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MAY 2012

Today in History - Thursday - May 31, 2012
1854 - The Kansas-Nebraska Act passed by the U.S. Congress.
1859 - The Philadelphia Athletics were formally organized to play the game of Town Ball.
1859 - In London, Big Ben went into operation. The name Big Ben initially referred to the bell inside the tower but later came to the refer to the tower.
1879 - New York's Madison Square Garden opened.
1880 - The first U.S. national bicycle society was formed in Newport, RI. It was known as the League of American Wheelman.
1884 - Dr. John Harvey Kellogg patented "flaked cereal."
1889 - In Johnstown, PA, more than 2,200 people died after the South Fork Dam collapsed.
1900 - U.S. troops arrived in Peking to help put down the Boxer Rebellion.
1902 - The Boer War ended between the Boers of South Africa and Great Britain with the Treaty of Vereeniging.
1907 - The first taxis arrived in New York City. They were the first in the United States.
1909 - The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) held its first conference.
1910 - The Union of South Africa was founded.
1913 - The 17th Amendment went into effect. It provided for popular election of U.S. senators.
1926 - Frank Lockhart won the 14th Indy 500. He averaged 95.9 mph.
1927 - Ford Motor Company produced the last "Tin Lizzie" in order to begin production of the Model A.
1929 - In Beverly, MA, the first U.S. born reindeer were born.
1941 - The first issue of the still popular "Parade: The Weekly Picture Newspaper" went on sale.
1947 - Communists seized control of Hungary.
1955 - The U.S. Supreme Court ordered that all states must end racial segregation "with all deliberate speed."
1961 - South Africa became an independent republic.
1962 - Adolf Eichmann was hanged in Israel. Eichmann was a Gestapo official and was executed for his actions in the Nazi Holocaust.
1970 - An earthquake in Peru killed tens of thousands of people.
1974 - Israel and Syria signed an agreement on the Golan Heights.
1977 - The trans-Alaska oil pipeline was finished after 3 years of construction.
1994 - The U.S. announced it was no longer aiming long-range nuclear missiles at targets in the former Soviet Union.
2003 - In North Carolina, Eric Robert Rudolph was captured. He had been on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted list for five years for several bombings including the 1996 Olympic bombing.

World News

China condemns U.S. gun ownership as human rights violation
Examiner - A report issued by the State Council Information Office of the People's Republic of China has included U.S. gun ownership among a list of human rights violations, Law Enforcement Examiner Jim Kouri reported yesterday. "The Human Rights Record of the United States in 2011" was published last Friday on the PRC’s Consulate General in New York website.

Investors flee Spain as financial crisis spirals
AFP - Spain battled to contain fears of financial collapse Wednesday, scrambling to fund a major banking rescue as its debt risk premium rocketed to a euro-era record. The interest rate on Spain's 10-year bonds shot to 6.703 percent -- unsustainable over the longer term -- as the nation fought to avoid being the next victim of the eurozone crisis.

VIDEO: CNN – Massive Anti-Govt Protests In Japan Over Fukushima Lies
Alexander Higgins - The latest outrage is over the government’s refusal to stop burning radioactive debris to deal with problems such as massive amounts of radioactive sludge building up in Japan’s sewage systems. The burning of radioactive debris has led to an ash cloud of nuclear radiation blanketing of Easter Japan with radiation. But as the video shows, the outrage isn’t just about the radioactive debris but is due the “Japan people feeling they have been kept in the dark about the true extent of the damage from the Fukushima nuclear meltdown” and after a year of lie after lie.

Russia will veto military intervention in Syria at UNSC - Foreign Ministry
RT - Russia is firmly dedicated not to let pass an initiative of foreign military intervention into Syria in the UN Security Council. “We always said we’re strongly against any kind of external interference into the Syrian conflict, because it would only worsen the situation and bring unpredictable consequences for Syria and the whole region,” Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov told Interfax. He also said that Russia is opposing the convention of a new UN Security Council meeting on Syria in the near future.

How a U.S. Radar Station in the Negev Affects a Potential Israel-Iran Clash - The small, rectangular-shaped portable radar peeking around a concrete blast wall is so advanced it can see over the horizon, and so sensitive it can spot a softball tossed in the air from 2,900 miles away. (Tehran is a mere 1,000 miles away to the northwest.) On Mt. Keren, the X-band radar is indeed pointed northwest, toward Iran, where it could detect a Shahab-3 missile launched toward Israel just seconds into its flight — and six to seven minutes earlier than Israel would know from its own radar, called Green Pine.

Iranian oil industry was target of world's nastiest cyber worm
Brisbane Times - A cyber attack that targeted Iran's oil ministry and main export terminal was caused by the most sophisticated computer worm yet developed, experts have said. The virus appears to have been directed primarily at a small number of organisations and individuals in Iran, the West Bank, Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates. This will inevitably raise suspicions that Israel or the US were involved in some way.

United Nations to issue warning against 'world's most powerful computer virus' over fears it could cripple entire countries
Daily Mail - Dubbed 'Flame', the Trojan bug worms its way into computer systems and reportedly turns infected machines into listening devices. It can activate a computer's audio system to eavesdrop on Skype calls or office chatter, take screenshots or log keystrokes and even suck information from Bluetooth-enabled phones left nearby.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

VIDEO: Bilderberg 2012: Itinerary and Radio Appearances (Updated)
Intel Hub - As you may already know we will be covering the Bilderberg meeting and protests in Chantilly Virginia (Westfields Marriott) Between Thursday, May 31st and Sunday June 2nd. The Intel Hub will be providing LIVE updates and streaming video footage on our U-Stream channel, as well as uploading content fresh to YouTube and providing real-time updates on’s main page and the Bilderberg 2012 page.

Source: Bilderberg Planning Fake Bomb Threat
Paul Joseph Watson - Bilderberg’s security apparatus is planning to announce a fake bomb threat as an excuse to widen the exclusion perimeter around the Westfields Marriott hotel and keep protesters and journalists away from arriving attendees, according to our source close to the secretive organization.... In addition, other provocateur actions are being planned to demonize protesters and beef security around the confab.

Forbes Calls Out Media, Govt For Lying About Safety Of ‘Low-Dose’ Radiation
Alexander Higgins - Forbes calls out the Government and Industry officials downplay the effects of low doses of radiation and reporters for being complicit in hiding the truth from the public... Perhaps the most important article verified to the public that the US government quietly switch from a radiation standard that allowed 1 cancer death per million people over to another standard which allowed one cancer per 2,200 people and 1 cancer dearth per 4,200 people. This was done for a variety of reasons and allowed the government to continue to assert the radiation was below safety levels and were “no cause for concern”.... Source: Forbes

YouTube: Illinois rep EXPLODES on the House floor!
A state representative blew his top Tuesday on the floor of the Illinois State House of Representatives, flinging a copy of a new pension reform proposal into the air and telling his stoic colleagues that they "should be ashamed" of themselves. "I'm sick of it!" state Rep. Mike Bost yelled, saying the bill was too long for lawmakers to read before voting on it.

Chris Christie is a hit on Israel trip
Politico - Chris Christie’s credentials for making the vice presidential short-list grew this week. The New Jersey governor just completed his first swing through Israel, meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Shimon Peres, touring areas of the region and getting a quick course in an area that has dominated the foreign-policy discussion in recent months

New York Plans to Ban Sale of Big Sizes of Sugary Drink to Fight Obesity
NY Times - The proposed ban would affect virtually the entire menu of popular sugary drinks found in delis, fast-food franchises and even sports arenas, from energy drinks to pre-sweetened iced teas. The sale of any cup or bottle of sweetened drink larger than 16 fluid ounces — about the size of a medium coffee, and smaller than a common soda bottle — would be prohibited under the first-in-the-nation plan, which could take effect as soon as next March.

Doomsday Prepper Sentenced to 21 Months In Prison For Stockpiling “Destructive Devices” After Insider Rats Him Out - OpSec, or Operational Security, is an important rule to follow for those who have chosen to prepare for emergencies by stockpiling food, self defense armaments and disaster supplies. It’s simple, really. Don’t talk about your preparedness supplies unless it is with trusted people with whom you will be working if a worst case scenario comes to pass. Otherwise, if the world around you collapses and your neighbors and acquaintances know you have supplies, guess who they will turn to for help. If you deny them help when they come asking, and they have no place else to turn, you can be relatively certain they will do everything in their power to get at your larder – and that means collaborating with those who would do you harm.

Agenda 21 To Be Discussed at Bilderberg Confab
Paul Joseph Watson - The attendance of Alberta Premier and global warming alarmist Alison Redford at this year’s Bilderberg conference, during which she will discuss “ecological challenges,” confirms that Agenda 21 and the bid to re-brand the stuttering climate change power grab... Redford’s advocacy for more controls on carbon emissions is directly in line with the Obama administration’s war against America’s coal industry and the wider Bilderberg agenda for a “post-industrial revolution,” where energy use will be severely restricted in the name of saving the earth, leading to plummeting living standards.

Latest News and Live Video from Bilderberg 2012

First Dedicated Program Exposing Bilderberg Airs on Britain’s SKY TV journalist Patrick Henningsen and Guardian correspondent Charlie Skelton cover the upcoming clandestine meeting of the Bilderberg Group for the first time on British TV, appearing on Edge Media’s “On The Edge” talk show which aired live on SKY Channel 200, on May 17, 2012.

U.S. Drone Policy: Standing Near Terrorists Makes You A Terrorist
Huffington Post - Obama, Becker and Shane write, was angry when informed that the first drone strike after he took office had killed innocent Pakistanis. But one of the measures the administration embraced to prevent future innocent casualties was to embrace a method of counting combatants that would rope in more innocents. "It in effect counts all military-age males in a strike zone as combatants, according to several administration officials, unless there is explicit intelligence posthumously proving them innocent,"

TSA’s $1 billion program to ‘read’ fliers’ expressions comes under fire after failing to catch any bad guys
The Daily - The nation’s airport security agency has 3,000 employees at 161 airports nationwide trained to identify terrorists simply by reading faces and body language — a glance in a certain direction, a nervous gesture. American taxpayers have paid dearly for what the TSA called its Screening Passengers by Observation Techniques, or SPOT program: More than $1 billion at 161 airports.

Pastor Sentenced To 2 Years In Prison For Teaching That Parents Should Spank Their Children
The American Dream - Do you believe that parents should be able to spank their children? Do you ever express that opinion to others? If so, then you could be sent to prison. Sadly, that is exactly what happened to one pastor up in Wisconsin recently. A minister named Philip Caminiti was sentenced to 2 years in prison for simply teaching that parents should spank their children when they misbehave. Please note that Caminiti was not accused of spanking anyone or of physically hurting anyone. He was put in prison simply for his speech.

2012 Election News

Volunteers Needed ASAP in South Dakota
Daily Paul - We NEED volunteers ASAP in South Dakota! We need people to make calls and canvass in the Sioux Falls area. If you live elsewhere, please contact us anyway and we will find work for you to do. *EXPENSES WILL BE COVERED (room, food, gas, etc). As for any money-related questions, please just ask me!

Texas Needs 88 More "At-Large-Delegates" to National Convention: Deadline May 31
Daily Paul - Even IF YOU ARE NOT CURRENTLY A DELEGATE to the State Convention... IF you are NOT a CD DELEGATE, you CAN APPLY FOR THESE SLOTS!!!... You simply need to have affiliated yourself with the Texas Republican party.

Nothing Adds up in Ron Paul's Home Distirict With Election Results. Did the GOP Cheat?
Lone Star - You decide. Here are the links to the election results for 2008, 2010 and 2012 in Brazoria County Texas.

GOP Seeks to Disenfranchise Ron Paul Supporters in Massachusetts
Daily Paul - “It’s hilarious that they would fight this hard for these (Romney) delegates,” he said. “It’s not going to change the outcome.” OH YES IT WILL! Dozens of Ron Paul backers showed up at a state Republican Party meeting last night to protest what they say is a manipulation of power aimed at decreasing their influence at the party’s national convention. A 14-member GOP committee charged with allocating delegates to the convention held a closed meeting at the Holiday Inn to discuss whether three delegates and three alternates selected at the Fifth Congressional District caucus should be invalidated.

Jack Hunter: How Ron Paul Is Injecting Principle Into The GOP
Ron Paul 2012 - This column by Ron Paul activist and delegate Craig Westover in Minnesota’s Star Tribune is a response to accusations that our movement is somehow “fringe” and meaningless. Anybody who truly believes this simply hasn’t been paying attention to American politics for the last four years. Westover makes interesting comparisons, to both religious conservatives and the gay rights movement, and finishes by explaining how we’re injecting genuine limited government principles into the Republican Party.

Ron Paul Shamelessly Ripped in LA Times as Stupid - While the Los Angeles Times has neglected to cover the huge outpouring of support Californians have shown for Texas Congressman Ron Paul across the state, it has found it necessary to denigrate Ron Paul in a recent childish article. In places ranging from Chico, to UCLA, to Berkley, Paul has drawn crowds ranging from a few thousand to an estimated 10,000 Californians coming out to hear Ron Paul speak. The Los Angeles Times has been virtually silent on this topic, yet when Lisa Mascaro and her editors came across a study on speaking styles in Congress, they decided it appropriate to use that information to smear Congressman Paul.

Mass Illegal Immigration Voter Fraud in Florida… and the Feds Don’t Care
Minuteman PAC - According to state records, Florida election officials have determined that massive voter fraud is taking place and that as many as 180,000 non-residents are registered to vote in the sunshine state, and it only came to the attention of state election officials early last year when the state’s DMV turned over a large data-set containing the population’s residency information.... Florida’s Motor Voter Act of 1993 (which most states have some form of!) PROHIBITED even asking immigration status when an individual filled out their voter registration form while FAILING to require proof of citizenship!

Veteran News

MILLER: SWAT rampage destroys Iraq vet's home over guns
Washington Times - While Army Sgt. Matthew Corrigan was sound asleep inside his Northwest D.C. home, the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) was preparing to launch a full-scale invasion of his home. SWAT and explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) teams spent four hours readying the assault on the English basement apartment in the middle of the snowstorm of the century. (This is part two of a four part series on Sgt. Corrigan's case. Click here to read the first story.)

Occupy Wall Street Protest

YouTube: New Face of Terror: FBI creates bogeyman out of Occupy
RT - From disorganised slackers to terrorists - the Occupy movement has seen its media image go from bad to worse over its nine months of existence. Protesters now even face accusations that they pose a threat not just to Corporate America, but to the country as a whole. But activists say it's all just scaremongering to stifle the movement.


Rockefeller and Rothschild Merge Financial Operations in America - Globalist kingpin David Rockefeller and top bankster Lord Jacob Rothschild will merge operations, according to the Financial Times: RIT Capital Partners is to buy a 37 per cent stake in the Rockefeller’s wealth advisory and asset management group for an undisclosed sum, giving Lord Rothschild’s London-listed trust a much sought-after foothold in the US.

Report: Banks Make It Really Difficult To Take Your Business Elsewhere
Consumerist - Outrage over fees assessed by banks on checking accounts and other unfair practices has led to consumers attempting to leave their institutions in droves. But as a new report by Consumers Union points out, bank's throw up a myriad of obstacles that can confuse consumers who are trying to switch banks.

California 9/11 fund raided to plug deficits, finance other programs
AP - After the 2001 terrorist attacks, California lawmakers sought a way to channel the patriotic fervor and use it to help victims’ families and law enforcement. Their answer: specialty memorial license plates emblazoned with the words, “We Will Never Forget.” Part of the money raised through the sale of the plates was to fund scholarships for the children of California residents who perished in the attacks, while the majority — 85 percent — was to help fund anti-terrorism efforts.

VIDEO: How to Really Measure Inflation - Did you know that if you kept all your savings in silver and then purchased goods and services today, that prices have actually deflated over the past several decades? But if you’ve used dollars over this same time period the prices of goods and services have actually gone up. Confused? This video helps to explain.

When The Derivatives Market Crashes (And It Will) U.S. Taxpayers Will Be On The Hook - Apparently they believe that if anything in the financial world goes wrong that U.S. taxpayers should be the ones to clean up the mess. But will we really have enough money to bail everyone out when the derivatives market crashes? Today, the 9 largest banks in the United States have a total of more than 200 trillion dollars of exposure to derivatives. That is approximately 3 times the size of the entire global economy. The U.S. government is already nearly 16 trillion dollars in debt. How in the world can we afford to keep bailing out the huge messes that Wall Street makes?

Housing Market

Class Action Suit Against Citibank for not Responding to RESPA Letters sent by Homeowners.
By sending the RESPA letter the banks are required to answer all the questions you have to your lender regarding your loan. Of course they can not answer all of them due to the Fraud they commit with mortgages. Many times people get back letters from the banks with some of the information but then a note saying "other information is privileged information."... I can not impress enough that people need to send out the RESPA letter that I have on the page no matter where you are with your mortgage, behind or not.


Magnesium and Diabetes | This Mineral Could Halt Diabetes
Natural Society - There is actually a magnesium and diabetes connection, with research showing that magnesium may play an integral role in helping prevent type 2 diabetes. A study led by Dr. Ka from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has found a surprising relationship between magnesium and type 2 diabetes. The study discovered that individuals who ingested the highest amount of magnesium from foods and vitamin supplements slashed their risk of diabetes more so than those who consumed it in lower amounts.

Fenugreek: nature's aphrodisiac
(NaturalNews) (NaturalNews) Fenugreek, who's name means "ram's horn clover," is an herb that has been used by many cultures for its medicinal properties. It has been shown to be effective in treating everything from loss of appetite to digestive disorders to diabetes. However, it is particularly noted for its ability to improve sexual performance in men. Researchers are not entirely sure how it works, but it is thought to increase male hormones by releasing saponins. Saponins are phytochemicals found in many plants that carry an abundance of health benefits.

How to Improve Your Eyesight – 4 Natural Ways to Enhance Vision
Natural Society - Our eyes require a number of key nutrients to properly function. Without proper intake of these nutrients, some of the other implemented techniques on how to improve your eyesight may not suffice, and poor vision may follow. For sharper vision, incorporate these dietary powerhouses into your daily nutritional regimen.

Disturbing trend: family doctors giving out anti-depressants like candy
(NaturalNews) A study published in the journal Health Affairs analyzes trends between the years 1996-2007 and suggests that many Americans have come to expect mental health care from their family doctor. Ten percent of doctor visits in the U.S. result in a prescription for anti-depressant or medication, not to mention anti-anxiety medication, another popular fix. Worse, less than half of those millions and millions of people were screened for a mental health disorder. In other words, doctors are giving out these drugs without taking the time to make a diagnosis. Related article: Prescription anxiety drug abuse tied to rising number of deaths...

Overdosed: Over 25% of Kids on Prescription Drugs
Activist Post - A report released by Medco Health Solutions Inc., the biggest U.S. pharmacy-benefit manager, shows that over 25% of children and teens are involved with taking prescription medications – although that number may have risen over the past couple years. Based on the company’s data from 2009, 7% of U.S. children are on a shocking two or more drugs. Despite the alarming amount of children being fed prescription medication, many of these drugs were intended or tested for only adult use.

Vitamin D in pregnancy may help prevent childhood obesity
(NaturalNews) A recent study of vitamin D levels in pregnant women has revealed a remarkable finding. Children born to women with a lower vitamin D level during pregnancy have increased body fat later in childhood compared to those children whose mothers have a higher vitamin D level.

Health benefits of breastfeeding are real - Here's the scientific proof
(NaturalNews) The cover of Time Magazine last week had a picture of a woman nursing her three-year-old child to raise awareness of breastfeeding and get people talking about it. It worked, perhaps better than they anticipated. The tactic was employed and completely justified because breastfeeding rates in America are very low, due to our weird American hang-ups that can't reconcile the dual purposes of breasts. As Dr. Sears said, the real purpose of the human breast is for nurturing a child, not selling cars and beer.

Science & Technology

'Likejacking': Spammers Hit Social Media
Business Week - Spammers create as many as 40 percent of the accounts on social-media sites, according to Risher. About 8 percent of messages sent via social pages are spam, approximately twice the volume of six months ago, he says. Spammers use the sharing features on social sites to spread their messages. Click on a spammer’s link on Facebook (FB), and it may ask you to “like” or “share” a page, or to allow an app to gain access to your profile.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Exposed: Monsanto planted GM alfalfa before USDA approved it, federal agency knew all along
(NaturalNews) A little more than a year ago, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) made the disastrous decision to deregulate Monsanto's Roundup-Ready alfalfa, even though the agency's sham of an environmental impact report failed to prove that GM alfalfa is at all safe or necessary. It has now come to light that Monsanto released GM alfalfa into the wild years before it was initially deregulated in 2005 -- and the USDA was apparently fully aware of this, but did nothing about it.

Big Food's 9 dirty secrets you should know about
(NaturalNews) Last year, Big Ag and the food industry in general had successfully lobbied legislation in some states to prohibit undercover photos and videos from being taken of factory farming livestock scenarios and disallowed mainstream media outlets from receiving and displaying those photos or videos. Fortunately, the outcry from many different sources, including mainstream media,

Pet News

Why Give Antibiotics When This Natural Supplement Works Just as Well?
Dr. Becker - Holistic veterinarians and knowledgeable pet owners have long understood the healing and health maintenance properties of probiotics. However, the traditional veterinary community has lagged far behind in accepting probiotics as a beneficial treatment for a variety of gastrointestinal and other conditions.

Today in History - Wednesday - May 30, 2012
1783 - The first daily newspaper was published in the U.S. by Benjamin Towner called "The Pennsylvania Evening Post"
1814 - The First Treaty of Paris was declared, which returned France to its 1792 borders.
1848 - W.G. Young patented the ice cream freezer.
1854 - The U.S. territories of Nebraska and Kansas were established.
1868 - Memorial Day was observed widely for the first time in the U.S.
1879 - William Vanderbilt renamed New York City's Gilmore’s Garden to Madison Square Garden.
1883 - Twelve people were trampled to death in New York City in a stampede when a rumor that the Brooklyn Bridge was in danger of collapsing occurred.
1889 - The brassiere was invented.
1896 - The first automobile accident occurred in New York City.
1912 - The U.S. Marines were sent to Nicaragua to protect American interests.
1913 - The First Balkan War ended.
1921 - The U.S. Navy transferred the Teapot Dome oil reserves to the Department of the Interior.
1922 - The Lincoln Memorial was dedicated in Washington, DC.
1943 - American forces secured the Aleutian island of Attu from the Japanese during World War II.
1958 - Unidentified soldiers killed in World War II and the Korean conflicts were buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
1967 - The state of Biafra seceded from Nigeria and Civil war erupted.
1971 - Mariner 9, the American deep space probe blasted off on a journey to Mars.
1981 - In Chittagong, Bangladesh, President Ziaur Rahman was assassinated.
1982 - Spain became the 16th NATO member. Spain was the first country to enter the Western alliance since West Germany in 1955.
1983 - Peru's President Fernando Belaunde Terry declared a state of emergency and suspended civil rights after bombings by leftist rebels.
1989 - The "Goddess of Democracy" statue (33 feet height) was erected in Tiananmen Square by student demonstrators.
1996 - Britain's Prince Andrew and the former Sarah Ferguson were granted an uncontested decree ending their 10-year marriage.
1997 - Jesse K. Timmendequas was convicted in Trenton, NJ, of raping and strangling a 7-year-old neighbor, Megan Kanka. The 1994 murder inspired "Megan's Law," requiring that communities be notified when sex offenders move in.
1998 - A powerful earthquake hit northern Afghanistan killing up to 5,000.
2003 - Peter Jennings was sworn in as a U.S. citizen.

World News

Anger over Lagarde's tax-free salary
The Independent - The IMF chief Christine Lagarde was accused of hypocrisy yesterday after it emerged that she pays no income tax – just days after blaming the Greeks for causing their financial peril by dodging their own bills. The managing director of the International Monetary Fund is paid a salary of $467,940 (£298,675), automatically increased every year according to inflation. On top of that she receives an allowance of $83,760 – payable without "justification" – and additional expenses for entertainment, making her total package worth more than the amount received by US President Barack Obama according to reports last night.

US troops imitate invasion of Iran with Arab allies
RT - Around 12,000 troops from more than 19 nations are wrapping up a massive military training drill in the Middle East.... Speaking of a drill assumed to be a mockup of a raid on Syria, Major General. Awni el-Edwan, Chief of staff of the Jordanian Operations and Training Armed Forces, says, “The exercise is not connected to any real world event,” reports CNN. “This has nothing to do with Syria. We respect the sovereignty of Syria. There is no tension between the Syrians and us. Our objectives are clear.” Others, however, say that the intentions of the Eager Lion 2012 drills are obvious.

American Commandos On the Ground in North Korea?
Activist Post - In yet another effort of the United States to expand its sphere of influence as well as possibly trigger a nuclear war, it has been reported that American Special Forces commandos, alongside South Korean Special Forces have been parachuting into North Korea under the guise of gathering intelligence about the North’s underground military installations.

Dead on arrival? Dutch Parliament kills ACTA before EU vote
RT - Lawmakers in Holland have voted to strike down the international Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), slammed by many as a free speech and information access choker. Dutch MPs have also ruled the government will never sign any such agreement.

UN Creates New, More Powerful Global Environmental Agency
Occupy Corporatism - The UN Environmental Program (UNEP) will be promoted to “specialized agency” with a new title, UN Environment Organization (UNEO). The UNEO will prop up the Sustainable Development division of the UN. The same agency that disseminates Agenda 21 policies to governments will be centralized into a global agency with powerful international backing.

Japan and China to start direct currency trading on Friday
Japan Today - Japan and China will start direct currency trading this week, Tokyo said Tuesday, the first time Beijing has let a major unit other than the dollar swap with the yuan. The move, which will scrap the greenback as an intermediary unit, comes as China introduces measures as part of a long-term goal of internationalizing its currency to rival the dollar.

Poland beekeepers kick Monsanto out of the hive, successfully ban bee-killing GM corn
(NaturalNews) A significant health freedom victory has taken place in the European nation of Poland, where all plantings of Monsanto's MON810, a genetically-modified (GM) variety of maize (corn) that produces its own built-in Bt insecticide in every kernel, have been officially banned. The decision comes after thousands of protesters recently took to the streets in demonstration of the undeniable fact that both MON810 and the chemicals applied to it are at least partially responsible for causing Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), the worldwide phenomenon in which entire swarms of honey bees disappear or turn up dead.

Obama opens door to Africa for Monsanto
(NaturalNews)Last week President Barack Obama announced a plan that puts Monsanto, as well as other large argi-businesses, in charge of increasing food supplies to malnourished regions in Africa. The Grow Africa Partnership is a part of the Obama administration's plan to end hunger in Africa. While $3 billion dollars in commitments have already been secured by Monsanto and its peers, the local organic farmers in Africa have largely been left out of the program.

VIDEO: Broadcast on Fukushima: “If anything happens, this is not just about the end of Japan, probably start of the end of the world”
ENENews - Shin-ichi Sano, Author: The world had not choice but to pay attention. People have said that we must gather expertises from around the world in order to solve the current problem. Regarding Fukushima, this has to happen, don’t you think? Indeed. As you say, there is no time for silly arguments. If anything happens, this is not just about the end of Japan, probably start of the end of the world. I would like them to realize that we are in such crisis situation.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

VIDEO: Judge Napolitano Talks About Obama’s “Kill List” - ‘Congress Should Do Something About It’
FOX News - On today’s Studio B, Judge Napolitano broke down the New York Times’ release of President Obama’s so-called “kill list.” He expressed discomfort at Obama’s newly revealed list of alleged Al Qaeda suspects, saying, “Look, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison would be turning in their graves if they thought that the Constitution that they brought forth permitted the president to become a killer.”

Congress Is Forcing The Army To Buy 33 Battle Tanks It Doesn't Even Want
Business Insider - The Senate Armed Service Committee (SASC) has just approved its $631.4 billion version of a bill to authorize the new defense budget. And the M1A1 Abrams — a main battle tank made by General Dynamics — is on the shopping list.... the Senate committee wants to authorize $91 million for 33 new M1 Abrams tanks. The House agrees. But the Army says it doesn't have any use for them.

US reportedly plans to arm Italy’s drones
WSJ - The Obama administration plans to arm Italy's fleet of Reaper drone aircraft, a move that could open the door for sales of advanced hunter-killer drone technology to other allies, according to lawmakers and others familiar with the matter. The sale would make Italy the first foreign country besides Britain to fly U.S. drones armed with missiles and laser-guided bombs. U.S. officials said Italy intends initially to deploy the armed drones in Afghanistan.

17-Year-Old Girl Included On Obama’s Secret ‘Kill List’
Paul Joseph Watson - President Barack Obama’s unconstitutional secret ‘kill list’ includes a 17-year-old girl along with several American citizens, according to a New York Times report.... “In the USA, it is illegal to impose executions on people under 18, something that most Democrats would support, I suppose. Yet, their vaunted president, Barack Obama, has declared that a 17-year-old girl is to be gunned down if American spies can find her,” writes Bill Anderson.

20 Signs That Society Is Breaking Down And That America Has Been Overrun By Psychos
American Dream - In order for a society to function successfully, people need to be able to trust one another. Unfortunately, we are rapidly getting to the point where it is very difficult to trust anyone and society is breaking down. Just think about it. Do you trust most politicians? Do you trust most lawyers? Do you trust most bankers? Do you trust the police? As you will read about below, even doctors are going absolutely bonkers these days. So if the “upper crust” of society cannot even be trusted, then what about everyone else?

VIDEO: Pro-life group’s hidden camera footage shows complicity in ‘sex-selective’ abortions
Daily Caller - “In this video, what is astounding is that Rebecca, the Planned Parenthood counselor, starts arranging with the actor about how to get a late-term abortion,” Rose said. “To wait until her pregnancy is so developed that — and using Medicaid for this, using the state to pay for the ultrasound to determine the gender, and then to do a late term abortion if it was a little girl.”

2012 Election News

VIDEO: Ben Swann: Mitt Romney Did Not Win The Nomination
Ben Swann Reality Check takes a look at whether Mitt Romney has won the Republican nomination with his primary win in Texas.

Ron Paul Still On Top In Military Donations
Liberty Crier - For Ron Paul’s strict adherence to the Constitution, his non-interventionist foreign policy and for the fact that he is the only veteran running for president, veterans have overwhelmingly supported Ron Paul’s candidacy during the past year. See the graphic....

Texas Primary Results

Washington State Convention - May 30-June 2 - Open Thread
Daily Paul - The Washington state convention convenes tomorrow and adjourns on Friday. 40 delegates are being elected, 30 by congressional district and 10 at-large. Make sure you attend if you are a delegate or alternate, you may be seated!

VIDEO: Reality Check: Republican Party Winning The Battle But Losing The War?
FOX19 - With the Texas primary now behind us, many reports from across the media landscape are announcing that Mitt Romney has secured the Republican nomination. But is that entirely true? If it is, why is the Republican leadership imploding in a number of states.

YouTube: Hey Banksters: We Are Fully Awake
Memorial Day 2012: To the International Banksters, We the people know your crimes. We mourn the fallen heroes you took from us through your contrived wars. But we celebrate the heroes who are still with us. Heroes like Dr. Ron Paul who have the courage to stand against you. And like Dr. Paul, we the people stand against you - We stand for Liberty. We are fully awake. Voice Over: Mike Rivero.

Follow The Money Trail: An Analysis Of The Top Donors For Each Presidential Candidate
From the Trenches - A Short Analysis of the Top Donors for each Presidential Candidate. NOTE: These are individual donors, and don’t include super-PACS. When you make a political donation, you have to state what company you work for, and that is how this is compiled. These are not the companies themselves donating, but the individuals who work for those companies.

VIDEO: President Romney, Secretary of State Lieberman and War Against Iran
Kurt Nimmo - Obama or Romney? Both will attack Iran after the election. “The world is not safe,” Romney told veterans in San Diego. He said “social needs” must be sacrificed on the altar of war and never ending military spending. It is the duty of Americans “to commit to preserve America as the strongest military in the world, second to none, with no comparable power anywhere in the world.

It's none of the government's business!
WND - The use of nosy questionnaires by the public schools has been a bone of contention between schools and parents for years, but New Jersey recently came up with a question that has parents up in arms. Third-graders were asked on a standardized test to reveal a secret about their lives and explain why it is hard to keep.... It’s not just school kids who are the victims of nosy questionnaires. The U.S. government has zeroed in on 250,000 Americans and demanded that they answer nearly a hundred nosy questions about their living and work arrangements and habits. This is called the American Community Survey questionnaire, and the cover letter states ominously, “You are required by U.S. law to respond to this survey.” Here are some of the questions...

Veteran News

SONG: Teardrops Of Blood
Title song from: "Homeless In America".

Meet Bill: The 91-Year-Old Decorated WWII Veteran Targeted By Florida Governor Rick Scott’s Voter Purge
ThinkProgress - Three weeks ago, Bill received a letter from Broward County Florida stating “[Y]ou are not a U.S. Citizen” and therefore, ineligible to vote. He was given the option of requesting “a hearing with the Supervisor of Elections, for the purpose of providing proof that you are a United States citizens” or forfeit his right to vote. This decorated World War II veteran is just one of hundreds of fully eligible U.S. citizens being targeted by Governor Scott’s massive voter purge just prior to this year’s election, according to data obtained from Florida election officials by ThinkProgress.


Fukushima, Washington Hides ‘Black Swan’ of Economic Collapse
Beacon Equity - Due to increasing reports of nuclear contamination found in pollen across the U.S. West Coast, babies with elevated becquerel levels of nearly 10 times normal (presumably from mother’s milk), and a statistically unusual number of children with flu-like symptoms who won’t respond to conventional medical protocol, the truth about Fukushima could easily break out into a national panic significant enough to trigger an economic collapse of the U.S. economy and dollar, according to [Nuked Radio host Christina] Consolo.

YouTube: Churches rush in to fill food stamp gap!
Published on May 29, 2012 by WRHappened. The food stamp money does not last all the way through the month. So children go to school hungry! Here is how two churches here in Hawaii are trying to bridge the gap.

3 Years After Taxpayer Bailout, Bank of America Ships Jobs Overseas
Mother Jones - Bank of America, which last fall announced plans to lay off 30,000 workers, is about to go on a hiring spree—overseas. America's second-largest bank is relocating its business-support operations to the Philippines, according to a high-ranking Filipino government official recently quoted in the Filipino press. The move, which includes a portion of the bank's customer service unit, comes less than three years after Bank of America received a $45 billion federal bailout.

Housing Market

City law freezes foreclosures in Washington DC - The Washington, D.C. foreclosure system remains frozen 18 months after the city council passed a law that made it possible to void a future filing.... In D.C., [Ricardo] Lasso [a real estate attorney] said the way the ordinance is written, homeowners could void a foreclosure based on even the slightest errors. "One of the most amazing things is you can void the foreclosure if the notice is mailed using the wrong envelope. They have a required type of envelope. If you don't use the right color, that is enough ground to make the foreclosure voidable," Lasso said. "That's just an example."

Energy & Environment

Factory Farms Produce 100 Times More Waste than U.S. Population
Activist Post - If you thought you were a major contributor to pollution, just wait until you hear this. Factory farms produce 100 times more waste than every single person in the United States combined. The amount of waste produced by these factories is in such mass quantities that it is virtually impossible to clean up properly. Much of this waste is dumped into the water supply, drastically increasing overall water pollution as well as contributing to the pollution found in drinking water.

Groundwater Depletion Threatens Food Security in California, Texas
AUSTIN, Texas — The nation's food supply may be vulnerable to rapid groundwater depletion from irrigated agriculture, according to a new study by researchers at The University of Texas at Austin and elsewhere.

Bilderberg’s Syngenta Settles After Contaminating U.S. Water Supply
Aaron Dykes The Swiss-based GMO company Syngenta settled a class action lawsuit for some $105 million over the dangers posed by its gender-bending herbicide Atrazine. Water utilities in the U.S. Midwest sued over alleged contamination resulting from Syngenta’s weed killer Atrazine, which leaked into systems and potentially affected the drinking supply of some 52 million Americans in more than 2,000 water districts, according to the Wall Street Journal.... Competitor to Monsanto, Syngenta’s CEO Martin Taylor (and former Barclays Bank CEO) is a frequently and typically annual attendee at Bilderberg conferences.


Radioactive bluefin tuna crossed the Pacific to US
Across the vast Pacific, the mighty bluefin tuna carried radioactive contamination that leaked from Japan's crippled nuclear plant to the shores of the United States 6,000 miles away -- the first time a huge migrating fish has been shown to carry radioactivity such a distance. "We were frankly kind of startled," said Nicholas Fisher, one of the researchers reporting the findings online Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The levels of radioactive cesium were 10 times higher than the amount measured in tuna off the California coast in previous years.

Black tea lowers deadly triglyceride levels by forty percent to slash heart disease risk
(NaturalNews) Researchers from the US and Scotland have released the details of a study published in the journal Preventive Medicine that shows consumption of three cups of black tea daily can lower dangerous blood fat triglycerides by 36% and the predictive LDL to HDL cholesterol ratio by 17 percent, significantly improving cardiovascular health. The study authors noted "Moderate intake of black tea improves the levels of independent risk factors of cardiovascular disease and antioxidant defenses in plasma."

FDA tests Adya Clarity, confirms high level of aluminum, multiple label violations
(NaturalNews) NaturalNews has once again confirmed that the US Food and Drug Administration is, indeed, investigating Adya, Inc. The FDA even directed its Detroit office to obtain a sample of the Adya Clarity product which was then sent to its Seattle laboratory to undergo lab tests and a label review. We can now reveal that the FDA confirmed the high aluminum content in Adya Clarity and has concluded that Adya Clarity has numerous label violations that have already attracted regulatory attention at the agency.

4 Natural Liver Cleansing Foods
Natural Society - Often assaulted with toxic substances like high-fructose corn syrup, which can ‘overburden’ the liver and subsequently lead to complications, it is very likely that your liver has experienced at least some degree of damage due to dietary and environmental factors. In fact, the only way to avoid the buildup of toxins in the liver would be to eat a nearly perfect diet free of additives, fillers, modified ingredients, or chemicals — virtually the opposite of the average American diet, which critically lacks any liver cleansing foods. Thankfully, it is very possible to repair your liver naturally and help release excessive toxin buildup through the power of healing foods.

Turmeric Among Natural Cures for Sinus Infection
Natural Society - According to CDC statistics, it is estimated that 29.8 million adults suffered from sinus infection, or sinusitis in 2010. This infection of the sinuses causes individuals to experience trouble breathing, and can often be painful. Luckily, there are a number of natural cures for sinus infection, with turmeric being one of them. Turmeric is an amazing spice widely used for it’s medicinal and healing properties, and has been shown to treat an array of health conditions thanks to it’s anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antibiotic properties.

Media Continues Skin Cancer Scare by Vilifying Natural Sunlight, Vitamin D
Activist Post - What is one of the biggest threats to health today according to the mainstream media? It’s not the fact that mercury is present in a wide majority of the processed food supply, or even the fact that excessive amounts of radioactive waste is now admitted to have heavily contaminated the Pacific Ocean. No, the number one villain according to the mainstream media is natural sunlight — the very same sunlight that generates vitamin D upon coming into contact with your skin. Related article: Vitamin D 'may help slow ageing'.

Before vaccinating your children, demand your doctor sign this form
(NaturalNews) Building upon an earlier template originally developed by Ken Anderson from, has come up with an ingenious waiver form called the Physician's Warranty of Vaccine Safety that every parent needs to read and consider before even thinking about vaccinating a child. If vaccines are abundantly safe for young children, as we are all repeatedly told, then no doctor should have a problem signing a Physician's Warranty of Vaccine Safety declaring a number of things to be true, or not true, about vaccines.

The Health Benefits of Strawberries
Natural Society - For starters, strawberries are quite rich in fiber. Fiber enables digestion to work properly, which is essential for proper immune function. After all, your gut health has been repeatedly linked to everything from obesity to mental illness. In addition, fiber can also reduce overeating and lead to healthy fat loss. In addition, strawberries contain beneficial chemicals known as phenols. These phenols have a variety of effects on the body, including their ability to induce the production of antioxidants in the body.

The superfood power of goji berries
(NaturalNews) Goji berries have all 18 amino acids as well as mega doses of vitamin A (beta carotene), B1, B2, B6 and vitamin E. Goji berries contain more vitamin C by weight than any other food on Earth. Goji berries also contain more iron than spinach as well as 21 other key trace minerals. Goji's are extremely rich in the unique phytonutrient anti-oxidants lutein and zeaxanthin, which are some of the most important nutrients for healthy eyes and nervous system.

Science & Technology

Security backdoor found in China-made US military chip
Information Age - A microchip used by the US military and manufactured in China contains a secret “backdoor” that means it can be shut off or reprogrammed without the user knowing, according to researchers at Cambridge University’s Computing Laboratory.

YouTube: CyberTerrrorism Fear Mongering Eroding Online Privacy
RT -The looming threat of cyberterrorism is being ramped up by the day-from government officials to mainstream media pundits-who say that cyberterror will soon outweigh terrorism as the number one security threat facing the United States.

Google now gets 250k copyright takedown requests EACH WEEK
The Register - Google's updated Transparency Report said that Microsoft is responsible for issuing the largest number of takedown requests from a single organization. It asked for 543,378 individual links to be removed from Google's search results in the past month and nearly two million in the past year. The British Recorded Music Industry (BPI), which represents many major recording companies, made 190,621 last month and 923,880 in total over the past year.


Today in History - Tuesday - May 29, 2012
1721 - South Carolina was formally incorporated as a royal colony.
1790 - Rhode Island became the last of the original thirteen colonies to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
1827 - The first nautical school opened in Nantucket, MA, under the name Admiral Sir Isaac Coffin’s Lancasterian School.
1848 - Wisconsin became the 30th state to join the United States.
1849 - A patent for lifting vessels was granted to Abraham Lincoln.
1910 - An airplane raced a train from Albany, NY, to New York City. The airplane pilot Glenn Curtiss won the $10,000 prize.
1911 - The first running of the Indianapolis 500 took place.
1912 - Fifteen women were dismissed from their jobs at the Curtis Publishing Company in Philadelphia, PA, for dancing the Turkey Trot while on the job.
1916 - The official flag of the president of the United States was adopted.
1916 - U.S. forces invaded Dominican Republic and remained until 1924.
1922 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that organized baseball was a sport, not subject to antitrust laws.
1932 - World War I veterans began arriving in Washington, DC. to demand cash bonuses they were not scheduled to receive for another 13 years.
1951 - C.F. Blair became the first man to fly over the North Pole in single engine plane.
1953 - Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay became first men to reach the top of Mount Everest.
1962 - Buck (John) O’Neil became the first black coach in major league baseball when he accepted the job with the Chicago Cubs.
1973 - Tom Bradley was elected the first black mayor of Los Angeles.
1974 - U.S. President Nixon agreed to turn over 1,200 pages of edited Watergate transcripts.
1981 - The U.S. performed a nuclear test at the Nevada Test Site.
1986 - Colonel Oliver North told National Security Advisor William McFarlane that profits from weapons sold to Iran were being diverted to the Contras.
1988 - U.S. President Reagan began his first visit to the Soviet Union in Moscow.
1988 - NBC aired "To Heal A Nation," the story of Jan Scruggs' effort to build the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
1990 - Boris Yeltsin was elected president of the Russian republic by the Russian parliament.
1995 - The last 3 bodies were recovered from the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City.
1999 - Space shuttle Discovery completed the first docking with the International Space Station.
2000 - Fiji's military took control of the nation and declared martial law following a coup attempt by indigenous Fijians in mid-May.
2001 - In New York, four followers of Osama bin Laden were convicted of a global conspiracy to murder Americans. The crimes included the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa that killed 224 people.
2001 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that disabled golfer Casey Martin could use a cart to ride in tournaments.

World News

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood Joins US-Euro-Israeli Chorus for War in Syria
Activist Post - One would expect allegedly "outspoken" critics of the US and Israel to represent the antithesis of any joint US-Israeli foreign policy, especially when it involves mass-murdering large numbers of fellow Arabs to expand Western hegemony across the Middle East. Yet the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood has done the exact opposite, after a long campaign of feigned anti-American, anti-Israel propaganda during the Egyptian presidential run-up, the Muslim Brotherhood has joined US, European, and Israeli calls for an "international" intervention in Syria.

Hundreds Die as US-Backed Yemen Offensive Escalates - The fighting in the Abyan Province continues to escalate over the weekend, with Yemen’s military claiming “at least 62 militants” killed on Saturday alone, bringing the week-long toll to several hundred. Everyone slain has been officially labeled “al-Qaeda” by Yemen’s Defense Ministry, though in many cases they have been bombarding densely populated areas.

Meet ‘Flame’, The Massive Spy Malware Infiltrating Iranian Computers
Wired - A massive, highly sophisticated piece of malware has been newly found infecting systems in Iran and elsewhere and is believed to be part of a well-coordinated, ongoing, state-run cyberespionage operation. The malware, discovered by Russia-based anti-virus firm Kaspersky Lab, is an espionage toolkit that has been infecting targeted systems in Iran, Lebanon, Syria, Sudan, the Israeli Occupied Territories and other countries in the Middle East and North Africa for at least two years.

18,000 years in jail: Turkish court charges Israeli officers over Gaza flotilla deaths
RT - A Turkish judicial panel has unanimously approved demands for a sentence of combined 18,000 years behind bars for IDF ex-chief of staff and other officials responsible for the murders of activists on the Mavi Marmara cruise ship in 2010. The Istanbul court has formally pressed charges against four senior officers of the Israeli Defense Forces who commanded the operation against the Gaza flotilla two years ago. Nine passengers of a Turkish ship were killed as they tried to bring aid to Gaza, the subject of an Israeli military blockade.

'Black Out, Speak Out:' Canadian internet campaign targets 'undemocratic' bill
RT - A sweeping omnibus bill introduced last month to the Canadian parliament has been harshly condemned as “undemocratic.” Over 13,000 websites across Canada are planning to protest with a June 4 blackout to highlight their cause. Bill C-38 – otherwise known as the “Jobs, Growth and Long-Term Prosperity Act” – is a 425-page document that has been described by critics as “a statutory juggernaut.” What was submitted as a budget bill to the Canadian House of Commons will introduce, amend or repeal nearly 70 federal laws.

Powerful earthquake strikes Italy
RT - A 6.0-magnitude earthquake has struck Italy 51 kilometers north-east of the city of Parma at a depth of 9.6 kilometers. Twitter reports say the quake was felt throughout the north and buildings and schools have been evacuated. Hundreds of buildings were destroyed in the initial quake which was followed by several aftershocks.

BBC Caught In Syria Massacre Propaganda Hoax
Paul Joseph Watson - The British media has been caught yet again with its pants down in the effort to sell a NATO-led attack on Syria, with the revelation that BBC News used a years-old photo of dead Iraqi children to depict victims of an alleged government assault on the town of Houla.... The caption used by the BBC to describe the image stated that the picture was provided by an activist and “believed to show the bodies of children in Houla awaiting burial”. After the “mistake” was exposed, the BBC changed their original article but did not issue a retraction.

VIDEO: Panetta Says U.S. Now Ready to Attack Iran
Kurt Nimmo - On Sunday U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said the United States is “ready from a military perspective’’ to attack Iran under the guise of preventing it from obtaining nuclear weapons. Panetta’s comments arrive after the U.S. and members of the United Nations Security Council held talks in Baghdad on Iran’s supposed nuclear threat. “I think it was a complete failure, in terms of content,” an Iranian diplomat told McClatchy on Friday. “The more they talk, the worse it gets.”

Spent Fuel Rods Drive Growing Fear Over Plant in Japan
NY Times - The worries picked up new traction in recent days after the operator of the plant, Tokyo Electric Power Company, or Tepco, said it had found a slight bulge in one of the walls of the reactor building, stoking fears over the building’s safety. To try to quell such worries, the government sent the environment and nuclear minister to the plant on Saturday, where he climbed a makeshift staircase in protective garb to look at the structure supporting the pool, which he said appeared sound.

RFID Locator Chips Embedded In School Uniforms Keep Track Of Students In Brazil
Huffington Post - Grade-school students in a northeastern Brazilian city are using uniforms embedded with locator chips that help alert parents if they're cutting classes, the city's education secretary said Thursday. Twenty thousand students in 25 of Vitoria da Conquista's 213 public schools started using T-shirts with chips earlier this week, secretary Coriolano Moraes said by telephone. By 2013, all of the city's 43,000 public school students, aged 4 to 14, will be using the chip-embedded T-shirts, he added.

Sinister truth about Google spies: Street View cars stole information from British households but executives 'covered it up' for years
Daily Mail - They downloaded emails, text messages, photographs and documents from wi-fi networks as they photographed virtually every British road. It is two years since Google first admitted stealing fragments of personal data, but claimed it was a ‘mistake’. Now the full scale of its activities has emerged amid accusations of a cover-up after US regulators found a senior manager was warned as early as 2007 that the information was being captured as its cars trawled the country but did nothing.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Where’s the lawman to run Obama out of town?
WND - The U.K.’s Lord Christopher Monckton, known internationally for his climate-change skepticism, is calling on those still skeptical about Barack Obama’s eligibility to be president to put their money where their mouth is and back Arpaio’s ongoing Cold Case Posse investigation into the current occupant of the Oval Office.

Chicago police want their money for working during NATO Summit
RT - The Fraternal Order of Police has now filed a grievance against the city’s management because Chicago administrators show no sign of compensating police officers on duty during the demonstration with overtime, despite some cops working a week straight on the clock.

Senate panel backs $631 billion in defense spending
Reuters - The Senate Armed Services Committee approved a defense policy bill that would authorize a base Pentagon budget of $525.8 billion along with $88.2 billion for the Afghanistan war and other overseas operations. The panel also authorized $17.3 billion for Energy Department nuclear weapons programs. The measure - the National Defense Authorization Act - is expected to go to the full Senate in June at the earliest. After passage there, it would have to be reconciled with the version approved last week by the Republican-controlled House of Representatives before going to Obama for his signature. Related article: The Disturbing, Ludicrous Legislation...

United States Continuing to Overspend on Police, Despite Decreasing Crime Rates
Justice Policy Institute - Rethinking the Blues: How we police in the U.S. and at what cost, highlights the negative effects of over-policing by detailing how law enforcement efforts contribute to a criminal justice system that disconnects people from their communities, fills prisons and jails, and costs taxpayers billions. The report also highlights both alternatives to improve public safety and examples of effective community policing efforts.

VIDEO: Bilderberg 2012: Itinerary and Radio Appearances (Updated)
Intel Hub - The Intel Hub will be providing LIVE updates and streaming video footage on our U-Stream channel, as well as uploading content fresh to YouTube and providing real-time updates on’s main page and the Bilderberg 2012 page.

ATF to accept public comments prior to outlawing shotguns
Greeley Gazette - The ATF completed a study regarding the importability of certain shotguns. The basis for a possible ban is based on a loosely defined “Sporting Purpose” test. Using the vague definition almost all pump-action and semi-automatic shotguns could be banned as they are all capable of accepting a magazine, box or tube capable of holding more than 5 rounds. Other characteristics determined to be “military” by the ATF can also be used as a basis for a ban.... The ATF is currently allowing public comments on the study until the end of the month. Those wishing to express concerns about the study can send an email to

U.S. steps up deportation efforts for criminal immigrants
LA Times - Immigration and Customs Enforcement increases the number of agents responsible for finding and deporting illegal immigrants with criminal records. Critics, including some within the agency, denounce the push as a political stunt.

Catholic Priest Removed Over Sex Abuse Allegations is Now a TSA Supervisor
Intel Hub - Harkins now supervises the security checkpoint between Terminals D and E in Philadelphia International Airport.... CBS 3 of Philadelphia’s so-called “I-Team” has uncovered that Harkins – who now holds what they call “a sensitive security post at Philadelphia International Airport” – was a Catholic priest at churches in South New Jersey until 2002. The Diocese of Camden removed him from the position after they determined that he sexually abused two young girls and a new lawsuit filed by a third woman alleges that she was also victimized by Harkins.

2012 Election News

Win South Dakota Ron Paul Moneybomb
On June 5th, 2012, registered Republicans in South Dakota will vote in the Republican presidential primary. Recently, the official Ron Paul campaign announced it will fully channel its financial resources and staff to delegate and convention operations instead of upcoming primary states, like South Dakota. Consequently, it's up to grassroots supporters of Dr. Paul and his message, to carry the torch and deliver a strong showing on June 5th.

446 delegates at stake in 1 week
Daily Paul - We can take the state conventions on June 2nd if we are organized.... On June 5th we need the focus to be on delegates! We need poll volunteers to blanket the states.

FREE Candidate Comparison Sheet Handout "Honest Ron" Paul vs Mitt Romney

YouTube: Ron Paul’s Texas Straight Talk
Ron Paul's weekly update May 28, 2012: The Egregious Ex-Patriot Act Has No Place in a Free Society.

Poll: 93% Have A Favorable Opinion Of Ron Paul
Political - The mainstream media continue to discount Ron Paul as a factor in the race for the 2012 Republican nomination, even though he and his supporters could become contenders when the convention meets in August. Based on our poll results, 93% of voters (comprised of high percentages of Democrats, Republicans and Independents) believe he is qualified to serve as the next president. Additionally, 79% think he made the right decision to join the race for the Republican nomination.

Veterans Give Romney Big Lead Over Obama (?)
U.S. veterans, about 13% of the adult population and consisting mostly of older men, support Mitt Romney over Barack Obama for president by 58% to 34%, while nonveterans give Obama a four-percentage-point edge. NOTE: They purposely left out Ron Paul!

YouTube: Ron Paul Versus Multiple Mitt Romney

YouTube: Lawyers Have Confirmed What We Knew The Whole Time! All Delegates Are Unbound!
Published on May 25, 2012 by Mat Larson.

YouTube: Ron Paul – Ignore, Laugh, Fight, Winning 2012
“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you , then you win”. First they black you out (Fox News), then they humiliate you (Mox News), then they fight you (Everyone), then you win (Ron Paul).

Veteran News

YouTube: Remember: An alternative view of Memorial Day

War machine smoke: Nearly half new US vets seek disability benefits
RT - More US soldiers than ever are surviving oversees deployments, but the injuries sustained in Afghanistan and Iraq mean 45 per cent of the new vets are seeking disability benefits. In the long run the compensation may cost Americans up to $1 trillion. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have produced some 1.6 million veterans – 720,000 of them (45 per cent) are now seeking service-related compensation. Each one of them claims an average of eight to nine ailments.

US veterans face financial ruin waiting for benefits from overburdened VA
(NaturalNews) We depend on them to protect our country, our lives, our freedom, our way of life. So why does our government continue to shortchange our veterans by chronically underfunding the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), especially at a time when our vets need the VA the most?

New shelter helps rising number of homeless female veterans
Washington Post - Officially, homeless female veterans number 3,328, a figure that doubled from 2006 to 2010, according to an estimate from the Government Accountability Office. The GAO says the data are incomplete and that the number is probably higher. Many of these homeless women are mothers, middle-aged or suffering from a disability.

Veteran Soldiers Become Novice Farmers - Soldiers returning from overseas to the economic stalemate at home are finding solace and jobs on farms across the country, thanks to the nonprofit Farmer-Veteran Coalition (FVC).... More than 130 veterans and active-duty service members have contacted the coalition, and about 30 are already on farms or in the process of starting their own farms.


CA CAFR shows $600 billion tax surplus, 1% criminals cover-up, demand ‘austerity’
Washington's Blog - Clint Richardson details California’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) to reveal $577 billion in Californian taxpayers’ investments. This public evidence makes Governor Brown’s claim of a ~$16 billion budget deficit with no option than “austerity” a criminal lie of omission. This is similar if the governor claimed the public checking account didn’t have enough money for our children’s schools while he covered-up a savings account with over 30 times the claimed shortage.

Google Trends: Fear Of Bank Runs Hits All Time High For Americans
Paul Joseph Watson - According to the latest figures out of Google Trends, Americans have been searching for the term “bank run” in record numbers in recent days, outstripping the level of concern displayed following the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008.... Financial experts have predicted that the failure of 300-500 U.S. banks would absorb all of the FDIC’s insurance funds. This is why there is a genuine fear that the FDIC is completely incapable of containing a run on the banks.

Many hospitals, doctors offer cash discount for medical bills
LA Times - ‘The lowest price is usually available only if patients don’t use their health insurance. In one case, blood tests that cost an insured patient $415 would have been $95 in cash.’ A Long Beach hospital charged Jo Ann Snyder $6,707 for a CT scan of her abdomen and pelvis after colon surgery. But because she had health insurance with Blue Shield of California, her share was much less: $2,336.... If she hadn't used her insurance, her bill would have been even lower, just $1,054.

Energy & Environment

CNN: All 15 bluefin tuna samples off California had Fukushima
ENENews - Tissue samples taken from 15 bluefin caught in August, five months after the meltdowns at Fukushima Daiichi, all contained reactor byproducts cesium-134 and cesium-137 at levels that produced radiation about 3% higher than natural background sources... "There were fish born around the time of the accident, and those are the ones showing up in California right now," he said. "Those have been, for the most part, swimming around in those contaminated waters their whole lives."


Scientists Recommend Dangerous Antipsychotic Drugs to Treat Cancer
Activist Post - Scientists are claiming that according to their extensive research, which consisted of analyzing thousands of different drugs to determine if they possessed anti-cancer effects, it is Thiroridazine -- a “last resort” drug for schizophrenics -- that is now purported to kill cancer stem cells. Thioridazine is expected to be used to select and eradicate cancer stem cells that are found in leukemia and several other cancers such as breast, blood, brain, prostate, ovarian, lung and gastrointestinal.

McDonald’s Rejects Anti-Obesity Campaign, ‘Proud’ of ‘Responsible’ Menu
Activist Post - After shareholders proposed altering the McDonald’s menu to help cut down on climbing obesity rates, particularly childhood obesity rates, it was quickly rejected by both the corporate board and retiring Chief Executive Jim Skinner.

10 common weeds that can heal you - This is a great graphic on how weeds – found in your own yard – can be used to help heal sicknesses, burns, sores and other ailments.

Eating Aluminum: Is It As Safe As Our Regulators Say?
GreenMedInfo - While there is no known physiologic need or positive biological role for aluminum in the human body, the FDA is perfectly content with the population it is charged with protecting eating it as a "food grade" additive. Technically, there are 8 forms of aluminum the government considers benign enough to receive GRAS, or Generally Recognized As Safe, status - a designation which basically exempts the substance from adequate safety testing.... Thankfully, when absolute avoidance is not possible, there are a few natural substances that have been demonstrated to have protective effects against aluminum toxicity.

Five things you can do to guard against Alzheimers
(NaturalNews) A study led by Dr. Patricia Boyle of Rush University Center in Chicago has concluded that people with greater life purpose maintained cognitive ability better than those who weren't leading a purposeful life.

Stoned To Death: Calcium Supplements Proven To Kill
GreenMedInfo - New research published this week in the journal Heart has confirmed the findings of two controversial studies on calcium supplementation and heart attack risk published in the British Medical Journal last year, and which found a 24-27% increased risk of heart attack for those who took 500 mg of elemental calcium a day.... The reality is that the habit of consuming inorganic, elemental calcium simply does not make sense.

Here's why kale is called the 'beef' of a plant-based diet
(NaturalNews) While there's no official definition of the term superfood, the generally implied idea is a fruit or vegetable that is particularly nutritious and beneficial to your overall health and wellness, with high phytonutrient content. By that definition, kale should have a spot in the top ten. If you want to be healthy, there's no avoiding the leafy green vegetables, and kale is one of the most nourishing. It is a good source of calcium, magnesium, vitamin A, vitamin C, fiber, iron, folic acid, amino acids, antioxidant flavonoids, and lutein. It is easy to prepare, versatile, and delicious....

7 GMO Products I Bet You Are Still Using - Since corn is one of the top 5 GM crops keeping her safe naturally keeps us away from a lot of GM food and products. What’s scary is the weird and unexpected places that have corn.

Is your couch giving you cancer?
(NaturalNews) You may not be aware of it, but hidden in your clothing, furniture and even electronics are toxic flame retardant chemicals that are increasingly being linked to neurological damage, endocrine disruption and cancer. And in a fascinating investigative series, Chicago Tribune reporters uncover the dirty secrets behind why these toxic chemicals continue to be used in consumer products -- despite their extreme toxicity -- and what you can do to help avoid them.... You can view the full report here.

Announcing the Morgellons Research Study
Activist Post Forum - Carnicom Institute is embarking on a first of its kind study of the Morgellons condition. Through the systematic collection of physiological data, this study aims to identify measurable characteristics of this illness. Carnicom Institute is currently seeking individuals who are willing to participate in this study. Those participating in the study will be the source of the data that is needed for our research.

Science & Technology

House to Consider Handing Over Internet Regulation to United Nations
Kurt Nimmo - China, Russia, Brazil, India and other UN members are backing a proposal to hand over regulation of the internet to the UN’s International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The House of Representatives will vote on the measure this week. It is reported that the legislation faces an uphill battle. The proposal would give the United Nations control over cybersecurity, data privacy, technical standards and the web address system.

Revealed: Hundreds of words to avoid using online if you don't want the government spying on you (and they include 'pork', 'cloud' and 'Mexico')
Daily Mail - The Department of Homeland Security has been forced to release a list of keywords and phrases it uses to monitor social networking sites and online media for signs of terrorist or other threats against the U.S.... Released under a freedom of information request, the information sheds new light on how government analysts are instructed to patrol the internet searching for domestic and external threats.

TV Networks Say You're Breaking The Law When You Skip Commercials
EFF - Television networks are having a busy month trying to stamp out new TV-watching technology, including telling a court that skipping a commercial while watching a recorded show is illegal. Yesterday, Fox, NBC, and CBS all sued Dish Network over its digital video recorder with automatic commercial-skipping. The same networks, plus ABC, Univision, and PBS, are gearing up for a May 30 hearing in their cases against Aereo, a New York startup bringing local broadcast TV to the Internet.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Ten reasons dehydration is a great tool to preserve and store food
(NaturalNews) There are three basic ways to preserve food for the winter or even for a 'rainy day' - freezing, canning, and dehydrating. There are great benefits to each, but for someone wishing to really boost their preparedness, dehydration is hard to beat.

ACTION ALERT: Bees are still dying. Urge Congress to step up!
Beyond Pesticides - We joined beekeepers and partners in filing a legal petition that calls on EPA to suspend registration the bee-killing pesticide clothianidin. Tell Congress to act!

Pet News

VIDEO: If Your Dog is Coughing or Gagging, This Could Be Why
Dr. Becker - Ordinarily, occasional coughing and gagging sounds aren't of grave concern. But if your dog's trachea is collapsing, quick action is required.


Stand By Me | Playing For Change | Song Around The World
Global Research TV - From the award-winning documentary, "Playing For Change: Peace Through Music", comes the first of many "songs around the world" being released independently. Featured is a cover of the Ben E. King classic by musicians around the world adding their part to the song as it travelled the globe.

Today in History - Monday - May 28, 2012
1774 - The First Continental Congress convened in Virginia.
1805 - Napoleon was crowned in Milan, Italy.
1863 - The first black regiment left Boston to fight in the U.S. Civil War.
1926 - Portuguese General da Costa took over in a coup.
1928 - Chrysler Corporation merged with Dodge Brothers, Inc.
1934 - The Dionne quintuplets were born near Callender, Ontario, to Olivia and Elzire Dionne. The babies were the first quintuplets to survive infancy.
1937 - U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt pushed a button in Washington, DC, signaling that vehicular traffic could cross the newly opened Golden Gate Bridge in California.
1940 - During World War II, Belgium surrendered to Germany.
1961 - Amnesty International, a human rights organization, was founded.
1976 - The Peaceful Nuclear Explosion Treaty was signed, limiting any nuclear explosion - regardless of its purpose - to a yield of 150 kilotons.
1985 - David Jacobsen, director of the American University Hospital in Beirut, Lebanon, was abducted by pro-Iranian kidnappers. Freed 17 months later.
1987 - Mathias Rust, a 19-year-old West German pilot, landed a private plane in Moscow's Red Square after evading Soviet air defenses. He was released August 3, 1988.
1996 - U.S. President Clinton's former business partners in the Whitewater land deal were convicted of fraud.
1998 - Pakistan matched India with five nuclear test blasts. The U.S., Japan and other nations imposed economic sanctions. Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said "Today, we have settled the score with India."
1998 - Dr. Susan Terebey discovered a planet outside of our solar system with the use of photos taken by the Hubble Space Telescope.
1999 - In Milan, Italy, Leonardo de Vinci's "The Last Supper" was put back on display after 22 years of restoration work.
2002 - Russia became a limited partner in NATO with the creation of the NATO-Russia Council.

In Honor Of Memorial Day, The Power Hour Will Be Closed Monday, May 28, 2012. News will resume as normal on Tuesday.
Memorial Day offers us a special opportunity to spend time remembering loved ones no longer with us....

Today in History - Friday - May 25, 2012
1787 - The Constitutional convention opened in Philadelphia with George Washington presiding.
1844 - The gasoline engine was patented by Stuart Perry.
1844 - The first telegraphed news dispatch, sent from Washington, DC, to Baltimore, MD, appeared in the Baltimore "Patriot."
1911 - President of Mexico, Porfolio Diaz, resigned his office.
1925 - John Scopes was indicted for teaching the Darwinian theory in school.
1927 - Ford Motor Company announced that the Model A would replace the Model T.
1946 - Jordan gained independence from Britain.
1953 - In Nevada, the first atomic cannon was fired.
1961 - America was asked by U.S. President Kennedy to work toward putting a man on the moon before the end of the decade.
1963 - The Organization of African Unity was founded, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
1968 - The Gateway Arch, part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in St. Louis, MO, was dedicated.
1970 - Boeing Computer Services was founded.
1977 - An opinion piece by Vietnam verteran Jan Scruggs appeared in "The Washington Post." The article called for a national memorial to "remind an ungrateful nation of what it has done to its sons" that had served in the Vietnam War.
1979 - An American Airlines DC-10 crashed during takeoff at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. 275 people were killed.
1985 - Bangladesh was hit with a hurricane and tidal wave that killed more than 11,000 people.
1986 - Approximately 7 million Americans participated in "Hands Across America."
1997 - In Sierra Leone a military coup overthrew the popularly elected President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah. He was replaced with Major Johnny Paul Koromah.
1997 - U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond became the longest-serving senator in U.S. history (41 years and 10 months).
1997 - Poland adopted a constitution that removed all traces of communism.
1999 - A report by the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on U.S. National Security and Military/Commercial Concerns with the People's Republic of China concluded that China had "stolen design information on the U.S. most-advanced thermonuclear weapons" and that China's penetration of U.S. weapons laboratories "spans at least the past several decades and almost certainly continues today."
2001 - Erik Weihenmeyer, 32, of Golder, CO, became the first blind climber to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
2001 - Sherman Bull, 64, of New Canaan, CT, became the oldest climber to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
2006 - In Houston, former Enron Corp. chiefs Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling were convicted of conspiracy and fraud for the downfall of Enron.
2008 - NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander landed in the arctic plains of Mars.
2009 - North Korea announced that it had conducted a second successful nuclear test in the province of North Hamgyong. The United Nations Security Council condemned the reported test.

World News

West African growth forecast slips on new crises: IMF
Reuters- A robust growth forecast for the West African Economic and Monetary Union will likely be dampened by new political turmoil in the region despite a post-war revival in Ivory Coast, a top International Monetary Fund official said on Thursday.

Israel takes back promise to Obama not to attack Iran before the election
RT - The Debka news agency quotes sources from America’s capital that say Israel has withdrawn its earlier promise to avoid striking Iran before the upcoming US presidential election this fall. The reason, reports Debka, heavily revolves around President Obama’s refusal to side with Israel’s demands in dealing with the rumored emerging threat of a nuclear program in Iran.

No money for you! US punishes Pakistan for sentencing doctor who helped catch bin Laden
RT - A day after Pakistan sentenced a doctor who helped catch Osama bin Laden to 33 years in prison, the US Senate retaliated – by docking $1 million for every year of the sentence from their Pakistan aid budget. The Senate Appropriations Committee already decided to slash the assistance budget to its oft-unreliable ally by 58% from last year, when Republican Senator Lindsey Graham proposed a symbolic and costly amendment.

Undercover US agents brought down our new Superjet: Russia’s extraordinary claim about crash which killed 45
Daily Mail - Spy sources in Moscow today made the astonishing claim that a US undercover operation may have sabotaged a new Russian Superjet plane that crashed in Indonesia two weeks ago. The aircraft was on a demonstration flight aimed at securing lucrative orders when it slammed into a mountain killing all 45 passengers and crew. 'We are investigating the theory that it was industrial sabotage,' a GRU military intelligence source said.

South Korea Warns North Korea of ‘Grave Consequences’ if North Tests Nukes
Korea Herald - South Korea on Thursday warned North Korea of "grave consequences" and new international sanctions if the North goes ahead with a nuclear test, with Seoul officials assuming that Pyongyang is technically ready to conduct a third nuclear test.

“5 Day Bank Holiday” To Prepare For Collapse of Euro
Paul Joseph Watson - In an article for the Financial Times entitled, We must break up the failing euro, former Bilderberg attendee Sir Martin Jacomb concedes that all efforts to rescue the euro have been in vain, calling for “all 17 members to decide at once to revert to national currencies.”... Jacomb, former chairman of Canary Wharf Group, argues that a “five day bank holiday” should be imposed to allow financial markets to absorb the shock of the collapse of the euro.

VIDEO: UN Says Radiation Levels are Safe, Despite Empirical Data on Fukushima
Activist Post - First the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) claimed that their research confirms Japanese milk and vegetables are safe for human consumption. They reported that radiation levels are below cancer-causing levels.... In opposition to WHO and IAEA’s claims are countless real world observational and empirical scientific data from a plethora of independent scientist and experts that assert the fallout from Fukushima has devastated not only the nation of Japan, but poisoned the entire planet.

B.C. law requires animal disease outbreak reports be kept secret under threat of massive fines
Daily Brew - We've all seen this TV scenario: Investigators are racing to track down the source of a deadly virus, or maybe a terrorist nuclear device, threatening a big city.... Freedom of information advocates are criticizing provisions of the province's new Animal Health Act which forbids anyone, including journalists, from reporting an animal disease outbreak.

Blatant Corruption Exposed as EU Blocks France’s Ban on Monsanto’s GMO Maize
Anthony Gucciardi - the European Union has decided to step in and re-secure Monsanto’s presence in the country... This should come as no surprise when considering the fact that the United States ambassador to France, a business partner to George W. Bush, stated back in 2007 that nations who did not accept Monsanto’s GMO crops will be ‘penalized’. In fact, ambassador Craig Stapleton went as far as to say that the nations should be threatened with military-styled trade wars.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Reward for Obama documents grows to $20,000
Daily Caller - There’s a growing interest in President Barack Obama’s obscured youth, his college education and his Chicago career — and now the financial incentive for people to provide interesting documentation has doubled to $20,000.

America’s newest cause of racial outrage: pizza
The Dallas, Texas-based Pizza Patrón chain will offer free pies on June 5 at all 104 of their nation-wide outlets. Yes, there is a catch, and while it might not seem all that strange to some, angry Americans are boycotting the eatery over the promotion. Pizza Patrón plans to give away 80,000 pies during the three hour window of the promotion, extending freebies to anyone that orders in Spanish.

10 Ways to Stop Being a Slave and Bring Down the Pyramids of Control
Activist Post - There are very real conspiracies in the world, and those conspiracies are always conducted by people "in the know" against those who are ignorant or naive of backroom machinations.

What If We Have Only Memories of Freedom?
Judge Andrew Napolitano: What if Memorial Day reminds us of times when we had more freedom? What if freedom is dying right under our eyes? What if the memory of the past is more fulfilling than the reality of the present?

Democrats revolt against Obama over TPP
RT - Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) introduced legislation on Wednesday that specifically targets the Obama administration by demanding that the White House open up on details about the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, a massive, international trade agreement that, if passed, would greatly affect consumers from coast-to-coast. The lawmaker isn’t alone in his opposition against the administration, either — more than 60 House Democrats and at least one Republican have objected to provisions of the TPP, and more are expected to line up as details are made public.

The Globalization of U.S. Special Operations Forces
IPS - It was recently reported that U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) commander Adm. Bill McRaven and Deputy Director of Operations Brig. Gen. Sean Mulholland want to establish a worldwide network linking special operations forces (SOF) of allied and partner nations to combat terrorism. If created, the network would comprise regional security coordination centres, organised and structured similarly to NATO SOF headquarters in Mons, Belgium.

VIDEO: Black Helicopters, Special Forces Train for RNC Police State
Kurt Nimmo - In Tampa on Wednesday, spectators watched as black helicopters and Special Operations Forces conducted a military drill in preparation for the RNC in August.... The mock battle was part of Building the Global SOF Partnership conference attended by delegates from 96 countries around the world, including Canada, Australia, Brazil, Columbia, Thailand, Norway, Poland and Jordan.

Spying and profiling Muslims in New Jersey is apparently fine
RT - New Jersey Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa finished his probe into a lengthy scandal involving the NYPD on Thursday and determined that the Big Apple’s boys in blue committed no wrongdoing by traveling across state lines and conducting clandestine surveillance of Muslims at venues that included community centers, places of worship and restaurants.

45 Signs That China Is Colonizing America
Michael Snyder (American Dream) - Just because you were once the most powerful nation on earth does not mean that you will always be the most powerful nation on earth. Every single year, hundreds of billions of dollars leaves the United States and goes to China.... We send them our money and then they use it to buy us. With each passing day China’s ownership over America grows, and it is frightening to think about where all of this could end.

Death row guinea pigs: Missouri uses untested drug for executions
RT - Missouri has chosen propofol – the drug that killed Michael Jackson – as its instrument for future lethal injections. Opponents say the drug has not been properly tested, and may cause suffering or even unsuccessful executions.

ATF Requests Records Of Gun Owners In Alaska
Paul Joseph Watson - Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) agents have been visiting gun shops in Alaska and asking for records of firearms sales, stoking fears that the federal agency is building a list of gun owners in the state.... It is illegal for the ATF to remove any material from a gun shop unless it is part of a criminal investigation. The requests for records have lead some to question whether the “ATF will create some sort of list or database of gun owners,” states the report.

Accused 9/11 planners want Obama, Bush to testify at Guantanamo trials
Miami Herald - Defense attorneys seeking to derail the trial of five men accused of orchestrating the Sept. 11 attacks are asking a military judge to order President Barack Obama and former president George W. Bush, Vice President Joe Biden, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham and Attorney General Eric Holder to testify at the Guantánamo war court.

VIDEO Police Stealing Bail Money?!
RT - Imagine someone you know being arrested and scrapingtogether all the money you can find in order to get them out on bail then bringingthat money to the police station, where they call in the Drug Task Force. It\'sthen confiscated because they say there is a presence of narcotics on the billsand you go home empty handed. This is what\'s happening based on civil assetforfeiture laws, which often serve to fill the coffers of local policedepartments. Radley Balko, senior writer and investigative reporter for theHuffington Post explains.

Californian cops to be fired for beating homeless man to death
RT - More than a year after they beat a disabled homeless man to death, three California police officers are expected to be fired from the force soon over their role in the killing of Kelly Thomas. Cpl. Jay Cicinelli and Officers Manuel Anthony Ramos and Joe Wolfe of the Fullerton Police Department all received letters this week from their superiors explaining the force’s intent to terminate their roles. They have ten days to respond with an appeal or else their titles will be revoked.

2012 Election News

YouTube: Watch and Learn: What America Has Become
Ron Paul; Is this America? Great speeches by Ron Paul, Adam Kokesh, and Andrew Napolitano. Is this the America we've known and loved? Is this the America we want to raise our children in? One candidate defies the status quo and will bring peace, prosperity, and freedom back to America. You know his name.

VIDEO: Massachusetts GOP Denies The Will Of The People; Rules Provisional Ballots Won't Be Counted
Daily Paul - The Massachusetts GOP has indicated that they intend to throw out provisional ballots cast by legally registered Republicans during the April 28th state wide caucus. The party printed these ballots, gave very precise and lengthy instructions on how they would be handled, and now they are throwing these votes away. Most likely these votes would have a positive effect on the Liberty candidates, so it is in their best interest to throw out these ballots. Some of the voters effected by this spent over 5 hours to cast their votes, only to see them thrown away.

Liberty Jam (Ron Paulstock) - May 26, 2012 Atlanta Georgia
Daily Paul - Liberty Jam is a fundraising event for the sponsorship of RonPaulStock. Saturday May 26th from 11am until 6pm. The event venue is Matildas’s Cottage in Alpharetta, GA

UPDATE: Massachusetts GOP Denies The Will Of The People; Rules Provisional Ballots Won't Be Counted
Daily Paul - The Massachusetts GOP has indicated that they intend to throw out provisional ballots cast by legally registered Republicans during the April 28th state wide caucus.

YouTube: Why Is Pro-Life Mitt Romney Taking Money From Morning After Pill Maker?
Ben Swann takes a look at Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney taking money from Morning After Pill maker at a Miami fundraiser.

Veteran News

Country singer Tim McGraw will be giving away 25 homes – mortgage-free – to military members this summer
AP - Tim McGraw will be saluting veterans in a big way while on tour this summer. The country music superstar is giving away 25 mortgage-free houses - one for each stop on his upcoming "Brothers of the Sun" tour with Kenny Chesney - to wounded or needy service members. McGraw will kick off the campaign with a Memorial Day concert for military members at New York City's Beacon Theatre during Fleet Week.

VIDEO: John Huston film about WWII soldiers that Army suppressed is restored - More than 65 years after it was suppressed by the Army, a powerful and controversial John Huston documentary [Let There Be Light] about soldiers suffering from the psychological wounds of war has been restored by the National Archives... The film is striking for its potential relevance for a new generation of veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, showing soldiers struggling to cope with what was then commonly called shell shock, and more formally labeled psychoneurosis, but is now known as post-traumatic stress disorder.

VIDEO: Ben Swann vs. Obama's AfPak Lies, & Covers Vets' "Medals over the Fence" Protest @ Chicago NATO Summit!
Daily Paul - Reality Check: 10 More Years and 100 BILLION Dollars An "End" To Afghanistan War. Ben Swann takes a look at the NATO summit in Chicago where President Obama announced plans to keep forces in Afghanistan until at least 2024.

Occupy Wall Street Protest

Occupy Bilderberg 2012
Occupy the REAL 1% (closer to 0.01%) -> In the year 2012, Truth Exposed Radio, WeAreChange San Antonio, and FunkMasterFive are uniting activist groups from around the world to finally expose the Bilderberg Group in Chantilly, Virginia, May 31 until June 3.


Half of Detroit’s Streetlights May Go Out as City Shrinks
Bloomberg - As it is, 40 percent of the 88,000 streetlights are broken and the city, whose finances are to be overseen by an appointed board, can’t afford to fix them. Mayor Dave Bing’s plan would create an authority to borrow $160 million to upgrade and reduce the number of streetlights to 46,000. Maintenance would be contracted out, saving the city $10 million a year.


Good News! Durbin Attack on Supplements Fails Again
The NHF closely followed and lobbied against the Durbin amendment. Both Senators Harkin and Hatch opposed the Durbin amendment, pointing out that his contention that supplements should be regulated like drugs violated all of the provisions of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA) and was neither needed nor wanted. The Durbin amendment was supported by the Consumer Union and Center for Science in the Public Interest, both quack anti-supplement groups lobbying Congress.

6 Budget-Conscious Ways to Purchase Organic Foods
George Mateljan Foundation - As many people scrutinize their finances, it's important to not overlook one of our most important investments, our health. Eating healthfully can play an integral role in long-term health--let alone the level of energy and vitality we feel in the present--so it's important to not give up healthy eating for fear that it costs too much to do so.

Natural mosquito repellents
(NaturalNews) Mosquitoes are attracted to several things. If we can reduce or even eliminate some of these things, we can greatly reduce the incidences of mosquito bites.

Natural ways to purify the air indoors
(NaturalNews) People spend around 90 percent of their lives indoors, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Unfortunately, indoor air quality is sometimes two to five times more polluted than the air outside. Poor air quality in the home and office can result in people developing health conditions like Sick Building Syndrome. Indoor air quality can be improved with natural methods for air purification, such as using plants and crystals as air purifiers.

USDA to mask sodium benzoate preservative with new 'anti-microbial' label to trick consumers
(NaturalNews) Kraft Foods Global, Inc. and a food chemical company known as Kemin Food Technologies, Inc. have both propositioned the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)'s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) in recent years to approve the use of propionic acid and salt solutions in various new food applications, including in raw meat and poultry products, sausages, hot dogs, soups, stews, salads, and brine injections.

Fukushima radiation cover-up continues - here's how to protect yourself
(NaturalNews) What must we do? Forget trying to influence governments, the nuclear power industry and military industrial complex, or the mainstream media. They have circled their vested interest wagons, denied the dangers, and ignored the solutions. We have to take radiation protection upon ourselves.

VIDEO: Nurse refuses student inhaler during asthma attack
Click Orlando - Volusia County School officials stand by a Deltona High School nurse's decision to refuse a student his inhaler during an asthma attack, citing a lack of a parent's signature on a medical release form. "It's like something out of a horror film. The person just sits there and watches you die," said Michael Rudi, 17. "She sat there, looked at me and she did nothing."

Revolt Against Vaccines Leads to Mass Exodus From Texas Colleges
Paul Joseph Watson & Alex Jones - The ACC administrator told Alex Jones that some 10,000 students have refused to enroll because of their refusal to take inoculations. Although waivers for religious or personal objections are available, the ACC source said students were being given the impression that the inoculations are compulsory.... When students are asked why they are dropping out or failing to enroll, huge numbers of them are citing the institution’s aggressive vaccination policy.

Science & Technology

Google Releases New Copyright Transparency Report
EFF - Today, Google expanded its transparency reports program today by releasing a detailed report of content removal requests from copyright holders. The new copyright report joins its semi-annual government takedown transparency report, and covers more than 95% of the copyright takedown requests it has received for Search results since July 2011.

Mass Government Surveillance Dragnet Goes Into Overdrive
Steve Watson - Firstly, the FBI is about to launch a huge new surveillance unit that will have the ability to monitor all internet and wireless communications, including internet Skype conversations. The incredibly Orwellian titled Domestic Communications Assistance Center, will “assist” local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies in spying on the American people.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

VIDEO: City Tells Man He Can Build Tomato Garden, Then Decides It's Against The Law
Consumerist - A Massachusetts man says that when he decided to build a large tomato-growing structure in his front yard, he checked with the city who said it was going to be fine. Then as soon as the hanging garden went up, the city said it had to come down.

Rally to Save Nick's Organic Farm and Brickyard Educational Farm
The fight to Save Nick's Organic Farm, and use the land for agro-education is not over! The Montgomery County Executive wants to bulldoze the educational farm and turn it into parking lots and private pay for-play soccer fields.... On May 30th, at 5pm we will be holding a rally in Rockville to show our support for Nick's Organic Farm, Brickyard Educational Farm, and government transparency in Montgomery County.

VIDEO: US Senator Rand Paul offers surprise amendment to rein in FDA abuses
(NaturalNews) US Senator Rand Paul - who many agree represents the best hope for the restoration of liberty in America - has introduced an amendment to a key FDA funding bill that seeks to sharply rein in the FDA's power. It would disarm the FDA and make the agency stop using guns against the American people; it would halt the FDA's armed raids on raw milk farmers; it would also stop the FDA's outrageous and longstanding censorship of truthful health claims of dietary supplements and medicinal herbs. Related article: 15 senators supported the amendment. Not a single one is a Democrat.

Pet News

FDA Still Not Sure Why Chinese Jerky Made 1,000 Dogs Sick
Consumerist - Many dog owners claim that these treats have made their pets ill with problems ranging from diarrhea to kidney failure, and many animals have died. The Food and Drug Administration continues to investigate, even sending inspectors to the production facilities in China, but can't determine what causes the illnesses. The treat makers, which include pet food industry big names like Nestle Purina and Del Monte, won't admit fault, but have given money to some pet owners if they drop their complaints.

Today in History - Thursday - May 24, 2012
1738 - The Methodist Church was established.
1798 - Believing that a French invasion of Ireland was imminent, Irish nationalists rose up against the British occupation.
1830 - The first passenger railroad service in the U.S. began service.
1844 - Samuel F.B. Morse formally opened America's first telegraph line. The first message was sent from Washington, DC, to Baltimore, MD.
1863 - Bushwackers led by Captain William Marchbanks attacked a U.S. Federal militia party in Nevada, Missouri.
1881 - About 200 people died when the Canadian ferry Princess Victoria sank near London, Ontario.
1883 - After 14 years of construction the Brooklyn Bridge was opened to traffic.
1913 - The U.S. Department of Labor entered into its first strike mediation. The dispute was between the Railroad Clerks of the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad.
1930 - Amy Johnson became the first woman to fly from England to Australia.
1931 - B&O Railroad began service with the 1st passenger train to have air conditioning throughout. The run was between NY City and Washington, DC.
1941 - The HMS Hood was sunk by the German battleship Bismarck in the North Atlantic. Only three people survived.
1954 - The first moving sidewalk in a railroad station was opened in Jersey City, NJ.
1958 - United Press International was formed through a merger of the United Press and the International News Service.
1961 - The Freedom Riders were arrested in Jackson, Mississippi.
1976 - Britain and France opened trans-Atlantic Concorde service to Washington.
1980 - The International Court of Justice issued a final decision calling for the release of the hostages taken at the U.S. embassy in Tehran on Nov. 4, 1979.
1983 - The Brooklyn Bridge's 100th birthday was celebrated.
1983 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the federal government had the right to deny tax breaks to schools that racially discriminate.
1994 - The four men convicted of bombing the New York's World Trade Center were each sentenced to 240 years in prison.
1999 - 39 miners were killed in an underground gas explosion in the Ukraine.
2000 - The U.S. House of Representatives approved permanent normal trade relations with China. China was not happy about some of the human rights conditions that had been attached by the U.S. lawmakers.
2000 - A Democratic Party event for Al Gore in Washington brought in $26.5 million. The amount set a new record, which had just been set the previous month by Republicans for Texas Gov. George W. Bush.
2001 - Temba Tsheri, 15, became the youngest person to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

World News

Breakdown or breakthrough? Iran nuclear talks hit a snag - Nobody was expecting a breakthrough at Wednesday's nuclear talks in Baghdad, but most weren't expecting a breakdown, either. Indeed, predictions were that Iran and the P5+1 (the U.S., Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China) would engage on more detailed proposals for concrete, reciprocal confidence building measures, and then adjourn by day's end having scheduled a new round of talks in a few weeks.

US unveils new tactics to tackle Al Qaeda propaganda
RT - Hacking is a vital tool to fight extremist propaganda, US State Secretary Hillary Clinton has revealed. Washington has replaced Al Qaeda material on Yemeni tribal websites with information on damage the terror group has done to Yemeni civilians.

Israeli Night of Broken Glass: Africans attacked in Tel Aviv anti-migrant demo (PHOTOS)
RT - Thousands of Israelis, including high-profile politicians, attended an anti-African demonstration in Tel Aviv. The rally turned violent, with attacks on Africans and grocery shop windows being smashed. The gathering, which took place in Tel Aviv’s Hatikva neighborhood, targeted the influx of African asylum seekers and was organized by Michael Ben Ari, a Knesset member from the National Union party, along with far-right activists Itamar Ben-Guir and Baruch Marzel, Israeli newspaper Haaretz reports.

Let the Munich 11 Rest in Peace
Activist Post - Latest PR stunt aims at fueling fear and anger - will inevitably lead to more deaths on both sides. Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon has been leading the charge online advocating a "moment of silence" (Twitter hash tag #JustOneMinute ) at the London 2012 Summer Olympics for 11 Israeli athletes tragically slain in Munich, Germany during the 1972 Olympic Games.

VIDEO: Richmond, Canada, Passes Ban on Genetically Engineered Crops
Vancouver Sun - Richmond council has passed a motion banning Genetically Modified shrubs, plants, and food crops from being grown in city. Under the motions passed, Richmond will seek stronger labelling requirements and integrate education and awareness of the issues raised by GMOs into the city's public outreach programs.

Deal or no deal, Iran may be bombed – Israeli minister
RT - A military strike against Iranian facilities is not out of the question, even though Tehran has reached agreement on a probe with the UN’s nuclear watchdog, says Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak.... The minister told Army Radio that "a nuclear Iran is intolerable and no options should be taken off the table," referring to the use of force. He said the only way Israel could see Iran develop its civilian nuclear industry is if it shuts down all of its uranium enrichment sites and uses imported fuel.

Russia test fires AMD-piercing strategic missile
RT - The Russian military have successfully launched a top secret advanced intercontinental ballistic missile. It is designed to counter the American antimissile shield currently being deployed in several regions.... The main purpose of the launch was to confirm feasibility of the design approaches incorporated into the missile, spokesman for the Forces Colonel Vadim Koval told journalists.

Syria says sanctions have cost country $4 billion
AP - Syria's oil minister acknowledged the heavy toll international sanctions have taken on the country's oil sector, saying Wednesday that they had sucked about $4 billion from the economy. Sufian Allaw said the sanctions levied by the United States and the European Union to put pressure on President Bashar Assad were to blame for the shortages that have left Syrians across the country standing in long lines to pay inflated prices for cooking gas and other products.

YouTube: UKIP Nigel Farage – Break up the euro and restore human dignity
May 22, 2012 - UK Independence party leader Nigel Farge says Greece will be destroyed if she does not leave the Eurozone.

Greek banks to get $23 billion from bailout fund
AP - Greece's four biggest commercial banks will receive an (EURO)18 billion ($23 billion) cash infusion from the European bailout fund. The recapitalization comes amid political uncertainty in the debt-stricken country after inconclusive May 6 elections saw a rise in support for anti-bailout parties and cast doubt over whether Greece's future use of the euro currency.

VIDEO: War-Gaming Greek Euro Exit Shows Hazards in 46-Hour Weekend
Bloomberg - Greece may have only a 46-hour window of opportunity should it need to plot a route out of the euro. That’s how much time the country’s leaders would probably have to enact any departure from the single currency while global markets are largely closed, from the end of trading in New York on a Friday to Monday’s market opening in Wellington, New Zealand, based on a synthesis of euro-exit scenarios from 21 economists, analysts and academics.

VIDEO: Eco-Fascism Bares Its Teeth: Global Warming Alarmist Wants to Barcode Babies
Paul Joseph Watson - Global warming alarmist Elizabeth Moon’s call for all babies to be forcibly implanted with a microchip to ensure that “anonymity would be impossible”... “It would be imprinted on everyone at birth. Point the scanner at someone and there it is,” she said, adding that the elimination of anonymity would enable people to be identified in both combat and non-combat operations. Moon’s proposal sounds like something out of Nazi concentration camps, where prisoners were tattooed with five digit Hollerith numbers to identify them using a punch card system developed by IBM.

VIDEO: Mark of the Beast: Bilderberg Pushes Mandatory Internet ID for Europe
Aaron Dykes - The European Union is now moving to create a mandatory electronic ID system for all EU citizens that would be implemented across Europe to standardize business both online and in person, authenticating users via a common ‘electronic signature.’ A single authenticating ID would guard access to the Internet, online data and most commerce. It is nothing short of an attempt to phase in a Mark of the Beast system, and a prominent Bilderberg attendee is behind the scheme.

French ban of Monsanto GM maize rejected by EU
Guardian - France's attempt to ban the planting of a Monsanto strain of genetically modified maize was rejected by the EU's food safety body on Monday. In response to scientific evidence submitted by France backing its bid to ban the GM maize, the European Food Safety Authority ruled that "there is no specific scientific evidence, in terms of risk to human and animal health or the environment" to support a ban.

Headlines or Headstones: Mexico journalists face dire choice
The Monitor - The constant threats of retaliation, attacks and manipulation of the media by organized crime have created an environment similar to working in a designated war zone, said Celeste Gonzalez, an assistant professor at the School of Journalism and Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Arizona. Gonzalez said the only difference between reporting in Mexico and a designated war zone is the lack of rules of engagement and operational procedures.

Japan Quake Aftershock Tally Exceeds 5,000 - So far, 5,229 aftershocks have rattled the tectonic boundary that ruptured off the coast of Japan's Tohoku region in March 2011.... The Sunday (May 20) quake is listed as both magnitude 6.0 and 6.4. If it proves to be the latter, it would be the largest aftershock since March 14, when a magnitude-6.9 earthquake hit the region.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

VIDEO: Arpaio not giving up on Obama birth certificate investigation May 23, 2012 - A certified letter from officials in Hawaii has apparently not ended the birther battle in Arizona. Related article/video here.

Coming Soon: Cop Drones Bearing “Non-lethal” Rubber Bullets and Tear Gas
Kurt Nimmo - Chief Deputy Randy McDaniel of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office in Texas told The Daily that his department is considering using rubber bullets and tear gas on its drone. “Those are things that law enforcement utilizes day in and day out and in certain situations it might be advantageous to have this type of system on the UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle),” McDaniel told The Daily. Related article here.

US nuclear sub ablaze in Portsmouth shipyard
RT - Six fire crew members were injured while trying to quell a massive blaze that engulfed the nuclear-powered submarine USS Miami. The sub was being serviced at a shipyard in New Hampshire, just next to the city of Portsmouth.... The sub’s reactor in the rear part of the vessel was not affected and no radiation leak was detected, authorities insist. It was not operating at the time the fire started.

VIDEO: Special ops practice for terrorists in Tampa
Tampa Bay Online - Two drills are taking place in Tampa this week. One practices what to do if a hurricane sweeps up Hillsborough Bay; the other is a response to a scenario in which terrorists kidnap Mayor Bob Buckhorn.... The exercise is designed to gauge the response of special operations forces from the United States and nine other nations in a hostage rescue in which Buckhorn is the hostage. Related videos here.

Confirmed: Fox News makes people dumb
RT - Researchers at Fairleigh Dickinson University conducted a study last year that yielded some inarguably unsurprising information about Fox News’ viewership. At the time, researchers concluded that, based off of a study that sampled residents of New Jersey, people that only watch Fox News are less informed on current events than people that don’t watch cable news at all. Now only months later, the school’s researchers have published their finding of a similar study that calls on a sample of participants from coast-to-coast and, according to the results, confirm that their earlier report wasn’t a fluke.

VIDEO: How To Buy A Politician
How do politicians (both Republicans and Democrats) cash in after they leave office? How does this legalized bribery corrupt the American government? The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur breaks down examples showing of the influence of money on our political system.

'Pro-choice' Americans at record low, poll finds
ABC - The percent of Americans who identify as "pro-choice" regarding legalized abortion is at a new low of 41 percent, according to a newly released Gallup poll. The figure is one percent lower than the previous all-time low registered by Gallup, which was in May 2009.

VIDEO: Media Blackout As Obama Appoints First Ever Assassination Czar
Alexander Higgins - John Brennan, Obama’s chief counterterrorism advisor was a name that you did not see on the Mainstream media... Most recently he publicly spoke about the drone program calling it moral and ethical and just. According to reports from the Associated Press, John Brennan has now seized the lead in choosing who will be targeted for drone attacks and raids and Obama has delegated him the sole authority to designate people for assassination under the United States top-secret assassination program. RT video report.

YouTube: 10 More Years and Another 100 Billion For Afghanistan Is An Exit Strategy?
Reality Check: Ben Swann takes a look at the NATO summit in Chicago where President Obama announced plans to keep forces in Afghanistan until at least 2024.

American Heart Association: Tasers can cause death
USA Today - About 16,000 agencies internationally use Tasers, and officials have credited it with helping to reduce fatal police incidents. But the American Heart Association's premier journal, Circulation, published an article online Monday that examined eight cases involving the TASER X26 ECD. Seven of the people died. Dr. Douglas Zipes, of Indiana University's Krannert Institute of Cardiology, found that a shock from the Taser "can cause cardiac electric capture and provoke cardiac arrest" as a result of an abnormally rapid heart rate and uncontrolled, fluttering contractions.

YouTube: Is Your Congress member Smarter Than a 10th Grader?
RT - If you have ever wondered if Congress is run by children, your hunch apparently isn't far off. A recent study by the Sunlight Foundation showed that the speech complexity of the average Congressperson is at a tenth grade level. Unsurprisingly, the drop in rhetorical ability seems to mirror the decline in Congress' approval rating.

2012 Election News

The Ron Paul Revolution Scored A Big Win In Kentucky - The main story out of last night’s Kentucky primaries has been the Bluegrass State’s apparent distaste for President Barack Obama. But the really interesting results of the night were at the House level, where Rand Paul protégé Thomas Massie scored a landslide victory over his Establishment-backed opponents in the Republican primary for Kentucky’s 4th District Congressional seat.

YouTube: Ron Paul - Suddenly Seems Electable

Obama almost loses Democratic primaries
RT - Even though US President Barack Obama has no real competition in the Democratic primaries leading up to Election Day, the commander-in-chief has still managed to embarrass his party by barely winning in several state elections.

Ben Swann Update on Affidavit: Do NOT sign!
Daily Paul - From Ben Swann's Facebook page: Massachusetts RNC delegates.. do not sign any affidavit! I posted last night a letter that has gone out reportedly to Massachusetts delegates requiring that they sign an affidavit stating that they will vote for Romney at the RNC or risk "the pain and penalty of perjury." This is a VERY serious issue. Massachusetts delegates need not take this lightly. I was emailed these quotes by Alison Wright. These are comments by Jerry Davis at Lawyers for Ron Paul: "1. "It IS ILLEGAL TO FORCE ANYONE TO VOTE ANY CERTAIN WAY...PERIOD!!!!"

Washington Times: Ron Paul has already won
Strangely, in spite of the success of Paul’s strategy in accumulating delegates, many pundits insist that Paul remains a nonfactor. These same pundits continue to claim that electorally Ron Paul cannot win the Republican nomination, and while the media miss the mark by discounting Paul as a contender, they miss the truly “big story” of the 2012 election. That is, that Ron Paul, mobilizing both young and old with his message of liberty tempered by personal responsibility, and government power tempered by accountability, has already won far more than the election.

Video: Ted Anderson, Owner of GCN & Midas Gold, is a Minnesota Delegate to Tampa!
Published on May 22, 2012 by RTAmerica - Ron Paul took the Republican Party Convention in Minnesota by storm. Paul was able tosnag 12 of the 13 delegates bringing his total to 32 of the states 40 GOP delegates. This marks a huge win for the Texas congressman and his supports, but can he keep it up? Ted Anderson, president of, gives us some insight on why he voted Paul.

Occupy Wall Street Protest

VIDEO: Police captain to be punished over OWS support?
RT - Retired Captain Ray Lewis served within the ranks of the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Police Department for nearly a quarter of a century. Now he is at odds against the force’s higher ups, however, over his role with Occupy Wall Street.


Facebook Banks Said to Make $100 Million on Stabilizing Stock
Bloomberg - The gains will be shared by all banks on the IPO syndicate, said the person, who declined to be identified because the process was private. Morgan Stanley (MS) will use some of the gains to reimburse clients who lost money because of glitches in trade execution, the person said.

Mayor Bloomberg immigrant plan to save cities
NY Post - Ratcheting up his controversial proposal for revitalizing America’s cities, Mayor Bloomberg yesterday suggested that the federal government “deliberately force” large municipalities to take in immigrants as the only hope for salvaging their battered economies. The mayor also criticized President Obama for deporting more immigrants “than the last four or five presidents put together.”

Were 500 MILLION Ounces of Paper Silver Just Dumped on the COMEX in 1 Hour? - Capitulation, or the Apex of manipulation? NetDania’s 1 hour silver chart indicates 105,231 silver contracts were dumped on the market this morning between 9am and 10am EST, as silver was smashed a dollar from $28 to $27.... This is either capitulation/panic selling in the face of the EUR/USD gapping down on Euro contagion fears, or more likely, the most blatant manipulative raid to date…even more than the infamous February 29th Leap Day Massacre!

NYT: Lyme Disease to Blame for JPM’s CIO Derivatives Losses - So let’s get this straight. The New York Times would like its readers to believe that JP Morgan only lost $2 $3 $5 $7 $31.5 billion in tail risk derivative hedges in early 2012 because CIO head Ina Drew was out of the office in 2010 with Lyme disease!?! Surely it couldn’t have anything to do with the financial weapon of mass destruction itself, the unregulated credit default swap?

States Move to Squeeze Motorists with More Toll Roads
Kurt Nimmo - Toll road franchises in Texas and Indiana are owned by Cintra, a Spanish company that is one of the largest private developers of transport infrastructure in the world. Goldman Sachs earns tens of millions of dollars on Indiana’s toll roads and also advises states on how to privatize their public highway infrastructure.... Instead of cutting budgets and reducing the size of government in order to pay for maintaining necessary public infrastructure, state governments have turned to squeezing more money out of beleaguered motorists.

Energy & Environment

Massive tsunami debris clean-up operation begins on Alaskan island... and there's 1.5MILLION TONS still to arrive on North America's beaches
Daily Mail - An 'unprecedented' clean-up operation has been launched in Alaska after it became swamped by debris from last year's devastating Japanese tsunami. Workers plan to spend 12 days clearing the beach on Montague Island, which is covered in items... And they can expect to repeat this process in the future because an estimated 1.5 million tons of flotsam and jetsam is yet complete the 3,500-mile journey to Alaska and elsewhere in North America.


Glutamine: The ultimate healing supplement
(NaturalNews) he healing powers of glutamine are vast and understated. This completely safe and natural amino acid supplement has been studied for the past 15 years for its unique and compelling healing properties. It is now clear to researchers that glutamine is key in healing the body from certain diseases and ailments.

Arsenic in your chicken: Guess who is defending its use?
(NaturalNews) According to Dr. Michael Greger, MD, the NIH, and the USDA's Food Safety Inspection Service, there are "alarmingly high levels of arsenic contamination in the flesh of broiler chickens," exceeding the EPA upper limit for arsenic in water by 6 - 9 times.... But thanks to the Pfizer drug Roxarsone, it's in our chicken and pig feed, along with the resulting fertilizer, and is bound to end up on your plate one way or another. The European Union banned Roxarsone in 1999, recognizing the public health risks of the drug. So, why is it still used in the USA?

Red alert for humanity: Chemical damage can be inherited by offspring through unlimited generations
(NaturalNews) Groundbreaking new science reveals that the harmful effects of exposure to synthetic chemicals are passed from generation to generation via "epigenetics," causing measurable damage to future generations even if those offspring are never exposed to the original chemical. The phenomenon of "Epigenetic Transgenerational Inheritance" (ETI) has now been demonstrated in live animals, and if the implications of this research are fully understood, it would force human civilization to radically rethink its widespread use of synthetic chemicals in agriculture, medicine, food, construction materials, personal care products and elsewhere.

Coca-Cola dodges federal false advertising claim on its so-called "pomegranate" juice
(NaturalNews) Beverage giant Coca-Cola was recently able to dodge a federal claim of false advertising on one of its "pomegranate" drinks - but just barely. Minute Maid, which is a subsidiary of Coca-Cola, can continue to label one of its drinks "Pomegranate Blueberry," even though it is almost entirely made of apple and grape juices, and contains a paltry 0.3 percent pomegranate juice and 0.2 percent blueberry juice.

How to properly use manuka honey (and where to find it)
(NaturalNews) Throughout history, honey has played an important role in cultures around the world not only as a food, but also as a medicine. And manuka honey in particular, which is derived from the nectar collected by honey bees that forage the manuka bushes... contains unique antibacterial, antiviral, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiseptic, stomach-healing, wound-repairing, and overall health-promoting properties that make it an amazing "superfood" worthy of further investigation.

‘Scientists’ Say Eating Organic Food Makes You a Jerk
Activist Post - Do you eat real, organic food? If you do, you must be a jerk, according to a new ridiculous 'scientific' study that most likely has financial ties to factory farm corporations and junkfood makers across the planet.... Now spanning the mainstream media headlines, the ‘scientists’ use the fact that those who eat organic are ‘stingier with their volunteering’ time as one of the reasons as to why it could ‘make you a jerk’.

Does Organic Food Make People Insufferable?
Food Safety News - A Loyola University psychological scientist is hung up on the moods people get into because of what they eat.The researcher is now saying that people with a taste for organics are more likely to be insufferable.... The idea that organic food could negatively influence the moods of people consuming it is new. KEZT-TV took the idea to its Eugene, OR viewers, most of whom found the idea preposterous.

Killing ourselves softly: studies support food-depression link
(NaturalNews) In 2012, scientists from the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and the University of Granada studied almost 9,000 participants who had never before been diagnosed with depression. The half-year study, published in the journal Public Health Nutrition, clearly revealed that people who ate fast foods, fried foods and commercially baked pastry products were 51 percent more likely to develop depression compared to those that didn't.

Whole Foods Adds Creepy Warning Stickers To Their Raw Juices
GreenMedInfo - I sat down to an already half-consumed glass of raw vegetable juice, only to discover the following warning sticker staring back at me, declaring in CDC-speak that I had just engaged in highly risky, if not downright dangerous behavior: "WARNING: This product has not been pasteurized and, therefore, may contain harmful bacteria that can cause serious illness in children, the elderly and persons with weakened immune systems." ~ Whole Foods Market

Science & Technology

New York Bill Outlaws Internet Political Speech
Kurt Nimmo - Jim Conte, a New York Republican, has declared himself an enemy of the First Amendment and the Constitution. He is pushing the so-called Internet Protection Act, legislation that would make it illegal to post anonymously on the internet under the guise of protecting children who are victims of “cyber bullying.”... In addition to banning bully speech and speech critical of business, Conte’s bill will make it a crime to post “mean-spirited and baseless political attacks.” If passed, the legislation will produce a massive chilling effect on political speech in the state.

VIDEO: Planet Infowars: Rallying Point for the Resistance!
Paul Joseph Watson - We are delighted to officially announce the launch of Planet Infowars... Unlike Facebook, Google+ and Twitter, which represent little more than vast snooping databases and NSA fronts, we are committed to preserving your privacy and will never sell your information or divulge any of your details to any third party – government or corporation.

Cross-browser worm spreads via Facebook, security experts warn
InfoWorld - Malware writers have used Crossrider, a cross-browser extension development framework, to build a click-fraud worm that spreads on Facebook, security researchers from antivirus firm Kaspersky Lab said on Monday. Crossrider is a legitimate Javascript framework that implements a unified API (application programming interface) for building Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Internet Explorer extensions.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Edible Flowers - The benefits of integrating flowering plants into a vegetable garden are numerous: they attract bees and other insects to pollinate and predate on common pests, fragrant flowers and flowering herbs help confuse and repel some harmful insect pests, and an exceptionally diverse range of flowers that can be harvested for pot-pourri, herb teas, aromatherapy, cut flowers and also for food.

Small dairies go under as milk prices sink again
AP - The farm closures are likely to continue with milk prices expected to keep falling this summer. "It's a dying business," said Ron Wright, owner of Wrights Auction Service in Derby. He expects to do twice as many auctions this spring as last - eight to 10 auctions in Vermont and one in New York. The U.S. had been gradually losing dairy farms for decades, but then milk prices plummeted during the recession and fuel costs soared in 2009. Vermont lost 52 dairies that year, while Wisconsin lost 519.

Today in History - Wednesday - May 23, 2012
1701 - In London, Captain William Kidd was hanged after being convicted of murder and piracy.
1785 - Benjamin Franklin wrote in a letter that he had invented bifocals.
1788 - South Carolina became the eighth state to ratify U.S. Constitution.
1827 - The first nursery school in the U.S. was established in New York City.
1873 - Canada's North West Mounted Police force was established. The organization's name was changed to Royal Canadian Mounted Police in 1920. 
1879 - The first U.S. veterinary school was established by Iowa State University.
1895 - The New York Public Library was created with an agreement that combined the city's existing Astor and Lenox libraries.
1900 - Civil War hero Sgt. William H. Carney became the first African American to receive the Medal of Honor, 37 years after the Battle of Fort Wagner.
1901 - American forces captured Filipino rebel leader Emilio Aguinaldo.
1908 - Part of the Great White Fleet arrived in Puget Sound, WA.
1915 - During World War I, Italy joined the Allies as they declared war on Austria-Hungary.
1922 - "Daylight Saving Time" was debated in the first debate ever to be heard on radio in Washington, DC.
1926 - The French captured the Moroccan Rif capital.
1934 - In Bienville Parish, LA, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were ambushed and killed by Texas Rangers.
1945 - In Luneburg Germany, Heinrich Himmler, the head of the Nazi Gestapo, committed suicide while imprisoned by the Allied forces.
1949 - The Republic of West Germany was established.
1960 - Israel announced the capture of Nazi Adolf Eichmann in Argentina.
1981 - In Barcelona, Spain, gunmen seized control of the Central Bank and took 200 hostages.
1985 - Thomas Patrick Cavanagh was sentenced to life in prison for trying to sell Stealth bomber secrets to the Soviet Union.
1992 - In Lisbon, Portugal , the U.S. and four former Soviet republics signed an agreement to implement the START missile reduction treaty that had been agreed to by the Soviet Union before it was dissolved.
1995 - The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City was demolished.
1998 - British Protestants and Irish Catholics of Northern Ireland approved a peace accord.
1999 - In Kansas City, MO, Owen Hart (Blue Blazer) died when he fell 90 feet while being lowered into a WWF wrestling ring. He was 33 years old.
1999 - Gerry Bloch, at age 81, became the oldest climber to scale El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. He broke his own record that he set in 1986 when he was 68 years old.

World News

Debka: Obama secretly approved shipment of anti-tank arms to Syria
RT - Military sources speaking with Israel’s Debka news agency report that the administration of US President Barack Obama has cut a deal with foreign intelligence that involves equipping Syrian rebels with modern anti-tank missiles. After 14 months of ongoing battles between the country’s leader, Bashar al-Assad, and opposition to his regime, suddenly the rebel forces are responding with weaponry reportedly sent with the blessing of President Obama.

US missiles 'kill four in Pakistan'
AFP - US missiles killed four militants in a Taliban stronghold of Pakistan on Wednesday, officials said, amid increasing strains with the West over a six-month blockade on NATO supplies into Afghanistan. A drone targeted a compound near Miranshah, the main town of the tribal district where Pakistan has resisted US pressure to launch a sweeping offensive against militants fighting US troops in neighbouring Afghanistan.

Saudis pledge $3.25 billion in aid to Qaeda-hit Yemen
(Reuters) - Saudi Arabia, concerned that chaos in Yemen is creating an al Qaeda base on its doorstep, pledged $3.25 billion in aid to its neighbor at a donor group meeting two days after more than 90 Yemeni soldiers were killed in a suicide attack.

VIDEO: Millions in the streets: Spain protests cuts to education (PHOTOS)
RT - The majority of Spain's educational institutions have closed as teachers and students take to the streets to defend their rights. The government has cut billions of euros from educational sector expenses. The strike is taking place on all levels, from elementary schools to universities in all but three of Spain's 17 regions. As many as a million teachers and seven million students are expected to take part in Tuesday's demonstrations.

Cut interest rates even further IMF tells Osborne: And if that doesn't work, start to make tax cuts, says finance chief
Daily Mail -THE head of the world’s economic watchdog yesterday delivered an extraordinary call for the Bank of England to cut interest rates even further as British households were warned the income squeeze will last for another 18 months.

9/11 ‘truther’ leading Egyptian presidential race
Washington Times An Islamist who believes that the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States were an American conspiracy is the front-runner in Egypt’s presidential race, a new poll shows. Abdel-Moneim Abolfotoh, formerly a leading figure in the Muslim Brotherhood, led the field of 13 candidates with 32 percent of the vote in a survey released Monday by the Washington-based Brookings Institution.

Brussels wants e-identities for EU citizens
EurActiv - Neelie Kroes [Editor's Note: Bilderberg attendee], the EU’s Digital Agenda Commissioner, will present by the beginning of June a new legislative proposal which aims “to facilitate cross-border electronic transactions” through the adoption of harmonised e-signatures, e-identities and electronic authentication services (eIAS) across EU member states, according to an internal document seen by EurActiv.

WHO Will Use Polio Vaccines to Depopulate Underdeveloped Nations
Susanne Posel - The World Health Organization (WHO) will declare polio a global health emergency this week.... WHO asserts that in 2011 the disease was reported to be running rampant throughout Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria, with 650 cases around the world.... WHO is seeking to secure $1billion to add to their existing funds. They will bring this topic to the attention of ministers of health at the World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland this week.... They also suggest that officials from polio-free countries have officials at airports to administer vaccinations to people at arriving from affected nations.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Could you be sued for texting with a driver? Experts say, 'maybe'
Could you be blamed for a car crash because you sent a text message? A New Jersey judge will decide later this week if the sender of a text message might be partially liable for a horrific auto accident that occurred because the driver was reading that message on his cell phone and drifted into oncoming traffic.

VIDEO: Virtual Terrorism: Al Qaeda Video Calls for 'Electronic Jihad'
The al Qaeda video calls upon the "covert mujahidin" to launch cyber attacks against the U.S. networks of both government and critical infrastructure, including the electric grid. The video was obtained by the FBI last year, and released today by the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. "This is the clearest evidence we've seen that al Qaeda and other terrorist groups want to attack the cyber systems of our critical infrastructure," Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., said in a statement.

Hawaii verifies Obama birth records to Arizona
The Ticket - The state of Hawaii said it has provided verification of the president's birth to Arizona's secretary of state, who claimed he needed proof of Obama's citizenship before he could place his name on the November ballot. Joshua Wisch, special assistant to Hawaii Attorney General David Louie, told The Associated Press that the matter is now resolved.

NDAA 2013: Congress approves domestic deceptive propaganda
RT - An amendment tagged on the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 would allow for the United States government to create and distribute pro-American propaganda within the country’s own borders under the alleged purpose of putting al-Qaeda’s attempts at persuading the world against Western ideals on ice. Former US representatives went out of there way to ensure their citizens that they’d be excluded from government-created media blasts, but two lawmakers currently serving the country are looking to change all that.

Unmanned spy planes are being launched from 63 locations in 20 states - Is there one near you?
(NaturalNews) Following what has been described as a "landmark" Freedom of Information Act request, the federal government has been forced to reveal that unmanned spy drones are being launched from 63 sites in 20 states. Further, some of the drones are of a make and model that has been used overseas to target insurgents and terrorists with missiles, the government's information revealed.... At the same time, the EFF complaint disclosed, about 300 more state and local police departments have applications pending before the FAA to use drones they have already bought (many with federal - i.e., taxpayer - funds, no less).

VIDEO: Pennsylvania Constable to Sign Resolution Opposing the NDAA and Patriot Act
Activist Post - Pennsylvania State Constable Ed Quiggle, Jr., the elected Constable for the City of Sunbury’s 9th Ward, will sign a resolution in opposition to the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012, also known as the NDAA, on Saturday, May 26th, 2012 at 10 a.m., in Cameron Park directly across the street from the Northumberland County Courthouse in Sunbury, Pennsylvania. The NDAA authorizes the federal government to arrest and indefinitely detain Americans and legal aliens without charge or trial.

Texas high school teaches Nazi oppression by making students wear red arm bands, treated like Jewish prisoners
(NaturalNews) A former student at Perryton High School in Perryton, Texas, has filed a lawsuit against the school's district for injuries he allegedly suffered during a teacher-mandated reenactment of the Holocaust. According to the suit, Andrew Yara, now 19, suffered a partially dislocated hip, dehydration, and a series of seizures after being forced to carry around several heavy student on his back as part of the bizarre education experiment.

Thousands walk to mark year since tornado hit Joplin, Missouri
(Reuters) - An estimated 5,000 people participated on Tuesday in a "walk of unity" to Joplin, Missouri, along the path of a deadly tornado that tore through the city one year ago, killing 161 people.... The walk was intended to underscore how Joplin's 50,000 residents came together with some 130,000 volunteers from many other communities to rebuild the city.

Cops confiscate cash on Tennessee highways
RT -A New Jersey man was recently pulled over for speeding in the state of Tennessee. Although George Reby drove off without be charged with a crime, he was instantly $22,000 poorer.... Reby was traveling across state lines with 20 grand in cash because he was looking to purchase an automobile he saw on the online auction site eBay. That cash was in his possession when Officer Larry Bates of the Monterey Police Department pulled him over for speeding. According to the cop, having the money just didn’t seem right.

Senate Dems back increase in air travel fee to close funding shortfall at TSA
The Hill - The Senate Appropriations Committee on Tuesday moved forward with legislation to increase airline passenger security fees, beating back a GOP attempt to keep them at current levels. The 2013 Homeland Security appropriations bill would increase one-way fees for passengers from $2.50 to $5 in order to close a budget shortfall at the Transportation Security Administration.

VIDEO: 'Hologram' to greet and guide travelers at N.Y. airports
Fox News - A female "avatar" -- in the form of a life-size hologram type of image -- will soon begin greeting and guiding people at special kiosks at the New York area's three airports.... She was designed to improve customer service, Port Authority officials said -- and she does not need lunch or bathroom breaks or overtime pay. The machines are being rented on a trial basis for about $180,000 for six months. It it part of a larger initiatvie to help travelers at the airports.

Hawaii Five-O: Sheriff Joe Sends Detectives to Honolulu
WND - In a major development in his probe of Barack Obama’s eligibility for Arizona’s 2012 presidential ballot, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has dispatched his lead Cold Case Posse investigator and a deputy detective to Hawaii. The mission to Obama’s purported birthplace comes as the Hawaii Department of Health continues to resist efforts by Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett to verify that the Honolulu agency has a valid birth certificate on file for Obama.

Bilderberg 2012 List Of Participants Revealed?
Intel Hub - Here is a list of Bilderberg Participants 2012 floating around on the web. I was unable to trace back the source to this list, so I have no idea if it is accurate. What stands out from this particular list is a plethora of Obama administration officials and American business kingpins. Also a formidable delegation from Spain, Italy and-significantly: Turkey (as a non-EU member Turkey is doing stunningly well. Is Bilderberg trying to sweet talk the Turks into joining?). Another curious lapse seems to be the absence of David Rockefeller’s name on the list- a lapse you wouldn’t expect in a fake list.

Revealed: US spy operation that manipulates social media
Guardian - The US military is developing software that will let it secretly manipulate social media sites by using fake online personas to influence internet conversations and spread pro-American propaganda. A Californian corporation has been awarded a contract with United States Central Command (Centcom), which oversees US armed operations in the Middle East and Central Asia, to develop what is described as an “online persona management service” that will allow one US serviceman or woman to control up to 10 separate identities based all over the world.

Kucinich: "NATO Talks a Sham: War in Afghanistan is Not Ending"
Huffington Post - "Today, NATO leaders are meeting in Chicago to discuss the future of Afghanistan. The talks are being billed as discussions of plans to end the war. The war in Afghanistan is not ending. These talks are simply about financing the next phase of the war."

US Congressman Introduces Visa Waiver for Israelis - US Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA) introduced legislation on Friday that would no longer require Israelis to obtain visas to visit the United States for tourism or business purposes.... “Israel is our closest friend and democratic ally in the Middle East,” Sherman said in a statement. “Adding Israel to the Visa Waiver Program will boost business, tourism, and job creation here in the U.S. and enhance cultural ties between our two nations.”

Constitutional victory: Controversial NDAA provisions blocked, at least temporarily, by federal judge
(NaturalNews) In a rare display of constitutional patriotism by a government authority, an Obama-appointed federal judge has put an indefinite block on the egregious National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). According to Bloomberg, U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest of Manhattan, N.Y., ruled in favor of plaintiffs who earlier had sued the Obama administration over the bill's unconstitutional arrest and detainment provisions, which provide no protection for American citizens.

Pistole: TSA Gropers Being Trained To Feel For Crotch Bombs
Steve Watson - Although reports today suggest that the TSA is looking to move away from physical pat downs, owing to public backlash, TSA head John Pistole admitted recently that screeners are being trained to pay specific attention to the crotches of travelers moving through airport security.

2012 Election News

VIDEO: Ron Paul Revolution – I Hung My Head

VIDEO: Mitt Romney is not the guy. Ron Paul 2012 — Ron Paul is incorruptible!!
Note: According to Ben Swann all delegates are 100% unbound and can vote for whichever candidate they like at any time.

Ron Paul Supporters Submit Challenge to Oklahoma GOP State Convention
Attorneys representing grassroots supporters of presidential candidate Ron Paul delivered a letter, dated Tuesday, May 22nd to Oklahoma GOP Chairman Matt Pinnell challenging the, "the legitimacy and legality of the purported selection of at-large delegates, and alternates to the Republican National Convention at the May 12, 2012 Oklahoma Republican Party Convention." The letter contends that the election of the State Republican Executive Committee’s national delegate slate is void because convention chairman Marc Nuttle failed to conduct the vote by roll call ballot as required in party rules.

MA delegates asked to sign affidavit that they will vote for Romney on first ballot
Daily Paul - Massachusetts delegates to the RNC in Tampa have received a letter and affidavit that they are being asked to sign and return, affirming that, under the pain and penalty of perjury, they will vote for Mitt Romney in the first round of voting.

YouTube: Maddow: Ron Paul wins Minnesota and brings in money for struggling state GOP
MSNBC May 22, 2012.

YouTube: Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) Discusses ‘Ron Paul’s Revolution’
Rand Paul and Brian Doherty (author of author of Ron Paul’s rEVOLution: The Man and the Movement He Inspired) spoke about the Ron Paul’s Revolution at The Cato Institute.


YouTube: End of the Road: How Money Became Worthless
The official trailer to the documentary "End of the Road: How Money Became Worthless. The film can be viewed here.

Conflict of Interest: Jamie Dimon is CEO of JPMorgan and Fed Board Member
Activist Post - Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase & Co. is a serving member of the board of the Federal Reserve Bank. Dimon was given his seat on the Fed’s board in 2007. He has enjoyed his position throughout the financial crisis that his and several other mega-banks have caused through irresponsible behavior on the global stock market. Dimon is not the only banking executive to serve two masters.

Double trouble at JP Morgan: trader's losses could exceed $7bn
Independent - The crisis at JP Morgan escalated yesterday as it emerged its trading losses in London could rise to as much as $7bn (£4.5bn) and the US bank cancelled a share buyback.

Wall Street Bankers Secretly Scammed Facebook IPO Buyers
Alexander Higgins - Reuters revealed that Wall Street Banks scammed the public when the secretly cut their revenue estimates for Facebook during the IPO roadshow and only let their most lucrative retail investors know about the cuts. By withholding the information from the public, millions of mom and pop retail investors were set up for a blood bath, and as quoted from the Yahoo!


Seven foods that will naturally cleanse your liver
(NaturalNews) The primary way in which your body expels toxins is via the liver, which detoxifies and cleanses your body by continuously filtering the blood of poisons that enter it through the digestive tract, the skin, and the respiratory system. But when your liver becomes overworked as a result of stress or excessive exposure to toxins, your entire system can be thrown off balance, and your health severely compromised.

Scientists Discover Natural Celery Ingredient Apigenin Can Halt Breast Cancer
Natural Society - Researchers recently unveiled amazing new research that shows an ingredient known as apigenin — found in celery and other produce — is a cheap way of stopping breast cancer in its tracks. The sad part? The researchers even admit in their write-up that it will be virtually impossible to receive funding for further research because the pharmaceutical companies cannot profit from it! That’s right, the scientists actually come out and say that due to the convenient and inexpensive nature of this cancer-fighting substance, big pharma cannot make any money off of it. As a result, the research will most likely be halted.

VIDEO: Gerson Therapy and Cancer: Live foods = live bodies
Food Freedom News - Some swear by raw, just-picked, live foods, which makes sense considering we evolved and eventually thrived with these natural plants and animals; not chemicals and pesticides and fungicides and dead, factory foods.

Pneumonia Vaccine Shown to Actually Increase Bacterial Infections It Is Supposed to Prevent
Dr. Mercola - These bacterial infections are becoming increasingly drug-resistant and therefore harder and harder to treat, which is why the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) recently issued new treatment guidelines for sinusitis. Alarmingly, however, buried on page 16 of their report is the acknowledgement that certain hard-to-treat bacterial infections in children are on the rise because of the widespread use of the conjugated pneumococcal vaccines!

The Drug Shock of the Year - FDA Approved, But Beware
Dr. Mercola - In a dramatic move that shows that the U.S. FDA is softening its stand on bio-pharmed treatments, the agency has approved the country's first genetically modified plant intended for the treatment of a human disease. An Israeli firm grew human disease enzymes in carrot cells, and produced a treatment for Gaucher disease that they say shows improvement comparable to a treatment derived from hamster cells. The drug goes by the name Elelyso.

Using mobile devices could give you 'smartphone face' with sagging complexion
(NaturalNews) Spending too much time staring at your mobile phone, reading from your "tablet" mobile device, or working on your laptop could cause you to develop "smartphone face," a condition that some medical experts say is becoming increasingly more prevalent in the digital age. A recent report in the U.K.'s Daily Mail explains that more people than ever are now having their skin tightened and chins tucked in order to fix the sag caused by using too much technology.

Medicinal herb ginger helps protect against the effect of chemical parabens
(NaturalNews) Traditional healers often use ginger to treat ailments ranging from nausea to arthritis pain. Recent studies highlight another use for ginger, the amelioration of the impact of parabens, a chemical widely used in the food and beverage industry and as a preservative in personal care products, drugs, and cosmetics. Parabens have been in the news recently thanks to studies which show the vast majority of Americans show signs of exposure. If ginger does indeed reduce parabens' impact that gives it increased importance as a significant natural health therapy.

VIDEO: Feds Fine Utah School for Soda Machine, Declare Snickers Bars Nutritious
Kurt Nimmo - A school in Utah was recently fined $15,000 by the federal government for the crime of selling soda to students during lunch. The school used the money made from the sale of soda to fund school programs.... It is OK to sell Gatorade and “Snickers and Milkyway bars because they have nuts and they’re nutritious. You can’t sell licorice, but you can sell ice-cream,” [Davis High Principal] Burton said.

FDA accused of mass homicide of one million Americans each decade
(NaturalNews) On a webpage entitled Why Learn about Adverse Drug Reactions (ADR)?, the FDA admits that 100,000 people die every single year as a result of taking FDA-approved pharmaceutical drugs. Citing figures from three different published studies, the figures also reveal that two million people a year suffer from serious ADRs, which include things like stroke, heart attack, and permanent neurological damage. You can view the FDA page here!

Science & Technology

Senator: CISPA creates a Cyber Industrial Complex
RT - Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) condemned the supporters of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) from Capitol Hill on Monday, blaming the bill’s backers for approving legislation that he suggests would do little to thwart cyber terrorism that instead would alienate Americans by being far-too encompassing and poorly architected.

The cost of downloading: Supreme Court says $675,000 fine remains for sharing 30 songs
RT - A 29-year-old Rhode Island man is expected to pay $675,000 for the unauthorized downloading of 30 songs after the Supreme Court said on Monday that they will not weigh in on one of the record industry’s longest-running copyright infringement cases. Joel Tenenbaum of Providence, RI will now go back to court to continue his fight against a penalty that a District Court judge once called “unconstitutionally” excessive.

Revealed: US spy operation that manipulates social media
Guardian - The US military is developing software that will let it secretly manipulate social media sites by using fake online personas to influence internet conversations and spread pro-American propaganda. A Californian corporation has been awarded a contract with United States Central Command (Centcom), which oversees US armed operations in the Middle East and Central Asia, to develop what is described as an “online persona management service” that will allow one US serviceman or woman to control up to 10 separate identities based all over the world.

How To Communicate If The US Govt Shuts Down The Internet
Alexander Higgins - A list of ways to stay connected to the outside world, which could become a life and death issue, in the event access to the internet is shut down. Editor’s Note: Beyond the government shutting down the Internet, many more events can cut off internet access to millions such as natural disasters and cyber attacks. In such situations, being able to communicate with the outside world could become a matter of life and death. For that reason, be sure to print this out and save a hard copy because if your Internet does go down you are not going to be able to access this story.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

VIDEO: Louie Schwartzberg: The beauty of pollination
Food Freedom News - “Pollination is vital to life on Earth, but largely unseen by the human eye.” Filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg shows us the intricate world of pollen and pollinators with gorgeous high-speed images from his film Wings of Life: A love story that feeds the earth, inspired by the vanishing of one of nature’s primary pollinators, the honeybee.... “Bees are like the canary in the coal mine. Once they disappear, so do we. It reminds us that we are a part of nature—and not separate from it.

Exposure to common agricultural fungicide shown to influence rat behavior for generations
Activist Post - A new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that pregnant rats exposed to the common agricultural fungicide vinclozolin pass on the damage to their descendants. While the co-author stated that the purpose of the study was to investigate potential phenomena which are caused by exposure to the chemical, not to assess the risk humans face... For those who are unfamiliar, vinclozolin – sold under brand names Ronilan, Curalan, Vorlan and Touche – is used to fight various diseases which target crops, such as molds, rots, blights and is even regularly used on golf courses.

Today in History - Tuesday - May 22, 2012
1761 - In Philadelphia, the first life insurance policy was issued in the U.S.
1819 - The steamship Savannah became the first to cross the Atlantic Ocean.
1841 - Henry Kennedy received a patent for the first reclining chair.
1849 - Abraham Lincoln received a patent for the floating dry dock.
1872 - The Amnesty Act restored civil rights to Southerners.
1882 - The U.S. formally recognized Korea.
1892 - Dr. Sheffield, a British dentist, invented the toothpaste tube.
1900 - The Associated Press was incorporated as a non-profit news cooperative in New York.
1908 - The Wright brothers registered their flying machine for a U.S. patent.
1939 - Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini signed a military alliance between Germany and Italy known as the "Pact of Steel."
1947 - The Truman Doctrine was enacted by the U.S. Congress to appropriate military and economic aid Turkey and Greece.
1967 - "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" premiered on PBS.
1969 - A lunar module of Apollo 10 flew within nine miles of the moon's surface. The event was a rehearsal for the first lunar landing.
1972 - U.S. President Nixon became the first U.S. president to visit Russia. He met with Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev.
1990 - In the Middle East, North and South Yemen merged to become a single state known as the Republic of Yemen.
1990 - Microsoft released Windows 3.0.
1992 - Johnny Carson hosted NBC's "Tonight Show" for the last time. He had been host for 30 years.
1997 - Kelly Flinn, the U.S. Air Force's first female bomber pilot certified for combat, accepted a general discharge. She thereby avoided court-martial on charges of adultery, lying and disobeying an order.
1998 - Bolivia was hit with a series of powerful earthquakes. At least 18 were killed. The quakes ranged in magnitude from 5.9 to 6.8.
1998 - New information came to light about the June 1996 bombing that killed 19 American airmen. The information indicated that Saudi citizens had been responsible and not Iranians as once believed.
1998 - A federal judge said that Secret Service agents could be compelled to testify before a grand jury in Monica Lewinsky investigation concerning U.S. President Clinton.
1998 - Voters in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland turned out to cast ballots giving approval to a Northern Ireland peace accord.
2002 - Chandra Levy's remains were found in Washington, DC's Rock Creek Park. She was last seen on April 30, 2001. California Congressman Gary Condit was questioned in the case due to his relationship with Levy.
2002 - In Birmingham, AL, a jury convicted former Ku Klux Klansman Bobby Frank Cherry of murder in the 1963 church bombing that killed four girls.
2003 - At the Colonial in Fort Worth, TX, Annika Sorentam became the first woman to play on the PGA tour in 58 years. She ended the day at 1-over par.

World News

UN nuclear chief says deal with Iran reached
RT - The chief of the U.N. nuclear agency says he has reached a deal with Iran on probing suspected work on nuclear weapons and adds that the agreement will "be signed quite soon. " Yukiya Amano says some details still need to be worked out. But he tells reporters that Iranian officials say that those will not stand in the way of signing the deal, AP reports.

North Korea to boost nuclear deterrent after U.S. pressure
(Reuters) - North Korea vowed on Tuesday to bolster its nuclear deterrent in response to diplomatic pressure from Washington over a recent failed rocket launch. The United States, backed by the United Nations Security Council, has warned North Korea that it will face more sanctions if it undertakes what would be its third nuclear test.

China says Pentagon hypes Chinese military threat
AP - The annual Pentagon report to Congress on China's military always draws strenuous objections from Beijing. This year's report — which outlined a Chinese military modernization effort that is gaining momentum — comes as both Washington and Beijing are encouraging their militaries to built trust and improve communications. Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Geng Yansheng said the Pentagon report exaggerates Chinese defense capabilities, falsely accuses China of launching cyber-attacks and plays up a military edge over rival Taiwan to boost U.S. weapon s

VIDEO: Obama: U.S. can’t wait for Afghanistan to be 'perfect'
The Ticket - President Obama acknowledged "risks" in his decision to withdraw U.S. combat forces from Afghanistan by the end of 2014 but said war-weary Americans can't wait for that strife-torn country to be "perfect." "I don't think that there is ever going to be an optimal point where we say, this is all done, this is perfect, this is just the way we wanted it and now we can wrap up all our equipment and go home," Obama said at a press conference at the end of a two-day NATO summit in his hometown of Chicago.

The Netherlands Passes Net Neutrality Legislation - New legislation in the Netherlands makes it the first country in Europe to establish a legal framework supporting net neutrality. In addition to the net neutrality provisions, the law contains language that restricts when ISPs can wiretap their users, and limits the circumstances under which ISPs can cut off a subscriber’s Internet access altogether.

Obama says Yemen now a hub for foreign terrorists
AP - President Barack Obama says the United States is very worried about al-Qaida terrorism and extremism in Yemen. Obama says Yemen is drawing foreign terrorists who once might have gone to Pakistan's border area, where insurgents gather to fight NATO forces in Afghanistan. A suicide bomber blew himself up at a military parade rehearsal Monday in Yemen's capital, killing 96 soldiers in one of the deadliest attacks in the city in years. Al-Qaida's Yemen branch claimed responsibility for the attack.

Violence in Syria spills over into Lebanon
AP - Syria's war barreled over the border with an angry, raucous funeral Monday for an anti-Syrian cleric whose killing set off a night of deadly street battles in Beirut and raised fears that Lebanon is getting drawn into the chaos afflicting its neighbor.

VIDEO: European missile defense shield up and running – NATO
RT - The European missile shield is up and running, says NATO Secretary-General Fogh Rasmussen, who announced its “interim capability” to shoot down incoming missiles. Earlier Russia voiced strong concern over the issue.

10,000 Montreal Students Defy Anti-Protest Law Bill 78
Intel Hub - Up to 10,000 people attended a massive rally and march against Quebec’s emergency (close to martial law) bill 78 which was passed in 24 hours and severely limits the right to protest. Critics throughout the world have claimed that the new rules infringe on civil rights and are a step towards martial law. An article published on by Andrew Gavin Marshall described the events leading up the passing of the emergency law and what the law actually does.

Unsafe Immunization Practices: Creating a Silent Epidemic in Developing Countries?
(NaturalNews) According to the World Health Organization, immunization providers are responsible for 1.3 million early deaths each year in emerging countries, due to using needles and syringes multiple times without sterilizing them. But, it doesn't stop there. Approximately 21.7 million people every year who line up for vaccines and other injections with these unsterilized needles and syringes are being infected with Hepatitis B. An additional 2 million are infected with Hepatitis C, and still another 250,000 receive HIV infections.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Is your doctor on this list?
How Industry Dollars Reach Your Doctors. Look under the State and then for your doctors name.

Judge in 9/11 Case at Guantanamo Weighs Splitting up Defendants and Holding Multiple Trials
NY Daily - A special US military tribunal at Guantanamo is weighing whether to hold separate trials for five accused plotters of the September 11 attacks, a defense lawyer said. The men, who are being held at Guantanamo Bay, were formally charged earlier this month with crimes that include murder and terrorism. They face the death penalty if convicted for their roles in the Al-Qaeda attacks that claimed 2,976 lives in New York, Washington and Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

As The Elite Fences Itself In, Kissinger Announces Order Out Of Chaos
Jurriaan Maessen - In a recent statement Henry Kissinger admitted that social upheaval and mass civil unrest are to be used as a means of merging the US into an “international system”. “The United States has to be part of an international system that we create domestically”, he told The Harvard Crimson in the beginning of this month.

Video: Chicago: Establishment Creates Police State Theater for NATO War Council
Kurt Nimmo - Despite establishment media hype predicting a repeat of the violence at the 1968 Democratic convention, the anti-NATO protests in Chicago have so far been largely non-violent. Chicago cops tried to create a riot but not much came of it.... Chicago and the federal government squandered millions of tax payer dollars on a not-so secret “command center” to keep a watchful electronic eye on Americans exercising the First Amendment.

Chicago Braces for Final Day of Anti-NATO Protest, March on Boeing HQ
CBS - Chicago braced for more demonstrations Monday, with protesters marching to Boeing Corp. headquarters, a day after police clashed with a group of demonstrators at the end of a march protesting the NATO Summit. CBS Station WBBM correspondent Marissa Bailey reports the demonstration outside Boeing's headquarters on N. Riverside Plaza in the West Loop will protest the defense contractor building aircraft and missiles for the U.S. military. The protesters say Boeing is a "war machine that produces war machines."

US catholics sue Obama over contraception mandate
RT - Catholic groups in the US are suing the Obama administration over a law obliging employers to provide workers with birth control coverage. Religious institutions argue that the bill forces them to violate Catholic doctrine or face steep fines. Around 43 Catholic institutions across eight states have filed lawsuits against the regulations which are part of the Obama administration’s healthcare reform law.

Bomb threat forces evacuation at Utah spy site, FBI says
(Reuters) - A bomb threat forced the evacuation of a National Security Agency facility under construction in Utah on Monday but investigators found nothing suspicious, an FBI spokeswoman said. The site for the spy agency is being built at Camp Williams, a military base just south of Salt Lake City. The Army Corps of Engineers is overseeing the project. FBI spokeswoman Deborah Bertram declined to say how the threat was received but said it led to an evacuation at the site.

NSA under fire: Supreme Court to review legality of warrantless wiretapping of Americans
RT - The US Supreme Court decided on Monday this week that they will consider a case that challenges the powers for the federal government established in the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, a legislation that allows authorities a wide breadth when getting away with snooping into private conversation in the name of national security.

VIDEO: CNN Anchor on NATO protest to police: The whole world is watching, does anybody deserve this?
After going through previous media blackouts on police overreach and brutality during Occupy protests, it’s an optimistic sign to hear a reporter in shock over the beatings of protesters at the NATO summit by authorities. CNN’s Don Lemon calls them out.

VIDEO: Teacher Yells At Student: Criminal Offense to Criticize Obama
Intel Hub - An audio recording of an exchange between a teacher and a student at North Rowan High School in North Carolina serves as a reminder that the school system is becoming a training ground for teaching kids to be subservient to the state while indoctrinating them into thinking that the First Amendment doesn’t exist. The clip features a conversation in which teacher Tanya Dixon-Neely tells students that it is a criminal offense to criticize Barack Obama and that they could be “arrested” for doing so.

Innocent Americans spent at least 10,000 years in jail
RT - The US Constitution guarantees a fair trial, but the number of Americans that will argue otherwise is incredible. At least 2,000 people have been sentenced to prison for crimes in the last 23 years, only to eventually be exonerated by the court.

2012 Election News

Rise For Liberty Money Bomb Raises Over $800,000
Daily Paul - $800,000 and rising!

The Biggest Prize, California: Select Your Precincts to Mail Super Brochures
Daily Paul - is stepping up to the challenge to help Ron Paul win in California by mailing Ron Paul Super Brochures. They have a strategy to win delegates.

Old Neocon War Horse Cheney to Hold Fund-raiser for Mittens
Kurt Nimmo - Mitt Romney wants a warmonger and war criminal as his vice president – somebody just like Dick Cheney [video].... In short, Romney is attempting to draw in the neocons and their supporters. Democrats may have a field day linking Romney to the Bush-era warmongers, but then they would be hypocrites to do so – Obama has continued Bush’s legacy and has expanded the phony war on terror, including partaking in the unconstitutional invasion of Libya with NATO that resulted in the murder of around 30,000 people in the north African nation.

VIDEO: Ron "Paul Fest" Gains More Celebrities! Country Stars Burns and Poe Make Huge Announcement!
Daily Paul - "Burns & Poe is country-soaked, adrenaline-driven, fun-lovin’, on the rocks entertainment that makes for a don’t-blink, hold-tight, roller-coaster-of-a-ride, live show. Paul Festival information here. Watch the brand new music video! "I Need A Job"

60 Min Peter Thiel: Ron Paul Worth Every Cent of Investment
CBS 60 Minutes 5/20/2012 - Paypal Co-Founder / Entrepreneur Peter Thiel explains why investing 2.5 million in Ron Paul is worth it.

Veteran News

VIDEO: 'Life over war': US veterans return medals at NATO summit - Dozens of anti-war veterans tossed their medals onto a Chicago street Sunday near where NATO began its two-day summit, calling them “representations of hate,” “lies” and “cheap tokens,” and with some making emotional pleas for forgiveness from the people of Iraq and Afghanistan. With many dressed in military fatigues, they had filed through the streets in formation, chanting "N-A-T-O, NATO has got to go," and “No NATO, no war, we don't work for you no more,” leading about 2,000 protesters on a 2.5-mile march.


U.S. lets China bypass Wall Street for Treasury orders
(Reuters) - China can now bypass Wall Street when buying U.S. government debt and go straight to the U.S. Treasury, in what is the Treasury's first-ever direct relationship with a foreign government, according to documents viewed by Reuters.

VIDEO: Bankers Under Fire as Facebook Slips 11%
WSJ - Facebook shares skidded on their second day on the market, leaving some investors in the red and raising questions about whether the company and its lead banker, Morgan Stanley, botched the deal. Related article here.

Gas Spending Around the World
Memorial Day signals the start of the summer driving season, a time when many Americans ditch the hassle of airport security and opt to get in their cars and drive. But don't let the recent drop in gas prices fool you — with the rise in summer travel and an increased demand for gasoline, history shows that gas prices will likely spike right before the holiday weekend. Mention high gas prices and many Americans will admit to feeling the pinch at the pump, but how do we compare to the rest of the world?

Housing Market

Wells Fargo Has Blood on Its Hands: Desperate Man Commits Suicide After Shocking Foreclosure Mistreatment
AlterNet - The quick version of this terrible story is that Norman and Oriane Rousseau of Newbury Park, California were scammed into a predatory mortgage. But they made their payments anyway, always paying with a cashier’s check in person at the same branch. Then one day the bank misapplied their payment and said they still owed the money. This started a long, nasty process that led to the bank evicting the Rousseaus from their home.

Energy & Environment

WWF Calls For Immediate EcoAusterity
Intel Hub - “If all of humanity lived like an average resident of Indonesia, only two-thirds of the planet’s biocapacity would be used; if everyone lived like an average Argentinean, humanity would demand more than half an additional planet; and if everyone lived like an average resident of the USA, a total of four Earths would be required to regenerate humanity’s annual demand on nature.” — World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Living Planet Report 2012 (emphasis added)


The top five superfoods to always keep stocked in your pantry
(NaturalNews) What is a superfood? While there is no specific definition for the term, a superfood is generally recognized by a few characteristics: high nutritional density and low calories, high fiber, high in omega-3 fatty acids, lots of antioxidant activity, and rich with phytochemicals that have the potential to prevent or even reverse disease.

Best home remedies and natural treatments for poison ivy
(NaturalNews) As summer approaches, most people spend more time outdoors; and with that comes the chance of developing a poison ivy allergy. Oils from these devilish weeds are highly noxious, causing a long list of poison ivy allergy symptoms.... Fortunately, nature has not only cursed us with these weeds, but also provided a list of home remedies for allergic reactions to poison ivy, oak, and sumac.

Natural Antibiotic, Digestive Aid | Powerful Oregano Oil Benefits
Natural Society - According to scientists from the Department of Physiology & Biophysics at Georgetown University Medical Center, oregano oil could actually be a ‘new’ and ‘safe’ antimicrobial agent that could serve to replace big pharma’s drugs. Based on their research and the findings of the other scientists, the team agreed that oregano oil could be the natural and logical solution.

CDC Targeting Baby Boomers for Mass Vaccination Agenda
Activist Post - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has drafted a recommendation that ALL Baby Boomers (people born between 1945 and 1965) be tested for the hepatitis C virus and subsequently vaccinated. The CDC estimates 800,000 people are infected and being vaccinated could save 120,000 lives. The Baby Boomers are being targeted because of the rampant drug use in the '80s with needles, as well as blood transfusions that were in great use during the '90s; before blood screening was common place.

What is the Average American Diet? – Infographic
Activist Post - With the average American consuming 24 lbs of artificial sweeteners, 29 lbs of french fries, and over 600 lbs of dairy per year, the average American is in a state of crisis. The average American diet is heavily responsible for the escalating obesity rates and is ultimately contributing to the development of illness and diseases.

Findings from Flawed Study Used To Discredit Multivitamin/Mineral Supplements
Life Extention - Back in 1983, commercial companies bragged in their advertising about how much iron their multivitamins contained. Despite our repeated warnings, very few commercial supplement companies removed iron from their multivitamin formulas as the public perception was that supplemental iron was beneficial. The result of this misconception was that individuals using commercial supplements were obtaining miniscule quantities of antioxidants to protect against free radicals, while simultaneously ingesting large amounts of iron (and sometimes copper) that are known free radical generators.

Final advice: Panel against routine prostate test
AP - Healthy men shouldn't get routine prostate cancer screenings, says updated advice from a government panel that found the PSA blood tests do more harm than good. Despite strenuous protests from urologists, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is sticking by a contentious proposal it made last fall. A final guideline published Monday says there's little if any evidence that PSA testing saves lives - while too many men suffer impotence, incontinence, heart attacks, occasionally even death from treatment of tiny tumors that never would have killed them.

Marijuana Oil Helps 3-Year-Old Son Beat Cancer, Dad Says
Natural Society - What would you do if your 3-year old son was stricken with brain cancer? Most parents wouldn’t think twice about bringing their child to a mainstream doctor, only to undergo modern-day cancer ‘treatments’ such as chemotherapy. This is what one father, Mike Hyde, from Montana did when his 3 year old was diagnosed with brain cancer, but the father doesn’t attribute his sons victory against cancer with the use of chemotherapy or any other mainstream treatment; the dad actually says marijuana oil is what made the young boy beat cancer.

Fascinating documentary exposes cancer industry's death agenda: Cut Poison Burn
(NaturalNews) In the sobering documentary Cut Poison Burn, filmmaker Wayne Chesler brings to light the sinister nature of the multi-billion dollar cancer industry, its suppression of any real pursuit of a cure, and its stranglehold on medicine that restricts individuals from choosing their own personalized, alternative forms of treatment....Watch the trailer here.

Science & Technology

Monday Mail Mayhem: Anonymous leaks 1.7 GB of Justice Dept data
RT - The Anonymous hacker group posted 1.7 gigabytes of data on The Pirate Bay. The group says it obtained by hacking into the Justice Department Statistics website. The department also acknowledged that its web server had been breached. A message accompanying the torrent uploaded by user AnonymousLeaks on The Pirate Bay states that the intention of the action is to “end the corruption that exists, and to truly make those who are being oppressed free.”

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Not so organic - USDA accused of conspiracy with agribusiness insiders
RT - The Cornucopia Institute from the state of Wisconsin is calling out the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) in their latest report by saying that the governmental panel that determines what is and isn’t considered “organic” is stacked with federal insiders with an alternative agenda. According to the findings in The Organic Watergate paper released this week, the USDA’s National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) has taken a turn for the worse in recent years, hiring staffers in bed with corporate entities that aren’t as concerned with protecting consumers as they are with making a buck.

Big Ag, Monsanto take over research universities and turn them into pro-industry propaganda machines
(NaturalNews) Tom Philpott from Mother Jones dissects a recent Food & Water Watch (FWW) report in which it is openly disclosed that corporate agriculture and the pharmaceutical industry have basically bought out agricultural research education as we know it. Colleges and universities that once received the bulk of their research funding from the federal government now receive it from Monsanto, DuPont, and others, and their research efforts reflect this.

New technology can detect as little as 0.1 percent GMO contamination in crops, food
(NaturalNews) What this all means for the general public is that, should mandatory GM labeling laws eventually be passed in your state or, in a best-case scenario nationwide, scanning food and crops for GM contaminants will be simple and and highly-effective. The technology will also allow farmers to detect the presence of GM contamination in their fields, which could make it a lot easier for farmers to sue Monsanto and other GMO giants for trespassing.

Monsanto’s Mass ‘Super Weeds’ Force a Return to Sustainable Farming
Activist Post - The super resistant weeds threaten not only independent family farmers and major agricultural businesses alike, but also the future of food production. Experts are now calling for a radical change in farming practices, with time-tested traditional methods being the ultimate goal.


The Top 50 Excuses For Not Prepping
American Dream - The number of preppers in the United States today is steadily increasing, but the vast majority of people out there still see no reason to start getting ready for "the end of the world as we know it". Most people just assume that things will always somehow get better or that they will somehow be immune to whatever calamities are heading our way. Most people always seem to have a "good excuse" for why they do not need to prepare.

Today in History - Monday - May 21, 2012
1819 - Bicycles were first seen in the U.S. in New York City. They were originally known as "swift walkers."
1832 - In the U.S., the Democratic Party held its first national convention.
1840 - New Zealand was declared a British colony.
1856 - Lawrence, Kansas was captured by pro-slavery forces.
1863 - The siege of the Confederate Port Hudson, LA, began.
1881 - The American branch of the Red Cross was founded by Clara Barton.
1881 - The United States Lawn Tennis Association was formed in New York City.
1906 - Louis H. Perlman received his patent for the demountable tire-carrying rim.
1922 - The cartoon, "On the Road to Moscow," by Rollin Kirby won a Pulitzer Prize. It was the first cartoon awarded the Pulitzer.
1927 - Charles A. Lindberg completed the first solo nonstop airplane flight across the Atlantic Ocean. The trip began May 20.
1929 - The first automatic electric stock quotation board was used by Sutro and Company of New York City.
1934 - Oskaloosa, IA, became the first city in the U.S. to fingerprint all of its citizens.
1941 - The first U.S. ship, the SS Robin Moor, was sunk by a U-boat.
1945 - Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart were married.
1956 - The U.S. exploded the first airborne hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean over Bikini Atoll.
1961 - Governor Patterson declared martial law in Montgomery, AL.
1968 - The nuclear-powered U.S. submarine Scorpion, with 99 men aboard, was last heard from. The remains of the sub were later found on the ocean floor 400 miles southwest of the Azores.
1970 - The National Guard was mobilized to quell disturbances at Ohio State University.
1982 - The British landed in the Falkland Islands and fighting began.
1991 - In Madras, India, the former prime minister, Rajiv Gandhi was killed by a bouquet of flowers that contained a bomb.
1998 - An expelled student, Kipland Kinkel, in Springfield, OR, killed 2 people and wounded 25 others with a semi-automatic rifle. Police also discovered that the boy had killed his parents before the rampage.
1998 - Microsoft and Sega announced that they are collaborating on a home video game system.
1998 - In Miami, FL, five abortion clinics were hit by an butyric acid-attacker.

World News

Bin Laden died of natural causes says Former CIA agent
A former agent of the CIA has revealed that al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has died of natural causes five years before the US announced his death.

US warns North Korea against another nuke test
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- The top U.S. envoy for North Korea warned Pyongyang on Monday that any nuclear test would be a serious miscalculation that would unify the world in seeking swift, tough punishment.

UN nuclear chief in Iran on key mission
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- The head of the U.N. nuclear agency arrived Monday in Tehran on a key mission that could lead to the resumption of probes by the watchdog on whether Iran has secretly worked on an atomic weapon. It would also strength the Islamic Republic's negotiating hand in crucial nuclear talks with six world powers later this week in Baghdad.

UK troops may stay in Afghanistan beyond 2014 says official
RT - Plans for a compete Western pullout from Afghanistan seem to be drifting with Britain saying a small number of its soldiers may remain in the country beyond the 2014 NATO withdrawal deadline.

Syrian opposition gets shoulder-fired missiles
WND - There remains frustration in trying to track down up to 20,000 missing shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles taken out of the bunkers during the waning days of the regime of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, according to a report in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin. Now that they have disappeared, and despite a U.S. program worth tens of millions of dollars to try and relocate them, only 5,000 have been turned in.

G8 Confab Calls for Action Against Iran, North Korea
Kurt Nimmo - During the G8 confab at Camp David this weekend, the “major industrial nations” called for turning up the heat on North Korea and Iran in response to their nuclear programs.

VIDEO: G8 summit ends with artificial ‘hopetimism’
RT - The annual G8 summit is over, with no tangible result in saving Europe from financial crisis.... Charlie McGrath, the founder of Wide Awake News, told RT.... “We keep talking about Greece over and over and over again for the last several years. But the problem is not just Greece, Greece is a relatively small economy,” McGrath warned. “The problem is the European debt load period, and nobody is addressing the real problem which is these banks that have loaded up the debt on all these countries.”

Spy-Butterfly: Israel developing insect drone for indoor surveillance
RT - The future is here and this is not a butterfly on your wall, as Israeli drones are getting tiny. Their latest project – a butterfly-shaped drone weighing just 20 grams - the smallest in its range so far – can gather intelligence inside buildings.

Big pharma 'research' suggests all people over 50 should take statins every day for life
(NaturalNews) Big pharma propaganda has reached a new height in the UK this week, with the release of a new study that appears to show the benefits of taking statins. The report goes on to claim that everyone over 50 years of age should be taking the drug on a daily basis, for the rest of their lives.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

U.S. soliders forced to wear U.N. logo? - Appeal explains Clinton's secret executive order
WND - In the 1990s, conservative icon Phyllis Schlafly wrote a moving description of the plight of U.S. Army Specialist E-4 Michael G. New, a medic in the Third Infantry Division who was drummed out of the military because he refused to wear the uniform of the United Nations. “When American soldiers were killed over Iraq,” she wrote, “Vice President Al Gore told the widows and orphans of those men that ‘they died in the service of the United Nations.’ That wasn’t a slip of the tongue; his words reveal the Clinton administration’s plan to use our armed forces as U.N. mercenaries all over the world at the whim of U.N. bureaucrats.”

Lou Dobbs mystified by Obama-birth ‘taboo’
WND - Fox Business anchor Lou Dobbs says he’s mystified by an apparent “taboo” Republicans and the national media have as they continue to bury any question or news story probing the eligibility of Barack Obama to be president of the United States.

Life in Occupied Chicago
Activist Post - Secret Service agents, NORTHCOM and National Guard forces, as well as thousands of state and local police seem everywhere.... Residents were advised to hunker down and stay out of harm's way as best as possible. For many, it's not easy. More on a city under siege below.

Obama Order Backing Yemen Dictator Threatens Free Speech, Critics Say
New American - President Obama is under fire after passing a so-called “Executive Order” threatening anyone, including American citizens, who interferes even “indirectly” with the transition to power of the new U.S. government-backed dictator of Yemen. Analysts expressed concern that the measure could be an attack on the First Amendment protection of free speech rights, suggesting that journalists and activists who oppose the Yemeni regime might find themselves targeted by the administration’s newly super-charged terror war.

MBTA to Spread Dead Bacteria on Red Line in Bio-Terror Test
Beacon Hill, MA Patch - In order to test sensors that detect biological agents that terror groups could release into subway systems, Homeland Security and the T plan to release dead bacteria at three Red Line stops during off-hours.

Army Convoy Heading Towards NATO Summit As Chicago Law Enforcement Prepares For War With Protesters
Intel Hub - With the city of Chicago investing at least a million dollars in riot control equipment and warning the Red Cross of possible evacuations, things are sure to get extremely hairy. Top that off with recently spotted army vehicles headed towards Chicago and you have a recipe for an extremely violent weekend.

VIDEO: Over 1,000 join 2nd day of anti-NATO protests in Chicago (PHOTOS)
RT - More than a thousand protesters have flooded downtown Chicago on the second day of demonstrations against the upcoming NATO summit. A few skirmishes took place with police using batons on activists. This comes as about 2,500 people attended a rally at a downtown plaza on Friday. However, the biggest demonstrations are expected to take place on Sunday when the NATO summit kicks off.

VIDEO: Nurses lead thousands in Chicago anti-NATO march (PHOTOS)
RT - Thousands of protesters took to Chicago’s streets ahead of the NATO summit due to kick off there on Sunday. National Nurses United teamed up with trade unions and the Occupy movement to form a mass rally in the Windy City. The NNU members demanded a Robin Hood tax to be introduced on banks’ financial transactions. That demand was rather a supplement to the protest against proposals to cut back nurses pensions.

VIDEO: Kucinich Anti-Drone Amendment Struck Down
Fox News - Three other amendments were rejected earlier in the day by voice vote, from: Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio), prohibits the Joint Special Operations Command from conducting drone strikes against targets whose identity is not known or is based solely on patterns of behavior (aka "signature" strikes).... The Kucinich-Conyers legislation flies directly in the face of the Obama administration's decision to execute those types of airstrikes, particularly against suspected terror targets in Yemen.

VIDEO: 6-foot-long, 100-pound missile falls off Apache helicopter near Texas homes
Activist Post - In Killeen, Texas, a training missile – which is actually never meant to leave the helicopter – fell off an Apache helicopter flying out of the Fort Hood military base. I wish I could say that this was the only example of the military doing things which seem nothing short of imbecilic, but that is far from the case. Watch the below video about the Navy spending another $262 million on drones that don’t work if you need another example...

GOP House leaders increase pressure on Holder to comply with subpoena
Fox News - [Rep. Darrel Issa, chairman of the chamber's investigative committee] wants to put Holder in contempt of Congress for failing to comply with the October 2011 subpoena issued for the documents. House members say Holder has provided only select information, while the administration argues Holder has provided what is required for the congressional investigations.

4-year-old Texas girl taken from parents and heavily drugged by Child Protective Services
RT -The parents of a 4-year-old girl are outraged after their daughter was placed under the care of Child Protective Services and then heavily medicated with psychotropic drugs.... Rachel, at only three years old, was hooked on Risperdal, a drug used to treat Schizophrenia and Bi-Polar disorder. Sadly, she isn’t the only one either. A report from ABC News published in November 2011 reveals that around one-fourth of foster children examined by the Government Accountability Office were prescribed at least one psychiatric drugs, with thousands of youngsters forced to take doses higher than what the FDA approves.

The US government is collecting DNA from kids, whether or not they are involved in criminal activity
(NaturalNews) Documents recently released by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), in response to a Freedom of Information Act request filed by the Electronic Freedom Foundation (EFF), show that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is considering collecting DNA samples from children 14 and up, and is even considering collecting samples from kids younger than that.

VIDEO: 2nd Grader Kicked Out of School for ‘Black Face’ MLK Tribute
KRDO - A second-grader at Meridian Ranch Elementary school in Colorado Springs was pulled out of class on Wednesday for painting his face black. Sean King dressed up as Martin Luther King, Jr. for a class project. “It was wax museum day for the second-graders and each one dressed up as a historical figure they were assigned,” said Sean’s mother, Michelle King-Roca.

2012 Election News

Ron Paul Decisively Wins Minnesota and Carries Delegates in Multiple Other States
Supporters of 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul have propelled him to an historic win in Minnesota this weekend, with delegate gains having occurred in multiple other states as well. The recent achievements affirm Paul’s delegate-attainment strategy, and support the notion that he and his platform will be featured prominently at the Republican National Convention in Tampa this August.

YouTube: Ron Paul's Texas Straight Talk 5/21/12
On Indefinite Detention: The Tyranny Continues.

Rise For Liberty Money Bomb Rolls On!

Video/Audio: Ron Paul rocks Minnesota GOP Convention
Ron Paul full speech at 2012 Minnesota Republican State Conference 5-18-12. (Over 2100 delegates present.)

Ron Paul Picks Up National Delegates
Michigan Standard - Ron Paul has been picking up delegates in state after state, and Michigan was no different. Although the totals are not yet confirmed it looks like Ron Paul picked up 8 of the 30 voting delegates from Michigan for the national convention in Tampa. Additionally, at least one non-voting delegate and 11 alternates are Ron Paul supporters as well.

Should I Vote For Ron Paul 2012? Complete Guide to Ron Paul's Stance on Every Issue
PolicyMic - In order to do my part to help understand not just Paul, but libertarian philosophy in general, I put together a brief summary of where Paul stands on specific political issues taken from his speeches and writings.

Reality Check: Liberty Movement Taking Over GOP Part 1
Ben Swann takes a look at the hidden story that the Grand Old Party is becoming a whole new party. Why Rep. Ron Paul may only be a messenger of a movement that has already scored major victories this primary season.

Ron Paul co-sponsors Obama Impeachment Bill
Examiner - Hoping to soon pass committee and make it to the house is HCR 107, a bill threatening the possibility of the impeachment of the President of the United States for high crimes and misdemeanors, now thrust into the spotlight.

VIDEO: Arizona's Secretary Of State Threatens To Keep President Obama Off The Ballot
Business Insider- Talking Points Memo this morning pointed to this interview yesterday between Arizona conservative radio host and Secretary of State Ken Bennett. In the interview, Bennett said it would be "possible" that he keeps President Obama off the Arizona ballot in November unless he receives "confirmation" from the state of Hawaii that Barack Obama was born there.

Veteran News

Lung Disease Following Deployment in Iraq and Afghanistan - Concern for deployment-related lung disease is on the rise, as more US troops and civilian contractors are reporting prolonged and unexplained respiratory symptoms after returning from southwest Asia. Several exposures of concern have been identified, including burn pit emissions, desert dusts, and industrial fires and emissions.

Occupy Wall Street Protest

VIDEO: Chicago Police Hold Occupy Activists on State Terrorism Charges With Dubious Evidence
Common Dreams - The City of Chicago has filed charges against three Occupy activists, Jared Chase, Brent Beterly, and Brian Jacob Church, including possession of explosives or incendiary devices, material support for terrorism, and conspiracy. While police say the suspects had Molotov cocktail-making equipment, the National Lawyers Guild says they only had beer-making equipment and cell phones. Related article.


JPMorgan's Potential Trading Loss Just Keeps Spiraling Higher
Business Insider - When JPMorgan first announced that its CIO office had blundered into a huge trading loss, the number was pegged at $2 billion, though the company said it could go higher.
Then the loss was reported to be $3 billion. And now.... $5 billion or more?

Chinese company to buy US movie theater chain AMC
BEIJING (AP) -- A Chinese conglomerate announced Monday it will buy a major U.S. cinema chain, AMC Entertainment Holdings, for $2.6 billion in China's biggest corporate takeover in the United States to date.

U.S. Liquidating its Best Companies
Economy in Crisis - A country that produces nothing produces no wealth. The companies within a country are that country’s wealth producers. We allow our companies to be snatched up by foreign competitors on the open stock market. Over 16,000 of our best wealth producing companies have been auctioned off, and the U.S. has no authoritative government agency prohibiting the Great American Sell-off.

“Free” Trade Makes the Rich Even Richer
Economy in Crisis - Gordon Lafer, a political science professor at Oregon University wrote in The Hill, “The minority that supports the NAFTA model, however, includes the country’s most powerful corporate lobbies. The strongest advocates of ‘free trade’ are the Chamber of Commerce and multinational corporations such as GE, which sent tens of thousands of jobs overseas and built a profitable business helping others do likewise.” Related video: The Corruption Within.

Energy & Environment

Government tyranny: Illinois Department of Agriculture secretly destroys beekeeper's bees and 15 years of research proving Monsanto's Roundup kills bees
(NaturalNews) An Illinois beekeeper with more than a decade's worth of expertise about how to successfully raise organic, chemical-free bees is the latest victim of flagrant government tyranny. According to the Prairie Advocate, Terrence "Terry" Ingram of Apple River, Ill., owner of Apple Creek Apiaries, recently had his bees and beehives stolen from him by the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDofA), as well as more than 15 years' worth of research proving Monsanto's Roundup to be the cause of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) destroyed.

Bayer will stop at nothing to make a profit… when will they be held accountable? - As many as 50% to 90% of the bee populations have simply vanished. This is a big deal. Bees are a keystone species – they are vital to the food chain on our planet. An international study of 115 food crops grown in over 200 countries showed that 75% of crops are pollinated by animals, especially by bees. At first it was believed that only honeybees were affected, but then bumblebee populations began to decline. has now been proven that the bee deaths are actually the result of poisoning from two known pesticides called clothianidin and imidacloprid –manufactured by Bayer.


Should the FDA approve Big Pharma marketing drug treatments to healthy people?
(NaturalNews) This week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will consider allowing an anti-HIV drug to be promoted to otherwise healthy, HIV-free people as a purely preventative measure for the first time. If approved, Gilead Sciences will be able to market Truvada to anyone who might be considered "at risk" for contracting the disease based on lifestyle and other factors... Under the new guidelines, doctors would begin openly touting this therapy as a glorified prophylactic to people who do not have HIV based on fear they might contract it someday (and all at the low price of just $14,000 a year).

Astragalus, the unsung cancer fighter
(NaturalNews) Astragalus is a traditional Chinese medicinal herb that has been around for over 4,000 years. Astragalus is an adaptogenic, nontoxic herb and plant extract that helps the body resist the damaging effects of stress while restoring normal physiological function. Astragalus aids adrenal function, digestion, metabolism, combats fatigue and increases stamina. Astragalus is very effective in helping people with AIDS and has even proven to have an anti-tumor effect and can increase the efficacy of chemotherapy.

Try these natural foods and herbs for treating upset stomach, ulcers
(NaturalNews) If you are one of the millions of people that suffers from a stomach ulcer, or even if you just occasionally get an upset stomach after eating, there is hope beyond simply taking antacids or other pharmaceutical drugs, all of which merely address the symptoms of the problem rather than the cause. Instead, you may want to try incorporating one or more of these all-natural, stomach-healing foods and herbs into your everyday diet for lasting, curative relief.

Medical Board of California bullies couple into shutting down colon hydrotherapy practice, entire profession now at risk
(NaturalNews) For more than a decade, Shea and her husband Stephen have been helping patients cleanse their colons naturally without chemicals or drugs using simple water, a practice that is fully legal for non-licensed practitioners in the state of California under the provisions of SB 577, Section 2053.6. But because many colon hydrotherapists like Shea and Stephen operate unlicensed and outside the mainstream medical paradigm, the Medical Board of California... appears to have decided to launch a witch hunt to destroy the practice, beginning with the Bairds.

Spicy Food Beats Dangerous Weight Loss Surgery
Natural Society - Published in the journal Digestive Diseases and Sciences, the authors revealed that caspaicin could be a natural method of combating obesity that is nearly as effective as intensive surgeries — and with far less complications and risks.... Spicy foods could even prevent the leading cause of death (heart disease), according to powerful research from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

High-Fructose Corn Syrup Damages Learning Abilities, Memory
Natural Society - High-fructose corn syrup, a ubiquitous ingredient present in processed foods and sugary beverages across the globe, is a well-known health destroyer. Now, scientists have revealed that the substance may also be damaging the brain functions of consumers worldwide. In fact, the official release goes as far to say that high-fructose corn syrup can make you ‘stupid’.

Gluten sensitivity in mothers linked to mental health issues for the child
(NaturalNews) Children born to women with gluten sensitivity may be at a higher risk of developing schizophrenia or other psychiatric diseases later in life, according to a study conducted by researchers from the Karolinska Institute and Johns Hopkins Children's Center and published in the American Journal of Psychiatry.

Science & Technology

Facebook sued for $15 billion over subscriber tracking
Press TV - Facebook users in California have filed a lawsuit against the social network seeking damages for invasion of their privacy and improper tracking. The suit consolidates 21 related cases filed in more than a dozen states in 2011 and early 2012 alleging that Facebook tracked internet use of its members even after they logged out of their accounts. Lawyers in the suit seek up to USD 10,000 for each Facebook user, or more than $15 billion.

City of Chicago under attack… by hackers
RT - A group linked to the hacktivist collective Anonymous claims to have taken down the Chicago police department website as authorities are looking into whether the City of Chicago website was also hit in the cyber strike.

VIDEO: Major CISPA opponent steps down, jeopardizing White House’s veto ‘promise’
RT - The House-approved legislation that would erode Internet privacy for Americans might have just bypassed a major hurdle. The White House official who publically condemned CISPA has suddenly stepped down as Obama’s cybersecurity coordinator.

VIDEO: Google’s New Search Tool to Use CIA and World Bank as Sources for ‘Facts’
Infowars - Instead of using the typical search strength of a particular answer, this new feature will draw “facts” from places like Wikipedia for historical information, CIA World Factbook for geopolitical answers, the World Bank for economic facts, Freebase for information about people and other predetermined sources. This move by Google seems eerily similar to Orwell’s Ministry of Truth in that search results or “answers and facts” will no longer be gathered based on the algorithmic popularity of content, but rather selected by Google.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

BARRELS OF FUN: Grow Potatoes in a Barrel
Mother Earth News - Believe it or not, you can grow potatoes using simple supplies such as sawdust and an old garbage can. We'll show you how.

Enlist Beneficial Insects for Natural Pest Control
Mother Earth News - Grow the right flowers to attract these Top 10 beneficial insects to your garden to minimize damage from aphids, caterpillars, flea beetles and other pests.

Pet News

VIDEO: Pet Owners Say Cat’s Cancer Caused By Vaccine - A family pet is dying of cancer, and the owners say their veterinarians told them the tumor was likely caused by a vaccination.... Her cat, Hozart, has a large open tumor just above his tail, the same spot where the cat was vaccinated in Montana years ago.... Anthony said the cat was vaccinated for rabies, distemper and feline leukemia. Since Hozart developed the tumor, the family has learned that the leukemia vaccine isn't necessary for in-door cats like Hozart, and that it carries one of the highest risks of any animal vaccine for causing cancerous tumors.

VIDEO: Forget Everything Bad You've Been Told about Essential Oils for Pets
Dr Becker - Dr. Melissa Shelton is a holistic DVM who has pioneered the use of essential oils to treat animals in her practice – with really outstanding results. Dr. Shelton’s interest in essential oils began very gradually, but ultimately became her passion. She considers the importance of oils to heal pets second only to a solid nutritional foundation.

Another Diamond Product Recalled
Susan Thixton - Diamond Pet Foods is expanding a voluntary recall to include its Diamond Naturals Small Breed Adult Dog Lamb & Rice Formula dry dog food manufactured on Aug. 26, 2011 due to potential exposure to Salmonella. No illnesses have been reported. Update: A second Diamond Pet Food manufacturing plant has now had a product recalled due to Salmonella.

Today in History - Friday - May 18, 2012
1792 - Russian troops invaded Poland.
1798 - The first Secretary of the U.S. Navy was appointed. He was Benjamin Stoddert.
1802 - Great Britain declared war on Napoleon's France.
1804 - Napoleon Bonaparte was proclaimed emperor by the French Senate.
1828 - Battle of Las Piedras ended the conflict between Uruguay and Brazil.
1917 - The U.S. Congress passed the Selective Service act, which called up soldiers to fight in World War I.
1931 - Japanese pilot Seiji Yoshihara crashed his plane in the Pacific Ocean while trying to be the first to cross the ocean nonstop. He was picked up seven hours later by a passing ship.
1933 - The Tennessee Valley Authority was created.
1934 - The U.S. Congress approved an act, known as the "Lindberg Act," that called for the death penalty in interstate kidnapping cases.
1949 - Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America was incorporated
1951 - The United Nations moved its headquarters to New York City.
1974 - India became the sixth nation to explode an atomic bomb.
1980 - Mt. Saint Helens erupted in Washington state. 57 people were killed and 3 billion in damage was done.
1983 - The U.S. Senate revised immigration laws and gave millions of illegal aliens legal status under an amnesty program.
1994 - Israel's three decades of occupation in the Gaza Strip ended as Israeli troops completed their withdrawal and Palestinian authorities took over.
1998 - The U.S. federal government and 20 states filed a sweeping antitrust case against Microsoft Corp., saying the computer software company had a "choke hold" on competitors which denied consumer choices by controlling 90% of the software market.
1998 - U.S. federal officials arrested more than 130 people and seized $35 million. This was the end to an investigation of money laundering being done by a dozen Mexican banks and two drug-smuggling cartels.

World News

Iran Ships Oil On Behalf Of Syria
An oil tanker belonging to Iran's state-owned shipping line has been switching flags and using multiple companies to transport crude from Syria to Iran, illustrating how Tehran is helping to sidestep international efforts to choke the finances of Bashar al-Assad, Syrian president. Documents obtained by the Financial Times show the vessel, operated by the Islamic Republic International Shipping Lines, sailed from Syria to the Gulf of Oman and then Iran, using different flags and changing owners.

Cameron to tell Merkel she is the only person who can save the euro
David Cameron will today press the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, to come to the rescue of Greece and other ailing European economies or risk the collapse of the single currency.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Obama hosts key world leaders at Camp David
While the two-day summit will be overshadowed by the follow-on NATO conference in Chicago for 61 visiting heads of state -- a summit that will help determine the future course of Afghanistan -- the more intimate G8 get-together is a major event on Obama's social calendar.

Arpaio reacts to latest Obama-Kenya connection
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, whose special investigative unit already has found probable cause that Barack Obama’s Hawaii birth certificate is a forgery, says the discovery of a 1991 literary brochure listing Obama’s birthplace as Kenya “puts more smoke out there.”

Fighter Jets In Skies Over Chicago On Friday Morning Before NATO Summit
The U.S. North American Aerospace Defense (NORAD) Command Region fighters–including Air Force KC-135 tankers, Air Force F-16s, and a Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin helicopters–will be visible on Friday morning, beginning around 9 a.m.

Chicago braces for major protests as NATO summit looms
As world leaders gather for the NATO summit in Chicago this weekend, they will be welcomed by thousands of protesters with a litany of complaints. Chief among them: Stop spending money on war and use it to rebuild recession-hit communities instead. Some downtown Chicago businesses are taking extra steps for security, including boarding up ahead of expected anti-NATO protests.

Veterans For Peace Calls for an End to NATO
Veterans for Peace works for the abolition of war, and while that process will take many steps, one that should be taken immediately is the dissolution of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Read More...

Nuclear power regulators call for fewer immediate evacuations in an accident
The Associated Press reported Wednesday that the nation’s nuclear power regulators quietly overhauled community emergency planning for nuclear accidents for the first time in more than three decades, requiring fewer exercises for major accidents and recommending that fewer people be evacuated right away.

House OKs continued war in Afghanistan
The House endorsed the continued war in Afghanistan on Thursday despite acknowledgment from Republicans and Democrats that the American people are war-weary after more than a decade of conflict. By a vote of 303-113, lawmakers rejected an amendment that would have swiftly ended combat operations in Afghanistan by limiting funds only to the "safe and orderly withdrawal of U.S. troops and military contractors from Afghanistan."

Fraud charges for former financial advisory chief
A federal grand jury indicted a former chairman of a national financial planning association with fraud on Thursday for funneling more than $46 million of his clients' money into risky ventures he co-founded. Mark Spangler, a former chairman of the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA), diverted the funds, which clients expected to be invested in publicly traded instruments, into his technology ventures instead, the Department of Justice said.

Buffett Buys 63 Newspapers for $142 Million
Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc is boosting its bet on the newspaper industry, with a deal to buy the majority of Media General Inc's papers for $142 million in cash, making him one of the largest publishers in the United States.

Obama wants tough rules after JPMorgan loss says report
Obama said this week the huge loss illustrated the need for Wall Street reform and warned that the same kind of error at a less stable bank may have required government intervention.

2012 Election News

Delegate From Arizona Marko Trickovic Spills Beans On Blatant Fraud @ State Convention
With the amount of corruption that the GOP establishment is filled with, they're surely going to get their BLOWBACK. They're asking for it very badly.

Veteran News

Nearly $2 million in guns, combat gear sold to gangs
A wide-reaching investigation by military and civilian authorities has uncovered a criminal conspiracy within the Armed Forces to steal and sell nearly $2 million in guns and combat gear to gangs in the U.S. and foreign countries including China, military officials have confirmed.

Occupy Wall Street Protest

Busloads of Occupy Protesters Head to Chicago
More protesters, mostly from the Occupy movement, are making their way to Chicago. Groups from New York City, Los Angeles, Washington D.C. and Portland boarded buses Wednesday morning and settled in for the long haul. The groups streamed their trips online along the way, spreading the word about the Occupy movement and their Chicago plans. On a bus from L.A., riders described Occupy as "a new kind of lifestyle" and speculated close to 900 supporters ultimately would converge.

NYPD loses face and first Occupy Wall Street trial
This case could have been a slam dunk for the NYPD, had it not been for one thing: the video showing police claims of disorderly conduct during an OWS protest to be completely untrue. Hundreds have been arrested during the Occupy Wall Street protests, but photographer Alexander Arbuckle’s case was the first to go to trial – and after just two days, the Manhattan Criminal Court found him not guilty.


IRS 1099 Gold Reporting - Private Gold? - Private Silver Bullion?
Answers to such questions "When I sell my gold bullion or silver bullion, is it a private transaction, or is it reported to the IRS?"

Asia stocks tumble as Spain joins worry list
Many major Asian indexes fall 2% or more!

Energy & Environment

U.S. forecasters bracing for hot summer
The forecast for June through August calls for warmer-than-normal weather for about three-quarters of the nation, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration said Thursday.


120 Uses for Coconut Oil - Even More of the Simple, the Strange, and the Downright Odd

Salmonella-linked sushi toll climbs to 316 in 26 states
The outbreak has been widespread, with people sickened in 26 states as well as the District of Columbia, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. So far, 304 people have been diagnosed the rare salmonella Bareilly strain, while another 12 have become ill with salmonella Nchanga, the CDC reported.

The end of Modern Medicine has arrived, according to the WHO
The day is coming when the host of antibiotics doctors currently use to fight off bacterial infections won't work anymore, leaving the world's population vulnerable to everything from scratches on your knee to disease, according to the United Nation's (UN) World Health...

Italian court rules MMR vaccine did trigger autism
An Italian court has ruled there is a link between the MMR vaccine and autism. In what may be a ground-breaking decision, the Italian Court of Rimini has ruled that causation between an MMR vaccine and the resulting autism in a young child “has been established.”

Science & Technology

Comcast trying out Internet usage pricing, dropping caps
Comcast said Thursday it will introduce a trial for usage-based billing for its Internet subscribers in a move seen to pre-empt more complaints the cable company favors its own Web video service over rivals. Usage-based pricing would allow Comcast to charge its customers for the amount of data they use with a utility meter rather than pay a flat fee like they do today. Currently, that flat fee is priced on Internet speed and also features a 250 GB data cap each month.

Humor & Satire

On the lighter side: If bumper stickers reflected the way people really think (comic)

Today in History - Thursday - May 17, 2012
1756 - Britain declared war on France, beginning the French and Indian War.
1792 - The New York Stock Exchange was founded at 70 Wall Street by 24 brokers.
1814 - Denmark ceded Norway to Sweden. Norway's constitution, which provided a limited monarchy, was signed.
1875 - The first Kentucky Derby was run at Louisville, KY.
1877 - The first telephone switchboard burglar alarm was installed by Edwin T. Holmes.
1881 - Frederick Douglass was appointed recorder of deeds for Washington, DC.
1926 - The U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires was damaged by bombs that were believed set by sympathizers of Sacco and Vanzetti.
1932 - The U.S. Congress changed the name "Porto Rico" to "Puerto Rico."
1939 - The first fashion to be shown on television was broadcast in New York from the Ritz-Carleton Hotel.
1940 - Germany occupied Brussels, Belgium and began the invasion of France.
1946 - U.S. President Truman seized control of the nation's railroads, delaying a threatened strike by engineers and trainmen.
1948 - The Soviet Union recognized the new state of Israel.
1954 - The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled for school integration in Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka. The ruling declared that racially segregated schools were inherently unequal.
1973 - The U.S. Senate Watergate Committee began its hearings.
1980 - Rioting erupted in Miami's Liberty City neighborhood after an all-white jury in Tampa acquitted four former Miami police officers of fatally beating black insurance executive Arthur McDuffie. Eight people were killed in the rioting. 
1987 - An Iraqi warplane attacked the U.S. Navy frigate Stark in the Persian Gulf, killing 37 American sailors. Iraq and the United States called the attack a mistake.
1996 - U.S. President Clinton signed a measure requiring neighborhood notification when sex offenders move in. Megan's Law was named for 7-year-old Megan Kanka, who was raped and killed in 1994.
2000 - Thomas E. Blanton Jr. and David Luker surrendered to police in Birmingham, AL. The two former Ku Klux Klan members were arrested on charges from the bombing of a church in 1963 that killed four young black girls.
2000 - Austria, the U.S. and six other countries agreed on the broad outline of a plan that would compensate Nazi-Era forced labor.
2000 - It was announced that Terra Networks SA and Lycos would be merging with the new name to be Terra Lycos. Terra made the deal happen with the purchase of $12.5 billion in stock.
2001 - The U.S. Postal Service issued a stamp based on Charles M. Schulz's "Peanuts" comic strip.
2006 - The U.S. aircraft carrier Oriskany was sunk about 24 miles off Pensacola Beach. It was the first vessel sunk under a Navy program to dispose of old warships by turning them into diving attractions. It was the largest man-made reef at the time of the sinking.
2007 - Trains crossed the border dividing North and South Korea for the first time since 1953.

World News

Yemen army pushing into south al-Qaida stronghold
Yemeni military officials say troops fighting al-Qaida in the south have forced the militants to retreat but that the push in a major southern city is going slowly.

It's make or break time for the euro says Cameron in chilling warning as Bank chief says eurozone is tearing itself apart
David Cameron today expressed grave doubts about the survival of the euro amid fears that a collapse could drag Britain into a decade-long depression.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

2 US Navy ships collide in Pacific; no injuries
The midmorning accident between the amphibious assault vessel USS Essex and the oiler USNS Yukon occurred about 120 miles off the coast of Southern California as the Essex was approaching the Yukon to be refueled, said Cmdr. Charlie Brown, a spokesman for the 3rd Fleet.

Judge Napolitano: First Patriot To Shoot Down A Government Spy Drone Will Be A Hero
Judge Andrew Napolitano has warned Congress not to act “like potted plants” regarding the increased use of unmanned surveillance drones without warrants over US skies by military, government, and law enforcement agencies. Echoing the recent comments of his Fox News colleague Charles Krauthammer, Napolitano also said that “The first American patriot that shoots down one of these drones that comes too close to his children in his backyard will be an American hero.” The federal government is rolling out new rules on the use of the unmanned drones this week, with the Federal Aviation Administration announcing procedures will “streamline” the process through which government agencies, including local law enforcement, receive licenses to operate the aircraft.

Wife of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. found dead at NY home
Mary Kennedy, the estranged wife of Robert F. Kennedy Jr, was found dead on Wednesday at her home in a New York City suburb, an officer at the Westchester County Medical Examiner's Office said. She was 52.

Here Are 87 Congress Members Claiming to Want Out of Afghanistan

California food police gone wild: LA County health enforcers conduct door-to-door raw milk confiscation operations
In a bombshell revelation of the depth of the food police state that now exists in LA County, California, NaturalNews has learned that the LA County health department has unleashed door-to-door raw milk confiscation teams to threaten and intimidate raw dairy customers into surrendering raw milk products they legally purchased and own.

NY Judge blocks portion of NDAA
A federal judge temporarily blocked enforcement of a part of the National Defense Authorization Act that opponents claim could subject them to indefinite military detention for activities including news reporting and political activism. U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest in Manhattan today ruled in favor of a group of writers and activists who sued President Barack Obama, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and the Defense Department, claiming a provision of the act, signed into law Dec. 31, puts them in fear that they could be arrested and held by U.S. armed forces.

White House under fire for adding Obama policy plugs to past presidents' bios
The Obama team went into the pages of U.S. presidents dating back to Calvin Coolidge to add friendly looking "Did you know?" fact boxes to the end of their bios. Those additions were used to plug a host of Obama administration initiatives, ranging from the health care overhaul to the so-called "Buffett Rule" to his green-energy policies.

Wednesday, Obama Took t First Major Step to Ban All Firearms in United States
By signing international treaties on gun control, the Obama administration can use the US State Department to bypass the normal legislative process in Congress. Once the US Government signs these international treaties, all US citizens will be subject to those gun laws created by foreign governments. These are laws that have been developed and promoted by organizations such as the United Nationsand individuals such as George Soros and Michael Bloomberg. The laws are designed and intended to lead to the complete ban and confiscation of all firearms.

FTC: Skechers deceived consumers with shoe ads
Skechers USA Inc. will pay $40 million to settle charges by the Federal Trade Commission that the footwear company made unfounded claims that its Shape-ups shoes would help people lose weight and strengthen their butt, leg and stomach muscles. Kardashian, Burke and other celebrities endorsed the shoes in Skechers ads.

Putting Patient Privacy at Risk
The shift to electronic health records, information exchanges and data mining promises to improve patient care, but often it's happening without our knowledge, and consumer watchdogs fear our medical histories could fall into the wrong hands.

Regular Patrol Cops To Get "Ballistic Shields" In Florida
Arming general patrol officers with bullet and projectile-repellent shields is another indication that law enforcement bodies across the country are preparing for potential civil dislocation.

Judge: Slice 10 Commandments to just 6
Are the Ten Commandments about to become the Six Commandments?

2012 Election News

Ron Paul's "Rise For Liberty" Money Bomb Now!

Ron Paul delegates in Maine pledge to fight on
In Maine, where the Texas congressman has built a fervent base of supporters, at least 20 of the state’s 24 delegates to the Republican National Convention will carry Paul banners. Many of those delegates told the Bangor Daily News on Tuesday the libertarian-leaning candidate’s Monday announcement has been widely misconstrued as a declaration he is ending his campaign.

'Ron Paul Campaign Will Train Delegates To Behave Themselves'
Ron delegates must not look askance at the Ronmeyites and other official criminals at the Tampa convention: it will be a police-state hellhole, especially for anyone with libertarian sympathies. The swarming cops, SS, DHS, FBI, CIA, et al. will be looking for the chance to taser and cage Paulians. Trained agent provocateurs will seek to cause incidents.

Veteran News

Army Launches Review of PTSD Diagnoses
Army leaders said Wednesday they are launching a sweeping, independent review of how the service evaluates soldiers with possible post-traumatic stress disorder following recent complaints that some PTSD diagnoses were improperly overturned. The Army said it will review the diagnoses at all of its medical facilities going back to October 2001.


The Bank Runs In Greece Will Soon Be Followed By Bank Runs In Other European Nations
The bank runs that we are watching right now in Greece are shocking, but they are only just the beginning. Since May 6th, nearly one billion dollars has been withdrawn from Greek banks.

Housing Market

Foreclosures Plunge to Five-Year Low in U.S. Recovery: Mortgages
Foreclosure filings in the U.S. fell to a five-year low last month as lenders sought to avoid seizing property and a housing recovery showed signs of taking hold.

Energy & Environment

Hawaii first state to ban plastic bags at checkout
"This is groundbreaking. By signing this environmentally friendly bill, Honolulu joined our neighbor island counties," Carlisle said. "Hawaii has become the only state in the United States where every county has plastic bag legislation."


Action Alert: California legislature passes AB 2109, making it more difficult for parents to opt out of vaccines for their children
The medical establishment in California is quietly waging war against parental rights with a new legislative bill that will make it more difficult for parents to opt out of vaccines for their children. According to reports, the California State Assembly recently voted 44-19 to pass AB 2109, a bill that, if signed into law, will require that all parents who choose to opt their children out of vaccines for personal reasons obtain a signed waiver from a doctor of "health care practitioner" stating that they participated in an indoctrination session about the supposed health risks of not vaccinating.

Resveratrol and Curcumin Can Help Treat Cancer
A number of natural products and compounds have been shown to act as effective chemosensitizers. Two of the most promising are resveratrol and curcumin, which I'll address here. Last year, several interesting studies were published on these two products, pertaining to their value in the treatment of cancer.

Coffee lovers less likely to die, study finds
Coffee drinkers who worry about the jolt of java it takes to get them going in the morning might just as well relax and pour another cup. That’s according to the largest-ever study of the link between coffee consumption and mortality, which suggests that latte lovers actually may be less likely to die.

Science & Technology

Annular Solar Eclipse 2012: Visible in West on Sunday
If you live along a narrow band across the southwestern United States, Sunday afternoon will bring the rare treat of an annular solar eclipse — a ring of sunlight as the new moon, passing between Earth and the sun, blocks most, but not all, of the sun’s disc.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Factory Farms Use 30 Million Pounds of Antibiotics a Year (and You're Eating Some of It)
For the first time ever, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) compiled and released the amount of antibiotics used in animals raised for people to eat, and the amount is even higher than previous estimates from environmental advocacy groups. The FDA concludes that in 2009 alone, farmers used nearly 30 million pounds of antibiotics.

Pet News

5 Healthy, Homemade Dog Treat Recipes
Pampering your pet can be healthy with these healthy, homemade dog treats.

Today in History - Wednesday - May 16, 2012
1866 - The U.S. Congress authorized the first 5-cent piece to be minted.
1868 - U.S. President Andrew Johnson was acquitted during the Senate impeachment, by one vote.
1881 - In Germany the first electric tram for the public started service.
1888 - The first demonstration of recording on a flat disc was demonstrated by Emile Berliner.
1888 - The capitol of Texas was dedicated in Austin.
1910 - The U.S. Bureau of Mines was authorized by the U.S. Congress.
1914 - The American Horseshoe Pitchers Association (AHPA) was formed in Kansas City, Kansas.
1920 - Joan of Arc was canonized in Rome.
1929 - The first Academy Awards were held in Hollywood.
1946 - Jack Mullin showed the world the first magnetic tape recorder.
1948 - The body of CBS News correspondent George Polk was found in Solonika Bay in Greece. It had been a week after he'd disappeared.
1960 - A Big Four summit in Paris collapsed due to the American U-2 spy plane incident.
1960 - Theodore Maiman, at Hughes Research Laboratory in California, demonstrated the first working laser.
1963 - After 22 Earth orbits Gordon Cooper returned to Earth, ending Project Mercury.
1969 - Venus 5, a Russian spacecraft, landed on the planet Venus.
1971 - U.S. postage for a one-ounce first class stamp was increased from 6 to 8 cents.
1975 - Japanese climber Junko Tabei became the first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
1988 - A report released by Surgeon General C. Everett Koop declared that nicotine was addictive in similar was as heroin and cocaine.
1988 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that police do not have to have a search warrant to search discarded garbage.
1991 - Queen Elizabeth II became the first British monarch to address the U.S. Congress.
1992 - The Endeavour space shuttle landed safely after its maiden voyage.
1996 - Admiral Jeremy "Mike" Boorda, the nation's top Navy officer, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound after some of his military awards were called into question.
2000 - U.S. First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton was nominated to run for U.S. Senator in New York. She was the first U.S. first lady to run for public office.
2003 - Adam Rich was placed on three years probation after he pled no contest to misdemeanor charges of driving under the influence and being under the influence of a controlled substance. He was also ordered to take part ina 60-day treatment program and pay about $1,200 in fines.

World News

30,000 off-duty police officers march through central London in protest at cuts FIRINGS
Cuts to the police budget outlined in the government's spending review will mean 10,190 fewer police officers in England and Wales within two years, according to research by the Labour party released in 2011. The figure was based on the government's spending review, which has set police budget cuts at 20 per cent by 2014-15.

Greece to conduct new elections
Papoulias said a meeting will be held Wednesday on forming a caretaker government before the elections, expected to be conducted by mid-June, The Wall Street Journal reported. The country's five largest political parties failed to reach agreement to end the deadlock.

EU force hits Somali pirate targets on land
The European Union's anti-piracy force on Tuesday attacked pirate bases along the Somali coast for the first time, using helicopters to destroy suspect boats.

Hollande sworn in as new French president
Francois Hollande was sworn in as France's first Socialist president in 17 years in a brief ceremony on Tuesday ahead of a dash to Berlin to challenge German Chancellor Angela Merkel's austerity prescription for Europe.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Obama worth at least $2.6 million
According to financial disclosure forms released Tuesday by the White House, President Obama has at least $2.6 million in assets and earned hundreds of thousands from book royalties and investments last year.

What Mitt Romney Is Really Worth
there’s no denying that in terms of total dollars a President Romney would be the wealthiest White House occupant ever, and would be even wealthier had he not set aside a trust, now worth $100 million, for his 5 boys. So just how rich is he? Supplemented by a dozen interviews – from local real estate experts to private equity partners – we get a detailed look at the current state of Mitt’s money, pinpointing his net worth at $230 million.

Virgin Atlantic introduces cell phone service on flights between New York and London
Passengers on certain Virgin Atlantic flights are now able to use their cell phones to make and receive phone calls at 35,000 feet, the airline announced Tuesday. Initially, the service — which utilizes a satellite connection — will only be available for customers of European cell phone providers O2 and Vodafone and U.S. carrier T-Mobile.

Army Opens Jobs in Combat Battalions to Women
The policy change announced earlier this year is being tested at nine brigades, including one at Fort Campbell, before going Army-wide. It opens thousands of jobs to female soldiers by loosening restrictions meant to keep them away from the battlefield. Experience on the ground in the past decade showed women were fighting and dying alongside male soldiers anyway.

Americans train Ugandans for Somalia mission
American military advisers in Uganda are drawing on lessons learned from Iraq and Afghanistan to help train African Union soldiers to fight Somalia’s most powerful insurgent group, al-Shabab.

James Cartwright Calls For Deep Cuts In Nuclear Arms
A report by the Global Zero U.S. Nuclear Policy Commission, headed by former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff James "Hoss" Cartwright, urged "an urgent and transformational change in U.S. nuclear force structure, strategy and posture" over the next 10 years. It recommended reducing the U.S. nuclear arsenal to 900 warheads from nearly 5,000 currently, a reduction it said would cut spending on nuclear weapons programs by as much as $100 billion over the next decade.

House Panel Proposes Adding $874 Million for Weapons
The largest amounts that the House Appropriations Defense subcommittee added in producing a $102.4 billion procurement request were $562.4 million to buy 11 additional Boeing Co. (BA) F/A-18E/F Super Hornet fighter jets and $447 million to buy seven more Lockheed Martin Corp. (LMT) C-130J transport planes, according to the defense panel’s report obtained today.

Panetta restricts F-22 flights due to oxygen system complaints
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has ordered the Air Force to restrict flights of its new F-22 stealth fighters because of continuing problems with the aircraft's oxygen system.

JPMorgan’s Dimon Confronts Angry Shareholders
The CEO of JPMorgan Chase won a shareholder endorsement of his pay package Tuesday and kept his title of chairman of the board, five days after disclosing a $2 billion trading loss at the bank. Most ballots were cast before CEO Jamie Dimon revealed the loss.

Illegal immigrant used stolen ID to work as airport security supervisor for 20 years
If you needed any more proof that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is doing absolutely nothing to keep Americans safe – since there is, in reality, no terrorist threat whatsoever – aside from the constant “mistakes” and allowing airport employees to work without background checks, now you have it.

TSA Insists on Patting Down Kissinger
A Nobel Peace Prize is no guarantee that you can sail through airport security without being subjected to an embarrassing full pat-down — ask Henry Kissinger. The 88-year-old had to get out of his wheelchair for a “full Monty” pat down as he passed through New York’s LaGuardia Airport on Friday on his way to Toronto, the Washington Post reports.

Ex-CIA chief: There are more foreign spies in U.S. now than during Cold War
Hank Crumpton, a former deputy director of the CIA's Counter-Terrorism Center who led the U.S. response to 9/11, told "60 Minutes" that China, in particular, is operating a robust shadow network under the noses of American intelligence agents.

2012 Election News

Romney wins primaries in Nebraska, Oregon
Mitt Romney on Tuesday won GOP presidential primaries in Oregon and Nebraska, putting the former Massachusetts governor ever closer toward officially clinching the Republican presidential nomination.

Ron Paul supporters are here to stay (with PHOTO GALLERY)

Ron Paul - Moneybomb May 17th - Rise for Liberty
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Ron Paul to Attend Minnesota State GOP Convention
2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul will attend the Minnesota state Republican convention, addressing attendees live and in person as part of his far-reaching delegate-attainment strategy. The 12-term Congressman from Texas will attend the convention in St. Cloud on Friday, May 18thbeginning at 6:00 p.m.

George W. Bush Gives Four-Word Endorsement of Romney
President George W. Bush gave a four-word endorsement to Mitt Romney on Tuesday — as he disappeared inside an elevator. The 43rd commander-in-chief was followed by an ABC News team after giving a speech on human rights in Washington. And as he entered the elevator he gave the news organization the words it wanted to hear. “I’m for Mitt Romney,” he said as the doors closed behind him.

Veteran News

Patient Died at New York VA Hospital After Alarm Was Ignored
Registered nurses at a Manhattan Veterans Affairs hospital failed to notice a patient had become disconnected from a cardiac monitor until after his heart had stopped and he could not be revived, according to a report Monday from the VA inspector general [1].

Occupy Wall Street Protest

Did the White House Direct the Police Crackdown on Occupy?
Documents Show How White House and Democrats Worked to Protect the Banks Against Protests.


Why A Greek Exit From The Euro Would Mean The End Of The Eurozone
The truth is that it really is naive to think that a Greek exit from the euro can be "managed" and that business will go on as usual afterwards. If Greece leaves the euro it will set a very dangerous precedent.

The Bank Runs In Greece Will Soon Be Followed By Bank Runs In Other European Nations
The bank runs that we are watching right now in Greece are shocking, but they are only just the beginning. Since May 6th, nearly one billion dollars has been withdrawn from Greek banks.

JPMorgan Chase Has Lost $20 Billion On Its Bad Trade, Taking Into Account Share Price
By now you may have heard that JPMorgan Chase lost $2 billion on a bad trade. Multiply that by 10, and you're starting to get a better idea of how much it has really lost. That's because the share price of the biggest U.S. bank by assets has tumbled by more than 11 percent since it announced the trading loss, shaving about $17.5 billion from its market value. JPMorgan shares were down another 2 percent on Monday, following a 9 percent tumble on Friday.

As One JPMorgan Trader Sold Risky Contracts, Another One Bought Them
Even as a trader for JPMorgan in London was selling piles of insurance on corporate debt, figuring that the economy was on the upswing, a mutual fund elsewhere at the bank was taking the other side of the bet.


Walgreen's Brochure: Click here to see the brochure Walgreens is mailing to small businesses to entice them to make flu shots a "covered benefit"...!!!

Make Mincemeat of Cancer Cells With This Breakthrough Spice
Story at-a-glance: The antioxidant resveratrol and curcumin (the active substance of the spice turmeric) both show promise as natural chemosensitizers—substances that can help overcome resistance to chemotherapy drugs Both nutrients have a wide spectrum of anti-cancer actions and functions.

Which fruits and vegetables are naturally the most detoxifying?
Detoxing in our incredibly polluted environment is not an occasional endeavor. In order to maintain a healthy immune system with a slightly alkaline pH, we need to consider constant slow detoxing to counter the "slow kill" from the...

Large hospitals spread MRSA superbug
The antibiotic resistant bacteria, MRSA (methicin-resistant staphlococcus aureus) which first appeared more than 50 years ago, is now being increasingly used as an indicator for the quality of hygiene in hospitals.

Testing a Drug That May Stop Alzheimer’s Before It Starts
In a clinical trial that could lead to treatments that prevent Alzheimer’s disease, people who are genetically guaranteed to suffer from the disease years from now — but who do not yet have any symptoms — will for the first time be given a drug intended to stop them from developing it, federal officials announced Tuesday.

Philosophical Exemption To Vaccination Saved in Vermont! (by Barbara Loe Fisher)
NVIC staff and volunteers have helped citizens in Vermont and California take a stand in the historic state-based fight against Big Pharma, medical trade associations and government health lobbyists pressuring legislators to eliminate the legal right to exercise personal belief exemptions to vaccination in America. Personal belief exemptions include those for sincerely held religious, conscientious and philosophical beliefs.

Use thyme as a natural cure for acne
The healing and antiseptic attributes of the herb thyme, the alcohol base used for the tincture adds more antiseptic qualities. The tincture can be applied with a cotton ball, gauze, or sprayed on from a mist spray bottle.

Are Fruit Roll-Ups 'made with real fruit'? Lawsuit will decide
General Mills Inc must defend a lawsuit that claims the food company deceived consumers into believing its Fruit Roll-Ups and Fruit by the Foot snacks are made with real fruit. The federal lawsuit is one of many accusing food companies of advertising products as being healthier than they are.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Diatomaceous Earth (DE): Safe Product for a Spider-Free Home
You can make your home a spider-free zone by dusting crevices, corners, and the spaces under beds and furniture with diatomaceous earth (DE), a natural mineral dust that dries out spiders within days after they come into contact with the sharp prehistoric particles. In addition to spiders, you can use DE to control roaches, carpenter ants, and even centipedes that come inside your house.

Today in History - Tuesday - May 15, 2012
1702 - The War of Spanish Succession began.
1768 - Under the Treaty of Versailles, France purchased Corsica from Genoa.
1849 - Neapolitan troops entered Palermo, and were in possession of Sicily.
1862 - The U.S. Congress created the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
1911 - The U.S. Supreme Court ordered the dissolution of Standard Oil Company, ruling it was in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act.
1916 - U.S. Marines landed in Santo Domingo to quell civil disorder.
1918 - Regular airmail service between New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, DC, began under the direction of the Post Office Department, which later became the U.S. Postal Service.
1930 - Ellen Church became the first airline stewardess.
1940 - Nylon stockings went on sale for the first time in the U.S.
1942 - Gasoline rationing began in the U.S. The limit was 3 gallons a week for nonessential vehicles.
1948 - Israel was attacked by Transjordan, Egypt, Syria, Iraq and Lebanon only hours after declaring its independence.
1951 - AT&T became the first corporation to have one million stockholders.
1957 - Britain dropped its first hydrogen bomb on Christmas Island in the Pacific Ocean.
1958 - Sputnik III, the first space laboratory, was launched in the Soviet Union.
1963 - The last Project Mercury space flight was launched.
1970 - U.S. President Nixon appointed America's first two female generals.
1970 - Phillip Lafayette Gibbs and James Earl Green, two black students at Jackson State University in Mississippi, were killed when police opened fire during student protests.
1972 - Alabama Gov. George C. Wallace was shot by Arthur Bremer in Laurel, MD while campaigning for the U.S. presidency. Wallace was paralyzed by the shot.
1975 - The merchant ship U.S. Mayaguez was recaptured from Cambodia's Khmer Rouge.
1980 - The first transcontinental balloon crossing of the United States took place.
1988 - The Soviet Union began their withdrawal of its 115,000 troops from Afghanistan. Soviet forces had been there for more than eight years.
1990 - Vincent Van Gogh's "Portrait of Doctor Gachet" was sold for $82.5 million. The sale set a new world record.
1997 - The Space shuttle Atlantis blasted off on a mission to deliver urgently needed repair equipment and a fresh American astronaut to Russia's orbiting Mir station.
1999 - The Russian parliament was unable a attain enough votes to impeach President Boris Yeltsin.

World News

Organ harvesting changes in China will be tough to realize
In China, black market organs are often removed from donors in makeshift clinics or "Most of the organs here come from executed prisoners,"....In China, overwhelming demand for organs and little supply has given rise to underground networks that deal in organs and transplants. Doctors who oppose a new system "must be trying to protect their own interests to profit from the involvement of the courts and armed police," Huang Jiefu told the South China Morning Post newspaper.

Iran hangs ‘Israel spy’ over nuclear scientist killing
Iran has hanged a man it said was an agent for Israeli intelligence agency Mossad whom it convicted of killing one of its nuclear scientists in 2010, Iranian state media reported on Tuesday.

VIDEO: Japan Physicians: 1 million will develop cancer and die from Fukushima radiation, using expert’s figures
According to Dr. John Gofman, the author of ‘Radiation and Human Health’ when these figures are converted to the population of Japan, then approximately 1 million people will develop cancer and die.

Senior Afghan peace negotiator shot dead in Kabul
Gunmen shot dead a top Afghan peace negotiator in the capital Kabul on Sunday, police said, dealing another blow to the country's attempts to negotiate a peace deal with the Taliban.

Quake downs walls, cuts power in northern Chile
An earthquake has shaken down walls and knocked out electricity in parts of far-northern Chile. No injuries have been reported, though. The U.S. Geological Survey calculates the magnitude as 6.2 and says it was centered about 41 miles (66 kilometers) east-northeast of Tacna, Peru. It occurred at 6 a.m. local time (6 a.m. EDT; 1000 GMT)

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Obama Adopts UN Codex Alimentarius to Collaborate With Drug Corporations
The US government will assist the pharmaceutical corporations in finding prescription drugs to treat new diseases. The focus of this collaboration will identify new uses for drugs that have already been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

House Votes This Week to Tie Obama's Hands on Iran
On Tuesday, the House of Representatives is slated to vote on a resolution designed to tie the president's hands on Iran policy. The resolution, which is coming up under an expedited House procedure, was the centerpiece of AIPAC's recent conference.

Feinstein: Get Ready for More Aggressive Molestation at the Airport
An influential Democrat senator from California, who chairs the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Diane Feinstein, wants more sexual molestation at America’s airports. photoSenator Feinstein said “it’s very important that TSA keeps up its efforts” to sexually molest the public. Appearing on Fox News over the weekend, Feinstein criticized Americans for complaining about hands down the pants groping by the government. She said “it’s very important that TSA keeps up its efforts” despite the fact the “public has not been terribly sympathetic” to an endless parade of fake terror threats — the most recent admittedly perpetuated by the CIA — that are used to violate their privacy in the most intimate way.

Louisiana is the world's prison capital
The state imprisons more of its people, per head, than any of its U.S. counterparts. First among Americans means first in the world. Louisiana's incarceration rate is nearly triple Iran's, seven times China's and 10 times Germany's.

5 wildfires consume 6,000 acres in Arizona
The fires seared nearly 3,100 acres in the Tonto National Forest,The Arizona Republic in Phoenix reported Monday. A fire that burned about 600 acres in the Bradshaw Mountains destroyed three buildings and forced officials to evacuate Crown King, fire officials said.
***UPDATE: Hundreds evacuated as wildfires spread across northern Arizona

Russia, US start first joint anti-terror war games on American soil
Russia and the US are holding their first ever joint anti-terror military exercises on American territory. A group of Russian paratroopers has taken off to Fort Carson military base, located in the US state of Colorado. At the end of May the exercises will enter the “active” stage with combat training, in the course of which participants are supposed to find, seize and destroy a large base of international “terrorists”.

Americans train Ugandans for Somalia mission
American military advisers in Uganda are drawing on lessons learned from Iraq and Afghanistan to help train African Union soldiers to fight Somalia’s most powerful insurgent group, al-Shabab.

Yahoo's Scott Thompson reportedly diagnosed with cancer
Yahoo's ex-CEO Scott Thompson has been diagnosed with thyroid cancer, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday. Yahoo announced Sunday that Thompson would be stepping down from the Internet pioneer, effective immediately. Yahoo didn't give a reason, saying in a press release only that Thompson has "left the company." But the Wall Street Journal reported that one of the people familiar with the matter said the cancer diagnosis was at least part of the reason for Thompson's departure.

Anonymous: 'We have access to every classified database in the US'
Businesses have suggested it. The government has all but confirmed it. And according to one alleged member, they both might very well be right. A hacker tied to Anonymous says the loose-knit collective may be the most powerful organization on Earth.

More than 700 National Guard troops to train in central NY
New York National Guard officials say more than 700 soldiers and airmen from New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands are coming together this week at the State Preparedness Center in Oriskany (aw-RIHS'-kuh-nee), near Utica.

Hefty salaries, perks for union leaders raise eyebrows
First-class travel, six-figure salaries and plum jobs for family members. Life is good at the top. Read More...

Post Office Hour Reductions, Called a "Win-Win," Feel More Like a Lose-Lose
Last week, the post office announced that rather than close thousands of rural post offices around the country to cut costs and reduce a ballooning deficit, it would drastically reduce hours at many of those locations. Some, in fact, would now be open for as little as two hours a day.

Trayvon Martin's mom gets 8 months paid leave in donations
The mother of slain teenager Trayvon Martin will be able to take about eight months of paid leave after her fellow Miami-Dade County employees donated some of their vacation time, according to reports. Sybrina Fulton, a 23-year veteran of the Miami-Dade County housing authority, received $40,825 of donated vacation time, The Miami Herald reported.

Symbolic court finds Bush guilty of war crimes
In a unanimous vote on Saturday the symbolic Malaysian war crimes tribunal, part of an initiative by former Malaysian premier Mahathir Mohamad, found the former US President guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity. Seven of his former political associates, including former Vice President Dick Cheney and former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, were also found guilty of war crimes and torture.

Texting While Walking Banned in New Jersey Town
Avid texters beware: Fort Lee, N.J. police said they will begin issuing $85 jaywalking tickets to pedestrians who are caught texting while walking.

2012 Election News

Ron Paul has NOT Suspended His Campaign
Note: WILL BE focusing on winning delegates in caucus states ... Rest assured, he is not dropping out!!!

Doug Wead “We are not out, We are Up!” The fight has just begun!
Doug Wead Senior advisor to the Ron Paul 2012 campaign joins Daily Paul Radio with Kurt Wallace for ‘Doug Wead ‘We are not out, We are Up!’ The fight has just begun!’ to discuss today’s email from the Ron Paul campaign and the media spin that Ron Paul has ended his campaign. Doug also explains the reasons for the campaign allocating resources to win this primary election with the delegate strategy and the need for help to fight the corruption state by state. Read Doug Wead’s article discussed in this interview here.

Ron Paul News: Special Message from Ron Paul
Moving forward, we will no longer spend resources campaigning in primaries in states that have not yet voted. Doing so with any hope of success would take many tens of millions of dollars we simply do not have. I encourage all supporters of Liberty to make sure you get to the polls and make your voices heard, particularly in the local, state, and Congressional elections, where so many defenders of Freedom are fighting and need your support.

Ron Paul ends his hunt for votes
Rep. Ron Paul of Texas said Monday he will not compete in primaries in any of the states that have not yet voted — essentially confirming Mitt Romney will win the Republican presidential nomination.

2012 Real Time Map - The Real 2012 Delegate Count for the Republican Primaries & Caucuses
Updated as of May 14, 2012

Veteran News

PTSD definition change could impact veterans
Pending changes in the diagnosis of post traumatic stress disorder could have wide-ranging implications for veterans. Some of the changes include removing subjective criteria such as fear and expanding definitions of traumatic events. The introduction of the DSM draft this month also coincides with a movement to change post traumatic stress from a disorder to an injury.

Occupy Wall Street Protest

Minnesota Police Under Fire For Testing Drugs On Occupy Protesters
It’s the CIA’s famed MK Ultra mind control drug program all over again, but this time the drug experiments are being conducted on teenage volunteers who are dropped off at the local Occupy protest after being drugged up by the cops.

Occupiers get ready for anti-NATO protests in Chicago
The Occupy movement blasted U.S. military policy Sunday at a meeting to plan its response to next weekend's NATO summit in Chicago. Speakers told the crowd at a warehouse near Chicago's Chinatown district that the United States and NATO supported policies that hurt working-class folks in developing nations.


8 Shocking New Forecasts for 2012 and Beyond — Money and Markets
What are the consequences? Will the world’s most powerful central banks crank up the printing presses? How much? And when?

Euro Officials Begin to Weigh Greek Exit as Euro Weakens (Update 1)
Greece’s possible exit from the euro moved to the center of Europe’s financial-crisis debate, rattling markets as authorities in Athens struggled to form a government.

Missouri Petitions to Raise Minimum Wage; States With Highest, Lowest Wages
Quick: What's the national minimum wage? If you're, say, one of three Republican candidates running in Missouri's U.S. Senate primary, you might be hard-pressed to remember it. (It's $7.25) But if you're one of about 173,000 people living in Missouri, you can probably rattle it off the top of your head. That's the number of people in Missouri-- enough signatures to put the measure on the November ballot--who signed a petition to raise the state's minimum wage from the national average per hour to $8.25 in 2013, and provide for cost-of-living adjustments in the future.

Housing Market

Shock Hits with Fannie Mae Profit
Mortgage giant Fannie Mae reported a profit for the first time since it was taken over in a forced government seizure four years ago. The first quarter profit may be a shock to bankers who depend on the mortgage financier, but does little to replace the $116 billion the government has spent to bail the lender out.

No Recovery Yet for the U.S. Housing Market; Report by Top Financial Newsletter Profit Confidential
“More people are deciding to rent instead of buy in the U.S. housing market,” says Lombardi. “Banks are not lending out to people, mortgages are hard to get,” says Lombardi. “Secondly, real disposable incomes are not rising at all for people to justify entering the housing market.” Lombardi believes the average American is not feeling wealthy; they feel they are just getting by. Plus, “A third reason is that the record $1.0 trillion in student loans will restrict many first-time home buyers from getting a mortgage, because they already have too much debt,” says Lombardi. 

Energy & Environment

Seven Years Later Depleted Uranium Plagues Fallujah
Today, Fallujah is known as a place where large numbers of children are born with deformities and many people there die from rare cancers. Now, new reports have linked the causes to depleted uranium munitions and white phosphorous shells that were used by U.S. forces during the brutal siege of the city in November 2004.


Have a Nice Colonoscopy: New Test Eliminates Probing, Laxative
A new type of "virtual colonoscopy" that uses CT scans to construct images of the colon, as well as to virtually "clean" the organ, was just as effective as a standard colonoscopy in finding colon polyps 1 centimeter or larger in size, a new study finds.

Top food choices for avoiding and beating cancer
The right food choices can greatly increase the odds of beating cancer. Fortunately, nature offers a multitude of foods which have great cancer fighting and immune boosting properties. Read some of which are the very best!

Gross Ingredients In Processed Foods
"In general, I think most consumers will be shocked to find out what's really in their food," Bruce Bradley, food industry veteran and food blogger, tells The Huffington Post, "and even the savviest label readers may not truly understand what they're eating." Click through the slideshow of gross-sounding food ingredients, then tell us in the comments which surprised you the most.

Myth busted: Vaccinations are not immunizations
There is only one kind of immunity and that is natural immunity which is achieved by battling the infectious diseases itself. Vaccination is merely the artificial triggering of temporary responses to manmade pathogens. Vaccines are both harmful and dangerous and are leading to generations of humans with no natural defenses to disease.

Beat Fibromyalgia naturally
Fibromyalgia is a chronic inflammatory condition consisting of muscular and joint pain and fatigue. Three to five percent of the population suffers with this condition with over 80% being women. Read More...

Marijuana could ease symptoms of MS sufferers
Spasticity is a symptom of MS that can cause muscle spasms, exaggerated reflexes and trouble walking, and a new study suggests that smoking marijuana could ease these often painful symptoms.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

American Farmers: An Endangered Species
The decreasing population of American farmers means less diversity of crops, vacated rural communities, and reduced food security. In short, we don’t have enough people becoming farmers, and we’re starting to import food to fill the gap. And yet few people are debating our flagging national food security with the fervor expressed about oil imports or manufacturing jobs shipped overseas.

Pet News

On a lighter side: 18 seriously cute animal photos

Cats and dogs can live together — with some help
Dogs who are exposed to cats during their primary socialization period, from about two to nine weeks of age, are more likely to be relaxed around cats in their adult life.

Dog walking like a human will make you smile
Not content to scramble around on all fours like other less sophisticated canines, this little pooch takes the human approach and strolls along on its hind legs.

Today in History - Monday - May 14, 2012
1787 - Delegates began gathering in Philadelphia for a convention to draw up the U.S. Constitution.
1796 - The first smallpox vaccination was given by Edward Jenner.
1804 - William Clark set off the famous expedition from Camp Dubois. A few days later, in St. Louis, Meriwether Lewis joined the group. The group was known as the "Corps of Discovery."
1811 - Paraguay gained independence from Spain.
1853 - Gail Borden applied for a patent for condensed milk.
1862 - The chronograph was patented by Adolphe Nicole.
1874 - McGill University and Harvard met at Cambridge, MA, for the first college football game to charge admission.
1878 - The name Vaseline was registered by Robert A. Chesebrough.
1879 - Thomas Edison incorporated the Edison Telephone Company of Europe.
1897 - "The Stars and Stripes Forever" by John Phillip Sousa was performed for the first time. It was at a ceremony where a statue of George Washington was unveiled.
1897 - Guglielmo Marconi made the first communication by wireless telegraph.
1904 - In St. Louis, the Olympic games were held. It was the first time for the games to be played in the U.S.
1913 - The Rockefeller Foundation was created by John D. Rockefeller with a gift of $100,000,000.
1940 - The Netherlands surrendered to Nazi Germany.
1942 - The Women's Auxiliary Army Corps (WAAC) was established by an act of the U.S. Congress.
1948 - Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion proclaimed the independent State of Israel as British rule in Palestine came to an end.
1955 - The Warsaw Pact, a Easter European mutual-defense treaty, was signed in Poland by eight communist bloc countries including the Soviet Union.
1961 - A bus carrying Freedom Riders was bombed and burned in Alabama.
1973 - Skylab One was launched into orbit around Earth as the first U.S. manned space station.
1975 - U.S. forces raided the Cambodian island of Koh Tang and recaptured the American merchant ship Mayaguez. All 40 crew members were released safely by Cambodia. About 40 U.S. servicemen were killed in the military operation.
1980 - U.S. President Carter inaugurated the Department of Health and Human Services.
1992 - Former Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev addressed members of the U.S. Congress, appealing to them to pass a bill to aid the people of the former Soviet Union.
1998 - The Associated Press marked its 150th anniversary.
1999 - North Korea returned the remains of six U.S. soldiers that had been killed during the Korean War.

World News

EPA Grossly Misrepresents The Toxicity Of Corexit Used In Gulf Of Mexico
(Activist Post) - Quite incredibly, the EPA issued a positive report on May 1, 2012 regarding the safety and toxicity of various dispersants used in the BP Gulf Oil Spill. Included in this assessment was the use of Corexit.

Joseph Kony Top Commander Captured in Central Africa
A senior commander in the rebel army of the world’s most wanted warlord is now in custody, according to Ugandan military officials.The officials told The Associated Press they captured Joseph Kony’s top military strategist, Ceasar Acellam, Saturday in a brief gun battle in central Africa.

State election deals blow to Germany's Merkel
Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives have suffered heavy losses in an election in Germany's most populous state. Support for the Christian Democrats dropped from 35% to 26% in North Rhine-Westphalia, with the Social Democrats set to return to power with the Greens. It is the Christian Democrats' worst result in the state. Analysts say many voters rejected Mrs Merkel's tough line on fiscal discipline as a cure for state debt.

AP Exclusive: Drawing focuses on Iran's nuke work
A drawing based on information from inside an Iranian military site shows an explosives containment chamber of the type needed for nuclear arms-related tests that U.N. inspectors suspect Tehran has conducted there. Iran denies such testing and has neither confirmed nor denied the existence of such a chamber. The computer-generated drawing was provided to The Associated Press by an official of a country tracking Iran's nuclear program who said it proves the structure exists, despite Tehran's refusal to acknowledge it.

Dozens of Bodies Found on Mexico Highway, Official Says
Forty-nine decapitated and mutilated bodies were found Sunday dumped on a highway connecting the northern Mexican metropolis of Monterrey to the U.S. border in what appeared to be the latest blow in an escalating war of intimidation among drug gangs.

YouTube: Lords of the Rings: Olympic paranoia targets protests
RT - As London prepares for the Olympics, bureaucrats and law-makers have been busy too - enacting a range of rules and regulations. Draconian measures are already excluding some people from the country, while a number of residents have been banned from the games -simply because they've objected to the construction of Olympic facilities near their homes. RT's Laura Smith has more. Related article here.

S&P report: A $46 trillion perfect credit storm may be brewing
Reuters May 10, 2012 - Standard & Poor's Ratings Services estimates the funding needs of nonfinancial corporations in the eurozone, U.K., U.S., China, and Japan at $43 trillion to $46 trillion over the next five years. This includes $30 trillion of debt that will require refinancing and $13 trillion to $16 trillion of new money needed to spur growth, according to a report that the credit rating agency published earlier today.

VIDEO: Beekeepers Win Ban on Monsanto’s GMOs in Poland
DefendFreedom - Monsanto’s Mon810 corn, genetically engineered to produce a mutant version of the insecticide Bt, has been banned in Poland following protests by beekeepers who showed the corn was killing honeybees. Poland is the first country to formally acknowledge the link between Monsanto’s genetically engineered corn and the Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) that’s been devastating bees around the world.

Reactor No. 3 at highest temperature of year — Now over 60ºC
ENENews May 10, 2012 - Plant Status of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.

VIDEO: Gundersen: I’m telling my friends on West Coast of US to watch Unit No. 4 like a hawk — Wake up everyday and make sure it’s standing… have a plan to move somewhere
ENENews - Mike Adams talks with Arnie Gundersen, the chief engineer of energy consulting company Fairewinds Associates and a former nuclear power industry executive. Mr. Gundersen continues to warn about the cataclysmic potential of the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant and is now warning about serious problems at the San Onofre nuclear plant in San Diego.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Why Is The Obama Administration Allowing China To Buy Up U.S. Oil And Gas Deposits?
If we are trying to become independent of foreign oil, then why is the Obama administration allowing the Chinese government to buy up U.S. oil and gas deposits worth billions of dollars? This makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. The United States desperately needs to maintain control over its own domestic energy resources so that we can end our addiction to foreign oil.

U.S. drone strikes kill 10 suspected militants in Yemen
Two apparent U.S. drone attacks killed at least 10 suspected al Qaeda-linked militants in Yemen on Saturday, while Yemeni government forces killed 15 others in a new offensive against insurgents, local and military officials said.

Government Issues Study of a Study About Studies
The Pentagon was inundated with so many studies in 2010 that it commissioned a study to determine how much it cost to produce all those studies.

'First Gay President': Newsweek marks Obama's landmark announcement with controversial cover
In a gutsy move, Newsweek has released the cover of their next issue, on the cover of which they depict President Obama with a rainbow halo and the title of 'The First Gay President'. The news-magazine, which hits stands today, is using the shock factor of labeling the straight, married, father-of-two President to draw attention to itself.

The Cover Up Is Going Down! Hi-Res Image Of An Alien Spaceship Leaked On NASA Server
In My Opionion they are the best evidence of an extraterrestrial spaceship caught during a NASA mission, EVER. If you think I'm speculating or jumping to conclusions, just watch this video and obviously I highly recommend the download of the original pictures to further and deeper investigation.

Corruption flows freely along U.S.-Mexico border
From a small hill at a state park here, the border town of Palomas, Mexico, can be made out through the desert haze. It lies four miles to the south, but the corruption that roils Palomas and the rest of Northern Mexico may as well be a block away. Read More...

List of nuclear accidents from 1940 to present

US Supreme Court: Citizens must be permitted to use handguns for self-defense: Treaties Do Not Supercede The Second Amendment!

Shortfall in California’s Budget Swells to $16 Billion
The state budget shortfall in California has increased dramatically in the last six months, forcing state officials to assemble a series of new spending cuts that are likely to mean further reductions to schools, health care and other social programs already battered by nearly five years of budget retrenchment, state officials announced on Saturday.

A Chinese Company Might Soon Own a Lot of U.S. Movie Theaters
AMC Entertainment, which owns the second-largest movie theater chain in North America, is in talks to sell the company or a significant stake in it to the Wanda Group, one of China’s largest theater owners, according to people briefed on the discussions.

On May 10th Obama Signed another Executive Order
From the Trenches - Premier Obama has signed yet another executive order, this one is Identifying and Reducing Regulatory Burdens, that when coupled with his Executive Order Promoting International Regulatory Cooperation and Executive Order Establishing a White House Council on Strong Cities, Strong Communities, opens a direct path to bring United Nations regulations to the grass roots of our body politic.

Court allows NSA and Google to keep their ties secret
RT - A federal appeals court has refused to force the US National Security Agency to explain any involvement it has had with Web giant Google, citing that a revelation could threaten the entire United States government. Friday’s decision out of US Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit reinforced a lower court’s earlier ruling that the NSA does not have to submit to Freedom of Information Act requests for materials involving any relationship that the federal agency has with the Google search engine and its related entities, such as Gmail.

Navy Moving Ahead With Effort to Put Lasers on Ships - After decades and decades of research and experimenting, the time has finally come to add deadly lasers to U.S. Navy ships’ arsenals, the sea service has decided. That’s right, the Office of Naval Research is moving forward with a plan to arm ships with solid state lasers capable of taking out small enemy vessels that could be used in swarming attacks or suicide bombing mission against American warships.

Garbage Truck Drivers, Landscapers Snoop for Cops - The Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO) in Florida is using a trust fund to train garbage truck drivers and landscapers to spot crime in the neighborhoods where they work. The program is called Operation B.O.L.O., which trains people to be on the lookout for crime as they go about their daily tasks. “When an employee reports something suspicious, on-duty BSO deputies will drive to the scene. If the information leads to an arrest, the employee gets a reward of up to $100,” reports the Sun Sentinel.

ICE ignores MA governor’s objections, implements Secure Communities program
Activist Post - In yet another example of the federal government trampling on state’s rights – a battle which has recently surfaced most visibly in the fight against states’ legal medical marijuana programs which has turned into a war on the patients themselves and even their children – U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has announced that they will completely ignore Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick’s objections and implement the so-called Secure Communities program.

85 shots: US cops use more ammo per man than Germans per year
RT - Eighty-five shots: That’s the total number of bullets German police used in all of 2011, Der Spiegel reports. But what does it say when US cops use as much ammo to bring down one man as German cops need to keep the peace nationwide?... Last month, Los Angeles Police killed a 19-year-old man after unloading over 90 shots on him following a high-speed chase down an area freeway. The same month, New York police fired at a suspected murderer 84 times.

Open-Carry Firearms Bill Headed to OK Governor
AP - A bill to allow Oklahomans who receive a concealed carry permit to openly carry holstered firearms is heading to Gov. Mary Fallin. The Senate voted 33-10 on Thursday to approve the bill over the objections of some Democrats who say it could pose problems for law enforcement officers. The bill now heads to Gov. Mary Fallin, who has indicated her support of an open carry law. If she signs it, the bill will become effective Nov. 1.

Trayvon Martin's mother in Bloomberg gun-control video
Reuters - The mother of Florida shooting victim Trayvon Martin appears in a Mother's Day gun control video produced by an advocacy group led by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.... Florida, which has some of the most lenient gun laws in the nation, enacted the self-defense measure in 2005, which provides people wide latitude to use deadly force if they fear bodily harm. The law is now in effect in more than 20 states.... Florida, like many other states, has long held citizens have the right to defend themselves in their own homes, a legal precedent known as the castle doctrine.

2012 Election News

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Ron Paul stuns in Arizona, upset win is game changer!
Citizens and journalists on the floor had no trouble discerning that Ron Paul forces had seized the day and if the vote is fair, he will likely win the majority of delegates from Arizona to the Republican National Convention in Tampa.

Idaho Ron Paul Supporters Plan to Take Control of State Convention
The plan as it’s been revealed is for the Paul camp to use state party rules to their advantage and wrest control of the GOP state convention in June through the accumulation of delegates in the little-publicized precinct committee meetings to be held statewide on May 15.

After complaints about "illegal" activity, Ron Paul faction takes GOP convention to parking lot
Ron Paul supporters flooded the Embassy Suites parking lot in Norman at the conclusion of the OK GOP state convention. The rump convention was formed because of alleged "illegalities" related to proper procedure not being followed.

GOP Establishment makes a mockery of the democratic process in Oklahoma
The GOP in Oklahoma has some explaining to do. As of this writing, the GOP convention in Oklahoma is being continued in the parking lot because the temporary chair ended the convention illegitimately before a roll call for delegate selection could take place.

Ron Paul Supporters Chased by Mitt Romney at Oklahoma Republican State Convention
From early in the day, old guard Republicans refused to conduct the official meeting according to established Republican Party rules. Party officials adjourned the convention without concluding scheduled party business and without the support of the delegates in attendance. Under parliamentary procedure, the chairman presiding over the meeting is present to keep order as opposed to leading the meeting according to a personal agenda.

Meet The Women Of The Ron Paul Revolution
Behind the scenes, a growing number of women — and millennial women in particular — are taking arms in the Ron Paul Revolution, as grassroots organizers, party activists, anti-Establishment political operatives, and elected representatives.

Romney Takes Swipe at Ron Paul’s Budget Blueprint
New American - Paul has proposed slashing $1 trillion from the federal deficit in his first year in office and balancing the budget in three years. He has argued that much of this deficit reduction could be achieved by ending America’s overseas military operations, closing foreign bases, and bringing the troops home. Romney, however, will have none of it, reports the Washington Times.

YouTube: Did FOX News Subliminally Endorse Ron Paul?
Published on May 11, 2012 by matlarson10 - Fox News interviews John Stossel.

Americans Disenfranchised through Illegal Votes
From the Trenches - It has been discovered in matching driver license records to voter registration records in the State of Florida that so far almost 2,700 people who are in the United States legally, but who aren’t citizens, have registered to vote. This act is a felony. The Obama insurgency has attacked every state wherein legislation has been passed for Voter ID. Every time one of the opponents of these laws comes forward, he or she asserts that the degree of voter fraud is so minute as to be insignificant.

Will Mitt Romney Be Invalidated?
Ron Paul News - The Republican National Committee shall not, without the prior written and filed approval of all members of the Republican National Committee from the state involved, contribute money or in-kind aid to any candidate for any public or party office except the nominee of the Republican Party or a candidate who is unopposed in the Republican primary after the filing deadline for that office."... Meaning any state where Romney and the RNC have worked together, without the written and filed prior approval of ALL GOP State Committee members of that state, IS INVALID. He cannot be recognized by the RNC as the nominee of those states.

YouTube: Spain for Ron Paul

Occupy Wall Street Protest

Occupy protesters plan to march without permits, target Boeing at NATO summit
Chicago Tribune - Occupy Chicago will join with fellow demonstrators in the large formal marches planned for next weekend's NATO summit but also plan their own protests, including one aimed at Boeing Co., organizers say. Occupy joined with other protest leaders to outline 10 days of "direct action," starting with free bus rides from other cities, participation in a series of rallies and protest, culminating in a march downtown by thousands of locals and visitors that Sunday, May 20.


Report says 230,000 unemployed losing benefits over weekend
More than 230,000 unemployed workers will lose their jobless benefits this weekend as portions of federal programs expire across several states. The latest batch of cuts affects 236,300 unemployed people in eight states — California (11%), Texas (7%) Pennsylvania (7.5%), Florida (9%), Illinois (8.8%) North Carolina (9.7%) Colorado (7.8%) and Connecticut (7.7%) — half of which have jobless rates above the 8.1 percent national average posted in April.

The draconian hidden penalty on student loans
If you default on your payments, the federal government may hit you with a 25% sledge-hammer. And it's entirely legal.

Three JPMorgan Execs Expected To Leave This Week Following $2 Billion Trading Loss
Those high-ranking execs expected to leave include Ina Drew, a 30-year veteran of the bank who was head of risk management; Achilles Macris, who was the head of the desk that made the trades; and Javier Martin-Artajo, a managing director and trader on Macris' team, according the WSJ's sources. According to the newspaper's sources, credit derivatives trader Bruno Iksil, who became the so-called "London Whale" for his huge positions, is also likely to leave.

UK: Occupy Tents Pitched Outside Bank Of England
Eleven people have been arrested after anti-capitalism protesters from the Occupy movement pitched tents outside the Bank of England.
They have been given a deadline to leave the site and are currently considering whether to defy the police orders. The protest by some 300 demonstrators in the City of London with banners saying "Bank of England is the St Paul's of Money" and "A Line of Tents Guards Our Future" started with a rally yards away from the Stock Exchange near St Paul's Cathedral.

Fear grows of Greece leaving euro
Euro zone central bankers have talked publicly for the first time of managing a possible Greek exit from Europe’s monetary union as stalemate in Athens talks on a coalition government raises the prospect that Greece will renege on the terms of its international bailout.

Three Chinese banks expanding in U.S.
The Federal Reserve gave three state-owned Chinese banks its stamp of approval Thursday to expand their presence in the United States.

Lawmakers stay largely silent over Chinese takeover of US bank branches
U.S. lawmakers have been unusually silent about federal regulators' decision to allow a Chinese bank to take over 13 bank branches in New York and California, suggesting that they think American banks have much to gain.

Greece's deputy prime minister has said the country will run out of money in six weeks unless it honours its bitterly-disputed EU bailout deal
Speaking exclusively to The Sunday Telegraph, Theodoros Pangalos said he was "very much afraid of what is going to happen" after Greek voters rejected the deal in elections last

GOP plan cuts food stamps, healthcare to protect Pentagon
Press Tv May 11, 2012 - Moving to protect the Pentagon, Republicans controlling the House of Representatives are pressing for cuts to food stamps, health care and pensions for federal workers as an alternative to an automatic 10 percent cut to the military next year. The measure includes changes to the food stamp program that would remove almost 2 million recipients through tighter enforcement of eligibility rules and would cut back a 2009 benefit increase, costing a family of four $57 a month... The chamber on Friday passed, 218-199...

Jobless Americans to lose unemployment benefits
CNN - More than 200,000 long-term jobless Americans will lose their unemployment checks this week, when eight states roll off the federal extended benefits program. Nearly half of them live in California, and the rest reside in Florida, Illinois, North Carolina, Colorado, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Texas.... The issue of supporting the long-term unemployed, who number 5.1 million or 41% of the jobless, has split policy makers and economists. Some argue that these costly benefits need to end to spur people to find work. But others say the economy is still too weak to roll up the safety net.

Energy & Environment

TAKE BACK YOUR POWER Rally and Protest Planned to Greet PG&E Shareholders Next Week
Intel Hub - Voge Smith, who started a petition demanding that PG&E drop the opt out fees, will attend and present her petition- which is expected to have over 3000 signatures by Monday. Stop Smart Meters! will also present a list of nearly 400 people who are pledging to refuse to pay the fees.... Protest will be held at PG&E Headquarters 77 Beale St. in San Francisco 9am Monday May 14th - More details:

Secret documents prove global cover-up of continued Fukushima radiation pollution
A Freedom of Information Act(FOIA) request filed by Friends of the Earth (FoE), Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), and the Nuclear Information and Resource Center (NIRS) has unearthed a shocking series of new evidence proving a deliberate, global cover-up of the true severity of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. And the unfortunate reality is that the mainstream media continues to blatantly ignore this colossal scandal.


Necrotizing Fasciitis In the News
Aimee Copeland was riding a homemade zip line near the Little Tallapoosa River May 1 when the line snapped, causing a fall that cut open her left calf. Doctors at a nearby hospital cleaned and closed the gash with 22 staples, but bacteria that burrowed deep into the wound caused necrotizing fasciitis, a rare but deadly infection that claimed her leg one week ago. Read More...
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Scopolamine: The most dangerous drug in the world: 'Devil's Breath' chemical from Colombia can block free will, wipe memory and even kill
A hazardous drug that eliminates free will and can wipe the memory of its victims is currently being dealt on the streets of Colombia. The drug is called scopolamine, but is colloquially known as ‘The Devil’s Breath,' and is derived from a particular type of tree common to South America.

Is The Food We Eat Killing Us?
Today, Americans are consuming far more sugar and high fructose corn syrup than ever before, and this has many health professionals very alarmed. (Thanks, Jimm)!

Sun exposure lowers cancer risk
A study that correlated exposure to sunlight with cancer risk found that people exposed to more sunlight had a significantly lower risk of many types of cancer (Lin, 2012).

The Toxin So Dangerous It's Causing Catastrophic Birth Defects
Roundup Ready soy is now being cultivated on a massive scale across the globe, along with the exponentially increasing use of the herbicide Roundup. Monsanto's "Roundup Ready"
soy beans are genetically modified to survive otherwise lethal doses of glyphosate, the active ingredient in the company's herbicide Roundup.

Herbs for common pregnancy symptoms: Gestational diabetes
(NaturalNews) Being poked, prodded, weighed, measured, and evaluated is part of being pregnant in the 21st century. Each woman and each pregnancy is different, so keep that in mind when you're being told about all those tests that are available, that may or may not have conclusive results. (Also remember they are not free - meaning, they are making a profit.) One test you should take though, is the urinalysis. What they are looking for is sugar in your urine, which can indicate gestational diabetes.

‘Probable link’ between packaging coating and cancer, say scientists - A chemical used to make oil and grease-repellent coatings for food packaging by DuPont has a ‘probable link’ to kidney and testicular cancer, according to an independent science panel.

Chemicals in household items are 'causing huge increase in cancer, obesity and falling fertility'
Daily Mail - Chemicals found in household products may be causing significant increases in cancers, diabetes, obesity and falling fertility, the European Environment Agency has warned. Among the everyday items containing endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs), which affect the hormone system, are food, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. The chemicals, which can leach out into food and be absorbed by the body, are also causing an increased number of neurological development problems in both humans and animals, it is claimed.

Blood Clot Risk Higher in Non-Oral Contraceptives
ABC News - Women who use non-oral hormonal contraceptives, like patches and vaginal rings, may be at higher risk of blood clots than those who take oral forms of birth control, according to a new Danish study published in the journal BMJ.

Alzheimer's research fraud case set for trial
Reuters - Two Harvard teaching hospitals and a prominent Alzheimer's disease researcher accused of using falsified data to obtain a government research grant are set to stand trial after a federal appeals court said this week that a lower court erred when it dismissed the case. The lawsuit accuses Marilyn Albert, a former professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), where she was conducting research, of submitting a grant application based on manipulated data.

FDA delays rules meant to ease sunscreen confusion
AP - Sunscreen confusion won't be over before summer after all. The government is bowing to industry requests for more time to make clear how much protection their lotions really offer. The Food and Drug Administration ordered changes to sunscreens last summer but gave their makers a year - until this June - to get revised bottles on the shelf.

General Mills Must Defend Claim That Fruit Roll-Ups Are "Made With Real Fruit"
Consumerist - Among the allegations made by the plaintiff in the case is that General Mills is deceiving consumers by advertising and marketing Fruit Roll-Ups as "made with real fruit." For example, says the plaintiff, the strawberry variety of the snack contains no strawberries but rather "pears from concentrate," corn syrup, dried corn syrup, sugar and partially hydrogenated cottonseed oil.

Science & Technology

'Ghost town' being built in US to test new technologies
BBC - A 'ghost town' is being built in America to test out the latest technologies such as renewable energies and terrorism security systems. It'll look just like a city with roads, houses and buildings - but no one will live there.... It's being built in Lea County, New Mexico, and will cost around £600 million. Big tech company Pegasus Global Holdings is behind the project.... Work is due to begin on the town at the end of June.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Increasing Predator-Friendly Land Can Help Farmers Reduce Costs
Having natural habitat in farming areas that supports ladybugs could help increase their abundance in crops where they control pests and help farmers reduce their costs, says a Michigan State University study. Read More...

Pig Blood Safer than Fresh Milk?
Farm Wars- Evidently, drinking fresh milk straight from the mom is supposed to be unhealthy for calves because it is unpasteurized.... Merricks recommends its milk replacer as an economical and safer alternative. However, it just so happens that Merricks uses pig blood to produce its pasteurized calf milk replacer.... Think about it – unpasteurized milk not healthy for the animal babies that consume it naturally from their mothers, pig blood good. Just how twisted has our society become that we accept this? As for the calves? Why, let them eat pig blood. After all, that is the “healthy” alternative.

Minnesota moms threatened with criminal charges for distributing fresh food from local farms
(NaturalNews) The following announcement has been issued by the Raw Milk Freedom Riders. A call to action for Monday, May 14th is also included below. The Minnesota government is taking its cue from California and declaring war on fresh milk, threatening to throw moms in jail for providing fresh food to infants and families.

Mad moms to food police: We'll eat what we want
Moms in Minnesota are preparing to defy state dictates over when and how they can access food supplies for their families, with a rally scheduled Monday to coincide with the beginning of the trial of the manager of a farm buying club, according to the Farm Food Freedom Coalition.

VIDEO: Hogocaust? Farmers forced to slaughter healthy swine or face jail time
RT - For many folks living in Marion and surrounding towns, local farms are their livelihood.... "This is the way that people have raised pigs forever," says Mark Baker. He has been raising pigs for 15 years.... "They've already shut this business down. I cannot sell these animals live, and this is half of what my income is," says Baker. It’s a fight for their livelihood; a way of life Baker’s now battling to keep in court.


Radioactive man? Milford resident pulled over by state police
Mike Apatow, of Milford, poses at Stratford Fire Station, Company 2, in Stratford, Conn. May 10th, 2012, where he works as firefighter. Apatow, who had a radioactive stress test Wednesday, was pulled over later in the day, in Newtown, by a state police trooper after a radioactivity detector in the trooper's car was set off when Apatow passed. The detectors are used to help identify potential terror threats. Apatow was not on duty at the time.

Today in History - Friday - May 11, 2012
1792 - The Columbia River was discovered by Captain Robert Gray.
1812 - British prime Minster Spencer Perceval was shot by a bankrupt banker in the lobby of the House of Commons.
1816 - The American Bible Society was formed in New York City.
1857 - Indian mutineers seized Delhi from the British.
1858 - Minnesota was admitted as the 32nd U.S. state.
1860 - Giuseppe Garibaldi landed at Marsala, Sicily.
1894 - Workers at the Pullman Palace Car Company in Illinois went on strike.
1910 - Glacier National Park in Montana was established.
1927 - The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was founded.
1934 - A severe two-day dust storm stripped the topsoil from the great plains of the U.S. and created a "Dust Bowl." The storm was one of many.
1944 - A major offensive was launched by the allied forces in central Italy.
1947 - The creation of the tubeless tire was announced by the B.F. Goodrich Company.
1949 - Siam changed its name to Thailand.
1960 - Israeli soldiers captured Adolf Eichmann in Buenos Aires.
1985 - More than 50 people died when a flash fire swept a soccer stadium in Bradford, England.
1995 - The Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty was extended indefinitely. The treaty limited the spread of nuclear material for military purposes.
1996 - An Atlanta-bound ValuJet DC-9 caught fire shortly after takeoff from Miami and crashed into the Florida Everglades. All 110 on board were killed.
1997 - Garry Kasparov, world chess champion, lost his first ever multi-game match. He lost to IBM's chess computer Deep Blue. It was the first time a computer had beat a world-champion player.
1998 - India conducted its first underground nuclear tests, three of them, in 24 years. The tests were in violation of a global ban on nuclear testing.
1998 - A French mint produced the first coins of Europe's single currency. The coin is known as the euro.
2001 - U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft announced his decision to approve a 30-day delay of the execution of convicted Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh. McVeigh had been scheduled to be executed on May 16, 2001. The delay was because the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had failed to disclose thousands of documents to McVeigh's defense team.

World News

U.S. Concerned Netanyahu, Mofaz May Attack Iran - The United States is worried that Shaul Mofaz and his Kadima party’s joining a unity government with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu could result in an attack on Iran's nuclear facilities at any given moment, according to a report on Channel 10 News on Thursday.

Loving the bomb: NATO to splurge billions on nuclear weapons overhaul
RT - The US is planning to spend $4 billion to upgrade NATO’s Western Eruopean nuclear arsenal. The “unnecessary and expensive” initiative is likely to stir new animosity with Russia, a report says.

VIDEO: Syrian Rebels Admit Terrorist Bombing Campaign
LD Report May 10, 2012 - Perhaps in an attempt to soften coming revelations that Syria's opposition will be increasingly armed and backed by the West for a final military push to divide and destroy a sovereign Syria, Reuters released a report titled, "Outgunned Syria Rebels Make Shift to Bombs." The report admits that the Syrian rebels, depicted so-far as hapless pro-democracy protesters, are now turning to bombing tactics.

Syrian War - The Prequel: 2007 New Yorker Article Exposed US-Israeli-Saudi Conspiracy to Overthrow Assad
Activist Post - A reader recently pointed out this confirmed 2007 New Yorker article titled, "The Redirection: Is the Administration's new policy benefiting our enemies in the war on terrorism?" Written by renowned journalist Seymour Hersh, it covers everything from admissions that the US, Saudis, and Israelis are working together, despite the Saudis and their Sunni proxies' attempts to portray themselves as "anti-Israeli," to admissions that the US is funding a region-wide network of militants and terrorists, many of whom have literally trained at Al Qaeda camps.

Soros Tides Foundation Under Investigation for Funding Foreign Radicals
Activist Post - George Soros is currently under investigation by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) for funding foreign radicals for nefarious endeavors. The Tides Foundation, a Soros charity, is accused of being a “clearinghouse for foreign donors that want to donate here but do not have Canadian charitable status.”

Cesium in Fukushima Prefecture 122 Times Higher than in Belarus Evacuation Zone
Kurt Nimmo - Soil samples were analyzed by the Minamisoma government and found to be 122 times more contaminated than the mandatory evacuation zone in Belarus north of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. Cesium causes cancer of the liver, kidneys, pancreas and other organs. It is particularly dangerous when it is in the soil and ends up in food.

12.6 Billion-Dollar Bailout for Fukushima Operator TEPCO
NY Times - Japan is ready to nationalize Tokyo Electric Power, the operator of the ravaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, under a 1 trillion yen ($12.5 billion) bailout plan that was approved on Wednesday.

Turkey ups Iran oil imports despite sanctions
RT - Turkey has sharply increased its oil imports from Iran. According to Turkey's Statistical Institute, the country imported well over a million tons of Iranian crude this March - the highest monthly purchase since last July. However, new U.S. sanctions are now harming relations between Ankara and Tehran. RT talks to political analyst Chris Bambery from London.

New suspicions: Did Iran organize a clean-up at suspected nuclear site?
RT - Freshly released satellite imagery shows “unusual activity” at Iran’s Parchin military base, which the West fears is used for nuclear experiments. But is the imagery sufficient evidence for claims of a clean-up operation? The photos, taken last month by the Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS), show a stream of water flowing out of a building suspected of containing an explosive chamber for nuclear tests.... The new developments at the site “raise concerns that Iran may have been washing inside the building,” claims the ISIS.

Pakistan tests nuclear-capable missile
AFP - Pakistan carried out a successful test firing of a short-range nuclear-capable ballistic missile on Thursday, the military said. The launch of the Hatf III, which has a range of up to 290 kilometres (200 miles) and can also carry conventional warheads, came at the end of a field training exercise, a military statement said. Two weeks ago Pakistan test-fired an intermediate range ballistic missile, seen as a response to arch-rival India's launch of its new long-range Agni V, capable of hitting targets anywhere in China.

VIDEO/PHOTOS: At least 55 killed in twin blasts at Damascus intel compound, terrorists blamed
RT - At least 55 people have been killed and 372 others injured by two powerful blasts in the Syrian capital on Thursday morning. The car bombs detonated near a military intelligence building. The blasts happened in quick succession during the morning rush hour, just as employees were arriving to work. An initial small explosion was followed by a much larger blast allegedly targeted at paramedics and security forces arriving at the scene, AP reports.

Activists mount court challenge against US drone attacks
Press TV - The lawyers informed that for the first time a court was approached questioning the role of government of Pakistan in these attacks. Addressing a press conference at the Peshawar Press Club, Foundation for Fundamental Rights (FFR) Legal Director Shahzad Akbar announced that two petitions have been filed to the Peshawar High Court (PHC) against the Federation of Pakistan, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Defense.

VIDEO: British public sector rises up as 200,000 strike against cuts and reforms
As many as 200,000 angry public sector workers staged a day of protest on Thursday, taking to the streets of London to voice their disgust at proposed government cuts. Among the demonstrators were civil servants, lecturers, health workers, Ministry of Defence staff, and immigration officers – fueled by ministers' vows to press ahead with the controversial reforms, made clear in yesterday's Queen's Speech.

VIDEO: Farage: We Face The Prospect Of Mass Civil Unrest In Europe
Paul Joseph Watson - MEP Nigel Farage gave a rousing speech in the European Parliament yesterday during which he warned that the actions of the EU were setting the stage for the re-emergence of National Socialism and that the continent faced the prospect of mass civil unrest.

S Korean court sentences US soldier to six years
Press TV - The Seoul Central District Court found Private Kevin Robinson, 21, guilty of raping the girl, then aged 17, at her home in the city in September, a court spokeswoman said. Crimes by the 28,500 U.S. troops based in South Korea are a sensitive subject in the country, even though many see their presence as necessary to deter an attack by the North.

India drugs inquiry could prompt new U.S. scrutiny
Reuters - Global drugmakers could face new U.S. scrutiny after a report from lawmakers in India alleged abuses in that country's drug approval process, lawyers familiar with such investigations said. An Indian parliamentary panel on Wednesday said officials of India's drug regulator had been colluding with pharmaceutical companies to speed up approval procedures, allowing some drugs that are not permitted in other countries to go on sale.

Earliest Mayan calendar shows no hint of 'world end'
AFP - The earliest known Mayan calendar has been found in an ancient house in Guatemala and it offers no hint that the world's end is imminent, researchers said Thursday.... "For the first time we get to see what may be actual records kept by a scribe, whose job was to be official record keeper of a Maya community," [archaeologist] Saturno said. "The ancient Maya predicted the world would continue, that 7,000 years from now, things would be exactly like this," he added.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio responds to federal lawsuit
DOJ announces plans to file complaint over alleged racial profiling.|
 *** Related Article: Sheriff Joe to Holder: 'Clean your own house first!'
Arizona lawman remains steadfast despite lawsuit threat

VIDEO: It’s not just the Red Cross preparing for an evacuation of Chicago during NATO summit
Activist Post - The local Chicago CBS affiliate recently reported that Benedictine University has been contacted by the American Red Cross chapter in DuPage County to set up emergency shelters. This is being done in order to prepare for a potential evacuation of Chicago during the NATO summit, and the Lisle campus of Benedictine University has been instructed to plan for up to 1,000 evacuees.

VIDEO: 'FEMA Coffins' Being Moved Northbound On Georgia Highway 5-8-2012; Are They Being Transferred To Chicago?
Vatic Project - This is being pieced together from two different sites, I am putting up a written description the driver of a car gave of seeing the truck and how they reacted to each other. It was so interesting, that I decided simply to copy the text here verbatim to read. He was driving in a car that was passing the truck as you can see below, took the photo, and here is what he had to say...

US military school taught soldiers to wage a "total war" against Islam
RT - When the Defense Department wasn’t blowing billions on failed machinery and weapons of war, the Pentagon was paying a US Army lieutenant colonel to indoctrinate servicemen with the notion that the entire Islam religion should be eradicated worldwide.

CIA launches massive hunt for a mole within its ranks
RT - The United States’ top spy chief, retired Lieutenant General James Clapper, is asking for an internal investigation of the CIA. Clapper’s official title is the director of national intelligence — and he doesn’t take it lightly. Now the uncovering of a clandestine CIA operation involving the installation of double agents inside the ranks of al-Qaeda by the mainstream media over the weekend has left Lt. Gen. Clapper demanding answers about a possible mole within the ranks of America’s supposedly top-secret spy agency.

VIDEO: TSA Toddler Terror: Family Marched Off Plane; 18-Month-Old On No Fly List
Steve Watson - TSA agents at Fort Lauderdale Airport ordered a family to get off a plane they had already boarded, saying that their eighteen-month-old child was on a no fly list as a terror suspect. The child’s parents said they believe they were flagged up and ordered to leave the JetBlue flight because they and their daughter are of Middle Eastern descent.

TSA Blasted over Security Equipment Spending
MSNBC - The report blasted the TSA for purchasing more explosive trace detectors (ETD) than necessary in order to receive a bulk discount and for warehousing 35 percent of security equipment for more than one year, among other claims. The total value of equipment in storage is an estimated $184 million. The excessive number of ETD machines, which cost $30,000 each, amounted to nearly $44 million. The delay in deploying stored screening equipment resulted in depreciation estimated at $23 million.

VIDEO: Cop Accused of Kicking Pregnant Woman in Stomach
Dekalb County News - A DeKalb County police officer [Jerad Wheeler] is under criminal investigation after being accused of kicking a woman who was almost nine months pregnant.... Two other complaints about use of force have been filed against Wheeler, including when he allegedly shot a family's dog after responding to the wrong address, the report said.

Poll: Only 27% of Americans back US-led Afghan war
Press TV - The poll found that far fewer people than last year think the killing of Osama bin Laden by U.S. troops increased the threat of terrorism against Americans. Overall, 27 percent say the al-Qaida leader's death resulted in an increased terror threat, 31 percent believe his death decreased the threat of terrorism and 38 percent say it has had no effect. The poll was conducted before the revelation this week of a recent al-Qaida plot to blow up a U.S.-bound airliner with an underwear bomb.

VIDEO: Tennessee Football Coach fired for making Obama song. He'll make more money when this song becomes a big hit than he would teaching school
Tennessee middle school assistant football coach, age 26, fired for a song he wrote and played! This could be the next number one hit country song. It's the best effort yet at encapsulating the outrage at the oversteps of this government in an entertaining song. Apparently, the guy was fired over the song because some parents complained.

The Real Reason for O-Bomb-Ya’s Flipflop on Gay Marriage
LRC Blog - The network news reported this morning that the Obama campaign received over $1 million in new donations in the first 90 minutes after announcing the president's "support" for gay marriage. It's all win-win for the prez. He doesn't have to actually do anything to promote gay marriage and thereby incur the wrath (and lose the votes) of those who are opposed to it, especially a majority of the African-American community. At the same time he can collect millions from easily-duped, naive, and affluent gay people.

YouTube: The Jones Plantation
One cannot change reality by changing the words you use to describe reality. Look beneath the rhetoric, and glimpse the truth.

2012 Election News

VIDEO: BREAKING NEWS: Benn Swann claims ALL DELEGATES UNBOUND at Tampa Convention!

YouTube: Ron Paul on Gay Marriage: None of the State's Business
Published on May 10, 2012 by RonPaulcom.

YouTube: Tom Woods in Exclusive Interview With Ron Paul’s Better Half, Carol Paul
The Peter Schiff Show with guest host Tom Woods May 10th 2012.

Mitt Romney’s Cousins Are Hitting The Campaign Trail – To Support Ron Paul
Business Insider - In a press release this afternoon, Paul campaign spokesman Gary Howard announced that the Romney relatives – “indeed those related to fellow Presidential candidate Mitt Romney” -will all stump for Paul at Idaho caucuses on Super Tuesday.

YouTube: Ron Paul Update
Message from Ron Paul. Please donate here.

URGENT: Please donate to the Missouri Delegate Chipin- some Delegates having a hard time getting to the GOP State Convention!
Daily Paul - Everyone, we are the Greene County, MO for Ron Paul 2012 campaign group, we are also the host Ron Paul campaign for the upcoming Missouri State Republican Convention in June. The convention is situated here in Springfield, MO (Greene County). Very important Missouri delegates will be UNBOUND! We are starting a Chipin for some of our delegates that do not have the financial means to make it from other parts of the state, some as far as 5 and 6 hours away.

Ron Paul Is Our "August Surprise"
Published on May 9, 2012 by matlarson10

VIDEO: Austin Lotto Winner Uses Jackpot to Create Ad Exposing Agenda 21 Councilman
Infowars - With the local election looming, Austin is taking notice of some of the real issue candidates running in the race, but not for the reasons you might expect. KUT News rounded up what it called “The Five Weirdest Austin Election Commercials.” But while most were odd for catching awkward acting moments or cheesy scripted lines, a video supporting Laura Pressley for Place 2 City Council was labeled “weird” because it was made by a unique individual making an effort.

Romney & Son Investigated For 8 Billion Ponzi Scheme
Daily Paul - Mitt Romney and his son Tagg Romney have been implicated in a 8.5 billion dollar ponzi scheme with Wall Street investors Allen Stanford and James M. Davis.The pair are not cleared including their three partners in a court document verified, ongoing legal proceeding involving selling fraudulent CD’s to potential investors. ABC news link here.

Veteran News

Family of slain black man demands prosecution
Press TV - The family of Kenneth Chamberlain, a Marine veteran shot dead by police in his home, say they hope federal prosecutors will indict and prosecute the officer who killed him. U.S. attorneys are currently reviewing the death of Chamberlain, an ailing 68-year-old African American who was killed by a white police officer last year in White Plains, New York.

84-year-old Man Stops Home Invasion with Korean War Gun
WPXI Pittsburgh - According to police, Raymond Hills, 25, fled from the Elizabeth Township home just after 4:30 a.m. when 84-year-old Fred Ricciutti shot him with the German Luger he used in the Korean War. "I said 'Halt, who's there?'" said Ricciutti. "I'm thinking, friend or foe, he shouldn't be there that time of day.".... Authorities said they don't plan on filing any charges against Ricciutti.


Millions Of Illegal Immigrants Are Using A Massive Scam To Get Bigger Tax Refunds Than You Are
American Dream - Did you know that illegal immigrants all over the United States are using a massive scam to receive tax refunds from the federal government that are often in excess of $10,000? It is estimated that 2 million illegal immigrants are filing fraudulent tax returns each year and that they are pulling in more than 4 billion dollars in tax refunds every year that they are not entitled to.

VIDEO: 'Free Trade regime harms working Texans’
Press TV - International trade ministers and corporate lobbyists are descending on Texas from May 8-18 for a critical trade summit aimed at rushing the secretive new Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Free Trade Agreement toward completion. Bob Cash, Director of the Texas Fair Trade Coalition spoke to Press TV's U.S. Desk on Wednesday about what his group planned to do.

High cost of execution: $700mn in California
Press TV - For California to execute the more than 700 murderers on death row, the state would have to spend about $700 million to do so, according to the Bay Area News Group. The review of capital punishment cases revealed just how costly, and time consuming, state executions have become. Since reinstating the death penalty in 1978, the state has executed only 13 prisoners, due to lengthy appeals in state and federal courts that can drag on for years if not decades.

JPMorgan Reports $2 Billion Loss on Synthetic Positions -JPMorgan has just reported a $2 billion loss on synthetic credit securities (can you say Greek credit default swaps?). JPM is plunging in after-hours trading, down nearly 6%.


VIDEO: Will ‘Operation Medicine Delivery’ Lead to Forced Door-to-Door Innoculations?
Adan Salazar - The federal government is using Operation Medicine Delivery to gauge the public’s response to receiving medication from a postal worker, but what’s their real purpose? Are they acclimating the public to receive medications from anyone who says so? Could this eventually lead to forced door-to-door “emergency” vaccinations? Or, as Kurt Nimmo writes, is this just a feeble attempt to keep the bogus war on terror alive?

Natural sunburn remedies and cures for minor burns
If you have a head to toe sunburn fill the tub with lukewarm water and add 2 cups of apple cider vinegar. Soak for at least 10 to 20 minutes. Don't have access to a tub? Saturate a cloth with undiluted cider vinegar and use as a compress.... Vinegar reduces the pain and swelling, disinfects and reduces the possibility of blisters.

Whooping cough epidemic declared in Wash. state
SEATTLE (AP) -- Washington state's worst outbreak of whooping cough in decades has prompted health officials to declare an epidemic, seek help from federal experts and urge residents to get vaccinated amid worry that cases of the highly contagious disease could spike much higher.

Australia Ends Free Whooping Cough Vaccines for Adults: Doesn’t Protect Babies
Gaia Health - In a bow to reality, Australia has just ended free pertussis vaccines for adults. The idea of cocooning—protecting babies from diseases by vaccinating adults—simply hasn’t borne out. When they finally tried to find evidence in support of cocooning, it turned out not to be there.

Americans consume EIGHTY percent of the world's pain pills as prescription drug abuse epidemic explodes
Daily Mail - Americans consume 80 percent of the world's supply of painkillers -- more than 110 tons of pure, addictive opiates every year -- as the country's prescription drug abuse epidemic explodes. That's enough drugs to give every single American 64 Percocets or Vicodin. And pain pill prescriptions continue to surge, up 600 percent in ten year, thanks to doctors who are more and more willing to hand out drugs to patients who are suffering.

FDA Seeks Prescription Drug Vending Machine
Natural Society - Would you purchase prescription drugs from a vending machine? Thanks to a new move by the FDA to allow the public to diagnose themselves with conditions and purchase the appropriate pharmaceuticals from a vending machine, it may become a reality. By simply visiting a ‘drug kiosk’ in a mall or drug store, you may soon be able to buy drugs that treat health conditions like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, asthma, and migraines.

New Update: Only 4 mg of This May Help You Maintain Youthfulness
By Dr. Mercola - Even if you've never heard of astaxanthin, a carotenoid derived from the microalgae Haematoccous pluvialis, you've surely seen it. This is the compound that makes salmon, crabs, lobsters, shrimp and flamingos, which eat the algae, red or pink. It also happens to be emerging as one of the world's most powerful antioxidants, with diverse health benefits that run the gamut from protection against oxidative stress to slowing age-related functional decline.

Science & Technology

Microsoft returning Windows to 'the digital dark ages'?
Fox News - Mozilla, the developer group behind the popular Firefox browser, argued Wednesday night that Firefox is being banned from certain versions of Windows 8, the forthcoming tablet-centric OS from Microsoft -- returning Windows users to the dark ages before competition.

VIDEO: Pedophilia Groups Invade Facebook - Chelsea Schilling of World Net Daily covers Facebook’s selective censorship and their inability to stop pedophilia groups. Read the WND article here.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

FundRAISER St, Louis - Dinner Featuring First-Hand Farm Raid Stories and Farmageddon Film
May 19, 2012 | 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm Hilton St. Louis Frontenac. This FundRAISER dinner is held the evening of the 1st Weston A. Price Foundation Regional Conference. We encourage you to attend the conference too, to learn more about the benefits of nutrient dense foods from Sally Fallon Morell, Kaayla Daniels, Ph.D., Sarah Pope and others.

Save Brickyard Educational Farm and Nick's Organic Farm - Rally May 30th
The Montgomery County Executive wants to bulldoze the educational farm and turn it into parking lots and private pay-for-play soccer fields. We still have a few different chances to save Nick's Organic Farm. We are pursuing litigation that could nullify the County's lease. In addition, the MSI sub-lease now has to pass through a mandatory referral process, where the Department of Parks and Planning will evaluate whether the roads in Potomac could accommodate this change, and whether the use of private soccer fits with the master plan.

Humor & Satire

Our President in Uniform
The military legacy of our last 12 American presidents, from Harry S. Truman to Barak H. Obama, proudly wearing their service uniforms.

Today in History - Thursday - May 10, 2012
1840 - Mormon leader Joseph Smith moved his band of followers to Illinois to escape the hostilities they had experienced in Missouri.
1865 - Confederate President Jefferson Davis was captured by Union troops near Irvinville, GA.
1869 - Central Pacific and Union Pacific Rail Roads meet in Promontory, UT. A golden spike was driven in at the celebration of the first transcontinental railroad in the U.S.
1872 - Victoria Woodhull became the first woman nominated for the U.S. presidency.
1876 - Richard Wagner’s "Centennial Inaugural March" was heard for the first time at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, PA.
1898 - A vending machine law was enacted in Omaha, NE. It cost $5,000 for a permit.
1908 - The first Mother's Day observance took place during a church service in Grafton, West Virginia.
1924 - J. Edgar Hoover was appointed head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
1933 - The Nazis staged massive public book burnings in Germany.
1940 - Germany invaded Belgium, France, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg.
1941 - England's House of Commons was destroyed by a German air raid.
1941 - Rudolf Hess, Adolf Hitler's deputy, parachuted into Scotland on what he claimed was a peace mission.
1942 - U.S. forces in the Philippines began to surrender to the Japanese.
1943 - U.S. troops invaded Attu in the Aleutian Islands to expel the Japanese.
1960 - The U.S.S. Triton completed the first circumnavigation of the globe under water. The trip started on February 16.
1968 - Preliminary Vietnam peace talks began in Paris.
1986 - Navy Lt. Commander Donnie Cochran became the first black pilot to fly with the Blue Angels team.
1994 - The state of Illinois executed convicted serial killer John Wayne Gacy for the murders of 33 young men and boys.
1994 - Nelson Mandela was sworn in as South Africa’s first black president.
1999 - China broke off talks on human rights with the U.S. in response to NATO's accidental bombing of the Chinese Embassy in Yugoslavia.
2001 - Boeing Co. announced that it would be moving its headquarters to Chicago, IL.
2001 - In Ghana, 121 people were killed in a stampede at a soccer game.
2002 - Robert Hanssen was sentenced to life in prison with no chance for parole. Hanssen, an FBI agent, had sold U.S. secrets to Moscow for $1.4 million in cash and diamonds.
2002 - Taiwan test fired a locally made Sky Bow II surface-to-air missile for the first time. They also fired three U.S.-made Hawk missiles.
2002 - Dr. Pepper announced that it would be introducing a new flavor, Red Fusion, for the first time in 117 years.
2011 - It was announced that Microsoft had closed a deal to purchase the internet phone service Skype for $8.5 billion.

World News

VIDEO: Bombs not biggest al-Qaida airline danger
This week on Around the World, Christiane Amanpour speaks with David Ignatius of the Washington Post to discuss the foiled Al-Qaida terror plot targeting an overseas jetliner and the country of origin of the plot, Yemen. Yemen is one of the regions poorest countries and al-Qaida has taken advantage of their political unrest to gain influence and set up a home base of operations. This is where bomb builder Ibrahim Al-Asiri has set up shop, working to to construct an undetectable bomb to take down airplanes heading towards the United States.

Damascus blasts kill 40, injure 170: Syrian TV
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Two large explosions killed 40 people in Damascus on Thursday, state media said, destroying dozens of cars on a highway and damaging an intelligence complex involved in President Bashar al-Assad's crackdown on a 14-month-old uprising. Syrian television blamed "terrorists" for the morning rush-hour blasts, which were the deadliest to hit the capital since the revolt began.

Putin tells Obama he’ll skip G8 summit
In a telephone conversation with Obama, Putin cited "his responsibilities to finalize Cabinet appointments in the new Russian government" in declining the invitation to join leaders of the world's richest nations at Camp David May 18-19. The White House announcement came after a war of words between Washington and Moscow over a Russian security crackdown on demonstrations in the aftermath of Putin's election as president.

Sony reports record annual loss of $5.7 billion
TOKYO (AP) -- Sony Corp. racked up a record annual loss of 457 billion yen ($5.7 billion) in its fourth straight year of red ink as the once-glorious maker of the Walkman and PlayStation struggles toward a turnaround under a new president.

McAfee antivirus developer arrested by Belizean government on false charges while researching natural herbs for drug-resistant bacteria
(NaturalNews) John McAfee, founder of McAfee Associates, one of the first software companies to develop anti-virus software for personal computers, was recently arrested and had his house raided by military police in Belize. According to reports, an armed unit known as the "Gang Suppression Unit" (GSU) busted down the doors of McAfee's home, ransacked his property, shot and killed his dog, handcuffed his 12 employees, and took him to jail, all on false charges.

VIDEO: Brookings Announces Next Move in Syria: War
Tony Cartalucci - By the US policy think-tank Brookings Institution’s own admission, the Kofi Annan six-point peace plan in Syria was merely a ploy to buy time to reorganize NATO’s ineffective terrorist proxies and provide them the pretext necessary for establishing NATO protected safe havens from which to carry out their terrorism from. In fact, Brookings actually stated in a recent report, “Assessing Options for Regime Change” (emphasis added):

Corporations Descend on Africa to Securitize Natural Resources for Profit
Activist Post - An $11 million dollar project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Coca-Cola Corporation are employing 50,000 Kenyan and Ugandan smallholders to produce fruit for Minute Maid, a subsidiary for Coca-Cola. Mutli-national corporations are descending on Africa to utilize their land in the hopes that crop yields will boost their profit margins.... “Africa is now the last frontier in terms of arable land,” said James Nyoro, the Rockefeller Foundation’s managing director for Africa.

Warning over 'busybodies' given legal right to fine and demand information as numbers surge
Daily Mail UK - Thousands of civilians are part of a growing busybody army with police-style powers to fine and to demand personal information. Civil liberties group the Manifesto Club yesterday warned that the ‘extremely dangerous trend’ is resulting in police powers being handed out ‘like sweets’. There were 1,406 official ‘snoopers’ in 2008 but their ranks – which include traffic marshals, private security guards and street wardens – have swollen to 2,647.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Al-Qaida bombmaker designs bombs to hide in computers, pets
ABC News - The bombmaker behind the foiled plot on U.S-bound planes is a master technician with ingenious plans for hiding hard-to-detect bombs inside cameras, computers and even household pets. Again and again, Ibrahim al-Asiri has created bombs that get past security screening -- the underwear bomb targeting a Detroit-bound jet in 2009, bombs hidden in printer cartridges set to explode over Chicago, even a bomb hidden in the body of a younger brother who was sent on a suicide mission against a Saudi official.

Justice Dept. plans to sue Arizona sheriff Arpaio
PHOENIX (AP) — Federal authorities have said they plan to sue Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio and his office over allegations of civil rights violations, including the racial profiling of Latinos. The U.S. Justice Department has been seeking an agreement requiring Arpaio's office to train officers in how to make constitutional traffic stops, collect data on people arrested in traffic stops and reach out to Latinos to assure them that the department is there to also protect them.

Fed clears China's first US bank takeover
AFP - The United States on Wednesday opened its banking market to ICBC, China's biggest bank, for the first time clearing a takeover of a US bank by a Chinese state-controlled company. Just days after high-level US-China economic talks in Beijing, the Federal Reserve approved an application from Industrial and Commercial Bank of China to buy a majority stake in the US subsidiary of Bank of East Asia. The transaction will make ICBC the first Chinese state-controlled bank to acquire retail bank branches in the United States.

VIDEO: Supreme Court: ‘law’ repugnant to the Constitution is void
Activist Post - A useful place for Americans to stand is with the US Supreme Court in one of its most cited decisions that concluded anything passed as law in obvious violation of the US Constitution is not law, but void. Void as a legal term means the alleged “law” has zero legal force; that “void things are as no things.”... A 3-minute video asks police, military, and other law enforcement: When you signed-up to serve the US Constitution, was your Oath sincere?

Freedom-killing bill has just become law in USA - say hello to 'No Speech Zones'
(NaturalNews) For those of you who still believe the U.S. Constitution's First Amendment guarantees freedom of speech, your faith is about to be shattered by a new law that likely will lead to, in essence, "no speech zones."... The measure, called the Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act, was signed into law by President Obama March 8 after it passed in the Senate following minor modifications made in the House.

Michigan Town Near Ohio could become “China City” - The southeastern Michigan city of Milan, a 40-minute or so commute to Toledo or Detroit industrial centers, might become the new home for a 200-acre or larger “China City” that would house Chinese business people. Milan, a city of 6,000 surrounded by farm fields, is the locale for an unusual deal in the industrial heartland as the rocky relationship continues between the People’s Republic of China and the United States.

YouTube: Joyce Riley Interviews Kurt Haskell on the infamous "Underwear Bomber" incident
ATTORNEY KURT HASKELL provides an update since originally reporting on his eye-witness account of the now infamous 'Underwear Bomber' incident, where governmental agencies still have NOT told the whole truth to the American public. Plus a special announcement from Kurt Haskell.

Navy Wants Ultraviolet Cloaking Device for Jet Fighters
Wired News - The U.S. military is already investing tens of billions of dollars to make its jet fighters less visible to radars and infrared sensors. Now the Pentagon wants the defense industry to come up with a system that can cloak fighters from another telltale type of radiation: ultraviolet energy from the sun.

VIDEO: F-22 Fighter Pilots Battle Mysterious ‘Raptor Cough’
ABC News - As the Air Force searches desperately for the source of a mysterious and potentially deadly oxygen system problem in its $79 billion fleet of F-22 Raptor fighter jets, it is also investigating why the jets’ pilots are coughing so often after missions that the pilots have taken to calling it the “Raptor cough.” For decades pilots in fighter jets have been contending with temporary fits of coughing after executing extreme maneuvers in the air, due to a known condition called acceleration atelectasis, but an Air Force spokesperson told ABC News that the coughing appears to be more prevalent in F-22 pilots.

Coast Guard's newest ship filled with holes
RT - What is 418-feet long, costs millions to build and can move a crew of 110 men across the ocean at a speed of 28 knots? Until last month, the answer was the US Coast Guard’s newest security cutter, the Stratton. That all changed in April, however, when sailors onboard the brand new, 6-month old boat spotted a hole in the ship’s hull. And then another. And then another. And then another. ...engineers are docking the ship so that they can figure out how to fix four holes on the Stratton and also deal with an epidemic of oxidation that is causing spots of rust to ravage the boat.

VIDEO: U.S. military conducts ‘realistic urban training’ exercise in Miami
Activist Post - Miami residents were startled to hear the sound of low-flying military helicopters and explosions emanating from the abandoned Grand Bay Hotel in the early hours of Tuesday morning. It turns out that the United States military was conducting a “realistic urban training” exercise involving some 100 soldiers organized by the U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM).

Army Admits Re-Education Camp Manual “Not Intended For Public Release”
Paul Joseph Watson - Fort Leonard Wood Public Affairs director Tiffany Wood has provided the first official response to the shocking U.S. Army document that outlines the implementation of re-education camps, admitting that the manual was “not intended for public release” and claiming that its provisions only apply outside the United States, a contention completely disproved by the language contained in the document itself.... This means that either hackers have obtained access to a secure military website and downloaded the manual or it was leaked by a military employee concerned about the content of the document.

‘Trayvon Amendment’ Would Deny Federal Funds to States that Allow Self-Defense
Washington Times - Florida's law, which allows residents to use force in response to an attack without first having to retreat, has come under scrutiny after the nationally-polarizing death of teenager Trayvon Martin. George Zimmermann, a neighborhood watch volunteer, has been charged with murder in the case.

VIDEO: Federal official: CIA’s source was bomber himself in Yemen
(NECN/NBC News: Steve Handelsman) – It was a huge revelation Tuesday in Washington: federal officials say the terrorist bomb plot, revealed Monday, was disrupted because the CIA had a source inside al-Qaida in Yemen, who was the bomber himself.

VIDEO: I-TEAM: Canseco's 'aggressive' pat-down shown in TSA video
SAN ANTONIO - It happens to thousands of travelers every day, but when Congressman “Quico Canseco was patted down last month at the San Antonio International Airport; he said a TSA agent crossed the line.

YouTube: Joyce Riley Interviews Charlie Daniels for "Behold A Pale Horse" America's Last Chance
Published on May 2, 2012 by Joyce Riley The Power Hour - Retired Three Star GENERAL BOYKIN, actor MARK COLLINS, Hollywood film industry veteran CHUCK UNTERSEE & the one and only Charlie Daniels join The Power Hour LIVE this morning to introduce the new documentary they are a part of "Behold A pale Horse" America's Last Chance.

24 Facts That Prove That America Is A Nation Of Slobs
The American Dream - What would our founders say if they could see us now? Americans like to believe that the rest of the world looks up to us, but the truth is that the rest of the world is laughing at us.... So what is the solution? Well, just like any addict, the first thing that we need to do is to admit that there is a problem. Until we admit how dramatically we have fallen, we are never going to be ready to make the changes that are necessary. And yes, we have fallen a long, long way as a country.

House overturns school bake sale ban
Boston Herald - State lawmakers overturned a controversial ban on school bake sales this afternoon after a fierce public outcry over school nutrition guidelines that also prohibited pizza, white bread and 2 percent milk. “That is the stupidest thing I’ve seen in my career,” state Rep. Cory Atkins (D-Concord), moments after the House unanimously voted to ease the statewide cupcake crackdown. “Talk about hitting the nerve of government reaching far into people’s lives.”

2012 Election News

VIDEO: Ron Paul Rise For Liberty Money Bomb May 17th
Pledge today to the Rise For Liberty Money Bomb! Spread this money bomb flyer far and wide.

VIDEO: Texas Is Up! Super Brochures! Mail Now!
Daily Paul - We are going into the last innings of a very close game. And we need a home run in Texas. And it is up to us to make the big play.

'It will lead to war' - Ron Paul fights to end military aid for Israel
RT -Presidential hopeful Ron Paul has condemned a plan being considered in the United States House of Representatives that would allow for the US to continue aiding in the defense of Israel by equipping the Jewish state’s military with added weaponry. From Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, Congressman Ron Paul (R-Texas) attacked the contents of an act currently up for discussion that, if passed, would reestablish America’s major role in Israeli affairs. Rep Paul fears, however, that it would do more harm than good for all nations involved.

The Real GOP Delegate Map The Media Won’t Show You
Alexander Higgins - In reality, Ron Paul has won the 5 states (actually he is winning 11 states now) needed to secure a spot at the GOP national convention but you won’ see those 5 states listed as wins on any corporate media list of delegate counts.

Texas INMATE gets 40 per cent of votes against Obama in West Virginia primary
Daily Mail - Just how unpopular is President Obama in some parts of the country? Enough that a man in prison in Texas is getting four out of 10 votes in West Virginia's Democratic presidential primary. The inmate, Keith Judd, is serving time at the Beaumont Federal Correctional Institution in Texas for making threats at the University of New Mexico in 1999. With 93 per cent of precincts reporting, Obama was receiving just under 60 per cent of the vote to Judd's 40 per cent.

VIDEO: Reality Check: Railing Against Wall Street Bailouts, Then Taking Campaign Contributions From Those Firms?
Daily Paul - (FOX19) - Political candidates who get elected demanding reform but then take money from those they have been railing against. We all know that it happens. And yet a new report out by Bloomberg shows how some Tea party- backed candidates have been doing just that. But are they alone?

Billionaire Soros Uses Money to Ensure Obama is Re-elected
Activist Post - George Soros, billionaire financier, will be giving $2 million dollars to support President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign through outlets such as America Votes and American Bridge 21st Century.

Mitt Romney arrested for disorderly conduct
RT - According to a nearly two-decade old Boston Globe article that has been unearthed by Buzzfeed, at one time the presidential hopeful wasn’t the stiff, white bread, robot-like humanoid he comes off as today. In fact, Romney even had a run in with the law during the wild 1980s that ended with the future governor of Massachusetts being hauled off to a police station in cuffs.

Veteran News

VIDEO: Austin Steals Elderly Veteran’s House for Crime of Having Fallout Shelter
Kurt Nimmo - The city of Austin, Texas, was looking for an excuse to steal Joe Del Rio’s modest home. It found one – it insisted he had a “bunker” beneath the house. Actually, it was a fallout shelter built during the Cold War, something millions of Americans were encouraged to build by the federal government, beginning in 1961 under the Community Fallout Shelter Program.

Occupy Wall Street Protest

VIDEO: Bank Of America Protests Begin At Shareholder Meeting (LATEST UPDATES)
Huffington Post - Activists from Occupy Wall Street, the environmental movement and labor unions, along with victims of home foreclosures, have begun massive demonstrations at Bank of America's shareholder meeting in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday morning.

VIDEO: NYPD White Shirt Strikes Protestor In Throat With Baton For NO REASON
Alexander Higgins - This CNN iReport shows an NYPD white shirt striking an Occupy Wall Street Protestor in the throat with his baton for no reason then arresting two random protestors for no reason.


VIDEO: It's All Your Money: Taxpayers may be on hook for US Postal Service losses
FOX NEWS - The USPS is losing up to $25 million dollars a day. Until now, taxpayers have not been on the hook for its mounting losses, but that could be about to change. A bill recently approved by the Senate would appropriate $34 billion in federal money.

Ex-tremely ex-pensive
NY Post - And you thought you got rid of them when they left office. Taxpayers paid almost $3.7 million last year for the expenses of ex-presidents, including $119,000 in phone bills, $123,000 for travel, $76,000 for postage and $1.2 million in rent, according to government figures.

Energy & Environment

Corexit chemical dispersant used by BP during Gulf oil disaster linked to horrific human injuries
(NaturalNews) A man who is now a paraplegic and who is also going blind has filed a lawsuit against British Petroleum (BP) and its related companies; Halliburton; Transocean; NALCO; ConocoPhilips and several other companies involved with the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster that began on April 20, 2010, in the Gulf of Mexico. According to the suit, BP officials lied about the safety of Corexit, an oil dispersant sprayed throughout the Gulf, which resulted in serious and permanent injuries for a dive team that helped with cleanup efforts.

Choose DIY to Save Big on Solar Panels for Your Home!
Mother Earth News - Have you been thinking about installing solar panels for your home, but been discouraged because the cost is too high? Here in Montana, my family and I saved 40 percent on the cost of a solar electric system by buying a kit and doing the installation ourselves.


Zeolites: the natural detoxifyer
(NaturalNews) Zeolite is a naturally forming microporous, aluminosilicate mineral combination that is found in rock deposits around the world. Zeolite comes from the Greek word for 'boiling stones' as they emit steam when heated. Zeolites have a very strong affinity for pulling out toxic debris from water, clothing, and within the body. Zeolites are considered one of nature's finest detoxifying elements.

Garlic more effective than antibiotics against food poisoning bacteria
(NaturalNews) If you feel ill because of food poisoning you may not feel like eating it, but garlic has been proven to be more effective than antibiotics in fighting the effects of food poisoning bugs. The active compound, diallyl sulphide, is able to breach the membranes on many bacteria that make them harder to destroy.

Beware the dangers of natural hair dyes that contain PPD
(NaturalNews) Many henna hair dyes on the market masquerade as "Natural" or "Pure Henna". These so-called henna products are sometimes laced with toxic ingredients and heavy metals. While adverse reactions are usually dismissed as sensitivity on the part an individual, the fact remains that an ingredient known as PPD, or Para-Phenylenediamine, is the poisonous chemical that is found in many of these "natural" hair dyes. It is also found in fabric dyes, cosmetics, printing and photocopying inks and photo developing chemicals, and is responsible for severe and even fatal reactions.

Chinese herbs prevent hair loss & stimulate natural hair restoration without the need for baldness drugs
(NaturalNews) Chinese herbs have been used for centuries on their own and in conjunction with other alternative therapies such as acupuncture, acupressure and Ayurveda to prevent hair loss, re-grow hair and restore natural pigment to gray hair. Hair loss has many causes, such as the genetic male pattern baldness and diseases affecting glands and hormones. Lack of circulation to the scalp and vitamin deficiencies play a major role in hair health.

Beating Cancer with Nutrition – Turmeric Slows Spread of Breast Cancer
Natural Society - Curcumin has been found to possess properties that reduce the expression of these deadly molecules within cancer cells, and can potentially slow the spread of breast cancer. Of course this isn’t the only time turmeric and curcumin have been shown to battle and prevent cancer. Researchers at UCLA found that curcumin — a natural phenol and primary compound of turmeric — exhibits cancer-blocking properties powerful enough to block cancer growth. In addition, curcumin has previously been found to reduce tumors by 81% in more than 9 studies, which also gives credence to the natural anti-cancer health benefits of turmeric and curcumin intake.

Probiotics Destroy Toxic Chemicals In Our Gut For Us - It is an awesome fact of nature that we have trillions of organisms within our body – containing completely foreign DNA -- some of which break down toxic chemicals that we humans have created to kill other things, but are now killing us, e.g. pesticides. Who are these strange helpers?

VIDEO: Hundreds Of Flight Attendants Fall Ill With Hair Falling Out
Alexander Higgins - It is just making news now but since last year Alaskan Airplane flight attendants started mysteriously getting ill with symptoms that include itchy rashes and hair falling out of their heads. The official story is “toxic uniforms” are to blame, but as I previously reported wild life in Alaska is also suffering from mysterious die -offs with polar bears losing their fur and skin lesions and many forms of wild-life becoming mysteriously ill.... Then If you haven’t seen it check out this video of the radiation... recorded during a flight from Michigan to Georgia which is much further from Fukushima.

Sunscreen Causes Cancer? What You May Not Know About Sunscreen
Natural Society - Studies conducted indicate the dangers of certain chemical compounds within sunscreen could be causing a variety of skin damaging ailments, especially when reacting with the sun’s intensive heat. Though the FDA had supervised and funded the studies showing key ingredients related to vitamin A as carcinogenic, they knowingly prevented the information from being released to the public whatsoever – up until recently. The synthetic vitamin A compound found in many sunscreen brands contain retinol and retinyl palmitate, both found to react negatively in the sunlight, becoming toxic to the system.

Science & Technology

Amendment to NDAA Would Give Military 'Clandestine Operation' Authority in Cyberspace
Activist Post - Congress is set to introduce an amendment that would grant even more power to the military for offensive operations in cyberspace. As Mike Masnick highlights in his article for TechDirt, the applicable section currently gives authority to the president, whereas the amendment would give the entire Department of Defense the same authority... The current text of the NDAA reads as follows...

YouTube: FBI wants access to your Facebook
RT - The US Federal Bureau of Investigation is on a mission to wiretap the Internet. With more people communicating through the Internet, traditional land-line communication is slowly becoming obsolete. The FBI is seeking to have websites alter their codes to gain access to users' personal information, but the notion has posed a challenge and could cause a "going dark problem." David Seaman, journalist and host of the DL Show, joins us with his take on the FBI's request.

Twitter hacked? Thousands of passwords posted on file sharing site
RT - The passwords for up to 35,000 Twitter accounts were posted on the online file sharing website Twitter said it would be trying to figure out how the user names and passwords ended up posted on the portal.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Minnesota Moms to Disobey Ag Officials
Farm Food Freedom Coalition - Minneapolis, MN-Several Minnesota mothers who organize community access to local fresh farm foods plan to risk criminal charges by openly and publicly defying warnings from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA). The MDA has threatened several mothers, conducted investigations against them and sent them warning letters that if they continue helping provide fresh food to their friends and neighbors, they will be subject to criminal charges and prosecution. The MDA alleges the Mothers are violating food-handling regulations.

Pet News

Food Safety News VIDEO: Diamond Pet Foods Salmonella Outbreak
According to the FDA, pets with Salmonella infection may appear lethargic and have diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Some pets will only have decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. If your pet shows signs of Salmonella infection, contact your veterinarian. Complete list of recalled pet food products.

Today in History - Wednesday - May 9, 2012
1825 - The Chatham Theatre opened in New York City. It was the first gas-lit theater in America.
1901 - In Australia, the Duke of Cornwall and York declared the First Commonwealth Parliament open.
1915 - German and French forces fought the Battle of Artois.
1926 - Americans Richard Byrd and Floyd Bennett became the first men to fly an airplane over the North Pole.
1930 - A starting gate was used to start a Triple Crown race for the first time.
1936 - Fascist Italy took Addis Abba and annexed Ethiopia.
1936 - The first sheet of postage stamps of more than one variety went on sale in New York City.
1941 - The German submarine U-110 was captured at sea by Britain's Royal navy.
1945 - U.S. officials announced that the midnight entertainment curfew was being lifted immediately.
1955 - West Germany joined NATO.
1960 - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved for sale an oral birth-control pill for the first time.
1962 - A laser beam was successfully bounced off Moon for the first time.
1974 - The House Judiciary Committee began formal hearings on the Nixon impeachment.
1980 - A Liberian freighter hit the Sunshine Skyway Bridge over Tampa Bay in Florida. 35 motorists were killed and a 1,400-foot section of the bridge collapsed.
1994 - Nelson Mandela was chosen to be South Africa's first black president.
1996 - In video testimony to a courtroom in Little Rock, AR, U.S. President Clinton insisted that he had nothing to do with a $300,000 loan in the criminal case against his former Whitewater partners.
2002 - In Bethlehem, West Bank, a deal was reached that would end the 38-day standoff at the Church of the Nativity. Thirteen suspected militants were to be deported to several different countries. The standoff had begun on April 2, 2002.
2002 - In Kaspiisk, Russia, 39 people were killed and at least 130 were injured when a remote-controlled bomb exploded during a holiday parade.
2002 - In Bahrain, people were allowed to vote for representatives for the first time in nearly 30 years. Women were allowed to vote for the first time in the country's history.

World News

Blast targets Syrian military; 6 soldiers wounded
DARAA, Syria (AP) -- A roadside bomb struck a Syrian military truck Wednesday, wounding six soldiers just seconds after a convoy carrying the head of the U.N. observer mission passed by.

Pentagon Defends Buying Russian-Made Arms from Exporter Supplying Syria
Bloomberg - The Pentagon must pay Russia’s state- run arms trader to provide helicopters for Afghanistan’s air force even though the company also been has supplying Syrian President Bashar al-Assad with weapons to kill his own people, according to the Defense Department’s top policy official.

U.S. Millionaires Told Go Away as Tax Evasion Rule Looms
Bloomberg - That’s what some of the world’s largest wealth-management firms are saying ahead of Washington’s implementation of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, known as Fatca, which seeks to prevent tax evasion by Americans with offshore accounts. HSBC Holdings Plc (HSBA), Deutsche Bank AG, Bank of Singapore Ltd. and DBS Group Holdings Ltd. (DBS) all say they have turned away business.

US approves $1b for Israel's missile system
Press TV -The total appropriation is the highest ever approved for the four programs, and reflects U.S. Representatives' consistent support for Israel. The House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee is due to vote on the draft bill on Tuesday, which will include $948,736,000 for Israel's missile defense programs for the 2013 fiscal year, which begins in October. This money is separate from the $3.1 billion in annual military aid for Israel for 2013. If the proposal passes, Israel will receive a record total of $4 billion in military aid in the next fiscal year. Related article/video here.

VIDEO: 'Up to140 civilians killed for every militant in Afghanistan’
Press TV - According to research by well-renowned American philosopher James Fetzer, as many as 140 innocent civilians were being killed for every militant targeted in Afghanistan. “From the point of view of Afghan people, every time an innocent civilian is taken out, about 10 others join the resistance to the American occupation,” Fetzer told Press TV’s U.S. Desk on Tuesday.

VIDEO: Afghan tension: ‘US military, CIA out of control’
RT - Afghan president Hamid Karzai has warned that the strategic pact with the US will be meaningless if the US continues killing Afghan civilians. Political analyst Ahmed Quraishi told RT that Karzai is learning the hard way he cannot trust US forces.

India tells US that Iran is an important oil source
Press TV - Indian Foreign Minister S.M. Krishna told a joint news conference with visiting U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that Iran "remains an important source of oil for us." India, which depends on Iran for 12 percent of its imports, has insisted it would not join U.S. and European-led sanctions to reduce Tehran’s oil revenues. The U.S. has been urging India and other countries to slash oil imports from Iran to step up pressure on Tehran over its peaceful nuclear program.

Greece sinks deeper into crisis, chance of govt fades
(Reuters) - Greece sank deeper into crisis on Tuesday when the Leftist candidate for prime minister set conditions for a new coalition which the biggest party said would destroy the country.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

VIDEO: Diabetic Girl’s $10,000 Insulin Pump Ruined By Radiation From TSA Body Scanner
Steve Watson - A sixteen year old diabetic girl was forced to walk through a TSA body scanner by screeners while wearing an insulin pump, resulting in the expensive equipment being broken, and putting her health in jeopardy. Savannah Barry, who suffers from type one diabetes, meaning she has to wear an insulin pump at all times, says that TSA screeners spoke to her rudely and displayed complete ignorance with regards to her medical condition.

USAF Drones May Conduct “Incidental” Domestic Surveillance
Secrecy News - The Air Force policy was restated in a newly reissued instruction on oversight of Air Force intelligence. “Air Force Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) operations, exercise and training missions will not conduct nonconsensual surveillance on specifically identified US persons, unless expressly approved by the Secretary of Defense, consistent with US law and regulations,” the instruction stated. On the other hand, “Collected imagery may incidentally include US persons or private property without consent.”

After The Government Microchips Our Soldiers, How Long Will It Be Before They Want To Put A Microchip In YOU
The American Dream | What would you do if someday the government made it mandatory for everyone to receive an implantable microchip for identification purposes?... In the United States today, millions of dogs and cats have been microchipped, thousands of elderly Americans with Alzheimer’s disease have been microchipped, and the U.S. military is developing “medical devices” that contain microchips to monitor the health of soldiers. Once the government has microchips implanted in all of our soldiers, how long will it be before they want to put a microchip in all government employees for the sake of national security?

VIDEO: Activist Interrupts War Propaganda 'What About the Innocent People WE Are Killing With OUR Drone Strikes?'
Activist Post - Peace Activist Medea Benjamin of Code Pink interrupted White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan during a press conference about the progress of the war in Afghanistan last week. When Brennan was espousing the notion that Al Qaeda's image is badly tarnished around the Muslim world because he claims they're killing mostly "innocent men, women and children," Benjamin stood up and challenged him.

EPA scientist who warned of caustic dust from Ground Zero wins job back
Guardian - A government scientist sacked for exposing the dangers to firefighters from the caustic air at Ground Zero in the days after 9/11 got her job back on Monday. A federal court ordered that Cate Jenkins, a chemist at the Environmental Protection Agency, be reinstated to her job with back pay.

Would-be underwear bomber worked with CIA; helped foil plot
RT - The man hired by al-Qaeda to bomb a US airliner was a CIA informant, who provided the organization with the explosive device himself. However, American officials still fear a raft of new attacks on the country’s airplanes. The man worked for the US and Saudi intelligence services, The New York Times quoted US and Yemeni officials as saying. The man was reported to have left Yemen, where he had been recruited by the Yemeni branch of al-Qaeda to carry out the suicide bombing.

After Americans become outraged with TSA, CIA announces airplane bombing thwarted
RT - American officials say they uncovered an al-Qaeda-made bomb that could have successfully passed through TSA’s security checkpoints — but only days after a leading US lawmaker launched a campaign to abolish that very agency.

VIDEO: CIA Bomb Plot: Get Ready for New Intrusive Airport “Security”
Kurt Nimmo - A suspicious bomb plot supposedly derailed by the CIA will be used to usher in new and more intrusive “security” measures at airports in America.

VIDEO: What not to wear during the NATO summit - Workers at some Chicago office towers are being encouraged to dress down to avoid being targeted by protesters during the meeting of world leaders May 20 and 21.... Tenants in the office building at 1 E. Wacker Drive received a memo encouraging them to stay away from wearing suits, urging workers to “look like a protester.”

Border Patrol Unveils First New Strategy in 8 years, Cracks Down on Mexico’s Revolving Door
Daily Mail - The new approach - outlined in a 32-page document that took more than two years to develop - uses buzzwords like 'risk-based' and 'intelligence-driven' to describe a more nuanced, targeted response to constantly evolving threats.... U.S Border Patrol chief Mike Fisher said he would rule out more fences but, 'It's not going to be part of our mantra.' Fisher said the agency is moving more toward mobile surveillance like unmanned aerial vehicles and helicopters.

VIDEO: Preliminary Hearing In Kelly Thomas Death Case Continues Tuesday
CBS - (Warning disturbing video.) The chief of surgical trauma at UC Irvine Medical Center took the stand Tuesday as the preliminary hearing in the Kelly Thomas death case continued for its second day. Prosecutors say Fullerton police officers Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli confronted 37-year-old Thomas on the evening of July 5th about some car break-ins and after a few contentious exchanges, beat him mercilessly into un-consciousness.

2012 Election News

May 8 GOP Primaries: Indiana, West Virginia, North Carolina Results

Stop looking at the primary, that isn't what really matters here. Ron Paul is not losing
Daily Paul - We have been through this, forget the primaries (straw polls). Winning delegates at the convention is all that matters, if you have been paying attention. Forget the media when they say Romney has this locked up and forget what they are reporting as the delegate count. The delegates decide the nominee folks, and we are winning the majority of delegates all over the country.

YouTube: Ron Paul Interview with Larry Kudlow
CNBC May 8, 2012. Why Ron Paul will not endorse Mitt Romney... Rasmussen poll included Ron Paul as a third party candidate (?).

WARNING: Romney Campaign Is Paying People To Gather Information About State Delegates
Daily Paul - Ron Paul Forums: According to a MI RP campaign staffer, the campaign: "...received word that Romney's campaign is paying people to gather information about the state delegates and identify the "troublemakers" (i.e., you and me) so be careful not to share your information or political affiliations with strangers." Watch for this in other states as well. This is especially important if you are a delegate.

VIDEO: MSNBC Rachel Maddow Show: Ron Paul Dominates Delegates in 8 States
Daily Paul - The MSM still at the propaganda, which is actually helping us. They keep stating that Romney will be the nominee, that means Romney people will not show up, GREAT!

VIDEO: Surprise! Fox News: Ron Paul is much bigger than people know
Daily Paul - They seem so surprised about Ron Paul winning delegates but at the same time comment on how organized he is and how Romney Has NO organization!

Carl Bunce, NV RP Campaign Mgr's Speech at Convention, Ron's Speech & Our Interview w/Carol Paul!
Daily Paul - Did we ever think there would be a day when we'd hear a speech like this from OUR guy, at the state convention dias?

Romney Super PAC accepts funds from federal contractors
Press TV - The contributions, reported by the Restore Our Future political action committee over a nine-month stretch ending in February, came from firms in fields such as energy, engineering and health care. They represent businesses with federal contracts totaling more than $244 million, according to government records. The ban on political giving by such contractors has existed since the 1940s. Even so, several of the donors stand by their contributions.

Veteran News

VIDEO: IRS forms show charity's money isn't going to disabled vets
CNN - A national charity that vows to help disabled veterans and their families has spent tens of millions on marketing services, all the while doling out massive amounts of candy, hand sanitizer bottles and many other unnecessary items to veteran aid groups, according to a CNN investigation. The Disabled Veterans National Foundation... received about $55.9 million in donations since it began operations in 2007, according to publicly available IRS 990 forms. Yet according to the DVNF's tax filings with the IRS, almost none of that money has wound up in the hands of American veterans.


Obama's DOJ And Wall Street: Too Big For Jail?
Forbes - Over the past three years, the Department of Justice has filed criminal charges against hundreds of ordinary Americans for financial fraud. But no one from the largest banks and firms on Wall Street have been similarly charged for events leading up to the financial crisis. Could that be because those banks are clients of the firms from which top DOJ officials hail?

VIDEO: House Lawmakers Consider Federal Reserve System Effectiveness
C-Span 3 May 8, 2012 - Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) chaired a House Financial Services Subcommittee hearing on six legislative proposals that either reform or suggest abolishing the Federal Reserve System. According to the Committee, calls for reforming aspects of the Federal Reserve System have existed since the agency's creation in 1913. However, the committee states, "with the onset of the financial crisis of 2008-2009 and during the prolonged recession, calls for reform have escalated."

VIDEO: Ridiculous Claim: Fed Policy Not To Blame For Rising Food and Gas Prices; The Dollar Hasn’t Gone Down
Mac Slavo - Government mouthpiece and well known Keynesian economist Paul Krugman makes the case for monetary easing and Fed intervention by claiming that the rising cost of food and gas has nothing to do with the Federal Reserve or the free money they’ve dished out to banks, both foreign and domestic, to the tunes of not billions, but tens of trillions of dollars.

Housing Market

Bank of America initiates home loan modification offers
AP - The lender said Tuesday it has begun mailing out letters to customers who may qualify to have their home loans reduced as part of a multistate settlement over alleged foreclosure abuses. The Charlotte, N.C.-based company estimates that more than 200,000 of its customers could potentially be in line for a reduction in the principal balance on their mortgage.

Energy & Environment

Over 1300 Tubes Damaged at Ailing San Onofre nuke plant...
ABC News - More than 1,300 tubes that carry radioactive water inside the San Onofre nuclear plant in Southern California are so damaged that they will be taken out of service, the utility that runs the plant said Tuesday. The figures released by Southern California Edison are the latest disclosure in a probe of equipment problems that have kept the coastal plant sidelined for more than three months.


Pfizer and Merck under investigation for colluding with Obama Administration on health care overhaul
(NaturalNews) Most Americans have no idea what truly went on behind closed doors during the crafting and illegitimate passing of Obamacare, also known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. But a congressional investigation currently underway is seeking to unearth the dirty details, including how drug giants like Pfizer Inc. and Merck & Co. greased the financial wheels to make sure their pharmaceuticals received preferential treatment as part of the health care overhaul.

Use these 5 powerful herbs to boost your immune system
(NaturalNews) It's good to know more about simple herbs to protect us against infections as well as cure us from infections and disease. Some herbs can be consumed directly; some need to be made into teas or tinctures, while others are offered as essential oils or in capsules as supplements. Here are five choices linked to articles explaining in greater detail.

The top eight anti-aging foods available right now
(NaturalNews) Here are the top 8 foods with powerful anti-aging properties that are built to better our health and appearance while also encouraging longevity. They should be added to your arsenal of daily health-promoting tools in order to keep you looking and feeling great no matter how many years you've got under your belt.

Resveratrol vindicated for anti-aging benefits and prevention of heart disease
(NaturalNews) Resveratrol has been a popular buzz word around the alternative health community for more than a decade, touted for its anti-aging properties and potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory actions at the cellular level.

Pineapple's bromelain enzyme provides amazing health benefits
(NaturalNews) You've probably heard of an enzyme found in pineapple called Bromelain. This enzyme is often used by itself as a supplement to aid in various ailments and boost general health. It is also added to natural digestion aids, anti inflammatory remedies, and general health supplements. There are also quite a few additional health benefits that may be lesser known than its most common uses. It has been linked to better heart and circulatory health, improvement in asthma and other breathing conditions and improved immunity.

Vitamin D reduces major medical risks in the eldery if taken in high doses
(NaturalNews) Most NaturalNews readers know some of the health values of vitamin D3, which go well beyond the accepted bone health quality. But how much is enough and how little is not enough is a controversial subject. Adding to the confusion is some concern of how much would lead to excessive vitamin D3 intake to produce the rare event of vitamin D toxicity.

Study: Children who grow up on family farms and drink raw milk have fewer allergies, autoimmune disorders
(NaturalNews) Growing up on a family-scale farm and drinking raw cow's milk are two important elements that promote robust childhood immune development. These are the findings of a recent study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, which found that farm-raised children generally tend to have less allergies, asthma and other autoimmune problems compared to children raised away from farm environments.

FDA review favors first drug for HIV prevention
AP - A pill that has long been used to treat HIV has moved one step closer to becoming the first drug approved to prevent healthy people from becoming infected with the virus that causes AIDS.... FDA reviewers on Tuesday said that patients must be diligent about taking the pill every day if using it as a preventative measure. Adherence to the medication was less than perfect in clinical trials, and reviewers said that patients in the real world may forget to take their medication even more than those in clinical studies.

Drop the moneybomb on Monsanto - join the global fundraiser for victory on GMO labeling
(NaturalNews) Between May 1 and May 26, a broad coalition of food, farm, health, public interest, and environmental groups across the country, joined by leading organic food companies, will attempt to raise one million dollars to support the California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act, a citizens' ballot initiative.

Science & Technology

Scientists Trigger Insulin Release in Lab Mice Using Radio Waves
Red Ice Creations - Some laboratory mice were given specially engineered insuling-producing genes. These genes were then remotely activated using radio waves. This could mean a whole new field of medical procedures in which we turn genes on and off at will.... Admittedly, while the treatment itself is totally non-invasive, the researchers did first have to inject some nanoparticles onto the mice’s cells in order to affect their genes.

VIDEO: Reddit Founder Slams Facebook Support For CISPA
Paul Joseph Watson - In an interview with CNN, Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian said he would refuse to buy Facebook stock because of the company’s appalling attitude to privacy and its support for the CISPA bill.... Reddit joins Mozilla as the only other major tech company to decry CISPA, with firms like Facebook, Microsoft, IBM, Intel, Oracle, Symantec, AT&T and Verizon all backing the bill.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Farmers markets getting money to take food stamps
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The federal government is spending $4 million to help hook up farmers and low-income customers. Currently, fewer than a quarter of the nation's roughly 7,100 farmers markets are set up to use the Electronic Benefit Transfer system, or food stamps. But Kathleen Merrigan, deputy secretary of agriculture, said she hopes these grants will bring another 4,000 of those outlets on line with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

Pet News

Solid Gold Pet Food Recall
Susan Thixton - Solid Gold Health Products for Pets, Inc., El Cajon, California, announced a voluntary recall of one batch of WolfCub Large Breed Puppy Food and one batch of Solid Gold WolfKing Large Breed Adult Dog, both with a Best Before date of December 30, 2012, and an “X” in the 11th digit of the date code. Solid Gold is voluntarily recalling the products below, distributed in the United States and Canada.

Is Pet Food History Repeating Itself?
Susan Thixton - Though we might not be provided with a full explanation as to how/why so many brands of pet food were recalled due to possible Salmonella contamination, we can look back into recent pet food recall history for some disturbing connections.

Today in History - Tuesday - May 8, 2012
1794 - The United States Post Office was established.
1846 - On May 13 President Polk declared war on Mexico
1847 - The rubber tire was patented by Robert W. Thompson.
1879 - George Selden applied for the first automobile patent.
1886 - Pharmacist Dr. John Styth Pemberton invented what would later be called "Coca-Cola."
1904 - U.S. Marines landed in Tangier to protect the Belgian legation.
1914 - The U.S. Congress passed a Joint Resolution that designated the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day.
1919 - The first transatlantic flight took-off by a navy seaplane.
1933 - Gandhi began a hunger strike to protest British oppression in India.
1939 - Clay Puett's electric starting gate was used for the first time.
1943 - The Germans suppressed a revolt by Polish Jews and destroyed the Warsaw Ghetto.
1945 - U.S. President Harry Truman announced that World War II had ended in Europe.
1958 - President Eisenhower ordered the National Guard out of Little Rock as Ernest Green became the 1st black to graduate from an Arkansas public school.
1960 - Diplomatic relations between Cuba and the Soviet Union resumed.
1961 - New Yorkers selected a new name for their new National League baseball franchise. They chose the Mets.
1967 - Muhammad Ali was indicted for refusing induction in U.S. Army.
1970 - Construction workers broke up an anti-war protest on New York City's Wall Street.
1973 - Militant American Indians who had held the South Dakota hamlet of Wounded Knee for 10 weeks surrendered.
1978 - David R. Berkowitz, known as the "Son of Sam," pled guilty to six murder charges.
1984 - The Soviet Union announced that they would not participate in the 1984 Summer Olympics Games in Los Angeles.
1985 - "New Coke" was released to the public on the 99th anniversary of Coca-Cola.
1986 - Reporters were told that 84,000 people had been evacuated from areas near the Chernobyl nuclear plant in Soviet Ukraine.
1998 - A pipe burst leaving a million residents without water in Malaysia's capital area. This added to four days of shortages that 2 million already faced.
1999 - The first female cadet graduated from The Citadel military college.

World News

In surprise deal, Israeli leader cancels election
AP - In a stunning reversal, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called off early elections Tuesday after reaching an agreement to bring Israel's main opposition party into the government, a move that puts a more moderate face on his hawkish coalition.

UPDATE: US airstrikes kill at least 14 civilians
RT - The US military is taking the blame for an airstrike in Afghanistan over the weekend that left at least six civilians dead — one mother and five children.

U.S. hostage urges Obama to meet al Qaeda demands
An American aid worker abducted by al Qaeda in Pakistan last year has pleaded with U.S. President Barack Obama to meet his captors' demands for the release of prisoners in order to save his life, in a video released by the militant group's media arm. In the short clip posted on Islamist Internet forums, Warren Weinstein, who was kidnapped in the central Pakistani city of Lahore last August, appealed to Obama to "accept and respond to the mujahideen (holy warriors)".

VIDEO: Hillary Clinton visits India as New Delhi ‘faces dilemma’
RT - Hillary Clinton is visiting India in the hope of persuading the country to halt oil imports from Iran or face sanctions itself. RT discussed the subject with Neil Padukone, an expert in geopolitics at the Takshashila Institute.... India buys almost 80 per cent of Iranian crude, but has vowed to curtail its import of Iranian oil by 20 per cent, officials reported. For India, Iranian oil imports currently make up approximately 10 per cent of total oil imports, but that number is set to fall to seven per cent next year.

Spain to spend billions on bank rescue
AFP - Spain will swoop in with public money this week to clean up huge bad loans at the nation's fourth-biggest listed bank, Bankia, the government said Monday. As news emerged of the impending rescue of Bankia, created in 2010 from a merger of seven savings banks, its executive chairman Rodrigo Rato announced his resignation.

CIA thwarts al-Qaida underwear bomb plot
AP - The CIA thwarted an ambitious plot by al-Qaida's affiliate in Yemen to destroy a U.S.-bound airliner using a bomb with a sophisticated new design around the one-year anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden, The Associated Press has learned. The plot involved an upgrade of the underwear bomb that failed to detonate aboard a jetliner over Detroit on Christmas 2009. This new bomb was also designed to be used in a passenger's underwear, but this time al-Qaida developed a more refined detonation system, U.S. officials said.

U.S. Confirms Airstrike Wrongly Killed 6 Afghan Family Members
NY Times - The attack, which took place Friday night, was first revealed publicly by the governor of Helmand Province, Muhammad Gulab Mangal, on Monday. His spokesman, Dawoud Ahmadi, said that after an investigation they had determined that a family home in Sangin district had been attacked by mistake in the American airstrike, which was called in to respond to a Taliban attack.

US secretly frees high-level Afghan militants as bargaining chip says report
RT - News has emerged that in order to reach a truce in the most restive Afghan provinces, the US has secretly released several dozen high-ranking Afghan militants. In exchange the US gets vague hopes that the militants will not take up arms again. The secret “strategic release” program is not a part of the US global plan to reach a peace deal with the Taliban. It is only intended to create some immediate tactical gains in particular regions where NATO is unable to ensure security, the Washington Post reports, citing several US officials who spoke on condition of anonymity.

US selling combat drones to undisclosed countries
RT - The American Independent reports that Texas’ Vanguard Defense Industries, a US Defense Department contractor that outfits the Pentagon with unmanned aerial drones, has inked agreements with several overseas governments. According to the Independent, Vanguard is expected to see most of their profits in the next year occur from selling airships to foreign nations. Just exactly who is on the receiving end — and to the tune of how many crafts — remains a mystery.

VIDEO: New French President Wants To End The Dollar Era, Will Clash With US
Alexander Higgins - The just elected president of france is destined to clash with the US and wants to end the era of the US dollar rule of global markets. Francois Hollande has defeated Nicolas Sarkozy in the French presidential runoff, making him the latest EU leader to be swept aside by the crippling debt crisis. Among the first steps the President-elect is planning, is to push back against German-led austerity measures. Chancellor Angela Merkel has already invited Hollande to Berlin for talks.

Canadian Government Moves to Outlaw Masks at Demos
Kurt Nimmo - It may soon be a crime to wear a mask in Canada. The Harper government supports a bill proposed by Conservative backbencher Blake Richards that would slam protesters in prison for five years if they wear a mask during a demonstration. Richards said the bill will give the police more power to prevent property damage. “I think it strengthens the right for peaceful protest. It’s only when individuals engage in criminal activity or become violent where this law would apply.”

Powdered Human Baby Flesh Filled Pills Discovered by Customs Officials, S. Korea
Daily Mail May 7, 2012 - Thousands of pills filled with powdered human flesh have been discovered by customs officials in South Korea, it was revealed today. The capsules are in demand because they are viewed as being a medicinal ‘cure-all’. The grim trade is being run from China where corrupt medical staff are said to be tipping off medical companies when babies are aborted or delivered still-born.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

VIDEO: State’s junk food ban could take bite out of school fundraisers
Boston Herald - Bake sales, the calorie-laden standby cash-strapped classrooms, PTAs and booster clubs rely on, will be outlawed from public schools as of Aug. 1 as part of new no-nonsense nutrition standards, forcing fundraisers back to the blackboard to cook up alternative ways to raise money for kids.

Admin drafted memo to shield Obama if Osama Bin Laden raid failed
Washington Free Beacon - The Obama Administration drafted a “highly lawyered” memo to shield the president from blame if the mission to kill or capture Osama Bin Laden failed, former Attorney General Michael Mukasey told Sean Hannity of Fox News Friday. According to Mukasey, the memo would have pinned the blame on Navy Admiral William McRaven, who was commander of Joint Special Operations Command at the time of the raid.

Re-Education Camp Manual Includes Rules On Isolating Political Prisoners
Paul Joseph Watson - On page 284, the manual (PDF) describes how “Malcontents, rabble-rousers, trained agitators, and political officers who may attempt to organize resistance or create disturbances within the I/R facility,” are to be confined “in isolated enclosures to deny them access to the general population.” The document also makes clear that the internment facility is not only a re-education camp but also a forced labor camp.

Exclusive: Arizona – Two Carloads of Shooters Escape, Survivor Witness Found
Veterans Today - For days, news service around the world have been reporting on the suicide/murder of “Neo-Nazi Extremist” J.T. Ready in Arizona. Even the FBI told our reporters this afternoon that they had no witnesses and that Ready was being investigated as a “Nazi.” Now we learn that, if we are to accept the FBI as truthful, local law enforcement kept a live witness hidden away, not just from the news but from the Federal authorities that controlled the crime scene, kept the witness sequestered and let the killers, as few as 2, as many as 6, leave the country, dispose of evidence, whatever needed to make this mass murder a success. Related article here.

News Gathering HD Cameras Installed in Tucson, AZ
Activist Post - In a move that signifies a private surveillance war between news networks, Arizona station KVOA has installed a network of remote-controlled, high-definition cameras around Tucson, AZ to "scan the streets for pretty much whatever's out there." The system, named Skynet... went online April 25th. It is unknown how many cameras have been put in place to observe the public, or how much was invested to do so, but it is an investment that management feels is a good one in order to gain instant access to potential news, as opposed to physically sending out reporters, or using helicopters.

2012 Election News

Music Video: Ron Paul Music YouTube by MTV's Aimee Allen

Don't tell Paul's supporters the primary is over
AP - Don't tell Ron Paul the Republican primary is over. He's too busy mucking up Mitt Romney's efforts to accumulate enough convention delegates to officially claim the GOP nomination for president. Paul's supporters won control of state GOP conventions in Maine and Nevada last weekend, stripping Romney of delegates in Maine but graciously letting him keep the ones he won in Nevada's February caucuses. Next up: Republican state conventions in Minnesota, Missouri, Louisiana and Iowa.

VIDEO: FOX: Ron Paul Dominating State Conventions 5/7/12
Daily Paul -May 7, 2012.

May 8 GOP Primaries: Indiana, West Virginia, North Carolina
Daily Paul - Post your news, observations and insights in the comments. The results will be posted here here.

Republican Executive Committee Member Calls for Resignation of RNC Chairman Reince Priebus
Daily Paul - Due to an alleged violation of the national GOP's Rule # 11 (bans favoritism of one candidate while more than one candidate exists), an Executive Committee member within the GOP calls for the resignation of RNC Chairman Reince Priebus.

VIDEO: The Romney / Paul Campaign Managers Face Off
Daily Paul - This was a great interview on the eve of the Nevada caucuses. Note the deference being shown by Romney's man to Dr Paul - definitely a fear factor at play here despite his bravado.... Jon Ralston (host) to Carl Bunce: "What are you trying to achieve here? Romney is going to be the nominee. Don''t you know that!"

YouTube: Ron Paul's Texas Straight Talk 5/7/12
Mr. President, the Time to Leave Afghanistan is NOW!

VIDEO: Ron Paul Unofficial Ad Destroys the Entire Establishment - How can we NOT agree with this man!

Veteran News

Georgia opens a prison for veterans
RT - Officials from the Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office recently held a press conference to discuss once of the department’s newest endeavors and they believe that it is the first of its kind in the country. Tucked in a corner of the county jail in rural Georgia is a dormitory specifically reserved to house inmates that have fought for America....Never mind the Veterans Affairs bureaus and commonplace community centers that are constructed across the country. Authorities in Georgia have noticed an alarming number of US vets being convicted of crimes after returning home and are hoping that the best way to handle the influx of inmates is by grouping them together.

Occupy Wall Street Protest

VIDEO: Occupy groups in Texas plan May 12 rally
Press TV - Dave Cortez, head of the Occupy Austin bank action committee in Austin, Texas, says they are joining forces with other Occupy groups on May 12 to "shine a light" on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement and to make sure it is transparent and accountable. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), also known as the Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership Agreement, is a multilateral free trade agreement that aims to further liberalize the economies of the Asia-Pacific region. Related article/video:‘TPP negotiations are being held in secret behind closed doors’.

Washington Targets OWS
Activist Post - Last October, Obama told ABC News: The most important thing we can do right now is those of us in leadership letting people know that we understand their struggles and we are on their side, and that we want to set up a system in which hard work, responsibility, doing what you’re supposed to do, is rewarded.... At the same time, FBI, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and Secret Service agents were working cooperatively with local authorities to infiltrate, disrupt, subvert, and destroy the movement in cities nationwide.

Housing Market

Dozens of Police Evict Georgia Family at Gunpoint at 3am
The eviction came as Frazer, 63, who lost her husband and then job in 2009, had been challenging the foreclosure in county and federal courts by seeking to restructure the terms of a delinquent mortgage. However, the latest holder of her loan, Investors One Corporation—the fourth company that bought her mortgage in an eight-month period—allowed the eviction to proceed even thought it was "negotiating" new loan terms with her attorney one day before the police raid.

Energy & Environment

Panetta: Climate Change is Compromising National Security
Activist Post - At the Environmental Defense Fund, Panetta lamented the need for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, as well as the toll that global warming is having on the US national security. The Defense Department is now championing the advance of clean energy initiatives. 'The area of climate change has a dramatic impact on national security,' Panetta said. 'Rising sea levels, severe droughts, the melting of the polar caps, the more frequent and devastating natural disasters all raise demand for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.

Most polar ice ever recorded
Daily Mail - From Real Science: “1979 was the peak year for Arctic ice, yet 2012 has more ice around Greenland and Alaska than 1979 did.” Same date satellite data seems to show that Iceland and everywhere else is iced over this year when they were feeling a little green 33 years ago.

Sky-high Electric Bills Courtesy of Obama EPA’s War on Coal
New American - If Congress doesn’t act to rein in the EPA’s all-out war on coal, we will all be paying much higher electrical rates — and higher prices for just about everything else, since virtually everything we eat, drink, wear, and use requires energy for production and transportation.... For businesses that are struggling to remain viable in this ongoing recession, energy costs are critical and even a slight uptick in rates can be the straw that breaks the camel’s back.

VIDEO/MAP: Caldicott: Fukushima radiation will be reaching you quite soon on US West Coast
ENENews May 5, 2012.


Obesity could affect 42% of Americans by 2030
USA Today - The new projection, released here Monday, warns that 42% of Americans may end up obese by 2030, and 11% could be severely obese, adding billions of dollars to health care costs.

FDA proposes bypassing doctors, selling prescription drugs over the counter
(NaturalNews) The Washington Times reports that a new four-page proposal made by the FDA suggests that cholesterol (statins), diabetes, and asthma drugs, among others, be made available over-the-counter (OTC) to patients without a prescription. And what is the reason for this? According to the agency, too many patients are not getting their prescriptions filled, and many would-be patients are not going in to receive the treatments that their medical overlords feel they should be receiving.

Feds charge more than 100 individuals, including doctors, in $452 million Medicare fraud sweep
(NaturalNews) The government-run healthcare programs Medicare and Medicaid are wrought with fraud, a fact that was once again made apparent in the latest string of busts carried out by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). According to Reuters, 107 individuals -- many of whom are doctors and nurses -- were recently arrested and charged for roughly $452 million worth of Medicare fraud.

Four different approaches for preventing and healing vaccine injuries
(NaturalNews) This article is intended to jump start you on the right research path for vaccine injury solutions. There are no quick fix formulas. But the interventions referenced in this article have proven track records. Check out what makes sense.

Home Remedies for Warts
Natural Society - Here are some tested and proven home remedies for warts to get rid of warts the natural way.

A vegan diet offers relief from inflammatory disease and reduces heart disease risk
(NaturalNews) The claims of the anti-inflammatory properties of various berries and dark leafy greens have been purported for decades, but the main cause of an ever-increasing list of chronic illnesses continues to be inflammation. While at first glance the shared territory between diseases may not be apparent, the correlation is so strong that the physicians can use a diagnosis of arthritis as a risk factor predicting cardiovascular disease. Minimizing inflammation is a matter of defensive maneuvering.

Wild tomatillo weed compounds may help fight cancer, study finds
(NaturalNews) A multidisciplinary research team from the University of Kansas (KU) has made a pioneering discovery in the realm of natural, plant-based cancer treatments. Preliminary findings published in the Journal of Natural Products (JNP) reveal that wild tomatillo (Physalis longifolia), a weed commonly found throughout the midwestern Great Plains and in other areas of North America, possesses at least 14 unique anti-cancer compounds that could one day change the way doctors approach cancer treatment.

Four great reasons to eat organic, grass-fed beef
(NaturalNews) Vegetarians and vegans can put up quite the convincing argument when it comes to what they are passionate about - not eating meat. Several have even appeared on this site. With all due respect to them, in the interest of fairness there is another side to the story. Humans are omnivores designed to use both animals and plants as food. Entirely removing one or the other can not only be detrimental to human health, but, if done on a mass scale, could even have environmental consequences.

Natural Alternatives | Turmeric for Acne
Natural Society - Many have attested to the effectiveness of turmeric against acne. Since acne problems are caused by bacteria living on the surface of the skin, turmeric can be of great help. Turmeric has strong anti-bacterial properties which help not only in killing the bacteria, but reducing the swelling and redness of the skin. It can also help the area cool down and reduce irritation.

How (Hormone-Mimicking) Chemicals Affect Us
NY Times - Philip Landrigan, a professor of pediatrics at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, says that a congenital defect called hypospadias — a misplacement of the urethra — is now twice as common among newborn boys as it used to be. He suspects endocrine disruptors, so called because they can wreak havoc with the endocrine system that governs hormones.

FDA Approves Drug Therapy Created from GM Plants - This marks the continued relationship between genetic engineers and Big Pharma.... Elelyso is a treatment for Gaucher disease. This condition arises from a lack of the enzyme glucocerebrosidase. It affects the liver, spleen, lungs, bone marrow and brain. Israeli engineers at the Protalix Biotherapeutics have successfully grown this enzyme in a laboratory from carrot cells. They found that the human enzyme encoded the proteins into the engineered cells. Clinical trials were promising.

Vaccine Rights Win Big in Vermont
Advocates for vaccine choice rights delivered a humiliating defeat to the vaccine industry in Vermont this week with the defeat of S 199, a bill that would have eliminated the right of Vermont parents to refuse mandatory vaccines to attend school for “philosophical” reasons. A coalition of citizens and health rights organizations stopped the very well funded effort by the vaccine industry in the first full-scale attempt to repeal a state’s philosophical exemption law. And this victory is bound to resonate in the statehouses were similar efforts are under way.

Science & Technology

Human race being terminated by 'scientific suicide'
(NaturalNews) This is, without question, the most important article I've ever penned, because it discusses the idea that the human race is being destroyed in the name of science. Stopping these "scientists" from destroying our world and our civilization must become our top priority if we hope to survive. The entire Northern hemisphere is now imminently threatened by a massive, "global killer" radiation release from failing Fukushima reactor No. 4.

Space weather expert has ominous forecast
L.A. Times - A massive explosion on the sun's surface has triggered the largest solar radiation storm since 2005, hurling charged particles at Earth.... Much of the planet's electronic equipment, as well as orbiting satellites, have been built to withstand these periodic geomagnetic storms. But the world is still not prepared for a truly damaging solar storm, Hapgood argues in a recent commentary published in the journal Nature.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

VIDEO: The Generous Garden feeds the needy in SC
Food Freedom News - The Generous Garden Project started in April 2011 and in its first year, it grew and distributed 32,000 lbs of produce, the equivalent of over 21,000 meals. Bo’s plans are to continue expanding their yield while not compromising the quality of their produce. His hope is that the concept could be taken to other cities across the country, bringing the benefits of fresh produce and a communal love of gardening to communities just like Greenville.

Study: Toxic Chemicals Found in Gardening Tools
CNN - Researchers for the Ecology Center, a nonprofit environmental group tested nearly 200 common garden products and found two-thirds of them contained significant levels of one or more toxic chemicals they ranked of "high concern." The data was published on the website In garden hoses, gloves, kneeling pads and a variety of tools like shovels and trowels researchers found a number of toxins including lead, phthalates and bisphenol A or BPA.... They are considered endocrine disrupters which interfere with the body's hormone function and some studies have linked them to adverse developmental issues and birth defects.

Pet News

Dog food salmonella recall expanded in U.S., Canada
Reuters - Diamond Pet Foods has expanded a recall of its dry dog food, taking precautionary steps after several of its brands were linked to an outbreak of a rare strain of salmonella poisoning that infected at least 14 people in nine states. The company said it was now pulling a total of nine brands of its dry dog food from the shelves.

Stupid News & Odd News

It's a gas: dinosaur flatulence may have warmed Earth
Reuters - In a major new climate finding, researchers have calculated that dinosaur flatulence could have put enough methane into the atmosphere to warm the planet during the hot, wet Mesozoic era.... This gas is enough of a factor in modern global warming that scientists have worked to figure out how much methane is emitted by cows, sheep and other plant-eating animals.

The reports of dinosaurs dying of farts are greatly exaggerated - No, dinosaurs did not fart themselves to death. This is what happens when you get your information from Fox News.

Today in History - Monday - May 7, 2012
1763 - Indian chief Pontiac began all out war on the British in New York.
1789 - The first U.S. Presidential Inaugural Ball was held in New York City.
1800 - The U.S. Congress divided the Northwest Territory into two parts. The western part became the Indiana Territory and the eastern section remained the Northwest Territory.
1847 - The AMA (American Medical Association) was organized in Philadelphia, PA.
1912 - Columbia University approved final plans for awarding the Pulitzer Prize in several categories.
1912 - The first airplane equipped with a machine gun flew over College Park, MD.
1915 - The Lusitania, a civilian ship, was sunk by a German submarine. 1,198 people were killed.
1926 - A U.S. report showed that one-third of the nation's exports were motors.
1940 - Winston Churchill became British Prime Minister.
1942 - In the Battle of the Coral Sea, Japanese and American navies attacked each other with carrier planes. It was the first time in the history of naval warfare where two enemy fleets fought without seeing each other.
1943 - The last major German strongholds in North Africa, Tunis and Bizerte, fell to Allied forces.
1945 - Germany signed unconditional surrender ending World War II. It would take effect the next day.
1946 - Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering Corp. was founded. The company was later renamed Sony.
1951 - Russia was admitted to participate in the 1952 Olympic Games by the International Olympic Committee.
1954 - French Colonial Forces surrendered to the Vietminh at Dien Bien Phu after 55 days of fighting.
1954 - The United States and the United Kingdom rejected the Soviet Union's bid to join NATO.
1958 - Howard Johnson set an aircraft altitude record in F-104.
1960 - Leonid Brezhnev became president of the Soviet Union.
1975 - U.S. President Ford declared an end to the Vietnam War.
1984 - A $180 million out-of-court settlement was announced in the Agent Orange class-action suit brought by Vietnam veterans who claimed they had suffered injury from exposure to the defoliant while serving in the armed forces.
1992 - A 203-year-old proposed constitutional amendment barring the U.S. Congress from giving itself a midterm pay raise was ratified as the 27th Amendment.
1997 - A report released by the U.S. government said that Switzerland provided Nazi Germany with equipment and credit during World War II. Germany exchanged for gold what had been plundered or stolen. Switzerland did not comply with postwar agreements to return the gold.
1998 - Daimler-Benz bought Chrysler Corp. for close to $40 billion. It was the largest industrial merger on record.
1998 - Residents of London voted to elect their own mayor for the first time in history. The vote would take place in May 2000.
1999 - In Belgrade, Yugoslavia, three Chinese citizens were killed and 20 were wounded when a NATO plane mistakenly bombed the Chinese embassy.
1999 - In Guinea-Bissau, the government of President João Bernardo Vieira was ousted in a military coup.
2000 - Russian President Vladimir V. Putin named First Deputy Premier Mikhail Kasyanov as premier.
2003 - In Washington, DC, General Motors Corp. delivered six fuel cell vehicles to Capitol Hill for lawmakers and others to test drive during the next two years.

World News

Al-Qaida surprise attack kills 20 Yemeni soldiers
SANAA, Yemen (AP) - Al-Qaida militants staged a surprise attack Monday on a Yemeni army base in the south, killing 20 soldiers and capturing 25 just hours after a U.S. drone strike killed a senior figure in the terror network wanted in connection with the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen. It was not immediately clear if the pre-dawn attack on the military base in the southern Abyan province was in retaliation for the death of Fahd al-Quso, a top al-Qaida leader on the FBI's most wanted list.

Iraq court rules to release Hezbollah prisoner
BAGHDAD (AP) -- An Iraqi court on Monday declared a Hezbollah commander accused of killing U.S. solders in Iraq in 2007 not guilty for lack of evidence and ruled that he be set free.

Socialist Francois Hollande wins French presidency
BBC - French socialist Francois Hollande has won a clear victory in the country's presidential election. Mr Hollande - who polled just under 52% of votes in Sunday's run-off - spoke of his pride at becoming president. Admitting defeat, centre-right incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy wished "good luck" to Mr Hollande. Analysts say the vote has wide implications for the whole eurozone. Mr Hollande has vowed to rework a deal on government debt in member countries. Related Daily Mail article here.

Stocks, Metals Decline on French Elections as Euro Drops
Bloomberg - Stocks (MXWD) fell, dragging the MSCI All- Country World index to a three-month low, while Treasuries rose and the Dollar Index advanced for a sixth day after French Socialist Francois Hollande was elected president and Greek voters picked anti-bailout parties.

Oil drops below $98 on US demand, Europe votes
SINGAPORE (AP) -- Oil slid below $98 a barrel Monday in Asia, bringing its fall over three trading days to about 7 percent, as a slowdown in U.S. hiring and election results in Europe dimmed expectations of stronger economic growth.

Putin sworn in as Russia's president for 6 years
MOSCOW (AP) -- Vladimir Putin took the oath of office in a brief Kremlin ceremony on Monday, while on the streets outside thousands of helmeted riot police prevented hundreds of demonstrators from protesting his return to the presidency.

In hot water: Iran slams Google for keeping Persian Gulf off the map
RT - Iran has criticized Google for leaving the body of water separating it from the Arabian Peninsula nameless on its online map service, saying it could hurt the Internet giant's credibility. "Google fabricating lies will not have any outcome but for its users to lose trust in the data the company provides," Iran’s deputy minister of culture, Bahman Dorri, told the country’s IRNA news agency. "The efforts of the (global) arrogance and its Arab allies to remove the name of the Persian Gulf will result in its name becoming more durable," he added.

India Moving Ahead With Universal Biometric ID Program Despite Growing Concern
Activist Post - The system consists of fingerprints, iris scans, and facial photographs - information which will be attached to a Unique Identification Number to be referenced when combined with the traditional methods of identification and included on the chip-enhanced National ID card.

Cairo Clashes: 2 killed, Hundreds Injured, and 170 Arrested
Telegraph - On the day Egypt's ousted leader Hosni Mubarak turned 84, hardline Islamists were in the forefront of street fighting with the troops for the first time, a shift for groups that previously had largely stayed out of direct confrontation with the ruling military.

VIDEO: Greek Election: Anti-austerity Parties Make Significant Gains
Kurt Nimmo - Corporate media attempts to portray New Democracy and other parties as nationalist and racist. In fact, New Democracy and other so-called nationalist parties are gaining momentum because the socialists in power handed the country over to international banksters who are determined to impose crushing austerity on the people of Greece and rob them of their national treasure. How best to tarnish the opposition? Call them racists.

Unmanned Poison Drones Are The Latest Threat To This Summer’s Olympic Games
Business Insider - In a meeting meant to calm residents fear about hosting missiles on their rooftops during the Olympic games, Lieutenant Colonel Brian Fahy told Londoners it’s possible that drones laden with biological weapons may be used in an attack during the upcoming games.... Fahy told The Daily Mail: "An Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) can be put in a backpack. They come in all sorts of sizes and it's feasible they could be filled with something noxious and flown by remote control."

Japan nuclear power-free as last reactor shuts down
Vancouver Sun - Japanese utility Hokkaido Electric Power Co began shutting the country's last active nuclear reactor on Saturday... for the first time since 1970. Trade Minister Yukio Edano and three other ministers have been trying to win the support of communities to reactivate two idled reactors at Kansai Electric Power's Ohi nuclear plant to help ease expected power shortages of nearly 20 per cent in coming hot-weather months.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Air Force cover-up? Family of deceased pilot cries foul
RT - The US Defense Department says they have "clear and convincing evidence" that pilot Jeff Haney caused the crash of a stealth F-22 Raptor jet in 2010 that ended his life. His family, however, suggests that the Pentagon isn’t providing the truth.... Despite the tragedy, the Air Force has continued missions with their $77.4 billion fleet of Raptors, and has done little to address the incident that ended Captain Haney’s life. After they were forced to ground their bevy of planes hosted at the same Alaska air base only two months ago for similar problems with the oxygen system, investigators have still been unable to figure out why pilots are experiencing issues while onboard the craft

Pentagon’s code of conduct: Blow a whistle, face reprisals
RT - Reporting misconduct or waste of money may get you punished if you serve in the US military. And if you complain about unlawful reprisals, DoD’s unit meant to protect whistleblowers is likely to turn a blind eye on it, an internal report shows. The document dated May 2011 says officials of the Department of Defense’s Office of Inspector General (IG) systematically disregarded Pentagon’s own rules, which are meant to protect whistleblowers, reports The Washington Post. It was obtained by the Project on Government Oversight, a nonprofit watchdog group, under the Freedom of Information Act.

Is Obama Negotiating A Treaty That Would Essentially Ban All “Buy American” Laws?
The Economic Collapse - 69 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have sent Barack Obama a letter expressing their concern that a new international treaty currently being negotiated would essentially ban all “Buy American” laws. This new treaty is known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and it is going to be one of the biggest “free trade” agreements in history. Critics are referring to it as the “NAFTA of the Pacific“, and it would likely cost the U.S. economy even more jobs than NAFTA did.

Federal court to consider legality of NYPD's "stop and frisk
RT - A federal lawsuit filed against the New York Police Department all the way back in 2008 has cleared some serious legal hurdles, the UK’s Guardian reports, and now it look as though the court will consider if the NYPD can continue to stop people on the streets of the Big Apple and subject them to random searches can continue.

“We are Preparing for Massive Civil War,” Says DHS Informant
In a riveting interview on TruNews Radio, Wednesday, private investigator Doug Hagmann said high-level, reliable sources told him the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is preparing for “massive civil war” in America.... Hagmann goes on to say that his sources tell him the concerns of the DHS stem from a collapse of the U.S. dollar and the hyperinflation a collapse in the value of the world’s primary reserve currency implies to a nation of 311 million Americans, who, for the significant portion of the population, is armed.

VIDEO: Obama Mentor Wanted Americans Put In Re-Education Camps
Paul Joseph Watson - In light of a newly uncovered U.S. Army document that outlines plans for prisoners, including U.S. citizens, to be re-educated in detention camps, it’s worth reminding ourselves of the fact that Barack Obama’s political mentor, Weather Underground terrorist Bill Ayers, once called for precisely the same thing.

Fast and Furious II: Obama Considers Making it Easier to Sell Firearms Abroad
AllGov - President Barack Obama has proposed easing export controls on firearms in an effort to help American manufacturers boost their sales. But officials within the administration have objected to the controversial plan, which some say could result in another “Fast and Furious” mess, or worse.

The US Military Wants To ‘Microchip’ Troops
Business Insider - DARPA is at it again. This time, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has announced plans to create nanochips for monitoring troops health on the battlefield.... opponents, Katherine Albrecht, co-author of Spychips says “It’s never going to happen that the government at gunpoint says, ‘You’re going to have a tracking chip. It’s always in incremental steps...."

VIDEO: Chicago Security Plan Shuts Down Roads, South Loop For NATO Summit Weekend
CBS News - A large security zone around McCormick Place will be off limits to Chicagoans, and the Museum Campus, Lake Shore Drive and several major expressways and streets will be shut down before or during the NATO Summit, under a plan revealed on Friday.... Metra and South Shore commuters will be able to ride the trains that run under McCormick Place. They may be subject to TSA-style pat downs and screenings and they can expect delays for security sweeps. Related article here.

UN expert calls for U.S. return of native lands
Agence France-Presse -The UN special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples has called on the United States to mitigate the "sense of loss" among the Native American community by restoring some tribal lands. The expert, James Anaya, made the comments after a 12-day tour of the United States, during which he met with tribal leaders in the capital as well as in the states of Arizona, Alaska, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota and Washington.

Arizona bans funding to Planned Parenthood
Reuters - Reuters) - Arizona Governor Jan Brewer on Friday signed into law a bill banning abortion providers like Planned Parenthood from receiving money through the state, her office said in a statement. The Republican-backed Whole Woman's Health Funding Priority Act cuts off funding for family planning and health services delivered by Planned Parenthood clinics and other organizations offering abortions. "By signing this measure into law I stand with the majority of Americans who oppose the use of taxpayer funds for abortion," Brewer said in a statement.

US Congressman advocates meditation, mindfulness as solution to global conflict
(NaturalNews) In his new book A Mindful Nation, Representative Tim Ryan of Ohio's 17th District advocates a practice known as "mindful meditation," which he has long suggested could fix the social ills of our day, including chronic stress and illness. Drawing from concepts found in the Buddhist religion, mindful meditation involves refocusing the mind to eliminate stress and promote positive thinking.

2012 Election News

Ron Paul Delegate Majority Map for County, District and State Wins
This map shows locations of Ron Paul delegate victories (county, district and state) in states across the nation. Click on the (red) state for a related news article or use the links below.

VIDEO: Ron Paul Speaks to 7,000 at Texas Capitol 5/6/12
Daily Paul - Ron Paul, Rand Paul, and other candidates speak to a crowd of 7,000 organized by the Tea Party Express at the Texas State Capitol on 5/6/12. Rand Paul mentioned that Harry Reid told him a few days ago that the Tea Party is dead...LOL! Related article/photos here.

Breaking! The Patriots of Nevada Deliver. Ron Paul delegates Win 25 of 28 Seats to Republican National Convention!
Daily Paul - Included in those seats are the new national committee man and committee woman, both liberty lovers and supporters of Ron Paul.

Paul Wins Nevada and Maine Despite Sabotage Effort by Republicans
Kurt Nimmo - “It was a major symbolic coup for Paul supporters and a bit of a letdown for Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. Ironically, Romney’s brother, Scott Romney, was scheduled to deliver the convention’s keynote address on Saturday evening,” the Bangor Daily News reported on Saturday.... Paul supporters have also taken control of the party in Iowa and made huge gains in Nevada. Both states are critical swing states. Nevada has the fourth largest Mormon population in the country. Mitt Romney is a Mormon. Related article/photos here.

YouTube: BREAKING NEWS: Possible Election Fraud In Nevada GOP Convention!
Published on May 5, 2012 by matlarson10.

VIDEO: Romney campaign passing out Fake Ron Paul’s slates plus rules were not being upheld at NV GOP Convention
News 4 - The fear of the contentious convention came true!

VIDEO: Epic Ben Swann / Reality Check: This Primary Contest Has Only Just Started!
Daily Paul May 4, 2012 - From Ben Swann WXIX facebook: "Tonight's Reality Check will be epic. I am going to show you how the RNC is breaking its own rules by giving money to the Romney campaign... Plus, something you won't see anywhere else. Why all these "bound" delegates from across the country may NOT be bound at all. How the race for the Republican nomination is barely getting started. Tonight!"

YouTube: RNC Cheats Ron Paul And "the Unit Rule" Unbinds All Delegates!
In response to Ben Swann Reality Check on May 4th on the the RNC rules. Link to RNC Rule Book here.

VIDEO: Corporate Media Lies About Attendance at Ron Paul UC Davis Rally - The first video below reports that more than 5,000 people attended a rally at UC Davis rally, but a local television station claimed only a couple hundred showed up.

Obama Launches Campaign in Empty Arena - Barack Obama launched his campaign in unspectacular fashion today at Ohio State University, the largest college in the crucial swing state. A photo posted to twitter by Mitt Romney's campaign spokesman Ryan Williams reveals sparse attendance.... Obama organizers even had people move from the seats to the floor of the gym in order to project a larger crowd on television.

Veteran News

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Occupy Wall Street Protest

Arrests Exceed 7,000 As the Occupy's Movement's Spring Plans Unfold Across the Nation
Huffington Post - St. Petersburg, FL -- With the May Day arrests of at least 116 people at Occupy protests around the country, there have now been a minimum of 7,106 Occupy arrests [Listed here] in 114 cities across the United States since the Occupy movement began in New York on September 17, 2011.


GOP plan boosts Pentagon, cuts social programs
AP - The Republicans who control the House are using cuts to food aid, health care and social services like Meals on Wheels to protect the Pentagon from a wave of budget cuts come January. The reductions, while controversial, are but a fraction of what Republicans called for in the broader, nonbinding budget plan they passed in March. Totaling a little more than $300 billion over a decade, the new cuts are aimed less at tackling $1 trillion-plus government deficits and more at preventing cuts to troop levels and military modernization.

There Are 100 Million Working Age Americans That Do Not Have Jobs
Economic Collapse - The unemployment crisis in America is much worse than you are being told. Did you know that there are 100 million working age Americans that do not get up in the morning and go to work? No wonder why it seems like there are so many people that do not have jobs! According to the federal government, there are 12.6 million working age Americans that are considered to be "officially" unemployed, but there are another 87.8 million working age Americans that are not working either.

Study: CEO pay now 200 times more than a worker
Press TV - Compensation for chief executives at American companies grew 15 percent in 2011 after a 28 percent rise in 2010, part of a larger trend that has seen CEO pay skyrocket over the last three decades. Workers, on the other hand, have been left behind.

Ron Paul to return for hearing on ending Federal Reserve
The Hill - Paul chairs the Financial Services subcommittee on Domestic Monetary Policy & Technology, and will hear testimony on Tuesday morning from two members of Congress and several economists at his hearing titled, "The Federal Reserve System: Mend it or End It?"

Energy & Environment

VIDEO: EPA’s Plans for Implementing UN’s Agenda 21
New American - One of the most successful grassroots campaigns during the past year has been the Stop Agenda 21 movement both at the local level and state level. However, we haven't heard as much about Agenda 21 implementation at the national level.

New Study Predicts Frack Fluids Can Migrate to Aquifers Within Years
ProPublica - A new study has raised fresh concerns about the safety of gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale, concluding that fracking chemicals injected into the ground could migrate toward drinking water supplies far more quickly than experts have previously predicted. More than 5,000 wells were drilled in the Marcellus between mid-2009 and mid-2010, according to the study, which was published in the journal Ground Water [1] two weeks ago. Operators inject up to 4 million gallons of fluid, under more than 10,000 pounds of pressure, to drill and frack each well.

US Wants ‘Fracking’ on Federal Lands to Disclose Chemicals
MSNBC "This administration’s energy strategy is an all-out effort to boost American production of every available source of energy," Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said in a statement. "As we continue to offer millions of acres of America’s public lands for oil and gas development, it is critical that the public have full confidence that the right safety and environmental protections are in place."


Vaccine bombshell: Baby monkeys given standard doses of popular vaccines develop autism symptoms
(NaturalNews) If vaccines play absolutely no role in the development of childhood autism, a claim made by many medical authorities today, then why are some of the most popular vaccines commonly administered to children demonstrably causing autism in animal primates? This is the question many people are now asking after a recent study conducted by scientists at the University of Pittsburgh (UP) in Pennsylvania revealed that many of the infant monkeys given standard doses of childhood vaccines as part of the new research developed autism symptoms.

Breast cancer is rare in men, but they fare worse
CHICAGO (AP) -- Men rarely get breast cancer, but those who do often don't survive as long as women, largely because they don't even realize they can get it and are slow to recognize the warning signs, researchers say.

CDC links eye infections to troubled Fla. pharmacy
MIAMI (AP) -- Federal health officials confirmed 33 cases of a rare fungal eye infection across seven states on Thursday, stemming from products mixed in a Florida pharmacy that also mixed supplements that killed 21 elite polo horses in 2009.

Powdered coffee 'creamer' isn't food, it's processed chemicals
(NaturalNews) Every day, millions of Americans add powdered coffee "creamer" products to their morning cups of joe because they falsely believe that these substances are somehow healthier than real cream. But little do they know that most coffee creamer products contain no actual cream, or food for that matter, as they are really nothing more than a crafty blend of toxic chemicals.

Auricular (ear) Acupuncture proves effective in addiction and detoxification treatment
(NaturalNews) In 1972, a Hong Kong neurosurgeon, Dr. H. L. Wen, discovered that the acupuncture he used on a surgical patient for analgesic purposes also diminished the patient's opium withdrawal and cravings. Dr. Wen was using auricular or ear acupuncture, where needle points are routinely used for diminishing pain throughout the rest of the body.

This Popular Drug Creates Over 60,000 New Diabetics Each Year
Dr. Mercola - One in four Americans aged 45 and older take statin drugs to lower cholesterol and supposedly "prevent heart disease." That amounts to 32 million Americans or, as Peter Wehrwein pointed out in the Harvard Health Letter, the equivalent of the entire populations of Florida and Illinois combined.i If you're one of these millions, or if you're considering starting a statin prescription anytime soon, you should know that there are serious risks involved with taking these drugs, a fact that even the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is now acknowledging.

Are your imperfect relationships a disease? Psychiatry thinks so
(NaturalNews) The ever-expanding list of so-called psychiatric conditions included in the American Psychiatric Association's (APA) Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) may soon include "relational disorders," or mental illnesses supposedly attributed to two or more people involved in a relationship together. According to the official definition, relational disorders are "persistent and painful patterns of feelings, behavior, and perceptions involving two or more partners in an important personal relationship." A married couple, for instance, that continually fights would constitute a relational disorder, as would a troubled parent-child relationship.

19 Vegetables that Burn Calories
Natural Society - Is it true that food could really be a beneficial factor in the weight loss process? To most people, the concept of eating to lose weight is a bit ridiculous, but strangely enough, it is indeed true that it can be done. Here are 19 vegetables that burn calories and fat simply by eating them.

Learn how to make your own kombucha tea at home
(NaturalNews) Kombucha tea, a detoxifying, immune-boosting, probiotic "superfood" beverage that ancient Chinese cultures often referred to as the "immortal health elixir" has taken the Western world by storm today. And while health food stores and many supermarkets now carry bottled kombucha tea that can run as much as $4 a pop or more, it is actually quite easy to make your own kombucha tea at home for just pennies on the dollar.

Regular physical activity and active lifestyle lower risk of developing Alzheimer's disease
(NaturalNews) Scientific studies have previously demonstrated that many lifestyle factors as well as diet can have a major impact on genetic expression that either promotes or inhibits the development of Alzheimer's dementia. Recent studies have demonstrated that insulin signaling and resistance in the brain result in the formation of amyloid protein tangles that are a hallmark of disease progression.

9 out of 10 Parents Fail at Reading Nutrition Labels
Natural Society - A study conducted by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) found that nine out of ten mothers failed at reading nutrition labels, and did not understand the nutrition information on children's foods.

Chief executive of GAVI wants to 'immunize every kid on earth'
(NaturalNews) The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-backed group Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations (GAVI) is on a mission to forcibly vaccinate every single child on the planet against every single known "preventable disease." And the group's CEO, Seth Berkley, believes he can actually make this happen with enough cash, political force, and distribution systems in place.

Fast food diet increases risk of depression by more than fifty percent
(NaturalNews) The food we eat today will provide the structural network for the cellular matrix that we need to support basic metabolism, cellular regeneration and repair. This is especially pronounced in brain neurons, as grey matter is largely composed of the omega-3 fats, DHA and EPA. When we don't provide these basic building blocks, especially in the early formative years, the body is forced to use inferior fats such as those provided by hydrogenation, most frequently found in fast and processed foods.

Science & Technology

Feds seized music blog for a year — without any proof of infringement
RT - Even without passing new legislation regulating what Americans can and can’t do on the Web, recently unsealed court records reveal that federal authorities took down a music website for one year without ever filing charges.

Anonymous: CIA, Interpol websites 'tango down
RT - The global hacktivst group known as Anonymous claims to have brought down the CIA and Interpol websites on Sunday. The attack is attributed to @AnonsTurkey, with the group using the twitter handle to say they are "hacking the world to save the planet".... The CIA website took several hours to get back online, while the Department of Homeland Security went back up online in a matter of minutes.

FBI: We need wiretap-ready Web sites – now
CNET - In meetings with industry representatives, the White House, and U.S. senators, senior FBI officials argue the dramatic shift in communication from the telephone system to the Internet has made it far more difficult for agents to wiretap Americans suspected of illegal activities, CNET has learned. The FBI general counsel's office has drafted a proposed law that the bureau claims is the best solution: requiring that social-networking Web sites and providers of VoIP, instant messaging, and Web e-mail alter their code to ensure their products are wiretap-friendly.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Agriculture cooperatives could end hunger while boosting socio-economic development in impoverished regions
(NaturalNews) A world-wide study was initiated by the United Nations (UN) a few years ago to investigate solutions for world hunger as our population increases. This contradicts the efforts of certain elites who create humanitarian covers for their agenda of radically decreasing the population with unworkable and toxic large-scale agricultural programs.... The report's coordinator, Olivier De Schutter, presented this press release that received scant attention: "We won't solve hunger and stop climate change with industrial farming on large plantations. The solution lies in supporting small-scale farmers [and to] contribute to rural development. Each region must be able to feed itself."

Pet News

Distributor States Canidae, Natural Balance, and one Wellness Product Recalled
Susan Thixton May 4, 2012 - The following information was just forwarded to me from an Independent Pet Store - from their Distributor, Phillips Feed and Pet Supply. As of this posting, this information has not been confirmed on the respective pet food company's websites. This was from a major pet food distributor, forwarded to me by a caring Independent Pet Food Retailer. I assume this information will become public soon, and will be posted as soon as I have it.

CDC Links Diamond Pet Food to Human Salmonella Outbreak
Susan Thixton May 4, 2012 - The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports numerous varieties of pet foods manufactured at the Gaston, SC Diamond Pet Food facility have been linked to fourteen human Salmonella infections in nine states. Five people were hospitalized.... Human illness, now linked to the Diamond manufactured pet foods began in October, 2011. Yet the recall - voluntary recall - did not occur until April, 2012.

Updated Notice Includes Kirkland and Taste of the Wild Recall
Susan Thixton May 4, 2012 - Diamond Pet Foods Expands Voluntary Recall of Dry Pet Food Due to Potential Salmonella Contamination.

Today in History - Friday - May 4, 2012
1776 - Rhode Island declared its freedom from England two months before the Declaration of Independence was adopted.
1795 - Thousands of rioters entered jails in Lyons, France, and massacre 99 Jacobin prisoners.
1814 - Napoleon Bonaparte disembarked at Portoferraio on the island of Elba in the Mediterranean.
1863 - The Battle of Chancellorsville ended when the Union Army retreated.
1886 - Chichester Bell and Charles S. Tainter patented the gramophone. It was the first practical phonograph.
1905 - Belmont Park opened in suburban Long Island. It opened as the largest race track in the world.
1916 - Germany agreed to limit its submarine warfare after a demand from U.S. President Wilson.
1930 - Mahatma Gandhi was arrested by the British.
1932 - Al Capone entered the Atlanta Penitentiary federal prison for income-tax evasion.
1942 - The Battle of the Coral Sea commenced as American and Japanese carriers launched their attacks at each other.
1942 - The United States began food rationing.
1946 - A two-day riot at Alcatraz prison in San Francisco Bay ended. Five people were killed.
1954 - The first intercollegiate court tennis match was played in the U.S. It was between Yale and Princeton.
1961 - Thirteen civil rights activists, dubbed "Freedom Riders," began a bus trip through the South.
1970 - The Ohio National Guardsmen opened fire on students during an anti-Vietnam war protest at Kent State University. Four students were killed and nine others were wounded.
1979 - Margaret Thatcher became Britain's first woman prime minister.
1981 - The Federal Reserve Board raised its discount rate to 14%.
1989 - Oliver North, a former White House aide was convicted of shredding documents and two other crimes. He was acquitted of nine other charges stemming from the Iran-Contra affair. The three convictions were later overturned on appeal.
1994 - Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO leader Yasser Arafat signed a historic accord on Palestinian autonomy that granted self-rule in the Gaza Strip and Jericho.
1998 - Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski was given four life sentences plus 30 years by a federal judge in Sacramento, CA. The sentence was under a plea agreement that spared Kaczynski the death penalty.
1999 - Several severe tornadoes hit the Midwest U.S. overnight. At least 45 people were killed.
1999 - Manuel Babbitt was executed for killing Leah Schendel in 1980. Babbitt had received a purple heart for his injuries in Vietnam while on death row.
2000 - Londoners elected their mayor for the first time.
2010 - Pablo Picasso's "Nude, Green Leaves and Bust" sold for $106.5 million.

World News

China says blind dissident can apply to study abroad
(Reuters) China said on Friday blind dissident Chen Guangcheng could apply to study abroad, suggesting an end may be near to a diplomatic crisis that has soured relations between Beijing and Washington. But some sounded a note of caution over expectations of any quick way out for Chen, who is being kept in a Beijing hospital, with China's leaders worried that appearing to be soft could embolden other challengers to Communist Party rule ahead of a power handover late this year.

Spread of chemical weapons feared in Syria
(Reuters) - With an uprising in Syria loosening the grip of president Bashar al-Assad, world powers are worried that he could lose control of a secret stockpile of chemical weapons, giving militants access to deadly poison gas. Syria is one of just eight states - along with its arch foe Israel and nearby Egypt - that have not joined the 1997 Chemical Weapons Convention, which means the world's chemical weapons watchdog has no jurisdiction to intervene there.

Clinton says U.S. willing to work with North Korea if it reforms
(Reuters) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Friday that the United States was willing to work with North Korea if it changed its ways, and also said more pressure should be brought to bear on Sudan and Syria.

Suicide bomber kills 20 in northwest Pakistan
(Reuters) - A suicide bomber killed at least 20 people and wounded at least 45 on Friday in an attack on a police checkpoint in northwest Pakistan, casting doubt on official assertions that security offensives have weakened militants. The bomber struck near a crowded market in Bajaur, one of the unruly Pashtun tribal regions near the Afghan border where the military has mounted offensives in recent years against the al Qaeda-linked Pakistani Taliban, the biggest security threat to the country.

Al-Qaida memo to Bin Laden warns of 'cunning methods' of US news networks
Guardian - Al-Qaida spokesman Adam Gadahn a fan of 60 Minutes but said Fox News 'lacks neutrality' and CBS is 'close to being unbiased'. Adam Gadahn wrote that MSNBC 'may be good and neutral a bit', but he changed his mind when it fired Keith Olbermann.

VIDEO: Al Qaeda Magazine Calls for Firebomb Campaign in US
ABC News - Terror Alert: Forest Fires as Al Qaeda Weapon? The men who launched al Qaeda's English-language magazine may have died in a U.S. missile strike last fall, but "Inspire" magazine lives on without them -- and continues to promote jihadi attacks on Western targets, offering detailed advice on how to start huge forest fires in America with timed explosives and how to build remote-controlled bombs.

US military-industrial giant KBR in bidding to privatize British police forces
NewsCore - Hailed as the largest police privatization scheme in the UK, it has been suggested the private companies who win the contract will be tasked to perform several police functions -- including patrols, detention and criminal investigation. KBR, a former subsidiary of the Halliburton group, has attracted its share of criticism over the large contracts it won with the US government during the recent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The corporation also helped to build the Guantanamo Bay detention facility.

Japan switches off last nuclear power plant; will it cope?
TOKYO (Reuters)- The shutdown leaves Japan without nuclear power for the first time since 1970 and has put electricity producers on the defensive. Public opposition to nuclear power could become more deeply entrenched if non-nuclear generation proves enough to meet Japan's needs in the peak-demand summer months.

VIDEO: Nuclear Dangers: Mankind’s Most Desperate Hour
Intel Hub - Japanese artist Isao Hashimoto has created a scary time-lapse map of the 2053 nuclear explosions which have taken place between 1945 and 1998, beginning with the Manhattan Project’s “Trinity” test near Los Alamos and concluding with Pakistan’s nuclear tests in May of 1998. This is a close-up look into the insanity of the main governments of the world over the last 67 years.

VIDEO: Obama spokesman on Syria ceasefire: We may have to ‘admit defeat’
Yahoo - The White House on Thursday angrily denounced a bloody overnight raid on Aleppo University by Syrian troops, and warned that it may soon be time for the world to "admit defeat"... "If the regime's intransigence continues, the international community is going to have to admit defeat and work to address the serious threat to peace and stability being perpetrated by the Assad regime" via the U.N. Security Council or the ad-hoc "Friends of Syria" group of countries, said spokesman Jay Carney.

Documents show tense al Qaeda-Iran relationship
Reuters - The documents suggest that the relationship between al-Qaeda and Iran was antagonistic, dominated by indirect negotiations over the release of jihadis and their families detained in Iran," said Lieutenant Colonel Liam Collins, director of the Combating Terrorism Center at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and a co-author of an analysis of the confiscated documents published by the center on Thursday. Some U.S. critics of Iran have suggested that Iran's relationship with al Qaeda was less hostile, or even cooperative at times.

Israeli military to keep tabs on Facebook, Twitter
RT - Israel’s chief military censor Col. Sima Vaknin-Gil said the system will keep tabs on social networks such as Facebook and Twitter, Haaretz reports. The system will also monitor blogs and traditional news sites. Relying on pre-determined key words, Gil told the Digit 2012 conference the system will zoom in on information once difficult to obtain.

Journalists being killed at `astonishing pace'
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- On World Press Freedom Day, Reporters Without Borders condemned the "astonishing pace" at which journalists are being attacked and murdered - 67 killed in 2011 and 22 more deaths since the beginning of the year.... According to the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists, 179 journalists were detained in 2011, a 20 percent increase over 2010 and the highest level since 1990, Ban said.

UK: Anger at Poole school's "suicide lessons"
Daily Echo - Jennene Garnett says teaching teens about such sensitive issues is inappropriate and that daughter Jasmine Bird, 15, came home distressed when she found out about their next religious studies topic. The 38-year-old mum-of-two’s fears grew when other parents said their youngsters were shown different ways to commit suicide.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

U.S. Army Orders $266 Million Worth of Ammo Amid Re- Education Camp Claims and Martial Law Drills on the Streets of America
Intel Hub - ATK, the company now infamous for supplying upwards of 750 million rounds of .40 caliber hollow point ammunition to the Department of Homeland Security, has just secured a $266 million dollar contract to supply ammunition to the U.S. Army. “Alliant Techsystems Inc. ( ATK) has entered into an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (“IDIQ”) contract worth $266 million with the U.S. Army. Per the contract, the company will supply small caliber ammunition, including 5.56mm, 7.62mm and .50-caliber cartridges.

Rand Paul Launches Campaign to End TSA
Paul Joseph Watson - Senator Rand Paul has issued a press release in which he vows to lead the charge to “end the TSA” and put a stop to the needless and humiliating groping of toddlers and grandmothers. “It’s time to END the TSA and get the government’s hands back to only stealing our wallets instead of groping toddlers and grandmothers,” says Paul in the statement. The accompanying article sent out to Campaign for Liberty members encourages recipients to sign a petition in support of Rand Paul’s ‘End the TSA’ bill.

One in five Americans believes the world is coming to an end; many point to 2012 prophecies
(NaturalNews) Even I was surprised at the results of a recent Ipsos Global Public Affairs poll of over 16,000 people around the world. The poll, underwritten by Reuters, sought to determine the percentage of people who believe the world is coming to an end in their own lifetime. Astonishingly, the two countries with the highest percentage of people who believe in such a thing were Turkey and the USA.

NATO Summit : Chicago Hospitals perform Radioactive Dirty Bomb Attack Drills
NY Post - At least 10 Chicago hospitals performed drills this week, including Evanston Hospital, simulating a radioactive dirty bomb explosion. "We want to make sure that, as we're getting close to the NATO Summit, that our staff are ready and trained and able to take care of our community," NorthShore University HealthSystem's Brigham Temple said. Related video here.

Leaked U.S. Army Document Outlines Plan For Re-Education Camps In America
Paul Joseph Watson - The document makes it clear that the policies apply “within U.S. territory” and involve, “DOD support to U.S. civil authorities for domestic emergencies, and for designated law enforcement and other activities,” including “man-made disasters, accidents, terrorist attacks and incidents in the U.S. and its territories.”  Related RT video report here.

Gov't seeks more than 1,700 secret warrants - The Justice Department made 1,745 requests to a secret court for authority to wiretap or search for evidence in terrorism and espionage investigations last year....The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which meets in secret to hear classified evidence from government attorneys, did not reject any of the requests, though judges did require modifications to 30 requests. It was an increase over 2010, when the department made 1,579 requests.

FCC urged to revoke Fox News' license
RT - The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) sent a letter to the FCC this week demanding that the federal agency that oversees America’s airwaves suspend the more than two dozen licenses issued to News Corp. that permits them to publish content to Fox affiliates from coast-to-coast. Citing a recent review by Great Britain’s House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee, CREW insists that the condemnation out of the UK is enough reason to come down on News Corp. state-side.

16 Signs That People Are Becoming Stupider
The American Dream - Most people seem content to let their televisions do their thinking for them. Way too many people have a blank look in their eyes as if they aren’t even fully there. But when people are not thinking clearly, they tend to act very foolishly. From the very top of our society to the very bottom, people are doing some really stupid things. The following are 16 signs that people are becoming stupider….

L.A. program offers healthcare for illegal restaurant workers
LA Times - The pilot program, believed to be the first of its kind in the nation, offers preventive and primary care to low-wage, uninsured workers in the restaurant industry. Legal immigrants and other restaurant workers who don't meet the criteria or cannot afford coverage under the healthcare law are also eligible.

2012 Election News

YouTube: Fox News Tells The SHOCKING Truth About Ron Paul, ON AIR!
Go Ron Paul!

What’s Ron Paul up to?
(CBS News) Mitt Romney is largely accepted as the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, but he’s not the only candidate left in the race. Texas Rep. Ron Paul continues his quest for delegates. The three-time presidential candidate is committed to staying in the race until the Republican Party’s convention in Tampa at the end of August.

VIDEO: Officials Frantic Over Ron Paul Supporters Seizing Control Of GOP
Steve Watson - GOP Presidential candidate Ron Paul continues to fill stadiums and attract thousands of people to his campaign events, while the establishment is once again becoming concerned about the effect Paul’s success will have on the national convention in Florida. Paul drew a crowd of over 4000 people at the California State University at Fullerton campus yesterday at the school’s Titan Stadium. Enthusiastic supporters were queuing around the block to get into the stadium, as the following video captured by one attendee highlights:

RNC might block entire Nevada delegation over Ron Paul delegate mischief
The Hill - The Republican National Committee is warning the Nevada GOP that if supporters of Ron Paul are allowed to take too many slots for the national convention, the party may opt against seating the state's entire delegation.... The RNC is concerned that the Paul campaign will game the state-level convention this weekend that selects delegates to the national convention. While Mitt Romney should be awarded 20 of the state's 28 delegates, based on his dominating win in the state's primary, it's possible that Paul supporters could exploit their strength in the Nevada GOP to get named to some of those delegate slots.

Veteran News

Grand jury clears cop who shot unarmed Marine vet in his home
Press TV - There will be no trial for Officer Anthony Carelli, who shot Marine veteran Kenneth Chamberlain, Sr. during a tense confrontation last November. "After due deliberation on the evidence presented in this matter, the grand jury found that there was no reasonable cause to vote an indictment," said Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore, who added that the case was "a tragedy on many levels."

Homeowners Association Sues Returning Army Vet Over Backyard Swing Set
CBS News - The Spring Lake Homeowner’s Association has filed a lawsuit against Bill Fry, an Army National Guard captain who just recently returned from Afghanistan after serving overseas for a year, and his wife, Candi Fry, for not getting approval to put up the swing set.... Candi Fry says they got permission to build the $1,200 swing set for their children in their backyard last year, but the homeowner’s association claims that is not true.


The 86 million invisible unemployed
CNN News - While it's true that the unemployment rate is falling, that doesn't include the millions of nonworking adults who aren't even looking for a job anymore. And hiring isn't strong enough to keep up with population growth. As a result, the labor force is now at its smallest size since the 1980s when compared to the broader working age population.

Americans flee banks for home safes - In an era marked by financial turbulence, it's probably not surprising that safes have become a popular commodity, with some manufacturers, retailers and installers reporting sales increases of as much as 40 percent from a few years ago. But the bigger eyebrow-raiser is what has happened to those iconic gray-steel boxes of yore: They've undergone an extreme makeover -- or several of them.

Energy & Environment

Wind farms lift the temperature in their region - Wind turbines can modify the local climate by warming the atmosphere, according to a study that revealed an increase in temperature of 0.72 degrees over a region of Texas where four large wind farms have been built.


Michigan proposes eliminating dietetic and nutrition licensing, allowing freedom of health speech
(NaturalNews) Last summer, Michigan's Occupational Licensing Advisory Rules Committee (ARC) decided to evaluate every licensed occupation recognized by the state of Michigan to determine whether or not the current regulatory requirements for each one are appropriate. What the committee ended up finding was that current regulations regarding dietetic and nutrition licensing, which provision that only licensed professionals can give nutrition advice, does not serve the public interest and should be eliminated.

Dangerous glass fibers in cigarettes worsen lung damage for smokers
(NaturalNews) Shocking new research reveals that a specific type of lung cancer many smokers develop comes from tiny tears in their lung tissue caused by microscopic glass fibers, also known as glass wool, found in many conventional cigarette filters. These rips in the epithelial (soft) tissue fuel the development of tumors and cancerous cells due to the constant overload of toxins, namely pesticides, nicotine and ammonia, contained in commercial cigarette smoke.

Health basics: Why homeopathy is rapidly gaining acceptance and credibility
(NaturalNews) In the USA, the Government makes money off of the masses being sick, instead of the other way around, like in Canada or the United Kingdom, where there is national healthcare, and the doctors get paid bonuses for healing patients. Homeopathy is a 200 year young system of medicine which has a proven clinical record and is used by tens of millions worldwide. It is becoming the core method of treatment for the public health care systems in Europe, Asia, and South America.

VIDEO: Selenium for Cancer - Selenium is anti-viral, anti-cancer, a great immune system stimulator and can even detox the body of heavy metals. When purchasing look for "whole food selenium" as this is the form your body can best utilize. The best food source of selenium is brazil nuts. You can recieve 200 mcgs of selenium in just 3 brazil nuts! They say we should get at least 200 - 400 mcg's daily, more if you are fighting cancer. Amazing information in these videos!

U.S. to partner with Big Pharma for drug discovery
(Reuters) - The U.S. government will help drug companies find treatments for a host of diseases through a new collaboration in which researchers will test experimental drugs provided by manufacturers. The National Institutes of Health said on Thursday that Pfizer Inc, AstraZeneca Plc and Eli Lilly and Co have agreed to make 24 compounds available for a pilot phase of the project, the biggest of its kind ever launched in the United States.

Feds to put up $1.9B for Oregon health overhaul
AP - The Obama administration is buying into an ambitious health care initiative in Oregon, announcing Thursday it has tentatively agreed to chip in $1.9 billion over five years to help get the program off the ground. The Obama administration is buying into an ambitious health care initiative in Oregon, announcing Thursday it has tentatively agreed to chip in $1.9 billion over five years to help get the program off the ground.

VIDEO: Grow Your Own Organs
ABC News - Different from the controversial embryonic stem cell treatment, Dr. Nelson's team took a biopsy from Bill's Bicep and are in the process of turning those cells into his own beating cardiac tissue; tissue that will beat at the same rate as the heart in his chest.

'He had no symptoms at all': Investigation underway after lab worker dies hours after handling meningitis bacteria
Daily Mail - The San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center worker who has not been identified died about 17 hours after first reporting feeling unwell after leaving work Friday, the San Jose Mercury News reports. 'He left the lab around 5 pm,' Dr Harry Lampiris, chief of the VA Hospital's infectious diseases division told the paper. 'He had no symptoms at all.' Over 70 people received precautionary vaccinations after a 25-year-old laboratory worker died hours after handling a meningitis bacteria.

Science & Technology

Students To Be Spied On, Censored With School Issued Laptops
Steve Watson - Students in Portland, Maine are to be issued laptops that will track their activity and actively block certain websites including social media sites. Internet filtering software will be downloaded automatically onto the computers when students boot them up at school, reports the Kennebec Journal. However, the restraints will stay in place even when the students are working from home or other non-school premises, including outside of normal school hours.

First of 2 papers on lab-made bird flu published
AP - Four months ago the U.S. government sought to block publication of two studies about how scientists created an easily spread form of bird flu. Now a revised version of one paper is seeing the light of day with the government's blessing. The revision appears online Wednesday in the journal Nature. It's the near-conclusion to a drama that pit efforts to learn how to thwart a global flu epidemic against concerns about helping terrorists create bioweapons. The second paper, which is more controversial because it involves what appears to be a more dangerous virus, is expected to be published later in the journal Science.

VIDEO: New Frontier of Censorship: Copyrighting People
Paul Joseph Watson - An astounding new frontier of Internet censorship has been launched by Google-owned You Tube to copyright audio and visual characteristics of individual people, meaning third party companies could claim copyright ownership of content that doesn’t even belong to them if it features an individual person who has signed a partnership agreement with that company.... Despite the fact that the bill was shot down, Google is already implementing SOPA-style policies under this framework of copyrighting individuals.

Facebook Now Administering Organ Donor Status for its Members
Washington Post - Facebook has added a unique feature to its social network: you can now tell the world — or just your family members.... Immediate reaction on Facebook and Twitter has been mostly positive, though some have said they are hesitant to share such a personal decision over a social network.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Where Oh Where Has Common Sense Gone? (Communism Anyone?) - The other day I was helping our son with social studies homework and came across this line in his chapter about China: “In a Communist system, the government owns most businesses and land and controls all areas of life. China’s new Communist government began by taking over control of the economy. The government seized all private farms and organized them into large, state-run farms.” Sadly, it reminded me of what’s happening right here in my home state.

Stupid News & Odd News

VIDEO: Computer Glitch Summons 1,200 Residents To Jury Duty, Causing Massive Traffic Jam
CBS News - There was a lot of confusion and frustration from about 1,200 people who were all summoned to show up for jury duty at the Placer County Courthouse at the same time Tuesday morning, only to find out it was all a mistake.

Today in History - Thursday - May 3, 2012
1802 - Washington, DC, was incorporated as a city.
1855 - Macon B. Allen became the first African American to be admitted to the Bar in Massachusetts.
1859 - France declared war on Austria.
1888 - Thomas Edison organized the Edison Phonograph Works.
1921 - West Virginia imposed the first state sales tax.
1926 - U.S. Marines landed in Nicaragua and stayed until 1933.
1933 - The U.S. Mint was under the direction of a woman for the first time when Nellie Ross took the position.
1937 - Margaret Mitchell won a Pulitzer Prize for "Gone With The Wind."
1944 - Wartime rationing of most grades of meats ended in the U.S.
1944 - Dr. Robert Woodward and Dr. William Doering produced the first synthetic quinine at Harvard University.
1948 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that covenants prohibiting the sale of real estate to blacks and other minorities were legally unenforceable.
1952 - The first airplane landed at the geographic North Pole.
1968 - After three days of battle, the U.S. Marines retook Dai Do complex in Vietnam. They found that the North Vietnamese had evacuated the area.
1971 - Anti-war protesters began four days of demonstrations in Washington, DC.
1971 - National Public Radio broadcast for the first time.
1971 - James Earl Ray, Martin Luther King's assassin, was caught in a jailbreak attempt.
1986 - In NASA's first post-Challenger launch, an unmanned Delta rocket lost power in its main engine shortly after liftoff. Safety officers destroyed it by remote control.
1988 - The White House acknowledged that first lady Nancy Reagan had used astrological advice to help schedule her husband's activities.
1992 - Five days of rioting and looting ended in Los Angeles, CA. The riots, that killed 53 people, began after the acquittal of police officers in the beating of Rodney King.
1997 - The "Republic of Texas" surrendered to authorities ending an armed standoff where two people were held hostage. The group asserts the independence of Texas from the U.S.
1999 - Mark Manes, at age 22, was arrested for supplying a gun to Eric Harris and Dylan Kleibold, who later killed 13 people at Columbine High School in Colorado.
1999 - The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above 11,000 for the first time.
2000 - The trial of two Libyans accused of killing 270 people in the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 (over Lockerbie) opened.
2006 - In Alexandria, VA, Al-Quaida conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui was given a sentence of life in prison for his role in the terrorist attack on the U.S. on September 11, 2001.

World News

Russian military raise the ante on missile defense
AP - Russia's top military officer has threatened to deal a pre-emptive strike on U.S.-led NATO missile defense facilities in Eastern Europe if Washington goes ahead with its controversial missile defense plan. President Dmitry Medvedev said last year Russia will retaliate militarily if it does not reach agreement with the United States and NATO. Chief of General Staff Nikolai Makarov on Thursday went further, raising the ante in the missile defense controversy. "A decision to use destructive force pre-emptively will be taken if the situation worsens," he said Related Russia Today article here.

China activist appeals to Obama to get him to US
AFP - Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng appealed to US President Barack Obama to help get him and his family out of China, saying he feared for his life just hours after leaving the US embassy in Beijing.... He also accused US embassy officials of pushing him hard to leave the safety of the embassy on Wednesday where he had sought refuge for six days after fleeing his home in the eastern province of Shandong.

Activist’s fate puts US-China relations at risk
RT - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s talks to strengthen China-US ties have been marred by a dissident’s predicament. The Chinese activist has sought US asylum, but it remains to be seen if the US will risk damning relations by granting the request. Recent events involving prominent activist Chen Guangcheng have cast a shadow over Hillary Clinton’s diplomatic visit to China this week. The blind dissident had been granted refuge in the US embassy in Beijing for almost a week, drawing the Chinese government’s ire and the statement that the US overstepped the mark by interfering.

Royal Society Believes Depopulation Will Save the Environment
Activist Post - The global Elite have many different clubs they frequent where they discuss plans to achieve their plan for global governance. One of these is the Royal Society, a 350-year-old establishment comprised of global Elitists who are promoting the hoax of man-made climate change which masks their depopulation agenda....They have published a report on their website entitled People and the Planet.

YouTube: Massive Mobilization: Israel brings out reserve border battalions
RT - Israel's strengthening its southern and northern borders, deploying at least 22 battalions of troops to protect the country from the growing tension with Egypt and the ongoing conflict in Syria. Israeli generals say they're on alert from the threat of terror attack ahead of Egyptian presidential elections as well as Syrian turmoil.

Pentagon encircles Iran: Victory would take 3 weeks
RT- US Central Command (CENTCOM) believes it can destroy or significantly degrade Iran's conventional armed forces in about three weeks using air and sea strikes, a defense source told The Washington Post. “We plan for any eventuality we can and provide options to the president,” Army Lt. Col. T.G. Taylor, a spokesman at CENTCOM told the newspaper. “We take our guidance from the secretary of defense and from our civilian bosses in [Washington] DC. So any kind of guidance they give us, that’s what we go off of [sic].”

YouTube: Ex-Blackwater mercs in Syria ‘backed by US’
RT - The opposition fighters in Syria might be getting help from a different source - in the form of training from the US private security firm, formerly known as the notorious Blackwater group. Security circles reportedly confirmed the information which was released earlier by Wikileaks - that the company is sending mercenaries from Iraq into Syria.

Greece Rises From The Ashes, No Longer In Default S&P Says
Forbes S&P has raised its credit rating for the Hellenic Republic, Greece’s official name, to CCC from SD (selective default). While the country’s debt is still considered junk, S&P noted the successful completion of the private sector involvement meant Greece is no longer in default, despite the fact that nonparticipating creditor debt might remain unpaid. Untendered bonds will keep their D (default) rating until the next principal payment on May 15.

UN Ambassador: “No Exaggeration – Fate Of The World Depends On Fukushima Reactor 4”
Alexander Higgins - Japanese Ambassador Murata is joining in the growing chorus which include US Senators who are warning the he problem at Fukushima nuclear reactor 4 is the single greatest short-term threat to humanity and has the potential to destroy our world and civilization as we know it. The Ambassador puts it very bluntly saying the warnings about reactor 4′s threat to end human civilization are no exaggeration. He is joining forces with human rights groups from around the globe in calling for the UN to step in and end the crisis in Fukushima...

Cesium exceeding new limit detected in 51 food items in nine prefectures
Japan Times May 2, 2012 - Radioactive cesium was detected in 51 food products from nine prefectures in excess of a new government-set limit in the first month since it was introduced April 1, according to data released by the health ministry Tuesday. The limit was exceeded in 337 cases, or 2.4 percent of 13,867 food samples examined by the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry. Cesium exceeding the previous allowable limit of 500 becquerels per kilogram was detected in 55 cases, while the new limit of 100 becquerels was exceeded in 282 cases.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Obama Signs Executive Order Declaring International Law for the United States
This dictate is designed to standardize regulations between the United States and it’s so called trading partners. What is a regulation? A law. So what is actually being attempted here is a standardization of international law. It is an absolute violation of the Constitution for the United States to legislate our law outside of our borders. Read the executive order here.

Bin Laden’s last words to be posted online
The Lookout - The Army's Combating Terrorism Center at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., is releasing a selection of documents seized in last year's raid on the al-Qaida leader's Pakistan compound. The documents will be available online on the center's Web site on Thursday at 9 am ET.

Neocon Think Tank Cites Cleveland Bust to Push Police State Surveillance
Kurt Nimmo - The Heritage Foundation has come out in favor of the FBI’s “counterterrorism” strategy of arranging fake terror attacks. On the day after the FBI convinced a gaggle of “anarchists” to blow up a Cleveland bridge with an inoperable bomb provided by one of its agents provocateurs, the “New Right” think tank funded by CIA asset Richard Mellon Scaife and beer magnate Joe Coors posted an article supporting this dubious anti-terror effort... Related RT article here.

Treasure Hunter Fears Assassination Over Search For Bin Laden’s Body
Paul Joseph Watson - A California treasure hunter who believes he has located the spot where the U.S. Navy allegedly dumped the body of Osama Bin Laden says he wants to try and discover the corpse and subject it to DNA testing because he doesn’t believe the Obama administration’s official story about the death of the Al-Qaeda leader.

VIDEO: No-Fly Zone To Be Enforced By Shoot-To-Kill Order During NATO Summit
CHICAGO (CBS) — A new report reveals plans to keep residents and dignitaries safe during the NATO Summit include a no-fly zone, with a shoot-to-kill mandate for those who break the ban. As CBS 2’s Susanna Song reports, the government is warning small plane pilots that if they enter the no-fly zone during the summit, they may be shot down.... It will be enforced for May 19 to May 21.

From Communism Day to Government Loyalty Day
Kurt Nimmo - On May 1, Obama issued a presidential proclamation. He officially changed May 1 – otherwise known as Communism Day after it was hijacked by the Soviet Union for propaganda purposes – to Loyalty Day, or rather loyalty and sacrifice to government day. It is odd that Obama would reaffirm our allegiance to the Constitution when he has violated it continually.

VIDEO: New College Students Being Targeted For US #NDAA Drone Programs
Alexander Higgins - Across America, several universities are adding drones degrees to their curriculum.... The Federal Aviation Administration has already approved 25 universities to fly drones in its airspace, and Amie Stepanovich, a member of the National Security Council for the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) reports more.

Why? - 21 Unanswered Questions That They Don't Want You To Look Into
American Dream - We live during a time of great deception, and the lies are going to get even bigger and even more bold in the years to come. If we don't know why we believe what we believe, then we are in danger of falling for just about anything.

YouTube: Exposed: Military Internment/Resettlement Operations Manual
Published on May 2, 2012 by Document download found here.

Survey: Third of US wouldn't pass citizenship test
Press TV - The survey was carried out by the Center for Study of the American Dream at Xavier University. The survey of more than 1,000 voting-age Americans asked respondents 10 random questions from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services civics exam, which is administered as part of the immigration process, finding that 35 percent answered five or less questions correctly. Here are some questions that gave respondents the most trouble...

VIDEO: Seattle officer threatens to make up evidence after arrest of innocent men
KOMO 4 - Both men said they suffered facial bruises and swelling after one was kicked and the other man-handled into the pavement while being arrested. But then listen to what an officer says on an audio recording after he takes the two to holding cells: "Well, you're going to jail for robbery that's all." You then hear Franklin ask, "for robbery?" And the officer responds, "Yeah, I'm gonna make stuff up."

2012 Election News

Ron Paul beats Obama 49-41 in Montana. Among independents, he crushes 55-33
Public Policy Polling - Romney leads Obama 48-43, down from a 50-40 advantage when PPP last polled the [Montana] in November. Worse for Romney is that his soon-to-be-vanquished intraparty foe Ron Paul actually leads Obama by eight points (49-41). Obama is able to keep it relatively close here because he basically ties Romney with the plurality independents, while Paul leads by 22 points.

Ron Paul in California
Daily Paul - All the Ron Paul California campaign news and videos posted here.

TX Woman gets over 5000 signatures for Texas Presidential Debate (Mitt Romney & Ron Paul?) - The petition was to try to persuade Mitt Romney to come to a Texas Republican Presidential Debate. The petition is titled "Potential Nominees, attend the GOP Debate (Houston, TX on May 24th, 2012)"

VIDEO: Ben Swann Reality Check Half Hour Special – Delegates
Fox 19 - Ben looks back at the fight for delegates in the Republican primary and looks forward as he interviews 2 Ron Paul delegates, 1 from Maine and the other from Alaska.

VIDEO: Newt Gingrich Officially Suspends Campaign and Endorses Mitt Romney
Helps Ron Paul? Video explains why it could. Link for News Source here.

Newt Gingrich $4 Million in Debt; Staffers and Creditors Fume
Newt Gingrich ends his White House dream today with his political committee facing a mountain of debts -- owing about $4 million to scores of businesses and campaign workers around the country who fear they will never get paid.

Obama holds more re-election fundraisers than previous five Presidents combined
Daily Mail - Barack Obama has already held more re-election fundraising events than every elected president since Richard Nixon combined.

Veteran News

VIDEO: Major GOP donor arrested in $100 million veteran charity scam
Raw Story - The U.S. Marshal Service announced Tuesday that it had captured one of America’s Most Wanted fugitives who is accused of creating a fake charity for Navy veterans that funneled some of the $100 million collected to Republican candidates.

Occupy Wall Street Protest

NYPD Raids Activists’ Homes Before May Day Protests - A day before Occupy Wall Street hopes to shut down New York and cities across the country in massive May Day protests, the NYPD visited at least three activist homes in New York and interrogated residents about plans for tomorrow's protest.... "The intention behind this I'm sure is to try to create fear and silence dissent," said Marina Sitrin, a lawyer and member of Occupy Wall Street's legal working group, "and to keep people from coming out into the streets."


VIDEO: PBS Frontline Details US Financial Fraud - 'Money, Power, & Wall Street'
Alexander Higgins - Concluding the PBS Frontline Money, Power, & Wall Street mini-series, the remaining episodes below take us from the market lows to the current euphoric highs.

States To Use Gold and Silver as Legal Tender
Activist Post - As America slips into monetary oblivion, some states are turning to the US Constitutional right and desiring to use alternative currencies – preparing for the hyper-inflation that Bernanke is currently creating. Minnesota, Tennessee, Iowa, South Carolina and Georgia are awaiting approval from their respective governments to create a separate currency. This number is up from 2011, when just 3 states were brave enough to attempt this constitutional right.

95 Percent Of The Jobs Lost During The Recession Were Middle Class Jobs
The Economic Collapse - Sadly, the limited number of jobs that have been added since the end of the last recession have mostly been low income jobs. A higher percentage of Americans are working low income jobs than ever before, and the cost of living continues to rise at a very brisk pace. This is causing an erosion of the middle class unlike anything we have ever seen in American history.

Housing Market

Lawsuit: HOA Guards Threatened Tenants With Tasers Over Foreclosure Miscommunication
Consumerist - According to the lawsuit filed this week in the Superior Court of California in Sacramento, the guards entered the building without permission around 3 a.m. and began a "military style raid of plaintiffs' residence.".... What these men didn't know is that, following the foreclosure, the bank had filed an unlawful detainer action against the tenants in order to evict them. It had never been served to anyone in the condo, so they were never given the chance to challenge the action in court.


No jab, no education: New CA law requires middle schoolers to provide proof of Tdap vaccination in order to receive education
(NaturalNews) A new amendment to California's Health and Safety Code as it relates to vaccinations will take effect this fall for the 2012-2013 school year, and will require all incoming seventh graders, as well as eighth and twelfth graders for the first year, to get a Tdap booster vaccination for pertussis (whooping cough) before being admitted to school.

Chemist declares fluoride to be 'one of the greatest public health threats of modern times'
(NaturalNews) Ingesting artificial fluoride chemicals does not prevent tooth decay, but rather destroys your insides and leads to the development of cancer and other illnesses. These are the disturbing findings of an assessment recently compiled by award-winning chemist, author, and founder of, Shane Ellison.

Five hidden health dangers around the house
(NaturalNews) You may already know about toxic cleaning chemicals and flame retardants, but did you know about the five following common household poisons?

Pesticide Exposure Found to Lower Intelligence
Natural Society - The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, observed pregnant mothers in New York who were exposed to a pesticide known as chlorpyrifos (CPF). Banned in 2001 from household use, the chemical is still used worldwide in agriculture. That’s right, this is a chemical that is not permitted to be used in your home, though it is perfectly fine to spray on your food. What the researchers found was that women who had higher levels of CPF had children with ”significant abnormalities” in brain structure compared to mothers with lower exposure levels.

Artificial sweeteners and flavor enhancers are dangerous
(NaturalNews) Due to our society's love of sugar, scientists have been able to synthetically produce artificial sweeteners and flavor enhancers. These artificial sweeteners give us the same pleasure as sugar without the calories and dangerous effects on insulin signaling and triglyceride formation. This includes aspartame, acefultame potassium, monosodium glutamate, sucralose and many others. Unfortunately, these artificial sweeteners and flavor enhancers break down into highly toxic chemical agents that damage important regions of the body.

Benefits of Almonds
Natural Society - Many commercially produced products for health and beauty often brag about the use of almond milk, oil and butter as an ingredient. There are many health benefits associated with almonds which should be recognized. Check them out.

Connecticut House approves medical marijuana bill
(NaturalNews) With a nearly two-to-one approval ratio, Connecticut House Bill 5389, which would legalize at the state level small amounts of medical marijuana for patients in need, has been passed by the Connecticut State House of Representatives. And if passed by the State Senate, Governor Dannel Malloy has indicated he will sign H.B. 5389 into law, which would make Connecticut the 17th U.S. state to legalize medical marijuana.

Breast-feeding could contribute to baby gut-health, new study finds
(NaturalNews) In yet another scientific reason for mothers to strongly consider breast-feeding their newborns, a new study in the journal Genome Biology finds that babies who are fed breast-milk had a wider range of gut bacteria than formula-fed babies. A link was also found between the diversity of bacteria in the babies' guts and the activation of certain immunity genes.

17 Fruit that Burn More Calories than they Contain
Natural Society - Could food really be our ally in burning calories? To the majority of people that just doesn't sound possible. Eating to lose weight? There are many foods out there that aren't only healthy for you, but also aid in weight loss simply by consuming them.

Statins are in conflict with one of the most important heart-healthy habits: exercise. The more you exercise while taking statins, the more likely you’ll suffer fatal effects
Gaia Health - One of the best things you can do to decrease the risk of heart disease is exercise. However, for people taking statins, exercise can be dangerous. Statins are known to have cytotoxic effects. Those poisonous effects are multiplied with exercise, and can even lead to death.

At least four years in the making: Draft FDA guidelines on nanotechnology in food and cosmetics - On April 20, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released for public comment two draft guidance to industry documents, about 25 pages each, on the use of nanotechnology in food and cosmetics products respectively.

Science & Technology

Tech Giant Warns CISPA Is “Alarming” Threat to Privacy
Paul Joseph Watson - Tech giant Mozilla has publicly slammed the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) which passed the House last week, labeling the legislation an “alarming” threat to privacy.... Not only would CISPA mandate ISPs to share Internet data of users with government “notwithstanding any other provision of law,” it also empowers the Department of Homeland Security to monitor the communications of the federal courts and Congress, and intercept tax returns sent to the IRS.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Letter Shows Monsanto Planted GMOs Before USDA Approval
Activist Post - Did Monsanto actually plant genetically modified alfalfa before it was deregulated by the USDA? There is some shocking evidence that, until recently, was withheld from the public showing that Monsanto’s genetically altered alfalfa may have been set free in 2003 — a full two years or more before it was deregulated in 2005.

Scientists Urge GM Campaigners to Call Off Protest
Telegraph - Scientists spoke out after activists calling themselves "Take the Flour Back" called for members of the public to join them in a mass "decontamination" of the trial site at Rothamsted, Herts on May 27. The experiment is aimed at genetically engineering wheat so that it releases a chemical signal which aphids use to warn each other of imminent danger, thereby scaring the pests away.

VIDEO: Spring Is Here!
Each flower is filmed for two days and photos are collated within 7 minutes to get this effect.

Today in History - Wednesday - May 2, 2012
1808 - The citizens of Madrid rose up against Napoleon.
1813 - Napoleon defeated a Russian and Prussian army at Grossgorschen.
1863 - Confederate Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson was wounded by his own men in the battle of Chancellorsville, VA. He died 8 days later.
1865 - U.S. President Andrew Johnson offered $100,000 reward for the capture of Confederate President Jefferson Davis.
1885 - The magazine "Good Housekeeping" was first published.
1887 - Hannibal W. Goodwin applied for a patent on celluloid photographic film. This is the film from which movies are shown.
1890 - The Oklahoma Territory was organized.
1919 - The first U.S. air passenger service started.
1922 - WBAP-AM began broadcasting in north Texas.
1926 - In India, Hindu women gained the right to seek elected office.
1926 - U.S. Marines landed in Nicaragua to put down a revolt and to protect U.S. interests. They did not depart until 1933.
1932 - Jack Benny's first radio show debuted on NBC Radio.
1933 - Hitler banned trade unions in Germany.
1941 - Hostilities broke out between British forces in Iraq and that country’s pro-German faction.
1941 - The Federal Communications Commission agreed to let regular scheduling of TV broadcasts by commercial TV stations begin on July 1, 1941. This was the start of network television.
1945 - Russians took Berlin after 12 days of fierce house-to-house fighting. The Allies announced the surrender of Nazi troops in Italy and parts of Austria.
1946 - Prisoners revolted at California's Alcatraz prison.
1965 - The "Early Bird" satellite was used to transmit television pictures across the Atlantic.
1970 - Student anti-war protesters at Ohio's Kent State University burn down the campus ROTC building. The National Guard took control of the campus.
1974 - Former U.S. Vice President Spiro T. Agnew was disbarred by the Maryland Court of Appeals.
1993 - Authorities said that they had recovered the remains of David Koresh from the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, TX.
1994 - Nelson Mandela claimed victory after South Africa's first democratic elections.
1999 - In Panama, Mireya Moscoso de Grubar, of the Armulfista Party, was elected president.

World News

VIDEO: Explosions hit Kabul following Obama visit
RT - The Afghan capital Kabul was hit by at least five explosions on Wednesday, resulting in the deaths of at least seven people. The attacks, claimed by the Taliban, came shortly after US President Obama’s surprise visit to sign a strategic agreement.

Israeli military: No one responsible for deaths of 21 Palestinian civilians
Israel’s military has closed an investigation into the deaths of 21 Palestinian civilians in Gaza in 2009, finding no one responsible for the shelling. It also ruled the accident was not a war crime and the civilians were not targeted deliberately. The Military Advocate General wrote to the country’s Human Rights Group B'Tselem on Tuesday that the Military Police had closed the long-lasting probe. "The investigation completely disproved any claim about deliberate harm to civilians, as well as haste and recklessness about possible harm to civilians, or criminal negligence," Israeli media quoted Major Dorit Tuval as writing.

IMF still waiting on Egyptian economic plan
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- A senior International Monetary Fund official said Wednesday the fund remains willing to consider a much-needed $3.2 billion aid package for Egypt but is waiting for sufficient consensus from political leaders in Cairo. The IMF wants Egypt's interim military-backed government and elected officials to put together a comprehensive economic recovery plan before it agrees to provide aid.

Euro area unemployment hits record high
LONDON (AP) -- Record high unemployment for the 17 countries that use the euro is set to increase the pressure on Europe's leaders to switch from a focus on austerity to a pro-growth strategy to stop the region from moving deeper into recession. Unemployment across the 17-member eurozone rose by 169,000 in March, official figures showed Wednesday, taking the rate up to 10.9 percent in March - its highest level since the euro was launched in 1999.

Aerial protestor strikes at French nuclear site
PARIS (AP) -- Greenpeace and energy officials say an environmental activist was arrested after dropping a billowing smoke bomb onto the roof of a French nuclear reactor from a motorized paraglider.

VIDEO: 'We are in Third World War - an economic war. And the weapon is debt’
RT - The Occupy Wall Street movement staged a day of protests in the US on May Day. Meanwhile RT spoke to an Occupy London activist who said the group is only gaining momentum as more people understand they are being robbed by their governments. The Occupy Wall Street movement staged a day of protests in the US on May Day. Meanwhile RT spoke to an Occupy London activist who said the group is only gaining momentum as more people understand they are being robbed by their governments.

Obama flies to Afghanistan, signs pact with Karzai
Afghanistan (AP) - In a swift and secretive trip to the war zone, President Barack Obama signed an agreement Tuesday night vowing long-term ties with Afghanistan after America's combat forces come home.... The deal does not commit the United States to any specific troop presence or spending. But it does allow the U.S. to potentially keep troops in Afghanistan after the war ends for two specific purposes: continued training of Afghan forces and targeted operations against al-Qaida. The terror group is present in neighboring Pakistan but has only a nominal presence inside Afghanistan. Related video/artice here.

Nuke rebuke: China urges ‘drastic’ nuclear cuts from Russia and USA
RT - China is actively pushing the nuclear disarmament process forward, calling for the US and Russia, between them possessing the majority of the world's nuclear warheads, to “make drastic reductions in their nuclear arsenals.”

Obama’s Watch: 39 Months, 69 Percent of Afghan War Casualties
According to’s comprehensive database on Afghan war casualties, at least 1,275 of the 1,844 U.S. troops killed in Operation Enduring Freedom have been killed since Jan. 20, 2009, when Barack Obama was inaugurated as president.

Six jet attack missile sites across London during Olympic Games
This is London - London will be ringed by six missile sites to guard against a 9/11-style suicide jet attack during the Olympics.... The weapons travel at three times the speed of sound with a range of 3.4 miles. General Sir Nick Parker, in charge of Olympic operations, said: “We are practising for the worst-case scenario, not the most likely scenario but we believe that it is prudent to be prepared. It is sensible to prepare for the worst.”

Chen's escape shames officials, but breaks no law
BEIJING (AP) -- Dissident lawyer Chen Guangcheng was being held under house arrest illegally, activists say, and his only offense in escaping may have been to embarrass local officials bent on punishing him for exposing forced abortions.

Doctors slam mothers who refuse vaccines
London Independent | Doctors fighting to deliver life-saving vaccines to the developing world have criticised British mothers who refuse to vaccinate their children... The Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI)-funded project means the pneumococcal and rotavirus vaccines will be given to every child born in Ghana from now on. It comes as UK medics face sustained opposition to child vaccination, amid fears of side effects and mistrust of the pharmaceutical industry.

Canadians Make a Racket About Mysterious 'Hum' Coming from US Side of Border
WSJ - The so-called Windsor hum, described as a low-frequency rumbling sound, has rattled windows and knocked objects off shelves in this border community just across the Detroit River from the Motor City.... Windsor residents have blamed the hum for causing illness, whipping dogs into frenzies, keeping cats housebound and sending goldfish to the surface in backyard ponds.... Even weirder, Americans can't seem to hear it.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

New Obama Executive Order Pushes Us Closer to a North American Union and a One World Economic System
Activist Post - The American people need to understand that Barack Obama is constantly looking for ways to integrate the United States more deeply with the rest of the world. The globalization of the world economy has accelerated under Obama, and this latest executive order represents a fundamental change in U.S. economic policy. Now federal regulators will be required to "harmonize" their work with the international community. The following is how this new executive order was assessed in a recent Businessweek article....

Ghraib mistake? US student drinks urine to survive prison abandonment
RT - A San Diego college student was left in a cell for five days without food, water or access to a toilet by federal drug agents. He says he drank his own urine to stay alive, and even tried to etch a message to his mother in his own arm.... The agency has no explanation to the case. A DEA official told NBC San Diego on Sunday, before Chong's name had been released, that the man was locked up four days, not five “DEA plans to thoroughly review both the events and detention procedures on April 21st and after,'' their statement says.

US pilots refuse to fly $143m stealth fighter because of 'lack of oxygen in cockpit'
Daily Mail May 1, 2012 - Pilots have asked not to the fly the latest F-22 model because of fears of blacking out over lack of oxygen despite it being one of world's most advanced... The nation's F-22 fighter jets were grounded for four months last year after pilots complained of experiencing a lack of oxygen that can cause dizziness and blackouts. Air Force officials said they have taken steps against the problem, but still haven't pinpointed what's causing the hypoxia - when the body doesn't receive enough oxygen.

VIDEO: Top ICE figure pleads guilty in brazen, $500G scam
Fox News - ICE employees traveled to Washington, D.C., on business, but instead of staying at a hotel, they stayed with Woosley. Rollerson allegedly created false receipts from hotels like the local Marriott, while Woosley approved their fraudulent expense reports and charged each employee a kick-back fee for half the amount.

VIDEO: DHS To Release Bacteria In Boston Subway System
Paul Joseph Watson -...the Department of Homeland Security claims that a bacteria it plans to release in the Boston subway later this year to test biological sensors is harmless to healthy people. “Federal officials say they test the subway sensors by releasing dead bacteria called B-subtilis. They say it is used in food supplements, has been rigorously tested and has no adverse health effects for low exposure in healthy people,” reports CBS News. What effect the tests will have on unhealthy people or those exposed to higher doses is unknown.

NYC man convicted in thwarted subway bomb plot
NEW YORK (AP) -- A New York man was convicted Tuesday of plotting an aborted suicide mission against New York City subways in 2009 - a case that featured the first-time testimony from admitted homegrown terrorists about al-Qaida's fixation with pulling off another attack on American soil.

Kentucky Supreme Court Rules Highway Checkpoints Illegal
Paul Joseph Watson - Warrantless checkpoints in the city of Liberty, Kentucky that were used by authorities to interrogate drivers who refused to display a sticker in their vehicle have been ruled unconstitutional by the Kentucky Supreme Court. Residents who refused to buy the $10 dollar sticker were targeted after city officials ordered police to set up roadblocks. Those displaying the sticker were allowed through but refusniks were interrogated and had their vehicles searched, a clear violation of the Fourth Amendment.

2012 Election News

YouTube: Ron Paul WINNING State Delegate Majorities/Massive Turnout at Rallies
Ron Paul is winning a majority of delegates in many states, up to 10 or more states this month! But you won't hear that on Fox or CNN. Neither will they tell you that Ron Paul has been invigorating liberty supporters by the thousands at his massive rallies. Join the Revolution! Spread the word! Now is the time for action if you care about the welfare of your country and its citizens. Donate at Ron Paul 2012 and get Ron Paul Super Brochures.

SCHEDULE: Ron Paul Returns to California for Multiday Campaign Visit
Ron Paul 2012 - The congressman’s visit will take place from Tuesday to Friday, May 1st to 4th, inclusive. Dr. Paul will hold a private fundraiser on the night of his arrival, and the remainder of the visit will be a mix of media avails, fundraising luncheons, and on-campus town hall meetings. Public events will be held at Cal State – Fullerton, UC – Davis, and UC – San Diego. The latter events are free and open to the public. Due to the anticipated large crowds, online registration is offered and strongly encouraged.

VIDEO: YouTube Sends Hundreds of Ron Paul Videos to Memory Hole
Kurt Nimmo - Google property YouTube has closed down a popular Ron Paul channel after “multiple third-party notifications of copyright infringement,” most notably establishment media tool CNBC. Most of the videos scrubbed from YouTube were not CNBC property. The effort to reduce Ron Paul’s presence on YouTube follows the deliberate under-coverage of the Paul campaign by the establishment media during the 2012 primaries. Daily Paul related article and YouTube video.

Kurt Haskell for U.S. Congress - Michigan's 7th District
Daily Reporter - Newport attorney Kurt Haskell has announced he will seek the Democratic nomination for the 7th District congressional seat now held by Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Tipton. Haskell, 41, has not previously run for or held elective office. He has begun collecting nominating petition signatures and expects to have enough signatures to qualify in a week, Haskell said Wednesday. Click here to visit Kurt Haskell's campaign site. Video interview here.

Veteran News

YouTube: FOX-35 TV interviews Veteran For Peace on Osama bin Laden Kill
TV interview did last year regarding the supposed killing of Osama bin Laden

Wyoming Veteran Threatened by Police at VA for Giving Out Political DVDs and Literature
Intel Hub - A normal 63 year old veteran who would never have expected a confrontation with the VA Police was threatened with loosing his VA benefits after handing out political documentary DVD’s and biblical literature at the Sheridan VA Median Center. Richard Thorne, a Wyoming veteran that runs his own YouTube channel with 340 subscribers and 227,958 video views was recently passing out Alex Jone’s Infowars business cards, DVDS, and even bible tracts to other veterans during his visit to the VA.

Occupy Wall Street Protest

VIDEO: Clashes in Oakland: Police use tear gas and batons against protesters
RT - According to witnesses police arrested at least two protesters and used tasers against them. Police ordered protesters out of the street after firing the tear gas and flash-bang grenades. However the arrests didn't stop protesters. They continued marching through the streets of Oakland chanting anti-capitalism slogans. Among them was Iraq war veteran Scott Olsen, who gained international attention when he was shot with a beanbag by an Oakland police officer at a protest last year. This time the former Marine, who suffered a brain injury in the Oct. 25 protest, wore a black helmet to protect his head.

VIDEO: OWS Take Note: FBI Arrests “Anarchists” in Cleveland Bomb Plot
Kurt Nimmo - Authorities in Cleveland, Ohio, have arrested five self described anarchists in an alleged plot to blow up the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad Brecksville Station and a bridge by remote detonation using C-4 plastic explosives. Anarchists supposedly plotted to blow up this bridge in Ohio.... The government is attempting to portray the movement as violent and terrorist. It is doing this because efforts by the establishment to domesticate the movement have largely failed. Related article here.

Occupy Bilderberg 2012
Intel Hub - The infamous and elusive Bilderberg club has decided to bring their annual meeting back to the United States... This year, May 31st through June 3rd they are returning to Chantilly, Virginia where they had their conference back in 2008. Even then a record number of people traveled from all over the world to protest this secretive meeting of aristocrats... The oil cartels, banking interests, heads of state and even a majority of the major corporations who are on board with CISPA will be represented at this meeting. If there was ever a chance to point out every head on the hydra in one protest, this is it.

Housing Market

Corruption of Andrew Wordes case deepens: City of Roswell bullies original mortgage holder into selling note to phony trust company
(NaturalNews) New details have emerged in the tragic case of Andrew Wordes, who died recently in his home after enduring more than four years of abuse and bullying from the City of Roswell in Georgia. Thanks to continued investigation of the case by Maggie West Bean of, it is now coming to light that Roswell officials may have put immense pressure on Mr. Wordes' original mortgage holder to sell the mortgage note on his home, only to have it end up in the possession of a phony trust company that appears to not even exist.


Chart: Student Debt Load Matches Silver Price Increase by 500% Since Start of Century
Silver Vigilante - As the student debt burden has exploded in this 21st century, the “century of change,” silver has increased its price level by a similar percentage. With student debt continuing to spiral, the silver price rise seems determined to persist. In the coming years, as this student debt transforms the life of the college grad in his and her professional dealings and personal lives, interest in silver as a hedge against austerity will increase.

Energy & Environment

YouTube: USGS censors / wipes Wyoming 4.0M FRACKING earthquake off the map
dutchsinse - 4.0 magnitude earthquake in SW Wyoming is rather sizable for the area .. surprised they deleted this one quite frankly... even for the USGS.

VIDEO: BP Whistleblowers - Over a Dozen of Them Assassinated, Missing or Kidnapped in Last 2 Years - As Thomas Botch says in the comments at Facebook, "To many high profile people (successful and educated with little reason to die from risky behavior) all "croak" in "too short a time period" to be "statistically normal." Don't you agree?"

Almost Seven Million Migrating Birds Perish at Communication Towers in North America Each Year
Science Daily - The birds are killed by the 84,000 communication towers that dot North America and can rise nearly 2,000 feet into the sky, according to the authors of "An Estimate of Avian Mortality at Communication Towers in the United States and Canada."


Use herbs to kill the bacteria that causes urinary tract infections
(NaturalNews) A urinary tract infection is almost exclusively caused by bacteria that travel to the bladder through the urethra, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. The bacteria clings to the urethra's opening and multiplies. Sometimes, bacteria travels to the kidneys, but this is rare. The most common culprit is Escherichia coli (E. coli), according to New Mexico State University.

Detoxify heavy metals and soothe chronic inflammation with cilantro, a powerful 'superherb'
(NaturalNews) The anti-inflammatory and detoxification power of cilantro, a medicinal herb whose seeds are known as coriander, is greatly underrated and largely unknown in Western culture today. But if you suffer from a chronic inflammatory disease, which can manifest itself as arthritis, an autoimmune disorder, heart disease, brain fog, fatigue, and irritable bowel syndrome, and a number of other debilitating illnesses, then cilantro just might be the natural solution for you.

5 huge health benefits of sweet potatoes
(NaturalNews) Sweet potatoes, also commonly labeled as yams, are an excellent and inexpensive staple to have on hand. These deep orange-fleshed nutritional powerhouses add several important components to the diet. Their health and weight management benefits far exceed the nutritional value found in ordinary white and yellow fleshed potatoes.

FDA Breaks Promise on Proposed New Supplement Rules
ANH - FDA promised not to enforce the NDI guidance until it was final. Last Friday, they broke that promise. The specific provision that FDA has decided to enforce is the one that says synthetic botanicals will no longer be considered New Dietary Ingredients and must never be sold as supplements, only as drugs. Last Friday, FDA issued a press release and sent warning letters to ten companies who sell supplements containing DMAA (dimethylamylamine), which is advertised to increase energy, concentration, and metabolism. The manufacturer says DMAA is derived from the Asian geranium—specifically, geranium oil.

Pepsi Stops Using Aborted Fetal Cell Lines to Test Flavors
| - After months of pro-life protests and opposition, PepsiCo has indicated it will alter its contract with biotech firm Senomyx Inc., which uses cells from a baby killed in an abortion to conduct flavor testing.

FDA Allows Corporations to 'Recondition' Old Food
Activist Post - In order to save money, some corporations will repackage older food into new packaging and resell it. One public school lunch supplier tried this with moldy apple sauce re-canned and was reprimanded to never try that “stunt” again.

USDA to issue new guidelines limiting amount of sugar, salt, and fat in foods sold at public schools
(NaturalNews) Pressure from consumer and non-profit groups to eliminate all forms of "junk" food from public school lunch rooms across America has led the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to pursue drastic new food restriction measures that are set to be enacted this summer. According to Reuters, the USDA is poised to ban chips, soda pop, candy bars, and many other sugary, salty, high-fat foods from not only school cafeterias, but also from campus vending machines.

Albuquerque, NM, 32nd largest US city, ends water fluoridation
(NaturalNews) A major health victory has been achieved in New Mexico where officials in the state's largest city, Albuquerque, have made the historic decision to stop artificially fluoridating the municipal water supply.

GMO alert: top 10 genetically modified foods to avoid eating
(NaturalNews) Due to lack of labeling, Americans are still left at a loss as to whether or not what is on the table is genetically modified. This lack of information makes the avoiding and tracking of GM foods an exercise in futility. Below are just some of the food products popularly identified to be genetically modified...

Slideshow: Best And Worst Nuts For Your Health
Huffington Post - Here's a look at the pros and cons of different nuts, as well as the best and worst products on supermarket shelves today.

Number of US newborns with drug withdrawal triples
AP - Less than a month old, Savannah Dannelley scrunches her tiny face into a scowl as a nurse gently squirts a dose of methadone into her mouth. The infant is going through drug withdrawal and is being treated with the same narcotic prescribed for her mother to fight addiction to powerful prescription painkillers.

Aluminum in Vaccines Found to be Deadly for Children and Adults Alike
Patrick Gallagher - Recently, a report from the Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology found that aluminum hydroxide, the main metal-based adjuvant present in vaccines, as well as a supplemental aid, may be causing an aluminum overdose at the point of vaccine injection.

Blood test 'could detect breast cancer years in advance'
Telegraph - Researchers have identified a 'genetic switch', carried by one in five women, that doubles their risk of developing breast cancer. Experts described the breakthrough by scientists at Imperial College London as "exciting" and said signs of the disease could be detected "many decades in advance".

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Human genes engineered into experimental GMO rice being grown in Kansas
(NaturalNews) Unless the rice you buy is certified organic, or comes specifically from a farm that tests its rice crops for genetically modified (GM) traits, you could be eating rice tainted with actual human genes. The only known GMO with inbred human traits in cultivation today, a GM rice product made by biotechnology company Ventria Bioscience is currently being grown on 3,200 acres in Junction City, Kansas -- and possibly elsewhere -- and most people have no idea about it.

Buffalo, NY, among the first cities to allow urban agriculture
(NaturalNews) A growing number of residents who, as the Buffalo News reports, "a taste for local food, a passion for living sustainably and a devotion to ensuring everyone has access to healthy, affordable food," have started urban farms in several once-empty lots on both the city's East and West Sides. And this growing season, the level of city farming is reaching new levels.

Pet News

Unbelievable FDA
Susan Thixton - Just when you think you've seen it all, heard it all in regards to the have something fall into your lap that just beats all. This would be one of those things. Guess what the FDA is testing Chinese imported jerky treats for?.... In the midst of pet deaths and illnesses believed to be linked to jerky treats, the FDA posts a subcontractor request to test the treats for fat, fiber, glycerol, protein, ash, and moisture? Not toxins known to cause kidney damage, but for information that an ingredient list and guaranteed analysis would provide.

Today in History - Tuesday - May 1, 2012
1707 - England, Wales and Scotland were united to form Great Britain.
1805 - The state of Virginia passed a law requiring all freed slaves to leave the state, or risk either imprisonment or deportation.
1863 - In Virginia, the Battle of Chancellorsville began. General Robert E. Lee's forces began fighting with Union troops under General Joseph Hooker. Confederate General Stonewall Jackson was mortally wounded by his own soldiers in this battle. (May 1-4)
1867 - Reconstruction in the South began with black voter registration.
1877 - U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes withdrew all Federal troops from the South, ending Reconstruction.
1883 - William F. Cody (Buffalo Bill) had his first Wild West Show.
1884 - The construction of the first American 10-story building began in Chicago, IL.
1898 - The U.S. Navy under Dewey defeated the Spanish fleet at Manila Bay in the Philippines.
1905 - In New York, radium was tested as a cure for cancer.
1915 - A German submarine sank the U.S. ship Gulflight.
1927 - Adolf Hitler held his first Nazi meeting in Berlin.
1931 - The Empire State Building in New York was dedicated and opened. It was 102 stories tall and was the tallest building in the world at the time.
1934 - The Philippine legislature accepted a U.S. proposal for independence.
1937 - U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt signed an act of neutrality, keeping the United States out of World War II.
1945 - Martin Bormann, private secretary to Adolf Hitler, escaped from the Fuehrerbunker as the Red Army advanced on Berlin.
1945 - Admiral Karl Doenitz succeeded Hitler as leader of the Third Reich. This was one day after Hitler committed suicide.
1948 - The People's Democratic Republic of Korea (North Korea) was proclaimed.
1960 - Francis Gary Powers' U-2 spy plane was shot down over the Soviet Union. Powers was taken prisoner.
1961 - Fidel Castro announced there would be no more elections in Cuba.
1968 - In the second day of battle, U.S. Marines, with the support of naval fire, continue their attack on a North Vietnamese Division at Dai Do.
1970 - Students at Kent State University riot in downtown Kent, OH, in protest of the American invasion of Cambodia.
1971 - The National Railroad Passenger Corp. (Amtrak) went into service. It was established by the U.S. Congress to run the nation's intercity railroads.
1986 - The Tass News Agency reported the Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident.
1992 - On the third day of the Los Angeles riots resulting from the Rodney King beating trial. King appeared in public to appeal for calm, he asked, "Can we all get along?"
1998 - Arrow Air was fined $5 million for using spare parts that lacked federal approval in the U.S.
1999 - On Mount Everest, a group of U.S. mountain climbers discovered the body of George Mallory. Mallory had died in June of 1924 while trying to become the first person to reach the summit of Everest. At the time of the discovery it was unclear whether or not Mallory had actually reached the summit.
2001 - In Washington, DC, Chandra Levy disappeared. She was an intern at the U.S. Bureau of Prisons. California Representative Gary Condit was named in the investigation. Her body was found on May 22, 2002 in Rock Creek Park.

World News

US deploys F-22 fighter jets to UAE
AFP - The United States has deployed sophisticated F-22 fighter jets to the United Arab Emirates amid deepening tensions between Iran and its pro-US neighbors, officials said Monday. The US officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, would not say how many F-22s would be sent to the Al-Dhafra air base in the United Arab Emirates. Military officers tend to avoid publicly discussing details of operations at the US air base.

Clinton heads to China and into dissident drama
Reuters - Dissident Chen Guangcheng, according to one of his helpers, will demand to stay in China and press on with his campaign for reform, adding to tension between Beijing and Washington that poses risks for both governments as well as to relations between the world's two biggest economies.
Both governments have scrupulously avoided official comment on the Chen case and neither has confirmed that he is under U.S. protection in Beijing.

Brazil to boost military presence to protect Amazon
Raw Story - Brazil will boost its military presence in the Amazon region to protect its huge natural resources from any external threat, Defense Minister Celso Amorim told the Senate. “The commitment to the defense of the Amazon is fundamental. Navy, Air Force, all services will boost their presence in the Amazon in the next few years,” he said without giving further details.

Labor rallies: May Day celebrations around the world (LIVE UPDATES)
RT May 1, 2012.

YouTube: Lebanon seizes 150 tons of Libyan arms en route to Syrian rebels
RT - As the violence in Syria continues unabated, neighbouring Lebanon has seized a shipment of smuggled weapons, destined for Syrian rebels. The sea-bound cache apparently came from Libya, which is backing the opponents of President Assad. Franklin Lamb, director of the NGO, Americans Concerned for Middle East Peace talks to RT. He thinks the latest arms smuggling effort was an attempt at regime change.

The hunt for Kony: US troops chill out in the bush
RT - Six months ago the US sent an elite unit to hunt down guerrilla leader Joseph Kony. They've not met Kony’s forces yet – they mostly stay holed up in their camps. But they are trying their best to collect local rumors that could help Ugandan troops. The 100 American troops on location rarely leave the safety of their camps, which are shielded by barbed wire and surveillance systems. They already have five such heavily-guarded camps in the region – in South Sudan, Congo, the Central African Republic, and two in Uganda.

Occupy Wall Street Plans Global Disruption of Status Quo May 1
Bloomberg - Organizers say they hope the coordinated events will mark a spring resurgence of the movement after a quiet winter. Calls for a general strike with no work, no school, no banking and no shopping have sprung up on websites in Toronto, Barcelona, London, Kuala Lumpur and Sydney, among hundreds of cities in North America, Europe and Asia.

Google 'aware of data scoop'
Google's harvesting of emails, passwords and other sensitive personal information from unsuspecting households in Australia and around the world was neither a mistake nor the work of a rogue engineer, as the company long maintained, but a program that supervisors knew about, according to new details from the full text of a regulatory report.

Australian tycoon to build Titanic 2.0: Who will dare to buy a ticket?
RT - One of Australia’s richest men has unveiled plans to launch a Titanic replica in 2016 and promised the ship won’t repeat the fate of her predecessor. Clive Palmer is not obsessed with prejudices but will he find passengers free from superstitions?

No treatment for smokers or the obese: Doctors back measures to deny procedures for those with unhealthier lifestyles
Daily Mail - More than half of doctors across the UK have backed controversial measures to withhold treatment to smokers and the obese. According to a new survey around 54 per cent of those who took part said the NHS should have the right to deny non-emergency treatments to those who fail to lose weight or kick their smoking habits.

Amazing Photos Show What the World Really Eats
Anthony Gucciardi - What do you and your family eat each week? You may be shocked to see the significant variation even between relatively ‘similar’ nations when it comes to diet. While many families within the United States and Mexico include fast food and soda into the core of their nutritional program, families from nations like Bhutan survive off of traditional base food items like vegetables and grains. It is easy to see why disease rates are skyrocketing in many developed countries, where nutrition is not held to a very high regard.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

White House: U.S. drone killings legal to combat threats
Reuters - The U.S. campaign of drone strikes to kill militants in other countries is legal under international law, President Barack Obama's counterterrorism adviser insisted on Monday in a rare public admission and justification of the controversial tactic. John Brennan's speech, on the eve of the one-year anniversary of the U.S. killing of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in a raid in Pakistan, was remarkable in that U.S. officials in public rarely discuss the drone program, which has for years been considered a covert CIA operation.

VIDEO: Officials Fear Terrorists With Body Bombs on US-Bound Planes
ABC News - With the anniversary of Osama bin Laden's death looming, American and European authorities told ABC News today that they fear al Qaeda may soon try to explode U.S.-bound aircraft with explosives hidden inside the bodies of terrorists. As a result, security at several airports in the U.K. and elsewhere in Europe and the Middle East has been substantially stepped up, with a focus on U.S. carriers.

Ex-CIA official says tapes destroyed to prevent al Qaeda reprisal
Reuters - Jose Rodriguez said it took a "few hours" to destroy 92 videotapes showing his CIA colleagues using harsh interrogation techniques - including waterboarding - on al Qaeda leaders such as September 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. But the former director of the CIA's National Clandestine Service told Reuters on Monday that he ordered the tapes destroyed to protect his colleagues from possible retaliation by al Qaeda.

Banks Get White Powder Envelopes, but Tests Show They're Non-Toxic
ABC News - Envelopes containing suspicious powder were sent through the mail to at least seven locations in Manhattan, primarily Wells Fargo banks, police officials said. "This is a reminder that you are not in control," said a message that arrived with the envelopes. "Just in case you needed some incentive to stop working we have a little surprise for you. Think fast you have seconds."

VIDEO: RFK assassination witness tells CNN: There was a second shooter
CNN - As a federal court prepares to rule on a challenge to Sirhan Sirhan's conviction in the Robert F. Kennedy assassination, a long overlooked witness to the murder is telling her story: She heard two guns firing during the 1968 shooting and authorities altered her account of the crime.

YouTube: Pills for war thrills: 110k US troops on prescribed meds
RT - Thousands of US soldiers are going into battle fueled by all sorts of prescription medications, be they amphetamines, antidepressants, sedatives or others. Largely unmonitored consumption of drugs can lead to aberrant behavior and mental disorders. Over 110,000 American service personnel took prescribed medications in 2011 to battle through everyday military routine.

Lockheed Martin strike to make F-35 even more expensive
RT - When all is said and done, the cost of the United States' F-35 jet fighter program is expected to exceed the entire gross domestic product of Spain. But will it be worth the decades of research and $1.5 trillion price tag? Even with the Pentagon expecting to take another seven years to complete a working fleet of the fighter jets, the status of the program has already spawned reviews that include words like “calamity” and “huge disappointment.” Now things come very soon be getting even costlier as the thousands of workers responsible for the aircraft have walked off the job.

Ocean to auction block: Real Bond villain stealth ship yours for just $100,000
The Sea Shadow is a unique top-secret stealth ship that cost the US government $195 million. Now, you can buy it in an online auction for $100,000. But you won’t be able to take it for a spin – the ship is to be broken down into scrap metal.

Terrorist Plots, Hatched by the F.B.I
NY Times - THE United States has been narrowly saved from lethal terrorist plots in recent years — or so it has seemed. A would-be suicide bomber was intercepted on his way to the Capitol; a scheme to bomb synagogues and shoot Stinger missiles at military aircraft was developed by men in Newburgh, N.Y.; and a fanciful idea to fly explosive-laden model planes into the Pentagon and the Capitol was hatched in Massachusetts. But all these dramas were facilitated by the F.B.I., whose undercover agents and informers posed as terrorists offering a dummy missile, fake C-4 explosives, a disarmed suicide vest and rudimentary training. Suspects naïvely played their parts until they were arrested.

Milwaukee Red Cross Prepared for Evacuees if NATO Summit Disaster Happens
TMJ 4 News - Spokeswoman Barbara Behling told Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Jay Sorgi that if an incident happens during the NATO summit that leads to an evacuation of at least part of the city of Chicago, Milwaukee's Red Cross will be ready with beds, food and doctors ready for evacuees. "It's like any situation where there would be an evacuation," said Behling. She says they prepare often to take people in from the Chicago area if a disaster happens there.

VIDEO: Rise of the Global Police State
Activist Post - The data being collected by the NSA, FBI and DHS is being converted to technological weapons against the American public. This surveillance will undoubtedly be used as criminal evidence for trial. The inception of the NSA-GCHQ ECHELON system with the immensely profitable Surveillance Industrial Complex has become a technologically advanced interception system, as journalist Nicky Hager predicted in 1996.

Why Hasn't the Revolution Already Happened?
Activist Post - Calls to embrace civil resistance and to depose the tyrants who hold mankind in a state of slavery are largely ignored. Why? As the tremors of change fill the air and shake the ground with increasing regularity, human reactions seem increasingly polarised. One set of responses is to hunker down, avert the eyes, close the ears and try to pretend that everything's pretty much okay. Another is to express increasing alarm and increasing fear about where it is all leading: the “Did you see? Did you read? Did you hear?” syndrome. It is to all our misfortunes that that these two reactions to the current state of play on our planet remain the predominant response.

Human Colony Collapse Disorder: The Top 10 Countdown To Our Own Extinction
Activist Post - Misdirected environmentalism continues to paint humanity as the enemy of itself simply through the natural exhalation of carbon dioxide. However, there are many other more demonstrable ways indicating that humanity is not heading toward a flourishing, healthy future.

City of Las Cruces Shuts Off Water, Sewer for Photo Ticket Nonpayment - With more and more vehicle owners simply deciding refuse to pay red light camera and speed camera tickets, private, for-profit companies and municipalities are growing increasingly desperate. America's second-largest city shut down its photo ticketing program last year largely because residents who could not afford the $500 citations did not pay them. On Monday, Las Cruces, New Mexico announced it would shut off the utilities of city residents who refused to pay Redflex Traffic Systems, the Australian company that owns and operates the cameras.

Pair of 5.8 Earthquakes Strike Near Fukushima
Lalate News - A Japan earthquake today 2012 has struck near Fukushima. The coast of Honshu, Japan was the scene of two strong earthquakes today April 30, 2012. No reports of injuries have yet to be detailed by local news. Honshu earthquake activity has continued this year, seemingly uninterrupted. But today, two quakes struck the region, both registering 5.8 magnitude, USGS reports to news.

YouTube: Japan 'Cloud' Update - Petro-Chem or Radioactive = West Coast Arrival Now
dutchsinse - Whether it is a petro-chemical cloud or a cloud of vaporized barrels of depleted Uranium... its now on the doorstep of the northwest coast of North America. Related article/video here.

Canadians Track Japanese Tsunami Debris, But Won't Systematically Test Salmon for Radiation - Earlier this month, Straight reporter Carlito Pablo wrote an article noting that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has no plans to systematically test next year's wild salmon for radioactivity. These fish travel through the same waters as the flotsam and jetsam coming from Japan, where a devastating nuclear accident crippled the Fukushima power plant.

2012 Election News

VIDEO: Economy Face Off: Ron Paul vs Paul Krugman
April 30 (Bloomberg) -- Nobel-prize winning economist Paul Krugman and Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul talk about inflation, monetary policy and the role of the Federal Reserve. They speak on Bloomberg Television's "Street Smart."

Ron & Rand Paul to Hold Major Tea Party Rally in Austin, Texas
LAKE JACKSON, Texas – 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul announced today that he and his son, U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, will hold a major tea party rally in Austin, Texas. The rally, which is free and open to the public, will take place on the South Steps of the Texas State Capitol on Sunday, May 6th beginning at 2:00 p.m. To RSVP for the event, please see below.

UPDATE: Let’s Win Arkansas: Anonymous Donor Pledges $2500!
Daily Paul - Great news: I have a guarantee of $2,500 to use for SB mailings in Arkansas. The money kicks in WHEN we match it. My donors are FIRED-UP by our results in LA. Let’s show them what we can do and match their funds quickly. More could be coming!!

Romney's Former Lt. Governor Loses Delegate Bid In Massachusetts - Mitt Romney's former Lieutenant Governor, Kerry Healey, lost her delegate bid to a Ron Paul supporter at the Massachusetts Republican convention Saturday, an alarming sign about Romney's organization in his old home state. With the nomination in hand, Romney had put together a slate of Mass. delegates to represent him at the Republican National Convention in Tampa — but a surge of libertarian activists at the convention resulted in the defeat of many of Romney's picks. More than half of the 27 delegate slots went to Paul supporters, the Globe reports. One of the casualties was Healey, who remains a top Romney supporter.

Excellent Ron Paul quote from the Wisconsin rally

YouTube: Ron Paul Sweeps Louisiana - Interview With Doug Wead - The Robert Scott Bell Show
Actually, Ron Paul Is Secretly Winning A Lot More Delegates Than You Think "Mitt Romney may have all but locked up the Republican nomination with his victories in the East Coast primaries this week, but Ron Paul and his army of acolytes aren't ready to give up the fight just yet." The fun is just beginning! Doug Wead returns to The RSB Show to reveal all the news that the old media will not!

YouTube: RNC/DNC Cities Will be Police States
RT - The Republican and Democratic National Conventions are still about seven plus months away, but the cities are already gearing up for the crowds, each working with a $50 million federal grant for security. While there are usually protests at the conventions, this year just might be a lot bigger thanks to the Occupy movement. But is turning the cities into mini police states really the best way to prepare for the crowds? AlterNet's Rania Khalek discusses.

VIDEO: Anti-Fluoride Activist Runs for Austin City Council
Infowars - Alex talks with Laura Pressley, PhD., in-studio. Laura is running for Austin City Council. She is the co-founder of an Austin, Texas based company that provides clean, pure, fluoride-free and chemical-free drinking water. Pressley worked in the semiconductor industry and has been involved in a number of volunteer activities, including serving on several Austin non-profit boards.

YouTube: Steve Forbes on Ron Paul's Monetary Policy
C-Span - Steve Forbes says other candidates should listen to Ron Paul monetary policy.

Occupy Wall Street Protest

May Day eve quickly turns ugly in San Francisco
Atlantic Wire - Various witness accounts say a group of between 50 and 100 people moved down Valencia St. smashing windows, throwing paint balls, and even attacking an unsuspecting police station. The cops were apparently not prepared to make mass arrests and were slow to respond to the chaos, though it quickly broke up.

'Occupy' Promises 'Biggest Shut Down The City Of New York Has Ever Seen,' Blockade Of San Fran
CNS News - “If any of the unions on the Golden Gate bridge declare a strike or shutdown action on May Day, we will act in solidarity with these striking workers and the international call for a general strike on May Day, by blockading the flow of capital to the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District. This will be accomplished by a collaboration of pickets and direct action which will shut down all modes of transportation from Marin to San Francisco,” went the statement on the website

May Day’s Radical History: What Occupy Is Fighting for This May 1st
Alter Net - Occupy actions planned on May Day are tied to the generations-long movement for the eight-hour day, to immigrant workers, to police brutality and repression of the labor movement.


What is America’s Economic Breaking Point?
Mac Slavo - If there exists a single factor that can put enough pressure on the whole of the American economy and force it to crumble under its own weight, it’s the price the average American pays for gas. Extreme up-side gas price swings have preceded seven of the last eight American recessions, most recently in the summer of 2008 when drivers were forced to pay an all time high in excess of $4.50 per gallon at the pumps. What followed this spike – caused in part by tightening supplies, rising demand, easy money and a health dose of financial propaganda – was nothing short of the most severe financial and economic crisis since the Great Depression.

What Do California And Detroit Have In Common?
The American Dream - When most people think of the economic decline that is happening in America, most of them think of states like California and cities like Detroit. In both cases, unemployment is rampant, government finances are a mess, and businesses and families are both leaving in droves.

Housing Market

Lawsuit for ALL Homeowners against the Fraud Of Banks and Money Laundering has begun! Every single homeowner has a right to start one themselves too! This is a Class Action!
Spire Law Group, LLP -- on behalf of home owners across the Country -- has filed a mass tort action in the Supreme Court of New York. The case further alleges that through these obscure foreign companies, Bank of America, J.P. Morgan, Wells Fargo Bank, Citibank, Citigroup, One West Bank, and numerous other federally chartered banks stole hundreds of millions of dollars of home owners' money during the last decade and then laundered it through offshore companies. All United States home owners may have the right to bring a lawsuit of this kind if they paid money to a national bank servicer during the years 2003 through 2009.

VIDEO: Foreclosed Homes Destroyed By Previous Owners
Huffington Post - WTEV reports on a foreclosed mansion in Jacksonville, Fla. in which the previous owners have apparently ripped out the home's cabinets, light fixtures and appliances. With millions of Americans still facing foreclosure, the phenomenon of homeowners ransacking their houses on their way out may only continue. In Florida, one in every 336 housing units received a foreclosure filing in March, according to RealtyTrac.

Energy & Environment

Radioactive kelp is California’s “most under-reported story”
LA Daily News - Fish eat kelp; so do small crustaceans near the bottom of the food chain that themselves are later consumed by larger fish that sometimes become food for humans. The largely-neglected news story is that it's been somewhat radioactive off-and-on for months and it concentrates Iodine 131 isotopes at levels 10,000 times higher than what's in the surrounding water. Despite absorbing radioactive iodine isotopes, the California kelp is still not "hot" enough to endanger diners -- at least so far as is now known. But lobsters and some species of fish like mullet concentrate and retain radioactivity, which would increase with any newly "hot" seawater.

Tons of Suspected Japan Tsunami Debris Wash Ashore in Alaska
KTUU-TV - Tons of debris suspected to have washed into the Pacific Ocean during the March 2011 Japan tsunami, are showing up on Alaska's coastline. On Kayak Island, roughly 60 miles southeast of Cordova, hundreds of buoys, thousands of bottles, countless fuel cans, shoes, chunks of building insulation, and other household items litter the beach for miles. It's even worse on Montague Island, according to Chris Pallister, president of Gulf of Alaska Keeper, a non-profit group which cleans up beaches each spring and summer.

YouTube: Why Nuclear Power Plants are a bad idea
ARNIE GUNDERSEN, Nuclear Expert: The way to shut a [nuclear plant] down is to be a capitalist. The price of these things is so astronomical that Wall Street won’t buy them. If we can stop the federal subsidies we can stop the new nukes. The way to stop this process is to think like a capitalist.


Ion, hologram, and magnetic bracelets - Don't waste your money!
(NaturalNews) (NaturalNews) It seems every mall across America has a stand with some young salesmen trying to sell a colorful bracelet that supposedly has an "ionic charge" or "magnetic hologram" that will give you better balance, healing, pain relief or whatever they may claim. These salesmen demonstrate to the consumer a weakness of theirs, usually balance or strength, then will have the consumer put on the bracelet and perform the same test. Magic! Suddenly balance is 100 percent and strength is through the roof! Sadly this is not the truth. Although these fancy bracelets are worn by celebrities and athletes, they have no effect on your body, unless you believe they do.

The Hidden Reason You Get Flabby (Not Calories or Lack of Exercise)
Diet myths abound in the health industry, but one of the biggest myths of all is the idea that a calorie is a calorie, no matter where you get it from, or what the chemical or nutritional makeup of it is.... Now, a new video, the “Skinny on Obesity”, presents a chilling awakening on weight, weight gain, and chronic diseases like dementia, cancer, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.... Your body actually treats sugar in the same way it treats alcohol and other toxins. This is in large part how sugars can damage your liver and other organs, and why Dr. Lustig refers to sugar as a toxin.

Pharma, Utilities and Big Ag Lead Lobbying in 2012 - Pharmaceuticals, utilities and big agriculture have led the lobbying charge so far this year, according to preliminary figures from latest lobbying disclosures. The pharmaceutical industry as a whole spent $69.6 million on lobbying in the first three months alone, while electrical utilities spent $43.3 million. The agricultural services industry - which includes heavy hitters like Monsanto, the American Farm Bureau and Archer Daniels Midland - spent far less, only about $12.9 million, but that represented a 48 percent increase over its lobbying in the final three months of 2011.

Use raw honey for health, skin, hair, and more
(NaturalNews) Raw honey is more than just a natural sweetener. Honey has a variety of uses in your beauty regimen and for medicinal purposes. Raw honey, which is not pasteurized or refined, can be especially useful because of its nutritional properties. Although you may have heard about the benefits of raw honey, you might be surprised at some of the creative ways it can be used.

Six natural remedies for acid reflux
(NaturalNews) Acid reflux, commonly called heartburn, is caused when digestive acids flow up from the stomach and into the esophagus. The esophagus, located in the heart region of the chest, becomes irritated with a burning sensation. There are lesser known symptoms other than heartburn for acid reflux as well: gas, bloating, flatulence and even apparently unrelated symptoms such as chronic dry coughing, sour or bitter mouth between meals, trouble swallowing, hoarseness, and wheezing.... Over the counter (OTC) or prescribed medications lead to other problems, of course. So here are a few suggestions for natural remedies.

The anti-aging effects of cucumbers
(NaturalNews) Cucumbers are in the same botanical family as melons and squashes. They are considered one of the absolute best foods for the health of the skin, joints, liver, and kidneys. They are also a natural energy tonic with their rich array of phytonutrients and electrolytes. Cucumbers are loaded with the mineral silica, which is an essential component for healthy connective tissue (muscles, ligaments, cartilage, bone, & skin). It is also full of ionic potassium, magnesium, and vitamin C which give it a powerful alkalizing effect within the body. Additionally, cucumbers are particularly rich in fluids that hydrate the skin, joints, and tissues.

Alternative treatments dissolve cataracts, prevent their return, and help to avoid surgery
(NaturalNews) Surgery is usually the only option offered by conventional medicine to people with cataracts; however, there are alternative treatments that may dissolve cataracts preventing their return.

Is the Fiberglass in Your Attic or Walls Causing Cancer?
Dr. Mercola - Fiberglass, also known as fibrous glass or glass wool, is a man-made fiber used to insulate homes, furnace filters, pipes, appliances and more; it’s also used for sound control in airplanes and automobiles, and in certain curtains, roofing material and plastics.

Science & Technology

Borg Tea Party Voted to Kill Fourth
Kurt Nimmo - Last week’s passage of CISPA in the House was helped along by the so-called House Tea Party Caucus. In reality, this caucus is nothing more than a gaggle of state-worshiping and war-mongering Republicans who hate the Constitution as much as their colleagues in crime on the other side of the aisle hate it, but for different reasons....According to math completed by Patrick Cahalan, “88% of the overall GOP members (casting a vote) voted yea, 23% of the Dems (casting a vote) voted yea, and 71% of the Tea Party (casting a vote) voted yea (Paul and Pence didn’t cast a vote).”

Profiled By The TSA? There's An App For That
The mobile app is called FlyRights. Travelers who suspect they have been profiled take out their smartphone, tap a finger on the app and answer about a dozen questions. Then they hit "submit" and an official complaint is filed immediately with the Transportation Security Administration. The app is the work of civil rights groups led by The Sikh Coalition. Amardeep Singh, co-founder of the Coalition, says the idea came from Sikh entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley who felt they were being stopped unfairly at airports, too often.... The app has already been tested with the TSA. Amardeep hopes the app will encourage more people to file complaints so that there is more accurate data on improper screening.

Your card details are 'stolen out of thin air': Information could be 'robbed by radiowave' thanks to new contactless technology
Daily Mail - Millions of credit and debit card users could be ‘robbed by radiowave’ because of new contactless technology being brought in by banks. Almost 20million shoppers are now able to buy goods by simply waving their card in front of a reader at the tills, even if it is still in a wallet or a purse.
But industry experts have warned that the information emitted by the cards can be stolen by fraudsters using handheld receptors that cost as little as £7 on the internet.

Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

FDA refuses to ban antibiotics in livestock, resorts to voluntary phase out that will be ignored by industry
(NaturalNews) In a desperate attempt to avoid implementing an actual ban on the non-therapeutic use of antibiotic drugs in factory animal feed, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has once again made it abundantly clear that it favors corporate interests over public health. In a recent announcement, the FDA publicly petitioned the factory food industry to voluntarily stop using antibiotics, claiming that this hands-off, non-regulatory approach will somehow be more effective at curbing antibiotic overuse than a mandatory ban would be.

Where are raw milk sales still legal in the USA?
(NaturalNews) More and more health conscious consumers are becoming aware of the value of raw milk and raw milk products in lieu of pasteurized milk and milk products. As a matter of fact, pasteurized milk products lack nutrition and are dangerous, while raw milk handled with care is a very healthy food.

Stupid News & Odd News

Climate craziness of the week – global warming blamed for increase In Major League home runs - We’d normally save this sort of thing for McCarve’d Up (which will be back next week after being pre-empted for NFL draft coverage) but Tim McCarver said one of the stupidest things ever spoken on a television broadcast today, blaming global warming for “making the air thin” and thus leading to a rise in home runs.



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