird seed; fined $4.5 million
February 2012: Gardening company Scotts Miracle-Gro has pleaded guilty to charges of distributing insecticide-tainted bird seed, highlighting the need for continued monitoring of the safety of bird seed supply in the US, says American Bird Conservancy. According to court records, in 2008, Scotts distributed 73 million packages of birdseed coated with the insecticides Storcide II and Actellic 5E (containing the active ingredient chlorpyrifos and pirimiphos-methyl respectively), intended to keep insects from destroying the seed. They did this despite being alerted to toxicity dangers by a staff chemist and ornithologist. Related article here.

Spanish Pet Food Pull & Jerky Treat Update
Truth about Pet Food - Comfy Dog Food, a supermarket brand in Spain, has been linked to kidney failure and death of dozens of dogs. The Spanish supermarket chain has removed the dog food from store shelves until testing results come in. What a shame US retailers and manufacturers aren't as prompt to remove potential tainted foods/treats from store shelves.

Pet Food Guaranteed Analysis?
Truth about Pet Food - Pet food regulations require that all pet foods provide the petsumer with 'guaranteed analysis' information on the label. Four bits of information on the pet food must be provided; protein, fat, fiber, and moisture. Is the Guaranteed Analysis beneficial to the petsumer? Or is it misleading?

Today in History - Thursday - March 1, 2012
1781 - In America, the Continental Congress adopted the Articles of Confederation.
1790 - The U.S. Congress authorized the first U.S. census.
1803 - Ohio became the 17th U.S. state.
1810 - Sweden became the first country to appoint an Ombudsman, Lars August Mannerheim.
1845 - U.S. President Tyler signed the congressional resolution to annex the Republic of Texas.
1867 - Nebraska became the 37th U.S. state.
1869 - Postage stamps with scenes were issued for the first time.
1872 - The U.S. Congress authorized the creation of Yellowstone National Park. It was the world's first national park.
1907 - In Odessa, Russia, there were only about 15,000 Jews left due to evacuations.
1912 - Captain Albert Berry made the first parachute jump from a moving airplane.
1932 - The 22-month-old son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh was kidnapped. The child was found dead in May.
1937 - In Connecticut, the first permanent automobile license plates were issued.
1941 - FM Radio began in Nashville, TN, when station W47NV began operations.
1947 - The International Monetary Fund began operations.
1950 - Klaus Fuchs was convicted of giving U.S. atomic secrets to the Soviet Union.
1954 - The United States announced that it had conducted a hydrogen bomb test on the Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean.
1954 - Five U.S. congressmen were wounded when four Puerto Rican nationalists opened fire from the gallery of the U.S. House of Representatives.
1959 - Archbishop Makarios returned to Cyprus from exile.
1961 - The Peace Corps was established by U.S. President Kennedy.
1966 - The Soviet probe, Venera 3 crashed on the planet Venus. It was the first unmanned spacecraft to land on the surface of another planet.
1966 - Ghana ordered all Soviet, East German and Chinese technicians to leave the country.
1971 - A bomb exploded in a restroom in the Senate wing of the U.S. Capitol. There were no injuries. A U.S. group protesting the Vietnam War claimed responsibility.
1974 - Seven people were indicted in connection with the Watergate break-in. The charge was conspiring to obstruct justice.
1983 - The New Jersey Transit strike began. It ended on April 2.
1984 - The U.S.S.R. performed a nuclear test at Eastern Kazakhstan, Semipalatinsk, U.S.S.R.
1987 - S&H Green Stamps became S&H Green Seals. The stamps were introduced 90 years earlier.
1992 - King Fahd of Saudi Arabia announced major political reforms that ceded some powers after 10 years of disciplined rule.
1992 - Bosnian Muslims and Croats voted to secede from Yugoslavia.
1993 - The U.S. government announced that the number of food stamp recipients had reached a record number of 26.6 million.
1994 - Israel released about 500 Arab prisoners in an effort to placate Palestinians over the Hebron massacre.
1995 - The European Parliament rejected legislation that would have allowed biotechnology companies to patent new life forms.
2002 - Operation Anaconda began in eastern Afghanistan. Allied forces were fighting against Taliban and Al Quaida fighters.
2003 - In the U.S., approximately 180,000 personnel from 22 different organizations around the government became part of the Department of Homeland Security. This completed the largest government reorganization since the beginning of the Cold War.
2003 - Khalid Shaikh Mohammed was captured by CIA and Pakistani agents near Islamabad. He was the suspected mastermind behind the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001.

World News

Clinton defends administration record on Israel
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is dismissing Republican criticism of President Barack Obama's record in supporting Israel and says U.S. aid would be the highest ever. Pressed at a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing, Clinton told lawmakers Wednesday that the administration has pledged its strong support for Israel and put more money behind that pledge than any other administration. Obama is seeking $3.1 billion in military assistance for Israel in next year's budget, which would make it the largest recipient of U.S. aid.

Western sanctions tighten squeeze on Iran oil exports
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Western trade sanctions against Iran are strangling its oil exports even before they go into effect, a U.S. advisory body has found, amid warnings that any shortages will only push up crude prices and strain a weak global economy. With crude prices trading around 10-month highs and limited spare production capacity worldwide, the United States may offer Iran's biggest customers waivers from the oil sanctions, which take effect June 28.

Israel unveils sophisticated shelters in Tel Aviv
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Underneath the plaza outside Israel's Habima national theater, Israel has put the finishing touches on a new gathering place that it hopes will never host a crowd: the country's most advanced public underground bomb shelter. The shelter, four stories underground and with space for 1,600 people, is usually a parking lot. It is also part of Tel Aviv's elaborate civil defense infrastructure. City officials have been beefing up shelters and emergency services in recent months at a time of rising tensions with Iran and militant groups in the Gaza Strip.

Afghan government calls for trial for Quran-burning soldiers
WND - In a development that could chill the dedication of every soldier in the field, the U.S. government has refused to deny reports by the government of Afghanistan that NATO has agreed to have the soldiers who burned copies of the Quran face trial.... “NATO officials promised to meet Afghan nation’s demand of bringing to justice, through an open trial, those responsible for the incident and it was agreed that the perpetrators of the crime be brought to justice as soon as possible,” the statement said.... U.S officials were unwilling to state emphatically that the soldiers would not be turned over to the Afghan legal system for burning the Qurans.

Senators: U.S. Forces at Risk Due to Syrian 'Chemical Weapons'...
US News - The senators want the Obama administration to spell out the planning it has done to prepare for and "address" the potential that the Assad regime's stockpiles of chemical weapons might go missing. "In the event of a regime collapse, it is difficult to overstate the danger these weapons could pose to allies and U.S. forces in the region if they fall into the wrong hands," the letter states.

Britain closes its embassy in Syria
BEIRUT (AP) — Britain's foreign secretary says the U.K. is closing its embassy in Syria and withdrawing all diplomatic staff amid a worsening security situation in the country. William Hague said Thursday that he judged "that the deterioration of the security situation in Damascus puts our embassy staff and premises at risk."

Super-human brain technology sparks ethics debate
LONDON (Reuters) - A British ethics group has launched a debate on the ethical dilemmas posed by new technologies that tap into the brain and could bring super-human strength, highly enhanced concentration or thought-controlled weaponry. With the prospect of future conflicts between armies controlling weapons with their minds, the Nuffield Council on Bioethics launched a consultation Thursday to consider the risks of blurring the lines between humans and machines.

81% of Israelis Oppose Unilateral Strike on Iran
Despite all of the warmongering hysteria, the overwhelming majority of all Israelis oppose a unilateral strike on Iran. Only 19 percent of Israelis support an attack against Iran without the backing of the United States, a new poll released on Wednesday found. In the poll conducted by Shibley Telhami, Brookings Nonresident Senior Fellow and the Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland, 42% of respondents said they support a strike against Iran only if there is US support for the move. Nearly a third (32%) of those polled oppose an attack regardless of US support.

Obama vetoed military intervention in Syria?
RT - According to DC-insiders speaking with Israeli news outlet Debka, the US military submitted plans to Obama for an American military intervention in Syria which would be coordinated in cooperation with other allied nations across the Western and Arab world. The president has reportedly vetoed plans in that incarnation though, instead hoping that by setting up “humanitarian corridors” in the most war-torn section of Syria, the US can aid the Assad opposition without militarizing the rebels.

North Korea agrees to nuclear moratorium, US to give food aid
Reuters - North Korea agreed on Wednesday to stop nuclear tests, uranium enrichment and long-range missile launches, and to allow nuclear inspectors to visit its Yongbyon nuclear complex to verify the moratorium has been enforced. The breakthrough, announced simultaneously by the US state department and North Korea's official news agency, paves the way for a resumption of six-party disarmament negotiations with Pyongyang and follows talks between US and North Korean diplomats in Beijing last week.

Egypt lifts travel ban on American democracy workers charged with fomenting unrest
AP/Washington Post - Egypt lifted a travel ban Wednesday on seven Americans charged with fomenting unrest by working for illegally funded pro-democracy groups, signaling an end to the worst crisis in Egypt-U.S. relations in 30 years.... Defense lawyer Tharwat Abdel-Shaheed said the seven Americans, including the son of U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, could only leave the country if they post bail of 2 million Egyptian pounds (about $300,000). They have also signed pledges to attend their next hearing. “The ban was lifted on humanitarian grounds, but the bail is way too high,” Abdel-Shaheed, who represents some of the American defendants, told The Associated Press.

Two Years of Tweets Now For Sale to Marketers
All Gov - Twitter partner DataSift is now offering companies access to two years of tweets, making available a vast amount of market-research information. Through its new program Historics, the United Kingdom-based Datasift is providing businesses with the ability to search and analyze Twitter feeds from 2010 and 2011.... DataSift claims that it has a waiting of 1,000 companies wanting to subscribe to the service, which will cost a minimum of $1,000

Nuclear Firms Made Japanese Gov Drop Tsunami Warning 8 Days Before Fukushima
All Gov - At the behest of nuclear power companies, government officials in Japan softened language relating to the threat of earthquake-produced tsunamis only eight days before last year’s disaster. In early March 2011, representatives of Tokyo Electric Power Co., Tohoku Electric Power Co. and Japan Atomic Power Co. asked the secretariat of the Earthquake Research Committee to amend a draft document discussing the possibility of a huge tsunami striking the northeast part of the country.

Canadian addiction experts call for national strategy to tackle prescription drug addiction
(NaturalNews) With addictive painkiller OxyContin being phased out in Canada, health experts are calling for a national strategy to confront prescription painkiller abuse. OxyContin is the most well known form of the narcotic painkiller oxycodone (technically, oxycodone hydrochloride). Like other opioid drugs such as morphine and heroin, oxycodone has high addictive potential.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Sheriff Joe Arpaio to release investigation of Obama's eligibility
WND - The event is tomorrow at 1 p.m. Mountain Standard Time in Phoenix, 3 p.m. Eastern, and will be live-streamed by WND. The topic of discussion will be an investigation by Arpaio’s Cold Case Posse into concerns about Obama’s eligibility. It’s the first time an official law enforcement report has addressed many of the allegations about the presumptive 2012 Democratic nominee for president.... Top national media organizations have indicated their plans to attend, and bookings for radio and television reports are in the works.

American in NYC bomb case indicted
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Jose Pimentel, an American Muslim convert accused of building a pipe bomb, has been formally indicted by a grand jury on terrorism charges, authorities said on Wednesday. Pimentel, 27, will appear in a Manhattan court on March 13 to enter a plea on the charges, which include weapons and conspiracy counts. The indictment was released by the Manhattan district attorney's office.... Authorities have said he planned to attack post offices, police stations and military personnel in and around New York City.

Judge blocks Arizona immigration law's day labor rules
PHOENIX (Reuters) - A federal judge blocked Arizona on Wednesday from enforcing a part of the state's immigration law that prohibits vehicle occupants from stopping traffic to pick up day laborers waiting for work. U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton, in issuing a preliminary injunction, ruled that plaintiffs seeking to overturn the law were "likely to succeed on the merits of their claim" that the rules violate the First Amendment.... The section of the controversial law Bolton blocked on Wednesday sought to target people who employ migrant workers in the country illegally, many of whom gather in store parking lots and on curbsides in Phoenix to tout for work.

Court says immigrant food-stamp cuts constitutional
(Reuters) - Washington state did not violate the constitutional rights of legal immigrants when it discontinued their food stamp benefits, a federal appeals court ruled on Wednesday. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit upheld state budget cuts that eliminated food assistance benefits for certain legal immigrants, reversing a lower court that had blocked the money-saving measure. "States constitutionally can do precisely what Washington did here: provide supplemental benefits when the state's coffers bulge, but eliminate them when the state's resources diminish," the three-judge panel wrote.

19 Signs That America Has Become A Crazy Control Freak Nation Where Almost Everything Is Illegal
Activist Post - Do you think that you are free? Most Americans would still probably answer "yes" to that question, but is that really the case?... In America today, there is no possible way that any of us could ever read all of the laws that apply to us. Most of us just live our daily lives and try to do the "right" thing. But there is no guarantee that men with guns will not show up at your door one evening because of some obscure regulation that you have broken. The following are 19 signs that America has become a crazy control freak nation where almost everything is illegal.

The great government hoax of public safety
(NaturalNews) As the tyranny of destructive government envelops our once-free society, have you noticed how oppression, censorship and government aggression against the people is always defended as somehow protecting public safety? Consider these astonishing contradictions:

Obama orders ‘waivers’ to new rules on detaining terrorism suspects
Washington Post - President Obama issued an order Tuesday night laying out broad new waivers that allow U.S. law enforcement agencies to retain custody of al-Qaeda terrorism suspects rather than turn them over to the military. The new waivers are Obama’s response to a law passed by Congress last year that requires that alleged al-Qaeda terrorists who are not U.S. citizens be held in military custody rather than being processed through the civilian court system. Key GOP senators said Tuesday night that the president’s measures raised “significant concerns,” and they vowed to hold a hearing to scrutinize them.

YouTube: America: the best government the corporations can buy?
RT Feb 28, 2012 - Today the Supreme Court took on a case that could decline whether or not corporations can be sued over torture. The case involves about a dozen Nigerian activists that say Shell Oil's parent company helped the Nigerian government in violently cracking down on anti-oil protesters. But the multinational company argues - they are not liable because they are not "Natural persons." In other words, since corporations are not people, they cannot be sued for human rights violations. Caroline Heldman of Occidental College has had her say on the matter.

YouTube: Ron Paul questions Hillary Clinton - IRAN, IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN
Foreign Affairs Hearing 02/29/12: Ron Paul questions Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Big Food Must Go: Why We Need to Radically Change the Way We Eat
AlterNet - This is not a problem we can solve by going vegetarian or vegan, or buying organic and fair trade.... It is time -- now, not next year -- to de-occupy Walmart. And Archer Daniels Midland. And Tyson Foods. And Monsanto. And Cargill. And Kraft Foods. And the other large corporations that decide what ends up on our plates. Take all our money out, public and personal, from our shopping dollars to school district lunch contracts to the corporate subsidies that uphold these firms' grip on our food supply, and invest it in a new system that's economically diverse and ecologically sustainable.

2012 Election News

YouTube: Ron Paul Ad – Three of a Kind
One man stands apart from the vision of bigger government. Ron Paul

Ron Paul Returns to Washington and Idaho for Campaign Swing
Ron Paul 2012 - Visits Evergreen State on Friday, March 2nd and Gem State on Monday-Tuesday, March 5th to 6th BELLEVUE, Washington – 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul will return to Washington and Idaho for a series of campaign events in the run-up to the states’ respective Saturday, March 3rd and Tuesday, March 6thcaucuses. This is a partial listing of campaign events [...]

Help Ron Paul in Washington - Caucus SATURDAY!
Daily Paul - The help of fellow patriots from OUTSIDE Washington State is desperately needed on caucus day March 3rd. In Washington State, most caucuses are held in pooled locations where in many cases over 200 precincts meet in one location. We have a need for 150 out of state patriots to help keep the caucus counts honest, man tables and be a presence at pooled locations in the Seattle area from 8:30 AM to approx 11:30 AM.

How Santorum Helped Fuel the Housing Bubble
Ron Paul 2012 - Writes Charles C. Johnson at One of the consistent refrains from the Rick Santorum campaign is that he opposes government bailouts, but as a senator, he supported the something-for-nothing policy most responsible for the housing bubble. Like George W. Bush and other “compassionate conservatives,” he was naively obsessed with affordable housing for low-income potential home buyers, a mismanaged cause that led to billions in loan defaults and which the IRS called a “scam.”

NJ Today Endorsement: Ron Paul Deserves GOP Nod For President
February 29, 2012 - Congressman Ron Paul deserves the Republican Party nomination for president because he would prove to be the most dramatic contrast with Barack Obama and right now the nation would benefit by a clear distinction between the philosophy offered by Democrats and that of the GOP.

YouTube: Carol Paul Interviewed by Cynthia S. Kennedy, Reno Nev. February 2012
As Ron Paul is in the spotlight, Carol has a down-home chat with Cynthia in a somewhat shaded corner of the room... Delightful!

VIDEO: Gun Rights vs. Voting Rights in America
RT - As the second amendment is increasingly celebrated and the number of gun owners expand…the right to vote – listed in the 15th, 19th and 26th amendments…is narrowing. And new policies and initiatives mean as many as five million eligible voters will lose that right to choose who the next person is to occupy the white house. According to the Brennan Center for Justice, the 14 states listed below have already passed measures to make voting more difficult, not less....

Occupy Wall Street Protest

New York protest tries to kick off revival of Occupy
NEW YORK (Reuters) - About 10 Occupy Wall Street demonstrators were arrested in New York City on Wednesday during protests that failed to pull in big crowds or draw much attention on what organizers had hoped would be a nationwide day of revival for the movement. A similar protest in wet and cold weather in Portland, Oregon, drew a crowd organizers said numbered about 500 people and saw at least seven arrests. The coast to coast demonstrations were aimed at revving up the movement known as "Occupy," which has been relatively quiet in the months since police cleared encampments in New York, Oakland and other major cities.


Growing Number Of Americans Can't Afford Food, Study Finds
Huffington Post - More Americans said they struggled to buy food in 2011 than in any year since the financial crisis, according to a recent report from the Food Research and Action Center, a nonprofit research group. About 18.6 percent of people -- almost one out of every five -- told Gallup pollsters that they couldn't always afford to feed everyone in their family in 2011.

Bernanke warns lawmakers nation headed for 'massive fiscal cliff'
The Hill - Congress risks taking the economy over a “massive fiscal cliff,” Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke warned lawmakers on Wednesday. In remarks that hit Wall Street stock prices, the central bank boss suggested the economy could hit a serious roadblock if Congress allows the Bush tax rates and a payroll tax cut to expire and $1.2 trillion in spending cuts to be implemented simultaneously in January.

China holdings of US debt at $1.15 trillion
Breitbart - China cut its holdings of US debt by $118 billion as its own reserves fell in the fourth quarter, newly revised US Treasury figures showed Wednesday. China's holdings of US Treasury securities fell 9.3 percent from September to December to $1.1529 trillion -- with most of the fall coming apparently in the final month of the quarter, according to the revised Treasury data. In addition, US Treasury bonds held by Chinese territory Hong Kong totalled $121.7 billion in December, up $10.1 billion from September. The new data showed Japan closing in on China's ranking as the top foreign investor in US debt.

FORBES: Ron Paul Tells Bernanke He Killed The Dollar, Silver Coin In Hand
Feb 29 2012 - It was Ron Paul, though, who took the day. In what is usually the most heated and interesting exchange of Bernanke’s excursions to Congress, the Fed Chairman was forced to sit down and listen as Ron Paul scolded him for “debasing” the currency and “destroying” the wealth of millions of Americans.

YouTube: Bernanke on Ron Paul Hot Seat
Financial Services Hearing Highlights Feb 29 2012

YouTube: Anonymous News - Fed Reserve Caught Red Handed
MSNBC - 'The Great Con Job'

17 States Considering State Banks
All Gov - North Dakota serves as the model for this new experiment that 17 states are looking at. However, the state bank in North Dakota, the only one of its kind in the U.S., is not new, having been in operation since 1919. With the Bank of North Dakota, financing is made available to support loans to students, farmers and others, while the bank’s profits go into the state budget to help provide more revenue for government programs. Some states, such as Idaho and Vermont, have introduced legislation to study the idea of starting a state bank. Other states, like New Hampshire, Virginia, Hawaii, Washington and California, are debating bills that would create a state bank.

VIDEO: Newly Rich Are More Likely to Lie, Cheat and Steal
Alexander Higgins - While some newly rich people have unshakeable integrity, they are the exception says a study that finds the Nouveau Riche are more likely to lie, cheat and steal. Bloomberg notes: “Greed has been on the upswing for 20 years,” [Erik Gordon, a business professor at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor] said in a telephone interview. “Wealth or power that comes with high socioeconomic status means you are indeed enabled to ignore other people and might think that rules that apply to other people don’t apply to you.”

Housing Market

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris Joins Legislative Leaders to Unveil California Homeowner Bill of Rights
“California communities and families are being devastated by the mortgage and foreclosure crisis. We must ensure the deceptive practices that caused it never happen again,” said Attorney General Harris. “The California Homeowner Bill of Rights will provide basic fairness and transparency for homeowners, and improve the mortgage process for everyone.”

Yet Another Mortgage Scam: Homeowners Not Getting Cancelled Notes After Foreclosures, Hit by Later Claims
Naked Capitalism - What appears to be happening on all too often in Florida is that when borrowers signed warranty deeds in lieu of foreclosure when they can no longer keep these homes, they often get only a satisfaction of mortgage, not a cancelled note. This is not what is supposed to happen. When a borrower deeds his property to the bank, the objective of the exercise is to cancel the debt. If the note has not been extinguished, it is referred to as a “zombie note”.

Energy & Environment

12 killed as violent storms ravage Midwest, South
HARRISBURG, Ill. (AP) — A pre-dawn twister flattened entire blocks of homes in a small Illinois town Wednesday as violent storms ravaged the Midwest and South, killing at least 12 people in three states. Winds also ripped through the country music mecca of Branson, Mo., damaging some of the city's famous theaters just days before the start of the busy tourist season. The tornado that blasted Harrisburg in southern Illinois, killing six, was an EF4, the second-highest rating given to twisters based on damage. Scientists said it was 200 yards wide with winds up to 170 mph. 28 Photos

VIDEO: Geoengineers Artificially Melt Antarctic to Drill for Oil
Dareen McBreen of Infowars Nightly News interviews Rosalind Peterson, the California President and co-founder of the Agriculture Defense Coalition (ADC). Recent research by the ADC has led to some interesting findings with regard to both Alaska and Arctic areas. It appears that many government agencies and leaders in the United States have discussed how the natural resources of these areas could be exploited if these areas were artificially warmed.

BP Contracts with US Defense Dept. Surge Since Oil Spill
All Gov - Despite its oil well causing the worst spill in U.S. history, oil giant BP has enjoyed increased business with the Department of Defense. Sales of BP fuel to the Pentagon rose 33%, from $1.02 billion in 2010—when the Gulf of Mexico became fouled with oil—to $1.35 billion in 2011. BP is by far and away the No. 1 supplier of fuel to the military, receiving 49% more in defense contracts than the No. 2 supplier, Valero Energy Corp. Representative Edward Markey (D-Massachusetts), the top Democrat on the House Natural Resources Committee, told Bloomberg “our military shouldn’t renew lucrative contracts” for the company, not “when BP still owes billions of dollars in possible fines and penalties for their spill in the Gulf of Mexico.”

VIDEO: National Action to End Chemtrails Day: March 20, 2012
Food Freedom - Let Us, fellow Americans, citizens of this country and beautiful inhabitants of this wonderful planet, take action on the first day of Spring 2012 to end the spraying of what is known as Chemtrails. These poisonous concoctions being sprayed everyday have been harming Life on every level on Earth for many years, although there has seemed to be a dramatic increase recently. These emissions are full of heavy metals, among other extremely toxic ingredients which damage our cells, suppress our immune system, and dampen our energetic fields.


Single mega-dose of vitamin D eases menstrual cramps for up to two months, study reveals
(NaturalNews) It is now becoming widely known that maintaining optimal levels of vitamin D in the body boosts immunity and prevents a variety of debilitating diseases. But a new study published in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine has found that women with primary dysmenorrhea, a gynecologic problem in menstruating women that results in severe pelvic pain, can eliminate their immobilizing cramps for up to two months by taking a single "mega-dose" of vitamin D.

Hep B Vaccine Damages The Liver It Is Supposed To Protect
Green Med Info - Startling new research published in the journal Apoptosisindicates that hepatitis B vaccine, which is designed to prevent Hepatitis B virus-induced damage to the liver, actually causes liver cell destruction. In the study titled “Hepatitis B vaccine induces apoptotic death in Hepa1-6 cells,” researchers set out to “...establish an in vitro model system amenable to mechanistic investigations of cytotoxicity induced by hepatitis B vaccine, and to investigate the mechanisms of vaccine-induced cell death.”

'Hundreds of thousands' fitted with suspect hip implants
AFP - Hundreds of thousands of people have been fitted with replacement hips whose flawed design may be exposing them to toxic metal, according to a probe by the BBC and the British Medical Journal (BMJ) unveiled Tuesday. The risk comes from "metal on metal" joints that grind against each other, with the risk of leaking cobalt and chromium into the body, it said.... The risk of leakage from cobalt-chrome implants has been known since 1975, when doctors discovered that local tissue reacts to ions, or charged atoms, from these metals, the investigators said.

Chiropractic treatments improve sensory-processing disorders
(NaturalNews) Sensory processing disorders (SPD) are impairments in detecting, modulating, interpreting, or responding to sensory stimuli. One study estimates that 5 percentof elementary aged children met the criteria for SPD. These conditions are closely related to other neurodevelopmental disorders and often overlap with autism and ADHD. Recent studies have shown the benefits of chiropractic in enhancing the functionality of individuals with SPD and Autism.

Sleeping Pills Lead to Higher Risk of Cancer, Premature Death
Natural Society - Most people know that sleeping, especially during ‘normal’ nightly hours, is important for the body. Enough of it has been shown to be essential for academic success in children, while a lack of sleep could be contributing to excess weight. It is all too often that people have disruptive sleep cycles and can not fall asleep initially at night, and so sleep medication is turned to as a solution. Consuming sleep medication not only completely ignores the underlying problem of what is causing sleep issues, but also leads to an increased risk of cancer and premature death.

Bladderwrack is a safe alternative to GMO soy to support women's health
(NaturalNews) Major concerns over GMO soy produced in the U.S. have many women looking for safe alternatives to soy that promote women's health. Additonally, bladderwrack may also help women with weight loss if weight gain is related to thyroid issues. It does this because iodine stimulates the thyroid gland to help regulate metabolism.

Why The Law Forbids The Medicinal Use of Natural Substances
Activist Post - According to the FDA’s legal definition, a drug is anything that “diagnoses, cures, mitigates, treats, or prevents a disease.” The problem with this definition is that there are numerous substances, as readily available and benign as those found on our spice racks, which have been proven by countless millennia of human experience to mitigate, prevent and in some cases cure disease, and which cannot be called drugs according to the FDA.

The top 5 foods to avoid if you have gluten intolerance and wheat allergies
(NaturalNews) Gluten is found in grains such as wheat, semolina, kamut, barley, spelt, triticale, bulgur and rye and forms an elastic-type protein that helps bind molecules, causing flours to rise during baking. Its presence in certain flours contributes to a delicious, chewy bagel or bread dough; however, it is also an allergen for many people. Reactions to eating gluten may appear immediately or hours and days later. Gluten intolerance can cause serious autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, celiac and Crohn's disease as well as a multitude of other symptoms ranging from irritable bowl syndrome to skin rashes and headaches.

Anti-inflammatory antioxidants in citrus fruits reduce the risk of stroke
(NaturalNews) If you're serious about reducing your risk for a stroke, there's something you can do, and it's not difficult or faddish or out there in left field. It's very simple: eat more citrus fruits. That's right. According to researchers, consuming more oranges, grapefruits and other citrus, you can reduce your risk of stroke. In fact, they say you can have the same protective effect either by eating citrus or drinking some citrus juices, probably because they both contain the same antioxidant linked to stroke prevention.

Are cell phones really so bad for your health?
(NaturalNews) Cell phones are a source of electromagnetic fields, radiation which creates change in anything it comes into contact with. EMFs emanate from mobile phones and because of how phones are used, these EMFs come into direct contact with the brain. More than a dozen studies have linked using a cell phone for a long period of time -- ten years or more -- with a higher incidence of brain tumors and acoustic neuromas. These critical diagnoses are even more common when phones aren't switched from one side of the head to the other when engaged in conversation.

Stomach-virus cases increasing in Maryland and Virginia
Washington Post - The illnesses have not been confirmed as caused by noro­virus, but doctors and health officials said it is the most likely culprit.... At Inova Loudoun Hospital, doctors in the pediatric emergency department have seen the number of cases involving vomiting and diarrhea without fever rise dramatically in the past two to three weeks. “We’re going from 20 to 30 a week to 50 to 60 a week,” said Ron Waldrop, who heads the department.

Antibiotics Shown to be Ineffective at Treating Sinus Infection
Natural Society - While the antibiotics relieved symptoms more than the placebo up until day 3, it was not anymore effective than the placebo for the remaining time period....Sinus infections almost always go away on their own, but there are ways to lessen the length, severity, and also prevent the negative experience. Boosting your own immune system through eating organic foods, exercising, and supplementing with powerful supplements like turmeric and vitamin D is at the base of prevention. In addition, an absolutely fantastic solution for relieving symptoms is raw organic apple cider vinegar.

Just Label It: GMO label comments to FDA near 1 million; Add your voice by March 27
Food Freedom - With less than a month left, more than 850,000 Americans have told the FDA to label genetically engineered foods. That’s more comments to FDA on a food issue than ever before! With just under a month to go, we’re within reach of the goal of 1 million comments.

Science & Technology

‘Bat Flu’ Scare Hits Media Among Weaponized Bird Flu Release Debate
Natural Society - The news could not have come at a better time for some scientists who continue to push for a release of the mutated H5N1 bird flu strain... Taking attention away from the bird flu release controversy, bat flu may soon become the new focus in the field of potentially threatening viruses. For now, the WHO says that the weaponized [bird flu] strain will not be released until a panel of ‘experts’ determines it to be safe.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Steady thefts of GPS devices and other goods, police say
Politico - “GPS units are still hot-ticket items for thieves,” residents of the city’s 4th Police District were told last week Global Positioning System devices were taken in three-quarters of the thefts in a 48-hour period last week in the Capitol Hill section between Sixth and Eighth streets and North Carolina Avenue SE and A Street NE.

VIDEO: The Silent Time Bomb on Your Plate: Watch 'FRESH' for free till March 3rd
Food Freedom - The producers of the powerful film, FRESH, are allowing a full and FREE preview until Saturday, March 3rd! Please tell everyone you know to watch this film in its entirety.... The "faster, bigger, cheaper" approach to food is slowly draining dry our planet's resources and compromising your health. The Earth's soil is depleting at more than 13 percent the rate it can be replaced. The documentary "FRESH" celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. (Watch the film at

How to Grow and Raise 100% of Your Food
Activist Post - A few weeks ago I invited some like-minded friends over for a survival meal made from my items in my food storage and a viewing of the DVD: Food Production Systems for a Backyard or Small Farm The four of us watched the DVD from start to finish with many pauses for discussion points and to take notes. So what did we think? Well first of all, let me say that this is a pretty amazing DVD in that it covers so much in just a couple of hours.

Non-profit cooperative sets up shareholder program to serve up raw milk to Coloradans
(NaturalNews) Though the explicit sale of raw milk is prohibited in Colorado, state law specifically provisions that individuals can purchase shares in cows, goats, and other milk-producing animals for the purpose of obtaining milk from them, an arrangement that is growing in popularity all across the country. And one non-profit farm in Colorado's Roaring Fork Valley, Sustainable Settings, is revolutionizing the way individuals access farm food, having recently set up a replicable shareholder program for raw milk that is the new talk of the town.

VIDEO: Rally in Support of Vernon Hershberger in Wisconsin
As the state of Wisconsin continues persecuting dairy farmer Vernon Hershberger, activists and supporters rally to his defense! The two day rally is scheduled for March 1st and 2nd.

Pet News

Maybe NOW More Cat Parents Will Make the Switch from Dry Food
Dr. Becker - Another study on feline lower urinary tract disease has surfaced, and this one recommends feeding canned food as a way to avoid life-threatening urinary obstruction in cats. If you're still feeding dry food to your kitty, I hope you'll keep reading for important information on why cats must be fed moisture-rich food, and what too often happens to pets on dry food-only diets.


Seven tricks your brain is playing on you
(NaturalNews) We all want to believe we are tough to fool. The problem is, even if you are not so gullible, your brain still works a certain way, making associations that create vulnerability to being easily fooled, or fooling yourself. It takes work to release yourself from these natural assumptions that are presumed to originate from a mix of hard wiring and cultural conditioning. Getting beyond them is surely a worthwhile thing to do, however. Here are seven common assumptions that a lot of brains simply can't resist.



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